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A Peek At New Style & Arts Section

I have obtained, via an intrepid stroll to the other side of the room, the new Style & Arts section that will debut Sunday. The Arts section is no more; Sunday Style is no more. This is a fusion of the two, though if I had to take a stand on whether it's more Stylish or more Artsy, I'd probably say more Artsy, because of the movie listings and the movie ads and the conspicuous absence of the Style Invitational (which has been moved to Saturdays).

Big news: Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion writer Robin Givhan (all 7 words are now part of her legal name) has a new, weekly column in Tony K's old spot (and has a piece on Jenna Bush and the celebritization of political progeny). There's a story by Teresa Wiltz on New Orleans musicians, and a big take-out by Phil Kennicott on Washington's nocturnal beauty (complete with great photos by Bill O'Leary, including one, of the Lincoln Memorial, that may be the largest photo I've ever seen in the paper - it's like 17 columns wide or something).

I'm sorry to see that Life Is Short - Autobiography as Haiku is gone, though I bet it resurfaces somewhere eventually. Style boss Deb Heard will host a live online discussion on all these changes on Monday.

By Joel Achenbach  |  August 24, 2007; 4:12 PM ET
 
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What's this, a new kit?

Posted by: frostbitten | August 24, 2007 4:29 PM | Report abuse

This simply will not do. Ma Frostbitten goes to the local news stand of a Sunday to buy the dead tree edition and will be miffed beyond description to find the Style Invitational moved to Saturday.

Posted by: frostbitten | August 24, 2007 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Tony K still had a column? Was it in Arts or Style? And does this mean the crappy Sunday Source is still with us? That section is filler even by Sunday tree massacre standards.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 24, 2007 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Mudge... your last post from the last kit (unless you've since posted there again) temporarily turned me into a fountain of beer. With pants.

Posted by: martooni | August 24, 2007 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Again, martooni... pants?

I will sorely miss Autobiography as Haiku. They couldn't make room for it? Two hundred words? C'mon.

And since you've already seen it, does that mean it'll arrive with the Saturday paper along with all the ad supplements--like the Magazine does?

Posted by: TBG | August 24, 2007 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Since I'm in Ohio and don't get the print version (I *suppose* I could swing by B&N and pay the equivalent of a latte for one) is this going to effect me or affect me?

Because it's all about *me*, you know. That's why *I* get up in the morning -- to see what wonderful things *me* is up to.

Of course, once I look *me* in the eye in the mirror, it's very hard not to just go back to bed and pretend it's all someone *else's* problem.

I know one thing for sure, though... no matter how good or bad the combination of "Arts" and "Style" goes, Ms. Heard will be hearing plenty.

Posted by: martooni | August 24, 2007 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Wow that Mother Theresa link is interesting. I can't wait to get hold of the book.

Mudge, I left a link for you on the last kit. There are sails in funny places.

Posted by: dr | August 24, 2007 4:56 PM | Report abuse

TBG... I only mention pants because there are some who automatically assume that overfed long-haired leaping gnomes refuse to wear them or can't afford them. This all goes back to the class warfare thing.

Of course, you should not assume that when I *say* I'm wearing pants that I'm *really* wearing pants.

I could be wearing a kilt.

Or a sock.

I've heard that lacy thongs with sequins up the front qualify as pants, too.

Posted by: martooni | August 24, 2007 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Hardhat? Check.

Toolbelt? Check.

Lacy thong with sequins up the front? Check.

800 gallons of mindbleach for the Boodle? Get yer own.

"It's fun to stay at the WHYYYY-EMM-CEE-AYE!"

(sorry... I'm having one of those moments you don't want Kodak around for)

Posted by: martooni | August 24, 2007 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Saw it, dr; thank you. Yep, if I lived out there, that's where I'd be on a Saturday afternoon.

(Of course, general lack of water is precisely why I *don't* live out there. And of course not being Canuckian, although I have no objection whatsoever to that aspect of it. When one thinks of Alberta, one seldom thinks of its great seafaring traditions, its great seafood, its quaint waterfront towns and villages, where brave men left home to go out onto the rolling prairie in their prairie schooners equipped with harpoons to bring back the precious...buffalo oil? Moose blubber? Soft-shelled venison? See, it's just not working.)

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 24, 2007 5:13 PM | Report abuse

On the other hand, dr, in this neck of the woods one seldom sees a good, old-fashioned crab stampede, or a scallop rodeo. Or blue herons slow-roasting over an open fire. So maybe it all works out.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 24, 2007 5:16 PM | Report abuse

But Mudge... I'll bet they brought back some crabs.

Posted by: martooni | August 24, 2007 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Hey Kids! Scienceblogs is running a 500,000th comment contest. The prize is a trip to a great (to be determined) sciencey city.

Posted by: Boko999 | August 24, 2007 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Boy, I'm just about dead certain "blue herons slow-roasting over an open fire" is a Googlenope. And maybe scallop rodeo, too. Lemme see.

Jeez. Right about the blue herons. Dead wrong about the scallops: already a hundred hits. Crab stampede got 50.

Running for the bus. Everybody have a good weekend.

Anybody in the suthin Merlin region on Sunday afternoon might wanna stop by Gilligan's at Pope's Creek, where I'll be celebrating my birthday with grandkiddies by picking [read: eating] crabs.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 24, 2007 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Boko... I hope that contest doesn't have that place in Kentucky(?) that just opened the "Creationism Museum" as a potential destination.

Unless "The Onion" is cosponsoring the event.

Posted by: martooni | August 24, 2007 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Well, Mudge, there is the legend of the Great White Buffalo.

Kinda works with a bunch of guys on a Conestoga Wagon going all over the prarie looking for said bison, led by Captain Mayhap... (or is that Mishap?).

Gotta run myself, if someone feels like running with that idea, please be my guest.

bc

Posted by: bc | August 24, 2007 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Oh, wait.

"Major Mishap" works a lot better.

"Call me Mishap."

I like it.

bc

Posted by: bc | August 24, 2007 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Mudge gave me the kernel of this (Blue Herons roasting), but watered-down grocery store bourbon delivered the rest...

"The Neocon Song"

Blackhawks roasting on an open fire,
George Bush lying through his nose...
War in Iran being drummed by his choir
And Sunnis dressed up in explosive clothes...

Everybody knows a turkey and his crony friends
want to pad their pockets tight,
Brave Marines with their guts all exposed
Will find it hard to sleep tonight.

They know Maliki's on his way,
He's loaded absolutely nothing on his sleigh.
And every Iraqi child is gonna cry
because they know tonight they just might have to die.

And so I'm offering this simple phrase,
to kids from Baghdad to Kirkuk:
Although it's been said by George Bush in nicer ways:
"It was either my legacy or you".

(I can just picture George and Karl and Donald singing this next to a fireplace at Camp David fed with the bones of Iraqi and American victims of their war.)

Posted by: martooni | August 24, 2007 6:14 PM | Report abuse

I suppose everyone's gone already. Snuke, I'm having one of those months at work too, and looking forward to a worse one in Sep. It's not right! (That's my new catch phrase for outrage. Serves me right for watching the Paris Hilton in court video - can't get it out of my head. A thousand apologies.) And no matter how bad it is, it can always get worse.

Boko, I knew you were being silly, and I was too. And halfway serious. Love the music discussions, because I always hear of someone I don't know, or don't know well, or haven't thought of in a million years, or find out someone who shares my favorites, or someone who can't stand the Beatles (dmd! Even the early stuff, or the solo work? Even when other artists cover the songs?). We should archive them and save them for posterity and link to them.

byoolin, very cool that you saw Clapton and Knopfler. I've never seen them in concert, in any combination. Carlos Santana! Another great guitarist I've never seen, despite several chances.

Love Henry Mitchell. I have black eyed Susans *and* bindweed...what can I say. And I love morning glories, which I always have to qualify as "not bindweed". I have a Heavenly Blue which is about to bloom!

Posted by: mostlylurking | August 24, 2007 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Happy birthday, Mudge & LAL!

Moooving onto bison, I bought some all-natural, frozen bison burgers last week and they are incredibly good and fast-cooking. Whole Foods strikes again.

Here, it's a toss-up whether the pizza will arrive before I'm on a 1 1/2-day long conference call as we (1) put in a new production, dr and test server for an application which handles equity transactions, (2) upgrade 2 analagous servers, (3) upgrade 10 other production servers because Microsoft ships buggy code, and (4) test the heck out of everything. It could be worse--I could be *in* work like everyone else, but their South Philly pizza will be better than mine.

I hope to make the Gem Show tomorrow and to spend no more than a reasonable amount of $. Wish me luck!

Posted by: dbG | August 24, 2007 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Luck! dbG

Posted by: dmd | August 24, 2007 6:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm feeling a gnome of grumpy taste right now over the idiocy of getting atheist quotes about Mother Theresa's crisis of faith (See post in former boodle). The book sounds interesting, although I understand why she never wanted them read.

Martooni, nice lyrics, should it be sung by Whitney Houston:

http://music.yahoo.com/Whitney-Houston/The-Christmas-Song-Chestnuts-Roasting-On-An-Open-Fire/lyrics/2089357

In that case, may I suggest "What's votes got to do with it" as part of this coming NeoCon Album.

Posted by: Wilbrod | August 24, 2007 6:58 PM | Report abuse

No.. Martooni's song should be sung by Neo Con Cold.

[That was awful. Sorry.]

Hey.. Happy B'Day shoutouts to Mudge and LA Lurker! And to all the other birthday boys and girls (I can't find my Miss Connie Magic Mirror).

Posted by: TBG | August 24, 2007 7:02 PM | Report abuse

TBG, was Miss Connie the lady on Romper Room, the one I always watched and Never mentioned my name (first or second) in the birthday shout outs. Not that I am bitter or anything.

Posted by: dmd | August 24, 2007 7:04 PM | Report abuse

In Seattle, JP Patches used to give shout outs to birthday boys and girls on his ICU2 television.

The man was a god.

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 24, 2007 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Locally we had Bimbo the Birthday Clown on the Uncle Bobby show - still didn't mention my name, plus I know have a strange fear of clowns.

They had a catchy tune though,

Bimbo, Bimbo, Bimbo the Birthday Clown.

Over in Buffalo it was Commander Tom, don't recall my name there either.

Posted by: dmd | August 24, 2007 7:12 PM | Report abuse

She never saw me through the magic mirror, either. Just a bunch of Bobs and Debbies.

Posted by: Pilaster Snope | August 24, 2007 7:42 PM | Report abuse

I used to hope Miss Connie would say my name, until Frostsis #1 mentioned that she'd probably mean some boy anyway. Frostsis and I both have real life names that are more commonly given to males.

Posted by: frostbitten | August 24, 2007 7:53 PM | Report abuse

In SoCal it was Hobo Kelly...looking through her huge glasses and she never said my name. I didn't realize how affected I was 'til just now.

No More Life is Short? I'm channeling Mr. Bill right now...

Ms. Heard is definitely going to get an earful from me.

Two kits in one day...see, it's a good thing when JA goes on vacation.

Posted by: Kim | August 24, 2007 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Was Miss Connie the nice lady with all the doobies that talked to non-existent children through a seive?


Posted by: Boko999 | August 24, 2007 8:11 PM | Report abuse

A sort of late-ish Happy Birthday to Mudge and la lurker. If only I dared to post from work - maybe in a few more months.

dmd, I'm with you on the Beatles. I like a few of their songs but I've never understood the fuss over most of them. Also, I think most of what they all did individually after the break up was forgettable too.

On the other hand, I do love, love, love Charlie Pierce so here is a piece of something he wrote that was posted today on Eric Alterman's site:

"You can't have missed the fact that the president this week gave the dumbest speech in the history of that office. You would not think you could stuff that much stupid into a single human being, but they managed to do it. Turns out, Iraq is Vietnam after all, if it's not Korea, and it's still World War II, unless it turns out to be World War IV. It's a dessert topping! It's a floor wax! Our inexplicable quitting of Southeast Asia after dropping the 500,000th ton of bombs on the place is the reason we lost the World Trade Center nearly three decades later. Ayman al-Zawahiri said so, and if you can't trust his grasp of American political history, who can you trust anyway? Oh, and we're all Alden Pyle, who turns out to have been a much sweller feller than Graham Greene thought he was. I swear to almighty god, if they'd put in his text that we're all really the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, he'd have read that. And CNN would have broadcast it, verbatim, without its anchors falling off their stools in helpless laughter. Have I mentioned recently that we're freaking doomed? Mind you, I think he has a point about Vietnam. One more trained pilot from the champagne unit of the Texas Air National Guard, and we'd have kicked Charlie's a$$ all over Indochina. Shame there wasn't one of those available." - Charles Pierce.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 24, 2007 8:30 PM | Report abuse

No... Miss Connie never said my name; neither my long or short name. Too ethnic I guess for the early '60s, although quite the #1 WASP name in some of the years since then.

Do you locally grown boodlers remember Ranger Hal? My best friend was a birthday girl on there. She took home a Chatty Cathy (but not what I really coveted: the model Mayflower Moving Van).

How about Cap'n Tug? "Calling Mr. Flanagan down in the engine room."

When I was 2 or 3, i sat on Bozo's lap... the one and only Willard Scott. My sisters were on the show and he came and got me during one of the commercial breaks. I have vague memories of that day. (Willard Scott was also the very first Ronald McDonald).


Posted by: TBG | August 24, 2007 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Happy Birthday, Mudge. Trust me, you don't look a day over 950.

Catching up on the guitar player list, Jumper mentioned Roy Buchanan. It is unfortunate that he didn't get a mention. Thanks for doing it, Jumper. Richard Harrington wrote an article about Danny Gatton that was titled "The Greatest Guitar Player You Never Heard Of" or something like that. It was true at the time and unfortunately true about many guitar players. And some of them, like Buchanan and Gatton, sadly end up as suicides. We do need to remember them and mourn their loss.

A couple of other guitarists just entered my mind: Richard Thompson (who is still very much around writing, recording, and touring) and Jimmie Vaughn, Stevie Ray Vaughn's older brother who played a very different style of blues guitar with the Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Posted by: pj | August 24, 2007 8:59 PM | Report abuse

>the idiocy of getting atheist quotes about Mother Theresa's crisis of faith.

Quite right Wilbrod. I don't think Mother Theresa was an atheist at all. In fact she had the worst of it - a nonbeliever who thought she *should* believe. If she was a real atheist she wouldn't have felt empty and would've gone off to have a decent life of her own rather than live a life of service out of guilt.

Still, if you consider the difficulty of avoiding religious messages in daily life or Heaven help us the NFL, NASCAR, poliitics etc. you might consider giving the poor atheists a pass when they finally get something to say.

Posted by: Error Flynn | August 24, 2007 9:11 PM | Report abuse

TBG,

I remember Cap'n Tug, for sure! Was he the one who showed "Clutch Cargo" cartoons? Ranger Hal really isn't ringing a bell, though. I also remember Willard Scott and Miss Connie. I didn't watch "Romper Room" too much, though.

Posted by: pj | August 24, 2007 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, pj.

Happy birthday, LA Lurker. (I'm about what? twice your age? Hope you're out celebrating with friends. Speaking of Michael Connolly, as JA was, may I recommend a nice dinner at Musso & Frank's on Hollywood Blvd.? Connolly mentions it in at least two of his novels, and I ate there two years ago.)

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 24, 2007 9:14 PM | Report abuse

carry-over from last Kit&Boodle.

I'm taking umbrage. dr and mrdr (mr. dr.) drove right past my house (approximately) and didn't stop in. And supper was on the table! Tea was steeping! Dessert (Eton Mess) was cooling!

Humphhh!

Posted by: Yoki | August 24, 2007 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Hi, Yoki. What is "Eton Mess"?

I made the best asparagus ever tonight. Did it on a stovetop grill plate drizzled with a little bit of EVOO. Sprinkled them with Monbterey steak seasoning, and shpritzed lightly with a little worcestershire sauce about halfway into the cooking. Also on the hotplate: about a dozen and a half grape tomatoes. Spreinkled all with sea salt. Unbelievable. The combination of asparagus and grape tomatoes was something I'd never have planned, but jezz did it work.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 24, 2007 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Never mind: strawberries and cream/meringue. dr, how could you?

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 24, 2007 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, I was thinking of you last Saturday night as I stuffed myself with crab cakes at the Jersey shore. Gotta do that more often!

Posted by: Error Flynn | August 24, 2007 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Where on the Jersey shore, EF?

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 24, 2007 9:48 PM | Report abuse

'Mudge, I will send you my method for Eaton Mess (basically, whipped cream, crumbled meringues, fresh berry strained sauce with a soupcon of alc [generally kirsh or kir], and fresh bush-berries, all served up in a glass or goblet with some ladyfingers to scoop up the good bits at the bottom (like all bottoms aren't good bits!). Once you've reviewed and tested the recipe, we might collaborate and publish a definitive version (in the infinitely-retreating Kitchen Kaboodle).

Your asparagus sounds wonderful. I do something similar, but different. Fresh raw whole asparagus spears, tossed lightly with decent (but not the best) olive oil, a little balsamic vinegar, some freshly ground sea-salt and pepper, and roasted at 400 F for about 10 minutes. Ahhh!

Posted by: Yoki | August 24, 2007 9:49 PM | Report abuse

I know a few people who've gone into the religious life because they were called, and then woke up one day to find them immersed in work and not feeling the faith burning as much, because the first stages of infatuation (being called, visions, etc.) have long passed, and they are now committed and having doubts.

Many do feel it once again, just in a different way. Others are permanently in mourning for that lost certainity.

I DO mind the comparsion of religion to communism. To me that speaks more of anger against religion rather than actual atheism.

I have atheist friends in real life, and what they say, is they simply can't believe. And they formulate their life according to their values and beliefs.

Free will is an ironclad tenet of Catholicism, which is why the church is supportive of publishing this kind of doubt.
Free will means you have to be allowed not to believe at all, to be broken off from God, in order to decide for yourself what is right.

Maybe it's easier to be an atheist, but heck, people seem happier to believe that somebody cares whether they pick right or wrong, especially when everybody around them may be picking the wrong stuff.

It takes a very strong, morally educated personality to persist in moral certitude and walk a different way when everybody else is rushing to sin.

It's a very small number of people out there who can maintain this by sheer egotism and principled will. If it was easy to do so, heck, we'd all be vulcans. "Drinking to excess? Illogical."

Live long and prosper.

Posted by: Wilbrod | August 24, 2007 9:49 PM | Report abuse

I'll agree with you on politics, Error.

I'd rather see a politican testify to community service (WITHOUT having been sentenced to do so) as part of their chops for empathy and faith in human nature, than to pull out their choir membership cards.

As for NASCAR and the NFL, I already consider them the works of Sodom and Gomorrah (co-sponsors of the NASCAR Super Bowl). Be strong. Resist.

It's interesting you say Mother Theresa could have had a decent life instead of staying in service.

Who defines what is a decent life?

A life without grief or tears? A life without watching others get sick and die? A life without sacrifice for a goal? A life without doubt? A life without hundreds of people appreciating your work daily?

Posted by: Wilbrod | August 24, 2007 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Pt. Pleasant Mudge. Nice place.

Posted by: Error Flynn | August 24, 2007 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Few disjointed observations about Mother Teresa's writings.

I wish that her request for privacy had been honored.

However, the release of such documents helps in understanding the complexity of interior faith life.

Saints are very much like ordinary people.

Her capacity for practical love was not diminished by her deep suffering; she remained faithful to the needs of the abject poor, thrown away by the community. Her work and energy, given the sorrow, is a marvel.

Nothing quoted suggests that she lost faith; rather, what is included here suggests that she lost a kind of feeling and connection that may have been ecstatic and profoundly moving. She sounds bereft of an experience. We would have to read much more to determine if 1) she no longer believed, and 2) if the stance could be labeled as agnostic or atheist.

For the moment, I think I will not plan to read the documents. Some may think her for the ages, but the integrity of her person, as pressed through her final wish, was not honored. I would be uncomfortable reading. However, the reading would be fascinating and revealing.

Posted by: College Parkian | August 24, 2007 10:05 PM | Report abuse

I agree, CP. Wonder what she'll do whenever her letters are read. What is that thing with god and kittens that Martooni keeps saying?

Now I'm in the mood to watch House and mentally add the lyrics to the instrumental music that I can't hear.
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/massiveattack/teardrop.html

40 minutes now....

Posted by: Wilbrod | August 24, 2007 10:17 PM | Report abuse

I enjoy football and racing Wilbrod. I think I would've enjoyed Sodom and Gomorrah too.

>a decent life
I was referring to a life where you like, have a life. You don't need to give up your own personal life on that scale to "do good" or have hundreds of people appreciating your work daily. If that's the definition I think you'd find many cafeteria cooks would fit also.

What she did was terrific, but it seems to be a measure of her own guilt at having these feelings. Seems to be a terrible way to live to me. Your Mileage May Vary.

And since I really don't give a darn either way, that'll be the last I'll have to say on the subject.

Posted by: Error Flynn | August 24, 2007 10:19 PM | Report abuse

I mentioned Roy Buchanan in the last guitar player discussion, although I'm not sure I was the first. I "saw" him at a club in DC - was it the Bayou or something like that? Anyway, I couldn't actually *see* him from where I was sitting, but could hear him, although the memory is vague (hey, it was a million years ago and I probably had a bit too much to drink, ok?). And oh my, I've known a number of wonderful guitar players who never made it big - some personally, some from seeing acts who open for Leon Russell or play with him these days. I wish I had an ounce of musical ability.

I can understand not getting the fuss over the Beatles, especially if you weren't of a certain age in 1964. But really disliking their music is what I found a bit inexplicable - but I'm mostly kidding, not trying to give anyone, especially dmd, a hard time. Some people like accordion music, what can I say?

Posted by: mostlylurking | August 24, 2007 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Would it help if I said it was their arrangements that bothered me, as I have heard their music played by symphony orchestras and enjoyed it and liked covers (some). I am of an age where I remember Paul McCartney in Wings more than the Beatles - that may also account for part of my dislike.

Posted by: dmd | August 24, 2007 10:24 PM | Report abuse

dmd, I am of an age to remember the Beatles when they first arrived from across the pond. At the time, I found their music fun and singable, and of course the way they dressed and their 'long' hair was interesting. The later music was different and weird but went with the times - late 60's, lots of drugs and 'experiences' and eastern beliefs. I enjoyed the music at the time but find it didn't age well for me. With a few exceptions, if one of their songs comes on the radio, I'll switch stations. Motown, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, etc., I will never tire of hearing.

Posted by: Bad Sneakers | August 24, 2007 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Ah, dmd, that explains it! I never liked Wings. But I liked McCartney's first solo album, and the one from a few years ago, Chaos and Creation. The most recent one, not so much. George Harrison wrote lots of good songs - Concert for George is one of my favorite DVD's (with a whole passel of great guitarists as well as other musicians). Anyway, thanks for elaborating, and I know musical taste is just one of those things - there is no right or wrong when it comes to what touches you.

I've got the [censored foreign language] musical films A Man and a Woman, and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg on order from the library. I'll see if they're as magical as I remember them.

Oh, and I see I didn't mention John Lennon - not a big fan of his solo work, but the combination of his intellect and acerbic wit with McCartney, and George and Ringo, not to mention George Martin - was pretty amazing. To me, anyhoo.

Posted by: mostlylurking | August 24, 2007 10:46 PM | Report abuse

I am with you Bad Sneaks on the music tastes.

I should also say that I tend to shy away from anything overhyped, not consciously, but that is what happens.

Posted by: dmd | August 24, 2007 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Who knows, Error?

Posted by: Wilbrod | August 24, 2007 10:48 PM | Report abuse

(Not) seen on a bumpersticker:

"Accordions Are My Main Squeeze"


Posted by: Wilbrod | August 24, 2007 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Mostly. You mentioned earlier that you were attending 4 Leon shows this coming year. Are there any going to be in Oregon?

The first concert I ever attended was Leon's at the Greek theater at UC in Berkeley. He come out and sat down at the piano in the warm sun and played for three hours straight. Fantastic. The second hand smoke was also the first I had experienced. I was able to go down front and get some great close up picts which I have since lost.

My girl friend then and wife now saw him again about 10 years ago in a very small theater in Petaluma. We made a big mistake and got there early to sit down front. Great view but the big speakers drowned out his voice.

Posted by: bh | August 24, 2007 11:03 PM | Report abuse

dmd,

You need some educatin' (to use Randy Bachman's phrase):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsXta-92KUI

Posted by: bill everything | August 24, 2007 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Heathen though I am, I believe in saints. Not the miracles or living forever in heaven bits, for me canonization is more like an honorary degree. I mean I believe that there are some people that are "better" than the rest of us and the manner in which they do good is as important in their saintliness as the good itself. I don't share Mother Teresa's faith, and I do see it as faith because without it there is no reason to doubt. But, I think she was a very human saint among us.

Posted by: frostbitten | August 24, 2007 11:09 PM | Report abuse

My apologies for missing your mention of Roy Buchanan, mostlylurking! Boodleskimming has its dangers.....

"Concert for George" is a great DVD! Harrison's son looks so much like him it is scary. There are a few wistful moments, like McCartney playing the ukulele in his honor, but mostly it's a lot of people having fun celebrating Harrison's music.

The Beatles' records still impress me to this day. I have so many memories of them dating back to their first trip over here. (I know I've mentioned here before that my brother saw their first concert in America, which was here in DC.) Some of their solo stuff is quite good, but they made great music as a group.

Posted by: pj | August 24, 2007 11:18 PM | Report abuse

You want existential crisis? Ever see the Chips Ahoy commercial where they're driving along the coast in a Mustang convertible and are just scooped up by a huge hand and presumably swallowed?

Gives me the shivers.

Posted by: Error Flynn | August 24, 2007 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod said, "know a few people who've gone into the religious life because they were called, and then woke up one day to find them[selves] immersed in work and not feeling the faith burning as much, because the first stages of infatuation (being called, visions, etc.) have long passed, and they are now committed and having doubts."

Just like a long-term marriage.

Posted by: Yoki | August 24, 2007 11:20 PM | Report abuse

haha, mudge. if i'm around half your age, does that make me pushing
like 500?

Posted by: L.A. lurker | August 24, 2007 11:21 PM | Report abuse

bh, yes, Leon's in Portland Sep 18 and Eugene Sep 20 (then Seattle and Tacoma the 21st-23rd):
http://www.leonrussellrecords.com/touring_info.shtml

I wish I had seen him back when you did - he must have been something. These days he does about 70-80 minutes, non-stop, very fast. And sometimes the sound is not the best - but always loud. I've seen a couple of recent newspaper reviews that call him incoherent. And EF wasn't impressed when he saw him a couple of years ago. But it's a high-energy show, tickets are reasonably priced ($20-30, usually). His bass player has been with him forever and is good, and sings well too. His lead guitarist is a new guy I haven't heard yet - Scott Boyer, from Muscle Shoals, whose dad is a musician (can't remember the particilars on that). He doesn't have a female backup vocalist at the moment - the most recent one was Jaime Babbit, and she was very good. He usually doesn't change setlists much, either, but we're excited because he's doing a few different songs lately (one of which is a Beatles tune, I've Just Seen a Face). He does a wonderful blend of rock, bluegrass, country, gospel. Hope Eugene or one of the CA dates works out for you.

And it's almost Zeptember!

Posted by: mostlylurking | August 24, 2007 11:28 PM | Report abuse

EF - That Chips Ahoy commercial disturbs me as well. I feel the same about similar ones for Goldfish Crackers, M&Ms, and PopTarts.

I guess I have far too much empathy for anthropomorphic food.

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 24, 2007 11:28 PM | Report abuse

If you analyze (or not!) the early Beatles (60-65) they were (most particularly Lennon-McCartney) fabulously musicianly-musicians.

A wonderful sense of rhythm, and the boys had clearly worked their scales to the point they could play with them. And the lyrics? Amazing. Disturbingly simple-on-the-face-of-it and complex underneath.

I own a book entitled "The Beatles and Philosophy." You will likely think it a late-70s easy-treatise. Not so. First compiled and edited in 2004, and since updated, a series of essays by some of our age's deepest thinkers, it confirms my prejudice for the Beatles.

*Seriously laughing*

Posted by: Yoki | August 24, 2007 11:28 PM | Report abuse

I haven't read the details of Mother Theresa's crisis of faith, but I don't have to know them to know what it's like: it's lonely.

On the Beatles... I was just a twinkle in me Mum's eye when they hit these shores. All I know is that their music is timeless and apparently boundless -- I've heard some very interesting takes from classical to jazz to heavy metal. I like to think of their music as being as innovative and adaptable as the "wheel".

Posted by: martooni | August 24, 2007 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Exactly, Yoki!

Posted by: Wilbrod | August 24, 2007 11:30 PM | Report abuse

*blows kisses of sisterly love and Beatles-fandoom to martooni*

Well-said, sir.

Posted by: Yoki | August 24, 2007 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Weren't the Beatles the ones who claimed they were "Bigger than Rod"? Or am I getting them confused with someone else.

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 24, 2007 11:33 PM | Report abuse

pj, I thought about Roy Buchanan yesterday or whenever it was, but I didn't mention him then - it was in one of the previous guitar discussions. I wasn't taking umbrage, really!

Posted by: mostlylurking | August 24, 2007 11:34 PM | Report abuse

I thought TBG's comment about Mother Theresa in the last boodle was very perceptive. Doing good a thing out of the expectation of heavenly reward is easy. Doing a good thing because, you know, it's the right thing to do is, in my opinion, vastly more Saintlike.

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 24, 2007 11:38 PM | Report abuse

RD, Rod is my cousin and he always says, "The Beatle is taller than me."

Cryptic, but it resolves the mystery.

Posted by: Yoki | August 24, 2007 11:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm up so way past my bedtime it's not even funny. I should go to sleep. If I don't get enough rest I become incoherent and corpuscularistically Manitobaish.

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 24, 2007 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Hi, bill everything - wondered what had become of you. Were you on vacation? Not that it's any of my business - you may make up anything you like!

Joel wrote a great article about Paul McCartney - which I cannot find a link for. kbertocci has it somewhere. Google is failing me...

Posted by: mostlylurking | August 24, 2007 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Too late, RD.

I just hope I never get explicit details of this in my e-mail box.

In a nutshell, there are now bisexual female mice with just a tiny mutation knocking out their sense of smell.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20070807/sc_livescience/sexdriveinbrainnothormonesstudysuggests

Bisexual males also developed from a slightly different smell-knockout.

Of course this suggests that mice actually need olfactory restraints to keep from going wild. This further makes me wonder if we can develop and get mass rodent birth control aersolized.


Posted by: Wilbrod | August 24, 2007 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Rdaopaduk, Giodnghot.

Posted by: Yoki | August 24, 2007 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Mostly, just not able to keep up. Took a hiatus (if Joel can do it, me too). The boodle still rocks.

Posted by: bill everything | August 24, 2007 11:51 PM | Report abuse

RD.. gesundheit!

I'm not even going to bother looking up "corpuscularistically Manitobaish" because I think you just made that up.

Regarding Rod... "if you think I'm sexy, and you want to touch me, come on baby let me know."

Not you, RD. If you want to let me know, please keep it to yourself. Nothing personal. Just trying to plant a tune cootie. While wearing pants.

Posted by: martooni | August 24, 2007 11:51 PM | Report abuse

>Leon
>And EF wasn't impressed when he saw him a couple of years ago.

To be fair I basically wanted to hear the songs they way they were on the album, and he twisted them up quite a bit in ways that didn't make them better. I understand he's probably sick of playing them "straight", it just disappointed me. I *was* impressed by his daughter. :-)

On the other hand Dave Mason blew me away.

RD, I've been getting to bed between 8-9pm for most of the last week so I'm pretty happy to be able to be up past my bedtime. Glad to hear I'm not the only one concerned about our imaginary cartoon food friends.

Posted by: Error Flynn | August 24, 2007 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Like long-term marriage or long-term career, lol.

Posted by: dbG | August 24, 2007 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Caring for our food friends...very very very funny. You know, the dark chocolate MMs are Addamms familyish. I bought some the other day and CeePee boy and I both paused eating them....did I eat Luuuurrrch or was it Tuesday?

Five minutes to bedtime, better close up the house against witches, warloks, bunniculas, and evil ground hog/orcs.

Posted by: College Parkian | August 24, 2007 11:56 PM | Report abuse

BOO, as usual.

Just finished getting db replication to work on the new servers. It had *better* be working when everybody logs in tomorrow morning if it knows what's good for it.

Re: Rod, his *Broken Arrow* pales next to the original, on the sexiest cd ever made--Robbie Robertson's self-titled one.

Posted by: dbG | August 24, 2007 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Joel's Tropicana article about the Beatles, genius, etc:
http://www.tropicfan.com/Beatle%20Juice%20by%20Joel%20Achenbach.htm
(courtesy of kbertocci)

Posted by: mostlylurking | August 24, 2007 11:58 PM | Report abuse

And, I first interpreted Rod as God, not RD and certainly not Rod "Maggie May" Stewart. Now, I will go to bed with the image of God as Rod Stewart...wow. Boodle-foolishness!

And, EF, about the saintliness of cafeteria workers, yes, absolutely. All work is blessed, with hospitality one of the most ancient. In a way, M. Teresa opened up a cafeteria/boarding house/hostel for the wretched of the earth: food, a pallet, warm water, salve, and someone to gaze upon you, if only for a moment, to acknowledge your existence and worth.

Free.

I will have the homemade mac and cheese, with the bubbly-cheese topping. Thanks.

Posted by: College Parkian | August 25, 2007 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Voila.
http://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Robertson/dp/B000000OQL/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-8806623-7319134?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1188014613&sr=8-1

Posted by: dbG | August 25, 2007 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Mostly, Maybe we will try to make it to Eugene. September 20 should be cooler then. 95 here today. We went down past the Califorina line on the upper Applegate river to give the dogs a cool swim.

Posted by: bh | August 25, 2007 12:19 AM | Report abuse

> "food, a pallet, warm water, salve, and someone to gaze upon you, if only for a moment, to acknowledge your existence and worth."

Funny (or sad). That's all I've ever really wanted. But no... modern life insists on complicating things.

Food must be tasty *and* healthy.

Pallets must be adequately padded, quilted and supported by an array of springs or tubes filled with air or water.

Salves must be hypoallergenic, biodegradable, FDA approved and otherwise environmentally friendly.

I'd settle for a concerned and empathetic gazer (part-time or otherwise), but I think they've been outlawed -- listed as potential terrorists or something.

Posted by: martooni | August 25, 2007 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Just time for a late-night bag of Boodling:

Not surprising that changing olifactory receptions can change sexual response for animals, Wilbrod. Can't say I'm thrilled with the thought that someone might try this kind of thing on people, though. That's stink.

Style 'n Arts? [note to WaPo: Maybe you could call it "Stylin'Arts." The kids'll love it.] What's next? Politics 'n Classifieds? News 'n Comics? Outlook 'n Business? Religion 'n Obituaries? Hmmm.

Roy Buchanan, I was fortunate enough to see him a few times.
Danny Gatton, too (also a helluva guitarist).

Wilbrod, I'm OK with NASCAR (not my preferred form of motorsport, but for me it beats the he11 out of televised Poker tournaments, Pro Wrestling and Ultimate Marital Fighting), but I *love* NFL football. If this means I'm contributing to the Fall of Western Civilization, Wilbrod, well, I guess I'll learn to play the fiddle [Which I'll only play during TV timeouts and yellow flags, of course.].

My girls love the Beatles, as I did. Those Apples didn't fall far from the tree; we drove home from dinner tonight with the windows down singing along with my Oldest's iPod, "She Loves You," "Hey Jude," Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now," "'39," and "Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon," G'n R's "Sweet Child 'o Mine," and AC/DC's "Rocker," the Ramones' "Rockaway Beach," "Sheena is a Punk Rocker," and their cover of "Needles and Pins" (just to name a few) at the tops of our lungs.

Sometimes bonding with your kids can be fun *and* cathartic at the same time.

G'night, Boodle.

bc

Posted by: bc | August 25, 2007 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Whoops, since it's after midnight, Happy Birthday, greenwithenvy and LA lurker.

G'night.

bc

Posted by: bc | August 25, 2007 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Just be sure to stay safe while you enjoy the bread and circuses, bc.

Posted by: Wilbrod | August 25, 2007 12:44 AM | Report abuse

mostly - what a great piece...thanks for the link to JA's Beatle's deconstruction. I love the Beatles, their music and lyrics are the soundtrack of my youth. At one point in the piece someone asks, "So why do people despise Paul?" I think that's a little harsh (altho this was written in 1990) but I do remember when John Lennon was killed, watching someone trying to interview Paul. He was chewing his gum and was oh-so-cavalier. I can't remember exactly what he said, but it was something along the lines of, yep, it's really sad, but what are you going to do?
I remember feeling so sad watching it. Here were 2 people who had ridden the wave of a lifetime and the one guy couldn't take just a moment to appreciate it. It's colored my thoughts about Paul ever since.

Posted by: Kim | August 25, 2007 1:00 AM | Report abuse

oh my, it's really late! Good night all!

Posted by: Kim | August 25, 2007 1:02 AM | Report abuse

From a NYT article about Vick, dogs. Would this also apply to horse racing? Pro football from the team owner's viewpoint?

"Part of the psychology of dog fighting is the same as other forms of animal cruelty - a lot of it is about power and control," he said.

Add to this the dog fighter's identification with his animal in the ring - and desire to win "bragging rights" - and the scope for violence is great.

"The dog fighter sees his dog's victory as having a direct reflection on his strength and manliness, which I think is one of the reasons that we see brutal treatment of animals that don't perform well," Dr Lockwood said.

"The failure of the animal is seen as a personal failure, an embarrassment, and something where you need to prove your strength and dominance by getting even."

Posted by: LTL-CA | August 25, 2007 1:09 AM | Report abuse

In 1967 (age 23) I was totally into classical music, and the Beatles were beneath my notice. A friend gave me a few ml of a purple liquid and sat me down in front of Sgt Pepper, which widened my horizons as the saying goes.

Posted by: LTL-CA | August 25, 2007 1:21 AM | Report abuse

Racehorses are trained by pro trainers. An owner rarely has direct care of the horse, and if the horse doesn't run well it can be put up for sale. Vet checks, identification, tattooing are required in order for a horse to run.

Yes, human psychology is the same across the board. Competitiveness is insane.

I've heard dark stories from others of people taking their dogs to the shelter when they didn't work out as agility dogs... and it's a nonprofit sport, for heaven's sake!

You also see this kind of mind-rotting mindset at work everywhere, alongside people who love their dogs and just enjoy watching their dogs have fun and do things well (although they'd like to win, they don't have to).

It's human nature. But when we're talking people who must punish others for losing, we're getting into pathological territory.

Add to the illegal, violent, and gambling factors, and dogfighting is not what you would call a sport that anybody who loves animals and has a healthy attitude to competition and welfare would participate in. Win or lose, it is abusive.

There are over 10 different dog sports that they could practice: French ring, schutzhund (obedience, protection-type exercises, endurance); agility, canine freestyle, field trial retrieving, dock-jumping, earth dog, obedience, rally-O, herding trials, frisbee....

And in the end, if your dog is truly a champion in any of those sports, you can take your dog on a walk and not have it go at every dog in sight like Hannibal lecter.

Just saying. There's something just plain wrong mentally with the people who go in for dogfighting.


Posted by: Wilbrod | August 25, 2007 2:16 AM | Report abuse

Oops, that's from a BBC story, not NYT.

Posted by: LTL-CA | August 25, 2007 2:22 AM | Report abuse

Two articles on animal fighting and motivations:

http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=cruelty_dogfighting
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/6960788.stm

Posted by: Wilbrod | August 25, 2007 2:54 AM | Report abuse

And yes, you can apply it to horse racing to an extent, according to abuse experts.

There is an increased incidence of break-downs even among the top racers because two-year-olds are much more heavily raced than they used to be, but it's always been there.

http://chai-online.org/en/campaigns/racing/campaigns_racing_experts.htm

It bothers me now; I was watching, I think, the Derby this year and in a prior race a horse had to be humanely destroyed. After Barbaro, I'm not sure I can take much more.

Ruffian was a top filly in 1975 who was in a duel match with a top colt (Foolish Pleasure). She broke down-- and kept running even on a broken leg. Her story is retold a lot even today (and recently made into a movie) because it was seen as a form of will to run.

But a horse that is terrified will run, especially when in pain.

Likewise, pit bulls are just bred to keep fighting once they start. They have no "quit". Is that an admirable trait?

Why do we want to project abstract virtues such as "strength, determination", while denying them the ability to feel pain, or to acknowledge that such an animal in that level of arousal is mentally unable to see alternative options to start with?

Is it because we fail to understand just how nakedly emotional they can be?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruffian_%28horse%29

Most of my work with Wilbrodog has been to make sure he is well-trained, has learned a lot about the world, and remains calm enough to enjoy himself in public, and to work well.

As a result, he can take situations calmly that would send most pets ballistic.

This is how police horses are trained too-- they must spook in place and remain calm on the job. They can't just bolt when things get dangerous. They need not just to control fear, but to recognize they need not be afraid.

Posted by: Wilbrod | August 25, 2007 3:16 AM | Report abuse

*still-recovering-from-a-crazy-week Grover waves*

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 25, 2007 5:21 AM | Report abuse

Right back at ya Scotty.

May I take this opportunity to alert the world of the existence of a talking South Park Towlie Action figure with very bloodshot eyes?

Posted by: Error Flynn | August 25, 2007 5:50 AM | Report abuse

Happy Birthday L.A. Lurker and greenwithenvy.

bill everything re: my needing to be educated - I could not agree more. I doubt it would however change my perspectives on the Beatles, for whatever reason my "ear" does not find the music particularly appealing. In the same way that I can sit in awe listening to Bach, Vivaldi, Doobie Brothers, Dave Brubeck or U2 other music just as talented irritates me - no rational to it, just personal preference and it is not even based on the quality of the music.

Posted by: dmd | August 25, 2007 6:59 AM | Report abuse

Er, good morning, Elena.

I think you're looking for the Weingarten Chat, it's over in the Love, er, Live Discussions section, look for Chatalogical Humor.

bc

Posted by: bc | August 25, 2007 7:43 AM | Report abuse

"Bigger that Rod" is a reference to "The Ruttles." I guess I am showing my age.

Morning folks.

That Elena seems quite friendly.

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 25, 2007 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Zapper time.

Posted by: Achenbach | August 25, 2007 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Oops, I meant "The Rutles." Here, you can start the weekend with some culture. Note specifically the "Bigger than Rod" bit.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rutles

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 25, 2007 8:33 AM | Report abuse

SCC from last night: "That'd stink."

As far as enjoying the bread and circuses, Wilbrod; I like what I like and have for a long time. Before there was Monday Night Football, and before there was a Winston Cup (much less Nextel). If I'm an Early Adopter of such things, then I'll just enjoy being on my side of the curve.

This, of course, relates to competition.
Seems to me that competition is part of human nature, woven into the fabric of our society and our relationships with each other. Evolution is a form of competition, is it not? Species compete with other species for resources in a given environment. As I look further up the evolutionary ladder, I see that within those species, social groups (governed by a leader's span of control) compete with other groups for territories containing prime resources necessary for the group's success (e.g. survival and expansion). Within *those* groups, there is competition for status regarding control, food, and breeding rights.

Interestingly, competition becomes more intense the further up the evolutionary ladder I look - more intense on a group level (nationbuilding and war) and on an individual level (mates, jobs, education, money, etc.). And interestingly, the more competitive things are on an individual level, the more competitive a group comprised of those individuals seems to be.

It's easy to say that social success requires a lot of competitiveness, which works well on social and intellectual levels but can be difficult on a personal one, since comptitiveness seems to require reenforcement of emotions that don't lead to satisfaction or happiness, just more competiton and conflict.

I'm afraid that his post is all over the map intellectually; but then, so am I.

bc

Posted by: bc | August 25, 2007 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Good Morning all and Happy Birthday to Greeny and Losti.

Zap? Zap! I hate it when I've missed the zapped entry. I least when it was me I knew what was said. I hope the boss has a folder marked Naughty and Nasty were he keeps there gems.
I suspect Elena, like me, is in the naughty category.

Posted by: Boko999 | August 25, 2007 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Boko, Elena is (was) likey a e-bot of some sort, inviting drivers-by to her electronic lair of piteousness.

Posted by: College Parkian | August 25, 2007 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Good Morning Boodle!!
Thanks for the birthday wishes everyone. It looks like it will be a hot one today.
It is funny talking about the Beatles, I took a friend's kid fishing yesterday and we were singing a few beatles tunes while catching fish.

bc, I can just picture your clan driving down the road and signing all your favorite tunes, stopping at a traffic light and laughing when the car next to you looks at you strangely.

Happy Birthday L.A. Lurker!!

Stay cool today everyone. I wish I could invite yaw up to the river for a dip....

Posted by: greenwithenvy | August 25, 2007 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Hi!

I just ended the busiest week I've had in YEARS. All teachers came back to school this week, and the new building and the new technology were not all completely done. Try training teachers on something and then telling them they can't use it until further notice. I've never had such a busy email account before.

The Beatles: Didn't we have this discussion a few months back when McCartney had his "When I'm 64" article in the New Yorker? May have been a different magazine, but this was the location of the discussion.

Yes, I love them. I have used random Beatle trivia questions as extra credit on quizzes many times. Makes a nice change from current events and odd geography facts. I would use sports, but I know nothing about that.

Martooni, I emailed your lyrics to a bunch of people. That is funny/sad. Glad to see you posting and sounding upbeat.

Mudge and everyone else, Happy Birthday!!!

And now, back to spackling so maybe I can paint after lunch.

Posted by: a bea c | August 25, 2007 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Thanks CP. Knowing it was an e-bot lessens my angst at not beeing in the know. A bit.

And now for no particular reason.
The Fish Licence Sketch.

http://www.jumpstation.ca/recroom/comedy/py
thon/fish.html

Posted by: Boko999 | August 25, 2007 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Patience, patience my beauties
http://www.jumpstation.ca/recroom/comedy/python/fish.html

Posted by: Boko999 | August 25, 2007 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Happy Birthday, L.A. Lurker and greenwithenvy. I hope you have great fun today!

Posted by: pj | August 25, 2007 10:04 AM | Report abuse

When I was twelve or thirteen, Wings was the biggest band in the world and I thought that McCartney guy was a genius. I still love great underappreciated albums like "London Town" and "Back To The Egg" when Wings was just Paul, Linda and Denny Laine.

I did learn he had a band before Wings, but it was years before I appreciated The Beatles as a group. For a long time I associated them with bad Invasion era bubble gum. I finally tuned in to The White Album and have been steadily moving my respect back chronologically.

There was a John Lennon TV movie in the mid-80s that only used "his" songs on the soundtrack. It made me appreciate Paul all the more.

The dope definitely dissipated his talent, but he earned the relaxation. If I was married to Linda, I think I'd want to be stoned all the time too.

I've read Joel's Beatles summary before, but each time I do I realize how clearly and succintly he has wrapped up the entire story arc.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 25, 2007 10:04 AM | Report abuse

I first learned of the Beatles in 1969 when they appeared on the cover of Weekly Reader magazine. (I believe this was also the issue that explained the Vietnam War.) I recall that, upon seeing the cover, the petite half-Filipino girl with whom I was deeply and profoundly in love emitted a squeal of prepubescent carnal delight that both entranced and disturbed me.

I still cannot listen to "Hey Jude" without thinking of that moment.

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 25, 2007 10:46 AM | Report abuse

My youngest and oldest sisters are 12 years apart, so when the Beatles came to the US, the baby was 2 and the oldest 14. We listened to the Beatles a LOT on the family hi-fi.

My mother eventually went out and bought some Mother Goose albums when she realized my little sister knew every word to "She Loves You" and "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" but knew nothing about Mary and her little lambs.

Needless to say, I love the Beatles.

Posted by: TBG | August 25, 2007 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Wow
Flaming balloon crashes
It's amazing anyone survived. I hope the missing people are ok but I fear they're lost in the wreckage.
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/249813

Posted by: Boko999 | August 25, 2007 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Wow! Horrendous.

Posted by: Bob S. | August 25, 2007 11:27 AM | Report abuse

I don't think horse racing is the same as dog fighting, as far as being cruel or abusive. As I mentioned before, the intent of racing is not to injure or kill the horse. You don't get a horse to run well by starving it or beating it or mistreating it. Horses are put down when a bad leg injury occurs because their physiology makes it very difficult to heal a broken leg, not because owners or trainers are angry or feel their manhood threatened. A horse can't be told to stay off the bad leg for awhile, or be put in traction, or hop on 3 legs. Its weight has to be spread evenly over all 4 legs, or problems develop in the other legs. Barbaro developed laminitis, a problem with the hooves in his other legs, because the injured leg couldn't bear weight. The book about Ruffian describes how agitated she was when they tried to treat her - and is maybe more the norm for a horse. Barbaro was amazingly cooperative - yet, ultimately, he had to be put down.

Horse racing is a business - a horse that's not making money will be sold, and many wind up getting slaughtered for pet food. That's very sad. Many go on to lives as riding horses or breeding stock.

I'm not a big racing fan, but people involved with the sport are trying to improve the tracks so that injuries are less likely. The treatment of injuries has made huge advances. Horses' legs are fragile though, and I don't think it's possible to eliminate injury altogether, even if the horses are older or raced more lightly.

Don't get me started on what used to be to done to 5-gaited horses and Tennessee Walkers to improve their "action" in the show ring. Or how jumpers were taught to clear fences. There is abuse, no doubt, but I don't think it's widespread or an intrinsic part of horse sports. It's an aberration.

Posted by: mostlylurking | August 25, 2007 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I'm back from the hospital having had an exceptionally successful total knee replacement. I should be fully functional in no time at all. Thanks for all the kind words and good wishes. I know that made all the difference.

Here's a tip: The next time you are hospitalized, DEMAND a private room. With two patients in one room, there are more interuptions than can be dreamed about. In three nights, I counted about 3 hours of sleep. I swear I was hallucinating by the third night. When I mentioned it to the resident, he said that it was quite common!

Thanks again. Haven't caught up yet. Did I miss anything?

Posted by: Maggie O'D | August 25, 2007 11:54 AM | Report abuse

dmd, I'm a big U2 fan too. In fact, their music gave me the same feeling that I had when hearing the Beatles for the first time. I didn't think I would ever feel that way - fanatical - about a band again. (I am a bit more restrained in my overt reactions, due to my gray hair and all. It's more of a sisterly type of adoration.)

Posted by: mostlylurking | August 25, 2007 11:56 AM | Report abuse

" I am a bit more restrained in my overt reactions, due to my gray hair and all."

mostly... for U2 maybe, but for Leon? No restrain there... and none expected or desired!

Posted by: TBG | August 25, 2007 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Hi, Maggie! Great to hear from you, glad you're out of the hospital. Hallucinations are just a side benefit, eh? Did you miss anything? Not really - or not anything that won't come up again!

Posted by: mostlylurking | August 25, 2007 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Maggie! So glad to see you here and to hear of your successful surgery! I was just thinking about you this morning.

Will you be up and around in time to save us a table at the Maryland Seafood Fest in a couple of weeks?

Or at least well enough to join us there?

Posted by: TBG | August 25, 2007 12:04 PM | Report abuse

thanks everyone for the birthday wishes. and gwe, right back atcha.

Posted by: L.A. lurker | August 25, 2007 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Hi Maggie. I,'m glad your surgery went well. I'm sure you'll be dancing in on time.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2007 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Maggie, best wishes for a speedy recovery. I agree private hospital rooms are the only way to go.

Reluctantly going back to house cleaning, at least we finally got rain, just had a downpour of a least half an inch, on top of rain last night. Perhaps the grass will become green again.

Posted by: dmd | August 25, 2007 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Maggie -- I'm so glad your knee replacement went well. That may very well be in my future, but for now I just get to have my "contact high" from people like you. I'm back at the gym again now and every time I go to sit down on one of the straight-back chairs to do some weight exercises, my knees sound like the rice crispie boys -- crackling all over the place. But there's no pain 99% of the time, so I'm cool with where I am right now in the knee replacement queue.

I've done my farmers market thing and now I'm not going out into the furnace again for awhile. Saving the errands for mid-week when it's supposed to be cooler. I suspect I'm in the minority -- most people I seem to meet up with like this hot weather. I'd love to be socked in by a huge, gigantic snowstorm. Great music, great food, great books, fireplace, cozy quilts. Mmmmmmmmmmmm.

Okay, I'm done. Cya later, all.

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | August 25, 2007 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Glad to hear you're OK Maggie!

Posted by: Error Flynn | August 25, 2007 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Maggie,
Glad all went well. My boss is having her knee replaced in a couple of weeks. I will use your recovery as a benchmark for her. Keep us updated.

I had a semi-private room when I was briefly hospitalized in college. The roommate was a 350 pound cook in for kidney failure. He breathed louder than most people snored. Not pleasant.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 25, 2007 1:00 PM | Report abuse

The photo of the balloon on fire is misleading. When the propane tank caught fire the people in the basket jumped out allowing the balloon to take off. No one was in the balloon when the photo was taken and when it crashed into the trailer park.
The bodies of the two missing people have been found.

The 12:13 shoutout to Maggie was me.

Posted by: Boko999 | August 25, 2007 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm reminded that a NY Times health writer (Jane Brody?) had a knee or two replaced, then spent the next year complaining about it.

So best wishes, Maggie!

In the department of weird news, rap star DMZ's house was raided on grounds that pit bulls were being neglected. It seems he sells doggie clothing for pit bulls.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6963688.stm

The Guardian interviewed an anonymous gang member from Liverpool who of course has a pit bull.

And back to BBC again, they point out that animal shelters now receive huge numbers of pit bulls--which once were a very uncommon breed. Looks like you aren't seeing the real world if you're in a neighborhood full of labs (or in my case, labs, pugs, Welsh terrier, etc).

Posted by: Dave of the Coonties | August 25, 2007 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Great news, Maggie! Good luck with your recovery and welcome back.

Posted by: pj | August 25, 2007 1:39 PM | Report abuse

We've been chatting about The Beatles. Here's an article from tomorrow's Post Magazine by Glenn Frankel about Brian Epstein and them on the 40th anniversary of Epstein's death:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/21/AR2007082101714.html

Posted by: pj | August 25, 2007 1:52 PM | Report abuse

The Beatles link makes me sad. All the human frailties, even my journalistic hero Lester Bangs snarling unjustified remarks. Feuds and cutting remarks.

It's incumbent on us to separate the nostalgia of silly youth from artistic greatness. I have songs I love yet see some of them as attached to my own memories; songs with little to recommend them to others. My fondness for Country Joe and the Fish for example.

Having said that, lately I have been listening to the whole Beatles catalogue, and prompted by a discussion my neighbor and friend had about "who sang what" I indulge in a game where I listen and make sure. That's not John or Paul singing. It's George then! A new realization. Some I knew. Some I didn't. And Joel's throwaway line about Ringo carries truth. Not an obstinate showoff virtuoso; no, just someone who did his job the way it ought to be done. Always the tiniest bit ahead on the beat the way a drummer should be. Perfect time. Egoless drummers provide a gesso for the band. And yet listen to the way he helped George get his songs right. There is so much to be said for Ringo.

Posted by: Jumper | August 25, 2007 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Ringo has certainly been my favorite ex-Beatle.

That same normal-sized ego has made him quite the entertainer... in movies and on TV (Thomas the Tank Engine comes to mind).

Posted by: TBG | August 25, 2007 3:40 PM | Report abuse

BC, I agree with you about competitiveness. It's very much a part of life. There are different forms, though, and not all competition has to be violent.

Which is why I listed 11 dog sports that can be very, very competitive and still not require a dog be dead or obsessed with fighting other dogs. So I call bullcrap to the need for violence as part of competition.

As for the NFL, I grew up with it. How could I not, with 3 football-mad brothers?

My major objection to it involves the level of continual media coverage of the preseason, the season, the post-season, the in-between season, the unseason, the draft pick season, the jersey-wearing season, and so on.

And yeah, the trickle-down effect: the continuing sexism of the sport, delegating women to passive cheerleaders; the money-sucking nature of the sport that shortchanges high school and college sports programs because football IS what alumni want to see.

If I ever have to hear "giants of the girdiron" or "clash of the titans" or "agony of defeat", I will rip out my own intestines.

BUT I don't dislike football per se. You and your buddies want to play flag, tag, or tackle football on weekends, go have fun. Good exercise.

But there's something unhealthy when a few select atheletes are called upon to compete all the time, and millions of fans to participate only vicariously (and be exposed to endless food commericals in between)... rather than tasting physical competition directly.

So that's why I say Sodom and Gomorrah. It's not a slur on your taste of sports, just the cultural impact it has. I'm worried with all this dog fighting hype, there are gonna be a lot more people fighting dogs just because Vicks did it, and he's some kind of big bad dude.

Mostlylurking, good points.

It can be compared to any other atheletic injury, although they ARE racing horses heavier at younger ages because 2 and 3 year old racing attracts more gambling, as horses are still unreliable in their abilities at those ages, and a longshot can acquire form overnight.

I was interested to realize, looking up her pedigree, that Ruffian was a 7/8 throughbred-- she was 1/8 Connemara pony. I think Ruffian's response was very typical.

Posted by: Wilbrod | August 25, 2007 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Congrats on the new knee, Maggie.

Posted by: a bea c | August 25, 2007 4:51 PM | Report abuse

*watches boodle in its death throes, then walks away.*

Posted by: Wilbrod | August 25, 2007 5:39 PM | Report abuse

All the birthday boodlers must be celebrating. Have a happy one, everyone!

Posted by: mostlylurking | August 25, 2007 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Hey everybody! Trade show is over, tomorrow we go home. I'm sitting at the window on the 22nd floor of our hotel, looking out towards Buckhead. Atlanta is a nice place, even in August.

The sports columnist in today's Constitution-Journal said the right things about Vick. It appears the locals are as disgusted and horrified as the rest of us, as they should be.

I was eleven when the Beatles came across the pond, and I was the world's best 11 year old fan. Wish I still had my copies of the first Beatles albums, but they went away long ago. I did early Simon and Garfunkel and then lost interest in pop music. Hmmm, I dunno why, either. Just didn't like listening to the radio.

Maggie, I'm delighted to hear that everything went well for you and thankful you took the time to check in and let us know. Yes, Jane Brody fussed about the lack of effective pain management after her replacements. I hope that's an area where health professionals are making great strides.

Off to get ready for dinner on somebody else's dime. I love it when that happens! Mr. T has many friends among the manufacturers and they are kind to us. Fortunately, it's not a conflict of interest in my case, anymore. :-)

Posted by: Slyness | August 25, 2007 6:11 PM | Report abuse

The Newport News Daily Press has the Vick plea agreement and findings of fact on its web site. Here's the link to the main page so you can go to the PDFs from there-
http://www.dailypress.com/

Posted by: frostbitten | August 25, 2007 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Great to hear good news from you Maggie. I agree about the private room thing. When I had my hip done a few years ago, the first two nights were awful as my roomie had this thing for calling people on her cell at all hours of the night. She was a nurse! You would think she would know better! After she left I had the room to myself until I went home, it was wonderful.

Fun day today at my cousin's 80 birthday surprise party. He was surprised speechless, and that's something for an Irishman. Seems like we may be going to see the Thunderbirds tomorrow with my daughter, SIL and the granddaughters. Should be fun to see the girls' reactions to the planes and airshow.

Posted by: Bad Sneakers | August 25, 2007 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Maggie, great to hear you're on the mend!!! :-) *HUGSS*

Slyness, I think we were in close proximity early this week... I should have made the connection when I saw the turnout gear festooning the registration desk.

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 25, 2007 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Glad to hear the MO'D Squad is back in action.

Hope LALurker and greenwithenvy are having good birthdays.

We're getting major thunder and lightning here at the moment, but no rain yet. Just put down the umbrella over the table on the deck. If we lose power during the Redskins game I'm gonna be seriously annoyed.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 25, 2007 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Rats. They just emptied Fedex Field because of the lightning.

Raining now, temp has dropped about 10 degrees.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 25, 2007 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Finally got around to reading the Tropic article. Very cool. I never knew much about the Lennon/McCartney feud.

When I was a kid, my mom traveled to Miami regularly. She had a guy she knew at a record store where she bought her classical music stuff. When I was 12 or so, she started asking for music for us kids. Tug Of War was one of the very first tapes she brought back.

I was the first one to listen to it on our ultra-cool Sony Walkman. I enjoyed the whole thing. When Here Today came on, I cried. I hid in the yard so my brother wouldn't see me. I played that tape hundreds of times over the next year, until it actually faded. Every time I got to that song, I teared up. I never knew what the song was about.

Thanks for sharing, Mostly.

Posted by: a bea c | August 25, 2007 7:55 PM | Report abuse

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2007/08/26/do2609.xml

Diplodocus in a dinosaur race? I think it would've been eaten by the carnivores long before the finish line. In Medicine Bow, Wyoming, the bar was named after this long-gone member of the celebrated local fauna. Locals called it "The Dips".

Posted by: Dave of the Coonties | August 25, 2007 8:20 PM | Report abuse

dmd, from last night, just looking for an excuse to post the video to my favorite pre Sgt. Pepper song, right at the apotheosis of their pop songwriting of 2-3 minute hits.

That book referenced in the Tropic article, "Tell Me Why," is really good even if, like me, you don't get all of the technical stuff. Don't know if it is still in print.

Posted by: bill everything | August 25, 2007 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Here's the link to the Michael Lewis article (NYTimes Sunday Magazine) that Dave of the Coonties mentioned a while back--it's called "In Nature's Casino"--

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/26/magazine/26neworleans-t.html?ref=magazine

Posted by: kbertocci | August 25, 2007 9:12 PM | Report abuse

How the *&%$# did Santana Moss catch that pass?

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 25, 2007 9:17 PM | Report abuse

If it didn't obey the laws of physics, then he must have been using Matrix technology, Mudge.

Posted by: Wilbrod | August 25, 2007 9:42 PM | Report abuse

The second storm cell is moving in--severe T-storm watch for TBG's home town.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 25, 2007 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Good Golly that *is* a wide picture of the Lincoln Memorial. It's like a centerfold. (Or so I've heard.) And although not as overwhelming, I find the picture of the "obese" office chair two pages later profoundly disturbing. Nearly as disturbing as the picture of Jenna Bush sticking her tongue out in Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion writer Robin Givhan's article.

I guess I really should read the words too. But that'll wait until tomorrow.

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 25, 2007 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Kb, thanks for the link. That IS interesting.


Posted by: Wilbrod | August 25, 2007 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I did read Weingarten's column in the Magazine.

Clearly, what you have here is a man on the edge.

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 25, 2007 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, friends. Happy Birthday, to all that have celebrated another year. Mudge, green, lurker, hope I didn't miss anyone?

Maggie, glad to hear you are on the mend. I hope that goes well for you.

I've just had a little time to check in. My grandsons are here, and boy, is it busy. The g-girl was suppose to have her party today, but that did not pan out. We will try again tomorrow. I took them out to eat fish. Three kids, and a grown-up with the mind of a kid. We enjoyed that, at least they didn't throw the food.

I am so tired, and my leg is cramping something awful. My foot has turned inward, the cramp is so bad. I'm going to bed, but can't go to sleep right now. The gang is still up, and one has been added.

About Mother Teresa, I saw that on the news. I have not read anything, but would love to read her letters. Of course, they probably should have honored her request, and got rid of the letters. I'm sure the letters are very private. For me, it doesn't take anything away from her or her work. I'm sure those that don't believe find it fuel for their own unbelief. I've always wondered why unbelievers need justification?

Have a good rest and sweet dreams. I did not read everything, got to back boodle. Just too tired.

Good night.

God loves us so much more than we can imagine through Him that died for all, Jesus Christ.

Posted by: Cassandra S | August 25, 2007 10:44 PM | Report abuse

We are big fans of the Beatles in the ScienceHousehold. Acknowledging that there are clunkers in the catalog, even the clunkers are worth listening to -- not because they are necessarily good (they are clunkers, after all) -- but because they are examples of genius actively explorings its abilities to find out what it can and cannot do. As I have been reminded, Niels Bohr once said >The opposite of a profound truth, also is a profound truth.< (I avoided real quotation marks because I am sure this is a paraphrase -- Bohr was not noted for pithiness). Even when the Beatles produced a song that stunk, it is worth listening to, because it is an exploration of something profound, whether it is expressing the profound thing directly, or expressing its opposite. Sometimes profundity stinks.

Posted by: ScienceTim | August 25, 2007 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Profound ain't easy-listening, SciTim.

RD, I noted the same thing. If he's doing a rerun of his Weingarten diet, he may have written that article on a major sugar low.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/18/AR2007071802771_pf.html

Posted by: Wilbrod | August 25, 2007 11:20 PM | Report abuse

I've been pondering the Mother Teresa news. Virtue is easy for angels. Virtue is hard for human beings. Virtue demands a lot from us, always more than we are ready to give. Mother Teresa was a human being, who struggled to live a life of virtue, and that's something to be respected.

Posted by: ScienceTim | August 25, 2007 11:26 PM | Report abuse

I want to mention the passing of Frank Bowe, one of the leading disability advocates who was himself deaf. He worked on architectural barriers to wheelchair users.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Bowe

He wrote many books:

http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&search-type=ss&index=books&field-author=Frank+Bowe&page=1

He was professor emeritus at Hofstra University, worked on American Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities from 1978 to 1980.

His last book was written in 2000 and helps explain universal design and barriers and environmentally induced handicaps.

Here's an article he wrote, to get a taste of who he was and did.

http://www.raggededgemagazine.com/departments/closerlook/000631.html

He is worth remembering. I hadn't heard of him until recently, as I am too young to remember the Carter Administration.

Posted by: Wilbrod | August 25, 2007 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Maggie, glad to hear your wheel's on the mend. Sending good thoughts your way, and hoping that your PT goes as well as possible.

With as much experimentation as the Beatles were doing musically, it would have been impossible for there *not* to have a few that didn't go well. To your point, *Tim, perhaps they were *profound* clunkers...

G'night all.
Going to have to check that Weingarten column in the AM...

bc

Posted by: bc | August 25, 2007 11:35 PM | Report abuse

kbertocci,
Thanks for posting the Michael Lewis link.

Here's a related op-ed piece in the Times.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/25/opinion/25hkunreuther.html

Florida is doing exactly what the author says not to do. Also exactly what Michael Lewis warns not to do. Lewis points out that if the state should have done everything possible to spread hurricane risk, but did the opposite.

Posted by: Dave of the Coonties | August 26, 2007 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Dave, I ain't surprised. Everytime a hurricane comes by, they run around like headless chickens saying "the sky's falling".

It all goes back to the development of Florida, you know. When they were selling mansions in the swamp, they figured that hey, if people don't mind the gator neighbors and the snakes down their chimmey, then they won't mind the occasional windy day.

They were mostly right. Life was so sunny, nobody worried about rain. And so it goes, the same story of Pompeii again and again...

Posted by: Wilbrod | August 26, 2007 12:47 AM | Report abuse

I really did enjoy my birthday this year.

Family and friends,food and festivities. The river was wonderful today. It is quite a nice feeling,dipping and refreshing. The river gives me so much.

The Cacapon River.(where I live), Shawnee word for "healing waters" did me and my family a great deal of healing today.

I have a theory about birthdays,but it only starts after you turn 40.

When you turn 40 and then through 40-49 you get to celebrate your birthday for a week.

At 50 the big "FIVE-O" or should I say 50-59 you get to celebrate for a month.

60-69 you get six months to have a great time.

70-79, I think a whole year should be celebrated.

When you turn 80 I think "skys" the limit.

My mom who turned 84 this past March was swimming,fishing and even kayaking today. She gave me a picture today when I first got out of the playpen,walking down the sidewalk in my cloth diapers,proud as I can be.God back then I was as wonderous as this world before could be.

When you come to 90, why not celebrate the decade, you live through 8 of them.

And if by chance you make it to 100, one of my neighbors is 97, I saw her the other day. She knew my name, she still drives(just around the block to her daughters house)I am almost certain she will make it to 100. Celebarate the century that you just lived!!You earned it,you deserve it.

Birthdays are a time of Celebrating, a time of fun and excitement!!!

I turned 46 today, by my theory, I have another six days of fun .

Mudge you have a month, Happy Birthday dude.

L.A. Lurker I would suspect falls below my theory. I hope you had or are having a wonderful birthday.

Peace to all and make sure you celebrate extra special this year.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | August 26, 2007 2:20 AM | Report abuse

good morning all.
stinking hot here already, and it's not even 7 yet. blah. going for a run before it gets too bad.
tim: excellent thoughts about Mother Teresa. exactly what i was thinking, but better and more concisely articulated.
cassandra: sometimes mucsular cramping is due to a lack of potassium, or at least that's a contributing factor. although i;m no doctor, eating a banana or drinking a glass of milk can sometimes help. have a blessed sunday.

Posted by: Tangent | August 26, 2007 6:50 AM | Report abuse

Good morning!

Yes, there are times when birthdays are extra special. Last month, I celebrated mine along with the news that the lump was just that and nothing serious. I spent the day hugging my kids and my parents, and then my husband when he came home from work. My arms were tired from so much hugging.

Posted by: a bea c | August 26, 2007 6:53 AM | Report abuse

Belated Happy Birthday, gwe!!!

*celebratory Grover waves*

I'm somewhat tethered to the 'ol homestead this weekend, but given yesterday's weather, that wasn't too bad of a thing.

Missed the 'Skins game; I used up my sports time watching the BoSox romp & stomp over the ChiSox.

Happy Sunday, all!! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 26, 2007 8:15 AM | Report abuse

What a wonderful birthday present a bea c.

Morning All.

Posted by: dmd | August 26, 2007 8:16 AM | Report abuse

That's the most excellent kind of tired arms, a bea c. Happy Birthday!!

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 26, 2007 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

I find this story about the DNC stripping Florida of their delegates to the National Convention (thus rendering the rescheduled Florida primaries meaningless [for the moment]), quite interesting:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/25/AR2007082500275.html

With so many states moving their primaries before Iowa and New Hampshire, it makes me wonder if/when the showdown for power between the states and the GOP and Dem National Committes will come, and what things will look like afterward.

Will the National Committees just nominate canidates for President sans state delegates and primary election results?

Will state GOP and Dem Parties support canidates who were not elected in their primaries?

It's clear even this far into the 2008 Pres campaign season that we don't have the status quo that the National Committees (and those planning campaigns) favor.

I think there's a huge opportunity for prospective Presidential canidates (and their organizations) who can roll up their sleeves and resolve these issues to align the state Parties and the National Committees behind them for a run at the 2008 Elections.

It's risky, but for a canidate that isn't leading in the GOP or Dem Presidential polls, it might be something that moves them to the front of the queue for the Nominations at the conventions.

On the other hand, it could leave one or both Parties in chaotic tatters, and a loss in the 2008 Presidential election.

I suppose that the above sounds fantastically Machiavellian(especially if the canidate claims that they are doing things for the good of the Party), but I bet Karl Rove has already thought of this.

Hmm. You don't suppose that the reason he's leaving the WH is to lead a takeover of the RNC *and* to try to cause the DNC to dissolve in chaos (which looks like it may be starting already), do you?

A comic paranoid fantasy yet to be written, perhaps; in a novel or in the pages of your favorite news media outlets. Let's hope it's the former.

bc

Posted by: bc | August 26, 2007 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Today, Aug. 26, is the anniversary of the passage of suffrage. Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman has issued her annual Equal Rites Awards to those who have labored over the past 12 months to set back the cause of women. It's worth finding the article on the Web to see the winners in each of the following categories:

Knights in Armor Prize
International Ayatollah Award
Dubious Equality Award
Patriarch of the Year Prize
Blind Justice Award
Stand by Your Man Prize
Fashion Victim-izer Award
Backwards Trailblazer Prize
Deperate (To Get) Housewives Prize
Male Practice Award
Media Ms.-Adventure Prize
Post-Feminist Prize
Marketing Ms.-Adventure
Our Bodies/Our Daughters Award

Did I mention Robin Givhan of the Washington Post won one of the awards? According to Goodman, "Robin Givhan for looking deeply into Hillary Clinton's V-neck shirt and finding cleavage--EEEK!--which she labeled a 'teasing display' and a 'provocation.' For fashion-babbling without a license, we send her a chic uniform: Paris Hilton's orange jail jumpsuit."

Posted by: Loomis | August 26, 2007 9:02 AM | Report abuse

I just read Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion writer Robin Givhan's new column about Jenna Bush. It is excellent. I have always enjoyed Ms. Givhan's columns, not because I care a whit about what ladies are wearing, but because she is an insightful and interesting writer. And she carries these traits into her new "culture" column. Whether or not a few of her past columns might have missed their mark, I certainly think that the prominence of such a brilliant female on the pages of the Washington Post is a good thing for women.

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 26, 2007 9:24 AM | Report abuse

a bea c, a belated Happy Birthday to you, and I am very glad that the hugging was celebratory in nature.

bc

Posted by: bc | August 26, 2007 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Well, I just found out that the words, "the news that the lump was just that and nothing serious" actually bring tears to my eyes. Thanks for that revelation a bea c! Hugs all around.

GreenWithEnvy... wonderful essay on birthdays. I'm so glad you have a great celebration and that your family was there to help you celebrate.

I know I'm forgetting someone, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ALL! And Happy Sunday to everyone else.

Posted by: TBG | August 26, 2007 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the link to the Weingarten piece.
I enjoyed Mr. Weingarten's column for two reasons. His description of the dog with a rump roast reminded me of our tiny dachshund dragging a huge turkey down my grandmother's hall accompanied by grandma's cries of dismay and outrage, gravy flying off her ladle as she swung it at the dog for his thievery and me for my hilarity.
I can attest that Gene's diet works. I don't get hungry until late in the day so I follow his diet without effort. Four or five (8-10 tsps. sugar) cups of coffee and a similar number of infusions of RC Cola help make this diet sustainable and help maintain my 5'10 33/36", 155 lbs. physique.

Posted by: Boko999 | August 26, 2007 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Midwest and West Coast Alert!! The CBS Sunday morning show just had a terrific 15-minute segment on Patti Boyd (ex-Mrs. George Harrison, then ex-Mrs. Eric Clapton, and the inspiration for the song Layla), talking about her new book that names names. While married to George, she met Eric Clapton at a party. Later Clapton told George he was in love with Patti. Nevertheless, Patti and George remained together for another three years, and only split after Patti discovered George had slept with (wait for it)... Maureen Starr, Ringo's wife. Patti describes it as "everybody behaving badly." Fascinating interview.

Jeez, wouldn't ya know it? I was watching the Redskins, decided to watch from the couch instead of my desk chair, ...and fell asleep right before the half. Woke up at 1 a.m. Knew I shouldn't have had that second glass of wine at dinner.

Got a date with a green-eyed blond this afternoon. And a blue-eyed blond. And two more blue-eyed blondes. And a blue-eyed sorta brunette. (The green-eyed blonde is daughter No. 1; The first blue-eyed blonde is granddaughter No. 1, whose high school graduation proof pictures my wife and I just looked out and picked a few of. I can't believe I'm old enough to have a granddaughter who will graduate from high school next spring. The next two-blue-eyed blondes are actually, guys, grandsons No. 1 and 3. The blue-eyed sorta brunette is granddaughter No. 2.) Along with Mrs. Curmudgeon and daughter No. 3 (a.k.a. the crazy Korean) and son No. 2 (a.k.a. the Korean Iron Chef, a.k.a. the Seoul broth-er), we're all going out for crabs for my birthday bash. My favorite birthday present is being surrounded by this particular batch of blue-eyed blondes.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 26, 2007 10:30 AM | Report abuse

I think we know why they're all blue-eyed, 'Mudge...

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 26, 2007 10:35 AM | Report abuse

And to be clear, it's 'Mudge's way of passing on his blue bottom...

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 26, 2007 10:38 AM | Report abuse

North Carolinian Allan Gurganus coming to town on Sept. 5 as speaker, annual lecture, at the University of Texas Health Science Center. Last year Austin history professor and author David Oshinsky discussed his book about polio.

Wonder what Gurganus will tackle as a health topic? Battlfield medicine and dental practices in the 1860s, from his "Oldest Conferate Widow Tells All"?

http://www.allangurganus.com/bio.php

Will he speak of HIV and AIDS? (If so, I see departing Dr. Abraham Verghese's hand in this...)

Gurganus's first published story "Minor Heroism" appeared in the New Yorker when he was twenty six. In 1974, this tale offered the first gay character that magazine had ever presented.

I see from his biography/website:

Gurganus subsequently graduated from Sarah Lawrence College where he worked with Grace Paley...

Ethics?

Gurganus's novella, Blessed Assurance has become part of the Harvard Business School's Ethics curriculum. The work is discussed at length in Questions of Character (Harvard Business School Press) by Joseph L. Badaracco.


Bush?

Returned from Manhattan fourteen years ago to live in his native North Carolina, Gurganus co-founded "Writers Against Jesse Helms." He continues to be an eloquent critic of homophobia, racism and America's imperial foreign policy under the Bush administration.

Posted by: Loomis | August 26, 2007 11:09 AM | Report abuse

My friend the conspiracy theorist, of course, says that Jim Morrison is still alive. On a lark, I developed my theory of who he really is, (not telling), and went to look for a color picture showing Morrison's eye color. No luck.

Got my new MP3 player up and running in the vehicle. It takes 4 Gig memory sticks plugged in the frontplate; extremely handy. This is a lifestyle change for me. So much dust any music machine with moving parts is doomed to fast inoperability. Can now listen to what Jumper wants. Marathon sessions burning my CDs onto the gadgets. Yesterday's boodle remarks reminded me to put the Miles Davis on, and found my Petrouchka CD. Where did Sheherazade get off to? Billie Holliday is in the queue. Life is rich right now.

My long interest in music from the Islamic world has led me to odd corners of the globe. I was listening to some African folk music the other day and suddenly saw myself through 14-year-old eyes. They would think I am the biggest geek in the known world! But I don't care.

Posted by: Jumper | August 26, 2007 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Sharing my morning paper with the boodle:

First my nomination for headline of the week, page 20A:

"Violence in Iraq is down, but deaths are up"

I'm not even going to read that.

Then, Fred Grimm, who shares a birthday with Curmudgeon and a birth year with Farrah Fawcett and Dave Barry and a zillion other people, has a funny column about the experience of turning 60:

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/columnists/fred_grimm/story/215461.html

headline: "While SEXagenarian has a certain poetic appeal, frankly, I'm not enthused"

Posted by: kbertocci | August 26, 2007 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Sunday Morning all.....

Whew that only took 4 tries to get typed right.

Congrats to MaggieO'D. Hope your new knee works well.

I'm a little laid up here as I tweeked my back yesterday, so any movement is a big no; at least at the waist.

Posted by: Kerric | August 26, 2007 11:28 AM | Report abuse

These fires in Greece are really horrible...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/26/AR2007082600246.html

Posted by: TBG | August 26, 2007 11:38 AM | Report abuse

The Florida primary mess seems to have been partly the doing of the Republican legislature. Looks like the Republicans are threatened by their national party with loss of half of the delegates, while the Democrats would loose all.

This is on top of the university mess (lowest tuition AND lowest funding in the nation) and the hurricane insurance mess, which ensures that the state will go bankrupt after the next serious hurricane. In that circumstance, I wonder whether Congress could withdraw Florida's statehood and take control for a while.

Posted by: Dave of the Coonties | August 26, 2007 11:47 AM | Report abuse

a bea c, Happy Belated Birthday and boodle hugs!

gwe, that's a great way to view birthdays. My husband has been having a hard time dealing with turning 60, and my sister said that was the hardest one for her. So 6 months to celebrate sounds like good compensation. Glad you had such a good time, you young whippersnapper.

Mudge, thanks for the tip, but here, they show Sunday Morning at 7 ayem. I haven't seen it for years, unless I know there's an interview I want to see and I tape it. That usually doesn't happen either. I had heard about Patti Boyd's book and meant to see if the library had it yet. What amazes me about that love triangle was that George and Eric stayed so close - there must have been some awkward times, though. Yikes.

TBG, I thought about you when I heard about the fires in Greece. It does sound terrible.

Posted by: mostlylurking | August 26, 2007 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Kerric, hope your back problem isn't too serious. Taking it easy sounds like a good way to treat it. It might hurt to laugh, though, so boodle with care.

Tangent, nice to see you! How is the lovely Cosine? (Really none of my business - I just like saying that.)

Posted by: mostlylurking | August 26, 2007 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Ya made me a little nervous, there, for a second, Scotty; I had no idea where you were going with that.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 26, 2007 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm usually not sure myself, 'Mudge...

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 26, 2007 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Here's the link to CBS Sunday Morning - synopsis of the interview in print and a clip of part of it:
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/08/23/sunday/main3198902.shtml
Her book is called Wonderful Tonight.

Cynthia Lennon wrote a book called John - very good, lots of detail about their lives before the Beatles, and beyond. kbertocci blogged about it, which is how I came to read it.

Posted by: mostlylurking | August 26, 2007 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Jeppers TBG, that is a disaster in Greece. Let's hope it gets under control soon.

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 26, 2007 2:34 PM | Report abuse

"Jeppers" is used when "Jeepers" isn't strong enough of a word. Few people realize this.

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 26, 2007 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Although I realize this ship has already left the pier, I think the name "Arts & Style" would have worked far better than "Style & Arts." For to my ear, this comes across as "Stylin' Arts," which suggest a trade periodical for tonsorial professionals.

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 26, 2007 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I'd have to agree with you, RD, in my own aphabetically ana1 way, that Arts & Style is the most appropriate name for that section of the paper. I read the piece about brian Epstein before retiring for the night early this morning. How sad. You've Got to Hide Your Love away ran through my head as I fell into dreamland. Like your children, bc, mine also have developed an interest for a wide variety of music from the Beatles, the Beach Boys and the Ramones to Chris Tomlin and Toby Mac. Our son used to like to listen to Neil Young's Farmer John incessantly. Lately, his favourite is the Dead's Mr. Charlie. This has coincided with the times he has recently spent at his best bud's house shooting a BB gun under the watchful eye of his bud's Dad. I'm grateful for the time he has spent with my son teaching him how to use a weapon responsibly, and not like Mr. Charlie. I personally don't like to shoot anything and am not the one to be teaching him something I know little about. On the subject of Mr. Vick: I'm waiting with baited breath on the day when all of the leagues will hold violators of the law responsible for their actions in the same way Mr. Vick's situation was handled. Things that come to mind: Rae Carruth,whom I'm not sure was banned from the league; Allen Iverson, whom I think was responsible for choking PJ Carlissimo; the fwllows from the Detroit Pistons responsible for starting that melee in the stands; the fellow on the Panthers who threatened a guy with a gun; all of the fellows that viloate the drug policy; yada, yada, yada...

Happy belated b'day gwe and a bea c, and congratulations on your new knee, Maggie, with hopes of a quick convalescence.

Happy Sunday, boodle.

Posted by: jack | August 26, 2007 4:24 PM | Report abuse

SCC x2: Alphabetically and fellows...I shouldn't boodle just after a nap...Of course my typing skills are legendary...

Posted by: jack | August 26, 2007 4:27 PM | Report abuse

three bags full: violate...As in I violated the sanctity of the keyboard with all of these mistakes. I'm of to diner. CU latr.

Posted by: jack | August 26, 2007 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Before I go, and while I'm killing the boodle, softly, of course, hers is yet another example of dissent that seems to me to have been stifles, starting with Shinshecki (name probably misspelled, bu the guy that got forced out after having the gumption to suggest that we'd need 350K troops to secure Iraq):

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/26/magazine/26military-t.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Posted by: jack | August 26, 2007 4:35 PM | Report abuse

here's...would someone please link me to a correspondence course in remedial spelling? Thanks.

Posted by: jack | August 26, 2007 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Jack - fear not. As always, your excellent thoughts are all that we notice.

I think that between all those blue-eyed blondes, birthday celebrations, and summertime activities, the Boodle is just, you know, chillin'

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 26, 2007 4:45 PM | Report abuse

With an incredulously productive -- but still not productive enough -- day behind me.... oh dang... it's only 4:41. I was so looking forward to doing absolutely nothing this evening.

Finished up the trim work today on a door (a real one) I installed for a neighbor. Of course, the pre-hung door's frame wasn't quite deep enough to compensate for 50 years worth of remodeling (namely, an extra layer of drywall), so I had to rip and fit some extra boards to compensate, which meant I then had to cut/chisel/sand the heck out of the areas of those boards where the hinges and strike plate are located. At least the temps today were reasonable.

It all came out perfect (even managed to fit up the original trim to the new door), but sheesh... I must have made a hundred trips between our back yards because I needed/forgot a tool or had to shave a board down on the table saw or whatever.

I'm pooped.

And I still have to mow the lawn, make eight fairy doors for a wholesale order and squeeze in a bedtime story for Bean.

I have a funny feeling that the lawn and the doors will have to wait until tomorrow (bedtime stories just can't be put off -- would rather deal with a scorned woman than a Jilted Bean).

Posted by: martooni | August 26, 2007 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Martooni -- a Jilted Bean is *not* to be toyed with. I wish you were closer to DC, as I could use a good handyman/carpenter person. Mine has, alas, retired.

Jack - it wasn't the Pistons who started the melee, even though it was in Detroit (Auburn Hills) where the whole thing happened. Apparently some idiot in the stands threw something at one of the Indiana players (Artest?), who then went flying into the stands.

Okay -- fellow DC metro area boodler alert: I am in need of someone who can preserve/restore some rolled-up-between-tissues newspaper articles from 1913 and 1916. On one of them is an article about my mother (who was born in 1912). Does anyone know where I could find a reputable person who could help me? Would be ever so grateful.

Thanks in advance. Carry on.

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | August 26, 2007 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Hey Martooni!

What is a fairy door?

I spent my afternoon watching Oscar and Lucinda. I LOVE Ralph Fiennes.

Now I'm bracing for some serious storms. Wow! The clouds are racing. I'd better shut down the computers.

Good night all. Have a good week.

Posted by: a bea c | August 26, 2007 5:23 PM | Report abuse

a bea c. Fairy doors are beautifully-made miniature decorative wooden doors. Here is a jpg of one of martooni's doors, courtesy of collegeparkian. (Be warned that it is very large.)
http://minxterbloom.squarespace.com/display/ShowImage?imageUrl=%2Fstorage%2F2006_0730beachwillie0036.JPG&imageTitle=1360073-954170-thumbnail.jpg

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 26, 2007 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Hey, RD, I suggested "Stylin' Arts" last night, IIRC.

Spent a nice day with the girls; playing games, picking fresh grapes from the vines in the back yard, visiting my mom...

A good day.

bc

Posted by: bc | August 26, 2007 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Well bc, I guess great minds think alike.

And so do our's.

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 26, 2007 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Actually, bc's mind is great. Mine uses words like "our's"

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 26, 2007 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Happy birthday to all the birthday folks...hope they were all pleasant ones! I do like the thought of longer celebrations, the older one gets.

Mudge, 963 isn't old enough to have grandchildren graduating from high school?

Thankfully, we are home from Hotlanta, with a stop to play in the pool with the twins (my brother's kids) in Greenville. As a neighbor put it, the drive down I-85 is sooo boring.

I'm really glad to be home to my very own wireless router. Hilton is charging $12.95 for 24 hours of wireless access. What a ripoff! I found an unsecured network within range, but it was slooow during business hours. Now I appreciate mine own, which is within 3 feet of the laptop.

Posted by: Slyness | August 26, 2007 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Slyness, the problem is I was there in the waiting room with her dad when she was born. I remember the first time I held her. It was just...like...yesterday. Where did the time go?

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 26, 2007 7:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure how you make it through an entire article about Brian Epstein and not even allude to the alledged "rich f@g Jew" lyrics in "Baby You're A Rich Man".

Posted by: yellojkt | August 26, 2007 7:09 PM | Report abuse

I know, Mudge, just kidding!

You hold them for the first time, turn around and they are in kindergarten. Then you glance away and look back and they are finishing high school. It's unbelievable how the time flies!

Posted by: Slyness | August 26, 2007 7:10 PM | Report abuse

*excellent thoughts*, thanks, RD. My thoughts run more like Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.

Thanks to you too, ftb. I knew something wasn't right about that NBA debacle. In a more global sense, professional athletes need to be held to a higher standard.

martooni, framing a door in from scratch and having it latch properly the first time is almost better than sex. Cake. I mean, better than sex cake. *slinking off to get the kids ready for bed and to begin feeding the animals*

Posted by: jack | August 26, 2007 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, friends. Happy Birthday, a bea c, and anyone else I might have missed. Enjoy your day, and have a wonderful time.

My grandsons are gone home, and it is so quiet here now. The g-girl is still here, but sleep. I hope that last the rest of the night. I enjoyed them so much. I think we had a wonderful time. I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did. They will start to school tomorrow. I might surprise them and show up one of these days, and soon. Got my car fixed.


It's looking like rain here and a thunder boomer. Can't talk long. Finally got that printer to working, another one.

I taught Sunday school this morning, and we talked about Mother Teresa. Most of us agreed that her doubts did not take anything away from the work she did.


I need to get up and clean up this place. There are clothes and paper everywhere, but can't do it now. Just too, too, tired.

I do hope your weekend was good, and you enjoyed your family and friends much.

Sweet dreams,boodle, and good night.

God loves us so much more than we can imagine through Him that died for all, Jesus Christ.

Posted by: Cassandra S | August 26, 2007 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, friends. Happy Birthday, a bea c, and anyone else I might have missed. Enjoy your day, and have a wonderful time.

My grandsons are gone home, and it is so quiet here now. The g-girl is still here, but sleep. I hope that last the rest of the night. I enjoyed them so much. I think we had a wonderful time. I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did. They will start to school tomorrow. I might surprise them and show up one of these days, and soon. Got my car fixed.


It's looking like rain here and a thunder boomer. Can't talk long. Finally got that printer to working, another one.

I taught Sunday school this morning, and we talked about Mother Teresa. Most of us agreed that her doubts did not take anything away from the work she did.


I need to get up and clean up this place. There are clothes and paper everywhere, but can't do it now. Just too, too, tired.

I do hope your weekend was good, and you enjoyed your family and friends much.

Sweet dreams,boodle, and good night.

God loves us so much more than we can imagine through Him that died for all, Jesus Christ.

Posted by: Cassandra S | August 26, 2007 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute: history alert for anyone who listened to a lot of punk in its infancy. This brought me back to the years I spent visiting friends in NYC back in the eighties. Siouxsie and the Banshees...

http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/article2309979.ece

Posted by: jack | August 26, 2007 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Cassandra, Tangent is right that leg and foot cramps (in particular) can be caused by a lack of potassium. I would also recommend to try and stand up and walk around at the first sign of a cramp as this will help diminish it faster.

Loomis, thanks for the mention of the anniversary of the passing of women's suffrage. My grandmother was an active participant in that fight. She would be so proud of our advancements despite the lingering gap.

Wow, Mudge, nearly grown grandchildren? But you don't really act like the doddering type...just kidding! BTW, glad you had a good experience at GTU hospital. My experiences there were long ago.

Also Mudge, your recipes and descriptions always sound fantastic. Yummmmy.

Happy Birthday to all late August boodlers. Enjoy the abundance of so many fresh foods and flowers!

And for anyone who is interested my health system is now fully barcoded. On to (or onto?) the next big project...an electronic incident reporting system.

Posted by: birdie | August 26, 2007 7:21 PM | Report abuse

...and a take on the top 10 guitar solos of all time as opined from across the pond...

http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/article2265350.ece

Posted by: jack | August 26, 2007 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Okay, not "my" health system, the health system that employs me!

Posted by: birdie | August 26, 2007 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Sorry about the double posts. My computer is messing up real bad. And I don't know what to do about it. It has probably seen its best days, but will have to do some more days.

I take potassium supplements because of the diuretic, but the heat could play into it. I mean riding in that car and sweating a lot. I'm outside more than I should be. The medications limit being outside, but of course, I'm out there anyway. And I don't add salt to my food.

Thanks for the advice.

Posted by: Cassandra S | August 26, 2007 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Jack-thanks for the link to the NY Times article re: today's generals. I recommend it to everyone because I share many of the concerns. But, I also condemn it for being so clueless about the army-starting with calling the captains at the career course mentioned in the opening paragraphs "elite." Everybody with a pulse goes to the career course, and almost every First Lieutenant with a pulse is getting promoted to Captain these days.

Also, I wish that in addition to moaning about the wrong kind of Colonels getting promoted to General the author had looked at how many Colonels are choosing to retire before their "last look" for promotion to General (They get 3 chances where a board looks at the personnel files of everyone being considered.)

Very good points though. I fear many learned to hold their tongues too well when they saw what happened to Shinseki.

Posted by: frostbitten | August 26, 2007 7:30 PM | Report abuse

jack,

Minor correction to your excellent 4:24 post this afternoon - it was Latrell Sprewell who choked Carlesimo.

Posted by: pj | August 26, 2007 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, pj...looks like goose eggs for the details.

Posted by: jack | August 26, 2007 8:21 PM | Report abuse

firsttimeblogger,

Here's a link to the Library of Congress guide to book preservation:

http://www.bookguys.com/LOCGuide.pdf

It sounds like you are doing most of what you can do to preserve newsprint. It sounds like the stuff is just basically unstable.

You could try contacting Second Story Books in Rockville to see if they have any other suggestions. The owner of the store, Allan Stypeck, has a show called The Book Guys and, while he is primarily an appraiser, he has been in the business in this area for quite a while and he, or someone else in the store, may be able to give you guidance. Someone at the Library of Congress might be able to give you advice, too. Click on the link at the top of the PDF above to find out more about the Preservation Section of the Library.

Posted by: pj | August 26, 2007 8:35 PM | Report abuse

The list of great guitar solos does not contain "Marquee Moon" by Television. Hmmph. Nor even Ron Ashton on "No Fun." Ptui. One must scorn these so-called rock lists.

Posted by: Jumper | August 26, 2007 8:36 PM | Report abuse

True, jack, but sometimes in the middle of a good old-fashioned rant, facts are, well, nice but not necessarily essential. Remember Belushi in "Animal House": Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

Posted by: pj | August 26, 2007 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Belushi...HA. His Joe Cocker in the Lemmings show was a piece of work. So was Chevy Chase's biker.

Posted by: jack | August 26, 2007 9:13 PM | Report abuse

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/24/AR2007082400480.html

"But Williams has researched behavior around text messaging and found that if people who are expecting a text message don't receive it immediately, they begin questioning themselves. Their self-esteem drops. They don't feel in control of their environment. "They don't worry about the network that has gone down. They worry about their standing with their friends. The thing they worry about is the most threatening option" -- isolation."

Not me. I think, "Thank God! A serendipituous break!"

Anyone who fears a less-than immediate response to e-mail and IMs is under-wired. The rest of us are just grateful when it happens.

dbG

Posted by: She who can run but cannot hide | August 26, 2007 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely, dbG. Nothing makes me happier than being able to turn off the cell phone and shutdown the laptop. Because they're associated with work, for me. My startle response to cell phone and pager noises is very high.

I have awful memories of being a teenager/young woman waiting for the phone to ring - I suppose that's analagous to texting these days.

Posted by: mostlylurking | August 26, 2007 10:15 PM | Report abuse

I truly despise IM and texting. I realize this puts me straight into the old *art category but care not. I have one friend who will text me from clubs telling me how many hot women are there.

I notice he never texts me to say he's leaving with any of them. :-)

Posted by: Error Flynn | August 26, 2007 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm. Wonder if I should email this to Weingarten? Anybody think he would be interested?

http://www.charlotte.com/weird/story/252305.html

Posted by: Slyness | August 26, 2007 10:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm with Error on texting and IM. Can we just talk!?

I'm trying to be evenhanded with my daughter. I realize that texting and IM are the way her friends communicate, so I don't forbid it, but I try to limit it...there's only so much time I'm going to let her sit in front of the computer. And she doesn't have her own cell phone yet (there's Mommy no again!) so the texting is just a dream for her.

Am I old fashioned and hideously behind the times?
She would say yes, but then there's her father who is a serious cave man, so I hope I get props for at least KNOWING about all that stuff.

Posted by: Kim | August 26, 2007 10:29 PM | Report abuse

dbG--Interesting point about text messaging and I agree. My youngest son who is 19 and a sophomore in college remarked to me when I mentioned how wired (or wireless) his generation is that he is actually on edge a lot because things happen so fast via texting and cell phones in general. They are always waiting for that next ring/buzz.

Also, I must say that my other son (who lives in Maryland) responds more quickly to a text message from me than a phone call...which he usually lets go to voicemail and calls me at his leisure.

Technology rules for those who let it.

Posted by: birdie | August 26, 2007 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Slyness - it's worth a try, I think Weingarten might be interested.

What I want to know is where is the rest of the walrus? This particular part of the fossil (will the word pass the dirty word filter?) was just layin' there all by it's lonesome?

Posted by: Kim | August 26, 2007 10:34 PM | Report abuse

penis - there let's see if it goes thru.

Posted by: Kim | August 26, 2007 10:35 PM | Report abuse

It did! I'm certainly amusing myself...

Posted by: Kim | August 26, 2007 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Kim, I would think possibly a country in Scandinavia would purchase the Walrus artifact...say, Denmark? Copenhagen perhaps.

Posted by: birdie | August 26, 2007 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of the Walrus:

Goo goo g'joob

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqOKvonLrH8

Posted by: bill everything` | August 26, 2007 11:28 PM | Report abuse

I love being able to text with my kids. It's a quick way to stay in touch--one-liners and all that.

When my son and I were traveling out west together, he was texting with his friends a lot. But remember when you were a teenager and went on vacation with your family? You always felt so isolated from your friends and were worried that you were missing something oh so important that was happening while you were away.

I was glad that he was able to stay in touch with his buddies and it really never took any time away from me. Sometimes I'd say, "who are you talking with?" and he'd fill me in on what was happening back home.

Posted by: TBG | August 26, 2007 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Um, is this one of the great songs the Beatles wrote or one of the great clunkers?

Just askin'. The only other beatles songs I'm sure I know are:

"I get high/by with a little help from my friends"
"Yellow Submarine"
"A hard day's night"

So a top 10 list of the Best Beatles would help me, you know, be hip, high or something.

Posted by: Wilbrod | August 27, 2007 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Weingarten might use this as a topic for discussion, related to Slyness' suggestion...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/5371500.stm

Posted by: jack | August 27, 2007 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Wilbrod: Here are 10 of my favourites: Boys, Birthday, Yer Blues, Cry Baby Cry, Revolution 1(White Album), I Want You (She's So Heavy), Here Comes the Sun, Because>You Never Give Me Your Money>(Here Comes the)Sun King>Mean Mr. Mustard>Polyethylene Pam>She Came in Through the Bathroom Window (this counts as one in my book because that's how it should be played, not chopped up like contemporary radio would have it), Money (That's What I Want), I'm Down. It's hard to pick.

Posted by: jack | August 27, 2007 12:49 AM | Report abuse

wow, quite the interesting article for the foodies out there, jack. ya learn something new everyday, although it might not be something you wanted to know.

worked most of the weekend, but had a nice dinner out with friends. hope everyone else had a good weekend.

Posted by: L.A. lurker | August 27, 2007 1:38 AM | Report abuse

Wow, Wilbrod, that's a tough one. Let me see if I can narrow it down to 10 (in no particular order):

In My Life
Yesterday
Eleanor Rigby
Here Comes the Sun
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Blackbird
Penny Lane
A Day in the Life
Norwegian Wood
Back in the USSR

My favorite albums are Abbey Road, Revolver, Sgt Pepper. Of course, I love the early pop songs - Love Me Do, Please Please me, From Me to You, I Want to Hold Your Hand, She Loves You, All My Loving. I Am the Walrus is maybe the first example of a song with shocking lyrics and lots of extra sound tracks - kind of anti-pop.

Posted by: mostlylurking | August 27, 2007 2:30 AM | Report abuse

Morning all! Another work week beckons... *SIGHHHHHHHHHHH*

*subdued Grover waves*

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 27, 2007 5:12 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle, Scotty, Cassandra.

Agreed, Scotty. Another week. *stifled yawn*

A Beatles Top 10 list, Wilbrod? Piece a cake. Here's the definitive Top 10 list, in Alphabetical order:

A Day in the Life
A Hard Day's Night
Abbey Road (medley)
All You Need is Love
Baby You're a Rich Man
Can't Buy Me Love
Come Together
Day Tripper
Don't Pass Me By
Drive My Car
Eleanor Rigby
Fool On The Hill
Get Back
Good Day Sunshine
Good Morning Good Morning
Got to Get You Into My Life
Hello Goodbye
Here Comes The Sun
Hey, Jude
I Saw Her Standing There
I'll Follow The Sun
In My Life
It Won't Be Long
Lady Madonna
Let It Be
Long and Winding Road
Magical Mystery Tour
Money
My Guitar Gently Weeps
Norwegian Wood
Paperback Writer
Penny Lane
Please Please Me
Revolution
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
She's Got a Ticket to Ride
She's Leaving Home
Something
Strawberry Fields Forever
We Can Work It Out
When I'm 64
With A Little Help Of My Friends
Yellow Submarine
Yesterday
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away

I might have left out one or two. (This list is definitive, by the way, in the Weingartian sense that it contains Ppal infallibility. Just so you know.)

When you know every one of these songs by heart, perhaps then you can begin to discuss the Beatles intelligently. (And it would help to have a good grasp of maybe 30 more I deliberately left off the list.)

I need to spend more time with my son. Yesterday he turned me on to a group called Maroon 5, on whose CD are two dynamite cuts: "Good Night, Good Night," and "Won't Go Home Without You." Really terrific stuff. And he also had "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol (featured on "Grey's Anatonomy")--also terrific. Today I'm taking the entire Maroon 5 CD to work with me.

Ah, these kids today...

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 27, 2007 6:28 AM | Report abuse

Scottynuke, replied to your email last night. Morning all, why does it always seem to be Monday morning?

Posted by: Bad Sneakers | August 27, 2007 7:37 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone else like Across the Universe? I LOVE that Beatles tune.

Along with...

Love you forever, and forever
Love you with all my heart
Love you whenever we're together
Love you when we're apart.

That's one goofy song, but it always makes me smile.

Posted by: a bea c | August 27, 2007 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Break out the Zapper for the 7:39!!! *paging Joel*

Yes Sneaks, saw that, thanks. Reply coming soon. :-)

*listening to Santana's "Europa" to clear the Monday morning fog*

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I really love the Beatles in spite of the fact that I didn't really start listening to them until the late 80's -- I mean, consciously listening; of course their music is ubiquitous and when I "discovered" them I was surprised over and over--THAT song is the Beatles? I didn't know it! Anyway, I pretty much love all their stuff but if I had to choose one song it would be "I Will"--I think there is something especially magical about the melody of that song. It is simple but it just gets me every time. And the words are pretty nice too, if not very profound, just simple and wistful and they match up with the melody. I think this is what Paul is good at, tuning into the wavelength that a lot of people respond to, and with that song I think he got everything right.

Happy Monday morning to everybody!

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A blog I read ranked all the Beatles album tracks from first to last. While any such list is purely arbitrary, this guy gave very detailed critiques of each song.

http://www.josephfkelly.com/right_back_where_we_start/beatles/index.html

It's at least a place to start discussion.

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(He probably wants to spend more time with the Manson family.)

I am inexplicably filled with expletives.

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Thanks. I caught the announcement as breaking news on NBC's Today program, Matt Lauer breaking in. Lauer said NBC's source is the NYT.

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Good-bye and good riddance...

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"As recently as Sunday afternoon, Mr. Gonzales was denying through his press spokesman, Brian Roehrkasse, that he intended to leave."

"Mr. Roehrkasse said Sunday afternoon that he had telephoned Mr. Gonzales about the reports circulating in Washington that a resignation was imminent, "and he said it wasn't true, so I don't know what more I can say."

"White House spokesmen also insisted on Sunday that they did not believe that Mr. Gonzales was planning to resign."

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Well, can a Medal of Freedom be far behind?

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To the extent that I enjoy the presence of any who could be called "chippy", I prefer those that are not "dippy." "Chippy" isn't so great either: I prefer "peppy," or, perhaps "spunky."

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Totally off topic, but this gets me. Teachers haven't had a raise in our district for years. I'm curious to know if these signing bonuses are on additions to base salary. I suspect they are. On the surface this seems unfair to veteran teachers that are alredy in schools with a high proportion of at-risk students. It would seem more eqitable to spread the wealth and reward everyone instead of rewarding a 50/50 first year prospect with a compensation package rivaling that of a peer with 10 years experience.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/27/education/27teacher.html?hp

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I'm an embarrassment to the profession because I can't spell, nor construct grammatically correct sentences when I'm trying to type quickly. My apologies.

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Keeping the Beatles discussion here:
a bea c, the refrain you mentioned is from the song kbertocci talked about, I Will:
Who knows how long I've loved you
You know I love you still
Will I wait a lonely lifetime
If you want me to--I will.

For if I ever saw you
I didn't catch your name
But it never really mattered
I will always feel the same.

Love you forever and forever
Love you with all my heart
Love you whenever we're together
Love you when we're apart.

And when at last I find you
Your song will fill the air
Sing it loud so I can hear you
Make it easy to be near you
For the things you do endear you to me
You know I will
I will.

It is beautiful, and I thought about putting it on my list. It's from the White Album. I think Paul performed this in the concert I went to in 2005 - and he kept singing it after it should have stopped - one of those songs that just seems to keep going - pretty funny.

I like Across the Universe - for some reason, I don't think of it as a Beatles song - I always think (incorrectly) that it's from John's solo career. Let It Be is the one Beatles album I didn't rush out and buy - not sure why. I didn't like the White Album so much, and then Charles Manson ruined it, and I had moved on to lots of other music, and college, and then the Beatles broke up. It was kind of a crazy time.

Wilbrod, wikipedia has lots of info on the Beatles, albums, individual songs - it is an amazing resource. Excuse me while I go find out things I probably never knew.

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