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Black Gold, Texas Tea

Here's my story on the "gold rush" on traditional resources -- oil, gas and coal -- in Pennsylvania.

Check out Jahi's great photos. I'll post some of my own snapshots here on the blog later today.

Also, here's the final (print) version of my dead zones story.

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Olympics Update:

Women's gymnastics last night (OK, so I DVRed it again and watched it this morning) was high drama, and every American rooting for the obviously superior Liukin and her sparkplug sidekick Johnson had to be having flashbacks to 1972 and the U.S.-Soviet basketball game: Gosh it looked like the fix was in, at least for a while. What a crazy sport. This thing is a festival of subjectivity masquerading as an exact science (a small step is a .10 deduction, a large step is a .30 deduction). The judges sometimes just blow it -- failing to see that a routine was drab at best, or flamboyantly terrific. In the end they got it exactly right, no? So it all comes out in the wash.

But still: When you see the judges get on the phone right after a routine, apparently receiving marching orders from some unseen magistrate, it doesn't exactly boost your confidence in the integrity of the process. Who are they talking to? What's being discussed? At least in the NFL the viewer can look over the shoulder of the officials reviewing a play.

Which brings up, perhaps predictably (but let's go with it anyway), the need for gymnastics to start letting athletes play defense. Think your competitor is getting too many breaks on the judging? The next time she gets on the balance beam, take her down with a full-body block. Just fly in there and level her. And those uneven bars: Grab and shake until it's impossible for her to maintain a grip.

Sure, it sounds violent, but they can wear helmets and pads, and the refs can call infractions for low blows, clipping, face-masking, etc.

Maybe in London in 2012.

By Joel Achenbach  |  August 15, 2008; 9:34 AM ET
 
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Ahoyhoy!

Posted by: Jumper | August 15, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Great article, Joel. It really highlights the conflict between short-term local issues and long-term global ones.

The key question, clearly, is how does one discourage the use of fossil fuels when there is so much money to be made from them? And not just by Big Oil Companies, but from individuals who really need the money.

While making alternative energy sources cheaper than fossil fuels is the ideal scenario, I don't see this really happening anytime soon.

Which suggest that, barring some amazing technological advances, the only sensible "transitional phase" approach to work very hard to figure out more ecologically correct ways to use fossil fuels. I know that there are some promising fuel-cell technologies out there. Perhaps these need to be pushed more.

I mean, clearly, in the long term renewable resources are the way to go. But, of course, in the long term, we are all dead.

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 15, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Pennsyltuckians searching for natural gas. Maybe they can drill in Mianus.

Too early for the methane jokes?

Posted by: yellojkt | August 15, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Those pics are great as well. They really show the human element in all this. Plus, there is just something about the juxtaposition of green foliage, black oil, and red equipment that I find very vibrant.

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 15, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle. Just a fast drive-by shout-out with the wind whipping through my hair (metaphorically); we're moments away from hopping in the car and heading donnashore (firs stop en route: Balic Vineyard in Mays Landing, NJ, to restock my wife's favorite wine).

Brag, if I told you once, I told you ten times: stop scaring the sparrows in the treetops. Now you've torn up a perfectly good airplane wing all because you were looking for French girls sunbathing topless -- and NOT for the first time. Oh, don't think I don't know, young man!!!

In a verrrry little known news item, I saw in the paper this morning that tennis brat John McEnroe (whom I always despised), who is age 49, was kicked out of an old-timers Hall of Fame tgennis match for no less than THREE countsd of bad behavior, including swearing at the umpire. Ah, John, John, John. I look forward to the day Satan kicks you out of the 9th circle of Hell.

Can't believe I'm three kits behind. Only been gone one damn day, Joel, Sheesh.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 15, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of green/red juxtapositions...

Sneaks, I don't imagine you saw the ESPN broadcast of the Sox game Wednesday? Their sideline reporter, Erin Andrews, had her Xmas elf outfit on. Xmas green "jacket," Xmas red dress, wide black belt with a large buckle. I'm surprised she didn't have a tassled hat on. *L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 15, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Everyday I hear trains rolling out of west by god heading east loaded with coal. This has been going on for the last 150 years. i guess eventually the supply may run out,but I don't think it will be anytime soon. With all the world's need for coal, it is still a booming business.

My mother told me about heating her home with coal.She said it was messy but a constant warm soothing heat. Many of the old houses in towns in west by god and penciltucky still have coal bin doors that lead to the basement and where the furnace used to warm the home. I think that is so neat and hope that folks appreciate the old ways of heating.

Cool in WV today,last nights fog was as beautiful as it was eerie.

Have a Pleasant day everyone.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | August 15, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

The Drakes were one of the founding families of ancient Windsor, Conn. It should come as no surprise then that "Colonel" Edwin L. Drake is on the family tree, on the Porter branch.

John Drake, immigrant, & Hannah Moore
Enoch Drake & Sarah Porter
Nathaniel Drake & Rebecca Barber

(These first three unions are listed in Henry R. Stiles' "History of Ancient Windsor, Vol. II," (see Drake) then another researcher has done the rest--the researcher seems to be working with a Drake genealogy since family menbers are numbered.)

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~dav4is/ODTs/DRAKE.shtml

Josiah Drake and Hannah Wilson
Joel Drake and Althea Cross
Eli Drake & Armitta Buell
Lyman Drake & Laura Lee
Col. Edwin Laurentine Drake
(The 1860 census records show his place of residence in 1860 as Titusville.)

Drake only got the "job" of going to Pennsylvania to drill because he was on disability leave from his most recent job as a conductor on the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad, the same railway that my grandfather Thomas Benton Loomis worked for as a carpenter and bridge builder for 30 years. Since Drake had a free rail pass, it didn't cost much for him to travel to the Oil Region of northwest Pennsylvania amd follow up on Bissel's lead.

Daniel Yergin in "The Prize" also points out that California's oil fields prompted the development and rapid advancement of the study of petroleum geology. How far it has come in 100 years' time--not without the help of supercomputing, I might add.


Posted by: Loomis | August 15, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Hmm. Full Body Ultimate Gymnastics - Extreme. I like it. It certainly would remove the advantage those diminutive little pixie girls have. Sure, they can do those fancy twirly tricky things - but can they handle a good boot to the head?

I think not.

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 15, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Texas women advised not to swear in Wal-Mart:

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/5942630.html?SprawlMart&loc=interstitialskip

Posted by: Loomis | August 15, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Modest proposal: Put live sharks in the pool. That'll slow down Phelps. Or speed him up.

Even better: Suspend the balance beam over the shark-infested natatorium. Then the penalty for a fall gets really interesting.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 15, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Sharks with frikkin' lasers attached to their heads...

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 15, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Scotty. I was going to go for that but decided to pass off for the assist.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 15, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

So yello is Jason Kidd and I'm...

Jeez, that metaphor just doesn't even get airborne... *L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 15, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

What most caught my interest in the story is the use of horizontal drilling. This tech was in its infancy when I was in the business, now I believe the same tech might be used to vastly enable geothermal heat recovery - and also heat sinks for heat pumps in cooling. This same technology is going to be used in the exploitation of the Bakken formation in and around N. Dakota.
http://www.usgs.gov:80/newsroom/article.asp?ID=1911
Needless to say I hope natural gas is truly transitional unless the same technology can be used to sequester the CO2 right back in the same places its extracted from. That would be slick. As usual, Wikipedia has a fair summary of the history of this tech:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horizontal_drilling
The article does not well explain true horizontal drilling nor how the exposing of far more borehole also increases the success of "fracking" - inducing fractures through high pressure treatments which inject acids and/or sand grains into fractures to permanently increase the permeability of the hydrocarbon-rich zones. My hope is that again this tech can be used as well to increase the heat-exchange abilities in geothermal applications.

The photos take me back to one job in Ohio, when the lease was obtained from some Amish landowners. They only would sign with a proviso that Sunday the drilling would be shut down! This was unheard of in my business, but I sure enjoyed the Sundays off. The landowners relented in one small way: they allowed one man to monitor the idling but still circulating mud pumps (a very non-demanding job, except for theoretical breakdowns, which didn't ever happen.)

Posted by: Jumper | August 15, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Here's the plan. We get the S'nuke and we hold the world ransom for... ONE MILLION DOLLARS!

Posted by: DNA Girl | August 15, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

*whispering quickly in DNA Girl's ear*

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 15, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Okay then, we hold the world ransom for... One... Hundred... BILLION DOLLARS!

Posted by: DNA Girl | August 15, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Hey, watch the fracking language around here. This is a family blog.

Posted by: Starbuck | August 15, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Being the target of Mudges wrath while he is on vacation is distressing. Sigh --Watching BC messing about with dope and fabric.

No messing about here, will be flying again tomorrow.

Posted by: Brag | August 15, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

College Parkian
I hope you will enjoy the read

Posted by: Brag | August 15, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

More commonly I guess it's "fraccing." I guess "fracking" is used in "fracking up" as in "I'm fracking up" (cracking up - with emphasis)

Posted by: Jumper | August 15, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Still too low, DNA. Bushco has held us up for about 30 times that amount.

Posted by: Jumper | August 15, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Is that Starbuck the one I went to grad school with?

Posted by: dbG | August 15, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Frakkin' A!

Posted by: Sue-Shaun | August 15, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Remember James Joyce
If you see Kay, or Mailer
and those Fugged by war

Posted by: AHat | August 15, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

dbG,
Which Starbuck did you to grad school with? Faceman or Sarah Corvus?

Posted by: yellojkt | August 15, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Howdy. Here in Energy Country we are all talking about horizontal drilling, shale, natural gas and other petroleum products and increasingly exotic methods for their extraction. However, we're also beginning a significant state policy discussion about wind power (and, to a lesser extent, solar power). In addition to policy makers, our local energy industry guys are seeing the importance of diversifying out of oil, if we want to have a viable economy in the not-too-distant future.

I never thought I would say this but at the moment I am a big T. Boone Pickens fan. To have an oilman going around oil country preaching that we can't drill our way out of this is like Nixon in China. Pickens has done a lot of things I don't approve of, particularly in politics, but as long as he's serious about pushing a comprehensive energy policy involving alternative sources I'll let bygones be bygones.

This also happened to me when Bill Gates began using his ill-gotten gains from the evil Microsoft for good.

Posted by: Ivansmom | August 15, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Ahhh, oil & gas... Takes me back. I spent a couple of summers in college working for the local drilling company in southern WV. Clearing pipeline right of way, laying pipe to new well locations the old fashioned way (40 foot lengths of 3" diameter screw together pipe- picture 6-8 men hanging off six foot pipe wrenches to screw the things together). Also got to help with well bailing. The gas wells in that field would collect a mix of salt water and low grade crude, which would prevent the gas from bubbling through. We'd set up a derrick over the well, and use a huge winch mounted on the back of a WWII-surplus deuce-and-half to repeatedly lower and raise a piece of pipe welded shut at the bottom- basically a big thin bucket used to bail out the crap at the bottom of the well. And as the College Boy I was the fellow to dump the bailer into drums, getting soaked in crude during the course of a day, day after day. Ah, the memories.

Nowadays, decades later, when I get into a conversation about global warming, and start talking about how James Gleik's book "Chaos" discusses the chaotic nature of weather prediction and the mathematical meaning of a chaotic system (more unpredictable than the mind can grasp), and someone always asks me if I've ever gotten a paycheck from the oil industry, and I say, yes, they get all smug on me. Go figure.

Posted by: Les | August 15, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

'Nother thought, catching up on the above paragraphs.... They put one new well in a summer I was working for 'em. At the end of the summer they brought Halliburton out with their frac trucks. Maybe one compressor truck and a couple of sand/water trucks- medium sized Macs, I think. Hooked 'em up to the well head and let fly. But the part I remember was that the well location was a recently bulldozed location up a hill and holler. And it had rained recently. So they got the trucks up the hill by taking a Cat dozer up 100 yards or so, parking the dozer, let out the winch cable, College Boy clambers through mud to hook winch to truck bumper, dozer winches truck up 100 yards, repeat.

Last time I was at my alma mater of the late lamented WV Tech the 100+ car coal trains were still rumbling through Montgomery.

Posted by: Les | August 15, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

I had a summer job back in OK working for a "pipeline company" -- my job consisted primarily in photocopying documents and doing basic filing; the company could have been manufacturing widgits or hoopskirts for all I knew. But I was highly amused by the name of the company: "General Corrosion Corporation" -- what P.R. genius thought that up? I didn't fully trust my memory so I googled it, and sure enough, here it is (although the location in my home town is gone now.)

http://www.generalcorrosioncorp.com/IndustriesSubPages/Pipeline.html

Posted by: kbertocci | August 15, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

That amuses me, kbert, because I think I would have known right away that General Corrosion was involved in pipelines. I'll bet they were pigging experts, too.

To this day I get a chuckle when I see promotional materials for pigging conferences.

Posted by: Yoki | August 15, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Slyness

I hope you have a good day. You've had a lot of stuff going in your life, and so much of it sad. Where are those twins? I'll bet they can get a smile out of you.

As for me and the sleep, I usually get enough because I go to bed early, with the exception of church work. Of course, there are times I simply cannot sleep. The thought process won't go off, and my mind is flying from one thing to another. Yet with a limited supply of live brain cells, this doesn't happen from often.

Ivansmom

I like your thinking on the Microsoft thing with Mr. Gates, but I wonder will it be enough in the end? At some point in the forward time zone, people will ask, Bill who? Yet I'm not knocking the benefit that millions are receiving because of his change of heart. And my prayer is that God will remember all people for good.

Mudge

I don't know what the ninth circle of Hell is but I had to laugh at your statement concerning McEnroe. I thought he was a changed man, but perhaps playing the game brings out those traits you described.

Posted by: cassandra s | August 15, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

"very often", that's what I mean about living brain cells.

I keep thinking why can't we as Americans come up with some alternate form of energy to run our cars and other stuff. I know there are some alternatives now, but I mean something that is really powerful but without all the stuff that oil brings to the environment and our fragile existence. I'll bet it is right in our face and we just aren't looking deep enough. I'm not a scientist and my knowledge of science is very limited, but I'll bet it is something that we would never think of. I believe our dependency on oil will be our demise because of shortage and the potential to bring on wars and more wars.

I know, a depressing thought, but there it is.

Posted by: cassandra s | August 15, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I don't think it will be something brand new or currently unknown, because the chance that such a thing even exists is remote. The solution is more likely to be hydrogen fuel cells, or some other known but un-commercialized technology that becomes commercial under the new normal.

Posted by: Yoki | August 15, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Solar powered regenerative fuel cells. Requires technological breakthroughs in both photovoltaics and catalytic electrolysis. Someday everybody will be off the grid in the same sense that with the internet, everybody is off the mainframe. Everything else is just barking up the wrong tree.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 15, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Happy Friday, everybody...

Regarding those gymnasts... why stop at full contact? Why not install beds of nails and spikes and other sharp things all around whatever contraption they're playing on?

And get rid of the mats. Mats are for sissies. Let'em tumble and roll around on a mixture of gravel and broken glass.

Can you tell I'm still mad at the Olympics for taking over my TV news routine?

Oh well... time to get back to work.

Peace out...

Posted by: martooni | August 15, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Florida's Grids are unreliable in windstorms, but the alternatives may not be much better. I can imagine smashed photovoltaics by the acre.

Posted by: Dave of the Coonties | August 15, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure about the debris field in gymnastics, Martooni, but I do like the idea of the shark-filled swimming pool. For track & field and fencing, you could have a shark-filled moat outside the lanes and fencing strip.

Posted by: Ivansmom | August 15, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

DotC,
Got a point there, but the clearness factor in South Florida makes that an otherwise ideal location. Perhaps remote hurricane shutters over the array interlocked with a wind velocity sensor.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 15, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Piranha pit at the long jump.

Electrified bar on the pole vault and high jump.

Shotput with live hand grenades.

Track and field could be a blast.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 15, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Sharks or piranha in the water hazards would make steeplechase much more challenging.

Or maybe fill the water with some of these dudes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candiru

Posted by: PlainTim | August 15, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

//Piranha pit at the long jump.

Electrified bar on the pole vault and high jump.

Shotput with live hand grenades.

Track and field could be a blast.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 15, 2008 1:35 PM//

Of course I had my mouth full of coffee!

Posted by: nellie | August 15, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I like the way you think OlympicTim, except candiru are over the line unless Public Urination becomes an Olympic sport. I figure they could award medals in distance, accuracy, and duration, giving "swordfighting" a whole new meaning.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 15, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

nellie,
Send the drycleaning/keyboard repair bill to The Bunker. That's why we carry insurance for those sorts of things.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 15, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Dang. My humor of dubious taste has once again killed the Boodle. My apologies.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 15, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I nudged gently with my foot. No response. It's truly dead.

Posted by: Maggie O'D | August 15, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

How about a big foot!

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hhwCB7TKbWTNMtXT8I9EfKkgbgYQD92ISO8G4

Posted by: dmd | August 15, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Maybe this link will work.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/08/14/bigfoot.body/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

Posted by: dmd | August 15, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Shades of Boggy Creek. Looks like someone found a discarded Wookie costume.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 15, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Woman: WHAT body?

Tiger: Somebody... in this room... must the murderer be. The murderer of the body is somebody in this room, which nobody must leave...

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 15, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Without revealing his given name, I will say he's over 6'5" and still a good enough friend that he may be lurking on my suggestion.

Posted by: dbG | August 15, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, how could they ship a 500 lbs, 7 foot 7 creature across the country?

I can't even get a decent sized bottle of shampoo in my luggage! :-)

Posted by: dmd | August 15, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

At over 6'5", I'd say he can take any name he darn well pleases!

dmd, I have a theory... Ever see "Weekend at Bernie's?"

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 15, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I was thinking more like National Lampoon, with Grandma on the roof in the rocking chair.

Posted by: dmd | August 15, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Hey, guys, y'all quit pokin' fun at my boss, ya hear? You won't like him when he gets angry.

Posted by: Don from I-270 | August 15, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Don, as long as he doesn't turn green...

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 15, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Naw, looks more like the technician who did my last mammogram.

Posted by: Vintage Lady | August 15, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Everyone please quit -- no one is going to top Vintage Lady.

Posted by: nellie | August 15, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Vintage Lady, I'll bet your last mammogram tech was formerly a refrigerator installer; probably liked slamming the door shut, hard.

Posted by: Don from I-270 | August 15, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

"It" won the flatten contest that day.

Posted by: Vintage Lady | August 15, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Vintage Lady - too funny!

More for your Friday files - this goes under, Are you Nuts?

http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSN1538661720080815?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews

Posted by: dmd | August 15, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Don. I don't know if you caught one of my last infrequent posts, so I'll repeat myself. I'm very optimistic about my bro's prognosis. The MD's caught his condition early and the treatment protocol is supposed to be 98% effective. The MD's caught it early as a result of a lower threshold indicated by the PSA test.

Slyness, my thought are with you and your family...*hug*.

I'm aghast at the video review of seemingly everything at the Olympics. If a judge cant catch a fault in gymnastics or swimming the old fashioned way, they shouldn't be judging. I was particularly amazed when a Chinese swimmer got DQ'd, *after* the race had finished for a false start. Back in the day, the false start would have stopped the race with a volley from the starter's pistol.

Posted by: jack | August 15, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Your links re coming up blank, dmd. If this is the article you're referring to, you're right. Bad move.

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN1538661720080815

Posted by: jack | August 15, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

IT! IT! Emergencia! The links won't work...

Posted by: jack | August 15, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

yeah - what happened to our hyperlinks?

Posted by: mo | August 15, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

The screws are tightening. All this rampant linking had to be stopped.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 15, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Where's our union steward when we need him?

Posted by: yellojkt | August 15, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2008/08/hitchens200808

Posted by: testing... | August 15, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

unbelievable. that's what we get for asking one too many times for italics. next they'll be taking our capital letters...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 15, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

WOW! i mean...

WOW!

i had a kayaking mishap once that turned me upside down and i couldn't right myself up and was so panicked that i forgot to pull the "skirt" and was certain i was going to drown. THAT'S a scary feeling!

Posted by: mo | August 15, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

WTF!?!
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/5942630.html?SprawlMart

Posted by: Boko999 | August 15, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Jerry Wexler (Atlantic Records) has passed away:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/15/AR2008081502076.html?hpid=topnews
(Gotta try the link!)

Posted by: mostlylurking | August 15, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Mo, that has to be dead scary. Did you learn how to do a barrel roll? I don't plan to kayak unless I can master the upright move first.

I felt the same way the first time I did a dive as I got completely disoriented under water. Hard to enjoy diving after that.

Posted by: Wilbrod | August 15, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Aaaaccckkkk!!! It's not right!!!

Posted by: mostlylurking | August 15, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

An article raising the issue about McCain having senior moments..

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2008/08/the_real_reason_mccains_age_mi.html

As for me, I'll be waiting for the day McCain refers to the war in Vietnam instead of Iraq to be CERTAIN.

Posted by: Wilbrod | August 15, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Just saw a clip of McCain on Newshour re: Georgia

"...in the 21st century nations don't invade other nations ..."

Yup, he's definitely living in the past, or has Alzheimers since 2000.

Posted by: DNA Girl | August 15, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Hey I'm 40 something and I have senior moments, not that i'mendorsing McCain or anything, just look at the damn caps lock

Posted by: GREENWITHENVY | August 15, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

gwe, le petit prince
lover of stars, fish, flowers
who would not be king

Posted by: Anonymous | August 15, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

greenwithenvy - I am 46, and I have real live witnesses to the fact that over lunch I had to momentarily struggle with the word "mutilate."

BTW - I snuck into the kitchen of the Padouk household earlier today, found October 4 on out calendar, and wrote "super important party that I absolutely must attend."

So that's taken care of.

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 15, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, everyone, I'm home after a pleasant trip to see my sister-in-law. She's doing well and fortunately school starts on Tuesday.

Funny story:

Eight year old niece says to me, "Aunt slyness, why did you give us sippy cups for Christmas?"

Me (confused): "I gave you sippy cups? I don't remember that! Why would I give you sippy cups? Let me see!"

Niece runs to kitchen and brings back two Nalgene bottles, one pink, the other blue. They are small and have fold-down straws for drinking.

Me: "Niece, those are water bottles, not sippy cups!"

Niece was much comforted by the revelation. Obviously she was offended, and rightly so. No wonder she didn't want to talk to me! Whew!

When I related this to their cousins, my kids, older dottir says, "I gave those bottles to them!"

So, thank heavens, it wasn't MY mistake!

Cassandra and CP, thanks for your thoughts. Twins are fine, but I haven't seen them this week. Their dad called to chat yesterday. I may run out to see them the first of the week.

Posted by: slyness | August 15, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

RD... glad to hear you've got your priorities straight.

So McCain said "...in the 21st century nations don't invade other nations ..." ?

Jon Stewart showed a clip of Condi Rice saying that last night. I guess that's the memo that came out this week.

"Obama's inexperienced." CHECK
"We are all Georgians." CHECK
"Only WE invade other countries." CHECK
D'oh!

Posted by: TBG | August 15, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Glad you got to see some family Slyness. Kids are funny, at least their memories are faulty too, makes us older ones feel better. I realized today that I have been so busy with #2 this summer that I have only seen my granddaughters once. Usually we have them stay overnight at least once and do something fun with them. Not going to happen this year. Maybe in the fall, although then we’ll all be busy with wedding preparations for #2. I guess it is just #2’s turn. Up til now, most of my time and energy has been spent on #1 and the girls.

Very tired and planning to turn in early. Sox game was rained out which is puzzling to “S” because it hasn’t rained a drop here 30 miles south. But the radar is looking ominous.

Posted by: Bad Sneakers | August 15, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Is Bigfoot part of the mythic stories of all native Americans? Is it part of any? I always thought Bigfoot was only "seen" in Washington state, or Wash/Oregon/lower Canada/etc.

Posted by: nellie | August 15, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

TBG - You mentioned earlier a fondness for Gerswhin's "Rhapsody in Blue." So this is your task. Copy this link (since hyperlinks do not seem to be working) and observe it comulsively until no thought of air travel enters your mind.

You will have then arrived.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0o6QKpNK9Cc&eurl=http://www.avclub.com/content/feature/primer_woody_allen/2

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 15, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

SCC: Gershwin and Compulsively.

Time to go to bed.

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 15, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Phelps win by a fingernail.....Wow!!!

Posted by: gwe | August 15, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

OMGGGG!!!!!!!!!
Anyone watching? I can't believe my eyes. How does he do it?!!!

Posted by: DNA Girl | August 15, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

S'nuke called it. It's sharks. With frikkin lasers.

Posted by: DNA Girl | August 15, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Yeti's everywhere.

Posted by: Jumper | August 15, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Normally, I'm too busy at home to boodle, but had to stop by just to say, "Yea, USA!!!" What was some French bozo saying the other day 'bout them coming to the games to crush us? Looks like the French have done again what they do best: shoot off their mouth, with nothing behind it.


Jack, great news about your brother. I couldn't be more happy for him. FWIW, these &^%$# PSA tests are like the engine oil indicator lights on older cars: if it goes on, you are already toast. Otherwise, they don't tell you squat.

Posted by: Don from I-270 | August 15, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

nellie, jumper is right. There have been comparable legends throughout most of the world for much of recorded history regarding some sort of large hairy beasts that skulks around scaring little children, etc etc.

Each region of the world has it's own name for them. The French call them Americans. YMMV

Posted by: Don from I-270 | August 15, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Jumper is correct. But for some light reading on the Iroquois legends:

http://www.bfro.net/legends/iroquoian.htm

The Stonish giants sound more like trolls than yetis, though. The description of the skins might reflect the genetic disease known as icthyosis.

Werewolf syndrome (or other forms of hyperhirsutism) also may have promoted legends of hairy creatures.

I did see a video of a supposedly live chupacabra running. It looked like a small dog-coyote mix to me, although the head was very oversized.

The hindquarters seemed overly muscled and somewhat deformed like a pit bull or a bulldog, which makes it unlikely it represents a separate species of canid, but rather a skeletal growth disorder from inbreeding.

(Could it have been a faked video with a dog running with a false head on? Sure. Or, it's an inbred canid that has some form of disproportionate dwarfism.).

I'd like to see if the so-called Bigfoot discoverers behave like hoaxers or like real discoverers. So far, their behavior is unpromising.

Posted by: Wilbrod | August 15, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Bigfoot in Georgia??? Yeah. They found some sort of Super Hog there too, and that was a wash. I think that the Bigfoot hunters have had their proverbial 15 minutes.

That Phelps touched out the other fellow was amazing. the mistake that the latter made was gliding in; Phelps took the extra stroke and powered to the touch pad. Dude.

Posted by: jack | August 15, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to Michael Phelps, the CBC has shown their first medal ceremony (that I have seen) the honour went to Mr. Phelps.

Great race I enjoyed watching him catch his competitors on the last lap and the fishish is a good lesson for all swimmers, push to the wall and do not lift your head.

Finally Canada will receive a medal one of our women's wrestlers will be in the gold medal match, so she will receive either a gold or silver.

Posted by: dmd | August 15, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Bigfoot!
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/15/AR2008081503205.html?hpid=artslot
Man! who wouldn't say they want as much as they can get if they really didn't have the real thing?

Posted by: Dmon | August 15, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

If you know what I mean?????

Posted by: Dmon | August 15, 2008 11:58 PM | Report abuse

And very close, it literally was on the nod as they say in horse racing.

At least Phelps gets nearly a day's rest before the final race-- the 4 x 100 team relay.

Posted by: Wilbrod | August 16, 2008 12:01 AM | Report abuse

I work with people that know Phelps in real life. They say he is just a big goofy klutz.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 16, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Like a fish out of water?
He certainly isn't a bull in the China shop.

I'll go to bed now.

Posted by: DNA Girl | August 16, 2008 1:29 AM | Report abuse

Well, I'm glad Cavic was a gentleman about the whole "out-touched" thing, and that his team's officials didn't drag their protest out. But c'mon, Phelps didn't set a world record this time, right? ;-)

But it's truly astounding he essentially passed the entire field in less than 50 meters. Frikkin' lasers indeed! And of course, someone in the comments section of the WaPo article had to claim a conspiracy... *SIGH*

Oh, the links aren't working? I thought they'd started using a new color scheme...

*wandering over to the server rack in the back of the bunker*

*humming tunelessly while fiddling with cables*

BZZZZAP!

Ow.

*somewhat-singed Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 16, 2008 5:47 AM | Report abuse

And it seems someone thought the Maryland State Police had a good idea...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/15/AR2008081503497.html?hpid=topnews

*SIGH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 16, 2008 5:50 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all. Looks like Scotty is singlehandedly holding down the fort/bunker/boodle this morning. Have a raseberry jelly filled donut, Scotty, you deserve it....

Posted by: Vintage Lady | August 16, 2008 7:04 AM | Report abuse

Looks like that those Bigfoot remains have failed DNA testing. Which makes sense, because everyone knows that Bigfoot actually looks like Andre the Giant in a fuzzy suit and cooperates with Steve Austin, the bionic man, protecting a secret alien lab. Or something like that. It's been a long time.

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 16, 2008 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all. It's a good day to sleep in. The photo of the Bigfoot remains on CNN were scary, but I'm not surprised about the DNA testing.

Decision of the day: mow the yard or wait till tomorrow, or even later?

Posted by: slyness | August 16, 2008 8:28 AM | Report abuse

My lawn is too brown to care. Time for a bike ride.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 16, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Bonjour les Boodlers!

It took me a while to figure this out. They just had an election in Georgia. Georgian soldiers voted with their feet. No one wants to die defending the madman Saakashvili.

Posted by: Brag | August 16, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

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

Morning, friends. Someone stole my neighbor's swing last night. I mean they just took the swing part and left the thing it was hanging on. These folks will steal anything they can get a buck for. He called the police, but I doubt seriously they find the guilty. My neighbor placed the swing out from his front porch under a tree so folks could sit there and cool off. He invited anyone to use it, and people that walk to the store not far from here would sit and cool off. My neighbor made them feel welcome to do that. I used to sit there waiting for the school bus to pick up the g-girl. I want to plant some collards, but don't know if I should do that, they may pull them up.

The g-girl and I went to a funeral yesterday. A classmate's father's passed and I had not seen this classmate since high school. I had the g-girl's cell phone in my purse, but don't know how to cut the thing off. I'm terrible with electronic stuff. Anyway the phone rang just as the pastor was closing out the service, and I didn't hear it but the people around me did. I got the phone and told the g-girl to cut it off. While I'm trying to get this phone off, when I look up the pastor is standing right there beside me. I apologize and tell her I did not hear the phone. And then, I get up and leave. I am horrified. When we get to the car, the g-girl steps in an ant hill, and her screams could be heard across town. I get the ants off her, and head out. By the time I get to my dad's house I am totally depleted of energy and a sane mind. I'm babbling.

Never a dull moment with that child.


Yoki
You're probably right about the alternative fuel. I guess it is just wishful thinking on my part, the chance of something else being out there. A dream, perhaps.

Scotty, Martooni, Slyness, Mudge, morning to all.*waving*

Time to find breakfast. Have a great weekend everyone.

Posted by: cassandra s | August 16, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Poor Cassandra! Such a day. Though, sorry to say, the ant-hill story is sort of funny to me. #2 has never liked any sort of bug, and once screamed blue murder when a spider lowered itself right in front of her eyes.

Posted by: Yoki | August 16, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like a rough day, cassandra. Let's hope today is better. And if any of your other neighbors get a new swing you know where it came from.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 16, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra, some days are like that, just one thing after another. But you survived with your sense of humor intact and that’s all that matters.

Managed to watch Phelps’ race before I fell asleep. When he finished and realized he had won, he looked (to me) like he wanted to cry. #2 called to say she was going kayaking with a friend who had a heart attack two weeks ago. I’m trying hard not to think of the implications of a woman on crutches and a woman with a brand new stent out kayaking. In my next life I am going to have dogs. They don’t have moods, don’t call to vent at all hours, and they don’t kayak. Of course I’m sure there’s a photo of this very thing somewhere online.

It finally rained hard last night and today is muggy with threats of more t-storms. Some chores, a trip to the local warehouse store and then dinner with friends, a carrot at the end of a long stick.

Posted by: Bad Sneakers | August 16, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

If you weren't babbling by the end of yesterday, Cassandra, I admire your fortitude. You aren't babbling now. I'm about to start, though. Intermittant internet failure. I'm pretty sure it's one of THEIR routers somewhere. They never confess to tht sort of thing, however.

What you need is a street-legal golf cart. With a very loud horn on it. It's electric. Hmm... I need one of those myself! I still contemplate a dog-cart. I suspect my dog would love being a cart-dog.

As far as I know there are no photos of bald coyotes on the internet, at least labeled as such. While looking, I found these intriguing photos:
http://www.worth1000.com/cache/gallery/contestcache.asp?contest_id=3695&display=photoshop

Off to fix one aspect of the broken lawnmower. Sigh.

Posted by: Jumper | August 16, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Hey yello.... are you and the wife home to your empty nest yet? How'd the rendezvous in Atlanta go?

Posted by: TBG | August 16, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080812135702.htm

From the "I told you so" department. Asphalt good spot for solar collection.

Posted by: Jumper | August 16, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Jumper, my first reaction is: Duh! What have we not been thinking?

Posted by: slyness | August 16, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Mornin all
off to Baltimore today to catch the ravens first home preseason game tonight.

I keep waiting for Michael Phelps to Say "O" when standing on the podium to recieve his latest Gold Medal!!

I sure hope that he is honored with a parade down the streets of bawmer when he gets back form his record breaking Olympics.

Last night's race was an amazing finish that will be replayed over and over again.he has that extra gear that just makes him so exciting to watch and cheer for.And lets not forget he is just a young man who has class and grace even when he is not in the pool.

Cassandra, I hope you find something to smile or laugh about today.Keep the faith my dear,you are a beautiful person and today will be a wonderful day,just because you are around.

Posted by: purplewithenvy | August 16, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Sneaks: //In my next life I am going to have dogs. They don’t have moods, don’t call to vent at all hours, and they don’t kayak.//

Sure they have moods (although a cookie or good game will often turn a bad one around), they bark at all hours (The screen door has blown open! The lawn guys are here! I chased the mail woman away again today! The kids next door are playing basketball in their own driveway! Just throw the d@mn ball!)

Kayak, no, but they can do a mean dog paddle.

Got up really early this morning and went to Abington for blood tests. Impossible during the week. The doctor's office hadn't submitted the orders and his standby didn't know me, so wouldn't give Quest the go-ahead. At least now at Monday's dr's appointment I can say I did my best.

Posted by: dbG | August 16, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

On-kit comment: I hope that Robin Givhan takes up the curious case of one wore pink, the other red. The pink leotard on the medal stand struck me as a first, as in, the winner is wearing a color not found on a country flag, let alone the color palette of the US flag. Curiouser. Curiouser. Paging Robin or Camille Paglia: we need a deconstruction here.

This year seemed to be the sequin-spangled year for gymnastics competition wear. I expect that we wore red to strike some intimidation pose to the Chinese. Costumer comment: the pre-pubescent frames of the Chinese gymnasts simply screamed out to be decked in yellow with red accents, rather than pagoda red with acid yellow accents. Yellow works on the girl frame; yellow is a very difficult color for women to pull off, especially in such a body hugging way. The range of yellows can be selected to fit all skin tones. Recall the breathtaking success of Michelle Williams' yellow frock in the shining days when she and Heath Ledger were a family.

The dress is Vera Wang in a color thought to be more canary than mustard in real life.http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4760406.stm

Vera Wang connects up nicely to the Olympics theme: she burst centerstage after draping Nancy Kerrigan in several classy skating duds.

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Off to complete lunch/brunch for the sleepy heads in the house. They shall wake to BLT sandwiches, assembled with farmers' market booty.

Posted by: College Parkian | August 16, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

My neighbor that had his swing stolen, has a new swing. Someone said the police gave it to him. That was really nice of them.

I count days like the one yesterday as God's way of telling me He lives, and that I am very much alive. In fact, I knew that phone was going to go off before the funeral was over, but I ignored that and sat there. It came to me while I was sitting there. I went back after the funeral and apologized to the pastor, she hugged me and told me not to worry about it, so it wasn't all bad.

My daughter gave the g-girl a cell phone, and when I have her, she brings the cell phone. The g-girl knows how to use the phone to call mom, and I don't really mind because of my disability. Yet I think she is too young for a phone because she takes incoming calls, and because my hearing is so bad, I cannot monitor these calls. The g-girl begins real school this year, in fact within the next week, and I'm holding my breath. I don't know who her teacher is, but I suspect she isn't being paid enough money. Don't get me wrong, I love the g-girl and my grandsons, but if one can hang with them, you can pretty much hang with anyone. No exceptions.

Posted by: cassandra s | August 16, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

purplewithenvy

It's already a good day. I'm here!!!!!!! I'm just finding that with getting older it's harder to adapt to the grandchildren and their antics. But I try to keep a sense of humor about it all because most of the time, not all the time, it really is funny. And thank you for your kind words.

Posted by: cassandra s | August 16, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

And thanks to all for the kind words.

Posted by: cassandra s | August 16, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

You make me smile this morning, Cassandra. You go get 'em, sister.

Kids think cell phones give them freedom, but really they are nice tethers for the parents.

Of course, a call from a cell phone that tells "I'm at the pool with Erin" could mean "I'm at the shopping mall with Aaron." Or "I'm at Jason's, whose parents are always home," could really be "I'm at Tyler's, whose parents never are."

That's why the landline phone is always important. I want to see Jason's home number pop up on the caller ID.

Posted by: TBG | August 16, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

awwww your welcome Cassandra!!!I just try and find something good out of every situation,no matter how bad it gets. Your story of the swing and a new one there today just makes me smile. Nothin finer then sitting on a swing anywhere and watching the world go by!!

Posted by: purplewithenvy | August 16, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Yay for the cops with swings. Cassandra, I think you are a good influence in your area.

Posted by: Brag | August 16, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

So far so good on the empty nest front. Everybody keeps telling us now we can walk around the house naked. Uh, we still have windows.

The first big advantage is that my wife is going to follow me on a business trip next week. Something we would never have contemplated if it had required leaving a teenager home alone. I was always reminding him that we were the generation 'Risky Business' was made about.

As soon as I upload some pictures I'll make some commentary on the dorm move-in. He seems to have survived band camp.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 16, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Good day, all.

Doing a little quick backboodling...

Not sure if Bigfoot/yeti-type legends have been around as long as some claim. It seems to me that those guys who say they have Bigfoot remains have little to lose and a lot to gain from the notoriety, hoax or not.

Why am I reminded of Piltdown Man?

Phelps - I can't add anything to what's been said about the guy already. Other than I suspect that he's taking the summer off from his duties with the Justice League of America and that he can't use his abilities to communicate telepathically with sea creatures won't help him win any gold medals.

bc

Posted by: bc | August 16, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Federer got the gold medal in doubles tennis - yay - nice to see him smile. James Blake lost out on the bronze in singles.

Cassandra, on the cell phones I've had, holding the asterisk button puts the phone on vibrate, so it won't be a nuisance. Holding down that button again puts it back to normal. I'm kind of glad cell phones weren't around till my kid was an adult and could get his own...although he did run up some amazing phone bills when he was a teenager...and we used the same phone line for internet access. Ah, the good old days.

yellojkt, I bet you'll adjust pretty quickly. Look at me - weeks go by when I have no idea what my kid's doing. It is weird at first, that's for sure.

Posted by: mostlylurking | August 16, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

#2*!#& mower. I will get my neighbor to help me load it on the truck, and off it goes Monday morning to the repair place. I've had it. I give up. The 10,000 mosquitos were attacking so I moved it out, and then the yellowjackets began their assault. I'm sure the grass will be knee high or more before I get the mower back.

Posted by: Jumper | August 16, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Jumper, maybe you could rent some goats.

Posted by: mostlylurking | August 16, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Faxing Jumper my battery Husqavarna that I inherited from a neighbor. Send it back ASAP because CPBoy is under indenture to complete this before 5. Thankee.

Posted by: College Parkian | August 16, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

No way I'm trying to milk a Husqvarna.

Posted by: Jumper | August 16, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

cassandra, I'm glad you're back in the swing of things.

Thanks for putting smiles on a lot of faces.

Have fun at the game, purplewithevvy.

Er, never had a Husqavarna lawn mower, but used to ride a Husky dirt bike back in the day. Those were the trail bikes to have 30 years ago or so.

Jumper, any chance you can pave your yard, or cover it with solar panels?

bc

Posted by: bc | August 16, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Cassandra, I'm glad to hear that everything is good in your little hamlet.

Jumper, will a reel mower work? I understand they are pretty simple.

;-)

Posted by: slyness | August 16, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

1½ acres. "Possible" is an interesting word.

Posted by: Jumper | August 16, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

"I got a lot of applause during one seminar when I suggested that everybody write letters to Congress and suggest that before anyone gets sworn in as president, he or she has to learn how to walk a powerful dog. Maybe even a pack of dogs! It would be a test they'd all have to pass. All world leaders of all countries should be able to do it."

"If that actually happened, then all of our human pack leaders would have to practice calm assertive energy, because that's the only energy that dogs naturally follow. I believe we'd have a lot more balanced people running the world, if they based their leadership on calm assertive energy."

"You see, animals don't follow unstable pack leaders; only humans promote, follow and praise instability. Only humans have leaders who can lie and get away with it. Around the world, most of the pack leaders we follow today are not stable. Their followers may not know it, but Mother Nature is far too honest to be fooled by angry, frustrated, jealous, competitive, stubborn or other negative energy - even if it is masked by a politician's smile. That's because all animals (and children) can evaluate and discern what balanced energy feels like."

Posted by: Jumper | August 16, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

My preceding post, quoted from Cesar Millan. He has been observing Presidential dogs, and has not liked what he he has seen.

Posted by: Jumper | August 16, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Howdy, y'all. Cassandra, thanks for the stories. I am glad your neighbor got a new swing. I'm sorry about the mishaps during the day with your granddaughter, but they sure did make me laugh. Then I laughed all over again at your observation that they probably don't pay her new teacher enough money. I think the same can be said of the Boy's teachers, and surely was true in elementary school.

Michael Phelps is a fish. I strongly suspect he has webbing that comes out in the water and recedes immediately upon contact with air. The Boy swears he sees gills.

We've had a lot of rain and cool weather this week and it is just delightful. Our ecosystem is growing like, well, weeds, which it mostly is anyway. Soon we'll be in a position to manage it properly again. Today I found a good garden tractor - much better than we thought we could get - on sale as "used" because a guy had it two days, a switch relay didn't work, and he brought it back. Astonishingly, this took a whole lot off the price, even though they fixed the switch. I'm just tickled green.

Posted by: Ivansmom | August 16, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

*gently shaking the boodle*

Posted by: L.A. lurker | August 16, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Introducing Sir Nils Olav the penguin.

This is so cute:

http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&q=Sir+Nils+Olav+the+penguin.&um=1&sa=X&oi=news_result&resnum=1&ct=title

(this no link situation is irritating)

Posted by: Vintage Lady | August 16, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Yes VL, the lack of link is clipping the wings of the boodle. Let's just hope it is a temporary aberration and not an indication of some dark new policy.

I see that the Olympics have started to segue to track and field. We watched the steeplechase today, where grown men are forced to jump over barriers and go trudging through water. I half expected to see rapid hounds chasing them. To me there is something rather demeaning about it all. Let's face it, its hard to look graceful when puddle jumping.

Perhaps this explains why the American looked so disheveled. What's the point of getting all spiffed up just to end up all wet and sweaty?

I dunno. Maybe the water bit is just to exhibit the intrinsic athleticism necessary to run real fast in wet sneakers.

And of course, in the spirit of the kit I kept thinking a few 'gators would add interest. Not big ones, mind you, just a few ankle biters to spice things up.

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 16, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

I haven't liked what I've seen of Cesar Milan. YMMV.

He uses a lot of intimidation tactics on small dogs and is deaf to their body language. He has been bitten and claims it's part of the job. His philosophy of bullying smaller creatures... surely we can't find ANY analogue in our current foreign policy, can we?

He's not all that when it comes to dog training either. He just looks good.

I know a traditional trainer who has kept an open pack for years and has not had ONE dog fight in 25 years (until an intern provoked 2 in one week with her idea that dogs should be all bouncy and happy all the time.). She's worked with dogs on death row for aggression issues as well. Such dogs start out in isolated kennels first until they come down from their stress levels. She'll sit by the kennel for a few hours a day and let the dog come down from feeling threatened, let them make the first move before training. You rush a dog that's aggressive and fearful, you get bit, and hard.

That said, Milan's right about animals reacting to unstable body behavior patterns (and hidden emotion), not the words. Just watch Bush speak, not that I ever want to do so again.

If his body language ever matches his words, it's only by accident, all that smirking, grimacing, shifting his weight, etc.

BTW, I actually think Phelps is a seal, not a fish....

Posted by: Wilbrod | August 16, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

I think you want caimans, RD, if you're looking for tiny gator-types.

Maybe they'd look more manly, if not distinguished, if they were in full army gear?

Posted by: Wilbrod | August 16, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

here's a video of sir nils olav:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZXSVOp9G4Q

Posted by: L.A. lurker | August 16, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Do you think if I wrote the Norwegian King's Guard, that I could become Sir Wilbrodog?

Wait... the gnome says that American nationals are prohibited from accepting foreign titles. Bah. Apparently it's Article 1, Section 9.

"No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state."

But I'm a dog, not a person! Wait, wasn't the gnome muttering something about McCain's aides accepting money from Georgia the other day?

Posted by: Wilbrodog | August 16, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

I saw some of the race walkers the other day, which always struck me as looking so ridiculous. After watching Bill Nye as Speedwalker on Almost Live for years, it really makes me guffaw:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6-SJLlneLc
(Drat!)

I watched some of the shot putters too - those guys make Mr Ml look small.

Posted by: mostlylurking | August 16, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

mostlylurking - That Bill Nye speed walking bit was great. Made me sad to see the ol' Kingdome again.

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 16, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

From an article about Olympians shopping at the Silk Market in Beijing which is a major source of counterfeit name brands:

"Indeed, there was something very fitting about all these Olympians, representing dozens of nations and nearly every sport, coming together in a celebration of knock-off capitalism and $7 polo shirts."

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2008/08/olympic_athletes_bartering_for.html

Those guys are getting ripped off. I only paid five bucks for my polo shirts last year. Right now I'm wearing my ten dollar Tommy Bahama shirt. Although you do have to buy a lot of bargains to justify the airfare.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 16, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Good for Phelps. But part of me worries that this has been the easy part for him. Let's hope he handles what is to come with grace and intelligence.

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 16, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

RD I do not believe you need to worry.

They were speaking about him on the CBC coverage and spoke of Phelps desire to promote the sport, and spoke of how he is a much different person than Mark Spitz - a very good thing.

I have really admired his reactions after each race, winning with grace, dignity.

Posted by: dmd | August 16, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Mark Spitz said something about how he has done well as a sportsman and living up to his role model status now.

Remember, this is not his first Olympics.

Interestingly, his coach was talking about 2012. Maybe the idea of keeping him in the pool and out of trouble does have its merits.

Posted by: Wilbrod | August 16, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Forget cows, let's stomp out the real culprits..

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080817/sc_afp/thailandclimatepest_080817025632

Posted by: Wilbrod | August 17, 2008 12:13 AM | Report abuse

A couple of kits and/or days ago, Vintage Lady mentioned Edgartown, which is the prettiest town on Earth. I finally got around to post my pictures of the Martha's Vineyard lighthouses.

http://livebythefoma.blogspot.com/2008/08/lighthouse-hunting-on-marthas-vineyard.html

The post has a link to my full complement of MV photos.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/yellojkt/sets/72157606766163499/

Posted by: yellojkt | August 17, 2008 12:15 AM | Report abuse

The Baltimore NBC affiliate has wall-to-wall Phelps coverage. Backlash begins in 3, 2, ...,

Posted by: yellojkt | August 17, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

My favourite butter (a 9oz block) went from $4.80 two months ago to $5.30. Two years ago it was $2.30. This is madness.

“A secret study by the World Bank, which reportedly has not been made public on pressure from the Bush Administration, concludes that bio-fuel cultivation in especially the USA and EU are directly responsible for the current explosion in grain and food prices worldwide. The US Government at the recent Rome UN Food Summit claimed that "only 3% of food prices" were due to bio-fuels. The World Bank secret report says that at least 75% of the recent price rises are due to land being removed from agriculture—mainly maize in North America and rapeseed and corn in the EU—in order to grow crops to be burned for vehicle fuel. The World Bank study confirms what we wrote more than a year ago about the madness of bio-fuels. It fits the agenda described in the 1970’s by Henry Kissinger, namely, ‘If you control the food you control the people.’”

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=9547

Posted by: rainforest | August 17, 2008 1:22 AM | Report abuse

Just where WAS Aloha yesterday?

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/08/16/palace.takeover.ap/index.html

:-)

And speaking of otherworldly performances...

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/olympics/2008/08/16/bolt.100gold.ap/index.html?cnn=yes

WITH A SHOE UNTIED???? :-O

And of course, most Boodlers can identify with Dara Torres:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/16/AR2008081602139.html?hpid=topnews

Favre looked pretty comfortable in his two series last night, as well.

Heckuva sports night. (hoping no one notices the glaring absences in the roll call) ;-)

*trying-to-strike-a-balance-between-chores-and-fun-onna-Sunday Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 17, 2008 5:42 AM | Report abuse

Oh Scotty, please do a wave that would make the link work.

Posted by: rainforest | August 17, 2008 5:55 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all,

rainforest, did you know that France grows acres and acres of canola to be used in their vehicle fuel? I was looking for the lavender acres and acres France is so famous for and instead we saw the yellow flowers, which in a way are very pretty. I use canola as well as olive oils in cooking.

yello, looking forward to seeing your pictures of Edgartown, the place of charm galore.

Last night, instead of watching the sports (and I know there was a lot to see, yea 'skins!) we tuned into Rick Warren's faith forum. I think Obama & McCain were very, very fortunate to have this opportunity, this format devoid of the "gotcha" questions found in our political debates. Both men appeared to consider their responses carefully, faithfully so to speak, before responding. I have read that neither heard the other's answers and I do believe that is true. Because Obama is my candidate, McCain could not sway me, but, except for his frequent "my friends" which he interjects any time he is speechifying, he was interesting to listen to. Catch a cnn replay, if you can.

Posted by: Vintage Lady | August 17, 2008 6:27 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. I have slept for two hours, and my eyes were open the rest. Now I want to go to sleep. Oh well, maybe later.

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

I have the water in the bathtub so I'm going to swim a little. I didn't get a chance to see the forum with the candidates on CNN, I was asleep at that time. Perhaps someone here saw it, and I can tell me the main points.

I'm riding on gas fumes, and because I have a new bank card without the pin, I may have to push that baby. I certainly hope not. I do hope everyone can make some time for God today. It is Sunday, the beginning of a new week. Last week is gone, and a whole new week ahead. We get another chance to get it right.

I have not been watching the Olympics, but I did see the news tape of the fastest man on earth. He made that look so easy. And I did see Phelps with the split second win. All of it great.

Perhaps the water will revive me. I know it's the lack of sleep that is making me feel this way, but some nights are just that way. Have a good day, folks. Mudge, I hope you're enjoying your vacation. We miss you.

Time to swim.

Posted by: cassandra s | August 17, 2008 6:36 AM | Report abuse

Mornin' all...

Glad to see Phelps got his eighth. Now can I get my morning news shows back?

Anybody else catch the "Saddleback" interviews with Obama and McCain last night? I was a little leery of the host and location at first, but all-in-all I think it was well done -- and refreshing, even. Considering that the audience was probably predisposed toward McCain, Obama did pretty well. I think he could have injected a little more fire and cut back a bit on the "nuance", but he did get a fair share of applause. Not as much as "the old white haired dude" got, but then McCain had his Big Bag O-Tearjerking Anecdotes from Vietnam to pull from.

In other news, my fairy doors are invading Ontario (look out, you Canucks... you'll soon be overrun with jubilant Wee Ones). I picked up a new retail store account there this weekend and they placed their first order last night. Woohoo! I was already international with my retail sales (Wee love you Australia, Germany, England, Wales, France and Malaysia), but this is my first non-US reseller so it's kind of exciting for me.

Anyway... time to get to it. Been working on my new website for the past week and hope to launch the bugger tomorrow -- just need to wrap up some loose ends in the shopping cart code and finish entering all the product info into the database. Gotta get moving on production today, too -- need to knock out at least eight doors in between programming and yard work.

Have coffee, will get'er done...

Peace out :-)

Posted by: martooni | August 17, 2008 6:39 AM | Report abuse

Rain! I woke up to thunder and had to run out to get the paper before it got soaked. Yeah, even in a plastic sleeve it will get wet.

Eight gold medals for Phelps. Good for him!

I'm still feeling the effects of my afternoon painting. This is ridiculous. My back has no business being sore four days later! If this is how old age is gonna be, I'm rethinking the whole concept!

Posted by: slyness | August 17, 2008 7:32 AM | Report abuse

Last night, mrdr thought up a new Olympic goal for Canada. We want to get as meany medals as Phelps.
In truth, we don't really care. The team has broken a lot of Canadian records so far, and personal bests have abounded, so each and every one of them should be thrilled.

And watch for the Tall Jamaican. an amazing, amazing run.

Posted by: dr | August 17, 2008 7:49 AM | Report abuse

And then there is this.

http://needlesandthings.blogspot.com/2008/08/tomatoes-and-olympics.html

Posted by: dr | August 17, 2008 7:50 AM | Report abuse

So with Phelps all over, what are they going to hype for another week?

Posted by: yellojkt | August 17, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Good morning all.

Quick morning alert that Friend of the Boodle (FOB) Ms. Caitlin Gibson has a very charming essay in the WaPo magazine. Annoying cut-and-paste link follows:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/14/AR2008081401429.html

As a fellow pet fancier, I really enjoyed it.

Also, cute pic of Ms. Gibson. Nice arches.

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 17, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Cute article by our Caitlin. She makes Wally out to be the Marley of the guinea pig set. Can a bestseller and movie adaptation be far behind? Maybe we can get Scarlett Johansson to play Ms. Gibson.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 17, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Morning all... was wide awake for a few hours last night doing a lot of mulling. Not quite worrying... just mulling. Somehow I still feel rested, but I guess it'll hit me later today.

We spent the day in Baltimore yesterday showing off the inner harbor to our houseguest (a young cousin from the midwest staying a couple of weeks to finish up her DC internship) and spent a couple of great hours in the American Visionary Art Museum. It is a very cool place with an even cooler giftshop.

http://avam.org/

And it's right next door to my sister's house, so it's also very convenient... free parking, a hospitable host at an enjoyable spot to enjoy a refreshing drink and a rest-up before driving back to Virginia.

dr... your tomatoes look GREAT. And I'd like to thank yello for remembering me in your comments. :-)

Posted by: TBG | August 17, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

As for the linking... if you use Safari, you can select the URL and right-click (or on a Mac, hold down the CTRL key) and select "Go to Address in a New Tab").

Posted by: TBG | August 17, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

That trick in Firefox takes you to a google search, which is almost as good.

And if you are ever near AVAM also check out the Baltimore Museum of Industry down the street. Here is my side-by-side comparison of the two:

http://livebythefoma.blogspot.com/2007/05/industry-visionary.html

Both are good fun.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 17, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

The Museum of Industry is another of my favorite museums. There's a similar one in York, Pa.

Posted by: TBG | August 17, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Safe harbor for our Florida boodlers out there in cyberspace, may Fay be fey when she reaches you all. Loved Key West, Hemingway's cats/house, Lily Pulitzer, The Southernmost on the beach, Jimmy Buffet's place.

Posted by: Vintage Lady | August 17, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Watch out Conchs! Big wind headed your way. Yet another thing I don't miss about Florida.

AVAM also sponsors the Kinetic Sculpture Race every year. Here are some of my pictures of that peculiarly Bawlmoron event:

http://livebythefoma.blogspot.com/2007/05/kool-kinetics.html

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

We've lost another good one...

http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/08/17/leroy.sievers.ap/index.html

*SIGH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 17, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

To continue this conversation with yello... you (or anyone near Baltimore) should go to a couple of the AVAM outdoor movies in the summer. Family-friendly movies are shown on a screen on the side of the building and seating is on your blanket on the grass on Federal Hill. They're finished for this year, but this was their schedule this summer...

The American Visionary Art Museum sponsors a film on Federal Hill on Thursday evenings at 9 p.m. (June 19–August 7) And visit the museum for free from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Rain location: Jim Rouse Visionary Center.

June 19 – Sound of Music (this was a SING-ALONG!)
June 26 - Rebel Without a Cause
July 3 - Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?;
July 10 - Close Encounters of the Third Kind
July 17 - The Gods Must Be Crazy
July 24 - Quiz Show
July 31 - Harold and Maude
August 7 - Casablanca

Posted by: TBG | August 17, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Little Italy also does the outdoor film bit and they try to make the selections tie into the neighborhood. I nearly ran over some viewers when on the way home from the Weird Al concert I accidentally stumbled onto the showing of "Moonstruck" right at the "Snap out of it!" scene.

Lake Kiddie-Commando (or however it's spelled, I've lived in HoCo twelve years and still haven't learned it) on the Columbia waterfront is also great for outdoor movies if you can find a goose-poop-free spot of grass.

They also do a lot of outdoor concerts there, but I haven't been in years because my wife caught on that I kept tricking her into seeing lesbian folk duos. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 17, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Happy Sunday, Boodlers!

Need to do lotsa backboodling. Hard to keep up with you guys.

Slightly bummed today. Journalist friend wrote an article unaware I am expert on the subject, thus missed opportunity to plug my book.

Posted by: Alexey Braguine | August 17, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

We've been rooting for Phelps at every turn and on every lap. As far as career Olympic gold medal, he sets the men's record.

In the category of Most Medals Won in a Single Olympic Games, Phelps ties himself with eight in this go-around, and eight in the 2004 games. Also achieving eight in a single Olympiad is Russian Aleksandr Dityatin, who had a sweep in gymnastics in 1980.

But Phelps, with 16 career medals, is two shy of all-time career medals. Holding that record is a woman: Larissa Latynina of the USSR, who won 18 medals in gymnastics in 1956, 1960, and 1964. She received nine Gold, five Silver and four Bronze.

Phelps swept gold in his two Olympics, having garnered 14 Gold and two Bronze. So, in the spirit of the first sentence of this Kit, Phelps struck a gigantic bonanza in the gold rush. Will Phelps be taking more Olympic laps--and medals--in London in 2012 to blast Larissa Latynina to a second-place career finish?

Posted by: Loomis | August 17, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Don't worry Brag. You do a pretty good job of it all on your own.

Posted by: Yoki | August 17, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Jumper, thanks for returning the mower. CPBoy mowed with.out.asthma. HUZZAH! Now I have more yard help. These low-smog August days for us are a joy in many ways. Asthma admissions in the area are at a ten year low.

BC -- Swedish engineering has served me well for many years.
I have a 1975 all metal Viking sewing machine, made by the Swedish Huskie people. Can sew ANYTHING and is not messed up with all those computerized embroidery cams. And, is closed and self-oiling. Never been to the shop ever. Love that machine. Were that all my appliances were so reliable and faithful.

Never sat on a Huskie motorcycle, but long ago and far away I rode Honda Trail 90 motorcycles in several Rocky Mountain locales. Great fun, however, noisy and not so good for those trails. I nearly went over a cliff once, though. After that NOT happening, my Uncle said, "Did you think that the bike was too expensive to not let it go over the cliff?" I nodded, dumbstruck by my great good luck. "Doll-baby, next time let the bike go. You are worth ten of 'em." In Montana, every fatal car accident is marked by a white cross. Yoki has seen them, I am sure. Very powerful rhetorically, to see those at dead man's curves. I am glad to not be the occasion of one of those grim markers. BTW, when in MT you see a curve marked 25, they mean that.

I drove a Volvo 240 wagon for more than 20 years. 468,000 miles on Ingrid. Miss that fine car.

Cassandra, still smiling on the swing story. Still smiling for Michael Phelps. And, grinning about the men's 100 meters and that goofy little boy joy in the runner.

Posted by: College Parkian | August 17, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Alex,
At least link to the article so we can see where the BlatantBookPlug could have gone.

CP,
You are way more the motorcyclist than I am. Never rode anything faster than a moped. No desire to. Everybody seems to have a How I Nearly Killed Myself story. Except those that did.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 17, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Yellowjacket, I will send a sample of my ripe tomatoes in for judging and I thank you for reminding me. Its going to be the smallest submission of all.

Posted by: dr | August 17, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Some of the acronyms around here are pretty obscure. YMMV = your mileage may vary. I had to look it up.

I don't think my admiration of Cesar Millan amounts to a mancrush. And I have heard him accused of bullying before, and will keep an open mind about this. Although I will posit that bullying is a loaded word with lots of anthropmorphic connotations and value judgments thrown on top, also. I do believe the guy knows dogs and wants them to be happy. Part of my admiration comes from a lesson I had to learn and was proud of myself for learning: how to make friends with dogs by initially ignoring them. And watching a friend stare nervously at a former dog of mine, Lucky, until Lucky almost freaked out and got scared himself. "Break eye contact!" I urged my friend when I saw what was happening. "Now!" I had to emphasize. Five minutes later Lucky was over there nuzzling my friend and mooching ear scratchings. Some of our human rituals are not appropriate with dogs. I've spent some time watching how dogs who are pals interact with each other. They don't spend time looking lovingly into each others eyes. They position themselves so they can literally watch each others' backs. "I'll notify you if someone/thing is sneaking up on you; you do the same for me, and we can really relax." So when I meet a new dog, it may look like I'm rudely snubbing him, but I start watching out for anything/anyone sneaking up behind him. I do this casually, because I'm grounded in reality and bottom line is, nothing probably is. However, if another dog or person enters behind him I will let the dog know. I raise my chin, one eyebrow, and give him the extremely short eye-contact question. He will then look over his shoulder. Usually of course it's a family member. He appreciates this highly, and becomes my pal immediately. The way the dog then signals me, his new friend, to "relax! That's no threat" is the payoff. He often demonstrates an exaggerated relaxation posture, stretches casually, and often yawns. And catches my eye to see if I get the "all clear" signal, which I always do by imitating his obvious relaxation gesture.

Posted by: Jumper | August 17, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

If I let grass go to seed, the mown seed irritates my breathing mightily. If no seed, very little irritation.

Posted by: Jumper | August 17, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Jumper,
You're just too young to remember when that catch-phrase came into vogue. It was a standard "fast talk" disclaimer on all ads that touted fuel efficiency for cars. The current ubiquitous equivalent is "Professional driver on closed course."

I've noticed that for the first time in a long while, mileage figures are making it into the ads. But they are usually touting highway values which IIRC went out of vogue as being too optimistic. There were all sorts of rules of how big it could be displayed with respect to the city driving values. Maybe those rules have changed or been forgotten.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 17, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Yesterday on Weekend Edition, Scott Simon had an excellent interview with George Pelecanos:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=93655107

You can listen to the interview from that link and also read an excerpt from his new novel.

Posted by: pj | August 17, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Loomis, it certainly sounds like Phelps will aim toward the London Olympics and pick up a few more medals of some metal or other. He'll still be young and he is certainly in remarkable shape.

Posted by: pj | August 17, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Oh, how I wish I were too young. No, it's that once I worked at IBM and my normally mild-mannered boss came storming out of his office saying "That's it! No more acronyms! I've had it; I refuse to remember one more of 'em!" Of course everyone sympathized; they were throwing them at us so fast in corporate America you literally couldn't digest them all. In short, acronyms were out of control. My thought at the time was, if HE can do it, I can too. So I quit acronyms. This has been a personal decision for which I take responsibility, sort of. I don't evangelize too much on the subject, and don't fault people, and don't expect many converts. And I do have the internet to look 'em up on. ;]

http://www.google.com/trends?q=acronyms

Posted by: Jumper | August 17, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Hey all. Just dipping my toe into the Boodle water to report that after I sent Frank Rich's Op-Ed from this morning's NY Times to a couple of McCain backers I know, I got a link back from one of them which talks about the "real truth" -- and ya know who wrote it???? Krauthammar!!! What a hoot!

Noted something disturbing in this morning's paper (can't remember where, tho) -- apparently Kissinger once noted (perhaps while he was still immersed in the Nixon WH, that if you control the food, you control the people. Sent shivers up and down my spine. It only confirms my long time belief that if he weren't a Jew, he'd be a N a z i.

Back to the kitchen.

Have a good rest of the weekend, all.

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | August 17, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

One of the relations I chatted with last night at the funeral home is the uncle who works at the local vehicle auction house. He says late-model Hummers with low mileage are going for $25,000-28,000. Wouldn't have one myself.

What I wish I had is the ability to shut the engine in the car off and restart it at stops like the hybrids do. If I know I'll be sitting for a while at a traffic signal, I'll turn the car off. Then I have to watch closely so I can start it when the light changes. bc, is it possible? I suppose it would cost a mint to reengineer an existing vehicle.

I averaged 27.56 mpg Friday when I went to visit my brother and sister-in-law. That's my best yet.

Posted by: slyness | August 17, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Well done indeed, Slyness! *applause* :-)

And something's wrong with acronyms??? ;-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 17, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

But some acronyms say it so well. SOL. Snafu. WTF.

Back to packing.

Posted by: LostInThought | August 17, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

The problem with acronyms has never been resolved by the First Unitarian Church of Kennebunkport, Me.

Posted by: Shiloh | August 17, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

FTB, that quote from Kissinger was posted by rainforest this morning. In a nasty, realpolitik way, it's true.

Did anybody post a link to Joel's story on dirt? I buy potting soil for my houseplants, now I may not even do that:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/16/AR2008081601966.html

Posted by: slyness | August 17, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Thanks slyness, for pointing out Joel's article on dirt prices.

Really, I don't understand why people spend so much on fancy soil additives. I have access to large quantities of high-quality lagomorph droppings that work quite well as a garden fertilizer. And I could easily be persuaded to let some of this stuff go at a most extraordinarily reasonable price.

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 17, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for that link, slyness. I would have missed it. Is anyone else writing for the WaPo these days? All Joel, all the time (fine with me).

Maybe that explains why birdseed has gone up in price - I swear it almost doubled overnight. A woman in the store the other day said she was going to tell her birds they have to get jobs!

Posted by: mostlylurking | August 17, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Way to go for Joel to turn a trip to the nursery into an assignment. And the rising cost is due to that expensive imported Canucki peat. I knew currency parity was going to come back and bite us.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 17, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Something tells me that the new kit will be on dirt :-).

Joel has a front page article on how inflation has finally affected the price of bagged dirt. So, maybe we should get our dirt stories ready, just in case. When I read the article there were 20 comments, and I sorta felt sorry for our fearless leader.

Posted by: Vintage Lady | August 17, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Oh! You all already know!

Posted by: Vintage Lady | August 17, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Who wants one of these buttons?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sugarfreak/2765530337/in/photostream/

Posted by: yellojkt | August 17, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Yep VL - the comments associated with any of the regular WaPo articles can get pretty ugly. I'm sure Joel has learned not to take them too personally.

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 17, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

mostlylurking, I have noticed that bunny food, hay, and pine chips - all of which I buy in bulk - have been creeping up in price as well. Oil prices affect pretty much everything.

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 17, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

I will give you that, Jumper. Note the criticism here:

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

Truthfully, "bullying" may sound subjective, but I define it as any behavior that is more likely to provoke defensive biting or break a sensitive dog's spirit for good, rather than promote a calm, friendly demeanor to that person.

Those people criticizing him have studied dog behavior and psychology in more depth and longer than he has.

What I saw was that Milan acted in a way with a small fear-aggressive daschund that, if that dog was a german shepherd of similar temperment, would have gotten him hospitalized. There's why there's a disclaimer that you're not to try his techniques.

Such disclaimers are not necessary for less confrontational techniques. (Check out Victoria Stillwell's show-- "It's Me or the Dog!)

The ignoring you mention is a good technique for many things, as it avoids confrontation, and if you turn your head away, it's actually doggy language for "no, don't want that." Turning your back is more clear. Crouching over a dog is just a threatening move, though.

In all cases, those two TV trainers are focused on getting the owners to change their ways rather than training the dogs, although Stillwell does more of the actual training component, by showing the owners what to do, and showing better tools for solving problems.

Dog trainers who focus on actual training have the goal of: having a dog behave consistently and on command in various situations and activities such as obedience, agility, dogsport, schutzhund, or as a working dog. They will also rehabiliate dangerous dogs.

They don't have the goal of winning pissing matches with daschunds.

Posted by: Wilbrod | August 17, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

RD

Just looked at a science show on television, and it was about "dark matter". Now you know I'm clueless about such stuff, but it was interesting. Dark matter seems to be a theory, right? I mean no one is able to detect it. It is a not so obvious answer to what holds stuff up in the universe other than gravity? This scientist in the last part of the program came on and said that there is 75% loss of dark matter, and this was totally confusing because in the earlier part of the program, dark matter is said to be 96% of what the universe is made of. By the end of the program, I'm even more confused than the beginning because how does one know loss if it can't be measured or detected? One scientist was talking about changing the whole foundation of physics, getting away from Newton's law of gravity, thereby cease and desist from the theory of dark matter. I think anyone that can understand that stuff is mighty smart. They also showed some scientists going down to the earth's core to study this "dark matter" of which they cannot measure, but surely know it's there. I could not believe the millions of dollars that have been spent studying this, yet no one really has a definitive answer for "dark matter". It sounds like the stuff of a really good science fiction story, on the dark side that is.


I found out today that the minister that walked off the pulpit Friday and was standing beside me came down not because of the cell phone, but because the g-girl answered a question the minister asked. I have no idea what the g-girl said, and I'm afraid to find out. I'm going to let that horse remain dead.

I've been asleep all afternoon. Now what to do tonight? I hope the weekend has been lovely for all.

Slyness, you don't get out of the old age thing. Fighting won't help, pray and ask for mercy.

Posted by: cassandra s | August 17, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Cassandra - dark matter refers to matter in the universe that we know must be there because we can detect its gravitational pull, but we can't see it because it doesn't emit any light.

Of course, some people feel that it might not even exist and something else is responsible for the detected gravitational pull. Something mysterious that isn't well understood yet.

Bless you for watching such shows! So few people do.


Posted by: RD Padouk | August 17, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Cassandra, I wouldn't ask what your g-girl said either. The Boy's Sunday School teachers used to tell me he said the most interesting things in class. I still don't want to know.

I love that dark matter stuff and I don't understand it at all. I just think it is a great theory and potentially explains so much. I'd like to extend it to human relations, emotions and the workings of our brain as well. Of course, I'm getting it confused with "heart of darkness". It's all good.

Here's poison ivy paranoia at work. I was trimming trees and moving branches this afternoon. Towards the end, when I was tired and not paying enough attention, I may have touched a poison ivy vine with the palm of one glove. I was wearing long pants tucked into high socks and long sleeves with a high collar, and a hat. When I came in I washed hands, arms, face, neck, along with pretty much the rest of my body, with TechNu anti-poison ivy wash. Just in case my glove touched my skin.

Posted by: Ivansmom | August 17, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

One other thing about dark matter. People disagree over how much there is because it is so difficult to detect exactly how much of a gravitational pull is out there, and how much is explained by "regular" matter that gives off light.

Given that all we can do is peer out into the universe from our tiny little corner of it, I am always amazed that we understand as much as we do.

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 17, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Ivansmom - As I am sure I have mentioned, extensively, Poison Ivy and I are not on good terms. I am extremely sensitive to the stuff. When I work outside I wear long sleeves and long pants as well. (I call it my yardwork burka.) And afterwards I scrub my body raw. Tecnu is great stuff, but since I am cheap I often just use liquid dishwashing detergent. This works extremely well too.

And, when I get out, I am all shiny and smell lemony fresh.

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 17, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

You're right -- I read it in the Boodleversity class.

I just polished off a (gratefully) 1/2 portion of a "death by chocolate" dessert which a friend and I shared ate the end of last week. I was told to nuke it for maybe 15 seconds to let the inner runny chocolate come into its own. Holy cow! Simply wunnerful!

I wonder if I watch the track & field stuff tonight that I'll be able to burn off all those calories I just injested? Nice thought, eh?

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | August 17, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Yellojkt,
Here's the link;

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/autocorner/chi-mxa0817ferrypilotsaug17,0,7312875.story

Posted by: Brag | August 17, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

It all reminds me of Plato's cave, RD.

Speaking of which, here's a video interpretion of Plato's cave done at American University.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htW2NHektqs

Profound messages, indeed.


Posted by: Wilbrod | August 17, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Good article about how Phelps isn't the greatest ever.

http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/beijing/swimming/news?slug=ap-swm-timdahlberg-081708&prov=ap&type=lgns

And for those who think gymnastics is tough... try this.

"Eyser won six medals in 1904 in gymnastics, despite a left leg made of wood after his original one was run over by a train."

THAT is something that would have been nice caught on film. Ah, born too early...

Posted by: Wilbrod | August 17, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Yes indeedy, RD. My gardening burka (very nice! I hope you don't mind if I adopt this too; I'll credit my imaginary friend) ensures that the only tan I get is on my forearms where the sun hits as I drive to and from the office. Its protection against poison ivy is a bonus though; I wear it chiefly to protect against tiny red ticks, which apparently only live and move by the score rather than the individual. Today my attention was distracted from possible poison ivy sightings when I stepped into a tick nest early on and had to brush four score or so off before I could continue working. Only a few made it to bare skin, and even fewer attached, so I counted it a victory. I blame the little brown snake; I was distracted admiring it and didn't notice the condition of my shoes and socks until too late.

Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to live again in a place with no yard, no ecosystem to manage. Then I remember the part about sharing walls. Shudder.

Posted by: Ivansmom | August 17, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

dark matters cost dear
but this war is for glory
of the universe

Posted by: Anonymous | August 17, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Ivansmom, knowing the g-girl it could be any number of things. Your yard sounds as though it might be a forest with all the stuff you find there. I don't say this to offend, but ticks, snakes, poison ivy, the works.

RD

I find that stuff interesting, although I can't make heads or tails of it. I love the Discovery channel. I think the lure for me is finding the answers to questions, and finding out new stuff. It is certainly too high for me, but that's okay too.

Time to turn in. Hopefully sleep will be my friend tonight. Night, boodle. Sweet dreams.

Posted by: cassandra s | August 17, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Hmm. I see that "Gardening Burka" is a Googlenope. Perhaps a commercial opportunity has presented itself?

Introducing the high-fashion Gardening Burka! This unisex one-size-fits-all garment is manufactured to exacting standards and offers full-body protection from Poison Ivy, hordes of little biting bugs, and the dangerous rays of the sun!

And if you call in the next 20 minutes we will throw in your very own emergency heat stroke kit!

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

Sounds great, RD. They should sell like hotcakes. I hope for a cut of the proceeds, having introduced the concept of little biting bugs (little bloodsuckers, actually, but perhaps that's too graphic for a family advertisement).

You're absolutely right, Cassandra. "Forest" is a kind description. Down in the part I was working in today, "jungle" might be just as accurate, except the plants aren't tropical. That's why I call it an ecosystem instead of a lawn. It is my polite way of saying that manicured precision, or manicured anything, is really beyond our capabilities. I hope it respects us as much as we respect it. That's pretty much the best we can do.

Posted by: Ivansmom | August 17, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Yes, but can this full-body suit help me beat world records? And is it graced with Julia Child's shark-repellent glaze?

Posted by: DNA Girl | August 17, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Those loose, thin yet modest clothing can actually be better against heatstroke than skimpy clothing-- but perhaps black wouldn't be the best color choice for gardening in full sun. Light colors would be preferable.

Posted by: Wilbrod | August 17, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

No, no. Neither loose nor thin. The Gardening Burka is designed primarily for protection from parasites floratical and faunish. Insectoid. No folds of cloth for bugs to hide. No thin weave for poison or the poisonous to creep in and do their evil work. Comfortable, not too tight, and sturdy. Yes indeedy - in oceanic climates the shark-repellent glaze is available. The Gardening Burka - don't enter the ecosystem without it.

Posted by: Ivansmom | August 17, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure we could enlist Mr. T's expertise in personal protective equipment (better known as turnout gear) in the design of gardening burkas. He's a member of the National Fire Protection Association's standards-making committee on structural firefighting protective equipment.

The science involved in PPE amazes me. The more exotic fabrics with heat protection properties wouldn't be necessary for gardening burkas, but I envision an outer shell to contain and shed insects, poison ivy, snakebites, etc. Then there would need to be an inner shell to absorb moisture and cool the body. I'll bet Frosti could find somebody to give us a grant to develop this garment! It would be an instant commercial success, I'm sure.

Cassandra, better lives through pharmacuticals. I need to remember to take the ibuprofen when I need it. I bought two 500-pill bottles at Costco, so it's not like I don't have enough and need to ration my consumption.

Posted by: slyness | August 17, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

But mosquito netting works, and it's thin... all we need is a tighter weave with stronger fabric like kevlar against the more determined insects.

Like a beekeeper's special, you know?

http://www.beekeepingstarterkit.com/beekeepersclothing

Posted by: Wilbrod | August 17, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Naproxen, slyness. I rely on naproxen for muscle pain or injury. Beats ibuprofen hollow.

Mosquito netting is all well and good, but Slyness has the right idea here. Impenetrable comfort, that's our selling point. With the shark-repellent glaze.

Posted by: Ivansmom | August 17, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Stay away from the other federal capital then RD Padouk, the shores of the Ottawa river are covered with poison ivy. A friend from the Maritimes ended up in intensive care when she, the poison ivy oblivious Maritimer, mowed a patch of PY with her ride-on lawnmower. Ugly it was.

Mixed news on the sport's front. Blythe Hartley won Canadian gold, i.e. 4th place, in diving 3m, and witch no. 2 soccer's team placed second in the weekend's tournament so it should be a good time. But a little guy playing in the tournament, 12 yo, drowned in the hotel's pool, a cheap Holiday Inn, reasons unknown yet. So W2 team's hen mother got to calm down a much disturbed mother and the kids saw their first dead body when they got back from their last game. Seeing a corpse has to happen at one point I guess. She seems to take it pretty well but she is devastated for the mother.
Preliminary reports are not helpful:

http://news.sympatico.msn.cbc.ca/Boy+12+drowns+in+Montreal+hotel+pool/Canada/ContentPosting?isfa=1&newsitemid=que-drowning&feedname=CBC-CANADA-V3&show=False&number=0&showbyline=True&subtitle=&detect=&abc=abc&date=True

Posted by: shrieking denizen | August 17, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Oh, s.d., how terrible. I hope witch no. 2 is all right. That just leaps right out in the "worst nightmare" category.

Posted by: Ivansmom | August 17, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Awright boodlers, all except the night watch, off to bed. Boodler-bed-tucker attendants are standing by to assist.

Busy day tomorrow starting with dawn patrol

Posted by: Brag | August 17, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

I think witch no 2 has good compassion, SD. The shock may take a while to hit... at this age, the effect rarely is immediate. I hope the mother gets answers soon, although I doubt they will be comforting.

Posted by: Wilbrod | August 17, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Noted, Ivansmom, I will acquire some. I've needed it the past several days.

I'm so sorry to hear about the drowning, Shriek. I assume there will be a police investigation, plus an autopsy. So terrible when a young person dies in such preventable circumstances.

Posted by: slyness | August 17, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

I like how you describe that SD, Canadian gold. I will trnsmit this to mrdr, shortly. He will appreciate it.

Just in case any of you gents are feeling a little honey dooed out, mrdr has done a Hurculenean job this last few weeks. He relandscaped a major part of the old lawn, built a rubble stone wall from reclaimed concrete, he resurfaced the upper deck, he laid a waterproof flooring, and now he is finishing up with shiny new railings. All that is left is to get dirt and lay sod, and then put in the rest of the under the deck porch floor. The job jar is almost empty.

Posted by: dr | August 17, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

SD, what an unfortunate even for #2 - I imagine she might have a few tough days as what happens begins to really sink in.

I learned a lot about drowning in my last job - heartbreaking every time.

Posted by: dmd | August 17, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

'Evening, Boodle. Just read through all 240-whatever commednts in thsi Boodle, so I'm kinda up-to-date.

We're back in Philly after a weekend donnashore. Boy, I'm very stiff--all that fresh air, sunshine, exercise (bouncing up and down dodging waves and swimming in the ocean), salt air, salt water, etc. really take their toll on a (very ancient) body. But yup, went swimming in the Atlantic both yesterday morning and this morning at Shipbottom (you know me and nautical bottoms). Very invigorating. My wife got some pretty good tan. I asked her if I got any color. She said no. Apparently my sun block was SPF 1,458--slightly more protective than the kind of Sears best latex exterior paint you'd paint your garage door with. In fact, after two days at the beach, it is possible I am even paler than I was on Friday. Go figure.

The air temp and water temp were perfect, and the waves were just right yesterday--not to rough, not too smoth. Today the ocean was just a tad cooler, but still nice--and dea calm. Saw a pod of dolphins swim by about 200 yards out where the were greeted by a kiyaker and a surfboarder out there. All of them chased each other south for a hundred yards or so before the dolphins swam off. But the kiyaker and surfer dude were right there with them, just a foot or two away. And a thousand people up and down the beach watched. Very cool moment.

But ate very well. Ate twice (one lunch, one dinner) in Jersey diners. (As you may remember, I just love a good diner.) Ate dinner Friday night in a place on Rt. 9 near Manahawkin called Octopus's Garden. They had a great list of early-bird specials. (Yeah, yeah, I hear you young whippersnappers snickering. Bite me.) For anybody up in that neck of the woods, I highly recommend it. (And being on the mainland rather than on Long Beach Island, the prices were much better.) Terrific food there.

After dinner last night we went to a bookstore in Beach Haven where they were having a book-signing by two mystery novelists, Paul D'Ambrosia (his first novel), and Chris Grabenstein (his fourth). Hadda buy one signed copy from each, of course.

Oh, and on Friday on the way down, we stopped at Balic Vineyard and bought 2 1/2 cases of wine. (This will come as no surprise whatsoever to Scotty, mo, and TBG, who saw us buy wine by the case at the Montpelier wine festival BPH a few years ago.)

My wife and I are having dinner tomorrow night with my former 11th grade history teacher, who was soooo good (but tough) that my notes for her world history class got me through Hist. 101 and 102 in college. No lie, no exaggeration. (I didn't take great notes because I was such a stellar scholar; I took great notes because she made sure I had no choice. Her forcing me to learn how to take notes not only got me through college, it became the core discipline of my entire newsapaper career.) My high school graduating class had its 40-something reunion a few years ago, and we invited some of our old teachers to attend (five did, and she was one). I've kept in touch with her ever since. (Kinda weird now being a "peer" of a person who was a much-feared adult when I was but a callow teen. I don't remotely feel like her peer.)

Been watching the Olympics every night, so saw Phelps, the girls, etc., so am completely current on them. Waiting for the US girls gymnastics finals tonight.

So, yep, Cassandra, we're having a good time on vacation.

Brag, don't worry, you're not on report. (But glad you patched up that wing.) You're probably gonna be leading the squadron tomorrow morning.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 17, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Witch no. 2 will absorb the story, at her own pace. Death happens.
Hey dr, Mr. dr beat me on household work but I make dinner too so it should count for something. I planted two hostas, a tree peony, tulips and lily of the valley and made grilled chicken, corn and green beans casserole. I washed 2 cars too and walked the dogzz. I'll keep the fridges moving story (from last weekend) for another day, I'm still smarting from it.

We've had some family swimming safety talks lately, as a neighbour died earlier this summer while kayaking. He was an inexperienced 64 yo kayaker, in very good shape I might add, but going out without a PFD was very bad idea and he died in the Gatineau river. His son is livid about the lack of interest of the local police (He'll turn out soon enough they said....and they were right) but the real issue is what the heck was is doing out there without a PFD...

Posted by: shrieking denizen | August 17, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

i just found out yesterday that a close family friend (really an unofficial member of my family) experienced a drowning tragedy at his own home. his cousin and family were visiting, and the cousin's 2.5 year old son found his way unobserved into the pool (which was fenced in, but the police theorize that in one spot where there is about a foot gap, the child must have crawled under to get in). he was only missing for 10-15 minutes total but could not be revived. a heart-breaking nightmare.

Posted by: L.A. lurker | August 17, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

SD, that IS lunacy, to boat in any fashion without a PFD (lifejacket, right?) unless you happen not only to be a champion distance swimmer, but dressed warm for cold water, and also also amazingly good at extricating yourself from boat mishaps.

Jeez, anybody can get hypothermia quite quickly in 70- degree water (or colder), and the cold shock will impede swimming skill.

A cousin of mine survived a chopper crash into water in the arctic years ago and he only survived because he was wearing those really warm orange arctic weather overalls under a jacket. That saved his life from hypothermia. He didn't have to swim much, but every stroke was life-threatening, the air was subzero. They used flotsam from the chopper, I believe.

http://www.hypothermia.org/inwater.htm


Posted by: Wilbrod | August 17, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Sad storys SD. And yes, PFD’s should be like seatbelts, automatically worn. We had a good weekend. Just as we were leaving the house yesterday afternoon, we had a thunderstorm-sunshower. We drove by the beach and sure enough, there was a beautiful rainbow that ended in the water by some boats, of course I didn’t have my camera. As we drove south towards the cape, another thunderstorm was moving in and we ended up driving through two or three miles of hail. It was coming down furiously, pinging off the car and the visibility was terrible. “S” of course kept driving, even tho’ most people had pulled over, because he could see the clear sky ahead. Sure enough, we drove out of it into a cloudless blue sky just before the bridge. From the top of the bridge I looked back at a very dark sky with lightning bolts. It was stunning. Had a fun dinner with friends, another t-storm passed by while we ate and the restaurant lost power for a few moments. By the time we left the restaurant, the moon was out and all was calm.

I have a dozen cukes sitting on my kitchen counter. Why don’t the bunnies like them instead of the beans? Another week and then a few days vacation in Maine. Can’t wait.

Posted by: Bad Sneakers | August 17, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

dr, mrdr did far too much for a single weekend. That was about a month worth of heavy lifting.

I did relatively little--excursion to Orlando, taking in wonders of Orlando Truckfest, complete with Super Swamper tires, ARB add-ons (including snorkels), Warn winches from the Portland area, and Toyota Trail Team, complete with a rather heavily-used FJ Cruiser. Except the white paint was immaculate. Probably it hadn't been exposed to scratchy Florida shrubbery like like saw palmettos, but I wonder whether Toy has found cat-scratch resistant paint. Then the wonders of a new Whole Foods, the greater wonders of an Indian grocery run by Nepalis, and finally Ikea, where a new desk chair was obtained.

Posted by: Dave of the Coonties | August 17, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Wilbrod, PFD is gunmint speak for Personal Flotation Device... I am totally corrupted.

Our dearly departed neighbour was nice enough, he was the energizer bunny of the street. He was a retired school principal, renovating houses for a profit. So evey day he was there, painting, changing out roof shingles or what not. Or with his fearless Pekinase facing off to the VLP....

Posted by: shrieking denizen | August 17, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Visibly lined panties?

Posted by: Wilbrod | August 17, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Shawn Johnson wins the silver on the floor exercise; Liukin wins bronze.

Can't stay awake another moment. Brag, a good breakfast before you go up. Watch them Fokkers coming out of the sunrise at you. 'Night, Boodle.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 17, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Very Large Pup, Wilbrod! Sheesh.

I had a fairly relaxing weekend, even though I did some work from home for my day job. Puttered around the house and yard, enjoyed the heat for the most part, as summer is going by too fast. We had a wild thunderstorm at about 4 am this morning - I didn't watch it, just went back to sleep. Cloudy today and more storms on the way. Went to the library twice - the first time I realized I had left my purse at home - oops. Still waiting for the gymnastics to air here...

Posted by: mostlylurking | August 17, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Catching up on the Boodle.

slyness - yes, I think it's possible to retrofit cars with instant startup systems, but the typical hybrid has a mega-electrical system (incl. huge battery arrays) that can run all of the accesories (typically heat, a/c, wipers, defroster, etc.) when the car's gas engine isn't running. Retrofitting a car that wasn't designed to do so would be difficult and very expensive if one didn't have the means to reengineer the car themselves.

Also, the typical car was not designed to be shut off and hot-started so freqently, which would likely lead to more frequent failures of components like starters, fuel and oil pumps.

Cassandra, RD - some very quick commentary about dark matter. Yes some of it may simply be matter that does not give off light such as dust and rock and such, but much of it that exists in halos around galaxies does not seem to interact with light and gravity in the same way that regular matter does. In some cases, scientists infer its existence by how it interacts (very weakly) with regular matter by gravity - but are perplexed because the gravitational effects it has in the locations it seems to be would likely show some sort of electromagnetic signature. For example, if it were close to a group of galactic stars, you'd expect it to be warm, as gas and rocks would be - but in many cases, they see the gravitational effects, but no heat.

I noticed some papers recently that mentioned findings in our own galaxy showing dark matter to be clumpier and more prevalent than originally thought. Interestingly, there are indications that there's dark matter within the Solar System, but when astronomers look where they expect to find it, there's nothing visible.

Now, another interesting thing to me is dark energy, which seems to behave like anti-gravity on large scales...

More later, kids.

bc

Posted by: bc | August 17, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. Thanks bc for the information. It is confusing, but interesting.

Mudge, I'm so glad you're enjoying your vacation. I'm curious, why don't you tan?

Ivansmom, had to laugh at your description of the yard.

sd, that was really, really, sad. I can imagine after someone drowns in a pool, it might be turn-off for folks to get back in there.

Slyness, Martooni, Scotty, Mudge, time to move, with the exception of Mudge. Morning to all.*waving*

I don't have anything on my dance card today, so I just might try to clean my little yard space, and rake up some of the leaves and trash. It is cool this morning, great fall weather. Of course, with the storm looming out in the Atlantic, it could become a nightmare. We need the rain.

Have a wonderful day, folks. It is Monday, but it's a new beginning, and looked at that way, not so bad for whatever may be wrong this morning. We get another chance. God is good.

Time to swim.

Posted by: cassandra s | August 18, 2008 5:55 AM | Report abuse

So the fastest man and the fastest woman are both from Jamaica. It must be the water.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 18, 2008 6:56 AM | Report abuse

Corporal slyness reporting for dawn patrol! Of course I woke up 45 minutes early, but I stayed in bed till almost the normal time to get up.

Not much on my agenda today either, Cassandra. I think I'll go see my babies and love on them. It's been a couple of weeks so I need a fix.

I can tell you why Mudge doesn't tan. First, he was wearing enough sun block to prevent any UV radiation from getting through to his skin. Second, he is among the people who burn long before they tan, so see #1 for the reason he stays pasty white. It's a curse but better to be pallid than risk the burn and increase the chance of melanoma.

Thanks for the explanation, bc. I figured that. I will use the turning-off technique only for long waits at traffic signals when I've just missed the green.

Posted by: slyness | August 18, 2008 7:05 AM | Report abuse

Or especially delicious cookies at the finnish line.

Posted by: Boko999 | August 18, 2008 7:07 AM | Report abuse

Morning all! Up early today to meet Boodler Kim for breakfast. She's in town to visit some campuses of higher learning with her son. Ahhhh... senior year of high school.

Daughter and I saw Lion King last night at the Kennedy Center. What a visual masterpiece. Just beautiful.

Posted by: TBG | August 18, 2008 7:18 AM | Report abuse

yummy lutefish?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 18, 2008 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Good Morning, you all.

Well, I am hoping that Joel's next kit will not be about dirt. (good answer RD, I check marked - recommended it within the the comments section of the article, so glad to see you step up to the plate!)

I'm hoping the next kit will be: where was McCain during the first 30 minutes of the Faith Forum? The 30 minutes when he was supposed to be in the church's silent room. The first 30 minutes of Obama's interview by Rick Warren. Well, we all know the answer, he was in a motercade on the way to the church..... Why was he late to the silence room? Did he listen in on Obama and tailor his answers, accordingly? Must say I am very disappointed in McCain for not being where he was supposed to be and not admitting that he was not in the silent room for the first 30 minutes of the program.

Posted by: Vintage Lady | August 18, 2008 7:22 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle. Oh, the curse of getting old and a lifetime of waking up at 5 a.m. Just when you think you can sleep in -- you can't.

Thank you for being Cassandra's wingman (wingperson? Just doewsn't sound right) this morning, slyness, and thanks for that correct interpretation of my tanning-challenged lilly-white hide. As boko says, the Finnish line. (Or Swedish/Norwegian, as the case may be.)

Forced myself to read the Gerson column. Man is a moron, that's all I can say. Sally Quinn's rebuttal piece started off OK, but the lead-in went on forever...and then the payoff lacked oomph. *sigh*

I have to go read Joel's and Caitlin's pieces now, methinks. Not sure what is on the agenda for today--maybe some shopping up in New Hope and Lambertville. Will need to wait for the household to stir and get caffein ated before decision-making.

Scotty, Brag, you fellows feel like getting your butts outa the sack now?

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 18, 2008 7:26 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, VL. Say hi to Kim for me, TBG.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 18, 2008 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Mrph. Donwangoschl... Zzzzzzzz...

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 18, 2008 7:38 AM | Report abuse

Bonjour Boodlers!

Up this morning in stealth mode watching the Evil One's kennels. Several lion-tamers are at work in the vicinity, exposing the growlind dogs and pushing them back.

Why doesn't Mudge tan? Could be he is surrounded by dark matter bending solar rays?

Posted by: Brag | August 18, 2008 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Liked Caitlin's piece. Why is she wrangling a bunch of lawyers (no offense, Yoki .. but food for thought for you too); she oughta be a writer.

Want to highlight this little gem from Weingarten's Sunday mag column: [never mind the context]: (Obama is) "as unseasoned as a hospital hamburger."

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 18, 2008 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Mudge, I like Gerson's little gem much better "Obama was fluent, cool and cerebral". Now, I don't think he meant that in a particularly complimentary fashion, but I do. It is one of the many things that cuts Obama from the crowd. Agree with you on the overall Gerson piece, however, not worth reading.

Posted by: Vintage Lady | August 18, 2008 8:06 AM | Report abuse

When the token ladycolumn in WaPoMag is on a rotating six week basis, you have to take a menial day job just to make ends meet. I guess wrangling lawyers beats mucking stables, but not by much.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 18, 2008 8:08 AM | Report abuse

VL, another of Gerson's self-important absurdities:

"What took place instead under Warren's precise and revealing questioning was the most important event so far of the 2008 campaign..."

And I keep seeing variations of this all over the place, and it just makes me nuts: "...how difficult it will be for Obama to appeal to religious and conservative voters..." No, you $#@&^%$#*#@ moron, it isn't "difficult" for Obama to appeal to conservs and evangelicals; it is IMPOSSIBLE, and neither he nor any other center/left candidate WANTS to appeal to them...just like no converv/evang./rightwing candidate would want to appeal to MoveOn.org, fer crissakes. Don't you freaking get it Michael? We/they don't freaking WANT your g---d--- vote, OK? You are irrelevant; your cause is dying and fading from its 15 minutes of fame. The tide is turning back the other way, as historical tides tend to do, and you and your band of idealoges are slowly being washed out to sea, where you belong. Buh-bye.

Moron.

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

I don't mind that people like Gerson are conservs; they're entitled to their philosophy. What I mind tremendously is their lack of self-awareness, their self-righteous sense of entitlement, this irritating unchalleneged notion that Obama or anyone else would even WANT their *$#@&# vote.

There...now I've had my cardio for the morning. On to my day.

Somebody go knock on Scotty's door.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 18, 2008 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Why, there appears to be a new kit...

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 18, 2008 8:26 AM | Report abuse

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