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  1. Why are you unhappy today?

    And yet the POTUS gets raucous cheers and laughter from his troglodyte followers for doing just that.
  2. Lists of typical German mistakes in English?

    Walley was insisted upon by @sarabyrd's 5th & 6th Klasse English teacher, along with piarno [sic].
  3. What made you laugh today?

    You can do weird and wonderful things with vegetables.  I put cooked spinach into a quesadilla last night and used a little lard to fry it. It turned out great.  
  4. It's kennel cough.  (Seriously.)
  5. Conway played a postal employee who has gone postal and been reassigned to the dead letter office after biting a dog, in the movie Dear God. Dear God trailer
  6. Wonderful Chicken Pox!

    Chickenpox is a herpes virus, and while the typical child's chickenpox episode may result in only minor discomfort, in an adult it can be serious: in a pregnant woman, it can affect the fetus so seriously the child will die in utero or be born with significant birth defects.   I know why so many people are cavalier now about the formerly common childhood diseases - they've been protected by vaccines for two full generations.  It's called 'the confidence of ignorance.'
  7. It's a perfectly good name.  Not one I'd choose, but after all, it isn't my baby!
  8. What made you laugh today?

  9. Politics Gen XYZ

      They're stuck with the baby they've got, but I'll bet they'd like to trade it in for a classy model - which they don't deserve.
  10.   For those on this side of the pond who for some reason aren't interested in Baby Sussex.  You can't deny Harry is over the moon about his Babykins - did you notice his little bounce as he announced the good news?  If he were a puppy, I'd describe it as a happy wriggle.  
  11. Opinions on MMR vaccinations for children

    I can remember being kept quiet and mostly in a darkened bedroom when I had measles, at eight years old.  I don't remember whether my little sisters were also sick, or whether they took the contagion during a later wave.  My mother allowed me to read only one chapter a day of my new Bobbsey Twins book.  My eyes survived, and my brain, such as it is.  And when two of my children brought home measles from nursery school when their little sister was almost two, we were all quarantined for a month while first they, then she, were sick.  We were a lucky family, as the experience of little Olivia Dahl and many others proves.  
  12. Only in America...

    Not enough, but it's getting better.  Of course, for it to get better, more people of color have to die.  
  13. May Day events - Munich

    I went to a village Maypole raising one year that was also a Gaufest, so lots of Trachten Vereins there in their different costumes. It was a real photo op, especially recording the start-to-finish process of raising the Maypole by hand.
  14. My toast is never evenly toasted

    The best toaster I ever had was a Sunbeam (1956) with a self-lowering feature.  It toasted perfectly with just one pass.  It was always amusing to watch a visitor put bread in and then look around for the lever to lower the bread, only to find the bread had already disappeared on its own.
  15. Everything old is new again.  This Herb Block cartoon is from 1974.
  16.                                                             'Pardon?'
  17. My toast is never evenly toasted

    Toaster fail.
  18. Climate change discussion

    Look, @MikeMelga, we've already had decades to construct plans to alleviate the climate changes which we know will affect everyone on earth, and it's only resulted in political rhetoric.  What makes you think the threat of extinction by asteroid would evoke a stronger response?
  19. Now, pay attention everyone: Bernie Sanders September 8, 1941 (age 77 years)Joe Biden November 20, 1942 (age 76 years),Donald Trump June 14, 1946 (age 72 years)Elizabeth Warren June 22, 1949 (age 69 years) Amy Klobuchar May 25, 1960 (age 58 years) Kamala Harris October 20, 1964 (age 54 years),Kirsten Gillibrand December 9, 1966 (age 52 years)Pete Buttigieg January 19, 1982 (age 37 years)   And I confess, I wasn't paying attention myself.  Biden is four years older than Trump, but he graciously acts his age.
  20.   For the record, Trump is only fourteen months older than Biden.   EDA: See my embarrassed correction below.
  21. What made you smile today?

    I was hoping someone would ask. I'm rereading one of the saddest books ever written, And the Band Played On (Randy Shilts), the nonfiction story of AIDS in the US.  Shilts covers the early bemused response, the spread of the disease from the coasts inward to the heartland and from drug users and LGBTQI+ community to hemophiliacs, the US government's policy of determined neglect, the bravery and diligence of the medical profession in some places, and the heartless disregard of lives in others, again by the medical profession.  Shilts got his AIDS diagnosis on the day he submitted his final manuscript to his publisher. Shilts interviewed almost everybody he could find, about 900 people, and Larry Kramer appears early in the book.  So I decided I'd look at Faggots myself. That's why.  
  22. What made you smile today?

    I just ordered a book from eBay.  To my surprise, the seller is one of my Canadian nieces!  Now what's she doing with a copy of Larry Kramer's Faggots?