Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity

Tiger Woods apology accepted

Well. I'm satisfied.

Can we move on now?

Thank you, Tiger. All human activity stopped during your apology while we gaped at the TV. I'm guessing they were watching even in Afghanistan. I'm also guessing that even some elements of the Taliban are ready to forgive and forget.

I know as a professional journalist I'm supposed to be outraged that he didn't take questions, and didn't name all his transgressions, and didn't prostrate himself and crawl over broken glass and put on a hair shirt (golfers, unfortunately, favor those hair shirts with the big stripes). But as a golf fan, I just want to see him in the Masters.

So now let's talk about timing. My guess is that he will return to golf at the U.S. Open. Why then? It's obvious. If he skips the Masters, people will see that he is genuinely remorseful and denying himself the pleasure of a tournament he deeply loves. Then he will have a certain leeway to get back in the game, and what better place than Pebble Beach -- site of his historic victory in 2000 in which he annihilated the field by 15 strokes!

I don't want to sound crass here. I'm just working this through in my head. What I know for certain is that Tiger's return is a classic morality/golf decision of the type we've all faced many times.

If you were in Tiger's shoes, or spikes in this case, you'd want to return when you have achieved a wholeness of spirit and when the course has several reachable Par 5s.

It's a delicate calculation, because he knows that he has a lot of work to do on his personal failings as well as on his short game. The short game gets rusty so fast, and I can't see Tiger running the risk of making a fool of himself on Augusta's lightning-fast greens. It's bad enough to look in the mirror and realize you are not the man you thought you were, but so much worse when you've just putted off the green entirely and into the adjacent water hazard.

Moreover, if you've ever been to Carmel and its environs, you know that, although it's a lovely place, it's not full of what Tiger referred to today as "temptations." Carmel ain't Vegas. After he plays a round, he can stare at the scenery, or shop for lamps, or maybe take his poodle for a shampoo.

Um, no, that's not code for something else.

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 19, 2010; 11:18 AM ET
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: No thanks, I'll stay at the Super 8
Next: Photos: A train ride


I thankfully skipped the "apology" -- out doing an errand and then doing work. I simply no longer care, if I ever did much. This scenario plays out over and over (shampoo, rinse, repeat) again. No one ever learns.

I do feel badly for his wife, and hope she's been AIDS tested (and her children, too). As for the other women he has bedded, well, I guess that's one way to make a living. . . . . Let's face it, if he didn't have bazillion dollars and wasn't a sports guy who plays his game well, those women would still be lined up at the home of Henry Kissinger ("I wonder who's kissinger now"). Like almost everything in the world -- it's about money and it's about power and those two are tremendous aphrodisiacs.

Whatever . . . .

NBC forced me to stay up until waaaaaaaaaay past my bedtime to watch the men's figure skating. i thought Lysacek did a great job, and I'm glad he won. Didn't like the costume much, tho.

Props to my Canukistani friends for Canada's wins and successes.

Toodles till later.

Posted by: -ftb- | February 19, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

The only things that need to happen is for Tiger to stop being a hypocrite and for the rest of the world to stop being judgmental.

Posted by: LifeBeforePrinciple | February 19, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I was glad it wasn't just a "I'm sorry my behavior made you upset" apology, but a true, "I messed up; I was wrong and I'm working on being better." I think pointing out that he wrongly believed he was above the rules was a good move, too.

I also like the way he brought up his Buddhism and the fact that he was raised in the religion and what it means and teaches. A good shout-out to Britt Hume for his stupid "Christianity is the only way."

Posted by: -TBG- | February 19, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Tiger Woods apology will not be acceptable to some because he is married a white woman. His apology will not be accepted to others because of the color of his skin. His apology will not be accepted from some because they are envious of him. So, if his apology is not accepted by some, so what. He only let down those who were in his corner from the very beginning. Therefore, its time to move on no matter what.

Posted by: MILLER123 | February 19, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and also.. he doesn't owe ME an apology at all. I couldnt' care less what he does, on or off the course.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 19, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Boss. I missed the apology, but didn't miss it a bit. I will continue to ignore anything about Tiger until he's playing again, and then I'll be glued to the TV come Sunday. Did notice that Accenture finally has his picture down from their airport adverts. They've gone with frogs, "leapfrogging" over something, the competition maybe. I didn't pay much attention and I still couldn't tell you what Accenture does. I suppose they went with frogs because they haven't heard the rumors about the GEICO Gekko.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 19, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Tiger Woods apology will not be acceptable to some because he is married to a white woman. His apology will not be accepted to others because of the color of his skin. His apology will not be accepted from some because they are envious of him. So, if his apology is not accepted by some, so what. He only let down those who were in his corner from the very beginning. And the people in his corner accepts his apology anyway (although not his behavior) therefore, its time to move on no matter what.

Posted by: MILLER123 | February 19, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Already moving off kit... if Ophelia had a "sassy gay friend" Hamlet would have ended differently...

Posted by: -TBG- | February 19, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Guess I never saw the point of the whole public apology thing--for A-Rod, Gov. Sanford, anyone. You apologize to the people you actually hurt, and do so personally. And if that means contacting every sponsor who put faith in your image, every player whose income will be reduced because of the tarnished image of golf, every family member, so be it. I don't fall into any of those categories, and don't feel like he owes *me* an apology.

Did you see that Ovie and the Russians lost to the Slovak hockey team?

Posted by: Raysmom | February 19, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I agree with what ftb said and I didn't watch it either. I'm also not watching the rerun that's on MSNBC right now - my mute button is way overused lately. I just hope the news media can move on to things that actually impact us in some real sense rather than all of this celebrity noise.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 19, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

And the A-blog is once again linked to the front page.

Totally agree, TBG!

Posted by: MsJS | February 19, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

What TBG said at 12:08. And I LOVED the clip at 12:13. Speaking of hair compliments.

And yes, of course: front page alert.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 19, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

No hablo Tiger Woods *eyes rolling*

Posted by: qgaliana | February 19, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Tiger needs to apologize to no one except his wife and family. He just needs to get back on to the golf course and "taking revenge" for all those competent Black golfers who were denied access to all- white golf clubs and courses. He has paid for sex with a number of women and they seem to be satisfied with what they received. These companies that have been "offended" by Tiger were supporting golf when it was openly and unrepentently racist. Els and Jarvecic and others, shut up. Without Tiger playing, your brand aint worth diddly squat or maybe it is. As long as you stay away Tiger, I will not be watching golf. You are to golf (for m e) what Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe were for tennis. They had their detractors as well who were racist and sexist. Remember Jesse Owens and Muhammad Ali and hosts of other black men whose decisions were ridiculed and punished by the racist forces of their time. You do not have to race against horses (as Jesse Owens did) to make a living after multiple triumphs at Berlin or play golf and sell food (like Althea did after 1958 Wimbledon). These are some of the people upon whose backs you stand Tiger. You have more support than they did. Your continued absence will make the PGA and their corporate sponsors even more aware of your brand. Please do not buckle under to these people.

Posted by: Draesop | February 19, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I think golf fans are going to be much more willing to accept Tiger's apology than anybody else. Joel is clearly eager to see Tiger back on the links (whatever those are) and clubbing that golf ball around to score some putts. Or something.

Others, who don't much care for the sport, will probably be eager to see Tiger twist a bit more. And this phenomenon, I guess, just follows historical precedence. A highly valued goal trumps all else.

I mean, Churchill is supposed to have claimed that if Satan could help defeat Hitler, Churchill would at least recommend Satan to Parliament. And Satan doesn't even golf.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 19, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Mudge... I've made it a way of life now to compliment people when I see fit... total strangers, co-workers, you name it. I will often pause to say to a stranger in the store something like "that color looks beautiful on you!" or "you look so nice!."

Just think how it would make you feel to hear that. In fact, I had a woman turn her head one day in a double-take to exclaim to me, "Your hair is beautiful!" Made my day.

I figure I'm at the age where it doesn't look like I'm hitting on anyone to say something nice like that.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 19, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

To the degree that Tiger is a role model, I suppose apology is apt. "Role model" is a matter of degrees, not a binary concept so I guess it all has some value of some kind.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 19, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Apology not accepted, unless you would care to accept the apology of Bernie Maddof in the exact same way.

Here is the deal. No surrender on this creep. Curse him. Why?

He totally betrayed his wife and children for the sake of predatory sexual gratification. Not any sincere affair of the heart, merely parasitic and narcissistic lust with the many who perhaps hoped to enter the limelight of vast wealth and celebrity in his carnival of lust. But you know what? I don't care a rotten fig about that. It's none of my business. For his wife it may be, but none of mine. Its entirely likely that most of the vastly wealthy professional jocks on the road do the just the same.

Here is what is different about the Tiger Woods situation; he professionally marketed himself to a worldwide audience as much more that a very talented athlete but as a decent man, a family man who loved his wife and children, seeing into the future in his visionary gaze. He defrauded me too, as I believed the lie. He has made literally hundreds of millions on endorsements based entirely on a fraud. Just how is this fundamentally different from Bernie Maddof? He did much the same until his fraud was exposed. There is no excuse for him, and there is no excuse for Tiger in exactly the same way. Professionally marketed frauds, for the sake of a literal ocean of financial reward. And that is fundamentally what is wrong with our whole economy and nation today.

So, no surrender on this one. It was and is not about human frailty of the heart, which should be forgiven as we all fall short of the mark, but economic vampirism on a scale that boggles the mind. And he knew it was a vast lie all along.

Posted by: tarquinis1 | February 19, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

I too was out running errands and missed the apology, but since I don't believe he owed me one it didn't really matter. As to the colour of his skin and his wife's how is that relevant to anything?

Raysmom I am sure the Slovaks took great joy in that win over the Russians, like the Canadians teams get exta pumped to play the Russians, in a one game showdown when the competition is fairly on par anything can happen and even when there is a miss match. We almost lost to a good but not great Swiss team they play great, oustanding goaltending and heart are a mighty combination. A good example of why it is great to have the hockey tournament in the Olympics so exciting and no givens (well at least for the men, hopefully womens tournament will grow to be like that).

Posted by: dmd3 | February 19, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

I agree with that philosophy, TBG, but I think it's a little easier for you than me. You are by nature a little more outgoing than I am, and I am a little more reserved about saying things to people I don't know well. And I think the whole man-speaking-to-woman thing is more inherently problematic than any other combination. I would fear the whole "guy-hitting-on-girl" problem, as well as the "dirty-old-man-flirting-with-younger-woman" thing. Those are issues you don't have. It's just safer to say and do nothing. Alas.

Love your hair today, by the way.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 19, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

TBG, you're right about compliments as a random acts of kindness sort of thing. I love doing that as people are always happy to hear it and it makes me feel good too! I just remembered that while waiting at the gate to leave Boston last week, a cleaning lady told me she liked my thick hair and I was very pleased. It's the last time it looked right until I got home! But then #2 kept telling me I worried too much about my hair, and she's right!

Posted by: badsneakers | February 19, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of getting pumped to play Russia, in women's curling it's USA 1, RUS 0 after 3 ends.

Posted by: MsJS | February 19, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Tiger may have profited by duping a willing public, but he still doesn't owe *me* an apology. A public figure whose private life is different from his public image? Stop the presses! That has never happened in human history!
Nope, it's between him and those he hurt. And I don't think bursting the public's bubble about who he is qualifies as "hurt."

Posted by: Raysmom | February 19, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Not that I followed him too closely, but Tiger always seemed so private that how could anyone tell he was supposedly a family man who did nothing wrong? Wasn't that an image the public kind of made up about him anyway?

Posted by: -TBG- | February 19, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

And who, pray, are you to accept Woods' apology? I feel sorry for his wife, who married a sexual predator. Let her decide whether or not to "accept" an apology from such a transparently self-interested pervert.

Posted by: hill_marty | February 19, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, this is extremely on-kit:

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 19, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

tarquinis1 asks how is Tiger Woods different from Bernie Madoff? Well, just for starters, there's order of magnitude: Bernie stole tens of billions, compared to Tiger's arguable fraudulence in promoting a misleading image of himself for, in tarquinis1's accounting scheme, "hundreds of millions." Two to three orders of magnitude difference in larceny. Then there's the part about defrauding charities serving noble causes, and so forth. I don't believe Tiger is accused of defrauding a Holocaust memorial fund or anything like that.

Posted by: ScienceTim | February 19, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Tiger Woods owes me no apology. He didn't do anything to me, and any opinion I might have of his behavior wouldn't be personal. I'm glad that he sincerely apologized to the people who deserved one. That is a healthy thing and we should all try to do healthy things for ourselves and others, particularly when we err.

TBG, I also try to randomly compliment people. If I see someone whose hair looks great, or has a lovely smile, or has just done a nice thing, I just say what I though when I saw it. I particularly take pains to compliment parents when their kids behave well (and I have a wide tolerance for "well") in public - especially in boring or stressful situations like waiting rooms, long lines etc. Parents get criticism from strangers all the time; I like to even it out a little.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 19, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

But Tiger is a cautionary tale for paying women too many compliments in the workplace. Here is a guy just eating dinner on the road by himself and he tells the cocktail waitress her hair looks nice and the next thing you know he's laying up in two.

All because he is too polite to break a poor lady's heart and tell some buxom blonde in a miniskirt (and it is a shame she left the house before checking if she had remembered undergarments) that while she is a nice girl and all, he prefers that more natural homespun type. Perhaps in a jogging suit with her hair up in curlers.

He had to sleep with all those bimbos to avoid hurting their feelings. I feel sorry for the dude. Seriously.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 19, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: -TBG- | February 19, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Well, he owes ME an apology! He told me I was the "only one." Hmmmph!

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 19, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Be happy people, it is good for your heart!

Posted by: dmd3 | February 19, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Uh, are you mistaking the boodle for Facebook again, my dear TBG? And mudge is right, you do look positively radiant today. More so than usual.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 19, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Why does Mr. Wood owe the public an apology? To his wife, to be sure. To the attendees at his wedding to whom he lied to taking a vow, possibly. To his sponsors who thought they were getting someone squeaky clean, a total apology. To the rest of us, not a thing.

Accept it or not, he will return to golf. Perhaps the stupid cry of "In the hole" will be retired or replaced with something else. It is just part of the pressure of being Tiger Woods in a tournament.

Posted by: edbyronadams | February 19, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Instead of birds on a wire, we have airmen on a wing:

This has been your off-topic military aviation post of the day.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 19, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

My father used to tell us "a man who sleeps well has a clean conscience," to which my sister always added "or a bad memory."

Dont' know why I just thought of that, but I did.

My heart is just a-flutter today, y'all. Thanks!

Posted by: -TBG- | February 19, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Maybe you were.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 19, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

SciTim, I was going to comment on that one too. In between comments about "no surrender" (what?) the whole affair is said to be none of his business.

Posted by: engelmann | February 19, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

you people are so gullible you'll lap up anything laid out for you.
first of all this golfer owes no one an apology but his family and sponsors.
second of all this man is only sorry he got caught, and has lost so much $.
and most important if this man is a role model to your children, you as the parent has neglected your responsibilities.
he deserves the skanky women he chose, birds of a feather.
please let's put our attention to something of value for us as americans.

Posted by: ninnafaye | February 19, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I find it sad that our society finds appropriate for public discussion that which those involved (husband and wife) would obviously prefer to remain a private matter. And I particularly dislike the kiss-and-tell aspect(s).

Posted by: LostInThought | February 19, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Apparently tarquinis think when he bought a razor he was contributing to a Keep Tiger Righteous Fund. I'm sorry you're upset all you got was a razor, but that is what they advertised and that is what you paid for.

Posted by: qgaliana | February 19, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

The smartest thing Mr. Woods could have done today would have been to have an hour long press conference and answer any and all questions. Make no mention of your wife and family, your faith, your mother, or your foundation- let others bring those things up. Just walk alone into the arena and face the lions. Before the hour of public humiliation was even half over, public sympathy would swell to tsunami size and by the end of the hour Tiger would be a hero again and the media would be the villain. And he would never have to answer another question about any of this stuff again.

Posted by: kguy1 | February 19, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I don't think ninnafaye read any of our comments before posting.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 19, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Draseop, meet hill_marty and tarquinis1.

hill_marty & trquinis1, meet draesop.

Have a fun day, folks.

As I've been saying for months, I never thought of Woods as a role model, or ever noticed him marketing himself as a family man or some such thing. And I watch golf from time to time, even before Eldrick Woods came along.

Never bought a Buick because of him, never used Accenture because of him, never bought Nike because of him either.

What he did or didn't do in his personal life is no business of mine, and I don't want it to be. Ditto whatever he does with his personal life going forward, too.

Some could argue that our culture and level of available information technologies puts celebrities under inhuman levels of scrutiny and pressure, and you know what - they're only human. Celebs may have more re$ources at their disposal for good or ill, which give them the capabilities for mistakes and triumphs to play out larger than life, and sometimes it seems like they pay for it with their hearts, minds, and souls.

That Celebtron microscope can also be a lens that dessicates and burns the subject, leaving (c)ash and bone to be scattered to the winds.

Be used with caution.


Posted by: -bc- | February 19, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

There is a case to be made that the public shaming of celebrities provides a role in defining and reinforcing societal norms.

For example, the mother-induced fear of being in an accident is little real deterrent, but pictures of Linday Lohan leaving a limo provide a concrete teachable moment on the need for wearing proper undergarments in public.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 19, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

just back-boodling. FYI Gordon Lightfoot is still alive... it was a hoax... if the boodle didn't already catch that...

Posted by: MissToronto | February 19, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Things to do while in Carmel:

Go to the aquarium. Look at the jellyfish.

Go to Monterey. Look at old adobe walls.

Go to Salinas. Watch the lettuce grow.

Joel's right. Not much temptation there except that everywhere the man goes now, the bimbo parade will appear.

Posted by: edbyronadams | February 19, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

What bc said.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 19, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

For bc in particular, CTV has segments called "How Tough are these Sports" with people attempting the various Olympic sports, today Jacque Villeneuve trying skeleton - filled at Lake Placid.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 19, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Like Andy Borowitz says...

“The world needs to forget about everything else and focus on the Tiger Woods scandal,” said the chairman of Toyota.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 19, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Wow he asked to go from the top of the run, speed on the run 90 km.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 19, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse


Done two of the three. Might I add that there is also listening to the seals along 17 Mile Drive. They sound just like paparazzi at a press conference.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 19, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Great NTY interactive piece on to Quad or Not. And, if you wonder why some of us spend time talking about the costumes, just click through the cutouts of the this week's skaters.

Now, to be on kit, some of those get-ups are apology material.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 19, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Gordon Lightfoot lives

My apologies if this was already covered, but I backboodled to the announcement of his death (reported in reputable Canadian news outlets no less) and thought I'd share.

Most of the music at my second wedding was by Gord. The musician did argue with me about Canadian Railroad Trilogy as a processional, but Softly (She Comes) worked fine.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 19, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse


"Nice hair today. It makes you look spunky.
...I hate spunk." (Do the impression.)

"Well, poke me in the eye with a sharp stick if you don't look nice today."

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 19, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

CqP-thanks for that link. Toggling back and forth between them is a hoot. I have to say, the only one that doesn't have anything wrong with it is Johnny Weir's because it is just so-completely-wrong-but-him. There should be a no ruching rule on men's outfits, and I believe we are of one mind on the glitter.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 19, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Good grief CqP, I think I'm glad I missed the mens skating, I can't think of a word to describe how I feel about those costumes that would be polite, PC and of more than one syllable. Which I suppose means that tonight's ice dancing will be an experience not to be missed.

By the way, do I remember correctly that some of you have read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? If so, have you read the sequel and should I? I enjoyed the book but felt that the way it ended forced you to buy the next one.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 19, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

My review of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo:

I wasn't impressed. But I will probably read the other two eventually just to keep up with the cool kids.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 19, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Frosti and Badsneaks. I will hit you soon for the Foundation of Fashion Intervention that dmd and have set up... I care about

whirled peas
random niceness
genealogy gems (buy a necklace with the birthstones of all your ancestors; coat of arms brooches available too)
saving figure skating from itself.

Never let it be said that I am not a grave and responsible person.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 19, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

For those missing the Canadian coverage, here are some highlights you might enjoy, they are on Youtube so hopefully you can view them, kinda high on the Canadian content but will give you a taste of the other coverage. Must say I enjoy watching both - strengths and weaknesses by both countries.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 19, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Yello. You pretty much nailed it in your review. I must have seen half a dozen people, mostly women, carrying/reading that book in my airplane travels. I think I'll wait on the sequel until it's either on the twofer table or I can get it from the library.

By the way, a sort of blanket SCC for the grammer etc. in my posts since I returned. I am still sleep deprived and planning a nap right now!

Posted by: badsneakers | February 19, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

The headline writers at the Globe&Mail are not having a good day. The factually wrong headline posted early this morning is still there: "Brother André first Saint from Quebec". And this is despite having at least 10 commenters noting that it is wrong. There is no such statement in the article either, it,s coming from the desk.
And now we have this gem:
"New colonel replaces murder suspect at CFB Trenton" (CFB is for Canadian Forces Base) The article is fine and uses all the right words and ranks, it is the head that is the problem.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 19, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how many men watched the press conference and sneered at Tiger.... while at a strip club.

Posted by: steveboyington | February 19, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Sneaks, I loved your pictures. What a paradise!

I wish I could be pithy and/or witty about Tiger Woods, but I can't and I really don't care. I do hope that he is able to mend the damage to his marriage and family and that he has learned the importance of keeping his pants zipped. But I'm not losing any sleep over him.

Now, back to CqP's link...

Posted by: slyness | February 19, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

My coworkers and I were trying to figure out ways to make the Winter Olympics more interesting to men. I won out with the idea to make mens figure skating a combined event... like the biathlon. Combine it with mixed martial arts. We all agreed that we would watch both sides of the combo. Johnny Weir in the octagon would be as hilarious as any of the MMA guys on skates.

Posted by: steveboyington | February 19, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

A brief history of the meaning of pink: Slate's Slide Show features my friend and colleague Jo Paoletti:

Pink was not (is not) by default a girls' color. Great story, with pictures and lots of useful trivia. For party tricks and in case you land on "So you Want to be a Millionaire..."

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 19, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

dmd, JV's an Indy 500 winner, F1 World Champion and an expert skier and winter sportsman, I would have expected nothing less than for him to go big on the skeleton.

Didn't see the piece, but I expect that wasn't the first time he'd run a track like that, whether it was on a bobsled, luge, or the skeleton.

Former NASCAR driver Geoff Bodine does an annual fundraiser/benefit for the US Bobsled team at Lake Placid, where pro race car drivers of various disciplines get to drive or ride bobsleds down the hill with members of the US team in a competitive event. The race car guys are not quite as fast as the bobsledders, though they aren't bad.

And thanks for the props, folks.


Posted by: -bc- | February 19, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

An NPR blog suggested flaming curling brooms.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 19, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

And some news from Texas where they view the Flintstones as a documentary:

Posted by: yellojkt | February 19, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

SCC: My second hand plagiarism of Lewis Black there was entirely subconscious.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 19, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Cross skeleton on a wide track would be to watch. Or relay luge.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 19, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Make the figure skaters all perform simultaneously demolition derby style.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 19, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

US currently 1-2 in Men's Super G, spectacular in Whistler today, sunny and warm.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 19, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

CqP, thanks for the link! So much to choose from, but I think the worst was Kevin van der Perren's riff on Achmed the Dead Terrorist. Compare for yourself:

Posted by: Raysmom | February 19, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Oh, come ON now! This is a no-brainer. Let the skaters tackle each other, and get some cheerleaders in there.

Jeez, I have to do all the heavy lifting around here.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 19, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Skating combine: top 6 figure skaters duke it out in a short track speed skating race.

Actually, I'm thinking of developing Olympics Bingo, where the blocks on the card are the cliches NBC uses in its broadcast. You know, the Olympic anthem, words like "memorable," "going for the gold," "we'll return shortly."

Posted by: Raysmom | February 19, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, per your comment about Emmylou, yes, amazing. You know, I am also amazed at some of the very beautiful women in the 40s, 50s and 60s who men leave for younger women. Of course, it is a two-way street. Me, I feel like I am afflicted with some strange disease that makes me be attracted to these very women. So sad. Maybe someone should sponsor a telethon for me.

Posted by: russianthistle | February 19, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Norwegian Svindal, just had a great run to take over the lead.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 19, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

My idea for the summer olympics was to combine gymnastics with competitive eating.

Posted by: steveboyington | February 19, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

the ice dancing accompaniment should be the French Mistake

Posted by: -jack- | February 19, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, but when Costas says "We'll return shortly," he means it.

Posted by: kguy1 | February 19, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

*Just waking up. I think I was exhausted. It's been a long haul this month on the Trinity (University lecture series) treadmill, but the rush of guest appearances has ended, for me at least, for February. aaahhhh*

"Hell is a half-filled auditorium," Robert Frost once said.

I see that you were keeping the seats warm today. Tiger had an interesting Trinity of his own going for some time, almost mythological--father, son and the holy golf ball. Then came holy matrimony, followed by a saintly paternal image. Enter temptation, stage left, for a number of apperances.

Well, Trinity has an interesting events calendar for the next two months. On March 8, anthropologist Sarah Hrdy will talk about "Mothers and Others, How Humans Became Such Hypersocial Apes."

I feel Karl Rove's hand possibly in the next, since his son attends Trinity: On April 7, former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice will discuss "Foreign Affairs and Empowering Women."

On April 8, a chap from Essex Unversity, Richard Bartle, who transformed an undergraduate research project into a multi-billion dollar industry, will present “Is the Virtual Too Unrealistic? Crying over Non-spilled Milk.”

On April 12, author Rashid Khalidi will address "The 20th Century: A View from the Middle East."

*I still want to discuss sometime in the next three days the stage and my recent events or observations. But before I do, for the foreseeable afternoon, I'm going to have to get fed up (meaning "to eat") and get cleaned up (meaning "to bathe") and definitely a little bit more rested up (meaning "to relax")*

Posted by: laloomis | February 19, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse


Here are my Figure Skating Drinking Game words:

tight (two shots for 'a little tight')
left the door open
nailed it
***anytime Scott Hamilton grunts***

I'm usually pretty sloshed by the second skater.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 19, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Mad Evgeni Beyond Glitterdome!

Listen all! This is the truth of it. Skating leads to jumping, and jumping gets to quadding. And that was damn near the death of us all. Look at us now! Busted up, and everyone talking about hard rain! But we've learned, by the dust of them all... Skatertown learned. Now, when men get to skating, it happens here! And it finishes here! Two men enter; one man leaves.

Posted by: kguy1 | February 19, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

But Sartre said 'Hell is other people.'

Posted by: LostInThought | February 19, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

yello, I forgot the goldmine of overused figure skating phrases:

this is crucial
legs are burning at this point
double points after the halfway mark
he fought for that landing

Posted by: Raysmom | February 19, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Off topic, sorta, but this coming Sunday many will celebrate the Year of the Tiger.

Posted by: WhackyWeasel | February 19, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

How about skate-slalom -- put those moves to work by putting a wall right behind a hurdle, so that the skaters have to suddenly acquire angular momentum right after landing from a leap, then go under a limbo bar, and so forth.

Posted by: ScienceTim | February 19, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

RD_P, I'm sure many golfers realize that, while Satan doesn't play the game, he certainly played one helluva role in providing inspiration for it.

I was sorta forced to listen to the apology (in a rental car and unsure of the radio settings) and I thought TBG nailed it long before it happened -- "I screwed up badly, now eff off and leave my family alone."

*safely-in-ski-country-and-on-my-way-to-pick-NukeSpawn-up-from-school Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 19, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Tet was last Sunday, so it already is the Year of the Tiger.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 19, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

We could always add archers with flaming arrows to the halfpipe or snowboardcross...

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 19, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

First Walter Frederick Morrison died, and now the inventor of the Easy Bake Oven has changed his last light bulb:

Which creator of a childhood toy will fill out the triplet?

Posted by: yellojkt | February 19, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

2010 Olympics buzzword: redemption.

I like the skating demolition derby. Talk about exciting!

Posted by: seasea1 | February 19, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Before we all get too excited about demolition skating, it looks like they're going to heli one of the Super G skiers off the course.

Posted by: MsJS | February 19, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

skate-and-field competition, or perhaps call it decaskate: skate between the shot-put and the javelin, use speed-skating skills in the approach to the long-jump, those nifty spins would be great in the high jump, though not too much opportunity for the pole-vault in skate competition.

Posted by: ScienceTim | February 19, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Make the biathalon guys use paintball firearms and let them use each other for the targets, laser-tag style. Also, consider combining it with the ski-jumping to (call it nordic triathalon) and let the triathletes shoot at the jumpers in the air.

Curling teams wearing formal evening wear, gowns and tuxedos. [And you thought I was going to suggest naked curling - hah!] But to give it a James Bond twist, the stones are actually paintball bombs that have variable timers. They can be deactivated, or used before the timers go off.

Use NHL size-rinks for Olympic hockey. And make them use curling brooms instead of sticks. Maybe a stone instead of a puck?

The ideas of releasing polar bears or siberian tigers during Gladiatorial figure skating is amusing but impractical. (Could you see Weir in Gladiator gear? And Gladiator Sandal skates? Oy. Please note that I did not call it "Spartacus on Ice." Thank you.)


Posted by: -bc- | February 19, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm so glad Scottynuke has found some snow.

I love the combined-Olys suggestions. I think the Boy and his friends would pay to see figure skating/MMA, or flaming curling brooms. I also like the mental image of all those skating routines simultaneously in the same rink - demolition skating. Now with sequins!

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 19, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Hey Sneaks --

I'm well into the third book in the Millennium series (I'm reading them, as you know, in Swedish, so I don't have to wait for the translation). Here's my view of the books:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Men Who Hate Women in Swedish): I thought was a good read and pretty exciting in parts, even if I had anticipated what was going to happen (if not exactly how).

The Girl Who Played with Fire: I didn't think this was as good, probably because I already knew the main characters. It's basically a "prequel" and gives more of Salander's background. The last maybe 50 pages or so are reasonably well played out, so there's a bit of excitement to it.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (The Air Castle That Exploded in Swedish) (will come out in English I think in May sometime): I like this one better than the second one, and there are some surprises (sort of). It picks up directly where the second book ends. This is also prequel-ish, but it does go forward, too. I like it.

It would be interesting to find out whether your views of the first book might be due to the translation. I've done a lot of translations before (from Swedish, Norwegian and Danish to English), and it's not easy.

Welcome back (again and again and again). We missed you!

Posted by: -ftb- | February 19, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

You always know all the right words to get me worked up. You naughty boy.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 19, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

That was a horrible fall for the Swedish skier, commentators had been remarking during his run how incredible it was to be doing what he was doing at 40, then he hooked a ski on a gate and went flying, hope he is OK - serious crash.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 19, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and for the formal curling teams, mixed pairs, not solely Men's and Women's teams. Red carpets, corsages, etc.


Posted by: -bc- | February 19, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

yello, my money's on either Oliver Wendell Slinky or Kenan Barbi.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 19, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

One last comment. Last Friday night, the local cowboy-themed theater was packed, pretty typical for a Friday night. My husband had wanted to see "The Wolfman," but I was torn, I rather wanting to see "Percy Jackson," the first movie in the sure-to-be series, the books having been written by local author Rick Riordan.

We approached the ticket-taker and could see an enormous queue in front of us, snaking pretty much the length of the wide, right-hand, main aisle (which was to be our next line). Just before our tickets were torn by the ticket-taker, a bespectacled, white-haired man, holding a large tub of popcorn, and standing directly behind us, asked us which movie we'd decided to see. We chimed, pretty much in unison, "The Wolfman."

He shared with is that he is a junior high school teacher and aded that he was eager to see "Percy Jackson" because his students were reading the book (he didn't say in his classroom or on their own) and were talking about it. So, late Friday night, I decided to read the movie review in our local paper, a reprint of the review written by Chicago's Roger Ebert, and I have to admit that the last paragraphs of Ebert's review made me laugh, pretty much out loud. Because of Ebert's wit:

Or maybe you don't recall. It's one of my weaknesses that I was never able to work up much of an interest in the Greek gods, who made for discouraging fiction because they were entirely defined by their attributes. They had no personalities to speak of, but simply went about doing what they did. You can understand why Zeus is so upset about losing his lightning bolt. That's what he does, hurl that lightning bolt. What is Zeus without his bolt?

Director Chris Columbus has fun with this goofy premise, but as always I am distracted by the practical aspects of the story. Does it bother the Greek gods that no one any longer knows or cares that they rule the world? What are the genetic implications of human/god interbreeding?

And, forgive me, I'll have to double back to Sally Jackson, Percy's mother. How did she meet Poseidon? At the beach, I suppose. Did he reveal his true identity? If a guy picks you up at the beach and says he's Poseidon, do you say, fine, let's not date, let's just mate? Then when the bastard dumps you and disappears, leaving you pregnant, what way is that for a god to behave?

My remaining question involves the title. Call me foolish, but I don't consider "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" an ideal title. The movie's original title was "Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief," which at least has the advantage of sounding less like a singing group.

Posted by: laloomis | February 19, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

SCC: So, late Friday night, I decided to read the movie review about "Percy Jackson" in our local paper...

Posted by: laloomis | February 19, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

"We could always add archers with flaming arrows to the halfpipe or snowboardcross..."


Posted by: Sara54 | February 19, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

For reasons that may be transparently obvious, I stopped watching major alpine skiing crashes a long time ago. :-(

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 19, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Could they build identical side-by-side luge tracks, and then have the Iron Chef cooks prepare meals while sliding down the tracks on specilly constructed luges that have on-board deep fryers and other equipment. Alton brown will narrate and call the action, and every four years there will be a new surprise ingredient. The next Olympics will feature okra, with Rachel Ray going against Gaida in the women's, and Mario versus Emeril in the men's. At the bottom, all four of them will beat the crap out of Bobbie Flay, who will be roasted on a spit over the Olympic BBQ pit.

I think people would watch.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 19, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Lots of mortals have been goosed by the gods.

Oh, and seven.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 19, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

How about team relay downhill? Passing the baton would have to be hard.

Posted by: steveboyington | February 19, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse


I just finished reading The Lightning Thief to see what all the hype was about and if it could possibly be as good as everyone says it is. When it ended I turned to my husband and said, "Yeah, we won't be seeing that movie."

Ebert obviously put it more eloquently and humorously--it's exactly how I felt about the book, and the movies are never as good as the books, so I have very low expectations for the movie.

Posted by: Sara54 | February 19, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

The Swedish Super G skier was tobogganed out and the competition has resumed.

At present the best time is about a minute and a half. A whopping 0.9 second separates 1st from 13th.

Last Canadian to ski just finished 1.75 seconds behind the leader. The remaining 25+ contestants are skiing in ruts.

Posted by: MsJS | February 19, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Two words: barefoot iceskating.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 19, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

"Ow. Weir's being taken off the rink for acute frostbite-- guess he went too thin with his footwax in order to get the maximum speed."

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 19, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

One word to Mudge: NO.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 19, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Steveboyington, that's great.


Posted by: -bc- | February 19, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

You never let me have any fun.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 19, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I always thought broomball would be a great WinOly sport.

Back in the 1980s one of the local sportscasters stopped by on a slow news day and found a group of grad students engaged in a broomball tounament. In his news report he said something like, "I just saw some of the city's future captains of industry playing one of the stupidest games I've ever witnessed."

Posted by: MsJS | February 19, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm just about outta here. Everybody have a good weekend. (I'm having computer trubs again at home, so my boodling and e-mailing may be problematic until I get it straightened out. So if I'm Silent Bob until Monday morning, that's why.)

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 19, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

The women curlers won! Excuse my while I tear my shirt off and go running around our back yard.

Oh. Wait. It's awfully cold.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 19, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

That was a nice nap and it was even better to wake up to such funny stuff here. Do the people on those fashion design competition shows create the skaters costumes? They couldn't do worse.

ftb, awww, you're sweet, and thanks for the information on the books. It must be hard to translate from Swedish because there were many times when I thought, 'boy this writing stinks' until I remembered it was a translation. I knew TGWTDT would be repulsive in parts because of the comparison to The Silence of the Lambs, but at one point in particular I had to put the book down and walk away. And I wished I hadn't read it at all while at #2's house, too dark for such a happy place. I guess I will read the others as I am very curious to know more about Lisbeth.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 19, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

I thought that people that went to Stanford could read better than that. I know he didn't compose it. He was never a gentleman in a gentleman's game.

Posted by: vnbrtzl | February 19, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Another great hockey game on, Belurus vs Sweden, 3-2 Sweden late in the 3rd but Belurus pressing.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 19, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

*spoiler alert*

Men's Super G looks to be over. Results:
Svindal (Norway) gold
Miller (USA) silver
Weibrecht (USA) bronze

Best Canadian finisher was Guay, 5th.

16 wipeouts amongst the 64 racers.

*end spoiler alert*

Posted by: MsJS | February 19, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Thanks back to you, Sneaks. Steig Larsson was a journalist very, very engaged in the anti-neo-Nazi and anti-fascist movements. He was also equally engaged in the issues of trafficking and he was very pro-women's rights. While it has the gender equality laws in place, Sweden does not have very many women in Board positions in major industries -- much like here. There are some women in private practice with law firms, but I suspect very few of them are partners -- much like here. Many of the women lawyers I have met are in-house counsel with companies or with the government -- much like here.

Another interesting thing about the books is that it appears to be written from Salander's viewpoint, which is perhaps why it's so dark.

Posted by: -ftb- | February 19, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

OMG. They benched the men's curling skip.


Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 19, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

He wasn't helping RDP. Lost his mojo somehow.

And the green ring is a disgrace. Why does it have to be Granny Smith green?

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 19, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

A coup d'scip.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 19, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

SCC Skip

Posted by: dmd3 | February 19, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

The rings look really nice in HD, for some reason seems more clear than the red.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 19, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

The bungee-jumping bear is just icing on the cake.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 19, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

One more reason to get HD. Thanks.

"Honey, the big ring looks better"

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 19, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

ftb, thanks for filling in some bio on Larsson. I confess that because I bought the book to read on the plane I didn't pay much attention to who the author was, I just knew it was popular and long enough that I wouldn't finish it before we got there!

Posted by: badsneakers | February 19, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Women's skeleton, very exciting with one run to go, Great Britain, Canada, Germany - 1/1000th of a second between second and third - an eyelash. These women are nuts!

Posted by: dmd3 | February 19, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Gee dmd, now that I'm finally sitting down to watch I can only see curling - not that there's anything wrong with that, just wish we had more off-peak coverage here.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 19, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Some robins are still in Florida, feasting on palmetto berries.

The little rip current symposium in Miami was neat. On the side, I happened to pick up some useful home-improvement advice. The painter who will be working on my soffits had pointed out that after the 2004 hurricanes, there were lots of soffit problems--wind and rain getting into houses. He suggested rebuilding with plywood. I got exactly the same advice from a bona fide expert from North Carolina Sea Grant.

The physics of beach waves has been studied for years, but new methods and new questions keep coming up. "Floater" devices that drift around the surf zone (often going in circles) can now record their own positions, and some are cheap enough that it's possible to use 50 or more at a time, and not worry too much if one or two disappear.

Harmless water dye is neat.

I thought of Cornwall, the southwest corner of England, as a place for lovely gardens, a vacation paradise for the genteel. It turns out that they have beaches with lots of surf and large tidal ranges. Not quite Bay of Fundy, but still extraordinary. And the English have discovered surfing, body boarding, triathlons, and just plain going to the beach wearing one of today's flexible, lightweight, affordable wetsuits. So the beach is nice even when it's raining, which means the lifeguards have to be on duty.

Rapidly rising tides make it necessary for beachgoers to retreat up the beach fairly quickly, raising the chance that they'll get into trouble. Lifeguards do a good job of keeping everyone safe, but it's difficult work. The handful of Australian lifeguards who work there in the summer say it's more difficult than anything back home.

Which brings up the usefulness of surf lifeguards. A delegation of experts will be heading from the conference to a certain Florida beach resort with no lifeguards and an inordinate number of drownings. The CDC representative perked up his ears during an explanation of that situation. They are very concerned about drowning and how to prevent it.

I was rather proud of the US government's presence: CDC, Coast Guard, National Weather Service, NOAA, and others.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 19, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

The US won a curling match. I predict rioting and mayhem in the streets all over our proud nation tonight.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 19, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Quite so Yello. I, in point of fact, was planning on leading a spontaneous demonstration in celebration of this historic Curling victory over those silly French-type people.

But, you know, it's still awfully nippy outside.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 19, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

I am watching skater interview footage from last year, and I have this to saye: The Russian skater's outfit last night looks like a screen from Lite Brite, the illuminated peg toy.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 19, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Jumper!
And DotC for continued 'must read' posts, etc.

My motto for survival this semester:

What working kills lurking revives

Posted by: DNA_Girl | February 19, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm happy for the US rink! It has been a rough couple of days.

I am not yet very impressed by the ice dancing, but it is only the first flight.

Posted by: Yoki | February 19, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

I won't have much to say about ice dancing costumes....everything they do fits with the entire project. We expect them to be clothed in a theatrical, couples-match/foil way.

So enjoy the spectacle all.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 19, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Yes CqP, ice dancing seems similar to ballroom dancing except for the footwear.

Ooh, I like downhill skiing. Getting into the Olympic spirit now!

Posted by: badsneakers | February 19, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

I am watching the skeleton, Melissa Hollingsworth had an unfortunate last run and missed a medal - but the event was still exciting, winners Great Britain, Germany, Germany.

Will watch the later skaters but really commenting on the ice dancers costumes is best left to over the top, and over the topper.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 19, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

That Georgian ice dancer is 15? Good Lord. They make women so young nowadays.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 19, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Dave, I love your posts. Especially in the midst of the Icelympics.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 19, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Is that the Georgian skater - that is also American, there is an article in the NYT on that.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 19, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

The story,

Posted by: dmd3 | February 19, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Better now. The Hungarians were actually doing the tango, complete with snap turns and neck arches. They won't get good technical marks, but still...

Posted by: Yoki | February 19, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, we are being served a cold portion of SuperG. Sigh. We won't see the other events save for a scoop served up by NBCEOS.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 19, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

The French are being fabulously fashionable, of course.

Posted by: Yoki | February 19, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

RDP, that's not just a 15 year old woman, that's a 15 year old with her own apartment! As the mother of a 15 year old I am astounded. I can't imagine mine having the maturity to handle that. I can't imagine allowing even the most mature 15 year old in the world to live apart like that. Oh well, people are different.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | February 19, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Love the purple on the Canadians. It is *the* colour for winter 2009/2010.

Posted by: Yoki | February 19, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

It is a nice colour, looking forward to Tessa and Scott later - they are lovely to watch but this part of the dance competition is only for the most diehard fans, a little dull when you hear the same type of music over and over. Switching between Skeleton and Ice Dance is odd.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 19, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

And now for a commercial break.

“What’s Baking at the Olys?” A chocolate soufflé, that’s what.

This recipe calls for a bit more time and care than our prior installments. It can be served with warm chocolate sauce, whipped cream, or a glass of your favorite after-dinner eau-de-vie. Though not currently in season, a few fresh strawberries or raspberries also make an excellent accompaniment.

I adapted this from the Hot Chocolate Soufflé recipe in Patricia Lousada’s “The Chocolate Cookbook.”

The ingredients:
1 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. sugar
4 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
2/3 cup heavy cream
3 egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsp. orange liqueur
5 egg whites
pinch of salt
4 tbsp. superfine sugar

Serves 4.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Use the first two ingredients to butter and sugar a 2-pint soufflé dish.

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler over hot but not boiling water. Stir in cream until well blended and let cool. Beat in the egg yolks, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla and the liqueur. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites and salt until stiff. Gradually add in the superfine sugar and continue whisking until glossy.

Fold a few tablespoons of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture. Then carefully fold this mixture into the rest of the egg whites.

Spoon into the prepared soufflé dish and bake for 12-14 minutes. Serve immediately.

We now return you to the Olys.

Posted by: MsJS | February 19, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Wheezy, I understand your feelings-- me too.

But that girl is training all day and under the eye of coach and partners, and Mom probably e-mails and phones many times a day. (And she's not responsible for the rent payments, I bet.)

It's just like a really long camp. In a foreign country.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 19, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

#1 could have lived on her own at 15, if she'd had her expenses covered. #2? Not a chance. Not sure that now at 21 she's really thriving, even though she insists on living in a carpy apartment with two roomies.

Posted by: Yoki | February 19, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Wheezy I saw a special once on the ballet students at the School of Ballet in Winnipeg, it included a few Americans. A boarding school but still the girls were maybe 12 and I had similar thoughts to you.

Not that different from our Junior hockey players many of whom leave home to play for teams in other areas between 15-18.

Another note, how many Canucks does NBC have working as commentators, everytime I turn it on another one, Todd Brooker, Sandra Bezic, Tracy Wilson.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 19, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

I hate to bring down the mood, but this really angers me: Tea Partiers hailing the Austin terrorist who flew his plane into the IRS building as a hero...

Posted by: -TBG- | February 19, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Actually, that's great, TBG. Exposing themselves is the very best thing they can do for the polity.

Posted by: Yoki | February 19, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Wheezy, the Geekdottir was 16 when I allowed her to attend the North Carolina School of Science and Math, three hours away from me. It was tough to let her go. She was fine, and I was better after I discovered I could chat with her on AIM.

Elderdottir moaned about unfairness when Geekdottir got an apartment her sophomore year of collage, but at that point she had had three years in a dorm. Elderdottir spent all four college years in a dorm, but she was an RA for 2 and a half of those years. I told her to get over herself.

Posted by: slyness | February 19, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

TBG: It's a bunch of angry people taking advantage of a tragic situation. That they pop up anonymously and then disappear quickly speaks to their anger and cowardice.

They want the satisfaction of riling up a bunch of other people with their views. But we can disagree with them without anger.

Posted by: MsJS | February 19, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

US pair Davis and White just broke the barriers. Fabulous.

Posted by: Yoki | February 19, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

The Russians were fabulous as well, and loved her red costume, (minus the bling).

Posted by: dmd3 | February 19, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Yes! I loved the Russians' costumes. He in a DJ, she in a real dress. Beautiful.

Posted by: Yoki | February 19, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, I went back to check that article - it sounds as if Allison has maybe never been to Georgia. Her apartment, and the rink where she and her Georgian partner work, is in New Jersey. To cut down on transportation time, she got an apartment nearer the rink.

I'm not (really!) criticizing the family and I'm sorry if I sounded that way. I just can't imagine mine being ready.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | February 19, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Watch for Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. They've been skating together since she was 6 and he was 9. She's very strong, and he's almost too beautiful to be credible. They skate last.

Posted by: Yoki | February 19, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

I think they are equally beautiful Yoki and agree love watching them skate. Tanith not so much - too over the top for me.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 19, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

There is some evidence that many tea partiers find it all reprehensible. I certainly hope so.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 19, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: dmd3 | February 19, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Wheezy, oh yes. The great lie is that teenagers are all alike. Some think about consequences better than others.

It's nice to give them room to make mistakes and learn how to decide well while you can still give them a safety net. But it's easier said than done.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 19, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

That was really wonderful, and I agree with the scoring, overall.

Posted by: Yoki | February 19, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Gold for John Montgomery from Canada in Skeleton - a great event, winning on the last run. Over the course of the day I have developed quite a crush on John - a great character.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 19, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Yoki | February 19, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Though I go more for dark men with long jaws and noses, be they black-Celt or Italian, Jon is pretty cute for a Briton.

Posted by: Yoki | February 20, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

I should've mentioned in my rip current conference report that even Miami was chilly this week.

I mentioned harmless day-glo dye (you can drink it) at the conference, or more precisely on a field trip to the beach. The dye was tossed into the ocean to attempt to demonstrate a modest little rip current. Didn't quite work, but fluorescent green is kind of neat. The sort of thing kids would love. So how about a certain prominent beach expert's suggestion that families bring dye to the beach and check for rips? Or maybe a better idea: have lifeguards give dye demonstrations.

It’s easy to spot small rip currents on days when the beach has small surf. Last summer, one of our local beach lifeguards was taking a mini-break, doing a bit of skimboarding. I pointed out to him a patch of brown floating seaweed that was gradually moving toward us and suggested that it must represent the start of a rip current. To prove the point, I wandered out into the messy sargassum and floated quietly and quickly out beyond the surf line. Coming to a stop at the end of the ride, I looked around and returned the short distance to land. Even though I knew what was going on, it was a spooky experience to move so smoothly, with no effort. The lifeguard admitted to being a bit worried.
But at our town beach, rip currents are seldom a safety problem. What gets people is the crunchy shorebreak that often develops when there’s a swell.

If little rip currents are easy to spot, big rips on days of big surf are often not discernible from the shore, not even by lifeguards on their stands, as Dr. Leatherman pointed out on a poster.
Bottom line: If you don't want to be bothered by rip currents, patronize beaches that have lifeguards.

Some people like rip currents, notably bodysurfers and surfers. Additionally, most of the time, currents do not extend past the surf line. Water moves seaward, then turns around and heads shoreward with the oncoming waves. Wait several minutes and you’ll be delivered back to shore (my little rip last summer seemed an exception).
I need to put in a plug for the Kill Devil Hills Ocean Rescue Division. Washingtonians vacation down there, don't they? I came away from the meeting impressed by ocean life saving, which was represented by senior people from the US, Puerto Rico, British Virgin Islands, Australia, the UK, and Denmark.

Compliments to Geekdottir for going to the extra effort to attend a special school away from home. That was a big commitment.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 20, 2010 1:58 AM | Report abuse

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

Morning, friends.

CNN ran Tiger's apology later on in the day, and I got a chance to see it. I took my cue from his mother who sat in the front row. She seemed to be bored, not really paying attention. After his apology, he went directly to her, and she hugged him, and the media reported that she said she loved him, and I don't doubt she does. Tiger said he thought he could do what he wanted to do, and not worry about the consequences. And I thought, boy, are you telling the truth there brother. These folks aren't sorry until they're caught with their pants down, otherwise, it's a good day. Let's us be real here, it's fun until someone else finds out! I'll bet during everyone of those escapades(?)Tiger was grinning like nobody's business. Now we have to believe that after all is said and done, he's so sorry. Somebody help me please!

Mudge, Yoki, Martooni, Scotty, Slyness, Lindaloo, and all the boodle, have a fantastic weekend. I love you all.

TBG and Ivansmom, complimenting a person is the greatest kindness that can be paid to an individual, and many a day it has lifted a downtrodden spirit, and you folks, are good at it.

I still love President Obama.

Posted by: cmyth4u | February 20, 2010 7:03 AM | Report abuse

As always, Cassandra, you tell it like it is. This time it's Tiger, it will be someone else soon. I still love our President, too.

Dave, I tell the Geekdottir the NCSSM experience ruined her for life. She'll never again be in a place surrounded by her peers in intelligence, drive, and ambition, and supervised by the best teachers around. She rolls her eyes and says, "MOOOMM!" But it was great and I'm glad she did it. (It also helps that NCSSM grads get free tuition at UNC campuses. Good move to keep the smart kids in state!)

Posted by: slyness | February 20, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

I watched Ice Dancing last night. I always like watching the really technical stuff. The commentators did a good job explaining what each team was required to do. I still could not force myself to watch the mens figure skating.

Meanwhile curling is progressing nicely.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 20, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Dave, that was interesting. Having stood in some surf recently that seems to have a bit of pull to it, I can understand that being prudent about swimming in such areas is an excellent idea. I like the dye idea.

Cassandra, you get to the point as always. I know from experience that you have to 'talk the talk' before you can 'walk the walk' and I hope the eventually Tiger may do so, but it's a long road with many temptations, especially for someone of wealth and fame.

Bright sunny day here and I finally feel rested and ready to tackle more chores.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 20, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Sorry about the drive by nature of things these days. No moss growing here. Busy for a while yet.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 20, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Ah, WaPo reporting that former US Sec of State has died:


Posted by: -bc- | February 20, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Oh, dear, forgot to add Alexander Haig's name to that 9:36 post.



Posted by: -bc- | February 20, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

This bites:

Posted by: omnigood | February 20, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Warm muffins, coffee and OJ on the table.

Looks like a quiet morn on the A-blog.

TWC got about an inch of new snow overnight. Roads are already cleared.

Cassandra, you are amazing!

I heard last evening around 6pm that Haig's family was gathering. I hope those who wanted to be with him got there in time to say goodbye.

DotC, I've always wondered why there isn't more effort to make beachgoers more aware of what rip currents are, tips on spotting them, how to deal with them, etc. The ocean is not a swimming pool with a wave machine, yet so many people act as if it were.

Off to find more coffee.

Posted by: MsJS | February 20, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Tiger has proven he’s no Bobby Jones or Jack Nicklaus — at best he’s golf’s Pete Rose. Don’t care? Then you also don’t care that golf is a game of character separate from the drugs-sex-violence-cheating sordid behavior or “celebetes” in other big-money pro sports.

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

Cassandra, you're making me laugh. By the way, I also saw and read your comment in response to Ruth Marcus' recent column about Jenny Sanford. Great thinking from you, wise Cassandra!

I was lying in bed last night and this morning and thinking of all the good times I've had on the Monterey Peninsula, from the time I was a little girl, plus all the fun times with my husband. I would say, "Au contraire, Pierre" to Joel's remark about Carmel; there are plenty of places or venues very close to Carmel, Calif., where Tiger could easily get into future trouble. Seaside and Fort Ord environs immediately come to mind.

So, let's list 'em:

Sly McFly’s Jazz and Blues on Cannery Row in Monterey

Captain Gig’s Restaurant on Wharf #1

Liberty Fish Co., also on the Wharf

Bad Ass Coffee on Fremont Street in Seaside

Passion Fish on Lighthouse Ave. in Pacific Grove

Full Moon Mandarin Cuisine on Alvarado Street in Monterey

First Awakenings on Ocean View Boulevard in Pacific Grove

Pizza My Heart in the Del Monte Shopping Center in Monterey

*I'm sure there are probably a number of others I've overlooked*

Posted by: laloomis | February 20, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

I've also been thinking about Brit Hume and his past remarks about Tiger Woods. I think of Brit Hume, too, because he was on the Laurie Auditorium stage at Trinity University not too long ago--say, a handful of years. I remember two things about the evening: I was perhaps the only person in the room who did not rise and give Hume a standing ovation. I asked Hume about Pakistan's A.Q. Khan, and afterward, as with the more recent appearance by Jared Diamond, several people thanked me for my question afterward.

My point in saying all this is to mention that there have been interesting Buddhists in America's past. A good Scotswoman, a Bostonian, comes to mind--perhaps Hume knows her story?:

The unconventional belle of Boston society was Isabella Stewart Gardner, whose husband, Jack Lowell Gardner, was of the textile family. Her friends had a taste for sherry and champagne. "Mrs. Jack," as she was known, drank beer. Most Brahmins were Unitarians or Episcopalians. Mrs. Jack was a Buddhist. Society matrons rode down Tremont Street an horse-drawn carriages. Mrs. Jack walked down the street with a lion on a leash. If she was late for the symphony, the audience had to wait. The symphony would not start without one of its most important patrons.

For all her eccentriciites, Mrs. Jack left to the city one of its finest cultual institutions, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, a Florentine mansion brought from Italy brick by brick and reassembled in Back Bay. The museum is rich with art treasures, including paintings by Italian, Flemish, and Spanish masters.

--as excerpted from William Moran's 2002 "The Belles of New England: The Women of the Textile Mills and the families Whose Wealth They Wove."

*which, in an ever so slightly twisted way, provides a nice segue to David Liss's next book, which should delight all you Austen fans. more on this later today or tomorrow*

And to flash forward, this museum established by Isabella Stewart Gardner was the scene for one of the most fantastic art heists in 1990 on American soil, the case still unsolved. The caper was made into a documentary-style movie called "Stolen" and is co-narrated by none other than Gwenyth Paltrow's mother, Blythe Danner. The next showing of "Stolen" is on March 4 in Boston, the event already sold out.

Some background:

Here's a link directly to the movie trailer, but it may take a moment to load:

Posted by: laloomis | February 20, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Good morning everyone, these late nights watching the Olympics are getting tough. So tired in the morning, but back from one child's hockey game, didn't win but good effort.

Now settling in for a very busy Olympic weekend, today is snow cross, like snowboard cross but on skis - should be fun plus lots of other events, having so much fun watching and seeing all the people celebrating in Vancouver at all the other events going on in the area.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 20, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Good morning. Catching up on the Boodle, I was enjoying the mix of Oly coverage, Larsson book chat and Miami convention reports. The occasional Tiger comment was very jarring. I'd forgotten that was the Kit.

I love the archers with flaming arrows, as does the Ivansclan. The Boy's science teacher recently made a catapult and shot flaming marshmallows in class, demonstrating various physics-type things. The kids, alas, got to shoot non-flaming marshmallows from spoons. That teacher, she's a smart cookie.

And thanks to MsJS for the latest "Baking at the Olys". I'm always looking for recipes in which I can use orange liqueur.

Cold and drip-rainy here, just the day for errands and a gala.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 20, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

"Most Brahmins were Unitarians or Episcopalians"

Funny, if you read it with the primary definition of brahmin in mind, those responsible for teaching the Vedas.

Posted by: LostInThought | February 20, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad y'all love archers with flaming arrows, I-mom. You may remember that I'm having an olde-school Viking Funeral -- y'all are welcome to notch a few up and send some flaming love notes out to my floating pyre.


Posted by: -bc- | February 20, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I'm delighted to have the pleasure this morning of announcing to the Ivansclan that the good U.S. gold news in curling. I must say, though, it is difficult to find in-depth curling coverage in the Paper of Record, or even the Post. One must look hard.

Poor Al Haig. He devoted his life to public service, more or less, and yet some of us will always remember "I'm in charge!". I freely admit he deserves better. Sorry.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 20, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Last weekend I went to the DC Wine and Food Festival and filmed myself tasting a bunch of wines.

I'm proud to say that I am no more incoherent at the end of the day than I was at the beginning.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 20, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Had to do a double take at that, LiT.

Laughing, here.

What's next -- Shamen teaching CCD?


Posted by: -bc- | February 20, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Pick between those:

"When good men die their goodness does not perish, but lives though they are gone. As for the bad, all that was theirs dies and is buried with them." -
-- Euripides


I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him;
The evil that men do lives after them,
The good is oft interred with their bones,
So let it be with Caesar ... The noble Brutus
Hath told you Caesar was ambitious:
If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
And grievously hath Caesar answered it ...

-William Shakespeare--

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 20, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I agree Ivansmom. The difficulty getting Curling info is frustrating. There's an interesting website I found run by a baseball guru who also seems to be moonlighting with Curling.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 20, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Whoohoo! First viewer!

Yello, what were your faves? Any worth mentioning?

Posted by: MsJS | February 20, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Wilbrod: Homework? *grumph*

Is this an essay question or can we just pick?

Posted by: MsJS | February 20, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Or the cattle definition: those heat- and tick-resistant Indian cows imported into the Gulf states, with a large greyish hump and a pendulous dewlap. Used for crossbreeding.

Posted by: laloomis | February 20, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Y'all know it, but what the hay! *and Shakespeare will figure into the bit--a minor role, I'm afraid, I intend to give you about David Liss' upcoming book, "The Darkening Green"*

From Will Shakespeare's "As You Like It"

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

Posted by: laloomis | February 20, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

And English is the lingua franca of the world.

This video seems to cheer everyone up.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 20, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

MsJ-- just pick one in how you personally react to Al Haig's passing.

Ivansmom said he deserved better than to be remembered for one moment of unconstitutional power grabbing.

Shrug. Like it or not, he's going down in the history books in large part for how he dealt with his ambition as well as how he dealt with crisis.

"He was a man, take him for all in all,..."
Shakespeare, Hamlet

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 20, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Jumper, that was adorable. Wilbrod, Shakespeare, but just because it's more familiar to me.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 20, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Al Haig had basically no impact on my life. I never met him or communicated with him. He held positions of importance in the U.S. military and gummint, but that was long ago. I honestly have no opinion.

Posted by: MsJS | February 20, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

I remember him slightly because I grew up inside the Beltway during the Reagan years. Like Ivansmom, I remember that quote (as well as "honey, I forgot to duck.") although I don't even remember Reagan being shot.

Otherwise to me, it's just the passing of yet more people involved in the Nixon Administration.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 20, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Badsneakers, Shakespeare for the win, of course.

It IS interesting that Shakespeare inverted that quote to open his speech, to help set the sacrastic tone Marc Anthony had.

Knowing that original quote adds yet another layer to the speech's already quite complex rhetoric.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 20, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Our favorite wine was Red Cat from the Finger Lakes region. The pourer called it a a summer cook-out wine and served it over ice with an orange slice in a souvenir glass. They also had White Cat which was white wine over ice with a twist of lime.

The are on Seneca Lake (the middle finger) just north of Watkins Glen.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 20, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Interesting article about our unusual weather with sciency bits:

What are the snow levels in the DC area these days?

Posted by: seasea1 | February 20, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

There are actually some hillsides around the area that face the sun all day that are showing grass, but our yard, mostly shady all day, will probably be snow-covered for months.

Although Daughter exclaimed last night, "Look! One of our bushes is showing!"

Posted by: -TBG- | February 20, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Hello boodle!

DotC-thank you for your conference reports. I remember signs at the beaches in Hawaii with pictures and a brief description of how to deal with rip currents. Hope they are heeded better than the "don't jump from rocks signs."

Loved the ice dancing last night, but it is my favorite skating event. Just looks more fun than the others.

Watching curling now. The Americans are all nearly neighbors, at least one from our fair county.

I remember Al Haig mostly as what they call in the Army a "fast burner." He had a reputation, perhaps undeserved, for "sucking up to move up." However, in many who move quickly through the ranks are assumed to have done so through nefarious means and it's largely unwarranted.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 20, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Woo hoo! The US won (vs Sweden in curling).

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 20, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Woo Hoo indeed Frosty! What an exciting match that was!

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 20, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

He's on a friggin' horse! Thanks to our very own byoolin for point this out on his Twitter. I know it's long, but you've gotta watch the video...

Posted by: -TBG- | February 20, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Hey Frosti!

I like the ice dancing, too. Perhaps I'm more interested in the fact that the ice dancers (at least those at the more elite levels) are adults instead of tiny tots (well, teenagers, anyway). There's a sensuality expressed in dancing that cannot be expressed by those who are younger.

*ducking from incoming missiles out of teenage hands*

Yeah, I certainly remember the "I'm in charge here" Al Haig line. Constitution? What Constitution?

As for the Olys -- I'm certainly glad the games are halfway over, as I simply cannot stay up late anymore without ruining my mornings. But, then, I've never been good at pulling all-nighters.

Listening to Eva Cassidy again. And may the Boodledom do the same at one time or another.

Posted by: -ftb- | February 20, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Will have to back boodle and review the lost Oly moments. Strangely enough, today was the Maryland Regional Meet for swimming....this before the County meets....odd, to say the least. Basically, each county got to send whatever roster they wanted too...given that kids had almost no meets all winter. I think we had two total, when we should have seven. So, imagine the chaos of the day of huge numbers of registrants but also hueg numbers of no hair is springy-doinky from the humidity.

And, yes, we will have a county meet during the week, for which swimmers will miss school. Then, on to the State Swimaloopalaza....then, done. Oly spirit here: fast, higher, stronger! Great kids. Since the elite swimmers are off in pre-Oly competition, high school swimming in MD is still an all-commers event. And, many of the kidlings are now drown-proof, which is a very good thing. And, last note: three Muslim girls swimming in the league in long suits. Last year, their communities said no to competition. Now, they are softening their stance and letting the girls participate and compete. Love this. You could pick out their mothers in the crown, due to the scarves. Very enthusiastic spectators, these moms...cheering for their dots and their teams.

TBG -- I thought you said that "business was showing." Very funny, that. Thank you.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 20, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I agree that Haig's "power grab" has been grossly overrrated. Oddly enough, when I first saw today's news of his death, it took me a while to remember who was the Vice President at the time. I suspect that historically, Vice Presidents didn't serve as Acting Presidents.

The National Weather Service has a standard rip current information sign for beaches. It's by no means perfect, and I suppose that sometime there will be a better replacement.

The Weather Service has an online educational system, COMET, that's open to the general public. It has a rip current module that could certainly be expanded.

The NWS sign was a bit frustrating in that, until recently, I had only once or twice experienced (and never spotted) a rip current on a beach without some kind of headland or groin.

With a bit of training, I'm spotting little rips from the beach. At the other extreme, an aerial photo of giant rip currents taken this summer has become famous. It's #14, here:

This breathtaking set of aerial photos also features Newport Beach's Wedge, a wave at a jetty popular with bodysurfers and bodyboarders. You can pick out the Wedge's big rip current, At most beaches, such a hazardous wave would be closed during large surf. Newport Beach keeps it open and provides lifeguard services. Lots of lifeguard services. I think it's because bodysurfing is part of the town's heritage. Supposedly, John Wayne's college football career ended with a bodysurfing injury at the Wedge. Here's some hairy Wedge photos from the beach:

So much for the summer equivalent to Vancouver's bobsled track.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 20, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

'tis a fine day in the foothills of the Rockies. Brightened, perhaps, by the prospect of lobster for dinner.

The curling has been capturing my attention like never before. I'm glad a lot of it is on earlier in the day, since tomorrow evening will be devoted to the Canada-US men's hockey match.

I loved your wine video, yellojkt. Cool idea to record it.

Posted by: Yoki | February 20, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Lobstah, eh Yoki?

. . . what can I bring?

Posted by: -ftb- | February 20, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

The conference made it clear that some highly hazardous beaches are safe for the general public thanks to expert lifeguarding (I'm thinking of Cornwall). On the other hand, some popular beach resort towns with lovely white sand and gentle waves are death traps due to the lack of lifeguards.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 20, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Good day all. I like to read Roger Ebert's blog once in a while and his critiques always sound true to me. His latest entry is a reaction to an excellent piece about him by Chris Jones in Esquire. He links to it at the end of his post. I knew he couln't talk anymore (his journal entries are clear about that) but the extent of his problems surprised me a bit.

About a month ago he had me LOL. That is a fine piece of writing that should trigger memories to the more mature set.

On the Olympics fronts there are a bunch of guys running for their lives, on skis. They had to change skiing style, and skis, midpoint in the course. 30km/18 miles of fast skiing, I'm tired just looking at it. total.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 20, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

I am flipping between the overtime period Swiss/Norway Men's hockey and the cross country. Loving this hockey tournament.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 20, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse


Thanks for the rip current info. I wonder how many folks are even aware that material exists.

When I was a kid I learned about rip currents from my mother and her siblings. Her fam spent loads of time in the Atlantic sailing, swimming, fishing, clamming, crabbing, and bodysurfing. I was always amazed at how little my fellow beachgoers knew about that sort of thing.

Posted by: MsJS | February 20, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Swiss win in overtime.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 20, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

We are only given X-country at the moment. Reminds me of long ago and far away: snow shoes and telemark skis.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 20, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I am thankful you are only showing the cross country, the Canadian channel (Outdoor life) is not broadcast in HD, so I am so loving NBC right now.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 20, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

That was yeoman's work, yellojkt, and great fun to watch. You managed to keep about the same expression except for a distinct wince after the first sweet wine. I myself love Spanish wines, the reds particularly but also Albarinho. I appreciated the food pairings, though I did wonder about the pickled green bean (vinegar? with wine?). The musical interlude was nice but my perception was a little off since at first I thought he was playing the opening riff of a surfer classic. My mistake.

RD Padouk, thanks for that baseball-curling site. That's a lot of fun.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 20, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

DaveOTC, I hope the dangerous beaches have appropriate warning signs. I'd suggest "Death Trap. Swim At Own Risk" but the local chambers of commerce would probably object.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 20, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Sweden 1 and 3.....and where my goodness is Norway.... ? Heads will roll in shame....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 20, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Team Sweden pulled off amazing individual effort and such blocking strategy at the end.

And, that Deutscher guy was pretty swift too.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 20, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Nice props to the Canadians, even without medals. Good job, darling and daring neighbors.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 20, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

SD, I saw the women's version of that skiing switcheroo yesterday. Interesting - had never seen that before. The start of the race, with about 40 skiers in a bunch, across 4 tracks was quite odd looking.

I guess the Finns had a doping scandal about 10 years ago, and that's why they're not prominent these days.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 20, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the link to the making of the Old Spice ad TBG and byoolin. "S" and I watched and marveled and laughed.

SD, the Ebert article was a 'trip'. I remember towards the end of that time and it does seem crazy indeed now, altho' we may have come a bit too far - hooking up, etc. is a bit too casual in my opinion but YMMV.

I was going to watch curling this afternoon but I fell asleep. Since we've been back, all I do is nap.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 20, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the kind words about my movie. I filmed it with a FlipCamera held at arm's length. I had expected my composure to deteriorate as the day went on, but no such luck. I guess the small samples and the long waits between booths kept the blood alcohol level even.

It's taken all week to edit it up because by Premiere Element skilz are pretty weak. The Ebert article was very interesting because the late fifties/early sixties were the era my parents went to college.

I found this on the internet today. It's a MSTing of a movie touting a career in home economics for college minded women.

My mother was a home economics major. A fact I don't let her forget.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 20, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Dang, I really would like the full transcript to this now. I'm hunting and I only get tantalizing quotes.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 20, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Er, it seems that there is a wide-open internet niche for a blogger to post a full transcript of this, Yellojkt.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 20, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Reading today how a lawyer or two is saying the dismissal of the suit Rodearmel v. Clinton may be settled on the basis of the cancellation of the Sec. of State's pay raise to comply, but that the basis for dismissal for lack of standing (akin to tort, I think) also might mean there is no presently Constitutional way to prevent Gov. Schwarzenegger from just going forward and being elected President. By the same logic (including challenge to Cheney and Bush if both had been found as being from Texas,) and even if Obama was Kenyan or McCain legally not U.S. born, there is no standing to do anything.

"In the United States, the current doctrine is that a person cannot bring a suit challenging the constitutionality of a law (or action)unless the plaintiff can demonstrate that the plaintiff is (or will imminently be) harmed by the law." (Wiki)

I'm unequipped to understanding much further.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 20, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

is this a parody in spanish of a well known video???

Spanish lyrics here:

Posted by: omnigood | February 20, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Interview of the day: Alex Harvey after finishing ninth in the the 30km pursuit.

How important is it for the Canadian team?
"C'est huge! These 5th, eight and ninth are the best results since my dad's 14th place in Calgary in 1988!"

Carp, that made me feel old. Alex is Pierre's son. I've seen Pierre running near his house in Tewsbury many times when I was fishing the Jacques-Cartier river.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 20, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Look out, Joel, it could happen to you

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 20, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Great day for the American curlers! I fear it is too late for the men, but the women seem to still have a shot. And at least both teams have earned a bit more respect.

I felt a little sorry for that 19 year old woman on the British team. But they are still sitting pretty.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 20, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Bokko wins the bronze in the 1500m speed skating even!
Skobrev who, like Fernando Valenzuela, can breathe through his eyes, is fourth. His smile when he realized he was (temporarily) in first place deserved the gold though.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 20, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Hi to all. I have a question - I'm trying to get used to Google Chrome, which I know some of you use. I have one last thing I need to do - get Chrome's version of Linkify working. It's just a one-line Java script, and I've found it, but it says to drag it onto your Google Chrome toolbar (some sites say your Google bookmark bar) to make it work. I've got it up on my bookmarks bar, but it does nothing. Where is the toolbar to put it?


Posted by: Wheezy11 | February 20, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Wheezy, there are several versions of linkify out there, and, sadly, not all work. Try the one on this site.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 20, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Also, you do not need the Google toolbar. Just drag the link to the Chrome bookmark bar.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 20, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

After watching genuinely hazardous Olympic competitions, it's good to remember that with few exceptions, going to the beach is safe. In public health terms, beach drownings and disability-causing accidents are are rare but easily prevented. The Volusia County lifeguard corps at Daytona and New Smyrna Beaches is expensive, but the benefits are huge. If only the county could
charge each rescue or each warning to a health insurance company.

There doesn't seem to be a market for ocean swimming lessons in the US. Or am I missing something?

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 20, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, RD. This one does work - yay!

Posted by: Wheezy11 | February 20, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

DoC -- I am a very strong swimmer;have been in Masters groups on and off for ten years; held an open water lifeguard license in CA during the late 70s and early 80s. I AM TERRIFIED of ocean swimming. OK in a lake or river but extremely nervous. Has nothing to do with technique or strength or sense. Nerves.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 20, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Great Wheezy! I like Chrome because it is fast and stable, although it does lack the cool add-ons of, say, Firefox.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 20, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm watching short track speed skating this evening. I have no idea if it's live. I'd check but it really doesn't matter. It still is interesting.

This is right about where I usually get sported out. It isn't happening this year and I think it has to do with the broad scope of the coverage.

Only in Canada, where no body can really afford to beat the other guy for broadcast rights could this be done. With the satellite we get so many feeds and channels, and coverage of events that is absolutely unbelievable. Seriously fine coverage, good sportscasters, ditzes on the in between events desk. You can't have everything.

I'm ducking back out now to knit and watch.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 20, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

DotC: I agree that well-trained lifeguards and common sense go a long way. And you're right, there isn't much interest in classes on ocean swimming.

I witnessed three rip tide incidents when I was a kid. All resolved safely, thanks to well-trained guards, but none would have happened in the first place had the swimmers known what I'd been taught from about age 4 on.

One of my sensitive spots, I guess.

Posted by: MsJS | February 20, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Google Chrome is causing no end of hassles for my Facebook account. It would not matter but that is how I usually talk to my daughter in law. I can see and do Facebook in IE8 but can only read in Google Chrome.

I used to be able to do everything and then they new and improved Facebook.

Anybody else having any trouble with sites in GChrome?

Posted by: --dr-- | February 20, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

dr, I don't have a Facebook account so I can't say about that site, but on rare occasions I certainly do encounter sites that only work with IE. Which is why I still keep IE around.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 20, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Call me cranky, but those Father-Free ads from P&G annoy me just a bit.

But I'm also up past my bedtime.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 20, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

You ought to try it RD. Today I was friended by the guy who taught me English and history from 8th grade all the way through high school. It is, quite clearly, all his fault.

Think of it. With just a few measly keystrokes you can feel 15 again!

Posted by: --dr-- | February 20, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Think we need to mix hockey with short track speed skating, as I watch tonight I see some good opportunities to drop the gloves (and I do not even like the fights in hockey normally). Nice sportsmanship between Ohno and Hamelin.

Canada 1 bobsled had a scary crash fortunately they are not hurt.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 20, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Curling is really interesting too. Mdr is watching it in the other room. Canada and Great Britain. Murdoch of Great Britain has beaten Martin the last few times out, so we shall see if Martin can reverse the trend.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 20, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

I am flipping to the curling now.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 20, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

It's a tiny agency, but the US Fish and Wildlife Service's director died today while on a ski vacation. He was a career civil servant appointed by the Obama administration. I suspect that his family were still adjusting to having moved to Washington.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 20, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

That was a fabulous date with my sweetie.

Posted by: Yoki | February 20, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

jumper I can answer your constitutional question but not now, just in from boffo gala and must to bed. Tomorrow, if you're still interested.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 21, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: -jack- | February 21, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

LOL. jack.

Posted by: Yoki | February 21, 2010 12:48 AM | Report abuse

Took a week off from work. Went home. Ate a lot. Would have found out how much weight I’ve gained if I had the nerve to step on a scale. Can’t catch up on the boodle.

There’s a weekly sports article on our English newspaper written by someone who is humour writer like Joel. He writes under the name of “Tavita.” Don’t know anything about him as there is no profile on him. Here’s a few paras on winter Olympics …..

Winter Olympics events have no connection whatsoever with anything. Their origins, in fact are untraceable. They just happened.

One day, for example, a Norwegian chap fell off a glacier on his back, slid to the bottom, loved the experience and luge was born.

The same sort of thing gave rise to bobsleigh when a wandering Finnish reindeer shepherd came across a Russian Border Patrol and fled back across the frontier before they slayed his bob.

… ski-jumping which started when a Norwegian chap found himself on top of his local mountain and spotted his missus fooling around with a Finn down in the next glacier.

On scoring ….

Nearly all the events are judged and the scoring usually involves adding on a percentage of minus 3.8 times the cube root of 9.7 multiplied by the circumference of the next competitor’s goggles.


I just thought it was funny….

Posted by: rainforest1 | February 21, 2010 3:37 AM | Report abuse

Good Morning All
Work this morning/last night was boring.I watched some curling,but really don't understand the rules or scoring,but it was kinda cool.I think I could be a curler,some of them seem to have the same body as I do which is round.Also I used to be pretty good at shuffleboard in my favorite watering hole.

I thought that barrel jumping was an Olympic sport,but haven't seen it yet this year.I watched the cross country 30K yesterday and it was great.

Ok almost time to get off work and finally get some sleep.

Have a good day all.

I want to be up by the time the US and Canada play hockey and I don't mind if Canada wins........really

Posted by: greenwithenvy | February 21, 2010 6:19 AM | Report abuse

Voices and Faces of Hunger.

An exhibit at our local Witte Museum by Michael Nye, who traveled for five years around the country taking pictures and gathering audio stories. You'll see and hear Nye at the opening of the video. Nye's wife is the celebrated Palestinian-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye; she and I run into each other now and again at local events.

I'm up before breakfast. So my belly is empty now, too. But not like these folks. Unfortunately for me, Tom Friedman tiptoed into my dreamscape last night, waking me, and I haven't been able to sleep soundly since 3:30 a.m. this morning. Add to the sleepless mix images of Roger Ebert (since I used shrieking denizen's link, but had seen Ebert's visage two days earlier), the sound of Andrew Porter's voice, David Liss's upcoming book, the visual meticulousness of Roman Polanski. You get the picture--my mind turning over lots of things.

I knew this series of photos was to run in today's paper, which probably isn't on the lawn yet. S.A. Life columnist Cary Clack wrote about this exhibit a week or more ago. But these voices and faces are far more powerful than our gifted local columnist's words. For some, this video may be difficult to stomach.

Posted by: laloomis | February 21, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

mrdr reported that curling was fantastic last night. I read of magical singing happenings and that Canada won, but all I remember him saying when he came upstairs last night was that it was a great game.

According to the Olympic website, curling is hot this year and curlers are 'sexy'. Oh what the heck. Sure why not.

But it is hard to reconcile that with the average player down at the rink. Just us folks.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 21, 2010 7:46 AM | Report abuse

That's generous of you, GWE. Sleep well!

This morning I had a dream I was back in high school, driving the '61 station wagon that was like a Mack truck, and late to school because I overslept. It was even set in the house I grew up in! Amazing the ways of the subconscious.

Since there is a program for women after church today, I've bought pizza for the men in the family (Mr. T, Thirddottir's husband, and the twin boyz). I also found a box of Thin Mints in the freezer so they are set for lunch. This would be fun to watch, it's a good thing she and I won't be here!

Good morning, Cassandra! I hope you are warm and well today.

My back is sore from pulling weeds yesterday, but it's a good sore. More weeds need to be pulled, maybe I can do that this afternoon. Might as well get it all over with at one time.

Posted by: slyness | February 21, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

'morning all.
This darn curling finished late but boy, it was a real game.

Mo, the Times is making a glowing review of Panama as a oliday destination. Looks as good as Costa Rica.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 21, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

We're up early this morning, aren't we?

Speaking of fat and lean, I read Tom Friedman's column late last night headlined "The Fat Lady Has Sung."

Which means the fat times are past and the lean years are on upon us.

Which is an interesting phrase, with no small connection to San Antonio. For some time it was thought that local, now late, sports writer *and* TV personality Dan Cook, had coined the phrase, "It' ain't over until the fat lady sings," but research, provided by some contributor at Wiki, shows he helped to popularize it. The phrase, (in all likelihood originating in the Deep South...), goes back further in time, as this Wiki entry (if it's accurate) is to be believed:'t_over_'til_the_fat_lady_sings

Posted by: laloomis | February 21, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

My Black Forest cake fell apart when I cut it, because I somehow put in half the eggs required. No problem; I whipped up more eggs and mixed away. After another turn in the oven, it came out perfect.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 21, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Tom Freidman's house in Bethesda:

The fortune of his billionaire heiress wife was destroyed in the real estate crash when GGP filled for bankruptcy. They now have to make due with his $50k per appearance speaking fees.

Looks like lean years for him.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 21, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

It's a quiet, light--rather than dark, grey, rainy morning, and I figure I have about a half hour of quiet time before my husband wakes or ABC's "This Week" comes on, whichever comes first. So I might as well undertake my storytelling when the hour is so still.

There were no zombies--or reanimates--at Trinity University Thursday night, nor any reading about them. Because writer David Liss pulled a switcheroo.

But before I can proceed forward in the telling of this story, I must move back in time about five days. I had wanted this past week to stop and shop at Half-Price Books, hoping to use the Valentine's Day weekend coupon for 20 percent off. Not any Half Price Books location, but the one across from Northstar Mall, the mall with the gigantic, iconic cowboy boots out front. I believe this particular bookstore location has not only the largest selection of deeply discounted books, but the best.

I had hoped to stop on Sunday night after Char Miller's Valentine Day night's address at the Holt Center a block from the campus, Miller's talk kicking off the three-day water seminar. I arrived at the bookstore at 8:20 p.m., only to realize that the chain of stores closed at 8 p.m. on Sundays. Didn't make it to this store on Monday at all, when the juicy discount expired. But I did have a 15 percent coupon, that expired at this month's end, from the Half Price Book calendar the stores gave out just before New Year's.

So, I figured I'd stop at this store across from the towering cowboy boots on Tuesday before Tom Friedman's presentation at Trinity that night. But I wasn't able to push off Tuesday until 4:45 p.m., a half hour later than I'd planned. I knew my later start would put me into lots of traffic, so I decided to forego my book browsing plan and just head directly to Trinity. If I were lucky, I might catch a glimpse of Friedman beforehand, might discover where his reception was being held. If I were really fortunate, I might have an opportunity to ask him to autograph the book of his that I was carrying, "Hot, Flat and Crowded."

As events transpired last Tuesday, I had a small carton of chocolate milk in the student Commons as my dinner, as I did on Thursday night, when I also arrived early, the chocolate milk also standing in for dinner on Thursday.

But I did shop at this Half Price Books location on Thurday night. As I've said in the past, I really don't go much for bestsellers (or much fiction, for that matter), and often I'll pick up the orphans--books that most will pass over. And so it was the case on Thurday. I bought about seven or eight books, two on women's issues, one being Moran's "The Belles of New England," about the textile workers who wove fortunes for New England's elite. Funny how serendipity works--given that Liss pulled a swicheroo.

So the stage is set for my story.

*husband is now up and moving around the kitchen.*

Posted by: laloomis | February 21, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

yello, you *amaze* sometimes! LOL

However did you come by the picture, and how did you know? (I didn't.) Thanks, by the way.

Posted by: laloomis | February 21, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Good morning everyone!

It has come to my attention that there is some sort of hockey contest of special interest today. As a proud 'merican I will, naturally, cheer most enthusiastically for the home town boys. But my great affection for Canada will certainly be a salve should those other fellows prevail. Especially since I know that this is, like, huge to many Canadians.

I just hope it is a good clean game, and at the end the winners will offer the losers a bracing beverage. Be it Molson or Sam Adams.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 21, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

I may still have my original "The Opera ain't Over 'till the Fat Lady Sings" t-shirt celebrating the Washington Bullets defeat of the Spurs for the NBA Championship in '78. Elvin Hayes, Wes Unseld and Phil Chineier were my heeroes, coached by the guy who may not have coined that phrase but certainly employed it better than anyone (including Friedman), Dick Motta. Who is still not a Brahmin, at least to my knowledge.


Posted by: -bc- | February 21, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

There is a blog called The Mustache of Understanding dedicated to nothing but ridiculing Thomas Friedman:

That kind of obsessiveness seems a little creepy to me.

Posted by: Mo_MoDo | February 21, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

So I'd say now I'm expert on torte reform.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 21, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: yellojkt | February 21, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Special hockey night in Kandahar, Canada vs US.

Big day at the Olympics today, but also two hockey games, one for each child today - lots of excitement.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 21, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

I too cry crocodile tears over Friedman's woes. That flat-earth cheerleader still doesn't realize his contribution to the vast sucking sound.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 21, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Ouf! You guys are hard to keep up with.

My parents have been to Costa Rica and it sounded like a paradise. It's been added to my list of places-I-will-probably-never-go-but-I-really-hope-to-so-keeping-my-fingers-crossed.

Rough day for us yesterday at the Olys. A lot of talent crashed or just got beaten. One of those days that reinforces my irritation with administrators or media that like to make medal predictions. I doubt the athletes really need the background chatter over whether we are holding to schedule for that total medal count prediction.

Posted by: qgaliana | February 21, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

yello, finally got around to seeing your video from the DC food and wine festival.

Thanks for taking 31 for the team.

I was starting to get a little worried about you at midfield there, but you put your head down and ground out the short game all the way to the goal line.

Thanks for using the flamenco interlude instead of the Men's room interlude(s).

And oy, absinthe -- that stuff's just this side of a hallucinogen. But my opinion could have been formed in my youth, when I was inexperienced at the sugar and ice cube process for serving it.


Posted by: -bc- | February 21, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Good morning y'all. It is still rainy here after an honest-to-gosh thunderstorm last night. Boomy.

Jumper, if you're interested, here's a simple and very rough explanation of standing. ftb, engelmann, other Boodle lawyers feel free to jump in. Standing to sue is an extremely complex doctrine and can take weeks to teach. Boiled down, it says you don't get to complain about someting in court if you don't have a dog in that hunt. If you don't like the way a law works but its operation doesn't affect you personally, you can't sue about it (the remedy would be to get the law changed). There are many caveats etc which I will not discuss for fear of chasing early Sunday risers right back to sleep. If you stop reading right here you'll have the gist of it.

Standing could affect who gets to sue and why in the cases you mention (Obama/McCain Birthers and Schwarzenegger), but it would not prevent the issues from being raised entirely. Various Birthers have tried to raise the question of Obama's birth in military proceedings, by arguing that they need not obey orders to report for duty because the orders were not valid because since Obama was born in Kenya he was not eligible to become Commander in Chief and thus any military orders issued are invalid. This, of course, has nothing to do with whether the person should report for duty; the litigant can't raise this issue in that forum for that reason. It is Just Too Dumb (not an Official Legal Term, that would be "Boneheaded").

However, the issue of birth is one of eligibility for office and thus can be legitimately raised by an appropriate party. Constitutional provisions are not unenforceable. That doesn't mean just anyone can raise them in any context (see paragraph 1).

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 21, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

These are usually provided just for Mudge, but here you go, Loomis...

Posted by: -TBG- | February 21, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

I really like absinthe BC, but it's pretty hard to find the real stuff. Definitely needs some sweetening and chilling. And that odd numbness that settles around my toungue and palate... I hear fugo does something like that.

Posted by: qgaliana | February 21, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

SCC - fugu not fugo I think

Posted by: qgaliana | February 21, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

rainforest... Glad to see you. I was wondering where you'd been. Hope you had a nice vacation.

I do love Tavita's writing... yes! a lot like Joel's. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 21, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

qg, never said I didn't like absinthe...

Just that I approach it with caution. I tend to draw a line with many things that requires special spoon.


Posted by: -bc- | February 21, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

A little fun curling Q&A with Bob Weeks, Canadian curling expert (and very funny guy).

Posted by: dmd3 | February 21, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Excellent description, Ivansmom. I wouldn't change a word (except, perhaps, escalating "boneheaded" to something a bit more *expletive*-related (but, well, that's just me).

Getting my "annual" physical tomorrow morning at the crack of dawn. Hope the expected weather will be rain, rather than ice-rain or sleet. Nevertheless, I'm keeping a 90-minute window open for getting downtown just in case. *note to self -- don't forget to set the alarm*

Looking forward to the hockey game today, that's fer sher. As for the rest of the Olys, I think I'm done. I refuse (JE REFUSE!) to stay up until midnight to get a score or see an event that I can watch online the day after. Besides, Bob Costas and the NBC gang make me itch!

Cya'll later.

Posted by: -ftb- | February 21, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

I'm getting my first annual physical in three years tomorrow as well. We'll make a party of it.

The bathroom break was between wines 20 and 21. I think with some training and dedication I could up my game and take it to 50 next time. I do not like licorice, so I will probably be passing. Unless the opportunity presents itself in the Czech Republic this summer. Everywhere I go, I am a sucker for the native cuisine.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 21, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Ivansmom! One of the many cool things about this place is the breadth and depth of first hand expertise!

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 21, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

frosti... Shorpy's for you today...

Posted by: -TBG- | February 21, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Most excellent dmd! I especially liked the insight about the importance of sweeping.

When you look at the failure of the American skips (both men and women) to throw a decent draw shot I keep thinking that some of the blame has to lie with the sweepers.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 21, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Skips always blame the sweepers RD :-)

Posted by: dmd3 | February 21, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I had the experience recently of seeing someone who was totally blotto after drinking absinthe. Not a pretty sight.

I wish I hadn't napped thru curling yesterday as I do find it fascinating and would like to understand it. It seems almost as hard to fathom as cricket - but at least it doesn't take as long to play.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 21, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Hmm. I've still never fully understood cricket, and goodness knows I've tried.

I don't think the rules of Curling are very hard (the scoring is the trickiest), it's the strategy that makes it compelling.

It's a positional game like backgammon or even baseball, in which a finite number of elements can be combined into a nearly infinite number of ways, each of which introduces new challenges.

Then there is the "action at a distance" aspect, much like golf, or, again, baseball. It isn't enough to decide what to do, you have to actually execute.

All of which, to me, makes it a fascinating game to watch.

And I have heard it is a hoot to play as well. Even before the beverages are broken out.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 21, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

TBG-Thanks! That block of Wabasha is very near the hip urban loft-on the way to the park where they do the ice sculptures for winter carnival.

Just popping in to catch up on the second best Oly coverage on the planet (if I were in Canada I could get the best).

Reading the WaPo on Mr. F's Nook this morning is a real pleasure so I'll head back to it. Can the e-reader save old media? I don't know, and I don't know how to explain the difference, but this is so much better than reading the paper on my laptop that I didn't believe it until I did it.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 21, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Good afternoon, Boodle. A very fine day here-- temp is 52 is and Blizzardapalooza is melting faster than the Wick Witch. Aldreay I can see perhaps a third of my deck.

I read chat about the hockey game; can anybody tell me what time it's on?

Hada great day yesterday, too. In the morning took a new mattress, box spring and chair downtown to #3 dottir's apartment to pretty much complete the move-in and decorating. The place looks great, and last night she had some co-workers over for e BYO pot luck, and the girls all loved the place. So #3 is on cloud nine.

In the afternoon we hooked up with my best friends from Philly, and their oldest son, who is my godson. He was with his grilfriend and their friends another couple. We met at the cafe at the Smithsonian sculpture garden and ice rink, and schmoozed for a while. Then the youngins went off to some art exhibit opening while us old farts went to Trader Vics at 25th and M for vittles (bottled vittles, mostly). Yes, it was Two-Buck Chuck night. So we went and killed a bottle in their hotel room, and then met up with the youngins for dinner in Joel territory -- at the Post Pub a block down the street from the WaPo. This is a nice little hole-in-the-wall Irish pub, and it has a really great menu, very inexpensive ($8 to $12 for an entree). You just cannot do better than that in downtown DC. I have a vsague recollection that more alcohol may have been consumed, and tales of ancient exploits, including glaucoma test piloting days, were exchanged. Then the kids went off to a party while we went back to the room and killed another bottle of Charles Shaw's finest. (Blech.) (I was designated driver, alas.)

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | February 21, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Canada/US hockey game at 7:30 pm eastern time.

Currently Canada/US women playing in curling.

Gorgeous day here as well, clear skies and warm a spring sun, air temp cool but you can feel the heat of the sun on your face. Storm expected tomorrow - and so it goes - spring so close but still so far away. Not that we have had any snow so I can't complain.

Ski cross is fun!

Posted by: dmd3 | February 21, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

CP, That's a fantastic amount of swimming! I never thought of lifeguarding, due to being grossly nearsighted. During my Gainesville period, I was spending weekdays among chiggers, stinging caterpillars and other natural hazards (a colleague was bit by an alligator), so it was wonderful to spend Saturday in the water at Crescent Beach among the Gators. Lots of highly social Gators.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 21, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Canada/US hockey game at 7:30 pm eastern time.

Currently Canada/US women playing in curling.

Gorgeous day here as well, clear skies and warm a spring sun, air temp cool but you can feel the heat of the sun on your face. Storm expected tomorrow - and so it goes - spring so close but still so far away. Not that we have had any snow so I can't complain.

Ski cross is fun!

Posted by: dmd3 | February 21, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

New kit!

Posted by: joelache | February 21, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Couldn't resist looking at this article about the Dalai Lama's advice for Tiger:

"Tibet's exiled spiritual leader told The Associated Press during a brief interview in his hotel suite in Beverly Hills that he had not heard of Woods..."

Posted by: seasea1 | February 21, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

New kit, sorry for the double post don't know what happened.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 21, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

'mudge, the game starts at 16:40 Pacific, 19:40 Eastern.

Posted by: Yoki | February 21, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company