Sports Are Full of Weirdness and Wonder

Hi Burgers,

If you bought a ticket to the NLDS game on Saturday night, you scored two games for the price of one! 18 full innings totaling over six and a half hours of baseball tension might throw fans into an existential crisis wondering if this will be their life now. At least there would be beer.

Eventually Brandon Belt decided he wanted to go home and the Giants won.

Saturday’s game broke history for the longest playoff game. Cricket fans everywhere are unimpressed as the longest battle between bowler and batsman stands at 150 hours. That’s only six days, no big deal.

In other sporting news, I’m still waiting for one week to go by where the NFL doesn’t produce and awkward, embarrassing or offensive bit of media. The wait continues as the Jacksonville Jaguars mascot rode around on a Segway waving this tasteless sign around in a poor attempt to mock the Steeler’s iconic “Terrible Towels”.
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Just come on. So much cringe

Maybe next week NFL.

Cheers,
Cheezburger

 

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The ‘D’ Also Stands for ‘Delightful’

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Hi Burgers,

This week we have a lolmaster that really needs no introduction. You’ve seen her FPs which we can’t get enough of at Cheez HQ (maybe we should put her on payroll), you’ve had a belly laugh at her puntastic wordsmithery and you’ve likely become familiar with the antics of her fur babies. The one and only VioletD! She’s quite the storyteller as well, so I’ll just step aside and let her spin some yarns.

We’d love to hear the story behind your username!
It’s pretty simple really…my favorite color followed by my first initial.

How long have you been a member of the Cheezburger community and what made you want to join?
I joined in the fall of 2008. I have always used humor to deal with tragedy and my Mom had just been given a few months to live. I started by printing out various hilarious animal memes and decorating her hospital room with them. It was a way for us to all laugh when we were together, in spite of the circumstances. Mom passed away Christmas Eve 2008 and Cheezburger kept me going, through that and other seemingly insurmountable things.

I eventually started making my own memes which were really horrible at first. I didn’t know how to do anything that would be considered FP material so I watched the greats, like MallardVHS, MikeBrow, Winnie_Wonka, asked them for help and tried to do what they were doing. I guess that worked.

What do you look for in a Cheez friend, and what’s the best way to make a new friend?
Anyone who can make me laugh from deep inside myself or PML always gets a friend request. Also anyone with similar interests and anyone who asks, as long as they seem safe for grandchildren. The best, and easiest, way to make a new friend is to click ‘Add As Friend’. ;)

What is your favorite site on Cheezburger and why?
Lolcats is my first fave followed by Animalcaps and Hotdogs. I love all animals but I think I gravitate toward Lolcats because I have cats right now.

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What is it about Cheezburger that makes you happy?
I have made some wonderful, warm and caring friends on Cheezburger. That makes me very happy! We weather each other’s tragedies together, whether it be the loss of a pet or a human loved one, and those of us who are a bit older talk a lot about our aches, pains and surgeries and how weird it is that we’re taking care of our parents now. It helps to know you’re not alone. It also makes me happy when I make a meme and my friends start faving it right away or Cheez HQ thinks it’s FP worthy. The thrill just never dies!

Tell us something super interesting about yourself—an embarrassing story, a quirky habit, something that will make us laugh!
I chose a career in Television as a Newscaster/Reporter which was one wonderful ride! Two of my biggest thrills were a report I did on skydiving, where I took the course and jumped out of a perfectly good plane, with a parachute. Such a rush!! The other was meeting and interviewing Burt Reynolds on the set of his movie “Malone”. It wasn’t a great movie but that was a very OSSUM day! Oh and I had FANS!!! Two in particular liked to corral me outside after I got off air and sing me the theme song to the Beverly Hillbillies. To this day I don’t know why but it was nice that they cared.
An embarrassing story? That would be 12 years ago when I decided it was time to ‘wash that grey right out of my hair’. Skip ahead to me with the product in my hair and waiting 20 minutes for it to process. I ran outside to the car…forgot my keys. Back to the house…locked out. So there I am in the dead of winter in a t-shirt, jeans and slippers, no bra and old lady b**bs hanging down to my knees. The only thing that completed the picture was me with a bag on my head and brown color leaking all over the place, frantically searching for an open window. I wasn’t too worried though…at that point my ni**les could have cut glass. Thankfully they didn’t have to. I found a basement window I could pry open but that’s where the story goes downhill fast. I jumped down about 6 feet to the floor and shattered several cervical and lumbar vertebra. That first part sounded like a hoot though eh? Before anyone asks…yes I survived. ;)

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Cheezburgers?
I LOVE cheezburgers!!! Now slap on some bacon, tomato, lettuce, pickles, onion, ketchup, mustard, and teen sauce (make sure that’s processed cheez and a specially seasoned all beef patty on a sesame seed bun) and you’ve got an A&W Teenburger. That is a _very_ deluxe cheezburger and one of my weaknesses. The other is a nice T-bone steak,just under medium. Mmmm…iz ennybuddy else get’n hungree?

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If you could create a new feature for Cheezburger members to use on our sites what would it be, and why do we need it?
I would LOVE to see a feature that would allow cheezpeep to co-author memes. SO many times I will make a meme and along comes Mamawalker, Catsuberalles, Chris10a, Echeg…too many more to name here, and they leave a brilliant or punny comment that would have been THE purrfect addition to my meme. I also love the thought of bouncing ideas off someone else and coming up with a crisper more polished meme. Sometimes coming up with titles can be a ‘female dog’.

What else do you like to do when you’re not on the Internet?
Other things I do are babysit the grandkidlets, exhausting but fun! I love to do cryptic New York Times crosswords, cryptograms, sudokus, as well as garden, cook, bake and take pictures and videos. I’m a very good gardener/cook and someday I hope to become a much better photographer…maybe get a Canon DSLR camera good enough to take great pictures of animals, and the moon, stars and meteor showers. I think they’re only about elebenty bucks, yes? I am absolutely in love with and in awe of the night sky so that would be a dream come true.

Where do you often find inspiration for your LOLs?
I think my cats provide the best inspiration and when they’re not doin’ something crazy… just looking at pictures, or outside the window or even inside my own head gives me some pretty wacky ideas. I also love to play with words, idioms and songs…make’em my own.

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Do you have any favorite vacation spots? Is there somewhere you’ve never been that you’d like to go?
My favorite childhood memories are of summer vacations at our cabin in the hills, camping, fishing, playing with frogs and salamanders. So if I could go anywhere it would be to a cabin alongside a beautiful lake that is teeming with 2-3 pound rainbow trout. I would sit there fishing all day til the sun set then I would go in and light the lantern and the old wood stove and make some bacon, eggs, hashbrowns, toast and coffee, and curl up with one of those New York Times crosswords and a comfy quilt. That would never get old.

If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?
I would put well over half into a GIC til I came down off cloud nine, and live off 10 percent of that each future year…buy a larger home with enough room to take in more homeless and unwanted pets and help some special people in my life. Oh! And maybe get that camera!

Do you have any animal companions, or have you had any in the past? What is special about them?
Well it all started when I was knee high to a grasshopper. We had dogs, chickens and cows. Out of those, Rex, our Brittany Spaniel was my best bud for 17 years always offering his paw of friendship whenever I was down. Then there was my chicken Bootsie. I taught her how to ride the swing on the tree out back. No srsly! She only did it when I was there though. It’s not like she got up every morning and went for a swing on her own or anything. As a grown up I would have to say my tuxedo cat Babe was the nicest, sweetest lap cat I have ever had. He crossed the Rainbow Bridge last September after sleeping on my lap for most of his 18 years. Cuddles, our independent tortie is still going strong at 14 years loving the outdoors as much as she can. I sometimes affectionately refer to her as “the killer of all living things”… because she is. Then there’s Bailey our new 5 year old boy who, I swear, watches and waits for someone to walk past the cat tree so he can dive into the carpeted tube and tag their leg. It seems to be his favorite game and he doesn’t miss an opportunity. Ebby, is our stray cat. He’s a great big beautiful black boy, with a tiny white bib, who has been here 3 years now but I think he’s about 10. He won’t come indoors yet but we make him comfy outside. He paws me whenever he wants food or up…sooo cute!! This year we have a squirrel who has been burying walnuts in our lawn in preparation for winter…also in my planters…anywhere there’s dirt, really. When you walk around on the grass you can see the nuts wedged right in there! Adorable with a capital A!

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You’re a gardener and a cook. What’s growing in the garden and what is one of your favorite dishes to prepare?
This year I grew large tomatoes, cherry and black cherry tomatoes, green beans, radishes, carrots, dill, orange peppers, turnips, white onions, celery, rhubarb, strawberries, raspberries, sunflowers, morning glories, petunias, marigolds, pansies and fuschias.

My favorite dish to prepare is stuffed turkey with all the trimmings. The gravy you could drink like soup! Thick, yummy soup. I also love baking pies and have been told I make a very flaky crust. I have also tasted food far more superior to mine… just to put that in purrspective.

If we come to visit British Columbia, where do we absolutely have to go?
You’ve GOT to go to Ainsworth Hotsprings!! They have hot springs, a glacier pool and caves! Take the virtual tour.

Do you have any good fishing tales?
Yes. The scene was Hatheume Lake in B.C. Fish were literally jumping in the boat and that’s no fish tale! We all caught our limits that day.

The only other thing I’d like to say is please spay or neuter your pets. There are SO many adoptable pets, that already need homes. Adding more kittens and puppies to that lessens their chances of adoption. Also if you can, adopt a grown pet or take in a stray and make your part of the world a little bit better. :D

Doing good work as always violetD! Thanks for everything you do.

Cheers,
Cheezburger

 

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Video Issues on the Site

Hi Burgers,

Just a quick heads up that we’re currently having some tech issues with videos. We’re currently working to unbork what has been borked.

Shouldn’t be long, thanks for bearing with us.

Cheezburger

 

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Paws 4 Nature with The Nature Conservancy

Hi Burgers,

If you have access to a camera, some social media and a fur monster of any kind, now is your chance to celebrate your pet and gain some Internet Fame street cred!

The Nature Conservancy is promoting a project called #paws4nature that is meant to honor the hard work our four-legged friends do everyday to help conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The idea is to “Paws” for Nature, take a selfie with your pet in the beautiful outdoors and post it with the hashtag #paws4nature.

There have been plenty of awesome selfies already this week and they’ll keep rolling for the rest of the week. Check out a few here, then get out there, snap a selfie and send it to The Nature Conservancy.

Cheers,
Cheezburger

This one looks to be inspired by Momo.
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That’s a majestic pose Banana.
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That’s a happy dude!
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Follow Me to the Gif-Together!

Hi Burgers,

I have some family in town and that includes several small children. I’ve been getting mobbed by tiny people all week, which is awesome.

Gotta love ‘em.

What are you guys up to?

Doing silly edits

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This is not silly at all. This is important work.

Being lazy. But, I’m Cool!!!

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Life is life and life is boring.

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Welcome to the internet

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DUH!

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Oh my..

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Donate to the Spelling Bee and Get A Cheez Journal!

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Hi Burgers,

We’re just days away from our first ever comedy Spelling Bee! We hope any Seattle Burgers will join us this Thursday evening at the Showbox SODO at 6pm for an evening of laughs at the expense of ten Seattle celebs and community influencers. If you’re in, head here to buy tickets, a delicious Marination Station meal is included!

We’re also making one final push for donations to each of our spellers. We would love to throw in a little bonus gift for donations, so if you donate $10 or more, we’ll send you a handy dandy, super technologically advanced, official-as-can-be Cheezburger notebook!

Check it out!
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I know, it’s awesome, try not to freak out.

Even though you didn’t ask for it, I’m going write a haiku in every notebook. Don’t worry, they’ll be terrible.

I’ll keep track of anyone that donates, but feel free to leave a comment here if you donate anything. On Thursday I’ll get email addresses from people and get addresses to send out your thank you gift.

Before I go, if you don’t know who to donate to, please consider donating to my main KOMO weatherman, Seth Wayne, he’s a good dude with probably the toughest job in Seattle.

All proceeds go to Powerful Schools to help Seattle kids get a better education!

Thanks everyone!
Cheezburger

 

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A Little Baseball Anyone?

Hi Burgers,

I don’t have a Featured User this week, but last night marked a monumental moment in baseball history, so let’s just dedicate today’s post to Mike, long time blog commenter, member of the Cheez World Cup Team and self proclaimed baseball fan.

Say what you will about the New York Yankees, the team’s legendary and freshly retired captain, Derek Jeter, delivered a Hollywood ending to a storied career last night with a walk off single to fend off the Baltimore Orioles.

No way. Who writes the script for these kinds of moments? Even if you’re not a fan, you have to enjoy that. It’s good to see some sports news that doesn’t involve legal transgressions of some kind.

In other baseball news, the Mariners won their first game in the last six, leaving Seattle residents clinging to the hope that they will make the post season for the first time since 2013. This is exciting because the seats at M’s games at the beginning of the year looked like this..

Look at that, so few fans the players don’t even have to play. Just having dance-offs. Or possibly fending off bees?

These days the stadium looks a little more lively.

There’s literally lightning every night, that’s how excited people are. Maybe the flashes are what caused the five game losing streak.

Any other baseball fans out there? How’s your team doing?

Cheers,
Cheezburger

 

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Be Prepared!

Hi Burgers,

September is Disaster Preparedness Month which obviously extends to our furry family members too! The ASPCA is working to get the word out about keeping your little monsters safe if catastrophe should strike. Head to the ASPCA site to check out a thorough plan for your pets.

The good people at ASPCA were also kind enough to create a couple these new fangled memes (pronounced mémé, I believe) for us to share. Feel free to use them and spread the word.

Have any of you experienced a pet emergency during a disaster? Any tips?

Cheers,
Cheezburger

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Read A Banned Book

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Hi Burgers,

If you didn’t know, and I didn’t until this morning, we’re halfway through Banned Books Week. Celebrate your freedom to read whatever fascinating, illuminating, controversial, titillating (that’s right!) piece of writing you darn well please!

This list contains the 10 most challenged titles from 2013. Captain Underpants has topped it for a couple of years, which is understandable considering all of our young children have now shed their dungarees for a life of anarchy.

1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence

2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence

3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit

7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

What do you guys think of this list? Seems like there are a lot of ‘unsuited to age group’s in there. Are you reading a controversial book and subverting the man? What is it, I want to read it too!

Cheers,
Cheezburger

 

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Before You Do Anything, Gif-Together

Hi Burgers,

It’s almost October, which means I need to start thinking about how I want to embarrass my dogs this year on Halloween.

Sorry dudes.

What’s new with you guys?

“I Decided to Colorize Banana Head (Freddie Mercury)”

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I think more people need to join in on these GIF Togethers.

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This one is for you Mike. The more beer you have, the more dangerous a baseball game becomes.

Anybody have any others?

I’m acting as fashion police around the old watering hole.

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Cleaning out the cupboards

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I ate the whole cake, hopefully no one will notice.
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