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Monday, July 23, 2012

The Return of StrangeAppar8us!

Tune into Rumproast.com on Thursday July 26th for the triumphant return of StrangeAppar8us. He recently dictated a post to Mrs. Polly during one of her many visits to Pittsburgh to take care of our pal and we’re very excited to give you a heads up about it. Please spread the word and come on by this Thursday at approximately 10:30 AM ET. People will be thanked, secrets will be revealed, you will laugh and cry, and Mrs. Polly will be reading all of your comments to Strange as they come in. See you then.—Your Semi-Retired Blog Founder

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

RIP to one of the good guys

1 month and 2 days ago my husband lost his fiercely fought battle with pancreatic cancer that had metastasized to his liver.  We were married for 35 years, lived together for 6 years before that.  We were each other’s chief supporter and best friend.  And we raised 4 great children together.  He was a loving husband, wonderful dad, great friend to many and a good citizen.  And he made me laugh more than anyone I’ve ever known.  We miss him terribly and always will.  RIP Rich Delanoy.

Your loving wife Marion Delanoy
aka marindenver

But there’s a war on out there.  So I’m climbing back in the saddle.

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Saturday, April 07, 2012

Reports of my death have been greatly optimistic from a financial-planning standpoint

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pictured: a dumb hairy animal suffering from lameness and his dog

Funny story! Actually multiple intertwined funny stories, except for the one about Parker’s (second) torn ACL, which is only funny insofar as I spent last Sunday convinced he was playing an April Fool’s joke (“check out the look on his face when he sees me limping, he just finished paying off the interest on my last orthopedic surgery,” is what I imagined him saying to the cats). Those stories shall be told once I can type sans agony* again, but I wanted to check in so’s to let everyone know I’m not gone for good. Wouldn’t want the haters to get their hopes up only to have them cruelly dashed (just go with me here—the only thing that bothers me more than the word “haters” is the near-certainty that I don’t merit any).

Okay, back to hammering out these his-and-smaller-his breastplates, ‘cause the arrows of outrageous fortune can’t be far behind.

*no, I mean once I can type without causing myself agony, my writing style hasn’t changed any

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Thursday, April 05, 2012

Greetings, and a little Techmology

A brief funny from an actual Vonage Visual Voicemail. But first, a little about me.

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Polly, Kevin K, Marindenver, gil man, Tom65, and others from the Rumproast Board of Directors. They are as delightful in person as they are in the virtual world. Just wanted to assure you that you are in really good hands here. Well, Tom65 is a bit off, but really the rest of them are all right. :)

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Hello, there. Strangely here.

Greetings, Roasters. I’ve been asked to become a co-blogger and wanted to make a proper introduction of myself.  Some of you may already know of me from my comments here and elsewhere and via my small and unassuming blog, Strangely Blogged, which is as good a place to get to know me as one might find. I’ve been blogging for about five years or so and have very nearly gotten the hang of it.  Expect sarcasm, complaining, images enhanced by “Paint” (I’m hi-tech!), feminism, and deceased equine belaboring. Erm, this post is almost as much about making sure I’ve figured out the blogging software here as it is an introduction, so it might take me a while to get fully in the swing of regular posting.

And—that’s my intro. I’m going to go work on some other blog stuff, now; just thought I’d get “me” out of the way.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Somebody’s Having a Birthday!

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So let’s all send our regards to former Republican Majority Leader Bill Frist! You don’t have to go through the hassle of mailing a card, you can just head down to your local hospital and wave jauntily at a surveillance camera; he’ll see you wishing him well from deep inside TeleDiagnostic Op-Center Alpha.

I had my heart set on a cat-themed cake, but I was afraid he’d just butcher it. I’ll save that template for Romney—baked goods do not travel well.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

PSA for RR readers to whom this will come as news, both of ‘em

Because, I mean, like you don’t know. But if she’s not going to note the occasion and be all FUCK YEAH, it falls to us.

So FUCK YEAH Betty, that’s what I’m talkin’ about. (elaborate high-five with elbow-bumps and whatnot) Consider yourself noted, occasion!

Hey Bets, have I told you what an honor it’s been? Not that you’re leaving—whoa, my fingers just crossed through each other, I didn’t know that was physically possible—I’ve just been trying to figure out how to say that without it coming off too cornball. Still haven’t quite cracked the code, but at least I get to cross a second item off my “To Note” list.

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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Have Yourself A Merry Little RumpYear

Pointing And Laughing Since Just Ever


Goodbye to the year that gave us Newt ReNewed, Occupations Removed, and Bachmann Corndog Lovin’. The year to come promises to be target-rich, and though the Roast has taken a hit, we will be up and snarking with every bit of childish, unrepentant glee we can muster. Thank you to our Roasty readers for your support through the years of our existence, and health to all, especially our Strange.

Posted by Mrs. Polly on 12/31/11 at 11:09 PM
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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Oh Rumproast, How Did You Know?

Just What I Always Wanted!

A compendium of camaraderie, blisteringly funny commentary, and heart, all wrapped up in snarky goodness, just for us? Thank you, jolly little blog! Now I feel bad about regifting you that sweater, but I’ll do better next year, I swear!

Posted by Mrs. Polly on 12/25/11 at 11:25 PM
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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Strange Reissue! Guest Post:  Why I’m Seeking the Endorsement of the New Progressive Alliance

Rumproast is lucky to have a considerable backlog of the wild wit of StrangeAppar8us, so watch this space for Strange reposts. This piece is from May 2011 (original, with comments, here), and ought to do for the New Progressive Alliance what Thomas Nast did for Boss Tweed..

by Larry “Buzz” Dymaxion

Destiny is a funny thing. Even though it’s written in advance, Googling it gets you nowhere and its still unavailable on Kindle, much like my own unpublished novel, Robot Dragon-Racers of Floon. Yet, when it’s time to rise up out of your Aeron chair and primary a sitting President whose criminal inversion of Liberal principles makes you want to gnaw the hair off your own ass, somehow you just know.

And, today, what I “just know” is that answering the NPA’s cattle-call for a steely, uncompromising human sacrifice to challenge Mr. Obama’s otherwise-unobstructed crypto-Wilsonian March of Malfeasance is the right thing to do.

Of course, “knowing” isn’t enough. I have “reasons,” as well. Because, if you can’t cite authoritative justifications for your opinions, you shouldn’t be on Twitter:

1. I saw your ad on Craigslist, which always has great deals and happens to be the same place I totally pillaged this still-in-the-box Aeron chair from a Social Media startup bankruptcy sale.

2. I’m over 35, but mostly in the face, where it helps.

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Posted by Mrs. Polly on 12/24/11 at 12:59 PM
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Friday, December 02, 2011

Man, I am SWIMMING in these bad boys

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By now most of you are aware of the tragedy that unfolded recently, but just to recap: A singular voice—one suffused with equal parts intelligence, humor, and pathos—has been silenced, leaving a small group of devoted fans confused and bereft. Sure, we can hope against hope that NBC means it when they say “Community” is just on indefinite hiatus, but it doesn’t look promising. Plus there’s the whole StrangeAppar8us situation, which sucks too.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Rumproast’s Fundraiser for StrangeAppar8us

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StrangeAppar8us’ favorite self-portrait, which he titled “Lord Of The Vanes”

Regulars and friends of Rumproast who have been following along know that our dear friend, co-blogger, and mainstay, StrangeAppar8us, has been grappling with a serious illness. We have kept the exact details of his illness from our readers out of respect for his privacy (and that of his family), but now we can let you know that StrangeAppar8us suffered a severe traumatic brain injury on November 3rd. It is true that he is out of danger. He has already undergone one operation that went very well. He is able to speak, hold very short conversations, and his motor skills seem to be unaffected. His wit, intelligence, and the core sweetness of his character are also intact. It’s true that he is showing some improvement every day, but he is still hospitalized and has a permanent disability as a result of this injury that will require years of rehabilitation. We are heartbroken to report to you that his vision has been affected, and he is blind.

Rumproast, our jolly little blog, has been incredibly lucky to have been graced by Strange’s wild, weird, magnificent writing and wicked sense of humor. He has been a huge part of this blog since he first arrived as a commenter here back in August of 2008. We miss him terribly.

We know that we’ll never raise enough money to offset Strange’s massive hospital bills or pay for the extensive rehabilitation that will be required, but we’d like to do whatever we can financially to help our good pal out. Hopefully, with the help of the blogging community, we can help get enough money together to buy Strange specialized computer equipment so that he can start writing again (the guy has a helluva autobiography in him!), a companion dog, or anything else to make his transition as easy as possible.

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Posted by Mrs. Polly on 11/28/11 at 08:42 AM
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Rumproast’s Annual Heartwarming & Festive Thanksgiving Tradition

Every year around this time we gather all of the kids in front of their newfangled monitor screen thingees to enjoy Rumproast founder Kevin’s captivating, one-millisecond-long performance (more “insider” details here) in Quentin Tarantino & Robert Rodriguez’s film Grindhouse. Enjoy (unless you don’t like gore—you’ve been warned) and happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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StrangeAppar8us Served Here: Thanksgiving Open Thread

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We can rebuild him!!! (Central image of Strange taken from his own business card)

As long as the degeneration of society is managed and orchestrated by elites such as myself, I tend to see it as a net positive. The atavistic bonds of family and country that constrain human progress must be dissolved like silicone glue in ethyl ether, so that a new and grander scheme of cultural architecture may be imposed, not by patriots and politicians, but by thinkers, artists, engineers and Social Scientists—i.e., those of us who are to human evolution what the early astronauts were to the brave, uncertain but exhilarating Conquest of Space.

I’in’t that sweet? From Strange’s Turkey Day thread last year, where he field-dressed one particular Frozen Turkey (or “America’s Backseat Driver” as he dubbed her) with wicked accuracy:

Thanks, Sarah! On this day of solemn yet joyful introspection, as we reconcile the ledger of our individual hardships against the ever-renewing bounty of our Freedom and the never-failing Spirit of Generosity that infuses our families and countrymen, your Queeg-like paranoia and consuming obsession with petty slights and score-settling are an inspiration to us all!

Happy Thanksgiving! Though still seriously ill, Strange has evaded the Man In The Back Of The Picture, for which we are incredibly grateful. Watch this space for announcements concerning upcoming fundraising for him very shortly, and as always we give thanks for all our Roastafarian friends.

Posted by Mrs. Polly on 11/24/11 at 08:46 AM
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Monday, November 21, 2011

God Bless Pittsburgh

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          Solemn yet festive!

StrangeAppar8us is making some progress every day in one of the country’s finest hospitals, Mercy Hospital here in unexpectedly beautiful Pittsburgh. His kitties are being cared for, and as soon as we find enough competent catherds, will be winging their way to loving homes, thanks to our splendid great good blogging friends, who helped us get out the word.

I will refrain from making untoward remarks about Zero’s efficacy as ballast on the glass houses principle, especially after being taken out for an assault on the system called the Premanti Sandwich (Can’t link, as I’m still confined to a smartphone, but google it and gaze in awe on what Picksburgh hath wrought).

Pittsburgh itself is a town I can only describe as endearing. Its mountainous , river-crossed topography, tunnels and bridges make it the most enchanting toy train set imaginable.  Its residents’ kindness to shell-shocked out-of-towners who came here for Strange has been unstinting. Strange’s neighbors have reached out to help him with an enthusiasm that will no doubt embarrass the hell out of him. The hospital staff have been angelic and, in the case of the Sisters of Mercy, decorative too: nuns in Lurex turtlenecks? Yes indeedy!  But more to the point, their low-cost housing across the street has been a real blessing, allowing me to stay until Strange was past danger. The Department Of Spiritual Care has taken Strange and his motley collection of non-denominational, non-aligned friends in stride, and that’s a tall order. They have my deepest gratitude.

I can’t say enough good about “Picksburgh.” The gingerbread 911 tribute at top was part of a vast display of gingerbread edifices downtown in the windows of Philip Johnson’s gothic, glass PPG building. It took the fancy of this New Yorker, and so has Strange’s adopted town. I can see why he stayed. He once wrote me of his satisfaction, after mowing his (and his neighbors’, because that is our Strange) lawn, in sitting on his porch at dusk with a cigarette and a beer “and watching the squat brown city of Pittsburgh turn into the Columbian Exposition.”

Thank you, Pittsburgh.

Posted by Mrs. Polly on 11/21/11 at 09:45 AM
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