Dog Adoption: Appeal to Bay Staters (And Those Nearby)

There are three dogs who have been in a local shelter for well over a year. I keep up with the shelter because it is where I picked up Tubby ElMcFatto (said with love and affection for his fat, dingleberry-waving butt *smile*). » 11/28/13 11:52pm 11/28/13 11:52pm

To Be Kind or Not to Be

On a pet board (yes, I follow them, no judgment), someone posited about a ten-year-old shelter cat who was having... ugh, I hate to write this but peeing issues. The cat was peeing outside the box. The conundrum was, "I've been punishing the cat by pushing its face into the pee but its still having problems and I… » 11/28/13 10:05pm 11/28/13 10:05pm

Who Does This?

My eighty-year-old father is getting ready to go to work. He has to be at Macy's at midnight (thanks to Massachusetts Blue Laws, not only did I not get to eat Stoned Wheat Thins on Sundays growing up but also our stores cannot legally open on certain holidays). » 11/28/13 9:39pm 11/28/13 9:39pm


I watched this film last night and it profoundly affected me. I don't know if it was covered here or on an affiliated site (my knowledge is likely affected by my laziness at Googling), but if you want to watch it, it's quite easy.... *coughgooglewatchmissrepresentationonlineputlockercough* » 11/27/13 10:33pm 11/27/13 10:33pm

The Rain on Your Parade Report from Boston

I didn't see that this get any follow-up coverage on Gawker, so posting here if that's okay - new details about the murder of math teacher Colleen Ritzer. I know there was some chatter by online experts in the field of "Speculology" that there had to have been some Notes on a Scandal-esque backstory to their… » 11/27/13 9:20pm 11/27/13 9:20pm

Introducing: Cinema of Low Expectations

I realized the last few movies I went to see, I chose out of a, "Well how bad can it really be?" threshold. And then I was surprised that they weren't as bad as I expected! » 11/13/13 1:50pm 11/13/13 1:50pm

Terrible Trailer, Good Movie

Man, the disparity between how I felt about the trailer (EYE STAB) and the actual film (good feels) is unreal. Once you let go of the awful premise, it's a good old-fashioned Richard Curtis romance about adults. The big twist is about how he tries to help his cray sister, which I rather liked. » 11/13/13 4:28am 11/13/13 4:28am

A Wish for Halloween in 2014

Teenagers don't often get a lot right but where I grew up, the disdain for donning a costume by one's mid-teens was so coercive that the last time I dressed up for the night was the year Remington Steele was cancelled. I went as Laura Holt, who was the Liz Lemon of the '80s. (Moonlighting was such a hideous,… » 11/06/13 2:45pm 11/06/13 2:45pm

Breeders' Cup

Aside from other bullshit, I'm a little bit pissed off that this failed to garner any attention over the weekend. Two Hall of Fame Jockeys, one disqualification, one equine death, another human life in peril. » 11/05/13 9:50pm 11/05/13 9:50pm

Personality House Guest Disorders

Does anyone have a good understanding (i.e., not WebMD related) of personality disorders? We took in a houseguest over the weekend; he is the brother of an old friend of Mr. Chase's, someone he met once or twice (the brother that is). When asked if we could help with lodging because the brother had blown so much on a… » 11/05/13 8:04pm 11/05/13 8:04pm