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This bison refused to abide by the signs saying Slower Traffic Use Turnouts. He was coming right at me in my lane when I swerved to miss him. I'd put his weight at about 2,000 pounds, roughly the same as my rented Suzuki SUV. I tried to get him to roam back to the forest but he insisted on staying on the road and was last seen heading north to Montana.


Hayden Valley, lousy with bison. The males are rutting. They grunt a lot. Don't get too close.


Overachieving sunset on Saturday night, Yellowstone Lake.

By Joel Achenbach  |  September 7, 2008; 11:27 AM ET
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Best bison picture I've ever seen.

Posted by: frostbitten | September 7, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

frostbitten, in the previous Boodle you said:
"It didn't take a professional hydrologist to predict that the style of development practiced in NoVA would yield this result."
Or, as Dylan would say, "It don't take a weatherman to know which way the wind blows."

Our dr had an adventure with bison recently:

Posted by: mostlylurking | September 7, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

SCC - Dylan said "You don't need" - I need more coffee.

Beautiful pictures, Joel.

Posted by: mostlylurking | September 7, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Overachieving sunset. I like that.

That should be the middle of an haiku, Joel. You almost have one with a little editing...

One Saturday night's
Overachieving sunset
On Yellowstone Lake

Posted by: Wilbrod | September 7, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

But for a sky report on that overachieving sunset.

I. Elements.

High-gloss purple clouds
Reflect hidden sun, black fields
Laser-red sunset.

II. Texture
Lumpy red satin
Burst with velveteen cotton
Edged with flat black voids

III. Mood
A Red sky at night's
Supposedly sailor's delight
This? Hooker's delight.

Posted by: Wilbrod | September 7, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Nice pics, as always. And it says, perhaps, something about our times (or at least me) that when I read the title I immediately thought of Hunter S. Thompson.

I remember seeing a herd of Bison in Eastern Washington many, many years ago. What I remember is the hair sticking out in wild untamed tufts.

Interestingly, (just go with it) this was on the way to Yellowstone. It's a fascinating place, what with the bubbling mudpots, geysers, and multi-colored hot springs and all. Lots of fun as long as you don't think too much about that whole "super-volcano" business.

And the bears. Best not to think about the bears either.

Posted by: RD Padouk | September 7, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Bison on dark road
"You heading to Mianus?"
Nice curves-- shi*, swerve now!

Posted by: Wilbrod | September 7, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

ʎɐpoʇ ƃuılpooq ʍols
ɯɹoʇs ǝɥʇ ɯoɹɟ ƃuıɹǝʌoɔǝɹ
uns ǝɥʇ ƃuıʎoɾuǝ

Posted by: ƃqʇ | September 7, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

dr's bison story is just great! I will repost mostly's link --

Posted by: nellie | September 7, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Greek to me, TBG!

Sorry to go off topic and all political, but here is the link to NPR's Anne Kilkenny story (she wrote the email about Palin):

And the Seattle Times has a front page story about Palin's time as mayor:

Glad the sun's back out in the DC area - that's a lot of rain you got all at once.

Posted by: mostlylurking | September 7, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I do want to see some wild bison. I just don't have a good excuse to go to Montana yet.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 7, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

What about a vacation to Yellowstone or Glacier Park, yellojkt? Gotta get there before the glaciers are gone, time's a-wasting. I love Montana, but I haven't spent any time there in years. Must get back there - preferably during huckleberry season.

Posted by: mostlylurking | September 7, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Good to hear the weather has relented out east. My pal traveling to New Jersey had a blessed airline trip that narrowly avoided huge delays, rerouting, and discomfort.

Posted by: Fifty | September 7, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Whazza snu?
Never mind.

Hey TGB, if I break my neck trying to read your posts I'm gonna sue.
And the carpet burns on my bald spot aren't all that much fun either.

Posted by: Boko999 | September 7, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

After reading about dr's bison encounter Canada seems a lot more exotic. Cool and gray here today, good afternoon for a nap so I will.

Posted by: frostbitten | September 7, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

such a beautiful area. my family had a close encounter on the road with a mother moose and baby on a night-time drive from yellowstone back to grand teton national park. we also had one of those experiences when, while driving around a bend in the dark, the headlights reflected off of a dozen pairs of eyes, presumably of deer or elk but too dark to see.

Posted by: L.A. lurker | September 7, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I can't think of very many blogs that have the courage and integrity to lead off with a photo of a buffalo's ass.

Just sayin'.

Hey, bc, why are all the teams wearing a patch that sez "GU"? Who GU?

Donovan McNabb just three a 90-yard TD. They lead the Rams 21-0 at the half.

Gotta go resume cleaning up/clearing out the room above the garage. *&#@^%$#&^ honey-dos.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | September 7, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Scc: threw. Jeez.

Posted by: Curm? | September 7, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh, a little bit of Westfield, Massachusetts in the midst of Yellowstone. Did you wave at ol' Ferdinand in the valley named after this early geologist when you drove through? The sunset that you captured yesterday at Yellowstone Lake is spectacular. I know there is some tasty nut-encrusted trout in these parts if you know where to look.

So did you get to the park through Casper and Cody or through Laramie, Lander and Jackson Hole? Since you're at the lake, I suspect the former. No thermal soaks or spa treatment on the way at Thermopolis? Did you catch ten winks at Ten Sleep?

This part of the U.S. is so extraordinarily special and unique. Enjoy! Enjoy!

Posted by: Loomis | September 7, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, the GU stands for Gene Upshaw, HOF offensive lineman and NFLPA head, who died a couple of weeks ago.

Posted by: pj | September 7, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

dr, I missed your post on your blog but am so glad it got posted here - what a great story and pictures.

My exposure to Bison has been limited to African Lions Safari (which has a North American animals area) and a local Bison preserve. All tame places to encouner Bison, although the Rhinos always make me nervous when we drive through the Safari. For those not familiar an animal preserve/zoo, where you drive your car through the animals habitats, started with Lions and monkeys when I was a kid and has grown to many African and North American animals plus small water park - a favorite outing for the kids.

Joel great photos.

Posted by: dmd | September 7, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I should add the animals are not fenced from the roadways, it is quite common for the monkeys to climb over your car, and giraffes and emus will approach but most of the others ignore the cars.

Posted by: dmd | September 7, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Exotic? Canada? More than Montana?
Shirley you can see a buffalo's bum in Minnesota.
I thought they're indiji...indege...naturally occurring.

Posted by: Boko999 | September 7, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Those are great pictures, Joel. Thank you for sharing the sunset - gaudy, but gorgeous - and for engaging the large animal in the pursuit of art. I have no bison but several deer, including two fawns who like to hang around during the day. The family jumps into the dog yard fence, apparently because the shrubbery is greener on that side. They briefly look at the dog, who briefly looks back, then they all ignore one another. Sometimes the kids (fawns, that is) wander up the driveway or poke their heads over a different fence, just to see what those darn people will do next.

Congratulations to eidrib on your job!!!

Also, I was glad to see woofin and the old & new Boodlers from the last Boodle.

Posted by: Ivansmom | September 7, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for posting the link to dr's photos and blog ml and nellie. Great stuff, dr.

dmd. I was going to repay you for the tune cootie that African Lions Safari induced by mentioning the name of the big aquarium near you but I can't remember the name of it.

Posted by: Boko999 | September 7, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Consider tune cootie exchanged, my kids would come running from any place in the house at the first note of Marineland.


Posted by: dmd | September 7, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I don't see Brin as just another blogger. If the Obama campaign wants to win, they ought to just study Brin's latest post.

I did find this

Posted by: Jumper | September 7, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the Palin link, Jumper.
I ordered the Free Fuzzy Thing. I'm going to keep it in the fridge with all the other ones.

Posted by: Boko999 | September 7, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

The Michael Palin link was great Jumper. Thanks.

The Brin blog is good, too.

Posted by: TBG | September 7, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

"Exotic? Canada? More than Montana?"

Why of course, it's the accents.

Posted by: frostbitten | September 7, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

The Brin piece was very good, although I should point out that shuttlecocks are not 'hurled.' They're 'batted' with a racquet.

You figure it out.

Posted by: Boko999 | September 7, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

You can also kick the shuttlecock, which is different than kicking the bucket.

Thanks for the links, Jumper

Posted by: DNA Girl | September 7, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Joel, the buffalo buttocks made my heart go pitter patter and not in a good way. In light of the happenings the day of the tea party, I have decided I prefer to see buffalo with a fence between me and it. (It is entirely possible that is is the humans who should be fenced, not the bison)

Sadly these grand creatures only live in parks in the south, though there may be native wild herds farther north.

Posted by: dr | September 7, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse


Your 2:34 comment just blew me away. I don't know what we would do without you. I'll tell you, what you said is true, but the way you say it leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination. My train of thought would not have traveled that way when looking at the picture.

Great pictures, JA.

Slyness, you have to read Leonard Pitts' editorial in the Charlotte paper. Pitts blew the Repubs out the water. Every word is true. And I can't think of a better example of "dumber" than Mitt's speech. Repubs should be ashamed to talk about change, and they're the ones people are trying to get away from. Don't they know that!! Whose been in Washington for the past eight years? Let us say it together. REPUBLICANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm just getting in. My dad showed up at my door this afternoon, and he looked so upset. I said what's wrong, and he wanted me to find someone to help him get his neighbor in the house. Elderly gentleman that cannot walk and left the hospital, but could not get out the car when he got home. Folks, we know about yesterday, and know some of today, but we don't know how we're going to end up before we leave this world. We don't know who we're going to have to ask for a drink of water or a helping hand. We need to be good to one another. It took four men to get this gentleman in the house. And his wife can't help him even now at home. I'm going to check back with them tomorrow and see what kind of help they can get.

It is so hot here, I mean like an oven. Humid, sticky, wet, heat. Clothes stick to you, and sweat runs down the back and the neck. Feels like you're in the shower, but no water is running.

So how's the weekend going so far? Almost over.

Posted by: cassandra s | September 7, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Retired Palin pastor on the Last Days:

"I believe that Alaska is one of the 'refuge states' the Last Days," Kalnins said, raising his arm to underscore his point. "And hundreds of thousands of people are going to come to this state to seek refuge."

If Palin is elected on November 4th, it's possible that the Last Days are at hand.

Mr Shop Steward, I propose a November 5th boodle referendum on relocating the bunker.

Because Alaska would be in danger because of a trigger-happy vice-president and its close proximity to Russia, and the District a target because of a hot-tempered president, one of the Canadian provinces may be a better location. I will leave it to our Canuckistani neighbors to nominate the best site.

Posted by: Shiloh | September 7, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I just got in from walking Buddy in a lovely warm light drizzle that's left over from one of your hurricanes. As I was gathering wool and jettisoning umbrage I suddenly 'got' Sgt. Bilko. Bilko He was cheat. Duh.
It was there, staring me in the face, for nigh on fifty years and I completely missed it.
God, I'm a knob.

Posted by: Boko999 | September 7, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Cassandra.. My sister works for a home-healthcare company and says hospitals routinely send senior patients home in a cab to an empty house. It's disgraceful.

You're right... we have to help each other. Your dad knew who to turn to, didn't he? You two may have your arguments, but he knows who does the right thing.

Posted by: TBG | September 7, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

I'll do the hurling and the burling around here, I'll have you know. Rapscallion raquetry rackets or not; nor cuckling shocks; whatever. Hurtling, maybe.

Posted by: Jumper | September 7, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Hey y'all... cut out that racket.

Posted by: TBG | September 7, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Nor shocking clucks, shackling cooks, cackling sheiks, shaking clocks, choking sloats, etc...

Posted by: Nim | September 7, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Palin for President!

Posted by: Wilbrod | September 7, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

What kind of wool did you gather, Boko? Merino, angora, mohair? What color is it?

Racket, racquet? Do we spell it tennis racket, here in 'Merica? Questions, to get back to the tennis - Nadal was up a break in the 4th set when I sat down here.

Posted by: mostlylurking | September 7, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Shiloh, I have no problem having a bunker relocation referendum -- although I'm completely confident it will be unnecessary. That said, there ain't no way I'm relocating to a state THAT cold and THAT effed up. Besides, Alaska is surrounded by no less than THREE foreign countries: Russia, Canada, and Seattle. And lemme tell ya, them Canuckis scare the crap outta me. *shivers*

Anyway, the darn place is melting. They got polar bears and walruses coming ashore, all the penguins have migrated to Yugoslavia or some darn place, the Sasquatch have already moved to Florida, and the sun doesn't set up there until, like 11 o'clock at night, or something.

I'm not moving my a$$ anyplace there ain't warm salt water, beaches, babes in minimalist swimwear, Corono lights, guys wearing 20-year-old Topsiders and no socks, and cable TV. If you can work within those parameters, Shiloh, then we may be able to reach a pretty rapid accord.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | September 7, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Here's something to entertain you on this fine Sunday afternoon...

Posted by: TBG | September 7, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Andy Murray beat Rafael Nadal!!!

Posted by: DNA Girl | September 7, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Just got back from delicious clams and a 40 minute walk-hop on the breakwater in the harbor. What a gorgeous afternoon here, warm with a nice breeze, almost cloudless sky. Lots of boats of all sizes in the harbor, most of them weren’t going anywhere, gas is even more expensive at marinas.

Cassandra, glad your dad knows to get you on the case. That is shameful of hospitals to do that to people. We need a major change in healthcare in this country (among other things). Hope everyone had a great weekend.

Posted by: Bad Sneakers | September 7, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Oh drat, I meant to compliment Joel on the pictures. The first one reminds me of someone but I’m too well mannered to say more. Did I read something about sunsets being more colorful because of a volcano somewhere? That is one gaudy sunset.

Speaking of pictures. I took some this morning of my morning glories. Why do they wait to bloom until September? “S” got a shot of a hummingbird at the feeder and another bird sitting on top of the gazing ball.

Posted by: Bad Sneakers | September 7, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

When Shiloh suggested moving the bunker, I thought we should shift to the other side of Canuckistania and camp out in Nova Scotia. It is beautiful up there, especially on Cape Breton Island.

Unfortunately, after reading Mudge's third paragraph on his 5:56, that idea gets ruled out quickly. The conditions he specifies exist up there, but only for about a day and a half per year. (And the 'warm salt water' might only exist in the glass soaking someone's dentures.)

Posted by: pj | September 7, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Howdy All
Back from Balmer and happy to be home. How about them Ravens? Joe Flacco for president!!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | September 7, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

I knew you'd see reason once I explained things, PJ.

BTW, thanks for the Gene Upshaw answer. Made me smack my forehead, "Of course!"

Posted by: Curmudgeon | September 7, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Bob Woodward's on 60 Minutes.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | September 7, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Sneaks I took a bunch of photos of my Mom's morning glories today, she has over 50 flowers running up her trellis. When she was here earlier this summer,she tied up my morning glories and so far my best day has been 3 flowers,but hey it is a start.

And one of mine is Purple!!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | September 7, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Considering the limitations on bunker relocation, the effects of global warming that will leave most of Florida and many coastal communities under water, the volcanic uncertainty of Hawaii, earthquake susceptibility of California and the riskiness of high target cities during the Last Days (Vegas is doomed), I guess that leaves only American Samoa (if it has any places over 50 feet above present sea level), Guam or Puerto Rico, the last of the American territories, and potentially, long-term lease sites such as Guantanamo, Cuba.

Posted by: Shiloh | September 7, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

totally off topic... I have tons of BEES in my garden... thought everyone would be relieved to hear that... especially Joel. I know there is a bumble bee shortage raging but they seem to be alive and well, thriving on my sedums. Okay... back to bison... ???

Posted by: Miss Toronto | September 7, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

We have lots of time to think of a new place for the bunker, Mudge. If necessary. We may have to check with Dreamer to see if someplace is available in the Land of Oz. Near beach volleyball, maybe.

The patches for Upshaw are on the player's jerseys for the entire year and the patches on the field are for this week only, I believe.

Posted by: pj | September 7, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Murray played so well - and he's a Scot! I'd like to see Federer win, but if Murray does I won't feel too bad.

I have been very pleased to have one morning glory bloom each day for about the last week or so. They look at me from across the back porch, so I see them every day. And they stay open all day here. I read that they start blooming when the day length gets shorter. I used to try to get them to bloom in early summer, but once I understood that, I became more patient. Some day I will have what gwe's mother has - or at least I'll keep trying.

Posted by: mostlylurking | September 7, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

TBG, you're right. We do have to help one another. And, yes, my dad found my door, and seemed quite happy I was home. I hope to check in with him tomorrow morning. I told him not to try and lift his neighbor by himself. He was complaining with his back when I left this afternoon. The man forgets he's eighty years old.

I hope we can find some help for that gentleman and his wife. I've asked the church to help, and they agreed, yet he needs major home health services. We'll see what we can work out for them. I think we need to start with the doctor. And thanks, Sneakers.

Time to turn in. Have a good evening, folks. Night, boodle. Sweet dreams.

Posted by: cassandra s | September 7, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse


Canada, it seems, already has boarders living in the Dominican Republic, so that site is probably not a good choice for bunker relocation.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for that info Mostly. I knew they usually bloomed later, but that’s why I started them in peat pots. I guess I’ll practice patience from now on. gwe, I’ve got a long way to go to have a crop of flowers like your Mom’s. The vines are everywhere. They grew up the lattice on the deck and then curled around the umbrella and up thru’ the vent on top and now are hanging down from the umbrella searching for someplace to go next. I’m afraid if I get too close they’ll envelop me like those creatures in Aliens.

Posted by: Bad Sneakers | September 7, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Turn on Fox right now and watch this hilarious show, Hole in the Wall.

Stupidest thing I've ever seen.

Posted by: TBG | September 7, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

One governor, two faces. What a bargain

Two-faced Sarah is revealed in this blog.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Hey you all,

back home and no problems with house, yard looks ok, too. Great news about your new job, eidrib and many happy anniversaries, jellowjacket. I haven't looked at all the posted links, yet, but noticed a serious discussion re: relocating bunker and so must recommentd this one.

We toured it one day and it is rather hysterical when you see the small spaces allotted to each represenative and senator. They are definitely cell like and IIRC, some had bunk beds. Anyway, these men & women were supposed to be there to spare their lives, hence, they would al have to get along. I only scanned the first chapter, but found a mistake. There IS a place for the spouses and chiildren, but not underground. It was proposed to use an area which is now part of a movie theatre above ground for the families.

How do you all feel about moving to WVA? We have one boodler in WestbyGodVA all ready.

Oh yes, in case any of you do not know, this super secret place was scooped by The Washington Post Sunday Magazine section.

Posted by: VintageLady | September 7, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Here's a perspective on the Republican '"DRILL,DRILL,DRILL" mantra.

Alaska: Energy fix meets political pandering

"... the government is far less optimistic. it estimates gas prices might fall by a maximum of 3 cents a gallon, and that's only after the many years it would take to bring this new oil to market."

Posted by: Shiloh | September 7, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

TBG-thanks for the tip on Hole in the Wall, I think, I just scorched my nose snorting hot coffee. Apparently there's big money in stupid though, $100,000 for making it through the "dreaded blind wall?"

Posted by: frostbitten | September 7, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Hey everybody, just checking in briefly before I go fall into the shower.

Cassandra, I adore Leonard Pitts and scanned his column this morning. I'll go back and look at my leisure. Thank heavens your dad and his neighbor have you to help!

We had my favorite twin boys for supper, as it is their mother's 26th birthday. They were happily rolling around on the den floor when the Panthers scored with two seconds remaining, to beat the Chargers. For Mr. T, a nice ending to the day.

Posted by: slyness | September 7, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Slyness, please don't fall in the shower. We're counting on you for the megaBPH.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | September 7, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

There is a pretty big cave along the river(that would hold all of us),but you can only get to it by boat!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | September 7, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

I think what Slyness is saying is that she takes a shower every fall, whether she needs it or not.

Posted by: TBG | September 7, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Georgia on My Mind

"If we were serious about weakening both Putin and Putinism, we would be investing $1 billion in Georgia Tech to invent alternatives to oil — the high price of which is the only reason the Kremlin is strong enough today to bully its neighbors and its own people."

Is Putinism anything like Palinism?

Posted by: Shiloh | September 7, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

SCC galore, but I really did mean Yellowjacket, truly.

Cassandra, don't know the age of the old gentleman you all helped into his house, but suspect that if he qualifies for medicare/medicaid, he could get some help there. Seems like there should have been some initial research done by hospital social worker before he was released.

Posted by: VintageLady | September 7, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, all.

My reac on seeing Joel's pics for this Kit was, "Mmmmm, bison burgers..." [clearly, Joel has already provided the bison buns]

Did a little work around the house and a bit of auto repair work (not on my own car) this morning, then spent a fine afternoon watching football with a friend.

I was quite happy to see Atlanta, Baltimore and New Orleans win, and was rooting for Cleveland, but dang it, Those Darn Cowboys are just hittin' on all eight right now. Hopefully, Tom Brady's injured knee isn't a serious problem, and mercy, can New York Bretts QB Farve keep that kind of play up for an entire season? [should be interesting when the Patriots play the Bretts]

Watching the Bears and the Colts, with Chicago playing pretty tough defense to Indy's high-octane offense so far.

Saw the commercials for "Hole in the Wall," didn't feel like I even wanted to spend the time to see how bad it was going to be. I'm not the kind of person that smells milk past it's due date, gets a whiff of something bad, and decides to taste it anyway. Some folks do, I won't. I'd rather not have to wash the taste out of my mouth, or out of my mind.


Posted by: bc | September 7, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't sound good for Tom Brady

Posted by: greenwithenvy | September 7, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

"We had my favorite twin boys for supper"-slyness

Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal, the Brothers Grimm, Hansel and Gretel, and Hannibal Lecter all flashed through my mind.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Ahh, Bunker relocation. A topic with which I have some familiarity. For as is common knowledge, the Federal Government has several Emergency Relocation Facilities located throughout the region in the event of, say, the sudden appearance of hordes of undead mutants with a taste for human flesh.

Unfortunately, these locations are only available for "essential" personnel.

Which explains why my business cards say "Zombie Chow."

Posted by: RD Padouk | September 7, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

You forgot Tantalus, founder of the cursed house of Atreus. That's what flashed through my mind.

Posted by: wilbrod | September 7, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Hey guys -- I just got home from seeing Mamma Mia and dinner afterwards with friends. I think I'm digested enough tune cooties to last me for the entire next decade. Very cute movie, and Meryl Streep can definitely sing. Was able to see cameos of Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, too. A little older and a little gamier, but still cute.

Gonna boodle out now.

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | September 7, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Ah, Anonymous, the trouble I get myself into, when I try to boodle while tired!

My favorite twin boys came to visit and eat supper, as it is their mother's birthday.

I *needed* that shower badly, very badly, but now that I've had it I hope I'm better. At least I'm cleaner. I have never fallen IN the shower, but once I fell OUT OF the shower and bumped my head on the toilet. I had made the mistake of using bubble bath the evening before, so when I showered I slipped and fell through the shower curtain. Fortunately no harm done except the bruise on the back of the head.

Posted by: slyness | September 7, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. Anonymous, I'm afraid you & I had the same thought about Slyness's twins supper. That probably isn't a good thing.

RD, I'm so unimportant I found out where our bunker is (or was, they probably changed it now) by accident.

Sorry all you Cowboys non-fans, but Ivansdad is a happy camper tonight.

Why are the weekends so much more work than the workweek? Today I sang two services, did dishes, cleaned out under three sinks (boy was that overdue) and in the laundry room, cleaned the rabbit cage, fed the dog, baked brownies and went to the church picnic. I don't even want to list yesterday's activities. I stil have laundry to put away and stuff to tidy, with the Boy's help. I'm looking forward to the office tomorrow so I can rest.

Posted by: Ivansmom | September 7, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Ivansmom, that's why I always look forward so much to Monday mornings.

Hey CP, you out there? Send me an e-mail.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | September 7, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Watching Test The Nation Canada on CBC, the perfect mind bleach after Hole in the Wall. Here's the link to the quiz
-so far a group of Americans living in Canada are tied for the lead with an armed forces team. Good joke about how the Americans are as heavily armed.

Posted by: frostbitten | September 7, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Ivansmom.... when the kids were little (and being watched by their grandparents while I went to my part-time job), I called my office job "my easy job."

Posted by: TBG | September 7, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Yes indeedy, TBG & Mudge. The rabbit & I took time out just now to fill out the rest of September's calendar, insofar as I can remember it. I'll double-check the electronic calendar tomorrow. This is the big paper calendar posted in the kitchen next to the homework whiteboard, so that when someone says "I didn't know we had that" I can say "It was on the calendar". Of course, I held the pen but the rabbit provided essential memory and moral support.

Posted by: Ivansmom | September 7, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I really like this Brin fellow. He makes a lot of sense.

"These aren’t the days of Eisenhower, or Clinton, or even Ronald Reagan, when political loyalty was only one of many criteria for these appointments. Today’s GOP operatives have been carefully vetted, culled, groomed and organized to turn all systems of government into Party tools. With a consistency and disciplined focus that resembles another party -- the Communist Party. In a latter-day version of the Spoils System, they have hewed closely to a core program -- to intimidate and repress the real public servants, the ones we depend upon. The fourth branch of government.

The men and women of the United States Civil Service.

There can be no greater polar contrast between two groups. Those with the expertise to administer our laws -- advancing through merit, hard work, training and performance -- versus a mob of venial hacks appointed by Bush-Cheney to quash the scientists and military officers, the accountants and FBI agents, the deputy U.S. Attorneys and deputy Marshals, the dam inspectors and CIA agents. The drug chemists and CDC disease monitors. The SEC examiners who might have protected us against fraudulent speculators and thieves. The researchers who might have settled the case on global warming, or found fresh energy solutions by now.

For better or worse, we citizens own and rely upon these agencies, to defend us, to maintain fair and open markets, to encourage startups and discourage monopoly, to catch criminality even in high places, to give truthful intelligence, to peer ahead for threats and opportunities in complex times. We pay their salaries and half a million or so civil servants used to work hard to give us value back. Most would do so, again, if they were allowed."

This is precisely why I will vote for Obama/Biden.

We were chatting with neighbors this afternoon. The Marine retiree declares that Israel will bomb Iran within ninety days of an Obama victory. That seems far-fetched to me.

Posted by: slyness | September 7, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Ivansmom, I feel you.

With laundry to do and a broken showerhead combined with a dog that accidentally got swamped when he jumped over some cattails, not realizing they weren't rooted in terra firma...

After a hour or two, he finally got his smell downgraded to Wet from Swamp dog because I finally decided to take him down to the swimming hole where there is a foot/bathsuit shower pole, and sprayed him-- and me too-- for around 5 minutes-- in 55 degree weather, although it felt like hours.

Days of rest like this will kill me faster than work will.

Posted by: Wilbrod | September 7, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

This story was the banner headline in this past Friday's paper. I guess it was a slow news week, regardless, it *is* the school where my wife and I teach.

Posted by: jack | September 7, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

I think that great sunset photo is the result of all the fallout (fallup?) of all the forest fires we have been having out here in the west. We have been getting a lot of these lately and some weird sunrises also.
My first look at Joel's photo when I got home from work made we think I had a snudge on my monitor and a transmission failure.
Woe to the 49ers and Seahawks.

Posted by: bh | September 7, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

"For as is common knowledge, the Federal Government has several Emergency Relocation Facilities located throughout the region in the event of, say, the sudden appearance of hordes of undead mutants with a taste for human flesh." - RD

Waitaminute, RD, I thought the Dem and GOP conventions were over. And they were in Denver and St. Paul, weren't they?

As far as Bunker relocation goes: West VA's good for a Summer Bunker, but I'm with those who prefer a more tropical location for the Winter Bunker. Someplace in the Carribbean, I think. Or someplace equivalent, taking Global Warming into account. Maybe Stone Mountain in Georgia...?


Posted by: bc | September 7, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Well, Boodle, time to drag the Boy onward toward the bed (and laundry disposal). Buenos gnocchis, vaya con queso and fondue.

Posted by: Ivansmom | September 7, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

If you haven't seen this already, bc, take a look. It's a story about a Ford Skyliner. Cool.

Posted by: jack | September 7, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Good work, Jack!

Posted by: TBG | September 7, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

The kids did it, TBG. Thanks.

I haven't back skimmed enough to see if anyone linked to Home On The Range. Here's Neil's take:

Posted by: jack | September 7, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Er, jack, that's a Sunliner, not a Skyliner (easy to get that name mixed up with those hotrod Nissans).

Cool car.

I see that the owner rebuilt the 352 twice - good for him. Those old Ford FE engines are big heavy lumps of iron are hard to handle on the end of an engine lift... I helped a friend rebuild the 428 powering his Galaxie 500 convertible (also a cool car, but bigger and boxier than the Sunliner).

Da Bearz are beginning to pound it to the Colts here - whoda thunk it?


Posted by: bc | September 7, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Thanks so much for all the good wishes! I'll keep everyone posted.

While raising kids, trying to stay married and working full-time, I called the weekday dinner hour the witching hour. It was so hard. The office hours were truly a reprieve. Take your vitamins, Ivansmom!

I am overjoyed for all those who love football -- husband and sons definitely included--you all are absolutely giddy (she said slowly while shaking her head side-to-side)...soooo happy for you. It has to be a testosterone thing.

Posted by: eidrib | September 7, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

I saw this emoticon a while back, and I have been trying to interpret it: i<3

Depending how I turn my head, it's either "I love smoking" or "Check out the Cylon breasts!" Either way, it's not really my line of interest.

Posted by: ScienceTim | September 7, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

It's beacuse the u was missing...i <3 u Maybe?

Posted by: eidrib | September 7, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Joel, the buffalo butt makes me laugh everytime I see it, which is everytime I refresh. At least you were behind the butt.

Posted by: eidrib | September 7, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

I stand corrected, bc. Sunliner, Skyliner, I'd take either one. I wouldn't mind a 500, for that matter.The closest I got to a find like that was my '66 Beetle Deluxe. I gave $850 for it and drove the wheels off of it. My bro is in the process of putting a motor in his El Camino that will make it a scary street rod. He said that it had the potential to put out 500 hp, and put the EC into wheelstands. The Bears/Colts match was a good one.

Congrats, eidrib!!! ... and Happy Anniversary, yello!!!

Posted by: jack | September 7, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

From someone just over the hills in Thermopolis, just wanted to say I enjoy reading your stuff. Enjoy our Wyo!

Posted by: Jonathan Green | September 8, 2008 1:48 AM | Report abuse

Monday already... *SIGHHHH*

Hey, where's mod al?

Hey, where's Eurotrash?

I miss Error... *SIGHHHHHHHHH*

*desperately-seeking-more-caffeine-and-wishing-everyone-a-wonderful-week Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 8, 2008 5:04 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle, Scotty.

Monday: longed for day of rest.

I imagine Cassandra, Brag, yello, and a few others will be along shortly.

As I type, my house is filled with a symphony of cricet chirping. It's that time of year, alas. Little buggers are everywhere.

Not very much at all on the WaPo home page to report upon. Almost nothing in the op-eds of interest. On the news side, MSNBC has sidelined *both* Olberman and Chris Matthews from news assignments during the campaign. (They continue as pundits, of course; just can pretend to be unbiased newsmen any more. Which actually strikes me as the correct decision.)

Have not yet read Woodward's series, but aim to do so on the bus this morning.

OK, gotta go.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | September 8, 2008 5:56 AM | Report abuse

Good morning.
Do you like like a wild, joyous greeting of a morning?
Fall asleep on the couch and leave the dog out all night.
Oh, the guilt. Good thing I've got lots of cookies.

Posted by: Boko999 | September 8, 2008 6:15 AM | Report abuse

Want to say that I heartily second Friedman's proposal for a billion dollars. Especially if there are some undergraduate research stipends included with it.

Brin is a great writer, but he sure has the most long-winded blogposts. He's been rallying about the need to support the professionalism of the civil servant class for years. He's on the side of science in the War On...

The wife and I spent the last two nights watching a miniseries on ABCFamily called 'Samurai Girl' about a Japanese princess that inherits a magic sword and has to gather all sorts of cute and buff friends to defend herself against ninjas and stuff.

Lots of midriff shirts and yoga shorts and cleavage enhancing costumes. And plenty of jumping and kicking and swinging weapons. Good clean family entertainment.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 8, 2008 6:20 AM | Report abuse

Morning, all. And Happy Monday to everyone!

Elderdottir is here, since her condo is uninhabitable due to the work on the living/dining room floor. I have to make sure she gets up in a few minutes.

Her dad is of the opinion that I can help put the Pergo down. I certainly don't mind trying. This will be interesting.

Posted by: slyness | September 8, 2008 6:50 AM | Report abuse

Good morninckzz Boodle.

Watching the six o'clock position.
Chenney's trip a diplomatic disaster in Aserbaijan..

First, Cheney was not met at the airport by either President Ilham Aliyev or Prime Minister Artur Rasi-zade. Instead, he was met by the first vice premier and the foreign minister. After that, he was not immediately received by the president but rather had meetings with officials of the BP-Azerbaijan oil company and the American embassy.
Then, officials in the office of the Azerbaijani president told Moscow’s Kommersant, Cheney was sufficiently displeased with his conversation with President Aliyev that “as a result he even refused to visit the ceremonial dinner in his honor” that the Azerbaijan leader had organized.

Posted by: Brag | September 8, 2008 6:57 AM | Report abuse

Mornin' everybody...

Everytime I see the rearend of that buffalo my inner teenage prankster screams "TIP IT!"

Been out in the shop already, putterin' around and "cleaning" (too early to fire up power tools without being murdered by Mrs. M or the neighbors), which means I basically combined some smaller scrap piles into one big monster pile and blew the sawdust off a tool or three. Surprisingly, considering the "alpha" pack rat that I am, a few things actually made it into the trash can.

Anyway... happy Monday, everybody. I'm off to put on another pot of mud...

Peace out :-)

Posted by: martooni | September 8, 2008 7:12 AM | Report abuse

Happy Anniversary!

Posted by: afriend | September 8, 2008 7:36 AM | Report abuse

I'll echo the sentiment from the mystery poster to the mystery boodler...

Happy Anniversary!

Posted by: TBG | September 8, 2008 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Is there an echo in here?

Happy Anniversary!!

Of what, BTW? :-)

Oh, and computing a quarterback's passer rating is easy. Right, bc?

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 8, 2008 7:43 AM | Report abuse

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

Morning, morning, friends. I'm getting ready to swim, have much to do today. I want to get an early start so I can get back in before too late, and much heat. Yesterday was so hot, and sticky.

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

VL- I think the hospital may have offered the elderly gentleman the option of nursing home care, but his wife doesn't have any income so he probably came home so she would have a place to stay and something to live on. It has been a struggle for this family for some time now because of his health. I'm a firm believer that marriage is honorable, and we as a people have to help families. Although my marriages did not work, I'm not bitter against marriage.

According to television, McCain and Obama are in a dead heat or McCain slightly ahead because of the convention. For me, this poll just shows the gulf between those that have, and the have-nots, wide, and getting wider. I'm not feeling good about the situation here in America. I had these same feelings before 9/11.

Have a great day, folks. As some of you are saying, it's a rest day. Hopefully it will be that at work, not too much to do. I'm going to keep an eye on the storm, and hope it makes a turn away from us. I cannot imagine what the folks in the Gulf are going through. They probably don't know if to run or to stay.

Time to swim.

Posted by: cassandra s | September 8, 2008 7:46 AM | Report abuse

Before cutting out for parts west, The Boss filed a story about how being Vice President isn't the warm bucket of spit it used to be:

Posted by: yellojkt | September 8, 2008 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Reading the comments over the past few days, I'll tell you that I've never had such a warm welcome from a bunch of bleeding hearted, knee-jerk, liberal minded pinkos in all my life. Please take this comment with affection

I spent yesterday at the church picnic. Conversation Topics included kids, teachers, football, nuns dunking the pastor at the dunking booth which I've never seen before, Palin, who got favorable reviews, food, and the standard gossip on whose marriages were tanking and who was preggers.

My main concern - No bees. Didn't have to swat at a single one, none by the cotton candy stand, none buzzing over the trashcans. I think we have a serious environmental problem here.

Posted by: moderate alien | September 8, 2008 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Morning all! Yep, I belong to the "TGIM" club. Certain snide comments aside, it isn't that I have less to do at work than at home, it is that I have more control over things here at work. The nature of my job is such that I typically decide what needs to be done and in what order. I can also rely upon the power of them advanced electronic calculating machines to help as long as I am very careful in explaining just what it is I want.

At home I possess considerably less autonomy. And my so-called helpers are quite a bit less reliable.

Posted by: RD Padouk | September 8, 2008 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Hey, there's mod al! *waving*

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 8, 2008 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Hi moderate alien! Welcome aboard. We are always looking for some fresh voices. I think that there is greater variation in political and philosophical outlook around here than may be evident. It's just that everyone tries to be extremely civil and work hard to reach a common ground. (Mostly.) And I think this is because most of us value this peculiar little forum and don't want to damage it. This is what, I think, makes it special.

Posted by: RD Padouk | September 8, 2008 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Gotta take umbrage at one part of Joel's article. Dan Quayle was reading the spelling of the common root vegetable off of a flash card given to him by a teacher's aide. While it is deplorable that Quayle didn't know enough to correct the spelling, it's a broader indictment of the people that school had on the front line instructing kids.

I still say that in 2000, Quayle would have been the better moron.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 8, 2008 8:13 AM | Report abuse

RD, my husband once told me, "I go to work where I'm respected and admired and people are coming to me all day for answers and then I come home and find out how stupid I really am."

Hi moderate alien. This bleeding-heart pinko is glad to see you this morning.

Posted by: TBG | September 8, 2008 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Hey, mod al! Hooyah Monday to all.

The war of words between the administration and heir counterparts in Russia is turning into a game of Battleship. Russia plans joint naval exercises with Venezuela in the Carribean:

Posted by: jack | September 8, 2008 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Mod Alien... I take offense at being labeled a "bleeding hearted, knee-jerk, liberal minded pinko".

You forgot "tree hugging" and the "commie bast4rd" bit after "pinko". Not to mention "glaucoma test pilot".

If you're going to label me, label me right, dangit.


Posted by: martooni | September 8, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

As to bunker relocation, I would suggest Pakistan's North West Frontier Tribal Area. If they haven't been able to find Bin Ladin, they'll never find us.

Every dwelling is dug into the side of a mountain and has great a great porch with a fantastic view.

The trout fishing is excellent and the tea is yummy.

Posted by: Brag | September 8, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

New VEEP kit.

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

Aaaand--Joel can take pictures of yaks who look somewhat similar to the Blogosaurus.

Posted by: Brag | September 8, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

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