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I don't believe what I just saw

So I guess this is why they play the game. On paper, the Colts were the better team. On the field, they looked pretty great, too. Peyton Manning did not have an off night. In fact, he threw some of the most immaculate passes we've ever seen. Even when the Saints took the lead in the fourth quarter, you knew Manning would lead the Colts back for the tying touchdown. It was just this side of inevitable. Manning hadn't thrown a bad pass all game. He was a surgeon operating on that Saints defense.

And then: Whaaaa.....?

Tracy Porter. Who dat?

Apparently he's the guy who steps in front of Reggie Wayne and takes it back all the way, six points, game over.

There were other big plays in the game, like Sean Payton's gutsy decision to attempt an onside kick at the start of the second half. But that late interception was the play of the game, and right up there with the David Tyree miracle catch a couple of years ago as a candidate for Play of the Millennium.

It was one of those plays where you just can't believe your eyes. No WAY that happens. That's an Alternative Universe Interception.

Indeed, it's all rather unsettling. It's like the basic foundation of what we call reality has been disrupted. The Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints -- that sounds completely implausible. That's like me being a cowboy. How do we know any of this really happened? Not to get too weird on you, but at some point don't the surprises and implausibilities and chance events become so numerous that it seems suspicious?

I'm looking out the window and seeing two feet of snow in Washington, D.C. -- really?????

And more snow on the way, they say. It's like it's not our Earth anymore. We've gone through the wormhole.

The Saints. You gotta be kidding me. Of course, I took the Colts and gave the points. Plus, I lost five bucks on a side bet when The Who didn't play "My Generation" at halftime. I guess they couldn't get past the irony of the line "Hope I die before I get old." But come to think of it, that's another Alternative Universe situation -- rockers in their 60s pretending it's still 1969.

I'm going to get really nervous about this Alternate Universe thing if next year the Super Bowl halftime show features The Beatles.

--

Now, about the commercials. They made me feel 90 years old, because they were all about 25 percent too fast for me. My brain was constantly a commercial behind. It's sad -- I'm just too old to watch TV commercials these days. Time to be put out to pasture.

I am Abe Vigoda.

And what's with the emasculation meme? Once, twice, you might be able to wave it off as a coincidence. But it was the overpowering message from the full suite of commercials: American men love bad beer and Doritos and are worried that they are no longer are members of a warrior class. Tom Shales discusses the emasculation memein his column today:

An ad for Dodge Charger called the muscle car "Man's Last Stand" after depicting a supposedly put-upon male who listed all the nice things he did for his female mate. Were these ads for a post-feminist age? They seemed to have a retro appeal -- for better and worse. Probably worse.

Maybe masculinity is a natural subject for commercials that debut during a football game featuring civilian gladiators. Maybe it's also a natural theme given that both men and women gather to watch the Super Bowl. But my guess is that what we're seeing are ads written, approved and produced by young men in the advertising industry. They're the product of men in cubicles, no?

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 8, 2010; 8:34 AM ET
 
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A friend of mine just bought a charge - a female, wonder if she know they are 'man's last stand'?

Posted by: dmd3 | February 8, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Groggy. Just waking up. Husband had to give up the game at half time to go to work here at home. He began at 7:30 p.m. and didn't finish last night until 3 a.m. I got up at 1:30 a.m. for about a half hour because I couldn't sleep. So he's still sleeping and probably won't wake until noon. Coma-like quiet here.

I told you I was deliciously anticipating the Bette White ad. That it would provide real food for thought. So, this morning, we've moved away from Mount Crumpit, but I want to talk about Bob Cratchit. I want not to sing a Christmas carol, but to tell one--and add real-life actors Better White, Abe Vigoda, and some Snickers bars.

I shall begin momentarily.

Posted by: laloomis | February 8, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

The 'sport' version of any minivan. Now there is a last stand. My mini-van non-negotiable demand was captain's chairs in the middle row.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 8, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Front Page Alert, BTW...

And seriously, JA, most commentators were saying the teams were actually evenly matched, and they made their predictions based largely on Peyton vs. Brees.

Only in the wrong direction.

*L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 8, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Scotty, the Colts beat everybody on every single Sunday except once when they pulled their starters when it didn't matter. I would have put the line at 8, not 5. And when they went up 10-0, didn't you think it might well be a 30-point blowout?

Posted by: joelache | February 8, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

My tale is not one of two cities, since we've lived in San Antonio for our second stint since 2001, but a tale of two corporate cultures--that of World Savings and Loan, the other of Wells Fargo, both banks with their origins in California's Bay Area.

World was a small intimate place, for the most part, people knew each other or knew of each other. When Christmases rolled around, and in World's corporate world, employees would receivce a $25 gift certificate, typically issued as an American Express gift card. I would really, really, really look forward to these gift cards, because it meant that it was time to go shopping for the Christmas dinner. Dinner was always the same--a large cut of meat--the protein, most always a turkey (but never a goose, though I like goose) or a ham, and sweet potatoes or yams, onion and celery, cranberries, pecans and walnuts, apples or canned pumpkin. I always thought of it as the equivalent of Ebeneezer Scrooge providing the Bob Cratchit family with its Christmas feast.

But then Wachovia bought out World Savings and Loan quite recently, and then the giant, Wells, took over troubled Wachovia, which had gobbled up our family-sized saving and loan. Remember the history of Lloyd Tevis and George Loomis, back in Wells's near prehistory, than add about two years ago the tug-of-war between Wells and Citi, toss in some David Boies lawyering, you know the rest of the story and its outcome--at least what appeared in the headlines.

-more-

Posted by: laloomis | February 8, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

No, Joel, I didn't.

Both teams had a number of "close calls" during the season, and they were the two best regular-season teams, with a 1-game difference in the loss column.

The Saints survived a much better-rounded team in the Vikings. Why ignore all that and give the Colts such an edge? Again, I heard so much "intangibles" talk it was obvious neither team was overwhelming on paper.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 8, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Pleased that the Saints won, although it really didn't matter one way or the other who actually won, as I have no skin in the game (Lions? Redskins?) . . .

*wiping up the surroundings after explosive laughter*

Truth be known, I did a bit of channel surfing throughout the course of the night. Saw a few commercials (but not the Betty White - Abe Vigoda one), and basically said "Meh" -- I guess ads directed to hormonal vaguely 20-somethings who only think of beer and sex aren't directed to me. Whatever. There are some ads which pique my fancy, indeed, but most of them I simply ignore. I guess I'm not in the "correct" demographic. Again, whatever.

I might try to venture out tomorrow before the next blanket of snow comes along. Otherwise, it might just be April before I'm outta here. At least it's going to get above freezing during the day after the next storm. The plowing is likely to get easier then.

Geez. I've got cabin fever and I'm soooooo looking forward to seeing daffodils. Man! Just feeling crankilicious.

BTW, Imom -- I finished book #2 last night (actually, while "watching" the game) and started in on book #3. At just over 700 pages, it appears to be the heftiest of all of them. I'll be interested in your opinion of book 2. It isn't that I disliked it particularly, but it may not have met expectations.

Back to the grind.

Posted by: -ftb- | February 8, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

That was a true case of the hackneyed phrase "Team of Destiny". The Vikings were a better team beaten by the Saints as well. It should make us all feel good having the team from such a beleaguered city winning the championship, especially since the NFL may become beleaguered next year due to labor problems.

People from Indiana and Minnesota are excused from feeling good about a poorer team winning.

Posted by: edbyronadams | February 8, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I approached the Super Bowl as the ideal game for me because I didn't really care who won. Oh, sure, I figured it would be nice if the Saints won because we all like the underdog, but I wasn't passionate about it. And I was happy about this. I was looking forward to simply enjoying, you know, The Glory of Sport.

Yet, I couldn't help get caught up in it. When that game-sealing interception occurred, I actually cheered, which, like, never happens. Really startled the dog. So I guess this shows the power of the event. Even those who vow not to get emotionally involved sometimes do.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 8, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

I'm with Scotty on this one. I would have put the line at 3, tops. The missed 4th and 1 with 2 minutes left in the first half did have a feel of 2 minutes left in the game, but karma almost dictated a New Orleans win.

A blizzard. The Colts. Eventually, those things come back to bite ya.

Posted by: LostInThought | February 8, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Had a grand time last night watching the game and eating tasty food with Extended Family. Thanks all for the recipes and suggestions. Ivansdad was rooting for the Peyton Mannings and several others were for the Saints. There in the last quarter when that end-zone pass was intercepted and then Two More failed to connect, I exclaimed, "Oh, those poor Colts people!" It just seemed so unfair - given that they were going to lose, at least they could have completed a touchdown pass.

I suppose the measure of the commercials is that today I don't really remember most of them, except with a faint feeling of distaste.

Rain this morning changed to wet, heavy snow - humongous ginormous flakes - which has already covered everything pretty thickly. Supposed to stop tonight; I guess this is your Tuesday storm.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 8, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

There were too many themes being thrown around in these commercials for me to keep track of. I know that high-concept Super Bowl commercials are seldom directly about the product, but there were enough undercurrents there to launch a thousand tedious undergraduate term papers.

I didn't see that Charger commercial as emasculating as much as an advertisement for rationalization. It was telling me that it was okay to blow a huge amount of cash of a car because, gosh darn it, I've *earned* it baby. But I guess that one could argue that this is a form of traditional emasculation because it implies that rationalizations must even occur.

Which is why, I guess, it was an interesting commercial. Just not one, alas, that makes me want to buy that car.


Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 8, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Good game. I was surprised to hear the stat in the game that the most anyone has came back to win the SB was 10 points.

The Law of Unintended Consequences for the GOP on their Obama-needs-a-teleprompter meme. What to do for your own speeches? One answer:

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/762116--palin-wrote-crib-notes-on-palm

Posted by: engelmann | February 8, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

I wonder, too, if Joel is right and these commercials are written by young men in cubicles. Young men who are desperately trying to figure out how middle aged men with discretionary funds think. And not always succeeding.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 8, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Honestly, I had no idea who was even favored in this game. I just assumed that God would, at some point, smite the Colts for leaving Baltimore.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 8, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

Scottynuke, a belated congrats again on capturing the post-season Tiara. And of course, Mudge, you're the Regular-Season Tiara-wearer. Again. Bravo.

I should have known the Saints would win, ever since I picked the Colts. Sean Payton and Gregg Williams (Where'd *that* guy come from? Oh, yeah...) are some wily, experienced coaches, and well, Jim Caldwell's a good guy and a good coach, but I suspected that he being a rookie head coach - even with Manning as a coach-on-the-field - might have been caught up in trying to play a little too much by the book, and get tripped up by the Saints' misdirections.

Finally, on to the Snow Situation here in the DC and the enitire Mid-Atlantic -- is it me, or have things gone Old Testament Biblical Catastrophic around here since Scott Brown was sworn in?

For those that said, "It'll be a cold day in h3ll when a Republican sits in Ted Kennedy's seat," well -- here we are.

20 deg. F., two feet of snow, and more coming.

If the Dems are thinking ahead, they'll avoid fillibustering on the Health Care legislation by starting a snowball fight on the Senate floor.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 8, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

So, one day in mid-December 2009--really just two handful of weeks ago, my husband called to tell me that he had received his corporate Christmas gift from Wells. "What is it?" I eagerly asked, hoping that it was another $25 gift certificate that would buy this year's Christmas Day protein, the starch, the vegetables, the fruits and the nuts.

It's a small metal tin (covered in small red poinsettias, as it turned out...remember Mr. Poinsett?) filled with Mars candies--Snickers, Three Musketeers, Butterfingers. My husband knows I dislike Mars candies, so I offered two suggestions: he either keep the candy at his desk and eat it slowly over time, or far, better, he leave it in the break room and give it as as midnight treats for the janitorial staff.

My husband also, along with several other employees, gave $5 to his boss's gift fund. I believe she decided to reciprocate, and sent candy from North Carolina to the few who were in her group or had been in her group, given the ongoing corporate shuffle. The amount of chocolate given by the boss, I think, depended on one's ranking in the pecking order. My husband received a small box of choclates, five different motifs-including a Santa, a toy soldier, a snowman, and so on, each the length of two small thumbnails laid end-to-end. My husband's Asian-American coworker recived three chocolate covered pretzels. As is my husband's way, he shared the box with his coworkers, and must have exchanged a portion of his candy for one of the chocolate-covered pretzels, which he brought home. I had a bite of the pretzel, which was awful. The little candy he brought home was so-so, O.K., not great.

So, for me, the Bette White and Ab Vigoda candy was about eating junk food, as were the too-numerous Coke and Doritos commercials. I don't know why people are going gaga over the creativity of Madison Avenue during the Super Bowl, when what they are hyping is dietary junk, and otherwise.

So the meme in my mind is not that the Snickers ad during this year's Super Bowl gave Bette White and her avatar a quick sugar fix for playing more rounds of football, but, for me, will always be associated with having a Christmas dinner without the beneficence of the corporate Ebenezeer Scrooge.

I fervently wish that Wells would reconsider its Christmas gift-giving practices. If $3 or $4 is all that it can afford as Christmas bonuses to its many employees, especially after partying it up in Vegas with its sales teams not long ago, than I beseech Wells to please give its employees $3 or $4 toward a nutritious Christmas meal? I much prefer the image, of a warm, delicious Christmas dinner to Bette White--not playing or acting as a football player tackled in the mud during sand- or mud-lot football, but to a red velvet, ermine-trimmed, Christmas-dressed and -bedecked Bette White elf handing us a small metal Christmas tin filled with Snickers bars.

Posted by: laloomis | February 8, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

I picked the Saints because I thought that for the past few weeks they were just sky-high mentally, with the consequence being one of two outcomes: they would win, "no matter what" -- or because they were so psyched they'd collapse when faced with the reality of the Colts. So I was expecting either a Colts blow-out -- or more likely, the Saints win in a massive shoot-out. I picked 70 total points, and bc must have agreed, because he picked 75, tho' with the Colts winning. What I didn't foresee was the Saints behind 10-0, and then coming back. When it was 10-0 I thought it was over, with my collapse scenario coming true.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 8, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

I got the sense that the Saints were willing to be more creative than the Colts. If all of that creativity had ended up like their 4-and-goal attempt with 1:49 to go in the 1st half, they probably would have lost the game.

The least creative moments, by and large, were the ads. And the CBS production wasn't particularly good: noise levels mis-mixed, a flat play-by-play/color guy duo, and ineffective gimmicks ("Phil-osophy"? ouch) detracted from the game.

Posted by: MsJS | February 8, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

The least creative were the Madison Avenue coaches. Eminently forgettable commercials and the sooner I forget about the men in underpants meme, the better.

Posted by: edbyronadams | February 8, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

My husband is awake and eating a bowl of cereal, and is anticipating not working the rest of the day or tomorrow.

At least he had a chance to walk the dog yesterday. And for an hour on Saturday afternoon, he was able to a push a pile of less wet mulch back into place and reinstall the metal edging--after having dug up the ground to remove the root that was making the water line into the house leak. For a week, he simply didn't have the time or energy to tackle the pipe problem/project that he undertook at least a week ago.

Footnote: The thinking of the employees was that Wells had bought a large quantity of leftover Halloween candy, cheaply-- perhaps purchased at steeply discounted wholesale prices, rather than retail, to give as Christmas gifts.

Posted by: laloomis | February 8, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

This is off topic and blatant bragging, government to match donations by Canadians for Haiti, amount donated by citizens $113Mil (33Mil people).

That is just slightly below the amount spent on our own the podium program for 5 years - there is room for both.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/02/08/haiti-donations-matching-relief-oda.html?ref=rss

Posted by: dmd3 | February 8, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I don't think the issue of the commercials is so much about who or what age person writes them, it is what happens afterward: a whole room of people of all ages gets to pick them apart and analyze them and focus-test them, etc. So they are really the result of more collaboration than just about any other process, by a bunch of people who mall think they are experts.

And of course, all this collective wisdom is horrible about three-quarters of the time. Usually the best ads come from a small team or even one or two people with a "vision," -- and then a client who has the good sense to stick with them, and not let every a----- Tom, Dick and Jane from marketing and accounting stick their noses in it.

The biggest problem within the advertising business is that it is basically built upon a foundation of BS. As a consequence, the people in the ad biz work in a world of constant BS, and loose all sense of reality outside their world. Same thing happens in govt., in law, police work, TV, Hollywood, etc. You get so deep into the culture and psyche of your mini-world you work in a bubble environment.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 8, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I thought the Dodge Charger commercial was sh!tty because yes, he was rationalizing, but he was looking for payback for being nice. For being a good human being... a good partner.

I thought the reward for that behavior was having it returned.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 8, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

dmd, yay for Canada!

Posted by: badsneakers | February 8, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I thought the commercials looked like there was almost no ad agency involvement. As I've seen with many businesses and nonprofits these days when people look to trim costs one of their first thoughts is "we could do this in house." That's probably not what happened, but it sure looked like it to me.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 8, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Thanks to CqP for the bunny bells game. Very nice. It goes well with the huge flakes of snow currently falling.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 8, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

TBG,
My wife's standard response when I act entitled for doing what I should is "So do you want a cookie?"

Yes, dang it, I do. There is no such thing as too much positive reinforcement.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 8, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

BettY White, Loomis -- BettY

Posted by: nellie4 | February 8, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

I completely agree, TBG. The only impression I got from that ad was that once the hen-pecked guy got his "rod" he would rev it up and run her over with it. The underlying misogyny in that ad was breathtaking. But all those ads directed to "the guys" tend to be like that. Pretty boring.

Posted by: -ftb- | February 8, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Mustangs, Chargers, and now revived Camaros seem aimed at men, mostly, who don't need station wagons and want some sort of personal ornament of the American Iron sort. Not (or can't afford) something German. And not a little Mazdaspeed, Mitsu Evo, or Subaru STI. Definitely not Miata (for some reason considered effete). So many niches.

Circa 1980 in Wyoming, where high school grads could get decent oil patch jobs, kids would buy a short-box four wheel drive pickup or a Camaro, then immediately regret the decision and trade for the alternative.

Audi's mischevious ad was a world away from Dodge. Green bad boy.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 8, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I'm with RD - I couldn't really get into the game. Wife of Nut was all for the Saints, so she had a good time. I was kind of leaning towards the Colts, mostly becuase I think Peyton should win another SB. I really didn't think any of the commercials were worth the effort. I'm all past the E-trade babies. The Bette While/Abe Vigoda one was cute, once. And it was a revelation because I thought Abe had long since gone to his reward. Gad, how many years since "Barney Miller"??

The Budweiser ad with the colt and the young bull was perhaps a bit too precious.

We dug the van out of the shopping center lot this morning, and I got into the office about 11. Even the main roads were like mine fields, and many places down to one lane. Hopefully the sun will melt down some of the ruts. I have to work late tonight, so by the time I get out everything will likely be frozen again. And then there's more coming tomorrow!!!

Posted by: ebtnut | February 8, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I liked the BettY White ad, even more so since I thought AbE Vigoda was dead.

Posted by: LostInThought | February 8, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and the other thing I noticed about the commercials - It seemed like about every fourth one featured a man, or men, with no pants on. What was all that about?

Posted by: ebtnut | February 8, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

"Pants on the ground" went viral in advertising agencies as well.

Posted by: edbyronadams | February 8, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I echo Mudge's assessment of the ads.

Extending the collective collaboration notion a bit further, a lot of folks are feeling powerless and somewhat pushed around by outside forces these days. This would include the creative teams at ad agencies and all the ancillary support groups between them and the final ad.

For me that was the gestalt of many of the commercials. Somehow, even if just for a moment, I'll feel more empowered if I eat a particular candy bar, drive a particular car, drink a particular beer, or eat breakfast at a particular restaurant.

Mudge is right. It's BS.

Posted by: MsJS | February 8, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Apparently we're not the only ones who wondered if he was alive...

http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_kxj8thbkE61qzzvevo1_500.png

Posted by: -TBG- | February 8, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

The pantless stuff must be something obvious to regular television watchers. Yesterday, I didn't know what to make of a video of Tebow wearing underpants. A week or two previous, there was "commute without your pants" day or something like that.

In the South, a fair number of guys fancy themselves as Scots, so have kilts.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 8, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

OK, last comment for the time being - The Who just don't have it any more. Springsteen put on a much better show last year. Daltry couldn't sing on key, and Townshend's windmills seem perfuctory. It's especially noticable since so many people hear them in the their prime on the CSI shows every week.

Posted by: ebtnut | February 8, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, it's an on-going joke that started out as a mistake, and then he ran with it, which makes it even funnier.

Posted by: LostInThought | February 8, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Here are all the commercials, if you missed them:

http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1960734_1960750_1960741,00.html

Posted by: nellie4 | February 8, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Or, all the commercials, if you care.

Posted by: nellie4 | February 8, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for solving the mystery. We couldn't figure out who the guy in the Betty White ad was.

For a Super Bowl, that was a good game. Well-played on both sides.

Was too tired to boodle last night. 10-12 of us got out and cleared a single track on our dead end street with a snowblower and shovels. Of course, the cross street hasn't been plowed, and the "main" road is, for all intents and purposes, a single track. Slept until 10:30 this morning and am still ready for a nap.

Posted by: Raysmom | February 8, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for solving the mystery. We couldn't figure out who the guy in the Betty White ad was.

For a Super Bowl, that was a good game. Well-played on both sides.

Was too tired to boodle last night. 10-12 of us got out and cleared a single track on our dead end street with a snowblower and shovels. Of course, the cross street hasn't been plowed, and the "main" road is, for all intents and purposes, a single track. Slept until 10:30 this morning and am still ready for a nap.

Posted by: Raysmom | February 8, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I always thought Superbowl commercials jumped the shark after Cat Herding.

That was a Superbowl commercial wasn't it?

Posted by: --dr-- | February 8, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

hey boss: that's not an alternative universe play. that was coaching genius. that's why they stay up all night watching tape. i can't stay up much past 1030, but i watch a lot of football. this is what i think happened: the saints knew that manning likes the inside slant when he is being blitzed from his left side. so they 'showed' him that they were going to blitz. but they also knew that manning only tries to make the first down on those types of plays, so they moved up their d-back and cheated him a little to the inside. bam--play goes off as planned and the d-back breaks inside. pick. td. game. that was brilliant defensive coaching--using manning's tendencies against him.

love those snow scenes you are posting. looks that way in my neighborhood too. we are missing the poe bust, though, which does add just the right touch. now calling for 4-8 inches more starting tomorrow afternoon. batten the hatches. load the t-p. stoke the weber. i aint afraid of no snow...

Posted by: butlerguy | February 8, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the long copy and paste, but this email that just arrived from my county supervisor kind of explains what we're going through here (roads in Virginia are all maintained by the state, including plowing)...

==

Winter Storm/Road Clearing Update

CREWS REMOVING 500,000 TONS OF SNOW IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA

More equipment on the way from Hampton Roads and Richmond

The Virginia Department of Transportation estimates it will remove about 500,000 tons of snow from northern Virginia roads over the next several days. VDOT urges motorists to continue to stay off the roads as crews work today to clear snow-packed interstates and other emergency routes. Residents should see at least one pass from a snowplow before Tuesday evening when another storm is expected.

Crews and equipment finishing up snow removal in the Richmond and Hampton Roads areas will head to northern Virginia to assist 1,900 trucks already plowing this hard-hit region. Many of these trucks will head to snow-buried neighborhoods to help clear the 9,000 lane miles of subdivisions and side streets in Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties.

The hundreds of 4x4 pickup trucks VDOT uses in northern Virginia subdivisions for a typical four- to six-inch storm are inadequate to handle the frozen and compacted, deep snow covering most neighborhoods. Snow drifts in some areas are even higher than the subdivision plows. Interstate trucks are too large to fit through neighborhoods, so crews are using special equipment such as graders, bucket loaders, tandems and backhoes. This is a very slow and cumbersome process.

Unlike smaller snowfalls, crews are also hauling snow from areas where there is simply nowhere for plows to push. Along roads such as the Beltway and the I-95/395 high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, concrete barriers prevent traditional plowing and large trailers are hauling snow offsite.

VDOT reminds residents of the following:

* The main, more heavily traveled roads in a subdivision will be plowed first, to be followed by low-volume roads and cul-de-sacs.

* Plows will make one or two trips to provide a path through neighborhood streets, but they will not clear to bare pavement or from curb to curb.

* Because chemicals are not used in subdivisions, roads will remain snow-packed and rutted after the plow has passed. Crews will sand hills, curves and intersections as needed to provide traction.

* VDOT plow drivers have assigned routes that include each and every state-maintained road in northern Virginia.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 8, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

"I ain't afraid of no snow..."
--butlerguy

Ahh, another tune for Snowmageddon, the Musical emerges.

If there's something strange in your neighborhood,
Who you gonna call?
Snowplowers!

Posted by: MsJS | February 8, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Well, THAT was an interesting kitchen experiment.

NukeSpouse made some pumpkin pancake batter Saturday, and we thickened it up with some oatmeal. It sat yesterday, and I tried making waffles for lunch. It seems even the help of baking powder wasn't quite enough to keep things cohesive.

The kitchen's still standing, anyway... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 8, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Yes indeed, MsJS, I had a "Ghostbusters" moment when I read butlerguy... *L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 8, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Scottynuke: Oooh, goo! Hope you didn't get it on your tiara.

Posted by: MsJS | February 8, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

HoCo Schools have thrown in the towel on tomorrow. Rumors say that Baltimore County schools are closed through Wednesday. With a new storm predicted, we are looking at a lost week.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 8, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

*BOODLE SAFETY ALERT!!!!!*

Folks, if you have steps or a sidewalk or anything that's near your roofline, PLEASE put down plenty of ice melt! I almost lost my footing going to check the mail, so I put down some melt in order to shovel it up later. Just went to check, and the ice is building up ON TOP of the melt!!! :-O

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 8, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

And school until July, yello.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 8, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

I refer, of course, to roof meltoff reaching walkways instead of being routed through gutters... :-O

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 8, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Thanks TBG. That confirms what I suspected and feared. For a plow did come through yesterday, but on the other side of the road. Which means if I have any hope of getting out, I need to shovel across half of the road.

Yuck.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 8, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

TBG: It's a bit long-winded but pretty clear. I imagine VDOT gets fewer complaints later on. It sure sounds like they are relying on warmer temps to take care of the ruts, curbs, etc.

I appreciate your posting. It give me a better perspective of life in the land of few plows and much snow.

Posted by: MsJS | February 8, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

A while back, I found a dvd of the Who's "Tommy" movie, which I'd seen back when. Still fairly dreadful, though of course it's from an age when you had to use real stuff to produce surreal effects. No digital beans growing to the size of footballs, then minivans.

The Who's performing platform seemed as if it could have been programmed a bit more imaginatively. Some waves, maybe? Looks like a platform of that sort is less damaging to the field than a thousand or so people dancing, doing cheerleading routines and/or playing instruments while wearing programmed LEDs.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 8, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Well, we usually can depend on warmer weather to take care of most of the snow around here, MsJS. I remember some of those huge snowstorms of the past when the temps THE DAY AFTER were in the 70s.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 8, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

The next Super Bowl halftime will feature the Beatles with just the two survivors.

Posted by: edbyronadams | February 8, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

OK, I'm going to need some Boodle guidance here, especially CqP and any others of a feminine nature.

I ran an errand a while ago and caught the end of the Diane Rehm Show on NPR, which was sponsored by somebody called Pajamagram dot com. Apparently, they send out gifts of women's pajamas in a hatbox.

So my first thought was...huh?

So I looked them up online. Here is the large selection of pajamas they offer (very chaste, safe for work, they aren't Frederick's of Hollywood): http://great-gifts.pajamagram.com/nav/ty/women/0?cnt=300

No, my questions are these:

1) How would a woman (long-married spouse, in this case) feel about receiving a present of a pair of pajamas in a hatbox? (Yeah, yeah, it's the thought, blah, blah. I can handle that part.) One of my concerns is that it's "too easy," i.e., all I did was click a few buttons and pow, the gift is delivered.

2) Looking at the prices, a lot of these seem awful expensive, but then, I haven't bought ladies' frou-frou in decades, so I'm a little outa pracitice, kinda like when somebody asked Pres. (G.H. W.) Bush how much a gallon of milk cost and he didn't know. So: are these prices reasonable?

3)Should I pick something similar to what my wife usually wears...or something dissimilar? (On the theory that it's a present?) Should I pick what I like...or what she likes? (Yeah, possibly a very silly question. I withdraw it.)

4) The hatbox: periwinkle, or pink organza? I was sick the day they covered this in school, I guess. I've been periwinkle/organza-challenged ever since.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 8, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Scotty, the mound of plowed ice in front of my mailbox is so tall, so thick and so hard I'm not getting any mail delivered until July. So the ice melt thing is moot in my case. But thanks for the thought.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 8, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, they advertise heavily on CNBC ("men's" channel) and it runs something like: the only present absolutely, positively guaranteed to get her to take her clothes off. And "she'll think you spent *hours* planning it!"

Pretty smarmy.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | February 8, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I had a quick peek, Curmudgeon, and those designs seem awfully pedestrian.

As to whether pjs are a good gift, it depends on the recipient. Only you know the answer to it.

Posted by: Yoki | February 8, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I have been threatened with serious bodily harm whenever that pajamagram commercial comes on.

When I'm in the other room...

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 8, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Waaay overpriced and prices don't even include shipping, Mudge. But if you think she'd like it, it is indeed the thought that counts.

I think you'd do fine in the $30-$50 range.

Sure you don't want to go with a His & Hers set?

http://www.pajamagram.com/his-and-hers-pajama-sets.html

Posted by: -TBG- | February 8, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, a few questions about the jammies:

1. Does Mrs. Mudge *like* pajamas?
2. Does she like pink (since that seems to be the predominant color?
3. Does she like frou-frou in general, or would she find the organza hatbox over-the-top?
4. The jammies are pretty pricey; would she prefer you spend the $ on something else?

I find them less objectionable than the Vermont Teddy Bear, although I'd prefer a nice lobster dinner. But that's just me.

Posted by: Raysmom | February 8, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I had a suspicion they were overpriced.

Time for Plan B.

Thanks for the opinions, all.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 8, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Mudge:

1) Every marriage is different. What works at CasaJS may fall flat elsewhere. For what it's worth, MrJS and I agreed long ago we'd buy our own clothes. My advice is to use some of this snow-induced downtime to create something that SHE would appreciate. If that's not your thing, there's nothing wrong with click-and-buy, as long as it's an appropriate gift.

2) A quick comparison between this site and the website of my local department store chain says these prices are kinda high.

3) See my response to #1. It's always about the recipient in my book. And it's OK to ask.

4) Personally, I largely eschew pink, but that's me. I love all shades of blue.

Posted by: MsJS | February 8, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

I'd stay away from pajamas bought online if I were you, Mudge.

When we have too much snow built up around mailboxes at street level, some people around here hang a bucket off of a broom handle (which makes it tilt towards the street giving the mail carrier an easier target.). I've never actually done it myself so not sure of the mechanics but assume it's not rocket science. ;-)

Posted by: badsneakers | February 8, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I think the pajamagram idea is kind of cute, and the prices seem ok to me (more than what I'd want to pay without knowing the quality, but not outrageous).

TBG, usually Seattle relies on nature to take of clearing snow. It didn't work last year during our snow-catastrophe, when temperatures stayed below freezing and we got additional snow. Also, Seattle decided not to use salt for environmental reasons. We have a new mayor and new policy now.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 8, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

We've yet to have a snow day, and we got close to 3 feet of snow over the weekend (school was on a 2 hour delay today). I think the difference is lots of people up here have a backhoe or frontloader or combine that can be used to push snow around. (There's a pile down by the school that's bigger than the house next to it.)

Posted by: LostInThought | February 8, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Weather.com for my zip code shows no days warmer than 40 degrees in the ten day forecast. According to them there is a 100% chance of precipitation for Tuesday night and a 60% chance for Monday. The Snopocalypse continues on.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 8, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Is just me or was this the "Doritos-Budweiser Bowl"?

Saints won because they played like this was the last game of the season and they had nothing to lose.

On-side kick to start the half? Brilliant and gutsy - that was the game changer.

Posted by: krankyman | February 8, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Mudge we recently celebrated our 20th and since we had just spent a considerable amount on a new island for the kitchen and flat screen TV's we decided to forgo any real gift giving.

However, dmdspouse had a bag of gifts for me, one compilation CD of songs I have loved over the 20 years, and various drug store items, each with significance and a note on each, i.e. tissues for the tears over the years etc, it was both touching and funny and I cannot think of a gift more appreciated. Especially the hair gel with the note Ooops this is for me.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 8, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Raysmom beat me to the Vermont Teddy Bear call-out, another perennial internet/1-800 huckster milking male insecurities near Valentine's. Perhaps a nice chia pet or drain snakes instead.

My wife is getting two nights in a hotel in DC and reservations at a nice restaurant. If I'm well behaved, I'll get to come along.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 8, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Gawker claims that all the Best Animated Feature nominees are too scary for children.

http://gawker.com/5466825/the-best-animated-feature-oscar-honors-outstanding-achievement-in-frightening-children/gallery/

Posted by: yellojkt | February 8, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

The Colts couldn't get to Brees due to combination of a bad ankle, and the saints being allowed to hold on every play.

The colts receivers couldn't get open on short over the middle plays, because the Refs were not calling the 5 yard zone limit on the Saints.

Drew Brees had the best year of any QB and one of the best Play-offs ever.

Posted by: Muddy_Buddy_2000 | February 8, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I have several piles of snow scattered around the 'hood and at other places that are taller than I am.

And I put them there myself, with my old-school metal shovel.

And I'll admit to LOLing when I saw Abe Vigoda in that ad (I knew who he was without the Barney Miller-era "Fish" outfit of brown suit and fedora), thinking just like everyone else. "Isn't he dead?"

When did Abe Vigoda become Snake Plissken?
(yello, scotty, omni, that one was for you)

Ok, question for the footballheads - what was the bigger Super Bowl upset: the '69 Jets over the (ahem - do we detect a theme here?) Colts, the Pats over the "Greatest Show on Turf" Rams in '02, or last night's game? Or is there another one would suggest? I still think the Jets win in '69, but that's just me.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 8, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

yellojkt, thanks for that heads-up on animated features.

Thank goodness that Pixar hasn't done a 3D remake of Fritz the Cat.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 8, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Mudge -- you know this already. The two components of a gift are
1) I through a great deal about this AND
2) I customized this to yourself.

You are the archdeacon of good gift giving. You also know the classic ones.

What about selecting two or three poems or some quotes. Print them nicely on paper and tie in a scroll. You can buy a yard of ribbon in a color she likes from many places.

Or print off one pome or quote or passage for a paper in each of these colors:
http://www.pantone.com/pages/MYP_mypantone/mypPaletteDetail.aspx?p_id=4369&p_type=p_detail

She is stylish and aware of color palettes, personally and professionally. Let this palette be a little tool for the spring biz upcoming. Print as a set of 25 biz cards?

And, this, for a touch: several CDs that feature the Tennessee Waltz....

Bonnie Rait and Norah Jones
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzDUi_L6MzA

Also, see the classic Patti Page and the lovely (FTP) fave of Eva Cassidy.
(limited the links.....because I will be Hal-botted into cyperspace.)

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 8, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

bc - I'm with you - the '69 Jets.

Posted by: ebtnut | February 8, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Awww, dmd -- that's sweet.

Posted by: -ftb- | February 8, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

'69 Jets, bc. Not so much because of the game itself, but because of the repercussions. That one rocked the football world. The others were merely upsets; they only rocked bookies.

There's a substantial question in my mind whether Abe Vigada should best be remembered for his role on Barney Miller (hilarious) -- or, much more to my liking, for playing Sal Tessio in The Godfather, the man who set up Mikey. ("Tell him it was just business, Tom.")

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 8, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

SCC: Vigoda

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 8, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Abe Vigoda is Salvatore Tessio (Sally). Listen here to his iconic please for a break, to Tom Hagen, also known as Bobby Duval.

http://www.entertonement.com/clips/vnvvzfgdzh--Get-me-off-the-hookRobert-Duvall-The-Godfather-Abe-Vigoda-Salvatore-Sally-Tessio-

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 8, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

glad the saints one just to support new orleans.

engelmann, palin's reading notes off her palm is hilarious.

Posted by: LALurker | February 8, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Vermont Teddy Bear owns pajamagram.com. I've never heard of VTB before today. Personally, I love getting flowers. And chocolate.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 8, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Mudge -- bread and butter, for we posted the same thingie in passing.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 8, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, CqP, yes, I'll be able to figure something out. I wasn't so much asking what *Eye* should do, as I was kind of asking what the Boodle thought about that web site and the general question of pajamas in a hatbox, etc.

Still, no one has addressed the always tendentious periwinkle/organza conundrum.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 8, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, I'd pass on the pajamas for your wife but if you'd like to give her some Spam flavored macadamia nuts, I know where you can get some...

http://tastyislandhawaii.com/blog/2009/12/28/macadamia-nuts-with-spam%C2%AE-classic-flavor/

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | February 8, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I know -- bread and butter, come to supper.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 8, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

The click-gift by TeeVee/computer simply makes me think of the dude on the couch -- any couch-- who can click with his wallet-plastic and keep watching (Yeah, he will have to slide his bottom side up for 34 seconds to retrieve the card: EFFORT, it counts, right?)

Nitro Circus, reruns...and imagine him self just briefly as Travis Pastrana -- Annapolitan -- reving a motercycle Evil K-style.....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 8, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Well, mudge... since the boxes appear to be kind of transparent, the color would depend on the contents.

Me? I'd want the pink box. All the way. But not the pjs. Just the box.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 8, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Mudge -- pick a color from the Pantone palette I linked to....be currant with your colors :) Mrs. Mudgeon has an unerring vision for such things. She may enjoy this new palette, if only to find that two of the colors are not quite right. I would love a lunch with Mrs. M that included a trip to Exquisite Fabric in downtown DC.

http://exqfabrics.net/default.aspx

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 8, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

'gday all. You DC-type persons are sure hogging all the snow. We've no precipitation in the forecast until next Friday/Saturday. I doubt we'he had an inch since since the last significant snowfall, back around January 4-5. The December snow has compacted to solid ice.

CqP, I remembered the puppets of La Boîte à Surprise very well, Tintin not so much. She had a busy life, lots of teaching in it. One my my earliest memory, was the BàS coming to tape a show at my school. I was in kintergarden, so that is a while back. It was the Fall of 65 or Spring of 66.

I think Garçon dropping a pass while the Colts were moving along quite well was a critical moment as well. It looks like the best QB of the decade may have to do be content with one SB ring only. Oh well, he still has 7 years in front of him if he does a full Favre.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 8, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Mudge would love that, too, CqP. She has quite the eye. And sending her into a fabric store is even more dangerous than sending me into a bookstore.

The local Jo-Ann's Fabrics and Hancocks shops know her on a first-name basis. And every now and then she meets a friend up in Rockville near the Silver Dinner and Madelaine's so they can go worship at the Shrine (G Street Fabrics).

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 8, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

TBG -- I like the box too. Gift ideas for V-day:

small mason jar filled with white, red, pink, AND A BLUE one (like the wedding formula) etc. buttons (OR her favorite color buttons)

Buttons are red
Buttons are blue
Candy is sweet
And so are you

----
One tea cup with saucer (Nice Clarice Cliff ones on ebay for ten-spot, if her tastes are not Victoriana)

Take some Red Rose tea bags and with small stickers to replace/cover the tag, write a word or two for her on say five bags.

Wrap in cellophane and tie with a ribbon of any color.


Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 8, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Mudge -- she may appreciate the euro-splendor of Exquisite Fabrics....a gift cert to that and for lunch downtown, too?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 8, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

The key attributes to a gift are:

1. Time and/or money. It has to show that the giver made a major sacrifice of some sort to endear themselves to the recipient. If the gift is of nominal value, it must show extreme amounts of time required in the planning, construction, execution or delivery.

2. Lack of practical value. Flowers, cards, stuffed animals, and jewelry all fit in this category. Household appliances, audio visual equipment, and functional clothing all are verboten, particularly if the giver has any possibility of using it themselves. Sleepwear is considered too practical and sexy lingerie is more for the benefit of the giver than the recipient.

The diamond engagement ring is considered the pinnacle of these standards. The cost is high (two months salary, which interestingly makes the level of sacrifice a time equivalent) and the only practical use is to make the recipient's friends and coworkers envious.

And is gorgonzola even a color?

Posted by: yellojkt | February 8, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Raysmom, I hoped you neighbor, my brother, helped! He posted some pics of your road last night--head shaking wow.

I thought for the most part the Super Bowl commercials were lame. And the Who sounded as old as they are. Fresh blood needed I'm sorry to say. But I like my kids' music too!

Back in San Diego having left a snowing Denver. This ritual is getting old...but the pay is pretty darn good. Not to mention flyer miles. Okay, Enough they said!

Posted by: Windy3 | February 8, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Oohhhh, you are so right, Mudge. G St. Fabrics is indeed the shrine. I remember shopping there when it was still on G Street, when it was in an old decrepit building on several floors. I was always afraid that the elevator was going to stop working when I was between floors. But what a great place! The finest fabrics at reasonable prices (at least then) -- and the variety was unimaginable.

Just finished a big mug of bush tea. And now I wish to take a nap. Dontcha know. . . .

Posted by: -ftb- | February 8, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, organza is a fabric. Periwinkle or pink? Periwinkle if she prefers purples and blues.

CqP, that is a palette I'm seeing a lot of this year. I've actually bought some purple stuff (mulberry, lilac and periwinkle sorts)-- and that's practically heresy for me.
Yet those rich red-purples do go well with so many browns and charcoaled greys, and do oppose some greens I have, which helps. I am normally an autumn.

Mudge... I think CqP's idea is nice. You can do your own -gram anyway, based on stuff she likes that can be re-interpreted in a romantic ways.

Have fun!


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 8, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

All this talk about the Super Bowl and yet no one has mentioned the truly important television event of last night: The Puppy Bowl. Cutest "players" ever this year.

I'm surprised and delighted New Orleans won; and I agree with RD's above: it's obvious the Colts were going to pay eventually for Irsay's malefaction. Still, the Saints??!! If the former Ain'ts can win a championship, it seems within the bounds of possibility that the Redskins -- wait, stop, I'm just not even going to finish that sentence [sound of quiet sniffling].

-Snarky Squirrel

Posted by: 7900rmc | February 8, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

OK, maybe I just don't get it. But what is up with all those folks in their underware in those ads? If it were Paris Hilton or some good looking guy that's one thing. But those folks must have been recuited from Uglies of London!

But at least they didn't have to look at the palm of their hands for their lines!

Posted by: nstein1 | February 8, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Well, yello -- if avocado was a color back in the day (I had one of the ubiquitous Pontiac Le Mans in avocado, and maybe a stove in that color once), then gorgonzola certainly should be on the color scale somewhere between a couple of primary or pastel blends (depending upon what you imbibe along with the cheese, of course).

BTW, Mudge -- G St. Fabrics is no longer next to La Madeleine. It moved up Randolph Road a couple of blocks into a strip mall=ish kind of place. There's a Staples in that center, too. The move was based, I think, on the road construction attendant to the Montrose Parkway.

Posted by: -ftb- | February 8, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

WB -- they are nice colors, for most of us. The more saturated jewel tones are absolutely gorgeous but make me look like a painted harlot of Bedlam....and the very ice-like pastels are sometimes for most of us, a washout....this palette is nice and the green is something that will work with that set of purplish tones.

Look at the fun colors in this Clarice Cliff Metro. Museum teacup of a few years ago:
http://cgi.ebay.com/WEDGWOOD-CLARICE-CLIFF-MAY-AVE-CUP-SAUCER-NIB_W0QQitemZ310198148837QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item4839401ee5#ht_2548wt_1142

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 8, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

My daughter gave me a pajama-gram several years back. The pajamas were --- just pajamas. The hat box is made of organza. Think about it. You can see thru it and it cannot hold anything substantial. I also had a problem with flannel pjs with long legs, short sleeves. What season do you wear those? When I looked at the web site, there were none in flannel with long sleeves. Brrrr!

Posted by: nellie4 | February 8, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Okay, here's one for you Snarky Squirrel -- which team is going to go the Super Bowl first?

The Detroit Lions -OR- The Washington Red Skins

*doo-doo-doo-doo, doo-doo-doo; doo-doo-doo-doo-DOO-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo*

Posted by: -ftb- | February 8, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Windy,
You are never going to get me to feel sorry for you having to go to San Diego on a regular basis. The weather is just to gorgeous. Particularly this time of year. Nice try though.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 8, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

My wife's legs are too short for traditional pajamas. Unless they have footies.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 8, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

JK -- call on me, call on me......oh.oh.oh.

"Yes, Miss CquaP?"

"It is a trick question, Mr. Jk. 'Gorgonzola' is not a color, it is a pattern: Deftware."

"Now, for 1000 points, Miss CquP, how does an Italian cheese inspire an entire culture of blue/white tile and ceramicware in Holland?"

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 8, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

DELFT ware....sigh, I lost my points due to a spelling error....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 8, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

A while ago, I was kind of complaining to my boss about the quality of Dr G's gifts to me. But then I said, "But you know... every day is my birthday with Dr G." She told me I'd better tell him that, which I did. (I left out the part about complaining.)

So gifts on special occasions are not really important to me. I get to spend every day with a kind, thoughtful man who pays attention to me and tells me he loves me. What more could I possibly want? Really.

Really.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 8, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Really.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 8, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

There. I dug us out to the plowed section on the other side street. Of course, if VDOT decides to sent a plow through *now* and shut things off I shall be most cross.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 8, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

i vote the jets over the colts for the biggest upset. last night, NO had two plays go their way, the on sides kick to open the 2nd half, and the interception that scored and turned the game. i thought that the colts would win based on the way they were moving the ball just the way they wanted to, especially late in the game. The on sides call kept NO in the game, then the old right place at the right time play. teams that air the ball out get intercepted at some point. look at jake delhomme. NO was the better team yesterday, same as the Jets were over the Colts so many years ago.

Posted by: -jack- | February 8, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

FCPS is time traveling...

"Feb. 8 - 3 p.m. -- All Fairfax County public schools will be closed Tuesday, Feb. 9 and Wednesday, Feb. 10. Offices are open."

Posted by: -TBG- | February 8, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Completely off-kit, sorry, but I only just backboodled to the end of the last one, and I have two ski scenes to share, both from Austria.

1) Top of snowy Alp, head of a crazy-steep ski run: child (age 2ish?) on skis, standing between his mother's skis, holding onto her legs, sucking on his pacifier.

2) Bottom of snowy Alp, having just reached the foot of a crazy-steep ski run: child (age 3ish) on skis, standing between her mother's skis, holding onto her legs, asleep.

Posted by: -bia- | February 8, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Back from back-boodling. Credit to TBG for first posting on Palin's use of the original palm pilot. Great photos all around, esp. yellojkt's sequential photos. That is an incredible amount of snow.

Posted by: engelmann | February 8, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

George Burns: "The quarterback puts his right end on the right side of the field, his left end on the left side and kicks off."

Gracie Allen: "I don't blame him. That would kill anybody!"

Posted by: -TBG- | February 8, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Rep. John Murtha has passed away.

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | February 8, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

MotP, I just saw that. He was the Congressman from my hometown in PA.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politics/2011015805_apusobitmurtha.html

Posted by: seasea1 | February 8, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

In spite of a strone start, the Colts deserved to lose. That interception rattled them so much that they never did get their act back together. And the Saints just steamrollered them from then on.

Posted by: mhoust | February 8, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I notice on TV often singers and musicians have not "warmed up" prior to their performance of usually a single number. This always makes them sound bad. (I noticed it on American Idol the few times I saw it, too.) In contrast, I saw Ringo on TV recently and he did TWO songs. By the second song he had warmed up his voice and the rendition of "A Little Help from My Friends" was great.

In modern retailing they make a lot of effort to NOT let the customer actually look at the product before it's sold. Impenetrable bubble packaging, etc. Clothes are usually one of the few items we can still buy after close examination. Texture, softness, and thickness or substantialness, etc. Of course online shopping leaves on with no way to evaluate these things.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 8, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

What a crazy busy day... doing nothing but emailing ...

Posted by: russianthistle | February 8, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Jumper,
That is why in online purchasing a very liberal return policy is essential. And you need to deal with a narrow list of vendors so that you have a comfort level on quality.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 8, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm. With all this snow, it may be time for me to finally buy some cross-country skis.

Posted by: ScienceTim | February 8, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone else heard that there could be as much as 16 inches in this next storm? Someone told me that. Not trying to start rumors -- I am still seeing somewhat more modest predictions on the Post's weather blog.

Mudge, the Jets win in '69 will always be the Ur-upset. What's the biggest upset by the Vegas line? Also the Jets? What was that, a 17-point spread or something like that?

Posted by: joelache | February 8, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Oh my. NWS has upgraded the Watch to a Warning...


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TUESDAY TO 7 PM EST WEDNESDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE...SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS...10 TO 20 INCHES.

* TIMING...MID-AFTERNOON TUESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY.

* TEMPERATURES...TEMPERATURES NEAR FREEZING AT THE ONSET TUESDAY AFTERNOON. TEMPERATURES WILL DROP INTO THE UPPER 20S TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY.

* WINDS...LIGHT SOUTHEASTERLY WINDS TUESDAY BECOMING NORTHWESTERLY 15 TO 25 MPH WEDNESDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. THE COMBINATION OF SNOW AND STRONG WINDS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 8, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

OMG, I feel for you people in the DC area. You are going to have a hard time finding places to throw the snow when you shovel. We will also be getting snow from this storm, but I won't be here! Hope my SIL can figure out our snow blower.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 8, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

TBG -- golly by gracious wow.....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 8, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I like "ur-upset," Joel. Also, this may turn out to be the ur-winter, the one against which all others are judged.

And you may have to trot out that kit about the difference between climate and weather.

10 to 20 more inches. Yikes.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 8, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Predictions seem to be ranging from 5 to 12 minimum. Not sure what that means. Maybe we are right on the edge...

My thinking is that 5 isn't bad, but 10 is not nice. When you consider that many of the roads haven't really been touched much, we don't need 10 more inches of anything, much less snow.

Posted by: russianthistle | February 8, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

didn't this game feel like a college bowl game in a way, where you do go for onside kicks, go for 4th down, and intercept the ball at the right moment?

Posted by: spenceradams | February 8, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I don't get all this fuss. Has anybody actually been watching the quality of the team the Saints played? The teams the Colts played?

Win streaks mean nuttin' if you're winning most of your games against the worst NFL teams ever assembled.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 8, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

ebnut and all...

some boodle posts ago, you mentioned that your computer shut down when there was a power blip. I wanted to remind everyone that Power strips don't really do that much for computers and other sensitive electronic devices. Power supplies hate repeated brown outs.

I really recommend that you get a small Uninterrupted Power Supply (battery) and plug those devices into that device.

I also keep a spare around just to recharge cell phones in case of an extended outage.

My little bit of advice.

Considering the next snow.

Posted by: russianthistle | February 8, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

These tighty-whitey ads may have simply tried to evoke the epic war of man vs his pants.

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/uc/20100208/largeimagetmrkt100208.gif

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 8, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Twenty.

OK.

Wow.

Posted by: joelache | February 8, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

"Wow" is not the word I'm using, Joel.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 8, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Joel, meant to ask about Angus and what is up? Is he working on a book?

Posted by: russianthistle | February 8, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

When this kind of double-whammy happens up here in Canada we know we are being punished for something.
So, DC-area people, what do you have on your collective conscience?

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 8, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

In one of the epic storms when Marion Barry was major, 95-96 I think,they trucked the snow somewhere. I think Anacostia, but can't remember *where* in Anacostia, or if that is even the right place. Does someone remember?

Posted by: nellie4 | February 8, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

B@sterds come in every colour, even Air Force blue.
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Military+commander+faces+homicide+charges+Ontario+deaths/2536787/story.html

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 8, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

SD -- in a work, tis because we are

non-Canadian.

Mea culpa. Pray for us. In French, if possible, because I think tis prettier to God's fine and romance-languaged ear.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 8, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I just hear 6 to 12 inches on the local news station for the immediate DC area, so there is still some uncertainty in the totals.

And where there is uncertainty there is hope.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 8, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I've heard rumors and rumblings that it snowed in the DC area. Can anyone confirm?

DLD (in South Carolina)

Posted by: DLDx | February 8, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Only rumors, DLD.

Good to see you!

Posted by: -TBG- | February 8, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Shriek, I think it's punishment for the Senate having blown the chance to pass a health care bill when they still had 60 votes.

Posted by: rashomon | February 8, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

We were able to make it to TBG's Safeway (I think they are considering making that the official name) to stock up on a few more staples. They had a great deal on pies so we bought one. Because nothing goes with Snow Madness like a good fruit pie.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 8, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

You all could fax the snow to Vancouver, BC.

I think Tom Coburn's prayer is being answered.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 8, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

OK, I wasn't overly concerned about my roof with this past snow, since the wind took a good bit of it away, but dropping another 10" on it may get me worried. I guess the good news is that the rafters are "real" 2x6's on 16" centers, since the house is 50 years old this year. But still... And I'm not sure I'm ready for another full day of shoveling. This winter is going to wind up being number two, if not number one, on the most snow in a season list. And these storms seem to come in cycles - 1966, 1979, 1996, 2101.

Posted by: ebtnut | February 8, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20126911.300-our-world-may-be-a-giant-hologram.html?full=true&print=true
Close the subscription offer.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 8, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

SD saw that headline earlier, sad and shocking.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 8, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2010/02/08/2010-02-08_snow_no_2010_winter_olympics_in_vancouver_facing_warm_weather_lack_of_snow_days_.html

Posted by: seasea1 | February 8, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I would like to remind everyone that snow in Vancouver is a rare event, but yes the problems at Cypress are a challange, last I heard they were using piping under the snow to keep it cold and injecting it with a chemical.

I was going to suggest that we convoy some good snow clearing equipment that has been idle in our area for quite a while, but your next storm will touch on us as well, five days of snow forecast - enough to keep our equipment here.

Good luck to you all.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 8, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Strange story about the Canadian Colonel's murder charges. Nowhere is it explained how they connected him to the two murders.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 8, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Jumper, does that mean the snow is a hologram? Maybe it will go away if we tilt the world at just the right angle.

Posted by: rashomon | February 8, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

It's breaking news TBG, stuff will come out. But the cops wouln't arrest a 4-fettucine base commander in the "usual suspects" round-up. They have something solid on him.
I think I've met him, in a far away galaxy back at the dawn of time. Makes me want to take a shower.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 8, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

I think it may be time for me to hike to the local grocery store and pick up some new supplies...

Posted by: ScienceTim | February 8, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

I've got a couple of girls here making chocolate chip cookies. It's what's for dinner.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 8, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Dinner is the baked beans I first had at breakfast a couple of days ago, served with stewed tomatoes and bread.
Beans, beans the musical fruit...

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 8, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

That story made me feel physically ill. Shades of the Airborne and Somalia. When that story broke, my beloved father-in-law said it made him retroactively ashamed of his service in the Canadian Air Force, even though at the time he served it was the RCAF, and he was a war hero. Gawd.

Posted by: Yoki | February 8, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Mac 'n' cheese is in the oven. On top of the shoveling today, it'll be nighty-nights for me.

Posted by: Raysmom | February 8, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

20 more inches of snow?

As I believe I suggested the other day, fimbulvinter - the three huge snows - preceeds Ragnarök (the Doom of the Gods and darn near everything else), dosen't it?

Cue Wagner's 'Ring Cycle.' If I won't be getting out for awhile, I'll have the time to listen to all of it. For once.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 8, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

DLD, there's nothing to those rumors. You know how Washington is. Complain, complain, whine, whine. And then they make up stuff. Death panels. Forged Hawaiian birth certificates. 20-inch snow storms.

Channel 9 saying 10 to 25 inches, with bull's eye north of town. Which is to say, in bc/scotty/maggie/ebt/gwe territory (not sure where ftb lives). I'm on the south side, 4 to 8 inches.

Channel 4 map draws the line right through Waldorf -- again. So we may get freezing rain in these parts.

We only need 9+ inches at Nat'l Airport to tie the all-time 1898-99 record of 54+ inches for the winter.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 8, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, your comment about the teams the Saints played (just for example), did you watch the Monday Night matchup of the Saints and Patriots?

And the Saints just beat Kurt Warner and the Cardinals (last year's NFC champions and Super Bowl representative), Brett Farve, Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings, and now the star-studded Colts.

Maybe the Saints lost a couple they shouldn't have and had a couple of squeakers they shouldn't have had either (like, er, Washington) during the regular season, but they've had a pretty spectacular last month. They played great when it counted, and I think that's what matters.

They - like the Colts - can't really help who's in their division. Just like Washington can't help being in the NFC East and having to play the Giants, Eagles and Cowboys each twice a season...

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 8, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

bc, I saw the Saints play the V's and the Cards. The Saints rattled Favre, and that's hard to do. They gained by some mistakes as a result.

They did it again against the Colts. Maybe that's the squeaker aspect, but it's not luck.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 8, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Gosh, bc, you are a better man than I. I love opera, and know some tiny bit about it, and witness when I can, but Wagner I just *do not* get. It is so very, very, well, large. Over the top. Even more than Aida or Magic Flute (and what two more different works could one imagine?). I've done my best to understand, even went to Beyreuth one year, but...

Posted by: Yoki | February 8, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

More shoveling, complete with a half-pirouette into at least 4 feet of snow, off the parking spot in back of NukeAbode.

Raking snow off the porch roof.

More naproxen.

More sleep to come, hopefully...

But still no word from OPM on tomorrow! *SIGHHHHHHHH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 8, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

TWC is expecting 9-15 inches between late tonight and late Tuesday night. 'Course we don't have any snow on the ground at present, just a few smallish piles in the corners of parking lots.

We're all stocked up with supplies, and much of the electric grid is below ground here. If it's worth it, I'll take pictures.

Posted by: MsJS | February 8, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Sorry about all your snow, Achenfriends.

It's been a busy day here, so I haven't been able to weigh in yet.

Let's just say I didn't see the Saints' win coming. But that on sides kick was gutsy and the win was well deserved. Even if I was cheering for the Colts.

Posted by: Sara54 | February 8, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Okay. OPM says the government is closed again. I'm feeling a bit guilty about this because I could actually get in.

But just a bit guilty.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 8, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Well, I guess I just needed to stamp my little feet... Just saw the OPM update, apparently their server is having trouble dealing with all the traffic. :-O

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 8, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

I still see today's status on the OPM Status page.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 8, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Try the 'ol reliable F5, TBG.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 8, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Just came in from outside, nice clear sky, when I looked up after I stepped outside I saw a falling star race across part of the sky. Beginning to think my area is a magnet for this type of activity - not that I am complaining though.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 8, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't matter how many times I refresh, it still says the status is for Monday.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 8, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Bc, Nietzsche wrote about his ideal of Greek Tragedy (struggle between Apollonian form and Dinosynian.. stuff) in "The rebirth of Tragedy."

He claimed that true tragedy had not been done since the earliest Ancient Greeks... until Wagner. He also muttered his usual abyss stuff, too.

I'm not sure if he meant that about Wagner as a good thing, though.

I'd just watch Elmer Fudd do Wagner instead.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 8, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

here's a backup, provided by Capital Weather Gang...

http://www.data.gov/opm_status.html

Posted by: -TBG- | February 8, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Use this link TBG.

http://www.data.gov/opm_status.html

Trust me. I wouldn't fib.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 8, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

No F5 on a MacBook. Wheeeee!

Posted by: Yoki | February 8, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Way ahead of me TBG!

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 8, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Also, the Super Bowl commercials worked on me. I want some Doritos.

Posted by: Sara54 | February 8, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, I think the key to understanding Wagner is to study some of his earlier, lesser-known works, such as "Das Fassmicht zur Fliegnstaffeln," "Der Bozzenshachtlichkeitenfuss," and also his early practice work that led up to the Ring Cycle, the little known Donut Cycle (auf Deutsche, "Der Rundes Teigiges Gebäck Zyklus"), featuring the mini operas "The Ride of the Loud, Shrieking Bird Women" ("Die Fahrt der Lauten, Kreischenden Vogel-Frauen"), "The Late Afternoon of the Gods" ("Der Götterspätenachmittag"), "The Pabst Blue Ribbon" ("Das Pabst Blaue Band"), and the fourth part, "Sigmund" ("Sigmund").

As it happens, I was on a tour of the continent and happened to be passing through Deutschland and one day wandered into the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, where Voggy (that's what I came to call him) was working on the cycle. "Voggy," I says, "this thing is way too bloated. You gotta tone it down some, Herr Dude. And besides, I think some of these titles need some tinkering. They just aren't verking for mir, yah?"

"But Herr Mudge, ich bin verking on dieser operas fur 26 yahren," Voggy says. "Voggy, what can I say. Everybody needs an editor. Nobody can edit their own work very well, and bigshot Aryan antisemitic sphincter though you may be, this work needs some tightening."

So one night over a couple of steins of pilsner Voggy and I revamped a lot of his work. I like to think we did a pretty good job of it, too. But long about 3 a.m. I fell asleep right there in the bierhaus, and later on somebody knocked over a candle and the whole place went up. Voggy, a couple of serving wenches and I managed to escape in our nightshirts, but the fire took all our revised work. I had to get back to the US of A, because it was the 1870s, and I had a lot of work to do in the American West, so I couldn't stick around and help him re-construct everything.

The upshot is that the Ring Cycle as it now exists is what Wagner was able to reconstruct from memory of all that work we did that evening. So, yeah, it is a little hard to figure it all out. But not for lack of trying on my part.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 8, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I know, Yoki. He was being a little Microsoft-centric, non?

Posted by: -TBG- | February 8, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, I think the key to understanding Wagner is to study some of his earlier, lesser-known works, such as "Das Fassmicht zur Fliegnstaffeln," "Der Bozzenshachtlichkeitenfuss," and also his early practice work that led up to the Ring Cycle, the little known Donut Cycle (auf Deutsche, "Der Rundes Teigiges Gebäck Zyklus"), featuring the mini operas "The Ride of the Loud, Shrieking Bird Women" ("Die Fahrt der Lauten, Kreischenden Vogel-Frauen"), "The Late Afternoon of the Gods" ("Der Götterspätenachmittag"), "The Pabst Blue Ribbon" ("Das Pabst Blaue Band"), and the fourth part, "Sigmund" ("Sigmund").

As it happens, I was on a tour of the continent and happened to be passing through Deutschland and one day wandered into the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, where Voggy (that's what I came to call him) was working on the cycle. "Voggy," I says, "this thing is way too bloated. You gotta tone it down some, Herr Dude. And besides, I think some of these titles need some tinkering. They just aren't verking for mir, yah?"

"But Herr Mudge, ich bin verking on dieser operas fur 26 yahren," Voggy says. "Voggy, what can I say. Everybody needs an editor. Nobody can edit their own work very well, and bigshot Aryan antisemitic sphincter though you may be, this work needs some tightening."

So one night over a couple of steins of pilsner Voggy and I revamped a lot of his work. I like to think we did a pretty good job of it, too. But long about 3 a.m. I fell asleep right there in the bierhaus, and later on somebody knocked over a candle and the whole place went up. Voggy, a couple of serving wenches and I managed to escape in our nightshirts, but the fire took all our revised work. I had to get back to the US of A, because it was the 1870s, and I had a lot of work to do in the American West, so I couldn't stick around and help him re-construct everything.

The upshot is that the Ring Cycle as it now exists is what Wagner was able to reconstruct from memory of all that work we did that evening. So, yeah, it is a little hard to figure it all out. But not for lack of trying on my part.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 8, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

The problem with the gummint closing is that on-site contractors cannot go to work even if they want to or can, but must use leave to make up the time off.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 8, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Ooops. Meine Entschuldigungen. Der dreadlich doublich geposten.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 8, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, Tolkien plundered what we need from the HUGENESS THAT IS THE RING CYCLE.....save for this, which i just love for both the sacred and profaness of it:

For fun try Nobu Albatross's version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9t2fJezAcmw

But, then enjoy this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V92OBNsQgxU&feature=related
Rackam illustratrations and my goodness you have to love a composer named
Furtwangler.

Indeed, anyone named that august Teutonic monker.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 8, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

I always preferred the Friendship Bracelet Cycle, or even the Frat Pin Cycle.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 8, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, I live in Bethesda, within spitting distance (or is that "spending distance"?) from Montgomery Mall. I'm much closer to the District than everyone you mentioned.

Not happy about the gummint being closed again tomorrow, as I really have to connect with someone at the Trademark Office before early next week. Perhaps on Friday the gummint will open up again.

I do hope I can get to the Giant tomorrow morning and that there will be food in there to buy. I generally don't like to shop at Giant, but it's the closest, so there we go.

MsJS -- is it the case that in TWC people are required to use snow tires during the winter? We had to when I lived in Michigan, and in Sweden it's a must, as well. Here, that's not the case at all, because . . .

*when do WE ever get that much snow???*

Wish I had the snow tires now, lemme tell ya!

Posted by: -ftb- | February 8, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, a 'squeaker' is a close game, that a team barely wins. As the Saints did when Washington missed a chip-shot field goal for the win in the closing seconds of regulation, sending the game to sudden-death overtime, which the Saints won when Washington fumbled the ball away in their own territory. *That* Saint win was a squeaker.

31-17 is not a squeaker, that's a flat-out win. Good football teams capitalize on the other folks' mistakes and on lucky breaks. The Saints do.

But that's my opinion.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 8, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Mudge -- mein liebchen . . . .

*snort* *snort* *snort* und eine kleine *snort*

Posted by: -ftb- | February 8, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Our contractor outfit doesn't need to use leave, TBG. We get an inclement weather code, so we get paid. No loss of leaves days.

Might I add, YIPPPPEEEEE.

Sorry. Didn't mean to yell.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 8, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Our contractor outfit doesn't need to use leave, TBG. We get an inclement weather code, so we get paid. No loss of leaves days.

Might I add, YIPPPPEEEEE.

Sorry. Didn't mean to yell.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 8, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, read Mudge; then look at this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGubKYkEDX8

CPDot1 would recommend this guy. He spoke at a conference she went to.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 8, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

When I was an on-site contractor we had a general clause that granted us extra leave whenever the Feds were closed. Came in handy.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 8, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Ich bin zu müde für lachen, 'Mudge... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 8, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Well, I guess the excitment tonight will be getting home after everything freezes back up. Just hope this meeting goes short because no one wanted to come out tonight. Fingers crossed.

Posted by: ebtnut | February 8, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Tires with chains or studs have been prohibited for a long while due to their tendency to destroy roads.

Other than that, it's up to the owner what sort of tires to have.

Front- or four-wheel drive, anti-lock brakes, and sane driving habits tend to keep the number of accidents down around here. That and having a large inventory of gassed-up snowplows at the ready.

Posted by: MsJS | February 8, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Just saw my first Drew Brees "I'm going to Disney World!" commercial. His little boy is so cute. Well, so is Drew Brees.

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

'mudge, your mashup German/Yiddish cracks me up every time.

I *adore* Die Fledermaus (flying mouse)

Posted by: Yoki | February 8, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Hi, guys!

Loved the White/Vigoda commercial, especially Betty's comment about the girlfriend.

BIG oatmeal raisin cookies in the oven, fax at the ready.

Philadelphia's looking at another storm, expecting 1/2 to 3/4 of what we got on Saturday.

Posted by: -dbG- | February 8, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

UMCP is closed for Tuesday; I am betting on Wednesday too. Now, I am approaching the closed days times of two events:

911 (I am in a daze about this; think the U was closed to classes until the Monday after) AND
Hurricane Isabel (we missed a week of classes)

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 8, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Love the weather. You guys may soon have 4 feet on the ground. My front yard is bare up here in New Hampshire. Doggone high pressure sitting over Canada. We have had a remarkably consistent 10 days of below-freezing, windy yet clear and sunny days.

Weird.

Posted by: steveboyington | February 8, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: engelmann | February 8, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Glad OPM finally clued in that, with Metro, Marc, and VRE not running, turning 200K Federal workers loose on the roads to DC was not a good idea.

Going back to my heating pad. Hmmm...back, shoulders, arms, wrist--who gets attention first?

Posted by: Raysmom | February 8, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, I may be getting my football games confused, bc.

Let me see, Saints beat Vikings 31 to 28 in the playoffs, and the V's nearly won except for some crucial mistakes.

Oh, you mean against the Colts? Like I said-- I thought the Saints would trounce them easy. It's simple scoring math.

In regular season:

Saints: 4 games at 40+ points per games
Colts: 1 game at 40+ points per game

Both teams: tied at 5 games scoring 30+ per game.

Saints: 3 games scoring 17 points or fewer. Other than those three games, the Saints have NEVER scored less than 24 points a game this year.


Colts: 5 games scoring 20 points or fewer (20, 18, rest 17 or less). They have scored fewer than 24 points in EIGHT games, including the postseason.

Saints postseason: 1 40+, 2 games 30+ including the Superbowl.

I just don't understand the reasoning that ranked the Saints as the underdog. I don't think I want to understand it.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 8, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Succinctly put, e-mann. Thanks. I admire a man of few words. One, in this case.

*Der blushingheit von Yoki*

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 8, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

The song My Generation was the background song in the advertisement just before the Who played. I figured it was coordinated with the Who.

Posted by: emerson54 | February 8, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

For something close to half a century now I have delighted in the fact that the word for "ride" in German is fahrt. I mean, the German just does soooo much of the work for a humorist.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 8, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Went out in search of a paper yesterday and stopped in three coffee shops; two 7-11s; and two grocery stores. No newspapers.

Today I went out for a drink and a bite and a bit of restocking. Found Sunday's New York Times, today's Washington Times, but no WaPo. Read some of NYT and skipped a lot of the dated stuff. Got the WT cause I was jonesin' for a crossword puzzle. What a waste. It was so easy. Get home, put provisions away and realize I forgot bread.

I might just have to make some. If I can remember how ;)

Can't believe how many cars I saw on the road that clearly should not have been. No snow tires or chains or competence.

Posted by: omnigood | February 8, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Wait, that was german word. I thought he was just stirring his alphabet soup

Posted by: omnigood | February 8, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

The onside kick to start the second half was a truly amazing play. My jaw dropped as I was watching the aftermath, the 22-man scrum, the pure raw competition to get and hold the ball...

butlerguy's analysis of the big interception is so admirably clever that I hope it's right.

Speaking of the interception, the DB was watching himself on the jumbotron for the last 20 yards or so, wasn't he? At least I thought he was, and I've stopped being upset when I see that. I've started thinking it's kind of cute and just hoping they don't slip or drop the ball or let themselves get caught.

Proving once more that football is, in part, soap opera for guys, there is now a flaplet that Manning didn't shake hands. Big deal. He was gracious through clenched teeth at the news conference, and that's good enough for me. I don't mind a little bit of grudge showing... he's been so polished up to now... maybe I'll like him better.

Posted by: woofin | February 8, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

I shoulda given you guys a heads-up earlier, but Turner Classics channel is running "A Thousand Clowns," one of the greatest verklemptocomedies ever made. Apparently, this is the only showing. And this thing is really hard to find, I don't know why.

Such great, great writing in this thing. And great acting from everybody: Robards, William Daniels, Barbara Harris, Martin Balsam, Gene Saks, Barry Gordon. God, Gene Saks was so good in this as Chuckles the Chipmunk (who, IMHo, was the model for Chuckles the Clown in MTM).

It was a best picture nominee along with (get this), Dr. Zhivago, Ship of Fools, Darling...and the winner...The Sound of Music.

And it lost the screenplay award to Dr. Zhivago. Hard to complain about that one, especially since Gardner was merely adapting his own stage play.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 8, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

And on snow. Here in the northern reaches of the Greater Silver Spring Amorphous Areaplex in MoCo, we neighbors dug out our street. madame woofin and I had two absolute must errands and made it out with some side-to-side scooting, a tiny bit of vaporized tire tread, a little extra digging by me and a neighbor, and one bout of good old-fashioned rocking the car in reverse and forward. Lumps of ice were interspersed with bare pavement and lubricated with slush. Normally I'm an OK snow guy but I really don't like this.

Posted by: woofin | February 8, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

What Engelmann said. Was Engelmann gesagt.

Aaaaand = chip chip chip chip Chippermonkeeees!

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 8, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

that interception was so beautiful it looked choreographed

I wanna see it again

Posted by: omnigood | February 8, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

"A Thousand Clowns" is a comedy? Sounds like an old fashioned horror

Posted by: omnigood | February 8, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

I finally got home about 12 today and got right to shoveling again.My moms car and a spot for my car to go.geesh it took almost 3 hours.Then up to the back roof deck and another hour and a half to do that.I think every bone in my body aches. Turn on the tv and we are getting more wtf,where are we going to put it all.

LiT,i can't believe you got all that snow and schools were only 2 hours late,that is another wtf. I guess there are hearty souls up there in PA. betcha tubing is really fast now.

As for the game,it was great,the onside kick set the tone for the 2nd half and the lone turnover pretty much decided the game.

I guess the Jets win over the Colts was the biggest upset,but the Giants win over the Patriots in that low scoring game has to be 2nd.

Off to rest some before round 2 of the wild,wonderful,wicked winter of 2010 hits again.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | February 8, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

It seems last night was the final episode of Emma as well. Thank heaven for DVRs. I promise no spoilers, but my wife says, "That was so romantic. Emma was sooooo clueless."

Posted by: yellojkt | February 8, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

blushingkeit, I think.

Posted by: Yoki | February 8, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

hahah, 'mudge. My brothers and I, landing in Switzerland, around 4 Ay Em, and driven from Zurich to Zug, in a Citroen, laughed and laughed. Anfarhrt. Ausfahrt. We just loved Ausfahrt.

Posted by: Yoki | February 8, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

heart broken

Posted by: Yoki | February 8, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Just finished watching the last episode of Emma. I think it is the finest film rendering of Emma's awakening from her cluelessness I've seen.

No heart stopping snow driving moments for me today, although the state highway patrol reported more than 400 accidents by 4:00PM (some snow is not drivable, no matter how much practice you have). However, for the 5th straight trip in a row I've had to dig my way into Chez Frostbitten. Just 2" of new snow, but the prevailing winds completely drifted in the front walk and the side door to the detached garage. This is getting old and we have 2 more months of winter, minimum.

omni-I said the very same thing about that interception to Mr. F tonight. He is in Afghanistan and was only able to see the first half of the game.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 8, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

German?
"The Fall of Rome and the End of Civilization" by Bryan Ward-Perkins doesn't have time or space to deal in depth with the causes of Rome's collapse, but it does reproduce "A list of 210 reasons, from A to Z, that have been suggested at one time or another, to explain the decline and fall of the Roman empire". It's from A. Demandt, "Der Fall Roms", 1984. As Ward-Perkins puts it, "In German they sound even better and certainly more portentious: Hunnensturn, Hybris, Hyperthermia, moralischer Idealismus, Imperialismus, Impotenz." Apparently Hyperthermia from hot baths could cause Impotenz.

I wonder about Bleivergiftung and Blutvergiftung.

I listened to Hedrick Smith on water pollution this afternoon. We've gotta live a lot cleaner.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 8, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

LOL! I am listening to Franz Ferindand. Techno trance.

Posted by: Yoki | February 8, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Yellojkt...it really has been cool here in San Diego...it's about 57F right now. Not exactly beach weather. And a storm headed here tomorrow. And mostly I'm in a drab office building. But the trees have sprouted flowers and I do understand your consternation. I get that a lot.

I hope you all get the lowest precip predicition! Make snowmen, snow angels, igloos, forts, pretty pictures...in your spare time, of course. Have fun!!!!

Posted by: Windy3 | February 8, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Looks like another foot or a bit more for us. Unreal. Speaking of alternative universes. Everyone: please be smart, be safe, be lucky.

Posted by: woofin | February 8, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

ftb1, I hope Mr. F gets to see that play. And the online kick. And let's not forget the extraordinary reach across the plane

Manning and Brees both had a lot of great passes

The Saints had a few more great plays

Posted by: omnigood | February 8, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Gee, you'd think the Washington D.C. area was actually Buffalo, NY. Wonder how all the critters are holding up? Feed the birds!

Posted by: Windy3 | February 8, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

windy, I'll take 57 every day of the year

and snow angels, are you kidding. In this much snow

Posted by: omnigood | February 8, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

frosti, good thoughts for Mr F in Afghanistan.

Windy - nice to see you! *waving due south*

Hope you guys don't get hit too hard with more snow.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 8, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Okay, omni--just tryin to help out...or not. Has anyone suggested you are suffering from a snowverdose?

Posted by: Windy3 | February 8, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Hi seasea! Let me know if you ever get down this way Mon-Thurs mostly.

Posted by: Windy3 | February 8, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Good evening all.

GWE, haven't been to the top of the mountain to tube since the storm hit, but in town, it ain't bad. And while we have a lot of snow, it's the wind that will knock you down.

Wilbrod, there's so much more to it than the final score. Looking just at scores, it sort of assumes that all defenses are the same. They're not. And a lot of stuff isn't reflected in the score...penalties, turnovers, etc. You can have a game that's got a final score of 34-21 that's a whole lot closer than it looks. There are also things that matter that don't have a mathematical correlation...how much the players hate the team owner, tragedy striking a teammate, weather conditions, etc. Experience also counts for a lot (see, e.g., The Ravens. Experienced team, babyfaced QB.) Those can't-define factors play a big role in the over/under line.

Youse guys are getting another snow day? Wimps. (I'll pay you on Tuesday for a hamburger today.) I walk DC to school in 5 degree weather, and she's got no body fat to help her out. And doesn't complain (other than asking 'can I get a hand here?' when she's not as tall as the snowbank in front of her.)

Speaking of DC, today, while talking about something from a few weeks ago that I didn't really remember, she grabbed my face with both hands, shook my head pretty hard, and said 'let me jog your memory.' I laughed so hard, trying to explain that that's not what that means, but that's what that means. As my brain was slamming up against my skull. I'm so lucky to have my own little laugh factory right in my house.

Stay warm, and have a happy day tomorrow. Goodnight all.

Posted by: LostInThought | February 9, 2010 12:49 AM | Report abuse

A “well written” and “well made” ad or political campaign should condition a person’s mind. Watch the ad again and again and again, it can be hypnotic. It gets into your subconscious mind and plays with your decision making. One of the reasons why company ads have famous people in them is because it can get you to watch it again and again and again. After you’ve been told to either do it or buy it for the umpteenth times, you will just action without thinking it through.

Marketing majors or minors have to take psychology courses in order to graduate.

Posted by: rainforest1 | February 9, 2010 1:58 AM | Report abuse

Hi Rainforest - you're right about ads. They habituate us to things we may, at first, find ridiculous or repugnant. Everyone remembers a kind of car which they hated when it first came out, but through a combination of seeing it around and advertising, came to accept. I remember saying emphatically I would never get a cell phone. Hah.

I had to go out driving tonight, a trip that would normally take an hour. Took considerably longer - that was some of the nastiest winter driving I've ever had to do. Mostly it was the car - not good in snow. As I came onto bridges doing 35 mph, the car just started sliding away in random directions. The other cars didn't seem to be having this problem, and didn't like it when I slowed down to 25 at each bridge. My language got colorful. The big trucks seem to understand not to crowd a subcompact in a snowstorm, but the pickups and SUVs - man I can't stand them in a situation like that. It was a freeway - there were definitely other lanes available, why not use them?

Anyway, not something you probably have to deal with, and nothing like as bad as the folks are getting in DC this week. Just annoying.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | February 9, 2010 2:46 AM | Report abuse

Hi Wheezy. If the other cars didn’t behave the way your car did, it’s probably your tyres. Glad you didn’t bump into anything. The only time I go “bloody idiot” all over the place is when I drive.

My niece lives in a big city. She wanted to buy an SUV which cost more than she can afford. I asked her why she needed an SUV since she is in the city. She said if you drive a small car, other drivers with big cars will bully you on the road.

Posted by: rainforest1 | February 9, 2010 3:04 AM | Report abuse

fb,
Good luck to Mr. F. Hopefully he is back for the next football season.

That Emma was a good adaptation in that you could follow both the plot and the character arc. It did suffer a bit from "all Austen men look alike" syndrome. You know, tall brunette and brooding. The need to wear little name tags so you can keep track of them better.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 9, 2010 5:14 AM | Report abuse

All good luck and regular warm chow for Mr. F!!!!

Yoki, when I first arrived in Germany for my stint in the Army, I took a long bus ride from the air base to my unit. Before I figured things out, I was thinking to myself, "Gee, I thought I knew Germany -- I've never heard of this Ausfahrt, and it's gotta be a HUGE city!!!" :-)

I might just start a naproxen IV today... I'm going to try and clear more snow off the porch roofs before the storm moves in.

*this-stuff-is-really-beautiful-before-you-pick-up-a-shovel Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 9, 2010 6:49 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers today, with more snow coming. Rain is predicted here. Lessee, six weeks till spring comes?

Hi Cassandra! I hope the crutches and therapy are helping, and that you're warm and comfortable at home today.

Ham biscuits with appropriate warm beverages and juices on the ready room table. The analgesics are in the cabinet above the TV, help yourself when your shoveling is done.

Posted by: slyness | February 9, 2010 7:06 AM | Report abuse

More details about the Colonel who has been charged with the deaths of two women.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/respected-colonel-charged-with-murder-of-two-women/article1460795/

Posted by: dmd3 | February 9, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

Great breakfast, thanks.

The monitor on the Concept2 was dead, dead, dead this morning. And when I jumped online to see how to fix it, there was a page, clearly divided by part and model, each including a manual (as well as a FAQ and ordering instructions). My manual included great directions on disassembly and battery replacement.

Why can't every company do this? Off to buy batteries at lunch.

Happy day, everyone! The snow should give us good gardens this year, yes?

Posted by: -dbG- | February 9, 2010 7:32 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all--

"Snowpocalypse" is the Urban Dictionary word of the day:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=snowpocalypse&defid=3668569

Mudge: My sweetie bought me pajamas for Christmas a couple of years ago. They are soft flannel and have large pictures of Frosty the Snowman all over them. I wear them for the warmth when it gets below 50 degrees, but I (laughing) curse Mr. B for making me look so goofy.

Busy day today: spending my lunch hour at the dentist, and my evening at a non-profit organization board meeting. I'll be bereft of the boodle; missing ya'll already. Stay warm, everybody!

Posted by: kbertocci | February 9, 2010 7:36 AM | Report abuse

All of you in the snow belt please take care of yourselves, stay safe, don't overdo the shoveling and be careful on the roads. See you in a week or so!

Posted by: badsneakers | February 9, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Have fun badsneaks.

Off to work, enjoy your extended snow break to all those in the DC area.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 9, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle.

Thanks for the great breakfast, slyness. You know I am a fool for your ham buscuits.

I think I've figured out all this blizzard thing. We're just getting a lot of lake effect snow from all the retention ponds out in Loudon County.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 9, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Massive icicles hanging from the back of the house two stories up. Don't think it is a true "ice dam", but I'm sure the weight on the gutters aren't good.

Hope that everyone is doing well. I am still absorbing the predicted additional snowfalls.

Sheesh.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 9, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Good morning boodle!

Thanks all for the well wishes for Mr. F, but he is just there on a short trip and weather willing, in Afghanistan and at Dulles, will be back in the US at the end of the week.

dmd-Thanks for the link. CBC news led with a teaser on that last night but I didn't stick around to watch.

Mudge-I am wearing fleece pajamas that look very much like the ones on offer by pajamagram. Mr. F bought them as a gift, and I liked them so much I bought a second identical set. I would highly recommend them under these conditions- a color other than pink (mine are lt. green), Mrs. Mudge plans to find herself sleeping in locales where the temp is often below 0F, and you can get two sets for the price pajamagram charges for 1. The hat box would have appealed to me, if it were sturdy and useful.

Off to make some coffee. Listening to WAMU online and they just said an additional 12-18" of snow! Sending good thoughts for reliable power and sturdy roofs.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 9, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

Made it to the ofc. today and better understood the wisdom of keeping the Govt. closed. The Washington Beltway still has sections of hard-packed ice about 2"-3" high, speed bumps that cause drivers to slow down suddenly and slither across lanes if they're not cautious. It's OK (for me, anyway) in moderate or light traffic, but a normal Washington rush hour on those roadways would be awful to behold. Or bein.

LiT, you're so right -- football game predictions are subject to a lot of situtaional variables, including weather (e.g. Phoenix playing at the Patriots in December), coast-to-coast-travel, and night games. Which is why there's the phrase, "On any given Sunday..."

Gathering my strength for another round of shoveling tonight and tomorrow.

Have snowshovel, will travel.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 9, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all. We drove in late last night from St. Pete's, it was beautiful there, but cut our trip short by a couple of days so that we could return before the roads got bad, again.

Reeve, our lawn guy, had plowed our dogleg driveway and shoveled a path to the front porch, a sweet young man, looking after us "pensioners"...

No snow to speak of until we passed Richmond. Roads in pretty good shape all the way until Rt. 123 and Hunters Mill Rd.

We loved the 60-70 degree weather and the beaches for walking in Florida, but nothing touches the beauty of our snowfalls on evergreens in the DC area.

Posted by: VintageLady | February 9, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Well, I made it home OK last night - didn't get out of here until 10. OTOH, we got semi-stuck twice trying to get out of our street this morning. The van is going back to the shopping center lot this afternoon in anticipation of the added horror to be visited upon us. The office is still barely populated today with liberal leave in effect. Oh, well - one day at a time.

Posted by: ebtnut | February 9, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

VintageLady! Glad you checked in, and glad you had a nice trip. I was thinking about you last night and hoping all is well with you. Please stay warm and safe!

Posted by: slyness | February 9, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Hey Slyness, yes, we enjoyed ourselves. Must say that NC/SC know how to keep their roadsides a lot cleaner than parts of VA.

Posted by: VintageLady | February 9, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Nuke it!

Posted by: MsJS | February 9, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

LiT, yeah, scores hide a lot, but they reveal a lot too, especially when everybody's all playing in the NFL, not Division I vs Division II football.

Winning a 18 point game by 2 cannot equal to winning a 31-28 game by a hair and a prayer.

The level of offensive play is vastly different in both games-- speed, the ability to exploit holes for big drives, good receivers, the ability to force turnovers. The Saints have been red-hot this year.

The Colts played half their games by earning less than 24 points (close to the mean "win" score for NFL games from what I'e seen over the years.) They're not red-hot at all. Not even lukewarm.

They had solid blue defensive genius in that they actually won those games, yes.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 9, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

We are in a winter wonderland this morning...every tree branch outlined in snow. The dogwoods are particularly pretty. About 6" on the ground. I know, a piddling amount compared to what you guys are getting in the DC area. The snow accumlation on the satelite dish has knocked out the TV. It's quiet in here...too quiet.

Posted by: Manon1 | February 9, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, I am thinking that part of your presumption that the Mean Win amount is a totally useful statistic doesn't hold with the game of football, itself in that (1) once any team gets a useful margin on the scoreboard, they turn to the run game to "shorten" the contest. AND (2) teams that have bad defenses tend to have to run up the points just to stay in the game.

SO, I would reverse the analysis and say that a low win point total is an indication of the quality of the D. In a sense, I think that you indicated that.

Posted by: russianthistle | February 9, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, Hmmm. Of course I was talking about the NFL. But my points were 1/there's a lot of statistics to weigh, and 2/there are *other* factors that come into play...actual people involved. Some even build in for the stars aligning. If it were just a matter of looking at numbers, anyone could be a bookie.

Have a great day.

Posted by: LostInThought | February 9, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Hi all... The main roads around here are still a mess, the biggest problem being that lanes suddenly disappear on you. Expecting more snow again today means we're closed here again tomorrow. Don't even know how I feel about that.

Stay safe, y'all!

Posted by: -TBG- | February 9, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Biggest Superbowl upset as far as I'm concerned was 1984- Oakland 38, Washington 9. I was really upset about that one. Luckily we made up for it 3 years later with the Doug Williams 2nd quarter touchdownpalooza against Denver.

Posted by: justmike | February 9, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

justmike... yes! Biggest upset ever in my case, too!

Nothing sadder than passing the vendors on the DC streets the next morning trying to sell Redskin paraphernalia to folks who Just Wanted to Forget.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 9, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

New Snow Kit up

Posted by: omnigood | February 9, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Anyone still here? No new boodle comments on the newest kit.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 9, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm here, but only halfway sorta. Be back soon though.

Posted by: LostInThought | February 9, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm here.

No snow here at 2 pm in Naptown. yet.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 9, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I hope somebody has alerted the WaPo IT team about the problems...as if snow wasn't enough of an issue by itself.

Posted by: slyness | February 9, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Hi TBG, Lit, ros!

We're awaiting Snowpaloypse Part II.

Posted by: Raysmom | February 9, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I just e-mailed Joel about it a minute ago.

No snow here yet, either.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 9, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Do you think it was God's wraiths who broke the boodle?

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 9, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Been snowing here going on three hours now. Big fat flakes. Looks like a chicken feather bomb went off.

Posted by: LostInThought | February 9, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one who is annoyed by this on the homepage?

Focus on leadership
Sarah's fork in the road
Don Kettl | How far can she go by leading with an attitude instead of a plan? Weigh in: How can Palin burnish her leadership cred?
Sarah Palin


Why would a reader or anyone at the WP want to 'burnish her leadership cred'?

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 9, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I dunno, ROS. God doesn't like to hear a lot of complaints from the wraiths. The last time they whined he took all the complaints and stuck 'em in some outbuilding by the arbor. And when they still wouldn't stop b1tching, he trampled down the vintage where the gripes of wraiths were stored.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 9, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Hey there you are.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 9, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

rickoshea: I saw that and laughed.

We have the feather pillow explosion thing going on in TWC. Supposed to let up by mid-morning Wednesday. Everything's slow but moving.

Posted by: MsJS | February 9, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Sir Mudge de le Ciel, the maitre de puns.

Good one!

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 9, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

JS, brother 3 of 4 lives in Bucktown. Runs a somewhat toney landscape/design firm. Toney as in the toneys who pay him well. Others, not so much.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 9, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

CqP: I hope he has a way to earn $$$ during this weather.

Toney works pretty well in Bucktown.

Posted by: MsJS | February 9, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

He moved into B-town when not toney. He manages the seasonal wax and wane. Got on the it list for authentic bungalow/prairie house garden installs...great guy. ABD in phil and theo.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 9, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Ms JS, I lived in Evanston from 1983 till 2004 and worked in Chicago traveling to CPS buildings all over town helping teachers with the literacy programs.

Boy do I miss the place!

And, I earlier meant to ask you about your Cambridge days back in the 70s. What were you doing then?

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 9, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

the grocery store was a madhouse, with very little left on the shelves. all in all the roads were pretty good,just not our road yet.......

Mom and I are ready for round 2,i shoveled the other roof off and now am getting my toes toasty again.

I liked that chicken feather bomb line LiT,can I use that?

nothing here in flakes yet,maybe it just went somewhere else......

Posted by: greenwithenvy | February 9, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

You know you have a problem when you reach the point that your hands are getting too tired to grip the shovel properly...

Managed to clear off all of the smaller porch roof and almost half of the larger one. The hands gave out as I was trying to carry all that roof snow away to a nearby dumping spot (actually an old cemetary *shivers*) so that I'll have space to pile up the NEW snow coming in... *SIGHHHH*

Did manage to snag 40-lb bags of ice melt for me and two neighbors. That'll come in handy when all this starts melting. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 9, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

ROS: Four years at college in Medford/Somerville and two more living in Cambridge and working in downtown Boston.

My pediatrician and my orthodontist were in the Carlson Building in downtown Evanston, so the town and I go way back. More recently I just do the art fairs and the eateries.

CqP: Anyone connected with doing anything nice with bungalows is OK in my book.

Posted by: MsJS | February 9, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I shall tell bungalow boy!

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 9, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Hi, all. Kids home on a snow day here, too, although it's really only 3-4 inches.

If ftb is around, might I ask what software you use for backing up to your external hard drive? I just got my new EHD in the mail, and the manufacturer would like me to download their "free" software (free for the first month or two only). I'd rather not. Not feeling like dragging and dropping the >1000 jpegs the kids have put on the laptop. I know you use a Mac, so it's probably some cool open-source program that can't be accessed by PCs, but I hope not.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | February 9, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Scotty, you have my sincere sympathies. In the kind of quantities you have, that's a lot of weight to move around.

Posted by: MsJS | February 9, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

MsJS, I bet our paths crossed many times in the last 30 years or so. I grew up in Cambridge/Somerville, and my mother was a Friday night nurse at Tufts in the 60s to supplement her income. Oh, the stories!

I spent too many weekend nights on Fraternity Row myself. (Shh! Don't tell her!)

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 9, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

ROS: Small world indeed!

Posted by: MsJS | February 9, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Heard from Joel at 3:20. He's looking into it.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 9, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Wheezy, Norton 360 has an auto back-up feature. Not free, but bundled with antivirus and internet security.

Posted by: engelmann | February 9, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

In the "picture worth a thousand words" category...

http://www.houstonpress.com/slideshow/view/29258322/1

Posted by: -TBG- | February 9, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Hey... do you think all of our lost comments on the new boodle will appear suddenly all at once or are they lost in the nether?

Posted by: -TBG- | February 9, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the link, TBG. I especially liked the cheekbones caption.

If any comments of mine show up, feel free to ignore them. Please.

Posted by: MsJS | February 9, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Indeed, TBG... *L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 9, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Snuke, just imagine that the shovel handle is really the steering wheel of a Dodge Charger.

Posted by: russianthistle | February 9, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

TBG, loved the sign... It was way Col.

Posted by: russianthistle | February 9, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I'd do better imagining the shovel handle is actually a chair lift bar... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 9, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

It's snowing very lightly in College Park.

And so it begins again. Sigh.

Posted by: Moose13 | February 9, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Snowing very lightly here, too, in Fairfax. We've already notified everyone that we're closed tomorrow. Another snow day. Yay?

Posted by: -TBG- | February 9, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Moosie, I went outside to click a pix and within three minutes the flakes when from dust mote size to floppy furry ones.

Will try to take pix but scTim and Jk will and rule others drool etc in the snow-documentaries.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 9, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Boodle still broked?

Supposed to snow here tomorrow night, but nothing like what y'all will see.

I lived on Elm Street in Somerville during the '80s, in a triplex. Years later, turns out a friend of mine here lived in the same triplex in the early '90s. At least it wasn't the same apartment. Same landlady though. I remember putting winter clothes on the screened back porch to air, and finding them covered in soot; putting my water glass on the windowsill at night and having it covered over in ice the next morning; rust-colored water at random times; finding a parking space in front of the building and leaving my car there for weeks. Ah, city life.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 9, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Imom, did you know that that's a groovy neighborhood now? It's part of the revived and oh so hip Porter Sq/Davis Sq mega/meta complex.

Did you live over the Liquor store next to the Elementary School?

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 9, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Nah, we were just across from the Stah Mahket off Mass Ave, a couple of blocks down from a laundromat. I remember that walk.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 9, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Just started here a minute ago, very, very light, very fine. Invisible; I had to go out in it to feel it to know it was snowing.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 9, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

It's really hard for me to think of Davis Sq. as oh so hip, given my days there in the 1970s kicking drunks out of the McD's, but it has been transformed.

Elm St? One of my main drags, I-mom. I could probably drive it in my sleep even today.

Posted by: MsJS | February 9, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

And the Stah Mahket on Mass Ave? Shopped there often!

Posted by: MsJS | February 9, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Snow just beginning to drift down here.

Did you guys go to Decelle's in the Stahr's basement? Such bargains -- unlike Tag's store that sold exclusively to clueless Harvard and Tufts students.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 9, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

RoS

groovy

thank you.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 9, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

The current kit is still broken.

Obscure Canadian joke of the day:
Last Tuesday Stephen Harper saw his shadow when he got out of his house. The prorogation will last another 6 weeks.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 9, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Substantial snow began here about an hour ago. Accumulating already. Principal photography on the next time-lapse has begun.

Posted by: ScienceTim | February 9, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

precipitating again here, too. even thundered a few times. so far my drain pipe is making a happy burble. let's hope it stays that way.

Posted by: LALurker | February 9, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

I tried some time lapse with a nearby gazebo as Subject A, but the snow's sliding off the roof and the effect is anything but dramatic. So I gave up.

Looks like about 6 inches with more to come overnight.

Glad to hear you're drain pipe is burbling, LAL. Fingers crossed.

Posted by: MsJS | February 9, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Usually you need a high-speed camera to photograph gazebos, because those critters can run really fast. Usually you see them on some Nat'l Geographic special running across the Serenghetti, being chased by a cheetoh.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 9, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Stalking the wild African gazebo.....


Marlin Perkins: "Let's watch while subdues the injured and wary gazebo."

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 9, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

But Mudge, if you observe them in their natural habitat long enough, you can approach very slowly; they're actually quite docile and family-oriented. Gazebos mate for life, and the males participate fully in raising the baby gazebos (aren't they sooo cute?).

Posted by: LostInThought | February 9, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

I had a gazebo in my backyard in Cambridge. I hurried the children into the house and called Animal Control.

My house here has a pergala. I'm hoping it's not rabid.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 9, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Gazebo
Moped (the tiny autobike)
Misled

These are all words the G family loves to mispronounce

gaze-bo
mop'd
mizzled

Posted by: -TBG- | February 9, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

This is pretty funny, I think (the caption is funnily unedited, too)...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/09/AR2010020902057.html

Posted by: -TBG- | February 9, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I don't think you have to worry, ROS, pergolas are usually pretty slow.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 9, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Well, this ain't no wild African gazebo that's for sure. We have two here that are quite tame, happily roaming the landscaped plains of the condo development.

I've sighted some others nearby in public parks, so it appears we have a small herd in these parts.

Posted by: MsJS | February 9, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I've been trapped by some porte-cocheres before. It wasn't pleasant.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 9, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Snow stopped in Southren CP. Took a pix anyway. After all, this is for science.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 9, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

TBG, I thought misled was pronounced my sled. Thank you, ya learn something new every day on the A-blog.

Posted by: MsJS | February 9, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Yjk, I thought that Belgium had wiped them out in the Congo years and years ago.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 9, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

MsJS, I bet they were the common albino gazebos. You see them lots of places. Up in New England you sometimes see the albinos, and sometimes the grey weathered ones.

Down in Floria you often see the species they local natives call the tikibars. Usually people get bored watching the ordinary gazebo, but down south the seem to get attracted to one particular tikibar, and spend all day in close proximity to it. Tikibars are sometimes known to produce their own hypnotic music, known as the kokomo.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 9, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Hello all, I see the comments section of the new kit is still not working.

We are actually getting a little snow here as well, but won't amount to much so I will speak of it no more. Ment to add if you are getting icicles on your roofs first be careful and second watch closely for ice dams, We had a real problems at this house before we added insulation to the house, haven't had any issues since.

Shriek, loved the joke.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 9, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

SCC: Florida

Whereas the albino gazebo usually has a trim white appearance and coating, the tikibar usually has a shaggy grey or brown, unruly kind of pelt. And they are noctural, whereas gazebos are usually seen mostly in the daytime and early summer evenings. The mating call of the gazebno is the "sousa," a very regular kind of bold, forthright sound. The call of the tikibar, on the other hand, is much more seductive.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 9, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I know the tikibaris floridius, Mudge.

All that brightly colored liquid they emit, always smells like rum to me. And they always seem to be near plants that produce brightly colored parasol-like flowers. Must be some sort of symbiotic thing between the two species.

Posted by: MsJS | February 9, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

TBG and JS -- CPDot1 would say

my-zuled for misled

ex-ec-shun-er for executioner (She used to sing along to the G&S song about the Lord High Executioner)

ma ji can for magician

and for two years, my goodness, said

ba let about her ballet classes. Others laughed but she did not notice nor care.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 9, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Our local herd have no white markings on them at all. More of that weather-treated lumber color with lots of brown accents.

Well, they do look albino-like now but that would be the snow.

Posted by: MsJS | February 9, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes I'm more impressed when the young ones mispronounce a word they read. It shows they know the "rules" of phonics and just haven't learned the "exceptions" yet. They're using their brain to piece it together rather than just rote memorization.

For example, when a toddler says something "braked" instead of "broke" it just means they've figured out the idea that "-ed" equals past tense. Brilliant, if you ask me!

Posted by: -TBG- | February 9, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

CqP: Totally cute!

Posted by: MsJS | February 9, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Well,geez! Here you all are. I had feared that everyone had been raptured and that I was the left-behind.

Posted by: Manon1 | February 9, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

We're at the northern range of the gazebo here. North of here there is extensive cross-breeding with its wilder cousin, duccus blindatii.

Posted by: engelmann | February 9, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

This unknown place is where I want to be right now...

http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/photo/homepage/hp2-9-10m.jpg

The pic's from the Wapo home page but I can't seem to find where it was taken.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 9, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

JS -- CPDOT2 did not speak until she was nearly 4. Imagine the worry and flurry. However, save for the el and cee sounds -- her first name contains both -- her pronunciation was uber perfect.

CPBoy was in between the dots.

His word we still use? Speepy. Which is the name of a dwarf and a condition that requires a nap.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 9, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

JS -- do you know that tiki references concern a belated and beloved boodler named Error Flynn?

Need a tutorial on that person?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 9, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, CqP. I have heard of EF from the 5-year anniversary links, but that's it.

Posted by: MsJS | February 9, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Error 08!!

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 9, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

EF was one of the originals. Sadly, he passed away a few years ago after a cancer diagnosis, valiant battle, and then a graceful slip into star time.

He had a tikibar and a candy red apple caddy that I hoped to take a trip in one afternoon. BC did. He was a mensch and only ground hogs feared him. Although, he was pretty darn good at general protection/gentleman duties if rudeness slapped itself into this arena.

We "ran" in for Pres, as RoS reminds. Tshirts exist. Perhaps in a basement....help?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 9, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Ok. What is for dinner? We need some snow creativity. In my crockpot are Ikea meatballs, coated with some elixer of basil, oregano, black and white pepper, and balsamic vee. I let them brown thusly. Now, the are floating in eye-talian gravy. Shall be topped on sphagett or in a meatball sub, as per the teens who will sleep here tonight prefer....I expect them to float in by 8. Cold, with their hair smelling of out doors.....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 9, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

If there's an afterlife, there's a drink at a tikibar waiting for select boodlers upon arrival.

Posted by: LostInThought | February 9, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Ah, here you all are! Was wondering what the heck was going on with the Boodle.

We got some gazebos out here, they stowed away on one of those whaling ships way back when and scurried off when we weren't looking. They took to the tropical climate and if you look real hard, you'll see 'em on the beaches. They tend to attract brides and grooms for some odd reason.

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | February 9, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Good evening everyone. Going a bit stir crazy around here. Did you know that if you check both "humor" and "science" on StumbleUpon.com you can entertain yourself for hours?

'tis true.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 9, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Gravy CqP? I accidentally mixed a deer sausage gravy with a pork gravy for a crowd serving of gnocchi...unbelievably good. I barely got any (stick-skinny sister wolfed 'em down; I thought she was going to pull a chair up to the buffet table). (Pronounced buff-it).

Posted by: LostInThought | February 9, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

I was thinking of the red gravy known as sauce...but what you mention sounds delish. Skinny sis tested! Like Mikey and Life cereal.

Buff-it. Of course. Now, RoS might know about the famous Irish (lace and lace-aspiring) three piece suit....and not one that is worn.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 9, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Fed offices closed again Wednesday. I don't recall three days in a row anytime in the past few years.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 9, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Scottynuke - neither can I.

Oh sure, this sounds cool. But, you know, the world doesn't stop just because the Feds are shut down. And the entire world isn't snowed in.

There's gonna be a *lot* of work waiting.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 9, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

CqP... Something tells me you'd love these downloadable vintage valentines...

http://tipnut.com/valentines-printables/

Posted by: -TBG- | February 9, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Floppy sloppy flakes sticking, at about 1 to 1/2 inch in CP. When is that evil wind expected.

RD -- been working like a crazy lady in between shovel duty. Some of us can and others sort of....but, bet you are thinking Great. Thoughts.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 9, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm stumped, CP.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 9, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

TBG -- kisses and busses and etc. PERf. And, some made me think on Frosti -- tis an Airman/woman one for her.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 9, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh, RoS, perhaps this is a bit of the recent prairie peasant:

a three piece suite (pronounced sweet by some and suit by others) means the living room furniture set that ONLY the priest sits on when visiting; that and perhaps the queen of altar society ladies...

A couch -- two seater in my house, accompanied by two matching chairs....matchy, matchy, and uncomfie...

Here is an image from a UK site: so, the term survives in merry ol England.

http://www.preloved.co.uk/fuseaction-adverts.showadvert/index-1032354922/85947dc0.html.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 9, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Oh, work's being done to the extent there's any demand for it, RD_P... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 9, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

I am jealous of those who are allowed to do work at home! Or coffee shops for that matter....

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 9, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Kisses you can have, but I'm sure there will be no busses tomorrow, what with everything shut down.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 9, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

For dinner, I had an old standby, pork chops marinated in soy/ginger sauce with rice and steamed asparagus. Quick and easy.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 9, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

I do believe the Monty Python game shows were forever trying to give away a beautiful lounge suite...

But failing that, you could always get the Norwich City Council.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 9, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

We had stir fried veggies augmented by the remaining stuffed pork loin, minus the stuffing (prunes, mostly).
Twas pretty good actually with the simili Ze Shuan seasoning.
Mrs. D's cream cheese & nuts cake met its demise today. It was a short and delicious life.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 9, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Tonight's meal is nearly ready -- spinach lasagna with a freshly-baked loaf of bread.

Posted by: ScienceTim | February 9, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

BTW - the last time the Feds had three consecutive snow days was January of 1996.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 9, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

˙ɹǝuuıp ɹoɟ ɐzzıd uǝzoɹɟ pɐɥ ǝʍ

Posted by: -TBG- | February 9, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

TBG yesterday you asked about the evidence they used to identify the Lt. Colonel, just saw this - it was his tire tracks.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/tire-tracks-led-police-to-williams/article1461548/

Posted by: dmd3 | February 9, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Oh jeez, the storm's upset TBG's gravity!!!

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 9, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

That's okay, TBG. We had chili-dogs.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 9, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Finished the last of the SB party food this evening. Back to real food on Wednesday.

MrJS has been given the green light for aggressive muscle-building and stretching, and to reacquaint his body with the art of walking.

*happy feet dancing throughout CasaJS*

Posted by: MsJS | February 9, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Woohoo! Such good news!

Posted by: LostInThought | February 9, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

YAY on the steps to taking steps, MsJS!! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 9, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

That is great MsJS.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 9, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Water spouts on a moon of Saturn. But Sirens of Enceladus just doesn't have the right ring to it.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 9, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

The link:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8495663.stm

Posted by: yellojkt | February 9, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Charybdis of Enceladus, on the other hand...

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 9, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Great news for MrJS. You will have him tangoing in no time.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 9, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

CP, I had guessed that and then discarded it because of the lace. If you had said 'antimaccasar,' then I'd have known for sure.

In furniture parlance, it's pronouced 'soote.'

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 9, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

There is snow in the forecast. "Nearly 1 cm (3/8") today and less than 1 cm tomorrow".

@%!!# Like, it's going to make a difference.

We're dying here.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 9, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, RoS; in Montana, definitely a SOOTE but after the move to CA, the phrase shift SWEET.

My granny kept her covered in clear vinyl, God Bless Her Little Lace-Edged Vinegar Drenched Heart.


Still, when peeps invoke that icon of 70s sartorial spender of the banker's three piece suite, I see the furniture, antimacassars and all. Then, I flash on Michael Douglas as Gordon Gecko, in the Halls of Wall Street.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 9, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Shriek, as a Canadian you should know better than to mess with the weather gods.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 9, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

**trying to fax snow to shriek without shorting out the machinery**

Posted by: MsJS | February 9, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Don't die, SD! I'm sure Mudge and RD and TBG will fax you all the snow you can possibly use.

Salmon with lemon and rosemary for supper here. Gotta work with the oven more, it takes longer to roast than the recipe suggests, even when I preheat to 50 degrees hotter than required and let it fall back. I had to broil to finish, which toasted the rosemary, which set off the smoke alarm. Oh well, I don't make that happen often.

Posted by: slyness | February 9, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Did I break it?

Posted by: slyness | February 9, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

*packing up two sleds and hitching up the sled dogs, one sled filled with snow and ice bound for SD, the other with mojo for PJ's mom. I hope the right sled gets to the right destination, but with white-out conditions it's easy for them to get lost and take the wrong trail*

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 9, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Oh, so THAT'S what that noise was.

Posted by: MsJS | February 9, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Ah here you are. Everybody have power? Not too much more snow?

We had homemade pea soup tonight with a bologna chaser. Makes frozen pizza sound like a meal fit for a king.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 9, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Looks like WaPo superseded Rule 9 with this update Feb 5:

For Style Snowman contest: Contests are judged on the basis of humor and originality. No purchase required for entry. All entries become the property of The Washington Post. Entries may be edited for taste or content. Employees of The Washington Post, and their immediate relatives, are not eligible for prizes. Pseudonymous entries will be disqualified.


meanwhile a reminder of the undocumented Rule zero:

if the boodle goes down or is inundated with trogs post to the previous Boodle

Posted by: omnigood | February 9, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

We'll survive. For the past 5 weeks I've been putting wear on my brand new high-tech snow tires in vain. The pavement has mostly been dry as a bone. And this is exactly why you guys have all our snow. The high pressure cold air is just plainly stuck over us.

Our French visitor is coming tomorrow. I hope we'll have some fresh snow to hide the dirty crap we have now. Her memory will be: Canada, the Land of the Yellow Snow.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 9, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Just tested the broken boodle. Still broken.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 9, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

CP - Oh, I recall the three-piece suit well. But to *really* get the full effect, you needed the pocketwatch chain.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 9, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Yep, the night shift is as useless as the daytime crew.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 9, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Um...Sayid is back from the dead. (If you don't watch "Lost," just pretend I didn't make this post.)

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 9, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

OK. Cleaned the fridge. Found the usual suspects and reject but also these: hot pink guitar pick, medium flicky-nesss and a Smart Trip Card.

I dare you to find weirder.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 9, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, I'm lost. Sayid? (kidding


meanwhile, I have a confession. Every year just before the beginning of winter I make a prediction that this will be the year we get the big one. I forgot to make that prediction this year

it's all my fault. Sorry

Posted by: omnigood | February 9, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

cQp? are you so without STUFF TO DO that you would trade in this wonderful night to walk in the snow to clean the fridge?

Your achenpedistal has been dropped 4 feet to 103 feet.

Posted by: russianthistle | February 9, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

omnigood .... O my Gawd. How could you!!!?????

Posted by: russianthistle | February 9, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

omni, I was going to make the same wordplay about Lost, but you beat me to it.

As to your being responsible for the snow, that's quite possible.

Back in 1978 I realized with horror that a check I had just mailed was going to bounce. I prayed to the money gods to stall the cashing of that check for three days until I got paid and could cover it. The next day was the beginning of the Boston Blizzard of 1978. I got my wish.

Creepy, non?

Posted by: MsJS | February 9, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

RT -- am waiting for the right moment, as the Patsy Cline song intones....I go out walking, after midnight....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 9, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

So omni it's your fault this high pressure been sitting on us like a pregnant sumo wrestler trying to catch her breath?
You b@sterd.

Weed, when things get out of control in the fridge it's time to clean out, glistening snow or not. You can't have best before Dec 09 yogurt fighting Mexican broccoli from last year in your fridge.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 9, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, SD. When the fridge calls, we must answer. Am about to click another sno-fo-to. Now, we have the falling of the tiny, needle-pricking flakes.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 9, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Hey, just noticed that Joel put up a couple snow pics!

Thanks Joel!!

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 9, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

And fine pix they are too, Mr. FamousPants RDP, and Mr. FamousPlusFours Mudge

Plus fours? Why here they are:
http://www.harlequincostumes.co.uk/costumes/costumepages/Historical/20sGents.html

Knickerbocker pants, plus four inches. Hence, ta da Plus Fours.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 9, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

i dunno, cqp, i've heard some pretty interesting stories about what people store in their freezers...

Posted by: LALurker | February 9, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

But the posting function is still down. I'm gonna e-mail Joel again.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 9, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

They were put up earlier today, RD, before that kit went kerfloozie.

They are indeed magnificent photos.

Posted by: MsJS | February 9, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

LAL -- I extend my reign over oddities in the frozen and cold spots. Word. Good to reign over something, however small and insignificant.

Cue: Horton Hears A Who!

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 9, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

DC just looked outside and said 'Holy Crack!' Is there a rule in the Mommy Handbook that says I have to punish her? Sometimes, it's a once-and-done; calling it to her attention ensures a repeat. I'm thinking there must be a technicality here....

Posted by: LostInThought | February 9, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

CqP, am I the guy on the left (the golfer), or Mr. Sherlock Holmes? Or the guy in the smoking jacket?

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 9, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

If your jacket is smoking it's time to do something about is.
Carbon dioxiode, halon, ammonium phosphate, whatever.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 9, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Smoking jacket, I would think. You know, the dapper sophisticate you, ever.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 9, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Computer guys are people too! Mo, bc, Error, where are you when I need you to back me up?

Dinner was 2 hard shell fresco tacos from Taco Hell, atomic sauced. Surprisingly good.

It is snowing, max(tiny) sharp flakes, so perhaps really white, icy rain. I don't want to go to work tomorrow and am hoping it accumulates.

Did you all see this time lapse snowtography?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/02/09/dc-snow-time-lapse-video_n_455103.html

Maybe there are small signs we're recovering. For the first time in many months, I received a new credit card offer today. And an offer from my mortgage holder to refinance, no closing costs, application fee or appraisal costs. I applied. We'll see how it turns out.

Posted by: -dbG- | February 9, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

LiT -- dispensation for DC. Another way of applying the technicality.

dbG, hope you get a snow break interlude like your Suthrn boodler-buds.

Off to snap a photo; dig, sweep, etc. MEANT to put a blue tarp on the car....and, watch doggy apostrophe across the snow...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 9, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Boko's remark about God's wraithes being minions is what broke the other Boodle. You cross one of those minions, you never know what's gonna be the payback.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 9, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

nothin's shakin' on shakedown street...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IK_faIzYGi8

Posted by: -jack- | February 9, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Turn off The Daily Show stat!

Newt Gingrich is the guest.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 9, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Stewart just skewered Gingrich with a goodie.

Twice.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 9, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

three American bacon slices on a hot cast iron frying pan (do not use non stick

when done, remove pan from heat, pour off grease for later, put A-bacon aside, eat a slice if you must

deglaze pan with coffee or tea (I'm thinking Brazilian or Earl Grey

place a slice of canadian bacon in pan to heat it up

mix grease in one to one ratio with deglaze on a plate

take two halves of a biscuit and drench cut side in gravy sauce

make a sandwich of A-bacon and C-bacon and biscuits and gravy

I hope this works

Posted by: omnigood | February 9, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Four times.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 9, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

That was elegantly put. Yay, Jon!

I'm glad I didn't take my own advice.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 9, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Are you going to continue watching on the web, Mudge?

I'm going to bed.

Night, Gracie.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 9, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

'Night, Maggie.

I dunno if I'll look it up later or not. But I score it so dar as Stewart 5, Ging goose egg.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 9, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

dulce sueños

Posted by: omnigood | February 9, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

colbert was too funny last night:
http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/264042/february-08-2010/sarah-palin-uses-a-hand-o-prompter

Posted by: LALurker | February 9, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

dbg,
I had posted a link to that snowlapse on the next boodle right before it went kablooey. I had seen it on Daily Dish instead of HuffPo, so it is making the rounds.

I'm not seeing much new accumulation between when I went to bed at 10 and now. Maybe the snow has all blown over. Ha! Wishful thinking.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 10, 2010 5:17 AM | Report abuse

Who is letting bald people with no pupils into the bunker?

http://www.gocomics.com/annie/2010/02/10/

Posted by: yellojkt | February 10, 2010 5:19 AM | Report abuse

Henry Louis Gates, Jr has a new show where he obsessively traces the genealogy of celebrities and discovers that they have famous and not-so-famous ancestors.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/10/arts/television/10faces.html

The NYT review calls it 'wearisome' and 'tedious' with 'moments of pomposity.'

Posted by: yellojkt | February 10, 2010 5:24 AM | Report abuse

'morning all.
The Olympic doobie makes a short appearance in the US.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/10/sports/olympics/10torch.html?hp

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 10, 2010 6:30 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all. Is the snow over? Our forecast is calling for wind, which I heard in the night. I'm just glad we're not in the mountains, where the wind will gust to 55 mph during the day and up to 70 tonight, with temps in the teens or below. Brrr!

Hi Cassandra! Hope you are up and warm this morning. It's my busy day too, Bible study this morning and I'm on the team that will be making supper at church tonight. I love Family Night, we have a good time.

You folks stay warm in the Warshington region...

Posted by: slyness | February 10, 2010 7:07 AM | Report abuse

About 4 additional inches and still coming down. But it's a light, dry snow. Of course, at some point the precise amount stops mattering. It's just a lot.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 10, 2010 7:27 AM | Report abuse

Still snowin', Slyness...

And blowin'!! *fingers crossed that all the various cables hold out*

Once I'm properly caffeinated, I'll go check the damage. Around noon, maybe.

Or maybe not -- Just checked the weather and we now have BLIZZARD warnings here and to the east along the PA border out past Balmer... :-OOOOOO

*hunkering-down Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 10, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

The winds are kicking up here as well. Need to go tend that shrine to the gods of domestic electrification.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 10, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Well, we've decided to share our blizzard warning with the whole DC area... :-O

Stay safe, everyone!!!

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 10, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

I've sent out the St. Bernards with coffee. Y'all should hear scratching at the door any minute.

Posted by: -jack- | February 10, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

The wind and snow have picked up a great deal, so I will believe a blizzard is on its way.

I was pleasantly impressed to actually get my paper Monday and Tuesday, but if there is one out there this morning, I might not find it until tomorrow. Or perhaps April.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 10, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Unless they managed to wedge it under a car, yello, your paper is probably headed to Oz right about now... WJLA weather suggests there could be hurricane-force winds to the south of the storm center.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 10, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

MsJS may have been shaken out of bed this morning.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/11/us/11chicago.html?hp

Posted by: -jack- | February 10, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Watching the map slowly turn colors:

http://www.pepco.com/home/emergency/maps/stormcenter/

Posted by: russianthistle | February 10, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Coming down with a cold;hope the power holds. Little doggie still thinks this is fun. Last night's snow was steady and stealthy; very fine with less accumulation than the effort of all the snow fairies.

Have huge bag of parsnips and turnips but only two potatoes. Not sure that ratio works into the yumminess that will be eaten by the snow-shoveling, snow-sledding boys around here.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 10, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Hello to all. So sorry for the DC denizens with all your snow. Here in the Midwest we keep getting a mini version of your big snows. And that's enough for us, really. We don't usually get even this much snow.

I'm so proud of myself this morning - I managed to revive 35 year old memories of trig enough to help the eldest in the throes of math angst. I had to (*gasp*) read the book to do it, but within 20 minutes was able to show her how to proceed. Thus averting the predicted collapse of her high school career and chances of advancing to college. Wow, I'm so special.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | February 10, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Ah, the things parents have to do! Congrats for the save, Wheezy. She may not appreciate it now, but the time will come when she will.

Posted by: slyness | February 10, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

CP, I just had to look up parsnips - I had thought it was just another name for turnips. Does seem to be a difficult sell for teenaged boys. I hope you have alternatives.

Faxing the big bag of bagel dough blimping up in my fridge to CP.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | February 10, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Sad but not surprising news for the "Deadliest Catch" watchers among us...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/10/AR2010021000011.html

:-(

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 10, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

My neighbors were out shoveling at 11:00 PM last night, as I was off to watch Monday's Tivo'ed Daily Show before turning in for bed. Despite the likely high winds and continued snow this afternoon and evening, I owe it to my sense of manly self-respect to get out there and hurl my puny shovels-full of snow against the onslaught of nature. I shall go not gently into that snowy night, but rage, rage, against the frozen-water blight! Or something like that. Fortunately, the walls of snow created after the previous epic shoveling epochs will guide me back to my front door, even in white-out conditions. I hope.

Posted by: ScienceTim | February 10, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Wheezy, thanks. Bagels would be the trick. No yeast in the house that puffs up anything....I have a few frozen thingies that shall work. Parsnips are lovely in a muted carrotty sort of way. But, just as I do not like cooked carrots as a main offering, so too not parsnips. I like them roasted and then added to a vegetable soup ....

If this keeps up, we need to have a stone soup party on the block. R down the street is smoking something in his back yard and will share. But, not sure the parsnips will snag me a huge portion of the pork parts he is nursing.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 10, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Greetings from Ice Station Zebra.

Er, is this thing fixed yet?

Real whiteout conditions here now, about 8 inches of new snow, with nickel-sized flakes being blown around by winds I'm guessing may be gusting to 30-35 mph.

Have a couple of phone meetings to take this AM, and then back to the shoveling. A chore that's really well-suited for me, actually -- physical labor that requires little thought. And the less thought that is required of me, the better it is for everyone.

Have a good - and most importantly, *safe* - day, all.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 10, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Oh, I was able to use Windows Explorer to copy huge swathes of files to the new external hard drive yesterday in no time. All photos copied, so the laptop has my permission to give up the ghost when it will. Thanks for your kind advice, Engelmann. Where is ftb, btw?

Off to copy the photos from the other old computer to the new toy.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | February 10, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Maybe you had better start some sourdough starter, CqP. You can catch a yeast from the air, but you'll have to be patient for it to get going. If you have any raisins, throw a few of them in -- they have wine yeast on the surface. Some experimentation a few years back, for science fair, indicates that it will make bread perfectly well.

Posted by: ScienceTim | February 10, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Do you have butter and powdered sugar, CP? Some nice shortbread would probably go down well with the boys.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | February 10, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Good morning y'all. Be careful there in the Mid-Atlantic Region, stay safe and out of the whiteout. I'll send Beatrice with a cask of brandy, but lagomorph rescue is still an inexact science and bunny brandy comes in small doses.

I wish I'd had your suppers last night. Ivansdad and the Boy went out, and I went to a fancy reception. It was fun and the food, such as it was, was tasty, but even good hors d'oeuvres aren't really a meal - perhaps because politeness prevents me from taking as many as greed would desire.

I appreciate the exposition on the gazebo, tikibar, pergola, porte-de-cochere and similar beasts. Around here gazebos are vastly outnumbered by our most popular denizen, the common or garden domesticated shed. These attach themselves to private and commercial property with startling frequency and refused to be moved; sheds may even remain on otherwise deserted property long after the other buildings have gone their ways.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 10, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Latest wind gust info from the Capitol Weather Gang:

Dulles 44
Reagan 32
Ft. Belvoir 43
Andrews Air Force Base 25
Quantico 38
Stafford 29
Manassas 26
Leesburg 38
Gaithersburg 32
BWI 31
Patuxent River 48

A gust to 43 recorded here today. :-O

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 10, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

I decided to forgo any shoveling on the theory that it would just blow back in. I'm spending the morning watching a movie called 'Chapter 27'. The title is a 'Catcher In The Rye' allusion. Jared Leto plays Mark David Chapman. It also has Lindsay Lohan playing an understated role and Josh Friedlander (from 30 Rock) as a photographer that hangs around taking pictures of celebrities.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 10, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

And WJLA just reported PEPCO's suspended power restoration efforts because of blizzard conditions.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 10, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle. Blowing like crazy here,and TV says we had a wind gust in So. Merlin of 50 mph. They have closed the Harry Nice Bridge between Maryland and Virginia; that's the one I take to work every day. It's the only Potomac crossing south of DC.

Channel 4's Tom Keirein says the entire state of Maryland is under blizzard warning, the only time he's ever seen that.

Joe Krebs reports that a ship on Chesapeake Bay has reported winds of 70 mph out there.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 10, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Short bread....will see if I have butter enough....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 10, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

And today's Borowitz Report. (I don't know why I actually this very sad, not funny.)

Introducing the Hot New Social Network, PhoneBook

Allows User to Call Friends, Speak to Them

SILICON VALLEY (The Borowitz Report) – A new social network is about to alter the playing field of the social media world, and it’s called PhoneBook.

According to its creators, who invented the network in their dorm room at Berkeley, PhoneBook is the game-changer that will leave Facebook, Twitter and even the much anticipated Google Buzz in a cloud of dust.

“With PhoneBook, you have a book that has a list of all your friends in the city, plus everyone else who lives there,” says Danny Fruber, one of PhoneBook’s creators.

“When you want to chat with a friend, you look them up in PhoneBook, and find their unique PhoneBook number,” Fruber explains. “Then you enter that number into your phone and it connects you directly to them.”

Another breakout utility of PhoneBook allows the user to arrange face-to-face meetings with his or her friends at restaurants, bars, and other “places,” as Fruber calls them.

“You will be sitting right across from your friend and seeing them in 3-D,” he said. “It’s like Skype, only without the headset.”

PhoneBook will enable friends to play many games as well, such as charades, cards, and a game Fruber believes will be a breakout: Farm.

“In Farm, you have an actual farm where you raise real crops and livestock,” he says. “It’s hard work, but it’s more fun than Mafia, where you actually get killed.”

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 10, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

A blizzard in the Mid-Atlantic, a quakelet in the Midwest, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria...

**slapping face**

Sorry. All better now.

The quakelet was an event only for those in the far northwestern 'burbs and a bit of Wisconsin. Nearer Lake Michigan and south, zilch.

Sunny, cold, windy here. My area got about 12 inches, more in the far northern 'burbs. Lake-effect snow continuing in NW Indiana.

Warm muffins, coffee, and OJ at the table. Will fax where needed.

Posted by: MsJS | February 10, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

whiteout conditions in this area and i can barely see anything when outside.just don't go out today.i had some roof shoveling to do and it was just brutal.

i just heard schools are closed for the week.i am sure the kids will be in school till July.

stay safe everyone

Posted by: greenwithenvy | February 10, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

New kit...and boodle open for business...

Posted by: joelache | February 10, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Or there's "Depression Cake" with no eggs, butter or milk - I made it, and it's surprisingly good. With the cost of spices and raisins these days, though, I think eggs, butter and milk are more thrifty.

1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1½ cups water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 cups dark raisins
2 teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons water
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Preparation - 1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Combine sugar, water, oil, raisins and spices in a saucepan, and boil for 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Take pan off heat and let cool for 10 minutes.

2. Dissolve baking soda and salt in 2 teaspoons of water and add to raisin mixture (it will foam). Blend in the flour and baking powder. Mix well.

3. Pour batter into a greased 9-inch-square pan and bake for 55 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cake cool for about 10 minutes before serving.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | February 10, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Ah - wind is indeed picking up, and my thermometer indicates temperatures dropping this morning - was 29.4 F. at 7:30, now 20.3 F.

Yeesh.
Stupidly, I think I'm going to do a little snow clearing. It's going to drift, so I'm not going to get emotionally invested yet.
Note to self - don't take drift-recovered driveways personally.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 10, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

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