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Battle of the gap years

I'm still thinking about that Ian Shapira piece on 26 as the new 18. Is there any end to this process? Won't 30 inevitably become what today is 26 (the former 18)? At some point, adolescence will extend deep into the period of life when people have gray hair and bad knees. Adolescence will also go the other direction as 10-year-olds affect teenage attitudes and the sartorial semiotics of their elders. There will be three age groups: Babies, adolescents, and frisky geezers.

Remember, please, that adolescence is an entirely invented phase of life, manufactured by society sometime in the 20th century in deference to the labor unions that wished to delay entrance into the workforce of perfectly able-bodied young men. Sure, kids are still growing for the early part of adolescence, but really there's no reason why boys and girls today shouldn't start working 60 hours a week, in factories and on farms, starting at the age of 14. They can go to night school to get their high school equivalency diploma. I fondly recall the day when males and females routinely married at 18 and by 20 had those deep furrows in their brows as they pondered their personal horizons (hey, isn't that a dust storm coming?).

Now, as I've said a million times, Americans have gone soft, and no one does a lick of work until they've first gone through all of high school, a "gap year" (new term for "taking a year to bum around"), four years of college, two more gap years, three years of grad school, and five years of living with the parents in the basement while getting in touch with the inner person. Only then, after this long journey, can the young person, now in his or her mid-30s, finally settle down to a nice, stable existence as a faceless widget in the vast and impersonal capitalist machine.

The expansion of adolescence is enabled by the willingness of the parental units to bankroll and affirm the delayed entry into the adult culture of work, responsibility and soul-eroding regret. But what if we parents decide that we're no longer going along with the plan? The extension of adolescence effectively robs from the elder cohort its own prized transitional period, blandly known as middle age but potentially the most interesting part of life. It's the time when you can say (re: offspring) My Work Here Is Done, and still have the moves and moxie to take on new adventures.

This could be the next great generational battle.

It's MY turn for a gap year.

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 2, 2010; 7:32 AM ET
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Active gizzering is the answer!

Good morning ye old Boodlers! :)


Posted by: Braguine | April 2, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Dang have to hit refresh before I post :-)

Posted by: dmd3 | April 2, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Hi Brag! I hope all is well in your corner of the world.

As one who is well into her third year of retirement, I had best not comment on the kit, except to say that my two offspring launched themselves with great glee after graduation and show no sign of wishing to return to the parental nest. I'm good with that.

Posted by: slyness | April 2, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

As promised, for KM2bar:

Pineapple au gratin

1 lg can crushed pineapple, drained
1 c. grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 c. sugar
3 Tbls. flour
Ritz cracker crumbs
melted butter

Mix pineapple and cheese. Mix flour and sugar, stirring into pineapple and cheese mixture. Pour into baking dish. Crumble thick layer of cracker crumbs on top. Drizzle melted butter on top of crumbs. Bake at 325 for 35-40 minutes.

Posted by: slyness | April 2, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

That recipe sounds just strange enough to be great Slyness.

I pity parents who still have children living at home after age 26 or so. As much as we love them, there does come a time when they should be out on their own. These are tough financial times tho' so I understand the difficulties.

Does anyone have a guesstimate as to how long it takes before the ground soaks up excess water so that it doesn't keep freaking coming into the darn cellar!!!

Posted by: badsneakers | April 2, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Warm muffins, coffee and OJ on the table.

MrJS was in academe and rigorously guarded his 'gap summers.' He usually disappeared for three weeks to places European or South American right after the spring term ended in mid-May. Then he did whatever the moment called him to do until mid-August, whilst his wife toiled in the Corporate Scene. Nice gig if you can swing it.

Circumstances put the BrosJS and I full into adult life the day after college graduation. We knew it was coming, planned for it (sorta), and managed to figure it well enough to get a job, an apartment, a car, and real furniture.

In fact, MrJS and I still eat breakfast off the table I bought way back then. Gotta be one of the best investments I ever made.

Posted by: MsJS | April 2, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Like many middle-aged parents, I am sometimes frustrated that my children don't really appreciate what they have. And this is because, of course, my children view their experiences as normal. Or, viewed another way, they think my childhood and adolescence was unspeakably odd.

And they might have a point.

But as a wise and loving father I try not to let this annoy me. I take pride in the fact that my children don’t need to worry about a lot of stuff that kept me awake when I was a youth.

Still, there is sometimes a sense of wistfulness at the intrinsic inequity that arises from such a situation. Which means, logically, that there is only one way to even the scales. I must enthusiastically seek ways to worry my children.

So a gap year is a great idea. Plus, it will finally give me a chance to take up knitting.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | April 2, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

My "gap year" was 4 years in Uncle Sam's canoe club. I'd been working for a little over a year, and trying to get through college part-time, but the draft board began breathing down my neck. I figured 4 years in bell-bottoms on a nice big ship beat 2 years in some muddy rice paddy any day. As it turned out, I wound up never having to board a ship. Finally finished my BA four years after getting out.

Posted by: ebtnut | April 2, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Joel touches on a serious theme, about the way the extended adolescence can cut into middle aged freedoms. It's hard to turn an old bedroom into a way-cool workshop complete with a laser-guided tri-axial grommet sander when there is a kid in sweats still sleeping there.

The way I look at it, all this really does is shift things. I mean, just as 26 is the new 18, I hear that, 96 is, like, the new 87.

This is what keeps me going.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | April 2, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

*sigh* Mudged myself. Again. So what else is nu?

'Morning, Boodle.

It doesn't seem to be getting much coverage, but in fact we have an American woman astronaut in space. It's just we didn't put her there, that's all.

From the AP story:

"Before the pre-launch briefing early Friday, [Tracy] Caldwell Dyson - a lead vocalist in Houston-based all-astronaut rock band Max-Q - drew on her musical talents by regaling her friends, colleagues and relatives with a solo rendition of Garth Brooks' country hit "The River."

"In a final statement to a commission of international space officials, Caldwell Dyson said in Russian: "As our captain said, we are ready."

"Well-wishers and family crowded the bus taking the astronauts to the launch pad [at Baikonur, Kazahkstan] where Yuri Gagarin began the first human trip into orbit in 1961, taking pictures and pressing their hands against the window in final greetings."

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | April 2, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | April 2, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

That's an interesting story ebtnut! We are still inundated by stuff from the military seeking to recruit my son. I leave them sitting on his bed when he visits from college as helpful reminders.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | April 2, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

There are many advantages to having had the Boy relatively late. For instance, I acquired enough patience and humor with age that I could be a parent without killing him. One disadvantage is that when I'm ready for my gap year (now would be good) he is not old enough for me to take one.

Another is that I'm going to have to postpone my mid-life crisis, with its dubious choices and bad decisions, until I no longer feel compelled to act as a role model. Of course, knowing myself, I'm afraid that compulsion will be ongoing. I probably should have had my mid-life crisis in my early thirties, instead of getting married and being gainfully employed.

Since his infancy we have told the Boy that after high school, you move away from home and go to college. Some folks thought that was a little early but we figured he should think of it as an integral part of the English language, wired into his brain.

Posted by: Ivansmom | April 2, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

I've worked since age 16.

Didn't mean I moved out then, but I did insist on paying rent once I graduated college.

Now I live in the basement. Disability doesn't make for a pretty gap year.

Shrug. My parents offered, and they get rent, an extra car to borrow or person to run errands, and a maintenance-free dog to pet. Still doesn't seem enough.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 2, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

I don't know about you, Ivansmom, but it was a given from my infancy that I would go to college. There was never any question about it. Same given for my kids.

Posted by: slyness | April 2, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I-mom, my folks did that, too. As a result, we all got degrees at least 900 miles from the nest. And by the end of sophomore year we didn't even bother coming home for the summer.

I had my mid-life crisis at age 35. I have virtually no recollection of the next 14 years. Everything was on auto-pilot.

RD, could you share what you plan to do with all those well-sanded grommets?

Posted by: MsJS | April 2, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Given that there were four of us in a 1,200 sq ft, 3-bedroom 1 bath house, remaining at home didn't hold a lot of appeal to my 18-year-old self. My chosen path, however, (married and working full time at 20) isn't one I'd recommend. That said, I can't imagine what, short of full-blown financial crisis, would have made me want to return to the nest (as my parents wanted) when that plan ultimately fell apart.

Posted by: Raysmom | April 2, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I've long wanted to have a really good midlife crisis. But I can't get anyone else to go along with the idea.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | April 2, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Slyness - thanks for the recipe. Quick Q, sweetened or unsweetened pineapple?
Totally understand the kit. When I called to tell my mother I was getting married in my junior year of college, after the initial shock, she said congratulations and we both understood that I had fledged and was on my own. Other half and I came to Texas intending to go to grad school and work our way thru. We got here in the middle of a recession and found out (1) out of state tuition, which we had checked on, was reasonable; fees were not, and (2) we couldn't make enough working part time to go to school (unlike Michigan, which paid well because of the auto industry). So we lucked out, found jobs as provisional teachers and worked for 2 years before going to grad school.
Times have changed so much. The Boy is a junior this year, and I think he could benefit from a gap year before going to grad school, but I am at a loss to think of what he could do. We can't exactly afford to send him to tour Europe and if he returns home there is no work here. I fear the internet and video games would be his outlet.
I-mom, I understand; the Boy was our mid-life crisis and our gap years. A late life surprise. I have told the Boy that it was his lot to be two generations off from his peers, as my mother was born in 1910 and I was old enough to be a grandmother when he was born.

Posted by: km2bar | April 2, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I never lived at home after age 19. I graduated from college and got married the same month, 40 years ago this May 24. From that point the immediate concern was earning a living and putting my new wife through the last year of her B.A.

Everyone's experience is different. I knew a guy, Jack, an old sailor who had five kids and as each one graduated from high school, the family all gathered for a big feast to celebrate. After the meal Jack would make a little speech and smash the new graduate's plate, telling them that "The gravy train has left the station." I never got to meet all five kids until Jack's funeral, but they all talked about him with deep love and respect and they all laughed about the plate ceremony and talked about how it made them feel adult.

I know a single mom who raised three boys on very little, at one low point living in her car with the youngest boy. When he left to go to college, she moved from Alexandria into D.C and into a "no kids" building. The boys can visit for no more than two weeks at a time. Her son is one of the most self reliant young people I know.

Robert Frost said, "Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in." Sometimes that's true, but not always.

Posted by: kguy1 | April 2, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

While I have Robert Frost quotes on the brain, here are a few more-

A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain.

A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.

A mother takes twenty years to make a man of her boy, and another woman makes a fool of him in twenty minutes.

If society fits you comfortably enough, you call it freedom.

Posted by: kguy1 | April 2, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

There are those among us who will be glad at heart to hear a small-eared bunny has decided the green outside the building is a fine homestead. I think the yummy flowers have something to do with it...

I'll check for eggs next time I'm out there. :-)

My "adolescent" gap year was almost a gap decade, but I was a better college student for it. I could use another gap year right about now, though... *SIGHHH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | April 2, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: RD_Padouk | April 2, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I went through my early adult years pretty much on automatic pilot, and yet I was able to surmount unexpected difficulties by force of sheer will and basic survival skills I never consciously thought I'd had. There were a great number of remarkable adventures and basically no regrets. Might that earlier life have been easier if I made different choices? Absolutely! But I also would have lost a lot of my grit and my joy in the struggle.

Our ventures and adventures make us who we are -- for better and worse. Mere survival and sheer survival, spiced with an increasing amount of self awareness helps us avoid the pot holes later on in life. At least it has for me, most of the time.

Posted by: -ftb- | April 2, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

I'm looking towards what will hopefully be a permanent "gap" next year. Will be turning that magic SSI age, and have begun discussions with HR about what we need to start doing to prepare. June 1, 2011 is the likely date.

Posted by: ebtnut | April 2, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

With you on all of that, ftb. "What is past is prologue."

Posted by: Raysmom | April 2, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I moved away at 18 never to return in part because my parents moved to Italy on me. They did move in with me for two months once. I was married with a kid by 26, so I will have to take a raincheck on those gap years.

Posted by: yellojkt | April 2, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

At least they left a forwarding address, didn't they yello?

Posted by: Raysmom | April 2, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Survival is the only game in town, really...

And the house always wins. *SIGH*

Raysmom! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | April 2, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Personally, I'm not expecting a Gap Year so much as a Gap Eternity, to begin immediately after my Viking funeral.

I *may* be able to rationalize that My Work Here is Done at some point, but I'll *always* have questions about if what I did was good enough the guilt of what I wasn't able to get to at all.

And that Next Adventure would include getting a good seat at the Resturant at the End of the Universe and checking out the Big Crunch or Heat Death show. That seat will most likely be at the bar, as I imagine no reputable establishment would have me in their main dining room.


Posted by: -bc- | April 2, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Ah, grasshopper, you compel me to trundle out Robert Frost one last time-

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.

Posted by: kguy1 | April 2, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Was it Frost or was it somebody else who added "oblah-dee, oblah-dah" to that line, kguy?

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | April 2, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

ebtnut, re your photo CD problem (Photoshop can still handle the format.):

Posted by: rashomon | April 2, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

One thing I've found surprising about The Youth of Today is how many of them have never had a job before college graduation. Nothin'. Not even McDonald's.

I look across the desk at these kids and think a) what do you do for money? Have Mom and Dad handed you cash all your life? and b) why would I hire someone who doesn't even know how to get out of bed and go to work every day?

It seems weird. I mean, I wanted my own "income" so badly that I got a job the day after I turned 16.

Posted by: KBoom | April 2, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

And Mudge, my friend, I'm glad that there are ladies in orbit, but there have been many ladies in space over the years - American and otherwise - and I think many (if not most) have ridden the Soyuz, including the first woman in space, 40-some-odd years ago.

I'm pretty sure that female American astronauts have flown Soyuz either up or down on contract from NASA.

I guess I don't consider it a bigger deal than anyone else flying up there. Had to chuckle at the article you linked, which stated that during the next STS flight to the ISS that that there would be historic in that there would four women in space at the same time.

I say, so?

That writer should see my Mom's little kitchen this coming Sunday afternoon.


Posted by: -bc- | April 2, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I meant to add that my brothers and I are going to be elbowed out of that kitchen like Spud Webb trying to get into the paint on Shaq back in the day.


Posted by: -bc- | April 2, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Here's a tip, mudge. If you quote Frost the youts will think you're irrelevant. Quote the Beatles and they'll think you're really old and irrelevant cause they've heard of the Beatles.

Posted by: kguy1 | April 2, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

My oldest son who is 25, college grad and now owns his own home is getting engaged soon. My youngest son graduates from college in May and already has a job lined up and a one-bedroom apartment. They aren't moving back. I think they aren't the norm anymore but certainly the way it used to be! While I miss them so much I am proud of them.

Meanwhile, my "gap" year was 5 months of unemployment last year following a massive layoff. I heard about a woman where I now consult who at age 68 and a director of an operating room/peri-op which means before during and after surgery, wants to retire but can't because she lost more than half of her reitirement in the recession!

So this means boomers are working longer--I see hefty gray haired types all the time--which means entry level types continue to live with mom and dad. My boys were just fortunate and I guess picked the right markets.

Posted by: Windy3 | April 2, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Hard to believe they didn't at least have summer jobs, kboom. But I agree, it's pretty awful. That's four summers spent living off the dole. Jeez.

I went to college for five years; my freshman year was the only year I didn't work. Had parttime jobs for next two years, and for last two years worked fulltime (however, my class attendence was about 35% those two years).

Of course, the downside is on my final day I was completely burned out. Job-hunted for two months, then got hired at my first "real" fulltime newspaper reporter job, at the Allentown Morning Call. By then, though, I had already worked at the Philly Inquirer (copyboy/clerk), Doylestown Intelligencer (summer: copy editor), Philadelphia Dispatch (local political rag, city hall reporter and editor), Bux-Mont News (stringer), and Hatboro Public Spirit (sports stringer), plus was city editor, assistant editor, and two semesters as editor-in-chief of the Temple News, 14,000-circ DAILY student newspaper.

The only year I didn't work, my freshman year at West Chester State, I tend to think of as The Year of Drinking Dangerously. (Drugs pretty much hadn't been invented yet.) (Meaning almost no one used them or knew about them.)

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | April 2, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Started work at 14 and did only one quarters in college working at nothing but that. Part time work through college. I often put in 60 hours a week at Colonel Sanders's in high school summers.

Posted by: Jumper1 | April 2, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

bc, that was my reaction too, about the woman in space. But given NASA's initial reluctance to allow women to be astronauts, I suppose it should be noted. Being in space is a big deal, no matter the gender.

Posted by: seasea1 | April 2, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

And apparently picked the right parents, too, Windy3.

Posted by: -ftb- | April 2, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Rashomon: Thanks for the leads on the PhotoCD's. I'll try and explore further this weekend.

Posted by: ebtnut | April 2, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Does anybody know of good calendar-making software using iPhoto on the Mac? Or anything about how to actually select photographs and print them out of iPhoto? It's drivin' me craaaazy!

Thanks, as always.

Posted by: -ftb- | April 2, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

An early Christmas present for you, Padouk:

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | April 2, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Congrats on the successful launching, Windy3!

bc, I'm laughing picturing your mom's kitchen. Hip check and a beauty!

Posted by: Raysmom | April 2, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

KBoom, I bet the demographics of the "idle" college students depend dramatically on the parental demographics. I was earning money at age 8, but my family was poor compared to the other kids at my school.

I remember a classmate in senior HS year whining about "having to work" his pre-college summer to help pay for college. Yep, rich and spoiled rotten. Jeez.

All my life, I frankly thought I'd work until I died-- and by that I really thought I would never retire. That attitude paid off, actually.

Even now I'm trying to build a new career that lets me work around my damnable frailities. I'm not going down easy.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 2, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Raysmom! Sometimes I still wonder how we managed to do it. :-)

Posted by: Windy3 | April 2, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

ftb, I've only printed from an old version of iPhoto; I hope they haven't made things more complicated. In my version, if you select the photos you want to print (shift click to select more than one) and then go to 'print' in the file menu, you get a box that gives you various options for 'style' -- full page, standard prints, etc. If you choose standard prints, you get options for different sizes. There's a box to check if you want it automatically cropped or not; I do my cropping ahead of time with the edit button so I have control. I've never made a calendar, but I've got a button at the bottom of the main library screen that says 'calendar', so at least they claim that it's possible. Good luck!

Posted by: -bia- | April 2, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

D'ya really think of them as damnable, Wilbrod?

I'm one of those kids who barely worked in HS. I worked during much of my first three years of college, though. At the end of junior year, I checked my bank account and decided not to work that summer or all of senior year.

Two weeks after college commencement I started my first 9-5 job. I was so grateful I'd given myself that year off.

Posted by: MsJS | April 2, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Raysmom, you are so right about Mom's kitchen. And we're only trying to chalk up an assist or two (we know better than to push the inside game when we're overmatched).

'Boxed out' does not even begin to cover it.

Nor should it, upon further review.


Posted by: -bc- | April 2, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Boxed ears, perhaps? :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | April 2, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

That, too, Scottynuke, though only Mom's allowed to issue those.


Posted by: -bc- | April 2, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I have version 6 of iPhoto and it also has a calender button. I did a partial test run and it works great, since I don't a working printer I didn't finish the test. But this is Apple we're talking about right. It's just gotta be awesome.

Okay, according to iPhoto help, the calendar is a new feature in version 6.

Posted by: omni3 | April 2, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

ftb, you should be able to find 'print' under 'file' at the top of your screen if you have iPhoto open. As bia said, you should have the 'calendar' button at the bottom of iPhoto to make a calendar using the Mac store.

Also, I've made photobooks and a calendar using walmart's photocentre.

Posted by: engelmann | April 2, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

ftb, you should be able to find 'print' under 'file' at the top of your screen if you have iPhoto open. As bia said, you should have the 'calendar' button at the bottom of iPhoto to make a calendar using the Mac store.

Also, I've made photobooks and a calendar using walmart's photocentre.

Posted by: engelmann | April 2, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

A lot of gummint agencies got a two-hour early out today; us contractors? Zippo.

Happy Easter weekend to all and sundry heading out off the Boodle. Weather here tomorrow and Sunday is expected to be somewhere in the mindblowingly spectacular range, sunny amd 81 tomorrow, sunny and high 70s on Sunday. Oh, to a young 637 again!

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | April 2, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

And this outstanding tune cootie, just be'cuz:

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | April 2, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

You got a Zippo? Wow, we didn't get so much as a crummy Bic.

Posted by: kguy1 | April 2, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

MsJs, deafness is my identity.

Still, I'm struggling with acquired disability on top of what I was born with, which is offically rendering me unable to work 9-5 unless it changes.

It's not easy to point to what's "broken," so it's certainly damnable. I'll make lemonade out of it best as I can, and pray for improvement but it's still a lemon.

Oh well, at least I'm using my gap years better than I'd have done at 20.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 2, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for all your suggestions. Unfortunately, the "calendar" button only gets me to where they tell me how much it will cost to have them (or a third party) make the calendar(s) for me. I've always done it myself when I used a PC. In fact, I installed my Photo software on the PC side of my Mac and imported my pictures over there, so I could continue to print the calendars like I've always done. But, then the color photo printer (Canon) wouldn't print in color, even though the color proof sheet printed out fine.

*grumbles and expletives*

Any further advice will be appreciated and accepted. Really.

Posted by: -ftb- | April 2, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

MsJS, Wilbrod suffers from GLA, gastrointestinal lemonaiditis.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | April 2, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

My advice, ftb? It's after 4:30 on a Friday. Turn your computer off, good find a refreshing alcoholic beverage.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | April 2, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

RIP John Forsythe

Now, probably most people will associate him with Dynasty or Charlie's Angels.

Me, I think of him in his role of "Bachelor Father"

Ancient, eh?

Posted by: -ftb- | April 2, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Been keeping Good Friday; tis about to end, if you consider the eve-before as the beginning of the next day. I shall do so. So I am off to the watering hole to lift a glass.

Such a beautiful day. Some wisdom for the celebrations of Passover and Easter:

"May our heart's garden of awakening bloom with hundreds of flowers." Thich Nhat Hanh

"As the gardener, such is the garden." Hebrew proverb

"Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps the singing bird will come." Chinese proverb

"Love is a fruit in season at all times and within reach of every hand." Mother Teresa

"Those who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God." Thomas Jefferson

"To everything there is a season...a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted." Ecclesiastes

God bless us all. God bless and comfort those who suffer today and any day, especially political persecution and torture; and also, those who fell abandoned and alone.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | April 2, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Mazel tov, CqP.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | April 2, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, CqP. Beautiful.

Posted by: MsJS | April 2, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

N.B.: "Ecclesiastes" is known as "Koheleth" by them what wrote it. Don't need no Greek title (no offense, TBG). Just sayin'. My fav book, tho'.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | April 2, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I didn't work, other than babysitting, until I was in college and then only during the summers. I graduated during a recession and had a rather difficult time finding a job, but I eventually did and moved out as soon as I made enough money to survive on my own. Never looked back, either. My mom moved in with me during the time I was single again, but it definitely didn't work for either of us. As soon as Mr. T and I were engaged, she bought a condo and was much happier. So it works both ways.

Km2bar, I don't know about the pineapple. I usually buy sweetened and then scrimp on the amount of sugar I use. Your best bet would be to try and see what works, IMO.

Currently 80 degrees on our porch. This is extremely hot for the mountains in early April, but it won't last. Mr. T and I decided to take a hike after lunch. It's one we've done before, 3 miles uphill and 3 miles back. Much harder going up than it should have been, I don't know why. We will both sleep well tonight.

In celebration of the opening of trout season, we're going to the fire department for their annual fish fry. Good food...

Posted by: slyness | April 2, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I had a post about my school and work experience plus my gardening today but it was held!

You will just have to guess at my eloquent post (hehehe). Just noticed some magnolias just about to bloom.

Posted by: dmd3 | April 2, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

After using iPhoto to create your calendar click on the file menu then print. a short while later you should get a box that will let you save it as a PDF (button in lower left corner). Open the PDF in Preview and click on View, PDF Display, Facing Pages.

I think that should work [fingers crossed for you]

I mean sheesh, the buy calendar button says 19.95 plus an extra 1.49 for additional pages. That's more expensive that a nice Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Calendar.

I'm totally afraid to click the book button to see how much that costs.

Posted by: omni3 | April 2, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

How did you know, Mudge?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 2, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Currently 73F here, in the shade (it is cloudy), so wonderful.

Posted by: dmd3 | April 2, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

I too graduated into a recession.

Took a temp job through a temp agency. First assignment lasted a year and a half while one of the other temps hired after me went on to a perm position. I didn't even know that was an option. Turns out, after I was let go cause they didn't have enough work for me they had to hire someone full time doing data entry to replace me and another temp in personnel to do the filing I used to do on slow days. My efficiency cost me that assignment, and even though it was only data entry I liked it and the people I worked with.

Next temp job lasted two days. Was supposed last at least a week. Next was supposed to last a month, but I was told they would no longer need me at the end of the day. I crashed the system, I don't know how. (Nor I suspect did they (Idiots))

Next temp job lasted six months before I found something perm. This was short lived because I found something better (at least I thought at the time). Again I was begged to stay.

Posted by: omni3 | April 2, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Good Good Friday y'all. The noon service is done and the evening service yet to come. An early thunderstorm gave way to a lovely day. It will be intersting to see whether we get any late thunderstorms.

I don't think the fact of working in school or over summers is in itself virtuous, or that not working is inherently a sign of laziness or spoiling. Everything depends on circumstances.

Posted by: Ivansmom | April 2, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Oh goodness. Working or not working all depends on the opportunities and situation.

As I have whined about, I mean, um, discussed before, I worked full time every summer since I was a high school sophomore. But a lot of this was completely unnecessary and due more to my own anxieties and my family situation. I would *gladly* trade an increased student loan for some of those weeks.

That said, summer jobs were a great experience for me, and I met some really fun people.

So I never hassled my son to work when he was in high school, although he did work part-time last summer, and has a paid internship this summer.

Like Ivansmom says, it's all about context.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | April 2, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

I had to work sixty hours every week making buggy whips from the age of four. While I was walking to school. Fifty miles. In the snow. Uphill -- both ways.

Posted by: rashomon | April 2, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Omni,you make me laugh. I moved to the Left Coast with no job, so temped until I found a law job. My only restriction to the temp agency was no law firms and no mention that I was a lawyer - if they saw me first as a temp they'd never hire me as an attorney. Unfair but true.

Unfortunately, beyond an ability to type, I have no particular skills. One stunningly tedious but gloriously simple data entry job aside, I wound up being a receptionist replacement. I finally said I wouldn't take one for more than two days. I never understood the phone systems, nobody ever clued me in on how to answer the questions callers really asked, and by 5:00 pm on the second day I'd be answering the phones, "What!?!" Everyone was glad when the public defenders starting hiring again.

I did sub for an executive assistant for two weeks. That was kind of fun. By the second week I had very quietly gone in to the boss, convinced him I had some credentials, and was allowed to proofread and edit his letters when I typed them.

Posted by: Ivansmom | April 2, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

And back at me I-mom, you made me laugh too.

Posted by: omni3 | April 2, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Yup. Daid.

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Posted by: omni3 | April 2, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

No,No. It isn't dead, its knitting.

I'm sitting here watching my favourite TV show, reading the boodle, wondering why I can't think of anything profound to say. Then I remember that I'm living my gap years and I don't have to be profound.

I'm also wondering if this is my gap 'year' what comes after it? Just so long as it isn't that 'daid' thing. I have way to much yarn and I need to knit it first.

Posted by: --dr-- | April 2, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Hey y'all. I'm glad Joel's appreciating the size and glamor that is the Va Tech campus, but I was remembering today the long walks across on a cold, windy morning. The wind always blows on the drill field in the winter. Sometimes it felt like if you jumped up, you wouldn't know where you'd land.

We just returned from a great dinner at the Ghana Cafe on 14th St, just above Thomas Cirlce (and across the street from the awesome-looking Barrel House liquor store )

Ghana Cafe was Dr G's choice for his birthday dinner. We had a good assortment of plantains, rice, beans, cassava fu-fu, beef, chicken, goat and unidentified greens.

We tried some beer from Ghana, Palm Wine and homemade very spicy ginger beer.

All in all, a fun adventure and great birthday dinner for Dr G!

Posted by: -TBG- | April 2, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Geeeeeeeeeeeee
Hippo Birdeeeeeeee

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | April 2, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

I think the work thing depends on where you live and how. I grew up in small, poor towns. Nobody had much money. Everyone worked somehow and soon.... whether on local farms or doing odd jobs. If you grew up in suburbs with people of more means, social status is gained by not working and such. The comment about companies being hesitant to hire folks who have shown no history of responsibility is 100% true.

Posted by: steveboyington | April 2, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

OTOH, companies don't hire people with too much history of responsibility, either, or so it has seemed this past year. Unemployed one year - woo hoo! I have an interview next week, though, and if that doesn't pan out, Census job training the next.

Have a good weekend, all.

Posted by: seasea1 | April 2, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Happy Birthday to Dr. G.

seasea, good luck next week.

Posted by: dmd3 | April 2, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Oh yes, Happy B-day to Dr. G. Glad to hear you had a nice dinner.

Seasea, hard to believe it's been a year for you, but it's been 9 months for me, so I guess that's right. Good luck! I did no job hunting this week, unless there was one floating in the water down in the basement ;-)

Posted by: badsneakers | April 2, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, I need the luck, for sure.

Happy Birthday to Dr G! It's Leon Russell's birthday too:

Posted by: seasea1 | April 2, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Hi to all. Is not daid. Is resting.

Seasea, I've been hesitant to say anything to see how it works out, but I got a job! Started 3 weeks ago. It is very strange, a very very young office (don't know why they hired me, but I'm glad). It seems it will be working out. Don't give up!

I went for the first interview and immediately wrote it off, after finding I was four years older than the interviewer's mother. Coulda knocked me over with a feather when he called back two weeks later. It's in a very pretty setting, and I'm surprised how much the nice building and scenery please me. I have a wall of windows and flowering trees to look out on! And a brand new speedy computer with two screens which can load hundreds of pages in a flash. I am trying to appear extremely computer-savvy. Just to keep up with the younguns.

Such nice young people, to give an older woman a job.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | April 2, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

many happy returns on the occasion of your birthday, Dr. G. the first series of warm days in these parts has seen the emergence of the dreaded Aedes albopictus, and the first bite of the new year. curses.

Posted by: -jack- | April 2, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Sneaks, I keep meaning to commiserate with you on the water. That sounds terrible. Hope it clears up, weather-wise and basement-wise. We've had a wet and wild day here, snow in the mountains.

Posted by: seasea1 | April 2, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

HBday, DrG!

You know someone has to say it. Is cassava fu-fu taste like rabbit?

Posted by: -dbG- | April 2, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Yay, Wheezy! That sounds great. I'm always afraid about jinxing things, too, even though I know that's silly.

Posted by: seasea1 | April 2, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Congrats Wheezy!!.

seasea I heard from my siser earlier today, she said the wind was howling and the rain very heavy in here area of Van. Island. Being the sweet sister that I am I mentioned it was hot and muggy here.

Posted by: dmd3 | April 2, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Wheezy, that's great! Sounds like a keeper! Always a plus to have a good view too!

If the water would just stop seeping in, we could get started on drying out the cellar. I think I may have ruined my washer using the spin cycle so much when emptying the wet vac (before we got the pumps). It's old anyway so probably not worth fixing (it was here when we moved in so I gave mine to #1). I may need opinions on washing machines. I'm leaning towards the old top loader type as it's just the two of us and with a gas dryer, drying clothes is cheap so I don't care about them spinning to almost dry. But I'm open to other opinions.

Posted by: badsneakers | April 2, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, all.

And a Happy Birthday to Dr. G.

I started working after school and during summers when I was about 12 doing odd jobs around the 'hood: shoveling snow, delivering newspaper-style advertisements (or is that 'advertisements newspaper-style?), raking leaves, mowing yards, etc., then added laying brick patios and handyman work to the reportiore, and when I was 15, I'd saved enough money to buy a car for the princely sum of $175.

When I was old enough, I moved on to work in a print shop and working in retail stores - everything from warehouse work to stocking shelves, checkout/cashier, and counter sales. Pumped gas/worked the register, ran parts, and did whatever was needed for a local service station for awhile. Landed some gigs for a temp agency doing clerical and entry-level computer room work when I could, too. When I started college, I did some work for the local power company doing a variety of billing- and problem-related field work (and managed to not get hurt or killed in the process).

Now that I refelct on it, I was pretty lucky to be able to pick up odd jobs and other work wherever and whenever needed. Not being particular about shoveling in the sun or wearing a tie or working second or third shift helped, as did being young and strong and inexpensive.

The only line I ever drew was working with food. I like it too much to work with it.

Though if I got hungry enough, I would.


Posted by: -bc- | April 2, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

in honour of leon russell's birthday, mad dogs and englishmen

Posted by: -jack- | April 2, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Ghana Cafe sounds like an excuse to come visit.

Possibly relevant book from Univ. of California Press:
Judith A. Carney and Richard Nicholas Rosomoff
In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa's Botanical Legacy in the Atlantic World

The South is a food mashup: maize, okra, squash, field peas, tomatoes, watermelons, chocolate, coffee. Rice was grown using West African methods and labor (Carney's Black Rice: The African Origins of Rice Cultivation in the Americas).

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | April 2, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

beat you, bc. my first car was 125 clams. '64 4D Impala hardtop. drove the wheels off of it. really.

Posted by: -jack- | April 2, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

I found a Jamba Juice today. And there was a University of Phoenix nearby. And a Phoenix College. And Grand Canyon University. Plus it's been pretty sunny all day. What's my finder's fee?

Posted by: yellojkt | April 3, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

My first job was at Wendy's. I started out as fry cook and worked my way up to Salad Bar Superstar (this was when they still had salad bars instead of pre-made salads). I have the pin to prove it. The hours were light and it kept my dad off my back.

In college I did the co-op job alternate quarters for three years. My senior year I was a undergrad TA. I've been a wage slave ever since except for my six weeks of unemployment in 1992 after being fired.

My son had an internship his senior year of high school but has never worked for money other than some tutoring. He needs a co-op job or a paid internship but those are hard to find in this economy.

My wife's philosophy is/was that his 'job' is/was to get good grades. He has the whole rest of his life to sell his soul.

Posted by: yellojkt | April 3, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

yellojkt, I was thinking you were up late, but I guess you've adjusted to PDT.

Good to know there's an actual University of Phoenix building. I took online classes there for awhile, where I learned to use way more adjectives and adverbs than I normally would to hit the word count requirements for assignments.

Posted by: seasea1 | April 3, 2010 1:11 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Yoki | April 3, 2010 1:35 AM | Report abuse

Hi seasea. Most of Arizona doesn't do the whole time saving thing.

Oh, and I'm up too. I'm on IST (Insomnia Standard Time). If I were on IDT I'm sure I'd be able to get back to sleep (probably not).

Posted by: omni3 | April 3, 2010 1:45 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: omni3 | April 3, 2010 1:49 AM | Report abuse

My “gap” year after secondary school was work full-time as a clerk and taking courses at night. After a couple of years of taking courses, I realized I didn’t want to be a stenographer or a bookkeeper. I wanted to be master of the universe.

When I was growing up, kids in my little town work for their families for food starting age 6. Majority of the kids help in rubber tapping. Well, not the actual tapping ‘cause they don’t know how to tap yet. They just clean the latex cups, collect the scrap rubber and collect latex afterwards. If the family had no spare bicycle, he/she would be a pillion rider sitting on the bar in front of the cyclist ‘cause the latex tank would be on the back seat.

Posted by: rainforest1 | April 3, 2010 1:52 AM | Report abuse

....faxing omni lavender tea...

Posted by: rainforest1 | April 3, 2010 1:56 AM | Report abuse

*honk* like a Canada goose. Man, they make terrible racket, and a mess.

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Posted by: omni3 | April 3, 2010 2:57 AM | Report abuse

Happy Birthday Dr. G!!! :-)

Silly dbG, everyone knows cassava fu-fu tastes like chicken!

Way to go Wheezy!!! They're obviously great judges of talent! :-)

omni, snorkling in your tub doesn't really count. Ask 'Mudge, he'll tell ya.

*off-to-do-the-not-quite-usual-weekend-routine-of-shopping-chores-and-a-baseball-game Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | April 3, 2010 4:40 AM | Report abuse

OK, so mental illness is no joke, but this is just a little silly...


Posted by: Scottynuke | April 3, 2010 4:43 AM | Report abuse

Will be thinking good thoughts for you seasea.

Happy Easter, everybody!

Posted by: KBoom | April 3, 2010 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Scotty I was going to complain about that same commercial but not because of that. I was going to complain because the mascot creeps me out and I worry that he is going to make small children cry.

Good morning everybody.

Posted by: --dr-- | April 3, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

"adolescence is an entirely invented phase of life" is factually untrue. while some societies may have considered manhood at age 14, recent brain science has indicated that there are very serious changes going on in the brain during this time, such that it certainly would indicate that a special designation and treatment of this period should be used. Whether our social institutions are matching actual biological conditions is another question which might bare serious consideration such as optimal child birth timing or the education characteristics. Another characteristic is the American university system which at least in some ways maintains an extended adolescence that is not as true in other advanced countries. Extended life times and fincial structures are serious issues but simply extending time-age frames as found in pop sociology does not address what are some serious issues.

Posted by: jonmce | April 3, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, ye Boodlers.

To all of you of the Eastern persuasion have a happy Easter :)


Posted by: Braguine | April 3, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Arizona doesn't do Daylight Savings Time, so in the summer it's three hours behind the east coast. My watch and body say it's 8:30, but it's still pitch dark outside.

My wife is already tired of me rehearsing "Take It Easy" and there are another six days before I hit Winslow.

We went to Taliesin West yesterday. That Wilbur Floyd Wright guy shows some promise, but he's gotta learn how to make buildings sized for grown-ups.

Posted by: yellojkt | April 3, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Morning,everybody, hi Cassandra! Mr. T and I slept late. Hot cross buns and hot/cold beverages on the ready room table. Get them while they're still warm!

Way to go, Wheezy! What is the job about? (I hope it's okay to ask.) Good luck seasea, I'll be praying for you.

Hope Dr. G had a great birthday, Ghanian food sounds great.

I'd better go get dressed and get on the tasks of the day. Since we can actually see the ground, I have cleaning up to do. Not much is out yet; we'll have to wait three or four more weeks to see what survived. The neighbor above us estimates we had close to 100 inches of snow on our mountain. I believe it...

Posted by: slyness | April 3, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

I can see where someone actually there might be tired of it, but from here, it's pretty funny, yello.

I was beeped at 645 for a problem the caller decided wasn't all that important. Then they asked if they could call me at 530 tomorrow morning before logging in to get an update. Um, no. I'll reboot the server at the time they said they'd be out tonight and they can call if there's still a problem.

I started babysitting at 13 and working nights and weekends at a bakery within a year. Then I moved on to a restaurant. Looking back, I should have stayed out of foodservice. I worked throughout college, temped a lot and have almost never stopped since.

Like others, I wish I could get some of that time back. I'll keep this in mind as I consider volunteering for a new project at work!

Posted by: -dbG- | April 3, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

Ah, smack on, baby - jack, you'd have beat me for lowest price for that car, but I'd have beat you everywhere else with mine.

'67 Chevy Malibu, blue, 283 w/ Powerglide, used to embarass brand new Corvettes with it.

Looking forward to a beautiful and fun day...


Posted by: -bc- | April 3, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. The grandsons are here, and we're having a good time. Of course, the pollen is about to get the best of me, yet we're forging on. I cooked their favorites yesterday. We visited my sister and my father. Really exhausted by the time we got back in, so I hit the sack. I think they did too. I'm up, and everyone else is still napping. God is good.

For the DC residents among us, I'm so sorry to read about the killing of the young people in your city. So very sad. Young people killing young people, it's a problem not just in the District, but in a number of places.

JA, as a person that started working as a child, we don't want to go there. The potential for abuse is too great. I know we want to get them out the door as soon as possible, perhaps we can come up with another plan. Man has always marked time in his own coin, whatever suited his fancy. I call these efforts fads because there's always another one on the horizon. Just something to delay or prolong time, but it never does. It's an illusion of the worst sort.

The weather here is near the 90's, so we know that's hot. Not complaining one bit. Just wish there wasn't so much of that yellow stuff. It just covers everything.

Do enjoy your weekend and your families. We shall try to make Sunrise services in the morning, and begin our day in a good way. Hope your Easter weekend is the best. Love to all.

Slyness, hope you're enjoying the mountains. Pretty warm that way too, so I hear.

Posted by: cmyth4u | April 3, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all, and a Holy Saturday. Even if you don't celebrate Holy Saturday it is nice occasionally to proclaim a holy day - this can be your very own holy Saturday. The FSM won't mind.

It is a lovely day, sunny and cool with (so far) no wind; I have opened as many windows as I can without disturbing the odd late sleeper. The Boy's school has a gala outdoor Arts Festival this afternoon and it should be a great day for it.

Posted by: Ivansmom | April 3, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Lotsa gap years forced upon the young due to the economy nowadays. I know more than a couple of people in their late 20s/early 30s who have lost jobs and moved back in with their parents.

Posted by: steveboyington | April 3, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Warm muffins, coffee and OJ on the table.

With the warm weather of late and rain this morning things want to be budding a bit earlier in TWC this spring. And not a moment too soon for the local rabbit population.

I went for a walk Thursday and spotted a shirtless man mowing his lawn. Very unusual for early April in these parts.

My first car was a 1958 VW Beetle. The antithesis of a muscle car, but never let me down.

Posted by: MsJS | April 3, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Making my Easter soup this morning to take to my sister's house tomorrow for our Big Fat Greek Easter. Looks like between family, in-laws, boyfriends, friends and babies at least 20 people will be there.

When the number got close to 30 on Easters at my parents' house, we used to break down into three main tables: Kids, Boomers and Geezers. Thank goodness my sister has a big enough house and table to seat us all together.

Posted by: -TBG- | April 3, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

I do miss the chaos of a big family get-together. This is what I get for moving to the Wilds of Northern Virginia.

Our Easter will be pretty much like any other Sunday, except with gifts for the daughter and a nice ham.

That and chocolate. Oh yes. There shall be chocolate. The darker, the better.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | April 3, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

I'm baking brownies for the science bake sale at the Arts Festival. Mmmmmmm. This is my old reliable standby, the One Bowl Brownies recipe from the McBride Ranch in Llano, Texas.

1 cup vegetable oil
6 Tablespoons cocoa
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 Tablespoons Karo syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped nuts, optional

Put oil in a bowl. Stir in cocoa, eggs, sugar, Karo and vanilla. Mix flour, baking powder and salt together, add to cocoa mixture. Stir in nuts. Pour into greased 8x12 pan and backe at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. If a glass pan is used, bake at 325. They are chewier if not overbeaten or overbaked.

I usually use a 9x13 pan and have skinnier brownies.

Posted by: Ivansmom | April 3, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Oooh, that sounds like a great dinner, to be all together like that, TBG! I hope SonofG made it home for the weekend.

Yes, Cassandra, it was just plainly hot here yesterday. The hike we took goes through a large field, and the leaves aren't out so there's no shade in the woods. As a result, I am a true redneck this morning. I had on a v-neck top, and it's very obvious what was exposed to the sun!

The yard is cleaned up, and what's even better, the Christmas lights are down and put away! They were put up over Thanksgiving, so it was definitely time. The neighbors will be pleased.

Posted by: slyness | April 3, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Oh RD, I am so glad you said that about gifts. I have the Chocolate Easter Bunnies ready for the Boy's basket (there must be enough to share). I almost forgot I need to stop by a Scary Hobby Store and buy rolls of colored duct tape - the Easter Basket favorite. Hobby stores have better colors than BigBoxoHardwares.

Yesterday the Boy came home from school wearing a large, somewhat pointed surgical mask with head strap made of neon pink duct tape. He said a friend made it in school as a hat, but he thought it looked cooler as a mask.

Posted by: Ivansmom | April 3, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Which table do you sit at, TBG?

'Morning, Boodle. Have already this morning done prep for my wife: hulled and sliced up three boxes of strawberries, two for a strawberry pie and one just for general purposes (they were on sale for $1.30 or something like that); cut up 5 lbs. of boiled red potatoes, half into a casserole dish for the scratch-made potatoes au gratin, and the other half into potato salad. Tomorrow's dinner is all planned down to the nth degree; it's tonight I still don't know about. I think we've got some frozen salmon, and I know there's two pounds of shrimp. Maybe one of those.

And we're about to order advance sale tickets for the Virginia Wine Festival out at Montpelier in Orange County, James Madison's homeestate. (We had a Boodle BPH there a few years ago.) It's May 1 and 2, IIRC, and advance tickets are $15 each ($25 at the door). We've bought between 3 and 4 cases that last two times we went. Wish you could be here to go to it, Wilbrod: one of the vineyards is Chateau Morrisette, which in addition to bottling some fine wine also trains service dogs. All their wines had "dog-related" names. We've still got a bottle of "Our Dog Blue" in our wine locker.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | April 3, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Slyness out lights came down yesterday as well, also the pine garland draping the front of the house - that was looking rather tired, not to mention brown at this stage.

Posted by: dmd3 | April 3, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't know where I belong, Boomers or Geezers.

Posted by: Yoki | April 3, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Dark chocolate covered peeps will be heavily featured in the CasaJS Easter festivities.

I'm being deluged with iPad mania today. I'm still trying to figure out what niche it serves.

Posted by: MsJS | April 3, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

We'll always be Boomers, Yoki... even when we get to Geezerdom. We're not there yet, although at 64, Dr G certainly is approaching.

Wait... considering that he actually yelled at some kids in our yard the other day, I guess he IS there.

Posted by: -TBG- | April 3, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Hey Yoki! Did you get my email?

Mudge, your home sounds like a garden of earthly delights. We should all come over for a Mudge-hosted BPH sometime (*I'm so pushy*). Making my stomach growl.

It's absolutely gorgeous outside. The Bradford Pears are in bloom, along with the weeping cherries, the regular cherries and the magnolias. The daffies and their relatives are still kicking and I saw some more hyacinths this morning. Spring is so yummy.

Just think -- was it about 6 weeks ago, we were buried up to our veritables in snow? Spring is our reward, indeed.

Posted by: -ftb- | April 3, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Oh, if I could, I'd buy an iPad in a heartbeat. When I'm about town or travel, I mostly need email, entertainment and web-surfing capability, not so much text-heavy stuff. So a lighter, smaller device with a high res screen and an efficient web interface is just the ticket. Fortunately, my Macbook weighs only a little more than the iPad, so I'm covered in any case.

Posted by: Yoki | April 3, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Son of G and I are off to obtain an iPad today. Supposedly it's for Dr G's birthday, but we'll see. :-)

Posted by: -TBG- | April 3, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Good Morning everyone
I have a rare 3 day weekend off,I had requested off for 4,but we are so shorthanded at work and I had to make major concessions to a fellow worker to get off today.

The plan was to head to west by god after work last night and come home Easter morning. But the better plan is to help Mom get ready for Easter and then go after dinner tomorrow.We have extended and set the table,pruned some bushes,I weedwacked because the grass doesn't need cutting yet,just trimming. Next is lunch and some food prepping afterwards. Hopefully a hike after it is all said and done.

In the final 4 today,I want Butler over Michigan state and then West Virginia over Duke. But it rarely happens the way i want it too in sports.

Oh and Yoki you would fall into the Geezer category......LOL.....

Have a great easter weekend everyone......

Posted by: greenwithenvy | April 3, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Yes, placing oneself along the Boomer/Geezer continuum can be difficult. While I am firmly in both camps, I think I'm a bit further along on the Geezer track than the Boomer track at this point.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | April 3, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Greenie -- glad for the time with mom. Hike? Icing on cake.

Yoki -- we are on the cusp -- neither boomer or geezer and we look fab, absolutely fab.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | April 3, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Indeed you do!

Posted by: MsJS | April 3, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I would tend to say bc's at the Beemer point on the spectrum...

And if anyone happens to catch the Sawx/Nats ehxibition game later this afternoon, keep an eye on the right field corner. You might see some familiar faces on the front row, outfield side (if certain tickets can be properly interpreted). :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | April 3, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I've read the manual twice and am about to go buy chainsaw oil. I'm sure the YouTube vids will be very helpful. I'm taking down everything I can with expandable limb clippers first and I will be extremely cautious.

We'll just keep in mind that I'm the dba for the ER's systems and should worst come to worst, they have a real stake in my survival.

Oh, brave new world!

MsJS, I suggest toasted Peeps also.

I spent 4 hours on the beep issue. Turned out to be a known bug, triggered by user error, a PICNIC (Problem in Chair, Not in Computer). Once the user makes the error, a whole set of reports will not generate. I discussed it with one of the users and am certain they will not do this again.

Posted by: -dbG- | April 3, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, I looked at the Montpelier website a while back, and was amazed that at a time when historic house-museums are closing for lack of money and interest, Madison's place was being reassembled from pieces incorporated into the wings added much later by a Dupont.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | April 3, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Oh, you cracked me up, green dude.

Posted by: Yoki | April 3, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

So, if Arizona is 3 hours behind the east coast, then it's the same as PDT - so I was kind of right. I suppose I think Arizona is further west than it is.

Boomer or Geezer - ha!

I had lunch yesterday with a friend who has probably picked up his iPad already today. He's a Mac fanatic, early adopter nerd. I can see their appeal, as far as ease of use, and the display is supposed to be fantastic. David Carr and Walter Mossberg were on the Charlie Rose show last night, talking about iPads.

Posted by: seasea1 | April 3, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

SCC - farther west

Posted by: seasea1 | April 3, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

If it's like a mobile phone with internet access, but bigger, that is good. I'd want to know how reliable the connection was.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 3, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

dbG, I do plan on lightly toasting a few of the dark chocolate covered Peeps and smooshing them between graham crackers to make Peeps'mores.

Arizonans don't reset their clocks. They are on Mountain Standard Time all year, which means in the warmer weather they are aligned with those on PDT. Given their location, it makes a lot of sense.

I've received three emails in the last 24 hours from Apple telling me to 'click here' and buy the iPad. What I find amusing is they don't actually tell me what an iPad is is or provide any list of whizbang features or benefits. Apple just assumes I know.

Posted by: MsJS | April 3, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Pointing out those brain changes merely taper off in adulthood and don't ever stop, so calling an "end" to "adolescence" is still a culturally derived nomenclature.

Also, some interesting reading on pain relief. Early on, Zurich banned anesthesia, because pain is "a natural part of life."

Posted by: Jumper1 | April 3, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

The iPad uses wifi, so it would depend on that for connecting. My friend is getting one with 3G, which costs $15/month, and would work if wifi wasn't available.

Posted by: seasea1 | April 3, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Jumper, wasn't Zurich Calvinist? Figures they would be for pain. I'm glad attitudes are changing on pain, and that doctors realize that pain will delay healing if not dealt with. the PICNIC acronym! You'll be fine with the small chainsaw, just don't saw off the limb you're sitting on.

Posted by: slyness | April 3, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

More good McClatchy reporting on Moody's chicanery. It was posted April 2

Posted by: Jumper1 | April 3, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

CqP, this is for you:

Oh, I remember the Easters of my childhood, when my mother would make both of us a new dress for the day. And we'd have the hat and the gloves!

Posted by: slyness | April 3, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse


Good luck with the water problem. I feel for you on that. When we had the big storm a couple weeks ago I had a bunch of water in my apartment (one bunch is carpet replacement, more bunches and you're buying new furniture). Once the landlord put down new carpet I moved everything back in Monday morning. I had to move things back out on Wednesday.

I no longer squelch when I walk in the back room so I think the water has stopped coming in but things are still damp and I'm still living out of my kitchen. If I never have to use a wet vac again it will be just fine with me.

It's beautiful today though so I'm going to sit out on my patio with a book for an hour or so. Then it's time for dinner and beer. Or perhaps beer and dinner. We'll see.

Posted by: cowhand214 | April 3, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

dbG, nice! I hadn't heard the PICNIC one before. My personal favorite is PEBCAK: Problem Exists Between Chair And Keyboard . . .

I also hear you on those early morning support calls. I'm currently doing both support and QA. I've come come to loath my phone's ring.

Posted by: cowhand214 | April 3, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Ring Ring

"Cowhand here"

CqP calling to deliver rhubarb tart and very good and expensive vanilla ice cream. You deserve it.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | April 3, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Thanks cowhand. Where are you located? I'm assuming somewhere around New England or at least the northeast? Is your apartment on ground or basement level? I realize this is a somewhat stupid question, if you live higher than that you'd have rowed away long ago.

Still have seepage (the basement, not me!) but my spousal equivalent is doing the wet vac and pump thing today and I just made cookies for him. I am hoping that by tomorrow the water will stop coming in so we can run the fans and dehumidifier. Coulda been worse!

Posted by: badsneakers | April 3, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I had to provide consultation to a friend about water entering the crawlspace. it's a sure way to transform a life's investment into scrap.

Foundation on the 50-year old house is now settling much faster than ever, cracks appearing inside and on some outside masonry. It is a nice house still. But: Various clogged gutter drains underground, a malfunctioning gutter at the front, and unfriendly topography shedding rainwater toward the house rather than away. Not only will foundation settle, termites will move in. They won't touch dry wood, they will eat damp wood faster than you can say Jack Sprat.

Keep water away from foundations at all costs or almost any house is doomed.

Posted by: Jumper1 | April 3, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Slyness, thanks for the link. Here is a pattern I sewed for Easter, circa 1968. In light green linen, with daisy chain trim. I LOVED THE CAPE. But, it slipped off in the Roe River (shortest river in the world) and traveled to the mighty Missouri...I wept. And, my dad contemplated a quick jump in to retrieve this. But, looking at snowmelt-driven flows and eddies, he let this go.

Discretion being better part of valor etc. BUT. I miss it still.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | April 3, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse


A-line shift with cape. Darling dress. Long ago and far away, when people bought new clothes TWICE a year and only then: school clothes in the fall and Easter clothes in the spring.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | April 3, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Gee, CqP, I remember that pattern! Very nice.

I used to sew in my 20s and made a lot of my own clothes then. But then there was that time late at night (in my obsessive-compulsive phase), where I ended up sewing the "right" side to the "wrong" side, balled it up and threw it into the corner, where it remained for several months IIRC. I don't remember whether I ever finished it.

Perhaps the only regret now is that I was much thinner then.


Posted by: -ftb- | April 3, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

ftb, you made me laugh. When I was learning to sew at about 12 years old, I did that right side wrong side thing and also threw the dress into the corner. Well, my mother came into the room, put her hands on her hips, called me by my full first, middle and last names, and told me to pick it up and fix it or I'd never sew again! Of course at that point I never wanted to sew again, however, my mother never got angry (she was the model for Pollyanna, I am sure) so I did as she said and fixed it. I continued to sew and make a lot of my clothes and the girls' clothes until it just got too hard to find good fabric that didn't cost more than what I could buy the finished product for in a store.

Now that I think about it, it's like the time I fell off the horse and my dad made me get back on, saying that if I didn't, I'd never ride again. So I guess it must be some sort of universal truth.

Posted by: badsneakers | April 3, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Cqp, thanks much for the tart a la mode! Eating desert first has a delightful feeling to it!

Badsneakers, I'm in Boston (well, Somerville) and am currently residing on the ground floor. I'm hoping to gain a little altitude soon when there's an empty unit. Or sell my possessions and move my books and myself into a hotel. Or flop house. The outlook is hazy at the moment.

I'll add my hope to yours on the water situation. The baking/cleaning sounds like an excellent division of labor. Where are you located? Once I'm done with this tart a few cookies would not go amiss.

Posted by: cowhand214 | April 3, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Correction: I believe that was supposed to be "dessert" up above there.

Posted by: cowhand214 | April 3, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Aha, Somerville, I think rickoshea is from there originally. We're 45 minutes south of Boston, just off route 3. We can walk to the beach but may not for a few days as we've seen enough water for a while. I made a big batch of cookies so some are in the freezer for when your tart is all gone!

Posted by: badsneakers | April 3, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

cowhand -- our Boodle corrections are termed "SCC" for "self castigation club" and I have no idea who first came up with that. I think it might be embroidered and hung on the wall in the Bunker. Slyness? Do you know? Is it a Mudge- or Snuke-ism? A Yoki-ism, perhaps?

Anyhow, I fell off enough horses in my youth (which panicked my mother every single time), Sneaks, to know exactly what you're talking about. That being said, I do have a great many needlework projects, decades old, that need finishing. There are simply not enough hours in the day.

Just ordered a book and Eva Cassidy CD to send to my Zambian brother. The book is called "I Brake for Meltdowns" and since his boy is 2 1/2, it should be some comfort that they are not alone in terrible-twosville. They got some software for the laptop, though, for the little guy, who apparently already knows how to work it. That's scary . . . . .

I only got to the stage of thinking about taking my car to be washed today -- and not actually doing it. Perhaps on the morrow.

Posted by: -ftb- | April 3, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

sneaks, you got it on the universal truth. Which is why I cast on the second sock as soon as I finish the first.

Hope dbG checks in when she's done with the chainsaw...Have I told you all the story about the time I flew across the country with my dad's chainsaw?

Posted by: seasea1 | April 3, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Lovely outfit, CqP. And I can understand the upset when you lost the cape. In the summer of 1971, we were crabbing at the beach when one of my NEW keds floated off in the incoming tide. Since I knew what was in the creek (we were crabbing!), I just let it go and bought myself a pair of flipflops.

Posted by: slyness | April 3, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I think SCC was a bc invention. One of the rare ones that didn't end with a cloud of smoke.

Posted by: LostInThought | April 3, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Cowhand, yes, it's true. I grew up in Somerville way before it was trendy and hip. I lived on Spring Hill and went to high school in Union Square.

Have you been to Lyndell's yet?

Posted by: rickoshea1 | April 3, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Like the pattern CP, remember my mom always wearing that style of dress when I was young. I had one similar when I was seven, I do believe my sister and I (or at least her) had capes as well.

Posted by: dmd3 | April 3, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I, too, spent time in Somerville in the pre-trendy days. Went to kollitch there, worked nights at a McD's in Davis Sq.

Posted by: MsJS | April 3, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Anyone happening upon the Boodle who is not a regular reader might be startled by "Hope dbG checks in when she's done with the chainsaw..."

Posted by: nellie4 | April 3, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

DbG in the Conservatory with the chainsaw

CqP in the kitchen with arsenic-laced rhubarb tark (but not for Cowhand, but some He Who Shall Not be Named)

Mudge in the barn with the adze

LiT in the ballroom with the Stiletto pump

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | April 3, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

CqP fling tarTs....not tarks

RDP in the laboratory with the electrodes

Jack in the shed with marble monuments

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | April 3, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

ftb, have you had a chance to try the iPhoto print and save to PDF, then print the PDF from preview? I'm curious to know

And I concur with LiT in that it was the Jackson Pollack of the English Language that created the SCC.

Posted by: omni3 | April 3, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Saw that a wind warning was issued for our area this evening, just looked out the window and it is like someone turned on a switch from dead calm to windy in an instant.

Posted by: dmd3 | April 3, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Ooh, CqP wins it all. The LHC discovered the Tark, not the Higgs Boson. And we all heard it here first

OK, What's a tark :)

Posted by: omni3 | April 3, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Hmm. You know, I hear that knitting needles make some cool electrodes. In fact, one day, before I die, I might use them to make one of these:

Unfortunately, if I'm not careful, it might be *right* before I die.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | April 3, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Not finished yet but sitting down for water and a quick backboodle.

I'll admit, YouTube scared me but I watched all the nonhorror chainsaw vids too and was determined to try. I channelled dmd. Now, 4 trees down and at least 4 more to go. With the volunteers out of the way I can determine how many of the former owner's will remain. I plan on planting similar ones out front, but the helter skelter arrangement of these makes for nasty mowing. Plus one is right where I want the new raised bed garden.

Many thAnks for your concern and support!
I'm a lumberjack and dba!

Posted by: -dbG- | April 3, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

For you:

(just replace "he" with "she." Ruins half the fun, but what the hey.)

Enjoy being a lumberjill.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 3, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Oh no, I chopped down the boodle.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 3, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Girl, to be with you is my fav’rite thing
uh huh
And I can’t wait til I see you again
yeah, yeah
I want to put on my my my my my
boogie shoes
just to boogie with you, yeah
I want to put on my my my my my
boogie shoes just to boogie with you,uh huh
I want to do it ‘til the sun comes up
uh huh, and I want to do it ‘til
I can’t get enough, yeah, yeah
I want to put on my my my my my
boogie shoes
just to boogie with you, yeah
I want to put on my my my my my
boogie shoes just to boogie with you
uh huh, yeah yeah
I want to put on my my my my my
boogie shoes
just to boogie, with you, yeah
I want to put on my my my my my
boogie shoes just to boogie with you, yeah

--Robert Frost, unreliable poet

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | April 3, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

A good set of bamboo needles would take care of that right nice for you RD.

They are an open fibre and its smooth grain catches the ya...Oh wait, wrong forum.

Is the fax capable of gargantuan, epic faxes? If it is, Sneaks, FAX me your excess moisture. Our snow is almost gone and there is no water in the sloughs for the geese. Its going to be a long dry season, I fear.

Posted by: --dr-- | April 3, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Somebody had to say it.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | April 3, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Slyness, I bet you looked real cute in your new Easter dress, hat and gloves.

A calendar from a foreign bank would have Good Friday and Easter stated against the dated, but not one that is from a local bank. I have one from a local bank and only learn about Good Friday and Easter on the boodle. Need to get out more. The local Filipino community is very busy this weekend.

Posted by: rainforest1 | April 3, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Wow. The Backyard is filled with branches and trees. More to do, including chopping them up, it's taking longer than I'd thought it wood. Back at it tomorrow morning.

Seasea, tell us the story, please.

Thanks, wilbrod.

Cqp, rhubarb is out here. Thought of you and kuchen.

Off to bed. Night, all!

Posted by: -dbG- | April 3, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Gosh, 'mudge!

I got home a couple of hours ago from a half-day road trip through the ranching/farming country of Southern Alberta. Himself and I left town late this morning and went south on 22, the western/secondary highway through Turner Valley (early oil), Black Diamond (early oil) and Longview, on to Pincher Creek (the Alberta capital of wind farms -- we must have seen 1000 turbines, and those were just the ones visible from the highway). Beautiful high/dry foothills country (my soul-feeding landscape -- where the deer and the antelope play). Then we hung a left and hit Fort MacLeod where we ate the very worst lunch known to man (don't even ask what happened to the fried mushrooms).

We stopped in at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a communal hunt site for at least 5000 years. *Very* fit for the purpose, let me tell you.

Then a quick run north and home on the big four-lane divided highway. It was a beautiful if cold/windy day, so we made the most of it.

Why is it called Longview? Well, for this reason:

After eating only a little of The. Worst. Lunch... Ever!, I am contemplating a simple omelet (French style) and sliced fresh tomato. Or not. Fasting may be the correct response to such an insult.

Posted by: Yoki | April 3, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. The Arts Festival was a great success. It was a beautiful afternoon, even thought the wind picked up considerably, and lots of people came out. The local arts community really supported the school by donating various kinds of artwork and other nifty items. We also had student work for auction and big canvas banners, by both students and professionals. Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips came through in a big way, with a banner, original artwork by his wife, and a Lips decorated acoustic guitar. The various clubs and groups sold food and drink, the taco truck was there, the henna lady did constant business, and I suspect this was a successful fundraiser.

Now I've picked up the house (mostly), worked on laundry, changed out all the bedsheets, and set up the Easter Morning goody table. Candy, rock-hard Peeps for show, a smattering of Easter decorations, which is all I have. I also did the basket, to put up tomorrow before the Boy wakes: chocolate carrots, chocolate bunnies, and eleven rolls of different-colored duct tape.

I've cooked the peas and started them chilling for the salad (peas, tomato, mozzarella, little pearl onions, basil & olive oil), begun prep for the Yoki Olive Balls, and am about to throw together an olive/green chile dip.

Soon I'll give up for the day.

Posted by: Ivansmom | April 3, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

That's beautiful, Yoki. Mr seasea and I had the worst lunch ever last fall in Packwood, near Mt Rainier. I even had breakfast for lunch (an omelet!) and it was awful.

My chainsaw story (pre 9/11/2001): My dad passed away and I went back east for the funeral. My sister and I had mostly cleaned out his house previously, but there was still lots of stuff to divvy up (or not). My brother took dad's rifles - we moved them from one car trunk to the other in the funeral parking lot. After consulting with Mr seasea, I decided to take dad's big gasoline chainsaw. I called the airline and they said I could check it as baggage. So, that was my plan. At that time, there was a van shuttle from my sister's little town to the Pittsburgh airport, about an hour and a half drive. I took that, because my sister was exhausted (usually she drives me). Well, the driver had to pick up other people on the way, and he got lost trying to find one of them. And he had to get gas! I'm one of those early people, so I was beside myself when I got dropped off at the airport with about 15 minutes to spare - and a chainsaw. Luckily I got checked in quickly and they took the chainsaw, but told me it would probably be on a different flight, so I'd have to pick it up in Seattle later. OK - just so I get on the plane. Which I did - and much to my amazement, so did the chainsaw. Whew! Mr seasea has used it a few times, but I'm not sure it was worth the trouble.

Posted by: seasea1 | April 3, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Well, yeah, seasea. But nothing says sentiment like a chainsaw, eh?

Posted by: Yoki | April 3, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

I have never seen a horror movie about chainsaws. Somehow, when I look at the word chainsaw, I have this image of it running off by itself and taking down everything and everybody in its path. No a pretty picture.

Posted by: rainforest1 | April 3, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Great story seasea. FYI, #2 took a leafblower to CR last winter. Regulations said it had to be new, unused, and couldn't be in carry-on luggage - not that it would have fit!

And speaking of transporting items that make you nervous - while they were in CR, I had #2's handgun (she has a license for it). I hid it in the cellar but forgot to give it to her when she came home. This meant I had to bring it to her last week. Boy was I nervous driving with that thing in the car, even tho' it wasn't loaded and I didn't have the bullets.

"S" finally came upstairs after spending the entire day mopping up. Hope it's almost over!

Posted by: badsneakers | April 3, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

I can see that SCC thing has caught back up with me.

And believe me, no one deserves a healthy dose of self-castigation more than I.

Cool to see Butler win, and I'm sorry WVA didn't, though the CBS execs can start breathing again now that Duke's the other half of the final.

Mudge, thanks for *not* posting the lyrics to "Love to Love You Baby."

Hey, what the heck is that thing hopping down the street - nah, it *couldn't* be...


Posted by: -bc- | April 3, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

I can see signs that the Easter Bunny has made an appearance, now to see if the dog gobbles up the Easter Bunnies gift before morning.

Posted by: dmd3 | April 3, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Egg-zackly, Yoki!

Sneaks, that was how my sister felt about my dad's guns (hunting rifles). She kept them in her house when it became obvious that my dad wasn't going back home. She must have had someone check to make sure they weren't loaded. I know she called the sheriff's office to make sure it would be ok to transfer them and for my brother to take them across state lines, with no permit or registration (nope, not necessary, not at all). That was about the only thing my brother took, and I think it was because he went deer hunting and tromping through the woods as a teenager.

My sister lived closer to my dad, and has an old house, so she took the big corner cupboards with china and vases and cut glass, which we all remember from our childhood. I decided I wanted the battered old cedar chest. Getting it shipped across country was a major project involving my cousin and aunt, not to mention expense. Mr seasea sanded it and it looks beautiful now - glad I did that. We all looked at the boxes of books and decided if we started to browse through them, we'd keep them all, so let them go to a dealer.

I need to declutter my place.

Posted by: seasea1 | April 3, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Neither have I, rainforest.

Of course, being Canadian, I don't see saws of any kind as instruments of violence or torture; rather, they are practical tools (and one I really should know how to wield, in case I'm suddenly removed from my urban environment and thrown into the wilds, but sadly, I don't, and they frighten me). I mean, when the guerilla war finally comes to Rainy River, and I must retreat to the woods with my (much anticipated) grandgirls, how am I to master the wilderness, if I don't know how to handle a chainsaw?

But, I don't know how and am fairly confident that I am now too old to gain this skill.

Posted by: Yoki | April 4, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Machetes, Yoki. It's a must in the wilderness. At least around here.

Posted by: rainforest1 | April 4, 2010 1:13 AM | Report abuse

Quite the afternoon yesterday! Had a marvelous time with NukeSpouse and bc at the Nats/Sawx game -- actually got eye contact and a wave from Ivan Rodriguez after shouting "Welcome to Washington!" as he was walking to the bullpen. And no, sneaks/rickoshea/cowhand, I did NOT call him "Pudge" as bc suggested -- there is only one "Pudge" for Beantowners!! *L*

Had the good fortune to be sitting in front of a family from Germany, visiting their au pair daughter. They'd never seen baseball before, so I did my best to answer their questions. I hope my shrecklich Deutsch was good enough to convey the concept of "three outs per half-inning." The son (perhaps 10) was somewhat nonplussed when I told him in the 5th inning that the game would go for at least another hour. :-) Although we were in the first row, just to the right of the scoreboard in right field, J.D. Drew decided to deposit his home run in the Nats' bullpen. Missed it by THAT much... *L*

Heard about this latest ridiculous extravagance on WTOP yesterday --

*raised unibrow* :-)

And yes indeed, that Butler-Mich. State game was riveting, even listening on radio!

I can imagine the Boodle being somewhat empty today as people celebrate Easter, but I know everyone's here in spirit. I hope as many of us as possible share the kind of marvelous weather on tap here in D.C.!!

*off-to-a-somewhat-more-normal-day-of-chores Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | April 4, 2010 6:48 AM | Report abuse

Good Morning Everyone. In addition to much candy, the Easter Bunny surprised the heck out of me with a very special gift. Yes, I now own a Zhu Zhu!

Posted by: RD_Padouk | April 4, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

The Easter Bunny hasn't found my house yet, but that is because the kitchen is a disaster. The entire main floor is a bit of a disaster. We are mid renovation of the guest room.

Somewhere back in my youth, I seem to recall my mom telling me that if the work wasn't done, the Bunny, Santa and the Tooth Fairy would not come.

It seems she was right. I must go put on the coffee - extra strong - and deal with that, so that the bunny may come and all will be right with my wee corner of the world.

Posted by: --dr-- | April 4, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

I wonder how the pig became a hamster....

Posted by: rainforest1 | April 4, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Excellent point rainforest!

Posted by: RD_Padouk | April 4, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

My sweet neighbor, aghast at the thought that the bunny might pass-us by this year, gave the bunny a talking to. So,

Big ole bunny of chocolate (head LAST! in our house)
passel of chocolate eggs (Dove brand)

Thanks, bunny. Happy to be on the list another year.

Two visual poems for Easter. 1) George Herbert's Wings Poem

(easier to read here)

Herbert was Welsh (3 April 1593 – 1 March 1633) and associated with the Little Giddings Anglican community. They held is papers for a while. We know "Little Giddings" as the title of one section of T.S. Eliot's the Wasteland.

2) Walt Whitman's butterfly poem. Absolutely gorgeous cardboard butterfly made to hold the verses.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | April 4, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Happy Easter all, the bunny came to our house, candy has been found. Younger sister shared with elder sister who has lost the enthusiasm for the hunt - to put it mildly, and also lost the thrill of being photographed without "being ready for it".

Considered a Zhu Zhu, but younger daughter really wants a hamster and well a fake one would just seem mean, I was tempted though.

Gorgeous and sunny here, elder daughter has a championship hockey game later (tournament) so it might be a very good day, but will be great no matter what.

Posted by: dmd3 | April 4, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Good morning all, and a Happy Easter Sunday to those who celebrate it.

S'nuke, those tickets were great, thanks for including me. As a Washington guy, the home team highlight after the openining pitch may have been the controversial Running of the Presidents... (though that diving snag by the Sox' sub right fielder in front of us was pretty cool).

I'm fine with chainsaws -- care and maintenance and a healthy respect make for a happy ownership experience IMO. Plus a fresh oil/gas mix every year at least.

It's beautiful here today, and I hope it is where you are, too.


Posted by: -bc- | April 4, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Very, very gorgeous day outside, and the sun is shining inside, which brings smiles to my indoor plants (a/k/a "the jungle") and which I just watered, for which they were impatiently waiting, casting imploring eyes in my direction. They do need some pruning, but they're gonna have to wait even longer for that. If they get entirely too ornery about it, I know I can walk by them, muttering "chain saw" just loud enough for them to get the idea.

As for basketball, I was really pleased to see Butler beat MSU, even if I'm from Michigan. I'm always a backer of underdogs, and these guys are really good. Was disappointed that WVA couldn't do much against Duke, but I sure hope Butler can make mincemeat of them. Besides, I thought the bulldog sitting on the court last night after they won was really adorable, even if he looked like he really, *really* wanted to be somewhere else.

The laundry should be ready to come out of the dryer in a few minutes, so I'll be off to fluff and fold. And then my Sunday "mandatories" will be done. Yay!

Cya later.

Posted by: -ftb- | April 4, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Warm muffins, coffee and OJ on the table.

Hoppy Easter to those who observe it.

S-I-LJS invited herself, BroJS and their brood for an impromptu Easter brunch. Am dashing about to get ready, so boodling and backboodling will have to wait.

I accidentally ran over a worm yesterday. It was MsJS in the gazebo with the chair.

Posted by: MsJS | April 4, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Ms JS, very, very funny. I also must admit, despite my worm whispering these days, many times to:

CqP on the patio, with the rake.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | April 4, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Hey, photos from the game yesterday!

Enjoy! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | April 4, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Spring flowers for everyone for Easter.

Looks like you had fun at the game Scotty.

Posted by: dmd3 | April 4, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: DNA_Girl | April 4, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Good Easter, all.

I very much doubt there will be chocolate, but I know there is lamb and asparagus, so all is festive chez Yoki.

I have somehow misplaced my glasses which is a problem because, without them, I'm unable to spot them while I search. How absurd.

Posted by: Yoki | April 4, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Great pics S'nuke and dmd. S'nuke, next time I buy a camera, I want the one you have, what a great zoom lens!

Still working on seepage. It's slowing but not stopped. I am going to take a break and work a bit in the garden, trying to rid one area of those infernal violets.

Happy Easter and happy beautiful spring day to all.

Posted by: badsneakers | April 4, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Isn't Little Gidding part of The Four Quartets?

Posted by: Yoki | April 4, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

A Happy Easter to them what partakes thereof! The Boy was pleased and Ivansdad stupefied by the bunny gift of eleven bright rolls of duct tape. Beatrice got her own new basket and is sitting in the remains of the old one, eating it. Soon I'll have to stop her for her own good.

Thanks, Scottynuke, for the Real Baseball pictures. I sing for our local AAA team in May.

I found the reason to buy the iPad: accordion app!

Posted by: Ivansmom | April 4, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Save me from myself, O Yoki...yes.yes.yes FOUR QUARTETS.

Mea cupla of tea with fortifying lemon squeezsiers...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | April 4, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

After tidying the kitchen, I hid in the study hoping for an appearance from the Easter Bunny. He came and left carrots. Carrot shaped chocolates.

Posted by: --dr-- | April 4, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

I-mom, now you can accompany yourself on the iPad when you sing at the AAA games!

I-mom at home plate with the accordion app.

Posted by: MsJS | April 4, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

CqP, I just tried out a new tea flavor that I love -- Cranberry-Blood Orange from Ministry of Teas. Very, very good. It's a bit easier to find blood oranges over here, but they're still expensive. Don't know from whence they are imported, but when I lived in Sweden, I think we got them from Ghana. They're nice and tangy.

Sounds like your Easter dinner will be lovely, Yoki. I'm looking forward to the new fresh asparagus at the farmers market. Another month, I think. And then the strawberries from North Carolina to start with, until they get riper locally and finally the last dregs from NY State until the blueberries get here. And the cantaloupes, too. I think I sound eager for the cornucopia awaiting me, which, of course, I truly, truly am.


Posted by: -ftb- | April 4, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Here's the Ombudsman outlining the new rules for on-line commenting.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | April 4, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

The bunny left fresh raspberries in the fridge. Took guts to enter a house with 2 large dogz, so I'm happy.

Yoki, if I'm not too old to learn, you surely aren't. Besides, we all know of your mad knife skillz.

Happy Easter, All.

Posted by: -dbG- | April 4, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

At last, a worthy competitor to the Bacon Explosion:

Posted by: -dbG- | April 4, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

If zhu zhu (wee pig) is Hamster,
then zhu town must be Hamburg,
and "baby" zhu must be Hamlet.

Which makes me wonder how Baby Pig, Prince of Denmark translates into Chinese.

I have a feeling that lots of food is available for purchase during one of those shows.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 4, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Good afternoon, Boodle, and Happy Easter to all. The easter Bunny left me a chocolate (hollow) bunny and a small container of "Whopper Eggs" (malted milk balls).

The ham and the potatoes au gratin are in the oven, preparing for a 2 p.m. or so feast-o-rama.

Have been doing a swarm of honeydos all day: put up one bird house, prepared a bathouse for hanging, fixed a plank on the deck in fronty of the shed, did a major repair on one arm of the deck umbrella (brokwen strut, sistered it with a piece of 3/4" I.D. plastic water pipe) (a very clever fix, if I do say so myself); fixed a broken bannister on the deck stairs, from the lousy job the guy did who built our deck; and continued cleaning out/reorganizing the garage in preparation for the mega-yard sale in several weeks.

This morning the CBS Sunday Morning show had a visit with Dame Edna, who always cracks me up no end. This morning she was telling about the death of her late husband, poor lamb, who had a prostate murmur. It was getting louder and louder, until finally the neighbors complained.

Girl, to be with you is my fav’rite thing
uh huh
And I can’t wait til I see you again
yeah, yeah
I want to put on my my my my my
boogie zhus
just to boogie with you, yeah
I want to put on my my my my my
boogie zhus just to boogie with you,uh huh
I want to do it ‘til the sun comes up
uh huh, and I want to do it ‘til
I can’t get enough, yeah, yeah
I want to put on my my my my my
boogie zhus
just to boogie with you, yeah
I want to put on my my my my my
boogie zhus just to boogie with you
uh huh, yeah yeah
I want to put on my my my my my
boogie zhus
just to boogie, with you, yeah
I want to put on my my my my my
boogie zhus just to boogie with you, yeah

--Zhu Tang Clan, 7th Dynasty

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | April 4, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Sorry. Malted milk ball buzz.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | April 4, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Because I adore Mudge and FTB SciTimmy's family so much, I modified my pork tenderloin recipe. Not in milk but in red wine and olive oil with lots of garlic and sage and rosemary from my very own garden. SMELLS LOVERLY. But, will be chilled to have cold pork later. I know not when CPBoy will arrive home from many adventures. Perhaps not even until Monday.

Off by bike to another house where I will have wine cooler and strawberry/rhubarb tart...then bike home carefully through the grade papers because Monday will be upon us soon.

Sharp episode II, frosti, but me with no FIO connected for the next few days...painting etc. So, watch for me. And dudes, Sharp is very swashbuckling and derring do for a Masterpiece theater production. A bit of bodice slipping, not ripping, but slipping. So, gents, consider watching.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | April 4, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

dmd, those hellebores are gorgeous!

Posted by: seasea1 | April 4, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Mudge! In Ireland those balls of delight are sold as Maltesers!

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | April 4, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

CP what time do I show up - sounds yummy - I could live on roast pork.

We have Hersey Eggies here, so good, might just be a Canadian confection, think US version is different.

Posted by: dmd3 | April 4, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I must say I am most pleased by the Zhu Zhu hamster. The technology is impressive. Granted, it makes noises not normally associated with hamsters, but it still reminds me of those days when I used to raise the little critters. Which, of course, is kind of the point.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | April 4, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

We had a simple Easter dinner of spiral sliced ham, beans, and fruit pie. The ham was a store brand, but was quite good. Indeed, I can't really remember the last time I had bad ham. Those salty dry slices from my childhood appear to be long gone.

My wife also found that it works quite well to simply mix some ham juice into the brown sugar glaze, heat it separately, and then spoon it over the slices. This way, one can control the amount of sweetness.

Now I must nap. Oh yes. I must.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | April 4, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Fake robohamsters?
Wouldn't real hamsters be cheaper
And erhm, tastier, too?


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 4, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Stares all around me
Make me feel like I was bad.
Come on, they're rodents.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 4, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Good afternoon, all. It's nice to have a few moments to sit down and backboodle. I've had a busy day; we left the mountains in time to make it to church, then came home to lunch with Elderdottir and her significant other. Ham, roasted asparagus, squash casserole, brownie trifle. A simple meal, but easy to fix and quick to clean up. I didn't realize the ham actually had to be cooked (!) so that slowed us up a bit, but it was worth the wait. Now to rest a while.

CqP and Mudge, please let me know if you need assistance in getting rid of leftovers. I'm always happy to help!

Posted by: slyness | April 4, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

*giving scratches and rubs around the ears and under the chin, and even on the tummy of Wilbrodog, as I don't think he's working right now, but even so ...*

CqP, that sounds lovely. And if I still ate meat, I'd be over in a shot -- blessed by a rabbi or not! I'll even bring some shrimp salad to round things out, religious-food-rules-wise.

Omni -- I backboodled far enough to see your note. The answer is, alas, no. Haven't done anything yet with the pictures. I'm going to check around to see if there's any iPhoto calendar software out there that I can use to print my own. I still have more than 8 months to go before the next round has to be printed.

Gotta do some "bookwork" and figure out where my tax money's gonna come from.


Posted by: -ftb- | April 4, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Magic fingers thrill.
Time to enjoy deck sunshine
and sniff for bunnies.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 4, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrodog, you have solidarity with the Jumperdog who was spotted recently downing a mouse. I did not witness this but presented a tooth-cleansing biscuit.

Mowing the lawn on Easter. Doesn't seem right. Happy Ishtar to all.

Posted by: Jumper1 | April 4, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

FOF (full of food).

Watching end of Shakespeare in Love


Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | April 4, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

DNA_Girl, I have that Sinfest posted by my computer monitor. Love it!

Rickoshea, I can only assume all of us here at Achenblog will be trusted commenters. ;-)

Posted by: slyness | April 4, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I recently discovered the TV show "Fringe" and I like it.

But first I want to know-- are fans of this show called "Fringe" Lunatics?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 4, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

I was in the middle of writing a post, when the WaPo (in all of its, um, "wisdom") ate it up, mid-sentence. This has happened before, mind you, and now I don't remember what it was upon which I was pontificating ... if you will.

And, speaking of pontiffs ... don't get me started. You know ...

Anyhow, I finished all of what I was going to do today, which startles me somewhat. The higher I raise the bar, the higher I have to, well, jump, you see. But I thought I deserved a little smugness.

Omni -- I did some more investigating into iPhoto and it turns out that I actually *can* print my own calendars without paying anyone for the pleasure. So to speak. I just hadn't gone far enough into the software for any of it to make sense for me. I'll have to beta test it for my purposes before I really feel confident, though.

So, anyone backing Butler tomorrow night besides me?

*faxing bicarb to Mudge*

Posted by: -ftb- | April 4, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse


I'm pretty sure there are lots of Butler Boodlers at this point in time. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | April 4, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Sure, it's ABD I'll be pulling for Butler!

Posted by: slyness | April 4, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

The Easter Feast has been consumed. There were a lot of people, and we all brought something. Well, we all brought more than one thing. Thus there was plenty for everyone, plus leftovers. It was a great, relaxed time. The Easter Pinata was a big hit, so to speak; even the kids definitely too old for egg hunts thoroughly enjoyed the blindfolded pinata thwack.

RD, too bad that zhu zhu doesn't have an "attack" setting. I bet the bunnies could take it.

Posted by: Ivansmom | April 4, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

I was rooting for a Butler v Baylor throwdown. But alas

Go Butler

Posted by: omni3 | April 4, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

*enjoying sounds of contented stomach and tastebuds*

Feast, part 1 of brunch-y treats with BroJS and fam.

Feast, part 2 of rack of lamb, spuds au gratin, and fresh asparagus.

Many leftovers available.

Very grateful to all.

In kollitch women's hoops, can anyone beat UConn?

Posted by: MsJS | April 4, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

According to the ombudsman's column that rickoshea linked to, Post commenters will be assigned to different "tiers," based on their past history. When you click to see comments on an article, you will only see the comments from those whom the Post deems to be "trusted," and will have to go to different levels of comments to see all the others. The idea is to eliminate the trolls, but one of the factors used in assigning a tier will be whether an individuals comments are deemed to be on-topic.


Posted by: rashomon | April 4, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

I'll be rooting for Butler, love an underdog. I don't even like basketball but I may watch the final.

Seems like everyone had a nice day. The weather here was great. We had little lamb chops, mint sauce, twice baked potatoes and asparagus. We cooked on the grill and ate on the porch, which was very nice.

Still soaking up seepage!!

Posted by: badsneakers | April 4, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

I sure hope you'll have some dryness in the basement soon, Sneaks. BTW, what is your recipe for twice baked potatoes? My mother made them from time to time, and I remember them as being simply glorious! The recipes vary, I'm sure, but I'd love to see yours.

Time to read the paper. Old news, but, well, whatever. . . .

Posted by: -ftb- | April 4, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

rashomon, I also get the impression that use of real names is being considered for "trusted tier" status.

Clearly some kinks remain to be worked out.

Maybe we can create a "bears & boodlers" tier for the A-blog.

Posted by: MsJS | April 4, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

The WaPo is currently running this astounding headline: "Pope Holds Mass."

I just don't know what this world is coming to.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | April 4, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Was the subhead "Pope is Catholic"?

Supper over here, low key affair grilled steak. One child off to a sleepover, one recovering from hockey tournament, where her team lost in the final 1-0 in overtime - what a game. Five games, three days, four of five games 1-0. Winter hockey is over, finally, small break before summer hockey and softball.

Posted by: dmd3 | April 4, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Still too early for dinner here, but boy, have i enjoyed reading about everyone else's meals!

I've got leeks which were poached chilling in a wine vinegar/shallot/pepper/lemon zest/olive oil vinaigrette; a rack of lamb marinating in Dijon mustard/white wine/garlic, which will eventually be roasted at high temp to rare-medium-rare, asparagus to roast, and pommes de terre Dauphinoise. Fresh raspberries and blackberries with orange/yogurt cream. Wine, coffee. OK, I think.

I gather you are talking about sports that aren't hockey. I got nothin.'

Posted by: Yoki | April 4, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

ftb, I don't really have a recipe for the potatoes (which I always called baked stuffed but I guess that's not a 'gourmet' term). I just bake them in the microwave, wrap them in foil for a bit, then slice off the tops and scoop out the potato. I add grated cheddar, butter and milk, s&p, sometimes chives, then mash or whip them. Stuff the mixture back into the skins, top with some paprika and bake til they're hot. See, told you it wasn't a recipe!

If I wasn't already a lapsed Catholic, this current 'scandal' would throw me over the edge.

Posted by: badsneakers | April 4, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

We call them "twice-baked" potatoes, do them the same way, bad.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | April 4, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, I took the olive balls this afternoon and they were gone before all the guests arrived. Next time - double batch.

Posted by: Ivansmom | April 4, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

That's interesting, bad. I still separate the people who are faithful Catholics from the corrupt organization. To me people who live in a faith-community aren't tainted by a bureaucratic Epic Fail.

It is the same in many other circles of life. I don't think Americans are tainted, as a nation, by the fact that one tiny (miniscule) part of their government organization tortured. Canadians as a whole are not stained when a wussy university administrator fears Anne Coulter.

Posted by: Yoki | April 4, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Yay for olive balls! Aren't they good? And to think, in 2010, that a recipe that must be at least 50 years old is still not only acceptable, but delicious. Most North American food from 1957 is not even on our radar anymore (except tuna/noodle casserole with crushed potato chip crust, which I still love -- now I use unsalted crackers, blood-pressure, donchano).

I must say, Ivansmom, I am always absurdly pleased when you tell us about preparing "Yoki's Olive Balls."

Posted by: Yoki | April 4, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Stuffed with ham, asparagus, mashed potatoes.

6.9 earthquake in SoCal - epicenter in Mexico. No reports of major damage yet (we heard about it an hour ago).

Yes, it will be interesting to see how the new comment system works here. Hal goes way back with us, so hope he understands that "on topic" doesn't always apply.

Posted by: seasea1 | April 4, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Yoki.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | April 4, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Hey, 'mudge. *hugs*

Posted by: Yoki | April 4, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

My university years _were_ my gap years. There was a degree at the end somehow...

So on topic, check.
Real (mostly, sorta) name, check.

Woohoo sign me up for tier 1! I get preferred mortgage rates now right?

Posted by: qgaliana | April 4, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

I hear you Yoki. I parted ways with the Church years ago before any of this awful stuff. I try to be spiritual. I do feel bad for the faithful Catholics who must suffer the BS coming from the Vatican. And I truly believe that Christ is not in agreement with the Vatican on this (or a lot of other stuff!) but YMMV.

Posted by: badsneakers | April 4, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Well, I was a guest at the Big Fat Greek Easter, and it was a blast! Literally! The teenaged (and older) boys blasted a cannon; we watched some basketball, one guest napped in front of it; we ate marinated lamb, roasted potatoes, salad, and a delicious green bean dish. The first course was a Greek soup whose name I really didn't get that was so fine I could eat it every day. The conversation was lively, the people at the gathering were lovely, warm, and generous people, and I was was so grateful to be included in another family's celebration.

The highlight of the afternoon was the 17-month of little girl, who is too adorable to be described.

Life is good.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | April 4, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Quake estimate up to 7.2 -- I haven't heard anything, if you know what I mean.

Posted by: Scottynuke | April 4, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

ESPN reporting Iggles trade McNabb to... THE REDSKINS?!?!?!?!?!?

Posted by: Scottynuke | April 4, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

i was in pasadena, and we only felt a very slight gentle rocking. so far damages don't seem to be too bad for the size of the quake. hope it stays that way.

Posted by: LALurker | April 4, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Avgolemono? Possible The Best Soup... Ever!

Posted by: Yoki | April 4, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse



Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | April 4, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

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

Just wanted to stop by and say good night, friends. It has been a long day. I started out at six o'clock this morning for sunrise service, Sunday school, and regular service. My daughter and all the grandchildren, plus their friends. So a lot of folks, but it was nice. I enjoyed having my family with me this Easter Sunday.

I hope the weekend has been just lovely for all here, and for your wonderful families also. Love to all. Night, boodle.

Posted by: cmyth4u | April 4, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

ESPN broke into the Yanks-Sawx to report it, 'Mudge... Major egg on their face if they're wrong.

Posted by: Scottynuke | April 4, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

'Night Cassandra! *HUGSSSS* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | April 4, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Sources: McNabb headed to Washington

By Adam Schefter

The Philadelphia Eagles have reached agreement on a blockbuster intra-division trade that will send perennial Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins, according to multiple sources close to the situation.

The two sides still must finalize language, but McNabb is now headed to Washington. Sources said the deal involved the Redskins' second-round pick in the 2010 draft and either a third- or fourth-round pick next year, depending on several factors.

The move means the Redskins now have a new starting quarterback and the Eagles have a new one as well in Kevin Kolb. Michael Vick is now in line as the team's backup.

Earlier, sources said McNabb's contract, which has one year and $11.2 million left on it, scared off several other teams. McNabb is due a $6.2 million roster bonus on May 5 and is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2010 season.

At the league meetings, head coach Andy Reid said the Eagles were listening to offers for all three quarterbacks, including 11-year veteran McNabb, who quickly said on his Web site that he wanted a quick resolution to the trade conversations.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | April 4, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Mike Shenahan coaching Donovan Mcnabb. All Doug Williams' records going down the drain.

ESPN link:

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | April 4, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

I just saw that McNabb news. I'm...speachless

Posted by: omni3 | April 4, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Leonard Pitts would like the comments sections to mature into post-adolescence also.

Posted by: Jumper1 | April 4, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Well, we got Sonny Jurgensen from Philly. We got Rodney Peete from Philly (for about an hour and a half).

I called my friends in Philly. There are desolate.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | April 4, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Love you, Cassandra. Sleep well.

Posted by: Yoki | April 4, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, all.

A 7.2 quake in Baja - that's not good.

A fine Easter had by all in my end of the world.

My youngest brother and I were tossing a pigskin around this afternoon (probably 2:30 PM) during a break in the Easter festivities, and he mentioned that he'd been told this morning that McNabb was headed to Washington. He assumed it was in jest (as part of a long-running joke), and we both laughed at the absurdity of it.

Oh, dear. I hope Rep. Shuler doesn't mind McNabb using his number... and I hope McNabb has better luck with it here.


Posted by: -bc- | April 4, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

G'night, Cassandra. I'm about ready to go to bed myself. First I have to cool off - it is too hot, but not hot enough to turn on the AC. We have all the fans going but I haven't been cool since I got home.

Yoki, not only do I refer to them as Yoki's Olive Balls (sometimes I remember to add "Cheese"), I cheerfully explain that Yoki is one of my imaginary friends who graciously shared her recipe. The treats are so good that the imaginary friend is received quite well.

Posted by: Ivansmom | April 4, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Ok, why would McNabb's coming to Washington be absurd, you ask?

I like McNabb - always have, the guy's a class act and a good QB - but if you're building for the long haul, I'd think you'd want younger QB, not someone getting closer to retirement.

McNabb does have a history of missing long stretches of seasons due to injury -- he can't look at Washington's offensive line situation and think it's going to be conducive to a long and productive tenure for him here, can he?

Sheesh. Jason Campbell isn't all that productive here, but he's young and resilient and takes a lot of hits, and gets back up. Most of the time.

Frankly, I fear for McNabb's health here. I know the Shanahans are redoing everything offensively, but until that o-line comes good (and can play together healthy for awhile), I 'spect QBs are going to be running for their lives back there.


Posted by: -bc- | April 4, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

To me, McNabb will always be the soup commercial guy.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | April 4, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

I guess that the squishy Colorado delta (Imperial Valley) must have quivered, even though the current shake map doesn't show much.

David Farenthold's story on the return of the eastern forests is good, but only hints at the differences between original forests and the pines (and later hardwoods) that colonized abandoned fields. First, the soil had by and large been ruined. A recent study showed that pre-European southeastern Pennsylvania generated very little sediment. The creeks tended to be strings of beaver ponds loaded with organic material, with water flowing more or less as it does in today's Everglades. Settlers killed the beavers and unleashed great quantities of mud. The creeks eroded deep new channels.

The most impressive assessment I've seen of the extent of farming was a big report by geographer Roland Harper, on Georgia, somewhere around 1905 when cotton growing was at its peak. Almost every bit of land that could be cleared, had been. It must have been a bit like today's short-term farm booms in the Amazon. Certainly the soils were rather similar to Brazil's (something that soil scientists at North Carolina State figured out by the 1960s. I suspect their work contributed to Brazil's soybean booom).

Bits of the original Carolina Piedmont are rare and fascinating. Plants including the eastern version of western camas lilies, the green violet (a nickel accumulator), a climbing fern (also a metal accumulator), and assorted specialists of alkaline soils.

Maryland has some non-forest oddities including serpentine barrens, underlain by rock that's inherently toxic to plants. Soldiers Delight is an example.

A serpentine area in Montgomery County near Rockville was "the major source of crushed stone" in Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties. Unfortunately, the rock generated lots of asbestos dust (Science Rohl et al. 196 (4296): 1319).

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | April 4, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Thinking of cotton, the environs of Chapel Hill, North Carolina were similarly cleared. When the Great Abandonment came, the rather wealthy head of UNC's botany department bought land, apparently not out of any profit motive, but just so it would be looked after. His descendants owned prime tracts for new suburbs.

I'm hard put to imagine southern agricultural poverty. Pellagra, niacin deficiency from eating almost nothing but cornmeal, is an indicator. The nutritional disease ruined lives in the South, Italy, and other parts of southern Europe. That fits with recent Encyclopedia of Pasta, which said that until after the second world war, poor people could afford pasta only for special days, like Easter. Check the excerpt at:

Living on polenta seems a far cry from fussing over the extraordinarily expensive polenta now sold in the US.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | April 4, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Getting sleepy. Bad sentence structure infested my last post. Good night.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | April 4, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins are getting a dog?

I confess, when I first heard of the McNab breed, I thought it was a type of Labrador that specialized in fast-food theft.

11 seasons. They can only pray for another Favre.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 4, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

One other quick comment - I think that of the last 20 Super Bowl Champions, only 2 were QBed to victory by a player that was not drafted by that team or had been on that team less than 4 seasons prior.

Trent Dilfer for the 00-01 Baltimore Ravens, and Brad Johnson for the 02-03 TB Bucs, both teams that were primarily defense-oriented, IMO. Not something I expect in the Shanahan era here.

I like McNabb a lot, and heck yes, I'll cheer for him, but I hope the team they put around the guy does him justice. I'd love to see him hoist a Lombardi Trophy in a Washington uni, but I'd say it's a long long shot.


Posted by: -bc- | April 4, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

California desert is bouncing!

Posted by: nellie4 | April 4, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

epicenter near mexicali. not to make light of things, but this ditty sprang to mind. for those who care, the last verse is different from the original. "..made me trade the gallows for the mexicali blues... " was dropped in favour of "...spend a life time running from the mexicali blues.."

Posted by: -jack- | April 4, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

my impala was a far cry from a corvette killer, bc. iirc., the impala drive train was the same as yours, but toting nearly twice the mass. regardless, the powerglide was a thing of beauty. PRNDL rocks. mine was neraly fully optioned: ww wipers with a washer, am radio, and seat belts. i'll forever remember the seat upholstery. white body, aqua interior.

Posted by: -jack- | April 4, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Gooood morning! Anybody up yet?

Hmmm. Must be a holiday. Not here, but many places, I suppose.

Mr. T was off a bit early today. He's been asked to help at the candidate physical agility test, which is the weeding-out point for firefighter applicants. They are required to perform a series of job-related tasks requiring strength and coordination, such as using a sledgehammer to move a wedge along a rail and dragging a 175-pound dummy 50 feet. Applicants have 10 minutes to complete the tasks, IIRC. Unless they have had the necessary training, it's brutal and more than one will be transported to the hospital.

Me, I dunno what I'll do today, but it probably will include working in the yard. Oh, and laundry.

Ham biscuits and hot/cold beverages on the ready room table, along with a bowl of fresh pineapple. I scored a pineapple for $2.79 at Costco last week, we'll see how good it is.

Posted by: slyness | April 5, 2010 6:59 AM | Report abuse

Slyness? We have pineapples for under $2. It must be that we are so much closer to the farms. I think that they import them on the Red Line Metro. (sorry, just joking)

It is funny watching stores import goods and then "give them away" as loss leaders.

I should probably follow your lead and pick up a pineapple, myself.

Posted by: russianthistle | April 5, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, Boodle!
I am recovering from a big fat Russian Easter.

Hope that Boodlers in the Baja eathquake zone are ok and made it without damage.


Posted by: Braguine | April 5, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Jack, my Malibu was blue all through.

And yeah, I loved the Powerglide/SBC combo, too. Used it in a few race cars as well, including a Honda CRX I used to mess around with. A healthy Chevy V8 in a car with a wheelbase of less than 90 inches and a dry weight of less than 1500 lb. is a rather demanding bit of kit. There was enough steering input going down a 1/4 mile dragstrip in that thing to have done a lap of the Nurburgring in a Corvette. And almost as much sweat.


Posted by: -bc- | April 5, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Good morning Boodle!

Having a terrible time keeping the peepers open. I think it must be the usual Monday morning let's go back to bed mantra. Would that I could.

Waiting for some contractors to come in and mess around with the convector units (they're plugging holes in the wall) -- I have 4 convectors, so it is likely to take awhile. But I wish they'd come already so it will be over with, yanno?

TBG, that Greek Easter soup sounds great -- you may have posted the recipe some other time, but I'd love to see it again, if you don't mind. Alternatively, you may email it to me.

*more caffeine needed*

Posted by: -ftb- | April 5, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle. Things are jumping in this part of town. The new Nationals Park is right next door, and Obama is coming by today to throw out the first pitch. They are telling people to start arriving as early as 10 a.m. for the 1 p.m. game, but I got news for ya-- there were scads of Phillies fans (you heard me) here as early as 8 a.m. heading to the park. And of course there's cops and security all over the neighborhood. The local parking lots, which normally charge $5 for parking (usually gummint peeps) are in full $25 mode today.

Otherwise, it's a warmy sunny spring day here in Happy Valley.

Timothy Shriver has a well-written piece on the pope, and he uses a term I've not yet seen elsewhere: he calls the scandal Altergate. I kinda like that. Peggy Noonan claims it is really an authentic, worldwide big deal, too, and the church should thank the media for bringing it to their attention, not blame them for it.

*doing my Snoopy happy dance over Donovan McNabb*

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | April 5, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

I admit I was shocked when I heard the McNabb news this morning. Is Bruce channeling George?? The Over-the-Hill Gang redux? I'm guessing this means that the 'Skins will take Okung at No. 4 in the draft, rather than one of the QB's. Talk on WTOP Sports is that Campbell is now prime trade bait, most likely for a decent draft pick, meaning the Donovan will only cost the 'Skins one pick. OK, with McNabb and Grossman, who's No. 3? McCoy, still?

Posted by: ebtnut | April 5, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

SCC: ...meaning that Donovan...

Posted by: ebtnut | April 5, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Man, are they fast:

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | April 5, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Good Morning Everyone
Greetings from warm wonderful west by god,I got in last night after a great Easter spent with my family.It was definately the best decision to stay home and help mom with preparations.

I was pretty shocked to see McNabb to be traded to the Skins,Oh well I guess they know what they are doing? Maybe they are in the win now mode instaed of building for the future.And what does this do to the Eagles? It is all very confusing.

bc,driving up yesterday,I was passed by a all black classic Trans-Am,the license plate was PA and it said 35 years old and a historical car.Has it really been 35 years since they came out?It was a beautiful car,sounded great and it zipped past me going up South Mountain.

Well I gotta go,many chores up here today and hopefully a little time spent on the river as well.

Have a Great day everyone

Posted by: greenwithenvy | April 5, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

I figured you'd be a bit apoplectic (in a good way, of course), Mudge, over the McNabb trade. I was pretty shocked, and wondered why on earth he would actually *want* to come to the Redskins to be micromanaged by the control-freak-owner-in-chief. But, he's in his 30s now, which is pretty ancient in the world of sports.

Spoke with a friend last night -- a lapsed Catholic like you, Sneaks (and probably for the same reasons) -- about the scandal du jour therein. We both stated -- and pretty much at the same time -- that if Jesus were alive today, he'd be a socialist (let's make that Socialist with a capital S), and I suggested that many of the same people who invoke his name would be the first in line ready to kill him. {certain true blue Boodlers excluded from that generalization, of course -- I do not wish to offend}

That the sexual abuse of children and adolescents in the name of *anything* would seriously be categorized as "petty gossip" just demonstrates, to me at least, the sad state of affairs within the Catholic church. The hierarchy is behaving no better than Bernie Madoff and Abramoff (members of my tribe, alas), and at least the latter two didn't abuse children. It is the arrogance of the highest order, and the self-protection of the perpetrators, as well as the complicit actions of everyone else around them, all the while mouthing (if you will) the platitudes of what they call "faith" is beyond sickening.

Ah, well.

Uh-oh, I seem to be waking up. Gotta go do some work. Cya later.

Posted by: -ftb- | April 5, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

If you haven't had your breakfast yet, don't follow this link. It will make you lose your appetite, and it may even make the strong of stomach toss their cookies:

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | April 5, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Warm muffins, coffee and OJ on the table.

PaterJS checked in from the Palos Verdes Peninsula south of LA. Nothing but some shaking in his area.

My understanding is McNabb wanted out of Philly. Shanahan promised change, so change it is.

Now that MLB has officially started MrJS will have the radio on many hours each day listening to pregame shows, post game shows, his beloved (White) Sox, all baseball all the time. MrJS is very happy.

Could someone please fax me a pineapple?

Busy day ahead. Ciao for now.

Posted by: MsJS | April 5, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

OK, another SCC. Colt Brennan, not McCoy. Too many Colts in the room. Incidentally, all of the four "big" QB's in the draft this year seem to have qualifiers of some kind. Tebow isn't a great passer; Bradford and McCoy are coming back from arm injury; Clausen isn't a pro passer either. With McNabb off the table, maybe Jason goes to Oakland (too bad for him) for a draft pick.

Posted by: ebtnut | April 5, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

This was an excellent article about the Church from James Carroll.

I agree ftb, I do believe that Jesus would be a Socialist and also that all these holier than thou types would be first in line to do him harm.

If they could truly rescue the faith from the Vatican, I'd go back in a heartbeat!!

Posted by: badsneakers | April 5, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Mudge, Mr. Beck makes his living pitting people against each other with fiction. Be grateful that this time he's upfront with his latest installment in calling it a novel.

Posted by: MsJS | April 5, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

New kit from Mr. A!

Posted by: MsJS | April 5, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Wow, Sneaks, that's a powerful editorial indeed. I had not read that particular history, nor any discussion of Catholic fundamentalism.

While I understand the impulse for fundamentalism, it is truly a scourge that needs to be wiped away, regardless of the type, Christian, Islamic, Rethuglian, whatever. The world is not black or white, and life will never be easy. Pretending otherwise only sends people far astray from truth.

Posted by: slyness | April 5, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

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