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Sorry, Caitlin -- I'm a bloop apologist. In fact I wish I could bloop more.. Even without getting embarrassingly personal here, I would bloop fully 15 percent of my brain, if it were possible.

If there were a way, for example, not to remember the choreography to the number "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile," from my middle school's production of "Annie," I would buy my brain a present. The plots of the television shows I used to watch after school would go, too, along with their theme songs. (It's a little wild and a little strange when you make your home out on the range. Start your horse and come along, but you can't hitch a ride if you can't hold on. Singing yippie ky-yi-yay...) So would all the ways I used to mispronounce words when I had only ever seen them written (chah-ose for chaos, ann-ox-shus for anxious, marital for martial, etc.).

In fact, what was awesome about your post is that all of the stuff you mentioned is available on the Internet, and thank God for that. That incredibly annoying feeling of having been blooped of something cool is what makes me look stuff up. Zimbardo woulda plagued you for days -- or you might have been forced to ask one of the high schoolers. Bah.

Last night, for example, I was trying to explain something I had read or seen somewhere, and getting nowhere believable, and I longed for Google. The way I remember it, medical experts looked at a painting and diagnosed its subject with a disease that historically fit the symptoms the sitter had. But I wasn't sure. Luckily, I have Google to remember for me, and while it didn't get my exact memory, I did get a couple similar things:

Doctors determine from his paintings that Van Gogh did not have epilepsy.

But I think it was a king who had the disease, according to my memory. Or maybe Lincoln. But this is awesome:

A bunch of famous people who have been retroactively diagnosed.

Or maybe it was this I was remembering:

Lincoln diagnosis: Kicked in the face?

Then again, maybe not.Though whatever I thought I was talking about earlier had been blooped, I found a lot of cool stuff that is verifiable. And clearly not remembering it right wasn't gonna keep me from talking about it.

Also, my entire life my mom has said "Not so guido," when something goes wrong, with "guido" loosely meaning good. Her memory had long ago blooped where this phrase came from. When I was small she said it was from a movie, which I recently found out, via Googling, is not true. That search did, however, lead to the story of Guido Nazzo:

Dorothy Parker once wrote of an Italian tenor called Guido Nazzo: "Guido Nazzo is nazzo guido." You can't help feeling that even if Guido's singing had been sublime, the review would have been the same. The joke was too good not to use. Exactly the same can be said of her review of Christopher Isherwood's "I Am a Camera, which read, "No Leica."

Google also says Groucho Marx said the quote about Guido Nazzo. But I forgive Google everything if it makes sense of things my mother says.

-- Rachel Manteuffel

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Two kits going at once!

Posted by: Loomis | May 9, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

I refuse to believe that the mature sophisticated woman who writes these essays used to watch the exploits of the "Bar None Dude Ranch" circa 1990.

This is what makes us middle aged people feel middle aged. The notion that in addition to a generation of adults older than we are, there is also a generation of adults younger than us.

Oh well. But be grateful for your youth. Some of us have the original theme songs to Speed Racer, Gigantor the Space Aged Robot, and the Banana Splits Club lodged permanently within our frontal lobes. (Trust, me you do not want to go there.)

No amount of self-inflicted blooping can dislodge these satanic melodies. Trust me, I've tried.

What is even more disconcerting is when you hear a song snippet from 30 or even 40 years ago and realize that you remember it despite having never thought of it once during the intervening years. This means that certain pathetic brain cells have been taking up valuable metabolic energy doing nothing but remembering stuff like the music from "Here Come the Brides" in the off chance that it might, I dunno, have some kind of Darwinian survival value.

I mean, don't these neurons have something better to do?

Posted by: RD Padouk | May 9, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

I don't begrudge those neurons their little obsessions. It still impresses the stuffing out of my kids that after 1 bar (sometimes half a bar) of almost any song popular between 1956 and 2008 I can sing along getting almost all the words right.

For music before 1956 and after about 1649, I don't sing the words, but I make pom pom sounds in tune (or as close to tunefully as I am capable of).

Posted by: Yoki | May 9, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

My afterschool television tune cooties are "The Ballad of the SS Minnow" and the "NA-NA-NA-na-na-na-NAH-BAT-MAN!" bumper.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 9, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

omni, thanks for the Emma Watson link. What a beauty, what intelligence! I can't help comparing her (favorably) with Miley Cyrus.

Posted by: slyness | May 9, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Last night, I disturbed ScienceKid #2 by reciting Ogden Nash's "Dirty Dinky". I noted that I memorized this poem in 4th grade, and have kept it ever since, reciting it once every year-or-two to keep the memory fresh (I admit, I sometimes swap the order of the interior verses). For some reason, the offspring found this disturbing.

Today, SK2 is in Baltimore for a class field trip, touring the Inner Harbor area by land and by sea, riding the Ducks. Good weather for ducks, today. Not so much for Ducks.

As a child, I always was troubled by the species of the Banana Splits. You might think that the banana in the title would provide me with a clue, but they so resembled some sort of bears or giant chipmunks, that the title never struck me as indicative.

Oh, what's the weather in a beard?
It's windy there, and rather weird.
And when you think the sky has cleared?
There! is Dirty Dinky.

Posted by: StorytellerTim | May 9, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

IIRC, song lyrics are stored in a part of the brain way way in the back there behind the boxes of expired Pizza Hut coupons and the bags of plastic packing peanuts which will surely be useful someday but not in this lifetime, far from the centers of speech and relevant recollection. Therapists use this fact in working with stroke victims who have lost the ability to speak but can sing along with "I Told the Witch Doctor," "Maresy Dotes," and "The Lion
Sleeps Tonight" like nobody's business.

Posted by: kurosawaguy | May 9, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Wow. I had just appreciated the fine Australian pictures and incisive comments of the previous Kit and here's another one. An embarassment of riches, and on a Friday too! First, thanks indeed to Joel for the pictures. These are absolutely necessary if I am to carry out my plan of visiting Australia vicariously through Joel. Second, a big howdy to Dreamer. I've missed you. Third, hearty congratulations to College Parkian on the improved job.

Now on to the new Kit. Once again the combination of Caitlin and Rachel is like a one-two punch, effectively exposing my own brain's quirks. One could say deficiencies but I really prefer quirks, or perhaps lovable eccentricities. If only we could choose the knowledge to be excised from our brain! I'm afraid that if I tried, though, instead of getting rid of all that bad 1970s pop music I'd erase, say, the ability to drive. Or the political history of Richard Nixon. You know, those essential things you may need to recall at any moment.

Posted by: Ivansmom | May 9, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I just googled "Dirty Dinky" and discovered that I quoted this poem in the Achenblog on March 22, 2006, in a version that strikes me as a somewhat better verbatim transcript than the verse I just quoted.

Posted by: StorytellerTim | May 9, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Yay CP!!! But I gone back enough to figure out why; please repost the good news?

Also of note--SCIENTIFIC evidence that nagging works!
Poor DNA Guy...heeheehee

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=564655&in_page_id=1770

Posted by: DNA Girl | May 9, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Google can't help me find the expression my mom used to use all the time... "Feel free, Ronald!"

I would have thought she'd made it up during a brain bloop of her own, but one time I heard a high school friend's mom say it too.

Posted by: TBG | May 9, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

"Pretty good stuff, Maynard."

Posted by: PlainTim | May 9, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Having read "Candorville" the past few days, this article skirts rather close to the Life Imitates Art category...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/08/AR2008050803142.html?hpid=artslot

*shrug*

Posted by: Scottynuke | May 9, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Gee, Skipper!

Posted by: TBG | May 9, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Somebody called Calgary, Alberta, Canada got a comment in Gene's update today, and it isn't me.

I shall have to hunt this Calgarian down and either fall on her neck like a long lost sister, or eliminate him altogether.

Posted by: Yoki | May 9, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Good stuff Maynard! (From a malt-o-meal commercial. Whew. Hate to lose the origins of family sayings.)

Substitute teaching and meetings, meetings, the past few days. Ice went out on our lake yesterday so the fishing folks are happy and our local economy averts a disaster. Looking forward to backboodling and kit savoring this evening.

Congrats to CP!!!

Posted by: frostbitten | May 9, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Hey, little buddy!

Posted by: TBG | May 9, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Yes, lovie?

Posted by: Yoki | May 9, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Oooh, did not see Tim's 11:00 before my 11:05. I will chalk this up as a great minds moment.

Posted by: frostbitten | May 9, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Just popping in to say (probably yet again) that I *adore* Dorothy Parker and miss her greatly. One of my favorite Dorothy Parkerisms is "If they laid all the girls of Vassar end-to-end I wouldn't be surprised" (hope that gets by the censors).

Alas, she's long gone -- I've got some books by her and about her somewhere, which someday will see the light of day again.

As long as we're on books and authors and such (well, I *think* we are, aren't we?), does anybody else in boodledom have a fascination with the Mitford family like I do? And for those who haven't the faintest idea who they are, go and Google them. Unbelievably dysfunctional, yet fascinating family. I think one or two of them may still be alive.

Gotta go. Do stay in touch, eh?

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | May 9, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

I'm thinking here of "The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," and lots of Phillip K. Dick's works, where memories and perceptions can be manipulated for a price.

I think that all of our memories and perceptions - good, bad, indifferent, and let's face it: totally subjective and imprefect - go into making us who we are. This mess in our noggins influences how we think and how we behave. You wouldn't be you if those memories of Ultraman or That Horribly Embarassing Moment in 3rd Grade weren't there, would you? I submit that you'd be someone else without all of the flotsam and jetsam whirling around that acretion disk in your head. If you lose it, *you* lose it, that's part of the bargain.

Interestingly, Hollywood knows how important memories are, which is why they hit folks who are in their prime earning years (ahem) with movies like "Iron Man" and "Speed Racer," knowing that we like spending money and time on our inner children.

On a side note, I posted a Glaucoma Test Pilot Boodle comment in Joel's Koala Kit, for those that can remember where to find it.

bc

bc

Posted by: bc | May 9, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Rachel and Caitlin,

If you're going to Google a name that starts with a Z and ends with an O, may I suggest you turn your attention to the name Maurizio Zifferaro, rather than the Stanford professor who conducted the Stanford Prison Study?

Zifferaro was one of two senior associates, along with Nikita Smidovich, to Rolf Ekeus, executive chairman of the U.N. Inspections Team. On August 22, 1995, the trio, when Ekeus was serving as chairman, interviewed Gen. Hussein Kamel, Iraq's most celebrated defector. Kamel, along with his brother, Saddam Kamel, defected to Jordan in August 1995, smuggling to Jordan crates of documents containing detailed information about Iraq's efforts to devlop WMDs.

Bush cherrypicked info that the Kamel brothers provided in his October 2002 speech in Cincinnati. Cheney also used some of the information for his own speeches to drum up support for an invasion of Iraq. However, the full record of Hussein Kamal's interview with e inspectors reveal that Iraq's stockpile of chemical and biological warheads, manufactured before the 1991 Gulf War, had been destroyed.

As far as the Stanford Prison Study, the information from it doesn't go far enough. Were the mock prison guards, encouraged to be abusive? Were the university mock prison guards men or women? Was the violence in the mock setting in the basement of Sanford condoned or punished, or encouraged (as MI encouraged the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, backed with legal justification out of Cheney's office)?

Sy Hersh knows that one of the guards at Abu Graib suffered a horrible mental breakdown once that guard was stateside. Hersh did not share the name of this distraught former guard at Abu Ghraib when Hersh spoke recently for 90 minutes at our own Trinity University, but Hersh was intimately aware of the details of the story he revealed.

Who was it? One of the seven guards involved: Frederick, Graner, Davis, Ambuhl, Harman, Sivits, England, or other?

Know that Googling the Internet doesn't always provide accurate information. Reaching deeper, by reading, into accounts by seasoned investigative, Pulitizer-prize winning reporters is where I'll put my trust.

Posted by: Loomis | May 9, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, DNA Girl, for the nagging link. I'm going to tell the Boy that a study shows nagging works, and I'll just have to keep telling him over and over again . . . periodically I run across these studies (for instance, kids with TV in their rooms are more obese and do worse in school) which I gleefully share.

I'd be more specific about those other studies but I'm having trouble recalling them.

Posted by: Ivansmom | May 9, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

The hallways of the Algonquin Hotel in NYC have a wallpaper festooned with little quotes from Dorothy Parker and other Roundtable luminaries. Gives you something to read while waiting for the elevator.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 9, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

ftb, I don't think I've ever laughed as much or as hard, while reading quietly to myself, as I did reading The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate.

Diana was, of course, appalling.

There is a new book of correspondence between Nancy and her sisters; I should very much like to own it.

Posted by: Yoki | May 9, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Hey, when I think "starts with Z, ends with O" all I get is Zorro!

Posted by: kurosawaguy | May 9, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

How long do I have to peddle this bike, Professor???

Posted by: Gilligannuke | May 9, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

I was thinking Zorro too, kurosawaguy, but also Zeno. Unfortunately I can't discuss Zeno with nearly the scintillating wit and knowledgable air which would have been possible when I was back in college. I'm afraid part of Zeno was eaten, or overwritten. Probably by something like The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, which I remember tolerably well.

Posted by: Ivansmom | May 9, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Hey Yoki -- funny (really) that you should mention that. A friend of mine and I celebrate our respective birthdays by going out to lunch and giving each other books. We were born 20 days apart (she's older, which she really doesn't like much -- but what can one do with age-phobics). Yesterday we got around to celebrating last year's birthday (we do take our time), and we were trying to decide what to give each other for this year. I already know what I'm going to get her (and I didn't disclose), but when we started talking about the Mitfords, she told me she was going to get me the book of correspondence. I can hardly wait. I already have the book of correspondence between Nancy and Evelyn Waugh, which in parts is simply hysterical.

Besides Diana, however, we simply cannot forget Unity, who was so dreadfully in love with Adolf Hitler, she ended up putting a gun to her head and didn't die until years later. For those out there who still might be interested, another sibling (Decca by nickname) was a communist, and wrote the prizeworthy "The American Way of Death" about the American funeral industry. Things changed mightily after that book came out. There's a somewhat recent (couple of years) book about her, too, that I'd like to lay my hands on.

And I thought my own family was crazy. . .

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | May 9, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Ivansmom, as long as you can remember half as much about Zeno as you knew last year, you'll never quite forget. Never.

Posted by: PlainTim | May 9, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Sy Hersh as a distinguished lecturer reminds me that the grand local Distinguished Lecture series always manages to choose Republicans. Steve Forbes, anyone?

Posted by: Dave of the Coonties | May 9, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Moula Moula Moula !!!!

Congrats to CP!!!!

And Yoki thanks for the wine in the turkey recipe advice, it turned out great.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | May 9, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

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

Good afternoon, friends. Every time I get ready to post a comment, there's a new kit.

Hello, Dreamer, it is so good to hear from you. I'm glad you checked in, and I know you know we miss you. When I read your comment, I thought of you at one of the boodle porching events.

Hello, hello, JA. The pictures are so nice, it is almost like being there. And I'm glad you shared them with us because the impressions of Australia on television and pictures are many times like a wilderness. And don't be low, your presence here is always on time. The young ladies are doing a great job.

As for memory and loss of brain function, I'm sure most of you here know I suffer tremendously from said disease. I don't have that many children or grandchildren and I'm getting confused all the time. We're getting ready for a forty year class reunion and I don't even want to go there with the name thing. Just smile and speak.

Slyness, the weather is so warm here, but cloudy and muggy. I don't think we got any of the really nasty weather, but I can't tell. The roof or the windows would have to blow out for me to know.

Mudge, I hope you're getting good news from that doctor.

Tomato contest? And CP, hope you got my message. Kbert, I think your take on the family thing is so true.

Hello, Ivansmom, and say hello to the family. RD, I cannot imagine any of your brain going to waste. Martooni, what's up? Scotty, I missed your call this morning. And still haven't had the coffee yet. I'm trying to work on the headache.

Have a great day, folks. We're having work done outside the apartment complex, and there's lots of noise. Of all days to have a headache, mine would fall on this day.

Posted by: cassandra s | May 9, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

And then there was Debo, who had the good taste and sense to marry the Duke of Devonshire...yeah, a reallly interesting family. They were English, what do you expect? (I say that with great love and admiration, of course.)

Posted by: slyness | May 9, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Everything I know about Hamlet I learned from Harold Hecuba.

Interesting that mutliple continents have a ecological niche filled by a lethargic herbivorous tree dwelling mammal. Central Asia has pandas, Australia has koalas, and South America has three-toed tree sloths. The sloths are getting the raw end of the deal in the merchandising department. Cuteness sells.

And the Glaucoma Test Pilot Flying Koalas always seem to show up well after the air show is over complaining that they forget where they left the keys to the jets.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 9, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

I almost forgot kbertocci's quiz:

Which are cuter, pandas or koalas?

Answer: wombats.

Posted by: Ivansmom | May 9, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

*Tim, your arrow of 11:40 shot me right in the heart. And remind me not to wait for you to pick up your half of a tab at the next BPH.

bc

Posted by: bc | May 9, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Alan Hale Jr. played in a single episode of 'Batman'. His character's name: Gilligan.

slyness, you're welcome. I also am big fans of Miley and Emma. So much energy.

Mutya (which means Pearl in Tagalog) is a former member of all-girl Brit pop sensation Sugababes. Second biggest all-girl group in the UK after Spice Girls.

Posted by: omni | May 9, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Um, do I owe money? How much? Let me know -- I'm good for it. These things torment me -- even worse when I suspect I've forgotten an obligation.

Posted by: ScienceTim | May 9, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

You were probably thinking of the painting "Bathsheba at Her Bath." The book "Bathsheba's Breast" discusses the painting while talking about the history of breast cancer. Excellent book! Here is an excerpt from the book description:

In 1967, an Italian surgeon touring Amsterdam's Rijks museum stopped in front of Rembrandt's Bathsheba at Her Bath, on loan from the Louvre, and noticed an asymmetry to Bathsheba's left breast; it seemed distended, swollen near the armpit, discolored, and marked with a distinctive pitting. With a little research, the physician learned that Rembrandt's model, his mistress Hendrickje Stoffels, later died after a long illness, and he conjectured in a celebrated article for an Italian medical journal that the cause of her death was almost certainly breast cancer.

Posted by: jb | May 9, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Is it dead? Or not updating properly?

Posted by: ScienceTim | May 9, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Seems OK to me, Tim.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 9, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Helpful reminder:

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Saturday, May 10
Solomons Maritime Festival: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ALL FREE Antique Boat and Marine Engine Show, Food, Craft Demonstrations, Storytelling, Boat Rides, Children's Activities, Chesapeake Bay Retriever Demonstrations, music by Tom Lewis, Deanna Dove and more!
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(Taken from the events calendar for the Calvert Marine Museum, in Calvert County, Maryland)
http://www.calvertmarinemuseum.com/events.htm
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Weirdly, despite the fact that this event is tomorrow and presumably is a big deal for the Calvert Marine Museum, it's hard to find mention of it on their web site. On their "Concerts and Events" page, it is listed second, after an event that occurs two weeks later, and before an event that occurs in June. Nevertheless, it is happening, and there will be many fine storytellers there (as well as other people and activities). And I will be there, too.

Posted by: StorytellerTim | May 9, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

The next three weekends are not my own. This weekend we are shopping for the big graduation bash and then Mother's Day on Sunday. Next weekend we are hosting the post-prom LAN party (Don't ask. It beats having him getting drunk and trying to figure out how to use a condom.)

Then Memorial Day weekend is the big graduation festival. The ceremony is on Friday. Saturday is the big picnic/family reunion. Sunday is probably touristing with the out-of-town relatives.

The month of May is fully booked.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 9, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

May is always a busy, busy month for me, yello. This weekend: graduation for younger dottir so a trip to Chapel Hill (Mother's Day? what's that?). Next weekend: dedication of new organ at church, coming home from the mountains to be there. Memorial Day weekend: our anniversry, a long weekend in the mountains.

Posted by: slyness | May 9, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

bc, don't forget to be a tortoise and tuck all limbs inside the car and roll up the windows. That way, you'll outrun crazed astrophysicist archers attempting to recreate a time-space fallacy.

And yes, it all goes back to his fallacies.

On the other hand, a tune cootie is forever. "Musicophilia" by Oliver Sacks certainly covers this neurological phenemon, and he mentions waking up with obscure tunes in his head all the time, like mood music.

Which is why I propose, for the sake of our future sanity, that music should be banned from movies. Who needs the yippie ki-kay and the oooh bah whoobah bah of a bad movie stuck in his head forever?

Or worse, the twilight zone tune driving you up the wall when you're trying to collect your thoughts to remonstrate with your teenager who has just done something. graphic, unexpected, and borderline illegal in 30 states?

Posted by: Wilbrod | May 9, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

OK, in order to give the Boodle some mouth-to-mouth rescusitation, I'm posting this interesting piece from National Geographic. It lumps us Muricans, you Canuckistanis, and -- of all people -- the French in the same boat.

By Bill Pritchard

Brazilian, Chinese, and Indian consumers are the world's greenest, while Americans, Canadians, and French leave the largest environmental footprints, according to a survey released May 7 by the National Geographic Society.

Consumers in developing countries in general are more concerned about environmental issues than those in wealthy nations, the survey of 14,000 people in 14 nations said. Sixty percent of people in developing countries "feel the most guilt about their environmental impact and are willing to do the most about it." They also report that environmental problems are negatively affecting their health, the study, Greendex(TM) 2008: Consumer Choice and the Environment, said.

Those from wealthier nations are least interested in making environmentally oriented choices, even though they have a greater range of options, according to National Geographic. It said that the survey is a first and will provide a baseline for future annual polls.

The survey also notes the results are fluid. "Citizens in large developing countries express a thirst for increased consumption," it said.

The Greendex poll was conducted online by Globescan Inc., a public opinion and research company with offices in Canada, the United States, and England. It covered housing, transportation, food, and other consumption patterns. Respondents were scored on the environmental impact of their choices.

None of the consumer groups reached the 100 percent mark for environmental sustainability, National Geographic said. But Brazilians and Indians tied at 60 points, Chinese followed in the top tier with 56.1, Mexicans with 54.3, Hungarians with 53.2, and Russians with 52.4.

Britons, Germans, and Australians placed in the middle range with 50.2 points each. The French scored 48.7, Canadians, 48.5, and Americans trailed the pack with 44.9 points.

'Very Concerned' About Environment


Thirty-three percent of those surveyed said they strongly agreed with the statement, "I am very concerned about environmental problems."

By country, 60 percent of Brazilians polled said they were very concerned, 46 percent of Mexicans, and 44 percent of Chinese, for example. In contrast, 27 percent of Americans said they strongly agreed with the statement, while 25 percent of French strongly agreed, and Germans and Britons tied at 19 percent.

U.S. consumers were the least likely to use public transportation--5 percent said they did so daily or most days compared with 27 percent for all countries; 14 percent said they walk or bike to their destinations all of the time, compared with 33 percent of the total; and 6 percent said they eat locally grown foods daily, compared with an average of 19 percent for all countries.

Terry Garcia, National Geographic's executive vice president of mission programs, said, the survey "will allow us over time to assess the progress people are making to conserve, minimize waste, and protect natural resources for the future."

The Greendex survey is available at http://event.nationalgeographic.com/greendex/assets/GS_NGS_Full_Report_May08.pdf .

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 9, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Being in New Delhi is equalivent to smoking 2 packs a day. I was coughing up soot within 30 minutes of landing.

Of course Indians are concerned about their environment. Tamil Nadu has banned plastic beverage cans, rings and plastic bags altogether, in part due to wildlife concerns (it has some major national parks). Yet India also has garbage routinely tossed in the street (mostly biodegradable but not all), which cows and other animals eat. There is a lot of dust from erosion. And there are people so poor they will burn anything they can to stay warm... even toxic plastic bags.

Our worsening pollution standards should make us horrified. Autism is on the upswing and is linked to pollution from coal-fired plants. Atrazine (a corn pesticide) is linked to infertility in men. We nearly wiped out the bald eagle with DDT 50 years ago. My dad commented they used to spray his old neighborhood as a kid with DDT for mosquitoes, he'd be sick a day or two afterwards.

We are still using a lot of pesticides on our lawns, courses, etc. that haven't been tested since the 1950's, and that are not biodegradable.

I think our lack of concern is simply because we are relatively insulated from the obvious effects of pollution.

Posted by: Wilbrod | May 9, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Great post, Curmudgeon. I'm moving in a week to a new apartment, and I'm VERY excited about all of the places to which I can walk in less than ten minutes (namely: the regional library, a playground, two grocery stores (Trader Joe's and Whole Foods), Starbucks, a toy & children's clothing store, a Thai restaurant, a pizza place, a Chinese restaurant, a post office, my bank). While I'll still have to drive to work, I could go entire weekends without ever getting in my car!

Also - I've bought the new CFL lightbulbs for my lamps after I move, and I'm an avid recycler. I'm going to use a cloth totebag when I go grocery shopping. I know there are probably other things I can do, but I like to feel I'm doing what I can right now. :-)

Posted by: PLS | May 9, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Would that be the Trader Joe's on Wisconsin Ave., PLS? I drove past it a couple hours ago and it was all I could do to not go in.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 9, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

http://cartoons.parade.com/main.php?g2_itemId=108

Posted by: omni | May 9, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

omni, that cartoon is great thanks for the link.

I was quickly able to find a cartoon that always makes me laugh (please remember I have never claimed to be "deep").

http://cartoons.parade.com/main.php?g2_itemId=129

Posted by: dmd | May 9, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Wlecome. Can't wait for bc to click on it.

Posted by: omni | May 9, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

That apartment sounds great, PLS. It reminds me of what I miss about living in a truly urban setting. If we're talking about day-to-day commercial businesses and amenities, then I can walk in ten minutes to --- hmmm -- nothing. I don't have access to public transportation either. I love where I live but sometimes I miss the convenience and excitement of the city.

Posted by: Ivansmom | May 9, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

*chirp* *chirp*

Posted by: crickets | May 9, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Ivansmom, I can walk to stuff in a small town, too. I just have to drive umpteen miles if I want anything OTHER than what is in town or in the next country.

I'm sure LiT will have something to say about this story. http://news.yahoo.com/s/usnews/20080508/ts_usnews/whyclintonstandstolosemillions

Posted by: Wilbrod | May 9, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Dmd, that cartoon isn't funny, it's one of my recurring nightmares.

Posted by: Wilbrodog | May 9, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

*chirp* I say, *chirp*!

Posted by: crickets | May 9, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

*chirp* is right. Did everybody leave early for the weekend?

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 9, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Running for the bus. Everybody have a good weekend.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 9, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Guess so. Time to talk about jets and the Flash and comic-book characters!

Going past the College Park airport on Metro, the other day, I saw that among the placid and boring Piper Cubs and Beech Bonanzas, there is a Rutan Vari-Eze. I've seen it overhead occasionally. Not a jet, but very cool, anyway.

Posted by: ScienceTim | May 9, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I'm home Mudge. We're going to a big family dinner later withe the Vancouver branch of Mrs. Denizen's family. I've made the vegetal part of that meal while the brother in law will provide the dead animal parts. The flesh will be incinerated on a fossil fuel burning apparatus. I provide "pommes à l'huile" (potatoe salad with onions, capers, white wine, olive oil and wine vinegar), braised leek, green beans braised in tomato, caramelyzed onion and garlic and my ever popular Iranian cucumbers. It's cucumber slices smothered in pressed yogurt (any 8-10% fat yogourt really) seasoned with garlic and oregano). The cukes are sprinkled with coarse salt beforehand to make them sweat some water.
Plus fresh pita bread.

Posted by: shrieking denizen | May 9, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

"Guess so" was about people leaving early.

What is the slowest, quietest, most underpowered non-balloon aircraft on the market or available in kit form? A dirigible would do, although I have my doubts about the ready availability of helium. Hydrogen would be fine, so long as it can be made absolutely fireproof.

Posted by: ScienceTim | May 9, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like somebody needs to read "The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed" by John McPhee.

Posted by: kurosawaguy | May 9, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I've seen the book and read some magazine articles back in the 70's. May be time to revisit the topic.

Posted by: ScienceTim | May 9, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

have scanned the last few kits and boodles. can't keep up right now,
too much to do.

have a good weekend, everyone!

Posted by: L.A. lurker | May 9, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

"What is the slowest, quietest, most underpowered non-balloon aircraft on the market or available in kit form?"

A kite, SciTim, or a large-winged paper airplane.

Posted by: Wilbrod | May 9, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

also, depends on the size of the payload. for >1g payloads, spider silk works well for spiders to parachute in the wind, and dandelion seeds are also good for travelling distances.

Speaking of which, a large-scale mockup of a dandelion seed would be awesome. I think you'd have to work with organics, though-- modified goose feathers, basalm wood or thin bamboo to carry the payload, though.

Posted by: Wilbrod | May 9, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

A lovely close-up of a dandelion seed on flickr.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ijuhasz/468659180/

Note the serration near the payload, probably to help provide more turbulence and lift.


Posted by: Wilbrod | May 9, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

so where DID "feel free ronald" come from? seems to me i've heard it before!

Posted by: mo | May 9, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Hi mo!

Y'all wish the Boy luck. We are almost through the run of this show and yesterday afternoon he injured his toe. Wrenched it, the doctor said (we had to make sure it wasn't broken). It was so close to last night's showtime that he couldn't perform: he couldn't put any weight on it. I was proud of him because he really tried, after icing and elevating it for almost two hours, but if you can't put on a shoe you can't go onstage. Maybe we should have tried the chocolate icing.

It is better today. Even though it hurts, he's going to be performing on it tonight. Might not do the complicated dance, but he'll be there for as much of the action as he can. He's performed outside in 100 plus degree F weather and while being attacked by june bugs, and inside at 10 am on little sleep, but I think this is the first time he'll go onstage while injured.

Posted by: Ivansmom | May 9, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what you did, ScienceTim, but there is a big moving air balloon advertising something on my screen now.

More random Boodling: has anyone else here been watching The Big Bang? It is an uber-geek TV situation comedy. Our TV, recognizing us as a geeky family, records it for us (or perhaps Ivansdad or the Boy have asked it to do so) (you can tell I'm really more of a geek hanger-on). It takes me right back to my Rice days. It is so evocative of the geek world it is sometimes painful to watch; I cringe as I laugh. Astonishingly it is on a network, CBS I think. I'm sure it will disappear soon.

Posted by: Ivansmom | May 9, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

awwwwwww poor kid! performing is nerve racking enough w/out being injured. i remember i auditioned for a dancer role in "grease" my sophomore year in high school with a plaster cast on my right leg - foot to knee - one of those older heavy plaster casts with the stopper on the bottom (fiberglass casts were already around but i was an army dependent and the army docs did it the old schoole way). i did manage to get cast as lead dancer tho, even WITH the cast on my leg...

and what that line reminded me of was actually, "good job, ronald" from the movie "Can't buy me love" with a teenage doctor dreamy before he became dreamy (tho i always thought he was cute)

Posted by: mo | May 9, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

i hafta add that it wasn't the real "grease" - it was our high school production of "grease"... i'm too young to have been in the real "grease"... tho it woulda been cool to work with johnny pre-scientology days!

Posted by: mo | May 9, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Wow, mo, I'm impressed with your auditioning prowess. Is saying "break a leg" effective if the leg's already broken? I guess for the Boy we should say "break a toe." Or maybe not. How about, "Go, Boy!"

Posted by: bia | May 9, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Hi, it's been a month or more since I visited. Hope everyone is well.

If you've held a koala, you would know they're not as cuddly as they look -- hair like steel wool, 1" claws designed for tree climbing. The cuddly stuffed toys are made with kangaroo fur.

And there's a lot of pirate cricket on TV, put out by Indian fans (real fanatics) using VOIP. You a small app in your browser decompresses the picture.

Posted by: LTL-CA | May 9, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm so sorry to hear about the injury, Ivansmom! He's a real trooper. Hope he gets through the evening without further mishap.

Posted by: slyness | May 9, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

My son and I are both big fans of "Big Bang Theory":

http://livebythefoma.blogspot.com/2007/11/nerd-night.html

My wife gets very nervous when we both laugh outrageously at some line that went completely over her head.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 9, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

My afternoon and evening is fully occupied with flames. I'm burning branches from the big tree that fell last fall. A large spruce tree has a lot of little branches. I'll be roasting weenies by the fire pit for supper.

If anyone is in the neighbourhood and wants to drop by, brings some marshmallows. I'm out.

Posted by: dr | May 9, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

dr, please be careful! You know what I think about fire in general, I don't want you to have problems.

Next time, I'll stop in with the hotdogs and marshmallows. ;-)

Posted by: slyness | May 9, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

I've watched "The Big Bang Theory" a couple of times. My son loves it. It is cute, and certainly presents an accurate description of a particular phenotype of geekdom.

And even though I went to an uber-geeky college, I like to think I avoided some of the worst traits. I remember when Friday night would roll around. Many of my geeky friends would eagerly rush down to the computer lab to play some sort of Star Trek game on the VAXx. I would blow-dry my hair (which always impressed them) and head out to the 5-college parties to meet young women.

Of course, they were invariably more successful with their cyber games than I ever was with the young women. And I am pretty sure most of them make loads more money than I do. And are probably not spending Friday night sitting in a room full of Lagomorphs nursing a Whiskey Sour and typing into the ether.

So I guess we know who ended up being the real geek.

Posted by: RD Padouk | May 9, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

But, RD, you still have more fluffy hair than they do, especially on those bunny tushes!

Posted by: Wilbrod | May 9, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I'm a little winded from keeping up with the Kits. Nice to hear from Joel - and Dreamer! Hi to CowTown and LTL-CA and other infrequent-of-late Boodlers.

Posted by: mostlylurking | May 9, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Plural of VAX = VAXen (not VAXot or VAXim).

I have not watched "The Big Bang Theory." Our TiVO is not so helpful as Ivansmom's. But we just watched "A Fish Called Wanda" and had a fine time.

Posted by: ScienceTim | May 9, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Got home a little while ago from our family outing to see Flight of the Conchords at GWU. Two great entertainers from New Zealand. It was a great show.

It was also my Mothers Day dinner, as Son of G is working all weekend.

Here's a sample of some of their work. They sang this song tonight...

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


Here's the same song from their HBO series. Hilarious...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wN0oDnoc3-c

Posted by: TBG | May 9, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Well, the Boy almost made it onstage tonight. I am confident he'll close the show tomorrow. He practiced walking all first act, and even ran up and down the flight of stairs (3rd act) twice. It hurt a lot, though, and took a lot out of him. The director didn't want to risk having him lose stamina before that 3rd act and fall on the stairs, or worse. I was relieved. Although the Boy was disappointed I think he was relieved too.

RD, those guys who made a lot of money are still geeky. They should be so lucky to have a lagomorph room, in a house with a wife and children. They're still in their meta-game rooms playing cybergames. Hah.

Posted by: Ivansmom | May 9, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Hi, all.

TBG, you lucky lady! Sounds like a fun weekend already, and it's not even Mother's Day yet.

omni, thanks for that cartoon. That did make me laugh.

Ivansmom, the boy playing hurt is doing you proud, isn't he? And mo, there's nothing that would surprise me about you hitting the stage revved up and ready to go, even if they had you strapped to a backboard.

*Tim, you might consider Ultralight aircraft, too. A friend of mine has one, he keeps threatening to take me up in it. I don't like heights, and I told him so aand about the very small chance I'd go up in that thing in colorful, descriptive language. Still, it does look like fun as long as I kept my eyes shut tightly.

I live near the Frederick Airport, and occasionally while the vintage airshow is no longer an annual event there, I still occasionally see a WWII-era warbird on the field there or better yet, rumbling overhead. A P-51; yeah, I can do that.

bc

Posted by: bc | May 9, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Light blue skys here with lots of new green leafs coming out on the trees.

Posted by: bh | May 9, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

I hear tortoises don't like heights either, bc. (as for me, I wish I had your friend. Ultralights, oh boy!)

Posted by: Wilbrod | May 9, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, I don't think Gamera minded heights, but I got your point.

Beware the Golden Archers (Billions of Years Served).

bc

Posted by: bc | May 10, 2008 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Hi everyone -- thanks for the nice welcome yesterday.

I've been intermittently lurking (is that available as a boodle handle?) but couldn't resist chiming in on the Drunk Koala Kit. Midnight to 5 a.m. EDT is my kind of time zone.

On kbert's question, I'd have to say koalas are marginally cuter than pandas, but it's a very tough call indeed.

I'm a big fan of the moon bear, too:

http://www.sharonbowles.org.uk/images/sites/82.165.40.25-4288be301a0764.91349750/static/13.jpeg

Posted by: Dreamer | May 10, 2008 3:31 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.
Hiya, Dreamer!
Gotta admit, that moon bear *is* cute.

It's a dark rainy morning, good for doing some paperwork and drinking coffee.

I'm watching F1 qualifying live from Istanbul, Turkey with the sound down and thinking about some absent friends at the moment, too.

Have a good day, everybody.

On a side note, I'm surprised that JA didn't mention the fact that koalas have two opposable "thumbs" per hand, and consider any possible relationship to the bifurcation question (which may explain some of the sleepiness, at least for the male of the species).

bc

Posted by: bc | May 10, 2008 8:04 AM | Report abuse

mornin' bc. Been up since quarter of 8...which is sleepin' in for me.ha.finally got over this weeks run of insomnia

Posted by: omni | May 10, 2008 8:26 AM | Report abuse

On the way home from the last BPH I bought the Flight of the Conchords boxset and my son and I have been slowly watching it. It's another show that my wife Just Doesn't Get. But she thought that Business Time song was pretty funny. I really wish she hadn't.

My favorite character is Mel. I relate to her. She even has a blog.

http://www.hbo.com/conchords/melsblog/index.html

Posted by: yellojkt | May 10, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Good rainy morning everyone. Nice to hear from Dreamer. A friend of mine describes this memory thing by comparing his brain to an open bookshelf. Each time he puts a book up there, another one falls off the end. I'm comforted to know I'm not the only one who is afflicted with forgetfulness. Although I sometimes get scared because of the family history, on my mother's side, of Alzheimer's. Googling can only work to a point when your trying to remember the name of an actor who was in that movie that you can't remember the name of either.

Small rant coming. The Today show is on in the background and they can't stop talking about Jenna's wedding. Do people really care that much about the marriage of the worst president ever's daughter? Of course the show spent time the other day at Cheney's house, which I could have done without too. The lack of straight, intelligent news drives me crazy. End of small rant.

Off to clean the porch, line some shelves and other mundane chores. "S" has been in NY visiting his daughter and grandchildren for the past few days, using some vacation time he has to excess. I wish I had that problem!

Posted by: Bad Sneakers | May 10, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

grrr. I am so jealous of TBG! #2 introduced me to Flight of the Conchords some time ago. We annoy normal people by saying things like,
"Conditions are perect!" quite randomly.

Posted by: Yoki | May 10, 2008 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, everybody!

Yoki, you're up early, how is the weather?

We have a nice day ahead, but tomorrow is supposed to be rainy and stormy. That will make loading furniture into a trailer much less fun than it normally is, which isn't much. Younger dottir has three couches: the one she bought for $35 at an attic sale, her sister's futon, and the one third dottir's husband gave her because it wouldn't fit in their new den. Those, her bed, her computer, her ginormous TV, and the desk she and Mr. T made should be enough to fill the available space.

Posted by: slyness | May 10, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Bad Sneakers, I'm with you.

I didn't mention it here, but about a month ago, I removed from the center of my car's rear bumper a worn-out bumper sticker. I was sad because the colors had faded, particularly the red in the sticker that was designed with the colors of the American flag. The bumper sticker was no longer very easy to read.

I had purchased the bumper sticker from the Crawford Peace House just before heading to Camp Casey with Marq Anderson of the Eyes Wide Open boot display to see Cindy Sheehan, who was just returning from California. The bumper sticker read "No More Lies. No More Lives."

The other bumper sticker I received for free from a politcal action group is not as sun-bleached. It reads "Endless War." The "less" is crossed out, with "this" overwritten above.

Jenna's wedding in Crawford reminds me of the hot night I spent at Camp Casey, my legs chewed up by chiggers. It reminds me of my trip earlier trip there to see Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" along with several thousand others in a grassy field not far off the small town's main street. It reminds me of meeting Crawford Iconoclast reporter Nate Diebenow, the paper now defunct for having endorsed John Kerry for president.

For Jenna, the ranch is home. I wonder how much time she has really spent there? I spent two very long evenings and half a night there, attempting to sleep in the back seat of my Honda (there are no hotels unless one drives to Waco or McGregor). I will forever associate Crawford witht the Iraq war. Thoughts of Crawford fill me with tremendous sadness.

I wonder if Marq Anderson still doing the Eyes Wide Open boot exhibit? How many pairs would he have to set up these days if he is still in his role as national tour manager? Did he quit because the project became too overwhelming or does this former soldier soldier on?

This is the last mention I find of him in the press, from Denver in 2006.

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_4467406

When the exhibit began in January 2004, there were 504 pairs of boots.

Only 504.

Marq Anderson, national tour manager for "Eyes Wide Open," said the project was begun soon after President Bush's "Mission Accomplished" speech on May 1, 2003, when U.S. casualties in the war numbered 139. "We decided we needed to do something to point out the human cost of the war," he said.

Visitors to the original display in Chicago found it so moving that the American Friends Service Committee decided to take it on the road. It's been to more than 80 cities and it keeps getting bigger.

Nobody wanted it to go on this long. But on it goes to Macon, Ga.; Dayton, Ohio; San Antonio; Kalamazoo, Mich.; and on and on.

Part of the reason the sight of the boots is so affective is that most Americans have been spared images of this war. Pictures of soldiers returning in coffins are forbidden. News coverage from the battlefields has waned. There's no draft to heighten the immediacy of the war for average folks, so it's easy to forget.

Anderson doesn't want that to happen.


Posted by: Loomis | May 10, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

http://bloopgooglingfordummies.html

Posted by: Anonymous | May 10, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, my friends. I am moving good this morning after a really bad day and night. My daughter had to come to the rescue, but she did, and it was all good. I had a bad spell yesterday, but I'm feeling much better this morning.

Ivansmom, so happy the Boy was able to do his show. Tell him to "break a leg" and from the old lady in North Carolina.

I meant to say hello to you, Mo and cowtown yesterday, but forgot by the time I got to the commenting part. It is starting already, the forgetfulness.

Just wanted to check in and wish everyone a good weekend. I do hope you get a chance to attend church Sunday, and enjoy your families this weekend. Hello, ltd, glad to hear from you.

Martooni, Slyness, Mudge, Scotty, and all, a good morning to you. *waving*

Well, I'm going to take it easy today, and try to prepare for the Sunday school class. Have a great day, folks.

Bad sneakers, do you think the President is aware that he is considered by some the worst president ever? Do you think there's a light on that for him?

Posted by: cassandra s | May 10, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Slyness I hear you. The water hose is my constant companion. Surrounded as I am by a forest that has not burned in a 100 years, I am very very aware of the problems.

The thing with spruce branches is to keep the fire in the pit small. It doesn't take much combustible material to have a raging torrent of flame, but that torrent only lasts a couple minutes. When 1 burns down completely, you add a bit more. It will take a couple of campfires to get it all burned up and it has to be done while we still have the moisture from the snow and before there is a chance of fire bans.

I would love to be able to let it go natural but with the house in the centre you have to keep cleaning it up.

Anybody want some firewood? I have lots, and up here, everybody just wants to buy the cut split stuff.

Posted by: dr | May 10, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

I should probably make that clear. We are giving it away free and even relatives don't want it.

Morning Cassandra. I hope you feel better very very soon.

Posted by: dr | May 10, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Finally took the advice of this kit and did a google bloop search and came up with this cartoon (NSFW): http://www.30joursdebd.com/mag/images/Bloop/100107-%20Bloop.jpg

Posted by: omni | May 10, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Hey Cassandra, I hope you are taking care of yourself today, don't overdo. I used to think that Bush must know how poorly regarded he is, but I've changed my mind. He has so many yes-men around him and I think at heart he is a very cocky and arrogant person, so no, I don't think he believes it. My dad used to tell the story of a woman watching her soldier son parading by with his unit. Her comment was, "look, everyone's out of step but my boy." I think that's the mind set at work with Bush, he's right and everyone else is wrong. Period.

Well, break is over, half the porch is clean, have to go finish up before I lose my determination.

Posted by: Bad Sneakers | May 10, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

'conditions are perfect'

I'm adding that to the things I like to say...

In fact, when I go out in a few minutes, every-time someone says 'How are you." I will respond just so.

Thank you TBG and Yoki.

Oh, I'm just giggling at the thought. And I can't wait. (Hope I can remember...)

Bloop be gone

Posted by: omni | May 10, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

I guess no one told Caitlin and Rachel that Joel usually gives us a couple of Kits on the weekends, too.

Heh heh heh.

Posted by: TBG | May 10, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Hi all...just flying by. Saw Joel's latest pictures. I hope that cockatiel wasn't really dead! And the pic with the tree and the saiboat...did Joel really take that fine photo? Wow. Wish Joel would tell us what kind of camera he has. Musta cost a lot. Looks like you're a natural, Joel. We miss you.

Congrats to CP although I didn't backboodle far enough to know why. Pray tell again.

The cold windy spring in my neck of the woods continues. To cheer up I bought another tree...a columnar oak tree that doesn't shed its cute little leaves until right before the new ones burst out, no matter the fiercest wind. My goal is to get my back yard as close to an east coast back yard as possible in this high country semiarid land (elevation at my house almost 7000 ft.) So far, 8 trees and another on the way.

Happy Mother's Day tomorrow to all boodle mothers.

Posted by: eidrib | May 10, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

bloop

I only remembered after the 'hi how are you.'.

bloop

Posted by: omni | May 10, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Poor omni!

Posted by: Yoki | May 10, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

G'morning Boodle! Joining eidrib in the gardening department I am trying to duplicate the mid-Atlantic garden of my dreams (minus the summer fungus and poisonous snakes). Took a leap of faith and bought 3 rhododendrons the nursery claims are cold hardy to -34. That's probably 6 degrees shy of what I really need, but with care I think I can design a suitable micro-climate. Also bought two tomato plants, Better Boy and a nameless grape variety. My most foolhardy purchase was a climbing rose which will require movement to the garage each winter, or replacement each spring. Curse you yellow roses with your siren song, and big-box-o-plants for bringing you up from Tyler, TX!

Posted by: frostbitten | May 10, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps, Tim, were you to explain exactly what your interest is in quiet aircraft, we could help more betta. I have experimented with hydrogen, and the tremendous lift compared to helium is very, very tempting. But like you said.

You probably know rubber-band power is not to be sneered at unless you are looking for sustained flights. A well-crafted hydrogen dirigible with good remote controls should be able to maintain forward flight in anything under a 30 mph headwind, I'm thinking. With a two-stroke, you'd get lots of lightweight power. Not so good for noise, however.

Posted by: Jumper | May 10, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Just popping in from the Vancouver airport to say hi. I read RD's post about the music from "Here Come the Brides" to Raysdad and he asked, "Quick! Who sang it?" (Bobby Sherman) More brain cells that could be working on more important things.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 10, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Mercy sakes, I think I kilt it. Sorry to boodle and run the other day, but at $0.75 per minute, one needs to be concise. We were on a repositioning cruise with Princess, from LA to Vancouver. Got a really good price on it about 8 months ago (and have been referring to it as the Cheap B@stard cruise ever since). We went to San Diego, Catalina, San Francisco, and Victoria. We spent last night with friends in Vancouver, and are flying out in an hour or so. I don't have such fond memories of departing the Vancouver airport, as the last time was right after 9/11 (as in, thousands upon thousands trying to depart in the first days flights were permitted). Felt like I was in Casablanca fighting for my exit visa.

Anyway, I'm trying to catch up, but failing miserably. Think I'll just drink more free wine in the United club. (Raysdad flies *a lot* and is a member. Woo hoo.

Posted by: RaysmomW | May 10, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Hey Raysmom, I'm just back from the airport myself. Mr. T got an earlier flight, which suits me fine, except that I don't have supper planned. He can take me out!

Saw my favorite twins this afternoon. One was asleep, the other was wide awake even though he had been fed and it was naptime. As long as we either held him or he had something interesting to look at, he was fine.

Now, gotta deal with Mr. T's week's worth of laundry.

Posted by: slyness | May 10, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Found powdery mildew spots on my miniature sage and regular sage plants, so off to Feeney's to get organic spray. Here's hoping it works, and I'll water them from the bottom from now on.

Mudge, I was on Old Welsh Road today, and old houses are being torn down and McMansions going up. It was a shock, but no surprise, I guess.

Posted by: dbG | May 10, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

*waving north toward Raysmom*

I bet Victoria was beautiful, but a bit chilly.

Posted by: mostlylurking | May 10, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Gardening redux! I'm typin' with blistas on, well, on the palms of my hands.

My dad had a garden patch that he has left fallow for the past 5 years or so. He's been mowing around it, letting nature take its course. Yesterday we took out about 6 small trees (!) that were growing in it, along with a heap of grass and weeds. I was pulling them up and wielding the hoe, and Dad pitched in with spade and pickaxe. This morning at sunrise I was out there with the hoe, becoming intimately acquainted with the concept of "sod" and reacquainted with the clay they have here in Oklahoma in place of the sand I'm used to in Florida. My hands hurt but at least my back didn't go out, and we're about halfway to the point of being able to plant something. We're thinking squash and tomatoes. Maybe peppers. This is fun. I believe tomorrow I'll take a break from the vegetable garden project and plant some flowers in the front flower bed in honor of Mothers Day.

* * *
Best thoughts, wishes and blessings for all who are mothers and all who were born to and/or borne by mothers.
* * *

Posted by: kbertocci | May 10, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Vocabulary of the day: Sumptuary law.

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

It's interesting that those laws are rarely actually intended to restrict consumption, but rather to restrict freedom of speech/religion or target them for easier oppression.

(Now I'm all tempted to go out and sumpt.)

Posted by: Wilbrod | May 10, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

I know, dbG. I was up there six or eight months ago, and picked up one of those real estate booklets just for laughs. I was astoni9shed and appalled not only at all the McMansions, but at the prices: 600,000, 700,000 bucks! I don't think I could afford to live in the house my father built and we grew up in. And the congestion and density are just apalling, too. Growing up, those were wide open spaces (and inexpensive ones, too). Where were you headed?

Hey, Boodle.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 10, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Vocabulary of the day: Sumptuary law.

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

It's interesting that those laws are rarely actually intended to restrict consumption, but rather to restrict freedom of speech/religion or target them for easier oppression.

(Now I'm all tempted to go out and sumpt.)

Happy Mother's Day to all who celebrate. Any day is a nice day to get flowers, so I bought the flowers early, knowing better bonquets would come later.

Posted by: Wilbrod | May 10, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

I am delighted to report that we have rain mixed with snow here in the frozen north. Why happy? Because for 2 hours it was all snow. The tomato plants are waiting things out in the garage, and I am going to dive into a pan of brownies as soon as they come out of the oven. I should run a couple miles first, but who wants to in this weather? I'd much rather pout and nap.

Posted by: frostbitten | May 10, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

That was a double-post that shouldn't have occured... the boodle is very slow refreshing today.

Wilbrodog is destinated to have his first fenced yard ever in a month or two. For the money, I could buy a reasonably decent secondhand car. I'm shocked.

I'm awaiting judgment on the gates as chosen; he's certainly perfectly capable of operating a lever, but suspect he will be OK unless a really cute poodle walks by.
(Think I could get a sign up saying No Poodle Xing?)


Posted by: Wilbrod | May 10, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

kb, I vote for pandas. I had a deep, abiding attachment to a toy panda bear as a child, so it's not a hard choice for me.

I like getting into the dirt, too. I was going to put my squash starts in the ground today, but Mr Ml thinks it's still too cold at night (it is). So I weeded instead, while the rain held off. Things get out of hand so quickly! I find it especially irritating when things I willingly planted get out of control - mountain bluet, sweet woodruff, lemon balm, oregano (not the spice, oh no, that didn't survive the winter).

Posted by: mostlylurking | May 10, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Ow ow ow ow.

Ow.

Just finished mowing our swamp (well, what I could get to without the mower imitating the Titanic) and my butt is now officially kicked for the day. It was like trying to push a lawnmower through the Everglades. I'm pretty sure alligators are not native to Ohio, but I wouldn't have been surprised to see one today.

Our township leaders, in their great wisdom, decided to plug off the big drain that keeps my yard and three other neighbors' yards from reverting to their natural wetland state. So all of our yards are mush (at best) and the grass is really high because its nearly impossible to mow (unless you have a combination hovercraft/lawnmower). The kicker is that the township is cracking down on "unkempt yards" and will fine us if the grass gets too high.

The other kicker is that all that standing water will be like a bordello for mosquitos and -- you guessed it -- the township uses tax money to spray insecticides to keep the mosquito population down. They also use tax money to "warn" the public about keeping old tires and other things around that would ALLOW WATER TO POOL and STAGNATE and therefore ATTRACT MOSQUITOS.

The local public school system can't afford to provide each kid with a freaking pencil and sends extortion letters every other day demanding a dollar for this or ten bucks for that, yet my farking tax dollars are hard at work paying for irony.

If Canada was only a little warmer...

Posted by: martooni | May 10, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Where does the water go if the drain is re-opened? Somewhere it shouldn't? Where might that be?

Posted by: Jumper | May 10, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

That's reprehensible regarding the big drain. Can it be unblocked? I'd file a complaint with city hall and write a letter to the local newspaper (while you can't fight it, a few choice pictures and pointing out that proper drainage=no mosquitoes might let off some steam).

Things get pretty soggy up here (It's technically swamp near thereabouts), especially once the ground gets saturated from the spring thaw, but there's such a thing as proper drainage.

This information from Elks Village, IL might give you an idea if you have a real problem (standing water more than 48 hours after a storm, etc.)

http://www.elk-grove-village.il.us/dev/drain.htm

Unfortunately Ohio has a maze of laws. Apparently those may be your options.

http://ohioline.osu.edu/b822/b822_11.html

If true, it's time to start paddling. Sorry, 'Tooni.

Posted by: Wilbrod | May 10, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

They plugged it because they're trying to lessen the load on the system that handles rainwater runoff. Apparently the civil engineering geniuses that approved all the sprawling malls and shopping plazas (and requisite square miles of parking lots) never imagined that covering everything in asphalt and concrete would cause drainage issues.

The main problem is that this area used to be wetlands -- and still wants to be -- but they didn't have all the environmental protection rules in place back in the 50's when it was developed that would prevent building on this same land today.

Here's a pic of what my back yard looked like a couple springs ago: http://www.weefolkoutfitters.com/images/lake_trenholm0002.jpg

We had about a foot of standing water at the very back of the yard that time and the pic was actually taken after it had receded some -- the water had come within ten feet of our house. It's not quite that bad right now, only three inches or so, but still. And we're expecting more rain the next few days.

My neighbors and I have been conspiring to open the drain ourselves, but one of them is too afraid of the "authorities" and the drain happens to be in his yard so I'm not sure how this is gonna go down. We may just have to sedate him and maybe take some compromising pictures of him with a hooker.

I just wish the water would go down.

Posted by: martooni | May 10, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod-take great care when selecting the latch on your gates to be sure it can be easily "locked" by a human. I know Wilbrodog is much smarter than our Valerie was, but motivation made up for her intellectual deficiencies. She mastered 3 different types of latches on the gates to our kennel and back yard in NoVA.

Posted by: frostbitten | May 10, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

They plugged it because they're trying to lessen the load on the system that handles rainwater runoff. Apparently the civil engineering geniuses that approved all the sprawling malls and shopping plazas (and requisite square miles of parking lots) never imagined that covering everything in asphalt and concrete would cause drainage issues.

The main problem is that this area used to be wetlands -- and still wants to be -- but they didn't have all the environmental protection rules in place back in the 50's when it was developed that would prevent building on this same land today.

Here's a pic of what my back yard looked like a couple springs ago: http://www.weefolkoutfitters.com/images/lake_trenholm0002.jpg

We had about a foot of standing water at the very back of the yard that time and the pic was actually taken after it had receded some -- the water had come within ten feet of our house. It's not quite that bad right now, only three inches or so, but still. And we're expecting more rain the next few days.

My neighbors and I have been conspiring to open the drain ourselves, but one of them is too afraid of the "authorities" and the drain happens to be in his yard so I'm not sure how this is gonna go down. We may just have to sedate him and maybe take some compromising pictures of him with a hooker.

I just wish the water would go down.

Posted by: martooni | May 10, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Martooni, I tried to reply to you but got a wierd error message.

My suggestion is to put in marsh/wetlands plants - cattails.

Posted by: dmd | May 10, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Martooni, I tried to reply to you but got a wierd error message.

My suggestion is to put in marsh/wetlands plants - cattails.

Posted by: dmd | May 10, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

That's nuts. My town makes new developments apportion some space for runoff ponds. They sure don't try to force people in suburban homes to revert their yards back to swampland!

Posted by: Jumper | May 10, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Martooni, I tried to reply to you but got a wierd error message.

My suggestion is to put in marsh/wetlands plants - cattails.

Posted by: dmd | May 10, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Me, me, me! Martooni, I'll take your extra water! Fax it to me and I'll be glad to have it!

Poor planning on the part of local authorities doesn't make flooding your yard right. We've had some issues in lowlying places and used federal money to buy houses along creeks and tear them down. Of course, those funds are harder to come by now.

My favorite too-much-water story happened in the summer of 1997, when we had 12 inches of rain in less than 24 hours. The flooding undermined a railroad bridge near downtown and a locomotive went down in the creek. Fortunately, the people on the train saw it and jumped, so there were no injuries. The repair crew had a deadline to get the locomotive out and rebuild the bridge within 96 hours. They did it, too. Gotta admire the engineers.

Jumper, jack, were either of you around to hear about that?

Posted by: slyness | May 10, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

I got that strange error message earlier, too--something's amiss in Movable Type Land...

*Paging Hal or his successor...*

Posted by: kbertocci | May 10, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Here's the 3rd error message I got:

Got an error: Bad ObjectDriver config: Connection error: Too many connections

Posted by: kbertocci | May 10, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

The first error message was

Movable Type An error occurred No entry_id

Posted by: kbertocci | May 10, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

What happened? I tried half a dozen times to post and then it appeared! This is truly strange.

Posted by: slyness | May 10, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Hey martooni, I share your pain about water. That pic looks like portions of my back yard after a serious downpour. I am convinced that my house is strategically located in the lowest spot of the mid-Atlantic states.

Several years ago, after having my basement flooded for a second time, I installed one of the most sophisticated sump pumps known to mankind. I mean, this thing has more technical redundancies than the Airbus A380. It has a marine battery backup and a second sump-pump should the first fail. I figure it has paid for itself at least twice in reduced insurance costs.

Still, all this does nothing when it comes to the lawn. Your description of a swamp struck especially close to home. By which I mean our front yard. On wet days I hesitate to wander out there for fear of 'gators. I want to rent an airboat to get the mail. I am considering kelp as a suitable ground cover. There is so much water running into the street that I seriously worry about having to retrieve my car from the storm drains.

I invested in a very nice mower several years ago. It works pretty well most days, but when the lawn refuses to dry it still clogs up every few feet. I spend more time removing huge handfuls of wet grass from the undercarriage than I do actually mowing.

At one point I considered putting in something called a "rain garden" to help soak up the excess water, but my wife felt this was too outlandish. So instead we just deal with the mud, try to keep the skeeter population down, and our quinine supply up.

Posted by: RD Padouk | May 10, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

I got one, too. Here's mine:

"Got an error: Bad ObjectDriver config: Connection error: User wpniblog_mt has already more than 'max_user_connections' active connections"

Then I got this:

"Got an error: Bad ObjectDriver config: Connection error: Too many connections"

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 10, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

What happened? I tried half a dozen times to post and then it appeared! This is truly strange.

Posted by: slyness | May 10, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Testing, testing, 1-2-3.

bc

Posted by: bc | May 10, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Will this work,I doubt it. Unless everyone is asleep?

Posted by: greenwithenvy | May 10, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

I got the same error too... but my post went through. I think it's all about having faith that the WaPo server gods will sort things out in the end.

Yeah, right.

Anyway...

RD... we're lucky enough not to have a basement, though that doesn't mean our house won't just float away off its slab. I'd actually like to have a basement (especially with tornado season starting), just not in this neighborhood.

We're also lucky enough that our front yard is maybe four inches higher (topographically speaking) than the back yard, so we can keep that mowed and not attract any unwanted advances from "the man" driving down the street. We just have to worry about the black helicopter sweeps looking for potted plants.

Not that I *have* any potted plants. All the plants here at the "House of M" are free-range.

Posted by: martooni | May 10, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

testing

Rain gardens are quite the trend:
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/homegarden/2003661730_gardenrain11.html

Posted by: mostlylurking | May 10, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Wow it worked!
Greetings from west by god.
I'm watching the O's vs KC, nasty weather in KC,centerfield shot is moving and rain covered.
Tragic news with weather in the midwest.Tornados scare the crap out of me.

We had heavy rain last night,(good for digging)clearing this afternoon,nice moonset tonight.I was out and about this evening and saw the albino deer.I watched it for about a minute before I rememebered I had a camera with me,I got a few pics,but it was too dark.

Happy Mother's Day to all of our wonderful boodling Mothers out there.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | May 11, 2008 12:11 AM | Report abuse

kbertocci & Ivansmom, I hope you are not affected by the tornado.

Happy Mother's Day to all the boodle mothers and lurkers.

Posted by: rainforest | May 11, 2008 1:56 AM | Report abuse

Up an at em.

No sleep in today. oy, me head hurts

Happy Mums day to every (cause even if you aren't you know one)

hi beth

Posted by: omni | May 11, 2008 6:03 AM | Report abuse

Albert

Uncle Albert

Posted by: omni | May 11, 2008 7:03 AM | Report abuse

Albert

Uncle Albert

Posted by: omni | May 11, 2008 7:03 AM | Report abuse

*peeping over the top*

Is it working?

Rain here, I just hope we don't have to move furniture in the wet, especially considering that we have to go UP ten steps to street level.

Happy Mother's Day, all!

Posted by: slyness | May 11, 2008 7:26 AM | Report abuse

oy indeed

ow muc did we drink last nite

at least you dont av four year old twins running around the ouse screamin like bansees

sorrry for missing punc and letters

getting new keys today

love

Posted by: beth | May 11, 2008 7:30 AM | Report abuse

My mouse button is on the fritz...

A lot Beth, a lot...

Posted by: omni | May 11, 2008 7:37 AM | Report abuse

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

Happy Mother's Day to all the lovely mothers out there, and good morning, my friends. I cannot stay long, for I have to get ready for Sunday school. Just wanted to check in, and tell everyone hello. Be safe those of you in the path of bad weather. That will apply to me later in the afternoon, and possibly you too, Slyness.

Mudge, Martooni, Scotty, get moving guys, and hello folks.*waving*

Mothers everywhere enjoy your day, and let us all say a word of prayer for mothers all over the world no matter where, no matter the circumstances. I'm in love with everyone this morning.

Posted by: cassandra s | May 11, 2008 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Morning Cassie, your up late

Let us not forget the children of Mothers (we all have one)

(even four old screaming Banshees)

Safari just crashed on me a sec ago. Left mouse button still problematic on YouTube play button.

Ai Yi Yi

Posted by: omni | May 11, 2008 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Happy mother's day to all. Have a rotten summer cold of some sort. To Eidrib, this is the news: Great one year job situation came together for me last week, so the Boodle huzzahs are that.

Working like a dervish until May passes into June. Sad to report that a raccoon family has made a mess of my seed starts: nature is just what it is. As Henry Mitchell notes, heartbreak is the rule in gardens. Luckily, though, there is always a bloom, or leaf shape, or scent, or surprise that compensates.

Posted by: College Parkian | May 11, 2008 8:17 AM | Report abuse

CP! We've been wondering! Good to see you. :-)

Posted by: dbG | May 11, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

Happy Mother's Day to all of you Moms out there, whether you're Boodling today or not.

If any of you wonder if you're appreciated, remember who's the first person we call when there's trouble. I see some wry smiles out there, ladies.

Have a great day, all of you.

bc

Posted by: bc | May 11, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Happy Mother's Day to all you Moms out there :-)

This is a melancholy day for me.

The last time I saw my Mom was on Mom's Day, 1994. We went for "brunch" (which turned into lunch) and we talked and talked about everything and nothing. We were good at that -- talking -- and did so whenever we had the chance.

Unfortunately, she passed away unexpectedly several days later -- May 19th -- at the ripe old age of 48. She hadn't been ill or anything. It was just her time, I guess. All I know is I sure as he11 wasn't ready for it.

Fourteen years now and it still hurts like it was yesterday.

Her favorite song of all time was Eric Clapton's "Tears In Heaven" from his "Unplugged" CD. I was the executor of her estate and when I went to pick up her car, I started it up and guess what was loaded in the tape deck? Yup. It took an hour or two before I was able to drive.

Anyway, if you happen to hear that song today, please say a little "hello" to Bernie, the best friend I ever had.

Peace out...

Posted by: martooni | May 11, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

My crypto-Mothers Day post asks "What have you done mean to your mother?"

http://livebythefoma.blogspot.com/2008/05/confessions-of-bad-son.html

It's time for my Mothers Day bicycle ride.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 11, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Maureen Dowd knows her Monty Python:

http://dowdreport.blogspot.com/2008/05/hillary-killer-rabbit.html

Does that make her an honorary boodler?

Posted by: Mo MoDo | May 11, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Happy Mothers Day to all of you... mothers, sons, daughters.. we're all here. Those of you who still have your mothers... enjoy them today. For those of you who have lost their moms... I'm thinking of you today.

Martooni.. your post today led me to get out your poem, "two little girls" and read it again. It always brings me a smile *and* tears. Take care of yourself today and give your Bean and her mom an extra hug.

Posted by: TBG | May 11, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

g'morning boodle. A cold Mothers Day here, but at least it's not snowing.

Martooni and RD-a rain garden is the way to go, and easier than you think. I'd like to recommend Siberian Irises as a flower worthy of having an entire garden designed around. We left our NoVa house, and what I then called the "bog garden" to renters for three years. They were at best indifferent gardeners, and were more likely perennial murderers, but when we returned the swampy portion of our yard was full of the irises. The best part was that the Siberian Irises required no chemical intervention to thrive (important in rain gardens), and they were sturdy enough to hold up to the swift currents that flowed through the yard during destructive summer thunderstorms.

Just a note-some garden retailers will insist that Japanese irises are the way to go. I say feh. Though equally beautiful the Japanese require constant moisture and are better on the margins of permanent ponds. The Siberian can stand long periods of dry weather.

Posted by: frostbitten | May 11, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

'morning boodle. Gorgeous day for mother's day here in Haute Maine.
I've had success with martagon lilies in spots that are submerged in the spring and turn dry during the summer. they are North Amercan species as well, so quite hardy.

bc, your man has really shown hi mojo in this Turkish GP.

Posted by: shrieking denizen | May 11, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

thank you

Posted by: gaea | May 11, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Anyone have any garden suggestions for soppy areas that get very little sun?

Posted by: TBG | May 11, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

ooh,

Skip this martooni, if you have any work to do today

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRsJlAJvOSM (no need for lyrics link, as this vid is captioned)

also one my fave Clapton toonies (mixed up letters of tune cooties)

It'll be ten years next month. me Mum was just a month shy of 68. And I still miss her terribly

it's time

Posted by: omni | May 11, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Thomas Friedman has a nice Mothers Day column:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/11/opinion/11friedman.html?em&ex=1210651200&en=65a9a17e3c36ec21&ei=5087%0A

Posted by: kbertocci | May 11, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

I'm speaking a very soft Good Morning and happy mother's day to all you motherly types. I have a terrible sore throat. Also a little fever. Made it through yesterday, though, so I can make it through the Pentecost service (I figure two anthems and five hymns). We were thinking ballpark but I believe we'll scale back and go see Iron Man as a family instead.

The Boy did the final show last night. I was very proud. I know he hurt, but onstage he moved normally, you couldn't tell he was in pain, and he stayed in character. He's a tough kid. He gets to rest and not walk around this morning.

If I have any energy I have things to plant; kbertocci's day sounded great. I bet I don't get there, though.

Posted by: Ivansmom | May 11, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

TBG;

How about paper towels? :-)

Happy Mother's Day to all the maternal types out there!

*submerging-back-into-homeownerish-type-stuff Grover waves*

Posted by: Scottynuke | May 11, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle. Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers (as opposed to "all you muthas," who, by definition, don't deserve any congrats or a Mutha's Day present). We're going out this afternoon with No. 1 dottir, SIL, and four grandkiddies to eat crabs at Cap'n Leonards down in St. Mary's County. This will be the first crab-eatin' of the season, and the way prices are going and the crab harvest down so much, it may be the only crab-eatin' this season.

Sorry to see that both Ivan and Ivansmom are under the weather. Glad he did well in the play. Now both of you get some R&R today and let Ivansdad do all the work.

Cassandra, I know this is a tough day for you. I'm thinkin' of ya; I have no doubt the entire Boodle is.

TBG queried: "garden suggestions for soppy areas that get very little sun": rice paddy? Cranberry bog? Crocodile farm? Quicksand factory? Crawfish nursery? (Hey, just tryin' to be helpful here.)

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 11, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I vote for cranberry bog. I'd even come help for a share of the harvest. Cranberries beat tomatoes any day.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 11, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

I've never had a Friedman column make me cry before. Scream, rant, shout, and bang my head against the table. But never cry. How sweet.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 11, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Bertooch's link to the Friedman column had two excellent lines in it:

"She put the mensch in dementia." (Not actually Friedman's line; he was quoting a friend. But it's a great line.)

"Jewish Mother Junior Year Abroad Program."

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 11, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

There's a specatular photograph on the WaPo homepage under the heading "Careless Detention." It shows a series of tombstones in the foreground, and a mountain range in the background. (Irritatingly, as usual with WaPo, if you click on the photograph it takes you to the story, where the photo does NOT appear.)

I'm still getting funny error messages when I hit submit. This is getting exceedingly tiresome.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 11, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

That is a good column by Friedman. There was a cute one the other day here in the WaPo, funny and sardonic, about going to Grafton, WV, to the museum - but darned if I can find it, and I can't remember the reporter's name, just that she was a woman and a mother. She tried to coax her twenty-year-old son into going with her, which he would not.

Posted by: mostlylurking | May 11, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

a couple more:

lived long enough to play bridge on the Internet with someone in Siberia.

"Tom, I know why you're an optimist. It's because you're short and you can only see that part of the glass that's half full."

Well, the truth is, I am not that short. But my mom was. And she, indeed, could only see that part of the glass that was half full. Read me, read my mom.


So on this Mother's Day, if you take one thing away from this column, take this: Call your mother.

I sure wish I could call mine.

I have some new pix to post. Give a minute or an hour or two...

Posted by: Anonymous | May 11, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Now for something completely different:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLWqUj1nJ-g

Posted by: Jumper | May 11, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

ml,

You probably mean this article:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/06/AR2008050603149.html

Zofia Smardz took a trip the Grafton, West Virginia.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 11, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I had the fortunate chance to see Maynard Ferguson just a few years ago.

http://livebythefoma.blogspot.com/2005/11/jazz-and-jackets.html

He did a lot of youth outreach educational programs and was a great inspiration to a lot of people.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 11, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

oops, that was me at 1:14 with some from the Friedman piece.The first and lsat sentence were me the rest mr. F.

Spent last 42 minutes trying to learn something new on my mac. Wrote a perl script to add a series of numbers. when I ran said script it gave me bunch of bogus error messages. I open perl script to investigate, and had it been overwritten by input file. HUH?

ANY MAC gurus out there who know PERL UNIX on the MAC?

I could always wait till morrow at and do it in fiftteen secs...

The one windoze plus is 24 years familiarity.


And this for Martooni: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4kWr1_LJWY&feature=related

Little Bean in ten years maybe (her age, not your funeral I hope. Many many more tears out of those eyes please.


OK, that prolly came out all wrong, but I hope get my meaning

Posted by: omni | May 11, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

That Friedman column got me, too.

For those of you who are missing your Mom today, or are a Mom missing someone else, my heart goes out to you.

I suspect that they know you're missing them, too. And yes, they're smiling.

That column is a good call to let your Moms know how wonderful they are today, no matter where they are.

bc

Posted by: bc | May 11, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, yj, I found it but couldn't post.

My kiddo called me - yay!

TBG, I second frosti on the Siberian iris suggestion. I have some in dry soil, suspect they would be bigger if they had more moisture. I like Japanese iris too, but their flower form is sort of floppy. I've never grown them. Siberians spend most of the time looking like grass, but in the fall turn a lovely toasty brown. You could also try hostas or ferns.

Posted by: mostlylurking | May 11, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

TBG-Had a long gardening post eaten, but for wet shade you can't beat ferns and astilbe.

Posted by: frostbitten | May 11, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Plant rice?

Posted by: Jumper | May 11, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Boodle. Just returned from the crabapalooze, aka "linner" (my wife's name for the meal halfway between lunch and dinner). Sad to report the crabs are small this time of year, and with all the rain, they are likely to stay further down bay than usual, too. But I got a healthy dose of my grandkids, which always makes me happy. The oldest is graduating soon and the talk was all about the graduation ceremony and the party afterward. Each student is alloted six seats--and she's got 30 people coming (among other things, she's got three full sets of grandparents, as well as eight cousins, all of whom are in the area. After the graduation, about 18 of us are going to the restaurant where my son is the assistant chef. Somebody remarked that there will be more than a few weepy eyes at the graduation, to which I said, "Yes, and the women will be crying, too."

Tomorrow she and her mother are going to visit her future college, meet the counselor, pick courses, buy textbooks, etc. I can't believe my oldest grandkid is starting college in the fall. I'm getting all verklempt. (Great word, verklempt. It comes in handy so often.)

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 11, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I was watching 'Charlie Wilson's War'.

There's a scene where his aide asks a young child who has lost many siblings what she wants to be when she grows up.


My first thought was 'ALIVE'

then i started bawling my eyes out and had to take a movie break

tears on a dirt floor


stoopid browser ate half my post


keyboard and mice mal...and another CD just fell on the floor ( Paula Cole on 11 will do that)

That's all was able to save.........

there was something else about Kirsty MacColl

tropicalbrainstorn.....ooops..bloop.

Posted by: omni | May 11, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

omni, that's almost a "found" poem.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 11, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Sounds wonderful, Mudge. Sounds like a great day for the Curmudgeon family. Today and the upcoming graduation day.

There were only five of us at Son of G's graduation last year, but the tears were in full force all around, and mostly for the folks who hadn't made it there... something I would never have guessed when he started school 15 years ago.

Posted by: TBG | May 11, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

AOL always gets my uploads out of sequence.


Hope this link works: http://pictures.aol.com/ap/editAlbum.do?albumId=29296.1599.1210532948014.1&backState=prevPage%3D/ap/myAlbums.do%26state%3DalbumId%253D29296.1599.1210532948014.1

More flowers and...


If I had High speed right now I'd post this seperately: Mudge, I call that Dunch. teehe

And a Verklempt Huzzah for Great-Son #1

Posted by: omni | May 11, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Keeping on Kit, Mudge, I think that is what we would call a "Bloop Poem".

Thank you.

right now...am listening to Opera Babes


And,Oh my gosh,I have a sudden craving for...Chessie Blues

Posted by: omni | May 11, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

This my new handle:

Posted by: omniBloop | May 11, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

I believe no SCC necessary. Typing 'this is', as opposed to the simple 'this', is kind of redundant. I mean...What is the meaning of 'is'?

Is, is, anybody else giggling?

I am!

this is is!

is this is?

is is this......................

I don't even know how to punctuate the 3rd one.

see what I mean?

OK, Opera Babes got me carried away for a moent there with the Elipisi. And my faver song of theirs just came on.

time to go

Posted by: omniBloop | May 11, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Eventually I'll carm down and finish watching the stoopid war


Lakmé H2O "Flower Duet"

From the Opera "Lakmé"

Posted by: omnihogger | May 11, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

more BloopPoetry.

for Wilbrod : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakmé

Every search I did turned up many Opera Babes YpuTubes , but none of Lakmé

Get your own damned CD or search your own damned self

YouTube has me in a foul mood

sorry

I did find an Opera Babes cover of 'Ode to Joy I likked a lot though.

Posted by: omnioops | May 11, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

more BloopPoetry.

for Wilbrod : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakmé

Every search I did turned up many Opera Babes YpuTubes , but none of Lakmé

Get your own damned CD or search your own damned self

YouTube has me in a foul mood

sorry

I did find an Opera Babes cover of 'Ode to Joy I likked a lot though.

Posted by: omnioops | May 11, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

More Bloop Poetry was supposed to be pointing up

Like this

^

to my 6:08

ah well, Back to CW'sW

Posted by: omnioops | May 11, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

I am bailing the basement and jiggling the sump pumps....and studying for my economics exam....the jiggling will keep me awake so I bow down before the universe in gratitude for this.

If diminishing marginal disutility is applied with a discount rate of 7 percent to the depensation model of a crab fishery that is an open access regime where agents have perfect and transparent knowledge of prices and no taxes distort yet all externalities are internalized and the stock-flow rate of a finite resource is rival in one generation but non-rival across generations but some regions are excluded due to property right claims on Ricardian land.........

Please fax me some non-rain or a perpetual motion sump pump....and a stiff rhubarb cordial...

Happy Mother's Day....you have until midnight to make your (prettily, now, with sugar on top) demands.


Posted by: College Parkian | May 11, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

"A Scandal in Bohemia" is coming on right now on PBS. This is the gem that features what Holmes fans all know as "the Woman." Yes, none other than Irene Adler. It seems many of us have a "the Woman" in our heads, and for Holmes it will always be her.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 11, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

"A Scandal in Bohemia" is coming on right now on PBS. This is the gem that features what Holmes fans all know as "the Woman." Yes, none other than Irene Adler. It seems many of us have a "the Woman" in our heads, and for Holmes it will always be her.

And it begins with that most famous bit of outrage as Watson comes upon Holmes in his room and asks angrily and sarcastically, "Well, what is it to be tonight? Morphine? Or cocaine?"

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 11, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

And Holmes says, "Elementary, my dear Watson: Yes!"?

bc

Posted by: bc | May 11, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Actually, no, bc. But he does reply, "I can recommend a seven percent solution of cocaine."

And, as we all know, it was the only case he lost -- outsmarted, and by a woman!

Sorry for the double post right above. This *^%$# thing is still acting up.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 11, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

--faxing College Parkian whatever she needs to make the sump pumps work in her basement and also to make the second paragraph make sense to me---

--oh, and also a piece of cordial rhubarb (I think in baseball that is a contradiction in terms)--

Regardless, congratulations on your new position, CP!! Can we use the powers of the Boodle to influence other events?

And welcome back, Dreamer! I hope things are going well with you and that you will visit with us again.

Happy Mother's Day to all! With all the rain we are getting here in the DC area, it's also, cuing Allen Sherman, Happy Mudder's Day.

Posted by: pj | May 11, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

SCC: Allan Sherman

Posted by: pj | May 11, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Hope all the Moms had a special day. With just a little help from me, my daughter made a lovely Mother's Day PowerPoint Presentation outlining all the nice things her Mother does for her. (I am not joking.) You see, last year my son did this, so naturally my daughter thought it was the thing to do.

This year my son wrote some subroutines that make the Java application "Gridworld" spell out "Happy Mother's Day."

I sent my Mom flowers.

Posted by: RD Padouk | May 11, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Gayle Hunnicutt (Lady Jenkins)

To Sherlock Holmes she is always <it>the</it> woman

Posted by: omni | May 11, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

That's the best use of PowerPoint I've ever heard of! Your kids are so 21st century.

Posted by: mostlylurking | May 11, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Quail,Luzuli Buntings (six now) and lots of Blackhead Goesbeaks starting to get rival.

Posted by: bh | May 11, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Bill is coming to town this week and Hillary and Obama have been all over the state in what everyone says is a lost cause for the Clintons. Why do they keep spending the money? We already have our mail in ballots that aren't due until May 10th. Obama is alreday over the top on pleaged delegates. Do the Clintons think the sky will fall on Obama?
Message from Oregon.

Posted by: bh | May 11, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

SCC, May 20th.

Posted by: bh | May 11, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Had a great day in Baltimore with my Mom.

Like CP we are hoping the pump runs all night and we don't have to bail,but we have been there before and the buckets are ready.

Glad to see some of the local lacrosse teams advacing to next weekend,of course I am always rooting for the Terps.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | May 11, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

I think Joel's picture of the bridge and opera house was on of those slides one can but at the airport. Maybe the kolahs also. Joel is probably on Colorado having man food with his brother.

Posted by: bh | May 11, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

I am up way past my bedtime but I have to peek in and say that we all survived the day and are safely home. Yes, the kid graduated and we got all her stuff in Mr. T's trailer and her car. Her dad and stepdad cooperated nicely in carrying the furniture and packing. I stayed and helped her clean up and rode home with her so she didn't have to make the trip by herself.

As a bonus, I got to meet the new boyfriend and his family. He's gnomish, with a decidedly gnomish sense of humor, so he is approved.

Happy Mother's Day! I'm going to bed and won't be up early, so don't look for me.

:-)

Posted by: slyness | May 11, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Bh, one last giddyup into the fading western sunset? Who knows?

This song may help you make sense of the Clintons... or not.

http://www.metrolyrics.com/a-puzzlement-lyrics-the-king-and-i.html

("A puzzlement" from "The King and I")

My brain is dead.

Oh, Frostbitten, I also had a "Valerie" too.

We're hoping 5 feet fences do the trick in that the latches may be a bit high for Wilbrodog to operate on all fours, but not so high he can just do a paws-up and pick latches from there.

Posted by: Wilbrod | May 12, 2008 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the update CP. A satisfying career change be it lateral or up the ranks is usually good...at least during the honeymoon phase. I am studying project management certification while you study economics. Its a good thing to still be pushing forward on the never ending ladder of success...I keep telling myself this, anyway.

We finally had a mellow day with gentle winds and warmer temps. I fed all of my "children" (my 10 trees and...one on the way (arrives Tuesday!) their fertilizer vitamins. They perked up right away. Almost started singing. Oh wait, must have been the birds.

Also had to drive to Ft. Collins to get some of my #2 son's belonging he can't fit into his car when he leaves CSU for the summer and resumes a good job. He's taking us out to dinner as a thank you /mothers day combined gift. I'll take it.

I get to pay respects to my mom when I visit DC the week of June 9. I'll be in town for a conference and to visit my #1 son, brother and father. Visiting my mom means visiting Arlington Cemetary. She left this world in 1995. But it's a lovely setting and a peaceful place.

Night all.

Posted by: eidrib | May 12, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

SCC, in

Posted by: bh | May 12, 2008 1:13 AM | Report abuse

South of Melbourne, Fla., I-95 and US highway 1 are closed tonight thanks to fires. Little damage to housing, so far, but the beach highway, A1A was reported to be stuffed with big trucks and other vehicles circumventing the closures.

Posted by: Dave of the Coonties | May 12, 2008 1:30 AM | Report abuse

Testing.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 12, 2008 8:10 AM | Report abuse

I wish I was sleepin in,zzzznxnxnxxx

Posted by: omni | May 12, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

testing

Posted by: yellojkt | May 12, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Htah link yesterday didn't work. try again: http://pictures.aol.com/galleries/davifeon/

Posted by: omni | May 12, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

We're back! Are we back?

Posted by: bia | May 12, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

We're back?

Posted by: frostbitten | May 12, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

With the boodle down, I had time to chew over some memories. Ahem.

"A bear was stuff'd in museums
For those who ne'er saw bear;
To comprehend teeth ursine
Produces sorest fear.

Not one of all the baying hounds
Foresting the prey to-day
Measures the condition,
So dread, of bearishness,

As he, frozen in sniffing
Displayed; with brazen peer
The distant stares of tamed crowds
Holds, agonized and clear."

Bonus points if you can name the original poem.

Posted by: Wilbrodog Dickinson | May 12, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Yoo hoo, Boodle!

Slyness, I heard it was rainy in Chapel Hill -- did the graduation ceremony manage to dodge the raindrops? Congratulations to the new Carolina blue graduate!

Posted by: bia | May 12, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Wow -- I guess it wasn't just me who was excluded from the club house today. As Mudge would blurt -- (&^%^$%&$()) computer!

I've tried posting over the past coupla days, without success. And now I've forgotten what I was writing about. Geez.

Time to read the paper and decompress from the day. May you all do the same on your own terms.

Toodles

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | May 12, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

...Wilbrodog, you may POST on the boodle, but you are not ever, ever, allowed to mark on the boodle again.

(Lecture to follow shortly, off-boodle).


Posted by: Wilbrod | May 12, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

I think we're back.

Previous boodling was on the iPhone from the pedicure chair so I kept typing to a minimum (and couldn't paste a link), but the reference to the Bee Gee's Nights on Broadway reminded me of the fabulous SNL running skit, The Barry Gibb Talk Show. I wanted to be sure to point to the video...

http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Live/video/play.shtml?mea=2792

Posted by: TBG | May 12, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Just wanted to say good night to the boodle. I missed you guys today, but then sometimes I don't post comments during the day, but I think the fact that I could not, probably made it different. I'm happy everything is working again.

Have a good evening, folks. I am so weepy today, and I don't know why. Just have felt like crying all day long. I'm going to bed, perhaps that will help along with a word of prayer. Night, boodle. Sweet dreams.

Posted by: cassandra s | May 12, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Cassandra, it's been a rough news cycle, and Mother's day has to be really bittersweet for you. I would also be a bit blue. Praying sounds like a good idea, as well as enjoying something sweet (laughter, whatever).

Posted by: Wilbrod | May 12, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

*faxing Cassandra some fur therapy*

Posted by: Wilbrodog | May 12, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Maybe someone mentioned this, but did y'all see this from Celebritology today?

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 05/12/2008
Editor's Note: Sorry for the delay. We are having issues with our blogging software.

Posted by: TBG | May 12, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

*taking deep breaths now that my equilibrium is restored*

That was horrible.

Posted by: Yoki | May 12, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Hey bia, thanks for asking. Our graduate decided long ago that she didn't want to go to the ceremony in the stadium, which suited all her family just fine. She opted for the ceremony in her department, which was short and sweet, followed by a reception with better food than I remember at any college function. So we weren't affected by the cutting short of the general ceremony.

Say, when are you supposed to get YOUR hood?

Posted by: slyness | May 12, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Ladies and gentlemen, our short esoteric nightmare at last is over.

Posted by: PlainTim | May 12, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

That's good, TBG - I don't watch SNL past the first half hour these days, so I miss some of the gems.

To carry on from the last Boodle, one of my guilty pleasures is The Rubber Band Man. Loved the commercial with Eddie Steeples (My Name is Earl):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qc_O5CdS9cI

Posted by: mostlylurking | May 12, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

And here are the Spinners performing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ce8nfWyX7P4

Posted by: mostlylurking | May 12, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

youtube is having the dreaded "Scheduled Maintenance" at 10 pm - be afraid.

Posted by: mostlylurking | May 12, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

It's just sarong that the military junta in Myanmar isn't accepting humanitarian aid from the West, following the devastating destruction from last week's cyclone.

http://www.complete-review.com/reviews/burma/marsha.htm

Author Andrew Marshall doesn't seem very sure what he wants "The Trouser People" to be. The confusion begins with the title. The "trouser people" were the "white colonialists" that invaded and took over Burma -- so-called because only the foreigners wore trousers; the natives all wore sarongs (or lungis) as, indeed, they largely still do. The British imperialists were the first trouser people...

Toranado touched down on Bush's Crawford ranch on Friday night when most of the folks assembled had traveled to the rehearsal dinner in Salado. The small twister ripped some canvas off the reception tent and blew over the caterers' warming ovens.

I knew that north Texas was being strafed by strong storms that night, saw a cell near Crawford, tried to get the radar for Waco, but was unsuccessful through the Weather Channel--as my ISP is my witness. Laura Bush in D.C. today told how many hands worked to make everything just right for Saturday evening's wedding.

Posted by: Loomis | May 12, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, that House episode was a real mind-ford and felt like a homage to "Lost" for some reason...

How could anybody not recognize Amber as Jane Doe two? (I did miss a little of it, granted...).

Posted by: Wilbrod | May 12, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

I suspect the blog software was sleeping for part of the day.

Slyness, I'm happy to see that the recently-replaced chancellor at UNC finally managed to get a badly needed reconstruction of the campus underway. I'm sure the students got to put up with a lot of inconvenience.

My department was near the Carolina Inn at a time when there was no edible food on campus other than yogurt and Cadbury bars, so I ate a lot of minimal lunches (largely greens) at the Inn.

Posted by: Dave of the Coonties | May 12, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Timidly raising my hand, I missed the Amber clues - really enjoyed the episode though.

Posted by: dmd | May 12, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

I missed them, too, right up until "what is my necklace made of?" At least I figured it out the first time she asked the question. Now I'm going to have to think back for earlier clues. Of course, she was in the bar during the hypnosis, but I didn't think anything of it. The promos for the next episode make it look really bad, but I really enjoyed tonight's, so hopefully it's just stupid network promo people getting over-excited.

Slyness, I'm scheduled to defend in late June, graduate in August. I'm not sure how I'm going to get there from here (especially since I'm throwing away time on TV, obviously), but it's scheduled, so it'll happen. I don't think there's much if any summer graduation ceremony, and I'm not planning to come back for next year's, but that's okay. After my defense, I get to pop a champagne cork into the ceiling at my department and sign the dented ceiling tile. Who needs a more meaningful ceremony than that?

Posted by: bia | May 12, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Oh the House flashbacks were good... but I meant... if Amber is at their hospital, why would they need House to tell them? Was Amber flown to a different hospital?

Yes I liked it too. Just kind of felt Lost in it.

Posted by: Wilbrod | May 12, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Don't know about flown, but she wasn't at theirs. A few of the victims, including Jane Doe #2, were taken to a different hospital. Which is a little contrived -- certainly convenient for the storyline -- but not really implausible, I don't think.

Posted by: bia | May 12, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

You probably missed the part where they stated some of the victims went to another hospital. The recreation included all passengers, including those they had not met that were at the other hospital.

Posted by: dmd | May 12, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Ooh, Guilty Pleasures?

One person's pleasure is another's pain, don't you think?

Mudge where's "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" on your list?

Many would consider my listening to ELO or Queen - pleasures for me, yes, but no guilt whatsoever.

All right, all right, let me think, what's in the CD player in my car right now:

Foofighters - "Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace." Nah.
Mooney Suzuki - "Have Mercy." Great album, no guilt there. Well maybe the song "Good Ol' Alcohol." But not much.
"Best of Al Green" - No guilt whatsoever.
Against Me! "New Wave" - Mmmm. Can you feel guilty listening to a band following in the footsteps of 70's/80s punk? I don't.
Dire Straits' "Making Movies" - No guilt at all.

[Pantera, AC/DC, Accept, Scorpions, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Beatles, Police, Prince, and John Lee Hooker have been cycled out for the moment]

Oh, here's my current guilty pleasure:
Mika - "Life in Cartoon Motion"

A d@nm fine pop album I sing along with a lot. "Grace Kelly," "Lollipop," "Love Today," "Billy Brown," and "Big Girl," er, I've been known to those sing out loud.

Past guilty pleasure: Journey. "Lights." "Wheel in the Sky." "Open Arms" "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'." "Don't Stop Believin',""Any Way You Want It." Oy. Yeah, I'll sing with those, too.

bc

Posted by: bc | May 12, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Dmd, exactly. And it is quite common for a large accident to be divided up among a few different ERs.

31 trauma victims is a lot (consider that many hospitals no longer have ERs because they cost too much to staff), so they would do triage and ship out the most critical cases immediately to the major trauma center in that area. (Which, I guess, is not Providence. Heh.)

Yes, Amber was flown out, I remember seeing the man carry her to the chopper.

Posted by: Wilbrod | May 12, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Ooh!! I love Rubber Band Man!

Posted by: Aloha | May 13, 2008 1:13 AM | Report abuse

Hey, y'all, prepare yourselves for the Rubber Band, Man!

Posted by: Bob S. | May 13, 2008 1:40 AM | Report abuse

None of the song titles mentioned in the previous boodle and the above ring a bell. I bet I've know at least a few them and may have even like them. The problem with me is, I like a song because I like the music, not because of the anything. Off all the songs I like, 50% of them I don't know what the title is, and 90% of them I don't know the lyrics. I listen to them on the radio but I've never bought any records or CDs of songs. I only bought music CDs.

When I was in my teens, top of the chart English language songs were songs by The Beatles, Cliff Richard, the Bee Gees, Tom Jones, Elton John etc. Just to name a few. The most popular were The Beatles and Cliff Richard. For many years, Richard Clayderman was very popular with his piano.

Posted by: rainforest | May 13, 2008 2:53 AM | Report abuse

Guilty pleasures? Too many to mention (not that I'm guilty or anything).

CP, thanks for the slogan. TBG, I'm getting us sweatshirts (brisk up there in North Montana) that say, "Resistance is futile."

So looking forward to Calgary with my friends, although whether I'm bringing a laptop or not is still undecided. Thanks for the offer, Yoki, but specialized, proprietary software. . . I guess I just decided. I hate being responsible!

Posted by: dbG | May 13, 2008 3:32 AM | Report abuse

Guilty pleasures? Too many to mention (not that I'm guilty or anything).

CP, thanks for the slogan. TBG, I'm getting us sweatshirts (brisk up there in North Montana) that say, "Resistance is futile."

So looking forward to Calgary with my friends, although whether I'm bringing a laptop or not is still undecided. Thanks for the offer, Yoki, but specialized, proprietary software. . . I guess I just decided. I hate being responsible!

Posted by: dbG | May 13, 2008 3:38 AM | Report abuse

Guilty pleasures? Too many to mention (not that I'm guilty or anything).

CP, thanks for the slogan. TBG, I'm getting us sweatshirts (brisk up there in North Montana) that say, "Resistance is futile."

So looking forward to Calgary with my friends, although whether I'm bringing a laptop or not is still undecided. Thanks for the offer, Yoki, but specialized, proprietary software. . . I guess I just decided. I hate being responsible!

Posted by: dbG | May 13, 2008 3:40 AM | Report abuse

Jeez! Each time the bot told me I needed a username and comment and didn't show up the post. Sorry for my thoughts in triplicate.

Posted by: dbG | May 13, 2008 3:42 AM | Report abuse

We need to rename that function the Bureaucrazbot... suddenly goes insane and makes you submit in duplicate or triplicate.

Posted by: Wilbrod | May 13, 2008 4:18 AM | Report abuse

Now that we have fresh hamsters in the blogwheel, where are those nice young ladies Joel left in charge of us?

Posted by: yellojkt | May 13, 2008 5:56 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle.

Jeez, that white-out was nasty. Thank goodness we had the Backboodle as well as the Drunk Koala kit in place as backups.

Not much on the WaPo home page for me to complain about (which is what I'm complaining about).

OK, scotty, Cassandra, time to rise, shine, and sign in for the day.

Catch you all later.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 13, 2008 6:08 AM | Report abuse

New kit, I think.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 13, 2008 6:23 AM | Report abuse

While we have the gift of life, it seems to me that only tragedy is to allow part of us to die - whether it is our spirit, our creativity, or our glorious uniqueness.

Posted by: NewYork | May 19, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

While we have the gift of life, it seems to me that only tragedy is to allow part of us to die - whether it is our spirit, our creativity, or our glorious uniqueness.

Posted by: NewYork | May 19, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

While we have the gift of life, it seems to me that only tragedy is to allow part of us to die - whether it is our spirit, our creativity, or our glorious uniqueness.

Posted by: NewYork | May 19, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

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