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 on: Yesterday at 02:40:01 PM 
Started by rva - Last post by Zafer Kaya
My sister does not believe George Benson is good.

"Gimme the Night and This Masquerade, George Benson?" 

"Yes, Gimme the Night George Benson." 

"But those are just horrible smooth R&B songs.  Is there even any guitar on them?"

"Well, those aren't really his guitar songs."

"So you're saying he plays guitar on some of his songs.  But is he a GOOD guitar player, or is it more like 'I bet you didn't know George Benson can play guitar?"

"No, way better."

"Like, he can hang with real professional guitar players?"

"Umm no... like real professional guitar players wish they were as good as George Benson."

"Is this just one of your stupid hot takes where you think everyone is underrated?"

"No.  George Benson is widely acknowledged as a great guitar player.  Would be famous if he never sang a note great. 
Iconic/legend level great.  Clapton/Hendrix level great.  Dozens of instructional "How to Play Like George Benson" books and videos great.  Greatest of All Time level great."

"I don't believe you."

I swear I have this conversation with her once a year.

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 on: Yesterday at 02:30:24 PM 
Started by daytime drinking - Last post by c-lando
1. "White Tears" - Hari Kunzru
2. "Two Kinds of Truth" - Michael Connelly
3. "Who Fears Death" - Nnedi Okorafor
4. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - Decided to re-read this one in preparation for the new season of BOSCH. It's a terrific choice to use for the show, now more than ever.
5. "Everything I Never Told You" - Celeste Ng - I started and abandoned a few books in March but this one really grabbed ahold of me. It was depressing as shit and it also made me really glad that I never fucked up some kid's life as their parent.
6. "The Mother of Black Hollywood" - Jenifer Lewis - The palette cleanser I needed after Ng's book. SHE IS HILARIOUS.
7. "The Paying Guests" - Sarah Waters - OK, I am not finishing this book. It is taking me forever and I don't like it and I'm tired of making myself read it. I don't care if I'm 350 pages in. I can't think of a satisfying ending. So, I don't really need to know what it is.
8. "The High Tide Club" - Mary Kay Andrews (audiobook) - My BFF has been listening to this and decided that I needed to listen to it as well. So fun moments but not really my cuppa. Definite beach read that was OK as a daily commute companion.

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 on: Yesterday at 08:10:20 AM 
Started by foolsgold - Last post by c-lando
Author visit:
Ron Chernow--Mon, Oct 15
http://www.cincinnatilibrary.org/news/2018/ronchernow.html

WHOA.

 4 
 on: May 24, 2018, 11:33:37 PM 
Started by Ella Minnow Pea - Last post by euro60
I will vote for pretty much anyone putting up a fight against Trump in the 2020 GOP primaries.

I do realize that the chance of that person winning the GOP nomination is slim, but that won't stop me

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 on: May 24, 2018, 11:18:03 PM 
Started by Ella Minnow Pea - Last post by Zafer Kaya
Kasich could help maybe.  He has no chance of winning, but he seems to have developed some principles late in his career.  Is he willing to run just to stick it to Trump?  He could be at least a useful voice as a commentator/pundit the way Gingruch was to Trump.

I think you all should rally behind Evan McMullin.  If those two ran as a third party ticket could they peel off enough Trump voters, and in McMullin’s case maybe get younger conservatives into it a la Bernie?  Don’t know.  Might be the best shot.


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 on: May 24, 2018, 10:50:00 PM 
Started by foolsgold - Last post by trixi
Author visit:
Ron Chernow--Mon, Oct 15
http://www.cincinnatilibrary.org/news/2018/ronchernow.html

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 on: May 24, 2018, 07:47:54 PM 
Started by Ella Minnow Pea - Last post by euro60

The best thing that can happen is a conservative somewhere gets some balls and actually stands up to Trump and tries to reform the GOP.  Thus, giving you all a non-Trump option you feel good about getting behind.  But there's no one doing that. So we're just screwed.

Kasick is seriously considering running against Trump in 2020. If he does, I'll gladly vote for him (again, like I did in the 2016 primaries). Keeping fingers crossed.

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 on: May 24, 2018, 07:07:42 PM 
Started by rva - Last post by Paco
It's a funny coincidence y'all have so much bamboo going. I just did a major exterior renovation and part of that was the plant situation which had been mostly ignored for a couple of years. i sort of considered trying bamboo but wasn't sure it was viable here in dayton. I think I'm glad I didn't after reading everyones problems in getting rid of it.
I had the same issue with Mulberry and Honeysuckle that had grown out of control for 20 years or so. I had 6 Mulberry trees that were 20-40 feet tall and enough Honeysuckle to choke the Budweiser Clydesdales.
After getting it cut down I was given some Herbicide from an Arborist I know which is specific to woody plants. He told me the proper chemical name but needless to say, you can't get this stuff from Lowes. Put it on grass, flowers, weeds, it won't do anything. But if you paint a ring around the trunk of an existing tree or the top of a stump thats leftover, thats it. In a matter of days or a week, it's as dead as....dead.
 
I'm curious if it would work on bamboo. Probably not, since bamboo is technically a grass, correct?

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 on: May 24, 2018, 05:41:14 PM 
Started by rva - Last post by Paco
Any idea if Round-Up residue would linger for a year in the wooden boxes or on the underside of the tarp? We want to reuse the boxes. They are lined with landscape fabric, which we plan to remove and replace after the bamboo is gone and the boxes have been refinished/repaired.


If someone wants to freak out about something, your boxes are probably pressure treated lumber and if they are older than 10 years probably with the old CCA which means it is leaching arsenic.  But you don't have to tell your garden group that.  It really only penetrates an inch or so at the edges and again-- no one is eating anything from the boxes.  Not that it would matter even if they did.

Oh man, the old CCA. When I was a wee lad in the mid 80s, I lived near L.A. and drove truck for a lumber company. One of the places I had to occasionally haul out of was the processing plant that made the CCA lumber. i could only get about half of the board feet of a usual load because the wood was so wet, still dripping with the chemical soup. Nasty stuff indeed.


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 on: May 24, 2018, 04:58:00 PM 
Started by rva - Last post by Zafer Kaya
Any idea if Round-Up residue would linger for a year in the wooden boxes or on the underside of the tarp? We want to reuse the boxes. They are lined with landscape fabric, which we plan to remove and replace after the bamboo is gone and the boxes have been refinished/repaired.

What Paco said.  Roundup is a contact killer that is effective only when it gets sucked up by plants and penetrates to the roots.  It does not screw up the soil.  I mean, I don't know if I would totally trust Monsanto's word on that 100% but you all would be using a fairly small amount in a small area.  You're not planning to grow anything to eat on it, and you are replacing the dirt and fabric anyway so I don't think it's a big deal... to humans anyway.  And probably pets.  It may create some mutant butterflies if they land on the plant while it's still on the plant but I believe my views on the the sissification of butterflies has been expressed.  You kill a few butterflies this year to plant nice pollinators that will help butterflies for the next ten years... it's a worthwhile trade.

If someone wants to freak out about something, your boxes are probably pressure treated lumber and if they are older than 10 years probably with the old CCA which means it is leaching arsenic.  But you don't have to tell your garden group that.  It really only penetrates an inch or so at the edges and again-- no one is eating anything from the boxes.  Not that it would matter even if they did.

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