Tuesday Open Thread ~ I'll Take Potpourri for $100


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“Surely not everyone was kung-fu fighting.” ~ Anonymous
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Good Morning,

I'd like to take a moment to thank QMS for pinch-hitting for me last week. I had to say goodbye to my cat Pierre and needed time with family and friends. I've been working on a memorial about her life but it's been slow going. In the meantime, it's helpful to get back to my routine, so thanks to all for being here this morning and welcome.

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Tweets of the Week

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Mangiare Amore

Learning another language has its challenges, but it also has its rewards. As an Italian language student living abroad, one of the most satisfying experiences for me was the first time I could tell a joke in Italian. Culturally, what people find funny can sometimes tell you more about the country you are visiting then all the history books you could possible read. So, for no particular reason other than I thought it would be amusing, I'm going to translate a joke my Italian boyfriend told me and which I loved re-telling to my Italian friends and neighbors.

There once was a young couple in love who asked their parents if they could get married.

"You are too young and you have no money", their parents told them.

"We don't care", the young couple said. "We are in love".

So the young couple got married without their parents blessing and moved into their own apartment where they spent the first week making love. When their cupboards were bare and they were hungry, the young man announced that he would go out and get a job and bring home something to eat. After a long day job hunting, the poor young man came home empty-handed. With no job or food, his young bride surprised him by kissing her husband and telling him not to worry. They didn't need food, she told him. They had love instead. And so they made love all night. The next morning the young man tried again. And again he returned home without a job.

"Oh my love!" he cried. "What are we going to do without any food?"

And again his young bride told her husband they didn't need food, they had love instead, and she took her husband by the hand and led him to the bedroom where they made love all night. Another week passed like this where they made love instead of eating. Then one evening, as the young man returned home, he saw his bride waiting for him on the landing at the top of the stairs to their apartment. As soon as she saw him, she threw her leg over the railing and slid down the banister. When she reached the bottom of the stairs, she ran back up, threw her leg over the railing again and once more slid down the banister. She did this a few more times while her husband watched with horror thinking she had lost her mind from lack of food.

"Oh my love!" he cried. "What are you doing?"

"I'm warming up dinner!" she said.

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The Kitten Lady

I first met Hannah Shaw years ago at an instructional workshop while volunteering at an animal shelter in New York. Her passion about rescuing and saving kittens made such an impression on me, I became an advocate myself, encouraging everyone I knew to foster young kittens if they could. When orphaned kittens are very young they need round the clock care. Because most animal shelters simply don't have the staff needed for that kind of attention, kittens are, tragically, euthanized in higher numbers than all other animals. So, if you know of anyone in a position to foster a young kitten, please introduce them to The Kitten Lady for tutorials and support.

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Well, that about wraps things up for this week's edition.
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What’s on your mind today?
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Anja Geitz's picture

Hi Everyone!

I have an 8am to 4pm shift today, so I won't be able to be here this morning but will catch up with all of you later!

Have a great day!

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There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it. ~ Minnie Aumonier

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@Anja Geitz

The captain of our store took a few of us on a tour of several other trader joe stores in the area and then treated us all to lunch. Learned more than I thought I would about merchandizing and what goes into creating a place where people would like to work and shop. Trader Joes really is a great company to work for.

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There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it. ~ Minnie Aumonier

@Anja Geitz

don't axe me why

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May we be united and strong -- laurel

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@QMS

Reminds me a little of Prince Valiant.

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There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it. ~ Minnie Aumonier

@Anja Geitz
I get to quote this movie twice in one day:

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The earth is a multibillion-year-old sphere.
The Nazis killed millions of Jews.
On 9/11/01 a Boeing 757 (AA77) flew into the Pentagon.
AGCC is happening.
If you cannot accept these facts, I cannot fake an interest in any of your opinions.

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Nice OT this morning - theme: will we be able to have nice things?

I read this morning where her heinous will sweep in the convention with our man Bloomy and take the nomination on the second ballot - it's their little scheme. I wonder why she thinks everyone will accept this. Oh, yeah, she's a heinous dumbass.

Hope you enjoy your time at work today - it's my dream to work at Trader's!

Have a selective day, folks! Pleasantry

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“The trouble [with injustice] is that once you see it, you can’t unsee it. And once you’ve seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There is no innocence. Either way, you’re accountable.”
-- Arundhati Roy

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@Raggedy Ann

For being as tone deaf as she is. I guess that's what happens when you limit yourself to the bubble world of private jets and Wall Street dinner parties.

Get the popcorn out. This election is going to get real interesting.

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There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it. ~ Minnie Aumonier

We too have a batch of furry friends whom we love dearly, and it's always heartbreaking when one of them comes to the end of their time. My hope for you is that the worst pain of it does not last too long and that the fond and playful memories of your little friend bring you comfort and warmth for the rest of your days.

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@Reverend Jane Ignatowski

Keeping busy helps me during the day. But then there's the night where I feel her absence keenly. Have two other kitties but they're not the snugglers Pierre was.

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There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it. ~ Minnie Aumonier

So sorry for your loss, Anja.
The twitter threads were great. Thanks for taking the time to put this OT together.

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@on the cusp

How've you been lately? I saw my first "Pete" yard sign in front of one of the very wealthy houses we have here near the foothills. My first reaction was "you gotta be kidding me?" But then I remembered wealthy people operate on an entirely different playing field then the rest of us.

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There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it. ~ Minnie Aumonier

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Our 14 YO cat rules the roost...usually while napping. "She who must be obeyed". Sorry about your loss, Anja. Perhaps another cat is in the cards?

Very foggy this AM. Trade day was sparse, but got a buy on some lemons and avocados. After raining all day yesterday, I'm looking forward to getting outside today.

Have a good day, all!

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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@Lookout

I have two remaining cats that are feeling a little confused by Pierres absence. Doing my best to comfort them. And myself when I can. Thanks for your condolences.

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There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it. ~ Minnie Aumonier

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Everyone was, indeed, kung fu fighting.

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The earth is a multibillion-year-old sphere.
The Nazis killed millions of Jews.
On 9/11/01 a Boeing 757 (AA77) flew into the Pentagon.
AGCC is happening.
If you cannot accept these facts, I cannot fake an interest in any of your opinions.

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@UntimelyRippd

I knew it'd be you. Although, truthfully, I was sure you'd have something to say about Mangiare Amore.

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There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it. ~ Minnie Aumonier

@Anja Geitz
formed in my mind was not even slightly discreet; nor were the ensuing torrents of double entendres.

Q: Feel like eating out tonight?
A: Sure ... how does Italian sound?

Etc.

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The earth is a multibillion-year-old sphere.
The Nazis killed millions of Jews.
On 9/11/01 a Boeing 757 (AA77) flew into the Pentagon.
AGCC is happening.
If you cannot accept these facts, I cannot fake an interest in any of your opinions.

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@UntimelyRippd

Omg! Did I laugh at that one Smile

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There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it. ~ Minnie Aumonier

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have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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@enhydra lutris

Sono Trieste Sad

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There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it. ~ Minnie Aumonier

The accurate political labeling one is so spot on. I'm so over using centrist or moderate to describe Dems who are various flavor of right wing. And honestly, I feed the same about making Bernie out to be some radical far leftie. He isn't (and that's ok.) Even though I hate that moderate tag for the rest, I did appreciate the graphic lumping Warren in with Pete and Biden as a "moderate", even if the premise of that graphic made me groan.

Also, I love The Kitten Lady and her fiancee! They do some great work and are a positive force indeed. I proudly wear my Kitten Lady pin on my jacket every day.

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@Dr. John Carpenter

The Kitten Lady does do great work. And her videoes are enjoyable and informative to watch! A purrito, lol! Glad you enjoyed the tweets. Since the primary started I'm back on Twitter again but limit my exposure to keep my sanity. Made sense to me to include some of them at the top of the OT's while we endure the silliness and the importance of another election.

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There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it. ~ Minnie Aumonier

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Bridge. Was she called Pierre because she “didn’t care” for the food you gave her?

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"The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

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@Lily O Lady

You made me smile with that one. While Pierre was very finicky with her eating, her name was given to her bc I mistakenly thought she was male. I kept it bc it amused me to do so.

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There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it. ~ Minnie Aumonier

we help when we can

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May we be united and strong -- laurel

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@QMS

Hey, that rhymes Smile

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There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it. ~ Minnie Aumonier

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Yes, were i casting in a dark theatre and you had a minute, i feel i would know you after about 10 yards on the way to center stage, of course, when you made vocal sounds, i would know for sure; question would then be, which part does she want?

Sending hugs, and thanks for the many pleasures ...

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@smiley7

I’d probably be going for the comedic part, but not necessarily the lead. As a kid, I always enjoyed Rhoda to Mary in terms of good one liners.

Thanks for stopping by, Smiley.

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There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it. ~ Minnie Aumonier