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I would've titled this thread "Pulsetaking the Zeitgeist", but I wanted somebody beside linguafood to read it.

The thing is, more and more, it has become palpable that there is a "bad vibe" in the air. The acrid smell of burnt sugar, the perfume of rotting durian, the stench of a spilled bong, have permeated my nostrils, soured my iron-coated stomach, as well as those of some other 'hounds with whom I have communications off the Site. Where does this weirdness come from? Under which floorboard does that hidden, evil heart beat? I don't recall such a cloud darkening in the virtual skies we share since the days in '08 when Jamie Dimon and his cronies got on their knees and unzipped Paulson's fly - "We will gladly pay you Tuesday for a few Billion today . . . ."

Fine. I see some things that are identifiable.

I mean, there is a recurring feature on "Pet Peeves". Clearly, that kind of message from the home planet can't be a positive reinforcement (I have a Pet Peeve, it's people bitching). There have been a bunch of comments by 'hounds concerning a feeling that there are others they want to "ignore" without even seeing what they've posted. Complaints about how individual posts that have been deleted are taken as affronts. Queries about how to disengage from those who won't stop barking, etc. There is also a growing lack of sense of humor when reading posts - not everything on a food geek exchange should be so serious, after all.

Look, I love you guys. I'll spar with any of you that wanna be assholes, but I do that with my own brother too. Pick on a defenseless, little Omega pup, and expect the Alpha 'hounds to howl. That's how packs work. It's just the dog in me, right George? At the end, we all break bread, lick wounds, and consider where to find the best bowl of kibbles.

Any other thoughts on the State of the Site? Any other temperature takers? Maybe we could turn my ramblings into a productive discourse? "Forgive me my trespasses . . . ." after all?

  1. I enjoy clever humor, gathering food knowledge, and rational debate that comports with Robert's Rules of Order. I estimate that 10% of hounds like me, 10% hate my guts, and 80% couldn't give a shit. Those are about life's averages.

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    1. re: Veggo

      I woudda put that ratio at 25:30:45 for you. 72.5:25.5:2 for me.

      1. re: MGZ

        You are a cocky, arrogant, egotistical, narcissistic delusional bastard, but that's partly why some of us like you. Thank you, by the way, for upgrading my scores...:)

        1. re: Veggo

          And, thank you, for fueling the delusions. . . .

      2. re: Veggo

        And me percent loves you!!

          1. re: Veggo

            first off, veggo, thank you for using "couldn't" for the constipated 80%. too many people are incorrectly using "could" for "give a shit, give a rat's ass, care less," etc.

            and, now, to bring it back to a food-related post, i'd like to recommend prunes, pears and flax seeds, to those 80 percent suffering from constipation. these foods have a gentle, laxative effect.

            1. re: Veggo

              but what if I'm the one who hates my guts and everyone else is purely ambivalent? run those %'s...

              seriously, I don't see this negativity as being all that different in recent months. it ebbs and it flows. the political analogy would be single-issue voters for whom the single-issue changes from cycle to cycle.

              1. re: hill food

                Like your last paragraph a lot.

            2. I see the bad moon arising.
              I see trouble on the way.
              I see earthquakes and lightnin'.
              I see bad times today.

              [Chorus:]
              Don't go around tonight,
              Well, it's bound to take your life,
              There's a bad moon on the rise.

              I hear hurricanes ablowing.
              I know the end is coming soon.
              I fear rivers over flowing.
              I hear the voice of rage and ruin.

              All right!

              Hope you got your things together.
              Hope you are quite prepared to die.
              Looks like we're in for nasty weather.
              One eye is taken for an eye.

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              1. re: jrvedivici

                Great musician, Fogerty. Too bad for Saul Zaentz' interference in a great career. "Zacks can't Danz but he'll take your money"

              2. I think there are a lot of people that would like this thread, and it's participants thus far, to just go away.

                1. "I have a Pet Peeve, it's people bitching"

                  Ahem...(and no cover is provided in bitching about bitching by the throwaway line "Forgive me my trespasses..." due to the length and vehemence of the preceding passage of this post)

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                  1. re: Servorg

                    The quote from The Lord's Prayer was offered as invitation, though, admittedly, with a bit of agnostic sarcasm.

                    And, any note of vehemence was certainly not intended. The purpose was simply to open discussion, albeit, not in the simplest possible way.

                    1. re: MGZ

                      What's that one about people who live in glass houses? I will channel the Beatles on the 50th anniversary of their Ed Sullivan show debut and just say "Let it Be" and leave it at that.

                        1. re: jrvedivici

                          In California? You must be kidding. It's a requirement that they sleep in the nude. Our hillsides are denuded and so are our glass house denizens.

                          1. re: Servorg

                            And nobody really cares or pays attention until the hillsides catch fire. 2 of my OC golf buddies lost their homes.

                          2. re: jrvedivici

                            These people http://nalatanalata.com/journal/an-la... were digitally "dressed" after the photos were taken...

                            1. re: jrvedivici

                              Is there any other way? Who wears fucking clothes to bed??

                              1. re: linguafood

                                If fucking, I would wear no clothes. Who has fucking clothes?

                                1. re: sal_acid

                                  All clothes are fucking clothes. Just not in bed '-)

                                  1. re: linguafood

                                    I hear some guys leave their socks on, especially in cold weather.

                                  2. re: sal_acid

                                    However I'm sure I've muttered more than once over the years "Fucking bra" when removing/dealing with an especially tricky clasp that some young lady thought to buy just to frustrate excited and clumsy men...

                                    1. re: Servorg

                                      ME TOOOO!!! that's why I tell her not to wear one!

                                      1. re: PHREDDY

                                        First dates tend not to go well with that sort of pre date edict...

                                  3. re: linguafood

                                    Remember we are talking about living in a glass house. If you were my neighbor you would pay me a pretty penny to sleep fully clothed.

                                    1. re: jrvedivici

                                      I don't look into my neighbors' windows. What they do in turn, I cannot say....

                                      1. re: linguafood

                                        If I was your neighbor, you'd know. . . . Hell, you'd probably invest in Windex.

                                        1. re: MGZ

                                          I have a feeling we'd be looking out of the same window while sharing a few herbal varieties...

                                          1. re: linguafood

                                            As the boy's sang on number II, "What Is and What Should Never Be".

                                          2. re: MGZ

                                            When we were 12, we didn't need Windex. We could pee up to the roof. It was an amazing tool in its days.

                                  4. re: Servorg

                                    No sweat, my friend, I'm a Golden Rule guy - I try to remember everybody, "in my hour of darkness".

                              2. How about two new buttons?...A" bitching" button and most importantly a "I'm sorry" button?