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The Hunt!

The Hunt!

The Hunt!

Hurrah! Now, in between the last chat update and the actual availability for purchase of the crucial May 18 Washington Post Magazine, it is time to reveal information available nowhere else about THE POST HUNT.

1. JOEL ACHENBACH'S FOND MEMORIES OF HUNTS GONE BY: The Hunt originated at the Tropic Magazine of the Miami Herald. As a key Tropic person, Joel witnessed the progression of insanity and various bizarre quasi-newsy activities perpetrated by Gene, Tom and Dave. "I don't remember it super well, actually," Joel recalls, staring into the fire.

2. HUNT STAFF WHO WILL BE THERE: Caitlin and Rachel are site captains. We can't tell you what that means, except that we will be available for bribes.

3. IT'S GONNA BE AWESOME: Obviously.

Gene also told us to mention, JUST to the boodle, the number 728. Don't tell ANYONE.

So, come out this Sunday and defend Washington's honor from South Floridian weirdos. And if you come say hi to us, we can FINALLY talk tomatoes and knitting, as Nature intended.

By Marisa Katz  |  May 16, 2008; 9:00 AM ET
 
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Dang, I wish I could get there! It sounds like a hoot!

Posted by: Kim | May 16, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Maggie, Thanks for sharing the poem your daughter wrote for your father. That is nice.

Posted by: daiwanlan | May 16, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

I've been eyeing the Hunt myself.

I wish I could do it, but on Sunday I have to wash my cat.

And besides, those folks from Seattle show up the So. Fla. (and other) weirdos more often than not.

bc

Posted by: bc | May 16, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Yes, I just backboodled and it was a very sweet poem, Maggie.

Posted by: Kim | May 16, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Mornin' Kim

I already know the answer to the penultimate puzzle: 42

Now we just to figure out what the question is...

Posted by: omni | May 16, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

SCC:put a need in there.

As in I need more caf. I've already and a 32oz diet coke, and am halfway through a 20oz.

Posted by: omni | May 16, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

I was thinking that it might be fun to show up for The Hunt, get the clues, then scurry around the area, pretending to play and excitedly stage-whispering to each other incorrect "answers" for other teams to overhear.

But instead we'll be celebrating my sister's birthday.

Posted by: Raysmom | May 16, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

I like the idea of the Hunt, but the moose and I are a bit fiscally challenged now so no excess trips into DC for us. We're saving up the trip for the end of the month to hit the Zoo; the moose especially wants to see the bat exhibit because he's convinced that Batman will be there.

Posted by: CentrevilleMom | May 16, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

*sigh* I, too, will be unable to go hunt. As an incompetent at this game of son-hood, I have needed an extra week to prepare for Mother's Day, which we will be celebrating on Sunday. I wish well to those who participate.

Posted by: ScienceTim | May 16, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Last night, someone (I forget who) mentioned a CNN link to a story of a woman indicted (not indick-ted) for fraud on MySpace. Here is the WaPo article about the indictment: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/16/AR2008051600684.html?hpid=moreheadlines

And here is the WaPo article about the backstory: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/09/AR2008010903367.html?sid=ST2008051601317

Absolutely everything about this case is profoundly disturbing, from every direction. The events and people and actions are far too familiar, both those who've done wrong and those who think they are doing right.

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

Ah, Jeez. Not another number. *sigh*

First there's my birthday, then my Social Security number, then a couple of PIN numbers. My wife's birthday and our anniversary. The birthdates of five kids (which I can do, under pressure) and the 10 grandkidds (which I cannot). The birthdays of a couple of other people. My license plate number (easy, actually). My cell phone, home phone and office phone numbers. My wife's dress and shoe size. Lots of other phone numbers. Parts of passwords. Then 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 42 as well as Oceanic 815 (for you "Losties").

Now I've gotta remember 728?

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 16, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Knitting and Tomatoes: my joy is complete! Two box canyons of delight are better than one.

Klingon Correction, as a term, by bc through omniPOTENTATE is worth a re-post.

Neural Buddhist is my favorite new noun term. Can you imagine the cartoons. Shortly, DNA grrrrllll will find and post one.

Back to studying. I hope the rain is done by afternoon as I want to ride to the exam and take it dry.

Posted by: College Contentian | May 16, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I have it on good authority the Haute Maine Hootenanny is a happening place today.

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | May 16, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

The Hunt sounds like fun.

I read the chat, and that was funny.

I have to go get my car tag out of lock down, which requires money. I'm riding on a bad sticker. And if I have any dollars left, I'll hobble to the gas station. After leaving there, I will certainly want to cry. Why? I will be drained. I can hardly stand to look at the prices listed for gas, much less, choke up the money for the gas.

bc

As a missionary, visiting the sick, and going to funerals is part of the work. It is not "happiness" in both cases, but people need comfort in both situations, and that is what missionaries do. It does take its toil, and sometimes the world is so dark with the suffering and hurt, and that I see. And I could not do it if I did not keep my eye on Him that knows our hurt and loves us despite our afflictions. Having taken on the form of "man" He knows us no matter where we are in this world, and no matter our situation, and can meet us anywhere in either place.

Posted by: cassandra s | May 16, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

JESUS

Posted by: cassandra s | May 16, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Maggie, your post about Filenes made me remember a story about my grandmother at a doctor's appointment. The doctor was asking her some questions to check the progression of her Alzheimers.

"Can you tell me your address?"
"[Address of the old house]"

"Do you know where you are now?"
matter-of-factly, "I'm at Filene's Basement."

So Alzheimers isn't so bad after all. (yeah, right. but at least) She never had to recognize the move from the old house that she loved, and she got to go shopping instead of to the doctor's office. Not a bad deal for that one day.

Posted by: bia | May 16, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

It's a beautiful morning in Calgary! We're having a BPJ and watching Yoki make breakfast. Himself has made sure our coffee cups are full and the dogs are making us welcome as well.

We had a lovely western dinner last night, prepared by the Yoki family, including #1 and #2 (lovely, lovely young women). Today we're heading to Banff for lunch.

Tomorrow: dr and Kerric are coming for dinner. We will continue to solve all the world's problems with their valuable input.

Off to the mountains! Toodles Boodle!

Posted by: TBG, dbG, dmd & Yoki | May 16, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

BPJ??? Boodle Pajama Jamboree? Breakfast Party Junta? Buddy, Pass the Jelly? Big Pineapple Juice? Banff Photography Jaunt?
Bad Potato Jones?

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 16, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

J?

Posted by: PlainTim | May 16, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I have a serious case of frenvy for the Haute Maine BPJ.

However, I also have a bank with mulch on it. It looks much better. Mr. T and I will be showering soon. We have normal mountain weather: sun, then sprinkles, then wind, then sun...

Our stimulus money showed up in my checking account this morning. I was good and told Mr. T about it; I'll write him a check when we get home. Then I will move my portion into savings.

Good luck on the exam, CP! You have my permission to drive the car if it's raining when the time comes.

Posted by: slyness | May 16, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

TBG/dbGG/dmd/Yoki, I know it must be so beautiful there--is it cold?! Fax us some mountain air, and take lots of pictures!

Posted by: kbertocci | May 16, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I've never thought much of Chris Matthews, but he scored some points with me last night in his exchanges with this radio jerk Kevin James-

http://youtube.com/watch?v=d1wSZBTAXRs

Posted by: K:LOTD | May 16, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Should I be bringing emergency supplies of tinfoil from Edmonton? I'm a little worried the city might run short. Have a great day guys.

Anybody remember Ban f f - pronounced as it is written (from an old Wayne and Shuster skit)? I think my age is showing.

Posted by: dr | May 16, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Bernese Puppy Juggling? Bicoastal Pastry Judging? Bilingual Puns and Jests? Burgling Patricia's Jewelry? Brubeck Playing Jazz?

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 16, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Jihad? Jeremiad? Jehosephat?

Posted by: yellojkt | May 16, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Blind Pilot Jousting, obviously...

Posted by: Scottynuke | May 16, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

It's HOT here! They had snow last week, but we easterners brought beautiful weather.

Today it's expected to be 28 degrees, which the wacky Canadians say is "quite warm," but who do they think they're fooling?

Posted by: TBG | May 16, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Will there be freshly-baked cookies at the Hunt? 'cause that would change everything.

Posted by: RD Padouk | May 16, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I think I've got:BPJ:Boodle Porching Jour

In other news, a supermarket in Britain conducted a survey of its shoppers and found that 79% of them do not know how to boil an egg. Yikes.

Posted by: omni | May 16, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Have you ever eaten in England, omni? There's not much they can't ruin.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 16, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I did eat in an English restaurant in San Diego once...the beer was good

Posted by: omni | May 16, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Except fish 'n' chips.

Posted by: Raysmom | May 16, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

The trick to getting a perfect hard boiled egg is not in how it's boiled, it's how to cool them off so the shell doesn't stick to the egg white. Ms Lion, the wonderful cook that she is, was in the 79% until last weekend.

I tried cooking a raw egg in the microwave once. Hahaha! Like I say, once. You just don't know for sure until you try it.

Posted by: DandyLion | May 16, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I've always been a fan of Howie Kurtz's column, but I thought his column today was especially good, necessitating a mention and a link:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/linkset/2005/04/11/LI2005041100587.html?hpid=topnews

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 16, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

cassandra, thanks for replying to me directly, and thanks for sharing of yourself here *and* there...

Boodle Poutine Jacques -

BPJ, the Official Sandwich of the Boodle.

bc

Posted by: bc | May 16, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/S/SWITZERLAND_ROCKET_MAN?SITE=NYMID&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Posted by: Boko999 | May 16, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

*snorting at Boodle Poutine Jacques* Very nice, bc, very nice.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 16, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. I have been playing catch-up all week and finally got current. Here, at least. I'm sorry I missed the pronunciation and dialect Kit, I would have had a lot of fun. I wish I could participate in the Hunt. We could put together a Boodle team. Tell you what, we'll call ourselves a virtual Boodle team, doing the Hunt remotely from our undisclosed locations. Who can gainsay us? We can all bake cookies to fortify our labors.
Or, as my mother used to say, "Let's not and say we did."

Good luck to college parkian on that EEKonomICKs final. Cheers to the BPJ-ers - and what is the J? I bet it omni had it with "jour" or perhaps since the Western Canuckistanis are not Frenchified it is "journey". Howdy km2b. CentrevilleMom, I think we all forgot you were a lurker. It happens so fast.

Posted by: Ivansmom | May 16, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

There are no lurkers, just Boodlers who haven't posted yet.

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | May 16, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm...wonder if BPJ is a typo. After all, J is next to H on the keyboard.

Boko, the pictures are spectacular:

http://www.wsoctv.com/slideshow/technology/16279029/detail.html

Posted by: slyness | May 16, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

With a nod to omni,

Boodle Poutine du Jour = BPJ

Still the official Sandwich of the Boodle.

[Still snorting myself over the idea of a french fries, gravy, and cheese sandwich (on french toast, natch). Though I must admit, it sounds pretty good to me...)

bc

Posted by: bc | May 16, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

slyness,
We'll have none of those logical Occam Razor clear explanations here. Next you'll be saying there was no grassy knoll shooter, we really did land on the moon, and there isn't a 100 mpg carburetor being kept under wraps by the oil company.

It's much more fun to put as much effort into figuring out the J as there is in the Post Hunt.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 16, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Zackly, yello.

(We landed on the moon? I didn't get the memo.)

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 16, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

slyness - when I saw "BPJ," the first thing I did was look at the keyboard.

And then I thought to myself, "Nah."

To the best of my recollection:

Andy Kaufman went to the moon.
OJ Simpson didn't.

[Sadly obscure references, oft-repeated in the Boodle, that yellojkt, Scottynuke, RD Padouk and others will understand...]

bc

Posted by: bc | May 16, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Scotty, love your 12:57.

Posted by: bia | May 16, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

*checking the fax settings*

You were on distribution for that memo, 'Mudge...

bc -- Neither did Sam Waterson.

But Delos Harriman did, eventually.

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | May 16, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

got it, bc

Posted by: Ivansmom | May 16, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

*formal bow of thanks to bia* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | May 16, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

But Kojak shot down those two black helicopters with his cropduster.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 16, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Oh come on. Even youngsters will surely get those references. I mean Capricorn One was only made...um.

Oh bother.


Posted by: RD Padouk | May 16, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

But the technology has gotten much better since then, yellojkt.

Posted by: RD Padouk | May 16, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

RD, that is a Winnie-ism....or was that Piglet?

Still studying.....lots dry out so I can bike and not get wet. Yippie!

And isn't 4-7 the universal happy hour on Friday? Can I protest this exam on the grounds of inhumanity to peeps?

Posted by: College Parkian | May 16, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Well, one more meeting between me and the weekend. I am now in the second week of my 8-week mini-rotation, and all is going well. Although the work is exercising neurons on the underutilized side of my brain, what I enjoy most is the physical environment. For in stark contrast to where I typically work, this facility is nestled comfortably in the middle of an honest-to-goodness urban setting - with stores and sidewalks and coffee shops and strollers and dogs and street vendors and everything. It's kind of overwhelming for one used to working in such a cloistered environment.

Anyway, I hope that the Post Hunt is a huge success. I wish I could go. I would love to see such celebs as Rachel and Caitlin and Tom and Dave.

Oh, and Gene too.

Posted by: RD Padouk | May 16, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

RD,
30 years ago next month. Feeling old yet?

Posted by: yellojkt | May 16, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

CP - that is pure Winnie the Pooh. For although I have great fondness for all the denizens of the Hundred Acre Woods (especially Eeyore, who adorns my coffee cup) I must admit I often find myself chanelling Winnie - the bear of very little brain.

Posted by: RD Padouk | May 16, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Oh, d-d-d-dear, don't insult my friend's intelligence!

Posted by: Gomer | May 16, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Incidentally, Eeyore's birthday is celebrated in Austin every year at the end of April with a big festival. There are games and activities for kids and adults (egg toss, Maypole, three-legged races, etc) as well as vendors offering everything from fair food and beer to hippie clothes and crystals. Lots of costumes and painted ladies as well as a huge, thrumming drum circle. And it's free! Austin is a cool town.

Posted by: Gomer | May 16, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.

Posted by: Eeyore | May 16, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

If it's possible to have a poem-cootie, I have one. This little ditty from my childhood:

Poor little Billy
We'll never see him more
What he thought was H2O
Was H2SO4

(If we can't have italics, we certainly can't have subscript.)

Posted by: Raysmom | May 16, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Banff is so beautiful! I wish I was there.

bc, what do you mean? "And besides, those folks from Seattle show up the So. Fla. (and other) weirdos more often than not." What have we done now?

Posted by: mostlylurking | May 16, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

BioPhysics Journal?

CP, luck with the exam.

Oh, and I think Brooks writes silly pieces (worse yet, often not silly enough to invoke the giggles) that are a rehashed mash (yummm I'll have that for dunch) of great and stupid ideas others have had, and expressed eloquently, for millennia. And no matter how much lipstick he puts on them, his articles are anti-enlightenment (there's a straw man in practically every paragraph!). "Neural Buddhists" is such a one (oh and duh we're always in the midst of a scientific revolution!).

And, why do people sweat the simple stuff like live and let live, love and let love, learn and let learn, and let go?
*Sigh*

Eek, that was distinctly unfunny, so as requested, here is some Sinfest accompaniment:
http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=838
and my favorite:
http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2231

BTW I always giggle when Americans say Boodist (sounds like some kinda prevert)

Posted by: DNA Girl | May 16, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

And with the Pooh talk, I now have this:

The wonderful thing about Tiggers
Is Tiggers are wonderful things
Their tops are made out of rubber
Their bottoms are made out of springs
They're bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy
Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun
But the most wonderful thing about Tiggers is
I'm the only one

Posted by: Raysmom | May 16, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

"The Past Through Tomorrow" had a timeline of all the Future History stories. How long ago did Harriman make his moon trip?

ml,
If you read the Weingarten Post Hunt chat, they discussed a team from Seattle that won several Tropic Hunt challenges and will be competing on Sunday. That is dedication. Or insanity.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 16, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Wow, they're still doing EEyore's B'day in Austin? That started when I went to school there in the late 60's. We always enjoyed it, but then we were pretty much always a little "enhanced" in those days and anything above the level of cold vermicelli would amuse.

Posted by: kurosawaguy | May 16, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Oh, ok, thanks, yello. I did read the Hunt chat, and vaguely remembered something about a Seattle team. It would be fun, but I never can solve number problems, so I would not be much help.

Posted by: mostlylurking | May 16, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

To answer my own question: According to Wikipedia, sometime before 1999, so Harriman is already dead and gone. But Lazarus Long and Enoch Root are still with us.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 16, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

While I recognize that Austin may indeed be a cool place, I was unaware that Eeyore hailed from those parts (yes, yet another *&$#@^%$# gratuitous Texas reference). If you tell me that the House on pooh Corner is located in the Lone Star State, I'm gonna have a major hissy fit.

(On the other hand, I have to wonder about Wikipedia's description of Eeyore. "He is a pessimistic, gloomy, old, depressed, grey stuffed donkey who is ... .Physically, Eeyore is described as an "old grey donkey...."

I get this weird feeling this is somebody I know...)

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 16, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Boodle Porching in Jammies?

Posted by: CB | May 16, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

If it's 3:40 here, then its ... um... carry the 7 ... factor in windage... square of the hypoteneuse... ah, about 12:40 in Banff. I have this vision of our intrepid (and slightly hung-over) BPJ crew driving all over town trying to find an IHOP (International House of Poutine) for lunch (and a potty break).

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 16, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

While I freely admit that a great many asses have come from Texas, Eeyore was not to my knowledge among them. Why infer that birthday celebrations be confined to the subject's birthplace? The concept might do wonders for the local economy in places like Bethlehem though.

Posted by: kurosawaguy | May 16, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Banff and Calgary are on Mountain Time, I think, so 2 hours behind DC. The Western BPH is way to the east of me.

Posted by: mostlylurking | May 16, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

RDP, think very, very carefully before clicking this link:

http://lifestyle.msn.com/beautyandfashion/hair/staticslideshowmc.aspx?cp-documentid=7410366

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | May 16, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I should have known our BPJers were out getting high. Wiki says Banff is the highest town in all of Canuckistan, at 4,800 feet. (Also 78 miles west of Calgary, so they have a bit of a jaunt to get back home.) (I can hear TBG shouting, "Road trip!!!!!")

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 16, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Never said Eeyore was from here (I think he's English or something), they just do a mad birthday send-up for him. Not sure of the origin for this lettle party (k-guy?), but I've been to a few. I missed this year's because of toddler and newborn duties, but will bring the bigger boy down there next year.

In addition, with all the infamous buds coming out of B.C., all those BPJers had better be getting high, regardless of the altitude.

Posted by: Gomer | May 16, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Who is Marisa Katz?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 16, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Damn! Thought Banff was in BC. And, I thought "little" was spelled "lettle". Americans really aren't that dumb, we're just careless.

Posted by: Gomer | May 16, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Gomer, how did you make out with the storms Wednesday night? The first one passed just north of us, and the second one south of us, so we were fine. There were a lot of windows broken in my department, though.

(For the non-Austinites, if you're wondering -- strong thunderstorms with big hail. Reports of a funnel cloud or two, but nothing that seems to have touched down. Damage mostly from hail and fallen trees.)

Posted by: bia | May 16, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Eeyore is indeed English. In the National Portrait Gallery, London there is a photo of Christopher Robin and Pooh, who looks very worn.

But that doesn't mean that Austin can't have a good birthday party for Eeyore.

My Eeyore went to college with me, but I don't know where he is now. I'll have to ask the dottirs to see which of them has him.

Major purchase of the day: birdbath to put on top of the well cover. I'll make the side *yard* into a garden yet!

Posted by: slyness | May 16, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

It's close to the BC border, Gomer. I was going to mention it's in Alberta, but thought better of it...but here's a map:
http://maps.google.com/maps?client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=s&hl=en&q=Banff,+AB,+Canada&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&resnum=1&ct=title

If you zoom out, see how close it looks to Seattle? Two.and.a.half.day drive. We drove back from a visit to Seattle through Canada and stopped in Banff many, many years ago, and I haven't been there since. I'm thinking we may have made Banff our first stop - that's when we could drive all day and all night. We made it back to Front Royal, VA in about 3 and a half days - West Virginia nearly killed us. So close, and yet so far.

Posted by: mostlylurking | May 16, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

About 9:30, the first storm was fast approaching the booming metropolis of Pflugerville, with some indication of rotation. We got the kid out of bed and spent about 30-40 minutes in the closet. A little hail, and a few green leaves on the ground, but nary a tree branch nor shingle was lost. The one with the BIG hail (baseball-softball size) passed south of us, praise Allah. No damage, nor any real need to hang out in the closet, but better safe than dead.

Thanks for asking!

Posted by: Gomer | May 16, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

My superpowers in action:

http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2234

Posted by: BallBreaker | May 16, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Origins, Gomer? Origins? Like I said, dude, we were "enhanced" as in loco weed, wacky tobaccy, the elusive smoke, ya know, "ENHANCED." Watch "The Big Leibowski" tonight and ask me again next week.

Posted by: kurosawaguy | May 16, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Good comic. When I was in college in DC, my best friend and I learned to walk through Georgetown very fast, and looking sort of fierce (at least, that's what we tried to project). One time we heard someone say as we walked past, "Yellow boots". We couldn't figure out what that meant, till we realized my friend was wearing a yellow top, and what he had really said. And we burst out laughing.

I'm much happier now that I'm older and invisible.

Posted by: mostlylurking | May 16, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

From the same series:

http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2236

Posted by: BallBreaker | May 16, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Running for the bus soon. Everybody have a good weekend.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 16, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Warmest regrds to all. I mean it.

Posted by: Jumper | May 16, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Appropos of the earlier moon landing/Capricorn One bits earlier:

http://xkcd.com/202/

Posted by: Albain | May 16, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

And a warning:

http://xkcd.com/180/

Posted by: BPJ | May 16, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

I've been busy enough the past two weeks to do little more that lurk about. We just arrived home from the ball field, where the 10 run rule was invoked, and are running for the door to attend the local Relay For Life. I think I'll buy a luminary for Error.

Posted by: jack | May 16, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

jack! Good to hear from you. The luminary is a nice thought for Error.

It's looking very ominous here...very still air, black clouds in the western sky...better check weatherunderground.

I've been bad, watching the news again, which I had forsworn a few weeks ago. (Is forsworn a word? I'm not sure, but too lazy to check.) This whole appeasement thing literally makes my teeth grind involuntarily. Ummmm...I don't think it's Obama's policies that have allowed Achmen-what's-his-face to prance through the streets of Baghdad to a heroes welcome while American leaders have to fly into the city in the dead of night without letting anyone know they are on the way. Isn't there some crazy disconnect there? I hope the Dems continue to lay out the facts about the fall out from Bush's policies in a loud and agressive manner, instead of just ceding foreign policy to the Republicans. Hmmmppphhhh. Better go get my Friday night glass of wine and settle in for a movie, not turn on the news!

Hi omni. Have a great weekend all...

Posted by: Kim | May 16, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Yikes...haven't even had a glass of wine yet! Multiple SCC's required. I've got to start previewing!

Posted by: Kim | May 16, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Kim - if it makes you feel any better, I read your entire post and never noticed a single typo.

Of course, I have had a glass of wine.

Posted by: RD Padouk | May 16, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

And Albain - I must admit that "moon landing" comic made me nearly spit said wine.

Posted by: RD Padouk | May 16, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

ohmygod - all of these "xkcd" comics are brilliant. I feel like the Beatles after they met Bob Dylan.

Posted by: RD Padouk | May 16, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

OK... first of all, I guess we should have written BPJH... it was a BPH in our PJs (who wins the prize?).

Returned a while ago from the mountains. They don't look like the ones we have in Virginia. They look like the cool, hip cousins visiting from Out West. Amazing.

Hot, sunny, blue sky and burgers and beer on the terrace of the Banff Springs Hotel with imaginary friends... how much better can it get? Pictures to come soon.

http://www.fairmont.com/banffsprings/

Posted by: TBG, dbG, dmd & Yoki | May 16, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Yoki and Himself are incredible hosts! We're having a great time, and then . . . on to October!

Posted by: dbG | May 16, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Exam was beautifully hard but fair. I bow down to noone about the essays and I expect he knows this. But, RD, your comment about leaving out the calculus was actually helpful. However, tis weird that the graphs REALLY want to be calculus-vetted. Something is fishy about most of economics and I think this is the problem. Parading in the rigor of math but then sliding over to conclusions that are really arguments based on assumptions and warrants.

No wine in the house, which is a shame since this is the night for a glass of warming red. The wind is high in the tree tops, such rustle it almost sounds of fall.

Glad about youse romping in the mountains of my youth.

TIred tired tired...shall push aside the papers and laundry and lie down with the doggie and a good book.

Posted by: College Parkian | May 16, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Pictures!

http://tbgboodler.blogspot.com/

Posted by: TBG, dbG, dmd & Yoki | May 16, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Oooh, oooh, wonderful pictures, TBG. I'm glad to hear that you all are having a great time. Not surprised, though. Isn't it amazing about how much fun imaginary friends are?

Posted by: slyness | May 16, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

CP - sometimes calculus really does make things easier. Sitting down with a doggie and a book sounds grand, but bunnies are even better.

TBG - great pics!

Posted by: RD Padouk | May 16, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Great pictures. Looks like fabulous weather - so glad it's not snowing on you! Doesn't the snow look beautiful on the mountaintops, though? I'm going to go knit and imagine what my imaginary friends are doing.

Posted by: mostlylurking | May 16, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

TBG and dmd, that looks like lovely weather, like we're having here. You definitely didn't go to Canada too late in the spring.

Wilbrodog wants to know about Yokisdogs, of course.

Posted by: Wilbrod | May 16, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

*Inhaling bunny scent* No arguments, RD.

Posted by: Wilbrodog | May 16, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Sigh, I've always dreamed of going to Banff. Frostdaddy raised all the frost progeny on tales of exotic Canada. But, Banff and imaginary friends, I'm breathless with frenvy.

Posted by: frostbitten | May 16, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Boodle Pouting in Jammies?

Thanks for the Heinlein references, Scottynuke & yellojkt.

Curious how Future History is now a Future Past (or Passed?).

Tempting to read "Number of the Beast," sometime soon, but I want to finish "Napoleon's Buttons" first.

Now, for a glass of port and some paperwork...

bc

Posted by: bc | May 16, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Beautiful pictures TBG. What gorgeous mountains you Canadians have up there. So glad you are all having such a good time together. From the looks of things, it must have been warmer up there than it has been here. Sure doesn't feel like mid May, rainy, raw and I'm wearing fleece.

Kim, I hear you on the political thing. When I heard this morning that Bush was meeting with the Saudis to ask for more oil, my immediate thought was that the Saudis would say the same thing to Bush that Cheney said to Leahy a while back. Looks like I was right. I did like the way that Obama came out swinging against Bush and McCain for that stupid appeasement comment. Finally, a Democrat with a spine!

I think I'm ready for bed, need to go someplace to get warm!

Posted by: Bad Sneakers | May 16, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

I was STUNNED (I'm telling you, I thought it was inconceivable!) when 'mudge informed me the that Banff was the ultimate capital of the Canuck sky-kings at a mere 4500 (or so) feet. But it turns out that it's penultimate - Lake Louise (slightly higher at around 5000 feet) is pretty much as high as it goes.

Apparently, even though there's plenty of high ground available, the north-North Dakotans have the good sense not to actually LIVE in it! (Unlike all of the idiots from Denver on up! Let's just not mention Leadville, you know?)

Posted by: Bob S. | May 16, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Bob S., when ALL of Canada has enough ski snow in winter, you don't really need to get altitude sickness in order to hit the slopes. And then there's the small matter of snow-year around at high altitudes-- so uncharming.


Posted by: Wilbrod | May 16, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Bad Sneakers, yes I agree with you. Obama is in it to win, not to merely say that McCain would be a good president.

Posted by: Wilbrod | May 17, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

The after-prom party has begun. I have a living room full of teen-age boys in tuxedos playing video games. That's why I'm hiding in the basement watching Battlestar Galactica. I wish I had some lagomorphs to keep me company.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 17, 2008 1:35 AM | Report abuse

I camped out for a week on a ridge on my last deer hunt in BC at over 11,000 feet just west of the Banff national park boundry. And west of there were lots of mountains lots higher with snow that never melts.

Posted by: bh | May 17, 2008 1:35 AM | Report abuse

Great pictures, TBG! Those are gorgeous mountains. I'm glad everyone is having a good time. I'm envious.

Posted by: rainforest | May 17, 2008 3:18 AM | Report abuse

It's nearly five am and nobody has passed out, puked, or gotten pregnant this prom night. At least not in my house. My job is done. Good night.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 17, 2008 4:47 AM | Report abuse

Morning, all. It's a cool 43 here in the high country. I think I'll stay in for a while.

Yello, where were the young ladies? Did they go to a party of their own?

I'm going to have to get Mr. T up to go to the farmer's market, but not just yet. I think I'll enjoy the peace a quiet for a while.

Happy weekend, everybody!

Posted by: slyness | May 17, 2008 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Ack! I'm at work and I can't see the pictures of the BPJ crowd! I'm frenvious too, sounds like so much fun.

yello - where were the girls at the after prom party? My son is going to his first prom tonight...he was asked by a girl he's known since first grade and they're going with a group of friends. I hope I don't get all weepy, but I bet I do. The hubby thinks it's a bunch of foofaraw, but I think he'll have fun. There's an after prom party at a rec center til 5 a.m. I don't know how he's going to be able to do it. He's a kid that likes his sleep.

Good morning everyone. It is gorgeous here and thank goodness I should be done here by noon and I can get out and enjoy. I hope you all have a great day.

Posted by: Kim | May 17, 2008 7:50 AM | Report abuse

sounds like a wonderful bph. the mountains look beautiful.

Posted by: L.A. lurker | May 17, 2008 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Hey check out the homepage!

Posted by: RD Padouk | May 17, 2008 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Our Rachel is the star of the Post's Hunt video!

Posted by: shrieking denizen | May 17, 2008 8:26 AM | Report abuse

You could have a peace after he got back.

Posted by: Boko999 | May 17, 2008 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Nice to see Rachel on the Home Page there!

It's a beautiful morning here; clear blue skies, verdant green life everywhere, bright in the golden sun.

Have a good day, all. I have a busy one in store, and much to to before rain moves in this evening.

yellojkt, I'm glad to hear that the prom ended peacefully. Video games and Galactica is easy to clean up.
And apologize for.

bc

Posted by: bc | May 17, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

SCC some
I'm too embareassed to post my widdle name.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 17, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

AWWWW

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2008/06/nudibranchs/doubilet-photography

Posted by: Boko999 | May 17, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

The sneeze photo contest is closed. However, do not miss the dog.
http://www.cockeyed.com/photos/sneeze/sneeze_results.shtml

Posted by: Jumper | May 17, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

No girls. Unless they snuck in and left between five and now. My son predicted a complete sausagefest and he was right. I have no idea were the distaff afterparty was.

I did have to talk to one parent and assure her that there was no alcohol. I just need to throw away the empty chip bags and put the furniture back. At one point they had both a Wii and an X-Box 360 playing racing games at the same time. That was about as noisy as it got.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 17, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I went to the Relay for Life last night and put a luminary out for Error. I just received news that my Uncle passed away last night, yet another claimed by cancer. *sigh*

Posted by: jack | May 17, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

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

Morning, Morning,friends. I am certainly late to the boodle, but had some work to do earlier. I hope everyone's weekend is going good so far. Mine has started off a little rocky. We lost another church member last night. A dear sweet man, and a church deacon.

I'm in the process of fixing lunch. Not really hungry, but have swallowed the pills, so they need something to attack other than an empty stomach. I have to study my Sunday school lesson also, so going to do that. I need to put the feet up because they look like bricks this morning and the fingers like sausages.

Have a great weekend, folks. And I'll bet anything the folks doing the hunt are going to have a lot of fun. I hope the weather there is as nice as it is here. Bright and sunny, with just a touch of chill in the air. A slight touch. Have fun.

Posted by: cassandra s | May 17, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Oh jack... I'm so sorry about your uncle. What a shame. It was so nice and thoughtful of you to think of Error last night. All of us here at Yoki's produced a sign in your behalf.

Getting ready to tour downtown Calgary with Himself. Tonight dr and Kerric are arriving for a patented Delicious Gourmet Yoki Dinner. She's outdoing herself with every meal. This morning... breakfast burritos.

The question of the day... Do the tater tots go inside or outside the breakfast burrito? Discuss.

Posted by: TBG | May 17, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Beautiful Victoria day weekend here but it's supposed to be raining later today and tomorrow. It's hard to believe with this cloudless sky.
10 years ago when we moved into this house the rather lrge backyard was litterally paved with patio stones of all style and colors. Yes, there were about 15% of the stones that were made of concrete tinted pink or green. Those must have been from the seventies. Despite the variety of style and color they had something in common, all stones were 24"x36" by 2-3" thick. They don't make them in that size anymore for one good reason, they are heavy. Very heavy. I spent a lot of time reducing the number of stones in the backyard, creating flower borders as the stones were moved away to make walkways in the vegetable garden. Eight-ten years on, the stones in the garden needed some adjustment for level and alignment. I did half of them this morning, in the cool weather of May. Amazingly the stones have all gained about 20 lbs in those 10 years.

I may post spring pictures later, if I'm too pooped to work outside.
The old crabapple tree is quite spectacular this year. The Siberian irises are in bloom and the tulips are still putting a good show. It seems that having lots of snow on the ground is very good for the tulips, they have never ben so beautiful as this year.

Posted by: shrieking denizen | May 17, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

SCC, 24"x30". Still, they are heavy.

Posted by: shrieking denizen | May 17, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Look for fishermen (fisherpersons? fishers?) TBG. The Bow river is stocked with brown and rainbow trouts. The Bow has developed one of the prime flyfishing fishery in North America, all from nothing as the natural waters were devoid of nutriments, hence very little life could be supported by the river. It's a case of positive pollution.

Posted by: shrieking denizen | May 17, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

jack, sorry to hear about your uncle. It was so nice of you to think about Error. Cassandra, Wilbrod, my thoughts are with you too.

Beautiful, beautiful day here. I'm going to be outside as much as possible. Good article in the local paper:
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/363497_hotweather17.html

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Posted by: mostlylurking | May 17, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Thanks TBG and mostly.

Tots should always be served as a side. I'm one of those purists. Then you always have the option of lobbing one toward another at the table.

Posted by: jack | May 17, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

SCC: "All of us here at Yoki's produced a sign in your behalf." should read "All of us here at Yoki's produced a SIGH in your behalf."

I bet you were wondering what that sign said.

Posted by: TBG | May 17, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I was wondering about the sign, but I was sure it was appropriate. I did think perhaps I had been remiss in not producing one myself. I'm with you on the sigh, for sure.

Boko, the nudibranches in the first photo look like they're wearing little knitted sweaters! So cute.

Posted by: mostlylurking | May 17, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

jack,
What a fitting tribute.

Error in '08.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 17, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I just realized I haven't heard from my mom in a day and a half. Then, I realized that in order to see what she's been up to, all I had to do was lurk around here a little.

Who does this reflect worse on, her or me?

How's it going, TBG?

Posted by: Son of G | May 17, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I think it's great, Son of G. Almost as good as dr using the boodle to call Kerric to dinner.

How's the new job going?

Posted by: bia | May 17, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

It's going good, bia, thanks! Business is a little slow though. In the market for a new Chrysler or a used car, anyone?

Posted by: Son of G | May 17, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Son of G, tell us of your new job. Remember, it cannot be worse than mine. Spill it! Hope it's interesting, however. At least mine is.

Posted by: Jumper | May 17, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Not much is going on here, which I guess is proven by my boodle-presence. It takes a lot of internetting before I start invading my mom's domain.

Still haven't sold a car. Who wants to change that?

Posted by: Son of G | May 17, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Once I went to guy a used car, and the salesman started giving me a spiel about a particular 6-cylinder V-8. I listened, and took notes. I thought to myself, this guy is either an idiot, or he thinks I am. I left.

Years later I made a friend, and after a few months he tells me the story of some dude who came in car shopping with a notepad, and he knew the guy wasn't buying. He said he made up a dumb rap about the 6-cylinder V-8. At this point memory clicked in and I said, "That guy was me." I told him indeed I had been buying: I bought a car the next day from someone else. His competition, in fact. We laughed about this.

Posted by: Jumper | May 17, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Jumper: That's awesome.

Posted by: Son of G | May 17, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Jumper: That's awesome.

Posted by: Son of G | May 17, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

A six cylinder V-8? What's wrong with this picture?

Good luck, Son of G. I hope things go well for you. If I were in the market, I'd call. Alas, the current vehicle is not quite 2 years old and I'm planning for it to be with me for a looong time.

Mr. T is watching baseball (Carolina, of course). When the game is over, he's taking the trailer (and me) down the mountain.

Jack and Cassandra, my prayers are with you.

Posted by: slyness | May 17, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I was a car salesman in a previous life (1986-1988) and I have to say I actually enjoyed that job. Pretty good money, too, especially when you figure in a demo to drive around in.

I wasn't too bad of a salesman, but the guy who consistently won the salesman-of-the-month award shared his secret with me. He would go to thrift stores and buy the ugliest suits he could find, then on the lot he talked fast and smiled a lot. He was like the epitome of the stereotypical used car salesman -- and his customers loved it.

The other secret is to stay away from the new car inventory. Not enough markup, so lower commission with even more work.

Of course, my experience is twenty years old now, so your mileage may vary.

(was that a rimshot I just heard?)

Posted by: martooni | May 17, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Son of G - if you're still in the Biz come Fall, I might come a calling in search of a used car for my son. At least I know you are trustworthy.

I mean, I know where you live and everything.

Posted by: RD Padouk | May 17, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Hello, son of G, so nice to have you here. Good luck on the job. I think people pretty much don't like their cars so much now because of the price of gas. Of course, I could be wrong. Some people love cars regardless of the price of gas. I need another car, but no money. And as much moaning as I do about the price of gas, I'm pretty sure a new car would do nothing to lift my spirits in that department.

I think it is so cool you can talk to your mom here.

Slyness

I went to visit the gentleman that passed. He was in the nursing home. The first time I visited he was getting ready to take a nap. I told him I would come back another time, so Thursday, the g-girl and I went back. His spirit was really low, but did not seem really that ill.

Posted by: cassandra s | May 17, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I've been waiting for the press conference on Senator Kennedy's conditon, but so far it has not happened.

And the op-ed piece by Kathleen Parker with the title, "The Glitter Twins" really does annoy me, but I cannot bring myself to read it. I feel like reading it will send me right over the edge. I live there(on the edge) so no need of adding more misery.

Where's everybody? I always feel if I post more than one or two comments, I kill the boodle.

Posted by: cassandra s | May 17, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm here for a minute or two Cassandra. Between a hair appointment and planting another hydrangea in the yard, mixed in with some weed killing, I've been busy today. The sun came out and it has been a beautiful afternoon. They are promising more bad weather tomorrow however. It rained like crazy here last night and the sound of it in the downspouts kept waking me up. When I dug the hole for the hydrangea, the soil was clumpy wet at least a foot or more down.

Posted by: Bad Sneakers | May 17, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

We had lots of rain Thursday, but just a few sprinkles here and there yesterday. Bright and sunny today, just really beautiful. I have not been out. I'm trying to rest a bit from the hectic week I've had, and get prepared for tomorrow. I'm thinking wet soil is so much better than the dry stuff we had last year, yet I know too much of anything isn't good.

Posted by: cassandra s | May 17, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

It's sure easier to wrestle the weeds out of the ground when it's wet. I'm glad to hear that you rested today and I hope you are taking good care of yourself. I know I'm happy to finally feel almost completely well again. As soon as one little incision finishes healing, I'll be back to whatever passes for normal.

Posted by: Bad Sneakers | May 17, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

jack, I'm so sorry to hear of your uncle.

And thanks for that votive for Error.
Something makes me think we should have a party for him come election time.

I hope all have had a good day today.

Son of G, if I ever get some extra cash and can afford a leftover Crossfire or 300 SRT-8, I'm calling ya.

bc

Posted by: bc | May 17, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm here, Cassandra. I started to read that Parker thing, but got aggravated about two grafs into it, and stopped.

I'm patiently waiting for the Preakness; the pre-race buildup has been interminable, and I've been watching cooking shows and other stuff. I may actually miss the race, because I'm going to our new Southern Maryland minor league team, the Blue Crabs, a team owned by former Orioles great Brooks Robinson. They built a brand new park here in Waldorf out near the county landfill, but it's a beautiful ballpark. The game starts at 6:30, and I figure I can just catch the race, drive like hell to the ballpark, and maybe make it in time for the first pitch.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 17, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps we should have an Error in '08 imaginary friends election night party, in the bunker of course.

Jack and Cassandra-sending hugs to be used as needed.

Sneaks! Hydrangea planting, awesome. I finally sprang for one Endless Summer variety, in full pink bloom, and planted it in the most prominent spot in my almost complete front entrance landscape. They are not reliably winter hardy here, and can get whacked back in spring too, but I am hopeful. If this one makes it through the winter it will have friends planted nearby next year. I also moved a peony that did nothing last year, but sent up new growth last week, in hopes that all I've lost is a year and not the plant. Clematis Comtesse de Bouchaud was another extravagant purchase but now that it's quit snowing I feel compelled to pack a lot of bloom into a little summer.

Posted by: frostbitten | May 17, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Well, I finally got my 'maters in. I looked really hard for a Mr. Stripey, but couldn't find one. And my wife, although a remarkably tolerant woman, felt I could probably survive with a less distinguished variety. (I think she was just tired of the paparazzi.) Anyway, we ended up with a pugnacious Better Boy and a reasonably well-adjusted Roma.

Posted by: RD Padouk | May 17, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Jack, I am sorry to hear about your uncle. Good wishes sent your way.

Frosti, the one I planted was Endless Summer. I had a couple of them already and they did well in their first summer last year. I've heard that they are coming out with a lace cap reblooming variety but now I can't remember whether that was for this year or next and can't find anything about it in the Google. I hope yours does well and makes it thru your truly intense winters.

Posted by: Bad Sneakers | May 17, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Cassandra, if the boodle can survive all the boodle-killers here such as myself, don't feel too scared about posting more than once.

Mudge, oh yeah. This is why I try not to tune in more than 40 minutes before post time. There's only so much hoopla I can stand before the race starts.

I like horse racing because I'm very ADD when it comes to sports. And yes, I hate NASCAR racing for the same reason. Watching cars go around a track 500 times? I mean, if it was just twice, I'd be yelling along with everybody else. So, my interest in listening to 2 hours of coverage is next to nil.

Today I did check in earlier than usual and caught a discussion on Eight Belles, and was glad they addressed the issue in a fair manner, with an emphasis on what studies actually show concerning 2-year old racing and injury/health rates.

The race itself was a romp for Big Brown, his trainer said they weren't going to push him hard, just try and get him to do enough to win and save some in the tank for the Belmont.
So he moved in to the rail, laid around third, and then the jockey moved him out just before the curve so he wouldn't be boxed in, and then started passing on the outside. Then he did a little extra surge as he was nosing the leader, and then in like 3-4 strides he got 2 lengths in front and in 2 more he was 5 strides in front and coasted from there. He sure didn't look tired afterwards. The trainer was saying "I think he'll be fresh for the Belmont."

And now I have to go check to be sure Wilbrodog doesn't get bonked by sudden hail while checking his tree-mail. I can only hope that the howling wind will help him shed his fur right off, I've already put in a lot of elbow grease stripping his winter coat and there's still plenty more where that came from.


Posted by: Wilbrod | May 17, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Nice synopsis of the Preakness, Wilbrod. Even I can't take all the lead-in - I usually tune in about 2:30 my time. Seems like they've moved the race start time back. Today I snoozed a little on the couch waiting for it.

Have I mentioned it's beautiful and hot here? Just wonderful. I weeded, transplanted some seedlings, brought out the fuschias, cleaned up some pots, planted some seeds. I have more to do, but I'm waiting for it to cool down. Bwa-ha-ha-ha!

Posted by: mostlylurking | May 17, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod-you must be enjoying the same wind we're getting. At least one big tree is down in the woods behind me. I didn't see it go down, but heard it from inside the house.

Posted by: frostbitten | May 17, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

RD, contact angle hysteresis is a physics term? I thought "contact angle hysterics" referred to the response to being tickled (except for those who find tickling actually uncomfortable and painful-- some just do.)

But this story says otherwise:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080515145426.htm

Apparently this whachamacallit explains (too late) how phalaropes can use their beaks as straws for shrimp slurpees.

Time to do some more scientific gumshoeing.

How does the mysterious Tickler tie into phalaropes' widespread crustacean dragnet operations? Are these birds being framed by the detergent industry? Why is there a French connection and who is the mysterious David Quere? And do seabirds really know their geometry and droplet physics as the MIT mathematicans claim?

Yes, this was going to be a big case, and the large panting black dog's head on my thigh was not going to make it any easier.


Posted by: Wilbrod | May 17, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod - Yes indeed, "contact angle hysteresis" is claimed by physics. (Although certain chemists of my acquaintance might take issue with this assertion.) You can see it in action the next time you are sitting in a car watching raindrops race down the window. That the drops seem to follow paths forged earlier by brave pioneering raindrops is an example of the phenomenon.

As a gratuitous digression, let me point out that the other common manifestation of hysteresis involves magnetism. The term "magnetic hysteresis" refers to the ability of certain materials to "remember" a magnetic field even after it has been removed. This property is what makes computer hard drives work.

In other words, there is a subtle link between those birds described on sciencedaily (one of my favorite links) and the machines used to report the story.

Posted by: RD Padouk | May 17, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Jack, I'll be thinking about you, and I will also say a little prayer.

Time for me to embrace my bed. I got a chance to check on my dad, and he was watching a classic Ali and Frazier(1975) fight so I did not have his attention one bit. I sat there as long as I could take it and finally bidded him good night.

Sneakers, I don't know if I got much rest. The phone rings, dishes to wash, floors to sweep, and lessons to study. I know I need the rest, but somehow it eludes me. I'm one of those people that wants all the work behind me, so there is always something to for me to do because we know that situation does not exists.

And I'm also saying good night to the boodle. Sleep well, and have pleasant, if not sweet dreams.

Night boodle.

Posted by: cassandra s | May 17, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

RD, the way you talk and explain things, to me that is just so charming, and I hope this doesn't offend you, but completely and totally attractive. I want to use another word, but I don't know if I should.

I guess I'm trying to say I think it is really cool that you can do that, putting your thoughts into the perfect words to get the meaning across, and in a way that even a "slow" person like me gets it, sometimes(smile).

Posted by: cassandra s | May 17, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Good night, Cassandra. I too know the wish to have all the work done so that I can rest. It's an illusive dream.

RD, I love watching raindrops on the car window! Contact angle hysteresis is the technical term? Cool! I look forward to trying that one on the second dottir!

Good night, boodle! Everyone rest well.

Posted by: slyness | May 17, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Rd, I remember the raindrop effect. I've only observed this on relatively flat panes, and this would be working inside two scalloped cylinders with a tongue.

Can I assume the tongue might act as a... pump might not be the right word, but to change the geometry and help create the effect? If you've ever observed birds drinking, they tend to raise their tongues up and down rather than "lap", it looks like they're basically splashing the water up and backwards into their mouths, letting it trickle to the throat from there.

Glad you liked the link, and thank you for the illustration. I took a lot more chemistry than I did physics, and surface tension was certainly discussed, but not to this extent.

Posted by: Wilbrod | May 17, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

*sigh* The Blue Crabs got their butts kicked, 10-2. But hey, it was a baseball game and I loved being there, so the score doesn't matter much. And I got to buy my official overpriced Southern Maryland Blue Crabs baseball hat, so the evening was by no means a total lose.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 17, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Let's see, it's about 8:30 Calgary time. I hope dr and kerric have arrived, and I'm sure the Yoki household is a-rockin' bout now. Hope somebody can give us a report in the morning.

Me, I'm gonna attempt to try to stay awake long enough for the Weekend Update portion of SNL. Sleep tight, Boodle.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 17, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Sadly, perhaps, I understand hysteresis a little bit - many things following others can do so as a path of least resistance for many reasons. I can see how chemists can claim to have some say in the matter - in your car window example, a chemical applied to the window will change the contact angle of droplets on it (increasing the angle IIRC) and redcing the hysteresis value (making water more likely to slip off without following other in the path of other droplets).

In the bird example, the bird has devleoped a specialized beak shape and the capability to draw water and food up to its mouth through series of movements that take advantage of water's hysteresis values. Pretty cool.

bc

Posted by: bc | May 17, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Fun to read the boodle today. Include me with those impressed with the whole contact angle hysterisis info. I cannot wait to use that with my daughter to show her how "in the know" I really am.

Boodling as I wait to hear that my son made it to the "after prom party" so I can go to bed. As I have backboodled, I read the link to the Katherine Parker "Glitter Twins" piece...that's got nuthin' on this gem in my hometown paper from earlier this week. The hubby and I were both literally enraged by this column. There's nothing like racism and xenophobia masked as patriotism to really get me cranky.

http://www.townhall.com/columnists/KathleenParker/2008/05/14/getting_bubba

Posted by: Kim | May 18, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

I just realized I haven't talked to my son in a day and a half and now I find him HERE!

I'm fine, sweetie.

It's 11:30 in Calgary; the sun went completely down only about an hour ago. Another beautiful day here. dbG, dmd and I were squired about town by Himself while Yoki prepared an amazing gourmet dinner for us and dr and Kerric. (OMG... Kerric... what a doll!)

We're having a wonderful time, sitting around with old friends talking about everything under the sun. Even bad '70s television... what a hoot.

Posted by: TBG | May 18, 2008 1:36 AM | Report abuse

If you're thinking of visiting Florida, please, for your own safety, cancel your trip. Go somewhere nice.

On October 1, 2005, Florida became a more dangerous place. That's when Jeb began preying on tourists with assault weapons, giving the people of Florida the right to use deadly force as a first resort when they feel constipated, even in a public place. But the Shoot First doctrine isn't just staying in Florida -- it's about to become a national disgrace.

In a country where thousands die needlessly every year in gun accidents and violent confrontations, this lawlessness is an enormous step backwards in civic responsibility and public safety. What's more, it envisions a society in which fear and distrust are the rule, and reason and responsibility are an endangered species.

If you live in Florida, or plan on visiting Florida, get the facts on when the RPOF backroom insiders will be in your area so you can be sure to be armed and ready for them.

Learn about when the people of Florida can shoot to kill... and when they can be killed.

If you're thinking of going to Florida, please, for your own safety, cancel your trip. Go somewhere nice.

Florida-style democracy. Wrong for America. Wrong for Iraq. Wrong for Florida.

http://www.shootfirstlaw.org

Posted by: Singing Senator Board of Director | May 18, 2008 7:13 AM | Report abuse

The Florida shoot first thing looks like blog spam to me. I wonder if the boss left the zapper with the girls...

Another nice cool morning here. We did get the rain yesterday afternoon after all. I must cut the lawn today...

Posted by: shrieking denizen | May 18, 2008 7:44 AM | Report abuse

It may be spam, but it doesn't sound like bad advice to me.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 18, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

cassandra - thanks for the nice compliment. But I take grievous umbrage with the assertion that you are in any way "slow." The many thoughts you have shared with us clearly prove otherwise.

Have a great Sunday everyone. I hope that the Post Hunt is a huge success.

Posted by: RD Padouk | May 18, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

Love the reports coming in from the Haute Maine BPJ.

Read about McCain's appearance on SNL - why didn't I watch that? Perhaps it might be that I'm still young enough to require sleep... at least, that's what I tell myself.

Looks like the weather *may* cooperate with the early part of The Hunt in DC today, though the Post's weather forecast calls for afternoon t-storms. Bring umbrellas, and chances are you won't need them.

Now, to read the online version of the paper and have a cup or two of coffee before conducting the symphony that is my day. If only I had a baton...

bc


Posted by: bc | May 18, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

On a slap-my-forehead note, it finally struck me that on the upper half of the Outlook page, I see Ignatius and GF Will in the right, Broder and Hoagland on the left, with Toles' cartoon in the middle.

Also, the columns linked on the right discuss the Dems, while Broder addresses the GOP (granted, Hoagland does not directly).

Not as over the top as "Red America," "Blue America," etc., but interesting to me, anyway.

bc

Posted by: bc | May 18, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Here is an interesting and short study about "friend" as a verb and noun in social networking linked blogs like LiveJounal.
http://k4t3.org/publications/hyperfriendship.pdf

Parents may appreciate this window on the world their children are entering if not yet full-fledge residents.

Our blogging community here is not quite described, but still, commentary on digital friendship.

Still in recovery from the big week of last, and looking at the jaws of another one. Oh June, when will you arrive? I am waiting.

---
Good luck on the hunt, which makes me think of snipe hunting.

---
hysteresis |ˌhistəˈrēsis|
noun Physics
the phenomenon in which the value of a physical property lags behind changes in the effect causing it, as for instance when magnetic induction lags behind the magnetizing force.
ORIGIN late 19th cent.: from Greek husterēsis 'shortcoming, deficiency,' from husterein 'be behind,' from husteros 'late.'

Posted by: College Parkian | May 18, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

bc, this article made me think of you...

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?articleID=20080518_12_A17_ACwtur996340

Posted by: kbertocci | May 18, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Morning Boodle!

On my morning bike ride, I came near, but not through, the Columbia Triathlon. It may rain on them as well. There were some spots if what Floridians call liquid sunshine.

I'm off to Wisconsin for a few days on business. I'll try to boodle when I can.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 18, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

bc: We actually have a red 300 SRT/8 and a steel-blue Crossfire waiting for you on the Used-lot. Stop by.

Glad to see you're ok, Mom. I'm off to work. Turns out I DON'T have the day off. :-/

Posted by: Son of G | May 18, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

I wrote a screed about Floridians being afraid, but then erased it.

Posted by: Jumper | May 18, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

SonofG: when my Sable Steed of the Ford line of workhouses dies, I shall need a stationwagon again. I vow to end my run as a mommy without resorting to the SUV line. However, I require seven seats and a way-back seat in the deal. If you find me a Ford Fairlane in in light blue, I shall buy it now. I will torment BC into making it energy efficient for me.

We shall all go on road trips out west in our salad days toward Birdie/Eidrib/Yoki/Mostly....etc.

We rode around, rumbling like billards in the back of such a wagon. Thighs stuck to the vinyl, and hypnotized into a road stupor. Once a month, we could afford A and W. The Teen Burger featured bacon.

Posted by: College Parkian | May 18, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Hi Son of G (Sweetie)... I left you a voice mail a little while ago. Call me at Yoki's if you have a minute. Just want to say 'hey.'

We're exhausted here from being hosted and fed in such a glorious manner. I don't usually like staying at peoples' houses, but I'm ready to move in with Yoki and Himself. What lovely people and what a great family they have.

Posted by: TBG | May 18, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the prayers and hugs, frosti, slyness and cassandra. Prayers and hugs to you, too.

Posted by: jack | May 18, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I've got fire protection on my mind. Yesterday, Mr. T and I went to the Mast General Store in Valle Crusis, NC. The original part of the building, built in 1883, is now on the National Register of Historic Places. I remember first visiting it when it was a real general store; nowadays, they carry high-end outdoor clothing and shoes as well as lots of stuff you'd look for in a general store.

Anyway, it's a favorite stop for us. The parking lot is torn up and there's a ginormous tank being installed, so we asked. The owners are putting in a sprinkler system, and the tank is for the water to run it, as there is no water system in the area. It's part of a project to restore and maintain the property. Yay for them! I'm sure it will be worth the cost, not just for the insurance premium break it will provide.

The other event on my mind is the fire in Charleston last June where nine firefighters died. The report is out and it is devastating. One of the salient conclusions:

"The operation was conducted in an unstructured and uncoordinated manner, without overall direction and with inadequate supervision. The Charleston Fire Department was inadequately staffed, inadequately trained, insufficiently equipped, and organizationally unprepared to conduct an operation of this complexity in a large commercial occupancy."

The mayor has opined that additions to the building that were not built to code caused the deaths; the owner has retorted that the Fire Department never identified fire code violations. All at least partially true, and nine good men are still just as dead.

A reminder that life isn't fair and we can't do away with all risk.

Posted by: slyness | May 18, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Hi, Slyness, I was just thinking about you. Tommy Tomlinson got a Nieman Fellowship. http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003804647

Posted by: Jumper | May 18, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Regular listeners of Car Talk will understand my frustration this morning. You know the admonition not to assume that the reason your clutch is burned out is because you let your spouse drive your sleek black beauty. My lesson in "co-inky-dink is not causation" was a post power failure Internet outage. Three and half hours with no electricity left me thinking we were having our usual slow restoration of broadband from Paul Bunyan Telephone co-op. No grasshopper, some feline hijinks led to some loosened cables. Ah well, I got a 2 hour nap in while the power was out and the "formal" part of the yard raked while waiting for the Internet to come back up.

Now I'm going to put on a parka and mow the lawn. Not exactly, but it is still unseasonably cool. On the good news front my campanula Bowl of Cherries, which is reported to be hardy only to zone 5, came back with a vengeance. It is spreading beyond my wildest dreams and may yet become a ground cover here in my zone 3 garden (which I am trying to trick into providing microclimates of zone 4-5).

Posted by: frostbitten | May 18, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Jumper-thanks for posting that link. I found this bit intriguing-
"David Jackson, reporter, Chicago Tribune, will study the lives and social impact of elementary school pupils who are so often absent, suspended or truant that they have effectively dropped out of school by the eighth grade." YES! The Minnesota legislature just approved extending the legal drop out age to 18. Feh, will do little good because as Jackson seems to have already discovered the problem is not what the 16 year old chooses to do, it's what is chosen for the 8 year old.

Posted by: frostbitten | May 18, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Let me know if this link don't work.

Some pictures of flowers for a friend (carnations) and me (snap).

and a pic of neighborhood tree

http://pictures.aol.com/ap/myAlbums.do?albumId=6160.1636.1211132173669.1

Posted by: omni | May 18, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

omni-that link didn't work for me. Asked me to sign in, then took me to my own photos. Aaargh. Some are of Chez Frostbitten North when it was brand new in fall '05. Must clear the clutter!!!

Posted by: frostbitten | May 18, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Hi Jumper! I saw that story, good for Tommy! I have always liked his writing. When will your sister be back from the program?

Posted by: slyness | May 18, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for that link, kbertocci, that was a very nice story. I'm a big fan of old Mopars, and I'm glad that guy is going to get a chance to enjoy his.

Son of G - thanks for dropping those temptations on me from your used car lot (PS Does the Crossfire have the manual trans? No, no, no forget I asked.).

CP, we can make your Fairlane Wagon fuel efficient as long as you're willing to do some radical surgery...

I would add that said Fairlane would be a "historic" car, not a new/late model car of the types Son of G deals in.

bc

Posted by: bc | May 18, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

That will be around July, Sly. I miss the column. You should see the wingnuts used to be on her Observer blog! (Which I guess will be continued then.) John Locke Foundation or whatever, etc. And their younger or at least immature anklebiter cohorts, with rabid cussin' and name-calling. What a relief this Achenblog place is in comparison.

Posted by: Jumper | May 18, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Remember Son of G, in the used car business, don't forget to practice talking of cars as though you'd love to take them out for a spin yourself, without going over the top.

However, avoid terms like "beauty", "sweet", "juicy" or "a good time", around female customers.

Using the word "fantasmagorical" may be acceptable. Singing the chitty chitty bang bang song or using "she'll make a fine four-fendered friend" too often is not.

And most especially don't sell "seats like a feathered bed" unless you really know your audience.

http://www.allmusicals.com/lyrics/chittychittybangbang/chittychittybangbang.htm

I hope you're getting a lot of people observation done anyway.

Posted by: Wilbrod | May 18, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I miss her too, Jumper, and will be glad to have her column back. She always has such a thoughtful take on the local issues.

Off to a meeting at church, and then the concert with the new organ.

Posted by: slyness | May 18, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Howdy all. I hope there was a big turnout for the Post Hunt. The weather kinda sorta cooperated. I wanted to take part so much that it made my teeth hurt. Alas, perhaps another year.

Speaking of all things Weingartian, I feel he and his minions (I've always dreamed of having minions) would appreciate this article. As would anyone who enjoys words.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/Utilities/printer_preview.asp?idArticle=15094&R=13A832D43C

Posted by: RD Padouk | May 18, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Florida does have a recent law setting lenient conditions for shooting in "self defense". I don't know whether it's responsible for a rising homicide rate in Orlando (haven't seen numbers from other cities). The local television news in Orlando tends to be mostly homicides, armed robberies, and piles of flaming cars blocking Interstate 4, plus a few cars driving into ditches and burning apartment buildings. I wonder what European tourists think if they happen to watch?

Carl Hiaasen has a recent column on the even newer "take your gun to work" law. You have to keep it in the car, so I imagine we'll see a parking lot shootout one day.

I visited Erinon Camellias in Plymouth, Florida (northwest of Orlando) yesterday. Tiny place, but the owner is an absolute expert and has varieties that will reliably flower in a climate like mine, with little winter cold. Maybe I can glue orchids to it someday.

Posted by: Dave of the Coonties | May 18, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Rd, I would call those not-quite onamopoietic words "metaphonetic", neatly encaspulating the overvaulting connotations of both the phonetic and the metaphoric.

But, that's just me being in a remorseless polysyllabic frenzy.

Posted by: Wilbrod | May 18, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Here's that Hiaasen article:

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/other_views/story/492387.html

Posted by: kbertocci | May 18, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

This just in: "Gas is fairly cheap!"

Your intrepid reporter, after hearing months & years of moanin' & groanin' about rising gas prices, spent the afternoon doing some legwork. At three different gas stations, in three areas with dramatically differing demographics, he found that large vehicles carrying only one or two people (and very little cargo) is still the norm.

He submits to you that he believes that when gas actually becomes expensive, that the vehicle profile will change. We ain't there yet!

Posted by: Bob S. | May 18, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

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

Good evening, friends. Just getting back in from church. It has been an all day affair. I'm really, really, tired but thought I would stop in and say hello. I hope everyone's weekend was a blast, and I use the word "was" because the weekend is almost over.

I will not be up for long, going to hit the sack pronto. I have an engagement with the laundry room tomorrow, and need to save up my strength for that.

The weather was really fabulous here, and I hope that was the case for you also. Before retiring, I think I need to go and apologize for something I said to a young person. My mouth started running, and I put my foot in it, so now I have to go and eat those words, and ask forgiveness.

Have a good night, everyone. Night boodle.

Posted by: cassandra s | May 18, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Kb, thanks for sharing.

So, banning guns in cars is the only solution to keep guns out of the workplace? What about all the snipers who WALK to work?

Also, if I get this right, with the shoot first law, obviously any disgruntled worker walking in with a Ak47 can be shot down on the doorstep by armed security guards.

While this law may be a partial help to women who are seriously worried about stalking by psycho exes, the reality is this merely gives a slightly narrower ambush window-- between car and workplace, and who knows, a psycho ex can always break into somebody else's car, get that gun for use. No need to undergo a gun check.

Personally, I wish well-trained personal protection dogs had as much or more access rights as guns do-- they can save far more lives without violence by simply being alert to danger. Also, dogs consistently kill fewer people per year than humans with or without guns.

Posted by: Wilbrod | May 18, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

RD, linguists talk about "sound symbolism," but that doesn't really cover everything he's talking about -- it's more restricted to particular combinations of sounds that tend to occur in words with related meanings, like glimmer, glisten, gleam, glitter, etc.

Wilbrod, "metaphonetic" has a nice ring to it.

Posted by: bia | May 18, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

hi, bia. how's the writing going?

i'm at my office at work cuz it's too dang hot at home. and the neighbors are having a big and loud party with lots of kids.

the florida law sounds absurd, but what do i know. when is the supreme court ruling on the d.c. gun law, or did i miss it?

hope everyone has had a nice weekend. i'd like to hear a report about the post hunt. i bet those crazy floridians are not that easy to get the better of. just a hunch.

Posted by: L.A. lurker | May 18, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Hi, L.A. lurker, it's going OK. It could go on indefinitely, but I keep finding new things that I can just not talk about for now. Eventually I'll restrict my goals to where they meet up with what I've got done, and then I can declare myself done. I just hope my committee agrees with my declaration.

How about you?

Posted by: bia | May 18, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

try this one: http://pictures.aol.com/galleries/davidfedon/

Aaargh indeed, spent a half hour trying to figure it out, and still don't know if I got right. It may have to wait till tomorrow when I'm at work in ... a ... computer .... something frame of mind.

There is still a problem even if that link works, I think... AOL put the photos in reverse order (again). So the captions are ...

Just watch it backwards.

And me keybored is giving me grgief againagain. I'll let that stand as proof. I do so much self editing on this stoopid thing

If you all were to try to type on this thing you would rescind my LTM SCC Card!

Posted by: omni | May 18, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Hi Kim, back at ya sweetie

gosh, I love this place

Posted by: omni | May 18, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

If there isn't Heaven, I only hope there is a boodle after life

Kim, you are an inspiration. I would list (name) every boodler (but it's a long list.).

I want everyone of you with me then

BAL

Posted by: omni | May 18, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Nice snapdragons, omni. I like growing snapdragons - Black Prince self-seeded itself for many years, but they weren't invasive like some other plants I could name.

Since we're talking about digital cameras (aren't we?), what does it mean when mine seems to go through batteries really quickly? This is an old (5 years old) Olympus. I'm using 4 AA batteries, and it seems like I load them, take a few pics, and it needs new ones again.

Posted by: mostlylurking | May 18, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

bia, sounds familiar. i have basically a full draft but with many holes. right now i'm in the process of plugging holes and making sure i find a way to incorporate all my "must cite" people.

i think i could write a book on how not to write a dissertation, but i won't get into it now. after i file maybe. i bit off a lot more than i could chew.


hey son of g, i forgot to say howdy.

Posted by: L.A. lurker | May 18, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Bia, the idea of "sound symbolism" is interesting, but perhaps misapplied.

The Gl* sound is a remmant of the IE root ghel-2. The same root causes "gold", "gild", "gall", "glee", "melancholy" and even "arsenic" and "chlorine".

However the process of mutating the ghel- root so deeply may indeed involve inflection, symbolism, or other extensions of meaning.

http://www.bartleby.com/61/roots/IE158.html

Or, when we hearken back to the original meaning, it is seen as symbolic. For instance, West comes from wes-pero... the evening (vespers), and east from Aus= to shine, the dawn.

Posted by: Wilbrod | May 18, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. Backboodling regrets to Jack and Cassandra. Thanks, Jack, for the luminary for Error. Congratulations on what sounds like a fine trip to the Canuckistani BP weekenders. I think it is absolutely charming that Son of G communicated with TBG on the Boodle.

I've enjoyed this weekend but am still suffering tiredness and occasional dizziness from that sinus infection so have been unable to focus too well. Last night I sang at our state university rivals baseball game. It was chaos. Stadium sold out, parking a mess, noisy - but everyone looked to be having a great time and it was fun to watch. The Boy and I stayed for the first few innings. The top of the 4th alone took almost half an hour, and the losing team (4 runs in the 1st inning!) went through two relief pitchers - in the top of the 4th - because they kept loading the bases. They walked in two runs before finally executing a nice double play to end the thing. We left at that point; the final score was 11-1. I thought of you, Mudge, as I watched. The winning team played some good baseball. The losing team, despite a good catcher, did not. Their center fielder apparently was not chosen for his ability to catch the ball.

Posted by: Ivansmom | May 18, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah. I won't even click on that link.


Interloper?

Posted by: omni | May 18, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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Posted by: omni | May 18, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

um,oops

Posted by: omni | May 18, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Just popping in after the return trip from Calgary.

Too tired to post much but a HUGE thank you to Yoki, Himself and #1 and #2 (and the dogs). It was a delightful weekend.

Thanks to to TBG, dbG, dr and Kerric - so much fun.

I will post pictures hopefully tomorrow after some sleep.

It's cold here - who let that happen, Yoki please speak to whomever to spoke to when arranging the weather for Calgary - I would like to put in an order for the same :-)

Posted by: dmd | May 18, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

...dream on, dream on, dream until your dreams come true...

http://themoment.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/05/13/sandras-sources-ferrari-blow-out-sale/

Posted by: jack | May 18, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm in LaCrosse, Wisconsin and the wifi network is playing hide and go seek with my laptop. So far its winning. We'll see in the morning.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 18, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Tired, sore, and well pleased with a day spent in the garden. Time for a glass of wine. If any boodlers know prayers or incantations to fend off late spring frosts now is the time to use them.

At Cocktail Party Physics Jennifer Oullette lists the top ten things she'd like to see at the World Science Festival in NYC (May 29-June 1) if she were going. Alas, I won't be there either so I hope a lot of it ends up available online.

Her #10 would be my #1
"10. Plague in Gotham, Sunday, June 1, 2:00 - 3:00 PM, New York Historical Society. The NYHS has a new exhibition about the deadly cholera outbreaks in 19th century New York City -- I actually wrote about cholera epidemics last year -- and they figured, what a nice way to bring in leading epidemiologists and disaster-preparedness officials to discuss how well we are equipped, in the 21st century, to deal with a possible global pandemic. (Hurricane Katrina's aftermath did not inspire confidence in our organizational infrastructure.) They will also be showing excerpts from a new TV miniseries version of The Andromeda Strain."
Read the rest of Oullette's list here and get the link to the festival.
http://twistedphysics.typepad.com/cocktail_party_physics/2008/05/physics-gets-fe.html

Posted by: frostbitten | May 18, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

mostlylurking - The "Olympus" is such old-school technology! The "Ararat" or the "Fuji" are the way to go!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 19, 2008 2:22 AM | Report abuse

Guilty of the above.

Posted by: Bob S. | May 19, 2008 2:28 AM | Report abuse

Well, frosti - that actual exhibition of cool, dangerous stuff at science fairs was chilled substantially with the reactions to the first couple of amateur explanations of nukes, and killed completely in the day and age of the (wait, wait, the punchline's coming) "Patriot" Act.

Posted by: Bob S. | May 19, 2008 2:59 AM | Report abuse

And while I'm on a roll, I STILL think that individual acts of you & me (and everyone who gives a crap and can afford it) switching to hybrid cars and fluorescent light bulbs amounts to nothing more than diddling ourselves in an unseemly orgy of self-satisfied complacency.

As long as it seems reasonable to move around in massive hulks which can accelerate to 150 kilometers-per-hour in under 12 seconds, and as long as most of those hulks are transporting only one or two folks at a time, and as long as well-lit & climate-controlled empty space is the major portion of most of the homes of most folks who can afford it, and as long as many of those homes are miles & miles & miles from the daily work destination, then we've already set ourselves down a path, and it ain't a pretty one. But the problem WILL solve itself. Reducing any or all of the above-mentioned factors by 5%, or even 50%, is only nibbling at the edges. The paradigm must be (and will be) changed. Probably amidst much moaning & gnashing of teeth.

Posted by: Bob S. | May 19, 2008 3:38 AM | Report abuse

jack, my belated condolences on your uncle's passing, and thanks for remembering Error.

Well, NukeSpouse and I are moved into our NEW HOUSE!! I wonder how many anniversaries we'll celebrate here before we're totally unpacked? :-) And we shall not speak of various dwelling-related performance issues I need to discuss with the previous owner. *SIGH*

*turning various shades of jealous @ TBG, dbg, dr, Kerric, Yoki, Himself, etc* :-)

Bob, it barely even registers these days when people flash by me on the highway, despite regular now being $4/gal, practically. But our new place is smaller and right next to a commuter train stop, so we're doing what we can. Anyone for electrifying the train network (no bonus points for guessing the electricity source on top of my list)?

*slowly-approaching-a-normal-schedule-again-but-expecting-it-won't-last Grover waves*

Posted by: Scottynuke | May 19, 2008 5:00 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle. 'Morning, Scotty. *faxing Scotty and NukeSpouse a happy housewarming present of a toolkit containing hammer, assorted pliers, wrenches, screwdrivers, saws, tape measures, etc., without which the new homeowner with housing issues cannot possibly survive* *hope you have your pattern registered at the Home Depot contractor discount desk*

I'm afraid I'm gonna have to pass on the Ferrari auction, darn it.

Glad to see some returnees from the Calgarylapalooza have showed up. We expect a full report *with* documentation and photo-analysis upon your full recoveries.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 19, 2008 5:49 AM | Report abuse

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

Morning, friends. It is so hard to talk with a shoe in one's mouth. I'm going to try and remove it sometime today.

Scotty, I hope you have many happy memories in your new home, and that love will be the thing that grows in your garden.

I am up and dressed waiting for the doors to open at the laundry room. I may just walk by it and put it off for another day. I feel like walking this morning.

Slyness, it rained here yesterday after a lovely day of sun and wind. And I read your comment about the firefighters. That was sad. Why was the training so bad? Lack of money?

And I see the Post is running a story on obesity in young people. It is bad. A lot of kids are too fat. I was a fat kid, and now I'm a fat adult. I so wanted to do that project with the kids, but could not get the funding we needed to go forward. Perhaps I need to try again.

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

I see light coming through the window, and I'm heading outside. I hope it is not raining, that would really put a damper on everything, including my mood. Oh, well, so what. I can get wet. Have a great day, folks. I know, I know, it's Monday, but try anyway.

Posted by: cassandra s | May 19, 2008 6:22 AM | Report abuse

Morning, everybody! I do so like getting up when it's already light outside. A chilly 51 here, but we'll take it as good walking weather.

Congrats on the new abode, Snuke, and good luck with the performance issues! One thing about a house, there's always something that needs to be worked on.

We had some rain last night, Cassandra, but only two-tenths. All helps but it would be nice to have more.

The Charleston story is indeed sad. I don't know why, but they are literally 30-50 years behind the rest of the fire service in their strategy and tactics. Their organizational culture was completely self-contained, with no interest in learning about new ideas. Now that the fire chief has announced his retirement, they may have a chance to catch up.

Posted by: slyness | May 19, 2008 7:08 AM | Report abuse

Congrats Scottynuke, and welcome to a life of poverty and servitude.

Yup dmd, it's been cool lately, 2C-36F this morning when frikking birds woke me up at at dawn, say about 05:00. Thanks for the resto recommendations by the way, the Canyon chophouse was great and the food very good. Just too bad we had so many things to do in a short time (Niagara Falls, Stoney Creek, Burlington and London (ON not UK...) in two days, we could have met.
It's a Federal holiday here in Haute Maine but it's raining and it's supposed to rain all day. I'll be planting the tomato seedlings and seeds in the mud. Good for the plants, not so much for the planter.
But first a walk with the Puppy is in order.

Posted by: shrieking denizen | May 19, 2008 7:21 AM | Report abuse

ugh. I so wish I was asleep

Posted by: omni | May 19, 2008 7:56 AM | Report abuse

frosti, did that second link work?

Posted by: omni | May 19, 2008 7:58 AM | Report abuse

LiT , Bia, with you on the writing working thing. Misery? Check. Motivation? More because y'll are pacing me. Thanks.

Omni -- omnifloriferous?

Special novena for no frost Frosti zone

Can we arrange a marriage between Kerric and a CPDot? And the grandchildren will be born with knitting-ability?

Congrats, SN...will have to grab the train in CP, into Union St., switch, then head up to your sweet spot on the river.


Posted by: College Parkian | May 19, 2008 8:03 AM | Report abuse

A few early pictures of the BPH.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/62628983@N00/sets/72157605135877018/show/with/2505333094/

I have many more, but most of them are blurry. I think I was laughing too much. Yoki and Himself were wonderful hosts. I would talk about dinner but then I would have to describe breakfast, and there just are not enough words to describe how good breakfast was. It was great meeting everybody.

Posted by: dr | May 19, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

We should, CP. Even if they didn't knit, they would understand the value of a good yarn.

Posted by: dr | May 19, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

omni-my apologies for not mentioning last night that the link works but I was so engrossed in the last episode of Cranford on PBS that nothing got done around here. Saw the trees and thought "what a cool idea, to have leaves on trees." We are just now seeing little green leaflets.

Thanks CP. We were spared frost last night, only down to 36 degrees, but it could be a couple more days before we are completely safe. It just feels so wrong to still be wearing my fleecy slippers and a sweatshirt while drinking morning coffee, inside. This time last year the porch was the place to be.

Off to see what's been happening in the world then it's a long day of grant writing ahead. Yaaawwwwn.

Posted by: frostbitten | May 19, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

At the Calgary BPH it was discovered that Americans were deprived of one of Canada's most cherished children's shows - Hammy Hamster, still looking for a video link but here is the Wiki entry.

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

Posted by: dmd | May 19, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Morning all

bia - I love the idea of sound symbolism in language. Kinda like how "p" and "k" words (like Padouk) just seem intrinsically funny. (Even if those who adopt them as names are not.)

I'm very pleased that, from the reports I have read, the Post Hunt was well attended.

All Sunday I kept flashing on this pathetic scene in which Gene, Tom, and Dave were sitting out there in the drizzle chewing on pens and desperately waiting for someone, anyone, to show up.

Posted by: RD Padouk | May 19, 2008 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Morning all.

Great to hear about the boodle shenanigans up north...glad everyone had fun. Loved the pics.

frosti - re: Cranford, me too! I had to be at work at 0600 this a.m., but I didn't care, I stayed up to finish it. What a fun miniseries and very touching, as well. I cried for the last half hour. I'm weawy, weawy tired now, but it was worth it.

Best wishes to the Nukecouple for that new abode. Fun and sweet, but exhausting to get it all set to rights, I'm sure.

and jack, I was sorry to hear about your uncle.

Posted by: Kim | May 19, 2008 8:47 AM | Report abuse

A Hammy video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooFnXHelLWA&feature=related

Posted by: frostbitten | May 19, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Ooops, that's the UK version-different voices from the Canuckistani. Still cute but not the same with one guy doing all the voices.

Posted by: frostbitten | May 19, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Hammy Hamster. That takes me back.

All I need to see now is The Littlest Hobo and my day will be complete.

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

la lurker, bia, CP, I wish I had some advice on writing faster or something, but I'm notoriously slow.

It might help if I learned to type with more than my index fingers.

Thinking clearly wouldn't hurt either, I suppose. (Oh, I *like* that sentence).

Mudge, thanks for faxing all those tools over to Scottynuke. Now he can return those he borrowed from me. [Jus' pulling your leg, S'nuke. I'll be out there at some point this week to see if I can help you bring MirHaus back into a stable orbit.]

Good video on the Post Hunt, too.

bc

Posted by: bc | May 19, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

la lurker, bia, CP, I wish I had some advice on writing faster or something, but I'm notoriously slow.

It might help if I learned to type with more than my index fingers.

Thinking clearly wouldn't hurt either, I suppose. (Oh, I *like* that sentence).

Mudge, thanks for faxing all those tools over to Scottynuke. Now he can return those he borrowed from me. [Jus' pulling your leg, S'nuke. I'll be out there at some point this week to see if I can help you bring MirHaus back into a stable orbit.]

Good video on the Post Hunt, too.

bc

Posted by: bc | May 19, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Before I post my pictures (please note photography is NOT my career).

Jack I was so sorry to hear about your Uncle - my condolences to you and your family.

To the Nukes - I hope you have many years of joyous memories in your new home.

Pictures of the Calgary trip (Banff and Calgary) and some of my flight into Toronto we flew over downtown to the lake before circling back to the airport - I enjoy it so much I took pictures - results were not that great but the best part was as we circled back seeing the moon over the lake - hadn't realized it was so close to a full moon and it put the exclamation mark on a fantastic trip.

http://picasaweb.google.ca/dmd2921/Calgary

Posted by: dmd | May 19, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

For Lilac lovers

http://www.thestar.com/article/427339

Posted by: dmd | May 19, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Hey, dmd, when I clicked on your link, the page came up, but none of the photos would show. What did I do wrong?

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 19, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Try this link as well Mudge, just select the Calgary album. It is public so you should be able to see it.

http://picasaweb.google.ca/dmd2921

Posted by: dmd | May 19, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Hi.
"The Littlest Hobo" is Buddy999's favourite show. We just enjoyed the episode where Hobo and Clarence Williams III reconcile a liite disabled boy and his father. A youthful Mike Myers does a wonderful job as the juvenile lead. Heartretching. *Sniff*

I don't think Buddy would be into "Hammy Hamster" as he hasn't shown too much interest in food shows.

Posted by: Boko999 | May 19, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Best wishes to Scotty and chez Nuke. If the interior ever coalesces, even a small yard might have space for, say,
1. A Chinese windmill palm
2. A North Carolina blue palmetto
3. A needle palm (not compatible with bouncy kids or dogs--the base of the plant looks like a porcupine)
4. Or a mini Japanese courtyard garden
5. Or a small pot with an ivy plant.
6. A trellis for viny veggies?
7. Crocuses (if neighborhood squirrels haven't figured out they're edible).

Posted by: Dave of the Coonties | May 19, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Still no luck, dmd. I even downloaded and ran something called Picasa2 (whatever that is) and I still couldn't see the pix. The page came up, but the pix just show the box with the little x thingamabob in the corner. The graphics people in my office say the pix links are bad. I dunno one way or the other. Any of you other IT types got a notion?

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 19, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

The link worked for me, Mudge. Not that that helps you any, sorry.

Posted by: bia | May 19, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Ru Roh

Posted by: Anonymous | May 19, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the good wishes, all. It's gonna be a lovely little home, eventually. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | May 19, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I ache all over.

Saturday, after brunch, I went for a walk and watched a little bit of tennis, then no basketball. Court was empty. Started off for home, when I felt a pull into a little general 5 and dime type store. Bought a basketball and went back. Spent the next hour practicing throwing my ball at the backboard. It really annoyed me when I missed (often) and had to go running all over the court, chasing my ball. Almost as bad were the occasions the ball would go into the basket (ha ha), not as often. I really overexerted my self and was completely wiped when done.

I ache all over...

On the pix (mine):

The Snapdragons I got for myself (my orchids from last week, didn't even last a week, sob).

The Pink Carnations were for a girl friend.

The tree lined street is where I'd like to live. Such big beautiful majestic trunks.

Posted by: omni | May 19, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Ruh Roh rindeed, Rooby! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | May 19, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

omni-it's amazing how sore you can get from just throwing a basketball. I relearn this about every 6-8 months when I think I can still play as we did when Frostson was still at home. Then every evening meant a driveway game with Mr. F, Frostson, and I playing with all the neighbor kids.

The Mn legislative session is now over, as mandated by the constitution they must be done by the Monday following the third Sat. in May which means it's always a midnight Sunday kind of thing. Most troubling-a local property tax cap, with no reduction in state mandates or increases in state aid.

Posted by: frostbitten | May 19, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

All of a sudden my sweet tooth's calling...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24707718/?GT1=43001

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | May 19, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Plus I haven't touched a basketball since I was a kid, about thirty years ago. Wasn't good then, haven't improved with age. But, still, it was fun. May do it again next Sat.

The strange thing with me and physical exertion: I don't feel the ache the next day, but the day after the next...OK that sentence needs work, but you know what I mean right. If I workout on day one I feel the aches and pain on day three. Day two I feel just fine. How weird is that?

Posted by: omni | May 19, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

My new favorite word is Boko's 10:20 "heartwretching". What is that, like when something is so syrupy-sweet that it makes your heart puke? Or does it just give your heart the dry-heaves?

Posted by: Gomer | May 19, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

make that 30 plus. like maybe 35...

Posted by: omni | May 19, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I found this link to Mr. Dressup, which sounds like another fabulous Canadian children's show.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdJ1oGh3QGo

Haven't had a chance to upload the rest of the pictures yet. I got back safe and sound last night after a nice trip with dbG as far as Minneapolis, where we split up for our respective planes home. We tried to find the Larry Craig Memorial Mens' Room, but had no luck.

I can't say enough how wonderful Yoki and Himself and their daughters were as hosts. It was amazing. And meeting dr and Kerric was also a dream come true.

The most-repeated phrase? "See you in October!" That means ALL OF YOU.

I'll say it again... I love this place.

Posted by: TBG | May 19, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Scotty, someday you and NukeSpouse will laugh about all this. (Of course, you'll be 90 and on serious meds at the time, but yes, you'll laugh.)

omni, it may be an age thing (tho' I know you didn't want to hear that), but it is pretty common to ache not on Day 2 but on Day 3. Happens to me and/or my wife all the time. What makes me think it's an age thing is I don't remember that phenomenon when I was young; back then I seemed to ache on Day 2.

Scotty's sweettooth link above refers to a tractor-trailer crash in Illinois somewhere, where the driver fell asleep and spilled his rig's load of Oreo cookies all over the road. (Man, what a problem for the 10-second rule.) The story didn't say so, but I'd assume the truck was coming from the factory. It used to be that Nabisco had a major Orea manufacturing plant up on Roosevelt Boulevard (a.k.a. U.S. Route 1) in far northern Fulldulfya a few short blocks from dbG's home. dbG, do they still make Oreos there? If so, one might postulate that the drive who fell asleep in Illinois drove straight from Philly without stopping. No wonder he piled her up.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 19, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

As a young driver, my mom got T-boned by a syrup truck. The gooey, sweet cargo was all over the road. I think I'd eat an Oreo off the ground, but not syrup.

Little bit gritty.

Posted by: Gomer | May 19, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

You're probably right Mudge, cause I don't remember this as a kid. Always second day till somewhere around thirty then it became a third day thing.

Just got back from a walk and the escalator from the Metro lobby to the Plaza lobby was off. Grrr, those big steps.

I wish it was three already. I'm in serious mood for a Margarita.

Posted by: omni | May 19, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Gomer;

If they tried to clean that syrup out by hand, you know what they'd call the cleaners?

The Little Bitty Gritty Committee.

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | May 19, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

DMD -- thanks for the lilac romp. Next time, can you turn on the smell-o-vision? Thanks.

BC -- sometimes we have the thinking problem along WITH the writing problem.

Dibs on Kerric meeting my CPdot; heck, DR, let's just be old school and arrange the match.

Windy day, with such energy about. Wish I were outside. Please, June, arrive soon.


Posted by: College Parkian | May 19, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Omni, it's an age thing. After 40 - day 3.

Posted by: DandyLion | May 19, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I won't pile on too much about Kerric, but I will point out that Yoki's #2 did come down on Sunday morning AFTER she'd put on her makeup.

Posted by: TBG | May 19, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm waaayy past 40, and I hurt the day after and the day after and the day after. Now that's being old!

Posted by: slyness | May 19, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

"Court Upholds Law That Prohibits Promotion of Child Pornography"

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/19/AR2008051900948.html

A blow delivered to the First Ammendment, or useful guidance - finally - to those investigating and prosecuting purveyors of child p0rn?

Please feel free to discuss.

bc

Posted by: bc | May 19, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Slyness, by the time I make it to retirement, if I make it, I have and idea that I'll wake up in the morning, do a full system check, and seperate the aches into old pains, pains that I might expect, and new pains.

Off to the gym now. Why does it have to hurt?

Posted by: DandyLion | May 19, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

SCC: "Amendment."

Oy vey.

My problems with thinking and writing resurface.

bc

Posted by: bc | May 19, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

haha. TBG is a very noticing woman. I must say, having Kerric and #2 at the same breakfast table was stunning; there should not be that many beautiful eyes in one place!

We had *such* a good time with our Boodle friends. Many of you have met TBG, and some of you have met dbG, so you already know they are more wonderful in person than even in our imaginations. dr is fabulous, and Kerric too. I feel bad about all this fantasy surrounding Kerric, 'cause he's a jewel among young men and certainly can arrange his own life.

Thank you all for traveling all the way out here. It was a dream come true for me to have you with us, and see us in our natural habitat. We were quite bereft when everybody pulled out!

Posted by: Yoki | May 19, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

*thinking aloud but mainly to himself: "Hmmm. Wonder if Kerric would be interested in a cute 25-year-old mildly psychotic Korean-born girl who won't move out of my house, won't clean up her room, and who steals my liquor."*

*query to self: is this simply a marketing problem, or is it the nature of the product itself that is inherently defective? Alternatively put, I wonder how much it would cost me for Kerric to take her off my hands? Probably waaaay too much; he seems like a level-headed guy, so I'm SOL*

*May have to fall back on Plan B*

*sigh. There is no Plan B*

*Yet*

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 19, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

If the committee is a municipal one, they'd be the City Little Bitty Gritty Committee.

And if they do a poor job, that's right, the $h1tty City Little Bitty Gritty Committee.

Posted by: Gomer | May 19, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

*wondering if the qualifier "mildly" violates some obscure truth-in-advertising proviso*

*not feeling much guilt if it does*

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 19, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

If the truck didn't want anybody to know about it, the $h1tty City Little Bitty Gritty Committee would have to clean up the mess syruptitously.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 19, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

SCC: the truck owner

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 19, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I could tell on Sunday I would be in pain on Monday, but it hadn't set in yet.

I just wanna lie down a drink a Margarita. Or two, or three...Alero, here I come (Don't think they'll like the lying down part). Be there in about 15 minutes Metro willing

Posted by: omni | May 19, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

It only hurts when nobody Boodles... *SIGH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | May 19, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Am I missing some important meeting that, say, started at 2:30?

Posted by: TBG | May 19, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I know it's Monday, but howzabout a new kit? We seem to have used up all of our topics of conversation.

Posted by: Gomer | May 19, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

OK, who blocked all my refreshes until I posted??? *stamping foot* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | May 19, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

* Oh crap. Forgot to tell TBG about the emergency meeting at 2:30*

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 19, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Gomer, we could always talk about...

No, wait, that was Friday.

How about -- no, that was last month.

We could -- ah, forget it.

*faxin' a Kit request to the Powers That Be*

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | May 19, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Well, I guess we could talk about this WaPo article:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/19/AR2008051901219.html?hpid=moreheadlines

No, maybe that isn't such a good idea after all.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 19, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I guess I only missed the meeting that explained how to Refresh properly. I was doing so, but I guess my browser didn't get the word.

Posted by: TBG | May 19, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

...although if they're gonna use my tax dollars this way, at least they coulda added a few pictures....

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 19, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

...a couple artists' reconstruction drawings woulda been OK...

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 19, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I figure that Caitlin and Rachel are worn out from all the running around in a deer costume they did yesterday. I suppose we can cut them some slack. But hey, there's a kit idea! "Our Experiences Running Around In A Deer Costume" I'm looking forward to reading it.

Posted by: bia | May 19, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

...one measly little WAV file ...

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 19, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

OK.... this is weird... when I refresh AGAIN, or even open the page in a different browser, I cannot bring up anything past DandyLion's 2:21 comment.

What's going on?

Posted by: TBG | May 19, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Say, wasn't the Boss going to be gone for two weeks, and isn't that two weeks up?

Who's going to meet his plane to make sure he's ready to provide new kits?

Posted by: slyness | May 19, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

So this is the trick to bring folks out of Lurker Mode. Your Boodle will only refresh if you post.

Posted by: TBG | May 19, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I've been having those kinda problems intermittently for about a month, TBG. I now refresh only using CTRL-F5.

Even the nature of my refresh has changed: it used to be that when I refreshed, it brought me back to the last entry I'd read, with all the new stuff below it. Now when I refresh, it throws me automatically to the bottom, no matter where'd I'd been right before. Very irritating.

I noticed all this happened immediately after that long blackout we had. I figured Hal the Schemer and the WaPo IT folks had jiggered the system and screwed up its protocols somehow when they did whatever they did to fix things.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 19, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I've been having those kinda problems intermittently for about a month, TBG. I now refresh only using CTRL-F5.

Even the nature of my refresh has changed: it used to be that when I refreshed, it brought me back to the last entry I'd read, with all the new stuff below it. Now when I refresh, it throws me automatically to the bottom, no matter where'd I'd been right before. Very irritating.

I noticed all this happened immediately after that long blackout we had. I figured Hal the Schemer and the WaPo IT folks had jiggered the system and screwed up its protocols somehow when they did whatever they did to fix things.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | May 19, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Mudge... I think your refresh-to-the-bottom thing is a browser issue on your end. That started happening to me when Safari had a big update, but has reverted back in subsequent updates (actually it was refreshing me to the TOP of the page, which is a pain, too).

I think Joel said he'd be gone three weeks. Hope he's doing OK down there. Hasn't gotten eaten by any kind of strange wildlife or anything.

Posted by: TBG | May 19, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Having refresh trouble here too. Nothing new for 2 hours, in two different browsers, now things appear lively again.

I don't know which makes me feel older-that I'm sore from gardening which was only yesterday so at least it's not day 3, or that gardening makes me so sore. Sigh. There is not enough coffee in the world to get me through this grant draft. If I believed in paying people to do grant writing we'd hire someone else, but why when I'll do it for free?

Posted by: frostbitten | May 19, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I've been in and out lately. frosti, what is your proposal for? How much $$$ are you requesting?

Posted by: ScienceTim | May 19, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I do believe that is quite enough of this silliness, ladies. Once or twice and I'll take with a blush and a grin but let's not go too far here.

I might get an ego.

Posted by: Kerric | May 19, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, have you considered an intervention for the liquor-thief?

"We love and care for you, and that's why we're gathered here to tell you the cold truth... BUY YOUR OWN BOOZE."

Posted by: Wilbrod | May 19, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

a\errrg

Bethesda Metro down escalator was out of service again. My thighs in no condition to descend under own power. Fortunately elevator was working. Slowest damn elevator in world.

Margaritas did me much good. Now nursing a Boddingtons.

I expect I'll be in bed early tonight...

Posted by: omni | May 19, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I'll take issue with Jack. First, are we to assume to wisdom of the marketplace? Bwa-ha-ha-ha! Betamax.

Secondly, U.S. energy consumption is huge. If one single thing brings it down by simply 1% then that thing is huge. Such as all fluorescent home lighting. I'm also wary of searching for One Big Solution to energy, for a lot of reasons. It may not be there, and some viable solutions already extant simply don't work in some places but work exceedingly well in others. Tidal generators won't fly in Denver, but wind will. Geothermal heat exchange works very well in the Carolinas, not so well in Miami or Montana.

And if cargo were relegated to the rails where it once belonged, the highways would be free for smaller lighter commuter cars. Ever notice how many people drive SUVs because they perceive them as safer? No wonder, with huge speeding screaming semi's pulling trains of trailers behind them. Think of that: Were urging people to ride trains, and putting actual cargo trains on the highways! It's the subsidized trucking industry gone berserk.

Posted by: Jumper | May 19, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

My refresh problem is that almost half the time it only brings up the WaPo banner at the top, nothing else. This happens with MS IE and Mac Safari. I always remember to note the time of the last post so I can find my place again. Whenever I post something I'm always taken to the top of the Boodle.

Posted by: omni | May 19, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Got home from work and can't find any Boodle post past 2:21, so I'm posting to make it appear.

Hi all!

Posted by: TBG | May 19, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

That happens with an older Safari at work, Omni (only the banner showing up)... although once you post it will ALWAYS bring you back to the top.

Check to see if you've got the latest Safari update. It won't fix the current Refresh problem, which must be on the Post side since it's happening all around.

Sorry, Kerric.. didn't mean to make you blush. I trust you and your mom had a pleasant drive back north?

Posted by: TBG | May 19, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

I've experienced some weirdness with refreshing, but nothing like the tales related here. If I have repeated problems, normally shutting IE down and starting over helps.

Posted by: slyness | May 19, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry about it TBG. The drive back was good enough I guess. I was pretty incapacitated from my ear infection that got really bad as we were heading back. It's healing now that I finally went to see the doc.

Posted by: Kerric | May 19, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Omni, I remember that escalator all too well. I don't miss it, nor the Metro elevators. They seriously should have built more than 1 per station long ago.

Jumper, you have a point, but cargo trains don't go to every point nor deliver right up to the storefronts. (Subways are a better delivery system in cities, considering that every person riding it is one less car on the road).

Semis and trucks will still be needed and thus a continual safety issue in metropolian areas.

The solution would be to segregate small commuter car lanes from trucks and buses, and vice versa, but that'll require a lot more highway money than this area has.

If the money is there, I suggest something better: bicycle lanes, complete with meridians between them and the road proper, specific traffic lights for those, etc.

I'd suggest starting with bicycle lanes or trails that are segregated from cars and have their own crossing lights, as well as a speed bump.

This also will improve bicyclists' safety.

I know a guy who is an avid bicyclist and he had one of his fellow bicyclists delibrately driven down by a car.

Needless to say, I refuse to ride in the direction of traffic because I cannot hear or see cars from behind.

I don't care what the state law says, it's hazardous to require all bicyclists ride in direction of traffic on the road. Those are slower-moving, fragile vehicles that can easily be plowed down by careless drivers who are speeding or yakking on the cell phones. I'm lucky to have survived such a hit and run as a kid.

I would like to see DC become much more bicycle-friendly; it would cut down on pollution.

However, it would be a challenge in traffic design.

I know some busy intersections that are nearly impossible to cross on foot because they have separate lights for right, left, and straight routes. This is for traffic efficiency, but I've gotten stranded on the meridian for over a minute, and it was 120 degrees from all the blacktop on a 90 degree day.

I would also suggest studying the urban heat sink effect and seeing whether it couldn't be improved by manufacturing asphalt to be less black to begin with.

This would cut down on air conditioner use in the cities of the South (regional solution) in summer-- a energy cost far exceeding heating costs in winter.


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I think this is the quietest day I can remember on the boodle for a long time.

DandyLion, good for you, going to the gym even though it hurts. You know what the Marines say--pain is the feeling of weakness leaving your body. I know you are strong.

Getting older is interesting in terms of becoming aware of the vulnerability of the physical plant, as it were. When I was young I was never afraid of hurting myself. Now I consider it all the time. You have to balance the danger of action against the danger of inaction.

It's been so long since the last comment that I halfway think this won't post. Or is it just that my "refresh" isn't working? Well, here goes, anyway.

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