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I'm on the wolf beat today. Here's the story I just wrote. Excerpt:

The Bush Administration is trying again to take the gray wolf of the Northern Rockies off the federal endangered species list.

Having lost in court this summer in a legal battle with conservationists, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has decided to reopen for public comment its 2007 proposal to de-list the wolves, currently considered "endangered" under the Endangered Species Act.

"The position of the Service is, we think the wolves no longer need the protection of the Endangered Species Act. We're asking the public to weigh into that," Ed Bangs, Wolf Recovery Coordinator for Fish and Wildlife, told The Post in an interview today.

Wolf advocates immediately protested.

"This is the Bush Administration's last-gasp attempt to remove protections for wolves," said Louisa Wilcox, senior wildlife advocate for the Natural Resources Defense Council in Livingston, Mont.

By Joel Achenbach  |  October 24, 2008; 3:21 PM ET
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I'd say they no longer need protection when they can hava a pina colada at Trader Vic's...

First? :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 24, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Why did I immediately think of Allen Ginsberg when I saw the title of this Kit?

Posted by: martooni | October 24, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

"I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by
madness, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn
looking for an angry fix..."

Posted by: martooni | October 24, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I dunno, martooni, I think of muddy water for some reason...

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 24, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Those pesky wolves have a bad habit of living in the forests that Dick Cheney's lumberjack buddies want to clear cut. Don't cross Cheney, Mr. Big Bad.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 24, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I was thinking 'American Grafitti', but then I still have the Ron Howard Obama endorsement in my head.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 24, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Ahooo, Werewolves of Bryn Mawr

Posted by: omnigood | October 24, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Wolf Advocate sounds like one of the coolest jobs ever.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 24, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Visions! omens! hallucinations! miracles! ecstasies!
gone down the American river!
Dreams! adorations! illuminations! religions! the whole
boatload of sensitive bulls**hit!

Editing mandated by the filter of our minds.

Posted by: -tao- | October 24, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Ed "Bangs"?

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | October 24, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

What would be the benefit to the government to delist the wolves?

I have had a soft spot for wolves since I was in grade school and we read Never Cry Wolf. Of course there are no wolves where I live.

Posted by: dmd2 | October 24, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Werewolves of Bryn Mawr? ROTFLAMAO, omni. Very nice. I'm guessing they'd have pina coladas at Bennigans or P.J. Thistlebottom's, methinks.

Shiloh, let's knock off this "I am large, I contain multitudes" crap. Some of us have weight issues. (I'm not even gonna mention Day 3 of gastrointestinal discomfort.)

And I'm still not gonna be anybody's damn grasshopper.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | October 24, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Grumbling that SciTim didn't see my post so many moons ago after I discovered the '70s "ice age" scare was all post-hoc propaganda. I've made a study of the history of the canard.

I had developed the theory Tao was Kbertocci. Most of my deep-cover achenblog identity falsities have been shortly revealed. Or trivial. Once I signed a post as a sentence, for instance. I read too much Hofstadter when I was young.

After the delightful corned beef and cabbage dish the other day, I have determined to corn a beef. The brine/marinade is cooling now, and the brisket will be condemned to 72 hrs in the fridge. I have no dill. All else is hunky dory.

On topic, I wonder if in wolf country any tall grasses have been noted to be prospering in areas formerly grazed by ruminants. Chow down, wolfies, chow down.

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 24, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

When my son was an infant, I used Allen Ginsberg poems as lullabies while he was in his rocking swing. I'm sure it had no long term adverse affect on him.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 24, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

For those who wish to comment when allowed.

Posted by: -tao- | October 24, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

You and I, alas, can have only one-way communication, for you are a person and I, a mere sentence.

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 24, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if Ed Bangs is related to the legendary Lester Bangs. That would be way sad.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | October 24, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

this is my first time posting after the new rules! sorry - too much to back boodle, though i did notice ivansmom poopooing on my beloved yankees!

i also wanted to throw this out in case it hasn't been thrown out yet... cute article

and apprently i am no longer "mo" - i am now "mortii"... *sigh* i've lost my identity!

Posted by: mortii | October 24, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Containing multitudes is a precipitate cause of gastrointestinal discomfort.

Posted by: shilohgun | October 24, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Who is this "mortii" character, and what's with all this hugging?


Posted by: Scottynuke | October 24, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

SCC: effect?

Posted by: yellojkt | October 24, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I think hugging is more "affect" than "effect."

Posted by: Yoki | October 24, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

...again with the hugging.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | October 24, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Self-diagnosis and treatment, ala Lester, is not recommended:

Bangs died in New York on April 30, 1982, overdosing (through drug interaction) after treating a cold with Darvon and Valium.

Posted by: -tao- | October 24, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

That must have been some cold.

Posted by: Yoki | October 24, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Pretty sure Lester Bangs treated everything with Darvon and Valium, including colds, hangnails, and hangovers.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 24, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

To stay on Kit--I wolfed a sammich for lunch today.

Now, Wlves wolfing down pina coladas and telling stories around the campfire about big bad Cheney ...

Posted by: Braguine | October 24, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

If you meet this sentence in the boodle, don't read it.

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 24, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

i hug

therefore i am...

Posted by: mortii | October 24, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: mortii | October 24, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

In the original Latin, "Hugito ergo sum," mo.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | October 24, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Hi mo! You'll always be mo to us. Even if your handle has mo' letters now... we'd recognize those hugs anywhere.

I got an email from Don from I-270. He's been hiding in the bunker broom closet lately, he says. He is touched by our concern and will probably be back in the open soon. He may be waiting until after election day, when the conversation turns to "'maters, music, literature, cooking, and, above all, knitting."

Posted by: -TBG- | October 24, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Howdy mo(rticia?)(tifera?)! I gratuitously insulted your Yankees but I did say I was sorry! More precisely, I apologize for the pain I know my comment caused you, but I can't apologize for the gratuitous insult. After all, it is the Yankees. Sorry.

I think Joel's article is a public service. I'm glad the Post is keeping these things in the public eye. Thanks to tao for the comment link.

I am attending fencing matches tonight and tomorrow morning (go Boy!) and perhaps a parade tomorrow night, with more events to come. I may be a sporadic Boodler, not that it will be such a change.

Posted by: Ivansmom | October 24, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Very Cartesian, Mortii, I think.

Posted by: -tao- | October 24, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, TBG. Hi, lurking Don from I-270 if you're out there. We worry, you know.

Posted by: Ivansmom | October 24, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Mo... I think the backwards "B" on that girl's face was the first sign that someone else hadn't carved it in. I thought from the beginning that it looked like she was looking in a mirror when she did it.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 24, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

This is where I wish for phony signature lines:

She bangs, she bangs.
Living la vida loca.

-Ricky Martin

Posted by: yellojkt | October 24, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Knitting? Will the election revive the Madame DeFarge Knitting Society?

Posted by: -tao- | October 24, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Well how about that -- this sentence is about me!

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 24, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Noteworthy that the Munchausen victim is from College Park (Texas).

Posted by: -tao- | October 24, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I've been reading GEB for about twenty years now. I may finish it before Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 24, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

My sister just sent me this... - David Sedaris, on undecided voters...

"I look at these people and can't quite believe that they exist. Are they professional actors? I wonder. Or are they simply laymen who want a lot of attention? To put them in perspective, I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. 'Can I interest you in the chicken?' she asks. 'Or would you prefer the platter of sh!t with bits of broken glass in it?' To be undecided in this election is to pause for a moment and then ask how the chicken is cooked."

Posted by: -TBG- | October 24, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

yello, I'd put it down and read Metamagical Themas. It's delightful if you are bent in that direction. Also, one of the most revolutionary books I've ever read is one he put together (edited, collected the pieces) "The Mind's Eye."

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 24, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Bush and Cheney don't like anything that moves. They just like money that they can put in their pockets or hand out to their friends.

Posted by: repudar711 | October 24, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

The wolves are at the door!
C'mon November four!

Posted by: dschalton | October 24, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Jumper, I apologize for overlooking your earlier debunking of the global cooling canard.

Posted by: ScienceTim | October 24, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Are we on the front page?

Posted by: Yoki | October 24, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

“Look at the water,” the teacher instructed. “It does not slam into the rocks and stop out of frustration, but instead flows around them and continues down the stream. Become like the water and you will understand harmony.”

"Bulls**hit" said the grasshopper, "I'll take the chicken."

Posted by: -tao- | October 24, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Not a problem, Tim. I found this a while back and went through it.

He worked on it a lot more than I ever did. He deserves credit for all I know on this matter.

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 24, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

this made me smile!

cartesian? i had to look that up...

Posted by: mortii | October 24, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Except for this person.

Handled the same topic somewhere in the recesses of this. I am saddened that apparently this blog is discontinued after some very good years and good posts.

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 24, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Jumper1 | October 24, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Ah, now we know why the bushies are against wolves!

The wolves are at the door!
C'mon November four!

Posted by: dschalton | October 24, 2008 5:19 PM

Hehehehe, hooooowl, whoooooooooooo.

It would be good to see The Bushchennys delivered to The Hague for crimes against humanity.

We could pass the hat around and present the culprits with cyanide pills and ask them to do the right thing.

Posted by: Braguine | October 24, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

The DeFarge knitters, Brag, needles poised, are waiting.

Posted by: -tao- | October 24, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Arctile on nerd humour (xkcd) from the Globe, off topic but had to post it (not that being off topic generally stops me, but really sometimes it does.

Posted by: dmd2 | October 24, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

This is the Hour of Lead -
Remembered, if outlived,
As Freezing persons, recollect the Snow -
First--Chill--then Stupor--then the letting go -

-Emily Dickinson

Posted by: -tao- | October 24, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

You're on the front page.
Snarky little ....
All 12 or 15 of you or whatever (hiding behind your aliases) are on the front page.
I'm here too.
Perhaps you've confused this with a private chat room?

Posted by: dschalton | October 24, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

I apologize, dschalton, for any snarkiness. It is just rare that we have two new people appear one after the other, unless we are on the front page, and I hadn't at that moment time to check.

You are welcome here where civility is the order of the day.

I meant no offense, but gave it, and I am sorry it was so.

Posted by: Yoki | October 24, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Though I do not think you, dschalton, are truly new. I think we've seen you once or twice before.

Posted by: Yoki | October 24, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Well, chalton, the privy of your mind has flushed the boodle; too bad you didn't look before you flushed to see what you are floating. This is a room of open minds, not open bowels. Join or disdain, it is your choice.

Posted by: -tao- | October 24, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

the tao is amazing

always on topic

even if it is our topic


Posted by: omnigood | October 24, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Dagnabit, I talked about wolves already. So go ahead, talk some more about wolves. I'm listening. Or else discuss what's going on in their wolfy little heads. That could be interesting. Or their hair: if it showed up in a crime scene, what poor lab tech would get a chill down their spine after a few moments of back-and-forth between the microscope and the seldom-used reference book? When it started to dawn on them that they probably weren't going home early that night?

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 24, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I've read JA's column for a number of years and your boodle for a number of months and always enjoyed the wide-ranging (and, between yourselves, friendly) posts. I thought (my thougths being simple as they are) that I was combining two aspects of the posts on the boodle: 1) wolves (topic from the kit) and 2) politics (the involvement of the shurb and the big bad).
I have a political yard sign and bumper sticker this year: they both carry the name Obama.
Also, thank you to whomever posted the scifi link to the article about the dodos. That was truly enjoyable.
All of this aside though: this isn't a private chat room. So I guess on occasion you may have to put up with me or someone else who dosen't know you but wants to have some fun.
I intended no harm and expected none in return.
David Schalton.

Posted by: dschalton | October 24, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

And you will be very welcome. We do have a lot of fun!

Posted by: Yoki | October 24, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

I think that -tao- gets a few too many brews and bruits his views, but that his heart is in the right place and sounds strong. That is, of course, a personal opinion.

Posted by: shilohgun | October 24, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Welcome dschalton.

Posted by: dmd2 | October 24, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

As usual, Yoki's right; dschalton, you are very welcome.

I'm glad to hear Don from I-270 is ok. I miss him!

For your viewing pleasure on a Friday night, the best youtube I've seen this whole campaign season...

Posted by: Kim1 | October 24, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Kim, that was great thanks, much better than Halloweentown High that I am currently watching with my younger child.

Posted by: dmd2 | October 24, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Hi dschalton! Glad to have you here. Hope you stick around.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 24, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Visiting friendlies
caught in crossfire profound
can hide, but can't run

Posted by: Achaiku | October 24, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

DSC, the Boodle SSAO12 or SSAO15, that is Self Selected Audience Of (A term JA coined himself)) is upwards of 150 or 180. The regular everydayers are about 40 to 50 (OK I exaggerate) (short version is SAO12)

But please post early and often

Your welcome to join us in the bunker anytime

And we always need new recruits on the Dawn Patrol (so many of us oversleep)

How about a joke to break the ice:

A pilot and a copilot enter a bar

They see a Rabbi a Priest and a Shaman

Copilot says to the pilot: "We've been here before"

Pilot says: "Thank God you're my CoPilot"

Needs work eh!

Posted by: omnigood | October 24, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

A neighbor across the way used to have two pair of white wolves he bred and sold the pups to wildlife parks and enthusiastics but he got a new neighbor up the hill that complained their howling an night kept them awake. Animal came around and asked us and others if the occasional howling bothered us but we all told him we thought is was neat to once in a while hear the call of the wild. Animal control told the neighbor tough. This is a right to farm county and he had all the proper permits and fencing and the condition existed before the bought the place above him. But he gave up on the neighbor's complaints and sold the wolves to some breeders in New Mexico. Took up breeding and selling exotic cats instead.

First post since attempting to sign in a few days ago. While attempting, got endless hour glasses and when I hit submit my computer crashed. But with this attempt I got a welcome that said I was already signed in????????

Posted by: bh71 | October 24, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

And welcome Achaiku. The mystery will be no more, soon.


Posted by: Yoki | October 24, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Yo, schalton, stay and divine the joy of common ground and space. Godwits fly out in pairs.

Posted by: -tao- | October 24, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Yoki | October 24, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Yoki. "by right should"? I don't get it. Maybe I'm too simple minded.

Posted by: bh71 | October 24, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Thanks. And good night.

Posted by: -tao- | October 24, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: shilohgun | October 24, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

¿ɥolıɥs 'ʎɐs ʇɐɥʇ s,ʇɐɥʍ

Posted by: -TBG- | October 24, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

The little translating machine that Himself took to Japan, apparently, ends up the same as Babelfish. Joke's on me. I don't understand either.

Posted by: Yoki | October 24, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

-TBG-, thank you. Too funny. 'Night Boodle.

Posted by: Yoki | October 24, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

shirley there must be some sports on tonight?

Posted by: greenwithenvy | October 24, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse


I'm voting absentee tomorrow morning. Can't wait!

Good night, everyone. Have a great weekend.

Posted by: abeac1 | October 24, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

And don't call me Shirley.

Posted by: Yoki | October 24, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

The Kings are playing the Blues tonight, GWE. Get the radio play-by-play at Dave Taylor was one of my favourite players of all time. We used to watch him play long ago and far away at Clarkson.

Posted by: -jack- | October 24, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

This sentence is worried about its privacy.

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 24, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

This sentence is just bluffing.

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 24, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Omni--the joke goes like this, they see the priest, the rabbi and the shaman. They sit down and have a drink. The co-pilot downs his beer and asks, "Did you see the priest, the rabbi and the shaman?"
The captain answers,"Yes."


Posted by: Braguine | October 24, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Jack
I guess I picked a bad week to quit everything!!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | October 24, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse


Nice piece about the wolves. It says so much about the priorities of this administration.

Hi a bea c! I wanted to do absentee voting, but couldn't really justify it to myself. Although, from what I have heard, the state is being *extremely* liberal in its interpretation of the requirements so as to prevent a crush come Election Day.

Anyway, I seem to have picked up a nasty cold at work. So I am going to have a nice cuppa herb tea and crawl into bed.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 24, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Everything? Oh no.

Please don't quit breathing, Greenwithenvy.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 24, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Yoki snipes my retort. Again.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 24, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Chicken or Fish?

Posted by: greenwithenvy | October 24, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

I was just standing there in Central Park; visualize Linus. All of a sudden Lucy walks up arms raised, shouting I was too comfortable, and I had to walk around so other people could use my spot. I immediately felt guilty. Snoopy was nearby and she went over there and hollered at him too. Same thing. So we jogged around a while and came back. Standing there like idiots, we felt like dorks. But after a while Snoopy closed his eyes and I went back to thinking about clouds.

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 24, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

i just relized why i've been so d@mn uncomfortable at work all week. we've had santa ana weather, and on top of the already dry weather (15% humidity), our building is super-duper airconditioned. it's 20-30 degrees colder in here than outside, which means that it's *really* dry in here.

so i'm going home...

Posted by: LALurker | October 24, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

I do recall back in the 80's and possibly up to the very early 90's there being much work done to re-establish the wolf populations to restore the natural balance in the very open land. (IIRC, some were sent from Wood Buffalo Park to Yellowstone a few years ago. We sent buffalo too, on occasion)

All that work and so few years and they are magically reestablished and un-endangered? I doubt it.

Posted by: --dr-- | October 24, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Science types may like:,0,7115787.story

Posted by: nellie4 | October 24, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

And because everyone else is sensible and is doing something much more interesting than sitting here at a computer on a Friday night, and I am all alone, I will tell you my theory of Madame Defarge.

They (the knitters) say she was knitting code tp keep track of who was dying. Many do not believe that she could have knit in code and remembered it. Some believe she was working in Braille, but I have another theory. Its all 1s and 0s out here, and a knit stitch is a 1 and a purl a 0.

Therefore,Madame Defarge did not just knit, she invented the internet.

Posted by: --dr-- | October 24, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

I kilt i. I kilt it but good.

Posted by: --dr-- | October 24, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

It's just rest'in, dr.

Posted by: Yoki | October 24, 2008 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Checking in late to say hey...

I'll read the story tomorrow, but I had to make sure everybody was okay before I went to bed. See what the boodle does to a person, dschalton?

Mr. T and I had a fun and interesting day. The folks who make the heat and fire resistant fiber for personal protective equipment are celebrating their 25th anniversary and had a party. So we went down to Rock Hill, SC for lunch and a tour of the production facility. They also had a lovely dinner with great food and good speeches.

The fiber is a polymer and was commercially developed for use in space suits. They can make four or five 550-pound bales of it in a day. A bale sells for $45,000-$50,000. Their sales are up 50 percent this year.

Posted by: slyness | October 24, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

I really must go to bed. I have to wake mrdr at 2 a.m. and make coffee before he heads out. I like doing this on occasion. It feels like a midnight assingation that you see in the movies, but I am not even remotely so well dressed, and mrdr's hat is not a fedora, but still. Brings to mind this.

Posted by: --dr-- | October 25, 2008 12:16 AM | Report abuse

You're well-dressed, dr! I've met you, and I can attest to it.

Posted by: Yoki | October 25, 2008 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Dr, Madam de Farge as the mother of the interknit is a good notion.

But I'd think that the Inca civilizations of Peru beat her to it with their quipus, although they used base 10, not base 2.

(Memo to the physicist-types out there... if computers could run on base 10, would it really be so bad? If you look at the components of the RNA and DNA base-triplet platforms, I think you could say the coding of life is based on 5 nucleotides).

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 25, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Howdy all
Home safe and sound,lovely rain falling and I almost sware I saw a frog jumping merriley across the road.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | October 25, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

You are too kind Yoki. But really not at 2 a.m. I scare me.

Now I really must get to bed. either that or I have reached the tipping point where I should just stay up, and struggle through the day at work.

Posted by: --dr-- | October 25, 2008 1:07 AM | Report abuse

dr, hope you get some sleep.

mo, liked the 'i hug therefore i am.'

a relative of 'amo ergo sum.'

Posted by: LALurker | October 25, 2008 2:20 AM | Report abuse

Red wolf is more tender, but there's more meat on the gray/grey.

Posted by: bobsewell | October 25, 2008 2:55 AM | Report abuse

On the other hand, the gray/grey tends to be a bit gamy (gamey? gamie?), and the red tastes a bit more like (wait for it....) chicken.

Posted by: bobsewell | October 25, 2008 3:01 AM | Report abuse

Forwarded from another voice box:

dcn1 wrote:
A brilliant response to an economic crisis: send in the clowns!
Minnesotans can’t possibly be that stupid.

bobsewell wrote:
I'm almost tear-struck by my admiration for dcn1's optimism, but it's worth bearing in mind that we're speaking of a state that split the electoral votes 9-1 Kerry-v-Edwards last time around, and has been known to elect some rather unconventional characters, including a mayor who's a sort-of a pal of mine!

Posted by: bobsewell | October 25, 2008 3:27 AM | Report abuse

Welcome dschalton and bh71!

Is Jumper the Hand that Types the Boodle?

Do I need more coffee?

Why yes, yes I do, thank you.

Gesundheit, Achaiku.

*off-to-a-soggy-day-of-Dawn-Patrol-shopping-and-window-sealing-and-weatherstripping-and-perhaps-a-bit-of-fun-here-and-there Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 25, 2008 5:29 AM | Report abuse

'morning all.
That would be instrument flying here too. Currently: rain and low viz. Forecast: rain. Tomorrow: more rain.

You want to go howling with the wolves in the Algonquin park?:

"Public Wolf Howls
Wolf howling expeditions take place only on Thursdays in August, or in September before Labour Day when weather and accessible wolves permit. We have a slide talk on wolf ecology and our changing perceptions of this elusive animal; event protocol is provided; and then we travel by car (on rare occasions, walk) to a place where wild wolves may answer the imitations given by the naturalist staff."

Sorry Wilbrodog, no dogs allowed.

It's within a couple of hours of Ottawa.
Me, I howl with the wolves of the Papineau-Labelle park. Nice bunch.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 25, 2008 6:16 AM | Report abuse

Good morning.

Rainy and dark here, too.

I was taking the kids with me to vote, but in this kind of weather they like staying home with a jigsaw puzzle. They'll go on Nov.4 with Dad when he picks them up at school.

In the afternoon we're watching Dances With Wolves. It is as close to on-kit as I get today.

Posted by: abeac1 | October 25, 2008 6:52 AM | Report abuse

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

Hi, friends. I am among the living this morning, and it is good to be here talking to old friends. I have not had time to read all the comments, but I see we have new friends. Welcome, dschalton, bh71, and mo, has a new handle. Love you, mo.

Do we still have a Dawn Patrol, Mudge? Scotty, Martooni, Slyness, still hanging in there? Good morning, to all. *waving*

We have here the Seaboard Festival today, and it is raining, has been since yesterday. Hopefully it will clear so everyone can have some fun. I'm not planning on going. There's a lot of walking involved, and right now, I can't do that. It's a nice event.

good morning, achenblog. this is the g-girl. just wanted to say hello.

As you can see, I have company this morning. It will be a busy day, not for me, but for my guest. I'm not even going to try and hang.

Have a great day, folks. JA, I read part of the kit. Why the fascination with the wolves? Is this decision going to impact something major in our lives? Will taking the wolves off the endangered list improve Wall Street or the financial mess we're living through now? There's a gem of wisdom in there somewhere, I just haven't figured it out yet.

Sad news about Jennifer Hudson's family.

Time for the coffee and a swim.

Posted by: cmyth4u | October 25, 2008 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all.

Interesting kit, JA. Since the grey wolf doesn't figure into my backyard habitat, I must leave their wellbeing and protection to boodlers in the North/Northwest/Western states. It has been said that we have cayotes in our county, but I haven't seen them, yet. Occasionally a wild turkey or fox will visit us, but they don't linger, maybe they know something I don't.

This morning I unlocked the birdfeeder as the cardinals were waiting, waiting, waiting. We have ricky the racoon, who climbs up on the deck at night to forage in the feeder. My oldest designed a latch which is attached to the feeder tray, (bird feeder is mounted on a small post which is mounted on the deck railing) pull it down and hook it to the lock on the railing of the deck and all is secure until morning, when I unlock it after first light.

I hope the rain doesn't spoil anyone's plans today. Rain dances are good for the soul, as well as for our vegetation.

Glad to hear from you Casandra, welcome new boodlers, tary a while.....

Posted by: VintageLady | October 25, 2008 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Morning all.

My son likes to rock a fedora. It's his trademark article of clothing.

I think he has at least two now. And one really snazzy British driving cap.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 25, 2008 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Gut morninckzz, Boodle!

Good to see you improving, Cassandra.

Off to do some crazy low level Yawn Patroling. Low cloud, low vis. Grrr.

But not cold.

Posted by: Braguine | October 25, 2008 8:08 AM | Report abuse

SCC: tarry, a while, folks. I used to know how to spell....

Posted by: VintageLady | October 25, 2008 8:10 AM | Report abuse

I spent last night clearing out the DVR by watching old Saturday Night Live episodes. The Thursday primetime SNL Weekend Updates have been a hoot. This week's had Will Ferrell guesting as George Bush giving his 'endorsement' to McCain. If you haven't caught them, I think they are going to re-run all three back-to-back either this Saturday or next. And I they are online as well.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 25, 2008 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Testing, thanks to help from TBG.

Posted by: -CB- | October 25, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Morning all! Frosti.... the Post says Al Franken has pulled ahead of Norm Coleman. Y'all are really turning the tide up there in Minnesota.... keep it going!

Posted by: -TBG- | October 25, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Light glaze of rain this morning. Cauliflower roasted and into the crock pot with chicken stock. Spinach to be added one hour before dinner.

Off to buy bread and perhaps a spaghetti squash.

Turned the heater to 62 and suggested that CPProgeny rustle up the long johns, etc. Slight grumbling about that, which is to be expected. Need to bleed radiators but cannot find the key. Big Box of Stuff does not have one...nor do the neighbors. Perhaps Google an help....

Greetings to new ones; CB -- help, remind me about who you were or are?

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | October 25, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

As some of you know, I suffer from a tetch of lycanthropy (and it's not just an excuse to wake up in the middle of nowhere stark naked.).

And if you don't believe me, I'll huff and I'll puff and... oh, never mind.

It's easier to wear grannie's clothes and glasses and wait for Red in grannie's bed.

I could use the rest. And a basket full of food ain't bad, either.

And keep the cracks about my teeth to yourselves please. I promise I'll see a dentist soon.


Posted by: -bc- | October 25, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Mornin' everybody...

I made the Dawn Patrol muster, but nobody knew I was there because I was in stealth mode. I swear I didn't make any funny faces at anyone. Really.

Raining here, too, and we're supposed to get our first "wintry mix" tomorrow night and Monday. I don't mind the rain or the snow, but when the two come down together... my bones hurt just thinking about it.

Got a busy day lined up. Many many doors to make and a hyperactive Little Bean underfoot, er, to "help" me. She's trying to be an Extra Good Bean today because she wants to go to Chuck E. Cheese's (she got straight A's on her report card, and I stupidly promised CEC's as a reward... doh!). Somehow, the thought of eating cardboard decorated to look like a pizza while trying to filter out the deafening din of ten thousand screaming kids isn't appealing to me today.

Time to get to it...

Peace out :-)

Posted by: martooni | October 25, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Zzzzz...I'm awake! I'm really awake!

But I slept in to the unheard-of time of 8:15. Yes, I woke up at the normal time (i.e., before dawn) but turned over and went back to sleep. Interesting, the dreams I have during that time.

Must be rainy in large parts of the eastern US. We're cloudy, didn't get nearly the rain forecasters promised.

Cassandra, I hope the granddottir has a good time at the festival. We have carnival at church this afternoon. I hope rain doesn't spoil the outdoor events - we rent those big air-filled slides and bouncy things for kids to play on.

Since I'm moving a little bit now, I'll go get breakfast.

Posted by: slyness | October 25, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Hello g-girl!
I'm real happy to see another girl at this party :-)

Posted by: DNA_Girl | October 25, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

The g-girl was here! That makes it a good day.

Posted by: Yoki | October 25, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

g-girl? Glorious! *galloping Grover gesticulations* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 25, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

*I* have met the g-girl. In case you haven't guessed, she's adorable! does it again. Today's story on campaigning in rural Virginia is a must-read.

Posted by: slyness | October 25, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Good news today! :o)

Last week's book signing went well enough to prompt an invitation for a repeat performance next month.

Will do another signing gig in Silver Spring on the 15th.

Posted by: Braguine | October 25, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

it makes me sad when I read about Barack Obama visiting his ailing grandmother this morning. It must be like reliving his mother's death again. I know that these events always bring up memories of other sadness. I hope she lives to see him elected president.

(For that matter, I hope I do, too!)

Posted by: -TBG- | October 25, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Good morning boodle and g-girl! Mr. F is here for a 3-day weekend and I am so glad he has taken on the task of preparing the boats for winter. Not a day too soon either as we will have Martooni's snow/wintry mix before he does. We'll try to use it all up before it heads east.

Minnesota is certainly having an interesting campaign season. If not for Paul Wellstone's death Norm Coleman would not be the incumbent. It looks like Franken will win, but anything he does will be measured against Wellstone. A good portion of the state will see him as not liberal enough, while about an equal portion will think he's too Socialist for "even" Obama. Interestingly, for a part of the "real America, with good Christian values" we have not had a Christian in this senate seat since the 80s, and won't unless Dean Barkley pulls off the impossible.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | October 25, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Slyness, I've been trying to cut back on fivethirtyeight but had to follow your link...

Posted by: frostbitten1 | October 25, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Morning all
Raining pretty heavily in west by god this morning,warm and toasty in the house.

I got an email from one of my neighbors spewing all sorts of nastiness about Mr Obama.I replied please take me off your right wing Nazi hit squad list.

His reply is I am going to burn in hell for taking the lord's name in vain,to which I replied, I will save you a spot, when Mr. Obama is elected President Obama on November 4th.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | October 25, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I still mourn the loss of Wellstone, Frosti, especially how he died. A terrible loss for Minnesota as well as the whole country.

You're trying to cut back on your fivethirtyeight addiction? You are a strong woman. I'm not even giving that a thought.

GWE, love your riposte. Doesn't it feel good to be able to make those replies?

Posted by: slyness | October 25, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Nice neighbor you got there, gwe. ;-)

TBG... I think the fact that Obama is dropping everything to visit his grandmother so close to the election -- and with so much riding on the next nine days -- speaks volumes as to what kind of man he is and what kind of leader he will be. One of the Republican attack dogs tried to make a big deal out of it -- that Obama was wasting thousands of contributors dollars and jet fuel by taking his 767 campaign plane to "visit Grandma" when a smaller plane would do. Needless to say, that a$$hat was handed his butt on a platter.

On a side note, I've been hearing a lot more McCain ads on the local radio the last few days. More of the Bush/Rove-style "vote for me or die" fearmongering. Not surprisingly, they're also still using the "Obama's going to raise your taxes if you make more than $42K/year" lie which has been debunked so many times and by so many experts from all corners.

Smells like desperation to me.

Posted by: martooni | October 25, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Frosti... I figure I'll be going cold turkey on Nov 5, so I'm not in any hurry to give up my addiction any time soon. In fact, I signed up for their daily text messages, too.

I'm TBG and I'm a addict.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 25, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

TBG and Slyness- trying to cut back on fivethirtyeight, and succeeding-vastly different things.

Today is the anniversary of Wellstone's death, in a small plane crash. My feeling is that musicians and candidates should not travel on small planes if it can be avoided. In the case of candidates, the closer to election day the larger the plane should be.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | October 25, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Good noon.

Posted by: Boko999 | October 25, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I can quit whenever I want. Really I can. Besides, I think Nate Silver is starting to dodge my phone calls.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 25, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

RD- he doesn't answer my phone calls.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | October 25, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Cold rainy depressing day here in Virginia's 11th District, or as I like to call it, The Political Nexus of America.

We are all still sick, although I am feeling much better than my wife, who is currently sleeping upstairs in the bed with the new 500 thread-count sheets. Evidently they were on sale. I'm not a bit high-thread count fellow myself, but she finds them therapeutic.

Son is off at his final marching band competition. Daughter is playing some kind of video game involving dancing animals.

I think I am feeling better simply because I got a good night's sleep, something that hasn't been happening too often because I keep having these scary, scary dreams. But there's only 11 days to go.

I also took some antihistimines which seem to help the runny nose even though the pharmacology seems all wrong. I react oddly to OTC drugs. Benedryl makes me edgy.

And antihistimines have been known to make me a little incoherent and rambly.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 25, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

So sad, what happens when you have a party for all your imaginary friends and nobody comes-

Posted by: frostbitten1 | October 25, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

The secret to getting Nate to talk to you is to pretend you are somebody like Dennis Kucinich. But he gets suspicious after a while.

That facebook story is sad. That's one of the things that is special about the Achenblog. The connections made here have spilled out into the real world.

Starting to feel a little woozy so perhaps a nice nap on the guest bed will do me good. It is quite comfy. Despite having low thread-count sheets.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 25, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm interested that Montana even with its scant 3 electoral votes is turning to Obama. My nephew moved out there several years ago and got hornswoggled into a sort of anarchist/libertarian/cowboy mentality and was all Bush. I think he's turning also. At least he knew they got three electoral votes, a sign he pays attention more than some his age. I'm not sure why I think he's changed his mind. I'm afraid to ask. His father influenced him of course for a while. Plus, nephew went to Appalachian State and didn't like what he saw during his time there. It's difficult to be pure libertarian when one sees some of the ecological catastrophes left over from mining.

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 25, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Oh, frosti... that WAS sad. The good thing about the boodle is that it never occurred to us that no one would show up at our MBPH. It was either fabulous confidence or stupid optimism.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 25, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Jumper, I follow MT too. Would like to see county breakdowns, as a way to understand how and where -- who, too -- this is happening.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | October 25, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

TBG -- I just figured out that you twinkle-pinged me earlier today. Sorry. Will pay better attention.

And, so what if one is addicted to 538...some addictions are better than others.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | October 25, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

All I know is they have a very popular Dem senator. I suspect now he has so much material to work with. But I dunno.

Japan and social networking online:

A comment here yesterday by someone saying "this is not a private message board!" made me amused by the word "private." It doesn't seem the correct word at all. In case any of the WaPo bigwigs are grinches about all this, I suggest

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 25, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Frosti, I didn't know until the other day that Elderdottir doesn't have a Facebook page, she wishes to be private. I don't know if she had a bad experience or is just being cautious.

This place is so much better than Facebook, wouldn't you say? We know we can trust each other.

Posted by: slyness | October 25, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

On kit for a moment-

Wolves are big business in our area. The International Wolf Center
is not far from here and boy are we envious of the $ it pumps into their economy. It's taken people some time to realize it, but wild life viewers spend just as much money as hunters, just on different things. You might not be able to lure them into the bars with a meat raffle, but you can sell them $4 coffee.

The politics of this election season have created some strange bedfellows indeed. The hunters, tree huggers, weirdo artists, and elite symphony goers have banded together to write the "Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment" that if passed will increase the state sales tax to "provide funding for clean water, game and wildlife habitat, arts and parks and trails."

On a personal note-I'm not afraid of anything living in our woods, including bears, but one summer evening two years ago I came out of the garage and saw nothing but enormous paws. It was like the Hound of the Baskervilles was 6 inches from my face. In reality, two wolves were romping their way across the lower meadow and I had plenty of time to get back behind closed doors. They didn't pay any attention to me and in a flash were off into the forest. When I got in the house, heart pounding, I had a message from a neighbor warning me he had seen them in my yard. I've been hoping to catch a more prepared glimpse of local wolves since, but so far no luck. In NoVA we had a resident coyote or two. Never thought much of them, except to hope they wouldn't get hit by a car on I-95.

Here's the web cam link for the Wolf Center-

Posted by: frostbitten1 | October 25, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

SCC-by more prepared I mean with a camera, not a weapon.

Slyness-Frostdottir seems to be finally learning a few lessons about the pleasures of privacy. I'd like to think she's just starting to realize I was right all along, but it's far more likely some of her "friendships" jumped up and bit her.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | October 25, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Good late morning all here from the left coast. Very warm and sunny here. We started to have fall weather a few weeks ago with some rain and frosts. Enough that most of the leaves have started turning so the pines and firs really stand out. We had enough rain that fire season was officially closed but then the weather turned back the calender. Now were are having lots of grass fires as persons trash and debris burnings are. getting out of control.
We were visited this morning by the three turkeys that come by once in a while to eat the seed and drink out of the dish we put out for the birds. The quail and doves are suppressed by the turkeys. The quail line up along the edge of the driveway waiting for the turkeys to move on. There were 13 doves this morning also waiting on the side of the driveway for the turkeys to move. The doves must be a group migrating south. The big bunch that nest around here left last month except for one that seems to stay all winter. I see him out there sitting on the gravel way before daylight waiting for me to go put out seed.
I'm not new to the boodle, just lurk a lot. My old handle was too short for WaPo.

Posted by: bh71 | October 25, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Facebook has complexity too.

I spoke to a colleague who studies gender and children's clothing...she was intrigued by my situation here, we we do not always know the gender. And, we interact without that knowledge, because typically, we "see" gender through our eyes and not think about learning a gender specifically.

One BHPer said that he/she marveled at the male and female presences in the Buffalo Billards room at our last gathering. Surprised to suddenly know our genders.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | October 25, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Hi BH71, glad you are not lurking. Love your bird report; Paging Vintage Lady and eidrib and even GWE as they often report of the feathered or be-plumed ones.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | October 25, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

CP said "One BHPer said that he/she marveled at the male and female presences in the Buffalo Billards room at our last gathering. Surprised to suddenly know our genders."

That's one of the things I remember from the first BPH, CP. We were right around 50/50. I figured we would be more male. It made it more enjoyable.

Posted by: -pj- | October 25, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

i think bh is our good ole friend bh, no

Posted by: omnigood | October 25, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm just seeing the McCain ad that in a spooky voice declares that Obama has no executive experience and any crisis he faced as president would be the "first one.. in this chair" showing the oval office.

Don't they think anyone knows the same could be said for John McCain? Is this how McCain argues that he's not Bush? By pretending he's the incumbent?

Posted by: -TBG- | October 25, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Hi CqP I guess things are buzzing in your neck of the woods with Homecoming and all.

I have been waiting for the rain to end so I can get out and see if there is anything to report.I did notice that my chimney bird cover,popped out and was on my deck this AM,I will wait till it dries up before I get back on the roof.

Hi BH71,Wild turkeys are not only beautiful but amazingly fast,sometimes they make you run through the woods before you can snap their picture!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | October 25, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I will admit my ignorance. How will Democrats get their hands on the money and distribute it to their buddies, if it's tied up in bailouts of banks, etc.?

Posted by: slyness | October 25, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I still need to see the bear center and the wolf center. Wilbrodog probably will stay behind or in the car.

We've already seen the international wolf center at Ely on TV. It fascinated me, and I turned the sound on so Wilbrodog could hear the wolves howling. We already saw a wolf in the middle of town the night my grandma was taken to the hospital.

The wolf slipped into the woods towards the river. I didn't think that wolf would double back. Seemed the size of Wilbrodog or even a little smaller, but straight tail, and didn't look or move like any sled dog I'd ever seen.

I wasn't so sure about any travelling companions she might have, and our path was taking us on her trail, so I kept a look behind us for any when we walked on the trail she took. I was hoping nobody would have ideas about showing Wilbrodog who was boss. I saw nothing, which relieved me.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 25, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

happy Betterave Day

Also, Grenada is celebrating Thanksgiving today, if you can believe it.

Posted by: omnigood | October 25, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I need to go out, but the weather radar says: "NO, o, don't"

Something massively wet is coming this way.

One excursion is two blocks (about half a football field)

Second is three blocks (more than two football fields)

In DC, with all the Iagonals and Dangles, the grid is weird

I'll just drink a beer and eat some nuts and hope it passes.

I also have sharp cheddar cheese and hard sour dough pretzels, a great combo

And no, I'm not watching a game, but maybe a movie

Posted by: omnigood | October 25, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Let us review, omni: you've got beer, cheese, and hard sourdough pretzels, and got a movie on the tube. And you're thinking about going outside in the rain for...???????? (And you've probably got Domino's or Pappa John's on speed-dial. I wouldn't move from my chair except to hit the john if I were you.)

Good afternoon, Boodle. Happy rainy Saturday. Busy day: been to Lowe's been to Chik-fil-a for breakfast (my spous'e breakfast joint of choice), been to Safeway, picked up the drycleaning, and drove to the boat, ran the bilge pump for half an hour, came home, got a haircut, and will shortly jump in the shower. We're attending our oldest granddaughter's 18th birthday party this evening at 5 p.m. -- it's a masked event, believe it or not. (Since it's most family attending, I don't think there will be too much mystery about who is who.)

I just can't believe I'm old enough to have an 18-year-old granddaughter, but I do. My wife and oldest daughter both blame it on kindergarten sex, but I'm skeptical.

I may have a drink too many this evening and begin to wax poetical about remembering the day she was born: her father and I were pacing in the waiting room while my wife was allowed in the delivery room; it was during the second quarter of an Eagles-Redskins game. Jaworski was quarterbacking for the Iggles. I don't remember who won the game, because by the fourth quarter they'd let my son-in-law and me in the room to meet and greet sweet Julianna. (Sometimes its OK to miss the end of a football game...although I admit that missing the end of an Iggles-Skins game is stretching filial devotion a bit far.)

I would also say that Jewels (as we like to call her) is the apple of my eye, except for the seven other apples in that orchard.

Must go immerse.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | October 25, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Lydia is cooking something. Apples and Pears. How weird is that.

I expect tomorrow I'll see Giada cooking somthing with celery and beetroot

Posted by: omnigood | October 25, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

The editorial page of today's local paper is stuffed with letters from people who are expecting Obama to destroy the United States with some help from his friends at Acorn. They must all be sending their money to Switzerland.

Wyomingites with wolves seem to be as nothing compared to Bavarians faced with an actual bear in the woods.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 25, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Dropped off our ballots yesterday. Here everyone gets the ballot by mail so there never is any waiting in line on election day. We can either mail it back by Nov 4th or drop it off at a curbside box like a mailbox to save the postage cost. I did have to wait for three cars ahead of me.

We have to put the completed ballot in a secrecy envelop and then in an outer envelop that has our name and address and sign it. At the county election center they scan the signature against the database of signatures of when one registered. If the scan is rejected they manually look up the signature to see if it is close enough to be accepted. Then they take out the secrecy envelop and wait until after the polls close to open them and scan the votes. They hire a bunch of temps for a night to do the scanning and the results come out very fast. At least the preliminary vote. The final has to wait a couple of days until those that were mailed with a post mark of before 8 PM election day, but that isn't very many.
I don't know why other states don't adopt this method of voting. It is much less expensive to carry out an election. No voting booths or machines to purchase. No chance of someone scamming the software, no people all day checking registration records, no last minute surprises that they can't find your name on the registration list. The date of the ballot mailing is widely publized so if you don't get a ballot in a day or so you can go check before election day to find out why.
No lines and never a weather problem.

ole bh

Posted by: bh71 | October 25, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

did a run of the dials and just as I hit ABC the Breeders cup was about to start. Wow, what a race. Goldikova put on quite the last seconds sprint. Incredible.

And Mudge, you know beer needs replenishing. At least until it runs from my tap I needs going out now and again. That's the first excursion, the second is to return videos

And speed dial is set to PizzaBoli. Medium with mushrooms. Mmm good.

But according to the weather radar, that storm is headed more north than east. I shoulda gone and been back already.

The longer I wait, the more definitely I'll get wet

Posted by: omnigood | October 25, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I voted!

The line was LOOOOOONG.

Got there before 8. Stood in the drizzle with my umbrella and my Harry Potter until I had to stop reading. I was crying as I neared the end of the 6th book and people were staring.

Put the book away and glanced up and down the line. What diversity!!! It cheered me up to see so many people voting.

The cheerful effect was later ruined by the crappy haircut I got. Anyone know how to make hair grow REALLY fast?

Posted by: abeac1 | October 25, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

And a Happy B-Day to Jewels.

From the Boodle fax: tourmaline opal jasper and beryl

Posted by: omnigood | October 25, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Omni, stay out of the storm. Our street is flooded and the rain is still pouring down.

Posted by: abeac1 | October 25, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Why, amidst all of the Acorn acrimony, is there little mention that John McCain delivered the keynote address at an Acorn meeting in 1996?

Posted by: bengal-gram | October 25, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Oops! I meant 2006.

Posted by: bengal-gram | October 25, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

bea, I find that a crappy haircut can be fixed with a simple wash and rinse when you get home. And no matter what any one else says, I'm sure it looks great. How could it not on you

Posted by: omnigood | October 25, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse


Think Dorothy Hamil with a cowlick. No shampoo can fix that. It will have to grow.

Posted by: abeac1 | October 25, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Happy Birthday to Jewels. You have a rich and happy family there, mudge. Keep up with them.

I'm off tonight to my brother-in-law's belated wedding reception. The parents of the bride have flown in from Japan and my mother-in-law came up from Florida. It's an even happier occasion because she is not staying with us.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 25, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

a bea c - I got the same crappy hair cut yesterday and it's really made me cranky. I was supposed to look like Diane Lane, NOT Dorothy Hammill. Mine is Dorothy Hammill with frizz because it's drizzly here. Sigh.

I like your Julianna birthday story, Mudge. I hope she has a lovely party! My son, born in January of 1991, was born during a Redskins playoff game. I can't remember who they were playing, I'm sure the hubby can. I kept catching him peeking at the TV, but that came to a stop when we left our cozy "birthing" room rather quickly for the OR delivery room as we encountered some difficulty. I am happy to say that he didn't look back as we moved!

Just got home from work, hubby is out of town, kids are off doing this and that. I've got a copy of Vanity Fair, an old Helen Mirren movie and a cold bottle of chardonnay for later. Life is good.

Posted by: Kim1 | October 25, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I agree. Life is great.

Did some shopping with #2, will meet a friend for coffee in a bit. A day off! Awesome. Tomororow will be devoted to work.

Gorgeous weather, with a stiff breeze. We saw some ravens on the escarpment, and at least six red-tailed hawks hunting on the prairie. Beautiful.

Posted by: Yoki | October 25, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, tell your granddaughter happy birthday for me, and the g-girl. I will tell the g-girl you said hello. She posted a comment this morning.

I've already voted. My neighbor took me and another neighbor to the polling place last week. We all went in together, and came out together. My legs were hurting so bad, I thought I was going to have to ask for a chair. When we came out, I made a bee line for the car. The other neighbor, not the driver, walking in front of me went in the opposite direction. I thought she saw someone she knew and went over to speak. After getting in the car, I saw the driver, walking around like she was looking for someone. I asked her if she was looking for our neighbor, and she said, yes. I pointed out the direction the neighbor went, and as I sat down, I thought to myself, I'll bet she's in the wrong car. Sure enough, the driver found her sitting in a man's truck. She thought she was in the right car. As they were walking back to the car, both of them were laughing. All three of us laughed about it on the way back to the apartment complex. I told her not to feel bad, I get lost at Wal-Mart and can't find my car either, although I haven't got in the wrong one, yet.

Folks here have been voting since early voting started. The turn out has been really good. I don't know this to be a fact, but I think more people are voting in this election.

Yoki, you could never be a Shirley. Not that there is anything wrong with that name, but Yoki fits you to a tee.

Posted by: cmyth4u | October 25, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Kim, I too have been known to watch old Helen Mirren film when the family is out of town. Although, perhaps, not the same ones you might choose.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 25, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Kim and A BEA C,
I took my person and my wavy-frizzy hair to the new hairdresser just to show him what was UP today. When he cut my hair on a sunny, dry October day two weeks ago, he did not calculate the frizzle factor despite telling him that my hair is bi-polar and plays for both teams.

He took a picture and put it in my file. he also trimmed to recalcitrant strands.

I remember Dorothy's singular haircut in 1976 but then by February, everybody who was not channeling Farah Fawcett Majors, had the Skater's Wedge cut.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | October 25, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Obama came back to Honolulu to see his ailing grandmother. Pictures of him in the paper show him walking his old neighborhood and getting back on the plane to go to Nevada. He looks so very sad.

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | October 25, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Great story about your granddaughter Mudge. Thanks for sharing that.

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | October 25, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Actually I DO know a way to grow hair faster. Begin taking a large B complex vitamin daily. Hair and fingernails will undergo a rapid growth spurt. If one is steadily on a higher B complex routine, the effect will within a month catch up to itself and cease being noticeable.

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 25, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Nice pictures MotP,very nice to see our future president in jeans and flip flops.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | October 25, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Hey to all. Extend my BD greetings, as well, to your granddaughter, Mudge.

Those pictures of Obama in Hawaii were really sad. I do hope she lives long enough at least to see him elected.

BTW, there's a very good article by Jane Mayer in The New Yorker about how McCain came to pick Palin as his running mate.

I wish I were able to vote early. I'm kind of dreading having to wait in line for hours and hours, all while my knees and back are screaming. But I'll get through it, because my cause is just and because my country is worth it.

So there!

CP, I'm going to IKEA tomorrow morning, so I'll be sure to wave.

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | October 25, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Aloha, thanks for that link. The pictures demonstrate a lack in WaPo reporting. The article that I read this morning said that he wore sandals on his walk. Uh, those are flip flops. First presidential candidate ever to be photographed in flip flops? (Hopefully not too flippant a comment given the occasion of his trip. But y'all know I mean well.)

CquaP, that's my hair, too. I am actually very glad to live in the humid South, since humidity curls are all that give my very fine hair any body at all. A great idea to have pictures for the hairdresser in different weathers. If I had a hairdresser, I'd do that. For now, I just wear it longish, trim off the ends myself (the wave hides the crookedness), and pull it back of my face. Someday I'll wear grown-up hair, but I think I'll wait till it's all gray.

Posted by: -bia- | October 25, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

SCC: back off my face. Though it does end up more or less in back of my face, so maybe I should leave it as is.

Posted by: -bia- | October 25, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

This is what my mom said when I called her to whine about my...

Hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair
Flow it, show it
Long as God can grow it
My hair

I want it long, straight, curly, fuzzy
Snaggy, shaggy, ratty, matty
Oily, greasy, fleecy
Shining, gleaming, streaming
Flaxen, waxen
Knotted, polka-dotted
Twisted, beaded, braided
Powdered, flowered, and confettied
Bangled, tangled, spangled, and spaghettied!

Oh say can you see
My eyes if you can
Then my hair's too short

She really did sing it.

Posted by: abeac1 | October 25, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

My grandma used to wear wigs both for warmth and also to deal with any weather factors involved.

Not that I'd advise anybody to wear a wig in 100 degree weather, granted. There's always hats too. I understand from Yello the fedora look is in again.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 25, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

In Hawaii those are not flip flops, they are slippers.

Great pics MotP, and so good to see a regular Oahu neighborhood. I'd be sad seeing Obama sad anywhere, but add my own sadness at missing Hawaii and I need a tissue, several tissues.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | October 25, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

You voted, a bea c? How is that possible? You live in Virginia.

Posted by: -pj- | October 25, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

About naturally curly hair....our Paris tour guide had the most wonderful hair, very thick, very long, very curly. She had wonderful skin, too, but that seems to be the case with most frenchwomen. She had a splendid hair style. A thick, downtheback braid. Soft short bangs and squigglies about the face and then this loose, massive braid; even the ends of the braid were curly.

She was tall, broad shouldered, and on her the style was absolutely remarkable.

Congrats to 'mudge's granddaughter and also I see I missed the g-girl this morning. G-girl, if you are still boodling, let me tell you Cassandra sounds like a wonderful grandmother.

Posted by: VintageLady | October 25, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Happy birthday to Jewels! Have a great day, Mudge and family. It sounds like you are.

Posted by: -pj- | October 25, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

pj with wings, super! :-)

Posted by: VintageLady | October 25, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

pj, I voted last week at the government center, absentee ballot, will be away on Nov. 4. I think a bea c is also going to be away.

Posted by: VintageLady | October 25, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

MOtP, thanks for the link. I’ve been feeling sad about Obama’s grandmother and also hope she lives thru Nov. 4th. Cassandra, say hi to the g-girl, you showed me her picture at the MBPH and she is adorable. Mudge, hope you are having a wonderful time at your g-daughter’s birthday.

Oh a bea c and Kim, I sympathize about the hair. I had mine cut last week. I was growing it longer but it had reached a very ackward stage and I wanted to look crisp for the wedding. Anyway, I hate it. It’s too short and I’ve spent the whole week trying different ways of blowing it dry to see if I can find something that I’m happy with. One more chance tonight and then tomorrow it’s for real. When I’m not happy with my hair, it affects my whole attitude so it had better behave tomorrow! Surprisingly, everything is under control for the wedding tomorrow. #1 daughter called this morning and expressed amazement that her sister was calm and cool.

Posted by: badsneakers | October 25, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

It's good!!!!!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | October 25, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Back in the olden days we called them thongs. Flip these days. Harumph

Meanwhile I got up from watching Iron Man and noticed Mark Bittman, one of my fave TV food shows. He travels the world and seems to know everyone, and gets to eat everything. Writes for NYT. They were in Rioja and Basque country. Mmmm

and all i got is pretzels (still have no answer to how to say pretzel in SPanish)))

I'd never seen this particular show before though. It had Gwyneth Paltrow, who is perfect as Pepper Potts in IR (by the way, also known as 'The Insouciant One' (that's GP not PP (oops, I so should have not gone there))).

Strange synchronicity.

Web site for the show:

I hope you can make sense of my third para

Posted by: omnigood | October 25, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Ah, VintageLady. Thanks. I've only known a couple of people who voted absentee and they mailed the ballot in. Intriguing that so many are voting early. Did you have a long line?

Posted by: -pj- | October 25, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

according to the radar the storm has passed me by and all I ever got was a drizzle.

No food shows or wood shows on right now, so I'm gonna finish my movie while nursing my beer and then go out.

Then I will surely get drenched

Posted by: omnigood | October 25, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest calling flip-flops "thongs." For some reason I stopped doing this when I moved to Virginia.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 25, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Ohhhhhhh, my dears -- you have got to watch this! It is magnificent!!!

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | October 25, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

It does give the phrase "wearing thongs" a very different image, RD and omni.

I got a good bit of steady hard rain here, omni.

Posted by: -pj- | October 25, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Thank you firsttimeblogger - now that is a hockey mom.

Posted by: dmd2 | October 25, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

But is it a coincidence that the brief fashions for flip-flops and thongs were coeval?

Posted by: Yoki | October 25, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

ftb... there are many ways to be eligible to absentee vote in Virginia (are you in Virginia? I'm not sure). I think being out of the state (or county) for work qualifies you.

Here are details for Fairfax County (and all of Virginia I believe)...

a bea c.... the best way to get your hair to grow fast is to pretend your head is your legs.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 25, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

CP's Basement is Open for Business

At last count, 7 boys in in the dungeon with two more on the way. Perhaps, the lone chick, EP, will arrive. She can -- and will--sing.

Not bad musical cover of Led Z's "Rock and Roll" down in the basement. But, no vocals. These boys play but won't sing. Can we get a tenor, please?

GJ is on his way over with a tin whistle; they hope to try a Jethro Tull type piece soon.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | October 25, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Great hockey mom video, ftb! Thanks!

I thought my fellow boodlers would like this comment below it...

"We need more raising of young American hockey players. Show the Canadians that we mean business :)"

Posted by: -TBG- | October 25, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

ftb, that was excellent! Thanks for the link.

Posted by: badsneakers | October 25, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

FTP -- thanks for that video. And, wave extra hard at Moose who is right on top of IKEA, actually.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | October 25, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Apparently the McCain campaign is also singing about Sarah Palin...

Posted by: -TBG- | October 25, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

That's right, TBG. Otherwise, we might invade on skates. And you know, Canadians are dangerous people.

Posted by: Yoki | October 25, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

FTB--great video!

Posted by: Braguine | October 25, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

pj, no, the line was not long last week, and flowed steadily along.

ftb, she was good, (funny!) but the pianist (moose) was also a great musician.

Posted by: VintageLady | October 25, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

bad sneakers, so the much awaited day is tomorrow? Blessings for a lovely wedding and I'm sure your hair will shine.

Posted by: VintageLady | October 25, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Oh, that video was funny...

"My kid plays hockey, and I wear lipstick
But I'm a thinker and you're a dipstick."

I voted absentee b/c I work in a district other than my own on election day.

Posted by: abeac1 | October 25, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Hi, all--I'm glad to hear people are voting. I think I reported already that my husband and I voted by mail. Today I spent a few hours canvassing for Obama. My partner was a high school student, very bright and good company. I think we each contributed about a quart of sweat to the cause; the temperature was in the 90s and the humidity was very high. We met some nice people, had the door slammed in our face a few times and only came across one certifiable wacko, so I'd call that a good day. I might not have made the effort to go out and work for the campaign if I hadn't heard from other people who had done it, here on the A-blog and also in real life. So I wanted to take the opportunity to encourage anybody who is considering it--do it, you'll be glad you did.

Regarding wolves, I would refer anyone to Barbara Kingsolver's *Prodigal Summer* which helped me gain an appreciation for the importance of predators. The main character states plainly, "To kill a natural predator is a sin." And supports it with logic and science:

"They're the top of the food chain, that's the reason...If they're good, then their prey is good and its food is good. If not, then something's missing from the chain.

"...Keeping tabs on the predators tells you what you need to know about the herbivores, like deer, and the vegetation, the detritivores, the insect populations, small predators like shrews and voles. All of it."

I edited that quote to death but it's true that Prodigal Summer changed the way I think about wolves, and it's a good book, ecological preaching aside.

Posted by: kbertocci | October 25, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Good for you, kbertocci! Canvassing is something I really don't want to do, so I do other stuff in the office (mostly entering data obtained by others on the phone and door to door). I also bring a case of water every time I volunteer.

When someone does come to my door, I thank them a lot for doing such a valuable job. I haven't had any McCain folks come by; don't know if it's the Obama signs in the yard, or if they just aren't that mobilized around here.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 25, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, all.

Had a good day despite being afflicted by some bug I've taken to referring to as Mudge's Complaint.

Spent the day cooking, hinging with the kids and helping with weekend homework, then going to a party at my brother's. Some effort expended at remaining upright, too.

Cassandra, I was so glad to see the g-girl in here earlier, and to see that you're out and about. I do hope you're feeling better soon, too.

I've been resisting pleas to see High School Musical 3 all weekend, we'll see if that pans out.

I'd rather finish carving the pumpkins, frankly.


Posted by: -bc- | October 25, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

TBG-Ma Frostbitten is so grateful to the Obama volunteers who are willing to call and canvas she's been delivering dinner to the Newport News office a couple times a week. She got the idea from me, and I got it from you and Kim.

I hope my neighbor across the river is still speaking to me after the election. I'm not entirely sure he's voting McCain, but it's my guess. That's not why I expect some friction though. I wrote him in for city council, and encouraged others to as well. He doesn't have to accept, but declining when you've won as a write-in is generally not done.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | October 25, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

From TBG's link: "A Palin associate defended her, saying that she is 'not good at process questions' and that her comments on Michigan and the robocalls were answers to process questions."

That's defending her?

Posted by: frostbitten1 | October 25, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Ha! I'm glad I don't live in your town, Frosti.

I often tell a friend of mine, who was PTA president when Son of G was in elementary school, that she is the reason I got Caller ID.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 25, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

As for as defending Palin vis a vis "process questions" -- it's better to say that she's weak in answering certain types of questions than to admit "Yeah, she's a fool, an idiot, and a traitor to the man who put so much faith in her."

Posted by: ScienceTim | October 25, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Laughing out loud, Frosti. I'm with TBG, so glad I don't live in your city!

Posted by: slyness | October 25, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Big doings in the PA sports world tonight.
#3Penn st in an 0-0 battle with #9 Ohio state.

And game 3 in Philly in a rain delay.I am pulling for Jamie Moyer tonight,22 years in the Bigs,1st world series appearance.Journeyman junk baller makes the WS at age 45. Go Jamie!!

I always found it interesting that you take an umbrella into a baseball game,but not a football game? I wonder why? Perhaps the baseball gods will answer that question.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | October 25, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Meant to say, GWE, that yes, tis a big day in College Park. 150 years of award-winning Marching Band...loved hearing that across the way. Did not DARE venture into town by car. Went grocery shopping by bike to avoid the crowds.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | October 25, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

It’s quotes like these that make me furious at McCain for picking her. He certainly put getting elected in front of country, in normal times this would be cynical and politics as usual, in times like these it’s unforgivable.

"Her lack of fundamental understanding of some key issues was dramatic," said another McCain source with direct knowledge of the process to prepare Palin after she was picked. The source said it was probably the "hardest" to get her "up to speed than any candidate in history."

Yes VL, it seems like her wedding date was always so far away and yet here it is. I can’t believe I don’t have any last minute hemming or mending to do. I’ll be sure to report on it tomorrow night or Monday, as I will be home soaking my feet.

Posted by: badsneakers | October 25, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse


Mazel Tov and bon mots and blessings and felicitations and rainbows and confetti and starry starry skies on the happy day!

And, dance a really good with with Mr. S. for a job well done and the joys of being a darling and kind MILx2.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | October 25, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Bad Sneakers, Best wishes for a fabulous wedding day. I do hope the weather cooperates. But, even if not, I'm sure all the dresses (and hems) will be spectacular! I want to hear all the details.

~~Maggie I DO!

Posted by: rickoshea0 | October 25, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Palin's gone rogue?

How does a maverick go rogue? I thought that was the whole point. :-)

Posted by: -dbG- | October 25, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

-dbG-, exactly. Very funny and wise.

I love it when the Boodle talks sports. I don't know anything about anything except NHL, so its a window into a community I've never been part of. greenwithenvy's shout-out to a senior yeoman makes me happy, too.

Posted by: Yoki | October 25, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I've wanted to know the answer to this question since I joined the Boodle-peeps. Why are the Terps the Terps? Are they terpsichorean? That would make them light on their feet, responsive and rhythmic, so that is probably the source of the name.

Posted by: Yoki | October 25, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Yoki and dbG, I read that as

rouge maverick, you know, a maverick packing make-up.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | October 25, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Just not the make-up everybody else uses.

Posted by: Yoki | October 25, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

U2 make me laugh!

Posted by: -dbG- | October 25, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

I'll be thinking about you all tomorrow, Sneaks. My good wishes and prayers for a lovely day and a happy event!

Posted by: slyness | October 25, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Palin is yet to make a meaningful statement. There won't be any ink wasted on that history.

Posted by: Braguine | October 25, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Being Saturday nigh, I'm gonna do a bloogah blogah boogie with the blogosaurus monster. Hang on the the Bunker's Kinkaides.

Posted by: Braguine | October 25, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Oooh! Oooh! I know this one. Yoki, the Maryland Terps is an abbreviation of "Terrapins," which are a type of turtle. Hence the phrase "Fear the Turtle."

Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 25, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Yoki - The Terps are the Terrapins ( It's a turtle.

A slogan you see on bumper stickers around is "Fear the Turtle". My husband used to make fun of that, till this fall when the Terps whipped up on his Cal Bears.

Posted by: astromom | October 25, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Not sure I agree, brag.

I'm thinking this Republican veep-pick will be written about for years, as the moment that politics descended to lowest-possible (or, depending on your point-of-view, ascended to the highest-possible) level of cynicism and desperation. Shouldn't be surprised if faculties of political studies and economics study it for years and years.

And the great thing about America is that it didn't work. I don't care how many people thought, at first, "Wow! She gets my life!" in the end that population could not be seduced by flashes and bangs and sex (which I still, totally, don't get).

And, OMG, did you hear the filth she spilt from her lips this weekend that was dubbed "getting out the vote?" It was just horrible and transparently so, so wrong.

So her VP candidacy will be written up, I think, just not as a victory of good sense over political machinery.

Posted by: Yoki | October 25, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Bad Sneakers, lots of good wishes for the wedding -- it will be wonderful.

Can you sneak a few pictures for us?

Posted by: nellie4 | October 25, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin anagrams to "Sharia plan."

Sorry, didn't mean to use hypnosis.

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 25, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Thanks all.

I'm a *little* disappointed. Didn't know there were tortoises in Maryland. Slow and steady? Stay the course?

I think a Classical reference to the Muses would grace any football team, don't you?

Posted by: Yoki | October 25, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Not, of course Jumper, that there is anything wrong with that.

Posted by: Yoki | October 25, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Yoki - A terrapin is *not* a tortoise. A terrapin is a semiaquatic turtle with nasty sharp claws. The Red Eared Slider is a terrapin, and you don't wanna go messing with them. I know, I used to own one.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 25, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Yes Yoki
That is the Terps I talk about.I Grew up in Baltimore and after the Baltimore Colts left town.My brother and I decided on getting Maryland Terrapin season tickets,he was an alum,me just a football fan and we figured Maryland would never leave the state. So for many years we went to UM football games. Oh the stories I could tell. But when the Ravens came on the scene,I gave up my tickets for those of the pro's.I still make it to at least 1 game a year.I am happy they won in the slop today,glad I didn't go.I would still be soaked I am sure.

Every football game I ever attend,I tell the person taking my ticket"What a Glorious day for a football game"

Posted by: greenwithenvy | October 25, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, the U of Md. mascot is a diamondback terrapin named Testudo the turtle. Terps is just short for Terrapins. Testudo, as I'm sure your aware, is Latin for tortoise; the word also makes its appearance in the Aubrey-Maturin novels, when Dr. Maturin discovers a new turtle in the Galapagos Islands, and names it for his friend, Capt. Jack Aubrey, as testudo Aubreyii.

The rain has stopped, they've annouynced the players, and Game 3 is about to begin, GWE. I *know* I'm not gonna make it to the end of this one.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | October 25, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Alas, the real-life terrapin the University of Maryland Terrapins are named for are not known for their terpsichorean talent.

They be brackish-water turtles with flippers, Yoki.

It's the state reptile of Maryland (Official state sport: jousting), which is probably why it was picked as the U of MD mascot.

While I would consider the alligator snapper to be a far scarier turtle (I've encountered it and stayed well away), the diamondback terrapin has mighty jaws for such a little turtle; it can crush crabs and mollusks in its jaws.

It's very much an East Coast fella (nearly threatened now), and used to be considered tasty to eat in turtle soup by the early settlers, and they got so overfished in the 1800's that by 1889 turtle soup was really expensive.

And now, it's time for the Mock Turtle to sing.

"Beautiful soup, so rich and green,

Waiting in a hot tureen!

Who for such dainties would not stoop?

Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!

Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!

Beau--ootiful Soo--oop! Beau--ootiful Soo--oop!

Soo--oop of the e--e--evening, Beautiful, beautiful Soup"

And considering the terrapin is a predator, we're on-kit and on-kbertocci in a way too.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 25, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Kathleen Parker goes there.

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 25, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

"It's funny because it's insulting to everyone!"
by Megan Garber

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 25, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

More on Terps

Posted by: omnigood | October 25, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: omnigood | October 25, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the boodle is fully awake, 5 people beat me to that definition.

Jumper, her name also anagrams as:

A iran splash
A Sharp nail
A snail harp
Anal parish
Phail as ran
has-ran pail
an april ash

and of course, Sal Piranha.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 25, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

I am deeply honoured, dear Boodle, in my education.

RD, glad to know about the nasty sharp teeth.

gwe, it is always a fine day for a football game, isn't it?

Wilbrod, we will while the hours reciting not only Beautiful Soup, but The Jabberwocky and Other Pomes.

Goodnight, dear and blessed Boodle. Cassandra, you made my weekend. Be well and happy, all. Life gets better and better with friends such as you.

Posted by: Yoki | October 25, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Mudge I know what you mean,I am usually a late nighter,but it would be good every once in a while to get to bed before midnight.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | October 25, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Just wondering, here, why they are not the Tarps?

Posted by: Yoki | October 25, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

greenwith, go to bed!

Posted by: Yoki | October 25, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

TBG -- I'm a Marylander, so I can't take advantage of early voting. Yet. It would appear that this year's ballot includes an opportunity to vote for early voting in the future. I'm gonna vote "of course" myself.

University of Michigan (the "other" UM) football team is resembling the Lions. Therefore, I choose not to pay attention. At all. Ever again (until maybe they start winning).

The Red Wings, however, are playing some nice hockey. I can warm up (or, um, cool off) to that.

Gonna go tuck myself in. Toodles, boodle and, you know, fondue.

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | October 25, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, you're not going to say goodnight to Pond Scum?

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | October 25, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

I am, I am.

Good night, pond scum.

(Ooh, I've got some lovely filth 'ver 'ere!)

Good night, Mama.

Posted by: Yoki | October 25, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Fear the Turtle - my house is full of caps, posters, t-shirts, mugs and Christmas ornaments with that logo. I don't know why the Terps aren't the Tarps, but I just don't think the Tarps has the same ring to it.

Speaking of pond scum...if you have a couple of minutes, here's a video that shows why I like Andrew Sullivan so much and pond scum figures into it. I like his analysis of the difference between Obama's campaign and McCain's campaign.

Posted by: Kim1 | October 25, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

I know a nice place that has both, terrapins and crocodiles in crystal clear water. :-P

Good night, Boodle--my time to engross myself into energetic, active, and creative sleeps.

Posted by: Braguine | October 25, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

I have question for the Boodle foodies.

I would like to try to make polenta. I would like to know if I can just buy stone ground cornmeal, or do I need to buy a package specifically labeled as polenta?

Thanks in advance!

Posted by: Moose13 | October 25, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Moose- You can use regular corn meal, as polenta is just corn meal mush. The biggest mistake I think people make is not cooking polenta long enough-30 minutes minimum, 40 is better.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | October 25, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Moose, you can buy just stone-ground yellow cornmeal (to my palate it is very acceptable but not the same as an authentic fine-ground Italian version), but you need to decide whether you prefer a very soft porridgy-style Northern Italian polenta (echt) or a more robust one that can be chilled and cut into sticks or rounds.

If you would like to discuss this, email me at

If not, just play with your food. You'll find your way.

Posted by: Yoki | October 25, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

And thanks Moose for asking about polenta. I have an elk loin to go with the two grouse I'm cooking for Sunday dinner tomorrow. Polenta will be just the thing to tie the two together.

g'night boodle and sweet dreams
Go Rays!

Posted by: frostbitten1 | October 25, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Glad I could help Frosti.

I've never had polenta before, so I don't know which texture I prefer. I guess I will have to try both.

Thanks, Yoki!

Posted by: Moose13 | October 25, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

made it through six inning,now off to bed.

gnight boodle

Posted by: greenwithenvy | October 26, 2008 12:03 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Frosti you are correct, flip flops/thongs are called slippers here. I was surprised that Obama was wearing them but then again, I shouldn't have been. It was sad to see him so down but obviously he is wrestling with his grandmother being ill. I think everyone here is feeling his sadness but also hoping his g-mother makes it to see him elected as POTUS.

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | October 26, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

See patch. See patch run. Run, patch, run!

Posted by: -dbG- | October 26, 2008 12:22 AM | Report abuse

did somebody say midnight, oops, sorry GWE, Goodnight, pleasant nightmares and sweet dreams

Posted by: omnigood | October 26, 2008 12:34 AM | Report abuse

fuzzing algorithm. hmmmmm.

Posted by: LALurker | October 26, 2008 1:35 AM | Report abuse

Reporting (rather early) for Dawn Patrol.

TBG, thanks for the link. If Palin is really aiming for 2012, what would she do to prepare herself, as in, how will she get more experience? Or would she just campaign from now until then? I don't think her family will withstand that, though. That poor little baby, and her girls with their own.

I agree with the very last point, the one regarding her SNL appearance. She was not funny, she did nothing to prove their skits wrong. In fact, she had the mean high school girl look on her face the entire time. Her mask slipped off and it was obvious.

Posted by: abeac1 | October 26, 2008 5:07 AM | Report abuse

Morning all!

a bea c, try watering more frequently for optimum growth. Although you had more opportunities yesterday, obviously. :-)

Sneaks, NukeSpouse and I send our very best wishes to the blushing bride!!! *HUGSS*

And speaking of NukeSpouse... As we're approaching Thanksgiving, things are getting busy at the store, prompting a long-awaited schedule change that now requires one of NS's co-workers to arrive at 4 a.m. on Sunday. Said co-worker had plenty of prior notice but had consistently given indications of not wanting to comply. NS's phone went off about 10 before 5, with the boss saying the co-worker hadn't shown up and April needed to come in immediately. As this was not unexpected, NS headed to the shower quickly enough that she didn't hear the phone go off again about 5 minutes later. I answered, and her boss said the co-worker had just arrived -- the co-worker had thought this was the weekend to return to Standard Time. *SIGHHHH*

*somewhat-low-powered-but-still-heartfelt-pre-Dawn-Patrol Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 26, 2008 6:19 AM | Report abuse

Morning all!

a bea c, try watering more frequently for optimum growth. Although you had more opportunities yesterday, obviously. :-)

Sneaks, NukeSpouse and I send our very best wishes to the blushing bride!!! *HUGSS*

And speaking of NukeSpouse... As we're approaching Thanksgiving, things are getting busy at the store, prompting a long-awaited schedule change that now requires one of NS's co-workers to arrive at 4 a.m. on Sunday. Said co-worker had plenty of prior notice but had consistently given indications of not wanting to comply. NS's phone went off about 10 before 5, with the boss saying the co-worker hadn't shown up and April needed to come in immediately. As this was not unexpected, NS headed to the shower quickly enough that she didn't hear the phone go off again about 5 minutes later. I answered, and her boss said the co-worker had just arrived -- the co-worker had thought this was the weekend to return to Standard Time. *SIGHHHH*

*somewhat-low-powered-but-still-heartfelt-pre-Dawn-Patrol Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 26, 2008 6:19 AM | Report abuse

And speaking of wolves...


Posted by: Scottynuke | October 26, 2008 6:19 AM | Report abuse

I have no clue where that double post came from.

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 26, 2008 6:21 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure Sneaks would have posted this if she wasn't otherwise occupied:

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 26, 2008 7:04 AM | Report abuse

morning all. There were stars in the sky this morning, are we through with that rain? We shall see. All that rain took care of the leaves though, the trees stand bare this morning.

Better late than never:
"Former President Bill Clinton will campaign with Senator Barack Obama for the first time on Wednesday at an evening rally in Orlando,"

The man sure knows how to hold a grudge but on the other hand, it means he now concedes the victory to the O-man. And he knows a thing or two about presidential politics.

On with the day, including pumpkin carving, beef stewing and garage clearing.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 26, 2008 7:30 AM | Report abuse

Bad Sneakers - best wishes for the Wedding Day.

Posted by: dmd2 | October 26, 2008 7:30 AM | Report abuse

Wow i guess I sould have stayed up and watched the game,sounds like it got really bizzare late.

Sunny here today and since we are at peak,I will venture out in a bit to snap some photos.

What a glorious day for football!!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | October 26, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Morning, Boodle. It will be another bright Alberta day, but cold. High of 2C. The magpies are harassing the dogs in the back yard; I think they would like to settle into some of that warm fur. The Collie is *not* happy about it. And they really are horrid birds, but so beautiful.

Posted by: Yoki | October 26, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

YAY! The Boodle's back from a technical glitch!! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 26, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Good luck with the wedding, Bad Sneaks. I'm sure it will be lovely.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 26, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

I spent the morning doing one of my Maureen Dowd inspired movie photoshops. This time it's Sarah Palin as Julia Roberts in 'Pretty Woman'.

I cross-posted a link to it on DailyKos and it's showing incipient signs of going viral.

Posted by: Mo_MoDo | October 26, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Good morning boodle! It is rainy and cold here, but that's a good thing. Our forecast called for a low of 25F and up to two inches of snow overnight. It didn't dip below freezing and is now a warm(ish) 37.

In the reps eating their own department-
Although Michelle Bachman, Norm Coleman, and just about every rep running for office this year supports the "clean water, legacy" state constitutional amendment I wrote of yesterday, the MN Rep party is distributing "Vote NO" signs with candidate yard signs. Polling shows voters are inclined to think candidates support the party position when their signs are displayed with "Vote No."

Even I am beginning to fear one party rule. I hope it doesn't take too long for either the reps to reconstitute themselves or a truly viable third party to emerge.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | October 26, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Mornin' all...

Sneaks... hope the hitchin' goes off without a hitch! ;-)

Today's an Insanely Busy Day here. Sales are finally picking up (woohoo!) so the sawdust is a-flyin'. And so are the dang leaves. At some point today I'm going to have to do another mulching pass with the mower. I don't mind the leaves from my own trees, but my neighbor has a huge maple that dumps the majority of its leaves in my yard -- like a foot or two deep.

Guess I better get back to it... lots to do and only one of me.

Peace out :-)

Posted by: martooni | October 26, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Mo mo-one of your finer photoshop efforts.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | October 26, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, Boodle!

Glad to see the software glitch is fixed.

Interesting NYT article on Russia with comments from their Russian blog. It is an eye opener and helps understand the Russian viewpoint/s and how they see themselves.

Posted by: Braguine | October 26, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Best wishes, Sneaks!!!

Posted by: Braguine | October 26, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, fb. I think what makes it really work is that I found a source picture of John McCain looking over his shoulder just like Richard Gere does in the poster. Only in the original photo, McCain is making goo-goo eyes at Hillary Clinton.

Maybe he should have picked her as his running mate.

Posted by: Mo_MoDo | October 26, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

my computer clock is reading 9:39 when it is really 10:39,I guess this was the weekend for the old daylight savings time?

Posted by: greenwithenvy | October 26, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Mo-MoDo, very good. I flew too close to the sun, myself: my attempt to morph Palin into Bullwinkle Moose went horribly awry, and I was left with nothing for my graphic efforts. Even the metaphor broke down into shards, with no combination of Boris as McCain, Biden as Rocky, Natasha as Palin, nor Obama as Bullwinkle, working to my satisfaction. I retire to my lair, licking my self-inflicted wounds.

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 26, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Just in time to see this:

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 26, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Ma Frostbitten just called with news that the Anchorage paper has endorsed Obama. Off to find details.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | October 26, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Link to the Anchorage Daily News Obama endorsement:

Posted by: frostbitten1 | October 26, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Whew! We're back. Had a lovely breakfast out with friends. The Republican couple didn't come as originally planned, so Dr G was relieved we could talk politics. "What else is there?" he asked.

Note: new bumper sticker on Dr G's car, next to the Veterans for Obama sticker... Science Teachers Against McCain/Palin.

Sneaks... hope you have a wonderful day and that your daughter's hopes for the day are all realized--and more.

Jumper... LOVE the Sinfest. So glad DNA Girl joined us here and introduced me to such a funny comic. Here's the permalink for posterity...

Posted by: -TBG- | October 26, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Is the Anchorage paper's endorsement of Obama a surprise? Are they normally Democratic-leaning?

This final paragraph of the endorsement is interesting...

"Yet despite her formidable gifts, few who have worked closely with the governor would argue she is truly ready to assume command of the most important, powerful nation on earth. To step in and juggle the demands of an economic meltdown, two deadly wars and a deteriorating climate crisis would stretch the governor beyond her range. Like picking Sen. McCain for president, putting her one 72-year-old heartbeat from the leadership of the free world is just too risky at this time."

Posted by: -TBG- | October 26, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

OK, well... shoulda used The Google...

Posted by: -TBG- | October 26, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

What do you call that move women make when submitting to the "officially, you're my friend" cheek-kiss, and the man suddenly makes like he's gonna get too close to the lips themselves; if not headed right for 'em, he's going for a spot a bit too close to 'em, and you can see the whole thing flash in her eyes in 1/10th of a second and she does the equally rapid twitch to the side, so that, sorry Bub, he gets to peck that area of her cheek just inboard of the ear, and no more?

Sarah P.'s body language around McCain is like that ALL THE TIME.

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 26, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if Palin's father, a science teacher himself, is sporting a Science Teachers Against McCain/Palin bumper sticker on his car (or pick-up)?

Irish People of the Boodle may heap scorn on me but I put a couple of carrots in my cock-a-leeky soup. It smells fabulous.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 26, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Neo-con David Frum resident fellow od the American Enterprise Institute concedes race and predicts a rout in WaPo's Opinion page.

AOL News reports squabling between campaign and Palin has come out into the open.

Difficult to find an adequate metaphor for the McCain disaster.

Posted by: Braguine | October 26, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I am only going to celebrate the McCain Disaster if it's still considered that on November 5. I've been burned too many times.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 26, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

SNL did a campaign ad for Pat Finger, running for City Council in Butts, NY. "Put a Finger in Butts" is kinda funny, but not as funny as if he were running in Mianus, of course.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 26, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

There are surprisingly few recipes for Cackalacky soup.

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 26, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I thought the Frum column was eminently sensible if you are a Republican: Throw McCain under the bus and undertake a crash program in keeping the Democratic lead in the Senate from becoming filibuster proof.

This Week With George Snuffleupagus had an example of Liz Dole running a commercial doing exactly that. The GOP is in triage mode and McCain has been declared DOA.

George Will was looking even further ahead and encouraging states to enact cryptically worded poison pills against single-payer health care plans. Good luck with that. Most federal legislation trumps state rules.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 26, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious Sinfest. And not just because I love both the meta and the comics. Doonesbury gets a dig in at Joe the Plumber already.

That's pretty quick on the uptake for a comic strip.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 26, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

And here is Joel's REAL story on the wolves:

I knew that short one had to be a teaser.

And I am now officially a BoodleHog, so it's time for a bike ride. Or a nap.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 26, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for all the good wishes. On my way to #2’s to make bouquets then to the golf club to help do the centerpieces, then back here to get ready. Only two calls from #2 so far, she’s on her way to the gym. It rained like crazy here last night but promises to clear up by afternoon. I’ll report back later or tomorrow. Have a great day everyone!

This is what I would have posted if there hadn’t been a glitch this morning. Everything done and ready, of course I forgot to bring the bride’s shoes this morning so we’re heading there first. But I’m dressed, my hair behaved (thank you, great wedding gods in the sky) and I even have ten minutes left before we leave. Plus the sun is shining and it’s reasonably warm. Wish my parents were here but otherwise, all is wonderful!

Posted by: badsneakers | October 26, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

In reviewing my sample ballot, recently arrived in the mail, I note a few interesting facts:

(1) There are a surprising number of tickets running for President, 6 of them on the MD ballot. Cynthia McKinney is the candidate of the Green party. I think we need a President who is willing to punch out her own Secret Service detail. It would bring some excitement to the office. Vote Green!

(2) Alan Keyes has returned to MD, I guess, and is running for President as an Unaffiliated write-in candidate. What more could be said about Alan Keyes? He makes parody redundant. Vote Unaffiliated!

(3) Question 2 is a MD Constitutional Amendment to permit video lottery terminals, aka "slot machines", in certain areas designated within the the Amendment text, creating endless problems if one of the major highways cited as a reference point were to be realigned. Interestingly, the narrative notes that current law prohibits "video lottery terminals that, by the element of chance, may deliver or entitle the players..." Evidently, current law accepts games that are totally rigged and have no element of chance. As always, this latest slide into casino culture and the ethical and moral ruination of the state is predicated on the notion that the principal beneficiary (48.5%) will be the state Education Trust Fund, while "no more than 33%" will go to the operation licensee. Think about that -- for every dollar that goes to education, 68¢ will go to the operators of this blight. According to the Department of Ed. Budget, State expenditures for education are allocated at $294 million for FY2009, while State aid to local jurisdictions for education adds up to $6.2 billion. The slots program cannot really do a blessed thing for education unless the Education Trust Fund receives more than the State currently allocates from general revenues. Otherwise, as every state with a gambling-for-education program has done, they'll just decrease the state allocation to balance the gambling income and education gains nothing but ethical blight.

Previous estimates have maintained that slots will bring in a total of $4B annually for education, still not enough to really increase the education budget, and only a tiny fraction of the State's total budget. That would deliver $2.7B to the slots operators, with the remaining money distributed in tiny allotments to various organizations, the largest fraction (9.5% of total = $783 million) going to prop up horse-racing.

Posted by: ScienceTim | October 26, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Try this one on for size --

I hope that Bad Sneaks' daughter has a fabulous wedding day, and that Bad Sneaks and Sneaks Spouse have an equally fabulous day. We, the BDILs (Boodle In-laws) are enjoying your celebration vicariously (as,well, we always do).

Been to IKEA and back. Now it's time to make some lovely lunch (blue fish fillet with tons of veggies in a curry melange of sorts) before settling in for the game. Or not. . . . .

Gorgeous outside -- simply spectacular.

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | October 26, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to the 'Sneaks family!

Posted by: Moose13 | October 26, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Good story, Joel!

But you didn't mention wolves drinking pina coladas.

Posted by: Braguine | October 26, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Sneaks... says a lot about the boodle that you stopped here before heading out to your daughter's wedding.


Daughter is off to Guys & Dolls rehearsal, Son of G is breakfasting with GF, who must return home this afternoon. Letting the Tivo record some of the Redskin game so we can watch a little delayed. Weather is great. Have already chatted with an Obama canvasser at the door. Chicken soup is on the stove (haven't quite decided how to dress this batch up; the last batch had butternut squash in it. Yum)

What more could I ask for on a beautiful Sunday afternoon?

Posted by: -TBG- | October 26, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Looks like a great day for a walk with Mr. Moose on the Paint Branch Trail.

After that, it will be mesquite smoked, peppered bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin with potatoes and more veggies of some sort for dinner.

Perhaps brownies for dessert, or maybe cranberry orange bread pudding. Hmmm...

Posted by: Moose13 | October 26, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Aw, keep wallowing in the mud a bit longer, Yello.

I'd chat on the boodle, but I need to strut the anti-poodle outside.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 26, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

firsttimeblogger... no matter what happens on the field this afternoon, we'll still be friends, OK?

Posted by: -TBG- | October 26, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Joel! "Wolves are fecund-- the bunny rabbits of the predator world?!"

Calling another dog a rabbit is a killing insult in the canine world. And wolves ain't as easy-going as dogs.


You be in danger, mate. Watch out for hit-dogs for the next week or so.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 26, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

No TV for today's Ravens game,so I will have to listen to it on the radio,maybe watch a little on

Just walked around the block and it sure is beautiful,took many pictures. Alright it is GAMETIME.

have a great day everyone


Posted by: greenwithenvy | October 26, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Checking in...hope everything is going well in the Sneaks family, also hoping "S" gets good pictures to share with us!

Had lunch with the third dottir and husband and my favorite boy twins. W has figured out this eating thing and now weighs two full pounds more than P. The pediatrician says they can eat real food now. (Too bad that doesn't include chocolate, yet!) Mr. T will be out of town Friday, so I may have to go celebrate Halloween with them. They are going to be skeletons.

Contrary Brin linked to this story. Yikes. Doesn't speak well of the candidate.

Posted by: slyness | October 26, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what's worse as reported-- the boorish behavior or quoting Faulkner at dinner. Talk about an indigestible author...

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 26, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Love this quote:

"Those who use such a natural issue for psychological warfare..."

That said, let's hope for the best in Iran.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 26, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Ahmadinejad's illness, if it occurred in Hollywood, would be seen by those in-the-know as a phenomenon similar to certain pop stars treated for "exhaustion," i.e., a return to an ill-advised amphetamine habit. His history of fascistic bluster appears a syndrome.

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 26, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

One more oink, and I'll go, I promise.

(The comment about hit-dogs was from Wilbrodog, by the way).

I adore butternut squash in soup, TBG. Glad you made the same discovery I did. I'm sure whatever you do, the chicken soup will be very good.

Fax me some, I got Mudgeitis, I think. These aches and chills and such that takes a while to add up to sick.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 26, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

TBG, your soup sounds wunnerful. I, too, love butternut squash (and, indeed, most of the winter squashes -- I add them to lentil soup).

And, yeah, sure, we'll still be friends no matter the outcome of today's game. It would be interesting, however, if the Lions could storm ahead for the rest of the season upon (possibly) beating the Redskins today. Just a note, considering my clearly conflicted feelings about today's game.

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | October 26, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Just finished the mushroom, maple, and rhubarb wine reduction to go with the elk loin medallions which are sitting in the fridge crusted in a dry rub. Next up, searing the grouse breasts in bacon drippings before they go in the oven. I forgot how fun this cooking thing is.

Dessert, dessert-hmmm, not a lot of options since I'm not willing to drive to "town" for ingredients.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | October 26, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Joel's wolf article in the WaPo was great. Although I did get a little distracted by the full page ad that followed it.

This afternoon my daughter and I went to see "Journey to the Center of the Earth" at the second run theater. We had a great time. My wife and son stayed home watching the 'skins. They should have come with us. Because, you know, do the 'skins have dinosaurs? Or, for that matter, Anita Briem?

Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 26, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

*faxing Wilbrod some chicken noodle, green bean, corn, carrots and other various frozen "spring mix" vegetables soup*

Hope you feel better soon!

Posted by: -TBG- | October 26, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Alas -- congratulations to the Redskins, while my Lions are on their way (yet again!) to a perfect season.

Frosti -- I wanna eat at *your* house! Sounds absolutely delicious.

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | October 26, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!! Skins win, 25-17. Now, we've got an interesting Steelers-Giants game coming up, and tonight game 4 of the World Series. This is more sports than I usually get involved in on a single day.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | October 26, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Thanks TBG. I'm making do with vegetable soup with 3 types of dal, rice, and tomatoes. Kind of a poor man's rasam.

(Dal= lentils, split green/yellow peas, and other tiny legumes).

I just realized too late when adding the tomato and lemon that not quite all of the dal had cooked completely first. &*^*&(^%^&. I HAD tested it, too.

(Acidic stuff like lemon or tomato tends to prevent beans from softening any further).

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 26, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

I bet a nickel on the iggles. Whoohoo

Posted by: omnigood | October 26, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

"(Acidic stuff like lemon or tomato tends to prevent beans from softening any further)."

I did not know that. It could explain a lot.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 26, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

only three NFL teams left with a perfect record so far this year


Titans play the Colts tomorrow night

Posted by: omnigood | October 26, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Pats win, Redskins win, Saints win, doors are weather-stripped and a few older windows are film-sealed.

I think Game 4 will start on time tonight.

Continued good wishes for the Sneaks clan! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 26, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Oh Wilbrod, you brought back great memories of mum's cooking lessons (she wielded a mighty tough ladle). Will call her soon for Diwali (new year according to the Hindu calendar) and maybe my dal disasters will come up :-)

-TBG- basic rule: add tomatoes/lemon/tamarind or other sours after lentils are 90% cooked--say 5 min before turning off heat (unless you use a pressure cooker, in which case it doesn't matter as much).

Posted by: DNA_Girl | October 26, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, we've had culinary disasters before due to that annoying little fact, TBG.

I jsut wound up fishing out the incompletely cooked peas and leaving the rest in. Knock on ceramic.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 26, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I came by to post a link to a good article by Frank Rich:

And to wish everyone the luck of glorious Fall days...ummm :-)

Posted by: DNA_Girl | October 26, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

DNAgirl, thanks for that small note of reassurance.
I was taught by my Indian friends to cook until completely soft and they mush entirely cooked (no raw bits inside).

Nothing I'm using needs pre-soaking, but sometimes with a cluttered pot the water-thirsty dals (like split green peas) don't seem to cook as well as they should.

I'll have to remember to toss these in first and let them cook 15 minutes or so before I toss the rest of the dal in, that should help even it out. And yes, to save the tomato for much much later, no matter how impatient I am. C'est la vie.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 26, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

More revisionist history - I ask if there was ever "corn" in corned beef?

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 26, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I found some pretty decent green beans today at the Asian market! And there is a nice piece of fish in the fridge; dinner is forming. Some ginger and garlic and miso rubbed into the fish, sear that, dress the beans with some soy/mirin dressing and some green onions, a pilaf of wild and basmati rice. A glass of wine. The Macintosh apples are prime now, so something appley for dessert. That'll do.

Posted by: Yoki | October 26, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Good link, DNA Girl. Thanks for stopping by to share it.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 26, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Okay, so after I visit myself upon frosti to take delight in her culinary skills, may I then venture my way into your kitchen?

Maybe we should come up with a Boodle Cookbook.

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | October 26, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, my latest post was addressed to you.

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | October 26, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Not a decent bit of lettuce available in our fair city so a greenless dinner will be eaten here to night. But, who can complain with fall's bounty? Elk loin medallions with maple mushroom reduction, ruffed grouse done according to a "Northern Ontario" recipe someone on posted (with nothing but well deserved rave reviews), mashed new potatoes, pickled beets (yuck, but locally grown and put up, and one of Frostdaddy's favorites). For dessert-Indian Pudding as in American Indian, according to an old James Beard recipe with vanilla ice cream. Where did the polenta go? It became the pudding after I came upon the lovely new potatoes.

We haven't had a boodle feast like this in a while. Hope everyone gets to eat something tasty this evening.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | October 26, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

ftb-how do you like your elk done? Firing up the fax.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | October 26, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

ftb, I'm sorry to say that there *is* a Boodle cookbook, locked up in my computer with 40 recipes still to transcribe because I just haven't had time to give it the attention it deserves. It's more than a year late, and I can't see exactly when it will be finished. But finished it surely will be, some day.

Posted by: Yoki | October 26, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Take your time, Yoki, just ask for more submissions while you keep it under lock and key ;), so you can edit it.

Wilbrodog wants a doggy biscuit recipe in there, by the way, although he seems content enough to help eat up a little canned wild sockeye salmon right now (I gave him the bits with the bones).

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 26, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Yippeee! A best friend has stepped in and offered to complete the work on the cookbook! The Boodle is amazing, and so is she. You should take a bow, my friend.

Posted by: Yoki | October 26, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Dinners sound lovely all around. I am enjoying day two of cauliflower garlic soup. Roasting the florets with gloves of garlic before floating them in chicken stock gives the soup an earthy taste.

I will give half the crock pot to cooking buddy gal-pal; apparently, I will land a pot of black bean-bacon chili in return.

Soup. Fall is grand.

Frosti: frenvy you on the rhubarb. Shall be a long winter without a stash in the freezer.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | October 26, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Soup Poem series, beginning with this post:

Li Po
8th century T'ang dynasty
"The Moon" (trans. J.A. Turner):

When I was very small,
Sometimes I used to call
The moon in heaven a jade-white soup tureen;
Sometimes I thought it was
A sort of magic glass,
Flying across cloudbanks of pale blue-green.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | October 26, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Garrison Keillor
American humorist
"I am a Lutheran"

We've got chow mein noodles on tuna hot dish
And Jello with cottage cheese,
And chocolate bars and banana cream pie,
No wonder we're on our knees.
This is the church where we sing Amen
At the end of every song.
The coffee pot is always on
Cause the meetings are three hours long.
The blessed tie that binds our hearts
Is cream of mushroom soup.
We do not walk through the door alone.
We wait and go as a group.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | October 26, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Carl Sandburg
"Big Shoulders" Poet
Written in the 1920s so NOT a Depression poem
I SAW a famous man eating soup.
I say he was lifting a fat broth
Into his mouth with a spoon.
His name was in the newspapers that day
Spelled out in tall black headlines
And thousands of people were talking about him.

When I saw him,
He sat bending his head over a plate
Putting soup in his mouth with a spoon.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | October 26, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Gene Wilder as the Mock Turtle singing
Beautiful Soup of the Evening
Late to the Terp-sichore discussion:

Yoki, I teach in Terp-Land. Here is an sculptor's vision of Testudo, the Terrapin UMD mascot:

One reason for the name of Testudo is that not only is this Latin for turtle, but the Roman soldier testudo formation fits nicely with sports applications.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | October 26, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

No, Jumper, there has never been any corn in corned beef. The word "corn" has a somewhat obscure, but very old secondary meaning, which Wikipedia explains as follows:

The "corn" in "corned beef" refers to the "corn" or grains of coarse salts used to cure it. The Oxford English Dictionary dates the usage of "corn," meaning "small hard particle, a grain, as of sand or salt," to 888, and the term "corned beef" to 1621.The term "corned beef" can denote different styles of brine-cured beef, depending on the region. Traditional corned beef is highly seasoned and often considered delicatessen fare."

This use as a small hard particle survives in "peppercorn" and "barleycorn."

We had baby-back ribs, potatoes au gratin, and early peas with shallots. Got a cherry pie coming up for dessert in a while. (In our house, we tend not to eat dessert --on the rare occasions we even have it-- until a few hours after dinner. (When I was a kid, dessert routinely followed dinner immediately, as the last course.)

I'm telling ya, this has been one heck of a Giants-Steelers game. Steelers defense, which has been outstanding, just held NY to a field goal. Really pulling for Pitts, who leads 14-12.

Hey, CP, if Li Po was from the Tang dynasty, how come he didn't write a pome about powdered ortange drink?

Sorry to have infected you guys, bc and Wilbrod. It'll last about 3 days and maybe some of the 4th.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | October 26, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

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

Good evening, friends. I'm so late getting here. It has been a busy day, and I'm trying to stay mobile. That means I'm trying to keep walking. Still in a lot of pain, but don't want the bed to become my prison. I don't take the pain pills now because they make me just too, too, spacey. I'm just enduring the pain. Really I'm afraid of the pain medication. It could easily become a habit, and I don't need that habit. I'm trying to get rid of those I already have. I'm seriously thinking about getting one of the motorized chairs, but my friends here don't want me to do that. They think it's a sign of giving up. I see it as help, and perhaps a dash of desperation too.

I haven't forgot you. Just dealing with a lot right now. Don't give up on me.

Our pastor did not show up this morning for service, and it was reported that he said he just did not feel up to it. This is so not like him, but I'm hoping for the best. He's in his 90's.

It has been a beautiful day here. Just really lovely. The sun was so bright, and everything looked so crisp, and almost new. It was not cold or chilly, but just right fall weather. I love fall. It is so like the middle child. I went to visit my dad, and we had a nice conversation. He says he's confuse. I asked why. He said, and I knew this was coming, why does John McCain think people will belive him when he says that he will fix the problems of this country. And my dad said does he(John McCain) really think everyone is stupid. Why would anyone believe him when he and his party are the ones responsible for the terrible mess we're in now. If the party has the answers, why haven't we seen the results.

And Slyness, I notice in today's Observer, a big endorsement of Obama. And they asked the question, where is the John McCain we use to know? My dad said he's down at Bob Jones University down on his knees. I wish my dad did not look at that television so much. I can't take it. Too many political ads, and the talking heads are worse than ever.

Have a good evening, folks. The weekend is sliding to a close, and before you know it, Monday will be upon us. It's suppose to be really cold here. I got a chance to summarize the Sunday school lesson this morning. A good lesson, as they all are, but this one in particular was about the basics of missionary work in the church. It truly is good work. And work very much needed even in this day and time.

Night, boodle, sweet dreams.

Posted by: cmyth4u | October 26, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

At least the Terps won THEIR homecoming game.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 26, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

This post links to articles on corned beef, saltpeter, barley, cabbages, pickling spices, and salt.

And you personally refer to rock salt as "corns," right? I didn't think so. My theory, radical as it is, goes a little further than that Wiki article I suggest contains a doubtful trope. The nature of apocryphal stories is examined, and suggests that the possibility of a "lost recipe" using barley sugar and brine may hint at itself through an ancient word usage. Admittedly, it's a leap. Oxford English Dictionary usage is cited, so it is possible. And the use of the word "grain" as "grain of salt" is granted. Granule? -- It's all plausible but I have never known anyone refer to salt as "grain" and I can't see why anyone in the past would, either. The story is just plain fishy.

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 26, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Unless it's like woodgrain. Grained beef.

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 26, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Cassandra, take it easy and get a motorized wheelchair if you need one. The little 91 year-old lady who is assigned to me at church has one, and it's a delight to watch her go in it. I suppose we all need to become proficient in games requiring joysticks, so we'll be ready when the time comes for us to use them.

Yep, the Observer went blue. I also see on DemConWatch that 181 newspapers have endorsed Obama, 57 have endorsed McCain and 27 haven't endorsed either, including USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Newsday, Honolulu Advertiser, and Arizona Daily Star. Veddy interesting...

Posted by: slyness | October 26, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Back after a crazy weekend where I only had a few minutes to backboodle, Cassandra hope you feel better soon.

Had a strange experience this evening, took the kids to HSM3 (long and musical is my review). On the way out I went to get the car, a storm had moved through when we were in there, it was just beginning to clear in the west as the sun was setting I could see the sun set to the west, lightening and very black,ominous clouds to the south and an enormous rainbow over the lake - too beautiful for words.

I saw it as a good sign, I had been on pins and needles all weekend waiting to hear if I was selected for a new job (a dream job). Sure enough I got home and had to return a call with the good news.

You have to love rainbows - best of all while we were out my husband had cooked up a batch of his famous fall off the bone ribs.

Frosti is Elk like Caribou? One of the best meals I have ever had was caribou (in truth it was my husbands meal but we shared).

A little tired now, it was supposed to rain all weekend but we had enough good weather to get some work done outside, now time to relax with a nice coffee.

Posted by: dmd2 | October 26, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Pondering With Wolves

Reading Joel's article got me pondering all afternoon. Pretty serious pondering, I was going at about sixty ponders an hour.

I pondered why my learned boodling colleague mentioned pina coladas and wolves, and Joel omitted this important aspect.

My ponders led me to a ponderous conclusion. There must be a reason for pina coladas!
Further pondering led me to the following self-evident truths:
1.) Wolves are territorial
2.) Pina coladas are not territorial.

Thus: Wolf packs must meet in neutral territory to drink pina coladas.
After they have had a few, they go at each other to keep their numbers down so as not to have pina colada shortages in the future.

Lone wolves don't share their pina coladas.


Posted by: Braguine | October 26, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Just taking a breather while waiting for the woodburning iron to heat up...

Cassandra... very good to hear from you. Sorry to hear your pastor is under the weather. But bless him for keepin' on keepin' on into his 90's. If I last that long I'll be tickled pink just to wake up and remember my name.

As for the Steelers... did they win or lose? Having grown up in Western Pennsyltucky I was born into a Steelers family, but I lost interest in them after all my heroes had the nerve to retire -- Bradshaw, Mean Joe Green, Lynn Swann, Franco Harris. I even had an original "Terrible Towel". These days, I couldn't name a single player or even who the coach is.

Ah well... that iron should be hot enough now. Back to sawdust land...

Peace out :-)

Posted by: martooni | October 26, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

brag, don't know if I've ever said how very very very glad I am that you're a Boodler. Very glad indeed. That was well-written, well-constructed, and *hilarious.*

Posted by: Yoki | October 26, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Evening all
Just back from the river,what a lovely day.I tried a little fishing,I looked for worms in my yard,under rocks,stumps and found 2.I had 2 and a half Canadian night crawlers too.I must say the Canadian worms worked much better. I caught a Baker's dozen and got some awesome pictures of the foliage along the river. I didn't see any wolves,but I did see a blue heron who squaked at me as he flew by.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | October 26, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Brag... only werewolves are into piña coladas, I believe. The ones at Trader Vic's especially.

dmd.... EXCELLENT NEWS! Can't wait to hear all about it!

Posted by: -TBG- | October 26, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Jumper, I have several cookbooks that refer to grains of salt. If you have ever used Kosher salt, it may give a better idea of why -- the granules are large and chunky, not small and powdery.

In British usage, "corn" (as a noun) refers to any grain crop, and not specifically to maize (which they call "maize"). I wouldn't be too surprised by the word having an even-more-generic prior usage. And, as Mudge has previously noted, we do have peppercorns, and barleycorns, and some of us have corns on our feet.

Posted by: ScienceTim | October 26, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately the Steelers lost, martooni.

Posted by: -pj- | October 26, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Yoki--TY for the kind words.
TBG--Thanks for the tip. A new direction of research opens for Brag.

Me and a few liveaboard boaters used to go to the Emeriville Trader Vic's for happy hour. For the price of one drink we used to gorge ourselves with their free buffet.

Posted by: Braguine | October 26, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

badsneaks, I hope everything went wonderfully today -- somehow, I suspect it did. Congrats.

Cassandra -- give up on you? Never! I'll follow up with you later, ma'am.

Had a great dinner at my Mom's this evening - fresh tilapia covered with a shrimp, crab, and scallop stuffing, then baked and covered with a white wine lemon cream sauce. Delicious.

Sorry I missed the discussions of the Terps and polenta. Grew up with both, and I prefer the firmer consistency as well. It goes well with a good Italian gravy, too.

I suggested a couple of weeks back that the GOP would consider pulling resources from the McCain/Palin campaign in order to keep the Dems from taking a fillibuster-proof majority in the Senate. Did they wait too long? We'll see.



Posted by: -bc- | October 26, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Science Tim -- you forgot acorns, unicorns, and the Kiprichitakorns who live in Thailand.

Posted by: Braguine | October 26, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Great news, dmd! I look forward to hearing about it.

Posted by: slyness | October 26, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Excellent news, DMD. Great description of The Omen.

Posted by: Braguine | October 26, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Great news on the job dmd. I do believe elk and caribou are similar. Elk is leaner perhaps. All I know is I'd eat 10lbs of elk before I'd eat one venison steak. Around here when people hear I don't like venison, after they pick their jaws up off the ground, they always say "Don't like venison, how do you cook it?" I finally just started asking them if they like squid and, if not, would it make a difference how it was cooked.

Good to see Cassandra in the house. Now I'm off to try to get away from the baseball game so I can't jinx the Rays. Mr. F is here though and insists on watching right next to the computer. It's snowing just a bit so curling up with a good book, and perhaps a second helping of Indian pudding seems just right.

Toodles and fondue.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | October 26, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm having fun with the DemConWatch newspaper endorsements list, too, slyness.

Great endorsement of Obama from the Staunton (Va) News Leader

Posted by: -TBG- | October 26, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Jumper, you said you never heard anyone refer to salt as being a grain (of)?

I'll just have to ignore that claim (i.e., I'm gonna just take it with a grain of salt.)

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | October 26, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

This summer there were a few unconfirmed reports of sighting of wolves crossing over the Oregon border from Idaho. The Oregon cattlemen immediately went on offense defending their cattle. Wolves would eat them out of house and home.
Personally around here I think we need a few wolves to thin out the blacktail deer. A couple get hit on the highway on the 2 1/5 miles down to hill to Jacksonville every week. Our front lawn isn't fenced and is totally over grazed down to the nubbens by the deer at night. I got up at a quarter to five this morning and there were at least two right in front of the front door. I chased them off and sat down to watch TV while the coffee perked. When I got up to get the coffee there were two more. I turned on the porch light and they just looked at me until I opened the front door and the went down over the bank About ten minutes later a doe and fawn took their place. Everything is so dry around here I guess the moist green grass is too much of a temptation. The rose bushes were reduced to stubs months ago.
The turkeys have been back three time today. The last time our old airedale was sleeping out back and the turkeys just came down the hill and walked right past her.

Posted by: bh71 | October 26, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Hi fives dmd, that is wonderful news.

Cassandra he sounds like quite a man. I'll be thinking about him as I go through my list.

Posted by: --dr-- | October 26, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Frostbitten, Elk IS far superior to venison. I had elk meatballs from a wild game banquet just once, and they were just tasty.

(PSA: I dislike meatballs in general; they tend not to be bite-sized nor evenly cooked)

Just one recipe changed my feelings about venison, though. (It is possible). So far... one. Also, maybe it was a different cut.

(...Normally venison has this strong coppery taste to my tastebuds that kind of ruins it; using black pepper makes it worse. Is that what you're picking up on?)

I don't like calamari, probably will never like it because I detest all fried seafood.

OTH, I've eaten steamed octopus in a Japanese restuarant that I adored right there and then.

Preparation does make a difference; sometimes it'll never be enough, though.

My friend hated eggplant until her husband made it Indian style-- smoked and then pulped with a strong tomato-onion-turmeric sauce, kind of velvety.

She never even had any idea it was eggplant until told; the smoke and the sauce completely changed the taste of it. I don't expect she'll learn to love any other eggplant recipes, though.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 26, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Just to beat this horse a little further around the track, the word "corn" was also used as both a verb and an adjective in the early gunpowder days, circa Elizabethan times. Gunpowder was made (ground) in a mill similar to a corn mill, and the verb was "to corn gunpowder." There were two common types, corn gunpowder, which are basically the granules (grains) we still use today, and a finer type, called meal gunpowder. Corn gunpoder was used for propellants such as in muskets and cannon; meal gunpowder, because it had smaller particles and therefore more surface area, wwas used for explosive. (Gunpoder doesn't actually "explode," per se, it just burns very fast. A smaller "meal" form burns faster than a bigger grain, and so produces a higher pressure wave, the "explosion." (You've seen in movies such as "National Treasure" when somebody lays down a trail of gunpoder to use as a sort of fuse leading to the gunpowder keg. The trail just "burns," it doesn't explode. As most ordinary 1960s basement 14-year-old pyromaniac with a chemistry set knows.)

Also, "corn" comes to us through Old Frisian, German, Dutch, etc., where the word is "korn," with a K, and leads to our word kernal.

One might also note that we had the word "corn" (or "korn") in common usage long before any European sailed to the New World and learned about maize, which eventually took that name from its kernels.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | October 26, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

dmd, congratulations!!

Cassandra, go for the power wheels. Passing up on pain is not giving up. It is freeing your mind and body for better things, I think.

Bad Sneakers, I hope the wedding had lots of those moments you talk about every time the family gathers. You know, the funny ones, and the ones that only seem funny after they are over, and the teary ones, and the ones when everything comes together just so.

I did something I'd never done before today. I picked apples and ate them right off the tree. We had a fun time until I stepped on a rather nasty apple under one of the trees and was gagging so badly I decided whatever was in the bags at that point was plenty.

And now I'm going to look at the pictures of Obama in Richmond one more time before I turn in. Look at the people's faces! How can we not win with such fervor??

Posted by: abeac1 | October 26, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Time for some energetic and creative sleeping for me. Good night Boodle

Posted by: Braguine | October 26, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations, dmd! That is great news. Good luck to you with your new job.

Posted by: -pj- | October 26, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Brag, you mean that wolves kill each other to be sure there are enough cold pines left to pee on?


That's... harsh.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 26, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

I have never had polenta. I have had grits many times. I have seen polenta on cooking shows that is pre-packaged in a cylinder like sausage. They cut it into rounds and cook it in a frying pan. That's another way to use it.

Posted by: -pj- | October 26, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

cassandra, hope your pastor feels better.

dmd, congrats on the good news about your job!

Posted by: LALurker | October 26, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

-pj-, that is not polenta. It is just a horrid plastic-tasting log of awfulness.

Real polenta is made with love of a morning by mothers who stir in more water when needed, and then either do or do not bake it, and it is served when you come in off the farm (ski-hill, sheep-fold, turf-acre...) and is warm and delicious and filling and filled with feeding-love.

Posted by: Yoki | October 26, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Mmmmm... polenta...

That was one of the really really good benefits of having a Polish grandmother trained to cook by my Italian great-grandma (who was straight off the boat from Italy).

Of course, my Polish grandma used kielbasa instead of Italian sausage, which gave it a completely different flavor (and would make great-grandma flip around in her grave like a break-dancer) but just as good.

Would that be Pol-lenta?

Ok... I shut up now.

Posted by: martooni | October 26, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Strange (w)omen at lake
clad in shimmering colors
dispense(s)word of hope

Posted by: Achaiku | October 26, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Glad to hear Bc prefers the firmer version. I was disappointed in my first pudding-like polenta I ever had. The firmer polentas I can get here are somewhat better, I must say.

Thank you Collegequaparkian.

Wilbrodog enjoyed this Li Po poem:

Unfortunately he insists on translating the fourth line as:

"We each think the other should see how the day is (outside)"

And then taking me outside into arctic blasts scattering the leaves so I can see "how the day is". I've seen. It's NIGHT!!!

Indeed "at this hour, this night." I feel most rough and ill-used even with 4 layers and a toque on.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 26, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

'night, brag.

Posted by: Yoki | October 26, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

achaiku, great double-haikendre.

Fall leaves a(-)cold swirl
Drifting heaps of frosty flakes
Sliced off the bare boughs

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 26, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse


I was surprised to see the log of polenta being used. It was on a Martha Stewart show, for whatever that is worth. I just thought I'd mention it. From what I've read, I would also prefer it made on the stovetop. It sounds much, much better.

Posted by: -pj- | October 26, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Achaiku? Beautiful.

Posted by: Yoki | October 26, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Martha Stewart? HAHAHA! Don't even go there.

Posted by: Yoki | October 26, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Hello all, wedding was great, I'll have a full report tomorrow, too tired now and my feet are *killing* me (I hate high heels).

dmd, congratulations on the new job. Cassandra, I hope you feel better, and your pastor too.

Posted by: badsneakers | October 26, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

sneaks-there was never any doubt it would be wonderful. Rest well.

Was going to call it a night but wanted to share a blogger's account of the Obama rally in ABQ last night. There's military family stuff, acting like a "real" journalist, and knitting involved. Could use a little poetry and a recipe, I suppose.

abeac-thanks for reposting that Richmond link. The little girl in the purple coat sitting on (I assume) her dad's shoulders makes my heart ache. I so want the next 8 years to go better than the last, for everyone's kids.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | October 26, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Hey TBG,

Can I at least get my $10 back? I get your point and the boodle's point. I quit.

Thank you.


Posted by: hotsocks | October 26, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Couple of other quick comments, but Wilbrod, don't toss out all of the fried seafood with the oil.

My Italian grandma did a home calamari to die for; my Mom still uses the recipe. On Christmas Eve, there's a big fight amongst the family members over the tentacles, hot out of the fryer.

Of course, my grandma did polenta, gnocchi, pastas, gravies, seafoods, desserts of all kinds... and my Mom has a way with meats and veggies that still amazes me. I'll be the first to admit, I'm lucky to have grown up eating so wonderfully, considering we didn't have much money to speak of.


Posted by: -bc- | October 26, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

'tis a corny thing
mushy or firm or flaky,
warm or cold, true love

Posted by: Achaiku | October 26, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

stop bc your making me hungry and I just did dishes.

Congrats to the ravens and skins today,ugly wins count too.How about the phillies pitcher hitting a home run.First since 74? And the Terps crack the top 25.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | October 26, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Where there is not much money, a good cook and careful shopper with plenty of time can do wonders, bc.

Is that an invitation to drop by your mom's house?

I grew up on authentic slow-cooked sphagetti sauce, from a recipe my family got from somebody else's Italian grandma. I've made it a few times myself, great stuff.

Nowadays my mom cooks ciuppicino, which I love when done right (no oysters, thank you very much).

Grew up in a big family, not much money either. Our main "fish" was fishsticks, although my mom would do scallops, shrimp.

She took a while to learn how to cook fish, because she hated fish until she learned how to use lemon and garlic liberally to de-fish the taste. By the time I hit college she was cooking stuffed rainbow trout (delish), cajun tiliapia, etc.

Yes, a mother who can cook is indeed a blessing to her kids ;). There's only so many fond memories you can form sitting in restaurants, after all.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 26, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Ignorance is bliss.

Can someone please ask TBG to return my $10.00? After all these years I ask little. If I don't get it back I will survive. Why I have endured this blog for this long is truly weird. But then, so is this blog.

Signing off and flying to warmer waters.


Posted by: hotsocks | October 26, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

TBG's e-mail is available at Boodler [at] mac [dot] com

Please let her know personally. Cheers.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 26, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Phillies hammer Tampa Bay, winning 10-2 and taking a 3-1 lead in the series. It doesn't get much sweeter than that.

(Sorry, Frosti.)

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | October 26, 2008 11:42 PM | Report abuse

bloody 'ell, I'll send you $10, eidrib. Send me your mailing address at and you'll have cash refunded, and a waiver to sign.

Posted by: Yoki | October 26, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

What on earth is going on??

Posted by: rickoshea0 | October 26, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Why is eidrib going away? Is this a political thing?

Posted by: ScienceTim | October 26, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

birdie is just pining for the fjords in a most unseemly manner.

Posted by: nellie4 | October 26, 2008 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Good question, SciTim. I backskimmed, and couldn't find a clue. I hope that eidrib will be back soon.

The band finished third in the State SCBDA competition, missing second place by .005 points. Somebody must've been caught doing a silly walk, not smiling, or something equally outrageous.

Our dog is in labour. I will be up to see the delivery through and provide midwife support as necessary.

Posted by: -jack- | October 27, 2008 12:16 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Yoki | October 27, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

eidrib has not gotten her boodle t-shirt.

Posted by: nellie4 | October 27, 2008 12:24 AM | Report abuse

Yeah. It looks that way. The last litter was a train wreck: 1 puppy made it of 7. We went the AI route that time, and I think that there were simply too many pups in the womb. She delivered a week early. This time we let nature take its course and had two ties. The ultrasound showed two or three pups, and judging by our dog's condition, I'd bet the latter. I'm hoping that she'll have delivered all by the time we have to leave for school. *walking to the other side of the house for more coffee*

Posted by: -jack- | October 27, 2008 12:37 AM | Report abuse

cassandra, i forgot to mention--i've known several people with those motorized chairs. i don't think that getting one is giving up. you can use it as much or little as you like.

Posted by: LALurker | October 27, 2008 12:52 AM | Report abuse

jack, sounds like you're in for a late night. hope everything goes well.

Posted by: LALurker | October 27, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

#1 is a white female...

Posted by: -jack- | October 27, 2008 1:01 AM | Report abuse

Not that it has much to do with their respective tastes, but elk & moose are large deer, while caribou/reindeer aren't.

Posted by: bobsewell | October 27, 2008 1:09 AM | Report abuse

I withdraw my previous statement. They all fit comfortably within the wide-flung arms of the deer family. Ooops.

Posted by: bobsewell | October 27, 2008 1:14 AM | Report abuse

Not entirely surprisingly, the University of Alberta has a pretty good resource for such subjects as deer taxonomy:

Posted by: bobsewell | October 27, 2008 1:21 AM | Report abuse

#2 & #3: black female and black male, respectively...all's well at this point...

Posted by: -jack- | October 27, 2008 1:52 AM | Report abuse

Hooray dmd!!! *HUGS* :-)

Do lone mules share their pina coladas? :-)

*jellus of frosti's snow*

*confoozed by hotsocks-who-might-be-birdie*

I could only manage a couple innings of the game... We'll see what tonight brings.

From the Boston Globe, the latest obstacle to on-time air travel:

"Cramped after a Saturday night flight from Detroit, Choochy the poodle broke free after her plane landed at Logan and for the next 17 hours, the tiny white fugitive managed to elude nearly a dozen Massport employees and State Police, holding up runway traffic as she cavorted on the tarmac.
Her romp ended yesterday afternoon when she was finally coaxed into custody, but not before she managed to delay at least eight flights for about 20 minutes each, according to Phil Orlandella, a Massport spokesman, who said the pup 'did create a little havoc.' " *L*

*ramping-up-for-another-daring-Dawn-Patrol-sortie Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 27, 2008 4:57 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. I'm confused, I thought Jack has Great Danes. There are white GD?
Good luck to granpa Jack anyway!

Good baseball on TV last night, I got lucky watching my first game of the series!

I got a serious bit of Mudgeonitis. The the windows of the bedroom were all fogged up this morning from the night's activity... I'm staying home today.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 27, 2008 5:47 AM | Report abuse

We have Havanese dogs, as well, shriek. The Danes are retired. When I went to sleep at around 3.15, there were five Hav pups. Now there are six, and all is well. Off to wake everyone up with glad tidings, then off to school.

Posted by: -jack- | October 27, 2008 5:58 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle. It's Monday -- eight daays to go until GOP Armageddon. The Post poll says Obama leads in Virginia by 8 points!!! Wow! Personally, I attribute at least seven of those points to the efforts of TBG andd her family. Just sayin'.

Shriek, glad to hear you got lucky during the baseball game; that's probably why the windows were steamed up this morning. Me, the best I usually get are some sourdough pretzels and a soda. *sigh* Oh, sorry to hear you caught the Mudgeonitis.

OK, Dawn Patrol, let's get 'em airborne. Somebody spin the prop and pull the chocks, please.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | October 27, 2008 6:11 AM | Report abuse

Jack, a couple of weeks your house will radiate cuteness, 6 puppies!

No such luck Mudge. By 0500 I was sent to sweat away in the basement.

Oh joy, 60% chance of snow tomorrow. I know someone who will have to bolt on the winter shoes on the subie pretty soon.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 27, 2008 6:54 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all.

Congratulations, dmd. Looking forward to bad sneaker's wedding report ( I dearly love weddings, receptions & parties of all sorts).

I was brought up on fish, all kinds. Many fishermen in my family and any donation was eaten. Back then, fish were always cleaned, etc. before being offered as a gift. Calamari was not a southeastern Virgina staple, :-), but after having eaten it in CA, became hooked. Locally, Clyde's Restaurant does a nice calamari dish.

Favorite shellfish: sea scallops, favorite fish: red snapper.

Will now tend to the birdfeeder, the cardinals have come in droves, it may be empty this morning.

Am glad to see my Commonwealth embracing Obama, still have hopes for North Carolina.

Posted by: VintageLady | October 27, 2008 7:02 AM | Report abuse

I'm hoping too, VL! I have a little champagne in the back of the fridge that I may break out if NC goes blue. I may break it out anyway, for an Obama win.

Not a nice way to start the week: had to call the cable company at 6:35 ayem to reboot the modem. Time for a replacement.

Six puppies, Jack! I hope they all live and everything is well. Exciting, all that new and cute life in the house.

Now that I'm half an hour behind because of the modem, I'll get on with the day. Major task will be to go vote. This morning's paper said that over 105,000 have already voted in Mecklenburg County, and over a million statewide. Two members of the immediate family - Mr. T and the Geekdottir - have already voted, because they're out of town all this week.

Good morning, Cassandra! Hope you feel better today.

Posted by: slyness | October 27, 2008 7:14 AM | Report abuse

Good morning everyone.

dmd - I'm so happy for you. Best wishes.

jack - glad the puppies are all doing well.

Vintage Lady - feeling pretty good about Obama's chances, not optimistic just yet, but feeling pretty good! He's going to be in Norfolk tomorrow at Harbor Park. He doesn't speak until 9:30, yikes, but the kids and I are going to go.

Sounds like there was some good eatin' for Sunday evening meal for lots of boodlers. The Hubby is still out of town, so the kids and I have just been grazing.

On a sad note, I am sorry to hear about Tony Hillerman's passing. I loved his detective novels depicting life on a Navajo reservation... Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn were wonderful protagonists. He got a little rusty in his last couple but most of them were great storytelling.

I hope all under the weather boodlers are on the mend.

Posted by: Kim1 | October 27, 2008 7:18 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, Boodlers. Vrooom, trying to catch up with mudge.

Posted by: Braguine | October 27, 2008 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Morning All.

I'm still a little under the weather, but gaining altitude. Yet *another* day spent hiding in a little windowless room looking at data. Sigh. Soon this will pass and I can return to the relative opulence of my cubicle. 'Cause, you know, it has plants.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 27, 2008 7:46 AM | Report abuse

*faxin' RD_P a leek to pin to his lapel*


Posted by: Scottynuke | October 27, 2008 7:52 AM | Report abuse

This interview with TR on his 150th birthday is fun:

Posted by: -tao- | October 27, 2008 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Dmd: Huzzah!

RD -- youse Welsh AND Eye-tailin?
Welsh people sport leeks upon there persons.

Lots of leaf drop last night: red oak and sweet gum. I worry about the Tupelo tree, which should be scarlet now. The tree is not as robust as it should be.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | October 27, 2008 8:01 AM | Report abuse

CquaP, there were just so many spare leeks lying around, and RD_P said he was heading into a no-green area, so... *shrug*

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 27, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

I just tried to post the wedding story and it was held for review. It's the longest post I've ever written, maybe a page and a half. What's the deal with held comments, should I expect it to show up at some point or should I try reposting it in shorter pieces?

Posted by: badsneakers | October 27, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Calamari is proof that anything battered and deep-fried is edible.

Murphy's Law works on posts. Sometimes if I hit back, I can recover the lost post. Under the new comments, I've seen it come back if I then hit the log-in link. But usually it just disappears into the aether. Human intervention is possible but unlikely unless bidden. Just repost in pieces. I'm sure we are all dying to hear about the big day.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 27, 2008 8:28 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Curmudgeon- | October 27, 2008 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Subaru, the automotive arm of Fudji Heavy Industries. Means Pleiad I was told hence the six stars on the logo. I was half joking, kids with cap visors pointing aft while driving FHI cars with purple headlights call the cars subies...

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 27, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Loved the TR piece, tao, thanks for posting.

Q. What’s your impression of President Bush these days?

"A. (suddenly serious) He looks like Judas, but unlike that gentleman has no capacity for remorse.

Q. Is that the best you can say of him?

A. I wish him well, but I wish him well at a good distance from me."

Posted by: slyness | October 27, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

The fall colors are an amazing thing to see this morning; the reds, oranges, yellows, and the fading greens.

And that's just when I look in the mirror.

The trees are pretty, too.


Posted by: -bc- | October 27, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Ok, wedding report time. We arrived at #2’s with the shoes I had forgotten earlier in the day only to realize that I had forgotten the double-sided tape that was vital to keeping the shoulders of the wedding dress on the shoulders of the bride. “S” went back to get it meaning that he missed the ceremony (I felt awful but “S” is so easy going-thank goodness). The ceremony was out on the deck of the golf club, with Onset Bay in the distance. The sun was out, the foliage was glorious, the JP did a nice job. It was a simple, short ceremony. We all navigated the stairs down to the first tee for photos. The bride had her leg brace on and used her cane so she was moving pretty well. A lot of guests were arriving and standing on the patio watching the photo session. A friend brought #2’s dog for some photos, he was appropriately attired in black tie.

The party got underway and we got to meet a lot of SIL’s family and friends. One of the guests was the man who did our kitchen and deck, he’s a nice guy and is doing very well in this economy as his work is all very high end. I felt grateful to have all the people I love the most in the same room. My friends were all happy to see the bride and her sister as they’ve all known the girls since they were babies. The granddaughters were adorable and very well behaved. The older one spent quite a bit of time dancing while the younger one took pictures, some with the camera upside down. My cousin’s son and wife have been taking dancing lessons and they did a beautiful waltz that was great to watch. Then they and “S” and I danced a jitterbug. But the best thing was that the bride and groom danced. You’d have to know my SIL to understand what an exceptional event this was. He’s quiet and shy, not a ‘people’ person at all. There was much dancing, good food and conversation with people and quite a few people made a point of telling me how they admired my daughter and what a good person she is. (Always wonderful for a mother to hear, and I do agree with them, altho’ of course I would, wouldn’t I?). A few other people commented on how even the hem of her dress was ;-)

Posted by: badsneakers | October 27, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

part two

Time flew by and the DJ made an announcement that the sun was setting so we needed to go out on the deck to applaud its disappearance. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and we watched the sun sink below the horizen leaving a golden glow behind. Then my daughter made a speech. She thanked everyone for coming and thanked a lot of us for all our help over the summer when she was laid up. She said how much she loved her husband, and how he made her feel safe. She mentioned the move to Costa Rica and the fact that the road they drive to get from San Jose to their house was named number four on the Forbes top ten most dangerous roads in the world. Then she asked everyone to be grateful for every day no matter what difficulties they might have. And just as I was tearing up, some people demanded that her husband to say a few words, so he said, “what she said.” Yep, that’s my SIL.

Posted by: badsneakers | October 27, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Oh, Sneaks, what a shame. We're all waiting with bated breath to hear all (and we mean *all*) the details.

Jack -- congratulations on puppydom. However, I beg to differ with you about the role you played. You're not a midwife at all. If anything, you're a (wait for it) MIDWOOF.

Gotta get into my Monday routine. cya later.

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | October 27, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

last part

Shortly after this I couldn’t find the bride. I thought she had gone to the ladies room and hearing a lot of noise coming from that direction, I walked over and opened the door. Some of you parents may be acquainted with the reaction when you walk in on your teenager when they are doing something slightly naughty? Well, my daughter saw me, yelled ‘mother!’ and about a dozen people, male and female, started to laugh. They were having a little party in the lounge area of the ladies room. So of course I joined them. Among other things, they were doing a survey to find out how many of the women were wearing Spanks. (No worries, it was g-rated. And the answer to that question was - not that many.)

Quite a few people didn’t want the party to end, including the bride, so it was decided to repair to a local wateringhole. One of SIL’s friends told me he’d buy me a coke if I came, so we went (I’m a cheap date). This wateringhole is the place where, a few years ago, the bride had had her head shaved for charity. So obviously, she is well known, but she’s well known almost everywhere in the town.. So we get there and the owner of this establishment starts pouring champagne for a toast. It might have been the bubbly or the glass of wine she had afterwards that finally nudged the bride from happily tipsy to happily unsteady. SIL decided it was time for them to leave so we escorted her past all her well wishers and got her to the car. Then we got my aching feet into our car and came home. The happy couple are heading for the Vineyard today on SIL’s boat where they will spend a night or two.

As always happens at these affairs, the time went by too quickly, there were too many people I didn’t get to talk with as much as I wanted, but it was a wonderful day in a beautiful setting with great people and a terrific bride and groom. What more could anyone wish for?

Posted by: badsneakers | October 27, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

OK, lemme get this straight. The bride is sailing to the Vineyard (my favorite spot on earth), wearing Spanks but absent the double-sided tape to hold her dress up.

Where's that damned defibrillator when I need it?

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | October 27, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

S_d has it right with the Subaru/Subie/Scooby Pleiades arm of Fuji Heavy Industries, though around here, it isn't just kids with turbo'd WRXs, STis and GTs. Plenty of grownups with Outbacks, RSs and TSs, too.

A friend of mine had a Brat back in the day that was a wonderful mudder.

Anyone remember the Saab 9-2x -- a restyled Subie Impreza wagon, a cross marketing/sales idea from when GM owned a fair share of Subaru and Saab?


Posted by: -bc- | October 27, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Sneaks... sounds like that was some wedding. I'll do a happy little gnome dance in honor of the bride and groom. :-)

Posted by: martooni | October 27, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Gadszooks, I write something silly while badsneaks is filling everyone in on the wedding!

Thanks for the report, glad to hear it was a day no one wanted to have end.

As far as walking in on the Spank survey, it must have been very tempting to have just said, "Yeah, I'm wearing 'em too," shut the door and backed out.

Let 'em talk about *that* for awhile.


Posted by: -bc- | October 27, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Hummm, I think I shouldn't ask but what are Spanks?

On the other hand I remember the Saabaru 9-2. From the same folks who brought us the b9 tribeka, obviously. Shudder.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 27, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

LOL Mudge. Actually the bride will be wearing her dress again this weekend when she reprises her role as the Bride of Frankenstein at the local haunted schoolhouse. At least this way she gets to wear the dress more than once!

Posted by: badsneakers | October 27, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

sneaks walked in on a spanking?

In a vineyard?


*desperately seeking more coffee*


Posted by: Scottynuke | October 27, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Much more intriguing would be to say "I'm not wearing any underwear." But that doesn't have the same effect unless there are some guys around.

Great wedding report. Sounds much more like the type of wedding I would like to attend than the type I tend to go to.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 27, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Here you go, guys. Mudge, don't look.

Posted by: slyness | October 27, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Spanx (with an 'x') is an expensive brand of control top panty-hose. I'd link to it, but it's on the 'Intimate Apparel/Swimsuit' blacklist on our web filter.

Just more information I really shouldn't know, but do.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 27, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Here's a link about the Spanx phenomenon:

For the Weingarten crowd, one of the alleged advantages is the elimination of VPLs, for good or for bad.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 27, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

There is a spanx phenomenom - I really need to get more.

Seriously looks like a modern girdle.

Then again I only wear panyhose if I absolutely have to, they are evil.

Posted by: dmd2 | October 27, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

I actually think you may be onto something, Mudge, with "gunpowder corn." Saltpeter is obviously the hint. Do you suppose out of desperation someone stored some beef in gunpowder and found it preserved wonderfully? People used to do weird things, and hungry people might turn an oddity into a regular practice.

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 27, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

New Kit!

Posted by: Yoki | October 27, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

For the record, I had enough of that type of undergarment back when they were called girdles. And I'm with you dmd, first time I've worn pantihose in a year.

Ok, now to get some errands run and have time to take a nap later. It wouldn't be a successful 'day off' unless it involved napping.

Posted by: badsneakers | October 27, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

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