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My foot hurt like a bastard and I went to the foot doctor, who, about three or maybe four seconds into my spiel, said, "Turn around and look at the poster on the wall behind you. That's your problem."

Plantar fasciitis.

Latin for "foot hurts like bastard."

I've been hoping that it would simply heal, the way my car, evincing a worrisome knock or emitting an alarmingly pungent odor, will sometimes heal itself. But the heel won't heal when it turns fasciitist. The heel just gets more inflamed and plantarly. The doctor's prescription: Advil, taken assiduously and promiscuously. Also some stretching. Also "Dr. Scholl's" arch supports, the wearing of which, we can all agree, is hard to reconcile with one's self-image as a finger-poppin' groovester.

I was sort of hoping he would recommend surgery, under general anesthesia, or perhaps even amputation, simply so that my ailment would be impressive and dramatic, and not merely mundane and Latinate. That way I wouldn't have to endure the heckling of Weingarten, who, upon hearing of my plight, said, "I'm sorry that your foot is ouchie!"

But there's a more basic issue afoot, as it were. Listen to what it says on the handout I got at the doctor: "Plantar fasciitis is particulary common in older people because..."

Whoa, doggie. Those are the words to arouse extreme throbbing indignation in a man of my relative youth and extraordinary vim. I am not old. It's just feet are old, maybe. I can still do all the things any young person can do, except walk.

Now listen to the "Instructions for use" that come with the Dr. Scholl's orthotics:

* Insert left orthotic into left shoe with Dr. Scholl's LOGO SIDE DOWN

* Repeat with right orthotic and right shoe.

Okay. So. First the left shoe, then the right shoe. These are instructions that will ensure that no one will try to insert both orthotics in a single shoe, or, who knows, attempt to eat the orthotics.

But what happens if you insert the right orthotic first? You'd think it wouldn't matter, but just watch, you'll be at the foot doctor's office a few weeks later, and he'll look sadly at your dogs and say, "You reversed the order of the orthotics, didn't you?"

I don't know if any of this makes sense -- I'm flying on Advil -- but I'm determined to keep the hounds of decay and dissipation at bay. I'm convinced that I can ward off the worst effects of aging simply by eating right, getting some excercise, and having a maniacal and pathological focus on personal improvement.

I'm staring at 50. Seems like kind of a big number, especially for someone who has always been able to play the boyish card. I don't pine for the past, but if you could stop the present at this exact moment, and add a little vigor to our economy, and get the kids to clean their rooms, and procure me a new right foot, I'd be quite happy.


Is it my imagination or does this statement from the Iseman lawyers ramble on and on and on, complete with gratuitous Shakespeare quote? (What kind of law firm, by the way, calls itself "Allen, Allen, Allen, and Allen"?)

Bill Keller: We did nothing wrong.

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 20, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
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Joel had the same thing about ten years ago, the good news is it went away and have not had a recurrance.

Posted by: dmd2 | February 20, 2009 7:14 AM | Report abuse

Now that I give it more thought, I had that issue when I was in my late 20's or early thirties - so it isn't just an old person thing. Which also makes me realize it was considerably more than ten years ago.

Posted by: dmd2 | February 20, 2009 7:20 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 7:30 AM | Report abuse

Good luck on avoiding the aging thing, Joel. As my mama used to say, old age isn't for sissies.

Posted by: slyness | February 20, 2009 7:34 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.


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 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Best wishes with your ouchie!
Maybe the depends are too tight? Cutting off circulation....

Oh, no, that's my problem.

Posted by: russianthistle | February 20, 2009 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Joel, I feel your pain. When I bent down to get the paper this morning I wondered if I was going to be able to straighten up again. I exercise, eat right most of the time and pride myself of being in good shape for my age, but I can’t stop time from sneaking up on me. I got my license renewed yesterday; I needed to have a new photo taken. They give you three photos to choose from and I looked eighty in all of them. The RMV needs to have softer lighting and optional air brushing. When you reach a certain age your brain still thinks you’re ‘young-ish’ but your body, and your mirror, know better. Hang in there, it gets worse. And I just love ‘ouchie.’

Posted by: badsneakers | February 20, 2009 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Check your foot size and shoe size. Especially the width. When I moved from a 93E to a 94E my planar fasciitis went away.

Well, I also went on a diet and lost some weight, which also reduced the stress on my feet, but I'm sure you're nice and svelte.

Posted by: wiredog | February 20, 2009 8:01 AM | Report abuse

This kit really speaks to me. I have passed the f-word birthday and don't let anyone fool you, JA. It was a b!tch, pardon me, but it was. I've got a great life, wonderful family, faithful beagle but it distressed me greatly. I still can't bring myself to say the word, but slowly, slowly I'm adjusting...sort of. The worst part was going to the MD's office for a check up and seeing a secretary's computer with my name at the top of the screen followed by the words
"f**** year old female". Dang! What a shock!

My 18 year old son has plantar fascitis now. At least I can say my feet are in ok shape. Gotta look for that silver lining.

Posted by: Kim1 | February 20, 2009 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Be patient Joel, back in the days my doctor told me PF disappear in 90% of the cases but it takes 6-9 months...
And don't be a dancing fool again.

Good discussion on the beavertails. I take mine salty: with garlic butter and shredded cheese curds. I know, it's the poutinesque version of the beavertail. The girls take theirs sunrise, that is with sugar, cinnamon and grenadine. To each their own.

The O-man's visit to the market brought the public transit system to its knees yesterday. The bridge that ALL buses going east-west must take was closed for 30 minutes because the Prez's motorcade was to pass underneath it, twice. When traffic resumed there were hundreds of people at each bus stops... I got lucky and took the first bus but it apparently took 2 hours to clear up the backlog.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 20, 2009 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Good morning Al!

Weed speaks of Maddy Prior. russianthistle, do you realize that Steeleye Span is doing its 40th anniversary tour in the spring? Now that makes me feel even older than Joel's fasciitis makes him.

Though that is misery, as well. When I had it about 6 years ago it took months and months to improve. The good news? All better now so I can once again wear high heels!

Have a great Friday, everyone. Scotty, can you slide out a bit early and get a jump on the vacation?

Posted by: Yoki | February 20, 2009 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Let me jump on the PF-been-there-done-that bandwagon. I had it a couple of years ago but fortunately was diagnosed in the early ouchie stage. My problem was that I tend to go barefoot at home. Simply wearing arch-supporting shoes at home did the trick in a fairly short time. Of course, I've now gone back to my shoeless ways. Tick, tick, tick.

Posted by: Raysmom | February 20, 2009 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Your agony can be alleviated by buying a pair of Z-coil shoes, which are shown and can be ordered online or at shoe stores across the country. The Z-coils are ugly enough to be meta-ugly; teenagers think they are cool. They help you develop "attitude."

I went through the pain of plantar fasciitis and found the Z-coils to be wonderfully liberating. I even wore them as my primary shoes on a three-week tour of China, and found the usual tiredness of endless walking, but none of the pain of plantar fasciitis.
Nona M. Sanford

Posted by: pennys3 | February 20, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Joel, there isn't a player anwhere who likes to admit that perhaps they've lost a step...

It's easy to look for direct causes for this: said foot's been inserted in mouth too often, it's the foot you may have been keeping in and/or out of doors (the news journalism industry being what it is these days), etc. Still, be grateful you still have it - even it it hurts, think about the feet people have been wishing they had over the years, like the foot that the Tenessee Titans were short of in that Super Bowl a few years ago, or all the feet that the Spinal Tap Stonehenge set design were missing.

Still, as a newsman, you'll need your feet for no other reason than to have a pair of shoes to eat (see our recipes from previous Boodling) -- after you get done with your hat.

And take it easy on the Advil - that stuff works great, but I don't think your kidneys and liver will appreciate it in the long term, and in my case, it burned a hole in my stomach.

Whatever you do, don't kick yourself over it, otherwise you won't have a leg to stand on.

[Please note that I did not mention Christy Brown or the Daniel-Day Lewis movie in the construction of this comment. Thank you.]


Posted by: -bc- | February 20, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Yoki, I think I could claim a little PF and leave now...

But that would be wrong. *hehehehehe* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 20, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

But you should seek immediate medical attention, 'snuke!

Posted by: Yoki | February 20, 2009 8:42 AM | Report abuse

JA -- P.F. is common among moderate to high mileage runners. Fake the athlete's bain if you wish.

Ahh. P.F. Flyers! The only brand name from my youth, save for Buster Browns.

And, KB inspired me this year, my 49th, the think of something amazing to do next year. ScTim prescribes a long bike ride. See him for details. Not hard on the p.f., so could be a plan. That or take DW (dear wife) to the Taj Mahal or some such exotic and romatic place.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | February 20, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

My friends M, R, and N promised to take me on a grand "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" tour of Oz for a significant birthday. I plan to take them up on it, even if that birthday is my 70th. I really want the red shoe-chair, too.

Posted by: Yoki | February 20, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

No. No. No. Have you never heard of spin control? Look, according to Wiki, one of the reasons for this particular ailment is, and I quote, "jobs that require a lot of walking on hard surfaces."

See? This disease has nothing to do with the encroaching and irrevocable deterioration caused by agedness. No. It is a badge of honor earned by the extensive, nay, heroic amount of pavement pounding you have endured in the selfless pursuit of journalistic excellence.

It is something that should be loudly and proudly proclaimed. It is a clarion call for your management to recognize the extent of your professional dedication. As a moral imperative you need to stand on your desk and proudly declare:

"I have Plantar Fasciitis!"

Just don't injure your self climbing up. And, for goodness sake, make sure Weingarten isn't around.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 20, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Especially with all the walking I have to do today, Yoki... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 20, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Sorry to read you caught a dose of plantar's punch there, oldtimer. That's just about the *only* malady of post-pubescent males I haven't yet caught, that and Marburg virus.

You and I will have to have the prostate discussion some time, Joel. You've got a lot to learn. Chief among the problems is its location. I don't know what the hell god was thinking when he put it where he did. There were just soooooooo many other places -- many right in the same neighborhood! -- that it could have gone. But no. And BTW, all you pointy-headed Darwin apologists got a lot of 'splaining to do about that one, too. Why Evolution thought that a donut shape with major plumbing running through it was a good idea I'll never understand.

Glad you don't pine for the past, too, but I not only pine for the past, I Sequoia the past, I giant effing REDWOOD for the past. At least, carefully selected parts of it. Unlike many of my compadres here on the Boodle, I'm not a big fan of the future. (Especially since I'm eventually gonna die in it, although most likely before the *really* scary parts kick in. 'Tho ya never really know, which is the most disturbing part of all.)

I suspect wiredog's problem may be that he/she wears size 94 shoes. Just a guess; I'm not a podiatrist.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 20, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

And if you ever feel the need for some cut-rate naproxen, just give me a call.

I know a guy.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 20, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse

RD, is that your Costa Rica connection?


Posted by: DLDx | February 20, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

I have to add that in addtion to my own 8:34 AM comment being lame; I'm feeling like a bit of a heel about it.

I have a positive thought though, Joel: if you *do* have that foot removed, you have an opportunity to sell your sole for something good, like Big Time Writer success or something you can use, like free lifetime dry cleaning.

On a completely different topic, here's some possible evidence of life elsewhere in the universe (12 Billion light years ago/away, no less), or at least possible evidence of Mudge's chili:

"NASA's Fermi Telescope Sees Most Extreme Gamma-ray Blast

The first gamma-ray burst to be seen in high-resolution from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is one for the record books. The blast had the greatest total energy, the fastest motions and the highest-energy initial emissions ever seen."

I wonder if that fast motion preceeding the high-energy emissions wasn't someone heading for the bathroom.


Posted by: -bc- | February 20, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Naproxen is better known as "Alleve," of course. I have a prescription for about a billion of the things because of my shoulder injury last year.

Evidently, the risk of substance abuse is considered rather limited.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 20, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Morning Al... have had PF several times but not since seeing a smart, sensible doctor who explained how you get it (many times it's from stretching your shin... like pushing a couch with your leg if that makes sense) and how to relieve it at the first sign... those stretching exercises work wonders, Joel!

Wiredog.. you have some BIG feet... size 93 and 94... wow. How tall are you exactly? :-)

And those z-coil shoes are really something. Don't think I could get away with wearing those until my kids are well out of the house.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 20, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Good morning all. This kit and Yoki's 6ish last night reminded me of an email I had received from my youngest sis. Here it goes...

Friends? Are you tired of all those mushy "friendship" poems that always sound good but never come close to reality? Well, here is a "friendship" poem that really speaks to true friendship and truth itself.

When you are sad,... I will get you drunk and help you plot revenge against the sorry b@stard who made you sad.

When you are blue,... I'll try to dislodge whatever is choking you.

When you smile,... I'll know you finally got laid.

When you are scared,.. I will rag you about it every chance I get.

When you are worried,... I will tell you horrible stories about how much worse it could be and to quit whining.

When you are confused,.. I will use little words to explain it to your dumb @ss.

When you are sick,...stay the hell away from me until you're well again. I don't want whatever you have.

When you fall,...I will point and laugh at your clumsy @ss.

This is my oath,...I pledge 'til the end. Why you may ask? Because you're my friend! Send this to ten of your closest friends and get depressed because you realize you only have two friends, and one of them is not speaking to you right now anyway.

...and remember...A friend will help you move. A good friend will help you move a body.

(Gotta love that baby sis of mine, no? I always thought a friend would bail you out of jail, and a good friend would be sitting next to you saying 'darn that was fun!')

Next up in my train of thought (Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus Train that it is) know that Toby Keith video I Love This Bar?

(Now that I'm out of the city, I've learned a lot about country music. And lunatic talk radio). Anyway...if I tilt my head just a tad to the side and squint at the same time, the roadhouse reminds me of the boodle. Such an eclectic group that somehow works -- beautifully -- despite the occassional tossing of a beer bottle. My questions are...1/who's the hitchhiker and whose head does he have in the bag? and...2/who picked out the shoes for the crossdresser? Ya think PF requires him to wear clunky heels in order to accomodate the orthodics?

Off to deal with my day, and hope it doesn't kick my butt. Have a happy day all.

Posted by: LostInThought | February 20, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, I noted wiredog's shoe size and thought of "Attack of the 50-ft Woman."

[Talk about killer FMPs! I wonder if Stuart Weitzman can get hold of mil-spec patent leather?]

Another question: Why do we say "hurts like a bastard?"

What did they ever do to anyone other than simply be born (something they had very little control over)?

And don't get me started on "hurt like an em-effer."


Posted by: -bc- | February 20, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

John Warner is being knighted. That's kinda cool, I think.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 20, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Amputation is best left as a remedy for gout in the big toe.

I got plantar fascism when about 40. All sorts of trips to the podiatrist. Treatments to break up scar tissue. It returned at age 47, an unwanted result of moving to a pedestrian-friendly city.

What a morning, news-wise. Sec. Clinton saying she has no idea who's in charge in North Korea, but whoever it is should stop threatening to attack the South. Stories in the Post and Foreign Policy on the drug war in Mexico. Stock markets crashing. Saab bankrupt. I shoulda bought that Saabaru (Subaru Impreza masquerading as a Saab--one of GM's less bright ideas, back when they had a stake in Subaru).

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 20, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. I had that too Joel! In my case it was stretching (or not stretching, whatever) my feet. A very long drive did me in. I just did stretching exercises and ate lots of Naproxen and it got all better. In the beginnning, I propped my feet in a semi-flex position with a pillow, until everything settled back to normal. I didn't try any of those sole things, or special shoes.

And let me point out, Joel, that you are not looking at 50. You are looking at 49. Fifty will be there for another year. I know, we're the same age. Of course, it is useful to keep it as a goal marker. My goals: lose weight and learn to play the accordion. I think I can do that in eighteen months.

Weed, I love "Beat the Retreat". It is a great album and tribute to a wonderful songwriter.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 20, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Joel's been reading my blog! That first graph is nearly word-for-word what I wrote last week when I got my PF diagnosis.

No, wait. I didn't put that on my blog. It was the email to my pals soliciting sympathy. How'd he get that?

Anyway, I got a giant shot of cortisone right in my foot, which was ultra creepy, and which cleared up the problem in two days. No pill-poppin' for me. I'm more of a beer gal.

Re: nostalgia, I've always loved Harold Bloom's take, to wit:

"As we grow older, even when chronologically we remain quite young, we are likely to look back at our past selves with intense nostalgia. That nostalgia is not so much for the unlived life but for certain moments so rich in feeling and joy that we wonder if they can come again."

--from the intro to his anthlogy, Stories and Poems for Extremely Intelligent Children of All Ages

Posted by: KBoom | February 20, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

yes, I do!

Here is SteelEYE Span w/ Martin Carthy from the old days.

Many moons ago, during the early 70's, got my friend w/ GW summer concert budget to bring them in.

Posted by: russianthistle | February 20, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

That's a great quote, KBoom... reminds me of Yoki saying it's nice to know AT THE MOMENT when you are truly happy.

I'm off work today (off on Fridays!)... planning to have lunch with my old boss--and good friend. It's hard when you're used to working every day with someone for years and then suddenly you don't see them for months. I'm looking forward to catching up with him today. We're both on to bigger and better things (well.. in my case at least just better). I don't miss the old job at all, but I sure do miss the people.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 20, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

The young , tall, blonde woman (as tall as I and as blonde as I once was), who stood behind me Wednesday night to have the very recent book by Dr. Abraham Verghese, "Cutting for Stone," signed by him, had an interesting tale to tell.

She was among the first group (of eight) of first-year med students from San Antonio's UT Health Science Center to travel (summer 2007) to clinics in rural Ethiopia. Ethiopia is Verghese's home country and he provided each of the students $500 in seed money to help defray the expenses of the trip.

These young people who worked in the clinics that summer found rampant scabies as well as intestinal worms. She said that about 80 percent of the rural population has worms because the worms enter the soles of the feet. The parasitic worms enter the feet because the rural population doesn't wear shoes. That ought to put American foot problems in some perspective.

The title of Verghese's first work of fiction, "Cutting for Stone," is a play on words, those words found in the Hippocratic Oath:

I will not cut for stone, even for patients in whom the disease is manifest; I will leave this operation to be performed by practitioners, specialists in this art.

The "stones" referred to are kidney stones or bladder stones, removal of which was judged too menial for physicians, and therefore was left for barbers (the forerunners of modern surgeons).

However, as Verghese explained Wednesday night, the downside of removing bladder stones by those itinerant surgeon-specialists could be sepsis, an infection that usually killed the patient in several day's time.

Perhaps I should talk about the older woman who stood in front of me in line, who held seven of Verghese's books. She credited the Ethiopian-born doctor Verghese with saving her life.

Posted by: laloomis | February 20, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

russianthistle, thank you!

Posted by: Yoki | February 20, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

I've been checking prices for smallish station wagons at a prominent Internet car-purchasing site.

Yesterday, I wandered over to the Toyota FJ Cruiser, a vehicle that I don't need. It seemed FJs were available at incredible discounts. Dubious, I contacted them and dreamt for a bit of having a splashy ride. I could even retrofit it with a winch and snorkel.

Today, they've listed FJs as available at MSRP.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 20, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Feet troubles are really ok with me. I just put on my baba shoes with the good arch cupports and move on.

Its much much worse when aging happens to your eyes. You can't hide vision problems after your arm gets too short.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 20, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I like that Bloom quote very much, KBoom.

When I look back on my life it is with neither regret nor yearning. All the choices I have made seemed like a good idea at the time, and I lack the omniescence to know for certain that they were not.

Further, while there were delightfully exciting moments in my life there were also moments of great pain, loss, anxiety, and boredom.

Not only do I not wish to relive these moments, I also do not wish to lose the confidence and fearlessness that these experiences have fostered. That is, although I know that there will doubtless be many more moments of horror and loss in my life, I no longer fear them, having survived such moments in the past.

Of course, my years have also taught me how precious and wonderful are moments so "rich in feeling." Unlike Bloom, though, I do not doubt that many such moments are still to come. And when they do, this awareness of their rarity will enhance my appreciation and joy.

This is called, I guess, wisdom of sorts, and it is hard won and of great value to me. This bargain with the years is one I am comfortable with.

Of course, *my* feet are doing just fine.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 20, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Whast, no "Keds" up there in Monta in the 1960s, CP? You led a deprived childhood. In Philly there was just the triumvirate: PF Flyers, Buster Browns, and Keds. And of course, the BBs were only leather shoes, no canvas sneakers. In our (public) elementary school, and I think even unto junior high, you weren't allowed to wear sneakers to class, only in gym class (a.k.a. phys. ed.). Of course, we weren't even allowed to wear jeans/dungarees AT ALL, even through high school (1964), except after school for some sort of work event, such as working backstage at a drama club thing, or whatever. But that was the common rule: no jeans. no sneaks, no T-shirts (as the only top). And of course you parochial school kids had it much worse: the uniforms, and what-not. Don't hafta tell ya about that.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 20, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

SCC: Jeez. Montana, of course. And all the other typos. But that one, mainly.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 20, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

See what I mean?

SCC Supports

Posted by: --dr-- | February 20, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Wow, Steeleye Span is about as far from Steely Dan as you can get.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 20, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

9-3E and 9-4E refers to length and width. Keep forgetting that the blog software objects to html markup.

Posted by: wiredog | February 20, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

"Look on the bright side, you don't have Platyhelminthes facialis."

"Although that goatee is starting to look a little wriggly..."

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 20, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

The other thing, of course, is that I am lucky in that there are few things in my life that I really enjoyed that are forever lost to me now. I led a rather pedestrian quiet life in many ways. Bookish, and nerdy. No great sports accomplishments. No late night rowdiness. Very little of the blissful irresponsibility and physical indulgence some associate with youth. Or, as my mother once told me, I was born old.

And while this may seem like a wasted youth to some, one never really misses what one has never had.

So although the notion of physical deterioration is never pleasant, it doesn't bother me that much. For as long as I can read, and write, and listen to music, and watch movies, and putter around building things, I shall be happy.

Further, I look forward to the freedoms that come with age. The tolerance to eccentricity that our society has for the elderly appeals to me. For I plan on becoming a most exceedingly eccentric old man.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 20, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Memorize some oddball foreign quotations and use them at random when gardening or when talking to your rabbits, and you'll create the right impression, RD.

Also, the world need somebody who quotes Cicero to the lapines.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 20, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Goodness my posts are self-involved today. I do apologize.

Guess I'm just gettin' old.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 20, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Joel, if you get that leg cut off and get a pirate pegleg before I do, I'm gonna be sooooo frenvious...

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 20, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

I suppose it is pointless to whine about the punctuation in this hed: "Asia's and Eastern Europe's Pain." TBG, don't it make ya weep?

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 20, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

It's easy to forget how wonderful the modern world could be. I'm here looking at the snow falling under a gloomy sky while eating an exquisite blood orange from Sicily. Sicily!

I needed that break now that I know more about progressing cavity pumps than I ever wanted to know. That new knowledge probably erased a chunk of childhood memory that I will never get back.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 20, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

There are aches and pains at every stage (whatever that is) of life...gee, how prophetic...NOT!

I have found the best thing to do is keep moving. My dad did it and lived to 90.

Joel I'd be crippled on mountain hikes if not for my Dr. Foot arch supports. Just get over it and move on.

BTW, if any local boodlers are interested in seeing a bunch of pomp and circumstance, for a true American patriot who loved his country, at Arlington Cemetery in about 3 weeks or so let TBG know and she can let me know if she be so kind.

Have a movin' kind of day everyone!

Posted by: Windy3 | February 20, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

RD, I liked both your posts. I also liked KBoom's Bloom quote about nostalgia. There are many advantages to aging, not the least of which is that behavior I've engaged in all along may suddenly become eccentric and thus justifiable, possibly even lovable.

Okay, Oklahoma made the NYTimes, so I guess the story isn't going away. An OKC cop stopped a pickup, confiscated a large "Abort Obama, Not Babies" sign on it, and reported the driver to the Secret Service. The cops had a conversation with the driver. They said "abort" meant kill, and this was a threat to the President. The driver said no, "abort" meant terminate or remove, and he just meant Obama should be removed from office. The Secret Service cleared the guy, but noted that kind of statement will get their attention. The police department returned the sign and apologized. Was this a violation of the driver's First Amendment right to free speech? Sure. Am I proud of the police department, for admitting this? Yes. However, I'm also pleased with that officer who made the original stop. Here in the Reddest State, where threats against Obama are not inconceivable, it is actually comforting to know that a law enforcement officer is taking that seriously. Also, I agree with his interpretation of "abort"; most of the anti-abortion folks here loudly and conssitently equate abortion with murder - except when it suddenly constitutes a threat to the President.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 20, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Good points, IM. After the Oklahoma City/McVey bombing, stuff like this has to be taken much more seriously than before.

We're currently having some snarling going on here because we learned this morning that contractors are not invited to Michelle Obama's speech, only feds. Also, there is some consternation because it appears that if some contractor does go (i.e., goes up to the third floor and watches from the windows over the atrium) that the contractor has to use leave time to do so. The feds don't appear to have to; they can go on "company" [gummint] time. (Or if not, there was nothing in the announcement saying otherwise.)

The legalistic wrangling is that the announcement that went out last evening went out to both feds and contractors alike, and also in the subject line addressed both feds ("employees," in our lingo) and contractors. However, the body text only mentioned "employees" (which means "not contractors").

As I have mentioned once or twice before, contractors are basically second-class workers, with very limited rights, priveleges and perks. Which is why the contractor system exists, in the view of some.

In a way, it's all moot, because a Dept. of Ed. employee who rides my bus told me this morning that M.O. (to be distinguished from our mo) spoke only for about 5 or 10 minutes at her building, and didn't say much except Hi, howareya, and thanks for working for the gummint. And as much as I'd love to see her, there's an awful lot of chazzerai just to hear a 10-minute pep talk (that I can see on streaming video).

It's like pro football: better to watch on TV at home rather than endure horrible conditions on the 2 yard-line in the 99th row during a blizzard.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 20, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Yoki! Mudge...

yes, rockin' out on those 17th century tunes.

some more old music:

old Pentangle...

Speaking of which, I don't know if anyone is interested, but, as spring is coming, you may want to head out and find a treat from William Jones from Babes in the Woods (

Mr. Jones has the best forest fed pork.

The animals are raised in a truly medieval style.

Posted by: russianthistle | February 20, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I saw that story, Ivansmom, and wondered what your take would be. It was refreshing to read how open the department was about the incident.

Another Philadelphia policeman was killed earlier this week, the seventh in the past few years, actually now that I think of it, the third in about the past year. He was responding to a robbery, shot right above his bulletproof vest. Almost all of the seven lived within a few miles of me.

It's really sad when this happens anyway; when the whole city knows the re-route traffic drill by heart because it happens so often, that's even worse. I'll be going home by way of New Jersey this afternoon.

Posted by: -dbG- | February 20, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, Pentangle, yup, you've got my high-school years.

I'm fortunate to live in a city where there are at least 2 stations which still play all the old, great stuff.

Posted by: -dbG- | February 20, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully with hygeine and health care improved-upon since medieval times, Weed.

Posted by: Yoki | February 20, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I wasn't clear there.

The traffic re-routing comes because of thousands of mourners, including other police units for a hundred miles, the viewing, the services, the interment. I-95 is usually closed to the general public for hours at a time, major thoroughfares can be restricted.

This morning on the way in, I was behind a car following 2 fully-occupied NJ police vans, different counties. The whole line stopped suddenly and the car in front of me almost hit the vans.

Posted by: -dbG- | February 20, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Hey, stopping knocking medieval times! You know how nostalgic I get.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 20, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Sorry 'mudge. The whole era was a moment of rich feeling, I'm sure. Feeling cold, feeling hungry, feeling scrofulous, all that good stuff.

Posted by: Yoki | February 20, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, what did you *think* Ms. Obama was going to talk about?

She's doing a great job, but she's far too early into the FL gig to do much more than run a Government Agency/Department victory lap and deliver said pep-talk/verbal high- five.

Which is good, IMO. There are a lot of spirits that need to be lifted as the Economic Downturn hits a 6% grade with no end in sight. I think the First Couple is doing a good job on all fronts.

Ivansmom, there are First Ammendment rights to free speech, but isn't that true only insofar as where they don't abridge such things as where they could constitute threats (as in the situation you cite, or the famous crowded-theater "Fire!"), or where they violate obscenity or indecency rulings, or even where the constitiute libel?

I'm no expert on such things, but seems to me that the First Ammendment holds true by and large (and thank goodness for it!), but there are considerations to be made for the General Welfare. Thank goodness, too, for three branches of Government, to be able to provide checks and balances for such issues.

I Love this Boodle.

(And yes, I believe I know who's holding the bag, but I ain't sayin')


Posted by: -bc- | February 20, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Wow. The court-martial convicted that Army medic of murder in the execution of those four Iraqis. Three other guys to get court-martialed next.

Hate to see it, but the guy had it coming. He willfully shot a bound and gagged, captured prisoner in the back of the head. Never bothered to deny it. Looks like he'll get life. (I don't think the jury is going to buy the exhaustion/fear of combat/terror mitigation excuse.)

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 20, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Like Raysmom, I prefer to be barefoot. Unlike her, this ailment cured me from that habit permanently, about 15 years ago. For more than a year, when I got out of bed in the morning I could not walk without pain unless I was on tiptoe. I started wearing shoes all the time, and got inserts for my shoes, and it got better. Since jogging is my exercise of choice, I get very worried when anything threatens to interfere with that. So if I have any hint of foot pain (or knee or ankle pain, for that matter) I immediately replace my running shoes. Athletic shoes aren't a good place to try to economize; they are worth the money in doctor bill savings alone.

This is not permanent, Joel. I'm sure it will improve and I hope you feel better VERY soon. For that matter, if good wishes alone could keep you pain-free, I'm positive you could throw all your Advil away and just live on boodle-wishes.

Posted by: kbertocci | February 20, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I sure hope Allen, Allen, Allen and Allen aren't all named Coleman. But it doesn't look good, the writer is a Jr.

That Okie sign was an affront to good taste, at a minimum.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 20, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

just wait, mr. joel--it gets better. getting the shoe inserts is the easiest part about this thing called aging. at my most recent visit to the MD it was discovered that i am now an inch shorter than i used to be (and i did not have much to spare in that department to begin with). not only that--now i fall into the category of 'obese', as well. they seem to think i should be at the same weight at which i left high school. and as if all that were not sufficient to damage my already limited supply of self-esteem, hearing aids are on the horizon.

nevertheless i repeat this phrase: it's all's all's all good...

Posted by: butlerguy | February 20, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

This is for the bike riders out there (CP, SciTim) and others.

Posted by: dmd2 | February 20, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Sure, bc, there are some limits to First Amendment free speech rights. The question is whether posting a sign that says "Abort Obama, not the unborn" (I got it wrong the first time) constitutes a threat sufficient to trigger those alarms. As a general rule if it is ambiguous enough to raise a question, then it doesn't.

As it turns out, the police and Secret Service aren't apologizing for the stop and checking out the potential threat. They're just apologizing for confiscating the sign, which they agree went too far. The Secret Service suggested the driver might find different words for his protest.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 20, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, forest raised pigs raised with room to roam and with other animals to help with the "pests" are very good, indeed. As we have raised the density of the animals, we also introduced many of the problems.

Posted by: russianthistle | February 20, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

What you say about the medieval period has much truth in it Yoki. But you know how I am-- always remembering the good things, such as the wenches, being allowed to eat food with your hands, affordable housing (you could buy a hovel for the price of a couple of pigs and maybe a goat). No telemarketers calling you up at dinner time. Sleeping with the dogs not just on cold three-dog nights, but just about every night. No pesky standards of grooming or hygiene to deal with. Never having to try to remember how many freakin' planets there were, cuz we didn't have any. And hey, being at the center of the universe was comforting, too, instead of all this existential angst about whirling around some cold, lifeless, indifferent universe and being located on some rock off a minor star in the boonies of a minor galaxy on the edge of galactic Palookaville, and swimming in the Briggs ocean or whatever it is bc's always going on about.

Also, let me mention prescription medications and access to healthcare-- it was terrific! Why, you could get hellbore and wolfbane just about anywhere. Granted eye of newt wasn't universally available where there weren't any newts, and even where there was newts, you hadda run around trying to catch the little buggers. No, we didn't have doctors and surgeons, but we had barbers and midwives, alchemists and apothocaries, not to mention the odd witch or warlock who dabbled in the healing arts and curse-removal biz.

And unemployment was remarkably low, generally holding steady around 40 or 50 percent, never higher, which gave people lots of leisure time to develop hobbies, such as involuntary anorexia (very popular). You virtually *never* saw a help-wanted sign for scribes, tinkers or jestors, as we were always in full demand and welcomed everywhere, especially where they had stuff like writing and gloom that needed lifting.

No, it wasn't ALL such a bed of roses, I admit. But it had its good parts.

Did I mention jousting? Pestilence? Tithing? Purchasing indulgences (you could get some real bargains if you shopped wisely and clipped coupons out of the Sunday parchments). Wenches?

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 20, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Ah, yes, age. I have determined that you measure your real age not chronologically, but by the number of pills a day you have to take. I just turned a year older last weekend, and I think I'm now up to 8 pill. The most recent RX was a result of now being borderline diabetic. Doc says I really need to knock off at least 10 lbs. As for PF, I haven't had that problem directly, but my feet have been bad from day one. Perscription orthotics have been the rule for about 20 years.

Posted by: ebtnut | February 20, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

SCC: pills, of course.

Posted by: ebtnut | February 20, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Those did look like very happy pigs, russianthistle.

Posted by: Yoki | February 20, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

This is one of your shining moments, Curmudgeon. I'm glad it was only water that hit the screen and keyboard.

And I really really needed the laugh this morning, so I thank you.

Posted by: Yoki | February 20, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Always glad to be of surplice.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 20, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Kber, I can relate. I was having those problems with my right heel, until I replaced the $20 walking boots with $20 Nike trainers. (I love sales!) Who knew that a simple change like that would do the trick?

Oh, and I am a devotee of ibuprofen and naproxen. I thank Ivansmom for directing me to the latter.

Posted by: slyness | February 20, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

OK, I admit it: there *was* a lot of horse manure and oxen poop all up and down the streets. *Very* difficult walking anywhere in a straight line.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 20, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

And what was it like to work with the nobility, or flee towns full of the Black Death, Mudge?

Thanks for the mediveal nostalgia.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 20, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Lot of chicks named Gwendolyn.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 20, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

The difference between a "bad" diabetic and a "good" diabetic:

A "bad" diabetic will eat too much, not exercise enough and suffer a long drawn out death where he will lose the function of 1 body part after another.

A "good" diabetic will maintain a strict diet, exercise regularly, and suffer a longer drawn out death where he loses the function of one body part after another.

My insurance pays for a doctor to trim my toenails. That's how fragile I've become.

Off to the gym.

Posted by: WhackyWeasel | February 20, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I know the old saying "If a tree falls in the woods,does anyone hear it"

Well, I was out earlier and just needed to Scream and it is windy and somebody heard it.They came motoring up my driveway to see if I was alright.I am,now that I screamed.

I wear arch supports but more for my back then my feet.Standing at work all night,sometimes gets to be a pain. Speaking of which

I am off to work and really TGIF!!!!

Have a great day Everyone and go out and let out a good scream every once in a while,It does the body and soul good!!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | February 20, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I think the spelling of that is "flea towns full of Black Death," Wilbrod. Unless you meant, "how did we escape?" And the answer is pretty simple: we didn't, cuz there was no place to go and it wouldn't have helped anyway. Basically you just checked all your black spots and bruises and tumors and stains and sott marks to see if any of 'em started getting postules and weeping, and if not you were OK. If they dig get nasty, though, you didn't have to worry about finding a barber or a witch; you just bent over and kissed your --- goodbye. You'd have about 12 to 24 hours to do it, so it wasn't all hurry-hurry, yanno? And the upside was you didn't have to worry about what would happen to your family and neighbors after you were gone.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 20, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

We interupt this whimsy with an emergency fashionista update: M.O.'s apparel.

She's wearing a stunning wowser (sorry for the technical terms; Cp can translate as necessary) pants suit, very dark gray to point that it is almost black. The top is an open bolero jacket (??) and from a distance appears to be a solid color, but up closer you can see it has a darkish plaid pattern in it. Under that she's wearing what seems to be a black sweater or turtleneck. The pants are very high-waisted and trim (can't see cuffs so don't know what bottom two feet or so looks like), as would go with a high-cut bolero jacket. But in general she looks both casual and like a million bucks at the same time. (No surprise there.) On the left shoulder of the jacket she's either wearing a large piece of jewelry, or else it is embroidered into the jacket (hard to tell). But it is about 3-4 inches in diameter, kinda sparkly white or perhaps silvery, and from a distance might be a snowflake, or maybe just some sort of random pattern can't tell from a distance. But very nice and not "showy."

And then after her speech (with lots of stim package and transportation-related stuff), she comes off the podium and plunges right into the crowd in the atrium, which has swarmed all around her, and she's shaking hands with everybody. There's five or six secret service guys behind, and its very hard to see her from the low camera angle, but in front of her are a sea of hands raised up, each holding a cellphone or an iphone to take her photo; it's like a Jacques Cousteau documentary showing a bunch of those weird tube-like sea worms swaying near a volcanic vent, just swaying in the current. She's working her way through the crowd, and in the background the PA is playing "Signed, Sealed, Delivered." (And the closed-captioning on our internal video has the lyrics, just as it had the text of M's speech--very funny.)

OK, show's over.

Alas, I feel I have done a very inadequate job of explaining what she was wearing, since I didn't use any funny words like tuoile, or drindle, peg-top, merkin, lamaze, Manolo, je nes saiy kwa, or counter-flared whosits or using color words like off-periwinkle and javabean mauve and teal.

Best I could do.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 20, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, if it had been me, I'd have wrote: "she had clothes on."

Well done.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 20, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Mudge, you made me feel like I was there!

Posted by: slyness | February 20, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

joel, hope your foot heals quickly.

just a boodle drive by -
i found this article on whooping cranes and conservation really interesting.

it's worth it just for the picture of the light plane leading the migration. fascinating.

Posted by: LALurker | February 20, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

You did good, 'mudge!

Posted by: Yoki | February 20, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

One thing about getting older I have noticed is that my body takes longer to recover from injury. For example, it is not unusual for me to pull a muscle in my lower back by bending and twisting at the same time. (A bad thing to do.) In the past I could recover from this with naught but an evening spent on the heating pad and an invigorating glass of medicinal brandy.

Now when this happens, it takes much longer to recover. Indeed, some weeks ago this happened and I found myself the next morning unable to bend at the waist. Getting out of bed without bending is a challenge, although, evidently, quite mirthful to observe. Anyway, full recover took several days. And quite a bit more brandy.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 20, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

You know, we had a 'portant visitor recently too. He wore a dark suit. And a tie. It was really clean and kind of shiny.

Oh heck. Nobody can compete with a Michelle description.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 20, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

LALurker there is a movie on a man from north of Toronto who used his ultralight to lead Canada Geese to their winter nesting grounds, not sure if he pioneered this but it is an interesting story, and he is an interesting character.

Unfortunately I cannot remember either his name or the movie, but I do know he lives in a house built into the hillside and is an artist.

Father Goose? might be the movie.

Posted by: dmd2 | February 20, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I just didn't read down enough in the article,

"“There’s not a biologist among us,” Joe Duff told me later. (There is, however, a metal sculptor, a former butterfly breeder and Gullikson, who splits the rest of his year between leading adventure tourists into tornadoes and designing English-style riding saddles.) Duff, who is now 59, was a photographer in Toronto when, in 1993, he helped another ultralight hobbyist and artist named William Lishman — the first person to fly with birds — lead 18 Canada geese on a migration from Ontario to Virginia. “The whole idea was to use this technique for endangered species,” Duff told me. Soon the two men started practicing by costume-rearing nonendangered sandhill cranes and then migrating with them."

Posted by: dmd2 | February 20, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

"Fly Away Home" is the film. It has a cute "father daughter" subplot.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 20, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Yup, Fly Away Home.

Father Goose is an old Cary Grant movie with Leslie Caron. Which isn't a bad thing.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 20, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I took my son to see that film when he was six. He liked the geese and thought the young girl, Anna Paquin, was cute.

Then we went and saw another film about the X-Men when he was a teenager. This also had Anna Paquin in it, now very lovely young woman. My son thought she was cute in that film too. And he didn't seem to mind the lack of geese.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 20, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Can't remember which I saw the movie or the news broadcasts back when he was initially starting the process, I have since seen his home on HGTV's show about strange homes - quite an interesting place if you like living underground - not unlike the bunker - just more skylights.

Posted by: dmd2 | February 20, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm quite sure there was an NFB documentary, dmd (which, obviously, dealt with the real guy, not the Hollywood version) that I saw a long time ago. Would that be what you were referencing?

Posted by: Yoki | February 20, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Popping in momentarily to exclaim: What on earth happened to the week FCOL??? Here it's now 3:00 pm (Eastern time) and I'm in between projects, and I'm wondering how I'm going to parse out these things over the next three days so that come Monday the plate won't be at the tipping point anymore. I really do hate giving up my weekends like this, but then I think of the income it brings (eventually) and I simply *sigh* and get to it. Still have to finish the tax organization book for my accountant (Sunday after laundry, perhaps?).

Mudge, I really liked your play-by-play of what MO was wearing.

On incipient rantalicious mode, I find it ironic indeed to have the NYSE-types fulminating about how the foreclosure assistance proposed by Obama is soooooo unfair to those who actually didn't buy over their heads financially and continue to pay their mortgages every month, never fib and are perfect human beings. Uh-huh. Go off onto your own restricted, gated planets, you guys. Reality appears to tell us that no matter what, we are all intertwined in some way and we'll swim or sink together. Or something like that.

Well, it's still Friday afternoon, dangit! That's the best I can do, after all.


Enjoy your weekend(s) all. Yoki, it's gonna be fun to see you again.

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | February 20, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Thanks ftb! I'm looking forward to seeing you, and everybody. Lots and lots of fun will be had by all.

Posted by: Yoki | February 20, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Yoki, but it was quite the local story around here at the time so there were definitely news stories on the Toronto stations. My memory being what it is it, I have probably mashed a few things together.

Posted by: dmd2 | February 20, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Now you're making me frenvious, Yoki.

ftb, I'm getting tired of carping against people who are so unvirtuous as to get behind on their mortgages. Life happens, and I wonder what percentage is due to stupidity, as opposed to due to being victims of greed, as opposed to bad stuff happening over which they had no control. This is what unbridled greed does. We gotta help them, or we all go down.

Posted by: slyness | February 20, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

For every person who is upside down on their mortgage, there is someone else who walked away from the transaction that caused it with a truckful of cash. I hope none of the ones fulminating about the mortgage assistance were recipients of said truckload. I believe the NYSE types were at least indirect beneficiaries--having received bonuses resulting from the flush financial times of the bubble.

In other words, pal, your 2005 bonus came at the expense of the poor sucker who's now unable to pay that mortgage.

Or, more succinctly, put a sock in it.

Posted by: Raysmom | February 20, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Here's the Wiki page on Wlliam Lishman, the goose guy.

He wrote a book called "Father Goose" upon which "Fly Away Home" is said to be very loosely based. There was also an IMAX film "Skyward" with a lot of goose footage that he states was a great inspiration for him.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 20, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it is all in my memory somewhere, it is just that I have difficulty navigating through the cobwebs :-)

Posted by: dmd2 | February 20, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Bill Lishmans' underground home.

Posted by: dmd2 | February 20, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Cobwebs? You had cobwebs? Why, we were so poor, we had to use hair from our dog to make ...


Sorry. Wrong schtick.

71 minutes to go. Not that I'm counting, or desparate for a tall, cool gin-and-tonic, or anything.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | February 20, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

*feeling-a-whole-lot-like-the-"It's!"-guy-just-before-he-gets-to-the-camera-cuz-it's-(he-said-it-again!)-been-that-kinda-day Grover-ish motions*


Posted by: Scottynuke | February 20, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Son of G and I are heading to the Birchmere tonight to see Jonathan Coulton. My favorite song of his right now...

If any other of you nerdy music fans will be there tonight, come find us!

Posted by: -TBG- | February 20, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Very frenvious of you TBG. I would cancel all the birthday festivities I've planned for my wife (Restaurant Week falling on her b-day is very serendipitous) and go see JC, but both the Birchmere and the Rams Head shows are sold out.

I'm gonna have to catch him the next time around.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 20, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Met my friend's dad today while helping her in absentia (she now resides in France) and he complained about how his shoulder had gone bad on him.

I assured him that I had purposely had my midlife crisis young, while I could still enjoy it (and I did), and so consequently had also got my midlife injuries out of the way at the same time (the combined rotator cuff tear and total rending of one of my tendons out of my right elbow, never to be restored, then the severe concussion, followed by being shot) and had long adapted to these trifles. So I did all of the heavy lifting today.

Just do your stretching exercises, Joel. And stick to aspirin if it doesn't bother your stomach. All this naproxen, ibuprofen etc. is just asking for trouble. Aspirin and heroin. You'll be fine.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 20, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm clinging to the notion that broccoli, perhaps augmented with thiamine, cures type 2 diabetes.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 20, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Have a great vacation, Scottynuke! I'm wishing for inches and inches of fresh powder for you, plus plenty o' good times with Nukespawn.

Posted by: Yoki | February 20, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Anyone see this about judges taking kickbacks from prison industry?

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 20, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Aargh! STILL no word on whether that upgrade has to go in next weekend (I miss the IPBH) or the weekend after (I'm so there).

Give me some perspective. I make good money, but over the past few years (with the coming of my boss' boss), things have morphed from being on call for emergencies 24/7/364 to being on call for *everything* 24/7/364.

Today a co-worker asked me if I could make a meeting next Thursday. I answered that if the upgrade were going in that weekend, yes, I'd be around. Otherwise, I'd be on vacation (ibph). Perfectly seriously, he told me I could just call in for an hour for his meeting--surely there were phones wherever I'd be and my companions would understand. Um, no, there are no phones in DC and that's why it's called a vacation.

Has every workplace come to this? Has mine become even more of a sweatshop than it used to be? Do I need to inform corporate, which touts work/life balance as a company value, that some of their managers have run amok?

Posted by: -dbG- | February 20, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

In order:


Isn't that depressing?

Posted by: Yoki | February 20, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Extremely depressing, Yoki.

Posted by: -dbG- | February 20, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Mr. T is running amok with a trackhoe in the backyard. That man and his big boy toys! He just knocked over my birdbath but didn't damage it - a good thing. He would not have lived it down if he had. The drainage project will be completed tomorrow, I hope. The pipe has been in the carport and in my way for a week.

Posted by: slyness | February 20, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Yes, dbG, it has gotten worse over the last few years. Where I work, it has become insane trying to do the amount of work we're expected to do...I have been nearly brought to tears sometimes on a Fri afternoon when some "urgent" problem has to be resolved by me, and only me...and now we have no capital and layoffs. Which is why I'm *almost* glad I'm one of those getting the boot. It's taken a lot of pressure off (although I'm still too busy doing work to get my resume updated, etc).

Posted by: seasea | February 20, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

slyness, you really have no idea how very odd it is to hear you talk about yard-type projects in February. Quite beyond anything in my experience.

I don't remember if anybody drew our collective attention to the wonderful poem in Weingarten's update yesterday, Litany by Billy Collins. If you haven't seen it, you should head over there. There is also a wonderful poem by William Shakespeare, but we all know that one.

After I read it I looked him up and found many other wonderful poems. I don't know how I've managed to miss him all this time.

Friday evening has officially arrived and I am *so* out of here. Exhausting week. Veg weekend coming up.

Enjoy, Al.

Posted by: Yoki | February 20, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Jumper, we talked about those judges the other day.

Yoki, just bought John Burdett's "Bangkok 8" mystery a few minutes ago at Borders. Looks pretty good.

I am in personal mourning. This is very distressing. I'm nearly verklempt. In fact, I may have to take a moment...

...OK. Here's the thing. The York Peppermint Patty, it's too, too horrible! *sniffs, wip[es nose on sleeve* They are closing the plant near Reading, Pa., and laying off 300 workers. They claim to be starting over in Monterrey, Mexico, but...but...I know it won't be the same thing. RIP, beloved mint!

Also RIP: the Pontiac Grand Prix, GTO, Bonneville, and other Pontiac marks, according to NBC news. Don't get me started on the stupidity that is Detroit.

Wonder what's for dinner? And there must be some booze 'round here somewhere...

*wanders off, blotting tears from eyes*

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 20, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

NO! Say you are speaking in jest. For the York Peppermint Patty is one of my favorite candies. I am especially fond of consuming them frozen on a hot summer's day. The sensation of the cold dark chocolate melting against my tongue to reveal the intense peppermint...

Well. I would say more, but there are ladies present.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 20, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

And, speaking of discontinued product lines, I am saddened to learn that the GM Saturn will soon end. This brand started with such promise. A real way to compete directly with the Japanese imports. And, of course, the "no haggle" pricing was a godsend to people like me. What a shame.

Perhaps, though, my Saturn Ion will one day be considered a forgotten classic.

But I fear the odds are not favorable.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 20, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

NOOOOOOOOOOO!! This is the confection of my childhood, the only candy I ever truly liked as a kid.

This is tragic.

*Pulling the covers over my head*

Posted by: Yoki | February 20, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

*deep cleansing breaths*

I am glad, 'mudge, that you have Burdett. I will like to know what you think, when you've read enough to think something.

Isn't Friday night grand? Grand, I tell you. The relaxation starts, with no necessity to start gearing up again.

Posted by: Yoki | February 20, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Was Billy Collins an old mate of yours, Mudge?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 20, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

The first new car of my marriage was a Pontiac LeMans, the second was a Bonneville. The first new car post-marriage was a Grand Prix, fond memories of all of them. And I don’t mind that my savings went south but the York Peppermint Patty going south is too much to bear. The best minty taste of any mint/chocolate candy.

Scotty, have a wonderful vacation with Nukespawn. I agree about the wonders and expectations of a Friday night with two whole days ahead to fill with unwork like stuff. I’ve watered the plants and I’m doing laundry so we can take a little ride to Provincetown tomorrow. It’ll be very cold but there won’t be any crowds.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 20, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

1964 Grand Prix.

1969 Trans Am.

1970 Grand Prix Hurst SJ.

Any GTO.

My brother's '70 Bonneville 4 door hardtop.

An icy wind in your teeth.

Peppermint Patty.


Posted by: -jack- | February 20, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Aye, Wilbrod, Billy and I hung out in the 1500s andf 1600s.

Seriously, he's my favorite poet, and I have fix or six of his books. Got one for Christmas (it was on my Santa list). Also have a CD of him reading his poems, called "Cigartette."

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 20, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Watching Numbers. Here is a Billy Collins' poem about a mighty local river:

Fishing On The Susquehanna In July

I have never been fishing on the Susquehanna
or on any river for that matter
to be perfectly honest.

Not in July or any month
have I had the pleasure -- if it is a pleasure --
of fishing on the Susquehanna.

I am more likely to be found
in a quiet room like this one --
a painting of a woman on the wall,

a bowl of tangerines on the table --
trying to manufacture the sensation
of fishing on the Susquehanna.

There is little doubt
that others have been fishing
on the Susquehanna,

rowing upstream in a wooden boat,
sliding the oars under the water
then raising them to drip in the light.

But the nearest I have ever come to
fishing on the Susquehanna
was one afternoon in a museum in Philadelphia,

when I balanced a little egg of time
in front of a painting
in which that river curled around a bend

under a blue cloud-ruffled sky,
dense trees along the banks,
and a fellow with a red bandana

sitting in a small, green
flat-bottom boat
holding the thin whip of a pole.

That is something I am unlikely
ever to do, I remember
saying to myself and the person next to me.

Then I blinked and moved on
to other American scenes
of haystacks, water whitening over rocks,

even one of a brown hare
who seemed so wired with alertness
I imagined him springing right out of the frame.

Billy Collins

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | February 20, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, three recent Poet Laurets are so lovingly plain spoken: Billy Collins (with complexity but such plain, plain, perfect prose), Dana Goia, and Ted Kooser (Nebraskan, like Loren Eisely). Here is a Ted Kooser poem perfect for the astro-cosmo-lean of the boodle:

Flying at Night

Above us, stars. Beneath us, constellations.
Five billion miles away, a galaxy dies
like a snowflake falling on water. Below us,
some farmer, feeling the chill of that distant death,
snaps on his yard light, drawing his sheds and barn
back into the little system of his care.
All night, the cities, like shimmering novas,
tug with bright streets at lonely lights like his.

Ted Kooser

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | February 20, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. This is the first evening of the three-day Friends of the Library Book Sale blowout. Tomorrow and Sunday are free admission; tonight for $10 you become a "friend" and get 4 tickets to the "pre-sale". It was packed. Jammed. The sale is held in one of the big fairgrounds buildings. One room has acres of books for 50 or 75 cents paperback or $1 hardback; the other has "collectors" books, meaning more interesting or in better shape, mostly for about $1.50 to $3. I got a really expensive old one - it was $12. This is a huge highlight of the year.

Boodling: Billy Collins has some really good poems. I, too, mourn the loss of the York Patty. dbG, your workplace people have gone insane.

Tomorrow Beatrice gets a rabbit sitter while we haul the Boy to Houston for a fencing tournament. I may be Boodling in absentia (the physical location, not the state of mind).

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 20, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse


Money is a kind of poetry.
- Wallace Stevens

Money, the long green,
cash, stash, rhino, jack
or just plain dough.

Chock it up, fork it over,
shell it out. Watch it
burn holes through pockets.

To be made of it! To have it
to burn! Greenbacks, double eagles,
megabucks and Ginnie Maes.

It greases the palm, feathers a nest,
holds heads above water,
makes both ends meet.

Money breeds money.
Gathering interest, compounding daily.
Always in circulation.

Money. You don't know where it's been,
but you put it where your mouth is.
And it talks.

Dana Gioia

Good night Moon, etc. God bless starry-eyed, and sleepy-eyed, and bushy-eyed boodlers in all time zones.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | February 20, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

I have the dogs and the house to myself tonight. My wife and #1 dott are in ChsSC for the purpose of an interview for the GSSM in Greenville. Our #2 dott and our son are off for an overnight. I'm watching Apollo 13 for the umpteenth time, perhaps the greatest engineering feat of all time.

Posted by: -jack- | February 20, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

As I sit here quietly, Beatrice is running like a mad thing in circles around my feet. It is both intriguing and disturbing.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 20, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

I am overset with this wonder, CP, of Billy Collins and Dana Gioia. And we've had Paul Goodman, too.

This plain speech, plain style (White-ish and Frost-ish, both), strikes me as what Henry James would have termed "American." And it appeals to my ear for plain-speech.

Isn't it fine to be my age and finding new paths to joy?

Posted by: Yoki | February 20, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

I think she's binking, Ivansmom.

'tis said to be a signal of rabbit-happiness.

The things you learn on the Boodle!

Posted by: Yoki | February 20, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

In kittens and puppies, it is called a FRAP or FRAP-ing. Frenetic Random Activity Period. Usually early in the morning or evening.

I think EYE do this, from time to time. Disturbing.

Posted by: Yoki | February 20, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Avenging Annie (Andy Pratt, 1973)

Posted by: -jack- | February 20, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

FRAPs are less fun the older you get, Yoki, but it's a charm to watch such energy at times, unless the energy is on a collision course with you.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 20, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Frenetic Random Activity Period. I love it!

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 20, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Well, being a major Billy Collins fan, I can't very well allow myself to be out-Collinsed here on the Boodle. So here we go:

Instructions to the Artist

I wish my head to appear perfectly round
and since the canvas should be of epic dimensions,
please trace the circle with a dinner plate
rather than a button or a dime

My face should be painted with
an ant-like sense of detail;
pretend you are executing a street map
of Rome and that all citizens
can lift thirty times their own weight

The result should be a strained
but self-satisfied expression,
as if I am lifting a Volkswagen with one foot.

The body is no great matter;
just draw some straight lines
with a pencil and ruler.
I will not be around to hear the voice
of posterity calling me Stickman.

The background I leave up to you
but if there is to be a house,
lines of smoke rising from the chimney
should be mandatory.
Never be ashamed of kindergarten--
it is the alphabet's only temple.

Also, have several kangaroos grazing
and hopping around in the distance,
an allusion to my world travels.

Some final recommendations:
I should like to appear hatless.
Kindly limit your palette to a single
primary color, any one but red or blue.
Sign the painting on my upper lip
so your name will always be my mustache.

And now one called "Late Show":

No wonder everyone loved the private dick
whose only badge is a pack of Camels
and who never dies until the movie is over
and nobody can see him writhe.

He charges a hundred a day plus expenses,
and there would be plenty of time to relax
between cases.

The only suffering in the world would be
those blackjackings from the blind side,
his nods to mortality,

but then he fades into a soft dissolve
and comes to on a sumptuous couch,
a blond in a nightgown rubbing his temples
and pouring brandies as she reconsiders
the doublecross.

What better style of transport
than an open car squealing along
the Coast Highway, one hand on the wheel
as you unravel the onion of the murder
so fast even she can't follow.

What better place to think things over
than a swivel chair in a darkened office,
the pulse of the neon hotel sign
illuminating your notorious face,

your hat hanging on the rack where you
tossed it on the way in.

--both pomes from "Questions About Angels," which also includes the "Nostalgia" pome posted above in Wilbrod's 8:13 link. I quoted two other pomes from this book when we had our last pomarama a month or two ago.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 20, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse


I'm not yet so old or decrepit (in spite of what I say here) that I can't FRAP happily, Wilbrod.

Posted by: Yoki | February 20, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

I think we're overdue for another such pomarama. How great is this Boodle?

Posted by: Yoki | February 20, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

This Old Bones is going to bed in a minute. Anyone need tucking in before I go? No binking or frapping after lights out, now! And no staying up late reading pomes by flashlight under the blanket. I'm wise to your tricks, kids.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 20, 2009 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Oy, I'm too far behind the Boodle to catch up quickly.

I've heard several interviews with Billy Collins on NPR and on Public TV, and I do like that clean, spare style of his. Interesting guy, too.

RD, I think that the only Saturn Ion that will ever be worth anything would be the supercharged Redline model. Still, I'll be keeping an eye open for the Sky roadster if it ever goes to liquidation prices - make mine an Ecotec turbo with the manual trans, please.

Having said that - might keep the other eye open for the Pontiac Solistice roadster (built on the same chassis with the same drivetrain - and the european Opel GT, too) on liquidation, too. Or the Pontiac G8 GT (make mine a manual trans V8, please).

Ah, all the Firebirds, Grands Prix, Bonnevilles, Tempests, GTOs (oh, the fun times I had in a certain white '65 Goat with 389 and tri-power induction, as well as a black '69 w/the 400), Le Mans - oh, I could go on.

Of course, I haven't been right since Chrysler discontinued the Plymouth marque.

Speaking of things going away, note that not only are the Dodge Aspen and Durango going bye-bye, but the Chrysler PT Cruiser, and - wait for it - the Honda 2000 roadster (noooooOOOOOO!).

If they can't fold Saab into something else, it'll be a shame to see them go, if for no other reason than to see people driving them for the first time try to figure out where the ignition key goes (hint: it's not on the steering column or the dashboard) and to peer out of those funky old maximum-distortion fishbowl windshields.

Mudge, thanks for not painting that picture of the Middle Ages in Smell-O-Rama.

I didn't read your description of the First Lady's visit yet; I'm not ready to feel like a cyberstalker or something.

Ach, it's late.

Good night, all.

And remember to think about doing what you can with what's available today, because there's no gurantee about tomorrow. If you need to take your car if for service at the Saturn dealer, now would be a very good time, I think.


Posted by: -bc- | February 20, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

What? What's that? Just one more, before lights out? Well, OK. But this is the last one. You kids need your sleep.

This one's called "Animals," by Frank O'Hara, and comes from G. Keillor's "Good Poems":

Have you fogotten what we were like then
when we were still first rate
and the day came fat with an apple in its mouth

it's no use worrying about Time
but we did have a few tricks up our sleeves
and turned a few sharp corners

the whole pasture looks like our meal
we didn't need speedometers
we could manage cocktails out of ice and water

I wouldn't want to be faster
or greener than now if you were with me O you
were the best of all my days.


Good night, now.


Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 20, 2009 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Frenetic Random Activity Period.

Gosh, I can go to the office to see that.

Personally, I don't give a FRAP, and I don't care to take any at the moment, either.


Posted by: -bc- | February 20, 2009 11:54 PM | Report abuse

it's twelve o'clock. the hour itself, and nothing else. i knew it.

Posted by: -jack- | February 20, 2009 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Poop. I wanted 'mudge to tuck me in, but he ducked out first.

Good night, Boodle dear.

Posted by: Yoki | February 21, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse

I'll tuck you in dear Yoki.

Howdy all, another bonfire at the farm house,bigger then the other night,I will be gethering my kindling tomorrow.

Beautiful star field tonight.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | February 21, 2009 12:20 AM | Report abuse

How sweet, gwe.

I don't know (and I should really be sleeping) if I've ever told the Boodle about taking #2 out when she just a wee tiny girl, for a walk in the early-winter dark, when our neighbours in Montreal had just put up their Christmas lights. She was entranced. She looked up at me with her big eyes and made an O with her mouth, and then breathed, "Prilly tars."

I will never forget it.

And now I'm really gone.

Posted by: Yoki | February 21, 2009 12:37 AM | Report abuse

This is my favorite Billy Collins poem (not that I've read them all, mind you) - because it makes me laugh and then it makes me cry:

The Lanyard - Billy Collins

The other day I was ricocheting slowly
off the blue walls of this room,
moving as if underwater from typewriter to piano,
from bookshelf to an envelope lying on the floor,
when I found myself in the L section of the dictionary
where my eyes fell upon the word lanyard.

No cookie nibbled by a French novelist
could send one into the past more suddenly—
a past where I sat at a workbench at a camp
by a deep Adirondack lake
learning how to braid long thin plastic strips
into a lanyard, a gift for my mother.

I had never seen anyone use a lanyard
or wear one, if that’s what you did with them,
but that did not keep me from crossing
strand over strand again and again
until I had made a boxy
red and white lanyard for my mother.

She gave me life and milk from her breasts,
and I gave her a lanyard.
She nursed me in many a sick room,
lifted spoons of medicine to my lips,
laid cold face-cloths on my forehead,
and then led me out into the airy light

and taught me to walk and swim,
and I, in turn, presented her with a lanyard.
Here are thousands of meals, she said,
and here is clothing and a good education.
And here is your lanyard, I replied,
which I made with a little help from a counselor.

Here is a breathing body and a beating heart,
strong legs, bones and teeth,
and two clear eyes to read the world, she whispered,
and here, I said, is the lanyard I made at camp.
And here, I wish to say to her now,
is a smaller gift—not the worn truth

that you can never repay your mother,
but the rueful admission that when she took
the two-tone lanyard from my hand,
I was as sure as a boy could be
that this useless, worthless thing I wove
out of boredom would be enough to make us even.

Posted by: seasea | February 21, 2009 1:19 AM | Report abuse

Scotty, have a wonderful vacation with Nukespawn. I’m envious of your white powder.

I had ouchie foot before, during my pre-teen years. I got it from playing “catching” and generally run around barefoot (You can’t play “catching” wear slippers because it’d slow you down. Plus, you’d get a scolding if you ruin a good pair of slippers.) I don’t think it was very serious because all I did was soaked it in warm water. I limbed for several days and after that it went away.

I’ll have 55 slap me in the face next year. I’m apprehensive cuz I’ll be moving, looking for a job and adjusting to a new environment. I’m planning on bringing my dogs with me and that would be the most difficult part.

Posted by: rainforest1 | February 21, 2009 1:22 AM | Report abuse

For a year, while doing field work in Osceola National Forest, I got to use an M37 military pickup recently retired from what must have been easy duty at Fort McPherson. A piece of paper with a list of department store credit card numbers was in the glove compartment.

The truck itself, made by Dodge, was a marvel. Underneath, everything that might be vulnerable was tucked up above the frame. Battery was encased in a seemingly waterproof box (didn't want to test that). Snorkel. Winch.

A few present-day vehicles seem to have learned how to tuck stuff where it won't be bashed by passing rocks.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 21, 2009 2:19 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, I skimmed the backboodle in a hurry... What was bc saying about the NAFTA spermi telescope?

Posted by: bobsewell | February 21, 2009 2:38 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: bobsewell | February 21, 2009 2:39 AM | Report abuse

Achenbach is rich enough to afford a medical doctor? No wonder the Post is in financial trouble.

Posted by: Nebreklaw01 | February 21, 2009 3:19 AM | Report abuse

A very good way to relieve symptoms and strengthen the fascii is to roll your arch on a wine bottle.

It doesn't say whether empty bottle or in between swigs.

Good luck.

Posted by: kristopher1 | February 21, 2009 4:24 AM | Report abuse

Good thinking, kristopher.

Posted by: bobsewell | February 21, 2009 4:27 AM | Report abuse

Oh, my, CquaP, that was the best poem I've read in a long time. It goes in the book ... and up on the refrigerator!

Since we seem to be on another poetry tear and haven't had any Berryman, yet, I'll offer this:

Keep your eyes open when you kiss: do: when
You kiss. All silly time else, close them to;
Unsleeping, I implore you (dear) pursue
In darkness me, as I do you again.
Instantly we part ... only me both then
And when your fingers fall, let there be two
Only, 'in that dream-kingdom'; I would have you
Me alone recognize your citizen.

Before who wanted eyes, making love, so?
I do now. However we are driven and hide,
What states we keep all other states condemn,
We see ourselves, we watch the solemn glow
Of empty courts we kiss in. Open wide!
You do, you do, and I look into them.

Shouda posted that on VDay, huh.

Posted by: KBoom | February 21, 2009 7:08 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all.

Have not read many comments as yet but wanted to tell JA that when I had the right footed ouchie, the exercise that helped was *the right footed lunge* just as you would in fencing. I did ALOT of them, every day, and with the help of the cushion under the heel, the whateveritwas that was weak, finally got it's strength back.

Good reminder from bc about the Advil excess.

Probably you all have covered all this ground with JA, sorry for the redundancy, if any.

Guess Scotty & Nukespouse are on their way, but I will say "Best Wishes for wonderful vacation"....what could it hurt, anyway?

BTW, I love using Firefox, it highlights misspelled words, even if I don't correct them, it's a comfort.

Posted by: VintageLady | February 21, 2009 8:05 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. Brag, it was good to hear from you, and the best in your new place. I haven't read all the comments, it will take some time to do that.

JA, I'm gone for a couple of days, and you mess around and get the bad foot. You, my friend, are a part of a very elite crowd. It's all downhill from here. This new hurt could add a swag to the walk, hence, everyone will think you're the coolest thing since ice tea. And swallowing all that Advil can't help but add some mystery there. Play for all its worth.

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

Slyness, I understand there may be some of the white stuff in your area. Please try to keep it there, we don't care for it here. And you can have the cold too.

I see some of the Southern state are talking of rejecting any of the stimulus money, mostly Republicans. I agree with the Congressman that said it's a racial thing, especially in South Carolina. And can Louisina(?) reject any help with New Orleans still looking like a war zone. They have areas in their states that need this money desperately, and they're trying to reject this offer of assistance. South Carolina is on its third loan or fourth loan for unemployement monies, and North Carolina isn't far behind. I believe some of these Southern states are so desperate to redo the War Between the States, hoping for a different outcome, that they'll do anything, even stupid stuff to achieve that end.

Well, I have a meeting on my dance card today, and I have the g-girl too, which makes for a highly volatile combination on anything. Wish me the best. I can't walk, my foot is slightly messed up too. Of course, on me it doesn't look so cool. Could it be the hair thing?

Time to swim.

Posted by: cmyth4u | February 21, 2009 8:13 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. We call FRAPs Puppy runs! The old lab was a great one at this. He would run around the yard, a small 30ftx48ft yard back then, like a demented puppy. He was running so fast he would hit the fence in the corners. He was running through flowerbeds, sand box or garden with with great clumps of dirt or grass flying behind him.
The Very Large Puppy is from a more placid breed but still managed a few good puppy runs. Getting a 100lbs puppy in the shins hurt.
Off to a busy day.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 21, 2009 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Will be at the Maryland state swim meet. Improbably and interestingly, CPBoy is swimming on three relay teams. I expect they will be in the fine and honorable "also swam" category.

My hair shall be fizzy as if in August. JA, swimming is good for the p.f. problem.

Take care all, on this sunny and chilly day.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | February 21, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Goodbye Socks.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 21, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Morning Cassandra. Shrieking, be careful with running dogs, that’s how #2 broke her knee.

I haven’t been a poetry person in a long time, but I think I will have to check out Collins, I am intrigued. Gotta get my rear in gear so when can take off for the day. Have a good one everybody.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 21, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all. When Al shows up, I'll wish him a good morning too.

The phone got me out of bed, to hear that the mother of a good friend died in the night. It's a relief to know that it's over. She had fought the good fight but the quality of life was gone. Another time to be infinitely grateful for Hospice services.

Cassandra, there's ice in the birdbath but no snow. Mr. T says he doesn't need me just yet, which is fine. I'll get my morning started soon.

Snuke, I hope you have a wonderful time with the Nukedottir in the powder.

Posted by: slyness | February 21, 2009 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

Cassandra, nice to see you.

Love all the Billy Collins stuff, thank you all.

Soeaking of Poets, I'm reading this piece about an award-winning poet facing mental illness:

If someone had already linked that into the Boodle, apologies.

More later.


Posted by: -bc- | February 21, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Morning All
Off to pick up food from the Angel food ministries very nice for those of us in need.

Here is something I wrote several years back,on a much warmer Febuary day.

Winter Peace

Winter Peace on a Febuary day,the sky is blue, the trees are grey.

A mountain stream flows peaceful and cold,this beautiful winter season is 48 days old.

Green in the winter,How can it be true?Evergreen trees in my mountain view,Moss on the ground and it is green too.

The flight of a Hawk,a woodpeckers knock,fossils from ancient days resting in a rock.

A trail filled with leaves and covered with Moss,walking with a dog and thinking who is the Boss?

Up in a branch a summers Beehive,How can this be winter the temperature is Fifty Five.

Thinking of a woman so fresh in my mind,a gentle loving woman who is always Kind.

This is my day enjoying this winter peace,Not wanting spring just yet,Winter is wonderful,I will hold onto this piece!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | February 21, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Ha! FRAP (Fluorescence Recovery After Photobleaching) is used to detect the movement of molecules in a cell during FRAP (Frenetic Random Activity Period).

Here's a movie:

Posted by: DNA_Girl | February 21, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

This, remembering Error, and because I'm in the kitchen.

Posted by: -jack- | February 21, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle.

Bads, if you're going to look for a Billy Collins collection, I recommend either "Nine Horses" or the one with my all-time favorite title, "Sailing Alone Around the Room."

That was a very nice Berryman, KBoom.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 21, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Gov. Sanford (R-SC) is on the record stating that he may send stimulus money designated for SC back to Washington. Statewide unemployment is predicted to be in the vicinity of 14% by June. It's already 17.5% in our county. Looking a gift horse in the mouth?,0,2767511.story

Posted by: -jack- | February 21, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

I like it, too, Mudge. Duh.


However, I've never been able to make heads or tails of "what states we keep all other states condemn." Something that's bugged me for years. Because I yam stoopit.

Posted by: KBoom | February 21, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

*faxing Yoki a big tureen of chicken soup it couldn't hurt*

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 21, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

No, you aren't stoopit, KBoom. Sometimes poets write stuff that is impenetrable. Academic love it when they do, but I don't; the editor in me wants to scream. I've always been a fan of the accessible, and I hold that if you can't figure out a line (I can't fathom that one, either), the fault is the poet's, not yours. Buit too many people get bullied by published work, and think ooooh, if I can't understand it, it must be really, really deep! No: it is merely badly written.

I grant that a reader has to bring a certain amount of smarts as well as experience reading poetry, background knowledge, critical faculties, etc., to a work, but there comes a point where it gets out of hand, where you shouldn't have to actually *be* Harold Bloom to figure out a poem.

Makes me crazy, sometimes.

That article bc linked to, about the mentally ill poet Fogelman, was very, very good. And sad.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 21, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I don't find that line impenetrable.

What states we keep -- being in love and making love
All other states condemn -- Are superior to all others

In other words, being in love is better than not being in love.

Posted by: Yoki | February 21, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Oh! Good morning, Al!

Posted by: Yoki | February 21, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Where *is* Al this morning? Sleeping in?

Posted by: -TBG- | February 21, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

ah, being in love
is better than not being;
that I understand

Posted by: DNA_Girl | February 21, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

...except I don't read "condemn" as "are superior to." I suspect Kboom doesn't either. Hence, the phrase flunks my "accessibility" test.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 21, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Yoki.

Sometimes the syntax rewrap is about words flowing through the mind, not dripping staccato.

And a wandering verb is nothing new in poetry.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 21, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Mudge-- here's how I read it.

The states (of emotion) that we keep condemns all other states (of emotion).

"Condemns" may be read as destruction (as in condemning a house), or censure.

In both cases, there is an implict power or authority to do so.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 21, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

The verb placement rewrap doesn't both me Wilbrod. And you read "condemn" the same as I do. Which doesn't imply superiority. It implies what it is, condemnation. It doesn't approve of the other states. That's *not* the same thing as saying one is better than another. To me "condemn" is a rather absolute term. I can rewrite that line with 20 better verbs than condemn.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 21, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

I agree with you-- I was thinking over lunch that "condemn" is a weak verb in that context.

If it were "houses" instead of "states," you might be able to argue for "condemns," but as it stands, not really.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 21, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

And in any event, the fact that at least three of us didn't understand the line has to be reckoned with. A poem, or a lione in a poem, shouldn't make a reader feel "stoopit," as KBoom said she felt, and she's not stupid. I infer DNA didn't get the line either. In my case, I didn't feel stupid, merely angry and frustrated that Berryman was being obscure and opaque, for no reason. A pome shouldn't do that either. It is one thing for a line to have multiple interpretations or meanings, and even layers of meaning. But "Jeez, I guess I'm a moron" shouldn't be one of them.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 21, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Joel, I got here late, but anyway, "Welcome to the Club." I'm not sure just which club, but know well that there are many of us out here to swap sympathies on an awful lot of subjects.


Posted by: Lowen1 | February 21, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Yes, and I think the lack of imagery conjured by that line is also a concern.

It means what it says, but it doesn't say what it means.

And now we're off to the Lobster Quadrille....

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 21, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Oh I didn't think about the poem at all. I was referring to Yoki, who was very clear.

Re the actual lines, I see them calling us out for lying to ourselves. And knowing it.

However we are driven and hide,
What states we keep all other states condemn,
We see ourselves, we watch the solemn glow
Of empty courts we kiss in.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | February 21, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Is conjuring a lack like creating a shortage?

Posted by: Boko999 | February 21, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

A conjured lack is actually a large shell-like void that takes scoops out everywhere...

In short, like a boojum.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 21, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

And now I must quietly vanish away for the afternoon....

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 21, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

The day is just lovely here. The sun is so bright, and even with the cool temps, it is warm and cozy in the sun. It feels like one of those snuggle blankets while sitting in the sun. I'm so happy I can see this day, I can feel this day, and I'm aware of its beauty. Isn't life grand?

The g-girl is home, and I get a chance to enjoy the quiet. Even without the beer, it just doesn't get any better than this.

Posted by: cmyth4u | February 21, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

A conjured Lack is an Ikea coffee table.

Cassandra... it IS a lovely day and I'm glad I can see it too. Just because. Thanks for that great appreciation.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 21, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Hello everyone! My daughter and I just returned from seeing the movie "Twilight" at the second run theater.

This movie is, of course, about passionate teenagers, some of whom happen to be vampires, who spend the entire film suppressing their primal urges. No wonder parents dig it.

But what I liked, outside of the scenery from my homeland in the Pacific Northwest, was the conspicuous product placement of "Vitamin R," better known to locals as Rainier Beer.

Of course, Rainier Beer hasn't been sold for years.

Which, oddly enough, caused me more difficulty with suppressed belief than that whole "vampire" bit. I mean, everyone knows that if creatures who hate the sunlight needed somewhere to live, the perpetually overcast Olympic Peninsula is the logical choice.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 21, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Florida Governor Crist is showing a bit of courage by urging the Legislature to take measures to welcome stimulus money. Indeed, 12 percent of his new budget will be stimulus money.

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

My state is confusion, punctuated by moments of self-condemnation.

Not to be too contrary, but I occasionally like poetry and literature that has layers, texture, obscure references, and plays the occasional game of 52-pickup with word choice.

But then, I'm the Jackson Pollock of the English Language, and am comfortble with the ambiguity that suffuses (or is it infused? bah.) communicaton between sentices of any kind. When they read words or take in any kind of sensory information, they're processeing them in their minds, through their conscious and unconscious, and rendering them against their own viewpoints relative to others, unique and individual as a snowflake. More so, perhaps. I'm happy to tell you of what I saw, what I did, what I think, but how you translate that or what it makes you think or feel - if it makes you laugh, cry, mad, sad, think me an idiot or beneath contempt, or just a goofy guy, or look at something just a little differently - that's something I can only exert a marginal amount of influence over. Our existences - shared and individual -aren't words or mathematical equations. I think words and mathematics are representations of ideas, part of our experience of consciousness. Hopefully there's some information passed or understanding gained or feeling evoked from one Mind to Another in a communication, but I'll take a chuckle or a sigh.

The Universe looks to me to be more probabilistic than deterministc, so I choose to utilze that as a tool rather than fight against it.

I'm *all* about the ambiguity.

Life's messy. YMMV.

Seriously, I realize there *is* precision in language (and I've been told this by people far more intelligent than I), but much of the time there are contradictions and confusion in me. This is a shortcoming of mine.


Posted by: -bc- | February 21, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

And I'm all about the asymmetry! The off-kilter, the odd.

Anyone else got a one-word something they're all about?

Posted by: Yoki | February 21, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse



Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 21, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse


I suspect one might be able to convey more meaning, emotion, or anything else that is remotely human with a large vocabulary, and knowing how to disperse that, along with choosing the precise words. I don't have that capability, yet sometimes we just want to try and share a good feeling, a glorious day, what made us cry, those feelings of love, whatever, and we use what we have, albeit it might not have the intended effect. I think expressions from the heart just have a way of making themselves known, if not with words, a touch, a look, many different ways. Humans will always find a way to interact.

Posted by: cmyth4u | February 21, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Maryland Terps come back from 16 down to win in overtime over #3 North Carolina!!!

Greivis Vasquez gets a triple double with 35 points 11 rebounds and 10 assists!!! WOW!!!!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | February 21, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Read and or listen to Ted Kooser's Valentine poems (yes, we are late, but we can be loving all February, right?)

Here is an earthy one (no, not THAT earthy):
A New Potato
This is just one of the leathery eggs
the scuffed-up, dirty turtle of the moon
buried early in spring, her eyes like stars
fixed on the future, and, inside its red skin,
whiteness, like all of the moons to come,
and marvelous, buttered with light.

—Placard at Hinky Dinky

Surely it misses those long fly balls of light
its leaves once leapt to catch, or longs to run
its roots out into the salty darkness.

What once looked like a Roman fountain
is now a ruin of fallen columns
bedded on ice. Its only consolations are,

at regular intervals, the hiss of mist,
and at times the warm and reassuring squeeze
of passing hand. But better this, by far,

than to be the sullen heart of artichoke,
stripped of its knives and heavy armor
and mummified for eons in a jar of brine.

These food poems mean we must think momentarily on Linda Pastan, a food-pome maker:

Some say
it was a pear
Eve ate.
Why else the shape
of the womb,
or of the cello
Whose single song is grief
for the parent tree?
Why else the fruit itself
tawny and sweet
which your lover
over breakfast
lets go your pear-
shaped breast
to reach for?

Linda Pastan


I sing a song
of the croissant
and of the wily French
who trick themselves daily
back to the world
for its sweet ceremony.
Ah to be reeled
up into morning
on that crisp,

Linda Pastan

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | February 21, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

The Celery Hearts pome is a bit abstract, for bc, etc. And, this is extra funny when you realize that

Hinky Dinky

was (is?) a local, Midwestern grocery chain. We would giggle like crazy people when visiting the Omaha and Iowa cousins....I think Hinky Dinky is better than

Piggly Wiggly

but not by much.

Oh, dear Canadians, did you know we had such bizarre grocery store chains, once upon a time?

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | February 21, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 21, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

We've still got Piggly Wiggly, CqP. But we shop at Kroger instead. They've got a sign saying "thank you for Krogering," and I keep waiting for one of my students to bring it up as one of the "real world examples" that they're required to come up with for linguistics class, but no one has yet. Maybe the undergrads never go grocery shopping.

Posted by: -bia- | February 21, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

CquaP, I had been reading about Piggly Wiggly for a long time before I ever visited a place that had one. Larry McMurty, among others, mentions the chain more than once.

I went nuts buying store-brand goods, and brought them all back to Canada to share with my literary-type friends. They were thrilled.

In British Columbia there is grocery chain called Overwaitea! How awful is that?

Posted by: Yoki | February 21, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Back boodling, Speaking of FRAP. With our Welsh Terrier it's called 'Zooming'

Watch out in the morning when she makes three zoom circles and comes zooming in and launches herself from ten feet away and hits in the crotch.

Otherwise sunny and warm (75) here in the banana belt waiting for the pineapple express forecast to begin tonight and hopefully stay about a week to help out with the drought.

Posted by: bh71 | February 21, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

I thought of you, CP, when I saw this article about a cardboard bicycle.

Dave: Gov. Crist has gone out on a limb in support of the federal stimulus package. Interesting contrast to Gov. Sanford's statements.

Posted by: -jack- | February 21, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

We had a Piggly Wiggly store where I grew up in the Pacific Northwest. I have never figured out how it ended up there, as I have since learned that it is primarily a Southern chain.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 21, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Boring beyond belief.

Posted by: jezebel3 | February 21, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

What were you looking for, jezebel?

Posted by: bh71 | February 21, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Suuuure you did, RD_P. First it's Beavertails and now Piggly Wiggly.

Perhaps it was Piggly Imperialism.

Posted by: Yoki | February 21, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

North Dakota had Piggly Wiggly stores at least into the mid-80s, but we called them simply Pigs. You could write a check to Pigs#3 and they'd cash it just the same. Always reminded me of "Our Town" and the envelope addressed- Grovers Corners...Earth....Solar System (Does it go on beyond Earth to Solar System, I don't remember) It was delivered just the same.

PF, had a nasty bout back in early '01, changed to a different model running shoe and haven't had any trouble since. Mr. F finds a brace (if you can call a velcroed bit of fabric a brace)that he bought from a runners catalogue most helpful-that and stretching. But what really works for him is not running so much (under 30 miles a week). To me, the key is not adjusting your stride to something even more problematic while still feeling the pain of the PF.

Off to more thorough back boodling. Back later.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 21, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

What, please, is a Pineapple Express?

Posted by: Yoki | February 21, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Piggly Wiggly isn't in the Charlotte market. We do have Lowe's Food, which can get confusing when you don't know if the reference is to the grocery story or the home improvement store.

Posted by: slyness | February 21, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Back from a very nice day. It was cold and windy but sunny in Provincetown. Not many tourists around and not many stores open either. But our favorite Army Navy type store was open and “S” found a pair of surplus mittens for 95 cents per hand. We had a bit of trouble finding a left one, must have been an army of right handed soldiers somewhere. In one store we saw a collection of amazing kaleidoscopes. Most were very large, works of art in stained glass. One had feathers instead of glass and was activated by a squeeze bulb, the shapes were incredible. We had a nice lunch way down the east end of town and then walked back to the center for dessert. The dessert cafe sold a lot of candies and as we were sitting with our coffee, I noticed a display behind “S” of what I first thought were chocolate lighthouses. I had a ‘duh’ moment when I realized what they really were.

I can’t believe there is an actual thing called FRAP. This is just the behavior #2 was describing in her dog. She was likening it the a child’s meltdown.

Thanks for the recommendations of books by Collins, Mudge. I will definitely pick one up.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 21, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

We (Seattleites) call a Pineapple Express a storm that comes in from Hawaii, with lots of rain and usually somewhat warm temperatures.

I'm sure someone else will come up with funnier answers.

Why? Are you trying to tell me something? Bee-yoo-ti-ful day here today.

Posted by: seasea | February 21, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm watching "From Here to Eternity." Burt and Deborah are at the beach, at night. The surf is pounding. They strip down to their bathing suits. Cut to Monty Clift and Frankie at the New Congress Club, and Donna.

Cut back to the surf rolling up on the beach by some rocks. Wait, those aren't rocks...

Oh, my...

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 21, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

mostly got it right. The Pineapple express is when a cyclone in the western pacific sets up waiting for an arctic jetstream. Then the heavy hawaiian moisture goes straight for california often resulting with 12 foot snows and flooding rains up and down the west coast.

Posted by: bh71 | February 21, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

bh, my family also describes frap behavior as zooming or "the dog's got the zooms."

Posted by: LALurker | February 21, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Our old Westy, Mac, used to do his version of the FRAP, suddenly running from room to room and up and down the stairs. We used to call it a Mac Attack.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 21, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Even dogs get cold--
Vigorous jogging with growls
Beats stupid sweaters.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 21, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

seasea! no! I wasn't implying anything, just wanted to be educated. The only Pineapple Express I ever knew was a book title, and since I didn't know what one was, I didn't *get* it.

And now I understand, and I thank you.

Posted by: Yoki | February 21, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

We called cats who had FRAP attacks "having ants in their pants." But John D. McDonald said it was having "the Flying Red Horse."

Posted by: nellie4 | February 21, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

"Our Town" and the envelope addressed- Grovers Corners...Earth....Solar System -- I think the next line was "the mind of God."

Posted by: nellie4 | February 21, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't have known what Pineapple express referred to, except for the mention of the phenomenon from ML/seasea. In the absence of this, I immediately thought of the movie, and how Henry might be involved.

Posted by: -jack- | February 21, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse


and speaking of jack, where is omni these days?

Posted by: Yoki | February 21, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Just finished feeding the dogs and pups. So much frap, you wouldn't believe it. The puppies will fetch the same toy simultaneously, rollicking about the place as they play. Nice way to leave your troubles behind. We're going to keep one of the pups, Oakley, to show. This litter acquired The Wild Bunch moniker: Wild Bill, Butch, Sundance, Belle Star, and Annie Oakley. Cleaned two rooms thoroughly today, and decreased the entropy in four more. Our #1's interview went well. In addition to the interview, she had to do some spontaneous writing from a prompt. Turns out that there are only eleven rising juniors that will be accepted to the Gov's school. At the very least, our girl *knows* how to put things together for occasions such as this.

Posted by: -jack- | February 21, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

All this FRAP talk is making me want to go gnome-bopping.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 21, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Rebecca (the 16=year-old George Gibbs' 11-year-old sister, as they both look out a window at the night sky after most of the town has gone to bed): I never told you about the letter Jane Crofut got from her minister when she was sick. He wrote Jane a letter and on the envelope the address was like this: It said Jane Crofut; The Crofut Farm; Grover's Corners; Sutton County; New Hampshire; United States of America.

George: What's funny about that?

Rebecca: But listen, it's not finished: the United States of America; Continent of North America; Western Hemisphere; the Earth; the Solar System; the Universe; the Mind of God -- that's what is said on the envelope.

George: What do you know?

Rebecca: And the postman brought it just the same.

George: What do you know?

Stage Manager: That's the end of the First Act, friends. You can go and smoke now, those that smoke.

[end of Act I, p. 46]

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 21, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Isn't that wonderful?

Posted by: Yoki | February 21, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, for 40 years I've wanted to play the part of the Stage Manager. (Did I ever tell you I did a lot of acting in high school and college? Truth. Had leads in 5 plays. My mother said I should have been an actor.)

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 21, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

But then Robert Redford would have had a harder life, being mistook for you so much, Mudge.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 21, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

And speaking of stage manager/actors, 'mudge, check your email in a few moments!

Posted by: Yoki | February 21, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Mudge, what a library you must have! I was pulling that out of memory!

Posted by: nellie4 | February 21, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

That's true, Wilbrod. But Redford's a big boy. He can watch out for himself.

I'd have been soooooooooooooo good in "Electric Horseman."

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 21, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

All this talk about Pineapple Express, and I'm sure many of the retired Glaucoma Test Pilots here are thinking, "Huh? Did I forget 4/20 *again*?"

And CP, I did indeed like that Celery Heart poem, thanks. Loved the artichoke part at the end.

I think the Terps look pretty snappy in the yellow unis, and I'm happy about the win, but I still don't see them in the Big Dance next month.

Cassandra, thanks for that comment.
I guess my point is simply that when I communicate information in whatever medium I'm using, it's going to be an abstraction or symbols representing something. What you take from the information you perceive (another layer of abstraction) is is based on your contexts and may in fact be very different from my intent.

Even if I had the skill to be very precise with my language, the other half of the communication is the person perceiving that information and whatever processing they do with it.

What does an Ansel Adams photograph make one think or feel versus a (for example) Jackson Pollock painting? They both may be very demanding to appreciate and experience fully -- and personally, I like both.

I guess I'm learning to enjoy the emotive side of things as I'm getting older.

Abstraction is pretty wonderful, IMO.


Posted by: -bc- | February 21, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Yes we all have our own idiolects-- some more idiosyncratic or idiotic than others, bc.

That's why conversation is an endless art.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 21, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

And how 'bout that Moore sculptor guy?
Talk about lack conjuring.

Posted by: Boko999 | February 21, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

They called him Slow Hand.

Posted by: Boko999 | February 21, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Boko!!! You are always funny, but this may be your personal best.

Posted by: Yoki | February 22, 2009 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Brilliant, Boko.

His Toronto plaza sculpture sure does look boojumed.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 22, 2009 12:34 AM | Report abuse

I like the way he turns curves inside out.
Moore, that is.

Posted by: Boko999 | February 22, 2009 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends,
We're so glad you could attend -
Come inside! Come inside!

Posted by: bobsewell | February 22, 2009 2:32 AM | Report abuse

Though our achy feet couldn't hack it on the street,
They should suffice for this brief meet -
Sing a song, then move along.

Posted by: bobsewell | February 22, 2009 2:42 AM | Report abuse

Good morning Al!

Had suggested that we not do the outdoor market in DC because of weather, BUT what the heck!

I'll be there for anyone who is running out of coffee. I suppose that's why God gave us layers.

Posted by: russianthistle | February 22, 2009 5:58 AM | Report abuse

This morning, I saw a dark plane circling around ... a bit quiet for a plane, actually. The only markings that I saw were SAO-15. I supposed I should feel better knowing that it wasn't a helicopter.


Posted by: russianthistle | February 22, 2009 6:35 AM | Report abuse

Gee, Dolphie... it's 7:30 on a Sunday morning. I'm thinking Al should be still sleeping right now.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 22, 2009 7:37 AM | Report abuse

Gee, TBG, I guess you are right. Somehow, I have created a life for myself that is bereft of true weekends.

Have to say, though, I like food and I like to gab. I like to sell. AND, I like people who do the same thing. In a way, it is like some folks playing golf.

It takes about the same amount of time and I don't get blisters (depending on what I say!)

Posted by: russianthistle | February 22, 2009 8:02 AM | Report abuse

'morning all, Al. No, no, I'm up and I already had the walk in the snow with the dogs. I'm into old movies as well Mudge, I watched The Hunt for Red October last night. It's one of the rare case of a movie that is better (IMHO) than the book it is scripted from.
Fellow Haute-Mainers, count yourself lucky you don't have to listen to all the Plains of Abraham non-sense. My head will explode if the debate (if we can call the high-volume spewing of inanities a debate) goes any longer. Those people are ignorant maroons.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 22, 2009 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

Had a longish night with a sick child, but after some coffee and the youngest knocking at 7:00 inquiring about food, I'm reasonably caffinated and everyone who's awake has been fed. Watching the snow with the youngest, warming some coffee and settling down for some games.

Have a good day, all.

russianthistle, the typical SAO-15 Sunday Morning flight is an unmanned craft, as a proxy for the Dawn Patrol. I can't tell you if the Breakfast Drone is equipped with SconeFire or HeckMuffin missiles, but it *is* powered by coffee.


Posted by: -bc- | February 22, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

good morning boodle! Snowing here, again. We are well on our way to a record number of days with measurable snow-and March is usually our snowiest month. Even worse, we could have most snowy days and most snow in one winter.

Thanks to Nellie and Mudge for the "Our Town" line reminders last night.

Was CPBoy's swim meet today? I'm not at all caught up, but sending fast thoughts as needed.

Thought of something profound to say about poetry last night after a couple classes of Shiraz, can't remember it now and I'm sure that's just as well.

Spent all yesterday working on our tax return with Mr. F; one more longish afternoon and we'll be done. We may very well turn it over to a pro next year, but we could miss the annual bonding experience.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 22, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Frosti... your remark about your profound thought about poetry made me laff and share with Dr G out loud.

I thought that when Dr G finally gave up his second job (adjunct teaching at a local university) it would be the first time in our 25+ year marriage he only had one W-2.

No such luck... between still having that job for a few months last year, changing jobs twice last year and doing some consulting (on payroll) for a couple of previous employers, he has a record six W-2s this year. Thank goodness for Turbotax.

Posted by: TBG- | February 22, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Morning everyone.

Beautiful sloppy snowflakes outside my window falling on some squirrels. We have seen neither lately, so they are a pleasant arrival. The dog, though, finds the squirrels Offensive in the Extreme. But she doesn't seem to mind the snow.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 22, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Frostbitten - it is my experience that after a few glasses of Shiraz a most extraordinarily large number of things become profound. Or unreasonably mirthful. And frequently both.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 22, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for asking, Frosti. Yesterday was the meet, three relays and they all beat their seeding and time, as in did not come in last and improved their times. Quite an accomplishment as two young men learned to swim last summer. Can the addendum to the stimulus package include this:

Community pools -- not necessarily the swim park behemoths but eight lanes at one end and graduated entrance at the other -- installed in high schools. Add community swim programs including water aerobics, club swim, Master swim, and lessons for all. Can we make swimming a high school graduation requirement?

Would begin the work against obesity in the community....drown-proofing, too. Lifeguarding and pool operator jobs for the teens.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | February 22, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, Boodle. Nice to see Al here.

CollegequaParkian, I remember when we had just that; pools in communities and high schools, and even the ones in the high schools open to the public out of school hours. It will be a long time before those days return.

A very busy and big day; off to see #2's Hamlet in the early afternoon, then #1 arrives from Montreal for her Reading Week; we shall all have dinner at Himself's house.

And much to prepare for my trip to DC!

This seems like a good time to plant a reminder of the BPH on Thursday after work at M&S (*looking at russianthistle over the top of my glasses*).

Have a good day, everybody.

Posted by: Yoki | February 22, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

SD, I caught some of the Plains stuff on the CBC all news channel the other night, but otherwise it is like it isn't something in the news at all. I don't know that the total absence of it in the news is right either.

I'm not even sure if I'm getting the information right. Some re-enactors wanted to re-enact the battle, correct? They won't be able to due to the nature of the battlefields location and facilities, right? And it should have all gone quiletly away except someone wants to make the re-enactment a political statement of one kind or another? Have I got it right?

I'm probably missing a hundred subtleties or so, but I do hope I have the gist of it.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 22, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

dr and SD-I found this commentary about the Plains controversy entertaining, and it seems to make sense.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 22, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

SD, don't blame you for being upset about that issue, the people of the City should be upset at the loss of tourist dollars.

Posted by: dmd2 | February 22, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

So much for the pineapple express. We didn't even get a pineapple tinkle. The forecasters, 'never mine'.

Posted by: bh71 | February 22, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Good Morning All
Cold and windy in Wild Wonderful West by god this morning.

CP, I learned to swim at the home of A.D. Anderson,a big car dealer in the Baltimore area in the 60's.Every year the entire third grade class of my Elementary school would go to his house/indoor pool and learn to swim. Of course we were sked who can swim,I raised my hand,well because I was a smart a$$ kid.I jumped in and not knowing really how to swim,I needed to be helped.That day there i learned never to do anything,you didn't know how to do.No matter if you thought you could.

My Mom belongs to an outdoor community pool and swims almost everyday in the summer.She also has a thing about swimming in rivers.Whenever we would go on a vacation in the summer,we would stop at most of the major rivers so Mom could get in.I told that since she has swam most of the US rivers,I need to take her to the Nile and Amazon and that way she will have been in the top 3.

Off to a birthday party for a neighbor.

Have a Great day everyone!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | February 22, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Ed. Sec'y Arne Duncan on c-span as I type. Pushing for national standards, YES! Good op-ed in WaPo "5 Myths About Education Reform" here

I am in full policy wonkdom this morning and enjoying it so much, must remember to thank Mr. F for forcing the tax prep on a Sat. afternoon.

Unfortunately I'll have to tear myself away to go paint the "teen lounge" so the contractors can start installing the new floor tomorrow. Can't wait for the school board to see what our community organization has done with $18k and the building they said couldn't be upgraded for less than $100K. (We've already cut the energy use by a third, aiming for 70% by next winter)

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 22, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse


Did you see John Kelly's "Answer Man" column today? It's about the old Marlboro Raceway. It's entertaining and there's a video to go with it.

Posted by: -pj- | February 22, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

I know I'm preaching to the converted here, but thought this was the best description of light pollution I've ever read-
"...the night sky is full of scattered light. An anthropogenic photon soup floods village and cities, drowning out the view of the stars. Insects, birds and other animals are getting confused, ecosystems are suffering and even humans are being harmed, both physically and culturally."
Read the whole thing from Der Spiegel here,1518,608417,00.html

Frostdottir did her 4th grade science fair project on light pollution. She designed a variety of foil hoods for the lightbulb on a stick she had hooked up to a battery.

Now I must go paint. You need to let deep purple dry about 6 hours between coats if you don't want streaks. Thankfully, only one wall will be this particular shade of teen cool.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 22, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Man, Richard Thompson AND Steeleye Span. I've been on a Steeleye Span kick lately. Picked up some used CDs at a good price and have been enjoying their music again. Maddy Prior's voice is just wonderful to my ears.

And I'm *always* ready to listen to Richard Thompson:

for some fine, fine guitar picking:

Posted by: -pj- | February 22, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Aren't we the quiet Boodle this Sunday?

What are the chances of two Steeleye Span references within a week?

Nothing is going the way I planned today, I seem not to be able to accomplish anything. The only response would seem to be to relax and go with it.

Oh, well, maybe not. Off I go to battle the next task.

Posted by: Yoki | February 22, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Oh, my. It *is* quiet here, isn't it?

I've spent my Sunday (so far) doing two loads of laundry, watering the plants and preparing the last wee bit of my tax information for my accountant. Even though I somewhat excessively-obsessively-compulsively keep a ledger, I note that there have been a couple of things missing, so now I have to rifle through my checkbook(s) and some credit card statements to find the actual dates I need to finish things up, so I can stick it in the mail tomorrow.

I soooo wish my clients would pay me. But, well, at least I have 'em, I like to say.

While I dislike having to live on fumes (money-wise, please), I know how to do it. One has to remain optimistic, tighten the belt and live carefully. I have no idea what I'm gonna get in regard to a "stimulus", but I'm gonna go against the tide, and save the money and/or throw it at some credit card debt.

Hey, Yokes -- not long now, eh?

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | February 22, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm still trying to get my land legs again after a night reading Melville, Yoki.

Carry on, y'all; I'll be busy bending over the rails.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 22, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Good afternoon, Boodle.

Hey, guess what? It's Academy Awards Night!! Hope we're all gonna live-Boodle and have one of our fashionista catfests! The action (he said, tongue in cheek) starts at 8:30, but there's a pre-game red carpet thing at 8, which might yield many dividends, catty remarks, and clever insights from the Boodle-at-large.

And as always, I pray dear CqP will lead us all in the analysis and color commentary? It just wouldn't be the same without ya, CP. And of course for snark, I'd be devastated without TBG on hand, aided and abetted by Yoki, Boko, PJ, ftb, Frosti, and others.

Was watching Anthony Bourdain a while ago. He was in San Sebastian, Spain, and when the show came on I there was a warning that some portions may not be suitable for some viewers. And I thought, what the hell does that mean? And later in the show he was sampling grilled fois-gras with sea urchin, and said it was so good it was like having sex with twins.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 22, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I shall do my best to add my usual insightful comments to the Academy blog, (laughter is allowed :-)), I should be more than helpful seeing as I have not seen any of the movies but I do have a large crush on Hugh Jackman - so I go that going for me.

Posted by: dmd2 | February 22, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for that link dmd. There was little emphasis on the reasons the comission stoped the re-enactment in the piece I saw except that it was a safety thing and what seemed to be a very minor reference to some protesters. Note to self, pay more attention to news.

I confess I don't watch a lot of news anymore. I watch a half hour or so in the morning and it is no where near as comprehensive as the National. I'd watch the National but I news puts me to sleep. Its a very, very different world when you aren't sitting in front of a computer all day.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 22, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Laughing, DMD. I haven't seen a single movie, either.

I wonder if Jackman will keep his shirt on the whole time. I think it would be mega-hilarious if just one time in the show he'd come out gratuitously bare-chested.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 22, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I am only watching in the hope of the bare chest!

Posted by: dmd2 | February 22, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

And I might actually watch this years awards. But I'll have to have a pot of coffee in the afternoon to keep my eyes open.

How many of the movies has everyone seen? I'm with dmd in the 0 column. but then none of them made it to video yet have they?

Speaking of video, Costco had HBO's John Adams on sale for a very good price. For the money, a way better viewing experience than a lot of movies these days.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 22, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

I'll be at a real life Oscar party, so won't be able to add my witty comments here. Not a great crop of movies this year...Slumdog Millionaire will probably get the top prize...I haven't seen Milk, but am rooting for Sean Penn for Best Actor. I didn't like The Dark Knight at all, not my kind of picture, didn't really think Heath Ledger was that great (the voice he used reminded me of Al Franken). But I thought he got robbed for Brokeback Mountain, so I'm ok if he gets an Oscar. I hope Viola Davis wins for Supporting Actress. My favorite movie for this year is In Bruges, which is only up for a screenplay award, so I hope it wins that.

BTW, I took the Oscar dress quiz and did very well...Not sure what that says about me...which I would link to, but I can no longer find it...

Posted by: seasea | February 22, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Oh, oh, I did see In Bruges, which I really enjoyed depsite the gore, but it was a video and I can't say it was one I would have picked on my own. We were staying at a friends cabin for the weekend and they were in charge of the entertainent. We were in charge of the wine.

It was an excellent film.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 22, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Not many of the movies are on video yet, I don't think. Milk will be in a couple of weeks. I saw The Dark Knight and Frozen River (very good) and Vicky Cristina Barcelona (good) and In Bruges and Wall-E on DVD...Slumdog Millionaire, Doubt, Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon were the ones I saw in the theater. I cannot bring myself to watch The Wrestler, although I've heard it's good, or The Reader (likewise). Milk is not playing anywhere near me, or I would have seen it.

Posted by: seasea | February 22, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

In keeping with the kit, I am so lame. I've seen Wall-E as well. Its on my kitchen table. I've watched it at least 4 times. It ought to be a best picture.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 22, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I'll likely be here tonight. But I do have a question... when did Oscar creep begin? It used to be on the same night or within a week of the NCAA men's basketball title game. That's more than a month away ("March Madness" and all that).

Did Oscar night move dramatically one year or has it been slowly earlier and earlier, like when Jim moved Dwight's desk closer to the bathroom an inch at a time (oops... warning: The Office reference)?

I not only haven't seen the nominees, I have no idea what movies have been nominated, so I'm ready for some major snark.

Posted by: TBG- | February 22, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Ha, dr! I didn't like Wall-E very much - again, robots falling in love is not my thing. But there were parts of it that were very good. I watched it because there was talk that it might be nominated for best maybe my expectations were too high.

Posted by: seasea | February 22, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

I blame the earlier Oscar presentation date on George Bush. I think it was moved earlier in 2003, so that it wouldn't be right after the start of the Iraq war - it used to be in late March/early April. Usually more of the major movies are on DVD by now, not sure why that didn't happen this year...There was a funny bit on one of the recent Oscar shows, where Chris Rock asked "regular people" if they'd seen any of the nominated movies, which they had there's that aspect too...

Posted by: seasea | February 22, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I saw "In Bruges"!! So I'm not a total lame-o shut-out after all. 'Course, it's only nominated in best original screenplay category. But still.

Dinner is now marinating: Cuban-style butterflied pork chops marinated in ornage juice, lime juice and balsamic vinegar. Inside the butterfly will go boiled ham and swiss cheese. Various and sundry garnish as well.

Unfortunately in order to get th OJ and LJ for the marinade, I had to open OJ and LJ frozen cans and have a lot kleft. Guess I'll just have to make OJ/LJ margeuritas with the leftovers.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 22, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Ah, but Wall-e was about so much more. It was positively deep in some ways. It was a buddy movie. It was a litany against waste. Its strongest message was how easy it was for humanity to be disconnected and how we really ought to be paying more attention.

But I admit, I did watch it many times, and mostly I was charmed, utterly charmed by the robot dance. Anybody who can charm me so thouroughly, really ought to win best picture.

And charmed while sending a message across? They was robbed.

TBG, maybe the date is like Easter. It moves with the full moons.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 22, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

The answer's in Hollywood's Variety:

THIS YEAR marks the fifth anniversary of the accelerated awards season. The key question: Is the new schedule better or worse? Answer: I'm not sure, but I know it's different.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in 1949 began holding the ceremonies in late-March/early-April. But, starting on Feb. 29, 2004, the ceremonies shifted a month earlier -- and, of course, every other film-awards show moved earlier as well. [more]

Posted by: laloomis | February 22, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I think the move had something to do with trying to improve ratings.

Posted by: dmd2 | February 22, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm all in for "Slumdog" tonight and I'm glad I saw Indian-American Dr. Verghese (pronounced ver-geese, who family hailed from Kerala) speak about his new book of fiction Wednesday night, but we're having some horrible problems in the last six to eight weeks with a call scam originating in India, I very strongly suspect (or, possibly, Pakistan).

Fairly recently, we got a credit card from a major banking institution. These callers from India tell us they are a collection agency, all speak with an Indian accent, more women than men, but men call too. They want my husband's social (no way, Jose) and want us to mail them a check for more than $1,000, to pay off the supposed outstanding debt (no way, Jose).

We called the institution that issued the card to us to learn that they don't have this type of outbound call operation and there are no outstanding problems with our account.

The callers are relentless. They call from two to five times a day, Saturdays and Sundays included. I'll soon admit to hair loss if this keeps up, considering I'll be pulling out large clumps of my graying tresses. Other than calling my TelCo and informing them not only of the scam, but of the near constant harrassment, I'm at a loss. Anyone else have this type of situation and know of a permanent solution? ...And I do stress "permanent!"

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

While I haven't seen any of the films up for awards tonight, I will watch the show anyway. But what I will *not* do is watch Barbara Walters (such insipid questions and very, very silly) nor will I watch the "red carpet" carp ("Who are you wearing? Oh, I'm wearing Bob tonight.") -- such shallow idiocy.

Do I sound overly cranky? I honestly don't mean to be, but I just don't like this stuff.

Anyway, to Loomis -- try to capture the incoming telephone number, either by *69 or if you have Caller ID. What you also might like to do, even if the number is not "captureable" is to contact the FTC. The web site is -- and you can contact them directly by telephone. One wonders how these sleazeballs got your number. Good luck with that.

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | February 22, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

In addition to what ftb suggests I can't say enough for small acts of retribution. Time is money for these folks, so say "can you hang on just a minute while I turn down the radio?" (tv etc) then lay the receiver down in front of the radio and walk off. Respond to their questions with non sequitors "What is your address?" "Pepperoni on a stethoscope." Frostsis #1 suggests chatting them up, "You have a beautiful voice, are you familiar with NPR reporter Snigdha Prakash? You sound just like her, no really you do." Frostniece #1 swears by "I am now going to punch the numbers 666 into the phone, you know that's the sign of Satan don't you?"
Good luck.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 22, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Go, frosti!

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 22, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

We just got back from our birthday weekend in DC. It ended at Georgia Brown's for brunch. Full details on my blog eventually.

A few weeks ago I forced my wife to pick one Oscar nominee to see so we would have a horse in the race and we went to Slumdog Millionaire. Since I haven't seen the others, it's tough to handicap.

We did see Rachel Getting Married, so Anne Hathaway is my pick in that category. But then, she'd be my pick in nearly any category.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 22, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

The AER isn't all it seems.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 22, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Okay, this is going to seem random even for the weekend boodle, but here goes.

I was leafing through a collection of famous portraits when I found this image of Barbara Villiers, Duchess of Cleveland:

Staring at this picture I suddenly realized that, to me at least, it reminded me of this image of Rachel Manteuffel, um, Duchess of The Washington Post.

But, given the notorious career of Villiers, I am sure the alleged resemblance is nothing but coincidence. And, once again, evidence that I really do need to get out more.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 22, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

The actress from Slumdog Millionaire is wearin the most beautiful blue dress, one shouldered and and over fabric that has a very sari influence just lovely - CP desperately need your expertise for this descripton.

Posted by: dmd2 | February 22, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

RD, that's quite some bedroom eyes on Barbara Villiers. As for the rest, I sha'n't comment any further.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 22, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

DM -- John Galliano...Frieda is lovely, principally because she looks simple -- hair and makeup -- without looking tennis-playing messy.

Sapphire blue lace, with underskirt...I predict lots of off center neckline-straps...the Michelle O effect from her I-ball gown.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | February 22, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Melissa Leo's hair is coiffed....not typical for her. Lovely amber-copper color dress...could not see the bottom...nice for a sherry colored eyes, red head.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | February 22, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

I agree with your description of the simplicity of the Slumdog actress - called my husband over to see her, I think his eyes may have popped bach into his skull by now, she is simply beautiful in a natural way - such a nice change.

Posted by: dmd2 | February 22, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Heidie Klum in cerise-cherry colored origami asymmetrical neck...

Nice hair so far on all....not that Hollywood just been forded look....

Marisa Tomei in another asymmetrical neckline (oyster satin)....I predict tons of them, with each wearer slightly chagrined that this is the IT neck of the day.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | February 22, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Hedi Klum's bracelet and earrings are gi-huge-ic. AND, she just referred you to her website to buy a heart-disease philanthropy charm....her hair is mermaidlike, as in slicked at the part and sleek NOT the 80s hair of Jerseyness, etc.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | February 22, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

"There is a wisdom that is woe; but there is a woe that is madness. And there is a Catskill eagle in some souls that can alike dive down into the blackest gorges, and soar out of them again and become invisible in the sunny spaces. And even if he for ever flies within the gorge, that gorge is in the mountains; so that even in his lowest swoop the mountain eagle is still higher than other birds upon the plain, even though they soar."

Melville is soooo hot.

As for unwanted callers, I recommend keeping a good whistle by the phone. Pierce their eardrums a few times with that bad boy and they'll quit.

Posted by: KBoom | February 22, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

What channel are y'all on?

Posted by: TBG- | February 22, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

DMD --just saw the lower portion of Freida Pinto's dress....light, froth at the bottom -- not tulle but perhaps a soft. mermaid shape. Glam and classy. i think the jeweltone reflect nicely the Bollywood look.

Amy Adams' necklace is very Nefariti-looking....The greens look nice with her crimson dress...but heavy I bet. Her chignon is slipping into "7th period French class in high school." Could be refreshed.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | February 22, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Twilight guy hair looks Wolverine=escue or Mr. Tumnessy....not a good thing really. Asymmetrical mousse tips....very Wulfine and wasn't he a Vulpine sort?

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | February 22, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Matthew Broderick looked stoned, and heavy. Robert Downey Jr. is maintaining his Iron Man hotness quite well.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 22, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

TBG -- cannot find my remote...stuck on LIVE E....

SJParker in ballerina frothy corset and wide tutu skirt...seafoam or whisper mint....nice but frou frou girly poo poo, actually. Her hair is natural but waved...I think the hair styles are so improved over the last few years....

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | February 22, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

TBG I am on a local channel for my area but they are picking up the E channel feed- the conversation (and I use the term broadly) may be lowering my IQ, just trying to focus on the clothes.

Posted by: dmd2 | February 22, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

TBG- I'm watching E! (after dragging myself away from C-span coverage of the nat'l governor's conference. The things I do for the boodle.)

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 22, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

About the men, wish they would just buy a tux and return each year....Mikey Rourke sporting a white Don Johnson Miami Vice thingie....blechhhhhh....

Refreshing spotting of nice guy and baldo redhead Ron Howard! Opie all grown up. Looks like he would coach soccer, etc.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | February 22, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Frosti so agree about Robert Downey - hope he can stay clean.

Posted by: dmd2 | February 22, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Frosti and DMD and Me on Live E! Funny and across the miles....Colin Ferrell has real eyebrows....a modest version of Groucho Marx's magnificent caterpillars...

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | February 22, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Anne Hathaway is a fountain sheath of silver metallic...diagonal grain pattern. Sleek hair...very nice....Robin Eright in black, blouson Grecian in a huge mermaid pattern....more details....later.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | February 22, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Acgh! I've been all through the teevee menu twice, and I cannot find E, and I have all the channels (except for p0rn). What station is it on? or are you all watching on the computer?

Posted by: rickoshea0 | February 22, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Love, love, love Meryl Streep's hair. the dress color is good too, but couldn't see enough of it for an overall impression.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 22, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Anticipating your description of Sophia Lorens dress CP.

Posted by: dmd2 | February 22, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

CqP- the first mermaid, with gold, was Beyonce, then Queen Latifah in similar silhouette. I love them both in this look. Real women have curves!

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 22, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Have not seen that yet, DMD, unless it is the huge pattern thingie I caught in the corner.

Q.Latifa -- asymmetrical neck! Are we at seven already?

DMD what is Merly S. wearing...

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | February 22, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Frosti --Q L looks lovely in that midnight blue with the silver detailing...I like her general and authentic many people are painfully thin, like X-rays!!!!!!

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | February 22, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Only caught a glimpse of Meryl, soft green/taupe. She should be coming up soon.

Posted by: dmd2 | February 22, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Streep in gray, off the shoulder, something drapy -crepe de chine?

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 22, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Jessica Biel takes the Charlize Theron prize for incongruous pouf. Don't care for the pron star hair either.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 22, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Angelina's dress has been in style since at least 1884.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 22, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Yes. Frostie, the asymmetrical irritant of that folded a stole from liturgical garb....however, I guess two points less worser than that BOW of immenseness of Charlize's

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | February 22, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Kate Winslett looking very classic Hollywood glamour.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 22, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Does Angelina ever smile?

Posted by: dmd2 | February 22, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Kate W in asymmetrical neckline...two or three tones of sapphire and cobalt? Penelope C. wearing a wedding dress....

Angl. earrings very green earrings...but not sparklers...jade?

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | February 22, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Off the boodle but we are having a good shower in bright sunshine with a big rainbow. One end anchored in our driveway. Had to pull my wife away from the red carpet to make her believe it.

Posted by: bh71 | February 22, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Oh My Beyonce is the print gal. That is some print....I like it more than I would on paper.

Kate W's hair is lovely....sleek but soft. The dress may be more grey and black...some beading in the skirt....

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | February 22, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Hi BH....real life always trumps the screen....I love those summer occasional lit rains...

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | February 22, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Kboom, awesome. And that's only one of many such gems in Moby Dick.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 22, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Tilda Swinton, not as bad as last year.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 22, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Program on ABC TV

Posted by: nellie4 | February 22, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Frosti. Better yes. Perhaps she likes to play sack-drape in unassuming colors. She is lovelier than these clothes support.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | February 22, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

By not as bad as last year, I mean her attire looks like an actual garment.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 22, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Switched to ABC-Diane Lane looks classic in black mermaid shape. That's 3, at least.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 22, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Matthew Broderick looks fine in his grey steaked hair.

Tarji Henson looks lovely with some organza layers in white and creme. Her hair is very nice too. I saw B. Button and while TH was strong the movie is the most pointless piece of confused self-indulgent drivel ever! Mudge? Mudge! NO NARRATIVE. Period, save the age him forward thing...which is a CGI process not a story arc.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | February 22, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Who is that tall woman in the red dress hosting the red carpet with Tim (Tom?) Gunn? She needs to work on her posture...

My mother would poke her between the shoulder blades with her pointer finger!

Posted by: rickoshea0 | February 22, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Ric, don't know but my thoughts 'sactly.

R D Jr. sports a huge seventies tie, not sure that width is helpful here.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | February 22, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Robin Roberts - now on GMA, but I used to watch her on NFL Gameday ESPN. If I recall she is finished or still battling breast cancer?

Posted by: dmd2 | February 22, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

He was wearing a tie? I was blinded by the hotness.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 22, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Who is Tom Gunn?

Posted by: dmd2 | February 22, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Hey everybody, I'm just looking in after a busy day, was away from home from 9 a.m. till 6 p.m. If this keeps up, I might as well go to work and get paid for it!

Am enjoying the commentary. The television at my abode only has sports. Duke is currently creaming Wake Forest.

Posted by: slyness | February 22, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

That was great! Very amusing.

Posted by: rickoshea0 | February 22, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Very entertaining opening number.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 22, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Innit the truth, W_G. It almost makes me tired to think of all the great lines in Moby Dick.

Back to the fashion show. Just for once I'd love to see someone show up in a freakin' normal dress. Wasn't Joann Woodward once derided for appearing in something she'd made herself? Yay for her, I say.

Posted by: KBoom | February 22, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

If Tilda Swinton looks good, it's only in comparison. What *is* she wearing, a bedsheet?

Posted by: Raysmom | February 22, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

KBoom, I will look for the JW dress.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | February 22, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Raysmom-yes in comparison, this is much better-both clothes and hair. Last year she wore a garbage bag.

Penelope Cruz's wiki article is already updated.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 22, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Just caught a glimpse of Sophia Loren. What Is She Wearing???

Posted by: rickoshea0 | February 22, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Think Sophia dug out an old Bridesmaid dress.

Posted by: dmd2 | February 22, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

So far this has been far superior to previous Oscar shows. I may keep watching for a bit. I agree about Tilda, at least she has make up on and nail polish (!), but why wear something that perfectly matches your skin tone, washes you out.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 22, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Tina Fey's dress is absolutely gorgeous.

Posted by: Raysmom | February 22, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

I have not seen S.L.'s dress.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | February 22, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Okay, officially in tears here.

Posted by: rickoshea0 | February 22, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

I am pretty sure that the Supporting Actress presentation lasted longer then "Ben Hur."

But Fey and Martin very funny. And big moment with the Milk guy's acceptance speech.

Posted by: joelache | February 22, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

This is so sad, these animated movies I've seen (mostly). I haven't seen any of the live action nominees.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 22, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

If asymmetrical is the 2009 Oscar neckline, then silver on silver jacquard lame is the fabric.

And what that young man said is one of our better moments so early in 2009.

And, just wish Tilda would permit her drapage to feature one of the perfect shades for fragile red-gilt moon maiden paleness:

light sage
new grass

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | February 22, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Best opening of an Oscars, ever. Loved Ann Hathaway.

Yes, Martin/Fey were funny.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 22, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Was the Tilda the dead woman they found in the morgue?

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 22, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Probably the funniest animated short acceptance speech ever given.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 22, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

I think Ms. Swinton is just making sure we'll never see split screen pictures with screaming headlines-here's what she looked like on Oscar night, and now this! Oscar night is "now this."

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 22, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

"Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto!!!!"

Posted by: rickoshea0 | February 22, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, Al.

Had a busy afternoon and evening, and am settling in for the evening.

pj, thanks for that link to that piece and video of the old Marlboro Speedway; I've made a few pilrgimages to the site myself. I know (or knew) way too many of the people mentioned - Dave Roethel (and his ex-wife, Sue), Bill Scott, Dr. Thompson, etc.

No mention of the old Lavender Mob, though.

Watching some of the Academy Awards; I'm glad Wall*E won best animated feature, and LOLed when the gentleman who won best Animated Short concluded his acceptance speech (a struggle, as English his English is probably on par with my Japanese) with "Domo arrigato, Mr. Roboto."


Posted by: -bc- | February 22, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

I think Sarah Jessica Parker is very close to a wardrobe malfunction - Oh My.

Posted by: dmd2 | February 22, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Daniel Craig -- another guy who knows how to take his shirt off.


Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 22, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

SCC: (a struggle, his English is probably on par with my Japanese)

And you can't go wrong with a Styx reference. Ever.


Posted by: -bc- | February 22, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

The latest, locally, in preserving night darkness, is Gloria Estefan's Costa d' Este hotel. The parking light fixtures are all low-pressure sodium vapor, hooded against being visible from the beach. The hotel's sign and the lobby have matching lighting color. Surprisingly, it's unostentatiously beautiful.

Keep Mom out of Florida rivers, excepting spring runs where floating is an established activity. Assorted nasty bugs, plus alligators. Surprisingly, salt water is safer.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 22, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Alligators vs sharks... well, at least you can see sharks coming, Dave o' the Coonties. Good point. Good point.

I'd never wade with gators myself anyhow.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 22, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Nothing beats an icy 8 oz Coke. If you inhale correctly, you can chug it like a beer.

Ben Stiller looks like Ian Anderson.

Posted by: -jack- | February 22, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

A Slumdog sweep, looks like.

Posted by: joelache | February 22, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Sharks, any day. Circa 1975, a colleague who was trapping turtles on the Oklawaha River was a bit unobservant of an alligator slide (he was from Wisconsin, later fled to Wyoming). Got nailed. Managed to poke the gator in the eyes, get back in the jon boat, put boat on trailer, and drive back to the Wildlife Lab on Paynes Prairie in Gainesville without incident, but in severe shock. Long after, he got to show off his wounds to curious biologists.

Locally, sharks tend to be nibblers. Fixing ankles is expensive, but usually quite successful.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 22, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

From early today: gwe: "never do anything you don't know how to do, even if you think you can"

Wish I'd learned that lesson, gwe. And to "even if you think you can," add "even if someone assures you they have the resources to help you through it."

Sorry about the glum thoughts... Meditating deeply and darkly about human incapacity and mistakes. Hope I feel more able to function in the morning.

Back to the Oscars now.

Posted by: woofin | February 22, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

They just did a 'Pineapple Express' parody.

And I am liveblogging the live blogs (including the A-blog):

Posted by: yellojkt | February 22, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

I think Ben Stiller is, like, totally off Joaquin Phoenix's Christmas Card list.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 22, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

I think ""never do anything you don't know how to do" is the worst piece of advice I ever heard.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 22, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

'less you're talking about flying an airplane, Mudge.

Posted by: Raysmom | February 22, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

This is TOTALLY lame!

Posted by: rickoshea0 | February 22, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

bc, you watching NASCAR or the Oscars?

I'm doing the picture-on-picture thing. We call it ADHDTV.

Posted by: Raysmom | February 22, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Raysmom, Comment of the Year!!

Posted by: rickoshea0 | February 22, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

My son came in the room a few minutes ago and said Jeff Gordon took the lead in the Autoclub 500. I asked him who designed his outfit.

He looked at me a little strange.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 22, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

ROTFLMAO, Raysmom!

Posted by: slyness | February 22, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Switched to Oliver Twist on PBS (new adaptation and excellent) and now I'm completely lost. Oh no, now a supporting actor marathon.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 22, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

It certainly is an interesting production. Hugh Jackman gets kudos for pulling out all the stops. Still, somehow it thematically reminds me a bit too much of Rosie O'Donnell's variety show. All over the place.

I agree with dmd that SJP threatened to be the Chernobyl of dresses. Speaking of disasters, Goldie Hawn just made me sad.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 22, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Phew, Mudge. You had me going there! I was a minute or so behind on the race and I thought Gordon had passed for the win. But no.

Posted by: Raysmom | February 22, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Oh, RD! I was trying to explain to Raysdad what was wrong with Goldie's dress.

Posted by: Raysmom | February 22, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

I think that Christopher Walken has joined the Hasidic community.

Posted by: rickoshea0 | February 22, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Pretty tough to compete against a dead guy who got robbed of an Oscar a year or two ago.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 22, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Gotta feel good about Heath Ledger winning...

Posted by: joelache | February 22, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I saw Man on Wire. That makes two-(Wall E was the other one I saw this year)

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 22, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

That was one awesome dress on a documentary film maker. Guess I was expecting crocs or something.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 22, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

totally off topic, but I need help. During laundering, a pad became dislodged from this top that belongs to #1 dott. The other is intact, but twisted. Points up? Points horizontally? Someone, *please* fax an installation manual. If it was a cup, I'd know where to point the point. I'm clueless.

Posted by: -jack- | February 22, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

I don't think gwe was entirely serious, Mudge, and of course I realize that the generalization has serious limits. (I mean, who would have kids?) But thanks for the brace-up, weirdly it helped...

Posted by: woofin | February 22, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Frosti, I agree that it was an awesome dress, but it really made her lack of make up and hair dressing stand out.

In a bad way.

Posted by: rickoshea0 | February 22, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

RD, me too about Goldie, past a certain age, gravity needs to be a major factor in our choice of dress.

I am becoming less enchanted as the show goes forward. I won't stay up for the end. Wall-E was the only film I saw so I have no horse in this race.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 22, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

ric-too true. It would have taken much for the whole look to be stunning.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 22, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

SCC- wouldn't have taken much

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 22, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

ricko, that hair looked very much what I do with mine when I'm gardening. About the same amount of makeup, too.

But I give her style points for her enthusiasm.

Posted by: Raysmom | February 22, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Watched a little of the NASCAR race, but DVRed it for later.

Getting some housework done, talking with some friends, and catching Oscar as catch-can.

Glad to see that Heath Ledger won Best Actor in a Supporting Role, lots of watery eyes in the audience. Looks like bright nights for the Dark Knight and Slumdog Millionaire. Oh, and that Button movie, too.


Posted by: -bc- | February 22, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Oh mercy, look at the time! No wonder I'm so snoozy. 'night al!

Posted by: Raysmom | February 22, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

raysmom and jack, you crack me up.

i'm so clueless about movies that i'll just check in later to find out who won.

Posted by: LALurker | February 22, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Jack, if it's a shoulder pad, the point would be towards the neck with the flat side toward the shoulder seam.

Does anyone know which comedian is being honored tonight, I saw Jerry Lewis in the audience, if it's him, I'm outta here!!

Posted by: badsneakers | February 22, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Nevermind, it's Jerry, ugh!

Posted by: badsneakers | February 22, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

call me crazy, but best score is the category I always have a strong opinion about and if Button wins I'll scream.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 22, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 22, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Well, now I've seen everything:

Zack Efron at the Academy Awards.

Diggin' the big Bollywood-style production number, from "Slumdog" I guess.

And the production of the Peter Gabriel number "Down to the Earth" from "Wall*E" sung by John Legend.


Posted by: -bc- | February 22, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Evening all
No TV, but I love the running commentary. I am listening to the Beatles rooftop concert on you tube.

It is nice to kick back and listen to some great music.

Hang in there Woofin,tomorrow will be a better day.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | February 22, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Latifah looks good. This is the part that always chokes me up.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 22, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

The pad in question is in the front, not on the shoulder. I had it configured in such a way that the top resembled something out of Madonna's wardrobe. After some trial and error, I came to the same conclusion as Neil did in The Last Waltz: "I got it now, Robbie."

Posted by: -jack- | February 22, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

I've been catching bits of the show. Better than average. I like the downscaled version very much. Like Hugh Jackman's opening number a LOT.

But the big TV is tuned to that one and only event where saying 'hurry hard' will not cause you to blush, curling. Weekend 1 of the Scott Tournament of Hearts.

The fashion parade for the speil is of the causal variety. If you have makeup on, well, a'right, but its no biggie if you don't, just so long as the pants have some stretch to them.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 22, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Guess there's not much doubt on what the Best Picture is goping to be. Which is OK by me.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 22, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

dr, your last paragraph is why I love you so!

Did not see any of the Oscars, but had a great time at Hamlet at #2's homecoming dinner, and am happy to be home and going to bed.

Good night, Boodle dear.

Posted by: Yoki | February 22, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Now having seen Sophia Loren's dress standing up, I take my earlier comment back. It's clearly quite lovely.

Posted by: rickoshea0 | February 22, 2009 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Except for the shoulders. They're an abomination.

Posted by: rickoshea0 | February 22, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

I gotta say, I really like this format of having five presenters and their doing a direct address to the nominees. Although I do miss seing a minute or so of the clips.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 22, 2009 11:39 PM | Report abuse

OK, *now* I have seen everything.

Jeff Spiccoli wins the Oscar for Best Actor.


Posted by: -bc- | February 22, 2009 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, though - I haven't seen "Milk." Penn's a serious actor, and done a lot of good work over the years.

Hopefully, Keanu Reeves is paying attention.

And Sophia Lauren's *still* got it, IMO.


Posted by: -bc- | February 22, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Mudge-I can now see the point of this 5 presenter bit. If I want to see clips I can find them online. If I want to see past winners all in one place I gotta watch the show.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 22, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Slumdog it is.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 22, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Ok, time for lights out.
Toodles boodle and sweet dreams.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 22, 2009 11:55 PM | Report abuse

I want to thank all the little people who made tonight's live-Boodle possible....but I don't know who they are. So goodnight, Boodle.

Yoki, triple-delighted to hear the Hamlet went well. I attribute it all to capable backstage management, myself.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 22, 2009 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Back from the Oscar party. Funny to see you all making the same comments we did. I liked Hugh Jackman, liked the 5 actors addressing the acting nominees (but where was Daniel Day-Lewis?), was surprised and pleased that Sean Penn won and gave a good speech. Not sure why they drag it out so much, though, so it ends so late for the East Coast.

Posted by: seasea | February 23, 2009 2:05 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone knows where I could watch the first few minutes of Hugh Jackman? The "hulu" "zulu" link don't work in this part of the work.

Posted by: rainforest1 | February 23, 2009 3:37 AM | Report abuse

SCC : world

Posted by: rainforest1 | February 23, 2009 5:12 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle. Well, it's a Monday. What more can I say?

It appears my old alma mater, the Philly Inquirer, and her sister paper, the venerable Daily News, have filed for chapter 11. Three or four of "my" old reporters from collitch days still work for the Inky and the DN.

My Cuban-style pork chops were a big hit yesterday, and everyone liked my wife's "streuseled sweet potatoes" too. Even me, and I'm not a big sweet patooty fan.

I smell coffee in the Ready Room. Let's get moving, Dawn Patrol.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | February 23, 2009 5:51 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, my friends, it is a new day. Whatever you messed up last week you get a chance to redo today if you're reading this message. Just a quick check in. I have the g-girl this morning, and we do have to get ready for school.

Mudge, you're already here, and with coffee. Sweet man. Yoki, Slyness, Scotty, Martooni, and all the gang, it is time to rise and shine. Have a great day, folks.*waving*

JA, hope the foot is better, and all things great in your life.

Time to swim.

Posted by: cmyth4u | February 23, 2009 5:59 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, Boodle, Cassandra, Al.

It is a very cold morning here, an Arctic front blew in overnight. This does not in the least disturb me. I have many fine things to look forward to this week; no weather is enough to put me in a bad mood.

Another busy day at the office, so let's get this Patrol in the air and make sure we fly straight.

Have a lovely day, everybody.

Posted by: Yoki | February 23, 2009 7:09 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all.

Enjoyed the running commentary of the boodle re Oscars Night. Yesterday we saw Slumdog, and since it was the only nominated movie I have seen, was glad to see it do so well. In the beginning, it was a hard movie to watch, am not into watching torture, but once that part was over, found the movie riveting.

Hugh Jackman is *awfully* talented, he is new to me. Must see Australia.

Enjoy this beautiful coldish but not miserably cold Monday. The oldest of our daffodils are breaking ground, old lilies, too. Must now apply deer repellent, as they have stripped just about everything except hollies and pine trees.

Posted by: VintageLady | February 23, 2009 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Brrr, it must be a Monday in February, the current temp is 20, according to That's my cutoff point for taking a morning walk, so I'll think about it for a while.

Morning, all and Al too. I'll have the country ham biscuits out of the oven in a minute. At least dawn patrolers will be able to see where they're flying.

Posted by: slyness | February 23, 2009 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Must add, deer love lilies, but daffodils are poison to them, so will not waste repellent when the hosta & azaleas & crepe mytle & hydrangia are at risk.

Posted by: VintageLady | February 23, 2009 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Ham biscuits, yummm. Will donate homemade fig preserves (with the lemon rind slices) for those who would like a sweet biscuit after the salty one. Fig preserves made by my cousin in Southport, NC.

Posted by: VintageLady | February 23, 2009 7:25 AM | Report abuse

Morning, Al... went upstairs last night to put something away, decided to plop down on my bed and ended up falling asleep. That's what happens when you spend a weekend working hard around the house.

I've now caught up with the live boodling and feel like I was there myself. Thanks to all for the lovely running commentary. I especially love Raysmom's name for Picture in Picture.

Today the cubes are installed at work! I'm anticipating some boodling in my workdays from now on.

Posted by: TBG- | February 23, 2009 7:37 AM | Report abuse

... (new kit) ...

Posted by: ScienceTim | February 23, 2009 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Good morning Al!

Posted by: russianthistle | February 23, 2009 8:17 AM | Report abuse

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