Weekend Open Thread-Fall

| September 20, 2019

September 23, 2019, will be the autumnal equinox.  After this day, the nights will get longer and the days will get shorter. This is considered the beginning of autumn. Meteorological fall began on September 1. If you go by the astronomical start (equinox), this will be the last weekend of summer. Either way, enjoy your weekend.

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  1. 5th/77th FA says:


  2. Commissioner Wretched says:


  3. Roh-Dog says:

    Have a great weekend y’all!

  4. Haywire Angel says:

    Happy weekend everyone! I miss seeing the fall color changes.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Wisconsin is starting to see fall colors. As of Sept. 20, Hurley, in Iron County in far northern Wisconsin, was reporting 65% color.

      I hope they’re on time this year. I missed it last year.

  5. BlueCord Dad says:

    5th…😎 Hey, ya gotta start somewhere

  6. 5th/77th FA says:

    Heee’s baaaaaacccckkk! Another time on target FIRE MISSION for the King of Battle. We will “claw” our way thru the mud & the blood & the beer in our FIRSTNESS. Take that dickweeds and the open bar is on me.

  7. Commissioner Wretched says:

    As Maxwell Smart would say, “Missed it by that much!” But if I must miss out on being the coveted First, I am glad my man 5th/77th FA got it. So, instead, here’s this week’s trivia. A special column, this … my 150th. Enjoy.

    Isn’t it nifty? We’re up to Column 150!
    By Commissioner Wretched

    It all began, as Ted Baxter once said, at a little weekly newspaper in Manchester, Georgia … with a hole in the paper that needed to be filled.

    In what seemed at the time to be a moment of desperation, I filled that hole with a few notes of trivia, calling the little spot, “Did you know…?”

    And apparently you all loved it. I began to get requests for more little trivial nuggets, which I was more than happy to supply.

    Finally, in October of 2016, I made the decision to keep doing this little exercise as my weekly column.

    Things took off from there, and now I get a lot of feedback from you – for which, I must state for the record, I am most appreciative.

    Today, that feedback has brought me to the 150th consecutive week I’ve written a trivia column … and I must tell you I could not be happier that you like what I’m doing.

    (If you’re one of the ones who doesn’t like it, well, I appreciate you too.)

    Thank you for making notes of my errors and miscues, and letting me know about them. That isn’t sarcasm; I really mean it. Your catching my errors makes me a better columnist, and I wouldn’t have made it this far without you.

    But before you start planning a party or anything, please note – this isn’t the end of the column. Oh, no … it’s only the beginning.

    I’m excited to see just how far I can carry this. Stick around, folks … it’s gonna be a fun ride.

    On to the 150th column of trivia right now!

    Did you know …

    … the last human to visit the Moon departed there in 1972? Astronaut Eugene Cernan (1934-2017), commander of the Apollo 17 mission, was the last person to leave the Moon, returning to the Lunar Module for liftoff on December 14, 1972. (And if you ask me – and you didn’t – the fact that we haven’t been back to the Moon since is really, really unpleasant. Heck, we should’ve had flying cars by now!)

    … the law in Montreal, Canada, says that you cannot swear in public in French? It’s perfectly fine to do so in English, though. (There’s something bizarre about that, but I can’t quite put my finger on it.)

    … in his entire lifetime, French King Louis XIV (1638-1715) bathed exactly three times? (I leave it up to you to decide if he was the basis for the famous cartoon character, Pepe LePew.)

    … the first professional football player became such in 1892? William “Pudge” Heffelfinger (1867-1954) was a star football player at Yale University. That year, he agreed to play for the Allegheny Athletic Association for the sum of $500, making him the first professional player in American football history. (Of course, $500 went a lot farther then than it does now.)

    … the first person to be sentenced to the stocks in Boston was the person who built the stocks? Edward Palmer (1599-1663), a carpenter, was commissioned to construct a set of stocks, to serve as a public punishment for minor offenses, in 1639. When the construction of the stocks – which were made of wood and iron – was complete, Palmer submitted his bill to the city. The city leaders decided he was charging them too much money, and thus Palmer himself was the first to be sentenced to the stocks – where he remained until he agreed to lower his price to a more “reasonable” level and to pay a five-pound fine. (The irony is strong in this one, no?)

    … there is a good chance that the first radio broadcast to reach another civilization in space came from World War II? Powerful radio broadcasts began in the 1940s in Europe, and some scientists think that the first message any aliens out there would get would be from Adolf Hitler (1889-1945). (What do you want to bet that the aliens get exactly the wrong idea about us?)

    … there is a place in Virginia where horses swim from island to island every year? More than 100 ponies undertake the swim voyage to Chincoteague Island annually. The event has been a tourist attraction for more than 90 years. It was made famous in the 1947 juvenile novel, “Misty of Chincoteague,” by Marguerite Henry (1902-1997). (Gee, swimming from island to island – does that make them sea horses?)

    … there is a city in Oregon called Boring? Not because it’s a boring place, but because it was named after its founder, William H. Boring 1841-1932). In a true case of matching, the city of Boring, Oregon, has entered into a sister-city agreement with the village of Dull, in Perthshire, Scotland. (You just knew they’d match up, didn’t you?)

    … when Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain (born 1926) visited the set of the television series, “Game of Thrones,” in Northern Ireland, she refused to sit on the show’s Iron Throne? A little-known rule of British royalty says that a monarch may not sit on a foreign throne, even a made-up one.

    … a Virginia park ranger survived being hit by lightning seven times? Roy Sullivan (1912-1983) was first hit in 1942, then again in 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1976 and 1977. To add insult to injury, Sullivan’s wife Patricia (1943-2002) was also hit once by lightning. (Shocking, I know.)

    … ten parts of the human body have names that are only three letters long? They are: eye, hip, arm, leg, ear, toe, jaw, rib, lip, and gum. (Someone sits around and figures this stuff out, you know.)

    … the first Ford automobiles had engines made by Dodge? (No comment.)

    Now … you know!

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      I always wondered who came up with the stocks.

      Nothing to do with the stock market, though, right? Or with stocking up in the pantry.

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        And nothing to do with stockings and garter belts either.

        Man main man CW, Congrats on the 150th trivia column, have read and enjoyed them all. Keep ’em coming.

        Manchester Georgia, a very quaint, cute little city tucked into the foot hills of the Flint/Chattahoochee River Valleys. Beautiful ride out GA 36 from Thomaston, cross the Double Bridges and hang a right @ Pleasant Hill onto the Old Chalybeate Springs Road; this time of year a drop dead gorgeous ride. Lots of Biker Gangs, Harley and Schwinn take that ride. My all time favorite felt hat, “The Planter” came from the Black Folks Clothing Store right up from the Western Auto/Otasco. Birthday present to myself in March of ’83. Pull out of town south on GA 41 towards Americus. Made that run on a regular basis for years.

        Put your linkie thingie back up next time CW, it fell out when I changed from the laptop to the Chrome Book. Tanks!!

    • Outcast says:

      Did you know, according to one source on Live PD, that the roadside sobriety test is illegal because over 90% of those who take it fail. Uhh yeah he got a free ride and small room for the night. Can’t understand why he only fell on his arse taking the test.

  8. GDContractor says:

    Days have been getting shorter and nights getting longer as of June 21, am I wrong?

    • Perry Gaskill says:

      Indeed. The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year. Days become shorter after it. The Autumnal Equinox is when days and nights are of equal length. Nights in the Northern Hemisphere continue to be longer than days until the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, when days start to get longer again.

      Rinse and repeat to infinity and beyond…

      • SFC D says:

        But but but climate change! Rising seas! Amazon fires! Save the world, it’s for the children! They have no infinity!

    • thebesig says:

      Originally posted by GDContractor:

      Days have been getting shorter and nights getting longer as of June 21, am I wrong?

      Not exactly. I track daylight length as I like to keep my predawn runs during dark, or completed before sunrise during June and July. Four of the days are nearly identical in length. In fact, in my area, the sun rises at the same time each day from June 6 through June 20, then rises later on June 21.

      The trend started on the 22nd, but the difference is insignificant. Mere seconds.

      Likewise, the days will get shorter and the nights get longer after the equinox, after Columbus Day, after Halloween, after Christ the King, after Thanksgiving, etc.

  9. David says:

    Top ten twice in a row… whoo hoo!

  10. The Other Whitey says:

    Mrs. Whitey is pregnant. This will be number four.

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      Congrats or condolences my man! Whichever you feel is most appropriate. You know, they figured out what causes that condition? Just remember, it wasn’t me, I didn’t do it, and I wasn’t even there. Look in the Coveted Book of Firsts and it will show I was abusing my F5 key on that day.

      • The Other Whitey says:

        Yeah, I know what causes it. What can I say? My wife’s hot!

        • 26Limabeans says:

          If you want kids to grow tall you have to plant your seeds deep.

        • Graybeard says:

          Mrs. GB and I only have 3 (plus one miscarriage) but we are up to 9 living grandkids so far (3 other lost to miscarriage), and love it.

        • rgr769 says:

          I figured out what caused it, so I quit after getting the complete set of two, anyway, via the snippy-snip. My wife and I are experts on birth control, we had one on the IUD and one on the condom. But congrats, my son has four and he manages fine. Plus, we need more responsible adult, married citizens having more children.

    • RGR 4-78 says:

      Congratulations for a healthy and happy 4 pete.

    • Graybeard says:

      Most excellent, TOW! Congratulations to you and the Mrs, and prayers for a safe pregnancy, easy delivery, and that you survive the teenage years of all 4 of you heirs and offspring.

    • Thunderstixx says:

      Congratulations to a great guy !!!
      Here’s hoping that all works out well for all of those involved, especially the beautiful wife and baby # 4 !!!!
      When you sit back and look at the grand scheme of things and realize that that baby is a machine made up of 3 trillion little machines we call cells that work to keep the entire machine up and living it’s just overwhelming !!!
      I look at it at this time of my life and I am amazed at just how big and how small we really are.
      Best to all of you !!!

    • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

      Congrats, TOW!

  11. I got on the TAH site like 12:55 and by 1:05, the Weekend Open never appeared. The only top story on the top was the Alaskan guy Glave. Can anyone help me out on why the open thread didn’t come on while I had the site on for ten minutes.

    • David says:

      Did you refresh? If you just leave the site up, it won’t change till your computer requeries the ISP. In the event of your inaction, that could be a while.

  12. Bill_M says:

    I think I’m here today. Not sure sometimes.

  13. Hack Stone says:

    If anyone out there is looking for some free entertainment, a Marine Corps buddy hooked Hack up with a streaming site called Pluto TV. They have a lot of niche channels, one being solely dedicated to showing reruns of Mystery Science Theater 3000, and the next channel being RiffTrax, which is somewhat of a sequel to MST3K. Hack caught the ass end of RiffTrax doing the first Sharknado, and earlier this week they aired their take on Reefer Madness.


  14. thebesig says:

    What if the US didn’t exist? One scenario:

  15. Blaster says:

    Hey beto, come get it! It’s right here in my lap!!!!!!

  16. Graybeard says:

    Top 30, I suspect (what with multiple post by some) – was working again today.

    Tropical Storm/Depression Imelda is battering the AO pretty badly, but the GB Compound only got about 1″ rain total. Ironically, we are still under a burn ban while neighbors (Texas speaking) are under water.

    Some bug going around the school where I sub, so I’ve been getting more work than normal. Love working with the kids (usually) but feel bad for the teachers who are out. But it also means my range time is limited to non-flooding days and weekends.

    Hope everyone has a great weekend.

  17. Thunderstixx says:

    On another note, I have a report on the post I made regarding President Trump’s White House VA Hotline and the results of my experience with them.
    A little background on it, my Disabled Veteran Daughter, the bravest human being I know, had been fighting with the VA since 2007 when she was given an Honorable Medical Discharge with 40% rating.
    Needless to say with her fourth, last and failed surgery through the VA I demanded to get involved.
    I’ll keep it short by saying that following my call to the White House Hotline and speaking with a very kind lady there named Anita I put it in her hands and prayed for the best…….
    Fast forward seven weeks, I swear, seven weeks to the day, we received notification and a check for back pay from the VA with a new rating that jumped from the original 40% to 80% with a corresponding increase in pay of more than double her original amount…..
    So, if you or someone you know is having issues with the VA Claims, please call them at (855)-948-2311. PLease be kind to them as I am certain that they deal with a lot of people that have nothing but really bad manners and are mainly just a big giant pain in the ass.
    Then, those clowns have the audacity to wonder why nobody wants to treat them right…..
    I called them up and thanked them profusely.
    Irregardless of your politics, we all deserve to be treated well by the people that are tasked to see to it that we don’t end up living in some Austin Texas homeless camp underneath some bridge along I-35…..
    The whole thing regarding myself, my daughters, all three of them and the way that my life has worked out for me has me just in awe of how the Higher Power I call God has given me so many blessings throughout my lifetime…
    I hope that all of you find that same sense of self worth and spiritual fulfillment that has been visited on my truly unworthy ass…..
    It’s really an honor for me to be here my friends, a true honor…….
    Take care everybody and special prayers out for WW and his issues, the bouncing baby in the oven and anyone else, including Lars and that he finally comes to the realization that depending on someone other than a true Higher Power is a true death sentence to the spirit…
    It’s a spiritual world for me at this point.
    I’m seriously, just in awe…

    • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

      That is good news, Thunderstixx. Prayers to you and your family.

    • Graybeard says:

      Glad to hear this, Thunderstixx.

      I have to agree that, as the old Southern saying goes, “You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.”

      I have found that dealing kindly with the folks on the other end of the phone has the best success rate – not that I’m beyond a bit of firm-but-kind action when those with whom I am speaking don’t want to do their jobs.

      Start by being kind, and thank the other person profusely when they help.

      (I have been known to bring dark chocolate as well.)

  18. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    FORTYsomething and I claim Honorary First once again, HAPPY WEEKEND to ALL of the TAH Regulars®™!


  19. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    I came across this earlier this week – you may want to read this with no sharp objects or breakables within arms reach. It’s about the dark side of Swedish Socialism – and it will open your eyes to it:


    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      So when the moonbabes here say the want to imitate “Scandinavian Democratic Socialism” they mean

      “the usual authoritarian and dystopian mass-murdering Marxist cult in a ‘Swedish Chef’ mock accent”.

      Got it.

      • 11B-Mailclerk says:

        I swear, this Auto corrupt is insane.


        “Moonbabes” belongs on the sub-thread about Brit sci-fi folks fighting invading aliens…

        • 5th/77th FA says:

          Prolly nothing prettier than a Scandinavian Babes Moon. I’d fight the Brits over it.

        • rgr769 says:

          It auto-corrected in my head anyway, as I read “moonbats” in your original post. We must have a psychic connection from our cowboy shooting experience.

  20. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    Just… wow.


    $43k a year for that “prestige” Berkeley degree.

    For net-negative education.

  21. NHSparky says:

    Last weekend of decent weather at Casa de Sparky annex.

    I can’t wait for this project to end. My reward? Go 250 miles west and start another project.

    At this rate I might make it home for Thanksgiving. Maybe.