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8.07.2017

Yes, it's that time again

THT has alerted me to the fact you all are approaching 5,000 posts, which means it's time for a new thread. It would be my pleasure to create said new thread. Before I leave, however, I'd like to provide you a picture of the always-lovely Mariska Hargitay.
Have a nice day.

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Blogger bubbs said...

First!

1:31 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

First with SUBSTANCE!

1:39 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

1:44 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

First with DELETED SUBSTANCE!

I accidentally posted the link to this thread on this thread instead of on the old thread. I didn't think y'all would find it highly useful here.

1:59 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Oh hi guys.

2:01 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Ah, new thread smell.

2:02 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Hey, where's SFC been? He should be hanging around here even if he doesn't like the fight club.

2:06 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Wow, we're well over .1% of the way to maxing out this thread. SLOW DOWN!

2:10 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I didn't realize y'all would take me so seriously. SPEED UP!

7:23 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

You'll be back to 5,000 in a matter of half-years.

8:26 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

That reminds me of this

Except we all know now that 5000=infinity and we've proven we can't go beyond it.

10:04 PM  
Blogger Cincytiger said...

Why are we not finishing the last blog? I hate incompletion. We need two more posts. Someone finish it up. .

10:48 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Cincy, it's like being a map/trivet/beer can/widget collector. Collectors desire but fear completion. I'm impressed with your foresight to include that typo so that you had a good reason to leave it on an even post count.

7:42 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

E-Bro brought out the Monk in me.

7:49 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Were you able to figure out which post I was (accidentally) responding to?

8:27 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I didn't realize it was a test, but probably bubbs's post #199 on the prior thread. I'm pretty sure I responded to it (accidentally) on about page 12 (random guess) of the prior thread.

8:36 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Here's the thing E-Bro. We've gotten a hockey team since I posted that!

Woot!

9:01 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

With that said, my parents live in Hsv. So it might be possible to coordinate a hockey game/meet up.

9:02 AM  
Blogger Cincytiger said...

About to have my 5 grandchildren ages 6 and under through the weekend. I may or may not be able to come up for air. If something really big happens with our football team, send info by carrier pigeon.

And good job e-bro and THT! Love things that we can tie a knot on!

9:50 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Completely forgot B'ham got a hockey team. A lot can happen in 5000 posts on HABOTN, it seems.

Really makes you think.

10:00 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Speaking of tying the knot, today is 36th anniversary of MrsTHT's ultimate lapse in judgement.

10:45 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Praying for MrsTHT. This must be a tough day for her.

But major congrats to you!

11:37 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Thanks! She spoils me rotten. I do have some compassion; I let her get away with it.

11:57 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Congrats, THT!

I see she maintained enough judgement to not have wedding during the football season. That's not nothing.

12:17 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

She would have left me standing at the altar all alone if I had scheduled the wedding during football season.

1:02 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Congrats, THT!

1:20 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

thanks, E-Bro.

1:43 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

So who's excited for the eclipse on the 21st?

I've got my NASA approved glasses and am ready to roll. Just need to decide whether I'm going to travel to the Totality zone or not (and where in it if I do). We'll be at something like 97% coverage here in Huntsville, but I don't know how that compares to 100% for maxing out the experience.

Then today, a buddy tossed out the idea of renting a cabin in the North Georgia mountains for the weekend and checking out. I'm torn.

3:08 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

2.0 is excited and planning to drive several hours with her puppydogs in tow. I'll be in prison that day.

3:45 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I got my glasses a few weeks ago. Planning on staying in Nashville the night before and trying to make my way a little further into the totality zone the day of. I think the roads will be pretty crazy. I have been planning on viewing the total eclipse since seeing this date on a table in high school, so I ain't planning on settling for no partial nonsense.

I don't have my hopes up too high, though, because if you look at the cloud data there is about a 40% chance the total eclipse will be covered by clouds. We'll see.

4:17 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

I'm definitely going to make sure I see it. But I'm not heading out of town to do so.

The way the weather has been this summer, I'm afraid MJT might be right about the clouds.

4:21 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

amateurs. Get on a plane above the clouds.

michael, you better be careful. You could find yourself driving from CDT into EDT and if you do it at the wrong time you'll miss the eclipse entirely!

11:06 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

May head up towards the area of Pikeville, TN, to see it.

Not much further than heading towards Nashville area and I'll pretty much be able to avoid interstate in getting there.

7:45 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

THT brings up a good point. If we start in EST then head back west, we can see it twice!

9:03 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

It's another of our 24 hr sale extravaganzas at the Buy More. Come on buy!

10:01 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

bubbs...I don't think that's how it...WAIT, YOU'RE RIGHT!

This is going to be amazing!

10:03 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

better get that charter plane ride lined up

10:08 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Let's just pay for a sailplane ride instead here:

http://www.chilhowee.com/index.html

10:23 AM  
Blogger michael said...

The thing I worry about with the eclipse plane stuff is that you'll only be able to see the eclipse on one side. Won't the plane tip over when all the passengers move to the windows on that one side to see the eclipse?

10:27 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Those who have donated their bodies to science will be used on the other side of the plane to balance things out, so we should be good.

10:43 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Are we sure that planes are even aloud to fly during the eclipse? Sounds dangerous.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Stupid Virgin Atlantic. I guess they intend to fly upside down on eclipse day.

10:52 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

bubbs, as long as they turn off all their lights so they don't ruin it for everyone else, it shouldn't be a problem.

10:53 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

These planes aren't solar powered, bubbs.

10:54 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Wow... it just dawned on me that my solar powered calculator won't work during the eclipse. Thanks for the heads up, Ebro. I will plan accordingly.

10:56 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Are you saying we wont have electricity during the eclipse?

11:17 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

bubbs, I believe some air charters will be using previously mothballed Eastern Airlines Boeing 727 Whisperjets, so you needn't be concerned about the noise.

11:19 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Jeremy Johnson now looking towards an NBA career. Well, rats. We could have been playing in March Madness.

11:43 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Big if true.

12:48 PM  
Blogger michael said...

bubbs, if you town has any solar panels, then no you probably won't have electricity during the eclipse.

1:34 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

my little homemade pinhole projector served me fine for this eclipse.

Y'all enjoy the next one; it's too much of a hassle to get back into prison to make a mid afternoon eclipse-viewing prison break worthwhile.

1:41 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I think they missed the eclipse forecast by a looooooooooong shot. I just went outside and it was almost completely dark.

7:52 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I think you may have witnessed the rare "geo-eclipse", THT. That happens when the sun is covered up by the earth. It only happens once a day.

9:58 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

That's not how it works. The sun pulses. THT caught the solar cycle in the off position.

10:14 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

running on empty today. I'm supposed to meet someone to talk about Maps. I suspect I will be even less coherent than my usual incoherent state.

Carry on

10:28 AM  
Blogger michael said...

When you meet the person, walk up and say, "Don't say a word. Just listen"

Then play this whole song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vq25ZJwZJzU

When that's done, say "That's me," and then start the map meeting. That way it will be understood you are running on empty, and your meeting partner will be forgiving of you being off your game.

10:45 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Caveat: Don't do that if your friend is a female.

Well. Not unless you're really into awkward moments.

12:50 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Hey, MJT. GO! http://i.imgur.com/ve9JtKn.jpg

1:42 PM  
Blogger THT said...

If I played that I would really be running on empty. It's completely missing the most important little piano riff at the end. Now, if I had listened to this one, particularly at the 4:29-4:30 mark, I would have been energized.

3:46 PM  
Blogger michael said...

That was pretty cool.

4:15 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

How do you guys feel about Tom Waits. Some stuff is a little out there, but I dunno. The more I've listened the more I kinda dig him.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuRfJDYl6Ts

Figured that one would appeal to your BBQ sensibilities.

4:16 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I haven't listened to much stuff of his, but my officemate back at NASA liked him a lot. I remember him playing this weird little diddy for me (apparently from the same album):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAkZT_4vL_Y

4:32 PM  
Blogger THT said...

I'll pass.

4:44 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

A: Rap music and Tom Waits

Q: What I'd choose to listen to if Whitney Houston was the only other option.

8:07 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Saving all your love for rap music and Tom Waits. Got it.

9:06 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

I have a hard time defining "rap." Hip hop is such a broad genre. There definitely some music within it that I like. Some other stuff... not so much.

9:47 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Rap itself I guess is distinguishable from hip hop, but if you call it rap music, I feel like that's the same thing as hip hop.

10:04 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I apologize for using the oxymoronic phrase, "rap music". The phrase might actually make some sense if you remove all the vocals.

10:08 AM  
Blogger michael said...

What do you guys think of funk rock?

11:10 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Who doesn't like funk rock?

Isn't THT a huge gutter punk rock fan?

11:35 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

It may take me a while to review all the HABOTN archives, but I'm sure my thoughts on the subject of funk rock are here somewhere.

I'm not sure if we ever covered the American chestnut blight.

11:39 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Did we not touch on that during the Dutch Elm Disease discussion thread?

12:44 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

There are only two things I can't stand in this world: ua-t and the Dutch Elm Disease.

1:00 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

But Nazis are ok????

1:02 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Ebro, surprised you didn't know the Nazis did kill numerous elm trees during their occupation of the Netherlands.

1:25 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

You're right, I didn't, because HISTORY IS WRITTEN BY THE VICTORS!

1:35 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Man. That Nazi joke had an unfortunate timeliness to it.

8:33 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Man, did it ever. Don't think I was even aware at that point in time that there was going to be a rally in Charlottesville about whatever nonsense it was about.

I'll try and make a joke about Gandhi and MLK this week to see if there's a different, better karma that comes out of it.

10:06 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

In better news, the way too early to take too seriously forecast for the eclipse looks promising.

10:07 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Saw that. Let's hope it holds true.

10:29 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

JS named the starter. Can't say it's a big surprise. Let's see how long he hangs on the to job.

11:19 AM  
Blogger michael said...

I think the job is secure until he gets hurt against Clemson.

11:59 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

That's kinda how I feel about it. Then Grit will take over for 4-6 games before he gets hurt. Then Gus will go back and forth between the two hoping one of them can play hurt. The results will be similar to the end of last year.

Solid 6-6 team.

12:27 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I look forward to Malik Willis's transition to receiver this coming spring

12:59 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

I thought (per JayG and other insider scuttlebutt) that it was sounding like Malik is outplaying Sean and might yet be named the backup. No?

1:03 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I'm suggesting more of a doom and gloom path of Malik being forced to play late this season due injuries and then turning out to be terrible and moving somewhere else where he can help the team next spring. But you're right, he might just transfer.

1:26 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

busy busy day at the Buy More. Surprising for a brick & mortar retail. Come on buy anytime before midnight and I'll hook you up with a real deal.

bubbs has some solid analysis, followed by equally keen insight from mjt and E-Bro. I think we've heard this song before.

I get the two Maliks mixed up. Maybe opposing defenses will, too.

1:27 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

BEASLEY!!!

1:28 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

HELLOOOOOO, KENNESAW, GA!!!

2:02 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Nice job of sneaking in on the first Beasley of the thread.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Timing is everything. Let's hope JS has lots of it.

What's the latest on Scottie B, E-Bro?

2:16 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

I'm not sure, to be honest. I see him on twitter every now and then, but it's generally just football related retweets. Haven't talked to him in a while.

3:24 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

well, all I can say is you've done right by him at 2:02 PM. He should be proud.

4:53 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Where errbody at today?

11:24 AM  
Blogger michael said...

meeting, man. taking a break for lunch to come here and see zero substance. I'm ashamed of all of you.

12:05 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

I blame Norm.

12:15 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

I'm a bit wary of posting after my ill-timed joke last week. Don't want any more bad juju to come about on my account.

1:02 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Just saw on the news that a crazed juju shot up the whole island of Illtimejoke

1:25 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

JFiii makes a 180 from last week. Sure seems late in the year to get established at another school, unless it's way on down the pecking order, like D-II or D-III. At this stage of the game, what's the point?

1:31 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Mercy. bubbs, are you sure you didn't mean 5-7?

1:57 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Word is that he might go to FAU. That might be interesting.

All the best to him.

2:02 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Man. Thanks, Pat!

Let me recalculate, THT. We were a solid 6-6. It's definitely not solid anymore, and I may have to drop that W total some, as you pointed out.

2:04 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

I'm gonna let you off the hook for that Trump presser, E-Bro.

On the plus side, he thought there were a lot of good people among the white supremacists. So maybe your magic brought up the good Nazis!

4:36 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

He is who we thought he is. Left him off the hook.

4:55 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

only 15 days until a couple of birthday girls turn 39...again.

8:23 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

MJT is gonna be upset again when he walks in here.

11:28 AM  
Blogger michael said...

SHAMEFUL!!!

11:51 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

the substance has been elusive this morning

11:51 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Still on self-imposed probation over here, boss.

Trying to maximize substance on fewer posts is tough.

1:02 PM  
Blogger michael said...

You can't live in the past, Ebro. Sure, you created some nazis, but who among us hasn't done that?

1:34 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Any of you guys wondered about Kevin Steele this year? I mean, I thought everyone kinda gave the side eye to that hire. He had a really good year last year, but ... there's still that little bit of doubt that this was the right guy.

Just me?

1:45 PM  
Blogger michael said...

No doubt he will crash and burn this year without Lawson/Adams.

1:57 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

We're on the same page. I think the defense takes a big step back this year. A couple injuries early on, and we start to look like the AU defense we've grown to know with Gus.

2:08 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

His last game at Clemson is justification for eternal doubt. I hope it never happens while he's at AU.

2:16 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Count me as Mizzou on Steele as well, but that said, if offense can score points, I don't need greatness on that side of the ball.

Just hold 'em to 20 points a game and create some turnovers.

3:03 PM  
Blogger michael said...

This J-Crep article is amazing:

http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2017/08/jamel_dean_again_vying_for_sta.html

"Jamel Dean is thinking about what his first college football game."

"A self-described "aggressive" corner, Dean He had an interception return for touchdown in Auburn's first scrimmage of fall camp and several receivers have cited matching up with him as a difficult chore."

5:28 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

My stars. I'm not sure there's a single sentence in that article that couldn't stand for at least a minor tweak.

9:28 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Maybe he was experimenting with absinthe while writing this one.

7:51 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Or maybe he was in Colorado.

8:26 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

You have to admit, Creeper is a perfect fit for al.com.

8:59 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Look, michael, before you shame us again, I want you to know that I've searched the WWW for substance and it just ain't out there... except for a few hockey tidbits that y'all don't care about.

Then there's the La-Lafayette RB who fell and broke his jaw and lost some teeth while walking and reading his cell phone. Can't believe that hasn't yet happened to me.

10:47 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

1982 map of the world according to Ronald Reagan

http://alteagallery.com/stock_largeimage.php?ref=17918&image=17918.jpg

Note the "Palestinian Homeland (proposed)" on a tiny Arctic island

11:35 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

ok, maybe I'll see a bit of eclipse after all. Transient prisoners have been ordered to vacate the prison by 1330 on eclipse day.

11:37 AM  
Blogger michael said...

So the eclipse glasses I got off Amazon last month are apparently counterfeit. When I got them in, I tried one out and stared at the sun for about 20 seconds. Does that mean I'm blind now?

11:46 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

depends on whether or not you had to use a braille keyboard to type your last post.

11:52 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

I never look at my keyboard when I type. Wait! Am I blind, too!?

12:01 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Did you look at the sun using counterfeit glasses? That's the only way I know of to go blind.

12:05 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

since moonlight is safe, and represents light from the sun, I suggest those without approved glasses just look directly at the moon during the eclipse.

12:23 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

That's a great idea. Thanks, THT!

12:49 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I like to think that the leftovers here at 1.0 are a collection of real geniuses... but with ideas like that, THT, it is clear you are head and shoulders above the rest of us.

1:49 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

it must be the shampoo.

If I was retired and had a bit more freedom of movement, I think I'd watch the eclipse right here.

Very high probability of sunny skies, smack dab center of eclipse zone, and about as much sky in your field of view as you could hope for

2:26 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Not to mention a great looking place to dump a body.

2:44 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

probably already a few drifters out there, not that I've been stalking michael or anything. I just happened to notice that it's on the way to his goat farm in Idaho. Don't ask him about his business

2:46 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Sounds like I don't need to. I can just ask you.

3:13 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Yes, you can. Just recently...

KIMBERLY, Idaho • A goat dairy is going in next to a residential area on the southeast corner of town and many townsfolk are angry they weren’t consulted.

“It would have been nice to have known about it before it was OK’d,” said Roger Benavidez, who lives just a few doors north of the 200-goat operation.

But no approval is necessary for an ag operation in an ag zone, said Rob Wright, Kimberly’s development director.

Some neighbors are concerned about their property values, said Keith Strolberg, who lives near the dairy on Irene Street. Others are concerned about odors and flies as livestock move closer to residences.

“I think we’re being railroaded,” Strolberg said.

But city and county zoning laws are in line with the state’s Right to Farm Act, which is “the law of the land,” Wright said.

Notice they never mention the goat farmer by name. Don't ask him 'bout his bidness

4:30 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

That's pretty low, MJT.

8:00 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Tebow? Seriously? That writer obviously never saw ZOFKO!!! Before I had an 88 jersey, I had a 15 jersey.

8:29 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Chicago native and Boston U student transferring to AU for safety

Reminds me of a retired auctioneer in Asheville who always said, "I wasn't born in the South, but I got here as fast as I could"

9:22 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Keith Strolberg is one to talk. He's got toys strewn all over his lawn, which is completely overrun by weeds. And he's got about 3 broken down cars in his unfenced backyard that are visible from the street. I should by worried about abouy MY property value because of him.

Roger Benavidez is a decent dude, so I actually almost feel bad about what the radiation is doing to him.

Never ask me about my business.

9:59 AM  
Blogger michael said...

So Auburn is now seen as a safe haven for white nationalists? Great.

10:02 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

That was my disturbing take on it, too.

Here's hoping UW has somebody to protect Josh Allen and someone to catch the ball. Go Cowboys!

And, of course, better tacklers than they had in 2000.

10:07 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Yankee, go home.

10:10 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Here's the thing, I don't agree with his "preservationist" point of view, but I can almost tolerate it. You know. That's like your opinion, man.

But if I'm at a rally for pancake lovers, and someone brings out a Nazi flag. I either 1. Disassociate myself with said rally and look for different pancake lovers or 2. Tell that person to take a hike.

My suspicion is that although Nicholas doesn't see himself as a racist, he's not all that bothered by the white supremacists. And that, my friend, is a problem.

10:32 AM  
Blogger michael said...

I don't know how well Nicholas knows his own movement, but they are pretty good at saying a few statements that don't seem all that inflammatory. Then you dig down deeper and see they are despicable racists whose ultimate goal is a white ethno-state. Sure, leaders like Richard Spencer say they want to accomplish this peacefully, but, uhhhh... what if all the non-whites won't voluntarily leave your racist ethno-state? I think we've seen this script before, what people can do to others they deem less than fully human.

The minority in the movement with the nazi flags are just being more intellectually honest than the rest of them.

10:51 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Happy 430th birthday to Virginia Dare, native born daughter of English emigrants to what is now NC.

11:10 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

@MJT

I agree with your assessment. What's scary to me is that that ideology is becoming more mainstream. It's becoming less radicalized.

11:44 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

sort of like that other ideology

11:50 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Penguins need a Butcher. He won hockey's equivalent of the Heisman.
2.0 and I were hoping they'd dump the $4mil/yr/5yr salary of underperforming D Olli Maata this summer, but alas they've kept him which will probably make them less attractive to Butcher.

12:26 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I'm blue da ba dee da ba da woof woof

When I was growing up, the Haw River was black as ink with suds always floating on it. Maybe that's why the dog I had was black. Thanks to environmental regulations and cheap Chinese/Indonesian/Guatemalan/etc textiles, the Haw is now a beautiful river like it was 200 years ago.

12:52 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Back when I lived in Memphis, the old timers used to talk about how beautiful and clear the Wolf River was. It was apparently real good for swimming. Thanks to all the construction and residential runoff, it was completely muddy and gross by the time I was there. Pretty sure it ain't gotten any better yet.

1:33 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Big score!!! The Buy More Central has a lounge with drinks and beverages for all the shelf stockers. I don't frequent the lounge much since I quit aspartame but I dropped by to grab some nabs for tomorrow's long day. Surprise! For the first time ever, I saw some Sparkling Ices in there. I nabbed two of them for tomorrow's all day all night sale extravaganza. Come on buy. There will be great deals. Summer close outs. Everything must go!

1:52 PM  
Blogger THT said...

anyone heard how FSJ's Abbie is doing?

6:18 PM  
Blogger THT said...

without the beard on him, I would have thought GL was there to get #8's autograph

11:09 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Might just be us today, THT. The others are probably on the road chasing stars.

9:42 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

The bare bones computer they allow me to use in the big house has been quite ornery today.

The banana in my lunch today was so green that I thought I was going to chip a tooth.

Parole is approaching. Yippee!!!

12:03 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

took a full 5 minutes just to get that last post through the ether.

12:03 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Green bananas are such a disappointment. We should outlaw green bananas.

DOWN WITH GREEN BANANAS!

12:44 PM  
Blogger THT said...

from al.com
21 Times the AP preseason poll has featured Auburn with a ranking of 12th or better, including this year's poll, which has the Tigers at No. 12. In the previous 20 polls in which Auburn has been ranked 12th or better, the Tigers were ranked higher than their preseason ranking in the final poll four times and lower 16 times, including seven times in which they finished unranked.


No wonder bubbs is so confident in his 6-6 prediction.

8:48 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

That was pretty cool. Better than the Aurora in Iceland, I think.

7:55 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Ended up in Spring City, TN, on Watts Bar Lake, so just about dead center in the path of totality.

7:57 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Then that must have been one of the worst Auroras ever.

9:17 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

I agree with THT. You're terrible at Auroras, E-Bro.

9:25 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I confess I haven't seen a 100% solar eclipse. I was probably less than 50 miles outside "the zone" in 1970 which is as close as I've been. But what was probably a very mediocre Aurora in New Hampshire in July 1972 was absolutely one of the coolest things I've ever witnessed.

I'm guessing michael is still stuck in the dark somewhere. Or maybe he's got an emergency with the eclipse-induced psychosis his goats are experiencing. But please, don't ask him bout his bidness.

9:31 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

The worst Aurora was still a sight to behold, but I think MJT will back me up on how awesome the eclipse was.

9:46 AM  
Blogger Cincytiger said...

We had a rooftop eclipse watching party with Kathryn's four children. I saw some of it, but mainly I was the paranoid grandmother making sure everyone was keeping their glasses on. It was neat here in Birmingham, but I thought it would get much darker. It was really just like a slightly overcast day. Amazing how that little bit of sun kept everything so bright.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I liked all the little crescent-shaped sun spots on our driveway as the sun poked through tiny windows in the leafy canopy. What I appreciated most was the drop from 94 degrees to about 85. I wish we could have an eclipse from May to October.

9:59 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Partial eclipse was about an 8 out of 10 on the awesomeness scale, the total eclipse was about a 32 out of 10.

10:25 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Sounds about as overrated as AU's football team.

11:36 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

I agree. That was a 7-5 Eclipse season.

11:54 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Eclipses are proven, unlike our potential absolute failure of a football team.

Yall are just rationalizing not driving a couple of minutes to totality. I get that. Hey, there's always 2024.

12:03 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

which will be in April. Not sure if the skies will be sunny, but the temps won't be so miserable.

1:01 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Or 2019 if anyone wants to join me in Chile/Argentina. It'll be winter time there. Y'all would love it.

MJT nailed it. Co-workers here trying to front like they saw the same thing I did by just going outside their office after lunch. Poor folks.

1:03 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

How cold does it actually get in Chile/Argentina in the winter?

2:14 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

It's almost 3,000 miles long and varies from sea level to 22,000+ feet. Perhaps you can be more specific?

2:20 PM  
Blogger michael said...

The Chile/Argentina in South America, duh.

2:40 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

That's all the details I was given from E-Bro.

I'm reserving my right to disagree with him on if I would be happy or not with this trip.

2:47 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

well, rats, bubbs. I WAS BUSY!

2:59 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

The Coquimbo region and whatever part of Argentina is adjacent to it, though I would plan on seeing more of Argentina and Chile. Would just make sure I'm there for totality and spend the rest of the week or two trekking around the countries.

Only thing is that it looks like it would happen close to sunset. Liked that it basically in the middle of the day yesterday.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_July_2,_2019

3:56 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Looks like totality is in the middle of the ocean, E-Bro. I think we're headed on a deep sea voyage.

4:33 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Ebro is an excellent swimmer.

4:55 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

I'm cool with a deep sea voyage. Was debating either New Zealand or Argentina/Chile for this one, but that sounds great!

5:03 PM  
Blogger THT said...

I swim about as well as a bag of osmium. I'll wait until 2024.

8:53 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

One of the shelf stockers here at the Buy More drove to Simpsonville, SC on Monday. Her description, AWESOME! A 32 out of 10. I don't know if she was referring to the town or the eclipse.

7:21 AM  
Blogger michael said...

It's really hard to explain how amazing the total eclipse was. I was discussing this with my wife yesterday... I don't even understand why I am so floored by the whole thing. It doesn't really make sense. So the moon covered up the sun for a couple of minutes, what's the big deal? I ain't normally one who is overly sentimental, but that dang eclipse was just something else I tell ya. I don't understand it, but it was.

10:14 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

It's something completely foreign. It's messing with something fundamental and "unchanging." It was experienced in a large group. You were on drugs.

Several reasons made it a stand out experience for you.

10:46 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

"I'm on drugs."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fy5NvWf37YM

11:02 AM  
Blogger michael said...

A couple of other factors: I have been looking forward to this eclipse since a partial that came through Memphis when I was in elementary school, and a cloud very nearly blocked the dang thing before clearing up right at totality. There was drama.

A guy I work with went to Tennessee and had his view of totality blocked by a cloud. He said he heard everyone in the Titans' stadium had their view messed up by clouds.

11:12 AM  
Blogger michael said...

1BEASLEY!!!!!!

11:13 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Also, you could really see how the ancients would be really freaked out by the whole total eclipse thing.

11:14 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I'm really more in the mood for 15-0 than I am for 6-6. Can we make that happen?

11:17 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Sat here for a few minutes trying to come up with ways to explain what MJT was feeling, but no use.

He's right. It's ineffable.

It was a moving, surreal, and somewhat unsettling experience. That's about as good as I can do for now.

11:25 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

unsettling?

11:34 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Yeah, kind of echoing what MJT was saying about how he could see how ancients would be really freaked out by the whole thing. Even with a basic understanding of the science of it all, I was slightly freaked out by it.

11:37 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Where did you actually watch it, MJT? Know you said you had a hotel booked in Nashville, but did you watch there or drive to somewhere outside the city?

11:38 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

never thought of you as ancient. That must make me prehistoric!

11:39 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

just 3 days until non-Auburn kickoff

all times CDT

Florida A&M vs. Texas Southern 11:00 am ESPNU / WatchESPN
Oregon State at Colorado State 1:30 pm CBSSN / CBSSN Video
Portland State at BYU 2:00 pm ESPN / WatchESPN
Hawaii at UMass 5:00 pm ELVN / NESN+ / Video TBA
Chattanooga vs. Jacksonville State 5:30 pm ESPN / WatchESPN
Colgate at Cal Poly 6:00 pm ESPNU / WatchESPN
my next door neighbors' daughter enrolled as a freshman at Cal Poly, but I've always liked the red Raiders from Toothpaste U.
South Florida at San Jose State 6:30 pm CBSSN / CBSSN Video
Rice vs. Stanford (Sydney) 9:00 pm ESPN / WatchESPN

11:48 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Not the most exciting line up to kick things off. Although, I'm sure E-Bro will be locked into the Noog game.

1:18 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

it sure beats what's been on tv the past umpteen Saturdays. Ok, maybe not by much.

2:04 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Ebro - we stayed the night with my mother-in-law and step-father-in-law in Nashville, but drove up to a friends' house in Hendersonville the morning of to get 2 min 30 sec of totality (the MIL in Nashville only got 30 seconds. 30 minute drive turned into 2 minutes more of totality, which itself is fascinating to me).

I have to say it was very nice being able to hang out in air conditioning while waiting for some of the Nashville traffic to lighten up after the eclipse. Knowing someone in the path of totality is nice.

2:27 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

you know what rates an 88 out of 10?

2:36 PM  
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