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Aristus

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Gender: Male
Hometown: Puyallup, Washington
Member since: 2001
Number of posts: 34,343

About Me

I truly believe that we will all live in peace and brotherhood someday. And so that I don't lose my faith in humanity, I will live my life as if that day had already happened.

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Ugh! Sick. And in need of company. Ask me anything...

Anybody up late? Got a nice Midas Touch buzz-on...



Let's bring back mandatory state and local militias, and disband the U.S. Armed Forces.

If you are not willing to see this happening, then stop telling me about your sacred 2nd Amendment rights.

I'm not a surgeon like this guy, but, boy howdy, is the back pain part correct!:

http://www.cracked.com/article_21177_5-things-your-doctor-really-wants-to-say-to-you-but-wont.html

Not looking forward to the ICD-10 conversion, either...

My current earworm. Three days and counting...



It's one of the more frightening earworms I've ever had. It's almost impossible to sing this song yourself and not feel a little rush when doing so. A little kick, a slight swelling of the chest, a little pride.

Because that's what the song is supposed to do. Make you feel good.

I saw a revival of Cabaret at the Paramount in Seattle in 1988. It was Joel Gray's last tour in the role of the Emcee. Back then, I was still a fairly straight-laced, conservative, Southern-raised boy. I was a little put off by the crazy, highly sexualized goings-on at the Kit-Kat Club for the first part of the play.

Then, a small group of young waiters came out on the stage, wearing a uniform of short red waiters' jackets. And they sang this lovely song. Beautiful, pastoral, optimistic. I loved it. It was such a contrast to the tawdry acts of the Berlin cabaret.

Then my dad, who had taken me to see the show, leaned over and whispered: "That's a Nazi Hitler Youth Anthem." *

I was instantly horrified. And I understood then, dimly, in my naive 19 year-old way, how it was that the German people - highly educated, enlightened, sophisticated, cosmopolitan, humane - could be drawn to the monstrousness of the Nazi regime.

* - I found out only recently that "Tomorrow Belongs To Me" is not a Hitler Youth song. It is an original song, written specifically for the Cabaret musical. (By Jewish songwriters, no less.) But it certainly captures the nationalistic spirit of the Nazis, as it was supposed to.

What's everybody drinking tonight?

The DU-ers I usually chat with in the evenings have gone to bed. What's everybody else doing?

Facing a potentially boring day in clinic. Anybody want to keep me company?

Any house-bound DU-ers want to help me out with this?

It's so great to have Obama out of office! Thanks, American Spring!




Oh. Wait...

Will is out of town. Having dinner alone. Ask me anything.

Place is quiet when 'Will the S Bardkicker' isn't around to party with...

Boring day in clinic. Ask me anything.

I guess I could use a little company.

If I don't reply right away, it means I'm visiting with a patient, but thank you in advance.

Will is in Stratford with his family. Things are slow in the Lounge. I just need some mental stimulation.
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