Monday Memories – You Blockhead!

One of the most well-known comic strips in the country made its debut on this day in 1950. From the its first strip to the last, which ran on February 13, 2000, its characters became some of the most ubiquitous in popular culture. It’s your birthday, Charlie Brown! Good grief!

Let’s take a look at the first appearance of Charlie Brown from 1950:

From his first appearance, “Good ol’ Charlie Brown” has been the kid that no one seemed to like, save for his best friend Linus (who wasn’t introduced for another two years) and his trusted beagle, Snoopy (who was introduced in the third strip, on October 4). In fact, the inaugural Peanuts strip may have been the first time that children were seen expressing hatred for another kid.

Despite not being very well liked by his classmates and losing pretty regularly at everything, Charlie Brown never was down for long.

The popularity of the daily newspaper strip led to the creation of the most enduring animated holiday specials, which still get played regularly today. In 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas debuted. The following year, It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown made its debut.

One of the most amazing things about the Peanuts comic strip and its cartoon specials was how freely creator Charles Schulz waded into social issues. Or, more accurately, made a point of treating kids of all stripes as equals. In the special Charlie Brown’s All-Stars from 1966, Charlie Brown would refuse sponsorship of his baseball team because the league didn’t allow girls or dogs to play, and Charlie Brown had three girls and a dog on his team.

In 1968, Schulz added Franklin, an African-American boy, to his cast of characters, after receiving a letter from a schoolteacher in Los Angeles.

With the popularity of the characters both in the newspaper strips and in animated specials, the brand had endured, even after Schulz’s death in 2000. About two dozen specials have been produced – and frequently replayed on TV – and the characters have frequently been used in ad campaigns.

Even today, the Peanuts legacy endures, with a new animated movie released to theaters in November 2015, which update the look of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus and the others to tell an original story written by Schulz’s heirs, that had frequent callbacks to the lore.

The Peanuts gang have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and I’m looking forward to introducing them to my daughter, starting this month with The Great Pumpkin. So let’s all wish Good Ol’ Charlie Brown a Happy Birthday!

  • Facts

    Go Chiefs!

  • The Professor

    You just got jammed!!

  • Fun_Matt_Indeed

    A Charlie Brown Christmas, even with the hammered upon Christian tone, is the greatest Christmas special of all-time. And the soundtrack is the best piece of music of all-time, and I’m not kidding.

    • I wouldn’t argue that.

      • Fun_Matt_Indeed

        We listen to it on a loop in the house starting the day after Thanksgiving.

        • It used to be the only Christmas album I would listen to.

          • It was definitely the only Christmas album I owned…

          • Fun_Matt_Indeed

            I have Sinatra Christmas coming on vinyl in 2 days. It will be tempting to listen to it 6 weeks before any self respecting person should.

    • RudoWakening

      “Skating” is one my my favourite pieces of music from any genre. I lost my mind when I took my nephew to the Peanuts movie and it was played

      • Fun_Matt_Indeed

        I still need to see that movie.

  • Grampa Millionaire Bruce Wayne

    I can’t say it was my favorite, but I’ve always liked Peanuts.

  • Diddly

    Charlie Brown is okay but Leroy Brown is the baddest man in the whole damn town

  • Fun_Matt_Indeed

    Just looked at Jaguars tickets.

    If you want to criticize the NFL for anything, it shouldn’t be kneeling. It should be their ridiculous ticket prices.

    • Diddly

      Just wait until you get to the stadium and are forced to pay $16 for a hot dog and a bottle of water!

      • Fun_Matt_Indeed

        Yeah, I’m not doing any of that.

      • Grampa Millionaire Bruce Wayne

        “But I’m not hungry or thirsty!”
        “Fuck you, pay us.”

  • The Professor

    Best xmas special is the grinch.

    LOVE the song

  • Grampa Millionaire Bruce Wayne

    I can’t even imagine being a Cleveland Browns fan at this point.

    • Facts

      Pure SHIT

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      Yeah, that’s why I’m trying my best to not be.

    • Facts

      The Cleveland Browns must have built their stadium on a sacred indian burial ground.

  • Reasonable Opinion Guy
    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      I don’t relate to twitter, so no.

      • Fun_Matt_Indeed

        Also, I didn’t click the link.

    • Diddly

      Pretty much

    • Facts

      I don’t see anything.

  • The Professor

    Worst Christmas special:
    Krusty
    Kristmas
    Klassic

    • Diddly

      Don’t forget the one sponsored by ILG: selling your body’s natural chemicals after you die, and Lil’ Sweetheart Cupcakes: a subsidiary of ILG

  • Fun_Matt_Indeed

    I have been a Browns fan since 1984. There is a picture of me and my sister in front of the Christmas tree and I am completely dressed like a Browns football player, helmet, pads, and all.

    Never have I been more embarrassed for that child in front of the tree.

    • Facts

      It’s ok.

      • Fun_Matt_Indeed

        They just lost 31-7 against a Bengals team that couldn’t score points for 3 straight weeks.

        • Facts

          Oh wow. Well the Browns team you enjoyed is now the Baltimore Ravens. This team is just, wow.

          • Fun_Matt_Indeed

            This is correct.

  • Diddly

    The Peanuts Halloween Special they didn’t want you to see!

  • RudoWakening

    The Charlie Brown Christmas is my all-time favourite soundtrack and probably Vince Guaraldi’s best work

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      This fuckin’ guy right here gets it.

  • Mikey

    Pulled my hamstring yesterday playing kickball. Tried the treadmill and couldn’t do it. Looks like I’ll be using the elliptical for the time being.

    • Diddly

      Woohoo, frees up the treadmill for TatR to use!

  • Facts

    I think your local pee wee football team could beat the Cleveland Browns.

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      Our QB has a 51.4% completion percentage, 3 TDs and 8 INTs.

      • Fun_Matt_Indeed

        And zero talent around him.

  • Facts
    • Yup

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      I wonder what his stupid fucking motivation was.

      • Facts

        Probably mentall illness

        • Fun_Matt_Indeed

          That’s a nice excuse. Why didn’t his “mental illness” have him destroy more lives throughout his life?

          • I think it was more than just the usual “mental illness” I mean, it may have played a part, but it feels like there’s something else at work here.

          • Facts

            Maybe he left a note behind?

          • Hasn’t been mentioned yet, though they were trying to get a hold of the guy’s wife.

          • Facts

            I don’t know. He was off his rocket.

      • The guy filed a lawsuit against one of the Vegas casinos in 2012, after he fell in the Cosmopolitan. But he had ZERO indications of violent crime, just a traffic citation. With the guy dead, we may never actually know.

        • Fun_Matt_Indeed

          I wonder if his roommate knew anything.

    • DAJackson7

      What a jackass

    • Diddly

      Looks like the kind of guy who comments on YouTube videos

  • Fun_Matt_Indeed

    The more I hear the words “mental illness”, the more angry I get.

    • Mikey

      Why?

      • Fun_Matt_Indeed

        Because instead of getting a clear picture and actually understanding motivations, people use the words “mental illness” as though someone came up to him and slapped a label on the back of his jacket and that’s that – we’re done here! He was mentally ill!

  • https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-M8K8faMVlcc/Uxyb-e76BdI/AAAAAAAAUEY/Ed4X8N42oWE/s1600/Peanuts1jghfkjdfg.jpg

    Schulz not only wrote a fine comic, he also made the right people mad with it.

  • DAJackson7

    I really want to watch the new peanuts movie now

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      Me too!

  • Facts

    Also no one is talking about a stage prop falling on Marilyn Manson.

  • Diddly

    Remember when Peanuts inspired that horrible gimmick poster that pretended to be Kenny Reigns?

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      Pepperidge Farm remembers.

    • DAJackson7

      Someone really should have made a gimmick being Spike were they hated everything Friendship did

    • I think the Jim Henson studio should carry more of the responsibility for that.

  • RudoWakening

    Can’t load boxes in the rain so I guess I’ll go to the break trailer and read comics

  • Fun_Matt_Indeed

    And of course, 99% of the coverage for this will be about the shooter himself, giving others who have ego-maniacal and psychopathic tendencies more motivation to become famous. And we won’t know a single name who died.

    • It’s been hours since it happened, I’m sure many of the family members of the people who died haven’t been notified yet. The police won’t release names until that happens. You’ve gotta give the authorities a little time before we know who is dead.

  • Grampa Millionaire Bruce Wayne

    Vinyl, pinball, 16-bit games. What’s next, disco?

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      Are you another one who has a problem with my family and friends giving me an antiquated piece of equipment that plays nice music?

      • Grampa Millionaire Bruce Wayne

        It’s a surprising turn of events, is all.

        • Fun_Matt_Indeed

          How so?

          • Grampa Millionaire Bruce Wayne

            I don’t remember an old-time radio and silent movie craze as a kid (which is too bad, because they’re both awesome). I guess there was a 1950’s nostalgia wave, but that really didn’t extend to technology.

          • Fun_Matt_Indeed

            Hipsters love silent movies.

    • Brian_Bayless

      Skidz overalls

    • Marv

      Really old tube televisions because despite having 4K technology it’s really about the integrity of the show lol

      • Fun_Matt_Indeed

        I like the neat record covers.

      • Brian_Bayless

        I need that giant RCA floor model that has a 20 inch screen and you need three people to lift it off the ground.

  • “Hurricane Jose” Gomez

    Even though my dad’s cousin lives outside of Vegas, I shot her a message to make sure everyone is ok

  • Facts

    Trump to address the nation soon.

    • Marv

      *to depress the nation soon

    • Brian_Bayless

      Let’s see how quickly he politicizes this to his own advantage.

      • Diddly

        I tell ya, the Mandalay Bay hotel should be closed for harboring terrorists! They should be closed! My Trump Hotels would never allow terrorists to check in!

      • Fun_Matt_Indeed

        “If all the employees at Mandalay Bay carried guns, they could have stopped the shooter! SAD!”

      • He shooter was white. He’ll be a lot more solemn than we’ve seen him in similar circumstances

  • RudoWakening

    So are they calling him a “troubled individual” and “lone wolf” or will they actually call him a fucking terrorist?

    • Marv

      White guy so mental illness

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      No way will they call him a terrorist. He’s 60 years old, white, and not muslim.

  • Brian_Bayless
    • Reasonable Opinion Guy

      That Mordecai asshole is doing the same thing in the daily thread.

      • Brian_Bayless

        He’s on Team Trump anyway.

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      I mean, of course they did.

    • Good grief

    • RudoWakening

      Jesus fuck

  • Fun_Matt_Indeed

    I have a 4K TV and a record player, own scarves and wear Stacey Adams shoes, live in a cul-de-sac and drive a John Deere riding lawnmower. Please pigeonhole me.

    • Marv

      Don’t forget the diet of a pigeon

      • Fun_Matt_Indeed

        I ate lots of cake this weekend and gained 5 lbs, so that went out the windows temporarily.

    • RudoWakening

      You’re very, very white

      • “Hurricane Jose” Gomez

        He probably eats white bread too

        • Fun_Matt_Indeed

          I would love to, but I’m not allowed.

      • Fun_Matt_Indeed

        This can be pigeonholed.

  • Fun_Matt_Indeed

    So far, no one is saying this guy was mentally ill. They are talking to people who knew him, and it sounds like he was a normal guy so far.

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      Say so far again please

  • DAJackson7

    I really want one of those Everyone v Trump shirts now….

  • Brian_Bayless

    Trump struggling to read off of the monitor right now.

    • “Hurricane Jose” Gomez

      Damn leftist teleprompter

    • DAJackson7

      Maybe he’ll have a stroke

    • Reasonable Opinion Guy

      He’s a dementia addled idiot who can’t form coherent sentences because he doesn’t read and is melting what’s left of his brain watching Fox News,so yeah he’s gonna struggle .

  • Brian_Bayless

    Now he’s quoting the scriptures.

    • Marv

      Oh dear lol

    • Yeah, I’m not bothering to watch.

    • “Hurricane Jose” Gomez

      Huh?

      • Brian_Bayless

        He quoted the scriptures once in his speech.

  • Brian_Bayless

    They definitely wrote this out for Trump and likely threatened him if he went off script.

    • “Hurricane Jose” Gomez

      The day is still young, my friend

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      Doesn’t matter what he says on the teleprompter, he’ll get on Twitter in 10 minutes and repeat whatever InfoWars tells him.

  • The Silver Fox

    Apart from the obvious (It’s a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Christmas), some of my favorite Peanuts movies or specials are Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown, Bon Voyage Charlie Brown (And Don’t Come Back) and What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown?

    • I love Race For Your Life

    • Marv

      The worst by far is Snoopy Come Home that movie causes high suicide rates in toddlers

      • DAJackson7

        That one was way to much for me, might still be

        • Marv

          Oh it is, I tried watching it last year and about dove out a window

      • I watched that as a kid and was so traumatised it legit took me about 15 years to even try watching it again.

      • Saw it once, never watching it again. Nope, never, no way no how

      • Brian_Bayless

        I remember that as a kid and was taken aback at how heavy it was. Like, I didnt really want to finish it

    • Bon Voyage Charlie Brown by default (because the only ones I had on video were that and Snoopy Come Home, which as discussed…..CHRIST)

      • Actually I also rented the Spelling Bee one a bunch. That one was good. I before E except after C.

  • Brian_Bayless

    That was brief.

  • Marv

    I’d appreciate Trump addressing the terrorist in my living room wielding a banana

    • Brian_Bayless

      Little potassium terrorist. So sad.

      • RudoWakening

        Radioactive, too!

        • Marv

          He has been known to set off a dirty bomb or two

          • RudoWakening

            Potassium-40, the isotope that’s in bananas is totally radioactive! There’s even a “Banana Scale” that equates dose received with number of bananas eaten

    • Diddly

      Look, I love bananas. They’re great fruits, great fruits. I’ve employed thousands of people to grow bananas. I have a great relationship with the banana pickers. I’m going to do great with the bananas, in fact a poll came out in Massachusetts recently, I polled 25% with banana eaters; someone said if you get 25% of the banana vote, the election is over… but if I’m elected president, we are going to eat bananas instead of tomatoes. We have to eat vegetables, or we won’t have a country any more. We’re going to throw the tomatoes at Crooked Hillary, and it’s going to be a great banana peeling… and the tomatoes are going to pay for it.

  • Fun_Matt_Indeed

    If only everyone in the crowd carried a gun to stop the shooter by pointing at the hotel and shooting into a public area, no one would be dead right now.

    • Devin Harris

      That’s why he didn’t target a rap concert

      • Fun_Matt_Indeed

        That was me being sarcastic. If everyone carried a gun and fired, more people would probably be dead.

        • Devin Harris

          I was responding to sarcasm with sarcasm

          /sarcastic lives matter

          • Fun_Matt_Indeed

            Indeed.

  • Fun_Matt_Indeed
  • DAJackson7

    Ferrari should make someone review Snoppy Come Home…whoever steps out of line first gets the job

  • “Hurricane Jose” Gomez

    In other news, for the whole month of October I’m gonna jam out to bands like Ghost, Misfits, Type O Negative and the like to get into the Halloween spirit

  • Facts

    Trump is going to Las Vegas on Wednesday
    The President said he will visit the city to meet with families of victims and first responders.

    Trump also announced that he has ordered “our great flag” be flown at half-staff in honor of the victims of the shooting.

    • So does that mean we only have to take half a knee?

      • Facts

        You sort act like you are going to tie your shoe but realize the lace is fine.

  • Miko363

    Would anyone be shocked if Trump showed up this week and talked about Las Vegas’s amazing history and its great, great founder, Moe Greene?

    • Brian_Bayless

      He’ll probably let it slip that this wouldnt happen in Atlantic City, which is the greatest

      • Miko363

        It’ll be a fun round of “Let’s See How Donald Trump Can Make This About Himself!”

    • Facts

      There was this kid I grew up with; he was younger than me. Sorta looked up to me, you know. We did our first work together, worked our way out of the street. Things were good, we made the most of it. During Prohibition, we ran molasses into Canada… made a fortune, your father, too. As much as anyone, I loved him and trusted him. Later on he had an idea to build a city out of a desert stop-over for GI’s on the way to the West Coast. That kid’s name was Moe Greene, and the city he invented was Las Vegas. This was a great man, a man of vision and guts. And there isn’t even a plaque, or a signpost or a statue of him in that town! Someone put a bullet through his eye. No one knows who gave the order. When I heard it, I wasn’t angry; I knew Moe, I knew he was head-strong, talking loud, saying stupid things. So when he turned up dead, I let it go. And I said to myself, this is the business we’ve chosen; I didn’t ask who gave the order, because it had nothing to do with business!

  • Facts

    I have fired an automatic rifle before. It will do some damage.

  • Devin Harris

    I’ve never seen Snoopy Come Home. Now I know what I’m going to make the kids watch this holiday season

    • Marv

      You won’t make it through the movie never mind the kids

      • Devin Harris

        Let me read up on it. I don’t remember it but I’m sure I’ve had to have seen it

        • Marv

          It’s fucking horrendous Snoopy gets shit on by the whole gang so he leaves and finds a girl dying of cancer to play with then all this shitty kids decide they want him back and fuck that cancer girl. It’s dreadful.

          • Devin Harris

            He then gets into a fight with Linus over his blanket, and later beats Lucy in a boxing match. wtf????

          • Marv

            If I remember right Schulz was going through a divorce wen he wrote it and holy shit does it show, it answers the question: What would Charlie Brown be like if his creator was suicidal?

          • Devin Harris

            This sounds really dark. I have to try to watch it since you’ve challenged me.

          • Marv

            Well it will be worth it to see a mountain cry I guess

    • I’ve only ever seen Great Pumpkin and Christmas.

      Didn’t know about others.

  • I did always enjoy Peanuts. Not as much as Calvin & Hobbes, but it was good.

    If we get the Halloween special on one of our limited channels that we have I’ll probably plug The Boy into it.

  • So they don’t have any motive for this goober yet?

  • Devin Harris

    Four more weeks until I walk…that….aisle. WOOOOOOOOOOO

  • Marv

    Was there anything douchier than Mulder and Scully taking knees in that posed shot on set?

    • Brian_Bayless
      • Marv

        Eeewww this guy is replying to John Oliver like anyone cares lol

        • Brian_Bayless

          He’s a failed standup comic turned conservative nut job convinced the media inflates the number of reported rape cases in women

          • Marv

            Yeah his name seemed familiar. What a jerkoff

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      Anytime any celebrities join in on things, it’s like your idiot uncle doing it. It’s embarrassing.

  • Fun_Matt_Indeed

    You know what the worst celebrity shit from the election was? That “Fight Song” video from the DNC. Oh boy, what a pile of embarrassing shit.

  • Brian_Bayless

    Christ, now 58 dead and over 500 hurt from this shooting.

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      Insanity.

    • Marv

      Now is not the time to talk about gun control wait what

      • chicagodem79

        I heard stock prices of gun manufacturers went up over 5% today….

        • Marv

          Which is silly really, if we didn’t do anything about it when an entire classroom of children got murdered why the fuck would we do anything now

      • Brian_Bayless

        You mean my patriotic songs will not unite the country in a time of need?

    • “Hurricane Jose” Gomez

      Jesus

  • DAJackson7

    Well…here goes nothing…..it starts with Charlie Brown and Linus at the beach

    • Marv

      Oh Christ lol

    • No dogs allowed! Ha ha ha, what a funny song!

      • DAJackson7

        This is not fun already

    • Brian_Bayless

      You’re a brave man. Prepared for a night of going to bed early as you process what you just saw.

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      So we’ll see DA in 2 weeks after he’s recovered.

  • Marv

    I’ll watch just about anything. I love crapping on bad movies and stuff. I will never in my life watch Snoopy Come Home ever again. It’s just not worth the damage to my psyche.

  • DAJackson7

    Uh oh, Charlie Brown is cussing Snoopy cause he cut his finger opening his food. Wow, Charlie Brown is such a dick. “You wouldn’t have anything if it wasn’t for me”

    • Marv

      Bail dude I’m fucking telling you

      • “Hurricane Jose” Gomez

        There ain’t no comin’ back!
        – That one dude from The Crow that got killed

  • Fun_Matt_Indeed

    The bad eating continues after the birthday weekend with ham and cheese on white, with BBQ chips which I have added inside the sandwich.

    OOH, BABY, DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT’S WORTH?!
    OOH, HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH!

  • Miko363

    Is this like when Spielberg and Lucas both went through divorces so we got Mola Ram ripping out hearts, enslaved children being whipped, and plot holes the size of Michigan?

  • The fundamental flaw with the cartoons as opposed to the strip was that Snoopy had to lose his stream of consciousness. I don’t think it would have been too much of a stretch to have a voiceover reacting to whatever nonsense was going on.

  • “Hurricane Jose” Gomez

    We’re gonna need something to brighten up Jackson

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      What’s that?

  • DAJackson7

    This girl looks exactly like Peppermint patty but talks like a straight chick

  • Facts

    Read the ploy synopsis for Snoopy Come Home.

    Fuck to the no on watching that.

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      TIL Facts isn’t as nuts as DA.

  • DAJackson7

    Yes!!! Fight with Linus!

    • DAJackson7

      Holy shit, Snoopy vs Lucy..this is the second best fight in cartoon history

  • The Silver Fox

    One of the oddest Peanuts specials had to the Flashdance parody It’s Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown.

  • Marv

    Well Edna has today off so we’re going out to breakfast. Someone please keep an eye on DA.

    • DAJackson7

      Snoopy just got the letter from the girl in hospital…..

      • Fun_Matt_Indeed

        You poor bastard.

  • Miko363

    I bought these new Sweet Tart Soft Bites this morning and holy shit are they terrible.

  • I gave the FerrarWee her first scrambled egg. I should post the video to Instagram… it’s adorable.

  • ProjectBlue

    We had an unexplained moment of silence this morning. Guessing Vegas, but this place usually shuns “real world” stuff so the grownups were curious if someone district connected died, kids talked through it because we never do them here. Nothing says moment of silence like having to snap at some snot to stfu

  • DAJackson7

    This is the fourth time they have played No Dogs Allowed……an upbeat tune it is not

    • Miko363

      I wish they’d make No Big Dogs Allowed the new theme for Raw! How bout it???

    • ProjectBlue

      Was there already one dog inside? Otherwise snoopy could have made a case of pluralization oversight

  • RudoWakening

    I know for a fact that I have watched Snoopy, Come Home. I have also blacked it out

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      Same.

      • RudoWakening

        Perhaps I’ll watch it again on my deathbed and go out even more miserable.

    • ProjectBlue

      Read synopsis, rang no bells

    • DAJackson7

      There is a good story here with Snoopy and Woodstock traveling…….however that is not the focus

    • The Silver Fox

      It and Old Yeller.

  • Now I need to find Snoopy Come Home. I’ve never even heard of this prior to today.

    • Diddly

      Neither have I!

  • Facts

    I think I remember watching Snoopy Come Home and then turning it off like Jurassic Bark.

  • Mikey

    I did not enjoy Snoopy Come Home. I won’t ever watch it again.

  • DAJackson7

    Oh great some girl trapped him and tied him to a tree then trapped woodstock

    • DAJackson7

      She drags him around by the rope….this is not good

      • DAJackson7

        Now shes basically drowning him in a tub by repeatedly pushing his head under water

        • DAJackson7

          Oh fuck now she is spanking him after she spilt tea on him…WTF

  • Facts

    TURN IT OFF NOW. JUST WALK AWAY

  • chicagodem79

    I vaguely remember watching Snoopy Come Home at some point and I remember parts of it. 92% on RT!!!! lol

    • ProjectBlue

      I do not like Rotten Tomatoes, shame amazon didn’t push IMDB ratings more, also gameable and not “experts” but eh

  • Oh good CBS News is fear mongering about a shooting happening in Times Square…

    • Make it happen Steven!

      No, wait. Don’t make it happen. That would be awful.

    • chicagodem79

      It’s kind of sad how I’ve become so jaded about violence in the touristy areas. I was watching a documentary on the VICE network last night about how the city closed down the only high school for problem and mentally ill kids a year ago, and how the streets are swallowing up those kids now. There are areas in Chicago now where they literally recommend you do not walk down the street even during broad daylight for fear of being shot….but that’s just a blurb on the news these days.

  • chicagodem79

    Gotta love the 1970s. Sure we complain about a lot of stuff pop culture wise today, but the 70s is on another whole level.

  • Facts
  • DAJackson7

    Snoopy and Woodstock have made it away from the awful chick,,,,,,now onward they go

  • Brian_Bayless

    Had the baby shower yesterday. We have way too much stuff.

    • Miko363

      Trade some of it for more diapers. You don’t have enough diapers.

      • Brian_Bayless

        That’s the plan.

    • Yup. Expect that to keep up through at least the first Christmas and birthday too.

      We got stuff for the first kid that we never used and opened brand new for the second.

      • Brian_Bayless

        Especially with our kid due two weeks before Christmas.

        • Oh wow, yeah. Ask Mrs. Bayless to try and aim for Dec 6, then our kids will share a bday.

  • Fun_Matt_Indeed

    These camera phone videos coming out from the victims on IG are just horrifying.

    • ProjectBlue

      What’s got two thumbs and won’t be watching those?

      • Fun_Matt_Indeed

        It was from CNN and other news outlets’ feeds. I wasn’t seeking them out, they just showed up.

  • Mikey

    One more week til the DC CW shows. Pretty pretty excited.

    • Facts

      Why are you expired?

      • Mikey

        Whoops. I fixed it.

  • DAJackson7

    peppermint Patty, now half the lesbian she would be, has dragged Charlie Brown to the carnival to cheer him up, but he hates everything. Snoopy and Woodstock were last seen camping in a tree. it took Woodstock twice as long to build a nest as it did for him to build a raft, which seems wrong

    • DAJackson7

      They have made it to hospital………………where No Dogs are Allowed

  • DAJackson7

    Whoa, Charlie’s story of first getting Snoopy is awful……damn

    • You’re nowhere near the bottom of the pit of despair yet.

    • Facts

      TURN IT OFF. TURN IT OFF

  • Fun_Matt_Indeed

    DA will have to cheer up by watching a Hallmark movie.

  • I feel like 58 dead is a big number.

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      It’s the biggest massacre in US history.

      • Excluding Indian massacres, I gather.

        That’s wild that one guy could pull that off.

        • Fun_Matt_Indeed

          I mean, if you want to kill 50 people in 10 minutes, he did it the way it can be done.

  • Facts

    I need to find government conspiracies on this shooting to say it was done by the government to distract us from kneeling during the anthem.

    • chicagodem79

      I’m surprised he didn’t throw in another dig at the NFL during this press conference….

    • TatR!

      No all the shootings under Obama were false flags to take your guns. Under Trump, praise be upon him, they are just… idk

  • Fun_Matt_Indeed

    I ate way too much this weekend. I gained weight and feel like a fat ass.

  • DAJackson7

    Snoopy has went back to Charlie Brown to say goodbye and they are throwing him a going away party so he can go live with the girl that owned him first. Snoopy is sad, Schroeder gives a present and is obviously Snoopy’s only friend oddly enough

    • DAJackson7

      And holy casual racism towards Franklin.

    • DAJackson7

      And now all the kids and Snoopy are BAWLING. Holy fuck

  • Diddly

    Damn. The girl I know who knew someone that got shot in Vegas said the bullet went through the girl’s shoulder, through the lung and got lodged in her back. No spinal damage, but she’ll be held up with a collapsed lung for a few days.

  • TatR!

    Oh there’s some kind of Snoopy bit

    • Facts

      DO NOT WATCH Snoopy Come Home.

      DO NOT.

  • Fun_Matt_Indeed

    Let’s all pray for Vegas to an entity that supposedly pays attention to us, cares about us, loves us, and with whom we can have a personal relationship….as that same entity watches innocent people just watching a fucking concert get rained down with bullets for apparently zero reason.

    Because that should do something.

    He’s been really good at tangibly helping people in the past.

    • Dwayne

      “It was their time.”

    • TatR!

      Matt 10 God 8.

      • Fun_Matt_Indeed

        Is that just round 1?

        • TatR!

          Yeah, I thought this was round 1

          • Fun_Matt_Indeed

            It feels like I’ve been battling for years now, but we’ll start it at this point.

    • Dwayne

      “Should’ve been at a Gospel concert.”

    • It will all stop if we destroy Ares

  • HERA GIVE ME STRENGTH!

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      oh no

    • This seems unnecessary.

    • Oh good grief

      • Dwayne

        Do something about this. This offends me.

        • Fun_Matt_Indeed

          It should offend everyone.

    • Diddly

      Hahahahaaaaaa you want to sleep with Chris Pine on a boat

    • Facts

      ………………………………………..

    • TatR!

      I’ve never seen a worse pun based username in my life.

      • Fun_Matt_Indeed

        And he’s had several.

  • Wiki says that the guy’s dad was once on the FBI’s most wanted list.

    • Dwayne

      Everyone wants to outdo their parents.

  • DAJackson7

    Snoopy come home-not awful, the girl doesn’t die, she just can’t have dogs in her apartment and she has a cat……everyone does come off like jerks except for her. Had she died…….well that might have been better. What an odd story though

  • First Kenny transitions, and now this Peyton thing.

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      Kenny does what now?

      • Facts

        Kenny is becoming Kenna

        • Fun_Matt_Indeed

          ……what.

          • Facts

            Marv said Kenny is transitioning.

          • Fun_Matt_Indeed

            Oh. That explains it.

      • I heard he goes by Phyllis now.

        • Fun_Matt_Indeed

          May I get a better explanation?

          • Dwayne

            I don’t think you will.

          • Fun_Matt_Indeed

            Well, I just lost interest, so that works out.

          • Dwayne

            Me too. I have no idea what it all means and won’t even try.

          • Sorry, you’re right. I heard SHE goes by Phyllis now. That was insensitive.

    • Mikey

      What is this now?

  • Fun_Matt_Indeed

    Delvin Cook out for the year with a torn ACL.

    Poor kid.

  • “Hurricane Jose” Gomez

    Have we lost Jackson yet?

    • DAJackson7

      It wasn’t awful, but the part were they are all crying and Snoopy is bawling is tough

  • I confess, I was just irresponsibly perpetuating a bad bit. I assumed that you would all get it because I was only here for like 8 minutes this weekend and I saw it mentioned a couple of times.

    To my knowledge, Kenny has not yet transitioned.

    • TatR!

      Never assume! We all believed Kenny was Friendship on even less evidence.

  • If Kenny comes back we will get to the bottom of where he has been with my lasso of truth

  • Devin Harris

    Can’t believe so many people were traumatized by Snoopy of all people. Now I really have to watch it

    • DAJackson7

      There are a couple scenes where it is baaadddddd

      • Devin Harris

        Can’t decide if you are trying to talk me out of it or into it

        • DAJackson7

          You are correct

  • Devin Harris

    I took my boys to see Toy Story 3 and I was desperately trying to fight back tears. I’ll never watch that again. At least not around people

    • “Hurricane Jose” Gomez

      “What do we do Woody?”
      .
      “I don’t know!”

      • Devin Harris

        That was probably as gut-wrenching to me as Snoopy was to you guys

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      Both 2 and 3 are tough.

      • Devin Harris

        I’m not sure I’ve seen 2. Probably but don’t have much memory of it

        • Fun_Matt_Indeed

          Woody ends up in a collector’s house with toys based on a kids’ show about him from the 50’s. The cowgirl toy was basically thrown away by the girl who owned her, and there’s this really sad song in a montage about it. It’s….very emotional.

    • TatR!

      I really don’t think that level of emotion was suitable for a kids movie

      • Devin Harris

        My boys didn’t cry. I don’t think they were old enough to grasp it all to that level that an adult would. They were 9 and 10 or something like that

    • TatR!

      I wept like a baby during Inside Out

      • Devin Harris

        I thought it was a sweet story but it didn’t stomp on the heart strings as hard as Toy Story

        • TatR!

          Imaginary friends being forgotten is my kryptonite

      • Fun_Matt_Indeed

        Yep. Me too.

        • TatR!

          I cried more the second time because I knew what was coming and just started crying in advance

          • Fun_Matt_Indeed

            I don’t know if I can watch that again.

    • I’ve never seen that but I can’t read “Love You Forever” without getting choked up.

      • Fun_Matt_Indeed

        That’s tough too.

  • Dwayne

    My wife wants to do Fright Fest at Six Flags for our Anniversary. Should be interesting.

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      Now that sounds fun.

      • Dwayne

        Yeah. We figure go out there on a Friday and then do something later that night.

  • Do we know if Marv is still stuck out there never to return home or did he blindly drive home in the middle of the night

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      He’s fine.

  • “Hurricane Jose” Gomez

    The first 5 minutes of Up….’nuff said

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      Crushing.

    • Devin Harris

      I’m still not cool with the death in the Lion King. Really was not ready for that from that kind of movie

  • TatR!

    When people are commenting away and they look up at the sign that says Don’t Forget, You’re Here Forever and they’ve modified it so it says Do It For TatR…. that gets me every time

  • Fun_Matt_Indeed

    What I’ve learned in the last 10 minutes….

    Pixar is the best at making 30+ year old men cry.

  • Facts

    I cannot ever watch The Adventures of Milo and Otis. That movie traumatized me as a kid.

    • DAJackson7

      Oh hell, that one was to much

    • The Silver Fox

      Old Yeller

  • Marv

    I texted Kendra this weekend and she said she’s fine just a little sore

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      I’m assuming this means you two are back on the outs. But I’m not good at these things, so who knows.

      • Marv

        Oh gosh you don’t know me at all lol

        • Fun_Matt_Indeed

          I literally have no idea what is going on and who’s doing what.

          • Marv

            Kenny’s been gone because he’s been having surgeries to finally become who she has always been

          • Fun_Matt_Indeed

            I see.

          • Devin Harris

            Is this about the Friendship thing?

          • Marv

            Not at all I just thing this rumor is funny and so did Kendra when I texted her this weekend.

            I don’t know why I’m doing it here though it’s supposed to be for the BoD

          • I’m a little surprised everyone else is taking this bit seriously

          • Dwayne

            I don’t about seriously. Know one even understands what’s going on is more accurate.

          • Fun_Matt_Indeed

            ^ TGGI

          • Marv

            It’s a weird thing to wrap your head around for sure. Personally I’m very attached to my penis.

          • Dwayne

            I’m attached to mine and it’s attached to me.

          • I’m not sure what’s going on below this avatar

          • Fun_Matt_Indeed

            Are we?

          • by serious I mean that marv is pissed off and going after kenny or something

          • Dwayne

            I don’t know who Kendra is so I guess you know more than me.

    • Hera be praised!

      • Facts

        That woman has a big ass forehead.

  • Fun_Matt_Indeed

    I never had an imaginary friend. Unless you count Jesus.

    • You seem to have a real beef with Jesus today

      • Fun_Matt_Indeed

        He’s pissing me off.

        • what he do?

          • Fun_Matt_Indeed

            Nothing. Like usual.

          • TatR!

            we need heroes like the lone ranger
            when tonto came pronto, when there was danger
            they didn’t say they’d be there in half an hour!
            cos they possessed: turtle power

          • RudoWakening

            His dad doesn’t so shit either

  • Marv

    I got a spinach omelette for breakfast. My wife got onions rings and mozzarella sticks. She’s 15. And really super high apparently.

    • “Hurricane Jose” Gomez

      My wife teases me when she says I have the appetite of a five year old for liking pizza and chicken tenders too much
      .
      “Yeah, says the person with a Hello Kitty backpack!”

  • “Hurricane Jose” Gomez

    The Gifted premiers tonight. I got hopes for this one

    • Mikey

      I might watch. Probably give it a few episodes though.

  • Fun_Matt_Indeed

    I need a vacation.

    • you need to let jesus take the wheel

      • Fun_Matt_Indeed

        So you want me dead, huh? Now the truth comes out.

  • Rowlf

    “Look at this bible I bought, 15 bucks! And talk about a preachy book! Everyone’s a sinner!…..except for this guy.”

  • my goddess my hair is amazing…::whips it back and forth::

  • DAJackson7

    No baseball tonight…fuck guess it’s time to fire up the PS4

    • Dwayne

      I have MLB The Show. Baseball never ends!

      • DAJackson7

        As do I, i fired Mike Matheny first thin in Franchise mode, and what do ya know, the Cardinals won the World Series!

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      One of my friends bought me Sonic Mania, and it is a blast.

  • Devin Harris

    I’m reading all the comments under this new Pastor Hope apology. I think things would be much better if people just fought each other and got it over with.

  • Marv

    I assume DA gave up on that horrible movie at some point?

    • DAJackson7

      When they all were BAAWWWWLLLLING it was bad

      • Marv

        Most miserable fucking movie in history

  • TatR!

    The Resistance is out in force blaming Bernie and Russia for the shooting, I see. What a bunch of clowns.

    • Diddly

      Shouldn’t The Resistance be more concerned that the First Order knows where their secret base is?

  • Just heard about the CBS lawyer comments on all this………….A. you are a gross person to be so wrapped up in your politics to be this bad of a human being. B. How do you think you are going to keep your job with an in the public eye corporation like CBS by saying such bullshit on facebook

    • ??

      • Hayley Geftman-Gold, the network’s vice president and senior counsel, posted on facebook “not even sympathetic because country music fans often are Republican,”

        • TatR!

          This should have been included in the first comment!

          • you are just bitter I haven’t watched more Twin Peaks yet

          • TatR!

            Watching more Twin Peaks should have been included in the day Blanche left for the airport!

          • I wanted to watch preacher and Halt and Catch Fire first.. might watching some peaks tonight

          • TatR!

            By the time you’ll want to speak about TP all I’ll want to speak about is Ozark

        • RudoWakening

          What an unbelievably cunty thing to say

        • “Hurricane Jose” Gomez

          *shakes head*

        • Wow. That’s special.

          • Its one thing to be this much of an asshole.. or as I said just so wrapped up in your politics to look at this who think otherwise as non people

            its so much more to be so open about it

      • DAJackson7

        It was along the lines of “country music fans are republicans so no one will care”

  • I shouldn’t have started looking at stuff. Now I’m seeing people jumping on Jason Aldean for being a coward and running from the stage…………..everyone is such a bad ass on the internet

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      It’s all nonsense.

      • yeah… the guy on stage with all kinds of speaker blowing music back to him and lights shining in his face knows what’s going on better than anyone else…. he was probably told by a stage hand to get the fuck out of there

        • “Hurricane Jose” Gomez

          “Do you know who Dimebag Darrell was? Remember what happened to him? This is 1000x worse, get the fuck out!!”

    • ProjectBlue

      He wasn’t packing? I’m buying his record after work so I can burn it. Sad.

      • Best_in_the_World

        Johnny Cash would have stood his ground and killed that motherfucker himself. Without stopping the music.

        • ProjectBlue

          Sinatra would have winked at the shooter and the bullets would have gone back into the guns

          • Best_in_the_World

            Elvis would have thrust his pelvis, killed the shooter through metaphysical sexual prowess, while impregnating the first row. I swear these millennial singers are the biggest pussies in history.

    • Diddly

      Yeah! If only he would have had a gun, he could have shot back at the hotel balcony!

    • I would expect him in his capacity as an entertainer in a raised, exposed position, with bullets flying from an unknown location to..

      I can’t recall where I was going with this but I hope he got to safety.

  • Diddly

    I have Shiny Happy People by REM stuck in my head

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      Now I do. Thanks!

      • Diddly

        Everyone around, love them, love them
        Put it in your hands, take it, take it
        There’s no time to cry, happy, happy
        Put it in your heart where tomorrow shines

  • The tickets for NYCC my friend was offering went from $250 for two days to $150, PLUS special access to the Gotham by Gaslight panel AND the world premiere of Batman vs. Two Face, Adam West’s last Batman project.

    Done fucking deal.

    • Diddly

      Remember that it’s just $500 for a picture with Mark Hamill!

      • But taking a blurry picture of Mark Hamill from a bit of a distance is FREE!

        I wonder how fast I can have Casual Geekery cards made up… The show is this Friday…

    • “Hurricane Jose” Gomez

      Nice

    • RudoWakening

      Gotham By Gaslight is so fucking great.

  • Facts

    My dad who is retired law enforcement is wondering why no one noticed this guy having all these rifles or bringing them in.

    • Maybe he had a bag.

    • ProjectBlue

      Depending on the joint, was it fancy enough to have some big pieces of luggage?

      • Facts

        I don’t know. He must have brought them in a little at a time.

    • Diddly

      I would assume Mandalay Bay hotel is pretty packed

      • Facts

        I guess. Still it is crazy this guy had 11 fucking rifles in his hotel room!

        • ProjectBlue

          That’s a shit load of curtain rods!

          (Lee Harvey Oswald humor)

    • DAJackson7

      That’s what i was wondering

    • Devin Harris

      He’s a real American so everyone thought it was okay

  • Marv

    Jones goes live soon I vote we play a game and take a drink every time he says false flag until mercifully we are dead

    • I’m just gonna keep watching Seinfeld.

    • ProjectBlue

      RIP Geekery 2:25 Eastern Standard Time

      • Diddly

        Damn! And we were two days from retirement!

    • TatR!

      His angle is already live. He’s reporting that they found a bunch of “anti-fa propaganda” in the shooters house so actually they’re a lefty

    • I think you should give this a go

  • The Rogue’s Wallet: That’s where he kept his card, his dirty little secret. Short, devious, balding. his name was Costanza. He killed my mother!

    • “Hurricane Jose” Gomez

      Speaking of which, I saw a shirt of George Costanza but in the style of the Danzig skull that says “Costanzig” at the top

  • RudoWakening

    I truly fucking hate Azrael and Jean-Paul Valley.

    • “Hurricane Jose” Gomez

      I dug his Bat-suit, though

    • He’s not as bad as he used to be in the current run of Detective

  • Diddly

    Damn, the chick from the B-52’s is a fox in the Shiny Happy People music video. She was like 40 something when this was filmed!

  • DAJackson7

    Every attempt to get a hold of Adobe Support asks me to enter an Adobe ID…….the same thing it asks me to do on my recently downloaded software..which i need to get rid of

  • The SNES Classic is, apparently, selling for $80 less on eBay than the NES Classic did at this point after its release.

    • Diddly

      Nintendo’s audience probably has a lot less nostalgia for the SNES (like wrestling, the audience is older)

      • Hmm. Maybe. I’d definitely rather play SNES games, myself. But I never had an NES as a kid.

    • chicagodem79

      Definitely more people were able to get one this time around. Gotta give Nintendo some credit. I got one on launch night at a Walmart. I had to stand in line for a few hours, but not nearly as frustrating as NES Classics

  • Marv

    I don’t like watching my wife go into the doctors I always feel like she’s not coming back like that time at the vet they put my dog down.

  • chicagodem79

    Been in a meeting, just got back out, reading more info about that shooter in Las Vegas. I think I mentioned this on the BoD, but I had a guess maybe it was just a guy who gambled away all his money and decided to just go out in a blaze. Turns out that may not be far from the truth.

    • DAJackson7

      hmmm, interesting.

  • DAJackson7

    I wonder if Gil Grissom will come back to Vegas to help

  • damn you tom petty don’t die on us

    • “Hurricane Jose” Gomez

      What happened?

      • found unconscious not breathing and in full cardiac arrest

        • “Hurricane Jose” Gomez

          oh no!

        • NO! I skipped his show this year but figured I’d see him again someday!

          • ProjectBlue

            Was supposed to go but snow days put his concert on the stooges’ graduation

          • I’ve seen him a few times and always enjoyed it. I had hoped to take The Boy when he was just a little older.

        • ProjectBlue

          Fuck.

    • Marv

      I can’t think of him without thinking of Buffalo Bill

      • don’t know if you have been on Insta but Blanche was hitting up amelie locations today

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      That sucks. I hope he won’t back down.

      You can send him down to the gates of hell, but he won’t back down.

    • Brian_Bayless

      He already had his last dance with Mary Jane

  • ProjectBlue

    UPDATE: We’re told after Petty got to the hospital he had no brain activity and a decision was made to pull life support…………….mf’er

  • Did someone tell Tom Petty “Don’t come around here no more. Whatever you’re looking for, don’t come around here no more”?

    • ProjectBlue

      🙁 but duly upvoted

    • Hopefully this isn’t another god damned obit page I have to do this week…

  • Only 2 Travelling Wilburys left now…

    • RudoWakening

      The wrong ones died first

  • Fun_Matt_Indeed

    #RIPTom
    #YouBelongAmongTheWildflowers

  • Diddly

    I’m busting out my Tom Petty Greatest Hits CD for the drive home

    • Oh yeah, the Mahn household will be holding a tribute this evening. I was a fan.

    • Marv

      Ugh Edna will probably do that for days…I hate Tom Petty lol

      • …..you are so wrong about so much music it’s interesting

        • Marv

          Three chords do not an amazing musician make lol

          • again this is wrong

          • Fun_Matt_Indeed

            Really? Not even Tom Petty?

          • Marv

            I’ve slept through a few of his outdoor shows lol

          • Fun_Matt_Indeed

            Wow.

          • Marv

            The Gorge Ampitheater is great for naps.

            I’m going to try to keep this news away from the wife as long as possible lol

    • DAJackson7

      Isn’t there like four greatest hits CD’s? I know of a single disk and double disk ones i had

  • Brian_Bayless

    @@@disqus_opIij6n62u:disqus did you make it through “Come Home, Charlie Brown?”

    • DAJackson7

      I made it through Snoopy come home…when all the kids and Snoopy were BAAAWWWLLLLING it was to much

  • ProjectBlue

    Was (is?) A good documentary on Petty on Netflix

  • RudoWakening

    Dancin’ at the Zombie Zoo

  • The Silver Fox

    Think I’ll listen to my favorite Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers album Damn the Torpedoes now.

  • Fun_Matt_Indeed

    Some of the greatest rock songs of all-time were made with three chords.

    • RudoWakening

      AC/DC made a career out of it and so have most punk bands

  • ProjectBlue

    The TMZ comment section is the great show of humanity it’s known for

    • Devin Harris

      can’t be any worse than espn

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      I don’t think I’ve ever actually been to that website.

      • ProjectBlue

        They’re pretty good for this type stuff because they’re bottom feeders and run with things before other orgs would

  • Facts

    RIP Tom Petty.

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      Way to shit on Tom Petty! You’re worse than Marv!

      • Facts

        :'(

        *runs away*

  • ProjectBlue

    Loved his halftime run for Giants and 18 and D’oh Patriots

  • Macklin JeriPratt

    Dang that sucks about Tom Petty. Never listened to a ton of his music but I knew the hits and Travelling Wilburys and enjoyed them all the way around.

  • Facts

    RIP TOM PETTY!

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      Better!

  • RudoWakening

    My absolute favourite Petty song. Rest in power, Tom:
    https://youtu.be/Q-gyHzqKZRU

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      Wildflowers is an amazing album from beginning to end.

      • Fun_Matt_Indeed

        I know the song wasn’t on the album, but it was the B-side of the single from Wildflowers.

        • RudoWakening

          “Walls” from the She’s the One soundtrack is another favourite and just a wonderful song.

    • Which one? I’m at work.

      • RudoWakening

        “Girl On LSD”

  • The Silver Fox

    Favorite Tom Petty songs:
    The Waiting
    Refugee
    Free Fallin’
    Breakdown
    Learning to Fly
    Don’t Do Me Like That
    American Girl

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      Those are all good. I think American Girl might be my favorite.

  • ProjectBlue

    I’ll throw in a semi-lame Dark Tower inspired like of Two Gunslingers too

  • RudoWakening

    Favourite Tom Petty Songs:

    “The Waiting”
    “Breakdown”
    “King’s Highway”
    “Into the Great Wide Open”
    “Zombie Zoo”
    “Jamming Me”
    “Walls”
    “Change the Locks”
    “Girl On LSD”
    “American Girl”

  • The Silver Fox


    One of my favorite uses of The Waiting.

  • “Hurricane Jose” Gomez

    I can hear Metallica pay tribute to Tom Petty by covering Makin’ Some Noise

  • Facts

    Here:

  • Miko363

    I like “The Wild One, Forever” a lot for some reason

    Looks like it’s Sirius Ch. 31 the whole ride home.

  • The Silver Fox

    Also enjoy listening to “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”.

  • Diddly

    I like Learning to Fly, Even the Losers, You Got Lucky and Refugee

    • The Silver Fox

      I always enjoyed the video for You Got Lucky.

  • Yer so bad
    The best thing I ever had
    In a world gone mad
    Yer so bad

  • I was looking for a cool picture of him to post but…. that doesn’t really exist does it

  • Facts

    “Refugee”

    We got somethin’, we both know it, we don’t talk too much about it
    Ain’t no real big secret, all the same, somehow we get around it
    Listen, it don’t really matter to me baby
    You believe what you want to believe, you see

    You don’t have to live like a refugee
    (Don’t have to live like a refugee)

    Somewhere, somehow, somebody must have kicked you around some
    Tell me why you want to lay there, revel in your abandon
    Honey, it don’t make no difference to me baby
    Everybody has to fight to be free, you see

    [Chorus:]
    You don’t have to live like a refugee
    (Don’t have to live like a refugee)
    No baby you don’t have to live like a refugee
    (Don’t have to live like a refugee)

    Baby we ain’t the first
    I’m sure a lot of other lovers been burned
    Right now it seems real to you, but it’s
    One of those things you gotta feel to be true

    Somewhere, somehow, somebody must have kicked you around some
    Who knows maybe you were kidnapped tied up,
    Taken away and held for ransom
    Honey, it don’t make no difference to me, baby
    Everybody has to fight to be free, you see

  • You know, when I’m trying to find out if Tom Petty is gonna be OK… the waiting is the hardest part…

  • Is it in bad taste to want Kim Basinger to dance with his body at the funeral?

  • The Silver Fox

    Love this song and album (easily among my favorite 80’s albums):

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      Look at George with his 80s perm.

    • I like Tweeter and the Monkeyman

  • Damn. He died

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed
      • Yes

        • Fun_Matt_Indeed

          I was just posting it for those who were having a hard time finding anything.

      • ProjectBlue

        It’s very likely we’ll keep playing, but will we take on 50 shows in one tour? I don’t think so. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was thinking this might be the last big one. We’re all on the backside of our sixties. I have a granddaughter now I’d like to see as much as I can. I don’t want to spend my life on the road. This tour will take me away for four months. With a little kid, that’s a lot of time.

  • Fun_Matt_Indeed

    This suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucksssssss

  • Fun_Matt_Indeed

    A lot of great music though. TI will be getting a good amount of Petty music in her life.

  • I don’t wish death on anyone having said that … in a way of not wishing death on someone… it’s kind of not fair Jeff Lynn is the other non Bob dylan Wilbury alive

  • After Bowie and Prince I feel this is not bumming me out enough like.. yeah.. I get it they are all going to die… fine.. just.. just take them all see if I care!!

  • The Silver Fox

    Florida produced some pretty good rock music: Tom Petty, The Allman Brothers Band, The Outlaws, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot and 38 Special.

  • Fun_Matt_Indeed

    I think the first time I remember seeing Tom Petty was the video for “Don’t Come Around Here No More”.

  • Fun_Matt_Indeed

    Man, this MLB post-season is going to be great to watch.

    • DAJackson7

      Rooting for the nationals and Indians

      • The Silver Fox

        Indians would be my first choice, followed by the Nationals and Astros.

      • I’m pulling for Yankees-Dodgers

        • DAJackson7

          It’s not the 1950’s anymore! or the late 70’s!

  • Fun_Matt_Indeed

    So Far: This guy has no rap sheet, and no ties to any religion or political affiliation.

  • DAJackson7
    • yea that had to happen and fast… what the hell

    • Fun_Matt_Indeed

      Good. What a twat.

    • Diddly

      Watch as she sues CBS and Facebook now for something related to limiting her free speech

  • Too soon for Tom Peyton?

    • Diddly

      It’s much more tasteful than the abomination you have now

  • Dwayne

    Tom Petty is a guy whose music I’m sure I heard or may even be hearing now but I can’t tell you for sure.

  • Facts

    I enjoyed Tom Petty’s music.

  • Diddly

    Facts is REALLY trying to make his Tom Bosley joke work

    • Facts

      LOL yeah

  • People come
    People go
    Some grow young
    Some grow cold

    • Facts

      You take the good
      You take the bad
      You take them both and there you have
      The facts of life
      The facts of life

      When the world never seems
      To be living up to your dreams
      Then suddenly you’re finding out
      The facts of life are all about you

      When there’s someone that you care about
      It really isn’t fair
      They’re out to slow you up
      When you’re growing up

      When you let them flirt
      And then you hurt
      A waiting when your date is late in showing up
      Then you’re growin’ up

      When it’s more than just the birds and the bees
      You need someone telling you please
      There’s only one conclusion
      There will always be confusion over you
      It takes a lot to get ’em right
      When you’re learning the facts of life

      You’ll avoid a lot of damage
      And enjoy the fun of managing
      The facts of life
      They shed a lot of light

      If you hear ’em from your brother
      Better clear ’em with your mother
      Better get ’em right
      Call her late at night

      You got the future in the palm of your hand
      All you gotta do to get you through is understand
      You think you’d rather do with out
      You’ll never muddle through
      Without the truth
      The facts of life are all about you

  • “Hurricane Jose” Gomez

    I just discovered a YouTube series called Man At Arms where the swordssmiths and machinists actually create fictional weapons

    .

    Here’s one where they create a weapon from RWBY

    .

  • chicagodem79

    I never even heard of Tom Petty until his song Learning to Fly was the theme song of the first Bulls championship video. I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for that.

  • Facts you ok?

  • His early hits are underrated American Girl, Breakdown, Listen to her heart, I need to know, refugee, don’t do me like that, here comes my girl

    all great songs

  • Fun_Matt_Indeed

    Time to go home!

    • DAJackson7

      Same!

  • Facts

    I have to work until 7:30? for a FAFSA Night so I am trying to lighten my mood by making those stupid Tom Bosley jokes on the BOD.

  • Marv

    Made it through a long car ride and now she’s napping and still doesn’t know, this is great

    • Dwayne

      My wife doesn’t know either. She doesn’t know who he is.

      • Marv

        Lucky boy. When she finds out my house is going to be filled with the shrill sound of his warbling for hooours

        • Dwayne

          Mine actually might. She listens to a lot of radio.

          • Dwayne

            But she won’t be playing it in the house

          • Marv

            I’ll go out to the porch for the night probably. Hell I may turn on Raw I’d rather hear THAT lol

    • Facts

      Don’t let her have her phone.

      • Marv

        Yep it’s in the kitchen far from her lol

        I’m stunned her sister didn’t text immediately maybe she doesn’t know yet either

        • Facts

          My wife is upset.

          • Marv

            Mine will be too. It will be super stupid and loud and eventually she’ll turn her sorrow into being angry at me because I don’t like this guy at all lol it’s going to be a fun evening

          • Dwayne

            White chicks…

          • Marv

            Seriously. Sad my particular brand of game works on no one else lol

          • Facts

            Yep.

          • Facts

            Good luck to you.

    • My wife just texted me about it. As if I didn’t know half an hour ago.

      • Marv

        “Oh shit babe let me tell the staff her at the news factory!”

        • I mean, I was in my car and sitting in traffic and got a notification, like how I get a good chunk of my news before 5:30. It’s also how I inform people at work of a good chunk of news AFTER 5:30.

          Seriously, how is this place still in business.

  • Diddly

    Just bought a ticket to see It tonight

    • Facts

      See what?

      • Diddly

        IT

        • Facts

          OH! WELL EXCUSE ME!

          • Diddly

            I DE-SERVE IT

  • Dwayne

    I’d know who Petty was if he did a song with Biggie, Jay-Z or Wu Tang Clan

  • Facts

    My wife is a HUGE Pearl Jam fan and she gets really annoyed when I make fun of Eddie Vedder’s singing voice.

    • Marv

      I love doing his voice like a goat.

      • Marv

        Jerrrrremey spoke in cla-ahhhh-aaaah-aaaah-aaaaaah-aaaaah-aaaaas todaaah-aaaah-aaaaah-aaaay

        • Facts

          Legit LOL

          • Marv

            It drives her up a motherfucking wall I love it, it’s great for road trips lol

          • How has she not killed you?

          • Marv

            Oh she loves it. She’s broken.

          • RudoWakening

            DELIGHTFUL

          • Facts

            My wife asked me why I have not left her yet yesterday.

            I told her it’s because I enjoy torturing you.

            She laughed and when I said I am dead serious she laughed harder.

            So I get Marv

          • Marv

            ….I thought torturing someone emotionally for a lifetime was love…is that not what love is?

          • Facts

            What else makes marriage fun?

    • Diddly

      Have you ever sang Yellow Ledbetter to her?

      • Facts

        That’s her favorite song! Of course!

        • Diddly

          On the ceiling with a voice uhhhh letterrrrrrrr and, omma see omma see Ed again

      • RudoWakening

        POTATO WAAAAAAAVE

    • that is dumb he is good

  • Damn it, I wish I brought my laptop so I could do a half-assed obit…

    • ProjectBlue

      “He always told us he was a heart breaker. Little did he know the last heart he’d break would be his own”

  • Mikey

    Tom Petty was fine with me. Like, he isn’t one of my favorite artists but I might list to his music when the song came on the radio.

    • Marv

      In truth I don’t viscerally hate him like some other acts I’m forced to endure. I just don’t think he’s very good. And I’m scared of having to listen to it for six straight hours.

      • Mikey

        That sounds terrible.

      • Dwayne

        I can’t listen to Free Fallin for 6 hours

        • Marv

          And then I’ll inevitably do my own version about how “This song’s got THREEEEEEE……THREEEE CHOOOOOORDS” and she’ll be mad again.

          I mean there’s just no way this fucker dying is going to be good for me lol

  • Dwayne

    All you Katy Perry fans, she is at Madison Square Garden tonight.

    • Diddly

      A California girl in New York City? Well, I never!

    • They’ll hear her roar all the way to… probably just the back row. The Garden is pretty insulated…

  • Marv

    Oh my god if we spin Tom Petty dying into Eddie Vedder shit talk I will be over the moon lmao

  • Dwayne

    My wife does know Tom Petty. Said he sings Free Fallin.

  • ProjectBlue

    Local news: “Tom Petty’s clinging to life in the hospital.” Ends with “He was just 66 years old”. So past tensing someone still alive according to them. Top notch news agency

    • Tom Petty is still alive…unless he has died ..

      • ProjectBlue

        Schrodinger’s Petty

        • Marv

          I love this post and I love that I knew the other upvote was going to be Thad’s before looking

    • Diddly

      Probably some low paid staffer working for a Sinclair news station

    • ProjectBlue

      …well hell, I guess they were right?

  • Marv

    Did he still have tour dates? They could probably just get Ellen to fill in.

  • Hey guess who evidently has all of someone’s albums downloaded at some point.

    Starts with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

  • Facts

    Wait, wait, wait:

    Between 18 and 20 firearms were found in Paddock’s hotel room; some were fully-automatic weapons.

    • this is all very strange

      • Facts

        They fired that Hayley Geftman-Gold who made those cunty comments about having no sympathy for the people killed.

  • Probably my favorite Petty song:

    • RudoWakening

      And a GREAT video

      • Johnny Depp in ANOTHER quirky project? Whodahunkit?

        • RudoWakening

          This may have been his first one! Either this video or Edward Scisscorhands

  • Lets not forget Tom Petty’s greatest work

  • Marv

    So tomorrow TaTR and I are going to talk for an hour about this horrible podcast we watch. This weeks episode was particularly dreadful lol

  • I’m watching some Tom Petty Gary Shandling interview and …. I’m wondering if the fact he is on his 3rd cig 6 minutes into it might have contributed

  • Marv

    Ooooof this is incredibly uncomfortable, Jim Norton is doing his retarded Chip character to a bunch of women in LA that don’t understand its a bit.

    • Marv

      “Let’s write a song about Chip’s peckah….it’s a cooter wrecker”

      Right yes but I won’t listen to Petty so

      • Marv

        Damn it TatR wake up lmfao

  • Blanche is pretty great some times.. reminding me it’s my moms birthday today..even from Paris

    • Marv

      Well that’s good because those things are the number two reason for getting married (y’know right behind having someone’s farts to smell in the morning)

    • Dwayne

      I don’t need to be reminded of my mom’s birthday but she makes sure I don’t forget her’s

      • RudoWakening

        Me either. It’s MOM

      • I know my immediate family’s birthdays by heart

        • Dwayne

          Same.

  • Petty was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was
    then transferred to a better hospital, where doctors upgraded his condition to ‘alive’.

    https://twitter.com/Slate/s

  • Um… he’s NOT dead…?

  • Marv

    HEY HEY I GOT IT I GOT IT HOLD ON….ONE MORE CHANCE FOR MARY JANE

  • Marv

    Chip is talking to this chick:
    “I’m in a relationship but we’re on the rocks.”
    “What’s wrong?”
    “It’s a long list he…lacks motivation.”
    “Oh he’s lazy?”
    “What race is he?”
    *room laughs*
    “…he’s Samoan.”
    “WHAT LIKE THE LAWN FUCK YEAH!”
    *room stares in horror*

    This is the best podcast I’ve ever seen.

  • On a completely different topic… well, the one related to the body of the thread up top… A Funny Or Die Charlie Brown spoof…

  • Rowlf

    Do they keep moving Petty from hospital to hospital? Stop Draggin’ His Heart Around!

  • Marv

    Yeah I heard he died and I was going to wake you up but then they said he was alive so it’s fine everything is fine

  • …….my mom didn’t know about the trip to Paris so as I’m doing my birthday phone call and telling her about that she goes……”well.. I’m glad they didn’t go to Las Vegas”
    ……………………………..this is my mom….

  • RudoWakening

    Tom Petty at the hospital right now:
    https://youtu.be/uBxMPqxJGqI

  • Is he alive or dead media?!?!? stop dragging my…………damn it Rowlf already went there

  • Dwayne

    I have a hard time remembering what day our anniversary is but I believe it’s 10/19. The day we met was sometime in October too but I don’t know what the exact date is. She does though.

    • October 13th is ours super easy to remember… also super awesome I don’t have to do shit because I said sure… go

    • Mine is either June 18 or 19.

      • Dwayne

        It would be easy to remember June 18. My wife and my ex gf has that same birthday

        • My wife always lets me know

          • Dwayne

            As she should

          • I know her birthday and her phone number is the last one I ever memorized, so there’s that.

          • Dwayne

            I don’t remember her phone number by heart. She’s had the same number since I met her

    • The Silver Fox

      Ours is quite easy-12/21.

    • RudoWakening

      29 December for Frida and I

    • Marv

      I’ve always always been horrible with dates so people have been reminding me of upcoming stuff forever. The only thing I really have memorized is my kid’s birthday lol

      • Dwayne

        My daughter is only a few days after mine so it’s not hard.

        • The Silver Fox

          My daughter’s is 5 days before mine. This Thursday in fact.

      • Me at the pharmacy: “And the baby’s birthday?” “Uh… crap… I know this…”

        I’ll get it eventually.

      • I know the kid’s birthdays.

    • I have two… we got married at City Hall on March 12 and then we had the ceremony for friends and family on June 27.

  • You get on a train and a guy’s dead. You get off the train and he’s still alive.

    I still have a short second ride ahead of me though.

    • ProjectBlue

      What a time to (still) be alive!

  • The Silver Fox

    Is this what’s going on with Petty:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uBxMPqxJGqI

    • RudoWakening

      BEAT YOU TO IT!

  • I’m assuming God tried to stand Tom Petty up at the gates of hell but he won’t back down

  • Devin Harris

    I found Family Ties. Watching the pilot now

  • The Silver Fox

    Immediate family birthdays are easy to remember:
    My sister and I-10/10
    Wife-2/14
    Daughter-10/5
    Middle sister-2/29
    Youngest sister-4/15
    Wife’s sister-12/24

    • My wife’s brother is Christmas Eve as well

      • The Silver Fox

        Wife’s brother is also Christmas Eve, albeit 6 years before her sister.

  • Devin Harris

    This show is heavy. The parents don’t want Alex to go to a country club cause it’s racist. The first episode is about discrimination. Wtf?

    • Marv

      It’s very very political for sure.

      • Devin Harris

        They don’t even ease into it

        • Marv

          Sometimes Alex walks around with a picture of Reagan lol

          • Devin Harris

            This is the equivalent of going for anal on the first date

          • Dwayne

            I remember that. His gimmick was being a young Republican

          • Marv

            Yeah that was the bit, the kid was all staunch and conservative and the parents were rebellious.

          • Dwayne

            They were late 60s hippies I believe

          • Marv

            Yep. It was an interesting premise I thought.

    • yeah the whole show was pretty message filled I think

    • It’s a political show. The whole thing is that the parents are true blue hippies and J. Fox is a young Republican

      • Devin Harris

        Still don’t think you start by tackling the hard stuff

      • Comdukakis

        Politics was a small part of the show

        • What? it was a fairly important part of the family dynamic.

          • Comdukakis

            Key words family dynamic. It was much more about kids having bad dates, boyfriends the parents hated, school, etc. While politics was touched on and sometimes joked about, it was much more a standard family sitcom with very few episodes directly about politics

          • Oh goodie… it’s a semantics argument…

          • Devin Harris

            lol

          • Comdukakis

            If that’s how you see it

          • Comdukakis

            But wouldn’t call it a political show. When I hear that I think veep, west wing, Madame Secretary, etc. Hell even he’s the mayor

          • I legit don’t have the energy for this right now. Come back to me tomorrow.

          • Comdukakis

            Not really an argument. Just how I see it

  • Marv

    Just horrible with dates, there were years when I was single where my own birthday would pass without my notice lol

  • Devin Harris

    Dad shows up and asks Alex to leave cause those people are shit bags. It’s different. I’ll give it that much

    • Comdukakis

      Legendary show. It really hits its stride season 2 and the best are 3 through five. The last season is kinda weak

      • Devin Harris

        I think I’m going to stick with it. I’ve never seen the early seasons and barely remember the later ones

        • Comdukakis

          It gets better as Fox figures out the character and Michael Gross OWNS the show. Fabulous character

          • Marv

            So much this, once the other characters kind of fade a bit and it becomes basically all Gross/Fox it’s the best

          • Comdukakis

            Yep. While part of it is nostalgia, I still consider it my favorite show along with Seinfeld

  • The Silver Fox

    I still remember my childhood phone number better than my current home phone number, even though it hasn’t changed in 20 years.

    • Dwayne

      Yeah. My childhood phone number I was made to memorize and now I don’t have to memorize any number. And I don’t lol

    • Marv

      I often use my childhood best friends number as security codes and stuff or PIN numbers

    • I remember my childhood phone number. When I finally got a cell phone in like 2012 I got the same last 4 digits as my childhood phone number so that I remember.

      • Marv

        Oh that’s awesome

      • My cell phone is two digits off of my childhood phone number. My family still couldn’t remember it.

    • Comdukakis

      I remember one of mine because it was 967-2400. When 976 numbers first started the Sagittarius horoscope line was 976-2400. Calls all hours of the night

  • Devin Harris

    Our number was 573-7383 for like 12 years. Easy

    • The Silver Fox

      My childhood number was 877-5309, only one digit removed from that 80’s song, so that helps make it easy to remember.

      • Mine was 898-2955. There’s no cool story for that though.

        A girl I knew in high school was 895-PIMP

  • In the bob hope book they are doing the USO visit the troops stuff and this is before we really actually got over there so they are doing shows for all the Alaskan bases. In terrible weather they lose one engine and are loosing altitude and Hope tells a joke about a nervous recruit making his first parachute jump. The sergeant instructs him to pull the rip cord and ride the parachute to the ground, where a station wagon will be waiting to pick him up. He jumps and pulls the rip cord… the parachute doens’t open. Hurtling towards the earth he grumbles “I’ll bet the station wagon won’t be there either!”

  • Marv

    Our number was 800-888-8888 our original name was Cellino and we changed it to Cresto when we moved out west true story

  • As I am listening to these full albums for the first time. The First Heartbreakers album is a solid little debut. The hits off it are great of course but nothing on it stinks and it goes pretty quick

  • ProjectBlue
  • Comdukakis

    I hate tbs right now. Fuckers took off friends and Seinfeld for family guy American dad and Bob’s burgers reruns

  • ProjectBlue

    Looks like I’ll be giving up Firefox pretty soon, hung onto to it for various extensions that they’re stopping support for

  • I’m starting to wonder if the hospital even has Tom Petty

    • ProjectBlue

      He’s not locked in there with them, they’re locked in there with him

      • ProjectBlue

        The twitter’ing of it “oh, fake news, let’s pray” is annoying though. Brain dead and off life support. Be a touch realistic

  • The Professor

    I hate having this cold. I should have stayed home from work today. I was already showing a video so I figured its already an easy day.

    • ProjectBlue

      Was out to give training last week and the sub left no frigging note. I left main plans and videos just in case. Without knowing if she showed videos or not, I have to assume she used them and have to take them out of the possibles files.

      • The Professor

        I have 2 student teachers (per 2 and 3) and per 1 is conference. Thus, I would just text my lesson to one of the student teachers.

        • ProjectBlue

          Shit, yeah, take the day then. Especially if they’re close to take over or have taken over. When I was interning those days were amazing to sub. Basically the student teacher ran the show but couldn’t be in there alone so the lowly intern got to have an easy day

          • The Professor

            They have taken over and doing a going job.

            I just hate taking sick days.

          • ProjectBlue

            Same, it must be a bit better with the student teachers though than the sub roulette that’s typical

          • The Professor

            Yeah theres like 3 subs I trust. One is one of my former student teachers; another is a former teacher of mine when I was a student 20 years ago. Those are always my first 2 choices.

          • ProjectBlue

            We’re finally automated. They say we’ll be able to pick subs soon but there’s a massive shortage in town because they pay like $30 less a day than the surrounding towns for similar-ish behavior issues

    • The Silver Fox

      I hate getting colds during allergy season, it seems to take longer to get over it. And, quite often, the following winter is a bad one for illness.

      • RudoWakening

        All year is allergy season for me. I take medicine every day, and usually once or twice a year they go into overdrive and I develop a cold that knocks me on my ass. So far I’ve only had one this year and it hit me on a Friday afternoon at work. I ended up leaving early the following Monday

        • The Silver Fox

          I mainly have trouble in the fall. Though a wet spring can also cause problems due to molds.

  • WOO! Free pizza at work!

  • You’re Gonna Get It is better than the first album. A fun listen

  • What happened to Hoss? Is he also transitioning?

  • The Professor

    One of the things veteran teachers told me when I started teaching was not to waste sick days on stupid shit.
    The days roll over (I have like 90 sick days) so to save them for important stuff like paternity leave or surgery.

    • ProjectBlue

      True, I didn’t take any first 3 years. Our district caps at like 150 I think. Though that’ll take awhile to get there. If I can make it long enough that’ll be a nice little payout at retirement

      • The Professor

        same

      • The Silver Fox

        Same. I’m at 75 or 80 right now.

    • The Silver Fox

      I had the same advice. When the kid was young I used a lot more sick days because I had the better benefits package. So if she was sick I was the one who stayed home. With the exception of the 2015-16 school year, I’ve rarely taken more than 1 or 2 sick days (none last year).

      • The Professor

        I have used between zero and two most years. Some years I will take partial days like 1 hour for a doctors appt.

        Only once I have used more than 6 days.

        • The Silver Fox

          2015-16 I ended up taking 11, partially because both the ladies needed to have surgery due to injuries within 6 weeks of each other. And because, when I ended getting sick that year it was always really bad, which I attribute to the stress of the preceding year.

  • The Professor

    The way my district works is that you get 60 hours (each day is 6 hours) plus number of years you have taught into hours. so 7th year is 67 hours that year. Hours roll over every year
    If you have used up all your hours, then you get 1/2 pay for up to 100 days.

    • ProjectBlue

      Mine’s just days, 15 added a year + 2 personal days that cap at any given time at 5. Depending on how desperate they are to trim payroll any given year, they’ll pay out most of the sick days on retirement up to 150-ish, but that % varies

      • The Silver Fox

        15 days for me as well (sickness and personal combined).

  • Lazy Baby can point to your nose on request.

  • I used to get unlimited sick days at my last job. Now I get 6 I think.

  • The Professor

    One rule I hate is that if you take the day before or after a 3 day weekend or vacation, you have to show written proof of your illness.

    • ProjectBlue

      We can’t take personal days around holidays or the last 3 weeks of school….I get it but….they don’t require proof on sick days, so we’re basically then encouraged to lie

      • ProjectBlue

        A teacher’s getting married soon and wanted to take personal days Friday before, Monday after….admin started to brush back until she said “That, my sick days, or post the position, you pick”

  • The Silver Fox

    Despite having worked as a teacher since the 1989-90 school year, I don’t tend to get a lot of illnesses. Mostly colds. I’ve rarely had stomach bugs, only once in the last 12 years.

    • The Professor

      same. Ill get 1-3 colds a year. Only once have I taken 2 days off in a row and that was bronchitis

      • The Silver Fox

        I ended up taking 3 days in a row off in 2016 after a rather nasty bout with norovirus.

        • The Professor

          oooh yuck

          • The Silver Fox

            Missed the 3 school days (weekend at the end helped). And about 10 days before I was fully recovered.

    • ProjectBlue

      Yep, never stomach, once a year or so I’m good for a head cold. It festered into pneumonia a year ago spring and missed like 3 weeks. Other than that been lucky considering what’s floating around the schools any given time

  • Boy, teacher parties seem fun.

    • ProjectBlue

      …ironically most drink like fish, just massive amounts of alcohol as I sip my iced tea

      • Marv

        By 3:15 p.m. every Friday my house was a nest of female teachers pounding wine at a clip that would make any journalist cringe. Those ladies fucking partied lol

    • The Professor

      the only thing better is chicken pox parties

  • RudoWakening

    Jesus, I finished Grace’s book today. It fucking flew by and was a tremendous read.

  • Devin Harris

    Every time a teacher was out they said she was sick and I always believed it. Now I’m guessing they were hammered or being lazy half the time

    • ProjectBlue

      Worse, most of the time we’re at stupid professional developments that are wastes of time

      • The Silver Fox

        One thing I will not miss when I retire.

  • The Silver Fox

    Is this current Jeopardy champion going to be another Ken Jennings type who goes weeks (or months) before he loses?

    • ProjectBlue

      I hope not. He bugs me

      • ProjectBlue

        …although I’m curious how far ahead they’re taping because leading into this season that advertised with “could this be the year we get another Ken Jennings”

    • The Professor

      the weird thing with Ken Jennings or any super long streak is that a super long streak could have been over after 5 days.
      If Ken had a 95% chance of winning each game; that means he could have lost in the first 5 games about 23% of the time; the first 10 games would have been about 40-45%.

      • The Silver Fox

        I remember when they use to retire champions after 5 wins.

        • The Professor

          same

  • Marv

    Ugh I’m reading about the period of geological history where the Thames, Meuse, Rhine and Seine were all tributaries to the same river and my mind is being blown out

    • The Silver Fox

      Try explaining stuff like that to a student who believes the Earth is only 6,000 years old.

      • Marv

        Yeah no thanks.

    • RudoWakening

      Were they tributaries to the Danube? It was make sense if they were. Also, where are you reading this because I am intrigued.

  • The Silver Fox

    2 kids in my grade 9 class didn’t know who the Mayans were. Confused them with the Aztecs. Olmecs and Toltecs would’ve completely confused them.

    • The Professor

      I could see the confusion

    • Should a grade 9 know that? That seems like something that we never learned even in high school.

  • The Silver Fox

    The period we’ve been covering is one of my favorites, the fall of the Western Roman Empire, the Dark Ages in Europe, and classical Mayan civilization.

    • In grade 9 we just did Canadian history.

      • RudoWakening

        “We gave the world Bret Hart and Wayne Gretzky. End of class”

        • Quite a bit about fur trading, New France, the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, and WWI.

          • The Professor

            how about the quebec secession movement?

          • The October Crisis! Tanks on the streets of Montreal!

    • RudoWakening

      I hope you’re devoting time to the Byzantine Empire as well. SO. MANY. CONSTANTINES.

      • The Silver Fox

        Byzantine empire, the Vikings, Kievan Rus and the rise of Islam as well.

  • Marv

    Oh my god Xanthippe does tricks lmao I am freaking out

    • RudoWakening

      Frida is trying to teach her to shake hands

      • Marv

        Holy shiiiiiiit

    • I should really pay more attention to Instagram…

      • RudoWakening

        I haven’t posted it yet. I sent it to Marv personally.

  • Reasonable Opinion Guy

    So like is Tom Petty still alive

    • Like I said earlier, the waiting is the hardest part.

    • The Professor

      is his heart breaking?

      Ill see myself out

  • The Silver Fox

    The Vikings always interested me the most in school. Later on joined by the Maya and Inca civilizations.

    • The Professor

      mine is the mongols

      • RudoWakening

        I just finished a great book on Genghis Khan

        • The Professor

          KHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNN

        • The Professor

          whats the name of it

          • RudoWakening

            “Ghenghis Khan and the Making of The Modern World”

          • The Professor

            thanks

    • Marv

      Yeah the Vikings were always awesome. They still are really I like a boat based marauding force it’s awesome.

    • RudoWakening

      I’ve had a boner for the Vikings for many years. I own a copy of Snorri Sturluson’s “Heimskringla,” the saga of the Danish kings, as well as several books on the Swedes and Norwegian bands

      • The Silver Fox

        Helps that I have some Viking blood to go along with my Scottish/Irish ancestry.

    • Facts

      Bud Grant was a good coach. Also Vikings history is sublime.

  • RudoWakening

    I bought Kickapoo Coffee Company’s seasonal roast yesterday and OH MY FUCK it’s one of the best coffees I’ve had in years

  • anything new since I got home? Tom Petty dead or ..back on tour?

  • The Professor

    The thing that facinates me about the Mongols that they went from basically nothing to the worlds biggest empire to basically nothing again within 150 years

    • Shave 120 years off that and it sounds like Vince McMahons business plan…boyIwannatellya :rim shot::

    • Marv

      I listened to about 12 hours of lecture about them on my trip last month. My favorite part is that if Ogedei hadn’t died all of European history would’ve been different. Europe had NOTHING to counter his armies and they’d have steamrolled right to the Atlantic but they had to turn back for the funeral.

      • The Professor

        I mention that in my classes. The mongols were thisclose to world domination.

        Supposedly, thats the reason why western europe basically dominated the world for the next 740 years and eastern europe didnt

        • Marv

          It makes a lot of sense. All those countries were smashed like hell.

          Actually nevermind my favorite thing about the Mongols isn’t that, it’s that they waited until winter to rampage over Russia lol

          • The trick is to go from east to west. That’s what tripped up Napoleon and the Germans, you gotta come in the back door.

          • Grampa Millionaire Bruce Wayne

            *walks away from obvious joke*

          • RudoWakening

            “Winter? FUCK WINTER”
            —The Mongols, who gave zero fucks about anything

    • RudoWakening

      The biggest problem was Ghenghis’ death. They were pretty much ready to burn Europe to the ground when he died but tradition stayed that he had to be buried in Mongolia, which meant most of their forces had to turn around and travel halfway back across the fucking known world

      • RudoWakening

        Shit. Ogedei. I meant Ogedei.

  • The Professor

    A biopic of WWE CEO Vince McMahon has been in the works for a while now, and it appears WWE Studios and TriStar Pictures have found their ideal actor for the lead role. According to Screen Rant, Bradley Cooper was offered the part, although there’s no news yet on if he’s interested.

    • The Professor

      “Get Zach Galifinakis to play Hulk Hogan, Ed Helms for Randy Savage and Ken Jeong as Ken Jeong, and this film will be a guaranteed hit.”

      • Grampa Millionaire Bruce Wayne

        I…might watch that, actually. Obviously Ken Jeong is Warrior, though.

      • The Silver Fox

        Who plays Brutus Beefcake, Ted DiBiase or The Ultimate Warrior?

        • RudoWakening

          Dane Cook plays all three.

    • Grampa Millionaire Bruce Wayne

      Uh-oh…

    • Marv

      ………hahahahahahahahaha

    • Yeah, that’s gonna happen.

    • Comdukakis

      any biopic that is associated with WWE is going to be hot garbage. Let the McMahon worship begin as he was a self made man with the world against him, including that mean nasty Ted Turner. OH and he never wanted to hurt his competition. The End

      • Grampa Millionaire Bruce Wayne

        Don’t forget all the hot women who threw themselves at him!

        • Comdukakis

          always.

        • The Professor

          or how the government almost destroyed Vince and WWF and how that is like 9/11

  • Marv

    And The Marv Cresto Story will be starring The Gos because sure why not

  • Punk didn’t die. It’s just going to bed at a reasonable hour these days.

  • Reasonable Opinion Guy

    I wonder if all those online racist types who want to “restore Byzantium ” realise that the Byzantines wore turbans and tunics,loved pedastry and hated the West.

    • Where are these pro-Byzantium people?

      • Marv

        το διαδίκτυο

        • The Professor

          huh?

          • He’s one of them.

          • Marv

            I’m by a lot of things but zantine isn’t one of them.

          • ProjectBlue

            (somewhere Biff looks up)

          • Marv

            Oh super boo

          • RudoWakening

            Not your best work

          • Marv

            Greek for “the internet” see because

          • The Professor

            well it looked greek to me

          • Marv

            Oh boo

          • Grampa Millionaire Bruce Wayne
      • Reasonable Opinion Guy

        You find a lot of them in Europe .

      • RudoWakening

        Descendants of the Palæologos family.

    • RudoWakening

      But they made Christianity official!!!

  • The Professor

    So I called out sick for tomorrow. Emailed my lesson plan to my student teachers so they can give it to the sub

  • The new leader of the New Democrats is a sikh and he wears a pink turban and it makes his head look like a clitoris. Whatever.

    • The Professor

      what happened to the old democrats?

    • I posit that this would not be possible without Jinder Mahal blazing a trail.

  • MNF….it’s really weird Jon Gruden to act like Jay
    isn’t his son when he is calling a Washington game… he just said I
    think Jay Gruden is going to……. (you mean your son?)

  • The Ocarina of Time soundtrack is excellent background music for writing.

  • RudoWakening

    Jesus, the lake preceded the Channel River would have been HUGE

    • Marv

      It’s fucking crazy right?

      • RudoWakening

        I keep getting distracted by texts from Frida. I’m just past the Saalian Glaciation

    • …..I have no idea what is happening

    • The Silver Fox

      The Channeled Scablands in eastern Washington fascinated me. Relics of repeated outburst megafloods from Glacial Lake Missoula.

  • The Professor

    @Mr_E_Mahn:disqus
    besides Canadian History, what other histories were you required to take?

    • Grade school was strictly Canadian. When I was in high school you took geography in grade 9 and then history in grade 10 as mandatory credits. The history class was Canadian history up until WWI.

      After grade 10 you could drop history altogether, or move on to world history. In grade 12 there was an American history option as well.

  • The Professor

    In california, it is california history for 4th, us history for 5th, 8th and 11th, world history for 6th, 7th and 10th. econ/govt as a senior.

    • The Silver Fox

      Grade 9-World History and Geography I (up to 1500)
      Grade 10-World History and Geography II (1500 to the present)
      Grade 11-U.S. history
      Grade 12-Civics/Economics

      I teach all but grade 11.

      • The Professor

        in ca, 8th grade is 1492-1900; 11th grade is 1900-today
        6th grade is BC; 7th grade is ad through 1650; 10th grade is 1650-today

    • We get Alabama History in 4th grade.

      The textbook for it is basically 500 pages of “mistakes were made.”

      • The Professor

        I thought it would be “Then the northerners ruined our way of life again by ……”

        • There’s a lot of that in Reconstruction, but not much outside of that, oddly enough.

  • Hey Marv……I’m drinking bulleit bourbon

  • Grampa Millionaire Bruce Wayne

    I don’t have a “device” so no McDonald’s delivery for Grampa. 🙁

  • Oh sweet wounded baby Jesus, tomorrow is Tuesday… I need my own Bayless to do these open threads.

    • Grampa Millionaire Bruce Wayne

      *raises eyebrow*

      • The Tuesday open thread as I’ve conceived it is a lot of work.

        • Grampa Millionaire Bruce Wayne

          Oh.

          • ProjectBlue

            (Eyebrow goes back to normal)

          • You wanna be the Geekery’s version of Bayless?

          • Grampa Millionaire Bruce Wayne

            I feel like we’d end up at each other’s throats.

          • Grampa Millionaire Bruce Wayne

            Granted, I got all the time in the world, so…

          • Cuz I seem hard to work with?

          • Grampa Millionaire Bruce Wayne

            No, because I have an odd sense of humor that doesn’t always translate well over the internet.

          • You do realize I put up with Marv, right?

          • Grampa Millionaire Bruce Wayne

            This is true.

          • I didn’t say it

          • Hush you. The grown-ups are talking.

        • It’s your site….you could go
          Here is the daily thread…….it’s your dime spill it!

          • I could… but that seems lazy.

          • In respect to all the tragedy this week Tuesday’s column will be suspended this week out of respect

          • Biscuit

            Does this site normally have Mama’s Family references?

    • I nominate Mister Money.

    • Facts

      I will do it for mostly free.

  • The Professor

    Thinking about it, Vince should play himself in a biopic ala Howard stern in private parts

    • I want Daniel Day-Lewis for the Vince role because I would pay large amounts of money to watch him prepare for being Vince.

  • RudoWakening

    The artist’s rendition of the Channel floods is not very good

  • Facts

    Hmmmm more Firefly or Three Stooges?

    I thought about walking my dog but Im beat.

    • Ginger Mahal

      Three Stooges.

      Always Three Stooges.

  • Grampa Millionaire Bruce Wayne

    If I were to become the Bayless, I guarantee more dank memes and random YouTube clips will abound.

    • Your original assessment may have been right…

      • Grampa Millionaire Bruce Wayne

        Okay, no dank memes. But you can’t take my YouTube, I’m a sick man. 🙁

    • Where do you people find these dank memes? And what makes a meme dank to begin with?

      • Grampa Millionaire Bruce Wayne

        I assume all memes are dank.

        • Oh. I always assumed that “dank” was a specific category of meme.

          • Grampa Millionaire Bruce Wayne

            See above.

      • I wonder this a lot.

        • Grampa Millionaire Bruce Wayne

          To be honest, I’m not even sure what ‘dank’ means.

          • I always thought that it meant the same thing as musty. Damp and off smelling.

          • Which, given the other place uses 20-year-old Simpsons stuff for their memes, this would be pretty accurate.

          • I’ve not watched it 20 years, but you won’t hear me bash The Simpsons. It was the greatest thing I’d ever seen at one time.

          • I’m just saying, the references are old…

          • RudoWakening

            I always knew it to mean “good weed”

    • Stranger In the Alps

      But the dank, Grampa….the dank!

  • Reasonable Opinion Guy

    http://edition.cnn.com/2017/10/02/health/early-human-ancestor-genital-herpes/index.html

    ” This early human ancestor is to blame for genital herpes”

    • Pictured: An early ancestor of Ashley Massaro.

    • RudoWakening

      Goddamn dirty monkey-fuckers

  • My dog is wanting to make a bed and is pulling blankets down to do it

    • Facts

      Mine does that too or drags his giant ass bed around.

    • Grampa Millionaire Bruce Wayne

      My dog would just wait until we went to bed and jumped on the couch.

    • RudoWakening

      Our dogs do that as well. Xannie has a bunch of blankets in her crate, along with a mattress. She turns the blankets into a pillow

  • ProjectBlue

    …is there really a fight over silencers going on now or just white noise from both sides?

    • Facts

      Hmm?

      • ProjectBlue

        Been seeing random tweets about a push to ban silencers and NRA brushback, was curious if that’s an actual thing or just a smokescreen

  • You think you’re gonna take her away
    With your money and your cocaine
    You keep thinking that her mind is gonna change
    But I know everything is ok

  • Grampa Millionaire Bruce Wayne

    Our cats will sleep anywhere on anything. Couches, chairs, boxes, laundry baskets, the basement tub, the windowsill…

  • Amy Acker still looking pretty good in this The Gifted show. No idea if it’s any good… sound is off.

    • ProjectBlue

      I’ll probably give it a try but I’m pretty much at a saturation point on comic shows by this point

  • The Professor

    Really a lil Sebastian impersonator?

    • RudoWakening

      It gets better and leads to the single funniest moment of the entire series

      • The Professor

        Just finished the wedding episode

  • Reasonable Opinion Guy

    ” BREAKING: Equifax says 2.5 million more US customers potentially impacted by data breach, bringing total to 145.5 million.”

    ah.

    • do you ever …like…..turn off the news and watch a comedy?

      • Dwayne

        You know the answer to that

      • Reasonable Opinion Guy

        Are there any worth watching?

        • Dwayne

          Nope. They might make you smile. Who needs that?

      • He’s very dour.

  • Stranger In the Alps

    Here’s a hint as to what movie will be reviewed for the Geekery this week:

    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/26/b3/d0/26b3d0effdc83add64f83c2085156250.gif

  • Rick “The Hot Take King” Ross

    When does the white male travel ban start?

      • Rick “The Hot Take King” Ross

        A white man is responsible for the largest mass murder in US history.

        • Marv

          Finally.

          • WE DID IT!

          • RudoWakening

            It’s about time white men finally won something!

          • Marv

            AND WEEEEEE’LL DO ANOTHER SHOOOOOOOTING AGAIN CUZ WWWEEEEE ARE THE SHAMPJUANS WE ARE THE SHAMPJUANS

          • Grampa Millionaire Bruce Wayne

            I didn’t even bother going to the BoD because I figured it was a whole day of that.

          • Marv

            lol

          • Dwayne

            Yeah. It was only half a day of that here

          • I wonder if Scott got an email about the Daily News story tying Shane O’Mac to a pot growing business.

          • ProjectBlue

            Skimmed that, was there an actual story there? By the time I gave up, it just read like a rich guy made an investment. Just pot=bad boogymanning or??

          • It was mostly tying Shane’s business interests to his mom, who is part of the administration, and then AG Sessions, who is vehemently anti-pot.

            I hadn’t heard about Shane’s pot interests. The guy who wrote it is a star in the making that I assume we’re gonna fire eventually because we’re idiots, so it was a pretty good story.

          • ProjectBlue

            Eh, yeah, wasn’t bad or anything but just seemed like a twist was coming “And those pot dealers sabotaged his plan”

          • Nah, mostly just conflicting interests among Trumpers.

          • ProjectBlue

            …well hell, was going to correct that to helicopter then realized I didn’t even get plane right….that might be my time to sleep

          • Our former police chief, who fought tooth and nail to prevent the impending legalization, including likening it to legalizing murder, is now an investor in marijuana businesses. Life’s funny sometimes.

          • Money, money, yeah, yeah.

        • Dwayne

          Was this the first time?

          • Not even close.

          • Dwayne

            Exactly

          • Rick “The Hot Take King” Ross

            No, white men are statistically proven to be responsible for most crimes.

            It’s like white men hate America. A temporary travel ban should be in order until we find out what’s going on.

          • Marv

            Totally ok with not letting any more white dudes in.

          • Those Canadians have gots ta go!

          • Marv

            Blue Jays games are absurd! They’re fucking everywhere!

          • Dwayne

            Yeah. It’s going to take forever for anyone else to catch up anyway

        • RudoWakening

          Yep. Timothy McVeigh

      • Grampa Millionaire Bruce Wayne

        I sent him to the cornfield. I think he’ll be happier there.

    • Reasonable Opinion Guy

      They don’t want to move from their retirement homes in Florida so it’s fine.

    • I guess when know when the ban on snarky comments based on a tragedy ended

    • I can’t see that happening, to be honest.

      • Marv

        LOL

      • Dwayne

        Maybe in Wakanda

    • Stranger In the Alps

      As soon as the Star Trek convention is over.

  • Marv

    I think we all got sick this weekend.

  • Oh my god I need a new mac… this touchpad doesn’t work anymore

  • Dwayne

    Bartender chick: You were really happy last time I saw you

    Me: oh shit, did I do something bad?

    Bartender chick: No, you were just happy and talking a lot.

    Me: ….

    • Marv

      And you’re usually so quiet and reserved

      • Dwayne

        God only knows what I said to her.

  • I was going to bring a mouse home……..why didn’t I bring a mouse home

  • Damn it…. Halt and Catch Fire now has someone named Alexa………….I’m going to have to unplug the Echo

  • Rick “The Hot Take King” Ross

    Is Wakanda near Genosha?

  • RudoWakening

    Peyton should change his name to Peyton Banning since he’s a mod

  • You all should give Halt and catch fire a chance… the show is great

  • No you shouldn’t watch Halt and catch fire…….holy shit…..they just killed someone off

  • I gave up on the mac and switched to iPad …Jesus that touch pad is smoke

  • I am legit bummed the fuck out…..can’t believe Halt and Catch Fire did that

  • ‘Tis a fine day for mayoring! SimCity, for Super Nintendo.

    http://justgamesretro.com/snes/simcity-snes

  • Alright, time to go out for a dance with Mary Jane.

    It won’t be the last though.

  • BTW if you aren’t watching Raw you missed the start of Abraygail

    • I’m not watching but I’m reading the BoD. What exactly happened?

      • Bray said abragail was a lie but then something about her coming for Finn and then suddenly his laugh was half his half a woman voice….he’s transitioning

        • srs

          • I saw even Bayless bury it and I’ve seen him speak generally well of Seth Rollins promos so it takes a lot to put him off.

            A LOT.

        • Macklin JeriPratt

          It’s about time professional wrestling tackled this complex issue.

  • The Professor

    Worst character on parks and rec is jean-ralphio

    • Macklin JeriPratt

      Really? He’s one of my favorite characters. I think he’s hilarious.

      • The Professor

        He’s like the annoyingness of tom without the good qualities

      • The Professor

        I just want to punch him whenever I see him on screen

        • Grampa Millionaire Bruce Wayne

          Wait until you meet his sister.

          • The Professor

            I’m at that episode

          • RudoWakening

            The WOOOOOOOOOOORST!

    • Booooo

      • The Professor

        Then who is the worst character?

        • Macklin JeriPratt

          There’s a yelly guy that shows up in Season 6 that sucks.

          • The Professor

            Haven’t gotten there yet

    • I would agree with this.

  • The Professor

    Always love it when Ron smiles or laughs

  • Reasonable Opinion Guy

    I think I’ll just listen to Tom Petty songs all day today.

    • This is the best ever……prince is one of the best guitarists ever and totally under rated.. watching harrison’s kid lose his shit watching Prince do his dad’s song is priceless. also Prince steals the show but over does it and every note works for the song perfectly

      • RudoWakening

        THE GUITAR NEVER LANDS

  • Reasonable Opinion Guy

    “What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing but under my feet, baby, grass is growing”

  • Reasonable Opinion Guy

    “Well you can’t turn him into a company man/You can’t turn him into a whore/And the boys upstairs just don’t understand anymore/Well the top brass don’t like him talking so much/And he won’t play what they say to play/And he don’t want to change what don’t need to change”

  • Reasonable Opinion Guy

    ” US musician Tom Petty has died in California aged 66, says a statement issued on behalf of his family.”

    oh Christ.

  • What a fucking day. And I still have an hour to close this sumbitch.

    Challenge accepted.

    *cues up Enter Sandman, starts throwing a cut fastball*

    • Biscuit

      (900 bats break)

      I learned a lot about Yonkers/The Bronx in the 30s and 40s from my granddad when the Yankees were killing in the 90s.

  • Biscuit

    Hi! I like this song

  • RudoWakening

    You’ve got a heart so big
    It could crush this town
    And I can’t hold out forever
    Even walls fall down