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The gooseberry.

Not only is the gooseberry bush covered in wicked evil spikes, but every individual gooseberry then needs to be ‘topped and tailed’ — have its end bits snipped off before freezing. To add insult to injury, I don’t even like fruit.

Okay. Well. Uncle B’s gooseberry crumble is rather nice on a cold Winter afternoon, but that’s a long way off.

One of the gooseberry bushes died this year (I didn’t pee on it, I swear! Remember the wicked evil spikes?), so it was only three pounds. I think it was eight last year. So there’s that, I guess.

Also, there’s a lunar eclipse tonight, but it’s all clouded over.

Today has been a day of off-pissery. You?


Comment from Deborah HH
Time: July 16, 2019, 10:06 pm

Someday days just go sideways. You steer into the skid and you still end up in the bar ditch. I blame it on solar flares.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: July 16, 2019, 10:52 pm

It’s always cloudy for meteor showers here for me…I don’t even bother trying to watch them anymore.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: July 16, 2019, 11:11 pm

Yeah… today was one of those days where you can’t say anything went wrong but you can’t say anything went right right either.

The high point of the day was when the sprinkler repair guys handed me a bill two six packs short of $1,000. Worse, I don’t think I was outrageously overcharged….. they had to do a lot of work thanks to our @#$&”*%!! Oak tree.


Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: July 16, 2019, 11:18 pm

On a different note, Gooseberries sound one of those fruits you buy while (disingenuously?) allowing people to assume the fruit in the dessert is handpicked from your garden.


Unsuspecting Neighbor: “Your gooseberry cobbler is delicious!”

Suspect Weasel: “Thank you; Uncle Badger works very hard to grow his gooseberries, you know.”

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: July 17, 2019, 1:21 am

John Paul Stevens declines to continue participation in Celebrity Dead Pool – RIP:
John Paul Stevens (April 20, 1920 – July 16, 2019) was an American lawyer and jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1975 until his retirement in 2010.

Comment from Pablo
Time: July 17, 2019, 1:27 am

So JP Stevens will shut the hell up, which is nice.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: July 17, 2019, 1:31 pm

Today has been a day of off-pissery. You?

Yes, my new-to-me BMW 3 Series got caught in the local heavy flooding last week and took on water, several inches’ worth, in the passenger footwell. The car still drove fine, but various electrical bits started misbehaving. I put in a claim with Flo’s Bros and had it towed to the dealer. Progressive is supposed to inspect it today. I hope they declare it totaled — not because I didn’t like the car, I loved it, but I don’t want to wrangle with them and the dealer about repairs . . . and then the car will always have “Flood damage” on its record.

Better to move on, methinks.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: July 18, 2019, 5:58 pm

Missed yesterday!
But for people having a pissy day –

Panic and Sword of Damocles fans were saddened today as the EU pretend Space Agency announced that a missing asteroid will not, in fact, be hitting the earth any time soon.


Disaster mongers were forced to revert to hoping for a major quake in California that will throw Earth off it’s axis, or that the Yellowstone Caldera will erupt and destroy North America.

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