They were shivering, not dancing

October 24th, 2007 · 142 comments

Chris has held on to this note from his college days at SUNY Binghamton since 1990, which I believe makes this the oldest note to grace this site thus far.

The years seem to have given him some perspective on the situation, and Chris fully admits to being the apartment’s “thermostat tyrant,” always nagging everyone to turn down the heat at night (to 55 degrees) and especially over holidays and long weekends. But this note from his roommate was apparently enough to show him the error of his ways.

Chris - Yes, the heat was on 60 degrees all weekend. I was afraid about my hamster's health. Please write date + time for my death below. Kill hamster too? (Check yes or no)

After this, Chris says, “I did relax with the thermostat nagging, I think.” (The hamster was unavailable for comment.)

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FILED UNDER: Binghamton · college life · New York · roommates · smartass · temperature


142 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Sair

    Yeesssssss! First!

    That hamster’s health was fucking delicious…

    Oct 24, 2007 at 8:48 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #2   Jay

    Dad? Is that you telling me to turn it down?

    We have one woman in the office who cranks the heat up into the 80s rather than put on a sweater. Facilities installed a fake thermostat control by her desk that she thinks is real, and now she’s happy and the rest of us don’t work in a sauna.

    Oct 24, 2007 at 8:49 am   rating: 66  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   maddening crowd

      I realize this is over a year old But that thermostat gag is the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time. And I read B.C.!

      Dec 10, 2008 at 1:28 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #3   Sair

    Although – I wouldn’t so much call this PA – more ‘hilarous and wry comment pointing out how much of a thermostat Nazi Chris was being’.

    Team Let The Hamster Live (and it’s owner)

    Oct 24, 2007 at 8:51 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Jako

      I’m on Team Let The Hamster Live (and it’s owner), just because of that little box in the bottom le-I mean, right…
      Kill hamster too? y/n

      Jul 19, 2009 at 4:51 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   Mishee bang

    Sair so nice to see you around….

    I love this note! Yes, it’s not really P/A but it is clever…

    Check yes or no!!!

    Oct 24, 2007 at 8:59 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #5   saporro

    kind of reminds me of those notes you pass in like 3rd grade, but even better because you know the hamster is left handed, and that phrase looks like it was written by a right handed person.

    “Do you like me, check the Yes or No box”.

    Team Save the Left Handed Hamster

    Oct 24, 2007 at 9:00 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   southern girl

    I can’t believe he still has this note from 1990. Yikes.

    Oct 24, 2007 at 9:02 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #7   Writer, Rejected

    Hamstercide is a serious crime. Death by freezing is brutal. I’m glad that the dude learned his lesson and eased off making everyone live in a meat locker.

    Oct 24, 2007 at 9:08 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #8   Mishee bang

    I am just wondering how the note writer decided that the heat being low meant that Chris actually knew not only the DATE, but the TIME that this roommate and his beloved hamster friend would expire…

    Also, what college aged kid has a hamster?? Was he like, Doogie?

    Oct 24, 2007 at 9:08 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   Team Cassandra bang

    The Chris I know would have filled it out and sent it back. He’s totally the kinda guy that would be a Nazi about the temperature and he also would have enjoyed that little *nudge* about his weird behaviour. But only because he’d be allowed to kill the hamster for its misdeed.

    Oct 24, 2007 at 9:09 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   Al Hanso

    Team Hamster Death!

    Oct 24, 2007 at 9:10 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   Mishee bang

    Getting nostalgic for the days long ago when if you were pissed you not only had to write the note your damn self, leaving wonderful handwriting for us to analyze, but imagine having to actually deliver your own P/A note – no “Send” button for these!

    I am TOTALLY on Team Keep the Note For 17 years! I would (I am pretty sure I have – I keep EVERYTHING)

    Oct 24, 2007 at 9:11 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   Tarn

    Mishee,

    I assume the roomie left the date/time for Chris to complete on the assumption that Chris would be doing the killing – for thermostat infractions!

    Damn, Chris must have been a scary thermostat nazi… and 55 is too cold, really.

    Jay – I love that solution! And I know somebody who needs to be given one of those by her desk, stat.

    Oct 24, 2007 at 9:20 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #13   A.A guy

    Getting the hamster a cryogenics unit for the weekends would have been a good compromise.

    Oct 24, 2007 at 9:25 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #14   Mishee bang

    I just realized we haven’t seen lauralai in a while – I hope she isn’t in danger! Those wildfires look like they are just crazy!

    I had to call the San Diego Marriott the other day to find out if a bill I had for them was paid or not, and they didn’t have time to deal with me cause they had a lobby full of evacuees – and I could hear a crowd in the background!

    Oct 24, 2007 at 9:27 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   Wade bang

    When I read the note, the first thing I thought of was alternate ways to keep the hamster warm, and Mr. Garrison and Mr. Slave came to mind.

    I’m just sayin’…

    Oct 24, 2007 at 9:32 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #16   Mitsu bang

    LOL! That’s too much, a note that was written when I was 5… crap! You’ve got to keep the heat up, for the sake of the hamsters!!!

    Oct 24, 2007 at 9:32 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #17   Katzndogz bang

    That is the most adorable PA note EVAR!!! It’s like if PAN.com and Cuteoverload.com got married, this would be their offspring.

    I love the little dashed lines used to create the box in the corner. I want to marry the note writer and raise hamsters with him.

    Oct 24, 2007 at 9:32 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #18   Mitsu bang

    Yes, the “kill hamster too” box was sweet. that’s what gave the note a special touch.

    Oct 24, 2007 at 9:34 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #19   Mitsu bang

    they could have given the hamster a little blanket to stay warm…just coming up with random ideas.

    Oct 24, 2007 at 9:36 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #20   Wade bang

    Hamsters’ natural habitat is Siberia!!!!

    rofl!!

    Oct 24, 2007 at 9:41 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #21   Troy McClure bang

    Let’s hope the little darlings at Hyperspace Cowgirls never learn that their website was designed by a hamster torturer!

    Oct 24, 2007 at 9:49 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   carmelo-rules

    he should of gave the hamster energy pills so he could stay running on his wheel! he would have stayed warm enough with his body heat!

    Oct 24, 2007 at 9:57 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #23   Black Bellamy

    Team National Socialist Thermostat Party!

    Why? Because pure Aryan hamsters can easily survive 55 degree temperatures, especially if you throw some extra bedding into the cage.

    Now if you have some kind of defective pet, like a Gypsy or a Jew hamster, then yes, they can become sickly and die. Hardly a tragedy though, seeing as these are natural collaborators with the Bolshevik menace.

    Oct 24, 2007 at 9:57 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #24   dawn

    Team Hamster!

    Maybe they wouldn’t have to run on those little wheels all day long if the heat was turned up.

    Oct 24, 2007 at 10:01 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #25   Strideo

    So what is the optimal hamster keeping temperature?

    Oct 24, 2007 at 10:08 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #26   GhostWriter

    Hamsters kept as a constant minus-50 degrees can be kept for many years without incident.

    Oct 24, 2007 at 10:17 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #27   the sos

    i have a mouse that i rescued from a cat last winter. he has no front toes due to frostbite. thought about tiny little prosthetics but i really don’t have the time to shuttle him back and forth to OT appointments.

    i love the note – way to be PA and playful at the same time!

    Oct 24, 2007 at 10:21 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #28   A.A guy

    RE; Black Bellamy #23,

    How would you circumsize one of those little suckers?
    out of work moyle

    Oct 24, 2007 at 10:37 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #29   GVI bang

    I don’t know about you guys but 60 is kind of cold for me.

    Oct 24, 2007 at 10:38 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #30   Mishee bang

    60 degrees is almost dead of winter for me…

    Oct 24, 2007 at 10:41 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #31   RockyCat

    This note is great! I live in Binghamton, and trust me, it gets fucking cold here in the winter. 55 degrees inside? When it’s zero degrees outside? No thanks.

    Oct 24, 2007 at 10:42 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #32   Mishee bang

    What state is this in? I don’t even know where the hell Binghamton is…

    Oct 24, 2007 at 10:49 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #33   GVI bang

    It’s NY, I just googled it.

    Oct 24, 2007 at 10:58 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #34   Lara

    I like the fact that the note writer started to spell “please” wrong (probably due to frostbitten fingers), crossed it out and kept going.

    The “suny” is a tipoff where Binghamton is. State University of NY.

    I’m on team frozen roommate. The hamster probably had bedding chips to burrow into.

    Oct 24, 2007 at 11:07 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #35   Mishee bang

    Ahhh, if SUNY had been in all CAPs I might have gotten it then…

    Oct 24, 2007 at 11:08 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #36   Sair

    Helloooo Mishee, yes I’m back! Week in Marrakech (that’s Morocco kids) and then subsequent week in bed with dicky tummy (no that’s not rude, it’s a very nice cutesy English way of saying my guts were all to hell). Thank goodness for PAN aiding my recovery!

    #17 I too love the note writer and want to marry him and raise hamsters with him (assuming it’s a guy of course) – but then again 60 degrees is a bit too hot for me so we might end up divorcing over the constant too hot/too cold battles… Remember, I live in the UK, we’re ALWAYS f-f-frrreezing here!

    Oct 24, 2007 at 11:12 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #37   Coke-aholic

    I want to hear from the note writer…where is he? Hey Chris! Give us the note writer’s email address.

    Oct 24, 2007 at 11:18 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #38   WanderingPenguin bang

    *sigh* First comment out of the gate and we get someone doubting whether this note is P/A or not. That must be a new record.

    If you leave a note instead of confronting someone directly, it’s P/A. Period. It’s not that tough, really.

    Oct 24, 2007 at 11:19 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #39   Mishee bang

    Hey Sair I was bored and reading Memorable Quotes for Monty Python and the Holy Grail on IMDb and I saw something that made me think of you… it’s had me chuckling for about 15 minutes now..

    moistened bint (The Lady of The Lake) LOL!

    Oct 24, 2007 at 11:24 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #40   Sair

    Hmm – generally I would agree with you WP #38, but I think the whole point of this missive was that it would only work when left as a note; saying it face to face wouldn’t have had the comedic impact, ergo it didn’t necessarily mean the person was being PA (intentionally or otherwise), just that they saw an opportunity for humour and took it.

    Either that or they were being entirely serious and left the note as a final PA stroke of genius to aid the cops when the note-writer’s decomposing body was found in a shallow grave in the woods behind their house…

    Oct 24, 2007 at 11:25 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #41   WanderingPenguin bang

    re #35 – I don’t think anything is ever capitalized in the explanation notes (going on memory here) so don’t hold your breath on that one.

    Also, #22 almost made me weep with the asymmetrical beauty of the phrases “should of gave” and “would have stayed” in the same post. Pure poetry!

    What’s that? A comment on the note? Ok… who the hell has their thermostat set at 60 degrees? That’s hotter than anywhere on earth!!! Oh, wait. Is that Fahrenheit? Never mind, then. ;)

    Oct 24, 2007 at 11:26 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #42   Sair

    LMAO Mishee! Ah, you can’t beat a bit of MP for some excellent English insults. One of my very favourites is ‘Your mother is a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries’ in a cod French accent.

    Ooo, how topical for this post! Chuckle…

    Oct 24, 2007 at 11:27 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #43   Sair

    #41 WP I join you in your weeping over the poetic beauty of post #22. The only thing that could have made it even more beautiful? “Should of gived”…

    Oct 24, 2007 at 11:31 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #44   Mishee bang

    Sair, another of my favorites and it should’ve dawned on me that it would be a nice addition to this post… Son of a silly person is another great Frenchman insult from Holy Grail! hee hee hee! :)

    Oct 24, 2007 at 11:35 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #45   shelly

    #5 – exactly my first thought about the cute check boxes.

    Mishee (#8) It might be hard to believe someone in college would have a hampster. It happens! On the first floor in my dorm hall there were two puppies, a kitten, and a rabbit! I guess a goldfish wasn’t good enough for anyone. It was ridiculous!

    60 degrees is FREEZING to me, but I’m one of those people that carries a jacket around with me everywhere.

    I’m glad he saved the note, but I kind of wish he’d responded. Then maybe we would’ve gotten a fun series of thermostat PA notes.

    Oct 24, 2007 at 11:37 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #46   WanderingPenguin bang

    I don’t know, Sair, I think “should of gave” is plenty wrong enough, since it should have been “have given” in the first place. If you add a word that isn’t even a real word, like “gived”, I think it would ruin the aesthetics of the error. :)

    About the P/A note thing: I have always operated with the knowledge that any note left to avoid confrontation is a P/A move. The note itself doesn’t have to contain any P/A language, it’s the act that is P/A in and of itself. That may not be (apparently) the way everyone else views P/A behaviour, though. It seems to be a grey (Canadian spelling) area. However, in this particular case I would argue that the addition of the “Kill hamster too?” box is absolutely perfect P/A behaviour. No?

    Oct 24, 2007 at 11:38 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #47   WanderingPenguin bang

    I have a question for “chris” of a scientific nature: has that sticky note retained its sticky qualities for the past 17 years? I’ve never kept one that long and wonder if they are like twinkies and never break down? :)

    Oct 24, 2007 at 11:43 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #48   todd

    ha! i was 4 years old when this note was written. at least Chris’s roommate had finally decided to give submit to death and allow it to happen. from what i hear, that makes things much better!

    Oct 24, 2007 at 11:53 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #49   Mishee bang

    Why say “Chris” WP? I am pretty sure it isn’t a pseudonym – the note was written to a Chris, so I’m pretty sure it’s his name!! :D

    Oct 24, 2007 at 11:54 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #50   lou fah

    that frozen hamster was delicious with some velveta, crackers, and texas pete hot sauce.

    Oct 24, 2007 at 11:54 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #51   KarenLW

    Mishee – I’m in SoCal, near the beach. The fires are out of control. The skies are orange/brown, smoke-filled. I can feel it in my lungs, my eyes burn. Our cars are covered in ash. I can’t imagine being close the fires. Nice thing for me though, is my husband and I are taking a fishing trip to Cabo Friday – wooohooo ! I do hope lauralie is OK, tho. God bless her.

    Oct 24, 2007 at 12:01 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #52   WanderingPenguin bang

    So you decided to go with “lou fah”, eh? Good choice. :)

    Oct 24, 2007 at 12:09 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #53   Mishee bang

    Karen, my brother and his family are in Tustin – apparently they are safe, but you never know right now! I heard about the sky and the ash… that’s crazy!

    #50 lou fah (love the name, where did you ever come up with it?) – did you happen to microwave that fucking delicious hamster?

    Oct 24, 2007 at 12:10 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #54   thedevilsadvocate

    she didn’t say “Chris” she said “chris” … try to keep up….

    Oct 24, 2007 at 12:12 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #55   WanderingPenguin bang

    Uh, thanks “tda” but this guy here definitely does not need your help. I’ve decided silence is the best option w.r.t. certain posts. ;)

    BTW I just noticed post #25 from Strideo. Sorry, “Strideo”. That was actually pretty funny – sorry I missed it earlier.

    Richard Gere would tell you that the optimal hamster-keeping temperature is 98.6 degrees F. No, wait, that would be for a gerbil. Carry on.

    Oct 24, 2007 at 12:17 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #56   Zsa bang

    No Mishee only possoms are microwaved. duh….

    *smiles*

    Oct 24, 2007 at 12:19 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #57   Zsa bang

    Is there a difference between hamsters and gerbils for that particular purpose… or in general? I thought they were the same animal

    Oct 24, 2007 at 12:20 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #58   Katzndogz bang

    I think gerbils are a little smaller – perhaps better for first timers.

    Oct 24, 2007 at 12:35 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #59   Mitsu bang

    Zsa: they’re different species, if I’m not mistaken. The big difference is that hamsters have no tail, where a gerbil has a big, long “rat tail”.

    Oct 24, 2007 at 12:36 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #60   Canthz_B bang

    Chris…Dude, I know you don’t care if I live or die, but think of the hamster Dude!

    Oct 24, 2007 at 12:43 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #61   carmelo-rules

    you guys crack me up! the way ya’ll (i’m from texas) switch topics is hilarious! the spell check nazis are scary!

    Oct 24, 2007 at 12:44 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #62   lola bang

    this note was especially funny for me because my parents killed my hedgehog while I was on my honeymoon in much the same manner. c’mon, their habitat is Africa! nice wedding present BTW – Here’s your mail and your dying hedgehog…

    those spiny little bastards are way better than any hamster or gerbil – let Gere shove that in his pipe and take an emergency trip to the ER

    Oct 24, 2007 at 1:06 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #62.1   MAMARILLA2 bang

      The hedgehog can never be buggared..

      Jul 19, 2009 at 1:02 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #63   Susu

    Chris you suck! Hamster killer turned PA mewhore. So sad.

    On a side note, aren’t rodents small enough to travel with their owners on long weekends? Pockets were made for that.

    Oct 24, 2007 at 1:07 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #64   Mitsu bang

    Yeah, I always take my hamster with me when I go out of town. I don’t want him to freeze to death!

    Oct 24, 2007 at 1:14 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #65   lou fah

    the people have spoken and lou fah it is!

    Oct 24, 2007 at 1:15 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #66   Canthz_B bang

    #48…As a “Chris”, I’d like to say that should have been …Chris’…That extra “s” is annoying.
    There is a Chris’s Deli sign near my home that makes me want to puke.
    No attack on you…way too many others do the same type of thing.

    #49…Look at the intro Mishee. “chris” :-)

    Oct 24, 2007 at 1:24 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #67   jb

    Wow, that handwriting is so similar to mine I had to think if I ever had a hamster

    Oct 24, 2007 at 1:24 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #68   protocrone

    Once on the way to band camp, I had my two hamsters Goldie and Ben in their cage and we were on the way to Las Vegas and they both died from the heat. Hey, you can check it out, we buried them in a Pepsi can at a roadside rest on the south side of Vegas.

    Oct 24, 2007 at 1:34 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #69   Mishee bang

    I was actually commenting on the quotations… there are no quotes around chris in the intro CB.

    Oct 24, 2007 at 1:59 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #70   Mr DeBakey

    Chris, Mr 55F, is all set to live with a menopausal woman in
    Hot Flash Country!

    55F is freakin ridiculous!

    Oct 24, 2007 at 2:01 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #71   Jimmy

    To be fair, it’s always 1990 in Binghamton. Have you been there?

    Oct 24, 2007 at 2:06 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #72   RP

    That note is so awesome. I wish I’d left something like that for my sister.

    I can see saving that note: it’s funny!

    Oct 24, 2007 at 2:18 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #73   Coke-aholic

    Mr DeBakey always has something to say that makes me spit Coke all over my monitor. Not again, dammit. Where is that napkin?

    Oct 24, 2007 at 2:25 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #74   Gadget

    Hamsters can’t handle sub-60 temperatures? Really? Guess that fur coat is for show.

    Oct 24, 2007 at 2:40 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #75   GhostWriter

    I’ll bet the note was in response to an earlier note taped to the fridge at Monday 5:30am –

    NOTICE – Which one of you Turds rummaged through my desk, found the key taped underneath, disconnected my security webcam, opened the clear Lexan cover, and reset the thermostat after I left Friday evening?!

    You don’t all have to die if the guilty party signs his own Death Warrant below:

    ________________

    Oct 24, 2007 at 2:48 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #76   mere bang

    55 degrees?! SERIOUSLY?!! wow, that’s cold. literally, and hearted-ly.
    i do love that he kept the note.
    and #2 -jay.. that’s FUNNY. i literally laughed and my coworkers just looked at me.

    Oct 24, 2007 at 2:48 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #77   Canthz_B bang

    #69, Mishee, WP added the quotes to direct you to the intro. :-) …actually! LOL

    Oct 24, 2007 at 3:40 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #78   Wade bang

    The hamster might have been warmer if kept in an oversized grocery sack in the refrigerator.

    Oct 24, 2007 at 3:46 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #79   Centaurea

    Jesus Christ, Chris… 55 degrees?!?

    TEAM HAMSTER

    Oct 24, 2007 at 4:02 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #80   WanderingPenguin bang

    #77 there ya go, CB. To take that a step further (farther? I always get that wrong) – I used the quotes because I would normally capitalize “Chris” but wanted to refer to the “chris” in the intro. ;)

    #59 – Mitsu: I think the tail might be of paramount importance if you are choosing a rodent to “Gere” yourself with. :)

    And #61 – carmelo-rules ( and c’mon, you knew this was coming): I think it’s spelled “y’all”. Just a “Boo!” from the SpellingNazi. ;)

    Oct 24, 2007 at 4:14 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #81   lou fah

    since ive changed my name to lou fah, ive been getting all kinds of action with the ladies.
    SWEET!

    Oct 24, 2007 at 4:15 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #82   WanderingPenguin bang

    Are the ladies trying to “sponge” off of you, lou fah?

    Thanks, folks! Drive safely! I’ll be here all week! Try the veal!

    Oct 24, 2007 at 4:18 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #83   lou fah

    that was a really good one WP.
    really good.

    Oct 24, 2007 at 4:23 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #84   Wade bang

    danke, mein Wandernden Pinguin.

    it is a contraction of you all, not ya will, lol

    my beloved second person plural :)

    Oct 24, 2007 at 4:24 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #85   WanderingPenguin bang

    LOL Wade – de nada. It’s just that I couldn’t find anything else wrong with c-r’s post and, well… I couldn’t pass up the invitation to be a Scary Spelling Nazi!

    Oct 24, 2007 at 4:28 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #86   Mishee bang

    I am glad I was able to contribute to that loufah

    Oct 24, 2007 at 4:32 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #87   Wade bang

    Vee haf Vays auf makink you punctuate!

    Oct 24, 2007 at 4:34 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #88   Wade bang

    BTW – How scared do you have to be of your roommate to hide behind a hamster?!?

    Oct 24, 2007 at 4:36 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #89   KarenLW

    # 80 WP – Further relates to degree, space and time. In addition; furthermore. Whereas farther relates to distance. However, farther may also relate to a greater extent or degree. So, it can be rather confusing. If a “step”, as you said, relates to distance, then I would say farther. If “a step further” means “a degree further, I would say you were correct. Oh my, now I’m all confused.

    Oct 24, 2007 at 4:39 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #90   KarenLW

    Dang, missed a closing quotation mark.

    Oct 24, 2007 at 4:40 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #91   Wade bang

    WP

    A gift for you, my northern neighbor:

    http://canadianheaven.ytmnd.com/

    Oct 24, 2007 at 4:40 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #92   WanderingPenguin bang

    #89- Karen: let’s just go with me being correct. ;) I think it’s a grey (gray) area, anyhow, when you get into euphemisms, don’t you agree? But holy wow, thanks for the incredibly lucid lesson. That is always appreciated. :)

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  • #93   KarenLW

    It’s a slow day here, WP. :) And I tend to go with gray.

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  • #94   WanderingPenguin bang

    Wade! You totally rock! :) That site is now winging its way (via “Stumble”) to about 20 of my Canadian – or “Canadian-sympathizing” – friends. Thanks loads, eh? Not sure why the picture of Gretzky is backwards, but maybe it’s for some weird trademark laws?

    As an aside, the song playing on that site, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot is one of those oddball “national treasures” up here. The album version is about 6 1/2 minutes long, but I have in my collection a cover version by The Rheostatics that is really cool….and about 2 minutes longer.

    Ok, that was apropos of nothing, but it always cracks me up that anyone can cover that song and make it longer. Sorry!

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  • #95   WanderingPenguin bang

    I think we have to write “grey” by law up here, Karen. Like the “Grey Cup”. Or “Earl Grey Tea”. ;)

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  • #96   lou fah

    man, is it ever cold in here. you could cut glass with my nipples.
    too much information?

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  • #97   WanderingPenguin bang

    Do you have anyone there named “Chris”, lou fah?

    Oct 24, 2007 at 5:01 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #98   claw71 bang

    Thermostat NAZIs suck but I can’t abide people who keep hamsters as pets.

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  • #99   lou zurr

    yeah, last name of kringle.

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  • #100   lou zurr

    i think he is Canadian. he is from up nort, yeah-hey.

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  • #101   anglophile bang

    WP #95, don’t ever take an offered cup of Earl Gray tea. Earl Gray had some strange ideas of what should go into tea. Earl Grey, on the other hand, was pure genius! Dried leaves of shrub + pressed flowers of bee balm, well, who’d'a thunk it’d be so tasty?

    Oct 24, 2007 at 5:34 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #102   Olivia

    Growing up in Minnesota, my mom always had the thermostat set to 58degrees… even when it was -58F outside. She didn’t understand that it wasn’t equivalent to outside temperature gages. Needless to say, no matter what the temperature is (even after moving to LA), I’m still cold 24/7.

    Team Post It.

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  • #103   Laurie

    Team TURN THE HEAT ON OR BUY THE HAMSTER A COAT, ALREADY.

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  • #104   WanderingPenguin bang

    LOL @ “Earl GrAy” tea. Very nice! :)

    And for lou fah – that was actually a pretty good imitation of the dialect north of me…or should I say, “nort o’ me, bah t’under”. :)

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  • #105   Wade bang

    WP – my pleasure, eh. ;)

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  • #106   Doug Keaachie

    One of our cats, who occupies the one bed cabin that we use when we have guests, enjoys 60 temp or better year round. I figure it’s costing use $30 a month during the winter, but it keeps the vermin out, and it’s never damp we we do use it.

    They should have taken all that good fuel in SouCal and shipped it eastward for the winter, what a waste !

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  • #107   Mishee bang

    You leave your cat in a cabin that you only use when you have guests? How does she eat? Or does she keep the vermin out?

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  • #108   tweedle

    That note could launch a thousand ships. I’m in love.

    Also, the image of human-sized bedding chips
    makes me chortle. But NOT spit anything on my keyboard or monitor.

    That is an official pet peeve of mine, now.
    Sorry, Coke-a-holic — That bitch Rene made me do it!

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  • #109   Doug Keaachie

    Cabin is 90 feet from main house, no trouble feeding and being affectionate with cat, Xena, also known as “Laserclaws.”

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  • #110   Coke-aholic

    I must have missed something. What was the human sized bedding chips thing about?

    Mr DeBakey’s comment cracked me up because it made me think of my mother, who is always hot due to hot flashes. My sister and I try to surreptitiously turn up the heat when we visit my mother’s house (she keeps the thermostat at 60F), but she always catches us. So, sorry if I peeved you off somehow.

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  • #111   tweedle

    Oh heavens, Coke-a-holic, I’m in no way peeved. Gracious of you to bother to apologize, though~ But not warranted atall-atall, menopausal mum anecdotes or no. Mine’s menopausal too — and so will I be one day if I make it that far (for that cryptic All-Hallow’s-Eve-ish tone), and I’m in no way touchy about it.

    No, Dear; it’s your spitting your drinks on monitors everytime someone says something funny that I really MUST object to.

    That there are so many ‘net naifs out there spitting up drinks –milk, coffee, pop.. through noses, on keyboards, on monitors– at this late date– it simply strains my credulity. Nothing personal. I like coke too. And it is kind of a cheery image, someone bursting out laughing, when, OOp! thare* goes the decorum! All sticky.
    …but…
    Seems like every time you (I) turn around on comment boards, someone is spewing appreciatively onto their electronics.

    Evil people are machinating and visiting terrible things upon their fellow beings the world over, especially in Oakland, and here I am fretting about a few people having good clean (?) fun at their computers? Have I lost my mind?

    *rooting around in fridge for favorite comfort food… yes! I’ll have my specially wrapped and saved Outback bread.

    But… where is it!? It’s .. not here..!

    My cheeks tingle with flush of mild outrage –could Michelle have possibly–*

    Excuse me, I have a note to write.

    Does that make anything clearer, C-a-h? Hope so. Regards, tweedle

    * that spelling issue is for you, W. P.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 3:00 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #112   Troy McClure bang

    If it’s Tweedle
    You want to needle,
    Then you should soak
    Your keyboard with Coke.

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  • #113   Emilis

    What was he thinking. Trying to kill the hamster by heat. 60 degrees is nearly a sauna!

    …oh you mean those funny american farenheits… *shrug*

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  • #114   Wade bang

    Hey now, fahrenheit is also used in Liberia and Myanmar, thank you very much. ;)

    60° C = 140°F

    mmmmm, hamster is best slow roasted.

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  • #115   Mishee bang

    Good to know Doug – I was imagining a poor lonely kitty who only got company when her masters were entertaining… I know my kitty gets pissed if I am 30 min late coming home from work…. she’s a spoiled, demanding little punk who is attacking my feet as I type this! Brat!

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  • #116   johnO

    Chris, there’s a few hints in here that you might have OCD!

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  • #117   WickedLady

    Haha, you guys are hilarious! You totally made my day after a very, very rough start. (I’ve studied for over a week for this huge math test and I knew everything and when I had the test, I knew nothing)

    I have a guinea pig and I’ll probably still have him when I go to college. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s always good to have company. :)
    I also had a hamster once, but my cat ate him.

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  • #118   Fraulein N bang

    Team Hamster Owner! I totally want to raise hamsters with him too. This note is freakin’ adorable.

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  • #119   Coke-aholic

    Okay, now I am peeved. There are evil people all over the world, doing evil things. That I agree with. But especially in Oakland??? Come on, California is NOT the center of the universe. There are much, much worse things happening elsewhere than some people losing their homes in a fire. I am not being insensitive at all about the fires and their victims. I just think that when you take a good look at the world and its problems California does not rank at the top. And hey, I have some very good friends who live right in the fire zone who lost their homes. They agree with me. You said “mum” so I assume you are not Californian. Was I right?

    Oct 25, 2007 at 9:42 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #120   WanderingPenguin bang

    Wow. Pretty sure the Fahrenheit vs Celsius joke was made about 75 posts earlier, Emilis. Not that that has to stop you, of course, but you could have expanded on it. :)

    And LOL – thanks, tweedle, for the consideration. That spelling mistake was fuc….erm, it almost made me spit co…. erm, ahh, thanks, Terry!

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  • #121   Misplaced

    I suspect that hampster was kept at an even 98.6 degrees all weekend.

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  • #122   Joy!!!

    Poor little guy and his high maintenance hamster pet!

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  • #123   Doug Keaachie

    Should hamsters be buried in thermostatically controlled dumpsters ? Should PA monsters be mashed at Halloween dances ? You lives and you takes your chances !

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  • #124   tweedle

    Dude, Coke-a-holic, I totally dig your passion, brah, but that Oakland reference was SO not about the fires or me being CA-pocentric. Scout’s Honor!

    That’s what trying to wittily reference* a relatively obscure previous comment thread subject’ll get me; In hot water! (coke?)

    Now it’s my turn to apologize for getting your dander up. ..Sorry?

    *On the grammar front, I’m wondering–do split infinitives also warrant disciplinary action, WP?

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  • #125   tweedle

    I know, I know: you’re not my bra, Walter Cronkite. You aren’t.

    Heads up: that was a playful (key word) Zoolander reference. Truce?

    Oct 26, 2007 at 2:26 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #126   tweedle

    Ha ha, Troy! Some day we should do an all-haiku comment thread, or all rhyming couplets.. or some crazy shit like ‘at. Just for giggles. Oh, and grins.

    Oct 26, 2007 at 2:28 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #127   Troy McClure bang

    #127:
    You is talking loco and I like it!
    PAN just needs some rhyming verse to spike it!

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  • #128   Mrs L Carrot

    Fifty five degrees!? Chris is not so much a thermostat Nazi, as a fucking polar bear if he is comfortable at those temperatures.

    Cheers

    Mrs L Carrot

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  • #129   bedders bang

    felch the little hamster that should keep him at an ambient temp,i thought hamsters lived in arid desert enviroments ?

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  • #130   Lucy

     
  • #131   Coke-aholic

    No big deal, Ms. Tweedle. And please, no more haikus, okay? How about some good old fashioned Poe type poetry instead?

    By the way, I am a lady, not a dude.

    Oct 27, 2007 at 9:49 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #132   Wade bang

    OMGZ!!! Lucy, that was Incredimazing!!!

    :D

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  • #133   VitaminJ

    I speculate Chris (lost in a haze of rage and wasted fuel fumes) threatened to kill the note-writer for messing with the thermo. Hence, the search for clarification of threat object – “kill hamster too?”

    The note-writer wasn’t anticipating death by freezing. It was a courtesy request for date & time of murder. This way, enjoyment of porn could be maximized before disposal of stash to spare discovery by grieving parents.

    It’s obvy why Chris kept the note all this time. Roommate didn’t survive the semester. (Funny how the brakes failed in that brand new Subaru and they could never find Chris’ wire cutters after the tragedy.)

    Yes, for years, Chris was bitter that the story about getting an automatic 4.0 if your roommate died was all college legend. But people change, mature. Anger fades; regret is forever. Regret that roomie’s mom had to sort through son’s “Submissive Hamsters and Other Small Rodents” paraphernalia.

    Oct 28, 2007 at 2:13 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #134   WanderingPenguin bang

    “obvy”? Yikes. :|

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  • #135   cat

    haha, i had a roommate who consistenly left the heat off in his room (but left on all the lights, go energy saving!) and would bitch me out for leaving mine on while i was at work. my reason? my beloved HAIRLESS rat named snarf. rats and (and hamsters, apparently) are really sensitive to the cold to begin with, so imagine my poor hairless bebe, left without the heat on in my room in the middle of a montreal winter.

    he had no reason to complain. i never saw him pay a bill for heat/electricity in the two and a half years i lived with him.

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  • #136   Olivia bang

    Omigosh! I laughed out loud at this one! : )

    There’re definitely some gems that one needs to search for to find.

    Apr 1, 2008 at 2:43 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #137   h!

    this was awesome.

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