Hi all!

I haven’t posted here in a LONG time.  I post a lot on daily Kos.  But I can’t stand the new site.  So, I am looking for a new home.

This is just to introduce myself.

I’m plf515

I’m a statistician, a learning disabled adult, a father, a husband. I’m straight but I try not to be narrow.  I’m square but I try not to be stiff.  I’m geeky.

I live in NY-08.  Nadler!  Gillibrand!   WOOO HOOO!

I am socially EXTREMELY liberal and economically pretty liberal

I lived in Israel for 3 years.  I think Israel under Netanyahu is like USA under Bush II.

I like to write about books (I have a series called What Are You Reading?).  I also follow congress fairly closely.  I like election diaries.

I love to eat, but am not much of a cook.  Favorite foods are Thai, Korean, Chinese, Italian.  I’m a very adventurous eater.  I also like beer.  Wine is good too.

I like to analyze things

I like Bach, Coltrane and the Beatles.


1) I see all these collaborating sites.  Is there a guide as to which does what?

2) What else is different from big Orange?

3) What else do I need to know?



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  1. Good to see you back.

    Umm… they mostly don’t specialize in being anything but themselves.  This will give you an idea of the direction that I at least am headed in.

    Any code that would work on dK will probably work here, but if you have a problem let me know.

    I’m hanging out over at TSHG at the moment, liveblogging the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.  Stars Hollow is about Formula One and Le Tour and if you ever think I’m talking about Politics you are sadly mistaken.

    • TMC on February 16, 2011 at 01:58

    There have been a few minor tweaks to the place but, all in all, it’s about the same as it was when you left. Same old Soapblox support format with the same frustrating HTML, a few new faces, some old ones gone (sigh) but welcome should they return, and, oh, a new keeper of the “light”, me. buhdydarma has gone seeking new horizons and “mountain climbing”. He asked if there was someone out there to take over at the helm and I  put up the offer, along with the support from Edger, and took control of the site in January.

    The Port Writers Alliance is best explained here by ek hornbeck, who is still an admin here, and my partner at The Stars Hollow Gazette.

    There are no “groups” here, just us, 😉

    • Edger on February 16, 2011 at 02:07

    you write pretty damn good essays too. 😉 Good to see you!

    • RiaD on February 16, 2011 at 02:28

    i sure hope you continue your series….at the Alliance.

    we may not have as many folks as big orange, but we’re growing again!

    i hope to see you over at mywee-tiny blog soon!

    (you must register at each blog, we don’t (yet) have the technology that FDL has)

  2. to join here. Oh boy! Ponies for everybody! waving 😀

    • Xanthe on February 16, 2011 at 03:44

    I’d love to see your literary series on one of the Port Alliance blogs.

    When I stopped commenting at Kos – your diaries were one of the ones I missed.

    • Xanthe on February 16, 2011 at 10:30

    where it would get most exposure –

    BTW, I’ve just finished Wait Til Next Year – Doris Kearns Goodwin’s memoir of her own post WWII childhood entwined with the Brooklyn Dodgers fortunes.  It is a warm recount of a time I remember well.  Makes me sad really.  Because although I grew up in Little Italy in Chicago – and we always had enough food and a roof over our heads, everyone during this period just knew things were going to get better.  With that said, it was also a time of upheaval – the beginning of breaking up neighborhoods due to gentrification for instance.  Still, there was in the air that brisk feeling of good fortune standing outside our doors.  Quite a contrast to today’s atmosphere.  And of course, I was a passionate kid about the White Sox so there’s lots of connections.  

    And as we know – the Dodgers moved West – that was a real heartbreak as well as a signal that America was changing as it does.  Many people in my extended family moved out west.  The family was never the same after that — we never had that cohesion I knew as a child.  It was wrenching.  While the country is one of change, always has been – now the changes were happening quite fast.  And they continued to happen mercilessly with celerity – now that I think of it I never felt as safe with that real sense of belonging since my family lived as a unit in the old neighborhood.  

    Doris is quite clever to join the two threads.  And now, of course, the Boomers are worried about SS.  You might say gentrification is coming to the Boomers neighborhood in the form of the new “creative” class’ push.  All of a sudden another huge change comes rolling down our streets.  Something that was a solid solace in our older age may be gone – quite frightening to the non-creatives out here.  And making us feel as though we’re really not all that necessary to the new world order.  But that’s me at 3 am – maybe I’ll be in better spirits after a cup of coffee.        


    • on February 16, 2011 at 15:57

    Focuses on Asia and the Middle East areas ignored by North American blogs.

  3. At my age, it’s a big deal.  Now to figuring out how to ‘rec up’ the comments of folks, I’ll feel completely whole again.

  4. I, too, am moving away from DKos.  Can’t stand the changes and will refrain from ranting on about them.  

    I have a user ID in the 3,000s so I’ve been there, off and on, for a long time.  It feels like an old friend who has gotten a really lousy plastic surgery job.  

    My arrival here is very auspicious.  The computer-generated security code that I had to read and type in when I registered was “fartly.”  Can it get any better than that?!

  5. I have a good stack of books going that are awaiting your return, they are crying for new blood to join them.  I’m trying the dk4 group thing but I’m drowning in the stream I turned into a torrent with big snags in the undercurrent. so far dk4 is short circuiting my brain wiring and turning my short term memory into a puddle. I just got back from a walk to flush out my head and came here. I like the idea of groups as the endless wreck list of the endless circular war was tiring me out and I got trapped in a surreal addiction of opposition to ghosts. Luckily some of my favorite writers from dk4 grace Docudrama with there writing. This is a stream not a raging river. My books and glasses and heart all welcome you contributions in a place I can at the least find what you are offering.

  6. As with all blogs, this one has as its good and bad points.  Allow me to thusly point out in the following manner some of the bad points for ya:

    1.  The baby Jesus gets NO respect here!  Can ya believe someone here once typed “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas?”  

    2.  Perhaps you’ve noticed the tiger graphic at the bottom of the page.  I hate that tiger with the red-hot fire of a thousand suns.  It should be a caribou instead.

    3.  Docudharma is one of the proposed sites where the Death Panels plan on meetin’ up.  I know this for a fact because I heard Glenn Beck say so.

    4.  I’ve never seen TheMomCat’s birth certificate.  Just sayin’ . . .    

  7. Like you, haven’t been around DD much, and like you, I’m not loving DK these days, for a few reasons (the new site being a gigantic time-sucking PITA being just one).

    I’m glad you posted here so I could jump on your bandwagon and also say hello.  🙂

  8. Followed you over here via cfk’s link in her book diary.  We miss you.  I wanted to make sure not to miss your book diaries.

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