There was stuff that I wanted to write about tonight, but I’ve decided to watch Lifeboat instead

If you’d like to join me, you can rent 1944’s Lifeboat on Amazon for $3.99. If, however, you’re not a Hitchcok fan, you can feel free to use this as an open thread, and just leave a comment about whatever it is that you want to talk about, from today’s arrest of Republican Congressman Chris Collins to the-still-too-close-to-call race for Ohio’s 12th Congressional District. Or, if you want, you can just trade recipes, use the site like a dating app, or talk about the weather. I seriously don’t care. Just write about whatever you want. You can even post complaints.

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  1. John Brown
    Posted August 9, 2018 at 4:58 am | Permalink

    You can check it out for free at the AADL and prevent Bezos from blasting your 3.99 into space on a rocket. Great movie. As a kid I immediately thought why don’t they just kill and eat that conniving negative jerk?

  2. iRobert
    Posted August 9, 2018 at 6:06 am | Permalink

    from Newsweek:

    “With more than 5,000 absentee ballots and more than 3,400 provisional ballots yet to be counted, it could be weeks until an official winner is declared. Ohio state law does not allow the ballots to be counted until 11 days after the election, which is August 18. If the vote count comes within 0.5 percent, an automatic recount will take place.

    No matter who emerges as the winner of Tuesday’s special election, both O’Connor and Balderson will again face off during the midterm elections in November.”

  3. Kim
    Posted August 9, 2018 at 6:23 am | Permalink

    What is the best, most hearty native wildflower for our corner of the world?

  4. Al Franken wants to say something
    Posted August 9, 2018 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    Today in corruption: Trump’s first congressional endorser, Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) was arrested for insider trading. I had asked Trump’s HHS nominee, Tom Price, about the insider deal he got on the same stock during his confirmation hearing. More here:

  5. EOS
    Posted August 9, 2018 at 7:04 am | Permalink

    @ KIm,

    Dandelions? It’s multi-functional as it is nutritious, can be used to make wine, and proves so much color in our landscapes.

  6. EOS
    Posted August 9, 2018 at 7:04 am | Permalink


  7. Max
    Posted August 9, 2018 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    I watched Lifeboat a bunch when I was a kid. I probably haven seen it in almost 30 years and would love to see it again. Isn’t it Bendix’s character that becomes a problem? Drinking sea water?

  8. site admin
    Posted August 9, 2018 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    You might be able to get it from the AADL, but you can’t get it from the Ypsi Public Library, at least not right now, as Mark has their copy checked out.

  9. Concerned Michiganian
    Posted August 9, 2018 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    Why did people vote for Shri Tandehar? What was appealing about his candidacy? Did his presence impact the outcome? Should Democrats have come out against his candidacy earlier?

    How can we as Democrats prevent future Tandehars from subverting other candidates?

    I think these questions need to be asked.

    I have not seen Lifeboat, though I have seen other boat movies, including Pirates of the Caribbean and will see the new movie “the Meg.”

  10. Jean Henry
    Posted August 9, 2018 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    Kim— As much as I like EOS answer (serious), I’m a fan of milkweed, there are several varieties native to MI. Many of the most hearty natives are tall prairie flowers, lots blooming now. Joe Pie weed, helianthus. The shorter perennials are black eyed Susan, yarrow, bee balm, Mullen. You can buy native trees from the county very cheaply. Possibly native plants too. (Can’t remember). You can start collecting seeds in open meadows now and through fall. Native grasses are nice too. For low growing areas I like wild strawberries.

    EOS— I grew up digging dandelion shoots on maudy Thursday as eating them (with hot bacon dressing) was believed to ward off illness the following year. It turns out that superstition has some merit as dandelion greens have lots of vital nutrients often missing from PA Dutch winter diet featuring lots of cabbage as the only ‘green.’

  11. MAnon
    Posted August 9, 2018 at 9:25 am | Permalink


    More breadcrumbs for the adventurous and open-minded:

    1. Angelina Jolie Slams Brad Pitt: ‘A Loan Is Not Child-support’

    2. A Loan Is Not Child-support = ALINC

    3. Alinc Technologies: “Founded in 2007, Alinc Technologies has nearly 75 years of combined IT experience, and has been a close partner with Hewlett Packard from day one.”

    4. Hewlett Packard = H.P.

    5. H.P. Lovecraft

    6. Cthulhu

    It doesn’t get any more clear than this! Wake up, sheeple!

  12. Jean Henry
    Posted August 9, 2018 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    Re dating, I’m looking for a mostly straight man who is within range of my age with intelligence and a sense of joy who can swing a hammer. I don’t care much about looks or income. Not interested in long term or fly by night. I believe relationships require personal commitment no matter how they are defined. I believe it’s natural for the definition of relationships to change. My commitment is to the relationship not the definition. A sense of human decency is required— though rare it seems. I don’t talk politics in real life. I work a lot and have kids, pets and friends and other commitments. I’m generous. I can cook but hate doing dishes. I’m always broke but not in debt. I like to steer my own ship. My son wants me to get a boyfriend with a boat.

    That is only half serious. It’s honest and impossible it seems. Too much to expect. Dating as an older woman is pretty terrible. It’s a performance one can see through too easily to enjoy. I want a fundamental level of honesty that’s entirely missing. The accepted standard of behavior is atrocious. I may just be stubborn. Or have unreasonable standards.

    No doubt snark will follow this comment. Why would one expect anything different? Lay of the land. I mean how dare a woman over 50 have requirements, right? We are expected to be either desperate or frigid. Not sure why I’m writing this now. Or here. Just been thinking about it lately. How messed up it all is.

    I have never heard of Lifeboat. I’ll watch tonight.

  13. M
    Posted August 9, 2018 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    I’ve yet to try it, but I hear Lan, the new hand-pulled Chinese noodle place on Washtenaw, is awesome.

  14. Lynne
    Posted August 9, 2018 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    Re: ” how dare a woman over 50 have requirements”

    I pissed off one guy who was all like, “you shouldn’t be so picky, you don’t have anyone else wanting to date you”

    I just smiled and said, “Yeah, all you had to do was improve upon my being alone and you didn’t. buh bye”. Of course that IS the problem these days. I generally prefer my own company to theirs and have absolutely zero tolerance for someone who doesn’t meet my standards which I don’t see as excessively high. I just want someone I enjoy being around more than I enjoy being by myself. *shrug*.

    So these days, I don’t even want to do the whole weird dating thing. It feels like a chore with an end result that isn’t worth the effort.

  15. Jean Henry
    Posted August 9, 2018 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Yep. When we were young we could be virgins or whores. We age into frigid and desperate. At no point in my existence has the cultural idea of who I was matched up with who I felt myself to be. (I don’t think that’s particularly unusual. ) And I’ve had most of the standard ‘female’ rite of passage experiences. Except prom.

    But let’s talk about noodles.

  16. Jean Henry
    Posted August 9, 2018 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Lynne— when women complain to me about their husbands (which is often) and start talking divorce etc, I always tell them that there is no fantasy replacement waiting in the wings. .The only reason to leave is when being with them is worse than being alone. Comparable to your criteria. Sometimes I wonder if I’m being too picky, then I go on a date and realize I’m not being picky enough. Sigh.

  17. M
    Posted August 9, 2018 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Noodles are better than men. They don’t noodlesplain.

  18. Jean Henry
    Posted August 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Men explain noodles to me.
    Coming soon.

    Just saw Bettye Lavette for free downtown. She’s awesome. Detroit treasure. It wAs packed but should have been more so. New album of bob Dylan covers is excellent. She makes the best argument for covers. They’re more like interpretations/translations.

  19. Eel
    Posted August 9, 2018 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    The Tony Hawk Foundation announced a $250,000 grant for the building of a new skate park in Ypsilanti, and there is going to be a meeting at the Olympia Skate Shop (1145 West Michigan Avenue) on August 17 at 7:00 PM to discuss where it should be, and what form it should take.

  20. wobblie
    Posted August 9, 2018 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    HW and EOS when is your great and glorious leader going to comment on the fiasco of a recovery operation in Puerto Rico that he led.

    another 9-11 in deaths and the President thought enough of the tragedy to distribute paper towels.
    Nothing racist going on here, right?

  21. iRobert
    Posted August 9, 2018 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    Most men are intolerable, especially once they’re old enough to be set in their ways.

    I think any single women 40 or older looking to find a good man should target widowers. Your best odds of finding a decent man are there. Just check in to the cause of death. Accidental drowning, poisoning, electrocution, or falls down stairs are red flags.

  22. Posted August 9, 2018 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    I’m not quite sure how to go about working the phrase “clean, white thoroughbred” into this discussion about dating, but I’m sure there’s a way.

    I just can’t get that phrase out of my head. It’s just so hilariously disgusting.

  23. Posted August 9, 2018 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    As for local followers, the U-M Herbarium has an online database. Here’s a link to their entry on Rudbeckia Hirta, better known as the Black Eyed Susan, which I’ve had luck with here in Ypsi.

  24. Posted August 9, 2018 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    If someone doesn’t start interacting with MAnon, I’m afraid he may take his breadcrumbs to 8chan, and we’ll be left without a guide to the inner workings of Trump’s valiant fight against the deep state democratic pedophile space army.

  25. Posted August 9, 2018 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    As for the Space Force, my guess is that, very soon, Trump will invent an intergalactic threat of some kind.

  26. Jcp2
    Posted August 10, 2018 at 5:00 am | Permalink

    War of the Worlds was real, but covered up by the Illuminati as mere radio fiction. Trump is the only president who has been bold enough to acknowledge this, as he is revealing through Q the deep state secrets that the Rothchilds have been suppressing. Soon the Templar Order will be overthrown and the Holy Grail given to the Chosen few thoroughbreds to protect them against the rapture.

  27. iRobert
    Posted August 10, 2018 at 6:18 am | Permalink

    Is anybody else hearing the breadcrumbs of QAnon in the voice of Desmond Llewelyn?

  28. Wendy Williams
    Posted August 10, 2018 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    I ADORE Talullah Bankhead in this film. Yes, she is an asshole, but damn if she doesn’t have style.

  29. Jean Henry
    Posted August 10, 2018 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    Maybe I’d have better luck with online dating if I change my profile name to Clean White Thoroughbred.
    It’s better than Old Gray Mare. (She ain’t what she used to be)

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