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Poll Derangement Syndrome

[Cross-posted from The Trail.]

I knew I had come down with something severe and hideous when, Thursday afternoon, roughly three minutes after I began looking at the latest polling data at Real Clear Politics, I refreshed my browser. Because what if there was an even newer poll! I didn't want to be three minutes out of date. A self-respecting citizen doesn't want to wind up in an awkward conversation like this:

Friend: Did you see the new Marist Poll?

You: Uh...not yet.

Friend: Loser.

I'm not a complete poll junkie yet, because I still don't know how to pronounce Quinnipiac. I know that, when someone uses the word "Zogby," that's my cue to laugh derisively, but what comes out is often just an insincere chuckle. The really advanced junkies know how to use "Zogby" as a verb, as in:

Husband: The way I look at these numbers, seems to me we should sell our Berkshire Hathaway and load up on GM.

Wife: Don't go Zogby on me.

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Now here is boodler yellojkt's election guide, loaded with linky bits.


Palin's mysterious First Amendment fears:

"If [the media] convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning, for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations," Palin told host Chris Plante, "then I don't know what the future of our country would be in terms of First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media."


Mike Kinsley, voice of reason, dissects the "spread the wealth" remark by Obama:

'... the principle that the unequal distribution of wealth is a legitimate concern and government policies should mitigate it has been part of American democracy since at least the New Deal. In fact, it is a commonplace that the moderate wealth-spreading of the New Deal saved American democracy. Today collecting checks from people and issuing checks to other people--or the same people--is the government's main domestic activity.

'Although it was an off-the-cuff remark and one that Obama probably regrets, he actually put it well, avoiding the suggestion of envy or class war, which are the usual accusations about such talk. Spreading it around is "good for everybody," he says. And who disagrees? Or would you like to live behind locked gates and hire guards to protect your family from kidnapping, as in places where they spread it around even less than here?'

By Joel Achenbach  |  October 31, 2008; 12:40 PM ET
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Happy Halloween!!!
Take 2

Posted by: greenwithenvy | October 31, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I guess the brain scientist's statistics are better than the baseball guy's, but I wonder if someone can try a Bayesian approach.

(When I was a college kid, Bayesian stats were derided as suitable only for picking tidbits from a scrap pile. Now, just saying "Bayes" is a good way to sound sophisticated. It means you want to start with existing knowledge and build on it, not reinvent from scratch. Or something on that order. Like seeing if a proposed new pill works better than an existing one).

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 31, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Is Quinnipiac the university that figures in Lovecraft's story where invisible monsters stomp around the New England countryside?

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 31, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I know what you mean, Joel.

Don't 'cha just hate it when a blog won't sit still when you want it to, people keep posting new items while you're still responding to the previous one?

Playing comment Whack-a-Mole *can* be maddening.
How am I supposed to remain Internetty Fresh if you kids won't sit still back there? Don't make me stop this blog!

Speaking of which, reposted from previous Boodling:

"Mudge, while we're in our Journey Through the Jeffires Tube to the .com Warp Core, I'm going to put up a sign:

'Warning: Dilithium Crystals are not rock candy. Do not eat.'

Oh, they're fused all right. The recovery efforts are getting to be a real pain in the a$$. Forunately, not mine.

Mudge, get those out of you mouth!

That portable parts washer was a great last minute idea. And I'm glad we brought extra solvent, too.


Posted by: -bc- | October 31, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I just don't know what we junkies are going to do next Wednesday.

When I told Son of G how worried I am still about Tuesday, he said, "I'm putting all my faith in Nate Silver."

Posted by: -TBG- | October 31, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I admit that I am powerless before the sly allure of polling data.

Fortunately, there is I mean, these folks cut their teeth on baseball statistics, so you know they take the topic seriously. They talk about regressions and all that mathematical stuff. Plus, they are occasionally humorous. Gotta respect that.

The site is like a holy shrine for me. When I feel confused by life I can genuflect before the glowing screen and gain inner strength. I look at the spikey graph and feel a sense of comfort. Because, as a professional in the field, I know you can always trust them spikey graphs.

So by focusing my inner angst on this site, I have found a way to cope. I can keep my addiction under control. It's like methadone. Or at least a MegaVenti cup of French Roast.

Granted, I still sometimes find myself slipping up. I will sneak downstairs in the middle of the night to make sure something hasn't happened in Eurasia that might affect the expected turnout in Stafford County. But I've pretty much got my compulsion under control.

And, in about 100 hours, I ought to have it totally licked.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 31, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

This just in: The Gallup/Quinnipiac ticket is leading the Rasmussen/Marist ticket 49 to 43, with the Zogby "3rd party/spoiler" poll leading a dozen other minor candidates with only 3 percent.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | October 31, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I saw the guy on Olbermann the other night and he looked like a cross between Brad from Rocky Horror and Gilbert from Revenge of The Nerds. Keith made a joke and the guy nearly snorted.

I really hope he has a fall back plan for what to do on Wednesday.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 31, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

i love halloween!!!!!!!! (currently wearing a strongbad sweatshirt, hair in pig tails and black angel wings... no one else is dressed up...)

this is appropriate for halloween

**WARNING! contains snippets of brief nudity, clips of extreme scenes from horror movies, and clowns - may not be sfw**

Posted by: mortii | October 31, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Is there a poll that polls polls?

Posted by: Braguine | October 31, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

mo - okay, the nudity and extreme scenes from horror films I can handle. But clowns?

Way too creepy for me.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 31, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

"Is there a poll that polls polls?"

Disturbingly enough, yes. I have heard the Poll of Polls cited many times recently on NPR.

Posted by: ScienceTim | October 31, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Of course, Brag...

It's based in Tri-poll-i...


Posted by: Scottynuke | October 31, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I am putting on my outfit as we speak,dressing as a raven's fan,purple and black from head to toe.I have my lucky #13 Ravens Jersey on,my scary ravens mask, gloves(only 1 to hold a cold beer) scarf,purple and black beads. And the only way to show of my Raven's boxers is to wear them outside my pants. Oh, did i mention all of my bosses are Steelers fans.

Off to work!!

Everyone have a great day and a Spooky night!!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | October 31, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Oll of polls: That's where I got the data for my 1:17 from (Well, that, and the fact that I made it up.)

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | October 31, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Of course, Brag...

It's based in Tri-poll-i...


Posted by: Scottynuke | October 31, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for coming to my defense in the last boodle, TBG. I did vote for Dubya. Once. And I do live in Maryland which is so deeply blue that if it weren't for the DC channels beaming into NoVa, I wouldn't know there was an election.

There is a meta-message in my Campaign Comparison and I had to work hard to tone it down to subtle from anvil-on-the-head.

Yeah, that is my third blatant plug of the day, but when you work on it til 1 am, you want people to notice. And some of the links are really good.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 31, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I'll try again
Mo, I am dresssing as a raven's fan.Purple and black from head to toe.I have my lucky #13 jersey on,my scary Ravens mask.ravens gloves(only 1 to hold a cold beer)scarf and hat.I have purple and black football beads and the only way to show off my ravens underwear is to wear them outside of my pants. All my bosses are Steelers fans

Off to work

Everyone have a great day and a Spooky Night!!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | October 31, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

TBG writes: "I just don't know what we junkies are going to do next Wednesday."

Er, howzabout a drink?

And come on now, the poling (ahem) isn't over after the elections. D'ya think GW Bush dosen't look at his approval ratings, even now?

With the tools available to The New Obsessives (not that I'm talking about anyone *here*), political operatives may be able to achieve a closed feedback loop between any possible given action and its effects on poll results and ratings, achiveing a wonderful goal of being able to get results without actually doing anything.


Posted by: -bc- | October 31, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Just another sign of the A-poll-calyspe.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 31, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I hope Nate and friends are making lots of $ with I'm gonna miss them when it's all over. Slate did a field report from this town yesterday, and I didn't like it nearly as much as I like Nate's stuff.

My statistics background is limited to one graduate school course in quanitative analysis, so I don't really know enough even to be dangerous. But I'm guessing the baseball statisticians have polling down cold. They are absolutely right about the bias that come through in how questions are asked.

Posted by: slyness | October 31, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

gwe, ya scared the heck out of me with "the only way to show off my ravens underwear is to wear them outside of my pants."

I really hope we're not talking a thong or french-cut briefs here.

Or a bra, for that matter.


Posted by: -bc- | October 31, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Howdy again! This reminded me to check again. Not that I needed a reminder. I just like information. Or number-y things which look informative. As someone who seldom works with charts and graphs I can indulge in boundless respect and admiration for their wisdom (as opposed to pointing out their flaws, which I reserve for professional writing).

yellojkt, I'm glad you posted the link again. It was well-done and very funny. Don't worry, davemarsh or whoever on the last Boodle expressed reservations about yello's "recommendations". Just go read it and enjoy. [And regular readers may remember that yello & I occasionally differ politically.]

I'm with RD on the Hallowe'en video. Clowns are way too creepy. When the Boy & I go to festivals and fairs, where they tend to lurk, I always threaten that if he's not good we'll go see a clown.

Posted by: Ivansmom | October 31, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Hey mo, did you click on the link I posted for you a couple days back. It was in response to your baby pics link.


Posted by: omnigood | October 31, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

again for mo:

Posted by: omnigood | October 31, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Not all clowns cake on more makeup than french catwalk models, RD and Ivansmom.

Red Skeleton used to consider himself a clown even though he worked bareface. We need more of those clowns.

Colored wigs and greasepaint are most effective for large circuses in where expressions are too difficult to read otherwise from the seats, not for children' parties or other events.

Likewise, I think mimes could go easier on the makeup, too. I have seen Bernard Bragg, a famous deaf mime, work without any greasepaint and he is excellent. My impression is he doesn't normally use any greasepaint, particularly when working younger audiences.

He studied under Marcel Marceau, who is perhaps THE archetype of the greasepainted mime.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 31, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

again for mo:

Posted by: omnigood | October 31, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse


Thanks for the endorsement. The nice thing about the Boodle is that reasonable people can disagree intelligently. Ant the bar on reasonable and intelligent is low enough to include me. Not that I think we disagree all that much with each other.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 31, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

And Mudge, I meant to tell you: I saw Dobson's "Letter from 2012" and you're right - it's raised the panicy GOP fearmongering to a new level and is astonishingly irresponsible for a leader of any kind to publish such a thing.


Posted by: -bc- | October 31, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Not that anyone (especially me) remotely cares, Zogby was founded by John Zogby; his brother Jim Zogby is a senior analyst at the firm. Jim Zogby was a counselor of some sort in the student union at Temple University when I was editor of the paper there. He was working on his phD in Islamic Studies. He's also a member of the DNC, and a long time ago founded the Arab-American Institute, HQ'ed in DC.

I only knew him very slightly, saw him in the hallway or whatever, but I guess it means I have a Bacon Fat number to the Zogby polls of 1? 2? Wouldn't know him from Adam now.

(In May 1968 a person [still believed by many, including me, to be a grad student who was also a CIA informant] set fire to the student union building, Wiatt Hall, destroying most of the various offices of student organizations in the building, one of which was Zogby's, one was the newspaper (I was city editor at the time), and the Black Students Organization. The BSO was a mildly militant group at that time, but we had just had the King assassinations [and the RFK assassination was only a few days away], and the BSO was rapidly going radical. It was our belief the informer/arsonist was attempting to make it look like the BSO did the arson, but virtually no one believed it. Opinion was divided over whether he did it "on orders" or was semi-rogue and thought he could curry favor. The arson was never officially solved. Over the summer the building was re-built and our newspaper office was re-established and up and running in time for the first issue at the start of the fall semester.)

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | October 31, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Clowns? You want clowns? Let me plug my favorite clown:

Unfortunately, he was already booked for a social event we will be having on January 31, for which a clown would have been perfect.

Maybe we can get the Nicolo/Whimsey show!

Posted by: ScienceTim | October 31, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, you don't think mimes are scary?

Posted by: Ivansmom | October 31, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure how to tell you guys this, but the WaPo currently has a photo of a cartoon on the home page showing a naked Japanese guy sitting on the toilet; his name is Yokai.

Uh...I think there's gonna be complaints.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | October 31, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Clowns? You want clowns? Let me plug my favorite clown:

Unfortunately, he was already booked for a social event we will be having on January 31, for which a clown would have been perfect.

Maybe we can get the Nicolo/Whimsey show!

Posted by: ScienceTim | October 31, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry... and truly apologize for causing any umbrage, but as far as I'm concernced, except for Krusty, clowns have absolutely no redeeming qualities.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 31, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse


No, I mean, double-Arrrggghhh!

Posted by: ScienceTim | October 31, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, will have to backboodle later, but this may have been brought up.

On WaPo's front page, the story about McCain saying they'd pulled up? Am I missing something? Gallup is the only polling site I can get from work and they respectfully disagree. Is this based on *anything* but wistful thinking on the part of the RNC and McCain?

Posted by: -dbG- | October 31, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Not even class clowns? Boodle clowns? *tears beginning to well up*

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | October 31, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

dbG, would YOU believe in-house pollsters, knowing what you do? Me neither.

Mudge, I was looking at the Vermont Country Store catalog last night. They now carry vibrators. Surprised the heck outta me.

Posted by: slyness | October 31, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

dbG, that story is really pissing me off, because it offers not one shred of evidence or a claim of any kind. It is just a bare-faced claim by McCain's campaign manager, based on nothing. The story even quotes McCain's pollster at the bottom -- and he never mentions this point. I think Juliet Eilperin did a lousy job reporting it. I understand she feels she *must* report it as a claim being made, but she could insert high in the story that Rick Davis offered nothing whatsoever to back it up. And the WaPo should never have played it that big. Tsk, tsk. This is what comes of trying to appear "even-handed."

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | October 31, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

dbG, would YOU believe anything an in-house pollster told you? Me neither.

Mudge, I was perusing the new Vermont Country Store catalog yesterday. They now carry vibrators. Surprised the heck outta me.

Posted by: slyness | October 31, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I hate the polls because I don't know if I can believe them. As in, could McCain really win? He seems to think so - hope he's as wrong about that as he is everything else.

*faxing Aloha a few bags of brightly colored leaves*

Posted by: seasea | October 31, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

dbG.. I think it's just another case of Republicans and their "If we say it we make it true" attitude.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 31, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

I'm laughing, slyness. I'm speculating that the vibrators have something to do with making maple syrup somehow. Yanno, gets the sap running, or whatever.

Also, I guess it gets lonely up there during the long, cold winter nights.

I have about 137 other thoughts on this subject, but I think I better keep them to myself. I only hope we don't set off a Boodlestorm on this particular thread.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | October 31, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse


The spin is so dizzying that the entire McCain camp has vertigo. Obama is now running TV ads in Arizona just out of spite. Or he has just run out of media buys to make in "battleground" states. If it weren't for the deep South, Mondale's 13 electoral vote record might be in danger.

Actually, without Ross Perot to siphon off moderate Republicans, Obama is going to have a tough time touching either of Clinton's electoral vote counts even if he is the first Democrat since Johnson to get more than 51% of the popular vote.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 31, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I may have it worse. I constantly check both 538 AND, and compare differences.

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 31, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Joel has added a bunch of stuff to the kit including, after heavy lobbying, a link to yours truly. I feel so honored.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 31, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

The McCain claim is pure propaganda, a last ditch effort to keep the ranks from breaking and running away.

Posted by: Braguine | October 31, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Krusty is the exception because he makes his creepiness work for him.

Sorry, even dear old Red creeped me out.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 31, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

The McCain claim is pure propaganda, a last ditch effort to keep the ranks from breaking and running away.

Posted by: Braguine | October 31, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
Winston Churchill

Posted by: davemarks | October 31, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

All that socialism talk is pretty funny coming from the governor of a state that literally spreads the wealth by distributing oil profits to every citizen.

Does she think we're stupid? Oh wait... don't answer that question.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 31, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
Winston Churchill

Posted by: davemarks | October 31, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Hey slyness... regarding your 3:15 observation in the Vermont Country Store catalog... what page?

Posted by: -TBG- | October 31, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

What page, Slyness?

Posted by: -pj- | October 31, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Forgot to ask, slyness...what page was that?

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | October 31, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: -TBG- | October 31, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I hate to say it, but I think I'm developing a grudging admiration for Ted Stevens. The loony old cuss is no quitter, that's fer sure!

- - - -

FAIRBANKS -- Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens is vehement that his name doesn't bear a big, black mark — yet — and he believes his conviction is pending on the results of an appeal.

"I've not been convicted yet," Stevens insisted. "There's not a black mark by my name yet, until the appeal is over and I am finally convicted, if that happens. If that happens, of course I'll do what's right for Alaska and for the Senate ... I don't anticipate it happening, and until it happens I do not have a black mark."

He spoke on the record with the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial board Thursday morning.

Posted by: bobsewell | October 31, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I don't like chicken. And I hate clowns.
Killer Karl

And I don't much like this post anon non-anon Post world either.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | October 31, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I don't like chicken. And I hate clowns.
Killer Karl

And I don't much like this post anon non-anon Post world either.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | October 31, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, had to go dig the catalog out of the recycle bag. Page 45 of the Christmas 2008 calls the articles in question massagers but...they sure look like vibrators to me!

Posted by: slyness | October 31, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

dbG.. this may make you feel better...

Posted by: -TBG- | October 31, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

"Intimate Solutions for the Next Stage in Your Life"

Well, yes, I suppose they are.

Posted by: bobsewell | October 31, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I saw a finger mounted massager marketed by Trojan (yes, that Trojan) in the family planning part of the drugstore aisle. Just don't ask what I was doing there.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 31, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Normally, I'm the guy answering the questions I really shouldn't know the answers to. Just today I had to explain to one of my bosses what "benwah" meant. But I'm kind of at a loss for the purpose of the ergonomic pillow on the "intimate solutions" page. Is there some position or act it is supposed to enhance? Paint me a picture. Please.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 31, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Of course, if the Vermont Country Store doesn't have quite the right appliance for you, you can always try a commercial model!

"Police arrest Mich. man for car wash vacuum sex"

Posted by: bobsewell | October 31, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

This is a great comment left at under the article about the [lack of] McCain ground game, compared with Obama's amazing grassroots activity...

"This is what happens when a community organizer uses his much-ridiculed experience."

Posted by: -TBG- | October 31, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

"The suspect, whose name wasn't immediately released, is being held in the Saginaw County Jail."

I'm sure that's not all that wasn't immediately released. At least not until the quarters ran out.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 31, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

slyness.. see what you unleashed with that one simple sentence?

Posted by: -TBG- | October 31, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm back home sipping a cold adult beverage after a day spent in useless but apparently urgent matters. *sigh*

I've been to that 538 place for the first time. Wow. The O man is doing that well? I'm still baffled by the slew of poor, rural states voting Republican though. That party has raped them and plans to continue to do so through last minutes regulatory changes. They sure like their guns.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 31, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I have definitely learned my lesson, TBG. No more massagers for me!

Posted by: slyness | October 31, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Year Two w/o pumkim (what was said by wee ones in my house). I am surviving.

No candy here from the porch because I am driving three teens between music practice and their Hal o Ween activities.

This is the first year of no Colcannon: will make some this weekend, though.

Irish for cál ceannann- light green-headed cabbage)

mashed potatoes as you prefer
cabbage chopped very small and sautéed

Basics: butter, salt, and pepper
For lusciousness: milk, cream, yoghurt
Jewels of flavor: leeks, onions, chives, garlic, chopped ham, Canadian bacon or Irish bacon (rashers)

My picks? Yukon gold with milk and yoghurt and scallions and rashers

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | October 31, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

It's a racial thing, pure and simple. McCain is going to carry the exact same states that Goldwater did in 1964 and Wallace did in 1968.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 31, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Don't swear off them on our account.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 31, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I met Emmett Kelly the Hobo Clown in 1969. My favorite clown:

Emmett is also a family name; one cousin came home from the hospital tentatively "Emmett," however, Czech daddy thought the name outlandish. Cousin has been Billy for about 50 years now. Whenever I see him, I flash on the hobo clown face.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | October 31, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for calming me down in the absence of fivethirtyeight @ work. I was really hoping it was just another big lie.

Yello, nice job.

Posted by: -dbG- | October 31, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

RD - THAT'S why i warned you about the clowns!

slyness - i DO declare!

Posted by: mortii | October 31, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

CP, Irish bacon in Colcannon! Lusciousness of cream! May I come to your house this weekend.

Halloween is afoot! #2 is a very sexy Lara Croft-type character, stomping around in tights and army boots and a long red wig getting ready to go to a party.

Small cows and princesses are released from bondage by their human overseers and flitting about the neighbourhood squealing with excitment.

Kind of a shame the clocks didn't change earlier, it will be light for the littlies and even a sour old thing like me remembers how trilling it was to be out in the dark at the age of 5 or 6.

Later, Boodle.

Posted by: Yoki | October 31, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I personally have no problem with psycho clowns like the one in that Ministry vid.

Posted by: omnigood | October 31, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Studs Terkel is gone:

Posted by: seasea | October 31, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Neither of my comments posted even after a hour! I detect a dark conspiracy against gnomes afoot, just because I stood up for mimes and said all the voiceless are my brothers and sisters, I will not stand for fear and ridiculue against them.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 31, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

7:15, a bowl of good chocolate, and nobody has rung the doorbell yet. *sigh*

Posted by: slyness | October 31, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

I COMMENTED AT 6:30, and nothing. I think it "was held for dullness."

7:30, and only two doorbell rings.

Don't MAKE me eat all this candy!!!

Posted by: rickoshea0 | October 31, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the leaves Seasea! Beautiful! But the best part is I didn't have to rake 'em. :o) Happy Boo Day everyone!

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | October 31, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

There. Apparently conspiracy theorists are automatically accepted by the filter.

Ivansmom, you asked me if I thought mimes weren't scary.

1) No more than radio (War of the World notwithstanding.

2) I'll be scared of a mime holding me up only if he's using a real gun, not a finger.

3) I have done mime on occasion. BOO!

4) ALL the most cultured travellers who wander back and forth across countries like ants following a meandering trail of sugar must resort to pointing, gesture, or mime on occasion.

I find the attitude against gesture and/or nonverbal comunication to be indicative of many biases with many causes, promoted from the days of Presidents Jefferson and Wilson.

In short, American sign language is one of the most highly developed countries, yet America itself has a stunningly poor gestural vocabulary. It's not simply british hertiage; we even lack some gestures widely understood in the U.K.

Contrast that to Italy, for instance, where Italian consists of many dialects that vary nearly as much as Spanish and French, and gestures are very much part of the culture, including gestures for "policeman" and other actual objects that are helpful.

Or to Australian aborgine cultures where there are entire sign languages developed due to various taboos, or the American Indian sign systems used to communicate between speakers of different tribes.

Mime have never scared me at all. Clowns sometimes.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 31, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I'm going to try this again.

I'm the only RN in my office without young children, (sniff, sniff) and I'm working until 11, (sniff, sniff) and I've been stuck here with an awol boodle.

I got to go to the Obama rally yesterday and it was great. I was really, really lucky because the hubby knows some Secret Service agents and the SAC for the area. We got to pull up to the entrance where we were picked up by a very secret service-y looking fellow and whisked throught the press entrance and deposited in the FIFTH ROW FROM THE STAGE! I felt kind of guilty walking past all the folks in line, but I let go of that pretty quickly. I eased my conscience with the thought of all the trays of enchiladas, lasagna, sandwiches and brownies that I've made for the campaign hqtrs. (if you ever want to be treated like a conquering hero, bring chicken enchiladas to laboring campaign workers. It works like a charm.) I know Obama must give that speech 8 times a day, but you would never know it. He really knows how to captivate the crowd. Not that it wasn't a crowd ready to be captivated, but still...

Anyway, the bonus was that Tim Kaine, Mark Warner and Jim Webb all spoke before Obama so it was pretty neat to see them all together.

Thanks for eliciting the boodle reassurance about the polls, dbG. I was watching some McCain advisor before I came to work talking about how they're catching up and it gave me chest pain. I think I need to just start downing some valium starting about Sunday.

There have been a cornucopia of kits since I last checked in and I'll never catch up. I hope someone will tell me if I missed anything really exciting or earth shattering. Not that the boodle isn't always exciting and earth shattering. I did catch shrieking d's pics. Beautiful!

Hope everyone is having a fun Halloween.

Posted by: Kim1 | October 31, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Hi Kim! That's awesome about the rally! I'm going to try to take Daughter to the one in Manassas on Monday (no school on Monday or Tuesday; teacher work days). I don't think we'll get the VIP treatment though!

Dr G and I are hiding in our dark house because we didn't want to buy candy that we'd keep around and eat ourselves.

We went out to dinner tonight to a neat little "Kiwi Cafe" in Arlington. Dr G had the lamb chop special; I had a lamb and veggie pie. It was great and I'm sure we'll return to try more dishes.

Our Obamateers arrive late tonight; Kim... have yours arrived yet?

Posted by: -TBG- | October 31, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrodog here. I'm dumped here alone while the gnome goes watch hockey. I'm promised that we'll go out. Bah.

I think I'll just lie here and daydream about my afternoon date with TWO redheaded sisters.

Mmm. Golden retrievers.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 31, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

RIP, Studs Terkel, one of my all-time heroes not only as a writer and journalist, but as a man. I want to be Studs terkel when I grow up. Unlike most writers, the man could talk for hours. Days. And never bore you for a moment. His heart must have had eight or ten ventricles.

OK, Kim, a whirlwind summary of what you missed: Yoki landed a huge clinet for her firm, making her a stellar rainmaker. Mo got a major promotion at work. The WaPo IT department has been committing hari kiri over malfunctions in the boodle coment software snafu. Slyness was reading a Christmas catalog from Vermont Country Story and discovered they now sell vibrators. One hesitates to think what Santa is going to put in her stocking this year.

That's pretty much it.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | October 31, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

#1 just sent me her flight reservations to come home at Christmas! Almost two whole weeks with her in the house! *Happy dancing*

Posted by: Yoki | October 31, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

yes, TBG, I meant to mention that. We're getting a couple of folks tonight. We live pretty far from the hdqtrs and I couldn't guarantee them transportation, so it's only now that they found the combination of folks that don't need rides, so we'll see how it goes.

I have a very Gladys Kravitz-y neighbor and their presence is going to drive her wild, wondering who they are.... I hope their car is COVERED with Obama stickers and I'm not going to say a word about them.

Posted by: Kim1 | October 31, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

But Wilbrodog, it's hockey. Hockey!

Posted by: Yoki | October 31, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

dbG... this should make you feel better. is now giving McCain a 2.5% chance of winning the election.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 31, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrodog, only you could complain after an afternoon date with TWO redheads. Don't you realize you've reduced poor Padouk to tears? He's down in the basement curled into a fetal position sobbing softly while his bunnies crawl over him and nibble carrots.

Count your blessings, Dog.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | October 31, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the update, Mudge!


Yoki and mo, very good news. I'm very happy for both of you. My sainted mother always said that cream rises to the top and you two are proof!

Posted by: Kim1 | October 31, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Anybody catch the cresent moon and venus setting in the west tonight,quite lovely despite the highway.

So far no trick or treaters at work and my custome is itching.

tbg a dark house for us growing up always meant we could trick it,I would be watchfull.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | October 31, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Trick or treating seems to have ended for the night.

There were some lovely tiaras on some beautiful princesses, 2 Spidermen (in the same family), Power Rangers, assorted ghouls, one young lady who appeared to be dressed as a hooker and . . . a pint-sized Senator Obama, serious demeanor, grey suit, nice tie, polished shoes, about 8 years old and 4.5 feet high.

This is the same boy who pals around with a neighbor's son and I had to speak to them about throwing dirt clods on my house one day.

I see a long-forgotten scandal re-emerging in about 37 years.

Posted by: -dbG- | October 31, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

I posted a comment about six but it got eaten, so I will try again.

Thanks, dbg.

And I have added Lauren Graham as a late entrant to the Sally Forth Movie Casting Contest:

Vote early and often.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 31, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, don't bring up my Christmas stocking. That's a Very Sore Point with me. I Don't Get ANYTHING from Santa in my stocking! It makes me MAD!!!

The doorbell has rung six times. There's still lots of chocolate left.

Posted by: slyness | October 31, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

dbG, that was a great report. I can just *hear* the little brother, after his bigger decided to be Spiderman, whining and crying that he wants to be Spiderman, too. Story of my life. The brothers never did that, but the lawyers? All the time!

Kim, thank you for your kind words. So glad you're part of this ship of fools.

gwe, it sounds magical. Sorry about the rash.

Posted by: Yoki | October 31, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, the lawyers? Too, too funny.

I also have a mental picture of you working with Spiderman lawyers. :-)

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

Had some pretty lame costumes tonight. One pair was a cowboy and a soldier. He and she were about 25.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 31, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Well, dbG, I left the large very prestigious Canadian law firm for maternity leave in 1986, swearing up and down I'd be back in a year. Seven years and 2 babys later, they begged and begged until I caved and re-entered office life.

The first thing I noticed is that being with a 7-year-old and a 5-year-old 24/7 involved *many many* fewer tantrums per day, or, as I like to call it, Gross Tantrum Product (GTP).

I had spent seven years with people who would not have *dreamt* of arching their backs and screaming and throwing themselves to the floor in a paroxym of fury if they couldn't have what they wanted, when they wanted it, without question.

Work was quite a shock! :)

The Boodle lawyers are, without exception, not at all in this mold. It is something that is socialized in large deal-driven firms, and Ivy law schools, and the best of the best resist and find their place as lawyers without it. We have plenty of those, too, in my current firm, and did in the former. And let me tell you, us staff-types appreciate them.

Posted by: Yoki | October 31, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

What kind of nut job volunteers to host a robotics workshop, then schedules it for the morning after Halloween? Don't answer that. I haven't even checked my e-mail since early yesterday afternoon, haven't looked at fivethirtyeight since last night, and I'm what 5 kits behind.

Did see Kim's report from the VA Beach rally. Sounds like she and Ma Frostbitten have been serving the same menu at their respective Obama HQs.

Everyone on my "neighborhood walk list" has already voted, all say they went with Obama but many split tickets. The three way senate race in MN is going to keep us up all night even if the prez race goes as Mudge predicts and is called early.

Plan to come up for boodleair tomorrow night.

Toodles and hope this doesn't post thrice, or more.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | October 31, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Pretty good night for Trick or Treaters. Lots of little kids with parents. When all you have are teens in the house you forget how small children can be.

Got a couple nice compliments on the Jack O' Lantern, which is always a rush.

Kinda wish there were more "home made" costumes out there. For me that was part of the fun. Of course, my mother was a brilliant seamstress and always pitched in no matter how wacky the concept. In my old neighborhood they still talk about the explorer-being-swallowed-by-a-big-snake costume from 1970. Or at least I like to think they do.

Happy Halloween everyone!

Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 31, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Uh oh... crunched their numbers wrong tonight. McCain has a 2.8% chance of winning the election. Sorry.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 31, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

slyness, if you don't object on security grounds, please send me your mailing address to

I specialize in Christmas Stockings. It is, in our family and our families-of-origin, the best part of Christmas morning! We always wait until everybody is up and awake to do the presents under the tree, but the stocking is purely and happily one's own. You can get up as early or as late as you like, and reveal treasures at will. You can even take it back to bed with you and have another little sleep before official Christmas begins.

This is a good thing, since #1 and I are Christmas freaks; we'll be up at 4:00 am hopping on one foot and longing for it to start. Himself and #2 think the day is quite long enough as it is, no hurry. The stocking keeps us in check until the rest of the household (usually quite large at Christmas) is stirring.

Himself and I differ on the contents of stockings (I'm of the random, goofy, ridiculous school of thought, and he thinks they should contain at least one real present small enough to fit into a sock) but we are as one over the importance of having a stocking, at all at'all.

I will send you a stocking.

I love Christmas!

Posted by: Yoki | October 31, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Oh Yoki, you are so kind! I have a very nice Christmas stocking. Mr. T has not caught on that *he* should put something in said stocking. Even when he has small things under the tree that would fit. Thank heavens for the dottirs, who do have it figured out. The three of us put nice little things in his stocking, does he think to reciprocate? Nooo. We need to work on him.

I love Christmas too, when it doesn't involve throwing the extended family reunion the same weekend that the in-laws from NoVA decide to visit.

Posted by: slyness | October 31, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

You there? I fell into something on TV called Crusoe. It's a hoot! Pirates, Ship Captains, Friday, the works. It's beyond camp!

But, sadly, no Evangeline Lilly, at least, not so far.

You were there at the original Robinson Crusoe events, weren't you?

Posted by: rickoshea0 | October 31, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

He'll learn, slyness. The example is the model, isn't it?

No unhappiness required nor effective.

Guys are great, in my experience, just not very quick to pick up on our (under deep cover) signals. A good man will always learn, and Mr T sounds to be a fine, fine man.

Posted by: Yoki | October 31, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Shopping report:

Four pairs of shoes: two pairs of ankle boots; one in soft black leather and one in a very, very odd but attractive pond-scum green (three buckle, stacked 3-inch heel, suitable with jeans or skirts.

Pumps with wide ankle-strap and assertive buckle.

Patent-leather sandals with peep-toe, t-strap and silver soles and buckles.

I've always been jealous of women with coloured shoes; I was raised on black, bone, and and white-for-the-summer. Better now.

Posted by: Yoki | October 31, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Hi all, busy night in our house, older child has six friends sleeping over, all were here when I got home from work - getting ready - 7 giggling 13 year olds - dressed like twenty year olds - OH MY.

Awaiting them returning to the house.

Younger child had a few friends over and my husband took them out.

Amazing night here clear, warm (68 degrees at sunset). I sat in a chair on the driveway and dispensed treats - one child thrilled me by calling my house haunted - really isn't that decorated compared to some but made my night.

Younger child exhausted and asleep, I am alone (husband at a party I can't attend due to the number of teenagers sleeping over) with several large bags of candy - not good.

Slyness, I have made very large stockings for the two oldest, youngest stocking in progress. Stocking are big in our house and mom and dad get one as well.

Like Yoki, and my mom, I am a Christmas nut - love the decorating and the season - prepares you for the three following months of little light, snow and cold.

Will now sit back and enjoy a few moments of silence as it is about the only chance I will get this weekend. We are looking after younger daughters friends tomorrow while their parents are out and I work Sunday, plus the regular weekend stuff and kids hockey.

Posted by: dmd2 | October 31, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

dmd, you and all other young mums I know work so so hard! Lucky families. Especially, lucky children.

I admire you.

Posted by: Yoki | October 31, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Time for a warped Halloween tradition:

Posted by: yellojkt | October 31, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Oh yes, Yoki, Mr. T is a wonderful person. Just a little dense about stockings. I don't know why; I think his mom did them but maybe not when he became an adult.

For a man, he is very domestic. And he does Christmas in a big way. There are at least 20 bazillion Christmas trees in the High Country. We will pick and cut ours the weekend before Thanksgiving, because if we wait, all the good ones will be gone. He does the outside decorations: twelve 2-foot trees marching up either side of the walk, a 4-foot tree on either side of the front door, lighted wreaths on all the windows, and the Moravian star over the door. It truly is lovely.

Posted by: slyness | October 31, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

dmd, enjoy your time with the kids. It will be over before you realize, and you will be amazed at the wonderful adults your kids have become. The days seem hard and exhausting now, but they are precious, and you will appreciate them when you look back.

Posted by: slyness | October 31, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Sounds lovely Slyness. My MIL has been purchasing her own gifts for years - even wraps them, they spend the holidays at one of their childrens homes (maybe us this year) and the stockings are prepared for them by the grown adults - it is fun.

I think I have more fun purchasing the gifts for the stocking than I do the regular gifts, my husband also purchases gifts for the stocking.

Posted by: dmd2 | October 31, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

I do enjoy it, heck I wouldn't let six teenagers sleep here if I didn't, I found the key is to find peace when I can.

Sat in the chair this evening just enjoying the night watching and listening to the people and children on the street. One particular trick or treater just melted my heart, just three and having no fear. We have a doll we call Scary Mary outside whose eyes glow green and she says some horror movie phrases, the doll entranced this little girl - such fun.

Quiet is over, older ones returning from our cities "Halloween Street" a street not too far away that goes all out, six foot gorillas, adults dressed in costumes, lying in wait to started trick or treaters, outdoor movies, popcorn, decorations galore and a street party atmosphere.

Fighting with my keyboard so I apologize if there are more mistakes than normal.

Posted by: dmd2 | October 31, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

yello - When I was a lad, the Garden Hills theater on Peachtree was the go-to Rocky Horror venue. Did you ever make it there, or were you a Plaza Theater (on Ponce) kinda guy, or was that not really your scene?

I rang up over a hundred screenings over the years. Even the real veterans (hundreds or thousands of screenings) welcomed me to their brother/sisterhood. They threw me a party at my 113th attendance [for silly, obscure reasons, the fifth prime number over 100 was a locally significant number]! Fun stuff.

Posted by: bobsewell | October 31, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Peggy Noonan endorses Obama.

Kinda. I think.

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

I only saw RHPS about five times, mostly at University Mall near USF. I do have a good story about how I was IN a Rocky Horror troupe at Furman University:

Night, boodle.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 31, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Well... the gnome's back, and smelling of having been in a place full of popcorn, hot dogs, and other goodies. And a place with no me.

You won't be so excited about this hockey game, Yoki, not when you hear that an American team slaughtered a Canadian team 7-0, with like 1 billion shots on goal to the Canadian team's 11 shots.

They scored the first goal in the first 2 minutes, and the final goal with 37 seconds left on the clock.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 31, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Agree with RD on the fun of home made costumes.

One of my favorites was a tiger costume for my younger son. It was coming along nicely until I had to stuff the tail with -- what? I finally decided Kotex, end after end, would be perfect.

Then I spent all Halloween evening worrying about his tail falling apart --

Posted by: nellie4 | October 31, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Nellie... that's funny, but I don't know if kids would recognize tampon tiger tails even if they broke apart...

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 1, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Twas a nice halloween,my outfit went over nicely,teed off my boss with my ravens gear and with any luck we may be tied for first come election day.

Heard Frank Zappa's "goblin girl" on the way home.I gotta hand it to Frank,he sure had some great stuff and was really a pleasure to see live. I am very tempted to go see his son sometime.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | November 1, 2008 12:36 AM | Report abuse

Happy November 1, you all.

We had quite a few trick or treaters last night, all darling, all young and bouncy, all with parents patroling with flashlights.

For the next five days I will be away and am sorry to miss the dialogue here in the boodle, particularly sharing the joy of the Obama/Biden win.

We will be down in Kim's territory, giving my mother a hand as she moves to independent/assisted living. Will report back what the old timers think, should be interesting.....

Posted by: VintageLady | November 1, 2008 6:21 AM | Report abuse

Costume of the night was a three-year-old dressed up like a skunk. Very adorable all in black with a white strip down the middle and a tail.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 1, 2008 6:39 AM | Report abuse

Aaaah. I see the sun is creeping in on little cat paws.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 1, 2008 7:11 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

Went and saw a showing of the original 1922 silent film "Nosferatu" at the AFI Silver theater, with live performance of a score by the Silent Orchestra.

Pretty cool, though by today's standards, the effects were not very special.

Hey, I'm flying dawn patrol after hanging with a vampire.



Posted by: -bc- | November 1, 2008 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Good morning ye Boo Boo Boodlers
(The boos are leftovers from last night).

Happy weekend you all.

Posted by: Braguine | November 1, 2008 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Morning, Boodle. Am I too late for the Dawn Patrol?

Me own Dad, in a very real and legally binding sense, has a birthday today. Will call him later.

Have a great day, friends.

Posted by: Yoki | November 1, 2008 7:59 AM | Report abuse


What do Diva Muffin, Moon Unit, Dweezil and Ahmet have in common?

Hint: They are not the children of Sarah and Todd Palin. Those are Track, Trig, Willow and Cessna (or some kind of airplane).

Posted by: -tao- | November 1, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Children of rock stars (though the rock and star parts are more a matter taste than objective measure). I wouldn't call Zappa rock, exactly.

Posted by: Yoki | November 1, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

All 4 are Zappa children. None of them rock to my knowledge.

Posted by: -tao- | November 1, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Morning' Boodle!

We're not the only ones who are, what was the phrase used here, *daily obsessed*?

If I had to give a prize for the best costume of the night, it would have been mini-Barack.

But one of the little princesses really touched me. She was so "I'm so fine" and definitely all that, I've seen more lackluster brides. I look forward to seeing her in 20 years on "Don't mess with the dress" (dmd, based on the other shows we both watched, I'm sure you're a fan too) or maybe ANTM!

Posted by: -dbG- | November 1, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Mornin' everybody...

It's a late and slow start for me today. And I wasn't even out all night howling at the moon.

Little Bean was a "vampire bride" last night and scored a respectable pile of goodies (including a dozen or so Butterfingers for me -- kid don't know what she's missin'). She would have made Mo proud with her black satin-lace-feather ensemble, death-white face and little fangs dripping blood. We didn't have many trick-or-treaters at the gnomestead, so the ones who did come knocking got double the loot.

It's looking to be a beautiful day here. Already at 50F and we may even get into the 60's later -- perfect woodworking weather.

Speaking of which... time to refill my cup-o-mud and get my butt moving.

Peace out :-)

Posted by: martooni | November 1, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

dbG - correct as always :-)

In my younger daughters group on of the girls was dress as a scary bride, Complete with spiders all over her wedding dress and veil and fantastic makeup with a very realistic scar.

Posted by: dmd2 | November 1, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Morning all... We have two Obamateers sleeping in the house this morning. They got here late last night. Very nice young men and I'm pleased they've given up these next few days to get out the vote down here in our exciting Swing State.

VintageLady... if you haven't left yet... hope everything goes well and that your mother enjoys her new home. My dad absolutely loved the retirement home he moved into; it was like the college dorms all over again, but without having to go to class. I do have a question... if you're VintageLady... what is your mom's handle? EvenMoreVintageLady? Sounds good to me.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 1, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

btw... Are any Boodlers participating in this year's NaNoWriMo? (That's National Novel Writing Month, for those not in the know... more info here:

I haven't started mine yet... still waiting for a brilliant storyline to fall out of the sky and hit me on the noggin. I've got some characters in mind, but nuttin' yet on what they're going to do.

Off to the shop... maybe something other than a 2x4 will hit me out there.

Posted by: martooni | November 1, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

We are an exclusively all-homemade-costume house. My kids had some great ones. One of my favorites: when Son of G was about 3 he was a bumble bee... black sweatshirt with yellow duct tape making stripes, black sweatpants and a stinger, a stuffed "tail" made with coat-hanger wire inside so it stuck straight out. And deely-boppers on his head.

As far as he was concerned, he WAS a bumble bee.

Folks thought he was cute enough when he went to the door, but when he turned around to leave and said, "Buzz buzz for now!" and they saw his stinger, I mostly heard the folks yell back into their house... "Honey... come see this little bee!"

One year he fashioned himself a great Pillsbury Dough Boy costume (white sweats, chef's hat and a pillow stuffed in his front); another he was Big Boy (we found some white overalls that we sponge-painted with red checkerboard and he swirled his hair up in front--also with the pillow stuffed in his front).

Daughter was often a witch (of course) a rock star, a kitty cat.

My favorite costume as a child was being a gypsy... I got to wear a long red skirt, lots of jewelry, makeup, and my mom sewed big plastic gold curtain rings onto the sides of a bandana so that when I wore it on my head, they dangled like big hoop earrings. Brilliant!

Posted by: -TBG- | November 1, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Big Boy? I loved Big Boy when I was a kid! Of course, it helped that in my neck o' the woods, they were usually "Bob's Big Boy".

Posted by: bobsewell | November 1, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

I find this story really disturbing, a new election low?

Posted by: dmd2 | November 1, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse


What dedication to take in homeless Obamiacs. The public radio station had a story about how Merlin exporting them to battleground states. A few weeks ago my wife was chatting with the local office manager in Charlottesville broadly hinting that RoVa could use some help for Blue State residents.

I think the local campaign offices spend a lot of time manning phone banks for PA.

The well-oiled effiiciency of the Obama Campaign Juggernaut sure bodes well for alleviating fears about Barack's competency.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 1, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

I'm ineligable for NaNoWriMo, 'toon, but I'm going to do the 24-hour novel challenge next year. Got a bunch of great people to help me out, got a story in mind (but the rules always change so you can't count on using any given idea). We'll see.

Posted by: Yoki | November 1, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

yello... It doesn't really take any dedication at all.. just making sure I have clean sheets on the guest bed and sofa and my teenagers keep the hall bathroom at least clean enough to use.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 1, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

morning all
seems warm here today,still very pretty

Yoki you can write a novel in 24 hours?

You people really are amazing

Posted by: greenwithenvy | November 1, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Not a very long (nor very good) novel, but a novel with a proper structure and plot, characters, dialogue, story arch... yes, it can be done. You need a team, though, to help with typing and correcting, feeding and watering the novelist, keeping her awake, motivated, healthy. It is a lot of fun. I fear I will soon be too old for the phsyical challenge it presents, it is really a marathon. I'll know after the next round whether I still have what it takes.

Posted by: Yoki | November 1, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

How are you ineligible, Yoki? Did you offend the NaNo gods or something?

Posted by: martooni | November 1, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Good piece by Gail Collins over at the Times this morning that's even on-kit:

Posted by: martooni | November 1, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Nah, at least I hope not. They seem to be smiling on me lately.

Gotta be US-resident to play NaNo.

Posted by: Yoki | November 1, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Good heavens, I've been up for hours, even read the boodle, and failed to say good morning! And here the morning is almost over.

Good morning!

I'm deep in The Big Sort, very interesting analysis of the last 30 years in America. I'm also trying to get motivated to finish readying myself for the station symposium, which starts tomorrow evening.

I will be doing a presentation Tuesday morning with a good friend from Phoenix on how to choose a good site for a fire station. He, fortunately, is a Democrat and has promised to hold my hand Tuesday evening while we wait for the victory we're looking for.

Obama's coming to Charlotte on Monday and I'll be too tied up to go. Bummer, I'd love to hear him.

Wednesday, please come quickly.

Posted by: slyness | November 1, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Well dangit, sometimes a man has to choose getting groceries over the Dawn Patrol, yanno? But the day's off to a good start, with the sun shining brightly and a few chores to do.

Now if the chimney folks had just been able to get that liner installed yesterday... *SIGH* We'll make do with a CO detector for now, and I'm just being paranoid there.

*off-to-the-woodshed-in-a-manner-of-speaking Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 1, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

I stay away from NaNo, but know several people who get highly motivated by it. A 24 hr. NaNo must be some sort of a record.

Posted by: Braguine | November 1, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

I did it last year, but didn't finish more than half of the 50K words. I've culled one chapter and rewritten it for a short story recently, though.

I'd like to do it... but I have too many other writing obligations. Instead I'll just resolve to work on old projects this months in addition (two are novels).

The 24 hour novel writing challenge is interesting. I know my typtitude burns out after around 25K words in a day, because thats how many words I transcribed in a day once.

Raw writing, I'd probably expect to hit a brick wall well before 15K. Not exactly a long novel, more like a novella.

I have overcome carpal tunnel by improving my posture, but there's only so much I can do without incurring pinched nerves.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 1, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Good afternoon, all.

A busy day for me - taking daughter #2 and my Mom to the airport for a fun long weekend, running errands, housecleaning, changing the oil on the Primary car, and a few other things that I've fallen behind on.

It's a beautiful day here, and the foliage looks glorious in its fall colors.

Have good day, all.


Posted by: -bc- | November 1, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Bc. Probably the best thing for all of us would be to stay unplugged.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 1, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

This may seem like a stupid question but why are there such long lines for voting? Here is MA we have very limited ‘absentee ballots’ so most people will vote on Tuesday. I don’t remember hearing much, if any news regarding long waits to vote here. Granted I have always lived in smaller towns and so generally voted at the town hall or a school and never waited very long. All I ever had to do was tell them what street I lived on and they crossed my name out on a master sheet and handed me a ballot. Do some places have less voting locations or is there more vetting of voters? I’d really like to understand why people have to stand in line for five hours to cast a vote.

Posted by: badsneakers | November 1, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Bad Sneakers I have been curious about that as well, my voting experiences have been a matter of a couple of minutes , do not believe I have ever seen a line up.

Also am still confused about registration, is it a one time registration or does it need to be done every election. Here if you have moved you just need to show something with your new address.

I think I have mentioned this before but we just tick a box on our tax return and the election info is updated (relatively new system).

Posted by: dmd2 | November 1, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

sneaks... they are expecting an 85% or higher voter turnout in some places, where the national average is below 50% usually. They just don't have enough machines for the numbers of people they are expecting to vote, so it takes longer as voters wait their turn.

We are going to have scantron-type voting this year, I hear. Fill in the little circles and insert the ballot into a reader. They say each reader can process one voter every 10 or 12 seconds. Not sure how many of those will be at each polling place, but generally I have to wait about a half hour for General Elections.

Some areas have already had as many early voters as they had in total in 2004. The way I've always understood it--and especially this year--the more people who vote, the more Democratic candidates get elected.

Let's hope so!

Posted by: -TBG- | November 1, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

dmd... Every voter must be registered in order to be eligible to vote and most states have a deadline to register that's usually a few weeks before election day. Although it would be convenient to have a checkbox on our tax return, we do not connect voting with taxation--that's been an issue in the past. Any US citizen over the age of 18 can vote, whether they pay taxes or not.

We register to vote each time we move to a new home. But that's all--you only have to do it once and only need to change your address if you move (if you move to a new voting district I believe you fill out the registration information all over again--especially if it's another state).

Your name goes in a big book and when you arrive at your polling place (you have been assigned a polling place), you state your name and address and are crossed off the list. If you're not on the list, the first thing to find out is if you are at the wrong polling place. If you can't work that out, I believe you can cast a "provisional" ballot.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 1, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Also depends on time of day you vote; there's always a real rush in the early morning before people go to work. This was how 2004 was for me. And lots of people have the same idea, because they don't want to be late for work.

After say, 9-10 AM, it's more moderate, like a longish drive-in wait. I'm sure there's another huge jam right around 3-6 pm. Never voted at that time.

I wish Election day was a national half- holiday, I really do.

And after careful thought, I'm going to send myself a memo in a time capsule to be opened nearly 4 years hence:


Decide your choices early, then vote absentee. You will be absentee because you have planned a 2-week vacation to end the day after election day. You will be busy learning your mantras over a steady diet of yak butter tea on a mountaintop in Tibet, shut off from all news media. You know you want to. (Although maybe not the yak butter.)


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 1, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

SCC: Any US citizen who is 18 or older.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 1, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

TBG correctly sez... "the more people who vote, the more Democratic candidates get elected"

Which is why the Republicans are pulling every trick they can from their bag-o-dirty-tricks to try to suppress the vote wherever possible.

I know they're doing their damnedest to knock 200,000 new voters off the rolls here in Ohio because names and addresses aren't a 100% *exact* match to government records. We're talking people being rejected because they put "123 Main St." on their registration but their driver's license reads "123 Main Street" or even "123 Main St". Or they used a middle initial on one but not on the other. Then there are all the typos made by government employees tasked with entering the registration data (not to mention the typos found in government records). I've been registered for several years now at my current address, so I don't have to worry. But the unrealistic matching standard they're trying to hold new voter registrations to just smacks of a party so desperate to hold onto power that they're willing to trash the very democratic process they claim to be protecting.

"Country first" my a$$.

Posted by: martooni | November 1, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

This is the third presidential election in which I have voted early. The point is to try to reduce the wait. Even so, my wait last Monday was a little over an hour. With so many voting early, I'll bet people will find voting on Tuesday a breeze.

I knew I wouldn't be able to get to the polls on Tuesday, that's why I already voted. NC has made it easy: go to the polling place (I went to the closest library), fill out the paperwork, be led to a machine by a poll worker, touch the screens in the appropriate places, make sure you touch the confirm button. All done.

Just got a call from the Obama campaign. I told the caller I'd already voted for him, with great satisfaction.

Posted by: slyness | November 1, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

TBG, good for you, providing a home for the Obama workers.

I remember back in the day those folks used to be known as "outside agitators."

Posted by: kbertocci | November 1, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the explanations. It seems that voting machines just slow things down, altho’ obviously in areas of large population, they are necessary. Glad I just use a paper ballot. Of course, after I posted my question I thought I probably jinxed myself and will be standing in line on Tuesday for a long, long time. If that happens it’ll be worth it.

Busy day of cleaning my poor neglected house. My new SIL is coming tomorrow to cut down a big old pine tree that is blocking the sun from the vegetable garden. I’m looking forward to this as he used to do tree work so will be climbing the tree and taking it down in pieces. I should sell tickets to my neighbors.

Posted by: badsneakers | November 1, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I have found the perfect post-halloween link, Mo. Enjoy the caterwauling below.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 1, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Thanks TBG, I should have made clear that we have a centralized voting registration - Elections Canada address info is given to them from Tax returns, but paying taxes is not a requirement to vote. In fact, if your are a citizen you can vote, not sure if it has changed recently but prisoners were also allowed to vote.

I think it is just all the talk about getting people registered this election that confused me - appeared that a great many needed to become registered.

Your description of the process is otherwise very similar to here, except we mark one X, for Federal and Provincial elections, municipal would have more categories.

Posted by: dmd2 | November 1, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

dmd... not even half of eligible voters here are registered, or at least weren't until this year. The primaries really brought them out in droves and we can only hope they also show up on Tuesday.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 1, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

dmd... also.. I didn't think Canadian elections were tied to taxpaying--I just meant that I think it's kind of a touchy subject here to connect voting with taxes: poll taxes historically kept low-income (and many minority) voters away on election day. They are illegal now.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 1, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

*SIGH* Sometimes chores just don't go the way you expect, yanno?

Had to paint some concrete steps and a landing outside. Prepped the surface, scraping up loose paint and such and using a wire brush to boot. Made sure the temperature was warm enough, too. Looked good going on, anyway...

So I go outside a little while ago to check on the job, and there are blisters forming here and there, particularly in the areas I'd prepped!

I be such a dunce, I dun even no wut ah did rong... *SIGH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 1, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Look out Martooni, they probably mistyped you as Martino.

The only recourse is to keep telling people who encounter that to make sure to continue the process having their vote counted as provisional, in hopes that if there's a recount, their vote can be checked and determined valid. In other words, how convenient, as someone once said.

While searching for links between radiolaria and cellular automata, I stumbled across this site:

I know, pretty far afield.

Posted by: Jumper1 | November 1, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

The site that led to the pencil puzzle:

Posted by: Jumper1 | November 1, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Hey, TBG. 'nuff with that politics bit. There are more important developments afoot. Didja notice that the Safeway now has a RedBox knock-off?

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 1, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Pranked - Sarah Palin.

Posted by: dmd2 | November 1, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

RD.. I have trouble getting past the new Starbucks in the Safeway.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 1, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

That Sarah Palin prank is too much. I can't barely read it, I know I won't be able to listen to it.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 1, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Can't barely? I might could, I guess.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 1, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Come on, tell me how it sounds in a fake Parisian accent, TBG. I bet it sounds twice as funny.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 1, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

TBG: I had wanted to wear one of my pre-paid, including shipping, Error08 shirts on Tuesday - a month after ordering - but have not yet received them. Is there any possibility they will arrive Monday?

Posted by: shilohgun | November 1, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, I don't think the accent would have been what tipped it off for me, someone more familiar with french accents perhaps but I didn't find the accent that over the top.

But you would think someone might question whether the President of France would really be calling.

Posted by: dmd2 | November 1, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

The shilohgun order was actually placed on September 12, 2008 and paid by mail the next day by money order. If lost, a trace on the m/o is possible and the orders/responses are on file.

Posted by: -tao- | November 1, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

dmd, I'd have expected the accent to be as authentic as possible-- this, after all, was done from Montreal.

But let's just say I have a half hope that Sarokzy sounds like Pepe Le Pew.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 1, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Yes, a little Pepe in there.

Posted by: dmd2 | November 1, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

A little present for the boodle from moi.

Just sent to me from a buddy in Toronto. Pretty funny.

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | November 1, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Hehe. That accent was waaay over the top--think Pepe on acid. Almost made me pepe my pants :-)

Posted by: DNA_Girl | November 1, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Scottynuke, painting concrete can be tricky, particularly if it's smooth.

Some folks prep the concrete with an acid to get *everything* off of it (a little oil or even cleanser that's down in the pores of the concrete can leech out while the paint's drying, and could cause those bubbles you were talking about), and to etch the smoother surfaces so that paint can adhere to it better (more surface area, right?).

Anyway, I've had a busy day, and since the sky's clouded up I won't have my head in the stars this evening. Perhaps I'll take a long hot bath at the navel obseratory.

Hopefully we'll have peaceful seas during my navel exercises, but if not, you know what they say -- any bottle of port in a storm.


Posted by: -bc- | November 1, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Good evening boodle. Quite a successful day for robotics in the middle of nowhere. We expected about 30 people and ended up with 65. Already planning for next year-maybe an overnight camp in the summer. Best not to think too big while still on the high from a well received event.

Ma Frostbitten called to tell me about the Palin prank just as I was clicking away from the transcript linked by dmd. I could not read past the third exchange. I have never liked that kind of humor, and now I know why. Even when I have almost no regard for the victim I can't see past her humiliation. Strange, since I didn't have any trouble laughing until my ribs were sore at her Katie Couric interview.

In VA news-the Frostrents picked up two more Obama volunteers tonight. I'm beginning to wonder if they plan to GOTV by making sure every likely voter in the state has a volunteer in the house to do a personal wake-up call on Tuesday.

Voter registration-I think one of our great problems as a nation, is not wanting to be a nation. Heaven forbid we have uniform rules across the 50 states. I like North Dakota's no registration system. Show up and vote. However, like many good ideas of the Prairie Populists I can see how this would be a hard sell-though the state owned bank idea seems to be catching on by default. Failing no registration, same day registration would be good-and not dropping people off the rolls if they do not vote for more than 4 years (which is fairly typical).

My right eye is twitching so I'm pretty sure it's time to catch up on the polls.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 1, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Scotty - I had an enormous concrete front porch at my last house and after many errors and much renting of sanders to get them gone, I found that Behr concrete paint is absolutely the best. It'll cover anything and doesn't bubble, doesn't come off. And neither I nor anyone I know works for them.

Hi to everyone! I spent four hours walking and knocking on doors for (as Wonkette calls him) Hopey this afternoon - I'm tired! Was sent to a working class largely white neighborhood. We were only supposed to go to houses that leaned or fully supported Obama today, so there was often much walking in between knocks. I still feel good about it, though. Much more fun than making phone calls, which I hated.

I'm planning to sedate myself with a bottle of vodka to get through Tuesday evening. 2000 burned me - trying not to get my hopes up too much.

Posted by: Wheezy1 | November 1, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Rest well, Wheezy, at least you have an extra hour to sleep tonight!

This falls into the roll-your-eyes category:

Posted by: slyness | November 1, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Frosti you are a good person.

In Sarah Palins defense I did not recognize the names of the people used in the prank (other than Sarkozy). To be fair perhaps they should have used more outrageous names for the Quebec PM etc. Hard to give a pass on our PM - running for the Pres/VP of the US you really should know the G8 leaders at the very least.

I was more surprised it could happen than her responses, which I thought slightly guarded.

Posted by: dmd2 | November 1, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

dmd, The canadian story I read said they worked on getting access to Palin for 3-4 days. They've done the Queen, Bill Gates, and Sarkozy before.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 1, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Fey on SNL. With Cindy. The gimmick is that McCain/Palin are selling themselves and knick-knacks on QVC.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 1, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, a post eaten. I dare not try to repost or it will appear 3 times.

Toodles boodle and sweet dreams, looking forward to that extra hour tonight.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 1, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Congrats on the big turnout for the robotic camp.

Ben Affleck does a pretty vicious Keith Olbermann.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 1, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

that was hilarious! I had no idea that Ben Affleck was such a comedian. And now he appears as a UPS delivery man. Too funny!!

Posted by: rickoshea0 | November 2, 2008 12:07 AM | Report abuse

that was hilarious! I had no idea that Ben Affleck was such a comedian. And now he appears as a UPS delivery man. Too funny!!

Posted by: rickoshea0 | November 2, 2008 12:09 AM | Report abuse

You know, if this wasn't so funny, it would be rather tragic. Fortunately, I think that God has reserved the right to make the final judgments about who is and isn't Jewish.

"Rabbis' ruling puts thousands of converts in limbo"

Posted by: bobsewell | November 2, 2008 2:23 AM | Report abuse

I'm also amused (but not at all displeased) to see that comments have not been enabled on the "rabbi" story. If and/or when they're allowed, I'm envisioning an overabundance of impressively unattractive umbrage.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 2, 2008 2:57 AM | Report abuse

Ah, the text message from nowhere began my phone burbling and awoke me at 4:30. But it's set-the-clock-back time. Rarely is such forgiveness granted. Now it's 3:45.

I was looking online for the complete list of Administration lies and illegalities. There was one that listed a new lie or illegality for every single day, but they had to leave a lot out. Not enough days.

Posted by: Jumper1 | November 2, 2008 3:43 AM | Report abuse

Thank goodness! I thought I was up late again.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 2, 2008 3:48 AM | Report abuse

A very depressing story -
"Girl Is Stoned to Death in Somalia After Reporting Rape" -
contains a somewhat amusing sentence:
"Somalia is among the world's most violent and impoverished countries."

Well, it's true as far as it goes, but calling Somalia a "country" is somewhat akin to calling me an "intellectual".

I mean, I have a brain, and I think about some stuff, but if you think that I'm particularly intellectual (or if you think that Somalia is really a country) then I'm not sure that the word means what you think it means.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 2, 2008 5:15 AM | Report abuse

Under the category of, "You'd better find your sick, twisted humor wherever you can, because otherwise the world would be so depressing that you'd have to kill yourself", I feel compelled to share the following comment from the Somali story linked above:

- - -
segeny wrote:
I guess that will teach Aisha not to allow the second and third man to rape her. She should have been content with just the FIRST rapist.

Islam - a wonderful religion for women. Not.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 2, 2008 5:34 AM | Report abuse

Is it even remotely possible that the servers have avoided the Temporal Displacement Effect this time? :-O

Thanks for the concrete advice, folks... Come spring, I think I'll just get some dynamite. :-)

Interesting turning of several events in college football, one of which I believe even PopSocket could appreciate.

Interesting peek at polling by the Post's principal pollster:

And I gotta say, McCain's got a good comedy delivery!

*listening-to-the-furnace-crank-up-even-though-it-wasn't-all-that-chilly-last-night-and-getting-ready-jog-around-the-Dawn-Patrol-base-perimeter Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 2, 2008 6:10 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. Cold morning here. Little chance the remaining snow will melt today.

The snow made a righteous mess of the leaves. They have to be peeled off the ground, I couldn't pick them with the lawnmower even on area free of snow. *sign*

re the Palin crank call. The accent is definitively fake. The callers imitated the French way of speaking English that is heavily influenced by the Queen's English. Locals speak like Canadians at best, and we sure like to mock the way the French speak English.

I'm off to forage for sustenance now.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 2, 2008 6:22 AM | Report abuse

I had no particular use for the Palin prank. For lots & lots of reasons, I'm unwilling to vote for her, but I respect her gumption. She's gonna make someone a fine (insert position here) someday.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 2, 2008 6:31 AM | Report abuse

I see that a rosy dawn awakens. The song was already about fifty years old when Cat Stevens did it, but I don't think that anyone has ever done it better:

"Morning has broken, like the first morning..."

Posted by: bobsewell | November 2, 2008 6:36 AM | Report abuse

Me neither Bob S. Radio shows based on crank calls should have fell out of fashion when phones became mainstream, ca 1950.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 2, 2008 6:47 AM | Report abuse

Bob broke the morning again??? *faxin' him the extra-wide duct tape* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 2, 2008 6:48 AM | Report abuse

Gumption gumption, what's her function?
Dishing out garbage without any shame
Gumption gumption, how's that function?
I see a bag of hot air with no use for brains
Gumption gumption watch that function
But when I watch her, I choke if I'm not careful, 'cos
Gumption gumption is giving me consumption
If I watch anymore I'll choke, even if I'm really careful
Gumption gumption is giving me consumption

Posted by: DNA_Girl | November 2, 2008 6:53 AM | Report abuse

*faxin' DNA Girl a rhymin' gold star* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 2, 2008 7:00 AM | Report abuse

Yes, nice! DNA Girl definitely wins the "Best song of the morning" award. I'm just disappointed that they appear to have fixed the posting machine, so that I won't get to see it two or three times.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 2, 2008 7:06 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for that gold star S'Nuke, I see it coming up outside my window right now. Off to take delivery of the day :-)

Posted by: DNA_Girl | November 2, 2008 7:08 AM | Report abuse

Morning Boodle.

It is supposed to be another beautiful day here. Yesterday was warm and the sun was so bright that it was difficult to drive. In my travels, I saw lots of people in shorts (which was an over reaction), and enjoyed the holiday atmosphere brought on by Indian summer.

I was just out with the dogs and the stars are brilliant.

DNA_Girl, that was great!

Posted by: Yoki | November 2, 2008 7:16 AM | Report abuse

Yoki, your future's so bright, you'll have to wear shades!

Posted by: bobsewell | November 2, 2008 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Awwwww, shucks. Thanks, Bob.

Posted by: Yoki | November 2, 2008 7:33 AM | Report abuse

It occurs to me that the link is obligatory:

"The Future's So Bright (I Gotta Wear Shades)"

Posted by: bobsewell | November 2, 2008 7:36 AM | Report abuse

By the way, this is a much better link for that video:

Posted by: bobsewell | November 2, 2008 7:40 AM | Report abuse

I got the reference.

Posted by: Yoki | November 2, 2008 7:46 AM | Report abuse

Morning all... did anyone already link to this excellent Ron Howard endorsement? Anyway... you'll love it again if they already did...

I sure hope it's playing somewhere in North Carolina!

Posted by: -TBG- | November 2, 2008 7:58 AM | Report abuse

TBG - Saw it, loved it, now I'm gonna watch it again!

Posted by: bobsewell | November 2, 2008 8:03 AM | Report abuse

The video next on the playlist was also done halfway to death, but is still pretty cool:

Posted by: bobsewell | November 2, 2008 8:14 AM | Report abuse

It's probably too late now, but I really should have made up some tee-shirts:

"Yes, I drank the Kool-Aid

Yes, we CAN!"

Posted by: bobsewell | November 2, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Over on another blog, the commenters have been commanded to write Taft/Roosevelt slash fiction in lieu of indulging in political debate.

Is there Taft slashfic?

There must be.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 2, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle.

I think I'm seriously PO'ed at SNL for allowing McCain on the Saturday before the election. I don't know what the he11 they could have been thinking.

Be that as it may, the subtext I got out of it was that McCain is acknowledging he's gonna lose, but he's a reall good sport about it. John, kiss my a$$.

Meanwhile: wasn't the weather yesterday in this region something? Man of man. For the first day of November, nornmally my second-most despised month (after February) it was spectacular. Hope we have more of the same today. I mean, if yer gonna have a November, THIS is the way to do it. (Don't suppose Mother Nature is lurking and will take my suggestion.)

My wife has to go to a wedding shower today -- which means I HAVE THE WHOLE DAY OFF! No honey-do's! A whole day to write, and watch football withiout becoming emotionally involved (because the Skins play tomorrow night). Yesterday I bought three king crab claws/legs, plus all the other makin's for my crab chowder, which I'm also making today. Yummers. Will fax samples to properly supplicant Boodlers.

OK, this tardy Dawn Patrol is hereby launched.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 2, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

yello - OK, I think you just boggled my mind. I'm gonna let THAT thought just rest for a while.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 2, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

'mudge - Fax? FAX? Heck, dude, I've got a car and a map. What's your address?

Posted by: bobsewell | November 2, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Oh great and powerful Curmudgeon, keeper of the Boodle and defender of civility. I, your humble servant Yoki, abase myself before you and throw myself on your mercy. I make obeisance at your feet.

Posted by: Yoki | November 2, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

King crab legs! And you are going to waste them on chowder? I will be over with some drawn butter right behind Bob S.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 2, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Oh most powerful and culinary Mudge,

I throw my pitiful self upon your scullery doorstep, unworthy to enter the temple that is your kitchen. Have mercy on this toiling community organizer who must live amongst a people who think the highest praise for any seafood is that "it doesn't taste like fish." Fax me just a teaspoon of your crab elixir and I shall be sustained through that most auspicious day called Tuesday.
Grateful to even be considered for such favor, your humble servant-frostbitten

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 2, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

frosti - Wow! That is world-class supplication right there! I'm shocked & awed!

Posted by: bobsewell | November 2, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Mornin' all...

Mudge... I agree that SNL's timing to have McCain on last night was pretty darn stupid, considering their unabashed leanings toward Obama and what's riding on this election. But that said, it may be that they wanted to minimize potential post-election backlash by showing they poked fun at both sides equally.

As for McCain playing the part of "good sport", well... he tried, but his performance was less than convincing to this Ohio voter. Especially when we're being bombarded here with his campaign's last-ditch ads-o-desperation on TV and radio blatantly calling Obama everything from a liar to a socialist -- no "code words" here. I mean, these ads are beyond nasty. It's like they're rehashing every unfounded and debunked accusation they can think of and are doing it in a way that panders to closet racists and those who value their right to carry an AK-47 into a Wallymart over affordable health care, jobs and tax breaks that would actually benefit *them* instead of the oh-sure-I'll-trickle-some-down arseholes they work for.

My mental picture of "trickle down" economics is a bunch of CEOs standing at a line of urinals with 95% of Americans being the urinal cakes.

And did anyone else notice that they finally found the perfect role for Cindy? Look out, Vannah White, the Princess of Pilsner is aiming for your job as silent-smiling-pointer-at-shiny-things-model.

Oh man... I can't wait until Tuesday is over.

And in the name of all that is holy, Obama better win this race. I seriously considered moving north of the border when Kerry lost, but if we get robbed again... our Canadian friends should be on the lookout for a long-haired leaping gnome in search of political asylum (and maybe a couch to sleep on until a suitable gnomestead can be found).

Rant over. Sorry 'bout that.

{*trying desperately to think happy thoughts*}

Peace out :-|

Posted by: martooni | November 2, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Wow, you guys sure know how to grovel! Your requests have been approved; warm up your fax macines about 3 p.m. today, and make sure you all have your liquid fax recptors installed (otherwise it gets messy).

Yellow, the secret to the king crab claws is to (very carefully) remove the meat while keeping the actual claw shell intact. The three claw shells go into the chowder (along with the meat) both for flavoring while cooking, and also for appearance/presentation The appearance of a good-sized (3- to 4-inch) claw shell floating in the middle of a big bowl of chowder really sells the dish. Also, while most of the crab meat gets broken up, if I can remove the meat from the claw more or less in one piece, I try not to break that up. It, too, as a single piece really adds to the presentation. (I leave the other leg shells in the soup during cooking, again for flavor, if they are big pieces, but don't serve them.)

I think the 1/2 cup of sherry in it also gives it a bit of...pizzazz.

I've also got a recipe for buttermilk biscuits with green onion and black pepper that I cut out of Bon Appetit magazine (Nov. issue) that I'm going to make. Along with a salad, that'll be the whole meal, I think. (I'm not normally a pepper or black pepper guy, but I made black pepper dumplings last winter in a dish, and they were really outstanding. So I'm slowly discovering the joys of black pepper after all these years.)

That November issue of Bon Appetit had an entire, major section on Thanksgiving dishes that was really incredible--I cut out about 20 pages of recipes and articles. I recommend it to all you chefs and chefettes (chefatrixes?) out there.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 2, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Oh, Bob, you're welcome to come for dinner. I live at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., in Washington. C'mon over about 4 p.m. -- I'll have someone meet you at the gate.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 2, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

BTW, that's Northwest.

Don't worry about parking; you can leave your car right under the portico.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 2, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Hey Boodleroonies--Happy Sunday to you. The whole WaPo been wonkey for me since yesterday.

I will suplicate only a little for a bite of Mudge's kingcrab slop. In return will fax him a tiny little bit of my killer pot roast. :o)

Posted by: Braguine | November 2, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Hey, I'm there! You did say that Laura's gonna be gone all day, right?

Posted by: bobsewell | November 2, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Here's that biscuit recipe from (you can get the whole Thanksgiving section online there):

Buttermilk Biscuits with Green Onions, Black Pepper, and Sea Salt

These quick, flavorful biscuits with a touch of cornmeal are perfect for Thanksgiving.
Makes about 14
prep:15 minutes Total: 35 minutes

Recipe by Bon Appétit Test Kitchen

3/4 cup chilled buttermilk
1/2 cup finely chopped green onions
2 cups self-rising flour
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper plus additional for sprinkling
1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, plus 1 tablespoon melted butter
Coarse sea salt


Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 425°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine buttermilk and green onions in medium bowl. Whisk flour, cornmeal, sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper in large bowl to blend. Add 1/2 cup chilled butter and rub in with fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add buttermilk mixture and stir until moist clumps form.

Gather dough together. Turn dough out onto floured surface and knead gently just to combine, about 3 to 4 turns. Roll out to 3/4-inch thickness. Using floured 2-inch cookie or biscuit cutter, cut out rounds. Reroll scraps and cut out additional rounds. Place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Brush tops of biscuits with melted butter. Sprinkle each lightly with coarse sea salt and ground black pepper.

Bake biscuits until golden and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutritional Information

One serving contains the following:
Calories (kcal) 154.52
%Calories from Fat 42.7
Fat (g) 7.33
Saturated Fat (g) 4.57
Cholesterol (mg) 19.81
Carbohydrates (g) 19.52
Dietary Fiber (g) 1.16
Total Sugars (g) 3.47
Net Carbs (g) 18.36
Protein (g) 2.44

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 2, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

good morning boodle
That's fuuny mudge,cause I was at 1600 pennslyvania ave on friday night .They didn't have any candy for us and after tossing my 4th raw egg.They said i won an all expenses paid trip to cuba.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | November 2, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Hey Yoki, you still there? I think I'm also gonna make an apple-and-pear clafouti for dessert. You got a handy recipe for that? (Anybody else?)

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 2, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Stand by, 'Mudge, coming right up. Be sure your fruit is tart, or the whole thing turns into a cloyingly sweet mess with no contrast.

Posted by: Yoki | November 2, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Crab chowder sound pretty good Mudge. I cut up the last pumpkin this morning so that Mrs. Denizen can make roasted pumpkin pie for the Fungi's 21st birthday (t'was yesterday actually). So we are having pumpkin soup for lunch. It's based on a Martha recipe from the thanksgiving 2001 issue. I'll report later if the soup receive support from the family.

Last GP of the season is a bit later (12:00) for those who care. Interlagos Brazil.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 2, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

*thinkin' 'Mudge is gonna need to have his fax serviced before the big 3 p.m. faxathon -- my rates are very reasonable*


Posted by: Scottynuke | November 2, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I don't imagine anyone would be interested in a large crockpot of chili that's been simmering since yesterday?

Oh well... :-)

And anyone else noticing a marked increase in alacrity for comment posting? *knocking wood*

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 2, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

'Mudge, I'm going to send this to you by email as well so that it is easier to work from


For crust
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into bits
2 tablespoons cold vegetable shortening
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl blend the flour, the butter, the vegetable shortening, and the salt until the mixture resembles meal. Add 3 tablespoons ice water, toss the mixture until the water is incorporated, and form the dough into a ball. Knead the dough lightly with the heel of the hand against a smooth surface for a few seconds to distribute the fat evenly and re-form it into a ball. Dust the dough with flour and chill it, wrapped in wax paper, for 1 hour.

When the dough is chilled, roll it out until it is one inch larger in diameter than a 10-inch pie plate with a removable botttom (I use one with fluted sides). Lift the pastry into the pie plate and press the sides of the pastry gently into the flutes.

While the pastry is chilling, prepare the almond milk called for in the filling recipe.

For filling
1/2 cup whole almonds (about 2 ounces)
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1/2 cup sugar
8 ounces dark sweet cherries, pitted, halved (about 2 cups) (or the same amount of freestone European-type plums, pitted and quartered)
3 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup all purpose flour
Powdered sugar

Blend almonds in processor until ground but not pasty. Transfer to small saucepan; add milk and bring to simmer. Remove from heat; let steep 30 minutes. Pour through fine strainer, pressing on solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard solids in strainer.

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Sprinkle the cherries evenly over the bottom of the pastry-lined pie plate.

Using and electric mixer, beat eggs, almond extract, salt, and 1/2 cup sugar in medium bowl until well blended. Add strained almond milk and beat to blend. Sift flour into egg mixture and beat until smooth. Pour mixture over cherries. Bake until set and knife inserted into center comes out clean, about 30 - 40 minutes. Cool completely.

Can be made 6 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature. Lightly dust clafouti with powdered sugar and serve.

Posted by: Yoki | November 2, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Alacrity is up and multiplicity is way down Scotty. It's a good thing.

(Read too much Martha looking for that darn soup recipe.)

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 2, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Commenting has been more reliable lately. Now if only I could keep Firefox from randomly crashing. But I'm pretty sure that problem is on my end.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 2, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Recipes sound fab, I must remember to copy them when I get home Wednesday.

We're at the hotel, getting things set up for conference tomorrow. I was sitting at the registration table when a couple of young women came by and asked me where the Obama rally is going to be. They had on headscarves and one had a tee-shirt on that said:

Obama isn't Muslim


Good for them!

Posted by: slyness | November 2, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Sounds really really good Mudge. I've got company this weekend (of the critical kind) and I have no idea what I will cook.

with my record, it might be safer if I baked a strudel. Or maybe not. Sigh. Chops, baked taters, and a salad may not be creative, byut it is safe.

Posted by: --dr-- | November 2, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I shouldn't be envious of others' supplication, but I wish I wrote that well!

On the other hand, I have three *3* large Brandywine tomatoes, picked before the frost, which have been ripening slowly on a warm kitchen windowsill. They're now the perfect shade of pink/red. And about 8 lbs. of Romas, also now ripe. Mudge? Brag? Scotty? Anyone? Trade-fax?

The fear procrastinators keep at bay has come true. This weekend was to be my major push to make jewelry for a show next Thursday. I've had mega-system problems @ work, so I think I'll taking < 100 items. Oh well, I really didn't want to do that show next year! (Truly).

Back to the jewelry. . . have a wonderful day, all.

Posted by: -dbG- | November 2, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Hidey-ho, fellow boodlers. The laundry's done (washed, fluffed and folded before being put away), the plants need to be watered, and I gotta work a bit today on a brief due tomorrow. Apart from that, I gotta tell ya that my stomach has been rumbling louder than a lioness spotting a delectable zebra.

BTW, interestingly enough, as I was suffering from my cold last week, which seemed to come on suddenly, I was surprised when I was able to sleep all night without that dreadful coughing from that nasty post-nasal drip (don't think about that -- think about what Mudge is making today instead). The thing is, I take Tylenol PM at night to help me sleep, and it's loaded with Benadryl, which happens to be an anti-histamine. Dried up the sinuses, and apart from a sneeze and cough now and again, I am finally good to go. The question now is: where am I goin'?

I need three new tires for my buggy, so I thought I would take some time after voting in the morning on Tuesday and go get some estimates. I'm far too nervous about the election to sit in front of my computer and fidget. I'll just fidget out on the road. Hmmm. Maybe not.

Gorgeous day out anyway. Enjoy.

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | November 2, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Good day, all.

Been working hard this morning and just wrapped things up - now I'll relax and watch the Brazilian GP (you'd think there would be a good sponsorship opportinity for wax products) and football today. Holy crap, it's starting to rain just as the cars were ready to leave the grid!

[Trying not to jinx my guy by mentioning him before the GP... and yes shriek, I'm watching with my nose pressed up against the picture tube.]

I didn't watch SNL last night; I figure I'll just wait and watch the good stuff on YouTube and not sit through the Bassamatic '76 bits (Mmmm! The best Bass I've ever tasted!). If McCain was on, d'ya think it will really matter, Mudge? Might give him some fodder for his concession speech, I think.


Posted by: -bc- | November 2, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

But, BC, SNL was ALL good last night, imo. It was one of the best in years.

Posted by: rickoshea0 | November 2, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Ran to the local store for smokes(yeah I know) but bless their little hearts they had worms. Those good Canadian ones. But the game starts soon so it will have to be after 4 that the fish will be biting ...I hope.

Yoki that recipe sounds great,even if i can't pronounce it Clafouti, sounds like a football player the bills had.

bc, I saw a 7o's vega near our park here,red and thought you could make a nice race car out of that.

Off to the game.....Go Ravens


Posted by: greenwithenvy | November 2, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Food on the brain...

I'll recommend my apricot pie recipe. Last time, I re-hydrated the (dried)apricots with some orange-pineapple juice. This time, I think I'll use the juice from a can of pineapple chunks, and use the chunks themselves in the pie. I also bought two frozen pie crusts and cut one of them into strips and wove the top. Perfect.

Posted by: Jumper1 | November 2, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

GWE, it's cla-FOO-tee.

If anybody wants me, I'll be in the kitchen.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 2, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Food talk!

Got a meaty hambone simmering for black bean soup, lots of onions and garlic and chilies and cumin and cilantro ready to throw in at the right time.

Sponge proofing for a pain de compagne (yum, barley and rye flour added for that lovely country-French texture and taste).

Tomato salad

Tarte aux citrons

Hope to see physics-boy for supper, it's been too long.

Back to the stock pot. Have a great afternoon.

Posted by: Yoki | November 2, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Y'all making me hungry, dudes. I'll have to go and munch on salad through my tears.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 2, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Y'all making me hungry, dudes. I'll have to go and munch on salad through my tears.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 2, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

We'll get get you next year, Danube. You can run but you can't hide.

Posted by: Boko999 | November 2, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Scotty, if it is not too late I will take some chilli.

Posted by: dmd2 | November 2, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. First, thanks to DNA Girl for the Gumption song. Very funny!

Now to the important stuff. This is directed to Mudge, but also applies to Yoki and Scottynuke (I like black bean soup and chili too!). Oh great and powerful Mudge, omniscient Overlord of culinary skill and creator of gustatory delight, I grovel and abase my humble and unworthy self at the mere thought of your delectable crab chowder (black bean soup, chili). Please grant this undeserving servant a mere soupcon of your bounty.

Really. I was out of town almost all last week and have to sing an afternoon service soon - in fact, I'll be out of here after this brief abasement. I haven't had time or opportunity to cook and eat a decent meal in well over a week, and I miss it. I enjoy the cooking almost as much as the eating, especially when it is accomplished while sipping a little wine.

Posted by: Ivansmom | November 2, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

'mudge, the fax came trough fine. Wow! But I think you must have set scaling wrong on your end, because it was a very small portion.

Posted by: Yoki | November 2, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, thank the 'mudgeon for small favors. I note that my fax machine has been quiet. But then, I didn't actually do any supplicating. I merely invited myself over for chow.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 2, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

The early vulture always gets the carcass, eh, Bob S?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 2, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Oh most powerful and culinary Mudge-

I was ever so grateful to receive the thimbleful of crab chowder. Just the thought that I should be the recipient of such largess makes me blush. So fine is your gustatory ode to autumn that a mere whiff of the aroma should sate even the starving.

I remain, your most humble, and humbled-frostbitten

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 2, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Do we have to supplicate afterward? I usually prefer a smoke.

Posted by: Yoki | November 2, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

The Martha-inspired pumpkin soup was pretty good. It's really a mixed vegetable potage.
-sweat 1 onion and 1 leek in a couple of tablespoons of butter in a large pot.
- add:
.2-3 sliced carrots
.1 medium size turnip, diced or thinly sliced
.a couple of parsnips, sliced
.1 liter-4cups of broth, or water and concentrate in cubes or liquid (chicken, beef or veggie should work)
Cook 10-15 minutes
-add the cubed flesh of a 2-3lbs sweet pumkin (or half a potiron as I did)
- add thyme, salt and pepper (or harissa as I did instead of pepper)
-Cook until the pumpkin fall apart
- Cool a bit and puree it. Blender, hand-held mill or chinois are all fine methods.

Martha goes all-martha on it. She makes a wild rice-scallion-diced apple mix to serve on top of the soup and serves it in small pumpkins halves. Give me a break. Too fancy for a family lunch.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 2, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Just laying the groundwork for next time Yoki.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 2, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

My fax machine blurpled out a bento box of delights:

crab claw chowder
black bean soup/stew
glorious bread

Thanks, ya'll.

I'll send spaghetti squash baked ziti-style later if you like. Please forgive that I used Paul Newman's vodka gravy....pinched for time. Grading a nice set of papers after swimming for an hour. Before that, sat in Mass thinking fondly upon my beloved dead. I suddenly remember this quote:

“You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.” C. S. Lewis.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 2, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

SD, thank you also for the potage of the fruits of fall. I shall only wince about the Martha-ness. Nothng to do with you 'tall...just Martha is the mixed occasion of envy, resentment, admiration, etc. for me.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 2, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

College Parkian, when you have a large staff and millions of dollars (of just income!) you will beat Martha hands down.

Posted by: Yoki | November 2, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, you got all the boodle babes swooning!!! What's your secret dude? and can i buy a bottle of it somewhere?

Hey everybody!

Happy to see my boys come back from 14 down and win on the road.Who are these guys? 400+ total yards of offense,no turnovers and no quitting when even down 14 points. A nice way to start our 3 game road trip. Now come on skins and beat the steelers and we will be tied for first place.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | November 2, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Yoki, tis the staffing of Martha that is so maddening!

GWe, glad you are having a sports booya day.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | November 2, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

crabby curmudgeon
clarion claw chowder calls
chefettes come, climax

Posted by: Achaiku | November 2, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Take the MPR Candidate Selection survey and see who best matches your views-

No surprise that Obama ranked highest for me, but Nader was a close second with even Bob Barr beating McCain.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 2, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Martha recommends buying decorative pumpkin trenchers and then, what, throwing them in the trash? What sort of conspicuous consumption, energy-wasting, agriculturally polluting lifestyle IS this, anyway? Does she buy live reindeer at Christmas for family photos and then shoot them and discard them in a landfill? No wonder we'd need 8 Earths to support such behavior. Boo on Martha Stewart. Boo!

Posted by: Jumper1 | November 2, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Just had a walk outside and saw something streaking across the sky - with a small tail behind, seemed to go across the sky not downward - flaming space junk, meteor, falling star? It was to my eye the size of a baseball maybe a little bigger and quite low in the sky.

Any ideas anyone?

Posted by: dmd2 | November 2, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Just flew in from and boy are my wings tired.

But seriously. I think instead of italics we should be fighting for word verification instead of registration for troll/spam problems. In the past week the gang over at 538 has been adding their WV to the end of comments like-
"WV: devat. Devat is where you throw the goose that is cooked."
"radelot: as in, I've read 538 a lot."

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 2, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

dmd-NASA space trash

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 2, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

I love your passion for pumpkin rights, Jumper. But yes, Martha Stewart also turns me off with her obsession for turning useless junk into decorative useless junk.

My grandma was a real Martha Stewart in the sense she could do everything around the house, carved birds out of wood, painted, knitted, mowed the lawn, etc. She was a perfectionist, but she'd focus on making sure the food was good and on clean plates.

She grew up on a farm, and hungry farmers don't care about indian corn decor. During harvest time she had to help her mom make 25 pies in the morning to feed the family and the hired help for lunch.

For her, pie was as easy as pie.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 2, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

What about woof verification, Frostbitten?


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 2, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Frosti, guess my wish on the falling star won't come true now, unless you can wish on the first flaming space junk you see of the night. :-)

Posted by: dmd2 | November 2, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrodog-with either word or woof verification you'd get your handle back. The frostcats are multilingual so they'd be fine with woof ver. too.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 2, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

dmd-I'm envious. I heard about the refrigerator sized object on the radio this afternoon and had hoped to see it.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 2, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

We used to see a lot of space junk reenter when I lived in Florida. It's one of the lesser-known enchantments of living there.

Posted by: Jumper1 | November 2, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Florida's Pasco County is not going to have clothing optional voting, at least until 2010.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 2, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Climax? Come? *blushing*

Um...anyone for seconds?

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 2, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

And no, I'm not gonna post the 27 other comments that came to mind. *sigh* ESPECIALLY not going to comment on Yoki having a cigarette afterward.

(I always figured that if you have to ask, "Was it good for you, too?" you really haven't been doing your job properly. Just sayin'.)

As it happens, my wife ate a lot at the wedding shower and so didn't eat any dinner. So I've got more crab chowder (which was really excellent, my daughter says) than expected. *faxing seconds (and larger portions) to those who had some already, and faxing bowls to those who showed up late, and also to Cassandra, whom we haven;t heard from today, IIRC)*

The real surprise, though, were the biscuits: OUTA SIGHT! Really, really, really good, if I do so so myself. Which is ironic, because I didn't let the batter rise the full 30 minutes. (Or should have added a wee bit more baking powder than the recipe called for, or both.) But jeez they were good. You guys gotta try 'em.

I also made the clafouti, but we haven't eaten it yet--we usually eat dessert later on. Yoki, I am chagrined to report I didn't use your recipe, which was oriented toward sour cherries and plums. I kinda used some of the batter part, and also decided to wing it a bit, adding golden raisins to the mix, and also sprinkling w/ cinammon, neither of which were specified. Don't know yet how it will taste, but it "looks" good.

Keep your faxes warmed up: I'll fax you all some about 9 o'clock. No groveling required; that last round was more than I could stomach.

Not to return to the delicate subject at hand, but I'll be d@mned if "clafouti" isn't one of the sexiest/dirtiest-sounding words I've ever heard.

OK, gotta go check football scores, and see if LiT has kicked my and bc's butts again this week.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 2, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Yoki | November 2, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

It was *very* good chowder.

Posted by: Yoki | November 2, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

You think you're doing what you can to get your favored candidate elected, then you see something like this and discover you wasted Halloween

North Dakota is 119 years old today! Happy Birthday Peace Garden State!!!!!!

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 2, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Appropos of the quality of mudge's chowder, Estelle Reiner passed away this week. I'll have what she's having.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 2, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

For all of you with Poll Derangement Syndrome, put your pride where your mouth is. I'm running Yellojkt's Election Prediction Poll (YEPP) and you can compare your electoral college picking skills with the pros:

Hopefully we won't have a bunch of disputed states.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 2, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Pigskin-wise, LiT and bc are 8-4; I'm 7-5. But if I hit both my last two pix (Colts and Steelers), I can make it a three way tie. Otherwise I'm in 3rd place this week. (I can't believe she had the Jets and Miami. Sheesh.)

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 2, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

I am curious to see on Election day if VA does go blue, and by how much. That's about the only reason I can stand to even think about watching the poll results Tuesday night.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 2, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm raising one for Estelle here. I'll also have one of what she's having.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 2, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Aw, Carl Reiner is having a bad week. But yes, one of what she's having, where-ever her soul may be.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 2, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

On second thought, let us not go to Camelot. 'Tis a silly place.

Good night Boodle. Plenty of good food and good fun. A circle of trusted friends.

Posted by: Yoki | November 2, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

According to WaPo Obama's last scheduled campaign appearance will be Monday night at 9:00 PM at the Prince William County Fairgrounds. I cannot believe I slogged through 8 years of residency in that outer ring suburban outpost, volunteered for the local dems. to help defeat Ollie North at those very same fairgrounds, and now will be thousands of miles away in a place so meaningless in this campaign that we don't even get to see surrogate's surrogates.

Listening to the last MN senatorial debate on radio, live. The audience is brutal, Franken and Coleman are really going after each other and losing points rapidly to Barkley. Don't think he can surge from 18% at this late date.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 2, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

frosti - I'm not a big fan of campaign events, and Monday's my bowling night. Having said that, I really, really, really like ol' Hussein, or whatever his name is.

I'm guess I'm going to vote early (not often. Just the once!) on Tuesday, and hope that I'll have many other chances to see him over the next few years.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 2, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

I really do believe that Franken is a thoughtful person. But he should have known going in that he was going to come under withering fire, and I don't think that he has ever developed the (dare I say it?) Obama-esque cool that was going to be required to stand pat. It's just not his strong suit. Doesn't mean he won't win, but win or lose, he probably ought to ponder his tactics, if he can do so without sacrificing his personality. It may not be possible.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 2, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, I remember the horror of Ollie North, Frostbitten.

Obama's heartland tour did swing by those parts, but yeah, no major surrogates involved. I did get some nifty posters and buttons though.

I don't know how I'd feel about being in VA right now though. The hope of the state going democratic would be nearly unbearable.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 2, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Who's Barkley, Frostbitten? I already voted Franken on Wilbrodog's behalf.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 2, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Who is Barkley, Wilbrod? Surely you jest? Surely young Wilbrodog is either about to bite your leg off, or is hiding under the bed in deep embarrassment.

Who is Barkley, indeed.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 2, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

I know I'm just a simple (sometimes simpering) son of the south, but can anyone help me decipher the following statistics?

- - -

"Coming off what many view as his strongest debate performance of the campaign last Thursday, Coleman leads Franken 43% to 39% in the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of voters in the state.

Independent candidate Dean Barkley is favored by 14%. Four percent (4%) remain undecided. "

- - - -

So, if I've got this right, undecided has 4%, Franken has 39%, Coleman has 43%, and Barkley has (ummm... 43 + 14...) 57%.

Isn't that too many?

Posted by: bobsewell | November 2, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

I don't think there is much chance of WV going democratic,even though that is much of the state's base. Still a little too racial here in western virginia.

Frosti, I loved the carvings

Posted by: greenwithenvy | November 2, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

bob-well put. Tonight Franken did not come off nearly as thoughtful and well reasoned as I know him to be. Coleman sounded horrible too, so I don't think we'll wake up Wednesday morning thinking tonight was decisive-unless Barkley wins.

Wilbrod-I understand completely. Half of me wants to be in VA, the other half is glad I'm not.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 2, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

The latest Mpls. Strib poll:
"A new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll shows DFLer Al Franken clinging to a slim lead over Republican Sen. Norm Coleman among likely voters, 42 percent to 38 percent. That's within the poll's 4.1 percentage point margin of sampling error.

Independence Party candidate Barkley, who held steady at 18 percent in the two previous Minnesota Polls, slipped three points to 15 percent."

I believe Rasmussen was saying Barkley was favored by 14% of respondents, not favored by 14% over Coleman (or Franken).

I still think Sen. Barkley (appointed to fill Wellstone's seat for the last couple months of his term) was done a great disservice by Jesse Ventura. Had Ventura not played the "will I, won't I" game about running for Senate, Barkley could have started earlier and raised some money. As it is, this has become the most expensive Sen. race in the country and both Franken and Coleman have been much diminished by it.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 2, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

I hate to break it to you 'Mudge but that's no dog.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 2, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Hiding down here with the bunnies. Did any of you see the final panel to "Opus"? It is available at

I must admit I like the lagomorph angle.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 2, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

RD - I hadn't seen it, and it's very cool indeed.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 2, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrodog, do you mean...I am deceived? O foul, cruel, duplicitous Street of Sesame! What? No canine be but some sly imposter? That Barkley be not what he seems seems most unseemly to mine eyes. How can the children, innocent of the ways of puppets, be expected to encompass such treachery! O say, not, say not, young Wilbrodog, nor dash my hopes upon the wheel.

Say not, say not.

(Yes, I've been watching Al Pacino doing Richard III.)

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 2, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, RD. Beatrice liked it too.

If I ever get the dishes finished, rabbit cage cleaned, rabbit fed, and folded laundry put away it will be bedtime.

Goodnight, Boodle.

Posted by: Ivansmom | November 2, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Ay, 'snot a dog. Richard III is All packed? Where's he's going now? That undiscovered country from which bourne no traveller returns?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 2, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Wow this is great! You east coasters are only 5 hours ahead of me instead of 6 now. I can actually boodle with you for more than a half hour during the day.

Oooohhh crab chowder! That sounds heavenly.

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | November 2, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

MotP-Another benefit of the fall time change!

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 2, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod... it IS nearly unbearable here in Virginia, working hard to turn the state blue.

I'm taking Daughter and her friend to the Obama rally tomorrow. Our guests are also planning to attend. That's the benefit of traveling to a swing state to GOTV I suppose.

Frosti... I'll be thinking of you while I'm in your old neck o' the woods. Any parking hints for the fairgrounds?

Posted by: -TBG- | November 2, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

TBG - I'm sure that frosti will have even better advice, but when I was there last year, I found that the old standby was helpful: Get there a bit early, park near the exit.

Boring, but dependable.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 2, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

TBG-I second bob's advice, get there early and park as close to the exit as you can. I am so frenvious, but have the absolute best time!!

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 2, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

I just saw a tv ad on a Baltimore mainstream station about Barack Obama and Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Obama is tooo risky. Paid for by GOPAC.

I hope it's a little too late to play this card.

Posted by: rickoshea0 | November 2, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

I know that it will come as a shock to some of you, but I think I'm gonna turn in now. G'night, all.

Posted by: bobsewell | November 2, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

If you can stomach it, here's the link to the ad Maggie (rickoshea) mentioned-
and a whole bunch of others.

I'm beginning to think if I really wanted a political operative career I'd switch sides right after this election. McCain and the rep. PACs' current crop of experts just don't get it and there are going to be lots of openings.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 2, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

I have tomorrow off from work, but a bunch of mayor stuff to do so it's lights out time for me.

Toodles boodle and sweet dreams.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | November 2, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Rachel Maddow did a bit tonight on her show about long lines at polling places being like a poll tax. It does seem crazy to me that you'd have to wait hours to vote, especially to vote early. I've never run into that, but I've either been in a small town or here in Seattle. I'm glad we're going to all mail-in voting here - although I'm somewhat nervous about how long we'll have to wait for results (our ballots have to be postmarked Tue, so it could be days later till they get counted).

This is a really sweet story:

I'm trying to remain positive - will most likely be a basket case Tue night...

Posted by: seasea | November 3, 2008 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Congrats to the Boodle computers getting the time change right for the first time. Huzzah!

Posted by: seasea | November 3, 2008 12:35 AM | Report abuse

I’m now 13 hours ahead of east coasters instead of 12. I like 12 better.

In 2004, I went home to vote in our general election. I didn’t want to vote at the High Commission here cuz I didn’t trust the gov’t to not peek into my ballot paper and then throw it into the South China Sea when they didn’t like what they see. I had voted for the opposition and they lost badly. After the results were out, I met up with 2 of my former classmates from secondary school in a coffee shop. One of my classmates voted for the opposition and the other sounded like she voted for the ruling party. We, the opposition supporter, tried to convince the other classmate who voted for the ruling party that she voted for the wrong party. One hour of talking and she wasn’t convinced. It was probably because we talked so much and with such earnest that we inadvertently covered her with our spit. We both really need to work on our marketing skills.

Posted by: rainforest1 | November 3, 2008 2:58 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. I wrote a long comment, and the monster devoured it. Have a great day, friends.

Posted by: cmyth4u | November 3, 2008 3:52 AM | Report abuse

Still awake after watching the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra with Valery Gergiev in Orlando. The ending of Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet" left the audience sort of stunned and dazed. So Prokofiev really wanted a happy ending with the couple somehow escaping the hell of Verona?

The Bob Carr auditorium made me wonder about the possiblity of a Dexter-like TV series featuring a serial building implosionist who painlessly, safely implodes buildings that need imploding. I'm amazed the city built a big auditorium nearly a century ago (were there enough people in central Florida to fill it??? Where did they get the bricks from? Shipped by train from Georgia, I bet). The 1970s rehab isn't bad considering it was done by a small city in the thoes of Disney shock.

It was a bit creepy to realize that everyone on stage had recently been to South Ossetia to boost morale with a concert.

This was the first stop on a Florida tour. Seems the orchestra managed to leave behind the music for Prokofiev's Cinderella as well as the celeste.

NY Times has a neat piece on the Erie Canal. If the Erie's economically viable, we Floridians might be thinking of restoring the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. It gets some maintenance from the Inland Navigation District, but overall it's been shoaling and is becoming not-very-useful to recreational boats. The high bridges over the Intracoastal were built roughly the same time the waterway was being all-but-abandoned.

On the other hand, the Florida East Coast Railway might not think much of competition. And waterfront property's become too valuable to be used for port facilities.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | November 3, 2008 4:18 AM | Report abuse

Hey rainforest, cassandra, DotC! *waving*

And in the "Whooda Thunk It" headline department:

Teen Pregnancies Tied to TV Sex
Study Links Violent Video Games to Hostility

Monday already?

There's a little chili left, despite appreciative noises last evening from bc and NukeSpouse. I would imagine 'Mudge is pleased with the relative performances of da Iggles and They Who Shall Not Be Mentioned. bc and I were rather perplexed by the (lack of) time management skills the Pats displayed last night. Strange happenings, indeed.

*off-to-the-hangar-to-kick-the-tires-and-then-get-an-ice-pack-for-my-foot-cuz-those-are-some-SOLID-tires-dangit Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 3, 2008 4:53 AM | Report abuse

I always thought teen pregnancies were tied to teen sex. Unless I missed some new development.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 3, 2008 5:19 AM | Report abuse

I never realized so many teens were into bondage.

(Perhaps I had better read the story further.)

'Morning, Boodle. Not much to report this morning, other than that I think I need a new fax. Took a couple hours to clean the old one last night, and when I was all done and turned it on, it only burped.

Looks like we've got Scotty, yello and Cassandra aboard the Dawn Patrol already this moprning, so let's hit the clouds.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | November 3, 2008 5:45 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. I was baffled by the Pats time management too. Belichick should get back to his lucky hoodie, he looked almost presentable last night.
No stars this morning, it's supposed to rain. Freezing rain even. But the rest of the week will be nice. I hope.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 3, 2008 6:28 AM | Report abuse

Major last minute endorsements will turn the tide for the Palin/McCain ticket. Jon Swift explains how McCain will win.

And the editor of Wonkette explains why McCain is the president we need and deserve.

Look in your hearts. The best route to a Palin presidency is to elect McCain, give him a few months to show Sarah where the restrooms are, and let nature take its course. Why wait until 2012 when we could have a woman in the White House in 6-30 months, tops.

Posted by: PopSocket | November 3, 2008 6:47 AM | Report abuse

Morning, all. A quick flyby here to say hi, that's all the time I've got. Conference is going well so far, had several show up yesterday afternoon who had not previously registered. What is it that folks can't follow directions? Good thing we ordered food on the high side.

Obama's coming to Charlotte today, but I can't go. Jumper, you headed out to UNCC to see him? Wish I could...I'm glad I'll be too busy tomorrow to have time to worry about it.

Posted by: slyness | November 3, 2008 7:11 AM | Report abuse

Alo les Boodlers!
Rolling for takeoff.
Everyone have a good day!

Posted by: Braguine | November 3, 2008 7:43 AM | Report abuse

shriek, bc and I were also discussing Belichick's sartorial elegance, as it were...

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 3, 2008 7:46 AM | Report abuse

And Mr. Beinart needs more coffee, obviously.

Culture war? Uh, no.

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 3, 2008 8:03 AM | Report abuse

NEW KIT! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 3, 2008 8:04 AM | Report abuse

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