Friday Night Open Thread

I've got the grill going (Asian Steak and Watermelon and Arugula Salad over rice noodles with peanuts on top).

What's on your agenda for this holiday weekend?

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Yum! (5.00 / 2) (#2)
    by ZtoA on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 09:54:38 PM EST
    I'm going to bring dessert to the Ishtar Egg dinner at my sister's. I got all the ingredients for a cake and chocolate frosting. I'm going to try to make a Mondrian cake like this. Mine will most likely turn out to look like a Polluck but I can always to out to get another cake.

    Oh My (none / 0) (#6)
    by squeaky on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:09:24 PM EST
    Sounds like a fun challenge.
    Sure, it took all weekend (no exaggeration). Yes, it is not healthy, nor is it cheap. Would I make it again? Only if I had a small army of worshipful assistants. But this cake gave me great satisfaction. I'd worked hard on a goal, and I had something tangible (and edible) to show for my efforts. I'd successfully avoided leaving the house all weekend. I had a new appreciation for Freeman and her fancy-pants art desserts, and I had an industrial-sized cake to call my own. Bon apétit.



    That does sound good! (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by nycstray on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 09:58:34 PM EST
    I was going to be doing some cooking, but a stray puppy showed up on my doorstep, so I'm working on creating spaces for all the 4 legged kids around here until I can find the puppy's parents . . . we won't talk about the other young dog I just saw running the 'hood. It's like "who let the dogs out?" around here today!

    That is a lovely puppy (5.00 / 1) (#27)
    by sj on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:58:49 PM EST
    I plucked my girl from the streets of Baltimore. She was also well cared for (the mess of street life notwithstanding). She was already house broken, crate trained and well socialized (which is really important for Chows). Somebody loved her but nobody had reported her lost. So after two days she was mine.

    Which thrilled my Lab mix to no end. He was a dog's dog and had been lonely after my little Schnoodle girl died.

    Hopefully your pup has a micro chip. I'll never go without one of those things. And I have it checked on every vet visit, too. Just to make sure it hasn't drifted or malfunctioned.


    My ex-BF found a Chow wandering around (5.00 / 1) (#31)
    by vml68 on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 11:24:55 PM EST
    a grocery parking lot and decided to bring it home to me. He was absolutely gorgeous and looked to be very well taken care off. We put up flyers everywhere, contacted local vets, shelters and the police. I thought we would be able to find the owners pretty quickly. But no one claimed him.

    For some reason he immediately fixated on me and would not allow my dogs or cats to come anywhere near me. At night, he would sit by my bed and just stare at me all night long. It was really unnerving to wake up and have his face inches from mine just watching me. The minute I stepped out of the house, he would start hurling himself at the window trying to get out. It was nuts.

    This was about 20 years ago and I was living in the Midwest then. Chows were almost always put to sleep if taken to the area shelters. I volunteered at the only no-kill shelter in town and they were already beyond capacity. I was desperate to find him a home before he completely destroyed mine. Not to mention, my critters were miserable with him around. I finally found him a home with a coworker. A few months later, he ran away from their home and was hit by a car. It broke my heart.


    If you don't find the puppy's parents (none / 0) (#4)
    by vml68 on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:03:58 PM EST
    I will gladly take him/her in :-)
    What a beauty!

    She's so sweet! (none / 0) (#8)
    by nycstray on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:15:39 PM EST
    And so totally dif than my Dal, lol!~ She's so big though, and such a youngster.

    If I don't find her parents, get ready for a road trip!  ;) I will say, she would be a really easy dog for me to keep. I just wish I knew her name. I'm calling her 'Girl'. That always worked with the shelter pups (Girl, Boy) because you just pair it up with "Good!" ;)


    When I worked in the shelter, I could never (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by vml68 on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:31:44 PM EST
    keep track of the names. It was always "Hello Handsome" or "Hello Beautiful" or "Hello Baby". My excuse was that I already had 7 critters at home, my brain couldn't handle  anymore names!

    Some of the shelter dogs I named (none / 0) (#25)
    by nycstray on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:55:56 PM EST
    could never be renamed :) The owners tried, but they needed the name I gave in the long run. So yeah, there are a few (good) 'Boy's running around in Brooklyn :)

    When 'Girl' wakes up, I'm going to start a bit of treat training with her so I can see what she knows and at least get her in a bit more comfortable space with me. "Good Girl" should work wonders with her. She's really sweet and relaxed, but seems a tad 'lost' :(


    Awsum (none / 0) (#5)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:08:40 PM EST
    God loves dogs and the people who love them

    You would know ;) (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by nycstray on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:24:22 PM EST
    O.M.G., this is the nicest puppy! Of course, we are prob also in a bit of a honeymoon phase. Downside is she has no respect for baby gates (my girl thinks you need to stay at least a foot away, lol!~) and when she drinks her water, she spills the whole bowl. My floors are going to be really clean :D

    My cats are looking at me like I have 4 heads that need to be destroyed and Shirley the Bird is vocalizing her dominance over every thing with 4 legs. My poor ears! But, puppy seems to have passed out :)


    Sounds Like You Have a New Dog (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by squeaky on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:32:06 PM EST
    Although hard to imagine someone would let her go, as she is a beauty.

    I'm so hoping someone is looking for her (none / 0) (#20)
    by nycstray on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:39:48 PM EST
    I didn't realize it was a holiday weekend, so I've adjusted my thought process that her parents may not know she's gone until Sunday night/Mon AM. She's well cared for, right down to well groomed nails. I'm going to get her scanned tomorrow for a chip. She had a harness on but no tags :(

    She just doesn't want to let you out of her sight (none / 0) (#17)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:37:56 PM EST
    Would you? Hears a tip for sloppy drinking.  Get a deeper container like a bucket oy a tall plastic container and only fill it about half full.  Two of my dogs used to get more water on the floor than they drank but that really helps contain  the fallout.

    I bought a boot/shoe tray similar to (none / 0) (#21)
    by Anne on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:45:40 PM EST
    this one, that's like 4 feet by 15" with two inch sides - it's made of hard rubber - and easily accommodates both the water bowl and food bowl - whatever spillage there is ends up in the tray, not on the floor.

    I tried trays of different types (none / 0) (#23)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:49:02 PM EST
    And sizes.  But I found that a tall container works better.  And takes up less space.

    She tips the bowl over by slapping (none / 0) (#24)
    by nycstray on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:49:25 PM EST
    her paw in it :) I do have a bowl with a rubber ringed bottom which I'm pulling out for her. I thought of a bigger container, but I don't want that much water on the wood floors :) Funny thing is, Rox would get water all over just because she was a messy puppy/young adult, this one drinks for a bit and then slams the bowl over . . . gently.

    How's it like living with this kinda dog coat? With my Dals and their short close coat, yes they shed 24/7/365, but a bath is literally just rinsing them off once on awhile. Grooming? Nah, not much. Dog smell, nope.


    So jealous (none / 0) (#26)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:56:12 PM EST
    On the grooming

    This is a friend's dog (none / 0) (#35)
    by scribe on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 08:39:12 AM EST
    When it comes to grooming ... oy.

    But they're great dogs.

    And I remain convinced setter puppies are the cutest of them all.


    What's it like? (none / 0) (#36)
    by Mr Natural on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 09:01:06 AM EST
    Lots and lots of fur.  It gets everywhere, especially the cooling vents of electronics.

    Both of our dogs adopted us.  Whether they were dumped by the road or simply wandered off we'll never know, but they won our hearts.  They didn't have chips when they showed up but they do now.

    How did I know when the dogs could stay?  When my wife named them.


    We have a chiweenie (none / 0) (#40)
    by MKS on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 11:54:26 AM EST
    which is half Dachshund and half Chihuahua.   She is completely whacked.  Screams at all other dogs with a howl that sounds like she is being tortured.

    Has the long body and coloring of a dachshund and the head of Chihuahua.  Long ears that stand up like Bugs Bunny.   Looks like the sleek dogs of ancient Egypt.

    She gets wound up and then will go and scoop out all the water from the water dish.   Just Miss OCD.


    Stray puppy is a beautiful dog (none / 0) (#9)
    by MO Blue on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:16:11 PM EST
    What breed is he/she?

    I have evidently fallen behind on how many 4 legged kids you now have.

    I, of course, recognized Dot. Do you also have the beagle that was in the video with Dot? Also, is the cute little dog in all the coats yours? What kind of dog is it?


    I think puppy is either a Husky/mix or (none / 0) (#14)
    by nycstray on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:34:01 PM EST
    a Mal/high mix. She doesn't have the curled tail of a Mal, but everything else kinda fits. She could be a GSD/Huskey mix. She's rock solid whatever she is. And out cold on the floor :)

    You are prob seeing Rox in the pics, Dot passed away suddenly 2.5 years ago (Rox was born the next day) The beagle and other little dog are my mom's. Best guess on the little dog is chi/yorkie mix. I currently have Rox, 3 kitties (Seven, Harlem aka Harley and Yankee) and Shirley the Bird (Indian Ringneck). Plus a stray puppy passed out on the floor. Debating whether I can handle running around the 'hood to catch the stray young red-headed pit-mix that was there when I brought stray puppy home from a walk . . .


    Sorry about that (5.00 / 1) (#28)
    by MO Blue on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 11:06:31 PM EST
    I remembered that Dot had passed away after I posted my comment. You used to talk so much about Dot that her name was what stuck in my mind.

    From the pictures, the stray puppy reminded me of a GSD mix that I had as a girl but the coloring reminded me more of a husky.  


    Ha! You beat me to it. (none / 0) (#18)
    by vml68 on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:39:03 PM EST
    I couldn't see the tail but the coloring and the solid body made me think Malamute.

    Definitely some husky (none / 0) (#19)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:39:26 PM EST
    Maybe some shepherd too

    A housemate had a Husky my senior (none / 0) (#37)
    by Mr Natural on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 10:01:46 AM EST
    year at University.  I still remember the day it ate my dinner, several lunches and dinners, actually.  One spring afternoon I'd unwrapped a huge turkey breast, fresh from the grocery store, and had placed it on the counter in a pan.  I turned on the oven and left the kitchen, no idea why.  When I returned a moment later, the pan was empty.  Just me and the dog in the house.

    The lesson?  Preheating is for the birds.  And the dog.


    That;s funny... (none / 0) (#38)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 10:29:17 AM EST
    Did the dog look innocent? Like, "I wasn't even here today?"

    We had a doberman who helped himself to whatever was near the edge if you left the room. Took patience but we finally trained him not to.


    She looks like she has quite a bit (none / 0) (#15)
    by vml68 on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:34:50 PM EST
    of Malamute in her.

    wow, beautiful pup (none / 0) (#34)
    by ZtoA on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 01:59:16 AM EST
    I'm more a cat person, but did have a husky/wolf mix walk out of the wilds of northern CA foothills and adopt me. I called her Lupin for the wild flowers. Her informal name was Lupert Pupkin. Huskies are beautiful. Lupert could not live indoors. I let her roam free (in the country) and she and her best bud "Haus", a white shepherd, would go around for 5-7 miles and bother the swans. Why anyone would have swans was beyond me. Yours is a gorgeous pup.

    Looks a little bit (none / 0) (#39)
    by MKS on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 11:47:36 AM EST
    like a German Shepherd.  They are such amazing dogs....Physically impressive....Fast, big....Much like their ancestors the wolves...but smart and good with kids.

    Your puppy might have some retriever too, no?



    Further to the discussion of (5.00 / 2) (#16)
    by Anne on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:37:05 PM EST
    Edward Snowden, the latest issue of Vanity Fair has an extensive, detailed article that is well worth a read.  A short excerpt is available on VF's website, but you either have to subscribe, or buy the magazine, if you want to read the whole thing.

    Unfortunately, the excerpt begins in the hotel room in Hong Kong, so you don't get the details on how Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Ewan McCaskill ended up there.

    That actually sounds really really (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 09:17:53 PM EST

    Watching Django Unchained (none / 0) (#7)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:14:34 PM EST
    On SHO. Currently paused to let the dogs out. The promos never really made me want to see this but I really really like it.

    Really did not like that movie. (5.00 / 1) (#22)
    by vml68 on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:46:18 PM EST
    I don't even know why I watched it, since I tend to avoid Tarantino's movies. I just don't have the stomach for graphic violence.

    Finally watched Philomena this evening. Absolutely loved it.

    Also, scored tickets to watch A Raisin in the Sun at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. I love me some Denzel Washington!


    Seen Philomena about a month ago (none / 0) (#29)
    by MO Blue on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 11:12:16 PM EST
    Great movie but very sad. I just got the book from the library since I wanted to see if it had more information about Philomena.

    Let me know how you like the book. (none / 0) (#33)
    by oculus on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 01:07:04 AM EST
    Definitely (none / 0) (#30)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 11:13:44 PM EST
    Vintage Tarantino

    Interesting film. (none / 0) (#32)
    by oculus on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 01:06:21 AM EST
    On My List (none / 0) (#10)
    by squeaky on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 10:22:22 PM EST
    Tarintino is one of my faves.... enjoy!!

    FBI questions a contractor working at (none / 0) (#41)
    by oculus on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 12:36:26 PM EST
    Gitmo on behalf of legal defense team of 9 11 suspects.  And extracts a signed agreement barring the contractor from revealing the FBIs efforts: