Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity

At the Cape

IMG_0603.JPG

I love this building, the VAB, more commonly known to us space buffs as "the Vehicle Assembly Building." It's so big it not only has its own weather inside, it creates a kind of optical illusion when you see it from a distance: You think it's a mile away when it's 5 miles away. And so you drive a mile it's still "a mile away". And you drive another mile and it's STILL "a mile away."

The VAB was constructed for the Saturn V rocket, and the space shuttle stack doesn't come anywhere near filling it up. It would have been very useful for the Ares 1 rocket, which Obama wants to cancel.

I'm not entirely sure what you do with a cavernous 525-foot tall building if you don't have any tall rockets anymore.

IMG_0604.JPG

The new mobile launcher, or ML. It's 345 feet tall (somehow I found an angle and a distance in which it looks to be about one-tenth as high). It's being built to launch the Ares 1. Which, as I noted, is being killed by the Obama administration. So if you have any ideas for what to do with this thing, send them along.

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 16, 2010; 1:31 PM ET
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Take me to the river
Next: Kentucky over Syracuse in a barn-burner?

Comments

Can the VAB be converted into condos?

I'll have to think about the mobile launcher. It's got potential, though.

Posted by: MsJS | March 16, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Long gone is another behemoth, the Mobile Support Structure. After the moon launches were over, it was parked at the end of a waterway and served as an admirable Manatee Surveillance Structure.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | March 16, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Even more amazing than the VAB is the crawler that takes the rockets from the VAB to the launchpads. LCC 39 A and B were both used for Apollo launches and are still in shuttle duty. Watching them get their annual sandblast and re-paint is quite a sight as well.

I recently re-found the picture of me in front of the shuttle windshield at the top of the gantry, but I've never scanned it in.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 16, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Bob, I'll see your ELP and Hoedown, and raise you a little Japanese girl and Kansas.

Electone, go!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pS5xzOWbwo

She also has videos up of Rush and Heart.

Posted by: MoftheMountain | March 16, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

That's the Vertical Assembly Building, Joel.

LTL-CA

Posted by: Jim19 | March 16, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

MoftheMs

Herrick breaks pattern away from iambic (accented second syllable) in those short lines. He does it deliberately, for emphasis and savor. I would LOVE to hear him read this, but alas, he is with the daffodil bulbs of yore in merry olde England.

Some argue that this technique is a near employment of enjambment (say in jámm ent, an incomplete syntax at the end of the line. This creates tension, because the brain wonders if we are do or still moving like water across the bright pebbled bottom of the poem.

And tension, for Herrick, is always employed. He is the master of carpe deim, directed mostly at the sweet ladies. Give me kiss, dear for tomorrow is not clear!


To the Daffodils
Robert Herrick

Fair Daffodils, we weep to see
You haste away so soon;
As yet the early-rising sun
Has not attain'd his noon.
Stay, stay,
Until the hasting day
Has run
But to the even-song;
And, having pray'd together, we
Will go with you along.


We have short time to stay, as you,
We have as short a spring;
As quick a growth to meet decay,
As you, or anything.
We die
As your hours do, and dry
Away,
Like to the summer's rain;
Or as the pearls of morning's dew,
Ne'er to be found again.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 16, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Segue to another daffy poem, Wordsworth's Daffies but read by the nearly laconic Brit Jeremy Irons.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQnyV2YWsto&feature=related

Am looking MofM, for a recording of Herrick, so you can hear the tension.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 16, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Extreme sports. Thinkada high ramps and pipelines.

Good point, ftb. IMHO Mick looks stupid up there now. /ducking/

Posted by: -dbG- | March 16, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

When you enter the VAB, a hundred yards away or so you hang your badge on a wall on the side of a earthern berm facing away from the building. If one of the SRBs were to explode, the badges would help identify who was inside.

At least that was how it was done in the 80s.

LTL-CA

Posted by: Jim19 | March 16, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

MoftMountains,

Here is Herrick's more standard iambic poems:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50cQ3jrW5JU

Three of them:
"Gather thee rosebuds"
"Delight in Disorder" and
" Upon The STipples Of Julia's Preast

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 16, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, but all the Rolling Stones looked like that when they were 12, dbG. Nuthin's changed much.

Posted by: -ftb- | March 16, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

The dirigable hanger out in Alameda is also reported to have its own interior weather. It may be as big as the VAB, but lying on its side.

Posted by: ebtnut | March 16, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Buildings of unusual size...

DLD

Posted by: DLDx | March 16, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

How about using the ML for bungee jumping contests?

Posted by: Windy3 | March 16, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

SCC: LC 39 A and B. My professional involvement was a project to replace the air conditioners for the elevator machine room on the RSS over the PCR. This was in 1993 and the AC units were original from the Apollo days.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 16, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

No, no, ftb, they looked like babies:
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c295/altoari/RollingStones.jpg

Ok, maybe Bill Wyman never looked that young. BTW, I hear that the American Idol contestants are singing Stones songs tonight. Could be interesting...

Posted by: seasea1 | March 16, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

LTL,
They have the same security at the launch complexes. All ID badges are left at a pegboard beyond the blast radius. Comforting.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 16, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

MoftM

Here is an amateur but nice recording of To Daffodils:

http://ia350642.us.archive.org/2/items/PoetryMoment/464-daffodils_herrick-20100314.mp3

One reason poets moved away from perfect patterns and forms is that these can yield robotic art. Then, I think the adjective would have been "inauthentic" or "wooden." Breaking the pattern is a technique that retains humanity of voice. And, I think that bards always knew this. Acting, also helped poets aim for more humanity in the poem; use the pattern to support the poem. The poem does not need to be pure and pedantic pattern.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 16, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

seasea-If that's true I'm glad to be missing Idol tonight.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | March 16, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

seasea,
I assume that by "interesting" you mean "excruciating and embarrassing".

Posted by: yellojkt | March 16, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

*sigh* CqP, once upon a time I considered studying Herrick in a masters program, but then I returned to sanity and realized I'd never make it as an English teacher, even on the college level. So I became a fire department planner instead. Sometimes I almost regret the decision.

Posted by: slyness | March 16, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I've always thought of the VAB as a Mecca of Garage Majals.

Gotta love lifts strong enough to take not only a small block Chevy but probably a few dozen cars a couple hundred feet into the air.

What to do with that stuff... hmmm...

bc

Posted by: -bc- | March 16, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

the gentleman that is the subject of this story plans to jump from tha gondola of a balloon from 120k ft. in altitude, and attempt to be the first human to break the sound barrier. he estimates a velocity of 690 mph within 30 seconds after he starts his descent. dude.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/16/science/16tier.html?hpw

Posted by: -jack- | March 16, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

SCC: "Mahals."

I know what some of you're thinking -- if the garage is that cavernous, the flag and sign out front that huge, then how big is that Rigid Tools calendar hanging inside next to the bakelite rotary-dial phone?

bc

Posted by: -bc- | March 16, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Slyness, study (love) the poems now and always, as you do.

Besides, Mudge is working on a great piece: Ode to Fire Policy PLanners. He needed a muse before that piece could be knit into being. So, be the muse before Mudge. Help him with his work bank:

cinders
embers
conflagration
incendiary
kindling
tinder

etc.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 16, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

It appears NASA calls it the Vehicle Assembly Building, though the word 'vertical' is used elsewhere.

As for the mobile launcher:
-A multi-multi-tiered golf driving range
-Put it next to a hotel on the interstate and stick the hotel sign on the top so it can be seen for miles
-It looks a bit like a derrick. Maybe it has a future in oil or natural gas exploration.
-An unmanned lighthouse
-Put an elevator inside it and attach to the outside:
--A loooong water slide
--A ski jump
--A log flume ride

Is it insured, and if so, for how much? Maybe NASA would be better off 'accidentally' parking it in an unsafe neighborhood in the hope it gets stolen for parts.

But that would be dishonest, wouldn't it?

I'll keep thinking about this.


Posted by: MsJS | March 16, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Upon Julia's Clothes
Robert Herrick

Whenas in silks my Julia goes,
Till, then, methinks, how sweetly flows
That liquefaction of her clothes!
Next, when I cast mine eyes, and see
That brave vibration each way free;
O how that glittering taketh me!

---
LIQUEFACTION! Best.Use.Of.Physics.Word.In.Poem.EVER.

Clothing and garb matter; catch the eyes of the other.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 16, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Wow that pome needs an NSFW warning.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | March 16, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

DNA, you are right....the words. Should have sent out a warning. Herrick is deeply sensual. Still smokin' after all these years.

Am looking at a science poem....to be on kit...am rejecting Poe's Sonnet to Science....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 16, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

as per the ML... they could make it part of a theme park? Bungee jumping at a whole new level....??

Posted by: MissToronto | March 16, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

To the Astronomers
Friedrich von Schiller

Prate not to me so much of suns and of nebulous bodies;
Think ye Nature but great, in that she gives thee to count?
Though your object may be the sublimest that space holds within it,
Yet, my good friends, the sublime dwells not in the regions of space.

---
what a crabby German romantic!
'Prate' is a good word, though..

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 16, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Crabby American romantic poet Whitman writes

When I heard the Learn'd Astronomer

When I heard the learn'd astronomer;
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me;
When I was shown the charts and the diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them;
When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick;
Till rising and gliding out, I wander'd off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look'd up in perfect silence at the stars.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 16, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse


Earthling
By Billy Collins

You have probably come across
those scales in planetariums
that tell you how much you
would weigh on other planets.
You have noticed the fat ones
lingering on the Mars scale
and the emaciated slowing up
the line for Neptune
As a creature of average weight,
I fail to see the attraction.
Imagine squatting in the wasteland
of Pluto, all five tons of you,
or wandering around Mercury
wondering what to do next with your ounce.
How much better to step onto
the simple bathroom scale,
a happy earthling feeling
the familiar ropes of gravity,
157 pounds standing soaking wet
a respectful distance from the sun.

“Earthling,” from The Apple that Astonished Paris, (University of Arkansas Press, 1988)

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 16, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

ta DAH

Science poem and spring poem in the same jeweled orb; with notes at the end. Then, I shall stop flinging pomes all around the boodle:

Earth’s Embroidery
By Solomon Ibn Gabirol

With the ink of its showers and rains
With the quill of its lightning, with the
Hand of its clouds, winter wrote a letter
Upon the garden, in purple and blue
No artist could conceive the like of that.
And this is why the earth, grown
Jealous of the sky, embroidered stars in
The folds of the flower beds.

Note: Solomon Ibn Gabirol --Spanish poet and philosopher called “the Jewish Plato.” He died in about 1058 in Valencia. For more of his poetry, see The Penguin Book of Hebrew Verse, edited and translated by T. Carmi (Penguin, 1981.) He advocated for an ethical system not based on religious practice.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 16, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Beautiful pictures Joel. I like the observation that the scale of the VAB is hard to detect. There is a metaphor there somewhere for all massive events that seem like they are on the horizon but take longer to arrive than one might think. But they eventually do.

While I have never seen the VAB, I have spent time in the Boeing Final Assembly plant in Everett Washington. This is actually the largest building in the world as measured by volume. The thing isn't tall, but it goes on and on and on. The real big planes that sit in there look deceptively small because the alternative it is hard to conceive of how large the building actually is.

The final assembly building, or a variation of is, was at one time going to be dedicated to the construction of the Boeing SST - the American version of the Concorde. A project that was cancelled when I was a young boy. Which is why the first Senator whose name I knew was Proxmire, and not in a flattering light.

To me there are a lot of analogies to what is going in with Constellation. The same arguments about losing our competitive edge, and putting of The Future and all that were made. Not to mention a lot of griping about industrial base.

But here's the thing. The future didn't belong to supersonic transport. Killing the SST was probably a good thing in the long run. And, I assert, something similar might end up happening here.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | March 16, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Loved the Billy Collins, CqP. You are so good at knitting together kit and boodle...

I thought about making a list of fire terms for Mudge, but none that came to mind are poetical. Quite the contrary! So I'll pass for now.

Posted by: slyness | March 16, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

DNA_Girl, my favorite NSFW poem is Marvel's To His Coy Mistress. The first stanza:

Had we but world enough, and time,
This coyness, lady, were no crime.
We would sit down and think which way
To walk, and pass our long love's day;
Thou by the Indian Ganges' side
Shouldst rubies find; I by the tide
Of Humber would complain. I would
Love you ten years before the Flood;
And you should, if you please, refuse
Till the conversion of the Jews.
My vegetable love should grow
Vaster than empires, and more slow.
An hundred years should go to praise
Thine eyes, and on thy forehead gaze;
Two hundred to adore each breast,
But thirty thousand to the rest;
An age at least to every part,
And the last age should show your heart.
For, lady, you deserve this state,
Nor would I love at lower rate.

Posted by: slyness | March 16, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, CqP. Unfortunately, the cubicle farm is not conducive to descriptions of Julia, so she will have to wait. I did listen to the first two and your segue.

I understand that it creates tension, but it can't just be a visual tension. When I read it (mentally aloud) with a pause, the effect makes me lose comprehension. I lose continuity and I have to reread it to get meaning.
--
I have come to terms with "Away" and it's actually my favorite part, but the "has run" still kind of eludes me. It makes it stop and halt when he's describing the day running by. That's why I asked if it was something he was creating to fit a structure. Hmm, or maybe it's "hasting" and then stopped, it is "has" after all. Hmm, indeed. I'll have to come back to it. I haven't really thought about poems in years.

Sorry to ramble. Thanks again!

Posted by: MoftheMountain | March 16, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Yello, I had forgotten that. All I remember from the launch site is the concrete turned into glass.

I sure do remember it being called Vertical Assembly -- because it would accommodate the Shuttle with the SRBs and tank attached.

LTL-CA

Posted by: Jim19 | March 16, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Why must you torment me with sensual poems whilst my own Astronomer toils across the sea!?

Posted by: ScienceSpouse | March 16, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

MoftM -- I think that the device does not work as well in this poem as others; your experience reading the poem is valid. Herrick would be the first to admit that some poems are better than others.

Ah, the boodle, where we speak of poems and cabbages and kings and boating bottoms (blue) and knitted, fleecy things; then onto music, pop and rock and jazz and classical....back to torque and things mopar; then, the recipes, time for a recipe.

Am invited to dinner, where muscles shall be et, dressed with olive oil and kosher salt. Yum.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 16, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

On kit, just about everyone who had real property beyond a primary residence two years ago is stuck with empty buildings they can't unload. Why should the feds be any different?

But this structure's got potential. Looks like an amusement park ride to me. How far away is Disney? Also looks like something Hollywood might need for an end-of-the-world flick. But then again, Steve Wynn's pretty good at figuring this stuff out. Slap a casino and a couple shows with big name headliners, and if you've got parking, you're in business.

Surely someone will step up to the plate with an out-of-this-world idea and the cash to make it a reality.

Posted by: LostInThought | March 16, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

My contribution to the NSFW poetry slam:

John Donne

The Flea

Marke but this flea, and marke in this,
How little that which thou deny'st me is;
Me it suck'd first, and now sucks thee,
And in this flea our two bloods mingled bee;
Confesse it, this cannot be said
A sinne, or shame, or losse of maidenhead,
      Yet this enjoyes before it wooe,
      And pamper'd swells with one blood made of two,
      And this, alas, is more than wee would doe.


Oh stay, three lives in one flea spare,
When we almost, nay more than maryed are.
This flea is you and I, and this
Our marriage bed, and marriage temple is;
Though parents grudge, and you, w'are met,
And cloysterd in these living walls of Jet.
      Though use make thee apt to kill me,
      Let not to this, selfe murder added bee,
      And sacrilege, three sinnes in killing three.


Cruell and sodaine, has thou since
Purpled thy naile, in blood of innocence?
In what could this flea guilty bee,
Except in that drop which it suckt from thee?
Yet thou triumph'st, and saist that thou
Find'st not thyself, nor mee the weaker now;
      'Tis true, then learne how false, feares bee;
      Just so much honor, when thou yeeld'st to mee,
      Will wast, as this flea's death tooke life from thee.

Posted by: omnigood | March 16, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

lol. True. Well good, I'll quit trying quite so hard. (Though it is much more interesting than the technical report I'm supposed to be doing.) I hadn't yet listened to the clip of it you posted in my earlier response, but I note that she also runs it with the previous line a bit.

Posted by: MoftheMountain | March 16, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

LiT - I laughed out loud at the phrase "Why should the feds be any different." Yep. I am keenly aware of a number of fixer-upper opportunities. Please, pay no attention to that mild glow.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | March 16, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Sorry about that, Science Spouse! It's truly not fair. When does SciTim come home?

Posted by: slyness | March 16, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

for those interested in an analysis of the poem:

http://lardcave.net/hsc/2eng-donne-flea-comments.html

Posted by: omnigood | March 16, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Slowly but surely things change. Maybe NASA should start to think outside the box, or inside the present box.
http://www.redding.com/news/2010/mar/16/army-drops-bayonets-busts-abs-training-revamp/

Posted by: bh72 | March 16, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Here is some sea going vertical assembly.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/baycitynews/archive/2010/03/16/cranes16.DTL

Posted by: bh72 | March 16, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

The VAB has an effect very similar to the Boeing facility, RD. I once walked in one side, and there's a 12 foot diameter, 25 foot tall segment of the SRB at the other end. You don't realize it's not a scale model until you get halfway across the building and it starts to loom. It was my hardware, but to that point, I'd only seen it in the much smaller, more cluttered space where they refurbish it.

Now I'm working on the ML, although I haven't gotten over to see it for a while. They grow up so fast. And, yes, work continues, even on a cancelled program. The wonders that does for morale, let me tell you ....

Posted by: tomsing | March 16, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Thanks MsJs and badsneakers, the thought does wonders!

Has anyone read the report about strokes? It states that if one is happy, your chances of having a stroke are reduced, even if you're not really happy, pretending reduces your risks.

Posted by: cmyth4u | March 16, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

And, so, CqP, what do you intend to wear to elegantly drape upon your mussels, while you delight in those lovely muscles dressed with olive oil and kosher salt?

Hmmm?

Posted by: -ftb- | March 16, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

tomsing - glad the meaning made it through my garbled post!

(Padouk's Law: Never revise a post on the fly. The odds of a typo outweigh any potential improvement in the prose.)

I've actually worked on several cancelled programs. I knew that my reports would probably be shredded on receipt. Fun.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | March 16, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

http://theabyssgazes.blogspot.com/2010/03/teal-and-orange-hollywood-please-stop.html

Attention movie buffs: coming soon to every movie you see.

Posted by: Jumper1 | March 16, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Alternative uses for the VAB:

Finally master that whole "Biosphere" business.

Built a theater to put I-max to shame.

Bunnies! Bunnies! Bunnies!

Ever seen "The Truman Show"?

Set up one honkin' big disco ball and get ready to par-tay.

Well, those unemployed aerospace workers have got to live *somewhere.*

Alternative uses for the ML:

Use it as a drilling rig. Who knows, we could get lucky.

Decorate it with many pretty lights, hold hands, and sing.

Bunnies! Bunnies! Bunnies!

Finally, a tomato cage worthy of the name.

Hook up an oscillator and show Radio Free Europe how the big boys play.

Consider it the starting point for a slingshot large enough to put stuff in orbit. Cause that could come in useful.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | March 16, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Very good, RD. I especially like the tomato cage. Such a sight!

How about dumping it in the ocean and let it become a reef?

Posted by: Windy3 | March 16, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Windy! And that's an excellent idea about the reef. But remember, it's in Florida. One must but wait.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | March 16, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Helium balloon storage warehouse

Drive-thru "Statue-wash" for Washington Monument, Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, Manute Bol.

Grain silo

Brain silo

Dirigible closet

Rainy day Estes model rocket test facility

No-spool kite locker

Cow f@rt cracking tower

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | March 16, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Well done, sirs, both RD_Padouk and Curmudgeon.

Posted by: Yoki | March 16, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

That is a Very Big Building. Looking at the picture I was thinking, "wow.. those people look like ants!" Then I realized that an ant was crawling across my screen.

The other day, Conan O'Brien sold out his 30-city "Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour" in just a few hours by sending out simply two tweets. One announced the tour and gave a link to its site. The second one, less than an hour later, I think, told followers they might want to try Ticketmaster, too.

I'm thrilled to say that I got three of those tickets. We won't be sitting together, but the kids and I will be at his show in DC at Constitution Hall.

http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/15/with-twitter-as-the-messenger-brisk-sales-for-conan-obrien-tour/

Posted by: -TBG- | March 16, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

TBG, I'm in total awe of your mad skills with acquiring tickets and with the computer in general.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | March 16, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Transport the whole structure to the moon, fill it with air, and rent out strap-on wings.

Posted by: Jumper1 | March 16, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

I think it's for the same reason that it's dark at night and buses loom. Or something.

Posted by: Boko999 | March 16, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Well, gosh, rickoshea. Thanks. But after I thought it was sold out, I realized I should try single seats. They're actually pretty good seats and two of them are quite near each other.

It won't matter, anyway. The kids and I will just tweet to each other through the show.

Posted by: -TBG- | March 16, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Frenvy, TBG.

Pure, unadulderated frenvy.

Congrats! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 16, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

ML as Bond prop:

He's chasing a Bad Guy, as usual. Bad Guy is dumb, as usual. BG starts climbing ML to get away. Bond follows. Half way up, with Bond getting ever closer, there are shots fired from below. More BGs hot on the trail. Bond: "damn, guess up is the only way", and continues his upward climbing pursuit. Catches up with BG at the top. They fight a ridiculous fight. BG dies. Bond is trapped at the top with second trailing group of BGs getting closer by the second. You expect he'll jump off and pull a rip cord for a hidden parachute or a para glider or maybe even an ultralight. But no such luck for Bond this time.

What we need now is Deux Ex Machina.

(And how is this different you ask?)

What you didn't know is that the ML was sold to Six Flags Over Miami. Bond grabs onto a bungee cord and jumps. Hurtling groundward at a dizzying speed till the cord is taut and stretching. And streetching. Just a few feet from the ground the cord reaches the limits of stretch and Bond lets go, then casually walks away.

Posted by: omnigood | March 16, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Good timing, TBG. By the time the announcement hit my newsfeed it had been all sold out. I guess I need to spend more time on Twitter.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 16, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Credit Windy3 and MissToronto's second for the Bungee idea.

And I know just who should be the requisite Female theme singer.

Posted by: omnigood | March 16, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Hey, anybody else aware the Nats are hosting the BoSox on April 3? :-O

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 16, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Is that part of interleague play, snukes? What's that about anyway?

Posted by: rickoshea1 | March 16, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Omni, Mudge and RD, Such creativity! Laughing tears. :-)

Posted by: Windy3 | March 16, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

I didn't know Muses laughed tears.

Thanks Windy3

I of course left out a little bit of Bond retrieving a roll of microfiche from BG1.

Posted by: omnigood | March 16, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Whoa! Best. Opening. Scene. On. "Lost." Ever.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | March 16, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, if it doesn't involve Daniel Dae Kim half-naked, I'm not interested.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 16, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

I knew I'd find it. Here I am on the upper level of the Rotating Service Structure with one of the space shuttles behind me. I have no idea which one.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/yellojkt/4439904666/

Posted by: yellojkt | March 16, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Roberts is a great moving movie. Everyone should put it on their netflix queue.


What season is "Lost" on now anyway?

Posted by: omnigood | March 16, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

The last one, omni. The last one.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 16, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

All I know is that they're calling it The Final Season, omni. I'm not a Lostie so that's the extent of my knowledge.

Posted by: -TBG- | March 16, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Elmore Leonard and Timothy Olyphant fans-you need to watch Justified on FX. I'm hooked after half of the first episode.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | March 16, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

I meant season number, cause i"m up to four and know i've some catching up to do. I know there was a fifth, just wondering if this was six or seven (I lost track cause I've been ignoring all news and celebritology reports about it).

Been watching a lot of old classics lately

Watched Adam's Rib the other day. Was convinced I'd seen it before but no. Liked a lot.

Also watched a mini marathon of Audrey the day before. Gosh she is so beautiful, inside and out. Sabrina; Roman Holiday; and Breakfast

She was a true Princess

Posted by: omnigood | March 16, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Omni, IMDb says this is season six, and the final season. For Lost. Wow, it has high ratings! Wish I stayed up late and watched television.

Did you ever see the Audry Hepburn film "Two for the Road" with Albert Finney? Worth finding.

Posted by: nellie4 | March 16, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

I could rent "Lost!" What a novel idea!

Posted by: nellie4 | March 16, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it is season 6. They've got about 8 or 9 episodes to go to wrap it all up. (There will be high mayhem if they don't tie up enough ends.)

Nellie, if you aren't already a "Lostie" I think I'd recommend against starting out to become one. The first two years hang together pretty well, and then it all goes off the diving board into the deep end, and gets weird for three years.

Now the good points: it has a core cast of about seven or eight very likeable characters, and that is the only thing that carries it through.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | March 16, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

I have some ideas about what to do with all that stuff, but I ain't sayin - yet.

Although I imagine folks could play some almighty games of laser tag in there.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | March 16, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

I have some ideas about what to do with all that stuff, but I ain't sayin - yet.

Although I imagine folks could play some almighty games of laser tag in there.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | March 16, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

I have some ideas about what to do with all that stuff, but I ain't sayin - yet.

Although I imagine folks could play some almighty games of laser tag in there.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | March 16, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

I have some ideas about what to do with all that stuff, but I ain't sayin - yet.

Although I imagine folks could play some almighty games of laser tag in there.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | March 16, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Laser tag scatter
shot across the boodle in
infrared splotches


Posted by: DNA_Girl | March 16, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

I found it. Vehicle Assembly Building was originally called Vertical Assembly Building. Considering the normal state of a Saturn-5 would be to lay horizontally and in pieces, and all those I have seen assembled have been on their side in Houston, Huntsville and Florida, having one together and vertical would have been a big deal. So I guess my problem isn't that I don't know, but that I'm old.

LTL-CA

Posted by: Jim19 | March 17, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

I now know why we don’t have rain. You guys are hogging it!

……earworms….sticky tunes…. How to get rid ? Sing it aloud….

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/16/science/16qna.html?ref=science

Posted by: rainforest1 | March 17, 2010 2:11 AM | Report abuse

(Very) late contribution to the sci-poesy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYW50F42ss8&feature=related

Posted by: rashomon | March 17, 2010 2:24 AM | Report abuse

rickoshea (Happy St. Patrick's Day, BTW!), it's preseason exhibition stuff -- Sawx played the Mets in the new Citi Field last year.

It seems bc turned his Boodle amplifier to 11... :-) And I think they'd need some milspec lasers to be able to "tag" folks in that cavern, too!

*it-must-be-spring-'cuz-I'm-wearing-short-sleeves-today Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 17, 2010 5:16 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle. 'Morning, Scotty; is it just you and me so far? Must needs go find me some infusion of coffee.

Nothing much to comment on, on the Home Page, just the usual nonsense.

Oh: Happy St. Patrick's Day to them of that particular persuasion.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | March 17, 2010 6:35 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. Happy Saint Patrick's Day. I'm trying to find some green to wear. Maybe I'll cut out a small shamrock for my blouse.

You know I love all of you dearly, but I've often wondered why we don't have more African-Americans participating on the Achenblog? Or perhaps we do, I'm just not aware?

If folks buying their health insurance think that insurance companies aren't going to raise their premiums if the health care bill does not pass, keep dreaming. Who do they think is going to pay for all that lobbying? These folks are about money and more money. It's a business. They don't love you, they love money.

Mudge, Yoki, Martooni, Scotty, Lindaloo, and everyone here, have a wonderful day. Hope you folks in the north are drying out some, and the power has returned.

Slyness, we can't get rid of the clouds. They just want to stay. And the chill with them.

Posted by: cmyth4u | March 17, 2010 6:45 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all, and happy St. Patrick's day!

I know, Cassandra, I know. Fortunately I have a green turtleneck that will be perfect for the day and the weather. I'm ready for spring, goshdarnit!

Today's the busy day. The team I'm on is fixing supper at church tonight, so I have to go early. It's work, but much fun. I really need to remember to take my apron so I won't mess up the turtleneck...

Posted by: slyness | March 17, 2010 6:58 AM | Report abuse

Buckles is stealing Wilbrodog's schtick:

http://www.chron.com/apps/comics/showComick.mpl?date=20100317&name=Buckles

Posted by: yellojkt | March 17, 2010 7:01 AM | Report abuse

E-mail:

Posted by: tianyou1666 | March 17, 2010 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra, one of the many great things about the Ablog is that there are no quotas here, and no race baiting. We are a group by choice. Slice us all up into little categories, and I'm betting there will be plenty of categories where there's only one or two of us.

Posted by: LostInThought | March 17, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, wearin' o' the green...

*breaking out the hair dye*

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 17, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all who are observing it. Scotty, I hope that Nukesis is continuing to recuperate at a satisfactory pace. furlough day is friday. *sigh* at least it's on a friday.

Posted by: -jack- | March 17, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Today's supposed to be "we can remake this knee -- better, faster, stronger" surgery day for NukeSis, jack. Thanks for the continued good thoughts. *SIGH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 17, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Best thoughts to your sister Scottynuke. I hope that all goes well. And that the propensity for slow-motion action sequences and weird sound effects that accompany these such "better, faster, stronger" things is kept under control.


And Happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone. I used to work for a place where the boss brought in green bagels each St. Patrick's day. Multiculturalism at its best.

Alas, around here the only green bagels are the ones left in the fridge.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | March 17, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

She will be in my thoughts and prayers, Scotty. I hope the surgeon will be better, faster, stronger...and that her recovery will be quick and uneventful.

Posted by: slyness | March 17, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Best of luck to your sister, Snuke. Happy St.Patrick's day to all the Irish and those who wish they were.

frosti, I agree with you about Justified. It's great and I'm looking forward to watching future episodes. Nice to finally find a program I care about seeing.

Posted by: badsneakers | March 17, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

On a whim I bought the office bagels this morning and saw the green ones after I had already selected my baker's dozen. I put them out on the break table and the boss came in and said, "Bagels? Where are the green ones?" I pointed to the three green bagels I had ordered and said "I new some wiseguy would want one."

There are still 2-1/2 left.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 17, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

*faxing a can of WD-40, some titanium nuts, bolts and washers, some high-grade stainless steel bailing wire, a mini torque wrench, etc., to Nukesis's knee surgeon. You never know what might come in handy*

Cassandra, I've wondered that myself a few times, Goodness knows, they are welcome here. I mean, where else do you get such nice people AND virtual breakfast every morning?

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 17, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Top o' the mornin' to ya.

Warm muffins, coffee and OJ on the table.

Sending fast-healing mojo to NukeSis, Scotty.

Never seen Lost. As a rule I avoid shows with titles that describe others' assessment of my state of mind. Never saw Clueless for the same reason.

When still in high school, I'd occasionally send cookies to the BrosJS in college. To deter roommates from eating too many, I'd color things in gross colors. It turns out a few drops of green food coloring in Rice Krispies treats makes them look like something to avoid stepping on in the forest. I made some late yesterday in honor of St. Paddy's Day for the boodle. Ugly, but yummage.

Posted by: MsJS | March 17, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Scotty, i'll be thinking of Nukesis with the hope that better, stronger and faster rules the day.

Posted by: -jack- | March 17, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

MsJS, I don't watch "Sex and the City" for the same reason.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 17, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Buckles, Get Fuzzy:
their dogs did haiku-- poorly.
I still rock on style.

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 17, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

*faxin' deep gratitude to everyone on behalf of NukeSis* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 17, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. Happy St. Patrick's. I forgot about it; I don't wear green today because I'm not Irish. On my way in I was pinched by a very nice man, one of the few I will gladly allow some harmless fun at my expense. I did mention that I'm not Irish.

I was thinking of uses for the VAB and ML but stand in awe of the excellent suggestions already made. The rabbits would enjoy the opportunity, I'm sure. You could use them as a sort of indoor-outdoor mountain range for rock climbing. The VAB could even have sections stocked with bears, for extra interest. Every attraction needs more bears.

MsJS, I once had a terrible K-car type vehicle which I routinely left unlocked in downtown DC. Nobody ever stole it, alas. Thieves are pretty savvy anymore.

Good luck to Nukesis. I'm adding duct tape to Mudge's list.

Posted by: Ivansmom | March 17, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

It is a good day to be GREEN.

Happy Saint Patrick's day everyone.

I have green pants,green t-shirt and green socks.The only problem is I went hiking in my green pants the other day and they are sort of green and brown.

I am back to the dentist again today for round 2 of gum scaling,I am so not looking forward to it.But I am looking towards the pot of gold and the end of the rainbow and healthy gums lead to healthy teeth.

Make sure you kiss someone who is Irish today and today everyone is Irish.

Have a great GREEN day everyone!!!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | March 17, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

We got a head start on going green here. Environmentally friendly green dye was put into the San Antonio River last weekend to coincide with the St. Patrick's Day (river) Parade and other activities celebrating the Irish. Seems we in Alamo City just can't wait to throw a party!

Speaking of water, in this morning's headlines (reporting by Ratcliffe at the Houston Chron) there's a tie-in to the state governor's race, and I did hint last week that longtime incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Perry had vulnerabilities in the upcoming Texas gubernatorial race. Well, the tie-in to water, it seems, is a potential vulnerability for Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Bill White:

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/politics/elections/Congress_probing_firm_tied_to_White.html

First graf:
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Bill White earned more than $2.6 million serving on the board of a gas well servicing company that's now part of a congressional investigation into possible groundwater contamination.

It was two weeks ago last Thursday that my husband and I traveled to Austin for the Heilemann-Halperin book talk, and when we stopped on the way north at the Exxon station, I grabbed a glance at the Metro section of the Austin American-Statesman while my husband finally decided to use the restroom. There was an opinion piece on the front of Metro and I only had time to read the first two grafs, but the writer put forward the idea that Perry could be very vulnerable because of the execution in Texas of Cameron Todd Willingham. I've mentioned Willingham here on the A-blog in the discussion about death penalty cases. An article about the Willingham case was one of David Brook's Sidney Awards (David Grann's "Trial by Fire" in the New Yorker) last Dec. 24.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/25/opinion/25brooks.html?_r=2

-more-

Posted by: laloomis | March 17, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

russianthistle totally supports the First Lady's call for better snacks.

Posted by: russianthistle | March 17, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Two weeks ago Friday my husband bought a copy of the Austin American-Statesman to read while we were waiting for our breakfast to be cooked at the Kerbey Lane restaurant on S. Lamar. Below the fold on the Metro & State section was an article about the Perry and White race, headlined "White's charge about IOUs under Perry hits the mark," by reporter Ciara O'Rourke.

She opens with how both Perry and White rallied their supporters Tuesday night after their respective wins in that week's Tuesday primary--Perry no doubt whooping it up at the Salt Lick in Driftwood.

O'Rourke immediately jumps into the meat of the matter:

White, meanwhile, used the occasion to prod the governor, suggesting tht Perry and his consultants point to national debt to to distract voters from Perry's record.

"Debt has alsmost doubled in Austin under Gov. Perry," White said. "The think you will not notice this!"

Game on.

Is White right?
***

By article's end, O'Rourke sums it up: "It's clear the amount of state debt has more than doubled since Perry became governor. We rate White's statement as true."

Of course, as columnist John Kelso--also of the Austin American-Statesman, whose history quiz I recently mentioned--pointed out, Perry has been governor since dinosuars roamed the state of Texas. *w*

Graf in the middle of O'Rourke's piece: "...Dale Craymer, president of the Texas Taxpayer and Research Association, noted that lots of things have probably doubled since Perry became governor. After all, he's held the office for nearly a decade."

Gonna be an interesting race, folks.

Posted by: laloomis | March 17, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Other ideas for VAB:
-mausoleum
-prison
-mental hospital
-movie mega-multiplex
-Merchandise Mart south (see http://www.mmart.com/ if not familiar with the original)

Posted by: MsJS | March 17, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Good Morning, all! Good luck to the Nukesis.

My suggestion: national guessing game.

Fill it full of some object: candy corn, marbles, hershey kisses, band-aids, bunnies, tribbles, whatever, and have people guess how many it took to fill the building. $1 a guess. Closest wins contents. Winner transports. Proceeds go to NASA.

Posted by: MoftheMountain | March 17, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Anyone see the Rachel Maddow interview with Geithner?

Posted by: Jumper1 | March 17, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Top o the mornin', folks.

Scottynuke, best to your sis, of course. And thanks for the tune/sound cooties.

Hmmm. In the Boodle, everyone's black text on a white field to me. Doesn't occur to me that there should be that there should be anything more or less than that -- a level field for those who choose to participate however they care to. But that's just me.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | March 17, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

St. Patrick's Day is one of those holidays that, in the United States at least, has evolved from a religious celebration with political overtones into something purely secular.

When I was a kid it was considered a "Catholic" thing, and I knew a few kids whose parents forebade them from wearing green and forced orange clothing on them instead.

I also remember, at one time, the claim that you had to have some legitimate claim at Irish ancestors. (Of which I have a reasonable shot it you go back far enough.)

But nowadays it really does seem like a holiday for everyone. Even if you don't like green beer.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | March 17, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Reeve Hamilton of the Texas Tribune thinks the Perry-White Texas gubbie race will be close. The humor of this March 5 post is at the end--Hamilton's link to another writer who made the following calculations about the very recent Texas primary race for governor:

http://www.texastribune.org/blogs/post/2010/mar/05/brief-march-5-2010/

Be sure to check out Matt Stiles’ latest app, which will provide you with, among other interesting bits of knowledge, the following: “For the amount of money he spent in Tuesday's primary, Farouk Shami could have purchased each of his 87,268 voters, say, haircuts for about six months — or, perhaps, a high-end model CHI, his signature hair straightener. The Houston Democrat and hair-care executive spent $135 per voter, records show, more than any other candidate on Tuesday's primary election ballot — and, by far, the most of any losing candidate.”

When my husband an I returned from Austin, we did see the following Sunday an op-ed at the bottom of the San Antonio Express-News' Metro section by Jan Jarboe Russell, in which she mentioned that Molly Ivins used to call Rick Perry Gov. GoodHair. I didn't know that. Especially in light of my comment about Perry (Hairy/BlowDry) and White (Hairless/NoDry). Just seems to be that when Texas had a billionaire Texas hair-care magnate in the race, well, you know, hair helps frame the candidates...

Posted by: laloomis | March 17, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Kind of like Cinco de Mayo, which I think has gained popularity among the American masses thanks to a marketing ploy by Corona.

Posted by: MoftheMountain | March 17, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

And Mardi Gras, which mysteriously seems to be celebrated by lots of people who don't observe Lent. What could they possibly want out of it?

Posted by: -bia- | March 17, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

*hearts* to NukeSis from my knees to her knees.

gwe, remember that healthy gums means healthy heart. There's apparently a link to heart disease from gum disease. Good luck, and while you're being tortured, think of something pleasant. I guess you'd have to try not to laugh, right?

Happy St. Pat's to all who celebrate it.

I just picked up a pair of slacks from the dry cleaners. It got a stain on one of the legs, and since it's washable, I tried that first. Didn't work. Unfortunately, neither did dry cleaning. I had a thought on my way back, though. Since the slacks are black (except for the stain), maybe I should try dying it (or having someone else do it, of course, since we are relegated at the condo to using communal washers/dryers), and maybe that'll take care of it. I have no idea what the stain is from.

Gonna go see Ngugi wa Thiong'o this evening at Politics and Prose. Friends and I are going exceptionally early to get a seat up close, and I'm taking a camera. This guy's a true rock star for African writing -- and not just his own. But he's known worldwide. For those of you who have not tried it, I do recommend Wizard of the Crow -- and I'm just about to start Petals of Blood. And then the latest, which I'm buying tonight and getting his signature on.

*suddenly feeling like a teenager in love with Frankie Avalon, but glad (*oh so glad*) it's about a 72-year old author this time*

Posted by: -ftb- | March 17, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

bia: They want moon pies, a parade, and an excuse to drink in the streets.

MotM: I agree.

RD_P: There are certain metro areas where St. Paddy's Day has been universally secular for decades, TWC being one of them.

Loomis: If you are going to continue to engage in pretend journalism with focus on Texas, kindly take the time to thoroughly familiarize yourself with Ivins' work before printing another word about Texas politics, and especially about the incumbent governor.

Posted by: MsJS | March 17, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Obama must have pointed out to Kuninich that AF One flies at 30,000 feet and it's a long ways down.

Like the WaPo using 'drops' in the headline.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2010/03/kucinich-drops-opposition-to-h.html

Posted by: bh72 | March 17, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Top of the morning to the boodle! I'm wearing green, of course, in honor of my Irish grandmother.

Posted by: Windy3 | March 17, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Well, it's the top of the morning here in San Diego, at least.

Posted by: Windy3 | March 17, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

It's more like the bottom of the morning here on the East Coast... ;)

Posted by: MoftheMountain | March 17, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I haven't backboodled sufficiently to know whether it has already been suggested, but wouldn't the VAB make a nifty bunker? Think of it--almost unlimited wall space on which to hang the Kinkades.

Posted by: Raysmom | March 17, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Plus you could hang them high enough that you wouldn't actually have to *look* at them.

Posted by: Raysmom | March 17, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Totally OT, but I'd like to make a (surprise!) DVD recommendation, "Taking Chance" starring Kevin Bacon is the very simple and moving story of what happens to a Marine KIA, from packing the body bags in ice filled coffins in Iraq to burial with full military honors back in the USA. Bacon plays the volunteer Marine escort who accompanies the remains from mortuary prep at Dover AFB to hometown funeral in Wyoming. This is not a flag waving glorification of war and/or the Marines, but an honest depiction of sacrifice honored with solemn dignity and restraint.

Posted by: kguy1 | March 17, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Oh wow! Turner Classic Movies has an entire day full of movies with "Irish" in the title!

Posted by: nellie4 | March 17, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

R-mom: I think you're the first to mention it.

I think bunkers are technically supposed to be largely below ground, but that wouldn't work very well in Florida would it? And yes, there would be gobs of wall space for stuff we don't really want to look at often.

How much d'ya think NASA'll let us have it for?

Posted by: MsJS | March 17, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Raysmom- excellent idea. And look, think of how much good we would accomplish simply by keeping so many Kinkades out of the public eye.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | March 17, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

I expect the VAB will eventually be seriously damaged by a hurricane. Probably the skeleton would hold together, but skin and doors are vulnerable--lots of siding panels were blown off during hurricane Frances of 2004, which went inland far south of the Cape.

As for bunkers, the one built for President Kennedy in Palm Beach County is now a tourist attraction at Peanut Island Park.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | March 17, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

MSJS writes:
Loomis: If you are going to continue to engage in pretend journalism with focus on Texas, kindly take the time to thoroughly familiarize yourself with Ivins' work before printing another word about Texas politics, and especially about the incumbent governor.

???

Oh, MSJS, you mean Miss Molly's "scientific explanation of Texas," for example?:

I am working on a theory that there may actually be a scientific explanation for why this state is so strange. We know there's helium in the air around Amarillo and lithium in the water in El Paso [and lots of smoke in the air around Helotes]. In West Texas, the water has so much naturally occurring fluoride that eveyone has strong yellow teeth and it sometimes kills off African violets and goldfish. (This is the subject of Robin Dorsey's semi-famous country song, "Her Teeth Was Stained But Her Heart Was Pure.") Don't you think it's likely fluoride affects the old psyche as well? Of course, in East Texas, where fluoride is still considered a communist plot [Engels family involved in the weaving/mill trade, just for grins] we'll just have to admit the problem is genetic. And if there's a natural element responsible for South Texas, we probably don't want to know what it is.

Texas justice threatenes to join Texas politics as a synonym for "would drive buzzards off a roadkill." We're having this spate of Rodney King-lets, in which law enforcement officers videotape themselves brutalizing suspects and then charge the suspects with assault. We were especially impressed with the imagination it took to charge the citizen who was shot twice in the back.

But I have a dream. A dream that someday Phil Gramm, the world's meanest Republican, will be joined by Jimmy Mattox, the world's meanest Democrat. And then the rest of the country will give us back to Mexico.

--from Ivins' "Who Let the Dogs In?"

Wassa matter, MSJS, did I offend your Republican sensibilities? And, BTW, how many of Ivins' books do you have on your bookshelves?

Posted by: laloomis | March 17, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

MSJS!

Enjoy. It's worth a laugh, but ...

It isn't worth an afternoon, especially a beautiful one.

Posted by: russianthistle | March 17, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

there's been a disturbance in the force. i can feel it.

Posted by: -jack- | March 17, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Dear Loomis,

I kindly made a request regarding the works of a liberal Texas journalist and you responded with snide sarcasm. I rather expected you wouldn't agree to my request, but had hoped you would choose to disagree more pleasantly.

I can only laugh that you would think I'm:
a) offended,
b) a Republican, and
c) would recommend books I don't own and/or haven't thoroughly enjoyed.

Posted by: MsJS | March 17, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Border fence stalled?

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/17/us/17fence.html?ref=us

Unmanned [federal] aerial drones in? ...along the border, from a governor who wanted to secede from the UNITED States? As Aguilar names it, Perry's fresh new assault on Washington, D.C. (I won't even pretend to touch the fantastic job of reporting Texas politics that Thornton and Smith & the Gang in Austin are engaged in):

http://www.texastribune.org/blogs/post/2010/mar/17/brief-march-17-2010/

I'd much rather discuss the Republican law of primogeniture laid out by Heilemann and Halperin as regards the 2012 presidential race. *w*

Posted by: laloomis | March 17, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

MsJS, as I'm sure you know, Ivins's work on Texas politics had one essential characteristic which is often overlooked or misunderstood: she wrote from a deep and abiding love of the place. She could often be harsh, pointed and bitingly funny. She was painfully honest about the state's shortcomings. However, she wasn't an outsider pointing fingers, laughing or studying the curiously odd Texans. She never spoke from ignorance or prejudice. She had a deep understanding of Texas history, and of Texans as people, which informed her work. That's what made her so good, and what so many other commentators lack. I think Mike Royko did the same thing for Chicago, and I'm sure other columnists have written in the same informed, loving way about their parts of the country.

Posted by: Ivansmom | March 17, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I-mom: Well said.

Molly knew Texas. Molly loved Texas. Her knowledge and love of the place allowed her to write from both the mind and the heart.

Posted by: MsJS | March 17, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I do miss the divine Ms. Ivins. . . .

Posted by: -ftb- | March 17, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Now, now, ladies.

Raysmom, I'm not sure my nervous system could tolerate an entire VAB filled with Kinkades, Lladros and oilies. In fact, I'm sure it couldn't.

I'm just hoping that the Texas Perry-White race doesn't degenerate into a bunch of awful Superman references, such as "Perry-White Campaigners Travel Down Lowest Lane." Because you know how I hate puns like that.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 17, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

SCC: Oilies? More likely that'd probably be "doilies," n'est-ce pas?

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 17, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Is the VAB or Hangar One larger?

There has been a successful effort to save Hangar One. You never can tell when blimp parking spaces might be useful again.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b8/Moffett_Field_Hangar_1,_1992.jpg

Posted by: edbyronadams | March 17, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Let us eschew the entire "Mine is bigger than yours" discussion, if at all possible.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 17, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Gesundheit, Mudge.

Posted by: MsJS | March 17, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Thank you. A little hay fever, that's all.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 17, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Gosh, Raysmom, do we have enough Kinkades, Lladros, and doilies to fill the VAB? I guess we could develop the space we need and leave the rest for another function or functions. Hmm. If we rented the space out, we could make boatloads (shuttle loads?) of money. Your shop treasurer likes this concept!

Being Irish from both sides of the Pale, I suppose I should be wearing orange as well as green, or orange instead of green. My mother's family is Scotch-Irish, from Northern Ireland, and has been Presbyterian since John Knox; my dad's family hails from Dublin, from whence my sixth or seventh great grandfather immigrated when he and his wife were disinherited for leaving the Catholic Church and becoming Baptist.

I have no idea of which side I should have supported in the Battle of the Boyne.

Posted by: slyness | March 17, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I see the title of this Kit and I keep thinking of Cape Cod, but of course then the Kit's title would be 'down the cape'. Nice afternoon, sunroom door open to let in the warm air. "S" now has my cold and my head is still full of carp so I bought decongestant meds at the drug store and had to sign for them. I guess this is the stuff people make bad things from. Maybe I should go sit in the sun for a while.

Posted by: badsneakers | March 17, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Slyness, you can always come over to the tribe Mudge, SciTim and I (and I'm sure others) inhabit (myself, only when good food is served, which is the extent of my devoutness).

i had a sandwich for lunch, upon which I used some mustard labeled "very strong" -- my sinuses haven't been this clear in millennia. Wowie-Zowie! Whew! (gggggood stuff)

Posted by: -ftb- | March 17, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Funny, to hear author Bill Minutaglio tell the Ivins story, a lot of what drove Molly--over the years, mind you--was pushback against her conservative father. Then add to that her privileged upbringing, excellent education back East in Northampton (at the college with our family imprint on it), and her firsthand knowledge of Texas.

I thought ftb bought the Minitaglio biography of Ivins? So perhaps ftb can fill us in? I didn't that night last December when Minutaglio was at The Twig at its then-spanking new location in the refurbed Pearl Brewery complex, with some regret, since I could easily have had Minutaglio autograph it. But Minutaglio's just up I-35, so maybe one of these days.

And really, MSJS, I don't know why on this green earth I should know that Molly called Perry Gov. GoodHair. Why you might ask? Because I stood very near Perry at the "Alamo" movie premiere party and could see with my own two good (at that time) eyes that he has good hair! Great hair, in fact!

Posted by: laloomis | March 17, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Slyness, maybe neutrality is what kept you alive to tell the tale.

I think we've established that the development potential for the VAB is pretty substantial. Mr. A, can you kindly advise NASA of same? The possibilities for the ML are a bit less expansive because, let's be honest, it's not really all that mobile.

Off to enjoy the bee-yoo-ti-full day here in TWC.

Posted by: MsJS | March 17, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Husband headed out the door wearing a green shirt today to celebrate his Irish. Haven't donned anything green to celebrate my Irish. Caught some news at lunch that Obama made a bloodline remark celebrating his Irish, too.

Thomas Cahill has a wonderful op-ed today at the NYT about the Irish. Cahill spoke in the Texas House Chamber in 2006, at 11:30 the Sunday of that weekend, about his recent book then, "Mysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminism, Science and Art from the Cults of Catholic Europe."

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/17/opinion/17cahill.html?ref=opinion

http://www.amazon.com/Mysteries-Middle-Ages-Feminism-Catholic/dp/0385495552/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1268852048&sr=1-7

Posted by: laloomis | March 17, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Loomis -- I do have the book, but it's still waaaay down in the stack on my bedstand. I may get to it next year some time. Molly will understand.

Posted by: -ftb- | March 17, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if these come in a size to fit Senators-

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/pets/detail?entry_id=56610

Posted by: kguy1 | March 17, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

ftb, if the Catholics wear green and the Protestants wear ornage, what color do we in the tribe wear? Because I know a guy can get us a nice worsted pinstripe wholesale. Very nice weight. Here, feel that. Like butter. And it comes with two pairs of kilts.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 17, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

LOL, MsJS. I can't claim Mudge's age so I really don't know which side I'd be on.

Kguy, nope, I don't think so. If you did, they would have to be industrial-sized and not cute like those. I'm not sure there's a material on earth that would stop the output.

Fun factoid: After the Battle of the Boyne, James Stuart fled back to France, enraging his Irish supporters. In Irish folk memory, he was derisively nicknamed Seamus a' chaca, literally James the Sh!t. Gotta love Wikipedia...

Posted by: slyness | March 17, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Let's remember that the most famous Dubliner was Jewish: Leopold Bloom. Never mind that he was not real. He is very real-real.

And, diaspora thingie is a common theme. And, the feeling of being other, being strangers to the hegemony aspects of Britannia.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 17, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm. How about some nice pupple, Mudge? Covers the pupick (sp?) and brings a smile to the punim. And not pretentious, either. Perfectly propitious pupple.

Yep.

Posted by: -ftb- | March 17, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of the holiday, I picture Mudge dressed like a character in The Princess Bride. And no, not Buttercup (maybe Miracle Max, though he'd make a good Dread Pirate Roberts).

Posted by: LostInThought | March 17, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

badsneakers, I think the same when I see the kit title and a little patch of blue from the first picture. I expect to move down the page and see the ocean or a beach or maybe a nice cranberry bog. Or are there cranberries there?

Posted by: nellie4 | March 17, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Re: your 3:28, Mudge. I saw the answer on the train this morning. A guy was wearing a kelly green yarmulke.

Having considered all the responses to my idea of using the VAB as the bunker, I think I have an even better idea. It may even be considered a public service project. How about using it as a repository (receptacle?) for all of the Kinkades of the world? Heck, if there's room left, we could throw all the Celine Dion CDs in there, too. Maybe even some Captain and Tenille and KC and the Sunshine Band. Call it the Repository of Dreck, if you will.

Posted by: Raysmom | March 17, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Well, as a true Irish person, I should be wearing green instead of the black I usually wear, but I just don't seem to have anything that color.

I will be celebrating tonight at a family corned beef and cabbage dinner with three generations of people who look like they're just off the boat.

I love this editorial from the Times.

"On this day of all days in the Irish-American calendar, when ethnic pride swells, let’s raise a toast: Here’s to the Irish, and here’s to the rest of us. May we never forget where we came from. Nearly all of us were Mexicans once."

More at

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/17/opinion/17wed4.html?ref=opinion

Posted by: rickoshea1 | March 17, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Mudge as a Princess Bride character? Inconceivable! He's too smart to go out for a pleasure cruise, at night... through... eel-infested waters...

Mind you, I think he was once unemployed in Greenland and I'm almost certain he was once involved in a land war in Asia.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 17, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Ah, Wilbrod, I thought one of those statues at the Nat. Geographic looked a bit familiar.

Posted by: ebtnut | March 17, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

"When I was your age, television was called books."

Posted by: LostInThought | March 17, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Raysmom, won't Florida object if we fill the VAB with Kincaides, Dion, etc.? After all, suddenly they'll have the nation's largest toxic waste site.

Posted by: Ivansmom | March 17, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

All the rotten apples in one basket, I say, I-mom.

Posted by: Raysmom | March 17, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Florida already has The Mouse. That means that either we should be spared Kinkade, or that Kinkade won't be noticed. I go with the latter.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | March 17, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

On second thought, maybe that basket should be in Texas.

Posted by: Raysmom | March 17, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Yes indeedy, LiT, but that's minor compared to the true quote:

"Actually, when I was your age, books were called cunieform."

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 17, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

SCC: clay tablets, pardon. I'm having a temporary malfunction with my word-retrival apparatus those days.
It's called my er, wossaname, brain, right?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 17, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

The Florida Senate is considering corporate-sponsored license plates. The idea would be for sponsored plates to be cheaper than regular ones.
http://www.theledger.com/article/20100312/NEWS/3125045

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | March 17, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Thinking of theme parks, Legoland bought the former Cypress Gardens, which was on life support for years. A modern home design magazine is showing off a kitchen island built of Lego blocks....

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | March 17, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Mudge. FtB, AstroTim, AstroSpouse (she of the longing): howsa about dis, ths Cetlic Klezmer mashup of this swingin' stuff:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esndMKpyn1U

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 17, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Ok, this is an odd one: Elvis singing "I'll take you home again, Kathleen."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ap5TAVR0KkE

This song is an "Amerikay-tune," meaning written here to address (sell to) the sentimental FBIs. FBI means foreign born Irish. I think a German wrote this, and was sung in entertainment halls.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 17, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Nellie, are there bogs there, you ask! We are lousy with cranberry bogs, all over SE MA as well as the cape. #2 lives on the edge of one. Yep, bogs we have!

Posted by: badsneakers | March 17, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Back from a gorgeous stroll on this practically-spring day.

Before going with the Repository of Dreck idea, I would like to see some specs on the VAB regarding how much weight the walls and floors can stand.

If the walls collapse during a hurricane that dreck will fly all over central Florida. Imagine getting hit by a flying CD's going 80 miles an hour.

And if the floor collapses from the weight, it could contaminate the local water supply or at least threaten local wildlife.

I wish it were in a more northerly locale. Then I'd suggest it be used as a bear habitat of some sort.

Posted by: MsJS | March 17, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Bears do exist in Florida, MSJS, and they would would appreciate the habitat.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_Black_Bear

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 17, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Oh goody! Bears in Florida!

Posted by: MsJS | March 17, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

sneaks, a bog pome from your neck of the woods, in Amerikay, even:

"I'm nobody! Who are you?" by Emily Dickinson

I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us — don't tell!
They'd banish us, you know.
How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 17, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Go0d day all. I can claim a full one eight Irish and full (lapsed) Catholism, so you may kiss me. Maybe not on the mouth but a solid peck on the cheek at a minimum.

Gawd the weather is beautiful on the Joisey Shoor today. This summer-like sunny weather really make the bling shining off the tatooued local skin today.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | March 17, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

The VAB could become the host to the 4 highest inside climbing walls ever. And also be the highest inside bungee jumbing (or base jumping!) spot once you reached the top by climbing.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | March 17, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

The Dutch Blue Guards were Orangemen. Just sayin'.

Posted by: Jumper1 | March 17, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

For the NASA pointies.

http://www.theonion.com/content/video/nasa_scientists_plan_to_approach

Posted by: I-am-Himself | March 17, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Well I have lots of Irish relative is you go far enough back. Just a fantastic St. Patrick's Day here,

20c, it won't last but loving it while it is here. Hoping I can enjoy the weather tomorrow, I am off as I have to take younger child to the dentist, for a tooth removal, the child that doesn't do well at the dentist (rather large understatement), should I survive that intact will be able to relax after and enjoy the sunshine.

Posted by: dmd3 | March 17, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Himself? My Himself?!

Posted by: Yoki | March 17, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

SD, you are on that shore, Mudge's Donna Shore? He never got over here, and her little overbite and brunette flip.

Swing down here, cuz and I shall buss you a good one.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 17, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

ScienceTim comes home in a week and a half. Just finished lunch, back up to the top of the mountain to get the instrument working and work on a paper.

Aloha!

Posted by: ScienceTim | March 17, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

CqP, thank you for the bog pome. Has anyone here taken an OTC decongestant medication and then felt all spacey (sort of dizzy and weak)? I'm trying to decide if I'm getting sick(er) or just having a bad reaction to whatever is in this stuff.

Posted by: badsneakers | March 17, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Busy day CqP. It turns out I know the trainer. I'm getting really old.

Off to a Manhattan-less night. Too tired to hit the Big Apple today. Enjoyed it yesterday though. I shall be back tomorrow.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | March 17, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

badsneakers, I gave up taking cold medications for just that reason. I can either feel sick, or sick and bad-drugged, but the meds do *not* make me feel better, at all at all.

Aloha, SciTim!

Posted by: Yoki | March 17, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Yoki. I'll assume that's what it is and just stop taking it. Unfortunately it was a 24 hour dose so I guess I'll have to tough it out til noon tomorrow :-(

Posted by: badsneakers | March 17, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Sneaks, I feel that way simply sick. Take care.

Twilight is about to descend, within the hour. So, here are a few versions of "Just a song at Twilight" the song that Molly Bloom was famous for:

Bing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJs49h57G9Y&feature=PlayList&p=47375B508703EE12&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=3

Italianate version circa 1930, very much as would Molly have sung (sans the darling Italian accent)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0gDnXHeL5E&feature=related

Tune by James Molloy; words by J. Clifton Bingham
Verse 1
Once in the dear, dead days beyond recall,
When on the world the mists began to fall,
Out of the dreams that rose in happy throng,
Low to our hearts love sang an old sweet song,
And in the dusk where fell the firelight gleam,
Softly it wove itself into our dream.

Chorus:
Just a song at twilight, when the lights are low;
And the flick'ring shadows softly come and go.
Tho' the heart be weary, sad the day and long,
Still to us at twilight comes love's old song,
Comes love's old sweet song.

Verse 2
Even today we hear love's song of yore,
Deep in our hearts it swells forever-more.
Footsteps may falter, weary grow the way;
Still we can hear it at the close of day.
So 'til the end, when life's dim shadows fall,
Love will be found the sweetest song of all.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 17, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Tune: the Minstrel Boy

The once-a-year Celt to the bar has gone
With his big wig of day-glo green frizzed hair
His “Kiss Me I’m Irish” shirt is surely on
A stick-on shamrock on his cheek, there
Comes the part that all the bar staff fear
the songs crooned in such a bad lilt
that not all the world’s stock of bright green beer
can stop dogs from howling and flowers’ wilt

Posted by: engelmann | March 17, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, the One. :)

Posted by: I-am-Himself | March 17, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Yay! So glad you're here. Everybody, Himself. Himself, Everybody.

Posted by: Yoki | March 17, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Yoki's most especial Himself, o my stars in heaven. How lovely.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 17, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Himself on this day? The Celtic strip-ed day? Sit down over her in snug. Well, the day ends well and the evening begins.

Ricko! Bless me please for I have sinned. Dinner was a small bowl of layered spagetti: vodka sauce atop al dente past atop artichokes, mushrooms and sliced olives sauted in EVOO, garlic, kosher salt and a bit of cracked pepper.

I cannot make corned beef and colcannon for one.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 17, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Raysmom, you would really banish Muskrat Love? How could you!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKw8j7GLSdw

You know, it is worse if you watch it -- I didn't remember that!

Posted by: nellie4 | March 17, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Call it the luck of the Irish, CquaP!

I would gladly eat calcannon with you; we'll need better planning in future. But where is CPBoy and all the long lads?

Posted by: Yoki | March 17, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

The long lads are long away on a field trip; so, no lusty appetites for the food of warriors and kings. I miss their limbs and childlike faces with long light hairs that reveal themselves in sunlit profiles. However, their puppy huge shoes --- Converse All stars both high and low tops, NOT SO MUCH.

CPBarking is in withdrawal, though. Outside, they incite her to riot. She still thinks that ONE FINE DAY, she shall grasp that b-ball and make a basket. Inside, she snuggles and cuddles and HOPES FOR A NIBBIN of beef jerky.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 17, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

No corned beef for us today...Wednesday, Lent, Old World upbringing.

Posted by: LostInThought | March 17, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Mary Black and family on this lovely did. We ate bacon in it, also known as rasher, if the day fell NOT on a Friday.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyzTGnbSBeU

Did you ever eat Colcannon, made from lovely pickled cream?
With the greens and scallions mingled like a picture in a dream.
Did you ever make a hole on top to hold the melting flake
Of the creamy, flavoured butter that your mother used to make?

chorus :
Yes you did, so you did, so did he and so did I.
And the more I think about it sure the nearer I'm to cry.
Oh, wasn't it the happy days when troubles we had not,
And our mothers made Colcannon in the little skillet pot.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 17, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

*Laughing* I well remember the days of a vestibule chock-a-block with giant smelly Chucks/Nike Airs and backpacks and ski-jackets.

Don't miss them much, I confess. The kids, yes. The mess, not.

Posted by: Yoki | March 17, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, LiT, I shall pretend I am very observant. We would et the 'tato dishes with bacon, SAVE if the day was a Friday. So, do you fast on all Wednesdays in Lent, too?

As YK notes last week or so, the fish-Fridays are not at all a modesty or deprivation. The better meal would be rice and tea, not enough, to remind us of what many of our brothers and sisters endure daily. If not rice, then a bit of stone-ground corn in a mush, very watered.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 17, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Yoki, but we pay the price gladly. I have sprayed Febreze on T's shoes. NO matter what, they carry the aroma of his exertion and dreams. God bless that dear 6 ft stripling, who daily and daily looks more and more like his gr.gr.grandfather who was a Hopi chief. So interesting how this face jumped out of the great American Heinze 57 ketchup of genes.

These boys tend to punk, sca, indie, and grunge emo music: so, the Chuck are de rigeru. During the school day, half of them are required to wear brownish or blackish leather shoes....so, the freedom of Converse....also, my backyard has a serviceable b-ball hoop. And, a swing set that still beckons to them so they drape the long legs on part of it. And, they hang from a clothesline pole, hoping to grow longer still.....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 17, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

nibbin of lockers
yields jerky not of beef but
tongues from smelly shoes

Posted by: DNA_Girl | March 17, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

LiT, would you explain that?

I remember before Vatican II Catholics used to do meatless Friday fasts year-around and meatless fasts throughout all of Lent, but nothing special about Wednesdays.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 17, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Well, I remember the cuisine on the prairies in the early sixties, and fish *was* a deprivation then. Never in Ireland, and not many other places. But boy, did I feel it it at school at Friday lunch.

Posted by: Yoki | March 17, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Hi Himself! So good to meet you, we're delighted that you're along for the ride. Please post often.

Ah yes, the mess that goes along with kids. All the mess around here now is mine, so I have no excuse. The Geekdottir was here for two weeks, she left yesterday to go back to the boyfriend. But before she left, she washed the sheets and made her bed back up. That kid's a keeper.

Today we got the invitation for a 2 year old birthday party, for my favorite twin boys. In the form of a ticket for a train ride, they being into all things railroad. Hard to believe that they are almost 2; it seems like their mom brought them home six or eight weeks ago.

A toxic waste dump of Kinkades? Scary.

Posted by: slyness | March 17, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Howdy, Himself!!

badsneakers, I can't take the OTC medications at all because they make me feel funny and increase my heart rate. My doctor says to stay away from them. He says if you take them you feel better in about seven days, and if you don't take them you feel better in about seven days.

Fettucine Alfredo here, broccoli, apples, and for the noodles' top leftover chicken breast diced & warmed in olive oil with garlic, rosemary, lemon, white wine. Can you tell I just don't feel like cooking? Basically, boil water & melt butter and we're done.

Posted by: Ivansmom | March 17, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Oh no. They *can't* be two, surely? I mean, they were just babes in arms last week!

Posted by: Yoki | March 17, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Oh! Does it have to do with the fact San Giuseppe's feast day is on this Friday (March 19)?

I'm not observing Lent scrupulously this year. I feel filthy saying that, actually, but what's available to me isn't always right for Lent.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 17, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Gosh go out for a beer and wings with hubby and Himself shows up - Wow, welcome!

Posted by: dmd3 | March 17, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Here's a fine, fine way to celebrate Pi Day:

http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2010/03/mit_admissions.html

*L*

Roit! Wot's all this about Himself, then?? :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 17, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Welcome Himself, nice to finally 'meet' you. IMom, this cold has hung on for 17 days now which is why I gave in and tried the decongestant, but I'd rather continue to go thru tissues like crazy than feel this way - ugh.

I'm only one quarter Irish, my dad's mother, and I can't stand corned beef. We had chicken breasts tonight. As a very lapsed Catholic, I don't do Lent.

Posted by: badsneakers | March 17, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

For St. Patrick's Day, Night Paddy Murphy Died, Great Big Sea. Slainte!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0SpwEdU5ak&feature=related

Posted by: dmd3 | March 17, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

DNA girl, the genius of you, so scary-warm good. I bow down thrice and doff the hat. Poem-maker.

Yoiki -- tuna noodle casserole was only marginally better than the evil fish sticks. Name brand, off brand DID NOT MATTER. Hideous. Irisher granny called them fish fingers, which only made my stomach turn more. I begged for plain mac and cheese or PBJ. If only we had a bagels and cream cheese as a choice then.


SD -- could we call this concoction near-poutine? Potato chips -- fancy homestyle thick cut, dressed in alfredo sauce with cheese on top/ Converse boys like this, after the days of shoveling snow and running out of groceries....is this an abomination or convergent evolution?


Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 17, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

DMD -- I like them. Bob Hallet does a nice a capella version of the Colcannon song.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 17, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Yep CqP, that's me. Who'da ever thunk it?

Between my mother and the good Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Fish Wednesdays and Fridays weren't about modesty or deprivation, but reminders...Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, JC's job and oft-used stories (fish for men, cast your nets... etc.), feeding the multitudes and our responsibliities toward our fellow man (5 loaves and 2 fishes is never enough until you start to give it away), and the ichthus acrostic. The deprivations are something else altogether.

Posted by: LostInThought | March 17, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

'snuke, Himself and I are reconciled, just doing it our way. We shan't live together (unless one or both of us gets old and sick and stupid and ill [name that British comedy troupe] and needs someone to look after the other), but my husband is my permanent boyfriend.

I actually think this live apart/date/have own friends formula might save lots and *lots* of marriages :-)

Posted by: Yoki | March 17, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Fish! Thin, fat, or fried
Let them flap into my bowl
I shan't howl at all.

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 17, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Glad you like it CP, I didn't really know of Irish music until I experienced St. Pat's day at university, Pub had live music, from noon til close the place was packed on St. Patrick's day - it was a lot of fun.

A good movie to celebrate the day, Waking Ned Divine - love that movie.

Posted by: dmd3 | March 17, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, traditionally, Wednesdays have to do with Judas.

I was steeped in traditions, but neither in an elaborate silver teapot nor a dainty modest one...more in a cross between an oversized novelty mug and a to-go cup.

Posted by: LostInThought | March 17, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, that could well be. Sometimes people get so focused on kids and running things that they forget why they got in the marriage in the first place.

Didn't happen to my parents, but then as the last kid at home, I often had to nudge them to go out on their own to dinner--like dating, only with more money.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 17, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

fish 'n' chips enough
for five thousand hungry men;
maybe not a 'dog

Posted by: DNA_Girl | March 17, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Hello, Himself. We have heard so much about you. Come by again. This has been a good day for significant others of Boodlers. I am always wondering if and when I will find a Mrs. Jkt lurking. Fortunately, we are too, mmm, something, for her. Much like myself.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 17, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Your arrangement is interesting Yoki. It wouldn't work for everyone but I'm happy that it's working for you.

Great song dmd. I love the Irish attitude towards death and look forward to having a wonderful Irish wake when I die - of course I won't actually be there, but I want everyone who is to have a good time and lots of laughs.

Posted by: badsneakers | March 17, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Yea verily, Yoki, I am glad at heart to her it. :-)))))))))

*extra-special-welcome-to-our-little-corner-of-the-world Grover waves to Himself* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 17, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

*SIGH*

SCC: hear it, of course

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 17, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Works for me. DNA Guy and I have lived in the same house for about 5 of 13 years of marriage. Now we're about to try living on two different continents for the next few years. He's my best friend.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | March 17, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

LIT,
**I was steeped in traditions, but neither in an elaborate silver teapot nor a dainty modest one...more in a cross between an oversized novelty mug and a to-go cup.**

Too, too funny!

(I too am a product of the SNDs. "How good is the good Lord!")

As for corn beef on Wednesday in Lent, the Boston cardinal always gave a dispensation for St. Patrick's Day. I assumed that was true everywhere.

My mother used to make the most disgusting Friday meal involving haddock baked in milk with a corn flake crust. After far too long she switched to fish chowder made from frozen fish chowder enriched with extra fish, cream, and butter. Served with Portuguese sweet bread, it was heaven!

Posted by: rickoshea1 | March 17, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Hi Boodlers,

This is Himself. (We seem to be having a cookie issue here.)

Thank you for the kind welcome. Yoki has told me much about you and in fact I have met a select few so I have some first hand experience. You are a special group and I consider myself honoured to be allowed on the fringe. ;)

I don't expect to post a lot but may on occasion dip into my dear, lovely Yoki's pool.

Posted by: Yoki | March 17, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

rickoshea! Fish pie! Arghghgrhghgh!

Posted by: Yoki | March 17, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Another new exo-planet. This one with beach weather.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8572760.stm

Posted by: yellojkt | March 17, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Rickoshea, your family dog must have been well-fed on Fridays.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 17, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

We did the fish fridays, but do not recall Wednesdays. Noticed that in Irish tradition an alcohol exception was given for St. Paddy's day.

In our household we also had a Sunday exemption in lent - anything you gave up you could have on lent - not sure everyone did this, but it ment Dad could have a drink and wine with supper and we could have the candy we gave up - I wasn't going to question whether it was legit or not.

Posted by: dmd3 | March 17, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

It's legit, dmd3. But I only found out just today.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 17, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Rachel Maddow just said that the governor and atty. gen of VA are turning the state into a "JesseHelmsastan" and she is listing all the crazy stuff they've done since taking office. Now she's talking about the difference between what they've been doing and how it's been reported nationally. What the heck is it with VA?

Posted by: badsneakers | March 17, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Oh dear, did I kill it? I am sorry :-(

Posted by: badsneakers | March 17, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Sneaks. Oh, I do hope the Sneakers household will feel tip-top soon. Nice hot chicken soup laced with hot sauce should help.

Well, my dear Boodlers, I just got back from Politics and Prose, where I met, shook hands with (twice!) Ngugi wa Thiong'o and got my book inscribed and signed. What a guy! He's not very tall, he's a very proud 72 year old, and he's a delight. He drew quite the huge crowd, I must say, and quite a few Africans. He is simply wonderful, and I want to read everything he's written.

*completely smitten*

Why, Yoki, Himself has visited the Boodle. I wonder if he is going to be a more permanent fixture hereabouts. He is welcome, of course.

Gotta go finish the paper before I fall asleep over it.

Cya'll tomorrow.

Posted by: -ftb- | March 17, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Haha. Not you Bad. I think it was me. I killed it. Cool. And on my first day. :D

Posted by: I-am-Himself | March 17, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

LiT, you're making me chuckle over here.

I remember fish Wednesdays and Fridays during Lent. Somewhere along the way, we kinda lost track of Lenten Wednesdays -- perhaps in the Vatican II afterglow.

Of course, it might also have had something to do with a lasagne my grandmother made using canned tuna fish instead of beef. Yeesh -- rickoshea, I feel for ya.

Luckily for me, Friday nights were almost always Chesapeake rockfish with garlic, lemon, oilve oil and parsley, sometimes linguine with garlic-laden white wine clam sauce or a very lemony marinaded steamed calamari. Lots of other good stuff, too (thinking of a salmon filet with homemade don't-spare-the-pine-nuts pesto).

bc

Posted by: -bc- | March 17, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Canned tuna fish lasagne? That should go in the toxic VAB bunker.

I was raised Methodist before they found out about the liturgical calendar, so didn't hear about Lent until I started singing for an Episcopal church after law school. I was fortunate to spend years and years singing in high church Catholic choirs - Lent has some of the best music.

You're in good company, Himself. sometimes we hear from ScienceSpouse (howdy, ScienceSpouse) or SonofTBG, or the occasional other Other; sometimes the Boy drops by, borrowing my handle but, I reassure myself, instantly distinguishable from my voice.

Posted by: Ivansmom | March 17, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

My Episcopal college roommate and I would get into long arguments over the free-on-Sundays Lent rules. As Catholic I had never heard of it.

I also didn't realize until recently that the 40 days of Lent don't include Sundays, which is why it is nearly seven weeks long.

Counting doesn't seem to be a strong suit in religions.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 18, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

VAB Bunker...
Does it have keys dogs could use
To rescue tuna?

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 18, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

biometric lock
knows paw prints of trusted 'dog,
so...bon appetit

Posted by: DNA_Girl | March 18, 2010 1:07 AM | Report abuse

Biometric dog
Goes bionic in rescue
of fish stuck in nicks

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 18, 2010 1:15 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. Lit, don't want to slice and dice, just want to be friendly and fun. And not limited to African-Americans, just people.

I agree, Mudge.

Scotty, still praying for sister, and hoping for the best outcome.

Oh, Himself, so happy to meet you at last. And I wish the best for you and Yoki. I am truly happy for you and her. May God bless you mightily. I'm sitting here smiling like you're one of my kids.LOL.

Slyness, I think rain is the plan today. Maybe the clouds will go away after the rain. We can hope.

Everyone here, have a wonderful and blessed day. I love you all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | March 18, 2010 6:28 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. Lit, don't mean to slice and dice, just want to be friendly and fun. And not just African-Americans, but people.

I agree, Mudge.

Scotty, still praying for your sister, and hoping her outcome is great.

And oh, Himself, so happy to meet you at last. I truly wish you and Yoki the best, and I'm happy that your lives are together. I think it's great that you are here. May God bless you and Yoki wonderfully.

Slyness, the plan calls for rain today, perhaps the clouds will move out after the rain. We can always hope.

Everyone here, have a great day, and I love you all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | March 18, 2010 6:35 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. Lit, don't mean to slice and dice, just want to be friendly and fun. And not just African-Americans, but people.

I agree, Mudge.

Scotty, still praying for your sister, and hoping her outcome is great.

And oh, Himself, so happy to meet you at last. I truly wish you and Yoki the best, and I'm happy that your lives are together. I think it's great that you are here. May God bless you and Yoki wonderfully.

Slyness, the plan calls for rain today, perhaps the clouds will move out after the rain. We can always hope.

Everyone here, have a great day, and I love you all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | March 18, 2010 6:36 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. Lit, don't mean to slice and dice, just want to be friendly and fun. And not just African-Americans, but people.

I agree, Mudge.

Scotty, still praying for your sister, and hoping her outcome is great.

And oh, Himself, so happy to meet you at last. I truly wish you and Yoki the best, and I'm happy that your lives are together. I think it's great that you are here. May God bless you and Yoki wonderfully.

Slyness, the plan calls for rain today, perhaps the clouds will move out after the rain. We can always hope.

Everyone here, have a great day, and I love you all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | March 18, 2010 6:42 AM | Report abuse

Bless you, Cassandra! Looks like your computer sneezed several times.

Good morning, all! Ham biscuits, cheese grits, mixed fruit, and beverages on the ready room table. Enjoy!

Finally, a day to get stuff done at home. I'll be in and out, running the errands.

Posted by: slyness | March 18, 2010 7:07 AM | Report abuse

Lord, have mercy. I did not mean to post that many times. I thought the first one did not go through, so I reposted, and the words aren't exactly the same. Just tried to remember the first ones, and at my age, that does not work either. LOL.

Excuse me, and have a great day. Great breakfast, Slyness.

Posted by: cmyth4u | March 18, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Lord, have mercy. I did not mean to post that many times. I thought the first one did not go through, so I reposted, and the words aren't exactly the same. Just tried to remember the first ones, and at my age, that does not work either. LOL.

Excuse me, and have a great day. Great breakfast, Slyness.

Posted by: cmyth4u | March 18, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Gesundheit, Cassandra!!! *L*

Doncha jes hate it when you forget to bring your sunglasses with you on what looks to be a startlingly clear and bright day?

I heard some astounding news this morning. Brace yourself, RD_P -- Christina Hendricks is not really a redhead. :-O

*wondering-why-it-feels-like-Monday-on-what's-clearly-a-Thursday Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 18, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Lord, have mercy. I did not mean to post that many times. I thought the first one did not go through, so I reposted, and the words aren't exactly the same. Just tried to remember the first ones, and at my age, that does not work either. LOL.

Excuse me, and have a great day. Great breakfast, Slyness.

Posted by: cmyth4u | March 18, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Lord, have mercy. I did not mean to post that many times. I thought the first one did not go through, so I reposted, and the words aren't exactly the same. Just tried to remember the first ones, and at my age, that does not work either. LOL.

Excuse me, and have a great day. Great breakfast, Slyness.

Posted by: cmyth4u | March 18, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Lord, have mercy. I did not mean to post that many times. I thought the first one did not go through, so I reposted, and the words aren't exactly the same. Just tried to remember the first ones, and at my age, that does not work either. LOL.

Excuse me, and have a great day. Great breakfast, Slyness.

Posted by: cmyth4u | March 18, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Lord, have mercy. I did not mean to post that many times. I thought the first one did not go through, so I reposted, and the words aren't exactly the same. Just tried to remember the first ones, and at my age, that does not work either. LOL.

Excuse me, and have a great day. Great breakfast, Slyness.

Posted by: cmyth4u | March 18, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Lord, have mercy. I did not mean to post that many times. I thought the first one did not go through, so I reposted, and the words aren't exactly the same. Just tried to remember the first ones, and at my age, that does not work either. LOL.

Excuse me, and have a great day. Great breakfast, Slyness.

Posted by: cmyth4u | March 18, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Lord, have mercy. I did not mean to post that many times. I thought the first one did not go through, so I reposted, and the words aren't exactly the same. Just tried to remember the first ones, and at my age, that does not work either. LOL.

Excuse me, and have a great day. Great breakfast, Slyness.

Posted by: cmyth4u | March 18, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Lord, have mercy. I did not mean to post that many times. I thought the first one did not go through, so I reposted, and the words aren't exactly the same. Just tried to remember the first ones, and at my age, that does not work either. LOL.

Excuse me, and have a great day. Great breakfast, Slyness.

Posted by: cmyth4u | March 18, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Lord, have mercy. I did not mean to post that many times. I thought the first one did not go through, so I reposted, and the words aren't exactly the same. Just tried to remember the first ones, and at my age, that does not work either. LOL.

Excuse me, and have a great day. Great breakfast, Slyness.

Posted by: cmyth4u | March 18, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

*faxin' Cassandra's PC a box of Kleenex* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 18, 2010 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Wooh Doggy do I have a pounder today!! Yesirree, the lights are like little knives - and my stomach - man- you donna wanna go there. Yep, that's what happens when you stay out late drinking Green Beer with yer croneys and ...

Oh bah.

Last night I had a mug of sleepy-time tea, read with a bunny hopping about, and went to bed by 10.

Sometimes I think my life needs a rewrite.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | March 18, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Skip a night of boodling and what do I get? I miss both Himself and Great Big Sea. For the DC-area boodlers, GBS is coming to Wolf Trap Friday, August 20.

Posted by: Raysmom | March 18, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

The other side effect of the decongestant is insomnia. Did not have a good night. Maybe I can nap in the hammock on the porch this afternoon?

Posted by: badsneakers | March 18, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

New kit

Posted by: dmd3 | March 18, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Morning boodle! Our unseasonably warm temps are due to end tonight so it's time to get outside while the getting's good.

Howdy himself and all.

When I started reading RD's 8:12 I thought maybe he ate the same cabbage I did. Not really a fan, but wanted to show support for the local church ladies and their monthly community meal. All the free will offerings go to a clean drinking water charity.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | March 18, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

GBS? George Bernard Shaw? Wow! I gotta get tickets for that one!

Posted by: -ftb- | March 18, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

I need some caffeine. I just read that SMS had gone out for bears and wings with dmdspouse. Makes more sense her way, although every good boodle deserves a bear.

Himself! I was just listening to what I think of as your themesong.

Have a good day, all. Rudely, I'm Going to propose a progressive virtual lunch at yoki's and himself's houses. I'll bring a death by chocolate cake.

Posted by: -dbG- | March 18, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

I have a themesong?

Send in the Clowns? Fool on the Hill? Oh, A Private Buffoon Is A Light-Hearted Loon?

Posted by: I-am-Himself | March 18, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company