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Who cares to play TJBM game, The Jelly Below Me, #69?

Asked by ibstubro (18765points) May 15th, 2016

The game rules are:

Respond to the question/statement from the poster above.
Ex: I might make the statement:
“The Jelly below me drinks coffee all darned day.”

The response might be:
“False! Coffee makes me fart.”
or,
“True! My coffee bill is higher than my phone bill.”

Then they might state:
“The Jelly below me has blond hair.”

There are no right or wrong answers, so be as creative as your heart desires.

Happily, this is becoming the Never Ending TJBM Game. Tradition now suggests that a jelly re-start the question when we reach about 500 responses. Hopefully almost all the Jellies will join in.

Enjoy!

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625 Answers

ibstubro's avatar

TJBM likes tradition but loves 69!

Coloma's avatar

I am ecstatic, I’m an out with the old, in with the new type.

TJBM is so happy to have Pt. 69

DrasticDreamer's avatar

Yes, indeed. And I’ll gladly relive it over and over. :D

TJBM was really satisfied with the last meal they cooked.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Yes. Spaghetti squash with marinara with sausage.

TJBM has a lot of coupons for shopping this week.

Jak's avatar

False. I have no coupons and would lose them or find them crumpled up in my purse if I had any.
TJBM LOVES watching Game of Thrones and just watched the latest episode!
(When I said “False” I sounded just like Dwight Schrute!)

Seek's avatar

I’ll watch it tomorrow night with Hubby. It’s not my favorite show, but Tyrion Lannister is my spirit animal, and I’ll keep watching as long as he stays alive.

TJBM has a favorite GoT character.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

Yes, indeed. Well, from the books – I haven’t kept up with the show, because the shows are never as good as the books and read the books way before it was a show (I’m a snob about it). Tyrion is my favorite character, by far.

TJBM has a secret haven for their sanity when times get tough.

MilkyWay's avatar

True.
TJBM had a stressful and tiring day

Mimishu1995's avatar

It was true last week
TJBM is relaxing.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

True, I’m typing from the bathtub.
TJBM, much like myself, had no idea this tradition was still running after all this time.

chyna's avatar

True, someone sent me this question.
TJBM really doesn’t want to go to work today.

Tbag's avatar

Very true. I ditched everything I’m supposed to do today and I ended up relaxing.
TJBM loves gollum so much and says “Myyyy preciouss” every once in a while.

Stinley's avatar

Don’t love gollem but do occasionally use his catchphrase for my own devices…
TJBM likes fantasy fiction

ibstubro's avatar

I used to love fantasy fiction. Stephen R. Donaldson rocks. Nowadays I’m more into human fiction, and The Grapes of Wrath was the best book I read this month.

TJBM has already had something newly grown or gathered from a farmer’s market.

Mimishu1995's avatar

My garden is abandoned, sadly.
TJBM is fond of home-made things.

longgone's avatar

Are we talking cookies? Then yes.

TJBM is a stickler.

Brian1946's avatar

Yes, there’s a special adhesive that I use so that my lers always stick.

TJBM can describe the difference between a quincunx and a pentagon.

Strauss's avatar

The pips on the 5 side of a typical 6-sided die form a quincunx. A pentagon is a polygon of five equal sides.

TJBM likes geometry.

Coloma's avatar

Hell no! I am not a math person at all, language yes, and enough math to manage my life but I’d never consider solving math problems to be a fun past time. haha

TJBM has taken an antibiotic in the last few months for something.

MilkyWay's avatar

True actually, though I try home remedies first if I ever can.
TJBM isn’t a fan of casual pharmaceutical drug use.

Mimishu1995's avatar

True. You ever saw a drug abuser with a healthy life.
TJBM is addicted to something healthy.

Strauss's avatar

Coffee. It’s about my last “vice”, and recent research seems to say it’s healthy!

Okay, I’ve been known to crack a brew, or to toke up, but not to the extent I would call it an addiction!

TJBM has heard that kids in the US are four times as likely to be shot by a firearm than kids in Canada

Coloma's avatar

No, I hve not but I’m also not surprised. Gun violence in America is out of control

TJBM has a cat littler box they scoop every day to keep the little poopers potty clean. lol

Brian1946's avatar

My little poopster does all her secondary business outside, but I do have a litter box inside for those special occasions.

TJBM has seen a predator on their property.

reijinni's avatar

do foxes count?
TJBM is looking for Sinead O’Connor

Coloma's avatar

No, she’s not my cup o’ tea.

TJBM is ready for a change.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Yes. But for now a shower will do.

TJBM had a GREAT weekend!

Coloma's avatar

Pffft! No, spent 3 hours at urgent care and getting antibiotics and pain pills for a bad sinus infection.

TJBM is wearing something colorful.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

Nope. Black yoga pants and a white cozy sweatshirt since I’m working from home.

TJBM wishes they could be in nature right now, relaxing and just taking in the beauty.

Strauss's avatar

Yes. Even though it is raining here, it is a thing of beauty.

TJBM is excitable.

Coloma's avatar

I can be yes.

TJBM has gone deep sea fishing.

Strauss's avatar

A couple times, but it’s been over twenty years.

TJBM has been “cowboy camping”, as in out on horseback, build a fire, pitch a tent, etc.

MilkyWay's avatar

Nope, though I would love to!
@Mimishu1995 I said casual use, not abuse. There’s a difference ;)
TJBM hates drama and finds it tiresome and exhausting

Mimishu1995's avatar

TRUE! Once upon a time I used to be caught up in drama easily, thinking I did something wrong to the others. Now I know that sometimes the drama is just an imaginary product, and I’ll be doing myself a favor not to care.
TJBM has removed a toxic person recently.

ibstubro's avatar

Not recently. I’m pretty good about avoiding toxic people before they insinuate themselves into my life.

TJBM’s dirty laundry is backing up.

Coloma's avatar

Haha, how’d you know?

TJBM is enjoying a lovely, breezy, perfect temp evening and is dreading the summer heat to come.

MilkyWay's avatar

I did yesterday yes, and true summer’s way too hot lol
TJBM wishes they could hibernate

ibstubro's avatar

In a way, I do. It’s called climate controlled environment. I only have to experience much nature on really nice days. :-)

TJBM thinks there is a maximum allowable hair limit for humans.

Coloma's avatar

Yes, men with gorilla back grosses me out to no end. haha

TJBM will tell us their eye color. blue eyes here

reijinni's avatar

dark eyes
TJBM is planting garlic

Strauss's avatar

No, I’ve got a ton of garlic chives that keeps multiplying every year. I have to control the extent to which it spreads. @reijinni You may be faced with this in the future, but I don’t see it as a problem. It’s just part of what I have to do to have this in my garden.

TJBM has a garden

Mimishu1995's avatar

Had, not has :(
TJBM had a garden.

Coloma's avatar

There is a huge garden already started on the property I am moving to in June. It is lovely, by a big pond, willow trees, blackberry vines, and you walk over a tiny plank bridge surrounded by reeds that is over the run off from a stream into the pond.

TJBM has rattlesnakes in their area.

Strauss's avatar

There are rattlers in the region, especially in the open areas, but we don’t usually see them in the urbanized areas.

TJBM knows how to handle a rattlesnake.

Seek's avatar

I know how to gut, skin, and cook one.

That’ll teach a diamondback rattler to show up in my garage.

TJBM eats unusual meats.

Coloma's avatar

Nah, not my thing. Unusual desserts, absolutely. haha

TJBM is a dessert lover.

Tbag's avatar

Eggghhhhhh no. I leave no room for dessert.
TJBM loves to drive fast.

Coloma's avatar

I’m a bit of a speed demon yes. haha

TJBM drives a silver car.

Seek's avatar

My station wagon is gold. It’s called the Shuttlecraft Lemmy, after the Star Trek auxiliary vessel and after the musician who died the day after my birthday, and the day I bought the car.

TJBM names their vehicles.

Tbag's avatar

I did haha. It was a car worthy of the name though… ‘Bumblebee’.
TJBM hates wearing a seatbelt.

Strauss's avatar

No, especially since I was ticketed for not wearing one some 20 years ago.

TJBM had something happen to them a long time ago that still affects their decisions to this day.

Coloma's avatar

Yes. My ex husband was a total control freak tight wad and used to cut coupons and force me to use them. I hate coupons and to this day refuse to use them. lol

TJBM hates using food coupons.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

I always felt I had better things to do with my time than search for and collect coupons, but in the past few years I’ve read about the huge savings they provide on quality products. Now that I don’t make the money I used to, I’ve given this some thought. If and when I get back to the states, I’ll probably make a game of it. I’ll probably go mostly vegetarian and hang in the fresh produce department a lot, do a lot of wok cooking, etc. Hopefully, I’ll have space for a garden. I’d like to keep my weekly food costs to around $30, and I think this is possible with store coupons.

TJBM gets most of their vegetables fresh from their garden.

Dutchess_III's avatar

No. I only have 3 tomato plants and that doesn’t qualify as a garden, I don’t think.

TJBM loves cream cheese.

Coloma's avatar

I like it but wouldn’t say I love it.

TJBM wants a new drug. I was given Tramadol for my wicked sinus infection headache and boy does it work wonders on my bad shoulder, but it is addictive and sooo, back to the land of useless Tylenol. haha

Strauss's avatar

For muscle aches and pains I have had great success with oil of arnica. For sinus congestion, I usually have good luck with chamomile. When it’s grown locally, it seems to work better on local pollens, much like local honey (which is also a natural antibiotic).

TJBM has heard of Mr. Natural.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Is it you?
TJBM has a title.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Teacher.

TJBM wants some lobster.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Always up for some lobster!

@Yetanotheruser I just looked up Robert Crumb a few days ago. He and Aliene are still together. They moved to France a couple of decades ago. She got all pissed off at him about his “Mohammed’s Hairy Ass” cartoon after the Paris bombings and is now on strike. She calls herself a “retired person” now. I love those two old pervs.

TJBM likes R. Crumb’s cartoons.

Brian1946's avatar

True, especially Big Ass comics.

TJBM puts on the seat harness before they start driving.

Coloma's avatar

Yep, always, rote habit.

TJBM wants Calgon to take them away.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Who’s Calgon?
TJBM still has cartoon fantasy.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

All kinds of fantasies, but none are cartoon.

TJBM is as happy as I am that Bernie Sanders just won Oregon.

Coloma's avatar

@Mimishu1995 Calgon is an American bubble bath mix.

MilkyWay's avatar

Not American but rather him than Trump
TJBM thinks international travel regulations are too strict >:/

rojo's avatar

Not true, I think that the TSA and Homeland Security (sounds so Nazi doesn’t it) are too anal.

TJBM likes to wear the underwear of the opposite sex.

Magical_Muggle's avatar

I’ve never done that before. But my old school uniform had unisex ports shorts, with too much room in the front and not enough in the back for girls, I tried wearing them backwards to see if it would make much difference, it didn’t.

TJBM Has accidentally worn an item of clothing inside-out/back-to-front, and will tell us all about it

Mimishu1995's avatar

Yes. My underwear :p
TJBM thinks clothes is a mundance.

Stinley's avatar

I like clothes a lot. They hide my lumpy bits ;-)
@Coloma Calgon is a product for removing limescale in the uk. Best not get the two confused!
TJBM bathes in something weird

ibstubro's avatar

My skin. I have to admit that after the age of 40 it started to develop it’s weird bits. ;-)
I associate Calgon with super-slimy Bath Oil Beads.

TJBM knows a delicious snack that is good for us!

Mimishu1995's avatar

Here you go. Matcha cookies. A combination of the healthy matcha tea and your cookie. I used to have these at home but they were too expensive.
TJBM knows another good snack.

Strauss's avatar

I like a snack called “Powder Keg”, and it’s a snack mix made here by Mountain Man.

Calgon also makes water-conditioning and softening chemicals

TJBM has another good snack to mention.

Coloma's avatar

I love pouring vanilla yogurt over blackberries and it becomes a delicious swirly dessert. Yummy! Froze sticks of Pineapple are great in the summer too.

TJBM is feeling discouraged about something.

Tbag's avatar

Wo wo, a confession. I actually am. I’m literally discouraged about telling my best friend that I’m in love with her.
TJBM is going to give me advice about it.

rojo's avatar

Just do it! She is probably not clueless about this anyway.

TJBM thinks this is not the best advice

Coloma's avatar

It’s always best to just speak up and see what unfolds vs. living in a tortured inner state.

@Tbag You’re adorable how could this girl turn you down?

TJBM is a student of truth.

Tbag's avatar

@Coloma Aww, thank you. Very kind of you to say that. It’s not as easy as it seems. She has a boyfriend and that makes it even harder. I’m just so scared. I do not want to lose her! Punchline is that her boyfriend is what’s stopping me from spilling my heart out. Ugh!

Mimishu1995's avatar

Very true. I realized that I am more loyal to truth than many people around me. Don’t know if it is a good sign or not.
TJBM has a long-standing belief.

ibstubro's avatar

Many. Perhaps the most asinine is a belief in the inherent goodness of people.

TJBM has more than 2 internet-dependent devices.

Seek's avatar

Yes. Desktop computer, laptop computer (that’s so old the battery is dead so it’s basically a desktop), ROKU tv stick, Kindle Fire, Kindle e-reader, my smartphone, hubby’s smartphone, Wii U.

TJBM doesn’t have a Facebook account.

Coloma's avatar

True. I dropped mine in 2011, just didn’t float my boat, found it boring, hated the stupid farm game requests, and it also led to me dumping a toxic friend.

TJBM has dumped a toxic person.

Stinley's avatar

Oh yes. I called her Horrid Bridget
TJBM has a good friend and will tell us all about them

Tbag's avatar

Tell you? No no… I’d rather show you a picture that can tell you everything you need to know about my good friend
TJBM loves watching the big bang theory.

Stinley's avatar

@Tbag which one? I don’t get it…
But false. I don’t often watch the Big Bang theory
TJBM likes QI

Seek's avatar

SO MUCH and I’m thoroughly displeased that Stephen Fry will be retiring. He’s only halfway through the alphabet!

TJBM is a fan of stand up comedy.

Tbag's avatar

@Stinley The geezer holding the paper. I swear that joke was funnier in my head haha.

Coloma's avatar

I am, I am, it is my secret fantasy to do some stand up.

TJBM would like to talk to God. Did you know, God likes lizards, ask him about lizards. lol

www.dumb.com/god/

Strauss's avatar

I used to talk to “Him” all the time when I was a devout member of a religious community; “He” never answered me directly Now I communicate with “Her” (Mother Nature), and “She” talks back to me through my garden.

TJBM is a spiritual person.

Coloma's avatar

I’m a member of the church of nature too.

TJBM has a tummy ache. Oh man, the mexican lunch is not settling well, haha

ibstubro's avatar

False. I narrowly avoided one. I was going to buy 8 jalapeno poppers at the Walmart deli, but the Walmart Diet strikes again – I stood there so long waiting for cheap, mediocre, unhealthy food that I wandered off. Again. Happens to me 9 out of 10 times at the Wali.

TJBM has an unpaid bill that’s driving them nuts.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Luckily I have given up excessive spending a long time ago.
TJBM is in good term with their money.

Coloma's avatar

Not really. I am moving to a new little place and am spending a lot more than I had thought I would, you know how it goes..” Oh, I need a rug for this room, I need a new fan, on & on.”

TJBM needs a shower.

Magical_Muggle's avatar

Probably

TJBM Has recently seen a very good movie (old or new) and will tell us all about it

Mimishu1995's avatar

Yes. The Red Circle. But I don’t really want to recommend it because it may be a bit too slow to some people, and it’s so abstract it may come as pretentious. If you want to watch something artistic, or just different from the norm, then give it a try.
TJBM would like to tell us about another good movie.

Stinley's avatar

@Tbag I see it now!!
I watched About Time the other day which is a British movie by Richard Curtis. Very sweet and funny but doesn’t pass the Bechdel test
TJBM will knows of a good movie that does pass the bechdel test

ibstubro's avatar

I do not, as I have never heard of The Bechdel Test until now, so I’ll simply post a link.

TJBM knows of a rating system (on any topic) that they agree with almost 100% of the time, and will share it.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Found this by accident one day. I think it’s a pretty good movie rating system overal. At least it takes every rating score possible from various sources for the final judgement.
TJBM has discovered a strange website lately.

Magical_Muggle's avatar

I am constantly stumbling upon strange websites, does this count? I also have a couple more:
this one is just trippy
this pointless website
correct coffee intake
totally pointless
koalas
this is so sad…they literally find a picture of someone pointing where your cursor is
dividing squares
Please note that I found a website that compiled all of these websites, but these ones are my personal favourites

TJBM Has looked at at least one of the links, and has conceded that I have no life

MollyMcGuire's avatar

No, I haven’t. It’s looking like I probably won’t. :)

TJBM has watched a good film lately and will recommend it to us now.

Coloma's avatar

I really liked the “In the heart of the sea” the Moby Dick soinoff that was released back in Dec. or Jan.

@Magical_Muggle Haha That cursor link, how do they do that?

TJBM is being really, really, baaaad, and eating macadamia chocolate chip cookies right now. Stay away from my cookies or I shall have to keel you.

Tbag's avatar

Not at all. I’ve been a good kid. @Coloma I’ll have some today, for me and you!
TJBM will ask the jelly above me a question.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Can you forgive me for eating macadamia chocolate chip cookies pleeeeeease?
TJBM will forgive me.

Stinley's avatar

I am eating Hobnobs so will forgive anyone anything
TJBM heard a lovely story today that brought a tear to their eye

Coloma's avatar

Yes, but it was not lovely. I just read an 86 yr. old Florida man shot his sick 78 yr. old wife because they could not afford her medication. She was in pain and wanted to die but had not asked her husband to actually kill her. So sad and I do mot think he should be charged with murder.

TJBM agrees.

rojo's avatar

I do agree and hope someone has the wherewithal to put me out of my misery when the time comes.
TJBM has no plans for the weekend but is looking forward to it just the same.

Coloma's avatar

Plans tomorrow to go over to my new little place and do some stuff before the move in date on June3–4.

TJBM has fallen down recently. OMG..I hurt myself so bad this morning and asked a Q. about when was the last time you fell down? haha

Tbag's avatar

No I haven’t. Shit, it’s actually been a while since I fell down and hurt myself. I’m jinxing myself aren’t I? @Coloma How bad did you hurt yourself 0_0? You feelin’ better?
TJBM plans on traveling this summer and will tell us about it.

Coloma's avatar

No travel plans, I am on a tight budget and moving in a few weeks.
@Tbag Oh man, I totally wrenched my right arm, tweaked my left wrist, hurt my thumb and scraped my knee and elbow, it was a good fall, should have been on video. lol

TJBM can hear thunder right now.

MilkyWay's avatar

Nope, though I love the sound of thunder ♡
TJBM feels drained

Seek's avatar

A bit. I’m halfway through a music festival now, and I’m a bit “peopled out”. There are so MANY people here and I don’t know any of them. As a serious introvert, it is exhausting.

TJBM prefers camping more quietly.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Nay, I camped at Woodstock. YA ! ! ! !

TJBM does not remember Woodstock.

Mimishu1995's avatar

I can’t remember something I have never known.
TJBM has some interesting camping games.

Stinley's avatar

Of course. I am a scout leader!
TJBM also has camping games and will give me some inspiration

Coloma's avatar

Best camping game, get a little high and roast S’Mores. lol

TJBM likes S’Mores.

MilkyWay's avatar

Must confess I’ve never had them. More of an American thing I believe.
TJBM has been camping on the beach

Coloma's avatar

Yes, and had our campsite raided by a herd of free ranging cows. They slimed everything and tore open bags of food. haha

TJBM has hurt themselves recently.

Strauss's avatar

Yes. I stepped on a nail yesterday while clearing out the old wood-scrap pile. I wonder if I need a tetanus booster? I can’t remember my last shot!

TJBM is not a medical professional, but they can advise me.

longgone's avatar

Yep. I advise you to call your doctor. Speedy recovery!

TJBM has recovered from a shock.

Coloma's avatar

@Yetanotheruser If your last Tetanus shot has been 10 years or more a booster is in order.

I am still recovering from my bad fall yesterday. I am totally effed up.

TJBM made cinnamon rolls for breakfast.

Tbag's avatar

I wish…. I woke up today and the first thing I had was green tea. Bad idea…..
TJBM started reading a new book.

ibstubro's avatar

I am reading Lake Over Turn by Vestal McIntyre. Odd and interesting, so far.

TJBM subscribes to at least one magazine.

MilkyWay's avatar

Nope, I’d much rather buy a book :D
TJBM is a bibliophile and loves hunting for old books to collect

Mimishu1995's avatar

True, but lately I’m more of a movie lover and I collect old movies, mostly American and French one. Movies are easier to collect than books anyway.
TJBM loves collecting.

Coloma's avatar

I have a nice size movie collection but I am not a cluttery collector. I like my environment easy to clean. haha

TJBM knows someone with about 5,000 books.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

I was that guy! Drove my wife nuts. They didn’t go with her decorating schemes. I eventually was able to take over one of the bedrooms, line it with book shelves, move most of my books in there with a nice big leather recliner and pretty much gave her the rest of the house. It was my very own Southwest Style reading cave. Ah wuz in hevun.

TJBM loves to be surrounded by books.

Magical_Muggle's avatar

Who doesn’t?

TJBM Will recommend two books to us

Coloma's avatar

Beautiful Jim Key and Wesley the owl: The remarkable love story of an Owl and his girl.

TJBM likes non-fiction.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Yeah. I read some non-fiction for information too, especially “technical” ones.
TJBM can read any kind of books.

Strauss's avatar

Yep. Even if it’s not something I’m interested in, I still might read it to fall asleep.

TJBM has a method of falling asleep.

Coloma's avatar

Splay out on my belly, scrunch up my pillows, draw a leg up, zonk out. lol

TJBM is going to bed now. zzzzz

Mimishu1995's avatar

Goodbye world. Zzzz
TJBM will say: “Good night @Mimishu1995

Magical_Muggle's avatar

Good night @Mimishu1995, have a nice night!

TJBM will tell us about the latest dinner they ever accidentally had
I once had dinner on camp at 11:30 pm because the co-ordinators said our fire wasn’t good enough for food, and then the food took too long to cook. We then proceeded to wake up at 6:00am the next day because we had to do something

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

The most pleasant surprise at dinner was at a big Victorian B&B outside Ft. Ross, California, about 75 miles up Hwy 1 from San Francisco. This was about 1971.

It was a dark and stormy night. A friend and I had been building his cabin in Gualala all week and decided to have a decent dinner as a reward. I had Steak Diane and he had a whole Chateaubriand to himself. We were sat by an ornate lapis lazuli fireplace as a wild Pacific storm roared outside. We languished over our dinners under dim chandeliers in the warmth and quiet of this Victorian mansion’s ostentatious dining room. When it came to ordering wine, we went with a California Pinot Noir. Our waitress was this beautiful, soft spoken Asian girl from SF. She was new at waitressing. I was in love and monopolizing her time trying to wheedle a phone number out of her.

The wine that arrived was a 1961 Latour. The dining room was dark and I barely glanced at the label when the sommelier presented it. When I tasted it, I was shocked and took another look at the label and told the waiter that this was not the wine we ordered and asked him how much it was going to set us back. $130. Eek. But fuck it, we took it anyway. After all, I reasoned, he’d properly presented the wine to me and I had accepted it before it was opened. Fate had stepped in to my life once again, this time bearing a first growth wine. I’d never had a premier grand cru before. It was amazing. The girl came and apologized and I assured her there would be no problem.

After dinner the sommelier came back and introduced himself as the owner. He happened to be a former Marine and like my buddy had come back from Vietnam and got involved in the anti-war movement. We invited him to get a glass and enjoy some of his wine. He came back with a bottle of Margaux, 1953. The waitress was his girlfriend and he assured me that she would not be charged for the Latour as it would make his living situation unbearable. She joined us. We laughed and sat by the fire and drank first growths long after the place closed. It was a great dinner.

TJBM can describe the greatest dinner they ever had.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

I forgot to say that the owner insisted on charging us only for the California wine, so basically the Latour was on the house.

Stinley's avatar

We invited my sister and brother in law round for dinner. We were having Raclette and described it to them as potatoes that you eat with cheese melted under the Raclette grill. John looked very suspicious about this. There were loads of other things to eat like sausage, salads, ham, chorizo, peppers, mushrooms, pickles. He was so surprised at how good it all was and we all ate masses. He always wants Raclette every time they come for dinner. We are more than happy to oblige.
TJBM has tried Raclette

ibstubro's avatar

That’s it, CHEESE!
Looks pretty rich, but I’m always up for cheese.

TJBM has at least 5 different types of cheese in their home at this time.

Coloma's avatar

Yes, lets see….Swiss, cream cheese, goat cheese, parmesan, white cheddar and shredded taco cheese.

TJBM has fixed up an old travel trailer or RV and has heard of “Glamping” glamorous camping” in renovated trailers and RVs. I am fixing up one now and it will look similar to this with a turquoise and red theme. So excited!

www.indulgy.com/post/MbzKDtHe92/vintage-travel-trailer-turquoise-and-red-kitchen

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

No, but I helped a friend move a big, old wooden chicken house to the top of a redwood ridge overlooking the Pacific near Occidental. We cleaned it out nicely and made it habitable. One end was his stained glass workshop, the other end was living quarters full of books. He had inherited a big Macaw named Ivan, as in Ivan the Terrible, from a dead uncle. Ivan was a prick. He hated people and bit everyone who ever visited this guy. The guy took his girlfriend up to Tahoe one weekend and when he came back, Ivan had reduced his whole library to sawdust. Son of a bitch lived for fifteen more years.

TJBM has owned a parrot.

Coloma's avatar

Yes, a Military Macaw named “Louie”. He was a riot, liked to be wrapped up in a blanket like a “baby.” I would say ” Louie want to be a baby?” and he would grab his little blanket in his beak and roll over and over until he was all swaddled and then liked to lay in your lap. I had him for years but when I divorced I found him a great home with a girlfriend and he was very happy.

TJBM loves birds of all kinds.

MilkyWay's avatar

No actually, I’m very picky when it comes to birds.
TJBM will tell us whether they like canines or felines more

Coloma's avatar

Pussy cats large and small. Cats rule, dogs drool. haha
My 17 lb. Ragdoll “Myles” is flopped at my feet on the bed right now.

TJBM is having a relaxing Sunday.

Stinley's avatar

I am. I cut the grass, tidied the kitchen, made dinner and washed my daughter’s hair. Now I am chilling
TJBM achieved stuff this weekend

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

I didn’t even know it was the weekend until Coloma mentioned it. I haven’t achieved anything new in the past two days. Just the regular stuff that has to be done around here. I’m cooking and feeding scraps to the dogs and cat right now.

TJBM went somewhere this weekend.

Tbag's avatar

I’ve got a tough exam in 33 hours and 5 minutes to be exact. I spent my weekend at home sweet home. Read – snack – read – break – tea – read – read – read – dinner – sleep and dream about reading – wakes up, read.
TJBM will tell us something they thought they’d take to the grave.

Coloma's avatar

Nope, nothing to tell. No skeletons in my closet. haha

TJBM likes history documentaries.

Strauss's avatar

Factual, not “ancient alien theorists” programming. Although they are somewhat entertaining…and then there’s the hair

TJBM wishes they could have hair like Giorgio.

Mimishu1995's avatar

I’m not a man.
TJBM successfully cartoonized someone. I drew one of my friends last night in the most cartoonic way possible as a joke. Turned out she looked much better in cartoon form. Troll failed :p

ibstubro's avatar

No. Not something I care to try.

TJBM recently bought a new computer accessory.

Coloma's avatar

I had to buy a new cord a few months ago.

TJBM has an itch they can’t reach.

Magical_Muggle's avatar

I constantly get itches in the back of my throat, or on the sole of my foot when I am wearing shoes I can’t get off.
I have discovered that I cannot scratch the itch in the back of my throat with my hand (I look like a total spastic) I have to use my tongue in a really difficult way to explain. The scratches on the soles of my feet just have to disappear.

TJBM Can do a neat trick with their tongue

Seek's avatar

I can touch the tip of my nose with my tongue. I can also do a bunch of different rolls and folds and stuff.

TJBM will tell us whether they have dangling earlobes or attached earlobes.

Magical_Muggle's avatar

Dangling earlobes. * dangle-dangle *

TJBM Will tell us something that they are thankful for today, or in their life

Stinley's avatar

I am thankful that I have first world problems
TJBM has a funny first world problem

Tbag's avatar

I have every ingredient to make food, except that I am out food. Need to do grocery shopping ugh!
TJBM is on a strict diet.

Stinley's avatar

Not a strict diet but watching what I eat and trying to slowly lose a few pounds
TJBM has a target weight and an actual weight.

Seek's avatar

Target is roughly 120-ish. I’m currently about 137. I’m not so bothered about it that I’m not having cinnamon rolls for breakfast. But I will do yoga afterward, and some strength training if I don’t murder my shoulders too much during yoga.

TJBM will share their workout routine

Stinley's avatar

At 5.30pm I turn off my computer and go home. (see what I did there???)
TJBM will share the worst joke they know

Mimishu1995's avatar

Knock knock! Who’s that? Don’t cry. Still can’t understand what it means.
TJBM will share another dull joke.

Tbag's avatar

Why did the gum cross the road?
Because it was stuck on the chicken.

TJBM will share two funny jokes.

Stinley's avatar

What do cows have for breakfast? Moosli
-Doctor doctor I feel like I’m a pair of curtains.
-Pull yourself together man!
TJBM loves this and will tell another groan-worthy joke

Tbag's avatar

@Stinley hahaha!
“Argon walks into a bar. The bartender says “Sorry we don’t serve noble gasses here” Argon doesn’t react”
TJBM fell in love with something new.

Stinley's avatar

@Mimishu1995 I think I know that one. The way I heard it was: Knock Knock. Who’s there? Boo. Boo who? Don’t cry, it’s only a joke. Was that it?
@Tbag I made the cow one up myself

Nothing new and lovely in my life at the moment though
TJBM can answer TJAM

Mimishu1995's avatar

Yes. Another new movie.
TJBM defines love in the broardest sense.

Strauss's avatar

I define love in many ways. There is the love I have for my wife which is quite different from the love I have for my kids, which is quite different from the love I have for my siblings, wwhich is quite different from the love I have for my fellow human beings in general, which is quite different from the love I have for music, which is quite different from the love I have for gardening, which is quite different from the love I have for my pet, which is quite different from the love I have for gardening, which is quite different from the love I have for Fluther…I could go on and on and on and on and on and on…

TJBM agrees that the concept of love is not simple to explain.

rojo's avatar

No, I don’t. Love simply means being willing to share half your jelly doughnut even though you really want to eat the whole thing.

TJBM has never been in love for more than a few hours.

Coloma's avatar

Haha, false, but in the last 10 years that would be true, more like a passing few seconds.

TJBM has experienced extreme fatigue from taking an antibiotic.

reijinni's avatar

nope
TJBM wants Trump to visit their country.

Mimishu1995's avatar

We already have Obama.
TJBM knows what I’m talking about.

Strauss's avatar

Yes, I do. Better Obama than Trump, @Mimishu1995! It’s a good idea for the US to normalize relations with Vietnam. I think it’s about time.

I have to admit that I was surprised that I had a little reaction to see the flag I served under next to the flag I served against. And seeing President Obama in front of that huge statue of Ho Chi Minh brought up some feelings I am still trying to process…but it’s a small part of my overall feelings on the subject.

TJBM has had some unexpected reaction based upon past experiences.

ibstubro's avatar

I’m always shocked by the fondness with which I regard GHW Bush, considering the contempt I had for him while he was VP and then P.
(I don’t hold offspring against people. :-P)

TJBM thinks serious trouble is brewing in South America.

Mimishu1995's avatar

@Yetanotheruser true! Just watched the news report about Obama eating out in Hanoi. He was so friendly I could hardly believe the manner was something coming from a president. Another reason why I prefer Obama.
Wait, what? I was too caught up in Obama that I didn’t notice.
TJBM will fill me in.

Strauss's avatar

It depends on what part of South America we’re talking about. Although Brazil is only one country of many, politics there is getting pretty interesting.

TJBM is aware that the President of Brazil is suspended from office pending impeachment.

rojo's avatar

Yes, she was. Although it is probably more of a power grab by those businessmen and moneyed elite who have seen their power dissipate over the past decade than a legitimate impeachment for corruption.
TJBM wishes that they could fly away for a few days and just lounge on a tropical beach sipping Mai-Tai’s.

Strauss's avatar

That’s probably about number 6 or 7 on my “If I win the lottery…” list. @rojo, you (and yours) would definitely be on my guest list

TJBM will share their “If I win the lottery…” wish list

reijinni's avatar

pay off bills
TJBM is having one of those weeks.

Coloma's avatar

Oh man, yes I am. I am sick, fell down and hurt myself, trying to work, move in one week, paint a new house, and about 700 other things. If I survive this next few weeks without dropping dead in my tracks it will be a miracle.

TJBM is up to their eyeballs in stuff.

Strauss's avatar

Yep, gardening.

TJBM has a great job.

MilkyWay's avatar

Not yet!
TJBM would like to visit NY and NJ sometime in the near future

Strauss's avatar

Nah, crossed that off my bucket list before I even knew what a bucket list was.

TJBM has a bucket list.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Yeah. But nobody knows if I can complete it before I die.
TJBM has crossed a lot of items in their bucket list.

ibstubro's avatar

I’ve never had one. I’ve always been too single minded. If I made a bucket list, 31 days later I’d be freaking out because I hadn’t book a flight to Egypt yet.

TJBM can make a delicious homemade frosting.

Coloma's avatar

I could but I don’t want to. lol I used to make a home made peanut butter cake with peanut butter and cream cheese frosting, took freaking all day. haha

TJBM is so tired they just want to die in their sleep tonight.

rojo's avatar

Not really but if I had to go that would be a good way to do it; either that or while after an enjoyable bout of sexual excapades.

TJBM has gone “commando” some time within the last month.

MilkyWay's avatar

Haha true xD sometimes you just gota let her breathe
TJBM knows sleeping nekked is good for health

Mimishu1995's avatar

I think you mean “naked”. Thanks for the info but how am I to explain that to my family if they catch me in the toilet doing my quick thing at night?
TJBM knows some myth and would like to bust it.

MilkyWay's avatar

@Mimishu1995 I know how to spell darling. Nekked is something we used to say on here instead of naked lol
psst, night robe!
Hmm the Chupacabra!
TJBM is fascinated by the random acts cats often do… What on earth were they thinking? xD

Coloma's avatar

Haha, I am. My little siamese bit me on the nose in bed this morning. She is a random love biter. My big Ragdoll brought me a lizard yesterday and let is loose under my bed. Oh joy! lol

TJBM has worked hard today and is ready to relax.

Strauss's avatar

Yep, I got another patch of garden tilled and seeded, and just now opened a Blue Moon.

TJBM is satisfied with a good day’s work.

Magical_Muggle's avatar

I am.

TJBM will reccomend a book to us that they have recently read and think we will enjoy?

ibstubro's avatar

The best book I read recently was The Grapes of Wrath.
Lake Overturn was a complicated and interesting book that does not promise you a rose garden. Certainly the only book I’ve ever read that has a prominent character that is underage, autistic, gay, ethnic and lives in a trailer park.

TJBM has heard a great new song lately.

Stinley's avatar

I like Jess Glynne’s Hold my Hand. I don’t know how new it is, new to me anyway! Great pop song
TJBM has seen a great new film lately

Mimishu1995's avatar

Yeah, this. Don’t know if you want to try too, but hey, I assume that you know French, right @Stinley?
Why do I bump into so many movie questions when it’s my turn anyway? I like it though :)
TJBM likes obscure movies.

Magical_Muggle's avatar

I love obscure movies, Moonrise kingdom was pretty awesome, and also the Grand Budapest Hotel, most all Wes Anderson movies, and Taika Waititi! HELL HE IS GOOD!- What we do in the shadows
And of course french movies, Welcome to the sticks (Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis), Amelie

TJBM Will tell us an odd fact that they think we deserve to know

Stinley's avatar

@Mimishu1995 I have ordered that!

George W Bush and Saddam Hussein had their shoes hand-made by the same Italian cobbler (from QI)
TJBM has another random fact

MilkyWay's avatar

I’m full of em. Such as, if you stay awake for 18 hours or more, it has the same affect on the brain as drinking a small glass of wine xD
TJBM knows things they have no recollection of learning

Strauss's avatar

Yes. I have no recollection of learning how to teach music.

TJBM is looking forward to another productive day.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Yeah, but more of a “productive night”. My story has progressed a lot and I hope to write more tonight.
TJBM is working of something.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Yes. Many disparate things at once, as usual.

I just finished cleaning the boat from stem to stern, securing the electronics from the weather, cleaning and stowing the sails and clearing the hull bottom below the waterline of barnacles and algea.

I am working on passive devices to protect my free-range chickens from aerial predators, attacks of which have intensified since I introduced earthworms into their ranging area.

I am cleaning, repairing and upgrading the RAM memory of an oldish HP laptop.

I have also been looking into the “Rainbow Family.” primarily a Millennial, nomadic, nouveau-Hippy culture in the US and Canada.

And, for the past three days, I’ve been building a reference file on the actions of the American Army 9th Infantry Division, 2nd Brigade Riverines, Mekong Riverine Force, Joint US Navy and Army Task Force 117 operations in the Mekong Delta from 1966 until their disbandment in 1970 including ARVN and opposing NVRA/VC forces in that area. It has been quite an education.

TJBM is working on something.

Coloma's avatar

I am about to resume painting my new little dogs in about an hour. Just as soon as the coffee kicks in and my stiff joints start creaking into action. lol

TJBM wishes one could still just hop a freight train and locomote to new territory.

ibstubro's avatar

I do.
New Mexico call to me.

TJBM has seen a great commercial lately!

MilkyWay's avatar

Haha I usually skip adverts to be honest, though I’m curious to know which one you saw @ibstubro :D
TJBM can spend all day reading

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Yes. That’s what bad weather is for.

TJBM is working on a long-term project today.

MilkyWay's avatar

Does working on myself count?
TJBM woke up on the wrong side of the bed

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Nope, not today. I woke up to peals of thunder in the distance and a rising wind. I love days like this. I secured the animals, made sure they all had feed. milked the two nannies and threw out a bowl of mackerel mix for the barn cats, called the dogs in and the three of us settled down to enjoy a wild, summer storm. On days like this I’d really like to have a dutch door from my study to Cheyenne’s stall so she could kinda hang with us during times like this—like the layout they had on Mr. Ed.

Yes, working on yourself does count.

TJBM is being tempted at the moment.

Stinley's avatar

Tempted to get cross :(
TJBM has a good strategy for staying calm

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

I have heroes that I channel. At times when I’m in situational stress, or when I’m on the verge of being unfair due to anger, I channel Atticus Finch/Gregory Peck. When I myself experience unfairness, or I’m under physical threat or up against a more powerful foe, I channel Zorba/Anthony Quin. Even though these are fictional characters, they are ideals and emulating that ideal helps me get through bad situations. What would Zorba do? Like that.

TJBM probably thinks I’m batshit crazy.

Stinley's avatar

Well if you are then I am too. That sounds like a good idea!
TJBM has thought of someone to channel

Strauss's avatar

There are many times I channel “Tevye” from Fiddler on the Roof.

TJBM had plans for today that got rained out.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

I was going to bring in some mangoes and take them to market, but that can wait until the weather clears.

Tevye is one of my favorite characters!

TJBM has heroic types they emulate as well.

Coloma's avatar

I can’t think of any hero types right off hand but I am emulating a very strong and tenacious woman right now, considering my stress level has reached critical mass the last few weeks and I am physically exhausted after being sick and then falling and hurting my neck and deltoid muscle in my right shoulder. So far I have only had a minor tantrum trying to unscrew some wall brackets but I did seriously fantasize about killing the neighboring rooster that went off at exactly 4:19 a.m. this morning. WTF, dude, there is not ONE shred of light on the horizon, really? lol

TJBM lives near a loud and proud cock.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

I am not going there. Bragging doesn’t suit me.

I hope you doing better soon, Coloma.

TJBM knows how to stop a rooster from crowing at 0419.

Coloma's avatar

Shoot it? lol

TJBM likes good humored types.

Strauss's avatar

I do! And just to prove it, I’ll also answer the post two above this…

…How to stop a rooster from crowing at 0419? Start preparing chicken dinner and 0418!

TJBM has prepared a dinner that included dispatch of the entrée.

Coloma's avatar

Only Trout and Abalone no birds or mammals.

TJBM has gone fly fishing.

ibstubro's avatar

False. I have not fished since I was a kid and, as far as I remember, I have never caught a fish that was kept. I only remember fishing off of a dock in the Mississippi River.

TJBM has enjoyed a seafood meal recently.

Seek's avatar

Hmm… we had sushi last week. I’ve had a hankerin’ for seared tuna since I saw one contestant on Master Chef Australia make some a couple of weeks ago. Maybe I’ll make that happen tomorrow, if I have time. I’m supposed to be helping a friend move, though, so it might be pizza and beer instead.

TJBM has helped a friend move.

Coloma's avatar

Yes, and now I am moving ta the the end of next week and 2 of my friends are helping me paint and move. Moving so sucks, freaking exhausting. lol

TJBM hates moving.

Magical_Muggle's avatar

I do, I hate having to pack up absolutely everything, only to unpack it somewhere else.

TJBM Has been somewhere very nice recently

Mimishu1995's avatar

Yes. My bed.
TJBM is a basement dweller.

Seek's avatar

Well, I was when I had a basement. You can’t dig that deep where I live now; you’ll hit groundwater.

I miss the whole concept of attics and basements. Built in storage. What a thing.

TJBM had a house with a staircase.

Coloma's avatar

I did, it was knotty pine, open stairs and had storage underneath. I wanted to turn the storage into a little reading hide away cubby when my family was driving me nuts once upon a time. The woman that lived under the stairs. haha

TJBM is working on a painting project.

Strauss's avatar

Yes, my house…at least that’s the plan for this summer.

TJBM has plans for the upcoming season.

Stinley's avatar

Painting my house too. Got the paint and everything
TJBM likes bold colours on the walls

Magical_Muggle's avatar

I love bold colours!

TJBM has repainted a room recently

Seek's avatar

Hm… Must have been a year ago now. I painted one wall in my kitchen blue, just because everything was so white and I was bored.

I think I’m due for a new project.

TJBM has made a cross-stitch project.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Several. I got that hobby from my mom, an avid cross-stitch collector. But right now we don’t have money to fund more projects.
TJBM has a hobby hampered by financial problems.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Oh, so many. I’ve recently become interested in the Frankincense Tree. I have one, but it must be kept inside because the climate here is precisely opposite from what it requires. Except for the heat. My interest started when I found out that these trees are disappearing from their natural habitat through climate change and over-harvesting of their sap. So, I thought I’d like one to make bonzais out of.

But if I had the money, I’d take a look at all that “wasteland” east of the Sierras on the Nevada side and do a start-up Frankincense grove. The soil and climate appear to be perfect. (This goes for Myrrh as well). There is great demand for Frankincense and prices are climbing sky high, as is over-harvesting proportional to those prices.

There is government seed money available for solid business ideas that can potentially inject cash into poverty areas such as the Eastern Slope of the Sierras. I’m looking into it with one eye.

Who knows? Maybe in a couple of years, I’ll be out in the desert and well into my Gabby Hayes shtick.

TJBM also has a hobby hampered by financial problems.

Mimishu1995's avatar

I want to be a rare item collector. I have to settle down with digital items and not physical items due to money shortage :p Maybe I can do that some day, when I’m old and have a lot of money…
Speaking of being old and having money, I’m thinking of something…
TJBM has a passion they still keep alive.

Coloma's avatar

Not so much the last few years, though I am enjoying my painting project now. I used to have a passion for growing exotic strains of bamboo and making water gardens and decorating but I too am financially compromised these days and living with a lot less space than I used to.

TJBM is waking up s-l-o-w-l-y this morning. Hey, rooster didn;t crow untill 4:55 am this morning, $%^!

MilkyWay's avatar

Every morning xD
That’s late for you?
TJBM is good at spelling words

Strauss's avatar

Spelling was always my strong suite in elementary school.

TJBM will share their strengths from school.

Coloma's avatar

Art, english, animal sciences.

TJBM owns some tye dye clothing.

Strauss's avatar

Not as much as I once did. My wife bought me a tie-dyed t-shirt from some barbecue joint in Kentucky.

TJBM has a regional preference for barbecue.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

North Carolina, recently in the news, has a great barbecue from the eastern counties along the Atlantic. It’s unusual in that it isn’t as sweet as most barbecues and has more of a bite to it. Mix apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, a smidgen of Worcestershire sauce (optional), a splash of hot pepper sauce, an itty-bitty bit of corn whiskey, salt and pepper then pour it in a jar or bottle with a tight-fitting lid. You can also cook it down a bit to thicken it. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 days before using so that the flavors will blend. Shake occasionally, and store for up to 2 months in the refrigerator. It is daaayam good. It is said to have come from the Gullah culture, freed slaves who lived out on the Sea Islands and low lands from Cape Fear south to Jacksonville.

I hear tell Colorado has a pretty good barbecue, but I’ve never had it.

TJBM also has a regional preference for barbecue.

Stinley's avatar

I don’t know. I cook sausages, burgers, and veggie kebabs. Is that regional?
TJBM loves food cooked outside

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Yes, I do. It seems to taste better and the central focus of a fire, the fresh air and the natural surroundings all appeal to the cave man in me.

TJBM especially likes a certain kind of sausage.

Mimishu1995's avatar

CHEESE SAUSAGE! In my local supermarket there is a strange kind of sausage called cheese sausage. It tastes really good! The smell of cheese is enough to hook me up.
But wait, is cheese sausage a thing?
TJBM knows if cheese sausage is a thing.

Strauss's avatar

My first guess would be that it’s a sausage that is made with meat (as usual), with some sort of cheese mixed in with it, like this one. I’ve also seen cheddar bratwurst, which,as the name suggests, is a type of bratwurst that is made with cheddar cheese.

TJBM is fond of fondue.

Coloma's avatar

Oh yes, fondue is yummy!

TJBM orders cheese from a special cheese factory. This is my fav. they make a Caraway jack to die for and a salami cheddar and a great pepper jack. www.loletacheese.com

MilkyWay's avatar

Nope, from the supermarket lol. Though I do love cheese, I’d like to try a special cheese factory xD
TJBM is a FOODIE

Coloma's avatar

I am and I have the cholesterol to go with it, having to be strict with myself, bah. haha

TJBM hates exercising extreme self discipline.

Strauss's avatar

I never did have a lot of self-discipline. Unless it was required, then I guess it’s not self-discipline!

TJBM is getting silly today.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Well… that’s complicated. I need people around me to confirm.
TJBM gets silly because they stick to the rules too much.

Stinley's avatar

I do get silly. It does surprise people as I think they think I am a bit of a stick in the mud!
TJBM can be a giddy kipper at times too

Strauss's avatar

I can get about as giddy as any kipper you’ve ever met.

TJBM likes kippered herring with beer and crackers.

reijinni's avatar

not really
TJBM has success with Android Pay

MilkyWay's avatar

Don’t even know what that is
TJBM skips breakfast

ibstubro's avatar

All my adult life. I don’t feel hungry and it kills my morning energy.

Here is my moving tip: Strawberry Flats Fill one, stack, repeat. No need to wrap/unwrap and the more you stack, the stronger the stack gets. No unwrapping and great temp storage at the new place! Tomato, avocado, grape and apple boxes from Aldi may interstack and offer different depths.

TJBM has a keen tip to share!

Magical_Muggle's avatar

If you have those little lint bobble things on your jumpers, (I hope you know what I mean) You can get rid of them by using old shaving razors that are no longer sharp, you just shave the bobbles off and whalla! good as new …I am not good at wording things

TJBM Has another household tip they can share with us

Mimishu1995's avatar

Want to sleep soundly at night in noisy condition? Turn on your fan. If that fails download a white noise file in your phone, turn your phone to airplane mode, then put on your headphone and play the file.
TJBM doesn’t have any tip.

Stinley's avatar

I’m too chilled out to have any tips. We have a new lawnmower and my husband is playing with it and mowing the grass at the same time. I’m sitting in a deckchair I’m supervising
TJBM is enjoying some sunshine

Coloma's avatar

Yes, infact I just finished the morning chores here and broke into a sweat at 8:30 am. haha
It’s going to be quite warm today, mid-high 80’s.

TJBM had ice cream recently. Oh man, Ben & Jerrys Pistachio Pistachio for me last night, it was great!

Mimishu1995's avatar

You bet! Just finished the last scope of my ice-cream box!
TJBM is enjoying the summer.

ibstubro's avatar

It’s been very mild here. Cool. I’ve not even bothered to break out the shorts yet. But, yeah, I’m enjoying the hell out of that!

TJBM knows how to put a good meal on the table without heating up the kitchen.

Coloma's avatar

Yep, either BBQ or make picnic fare.

TJBM likes picnics.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Sure, I like them as long as bees are not present.

TJBM doesn’t play on any other qNa site.

Strauss's avatar

I don’t. Q & A sites don’t usually appeal to me. This one has been the exception since 2008.

TJBM will tell us how long they have been a jelly.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Just look at my profile.
Seriously though, I have never had any real emotional attachment to any sites except this one. I don’t know why. I never knew I could be here for so long.
TJBM thinks the same too.

Coloma's avatar

I feel the same, Fluther is like a neighborhood of friends and fun. :-)

TJBM is staying up waay too late watching random videos.

Magical_Muggle's avatar

I’m staying up waay to late reading books.

TJBM Has to get up too early each morning

MilkyWay's avatar

Thankfully not, I’m not a morning person at all.
TJBM has chronic insomnia

Seek's avatar

I’ll sleep when I’m dead.

TJBM exercises daily.

MilkyWay's avatar

Gosh no. Hardly ever, too lazy.
TJBM needs to gain weight

Coloma's avatar

I wish, I need to lose some weight. I’ve lost about 13 pounds since March but could stand to drop more. God knows I am active but at mid-life it just hangs on, and on and on. lol

TJBM is having a crazy busy morning.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Not this morning. I’m still lazily enjoying my holiday.
TJBM has a lazy day.

MilkyWay's avatar

True
TJBM loves Italian cuisine * _ *

Stinley's avatar

Oh yes. Pasta. Sauce. Mmm

TJBM loves Mediterranean food

ibstubro's avatar

Yes, yes, yes. I love Greek food especially. Saganaki and a Greek salad is a perfect meal. Spanakopita with a side of tzatziki sauce! On and on.
I was mourning the loss of our local Greek restaurant to last fall’s storms this week and – lo and behold! – found out it has reopened in a nicer location. I hope to make it there one day this week.

TJBM is passionate about food.

Strauss's avatar

Passionate enough that I actually grow a lot of it.

TJBM likes gardening.

Coloma's avatar

I do, very much. I like exotic grasses, bamboos and flowers and veggies.

TJBM has had Mexican food in the last few days.

Mimishu1995's avatar

I’m still trying to remember when I last ate a taco.
TJBM incoporates their love for food and gardening.

Stinley's avatar

I do like to eat outside. I would like to grow more veggies. When I retire to France I will become more self sufficient
TJBM would like to be self sufficient

MilkyWay's avatar

Absolutely yes. I’ve grown potatoes, onions, tomatoes, corn, herbs, radishes, spinach and I would love to do it all the time. Unfortunately English weather isn’t good for year round gardening.
TJBM wants to move to Spain or Italy

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Yes. But Greece is much more affordable. I know the Aegean island I’d like to move to. I even know the house on the hillside overlooking a fishing village and the great, blue sea with islands in the distance. I could do well there with just a garden, a couple of goats, a good dog and a burro. But they are having terrible problems there at the moment, so it is wise to take a wait-and-see attitude.

TJBM knows of the terrible situation Greece is in.

Coloma's avatar

Yes. sad. crazy high suicide rates. I understand people just feeling like giving up, life should not be such a struggle for many.

TJBM is gearing up for a major heat wave. Supposed to be like 105 or more this weekend, oh man, a living hell.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Currently suffering it. Someone send me ice-cream!
TJBM will send me ice-cream.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Would goat milk mango be alright? It’s delicious and doesn’t seem to negatively affect the lactose intolerant. Papaya is good, too, and great for the digestive system (natural Pepsin). Or Mandarin. Or Lilikoi (Passion Fruit) which works as an anti-hyprtensive. I can always whip some up fresh on a moment’s notice. I usually have a lot of goat milk.

TJBM has never had fresh Papaya.

Coloma's avatar

True, that.

TJBM has hair on their chinny chin chin. lol

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Yes I do. Appropriately, I have a well-groomed a goatee.

TJBM will do something to beat the heat today.

Coloma's avatar

I am indoors right now but have to clean the bird barn soon and then go firth into the inferno for a doc appt. and errands and then tomorrow, gah, a full day if painting again with a friend in the heat.

TJBM drinks LOTS of water, so much water that they have to go pee about every 30 minutes. haha I do

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

I do drink a lot of water, constantly throughout the day, (feels-like temp is 101F inland today) but I sweat it all out as it goes in and pee only about every four to six hours. Never a dry moment here. Only mad dogs and Englishmen—and this bloody American.

About 4–5pm we get our daily luke-warm downpour and everything cools for the evening. The dogs and sheep head for the various sheep cotes I scattered around here. Shy and I take the slow walk back home in it and it washes the day’s sweat off us. Very refreshing. It’s a good time to sit on the porch with a coffee and pastry and watch the steam rise out of the jungle beyond the meadow. Then the storm clouds break up for a spectacular, technicolor sunset. Nighttime comes the polyuria, though. Age, dammit.

TJBM knows the pleasure of the 4pm ritual.

Coloma's avatar

Mine is the pleasure of the 8–9 pm ritual after getting all the birds into their barn and coop in the summer, but soon my ritual will change and most days I will be done by afternoon unless my new work people have travel plans then I will be feeding horses around 7 pm. @Espiritus_Corvus OMG, yes, the polyuria, I try to cut my water off by 8 or so but when it’s hot that is hard. If I sleep fr 5 hours without needing to go pee it is a miracle. haha

TJBM soldiers on no matter what.

Strauss's avatar

No matter what…Got a good start on the garden, rainy today, doing long-put-off plumbing chores today, with my head under the sink and an adjustable wrench that’s almost too long to get the right torque…

TJBM is also doing unusual chores today.

Coloma's avatar

No, that will be tomorrow again. Re-screwing is that a word? lol all the freshly painted hardware on my freshly painted cabinets. OMG, it is going to take hours to out all these handles and knobs back on. Today is a doc apt. in an hour and errands and pick up an Rx.

TJBM likes winter better than summer anymore.

Strauss's avatar

No, no, no! I love summer. I actually like winter as well. Summer because it’s my garden time, winter because it’s my music teaching time.

TJBM has a favorite time of year.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

I like a temperate summer, something like what you and Coloma have, or a subtropical winter. It’s a hard question. Harvard Yard is incredible in the Fall. Maine, too. A stormy Spring on teh rocky coast of northern California or Maine. Then there is a warm brandy by a stone fireplace during a good snowfall in a lodge with friends. This is an impossible question to answer!

TJBM is not ambivalent at all about which season they prefer.

Strauss's avatar

Quite the contrary…I just don’t like extremes of weather.
—Although with the global warming climate change, it seems that’s exactly what we’re getting.

TJBM will share an extreme weather experience.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Oy. I’ve been through a couple of hurricanes and the aftermath of Andrew. But the worst was a winter storm on the Baltic.

Aye, ‘twas back in ‘88 ‘twas, we were swamped with 40-foot seas sou’east off Gottland in freezing sleet and Cat 2 wind on the good, old MS Gripen, 120 yrds LOA, built in Danmark, 1956. She’d pierce a wave with ‘er nose and by the time the water came to midships, ‘twas rollin’ blocks of ice sweepin’ the decks clear of all ‘er hardware. The bridge lost all her windows and the landsmen aboard lost their guts. She was a sturdy tub, she was, and she held together to get us into Riga, thus we escaped with our liiiiiiives!. The old hoor ended her days a gambling ferry out of Biloxi and since 1999 she is sleeping at the bottom off the West Bank south of New Orleans.

TJBM will share an extreme weather experience.

Coloma's avatar

@Espiritus_Corvus What kind of ship/boat is that?

About 6 years ago there was a crazy summer T-Storm with high winds and pounding rain. I ran out on my deck to crank down my market umbrella that was launching a pretty heavy redwood table off my deck and threatening to fling it into my bedroom window. I could not get the damn crank on the umbrella to crank and so had to stand there, a human anchor, holding onto the umbrella pole and preventing the table from overturning in the middle of a torrential downpour, lightening strikes and crazy wind. I felt like I was on a ship in a storm, holding onto the mast. lol

TJBM has had frost bite.

Mimishu1995's avatar

True. But for some reason, my frost bite loves to reside on my mouth. No other part of the body ever has it.
TJBM doesn’t like the cold.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

I haven’t felt cold in twenty years, but it never bothered me earlier. I always dressed appropriate for the weather. I’ve lost some subdermal fat in the past few years, so I really don’t know how I would handle it these days.

@Coloma The Gripen was a small car ferry, very intimate for a Baltic ship. I was able to find her specs and she wasn’t anywhere near 120m long, she was 80. The first two decks below the first window deck were where the cars went and served as ballast. The first window deck was crew’s quarters and ship’s business. The next two decks were a couple of restaurants and bars.

Top deck forward was the bridge and the three windows aft of that are the captain and officer’s quarters. Aft of that, top deck, just forward of the stack, you’ll see a doorway. That was the worst placed bar ever put on a ship. It was a dutch door and shots were served from it at all hours long after everything below closed. There was only a three foot deck on the outside where the hardcore would gather late at night and drink. We lost a couple of passengers who chose to ignore the signs and the bartender’s warnings not to sit on the rail. The ship would lurch from a broadside and off they’d go into the night. The captain, against company orders, finally ordered the bar closed.

It was a great little ship. I had been on larger ones and they weren’t nearly as fun. Just me, the captain, three other officers and eight deckhands and load specialists. Same guys every tour for three years straight. A bunch of brothers, really. The hospitality crew was much larger and separate from ship’s crew. It was a good ship. We had an excellent captain and some good times. After that storm, he brought us into Riga limping at a 15 degree list on one engine at 40%. Helluva captain.

TJBM has a storm story.

Coloma's avatar

The freak foothills blizzard of 2009. Dumped 2 feet of snow at my house, power was down for 4 days. I went outside at 5 am and all you could hear, all around you, was the sound of tree limbs snapping under the heavy wet snow. I was freezing, had like 7 blankets on the bed, slept in a layer of thermals, sweaters, sweat jacket and fleece vest with the cats stuffed under the covers. read by lamplight like Abe Lincoln. haha

The 2nd day I made it out of my driveway to check out the area near my house but by 4 pm the snow had had iced over and I couldn’t make it back up my hill. There were 6 or 7 of us from the neighborhood and we were all careening, out of control, sliding backwards down the steep hill back to our houses. I slid down and spun out sideways and came to rest between 2 pine trees and one of my neighbors was sliding towards me and spun around and stopped parallel to my car by maybe a foot or so. Amazing!

There was about 10 of us stranded at the bottom of the hill and another neighbor fired up his ATV and handed out hot chocolate and baggies of snacks while we waited in the dark to be shuttled., one by one, back to our houses. It was quite the storm.

TJBM has experienced a 3 pussy night.

ibstubro's avatar

No, but I very much enjoyed 3 Dog Night in my day.

TJBM likes bubble gum!

Coloma's avatar

I do but haven’t had any in years. Bazooka!

TJBM has seen an amputee recently. Really bizarre but I have seen 3 legless people at my pharmacy in the last 3 weeks. I can’t remember the last time I saw an amputee and now they are everywhere. haha

Mimishu1995's avatar

I went past a legless man. Does it count?
TJBM feels sorry for disabled people.

Coloma's avatar

Yes, it must be a really hard adjustment to lose a limb.

TJBM feels sorry for people with allergies, like me. lol

Mimishu1995's avatar

Yes, it must be a really hard adjustment to give up what you normally enjoy :(
TJBM feels sorry for people with too much bias.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Umm… I can’t remember ever feeling sorry for a bigot. I guess I’m just not that enlightened. I have a thing about people who live here on earth with us and purposely make it a worse place instead of a better place. One is not born with a bias, one assumes a bias. In this respect, we all have a choice. These people choose to take on beliefs that make other people miserable, unnecessarily. I have no sympathy for people like that. I will never be a candidate for beatification.

TJBM watches the weather, the birds, the foliage for signs of change.

Strauss's avatar

Always. Whether one is in a city, in suburbia, in a rural area, or at sea, there is much to be learned by observing nature.

TJBM is up too late.

Coloma's avatar

More like up too early. Off for another day of major painting and work on my project RV in about an hour.

TJBM will tell us their eye color. Baby blues here

Strauss's avatar

Blue

TJBM will tell us their hair color (original, natural and current).

Coloma's avatar

Blonde. Still blonde with only about 10 gray hairs at my temples and couple interspersed underneath. I was an Edgar Winter kid, white blonde.

TJBM knows the origin of why blondes are called “towheads”?

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Towhead was a slang term for blonds. I think it originated in the Mid-West wheatlands, especially in Minnesota in the 19th century. Tow, I think, is the wheat chaff which is a light golden color. A bunch of agrarian Swedes and Norwegians began showing up after 1840 and the others referred to them as towheads. It wasn’t necessarily derogatory. There is a very poignant book, Letters From the Promised Land, a collection of personal letters sent back home to Sweden, affectionate family progress reports, to those left behind from 1840 – 1914. They refer to this new American term “Towhead” with some pride.

Skandinavians were known among their American cohorts as hard workers, good farmers and craftsmen, Lutheran—a quiet, sober and proud people. Willa Cather always included either a “Bohunk” family or a family of “Towheads” in her stories. Bohunks were mostly from southern Germany; Bavaria, Bohemia and Sudentenland (Czeckoslovakia), were often brunettes, harder to understand, Catholic, imbibers, louder, assertive, less educated, but also hard workers.

TJBM likes 19th century literature.

MilkyWay's avatar

True, one of my favourite periods.
TJBM will tell us who their favourite author is and why

Mimishu1995's avatar

I don’t really have a favorite author. More like favorite director, maybe because I’m more involved in movies lately. Jules Dassin kicks ass! His movies may have very boring or cliche start, but as they go on you are treated with twist after twist, you can hardly see anything coming. He teaches me that a familiar idea if well executed can form a great story.
TJBM will tell us who theif favorite director is and why.

ibstubro's avatar

Mel Brooks.
I don’t know the names of many directors, but I know that Mel has made me think almost as much as he’s made me laugh.
Plus…Ann Bancroft loved him!

TJBM has worn a feather boa at night before.

Coloma's avatar

@Espiritus_Corvus I think I love you. A man that enjoys brainiac trivia, and yep, count me in on the Bohemia tribe. lol

No Boas, but I have some sexy little satin numbers.

TJBM is pleased with their uber productive day. Today was the shift from critical mass chaos to the vision of a coming together on my project.

MilkyWay's avatar

Hmm not yet!
TJBM has their birthday tomorrow

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Sorry, no. I was born in the house of Pisces, ruled by Venus. According to a reading by a Romano lady at a county fair years ago, my divine associations are Poseidon, Vishnu, Christ, Aphrodite, Eros, and Typhon. Not a bad group to hang with, actually. I like being a Pisces.

TJBM enjoys esoterica.

Strauss's avatar

I do. This is the stuff that will flesh out history.

The term Bohunk (as mentioned above, not necessarily a pejorative term) was shortened to hunk, which became hunkie. Around the 1960’s it was broadened in sense to include all white people, and evolved to honky.

Is that esoteric enough for TJBM?

Coloma's avatar

Haha “Honkey” haven’t heard that term in forever now.

TJBM will tell us their astrological sign. Capricorn here, loyal, steady, stubborn, persevering.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Leo, of course.

TJBM is a honky.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Honk, honk, honk!
TJBM is annoyed by my honk.

Dutchess_III's avatar

False. I just dispatched it.

TJBM dispatches things they don’t like. @ibstubro Shoo! It’s my turn!

ibstubro's avatar

Indeed I do.

TJBM can link us to the “What’s for dinner?” question.

Coloma's avatar

Yep.

www.fluther.com/187973/whats-for-dinner-/#quip3245180

TJBM already knows what’s for dinner.

Stinley's avatar

I just ate dinner. Pasta carbonara house style…
TJBM has a pasta carbonara recipe to share

MollyMcGuire's avatar

I don’t. But I plan to eat pasta tonight in some form, not sure yet.

TJBM made a big purchase this week.

MilkyWay's avatar

Nope, just some small ones!
TJBM wants to go out for dessert

Strauss's avatar

Don’t need to. Mama brought home some baclava from the Greek restaurant yesterday.

TJBM says I can take a beer break now

reijinni's avatar

you are free to grab yourself a melvin beer.
TJBM knows about this: http://wkrn.com/2016/06/02/lifeflight-responding-to-blue-angel-plane-crash-in-smyrna/

MilkyWay's avatar

Nope
TJBM will tell us if they prefer their custard warm or cold

Mimishu1995's avatar

Fresh from the package!
TJBM really has to have the last word.

ibstubro's avatar

Well, I do have the home court advantage.

TJAM TJBM defers to their elders.

Coloma's avatar

Only if the elders are deserving of deferential treatment.
Old jerks are still old jerks. haha

TJBM does not think age automatically conveys respect.

Strauss's avatar

Longevity, maybe. Age, not necessarily.

TJBM knows the difference.

Stinley's avatar

An 8 year old dog is older than an 8 year old kid?
TJBM knows the difference between effect and affect

Mimishu1995's avatar

Effect is a noun only, affect can be both a noun and a verb.
TJBM will say if I’m right or wrong.

Magical_Muggle's avatar

I’m too tired to be able to properly say

TJBM Can though

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Yes, Mimi is correct. I am continually impressed with both her knowledge and use of the English language, especially when one considers her age and the huge differences between her mother tongue and ours.

TJBM would like to have a couple of laying hens in their back yard, especially since inferior store eggs have hit $6.00 per dozen in some places.

ibstubro's avatar

No. Just no. I have resisted the S/O petting zoo instinct for a dozen years.
We have seen bobcats in the back yard, for gosh sake. I think the den of fox finally moved on – now that yip-yapping down the valley into our house was unnerving!
Last I saw home-raised eggs for sale here, they were $1.50 a dozen.

TJBM would love a condo in a botanical garden.

Coloma's avatar

No, Condos mean neighbors stacked on top or you, below you and all around you. haha

TJBM is dealing with a difficult person right now.

Mimishu1995's avatar

I have to encounter some difficult people, but not to the point that I have to think of a way to deal with them, fortunately.
TJBM is surrounded by supportive people.

MilkyWay's avatar

Unfortunately not, quite the opposite
TJBM is considered to be a people person

Strauss's avatar

I have always been gregarious.

TJBM is gregarious.

ibstubro's avatar

Absolutely!
Oh, unless I randomly hate your guts.

TJBM tends to be bi-polar.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Absolutely! Sometimes I just hate it when I can’t find a middle ground for my mood, but oh well…
TJBM is conservative.

Coloma's avatar

I am liberally liberal and conservatively conservative depending. Mostly I am a free spirited type, don’t impose your will on me. haha

TJBM is moving at warp speed right now. Off for another day of major work at my new little scene.

Strauss's avatar

No, just taking a break from raised bed construction project.

TJBM has planted their garden. (Or harvested, if they’re in the southern hemisphere.)

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

It’s an on-going proposition in this climate. Each season brings a different set of fruits and vegetables or a second harvest. There are no fallow seasons here, per se, but one must be careful not to deplete the soil. So, making full use of the beneficial symbiotic relationships between plants and animals—including humans—is paramount.

TJBM will tell us approximately how much area, in sq. feet or sq. meters, they have under cultivation this season.

Strauss's avatar

This year I’m only doing about 600 square feet for vegetables. I have another 100–200 square feet for with wildflowers to attract pollinators.

TJBM will share a dream.

MilkyWay's avatar

To be able to live freely, without any silly restrictions on who I can be and what I can choose to believe. It’s difficult being part of a religious and strict practicing family.
TJBM knows someone who is bisexual

Seek's avatar

Sure. Lots of people.

TJBM knows someone who is asexual.

MilkyWay's avatar

Yes I do actually, but not many.
TJBM is a nymphomaniac xD

Mimishu1995's avatar

If I was, I would have been kicked out of here a long time ago.
TJBM is heretosexual.

Coloma's avatar

I am, I like penises yes. lol

TJBM likes earthworms.

Strauss's avatar

Not in the same way you like penises!

TJBM likes the beasties in the soil.

Brian1946's avatar

So true!

TJBM will name the last educational institution they attended, or the one where they’re currently enrolled.

reijinni's avatar

Tennessee State University
TJBM will drop some Canadian Tire money into the collection plate

Magical_Muggle's avatar

I might, if I knew what you were talking about…

TJBM Knows what @reijinni is talking about, and can answer accordingly

Mimishu1995's avatar

No, but then again @reijinni has a tendency to post cryptic response.
TJBM loves to confuse.

ibstubro's avatar

Not usually.
I’m guessing @reijinni is in need of new tires in order to make a road trip to Canada?

TJBM loves to make up stories to explain sketchy details.

Strauss's avatar

No, but I find TJAM’s penchant for doing so to be both entertaining and amusing.

TJBM loves to entertain and amuse.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Well, I guess that’s the reason why I write stories in the first place.
TJBM has a passion that they can’t explain why they do that when asked.

Coloma's avatar

Yes. entertain and amuse. lol

TJBM has worked like a draft horse the last few days.

MilkyWay's avatar

No, been quite relaxed actually.
TJBM tends to avoid confrontation

Coloma's avatar

It depends. With those that have shown themselves to be toxic personalities yes, you will never be heard or acknowledged so it is best to just ignore their toxicity and distance yourself as much as possible. With close friends and family and perfect strangers I have no problem speaking up or calling someone out on their crappy behaviors. Know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away, know when to run. lol

TJBM is a good judge of character.

MilkyWay's avatar

Usually yes.
TJBM is a hermit

Coloma's avatar

50/50 blend. I love people, am a socially confident type, like to chat and joke and play with others then go home and tune out for an equal amount of time. As it says in my profile here, ” half social butterfly, half hermit.” haha

TJBM has cut themselves recently doing something like cooking or, in my case, taking a hammer to a broken cupboards glass insert to remove the pane. lol

MilkyWay's avatar

Omg @Coloma I hope it heals up soon! Thankfully I haven’t cut myself recently, though I have making salad multiple times in the past lol
TJBM wishes they could sleep for a week

Magical_Muggle's avatar

Who doesn’t?

TJBM understand the importance of sleep on their system

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Yes and I’m quite good at getting enough of it, despite a lifetime of insomnia. I’m a big believer in naps. Sleep is all about mental rest, physical repair and building.

TJBM is going to try and grow something really new and different in their garden this year.

Strauss's avatar

I’ve never grown garbanzo (chickpeas). I have three plants a friend brought me in a container from the local nursery; they’ve been in the ground for about two weeks now, two seem to be doing OK, and the third is not beyond hope…yet.

TJBM is going fishing soon.

ibstubro's avatar

Perhaps.
I check the “fresh never frozen fish” clearance bin at Walmart frequently.
Then, that’s “What’s for dinner”.
Hook and pole, no.

TJBM loves leftovers!

Mimishu1995's avatar

Not really, but better not throw away anything still functional.
TJBM recycles.

MilkyWay's avatar

True
TJBM is sad about something

Coloma's avatar

Yes, I am sad that I am no longer able to live my old lifestyle.
I’m hanging in there but the last few years have been uber challenging for me and now I am in transition again.

TJBM is in transition.

MilkyWay's avatar

Not yet no.
@Coloma I’m sorry you’ve been having a tough time darling, best of luck to you <3
TJBM has been having a strange time in the chat room recently :/

Stinley's avatar

I’ve never been in the chat room. That’s a bit of a confession!
TJBM will tell me what the chat room is like

reijinni's avatar

crazy if filled.
TJBM likes to have a Linux laptop.

Stinley's avatar

I would. I’d like to know more about using Linux
TJBM is an ethical hacker

ibstubro's avatar

More of an epical yacker
Fluther wise

TJBM is an ethnical snacker.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Well, I don’t snack on endangered species. That’s about a far as my food ethics go.

@Stinley Linux has numerous OS’s. I like Linux Mint Cinnamon because it’s just like Windows 7, only in reverse for proprietary reasons. It’s not hard to adjust to at all. And there are thousands of Linux free apps that actually work seamlessly and glitch-free, made by and for LInux users. I would have to pay thousands for the programs I use.

I’m running the Linux equivalent of MSWord Office Suite Professional ($400) that reads and converts many more types of docs than Word does, and allows me to edit photos after I insert them into a document – Word can’t do these things within one app..Linux apps is much easier and saves an enormous amount of time. Hyperlinking into a document is much easier also.

I have a photo editor that can do everything most good photo editors do, plus convert photos into believable pencil, charcoal or pen&ink drawings, oil or watercolor paintings. The “vivifier” function doe wonders for a faded color photo, or a blurry b&w.

My film editor is fast, carries 25 fonts for subtitling, and can vivify bad frames. As an added bonus, Mint will partition your harddrive and you will have the choice of booting into Windows or Linux until you feel confident enough to just go with Linux.

I did this because I was sick of getting comfortable with one MicroSoft OS only to have them stop supporting it and force me to take the next one. It happened with 98, then XP, then 7. I still mourn the loss of the photo editor that came with XP. The radical difference and inferior design of Windows 8 was bad enough, but the aggressive push for Windows 10 soon after was the last straw. I finally made the move and am not sorry in the least.

TJBM hates the way MicroSoft forcibly “markets” their shit.

MilkyWay's avatar

I wouldn’t say hate but it can get annoying and irritating at times.
TJBM often jinxes technology around them xD

Mimishu1995's avatar

Then what do I type this response with?
TJBM is up to date with technology.

Coloma's avatar

No. I love my laptop but am not all about the latest and greatest.

TJBM sees light at the end of their tunnel. OMG…about 10 hours away from completing my project. Mercy!

Mimishu1995's avatar

GO! GO @Coloma GO!
TJBM is ready to cheer their friends up.

ibstubro's avatar

Always. Strangers, even, if I sense it and I can.

TJBM likes short socks.

Coloma's avatar

I like short, medium and long socks. I guess that means I just like socks period.

TJBM is eating “dinner” at 9:41 pm Damn summer time lol

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

I usually eat dinner between 7 and 9pm, depending on the workload. Usually, after the livestock have been fed and bedded and then when the chickens have had their evening tour of the garden and head inside. Then the dogs and Maggie the resident housecat get fed so I can eat in peace. Then it’s my turn. It goes by season, determined by when the sun sets. The chickens don’t head to roost until light starts to fade. They make the call. Strays are herded up by young Dave, who is learning to herd sheep by starting with chickens.

TJBM will tell us if their lives are ruled by the sun or by the clock.

ibstubro's avatar

I have an unruly life, but I tend to wake and sleep by the available daylight.

TJBM needs to clean out the bathroom cabinet.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Oh please not the toilet :(
TJBM has a grudge against the toilet.

Coloma's avatar

No, I don;t mind cleaning toilets, doing laundry or mopping but I HATE vacuuming. haha

TJBM is a tidy housekeeper.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Well, I like a clean house. I try to keep my messes in two rooms; the kitchen and the study. The study is beyond help, like a bomb went off in a library. But there is a system in it. The kitchen is kept quite clean or the roaches will own it. Constant battle in this climate. I have a lady who comes in once a month to deep clean. The study is off-limits to her, though. She seems like such a nice, quiet, stoic woman. It would be a shame to cause her to have an emotional breakdown. But it’s not bad for a bachelor’s pad.

TJBM had a favorite bedtime story when they were a kid.

Strauss's avatar

When I was little, I used to ask my older sister to tell me the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. She told it almost word for word, inflection by inflection, each time she told it to me. By the time I was four, I could recite it start to finish, and I would tell it to my younger brother, and then to my younger sisters when they came along.

TJBM has a nice childhood memory they would like to share.

Coloma's avatar

Playing for hours with my model horses and Barbis out in my jungle like backyard. I made little stick corrals and was super into my little fantasy world. I also would take my Barbis to a local creek and tie strings to them and float them down the rapids. I invented ” White Water Barbi.” lol Also swimming until dark at the local park pool. back in the days when parents didn’t worry about their 8 or 9 year old kids walking a few blocks home at dusk or being gone all day on their bikes somewhere within a 5 mile radius.

The park pool opened at 1pm until 8pm. We would swim all day, rush home for dinner at about 5:30, gobble down a few bites while our mothers admonished us to “slow down” and then rush back to the pool to swim until 8pm. Then we would loiter and play in the park until almost dark before walking home.

TJBM has a pool at their disposal. My new little place has private pool privileges, can’t wait.

reijinni's avatar

no pool, only frog pond.
TJBM is bored.

Mimishu1995's avatar

That’s why I’m here.
TJBM is not bored.

ibstubro's avatar

Nah. I worked today, then ate at the Mexican restaurant and caught a tiny margarita buzz. Stopped at Goodwill on the way home and made $90 buying wooden ladders. I started new Fluther questions today, so now I’m busy catching up.
I’m self entertaining.

TJBM is self entertaining.

Coloma's avatar

I totally am. Living alone on the country for years and being an only child taught me the fine art of happy self entertainment.

TJBM had some nuts today.—OMG..I just polished off a bag of mixed nuts.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

I have pecans nearly every day. They grow on the trees here and keep well when not in season. A Pecan tree looks like a cross between a big-ass Magnolia and a big-ass Eucalyptus. They give good shade and enrich the forest floor beneath them.

Yes, plenty of nuts here. Mostly of the tourist variety.

TJBM has to deal with tourists regularly.

ibstubro's avatar

Not regularly but the downtown of a near by town is a tourist destination. The tourists act as if it’s a Disney attraction, and not a functioning town. No regard for vehicular traffic, and ignore all signage. And are very pissy when they are 100% wrong. I steer clear.

TJBM likes to visit tourist traps.

MilkyWay's avatar

Not really no :/
TJBM wishes they could see wolves in the wild

Strauss's avatar

It would be a wonderful thing. I have seen them, as well as coyote, fox, and even once I saw a coywolf.

TJBM has witnessed exotic wildlife.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Plenty of whales, the playful dolphin, many kinds of shark, the passive whale shark, the graceful manta ray, the gentle manatee, big ancient turtles, gators and their huge Caribbean cousins, the nasty caymans. Parrots galore here. Spider and Capuchin monkeys on Jamaica and Cuba. Wild Rhesus monkeys in Florida. These beautiful snails found only on Cuba. And this poor thing, the Potoo bird of Puerto Rico. It’s call sounds like “pooooor-me! Pooooor-me!” which is unbelievably appropriate. Seals and otters are my favorites because they are so playful like dolphins, but I haven’t seen any down here.

TJBM’s favorite wildlife is…

Strauss's avatar

Hmm…, that’s like asking me to name my favorite kid! I like it all; I’ve seen the wild mustangs in Colorado, white tail deer in Illinois, javelina in South Texas, and many many more.

Sometimes it’s the gatherings of human wildlife that are most interesting.

TJBM has witnessed human wildlife.

Coloma's avatar

Hah…more than I care to yes. I am living with a form of wild life right now, my housemate is like a mandrill, you know, those volatile monkey things. lol

@Espiritus_Corvus Those snail shells are amazing. I want to make a pair of earrings from them. haha

TJBM is in tornado mode. My wind speed is about 240mph right now. Look out, Coloma’s breezin’ through. haha

Strauss's avatar

@Coloma Hang on to your hat!

No tornado here, although we have had a few pretty strong storms lately.

TJBM likes Stormy Weather

Magical_Muggle's avatar

Stormy weather is fun and all, but I’d rather stick to some rain and a bit of wind.

TJBM has been in a flood

Mimishu1995's avatar

I had seen a flood… on TV.
TJBM lacks life experience.

ibstubro's avatar

I do and I don’t. I’ve seen a lot in my 55 years, but nothing like what a well traveled person has seen.

TJBM gets wistful easily.

Coloma's avatar

Only when I think of my daughter as a little child or my dear departed pets and my old house that I so lovingly crafted. Mostly I do not dwell in the past, I am a future oriented type 90% of the time. Out with the old and in with the new.

TJBM had a productive day.

Magical_Muggle's avatar

I did! One exam done, and study for the next two

TJBM is past exams

Mimishu1995's avatar

A month ago. Don’t want to talk about them again.
TJBM needs full focus on relaxing.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Nah, I’m too good at relaxing. The whole point is to not focus at all, just let the mind wander, enjoy the moment. It will focus on something it finds interesting soon enough, I assure you.

Interesting things happen when TJBM lets their mind wander.

Mimishu1995's avatar

You never know what will happen in my imaginary land :D
TJBM has an active imagination.

Strauss's avatar

I let my imagination wander unfettered as part of my writing process.

TJBM uses their imagination productively.

Mimishu1995's avatar

<—- You aren’t the only one who write :) Also, my imagination helps me with a lot of other things too, for example picturing every scenario possible when making plans. Maybe the least productive thing I can do with it is luring myself to sleep.
Unfortunately my imagination is kind of looked down on by people around me though.
TJBM knows how important it is to be imaginative.

Coloma's avatar

Yes. I too am very imaginative. My RV project reminds me of a houseboat and I visualize being at the helm navigating some exotic river.

TJBM is counting the minutes until something happens.

Stinley's avatar

Well, yes. I start my new job on Monday
TJBM is nervous about something

Coloma's avatar

Yes, I am moving this weekend and starting a new job too next Weds. Lots of stress but I will survive, I always do. haha

TJBM is a survivor.

MilkyWay's avatar

Yup. A soldier and survivor.
TJBM thinks dinner is the best time of the day

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Sometimes, especially when the family is together.

TJBM is putting off having a health concern checked out.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Well, it’s not real serious, just annoying as hell. I’m presently completely covered in a poison oak rash. My face is swollen, the rash is weeping all over where the pustules have burst, scabs all over my arms where I’ve scratched in my sleep which comes fitfully I hope nobody is eating at the moment and I itch all over. I haven’t had it since I was a kid, so this will be a huge case. I’ve avoided driving into town for Calamine lotion and a Cortisone shot because I look like a fucking leper. I’m just going to hump it out. If it gets bad enough, I should be quite immune afterwards for a few years. That’s the way it worked when I was a kid, anyway.

TJBM will tell us the last time they got a poison oak/ivy rash.

Coloma's avatar

I’ve had a tiny, random spot here and there, from petting the pets most likely, but the case that mirrors your nightmare was in about 2000. Hiking up a steep hill and grabbing P.O. vines and then returning home to put on make up and go to the bathroom and spread the evil all over my face and body. Gah, it was SO bad!

TJBM is being taken out to dinner by friends tomorrow night.
This is where I am going, can;t wait!

www.flameandfire.com/about

MollyMcGuire's avatar

No, not tomorrow.

TJBM has been to a Brazilian restaurant before.

@Coloma I went to a Brazilian steak house in Coeur d’alene, ID. It was quite fun and the food was great. You can eat way too much there. :)

Mimishu1995's avatar

Sure, my country is very open-minded to other culture, but when it comes to food, Brazilian food still hasn’t seen its way here.
TJBM hasn’t tried one particular type of food.

Seek's avatar

Well, I haven’t had balut yet.

I’m pretty adventurous when it comes to food. I’ll try anything presented to me. Unfortunately I haven’t had the opportunity to try most southeast Asian cuisines.

TJBM hopes @Mimishu1995 will share one of her favorite everyday foods.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Most definitely! A recipe would be nice, too.

@Coloma I don’t remember the Portuguese name for them, but the English interpretation is “little thighs” and they are scrumptious. They are spiced, shredded beef in a pastry dough just big enough to fill your palm. I love them. I can eat like twenty of them at a sitting!

TJBM is familiar with Southeast Asian cuisine.

Mimishu1995's avatar

All right! Here I am!
Well.. I’m familiar with my own country’s cuisine. Does it count?
@Seek How about Vietnamese Udon? It is a bit like the udon you know, but with more seasonings. The noodle itself has two main variants: the wheat noodle, which look like the Japanese Udon one, and the rice noodle, which is sticky and transparent, I guess it’s a Vietnam specialty. My link has the basic recipe, but you can replace pork with beef or meatball or even fish, we have a lot of Udon variants anyway. And specifically in Central Vietnam, people eat Udon with something called fried bread sticks. You eat it like you do with bread and soup.
TJBM will share another interesting food from another country.

ibstubro's avatar

Tiropitas. Like with spanakopita, I usually to cheat and eat them with a little Tzatziki sauce for a little pizazz!

Now TJBM is headed to the desert table!

Coloma's avatar

I just had a home made strawberry milkshake, vanilla frozen yogurt with fresh strawberries blended in. So good!

TJBM is enjoying a lovely summer breeze and will sing along to this.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=pC1K1AYvtAo

Seek's avatar

thanks Mimishu! I think I’ll make a trip to the Asian market this weekend and see if I can drum up some Banh canh noodles!

MollyMcGuire's avatar

You are correct. It has been raining and is cooler with a nice breeze. And the music is great!

TJBM is expecting a delivery today.

MilkyWay's avatar

I wish, but no.
TJBM loves receiving parcels :D

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Yes, I often forget I have placed an order so i t’s like a surprise.

TJBM likes to sleep on ironed pillow cases.

Strauss's avatar

Yeah, but not enough to iron them myself!

TJBM has a lazy streak.

Stinley's avatar

So lazy! Unmotivated is perhaps more accurate
TJBM is always busy

reijinni's avatar

prefer not to be.
TJBM likes this breeze

Coloma's avatar

Yes, I have seen that video before..holy shit is right!

TJBM lives in a wildfire zone. Hoping this year is mild compared to the last several.

Strauss's avatar

No, but I’m right on the edge of Colorado’s “tornado alley”. Hail is cause of most weather-related damage in these parts.

TJBM will tell us what kind of weather conditions cause most property damage in their region.

MilkyWay's avatar

Can’t think of much except occasional strong winds or heavy rain. We don’t tend to get a lot of extreme weather in England, especially mild in the Midlands, thankfully.
TJBM loves thunderstorms

Mimishu1995's avatar

Only when I sleep.
TJBM finds it easier to sleep with the sound of nature.

Strauss's avatar

Yes
TJBM is going on a fishing trip soon

Coloma's avatar

No, but I am moving tomorrow, a whole mile away. lol Still a helluva lot of work, ugh, didn’t get in til 10:30 tonight.

TJBM is hitting the sack soon.

ibstubro's avatar

Sorry, no, I don’t have a punching bag. ;-)

TJBM loves the sound of running water.

MilkyWay's avatar

True, unless its the tap.
TJBM wonders how they can fix a leaking tap without calling the plumber xD

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Go to a hardware store and tell them where exactly it’s leaking. They may be able to instruct you. I love my hardware s tore guys.

TJBM has a neighborhood hardware store that helps with their projects.

Mimishu1995's avatar

I do my projects myself and with the help of the internet.
TJBM prefers to do work themselves.

Coloma's avatar

Not really.
I just spent about 50 hours painting my new little place, OMG..if I never paint again that will be fine with me. haha

TJBM has moved in the last few years.

Brian1946's avatar

True, I just moved a little over 42 years ago. ;-0

TJBM will tell us the city where they were born.

Strauss's avatar

Joliet, IL

TJBM will tell us what they know about my birth town.

Coloma's avatar

Hmmm..I’d have to do some research, hang on a sec,
Okay..Joliet is 40 miles SW of Chicago. It is the county seat of Will Co. and it was originally named ” Juliet” by early settlers which was probably a corruption of the name of French Canadian explorer Louis Jolliet. History lesson of the day.

TJBM knows the history of Coloma CA.

Strauss's avatar

I’ll quickly research it…

Coloma CA. (pop. 549, formerly known as Culloma) is home of Sutter’s mill, the original epicenter of the Gold Rush. Elevation 764 ft. Known as a ghost town, and a popular tourist spot.

TJBM has lived in a popular tourist spot.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Well I think my city is some kind of a big tourist spot, being one of the largest cities in the entire country. Maybe you kind of know that already @Yetanotheruser?
TJBM wants a job in the tourism industry.

Magical_Muggle's avatar

I wouldn’t mind working in the tourism industry, but I wouldn’t want that to be my full time/forever job

TJBM watched the tony awards, or at least heard about it

Strauss's avatar

No, the award shows don’t really interest me that much. I might watch for a bit if someone else had it on, but I usually don’t go out of my way to turn it on.

TJBM has some kind of unusual interest.

MilkyWay's avatar

Define unusual lol xD
TJBM JUST HAD THEIR CAT GIVE BIRTH TO FOUR KITTENS

Mimishu1995's avatar

NO BUT I HAD MY FISH GIVE BIRTH TO ABOUT 10 CHILDREN!
TJBM IS SO EXCITED THEY CAN’T STOP SCREAMING.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

No my “Cap button” isn’t stuck.

TJBM is getting ready to go to sleep.

MilkyWay's avatar

Nope, afternoon here.
@Mimishu1995 CAN YA TELL I’M SO EXCITED
TJBM loves animal babies

Strauss's avatar

Well, yeah, Even the ugliest animals have cute babies!

TJBM was a cute baby.

ibstubro's avatar

Of course I was!

TJBM has never eaten yellow snow.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Who said I didn’t?
TJBM has no dirty thought.

rojo's avatar

That is a dairtie grate lye! I do too.
TJBM is overwrought with concerns about other people peeking through the crack between the door and the panel in the restroom stall.

MilkyWay's avatar

Well thankfully the public restrooms and school toilets here never had a gap between the door! Otherwise I would have.
TJBM is a private person by nature

Coloma's avatar

I’m a perfect dichotomy, open but private, extroverted but have a hermit side.

TJBM is watching someone try to back up a huge horse trailer right now. Horse people that can’t drive trailers, always cracks me up.

Strauss's avatar

No horse trailers here these days, although I did have a friend who is a long-time resident of the area tell me he used to camp in a field nearby before my house was built. He said “They had horses here!”

TJBM is comfortable around large animals.

ibstubro's avatar

I am. With a healthy dose of respect. I do not rush to greet large animals.

TJBM has kissed a non-human animal lately.

Coloma's avatar

I kiss my cats on their head and my goose on his knob. haha

TJBM is experiencing weird computer stuff this morning.

reijinni's avatar

nope
TJBM remembers C-band Satellite.

rojo's avatar

No, but I do remember Georgia Satellites

TJBM is already making plans for this weekend.

Brian1946's avatar

Yes, insofar as I definitely plan on using my AC. The forecasted high temp’s are 100+.

TJBM knows in what way @Coloma, YARNLADY, and Jeruba are Titans.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Nope.

TJBM has participated in both drum making and basket weaving.

MilkyWay's avatar

Nope, though basket weaving did interest me when I saw someone make one in front of me.
TJBM has been gifted cheap perfume before

Stinley's avatar

Yes but I am lucky that my sister bought me Miss Dior for my birthday. Lucky me
TJBM likes expensive perfume

Mimishu1995's avatar

That’s my parents’ problem, not mine :)
TJBM is still waiting for the site to be rid off this spambot attack.

MilkyWay's avatar

True ish it seems to be working atm
TJBM has had a tough and stressful day

Coloma's avatar

More like a tough and stressful month, moving and crazy busy. Finally getting a couple days of well needed and deserved rest. Stayed in my PJ’s all day yesterday, bliss out.

TJBM is stumbling their way through the crazy Fluther meltdown.

Strauss's avatar

Not any more…I’m using my phone, and it seems to be working OK.

TJBM is seeing effects from far-off wildfires.

Mimishu1995's avatar

If there was any fire, I won’t notice because I’m so far away from the forest.
TJBM is silently cheering for the mods to save the site.

Magical_Muggle's avatar

yay mods, you can do it!
Is that good?

TJBM Has been on an adventure recently, that they will tell us about

Stinley's avatar

I’ve been in Oxford doing some training this week. It was 3 miles from the station. I got really fed up with the bus getting stuck traffic so yesterday I took my bike on the train and cycled across the centre of Oxford. I felt like I was in Brideshead Revisited or something. Great fun and freedom!
TJBM has been to Oxford

rojo's avatar

True but it has been about 34 years ago now.
TJBM Enjoys bicycling but has had their share of close calls doing it.

Coloma's avatar

I haven’t ridden a bike in years but did a lot when I was a kid and teen. I was quite adept, could ride no hands, even turn. A few good falls over the years, yep.

TJBM is happt that Fluther seems to be working better again, mostly anyway.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Yes I am. I wonder what actually happened?

@Mimishu1995 Thank you MImi for the recipes above.

TJBM is steppin’ out on Friday night.

Coloma's avatar

Haha, no, just stepped in, ripping off the bra and going to make a bite to eat and lie down in my cozy berth to fluther and watch history videos. Bliss out.

TJBM likes history documentaries @Espiritus_Corvus I thought of you the other night, watched this, but couldn’t send the link due to the fluther fallout. www.youtube.com/watch?v=429t0-1jy5Q

Mimishu1995's avatar

@Espiritus_Corvus no problem. And I guess what happened was that we were attacked by a massive amount of spambots. They crawled onto the site using search engines. The site was so overloaded by them it became wonky. That’s what I think happening after reading the mods’ comments.
True! Anything with knew knowledge always intrigues me. I do my research with them too. Too bad my friends look at me funny whenever I get to a documentary. They don’t understand why I love to torture my mind like that.
TJBM knows learning isn’t strictly school-based and they make the most of their learning when they have the chance.

Coloma's avatar

Always, learning opportunities are all around us, all the time.

TJBM has a tummy ache.

ibstubro's avatar

I do not. I should. I ate about ½ pound of fried cauliflower today. Delicious, fatty, salted food with no nutritional value.

TJBM is concerned about where a friend might be.

Coloma's avatar

No. I know where my friends are, I am more concerned about avoiding one of them that is annoying me to no end lately. lol

TJBM knows a difficult person.

MilkyWay's avatar

Unfortunately yes, a fair few
TJBM is an easy going person

Mimishu1995's avatar

I let you decide through your interaction with me.
TJBM can read people very well.

MilkyWay's avatar

True.
TJBM is worried about someone they love

Dutchess_III's avatar

Constantly. I love too many people.

TJBM is ready for some serious R&R.

Coloma's avatar

It’s a double edged sword for me right now. I have gotten some much needed R&R, on & off, the last few days but while I am exhausted I am also stiff from not moving as much as usual.
I lay in bed reading for hours and the result was rest my body and then atrophy overnight. lol

TJBM stretches every morning to get the ol’ muscles movin’.

Strauss's avatar

Right after I get the coffee going.

TJBM is a big coffee drinker who also enjoys tea.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Yes. I drink a lot of fluids in this heat. It is good to remember that coffee and tea are diuretics and can force you to eliminate more fluid than you take in. So, I drink a lot of water and juices in proportion to the coffee and teas I consume. Otherwise, you can easily stroke while working outside here. It is also important to remember to always keep water and shade available to the animals and give the mammals a good hose-down now and then.

On days that don’t require a lot of rushing around, I like to begin with Earl Grey with milk at breakfast. It is a nice, gentle way to start out. Otherwise, I have strong Cuban coffee – espresso – con leche with breakfast and launch like a rocket into the working day. If I spend a rainy morning in writing and research, I always have Cuban coffee brewing in the study. It is tantamount to drug abuse. Love the buzz. But it causes polygraphia like now and while I enjoy it, I’m afraid my friends suffer.

I sometimes bring a thermos of the same coffee with me into the field. I always have strong Cuban coffee and a pastry at the traditional afternoon “Tea Time” to get my second breath.

I don’t drink coffee after 4pm. I drink ice teas or fruit juices of one kind of another at lunch and dinner. Camomille or some other soothing tea at night. I like Earl Grey with milk and chocolate chip cookies when I watch a movie. On an average day, I’ll drink about 2 pots of coffee and 1 pot of tea per day. I also drink about a gallon of water on top of all that. Water is the best thing for this heat.

TJBM thinks the above is way too much info for such a simple question.

Dutchess_III's avatar

LOL! Me thinks the simple question was answered by @Espiritus_Corvus!

TJBM will now present their life’s history for us to immerse ourselves in. :D

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

No, no. I will spare everyone of that. I’ve given it in piecemeal here throughout the years, as we all have.

TJBM is having a remarkable day!

Coloma's avatar

Not exactly remarkable, but, to follow the coffee lead allow me tell you every detail of my present moment. lol
10:32 a.m. and I just put down my coffee cup for the day and am listening to some workers sawing away building me a privacy fence in front of my little abode and taking them coffee as requested. It will be cool, kinda like a half patio and I am going to lay down flag stone to make a patio zone. I am dog sitting this afternoon for a bit, feeding horses here and then taking my little 9 year old fiend ‘Sydney” to a movie tonight while I am babysitting as her parents attend a wedding in the city.

We are going to see “Finding Dory.”
Lets see, my 2 cats are window sitting, I got a new portable AC unit for the heat wave next week and I am wearing a black, blue and white paisley gypsy skirt, black tee with designs and wacky socks with a sweat jacket right now. I also can’t find my dental floss after moving. TMI all? haha

TJBM prefers TMI over austere one word answers.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Very much. It makes this site unique, intimate, meaningful and more interesting in this Twittering world of word-limited messaging.

TJBM agrees.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

@Mimishu1995 Thank you for the explanation, Mimi. I was hoping against hope that bombardment was due to a change in our search engine designation of “Content Farm” and was a result of a long awaited dam-break of interest in this very unique site. Oh, well…
Congratulations, Mimi, in being the 1,000th responder on this thread!

Strauss's avatar

Yes, I agree!

My morning: 5:30—Dog wanted out. Got up, opened the door to let her out, put food in her bowl. While coffee was brewing (ethically sourced from Costa Rico, dark roasted) I went out to check the garden, and harvested about a pint of strawberries.
Came in, made pancakes and eggs for breakfast, with homemade strawberry compote (from berries harvested earlier in the week.

TJBM will continue the diary trend.

Coloma's avatar

Dear Diary,

I just had a great talk with my daughter who is coming to visit tomorrow and she wants to gift me some money from a modest inheritance she has received from another family member. Help me replenish my savings that has been taken out by this move the last month or so. We are going to hang out, go to dinner and I am giving her a couple nice, Bombay style end tables I have no room for. A very nice moment to my day.

TKBM has an adult child that is awesome!

Strauss's avatar

I have two adult children, twins. Both are awesome, but they couldn’t be more different in personality.

TJBM has a relative or relatives they are proud of.

Oops! Dangled my participle there, I did!

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

@Yetanotheruser Winston Churchill had something to say about that and, in the process, this master of the Language absolved us all of that sin.

My little sister was the women’s world champion windsurfer for five years in a row during the 1980’s. My mother took in the “illegitimate” offspring of one of my father’s liaisons with a secretary, with no questions asked. She became my little sister as described above. I am the direct descendent of Varina Banks Howell Davis, my mother’s great-great aunt and the brave and patient wife of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy. I am extremely proud to be of the blood of such noble and enduring people and remember them and take inspiration in those times that I feel overwhelmed by the world at large.

TJBM has a relative or relatives they are proud of.

ibstubro's avatar

My great aunt, now passed away, was the Democratic Committee woman for the state of Missouri, and a favorite of Jimmy Carter. He kissed her cheek at least twice. My aunt, as Committee woman, was also quoted in Newsweek Magazine as saying that nominating Ted Kennedy for President would be the worse mistake the Democratic party ever made – perhaps part of the reason for Jimmy’s fondness!

TJBM will tell us the name of their favorite elementary school teacher.

ibstubro's avatar

Mrs Harlow. 4th grade. She was very nice, and very mellow.

TJBM wishes they could have posted the 500th answer!

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Congratulations, @ibstubro

Her name was Sister Mary Immaculata and she was absolutely beautiful… tall and graceful. I can never forget her. 4th Grade was a breeze. I was madly in love and couldn’t wait to go to school every morning. I think back now and wonder what passion or personal disaster could have driven such a woman to wear the habit of the Sisters of Mercy.

TJBM has a favorite teacher.

Mimishu1995's avatar

I have two wonderful teachers. One is an English teacher who taught me for 4 years, the longest of all the teachers. We developed a strong bond and she still inform me when there is any oppotunity I can get my hand on and now I’m helping her learn Japanese. The other only taught me for a semester, but she still has contact with me. We actually got close when she announced to the class that she was willing to solve our problem, and I started bormbarding her with my problems. I’m glad she didn’t mind and she is still my to-go person when I need help.
TJBM thinks we should move on now

Strauss's avatar

I’m there

TJBM will join us there

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Are we abandoning #69?

TJBM will rebel against such action….................

Coloma's avatar

No, I’m an out with the old, in with the new type. Off I go, never to return…

ibstubro's avatar

Hell, I still haven’t abandoned either of the 67s! lol

TJBM likes to Brunch on the weekend.

Mimishu1995's avatar

I’m not in America.
TJBM eats foreign food in their country.

ibstubro's avatar

Hell yes. The more authentic the better. I had great Vietnamese food in Hawaii. I usually eat Indian at least once a month. I eat Mexican more than I eat what’s considered traditional “American fare”. I don’t eat meat, after all, so there’s no hamburgers, hot dogs or steak for me.

TJBM is proficient at cooking food from a culture other than their own.

Magical_Muggle's avatar

Considering Australia doesn’t strictly have a cuisine… very proficient.

TJBM Will provide a recipe for a dsh they love

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

I like bisques, stews and soups. This is one of my favorites. It originates from Sweden but, like most Swedish cooking, is heavily influenced by French cooking and technique which was introduced into the culture when they took on the Bernadotte family as their Royals sometime around 1815 after the ruling Vasa line ran dry and Napoleon was sent into exile—which put his top Field Marshall for artillery, Jean Bernadotte (adopted as Karl Johan XIV of Sweden), a Béarnaise, into the unemployment line. And thus, French cooking became all the rage in Sweden and still is.

Originally, the recipe calls for elk meat, but I now substitute mutton because elk is scarcer than snowballs in the Caribbean. I went to the net to find a recipe similar to mine because I do my cooking by memory and taste—right brain stuff—and don’t want to leave anything out of this hearty farmhouse dish. Then I tweaked it a bit.

SERVINGS 6–8 UNITS US
2 lbs farm-raised elk meat (or red meat of your choice)
1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
3 slices bacon
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 medium carrots, cut in 1-inch chunks
2 stalks celery, cut in 1-inch chunks
3 small potatoes, skin on, cubed
2 tablespoons tomato paste
5 juniper berries
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1 cup dry red wine
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 1⁄2 cups beef stock

DIRECTIONS:
Cut meat into 1” cubes and pat dry. Mix flour, salt and pepper in a bowl or plastic bag. Add meat cubes, a few at a time to coat. Shake off excess flour and reserve.

Heat a large heavy pot over medium-high heat and fry bacon until crisp. Remove, blot excess fat, chop and reserve. Note; this can be done in advance.

Heat olive oil in the same pot and quickly brown meat in batches on all sides. Transfer to a large bowl and reserve.

Reduce heat to medium, add onions, carrots, celery and potatoes. Cook, stirring until onions are softened.

Stir in tomato paste, juniper, thyme and bay leaf, then add wine and wine vinegar. Bring to a boil, scraping up browned bits from the bottom.

Add stock and reserved meat with juices to the pot. Return to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally until meat is tender. Add additional flour to thicken or water to thin to desired gravy consistency. Stir in bacon.

Ta-Da!

Make a lot of it. It lasts forever in the refrigerator and, like most stews, gets better and better as the flavors sink in over time. I usually make a week’s worth. The tannin in the wine and tomatoes work as preservatives.

TJBM has a favorite recipe that they would like to share.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

^^Edit: I sometimes make a couple of gallons of this stew and portion it out into 1 litre ziplock bags (one dinner portion for me), being careful to remove all the air before sealing, and place them in the refrigerator and freezer. Frozen, this dish will last for months.

ibstubro's avatar

Gak!, no, that’s too much typing. I don’t stockpile recipes since the internet came along and I can just bookmark recipes that work or look great.
I was just given a great Gazpacho recipe, pen-and-ink, but I’ve not tried it.

TJBM has broken a long dry spell recently.

MilkyWay's avatar

Nope xD
TJBM has recently been betrayed by someone

Mimishu1995's avatar

I haven’t been betrayed by anyone recently, partly because I have got rid of toxic people that I can dump and been more cautious of those I can’t. The last time I was betrayed was by my cousin. Long story short, she is a shallow person when it comes to love and she seems to only want sex from boys. At that time she had just broken up with a boyfriend a few days ago. The boyfriend has a friend whom she introduced to me because she thought I was in the same league as her I wanted nothing to do with him though. One day at a family gathering, when we were alone and we were chatting, she asked me if I was still interested in that boy. I pretended I did, and she said she would set up another meeting for us and she would come too. Later after the meeting my parents suddenly asked me if she mentioned anything about the boy (my parents already knew about the first time I met that boy). I found out from them that there was a rumor among the family that the cousin had channeled her interest toward the boy. We began to connect the dot. It seemed that she wanted the boy badly and only asked me about him to see if I was also interested in him. And if I did, she would spread her made-up rumor that I was trying to ruin her relationship with the boy, because I only met him once and there was no evidence that both he and I was interested in each other. I was angry but I wasn’t surprised, because I already knew she wasn’t someone to be trusted. I just felt bad that I didn’t take more cautions. But after all who is going to sympathize for someone who immediately seeks for another boyfriend right after a breakup?
TJBM has a story about how they managed to avoid a drama.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

I just walk away.

TJBM wears gloves.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Too hot. I have rough hands instead.

TJBM had a really good day today.

ibstubro's avatar

I did!
I went to a yard sale and laying there on the table was a bag that said “Sterling Silver 925. 6 spoons, 6 forks, 6 knives 5 serving spoons.” Sure enough, it was! $10 for 23 pieces of sterling flatware!

TJBM likes yard/rummage/garage sales.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Definitely, but there aren’t many here. I miss them. I used to find really cheap software and books that were no longer available in regular shops. Appliances were good too; big, powerful old microwaves for five bucks. But I always had my eye out for that Matisse pen and ink drawing or a real Seurat mistaken for a cheap tourist sidewalk painting.

Congratulations on your find, Stu. Better heat up your crucible: the spot price for sterling silver was $17.81 per ounce as of a few minutes ago.

TJBM likes precious metals.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I do. I like that gold is almost indestructible so I don’t have to baby it.

TJBM is HOT!

Mimishu1995's avatar

I’M BOILING!
TJBM is suffering from the weather.

MilkyWay's avatar

Nope, it’s been quite mild here
TJBM doesn’t understand the obsession surrounding “precious” metals… what’s so precious about them if you really think about it? They’re just another metal. Why do human beings value them so much?

ibstubro's avatar

“The historical value of gold was rooted in its relative rarity, easy handling and minting, easy smelting and fabrication, resistance to corrosion and other chemical reactions (nobility), and distinctive color.”
[Silver] “possesses the highest electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, and reflectivity of any metal.”
Short version – they are both relatively rare, easy to work with and very shiny. Gold resists tarnish, as well. The intrinsic value of precious is no accident.

TJBM thinks diamonds are a girls best friend.

MilkyWay's avatar

Nope, my best friends have always been something edible xD
TJBM was given a compliment today

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

I was told that I was a half-way decent writer. That made me feel pretty good.

TJBM drinks bouillon like some people drink tea.

Mimishu1995's avatar

It depends on what kind of tea you are talking about. Do you mean drinking tea in American way or in Japanese way?
TJBM is addicted to tea.

ibstubro's avatar

Yeah, and I picked the wrong week to stop drinking tea.

TJBM plans to visit a park today.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Already have. I live on the edge of a national park and usually take a short cut through a part of it to get to the other side of the property from the house.

@Mimishu1995 I meant drinking bouillon regularly, unceremoniously, like they drink tea or coffee in the West.

TJBM recently saw a type of animal they’ve never seen before.

Here2_4's avatar

Sorta. I saw wallabies the other day. I have seen them on tv numerous times, but this was the first time I ever saw any live and up close. They stood around in the tall grass and watched me from where they thought I couldn’t see them.
TJBM is tired.

reijinni's avatar

sort of
TJBM is ready for brexit.

ibstubro's avatar

No. I was for Bremain.

TJBM thinks they own something that would sell for big money on eBay.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Nothing that would sell for BIG money. I have a S&W stainless steel, hammerless, snubnose, .357 mag. revolver that I bought new for about $650 a few years ago. It’s in good condition, damn-near indestructible. Somebody on Fluther mentioned a few days ago that guns formerly in this price range are going for about 4k now in the States. I find this hard to believe, but there it is. I’m not sure if it’s legal to sell it on eBay, though—certainly not from here. Sending that through the mails would surely get me a berth in a Caribbean prison. That’s about all that I own that would bring in more than a grand. There’s my high-bred border collies—workdogs that would cost about $1,100 each to replace—my old mare, the boat and a few gold coins, but none of these are for sale.

TJBM is going in the water this weekend.

reijinni's avatar

nope
TJBM is going nowhere this weekend.

ibstubro's avatar

Nowhere new, I admit. But everyone is somewhere.

TJBM has enjoyed some fair food this weekend, and wishes to share.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Last weekend was the aniversary of my grandpa’s death. As usual the extended family gathered and made food. My family made curry and it stole the scene! Left my arrogant aunt green with envy too.
TJBM saw someone get what they deserve lately.

Dutchess_III's avatar

What is curry, @Mimishu1995 ? No. I can’t even remember a time when I thought someone deserved what they got….

TJBM remembers a time when someone (besides themselves) got something they didn’t deserve.

Mimishu1995's avatar

@Dutchess_III you really don’t know this?
A lot, especially when the one who should have taken the blame was me :p But none came to my mind right now.
TJBM has a story.

ibstubro's avatar

“Before you judge my life, my past or my character, walk in my shoes. Walk the path I have traveled – live my sorrow and joy; my doubts and triumphs; my fear and strength; my pain and my laughter. Remember, everyone has a story, when you’ve lived my life then you can judge me.”

TJBM needs some new socks.

Stinley's avatar

Nope, I got 5 new pairs recently. I am throwing out the old set. I have about 20+ pairs of socks. Is that a lot?
TJBM thinks that 20 pairs of socks is adequate

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

20 pairs of socks? I have seven pair and that is more than adequate for me. One pair for every day of the week; six pair of interchangeable whites and one pair of black dress. If I didn’t have to wear boots to ride and do the work around here, I probably wouldn’t own any. I wear flip-flops the rest of the time.

TJBM owns many purses.

Mimishu1995's avatar

I have three purses. One is from my grandma as a way of saying “it’s time you started saving your money”. One is an old purse from my mom’s company that I happened to dig up somewhere, maybe some kind of a gift. The last one is the only one I bought. It used to belong to mom, but then nobody heard of it again and I once again dug it out somewhere. Now I used grandma’s purse as a quick-access piggy bank, mom’s purse to carry money arround and the gift purse… I don’t know, sometimes to hide money.
TJBM owns too many of something.

ibstubro's avatar

I own too much of everything.
I just bought a 10 pack of socks, and they were barely noticeable in the pile. I could probably do a washer load of just socks. Definitely a load of underwear – maybe 2. I gave away a garbage bag of shoes last year, and I probably have enough shoes to fill 2 more. A closet of short sleeved shirts, and a closet of long. I hung short sleeved shirts this evening by making a pile of I’ll never wear that again’s so I could used the hangers. Hell, there are probably 500–1,000 hangers in this house.
I bet I have 30 screwdrivers. I know there has to be 5 ice cream scoops. 15–20 cameras, most of them exactly alike. Somewhere between 20 and 40 gold rings. Is 2 dozen watches too much? I might have 3 or 4. Dozen.
Oh, and then there are the things I collect.
Like 125–150 baskets made of glass. 500–1000 (est.) glass straws. I capped the toothpick holders at 100 or so. (one comes in, one goes out).
I’ll stop or this post will go on so long we run short of cyber-ink.

TJBM will tell us the last thing they killed.

Stinley's avatar

A fly buzzing around my head that got mesmerised by the window and could not escape the splat of the remote control
TJBM sees the beauty of flies

Dutchess_III's avatar

No.

TJBM has read The Lord of the Flies.

Magical_Muggle's avatar

I own it, but seeings that my reading list is miles high, it’s somewhere in the middle, and I haven’t gotten around to it yet.

TJBM Has a book recommendation

Mimishu1995's avatar

You really should finish Lord of the Flies! Imagine a brutal stranded-in-the-islamd survival tale when everyone is a kid instead of grown men with experience. This is no Robinson Crusoe. You get to watch the confused kids mess everything up and harm themselves in the process. Get me thinking how kids can get so evil.
But… maybe you don’t like sad ending do you?
TJBM has another book recommendation.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Not really.

TJBM rather wear navy

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

In the winter. In the winter I like dark head-to-toe, ski cap to boots, black or navy, no logos, nothing but dark. In the heat I wear light colors like khaki, etc.

TJBM recently stopped following the news for a few days because it just got to be way too much.

Dutchess_III's avatar

True. It’s much too much.

TJBM blames much of today’s insanity on social media.

Response moderated (Spam)
Mimishu1995's avatar

No, I blame it on people’s deep-roofed stupidity.
TJBM sees a spam above me.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Just the remnants.

TJBM saves all receipts.

reijinni's avatar

most
TJBM doesn’t care for poekmon.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

I recently asked someone what it meant….......NO.

TJBM sews.

ibstubro's avatar

Buttons. Once every 5 years, and I curse the entire time. Thimble, mimble

TJBM knows how to properly recycle batteries.

Mimishu1995's avatar

I wish…
TJBM knows.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

No but my brother does.

TJBM is glad the battery discussion is over.

ibstubro's avatar

I am. It felt like an assault.

TJBM will eat soon.

reijinni's avatar

have ate
TJBM votes in a church.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

mail
tjbm votes via mail as well

ibstubro's avatar

I vote in a town hall.

TJBM has converted to non-incandescent light bulbs.

reijinni's avatar

do CFLs count?
TJBM is down on their luck.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Guess so, given everything that happened to me lately.
TJBM doesn’t lose hope during dark time.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

I don’t like the dark

TJBM likes their Christian name.

ibstubro's avatar

I love my first name!

TJBM would have cosmetic surgery if it was free.

reijinni's avatar

nope
TJBM wants Trump to go bald.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

He is, he just has a punch of toupees and ball caps.

TJBM has a ball cap collection, I’ve got over forty.

Mimishu1995's avatar

I don’t play baseball.
TJBM collects things that aren’t common in their country.

ibstubro's avatar

Yes, this is old territory for me, so I’ll say glass picks used to skewer garnish for drinks and be dome with it. lol

TJBM loves Mexican food!

MollyMcGuire's avatar

I do enjoy some of it from time to time.

TJBM was blessed with a beautiful belly button. :)

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Well, it’s an inny. I never thought if it as beautiful. I suppose it’s average. A crowd has never gathered to contemplate it.

TJBM has a physical attribute that they think is quite unique.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

I do.

TJBM is struggling with a decision.

ibstubro's avatar

No. I finally decided not to sell.
I called and cursed the realtor. Even dropped the F bomb.

TJBM has a foul mouth.

Mimishu1995's avatar

I curse often, but you can’t hear it.
TJBM has a guilty pleasure.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Not really. I never feel guilty about doing the things I like and want to do. Life is too short. Eat dessert first!!

TJBM has a favorite mug for coffee drinking at home.

Magical_Muggle's avatar

( @Mimishu1995, I started reading Lord of the Flies! (finally))

I do, it used to be a Dr Who mug, where the tardis would teleport somewhere else when the mug was hot, like a moving image. It no longer has any print on it, because someone put it in the dishwasher accidentally. Any who, still a great mug

TJBM Has a particular blend of tea that they fancy

ibstubro's avatar

Yogi Tea had a rich blend – almost like a coffee – that I loved, but I ran out and threw the box away!
I have a humid metabolism. I don’t drink a lot of hot drinks.

TJBM has carried moonbeams home in a jar.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

I have. I’ve also swung from the stars. I have been in love. It’s a wonderful thing and really does make you better than you are.

TJBM has been in love.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Yes, and I agree with @Espiritus_Corvus.

TJBM has had a weird ridge in a finger or toe nail.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

No, but nail ridges, or onychorrhexis, are an ancient diagnostic sign indicating a mineral or vitamin deficiency that mainstream medicine now respects. I can’t remember which specific deficiency or resultant malady, but here is something on it from Medicine.net.

The appearance of one, or two irregular ridges can also be a sign of past physical trauma.

TJBM likes to read about folk medicine.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

I read a lot about medicine. I had thumb surgeries six week apart; I’m six weeks out from the second surgery now. I don’t know if they put my thumb in some kind of vise or what but each thumb has a deep deep horizontal ridge. @Espiritus_Corvus

TJBM has tried sweetening baked desserts with nectars.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Why, yes I have. They work best in icings. Sometimes you have to reduce them first to make them come out in the cake itself. I gave up on sweetening the cake with fruit juices in their most natural form. Correction, I’ve had some success with a very sweet type of mango.

But I do have a quickie cake I like to make for afternoon coffee. In Swedish, it’s called a Sockerkaka, the direct translation of which is “Sugar Cake.” I don’t remember seeing anything called a Sugar Cake in the States, but a Sockerkaka is the simplest cake in the world to make, besides cheesecake. .

It’s just white flour, a couple of eggs and sugar, folded thoroughly in a bowl and poured into a bundt cake form coated with ground graham crackers or sugar snaps. But I add a can of frozen orange juice concentrate into the mix and it out comes a moist orange cake that requires no further icing. It’s delicious, simple and fast. I think it was something quick and easy Swedish mothers did for their kids back in the 19th century. The orange juice concentrate was a friend’s idea.

TJBM likes to putter in the kitchen.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Sure, I’ve been known to putter.

TJBM has a favorite TV series made in a foreign country which is available for streaming.

ibstubro's avatar

Drat! I do not. I have a hard time understanding accents. So…

TJBM has a favorite TV series produced in a foreign country that is available for streaming.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

I’ve been a great fan of British productions over the years, beginning with Upstairs, Downstairs and more recently The Tutors and Madame Secretary. I still think Yes, Prime Minister and it’s predecessor was the best political sitcom ever done on TV. I believe the new British productions are now all available on U.S. TV simultaneously as they are shown in the UK. They finally figured out that this is the best war to avoid piracy. Arrrrrrg. Scandinavia produces some great crime dramas and classics, but they aren’t subtitled.

I always like to turn to a Univision soap opera just for a few moments to see their incredibly dramatic antics— always with the crying, screaming women and pissed off men that are about to do something they hate to do but they gotta do it—stuff that is considered pure ham north of the border. I can only watch a few minutes of it before I stop laughing, but the fact that this stuff is popular down there further highlights our cultural differences..

TJBM has a favorite TV series produced in a foreign country that is available for streaming.

Stinley's avatar

Um, Friends? Does that count? Loads of TV programmes in the UK are American imports. I do love French TV of course. There is an amazing series called Spiral (or Engrenages in French) about a French police officer. Great characters and plots.
This is a good one so…
TJBM has a favorite TV series produced in a foreign country that is available for streaming.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Wow , I’m happy to see such interest. I am watching Midsomer Murders (on Netflix) right now. Each episode is really a movie (1.5 hours). There are well over a hundred episodes. The main characters are well developed and it is just a wonderful mystery series….........not like American vulgar language big gun crap with nudity and sex. The murderers are crafty. The detective work is right on. I love England and the English, especially “Village England.” The series are all situated in Midsomer villages. The theme music is perfect too. I just love it.

TJBM will continue the discussion about foreign TV series.

reijinni's avatar

maybe
TJBM wishes for a show similar to Spitting Image.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Definitely. And I wish they would make a 21st century version of Yes, Prime Minister. Brexit would make a great pilot episode.

TJBM will tell us their favorite foreign TV series.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Well, we’ve gone full circle now; I started this foreign TV series thing. I’ll add that I watch a lot of non-American films too. Today I watched “Palm Trees in the Snow” and highly recommend it for all adults. It’s on Netflix now. It starts a little slow but stay with it. It’s almost three hours long. I believe it’s historically pretty accurate too.

TJBM will try my movie suggestion, or at least think about it.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Your tout caused me to look it up on IMDB and it sounds very good, one of the possibly great films with lousy marketing in the States. I’m sold and will be watching it soon. Thank you for the reference, Molly.

TJBM has another foreign movie suggestion.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

I have a lot. Another good one I recently watched is Remembrance, 2011, German. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remembrance_(2011_film) I used to have a video for a great film called Endochine, which was subtitled but I don’t remember from which country it came. It is also wonderful, and as I recall, very long. Last Love When you watch on Netflix you can change the language to English usually. Enjoy.

TJBM has to set the alarm tonight and, like me, isn’t happy about it.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Edit time expxired….........Last Love is another movie I was going to suggest but it was made in America. I thought it was European but isn’t.

reijinni's avatar

I keep the alarm on my phone for that purpose. Wish I can delay it another hour.
TJBM isn’t a morning person.

Mimishu1995's avatar

You bet.
TJBM will continue to recommend a foreign movie Yeah, I know my watchlist is full because I’m too busy and I’ve been looking for movies instead of actually watching them, but just recommend anyway.

Stinley's avatar

I can recommend french films. Incendies was a great film. Quite harrowing but absorbing and complex.
TJBM can recommend another French film

Mimishu1995's avatar

I’ve got Mr. Klein. The first thing that hits you is the WWII theme. Then you have a perfectly normal man being mistaken as a Jew and he is on the run to both clear his name and envade suspecting police and his Jew-hating community not that action-packed as you thought, but you get the picture. The ending is depressing and has a disturbing implication. Go check it if you can.
TJBM can recommend another French film.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

I have seen Mr. Klein. I’ve watched a couple of WWII Nazi/Jew themed films lately. We watched Defiant last night on Netflix. Very good.

TJBM will suggest a French film. I seem to have a phone call to take at 12:50 AM. It’s not the middle of the night everywhere. :)

Night folks.

ibstubro's avatar

Breathless, 1960

TJBM Thinks this game has gone on too long.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

No, never!

TJBM is tired and will have to wait until tomorrow to know the results of the election. That’s me. Nighty.

Mimishu1995's avatar

I think I’ll go to bed too, but I don’t think I will be able to sleep. This election is driving me crazy.
TJBM has little hope for the future.

reijinni's avatar

Especially after this week.
TJBM wants to be the Crisco Kid.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Nope. I don’t even know what that is.

TJBM has been in physical therapy at least once.

Strauss's avatar

Not physically.

TJBM knows where the tradition of “12 Days of Christmas” comes from.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

My God, the thread that refuses to die.

It refers to the latter part of Advent which begins the fourth Sunday before Christmas, first celebrating the coming of Christ up to Christmas Eve, then the last twelve days of Advent which celebrates the arrival of Christ—from Christmas Day to Epiphany. Every Catholic boy knows that!

TJBM can tell us a touching Christmas story about the homecoming of a family prodigal.

Mimishu1995's avatar

I’ll help you keep it alive!
And sorry, I don’t have any story like that, especially not from a country without Christmas. How about you? Do you have one?
TJBM would like to tell us a touching Christmas story about the homecoming of a family prodigal.

ibstubro's avatar

I once had a cat that visited us 3 times a year. My birthday, Thanksgiving, and Easter. Her name was Goldface, because she was a calico with an orange face. When she was still living with us full time, she had a little of 5 albino kittens that all died.
My birthday is around Easter, so I speculate that Goldface lived somewhere near, full time, and that he other family spent the holidays away from home. So what seemed really special at the time actually meant we were 2nd fiddle.
Touching

TJBM wishes there was a Nessie in Scotland.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Gee, Nessie…................no, I’m getting nothing. So, I don’t really have an opinion about Nessies in Scotland.

TJBM likes the Fluther games better than those highly intellectual discussions. ;)

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Yes, you’re joking. I like you more and more.

I often like the games better because, since we’ve decided this isn’t Twitter and we aren’t held to a 140 character limit, we share more of ourselves here than on those ::cough:: intellectual threads that often devolve into ad hom…. excuse me, personal attack and snark. Of which I am not guiltless.

TJBM is giving away something very special this year.

Mimishu1995's avatar

I gave (and is still giving) my time away for free. I coached some friends for their exam and now I’m coaching some more for the same exam. Since I passed that exam with flying colors I became some sort of celebrity and people are still looking for me for advice. And some even ask me to tutor them because they can’t afford a real tutor. I just help because I have no life I just want to help.
TJBM looks back at their life this year and is proud.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

No real regrets. I got a lot accomplished this year.

TJBM is shocked to see wallpaper making such a comeback. I looked at a few new construction homes today, the least expensive being about $1.5 M. Yep. Wallpaper and a lot of carpet too. The wheels on the bus go round and round…..

Magical_Muggle's avatar

I am actually. I remember when my family purchased our (now holiday) home. There was a wallpapered bathroom. The wallpaper (from recollection) was hundreds of naked ladies.
Needless to say, that didn’t last.
Although some wallpapers are cool, I honestly can’t imagine having my entire house wallpapered, my grandmother put me off that idea years ago.
Also, I am a chronic (of course not diagnosed) sneezer when it comes to dusty carpets. I would never be able to live in a carpeted house. IMAGINE THE HORROR OF SPILLING YOUR GLASS?!!

TJBM has recently discovered/rediscovered something they love

MollyMcGuire's avatar

I continue to discover things about the people and things that I love.

TJBM loves leather items (like me).

reijinni's avatar

leather is good
TJBM wants to sabotage a mission trip.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

What is a mission trip? A Mormon thing?

TJBM knows what a mission trip is.

Stinley's avatar

No, no idea.
TJBM would take a trip to space if they could

MollyMcGuire's avatar

I will not go to space, but I do know about mission trips.

TJBM prefers to write with blue ink. In my profession everyone uses black but I’m a rebel.

Stinley's avatar

I have a 4 way Shiny Bic pen which I love. So shiny. I write in black, blue, green, and red.
TJBM has a favourite pen

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Yes. It’s a US Federal Government issue, black ink ballpoint pen. They are issued by the millions to employees throughout Federal government agencies. They are one of the best pens I’ve ever used. I won’t do Sudoku or a crossword without one. They never skip, the ink doesn’t blot and Medium means Medium. People are always joking about government issued stuff, but the quartermaster who bought these pens really knew what s/he was doing. It is an excellent, reliable pen. When I left the VA, I took a box of pens with me.

TJBM can name a government issued product that works like it should.

Magical_Muggle's avatar


I don’t think I have ever been in a position thus far to find out

TJBM can actually name a government issued product that works like it should

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Hoover Dam.

Nice seeing you again, muggles.

TJBM once had a good hospital experience.

reijinni's avatar

Haven’t been in a while
TJBM has lost their health insurance.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Yep, in 2012. I had changed jobs and was into the last days of my 90 day probationary period when I had a heart attack. I was rushed into surgery for a stent. A month later, the bills started coming in. My boat and all my accrued wealth after 43 years of working and paying taxes were suddenly at risk. Chapter 11 and 13 no longer completely protected individuals from certain corporate debts and a lawyer to get me through it properly would have cost me a second mortgage on my home, which is my 42 foot yacht, my only real possession worth confiscating and my ticket to paradise.

There is no bloody fucking way I am going to end up on food stamps in a filthy rented room with a bathroom down the hall in a dangerous neighborhood like so many other American retirees who have worked all their lives. I said fuck you all and left the country with no intention of ever returning. Best decision I ever made in my life. I am happily settled in the Caribbean.

TJBM wants to say Fuck you, too.

Mimishu1995's avatar

@Espiritus_Corvus so that was how you are on the sea right now. If I were you I would have said “fuck you” too. Some things I don’t understand though. Where was your insurance back then? Or wasn’t it enough to help you? And what did Chapter 11 and 13 have to do with this story?
And recently I want to say fuck you to some certain people too. We were having an unnecessary argument started by them and they just seemed to miss my point of “love the sinner, hate the sin” and continued to call someone a devil. I decided that it was pointless to continue the argument so I left. I need energy for more productive work.
TJBM is amused that the word “fuck” is incorrect according to their autocorrect.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

LOL. I really don’t know. I disabled my autocorrect on all my appliances some time ago. But I don’t usually communicate in a written foreign language either. You and Sneki continuously impress me with your multiple language skills. You both are able to make yourselves understood clearly, with the least ambiguity and your grammar is nearly impeccable. I know people born here that can’t write as well as you two can.

God, Mimi. This is a long story.

Before our Affordable Care Act was put into effect under Obama, a person who changed jobs could expect to be uninsured for the first 90 days of their next job. This was referred to as the “Probationary Period.” This was the period during which the employer could decide whether or not the employee was right for the job. During the probationary period, health insurance was not available through the job, which was the cheapest coverage available. The State would cover you under the COBRA program, but the cost to me was over $2,500 per month (equaled to about 3 weeks pay after taxes) because I had cardiac “preconditions” which not only drove my insurance rate sky high, but also limited my coverage for future cardiac events to almost nothing. It was a bloody fucking joke. So naturally, I didn’t waste my money on this useless insurance that would not have covered a heart attack anyway.

So, when I did have a heart attack in early January, 2012—the second in two years and the third in twenty—I began getting medical bills for about $80,000 total. During this time, I was able to get a small amount of unemployment compensation while I recouperated, but barely enough to live on and pay my regular living costs—dock fees, electricity, food, etc., without tapping into my savings. Paying the medical bills were out of the question, but no surprise. I’d seen this happen to many of my patients.

So, while I decided what to do about this, the debts were handed over to various collection agencies who added collection charges to the total. The last time I totalled them up it was a quarter million dollars.

I became depressed and didn’t leave the boat dock for a couple of weeks. Then a bill collector actually had the balls to approach my boat on the dock one day. I threatened his life and he ran. I pulled out of there quick. I spent the next three months sailing the Gulf Coast from Galveston, Texas to Key West, Florida. I figured I would probably die of a heart attack at sea, but I didn’t give a shit and still don’t. Nobody gets this boat. Nobody sentences me to a life of poverty and a standard of living where I am endangered and unable to practice decent hygiene.

I took on passengers and sight seers for money. I was surprised at the money I made. But I was basically a fugitive from the agencies and collectors who wanted to take my boat in lieu of partial payment of the medical bills.

One afternoon I was in Key West and a British woman wanted a ride to yoga clinic in Celestun, Mexico. No problem. Her money was good. (I’ve told this part of the story about ten times on this site.)

We got to her place on the Yucatan about three days later and there in the Mexican newspaper headlines screamed about how some kid in his twenties with a bunch of guns had massacred 20 small school children in a place called Newtown, Connecticut. When I said I needed to get back to Key West, the yoga lady thought I was nuts. She was right, but it was familiar ground where I had connections. While out at sea, the wind kept pushing my nose south. After about 4 hours of resisting, I just let her have her head toward the Caribbean and my vessel hasn’t been in US waters since.

As to your argument with your friends attacking that person instead of their argument, that is what we call the ad hominem fallacy in the west. I’m sure we are not alone in understanding what an illogical and useless argument this is. I’m sure this is ancient knowledge on your side of the globe as well.

Where this can lead is very dangerous. This is what one of our Senators is talking about here in this clip

If you sensed that this is a fallacy and not a true, productive technique of debate without learning this in a formal educational environment, Mimi, I applaud your sense of logic and fairness. You are one smart person. Many people live all their lives thinking this is a valid debate technique. We’ve known since the time of Aristotle that it is not. Not only that, but it can lead to very dangerous situations without immediate solution as Republican US Senator from Florida, Marco Rubio, illustrates in the link above.

TJBM knew the fallacy instinctually.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Your story sounded like a script for a film-noir, EC. A man disgusted by an injustice running away from thugs representing the authorities and has now left the past behind and started a new life. It even has the man toughening up and screaming at the thug. I hope you won’t end up in the most typical part of film-noir – the past catches up with him.
And the argument, yeah, I was too tired to continue. That person thought someone was evil because they did something evil. I said the thing they did was evil but they weren’t a born monster since they had to go through trauma in life (the “love the sinner, hate the sin” argument). The person missed the point and thought I was too stupid not to see that they were evil. After a while I just left. They just didn’t make any effort to understand my point.
And to be honest I only know about fallacy until very recently. But I can sense that something isn’t right when I deal with that kind of people. I just know they don’t debate in a healthy way, though I don’t know how to call it. So, maybe I just have that sense of fairness. Thanks for the compliment EC :)
TJBM can sense something that many people fail to do, and later knows that they are right.

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