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Here's my story on the wolves of Yellowstone. I found these wolf watchers in the Lamar Valley, in the northeast section of the park.

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It's where the buffalo roam, and the elk, and the Druid Peak pack of wolves. There might even be wolves in this picture, but they'd be sub-pixelated.


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Rick McIntyre watching wolves. He knows everything about the Yellowstone wolves and at this point can probably identify them by pawprint, or even by scent.


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Sunset near the Lamar River. Note cameo appearance by moon.


By Joel Achenbach  |  October 27, 2008; 7:04 PM ET
 
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The sunset picture is incredible. The sepia tone of the landscape is just beautiful.

My daughter called that a "cloud moon" when she was little.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 27, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

1000 words

Posted by: -tao- | October 27, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Hoooowling good to be first.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | October 27, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Doh!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | October 27, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

or even 3rd.

TBG, check your email.

Posted by: rickoshea0 | October 27, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I really, really love wolves. We had a small family group on our property in Revelstoke one winter. They were wonderful animals; social and caring and smart. Way neat. I worried about the cubs (pups?) that spring til they moved higher into the country.

That was a hard winter for all the animals, so we saw a lot of bears that fall and the next spring, and woodland caribou, and foxes and wolves and cougars, all down where they weren't really safe. Now cougar, there is a scary animal for you.

Posted by: Yoki | October 27, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

I read this article over coffee Sunday morning. ('portant aside. Although it is technically possible to surf the internet and drink coffee at the same time, there is a significant risk of equipment damage. Yet another place where the dead tree version reigns supreme.) I really enjoyed it not only for its technical depth, but also for all the little gems sprinkled throughout. You know, memorable phrases like "the bunny rabbits of the predator world." And, of course, the "lone wolf" at the end. (I know there is a journalistic term for this. "Kicker" or something?)

Anyway, very well done and quite worth a second read. I also really love the pics. (I assume these are yours.) College Parkian once mentioned that a daytime moon is sometimes referred to as a "children's moon" because it is out when children are up. And the one in that last pic really completes the image.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 27, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

But can Rick McIntyre identify gnomes by scent?

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 27, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Lamar Valley. Heddy Lamar. Wolf whistles. Wolves.


Suddenly, it all makes sense.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 27, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

My neighbors in WV raise a few wolves,they live outside my community.I went to a party at their house,a big ole blowout mountain party and coming back from a break in the woods came face to face with one of their wolves,the glow in it's eye was scarry,but she just came up and wanted to be petted.It seemed perferctly normal to be scratching this wolf ,with my hand so close to it fangs.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | October 27, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, yes on the cougar. We were very afraid of them growing up, much more so than bear or rattlers.

My dad would drill us on the "freeze" and "act big" stances, that would give one a chance, but merely a chance, with a mountain lion.

What the old-time Texans and Oklahomans and Kansans called them is a fine word:

Catamounts.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | October 27, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

'Cause that amounts to quite a cat.

Posted by: ScienceTim | October 27, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

"Subpixelated"

I love what Joel does with words.

Wolves have been reintroduced into parts of the NC mountains, but I haven't seen anything recently on how well the project is going. We haven't seen any wolves in our rambles, either. Deer, turkeys, bear, pileated woodpeckers. Maybe the wolf population will get large enough for some sightings.

Posted by: slyness | October 27, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

I got slightly subpixelated Saturday night at a Halloween party. Didn't feel so well Sunday morning.

Posted by: rickoshea0 | October 27, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

I killed it, didn't I? I'm sorry.

Posted by: rickoshea0 | October 27, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

When I lived in relatively nearby Cody, Columbus Day weekend was perfect for dropping up to the Park for geysers and big animals.

Summer was a good time for the Beartooth Highway, with its astounding stretch of alpine tundra.

The Park tends to have harsh, blue-ish light most of the day, making for lots of lousy photos. It takes patience, luck, or simple realization that you need to take a photo NOW, to come up with anything worthwhile.

Here, we're expecting 49 degrees in the morning, even cooler the next morning. The yard orchids will just have to put up with it.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 27, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Why CollegequaParkian, for a moment there I was very slightly shocked. And then I saw it was mounts and not mites.

Catamount is not a word I've ever heard used in Canada. Mountain Lion or Cougar pretty much covers it.

Well done, ma'am.

Cougars are wily, unlike snakes or bears. Those two'll kill you if you're in the wrong place, but a cougar will hunt you down and take you home to eat. Slowly.

Posted by: Yoki | October 27, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

From Jumper's link to a Dean Barnett column:

"[Is Obama] the political equivalent of a dog walking on its hind legs?"

He goes on to say that Obama without a teleprompter was a stammering moron. There's a subtext there that I last saw in a Aryan Nation tract that explained how African-American newscasters could look and act so articulate on television but didn't really have the intelligence to be treated as equals.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 27, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Yoki, wily and effective predators. We also leaned to check behind even ten minutes or so, when we trotted down to two creek bottoms.

With bear, we would sing while hiking the Happy Wandering song, with yodeling.

As for snakes, we were told to get home immediately; anti-venom in the fridge. No penknife cuts and sucking out the poison. Myth, that is. Bandana round the limb is fine. Snakes were why we wore knee high cowboy boots.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | October 27, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Preeee-cisely. Cowboy boots are not just about high-heels and fancy thread-work (though those are very nice for cowboys), they're the only practical footwear in snake-country.

Posted by: Yoki | October 27, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Another Barnett quote:

"It comes as no small irony that in the years that followed, the discovery of Reagan's voluminous private writings revealed him to be the finest writer and most original political philosopher to sit in the Oval Office since at least Theodore Roosevelt."

http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/015/506wrzxk.asp

I missed that discovery.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 27, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Cowboy boots make a lot of sense. I expect they're comfortable, too.

Every picture I've seen of Ted Stevens makes him look like the sourest, meanest, most unhappy person on the planet. Of course, that's exactly what I'd be, if I were in his place.

Posted by: slyness | October 27, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

"Every picture I've seen of Ted Stevens makes him look like the sourest, meanest, most unhappy person on the planet."

slyness... Everyone I've ever known who worked for Stevens or around him says that's exactly what he is.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 27, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Obama's inarticulateness when adlibbing is a common Barnett theme:

"In addressing a town hall meeting in Fort Wayne this past weekend, Obama went for 70 minutes without a teleprompter. Needless to say, several moments of knee-slapping misstatements ensued."

He quotes Barack as claiming that if we spent a fraction of the trillion dollars we will have spent in Iraq on research, we might have come up with a vehicle that doesn't require fossil fuels. Obviously that makes Barack a complete idiot.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/2008/06/barack_obama_machiavellian_gen.asp

I will speak ill of the dead no more.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 27, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Ah! Got my handle back.

Posted by: LTL-CA | October 27, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

As a general rule, Teleprompters exist because most people are unable to extemporize in complete paragraphs of cogently worded argument. Hence, the value of a prepared text.

Posted by: ScienceTim | October 27, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

LTL-ca, so nice to see you here under your real own name.

Posted by: Yoki | October 27, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

I promised no more quotes but Barnett also made the straight faced argument that as a Harvard law grad, author of two books, practicing lawyer while teaching college, state legislator, and Senator, Obama was a serious underachiever and could have taken some pointers from that pinnacle of success, Sarah Palin.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/015/510lpuif.asp

Posted by: yellojkt | October 27, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Welcome back, LTL. It is good to have your own identity, isn't it?

Posted by: yellojkt | October 27, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

My one potential wolf story is that were were in western Maryland or southwestern Pennsylvania near Fort Necessity. It was just after dusk and I had to slam on the breaks to not hit four animals just bigger than dogs that were running across the road single file. It was too dark to positively identify them at night, but I swear they were wolves.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 27, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Or coyotes?

Posted by: Yoki | October 27, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Having lived/worked virtually my entire life in Philly and its 'burbs and in Washington/Maryland, not only do I NOT have a good wolf story, I don't even have an angry German Shepherd story. Not even a rabid bunny story.

I think the closest I can come is I saw "Peter and the Wolf" a couple times when I was a kid. I think I may have seen a bassoon in the woods once. Or maybe it was an oboe stag (I can never remember which is which between oboes and bassoons).

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | October 27, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Mudge for some reason your post put the song Hungry Like a Wolf in my head - grew up in the 70's and 80's in the burbs - it was my closest experience with wolves.

Posted by: dmd2 | October 27, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

And then, darlin' man, you've got your bass saxophone, which is deep and rich.

Good night, pond scum.

Posted by: Yoki | October 27, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Be still, my heart. W-Series announcer Joe Buck just felt it incumbent upon himself to explain the Infield Fly Rule -- and got it about 90 percent right. (And then he trashed the umpires, the b@stard!!)

I feel sorry for the umps -- it's cold and raining and miserable there, and the field is a mess. The Phillies are winning 2-1 in the 6th, which is enough to be a legal game if they have to stop it...but there's no way in hell an ump is gonna call the game due to rain when it's the final game of the World Series. Florida would secede from the union faster than Todd Palin would.

It's just what umpires are used to: a lose-lose situation.

Oh, man, look at that field. Jeez.

Meanwhile, the Colts are beating the Titans, 114-6.

You may now return to Wild Kingdom.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | October 27, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Pond scum? You mean the boodle's not kelpless?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 27, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

It's a term of endearment. Really. *sigh*

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | October 27, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

SCC: 14-6.

World Series now in 2-2 tie and rain delay. Most likely won't resume tonight, methinks.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | October 27, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

You rush in where anglers fear to tread to put the algae in her bra?

You're always ready with a kelping hand
for sensitive plants that've been frogbit?

Or, are you just a papyrus tiger?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 27, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Oh dear, I've taken a lichen to phycology puns, it seems. I'm just a brittle naiad at heart.

Now I'll never be able to duck the weed puns, not even when flagellated with cattails.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 27, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

It really is! G'night Boodle.

Posted by: Yoki | October 27, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

And to bed, before I carp too much. Enjoy the World series, Mudge.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 27, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

No such luck, Wilbrod. Last Friday morning, Yoki posted a pome she wrote in honor of DNA Girl, which no one seemed to notice or comment upon. I was having a horrible day at work and only skimmed the boodle, and missed her pomely efforts. In the course of abjectly apologising, abasing myself, rending my garments and covering myself with ashes, I mentioned in passing that I was pond scum.

Yoki has seemed to concur, with a bit more ... enthusiasm ... than I had hoped. Hence her...um...term of endearment for me.

Please ask Wilbrodog to move over; I'm not sure how long I'm gonna be in the doghouse.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | October 27, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Covering oneself in ashes is OK, but rending garments? Ewwww.

Love you, 'Mudge, you pond scum you.

Posted by: Yoki | October 27, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I remember the pome (not going to backboodle now).

I had wondered why no author was attributed for Mugwort.

T'was a Yoki original?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 27, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

'twas 'twas. And I was deeply hurt that a) nobody cared and b) nobody got the deeply embedded jokes.

However, I would be willing, if pressed, to repost the reworked and improved effort (but only if it were wanted).

Posted by: Yoki | October 27, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it's just that I've been recently gouging "Promethus unbound" out of my memory (Hyperion is better but still flawed)... but that pome had a 19th century feel.

Artemesia. Absinthe. Very Romantic-era.

Artemesia (Wormwood) also reminds me of C.S. Lewis' "The Screwtape letters", which now I see was the connection to DNAgirl's "Sinfest".

My apologies for not making the connections. I think I was running a mild fever that day.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 27, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Upon trees,then grass
And blogs, too, haikus I post--
my "Wanted" posters.

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 27, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Well, enough twisting my arm! I'm persuaded to repost.

Mugwort
A Pome for DNA_girl
By Yoki

The herb that under moonbeams' glow,
has lovers take up Artemesia's bow.
And like the Goddess seek, and hit, and
bring the Other down dread, fell and slow.

Then quaff the divine, sweet, heady brew,
which bitter grows with time and rue.
Diurnal light marks the Other as a man,
no hind, but earthy, rough and cruel.

And yet take up the cup again to know
That mead, this ale, this nectar's flow!
It is now, as it has been through time,
the the root, the spring of, and the answer to our woe.

Posted by: Yoki | October 27, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

SCC (but not mine): the blog put that second "the" in there. And I resent it. Messed up my (not very good) metre.

Posted by: Yoki | October 27, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Poor Actaeon, hunted down and ripped apart in stag-form by...

(Wilbrodog, leave, this isn't for your ears. And wash out that mouth, too.)

Artemis' hounds.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 27, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Beer: the cause of, and solution to, all our problems.

Posted by: Yoki | October 27, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

24 hours later, we have 6 healthy pups. I spent this evening with my bros, talking of things over a couple of different pots of fondue. We didn't solve any of the world's problems, but we had a good time, celebrating my middle bro's pending 50th birthday. Off to rest.

Posted by: -jack- | October 28, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

I like the poem Yoki

No snow yet,but a little rain.Happy to be home and glad the house is getting warm.

6 puppies,i bet they are all so cute too
awwwwww,everyone loves puppies.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | October 28, 2008 12:36 AM | Report abuse

Nothin' in particular to say, just wanted y'all to know that I'm on the night watch!

(I'm rolling lots of things over in my mind, but [for once] will try to withhold comment until I feel that I've got a worthwhile contribution, and that may take a while.)

Posted by: bobsewell | October 28, 2008 3:05 AM | Report abuse

Mornin' everybody...

It's looking to be a fun day in the workshop today. Cold, rainy and wanting to snow outside, so the shop will be like a walk-in freezer. S'okay though... nothing longjohns and a little Irish for my coffee won't fix.

This weather always puts me in the mood for Shepherd's Pie. Or beef stew with lots of dumplings. My ribs are so wanting some good heavy stuff to stick to them.

Guess I better get crackin'... sawdust doesn't make itself.

Peace out :-)

Posted by: martooni | October 28, 2008 6:08 AM | Report abuse

Yoki is so erudite, quoting Homer. Simpson, that is.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 28, 2008 6:15 AM | Report abuse

Mornin' everybody...

It's looking to be a fun day in the workshop today. Cold, rainy and wanting to snow outside, so the shop will be like a walk-in freezer. S'okay though... nothing longjohns and a little Irish for my coffee won't fix.

This weather always puts me in the mood for Shepherd's Pie. Or beef stew with lots of dumplings. My ribs are so wanting some good heavy stuff to stick to them.

Guess I better get crackin'... sawdust doesn't make itself.

Peace out :-)

Posted by: martooni | October 28, 2008 6:15 AM | Report abuse

I swear I only clicked submit once!

Posted by: martooni | October 28, 2008 6:19 AM | Report abuse

Yoki, OMGosh!
I'm sorry, I forgot that I had forgotten to post a thank you for that cool pome (so quick and clever!). I copied it and then it just flew out of my mind!

It's crazy time in the semester.
But, there are no excuses.
I too am pond scum (way slimier than PondScum-1).
You may proceed to mash me up and check out my innards.
As atonement, I wont ask for a cut of the winnings:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/09/17/BAG1RL7B9F1.DTL&hw=Blackburn&sn=001&sc=1000

Posted by: DNA_Girl | October 28, 2008 6:29 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. I've been in wolves country often but never saw one. I've heard howling in the Papineau-Labelle park and saw pawprints in the mud acouple of times. I've seen tracks of a larger pack in the snow in the Portneuf park (north of Qu├ębec city). That is a testament to the elusiveness of those animals.

On the Mudgeitis front I reached an important milestone; holding down coffee.
It means I'm good for work I guess.
We are under a winter storm warning, no snow yet but 10-15cm (4-6in.) expected later today and during the night.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 28, 2008 6:42 AM | Report abuse

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

Morning, morning, friends. I had to get with you guys this morning, just had to. Does anyone here know what I mean? Perhaps.
JA, the pictures are just fantastic. They make one feel warm, and warmth is much needed here. It is in the 30's this morning, and not promising to get much warmer as the day goes on.

I have to go back and read all the kits I've missed. That will take some time. I hope everyone is doing okay. I do miss talking to you folks. I had one doctor's appointment yesterday, getting ready for the other one at the first of the month. Got more medicine yesterday.

The g-girl is on a class trip this morning to Raleigh, NC. She's going to a farm somewhere in that area. A cold day for a tour. And I haven't been able to reach those grandsons yet. I'm going to try again today. I wish they could go see Obama while he's in Raleigh.

Martooni, you will do fine at 90. Mudge, Slyness, Scotty, as Mudge, says, get airborne folks. Good morning, to all.*waving*

I will try and study some today, and get acquainted with the new medications. Thanks for the good wishes.

Have a great day, folks, and I hope it's warmer in your neck of the woods than it is here. Time to find some coffee, and some heat. Can't swim without the heat.

Posted by: cmyth4u | October 28, 2008 6:55 AM | Report abuse

Absinthe an excuse
a spirited vehicle
toward abasement
my honor macerated
I go the way of pond scum

Posted by: DNA_Girl | October 28, 2008 6:59 AM | Report abuse

Almost forgot...

I got your message bc, and will give that a try.

Posted by: cmyth4u | October 28, 2008 7:00 AM | Report abuse

Morning, all. I slept in a bit. When Mr. T isn't here to make noise in the morning, I'll do that sometimes.

Cool day in the Carolinas. Stay warm and healthy, Cassandra.

Posted by: slyness | October 28, 2008 7:16 AM | Report abuse

Cool, wet and windy here. Good thing I don't have to brave the Dawn Patrol's Brunswick corridor(lotsa delays), but bad thing in that the chimney folks probably aren't going to want to work in these conditions. *SIGH*

We all know pond scum delivers really great DNA, now don't we? :-)

And I obviously should have napped yesterday so that I could have seen all of Game 5.

Oh, waitaminit... :-)

Hain't got no wolf stories, but as soon as JA writes about wild boar I'll keep ya spellbound.

*sticking-finger-in-the-air-to-account-for-the-wind-before-offering-home-based Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 28, 2008 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, Boodle. Got delayed to flight line by news of a skin head/neo Nazi plot to massacre a few people and plans to shoot Obama. Twi skin heads in custody (AOL News)

Posted by: Braguine | October 28, 2008 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, Boodle. You are shriven.

Cassandra, I know exactly what you mean.

Have you ever encountered great kindness from an unexpected (or at least unanticipated) quarter? What felicity that it? That has been my recent experience, and I am deeply grateful for it.

Off to meet with the *big* boss of a client prospect (MD stationed in Scandanavia) to possibly (keep your fingers cross for me) capture the firm's biggest new client this year. Did a presentation for their Canadian VP yesterday, and have been called in to see the man before he leaves town. Cool!

Have a great day, Boodle.

Posted by: Yoki | October 28, 2008 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all.

Go get'um, Yoki!

Not much news about wolves, wouldn't want to compare noble creatures to the skinheads Brag's talking about above, they are just evil varmits, in my view.

The huge rose & amber Bougainvillea plant I moved from sunny deck to front porch is hangin' in there, poor blooms are mostly spent and blowing in the wind. (the answer my friend is blowing in the wind, the answer is blowing in the wind). Anyway, nursery lady said to bring it in before frost and keep it in cold place (but not below freezing), and trim all branches back to the rim of the pot. Water once or twice this winter and in the Spring the plant will come back. Bougainvillea has a reserved place in our garage, it has been such a rewarding plant.

Posted by: VintageLady | October 28, 2008 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Morning all....

Mudge, I fell off that limb sometime in the 4th quarter. Oh well, I've still got 11 for the week.

bc...wench? You're right. Us Merlin women know how to handle that. Meet me at The Sev, I'll show ya.

Have a happy day all.

Posted by: LostInThought | October 28, 2008 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Look at our Yoki! We is connected, we is! Fab.

Cassandra, for arthritis aches in cold weather, I like Capsaisin, hot pepper lotion. Be careful, though, as too much can burn. The right amount will make your skin feel hot and tingly. This feeling can with interfere with the pain signal. I sometimes put a bit on at night, then were mittens. Muscles relax, too, and the morning is easier.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | October 28, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Let's get all the crazies out of the way before the election. There's plenty more where those two nuts came from. And wasn't this an episode of West Wing where the skinheads were after Charlie because he was dating Zoey? Or am I getting multiple storylines confused?

Posted by: yellojkt | October 28, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

And RD_P...

THAT'S HEDLEY!!!

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 28, 2008 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Good luck snagging that prospective client, Yoki! BTW, if you need anyone to translate Scandihoovian for you, I'm your woman. (Just say "Ja, sure" a lot).

Just about to immerse myself into a conference call. Ta Ta.

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | October 28, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle!

Yesterday afternoon I sat by the raised-bed garden while the dogz tugged a wubba. In the past week, all the pineapple sage had flowered extended flights of red, so beautiful all waving together!

I cut it all, bringing it inside in a rose bowl. As nice as it looks, as wonderful as it smells, it's not even close to the memory of it outside.

Very rainy and cold today!

Posted by: -dbG- | October 28, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

The only good thing about the skinheads story is that they are too stupid to make such a plot work. I hope a spell in a federal pen will wake them up to the error of their ways.

Posted by: slyness | October 28, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Hedley-Heddy? Freudian slip? Don't want to go there.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 28, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Oh, Yoki, you can handle them. We all know it!

Posted by: -dbG- | October 28, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Yoki... when they see you coming they're gonna say "We're gonna need a bigger boat!"

[Please excuse lame "shark-wrangling" reference.]

Posted by: -TBG- | October 28, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Oh, great. It's not bad enough I'm pond scum, now I'm shriveled.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | October 28, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

VintageLady,
Bougainvilleas seem to thrive in pots. An astonishing assortment of cultivated varieties are now available from breeders who want to make them even better pot plants.

Regular, old-style bougainvilleas make large shrubs or impenetrable thickets. In Florida they don't like to be irrigated and they flower most heavily in the dry weather of spring.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 28, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

Cassandra, glad to hear it. Look forward to hearing more from you when you can.

LiT, the Sev! Ha! Meetin' ya at the Sev's fine -- I was headin' out for a bag of Little Tavern and a six of Natty Bo or Mick; maybe some Colt if I'm feelin' fiesty.

11 out of 14 on the week's pretty darn good, lady, congrats. Enjoy the Football Tiara for the week.

Speaking of congrats, bravo, Yoki. Go get 'em!

bc

Posted by: -bc- | October 28, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and Scottynuke, your're right - your timing on getting that work done couldn't be better. As you point out, you're missing the fun on the Brunswick MARC line and they're calling for snow showers tonight.

And Mudge, I believe the technical term is "shrinkage."

bc

Posted by: -bc- | October 28, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

hey, hon! Can't we do Bertha's instead?

Posted by: yellojkt | October 28, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

bc... I thought it was turtleage. ;-)

Posted by: martooni | October 28, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and a joyous Diwali to everyone who's celebrating Rama's return.

Enjoy the fireworks, and have a drink on me.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | October 28, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Rama's back? Who knew he went away? I never got the memo. Did he clear his sabbatical with the HR department? I thought he just got riffed, or TDYed to another department, or was just telecommuting.

Jeez, nobody ever tells me anything.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | October 28, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

yellokjt, you're *so* Baltimore.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | October 28, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Dave, what kind of new soil should I use when I re-pot the Bougainvillea in the Spring?

There are times when I yearn for a milder climate. I've planted two Kleims hardy gardenias with a southern exposure (foundation plantings) along with some new azaleas this Fall, so far they are happy. The bloom is only a single and the plant itself resembles a minature, but it is supposed to be zone 7 hardy, which is in my region, and the fragrance is just glory wonderful! Actually zone 8-10 is quoted, but that seems too cold to me. Gardenias do very well in southeastern Virginia, but can't be depended upon up here, only 200 miles away.

Sorry folks, I dearly love a plant talk.

With regard to shriven, my MIL used to say that she had "settled a little".

But, then again, my great aunt Louise used to say she had "fallen off" when she had lost weight. :-)

Posted by: VintageLady | October 28, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

I'm currently on tenterhooks, waiting to see the the chimney folks will brave the breezes... *SIGH*

Go get 'em Yoki!!!!

'Mudge, Rama said he'd sent an interoffice over, something about a rendezvous...

bc, I will be a happy camper indeed if small white crystals appear in the sky tonight or tomorrow morning. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 28, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Rama needed a little time off to fight some personal demons and said he was feelin' a little blue.

Told him I'd leave the porch light on for him.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | October 28, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

You'll be relieved to know that parking rules have been suspended in NYC because of Dinali.

I hope you'll watch this video of a feisty Donna Brazile talking about Obama and the past at a New Yorker panel recently. Watch all the way to the end.

http://jezebel.com/5059945/donna-brazile-is-not-going-to-the-back-of-the-bus?autoplay=true

Posted by: rickoshea0 | October 28, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

For pond scum everywhere:
http://www.lyricsfire.com/viewlyrics/Laurie-anderson/Sharkeys-day-lyrics.htm

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 28, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Good news for you browsing Boodlers. You can now browse inside my book. :o)

http://www.amazon.com/Kingmaker-Alexey-Braguine/dp/0980073340/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1225203582&sr=8-1

Posted by: Braguine | October 28, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Maggie... the Donna Brazile video is great. Thanks for that. I'm not relaxing until next Wednesday. And I hope I can relax then.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 28, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

VintageLady,
Bougainvilleas grow happily in sand. Potting soil is a mystery (botanical gardens and such don't use the stuff sold at big hardware stores).

Do a Google search for bougainvillea potting soil. This link from Aggie horticulture was useful, despite their mis-spelling of Bougainville's name.

http://plantanswers.tamu.edu/publications/bougainvillea.html

This University of Florida information sheet emphasizes, as you'd expect, that potting mix should drain well. Not too much peat, please.

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/document_ep130

The notion of gardenias in Virginia surprises me. I recall that, when I was in 3rd grade in San Antonio, there were a couple of gardenias at the front door. Sort of overpowering, if I remember correctly. They grow readily here, apart from the occasional aphid attack.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 28, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

I clicked on the link to Donna Brazile's video, but got only the text (which was great) -- I couldn't find the link to the actual video (and, yes, I clicked on "here"). Any clues, anyone?

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | October 28, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

She shoots, she scores! And the crowd is going wild!

New client, retainer letter signed for a file worth about 3 or 4 million a year for at least six years, happy Norwegians, happy lawyers. Dancing in the streets.

Posted by: Yoki | October 28, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay Yoki!!!

*faxin' extra confetti and party horns*

Yer buyin' lunch now, right? :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 28, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Absolutely, Scotty. Imaginary lunch for all, as high-end as you fancy.

Posted by: Yoki | October 28, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Congrats, Yoki! Make mine lobster imperial with a side of sauerkraut.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 28, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Bloody Norwegians! Always in trouble with the law aren't they?

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 28, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Congrats Yoki

Posted by: dmd2 | October 28, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

While waiting for paint to dry, turned on MSNBC and caught Obama giving a speech in PA somewhere, immediately followed by Palin giving one in Hershey PA.

The juxtaposition of the two really shows the difference between the campaigns.

Obama's speech was mostly about what he will do to lift people up.

Palin's (still going on) has been about nothing but "Obama the Socialist", "Joe the Plumber", and that "distributing the wealth" is evil. Not a clue as to what her and McCain will do for the country other than not be Obama.

The rejoinder that immediately came to my mind when she refered to the wealth distribution is (paraphrasing here) "a society is judged by how it cares for its most vulnerable".

If McCain/Palin end up in power and continue the policies their party has put in play and manage to enact the "new" ones they've been stumping on, our society is going to Hell.

Oh great... now John "My Friends" McCain is speaking. Time to turn the TV off before he... too late... two "my friends" in 30 seconds and a "Joe the Plumber"... and it's Obama's fault. Everything is Obama's fault...

Somebody give that man his meds and slippers and send him back to the retirement home.

Please.

Posted by: martooni | October 28, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

*snort*

Just after I posted that, I thought, "Happy Norwegians? Isn't that an oxymoron?"

Posted by: Yoki | October 28, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Never mind that, yello, make mine lobster thermidor aux crevettes with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy, and a fried egg on top and Spam.

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 28, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Congratahoochies, Yoki!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Braguine | October 28, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

FTB,

I checked to link I posted and it worked for me. Try again, or try just jezebel.com and search for Donna Brazile there.


http://jezebel.com/5059945/donna-brazile-is-not-going-to-the-back-of-the-bus?autoplay=true

Posted by: rickoshea0 | October 28, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

This just came to me... (and I'll sit on my hands for a while after posting it. I promise.)

McCain & Co. could care less about the "redistribution of wealth". They already *have* their wealth. They're only beating that horse to death because they're more worried about the "redistribution of votes" -- and that redistribution is not looking very good for them retaining power.

Not that I'm telling yinz guys anything you don't already know.

Posted by: martooni | October 28, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

ftb.. the video just appears for me. But try this link, directly from the New Yorker page...

http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1827871374/bctid1849005701

Yoki... WONDERFUL news! We knew you'd do it.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 28, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I feel like...singing!


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Posted by: -jack- | October 28, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Good mornin boodle
quite windy here this AM,and I have my first glimpse of my mountain view back.I wish sometimes I was a bird and could soar above all this beauty and enjoy it from an arieal view.

Congrats Yoki on your big deal,i wish I was there to dance in the streets with ya

Natty Boh bc?,somewhere around here I have the Natty Boh collectors cans from way back when....ahhhh that brings back some fond memories and some not so fond ones too.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | October 28, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I was shocked to see this here boodle machine wreck Yoki's pome. Shocked but unsurprised. I blame inadequate maintenance, unqualified service personnel have been wreaking havoc for years.

I recall a notoriuos case from my youth.

There once was a gasman named Peter
while searching around for the meter
touched a leak with his light
Then was blown out of sight
And, as anyone who knows anything about poetry can tell you he certainly wrecked the meter.

Shocking.


Posted by: Boko999 | October 28, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

yello, I'll bet you hung out at Milford Mill back in the day. Or did you head over to Savage Mill?

S'nuke, I was with ya until the egg and spam.

Posted by: LostInThought | October 28, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

So... what are you doing next Tuesday?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UFzkO5OhKY

Posted by: -TBG- | October 28, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Psst. Quick last-minute Halloween "costume" idea:
a."carve" backwards "B" on side of face.
b. go to party

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 28, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

My father sent me this this morning. Witty rebuttals would be appreciated:

///Today on my way to lunch I passed a homeless guy with a sign that read 'Vote Obama, I need the money.' I laughed.

Once in the restaurant my server had on a 'Obama 08' tie, again I laughed as he had given away his political preference--just imagine the coincidence.

When the bill came I decided not to tip the server and explained to him that I was exploring the Obama redistribution of wealth concept. He stood there in disbelief while I told him that I was going to redistribute his tip to someone who I deemed more in need--the homeless guy outside. The server angrily stormed from my sight.

I went outside, gave the homeless guy $10 and told him to thank the server inside as I've decided he could use the money more. The homeless guy was grateful.

At the end of my rather unscientific redistribution experiment I realized the homeless guy was grateful for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he did earn even though the actual recipient deserved money more.

I guess redistribution of wealth is an easier thing to swallow in concept than in practical application.///

I just don't know where to begin.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 28, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Sorry yello, I could say lots but nothing witty on that topic.

Posted by: dmd2 | October 28, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I'm not a native Baltimoron, but since I live in The EC (as we call it here in HoCo), I'd have to say my stomping grounds is Savage Mill. I've been known to ride my bike there when the mood strikes me. And the RamsHead there is always a good dining and drinking choice.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 28, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I didn't have time to check in at all yesterday, and came back to find 3 kits. Three kits, thought I, I'll never get through them all. I haven't read all the comments yet but I'll get there.

Just wanted to say, though some were short, gosh darn it all, these were a fine mess of kits, and the photos spectacular. That last picture has taken my breath away. Its so good I can feel the sunlight on my face.

In politics, I saw a very interesting program on McCain and Obama on the Passionate Eye the other night. Kind of a bio of the each man, and the story of each of their run up to the election. Very interesting stuff in a nutshell. Bottom line, when you take all the bafflegab away, you have two very fine men running for office. Bodes well for after the election.

Posted by: --dr-- | October 28, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

yello;

You could start with "Dad, I never thought you were the kind of person to steal," since he denied the server proper payment for services rendered. He gave no indication the server's work was deficient, therefore the server was owed some compensation.

And let's not get into what kind of meal and restaurant he was at where a $10 tip would have been appropriate.

*SIGH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 28, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Jumper.. this picture was on Wonkette the other day...

http://wonkette.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/ashleytoddpumpkin.jpg

Posted by: -TBG- | October 28, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

yello... there are some very good comments here under the blog post that contradict what the blogger--and your dad--are trying to say...

http://features.csmonitor.com/politics/2008/10/14/obamas-tax-plan-and-the-redistribution-of-wealth/

Posted by: -TBG- | October 28, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

I deleted all the pass-along > marks, but my Dad eats at LOTS of places where ten bucks is a more than adequate tip. Many offer early bird specials.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 28, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

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

Yello: Your father could have shared the tip at the same rate as his tax bracket, unless he was penalizing the waiter - or otherwise misses the point of redistribution of wealth.

And I expect that if the restaurant is one that shares tips, that he won't be eating there again, unless he is unaware of how kitchen and waitstaff exact revenge on (Vonnegut asterisk) *s.

Posted by: -tao- | October 28, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

my apologies, yello, if I mistakenly thought a blogger's narrative was something your father did.

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 28, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

My stoopid 'puter choked when I tried to post this, so if it shows up twice, sorry...

yello... You could ask him if the homeless guy was a veteran. One of four homeless people are vets (see: http://www.nchv.org/background.cfm).

Then you could ask him why McCain voted against taking care of veterans (see: http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org/articleid/9559).

Posted by: martooni | October 28, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

yoki, you go girl!

Posted by: LALurker | October 28, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Since you specified "witty" retort, I'd build on what Tao said, or explain that the server should have been "taxed" at the capital gains rate, and only that portion given to the panhandler, minus the typical rate to fund the bureaucracy (and not the rate kept by either Blackwater or Brown & Root, a much higher skim) the rest retained by the server. Then make a snide joke about the blogger's inability to perform simple math. And inability to administer justice when left to his own devices.

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 28, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

S-nuke,
Any misunderstanding is completely my fault. I thought it rather apparent that the anecdote was clearly apocryphal without the distracting evidence of it having been forwarded.

I do try to stay on my father's good side for as long as he still owns that Miata, so I rarely directly reply to his e-mails. At our last family gathering, his more liberal siblings (which is all of them) kindly requested to be taken off his mailing list.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 28, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Seems to me the logical analysis of the latest McPalin sally is the following:
Redistribution of wealth is unfair,
All taxes are redistribution of wealth,
therefore
All taxes are unfair.

I'm surprised no one has publicly called them on this. It would put them in the uncomfortable position of backtracking; explaining they are not calling for an end to all taxes, not pro anarchy, etc. Surely they'd pull the "flat tax" out of their -- hats at that point. Still, it would make them break stride.

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 28, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

New kit!

Posted by: nellie4 | October 28, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations, yoki!

Thanks for the links, Dave, have saved them for further digestion, so nice to have a horticulturist in the boodle....

Posted by: VintageLady | October 28, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

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