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Interrogatories

How was dinner? Did it treat you well?
What is the first video game you ever played? What was the last? Where/are you any good?
Have you ever square danced? Line danced? Any other form of group dancing?
Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Will you shop today (Black Friday)? Did you shop on Thanksgiving Day?
What do you do with your change (coins) every day?

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On This Day

In 1777, Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe, the first civilian settlement in Alta California, was founded. It's now known as San Jose, and was the site of the last Netroots Nation.

In 1877, Thomas Edison gave the first public demonstration of his phonograph invention. Word has it his DJ skills were atrocious.

In 1929, Admiral Richard Byrd succeeded at flying over the South Pole, the first person to do so (though migratory birds had been doing it for years and were unimpressed with his achievement).

In 1944, Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas performed the first surgery on an actual human to correct blue baby syndrome.

In 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson established the Warren Commission to investigate Kennedy's assassination.

In 1967, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara announced that he was resigning.

In 1972, Pong, the first commercially successful video game,  was released by Atari.

Born on This Day

1711 – Laura Bassi, Italian scientist, the first woman to officially teach at a university in Europe. (d. 1778)

1798 – Alexander Brullov, Russian painter (d. 1877)

1828 - Edvard Bergh, Swedish landscape painter (d. 1880)

1832 – Louisa May Alcott, American novelist (d. 1888)

1840 - Francesco Beda, Italian painter (d. 1900)

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1846 - Conrad Kiesel, German painter (d. 1921)

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1858 - Karl Emil Rau, German genre painter (d. 1937)

1863 - Jules Alexis Meunier, French painter (d. 1942)

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1866 - Jozef Pankiewicz, Polish painter and printmaker (d. 1940)

1874 – Francis Dodd, British artist (d. 1949)

1895 – Busby Berkeley, American film director and choreographer (d. 1976)

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1898 – C. S. Lewis, Irish writer (d. 1963)

1901 – Mildred Harris, American actress (d. 1944)

1908 – Adam Clayton Powell Jr., American civil rights leader and politician (d. 1972)

1915 – Billy Strayhorn, American musician and composer (d. 1967)

1918 – Madeleine L'Engle, American author (d. 2007)

1927 – Vin Scully, American baseball announcer

1928 – Tahir Salahov, Azerbaijani painter

1928 – Paul Simon, American politician (d. 2003)

1933 – John Mayall, British blues musician

1933 – James Rosenquist, American artist

1940 – Denny Doherty, Canadian singer (The Mamas & the Papas) (d. 2007)

1940 – Chuck Mangione, American musician

1942 – Felix Cavaliere, American musician

1956 – Hinton Battle, American dancer

1957 – Janet Napolitano, United States Secretary of Homeland Security

1959 – Rahm Emanuel, effing American politician

Died on This Day

1516 - Giovanni Bellini, Italian painter (b. 1430)

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1530 – Thomas Wolsey, English religious figure (b. c. 1470)

1892 - Alexander Helwig Wyant, U.S. landscape painter (b. 1836)

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1910 - Étienne Prosper Berne-Bellecour, French painter (b. 1838)

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1930 - Charles Hawthorne, American painter (b. 1872)

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1954 – Dink Johnson, American musician (b. 1892)

1986 – Cary Grant, British-born American actor (b. 1904) See Tipple Jar

1991 – Ralph Bellamy, American actor (b. 1904)

2001 – George Harrison, Beatle (b. 1943)

Today is

National Chocolates Day (note the plural form)
Square Dance Day
Electronic Greetings Day
National Lemon Creme Day
National Rice Cake Day
Throw Out Your Leftovers Day (sacrilege!)
Black Friday
Buy Nothing Day
Flossing Day
International Day of Solidarity With The Palestinian People
Maize Day
National Day of Listening (NSA, is that you?)
National Native American Heritage Day
Sinkie Day

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  •  Good morning, Bombers! (13+ / 0-)

    I had cheese and crackers for dinner. It treated me quite well. I'll let you know if tonight' big dinner disagrees with me in any way. :-)

    I never got into video games. I do often wonder how they ever got off the ground it Pong was the first. Maybe one of my geek friends can 'splain it to me.

    We used to have square dancing in grade school. I was always amused at how the boys hated it and the girls enjoyed it. I never did any of the country line dancing. I'm too uncoordinated.  I remember once invading a party with a group of friends after the clubs kicked us out and making up our own silly dances that were part square dance, part something else. Each couple would dance down the center doing something really goofy. Hey, the hostess thanked us afterward!

    Christmas shopping is narrowed to just family these days, and it's so easy that I don't need to actually shop for anything. I shopped once on Black Friday (not for the deals, just because I wanted to get my shopping done) and will never go through that ordeal again. I would never shop on Thanksgiving except for stopping at the grocery store to get something I forgot.

    My quarters usually go to the laundry. My other coins, if I make it home without giving them to the homeless guy at Sunset Station, go into the Bail Fundtm.

    Repetition is the death of magic. - Bill Watterson

    by Floja Roja on Fri Nov 29, 2013 at 06:05:51 AM PST

  •  How was dinner? (12+ / 0-)

    Burp

    "If you pour some music on whatever's wrong, it'll sure help out." Levon Helm

    by BOHICA on Fri Nov 29, 2013 at 06:09:59 AM PST

  •  Good morning (12+ / 0-)

    How was dinner? Did it treat you well?

    Excellent as always.

    What is the first video game you ever played? What was the last? Where/are you any good?

    I've played very few video games.  We did have Pong way back in the 70s.  It's appeal didn't last long.  As an undergrad in the early 80s I had a friend who was really into asteroids.  I played that a few times (that was an arcade game - does that count?).  I've played computer games since then but I don't think I've ever played another video game.

    Have you ever square danced? Line danced? Any other form of group dancing?

    I did some square dancing in gym class in high school and we also did it at a biological station I stayed at in Oklahoma.  

    Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Will you shop today (Black Friday)? Did you shop on Thanksgiving Day?

    By mutual agreement among family members my Christmas shopping is pretty minimal.  Won't even think about it until the semester is over (week or so from now).  I've never gone shopping on Black Friday (well maybe for groceries).

    What do you do with your change (coins) every day?

    My lack of a system of dealing with change is a sore point with my wife.

    "To see both sides of a quarrel, is to judge without hate or alarm" - Richard Thompson

    by matching mole on Fri Nov 29, 2013 at 06:14:29 AM PST

  •  Happy Electronic Greetings Day. (13+ / 0-)

    There, happy now?

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Fri Nov 29, 2013 at 06:18:33 AM PST

  •  Happy Black Friday (13+ / 0-)

    I hope it is spent with friends & not spent on useless junk that only serves to enrich the fat cats.

     FOUNDING FATHERS

    (A picture of one of my T-shirts.)

    I`m already against the next war.

    by Knucklehead on Fri Nov 29, 2013 at 06:27:37 AM PST

  •  >groan< (10+ / 0-)

    Why did I have to wake up?
    -------------------------------
    Awesome. Three generations, great food, we're all on the same page politically (except Max and we all ping him for his politics). Mom was lucid and most of what she said was nearly true (not always the case anymore).
    Pong on a DEC pdp8, big iron, that a friend was tending overnights at MIT. First time any of us had seen a computer that you could play a game on! All keyboard, the mouse hadn't yet been invented. Stronghold, a castle builder that allows me to make my own maps and scenarios I've been playing it for years and it seldom beats me.
    Square dance at the Hamburg Fair, line danced at a Dead show or two.
    I don't do Christmas and if I did I wouldn't shop today. H3ll no. Boycotting any store that was open yesterday.
    Dump it in an Altoids tin on my desk where I can grab some when I go out (oddly, this solution was one of the things I lifted from Stranger in a Strange Land). When the tin gets too full, I have a larger tin that I am filling with quarters, AKA my savings account. I also keep a distributed savings account in the take-a-penny-leave-a-penny trays all over town, but that's a different story.
    -------------------------------
    Three kinds of pie (and I love pie) I really shouldn'ta, but I did.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Fri Nov 29, 2013 at 06:31:55 AM PST

  •  I devoured the Right Wing last night. (10+ / 0-)

    Perfect dinner, two of my brothers came early, chopped firewood, concocted drinks, cooked without timers, Ken Burns Jazz on iTunes, lots of food, raging fire, only screw up was my tangerine/cranberry relish had traces of the tangerine seeds so I may never get that DelMonte contract I wanted.

    Video games… I only played Airborne! in the mid-80s. I abhor video games, what a sheer waste of the technology and the participant's mental capacity.

    I faked square dancing once or twice, I did okay (the "callers" are generally creepy). I grew up in a Philadelphia suburb and line danced regularly in the mid 60s. Three drinks and I'm in on the conga line, got to time it so you get the right girl to grab onto.

    Shopping is so easy and natural, I do not think hard or involve myself in sales, crowds, names of the week associated with colors, I can't believe this whole weekend is so shopping oriented — the radio is even giving mall parking lot reports! Serenity Now!

    I like to have a couple quarters waiting around for shopping carts, etc., but I recycle coins quickly and I would never have more than $2-3 in change around here. The coins just wait in a round cardboard dish on a table for their big chance to get right back out there and circulate.

    Honesty is not a policy. It's a character trait.

    by Says Who on Fri Nov 29, 2013 at 06:37:38 AM PST

  •  Somebody mention dinner? (9+ / 0-)

    How was dinner? Did it treat you well?
    If you mean the turkey dinner that I'm slowly getting prepared for tomorrow well-- driving across town to get the turkey this morning wasn't too bad. I managed to take the same wrong turn as last year on my way back. I've got the spicy ground pork and beef sausage already cooked for the stuffing.

    What is the first video game you ever played? What was the last? Where Were/are you any good?
    Started with Atari Pong, baby. #2 Son asked me to play a demo with him last night of a game called "Bloodknights"-- it's about vampires and is fairly bad. Gameplay mechanics were pretty good but the story, characters... sigh, nothing interesting going on there. I was pretty awful at both Pong and Bloodknights. For awhile I played "World of Warcraft" fairly frequently. I haven't touched it in a couple of years. I guess I was good at it-- certainly not great; didn't put that much time into it. I was just in my son's room looking over his shoulder as he played. I asked him to show me my old characters. I have 6 of them on two different European servers. Highest level character is a level 85 gnome warrior. Wonder if I'll ever play that game again.

    Have you ever square danced? Line danced? Any other form of group dancing?
    Like Floja I square danced in grade school. I liked it! I've always enjoyed dancing. Formed a kick-line of about 10 people in the middle of the street during a party in middle school once. In middle school we also had dancing as part of our phys. ed. class. We stood in a huge circle and the girls moved around the circle dancing briefly with each boy; pretty much just a waltz I think. I had a brutal crush on a girl in that class and I still really remember only the brief minute when I was dancing with her. Lots of memories connected with dancing. I get out to a formal ball about once a year.

    Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Will you shop today (Black Friday)? Did you shop on Thanksgiving Day?
    Only a few things I want to buy. I don't really have much money for purchasing gifts this year. Today I bought the turkey. There is no Black Friday over here in Prague.

    What do you do with your change (coins) every day?
    I put my change in the coin pouch in my wallet. Then I spend it. I frequently make cashiers happy when they ask me if I don't perhaps have exact change because they're running low on certain coins. Often my coins end up in the ticket vending machines for public transportation. And when I'm out and about I'll use a few more coins to buy a magazine from a homeless person. It's a well run charity that provides people with a way to get themselves off the street and regain a sense of productivity and self-worth.

    Well, I suppose I'm off to get the pies made for tomorrow; pumpkin and pecan pumpkin. I'll also finish the stuffing and make some broth from the turkey's neck. I still need to find some time to write a diary and get it up in about another 6 hours-- doing my regular gig for the Street Prophets group y'know.

    Hoping everyone is safe, well and well loved,

  •  Happy Friday! (10+ / 0-)

    I shopped when it was called "Friday after Thanksgiving Sale" and never after.
    My dinner of my special potatoes and piping hot homemade split pea soup sat very well and sustained me.  In fact, it sounds good for bfast...
    I did some Greek type dancing once and it was a blast.
    I used to love the old-style pinball machines, not so much video games.  There was  more finesse to the old machines, and they each had their personalities and quirks.  How far could you push them before "tilt"--much more exciting.

    Hope everyone  has a great day and weekend!

  •  hmmm... (9+ / 0-)
    In 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson established the Warren Commission to investigate Kennedy's assassination.
    Who did a better investigation, the Warren Comission or Jack Ruby?

    Honesty is not a policy. It's a character trait.

    by Says Who on Fri Nov 29, 2013 at 07:16:54 AM PST

  •  Dinner was good (8+ / 0-)

    if chaotic, the chaos caused by the three boys, 7,8, and 10. They got wilder as the evening progressed. Twenty people in one room plus wine got pretty loud, too. We have one pumpkin pie left to eat while we wash elebenty zillion dishes.

    Ceiling Cat rules....srsly.

    by side pocket on Fri Nov 29, 2013 at 07:30:16 AM PST

  •  Answers for Nov 29 (6+ / 0-)

    How was dinner? Did it treat you well?

    Dinner was good.

    What is the first video game you ever played? What was the last? Where/are you any good?

    I don't remember which was first or last, I've played a few, but not recently. I was never good.

    Have you ever square danced? Line danced? Any other form of group dancing?

    No

    Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Will you shop today (Black Friday)? Did you shop on Thanksgiving Day?

    I don't do any Christmas shopping. Our kids get Hannukah gifts, picked out by my wife. Some others get tips (e.g. staff in the building where we live).

    I would never shop on TG or BF. Except yesterday we needed a couple items for cooking.

    What do you do with your change (coins) every day?

    Give them out as tips for smaller purchases (e.g. coffee) or to panhandlers or else they wind up on my dresser.

  •  It's raining. (6+ / 0-)

    Very pleasant (because I'm not out in it) but not conducive to getting anything done. Except eating.

    Repetition is the death of magic. - Bill Watterson

    by Floja Roja on Fri Nov 29, 2013 at 07:54:06 AM PST

  •  Black History today (8+ / 0-)

    Black History: The Stono Rebellion

    This is about an early slave rebellion in South Carolina.

  •  Some Answers (8+ / 0-)

    Dinner? --had quiche for dinner; did turkey and sweet potatoes for lunch

    video game? Never played (I don't do games)

    Dancing?  Only powwow dancing

    Christmas shopping?  I don't do any

    Change: it goes into a pottery jar.

  •  Today's answers: (6+ / 0-)

    How was dinner? My daughter is an excellent cook  Did it treat you well? Well, I did eat too many pecans, but that was my own doing

    What is the first video game you ever played? Pong  What was the last? I don't remember  Where/are you any good? Only the ones that involve WWI dogfights

    Have you ever square danced? Yes  Line danced? Yes Any other form of group dancing? English contra dancing

    Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? No, though I don't plan to do much  Will you shop today (Black Friday)? No  Did you shop on Thanksgiving Day? No

    What do you do with your change (coins) every day? Put the quarters in the laundry money and the rest with whatever bills I have so I will remember to put them in my pocket the following day

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

    by loggersbrat on Fri Nov 29, 2013 at 08:45:36 AM PST

  •  Answers! (7+ / 0-)

    That dinner is tomorrow. Yesterday was this dinner, which treated me well even though I didn't eat it. Tomorrow's will be good too. The person who used to make all family occasions miserable will not be in attendance any more.

    I guess my first video game was Space Invaders, which was sort of fun. I don't play them now, unless you count computer card games like Free Cell.

    There was square dancing and related sorts of line dancing in school when I was a kid, but as an adult, it's just the Electric Slide or whatever at wedding receptions (you can tell I haven't been to a wedding in a while.)

    Don't think I've finished Christmas shopping, but I do a lot less of it than I once did. I do a lot of it online (from the Kos Katalogue when I can!), and some of it in the process of caroling in cute little shopping towns. So there are only a couple of people who are kind of burdensome to find something for, and they are worth it. I will never shop on Thanksgiving weekend except for the odd missing grocery item. If I get so poor that the sale price I could get by spending Thanksgiving in line outside a big box store is that important, then everyone's getting homemade potholders.

    I love my ATM card, and I so seldom pay cash for anything that coins aren't really an issue. I carry them around until next time, and then try to pay with exact change. If I buy a coffee or something, I dump the change in the tip jar, and add more if that's not enough. (I don't buy fancy coffee drinks, so a lot of times the rest of the second dollar is a fine tip.)


    Shop Kos Katalogue ❧ Help Okiciyap at Cheyenne River reservation.

    by belinda ridgewood on Fri Nov 29, 2013 at 08:48:08 AM PST

  •  Too much! (5+ / 0-)

    Too  much food, was full before we sat down at the table..4 hours of appetizers! Then 4000 carbs per dish.  Now who do we blame for this?  I prefer to go the Calvin Trillin way…but the company was delightful..from 6 months to 95 years…wow!

    First and last video game : Mario..I had other addictions to attend to.

    I have danced every dance ever invented..and made up many more on my own… hey, did anyone ever do the "chicken dance" ?!? Love dancing, actually I am dancing while I write.

    I do Christmas shopping all year long.  When I see something that's perfect for Uncle George, I grab it… Then about 3 days before Christmas I go (armored) into my closet,  thrashing and digging and searching and stay up all night,wrapping packaging, labeling and all that insanity that I love, all by myself in my own little world!  Pretty much that is it…occasional a last minute dash…but I want to be away from the madness…I have enough of my own!

    I have an exquisite blue jar, about 2 feet tall and 16 inches in diameter.  It has a lid and it weighs about 25 pounds (empty)  It was a wedding present and I struggled for years to find a use, rather that just an objet d'art.  I throw handfuls of change into it constantly, and when I am feeling really plush I toss a few singles in as well.  It has come in handy so often (especially after my daughter discovered it!) But admittedly, it is rather awkward to give the UPS man twenty dollars as a tip for Christmas ...all in change?

    Happy leftovers!!!

    P.S.  there is no Uncle George

    'ite, omnia incendite et inflammte'

    by sherman54 on Fri Nov 29, 2013 at 09:19:43 AM PST

  •  Sunny Friday! (4+ / 0-)

    No shopping for me!!  This is a day to be lazy!!

    'ite, omnia incendite et inflammte'

    by sherman54 on Fri Nov 29, 2013 at 09:20:52 AM PST

  •  Morning people (5+ / 0-)

    Dinner was fine

    First game played was Pong in early 70's

    The two step has one to many steps for me.

    Don't do gifts anymore

    My change goes into a jar for poker nights.

    Ok now I turn to you knowledgeable people for some help. I recently inherited a piece of art.

     

    It is from the Vincent Price Collection for Sears that was sold in the  1960's. It is supposed to be one of a set of 12 that Vincent commissioned. I gave it to my daughter for her birthday on Wednesday because she is the only four footed arrow shooter in the family. I can't find any info about it on the Google thingy and I was wondering if anyone knows anything about it. It is numbered 4 of 100. There used to be documentation on the back but it got lost somewhere.
  •  Damn, I'm late again! (3+ / 0-)
    How was dinner? Did it treat you well?

    What is the first video game you ever played? What was the last? Where/are you any good?

    Have you ever square danced? Line danced? Any other form of group dancing?

    Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Will you shop today (Black Friday)? Did you shop on Thanksgiving Day?

    What do you do with your change (coins) every day?

    Dinner was delicious, and treated me just fine.  I imagine I'm one of the lucky ones:  getting old, but not having digestive problems.

    First video game was probably Space Invaders.  I have also played Super Mario Brothers and Ms. Pacman and one of those martial arts fighting games.  I was/am terrible at video games, and I am destined never to improve, because I can't see the point of doing them over again until I get good at them.

    We had square dance lessons in elementary school.  I quite liked them, not least because I got to put my arm around girls' waists, and it was considered totally appropriate.

    I have not even begun my Christmas shopping.  I hope to do it all online.  I didn't go shopping on Thanksgiving Day, because I feared being roughed up by roving gangs of liberals.  I did go to a used bookstore today, looking for a copy of Mrs. Dalloway.  Naturally, that seemed to be the only Virginia Woolf title they didn't have.

    Now that I'm using my debit card more and more often, I'm dealing a lot less with loose change.  But I have a ritual.  During the weekend, I leave my change in my dresser drawer, and let it accumulate so that, by Monday, I have plenty of change for the vending machines at work.

  •  Beatle (4+ / 0-)
    2001 – George Harrison, Beatle (b. 1943)
    That's a very small club, indeed!

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