Summer Breeze

Open Thread August

Wow! 40 years ago this summer.

Man rubbed front of his pants on bus door, smashed windows
Aug. 13th, 2012

My friend who lives near where this happened texts:

“Yeah JP [Jamaica Plain] is a great neighborhood.”

“The guys are very friendly.”

Personally, I’ve struggled with this issue for years. I’ve been asking everyone I know who has seen this in today’s Metro if they can please teach me how to rub the front of my pants along the door of a bus ‘in a NON-sexual manner.’

139 Replies to “Summer Breeze”

  1. i figured out why the banner photo is staying up so long. you’re waiting for the syria-iran war to start so your prediction can be fulfilled. looks like it’s on a slow track, but steady progress. lot’s of time to prepare. i guess the fall election is having some delaying impacts.

    if mitt gets in, it’ll be fast tracked, for sure.

  2. With mitt we can end this world faster.

    I keep running into end timers, the ones who think the world ends in December. They keep telling me they are voting for mitt so a Republican real Christian is the President at the end, minus the fact Mitt is not a Real Christian according to RWing Fundies. but Mitt would not be President till Jan 22 2013. But the election is in November they always anwser. I never comment after that. It hurts to much to continue.

  3. Summer Breeze 1972. I’m dredging up memories and they are mainly Revere Beach on many weekends that summer. Trying to talk to the Italian girls without getting beat up by the Italian guys. Also sitting in a sleazy beach bar as a young lad with my uncles and their friends, all WWII vets, being allowed to have my first beer, but denied cigarettes. Watching them shoot pool. Running the streets of Revere, Chelsea and Lynn. Also fishing for eels in the polluted Chelsea River and my aunt preparing them. Me eating the eel, mussels and snails cooked in butter. I probably still carry around the heavy metals and polychlorinated biphenyls. Boston was a bit of a shit hole in 72. It had its charm though.

  4. Hey Bif, if those hevy metals and PCBs were good enough for the eels and mussels, they’re good enough for you. Just don’t eat too many of them.

  5. The spraying to stop West Nile in Dallas is misguided at best. I’m so glad I don’t live down there in televangelist land.

  6. sorry, it was a mistake. the “posted by” dissapears once you’re in the thread, but is there on the home page. i didn’t see that until after i made the comment.

    looks like nudge took her FTA blog site down, but i could be wrong about that, also. did she pull a Matt Savinar on us?

  7. The bukowski freeloading depressed types can only be accomodated in an affluent society, where in such conditions he can be ignored as whatever. He was a self-absorbed slacker, and not that there’s anything wrong with that at all, in an affluent society. In other times he would have been brought under the lash, and told to shut the fuck up about his personal problems and get back to work.

  8. hoe that row, tug that barge, build that pyramid.

    boys (and occasional girls) we never had it so good thanks to that cheap and still relatively abundant, high ERoEI oil.

  9. eh, bukowski supported himself for many years by working as a clerk of sorts for post office, drinking and writing the whole time. then, some of his stuff became popular. he hit the lottery of the american dream. he struck it rich.

    with that being said, it’s long been my opinion, it’s the assholes that want to “do” things, think that they can “accomplish” something, that have always caused all the problems.

  10. what’s really funny to me is when someone talks about “solutions”. there are no solutions, only more problems. people, in general, especially the industrial variety, need to learn how to relax. i’d say.

  11. or “i have a hydrogen bomb and a cool delivery system, therefore i have to launch it at someone”. not funny.

    but it ended the war sooner and saved countless lives of japanese civilians and invading american soliders. humm… burn a few to save a few.

  12. so now the wood that don’t float case is ruled not an accidental death.

    we also hear that her husband, robert wagner, was not a suspect “at the time the case was reopened”. here we must parse the words like so many bunn bunn type lawyers.

    why the hell wouldn’t he be a suspect? are we to believe the butler did it? was there even a butler on board?

  13. The thing I don’t like about summer is wasps. I was out in my shed this morning and one somehow got up in my shorts. Ouch…ouch. Didn’t find it ’till I was making coffee in the kitchen.

  14. i ran over the same yellow jacket nest with the lawn mower twice this year. got stung both times. shows how smart i am.

  15. I have to get stung by yellow jackets and/or paper wasps every summer, or it just isn’t summer. I usually get extra cranky every time i’m stung,

    I agree on the HB tunes posted.

  16. the last time a superpower tried to take on the Persians on their own turf, the Romans lost an entire legion and the general lost his head. Alexander kicked their ass, but he was special.

  17. diogenes told alexander to move out of his sunbeam, and he moved, no one is special, unless you let them think they are.

  18. diogenes was a cool dude. the persians thought alexander was a devil. he would go out of his way to punish anyone that offered resistance to his rule.

  19. That’s funny. Tom is worried about oil. What he should be worried about is that they are running out of devils to make deals with.

    You should probably stock up on that popcorn now, ’cause once the show starts, well…

  20. yes, just not as good. and the chief scientist at a major US R&D company just commented that we have a successful “proof of concept”.

  21. Beer Theories

    Sometimes when I reflect on all the beer I drink, I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn’t drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. I think, “It is better to drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.”

    Babe Ruth

    “I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day.”

    Lyndon B. Johnson

    “When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.”

    Paul Horning
    ~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? I think not.”

    H. L. Mencken

    “When we drink, we get drunk. When we get drunk, we fall asleep. When we fall asleep, we commit no sin When we commit no sin, we go to heaven. So, let’s all get drunk and go to heaven!”

    George Bernard Shaw

    “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy..”

    Benjamin Franklin


    “Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza..”
    Dave Barry


    W. C. Fields

    Remember “I” before “E,” except in Budweiser.

    Professor Irwin Corey

    To some it’s a six-pack, to me it’s a Support Group Salvation in a can!

    Leo Durocher
    ~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    One night at Cheers, Cliff Clavin explained the” Buffalo Theory” to his buddy Norm:

    “Well, ya see, Norm, it’s like this. A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members! In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine! That’s why you always feel smarter after a few beers..”

  22. “The Boston subway system will soon host simulated biological weapon attacks as the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) conducts tests of sensors designed to detect the presence of biological agents in metropolitan areas.

    After temporarily shutting down the transportation system, S&T will release small quantities of harmless and inactive bacteria into subway tunnels under Beantown and monitor the spread of the dead microbes using newly developed sensors. The bacterium, Bacillus subtilis, is considered nontoxic even when alive and active.”


  23. “greetings from chester, ca, near the base of mt lassen. home of bears, trout and red necks.”

    Got banjo?

  24. hey, nice big lake nearby. if we had time, a fishing adventure would be on order. we’re doing the thermal areas in the park. co2 is bubbling out all over the place. lassen peak still has snow. tourist mode at present, the real work starts on tuesday.

    happy labor day fellow middle class wage slaves.

  25. Looked that up on the map Doom. I think I drove by that area once on my way to WA state way back in the 80’s. Been through Truckee a couple of times too. I know I have been up and down the 5 a few times back in the 20th century. Beautiful area up there as I recall. Love the mountains but don’t miss the cold.

  26. Chico is nearby, home of Sierra Neveda brewery. have been enjoying the local beers that do not get exported out of the area, unfortunately for those living elsewhere.

  27. i told my 97-year old mother that i was in Chester. she said she’s been here. no surprise, at her age, she’s been just about everywhere at least once.

  28. Its hard to say. Maybe someone should create a northern California zombie radii composite overlay in GIS… while there’s still time!

  29. Ive skied Mt Lason. Most people dont know but Mt Lasson is an active volcano. Possible the most active of the US outside of alaska and Hawaii.

  30. and it sure is gassy! lots of co2 coming out in the thermal areas. my guess is TPTB want us to find that volcanoes are just as polluting as humans, so we don’t look so bad. it’s just a guess from a cynic, but why all of the sudden is co2 such a hot topic?

  31. maybe we should put some long-term portable gas monitors on you, and see if you are contributing to climate change through excess emissions of carbon dioxide and methane.

  32. Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

    William Shakespeare

  33. As a volcano fanatic I see quite a lot of anti reality there is no global climite change people showing up on my favorite volcano blogs. Yes those people really are trying to show its all about the volcanos and not us silly humans. They also are looking to blame volcanos under the north pole for the ice melt there and in the antartic. Only problem with those ideas is in the north the active volcanos are too deep and water / heat displacement and other basic science shows volcanos under the see need to be fairly close to the surface to have any impact. And if there was one in the south there would be a whole in the ice and it would be pretty easy to see.

  34. it’s amazing the extent to which the climate denial is manifested. we are surely doomed if humans don’t come to grips with the problem, which most won’t, or not in time. no one wants to voluntarily give up their comfortable modern lifestyles.

    fortunately, peak oil has come to the rescue, and just in time too, with a crippling financial collapse in progress. usa car useage and petroleum consumption are trending down, manufacturing is hardly in existence here anymoron, and once the government giveaway programs and military programs shut down, it will be back to basics for many “excess eaters”, back to compost that is.

    maybe we’ll save some glaciers, after all.

  35. I don’t doubt the former, but I am not convinced of the latter. But, assuming humans have had a negative impact on Earths climate, attempts to correct anything is quickly reduced to nothing more than scam fodder and bumping the velocity of debt. The dubiousness of self-serving policy based on bullshit (or mythology as the case may be) masquerading as science in beyond epic proportions.

    If the planet is lucky, humanity will kill itself off before it kills the planet entirely, but at the very least humanity will leave a nasty scar. And humanity will not learn – we never do.

  36. humans have no more chioce in the matter than a volcano. the entire universe is busy arranging itself to produce entropy as fast as it can.

  37. remus, here’s how i reckon the climate change from global warming. as someone who studies geology and geological time, modern humans cannot take fossil carbon deposits buried over millinea and sequestered for millions of years, burn them for energy and pump the CO2 back into our Holocene-Pleistocene atmosphere-ocean system in only about 200 years time.

    the Earth hasn’t seen these (and projected) levels of CO2 since the middle Miocene (about 15 million years ago), perhaps even the Mesozoic and Paleozoic Eras. those climates were a lot warmer and a lot different than anything humans have evolved within, and certainly not our civilizations.

    what we are beginning to experience is something like a bad disaster movie that will only intensify. i agree that there is little we can do about it now except watch in horror at what we’ve unwittingly unleashed on the planet and ourselves.

  38. we should count our blessings for having lived within the oil production window that allowed all the wonderful lifestyles we have enjoyed. why, we even put humans on the moon and brought them all back safely, a feat no bunch of smart cows or snakes could attain, not to mention those poor saplings stuck in the mud all their lives.

    let us rejoice and revel in the last of it, and quietly slip away knowing that for those of us who follow, the party will be over.

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