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August 15, 2019

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David

Incidentally, some of you may be relieved to hear that I’ve changed my phone’s PayPal notification sound back to ping.

Jen

Congratulations. :-)

Jen

Also ping!

David

Also ping!

Bless you, madam. May lint never gather in your nooks and crevices.

John D

And after 27 bloody years, I think I can consider myself sufficiently wooed.

LOL. Congratulations to you both.

Hippogryph

Congratulations!

Gunker

Congratulations !

David

It’ll be the happiest day of his life.

What?

David

Today’s word is, er...

Atempdog

Congratulations and I wish you luck and happiness in the years ahead.

David

Thanks.

[ Phone pings. ]

And bless you, sir. May your grapes never wither before you remember to eat them.

Wend

Mazel tov!

*ping*

David

*ping*

Bless you, madam. May you be spared encounters with wasps.

Y. Knott

All the best - I can't sound the church bells for you, but a small cha-ching! is on its way.

{ - and if you would wish me to be spared encounters with wasps, a month-ago would've been nice; I apologize for not pinging you then ;)

David

a small cha-ching! is on its way

Bless you, sir. May you know the joy of finding a very long, thin spoon that will reach into the nooks of tall but nearly empty condiment jars.

TimT

Well that's quite wonderful. Congratulations to you both!

David

Shoe-related difficulties of note.

David

A lot can happen in fifteen seconds.

Via Holborn.

Rafi

Congratulations to you both. Have a glass or two on me. :-)

Alice

All the best to both of you!

*ping*

David

Have a glass or two on me.

*ping*

Bless you, sir, and madam. Should you feel inspired to grind fresh morning coffee for your other half, may you never be met with complaints about how loud the grinder was and how it woke them up.

Y. Knott

may you never be met with complaints about how loud the grinder was and how it woke them up...

Ah yes, you're new to this 'nuptials' thing, aren't you? (I keep forgetting...) In the real nuptial world, such complaints will invariably result in said coffee grinder being upended-and-emptied (or smashed with considerable force) over the complaining other-half's head.

Be warned. And yes, be afraid - be very afraid...

J Michael Skinner

Congrats, good sir!

Might you have a Post Office Box or other physical mailing address?

I don't like the internet for money exchange.

Thanks,
Mike

David

Might you have a Post Office Box or other physical mailing address?

Alas, no. Not that I’d be willing to share. Though PayPal is, I think, painless.

Pogonip

Congratulations! 🥂👨‍❤️‍👨

Sam

getting hitched next week

Ah, doing the MGTOW thing, huh? I mean, in the strict technical sense.

Congrats of course, and may your DJ's supply of K-pop never be exhausted.

Mags

Congratulations!

*Amazon shopping intensifies*

David

Australian scenes.

David

*Amazon shopping intensifies*

Don’t forget to write a list. You wouldn’t want to forget anything really expensive.

David

Underwear-related gag of note.

Via Dicentra.

Craig Mc

Congratulations Dave! Many happy returns to the happy couple.

aelfheld

Congratulations & felicitations.

Ping!

David

The man who was a dwarf and then later a giant.

Right. Heading out for an early dinner with the father-in-law. Play nicely. Use coasters.

Steakman

Ah yes....marital bliss..!
Having done so 30 yrs prior, I Fully recall that occasion.(untill the reception when her dads Wickedly good home made Italian wine made its presence known.!)
Enjoy..!!
& Congrats Davd.

pst314

I’ve changed my phone’s PayPal notification sound back to ping.

"One ping only."

Monty James

Warmest congratulations, and hurrah!

pst314

Warmest congratulations, and hurrah!

"Re-verify our congratulations, Vasily. One cheer only.

David

Anarchy detected.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

My factoti, Connie and Bonnie, became uncharacteristically weepy at the notion of nuptials and insisted on kicking in something that should be good for some fine Tesco Vino Collapso. The guests will never know after three glasses if you cut it with some anti-freeze in the Russian tradition. I, OTOH, being a cynical SOB, am compelled, strictly in your best interest, mind you, to point out that after 27 years of something that evidently ain't broke, beware of clerics and/or lawyers (or is it solicitors and barristers) trying to fix it...

David

after 27 years of something that evidently ain’t broke,

Heh. That’s one way to think of it. And bless you and your ravishing factoti. May you never find that your upmarket washing-up liquid, which stands in a transparent container near the kitchen window, has, on account of exposure to sunlight, changed from an aesthetic blue to something remarkably close to the colour of urine. Thereby inviting questions as why you have what appears to be a container of urine on display in the kitchen.

Fay

Mazel Tov David. Have one (or two) on me. Ka-ching!!!

David

Have one (or two) on me.

Bless you, madam. May you never be five seconds into washing your hair before realising you’ve left your bloody glasses on.

Another Calgary Marc

Congratulations! And I wish you two all the happiness, in spite of your ongoing success in luring me into your dark, windowless van blog with promises of wonders, only to be treated with stories inducing a need for mind bleach and/or eye-gouging. :D

Also, ping. More of a subdued one, I'm afraid. :( I hope it will at least cover a decent single-malt at your favourite watering-hole.

David

Also, ping.

Bless you, sir. May you be spared the horror of unlaundered, faintly clammy sheets.

David

It’s a suitcase, it’s a Pilates station.

pst314

My factoti, Connie and Bonnie

Are they related to John Derbyshire's factoti Mandy and Candy and Brandy?

svh

It’s a suitcase, it’s a Pilates station.

*How* much?!

svh

Oh forgot - congratulations too! Pinged. :-)

Em

Hooked at last, eh? Congrats, David.

*kerching*

David

Pinged.

*kerching*

Bless you both. May your bathroom shelves be spontaneously self-organising, such that deodorants and nail clippers are effortlessly accessible, not buried under bewildering piles of rammle and a residue of talc dust.

David

Salmon cannon.

Somewhat related.

Via Dicentra.

Burnsie

I think I can consider myself sufficiently wooed.

Heh. One doesn't want to rush into things.

Congrats and best wishes to you both!

David

One doesn’t want to rush into things.

After putting up a valiant struggle, I’ve finally been tamed. If not quite made respectable.

Charlie Suet

A (slightly parsimonious) ping and congratulations from me too.

Though clearly platforms reflecting my political views should be subsidised from the public purse, irrespective of whether the lumpen proletariat share those views or not. Asking people without obligation to contribute at the point of use for the things they enjoy is horribly bourgeois, and erasing to bodies of color to boot, I shouldn’t wonder.

Captain Nemo

I confess to being a little surprised at this announcement, but only because I assumed you and The Other Half were already wedded. Still, congratulations, and may you both have as much happiness together in the years ahead, as you have had over the previous 27. Cheers!

David

Asking people without obligation to contribute at the point of use for the things they enjoy is horribly bourgeois,

Heh. I’m still a little astonished that it keeps this rickety barge above water. It also tempers my default cynicism about human nature. And bless you, sir. May you never be obliged to make do with an inferior brand of kitchen towel, the absorbency of which is questionable at best.

Y. Knott

- or the stuff whose absorbency is unquestioned, but there's one more square on the roll for a three-square job, and none more on the premises.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Are they related to John Derbyshire's factoti Mandy and Candy and Brandy?

As Connie and Bonnie aren't even related (barring some strange long lost progenitors neither knows about), I rather doubt it, besides we at the Muldoon Institute and Plantations are all about the multiculturalisms. They may have all gone to the same factotum academy, however. I am led to believe that there are only a couple of these and they are very exclusive, one in the Andes and one in the Himalayas, IIRC. Maybe another in Switzerland.

David

but there’s one more square on the roll for a three-square job

Kitchen towel anxiety is real.

David

Right, it’s been a long day. Time to be horizontal while I catch up on The Expanse, which I’m finally getting around to watching.

Thanks to all who’ve chipped in so far, including all those much too shy to say hello, or who’ve subscribed, or done shopping via the Amazon links. It’s what keeps this place here and is much appreciated.

Darleen

Hitched next week? Well, fine lot of lead time you give a gal to embroider finger towels for your guest bathroom!

Hurrumph.

Congratulations, David. Best wishes for another 27 years with lucky Other Half. And when I get home this evening, expect a nice ker-ching to go towards the festivities …

David

when I get home this evening, expect a nice ker-ching to go towards the festivities…

Bless you, madam. May any stickers that you have to remove from newly purchased items come away effortlessly, in one piece, and then fall precisely from your fingers into the awaiting bin. As opposed to what usually happens.

[ Writes down embroidered finger towels. ]

‘Night, all.

Governor Squid

A civil partnership...

Finally, a little civility! One hopes that the enclosed will be put to good use buying something nice for the honeymoon, as opposed to just piling on some more swill for the wedding guests.

Pogonip

...horror of unlaundered...sheets...

About the time mine get to the perfect stage of softness, it’s time to change them.

I have sheets inherited from my grandmother that are so old they were made in the U.S. by the Dan River Company. They’re ugly but soft and durable so we keep them since yiu can’t see them in the dark.

David, you young scamp, whyare you rushing into marriage after 27 years?

tolkein

Congratulations.

WTP

Congrats and uh, felicitations...or whatever the fancy Frenchies say. If I had more lead time I could have boxed you up a little something. Guess you two will just have to make do with another ping. So, ummm...ping.

WTP

Anarchy detected.

Anarchy with a touch of OCD. It's the times in which we live.

Darleen

[home from work, grandsons shuttled, cats fed, plants watered ... so...]

ker-ching

David

ummm...ping.

put to good use buying something nice for the honeymoon

ker-ching

Heh. Bless you, good sirs, and madam. Should you have a bad cold and arrive at a pharmacy, intent on buying Day Nurse and Night Nurse, may you never be told that you can’t actually buy them because the pharmacist is out for lunch and no-one else in the pharmacy – a large, high street branch with at least six visible employees – is allowed to sell cold medicines to people with colds.

JuliaM

Congratulations to you both!

David

Thanks, Ms M.

David

Thievery thwarted.

JML

Hope you have a great day!

Pinged!

David

Suffolk scenes.

Via Julia.

David

Pinged!

Bless you, sir. May all roads in the neighbourhood be resurfaced promptly and with minimal inconvenience.

David

why are you rushing into marriage after 27 years?

It’s what happens when you attend a niece’s wedding, a big production number with a country house, serving staff and string quartets, and then during the subsequent revelries, the womenfolk of the family - who are by now quite drunk and emotional, and high on the day’s drama - are determined to find someone else they can marry off.

And when the womenfolk set their minds to these things, there’s no point arguing.

Paul

the womenfolk of the family - who are by now quite drunk and emotional, and high on the day’s drama - are determined to find someone else they can marry off.

LOL. It's true. I've seen it happen. :-D

David

It’s true. I’ve seen it happen

They work as one mind. It’s extraordinary. And terrifying.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

This should cause some intersectional problematicity for the fat acceptance wypipo. You might want to alert your caterers for the upcoming festivities to place trigger warnings on the canapes.

OTOH, Stalin gets four stars for his clearly non-colonial Holomodor.

sk60

Congratulations, David.

Have a round on me.

David

Have a round on me.

Bless you, sir. May you remember to change any plug-in air fresheners on the exact day that they expire.

WTP

Should you have a bad cold and arrive at a pharmacy, intent on buying Day Nurse and Night Nurse, may you never be told that you can’t actually buy them because the pharmacist is out for lunch and no-one else in the pharmacy – a large, high street branch with at least six visible employees – is allowed to sell cold medicines to people with colds.

Heh...Something I've learned when choosing a checkout lane at the hardware store that others may find helpful. Before choosing self-service checkout vs. cashier-assisted checkout, first peruse items in hand, cart, or basket and ask yourself the following questions:

1) Can any of these things be swallowed in their natural state for mind-altering effect?
2) Can any of these things be huffed in concentration for mind-altering effect?
3) Can any of these things be burned, melted, or boiled in any way where the fumes from such can be huffed for mind-altering effect?

Only when the answers to all three of these questions is "no" should one proceed to self-checkout. A "yes" to any one of them and cashier-assisted is your best option.

Damn. It feels so good to give back once in a while.

pst314

They work as one mind. It’s extraordinary. And terrifying.

And in Departments of Women's Studies they work as one no-mind, which is even more terrifying.

Uma Thurmond's Feet

Farnsworth: Thank heavens I read the text, because the headline asked (to my early morning semi-caffienated mind) if eating a settler was a colonial act.

To those who point out that the sentence wasn't grammatical, I was taught that correct grammar is a racist act that kills students.

rjmadden

Wishing our host and his other half a great day. A contribution to the bar tab has been made.

David

A contribution to the bar tab has been made.

Bless you, sir. May you never find yourself using a toilet in which there are allegedly amusing booklets to read.

David

Freethinker.

She does this better than you do.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

because the headline asked...if eating a settler was a colonial act.

An interesting question. I have it on good authority that the real reason Captain Cook met his fate during his return to the Sandwich Islands was that his name is phonetically very similar to the Polynesian verb for "cook", and pointing to himself as a way of reintroduction and saying Cook, they took him up on his offer.

The whole thing that he was trying to kidnap King Kalaniopuu as hostage to get back some of his crew was a cover story to save the Admiralty some embarrassment.

Jen

Freethinker.

Relaxercise.

Fruitbat44

Congratulations!

Baceseras

Warm wishes, David, much happiness, the both of you, all of that, you know.

David

all of that, you know.

A manly handshake seems in order.

Pogonip

“I now pronounce you husband and husband. You may exchange manly handshakes.”

[Next day]. “Dear Aunt Pogonip, Thank you for the left-handed bagel slicer. It’ll come in handy since Half and the hamster 🐹 both like left-handed bagels. Love, Half & David.”
[puts down pen, yells across room]. “Hey, here’s ANOTHER piece-of-junk-nobody-in-his-right-mind-would-want that you can take to the store and exchange!”

Well, enjoy the big day and pray for lots of gift cards.

pst314

because the headline asked...if eating a settler was a colonial act.

Cannibal, tasting dinner, says to second cannibal: "Doctor Livingston, I presume?"

Pogonip

“Dr. Presume? Dr. Livingstone I. Presume?”

Fred Z

Congrats.

A link for Amazon.ca please, I buy a lot from them and would be pleased to help.

HarvardR

We Yanks really should have a nifty-spiff Amazon button, I feel so steerage class with simply a line of text. The good news is that I hit the button half the time I indulge my way-too-frequent Amazon habit (and Instapundit gets the other 50%).

bilbaoboy

Just a small ‘ping’ a couple of days ago. Lazy holiday means the pool and snoozing in the shade win out.

But, my very best wishes to you both. May all your arguments be small ones!

Doing a honeymoon trip?

"

*delurks*

Congratulations. Ping.

*lurks*

David

A link for Amazon.ca please,

Sadly, there’s no way to consolidate multiple accounts, so it’s not very practical. I actually set up an Amazon.ca affiliate account a while ago and found that it had almost immediately been shut down for some unexplained infraction, which I still don’t understand.

May all your arguments be small ones!

The last argument I can recall concerned whether it’s better to butter toast while it’s hot, or to wait until it’s cooled, thereby resulting in unmelted, slightly sweeter butter. The correct answer should of course be obvious.

Doing a honeymoon trip?

After 27 years? I’d rather have a new sofa.

Congratulations. Ping.

Bless you. May your parking opportunities be numerous and uncannily convenient.

Again, thanks to all who’ve chipped in so far, including all those much too shy to say hello, or who’ve subscribed, or done shopping via the Amazon links. It’s what keeps this place here and is much appreciated.

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