Your “Party’s Over, Back to the Grind” Wednesday Evening Open Thread.

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yeah right is a lifelong Vikings fan. Loves to cook but doesn’t plate. Loves to drink but hates hangovers. Loves to read. Has no regrets.
yeah right

Well that was fun wasn’t it?

Today marks the beginning of what I call “The Grind.” Holidays are over. You’ve consumed approximately 12,000,000 calories over the last week and the next holiday is a long fucking way off.

Back to work, fuckos!

Are you the type of person who makes New Years resolutions? Ever had any luck sticking to them? Let us know in the comments.

I’ve had two success stories that I’m kind of proud of. First, I managed to quit smoking, er uh, quit smoking cigarettes that is. It’s been many years. I’m actually so cured of cigarettes that I can even smoke one once or twice a year and not feel the urge to pick the habit back up again.

Look, just because I use a vape system for nicotine delivery does not mean I’m a smoker.

Second success story is alluded to by the banner image. Eighteen years ago tomorrow, January 3rd, I started my morning walk. I’ve shared bits of this before but when I weighed in at my pulmonologists’ office – while suffering a lengthy bout of bronchitis – a few days before and that fucking scale said I weighed 339 pounds… Well that was enough. For most of the years following I walked every damn day unless it was raining and since I live in LA that means at least 350 days a year. Sure I’ve had breaks due to illness, three different knee surgeries and maybe a vacation day or two but I am deeply committed to my walk.

It’s my religion, my meditation, my preparation for a new day and I just fucking love it.

I am currently still over 100 pounds less than that fateful day at the doctors’ office and I ain’t letting that shit come back.

Over the past 18 years during my walk I have encountered some interesting things. I’ve seen whales, dolphins, sea lions and even elephants (circus was in town.) I’ve walked the beach, the harbor, the city streets of Chicago, San Diego, Pittsburgh, New York, the Vegas strip, Downtown Denver, Philly, The Jersey Shore and Phoenix among many others. I’ve walked directly through a double homicide scene at 3:30 in the morning. The officer setting out the crime scene tape wasn’t really happy about that but he let me go. I had one encounter at about 4:00 AM while walking where a carload of girls, very obviously gang members, rolled up on me, rolled down their window and stared. I’m pretty sure my very sincere “Good morning” might have saved my dumb ass from a gang initiation.

 

Through it all I’ve kept right on walking. I go through probably 4 to 5 pairs of walking shoes a year so it’s not exactly a “free” endeavor but I’ll pay the price. The walk more than likely saved my life. I walked this morning and I’ll walk tomorrow.

It’s what I do.

Just felt like sharing that so if we’ve got anybody out there who has sworn to get rid of the holiday pounds or maybe even a few extra pounds; you CAN do it. It’s dedication and commitment but it can be done.

SPORTS:

There’s a decent slate of NBA games including T-Wolves vs Celtics and Lakers vs OKC.

NHL has a handful of games to keep you amused.

And well that’s about it.

Join us won’t you? Today is the last day of my 5 day “end of the holidays” vacation so there will be some final festive drinks.

What do you say?

One last round before getting back to the grind?

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BrettFavresColonoscopy

Gentlemen. It is late.

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BrettFavresColonoscopy

Eh, tonight I was mainly drinking beers from your neck of the woods and Horatio’s. Also mine-ish. It was a busy weeknight with a buddy in town.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

I had that one in the queue…… for the name. I wonder if it is any good (IPAters would definitely not like it.)

WCS

One of my good friends finally realized he was being cheating on. We played this in the bar on repeat.

Related noted, by British buddy from college told me one of his mates found out his girl was cheating on said mate. They were drinking their pub, when she walked in. This was played on repeat:

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ALXMAC
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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

I wonder if the career accomplishments were similar…….

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theeWeeBabySeamus

What’s up shitmonkeys? I haven’t slept in about 36 hours give or take, and I had to fly to Florida today (and boy are my arms tired).

On the bright side, I got laid. Twice. Sometimes life evens out.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I now have to go into a coma for about 10 hours so I can get laid again tomorrow without dying.

ALXMAC
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Senor Weaselo

Senor likes cream cheese. Senor likes jalapenos. Senor is disappointed to say jalapeno cream cheese doesn’t work because they use pickled instead of fresh jalapenos, and it just tastes like salty spicy vinegar. (Yes, there is a place that I can get bagels at midnight. I took Senorita Weaselo there at 2:30 in the morning once. It’s wonderful.)

And how are your evenings?

ballsofsteelandfury

Much like your asshole, red hot!

WCS

I don’t go back to work for another week. That said, I’m “expected” to have new things to add to courses. So, while my girls watched Disney Princess movies tonight, I got to find documentaries of what’s happening in place like South Sudan, the black plague making a comeback in Madagascar, and racism/tribalism in Central Asia.

Lots of uplifting stuff.

ballsofsteelandfury

Jesus Fuck, Africa, are you ever going to get your shit together?

WCS

Colonialism never left.

ballsofsteelandfury

Serious question: As a scholar, do you think those countries might have been better off remaining official colonies instead of pretending to be independent countries?

WCS

They remain essentially the same thing. Colonial powers used and exploited any and every thing they could, and used certain locals as “favorites.” The heart of all of it was mineral and natural exploitation drove all of it. That has never changed. That process lead to an era of one local ethnic type being fucked over. Once the Europeans left, those local ethnic divides were never settled in any real sense. That’s what’s lead to decades of fuck-upperier. The strongmen have always understood that ethos, the people in the bush are always looking for a better way. Everyone else is caught in the middle.

It’s exactly the same thing in Afghanistan. Afghanistan has nothing to offer, but, it’s never been defeated. These days, it’s become a dick-swinging contest. Watch the Chinese try in 2024.

ballsofsteelandfury

Well, besides poppy fields that can produce heroin, opium, etc., yeah they don’t really have natural resources.

I, for some reason, don’t see the Chinese as imperialists. Not in the sense of capturing other countries’ territory. I could see financial imperialism with profits going to the mother country, but I just don’t see them as an occupying force. I’m probably wrong.

WCS

We’ll see, but, the Chinese Uyghurs in the very, very far west of China are far more Muslim than they are anything else. There have been Islamist attacks in place like Ürümqi.

There have also been been ISIL/Boko Harem against Chinese led development projects in Africa. China might very well have their “9/11.”

Brick Meathook
Brick Meathook

Yes, but what of the price of manganese?

ballsofsteelandfury

Walking through Beijing, I got the distinct feeling that China would absofuckinglutely be the one country to nuke one of its own cities to prove a point or quell a rebellion.

Senor Weaselo

I should probably start making a strings arrangement of Baby Shark. And then hang, draw and quarter myself.

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Brick Meathook

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Horatio Cornblower

“I’ve walked directly through a double homicide scene at 3:30 in the morning.”

Hey, substitute “walked directly through” with “created” and we’re Eskimo brothers!

Horatio Cornblower

I took this week off. First time I’ve had two weeks off since college. Naturally the Court schedules a hearing for Friday afternoon in a case that I desperately want to get rid of and am not willing to hand off to anyone else.

WOO-HOO, 1/2 DAY WEEK!!!!

Rikki-Tikki-Deadly

We watched some show with a Japanese woman who helps people organize their lives. The couple had a kid named Jaxon and paid someone to fold their laundry.

It goes without saying that I was rooting against them.

Horatio Cornblower

I hope that Japanese woman gives them leprosy.

Brick Meathook
Brick Meathook

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WCS

Jackass is running out of ideas.

WCS

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WCS

“You kids wanna see a dead body? Wait here for a coupla seconds.”

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

He’s fine; he fell relaxed.

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rockingdog
rockingdog

found a funny:

me: one time i itched my balls so hard my wrist cracked

priest: k, so i think we need to go over what a “sin” is again

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

So apparently someone who does not fart in public is a ……. private tooter.

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Lead with the shoulder.

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WCS

Instant karma is gonna get you.

Also, no eyes and ears protection.

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Another option is to damage yourself and others.

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Maybe he has waxy buildup?

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Inanimate Carbon Rod Marinelli
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Horatio Cornblower

Technically, he did open the bottle.

Rikki-Tikki-Deadly

I hear she does a killer set at the National Front Disco.

WCS

Bob Huggins is absolutely going to kill an official at some point this season.

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

On tape or will he stalk them to their house and try to cover it up?

Gratliff

It’s cold and snowing and I ain’t walkin’ nowhere without a roof

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WCS

Punishment fits the crime.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

I think he got of light (no tree).

Ian Scott McCormick

Good job with losing the hundo, Slim

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Low Commander of the Super Soldiers

It’s also my last day off before heading back to work. I’ve used today largely as a way to cram a week’s worth of personal productivity into one day. This includes taking my Xmas gifted Instant Pot out of the box and putting it through its paces. It’s about to be chilli time in the Commander Ziggurat.

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WCS

Brick Meathook
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WCS

The new Disney remake of Full Metal Jacket takes some liberties.

Rikki-Tikki-Deadly

Brown grew up in Liberty City, was once homeless and works harder and w more drive than any athlete I’ve been around.

Antonio Brown is the NFL’s version of Jimmy Butler, and it seems like his situation is unfolding in exactly the same way.

Brocky

Alright I just posted an idea in the general channel of slack. It’s still in the planning stages, if you wanna contribute send me an email

Rikki-Tikki-Deadly

Rikki-Tikki-Deadly

Apparently they are heading a different direction with their analytics, as Tommy Shuttledrill is rumored to be the leading candidate to replace him.

herodotus450
herodotus450

If Joey Clinkscales isn’t a secret lizard person, I don’t know who is.

Brocky

Good on you yeah right. More and more people are tipping the scalea, and refusing to do any thing about it

WCS

I’m not much of Queen fan, but, it’s pretty fucking gnarly that Brian May is part of NASA’s New Horizons research team.

Low Commander of the Super Soldiers

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Viva La Tabula Raza
Viva La Tabula Raza

I was very impressed when he earned his PhD (and not just an honorary degree) in astrophysics at age 60.

scotchnaut

Food Trends That Just Won’t Cut It In 2019-

Broccoli, Greek Yogurt, Cheddar, Cracked Pepper and Hope. Tastes horrible.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Meh, I like all of those.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

I have for most of my life. Hope is OK, but like cracked pepper (I assume you are talking about fresh cracked pepper called for in a few recipes) is fruitless.

BrettFavresColonoscopy

I had every intent to work out today and failed. I think it’s still 2018.

rockingdog
rockingdog

Cool!
Psyched that Chelsea is gonna have Christian Pulisic play for em.

scotchnaut

As Ren said to Stimpy in ‘Space Madness’, you’re one of the “Good Ones”, yeahright.

rockingdog
rockingdog

Some how this is blocked for me……

Rikki-Tikki-Deadly

“Wish I knew what that felt like.” – DeShaun Watson