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Catching the Last Train Home

Was alarmed to see, on the Red Line yesterday, a flashing notice that Metro will be open from 5 a.m. Jan. 19 to midnight Jan. 20. Never mind the confusion about when, exactly, "midnight Jan. 20" is -- we'll assume they mean the night of the 19th. [Yes: See this schedule, which also shows Metro closing at midnight on Sunday night the 18th, when Springsteen is performing at the Lincoln Memorial.]

My question is, with a bazillion people in town, why can't Metro run later than midnight? The trains will run Jan. 20 starting at the very early hour of 4 a.m., and will keep going until 2 a.m. the night of the inauguration. But that still means four hours of no trains late on the 19th and early on the 20th, when there will be parties all over town.

The situation is a little more clear now that I've read today's story on Metro's budgetary problems:

"Metro faces a 13 percent shortfall in its $1.3 billion operating budget for next year, and officials have suggested cutting almost 900 positions and enacting the largest-ever cuts in train, bus and paratransit service, even as transit ridership in the region and across the country is soaring."

You'll hear Obama and everyone else talking about making investments in alternative energy, but budgetary realities will mean that a lot of people who might have taken a bus will wind up in a car. Or maybe simply be unable to get to work. Maybe mass transit needs to get a piece of this stimulus package.

More generally, I wonder if we Washingtonians are ready for this inauguration. A week or so ago, I noticed an astonishing amount of trash and litter on one of the main drags into town. I'll volunteer here and now for cleanup duty. (So long as I can blog about it.)


Sports dept.:

Now, about them Gators: With the score tied at 14 in the 4th quarter, I called the Achenbro for some wisdom. What should we do, I said. "Tebow," he said. "Five letters. T-E-B-O-W. It's all about Tebow and Percy Harvin." I said: "You should go into broadcasting, with insight like that." But you know, that's how it played out -- major doses of Tebow and Harvin, the excellent interior line play to open the running lanes, the brilliant pickpocket interception by the defense, a general physical dominance, the signature Tebow jump pass to seal it, and justice triumphant. I'd call that satisfying.

I now venture that Tebow should at the least get a mention when we talk about the best college football player of all time (along with Herschel Walker, Archie Griffin, Jim Brown, Ernie Davis, among others). But my friend Sally Jenkins says that it's Jim Thorpe, and she's brooking no dissent. I'm pretty sure that Sally thinks football has gone downhill since they started wearing facemasks. She can't believe players today don't play on both sides of the ball. In her book, you need to play offense, defense AND be able to drop-kick a winning field goal.

Von Drehle, meanwhile, takes the very, very long view and thinks we should remember that Alexander the Great was really good at running the option. The problem with watching football with Von Drehle is that he constantly says things like, "They've got the best ground game since Sparta in the Peloponnesian War." Trust me, you NEVER want to watch college football with someone who thinks "the Trojans" refers to the team from Troy.

In any case, last night's game wasn't the prettiest thing ever, and I can't put Tebow's performance at the same level as Vince Young's a few years ago in The Vince Young Game. But it had big plays and big hits, lots of tension, and the right team won. And we had yet another reminder of why college ball is better than pro ball.

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 9, 2009; 8:12 AM ET
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Morning all
Wild wonderful and windy here in west by god today.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | January 9, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Like recycling, and other "green" activities, mass transit will only truly take off when it stops being so gosh darn inconvenient. I mean, I would love to take metro, or even a decent bus to and from work. But I am not going to tolerate a tripling of my commute time without any significant financial savings just to reduce my carbon footprint.

Maybe if I were a single guy living alone I might, but as it is such disruption would affect my dependents as well. Who lack my enthusiasm. This seems to be a common characteristic of lifestyle changes. It typically isn't only your own lifestyle that is changed. And if everyone isn't on board, it probably ain't gonna take.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 9, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I don't know how you do it, gwe. You've been first over and over again in the last couple of weeks.

Posted by: Yoki | January 9, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure Metro has more than a few "shovel-ready" projects...

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 9, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

I never realized Von Drehle was as old as me. Funny I never ran into him back in the day. (Of course, it's possible he and I were on opposite sides back during the Trojan and Spartan scuffles.)

I'm inclined to side with Jenkins re: Jim Thorpe. But I'd want to see the names of Red Grange (named just last year by ESPN as the greatest college football player of all time), Crazylegs Hirsh (the only athlete at Michigan to letter in four sports in a single year), and Roger Staubach among possible candidates for discussion. Staubach was awesome at the Naval Academy. Then he pi$$ed it all away by becoming a Cowboy (I've never forgiven him).

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | January 9, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

FYI, the ancient Spartans really *were* quite good -- but they had no depth, especially at linebacker. And their cheerleading squad--well, you just don't wanna know. Two words: Lady Gillette.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | January 9, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Good Morning Yoki
How is my favourite Alberta Clipper doing?
I just get up late and log in and there is a new kit.Just luck I guess or timing.

Tebow is pretty amazing,either passing or running the ball and from what I understand he is a nice kid to boot.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | January 9, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Bridges closed? Awwww...

Welcome to the world of Pittsburgh-style commuting, where the bridges are closed or reduced to one lane each way most of the summer, not just one day.

Look at it this way... if you have to work on the 20th, you have the perfect excuse to show up four hours late.

Posted by: martooni | January 9, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Another great college player who threw it away to become a Cowboy: Tony Dorsett.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 9, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Another FYI: Steven Colbert was fall-aboot hysterical last night on the subject of Dr. Sanjay Gupta, about whom some of you ladies were swooning.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | January 9, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure I follow the argument for why college football is considered better. Is it because there are more opportunities for exciting chaos? (You know, because the game is naturally a little looser.) Or is it just the perception that the players and coaches are somehow less jaded than the pros.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 9, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Oh, probably not office safe.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | January 9, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

martooni, you must be feeling magnanimous today: in your reference to "Pittsburgh-style commuting," you did not mention that those multi-cum-one-lane bridges usually lead into tunnels, where by convention the yinzers slow down to no more than half the speed limit, irrespective of whether or not any of the tunnel lanes are closed.

Posted by: byoolin1 | January 9, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Yoki, my email is being cranky. Kerric says the dates in question are fine. He is available both nights.

Posted by: --dr-- | January 9, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I just can't agree with Von Drehle. As much as I admire the Spartans' abilities on the field, they were limited, man, limited. One-trick ponies, you might say. Now, Coach Epaminondas and the Thebans -- they had cohesiveness, they had the power, they had the speed, they had the sarissas. Their starting center (the Sacred Band) were not to be equaled, but so many overlook them today due to childish homophobia. And then, the guy who beat them, Philip of Macedon and the Macedonian Army: they were just awesome. Philip's son, Alexander, clearly belongs among the best, but he was largely carrying out Philip's playbook in his conquest of the "Known" World. And what about Hannibal? You can't even begin to rank the greats without at least a nod to Hannibal. What a guy. What a mensch. What a stone-cold killer.

Meanwhile, we plan to stay home for inauguration day. Haven't been to one yet -- why break the streak?

Posted by: ScienceTim | January 9, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Hurrah! Thanks dr. Will confirm as soon as I know which.

Posted by: Yoki | January 9, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Hannibal the Cannibal? A wimp. A loser. I like Hannibal the Elephant-Man.

Posted by: ScienceTim | January 9, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Mudge. I had not realized CNN needed a "resident neurosurgeon." This explains a lot.

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 9, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

I like the fact that in college,you can still hit the quarterback,in the pro's if you push him and he falls down(all QB's should at least take a couple of acting classes)it is a penalty.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | January 9, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

You know, GWE, I'll bet the pro quarterbacks *do* take acting lessons, just in secret. Maybe at Langley, so nobody will know.

Big to-do here about a football game Saturday night. If the local team wins, the whole region will be insufferable till the next game. After that, heaven help us!

The Elderdottir has discovered the joys of tailgating, but she plans to retreat to a comfortable bar for the game. She attended the Monday night game of the season and nearly froze. No fool, she decided warmth, proximity to real bathrooms, and beer for less than $8 are higher priorities than being in the stadium.

Posted by: slyness | January 9, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Congrats on the Gator win last night, Joel.

I suggest that your abbreviated list of greatest College Football players ever involves a few -isms: Offensive Offensism and Division I Big School Elitism (and maybe a touch of Coastism).

Where's the love for EJ Henderson, Derrick Thomas, Randy White, the amazing Timmy Chang or the astounding Nate Kmic?

And what ever happened to that kid that followed Chang at Hawaii - Colt Brennan...? Hmmm.

To VonDrehle I say: any games involving Trojans may involve some horseplay -- if someone's lucky.


Posted by: -bc- | January 9, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

As a non-football fan, I can still think of one good reason to think that college football is a more exciting game: risk. An NFL player risks the rest of his career every time he goes onto the field, but he has already been richly rewarded for the first part of his career. A low-level guy who can get through just a few seasons will have already made as much money as I anticipate in my entire career. A high-level player will make several times my lifetime earnings in just one season. If he has any brains (which, admittedly, is not a selection criterion for the NFL), he should be able to invest that money wisely, or even just bank it. The routine failure to do so permits the rest of us to feel smug and superior in our big-brained but wimpy and neurasthenic bodies. As a result of this situation, however, the successful player risks relatively little each time he plays -- after a couple seasons, he should be set for life, and if he isn't, we can blame him for it.

Meanwhile, a college player does not have great odds to be all that much smarter or more diversified than his NFL counterparts, but he has no prior career of princely salary to fall back on. Every time a college player with NFL potential goes onto the field, he risks his entire professional career. That makes for exciting viewing, just like watching for the crashes in NASCAR. Sick, but I dare you to deny that the high risk isn't part of what makes it a thrill.

Posted by: ScienceTim | January 9, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

byoolin... very true about the tunnels. A nightmare to get through them during rush hour, but so much fun after hours.

I used to go out of my way just so I could enter the city via the Fort Pitt tunnel and bridge at night. Nothing like zooming through non-descript semi-countryside into a hole in a mountain (well, a "mount"), then shooting out the other end into a world of glass and steel and light all reflected off the rivers. I lived there for two years and partied there for a decade and never got tired of that sight. Just thinking of it sends chills down my spine.

Posted by: martooni | January 9, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

And this they call a game? Hitting, risking life and limb? Huh.

Posted by: Yoki | January 9, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Now martooni's gone and upset the people in Greentree with that "non-descript semi-countryside" crack. You just love to push people's buttons, don't you? :-)

As for why college football is more exciting than the NFL version: it's the thrill of watching America's young scholars showing off their athleticism. There's something about knowing that our future academics are also fine physical specimens with an intense competitive edge.

Yes, that must be it.

Posted by: byoolin1 | January 9, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Well, just watched Obama and am relieved to see that his support for crucial reforms remains strong. He still favors a playoff.

SciTim : I really have a hard time believing people like watching college football because they might see people get injured. That seems far too Gladiator to me. I hate to think that is the case. But I could be wrong. It isn't without precedent.

byoolin - Ah yes. A celebration of the scholar athlete. It all makes sense to me now.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 9, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Apropos of nothing, does anybody know a "pricing analyst" (in the context of pricing out gummint contracts) who is looking for a job? If so, let me know. We've got an opening.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | January 9, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Sure Science Tim, a sound investment like a first rate kennel of fighting dogs. I've heard there's lot of money to be made with that.

RIP Gaston Le Nôtre. The papa of the Opéra will be missed by the sweet tooth crowd.
I once spent an hour in one of his catering store in Paris (Place de la Madeleine, maybe), just before Christmas. I was mesmerized by the assortment of beautiful cakes, glistening mousses, glazed ducks, spectacular aspics and so on. In the end I ate a wonderful mangoe expertly pitted and diced but still attached on its skin. The clerk does it in about 2 minutes, right in front of you. He was a chef believing in teaching his skills.
Mrs. D went for an Opéra, what else?
Obit from the NYT.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 9, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

byoolin... nothing against the folks in Greentree (or Carnegie, for that matter), but the view from 279 is almost nothing but trees. Maybe that's where Greentree got its name? ;-)

I also liked the way 279 winds down towards the tunnel... bank left... bank right... bank left... and more left... and more left... my little Fiero was transformed into a Formula One racer on that bit of road.

And shooting out of the tunnel into the city was like being launched from the Galactica. Tunnel lights flying past you faster and faster as you pick up speed and then BAM! Bright lights, moderately-sized city.

Okay... so I'm easily amused.

Posted by: martooni | January 9, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Shriek, the Lenôtre obit includes these two grafs:

"In April 1974, Mr. Lenôtre sent Michel Richard, who was his apprentice at 20 and who now runs several successful restaurants in the United States, to open Chateau France on East 59th Street in New York City. An 80-seat restaurant and pâtisserie, it was meant to showcase the Lenôtre style.

“It closed a year later,” Mr. Richard said. “Americans weren’t ready for his pastries. They could only feed one person, whereas American cakes were much richer.”

Don't know if you are aware, SD, but Richard now runs a couple of restaurants here in DC, and his main one, Citronelle, is routinely cited as THE best one in town, and always is at the top of the Tom Sietsma and other restaurant/food guide lists. He's THE celebrity chef in DC, and has been for a few years now. Also seems to be an interesting guy, from what I've read. Unfortunately, I know from nothing about French pastries, and couldn't afford to park my car close to his restaurant, let alone eat in it.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | January 9, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Out with the old, in with the new... A few days late, but:

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 9, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Oooooooh! An NRAO ad popped up when I reloaded the page!

"Exercise Your Mind
Visit Green Bank, WV"


Posted by: Scottynuke | January 9, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I don't think the thrill is in seeing the scholar-athlete lose life & limb, nor in seeing the stock car crash into the wall. The thrill is in knowing that it COULD happen, knowing the magnitude of the risk and the ease with which it could happen, and seeing how the skillful and talented player/driver skirts that edge but avoids going over. It's the vicarious thrill of life on the edge.

Regarding "investments" in dog-fighting -- well, like I said, these guys are not selected primarily for their mental capacities. Smug self-satisfaction from observing the stupidity of their choices is the only thing enabling the rest of us to feel we have any business reproducing.

Posted by: ScienceTim | January 9, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I've been thinking, and have come up with a theory about why, perhaps, some people like college football better. And this is based entirely upon some perceptions of mine that may be quite incorrect.

If one accepts the premise that the mean skill level of college players is below that of the pros, then, perhaps, in a college environment those with exceptional skills might shine even more.

It's the "big fish small pond" idea.

And when you have the opportunity for stars to shine, then, perhaps, big exciting plays will follow.

Just an idea.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 9, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

SD, please define "Opéra" as you used it?

Posted by: nellie4 | January 9, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Somehow we guessed it was NSFW from the url itself, Mudge.

Too much blather and not enough lather.

And on a funnier note:

It's a healthcare conspiracy!

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 9, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh, Epaminondas! Victor Davis Hanson's "The Soul of Battle" was a heck of a book which posits that the mightiest armies of all time are the armies of citizen-soldiers who band together temporarily to right a wrong. His chosen exemplars are Epaminondas' Theban army, Sherman's Army of the West, and Patton's Third Army.

A National Review article discussing the book in the context of current American military adventures:

Victor Davis Hanson's site (lots of his stuff here):

Posted by: bobsewell | January 9, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

RD, my theory on that question is similar to yours. My (almost entirely uninformed) impression is that one huge difference between the college players and the pros is in the quality of the defense. Weaker defense means longer runs, longer throws, and a higher frequency of exciting offensive plays altogether. As opposed to running a yard or two and being tackled, and then doing it again. And again.

Posted by: -bia- | January 9, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Nellie, from the NYT obit:

Many of the pastries elaborated by Mr. Lenôtre are still sold in the boutiques. The Opéra, an almond bread with coffee cream and chocolate frosting; the Succès, an almond meringue cake with nougatine and almond praline; and the Feuille d’Automne, a cake composed of almond and vanilla meringue with dark chocolate mousse — are all original Lenôtre recipes.

They sound wonderful, if diabetes-inducing.

Posted by: slyness | January 9, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Amateurs vs pros: Quality varies more.

Ergo, bigger, more boring blowouts that mostly only please the statistic-mad.

Is a te-bow like a rainbow, only made out of tea mist? If so, tebows never last, either.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 9, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

SCC: statistics-mad.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 9, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Nellie, the very bottom of this URL shows a photo of the Opera cake, with some description of how it is made.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | January 9, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm laughing at myself, Wilbrod-- I never notice the actual wording of that Colbert link, just copied and pasted it blind.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | January 9, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

bobsewell! It's like homecoming around here these days.

Posted by: Yoki | January 9, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Well, there's impeachments, and then there's impeachments. As I recall, US presidents are 2-0 in impeachment proceedings.

Posted by: bobsewell | January 9, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Howdy, all. My computer at home is ill (no video), and I've been busy and/or not present at work.

Posted by: bobsewell | January 9, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Bob, that's because Nixon had the sense to realize he would be removed if impeached and resigned before that could happen. What a happy day that was!

Posted by: slyness | January 9, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

This pro v. college football issue is a live one for me. I will travelling to the US midwest at some point this year to see some in-laws. I would love to see a college game, but have very little interest in scheduling our trip around a NFL game. So I ask myself why.

1. Expense is a factor. A Cheese-head I know paid a LOT of money to go see Favre in action. I'm not that committed.
2. College football is more 'pure' in the sense of being uncontaminated by the fact that all the players in a pro game are essentially entertainers. Olympic ideal and all that.
3. Personally I don't closely follow either the NFL or US college seasons (see #1)
4. The college teams do seem to try riskier plays and unconventional types of offences and defences. Disagreeing with SciTim's point, I don't think many people watch football for the risk of injury.
5. The college hype is a lot of fun. This is completely foreign to us here where college football games get hundreds, not thousands, of spectators.

Posted by: engelmann | January 9, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I wasn't aware of the DC connection but I have heard of Citronelle, it's one of the best restaurant in the USA according to Gourmet. I buy Gourmet once in a while, it's my food p0rn of choice. This month's features Eyetalian-American food. I couldn't resist to the spaghetti and meatballs displayed on the cover. And the promise of further decadent stuff like pizza, minestrone soup, ziti, veal cacciatore, etc.

Slyness, you would be surprised how little sugar is used sometimes. Real French pastries are not as sweet as their North American equivalent, by far. They don't skip on butter and cream quality and quantity though...

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 9, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Depends on how you're keeping score, Bob. Presidents are 2-0 on being impeached-- but both were acquitted, so the impeachers are 0-2. Nixon resigned before it became 3-0, and I like to think the acquittal score would have been 1-2. And I'd always hoped Bush might make it 2-2, but alas, it's not to be.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | January 9, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse


We're thinking of hanging around in Northome to watch the sled dogs come in for their layover on the White Oak Classic... we have places to go that day, and Northome is less out of our way than Deer river would be, and I read promises of sled dog demos while we wait to see the first finishers come in.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 9, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Of course you're right. I was being sloppy. Shoulda said: Impeached U.S. presidents are 2-0 at their Senate trials.

Posted by: bobsewell | January 9, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't quite call it a "man crush", but Anthony Bourdain is my kind of guy. He smokes, he drinks, he's cynical, he's got a warped sense of humor, he swears like a sailor and is apparently one hell of a chef. It doesn't hurt that he's a big fan of The Ramones.

I'm only mentioning this because I'm taking a break to let my fingers thaw out while waiting for paint to dry and his show is on Travel Channel right now.

Posted by: martooni | January 9, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Your body isn't a temple, it should be a g*d d**ned amusement park.

- Anthony Bourdain -

Posted by: Yoki | January 9, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Or a ski area...


Posted by: Scottynuke | January 9, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

A lot of experts (see the Malcolm Gladwell piece referenced a few weeks ago, at say the biggest difference between college football and the NFL is that the game is so much faster in the pro's. Now, whether this produces a more "interesting" game to watch I cannot say.

I first started watching college football in the 1960s, during the era of Ohio State and Woody Hayes, when the m,antra was "three yards and a cloud of dust," and college football was nothing but off-tackle line plunges, and boring as all crap. Q-backs threw passes maybe eight times a game, for a total of 35 yards.

So I pretty much stopped watching, and never got back into it. Thank you, Woody Hayes (the most overrated coach in all of football history). Ara Parsegian and Notre Dame? Feh; who cares. And even being a native Pennsyltuckian, I could never muster up much enthusiasm for Joe Paterno and Penn State, whose crowning feature was their utterly generic Brand X uniforms. Paterno teams usually had great defenses--but it was pretty boring watching great defenses stop all those even-more-boring off-tackle line plunges, holding them to one-yard gains instead of three.

So I admit to being out-of-touch with modern college football, and maybe Joel's right. But on the other hand, I think it is indisputable that pro ball has the cream of crop playing, and they are spread among only 32 teams (and some would argue spread too thinly at that), whereas in college ball there are a couple hundred teams playing, and I am unable to muster enough enthusiasm to follow any of them long enough to know their personalities and idiosyncracies. Who gives a rat's patoot about the PAC 10 or the ACC 12 or the PDQ 9 or whatever. At least with 32 pro teams, and with their team's longevity, the amount of stuff I have to learn and follow is much smaller and manageable, and I can track my favorite heroes and villains over many years. You can only follow a college quarterback over maybe two or three years at most, but you can follow a Favre, a Brady, a Montana, a Marino for a decade or sometimes longer. You can build up nice long hatreds for some teams, some coaches, and some players (as well as affections), which I find nearly impossible in college ball. Who is the QB of the Idaho Spudlickers? This year's FG kicker for the Mighty Fighting University of New Mexico Sunblocks? I have no idea. Don't know, don't care.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | January 9, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Ohh, watch out 'Mudge. gwe is a big guy...

Posted by: Yoki | January 9, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Who called it? Definitely a ski area, Scotty.

Posted by: Yoki | January 9, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Yoki I may be a big guy,but I am a gentle giant, I wish my stupid diet was working better,I want to less of a big guy.....

Off to work

Have a Great day everyone!!!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | January 9, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what ever happened to Skinny Minnie Miller.

Posted by: Boko999 | January 9, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Now THAT is an "Opéra" anyone would enjoy!

Thanks all.

Posted by: nellie4 | January 9, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Not afraid of GWE, Yoki; he's a good guy, as you well know.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | January 9, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Holy you-know-what: Skinny Minnie is still skating.

Posted by: byoolin1 | January 9, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

A heavy-handed Hackensack mama, byoolin?

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 9, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

She might be a heavy-handed Hackensack mama, but the linked page shows that she is not a bleached-blonde bomber, nor is she built like a 'frigerator with a head.

Posted by: ScienceTim | January 9, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Ooo, I love Anthony Bourdain. He's the most entertaining guy on TV that isn't on the Comedy Channel. One heck of a writer too.

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | January 9, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Hey! Get Satchel off
my turf! I got real street credo,
He got real.... wrinkles.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 9, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Hey Scotty, this :

is where I am going skiing in the next couple of weeks. 60 inch base, 24 inches of new snow this week!

Posted by: Yoki | January 9, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I posit that college ball has a similar but attenuated thrill akin to watching the 5-year-olds play T-ball. This is not to be sneered at. More risk, craziness, long shots; all these mean more entertainment.

Of course, legends such as "Wrong Way Reigels" perpetuate this sort of fun.

I'm aware that Jim Marshall of the Browns did a similar thing as a pro.

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 9, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Aw those widdle cute 200-pound kids with the ball...

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 9, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Jumper, please! You have NOOOO idea how much I hate T-Ball. At least in college football the players are competant and don't drool, or pick flowers, and wander off the field in the middle of a play, or wet themselves.

Except for those at Temple University, of course (my alma mater).

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | January 9, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

I played T-ball and I never did that.

No wonder Temple never tried to recruit me...

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 9, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Scottynuke, I love that song.

Almost as much as I love Scotty Feschuk's observation in the Couch Boys blog that in this weekend's Arizona-Carolina game Larry Fitzgerald is "going to be covered more tightly that Keira Knightley’s waist in an English period drama."

Posted by: byoolin1 | January 9, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Couple of quick comments:

shriek - A friend of mine turned me on to Citronelle (even though my uncle had been raving about it for years), and it's become my favorite resturant anywhere. Of course, it helps that Michel, Jean-Jacques, and Mel have know me and my foodie middle daughter a bit and are very gracious to me when I'm there. Nice folks. If you're in DC with an expense account, let me know - I can probably set something really nice up for you...

Michel keeps telling me that I need to go to his new place downtown - Central - but I haven't managed to get past even the bar/lounge food at Citronelle yet. Besides, Georgetown is more convenient for me that Capitol Hill...

On a side note, I understand games and sport such as football and auto racing pretty well, having participated in them at reasonably high levels throught my life. I can appreciate what it takes to do them well and enjoy watching them for entertainment's sake as well as bringing a critical eye to such things as offensive line blocking schemes and defensive back play, as well as pit strategies and drivers who can wring winning performances out of cars under various conditions. It takes some knowledge and skill to do these things well - I've done them at one point or another in my life.

I think that Living and Achieving at the highest levels - individually or in groups - involves some risk, whatever it is that you may be doing. Managing risk is important, of course - I personally don't equate foolishness with Achievement (says a guy who's hurled race cars into corners at 160 mph...). Football players and race car drivers don't go into games with the intent of getting hurt, they're going out there thinking about how to be their best, and how to achive their maximum potential over the course of the competition and getting the result they want (winning, naturally). When you start worrying more about getting hurt than about figuring out how to win even as you don your safety gear, I think it's best to take it off then and there and stop immediately.

I don't watch anything to see anyone get hurt, and as much as I can appreciate a crisp open-field tackle, well-executed check, or a breathaking outside pass, I *never* want to see anyone hurt or even equipment destroyed.

Granted, everyone's levels and evaluations of what constitiutes acceptable risk or appropriate entertainment for competitive events or anything else in their lives - business, finances, self-expression, bathing habits, etc. are relative to each of us in as individuals and in our families, and other social/comminuty groups.

I don't watch bullfighting, even though Papa said it's a sport, just like auto racing.

I'm Italian, so I do like to gamble a bit, but I know my limits.

Sorry for the lengthy ramblin', folks.


Posted by: -bc- | January 9, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Well, competance is always a factor.

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 9, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Yer killin' me, Yoki, you have no idea...

*sobbing quietly in the corner*

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 9, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

And next on Indictment Tonight!

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 9, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

LOL! I saw that one, Scotty. We're bound and determined to give Illinois a run for its money.

I'll see your Blagojevich and your Kerner, and raise you a Mandel and an Agnew.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | January 9, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

bc, I worked for the gunmint, 'nuff said.
Although I have splurged once in a while, Citronelle is still outside my splurge zone. But I admire the work these guys and gals do. Restaurant work is hard work, I've done it a few weeks back in the days and decided to get back to my industrial base. More pay, less work but much less of the people interaction the hospitality business provides.

Mudge, I'm reading my favourite feature in Gourmet, Jane and Michael Stern's Road Food. It's about cheesesteaks of the Fully variety. I'll provide a summary later. Man that looks good.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 9, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Although I must say, it's nice to see a woman breaking the corruption glass ceiling, for a change.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | January 9, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

SCC *work*
Although not now. I'm enjoying the only benefit of coming to work at 06:40; sipping an adult beverage by 1?:00.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 9, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Ah. what a day. triple crisis happened. two down, one about to be taken down by Monday and a plan for the rest of the year taking shape with a new partnership about to be formed.


Let me say that, credit card companies can and will do anything. as a merchant, you may think that you have money in your account, but it may disappear at a moments notice.


Posted by: russianthistle | January 9, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse


are you teasing Eric Brace's music?

*BTW, you will have to scroll down and click on the listen AND also listen to that famous "doughnut girl" song often referred to as the Krispy Kreme song.

>>> Mudge? morning delight with coffee?

This IS the teaser for the Title Song "Last Train Home" from the Eric Brace's band with the same name.

I have been looking to find a full cut of this. I bought the album a gazzillion years ago and can't find it.

Posted by: russianthistle | January 9, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Re 4:37

The tardiest rats smell the ferrets coming, and know they have only days to exit the granary.

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 9, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

No matter who is playing, I'm a football fan. Here's a reason (from last year) that college football is so great. (Note the size of the crowd. Not exactly that of say a Penn State game.)

Posted by: LostInThought | January 9, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like you are regrouping, russianthistle. Good on yer, mate.

Posted by: Yoki | January 9, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I've noticed the same rats nosing around Thistle's credit card company, are nosing around my 401K. Git!

I always wondered about Raymond James and Edward Jones. About doing business with a company that has a fake name. Is this supposed to reassure me? I don't understand...

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 9, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

LiT, that's great! Let's all play keep-away. Or was it monkey-in-the-middle?

Does anyone know -- If I liked watching that, does it mean I should be watching rugby rather than football? Is rugby anything like that?

Posted by: -bia- | January 9, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

That is a *great* video!

bia, I used to watch Rugby regularly when my brother played semi-pro, and it was much much much more violent than any football game I've ever seen.

Posted by: Yoki | January 9, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Couple more quick comments:

s_d, I understand where you're coming from as a Gummint worker. For the couple of times a year I go there to eat, I typically order at the bar or in the lounge. The food comes out of the same kitchen, tastes wonderful, and doesn't cost and arm and a leg (Actually, my typical lounge meal there costs a little more than would a full-on dinner at a place like TGI Fridays or Ruby Tuesdays. Really.), even if there are no leftovers.

LiT, that video was a nice lateral move on your part.


Posted by: -bc- | January 9, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

I see this on the New York Times front page:

"The Ciprianis have lost their lease for the Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center...for failing to pay the rent, but the restaurateurs are vowing to remain there."

And I thought Ciprianis were what Mudge drank at that swim up bar!

Posted by: nellie4 | January 9, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Shriek... the G family uses Jane & Michael Stern's guidance to plot many of our road trips.

Posted by: -TBG- | January 9, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

I played some intramural Rugby in college.

That *is* a rough game, and yeah, LiT's video sure reminded me of it.

It also reminded me about how competition and sport can bring out so many good things about ourselves - creativeness, individual expression *and* teamwork, inspiriation, skill, planning and quick thinking, discipline and flexibility, and simply enjoying oursleves win or lose.

When games stop being fun, it's time to stop. Or pick up another game.


Posted by: -bc- | January 9, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Or take up knitting, bc. Fun, and you get tea cozies out of the deal.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 9, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

We WERE looking for a replacement for M&S for our next BHP, weren't we?

Should I recommend Citronelle to the Steering Committee?

Maggie O'D

Posted by: rickoshea0 | January 9, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

If Citronelle is the locale of the next BPH, please give the rest of us enough notice so we can arrange to be there!

Posted by: slyness | January 9, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

My previous boss used to play rugby. He had the scars to prove it.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 9, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

I didn't mean to suggest that Citronelle's an alternative to M & S's happy hour, which I still regard as a minor miracle.

I'd also add that Geoff and the good folks at Buffalo Billiards did very right by us.

If you want to eat at Citronelle, that's OK (I'll start saving now), but if we eat and drink like we normally do at a BPH, everyone's going to need to check the limits on their credit cards. And possibly their credit scores.


Posted by: -bc- | January 9, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

I got tackled from behind while palying rugger in a field covered in 4 inches of snow with a 1/4 of ice on top. I slid ten feet face first throwing up a nice bow wave with my The human face should not be used as an icebreaker.

Posted by: Boko999 | January 9, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Besides, bc, is it not true that we have a designated waitress at M&S? Not to mention our own special mounted fish?

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 9, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Did anybody catch Hiloti Ngata playing rugby in junior high(clips shown during dallas/ravens game)he was like 6'2" and 260 everyone was a junior high school kid.It was hilarious.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | January 9, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod! I will be stuck in our fair city (20 miles south of Northome), a rest stop and the finish line for the novice and some other classes. It takes just about everyone in town to man the road crossings and run the concession stand in the fire hall. Even if it weren't closer for you than Deer River I think Northome is a better place to see the teams in action. Frenvious! (If you get a ride with the demo musher don't rub it in.)

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 9, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

I actually don't think it's hilarious to have kids play with kids twice their weight in such a contact sport. That's staggering potential for injury.

Wrestling, etc. has weight classes for a reason.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 9, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

My previous boss used to play hockey. He had the missing teeth to prove it.

Posted by: DandyLion | January 9, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm so glad to hear that, thanks Frostbitten.

I have a hard time imagining Wilbrodog letting me go off alone with a whole pack of other dogs, though.

That's the major problem with service dogs. You don't own 'em, they own you.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 9, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Did I hear someone say knitting?

Posted by: --dr-- | January 9, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand the popularity of big college or pro football. I do understand football, and played a good bit of the no pad full tackle variety kids used to be able to do in back yards or parks before parents started supervising so darned closely. Now, what I would love to see is a college team in one of those preseason mismatches designed to bring $ to the weak school, and not damage the strong school's ranking, use the A-11 offense. Two quarterbacks and everyone an eligible receiver. That would be worth watching.
I've also had this dream of some coach recruiting a player with crazy martial arts movie moves. 4th and goal, the quarterback hands off to a guy who executes a flip over the defense (it's better if you imagine it with sound effects).

Time to call it a night. Toodles boodle and sweet dreams.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 9, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Frostbitten, I was always sorry none of my daughters ever developed a real love for football.

I always wanted to see if one of them wanted to really work with me to become a truly ambidextrous quarterback. If a QB could move about the field behind the line of scrimmage to make a pass and never have to throw back across their body, that'd be a pretty neat thing -- and keep pass defenses *very* honest (they couldn't cheat a defense to any QBs natural "weak" side - the opposite side to their throwing arm - as a play develops).


Posted by: -bc- | January 9, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Wow, inauguration parade tickets were sold out in 60 seconds! Sheesh. The other funny thing is how fast they showed up on eBay for hundreds of dollars. Just crazy I tell you.

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | January 10, 2009 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Footballs are hard for small hands to throw, bc. That was the first step to souring on football for me as a kid, if I recall right.

Unless you wanted to be an ambidexterous nerf QB...

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 10, 2009 12:32 AM | Report abuse

The DOJ has passed a restrictive ruling on what a service animal is for the purposes of public access and exemption from laws governing pets.

Basically a service animal is a... service dog.

I'm not against primates being banned from public access (even if capuchin monkeys are relatively harmless and do great work after being trained by Helping Hands).

Very few species have the temperament and trainability to work reliably in all environments.
(Heck, I wouldn't even include humans in that list myself some days.)

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 10, 2009 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, did you see this article from last Sunday's NYT Magazine?

Posted by: rickoshea0 | January 10, 2009 1:26 AM | Report abuse

Pre dawn patrol complete

Post flight check complete

Bird is secured and hangared (can I use that as a verb?

A video ( that I probably posted already once before

NSFW for men but women might be able to get away with it (wink

Two time Grammy Winner Shakira^^ (she can dance her body

There is more to this story,,,but I'm hitin' my bunk

Dawn Patrol...the skies are yours

And B, you can clip the tree cover over the NO and CD all you want. but all know the UDL is A51.

Count down : 10 more days

(can I be more Cryptic!?)


Posted by: omnigood | January 10, 2009 6:35 AM | Report abuse

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

Morning, friends. This kit makes me think about that song Midnight Train to Georgia sung by Glady Knight. Some folks here used to tease people from Georgia that they(the folks from Georgia) had to leave at night, usually running.

I'm going to attempt the walk this morning. I also have a meeting at church. It is cold, I can feel it in here. I do hope your weekend is good.

Mudge, Slyness, Yoki, Scotty, Martooni, and all, good morning.*waving*

Time to swim.

Posted by: cmyth4u | January 10, 2009 7:20 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle. Happy weekend, everyone.

Uh, omni, which part of that Shakira thing was SFW? Cuz I watched it carefully 14 times and couldn't find any.

Undisclosed Location (UDL) is Area 51 (A51). Haven't got CD, though.

I believe there may be some football on late this afternoon.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | January 10, 2009 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Mornin' everybody...

Looks like the weather dude wasn't kidding last night. Woke up to about five inches of fresh white stuff on the ground and it's still coming down strong -- another 4 to 7 inches expected today.

It sho looks purty, but I'm glad I don't have to go anywhere today. This being the first real snow of the season, it's going to be a demolition derby out there until people remember how to drive in the stuff.

Guess I better blow the sawdust off the shovel and get the salt ready...

Peace out :-)

Posted by: martooni | January 10, 2009 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

Wilbrod - I didn't try to teach my small children to read by handing them Shakespeare or Solzhenitsyn, how to walk by entering them in the Boston Marathon, how to play basketball by making them try to shoot at a regulation 10-foot hoop, how to play baseball on a full size stadium with 400+ feet to center field (much less 85 mile-an hour fastballs), and I wouldn't hand my children a regulation NFL football to learn to pass.

They've made K2- and K4- size footballs for small hands for nearly 40 years now. That's what I learned to throw and play with, and that's what I used to teach my daughters to throw. Incidentally, they can all throw a pretty good spiral and understand the mechanics of footwork and follow-through.

They just don't love the game, and that's OK. Nothing to do with how big the ball is.


Posted by: -bc- | January 10, 2009 8:48 AM | Report abuse

#2 tried out for the football team in high school.She made it through three days of double sessions and then her body just gave out. She throws a mean spiral. She still loves football and had a conversation with “S” last night about Heisman winners including Tebow. Incidentally, she’s moved to the rehab wing of the hospital and seems much happier. Her husband brought their dog to visit yesterday.

Posted by: badsneakers | January 10, 2009 9:02 AM | Report abuse


You know what used to make me laugh, a backyard game of whiffle ball when the extended family would gather for a cookout. You always have to let the smallest kids keep score.

speaking of rugby... what IS a fly half?

Posted by: russianthistle | January 10, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Whiffle ball and the word is very satisfying to say and read.

I don't care too much about football, but I do love to watch or eavedrop on another's joy. I expect BC cheers the dots on with their crazes and passions, ranging (theorhetorically) from fabric choices to music loves, etc.

Science faire write up in work sessions today, Sunday, and Monday. I am the back up editor. If things go as per the past, the CPBoy will earn a high B or bee-plus, which I consider a mark of authentic he-did-it. Some of jonesing at school these days is astonishing, as in parents cannot keep their mitts off things that belong to the young-ems. To their credit as parents, science faire school excesses on the part of the curriculum fascists does not help.

(that is a misplaced or danglng modifier, but I need more coffee)

Off to swim team where my hair will splurt into the summer wonder of frizzle-wave top. JOY!

Take care all, with the football and etc. RT/DM hope that your horizons are partly sunny.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | January 10, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Sidewalk shoveled and salted... whew! The mailman will at least be safe while passing through my bit of the neighborhood. I thought about clearing the driveway, too. Just a thought, though. It's not all that big of a drive, but I'm working with a coal shovel since our snow shovel disintegrated last year. Fine for sidewalks, but not so good for large areas.

Eh... the car'll pack it all down.

Now I have to figure out how to entertain a six year old who desperately wants to build a snowman but can't because the snow we got isn't the packable kind. It's going to be a very long day.

Posted by: martooni | January 10, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

CqP, good morning.

Off to eastern market to help make 3 markets happen at once.

hey, order sumpin from hondo coffee and see if you get a special boodle treat. Vanilla and Cin. are much better than their chemical rivals. I drink our Black and Tan (coffee version).

BTW, as far as yesterday's excitement, may have had a happy ending. One more large factor to roll in and then we are good. Even have a future plan to make everyone happy. (scheming to have all servers w/in 3 blocks of home).

Posted by: russianthistle | January 10, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

bc - it is good that you have taught your daughters the fundamentals of sports. For not only will it enrich their lives, and doubtless many a Thanksgiving, but it will prevent a potential parenting nightmare should any of them decide to marry a person like me.

For I am not just bad at sports, I fail to meet the minimum requirements for being able to play them at all. And I cannot blame this on lack of parental involvement, for all of my siblings are reasonably proficient at at least one sport. My sister, in particular, used to terrorize the other young women in the Catholic School Basketball League.

Whereas I tried out for at least five separate sports teams over a two year period in elementary school and was cut from them all.

But this happened nearly 40 years ago and I am pretty close to being over it.

The point is, when my own son expressed interest in softball, I was filled with panic. But I didn't want to give him yet another thing to complain about to his future therapist, so I went out and bought the gloves and balls and did my best.

What a disaster. I think the poor child would have been better served if I had simply thrown the balls before a powerful fan and let them be blown at him. There was a serious chance I could take an eye out.

Fortunately there was a person to rescue me from my dangerous ineptitude. Someone who's father had once coached little league and had passed on a reasonable amount of competence.

And that person was my wife.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 10, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

rd, great story! thanks for sharing!!!

Posted by: russianthistle | January 10, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

bc, if it makes you feel any better, my football knowledge led many to think me quite strange in high school, apparently in the day it was ok for a girl to like football a little, but understanding point spreads, being up on most teams and players was just considered weird. Hoping that has changed.

Posted by: dmd2 | January 10, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

badsneakers, I love that your daughter tried out for football (girls team?). Around here some of the high schools have girls flag football, and my daughter is interested as she enjoys playing football. Not sure if the high school she has selected has a team, she will go out for the girls hockey team but this particular school is very competitive and the skill level might be beyond her, but she will try as she always does - doesn't seem to let failure to make the team to personally. I admire her willingness to keep trying, it is her last year of grade school and her last attempt to make the talent show hoping this year she gets selected.

Posted by: dmd2 | January 10, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Good morning Boodlers!

World Economic Crisis Affects Pirates' Income.

According to Somali Pirates Gulf of Aden LLC CFO Suleiman Bandar Baharia, the world economic crisis is severely afecting revenues along the Somali coast. Ranson income has plunged from 20 million to two million per release transaction. To make matters worse, this is in U.S. dollars, a currency which has lost nearly 8% of its value in the past 60 days.

This is creating a serious cash flow problem, requiring more frequent releases.

Yesterday, a ship loaded with wheat destined for Iran was allowed to depart.

Sherif Ali Upepo, operations VP, stated, "This is ridiculous. What are we, trout fishermen?

"This catch and release has to stop."

Brag's News Service.

Posted by: Braguine | January 10, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Morning, all. Mr. T and I are being lazy this morning, but my task for the day is to fill a plastic grocery bag with weeds from the periwinkle bed. That shouldn't take me long.

Sneaks, glad to hear #2 is in better spirits. She's a plucky kid, and I'm praying for her.

Earlier, it was warmer at the ski slopes than here, but I'm glad that has changed a little. Still not warm enough for real yard work, but I'm going to do it anyway.

Posted by: slyness | January 10, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I am so envious that you can do yard work Slyness, pulling weeds is so much more enjoyable to me than shovelling snow. Three more months (sooner if the global warming thing works out - :-))

Posted by: dmd2 | January 10, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

In my last boodle hog of the morning (I promise), I have though about posting a link to the CBC's contest to create a Canadian music playlist for Obama - it is such an excellent example of the Canadian need to be noticed.

Saw this Scott Feschuk post on the subject and it made me smile.

Posted by: dmd2 | January 10, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Hey Brag did you hear that the pirates flipped, drowned and lost the ransom on the way home after letting the oil tanker go? has a blrb.

Posted by: bh71 | January 10, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Mudge, I wrote NSFW for men. You'd get in trouble if caught watching. Cause of Shakira's body dance... All the man in that video does is plead and cry. Hence SFW for women...

Posted by: omnigood | January 10, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the info, bh :o)

Posted by: Braguine | January 10, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Arnold is giving the California state workers every other friday off - without pay.

Posted by: bh71 | January 10, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

B => Braguine
NO => Naval Observatory
CD => Camp David

Fourteen times. WOW. I watch it once and need a cold shower...

And an SCC on hitin' : should be a double t

Almost time for brunch

Posted by: omnigood | January 10, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I'm gonna have to watch it another six or eight times to verify that, omni. Not that I don't take your word for it. I just like to be thorough.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | January 10, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

*much-delayed-due-to-extra-driving-after-dealing-with-a-power-failure-at-the-local-car-shop Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 10, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

What a morning. Miss Dog was missing this a.m. She often, especially now that her winter coat is flourishing, likes to sleep on my neighbor's outside sofa at nights. (This is a dog who especially likes snoozing in the snow when we have snow.) So after touring the neighborhood, I called the lady from the business next door. Is there any chance, I asked, that my dog was locked in your business yesterday afternoon?

"I left out of there in a rush; we went to the symphony last night. It's possible. I will be right over."

Miss Dog is home now. Asleep peacefully in a back office is where she was.

The symphony was Sheherazade. I am so jealous. And I may have a job, now. Lab tech next door.

"So you never know what events are going
to transpire to get you home." - Tom Hanks

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 10, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

I'm trying to not pull my hair out while being forced to watch CNN coverage of the ceremony to christen the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush...

Guess whose even-more-fractured-than-usual speech patterns I'm trying to block out...


Posted by: Scottynuke | January 10, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Puzzled by Omni's 11:37 post

Posted by: Braguine | January 10, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

I have a friend who is at the GHWB carrier christening this morning, Scotty. She didn't want to go but Navy friend gave her husband tickets. Theirs is a mixed marriage. She's a staunch Democrat and he's a staunch Republican, so this election was tough on them. She said she agreed to go as a sort of consolation prize for her husband. I don't want to watch it at all because I might catch a glimpse (or worse, catch a sentence) of GWB. I'm still not over my rage at his statement that he never compromised his soul. GRRRRRR.

Loved your story RD.

Glad you found your dog, Jumper.

If you have the chance, boodlers, go see Slum Dog Millionaire. The hubby and I both loved it. Gritty in spots, but a wonderful movie.

Posted by: Kim1 | January 10, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

OK I had to look at the list of Canadian songs/music, note the it requires Canadian content either in composer,or musician so the songs may be written by others but performed by Canadian musicians. The list may end up providing me with YouTube searches for the day. I like the idea of a list but not sending it off to Obama.

A song I never tire of listening to, Try by Blue Rodeo.

Posted by: dmd2 | January 10, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

For anyone, who like me, is into wasting time today.

Posted by: dmd2 | January 10, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I find it odd that Neil Young's first album is often forgotten.

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 10, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I am so stuck in youtube right now,

Colin James - Into the Mystic - for the guitar fans - live from a small venue.

Posted by: dmd2 | January 10, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Afternoon all
The winter weather that was forecast has been changed to just rain.Nothing like a cold rain to make for staying inside.I would like some snow sometime and preferrably on the weekend.But it is nice to see plenty of water in the streams and when it finally gets real cold,beautiful ice formations.Well another log is due on the fire.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | January 10, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I love all you Canuckis way too much to allow you to put William Shatner's album with Lucy in the Sky With Diamionds on that list.

I think it's absurd to think that Obama isn't familiar with Canada. After all, he's from Illinois, and that's right across that big lake from Canada, so he has a lot of foreign policy experience with Canada, since he can almost see it from his window.

And anyway, he was really born in Singapore. Or someplace.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | January 10, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Busy morning chez Yoki, so I guess I will wish you all a happy afternoon!

Did you know that today is Talk like a Rock Star Day? I didn't either, until #2 told me so. Perhaps it only RlaRSD in my household.

Good fun.

Back to sorting vast piles of *stuff.* Have a good day, everybody.

Posted by: Yoki | January 10, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness we have 'mudge to save us from ourselves!

Posted by: Yoki | January 10, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Alas, Mr. T decided that he was not technically capable of installing the bathroom fan/light we purchased at Lowe's last night, so I will have to call an electrician. I am relieved.

Good luck on a new job, Jumper. I see that NC is above the national average in unemployment, so I hope you are no longer a statistic.

I too have work: my consultant friend has asked me to write up case studies of police officers who died in wrecks. I started looking at the info he sent last night; two of the twelve deaths ocurred in NC and one in SC. This is not good.

Posted by: slyness | January 10, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Darn tootin'.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | January 10, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

At least it isn't BFA!!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | January 10, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

First we take Manhattan..
(still on Canuckis)

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 10, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Here's one for Joel

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 10, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

My selection, KD Lang, Leonard Cohen's Hallalujah.

Posted by: dmd2 | January 10, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

More from Leonard, who is waiting

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 10, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Kd's version of Crying should also be considered.

Great selectioms Jumper.

Posted by: dmd2 | January 10, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I think we should add some Matthew Good Band (I guess that would be for the Obamas both) and Barenaked Ladies.

Posted by: Yoki | January 10, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Both are on the list Yoki.

Posted by: dmd2 | January 10, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Early morning rain

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 10, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Few have the pipes for Crying. K.D. does. Sweet.

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 10, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Oh I love Barenaked Ladies Yoki!! And the band is really good too!!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | January 10, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Still going through the list and came upon Oscar Peterson's Hymn to Freedom - wow.

Posted by: dmd2 | January 10, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Obama has to listen to something while he works out - the list looks good to me, and could keep me on youtube all day.

Love this by Gordon Lightfoot:

It's a bit hard to hear the words in that one. This is from Canadian Idol a few years ago:

Thanks, dmd!

Posted by: seasea | January 10, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Good to know I am not the only one wasting the day away on youtube.

Posted by: dmd2 | January 10, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Score! and big discovery. I must not forget her. Holly Cole

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 10, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Holly Cole is great Jumper, you may also enjoy Molly Johnston.

Posted by: dmd2 | January 10, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

There was a time in this fair land when the railroad did not run
When the wild majestic mountains stood alone against the sun
Long before the white man and long before the wheel
When the green dark forest was too silent to be real
But time has no beginnings and histry has no bounds
As to this verdant country they came from all around
They sailed upon her waterways and they walked the forests tall
And they built the mines the mills and the factories for the good of us all

And when the young mans fancy was turnin to the spring
The railroad men grew restless for to hear the hammers ring
Their minds were overflowing with the visions of their day
And many a fortune lost and won and many a debt to pay

For they looked in the future and what did they see
They saw an iron road runnin from sea to the sea
Bringin the goods to a young growin land
All up through the seaports and into their hands

Look away said they across this mighty land
From the eastern shore to the western strand
Bring in the workers and bring up the rails
We gotta lay down the tracks and tear up the trails
Open er heart let the life blood flow
Gotta get on our way cause were movin too slow

Bring in the workers and bring up the rails
Were gonna lay down the tracks and tear up the trails
Open er heart let the life blood flow
Gotta get on our way cause were movin too slow
Get on our way cause were movin too slow

Behind the blue rockies the sun is declinin
The stars, they come stealin at the close of the day
Across the wide prairie our loved ones lie sleeping
Beyond the dark oceans in a place far away

We are the navvies who work upon the railway
Swingin our hammers in the bright blazin sun
Livin on stew and drinkin bad whiskey
Bendin our old backs til the long days are done

We are the navvies who work upon the railway
Swingin our hammers in the bright blazin sun
Layin down track and buildin the bridges
Bendin our old backs til the railroad is done

So over the mountains and over the plains
Into the muskeg and into the rain
Up the st. lawrence all the way to gaspe
Swingin our hammers and drawin our pay
Drivin em in and tyin em down
Away to the bunkhouse and into the town
A dollar a day and a place for my head
A drink to the livin and a toast to the dead

Oh the song of the future has been sung
All the battles have been won
Oer the mountain tops we stand
All the world at our command
We have opened up the soil
With our teardrops and our toil

For there was a time in this fair land when the railroad did not run
When the wild majestic mountains stood alone against the sun
Long before the white man and long before the wheel
When the green dark forest was too silent to be real
When the green dark forest was too silent to be real
And many are the dead men too silent to be real - Lightfoot

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 10, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

k.d. lang's versions of Hallelujah and Crying would be on any and all of my whatever-alltime lists, mo matter what.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | January 10, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Lookithere, I accidentally got back on kit w/the Lightfoot lyrics. Holly Cole is growing on me also.

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 10, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

SCC Molly Johnson growing on me, as that's what I'm listening to now.

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 10, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

C'mon Mudge, you know where that "somewhere" is that Obama was born, right? Right?

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | January 10, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Well I am off to watch the Ravens/Titans.Should be great I have decided to stay up in west by god and watch the game instead of heading to Baltimore. Eight years ago when we won the Superbowl,I went to the first game of the playoffs and watched the 2nd game (against Tennesee) in WV. So as some sports fans go with superstition,wearing that favourite jersey,eating that certain food.I have decided to follow the path of 8 years ago and hopefully it will have the same results.

It should be a good defensive battle,2 good defenses and teams that like the running game.As usual turnovers will be a key factor. Look for a low scoring slugfest and hopefully my Boys can prevail.

Have a Great day everyone!!!



Posted by: greenwithenvy | January 10, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

MotP, I think Mudge was being ironic.


Posted by: slyness | January 10, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

We’ve been out laying in supplies in anticipation of the snow tonight. I have enough food to cook ahead for a month. Made stuffed peppers already and now am ready to reward myself with a nap.

dmd, no, #2 tried out for the boys’ football team. It was quite scandalous at the time. Part of her equipment was an extra set of kneepads. I was worried about her teeth more than anything else if she had made the team (she has gorgeous teeth). She ended up being the team’s manage. She has never been one to defer to guys in sports and used to beat the carp out of some of her male friends at tennis. She called a while ago to tell me of a surprise visitor to her hospital room. A friend from college, with whom she keeps in touch but hasn’t seen in 18 years came to see her, bringing his two sons, ages 14 and 8. He drove all the way from NH, it’s very sweet of him and really lifted her mood a lot.

Posted by: badsneakers | January 10, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

So glad your daughter had such a wonderful visit to lift her spirits.

I am still deep in nostagia - from the early seventies a group that got a lot of airplay at my house, but I rarely here now.

Lighthouse - One Fine Morning

Posted by: dmd2 | January 10, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Curmudgeon- | January 10, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Badsneaks - A second pair of kneepads?

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 10, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Youtube is a late-night activity for me; tonight I won't have to search, I can just boodleskim and watch all the great stuff you guys posted today. Thanks!

Here's one I watch a lot--it's Jackson Browne doing what he does best, being very cool and introspective, admitting his faults and soliciting our forgiveness, being generally young and beautiful...

"I guess I never knew what she was talking about
I guess I never knew what she was living without..."

Posted by: kbertocci | January 10, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Celine Dions all the way down.

Posted by: Boko999 | January 10, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Boko... always there to crack me up... thanks!

Posted by: -TBG- | January 10, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Been busy all morning frying thick bacon squares, browning 3/8 x 3/8 potatoes cubes and 1/8 x 1/8 onion bits in the big cast iron pot. Just got them all into the crock pot with a half gallon of milk (took Casandra's suggestion and got a crock pot so don't have to scrub the iron pot anymore). Now to settle down and watch the football games while everything simmers. Maybe sip a little red wine. Had to open a bottle to get some to deglasse the iron pot.

Posted by: bh71 | January 10, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

youtube is a great way-back machine. Sometimes when I want to feel all weepy nostalgic I will listen to this one:

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 10, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Did you see the picture of Obama at Ben's Chili Bowl at the WaPo site?

Coolest President Ever!

Posted by: rickoshea0 | January 10, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, I just got back from seeing the "Benjamin Button" movie. This morning I listened to the F. Scott Fitzgerald short story. Recent exposure to the story added nothing to my enjoyment of the movie. The movie is, I guess, "inspired by" FSF's story, rather than "based on" it.

I think the screenplay is a better story, more coherent, more dramatic, where the short story is uneven in tone, slightly farcical at times, sad at others. I liked the movie--it had all of Hollywood's technical abilities on display. The only objection I have is that they changed the female lead's name from "Hildegarde" to "Daisy" -- I understand that Hildegarde is not a great name but Daisy Buchanan is such a strong character that I feel like she pretty much owns that name and I think they should have used some other name.

Posted by: kbertocci | January 10, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, rickoshea0, doncha bet that $20 will be treasured forever, not put into the till! I hope he manages to get out often, though I'm sure it'll drive his Secret Service detail batty.

I thought Colbert King's column today showed how much we've changed, and not changed:

Posted by: slyness | January 10, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

RD, LOL of course it will take about 10 youtube searches to cleanse my mind of the tune. Might have to go back to Peter, Paul and Mary's Puff the Magic Dragon.

Posted by: dmd2 | January 10, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

This will cleanse any tune cootie - of course it has it's own issues (this is actaully nominated on the Obama list, right up there with Shatner.

Corey Hart

I should explain my ramblings today, temps cold, sky grey, wind blowing snow around - great day to waste playing on Youtube.

Posted by: dmd2 | January 10, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

RD, extra pads were for her chest.

Posted by: badsneakers | January 10, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Duh. Off course. I can be terribly slow sometimes badsneakers.

Way to think out of the box.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 10, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Good sfternoon, all.

Went to help a friend move a car engine and transaxle from York, PA to Rockville, MD, with a stop for lunch and the second half of the Ga. Tech vs. MD Men's basketball game (maybe next time, yellojkt). Now I'm hunkered down to enjoy today's NFL playoff games, crossing my fingers for my picks this week.

Dude, what the $!@# is Talk Like a *&%ingway?


Posted by: -bc- | January 10, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

*goofy waves*
Hi T!

Buddy thinks Barry would like "Old Man on the Corner"- Fraser and DeBolt.

Posted by: Boko999 | January 10, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Brag, the 11:37 was an an explanation of abbreviations I used in my 8:35 post

Posted by: omnigood | January 10, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

SCCs: "afternoon," and "Dude, what the $!@# is Talk Like a *&%ing Rock Star any*&%ingway?"

I can't even do *that* right.


Posted by: -bc- | January 10, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

7-7 at halftime and we are lucky. Some terrific hitting going on.ok,back to the game.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | January 10, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Benjamin Button hasn't appealed to me - but it's one that I should see because it will be up for awards. Nice to hear the review from kbertocci.

I finished reading The Outlander by Gil Adamson. Very good book, set in 1903, about a young widow on the run. It was a little unclear about exactly where it was set - I thought it was the Canadian Rockies, Amazon says it was Idaho and Montana. Anyway, she winds up in a town named Frank. I went googling for Frank, Canada and came up with this:

The landslide is part of the story. Very good book, told in a non-linear fashion, interesting characters.

Posted by: seasea | January 10, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

The interpretive centre at Frank Slide is great, really great. And geologists say the next fall can't be long in the future; they have sensors all through the mountain to look at seismic data. Very cool.

Posted by: Yoki | January 10, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

I have a sneaking suspicion that I will be hurting like hell tomorrow. Little Bean and I made a snowman today and I got a little carried away.

Let's just say he's close to 8 feet tall, his base is over 4 feet in diameter and weighs about as much as an air-cooled VW engine, and I had to split his mid-section in two before installing because it also weighed as much as an air-cooled VW engine (minus carburetor and alternator). A carload of younguns actually stopped in front of our house while I was building the abominable snowman and yelled "Doood! That's $#@!'n HUGE! Cool!"

Being vertically challenged, I had to pull out the step ladder to install the head and decorate it. Our abominable now has a smile of rocks, a twig for a nose, a pair of swimming goggles and a "coolie" hat, not to mention two sizable tree limbs for arms.

Pictures will be posted in the a.m. (assuming it doesn't collapse on itself overnight). In the meantime, I plan to sip a little hootch and become one with the couch, no matter what carp is on TV. At this point, I'd even watch chick flicks on "Lifetime" and not complain so long as the hootch flows freely and everyone leaves me be.

Peace out :-)

Posted by: martooni | January 10, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

A heck of a football game.

And a reminder to me of how much luck favors the prepared.


Posted by: -bc- | January 10, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Nailbiting is then word that comes to mind bc.......taking off my shoes....

Posted by: greenwithenvy | January 10, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Dusky wine sunset
filtering through groomed grey clouds
on buildings by snowplows


(No sled dogs for us today. Too busy.)

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 10, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

greenie, you now know that your prep for the next Ravens game will be old tennis shoes and socks with the toe sections cut off.

Oh, yeah -- don't forget to do some stretching beforehand, too. You don't want to pull something while you're doing *that.*


Posted by: -bc- | January 10, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

For Dandylion's boodlepop: sky report at 7:26.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 10, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

greenwithenvy, looks like a good choice to stay in a warm place and watch on TV today. Exposing the toenails would not be good out there.

Posted by: bh71 | January 10, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

William Zantzinger killed poor Hattie Carroll

The guy whose actions inspired the Dylan song "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll" died at age 69. Here's the Post obit on a guy who sounds like he wasn't very bright.

That time feels like it was a long time ago. Things aren't perfect now, but I hope that feeling is correct.

Posted by: -pj- | January 10, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Ravens fans, congrats!


Posted by: -bc- | January 10, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse


Matt Stover,the original Raven and Brown....

Posted by: greenwithenvy | January 10, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Joe Cool not your average rookie....

Posted by: greenwithenvy | January 10, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm happy that the Ravens won, because, you know, I've been to Baltimore.

I must admit I didn't watch the game, though. The family and I viewed that cinematic classic "The Forbidden Kingdom." This is a film that had very little in the way of plot, an excessive amount of bloodless stylized martial arts action, and a cute teenaged boy.

Which, if my daughter is to be believed, makes it the bestest movie ever.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 10, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, let's hope those embedded sensors do their job. Especially since Mt. Rainier, in whose treacherous shadow so many of my blood relatives live, is similarly wired. They are counting on enough lead time to get the heck outa Dodge.

Or, in this case, the Puyallup Valley.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 10, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure I'm not allowed to do this. At ALL.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 10, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

I think, RD, that many mountains have seismic shifts. Just takes the right geologist to recognize when it is imminent, and aren't we all lucky that today, unlike in the early 1900s, we have the technology to detect the early-warning signs? And govern ourselves accordingly.

Of course, the Rockies are young and more susceptible to such forces.

Posted by: Yoki | January 10, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Yeeeehhhhahh! Omni and I are doing the snoopy dance, cuz we both picked Balmer to upset.

Hi, Yoki. How *you* doin'?

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | January 10, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

I suppose the following...well, it's a book review...needs to come with all sorts of warnings, including a Redhead Alert (Padouk, tread carefully) in the last graf of the first page

Jeez, looks like today is underdog/visiting team day in the NFL. That doesn't bode well for my Iggles tomorrow, statistically speaking.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | January 10, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, fer goodness' sake, put some clothes on when you're doing that.

I'd note that none of us picked Arizona in the late game. And - wow - Carolina's imploding like a ping-pong ball at the bottom of the Marianas Trench.

D'ya think that the Carolina defensive coordinator is going to try devise ways to cover Cards WR Larry Fitzgerald a little more tightly in the second half?



Posted by: -bc- | January 10, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

No, *nobody* picked the Cards in this one, bc. And Vegas gave it the biggest spread of any of the four games.

And I'll have you know I was wearing my favorite Elton John housecoat.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | January 10, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Why, I am simply glorious, 'mudge. How about you?

Posted by: Yoki | January 10, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Ravens win and I'm smilin an dancin

Panthers down by twenty at the half...oops all around the pool (so far

Twenty is nothin in for a power house like the puma

still got my chips on the Princess

cryptic much is my new game

Let's see who figgers this out before The Mudge...

Posted by: omnigood | January 10, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I could never compete with you on the glorious scale, Yo.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | January 10, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Why yes Mudge, Norway, that's it! I can see that Norwegianish streak in him so clearly.

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | January 10, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

I see Beyonce has been taking body dance lessons from Shakira in this duet

not really my kinda music, but the video gets better at the end

Posted by: omnigood | January 10, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, RD: aren't nearly all mountains results of tectonic compressional forces or other activity - plate movement, upward pressure from magma (volcanic), etc. that cause faults in the Earth's crust?

Seems to me that these areas would be prone to seismic activity - the mountatins themselves would be indicators of such, wouldn't they?

OK, so will anyone propose a Public Works project to deploy and network seismic sensors on every mountain in the US of A, with an Operations Center to monitor the network and alert when an alarm sounds?


Posted by: -bc- | January 10, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Jumper-thanks for posting those Canadian Railroad Trilogy lyrics. One of my favorites and I listen to it too seldom.

Wilbrod-sorry you didn't get to see the sled dogs today. It was great weather for spectators. I managed to make it outside a couple times to watch teams finish at our stop and didn't even put a jacket on.

Can't remember the last time the boodle was this linky, but so many good things to listen to and read.

Mudge-my ribs are aching from this bit in the book review you noted "Oh, please. A thing that can happen when you're fast asleep, and for no discernible reason, and you want us to have a small religious ceremony for it?"

Better call it a night. If I don't get up early and pay attention to housekeeping I'll have to take the snow shovel to the inside.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 10, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse


Yes they are.

But they don't all fall down.

When that happens, we have a problem.

Posted by: Yoki | January 10, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

and if it weren't for rain, it would be mountains all the way up

Alright, enough of this Shakira love fest, just do your own YouTube search on Hips Don't Lie...but just don't do it at work (Oops, that might sound like it came out wrong

Oh well::: (Krypter Krypter

And what the frak is wrong with the Princess

Posted by: omnigood | January 10, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I'm sorry, but it wasn't happening today.

It goes to the spoon theory here:

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 10, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Yoki - indeed.


Posted by: -bc- | January 10, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Yes, that was a good line, Frosti. There were a number of humorous lines in that review.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | January 10, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

I read that review of "Joy" this afternoon, and chuckled a few times at it, too.

A question: will Hairy Guy be missed?

I'm ringent in disbelief at the Cardinal's thrashing of Carolina in the playoff game this evening, which sends them to the NFC Championship game next week. Wow.

Congrats, Cards fans.


Posted by: -bc- | January 10, 2009 11:33 PM | Report abuse

the Princess is still down twenty

oh carp

Posted by: omnigood | January 10, 2009 11:49 PM | Report abuse

I guess the good news is the Iggles are playing the Cards and not the Pumas

oh wait,,,never mind

Wishful thinking...

I predict the Cards take it home in the super duper (haha

I reserve the right to change my software and reboot

Posted by: omnigood | January 11, 2009 12:00 AM | Report abuse

We are being lied to about pirate?

Posted by: rainforest1 | January 11, 2009 3:12 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. Come out, come out, yello, and play.

The Cardinals surely put one on the Panthers. The score 33-13,whew.

I've caught one nasty cold, and it's all in the throat right now. I felt it coming on after walking yesterday. My throat feels like someone is using sandpaper on it. And to top that off, I have a giant pimple on my face, on the side. Isn't it lovely this morning? I'm alive this morning to complain.

Yesterday I was cooking sweet potatoes and forgot they were on the stove. By the time I remembered smoke was everywhere. The folks outside could smell it. I wasn't sleep, just watching television, and forgot them. I did manage to salvage some of them. That's one of the reason I don't do much cooking. I'm the queen of burn. I'm sure I'll smell like sweet potatoes this morning, with an essence of burn to go with it. Everybody will go, do you smell something? And I'll answer, yeah, it's me. And all that with a big smile.

In reading the local paper this morning, I found out we have an 11% unemployment rate here. And I don't see that improving without a miracle. There's talk of store closings already. If something isn't done pretty soon, we're going to have chaos big time. I just don't see people settling into this, do you? Of course, we don't have much choice. Somebody kind of forgot the basics of economics, while bankrupting the country, don't you think?

Mudge, Yoki, Scotty, Martooni, and all, have a great day.*waving*

Slyness, are they crying in Charlotte? I hope the team didn't get cocky. I didn't see the game, went to sleep. I know I wanted to cry when I saw that score, and I'm not really into football.

Well time to get ready for church. I hope everyone gets a chance to give God some of their time.

Posted by: cmyth4u | January 11, 2009 5:47 AM | Report abuse

Mornin' all...

My prediction last night was right. Furry gnomish types like me should not attempt to build an eight foot tall snowman and not expect muscles known and unknown to protest the day after. Ouchy.

Cassandra... if I had a nickel for all the things I've burned, the M family would be living large. As for that 11% unemployment rate, I think it's about the same here in Ohio. I was watching the news yesterday and they put up a map showing the highest unemployment rates by state. Ohio (which thankfully voted blue) was in red, as were the Carolinas, Alaska, and a good chunk of the Southeastern states. What got me about the news report is that they factored in not just the lost jobs, but all the kids growing up and coming into the workforce, too. Instead of 2.6 million jobs lost, it's more like 4 million people looking for work. And that doesn't include the millions of people who are underemployed or who have just given up. The extra scary part is that trends show 500K new jobless claims every month.

I mentioned the other day about Ohio's automated unemployment claims system crashing under the load of new claims. Apparently New York's did the same this week. Not a good sign.

I'm glad we'll soon have Obama at the helm, but I truly feel sorry for the man. He's inheriting one hell of a mess and if he can pull our collective bacon out of the fire, he should be sainted.

Time for more coffee...

Peace out :-)

Posted by: martooni | January 11, 2009 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Sunday already???

I was sure I was hallucinating last night -- I succumbed to the clicker after the Panthers had that easy early score, and it seemed every time I clicked back to the game the Cards had scored again. Should we rename this round Turnover Weekend?

And I forgot to mention yesterday, as I was taking groceries home I beheld a veritable armada of Canada geese, chevron upon chevron filling the sky... Heading north. *raised eyebrow*

Time to do the chores a little early and employ that little orb from "The Arrival" to clean this place up before the day's slate of games.

*putting-on-the-hip-waders-for-the-morning-jog Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 11, 2009 7:37 AM | Report abuse

Martooni, you are so right. I feel for President-elect Obama because he has inherited quite a mess. Yet I pray for the nation and for him and his family. It would help if all of us prayed. We're going to need a lot of prayer.

Posted by: cmyth4u | January 11, 2009 7:46 AM | Report abuse

‘morning all. Sunny and cool (-16C/4F) here this am. bh71, I laughed hard when I read that story of the pirates drowning with their money.
Great game for your Ravens gwe. I foolishly predicted the winner of that game would be the Superbowl MXCYZll winners. I hope the black birds will come though.
Nobody’s perfect. As as wrote before Jacques Brel, one of the great songwriter of the 20th century, wrote what is maybe the worst song ever made in the French language; the Zorrino song on the track of the Tintin movie “The Temple of the Sun”. Conversely, Céline Dion managed to make one good album, D’eux, back in 1995. (All songs by Jean-Jacque Goldman). “Pour que tu m’aimes encore” linked below to a Céline-less video or « Les derniers seront les premiers » wouldn’t defile that Canadian playlist.
Complicated TV watching last night in the denizen household. Witch no 1 wanted to watch the Iditarod documentary on Discovery (excellent!), Witch no 2 the hockey game (the Canadien beat the Capitals, yes!) and me the football game (Warner!). The zapper had to be put on ice.
RD Padouk, expediency is not a problem with the Very Large Puppy, au contraire. I’ve got to drag him away to a “proper” place quickly. The VLP is a big drinker, so peeing is for him is like pouring a full bottle of beer in the snow. I don’t want the street side walkway lined with yellow-fringed holes thermally drilled to the ground through the snow. Despite its tiny little brain that dog understand that loafing around when it’s -20C outside isn’t pleasant. And the old dog can’t hold anything for long, of course, he’s like a 90 year-old man.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 11, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Morning all! Thanks, SD, for that amusing insight on VLPs! (Not to be confused with VPLs which I have come to understand are completely different.)

Yes, Mudge, when I read that review of the new "Joy Of Sex" I did, indeed, take notice of the description. My position is that anything that advances the cause of redheads in our society is okey dokey in my book.

When I was in college I worked for the 5-College Health Center, which had many copies of JOS, as well as startlingly extensive collection of related expository literature.

Evidently, the notion that the college population might not be copulating properly was considered especially vexing.

Now, compared to many of these documents, the J0S, Hairy Man and all, was pretty mainstream. But the thing that bothered me about so many of them is that they were so prescriptive. This was especially true for those that imposed a political narrative on such activities.

I mean, I'm all for book larnin' and all. But there still is something special about untutored laboratory experimentation.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 11, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

RD... where I grew up, laboratories were few and far between so we focused on field work. ;-)

Posted by: martooni | January 11, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

I am having difficulty with the picture currently on the home page, it seems to be a stock picture - rather overkill for the story which speculates (probably correctly) on the increase in hate groups with a bad economy.

Good morning all.

Saw a report that Obama's first visit will be to Canada - nice to see he will not repeat Bush's mistake - not that we are bitter or anything but it was a fairly long held tradition.

Posted by: dmd2 | January 11, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

A David Bowie version of a Brel classic, "In the port of Amsterdam"

Strange but good.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 11, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Now the picture is gone - it was a picture of white supremists holding Nazi type flags outside the capital - from the tops they were wearing (black undershirts) appeared to happen some year, when weather was nice. Glad it is gone.

Posted by: dmd2 | January 11, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, Boodle, Cassandra, everyone. It is a lovely day here, and supposed to be above freezing most of the coming week.

I'm all for advancing the cause of redheads. Not sure that JOS will be one of the tools employed, though.

I shall spend the day mired in stuff, once again, as I sort through the accretion of belongings that nobody ever uses, needs or wants. It is, I find, a spiritual exercise as much as anything; a shedding of past selves. Cathartic doesn't begin to describe it.

Have a wonderful day, Boodle.

Posted by: Yoki | January 11, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Absolutely beautiful winter day here as well, three to four inches of fresh powerdery snow, clear blue skies, no wind. Something about sunlight on fresh snow is so captivating. Lots are cardinals around in the trees.

Posted by: dmd2 | January 11, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse


== weed

Posted by: russianthistle | January 11, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I'm jealous of your birds, dmd. No cardinals this far west, and they are spectacular against the winter background you describe.

Posted by: Yoki | January 11, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

What's up, russianthistle?

Posted by: Yoki | January 11, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Yes I am lucky quite a number of cardinals not only around my house but so close, they often sit in branches of the wisteria vine just off the family room and will let you get quite close 3-4' away.

Although we don't have Magpies - quite fell in love with those rascals.

Posted by: dmd2 | January 11, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

I've been reasonably productive this morning, but I've still a little more work to do before I can settle down and read the paper, etc.

Had a couple of interesting conversations with folks while I was out & about this morning -- the long and short of it was that none of the people I spoke with had faith in the government's ability to deliver on benefits such as Social Security or Medicaid, and that any ideas of a well-earned retirement at any age have evaporated like morning dew in the sun.

One person suggested that such is the GOP's Final Victory - the stripping away of US Citizens' faith in the goverment to provide for said citizenry. I suggested back to that person that the new reality may in fact be the reverse.

Intentional? I can't say, but someone did say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. A friend suggested to me that it's always good to take the High Road because there's so little traffic.

For all that, sometimes we seem to find ourselves in the Unintentional Lanes, and not quite sure how we ended up here (maybe distracted by changing the radio station or CD, or trying to get the kids in the back to settle down), and we need to find the right exit to get where we want to go.

And the Garmin Lady doesn't always give good direction in cases like that.


Posted by: -bc- | January 11, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle. Cassandra, that cold that starts with a sore throat is the thing that kicked my butt for the last couple weeks. Sore throat lasted four or five days, accompanied by dull headache and yucky feeling; cold lasted two full weeks. Take Tylenol regularly, and a lot of hot tea. Sleep upright in a chair; don't try to lie down. Every time I did I almost drowned. If you go to the store, buy ten boxes of tissues, and a lot of chicken soup.

(Yanno, there ought to be a community service like Meals-on-Wheels that does that: if you're sick, you call up, and they drop by your house a box containing lots of boxes of tissues, chicken soup, cough drops or throat lozenges, TP, Saltines, tea bags and ginger ale: a basic, all-purpose Sick Kit.)

I always liked "Amsterdam," SD, but the original Mort Shuman version --and Shuman is the guy who translated Brel's lyrics into English. Shuman had a really interesting if largely unsung career as a behind-the-scenes guy in R 'n' R, wrote a lot of songs (Can't Get Used to Losing You, This Magic Moment, Save the Last Dance for Me) and entrepreneur. He died at age 54 in 1991, alas, after complications from a liver operation. He also wrote Viva, Las Vegas, unfortunately.

And now another nostalgia tour. The JOS came out at the top of a wave of books that suddenly appeared in the late 60s and early 70s pretty much out of nowhere, and formed the backbone of the Sexual revolution. At first there was luiterally nothing, and then there was Kinsey, which was shocking, academic and nearly unreadable. There was a long silence, and then there was Masters and Johnson, also academic, only somewhat shocking, and somewhat more readable. And a pause...and then the floodgates opened with JOS and "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Where Afraid to Ask," and then a dozen, a hundred others. There were books of photos of positions, and translations of the Kama Sutra (what an overrated, unreadable mess that thing is) and a lot of other Eastern texts nobody but Richard Burton (explorer, not actor) ever heard of. And we were off to the races with the Hite Report (remember Sherry Hite?) and Nancy Friday. I think it led to a boom in the chiropractic industry, too. The upshot is that nowadays you can stand in the checkout line at Safeway and read a woman's magazine cover that says "27 Sex Techniques That Will Drive Your Man Insane." For that you all have K, M&J, JOS, EYAWTKAS and all their many brethren and sistern to thank.

And now, to the only thing more important than sex. Yes, I'm referring to the Iggles game at 1 p.m. today, and the football in general. A guy's gotta have priorities, yanno.

Everybody enjoy your day.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | January 11, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Fresh pic of Little Bean with "Abominable" (our slightly large snowman):

I just want to add that he's leaning on purpose, as in "by design". I was trying to capture that "leaving the bar at 3am sans car keys or a date or a clue and really want some Taco Bell" moment.

Posted by: martooni | January 11, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Great picture Martooni - that is a snowman!

Posted by: dmd2 | January 11, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Another interesting artist I was able to meet, Sand sculpturist(?) does incredible work. Have I mentioned if is very fun were I work :-)

Posted by: dmd2 | January 11, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Sudden internet and cable outage yesterday. Came back on late. That was fun dmd while it lasted. When I want to get all weepy, I ought to watch a Panthers game. Although I didn't.

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 11, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Taco Bell moment for Martooni,

"Normal couple weds at Taco Bell"

Posted by: dmd2 | January 11, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

That was a good one, dmd.

I think I proposed a few times in the drive-thru at TB, but never woulda thunk of getting married there. Would be a great place to hold a reception, though... for the price of one average plate of lukewarm spaghetti and chewy chicken, you could feed a dozen people and they'd be happy.

Of course, taco sauce and white wedding dresses probably aren't a prudent combo.

Posted by: martooni | January 11, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

After three hours of shoveling snow, I feel like Martooni. Except there is no Mr. Cool in my yard.
I'm going to pretend he was beamed up to Ohio through an Xtra large fairy door.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | January 11, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the picture, Martooni! Gorgeous snowman, gorgeous Bean.

Hey, what's up with the WaPo Magazine today? Don't we get one?

Posted by: -bia- | January 11, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Good morning, or rather, good afternoon everybody. Still snowing here, but light and not accumulating anymore. We had about 4” of heavy snow with some rain mixed in. Finished my cooking marathon, the crock pot has been putting in overtime. It’s such a nice feeling during the week to just grab something from the freezer for dinner.

Really nice snowman, Martooni. I can see why you needed a ladder. Once, when #2 was in high school, we made a snow woman whom we called ‘Dolly.’ She was pretty tall and quite well endowed. We lived in a snooty, upscale town and purposely faced her toward the street hoping to elicit grins or outrage. Never heard whether either occurred.

Off to visit #2 again.

Posted by: badsneakers | January 11, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Hey, TBG, guess what I had for breakfast.

Posted by: Yoki | January 11, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Loved that picture, martooni. My son walked by as I was looking at it and was overcome with jealousy. We've had about 3 flakes over the last 5 years, so no awesome snowmen for them.

bia - there must not be a magazine today. There wasn't one in our deadtree version today, which I thought was a mistake, but maybe not.

Loved that headline, dmd, "Normal couple", too funny! We love Taco Bell here. I never ate there when I lived in SoCal, but it's the only game in town around here.

Bad Sneakers - I'm glad to hear your daughter is feeling a little better. What a rough ride she has had...

Posted by: Kim1 | January 11, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Self-sustaining RNA. Now this is interesting.

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 11, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. Great picture, Martooni. It is coldish here but no snow or precipitation of any kind.

The Boy and I went to a regional fencing tournament this weekend. He placed eighth out of a field of about 20. We were pleased. We also saw friends and stopped at an outlet mall. I suspect the latter is not long for this world; though it is well-established, lots of storefronts are now dark and it looks like the fast food in the food court is all gone.

I also got some respiratory illness, possibly similar to the one in which Ivansdad has rejoiced this week. I took medicine when we got home last night and slept for almost 12 hours. This means I missed church, but I probably wouldn't have sung very well anyway. It's supposed to be an aid to worship, not a distraction.

Posted by: Ivansmom | January 11, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Obama to dine like Lincoln on Inauguration Day.

Jake Tapper of ABC goes into the reasons behind the menu selections:

The luncheon's appetizer will be seafood stew in puff pastry -- scallops, shrimp, lobster -- served as a nod to the 16th president's love of stewed and scalloped oysters. [Where're the oysters?]

The main course -- duck breast with sour-cherry chutney and herb-roasted pheasant served with molasses sweet potatoes and winter vegetables -- is a nod to the root vegetables and wild game that Mr. Lincoln favored growing up on the frontier in Kentucky and Indiana.

The apple cinnamon sponge cake dessert is a nod to Mr. Lincoln's love of apples and apple cake.

Nearer and dearer to my heart is the Inauguration Day art that has been selected. Any meal is a good meal if the oversized Yosemite Valley is a backdrop--painted or in the flesh.

However, I do think there is one aspect of the festivities that is too Lincoln-y, too odd and weird, too much a perversion of history. I'll explain more at the start of the week.

Posted by: laloomis | January 11, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I was amazed, shocked, delighted, that on the Fox pre-game show four of the five, Terry, Howie, Jimmy and Frank, all poicked...wait for it...the Iggles. Only Strahan picked the Giants, and of course he had to. And I thought, "Oh, we are soooooooooooo screwed..."

And then the actual game started. Cough, cough.

And now we are 1st and goal on the 2.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | January 11, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Wow just found the perfect combo - House clips with a new band I really like Stabilo (Canadian).

Posted by: dmd2 | January 11, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Good afternoon, everybody. I love the photo, Martooni, I'm sure Little Miss Bean had a wonderful time directing you in building the awesome snowman.

Nine more days, then I have to delete the Backwards Bush website. I'm going to miss it a little. I hope President Obama will be able to come through and solve some of the problems that face us. He has a terrible mess to work through.

Cassandra, I hope you feel better quickly. A doctor told me, once upon a time, if you dose a cold on your own, it will last seven days. If you go to a doctor, it will last only a week. Ha! After a week, the virus may be gone, but I'm still dealing with the snotty nose. That seems to take about 2 and a half weeks to resolve.

The less said about last night's football game, the better.

In this house, we are looking forward. Carolina plays Wake Forest, which should be a good basketball game.

Posted by: slyness | January 11, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Something tells me the Iggles' 11 net yards in 6 and a half minutes of possession is going to be a problem.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | January 11, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Signing in with the end of the flu here, made the mistake of going to the doctor for a routine visit during flu season. I knew I was in trouble when he said I was the first well person he'd seen all week.

I've got a pot of vegetarian chili on the stove, it looks promising. I added soy crumbles for the protein, I'm hoping they'll pick up the spices and tomato taste. Experience with this, anyone?

Posted by: -dbG- | January 11, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

This game is gonna be trouble right down to the end.

I've got a spatchcocked 5-lb. turkey breast in the oven, good smells starting to infiltrate the house. (I was turkey-deprived over Christmas, which is what happens wjhen you eat dinner at somebody else's house. Leftover-deficiency ensues.)

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | January 11, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

The Post Magazine took the week off. This happens every year; Book World wasn't printed last week and the magazine this week.

Love that pic, Martooni. That thing is huge!

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Posted by: Curmudgeon- | January 11, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

That was a nice touchdown.

Is it my imagination or has Troy Aikman finally learned to speak English?

Posted by: -pj- | January 11, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

That was even better than the touchdown. Manning lost yardage.

Posted by: -pj- | January 11, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Yowza!!!!!!!!!!!!! INT. This game is OVAH! I can't believe we beat the Giants, in the Meadowlands. Wow. (omni and LiT picked them, and bc and I didn't. But I'm happy to lose this one.)

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | January 11, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Mudge wrote:

"The upshot is that nowadays you can stand in the checkout line at Safeway and read a woman's magazine cover that says '27 Sex Techniques That Will Drive Your Man Insane.'"

Now I know how to recognize Mudge in a checkout line...

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 11, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Got that right, Wilbrod, cuz I can think of only three or four. I'm guessing the other 23 techniques must involve farm animals, yogurt, stuff requiring anchor bolts in the ceiling, or whatever.

(I've never actually read any of those kinds of Cosmo articles. Is there anything to them? I've always kinda assumed the articles all turn out o be bogus. But I don't know. Anybody?)

Who would ever thuink the NFC game would be Iggles versus Cards? At the beginning of the year you couldn't have got 100-to-1 odds on that.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | January 11, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Congrats Mudge and all you other eagles fans, Mudge we are both one win away from a ravens/eagles superbowl....

Posted by: greenwithenvy | January 11, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm fairly sure none of those sex techniques involve hiring redheaded twins to assist, Mudge. That would be Playboy.

More likely the first tip is:

"1) Don't smell like a dead fish or anything your dog would love rolling in."

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 11, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

As bogus as the day is long, 'Mudge. Trust your instincts.

Posted by: Yoki | January 11, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Hi all... went to visit my favorite grand-niece (great-niece?) today. She's two months old and becoming quite a fun little baby. Lots of smiles and cooing and looking around.

Watched a few minutes of the Eagles/Giants game. Not a fan of either team so it was hard to watch and root for anyone. Sorry Mudge and Omni... I'll be rooting for Arizona next week.

Hey... I'll be IN Arizona next week! Leaving for my cross-country trip on Tuesday morning. Road trip!

Posted by: -TBG- | January 11, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Paging Russian Thistle:

TBG put me onto to press coffee. I want to buy the right grind from Hondo Coffee company. Advise? One web site says course, and another says fine.

I tend to use espresso grind, but I am a fearless and bold cowboy coffee drinker.

Back to football, y'll. Name drop: good friends from college (identitwins but raven-haired) went to high school with Coach Andy.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | January 11, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

You want coarse grind for press coffee, CP. If it's too fine, it'll clog up the works. If you ask for coffee ground for a coffee press, they'll give you the right kind, I'm sure.

The Ikea thermal press is PERFECT for tea, too... I mix together DNA Girl's excellent chai recipe right into the pot and the press/strainer keeps it all out of my cup--and keeps it hot!

Posted by: -TBG- | January 11, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

This is hysterical. Bush thinks the GOP needs new leadership.


Posted by: Curmudgeon- | January 11, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Have a super trip:

dbG, hopefully the soy crumbles turned out ok. I prefer to use bulgur in veggie chili. Soy feels slimy in my head.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | January 11, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Thanks DNA Girl! I'll think of that Sinfest when my ears are popping in the air on Tuesday. I'll be the one sitting in the shoe.

Posted by: -TBG- | January 11, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

I prefer red kidney beans as the lone protein for vegetarian chili, or black beans mixed with kidney beans.

You really only need grain to round out the protein then-- i.e. cornbread, rice, crackers, or bulgar as DNAgirl suggested-- never tried it myself.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 11, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Off the main road somewhere in Death Valley there was an abandoned locomotive equipped with spike wheels. An experiment to tow wagons across the dunes, it bogged down and was abandoned there in the sand. The desert climate preserves metal for a long time.

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 11, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to all the Eagle fans. We watched the game with #2 at the hospital and were rooting against the Giants for obvious reasons. We had to be quiet as her roommate was asleep until the 4th quarter. It was a relief when she awoke and we could make a bit more noise. This game, Steelers and Chargers, isn’t very good. I feel bad for the Chargers, sort of, but can’t say I much care who wins.

I’m sorta bummed. Last week “S” had a post-holiday gathering with his staff and one of the guys made venison stew which “S” brought home for me to try. I completely forgot it was there, buried in the refrigerator and had to throw it away today. Now I still haven’t had venison. Ah well, maybe next hunting season.

Posted by: badsneakers | January 11, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Dripping through fingers,
That slow sweetness of the last
Days of Dubaya...


(The pup doesn't do politics.)

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 11, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

My 'puter is being a real Hershey squirt... Mudge... need a new anchor for your boat? I'm about ready to bash the guano out of this poor excuse of a box and I'll even paint it blue.

Glad yinz liked the Bean and Abominable pic. My back and legs are still smarting like you-know-what, but it was worth it. I'm thinking I should probably get the bugger to stand up straight, but my persona in charge of engineering and public safety is on vacation. We'll see.

dbG... isn't vegetarian chili kind of an oxymoron? No offense, but don't vegans abhor anything that even looks or tastes like meat? Vegan chili to me is like a priest eyeballing a porno mag and saying "I didn't *touch* it, I just looked!"

So it goes.

And so do I. The couch is looking quite inviting and I'm in the mood for a serious crash with some mindless TV programming.

Peace out :-)

Posted by: martooni | January 11, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Tooni, Indian vegetarians make a dish similar to chili, only more thoroughly cooked, called ragma.

Kidney beans, tomato, onions, water, spices. It's pretty damn good, especially on basmati rice, and no tooting afterwards.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 11, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod... I don't think I've ever tasted anything Eastern Indian that I didn't like, vegan or not. Curry spices can make hairballs taste yummy.

I just wonder why we need vegan versions of meat dishes. It's like dry humping -- what's the point? Everybody leaves unhappy and unsatisfied.

Chili is not chili unless meat is involved. You can dump soy or tofu or plastic bags in the mix, but it ain't chili unless an animal died and its tastier parts are included.

Call me old fashioned, but meat is meat and everything else is what you feed your dinner.

Posted by: martooni | January 11, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

The rajma I've had is more like a kidney bean curry dish, not really a chili (in some parts of this country, if it has beans in it, it isn't chili.)

How long you soak/rehydrate hard beans is how you break down the complex sugars, reducing the gas.

Posted by: LostInThought | January 11, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Oh I completely agree with you on faux meat dishes.

I grew up on hamburger-kidney bean chili- an actual mexican recipe, none of that greasy cowboy stuff, so to me chili is forever meat AND beans.

Just like franks 'n' beans.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 11, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, I use canned kidney beans in my chili. I do have a recipe for a white bean chowder that I love. For it, I put ground ginger in when I'm cooking the soaked beans. That's supposed to cut the gas, and the ginger doesn't come through in the final product.

I don't make it much any more, because it has tomatoes and celery in it, neither of which Mr. T likes. *sigh*

Posted by: slyness | January 11, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

There's more than one way to de-gas the legume, actually.

Look up carminatives here.

On a lighter note, I read this book over Christmas break-- borrowed from my nephew. It's a funny book and apt for the tween crowd. I enjoyed it considerably.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 11, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

As God is my witness, I thought the Eagles would lose.


Posted by: -bc- | January 11, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse


Got it and we will take care of order ASAP.

=== weed

sorry. distracted with a Thai web site right now and off the boodle.

Posted by: russianthistle | January 11, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse


Sometimes I buy a 12-bean soup mix and add a can of corn to it. With all the other ingredients like tomatoes and onion in it, the corn isn't out of place and provides for combined protein.

Posted by: -pj- | January 11, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

The New York Times also made notice of the new version of "Joy of Sex" in today's Book Review:

Posted by: -pj- | January 11, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of soaking starches, I enjoyed a good homemade shrimp 'n andouille sausage gumbo over rice this afternoon/evening.

As far as meatless versions of traditionally meaty dishes - I'm more concerned about how a dish tastes than if it's supposed to have meat or not.

Sometimes, a really good dish comes from modifying an existing recipe for what you might or might not have available, to make allowances for guests with special requirements. The best cooks and bakers I know are flexible and creative sorts who aren't deterred by having to adapt.


Posted by: -bc- | January 11, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Yes, and corn can help sweeten a too-acid tomato base, too, pj. My mom puts carrots in sphagetti for the same reason.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 11, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Of course, Italian cooking is always good, meat or no meat, bc.

I think Martooni was talking about using meat substitutes specifically.

The best vegan cooking I've had doesn't even try to taste like meat and potatoes. Why should it, when there's a rainbow of flavor out there in the veggie world?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 11, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Jaysus God!

It isn't Indian, it is regional, as you well know, Wilbrod (*looking sternly at Wilbrod*). There is no such thing as "Indian Food" in India. There is northern, southern, western, frontier, northern frontier, provincial, Goan, Madrasian, seashore...

Most of the Indian food we get in NA is Bangla.

And there is no such thing as "Curry," though I do use karry (v. cari, karri, carry) leaves in some dishes.

Posted by: Yoki | January 11, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Northern Indian, then. Punjab, maybe. The cook didn't specify, although he's even been trained in Mughul cooking.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 11, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm afraid my Indian friend only distinguishes between North and South. He may have been influenced by too many Civil War movies, maybe.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 11, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Chippewa, Ojibway, Sioux, Algonquin...

Oh, sorry. Just trying to hold up my end of the conversation.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | January 11, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

I do like ethnic dishes of all sorts (though I don't remember talking about Italian dishes specifically), mainly because they're interesting and may be something I haven't had before.

Again, I'm more concerned about how a dish tastes than what's in it, or what someone thinks should or shouldn't be in it, etc. Should someone not make "chili" if they can't afford meat?

I believe good cooking is good cooking, and good food is good food, IMO. I enjoy eating at places like Citronelle, but a good Italian peasant dish of simple ingredients prepared well can bring tears to my eyes.

But that's just me.


Posted by: -bc- | January 11, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

That snowman ain't unbalanced, he's dancin'.

Posted by: Boko999 | January 11, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Nicely said, bc.

If chili zealots ever burn us both at the stake, I want me exceedingly rare.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 11, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

good evening, all. been a busy week and weekend. hope everyone is doing well.

loved the snowman, martooni.

we've had unseasonably warm weather this weekend due to santa ana weather patterns. tbg, it looks like you'll catch some of this weather, so good timing!

Posted by: LALurker | January 11, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

By the way, bc, isn't tonight when you have your little hair problem?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 11, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Yoki | January 11, 2009 11:29 PM | Report abuse

i'm afraid to ask.

Posted by: LALurker | January 11, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

too cloudy here in wv to see if the full moon is up....cold out there too.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | January 11, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

oh, *that* hair problem.

Posted by: LALurker | January 11, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse


Feeling very no medium rare...'s ...


Tonight I don.... the hair... shirt... I'm ....offffff.....


Posted by: -bc- | January 12, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

No rabbits or kittens tonight beastie bc....ok....but howl one for me......

Posted by: greenwithenvy | January 12, 2009 12:29 AM | Report abuse

See you @ Trader Vic's, bc!

Thanks for the suggestion, DNA_Girl. I'll try that.

I was going for vegetarian, not vegan, chili in preparation for having friends over for Friday dinners in Lent. I like seafood and tofu, but they're meat eaters.

The crumbles, while not disgusting, really don't appear to add anything but protein, so they're out. Putting a little peanut butter in one bowl did help. I'm unlikely to make cornbread or add rice when I take it into work, it's easier to have the protein mixed in.

I know my friends won't complain if I make pierogi, but I'm not sure they'll want them every Friday for how many weeks?

Posted by: -dbG- | January 12, 2009 12:46 AM | Report abuse


I shall take the ladies to the withdrawing room until you compose yourselves.


Posted by: Yoki | January 12, 2009 12:54 AM | Report abuse

I would gladly eat your pierogi for how many weeks, dbG!

Posted by: Yoki | January 12, 2009 12:57 AM | Report abuse

Happy to fax them to you, Yoki, but it might be better just to meet @ TBG's the next time you're in DC.

T, you wouldn't think it's rude if I invite myself and other Boodlers to your home, right? :-)

Posted by: -dbG- | January 12, 2009 1:23 AM | Report abuse

Of course, in honor of the G family, we'll have to have some made with spinach and feta.

Posted by: -dbG- | January 12, 2009 1:24 AM | Report abuse

Monday mornings @ work are slow. kind of like the Boodle after everyone's gone to bed. Yoki? Yoki? I guess I could always read about storage area networks.

In other news, order those Jersey tomato seeds this week!

Posted by: -dbG- | January 12, 2009 1:32 AM | Report abuse

The eternal chili questions. Over at Wikipedia, the talk section at "Chili con Carne" got quite heated. Example:

"The article has been sliced and diced by a Brit who eats store-bought chili over rice and who can't understand the historical context of regional cuisine in Texas -- which I thought I had made pretty clear, having spent some considerable time on making the rewrite of this article as objective as possible. Who thinks LBJ doesn't have "global significance" and who seems not to understand the distinction (also pretty clear, I thought) between culinary traditions and legislated requirements in Texas peniteniaries. Who capitalizes "chili queen" as if it were a corporate job title and thinks enthusiasm is incompatible with expertise. Who has never heard of the Chili Prayer and therefore assumes it has no part in Southwestern social history (the Southwestern U.S., that is -- not Cornwall.)

And then someone else strips out the handful of near-generic recipes -- which is like discussing geography without maps or art without pictures. I don't have time to repair this carnage right now, and I wonder if I should bother"

That's all at

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 12, 2009 1:57 AM | Report abuse

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

Morning, friends. Thanks Mudge for the advice about Meal on Wheels, although I don't see them sending that kit. They can barely get the meals around, and I think one has to be signed up for that service, which I'm not. It certainly would help.

I want to walk this morning, but I'm going to have to feel better than I do now. We'll see.

All this talk about chili and beans. I served that last week at the Bible study. It wasn't really chili, just beans, hamburger, and tomotoes cooked together, served with cornbread. The members seemed to enjoy it. Topped it off with Klondike bars.

It is Monday morning, folks. I don't know about you, but I'm dragging something awful. Perhaps Mudge is perky this morning.

Martooni(didn't see the snowman, couldn't get it up)Scotty, Yoki, Slyness, and all the gang, a slow good morning.*waving*

Okay, question. Why does President Bush want the rest of the bailout money? And should he get it? Even if he gets it, can he pull a rabbit out the hat at this hour?

Have a great day, folks, despite the fact that it is Monday. The weather has turned to winter time here. I'll tell you, we just don't know what to wear around this place.

Slyness, my dad didn't show up for church yesterday, so I went by there. He said he felt awful when he got up, and didn't feel like getting dressed. He also said he thought maybe the Panthers' fiasco impacted some of that feeling. He said it was like they forgot how to play football. And I won't repeat what he said about the quarterback.

Time to swim.

Posted by: cmyth4u | January 12, 2009 5:36 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle. Well, I can give ya a little of perky, Cassandra, but not a whole bunch. Yes, I'm perky as all git-out over the Iggles win, and reasonably happy about the Steelers (Dot#2, the ardent Iggles fan, is predicting [prematurely] an all-Pennsylvania Super Bowl, which would be nice. Howsomever, I think the Ravens and Cards still have something to say about that.

Today is the start of the second fie-day workweek in a row-- oh, the horror!! And then -- ka-ching -- a four-day weekend followed by a three-day workweek. Whoever decided to put the MLK holiday right next to Inauguration Day was a genius. Pretty soon that soul-crushing period known as the Long Hiatus will be upon us: the period from Preisdents Day to Memorial Day when we go three and a half months, more or less, without a holiday.

Not a lot on the home page to whine about, just a couple poor headlines and a dumb column or two. But what else is new? OK, I smell hot food and coffee in the ready room. Time to get this here Dawn Patrol airborne.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | January 12, 2009 6:10 AM | Report abuse

Morning all, just took the dog outside where the full moon is shining brightly on the snow, even through the wispy clouds the moon light on the snow is so beautiful. I had forgotten it was a full moon until I saw the light shining through the patio doors - a great way to start a Monday.

Posted by: dmd2 | January 12, 2009 6:50 AM | Report abuse

Mornin' everybody...

Glad yinz liked "Abominable". I'm still hurting in places I didn't know I had, but I keep telling myself that's "good" pain. The snowman is still standing but he's leaning even more. Plan "A" is to use a 2x6 to try to lift him up so more snow can be put under him and hopefully straighten him up. Plan "B" involves some leftover fireworks and a Sawzall.

Didn't mean to restart the chili wars last night. And Wilbrod was right about my meaning... the whole idea of making a meat dish out of something other than meat with the intention of having it taste like meat is pointless.

Time for a refill on my coffee (and maybe a little Irish for good measure), then off to sawdust land where it is a balmy 16F right now.

Peace out :-)

Posted by: martooni | January 12, 2009 7:20 AM | Report abuse

G'morning all. I looked at the clock at 5:35, turned over to sleep another half hour, and woke up again at 6:40. Oh well.

Cassandra, I'm going to be very quiet this week. First the Panthers, then the Tar Heels. It's wasn't a good weekend around here.

I actually have work to do this week, so I'd better get moving. Got to write case studies on vehicle wrecks involving law enforcement officers who died. Depressing stuff, I'll do it fast to get it done and over with.

Enjoy your five-day workweek, everyone.

Posted by: slyness | January 12, 2009 7:23 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. I couldn't find the Very Large Puppy this morning. How can you lose a 120lbs dog in a house? The little devious twerp was sleeping buried in the couch, not making his usual disgusting sounds to avoid detection. We've had the talk about couches being for people, not dogs.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 12, 2009 7:26 AM | Report abuse

What's all this about de-gassing beans? How in the world are we supposed to defend ourselves against feline chemical warfare if we unilaterally disarm??? :-)

I'm very pleased bc survived the prepared-by-an-absolute-beginner gumbo. But apparently the silver nitrate additive wasn't strong enough.

I'm with ya, Sneaks, on a proper amount of schadenfreude for the Iggles handing it to that other team whose name I forget... And how amazing is it that we were one Steelers mistake away from a complete visitors' sweep against the bye week teams?

Not that I mind, but the Dawn Patrols are getting rather routine. Apart from the stunning sunrises, of course.

*off-to-another-five-day-workweek-with-a-full-load-of-caffeine-and-fun Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 12, 2009 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Picture of the moon, just around dawn this morning for those who couldn't see it last night.

Posted by: dmd2 | January 12, 2009 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all.

Yesterday we took the Metro to the National Potrait Gallery to view the Lincoln Exhibit and to roam the halls as it had been years & years since we had been in that building. Had a bite to eat in the indoor courtyard, lovely, hope one of the inaugural balls is held there this year.

Have a question. There is a M & S across from the Gallery, is this the one used for weekly/monthly bph, or is there another location?

TBG have a great trip.

Bad Sneakers, hope your daughter is having steady progress.

Posted by: VintageLady | January 12, 2009 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Hello All!

Fighting the constant battle of cleaning up web pages. The biggest villains? Text editors can do the nastiest things to pages--even those designed to be web friendly.


'bout to get some milk for the coffee. Anybody need anything?

Posted by: russianthistle | January 12, 2009 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Driving in this morning the moon loitered, with vague menace, over my left shoulder. It refused to be ignored. I felt as if I were being carefully watched. Like a celestial helicopter escaped from "Goodfellows." Or at least the control center of "The Truman Show."

This is the first full moon since I finally broke down and procured a pair of spectacles just for night driving. For when my eyes dilate, which happens in the presence of the dark, (and certain redheads) the weakness of my laser surgery has become apparent.

Therefore, for the first time in many months, last night I was able to crisply view the face of the full moon. It was a glorious moment, marred only by this annoying howling coming from the north.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 12, 2009 7:58 AM | Report abuse


It's on K Street, NW near 16th.

Posted by: russianthistle | January 12, 2009 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Good Morning ye Boodlers.
Frigid morning for Dawn Patrol.

Vintage Lady the BPH been held on K St.


Posted by: Braguine | January 12, 2009 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Seems like the world is getting more and more like the Truman Show! If so, I wish someone would find me a wife like Truman had. Totally Plug and Play.

Posted by: russianthistle | January 12, 2009 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the moon picture, dmd. We haven’t had a clear sky at night since Friday. Snowing here again or still, who remembers. Thanks for the good thoughts VL, keep your fingers crossed that they let #2 go home to continue her IV antibiotics, she’s stir crazy.

Posted by: badsneakers | January 12, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

okey, dokey, thanks, you all.

Posted by: VintageLady | January 12, 2009 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, Boodle, Cassandra, everybody. It will be another beautiful day in God's country; weather reports say the temperature will be above freezing and in mid-January, that is the very definition of beauty. 'Tis a wonder.

I can think of only one thing still more wondrous.

I must away as sharks do not wrangle themselves. Have a great day, everyone.

Posted by: Yoki | January 12, 2009 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, Boodle, Cassandra, everybody. It will be another beautiful day in God's country; weather reports say the temperature will be above freezing and in mid-January, that is the very definition of beauty. 'Tis a wonder.

I can think of only one thing still more wondrous.

I must away as sharks do not wrangle themselves. Have a great day, everyone.

Posted by: Yoki | January 12, 2009 8:11 AM | Report abuse

I TOLD them to carry the two...


Posted by: Scottynuke | January 12, 2009 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Fingers AND toes crossed (as best I can) for daughter # 2. I really, really don't care for hospitals, either, Sneaks.

Posted by: VintageLady | January 12, 2009 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Morning all.. not to prolong the chili wars, but I've started putting black beans and corn in my chili and I'm getting no complaints. Deelish.

Off to work... then off to happy hour with my former co-workers. Then home to finish packing. My flight leaves tomorrow at 7-something ayem. Yikes.

Posted by: -TBG- | January 12, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Good morninging all

Not sure exactly how the post season pool scoring works.but am pretty sure am back in second place. If my numbers are correct, I went from 5% behind Mudge to a closer 2% behind.

Meanwhile... LostI, put on your strappy stilletos and dance a Snoopy Dance with me on that Iggles pick

Posted by: omnigood | January 12, 2009 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra, here's my (admittedly cynical) view on why Bush is asking for the rest of the bailout money now. I think it's so Paulson can p!ss the rest of it away in the next week, leaving nothing for Obama except the problems. To work around that, Congress could approve the spending, effective January 21.

Posted by: Raysmom | January 12, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Check your PBS schedules. I see a documentary on the History of Comedy in America is on WETA this Wednesday at 8.

Posted by: omnigood | January 12, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Thank you for that shoutout, Omni!
Let's hope it's the history of GOOD comedy.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 12, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Indeed, omni, you have won the undisputed right to proudly wear this week's tiara, being the only fearless Friday football forecaster to go 3-1. And yes, your wins catapult you firmly into second place, only a smidge over a full percentage point behind me. (This is why the playoff season escaltor point system is so dangerous. bc had a bad week, which caused him to fall nearly 4 full percentage points behind you.)

The points so far:

LiT bc Mudge omni

Div. Round:
2-2 1-3 2-2 3-1
Div. points (three each per game):
6-6 3-9 6-6 9-3
Cumulative season score:
93-66 97-62 105-54 74-40
58.49% 61.00% 66.04% 64.91%

There's only two games next week, but they are worth 4 points each. Anybody who goes 0-2 is pretty much TKO'ed. And then the Super Bowl is worth 5 points. So even LiT could still win this if it breaks her way.

Meanwhile, in matters less important, the WaPo is promiting a video of a roundtable hosted by Gene Robinson, with Bob Woodward and Bart Gellman (he of the Cheney series). It is 31 minutes long and quite good. I just listened to it, and learned at least three or four things I never knew before. The biggest one is that right after Katrina, Bush asked Cheney to be the czar of the Katrina rescue and clean-up -- and Cheney declined. Here was the nation's top crisis manager, and he didn't wanna do what the president asked of him. So basically nothing got done; there was a vacuum (cuz Bush wasn't gonna do it himself). Un--effing--believable.

Well worth your time:

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | January 12, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Mudge, I look forward to checking that roundtable later on, but I just don't have the stomach for it now.

Must be all the chili.

And TBG - it is my experience that many things can be greatly improved with a modicum of Black Beans.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 12, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

*Even* me? Wow, gee whiz. Who'd a thunk it? The (gasp) woman might still have a shot at something to do with football. There must be something to that Magic 8 ball.

Sheeze Louise, I was doing great this season until I decided to hang with you guys. What's that about?

Posted by: LostInThought | January 12, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

This makes me very happy, LiT! I'm rooting for you.

Posted by: Yoki | January 12, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Yes LostI, even you. bc and I have already picked you as the final winner (Hey, do we get any points for that???

Posted by: omnigood | January 12, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

there is a Catch-22 inherent in my last post, provided the answer to the quest were yes

Posted by: omnigood | January 12, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Any respectable history of comedy should include this:

Lenny Bruce's "Thank You, Mask Man".

Probably NSFW unless you have headphones.

It's been about 20 years since I saw this and laughed just as hard today as I did back then.

Posted by: martooni | January 12, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Thanks. I'm for an all-PA Superbowl, but having said that, I'm trying to figure out if I have to take two teams this week that I don't want to win in the hopes of taking the lead or just one (doesn't help me out if we all take the same teams). Since there's a 50/50 shot at the Superbowl, I think this might be my chance to catch up (can someone else do the math for me please? I'm tired at looking at numbers.)

Posted by: LostInThought | January 12, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Morning All
Well it looks like a few rematches in the Championship games. Eagles/cardinals in Arizona at 3 then Ravens/Steelers in Pittsburgh at 630. I guess it will be ok,although Pittsburgh has had our number this year.It should be another nailbiting close game and with a chance for a trip to Tampa and the Superbowl.Good time for us(the ravens) to get some revenge.

I am rooting for you too LiT,that is unless you pick Pittsburgh.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | January 12, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I hope you're just referring to the team and not the city, GWE, or fisticuffs may ensue.

I may be biased having grown up in Western PA, but I've been around (and then some) and the 'Burgh is still my favorite city in the entire world.

No dissin' the 'Burgh or yinz guys'll get yer dupas spanked an' find yerself nekkid and painted black and gold and chained to a phone pole in front-a the Eat'n Park in Dravosburg an'at.

For anyone who'd like to learn how to speak Pittsburghese:

Posted by: martooni | January 12, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

I was merely pointing out the mathematical models, LiT, no need to get umbraged. The Iggles are only 3-point favorites, and the Steelers only 5. (Vegas seems to like an all-Penna. Super Bowl, but then again, Vegas has taken a pounding over the past few weeks.)

Of course, they say that defense wins football games, and both the Steelers and Iggles are great defensive teams, so that bodes well. Just makes for a dull Super Bowl, that's all. Now Ravens-Cards--that'd be a real shoot-out.

I'm just happy as all get-out that nobody named Manning or Romo is playing ANYTHING next week. Buh-bye, guys.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | January 12, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

'Toon, I used to know my way around Western PA pretty well. You did that *perfectly.* You deserve a smiley cookie.

Mudge, DC loves the Manning boys and Tabloid Tony. But she's five.

Posted by: LostInThought | January 12, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

No new Kit here folks. Nope, nothin' new.

In other news -- always nice to see the good slavic word "dupa" get used.

Posted by: ScienceTim | January 12, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Hang on, hang on...

We had technical difficulties -- AND a staff meeting. A twofer of delay.

New kit coming soonish.

Posted by: joelache | January 12, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I dunno, 'Mudge...

How many ambulances do you think they'll need to cart off the wounded after the Ravens-Steelers game? The "winner" might have to put the taxi squad on the field for the Super Bowl.

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 12, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Busy like a bee on steriods. BUT, the ladies and Sensitive New Age Laddies must know this:

The costumes in Tess -- plus valuable and singular victoriana BURNED before the filming complete:

I am pale and trembly as would any costumer or stitcher or historian would be.

Miss the Tess Fest on PBS? See the first episode nicely sliced into 6-10 minute chapters here:

(Streaming until January 18th).

The dresses, save for some length details, are pretty fine. The HAIR is all wrong, especially for Tess's character and aspirations. More on that if you ask me.

Lower brow moment, after this high culture post. The kit title sets off the internal sound track of Micky D and the Monkees:

Take the last train to Clarksville (I played tambourine once in a talent show spoof!),

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | January 12, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Tooni,just the team and I respect them as a team,we play the same kind of football.Smash mouth,old school football,run the ball and play defense.

And Mudge I know the Iggles have a great D,but do you know who the #2 D in the NFL is? That's right it is Da Ravens.We just found some offense this year after years of futility....

Posted by: greenwithenvy | January 12, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Yes, please, CquaP, I would like to know about the hair.

Posted by: Yoki | January 12, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Just yesterday, driving into the big city for ribs 'n' beer, I was thinking that Ida Thunkit was a name in search of a rhetorical question. Funny, eh?

Posted by: Boko999 | January 12, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Tess's hair is way too flowy and down. The age was one of modesty and contrast, even for milkmaids and field workers. The "hair down" was reserved for special moments, like a Maypole dance. And, hair down was for maidens and wedding, she would have been in a braid or under a kerchief....

Men: even the young ens would have been beardy and mutton chopped more. The hairy man -- of the early discussion -- would be in full facial flower.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | January 12, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

And the #1 defense .,.,.,., (drumroll): Stealers

Iggles come in at #3 (Cards didn't make the top 5

(those are reg-season stats

Posted by: omnigood | January 12, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

A near all-nighter for me as I researched textile dyes on Wikipedia. Meanwhile, a big pot of pinto beans simmered along, and two onions slowly caramelized in a different pan. They were folded in somewhere around 4:00 a.m. About time for some turkey "ham" chunks for flavor. We have tortillas.

Although far from a vegan, I encourage it in others. This leaves more meat for me. In working with some vegan friends in mutually-acceptable dinner parties, I have learned some things. Mouth feel. Portobellos, if grilled correctly, feel like tender beef to the mouth. This is a good thing. Also, barbecue sauce on grilled pineapple is very good. A whole pineapple, cleaned, peeled and cored, takes a while to slow cook on the grill, but the vegans have oralgasms over it. And so do I.

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 12, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Dresses for Tess and family and milk maidens would have been shorter, petticoats too. Mud! And working permitted this. Apparently, one of the pleasures of Victorian gentlemen upon walks and drives was to took at the ankle and swelling calves of the field ladies...

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | January 12, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

The last 20 minutes of posts is just *so* the Boodle. Football, historical/sociological observations, cookery. I love this place.

Posted by: Yoki | January 12, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Whoops but very funny of me:

the Victorian gents would LOOK at the foot, ankle, and curve of the calve. Some might imagine a game of took, as in the taking of the ankle and other such pleasures.

Wow. Practically censorial material. Move along; nothing to see. Football convo will cleanse your palette....

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | January 12, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Good afternoon, all.

Still spitting I-don't-know-what-and-don't-want-to out of my mouth before I enjoy my geeky peppercorn turkey on 12-grain bread at my desk here.

[But not to worry, Scottynuke. My car was where I left it at my house (I really *hate* it, when He tries to drive), and I think all of your cats are intact, are they not? And that gumbo was delish, thanks.]

Must have been a good moon last night, I'm feelin' a little more tired than usual. I heard from some of my family yesterday - they're trying to get the Pack together to see the Underworld movie when it opens. Not a surprise, but it could be for the folks who work at the theater.

The Pack likes to mark it's territory, and they sell 64 oz. Cokes in the lobby.


Posted by: -bc- | January 12, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Jumper -- textile dyes? How far away are you? In slyness land? Sigh. You could come over and we could concoct some fabulous vats of colors...

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | January 12, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse


I think we'll be able to peel the cats' claws out of the ceiling in a day or so... They're not used to having a human out-growl them. No worries.


Posted by: Scottynuke | January 12, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

New kit. Such as it is.

Posted by: joelache | January 12, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

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