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It’s coming…it’s coming soon.  –  Rodolfo

This seasonal video is kinda brilliant on several levels.  It was provided by Walter Olson, and the links above it by Tim Cushing, Missy Mariposa, Mike Siegel, Clarissa, David Ley, The Onion, and Mike Peters, in that order.

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Who would have thought drinking dirt would make me feel so so good?

Since Mike Nesmith passed away this week, I’d like to share “The Monkees’ Christmas Episode” from 1967.  If you don’t have time for the whole thing, at least listen to their very lovely a capella performance of the 16th century Spanish Christmas carol “Riu Chiu”, starting at 20:47.  The links above the video are from Rick Horowitz, Stephen Lemons, Jesse Walker, Kevin WilsonWalter Olson, Mike Siegel, and Cop Crisis, in that order.

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It’s as if Disney were entering Notre-Dame.  –  Maurice Culot

Every once in a while social media produces something really exceptional; this was called to my attention by Mike Siegel, who also contributed “improved” and “baby”.  The other links above the video were provided by Dan Savage, Scott Greenfield, Kevin Wilson, and Radley Balko, in that order.

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Sophia got carried away.  –  Brass Against

To commemorate the passing of one of the titans of musical theater, I present the opening number of the first production for which he wrote both words and music (still one of my favorites of his oeuvre).  The links above it were provided by David Ley, Scott Hechinger, Emma Evans, Mike Siegel, Walter Olson, Cop Crisis, and Scott Greenfield, in that order.

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It feels good to know that I played a small part in paralyzing a cho, LMAO.  –  Garrett Osbon

When the name Casino Royale was re-used for one of the James Bond franchise movies in 2006, those of us who remember the David Niven/Woody Allen parody from 1967 couldn’t help being amused, but apparently someone decided to juxtapose the two in a more direct way.  The video was provided by Franklin Harris, and the links above it by Clarissa (x2), Jesse Walker, Billy Binion, and Cop Crisis (x2), in that order.

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Diary #594

Though I prefer country life, it isn’t without its peculiar issues and problems, and we had several last week.  Normally, we only need to change the water filter about once per season, but since we changed out our pump at the beginning of August, that kicked up considerable sediment, rust, and the like which has required two filter changes in only 3 months.  That woud’ve been no big deal, except for that fact that modern filter housings are made as cheaply and shabbily as possible, with “heavy duty mounting brackets” so flimsy I can bend the metal in my dainty little hands.  What this means is that if the housing gets stuck (which I find happens at least every few years), there’s essentially no way to remove it without breaking the PVC pipes.  So this time I bought some heavy angle iron so Grace could build a truly heavy bracket, though I still had to buy another overpriced, underbuilt housing.  While that process was going on, the washing machine gave up the ghost, and when I went to buy a new one I was told nobody bothers to stock them any more (we tried a number of stores in two counties), so if I wanted one, I’d need to order it now and it might be delivered by Christmas (if the supply chain cooperates).  So last Monday I had to waste the one day that week it didn’t rain to figure this out and buy a new-to-me used washer-dryer set.  Then that evening at dinner, the lights went out and the generator came on; that was fine, but two hours later my intuition started pinging so I called the power company and found out there wasn’t an outage.  The transfer switch had developed a fault (according to customer service, a common problem with new installations) that caused the main service cutoff to trip every time we hit it with a heavy load (like if the pump comes on while the water heater is running, something that happens about 15 minutes after I start taking what I think will be a nice, hot shower).  I made an appointment with the service company to fix it, but he wasn’t able to get here until yesterday, which meant a week of carefully planning appliance use so big-ticket items didn’t come on at the same time and trip the cutoff again, forcing me to stand in the rain, in the dark, to throw it on again (after letting it cool for five minutes or more with the power off, at night).  And when he looked at it yesterday, he determined he’d need to replace the whole switch…which means waiting another week for the part to arrive.  So as you can imagine, it has all been very stressful and costly, and if you want to help me cover the expenses (or just some edibles so I can relax) I’d appreciate it.  If you’re wondering what Cicero has to do with any of this, the answer is “nothing at all”; it’s just a much cuter picture than one of an old washing machine.

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They attempted to cut the lawn for him. – cop description of fatal SWAT raid

“Impromptu concert captured on video” is, I think, one of the more interesting YouTube genres; this one was sent to me by Grace.  The links above it were provided by Mike Siegel, Lucy Steigerwald, Clarissa, Franklin Harris, Cop Crisis (x2), and J.D. Tuccille, in that order.

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I’ve always been dedicated to the idea of this as the time of year for spooky fun.  So every year I collect all the spooky, creepy or scary content from the previous year into one place just before Halloween.  If you’ve come to my blog in the past year, or don’t remember previous editions, they are “Trick or Treat”, “More Trick or Treat“, “Tricks and Treats“, “This Trick’s a Treat”, “Tricky Treats“, “A Trickle of Treats”, “Tricking and Treating“, and “Tricks for the Treat“.  Horror, death or Halloween-themed columns of the past year include “Dead on Arrival“, “The Mysteries“, “Could It Be…Satan?“, “The Sparkle of a Star“, and “The October Country“; there are creepy or spooky-fun videos in Links #541#553#566, and #590, and here’s a collection of spooky or Halloweeny links:

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Diary #590

I don’t normally give Cicero his breakfast peanuts on the front porch, because, as you can see, it makes a bit of a mess.  But now that the monsoon season is once again upon us, I don’t have the heart to make him eat his breakfast in the rain, so if it’s actively falling when I get up in the morning, I’ll feed him in the dry spot near the door.  You can see where that stops in this picture, and you can also see the peanut storage in that garbage can; we buy ’em in bulk because it’s cheaper, and the wooden frame is to keep him from knocking it over (it was originally built because Orville kept doing exactly that).  And you can also see a hand truck which someone apparently forgot to put away after bringing my new desk upstairs last week; Jae is starting to work on my office, which is good because I’ve wanted that for a while now and we’ll have fewer days to work on the bathhouse now that it’s raining half of the week or more.  I would’ve liked to have a good bit of roofing up before this started, but it didn’t work out that way; still, there should be enough dry days over the next couple of months to make some slow progress before the really heavy rain arrives with the winter.

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Shut your mouth, boy.  –  “Officer” Hoover

As I was poking around YouTube, I discovered this live performance of Part One of Tubular Bells, which is not only seasonal (the first movement was used as the theme to The Exorcist, after all), but also happens to be one of my favorite albums of all time (and if you’ve ever seen me professionally, you may have noticed it playing in session).  The links above it were provided by Cop Crisis (x3), Scott Hechinger (x2), and Radley Balko, in that order.

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