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    There are indeed mockingbirds here. I keep trying to tempt them back to my yard but I guess someone else's bird buffet is better. My top suspects for the beefeater bird were Carolina wren, as you mentioned @Browncoat, and black-capped chickadee but it isn't either of them, or at least not a call recorded in any online database I've tried. BUT I've downloaded the Merlin app from Cornell so I can record it next time I hear it.
  2. Podcasts are just another entertainment form and there are good ones and bad ones, interesting ones and boring ones, well-produced ones and those that are the auditory equivalent of an Ed Wood film, ones with hosts you love and ones with hosts who say like every 3rd word. They aren't much different from radio shows, especially ones from NPR and CBC, except that they don't come on air at specific times.
  3. "Riiiiiiight...what's a cubit?" We had at least one of his albums when I was growing up and that was on it. There was also the Chicken Heart routine. They were hilarious to child me. And I loved I Spy. Loathed with the heat a thousand burning nuns both Fat Albert and The Cosby Show. I thought the Huxtables were terrible parents. Summing up, fuck Bill Cosby
  4. I learned a lot from The Secret Life of Canada, a CBC podcast. It highlights indigenous people and other minorities as well as women.
  5. I am so jealous! I can't plan on traveling to France until next year.
  6. And you lived to tell the tale. Your mom's a saint.
  7. I got stuck on Charles 1 of England but it clicked in time and in the AU where I appear on Jeopardy! I had ample time to scrawl 1914. WRT Lost...Damon Lindelof can go burn in hell and take the entire craptastic 6th season with him. But...Ben. I can't stay mad at the whole series because there was Ben, that incredible moment in the very first episode where we see the plane wreck, late 3rd season through most of the 5th season, and so many story-telling innovations. I just won't ever watch the final season past episode 2 again.
  8. When I lived in a 2nd floor apartment with no AC, I would take a cold shower before bed and sleep in a damp t shirt. I don't know how I survived. I'm so glad I bought and installed the 2 new units before this fucking heat wave hit, otherwise I'd be having an anxiety attack every time the old one made a new noise. The electric bill will be sky high but at least I'll be alive to pay it.
  9. I had that one! All my cats loved it and I only got rid of it when it started falling apart after many, many years. Oh, except instead of one of the platforms it had a nest/basket.
  10. Having been back in my office for 2.5 days a week since the start of the month with the threat of having to be there full time beginning in August, I've come to the conclusion that 2.5 days is about my limit. I just want more flexibility and autonomy and I've been much happier being at home more. Unfortunately, it seems that no one in the admin cares about employee morale, at least to the extent of actually doing something about it.
  11. I'm so sorry about Frankie, @AgentRXS. Of course he knew and returned your love or he wouldn't have always been there for you. Uncreepy virtual hugs to you from me and the Girl Cat.
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    Anyone here good with bird calls? I have looked at and listened to every frigging website and youtube video I can find but can't find the bird that goes with this, and I hear it all the time. To me it sounds like "beefeater beefeater beefeater beef", emphasis on the first syllable of beefeater. It's that last "beef" that makes it distinctive. It's definitely not the streeter streeter streeter or germany germany germany calls (as they're described on sites). I've listened to those sound files and they're not this. It has to be a common bird, like some sort of finch or sparrow, because I he
  13. That's a shame. Although I admit I stopped listening months ago because I wasn't enjoying the quarantine version. The show relied on non-celebrity contestants and without them, it didn't work for me.
  14. ABay


    Tzatziki is what came to mind when Creamy Cucumber dressing was mentioned. You'd probably need to add a little dill to it.
  15. Thanks @Browncoat. They are mulberries. I'd always thought they were but then someone told me they were blackberries. Stick with your first answer! I've fixed the original post. I've now read a couple of sites describing how to clean them thoroughly and how long they can be stored, so tomorrow I'll see what's fallen into the buckets I set out this afternoon and see how it goes.
  16. It's a twofer: peeve plus cooking. I've lived in this house for 21 years now and every year a blackberry tree next door rains down blackberries mulberries on the walk next to the house, which is also where all the gardening equipment is, so I'm out there every day. I have to hose off my shoes before I come in and hose down the walk as best I can. There are a lot of flies and toward the end of the season the smell of fermenting fruit is quite powerful. This year for the first time, since several branches are low enough to touch my head, I decided to gather some and maybe try a crisp o
  17. I went into 3 different stores this morning and in 2 of them no one was wearing a mask. Workers at the 3rd place, ironically an outside venue, were wearing them. CT has lifted restrictions so it's up to the business, and the positivity rate is .4% here with the majority of the adult population vaccinated.
  18. For anyone interested in learning more about what was going on with Y2K, including those who lived through it, I highly recommend Dan Taberski's podcast, Surviving Y2K. It's available on Spotify, Stitcher, etc. and here: https://www.topic.com/surviving-y2k
  19. I thought indigenous is used to describe the people who were living in a place in relation to the people who colonized their land.
  20. Randolph Scott! It;s been too long since I watched Blazing Saddles. It must be streaming somewhere. When it first came out, I had such a crush on Gene Wilder that I kept going to see it and had the dialogue memorized. Doing the French Mistake...
  21. ABay


    Thanks, @MargeGunderson! That's the first one I've seen that didn't require screws to keep it in place.
  22. ABay


    Air conditioner update! Because I know you've all been wondering "whatever happened with ABay's air conditioner units?" Well, they are in and surrounded by more cardboard than the set of a 1970s BBC sci fi show. The front is definitely tilted enough, probably too much. I might need a bungee cord to make sure it doesn't slip since what's holding it in is a thin oak slat in place of the sash and side panels. The bedroom one looks straight to my eye but the bubble in the little level I bought this morning (never too many tools) went right to the correct end. So...good? I'm not caulking
  23. Air conditioners. Do they ever fit in real life the way the manual says they're supposed to? My fingers and knuckles look like someone took a cheese grater to them and my back hurts, and they still aren't in right. Aren't they suppose to just pop in? So frustrating.
  24. Well, that's disappointing. I was hoping for Patrick Swayze brandishing a Louis XV chair.
  25. Oh, that's how you pronounce Anais? I knew the answer but I guess would've been ruled incorrect if I said A-niece, which is how I thought it was pronounced. Or if I'd said "Nin" would they have asked for more information. And would I have been sharp enough to say "Kit Nin"?
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