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Beach Week: Good, Clean Fun!

Rain, rain, go away...

So it's graduation time, which means that Beach Week is nigh. Beach Week is a fun tradition among teenagers in which they go to the beach and engage in healthy frolicking. I can't see any reason why, as a parent, I'd be reluctant to let my graduating high school senior head to the beach for a few days. What trouble could she and her friends get into other than, say, sunburn, or being bitten on the toe by a crab? They're old enough to know about rip tides and how to handle them.

At night they could build a fire on the beach and sing songs!

Or just hole up somewhere and play hearts until the wee hours of the night.

Or maybe Go Fish.

Nosh on microwave popcorn.

Get up early and go for a run on the beach and gather shells.

Beach week strikes me as the perfect way to transition from high school to summer!

Oh, wait, there's this:

On Wednesday night, the club was a playground for experimental, hormonally charged youngsters.

There are elevated tables specifically made for dancing on, stripperlike poles at every turn and even a few cages that several girls will pack into at one time.

Into the night, the salty smell of sweaty bodies fills the hot air inside the club as kids aggressively grind on each other and the repetitive music urges them on.

On the right night, soapy water shoots from the ceiling to cool everyone down, and the sweaty bodies turn slick with soap. In a matter of minutes, everyone's clothes are soaked through and the club's "foam party" rolls on.

Over my dead body.

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 5, 2009; 10:48 AM ET
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I am SO happy that is not a tradition here for kids to take off for Beach Week. Perhaps because we live at the beach? But if we did not live at the beach and my children wanted to go to beach week, I would feel the same as JA. Nope, no way, fuhgeddaboutit! Nothing good can come of Beach week if my niece and nephew's experiences are anything to go by.

Posted by: Kim1 | June 5, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Sorry to be off topic so early on, BUT ...

The Post is running a story stating that Penske Automotive has decided to gobble up the Saturn line from GM.

Roger Penske can probably make that line do well. Saturn always seemed like a poor step-concept for GM.

Posted by: russianthistle | June 5, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

I'd recast my "gritty" comment from the last Boodle, but that could be seen as too abrasive...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 5, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

I wish you had, Scotty, I have some furniture to re-finish.

Posted by: russianthistle | June 5, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

You wouldn't want to become another Sandanista, Scotty.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | June 5, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Oh dear. What a conundrum. On the one hand I am sure you have Raised your Daughter Right so she can make Good Decisions. On the other hand, it it is the prerogative of youth to be just a little bit stupid.

This, does, though, make me realize that there are certain advantages to having a son with limited social ambitions. (Seriously, his dream week would be spent in his sweats playing Final Fantasy XXI. Sort of like being in a nursing home but with more solid food.) Anyway, the point being, this is the first time I have ever heard of this "Beach Week" tradition.

It sounds a little bit like Spring Break in college. At least the way Spring Break is supposed to be. I spent my first Spring Break staying with my grandparents at their mobile home near Palm Springs. And they didn't even have video games. The highlight was when I got to play the piano for some of my Grandmother's friends. They gave me cookies.

So I guess I should cut my son some slack.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | June 5, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Reposting from last Boodle:

Re Kitchener: the Kitchener stitch is used to graft pieces of knitting, primarily toes of socks. It's amazing in that it makes an invisible seam (when done correctly). I thought maybe it was named after the town of Kitchener, and I had heard it had something to do with WWI, and making socks with no seam that would irritate soldiers' feet. But I guess this Kitchener guy actually came up with it (I'm sure dr and others already knew this):

Posted by: seasea1 | June 5, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps another good reason to keep your kids out of Ocean City, thouigh maybe not this year:

Studies Predict Rapid Rise in Sea Levels Along U.S. East Coast

By David A. Fahrenthold
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, June 5, 2009; 11:12 AM

"Sea levels could rise faster along the U.S. East Coast than in any other densely populated part of the world, new research shows, as changes in ice caps and ocean currents push water toward a shoreline inlaid with cities, resort boardwalks and gem-rare habitats.

"Three studies this year, including one out last week, have made newly worrisome forecasts about life along the Atlantic over the next century. While the rest of the world might see seven to 23 inches of sea-level rise by 2100, the studies show this region might get that and more -- 17 to 25 inches more -- for a total increase that would submerge a beach chair.


"Scientists say the information comes from computer models, which could be wrong. And the mid-Atlantic region's ample high ground means it will probably never be as vulnerable as Louisiana and Florida."


What worries me is this about the 20th story I've read saying basically the same thing: future generations of kids will be celebrating Beach Week in Salisbury, Denton and Odessa.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | June 5, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

What in the world is a "gem-rare habitat"?

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | June 5, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of rising levels...

Flood warning in Montgomery, Arlington and the District.


Posted by: Scottynuke | June 5, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

A performance of the dance version of Edward Scissorhands ended with the audience getting a snow shower of little bits of foam. That would be sort of nice in a variety of settings.

I was too cheap of a student to do frivolous beach things. Lacked social ambitions, too. In college, it helped that I was at a very blue-collar state university where students tended to be very interested in things like short-term jobs during breaks.

As for beach, the Australians have it all over us:

Sydney University Press has Andrew Short's seven volumes covering every beach in Australia, rating each for bathing, surfing, and fishing, providing a hazard rating of 1 to 10.

A Canadian who's made a career as a coastal geomorphologist does training on rip currents and such. The website has a bunch of "surf safety fact sheets" that are interesting, if of limited use on our endless Atlantic coast beaches.

University of Hawaii Press is the US distributor for "Surf Science: An Introduction to Waves for Surfing". They have everything 30% off through the 8th, so get this 141-page British paperback for your dude or dudette.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | June 5, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

So now it is called "Beach Week" It was always senior week when we were younger. Everybody crammed into someones station wagon and headed down the beach hon.6-10 kids packed in a station wagon with as much beer as we could fit.Staying at some dive along the boardwalk.

Ahhhhhh the memories of youth. Nothing to worry about Joel!!!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | June 5, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

I was prepping my last post when 'mudge noted the Post story on rising sea level.

I can imagine that unostentatious colonial-era Presbyterian church in Odessa as beachfront property.

Harold Wanless of the University of Miami warns that relatively recent episodes of sea level rise have been jumpy rather than smooth, and Florida has recent examples of existing beaches being abandoned and replaced by newly-formed beaches at higher elevation. You'd expect beaches to retreat in an orderly fashion. Bottom line: even in the absence of coastal cities, port facilities, oceanfront hotels, and so forth, things were chaotic.

Wanless figures Miami has a very limited life expectancy. Porous sand and limestone mean that the city can't be enclosed with levees.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | June 5, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Believe gem-rare habitat is a gem (valuable) habitat with rare and endangered animals and plants. A biologist who mapped the Kinnickinnic River called one of the river's corridors "a rare gem." I'm open to other interpretations though.

I'm curious if Tim is going to do the camping thing, the cabins associated with the campground thing, or the nearby dude ranch thing. How much or little is Tim going to rough it? Perhaps I should send an email to the storyteller?

Posted by: laloomis | June 5, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Oh, dear. Someone has decided my dear old mojito is passe and so yesterday, and has been replaced by a few new summer cocktails, at least one of which sounds suspiciously like a couple of you Boodlers had a hand in it (you'll know who you are by the name of on ingredient):

"...[T]he Strawberry Smash, a tart cocktail whose sweetness is tempered by the green notes of rhubarb and purple basil. Hendrick's gin, with its infusion of cucumber and roses, provides subtle botanical notes while syrupy, citrusy French wine Lillet Blanc brings out the basil's floral quality, Thrasher says."

Rhubarb? CP? Yoki? Slyness? Have you guys been conspiring with a mixologist?

(One might note that Lillet Blanc is a key ingredient in the James Bond "Vesper" martini.)

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | June 5, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I have always been very fond of the appearance of post-industrial wastelands -- I always intend (but never follow through) to go visit abandoned factories and traipse about, doing black and white photography. I imagine that the collapsing Venice of Miami and Miami Beach will make for fascinating post-tourist wastelands, as the ocean consumes the feet of the hotels and skyscrapers. For 10 years, they might be a squatters' paradise, reachable by boat and inflatable mattress, unless the authorities decide to knock the buildings down intentionally rather than let nature do the job.

Then again, one could reinforce the structures and add giant concrete air tanks as floats, then float whole hotels off their foundations. Keep them as aquatic resorts.

Posted by: ScienceTim | June 5, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

The cost benefit of roughing it is small, so I am saving myself the trouble of bringing tents. Also, direct experiment has demonstrated that I am allergic to horses. Also sheep. I prefer not to spend a week stoned on Benadryl, not after what happened to my dear old Auntie. The pathologist said she had the withered mucosal tissues of a woman of 97, though she was only a sprightly 84 when she dozed off at the outdoor cafe in Pamplona. Such a loss, such a loss...

My primary goals are to dig things up, to learn stuff about dinosaurs and their late Jurassic environment, and to form vitamin D. My strategies for my trip are in service to these goals.

Posted by: ScienceTim | June 5, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

During my daily news cruise, I just spied an ad on NYT... for Scientology?!

Maybe the answer is obvious, but are they that hard-up for cash?

Posted by: schala1 | June 5, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

The drink sounds like a twist on a French Martini. Tart is good.

Posted by: russianthistle | June 5, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

>What worries me is this about the 20th story I've read saying basically the same thing: future generations of kids will be celebrating Beach Week in Salisbury, Denton and Odessa.

Non-DC area comment:
Salisbury: home of Stonehenge, in UK
Denton: city in Texas (near Dallas IIRC)
Odessa: Black Sea port (or also city in Texas)

Dave, sorry to hear about rising sea levels. We invite you to become Dave of the Mixed Grass Prairie. Plus: we have not had a hurricane for approx. 50 million years. Minus: snow expected tonight in higher elevations.

Posted by: engelmann | June 5, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

My son avoided Beach Week as well. It's just not a situation that can end well. A coworker who let his son go on the typical promises of no beer, no girls, etc. had his rental raided by the landlord on the third day. All the booze was confiscated and none of the girls they had picked up would let them crash at their places. The came back on Wednesday broke and sober.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 5, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

I just found out that NetFlix Roku has full seasons of Red Dwarf, Black Adder, and iCarly available on demand.

I am in so much trouble.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 5, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I have just seen the abstract for a professional journal article in astronomy in which the affiliation of one of the co-authors is Google, Inc.


Posted by: ScienceTim | June 5, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Or, Dave of the Extinct Cycads Formerly Known As Coonties (if I recall correctly that a coontie is a cycad. If not, well, never mind. Bring out the zapper to defeat disinformation!).

Posted by: ScienceTim | June 5, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Or you could stay where you are and become Dave of the Other Great Barrier Reef, or maybe Dave of the Orlando Keys.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | June 5, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Not me, Mudge! I blew the budget on wine from Gundlach Bundschu and Bartholomew Park. Mr. T also stopped at Wellington, but I was too buzzed to go in and try anything else. Can hardly wait for the wine to arrive...

Posted by: slyness | June 5, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I had no idea the Frederick Keys were being relocated.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 5, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Odessa, Del. is a town that renamed itself to promote its Ukrainian-abundant wheat. Dover, much later, seems to have shipped tomatoes by barge to Philly. Or something like that. For some reason, the St Jones River had a tiny little drawbridge, for which tomatoes were given as the explanation.

engelmann, I suspect moving inland will be appropriate within the decade. Among ecologists, I'm starting to see questions as to whether Everglades restoration is worthwhile. On one hand, essentially every proposed restoration measure would help protect south Florida's cities by greatly slowing the inland spread of saltwater. On the other hand, you might argue that it's more important to start relocating urban Miami-Dade and Broward (Ft. Lauderdale). The Miami-Dade county commission has instead allowed new development encroaching on the Everglades.

The prospect for Florida is bad enough, but for me, the final horror comes from the blurb for "A Reef in Time: The Great Barrier Reef from Beginning to End, by J.E.N. Veron. Says the blurb: "...most coral reefs will be dead from mass bleaching and irreversible acidification within the coming century unless greenhouse gas emissions are curbed". I suspect that they're already doomed. Curbing emissions is urgently needed, but vast, irreversible damage is already underway.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | June 5, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Popping back in for a minute:

The reason it changed to "Beach Week" is because it wasn't always just Seniors.

My Grad daughter went for a long weekend with friends a couple of weeks ago "to avoid the crowd," said she. Took my box sets of the first seasons of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and the US version of "The Office," didn't ask how much of them she watched, because I don't want to know.

Of my own beach weeks back in the day, the less said the better. But I will say that I learned how to remove speed governors from mopeds and that a football team can move a mobile home off of a cinder block foundation.

Both of which are very bad ideas.


Posted by: -bc- | June 5, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse


Coonties are Florida's only species in a big Caribbean genus of cycads. One Panamanian species tolerates occasional dunkings in salt water, while another is an epiphyte, living up in cloud forest trees.

Most of the plants of the Caribbean coasts are reasonably widespread, but we have a number of species (or subspecies or isolated populations) in the Keys, including the majestic Keys tree cactus, which is pretty much restricted to a single tropical thicket (not tall enough to really be a forest, nor short enough to be shrubland) in an undisclosed location. The tree cactus isn't quite as big or massive as the giant saguaro of Arizona, but it's still impressive.

Loss of the Bahama Archipelago, Caymans, coastal Belize, Bocas del Toro in Panama, etc. is terribly sad to contemplate.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | June 5, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, not me on the Summer Beverage Revision Project, because I am hopelessly rhubarb challenged. Frosti's fingerprints, with Wilbrod too, because Northern Climes produce the 'barb!

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | June 5, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Rumor has it, I'll be going to a Pacific beach in August... a beach 30 miles wide and 14,000 feet high. But not for my most prized of targets -- that proposal got shot down (3rd time in a row).

Posted by: ScienceTim | June 5, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I got a ride to the train station this morning by a very lovely and beautiful teenage girl. From our conversation I learned that she has a full social schedule planned for the next week wich includes a manicure/dinner with friends tonight, senior prom tomorrow, a few house parties, then her HS graduation ceremony, and finally the all night grad party.

Beach week? "No way", she said, "I love my friends dearly, but to stay crammed in a room with 7 intoxicated, boy crazy girls for an entire week is a recipe for some kind of disaster."

I'm very proud of my daughter!

The underage drinking issue is one of those parenting things... On 1 hand, alcohol/drug use is potentually hazardous on many levels and it would be wise to discourage its use, on the other hand, away from home in a bar or club, at 21 years old, is not the time or place I want my daughter to learn about the intoxicating effects of alcohol.

So, other than making the single rule, "no way are you bgoing to drink and drive my car" and coaching her on safety and tips on avoiding the authorities, I've let her make her own decisions without parental impunity.

And yes, on several occasions, the car stayed in front of the party house and the lecture was spared.

Posted by: WhackyWeasel | June 5, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

The smell of lilac was almost overpowering at the small park I use as my lunch picnicking spot. The Persian lilac is lining a whole side of the park. Planted against a heavy stonewall it's kept warmer than mine that has just started to bloom. Because of the cool weather we had some of the regular lilac is still in bloom on my lot. Right now it is the Preston lilacs that are in full bloom. We may get lucky and have all three types flowering at the same time.
It's such a gorgeous day I'm wondering what I'm doing inside.

Rhubarb season is over. Mrs. D made her last batch of frozen rhubarb last weekend. There was also a rhubarb-strawberry pudding that briefly occupied a spot in the fridge. I was told it was delish eaten still warm with a dollop of ice cream.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | June 5, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Sd, I am pulling into your drive-way in 45 minutes, to steal the rhubarb everything AND sit on your porch and smell the five plus lilac varieties.

Please forgive. I will bring homemade doggie treat for VLP. And, potted cat nip for minerally-named kitties.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | June 5, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

You want one of bc's rocket CqP.
Don't forget your passport. You'll need it to re-enter the US of A.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | June 5, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

shrieking_denizen--lucky you. Lilacs are the best flowers in the world. My mid-season blooming lilacs are just beginning to open their blooms--somewhat late due to all the rain. We are finally past the drenching rains for a while. It looks like Ireland here!

Joel, what you won't know while they are off in college will be a good thing. Somehow they make it, just like we did.

My younger son is finishing his first week as an intern on Capitol Hill. Talk about bombardment from new experiences! And he turned 21 yesterday. No further comment necessary.

Posted by: Windy3 | June 5, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Wanless figures Miami's buildings will be pounded to rubble. Nothing like New York in Spielberg's "Artificial Intelligence".

Reinforced concrete rots surprisingly fast on beachfronts.

More beach book: Tony Butt, "The Surfer's Guide to Waves, Coasts and Climates"

Alison Hodge specializes in things Cornish.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | June 5, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

My son passed Nancy Pilosi yesterday in a hallway and said she look "frazzled." Can't imagine why...

Posted by: Windy3 | June 5, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

s_d, CP, just let me know when you want to go, and I'll move the X-2 Skycycle out to the pad and get the boiler going (I know you always want to fly green, CP).

[Scottynuke, yellojkt, etc. -- if this isn't a full-on '70's dorkfest call to arms, I don't know what is].

I would also add that for me doing those late-'70s/early '80s era beach weeks, staying at a hotel or renting a house was for the rich kids. We would pool our money and get campgrounds nearby and set up tents, etc., or just sleep in my friend's '73 Chevy Nova hatchback or my brother's '75 Dodge Dart Sport "Hang 10" with the back seat folded down.

And try to avoid getting picked up by the OC cops for vagrancy (it helped to take shifts doing night watch from the drivers' seat and the keys in, so you could start up and go, pronto).

Thank goodness my kids are nothing like me.


Posted by: -bc- | June 5, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I can't see many cocktails that would be diminished by the addition of rhubarb. Our season will continue through the end of this month. Best not to pick after 4th of July, to preserve the plants, but this rule was once followed so slavishly many still think it suddenly becomes poisonous.

It is a totally ridiculous 48 degrees here now and once again we have overnight frost warnings. I suppose I should be happy that this unseasonable cool will extend the lilac season. They just went from scentless buds to full flowered aroma this week.

In flower now: large flowered bellwort (long past its usual time), early meadow rue just finishing as tall meadow rue starts (not showy at all, but nice height in a mixed border), columbine (though a bit stressed by cold), and Jacobs Ladder so nearly showing bits of blue I'm beside myself. The peonies are in full waxy ant delighting bud. I may get 2 or 3 flowers per plant. Went so far as to pinch off a smallish bud yesterday as the experts suggest, but I was never before able to bring myself to do. Clematis growing like weeds, but no buds yet. Ferns fully furled, hostas leaping to 2X last year's size, and vegetables all hibernating.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 5, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I have found that having a close and beloved family member sink into humiliating alcoholic ruin and die relatively young from cirrhosis of the liver is an effective preventative for under-age drinking. Worked for me.

Posted by: ScienceTim | June 5, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, BC, I hanker for some lilac and some rhubarb. SD, y'll come down for some crab after July 15.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | June 5, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Hey, CP.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | June 5, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Bit of a bitter pill, ain't I?

Posted by: ScienceTim | June 5, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

No,SciTim, you are not a bitter pill. I watched something similar and am forever marked. However, some that I know and love watched the alcohol ravages and follow(ed) suit.

Hi Mudge. See, the rhubarb rebellion -- like the whiskey rebellion -- is of the northern peeps.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | June 5, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Much of what I see on the news about young people I discount as alarmist-except the prevalence of binge drinking. Under age drinking has always been far more common in Minnesota and Wisconsin than other places I've lived, as has alcohol consumption generally. But, it seems the couple of beers that kids would drink to achieve a little buzz on summer weekends when I was young has changed to drinking so much so fast they skip over all of what could be considered the benefits of a few drinks.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 5, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately bc, there is quite a bit of his old man in my son. *sigh*

Locally the kids have their own version of beach week. It's called "bush party" in French and I figure it would be the same in English. One popular spot is a sand pit. Or sand quarry. A place where they dredge sand from a watersoaked natural deposit, wash it and sell it to people interested in sand like concrete and mortar manufacturers or paving stone layers.
So it's a beach so to speak, on the shore of the Champlain Sea.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | June 5, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

But that cautionary tale is now one generation removed. It's up to you to set a bad example for your children.

Despite the preponderance of beaches in Florida (or because of it) drinking in or near water was more of a day trip affair. For our junior year end of school (or close enough that the unexcused absence didn't affect grades) beach party we went to Clearwater. The following year it was Coquina. Both had that perfect white quartz sand that makes the Gulf Coast beaches so perfect.

And in the evening, the parties just moved to citrus groves. Orange groves have lots of foliage to block the line of sight from the street, but are open enough to allow for rapid dispersion in the event of an unexpected visit by law enforcement or the orange grove's owner.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 5, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

bc, that was more like a daredevil call-to-arms. Not too dorky, and actually kinda in-sync with the Kit's "what could POSSIBLY go wrong?" theme.


Posted by: Scottynuke | June 5, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

In Australia, Beach Week is known Schoolies Week. There are age appropriate non-drinking events and concerts aimed at providing alternatives to the more typical debauchery. Older people that hang around at that time to take advantage of drunken teenagers are known as Toolies.

Here is the official US Health and Human Services tips about Beach Week.

"Every year during the first 3 weeks or so of June, thousands of teenagers, particularly high school seniors, head to the beach to celebrate the summer and their newfound freedom. Many of these teenagers hope to spend the week lounging on the beach with their friends during the day and drinking at night. However, many of these teenagers also end up engaging in unprotected sex, binge drinking, and risking their personal safety while under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs."

Sounds like a good time. The article does have tips for parents that make sound recommendations up to but stopping short of locking teenagers in the basement for several weeks.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 5, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

When I used to drink, I didn't drink much (except for one weekend in Stockholm when I first moved there and friends came over, we lit a fire in the fireplace, and each drank the equivalent of a bottle of wine. That's the drunkest I ever got -- and thankfully didn't get sick. Just slept and woke up with just a tiny headache. Never wanted to repeat, however).

Now, my body won't let me drink at all -- at least in the evening. I can have a glass of white wine at lunch, but nothing at all in the evening, or I'm sick. So, I'm happy as all get-out that dark chocolate bits don't have the same effect on me if I eat them in the evening. . . .

Apart from the usual experimentation, I'm happy beyond words that I never got into smoking or drinking. Besides, I have a friend who can be described as an alcoholic (albeit pretty functional). Turns me completely off.

The "everything is good in moderation" mantra is fine by me.

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | June 5, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Joel's so cute when he's being an over-protective father. From my experience (or lack thereof), the kids going to Beach Week are already well acquainted with the forms of entertainment they were likely to engage in. The just wanted a more convenient venue.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 5, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Um, both of my boys are really successfully launched despite beach week-type activities and some outrageous college parties attended (from the little they tell me). Neither one drinks much either. In fact my older son who is now a full-time working stiff drinks very little and none of the hemp-type stuff either. Some of my boy's friends, whose parents were hard-nosed and ultra-controlling are the ones having the most problems. A few who were honor students in high school have dropped out of college. Just sayin...

Posted by: Windy3 | June 5, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Frosti--my second favorite spring flower is the peony. Mine are small golf ball sized and growing fast. Can't wait for the explosion of color!

Posted by: Windy3 | June 5, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

FTB, I'm with ya. My mother smoked, and the habit grossed me out from my earliest memory. I was fifteen when my oldest half-brother died and my father descended into alcoholism. While I enjoy an occasional glass of good wine, I am not interested in drinking to excess.

In the intervening forty years, we have come a long way in our understanding of alcoholism and depression, and I think my dad would have been okay if we could have gotten appropriate services for him then that are available today. But it was a terrible time, and my brother and I bear the emotional scars.

Posted by: slyness | June 5, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Slyness, I am sorry for your losses and travails. Yes, my mother would have been a far happier person had antidepressants been available.

But on a happier note, it's getting warm and pretty outside! BTW, the job market in my categories is picking up. Shouldn't be too long now. Thank God!!!

I don't know how I'll ever retire, not for lack of money, but for lack of purpose. I suppose that will change someday.

Posted by: Windy3 | June 5, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Windy, I survived and prospered, so it has been okay in the long run. The most significant impact was that I resolved never to be dependent on another person for my bed and board, and I never have.

Good luck with new opportunities! When I retired, I didn't know what I wanted to do next except NOT WORK. There was a time of transition and adjustment, but I've managed to find plenty to keep me busy and make me feel that I'm still contributing. I think that's what happens with many retirees.

Posted by: slyness | June 5, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Hi Al!

Slyness, I was wondering whether you made it to G-B and BP. Glad you enjoyed it so much.

Dental appointment, Wegman's and Costco run complete, basement cleaned. Have been vegging (actually watching the golf tournament and web-surfing) for the last hour. Ray has been pestering me for his walk, and now that the rain has (finally!!!) stopped, I'm going to grant his wish. Toodles, boodle.

Posted by: Raysmom | June 5, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

The peonies are a few days off yet but the tree peonies are partially in bloom. the flower of the week is the poppy. Some areas are covered in flopsy red-orange poppies.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | June 5, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Just got in and saw Joel's post, I too am glad there is no beach week tradition up here for graduation. The kit did frighten me somewhat eldest has two weeks left of grade school, high school next fall (no middle school in our system). Already I am fearful of the high school years - the thought of a beach week type adverture has upped by anxiety a notch.

Eldest let me watch the presentation she did for music, a movie of her classmates (pictures mostly but one or two videos), set to music and a few appropriate quotes thrown in - I was a sobbing mess at the end - I shall have to work hard to not embarrass the child at the graduation ceremony. Took her to get her dress altered last night watching her be fitted in a dress that suits her perfectly I was reminded she is far from a child.

Good thoughts to all the grads, and wishes for safe and memorable grad celebrations.

Now to back boodle.

Posted by: dmd2 | June 5, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Now for flowers, my first peony is in bloom today, Korean lilacs are just finishing as are the Jacob's Ladder, rhododendrun still blooming, and a short clematis I forgot I planted last year has begun to bloom

In a container I planted some Calla Lillies which are now blooming a lovely variety of yellow/orange blooms with leaves coloured with yellow/orange and white, the tuberose in the same container is also blooming. Wisteria still blooming like crazy.

I have spent the last two weeks working at, near or under lilacs the scents have been wonderful.

SD, now bush parties I understand, my high school grad after parties were both bush parties on classmates farms - much fun was had, copious amounts of bug spray were used.

Posted by: dmd2 | June 5, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Raysmom, not only did I like G-B and BP, I anticipate I will develop an ongoing relationship with both businesses. They have excellent products.

Posted by: slyness | June 5, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Flowers here are about 2 weeks late. Lots of roses in bloom, orange Oriental poppies in the front yard are flopping over, the pink ones in the back look lovely. I'll have to see if Korean or Persian lilacs do well here. The French lilacs grow and flower, but they get powdery mildew, so I haven't planted any. My snow peas are finally flowering...I was planning on being able to pull them out by now.

Posted by: seasea1 | June 5, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

For those of you with opinions on manned space flight, I offer the following excerpt from a NASA press release:



WASHINGTON -- NASA is inviting the public to make its voice heard as a panel of experts undertakes an independent review of planned U.S. human space flight activities.

(bunch of words here)

To learn more, visit the committee's Web site at:

Posted by: ScienceTim | June 5, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Oh my! I would never have been allowed to go on such a trip as a teen, not in a million years. And my kids never even broached the subject with Himself or me.

And I know what they were doing, because our house was teen-central until well into the University years. Also, rehearsal hall, garage for the band, video set, supper club, karaoke bar, arcade and cinema.

Now the two young ladies want to go on a cruise together. I think that might be granted in the next year or so.

Posted by: Yoki | June 5, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

You're a good mom, Yoki.

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | June 5, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Ah Yoki, the girl's think it will be the Love Boat. My nephew thought that, some years back. It wasn't and it won't be.

Posted by: nellie4 | June 5, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

About the latest I can find on the Wilkins ice shelf breakup. While it won't cause sea-level rise in itself, it will melt. I wonder if this temporary cooling will be trumpeted by deniers trying to use it to prove there is no warming trend. Sci Tim, what effect will melting an ice sheet the size of Northern Ireland (assuming you can find the average thickness) have on climate temperature in the short term?

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 5, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

nellie, you made me laugh. The girls don't actually think that. They enjoy each other's company enough to be perfectly happy just to be confined together for several days. And, thank goodness, there are "youth cruise" operators upon whose ships people of advanced years like their parents and grandparents are not invited to come aboard. I think we'll find something that suits them, if they still want to do it when I can afford to give them the tickets.

EYE keep recommending they just go traveling, at which both of them are experienced. I really expect that will be preferred, when push comes to shove. Even, sort of hope so.

Posted by: Yoki | June 5, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I read recently that sunspot activity is at a low point, which accounts for the cooler weather we've been having around here. The unspoken thought is that when the sunspot cycle gets back around to high, we're really going to see problems.

Posted by: slyness | June 5, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse


I read a vague tale of increasing icebergs but cant find anything since the end of April, especially about the extent of exactly how much has begun to definitely float away into the sea lanes versus how much has remained in place, clinging to its own remains.

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 5, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, I bet if they wanted to travel to, oh, say, Washington, D.C., just to pick a place out of the hat, that they'd be housed and fed and wined (figuratively) and dined and otherwise chaperoned and looked out for.

Just a guess.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | June 5, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Would dmd or someone explain the various lilacs to me. The ones I like best bloom first (they have been gone for a few weeks now here) and smell the best. I have two types out back that bloom after that, one is just past and the other is just starting to bloom, neither have much smell.

Ok, the garden, kousa dogwood has just started blooming, I love that tree and the flowers last a very long time. Peony has fat buds, bet they open this weekend. Lavender is almost ready to bloom, hydrangeas all have nice buds coming and the coral bells are doing their thing. I have some other stuff blooming but I’ll be darned if I can remember what they’re called.

I am so glad my children are grown and the granddaughters aren’t old enough for beach week type activities. I remember #2 asking if she could go someplace in the Caribbean during spring vacation senior year in high school, my reply was exactly the same as Joel’s. At that age their hormones are raging quite effectively without adding more fuel to the fire!

Posted by: badsneakers | June 5, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I forgot the most interesting (for me) thing. We have a climbing hydrangea and it has seven or eight very pretty cream colored lace cap type flowers on it. First time it's bloomed since we moved here.

Posted by: badsneakers | June 5, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. Over my dead body indeed. I'm not aware of any comparable tradition here, but hope to raise the Boy so that, should one exist when he graduates, it would not occur to him to go. So far, following our own childhood traditions, we do not "do" a big Spring Break nor offer it as an option for the Boy. Teenage drinking, responsible introduction or not, is one thing. An essentially unsupervised week of invitation to licentiousness is another. I am profoundly relieved that I don't have to deal with teenage girl issues, but teenage boy issues are no piece of cake either. [Side note: the Boy got a phone recently for his thirteenth birthday and has spent two days, essentially, texting girls. He knows we reserve the right to check the texts at any time. Also, no texting at meals, during conversations with real people present at the time, or after bedtime.]

Posted by: Ivansmom | June 5, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

You all with daughters tell them to watch out for malefactors.

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 5, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Well, I wouldn't worry so much.

I went on our traditional "senior trip" to San Andres, a tiny island in the Caribbean. We had 10 days to enjoy the beach, the casinos, the nightclubs, the motor scooter rentals. No parental supervision at all. In Colombia, drinking alcohol is legal for anyone old enough to order it.

The "bad" kids did their thing while my portion of the group simply looked on astonished (I'm sure Joel's kids would have been part of my group)

Two days before we had to return, some buddies and I discovered someone had purchased some Finlandia vodka at the duty free to bring back as gifts. Eight of us drank all three bottles. When we ran out, we took the sheets off the beds, tied them to the dresser, and rappelled down to the street from our third floor apartment in search for some lunch.

I still managed to become a somewhat respectable adult, and the mastermind of the adventure runs one of the largest flower export operation in Colombia.

It is probably the wildest story I'll be able to tell my grandchildren.

Posted by: abeac1 | June 5, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm with Ivansmom, better to raise them so they wouldn't even consider it.

Luckily for us the dott entered the teen years while frostson was renting digs in our NoVA basement. If she ever wanted to do anything or go anywhere we'd just turn to ask him "How old were you when you were allowed to do that?" When the answer was 18, 19, 21, or "I wouldn't be caught dead doing that" the silent treatment would begin. It took frostdottir years to learn that her not speaking was more wonderful respite than punishment. Of course around the time we relented and let her get a cell phone she realized that her brother only needs a cell phone because he doesn't like to wear a watch. He is sworn to secrecy about how many other things were "allowed" so late because he had no interest in them.

Beach week? Hah, since it would be totally on her dime I figure she'll spend it at her apartment building pool, squeezed in between work shifts her apartment building pool.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 5, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

SCC-delete the last "her apartment building pool."

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 5, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Ivansmom, I like your style. When #2 asked about that senior trip, she already knew the answer, but you know, it never hurts to ask.

By the way, what's with your Sen. Inhofe? I assume that there must be quite a few Oklahomans who agree with him as he does get reelected.

Posted by: badsneakers | June 5, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

badsneaks, just got in from a dinner with some girlfriends and saw your question, Preston Lilacs are a Canadian hybrid (Ottawa area), I do not have any, but here is a link to the University of Guelph which is the big horicultural/agricultural university in this area. You can also check out the Royal Botanical Gardens (Google Hamilton Ontario) then go to the Arboreteum for a virtual tour of the Lilac Dell - they have 800 varieties there of lilacs - it is quite the sight - much better than their website suggest - they are sadly underfunded.

Here is a picture of my Korean lilacs which bloom slightly later than the early French Lilacs - which in our area like yours are close to being large weeds - they are everywhere. In Hamilton one large hillside is covered with them - a wonderful sight when they are in bloom.

The Korean Lilacs have a slightly different scent and perfume the air wonderfully. This picture is a new standard I planted last fall.

Posted by: dmd2 | June 5, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

As I was driving out to supper, AC/DC came on the radio and I had a flashback to summers when I was 17/18 a several cars all in a row on a short day road trip to and old quarry to go swimming and hang out. Again my anxiety about the soon to be high schooler increased - but then I remembered she is a good kid, as was I - kids will seek to have fun whether at home or on a Beach week. Also remembered ski trips classmates used to organize to Vermont on March break and Florida for that matter, unchaperoned - much fun was had and some independance gained.

Will I let my kids go on those kind of trips if they ask - much will depend on their maturity - the eldest if she keeps progressing as she is now - probably yes - she make good decisions and is not intimidated by peer pressure, of course she would have to pay for it.

On another note driving home listening to music on the radio was Perry's Jerusalem - so powerful off to my left was a near full moon shining down on the lake - it was a moment to savour.

Posted by: dmd2 | June 5, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

I've been off watching the first three episodes of Arrested Development. I think I love this show.

Jumper, regarding your 7:14 -- I have done no calculations or any such thing, but my gut sense, my physical intuition regarding the global temperature effect of the Wilkins Ice Shelf melt-down is: it will be negligible.

Posted by: ScienceTim | June 5, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Having descended from a long, proud line of high functioning alcoholics, suffice it to say that I've been there, done that. I'm quite fortunate to have come out on the other side. We don't keep alcohol in the house, and our circle of friends are either sober, or have an occasional social drink. Our children have seen us having a toddy or two over the course of an evening when we have a party. I've taken the girls to concerts to show them that you can have fun and still be sober in the midst of people falling up the stairs. I think that part of my problem when I was younger was that I saw the my parents drinking to excess and, to a point, it didn't hurt them. Then my Mom went, Dad crawled into the bottom of the bottle and didn't reemerge for nearly six years. I took a pretty long ride myself. My kids have seen my BIL in the worst of states, and can recognize when someone around them has had more than a few. Thus, my wife and I are trying to lead by example. To this point, everything is ok. We can't watch them forever, and the day will come when they have to make a choice. They're well aware that they have a propensity to become hooked because most of my side of the family has let something get the best of them for varying lengths of time. Like bc, I hope when they do go to the beach they'll decide to recreate in a more responsible manner than we did.

Posted by: -jack- | June 5, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

In general I think I agree with your assessment Tim, but since I'm reading about people debating the tenth of a degree Celsius involved in the solar minimax, I thought it was maybe at least equally relevant.

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 5, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Tim, I watched all 3 seasons of Arrested Development recently, and I loved it. I could never keep track of when it aired originally, so I never quite got it when I watched an occasional episode. Ron Howard's narration is so good, and I love Michael Cera. So many odd characters. yellojkt is the true afficianado.

Posted by: seasea1 | June 5, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, all.

Hey, at least I never mentioned bringing junked VW Beetle engine blocks (gotta get the mid-60's blocks IIRC) to the beach, and breaking them up with a sledge hammer (or trying to), then tossing the pieces into a beach bonfire.

Also, stupid, stupid, stupid.


Posted by: -bc- | June 6, 2009 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Um. What happens when you toss VW engine block bits into a bonfire?

Oh, wait. Didn't you say they were cast magnesium? Holy mother o' mercy!

Posted by: ScienceTim | June 6, 2009 12:12 AM | Report abuse

If anything, I would have thought that sunspot minimum would INcrease temperatures, since sunspots are somewhat cooler than the surrounding solar surface. On the other hand, there are effects on solar wind. And coronal mass ejections.

Bottom line -- I'm not clear that there is any meaningful climatic effect due to sunspot number, but I suppose it might be a proxy measurement for something else that CAN have an effect.

Posted by: ScienceTim | June 6, 2009 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Man, you are bad, bc... LOL

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 6, 2009 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Most parents of school children here are under the pressure by their children to bring them somewhere during the school holidays. When school re-opens, the children would brag about where they’ve gone. They try to up one and other with vacation destinations. The more well-to-do the parents are the further is their vacation destination.

Posted by: rainforest1 | June 6, 2009 3:28 AM | Report abuse


My mom was in Charlotte for the past couple of days and is in love with the place. She drove down from Wake Forest with a friend to visit a museum (not sure which one).

Posted by: abeac1 | June 6, 2009 6:35 AM | Report abuse

Hey, there's a bright thing in the sky! :-)

I do worry about NukeSpawn now and again, but then I remember the kind of example I've set for her.

That's when the REAL worrying starts.

Please, PLEASE don't bring up Inhofe...

*holding-my-oh-so-aching-head-in-a-fetal-position-before-the-weekly-shopping-and-chores-routine Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 6, 2009 6:36 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, boodle. Sausage gravy, biscuits, grits and eggs are in the ready room, along with some proper coffee. I can attest to the intensity burning VW engine blocks as a result of visiting the Bog.

Posted by: -jack- | June 6, 2009 6:56 AM | Report abuse


I don't have to worry about beach week for another ten years or so. Bing is a different story.;title

Posted by: abeac1 | June 6, 2009 7:02 AM | Report abuse

I should clarify...

My own children won't be searching for p0rn, but the kids at my school might.

Posted by: abeac1 | June 6, 2009 7:20 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle. Thanks for breakfast, Jack.

Without further ado:

Today in Nautical and Aviation History

June 6, 1942: Returning from the Battle of Midway, the heavily damaged USS Yorktown is torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-168, but manages to stay afloat for another day.
1944: At 5:10 a.m. British cruiser HMS Orion fires the first shot of the Normandy invasion as D-Day commences with 745 large ships, 347 minesweepers escorting the troops in 4,066 landing craft who storm ashore in the greatest and most famous invasion in history. Air cover and paratroop drops are provided by 13,175 Allied aircraft; only one is shot down. Not a bad day’s work.

1683: The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, opens as the world's first university museum.
1918: World War I: Battle of Belleau Wood – The U.S. Marine Corps suffers its worst single day's casualties while attempting to recapture the wood at Chateau-Thierry.
1933: The first drive-in theater opens, in Camden, New Jersey, United States.
1939: Judge Joseph Force Crater is declared legally dead.
1968: Senator Robert F. Kennedy dies from his wounds after he was shot the previous night.
2002: Eastern Mediterranean Event. A near-Earth asteroid estimated at 10 metres diameter explodes over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Libya. The resulting explosion is estimated to have a force of 26 kilotons, slightly more powerful than the Nagasaki atomic bomb. (I never heard of this event. Anyone else heard of it?)

1799: Patrick Henry, American revolutionary (b. 1736)
1891: John A. Macdonald, 1st Prime Minister of Canada (b. 1815)
1941: Louis Chevrolet, American automotive pioneer (b. 1878)
2005: Mrs. Robinson, Anne Bancroft, American actress (b. 1931)

And in a perverse sort of way, I'm kinda pleased with this Wiki listing: "1882 – The Shewan forces of Menelik defeat the Gojjame army in the Battle of Embabo. The Shewans capture Negus Tekle Haymanot of Gojjam, and their victory leads to a Shewan hegemony over the territories south of the Abay River." I am pleased with it because I have no freaking clue what this is about. I have never in my life heard of the following words, Shewan, Menelik, Gojjame, Embabo, Negus whatshisface, or the Abay River. I have no earthly idea where on the earth this may have happened. Sure, I could click on some of the hot links, but I haven't. I sort of want to remain pristinely ignorant of this event (which could be some event out of Dungeons and Dragons for all I know).

Onward and upward.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | June 6, 2009 7:51 AM | Report abuse

I will vouch that the Bing video search feature works exactly as described. I won't reveal the search term used, but after clicking through the 'safe search off' screen, the result was an entire pageful of very hardcore thumbnails. Some entrepreneurial website owner has a pretty good search word optimization routine since nearly all the first page results were from the same site.

Under each video was the website link and the total playing time of the clip. Mousing over any individual thumbnail played a looping thirty second preview complete with sound.

The same search on Google comes up with some similarly obscene results but many more that are either humorous or informative. The ones on YouTube or GoogleVideo and some other services can play the full clip (some of which are fairly explicit) live in a preview window but the ones hosted on the more untrustorthy sites just tell you to click through to see the full video.

I think Microsoft has gone a little too far in trying to up the feature set of their search engine. On the other hand, it sure is a useful feature if you want to see what you are getting before clicking through.

All done in service of being helpful to fellow boodlers. You can thank me later.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 6, 2009 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all. It's so nice to sleep in a bit and rise to a great breakfast. Thanks, Jack!

Abeac, I'm glad your mom had a good time in Charlotte. If I do say so myself, it's a nice town.

I hear Mr. T moving, so I'd better start thinking about breakfast for him...

Posted by: slyness | June 6, 2009 8:16 AM | Report abuse

*Tim, Jumper - I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way.

Gotta big day at the House of c here, so I'll be out of Boodlepocket for the better part of the day.

Have a good day folks, and enjoy that big yellow thing in the sky.


Posted by: -bc- | June 6, 2009 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Jack! How did you know I was hungry for biscuits and gravy? Grits are a real treat since you can't get them in any restaurant around here. Not even fancy cheese grits in an expensive establishment.


No frost last night, but without the heat on the temp Chez Frostbitten is 62. No wonder the frostcats weren't too pesky about getting up for breakfast. They didn't want to crawl out a warm bed either.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 6, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Hi Frosti,

I have transpanted twelve foxglove yearlings into a bright shade corner. Will transplant one or two dozen more. A friend has a surfeit of these little darlings. So, next year, I may have a glade worthy of Beatrix Potter's classic: The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck (recall that the Simon LeGree of this book is a fox!). Come and visit. BoodleGardenHour Midsummer 2010. Be there. Aloha.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | June 6, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Badsneaks -- to finish what DMD says about lilacs, this pedigree might help.

The oldest and simplist lilacs are typically

# Syringa vulgaris - Common Lilac

To confuse things, some of these common lilacs might be Persian lilacs, a very old hybrid established along the Silk Road, and thereby, picked up and sent to England. The genetics of this lilac are emerging.

Now, enter Victor Lemoine, the French Luther Burbank: after the Civil War, he developed the French hybrid series: larger panicles and deeper colors.

BS -- your first wave of lilacs are likely among these. The smaller and later flowering lilacs are likely the Asian series. Miss Kim and the Meyer's lilac are the most common of these. I have Miss Kim -- she flowers later and the scent is more subdued. However, she is neat and mounded in my large mixed border. I have grown to love her. I do not have room for that bower of delight: a 40 foot hedge of ten foot first wave lilacs. (Can you send this for my b-day? Thanks).

NOW the additional confusion. Some think that Miss Kim is a Syringa meyera. Others do not. I think that Meyer's lilac is different: the Palibin variety that is often clipped into a ball standard.
Meyer's Lilac: This is the tiny pink panicled one, also known as the Russian lilac, the Siberian lilac,

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | June 6, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Whoops, BSneaks...gotta go....SD will begin his take on the lilac genealogies...

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | June 6, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, Boodle. jack, breakfast was top notch. The coffee was especially appreciated this morning as I watched the snow fly thick and fast enough to obscure the river-view.

This is the last full day of #1's visit. A little shoe shopping is called for.

Have a lovely Saturday, Al.

Posted by: Yoki | June 6, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

No idea either, Mudge.

Although my first thought was that Negus could be a typo for Grand Nagus-- the leader of the Ferengi.

You know, those big eared Star Trek fellas who're into oomax?

But no, Negus means king and is used for pre 1974 Ethiopia rulers and pre 1890 Ertirean rulers.

Gojjam is a place in Ethiopia.

But I still think it could be a D&D reference. You'd be surprised how many fanasty stuff just steal real place names and such.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 6, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Jack's powers of suggestion are most powerful indeed. I am now eating these
fresh out of the oven with strawberry-rhubarb preserves. I rarely try new recipes for things I've been making for years, but the recipe box is stranded in St. Paul with Mr. F at work so ...
these are many times better than my old stand by. Note-I make very tall biscuits so the recipe yielded 9 vs the dozen claimed.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 6, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

CqP-I shall hold you to that 2010 invitation.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 6, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Thanks dmd and CP for the lilac lesson. I do favor the Persian (old type) lilac for the aroma, nothing like it. The two I have out back must be Korean, very pretty flowers but little if any scent.

Just watched Obama's speech and the flyover at Normandy. I must admit I teared up hard at the 'missing man' formation.

Posted by: badsneakers | June 6, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

badsneaks, I always get a lump in my throat at a "missing man" formation.

And one with invasion stripes and piston engines... I'd be sure to have some Kleenex handy.

The guys who landed on those French beaches all those years ago; those were some brave, brave men.


Posted by: -bc- | June 6, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

*SIGH* Time was when a car dealership would just have a WiFi hotspot available. Now ya gotta go get a username and password. What are things coming to??

bc, have a joyous and trouble-free day!!! *faxin' extra Kleenex for the c clan*

And not only do we have shenanigans at State ( ), it sounds like 'Mudge needs to get his antisub airship pilot's license renewed ( ). Yes, I know the sub thing has already been reported, I just like the visual of 'Mudge floating along at 1,000 feet or so.

And THIS is amazing -- the service folks just recommended I spend LESS money!!!! :-O

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 6, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

If you don't have much to do between now and midnight Monday, check out all 171 nominated science blog posts for 3QD's first annual science prize. Cocktail Party Physics had 8 posts nominated.
Some entries touch on a topic particularly near and dear to the boodle-the future of science journalism.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 6, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Loved this from the link Scotty provided to the Cuba spy story:
"Myers is the scion of one of Washington's most storied families. His mother, Elsie Alexandra Carol Grosvenor Myers, was the granddaughter of Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone." Sometimes the WaPo reminds us that Washington was, and can still be, a little town. This is so "Mildred Smith of Mankato visited Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Jones this week." But, have we grown so google stupid that we have to be told Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone? Is there some other AGB with whom he might be confused?

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 6, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

They were obviously worried we'd think of the Bell Graham cracker dynasty, frosti... ;-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 6, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

And Aleck Bell was semi-Canadian!

Posted by: Yoki | June 6, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Trebek is all Canadian, tho...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 6, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

That's why he's so good looking.

Posted by: Yoki | June 6, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Morning al! There is a big yellow thing in the sky somewhere??? I'm frenvious. We've had days of cloudy, humid cr@ppy weather. It's s'posed to blow off today in time for the first of our several graduation festivities, but I'm skeptical.

Trying to boodle catch up while the new red potatoes cool off so I can make the huge batch of potato salad with fresh dill. I love potato salad in all it's forms, but that's my fave.

I love Arrested Development! We have 2 seasons on dvd and my son is always popping one in and we never fail to laugh hysterically. I *heart* Michael Cera. He is flatout adorable.

The missing man formation always does me in. I'm particularly susceptible right now as we all sat down to watch "Taking Chance" on Thursday night. Went through a boatload of tissues. It's a quiet little HBO movie about a Marine Lt. Col. escorting a the body of young Marine home to his family from Iraq. (based on a true story) Truly touching and well worth watching. Kevin Bacon was very good.

Then yesterday I caught this on Huffpo - it's only a minute of video, but it made me cry at work. Fortunately no one was around at that moment. Very sweet, take a minute to watch.

Made me so happy-weepy to see that little girl's face!

Have a lovely weekend, somebody send me some sun!

Posted by: Kim1 | June 6, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I thought it was all that associating with the MIB...

*trying to out-do bc in the dorkiest obscure reference contest*


Posted by: Scottynuke | June 6, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I just wanted to share with you, my special imaginary friends, a wonderful and blessed event that I feared would never come. It is a miracle, actually.

Today, my son, my only son, has begun to look for a summer job.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | June 6, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Could you get him to influence #2? Please?

Posted by: Yoki | June 6, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

*looking for porcine aviators* :-)

Congrats, RD_P!!!

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 6, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Not sure if he will find one, of course. But that he is willing to try fills me with hope.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | June 6, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Beach week! Bah! Let 'em learn to do all that stuff in college, like we did. Ah, the dorms!

I didn't attend Senior Week (HS) or Senior Week (college) because I had to work. On my gravestone it's going to say "Responsible beyond belief."

Ivansmom's "essentially unsupervised week of invitation to licentiousness" sounds good to me!

Posted by: -dbG- | June 6, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Kim, I'm with you on wishing for sun, they are promising it for this afternoon, and it is slightly brighter...

RD, congrats, here's hoping he succeeds!

Just checked out the garden, boy do weeds love rain! I feel like all my work last week was almost worthless!

Posted by: badsneakers | June 6, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

?? Padouk, is your 11:55 in reference to your son finding a job, or me finding a submarine from atop my anti-sub dirigible?

No sun here. Still overcast, alas.

My wife went into DC this morning with some friends because this weekend is the mega-mega DC community yard sale in one of the swanky neighborhoods, a must-shop for the Second-Hand Cognoscenti, I'm told. That being so, this morning I went to our local Einstein Brothers for breakfast, ordering the alltime world's bestest breakfast there ever wuz, a toasted "everything" bagel (the one with onion bits and sesame seeds, sawdust, wood chips, poppy seeds, lilac berries, and assorted little bits of whsatever stuck to it) with Novi lox, a slice of tomato, some red onion, cream cheese and capers. Oh, to die for.

Then on to the landfill for the weekly dump run, then Food Lion (Coke product 12-paks four for $11) and Safeway (eye of round, $2.99, peaches $.99/lb/, Bush's baked beans, 2 for $4).

This afternoon: completing the new shower stall.

Sometimes my life is so thrilling I just don't know how I can stand it.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | June 6, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Oh, thanks for the Food Lion heads up, mudge! We are seriously addicted to Peach Citrus Fresca...gotta go stock up.

Good luck to RD's's a tough thing to convince them to keep returning to check up on their application. They don't want to "bother" anyone and my son didn't believe me when I said that prospective employers would appreciate his persistence. The third time I took him back to check on his application I almost had to push him out of the car. Third time was the charm, though.

Posted by: Kim1 | June 6, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse


We have some summer youth employees (thank you President Obama) working with our community nonprofit this summer. We started with 5 just two short weeks ago and two have already quit. Sigh. It's particularly frustrating because they are getting paid to plan and start a small business that will continue to be teen managed and, if successful, will employ kids part-time year round. Between their stimulus funded pay and a grant to cover business start up expenses they're in a better position than almost all adult entrepreneurs in our area. I know these kids do not make up a representative sample, but they seem to conform to a lot of criticism I've read of young men lately-far less capable and motivated than their female peers. At this rate, I can imagine a senate confirmation fight 150 years hence where men are clawing their way back onto SCOTUS and the idea that there could be a pool of more than one or two who are qualified is much debated.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 6, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

The farmers market was indeed a garden of earthly delights. I piled the hull peas and the English snap pea pods into bags, along with gorgeous lettuce and what goes with that, and along with the first garlic scapes of the season. The first blueberries appeared from North Carolina (for which I thank slyness and Cassandra for simply being there) along with more local strawberries now. The new potatoes look so fresh and are so delicious, I took quite a few of the red skins. The Red Wings, of course, play tonight (GO RED WINGS!!!) and I hear that Pavel Datsyuk will be playing finally after an injury many weeks ago.

After more grocery shopping I am in for the duration. Besides, the sun ain't out anyway, although I do like the coolness. Work to do this afternoon, to be finished by Monday's closing for a purchase agreement. *sigh* A lawyer's work ain't never done, eh?

Hope all is well with all and Al. Enjoy your weekend.

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | June 6, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

We have a gorgeous sunny day here, that we are planning to enjoy before four days of rain moves in, younger kids are having a pool party this afternoon so I am busy cleaning up outside.

Good luck on the job hunt for son of RD_P.

Posted by: dmd2 | June 6, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

For any fans of early computer games, check out Google's home page today.

Posted by: -pj- | June 6, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I see the temp has climbed above 50 so I'm headed out to weed the garden and decide if it's worth planting corn yet. Too cold and it won't germinate anyway, but we are due for some rain in the next few days and it would be nice to take advantage of that. Time to get serious about "hoop house" research for the youth garden at the after-school program. The sustainable ag group at the U of MN claims we can get an extra 60 days out of our growing season, even up here on the tundra.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 6, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

For our Canuckistani boodlers:

Today on NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, Scott Simon interviewed the CBC's Michael Enright about a study that showed Canada is the top vacation site. Enright, of course, immediately apologizes for this distinction.

Posted by: -pj- | June 6, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Oh pj, no good can come of that link. It closes with Gordon Lightfoot's "Alberta Bound" which led ultimately to my discovery of this Ian Tyson interview with Jerry Jeff Walker and then on to views of grainy Ian and Slyvia footage.
Other boodlers may end up rereading Anne of Green Gables or worse.

I'd like to add, Michael Enright disses Ontario quite unfairly. One of my favorite childhood memories is a week spent near Kenora on Lake of the Woods in western Ontario.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 6, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

SCC-not that there's anything wrong with reading Anne of Green Gables, it was just an example of the great time suck phenomenon.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 6, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Indeed, pj, indeed!! *L*

Now that the car servicing is over, the lawn calls...

*breaking out the "Off" towelettes* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 6, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

'morning all. I took pictures of the three types of lilacs I've got. And of other flowers as well, of course. It's supposed to rain tomorrow so I may have the time to do a spread.
Kenora? That's closer to Winnipeg than Toronto, it's barely Ontario at all. They've got good fishing out there though. Monster walleyes that the local call pickerels and giant Northern pike. They've got black flies by the billions and deer flies as big as turkeys too.

Off to some more mowing. This morning was weedwacking time, my least favourite outdoor care activity. My ankles are tatooed green.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | June 6, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Happy weekend, Boodle!

I am spending today making jewelry.

I can't tell you how good it feels to get back to my favorite hobby. Someday, it might be a business.

Less stress and something pretty to wear. Sounds like a win-win situation to me!

Well, the beads are calling....

Posted by: Moose13 | June 6, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

sd wrote-"Kenora? That's closer to Winnipeg than Toronto, it's barely Ontario at all. They've got good fishing out there though. Monster walleyes that the local call pickerels and giant Northern pike. They've got black flies by the billions and deer flies as big as turkeys too."

All true, and except for being in Canada it is just like Our Fair City. Which makes me wonder why Ma Frostbitten chose it as a vacation destination. Hmmm, Frostdaddy was in Vietnam and it wasn't her mother's house. I will wonder no longer.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 6, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Yes, PJ, Tetris is 25. A quarter century of wasted time rotating little colored blocks.

I specifically bought my Casio calculator back in the day because I could play Tetris on it...

No sun here, all t-ball and softball games canceled due to muddy fields. So, I get to nap.

Posted by: abeac1 | June 6, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

If your son finds an extra summer job, he can pass it to my son. Actually, that ship has sailed. We go on vacation in the middle of July and then he returns to school by the start of August.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 6, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

For those driven inside by weather, or insects, C-Span 2 is covering the Chicago Tribune Printer's Row Book Fest live. A panel on Bov. Blogo on now.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 6, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I've been on vacation twice in Canada. We hit Quebec City and Montreal on our honeymoon and did Niagara and Toronto several years ago. I'd love to go do the Maritimes some day.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 6, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Rumors of bright yellow objects in the sky around the Greater DC area have been greatly exaggerated. Mostly cloudy at best.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 6, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Weather here in the Pacific NW is back to "typical" - cloudy, cool, rainy. After a couple of weeks of hot, dry weather - 90 degrees in June! - we were begging for this. We're such weather wimps.

Posted by: seasea1 | June 6, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I made Weingarten's Twitter feed. I can die happy now.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 6, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

In a little over a month we leave for 10 days in Nova Scotia. I cannot wait! We loved New Brunswick so I imagine we will adore Nova Scotia. The sun is out here, finally!! #2 and her husband just left after a brief visit. I am crediting them for the sunshine. Gonna run outside and prune stuff for a bit.

Posted by: badsneakers | June 6, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

yellojkt, I don't even know what that means, but congrats.

Posted by: seasea1 | June 6, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Here's what Gene said about me:

"Some po guy named yellojkt writes incessantly online about how all my writing is stupid, worthless drivel. He is now following me here."

I'm not sure if twice within the same year counts as 'incessantly,' but clearly he knows me by name. If only he had linked to my blog. You can read all Gene's 'tweets' here:

Posted by: yellojkt | June 6, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

That's funny! And it's his first tweet in days.

Posted by: seasea1 | June 6, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Hey everybody! I'm resting my eyes, my hands, and my back. Today I made a set of placemats for Elderdottir, whose 27th birthday is Monday (how did she ever get to be 27???). We had fabric left over from the curtains I made for her dining room a couple of years ago, so now it has been transformed into eight placemats. There was just enough, thanks heavens! They are not perfect, but I'm pleased and I think she'll like them. I'm resting a bit before cleaning up and putting the sewing machine up.

Posted by: slyness | June 6, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I stand corrected. It's sunny right now.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 6, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

The sun is breaking through the clouds and all is festive at the Whacky house. A team of girls are helping doll my daughter for prom. Excitement and happiness abound.

Everything has been planned to the minute, so nothing can possibly go wrong, right?

Posted by: WhackyWeasel | June 6, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Since you have everything planned, I'm sure it will all turn out just fine, WackyWeasel. No doubt.

Posted by: -pj- | June 6, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Hope she has a great prom night.

Posted by: seasea1 | June 6, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

It looks like a great night for a prom. I hope she enjoys its, WW.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 6, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Plan for error, ww.

Kim, fantastic news!

Moose, we should hit the next gem/bead show in Baltimore together. I guarantee a good time.

TBG, how are the new wheels?

I had lunch today with an old friend and her soph-in-college daughter. D was funny even as a very small child, and was regaling us with tales of some guy at school who keeps trying to pick her up. At one point, he corrected her grammer when she was right. As she explained, "He incorrected me."

Posted by: -dbG- | June 6, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

The Brazilians have found two bodies from the missing airplane. And they found a backpack with a ticket for that flight, and the name of one of the known passemgers. Pretty conclusive.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | June 6, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Summer Bird wins the Belmont, Dunkirk second, Calvin Borel aboard Mine That Bird comes up from last to first then drops to third finish.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | June 6, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

dbG- I may not be able to figure out how to credit an imaginary friend's real friend's daughter when I use that "incorrected me" bit.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 6, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. First, hearty congratulations to RD. That your son has decided to seek a job is momentous. I hope I will have raised the Boy half as well, when he is old enough to start a serious summer job hunt.

He is, instead, a teenager today. With two of his friends we went to dinner and saw "Land of the Lost". I can confidently say this is not the worst movie I've ever seen. That is because the worst movie I've ever seen was "Epic Movie". That sets the bar rather low, of course, but it is the most ringing endorsement I can give. The boys loved it, so perhaps once again I am not the target audience.

These friends, staying all night with us, are charming and intelligent young men. However, they are astonishingly distractable and have not stopped talking, except when the movie was actually on, since mid-afternoon. I think it even got to the Boy when we had five tries before getting all the way through "Happy Birthday". Aided by a smooth though bitter Pinotage I will commune with the rabbit for a while, then turn it over to Ivansdad to enforce a bedtime (long past mine).

I can't explain Inhofe, it is too embarrassing. When he moved from the House to the Senate he had a lot of staffers quit, because they thought he wasn't smart enough to get elected to the Senate. That says many things about our electorate, none of them good.

Posted by: Ivansmom | June 6, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Ivansmom-please tell me Andrew Rice has a chance against Inhofe. At least with his bio no one can say he's doesn't understand the impact of 9-11.

A glass of wine sounds like a good idea, as soon as I get a shower. It would have been a perfect day for an easy jog, 54 no wind, but the bugs were ferocious. Ended up on the treadmill so now Chez Frostbitten and I stink like gym socks.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 6, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Ivansmom-never mind, I see Rice is running for reelection as a state senator after losing to Inhofe in '08. I can only claim oxygen deprivation, and gym sock smell.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 6, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Yes, frostbitten, Rice is a state senator. He's really good and I hope he gets re-elected. He's very young and could still run for Inhofe's seat after Inhofe finally decides he's had enough, throws in the towel, and it has the possibility of opening up into a race. Rice is young enough that this may be in his lifetime.

Right now I envy the 54 degrees - it is sunny, hot and humid here and I had to shower after picking blackberries, watering plants and feeding dogs. This is not normally a lineup you'd think would require thorough cleaning. Of course, it does help to wash off the ticks.

Posted by: Ivansmom | June 6, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Ivansmom, he's thirteen! Bless you, and bless him. I will say that by the time both my girls were 13, they were mostly sane and pleasant to be around. Ten and eleven were the bad years around here. YMMV.

The ballfield behind the house is separated from us by a no man's land that is left to weeds and mess. Mr. T and I went out before supper and cut the privet and ligustrum that were growing up against our fence. We cut all the rest of the weeds too. I'm glad to say that I have naproxen on hand, and glad that it's working.

Posted by: slyness | June 6, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

We can always hope Ivansmom. Freshly showered now myself and it appears the ticks are the only thing I outran.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 6, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

"Minnesotans think of Pawlenty as a very conservative Republican," said University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato, a leading national political analyst. "What always surprises them is the revelation that Pawlenty is a moderate in the national context of the Republican Party, and that's a problem."

From a story in the Strib about T-Paw's national media launch this weekend. He's supposed to be on C-Span's Washington Journal tomorrow morning after speaking to the College Republicans Friday night. Wonder when he'll have that foreign travel planned. Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak just got back from China and he's only "thinking about" running for gov. T-Paw better get moving with the foreign policy cred.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 6, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Just got back from seeing ‘Up.” It was very good, a few great sight gags for us older folk. The theater doesn’t do 3-D, which I’m sure would have made it even better. We rarely go to the movies, even tho’ it’s about two miles away, I told “S” that we need to go more often.

Ew ticks, while #2 was here today, she flushed three or four of them that she picked off the dog. I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks Inhofe is lacking in intelligence. We have quite a few of those in state government here, actually I think it’s more like most of them. And Plouffe is here heading up our governor's reelection campaign. Good luck with that.

Posted by: badsneakers | June 6, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

I too am deloosed and doesn't smell of bug spray anymore. The little bloodsuckers were ferocious today.

Some flowers, birds, trees, hostas and a large puppy.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | June 6, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Great minds work together, 'sneaks. My wife, our son and I just arrived home from the same movie. A little dark for a Pixar production. Saw our girls off on the youth choir trip to NYC and DC. They'll be in the City until Wednesday, and then to DC Thu and Fri. Our son's baseball team won the league championship this afternoon. One of his teammates made this incredible sliding basket catch, worthy of an ESPN highlight, and something he'll remember for the rest of his life.

Posted by: -jack- | June 6, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Great photos SD. Love the macros of the flowers and buds. I cut some of the Korean lilacs today and put them on the porch. The scent is not a pleasant one for my nose, not sure if they will stay.

Posted by: badsneakers | June 6, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Oh, shrieking_denizen, who could not love a Mastiff?

Posted by: Yoki | June 6, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Applebaum took Obama to task, a bit, for failing to mention what happened at Buchenwald during the five years it was run by the Soviets. Thanks to that, I did a little checking about Soviet losses during the war. A Soviet estimate from 1989, accepted by US Census researchers in a 1990 paper in Science, is that 35-40 million people died in the Soviet Union because of the war. Before that, 13-15 million during the collectivization of agriculture and 27-28 million from World War I and the subsequent civil war and famine.

Perhaps more recent research has altered these estimates. But I'm still left horrified.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | June 6, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

I wish we'd gone to see "Up". The irony is that both the Boy's friends had already seen "Land of the Lost" and one had seen "Up 3-D", but they said they'd rather see Bad Movie again. I should have insisted, since we'd like to see "Up" too. Ivansdad & I hung out in the boys' movie because the timing was wrong for anything we might have wanted to see. I admit, had we not been sitting behind them, I would have been mighty tempted to sneak out and go find another movie to hang out in until theirs ended. I think the Boy would have been suspicious, though.

They just got in from an hour or so of outside playing. They checked for ticks once, in the middle, but have not done so since coming in. Apparently they feel that playing on the driveway slab insulated them from danger. I told them otherwise and hope I don't have to say "I told you so" later. At least any ticks won't have been attached for long enough to transmit anything bad. I suggested washing, but that got no farther than hands.

Posted by: Ivansmom | June 6, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to insulate myself in the bedroom now, to escape from Rock Band. Bless their hearts, they have such fun singing along with songs they don't know, but which are very familiar to me. For instance, right now they're doing "Hotel California"; unlike anyone in that room, I know the tune.

Posted by: Ivansmom | June 6, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

It's a very lovable dog Yoki, but he makes it difficult on occasion. He is so stupid he makes me doubt sometimes that there is a functioning brain encased in that thick cast iron/concrete skull of his.
Also, we found a slime/spittle/droolie attached to the cover of the ceiling light in the kitchen. There is no doubt of where it's coming from.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | June 6, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

He is a Hero, shriek. This is from Fielding. Joseph Andrews.

Posted by: Yoki | June 6, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Ah! Because of his strength I refer to him as Lenny, the murderous but tender idiot of Of Mice and Men.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | June 6, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Or was it George?

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | June 6, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Lenny it is.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | June 6, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Lenny. Such a sad story.

Posted by: Yoki | June 6, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Good night. Got to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for the Turkish GP tomorrow morning.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | June 6, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Like Algernon.

Posted by: Yoki | June 6, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Linda Loo, No need to go to Wyoming to dig for fossils, try your old home town, Bakersfield. Surprised you haven't mentioned having a fossilzed shark tooth as big as you hand. Apparently it's what the locals dig on a spring morning,

Posted by: bh72 | June 6, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

just finished with Droopy's nightly victuals and rituals; our own Lenny. A lovable meathead. Off to a dog show tomorrow, to see one of our pups in the ring. We're taking his sib for the purpose of socialisation, preparing her for her time in the ring. And since it's nearly midnight, a little ditty by our child's namesake.

Posted by: -jack- | June 6, 2009 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Your 10:51 had me literally laughing out loud. I would trade your RockBand crew for my son constantly shouting WoW orders to his guild.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 6, 2009 11:55 PM | Report abuse

If the elephant-type animal scratched on a bone fragment from near the county office buildings is authentic, we've had residents quite a long time.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | June 7, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the link with the latests news about Sharks' Tooth Canyon in Bakersfield. Sorry, no teeth as big as my hand, however. I mentioned this fossil-rich site very near Bakersfield last August.:

Really tired from last night's trip downtown to hear eco-photographer Chris Jordan, whose presentation was underwritten by Texas Public Radio. ...
Last night, I was able to talk to Seattle photographer Jordan for about a minute, tops, before the TPR woman whisked him away to a private reception.

Jordan also had a collector of sharks' teeth loan him about $20,000 worth of the fossilized teeth so that Jordan could photograph them to create his series to raise awareness about the worldwide practice of shark finning (and subsequent slaughter of sharks). I mentioned the best source of fossilized sharks teeth--since I have some sitting in a dish on my coffee table, a gift from my closest high school male friend [Rick Darke--graduated #1 in our high school class and became a geologist and ended up teaching at both Cal State Bakersfield and Bakersfield Junior College]--come from the Kern River Canyon area. Come to find out, Jordan came by his from a collector named Ron in Bakersfield, whom I figure is Ron Barnes. [I later mentioned that I had exchanged e-mail with Barnes and it was indeed Barnes who loaned Jordan the teeth for that particular exquisite photo.]

Posted by: Loomis | August 7, 2008 9:40 AM

Posted by: laloomis | June 7, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Ah, celebrations at the House of c have wound up for the evening, and thankfully, no one's heading for the beach...

s_d you're lucky. Here in the US, the Turkish GP is tape delayed until later in the afternoon on the Fox network, rather than shown live on the Speed channel. I'll most likely be out in the afternoon and the evening, so I'll have to DVR it for later along with the GP2 races (shown delayed on Speed as well).

On a different note, I see that it's midnight and there's a lot of moonlight tonight... I feel some... follicular stirrings and I may need to trim my nails, but the full moon's not until tomorrow night, grrrrrrrrrr --- is it?


Posted by: -bc- | June 7, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Turning in momentarily, but found this paleo article moments ago--reported by AP--and at both the LATimes and Here's a link to the story about the "globe-trotting" dinosaurs. *w* More research needed, but wow! (Breithaupt quite the fencing enthusiast, BTW):,0,2033287.story

Several grafs:

It's a Jurassic curiosity: As far as anyone can tell, the fossilized, three-toed dinosaur tracks in north-central Wyoming and on Scotland's coast are indistinguishable. [Wyoming and Scotland not that far apart in the Middle Jurassic...] ...

Now, American scientists are preparing to scrutinize the tracks further. They will use three-dimensional mapping technology that is revolutionizing the study of dinosaur tracks — and promises to enable scientists to make detailed, intercontinental comparisons without leaving their offices.

"What we hope will eventually happen is that there will be this huge virtual archive that can be shared worldwide," said Brent Breithaupt, a University of Wyoming paleontologist and head of the school's Geological Museum. "Tracks can be looked at in three dimensions on computer screens and can be rotated around by various researchers — and can be compared."

Breithaupt doubts the same dinosaur species made the Wyoming and Scotland tracks.

Posted by: laloomis | June 7, 2009 12:16 AM | Report abuse

bc, you can relax for like, um... 16 hours. At least if you're on Mountain DST. YMMV.

Posted by: Yoki | June 7, 2009 1:02 AM | Report abuse

What beautiful flowers you’ve got in your garden, SD. Patricia is a stripper? I didn't know. :-)

Posted by: rainforest1 | June 7, 2009 4:04 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. Another cool morning. *sigh*

Rainforest, PtS is a sport of Striptease. It's a named variety a local nursery has registered.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | June 7, 2009 7:53 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle. I'll have creamed dried beef on Pillsbury Grand biscuits up in a minute in the Ready Room, for those so inclined. Coffee, tea, jams and jellies, of course, OJ, Apple J, Tomato J or V-8, of course.

Not much today:

Today in etc.

June 7, 1942: After the Japanese bombing at Midway and the submarine torpedo attack a day earlier, Capt. Elliott Buckmaster’s carrier USS Yorktown (CVN 5) is torpedoed and sunk by Navy destroyers to avoid capture. Final score of the Battle of Midway: Japanese lose four carriers, the Navy loses just one. Not a bad day’s work.

We're going to spend the afternoon and evening with four of the grandkids, who are home alone while their parents (oldest dottir and SIL) are in San Diego. We're all on Death Watch for their great-grandfather, who is dying of terminal cancer, and was sent home by the hospital to home hospice care the other day. "Doc," as he was called, was a Navy medic/corpsman during the Korean War and later, a 20-year man, and a great guy. (He's my wife's "ex"-father-in-law, but despite the "ex," we've remained in touch and are quite fond of him. It wasn't his fault his son was such an asshat.)

Shower stall is done, only needs final caulking.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | June 7, 2009 8:10 AM | Report abuse

I love it when the guys do breakfast. Thanks, Mudge, it was all delicious!

Busy day ahead here. After church and brunch with the Sunday School crowd (there will be mimosas!), I hope I'll have the energy to spray fungicide and herbicide in the appropriate spots in the yard. And not mix them up.

Posted by: slyness | June 7, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

So, I note from back-boodling that *nobody* mentioned last night's hockey game. And then I realized that you all were waiting on pins and needles for me to come to the rescue.

Red Wings thumped the Penguins mightily 5-0! And now everybody heads back to Pittsburgh for Game 6, where I, at least, expect us to hoist Stanley again, as the dynamics have indeed turned to our favor. Pavel Datsyuk is back from injury hiatus for the Wings, and it is simply glorious.

And, now, my dears (or not, depending on, well, whatever), you may enjoy the rest of your day. I'll try to check in later, of course.

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | June 7, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Good mornng boodle! For those too late for Mudge's biscuits I have left over Alton Brown southern biscuits from yesterday. "Yuck! Left over biscuits are worse than day old scones," you say? Not to worry, just discovered that they are wonderful reheated- if kept tightly covered in a plastic container and reheated in a 250 oven for 5-8 minutes (depending on how warm your house is, Chez Frostbitten was at 64 before I turned on the oven)

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 7, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Hi Moose,
When I ride past your neighborhood I will think of you sorting pigeon blood spinels, amethyst orbs, cabochon tiger eyes.

SD, your garden is lovely and do know that I will arrive there unannounced and take the elixer stalks. Help me for I am powerless before that tarty, oxalic wonder plant.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | June 7, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Great pictures SD, really like the coral/pink lupines and the iris such nice colours.

Our neighbours pool has mallards that visit when the winter cover is still on.

Posted by: dmd2 | June 7, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

SD-I am very belated with my admiration of your garden pics, but I have an excuse. I've been watching the slideshow over and over planning a vegetable garden set up just like yours. Your lupines are fab, but seeing the leaves makes me think I failed to recognize some emerging lupines and pulled them as weeds in the sunny perennial bed. I hadn't planted any, but my neighbor has quite a patch and I'm sure seeds strayed across the river with wind or bird.

T-Paw on C-Span Washington Journal now. I can't watch, it's not him-he really is pretty moderate in the national context-the callers just make me nuts.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 7, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

A little something for Ivansmom and her d'Artagnon: in Slate, "Fencing: It's Like Chess With Knives"

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | June 7, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Howdy. The rabbit & I are enjoying the quiet before the boys wake up. I'll stick my head in there about 9:45, if they aren't stirring. In theory they'll leave sometime after ten and it would be nice if they were awake first.

Yellojkt, you have my sympathy. That headset thing - so they can all "talk" together - drives me nuts. For all I know Ivansdad or the Boy are in your son's guild. I should tell them to ask whether anyone has a father with imaginary friends.

It is going to be hot, sunny and windy again here today. Summer. The Boy wants me to take him swimming (maybe). I should do yard work. I think I'll start by heading downtown after church to catch the last part of the Red Earth festival. This is a three-day intertribal Native American extravaganza: part juried art show/market, part powwow. In addition to our 39 federally recognized tribes, tribal members come from all over. Non-tribal members are encouraged to come too - it is a big tourist draw. I took the Boy and a friend of his to the opening day, but they were ready to go long before I was and I'd like to see more dancing. They went to a dancer supply booth, bought fox tails, and tied them to their belt loops behind. All afternoon I had only to ask whether anyone had seen the boys with the tails.

Posted by: Ivansmom | June 7, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for that splendid article, Mudge. I know the Boy will enjoy it too. He says fencing is like chess but for your body. I'm sure he'll preer the "chess with knives" description. As best I can tell all the writer's observations are true; I'll let the Boy give his opinion later. One thing, though - that opponent who laughed at the writer was showing very poor form. As the Boy says (Olympics notwithstanding), there is no gloating in fencing.

Posted by: Ivansmom | June 7, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Can't let this one pass. This is currently the headline and caption running on the WaPo home page, under a picture of a woman (Sines):

The hed: Federer, Soderling Face Off at French Open

The tease under the hed: Asst. U.S. Attorney Deborah Sines, who unflinchingly takes on even the most infamous defendants, looks over possible evidence. (Nikki Kahn/Post)

And this hed and its deck: "Cast Aside" and
"Despite a Smaller Role in Culture, The Show Goes On For Broadway Albums." So why are they capitalized the minior words "the," "on" and "for"? Why does the art work that accompanies this on the home page show the logo for "Jersey Boys," yet this show is never mentioned in the accompanying article in any way, shape or form? (Also, where is the link to the sidebars cited in the last graf? It's missing, you see.) Somebody just said, oh, what the hell, it's about Broadway, so we'll just throw any ol' Broadway show logo up there.

Ah, the weekend shift.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | June 7, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I do love creamed chipped beef, I hope there is some left.

Which for some reason reminds me: one of my oldest friends has been widowed for over ten years now, and tells me she no longer cooks. But, what do you eat? I ask. Well, she says, I just buy lots of frozen dinners and heat them up and pretend they are good.

Posted by: nellie4 | June 7, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

That's terribly sad, nellie... Not to mention the money your friend's wasting on stuff she has to pretend to like. *SIGH*

Looks like a relatively quiet end to the weekend at the NukeAbode -- laundry's underway, fish is marinating for lunch. I'll take that.

Had a somewhat disqueiting moment on the phone yesterday. Called NukeSpawn but her sister answered. Ex-StepNukeSpawn and I chatted for a couple minutes, and then I asked what she'd heard about the big news in town -- the beating of a former town councilor, allegedly by two sailors from a ship in town for refit. She hadn't heard anything about it... *SIGH*

*trying-to-get-our-round-scaredy-cat-to-join-me-on-the-couch-but-I-know-she's-only-teasing Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 7, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, Boodle.

CP, I'm waving toward Route 1.

I don't know what any of those plants are, but I'll look them up. The Boodle is teaching me much about green planty things.

Thanks for breakfast, Mudge.

I guess I should go do some laundry. I'll check back later.

Posted by: Moose13 | June 7, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

What you have is a dead trees article that hasn't translated well to the web edition. In Style & Arts the "Cast Aside" article is superimposed over a collage of Broadway show cast albums. The story continues on E10. The article itself never mentions "Jersey Boys" but the rest of the page has summaries of eight different shows either currently on Broadway or touring into DC soon. The shows featured are "Next To Normal", "Spring Awakening", "Jersey Boys" (coming to the National Theater in October), "Billy Elliot", "The Color Purple", "Rock of Ages", "Shrek the Musical", and "Young Frankentstein".

Underneath each picture is a capsule review of the cast album for that particular show. The web version of the sidebar article ( does not have the album covers, but does have 30 second sound clips from each of the featured article.

Defying or reinforcing the point of the article, I have the cast albums to both "Spring Awakening" and "Jersey Boys". Other recent Broadway shows that I have the cast album to are "Avenue Q" and "High Fidelity". Of the other shows featured, I have seen "Young Frankenstein" and "Rock of Ages". While neither are great, both are a lot of fun.

Rock of Ages is a bunch of 80s rock and hair metal songs lashed into a narrative ala Mamma Mia. When we saw RoA, the part played by Constantine Maroulis (of American Idle fame and who is up for a Tony) was being performed by an understudy. Our sour-grapes conclusion is that the understudy was actually better casting for the role but that Constantine is needed to bring in the teeny-boppers.

Also, RoA, unlike many shows, not only allows but encourages drinking in your seat and has vendors selling beer in aisles. Many, many audience members, including yours truly, were taking advantage of this opportunity.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 7, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

As you might guess, I will be watching the Tonys tonight instead of basketball, hockey, lawn darts, or any other televised sporting event. I annually claim that I am the only straight man in America that does so. I know that this is hyperbole, but I have never been refuted.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 7, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

As wonderful is freshly prepared food is, one would be surprised at the variety of frozen meals/entrees that you can find. If one were to invest in a we bit of leftover food containers, you can eat rather well for not that much money just by finding some of the newest frozen food. ... or heat and eat.

This is the center point of the marketing for Trader Joe's. To compete and also to make money in these times of limited after work hours, many other stores and their wholesale manufacturers are jumping into this arena.

Most surprising to me are is the quality of the Chinese and Italian entrees.

Posted by: russianthistle | June 7, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Well, Federer finally did it -- he has won the French Open in 3 straight sets. I caught the tail end of the match and stuck around for the presentations and the "merci beaucoup" afterwards. Of course, Federer gave his in a combination of French and English. That does it! I've got to improve my French. Will it help to eat French food, do you think? *note to self to try that approach*

Yello -- I hear ya. I love watching the Tony awards -- much better than the Oscars or Emmys. And I secretly hope that Elaine Stritch will make an appearance in some form or another. She is some broad, yanno?

Hockey is on Tuesday. No longer care about basketball, but hope that Orlando eventually comes out on top of the Lakers (mainly because for all sorts of reasons, including the most obvious, I despise Kobe Bryant).

And that's the truthththth.

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | June 7, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Interesting tidbit in our local paper this a.m. The Express-News now wants each subscriber/household to inform the paper whether or not he/she/they want the TV guide in each Sunday's paper.

I have no doubts that getting the TV listings will be an add-on cost to the subscription. My husband wonders how the paper will handle the logistics of it all? Say, for example, one block of deliveries has five takers for the TV section and three no-takers.

I see this as an excellent opportunity for a local cable company or satellite provider to offer a listing of daily TV fare online for a whole lot less money overall than what the local paper will charge. No dead-tree TV section to go in the recycling bin at the end of its seven-day usefulness either.

Are any other papers in the country tweaking their revenue stream in such a manner, I wonder?

Posted by: laloomis | June 7, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

*faxing Nellie the very, very, very, very last of the cream dried beef and two biscuits* Split the biscuits, put the CDB on them, and microwave for 30 seconds or a minute to get everything warmed up. I think there's a V-8 left in the fridge, too.

yello, you do understand, don't you, that it just doesn't matter a tinker's damn whether that article is some sort of deformed artifact from the dead tree edition? And that explaining it doesn't justify why it happened in the online version? They effed up, as they frequently do. Doesn't matter why or how, or the fact that the DT version got it right.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | June 7, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

laloomis, I must not be following. My tv providers (various locations over the past few years) have all had their programming availble free online. My guess is your local paper won't be giving it to some, not giving it to others, but if numbers play out, not offer it at all to anyone.

But again, I must not be following your post well...which is probably likely, what with it being Sunday (Bloody Mary day).

Posted by: LostInThought | June 7, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Somebody forgot to put the Prozac in your sausage biscuit. I know I never get anything. You don't need to keep reminding me.

I'm not excusing the idjits, I'm criticizing them. They have taken a perfectly good print article and tried to mash it into the rather rigid format of the article+sidebar style of the online version and it came out the other end looking like the dog's breakfast.

A far better format would have been the slideshow style where you click from item to item. Making these graphics intensive Sunday features look right on the web is hard, but it can be done. Just not this time.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 7, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

rt & nellie, my best friend owns a wholesale food company that makes sandwiches, salads and dips for Trader Joe's. TJ's does this on a regional basis as I understand, but they are very strict about quality, taste, etc. Last summer when #2 was laid up I bought their rosemary chicken breasts for her and she loved them (we did too!). There are options out there for meals that are better than 'pretend good.'

Beautiful day here, I may just go sit in the sun for a bit and temp fate.

Posted by: badsneakers | June 7, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Hi all... a couple of days off boodle (out of boodle?) and it takes forever to catch up.

Got my "new" car yesterday. It is technically used but only has 3K miles and appears to never have been sold to an actual nondealer, so maybe it really is new.

Didn't have it in time for the Boodle Girls (plus one Boy) Gone Wild road trip... Maggie O'D/rickoshea, Son of G and I visited our very own LostinThought on Friday. Lots of laughs and delicious Eye-talian food.

And of course... lots of fun time with Dear Child herself. What a joy!

Oh, hey... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE BOY! Ivansmom... you won't believe how much fun a teenager can be around the house.

Posted by: TBG- | June 7, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

So glad Federer won the French Open. I didn't realise till a couple of days ago that the trophy is called the Coupe des Mousquetaires. Just sayin'.

Posted by: seasea1 | June 7, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, yello; didn't mean to sound snappish. I just thought it sounded like you were excusing them.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | June 7, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

The trophy is named "A Couple of Mousketeers"? Which Mouseketeers? Cubby? Denise? Bobby? Annette? (Please, not big Roy.) Does Disney know? They might have a copyright infringement lawsuit.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | June 7, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Although I guess it could translate as "A Car Full of Mouseketeers." In which case I guess it would be all of them. My French is so rusty.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | June 7, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

DotC, thanks for that fossil art link. I love the compliment from Thomas Stafford to Purdy:

“If later interpretations agree or disagree with your and others present opinions, it is just the wondrous process of science, by which we asymptotically approach truth. Sometimes this takes a few hours in the case of a mathematical proof; sometimes it takes centuries in the case of discerning evolution’s inner workings.”

(that mathematical proofs can take centuries also accentuates the wonder of science.)

Posted by: DNA_Girl | June 7, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Jeez. "Win at Roland Garros gives Roger Federer his first French Open title, and an equal to Pete Sampras's record of 14 grand slam titles."

It gives him an equal to Pete Sampras's record? Couldn't he just, yanno, tie that record?


Posted by: Curmudgeon- | June 7, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Welcome back TBG and congrats on the new car. I'd say 3k in mileage qualifies as new, not just new to you.

Have been shopping online for counter stools and other odds and ends all morning and I'm exhausted. I truly hate shopping, but it had to be done so that next weekend the long in-progress Chez Frostbitten kitchen island project will be complete. We are determined to make this 900sf vacation cabin live like a year round house without always looking like a bomb just went off inside-and get rid of the storage unit we've been renting, and still be able to park a vehicle in the garage. A tall order when the single closet is just 36" wide.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 7, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I will go to Trader Joe's with a more open mind -- and I really should know much of the food is local, as the sourdough bread is made right here in this town.

Just grew up when "frozen" was mostly peas and lima beans, and "prepared" was unknown -- and my friend and I cooked!

Posted by: nellie4 | June 7, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Carp, the whole point of my 1:11 was to ask for collective boodle wisdom. Those with children out of the nest-how much of their stuff, from old school report cards to large things they don't have room for yet but say they want, do you feel obligated to keep? Frostson's stuff all fits in a couple of boxes, and is being held more for the time he realizes he does want it, but the dott doesn't even want to let go of a closet full of dance recital costumes.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 7, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Nellie-a regional grocery chain I don't get to very often has a great deli and freezes a portion of each day's offerings. At first I was skeptical of the quality after reheating but now I have to resist buying more than my little refrigerator freezer will hold.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 7, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Good afternoon, all.

Glad to hear everyone's having a reasonable weekend.

Me, I'm Lupusproofing my house for the full moon tonight. I don't expect to be home, but I will likely find my way back later, and, well, when I'm in that state, I'm not particularly neat.


Posted by: -bc- | June 7, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Thanks TBG. I had fun too. And yeah, DCs a joy. Really, a gift and a gem. Sometimes though it gets a little tough to remember that.

Glad the new car is now your car. I know it will be a part of many great road trips!

Posted by: LostInThought | June 7, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the Samprass comment was translated from the French, Mudge.

Posted by: -pj- | June 7, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Congrats on the new wheels, TBG! I'm sure you will enjoy being back on the road with a car of your own.

Posted by: -pj- | June 7, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Ah, quel frommage! That explains it, pj.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | June 7, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Ack, Sampras. Don't know what I was translating from.

Posted by: -pj- | June 7, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Loomis, I understand the Post was doing something similar with their TV magazine in a couple of places where they deliver. I don't know if they actually did it, though. They didn't do it in the area where I live.

Posted by: -pj- | June 7, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Frosti, #2’s been out of the nest for 15 years and I still have three boxes of her stuff in the basement. Of course her (rented) house is tiny and I don’t expect she will ever want to ship the boxes to her house in Costa Rica, so I’ll have them ‘til I die or move to a ‘home.’ I think the limit on ‘flown’ children’s stuff stored should depend on how much room you have, how long the anticipated storage will be and the odds that they will ever actually have need of the items. Old report cards and the like don’t take up much space, but costumes could be a bit more of an issue. Good luck!

Posted by: badsneakers | June 7, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I've kept a selection of cards, letters, report cards, journals, etc. from each of the girls' childhoods for my own sentimental pleasure. When #1 left home, she decided on her own that two file archive boxes-worth of keepsakes was what was reasonable for her parents to store. I agreed. She sorted carefully and discarded a bunch of stuff.

Posted by: Yoki | June 7, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Glad to hear that you had a triple bonus weekend, TBG. And congrats on the new ride.

Frosti- my mom was cleaning out her house recently and handed me a box of stuff from my High School days. Bad writing and poetry, bad paintings, and assorted junk.

Yet I can't bring myself to throw any of it away. My kids and I have a collective laugh at me - er, I mean, *it* - from time to time.


Posted by: -bc- | June 7, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

PJ and Loomis--

I got a notice today that TV Week will not be delivered unless I notify the Post that I want it.

I believe the notice covered all of PG County.

Posted by: Moose13 | June 7, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Frosty, #1 has been gone almost 25 years, and her oldest is 18. Yet we still have at least two cartons of her stuff up in the attic. Also, my wife made scrapbook ring-bingers of every paper, drawing, doodle, report card, test score, etc. each kid ever made. If somewhere in the world there is a scrap of paper upon which one of our numerous children have so much as laid their hand, my wife has archived it. I am looking at it as I write: it is about 10 or 11 linear feet of 3-ring binders and scrapbooks. Somewhere in there is probably a note which says, "Please excuse [#1] from gym class; Aunt Myrtle is making her monthly visit."

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | June 7, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Apology accepted. I was also explaining what you missed. The online edition is still a poor substitute for the real paper and ink version even if the price is much better. Plus I was showing off my Great White Way credentials. Billy Elliot is expected to sweep the Tonys. I haven't seen it and don't plan to. If Next To Normal gets a few awards I might be able talk my wife into giving it a try, but the subject matter is a little darker than she likes.

In other showtune news, John Stamos has been signed to the revival of Bye Bye Birdie. I hope he is not Birdie. We saw Uncle Jesse's bare buns when he replaced Alan Cumming in Cabaret.

A college friend of my wife says his old boyfriend is involved with the pre-production of The Addams Family (to star Nathan Lane and Lilith from Cheers) doing the puppetry effects which will put The Lion King to shame.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 7, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Congrats on the new wheels. You'll be smoking all the parents in the mini-van drag races at Laurel High next fall.

When my parents were stationed in Hawaii and all their dead storage caught up with them I visited them between graduation and my first job. I was shown a closet full of stuff and told that whatever was still there when I left would be thrown away. I narrowed it down to one box of paperbacks and one box of old papers and mementos which I mailed to my self.

I sold all the paperbacks in a yard sale about sixteen years ago but I still have the other box. I haven't looked inside it for ten years because it is at the very bottom of the basement closet. Probably for the best.

My wife keeps a single underbed storage box of stuff from my kid's childhood. It's got some artwork but the most valuable item is Baby Bear, the little stuffed animal he slept with until about the age of eight.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 7, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Kids' stuff? I did keep a box of toys for my grandchildren. They came out for my favorite twins a several months ago, and I was horrified. I had no idea they were so filthy. Now they are clean.

The trick, Frosti, is to insist that a child take something home with her each time she visits. That way, the stuff piles up at her place and you get some space over time.

My two have been pretty good about taking their stuff. The Elderdottir's high school graduation gown in still in a closet, and maybe a dress or two, but that's about it. The Geekdottir keeps moving stuff around. Her Madame Alexander doll is still sitting in the kid's rocking chair in her room. I expect it will stay there till she has a daughter of her own to play with it.

What's REALLY unnerving is to get a call: "Mom, I need my Social Security card! Isn't it in the folder you have for me in your filing cabinet?" So I look and It's Not There! And two days later she finds it in her desk. That, and birth certificates, will be the death of me, one of these days.

TBG! So much fun to have a new car, regardless of the mileage. I hope you enjoy it.

Posted by: slyness | June 7, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Mr seasea is profoundly unsentimental about keeping things, so he took care of most of the kiddo's stuff long ago. Plus we have a small house, so we can't hold on to too much to begin with. I do have some baby things that I made, and occasionally I come across a jacket or a cap that I can't quite get rid of. Now that I have lots of time, I went through the books and found half a box worth's that I thought my kid might want, but he didn't. And I found some kids' books too, most of which I gave away. There are some torn, tattered favorites that I'm keeping. There's also a cookie jar which I gave my kid as a Christmas present, but I'm not sure if it reminds him of his previous it's sitting in the attic for now. I'll see if he still wants it next time he's here.

So I'd say, keep a box or two of special things, maybe have your dott pick out a couple of recital dresses, etc. I still feel bad for the things I lost along the way, when we moved so much...but you can't keep everything. The thing I most regret was a box of buttons that I had played with as a kid, and decided I didn't want to drag it around anymore. But it held lots of reminders of my mom and my childhood, and I wish I had kept it. At least I didn't trash it, I sold it at a yard sale, so someone else got some use and pleasure from it. I remember she asked me if I really wanted to sell it, so I think it went to a good home.

Posted by: seasea1 | June 7, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Thanks everyone, I believe we will reduce the tonnage to a trunk each. It's been hard to balance the needs of one who wants to keep nothing and the other one who wants everything. Even if frostson never realizes he wants anything I'll feel better if he has a trunk of keepsakes kept safe from dampness, critters, and indifference. The dott's costumes are on their way to the after-school program to be used for dress-up play. The pictures/videos of her in them will have to do.

At first I was surprised that after all our moves we have so much of their stuff, but having almost nothing preserved from my own military brathood I see I way overcompensated. I think it's safe to assume I'll never get around to making a quilt of the swimming ribbons so the dott's on her own.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 7, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

I set aside boxes for each ScienceKid, labelled "ScienceKid#n's art, year 1 - year 2". The length of the interval is variable, depending on artistic output in that period. Meanwhile, school records and such have their own folders. We also have boxes of fine ceramics. And favorite baby clothes. If we don't keep all this stuff, what will their eventual biographers have to work with?

Posted by: ScienceTim | June 7, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Moose. I heard that they were doing that in Alexandria and, I think, Arlington. Clearly they are rolling this plan out.

Posted by: -pj- | June 7, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

La Coupe des Mousquetaires must be referring to Les Quatre Mousquetaires, the French tennis pros who had quite the success in the 20s and 30s. Can't remember the other ones but René Lacoste was one of them. He made his mark in merchandising after his pro career. He had a line a clothes with the little crocodile on it. The crocodile announced that you were preppy or gay and that could afford to pay $50 for a golf shirt back in the 70s.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | June 7, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Apparently it's an alligator and not a crocodile. Also, it's a Lacoste tennis shirt, not a golf shirt. Just bite me.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | June 7, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Yes, SD, you are correct. Or at least that's what wikipedia says. Somehow, though, it makes me picture a big-eared mouse.

Posted by: seasea1 | June 7, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Interesting about the TV section, as I learned after going to the paper's website moments ago and checking out the situation. The TV section already comes with the newspaper on Sundays.

I completely misunderstood, apparently. There's zero charge for continuing to receive the TV section into the future...yet a subscriber must now sign up for the TV section (although a subscriber was already receiving the TV section)? Seems strange to me...

Posted by: laloomis | June 7, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I have a computer question for the Boodle. Thursday night Microsoft Outlook quit on me. It is frozen up - starts to open the Outlook screen but stops while the right side (which would show the preview message) is still blank. Not Responding. We've run registry repair and security checks and made sure everything is fully updated. The rest of the computer seems happy but Outlook is trapped in winter. Currently I'm running Outlook 2003. If we upgrade and install Outlook 2007, or whatever the more recent one is, will it work?

I care because I want access to my archived emails. I can open current email through Outlook Express, but that doesn't get me the saved stuff, and I need it.

Posted by: Ivansmom | June 7, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Ivansmom, I think if you run Outlook 2007 you should be OK with you archived emails (do you archive frequently, did you set up archive settings for all/some of your folders?

You may have to import the files - usually .pst extensions. I have worked with Outlook for longer than I care to remember and lived through many upgrades - importing the data normally works.

Sometime just opening Outlook until it decides to fix itself works, or allowing it the time (sometimes very long) to open will work - check to see that part of it is not still running unseen.

Good luck

Posted by: dmd2 | June 7, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Ivansmom... here is a pretty complete description of Outlook 2003's file setup:

Check out the files and back them up before doing anything. I would also take some notes as you proceed.

Posted by: russianthistle | June 7, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

The new Outlook-like thing is called Windows Mail. That's all I know.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | June 7, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

You're still using Outlook, Ivansmom? Wow, that is so quaint!

Whether or not you switch from the side of Satan to the side of goodness (i.e., get a Mac), you probably should switch from Outlook to a non-Microsoft email product. MS email products have been at the center of most of the more obnoxious viruses of the past decade, it seems to this outsider. Companies whose products have to cope with a Microsoft-dominated environment make sure that they enable migration of Outlook archives to their products; MS does not see fit to enable migration in the opposite direction. The potential snag is if your workplace is using MS Exchange to handle central mail-service and distribution. Non-MS products are perfectly capable of handling interactions with MS Exchange, but the personnel in charge of these systems generally are not aware of this and greet all requests for information with a stony "We do not support that system/product." All you need are certain critical bits of descriptive data to fill in the settings in your software, but they tend to resist. It's worth a try, however. Consult with your fine Oklahoman IT people. I'm sure that they are at least as intelligent and well-educated as your Senators.

Posted by: ScienceTim | June 7, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Oh, SciTim, I simply am excited as a lioness around a buncha wildebeest in anticipation of getting my Mac in a couple of weeks. Hmm -- maybe wrong metaphor, but I suspect you know what I mean. I've been taking the online tutorials on Apple's web site and talking with some Apple people, I've compiled a list of extra software I'll need and I'm preparing the new nest for the newest member of my family. I'm hoping that MicroCenter has a copy of XP to sell me, as I refuse (REFUSE!!!) to take Vista under any circumstances to put on the PC side of the Mac. I'm only going to be using two software products on that side, which are not Mac compatible (and probably will never be) anyway, but the thought of having Vista again makes my blood boil! Grrrr.

Ah, the side of good beckons me from the side of evil. What a joy awaits me.

*anticipatory grin*

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | June 7, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm a little offtrack on the current topics, but wanted to swing by and announce that I've now eaten at a Canadian speciality-- Tim Horton's.

Hockey, Horton's... curling can't be far off now.

It's like what Dunkin Donuts is trying to emulate in some places-- donuts, breakfast sandwiches, and wraps.

Only it comes with more whole wheat and other healthier choices, and actual steeped tea. If you eat in, you get actual silverware and mugs.

I found the wrappers quite good.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 7, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Can't rate Tim Horton's
Didn't get any stinkin' taste
of chicken salad.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 7, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse


My boss and I are working on a new set of Mac tutorials to help our new teachers in the fall. I will post the link when he finally gets them up on our servers.

He is going into much more detail than the tutorials on the Apple site.

And, I can help anytime. I think you have my email. Do you?

Posted by: abeac1 | June 7, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Those little crocodiles were rather popular among ordinary Floridians. The crocs look like our national emblem, after all. I'm pretty sure they're crocs.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | June 7, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I have to brag...

That's us!

Posted by: abeac1 | June 7, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

I remember the shirts with the alligators in the late 70's -- my kids transfered into private school in SC at that time, where the "uniform" was Lacoste shirts and the school motto was "Be Preppy or Die."

Posted by: nellie4 | June 7, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

abeac-that's not bragging, that's justifiable pride! I'm sending the link to some local powers that be in education circles.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 7, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

In Colombia you could buy a roll of little alligators to stitch onto non-alligator shirts.

Frosti, it has been a long, tough road to get teachers blogging. It has built momentum now that the parents EXPECT to know what goes on in each class.

Posted by: abeac1 | June 7, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

abeac, that's wonderful!

I'm always fascinated at the way some tools are invented, but don't really find their true expression until some time later, and often by accident. For instance, there was TV, and then David Lynch made Twin Peaks years later, which seemed to me to be what television was *for* but had never been, before.

Your teacher blogs are like that.

Posted by: Yoki | June 7, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

I knew many people WHO wore Lacoste shirts in the 80s and were neither preppy nor gay. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

I liked it when people would take an extra alligator and sew it onto the shirt just above the other alligator in a lewd position.

I sat on a jury in the 80s where the primary piece of evidence was a shirt that was a parody of the Ralph Lauren polo player logo.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 7, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Jeez. 16 drug cartel and two federales killed in Acapulco gun battle. If that doesn't kill beach week down there I don't know what will.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | June 7, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Funny, Yoki! That first season of Twin Peaks, Ivansdad and I watched in amazement every week. We just couldn't believe they let that on network TV. We always felt that they couldn't believe it either and hadn't fully planned for a second season, but that was some show. The Boy has seen a little of it, and knows enough to know about fish in the coffee, and cherry pie.

Posted by: Ivansmom | June 7, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse


I blogged and included your comment.

Posted by: abeac1 | June 7, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Ivansmom, I still talk about "My Log."

Posted by: Yoki | June 7, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

abeac1 - link?

Posted by: Yoki | June 7, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

abeac -- I don't have your email address. I don't want to post mine within the Boodle (not that I don't luv you all, but I have to keep my privacy-freak creds up to date). Joel had my email address and you could email him to authorize his sharing it with you. Then we can converse off-Boodle.

Gotta get back to get a good seat for the Tony Awards Show starting within minutes. *putting on leg warmers and attitude shoes while warming the larynx muscles for show tunes* *yeah, right*

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | June 7, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm thinking Neil's suit is a bit too shiny for TV, and I'm very frenvious of yello who actually saw some bdwy shows this year.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 7, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

I hope Roger Robinson's win brings more attention to August Wilson's plays. The Penumbra and Guthrie theatres in Minneapolis are midway through presentation of his 20th Century cycle of 10 plays. I think they will finish up next season, economy willing.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 7, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin placed under quarantine in a Chinese hotel because of possible exposure to swine flu on the flight to China.

Posted by: laloomis | June 7, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

I don't have too many horses in the race tonight but my girl Angela Lansbury did win. She was a show stopper in Blithe Spirit. And she didn't even play the ghost.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 7, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Rock Of Ages RAWKS!

Both that and Glee use 'Don't Stop Believing'. If you had told me in 1982 that Journey would be used as a showtune I wouldn't have believed you.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 7, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

yello-I was on the treadmill during the Rock of Ages bit so not live boodling, but immediately thought of Glee. I hope the season holds up to the pilot.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 7, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Frosti... I'm laughing, thinking that "I was on the treadmill" likely means "I was up getting a bowl of ice cream."

Not specifically because it was you; just because it's 9:30 pm and you're watching the Tony Awards.

G'night all. Just returned from seeing 'Up' with Daughter. Great movie. Take a Kleenex.

Posted by: TBG- | June 7, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

TBG-I resemble that remark! But, remember it's earlier here.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 7, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

They chose that for number to highlight from Billy Elliot? Makes me want to see Next to Normal a whole lot more.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 7, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

This is for the poets and those that frequently post poems on the boodle, saw this article about a twelve year old who writes poems, watched the video and then read the article, the Single Rose will stay in my mind. Quite a good story.

Posted by: dmd2 | June 7, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse





Posted by: -bc- | June 8, 2009 12:46 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle. Pretty quiet overnight....except for some howling I heard off in the distance.

Breakfast this morning in the Ready Room will be somewhat unusual: an assortment of bagels (toasted or not, as you prefer), cream cheese, slices of (very) large Jersey tomato, slices of red onion, capers -- and the number one item, smoked Nova Scotia lox. Following breakfast, please help yourself to a handful of breath mints from the bowl in the lobby. There will also be chewing gum, and other emolluments, or if there's time before briefing, you can run back to your room to brush your teeth. Those red onions are killer.

Today in Nautical and Aviation History

June 8, 1812: The United States declares war on Great Britain, inaugurating the War of 1812; the primary issues are British impressment of American seamen and freedom of the seas.
1967: Spy ship USS Liberty is attacked off the Egyptian coast by Israeli jets and torpedo boats during the Six-Day War. Rockets, napalm, cannon and machinegun fire, and torpedoes kill 34 Americans and wound 171 of Liberty’s 294 crew. Israel later apologizes, claiming its attackers couldn’t tell the ship was American. Ever since, a “cottage industry” has grown up debating whether the attack was deliberate of accidental.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | June 8, 2009 6:10 AM | Report abuse

SCC: OR accidental.

Posted by: Curmudgeon- | June 8, 2009 6:13 AM | Report abuse

Good morning and happy Monday to all!

Today is Elderdottir's birthday. Twenty-seven years ago at this time, I was pushing: she was born at 7:11 ayem. Ah, the happy days in life.

Breakfast is wonderful, Mudge. I did manage to brush my teeth, so I'll be human to take the walk in a little while.

I hope bc has pulled back the fangs and gotten rid of the hair. These late-night soirees are a problem; I hope he behaved himself.

Posted by: slyness | June 8, 2009 6:56 AM | Report abuse

I have been in the middle of nowhere too long because the thought of a bagel (you can't get them in Our Fair City, not even frozen!) is as exciting as fresh tomato.

Busy day of meetings, then more meetings at work, followed up by the monthly city council meeting. At least with everything piled into Monday the rest of the week will be wonderful in comparison.

Happy Birthday to Elderslynessdottir. I won't mar the good wishes by singing.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 8, 2009 7:16 AM | Report abuse

Good morning all, Happy Birthday to elderdottir of Slyness.

Still awaiting more summer like temps here, great weather to be working outside but some heat would now be welcome.

Posted by: dmd2 | June 8, 2009 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Morning, Boodle.

'mudge said emoluments. hehe.

Posted by: Yoki | June 8, 2009 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Frosty, Thanks for giving me a new way of looking at what I am facing... it isn't a work week to which I am now readjusting, but a "cycle of works."

My intentions are to make my work days, a 21st century masterpiece worthy of repeated presentations.

Posted by: russianthistle | June 8, 2009 7:46 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. You're telling me dmd, it was a refreshing 7C/45F for the dog walk this morning.

Young Tony Alvarez from Montreal, one of the Billy Elliots and co-winner of the best actor in a musical, was a Canuckstani connection to the Tonys.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | June 8, 2009 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Set your TiVos, everyone!!!

Why would 'Mudge be offering shellfish after breakfast?

*characteristic-ventral-locomotion-despite-being-the-marrying-kind Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 8, 2009 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Scotty, is that like "flying by the seats of our pants?"

Posted by: russianthistle | June 8, 2009 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Hormel marching ahead with a SPAM as a cheap food source advertising campaign.

Posted by: russianthistle | June 8, 2009 8:00 AM | Report abuse

Just another terribly obscure (it wasn't THAT terrible) Monty Python reference, Weed... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 8, 2009 8:00 AM | Report abuse

The wind chill factor here is quite comfortable. Maybe a morning bike ride?

Posted by: russianthistle | June 8, 2009 8:16 AM | Report abuse


Something about engineers. I'm prepared to take umbrage.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 8, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

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