I hope someone will jiggle the rat for me

I’m off to visit daughter+son-in-law+grandchild for Thanksgiving dinner, and I guess that makes me the grandpa.

I’ll be back on Saturday! At my age, it takes a few days to digest the whole rat.


  1. hemidactylus says

    Maybe ask for a pile of pinkies instead. They taste better and are easier on your digestion.

  2. Oggie: Mathom says

    Wife and I are having homemade ragu Bolognese over fresh egg fettucine for dinner tonight. Because of work schedules for Boy, Girl, and Daughter-in-Law, our big dinner will be on Monday when all of them are off.

    Unfortunately, we will not have enough pies. I had an order in with our local bakery but they had an industrial accident. The explosion could be heard 3.14159 miles away. Of their seven employees, twenty-two were injured.*

    .* Yeah, I know. I’ve been telling that joke for a decade or more, but there may be some newer commenters whom I have not victimized yet with that one.

  3. robro says

    Grandpa’s rat will be made of tofu, of course. Coronary problems, clogged arteries, renal damage, poor digestion…you know the litany.

  4. Akira MacKenzie says

    We were having a good time up until our new puppy evidently ate on of my AirPods, If he did, he’ll likely pass it, but my father is having a conniption fit.

  5. hemidactylus says

    @4- PZ
    Better than Korn I hope. Last time I consumed Korn it was falling away from me. And then screaming some sound
    Beating me, beating me
    Down, down
    Into the ground.

    Staying vegetarian I would have been better off with black eyed peas, the cranberries, and smashed pumpkin pie.

  6. hemidactylus says

    @5- Akira
    I hope the puppy and airpod are ok and your dad relaxes. Nothing like family stress on a holiday.

    I went to a former coworker’s and had a nice experience. I was hesitant to go over flurona concerns. My first Thanksgiving with other people since before the pandemic. Nobody seemed sick.

  7. nomdeplume says

    I bet “I hope someone will jiggle the rat for me” is a sentence you never thought you would write PZ!

  8. Akira MacKenzie says


    Teddy’s OK. He eliminated a few times since last night and so far we spotted nothing, so there is still a good chance he didn’t swallow it at all. Dad cooled down later that evening.

  9. Akira MacKenzie says

    Well, it seems Ted DID eat the AirPod. We’ve recovered the after its travels through the canine intestinal tract, but it’s pretty nonfunctional. Oh well, at least that’s one less thing to obsess over.

  10. silvrhalide says

    @10 Sorry to hear about the AirPod but glad that the puppy is ok.
    RIP AirPod.
    I sincerely hope you weren’t planning on putting it back in you ear regardless of functionality status. ;

  11. Akira MacKenzie says

    @ 11

    Depends on if I can get it working again. Those things are expensive! ;)

    (Fortunately, they insured, I just need to file the claim.)