Your “Throwing In The Towel” Wednesday Open Thread

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(FYI: his name was Max; he was a rescued dog; he died of cancer at 8; he was the bestest.)

The Browns paraded their top draft picks before the media. Something seems a little off about the picture:

Wouldn’t you line them up the other way? If this were Carolina, I’d say it was so the white guy could be first despite 3/5ths of the picks being non-white. But this is Cleveland, so they’re all probably fucked regardless of order. Far be it from me to question the man – Paul DePodesta – who helped the A’s win all those World Series in the early 2000s. And I’m sure Hue Jackson knows what he’s doing. The Factory’s gonna be fine.

Pretty scary story about Duane Brown of the Texans testing positive for clenbuterol after visiting Mexico. He was able to avoid the suspension by being able to prove that it was given to beef cattle, not to him. Still, how much carne asada did he eat down there that he tested positive? I don’t know how comfortable I’d have been trusting Roger Goodell to believe in science. “Mexican Meat” sounds like a ‘Ron Mexico’ excuse.. Meanwhile, Cameron Jordan had the right attitude.

Meat tainted with clenbuterol


Politics: This is how I picture Donald Trump surveying the Republican field this afternoon:

Lots of people have already made the Cruz-aborting-his-campaign joke, so why repeat it here? I want to beat other stuff to death. Like, for example, who will he pick as his VP nominee? I’m assuming they have already told him it can’t be his son. I don’t think he’d pick a female running mate, given all the negative press he’s gotten related to women during the primaries; plus, it would look like pandering. Right now, given all the people who initially lined up against him, the crowd seems relatively small. Potential choices could be:

John Kasich

 

Former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels

 

 

Marco Rubio

 

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates

 

Or New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

Once Hillary finally despatches Bernie, there will be the protocol of the conventions and then the OH-GOD-WHEN-WILL-IT-END of the fall campaign. And if you think football will be our blessed saviour, just remember who’ll be filling those Fan Duel ad spots on Fox & CBS. Don’t forget state initiatives and those crazy bastards running for Congress. Here’s how CNN projects the states to break down come the fall:

Road to 270 The general election map CNNPolitics.com

Don’t think your state is safe. Do you think Boston/New England TV will escape the pernicious onslaught of “Donny & TAWMMMY” ads? Not thanks to New Hampshire! Live free or die, indeed. We’re doomed, I tell you. DOOMED! Whaddya think, J-Law?


General note: Spare a kind thought for the people of Fort McMurray, Alberta.

This is what it looks like when you have to evacuate 60000 people in 6 hours because the wind shifted.

NASA provided a shot from space:

 

Canadian Commentists are encouraged to donate here.

Personal note: I’m going to be in Nashville from May 9-12, as the +1 to a conference my lovely wife is attending. If the Predators somehow make it to a Game 6, you know I’ll be there. Please to be providing in the comments recommendations for bars, barbecue, and general entertainment.

The games! A very light schedule tonight.

NHL: Capitals @ Penguins – 8:00 – Game 4

NBA: Hawks @ Cavs – 8:00 – Game 2


A final aside, if my math is correct – and it should be; I’m a History major – on April 30th at 12:19 AM, theeWeeBabySeamus posted DFO’s 175,000th comment:

A significant statement for a significant milestone. It was attached to a YouTube of Rush’s “Leave That Thing Alone”. Number 200,000 will most likely be something by Moose. WHAT’S THAT OCTOPUS DOING TO THAT LADY?!

 

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ALXMAC

Metallica – Seek and Destroy (’83)

https://youtu.be/NUAdgt5Glk0

ALXMAC

Real Life – Send Me An Angel (’83)

https://youtu.be/jCHE0Tjw6MA

ALXMAC

Night Ranger – Sister Christian (’83)

https://youtu.be/z92bmlcmyq0

ALXMAC

Backshots:

Night Ranger – When You Close Your Eyes (from their 1983 album Midnight Madness)

https://youtu.be/lqUka3m4K80

BrettFavresColonoscopy

I strongly dislike waking up around when y’all are still up DJing the night before.

ALXMAC

Violent Femmes – Gone Daddy Gone (’83)

https://youtu.be/ekL7o8BQkZM

ALXMAC

ZZ Top – Gimme All Your Lovin’ (’83)

https://youtu.be/Ae829mFAGGE

ALXMAC

Billy Bragg – A New England (’83)

https://youtu.be/aCfRcgoPxTw

JerBear50

Billy Bragg w/ Wilco (and Natalie Merchant on this track)

ALXMAC

YOU JUST HIT THE 3 BARS OF GOOD MUSIC!! HAVE A DRINK!!

WCS

Every time I think I’m getting good at the bass geetar, Geddy Lee goes and does this:

WCS

Yeah, WCS, you’ll never be in the same galaxy as Geddy Lee…

ALXMAC

Ah the bass player – unsung hero of the band *(well besides the manager, but at least the manager gets more groupies by proximity)

JerBear50

Bass– the choice of failed guitarists everywhere.

ALXMAC

@tWBS – you can take your “Bungals” and shove it:

Bananarama – Cruel Summer (’83)

https://youtu.be/9ePIZugahFc

ALXMAC

Public Image Ltd – (This is Not a) Love Song (’83)

https://youtu.be/9BGi8u8BtaA

Queens of the Stone Age – Another Love Song (’02)

https://youtu.be/0yy5J3xQFfw

WCS

Feels like a Friday…

ALXMAC

Elton John – I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues (’83)

https://youtu.be/h6KYAVn8ons

ALXMAC

New Order – Blue Monday (’83)

https://youtu.be/9GMjH1nR0ds

ALXMAC

UB40 – Red Red Wine (’83)

https://youtu.be/zXt56MB-3vc

WCS

So, I may have the honor of hosting a meet-up of fellow Legend of Zelda nerds. Still putting things together, but, as far as my inner geek goes, this right up there with the Stillers making the Super Bowl. The only problem is, if I try to work a King Laserface, BLEERGH, or just the fact the Houston Texans “exist,” it’ll be lost on the crowd. Here’s Hall and Oates.

theeWeeBabySeamus

Take extra sunscreen.
One of those pasty bastards always forgets.

ALXMAC

Zelda Medley- Lindsey Stirling

https://youtu.be/b3KUyPKbR7Q

WCS

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theeWeeBabySeamus

I have a feeling this one will disappear, but I really like Calvin and Hobbes so….
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(it syncs well to the orginal Blondie – Heart of Glass release.

theeWeeBabySeamus

Yup…bite me imgur.
different verstion.
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WCS

theeWeeBabySeamus

This made me laugh audibly.
Chances of hammered now up above 90% I think.

theeWeeBabySeamus

Mock me if you will, but I LOVE THE BANGLES!!!!
In spite of their name being able to be rearranged to spell Bengals (admit it, you’re double checking right now).
Bangles – In Your Room

ALXMAC

SHOTS SHOTS FIRED!!

Depeche Mode – In Your Room

https://youtu.be/cGvZyrhObrg

Depeche Mode – In Your Room (Portishead Remix)

https://youtu.be/moQ3YQIUPM0

theeWeeBabySeamus

I like them a lot.
But no Susanna Hoffs. I win by default.

Wakezilla

Probably late in the night to ask this, but, is anyone doing a Euro Football Championship preview?

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theeWeeBabySeamus

I don’t wanna alarm anyone….but I suspect this might have been altered.

ALXMAC

Naw that’s just one of the outtakes from “Shaolin Soccer” starring Jackie Chan.

Wakezilla

With how hilariously corrupt China’s professional soccer league is, this isn’t that far from the truth.

On a related note, what the shit happened to China in soccer? They weren’t terrible, but now? Not good

WCS

Wifey and I’s first dance song. Such a wonderful little diddy.

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theeWeeBabySeamus

It really is beautiful, man. I mean that. So please understand that I mean the following with the due amount of respect and love ever.
WHITEST FUCKING FIRST DANCE SONG IN….EVAR!!!!!

WCS

Anything by Dave Matthews Band disagrees.

ALXMAC

Air Supply – Making Love Out Of Nothing At All (’83)

https://youtu.be/ogoIxkPjRts

theeWeeBabySeamus

Winner, winner.

Wakezilla

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For whatever reason, Tito Puente’s Senor Burns is stuck in my head.

theeWeeBabySeamus

I’m wondering why MY driving range has literally NEVAR looked that good. Not a bad swing either.

Wakezilla

Yeah, my driving ranges never looked that good, either. Though, she’s got quite the slicing problem.

WCS

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JerBear50

Tito Puente’s gonna be dead, and you’re gonna say, “Oh, I’ve been listening to him for years, and I think he’s fabulous.”

WCS

WCS

I was seven when I saw this, and it still resonates today,

/apologies to Seamus and ALXMAC, tried to keep up (TWSS)
//too psyched to sleep now

ALXMAC

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – You Got Lucky

https://youtu.be/mtLpZWNyM0I

theeWeeBabySeamus

DUDE!!!!!
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ALXMAC

Hey man you prob shouldn’t go to bed like that.

But you probably should go to bed – I’ll carry the torch onwards (at least until 10 Cloverfield Lane is done downloading). Carry On!!

theeWeeBabySeamus

I’m not going to bed. Just turning over the reigns. You go, girl.

theeWeeBabySeamus

And don’t feel like you need to stick with crappy early to mid 80s.

ALXMAC

Well that Stallone number was a direct response to your Tracey Ullman post – I had forgotten that she did anything other than TV and the occasional movie.

ALXMAC

That also took me down the rabbit hole to this:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5337038/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_1

theeWeeBabySeamus

Sadly, I saw the movie (Saturday Night Fever pseudo sequel) in the theater. Yes…I PAID money to see that movie.
Counterpoint:
http://www.hotflick.net/flicks/1983_Staying_Alive/983SAL_Finola_Hughes_082.jpg

theeWeeBabySeamus

Haha…great minds.

WCS

theeWeeBabySeamus

I know I said I was out, but I just spotted this one.
Tracy Ullman (yes…THAT Tracy Ullman – They Don’t Know About Us
(this is one of those that I hate to love, fwiw)

ALXMAC

Frank Stallone – Far From Over

https://youtu.be/uAuL_noJLoo

theeWeeBabySeamus

Damn you.

ALXMAC

The Smiths – What Difference Does It Make? (’84)

theeWeeBabySeamus

Love them, but was already depressed enough, LMAO.

ALXMAC

Even when I’m at a party (which is rarely these days) I’m usually melancholy; this also just fits my mood right now.

theeWeeBabySeamus

Morrissey and Co. have a standing invitation ’round here, I’m pretty sure.

theeWeeBabySeamus

Double Shot then I’m out…
Genesis – Second Home By the Sea (very Rush-esque IMHO)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0LaW1wT5WU

Genesis – That’s All

theeWeeBabySeamus

Psychedelic Furs – Love My Way

theeWeeBabySeamus

Plimsouls – Million Miles Away

theeWeeBabySeamus

Dan Hartman – I Can Dream About You (’84)

ALXMAC

This should’ve been on the DFO radio list this past week.

theeWeeBabySeamus

Yep, I realized it too late. One of my favorite all time songs, but it never came to mind.

theeWeeBabySeamus

(Really pushing WCS buttons now….he lovin’ me and shit…this is ’82 btw)
Huey Lewis and the News – Do You Believe In Love?

WCS

theeWeeBabySeamus

Romantics – Talking in Your Sleep
(Damn you ’83….you set the bar too high)

WCS

theeWeeBabySeamus

’85
Tears for Fears – Mothers Talk

WCS

laserguru

Once again me to my knee

ALXMAC

After you watch the TV show (next week or next year), remember to tell everyone around you that ALXMAC sent ya!

theeWeeBabySeamus

Journey – Escape (’81)

theeWeeBabySeamus

Again a year off. ’82 this time.
Pat Benatar – Shadows of the Night

ALXMAC

So I only went back to aboot 9PM on the comments, but I gather that ’83 is the theme? Any special occasion?

theeWeeBabySeamus

WCS’s fault as usual. He posted Yes Owner of a Lonely Heart and got me started. But to be fair, I kinda was asking for it.

And as an aside, chances of hammered are up 63%.

theeWeeBabySeamus

Again off by a year. Again ’84. Again, don’t care.
The Cars – You Might Think

WCS

theeWeeBabySeamus

Another from ’84, still counting it.
a-Ha – Take On Me
(also the subject a really great Chris Griffin dream/freakout sequence on Family Guy)

theeWeeBabySeamus

As well as a not terrible (if you don’t look TOO closely) Confused Travolta gif.
http://i.makeagif.com/media/11-26-2015/c73giE.gif

laserguru

Since I didn’t feel it warranted it’s own post i thought I would describe today’s pre-op experience.

I report to my primary care physician’s office, and as an aside I really love this guy unlike my previous PCP he actually has a heart and he cares about me.

For the pre-op deal.

I got the whole remove the shirt for the EKG, breathe in and breathe out with the steathescope, pulse, blood pressure, lab work.
He had a younger assistant who probably passed her phlebotomist course. Important note, my youngest daughter is a licensed phlebotomist, they did a blood draw and she missed and left a bleeding hole the doctors assistant not my daughter, but the second person got the blood draw right. Then the EKG then the fondling and since they have no radiology on site I get to report to the same site that did the knee x-ray and the MRI.

Only they don’t do chest x-rays on Wednesday’s. I’m guessing doctors tee time.
So I have to drive all the fuck and gone to Redondo. Ten minutes down Sepulveda my ass!

Best part is…Insurance doesn’t cover pre-op so everything is out of pocket!
You know what? I’m cool with that. Cuts down on the surprises.

Finally after driving all over fucking yonder I think I’m set for Monday.
Did I mention that since the surgery is on Monday that I can’t even take an aspirin or an advil for this shit?

Fuck it. Let’s just do this damn thing.

Just fix this motherfucker OK?

Low Commander of the Super Soldiers

You can still have a beer though, right?

Fucking insurance, but you make a good point. Shit man, if you haven’t seen that Inside Man where they showed how amazing Thai hospitals look, and how cheap they are, you really gotta check it out.

laserguru

When I told my main doc that last year’s right knee surgery cost me over 15 grand out of pocket he said “Those bastards!”

laserguru

Damn right I can.

theeWeeBabySeamus

Glad to here it’s moving forward, sorry to hear what a pain in the ass it’s been. Tell daughter to say fuck it. We all make mistakes when we’re learning. We also still make ’em after we think we know it all. She’ll be fine.
Oh and…..obligatory…
http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view1/20150414/5197361/let-s-do-it-animal-house-o.gif

laserguru

Sorry for the mis-statement but my daughter didn’t do the blood draw, I was just stating how it could have been done better.

I’m sure the youngest right has a deft hand with the butterfly needle but there’s no way in Hell I would let her draw my blood.

Repressed feelings and all.

theeWeeBabySeamus

Haha…good answer.
Please excuse my lack of reading comprehension. There is a 50% chance I’m hammered.
Forecast calls for chances to increase as the evening rolls along.

laserguru

It’s a 100% over here.

I can make my own meds!

theeWeeBabySeamus

Talking Heads – Burning Down the House

WCS

theeWeeBabySeamus

Missed it by a year (’84), but counting it anyway.
Hall and Oates – Out of Touch

WCS

theeWeeBabySeamus

And now observe, as I redeem myself in the eyes of WCS, for having linked Nickelback earlier….
Even Moar ’83
Naked Eyes – Promises Promises

theeWeeBabySeamus

And hey look…I won bingo. Not as satisfying on a light night like this when no one’s watching (giggity).
*sigh*
Might be time to get wasted and find a movie.

WCS

The bass line is such a joy to play.