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A quick Saturday morning roundup of random links (yes, it's too cold to go outside and play, so we're stuck with the Internet):

Mark Leibovich has perfect pitch in his excellent dispatch on Peter Orszag . Note cameo appearance by the A-blog. (Wouldn't it be nice if they actually linked to it like this rather than merely quoted it.) [DONE!! Thanks, NYT.]


Is it my imagination or is it impossible to swing a cat, much less a pitching wedge, on the home page of HuffPo without hitting a Tiger Woods story, complete with cheesecake shots of Tiger's girlfriends and rumor-mongering? HuffPo has almost as many Tiger stories as it has columns calling for Geithner's head.


Remember that silly blog item I wrote a few days ago about how the world was going to come to an end because of some supernova?

Never mind!

A Discovery blogger says the astronomers didn't get their numbers right. See also Phil "Bad Astronomy" Plait's take on this.

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Love it when "news" stories are unintentionally funny- Re: Peter O
"As a general rule, executive branch spokesmen are not accustomed to worrying about “Inside Edition” — at least since the Clinton years."

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 9, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

In retrospect that was intentionally funny, and I haven't had enough coffee.

Howdy boodle! Back in St. Paul and freezing my tuchus off.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 9, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Joel said, "Peter".

Ha, ha ha, ha, ha, ha ha ha tee hee hee hee.

Posted by: bobsewell | January 9, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

I really like reading Phil Plait's stuff.

And, "Disaster Porn" would be a fine name for a rock band.

Posted by: bobsewell | January 9, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Leibovich's nicely written story now has a link to Achenblog.

I think even the überwonky Benjamin Franklin had a somewhat messy private life.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | January 9, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

I'm not quite certain what obligations this will entail, but I wish to plant myself firmly in the Milonas camp.

Posted by: bobsewell | January 9, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I guess the whole thing about Orszag is about laughing at the dork. "Ha, ha, look at the dork."

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 9, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Mr. A brings up three topics. I'm gonna focus on one of 'em since I view the other two as falling in the 'whipping a dead horse' category.

I love all the terminology cropping up with the supernova story. Gammma Ray Burst. Wolf-Rayet Star. To me it all sounds like phrases from a bad sci-fi novel. Actually, the whole episode smacks of a bad sci-fi novel.

Posted by: MsJS | January 9, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

*I wish they all could be California girls.*

Those Orzag brothers sure liked the well-connected West Coast women. In their younger days, one went to Southern California and picked up a bride; the other, Peter, to the Bay Area.

More interesting to me is part of Orzag's resume posted via the CBO, especially the portion that lists his time spent as both senior director and president of Sebago, when Petey was in Belmont, near Palo Alto, on the 'Frisco peninsula. Two of those clients, among the likes of Trinidad and Tobago, as well Norwegian ministers and the National College Athletic Association, are?

Why none other than the Governor of California and the Central Bank of Iceland. (In all fairness, Orzag's resume doesn't list what kind of work he did for those entities...could have been pension plans or whatnot.) But these finances of the state of California and the Icelandic bank are certainly deeply troubled today.

Just sayin'. *w*

Advice for Bianna: short, whirlwind courtship--long engagement.

A chilly 18 degrees or so this morning, depending what part of town you're in. For me, lots of yard clean-up of downed leaves yesterday during the afternoon, about 38 degrees, brisk, and I loved it--Tahoe-like temperatures in Texas and actually a need to dress in two layers.

There was a run on Wednesday and Thursday at local stores for insulation for pipes, covers for plants, and dog sweaters, the paper reported. The Salvation Army decided to suspend its rules and let inebriated indivuduals take shelter during the cold.

We San Antonians are lucky because for us the storm is a dry run--dry as a bone, humidity-wise, with no precipitation. Getting around on roadways is not an issue. Just a lot of work getting all the container garden planters tucked safely into the garage. A good weekend to snuggle with Neil Shubin and his 2008 "Your Inner Fish."

Good morning, Cassandra. How are you doing?

Posted by: laloomis | January 9, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Having come in from the frigid after Sat. morning errands (the usual), I stuck my newest Eva Cassidy CD ("Somewhere") into my Mac and I'm just blissing out on it. So sad she's gone. And all too soon. But what she left behind certainly shines brightly and keeps her alive in so many ways.

Posted by: -ftb- | January 9, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

If you've no time for snuggling you can download Neil Subin's PowerPoint presentation..

"Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion Year History of the Human Body"

Posted by: Boko999 | January 9, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Missed all the gun discussion from the last boodle, but cannot restrain myself from getting in a comment so please indulge me.

The only way to change the immature culture that allows 9 year olds in giant grown-up bodies to think it's ok to fool around with handguns is to make them social pariahs. If it means being banned from a sport, which happens to be their means of support, too bad.

I am not a gun hater, in fact I can think of few things as fun as firing an anti-tank weapon or messing about with plastic explosives and automatic weapons-in a tightly controlled environment which a typical workplace/locker room is not. I have a spouse so I don't own a handgun-everyone is crazy enough, believe me. Anyone who is serious about responsible gun ownership has little patience for the prank/just kidding defense. Guns are dangerous enough when you're trying very diligently to get everything right.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 9, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

The story, link above to today's Washington Post, is about how human intervened to save the brown pelicans in the greater DC area because the birds didn't migrate south (laziness?).

I'm reminded of an entry for early January from Sims' "Darwin's Orchestra" about the cahows or petrels of Bermuda, and how efforts were made--twice--to bring these birds back from near extinction, first because they were tasty and overhunted, along with the introduction of mammals, specifically rats at first, that would disturb the nests. Second, DDT exposure, the same culprit in the story in today's Post.

What tickles my mind more is the entry for January 6, how the Bird Woman, Sacagawea, insisted on going for a blubber run with the Lewis and Clark guys to the Pacific on that date to see the great waters and the great fish on the beach. Whales are not fish, but mammals--so we now know, so I turned for more detail to Prothero's evolution/fossil book to read about whales' vestigial back limb buds buried in their hindquarter muscles.

I know, too much paleo. But with really cold temperatures... What can I say? That I'm drawn to it as a fish is to water? Shubin's (and Prothero, both Columbia University grads) an interesting figure--a paleontologist who, by necessity--staff cuts IIRC, was more or less forced to teach human anatomy to first-year med students in Chicago, one of the contributing factors to the comparative anatomy within "Your Inner Fish."

A 1:15 minute humorous Neil Shubin clip:

A long 1:13:11 Neil Shubin talk at the Cleveland Museum of Natural Hisotry about his Canadian field trips and Tiktaalik, for those with lots of cold-time on their hands.

Posted by: laloomis | January 9, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Hello and happy weekend to the Boodle.

I had a little gun comment at the end of the last boodle -- consciously mudged myself, to keep the thread together.

I own a few nice wool sweaters from times that I have lived in colder climates, and I'm pleased to have a chance to wear them again. I'm also pleased that the chance won't last very long, and I'll be able to unbundle again in a few days.

On-kit, I got nothing.

Posted by: -bia- | January 9, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Hey, Boko.

The Youtube version explains how Shubin realized the Devonian rocks around Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic was the place he and his team needed to be, where they needed to go. The Shubin camp tents are mere specks in Shubin's Ellesnmere photos!

What I found humorous in the Youtube version was how Shubin found the transitional Tiktaalik right when the Dover, Pennsylvania, schoolboard argument erupted with claims by the creationists that the evolutionary record is without transitional fossils. Or so Shubin explains.

The story of the old Arctic exploring vessel/ship Fram and Otto Sverdrup is an interesting sidebar during the Shubin talk. The Canadians honored Sverdrup with a postage stamp about five years ago, no?

Posted by: laloomis | January 9, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

bia - If provocation is to be punished as severely as dangerous & harmful action, then I can see no rational argument against blasphemy laws, speech codes, and the like.

It seems to me that the distinction between potential harm and actual harm is useful, but I understand that other people (for various reasons, not all of them entirely honorable) don't necessarily find that to be the case.

Posted by: bobsewell | January 9, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Chapter 11: Four slides including the "Bozo family" tree and the descent of the testes.

My evolutionarily developed sense of survival has me involuntarily crossing my legs protectively.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 9, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

A pretty brilliant HuffPo parody:

Download or click to enlarge for the full effect.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 9, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

In a recent WaPo Reliable Source column they mentioned, but did not provide a link. NYT links to both it and you. You're living in a rather translucent house to be throwing those kinds of rocks.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 9, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Submitted without comment.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 9, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

A business has sent me a voucher good for two tickets to see the Washington Wizards. Anyone want them?

Posted by: ScienceTim | January 9, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Yello: And read without comment.

Posted by: MsJS | January 9, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Sitting in a lovely waterside restaurant halfway between Philly and DC waiting for my lunch companion, dbG, to arrive. So nice to have imaginary friends. Oh! She's here!

Posted by: -TBG- | January 9, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Yello, it wasn't a rock, it was a plea...And after I emailed them they added a link, so the plea worked. A link from the NYTimes does wonders for one's overall Google rankings as you know. The truth is that articles don't tend to have nearly as many links, or any links at all, compared to blogs. It's an artifact of the software and to some extent newsroom custom. On Moveable Type I can insert a link easily; when writing an article on a different program it's trickier. Does that make sense?

Posted by: joelache | January 9, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

bobs, yes, as far as maintaining a distinction in punishment between potential and actual harm. But maintaining that distinction doesn't mean that we can't hold someone at all responsible for provoking a dangerous situation, it just means that they shouldn't be held responsible for all the what-ifs that could have resulted but didn't.

I don't see your blasphemy/speech restriction situation as entirely parallel, though I suppose it might be a point along the same continuum. It seems to me that there's a difference between something that can reasonably be interpreted as a threat, whether words or actions (like weapon display), and something that someone might find offensive enough to get violent over. If you insult me or my god, I should have enough self-control to refrain from violence against you, and if I don't, I should be held responsible for initiating the violence. If I get violent in reaction to a real threat to my safety or life, I've got a much better case for self-defense.

Legal folks, am I right that the law makes this distinction?

Posted by: -bia- | January 9, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Thumbed Shubin's "Fish" book quickly as I seettled in with it last night and the Bozo family tree really jumped out at me though I didn't make it past page 12 around 9 p.m.--after picking up my special order (insisted to myself that I wanted the hardback version of Shubin's "Fish") at the neighborhood big-box bookseller after a dinner out--before falling asleep. Physical labor in the cold and a filling Italian meal does wonders for a sound night's sleep.

The offspring of an utterly humorless couple: Bozo! *LOL*

Posted by: laloomis | January 9, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I am on my way to the MD Thespian Festival in lovely Waldorf, MD. See you there?

Posted by: ScienceTim | January 9, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I kept meaning to mention that Bad Astronomy piece on the supernova, really I did...

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 9, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: dmd3 | January 9, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

bia, your point is well-taken. There's certainly a heck of a lot of difference between being offensive and being threatening.

Posted by: bobsewell | January 9, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I was too grief-stricken at the news Clokey's passing to bring it up. I wonder if Eddie Murphy will find time to say a few words for the man?

Posted by: bobsewell | January 9, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Little nostalgia to ease Bobs' pain.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 9, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

"Descent of the Testes" has a definite Wagnerian ring to it.

Posted by: Boko999 | January 9, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Seconding Frostbitten's comment: she lives in deer-hunting country where a lot of people own guns. THat's not banned, but college campuses up here require students to put their guns in a firearms locker once on campus. They can get their guns when they're going off campus to hunt, come back, put their guns away, dress their game, etc. and go back to their studies.

Carrying a gun of any sort into a sports locker room would get even the top college athlete on campus expelled, because that is a violation of campus rules.

Expulsion. No scholarship, maybe forever losing a chance to be recruited for pro sports (pro athletes definitely hail from here), and certainly not retiring with millions.

While the pro-gun and anti-gun stances make for interesting discussion, I don't see "fairness" to be sound reasoning. It is unfair for other people to suffer the psychological threat of working with a gun-happy scofflaw, period.

ScienceTim's example of that guy is one thing-- he was stopped at the checkpoint, got belligerent, made the situation worse, endangering his own life, but it was calmed down and he presumably did NOT bring the gun into the workplace after all. That's the difference.

If NBA players have no security check whatsoever as they go into work, maybe that needs to be changed. If they do, then we must assume that Arenas delibrately hid those guns from security, in short, he knew that he wouldn't be allowed in if he publicly carried them in.

I don't find any innocous interpretion to that. A sadistic prank at the least, threatening on average, deadly incident at best.

I have no thoughts on guns one way of the other. As long as nobody points one at me, they can hunt or practice on the firing range all they want.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 9, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, dmd!

Posted by: bobsewell | January 9, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

That reminds me. When does the Lilith Fair start?

Posted by: yellojkt | January 9, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

The Lilith Fair never ends, you misogynist!

Posted by: bobsewell | January 9, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Shubin's "Inner Fish", as discussed here previously, is a very fine book indeed. I re-read it a couple of weeks ago.

Posted by: bobsewell | January 9, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

O,K., I peeked ahead to chapter 11, and half of the good part about the descent of the testes is missing, in the posts by yello, Boko, and Bob. I didn't know the following about testes embrologically.

The deal is that the testes descend from the gonads' primitive position high up in the body (near the embroyo's armpit in the diagram on page 196, more likely the upper chest cavity). They descend as the fetus grows.

In the previous set of two photos and an illustration in Shubin's book, on page 194, a shark is opened up to show its huge liver. The shark's liver is pushed aside aside so one can see gonads, which extend relatively close to the heart, and above the liver. In the male human, the descent to the outpocket of the body during the development of the fetus leaves the body wall of human males outside the womb weak in the groin area.

However, I want to take this one step further, because thinking of this brings to mind Joel's Kit this past week about how stretching the (old) mind helps one to see patterns. Throw in the Iceland's banking problems and its bankruptcies, including Iceland's deCode Genetics, the precarious financial situation coming about the same time as one of its tantalizing finds, as told in a NYT article by Nick Wade on Dec. 19, headlined "Disease Risk Depends on Which Parent a DNA Variant Is Inherited From," with this information about deCode's discovery.

First graf:
Icelandic biologists have discovered that the genetic risk of several common diseases, like Type 2 diabetes and cancer, can depend on which parent a DNA variant is inherited from.

Decode scientists have found one such instance. They report in Friday’s Nature that a DNA variant increases a person’s risk of Type 2 diabetes by 30 percent if inherited from the father, but reduces the risk by 10 percent if comes from the mother.

Add to the mix the angry rant in a Christmas card I received from my maternal cousin because she had learned that I had mentioned here on the A-blog that I was unable to visit with her during our trip to Wyoming because she was having a double mastectomy, the cancer found very early.


Posted by: laloomis | January 9, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

No supernova? Oh, Joel, you owe me for a truckload of dried beans and bottled water.

Posted by: rashomon | January 9, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Misogynist? More like philogynist (which, amazing to me, is a real word). And to answer my own question, tour dates have not been set, but DC, Calgary, Montreal, Minneapolis, Seattle, Chicago, and Toronto are on the the itinerary. Both Indigo Girls and Tegan and Sara are on the bill.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 9, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

I wonder why anybody would be angry over such a small, intensely personal detail posted on an internationally read blog?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 9, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

I believe some invertebrates still keep their family jewels in the thorax region.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 9, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

May wonders never cease...

Had to order a major appliance online, and had to do it through an online chat since the web site wasn't processing the order. The representative I was working with said the earliest the item could be installed would be the 13th. Par for the course, I thought.

Lo and behold, I got a confirmation e-mail saying it'll be here tomorrow! :-)

Hopefully the delivery people won't come during the Patriots game.

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 9, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

O.K., put the brief angry Christmas note I received together with the news about DeCode, and bingo, I began to see a pattern. It was as though the recent double mastectomy my cousin had in Wyoming was the missing piece of the puzzle, the missing piece of the puzzle I needed to see the family pattern.

Only in our family, a miniscule sample size, certainly statistically insignificant--but certainly not insignificant to the females in our family who have had mastectomies.

I'm going to stick mostly with birth names to illustrate the pattern of the cancers:

Maternal grandparents, generation 1:
Grandfather Swanson and Grandmother Kronnick-Swanson

had the follwing kids (generation 2), who had the following kids (generation 3):

Richard Swanson and wife (who smoked heavily and early and had mestaticizing breast cancer)
--cousin Shirley (frequent, early smoker and eldest daughter, who had a post-menopausal mastectomy and was very ill a handful of years ago. She may have passed for all I know.)
--cousin Beverly (no breast cancer)

Roy Swanson and wife
--cousin Marilou (first daughter and only child, post-menopausal double mastectomy in Wyoming)

Lillian Swanson (post-meopausal breast cancer, a long-term survivor) and Merwin Loomis (my parents)

Carol Swanson (youngest daughter) and husband

The pattern looks like the cancer is coming from the male side of the family and is being passed to the eldest daughter, but not the second or subsequent daughter. What's going to be interesting is to see what female, if anyone, will have cancer in generation 4, the next generation? Will the cancer come down on maternal lines? Will I, Cheryl, or Bev--all in generation 3, get it as we move into our late 60s or our 70--thereby blowing the now-obvious pattern to bits? Will it pass along male Swanson lines yet again so that Bill and Ed's daughters get it, or will the gene, if it's got a female "interruptor" in Carol, not be passed to Swanson-descended males so that they may pass it to their female offspring?

I hope I'm around for another 50 years to see the advances in genetics.

Posted by: laloomis | January 9, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Actually, the whole episode smacks of a bad sci-fi novel.

Posted by: MsJS


Which may explain the viability of Scientology.


And dmd, while the death of Art Clokey might be sad, he surely wouldn't want you to get all bent out of shape over it.

(Also, I am suffering from the juxtaposition of "Clokey" and "Conky" occasioned by the viewing of the series finale of "Trailer Park Boys" last night. In my head, this entire post is being spoken by Bubbles.)

Posted by: byoolin1 | January 9, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I met Express-News columnist and African-American Kathy Clay-Little some years ago during a seminar at the downtown library. From her Dec. 24, 2009 column:

One of my most rewarding moments this year came after writing in this column that I had been diagnosed with uterine cancer. As I was leaving church the day before having major surgery, a choir member rushed to me to thank me for a column. Not sure which column she was referring to, I asked, “Which column?” “The one you wrote about your diagnosis,” she answered, and went on to explain that her gynecologist had retired two years before and she had missed her yearly mammogram. After reading the column and its plea to take care of yourself, she scheduled a mammogram. They found cancer. The good news was that it was so small, it was stopped in its track without invasive treatment.

Posted by: laloomis | January 9, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

ScienceTim and ScienceSpouse,

I don't know if you listened to Weekend Edition this morning, but the following segment caught my attention:

I'm not familiar with the singer-songwriter but at about 4:50 into the segment, she has a song that might interest you.

Posted by: -pj- | January 9, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I see the boodle is going all scattershot, which I hate because I like to stay right on topic.

Speaking of swinging cats, the boy and I finally saw Avatar.

I was warned that 3D films can induce light-headedness bordering on nausea, but I didn't know that this effect was largely caused by the ticket prices.

Visually this was a stunner. The 3D was used elegantly to create a magnificent sense of depth.

Alas, take away the effects and you are left with a highly derivative mash-up of Pocahontas, Dances with Wolves, Lord of the Rings, and that film with Tom Cruise where he goes all Samurai. I mean, you could pretty much predict the rough outlines of the plot in the first few minutes.

Of course, this version of the generic morality play involved a race of blue perky cat people.

Now, if you are okay with this, then by all means go. It is an event. As technical eye-candy it was without peer. Overall I certainly enjoyed it. But don't be expecting, you know, Citizen Kane.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 9, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I feel confident that none of my cousins (on either side) were overly distressed that the family visits of laloomis were derailed by medical procedures. Medical stuff happens, to breasts & other body parts, all the way up until it stops. And it always stops eventually.

Since my cousins are, perforce, cousins of laloomis, we may assume that some, if not most, of the cousins of laloomis were similarly un-upset at the sharing of this news.

Posted by: bobsewell | January 9, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

RD_P: That was the best review of Avatar I've seen yet. Thank you.

Hey, yello! GT beats Duke!

Posted by: MsJS | January 9, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

71-67. Not that I would gloat or anything.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 9, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Thank you MsJS!

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 9, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Hello, Loomis, I'm doing okay. I hope life is treating you good and the family is well.

Bob, I'm still laughing. And thanks, dmd.

Time for the meds. Have a good evening everyone.

Posted by: cmyth4u | January 9, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

The entire Laura Veirs album is available streaming from NPR until the 12th. The track is question is the next to last one.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 9, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

RD -- thanks for the review. Tis on my list to see. But, I am not running to catch it. Last movie of compleate pleasure for me was Jane Campion's Bright Star. Am thinking about buying the disk. Kostumes and Keats: like doublemint for me.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 9, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Yup. RD pretty much nailed it. You can also throw Ferngully into the plot blender. Plus the ghostwritten George Lucas dialog.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 9, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse


so you offended your cousin by posting too much information about her health. and now, knowing that, you've posted your family's entire medical history for this illness with real names. why would you do that? posting that much personal information publicly is not advisable in the first place, but doing it when you know you're offending a family member is just plain crazy.

Posted by: LALurker | January 9, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Totally off kit, but why is the NFL televising reruns? I mean, three of the four games being shown look to be from last week.

Or is this the deja vu memory weirdness that Mr. A wrote about a few kits back?

* cue the Twilight Zone theme *

Posted by: MsJS | January 9, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

There still playing football? Bama won Thursday. It's basketball season now.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 9, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

RD -- about Kane. I have a sled from Norway circa 1956 or so. I will hang it from my kitchen ceiling to make a pot rack. I think of the sled as


but in Norwegian.

Another scattershot item: Today, I was fist bumped about seven times. New to fist bumping, I responded by fb No.3 with the right amount of brio. Twas fun. setting: a swim meet today, when the happy swimmers fb'ed me, a timer, in a sort of "thank you for timing me" gesture. I have timed for years and fb has not been the rule. Anyway. Fun. And now I have something in common with Michelle and Barack.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 9, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

SCC: They're. And did I mention that GT beat Duke?

Posted by: yellojkt | January 9, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

JK -- here is a bouquet of rosebuds in the GT colors for you. Enjoy.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 9, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

yello, Tegan and Sara are in Calgary tonight, big sold-out show. Of course, they are local girls and we're nothing if not loyal to our own.

Posted by: Yoki | January 9, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

We're happy in this house when anyone beats dook. Thanks to the jkts, yello!

Had a wonderful lunch with dbG. Sat on the water and enjoyed the view and the company (and the meal). Then a little outlet shopping to complete the outing.

I felt like a cowboy hero, riding home into the sunset.

Posted by: -TBG- | January 9, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

A friend is visiting, and just brought me a bowl of popcorn so tasty that it beggars description. Requests for some details of the preparation have been met with caginess, obfuscation, and outright mendacity. Phrases such as "secret family recipe" and "you'll never make me talk" have been bandied about. When I pointed out that I've been working out some enhanced interrogation techniques for exactly this sort of situation, she seemed more intrigued than unnerved. I'll keep you posted on developments.

[Well, probably I shouldn't and won't share too many details. But if I get the recipe, I'll pass it along.]

Posted by: bobsewell | January 9, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

If she has surgery, bob, please spare us the details.

Posted by: -TBG- | January 9, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure that she has an exploratory procedure in her future... (but perhaps I've said too much)

[She just hit me repeatedly & none too gently. Mean, mean lady is she!]

Move along, nothing to see here.

Posted by: bobsewell | January 9, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Someone please post something.

Posted by: -TBG- | January 9, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

** yellojkt not gloating **


** sniffing the boodle air **

Posted by: MsJS | January 9, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

And in more NFL rerun news, guess what Colts quarterback won MVP?

Posted by: MsJS | January 9, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Just to post something: Biscotti all made and cooling; table's all set, and the chicken, potatoes, and salad are nearly ready for dinner.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 9, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Johnny U. won again? Cool!

Posted by: -pj- | January 9, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Just for you TBG, who knew there was a World Championship in this, and grammar matters!

Posted by: dmd3 | January 9, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

BTW, this recipe is killer and has convinced me olive oil is the only way to go in biscotti.

(Subtract the cranberies and pistacho and you have a good basic recipe for so many flavors.)

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 9, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

I just learned that I have Showtime On Demand except that the selection is not that great. So I'm watching a Margaret Cho special. There is no joke in the entire show that I can share on the boodle.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 9, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Must be off. My hectic social calendar and all. Everyone enjoy the evening.

Posted by: MsJS | January 9, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Cranberries and pistachios? What a way to ruin a normally delightful baked good.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 9, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Well maybe the part where she imitates her mom taking her to Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 9, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Pass the popcorn, Bob. Or leave it on the sideboard next to WB's biscotti. I put the AC on them, so that they will cool double time. I have two fuels: decafe and fully-thunderated. Because, the rules say that biscotti takes coffee. The Omerta Codex says this on page 235.

And, Bob, close the door and latch it behind you. We will turn the TV up loudly.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 9, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

♪ ♫ When you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way ♪ ♫

Posted by: -TBG- | January 9, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

♪ ♫ From your first cigarette 'til your last dying day ♪ ♫

Posted by: yellojkt | January 9, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Ba-ba-ba Benny and the Jets.

Posted by: omnigood | January 9, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Leavin' on a jet plane.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 9, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

𝄞♪ ♫ ♪♬

TBG can be shoe-horned into the Do Re Me song
Tee Bee Gee

Tee a drink a very hot drink
Bee a stinging flying flea
Gee a phrase uttered when perplexed...carry one.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 9, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

♪ ♫ And Jet, I thought the only lonely place was on the moon! ♪ ♫

Posted by: yellojkt | January 9, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

In 1981 I saw Rocky Horror Picture show in Hollywood. (This trip was the first and only time I saw real-life streetwalkers.)

I was shocked because tickets were five (5) dollars.

But the experience was epic. It helped that one of my friends at the time was a Rubenesque young women. You would be amazed how many props she could hide in her cleavage. You know, like a roll of toilet paper and a bag of rice.

I can't say I really enjoyed the experience of attending at first. Far too chaotic for my tastes. But then, a few weeks later, I got this weird urge to round up the usual suspects and go do it again.

I think we ended up seeing it about three times before the thrill vanished.

One day I should probably sneak out some weekend and go to the midnight showing at the second-run theater where I live. The one attended by kids not yet conceived when I first saw the movie.

I could be the weird old guy in the back yelling obscure references to Karen Carpenter.

Because, you know, I can.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 9, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

♪ ♫ Oh, flew in from Miami Beach B.O.A.C.
Didn't get to bed last night
On the way the paper bag was on my knee
Man I had a dreadful flight ♪ ♫

Posted by: yellojkt | January 9, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

♫ ♪ ♬ Big ol' jet airliner... don't carry me too far away. ♫ ♪ ♬

Posted by: -TBG- | January 9, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

I was a Rocky Horror cast member for a night once:

My wife is very proud of the fact that she never seen RHPS in its entirety since she fell asleep in the middle the one time she went.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 9, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

I'll go with you, RD. We'll horrify our kids together.

♫ ♪♬ Mommas, don't let your babies grow up to be Cowboys. ♫ ♪♬

Posted by: -TBG- | January 9, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

♪ ♫ Eight miles high and when you touch down
You’ll find that it’s stranger than known ♪ ♫

That one's not really about planes, is it?

Posted by: yellojkt | January 9, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Sure. But can you do italics?

Can I join the road-trip to RHPS? I can sing out "Damn it, Janet" as well as the next man.

Posted by: Yoki | January 9, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

TBG -- my anesthesiologist dad would sing that song when he was called to attend a difficult birth. Worked in Montana and California. I admit, that in the blur of three babies working their ways into being, that tune cootie played bizarrely in my mind.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 9, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

I like Collingsworth(sp?) but hate the Cowboys, what should I do?

The Cowboys had some great QB though. Staubach, Aiken and now Romo. Unfair.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 9, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

You guys should go. It's playing tonight at E-Street theater:

My wife has already vetoed it, so I can't join you. She can't ruin her streak.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 9, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Don't ahead of yourself there TBG. Save the PEV songs for later please

Posted by: omnigood | January 9, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

You're obviously a mere babe, RDP. I first saw RHPS in 1976, then about another five times (it was only shown about once a month back then) that year. Finally gave it up when all these people started shouting, and dancing, and waving props. See, the thing was, it made us feel especially sophisticated, and bad, at first. Then the rest of the world started coming, and pretending that it was *their* special joke movie.

More seriously, I had a real interview today. There will be a second interview, with "The Senior Partner," next week. And my kid played violin in a very nice concert this afternoon. Life is good.

Posted by: Wheezy1 | January 9, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

♪ ♫ Let's go to Luckenbach Texas with Waylon and Willie and the boys
This successful life we're livin' got us feuding
like the Hatfield and McCoy's ♪ ♫

The Outlaws and The Highwaymen are the only cowboys I care for.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 9, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Nice, Wheezy.
Jk -- read McMurtry's Lonesome Dove. Now, ther is some cowboys. And, some recreational poking with sportin'gals. GREAT BOOK.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 9, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

I'll bite: What are PEV songs?

Posted by: yellojkt | January 9, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

And if you forget what to yell when there is always this guide:

Posted by: yellojkt | January 9, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Just saw that there was a quake off N. CA, all boodlers in that area OK (if your power isn't out).

Posted by: dmd3 | January 9, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Good on Joel for linking to Phil Plait's blog. Although Phil's style doesn't always work for me, the content is solid. Another really superb blog about stuff out there in space is Emily Lakdawalla's Planetary Society blog:

Posted by: woofin | January 9, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Here are two very important articles about risk assessment as it applies to terrorism:

Posted by: kbertocci | January 9, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Yes, CqP, Lonesome Dove! This guy McMurtry understands stuff. The miniseries from years ago was good, too, with the perfect cast.

Posted by: woofin | January 9, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

yello... RD and I could walk to the RHPS showing at midnight tonight out here. No need to go all the way downtown.

omni... I hope I'll be singing ♪ ♫ Fly like an Eagle ♪ ♫ tonight, to add to the Steve Miller medley.

Posted by: -TBG- | January 9, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

it's code i'll explain later

Posted by: omnigood | January 9, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

TBG got the code but isn't listening. stop it already

Posted by: omnigood | January 9, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Hey... I started it, omni!

Posted by: -TBG- | January 9, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

No one among us will be surprised to learn that I've never seen Rocky Horror and have no idea what you're talking about.

Carry on.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | January 9, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Watch this video and learn how to dance the Time Warp.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 9, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if any of the vintage RHPS lines we used in SoCal are still recognizable.

"Show us your sideburns"
"There's a cockroach on the car"
"What ever happened to Karen Carpenter"
"Is it true you [engage in onanism]?"
"Is it soup yet?"
"Icky Poo!!"
"Don't touch the hair!"
"What's the most important question in the world?"
"[bosoms] on a Ritz. Good cracker..."

Of course, these are the only a few of the ones I can remember. At least those that would make it through the filter.

Given the organic nature of the call-backs, these are probably as quaint and dated nowadays as "sixty-three skidoo."

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 9, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, all.

RD, good review of Avatar - I summed it up for my oldest thusly, "It's spectaular. And we could have written it over breakfast."


Posted by: -bc- | January 9, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

I see my pigskin pickin' skills are as sharp as ever... *SIGH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 9, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse


I knew about this but was never INVITED. And, was in the library, I think. So, my foiled/lapse is much greater. You, dear, did not commit the sin of omission.

Woofie -- yes. And, my dad is one part TRoosevelt and one part Gus McCrae. THe entire cast is so perfect that the series nearly -- and in my mind's eye ARE the pictures when I re-read. Frederick Forest as Blue Duck STILL scares me.

I read LD each summer; as I do The Godfather. These books help us understand the American character.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 9, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

it's OK to start for the Jets win, and even I chimed in

but wait for it, OK?

personally I thought Benny for Bengals was a little too cute and not really clever at all, but I have a horrible song memory

Posted by: omnigood | January 9, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Explaining RHPS to a virgin is like trying to teach someone how to play Dungeons and Dragons. As dorky as it is, it sounds twice as bad. The only way to figure it out is to do it.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 9, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Yello - thanks for that link. At the end I had the overwhelming urge to yell

"Say something stupid Brad!"

Oh dear. So long ago. See how young they all look.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 9, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

I preferred Tim Curry in Spamalot... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 9, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Oh cQp. We would have rescued you from the library and taken you with us. Assuming, of course, you didn't mind smuggling in a water pistol or two.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 9, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Back in high school a huge bunch of us had access to the teacher offices. We would often randomly break out into the Time Warp between the desks.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 9, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

But Scotty, if Tim Curry had never been Frank-N-Furter, he would never have been the draw he was for Spamalot. When we saw it, Curry was the only diva too big to come out and sign autographs.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 9, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Now THATs what I call an earthquake!

And close to bh -- bh, check in!

Posted by: nellie4 | January 9, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Frostbitten, I agree-- that's why I didn't use cranberries and pistachos. I can't abide pistachos.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 9, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I think Tim's "Red October" role would have bagged him the King Arthur role no matter what, yello.

Looks like I might be batting .500 on football so far.

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 9, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

The funny thing about RHPS, for me, is that it was about as radical and wild as I ever got. Yep, the craziest thing I ever did in college was go to a movie theater and yell stupid things at a screen. This, to me, was life on the edge.

It seemed outlandish at the time, even though it really wasn't. It had the allure of the forbidden without any of the risk. And that's not a bad experience to have had.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 9, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, pj! I have alerted my MIL to the interview.

Posted by: ScienceTim | January 9, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Cool, ScienceTim.

I haven't seen RHPS either. Which is pretty remarkable considering that I was in college when it hit.

Posted by: -pj- | January 9, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

alright scotty

Posted by: omnigood | January 9, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

If anyone is remotely interested in seeing Avatar ever, I strongly recommend that you spend the money and go see it in the theatre. The 3D is stupendous and I found it completely immersive. However, the 3D is most of the value in the movie -- on a 2D screen, no matter how nice your HD might be, it just won't have that much to hold you, I suspect. 3D will be possible, but 3D on standard 2D displays will be accomplished by separating the channels by color, which will degrade the quality of the imagery. The circular-polarization 3D technique that is now deployed in theatres is an order of magnitude beyond any 3D method I have previously seen. If you are going to see it at all, see it now.

One can also accomplish 3D on home displays by a switching method, involving active polarization switching in the glasses, but it necessarily slows the frame rate by a factor of 2 and would require ancillary hardware. There is a 3D display technology that works without glasses, but the displays are still relatively small and you must hold stock-still for the 3D effect to work properly. So, if you want to see it in 3D within the next 10 years, go see it in the theatre. Then we can all get together and kvetch about how the actual movie falls short of its special effects.

Wouldn't Ghostbusters have been GREAT in 3D like this? Maybe it's time for a remake? But who could equal Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and the 25-years younger Sigourney Weaver in those roles?

Posted by: ScienceTim | January 9, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

NFL playoff score:

Shaun Suisham - 9
Washington Redskins - 0

Posted by: -pj- | January 9, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Exactly SciTim...Who you gonna call?

Posted by: omnigood | January 9, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man leaning out over the audience would terrify me. And they would need to be sure they don't cross the streams.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 9, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Who wants to go climb Everest? We gotta be in Kathmandu by March 29.

And it's only 40k euros plus equipment plus airfare. What a bargain.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 9, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

I heard George Lucas on Fresh Air some time this week and according to what he said you could make just about any movie 3D without having to re-shoot it. We could have the 25 years younger Sigourney Weaver in 3D.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 9, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm watching a Fish Called Wanda on the TV and thoroughly enjoying it. It passes the test of time.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | January 9, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

I am watching Meryl Streep in Music of the Heart, I am a sobbing mess.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 9, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

You've brought back memories of living in Madison, Wisconsin, waiting in line for the weekly, Saturday night showing of RHPS in -20 degree windchill.

Had a great time with TBG, missed seeing Athena, though. TBG asked how bad being on call has been and I jinxed myself by answering. On the way home I got texted and had to exit and log in.

Anyone have a good recipe for pumpkin soup?

Posted by: -dbG- | January 9, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

6.5 earthquake off the coast of Eureka. Let's go right to reporting from the Eureka Times-Standard for the latest, "Update: Earthquake rocks Eureka, damage widespread":

First graf:
A 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck Eureka at around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, leaving much of the city without power and police scanners buzzing with reports of damage and injuries.

Last graf:
Power is out at the Times-Standard, and reports Saturday evening were filed from the parking lot on a single laptop, illiminated by headlamps from employee vehicles.

The quake even rattled the patrons of the Alibi in Arcata, a longtime fixture on the downtown Plaza. Wonder how Humboldt State held up?:|htmlws-main|dl1|link1|


Televisions tumbled and objects were knocked off walls in Arcata, a small town that's home to Humboldt State University, one resident said.

"The whole town is kind of freaked out right now," said Judd Starks, the kitchen manager at a bar and restaurant known as The Alibi. "All the power is out, people are out walking around."

Posted by: laloomis | January 9, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Oh jeez, I never saw RHPS but I LOVED Ghostbusters. However, I was a fully functional, responsible adult with a child when it came out.

So don't feel bad, rickoshea, we're in the same boat.

Posted by: slyness | January 9, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

TBG and omni -- I enjoyed the musical selections. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's.

dBG, if you're an Iggles fan, I would recommend vodka in that Pumpkin soup.


Posted by: -bc- | January 9, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Not an Iggles fan, but that sounds pretty good anyway.

Posted by: -dbG- | January 9, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

But Philly fans, take heart:

I think Mike Vick was 1/1 for 76 yards and a touchdown. Nice to see.


Posted by: -bc- | January 9, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

I've stayed awake until 11:30, and now I have to stay awake until midnight to watch SNL? I object. Who cares about the post game wrap up? I certainly don't.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | January 9, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Oops. It's for local news. I feel better.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | January 9, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

I first encountered RHPS when #2 was in high school and they were doing a musical revue that included the Time Warp number. Of course I immediately rented the movie and enjoyed it. I loved Tim Curry in it.

Did the Eagles decide to just lay down and die or were the Cowboys just playing out of their heads? Yikes!

Had curry for dinner and should have washed my hair again as I'll be smelling it all night, yuck. I will wait for SNL and then be sorry I did, as usual.

Posted by: badsneakers | January 9, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

For your late night video watching, here is a band called Paramore.

If you have never heard of them, ask your kids. Think of them as a high school version of Garbage.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 10, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

My wife is wondering what year the SNL episode is from if Charles Barkley is hosting.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 10, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

An unvetted ireport on fellow roaming the streets of Eureka with a video camera...views of streets and homes are extremely dark, near pitch-black, since power outages seem to be widespread...only a few small sections of the city of 28,000 appear to have lights.

Portions of the video shot shot by this individual during daylight are along Highway 101 through town...these are definitely shots of Eureka, one bit of footage in the southern portion of the city near old Fort Humboldt (think Ulysses S. Grant). There are also pictures of disheveled businesses and homes in Humboldt County coming across the web via Twitter. Utility crews already on their way from counties to the south to help to restore power. St. Joseph's Hospital is treating some injuries. Some gas mains broken; water safety a concern.

Tempted to pick up the phone and call an old friend who went to work for the Eureka Times-Standard right after graduation and within several years became an attorney who still works in downtown Eureka.

Posted by: laloomis | January 10, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Why, oh why, did I bother to stay up to watch SNL???

Posted by: rickoshea1 | January 10, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

For Weekend Update. Then you can go to sleep, just like I do.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 10, 2010 12:29 AM | Report abuse

Okay, Weekend up over. Rick O'Shea out.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | January 10, 2010 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Going back to the last kit….There are very few murder cases here. Possession of firearms by the public is illegal. I don’t think I’ve read any murders by firearms in the last 10 years. Murders are mostly by machete, knives, punching and kicking, strangulation etc. If you don’t want to kill your enemy you could charm them silly. This means is more popular with natives. I’ve read people using charms in the newspaper and books, and wasn’t sure if they were make believes. I’ve never encounter anyone that has been charmed. Until about 10 years ago.

Our company’s purchasing clerk, a very responsible and hardworking employee, was from the Philippines. One day, she didn’t show up for work and didn’t call. Day 2 and she still hadn’t showed up. I wasn’t particularly concerned because there is a very large population of Filipinos in this country and they look out for each other. Day 4, I was told she wasn’t well. Sick? Yes. Medical certificate from the Clinic? Well…. I told another Filipino working with us that she either show up for work or she pass me a medical certificate from the clinic. She then told me our purchasing clerk had been charmed. Speculation was that she either stepped on a charm meant for someone else or her ex-boyfriend, a native, did it. We’ll never know.

After being absent for about a week, she showed at the office, not for work but to let me know she was sick. She looked sick. She showed up with a lady “friend.” We were in an empty office and all of a sudden, my purchasing clerk went into a convulsion (she had not history of epilepsy.) It didn’t look like she was acting. Her lady friend tried to control her and all the while saying prayers. Both were Christians, so it was Christian prayers. That went on for about 10 mins. After she calmed down, she started crying. She rested for half hour and then went home.

It was a little unusual for me since I’ve never seen anything like that before. When I got home that evening, I felt a chill. It was not a got-a-flu chill. It was a chill that made the hair at the back of my neck stand. When the chill wasn’t strong, it was over me like a blanket. I fought the chill for a week.

About a week later, our purchasing clerk was well enough to come back to work.

Posted by: rainforest1 | January 10, 2010 1:55 AM | Report abuse

NBC laid on the Barkley a little too heavily yesterday, IMHO, but one bit DID have me falling about -- They were in the Jets/Bungles halftime, and Dan Patrick mentioned how the SNL studios were just down the street. They cut to a pan shot of the SNL performance space with a band at work, and Dan's saying Alicia Keys is rehearsing. Of course it's Charles in a wig @ the piano, lip-syncing! Ha! :-)

I do think the Iggles losing their starting center two weeks ago doomed them in the long run, but the turnovers last night sure didn't help.

*off-to-prep-the-house-for-the-delivery-of-a-brand-new-stacked-washer/dryer-but-did-they-HAVE-to-set-the-delivery-window-from-9-to-11 Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 10, 2010 6:59 AM | Report abuse

D.C. has an icebreaker!! Who knew??


Posted by: Scottynuke | January 10, 2010 7:04 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. Glad you got your outfit, Scotty. Of course, they're going to bring it in the morning so they can interrupt your sleep. What's the fun in coming later?

Rainforest, scary story.

We're getting ready for church, and doing the bath thing. We, as in the g-girl and myself. It's cold this morning, and I have to go under the hood of my car. *sigh*

Enjoy the last of the weekend, and give God some of your time today. Slyness, Yoki, Scotty, Mudge, Martooni, Lindaloo, and everyone here, have a great day.

Posted by: cmyth4u | January 10, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. We're back to grey and cold after a sunny (and cold) day.

You're luckt Scotty to have a 2 hours window. Last time we ot something delivered we got the coveted 08:00-17:00 time slot.

The chili is well underway. My red assistant watched the beef trimming intently, just in case a meat cube decided to jump off the counter.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 10, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Morning boodle. Trying to decide if my fleecy nightclothes are presentable enough to dash down to the building entrance after the Sunday paper. Then again, there's no reason not to get the day started and just get cleaned up and dressed for real. I love it when these are the only decisions of any import that I have to make of a Sunday.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 10, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Morning all, stay warm, Cassandra! We're ready to go to church also and will leave a little early to pick up an elderly member who lives close by but doesn't drive any more.

I'm still struggling with the cold(s) and ready to feel like a human being again. The weather isn't helping.

Posted by: slyness | January 10, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Frostie, my pj run made me feel foolish in a good way; go for it.

Rainforest-chilling story. Evil exists. Mostly in people's hearts but some of this illth oozes out.

SN - I'll be by later with a bottle of grape Nesbitt's to christen your new combo.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 10, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Awesome! RHPS and Ghostbusters? My boodle cup runneth over!

Good morning, y'all.

Very chilly here in TWC as well. First below zero night of the year.

Saw Spamalot during its pre-Broadway get-the-kinks-out run in TWC. A friend of a friend was on the set design team and we got to meet many of the cast and crew afterwards. Hilarious doesn't even begin to describe it.

Posted by: MsJS | January 10, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Cold here as well, 0F this morning but our second straight sunny day in a row, look forward to the sun in January but it usually means it will be cold.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 10, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle. 20 degrees here, but sunny.

Apparently the WaPo had a bunch of chats earlier today. Well, that's what the front page says. Here's the box, verbatim:

Advice: Carolyn Hax tackles your problems
Real Estate: Elizabeth Razzi on local market
Cars: Warren Brown on reviews, industry
Politics: Cillizza on retirements, 2010 races
Metro: Chat with columnist John Kelly
Tech: Rob Pegoraro live from CES
Politics: GOP's Michael Steele under fire

Hey, that's what it says. Maybe the Saturday crew had the weekend off, I dunno.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | January 10, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

I saw that promo with Sir Charles in drag as Alicia Keys too, and my youngest daughter ran into the room asking if there were something wrong. [For those that don't know, I laugh loud and long. It's one of the good things in life -- let it out, I say.]

Scotty, I'd seen the DC icebreaker a few times -- off of Hains Point and from the GW Parkway near the Key Bridge and Georgetown. Not exactly formidable enough to cut through the Northwest Passage, but serviceable, I imagine.

I suppose at some point during this century someone will sailboard the NW Passage.


Posted by: -bc- | January 10, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

rainforest, we do not live in a merely material world. what you observed was the effect of the demonic realm, which can be tapped into by people who know about such things. i'm familiar with many situations when christians have needed to pray to stop the effects of charms, curses, etc, usually outside of the u.s. but not always. i've encountered a few unusual things myself.

Posted by: LALurker | January 10, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Mudge... that's still better than linking in the evening to the future chats on the front page instead of the ones from that day. That, and the new, lower placement on the front page, kind of made me stop reading them so faithfully.

Nice, slow morning here in the G house. Dr. G is still sick (cold and fever) but feeling much better. Son of G's plane has landed in Charlotte and his Left Coast Adventure is now over. Class begins in earnest for him tomorrow: solid schedule on Mondays from 8 am to 10 pm.

I predict much couch-sitting today. A Tivo folder full of Anthony Bourdain and Weeds Season 4 is still unopened on the coffee table.

What's on your schedule?

Posted by: -TBG- | January 10, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Forget Paris. Forget Rome. Forget London. Forget Venice, Florence, Athens. Hillybilly backwaters, all. Bernulli? A potzer. Wren? Worse than Bill Levitt. Michaelangelo? A grafitti artist. No, the new cultural center of Europe is (wait for it): the steel-making and coal-ming region of the Rurh Valley. So says AP, quoted some Deutscher official or other.

So save your tourist dollars and stay away from all those places with theater, museums, art, sculpture, architect. Go take a tour of a smelting plant we bombed the crap out of in 1943.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | January 10, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

On my schedule today, not much, too cold. Ribs are in the slow cooker, eldest has completed her early morning hockey game (tournament). If they won this morning there will be a championship game this evening, I am awaiting the results. Tournament is in my dads' hometown, eldest and spouse have dutifully ventured out to the nearby homestead and graveyard to pay their respects.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 10, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Ooops. the link:

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | January 10, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

I have it on good authority that it is 80 degrees and overcast this morning in Costa Rica.

I converse (phone and Internet) more with #2 when she's away than when she's here!

Posted by: badsneakers | January 10, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

I thank you for the update, Mudge. I've always wanted to tour a coal mine in winter.

Posted by: MsJS | January 10, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Oh Dear Goodness....having my Sunday Bloody Mary, catching up on the boodle, and the mental picture has me in hysterics.

Nice white envelope. Caligraphy. Little gold Hallmark seal. Peace on Earth stamp. Open it, gold foil lining. A beautiful card, very serene. The Nativity. Star in the sky, shepherds milling about. Couple Wise Men with big hats (one of them red). Little lamb in the corner staring adoringly at baby Jesus. Open it up, and on the inside MERRY EFFING CHRISTMAS BLITCH. DIE. DIE. DIE.

I'm sorry. Maybe I went a little heavy on the Stolis.

Posted by: LostInThought | January 10, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: -TBG- | January 10, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

double snort

I sent a card once that went like this:

Fluffy and pink and impressionistic ballerina on stage scene on front with this script: Do you know "Swan Lake"?

inside, in copperplate formal engraving:

Well, jump in.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 10, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

I tend to make my own cards these days. I will confess that they usually contain verbal sentiments that would not pass the boodle screens.

Off to pay bills and watch more NFL. I lead such a dynamic life :-)

Posted by: MsJS | January 10, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

off to watch the game today,i figure we have as much chance as anyone to be the patriots in all we need to do is run the ball,play good defense and win the turnover battle in the cold air.not too much to ask for.i am happy that we are still playing this sunday in january.

well gotta go,enjoy the game everyone,

go ravens

purple with envy

Posted by: greenwithenvy | January 10, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

They won the game and thus are in the finals, requiring another road trip for a 5:20 game an hour away. Good thing I put the ribs in the slow cooker, coming home to them will be great.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 10, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Congrats dmd! Hope they win this evening's game too!

Posted by: -TBG- | January 10, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Will be a tough game to win, a team they lost to earlier, but never say never.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 10, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

LiT, I suspect that person might realize they'd made the "Naughty" list that year.

Then again, they might not.


Posted by: -bc- | January 10, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I've gotta say that I really appreciate the diverse perspectives and sets of experiences on the boodle. We all have our ideologies -- but -- most of the time -- try to be humble about our level of understanding and go very light on shoehorning everybody else into them. This is a good rule... attaboy/attagirl boodle, please keep it up... So, rainforest. Whether or not there is a supernatural dimension that impinges on our daily actions, subtle cultural cues or their felt absence can have powerful, terrible effects. We who live far from the world's streets and forests and fields in our rationalistic homes and offices forget this. Thomas Disch in his novel "The MD" played with this theme with both wit and power. But I don't think Disch imagined he was writing science, or that anthropologists really believe in the gods and devils that so affect their subjects, physically as well as emotionally.

On the other hand, I had a friend in college who you might have thought was ever the skeptical libertarian/leftie, who believed in quasi-physical evil after a documentary photography field trip to a mental institution when he met eyes with one of the patients/inmates. He was freaked for days afterward -- a reaction only reinforced when he found that his pictures were blank. Coincidence? Probably. But many people I'm sure have anecdotes like this.

Posted by: woofin | January 10, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

During an earlier recession, my brother received a Christmas card from one of his co-workers with a badly hand-drawn tree on the front. Inside it read:

Times are tough.
Times are hard.
Here's your effing
Christmas card.

Posted by: -pj- | January 10, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Please see the scansion and line breaks of this poem here:

Ode to a Blizzard


O! wonderful for weight and whiteness!
Ideolog whose absolutes
Are always proven right
By white and then
More white and white again,
Winning the same argument year
After year by making the opposition

O! dear miniature of infinity with no
End in sight and no snow-
Flake exactly like
Another, all
A little different no
Matter how many may fall,
Just like our own DNA or the human face

O! still keep covering the street
And sidewalks, cemeteries, even
Our twice-shoveled drive,
And all that is alive,
With geometries that sleet
Will freeze into Death's
Impromptu vision of a heaven
Wholly white!

For we know who your sponsor is, whose will
You so immensely serve,
Whose chill is more severe
Than any here.
Though his name may be unspoken,
His commandments are unbroken,
And every monument that you erect
Belongs to him!

Source: Poetry (December 2001).

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 10, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Well, now it's become perfectly obvious why the store was able to deliver the washer/dryer the next day -- they didn't have to make sure it actually worked!!


But now they say they'll be back in the morning to exchange it for a working unit. *fingers crossed*

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 10, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Scotty, so sorry to hear about that! For me it was the KitchenAid dishwasher, the technician had the sense to turn it on and take it back because it leaked. Of course, he didn't note that they needed to order a replacement. After another week, I called and had a fit at the manager and they got another one in a couple of days. But by then I had been without a dishwasher for THREE FULL WEEKS.

Poor Mr. T, I don't know how he lived with me during that stressful time.

Posted by: slyness | January 10, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

What a pain, Scotty! I bought a refrigerator on a Saturday a few years ago. They wondered if I wanted it delivered on Sunday. That wasn't good for me, so I said Wednesday morning would work. I figured that would give them enough time to ensure delivery. Well, I took that morning off and around 11:00 a.m. they called and said they had to reschedule until Friday afternoon and that's when they delivered. If you consider 8:00 p.m. 'Friday afternoon,' that is. So I blew two half-days of leave waiting for these turkeys to show up. I was not a happy fellow.

I hope they show up for you tomorrow!

Posted by: -pj- | January 10, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

When "S" starts watching snowboarding instead of the Pats, you know it's an ugly game!

Posted by: badsneakers | January 10, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

There's a game, Sneaks??? *SIGHHH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 10, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Not to annoy omni, but...

♪ ♫ Got a wife 'n kids in Baltimore, Jack. I went out for a ride and I never went back ♪ ♫

Posted by: -TBG- | January 10, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Reporting from the banana belt. Didn't feel the quake although according to the local paper many here did. Friday was the wife's birthday and were preping to go out to dinner at 4:30 when the quake hit. Didn't know about it until saw a breaking news scroll across the bar screen showing the phillies game. At the time it was 7-7 so we decided to stay in the bistro for dinner. Wrong decision. Spoiled dinner. Had set the dvr before leaving. Got home during the 4th qrt. Scanned through to see if the Donovan rescued them while we were coming home. Nope.

Posted by: bh72 | January 10, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

It's like deja vu all over again. It feels like I'm watching the Iggles debacle. Scotty, I suspect dbG, omni and I feel your and badsneaks' pain more so than most others might.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | January 10, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Watchin' what, 'Mudge? My TV's showing solidarity with the malfunctioning washer/dryer... *SIGH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 10, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

It's a rerun of "Guns of the Magnificent Seven," Scotty. The Seven are wearing purple, for some reason.

I may have to switch over to a cooking show, though.

Got a 7 1/2-pound roaster in the oven, although not for today. Just cooking it up to have available during the week.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | January 10, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

bh... so glad you checked in. We were worried about you last night. Sorry about the game, too. And the spoiled dinner.

Reminds me of the long-ago Thanksgiving dinner that was ruined by Clint Longley.

Posted by: -TBG- | January 10, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

TBG, I wish you hadn't brought that Longley Thanksgiving dinner up.

Speaking of which, all of a sudden I can taste acidic turkey and sage stuffing.



Posted by: -bc- | January 10, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse



Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | January 10, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Hello....that was 35 years ago.

Move on.

Posted by: MsJS | January 10, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Scottynuke | January 10, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Is NBC raising the white flag on Leno's bomb really a surprise to anyone?

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 10, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Move on? MOVE ON?? MsJS, I'm still ticked off about the War of the Roses.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | January 10, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Scotty... a white flag would have been letting Leno go. Conan shouldn't be bumped because Leno's such a loser.

Posted by: -TBG- | January 10, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm not going to speak to the Wars of the Roses; I'll leave that to my elders. But I'm still ticked off that the Redskins traded Paul Krause. I was about 10 at the time.

Posted by: -pj- | January 10, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

baltimore?!? my wife and kids are right here...

spent the afternoon doing an online tutorial regarding the operation of a new do-it-all attendance/gradebook/reports/everything program for school. bored to death.
wow. ravens beat the pats. next thing you know, the indians will win the series.

Posted by: -jack- | January 10, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I think Leno got a mondo percentage of NBC with his last contract... Man ain't gonna pink-slip hizzownsef. Only explanation.

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 10, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

ha! This is what Rainn Wilson tweeted about the NBC re-do...

@rainnwilson: I think I should take over the Leno Show slot and spend the hour having them film me watching TV shows on other networks.

Posted by: -TBG- | January 10, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, I meant to exclude you. I know you measure time differently than mere mortals and that 34 years is but a Mudge-blink.

Jack: Not before the Cubs do.

Scottynuke: I saw the prime time Leno show once and was surprised it lasted this long.

Posted by: MsJS | January 10, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

From an article on social media...

"If you use social media," Hampton says, "you're not sacrificing social interaction and social tiers. You have more of them, are contributing more of them, and get more out of them. Traditional real-life settings for personal interactions always will continue to matter a lot. The Internet matters a little, but it's in a positive direction."

Posted by: -TBG- | January 10, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

I used to like Leno but that was a long time ago. I have watched Letterman whenever Colbert is on vacation and I don't like him anymore either, altho' he's much less corny than Leno. I haven't watched Conan as I have just never understood his humor. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are way better than any of the competition. Much of the comedy these days seems to be extremely sophmoric, scatological and curse filled. I know I'm older and not 'with it' but what happened to smart and clever - too much work?

Posted by: badsneakers | January 10, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I like that, TBG. I recently skimmed ('cause I disagreed too much for real reading) an article by an academic type who was sniping about how no one had real relationships anymore, just shallow snippets of interaction. I don't remember his background, but I feel like it was humanities rather than social science -- he made analogies between online social interactions and stuff he knew about, but he hadn't actually studied the online social interactions. Poor guy obviously doesn't have a boodle.

Posted by: -bia- | January 10, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Sneaks: I never got Seinfeld, but his show was obviously very popular. I think a lot of comedy is aimed at a similar demographic, one which I don't occupy. This may be the same for you.

bia & TBG: The next time you read someone making pronouncements about online social media, send her/him the Achen-link, or something similar.

Posted by: MsJS | January 10, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Fun fact: Mort Sahl was born in Montreal.

He wasn't in "The Aristocrats."

Posted by: Boko999 | January 10, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

MsJS, I watched Seinfeld for a while but the whining got to me. A few of the episodes were brilliant, like the one about being master of your domain. This is typical for me, I start watching a series, really love it, then after a year or two or three I just get sick of it. It might coincide with them repeating ideas or having a cast member do something I find out of character but whatever it is, I just stop watching.

Posted by: badsneakers | January 10, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Good formula for us,run the ball,play defense and we just move on to the next game.I was really shocked that we won so easily. Now bring on the Colts,hopefully we can send their fans home unhappy too.

Go Ravens!!!!

purple with envy

Posted by: greenwithenvy | January 10, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

I think the first person Leno should have on his "new" late-night show is Brett Favre. They can talk about how no one respects them anymore.

Posted by: -TBG- | January 10, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Eh, TBG?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 10, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

wow, look who showed up for a football game

Posted by: omnigood | January 10, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Arizona just retook the lead from Green Bay - 45-38 - with 5 minutes left to play.

Not exactly a defensive struggle, but surely entertaining.


Posted by: -bc- | January 10, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

looks like OT

Posted by: omnigood | January 10, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

OT, knotted at 45. Points galore!

Posted by: MsJS | January 10, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Since we are hitting DC Restaurant Week hard next week, I insisted on cooking dinner. I made some steaks. Marinated in red wine for about an hour. Then rubbed with sea salt, black pepper and lemon pepper. Seared on my stove-grill for two minutes on each side and then broiled for five minutes to just past medium rare.

Now we are watching selected episodes of a Anthony Bourdain's No Reservation marathon on DVR, starting with and episode on Saigon. We are pointing out all the places he passes that we saw or visited and getting very hungry. He started with some crepe pancakes that are one of my wife's favorites. We gotta go back.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 10, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Yum, yello!

Cards win.

Off to play.

Posted by: MsJS | January 10, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

♪ ♫ I'm standin' on the corner in Winslow, Arizona.."

Posted by: -TBG- | January 10, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

96 total, I think that's a combined score record

Posted by: omnigood | January 10, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

I am proud to say I have never seen a full episode of Seinfeld. I've tried, but something more interesting always intervenes. Last time it was scooping the cat box.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 10, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

I love Seinfeld. Absolutely love it. Stands the test of time, too. We re-watch episodes all the time (Tivo folder full).

So many cultural references trace back to that show. Not that there's anything wrong with it.

Posted by: -TBG- | January 10, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

I enjoyed Seinfeld as well, not as much as Cheers.

Back from the Championship game it was close but we were not on the winning side, giving up the winning goal with a minute and a half to play. Game before went into overtime and then a shoot out to decide the winner - two great games.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 10, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes I find links and don't remember where I got them. Please forgive me if this is where I first saw this link, but it's amazing nonetheless.

A film taken from the front of a cable car going down Market Street in San Francisco in 1905 (which means pre-earthquake)...

Posted by: -TBG- | January 10, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm with Frosti on Seinfeld - I never liked its tone - so snarky and superior. I'll admit I watched a few here and there, and found some of it funny, but I was never a fan.

By the way, Frosti, it was horrible to hear about that bus accident today with kids on the way to a robotics conference. Awful.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | January 10, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

I Love Seinfeld as well,everytime i see a hook n ladder fire truck i start cracking up.....

Posted by: greenwithenvy | January 10, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

I was the right age for the characters in Seinfeld or perhaps slightly older. To me they seemed like college kids I had known -- not specific ones, just in general -- still trying to live like college kids into their 30's and beyond. The subtext is always real adulthood turning out to be a mirage, perhaps through one's own fault and perhaps not, with the retired parental generation stuck in their own patterns and not much better off. Sure, not every show, or every season was a gem. I bet most of what I've seen, I've seen in bits and pieces surfing through reruns. My favorite whole episode is also the master-of-one's-domain episode, along with its semi-sequel, the puffy shirt. The one where they are lost in the parking garage is also good. One amazing thing about the construction of the show is the number of plots and subplots that they squeezed seamlessly into a very tight frame.

Posted by: woofin | January 10, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

As I said once on the difference between Friends and Seinfeld: You could imagine having the main characters on "Friends" over to dinner and nothing bad happening.

If the characters on "Seinfeld" came over to dinner, you'd lock the doors and leave town.

Ultimately, that's what does it for me regarding Seinfeld (and I'm not even a major Friends fan).

My dad loved it so I must have watched nearly every episode-- often ten times. He gave me a surprised look when I muttered "Elaine the pain," but it's true. Her character is all about being whiny and pushy and never understanding or growing-- or having any girlfriends to give her a grip on reality.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 10, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

I never cared for "Seinfeld" or for "Friends" for that matter. I heard a lot about "Seinfeld" at work so I'm familiar with it but haven't actually seen more than two episodes.

Posted by: -pj- | January 10, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

"Jerry, am I a hipster doofus?"

Posted by: woofin | January 10, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Have you knitter types heard about yarnbombing?

In 2009, I also learned some words that referred to things I never realized existed, much less had a word - like yarnbombing, the practice of making knitted covers (or cozies) for public objects, such as lampposts, trees, and signs. (from a Boston Globe article...)

Posted by: rickoshea1 | January 10, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

enbeded in this link is a slide show of damage from the earthquake. They really had to reach to find a visual.

Posted by: bh72 | January 10, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

That was the whole point of Seinfeld: they were unlikable characters who refused to grow up. They used their rules from childhood to govern their lives as adults--and not with great results.

But they were also very funny. At least to me.

Posted by: -TBG- | January 10, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

opps, forgot the link

Posted by: bh72 | January 10, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

TBG, this might take you the link on old
San Francisco youtubes.

Posted by: bh72 | January 10, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

RoS I had NO idea. What a cheerful and energetic graffiti!

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 10, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, TBG. My favorite episode was the last one.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 10, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

On our Spring vacation, we will be staying in Winslow solely for the express reason of standing on said corner. For operational security reasons, I can't give more details than that, but feel safe in assuming that the event will be suitably documented.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 10, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Son of G called me from that corner last year around this time while he was on his west-bound cross-country trip.

It's funny to pick up the phone and hear someone say, "I'm standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona."

Posted by: -TBG- | January 10, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

While "Housewives" is on, I actually get to Boodle a bit on a Sunday night. I think I'm happy to say I never sat through a full episode of either "Friends" or "Seinfeld". I really swore of sit-coms sometime back in the late '70's - the stories were the same, just the characters were a bit different. Another late night at work tomorrow - Hope my cold abates some more by tomorrow. Spend Friday and yesterday mostly lying around feeling bad.

Posted by: ebtnut | January 10, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Other places I would like to be in, briefly, are:

Bumble Bee, AZ

Truth or Consequences, NM
Pie Town, NM

I have been to
Frog Sack, WY
Pumpkin Buttes, WY

I have been to
Lodi, CA -- twice!

♪ ♫ Stuck in Lodi, Again....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 10, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Tina, congruatlations.

I have never had a call from Windslow, Arizona. Did you ask Son of G if a girl in a flatbed Ford slowed down to have a look at him?

Seinfeld is my favorite sitcom ever, period. If I catch an episode while I'm flipping through channels, I can't pull myself away until a commercial break, even when I know what's coming next.

I don't get HBO, but I would have liked to have seen the Larry David show this past season. The Seinfeld Reuinion plotline sounded rather amusing.


Posted by: -bc- | January 10, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

I am so disappointed that no one has mentioned Mianus and Intercourse.


Posted by: -bc- | January 10, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Um, those states would be Connecticut and Pennsylvania, respectively.

Not Bliss.


Posted by: -bc- | January 10, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

And CqP... Son of G and I stayed in Truth or Consequences, NM, on our return trip last year!

Thanks, bc.

Posted by: -TBG- | January 10, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Silly BC, towns in songs....

GALVESTON - Glen Campbell

Been to Wichita. BTW -- Lineman is a pure poem that survives without the music. Astonishing ballad.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 10, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Good, TBG, my Bacon number to T&C is now 1. So, I live through you!!!!

Dean Martin HOUSTON

Been to SF bought 100 times.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 10, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

And I am happy to say I am a native California who went to school in the east bay -- and I have never been in Lodi.

Surprised so many of you didn't like Seinfeld. My husband and I came upon it in reruns, when we were much too old to fit the demographic -- and liked it a lot!

Posted by: nellie4 | January 10, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

And this Partridge Family anthem to a lost runaway, a little rag doll and the metropolis of Albuquerque

Sigh, that song made me cry.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 10, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

M vote for best SitCom ever is M*A*S*H

Posted by: omnigood | January 10, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Agree, Omni. A person can watch any MASH episode, anytime, and enjoy it. So many of the other good sitcoms -- "All in the Family" comes to mind -- show their age.

Posted by: nellie4 | January 10, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

I have been through Intercourse several times, which is surprisingly close to Blue Ball. And I have seen Mianus up close and personal, complete with pictures.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 10, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

♪ ♫ Between Hank Williams pain songs, Newberry's train songs
And blue eyes cryin' in the rain
Out in Luckenbach Texas
Ain't nobody feelin' no pain ♪ ♫

Luckenbach is less than 300 miles from my birth place. But I have said too much already.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 10, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Who was it recently mentioned "How Green Was My Valley"?

A bit of trivia for you:

John Ford won Best Director, beating Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane".

Was supposed to be filmed in Wales but was moved to Southern California due to the constant Nazi bombing of Britain.

Also was originally to be filmed in color but was changed to B/W because the color of the flowers in SoCal didn't match those of Wales.

Maureen O'Hara is a red headed babe. She at one point during filming stood up to Ford concerning a prop (a basket) and he made her go sit on a hill for an hour. She got a replacement (basket) and filming continued.

Posted by: omnigood | January 10, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Two towns, count 'em, TWO:
♪ ♫
Saturday night in Toledo, Ohio, is like being nowhere at all
All through the day how the hours rush by
You sit in the park and you watch the grass die

Ah, but after the sunset, the dusk and the twilight
When shadows of night start to fall
They roll back the sidewalks precisely at ten
And people who live there are not seen again

Just two lonely truckers from Great Falls, Montana
And a salesman from places unknown - says unknown
Oh add all together in downtown Toledo
To spend their big night all alone

You ask how I know of Toledo, Ohio
Well I spent a week there one day
They've got entertainment to dazzle your eyes
Go visit the bakery and watch the buns rise

Ah, but let's not forget that the folks of Toledo
Unselfishly gave us the scales
No springs, honest weight, that's the promise they made
So smile and be thankful next time you get weighed

And wive and wet wive
Let this be our motto
Let's let the sleeping dogs lie - ping dogs lie

And here's to the dogs of Toledo, Ohio
Ladies, we bid you goodbye ♪ ♫

Words and music by Randy Sparkes

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 10, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Made it out to Needles once.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 10, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Late to the party, but I laughed my fool head off at Seinfeld. Adored it. And was glad it ended when it did (didn't so much admire the last show).

Posted by: Yoki | January 10, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

CQP, one those places *has* been in innumerable songs.

The other, not so much.

At least, not to my knowledge.


Posted by: -bc- | January 10, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, just think of the last episode as their jump the shark episode. It' all good then...

Posted by: omnigood | January 10, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

'zackly, good omni.

Posted by: Yoki | January 10, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

I was a pretty faithful viewer of Friends and thought it was consistently funny. It's not going to age well, but at the time it was pretty hilarious.

Seinfeld was hit or miss. It was funny but the characters were (deliberately) annoying. One of the credos of the show was "Nobody learns, nobody hugs." Nowadays, I will watch a rerun episode if I stumble on it (which is pretty chance encounter) and it is a 'classic' episode I haven't seen yet. I'm dying to see the waiting for the restaurant reservation one.

As for cultural impact, the show probably holds the record for most catch phrases to enter the public lexicon. It's only possible rival is The Simpsons which as of tonight has run for eleven years longer.

I don't get HBO, but I was in a hotel one of the nights the last Larry David Show episode ran. As an exercise in ultra-meta television (a show about a fake reunion show that actually is a reunion show) it was very amusing but not all that actually funny.

I'm convinced that Larry David created his new show to be truer to his original vision for Seinfeld which was to be as annoying and obnoxious as possible while being less funny. A goal he seems to have achieved.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 10, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

And if anybody wants to know what I was doing while boodlehogging all day yesterday, here is the full recap, complete with embedded videos for the people too lazy to follow the links I put in the boodle.

I am a multi-tasking time-wasting savant.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 10, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

just finished training online. certified as competent with power teacher.

Posted by: -jack- | January 11, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

hey yello

PEV song: Philadelphia Eagles Victory song. TBG jumped the gun on that and jinxed them (Blitch) ;)

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Posted by: Yoki | January 11, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

I really love (or maybe hate) to think what a "power teacher" might be. Do kids get to certify as power pupils?

Posted by: Yoki | January 11, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

oh, and: "No Soup For You"

Posted by: omnigood | January 11, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

yoki. its been so cold here for so long that i have popsicle toes. i swore off this kind of winter years ago. or i thought so until 1 january.

Posted by: -jack- | January 11, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

*Snort* It is one of the things we don't get to choose, or swear, isn't it, jack? Just, victims of weather.

Posted by: Yoki | January 11, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

all i can think of is the venerable kinks tune powerman. power pupils are what i taught long ago.

Posted by: -jack- | January 11, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

yeah. i must get my beauty rest. g'night

Posted by: -jack- | January 11, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: -jack- | January 11, 2010 12:24 AM | Report abuse

I don’t get to watch sit-coms here. But I had like Sienfeld. I started drinking Snapples for awhile. I also like Friends and Mash.

Way way back when, I watched Court Marshall, Mission Impossible, Ironside and Hawaii Five O. I really like them.

There were also a couple funny British sitcoms that I really like : Faulty Towers and Mind Your English. We especially like Mind Your English because we hear how people from different countries whose first language is not English speak the language. A lot of time the English language got butchered. That’s when we have a good laugh. Grammar mistakes are not funny. It's the direct translation that is funny.

Posted by: rainforest1 | January 11, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Oh Rainforest, I loved Faulty Towers. "You Vicious Bustard!"

Posted by: Yoki | January 11, 2010 12:38 AM | Report abuse

I liked Fawlty Towers too, saw it on videotape. But then, John Cleese-- enough said.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 11, 2010 1:03 AM | Report abuse

My fave would "As Time Goes By"
I love British homour

Posted by: omnigood | January 11, 2010 1:05 AM | Report abuse

The last 10 years, Korean soap opera has been incredibly popular in this region. Nobody understands Korean but everybody (except me) watches it. Those on the local TV has Malay sub-titles. Those on DVD has English titles. Those on DVD runs about 20 to 30 episodes. My friend wants me to go buy a DVD player so she could lend me her DVDs. I haven't bought it yet.

Posted by: rainforest1 | January 11, 2010 1:13 AM | Report abuse

Oh I love As Time Goes By-- and I also like "Waiting for God" when I can see it.

TBG should take note-- Diana is nearly nasty enough to be on Seinfeld-- but too human.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 11, 2010 1:15 AM | Report abuse

Correction. That English sitcom was “Mind Your LANGUAGE.” It’s just been so long ago. If I could get that on DVD, I would buy a player in a hurry. My friend would be very pleased. She wants me to watch those Korean soaps so we can compare notes and see which guys are really hot and which are just hot. According to her those really hot ones are those she wants to go to bed with. Those guys are way too younger for me.

Posted by: rainforest1 | January 11, 2010 2:10 AM | Report abuse

Those things with canned laughter drive me crazy. I simply can't stand canned laughter. When Seinfeld hooked me I more or less willingly suspended disbelief ("shot before a live studio audience" - ri-i-i-ight) but at least they played the laughter at roughly the right spots. I didn't feel I had to be good buddies with the characters, they were too flawed. But it wasn't about feeling smugly superior to them either. They were all clowns. At present I view exactly zero shows with canned laughter. That was the last one I watched.

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 11, 2010 2:35 AM | Report abuse

When I was living in LA, I attended a pre-recording of an evening talk show, IIRC it was the Jay Leno show. Before we entered the studio, we were told to laugh at all his jokes.

Posted by: rainforest1 | January 11, 2010 3:29 AM | Report abuse

Excerpts from new book "Game Change" about John Edwards's campaign and affair, etc.

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 11, 2010 3:37 AM | Report abuse

This is an article about the "Americanization of mental illness" and touches on the earlier discussion Rainforest initiated.

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 11, 2010 3:44 AM | Report abuse

Hi, Rainforest. I'm up way past my bedtime and I'd love to stay but I can't keep my eyes open any more. Good night!

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 11, 2010 3:47 AM | Report abuse

John Cleese was the best thing in the remake of "The Day the Earth Stood Still," by far...

I can take or leave both "Seinfeld" and "Friends," truth be told. Some snorts in there, certainly, but nowhere near the overall quality of "M.A.S.H." or "The Simpsons." And how funny was it that after all of Fox's promo onslaught for the 450th "Simpsons" episode, the most excellent GB-AZ game made the network wait!!

*not-gonna-mention-any-possible-appliance-delivery-for-fear-of-jinxing-things Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 11, 2010 5:27 AM | Report abuse

Making some nice Santa Rita Black and Tan coffee this morning. Anyone want a cup? A very nice recent roast with a great nose.

Posted by: russianthistle | January 11, 2010 6:21 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all.

I'll have a cup, rt. Thanks. The taste is virtually good.

Scotty, best wishes on your large applicance delivery, no snow, good day for deliveries.

Not only did I see Avatar this week-end (enjoyed it) am now reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett. It's her first novel and for me, hard to put down.

I may not be well informed, but do feel so "current".

Posted by: VintageLady | January 11, 2010 6:45 AM | Report abuse

“My friends insist you’re John Edwards,” Rielle Hunter said. “I tell them no way—you’re way too handsome.”

Read more: An Excerpt From John Heilemann and Mark Halperin's 'Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime' -- New York Magazine

Cute little trick on the cut and paste function there. That that pick-up line worked says wonders.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 11, 2010 6:52 AM | Report abuse

VL, thanks! Always enjoy company with a cup of coffee, even if it has to be virtual.

You have a great morning!!!

I'm trying to get working on three projects scheduled for today. I am counting my blessings as, even in this economy, I have not recently been this busy.

Posted by: russianthistle | January 11, 2010 7:02 AM | Report abuse

RT, so good to see you up and going this early in the morning! I'm glad to hear that you are busy.

Hi VL! I'm having a cup of chai tea, black of course, so I'm drinking with you.

Good morning and happy Monday, everyone! Cassandra, I hope you are warm and cozy this morning. says it's 15 and says it's 18. I think I'll stay in and ride the exercycle instead of walking.

Posted by: slyness | January 11, 2010 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Glad ya got work, rt, work is good! :-)
Hot coffee, hot tea for slyness, hot chocolate, hot lemonade, hot cider, anything to drink this morning which is hot is good. I've forgotten what "warm weather" is. brrr. Frosty is probably laughing at me.

Posted by: VintageLady | January 11, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Yes. it is nice to get paid, as well. I have to make progress on 3 projects today.

I am a bit upset because I can get some very inexpensive Pork Shoulder Butts and want to do 1/2 slow cooked with sauerkraut, apples and potatoes and the other 1/2 cut into 2 inch square strips; marinated in hoisin sauce; and slow roasted while hanging in the oven from a rack.

Posted by: russianthistle | January 11, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Good morning boodle!

VL-not laughing, much. I froze in Tampa last week at 40F but was toasty in St. Paul yesterday running in 12F weather. It's all a matter of expectations and perceptions. +12 is toasty after -7.

Better get moving. I'm just getting back to business after an extra long holiday hiatus. Still not working full time, but our nonprofit's finances have improved to the point I'll draw a small salary.

Stay warm everyone.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 11, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, everyone. Why are you upset with your two delicious-sounding pork dishes, RT?

Posted by: Wheezy1 | January 11, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Frosty, we plan to be in St. Pete's in Feb. Weather Channel sez high in low 70s....I'm hoping. Tampa/St. Pete's sure didn't look promising in January.

Posted by: VintageLady | January 11, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Wheezy! It's because I can't make them. No time. I want the Roast Pork to make my lo Mein and some simple fried rice w/ long grain and jasmine rice. (need a new bottle of Oyster Sauce. I don't even have any "Italian Gravy." It is just so sad here.

Posted by: russianthistle | January 11, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

The WaPo front page has a tender love story about a congressman that meets a blonde lobbyist half his age while flying first class.

The lovebirds marry and she makes millions in stock options from the industry he regulates.

And then the economy collapses and all their hardwork is in peril unless a huge federal bailout happens. What to do?

I am already casting Robert Duvall and Scarlett Johansson in the movie version.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 11, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Tampa at 40F is not pleasant. Those sort of temps send TV weathermen into orange groves to film the sprinklering of the fruit in the usually vain attempt to save the citrus crop.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 11, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

RT, you could just oven-roast the pork with some salt and pepper, have the delicious outside pieces one night, then cut the remainder into bite-sized pieces and pan fry for 10-15 minutes in a little oil until they're crispy. It's perfect for fried rice, and not too time-consuming. Though I only cook for vegetarians these days, I sometimes do this as a side to fried rice just for me.

Glad you're busy, even if it means you can't eat as well.

Posted by: Wheezy1 | January 11, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

It's well know among the denizens of Lancaster County that if you go by way of Intercourse and Blue Ball, you will get to Paradise.

Posted by: ebtnut | January 11, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

TWC weatherfolk are predicting a dusting of snow today. I'm looking at the cloudless sky and thinking maybe they'll travel around all of TWC-land and sprinkle snow on the ground themselves.

Yello's 8:40am post reminds me of the movie Trading Places and the Duke brothers' attempt to corner the frozen orange juice concentrate market.

I enjoyed the sitcom discussion that took place last night. Many thanks. MrJS absolutely loves As Time Goes By.

Posted by: MsJS | January 11, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

The persistent cold weather in Florida has to be stressing lots of tender plants, including some of the native tropical species that cling to the relatively warm coasts. Gumbo-limbo trees, pond apples, Simpson stoppers and such. Sea turtles are faring badly.

This morning, we woke up at 32 degrees and will likely be a bit warmer tonight. Out in the yard, a couple of palms have suffered serious damage to their leaves, but I think most of them, as well as the bromeliads and cycads will be OK. The cold should be good for a young japonica camellia.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | January 11, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Drat. I missed discussing sitcoms. I was never a devotee of Friends though I did like Seinfeld till it got lazy. Too much George, too much reliance on Kramer, too much reliance on what worked in the past. Too many single notes and funny single scenes. Mash, the Simpsons. These kept moving and growing with the times. They got and get better as they go along.

And Diana on Waiting for God. I love her. Heart, kindness, biting wit and grumpiness in one package.

Posted by: --dr-- | January 11, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

You can have Lodi, I will always have Doraville.

♪ ♫ Doraville, touch of country in the city
Doraville, it ain't much, but it's home

Friends of mine say I oughta move to New York
New York's fine, but it ain't Doraville ♪ ♫

My wife and I lived in Doraville for the six months after (and the three months before, shhh, don't tell my parents) we were married. I still can't drive through the I-85/685 Tom Moreland Interchange aka Spaghetti Junction without humming that Atlanta Rhythm Section classic. Although truth to tell, there's not much country left in Doraville.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 11, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle.

According to the front page photo box, the U.S. has opened diplomatic relations with the DC government, since we now have ambassadors there. "'Hillary effect' cited for increase in women holding ambassadorial posts in District."

Well, that's what it says. Somehow I don't think the desk editor who wrote that quite understands how int'l relations works. (Among other things, embassies technically aren't "in" the district, since they are foreign territory. But be that as it may, they also ...oh, screw it. Never mind.

I was quite a bit irked to learn that it was God's plan to put Sarah Palin on the GOP ticket. Oh, I know what you're thinking: it was also God's plan that the ticket get its heaven-sent ass kicked 54-46 in the election. What could God have been thinking? Trying to make amends for a bad pick, you think? What a wacky sense of humor that Guy has. I just wish He'd keep His hands out of my country's politics. Let Him go screw up some other divinely led country. Albania, say. The Vatican. Texas. I really don't care which.

Anyway, if God is picking the candidates and deciding the outcome of elections, why the hell should I bother to vote? Does He want me to vote for His picks? Or does He just handle the nomination phase and throw the rest up to free will?

So many theological puzzlements...

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 11, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

DC is expecting a heat wave this week. Temps in the mid to high forties. May even hit 50 on Thursday. Whoohoo

Posted by: omnigood | January 11, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Doraville Live:

Posted by: yellojkt | January 11, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I always try to avoid visits to the Mo Co Courthouse.

Don't go back to Rockville, as they (REM) say.


Posted by: -bc- | January 11, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. Our house Internet went out for a couple of days, leaving me without email or Boodle. It is good to be back.

I still think The Simpsons is the best show on television.

Scottynuke, I sympathize. Our family room TV went out just after Christmas. Fortunately Ivansdad bought an extended warranty. The techician came today, and is in there, I think, taking the back off the thing. He is communicating with someone by radio and also using a laptop. I don't want to know. I brought work home and I'm not going in there unless I must.

The Boy is finally back in school after what was effectively a 3-week break - they only attended for two days last week.

Posted by: Ivansmom | January 11, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Mudge, I feel that way about sports events as well. Ray Lewis invoked God in his post-game interview and while he didn't actually say God favored the Ravens over the Pats, he came durn close.

I expect God isn't allowed to place sports bets in Vegas, being omnipotent and all. Not that God needs money or anything like that, but if I were a bookie and God wanted to place a Super Bowl bet with me, I'd reverently decline.

Posted by: MsJS | January 11, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Over the holidays I told my brother-in-law that the Rockville he lives in *is* the REM Rockville. He has been inadvertently misleading the people he knows who have asked him about it.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 11, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

I suppose I would agree with Mz Palin that God has a plan for her, but I would strongly disagree with her that she knows what it is.

Posted by: VintageLady | January 11, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

cQp called it: a Jimmy Webb slam!!

I am a lineman for the county.
And I drive the main road.
Lookin' in the sun for another overload.

I hear you singing in the wire.
I can hear you thru the whine.
And the Wichita Lineman,
is still on the line.

I know I need a small vacation.
But it don't look like rain.
And if it snows that stretch down south,
won't ever stand the strain.

And I need you more than want you.
And I want you for all time.
And the Wichita Lineman,
is still on the line.

N.B. #1: In his Wichita, Kansas concert, Glen Campbell announced that the song referred to Wichita County, in western Kansas, not to the city.

N.B.#2: The bass solo was played by Campbell himself on a Danelectro six-string bass borrowed from friend and session bassist Carol Kaye; the pulsing effect is tremolo from a Fender amplifier. Kaye is a very very close in-law relative of a certain well known boodler of immense scientific bent. Thus, the entire Boodle's Bacon number to this song is 2.

N.B. #3: Referred to as "the first existential country song" (Dylan Jones, editor of GQ). Ranked #192 in Rolling Stone's 500 greatest songs of all time (2005 edition). Webb (who is 9 days older than me) was inspired to write the song when he saw a lineman in...(wait for it)...Oklahoma. So some poetic license apparently took place.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 11, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Shocked -- shocked, I say! that I didn't just mudge myself. Almost without fail, just about this time on a Monday morning, Joel mudges me.

*tapping foot, looking petulantly at wristwatch*

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 11, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

did anyone mention "Margaritaville" to me it seems like a great town to live or visit.Oh and i saw online it was a chilly 47 there last week.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | January 11, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

My weather forecast for Margaritaville is always tequila with a chance of rum ending in boat drinks by early morning.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 11, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

At least until Buffet sues the city for copyright infringement, yello...

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 11, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I think he has a better lawsuit for personal injury from stepping on pop-tops the city has negligently left lying around. Ivansmom, E-mann, ftb, whadda you lawyers think? It also appears to me that the city's 9-1-1 system was negligently slow in responding, because he had to limp on back home by himself. Buffet could wind up owning Margaritaville before this is over.

Oh, wait a minute...

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 11, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

That case is getting tossed. He's already admitted to spying on sunbathing women and drinking so heavily that he's got no memory of a needle poking his skin a couple hundred times but remembers a single pop top?

Posted by: LostInThought | January 11, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm. It *does* seem there are holes in his testimony.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 11, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

And there is his confession that "He11, it could be my fault."

Posted by: yellojkt | January 11, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

No, you guys are right, that entire retrograde amnesia thing isn't working.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 11, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

What works for me about Seinfeld is that I am not expected to want to identify with the characters in any significant way. The audience is expected to identify with the normal people, the background characters, who are consistently puzzled by the behavior and choices of the principals.

The principal characters are, of course, extreme versions of recognizable personality traits, and that is how they work as satires of all of us. It works because we are provoked to condemn them, while knowing in our hearts that we have the same petty motivations and the only difference is that we have some restraint. We behave better, but we are not actually better. Jerry and his friends do not learn, or hug, or come out on top. But we learn by vicariously following the wish-fulfillment fantasy of their outrageous behavior.

Posted by: ScienceTim | January 11, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

I was quite a bit irked to learn that it was God's plan to put Sarah Palin on the GOP ticket. Oh, I know what you're thinking: it was also God's plan that the ticket get its heaven-sent ass kicked 54-46 in the election. What could God have been thinking? Trying to make amends for a bad pick, you think? What a wacky sense of humor that Guy has. I just wish He'd keep His hands out of my country's politics. Let Him go screw up some other divinely led country. Albania, say. The Vatican. Texas. I really don't care which.

Oh, please! Texas is screwed up enough without God's intervention. Texas is a country? In the minds of some Texans, certainly!

It's the insider-outsider game here with some interesting characters. Since KB Hutchison ultimately didn't give up her Senate seat for the gubbie run, Perry is making great political hay out of it. Perry calls KBH the great political ousider since she's in D.C.; KBH stresses how much political pork she's brought home for the state. Perry aligns himself with those of the caribou ilk, KBH gets Dead-Eye Dick to campaign for her in Houston.

On the Dem side there's switcheroo Bill White of Houston who, after deciding not to run for the Senate, says he'll "be a Governor who challenges Texans to lead, not leave, the United States."

To make matters even more interesting, there's the longshot Farouk Shami, the Houston hair-products magnate--some just call him the hair magnate. The day Texans elect a person of Palestinian background to be governor is the day I believe hell will freeze over. But, hey, it's a democracy and the man has the monetary wherewithal.

Last, but hardly least, there's Kinky Friedman, who's decided to pull out of another stab at the gubbie's office and run for ag commissioner instead, citing his small ranch and animal rescue operation in nearby Medina as experience.

Posted by: laloomis | January 11, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Retrograde amnesia gives me the opening to mention "I don't know" as an answer by a witness, since I missed the discussion the first time around with Arenas.

I *love* the answer "I don't know" by witnesses. That answer is probably the largest difference between testimony and conversation. People say "I don't know" in normal conversation all the time as shorthand for many other answers including "I don't really want to talk about it". The problem with such coyness is that later, when knowing the fact at issue is suddenly convenient or useful, memories improve like fine wine.

Posted by: engelmann | January 11, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Retrograde amnesia? So that's why I don't remember anything from yesterday afternoon...

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 11, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Among other points claims Joel was wrong about not seeing the decade coming.

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 11, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Also, put me in the "Seinfeld fan" column. In addition to the common favorites, I also liked the ones where Kramer finds the Merv Griffin set, and the talking belly button (Hello! la la la).

Posted by: engelmann | January 11, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Some more photos of the earthquake damage. Best is the video showing a mass exit from a grocery store. And a funny bit near the end of the video of the gov being interviewed by NBC in his office when the quake hit.

Posted by: bh72 | January 11, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Tim, thank you for the explanation of Seinfeld. While I loved the show, I could never understand why Jerry didn't lock his door.

Posted by: Raysmom | January 11, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Mudge, "existential country" applies to Larry McMurtry's stuff.

Freezing in my writing/thinking chamber; really. Taking a warm up break.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 11, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Raysmom!! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 11, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Hell must have been one giant ice rink back in 1906, when from TM Campbell from Palestine, Texas was elected governor.

Posted by: LostInThought | January 11, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

*Memo to self: move off-hand, throw-away Texas jokes from low-risk to high-risk status*

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 11, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Raysmom's back? *happy Snoopy dance*

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 11, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I was stuck in ole Lodi once. Before Fogery, back in the 58-59 school year hitch hiking from Fresno to Redding on old 99. Got dropped off in lodi late in the afternoon and thinking i was going to be there all night when a guy on the way to Portland, OR stopped and asked me if I had a driver's license. Had me drive the rest of the way to Redding while he selpt.

Posted by: bh72 | January 11, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Headline and deck: "Housing bubble feared in China

"Many of the usual warning signs are flashing, but some investors say this boom is different."

Sweet bloody mary. How many times can somebody ignore warnings? "Some investors say this boom is different..." Oh, yeah, sure, that must be it. This time it won't happen. What's that definition of insanity, about expecting a different outcome?

Where are these people when I want to sell some swamp land?


Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 11, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Let me jog your memory a little: 33-14.
There. Is it coming back now?

Posted by: yellojkt | January 11, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

'The Office' also works the same way. Every regular character on that show is completely nuts. People like Jim and Pam, but they are just the least crazy. The baffled looks from the people the cast interact with are some of the best parts of the show.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 11, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

VL -- I agree about plans and knowing about plans.
Mudge, we need to harness the bubble brigade; through digital social networking, assemble tweener girls globally to crash financial services strategy meetings with bubble wands and simply blow them and run.

I think that they can wear Power Girls gear, but modified in a bubble-evocative way.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 11, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

yello, I believe there was an actual "It's my own d@mn fault," somewhere in there.

I would add that you have to have some degree of consciousness in order to be ambulatory - one that may provide a memory in case of a poptop incident - while one can have a tattoo applied while passed out in a chair.

And if there's no tattoo parlor nearby, Sharpies or even henna can be applied in emergency.


Posted by: -bc- | January 11, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Kinky in turquoise:

And I bet Medina is pretty funky and cold this time of year.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 11, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Yes, bc., particularly if you go by the canonical lyrics from the 'Changes In Latitudes' album. Others I know use the live lyrics from 'You Had To Be There' which are much more circumspect in his admission of culpability.

And my favorite inside joke is the subtitle of the 'Songs You Know By Heart' album which indirectly points out that his only Top 10 hit was the one about that mythical boozy city. In my book, that makes Buffett The Most Successful One Hit Wonder Evah.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 11, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Although the Grateful Dead have a compelling case for that title as well.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 11, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Nope, complete blank, yello.

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 11, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I call that shade cowboy turq, yello.

bc: What about sleepwalking?

Posted by: MsJS | January 11, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Testing something, please ignore.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 11, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

OK, this is interesting. (Well, not really.) Anybody have a theory why the time on my Blackberry is 6 minutes ahead of the true time? And when I go in to change the time in its set-up screen, *that* time is correct. But the time displayed on the screen is wrong (and different).

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 11, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Did 'Mudge say something?? Darn retrograde amnesia...

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 11, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I also have a photo of Kinky at the Inaugural National Book Fair smoking a cigar on the mezzanine of the Library of Congress main hall in complete defiance of all clean air regulations. But since that was in September of 2001 the photo is on film and has never been scanned in.

It's from the same roll as the photo of Laura Bush that I keep on my cubicle wall.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 11, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and New Kit...

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 11, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Hmm. "Come Monday" probably cracked to the top 40 if not the top 10. "Cheesburger" may have, too.

I dunno, I was never all that into Buffett after "Volcano" (I did see him on that tour in - was it '79? - by the time 'You Had to Be There' was released, I wasn't), got to see him play "Fins" without the entire audience doing the hands over the head/fins to the left/fins to the right stuff.

Couldn't help but think about that when I had my kids at a Barney show in the mid-90s (Though fewer people in the audience were intoxicated. Possibly equivalent in the projectile regurgiation level, it must be said).


Posted by: -bc- | January 11, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Evan Smith's Texas Tribune has some fun--popping information balloons--with Farouk Shami's stump speech. The video is far easier to watch. Or you can use the link to go the the spreadsheet that the Texas Tribune compiled, the spreadsheet providing the same information.

Disclosure: I owe Evan Smith one. *w* He did something that led to the *kiss* at last November's Texas Book Festival in Austin. No, Evans wasn't involved in the kissing. Think I'll save the story until Valentine's Day.

On to another subject, how much would you bid to have a meal with a man whom you admire?

The [Helena, Montana Jan. 16 fundraiser]gala offers a host of other tantalizing prizes, as well, such as dinner with famous dinosaur hunter and paleontologist Jack Horner...

Posted by: laloomis | January 11, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

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