September 30, 2009

Dumb inventions of the 20th century!

Filed under: HA! — Twin C @ 2:29 pm

Some of these are pretty funny.

September 29, 2009

Impressive. . .

Filed under: HA! — Twin C @ 8:46 am

Here’s a spam comment I just deleted:

“Inga said “what a load of crap!” just for the sake of irony, but I’ll refrain.”

It’s almost as if the spambot knows the Polenbergs!

September 19, 2009

Irony, childhood style?

Filed under: HA!, PolenBabble — Twin C @ 5:08 pm

Twin B, Twin D, Jax and I are upstate right now for Rosh Hashannah (PSB stayed home to rest after a week long trip last week, and Twin A is preparing to play the Danger party tonight). I am pretty tired after drinking and karaoke-ing last night, which was really fun. I got to see an old friend who moved to Seattle over a year ago, as well as meeting the (relatively new) boyfriend of another friend.

My aunt and uncle are here, and they brought some items for the table, including a salad made with broccoli slaw, something I never heard of. The PolenDad suggested putting beets in it, as my aunt doesn’t like beets at all. This reminded me that once when I was a child, I was yelled at by the PolenDad and sent to my room because I did not want to try the beets that were put in front of me. They did not look appetizing to me at the time (to be honest, they still don’t really look appetizing, but I think I’ve had and liked borscht once or twice). It was obviously not the most traumatic thing that happened to me as a child, but I still remembered it.

As a child I was a very fussy eater - I didn’t like a lot of stuff. If there were things on my plate I didn’t want, I used to put them in my chair so that later on, the dog would come and eat them so I wouldn’t have to. Depending on what was for dinner, I would plan my seat location appropriately, so that I could slip food in surreptitiously if I needed to. It worked for a while, until the one time my parents saw the dog circling a chair one night and lifted up the seat cushion and found most of a hamburger.

Back to the beets - I reminded the PolenDad of him getting mad at me and sending me to my room, and he replied, “Oh, right. I remember that. I don’t really like beets that much either.”

September 16, 2009


Filed under: HA! — Twin C @ 2:25 pm

Happy Birthday Big Mike!!!

Filed under: PolenBabble — Twin C @ 9:02 am

Have an awesome day!

September 15, 2009

A startling discovery:

Filed under: PolenBabble, Kvetch! Kvetch! Kvetch! — Twin C @ 12:50 pm

I am no longer fifteen years old.

Friday night I played poker with some old friends and made a few new ones, and for the first two hours played well and caught all the cards I needed. I amassed a giant pile of chips in front of me. The buy in was small, so it wasn’t a lot of money, but I still felt pretty triumphant. But then I started to get tired, and started to get sloppy, and made a bunch of dumb calls, and became a moronic calling station, and gave most of my megastack back. I ended up ahead, but not by much. When I finally got home that night, I thought to myself, “I am a moron.”

The next morning was Great Adventure day courtesy of my megacorporation, and I was to meet Twin D, my friend L, and my cousin J at 9:30 am in Manhattan. I think I ended up getting five hours of sleep total. I did not feel good. I wasn’t feeling like I was hung over, but I was definitely out of it. When we got to the park, we found a coffee shop and I got a mocha and felt somewhat better. We decided to start out a little slow, and Twin D and I went over to the parachute ride (L and J sat out), and got on, but when it was our turn to go, the ride decided we weighed too much and refused to budge. I got off and let D ride by himself. (The weight limit was 400 pounds, and I guess I’m too close to 180 and D is too over 220.) We then decided to hit the best ride in the park, El Toro. When we got there, we were immediately rejected because L had a bag, and you are no longer allowed to take your bag onto the ride, drop it at the boarding station, and pick it up when you leave. Instead, you have to leave it in a locker near the ride, for a dollar a pop, each time you want to ride. What a racket! We tried having D and J ride first and then hold the bag while L and I rode, but this took way too long, especially when El Toro broke down right as L and I sat down to ride it. They actually sat us down, made us get off after five minutes, had us wait ten minutes, sat us down again, then made us get off again. L and I gave up, threw her bag in a locker, and the four of us rode Rolling Thunder. (D and J got to ride it twice.) We then walked over and rode what used to be Medusa but is now Bizarro, the same coaster but with some effects added - some mist, and some fire, some fake buildings, and some sound effects. It’s a great coaster, and the new stuff was kind of fun, but it really didn’t heighten the experience that much. We went back and hit El Toro again now that it was running, grabbed L’s stuff, then headed over to the other side of the park, where we played some skeeball, and D took on his arch nemesis, the Stacker machine, which is kind of like playing a cheap ass version of Tower Bloxx but if you do well enough, you win a little prize. In this case, D won another keychain LED flashlight, just like he did last year. He gave this year’s to me, which I’m happy about because my old one died recently. We then rode Nitro and The Dark Knight (which was not great, but not nearly as bad as D kept saying it was going to be), and then headed back to the center of the park, won a penguin for PSB, and Twin D rode Kingda Ka three time in ten minutes. (I rode it once with him - I really love it, but the last time I went on it the acceleration was kind of jerky, which made me feel headachy once I got off - this time it was super smooth, so I was fine). L noticed I was looking a little green after this ride, and we were all pretty beat, so we took off. Oh, and at some point we sat and watched two dolphin shows, one was pretty good but the other was TERRIBLE. But the dolphins were cute, and so were the sea lions.

Normally, I would have riden each coaster two or three times, but I barely had the energy or the stamina. I haven’t turned green from a ride since I was a teenager and Twin B and I sat on the end seat of the Buccaneer at the Dutchess County Fair, and we thought we were going to fall out. And I think I turned more white than green.

Anyway, Twin B had a little birthday gathering that night that D, L, and I all made it to, and I ended up getting kind of drunk and almost falling asleep on Twin A’s bed. Olya took pity on me and drove me home.

Sunday I mostly laid on the couch and moaned. Then I went to my Sunday night poker game, which we hadn’t played in months. It was nice to be at the table again, even though all I wanted to do was sleep.

Yesterday I felt mostly normal, but not quite. I’m still kind of tired today. . . I guess if I go to an amusement park, I have to remember not to stay up until 3:00 am the night before. Crazy, huh?

September 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Twin B!!!!!

Filed under: PolenBabble — Twin C @ 8:44 am

Hope you have a bacony-licious day!

September 8, 2009

A very special offer!

Filed under: PolenBabble — Twin C @ 12:11 pm

The first ten Polenblog readers who leave a comment on this post can get a free Moth ticket to the season premiere this Thursday! Here’s more information about the show:

Your Company
The Moth invites you to
Made to be Broken: Stories About Disobedience

Join the Moth for stories of the defiant, non-compliant and downright unruly.  From Little Rock, Arkansas to Afghanistan, Egypt, and the altar, tales of rebellion,  bravery  and authority questioned.

Thursday, September 10th

Hosted by:  Tom Shillue

Stories by:
Philip Caputo
Angela Mullins

Dr. Terrence Roberts
Andrew Solomon

Mazz Swift

Curated by:
Meg Bowles

at The Great Hall at Cooper Union
30 Cooper Square

Doors Open
Stories Start on Stage

(Sorry - my html mojo isn’t so hot.)

Leave your comment NOW!!! It should probably be about how awesome The Moth is, or how awesome PSB is, or how awesome I am.

UPDATE: SUCKERS! The show was last night, and it was amazing. And you could have had free tickets. . . oh well. Maybe next year. . .

September 7, 2009

Only because I seem to be Moth blogging quite a bit. . .

Filed under: PolenBabble — Twin C @ 10:48 pm

What will PETA think?

September 3, 2009

Everything’s coming up Mothy!

Filed under: PolenBabble — Twin C @ 9:04 am

Here’s The Moth in the New York Post! The article talks about the new Moth radio show, which airs this weekend, featuring PSB as the host!!!! Go honey go!!!! There are two other hosts she alternates with, Lea Thau and Dan Kennedy. (Guess who I think the best one is?)

And there’s a Moth mailing tonight! Need something to do? Your help would be greatly appreciated. . . here’s the scoop. I’ll be there for an hour or two at the beginning.

Last Fall’s was red
This Spring’s had some blue
Our new calendars are here
To mail them we need you!

You’ll be loved up and fed
And welcomed to our zoo
Perhaps some wine or some beer
Will make this worthwhile for you?

If “Yes!” you have said
“This is just what I’ll do!”
You’re a dream and a dear
And we have great thanks for you.

Join us this Thursday, September 3rd, 4pm-10pm

at The Moth Office
330 West 38th Street, Suite 1403
New York, NY 10018

Buzz Suite 1403 or call 212 742 0551 to get in after 6pm. Drop by when you can, for as long as you can! Please let me know if you’re planning to come, you can reach me at

Thank you!


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