January 31, 2009

At the Late Night Bistro...

The Bistro

... you can drag the conversation on into the wee hours.

69 comments:

Eric Hammerbacher said...

In my experience red wine makes people forget conversations that I remember too well.

blake said...

That...is a full glass of wine.

Deana said...

What a beautiful photo!

XWL said...

Well, since nobody else is bringing up tomorrow's big event, I guess I'm going to have to...

Who you got in Puppy Bowl V?

(my money's on Charlie Brown, those eyes...)

Also, why was this tweetable, but not bloggable (for me it was the other way around)

Palladian said...

Never fill a wineglass– especially a glass of red wine— more than half-way. It robs the funneling of the bouquet to the nose.
Me? I just poured a glass of Glenfiddich 18 to blunt the pain of a Final Cut Pro overdose.

David said...

A glass half full, for sure. Althouse the optimist.

Ann Althouse said...

@Palladian The glass is overfilled, but it does not runneth over.

@XWL We've got to define the boundary between bloggable and tweetable.

Ann Althouse said...

(I didn't pour it myself.)

blake said...

I'm a little disappointed! I thought you were tweaking the "Althouse is a drunk" crowd.

Palladian said...

Seasons of glass.

Simon said...

We just watched the new Indiana Jones movie. Pretty cool. I'm enjoying a glass of Maker's Mark and Karl Whetzel's addictive new song "Simply." And considering whether to cap the night with a pot of yoghurt. You know, after several years in the states, I still can't say yO-gert (as in "yo, my man!"). It's still "Yo-gt" where the first syllable is pronounced as the first syllable of "yacht." Old habits die hard.

TitusisFull said...

I am trying to observe some of the other commenters writing more rather than just spouting out constantly.

One of the questions I have been thinking about is which of the commenters is in love with Althouse and wants to be married to her?

I am thinking probably most of the straight males. Am I correct?

Lem said...

(I didn't pour it myself.)

Somebody is trying to get Althouse drunk to have his way with her..

Security ;)

BTW - I'm having a Guinness.

blogging cockroach said...

hi professor
what is it with these tweetish ampersands
which sounds like some scandinavian item of clothing
and anyway i can t type them so i would
be a failure on twitter
but i do go on a bit long
so the 140 letters would be good
plus i jump from topic to topic and
chirp little inane things so maybe
i would be a natural
except i get nervous around big flocks of birds
they may be twittering but one of them
is sure to swoop down on little me
and gulp
no blogging cockroach
i m wondering if something like that
happened to poor meade
but that s a little too inside althouse
along with freeman s power outage and reader s
various problems etc
from my perspective i m wondering what
happened to freeman s fridge
with no power for a week i think of it
as something like disneyland

Freeman Hunt said...

I'm a little disappointed! I thought you were tweaking the "Althouse is a drunk" crowd.

Heh. She should take a picture of a glass that is running over with a puddle of wine under it and one of those wine boxes beside. Post it under the title "Tasty Beverage" with no explanatory text.

blogging cockroach said...

sorry everybody if the above is a little
too inside twitter you all will just
have to go over there and check out althouse s
tweet stream or whatever they call it
and be sure to ask freeman abt the fridge

Freeman Hunt said...

i m wondering what
happened to freeman s fridge
with no power for a week i think of it
as something like disneyland


Oh, damn. I do not even want to think about that.

XWL said...

"I'm enjoying a glass of Maker's Mark", Simon, seems you are part of a trend (according to LAT)

Whiskey up, other liquors down.

And, there is no boundary between tweetable and bloggable as such, it's more of an area of overlapping venn diagrams I suspect. There are subjects that are both, subjects that are one, or the other, and on rare occasions, subjects that are neither bloggable or tweetable.

(Send that last sentence back in time ten years, and I'd sound like a crazy person)

(and there does seem to be an incestuous relationship developing between blogging and tweeting where tweets comment on blog posts, and blog posts comment on tweets, and even comment sections within blog posts reference tweets from people other than the blog host, as our resident insectoid commenter has illustrated)

blake said...

I think the blogging cockroaches distant relatives may be having a party now.

But tomorrow...?

blogging cockroach said...

oh goody you mean it s available...
i ve always wanted to get away from
crowded cambridge and move somewhere
with a slower pace etc

blogging cockroach said...

of course the advantage around here is that
mom is both a french cook and messy
i mean i have it pretty good except it s
hectic and cold and expensive but i say
spare no expense in laying on only the best
for ol b c

btw i love overfull wine glasses
what with spills and all yum

David said...

Titus you are correct except for the marriage part.

TitusisFull said...

Is Rush Limbaugh the defacto leader of the Republican Party?

So they don't want to marry her but want to get with her? Is that it?

Are these straight men married or single? And if they are married do their wives know?

Lem said...

oh goody you mean it s available...
i ve always wanted to get away from
crowded cambridge and move somewhere
with a slower pace etc


Call me crazy but I think Theo Boehm is blogging cockroach..

Zachary Paul Sire said...

The server who poured that glass of wine should be fired. Ridiculous, unless it was poured by a civilian, in which case...WTF?

I just got back from seeing "Frozen River" and loved it! Captivating from beginning to end, though you wouldn't think it would be a real "thrill ride" from looking at the trailer. Very authentic and great, gritty, real characters.

Does anyone care that Michael Phelps smokes pot? I think he looks hot with that big bong in his mouth.

Lem said...

So they don't want to marry her but want to get with her? Is that it?

Some people also want the one they cant have.

Palladian said...

"Does anyone care that Michael Phelps smokes pot? I think he looks hot with that big bong in his mouth."

I know. He can sure suck on that big thing...

Zachary Paul Sire said...

I know who a few of the mysterious commenters are. I figured out who Titus was a while ago. I used to think that the same person who performs as Titus performed as Maxine, but then I realized that wasn't possible. Still, it's fun knowing, and sorry, I won't ever tell. The person has (at least) two strong personas here, and I wouldn't want to ruin this person's fun.

Do a lot of you regular commenters come here every day but sometimes go days without commenting? There will be days when I'll read every post, look at the comments, but never add anything. Do you feel like your snooping or like you are a peeping tom, or do you just not have anything worthwhile to add to the conversation? I guess the better way to ask this is, do you ever feel like you're putting on your Comment Costume when you start to participate in a thread, or are you fine leaving one comment and then bailing out and not checking back in? I think it's a commitment if you leave a comment, especially on threads of a political or controversial nature.

Sometimes I don't have the guts and don't feel like getting in a fight with people...so I won't say anything because I don't feel like arguing. Because I'm not the type of person to say something and then not come back and at least try to defend it. You have to have balls to comment on a lot of the threads here, especially if you are a commie/liberal/pacifist.

I hate people who only leave one comment and then disappear. Hey, at least Michael stays around and fights.

Lem said...

I just came back from a sweet 16 my sister did for her daughter.

All the fanfare with very little substance or umpf behind it. I mean they don't give out medals for aging do they?

What it that we feel so compelled to honor each other for so little?

When something worth honoring comes along it means nothing.

People kissing metal objects.

Palladian said...

"I know who a few of the mysterious commenters are. I figured out who Titus was a while ago. I used to think that the same person who performs as Titus performed as Maxine, but then I realized that wasn't possible. Still, it's fun knowing, and sorry, I won't ever tell. The person has (at least) two strong personas here, and I wouldn't want to ruin this person's fun."

Well "titus" sent me a picture of himself with a clumber, as well as his name, using his work email account. I really doubt he's made up, though I suppose he could have another character who posts here. I'm pretty perceptive and most people can't write in a totally different voice with any consistency so I think I would have had suspicions if there was any cause.

"I hate people who only leave one comment and then disappear. Hey, at least Michael stays around and fights."

No, Michael just stays around and projectile vomits, hoping to hit a target occasionally.

Lem said...

Hey, at least Michael stays around and fights.

I dont mind a good fight, I do mind vulgarity and coarse name calling.

I'll never be persuaded with a 2x4.

chickenlittle said...

Yeah, lets hear it for Michael, all together now!

Lawgiver said...

One of the questions I have been thinking about is which of the commenters is in love with Althouse and wants to be married to her?

Ann is smart, sexy, she's the best fisker I know and I really enjoy her blog. But love? No way. I don't even think I could hang out with her for very long.

Different worlds and all that stuff. Plus, I'm a dog.

Lem said...

Ann is smart, sexy, she's the best fisker I know and I really enjoy her blog.

No kidding, Althouse at the best I've seen.

Kev said...

Do a lot of you regular commenters come here every day but sometimes go days without commenting?

Absolutely. I'm in an itinerant teaching situation with no office and very little computer access during the workday, which can run very long, so my "vortex time" is often quite limited. I try to at least check out the threads that look interesting, but sometimes--especially during the week--sleep beckons before I can put in my two cents' worth.

reader_iam said...

blogging cockroach:

etc.

Well, jeez, what is that referring to? Mummifying a chicken?

Or is that one of the "problems"?

(posted flat on my side, via iPhone--oops! sorry! another twitter-tweet reference there.)

Jason (the commenter) said...

Does anyone care that Michael Phelps smokes pot? I think he looks hot with that big bong in his mouth.

He's sexy with facial hair (I love his hands) but the pot smoking is a problem. It didn't click in my head until I saw the bong photo, but now he looks just like a pothead to me. He seems immature and the type of person that thinks they need alcohol or drugs to have fun and be interesting. People who think that are usually correct. Not sexy.

Ron said...

Booze, the word "tweetable", (sorry, can't say it with a straight face!)multiple appearances of the Roach, Simon, XWL, Freeman, blake, Palladian, no wonderful Bissage alas, reader, Her Own Bad Self, moi...this is clearly the Platonic Form of Althouse Comments Section...

Ron said...

The Bloggable is necessary; the tweetable, merely expedient.

And why, yes, I had a swell birthday party yesterday, thanks!

Lem said...

Althouse to Pajamas

Lem said...

Well happy bloddy birthday to you too Ron ;)

I love you too, I was just ranting.

blogging cockroach said...

hi reader
well the chicken was one of the more interesting
problems as far as i was concerned
but you know better than me how your
days are full and you have more problems
to solve what with homeschooling kid etc
than i usually face under the fridge
so maybe i should say challenges as problems
sounds too much like you re nuts which
raising a kid will make you except
here at the house it s tommy who is the sane
one and everybody hopes he goes to
harvard law real soon and makes partner
before dad and mom get too old to
enjoy being taken care of
ideally not in a mental hospital

blogging cockroach said...

happy birthday to you
happy birthday to you
happy birthdaaay dear ronnn
happy birthday to you

do i have to pay something to paul mccartney now

chickenlittle said...

Happy Birthday Ron
Guess if I'd been payin' attention I'd of known--but still no excuse, sorry dude!

Lem said...

I wander if blogging cockroach is from the kind we dispagerently and unfortunately called (guagua) Bus back in the Dominican Republic.

They were of extraordinary size compared to the speedy gonzales I came across in Mass.

Lem said...

Adam (the one from Adam and Eve) says to Eve

Eve! (with a macho voice)

Iron my best leaf..

I going to a big party.

Lem said...

As the sweet sixteen was warming up with a corriographed dance by my nieces friends in her honor.

I says to one of my cousins - just look at what we missed.. she looked back at me negatively shaking her head... Not really that much

We both agree.

Lem said...

This thing it's so out of control there is a comercial were some guy supposedly gives up his football season's tickets to pay for his wedding.

What the hell?

On this warped sence of ritual alone I believe there might be something to "My Dinner with Andre".

Donna B. said...

All I wanted was a glass of wine... which tomorrow I will have without submitting myself to the angst and drama.

I do appreciate the blogging cockroach for his (her?) ability to break up the drama into bits of reality.

bill said...

Do a lot of you regular commenters come here every day but sometimes go days without commenting?
Yes. Well, not as regular as I was a few years ago. [insert lame joke]

There will be days when I'll read every post, look at the comments, but never add anything. Do you feel like your snooping or like you are a peeping tom,
No

or do you just not have anything worthwhile to add to the conversation?
Interesting lis of choices, defining the lurker as a bad, bad person. Sometimes I'm not interested in the topic. Most of the time I find the conversation uninteresting and choose not to interact with most of the commenters here.

I guess the better way to ask this is
Better for whom?

, do you ever feel like you're putting on your Comment Costume when you start to participate in a thread,
No and I'm beginning to think you have some odd hangups about this whole thing. [lame joke deleted]

or are you fine leaving one comment and then bailing out and not checking back in?
"Bailing out," again with the accusatory tone. Sometimes it's saying what you have to say and not overstaying your welcome. Sometimes it's being busy.

I think it's a commitment if you leave a comment, especially on threads of a political or controversial nature.
Good lord. Kindergarten playground politics.

You have to have balls to comment on a lot of the threads here, especially if you are a commie/liberal/pacifist.
No, you just need an opinion and a keyboard. Actually, just having a keyboard works for most of us.

I hate people who only leave one comment and then disappear.
That's a you issue.

Hey, at least Michael stays around and fights.
Enjoy yourselves.

Eric Hammerbacher said...

Does anyone here like hip hop music?
Check this out, I've been posting it around on facebook:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGvZ9aXg5Xs

Michael H said...

The ice storm that hit Arkansas, Kentucky and other states has left millions of people without power, heat, water, etc.

Where's the media cry for help from FEMA? Where are the comparisons to Katrina?

Michael H said...

Here's more about the deaths in Kentucky and elsewhere, and the lack of FEMA response.

Darcy said...

Psst...Michael H. Democrat in office. All is well. Government works. :)

Ann Althouse said...

Thanks for keeping the bistro open all night. But the place cleared out in the 4 o'clock hour.

traditionalguy said...

Wait, wait, I'm late. Titus... the commenters here have obviously fallen for the Professor's brain power. But they also know in their hearts that they could never pass her required Pre-nuptial Agreement's air tight provisions which also require that they pass lie detector tests on top of their Physicals and Credit reports. So they just dream, and enjoy.

Ron said...

Wow, thanks for the song, Roach!

Michael H said...

Nice thing about bistros is that they re-tool for Sunday brunch.

Pass the mimosa, please.

Ann Althouse said...

"[T]hey could never pass her required Pre-nuptial Agreement's air tight provisions which also require that they pass lie detector tests on top of their Physicals and Credit reports..."

Now, now, don't be so demoralized.

1. My pre-nup would only exclude you from my wealth. Yours is your problem. YP, not MP.

2. As for physicals, you know I have said time and time again that the #1 reason I would have to remarry would be to share my health insurance benefits with someone. The sicker you are, the more I have to share.

Lawgiver said...

I have said time and time again that the #1 reason I would have to remarry would be to share my health insurance benefits with someone. The sicker you are, the more I have to share.

I have the best government run health care program available, Tricare. Give the US military 20 years of your life and in return you and your wife (kids up to age 23) never have to worry about medical care again . I recommend it for all able bodied young people. If you can't get in, marry a vet.

Lem said...

I recommend it for all able bodied young people. If you can't get in, marry a vet.

Kinda of difficult if you are gay.. You cant get in unless you "dont tell" and .. oh yea, cant get married either.

Gretchen said...

Ah, Brasserie V- great place! I had lunch there on Thursday. No wine or beer though- it was lunchtime after all.

TitusisFull said...

I don't post as anyone else Zach. Not sure what you mean about the two personaes.

Just one, sorry.

Also, not sure you "know" who Titus is? Palladian and Althouse know who I am sorta, at least my real name and where I work, and my picture.

You can't even google my name and find me. My name is so common and I am not on any google search.

commenter said...


#1 reason I would have to remarry would be to share my health insurance benefits with someone,


Funny what a secure society we live in.

the only reason i would join in any type of partnership with anyone would be to share my health. period. (hehehe, just dawned on me...yea, i still get those, too, every month) I now am sure that this is the wrong blog to be commenting on. That thought, and that i am kinda green politically, wear a string bikini, and am obsessed with staying fit enough to outrun my grandchildren for the next ten years.

Ralph said...

never have to worry about medical care again
You obviously weren't in the service in the 70's, lean years for the military. I won't say they killed my mother (pancreatic cancer was 97% fatal), but they sure tried, for several illnesses. Mediocre and derelict doctors at Bethesda, the Navy's premier hospital for VIPs.

It took a year to straighten out the insurance repayment for a biopsy I had privately because they kept misspelling my name.

Host with the Most said...

Seasons of glass

Once again, palladian effortlessly proves that he is the master.

Just saying that phrase twice here at the Super Bowl Party has already gained me the most laughs so far.

blake said...

Thanks for keeping the bistro open all night. But the place cleared out in the 4 o'clock hour.

Sorry. I have to sleep sometime, apparently.

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