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Interesting announcement just now from NASA and the European Space Agency: They're teaming up to send two probes to Jupiter's moons. They're also proceeding, though at a more leisurely pace, with a joint mission to Saturn's moons. A lot of money is going into this -- billions of dollars. NASA honcho Ed Weiler calls it a "win-win" situation for everyone.

Yeah, but what language will the probes speak? You get one talking French, another English, you're talking total confusion, certain disaster, space debris littering a distant moon -- the whole nightmare.

From the news release:

The Europa Jupiter System Mission would use two robotic orbiters to conduct unprecedentedly detailed studies of the giant gaseous planet Jupiter and its moons Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. NASA would build one orbiter, initially named Jupiter Europa. ESA would build the other orbiter, initially named Jupiter Ganymede. The probes would launch in 2020 on two separate launch vehicles from different launch sites. The orbiters would reach the Jupiter system in 2026 and spend at least three years conducting research.

Europa has a surface of ice, and scientists theorize it has an ocean of water beneath that could provide a home for living things. Ganymede, the largest moon in the solar system, is the only moon known to have its own internally generated magnetic field and is suspected to have a deep undersurface water ocean. Scientists long have sought to understand the causes of the magnetic field. Callisto's surface is extremely heavily cratered and ancient, providing a clear indication of a record of events from the early history of the Solar System. Finally, Io is the most volcanically active body in the solar system.

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Here's my web story on the announcement, in case you need to know more. (I'm sure the politics of Europa vs. Titan are rather complicated.)

Europa, one of the most intriguing objects in the solar system, has won the race to be the highest priority for the next multi-billion-dollar robotic exploratory mission to the outer planets, NASA announced today.

Planetary scientists strongly suspect that Europa, one of the four large moons of Jupiter, has a deep ocean beneath its icy surface. There is speculation that the ocean could contain more liquid water than in all of the oceans on Earth, and that has made Europa a focus in the search for life beyond Earth.

But NASA has also looked at a competing proposal to send a probe to orbit Saturn's huge moon Titan. That moon, currently being observed by the Cassini spacecraft, has dazzled scientists with its lakes of hydrocarbons, methane rain and complex chemistry. Scientists have waited for months to see which moon would get the "flagship mission" status and the money that goes with it, estimated at $2.5 billion to $3 billion.

Europa won the contest. NASA, however, insists that Titan hasn't been shunted aside, and that a probe to Titan remains a high priority.

"Titan will not be forgotten," said Jim Green, director of planetary science for NASA.

(etc., etc....)

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 18, 2009; 9:58 AM ET
 
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>>Callisto's surface is extremely heavily cratered and ancient<<

I know how he feels.

Posted by: Yoki | February 18, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

It'll be fun trying to program the probes in Esperanto...

Isn't Callisto a she?

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 18, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Including the day-glo icy zits?

http://www.nineplanets.org/callisto.html

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 18, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Moons should be a she, but then wouldn't it be Callista?

Posted by: Yoki | February 18, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Hate to go off-kit so soon, but I've been working on this for a while, and I can't help the timing.

I assume y'all have seen the story on the front page about the GM and Chrysler pre-dick-a-ment. It contains this here interesting graf:

“Once-popular lines such as GM's Hummer and Saturn will be spun off or, failing that, eliminated. Saab is up for sale. Chrysler will stop production of the PT Cruiser, Aspen and Durango by the end of the year.”
-- http://www.washingtonpost.com/wpdyn/content/article/2009/02/17/AR2009021702510.html?hpid=topnews

So anyways, I got ta thinkin', which is always an interesting and problematic experience, and I come up with a li'l country-and-western song about the sitcheeashun, called "Necromance in Durango" and it goes

a little bit

like this:

Not very good news in downtown Detroit
Dust on my industry’s disgrace
Me and General Motors on the run
Don’t think this time we shall escape.

Sold my Hummer to the baker's son
For a few crumbs and a place to hide
But I can steal a new Corolla,
And I'll play for Magdalena as we ride.

No llores, mi querida
Dios nos vigila
Soon there will be layoffs at Durango
Agarrame, mi vida
Soon the Saturns will be gone
Soon you will be driving a pink Yaris.

Past the Aspen’s ruins and the ghosts of PT Cruisers
Layoffs like teardrops in the rain
At night I dream of sales in the Craig’s list want ads
Then I see the moody face of McCain.

Was it me that shot him down in the election?
Was it my team that won the vote?
Come, let us fly, my Magdalena
Pundits are barking and what's done is done.

No more will there be Talladega
Dios nos vigila
Soon the lots will be full of Durangos
Agarrame, mi vida
Soon the Aspens will be gone
Soon you will be driving a Toyota.

At the CarMax we'll sit in the shade
And watch the brash young salesmen stand alone
We'll drink tequila where our grandfathers raced
When they rode into the wall at Darlington.

Then the Congress will rescind the piles of gold
In a little amendment the GOP won’t allow to pass
I will hear new hoots and derision, cold
Your Saab will be sold for scrap for Tata’s Punjabi crown.

The way is long but the end is near
Already the recovery has begun
The face of God will appear
When the GOP ends its obsession.

No llores, mi querida
Dios nos vigila
Soon the layoffs will wipe out Durangos
Agarrame, mi vida
Soon the Hummers will be gone
Soon you will be driving a Toyota.

Was that the thunder that I heard?
My head is vibrating, I feel a sharp pain
Come sit by me, don't say a word
Oh, can it be that Chrysler is slain?

Quick, Magdalena, take my job
My 401 just into the tank
No retirement, my little one,
We may not make it even though we tried.

No llores, mi querida
Dios nos vigila
Soon the layoffs will eliminate Durangos
Agarrame, mi vida
Soon the depression will be gone
Soon you will be driving a Toyota.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 18, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callisto_(mythology)

I believe nymphs are generally considered feminine.

Posted by: slyness | February 18, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

duh. I always thought that satellites talked to each other in Bachi.

Posted by: -jack- | February 18, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Even heavily-cratered and ancient ones?

Posted by: Yoki | February 18, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Why do they have to sell Saab?

Wouldn't it be sufficient to just sell one of the A's?

Posted by: russianthistle | February 18, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

If they ever name a moon "Flockhart" I'm writing to my Congressman.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 18, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

I hope they decide early on whether to go with English or metric.

btw... Wilbrod... I liked that joke you posted on the last kit... reminded me of the one about the Italian priest who took over for another priest who was tired of all the adultery going on and told the women to just say "Father, I fell down" when they went to confession. Not knowing the "code", the new priest complained to the mayor that the sidewalks must be in a terrible state because the women of the town were falling down at an alarming rate. The mayor knew about the old priest's "code" and was about to let the new priest in on it when the new priest said "But Mayor! Your own wife told me she just fell down this morning! With the Chief of Police!"

(it's-a much-a funnier joke when-a told-a with an Italiano accent... or an Irish one... or it could be rabbis instead of priests)

Posted by: martooni | February 18, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

We call them mature, well-worn moons, Yoki.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 18, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Weren't Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto the four girls in "Little Women"?

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 18, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Rabbis don't hear confession, Wilbrod. They don't like a lot of kvetching and kvelling; they don't need the whole mishagas. You fall down, you get a little chicken soup it couldn't hurt.

Ruins the joke.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 18, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Oops. Meant martooni, not Wilbrod. Apologies all around wherever needed.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 18, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Mudge... I think they were the four entertainers who danced at the Kitten Klub. They were definitely not little women.

Posted by: martooni | February 18, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Not that it seems to matter, 'cuz everyone's disappeared. It's like a Twilight Zone episode here, all of a sudden. I feel like Will Smith in I Am Legend.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 18, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Don't worry, 'Mudge, it's just delivery day for all the Girl Scout cookies everyone ordered... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 18, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Mudge, I'm here. ... again. Sorry for leaving you all alone.

Posted by: russianthistle | February 18, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

As I have said before, I love me them space probes.

(Sometimes I think we are like those kids on "That Seventies Show" who end up discussing the same thing over and over again. Except with less marijuana smoke. Or so I assume.)


Anyway, I am delighted that this international effort is envisioned, because, like many international efforts, it spreads the cost around. It moves away from the notion that space exploration is a display of nationalistic effort.

Let's hope that the French/American software is well thought out and free of historical and philosophical conflicts. Because I would hate to think of a glitch occurring over something like Charles de Gaulle.

And there are few places I can think of more worthwhile to visit in the solar system than the Jovian moons. Especially Europa, which I have been led to believe has a reasonable chance of supporting life.
Chilly life though it may be.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 18, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Or everyone is hiding in the basement of the bunker getting ready to yell "SURPRISE!" for your 986th birthday, you blue-bottomed devil!

Or not.

Posted by: martooni | February 18, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Three Kits in one morning?

Joel's changing Kits (well, almost) as fast as FDR changed vice presidents: John Nance Garner (SCC: Gardner, as I mistyped in the Palin Kit), Henry A. Wallace, and Harry Truman (32nd VP, 33rd VP, 34th VP, respectively).

Posted by: laloomis | February 18, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

*aghast!*

People ordered Girl Scout Cookies? And I wasn't told? And now...I don't have any coming...?

*weeping piteously and curled in fetal position in corner*

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 18, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Mudge, I'm still around, just doing errands and chores and such.

Posted by: slyness | February 18, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

*faxin' 'Mudge a Thin Mint* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 18, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Uh, Padouk, we're not allowed to land on Europa. Didn't you get the memo?

Ooops, my bad. That memo doesn't get issued until next year.

(in Emily Litella voice:) Never mind

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 18, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

MUDGE... here you go!!!!

This will keep you busy (talk about curling up in the fetal position!!!!)

http://crooksandliars.com/john-amato/michelle-bachmann-were-running-out-rich

Two Words: Michelle Bachmann

(the country is running out of rich people)

Posted by: russianthistle | February 18, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

One. Thin. Mint.

One.

I don't mean to sound ungrateful, Scotty, but

ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR FREAKING MIND?

One GS Thin Mint is like one tiny pinch cocaine to a raving coke addict.

In fact, I think they put cocaine in Thin Mints.

For a while there, I had a two-tube-a-day habit. It got ugly.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 18, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

My name is slyness and I'm here to break my addiction to Trefoils. It's a heartbreaking story, but I have to do it!

Posted by: slyness | February 18, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Actually, I've been "clean" from GS Thin Mints for about three years now. It helps, going to those GSTMA 12-step meetings. Yiou work the program, it works for you.

"Hi, I'm Mudge. (Response: Hiya, Mudge) It's been three years and two months since my last Thin Mint..."

Ya hear some really tragic stories, though...

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 18, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Mudge, are you sayin' that you had your own merit badge?

Posted by: russianthistle | February 18, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Um, I'm glad that we're teaming up with the ESA again, but don't the Apollo-Soyuz, many Space Shuttle components, payloads, and missions, Cassini-Huygens, and International Space Station all count as team-ups with other countries (ESA being primary among them?)? [I know there are others, but those are commonly known examples].

Having said that, I think we all remember the Mars Climate Orbiter that was lost about a decade ago when navigation and engineering data was expected to be imput to the craft in metric units but was delivered in English Standard units.

And that was just between American teams without language barriers (Depending on whether you think English as spoken in Florida, Texas, and California are in fact the same language...).

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 18, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

I had a bunch of them back in the day, Weed. Really nailed Gluttony, Sloth, and Swimming merit badges.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 18, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Yes, but what KIND of probes? And will they have plutonium? They might not like us if we send them plutonium. Unless they stay in orbit. And no space junk! I hope we send nice solar-powered landers with sampler-analyzers.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 18, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

They were still building the Aspen? Wow, I bought a used 78’ back in the early eighties. Not such a bad car but surely its time has come and passed.

The English system in space Martooni? I could see the announcement for a 14 763 000 grains orbiter circling around Ganymede at an altitude of 15 748 031 grains. The pound having a mass of 7000 grains of barley and the inch the length of 20 grains of barley that is. The ancient English metrologists were obviously inordinately found of barley.

Going to Jupiter means the Titan Saturn System Mission isn’t going to happen. Imagine all the missed opportunities of talking about the montgolfière’s flight over Titan’s oceans of methane.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 18, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

SCC fond *sigh*

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 18, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

An open box of Samoas is a empty box of Samoas.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 18, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

The fax would have gummed up if I'd tried to send a sleeve of TM, 'Mudge.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 18, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

It's the thought that counts, Scotty.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 18, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I don't know anything about cookies, so instead of bantering I will post a reminder of the:

International BPH
Thursday, February 26
Usual Place, Usual Time.

Only 8 days from today!

Posted by: Yoki | February 18, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

OK...

*thinking of Thin Mints*

*think*

*think*

*think*

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 18, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

You're a cruel man, Nuke. Cruel, sadistic and evil.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 18, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Silly old bear...

Mints are for wabbits.

Just ask RD.

Posted by: martooni | February 18, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Hi!
You do know that there's a new kit, don't you?
Bye!

Posted by: Boko999 | February 18, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Morning All
Does someone have an address for the usual place and are there any metro stops nearby....thanks

We had a dusting of snow this morning,but the sun is out now so it is gone.

I saw a moma Hawk yesterday with 2 little ones sitting on the branch with her.I was surprised they were born so early?

Mudge, any grocery store should have a horde of young ladies selling cookies,so no worries my friend.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | February 18, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Obama's just now coming to the podium to announce his mortgage foreclosure prevention plan, in Arizona (wild cheering going on).

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 18, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Interesting... the new Kit is under the current one.

*raised eyebrow*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 18, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

1652 K. St. NW, GWE. Both the Farragut West and farragut North metro stops are only a block away, depending on which line you wanna come in on.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 18, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Thinking of a group of girl scouts as a horde cracks me up, gwe.

McCormick & Schmick's
1652 K Street NW
5:00, 5:30, or whenever you get there.

Are you going to be there? Yippee! I would love to see you again.

Posted by: Yoki | February 18, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I put in a request for a personal day,thought it would be nice to see everyone again.Plus I wanted to try one of those famous burgers.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | February 18, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Scotty, *this* is the new Kit. The cars one is the 7:00 am - 10:00 am Kit.

Posted by: Yoki | February 18, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Well this is shaping up to be a barn-burner of a BPH! Such fun.

Posted by: Yoki | February 18, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

A while back, I thought about buying a Saabaru, a Subaru Impreza wagon touched up to be a Saab. That was before GM sold off its stake in the very successful Japanese car maker.

It was a lively morning at the house. Window shutters, refurbished to meet current code, are being reinstalled. A couple of ceiling light fixtures for the kitchen arrived, perhaps the last items in the refurbishment campaign, which was perhaps worthy of U.S. Grant (who did get the Corps of Engineers to redo the White House's East Room).

I committed to redo the kitchen back in June, buying unassembled cabinets from a theme-park-sized retailer located near Universal Studios.

Once the cabinets arrivedm it became apparent that the house's roof shingles were failing. Probably not yet a big hurricane risk, but a new roof would almost certainly be needed after a windstorm. So now the house has a heaviest-gauge galvanized steel roof.

Kitchen resumed in November, final electrical work done in late January. Installing a cool pull-out drawer under the sink took another couple of weeks and three trips to the Huge Retailer in Orlando.

Finishing the kitchen: the breakfast area already had a beautiful ceiling light fixture made in California. Finding something similar but cheaper for the new part of the kitchen failed. So a pair of lovely California fixtures arrived this morning.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 18, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Mudge - I suspect that the warning not to land on Europa will be the least of our worries next year, assuming Clarke was accurate with the future history.

If you think we have a problem with global warming now, just wait until we suddenly find ourselves in a binary-star solar system.

Posted by: lp2004 | February 18, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Highlights:

7 to 9 million homeowners to be helped. No bad guys.

4 to 5 million defaulting families financed under Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac can re-finance.

Restrictions FM & FM have in place now removed, so millions can re-finance. Cost to taxpayer: zero.

Clear guidelines for entire industry to allow re-finance. No mortgage co or banks gets $ help unless using these guidelines.

Mortgage cap not to exceed 31 percent of homeowners income.

Judges allowed to enforce changing mortgage terms.

$2 billion in grants to communities trying to re-finance.

Dutch-uncle talk about responsibility.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 18, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I know, lp. And just think of all the rewriting and re-editing we'll have to do to change all those songs so they now talk about suns'shine instead of sunshine.

And they'll only be seven planets. And we're still not switched over in the textbooks to eight. Sheesh.

Front page alert-- for Joel's Palin kit, two kits ago. So we may have already avoided a bunker alert.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 18, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Oops! Sorry.
That's what I get for trying catch up three kits at a time.
Makes my eyeballs go all funny too.

Posted by: Boko999 | February 18, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

A few weeks ago some too-cute-to-be-believed young girl scouts were selling cookies at the mall. Thin Mints! What could be better?

Actually, I only had 2 and then took the rest into work. I don't know if the recipe or my perceptions changed. There was a shortening aftertaste that I just didn't like.

Another bastion of my youth toppled. First soft pretzels, then boxed mac and cheese, now Thin Mints. What's next?

Posted by: -dbG- | February 18, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

They've debased Thin Mints? Even though I'm a recovered TMer and now in the 12-step program, still I mourn this tragedy for others.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 18, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Each year we get the annual Girl Scout Cookie memorandum describing ethical restrictions on in-office solicitation.

It usually comes out the same day as the annual reminder that Super Bowl Pools are forbidden.

But the allure of Girl Scout Cookies cannot be resisted. And so one encounters a thriving underground market of surreptitious cookie deals.

A wink. A nod. A finger to the nose and the understanding is reached. Leave the money at the usual place and a parcel of primo grade product will be forthcoming.

Somoas are the most pervasive. And since few people want to be caught with the incriminating substance, they go quickly.

No questions are ever asked. There could be many reasons for that coconut smell on the group director's breath. It need not be evidence of a cookie-based ethical lapse.

Maybe it is from an innocent piña colada consumed over lunch.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 18, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

well, i finally slept for about 6 hours and there are three new kits.

like joel, i laughed when i read palin's reaction to that question. yeah, asking a governor what his or her legislative priorities are, that's a real gotcha question.

all i can say about california is thank god the proposition for less gerrymandering passed so that there will be more competitive districts in the future. you've literally got no middle of the political spectrum in the legislator because it's been gerrymandered away. this is the direction that the u.s. congress is headed, so people should pay attention to how much of a disaster this is. at least you don't have term limits at the federal level.

Posted by: LALurker | February 18, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it isn't Palin?

Maybe the world is changing and you just don't answer questions anymore. Did anyone catch A-rod's presser?

All I know was that he was young and stupid.

What's your favorite color?

I was young and stupid.

What's your favorite food?

I was young and stupid.

Posted by: russianthistle | February 18, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

So being a librarian is like being pregnant?

Posted by: yellojkt | February 18, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

No. At the risk of speaking on Yoki's behalf, I think she means that being a librarian is a calling as well as a mindset, a state of mind that one cannot put on and take off during business hours. One *is* a librarian, or one is not; it's an existential thing.

Also, the glasses and that whole sexy, smoldering thing. Although perhaps that wasn't part of Yoki's meaning.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 18, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Yes I saw A-roids presser.I was surprised he didn't say "I met some guy in the back alley and he injected me with something,I didn't know is was steroids"


we had a saying when we were kids
"Cheaters,liars and glugs" I have no idea to this day what a glug is,but it can't be a good thing.

And where is the comissioner during this whole mess? Oh that's right Bud Selig is also an owner.....enough said.......

Some role models these guys are just a bunch of Cheaters,Liars and Glugs!!!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | February 18, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Hi, guys. Dropping back in after a rough ride. RD's comments about GS cookies reminds of a story. Friends of mine have a second home in Pocahontas County, WV. As part of restoration work on the house, they needed some seasoned lumber. Inquiries led to an old gentleman who had an old school bus on his property used as a shed. It was full of old, good wood (even some Chestnut!). After transacting business the old gent offered my friend a "taste". He said, "I don't make it, and I don't sell it, but..." The deal was to drive up this lonely dirt track to a clearing with a big stump. Leave $5 under a rock on the stump and leave. Come back an hour later and pick up jug of 'shine.

Posted by: ebtnut | February 18, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

LALurker,
Thinking of sleep, New Scientist has a lengthy story online about sleep deprivation as a cause, not symptom, of mental health problems. And an editorial suggesting that kids with attention problems should be treated for sleep difficulties.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 18, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Thinking of moonshine, there was a lot of it around Okeefenokee Swamp until Florida cut liquor taxes.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 18, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree with Yoki about the librarian thing. I'm not, even though I've always been the complete bookworm. I know this because my stint in library technical services sent me screaming back into grad school, after only eleven months. I was one of the lowly employees who typed and filed cards in the card catalogue, which gives an indication of how long ago that was...

Posted by: slyness | February 18, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Thinking of boxed mac 'n' cheese, and my Horrible Lemon Juice Failure, since then I found the key to making the homemade with that ineffable tang: and it's a thing many cooks already knew about. It's the slight dash of mustard. Not enough to recognize, but just enough to say, "hmm, there's a slight but delicious tangy something to this mac & cheese."

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 18, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Yep Jumper. My sainted mother used to do that, and it does snazz the flavor up quite a lot.

A similar culinary secret is to put in a drop or two of hot pepper sauce. Works for me.


And in an unrelated note to fellow capsaicin addicts, Try putting a few drops of your favorite pepper sauce in a glass of water. You will be amazed at the number of flavors that can be detected.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 18, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Also, I hear moonshine can do wonders.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 18, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

"Finally, Io is the most volcanically active body in the solar system."

Er, what about Mudge after he ate all that chili the other week?

martooni, I'd add that a birthday party for the blue-bottomed boy today *would* be a surprise, since it usually falls during August.

Girl Scout cookies, I got.
Or will be getting soon, I think.
Oy. Might have to take out a loan to pay for that order - I'll be eating them all year.

Or at least until the ACC and NCAA baskeball tourneys are over.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 18, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I am off in search of Dave's Insanity Sauce and will report back.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 18, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Jumper! A little Dijon mustard, a couple of drops of t=Tobasco Sauce, and (truly!) a couple drops of Worchestershire Sauce. This is definitive.

Posted by: Yoki | February 18, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

My favorite mac-n-cheese recipe does call for some ground mustard. Now I know why. We should ask our Canucki boodlers since they are authoritative on matters pertaining to the dish.

Yahoo Answers is ambiguous on whether in Quebec it would be 'macaroni et fromage' or 'macaroni au gratin'.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 18, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I don't know about that. I'm just being categorical, as is my wont on matters culinary.

Posted by: Yoki | February 18, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Massive cache of fossils in L.A.:

http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-fossils18-2009feb18,0,7775847.story

Posted by: -jack- | February 18, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Where's Dooley when you need him?

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 18, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, I would say your approach is much preferred over being allegorical in matters fiduciary...

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 18, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

The Titan Saturn System Mission (TSSM) is not dead, it is delayed for further study while the Europa Jupiter System Mission (EJSM) gets the fast(er) track.

"Fast" is a relative term, since we are still looking at a 2020 launch and 2026 arrival at Jupiter -- and that's only the plan, not the reality, which one might assume will slip. Many of the scientists working on the mission now will be retired or dead by the time it arrives. We'll be even older and more deader by the time the TSSM gets to Saturn and Titan. Unless, of course, dramatic propulsion improvements are made in the next decade (unlikely). The level of engineering effort could decrease a lot, and make for shorter mission prep times, if you didn't have to wait most of a decade for the mission to get from launch to the starting point. Anybody got a super-duper nuclear space drive in their back pocket, just waiting for patent approval?

Posted by: ScienceTim | February 18, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Jeezy peezy, a person is finally able to raise her head above water and we're on a sciency kit?

Posted by: Raysmom | February 18, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Just so, Scotty! That would put me in the bad company of Jerome Kerviel and Nick Leeson.

My failed experiments in the kitchen seldom deserve jail time.

Posted by: Yoki | February 18, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Howdy. Stunned by the dizzying pace of the Kits, and the scintillating range of conversation on this Boodle, I have been lurking today. Y'all are just moving too fast for me.

I, too, wondered whether the joint venture described in the Kit would be in Esperanto or perhaps Ebonics. I know - let's put it in legislativese. Between French beaurocracy and our own version, we should produce something compeletely impenetrable.

ScienceTim, you'll probably have more luck increasing the scientists' life span than in speeding up the engineering. You can solve the retirement problem by simply not allowing for any retirement from that team until the missions are launched, or whatever the term is.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 18, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

That sounds dangerously like indentured slavery, Ivansmom.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 18, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Either that, Wilbrod, or real motivation to get on with the process.

Posted by: slyness | February 18, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

yello, in my family the safety orange mac&cheese is called "macaroni kraft" and the homemade stuff is "macaroni au fromage". YMMV.

Every police corp legally entitled to break the speed limits in Ontario are currently practicing their presidential motorcading skills in Ottawa. All pedestrians plodding in the downtown area today deserve hazardous work bonus.

The city finally cleared the sidewalks of Wellington st. of the mounds of ice, for fear that some terrist would dissimulate IEDs into them. Mr. Obama, I personally invite you to come twice a year, in January and February if I can help it.

We are currently applying a new coat of snow to welcome the O-man in winter's capital.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 18, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I happened to see the pictures of Pres. Obama's motorcade in Arizona today - it was just a little shorter than our local Christmas parade.

For those with nothing else to do Wolf Blitzer just interviewed our PM - slow news day? :-)

Posted by: dmd2 | February 18, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Just a "getting to know our neighbor" party, dmd. Given that Obama is over there in yonder Haute Maine, it must be an important country of some sort, you think?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 18, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I should say -- the only reason I am a Titan fan, rather than a Europa fan, is because my technical specialty is pretty nearly inapplicable to the exploration of Europa. This bums me to no end. I am itching with excitement to find out more about what's under the Europan ice, and I would like a mission that can answer those questions even faster. With the current plan, I will be 64 by the time we get the first reports from EJSM. This, also, bums me to no end. By the time we do the next go-round and get an actual lander down to Europa so we can get some definitive answers, I'll be 84 (if I'm lucky). By the time we have a cryobot burrowing down through the ice to the subsurface ocean (if the first two missions encourage us into certainty that it exists), I will likely be 104. By that time, even if gerontology permits me to live that long, sea-levels probably will have risen by about 4 meters, temperatures will be warmer by about 1°C, and the poor peoples of the equator will have been forced by massive drought and famine to move towards the heavily-populated temperate mid-latitudes, creating massive clashes over food and living space with massive genocidal wars.

Gosh! I can hardly wait!

Posted by: ScienceTim | February 18, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Just joking Wilbrod, the coverage here of the meeting tomorrow is shall we say - over the top! It is always a big deal when a US President visits here, but with the current Presidents popularity and the economic crisis the coverage seems more extensive.

I should say Pres. Obama came off very well in his CBC interview, not that I was surprise but still a delight to see.

Posted by: dmd2 | February 18, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

LOL Science Tim. We SO need those warp speed-capable engines.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 18, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Testing...Ground Control to Major Tom

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 18, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Alright. Who left the monolith in our front yard?

Posted by: -jack- | February 18, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Gosh, where did everybody go? I've not seen the Boodle this quiet in a long time.

Me, I'm on my way to dine with my boss who is in town from Toronto. At a great restaurant. Why, I believe they even use capers in some of their dishes, and you know how I am about capers. And mushrooms. And great handmade pasta. Heck, food.

Have a good evening, if you can find yourselves.

Posted by: Yoki | February 18, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Are we ourselves?
And do we really know?

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 18, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Snowing up north Scotty, should bode well for your trip.

I just realized my license expired last month. The DMV doesn’t send out notices anymore so now I’m trying to break thru the log jam on their website and renew online tonight. Otherwise I’ll be spending some time at the local office tomorrow. Of course it’s across the street from where I work, so it’s not a huge hardship. As long as I don’t get stopped on the way to work!

We had mac and cheese last Saturday when the granddaughters were here. The youngest was quite upset that it was homemade, not Kraft. I too always use mustard, but next time I’ll add some hot pepper sauce too, sounds like a good idea.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 18, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Now really, who is going to buy this house? http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/18/AR2009021802122.html?hpid=topnews

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | February 18, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Howdy, all. I'm home, famished, and more-or-less insolvent until payday (Friday). The larder contained a steak, a pork chop, and some sausage, along with a couple of onions, tomatoes, and a can of kidney beans.

I'm foreseeing a batch of garbage chili in my future!

Posted by: bobsewell | February 18, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

I don't know how you would exorcise that history, MotP. Some places are better pulled down so that there can be a new beginning.

Posted by: slyness | February 18, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I think it will be nice if some young folks can take advantage of the low price and start creating some happy memories there.

Posted by: bobsewell | February 18, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Hey Slyness. Did you read that piece about how that Gaston bank is relatively healthy? Interesting. We always wondered why not much development over there. Looks like it worked out for them.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 18, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

How do modern thinkers perform the equivalent of an exorcism? Is there some psychic disinfection process? Perform acts of redemption? Use the room as a call center for Habitat for Humanity for a couple of years? Something of that nature...

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 18, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Jumper, I think you're looking for... "toga party!"

Posted by: bobsewell | February 18, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

The Pearlstein column from the other day, Jumper? Yeah, amazing. I'd never heard of the bank, had you? The president is an App State grad, I loved that.

I've been a Bank of America customer (starting with NCNB) for 32 years. While I have appreciated the convenience of walking up to ATM's in San Francisco and Salem, MA to get cash without fees, now I'm not so sure. There is much to be said for staying small and healthy in your own community.

Posted by: slyness | February 18, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Chili update: I almost hated to add anything,because the "melange o' meat" smelled so good browning with the onions & garlic, but I've dumped in tomatoes, beans, my last couple of pickled jalapenos [I absentmindedly took a swig of the brine in which the jalapenos had resided, because I always do that when I finish a jar of dill pickles. It was... invigorating.] and heavy doses of chili powder & red pepper (among other things). I'll keep you posted throughout the next 36 hours or so, because I'll be having it for ev'ry meal until I get paid again.

[I do have a couple of eggs, and half a loaf of bread, so I may have my breakfast chili over eggs & toast tomorrow morning.)

Posted by: bobsewell | February 18, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

*Tim, think out of the box, man.

Don't get wrapped up in all these minimum-energy boosts and Hohmann orbital transfers and optimal planetary alignments and things. Time is money -- let's spend some. If we're going on a Road Trip (And heck yes I'm going -- who do you think's going to drive like mad to get you there?) to Europa and Titan, we're going to need to build you a Special to get you there in a hurry, boosting halfway there and decel the other half. I used to play pickup quarterback, so we'll just lead the planet/moon like a QB leads a reciever on a crossing pattern, mash the gas and drive to where your destination *will* be.

It'll be an expensive ride and a total gas hog, but we'll get you there toute suite, big guy.

We'll need to refuel with water or liquid methane to get to the next place, but if I can convince - someone - to help me work out the bugs on that updated NERVA implementation, maybe we can refuel with just about any liquid to use as thermal reaction mass. And we're going to need a lot of it...

We'll try to get you home in plenty of time to see your kids grautate from high school.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 18, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Water? Methane? If you want the big, bad impulse, then you gotta use heavy atoms, baby. Heck, yes, bring the plutonium to power the lasers to plasmacize some iron, and expel THAT. Now we're moving!

Posted by: bobsewell | February 18, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Ruh-roh. We in the midst of a thunderstorm and it has knocked out DirecTV, in the last ten minutes of the Carolina/State game.

Whew! It just came back.

I don't wish to live with Mr. T when he can't see basketball games that are important to him.

Posted by: slyness | February 18, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Kate just spent the night with Jack on "Lost." I am soooooooooooo envious.

Of course, I have no clue what's going on.

This is kinda like being back in junior high school.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 18, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

i saw the l.a.t. article about the fossil discoveries. pretty cool. i live not all that far away from that part of the city.

Posted by: LALurker | February 18, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

NERVA - nuclear engine for rocket engine application
http://www.daviddarling.info/encyclopedia/N/NERVA.html
Iron, eh? Hmm. Mebbe so.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 18, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Jealous of whom?

Posted by: bobsewell | February 18, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Bad bugs. Antibioitic resistent, even.

http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-sci-badbugs17-2009feb17,0,5079716.story

While I was reading this, Beware of Darkness popped into my head.

Watch out now, take care
Beware of falling swingers
Dropping all around you
The pain that often mingles
In your fingertips
Beware of darkness

Watch out now, take care
Beware of the thoughts that linger
Winding up inside your head
The hopelessness around you
In the dead of night

Beware of sadness
It can hit you
It can hurt you
Make you sore and what is more
That is not what you are here for

Watch out now, take care
Beware of soft shoe shufflers
Dancing down the sidewalks
As each unconscious sufferer
Wanders aimlessly
Beware of maya

Watch out now, take care
Beware of greedy leaders
They take you where you should not go
While weeping atlas cedars
They just want to grow, grow and grow
Beware of darkness (beware of darkness)

One of the places I rented in LA was on Flower St., near the Coliseum. There was this great taco stand right across the street from the stadium grounds. East Coast burritos just aren't the same. LA rocks.

Posted by: -jack- | February 18, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Jealous of Jack, of course. Or anybody who gets to spend the night with Kate.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 18, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

"of course", sez you. Obvious to you and me perhaps, but others might view it differently.

:-D

Posted by: bobsewell | February 18, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

You'll never never never guess who's having tax problems now!!! Sarah Palin!!

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/18/AR2009021803177.html?hpid=moreheadlines

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 18, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

I love these lines:
Beware of soft shoe shufflers
Dancing down the sidewalks

and the one about weeping atlas cedars, which I only came to know when I went searching for the lyrics a few years ago. I'm not sure what I had made up in my head all those years before. I miss George. Might be time to watch the Concert for George again, or the Concert for Bangladesh, which has a great rendition of this song (with Leon Russell...wish he'd do this in his shows now).

Posted by: seasea | February 18, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

BTW, Bob, by "invigorating," did you mean "Bent over double with flames coming out my ears and intense pain wracking my entire gastrointestinal tract"?

Just curious.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 18, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

I did it, I did it, I did it! I was determined and I was a STAR at my national meeting in Dallas from which I just returned. Yay me! :-)

But I am going to remain level-headed. Really. I am. *

Posted by: Windy3 | February 18, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations, Windy!

Yup, 'mudge, that just about 'zackly what I meant!

Posted by: bobsewell | February 18, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

I love the Leon Russell version. I too puzzled over Atlas cedars. I guess it means those who point out motes in others' eyes, yet have entire trees in their own. But I'm guessing.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 18, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

I never thought to search for those lyrics, although I've listened to that song on and off for better than 38 years. I'm particularly fond of Leon Russell's cover on The Shelter People album. Maya refers to the Hindu goddess; illusion. I wonder if atlas cedars is a reference to the cedars that grow in Lebanon, the only true cedars in the world. (Upon further searching, it probably is. Atlas cedar is native to the Atlas Mountains in Algeria and Morroco.) The Eastern red cedar native to the East Coast of the US belongs to the genus Juniperus, J. virginiana. It isn't a cedar at all. More like a weed. Interesting song.

Posted by: -jack- | February 18, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Jumper. Ear candy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlB9AQGDMrs&feature=related

Posted by: -jack- | February 18, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, you back from your fancy dinner yet? Whadja have?

'Night, Boodle.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 18, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Leon Russell is a good tipper, waited on him a couple times when I worked in a Nashville restaurant.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 18, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Good night, Al.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=945FOiz7nMA

Posted by: rickoshea0 | February 18, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

I suppose that the novelty effect will be short for this product, presumable paired with PB:

http://www.theonion.com/content/news_briefs/k_y_introduces_new_line_of

Posted by: -jack- | February 18, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Low tech fixes for high tech items.

.nytimes.com/2009/02/19/technology/personaltech/19basics.html?_r=1&8dpc

Posted by: rickoshea0 | February 18, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

bc and SciTim,
What you guys need is some Heavy Fuel:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Wqfzgf2t2E&feature=related

Last time I was sober, man I felt bad
Worst hangover that I ever had
It took six hamburgers and scotch all night
Nicotine for breakfast just to put me right
'cos if you wanna run cool
If you wanna run cool
If you wanna run cool, you got to run
On heavy, heavy fuel

Posted by: yellojkt | February 18, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Way to go, Windy!

frostbitten, how have I known you this long and I didn't know you waited on Leon Russell! In Nashville! Kewl - nice to hear he tips well (I hate when an artist I like turns out to be a jerk, although I suppose you have to make allowances for bad days).

Posted by: seasea | February 18, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

bobsewell!!!

Windy, we knew you rocked anyway, but now the rest of the world knows it too. Heartfelt congratulations on your triumphant appearance at the national meeting!

Good night, Boodle. I have burnt the candle at both ends so long that all that is left as witness is a stain where wax used to be and some carbon specks.

Posted by: Yoki | February 18, 2009 11:54 PM | Report abuse

I was too mad to sleep so I fixed my problem with my take on the New York Post cartoon
http://jumpersbloghouse.blogspot.com/
Goodnight all.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 19, 2009 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Another OMG you got to see this goal by Alex Ovechkin.His play off the boards to get by the defenseman is a highlite in itself. Wow.....

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/recap?gameId=290218023

Posted by: greenwithenvy | February 19, 2009 1:32 AM | Report abuse

Bravo, Jumper.

Night, Al.

Posted by: seasea | February 19, 2009 1:35 AM | Report abuse

I've been playing George all night jack, thanks.
http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=1427

Maya is a goddess because hindus turn every interesting concept into a god or goddess (the better to fight you or accept you with, my dear).

She represents the forces that cloud or limit our perception of 'truth'. I've found acceptance is a great way to escape her clutches. YMMV.

And, I always thought
Beware of the thoughts that linger
was
Beware of the thorns that linger


Perfect response Jumper.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | February 19, 2009 4:49 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle. Good to smell the coffee in the Ready Room. What's for breakfast?

On the op-ed page, David broder has for once come out from splitting the difference, and is one of the few voices urging Obama to hew to the bipartisanship line, and he demolishes a few myths along the way (and dismisses Richard Cohen's column). Good for Broder.

I'm a bit mystified why the FBI/Jack Valenti story is newsworthy, much less so prominent. We've known for decades now that the FBI did some bad stuff in the 50's and 60's; so what else is new. Valenti is only one of thousands who got punked. (And in Valenti's case they found nothing. The story is basically how the FBI launched an investigation it shouldn't have, and then got zilch.)

The only thing new this story brings to the table is Valenti's name. And so what?

OK, gang, gotta run.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 19, 2009 6:18 AM | Report abuse

Hola Boodle!

Reporting from south of the sun.

Arrived in Santiago. Veroom, vroom. With supercharged engine soar above this magic city and high over the Andean foothills towering 9,000 feet over the modern metropolis.

noy much time for boodling while searching for an apartment.

Have a good day , everyone.

Brag

Posted by: Braguine | February 19, 2009 7:04 AM | Report abuse

Morning, Mudge. The country ham is ready, the biscuits will be out of the oven in a couple of minutes. Will that do?

Looks like it's going to be a nice day. Fortunately, all the rain yesterday didn't obliterate Mr. T's marks for his new drainage system. That project is scheduled for Saturday.

Yes, good for Broder. President Obama will need Republicans to solve the problems facing us, so I hope he finds a way.

Everybody, please have good thoughts and prayers for a young family I know. They have three-year-old twins, one of whom has a rare neurological disorder that leaves him vegetative. That he has lived this long is testament to his mother's love and commitment. He has been in ICU for a couple of weeks with pneumonia; that's better, but he picked up MRSA. And the young dad was laid off his job earlier in the week.

I'm ready for this recession/depression thing to be over. And for reform of health care in the U.S.

Posted by: slyness | February 19, 2009 7:10 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, Al.

I guess the FBI felt like I always did, that there was something fundamentally phony about Valenti.

Another too-busy day ahead of me. But, in just a week from today, we shall BPH like nobody's business. And this motivates me to get through the projects on my desk so that nothing there jeopardizes my journey.

Brag, it is wonderful to see you even briefly back on the Boodle.

Have a good day, all.

Posted by: Yoki | February 19, 2009 7:26 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. Hey Brag!
President Obama drops in for a short courtesy visit later today. The State visit will be for later, when he'll be preoccupied by the domestic situation. He's having lunch with the PM, I thought I'd get invited but it doesn't seem to be the case or else my invitation is still in the mail.
We've been told the chance of seeing the O-man, other than on TV, are zero. Nonetheless the there are a few blocks that are closed to traffic and there is more cops downtown than you can shake a stick at.
With that and the wet snow that is still falling the afternoon commute will be a mess, but that's fine he's welcome anytime.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 19, 2009 7:39 AM | Report abuse

SCC less preoccupied

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 19, 2009 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Morning all. This is one of those days when I shoulda worn a tie. Oh well.

Brag - good to hear from you! Santiago is such a musical beautiful name. I hope you find the city likewise.

Have a great day.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 19, 2009 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Good morning boodle! Headed to town this morning for a big confab about rural transportation solutions. I fear the traditional solution will always be the best-don't live in such an (insert expletive) remote place. However, there are people here now and I prefer not see them frozen in the ditches so we soldier on.

Time to fire up the espresso machine and find some grown up clothes to wear. If someone would like to turn me in to Stacey and Clinton I would not be offended.

Great to see Brag checking in so soon.
Later gators.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 19, 2009 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Yay Brag!!! *long-distance faxing of confetti*

Slyness, my thoughts are with them.

*why-does-so-much-work-pile-up-in-the-days-immediately-precedeing-vacation-but-with-caffeine-anything-is-possible Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 19, 2009 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Brag,
Look for Jubaea palms. They're tall, feather-leaved, and amazingly long-lived. The world's largest hothouse palm is a Jubaea in the Temperate House at Kew in London. It germinated in 1846 or thereabouts, a decade too late for Darwin to have sent the seed.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 19, 2009 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Hi Brag!
Yay Windy!
Hang in there Scotty!
Frosti, I'm sure such drastic measures (S&C) aren't needed.

I'm soo busy with the new job and tying up loose ends on the old one. But I like it! Didn't realize I was so bored before...

Posted by: Raysmom | February 19, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Morning all, Brag good luck with the apartment search and Windy - congrats.

Amusing myself this morning by the very detailed coverage of the Presidents' visit.

Just a sample - a live blog of updates about many little details. For those of you who enjoy virtual lunches the lunch menu today is included.

http://thestar.blogs.com/notebook/

Posted by: dmd2 | February 19, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Good morning Al!

Speaking of Al... Norm Coleman now thinks that the last election was so bad that he really thinks we need to do a ReDo in Minn.

Posted by: russianthistle | February 19, 2009 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Right, Weed, we need to make all those poor folks in Minnesota vote again. Jeez. Frosti, what do YOU think about that? Would Colemen get creamed this time around?

Posted by: slyness | February 19, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

I'm missing a good lunch. They're having lunch in the Senate building. It's a snowball throw away; I can be there in 3 minutes if my invitation finally makes it.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 19, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Today's lunch menu in Ottawa (from dmd's link):

"Prime Minister Stephen Harper will entertain the U.S. president for lunch in the distinguished setting of the dining room of the Speaker of the Senate. There's a few offerings on their menu: -- Pacific Coast tuna with a chili and citrus vinaigrette; maple- and miso-cured Nunavut Arctic char; lightly pickled vegetables and an organic beet relish. Applewood smoked plains Bison; winter root vegetables and local mushrooms; cauliflower and rosemary puree; juniper and Niagara Red Wine jus. Saugeen yogurt pot de crème with a lemon and lavender syrup; wild blueberry and partridgeberry compote; Acadian buckwheat honey and sumac tuile."

Sumac tuile? Huh? What the heck is tuile? And isn't sumac...yanno...highly itchy? They tryin' ta kill the poor guy? A little Wiki work yields the following. Last first: a tuile is apparently some sort of cookie. Now:

"Sumac ... is any one of approximately 250 species of flowering plants in the genus Rhus and related genera, in the family Anacardiaceae. The dried berries of some species are ground to produce a tangy purple spice.

"…Sumacs grow in subtropical and warm temperate regions throughout the world ..." [so what are they doing in Canada? Well, never mind.]

"...The fruits form dense clusters of reddish drupes called sumac bobs...."

"...The drupes of the genus Rhus are ground into a deep-red or purple powder used as a spice in Middle Eastern cuisine to add a lemony taste to salads or meat. In Turkish cuisine, for example, it is added to salad servings of kebabs and lahmacun. In North America, the smooth sumac (Rhus glabra) and the staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina) are sometimes used to make a beverage termed "sumac-ade," "Indian lemonade" or "rhus juice." This drink is made by soaking the drupes in cool water, rubbing them to extract the essence, straining the liquid through a cotton cloth and sweetening it. Native Americans also used the leaves and berries of the smooth and staghorn sumacs combined with tobacco in traditional smoking mixtures."

Me, I ain't touching the stuff. The article says poison sumac is only one of the many species of sumac and only a few are toxic (called toxicodendron). Yeah, yeah, yeah. To whit:

"Eastern North America:
Rhus aromatica (fragrant sumac)
Rhus copallina (winged or shining sumac)
Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)
Rhus lanceolata (prairie sumac)
Rhus michauxii (Michaux's sumac)
Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)
Rhus toxicodendron (syn. Toxicodendron radicans, poison ivy)
Rhus vernix (syn. Toxicodendron vernix, poison sumac)

Western North America:
Rhus choriophylla (Mearn's sumac), Arizona, New Mexico
Rhus laurina (syn. Malosma laurina, laurel sumac).
Rhus integrifolia (lemonade sumac)
Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)
Rhus microphylla (desert sumac, littleleaf sumac)
Rhus ovata (sugar sumac)
Rhus trilobata (skunkbush sumac)
Rhus virens (evergreen sumac)"

This concludes today's lesson in the wacky weeds of North America.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 19, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

'Mudge, 'mudge, 'mudge...

A tuile is not so much cookie as a lacy wafer. You often see parmesan tuile served with caesar salad, for instance.

Let's keep these names-of-art straight, my good man.


Posted by: Yoki | February 19, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

So is he named Art or Straight? Don't leave us in suspense!

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 19, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

But...but...but...int a wafer a cookie?

(I never got my hand caught in the wafer jar...)

(And brown-edged wafers are one of my favorite coo-- er... um...)

*confused*

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 19, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Mudge around here Sumac is very much a weed, grows everywhere, it has one redeeming feature the fall display - brillant colour.

Posted by: dmd2 | February 19, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

(And how come I get turned on by the notion of a lacy wafer?... I need to start buying my late-night snacks at Victoria's Oreos and Nabisco of Hollywood.)

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 19, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Slyness,
I have been reading the Franken/Coleman articles online at the Star Tribune since the election turned into a circus and Coleman was publicly chiding Franken to "give it up."

The best of it are those post article comments from the readership.

Posted by: russianthistle | February 19, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I know. I'm such a tuile.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 19, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Wait a minute. The loser (Coleman) is asking the winner (Franken) to "give it up"?

Well, ya gotta admire his chutzpah.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 19, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Lacy Wafer is still available as a Boodling handle...

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 19, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Poor 'mudge's blood pressure couldn't handle it, Scotty, if somebody with the handle Lacy Wafer showed up and started posting...

Posted by: Yoki | February 19, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

I mis-read Mudge's item as

Lacy Wifer

And, where is the pemmican, I say! Tis not authentic Canookie-West without pemmican.

Pemmican: the original sport bar

Off by bike in the dizzle for students who will not show up; Yet office hours remain obligato. Cannot post from there but will lurk.

Here is my lunch offering:

Chicken thighs in masala sauce, over Texmati rice.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | February 19, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

I've kinda been following the Minnesota Senate story on fivethirtyeight, Weed. What a total mess. But Coleman wants Franken to quit? Figures, doesn't it?

Posted by: slyness | February 19, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Doesn't this whole thing strike you as unseemly? Not gentleman-like? To not concede when the outcome is clear is a bit overweening for my taste.

Posted by: Yoki | February 19, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Alas, Yoki, my poor blood pressure couldn't even handle a poster named Betty Macaroon.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 19, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Frosti will that election be settled before the end of the term for that position? Is there an over under for that?

While watching the CBC (The All Obama network) this morning they briefly had a break to bring the weather, the only other story to break the Obama marathon - the weather and the World Pond Hockey Championships in New Brunswick - an event more prominent this year as it will be the broadcast location for Hockey Day in Canada Saturday (Yes we have one).

Twenty outdoor rinks on a frozen lake in NB, quite the sight - my daughter now wants to go when she gets older. Some pictures.

http://www.worldpondhockey.com/photo-gallery/

Still trying to figure out how Canada gets tags with the stereotypes we have :-)

Posted by: dmd2 | February 19, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Betty Macaroon would have more effect on your blood sugar.

Posted by: Yoki | February 19, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

No, no, no, I am sorry... I wasn't clear. When Coleman had a lead before the Canvasing board did the recount and then reviewed the recount, Coleman implored Franken not to waste time and money on a fruitless effort.

Since there was a much higher probability that Franken would make hay with the absentee ballots, I knew that Coleman was all bluff. Now, the Republicans are willing to back Coleman to the SCOTUS, if that is what it will take.

Those darn Republicans are frightened of Al, however, they seem not to have had even a bit of a problem sending Michelle Bachmann to Congress.

Did anyone hear about the high speed train that the STIM bill is calling for that goes from Disneyland to Las Vegas? Bachmann has!!! I have a feeling that all you need to do is fax something to Bachmann and she will start talking about it. Someone should fax her The Onion. (again)

Posted by: russianthistle | February 19, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

The plane! The plane!

Oops. Sorry again. I thought I spotted Air Force One. It was just a nasty tern.

Posted by: Boko999 | February 19, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Hey DMD2!!!!

My housemate is playing in the tourney!
His team is the Crimson Kings. One member came all the way from NOLa.

... he should be sober by now.

Posted by: russianthistle | February 19, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

I do not believe sobriety is required for that tournament russianthistle.

Posted by: dmd2 | February 19, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Er, is this thing on?

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 19, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Boko, you should write a poem about your mistaken spotting of Air Force One. That way you could take a nasty tern for the verse.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 19, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. Brag, it is splendid to hear from you. I'm glad you've arrived on the Other Side of the World safely.

Slyness, I hope you can renew your license easily. Nothing is that simple here anymore. Here, you can renew while your license is still good. If it expires, you have to go to a special DMV office with proof of birth and citizenship and I don't know what all. This was part of a bill designed to catch those pesky illegal immigrants. It made a lot of people mad to realize that the main burden and effect of the bill fell on regular citizen types. Duh. Old people, or those born in other states, might not even have an official copy of their birth certificate, and are left scrambling. This is particularly true because the DMV doesn't send out expiration reminders.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 19, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Actually I think beer can be served on the bench. My kind of sport, very civilized.

Let me be my pedantic self for a minute. A tuile is a bent wafer, a pringle potato chip could be called a tuile of potato (a tuile Parmentier maybe). A tuile has got to imitate the shape of a traditional roof tile.
http://www.batipros.fr/communaute/produit_vedette.php?idP=713

There is even a tool to make the culinary tile. Just deposit the still-soft hot wafer in the mold and let it cool and harden in the mold.
http://www.cuisinstore.com/plaque-a-tuile

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 19, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

You are on a roll this morning, Curmudgeon!

Posted by: Yoki | February 19, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

There does seem to be a suspicious number of Canadian types on the blog this morning. Doubtless taking advantage of our Commander in Chief being in their homeland to communicate secret invasion plans.

Of course, I'm always up for a nice Canadian invasion.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 19, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I thought the wafer was called "tatooine?"

Posted by: russianthistle | February 19, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Ivansmom - when I moved to Virginia from Washington State, the first thing I cleverly did was lose my wallet on the Metro. Just try getting a new driver's license without being able to present an old one. Perhaps nowadays they can communicate better, but back then I had to wait for a signed letter from the Washington State DMV.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 19, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

I appreciate your pedantic self, shriek.

If you don't want to buy a specialized gadget, you can always drape the hot wafer over a rolling pin or broom handle.

Posted by: Yoki | February 19, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Ah, it's working, good.

Good morning, al.
Brag, good to see you checking in - let me add my best wishes to your apartment search, sir.

Windy, bravo. Slyness, that's a sad situation. I'll be thinking about those folks today.

Scottynuke, at least you're hearing about the work before lunch on Friday. You *know* it could be worse.

Heavy fuel's fine for the *Tim Special, and hadn't considered the idea of rendezvous with an iron asteroid for in-flight refueling. Seemed to me that there's liquid on Titan and Europa that would be useful and wouldn't require stopping on the drive (and you *know* how we men will find any excuse not to stop during a trip unless *we're* the one who has to use the restroom).

Here's an interesting idea - I wonder if it's possible to make the launches of said probes to Europa into a competitive event in attempt to speed things up somewhat? Perhaps an interplanetary Ryder Cup or America's Cup or something (I like the Newton Cup, myself)? A Race to Europa (I'm sure the fact that Europa was chosen over Titan for the NASA/ESA team-up has *nothing* to do with the name...), first team there gets to plant the flag and charge the other guy fees for landing and orbital rights. This would also make it more interesting to the public, and possibly offer opportunities to sell corporate advertising sponsorship on the craft.

Hey, anything to help speed things up and defray the costs, y'know?

Finally: Why does Boodling make me so hungry these days?

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 19, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

We're just giddy with delight at being noticed by the hottest man in the world, RD_P. Sort of like a Grade 7 girl who gets spoken to by one of those dreamy Grade 9s.

Posted by: Yoki | February 19, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

shriek, you mean there's a tuile tool?

Posted by: Raysmom | February 19, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Lacy stroking me
cuddling Betty in oreo
Dreaming sweet nothings

-Wilbrodog-

Now I'm all hungry again.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 19, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Yoki is right, and Obama will be greeted when he steps out of the plane momentarily by our Hottest woman - the Govenor General looking beautiful in black coat and hat this morning.

They were just commenting on the 2 black SUVs that chased Air Force One down the runway - not having witnessed that before, many many comments on how the level of security for this visit is well above what has been seen before. The route to parliament will go past my Alma Mater (on reading week) and where I lived one year at school. People have been warned not to open their windows or go out on the balcony to see the motorcase. My balcony then would have had a great view.

Posted by: dmd2 | February 19, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

california apparently has a state budget now.

wonders never cease...

Posted by: LALurker | February 19, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

This will make most feel better about themselves: bosses and competence
http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1878358,00.html?imw=Y

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 19, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Looks like the coup overthrowing the Republican legislative leader backfired--the less nutty Republicans went ahead and released their hostages in return for abundant goodies from the Democrats. So will the Republican holdouts pelt the traitor(s) with strawberries? I think one of the traitors is a berry farmer.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 19, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Thinking of sumac on the lunch menu, I think the items listed are OK. All members of the family (Anacardiaceae) are a bit suspect, including mangoes and cashews.

Coraline, while having dinner with her "other mother" asks for a mango milkshake. She must be a sophisticated girl.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 19, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I don't think I could bring myself to eat a sumac toile. I have nothing against cookies whose names remind me of fabric, but I am allergic to sumac. I'm willing to accept assurances that the sumac in the wafer is not the sumac to which I'm allergic, but not willing enough to eat it. It would feel like eating a nice poison ivy salad.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 19, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

actually, they only needed and got one more republican vote from a moderate who cannot run for reelection. the deal making point was to make election laws more hospitable to moderates. i'm in favor of that.

but yes, it's nice to see that the republican ploy of overthrowing their leader didn't work.

Posted by: LALurker | February 19, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

The Prez has been at the airport yakking with the Governor General for the last 1/2 hour.

Oh oh. They're moving.

Posted by: Boko999 | February 19, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

It could sound better in French Ivansmom. "Salade de sumac vénéneux" anyone?

Following the recipe of renown Canadian botanist Brother Marie-Victorin, as a kid I tried to make sumacade with staghorn sumac's (Rhus typhina) hairy fruits. It was terribly acidic and tasted horrible. The memory makes me shiver. It’s supposed to be an ingredient of pink lemonade but I doubt it, it was so bad.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 19, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

This would be a good time to knock off a bank in Ottawa. All the police are protecting PrezO from terrierists.

One the reporters excitedly shouted, "I saw him!", when the motorcade went by. The anchor kidded that she had only seen the limo with the Presidential Mock-up.

[insert GWB joke here]

Posted by: Boko999 | February 19, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

President Obama made a special point to go out and acknowledge the small but hardy crowd at Parliament hill, very nice .

Posted by: dmd2 | February 19, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

In someone else's words a description of Obama requesting to go acknowledge the crowd.

"11:43 Just a classic moment. Obama shakes Harper’s hand at the front door of Centre Block, then the President gestures out towards Parliament Hill and asks, “Do you mind if we go out there? I just want to give a quick wave.” It’s fun to imagine what must have gone through Stephen Harper’s mind. Out there? But there are PEOPLE out there!!

11:44 Harper joins Obama out front and sets a new record for number of waves given by a politician to a crowd not cheering for him"

http://blog.macleans.ca/2009/02/19/a-running-diary-of-tv-coverage-of-the-obama-visit/#more-36855

President Obama also waved from the balcony inside the hill at the staff and media below, Stephan Harper did not!

Posted by: dmd2 | February 19, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Thinking of Canadian botany, I suspect that Quebec and the Maritimes have been prime vacation terrain for New England's superabundance of botanists.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 19, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I'm going to sell my shares in Acme Tear Gas. It was a good 8 years.

Posted by: Boko999 | February 19, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

I am just baffled in this day and age anyone -- much less the Post -- would run this link headline: "Quinn: Does God Intend Women to Work?"

When you go to the blog/chat, the hed changes to "Do Women Want to Work" (which is almost as bad, but still a different thing. But there in Sally's text, yep, there is the magic question about what God "intends" for you ladies.

Un-freakin-believable.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 19, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Gotta attract them eyeballs, 'Mudge... *SIGH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 19, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Hello to all -- especially our Canuckistani boodlers on this landmark day (was that too, too?).

Anyhow, I need the help of our techie-boodlers out there. I have several email domains, all of which have been working reasonably well when my Outlook has been working reasonably (which it has, on and off lately). One of my accounts got held up (so to speak) because I hadn't notified the host of the new expiration date on my credit card. We worked that out yesterday (two fone calls yesterday, and one today so far). But I still can't get or send any emails through Outlook with this particular email domain. It apparently works wonderfully on the host end, but not on mine.

So, I downloaded the free version of Thunderbird, put in the incoming/outgoing server settings (which were both the same, btw), and all that, and it *still* won't work. I got on the host web site and even changed my password, waited maybe 1/2 hour and T-bird still won't accept me. This is exactly what Outlook did. I'm starting to get a complex, yanno????

I hope not to have to wait another 24 hours before the new PW kicks in, but in the meantime, I'm missing some emails which I know are important.

Any sympaki and help out there in boodleland?

Thanks ever so in advance.

Yours truly, ftb

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | February 19, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Lotsa sympaki as well as empaki, ftb; I'm still having e-mail trubs at home, too, on my home address. (Using Thunderbird, too, since I jettisoned all things Microsoftish)But me gots no advice.

Except stay away from the poison sumac cookies.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 19, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

LOL boko, on the tear gas investments.

I do know everyone has been having email problems lately. Place I worked, Mom, etc. I don't know why. Microsoft? Everyone got their update patches installed?

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 19, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps the 'e' is all used up...

Should we move on to 'f'?

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 19, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

OK, we know what Obama and Harper are having for lunch, and where.

What about us? What's for lunch? Where are we meeting? Someplace warm and cozy, I hope? Or do ya all wanna go join TBG at the club?

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 19, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Oooooh, let's go to the Club, but not tell TBG! Just show up en masse. She *will* be surprised

Posted by: Yoki | February 19, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Another victim of the Great Recession: the American Orchid Society is closing its headquarters to the public. It's a rather new facility across from a neat Japanese garden, with bookstore, orchids for sale (of course), a splendid display greenhouse and spacious outdoor gardens dripping with orchids. Their Florida native garden is particularly lovely.

The Society has declining membership and donations. Admission fees don't cover the cost of keeping the facility open to the public.

I need to drive down ASAP.

For what it's worth, in our climate, many orchids will live happily in the yard with minimal attention. It's nice to have a cheap Dendrobium or a slightly more costly chocolate orchid putting on a show.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 19, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the Club sounds grand. And I know a shortcut.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 19, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to hear that DoC. A former coworker of mine used to keep dozens of orchids in his house. When he and his family went on their annual vacation, my job was to water them. Given the very detailed instructions, never has watering a plant caused me such anxiety. But they were beautiful.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 19, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

ftb, my sympathee.

For those allergic to sumac (etc.), aren't pink peppercorns related?

Too late for lunch? I'll bring gnocchi.

Off to pick up Rimadyl for Cutter. Duh. Finally figured out that I could get a larger dose, same # of pills for under $5 more, and simply cut the pills in half. All in all, it works out to a free month of medication three times a year.

The completely obvious takes longer.

Posted by: -dbG- | February 19, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I was just watching coverage of Harper greeting Obama, and it is just as dmd said. Our Steve is a real *stick.*

Posted by: Yoki | February 19, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

At least he wasn't wearing a sleeveless safari vest 2 sizes too small, this time.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 19, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I believe a reference to "stick" was used in my description of the event to my husband, although I may have used it to describe I believe it was inserted in a certain part of Harper's anatomy.

Posted by: dmd2 | February 19, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Here's the vest. What a smart dresser. (and this from the Prince of Plaid)
http://flickr.com/photos/julianortega/266112202/

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 19, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Steve needs......

One bourbon,one scotch and one beer.....sure helps me to loosen up

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISmgOrhELXs

Posted by: greenwithenvy | February 19, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Shriek I am laughing I just had that same thought right before I saw your post.

Posted by: dmd2 | February 19, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Actually I am more of a, one wine,one baileys and one port type of guy,unless i am in my kayak then it is one beer,two beers,3 beers....etc......

Oh to be in the kayak,C'mon spring!!!

off to work

Everyone have a Great day!!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | February 19, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Corn pudding is in the oven. It's pink. Don't ask.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 19, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Orchid watering: squirt with garden hose.

Pink peppercorns: a Google search turned up a 1982 NY Times story on FDA action to ban these seeds of the Brazilian pepper, Schinus terebinthifolius, which is indeed in the same family as sumac. This shrub or small tree is an out-of-control pest in Florida, the result of not having any of its natural enemies. It's far more abundant here than in its native South America.

Brazilian pepper causes contact dermatitis. Yanking seedlings from the yard is best done while wearing gloves. Selling the seeds as "pepper" seems irresponsible, although apparently it's legal.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 19, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Jumper, you sure you didn't make that pudding from seed corn?

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 19, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

A little heavy-handed with the sumac, Jumper?

Unless this is corn-pudding-for-breast-cancer month.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 19, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Us Haute-Mainers are easily amused . My usual coffe place (Timothy's) was offering a special coffee today, Presidential Blend no. 44, made with beans from Kenya, Hawaii and Sumatra.
No beans from Kansas or Chicago?

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 19, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Thinking of tropical American spice, the wonderful Allspice (Pimenta dioica) is from a "nice" family of trees (Myrtaceae).

http://www.floridata.com/ref/P/pime_dio.cfm

Australia is heavy on Myrtaceae (Eucalyptus, etc.). There's even a fine novel titled "Eucalyptus" that nearly became a Russell Crowe movie. Guava is a member of the family, too.

Florida has just a few native Myrtaceae, including Myrcianthes fragrans, the Simpson stopper, a small tree with beautiful peeling bark, small shiny leaves, and little powder puffs for flowers.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 19, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Puerto Rico has Hawaii beaten on the coffee front. Google "Puerto Rico Shade Coffee". The US Fish and Wildlife Service is an enthusiastic supporter of shade coffee--good for birds, even the Puerto Rican Parrot.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 19, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I am encouraged that someone reads my blog, Ivansmom. (seed corn)

No, it's the home-ground chili peppers. I decided to cook the chili pepper powder a bit before adding to corn pudding. It's done now, BTW and looks and smells delicious, pink or not. I will reheat one (I made two - one for freezing) for dinner tonight.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 19, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Dave, the Elderdottir gave me an orchid for Mother's Day a couple of years ago. I'd never had one, but it has done quite well in the sunroom. In fact, it grew a new flowering stem this winter and a bloom has opened, I notice. It's a beautiful magenta with little creamy spots. I think I'll need to repot it this spring.

Posted by: slyness | February 19, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Beaucoup merci for the sympaki and all. To solve the problem, I left my computer to get some lunch, came back and tried it again in Outlook, entering my new, improved PW and, well, it worked! I'm keeping T-bird in abeyance for the time being. We'll see. . .

I wonder if Obama is a tea drinker (like me). I just had a huge mug of white tea, which is pretty good. This morning, it was green tea with pomegranite. That's very nice, as well.

Well, the tea needs an outlet, so I shall be off to the euphemism for a minute. Please carry on in my absence.

One more question -- Yoki, how long will you be staying in our fair city next week?

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | February 19, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

ftb, not as long as I would like. In Wednesday night, meetings Thursday, BPH Thursday evening, meetings Friday, out Saturday morning early.

Posted by: Yoki | February 19, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Ftb, I remember a story about his body man-- apparently Obama likes green tea by the chugful.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 19, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I like the green tea powder and hot water spigots at serious sushi places.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 19, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I never think of sushi as that serious; it seems light and ready to laugh at a good joke at any moment.

Posted by: Yoki | February 19, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Right, Yoki. If you knew sushi like I knew sushi...she used to sashimi like her sister Kate.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 19, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

*whine alert*

I just got out of a meeting with the singularly most unpleasant, erratic, and unbalanced person I have ever met. And she's a "required approver" for one of my projects. Oh joy.

*end whine*

Posted by: Raysmom | February 19, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

*sigh* I'm having a week like that, too, RM. My boss is an idiot, and I've been on her s---list for most of the four years I've been here. This week's grief is she's on one of those "process improvement" kicks. For my part of the action, she wants to "improve the quality of editing" (about which she knows nothing) by doing less of it, and letting mistakes and factual errors slide because I/we/our dept. didn't make them, we only caught them. So if we catch less of them, there is more peace and tranquility in our little corner of the world and our clients will be happier because we are giving them less grief.

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 19, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Apparently I am not alone in thinking our news coverage of the Obama visit is a little over the top.

http://blog.indecision2008.com/2009/02/19/canadians-welcome-barack-obama-like-hes-the-reincarnation-of-tim-horton/

Posted by: dmd2 | February 19, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Now this won't be much of a stretch from me, but your President just impressed the heck out of my by stopping by a local Ottawa institution for a Beaver Tail. Unscheduled (at least publicly) stop - no pictures yet as the network seemed unaware it was going to happen.

Posted by: dmd2 | February 19, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Beaver Tail? Somebody please explain before yello gets around to it.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 19, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Just heard my attendance at next week's ibph has gone from a definite no to a definite maybe.

Hope to hear the last word by tomorrow. An MBA on the business side realized the upgrade coincided with end-of-month processing and balked. Balk, /insert wonderful person's name here/, balk!

Raysmom, sorry to hear that.

Posted by: -dbG- | February 19, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

"the singularly most unpleasant, erratic, and unbalanced person I have ever met"

Unfortunately, they ain't singular in my neck of the woods... *rolling my eyes*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 19, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

An entirely local Ottawa confection, a sort of cross between a fried donut and a soft gingersnap or spice cookie, dusted with sugar. It is broad and flat and has raised cross-hatching like a beaver's tail. Traditionally served from carts lined up along the Rideau Canal during Winterlude (now) when the canal is turned into "The World's Longest Skating Rink." Note that the Rideau Canal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I think shrieking_denizen can be counted upon to correct or expand on this, should such be required.

Posted by: Yoki | February 19, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

A very tasty treat Mudge, famous at the Rideau Canal and available in the Byward market in Ottawa (Shriek help me here).

http://www.eturbonews.com/7843/ottawa-tourism-industry-catches-obama-mania

Posted by: dmd2 | February 19, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

*keeping my fingers crossed that balky wonderful people abound in your organization, dbG!*

Posted by: Yoki | February 19, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

You're aces, milady.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 19, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm actually quite pleased as punch at how much you Canukis up there seem to be enjoying Obama's visit, and how much you like him. Wouldn't it just be the coolest thing if this happened everywhere he went? (And almost as neat, I know his popularity is just driving all the Repubs bats--- crazy.)

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 19, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

hehe. There are both, Yoki, never fear. And many of the third variety as well.

I love this woman. Once when we needed a system for which funding wasn't forthcoming, she mentioned the extreme need to an auditor, who wrote it up in his findings. Funding problem disappeared.

Posted by: -dbG- | February 19, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Ottawa Citizen has pictures from the side trip for a Beavertail.

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Gallery+Obama+Ottawa/1307097/story.html

Posted by: dmd2 | February 19, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I am well acquainted with Beavertail. It was sold at the Western Washington State Fair when I was a child. It is similar to another treat known as Elephant Ears. But all cultured individuals know that Beavertail is much better.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 19, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I've figured that Europa and Europa will communicate in metric and English, with native English speakers required to take remedial training in International English, which they tend to do badly, yammering fast in weird dialects.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 19, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Oh, no! Secretary Clinton is speculating about succession to power in North Korea. This will cause the North Korean monarchy to go super-bonkers. Even the slightest speculation about the Dear Leader's health is an act of extreme provocation and disrespect, amounting to an act of war.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 19, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how much more bonkers it is possible for the Dear Leader to become? I should have thought he'd already exceeded the normal run of bonkerdom and gone into full-fledged crazy.

Posted by: Yoki | February 19, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Pssst! RD_P! Don't tell the Ottawa denizens that, they'll be really hurt and upset to know that it isn't their very own exclusive delicacy. What are people from Ottawa called, anyway? Ottawaian is ridiculous, Ottowanite sounds geological, and Ottawanarian makes everybody seem elderly. Though from what I know of the Civil Service, a lot of them *are* nearing retirement, or are well past it (the pols).

Do you know, sometime in the mid-nineties I was invited to the Rideau Club for lunch by the eminent Marc Lalonde, and as we got into the elevator old Mitchell Sharpe bustled in, and of course we greeted him enthusiastically. He must have been ninety, and he was still instantly recognizable. And still working the corridors of (well, obviously not power, this is Canada, but at least) mid-to-low-level influence.

Posted by: Yoki | February 19, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Yoki--Ottawish?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 19, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Everyone's a little bit Ottawist!

Posted by: Yoki | February 19, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Otters?

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 19, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Beavertails are most certainly NOT an Ottawa confection. They are universal.

I once worked with a lovely lady from Chile. When the cook failed with a batch of bun dough, we suggested he deep fry it. My friend called it a sandal sole (the Spanish word for it)and in my very Geramn family, it is called a shoesole.

Yoki, I quite simply must tell you if you have to go live in Toronto, could you please at least consider living in Peterborough or Barrie or something. I won't feel right about hating Toronto if you are there. I'll never be able to hold my head up again as a true blue, dyed in the wool westerner.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 19, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Oh dear, dr, you know I would do almost anything for you.

I would bring you chicken soup when you're a mite peaked.

I would pour you a nice glass of wine at the end of a stressful day.

I would suggest movies on DVD and popcorn and silent companionship if you were having a bad day but didn't want to talk.

I would walk over mountains in the deep snow at 40 below in my pyjamas and bare feet (hauling a sleigh) to dig you out of an avalanche.

But live in Barrie? Or smug Peterborough? This even I cannot do for you.

Release the hatred! Embrace the Toronto in each of us!

Posted by: Yoki | February 19, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Oui, aime Toronto Bravo au lait!

I know, it makes no sense. Just do it for Yoki.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 19, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

*laughing*

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

SCC: Olé not oui... I think.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 19, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

How very Macaronic of you (Not to be confused with Jumper's Macaroni).

Posted by: Yoki | February 19, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Soy toujours about parle français comme une vache espagnol, Yoki.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 19, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Macaronic, yello's question yesterday had me wondering about the on-the-box translation of KD. I can report that "Kraft Dinner" is apparently applicable in both official languages. I add that the enclosed bag of orange powder is alleged to be "fromage".

dmd was harsh on Harper today. I agree he's stiff, but I think he must have attended posture school with J. Layton. In terms of interaction with crowds, maybe dmd is pining for Jean Cretien's hands-on style:

http://johngushue.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/jean_chretien_bill_clennett_1996.jpg

Posted by: engelmann | February 19, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

LOL! Trust engelmann to pierce any smug balloon.

Mine is exploded!

Posted by: Yoki | February 19, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Just backboodled enough to see some questions about the MN senate election contest. Coleman is just positioning himself for an appeal because he knows he's lost. However, Franken's "win" is just technically a win since it's truly impossible to tell without error who won this race. (Indeed, I think we need Error to tell us, but I'm not getting any vibrations or other signs.)

Perhaps not amazingly, we Minnesotans seem to be carrying on without feeling any particular pain from the Senator shortage. Perhaps we should just give Amy Klobuchar extra staff to handle constituent services and call it a pilot project to see how much money could be saved if all the states went to just one Senator. Or we could give her two votes until the whole mess is over.

If I were a pundit I'd speculate that Franken will be seated in mid-March and SCOTUS will refuse to hear Coleman's appeal. A do-over is not in the cards. There is absolutely no provision for it in MN law and it would be such an extraordinary remedy I can't see SCOTUS going there.

One curious thing-TPaw is not spending any of his political capital on Coleman, and if Coleman wants to serve in statewide office again (say if Pawlenty runs for prez) he better tell his lawyers to stop talking about problems with how local jurisdictions handled the recount. He has trouble carrying his own home city of St. Paul so he can't afford to alienate the small town folks who take clean elections verrrrrry seriously.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 19, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

At this point, I think most Minnesotans, if asked to redo the election would do a write-in ballot for Bullwinkle.

I know I'd be tempted.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 19, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Smiling Engelmann. I was more a fan of Trudeau' pirouette behind the Queen :-).

http://images.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http://www.bulgergallery.com/dynamic/images/display/Doug_Ball_Prime_Minister_Pierre_Trudeau_shown_performing_his_259_55.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.bulgergallery.com/dynamic/artwork_display.asp%3FArtworkID%3D259&usg=__EbbqoMC_QhXvX2y5hGM52YYaedU=&h=353&w=500&sz=36&hl=en&start=2&sig2=qu_RF-rnUhFQwp44kL0UtA&um=1&tbnid=-yyUYoacLz7H7M:&tbnh=92&tbnw=130&ei=HvedSaOKO4b4NMOh4ccL&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dpierre%2Btrudeau%2Bpirouette%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26sa%3DN

Posted by: dmd2 | February 19, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Hi Al... I saw y'all trying to sneak into the club today. Shame on you... you weren't wearing your Members Only jackets.

And if I've learned anything about Canada from the Barenaked Ladies, I know that Kraft Mac 'n Cheese is called simply Kraft Dinner, isn't it?

Speaking of food... Dr G stopped by a Korean fried chicken chain called Bon Chon Chicken yesterday on his way home from work. There is a location in Annandale, but Googling shows me most seem to be in the NYC area. Sure puts Col Sanders to shame.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 19, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Y'all elected a whirling dervish?

Man, I got to get a book on Canadian civics sometime.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 19, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Ack! I hadn't seen SoC/engelmann's post until *after* I wrote mine. Yikes!

Posted by: -TBG- | February 19, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Repeatedly elected him Wilbrod 1968 - 1983 give or take a little and a brief (six month stint in opposition)

Posted by: dmd2 | February 19, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Oh, did I mention Michelle's coming by tomorrow, right after lunch? Uh huh. She's dropping by to say Hi.

Who is this Michelle, you might ask? Why, Michelle Obama, of course. Yes. Coming to my building. The e-mail announcem,ent came out at 5:16, after most of us had left for the day. I'm sure there are thousands of DOT peeps who STILL don't know about it, and will get the shock of their lives tomorrow morning when they show up and the joint is in total lock-down. Employees who want to attend can start filing in at 11 a.m., and must be in place by 1 p.m. And it's SRO, so I can't go. (Can't stay on my feet that long.) She'll speak at 1:30, and I can watch it on live streaming internal video.

When Arbusto came by two months ago, we all took the day off and stayed home. Not tomorrow, you better believe it. (I'd guess about half the employees, feds as well as contractors, are black, so you KNOW this crowd's gonna go berserk for her.)

I'm pretty jazzed about it myself!

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 19, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Try not to give her hat fashion tips, Mudge, and have fun.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 19, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Woo hoo Mudge! Sounds like a cool way to end the work week. You'll have to live-boodle so we can share the experience with you.

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | February 19, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

After boodle hogging all day I am attempting to retrain myself, but then I read Mudge's post - very cool.

Posted by: dmd2 | February 19, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Wow, just being in the same building with MO! That's so kewl, Mudge. We will want a play-by-play of the fashions she wears, of course. We trust you know enough to do the color commentary.

Posted by: slyness | February 19, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Mudge wont' have a problem with fashion commentary if MO is wearing something like this...

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_BU6cqRAs0_M/SROmqZ6GF-I/AAAAAAAAAP8/D3byoLfwAOM/s400/michelle+obama+color.jpg

Posted by: -TBG- | February 19, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Yowza!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 19, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Huh? Oh, the hotness that is Michelle Obama.

The President won!

Posted by: Yoki | February 19, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

I knew you were going to say that, Yoki, though over mountains in the deep snow at 40 below in your pyjamas and bare feet goes a little too far. There will always be a fine brandy waiting for you at the end of such a trip. And a warm blankie! The west will be a sorrier place without you.

May your new domicile be a nice HUL such as the Frostbitten abode or even a nifty older home in one of old Toronto's urban neighborhoods.

I just finished watching the press conference from today. That man is good, just plain good. I think there was some blushing on the part of at least one reporter and beyond a doubt, he has charmed the press core.

GB never seemed to understand Canada's role in the neighbourhood, and it's really nice having a head of the household next door who gets it. I feel just a little like Sally Field but He likes us, he really likes us.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 19, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

And we like him. It is very hard for anyone to resist the impress of love.

Posted by: Yoki | February 19, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

You know what? We like him too. And Michelle. Mudge's story shows how much we like her, compared to GWB.

And we adore the girls.

Posted by: slyness | February 19, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

So,is Ray as excitable about these things as was Mary was, or does he at least TRY to pretend that it ain't his first time to the rodeo?

Posted by: bobsewell | February 19, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, dr. I shall take you up on that!

Posted by: Yoki | February 19, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Quite a story out of Newfoundland, locals attempted a rescue of the Dolphins trapped in the ice. A good example of why the people if Newfoundland are held in high esteem.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090219.wdolphins0228/BNStory/National/home

Posted by: dmd2 | February 19, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

FYI, NEW KIT COMING IN THE MORNING....SORRY TO BE SHOUTING SO LATE AT NIGHT...

Posted by: joelache | February 19, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

I note that they don't mention what kind of soup it was. And they were missing at least one dolphin.

Hmmmmph... "High esteem",indeed.

Posted by: bobsewell | February 19, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Joel, sorry to see that your caps lock key is broken.

And for goodness' sake, please don't wake Scottynuke.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 19, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

DAM caps lock

Posted by: Yoki | February 19, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

NASA and the European Space Agency might do brain numbing things similar to what our timber and timber product suppliers do like having measurements like 55mm x 14mm x 14mm x 35mm x 8ft. Why? Just because they could.

After more than 10 years, I still have problem with metric. And that’s because I think in inches and feet and Fahrenheit.

Posted by: rainforest1 | February 20, 2009 12:16 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle. TGIF. Am I the first up?

And here I thought Michelle O was coming just to see little moi. From the front page story:

"The Obama team ultimately launched a methodical tour that has so far included the departments of Education, Housing and Urban Development, Interior and, yesterday, Agriculture. "They deserve a lot of credit for taking the step of traveling to the agencies, which was a brilliant idea," McBride says. "The agencies will be terrific partners on whatever issues the first lady wants to take on. They absolutely will respond to the first lady's leadership and recognition."

So DOT is today's number 5 on the tour.

Milbank's column on the absurdity of Richard Perle denying he is a neocon, or even that there is such a thing, is just amazing and a bit anger-producing. What a jerk (Perle, not Milbank).

And all I did was read the heds of Gerson's ("Recession's Virtues") and the Hammer's ("Obama's 'Kicke Me' Diplomacy") colukmns to blow my blood pressure up 20 points. I can't bring myself to read it, but I'm guessing Gerson has found the silver lining to the recession and having 4 million new unemployed, the economy down the toilet, major companies going belly up, etc. He probably thinks its neat that people are praying for relief, or something.

No, no, don't give me the details; I don't want to know. Richard Effing Perle was more than enough for one morning.

And I can't even *begin* to tell you the new developments with the OctupletMom.

OK, Dawn Patrol, let's get 'em flying.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 20, 2009 6:15 AM | Report abuse

Good morning Al!

Mudge, you are the early byrd.

Octo-mom? What's up? Are they going to create Cal State at Pismo Beach just for them kids?

Posted by: russianthistle | February 20, 2009 6:51 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the warning, mudge.

I've been up. I've just been posting pictures and videos of women from China in ethnic costumes dancing.

http://chinasights.blogspot.com/search/label/ethnic

That's just the way my attention deficit mind work. The stand-alone video which can be seen in "high quality" is here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuw6VsuXzTw

Posted by: yellojkt | February 20, 2009 6:58 AM | Report abuse

New kit!

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 20, 2009 7:11 AM | Report abuse

Morning. I'm moving slow, no dawn patrol for me. Mudge, I hope you don't mind if I wander back to the bunker and take a nap on the couch. Just didn't sleep well, I don't know why.

Today is my day to go to the fire museum to sit and wait for people who never come. The building has been sold, so the museum board is going to have to find someplace else to put all the stuff. Oh well.

Posted by: slyness | February 20, 2009 7:16 AM | Report abuse

What was that noise?

*returning-to-a-MUCH-too-crowded-to-do-list-while-counting-down-minutes-to-vacation Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 20, 2009 7:25 AM | Report abuse

Hey jkt!
What a winter morning needs is some nice music. iPod hit a song from an out-of-print CD ... Beat the Retreat. If you enjoy the classic song, this is the tribute album for you...

Track Listing
1. Shoot Out the Lights - X
2. Wall of Death - R.E.M.
3. When the Spell Is Broken - Bonnie Raitt
4. Turning of the Tide - Bob Mould
5. For Shame of Doing Wrong - Syd Straw/Evan Dando
6. Down Where the Drunkards Roll - Los Lobos
7. Beat the Retreat - June Tabor
8. Genesis Hall - June Tabor
9. I Misunderstood - Dinosaur Jr.
10. Madness of Love, The - Graham Parker
11. Just the Motion - David Byrne
12. Valerie - Beausoleil
13. Heart Needs a Home, A - Shawn Colvin/Loudon Wainwright III
14. Dimming of the Day - Five Blind Boys Of Alabama
15. Farewell, Farewell - Maddy Prior/Martin Carthy
16. Great Valerio, The - Maddy Prior/Martin Carthy

Hard to believe that it has been 15 years since this amazing album slipped all of its copies into the market. 15 years AFTER the tribute to Richard Thompson and he is still going strong.

The band, Fairport Convention, has even spawned its own summer festival in England which, in its own right is into decades.

Anyway, here is one of my absolutely favorite songs that never fails to cause a bit of a tear in my eye. Done about 10 years ago with his son by Linda Thompson, Teddy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3DS6xglAfQ

Persuasion.

What a duet... man.

Can you imagine tossing this one out around the living room some evening?

Beyond being a fantastic song craftsman who works at it almost everyday, RT (no relation) is by most accounts one of the best rock guitarists around. He is well worth a watch whenever he comes to town.

If you are going to see him, just don't wait! Show sell out in a nano-second. Most likely, you will get a healthy dose of his most recent work--which is a treat.

Come across a few bucks and want a great used CD? check out Beat the Retreat!

Posted by: russianthistle | February 20, 2009 7:31 AM | Report abuse

New kit.

Posted by: slyness | February 20, 2009 7:31 AM | Report abuse

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