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By LilRedCorvette on Friday Open Thread

@farowl I've hidden/"hidden" my tattoos from my parents for...four years? So, I guess when you ask if anyone's ever "dealt" with it, the answer is "NOT ME!"

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 4:27 pm 1

By yeah-elle on Friday Open Thread

@RoxxieRae I think one of the great things about the show (I'm only 3 episodes in, disclaimer) is that it's not morally extremist in its portrayal of characters. Like, it make a pretty good point that there is no such thing as "keep your head down and stay out of trouble" in prison culture. That being said, Piper is occasionally a total snot. Saying something like "the food here is terrible" would still have been incredibly rude, even if she hadn't accidentally said it in front of the chef.

I do think it's kind of a bummer that, despite the show giving a wide variety of lady characters screentime, backstory, fleshed-out personalities, etc, we still go into the show through the kind of audience-avatar of Piper. Like, even if we get to see the backgrounds, the stories, of these other women, in the end we see the story primarily through the lens of, surprise, surprise, the blonde white lady. That the whole way this thing was made at all is that a blonde white lady went to prison and found a way to benefit from it. Like, I'm glad the show was made, that it's women-focused. But still.

Posted on July 26, 2013 at 3:08 pm 6

By iceberg on Friday Open Thread

Bergy Bits, why are you crying this week?

My sister whacked me in the head with a Duplo tower

I'm stuck between the couch and the armchair (and I don't go in reverse)

You tried to help me put my shoes on. MONSTER.

You started coloring a small area of the drawing I demanded you do for me Now I have to furiously scribble it into obliteration

Random Advice (No Ask A Bergy Bit this time, sorry everyone - we had a rough week)
No eat the poop
No push the table
Hush! That! Noise!

Posted on July 26, 2013 at 3:03 pm 27

By katiemcgillicuddy on Friday Open Thread

SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS

Hey guys, I HAVE MISSED YOU. LET'S DO THIS.

BRYCE HARPER WALK-OFF. BAM. BAM.

NFL training camp is finally here! RGIII won't be playing in the pre-season, which, fantastic. We'll see you week one, Eagles fans.

Bron Bron is going back to Cleveland, just you wait. Talk about the prodigal son returning. Jesus.

Just, I don't even know, I'm all over the place right now. Sports!

Tell me about your fucking awful/wonderful teams, guys!!

Posted on July 26, 2013 at 3:03 pm 1

By yeah-elle on Friday Open Thread

What are you looking forward to in the future? I've realized that I really need plans (of any sort, not necessarily social, but like, even plans to reorganize my closet! plans to get another tattoo! plans to get brunch this weekend!) to manage any potential...existential despair.

Anyway: I bought a ticket to see Neko Case in September! Yessssss

Posted on July 26, 2013 at 2:49 pm 10

By Emby on Friday Open Thread

@dephlogisticated ?

Posted on July 19, 2013 at 4:09 pm 35

By Helvetica on Friday Open Thread

I recently decided to start watching Veronica Mars because I read so much about the up-coming movie and really wanted to know what all the fuss is about. And ohmy, I do love it so! I don't know if it's 'so 2007' to talk about a show which ended six years ago but I just have so many feelings. The intrigue! The snark! The epic love! The heart and soul in every word!
So, yeah, I'll just be in my corner, crushing over Kristen Bell who is everything. Everything.

Posted on July 19, 2013 at 4:02 pm 9

By Lucienne on Friday Open Thread

You don't understand, this is an Alaïa.

Posted on July 19, 2013 at 3:44 pm 8

By Onymous on Friday Open Thread

I'mma just post this again from last week:
Cibo Matto, three new songs, a new album is coming out, they are perfect

Posted on July 19, 2013 at 3:36 pm 1

By iceberg on Friday Open Thread

Bergy Bits, why are you crying this week?

[at the aquarium] I don't want the shark to get me! Relatedly, I have no concept of foot-thick plexiglass.

I, your son, want ponytails in my hair like my sisters. And I won't hear any of your excuses about my hair being too short. That's just laziness talking.

IN OTHER NEWS

About 3:30am. The Quiet One wails from the bedroom. One fixed blanket and one hug later, she's all good. I stumble back to bed. Ten minutes later, more wails. "Mummeeeeee!" I stagger back to the children's bedroom. My darling daughter stops wailing and smiles up at me, parts her Cupid's bow lips and says "Fart!"
I guess she couldn't wait til morning to tell me about it.

ASK A BERGY BIT

@TheclaAndTheSeals asked: "How do you adjust your attitude when your situation is not immediately changeable and your bad attitude is only hurting yourself?
So maybe for kids: When you're grumpy all the time, how do you stop that?"

Bergy Bits Answer:
The Clown: [making angry finger guns] "Hnnnnggggghhh!" (angry grunting) followed by peals of laughter from all three Bergy Bits.
Iceberg Interpretation: I think what the Clown was trying to say here, and this is advice that I myself have needed, is that it's okay to express your anger, but remember not to take yourself too seriously, and try to find the joy and humor in everyday life as well.

@Whatwhat? asked: "dear Bergy Bits,although I generally enjoy my job and find my tasks interesting and feel like I keep learning and developing a lot every day, I have so many issues at work that are stressing me out (such as my 16-hour day today), and also I'm in a long distance relationship and would like to live in the same country as my boyfriend and am considering moving, but this might mean I would have to settle with any job there at first, which doesnt seem too bad especially considering my stress-level at work at the moment, but I always do this I always run away from my problems and start over and I dont want this to be my coping mechanism for everything, you know? "

I first attempted to ask the Quiet One -"Quiet One, can I ask you a question?" at which she shouted "No questions!" and made a dismissive hand gesture. I attempted the question again several days later, when the BBs were somewhat mollified and distracted, eating tubs of mogurt - "Mummy's friend Whatwhat: Job? Or boyfriend?"
The Clown said "Boyfriend!" and The Quiet One said "Job!" but then she immediately changed her answer to "Boyfriend!". The Diva abstained from voting.
Iceberg Interpretation: I guess the Bergy Bits believe in true "uvv". They are firm believers in proclaiming their love and demanding "huggakiss", certainly. Perhaps you are running away from your job problems (I wouldn't know anything about that *coughcough*), but also you are running towards your boyfriend. If it makes you feel any better, I got a retail job within 2 weeks of moving to the US from Australia, and a proper job in my industry about a month after that.

(@upupandaway - I didn't see your questions until last night but will put them to the BBs over the weekend!)

Posted on July 19, 2013 at 3:33 pm 20