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The black smoker at the sea bottom

Last night I jumped from the Skandi ROV1 to the Enterprise ROV1 to the CNN feed, trying to figure out what in tarnation I was looking at with this top hat containment dome maneuver. (You know, "Tarnation" pretty much describes what has become of the United States, no?) BP didn't explain it. The gummint didn't explain it. Anderson Cooper was in a twist. Where's the info? Why can't someone tell us what's happening? I made calls. Talked to engineers. Called Mufson. Called Byron King. Scanned The Oil Drum. What it sure looked like was a no-go, a mess, a containment that did not contain. But this morning, Suttles said it's all designed like that, with valves that will now be closed one by one, so don't panic, it might really work, and probably will. Here's the morning update (my byline but staff effort), the latest iteration of the piece I wrote last night and updated or revised 4 times.

The version that ran in the Post dead-tree edition seems to have vanished from the site, but I did find the first graph and some other graphs in a mangled version that ran in the Winston-Salem paper without attribution to me or the Post. (Whatever -- we're just shoveling coal here, right?).

The well has been capped, more or less. BP engineers guided a containment dome last night onto the hydrocarbon geyser shooting from the Gulf of Mexico oil well -- a desperate and iffy attempt to capture the leaking oil and funnel it to a ship on the surface.

Wait! I was wrong. Here it is. You just have to dig for these things.

Though that shouldn't be confused with the version that ran in the Pioneer Press, filed earlier in the evening:

At the sea bottom, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been simplified, and it is still not a pretty sight: Instead of spewing from multiple leaks in a tangle of bent pipes, the oil and gas now emerge in a single, billowing column from a sheared-off pipe that looks like a deep-sea smokestack.

This is progress. BP engineers used giant shears Thursday to cut the damaged riser pipe just above the blowout preventer that sits atop the leaking well. They worked all day and into the night on the next, critically important maneuver: trying to cap the hydrocarbon geyser with a "top hat" containment dome that, if all goes right, will capture the oil and gas and funnel it to a ship at the surface.

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 4, 2010; 9:42 AM ET
 
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First? This whole thing makes me ill.

Posted by: Yoki | June 4, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

First? This whole thing makes me ill.

Posted by: Yoki | June 4, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone explain the flames?

Posted by: -TBG- | June 4, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

mudged
fatuous garden comment alert and bear update-

Blue bliss is finally achieved. Irises and salvia in full glory with nice white roses and wild asters (look like daisies) to set them off. Jacob's ladder just starting to flower and should take over from the Irises as they finish.

The little cub whose birth was streamed via den cam has been abandoned by her mother,a second time. The researchers intervened with supplemental food and are monitoring the situation via trail cams but are not attempting to reunite them yet again. Here's a link to a picture that demonstrates why all blogs need more bears:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=6196054&id=263755115498

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 4, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 4, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I ended up being the third and vastly worst explanation of the bunker before being mudged, so that's that.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 4, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Were they flames? Seems unlikely. I though tit was just rushing goo moving up through the lights positioned to allow the videographing of the containment effort.

Posted by: Yoki | June 4, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

The quip has been found.

Posted by: shilohgun | June 4, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Multiple congrats to the kFamily and the MudgeClan.

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 4, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

http://www.theoildrum.com/node/6558#more

This post at theoildrum.com gives the best explanation about what went on last night that I've found so far.

Posted by: MsJS | June 4, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Having seen Wicked again this weekend, I'm getting a real sense of Ozian smoke and mirrors from all these pronouncements of 'success' that come with each failed attempt. Here is the pattern:

1. Announce beginning of hare-brained scheme that had been previously been dismissed as either futile or dangerous.

2. PR blitz with colorful graphics and sub-Power Point animations to explain it so that it gets immediately mangled in the press.

3. Implementation of scheme in a manner that makes a Three Stooges movie look like Danny Ocean caper.

4. Announce limited success while lowering expectations.

5. Declare on Friday morning that the full impact won't be known for 24-48 hours.

6. Observe complete lack of measurable improvement.

7. Repeat.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 4, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Jacob's ladder (otherwise called sky pilot) is one of the prettiest Western mountain wildflowers. Super blue. Polemonium pulcherrimum. And other species.

Easter lilies are putting on a show in the yard. 6' tall. Maybe a bit too much fertilizer?

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | June 4, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Any minute now I expect to see Wile E. Coyote with an Acme Oil Containment Plug.

Posted by: Raysmom | June 4, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

mudge,
Congrats on the success of your grandkids. Those are great moments that the kids don't appreciate nearly as much as the relatives.

Yesterday I called my father at 7 am to wish him a happy 70th birthday but he had left two hours earlier to go photographing birds at a local park (I guess while he still can).

Today I wanted to call my son for his 20th birthday, but my wife said not to so I left him a message on his Facebook wall instead only to find another dozen messages already there.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 4, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

shrink2, I would be remiss if I did not credit slyness with her outstanding role as concierge of the bunker. She is the one responsible for provisioning and inventory, as well as much more than her fair share of clean-up.

In all the explanations of the bunker and its usage, no one has yet defined for you the concept of the "Rovestorm." This was the first time we ever had to (create and) use the bunker to escape the trolls. Joel had written some piece or other about Karl Rove, and the Boodle was flooded with whack-job comments that drove us to create our escape hatch. So in our parlance, a "Rovestorm" is any mass invasion of trolls and drive-bys that is caused by the topic of one of Joel's kits.

One would think Rovestorms are predictable, but they are often not. The most recent was about all that business about the Confederate flag and whatnot in Virginia, which in hindsight I guess was or should have been predictable, but one never quite knows. I'd say we've had about six or seven Rovestorms over the years, and I'd guess about half were not especially predictable or the result of provocative stuff Joel wrote. Sometimes the crazies just come out of the woodwork and next thing we know, we're running for our lives for the bunker.

We have had numerous debates and discussions among ourselves about what is the best way to deal with the trolls and drive-bys, and I don't think we've arrived at concensus yet. We have tried (very much) the "ignore them and maybe they'll go away" route, and sometimes they do...and sometimes they don't. We've tried constructive engagement, we've tried ridicule, we've even tried shouting back. No silver bullet yet.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | June 4, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Dave, I have some Polemonium reptans I bought at Monticello several years ago. Pretty and prolific.

Posted by: Raysmom | June 4, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Yello...Ann Coulter...funny.
Congratulations mudge, you are certainly blessed.

Posted by: teddymzuri | June 4, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

DotC-we need to average our lilies out. Mine are going to flower at about 6". Being chopped to bits by the tiller last spring didn't help at all. Also, have you been having grasshopper problems? Mr. F complains that some plants I put in last time I was in Tampa have been eaten clean and hoppers the size of his thumb jump out whenever he hand waters the mixed border.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 4, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Congrats to kguy! Yes... I know from experience that marrying the right person makes for a great life in all sorts of respects. Sometimes I shudder when I think I may not have met Dr G.

Not only would my kids not be here, I just can't imagine anyone else I could have lived with for almost 27 years so far. Even if his best advice for someone who is depressed is "don't feel that way!"

Posted by: -TBG- | June 4, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

10 4

And I have saved that last kit as a sort of program, like the one you read listening to the orchestra tune up waiting for the opera to start; it says who is who in the cast, gives some guidance, clues about what to expect, but doesn't give away the whole story, so to spoil the drama..

Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Raysmom,
I just hope the next solution includes rocket powered roller skates, a see-saw, a large boulder, a giant coiled spring, and a train tunnel painted on a cliff wall.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 4, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, when I watched the cap being attached last night - which was about the same time the Nats were blowing their lead against the Astros - I was feeling pretty depressed. I feel better today now that I understand more about the valves.

Still, I have my defensive shields on full power. I am not going to get sucker-punched by this well again.

Because this well is starting to remind me less of the psychotic villain of a slasher film who refuses to die, and more like a sadistic tease. Sort of like the Nats. But, you know, with chemical dispersant.

Speaking of which, I believe that the "flames" that show up are actually just dispersant plumes catching the light.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | June 4, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

I am hoping the next "fix" will involve bringing some different robots into play. Perhaps the veterans of Battlebots. I'd bet Toro and Ziggo could get'er done.

Posted by: steveboyington | June 4, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

You know, having all those alternate versions of Joel's writings floating about worries me. Many years from now, after the final great wars, when the New Society is organizing the Sacred Texts, I fear rancorous confusion will be sown.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | June 4, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Heck with Battlebots, bring in Optimus Prime! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 4, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Same here on saving the last kit, shrink2.
Your concert program metaphor is perfect for the instruction manual to 'boodling . . . things I've picked up as I went along, perhaps to the everlasting regret of some.

Hearty congratulations to families celebrating such wonderful accomplishments among their kin. And birthday greetings to yello's father and son.

*donning scuba mask for the Gulf show and retreating to the loomtomb*

Posted by: talitha1 | June 4, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I was confused by the underwater fire myself. My guesses were they wanted a VERY BRIGHT LIGHT, likely magnesium flare, or else my eyes were just fooling me and it was dispersant feed. I still don't know.

I vow to not spend all day watching it. I do understand it takes some time for a mile-high pipeline to establish flow in this case. I hope they get it all flowing to the ship; and I hope they successfully begin separating the flow into its three components, flare the gas, save the oil, and dump the leftover brine on Dick Cheney's yard.

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 4, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why, but somehow I have this image in my head of shrink2 sitting at his desk in his office posting things here on the Boodle from time to time, while he says to his patient, "Tell me about your childhood." And sitting opposite him is some guy wearing a leather Hannibal Lechter mask and strapped to a handcart and drooling about fava beans and chianti.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | June 4, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Shrink2: //spoil the drama//

I have a 40 year friendship with someone who has lurked here for a few years but never posted. If she falls behind too far to backboodle, she'll call and ask to be brought up to date, as if this were a soap opera.

CJH, we are now officially a drama, not a soap. :) And I saw in the last alumni bulletin that you gave money. What were you thinking?

Posted by: -dbG- | June 4, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to both the Mudge's granddots and to the Kurosawaguy family! That's great news all around!

Posted by: -pj- | June 4, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to Mudgegranddaughter and kguydot!

Posted by: Raysmom | June 4, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

The reason why I think it is the dispersant plume is that I first observed it yesterday in one of those multiple video feeds. The label of the feed was something about "dispersant," and it was easy to see the thing switch on and off.

My guess is that the dispersant forms a fog of very tiny droplets in the water, which reflects back the bright lights on the ROV.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | June 4, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Here's BP's animation of what is going on.
http://bp.concerts.com/gom/lmrp6_060310.htm

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 4, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, I'm sitting in a meeting responding to an important system issue. Theoretically, I'm not boodling. Please do not make me laugh!

Issue is fixed. D@mn, I'm good.

Posted by: -dbG- | June 4, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

It's even on topic sort of.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB9tqgdCt5I

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 4, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

This failure is different from the rest, it has made the problem worse, there I said what everyone else is thinking.

Now I expect BP to start playing hard ball. No more Mr. Nice Guy. We send them another bill, they may just cut the BOP off, walk away and call that progress too. Shove assets into other companies, declare bankruptcy, change the name, reassemble the "new" company and the'll be back in no time, drilling the Gulf as if nothing had happened.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Make that: Imaginary issue is fixed. I'm virtually good.

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

That scenario really disturbs me, shrink2.

Posted by: -dbG- | June 4, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Shrink, was mudged while answering your question. Check at the end of last boodle.

Sometimes the most angering type of evil is those done by people who see nothing wrong with psychological abuse of children of "inferior" groups, and do so with the full knowledge that society won't be watching them that closely.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 4, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

More boodle bios (I am trying hard to not miss anybody; and am boodling in between teaching the teachers duties)

Jumper hails from a southerly clime and is our oil derrick expert; he has other culinary and technical knowledge. He looks out for elderly neighbors.

Aabeacee has not been around lately but she is a whiz a teaching teachers to teach through technology (t6); I wish that I could download her experience into my brain via a Vulcan mind meld.

Bia is our linguist and planter of a new garden in the southerly climes, too.

Shiloh is not a demon or familiar but is familiar to us He has oodles of knowledge. Sometimes he may post under another name but do not quote me on this.

Mudge, beyond the shop steward duties, is more than 3K years old. Lots of stories! And, he can pilot a boat. I also believe that he may be the North American Honey-Do champ.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | June 4, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Um, see 11:06.

Posted by: Yoki | June 4, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Shrink, welcome. Don't know if anyone's mentioned these bunker rules...sorry if this has been covered already (way busy here lately and have only skimmed).

We recycle. Don't forget.

Please use 'who' and 'that' correctly.

Never utter the words "this place needs a Kinkade."

You are expected to serve on at least one committee each year. Check with the Shop Steward about openings. (Sounds like you might be an asset to the committee responsible for keeping the stuffed moose head seasonally decorated.)

Have a happy day.

Posted by: LostInThought | June 4, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmmm. It has just occurred to me that so long as we are willing to apply toxic chemicals to the leak and screw up the marine ecosystem anyway, there may be a better chemical to apply: oxygen. Let's just blast that oil at the source with a nice concentrated jet of liquid oxygen or maybe just compressed surface air, plus a torch. Burning it off at the bottom, so that the plume of CO2 rises up and dissolves in the water, has got to be no worse than letting the oil and dispersant spread through the whole Gulf.

Posted by: ScienceTim | June 4, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

frostbitten,
Mixed borders seem hard to pull off in Florida, in part because weeds so quickly get out of hand. I envy the kind of perennial border where everything can be cut to the ground once a year.

Beach sunflowers are neat, but they grow rampantly for quite a while then all die in unison. Seed germination is unpredictable.

Bromeliads are convenient--they have minimal root systems, so are easy to divide and move around. Crotons can be used in place of perennials. Aspidistra are too expensive for wide use, but would be perfect for creating a Japanese tea garden.

There are grasshopper problems locally, but not lately in the yard. The most obvious herbivory is monarch butterfly larvae defoliating milkweeds. Swallowtail larvae ought to be (but haven't been spotted) on wild lime (Zanthoxylum fagara) and Hercules club (Z. clava-herculis).

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | June 4, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Kguy is very smart and movie-helpful.

Do not mix up Kguy with Rashoman. Rashi is new and very well liked. Rashi? Represent.

Windy!!!! A bird lover from the place where the prairie reaches the mountains.

WhackeyWeasel -- lovely man who makes sense of code when he is not raising four little weasels...WW is blind, which is why we sometimes give sky reports. WW lost vision in midlife so he one had skys and now does now.

People we love to hear from and don't always because they are busy and such:

Gomer -- teaching junior high kids, so we all should both love him and chip in for a sabbatical year of recovery.

Some nice guy who moved to Chicago and I am blanking on his handle. HELP?

Boolyin -- the funniest guy you ever, ever read in print; funny in that understated Canadian way.


---
People we miss and lost contact with...

Nani -- sweet sweet storyteller.

MORE (help me out!)

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | June 4, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, I visualize Marjorie Knoller instead of Hannibal Lecter. (Cf. Diane Whipple's death).

Basically, she got convicted of murder largely because it was so clear that she didn't care her dog had killed a woman, and they had let their dogs attack or lunge at 32 people already beforehand.

Or, I think of the mentally ill wife who went after her husband with a knife one night, this after tearing up all their furniture. And another who did similarly, without a knife, terrorizing a husband pretty much twice his weight.

I also could go on about dangerous guys that come to mind, such as the one his own friends termed an "intelligent Lenny" (from Mice and Men) and who tried to attack me in a stray moment, but I'd rather not.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 4, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Yes, as Yoki pointed out earlier, the "flames" could be from plumes of other stuff besides the dispersant being sprayed.

The thing is, it's really, really dark down there, so the illumination is going to cause tricks.

SciTim - that's an intriguing idea. I worry that the pressure might be so extreme that any ignition source would be immediately squelched.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | June 4, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm a little concerned about the suggestions for clogging the leak with certain right-wing gasbags. It seems to me that injecting such toxic substances deep into the earth could poison the entire planet.

That said, if research proved that this is an environmentally acceptable process, I'd like to add Kristol and Thiessen to the list. At the very least, there would be less vile sludge floating around the Post.

Posted by: rashomon | June 4, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

I'll predict, I'm in that mood, "dispersant" will never again be used in this way.

How those in charge decided an emulsion in the water column would be better than a slick on the surface, we may never hear. But if we find out the reason is as I have thought since this began (you know), maybe then we'll reach the tipping point on crony capitalism.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Boko -- biting sense of humor and not around lately.

TWO! Second gen boodlers, SonofTBG and Kerric (son of DR) who loves golf but not more than his mother.

Sometimes Ivan of Ivansmom grabs her handle to post a greeting or a sci-query.

SciSpouse, of sciTim, sometimes posts to say, "Come home dear one." and "Bring home milk, sweetheart."

Sara. the artist and newlywed, posts occasionally.

Tangent, the college student who plays piano, asked us for advise on Valentine's day gestures.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | June 4, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Boko -- biting sense of humor and not around lately.

TWO! Second gen boodlers, SonofTBG and Kerric (son of DR) who loves golf but not more than his mother.

Sometimes Ivan of Ivansmom grabs her handle to post a greeting or a sci-query.

SciSpouse, of sciTim, sometimes posts to say, "Come home dear one." and "Bring home milk, sweetheart."

Sara. the artist and newlywed, posts occasionally.

Tangent, the college student who plays piano, asked us for advise on Valentine's day gestures.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | June 4, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Achenfan/tomfan -- one of the orignal gang of 13, IIRC

Pixel

LALurker (kinda sorta)

The girl who got married -- can't remember her name

Tangent

Miss Toronto drops in once in a blue moon

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Tim, I'm pretty sure that wellhead down there is a "no smoking" zone. But if we use your idea, wouldn't all that CO2 result in a carbonated Gulf of Mexico, kinda lika a vast sea of Mountain Dew? (I'm not real good with this whole chemistry thing.)

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | June 4, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Alexy (Brag who sent first person reports from the e-quake in Santiago) published this thriller:
http://www.amazon.com/Kingmaker-Alexey-Braguine/dp/0980073340

Brag carries himself with old-world charm. Think Bogart with the eastern flair that comes with dark rye bread.

Bob S -- our thinking libertarian-leaning all-purpose, ACME strength good guy.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | June 4, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Sara, that's her name.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | June 4, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

BP has announced that oil and gas are being received aboard the drillship.
http://www.bp.com/genericarticle.do?categoryId=2012968&contentId=7062653

The press release also states:
"All of these operations are complex, involve risks and uncertainties, and have to be carried out by remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) at 5,000 feet under water. Systems such as the LMRP containment cap never before have been deployed at these depths and conditions. The containment system's efficiency, continued operation, and ability to contain the oil and gas cannot be assured."

We're also being told to wait one or two days to see how this effort works out.

Cue Yogi Berra and his deja vu line.

Posted by: MsJS | June 4, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Moose or Moose13? is our local jewelry-maker and cook! She knows her beads and precious stones. DBG is also a jewelry maker. So, if you have already bought the Tiffany bauble (ask Mudge for advice) you could touch base in the boodle for some custom and perfect confection for MrsShrink or ShrinkDots.

Dots -- girl progeny in the boodle

Doilies -- DR tats them for us. Doilies are the charming and low-carbon way to wipe up spills. Besides, the help cover the duct tape repairs to the three Barcoloungers and one LazEboy that despite being taken to the curb on large trash day, they reAPPEAR.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | June 4, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Hearty congratulations to Kguy and to Mudge. So scary as we grow older because it increases in speed (I know, but I'd rather think it really does!).

Been weeding again, the vegetable garden will be my downfall this year but I try to get it out of the way so I can have fun with the flower gardens.

Will finish the book sometime this afternoon, still trying to pace myself.

Posted by: badsneakers | June 4, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I thought Pixel was Sara?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | June 4, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Nani is apparently a winger for Manchester United now, so that's probably got her too busy to boodle. I found this out because I decided to join the World Cup pool so now I'm trying to figure out who Kaka and Ronaldo and all these other people are. Luckily, I don't think the selections are due right away as just yesterday I had picked Ivory Coast as my wild card team, along with their star Didier Dogba. Then just today Dogba is said to have broken his arm. This is very hard to factor in because most soccer stars' injuries do not appear to be what we would call "real".

Posted by: engelmann | June 4, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

W_G, I backed over the line and read your post. Thank you. Yeah, for you it is like cholesterol, but I dare not let it circulate in my blood. I'd like to think misanthropy is my nemesis, but that is too good for it. It is more like an abscess, puss under pressure, walled off for safety. If it bursts, I die of shock, killed by all that stored up anger and hatred...of my fellow human beings.

For all these years it has worked, my kids are cheerful, I can love and feel love, healthy, happy and so on. But it is in there, I can feel it.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

dbg -- the lurker needs updates when she is away? Oh, I love that somehow. Hi dgb-friend-lurker. I am fine. 23 summer school students and 134 swim team kidlings. I have to learn their faces and names lickety split.

RickoSHEA!!!! Hails from the same fair city that the Click and Clack brothers do, but now resides near the Naval Academy....looks more like Helen MIrren than Helen does. Really. Ask TBG.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | June 4, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

LALurker could read Alexy's book if written in Russian; and could deconstruct the book's narrative arc in a post-modern way.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | June 4, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

TBG, I'm surprised you haven't introduced shrink to the official city of the boodle.

Are there shrinks in Mianus?

Posted by: Raysmom | June 4, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Checking in for roll call, sky reports and underwater play-by-play . Hi y'all.

Posted by: WhackyWeasel | June 4, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

No, different ladies, CqP. Pixel came to a BpH once. She's into scuba, and works at NIH, IIRC.

And we had another young lady who'd just became a lawyer, attended one BPH, can't remember her name...

Also, we had an Anne something, who tended Conserv/Republican, but in a very rational and sane way, whom I liked a lot.

Cowtown hasn't been around much, either. He wrote some of the funniest parody stuff ever. Was also a lawyer, wasn't he?

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | June 4, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

eurotrash -- a Belgian? who used to post with that great Euro perspective on things in both the kit (JA's blog post) and boodle (our dootiful, bootiful, noodleful, spoonfuls back).

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | June 4, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Cowtown had a different name a while back?

JP somebody? New?

Cowhand?

Having trouble with remembering this all. Almost no visual cues. And, am memorizing summer schools names/faces.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | June 4, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Nani was from Amarillo. A grandmother, and she had exactly the same musical tastes I do. She/we liked to sit on the virtual porch swing of an evening, watch the fireflies, sip lemonade, and croon some of the old 50s and 60s doo-wop ballads.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | June 4, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Nani was from Amarillo. A grandmother, and she had exactly the same musical tastes I do. She/we liked to sit on the virtual porch swing of an evening, watch the fireflies, sip lemonade, and croon some of the old 50s and 60s doo-wop ballads.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | June 4, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Mudge - I think you are referring to PLS. Who was truly a charming young woman.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | June 4, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Need to head back into a room and teach old doggies new digital trickies for keeping the young-ens engaged....but could somebody other than me explain about Error? Time for an encomium memorial moment.

In other words, webfrienz are reel frienz.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | June 4, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

If we are doing roll call or role call, anyone hear from Nelson, eurotrash, JW? Last I recall Nani was in the FL panhandle, wish she could check in and tell us about oil conditions in her area.

Posted by: -CB- | June 4, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

"Are there shrinks in Mianus?"

Heh, that reminds me of a hostile lecture I received in Jakarta (one of the worst places on Earth, no kidding) one night. My wife is an Indonesian Muslim (apostate obviously), her grandfather explained why there were, in his not very humble opinion, so few psychiatrists in Indonesia, where people pretend not see naked, starving mentally ill people just wandering around. You see, Muslims believe mental illness is Allah's punishment for families who are, again, these are his words, not right with the Koran. He told me absent conversion to Islam, I should not only lose my livelihood, but perhaps my children should become mentally ill.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I like SciTim's idea but I don't think BP will. I'm not sure but I think oilfields can ignite like coal veins and just burn underground - not sure of the mechanism of how oxygen gets in there. Someone would probably have to make them do this, if it is doable at all.

Environmentally we were going to combust the oil anyways so if we burn it off as it comes out no diff.

Mudge, I think acidification would be the least worry, since the gulf is essentially shaped like a shallow pool not a bottle. It should go flat (so to speak) pretty quick even with gas bubllling through it.

Posted by: qgaliana | June 4, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Did I hear my name?

I WISH I looked like Helen Mirren, but alas, the similarity is limited to the gray hair..

Scotty, I'll see you tonight at Camden Yards. Go Sox!

Posted by: rickoshea11 | June 4, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Moose and dbG make jewelry, too? Hurrah! I'll leave some beads and baubles in the bunker soon. Silver, agate, coral? Top shelf in the billiard room behind the chalk.

Posted by: talitha1 | June 4, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Walling it up as an abscess sounds much better than septicema, shrink, as long as you can figure out how to lance it.

What I do may not be your style: Writing. Puppies. Kids. Long walks, gardening, Random acts of kindnesses. Making friends with trees, or people nearly as quiet as them.

All those I do, and also looking to stay aware of how resilent people can be sometimes to balance all the crud out there. HeroicStories was nice for a while until I found the Boodle.

http://www.heroicstories.com/sample.html


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 4, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Hey, CB, Nelson is a facebook friend of mine. I know she lurks here sometimes, maybe she'll pop in and give us all an update.

Posted by: Yoki | June 4, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

And obviously, staying away from the crazier in-laws.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 4, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Yoki, I hope she is well and planting some flowers. BTW, I made your cheddar olive balls recently to take to a gathering, always a hit!

Posted by: -CB- | June 4, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

PLS-- right you are, Padouk. Thanks. Yes, she was.

I'm having some weird posting issues today -- "Movatble Type" errors and double posts. Don't know what's going on.

We had two different Annes at one point, didn't we? Anne the conserv lady and another Annie. Yes? No?

Let's don't forget AROC, who came to the Int'l BPH and works at Yale, plus Pacifica and Artist Alice.

Has anyone mention Kbertoochi, Kim in Va. Beach, and VL (Vintage Lady)?

And what about Tyffani, the Keno cashier from Needles, Ariz.?

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | June 4, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

9-11 ended the zealous in laws problem
She can, but we can't go there safely anymore and they can't get visas to visit here.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget VintageLady. I aspire to her grace.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 4, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

We used to have amo and Bayou Self. Is Bayou Self still here under a new name? (Yes, I've been rooting around in the archives. And found my very-first-ever Boodle posting, Sept. 12, 2005.)

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | June 4, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Also jw, of the Coasties.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | June 4, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

There was a time, shrink, when the denizens shouted and clamored for "italics" with all the fervor of Gurney Halleck calling for "atomics." The reference to problems with "movable type" harks back to those halcyon days of yesteryear.

Posted by: -shiloh- | June 4, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

DotC-right you are, the weed plagued mixed border is being given over to tropicals. The unusual cold of this winter made some holes that we filled with foliage over flowers. Most of the names escape me now, I don't know them like my dear plant friends from northern climes, but there were some crotons. Saw a lot of crape murder. Perhaps Floridians don't know crape myrtles enjoy a real winter. I know my little specimen was the happiest I've seen it in the 4 years since it was planted.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 4, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, your 12:01 left me choking for air.

Posted by: badsneakers | June 4, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

OMG. Frosti, please avert your eyes. Princess Sparkle Pony is the subject of a "Style" piece profile by Michael Leahy. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/03/AR2010060304789.html?hpid=features1&hpv=national

I couldn't bring myself to go beyond the second graf. Somebody please read it for me and let me know if it's safe for me, or will my head explode?

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | June 4, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I envy those of you going to Camden Yards tonight. Enjoy the game, folks. It is my devout hope that the O's can score some of those . . . what do you call 'em? Runs!

You know, just to keep it interesting.

Posted by: cowhand214 | June 4, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, bad.

*faxing her an asthma inhaler*

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | June 4, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

The current quietude re: italics is a bit unsettling.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 4, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone been to Virginia Beach for a mini-vacation? Any recommendations?

We need a few days of sun, sand, and swimming in the Ocean and a starwood hotel for the discount.

Posted by: rickoshea11 | June 4, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

This just in from the Palmetto State Cultural Snesitivity Hotline:

S.C. GOP state senator calls gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley 'a r@ghead'

By Philip Rucker
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, June 4, 2010; 12:32 PM

The drag-down brawl for South Carolina's Republican gubernatorial nomination just got nastier.

A GOP state senator called front-runner Nikki Haley, the only woman in the race and a daughter of Indian immigrants, "a r@ghead" on a political talk show Thursday night.

"We already got one r@ghead in the White House," John M. "Jake" Knotts Jr. said on the Internet talk show "Pub Politics," according to The State newspaper. "We don't need another in the governor's mansion."

Knotts, a supporter of one of Haley's opponents, later apologized and said his comment was made in jest.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/03/AR2010060305352.html?hpid=topnews

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Apparently, no one down there cares he also called Obama that name. That part was okay, I guess.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | June 4, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

fb,
At some point you just have to abandon hope. We've got CAPS LOCK and ***asterisks*** and quote marks. That seems to be all we will ever have.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 4, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Here's one for you copy editors:

http://gawker.com/5555487/british-newspaper-has-given-up-on-writing-headlines-entirely

Posted by: yellojkt | June 4, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Just checking in to see if those magic valves turned off yet...nope.

Back to work. Doing a medication refusal over-ride affidavit, yep forcing meds on a person who is getting...bad, leave it at that. It isn't anything like Jodi Foster btw, I found that movie unwatchable, laughable.

So much of the work is reading (lots and lots of) records and writing, that is why I can look at the kit and caboodle, it unscrews my mind to see normal people interacting in healthy ways. Really.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Would someone please explain "italics" in boodle language for me, along with the comma and ellipses rules?

Posted by: talitha1 | June 4, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Mudge-thanks for the warning. In the interest of staying informed I read the whole thing. I always marvel that anyone was crafty enough to carve out a district in Minnesota in such a tailor made for wingnuttery way. With the exception of Michele, our Republicans would be left of center in most states, certainly anywhere south of the rhubarb line.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 4, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Never mind, I think yello just explained it. And I *know* how to use commas and ellipses, but the boodle seems especially sensitive to misuse, or perhaps that's my own insecurity.

Posted by: talitha1 | June 4, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Well apparently the boneheaded goober in question did apologize for both comments-

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/06/sc_goper_apologizes_for_calling_obama_and_haley_ra.php?ref=fpa

"I still believe Ms. Haley is pretending to be someone she is not, much as Obama did, but I do apologize to both for an unintended slur."

Right, and when I look at your photo, State Senator Knotts, and refer to you as a giant pile of Palmetto Poo, no offense is intended.

Posted by: kguy1 | June 4, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

That story about Jake Knotts Jr. insulting Nikki Haley is so infuriating. It just burns me to no end that people don't know that the proper ethnic slur for South Asians is 'd0thead.' Get your casual racism right, you idiots!

P.S. It seems both terms are on the WaPo Wirty Dird List.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 4, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I like the concept of the "special relationship" that America and Great Britain enjoy. What is the root of that relationship? We are basically the same people.

We certainly think and do most of the same things. Just finished an article in the latest New Yorker about the recent British election. One of the summary thoughts was "Who would really want to be in charge now, anyway?". The financial condition of GB is worse than the US.

They talked to the leader of I.F.S., which we'll call the British equivalent of the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.

His comment about what the Brits have in store for them was eerie.

"The public has a sort of sense that that there's a problem. They're not daft. They realize that there's a significant adjustment to come, but they tend to think that it can be solved by increasing taxes that they don't pay and cutting spending that they don't benefit from."

How perfectly American.

Posted by: steveboyington | June 4, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

frostbitten, can't believe I grew up (to age nine) in her district, though people tell me since the freeway was built, St. Cloud is just a bed room community. I wonder, had I stayed, instead of moving to Cambridge MA,
would I be a wing nut?

Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I've been there a few times because my daughter lives there, Maggie. But Kim is your local expert. But I do have to great restuarant recommendations: first a really great Italian place called Aldo's, www.aldosvb.com
1860 Laskin Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23454-4535
(757) 491-1111

Second, a great diner. the No Frill's Grill http://www.nofrillgrill.com/locations.asp
1620 Laskin Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 425-2900
Both the above are inland, away from the Beach area.

On the beach, great seafood at Catch 31
http://www.31ocean.com/Virginia-Beach-31-Ocean-Catch-31/Catch31.aspx
3001 Atlantic Avenue Virginia Beach, VA 23451-3032 - (757) 213-3472

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | June 4, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

'd0thead.'

I think she grew up Sikh, the ones with the turbans.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

kguy,
That is a very passive-aggressive non-apology.

And congrats on four decades of wedded bliss. You will shortly be able to say your marriage lasted longer than Al Gore's.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 4, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Try attending a Boodle Porching Hour sometime, shrink. You'll be freaked out.

Speaking of which, I'm planning to be in Northern Virginia in early July, don't know yet if I can make it into DC but hope to porch if I can.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 4, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

yello, we'll always have parentheses.

Posted by: engelmann | June 4, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Totally totally off topic and just because it's Friday-

http://arbroath.blogspot.com/2010/06/man-wearing-only-sock-desperately-wants.html

Posted by: kguy1 | June 4, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

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

Hello, friends. We had a thunder boomer last night, and it knocked out the power. Computer down and phone knocked out, but everything is working now. I slept through the whole thing. Just wanted to stop by and say hello.

Shriek, sorry about your pet. That is hard. I had to take my cats to the shelter awhile back, and I cried all the way home.

My daughter had a sonogram at four this morning while at work, and it's a boy! I hope everything works out ok.

I want to update the kind folks here at the Achenblog about my father. I don't know if I told you about him. He is back on his spot. He lives in a small double-wide and seems very happy to be back. He also has a car, and can get around to do his errands. Again, I want to thank all of you for your kindness and caring during out time of need. He sends his thanks, and I add mine also. We couldn't have done it without you. May God bless and keep you, and your families.

When the opportunity presents itself, I always tell friends and strangers how kind all of you have been to me and my family in the past, and in the present. You're just a great bunch of people, and I'm honored to know all of you and Joel Achenbach.

Have a great day, folks, and love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | June 4, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Scotty, take your resume to that Orioles game tonight. They have a job opening in management. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/04/AR2010060401922.html?hpid=moreheadlines

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | June 4, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

shrink-I don't understand that district at all. Chez Frostbitten is in a whole different land, dominated by Iron Range and Indian Reservation politics. The Hip Urban Loft is in St. Paul's Lowertown arts district. Busy gentrifying, but still a place where one greets both park bench sleepers and dog walkers on a morning run. The farm town and burb folk mystify me. They seem to be afraid most of the time. When they come up to Our Fair City on the annual vacation they're afraid of bears, wolves, and Indians. When they park their cars for a hockey game in St. Paul they look like they've landed in a scene from Escape from New York, not "America's most livable city."

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 4, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else notice WackeyWeasel pop in for a minute? And wasn't it cowhand who you all had a BPH for before he moved to the midwest?

And CB, I also remember that Nani moved to northern Florida with her daughter's family.

Posted by: nellie4 | June 4, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

メイリオ

Meiryo, a Japanese script developed for PC use, only has italic characters for Latin, Greek, Coptic, and Cyrillic characters, it is an indication that Windows Vista does not use emulated italic effects if it uses a substitute font for italic effect but cannot find the correct glyph in the italic font.

The italics problem is not unique.

Posted by: -shiloh- | June 4, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Good point yello!
Sikhs would take particular offense to being called "r@gheads" being as they were formidable resistance fighters against the Mughal empire (18th century).
Keep yer turbans straight people!

Remember that "sensitivity" is a big part of "racial insensitivity"

Posted by: DNA_Girl | June 4, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

The italics is a result of WaPo not allowing any HTML whatsoever. No italics, no bold, no links. In a way, perhaps it is for the best. Imagine the drooling, crayon-wielding typical WaPo commenter with access to a blink tag.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 4, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Very glad about your dad, Cassandra. Happy grandbaby too. And sorry for those who lost friends lately, animal and human, and I'm glad for those having happy birthdays and such.

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 4, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

It was Southwester who moved to Chicago.

Mudge, did you tell (only) Scottynuke to bring his resume to the game tonight? Don't you think I qualify for the job?

Thanks for the restaurant suggestions, btw.

Posted by: rickoshea11 | June 4, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Aside from pumping seawater instead of cement to cut corners or whatever...why would you leave a perfectly flowing well in the first place?

Posted by: teddymzuri | June 4, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I am sure that high-ranking elected official of the Stare of South Carolina didn't mean no harm by his comment. Sheesh.

Was it Governor Palin that called it Real America?

More like Remedial America.

Posted by: steveboyington | June 4, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Aside from pumping seawater instead of cement to cut corners or whatever...why would you leave a perfectly flowing well in the first place?

Posted by: teddymzuri | June 4, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Cassandra, good to hear the family news. Thank you for letting us know.

Niece#3, of bakefest fame, went and got herself a summer job at a real bakery. She starts verrrrry early Monday morning.

Niece#1 made it to southeast Asia but her luggage didn't. She heads out into the countryside on Sunday, so she probably won't see her stuff until she's ready to come home, if at all. She's pretty sure she'll have a great time anyway.

Niece#2 got a summer job in where she goes to college and will be heading there this weekend.

My bro and s-i-l are feeling like the front door of their home is of the revolving sort. In three weeks they went from no kids at home to three and back to one.

Posted by: MsJS | June 4, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Aside from pumping seawater instead of cement to cut corners or whatever...why would you leave a perfectly flowing well in the first place?

Posted by: teddymzuri | June 4, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Doing paperwork myself, after which I can look forward to picking up a few needed CPEs online.

Suddenly, Fontella Bass shows up on the small, redundant device that plays music. Rescue Me.

Exactly.

Posted by: -dbG- | June 4, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

You know, it strikes me that we've not properly introduced CquaP to shrink2, and here she's been our MC. TBG(?) did mention her superb teacherliness, but I think he also needs to know these few things:

CquaP is an Irisher of the ginger persuasion, and therefore OK with me. She also rocks a biker-chick leather jacket, rides her bike more miles through urban and suburban environs than I could ever dream of doing, is a cool mommy, and a contributor to the global effort to balance the environment. As though that were not enough, she is also perhaps the most gentle and loving spirit I have encountered in my more-than-half-century. If ever, FSM forbid, your heart is broken, CollegequaParkian is the friend you need by your side. She will wipe tears, speak soft words of comfort and wisdom and open wine, all at the same time.

Also, I know CquaP mentioned that RD_Padouk is a physicist (and a darn good one) but I think she failed to note his universal kindness (and that he's dreamy, too).

Posted by: Yoki | June 4, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Hi Teddy, you are the b-ball fan, right?

Southwester! Yes, now he is near MsJS, in the Windy City of Broad Shoulders that is somewhat a ShyTown that is second to none....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | June 4, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

MsJS, as long as that door swings both ways there will be joy. Glad to hear of your nieces' accomplishments.

Cassandra, I was just thinking of you this morning and missed your daily greeting. Great family news for you, too.

I'm expecting my prodigal mister home from the music trail (after a week) sometime in the wee hours.
Love my time alone, love our time together more.

Posted by: talitha1 | June 4, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Blushing, Yoki. Shrink, Yoki is my tall and dark Irish darlin' cousin, of this we are sure.

I fear I am missing a few but please just blame my midlife brain and the number of student names I must learn each year.

One more quick teaching sesson at 3:30 and then off by bike to sundries fetchings.

Yoki and the other women of the boodle, Shrink are all fetching. And, RD is Italian-sunglasses dreamy, with homemade tomato slices on top.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | June 4, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

CqP is also fashion commenter extraordinaire. She notices everything and describes it in a way that gets to the very soul of the piece.

She also has something very macabre and funny in her freezer.

Posted by: -dbG- | June 4, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

dbG! I forgot this and only think of when I go to a Bris, which often because I am not in grandparent mode with my peers.

That and when I clean out the freeze...

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

"why would you leave a perfectly flowing well in the first place?"

Production rigs are different from drilling rigs and sequencing production to demand models makes sense. For example, the price of oil is down right now. Develop it, cap it and wait.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

You ladies are making me blush.

Thank you.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | June 4, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

You're even cuter when you blush, RD. :-)

Posted by: Yoki | June 4, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Cassandra, thanks for the news about your dad. I know he was looking forward to being independent again and I'm glad he is getting there. Also, congratulations on the prospect of a new grandson!

Yes, we need to poke southwester with a stick, get him to check in.

Posted by: Ivansmom | June 4, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/04/AR2010060400127.html?nav=rss_email/components

Posted by: -shiloh- | June 4, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Sheeesh, what a love fest.
Ok no dirt = not human.

No schisms, attention envy, hierarchical disputes (like baboon troops), this is all a little too strange...Is this a Cult?

Tell me...well, is it? All the cheerful, loving people, charismatic leaders, mutual admiration flowing like corn syrup...I have heard about things like this. Soon you will be asking for a tithe. Admit it! You chant together until novices are exhausted and then their minds meld with the group...it is so clear to me know.

Must...break...free...

Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

You don't want to know what CqP keeps in her freezer. As for me, the guinea pigs were finally given a proper burial, along with the cremated dogs and cats. Hence both freezer and closet Chez Frostbitten are full of only what one would normally expect.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 4, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Cassandra, congratulations on your dad and your daughter doing well. Praying for more pleasant news to keep coming to you.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 4, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

*Snort* Schisms, rank-pulling, (don't think envy ever comes into play), pride, disapproval, the violent creation of new orifices, all aplenty. Managed with good will almost always. We really are a remarkably agreeable bunch.

And I have new brown satin wedges!

Posted by: Yoki | June 4, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I think we are pretty uniformly anti corn syrup here. Corn being the monocultural dominator of American agriculture and all that. More like maple syrup.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 4, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Corn syrup has its uses. Where would pecan pies be without it?

Posted by: kguy1 | June 4, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Cassandra, I am very happy to hear about your dad. It must take some stress from you to know that he is at home, more or less, and happier. I am jealous that you will have another grandson. Our family is just girls, girls, girls. (Not that there's anything wrong with that!)

I finished the book. And Mudge was right - Wow! Of course now I'm depressed because it's over. But now I can do a bit of sewing that I've been putting off for almost a week.
I bought a blouse for dancing that was on clearance, but of course I didn't have a proper skirt in the right color to go with it. Soon I will.

Posted by: badsneakers | June 4, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Don't let him get away.
He can prescribe!

Posted by: Boomslang | June 4, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Boko!!!!

Posted by: Yoki | June 4, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Boko!

Posted by: nellie4 | June 4, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

The orange robes are in the mail.

Posted by: -dbG- | June 4, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I'm back.

Shrink, we talk from time to time here about bears. A friend of mine sent this to me, although I received it many years ago from another friend across the pond -- it's terrific:

IN THIS LIFE … I’M A WOMAN

In my next life, I’d like to come back as a bear. When you’re a bear, you hibernate. You do nothing for six months. I could deal with that.

Before you hibernate, you’re supposed to eat yourself stupid. I could deal with that.

When you’re a girl bear, you birth your children (who are the size of walnuts) while you are sleeping and wake to partially grown, cute, cuddly cubs. I could definitely deal with that.

If you’re a mama bear, everyone knows you mean business. You swat anyone who bothers your cubs. If your cubs get out of line, you swat them too. I could deal with that.

If you’re a bear, your mate EXPECTS you to wake up growling. He EXPECTS that you will have hairy legs and excess body fat. Yup…I’m gonna be a bear!

Me again. I have no idea to whom I should give attribution. So, should the copyright owner see this, I shall refer you to someone who lives in San Antonio.

*snort*

Posted by: -ftb- | June 4, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Cane is the dominant S. Florida sugar crop, but I admit to a passion for Vermont maple syrup and unsalted Danish butter in my oatmeal.

Posted by: -shiloh- | June 4, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

One of the endearing things about this particular cult is that in all the introductions Achenbach hasn't been mentioned once. The picture at the top is appropriate - the A-Blog has pretty much run amok since the commenters acquired self-realization. An appreciation for JA's mix of seriousness and humour is the common bond.

Posted by: engelmann | June 4, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Corn syrup has its uses. Particularly with food coloring at Halloween. It's the high-fructose variety that is slowly killing the country. And destroying the economies of other western hemisphere countries. And causing global warming. If I could pin hair loss on it too, I would.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 4, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Shrink, we give and take umbrage and mostly truly apologize too. People will write that they had a rant ready to post but deleted it before doing so.

Some of us are more comfortable with confrontation than others. Mainly, we respect each other. Occasional eye-rolling occurs. Eh, these are real relationships.

Yoki did put it well.

Posted by: -dbG- | June 4, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Maggie!!! Deeply sorry! I didn't quite realize you were also going to the game. Misread your post. By all means, take your resume, too.


But...but...you really wouldn't wanna manage Balmer, wouldja? Work for Peter Angelos?

Shrink, I should also add that CqP is my mentor and sensei when it comes to certain deep philosophical and thelogical matters concerning Teilhard de Chartain and a few others in that rarified atmosphere. Don't worry, you don't need to study up; it won't be on the mid-term.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | June 4, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Ah, the problem with maple syrup is it's just ever-so-slightly addictive.

No cult here that I've seen, but probably they just don't invite me to the rhubarb sacrifices to the ancestral spirit of The Very Talented Mr. Stripey.

Couldn't tell you about chanting if it's all done behind my back. Which it could be, complete with an armpit chorus.

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

Eye-rolling? EYE-ROLLING?? There's no eye-rolling in baseball!! Oh, wait. That's no crying.

Never mind.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | June 4, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Ok I give up.
We had the Rashneesh people out here you know. I knew them, they were friends of mine...oh, wrong direction, sorry...They even poisoned the salad bar in The Dalles*.

Boomslang...yeah, you have no idea. I got a guy in a few months ago taking 180mg of MS Contin a day, yeah, a day, for "phantom limb pain". He wasn't psychyotic, he was delirious. That is a lot of morphine my friends. Well it took awhile, but he left the hospital on just 16mg of Dilaudid a day, which is still a massive amount of dope for a someone walking around in society. Lets put it this way, if we were all taking that, wars would get pretty silly, not to mention work.

*one of two cities in America with a name that begins with The

Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Have to say, the boodle sometimes reminds me of my dad's family, dozens of cousins with a family fondness for getting together.

In fact, I'm going to stay with one cousin this weekend. A few weeks ago she told me to drive to her house as soon as I hear she's dead and take her diamonds :) Unexpected, but not totally unexpected. I lived with a different one in Boston years ago.

I wouldn't stay in a forum that's like my mom's family.

Posted by: -dbG- | June 4, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Which is the other one?

Posted by: Yoki | June 4, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Why, The Bronx, of course.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | June 4, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm a honey girl myself, Shrink, since my granddaddy kept bees down in Georgia where I was raised. Live high in Colorado for a decade, spent 20+ years in DC/Bawlmer and now live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley with a crazy fife player and a green Amazon parrot.

I can do anything with needle(s) and thread, love frogs (real or tastefully collectible) read history, poetry and politics. I do CivWar living history/reenactment and costuming, cook everything from southrun to Thai and love music of all sorts (former dj). Oh, and I raised a son alone who just celebrated his 34th birthday, partially with boodle presence.

How's that for representing?

Posted by: talitha1 | June 4, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

The big apple?

Kguy. Try lyle's golden syrup. Congratulations, btw!

Midge too.

Posted by: -dbG- | June 4, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I love real tasty frogs too.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 4, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

The Bronx comes to mind, Yoki. It's now one of the five boroughs of NYC, so it's not an independent city.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 4, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Actually, that should be the Bronx, lowercase the. The "the" can be omitted in addresses, maps, charts, etc., but remains in general text.

Howsomever, it was also made into its own county, the newest in New York, in which case it is Bronx County, san the "the" in front of it.

Howsomever again, The Hague always gets an uppercase The.

This is why I get the big bucks.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | June 4, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

The Hartford.

Oh, wait, that's an insurance company.

Posted by: -shiloh- | June 4, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Teilhard de Chardin, the discoverer of the noosphere, the collective unconscious (which imbues the boodlesphere, of course), heading over to Jung...yeah, I'd be a bad Catholic and a worse psychiatrist if I had not read Pierre's work.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Sneaks -- I know just how you feel. I really, really wanted more after I finished the third book.

Posted by: -ftb- | June 4, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

The Ukraine took exception to being so labeled and insisted on being called Ukraine.

Posted by: -shiloh- | June 4, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

The windy city

Posted by: -dbG- | June 4, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure you'll get more, if ever the blasted disputes are settled.

Posted by: Yoki | June 4, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

As would any S.J., shrink. Jesuit paleontologists and Jungians are kindred spirits. Have you seen The Red Book?

Posted by: -shiloh- | June 4, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

The Forks, Maine.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 4, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Shrink, if you find a large pod on your doorstep, don't, under any circumstances, leave it near your bed when you go to sleep. And watch out for the big amoeba-looking things that want to stick themselves to your back.

Posted by: rashomon | June 4, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I'll eat frog legs, too, yello. I've been known to go frog-gigging in my time. Just don't give me a plush frog puppet for my birthday!

My mister is from "the" South Bronx, btw.

Posted by: talitha1 | June 4, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

How about El Paso and El Segundo?

BTW, mudge, I just made up a big batch of fava-bean hummus because of your earlier post. Still debating the Chianti.

Posted by: rashomon | June 4, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

The Bronx became a borough of NYC in 1898, Wilbrod. It became a county in 1914. Half of it was anned to NYC in 1874 and the other half in 1895.

Each of the five boroughs is also its own independent county: Manhattan is New York County, Brooklyn is Kings County, Queens is Queens County, and Staten Island is Richmond County.

It is the only part of NYC that isn't an island. Two are islands in and of themselves, and two are part of Long Island.

How these ten jurisdiction on four different land masses become one single city I have no freaking idea, but they do. Somehow.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | June 4, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

How's august 6 for the bph? CqP, Rickoshea? Everyone else?

Posted by: -dbG- | June 4, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

The The? Excellent.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phWv7l8Lm_A

Posted by: steveboyington | June 4, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Whoops, The Forks is a tiny town/plantation.
The Rocks, Kentucky is probably around the same size.

There's also The Holy City, OK, which is in the middle of a reservation.

The X, Massachusetts seems to be a real city judging by this AOL jobs search.

http://jobs.aol.com/jobs-by-city/the-x-ma-jobs

Overseas, there's The Entrance, New South Wales, Australia, also The Rock of the same New South Wales.

MY thanks to an "Unusual City Names" website, which I cross-verified elsewhere.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 4, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

August 6th - Hiroshima - 1945

Posted by: -shiloh- | June 4, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Money, Mudge. That's usually the answer.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 4, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I found this list at wunderground.com. Haven't checked any of them out for authenticity yet.

The Bluffs, LA
The Citadel, SC
The Colony, TX
The Dalles, OR
The Gap, AZ
The Glen, NY
The Lakes, NV
The Narrows, CA
The Plains, OH
The Plains, VA
The Rock, GA
The Sea Ranch, CA
The Villages, FL
The Willows, CA
The Woodlands, TX

The Windy City was already mentioned, but its real name is The Land of the Stinking Onion.

Posted by: MsJS | June 4, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I've met Paul Tibbets several times, back when I was married to a history professor in flyover America. Nice guy.

Posted by: -dbG- | June 4, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Gen. Tibbets, that is.

Posted by: -dbG- | June 4, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

MsJS: I've been to The Sea Ranch. Gorgeous place. Was on my honeymoon. Rented a house on a wooded hill and we relaxed, watched the deer and wild turkey wander by and caught the sunset each night. Magical.

Posted by: steveboyington | June 4, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

For those of us craving italics go over to the Comic Riffs page/blog and make an entry there. It uses the same comment software but has gotten stuck in italics. Go on, you know you want to:
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/comic-riffs/2010/06/the_riffs_interview_gene_weing.html?wprss=comic-riffs

DLD

Posted by: DLDx | June 4, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

http://www.familyculture.com/holidays/augustmoonfest.htm

Most auspicious time.

Posted by: -shiloh- | June 4, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I don't think The Citadel is a city -- but I haven't been in SC since 1981. At that time The Citadel was a military college.

Posted by: nellie4 | June 4, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I can attest to the realsomeness of The Plains, VA, as I have passed the sign many times on I-95 and I have now actually been there -- it is the site of the annual Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC).

Posted by: ScienceTim | June 4, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

The Dog Days aspect:

The brightest of the stars in Canis Major (the big dog) is Sirius, which also happens to be the brightest star in the night sky. In fact, it is so bright that the ancient Romans thought that the earth received heat from it. Look for it in the southern sky (viewed from northern latitudes) during January.

In the summer, however, Sirius, the “dog star,” rises and sets with the sun. During late July Sirius is in conjunction with the sun, and the ancients believed that its heat added to the heat of the sun, creating a stretch of hot and sultry weather. They named this period of time, from 20 days before the conjunction to 20 days after, “dog days” after the dog star.

The conjunction of Sirius with the sun varies somewhat with latitude. And the “precession of the equinoxes” (a gradual drifting of the constellations over time) means that the constellations today are not in exactly the same place in the sky as they were in ancient Rome. Today, dog days occur during the period between July 3 and August 11. Although it is certainly the warmest period of the summer, the heat is not due to the added radiation from a far-away star, regardless of its brightness. No, the heat of summer is a direct result of the earth's tilt.

Posted by: -shiloh- | June 4, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Nellie, The Citadel still is a military college, now coed, located in Charleston, SC.

DLD

Posted by: DLDx | June 4, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

shiloh,
Florida's sugar cane fields produce rice between cane plantings. High quality, but hard to find labeled as local. I think Winn Dixie would be the place. Rice hulls are used as packing for caladium bulbs (which are all produced on muck land east of Sebring and Lake Placid at Lake Istokpoga. You can see colorful stripes on Google Maps).

frostbitten,
The chain-sawing of crape myrtles is one of those destructive cultural memes that have spread despite the best efforts of experts. It started out with a belief that the shrubs (or small multi-trunked trees) flower better if the flower heads are removed. Then it turned into a notion that you have to cut the plant to half its normal height. The current stage is that landscapers believe they're expected to do it. Homeowners who do their own work emulate the landscapers.

The same thing has happened with "hurricane pruning" of palms. One species that does badly in wind, Syagrus romanzoffiana (queen palm), might benefit from having a few older leaves removed every June.
http://www.floridata.com/ref/s/syag_rom.cfm

Our native cabbage palms (Sabal palmetto) are healthiest when no leaves are removed. It's OK to remove old mostly-brown leaves and flower/fruit stalks, but cutting nearly all the leaves for a "pineapple" look is deadly. For some reason, people fear flying palm leaves during hurricanes, as if flying roof tiles aren't a far more serious problem. People also seem to think sabals are full of roaches, rats, whatever. There assuredly are insects--birds spend time foraging in sabals.

I miss polemoniums as garden plants. Portland residents were generally not big on summer perennial beds. I think it was a culture of thinking flowers are for winter and spring, but not the dry summer is too much of a nuisance. Better to go to the beach or mountains.

Here's a self-explanatory call to go buy Gulf seafood:
http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/fear-of-gulf-seafood-after-spill-hits-businesses-hard/1099967

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | June 4, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Wow. A surprise party on D-Day, and a BPH on Hiroshima Day...

Does that mean anything auspicious?

Posted by: rickoshea11 | June 4, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

The Hague. The Crimea lost the the when Ukraine did. I think Russian plutocrats stole them.

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 4, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I've been to Vermont once. Did some fishing and camping. My travel buddy and I went to his Uncle's Apple orchard. The Uncle took us to an apple packaging plant something or other ( where they ready the apples for shipment, not a processing type thingy where they make apple sauce, just shipping whole fresh apples). The Uncle learned of my love of Apples, and handed me an Apple and said this Apple is the last of its kind. Nobody grows it anymore. I tried to hand it back, but He said no, that's for you. It was delish. Probably the best Apple I ever had, cause I believed at that moment that it really was the last of that kind of Apple.

We left Vermont without any fish, but that is another story. What I did leave with is some Vermont Maple Syrup. I was told by the store owner I bought it from to try it on Vanilla Ice Cream. I was dubious.

Oh My, I've wanted to go back to Vermont ever since to get more. I've never tasted better Maple Syrup. And in Combo with Vanilla .... Heavenly

Posted by: omni3 | June 4, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Putting "The" in front of a place name seems to be another developers' ploy to make a project sound more important. Like Pointe, Parke, and anything named Windsor or Princeton. Can't developers be provided with road atlases of England so they can find suitable place names to steal?

Los Angeles, Las Vegas--Spanish operates differently to English.

I somehow heard that Teilhard de Chardin was loopy and instead read René Dubos, who seems to have disappeared from the collective conciousness.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | June 4, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are really The The Angels Angels of Anaheim.

Makes me dizzy just sayin' it.

Posted by: MsJS | June 4, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

My city plants crape myrtles all over town. Their landscapers do not top them; I thank them. I have two and prune them at the bottoms.

Today I wised up and moved my marjoram into the sun. No sense wishing there was more sun where it was, because that and a dollar would buy a cup of coffee. Mr. Stripeys show no sign of last year's blight which got the best of the Better Boys. (Nothing ever touched them before.) I have a Mystery squash which volunteered from the compost. I suspect butternut but one of the little pumpkins might be the welcome addition. I hope so.

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 4, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Thanks all for giving the bios to those of us new to the group. Some impressive credentials in the boodle.

Posted by: steveboyington | June 4, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I never knew until recently that some pumpkin varieties have hull-less seeds. I forgot to pursue this and get some plants growing this year for this purpose. I presume the flesh will be not only edible but tasty as well. Maybe next year.
http://www.liseed.org/snackseed.html

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 4, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Dave, I'd love to live in a development called Mousehole (pronounced Mousal).

Posted by: Yoki | June 4, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

The Village at Chevy Chase... yep, you're right, Dave o' the Coonties.

I want to see "Some" used, as in

"Some Apartments."

Or maybe, "A, You know,"

As in "A, you know, City."

But then 50 years later they'd just re-spell it Ah-yuno-sitee and claim it was a name from an Indian language.

I like in a, you know, town myself.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 4, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

SCC: I like, live in a, you know,town myself.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 4, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

"Teilhard de Chardin was loopy"

Yeah...so?

Look, I keep having to work and I can't keep up. But I can say this. We have a wonderful source of Vermont Maple Syrup.

We, my Indo wife! (she hated it at first) and kids have ordered it from them and it always came in those square cans with the hokey old paint job until they switched to plastic jugs this year. Grrrr. Nevertheless,

it is...The Best.

Vasseur Brothers in Fayston.
802 496 3957

You know, all these points of compatibility are getting strange. Maple Syrup? I love real Maple Syrup (and honey too, I saw that in passing) but you can't find people congregating here and there who love hot peppers, okra, maple syrup, rhubarb...and...and...who can be serious too, like, about our relationship with oil and its production, the persecution of children in devalued, even dehumanized groups.

Ok, I can't keep up, but I am in.

If snaking electronic appliances appear, growing around my face, I'll know what happened.


Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Now I'll go off and be silly with town names in private.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 4, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I'll lend you my tin-foil hat if that happens, shrink.

Posted by: Yoki | June 4, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

omni, Quebec and Ontario Maple syrups are equally good on vanilla ice cream, if you really want to go crazy add some dried currents to the mix, heaven!

Jugs of syrup and vanilla ice cream -staples at my house growing up - and really that explains a lot :-)

Posted by: dmd3 | June 4, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

....(thinking hard)

....The Hair Club for Men sent you a more updated product than you wanted?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 4, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

BPH on Hiroshima Day...
Does that mean anything auspicious?

No. It means benign prostatic hypertrophy, which is the reason anyone who watches sports has to see relentless advertisements featuring really good looking middle aged gentlemen who, whilst sporting out of doors, suddenly have to run to the loo.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Conclusion: playing sports causes bph.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 4, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I was too easily deterred from Teihard. I don't remember who it was who trashed him effectively enough to scare me away.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | June 4, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

In the financial markets:

http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20100604-706905.html?mod=WSJ_latestheadlines
BP will leave open the question of cutting its dividend. It pays quarterly and the next one will be announced in July. The dividend is a key source of revenue for U.K. pension funds, so there will be pressure to maintain it at current levels.

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/26953/20100604/bp-oil-spill-bargain-hunting.htm
Despite the big drop in the price of BP stock, the uncertainty over its liability means a lot of investors are steering clear.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/sp-cuts-bps-rating-to-aa-on-gulf-oil-spill-2010-06-04-1317290
Standard & Poor's joined other rating agencies today and lowered its rating of BP's long-term debt.

It's taken a while but the financial markets are now hitting BP in ways its board understands.

Posted by: MsJS | June 4, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Daveofthe, no problem, neologism density is daunting.

Sanity klaxon: too many made up words depending on each other.

One never knows, genius or lunatic...deify her, or burn her...bow down and give money, or drink the kool aid and die.

Pisses me off. I want a litmus test. Genius or Crackers, no in between, that makes me have to think a lot.


Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Some folks have been both Genius and Crackers, shrink.

Posted by: MsJS | June 4, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

"the financial markets are now hitting BP in ways its board understands"

Oh yeah and now that they see we see they did not just shat the bed, they are smearing the feces, the people who own the asssssets will run.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

MsJS, yes that is what I was saying, so I did it badly.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Nah, shrink, you did it just fine.

Stanley Cup Final game 4 faceoff in about 90 minutes. Go Blackhawks!

Posted by: MsJS | June 4, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Is there really an either/or on that one? Certified genius nuts do exist.

Superior brainpower does not always imply emotional or moral stability.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 4, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Jumper, a Cornell squash breeder once pointed out that we in wealthy countries don't appreciate squashes and pumpkins, which are among the most reliable of vegetables. And among the most amenable to breeding.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | June 4, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Superior brainpower debases emotional and moral stability.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Is there really an either/or on that one? Certified genius nuts do exist.

Superior brainpower does not always imply emotional or moral stability.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 4, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Well I have been known to pay homage to a fine pumpkin pie! Goes great with vanilla ice cream drizzled with maple syrup.

Posted by: dmd3 | June 4, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

So ok, it being later on Friday over there in Florida, isn't it time for BP to turn those magic valves and almost but not entirely stop the oil flow they caused and then very badly exacerbated when they cut the bent riser off?

Just askin'...or is it true failure always has to be confessed on Sunday?

Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Which explains mankind vs animals.

Wait...

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 4, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

There are cracker geniuses. I would not call Lovett Williams a cracker, but being from near Attapulgus, Ga. qualified as off the beaten path. He thrived as a biology student at Florida State (I think he had a good botany professor) and went on to mastermind the reintroduction of wild turkeys to Florida.

Today, there's lots of reintroduction science; back then, there was nilch. It wasn't even appreciated that wild-looking semidomesticated turkeys were unable to live in the wild, unlike hogs or horses.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | June 4, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Define superior brainpower, please.

Just trying this out re: my friends.

Posted by: -dbG- | June 4, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

In my eating-on-$15-a-week adventure I learned to love the butternut squash I spurned as a kid. Can't wait for it to be in season again. Opted not to grow it this year, not wanting to expand the garden beyond the current tomatoes, peppers, sugar snap peas, and herbs. One does need enough room for a winter's worth of basil for pesto. The season is so short it takes a lot of plants and sun is at a premium. Of course there is always room and time enough for flowers. First clematis flower (I accent the first syllable) of the season today. Almost a month early. Decided not to plant corn. I'll just buy some and give it to the squirrels and raccoons. Save us all a lot of trouble.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 4, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

I know an uneducated falconer who is a cracker and a genius, but he isn't crazy.

Pumpkins are type cast in this country, always with the Xmas derivative sugar and spice...Savory pumpkin recipes with roasted onions, greens, hot peppers, the African/Creole provenance, if people moved over the globe with pumpkin as they have with so many other foods, it could become a staple.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

dmd, you're making me wish the imaginary fax was real. I want some of the syrup.

First time I tried Earl Grey it was a bit harsh to my tastes, but I learned to like it a lot. Once I tried it with Molasses I learned to love it.

Never have had honey I could go gaga for

Here's a weird thing I think. Don't care much for sugar cane, but like molasses.

Don't care much for rum but like Cachaça.

Rum is made from from molasses, while Cachaça is made from sugar cane.

Posted by: omni3 | June 4, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

I love savory pumpkin recipes, have eaten some, but they're hard for me to find and use with canned pumpkin.

The closest I have done is just pumpkin, ground beef, and rice-- I did this as upset tummy food for Wilbrodog's diarrhea once but then I found it kind of tasty myself.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 4, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Pumpkin in oatmeal or steel cut oats Wilbrod, very tasty.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 4, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

ftb, I'm still marveling at the nail gun thing. Larsson knew how to twist his plots and weave them all together - eventually. Except for Lisabeth's sister, I thought for sure we'd meet her at some point.

frosti, I planted butternut for the second time this year after finding out how much more dense the homegrown was than the store bought. I fully expect the vines to encircle the nearby shed before the summer is done.

Posted by: badsneakers | June 4, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Is brainpower a constant or can it fluctuate from day to day, even hour to hour? Superior brainpower is measured, I suppose, by I.Q. but we all have our different strengths.

Along with pumpkins and squash we grow different types of gourds just for the fun of it, though their functionality is vast and varied.
Anyone else raise gourds?

Posted by: talitha1 | June 4, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

I think a big thunder boomer is headed towards DC right now

Posted by: omni3 | June 4, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

omni3, call the number I posted above for sublime maple syrup, ferreal.

Wilbrod, you have to use fresh or it is pumpkin soup, which is fine but, the freshy can be stir fried in chunks, dried strips can be chopped...we make soup using a clear broth and the pumpkin is a flavor absorbing chunk in it, like people think of potatoes.

Someday, maybe I'll make a case for turnips, uncooked.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

talitha-I haven't raised gourds for a couple years, but did in NoVA every year. Fun to let them cure then take them to school for kids to make bird houses or musical instruments out of them.

sneaks-I was wondering how she was going to manage. I think Lisbeth Salander and Precious Ramotswe are the only fictional characters I've acquired as "favorites" as an adult. Loved spending time with Salander, even at her most prickly.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 4, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else raise gourds?

Yes, but, then they last forever, you can't keep raising them, unless maybe you have a farm stand or a craft shop.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Or butternut squash. I've done that kind of soup and like it.

Talitha, I never raise squash-type vegetables-- a bit north for that, but really the truth is I don't want to be asked if I'm out of my gourd(s).

Or, through failure to water and fertilize, let my gourd down.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 4, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

frosti -- I'm with you! I love both of those women -- for their strength, for their passion and for their goodness. Salander has it more hidden, but her capacity for survival -- and her willingness not *ever* to back down or relinquish *any* of her life is something that a lot of girls and women need to pay attention to.

At least Alexander McCall Smith is still alive, eh?

Posted by: -ftb- | June 4, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

I found it rewarding a while back to plunge into pumpkin knowledge more than previously. Here is the record of that plunge:
http://jumpersbloghouse.blogspot.com/2009/10/squash-or-pumpkin.html

spoiler: "pumpkin" is in some ways a cultural construct.

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 4, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

and
http://jumpersbloghouse.blogspot.com/2009/10/pumpkins-real-story.html

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 4, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Jumper, remember that blog entry. Three blows with a calabash for me, then.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 4, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Sneaks -- I remember being in the last 50 pages or so (maybe even closer to the end) and thinking *wonder whatever happened to that big psychopath* and then it played out. Salander was pretty resourceful, eh? As was Larsson.

Posted by: -ftb- | June 4, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Not sure what you mean, although "three blows with a calabash" turns up disconnected yet odd Google results.

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 4, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Dashing off to catch Game 4 at a neighbors and haven't backboodled to see if anyone else is getting no spillcam reception. I have 12 black screens.

Have a great evening, y'all,

Posted by: MsJS | June 4, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

I find it so reassuring to have an expert on criminal insanity in the house.

Posted by: Yoki | June 4, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Out of my gourd, indeed.
We use them for birdhouses and the dippers go to reenactor folks for use in camp and demonstrations. The big bowl gourds I use for holding yarn and supplies. I've used them in craft classes with kids at schools and summer camps, too. I just like the vines' boldness in climbing and the endless shapes and patterns and colors.

Into and out of my gourd(s)!

Posted by: talitha1 | June 4, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Calabash is a bottle gourd.
Wilbrodog will no doubt explain in verse.

Posted by: talitha1 | June 4, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Well I was distinguishing between butternut squash soup and pumpkin soup and not really thinking the two could be the same.

By the way, a squash website says cucumbers are also squashes (same family anyway). It says the green-striped cushaw squash tastes a lot like pumpkin. Great pictures.

http://www.thenibble.com/reviews/main/vegetables/squash-glossary7.asp

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 4, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Calabash harvest:
Giant gourd carved into grinning
doghouse to spook all.

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 4, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Calabash harvest:
Giant gourd carved into grinning
doghouse to spook all.

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 4, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, on the squash link you sent is one of my favorites, Lumina. It's white and makes wonderful jackolanterns, whether carved or painted. They're small and kids love to paint them, much less messy (or dangerous) than carving.

Posted by: talitha1 | June 4, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Ma'am, you gild the gourd?
There's no scary halloween
without veggie guts.

-Wilbrodog-

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

I don't believe a cucumber is any more related to squash than a pumpkin is related to a watermelon. Although I have seen watermelon jack o' lanterns.

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 4, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Those do look cute, Talitha. The reek of rotting pumpkin certainly is a downside to carving jack o' lanterns, but the seed roasting is not.

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

Yes, Jumper. The difference is at the genus level, not the family level, though.

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

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 4, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Butternut squash is the same species as Central American "calabaza." Publix supermarkets regularly sell calabazas far cheaper than butternuts, and have lately raised the ante by importing prettier calabazas from Panamá. The spherical Costa Rican ones are sort of dull green.

Meanwhile, Florida has its own gourd, closely related to one in Mexico. It's a high-climbing vine that William Bartram saw on the St. Johns River and illustrated in his "Travel." It wasn't seen again on the St. Johns until about a decade ago. Severe example of how you can hide something big in plain sight.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | June 4, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Daughter bought a record player today. And she owns no records. So she's going through some old ones we've acquired for various reasons over the years (my old collection is in the dark back room of the basement and she doesn't want to go down there).

Most of these that she's looking at were bought to either display the crazy/wacky/retro cover (I have some framed on my walls) or to melt into record bowls (have I made you one yet?) so they are a strange collection of music. Some Ray Conniff, some Montovani, even an autographed Lawrence Welk. Fun!

Posted by: -TBG- | June 4, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

I always roast the seeds, too, WD. We live so far out in the country that we get no trick-or-treaters, but I carve a bunch of Jackolanterns every year. I love challenging myself in designing the grins and grimaces. I make jacko-towers, several colors and sizes stacked - fun!

I let little kids in craft classes "gild" them after several rather unfortunate, but minor, mishaps.

Posted by: talitha1 | June 4, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

TBG, I weeded out all my LPs several years ago keeping only the valuable or sentimental ones. Wish I had some to send her. Hit the yard sales and flea markets, I'd tell her.

I miss vinyl. When I did radio back in the day that's all we had, plus a few cassettes. I wouldn't know how to spin a CD. :(

Posted by: talitha1 | June 4, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

A pumpkin covered in gold leaf would be interesting.

The local art museum has a huge sculpture out front, a bunch of bright orange I-beams. I'd love to grow a giant pumpkin on its plinth. "Atlantic Giant" is the right shade of orange.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | June 4, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

The Boy is one of the few in his generation he knows who has not only seen acre-feet of vinyl, but heard it on a turntable. Although we do refer to it as vinyl he knows what a "record" is.

Maple syrup, Lyle's Golden syrup, pure sorghum molasses - it's all good. Anyone ever had pomegranite molasses?

Posted by: Ivansmom | June 4, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

I have washed the inside of a pumpkin with solution of water and dissolved 1000 mg vitamin C pill. Holds back entropy nicely.

Orders to the rest of the Gulf: I was watching TV and pondering that what Obama tells BP now is almost irrelevant compared to what he tells the other oil companies drilling in the Gulf. He ought to say, "look, this safety issue took everyone by surprise obviously but you guys have to spend some bucks now, right now, upgrading your safety stock. Sorry but the government is not who forced the issue. I'm not gonna blame you for BP but I'm sure you guys can see why you are hereby ordered to get your ducks in a row. Now."

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 4, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Imom, acres of albums is what I still have even after the purge, and I still play them, too. Son took all my original Beatles, Stones, Moody Blues and other psychedelia etal several years ago and I to pry them away. Retro phase he went through.

Posted by: talitha1 | June 4, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

I like your "orders", Jumper. Get Obama on the horn ASAP.

Posted by: talitha1 | June 4, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

When I was 8 my friend had this in a pile of vinyl record 45s.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bx59fmP7jYE

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 4, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

These steaming sacks of sh it are claiming their latest fail is working because they are getting 1k bbl/day out of it, if you believe that. They were claiming 5k a day with that little cannula, the insertion tube.

Well how much did the flow increase by cutting the riser off? 20% increase (in their dreams) of the low end of the total flow estimate, 10k bbl/day, would be 2k.

So no one cares anymore right, numbers don't matter? They cut the riser off, the flow is greater, there is no other plan until August (a blessing perhaps).

I hate knowing. No wonder people go crazy.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Such a thing for a boy living in Chicago
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FS7SUFz36lg

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 4, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Friday Night Sock Hop!!!

Posted by: talitha1 | June 4, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

ftb and bad, were you guys disappointed (as I was) with Salander emotional change-of-heart on the last page? I had a feeling of all that sturm-und-drang and then one days she decides, "feh." I don't get it.

And I was a bit disappointed in her choice of a partner (sexual) in Gibralter. All that time, and that's who she chooses? (Not counting Wu.) Didn't get that, either.

The thunder over Washington is now over here.

Anybody see "Friday Night Lights" tonight? Very strong episode.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | June 4, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Missed Friday Night Lights as I am watching the hockey game, hopeful I can catch it another time.

Posted by: dmd3 | June 4, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Jumper...I was friends with the youngest sister! This record was there too.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GOkc6aEfkM

ftb....cool. Even cooler is it was posted by someone named AK47bandit.

Posted by: LostInThought | June 4, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Gosh, jumper1.

This is my revenge.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L14UKBjC5Is

And this is, too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFHJPoBbl9o

Posted by: Yoki | June 4, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Mudge-I think that's the point, she just decides. It's a logical calculation. Gilbralter made perfect sense-from the "what is she doing putting herself into such peril after all she's been through?" perspective.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 4, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, when Lisbeth was finally 'free', I felt that she was like someone who was newly divorced after a very bad marriage, or someone who was newly sober. She had to adjust her thinking a bit and adapt to a different reality. The Gibralter episode was to me, just her old self taking what she needed while staying insular. But you could see the little changes, such as letting Giannini know where she lived, creeping into her head and heart. So her change of heart at the end was a decision made by a more mature and less self protective woman.

But we should see if Shrink has read the books and ask him, he'd have more expertise than I do ;-)

Posted by: badsneakers | June 4, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

So have the Larsson comments been satire or can I really just cross those books off my list? :)

Posted by: -dbG- | June 4, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

dbG, the books were a great read. Why would you think this was satire?

Posted by: badsneakers | June 4, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Oh, LiT, you pwnd it! The Chaampion! LostinThought!

I can't say why, but for some reason when I was in junior high (7-9) and high school (10-13), this was our ski-trip theme tune.

We had djs and bands play it over and over again, and we danced (or drank in the later years) to this over and over.

Thanks, Lost! My childhood and adoloscence returned.

Posted by: Yoki | June 4, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

After reading just the first one, I'd say cross 'em off, dbG, but I'm in the minority here, for sure.

Posted by: -TBG- | June 4, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlJ0UwHN3gc

courtesy of my Gramma's cousin-brother.

Posted by: Yoki | June 4, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Sad news. John Wooden died at age 99.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/04/AR2010060405092.html?hpid=topnews

Posted by: -pj- | June 4, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

The spill cam's working again. Looks no different.

Posted by: -TBG- | June 4, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Couldn't get LiT's link to connect . . . what was it? All the rest of the music is way-back-machine fun.

Posted by: talitha1 | June 4, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Just read this article and wonder why we haven't been hearing more about this type of thing in the MSM.

http://motherjones.com/rights-stuff/2010/06/BP-spill-worker-elmers-island

Posted by: badsneakers | June 4, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

King of the Road! One of our neighborhood singing songs, especially smoking the fake ciggies. True sad story attached. My mom would tell us to not sing the song when her mother visited. Grandmother Alice was the baby of a huge family (born to a 47 year old mom and 60 year old dad). Her darling brother Anthony Marian -- pronounce in the Brit style of Antony was never the same after serving in WWI. He became a hobo. Frealy. He would occasionally swing by to visit relatives for a shave and a sandwich. He was not seen after 1957. That song made my grandmother cry. She was born in 1892, and he would have been about 15 years older.

So, we knew not to sing that song around her. This also made us ask the hobos who roade the Great Northern rails if the "new great uncle Antony?" Nope. But we shared Wonder Bread/Velveeta sammaches with them anyway.

We had an album cover that scared the wits out of us: Dvorak's New World Symphony with John Steurt Curry's painting of John Brown.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:John_Brown_Painting.JPG

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | June 4, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

That is one scary painting, CqP. You actually met hobos? I guess your mom didn't cool any pies on the windowsill, did she?

Son of G is heading home and had a tire blow out (he's fine) about a third of the way home. So he's driving slowly on his spare and I'm meeting him in an hour or so at our local car repair shop.

So it's one step beyond just waiting up. Waiting up and picking up. Next time will he want me to meet him halfway? ha ha (I would, you know. Sigh... to be a mom).

Posted by: -TBG- | June 4, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

I read Dragon Tattoo back in January and thought it was 'meh.' At least not worth a week of rather spoilerific gushing. I'm not quite seeing the big deal over what is essentially a slightly too long smutty thriller.

http://livebythefoma.blogspot.com/2010/02/booksfirst-january-2010.html

People magazine has a sidebar on who should play the titular hacker. The top 5 in order are:

Kristen Stewart
Natalie Portman
Keira Knightly
Zoe Saldana
Scarlett Johansson

I would like to throw Jessica Alba's name into the hat.

Rumor is giving Craig Daniel the inside track for Blomkvistensonanger.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 4, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

LiT's link came up for me as King of the Road. Is that what LiT and Yoki meant?

We would sing this safe Roger Miller song, instead of King of the Road:

England Swings
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_T8e3K3-XN8&feature=fvst

ENGLAND SWINGS
Words and music by Roger Miller

Refrain:
[D] England swings like a pendulum do
Bobbies on bicycles [A7] two by two
[D] Westminster Abbey, the [G] tower of Big Ben
The [D] rosy, red cheeks of the [A7] little child-[D] ren.

Now [D] if you huff and puff and you [G] fin'lly save enough
Money [D] up to take your family [A7] on a trip across the sea
[D] Take a tip, before you [G] take your trip
Let me tell ya [D] where to go. (Go to England...)

Refrain:

Mama's old pajamas and your papa's mustache
Fallin' out the window sill, frolic in the grass
Tryin' to mock the way they talk, fun, but all in vain
Gapin' at the dapper men with derby hats and cane. Refrain:

---
I pretended to be Twiggy.
---
Slyness is in England now, with Mr. T. (Who is Mr. Slyness).

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | June 4, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

The definitive movie has been made. I wish they wouldn't bother.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 4, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

England Swings is what Ma Frostbitten sang to us instead of lullabies. She was a fan of King of the Road as well so we once had to drive through Bangor, Maine because it is mentioned. I believe it was on the great Anne of Green Gables pilgrimage to PEI (pre-bridge).

Posted by: frostbitten1 | June 4, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

TBG, we did have hobos around. We lived two blocks from a grain rail spur, where durum wheat came direct from the mills to be picked up by the flour cars....

This is a view of the town
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2473/3756573358_656de354e2.jpg

Here is the depot:
http://www.stephan-michael.de/GNPS/GNOldShort/GNpics/v30ad/CA%20-%20Great%20Falls%20RR%20Depots.jpg

Safer to play by the railroad depot than by the river. The rail yard switchmen indulged us all, as long as we let them know we were there. They preferred that we play in two box cars they set aside for us.

The hobos hung out closer to the river. The jumped off the cars as they came into town and camped in the Sallies (willows) near Giant Spring and the Roe River (shortest freshwater river in the world).

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | June 4, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

shrink2,
I'm with you on the funny numbers. How many times are we going to watch this charade? If the relief well is still 60 days away, they have to come up with at least another half dozen variations on this misdirection.

Meanwhile the entire Gulf of Mexico which includes some of the cleanest whitest beaches in the world is about to be encased in so much goo that it's going to make Mordor look like Maui.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 4, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

This is one that I keep in the same box o'memories with King of the Road:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUpTJg2EBpw&feature=related

And just for the heck of it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDv5ScIuw48&feature=fvw

Posted by: rashomon | June 4, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Frosti! What a perfect baby gazing song. Did she say En Gu Land? Roger makes it swing with that third beat. I know that we all made quite the picture on the line:

The rosy red cheeks of the little chil dren.

You can warm up that song for the future.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | June 4, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Well then, LiT and I were channeling because after hearing Jumper's musical offerings I had pulled up King of the Road all on my own. Trippy.

Posted by: talitha1 | June 4, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

It was King of the Road.

Great, great road poetry. For the road poets.

Posted by: Yoki | June 4, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Little Green Apples! My dad used to hum that to himself and herself.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | June 4, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

rashamon... I try to stay away from YouTube because it sucks me in. Like this link from one of your links.

This guy sang some great songs, but this one just wasn't for him, was it?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfVhiPY1oP4&feature=related

Posted by: -TBG- | June 4, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

SonofG is nearly home. Now, the summertime can truly begin.

Cueing up Mungo Jerry (get a look at the muttonchops)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zc9wIzi96_E

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | June 4, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Rashomon! Arigato.

ありがとう

Posted by: Yoki | June 4, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

And more Marty Robbins:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXV7sZ9uU-k&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1xSYyMDaq4&feature=related

Posted by: rashomon | June 5, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

GNight all, with the Nat King Cole swinging but relaxed version of "Summer is a Comin In"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTgDxR3AIg8&feature=related

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | June 5, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Rashi!

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | June 5, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

Rashomon, I haven't heard In The Summertime in years. Thank you! And for all the rest . . . what fun.

Posted by: talitha1 | June 5, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, CqP, for all his talent, Frankie butchered more than a few covers. His version of "Something" really gives me the hives.

Posted by: rashomon | June 5, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Oh, Talitha, we're a *hoot!*

Posted by: Yoki | June 5, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

CqP, for all his talent, Frankie butchered more than a few covers. His version of "Something" really gives me the hives.

どういたしまして, Yoki. (I tried to post the romanized version of that, but got the dreaded "held for review." I think because of the last syllable.) So, "you're welcome."

Posted by: rashomon | June 5, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Ack - Roger Miller brings back bad memories of Top 40 radio and junior high for me. Love Sixteen Tons, though.

Haven't had time to read or knit or do much of anything except the all-consuming Census. I could write a book.

Posted by: seasea1 | June 5, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Arigato

Posted by: Yoki | June 5, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

You know I love you, TBG, but? But? Lawrence Welk and Montovani? OK, then! Good thing I love you unconditionally.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv4sBV8YAlg

Posted by: Yoki | June 5, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

I just have to cure myself of that.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-XYZhyFKpU

Posted by: Yoki | June 5, 2010 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Yep, I meant King of the Road. The escapism spoke to me. Then again, Mack the Knife spoke to me too, and for a time, I ended up dating him.

Yoki, I'm so glad it made you smile.

A glass of port beckons. Have a very happy night all.

Posted by: LostInThought | June 5, 2010 12:48 AM | Report abuse

Ana one, ana two! Geez, Yoki . . . I was having serious flashbacks to Saturday nights at my grandparents' house when I was eight. Thanks for your ear cleanser. 8^D

Goodnight all.

Posted by: talitha1 | June 5, 2010 12:54 AM | Report abuse

I only have the Lawrence Welk and Montovani because 1) the LW cover is autographed by LW himself and 2) the Montovani album was purchased to melt into a bowl (have I made you one?)

Posted by: -TBG- | June 5, 2010 1:01 AM | Report abuse

A classic Lawrence Welk moment. Be sure and listen to his comment at the very end.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ye3ecDYxOkg

Somehow, I don't think they had the slightest clue what the word "toke" referred to.

Posted by: rashomon | June 5, 2010 1:07 AM | Report abuse

When I look at the singers' faces, I'm thinking they *totally* know what "toke" means. Unless they're Blissed Out on Jesus or High on Life.

Lawrence? Not so much.

Posted by: Yoki | June 5, 2010 1:16 AM | Report abuse

wow. good sat morn to all on the right coast. welcome, shrink. i'm usually about these hours, posting some musical links. like this, keeping with the marty robbins thread. faster than i like, but pleasing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tz4PfIIfI2c

Posted by: -jack- | June 5, 2010 1:18 AM | Report abuse

Noooooooooooo, TBG! I've nothing, and I would love a black vinyl fruit bowl.

Posted by: Yoki | June 5, 2010 1:21 AM | Report abuse

and this, just because it says welcome. kbertocci welcomed me a number of years ago, stating that the boodle was a big tent. i've found this to be quite true, accommodating to all. kind f dark at the end, but that's the nature of the piece.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_gU-jdHqxM&feature=PlayList&p=E9B3F0522C1B52BB&playnext_from=PL&index=22

Posted by: -jack- | June 5, 2010 1:25 AM | Report abuse

finally , this, because it's my favourite from the entire piece.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-u_EFyKAC8&feature=PlayList&p=E9B3F0522C1B52BB&playnext_from=PL&index=20

Posted by: -jack- | June 5, 2010 1:27 AM | Report abuse

well, no, this it the pentultimate. if you're over 50, you've heard this. just keeping with the old music, 'cos somebody put up a LW link.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnU_nMYb0C4&feature=related

Posted by: -jack- | June 5, 2010 1:35 AM | Report abuse

cheesy. lets have a barrel of fun.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ao8vIrzYto

Posted by: -jack- | June 5, 2010 1:37 AM | Report abuse

I came back for a minute and what did I find but LW aiding and abetting with a "modern spiritual". Too funny . . . good thing I didn't see that with my grandparents 'cause I'd have been older by then and may've been one over the line myself!

jacque, merci aussi.

Posted by: talitha1 | June 5, 2010 1:42 AM | Report abuse

Oh, I love kbertocci and jack

I was grounded one time in the mid-70s when I had two tickets to The Who tour. Dad let me out that night. It was a deep kindness. I still remember that he forgave me, that once. Told me I could serve another day.

And so I heard this in prototype, live.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfuWXRZe9yA

It was great

Posted by: Yoki | June 5, 2010 1:46 AM | Report abuse

de rien.

Posted by: -jack- | June 5, 2010 1:47 AM | Report abuse

Bin, weh!

(phonetic spelling of joual!)

Posted by: Yoki | June 5, 2010 2:04 AM | Report abuse

Bien Oui!

(real Franch)

Posted by: Yoki | June 5, 2010 2:06 AM | Report abuse

Good night Boodle dear. It is just after midnight here, and I'm feeling fine. So glad to know you all.

Posted by: Yoki | June 5, 2010 2:10 AM | Report abuse

Love Behind Blue Eyes.
When my fist clenches, crack it open
Before I use it and lose my cool
When I smile, tell me some bad news
Before I laugh and act like a fool

If I swallow anything evil
Put your finger down my throat
If I shiver, please give me a blanket
Keep me warm, let me wear your coat

And since we've invoked LW, this seems apropos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3kL0RhweDQ

Posted by: seasea1 | June 5, 2010 2:17 AM | Report abuse

yeah, except i'm hazel.

ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0OMvzYOrgI

Posted by: -jack- | June 5, 2010 2:24 AM | Report abuse

seasea1

Thanks.

Posted by: Yoki | June 5, 2010 2:26 AM | Report abuse

u turn.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1ilaQ97COQ

Posted by: -jack- | June 5, 2010 2:32 AM | Report abuse

Why, jack!

I'm shocked, shocked I tell you.

Thanks.

Posted by: Yoki | June 5, 2010 2:53 AM | Report abuse

'night Boodle.

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

Posted by: Yoki | June 5, 2010 4:39 AM | Report abuse

Well, I missed the sock hop. Here is a video pointing out that dry spaghetti breaks into more than two pieces. Feynman failed to figure it out, apparently.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GutricnMNc

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 5, 2010 6:10 AM | Report abuse

Jumper, you *started* the sock hop and then ran off in a beach buggie!

So what didn't Feynman figure out? A handful of spaghetti will break (mostly) in half. It's too early.

Posted by: talitha1 | June 5, 2010 7:05 AM | Report abuse

"Meanwhile, BP's Hayward assured investors that the company had "considerable firepower" to cope with the severe costs." NYT

Well, that should make us all feel a lot better. Now finally we can relax, BP is going to be just fine.

I still can't believe they cut that crimp off the top. Collecting one tenth of the flow says Baghdad Bob. But they hope to capture more of a flow which (one just has to guess) appeared to me, after staring at before and after disaster cam footage for way too long, was about doubled by their actions. June, July, August...it is unbelievable.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 5, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

"Baghdad Bob said he hoped more than 90 percent of the spill could be contained until relief wells that would permanently stanch the flow were finished, perhaps by August."

But as he was talking, American tanks could be seen appearing in the distance behind him.

I hope too. I hope for 99%, can I get a hundred?

Posted by: shrink2 | June 5, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

One of the easiest ways to measure flow is to just stick a velocimeter in the middle of a moving fluid and take the average of several measurements. I bet nobody bothered to do that while the riser was off but before the cap went on. A missed opportunity to refine the still laughably wild spill estimates.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 5, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Laughably wild is right. I remember staring at that unimpeded column blowing out of the post-cut BOP trying to say that looks like only 20% more than was coming out the end of the riser on the sea floor plus the squirts through the cracks at the crimp. I could have been convinced it was only 200% more, but if someone said 5 times more, I couldn't say otherwise. They should have taken my advice ;-} from the start, shove as many cannulas (insertion tubes) up the broken pipe as the could cram in, stabilize the crimp, keep trying with all kinds of junk and no dispersants (multiply the skimmer effort). I still can't believe they cut the top off it.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 5, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

They said they were getting 5000bbl a day with the one insertion tube, now they might get about the same amount, who knows, but the flow is greater. Am I missing something? Obama says it is too early to be optimistic W T F?

Posted by: shrink2 | June 5, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Anyway, today, after kids' baseball game, we plant the last of the garden, melons and peppers as nights here are to be reliably (ha!) above 50 from now on. Oregon strawberries are extraordinary. Chopped bunches of sweet chard into a soup last night. Zillions of wild bees are on the raspberry flowers right now as the sun rises. Cherries are pinking up. The apple, peach, apricot and pear trees set really well this Spring. Life here is all but perfect.

It makes me feel guilty to not feel outraged about the death spreading from the Gulf, but like humans everywhere, I'll get over it 'specially after my little boys wake up. They can't figure out why I a stare at the oil cams, since it is always the same.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 5, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Warm muffins, coffee and OJ on the table.

shrink, you are up early. Have a muffin (blueberry or bran, also one slice of banana bread left).

My my my. To hear all the stories on TWC radio about last night's Blackhawk loss to the Flyers you'd think there was a major fire somewhere in town. C'mon, it's entertainment! I'm certainly on record as being a Blackhawks fan, but a bit of perspective is in order.

Speaking of records, MrJS has gobs of classical records he never listens to anymore. Anyone interested?

The Who was my favorite band in the era of Deadheads. I still have one old record, Who's Next. I play it only when MrJS is not at home.

Bro#1JS got hooked on the Beach Boys early. I'm convinced it's why he ended up at UCLA for college. The fam had no connections whatsoever to the west coast and he had never even been to California until college hunting season.

*off to hunt for java*

Posted by: MsJS | June 5, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Anyone else watching the French Open this morning? sneaks, you're a tennis player, right? I'm impressed with both women so far. It looks like you can be good even if I've never heard of you.

Posted by: -bia- | June 5, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Thank you shrink "Develop it. Cap it. Wait." That does make sense(if your an evil corporation).

CqP, Hi! To answer your question-yes. However: Cowboys>Lakers>Cubs>Blackhawks probably in that order.

The only team i ever loved more than the dallas cowboys, was the grateful dead.

Posted by: teddymzuri | June 5, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

bia, thanks for reminding me. I'm not sure I'm a tennis 'player' so much anymore, but I aspire to be one again. Not easy after a 20+ year layoff and a fake hip, but it's fun.

I noticed something last night in the garden that amazed me. Most of my hydrangeas are the 'ever blooming' type but one is not. This one is totally covered with buds. Now I've grown this old type at other houses in the past but I've never seen one with this many buds. It is going to be gorgeous when it blooms. I am very happy, as it is my favorite flower (except for lilacs but they don't last as long even tho' their aroma is to die for).

Posted by: badsneakers | June 5, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and UC!!LA!!b-ball

Posted by: teddymzuri | June 5, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

The hydrangea I transplanted from my parents is loaded with blooms as well, this will be the first time since it was planted that I will have so many blooms. Which I can say for most of my plants, they have loved the spring we had, not sure in the several inches of rain in the last few days will drown them though, peonies took a beating in the heavy rains.

Posted by: dmd3 | June 5, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Morning all. It is a manly weekend, as the wife is away visiting a lifetime friend. The boy and I are bacheloring it. Probably best, as the wife is notoriously skittish about all things insect... and I'm dealing with a couple of ant infestations. They seem localized near a couple windows, and I have a good supply of liquid ant bait to suck them in. I saw a dozen or so on one sill, put down some bait and within 5 minutes there were literally scores in a feeding frenzy.

The wife would have freaked. I'll likely use the "lure a hundred or so onto the sill to feed, then smush them with reckless abadon, dispose of the evidence and reset" for the day.

Round 2 is in action and I think I only have about 50 teed up so far.

Time to reestablish the defensive perimeter outside. Filled up my ant bait stations and deployed.

It is a lifetime battle. Wish me luck.

Posted by: steveboyington | June 5, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

I'm watching the French Open. The two are reasonably well matched. I think Stosur needs to get her first serve in more often if she wants to win, though.

Posted by: MsJS | June 5, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

After seeing/hearing all that good old road music from last night, thinking of the neighborhood parents geting a little tipsy and laughing a little too loud, backyard crab feasts (home-made steam pots constructed from beer kegs and heated with butane burners) with the smell of beer, vinegar and Old Bay in the hot damp air, screened in porches and cool basements as the sun went down, with us kids roaming around the place in quiet mischevious packs, I thought of this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0dyanRo54w

Always been kinda partial to the Man.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | June 5, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

steveb, if the ants get inside, my mom used to use cucumber peels to deter them, ant traps as well. They lived in a 100+ year old farm house, ants, mice bees and flies were a constant battle.

Posted by: dmd3 | June 5, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Teddy, I went to college with Kurt Rambis. HUGE guy, folded into the tiny foldout desk seats in Daly Science 100, at SCU. Wore his back Buddy Holly's with he black elasto sport band. Gentle giant.

Here:
http://lakers.topbuzz.com/gallery/d/4302-3/kareem-kurt-rambis-james-worthy-glory_days_2.JPG

And, that Magnum PI 'stach of the 70s and 80s...the woolly bugger tickley thing that was a deal breaker for me....sneezing into the face of the amorous was likely a commensurate deal breaker.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | June 5, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

That's what Stosur needs more of! Down 15-40 she came roaring back to win the game and stay on serve in the 2nd set.

Posted by: MsJS | June 5, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Good morning all.

What's the chance that blowout preventers are either really old technology (like using booms to contain oil spills) or that there's a manufacturing problem with that particular piece?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/04/AR2010060402716.html?hpid%3Dsec-nation&sub=AR

Posted by: LostInThought | June 5, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

dmd, our place is reasonably new (1980 or so) but we have an established ant issue. We've been here 5 years, and Bruce the Ant Killer Man has been here twice. We don't really like the chemicals, especially now that the boy is here.

We try to use ant bait stations at the four walls of the house and occasionally use ant bait (liquid ant crack more like it) to stomp down the occasional breakthrough.

We are very anti-pesticide, so wholesale spraying and carpet bombing the yard is out of the question. We don't get many mice, maybe one or two a year in the fall. I just reset some traps for them this morning, in the detached garage and basement. We'll see if there are any takers. Another thing best done while the wife is away.

Posted by: steveboyington | June 5, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Great tennis match. You don't have to know that one in white, Schiavone is Itlaian to tell, her mannerisms, the body language when she is mad, perfect. Makes me feel like I am trying to cross the street near Piazza Navona and some lady on a Vespa got pissed.

By the way, has anyone here talked up the virtue of Vit (or corn mache)? Really easy to grow and a special flavor, beats the pants off things like spinach. For breakfast we just had some wrapped in scrambled eggs with chives, flax seed meal and a teeny dollop of Dijon. Sublime.


Posted by: shrink2 | June 5, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

dmd, I wonder if last year's wet summer has anything to do with the hydrangea bloom profusion. I believe they set their new buds on last year's growth.

These are two scary good women playing tennis. I've only played on clay once, it was interesting, if a bit dirty.

Posted by: badsneakers | June 5, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Where I grew up there was a clay court near our house and I loved to play on it if only to hear my mother complain about the dirt I brought home.

Posted by: MsJS | June 5, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

No longer the usual suspects dominating women's tennis. Wonderful. Now, can Soderling do it?

Posted by: shrink2 | June 5, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

oooooooooohhhhh, hull peas at the farmers market. Ecstasy R us, fer sure. And sweet cherries, too. Oh, my.

*fanning myself* -- well, also because it's hot and über humid out, too.

Back with you all later.

Posted by: -ftb- | June 5, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Tennis always seems and feels like a good way to pulverize your knees before age 25. Which I have been told is true.

CqP, that painting of John Brown made me think of Ty from Extreme Home Makeover wearing a Santa beard.

With that disturbing thought, I'm now hoping there's never an "Extreme Nation Makeover, Guns Edition."

Off to shop, trowel, and seed. I prefer my dirt from gardens; so much more noticeable and loose.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 5, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, that's why my parents play almost exclusively on clay -- much better on the joints. They're still out on the courts a couple times a week.

It's so nice to see a match won rather than lost. Good job from both of these women. shrink, I would be really surprised if Soderling gave Nadal much trouble, but it would be fun if I were wrong.

Posted by: -bia- | June 5, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, I didn't start playing til I was over 25, so I can't say for sure. But my knees have lasted longer than one of my hips did. It was a good match but I really don't understand the need to yell or grunt with each stroke and I find it extremely annoying.

Posted by: badsneakers | June 5, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Sneaks! Hydrangea love!!!!

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | June 5, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Pacifica here checking in.

I do lurk here most every day. My employer’s computer system does not allow me to comment. You have been spared some less than brilliant commentary.

I was planning to check in immediately upon arriving home last night but Pacifica-boy and his bride stopped by and took us out to dinner.

Enjoy your weekend – I on my way outside I have some orchids that need repotting.

Posted by: Pacifica | June 5, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Pacifica, orchids!

Posted by: badsneakers | June 5, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Badsneaks, I used to feel the way you do about the grunts and yells until I found myself doing just that during some extreme repetitive physical exertions.

When one is putting every last erg into doing something into a physical experession of themselves to the best of their abilities and capabilities - physically, emotionally, perhaps even spiritually - with complete focus on being in the moment, yet completely given over to it, sometimes things escape one's lips.

I don't consciously make sounds or words, it's far more primal than that. Sweat, strain, sinew, noise, smell, reflex, risk, reward, joyous achievement -- sometimes being the best you (either individually or as part of a team or group) can be means checking your self-consciousness at the door and not being afraid of anyone witnessing or participating in it.

Leave it all on the field, as they say.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | June 5, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

bc,I hear what you're saying but wouldn't it follow that quarterbacks, batters, golfers, etc., would all be making a lot of noise too? I can understand a big grunt or whatever escaping for one or two really hard shots, but some tennis players are never silent. They train with coaches from the time they are young, I can't believe that they are making all this noise involuntarily and that it couldn't be coached out. YMMV, don't wanna fight about it. ;-)

Posted by: badsneakers | June 5, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I've been too busy to pay attention to the French Open, being Tivo/DVR deprived as I am. Once Henin and Federer were out, I didn't really care who wins. Nice to see some new names, for sure. Soderling took Nadal out last year, but that probably will make Nadal more determined to beat him.

bc, Federer makes no noise when he plays. His shoes hardly squeak. So fluid.

Posted by: seasea1 | June 5, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Is this grunting equal across the sexes, badsneakers? I think it's just a psych out effort, as they can't be bigger or drum their chests while playing.

So they do lion cub impressions instead.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 5, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Goodness me, bc!

I think of those vocalizations as kiaijutsu, which a wiki entry rather elegantly describes as "linked to an inner gathering of energy released in a single explosive focus of will." Indeed, kiai are required in many forms of martial arts.

MsJS, I am a serious student of serious music and would love to hear which performances are in Mr. JS's album library.

Posted by: Yoki | June 5, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, I don't watch a lot of tennis, so someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but the men do this as well, not sure of the percentages for each s3x. I'm pretty sure the players are taught to tune it out so I doubt it's a psych-out thing. But again, I could be totally wrong. (It's way too muggy to fight as the keyboard is a bit sticky from the humidity. Not that I would fight anyway.)

Posted by: badsneakers | June 5, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

A lot of men grunt too, and yes, it's supposed to help focus energy. I imagine it becomes a tic, like the repeated ball-bouncing and hair-tucking before serves. I do find it annoying. But at least the men no longer spit (which was truly disgusting).

Posted by: seasea1 | June 5, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

bc's words . . .

"sweat, strain, sinew, noise, smell,
reflex, risk, reward,
joyous achievement . . . . . "

If I hadn't been reading carefully I would have thought them descriptive of childbirth!

Posted by: talitha1 | June 5, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Jimmy Connors is said to be the tennis play who first introduced the grunt, in the mid-1970s. Monica Seles appears to be the first woman who did it, about 20 years after Connors. If the umpire believes it is being done to annoy the opponent, it can be punished with points. See the wiki article on grunting in tennis at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grunting_%28tennis%29

Just one more reason for me to hate Jimmy Connors, which I did from the moment he set foot on the pro court.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | June 5, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Quarterbacks, golfers, batters don't grunt every time, but they aren't giving it everything they've got every time. A soft touch can be oh-so important.

Posted by: LostInThought | June 5, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

LiT - thanks for linking to that article. Does make ya think...

Posted by: RD_Padouk | June 5, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

There's a reference to Joel in Gene's WaPo Mag article this weekend. At least I assume it is Joel I mean, how many friends named Joel does Mr. Weingarten have? I mean, friends who would be comfortable giving Gene their home addresses.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | June 5, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Cymbidium Orchids Sneaks

Here they are an easy keeper. On racks against the garage. Our temperature is never too cold, nor too hot, so as long as I remember to water and fertilize during prime growing season, I will be rewarded with bloom stalks.

Still have two plants stubbernly in bloom, but the others haven't been repotted in a couple of years and are more than due.

Posted by: Pacifica | June 5, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Cymbidium Orchids Sneaks

Here they are an easy keeper. On racks against the garage. Our temperature is never too cold, nor too hot, so as long as I remember to water and fertilize during prime growing season, I will be rewarded with bloom stalks.

Still have two plants stubbornly in bloom, but the others haven't been repotted in a couple of years and are more than due.

Posted by: Pacifica | June 5, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Silly moveable type.

Sorry for the double post.

Posted by: Pacifica | June 5, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Patience, Pacifica. Nice to see you!

I thought Connors was among the first to grunt. I didn't like him much, either, till he was much older. So arrogant. Seles grunted very loudly, and got lots of flack about it. Sharapova is the one who annoys me most now. I think the audible grunt is good for training, but after awhile, seems like it would not be necessary. But it no doubt becomes a habit, if not a superstition. Now I'm imagining figure skaters grunting as they jump, or spin - ha!

Posted by: seasea1 | June 5, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Clearly not everyone, all the time, and results may vary, but think of weightlifters and interior linemen in football -- folks who do much the same thing time after time with all the energy and focus they can bring to bear on the task.

I can say from firsthand knowledge - a football field is *not* a quiet place.

And some of those athletes make noise when they perform simply as a matter of habit and conditioning for focus, as has been pointed out.

Childbirth/delivery is a great example, talitha. Hours of pushing and concentration with everything a person has.

I'm not saying everyone does it all the time, but some do. I'd add that I think Connors may have been one of first player who hit the ball with everything he had on most servers and baseline strokes. A wicked topspin, IIRC. Say what you want about his personality, but boy, was he ever a perfect foil for Borg.

I always think of Laver, Ashe, Borg, etc, as playing more of a cerebral game, and Connors - at least in his early years - having to play a more tenacious/physical/strength game in order to keep up with those guys and then McEnroe. Then came Tanner, Becker, etc, who I think raised the physicality/strength level in Men's tennis beyond that.

Seles did make noise, but not like Sanchez-Vicario.

And yeah, seems like there's some reasons for the natural resource energy industry to spend some time and money on reviewing safety technology, doesn't it?

bc

Posted by: -bc- | June 5, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

May I remind the boodle that certain of our members find reason to *snort* every now and then.

It adds great character to the boodle and I wouldn't ever recommend changing it.

Posted by: MsJS | June 5, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Just back from planting some shrubs and roses for a customer, their soil is clay - I do believe I did a considerable about of grunting digging in that stuff.

Beautiful day here, sunny and breezy, forgot my sunscreen though, so grunting and moaning may be eminating from my house this evening, people as pale as I do not belong in the mid say sun without SPF 50.

Do not have my glasses on, sorry for the errors.

Off to the nursery, to buy Hydrangea for someone and more than likely pick up a few strays for my yard.

Posted by: dmd3 | June 5, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Those orchids are gorgeous, Pacifica (I googled them). I have one orchid, don't know why type, as a houseplant. I thought for sure I'd kill it as I'm good with houseplants that don't flower but deadly with those that do. However, not only has it so far survived but it put out a whole new stalk of flowers last fall that lasted until very recently.

We are under a tornado watch here, which is more than unusual for us. We had some loud t-storms this morning and are having a very humid and intermittently sunny afternoon. The tornado watch is thru' 10 pm, so I'll keep a sharp eye on the weather radar. We do have a cellar so I'm not going to freak out about it. Hmm, that would mean we'd be buried under the house... Ah well.

Posted by: badsneakers | June 5, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

dmd, my aunt and late uncle lived waaay out on Long Island, NY. It's hydrangeaville out there. Virtually every home has at least two or three of 'em in the front yard.

Posted by: MsJS | June 5, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

badsneakers we seem to be under the same tornado watch. I am at a part of the state that didn't get the boomers overnight or this morning. Sunny with a few clouds now.

Once I saw the tornado watch go up, complete with hail warnings, I let the boy know "Daddy will be right back. He has to put the car in the garage."

Looks like the lakes region/sandwich range/center of the state is due for the most excitement. Here's hoping there isn't that much.

Posted by: steveboyington | June 5, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

badsneakers, I was just looking at the WMUR doppler. Some interesting stuff on the way. Seems there is a cell in western Mass with "half dollar size hail likely". There is another cell in Rhode Island with "quarter size hail likely". The winner is in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, with "hen egg size hail likely". Thats the biggest hail size I have ever seen predicted in these parts.

Glad I put the car in the garage. Of course, none of those cells is going to get close to Rockingham County.

Posted by: steveboyington | June 5, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I don't remember Arantxa Sanchez Vicario grunting. I liked watching her - always seemed like the underdog, so tenacious. And she used that ball holder on her back.

Here are the women players, ranked decibel-wise:
Lion’s roar 110

Maria Sharapova 101

Monica Seles 93.2

Serena Williams 88.9

Lindsay Davenport 88

Venus Williams 85

Victoria Azarenka 83.5

Elena Bovina 81

Anna Kournikova 78.5

Kim Clijsters 75

Elena Dementieva 73

Posted by: seasea1 | June 5, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Cherries. That did it. If cherries are in season I'm making a new cherry barbecue sauce I heard about. Ribs sounds right.

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 5, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

steveb, let's hope neither of us is affected and that others in the path of any of the storms and possible tornadoes are safe! Years ago friends with a place on Winnipesaukee had a huge pine fall on their house during a 'cell'. It was bad, but they ended up with a much nicer house in the end.

This must be plant day here on the Boodle. I just got two Heliconia plants that I ordered. One is for #2's upcoming birthday as she has them in abundance in Costa Rica, the other is for me. They won't flower til winter but they have a graceful appearance that makes them nice to have around. I guess having the orchid flower for me has raised my hopes regarding flowering plants.

Posted by: badsneakers | June 5, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I have no particular problem with women making sounds during strenuous activity. I may even derive encouragement from such vocalization. Of course, I do not watch tennis.

But perhaps that is all TMI.

Posted by: ScienceTim | June 5, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I'll have what she's having.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | June 5, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Well well well... Such an afternoon/evening.

But first, stay safe steveboyington!!!

And did anyone mention our resident capital Capitol correspondent, pj?? :-)

Anyway, left the office and picked up NukeSpouse around 2:30, hoping to pick up my friend at BWI by 4. Of course, we had to traverse to top half of the Beltway on a Friday afternoon, so obviously I'd been smoking something to even THINK of getting there by 4. Took us almost 2 hours to get to 95, but we managed to pick him up by 5:15 and got to the game in plenty of time.

My friend (let's call him Randy) gets around on crutches, so we had an accessible parking spot rather close to the park. Once we got out of the car a courtesy cart pulled up and offered Randy a lift to the gate. Randy courteously accepted and promptly started chatting up the charming 20-something female ballpark employee. Just as he chatted up the female ticket taker, the female volunteers collecting for the MD Food Bank, the females sitting near us... Randy kinda lacks an "off" button in some regards.

-more-

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 5, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

DNA Girl -- you took the grunt right outta my mouth!

Yesiree -- I think it's time for a *snort*. . . .

Keep safe, Sneaks and Steveboyington.

Posted by: -ftb- | June 5, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

hey jumper, don't bogart that cherry b-b-q
sauce, how about sharing the recipe?

Posted by: -CB- | June 5, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

And stay safe Sneaks!!! :-O Portland NWS radar shows most of the stuff north of steveboyington but some cells headed Sneaks' way.

Speaking of the weather gods, they threatened us with a few raindrops during the Sawx's batting practice (I heard today one minor league affiliate is changing the name for that endeavor so the players won't be associated with BP, but anyway), but ultimately smiled on us with no rain during the game. Randy, NukeSpouse and I enjoyed a Boog's BBQ sandwich each (pretty good for ballpark grub) before the first pitch. Oddly enough, the Sawx shirts in our section rather easily outnumbered the Orioles' jerseys. Come to think of it, that applied throughout the park. Anyway, we had the good fortune to be seated next to folks from New Hampshire, so it was a fine time.

At least until the row directly in front of us filled up.

Where is it written that we usually seem to end up either in front or behind of drunk-as-a-skunk punks with no manners and fewer brain cells? *SIGH*

The events on the field easily made up for that, of course, as the Sawx hung 11 on the scoreboard while Buchholz kept the O's in check. And even though Randy suggested we leave a little early to beat traffic, I still had to drag him (metaphorically) away from a gantlent of even more delightful females between us and the car.

All in all, a great evening. If only I could have live Boodled during the game... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 5, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Just got off the phone with my Dad in the Mount Washington valley. Looks like they may be getting some stuff now or soon. Hard to imagine a tornado up there, but it has happened before. Still sunny here.

Posted by: steveboyington | June 5, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Actually, steveboyington, it's not too tough to imagine a tornado on Mt. Washington... *LOL*

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 5, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Scotty, I made about 3 trips to Camden Yards when it was a couple years old. More Sox fans there than O's fans back then too. Boogs was good then too. I caught 2 home run balls while in the standing room section in front of Boogs in three days.

Your flirty friend reminded me of the first time I went, in a group of six college buddies the summer after I graduated. We rented a van and did a week-long tour of Baltimore, Philly and Chicago. Lots of fun.

When we got into Baltimore we, being six single college guys, went to Hooters to eat before the first game. We had 2 extra tickets, so one of the gang decides that we should offer the extra tickets to... the waitress.

The waitress shows up with the food and asks where are we from, are we going to the game, etc. Just as we are about to offer her the free tickets, she says that she is going to the game, too. In fact, she has VIP tickets and is sitting near the visitors dugout. She got the tickets free yesterday from a customer: Cecil Fielder.

D'oh!

Posted by: steveboyington | June 5, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I was at that game last night too, Scotty, sitting in the first tier balcony section (I don't know what they call it). It's the first time for me to order food from a waiter and have it delivered to us at our seats. We had hot dogs and beer (how original!). I thought the game was the most boring one I've ever been too, and the hottest and most humid too. I prayed for rain, to no avail.

I'm glad that you all enjoyed it.

Posted by: rickoshea11 | June 5, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Doppler has picked up a potential tornado near Lewiston/Auburn, Maine. They say up to baseball size hail. Yikes.

Posted by: steveboyington | June 5, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

My oh my, a warm afternoon hereabouts. Also on the boodle I see. Grunts and orchids, *snorts* and cherry BBQ sauce.
My eyebrows are only slightly raised.

Stay safe up north there, sneaks and steveb. We've had thunderstorms every day here for a week but nothing violent.

Waiting for the Belmont. Anyone have a favorite?

Posted by: talitha1 | June 5, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Tennis players waste energy when they make those noises. It would be smarter to put that energy into their shot making.

SciTim, do you still own your Fit (as in Honda)? There is a technical bulletin out about catalytic convertors, (hopefully this is a Canadian cars only problem). I know this because the dealership finally decided I wasn't dreaming up the backfiring and other associated bad things.

Posted by: --dr-- | June 5, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

I still own my Fit and am totally in love with it. It's cute, fun to drive, and very efficient. I have a recall notice for a power-window problem that I am going to have taken care of, later this month. So far, I have noticed no problems related to the recall. Also, no problems with backfiring or any other exhaust-related problems. The question is, what car do we buy next? The mini-van is getting older, and we don't have so much need for cargo. A Nissan Leaf? Wait until Tesla produces an affordable vehicle? Honda Insight? Prius? What to do, what to do…

Posted by: ScienceTim | June 5, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Earlier today, about 10am, I checked out the radar. A little bit later around 2pm I saw a couple walking their dog. Woman was holding the leash, man was hold the umbrella. I asked if they thought it would rain. Man says eh, 50-50. I says better safe than sorry. Then I mentioned that I looked at the radar before getting out this am. I then said I thought it would hit Baltimore later this evening, but probably miss DC.

Looking at the radar now, 8 hours later, I think 50-50 I may be right.

Posted by: omni3 | June 5, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Hi Boodle!

I've been in lurk mode lately. Welcome to the new Boodlers!

I was backboodling and saw the maple syrup discussion. I was talking to Mr. Moose last weekend about making the summer's first batch of ice cream. I think I will use maple sugar in the base with a few tablespoons of maple syrup for flavor. I'll let you know how it turns out. I might try it tomorrow.

Guess I should see what's for dinner tonight.

Take care!

Posted by: Moose13 | June 5, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Hmm. I think there are several reasons why many people grunt when they are exerting themselves.

First, I think it can help focus. This is what Yoki was talking about, and it is a huge deal in the martial arts.

Second, I've read that when you tighten one group of muscles, your nervous system gets a little confused and tightens all your muscles. Which is why in addition to grunting you clench your jaw, scrunch your eyes, and tighten all sorts of unusual muscle groups unrelated to the effort.

Third, I suspect that making noise might have some innate evolutionary advantage because it makes sure you aren't holding your breath. I've been told that holding your breath when exerting yourself can mess up your blood pressure big time, and even make you pass out. Which is why they always instruct people to count lifts in weightlifting.

Finally, I suspect that many people grunt at such times simply because it feels good. Throat cilia are involved.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | June 5, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

sneaks and steveb, stay safe.

Posted by: dmd3 | June 5, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

It was a beautiful day here today, even better when after looking at the schedule I realized this band will be playing our music festival in a few weeks, Saturday night lakeside listening to the band should be good.

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

Posted by: dmd3 | June 5, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

dmd3, I haven't heard that in sooooo long! Great hot summer night music.

Dangerous for me to get on youtube, though. I've been wandering around in a whiter shade of pale midnight confession white satin reverie ever since.

Posted by: talitha1 | June 5, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Sadly, I have no recipe to provide for cherry barbecue sauce, just the concept. I suppose I will put about 10 chopped cherries and 3/4 cup water and a half teaspoon of sugar in a saucepan, add minced onion, mustard seeds, then some wine vinegar when that is cooked. Soy sauce. I have some adobo sauce, perhaps a teaspoon of that. Salt. Or I will look on the web. Maybe tomorrow.

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 5, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I try to limit my youtube time as well. But I am excited to see them, the festival is a lot of fun, free, has music that ranges from garage bands, to new music, jazz, celtic, children's music, cover bands. About 200,000 people visit over the 4 days.

Eldest just got back from a reenactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek (1813?), she was really interested in the people who do the reenactments - she loved it!

Posted by: dmd3 | June 5, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Nice to get "room service" at the game, eh rickoshea? :-)

The conditions could have been drier for sure, but I won't argue with the results! *L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 5, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Cecil Fielder's former house in Melbourne was auctioned this week. It's a vast structure, built by a cruise-line exec so his kids could live next door to the elementary school. It later made a fine Chez Fielder, but seems to have fallen resale difficulty because it isn't on waterfront or even at a golf course. Location, location. Also, people who can afford palaces tend to want brand-new ones.

In the wealthy retiree-oriented beach areas, fusty conservative retirement homes are still going up. Brick is out (hasn't ever really been in), metal roofs may be winning out over tile. Whatever happened to the 1950s when cutting-edge Modern architect Paul Rudolph was designing glass houses for hip Sarasotans?

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | June 5, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

The site for the reenactment my daughter saw today, she was most impressed by the person playing Cheif Tecumseh, she said it was very emotional.

http://www.battlefieldhouse.ca/reenactment-schedule.asp

Posted by: dmd3 | June 5, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

dmd3, tell her to google Skirmish Magazine. They're out of U.K. and cover all historical periods of the reenactment community. We're friends with some of their stateside writers who live in Gettysburg. All kinds of info on their site.

I'd love to wear War of 1812 period costume. Dolly Madison didn't have to mess with hoopskirts!

Posted by: talitha1 | June 5, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

dmd, did she stay for the lecture at 4 on Love, Lust and the British Soldier 1812? That was a great link, I remembered the song but had no idea who did it or when, thanks.

I don't think we are even going to get another t-storm today, so I think we'll escape tornadoes. "S" felt that today was bonus day as he never expected to be able to work outside all day, the forecast promised only a few hours. So now he's got nothing to do tomorrow. Gee, I bet I can come up with some things :-)

Posted by: badsneakers | June 5, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

dmd, I spent about 12 years participating in reenactments all over northern New England, New York, Quebec and Ontario. It was a blast (literally, since I often was artillery). Our group typically portrayed a Vermont/Green Mountain Boys militia in the Rev. War events, French navy in the French and Indian War events, and Royal British Navy in the War of 1812 events.

I've fought on the Plains of Abraham, ferried troops from tall ships in Louisbourg, and stormed or bombarded many a rampart. Good times. Did a big redo of the Battle of Saratoga a few years back with about 5000 troops in the field. I was infantry, and when we failed to break the colonial line it seemed like all 5000 were shooting at me.

Posted by: steveboyington | June 5, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Just explored the Battlefield House site, dmd3. Looks like a great event. I'm frenvious. Thanks for sharing that!

Posted by: talitha1 | June 5, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Why, steveb! You've been hiding your light under a basket!

Hope any of you Pearls before Swine fans have seen the Rat's Reenactment series Pastis did this week. Today's was a hoot.

Posted by: talitha1 | June 5, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Very cool Steve B, I haven't been to Louisbourg but would love to visit there.

Posted by: dmd3 | June 5, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Louisbourg was a very different event. Not much for battles. Great little walled city. We camped outside and had various duties for the 5 days or so we were there. We had an 18 ft sternboat, so we ferried folks to the tall ships in the harbor. Did some guard duty. Participated in a skirmish or two. I think I drove 1000 miles each way from Connecticut, but it was worth it.

This all reminds me that I desperately need to do some maintenance on the muskets. Maybe later in the week.

Posted by: steveboyington | June 5, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Dogs grunt when they play:
it's called play growls, but silly
people spook at it.

-Wilbrodog aka "Wimbledog"-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 5, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

steveb, a few years ago we were wandering around southern Maine and went to Fort McClary. Just happened to bump into a reenactment weekend. It was very cool to see all the muskets and a couple of cannon too. We watched what they went thru to fire the cannon, it was scary but the sound and the way you could actually see (?) the soundwaves over the water was amazing. Looks like a fun thing to be involved with. I'm not sure about those costumes Talitha. They could be mighty warm in the summer.

Posted by: badsneakers | June 5, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Sneaks, that's the first thing spectators ask us. YES. The soldiers wear wool or linsey-woolsey. Most women's clothing, including undergarments, are cotton so they breathe but there are lots of layers. You can get a good breeze going under a hoopskirt if you sway!

Our favorite spectator questions usually start with "Is that a real . . . ?" Fire?
Musket? Or "you don't really sleep in that tent, do you?" Best story of all was when someone asked a friend who was nursing her baby in a living history camp "Is that a real baby?" and she replied "No, I just bought him up at the sutler's wagon for ten dollars."

Posted by: talitha1 | June 5, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

NNNNNGGGGGGGNNNNNNNNPPPH.

Sorry, Boodle. Sometimes I find that when I grunt, I tend to serve up a more forceful post.

One notes that those heavy-duty Olympic weightlifters like the great Alexeyev grunt of even shout during the lift.

Returned a little while ago from G-dottir #2's high school grad celebration at her house. About 120 people there, and it was catered by Famous Dave's. They had so much left over I helped them during the cleanup: bagged 3 gallon ziplocks of bbq pulled chicken, two bags of brisket, four bags of potato salad, four bags of string beans, two bags of mac&cheese, two bags of cole slaw, two bags of ribs, and there were parts of two trays of oldest daughter's truly fab crab dip (we brought one home). All this bagging occurred AFTER leftovers were parcelled out to whomever wanted some. (I've got about a three-day supply of Famous Daves here.) Party lasted from 3 to about 7 or so, and was a big success. The clan is so large that I bet about half the peeps were relatives or "sorta" relatives (friends who have been so close for so many years they are kinda "honorary family").

While we were cleaning up we were watching the Belmont, and rooting for First Dude, who led the race until the last hundred yards or so, alas.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | June 5, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

This is the weekend in my area of what is called the 400 mile yard sale. It starts (I think) in Bowlinggreen, KY and goes west to Lakes Kentucky and Barkley and then up to Padouka. Some of my neighbors down the access road participate. Some of their customers are surprised to find the access road deadends past my house and have to turn around in my driveway. That starts my dogs barking so it's been a noisy weekend.

I don't do yard sales. I have enough "stuff" of my own. I don't need someone elses "stuff."

Posted by: Manon1 | June 5, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Carole King and James Taylor, Live at the Troubadour, coming on local PBS station right now. It doesn't get much better than that.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | June 5, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, I find it highly ironic that you rooted for First Dude, considering . . . . .

Sounds like a blast of a party and tasty, too. Congrats to G-dottir.

Posted by: talitha1 | June 5, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Yep, Virginia PBS carrying King/Taylor concert here. Did anyone every attend one of their concerts when they toured together in 1970-71? I saw them in Atlanta from third-row seats and can still feel the energy.

Posted by: talitha1 | June 5, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

The unis, if remotely authentic, are heavy and wool and tend to be in layers. There has been more than one summer event at Fort Ticonderoga where soldiers have literally dropped from the heat after marching up and down the hills for an hour or so. They typically now build in a couple of parlays/breaks so the troops can rest and take a couple hits off the canteen to prevent that.

Posted by: steveboyington | June 5, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, sounds like it was a great party, and the leftovers make it even better. We were rooting for First Dude also, alas.

Talitha, I sure hope I didn't ask any truly dumb questions that day. I think we were mostly interested in the weapons. Thanks for the info about the costumes. It would be fun to play dress up.

Manon, how is your granddaughter doing?

Posted by: badsneakers | June 5, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

badsneakers, no good news about my grandaughet. After the procedure to remove the clot from her brain, she has not awakened. She is now in a nursing home. Oh, there is a bit of good news...she is no longer on a respirator. She will open her eyes when her name is called. It's become a wait and see situation. All we can do is wait and hope.

Posted by: Manon1 | June 5, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Manon, I'm so sorry the news about your granddaughter isn't better. Breathing on her own, at any rate, is good.

Here's hoping everyone escapes any bad storms.

Fencers often grunt or, more usually, yell triumphantly as they make a touch. Partly this is release, etc. Sometimes it is also strategy to convince the ref that the point is theirs. Women saber fencers yell a lot.

Tomorrow the Boy is fourteen. Astonishing. I must be up early to bake a chocolate cake.

Posted by: Ivansmom | June 5, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Manon, I'm so sorry to hear that about your granddaughter. I think of you often and send my prayers.

Sneaks, there are no dumb questions, I'm really teasing. We're there to answer questions and it's especially challenging when we stay in character and try to answer 21st century questions.
Half of what we do is in schoolroom settings when the class is doing CivWar study units. The students really enjoy the weapons, clothing, equipment and all our factoids that aren't in their textbooks.

I just read Joel's new piece written with David Brown, dateline Sunday. Heartbreaking and wonderfully done.

Posted by: talitha1 | June 5, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Happy birthday to the Boy!

Posted by: Manon1 | June 5, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Manon, hoping for the best for your granddaughter.

Ivansmom, that can't be right. Are you sure he's going to be 14 already?

Was the Belmont today? I'm so immersed in Census whatnot I had no idea. Sigh.

Posted by: seasea1 | June 5, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Oh Manon, I am sorry the news isn't better, but she's responsive so there is hope.

Happy birthday to Ivan!

No more threat of storms tonight. We're safe and will sleep well.

Posted by: badsneakers | June 5, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Manon best of luck for your granddaughter.

Happy birthday to the boy, at the end of the summer my eldest will turn 15, doesn't seem possible.

Posted by: dmd3 | June 5, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Joel's latest piece, co-written with David Brown. Effects of oil spill could "alter ecosystem forever, experts warn," according to the deck.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/05/AR2010060503987.html?hpid=topnews

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | June 5, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

One more hoppy birdday to Ivan!
Lots of boodle birthdays lately.

I almost forgot - "Wimbledog", loved it!

Posted by: talitha1 | June 5, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

"I would be really surprised if Soderling gave Nadal much trouble, but it would be fun if I were wrong. Posted by: -bia- |"

Agreed! After you grow up, being wrong is much more fun than being right.

Looking backwards in time...I love reading your thoughts...ah, whew, what a day, in a good way, that is all there was.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 5, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

The boodle is like life... celebrating The Boy's 14th birthday while crying over Manon's granddaughter.

Had a wonderful day today babysitting my great-niece, who is approaching 20 months old. Boy, did I crash after her mom and dad took her home. But we all had so much fun.

Son of G and Daughter even took her on an expedition to the Used Record Store, where the little one danced and enjoyed everything around her.

I knew she was having fun at our house when her mom and dad appeared and she smiled at her mom for a moment, then waved her away and said, "bye bye!"

:-)

Posted by: -TBG- | June 5, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Oh my. Have y'all seen this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQ0M9CBEkw0

Posted by: -TBG- | June 5, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Hadn't seen the commercial but did read about people getting rather upset about it.

Posted by: dmd3 | June 5, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Thank all you dear, dear people for your good wishes for my g-daughter. They are deeply appreciated.

Posted by: Manon1 | June 5, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Gosh, don't I know it. My next-younger brother, Dave, worked at Fort Henry in Kingston for three years (rose to the rank of RSM) and those boys and girls wore authentic Brit uniforms of the period; wool and lindsey wool red coats.

Every summer, hot and humid in Kingston, many of them would faint on Parade or during performances in the evening.

We got rather used to seeing fit teenagers wilt and fall. It was not a good thing, I don't think.

Posted by: Yoki | June 5, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

I picked the Belmont winner the same way I always do, in the post parade, when I can really get a look at the horses and their condition and energy. Too bad that the post parade is too late to bet.

Drosselmeyer was just the most gorgeous horse out of all the field. My second choice, Spangled star, came in last though.

BTW, three year olds are still growing and may have growth spurts that put them out of balance, so really, how they look on the day of race matters a ton.

I knew Super Saver wasn't going to win the Preakness when I saw him wasting energy before the race. Rooted for him anyway, but had not much hope.

War Admiral was the only horse who could throw fits before races and still win. For all other racehorses, it's just wasted energy that can mean the difference between a win and last place.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 5, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, I once bet real money ($5) on a horse who was in great condition.

It turned out he was just a big dog.

Posted by: Yoki | June 5, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

SicTim, I got the card and did the repair. I work about 5 minutes from the dealership and before the coffee was made, they were calling for me to pick it up. Total repair time 15 minutes.

Posted by: --dr-- | June 6, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Linsey-woolsey! While I don't remember wearing it or weaving it in a prior life, I do remember reading the term in many of the books I read as a child. Just looked it up in Wiki and it is woven of linen and wool. That sounds sort of lumpy!

Posted by: nellie4 | June 6, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Maon, so sorry to hear about your grandaughter. Your family is in my prayers.

Posted by: --dr-- | June 6, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

And hot, nellie, in the Eastern Seaboard summer.

But what I figure is, that the powers-that-were thought they were doing their troops a favour, c. 1850.

Posted by: Yoki | June 6, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Hey! that hurt, Yoki
(No respect for the furry
or overly large...).

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 6, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

No disrespect meant, Wilbrodog.

Just, we can't reduce form to one thing.

Posted by: Yoki | June 6, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Linen and wool? How unBiblical. Someone must die for that.

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 6, 2010 12:37 AM | Report abuse

Well, only if you don't shave your beard, Jumper.

Posted by: Yoki | June 6, 2010 12:42 AM | Report abuse

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

Posted by: Yoki | June 6, 2010 12:49 AM | Report abuse

And,

http://www.youtube.co/user/greenday?blend=2&ob=4

'Night, boodle.

Posted by: Yoki | June 6, 2010 1:03 AM | Report abuse

Happy Yoki.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4FaSx5ZSwE

Posted by: Yoki | June 6, 2010 3:34 AM | Report abuse

Good morning you all. The dawn patrol is up and running with music while waiting for the birds to wake and catch up with me:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZHw9uyj81g&feature=related

Canon in D Perfect

Hat tip to Yoki for right start for the day/night links.

I have read Joel's latest, on the front page close to the top at this early hour. He is impressive with his continuing coverage of BP's attack on our shores and deep down below in the marine world I know so little about. The little dead bodies slicked up and sinking down or floating to the top. I hate it, it's not fair to the defenseless.....

Posted by: VintageLady | June 6, 2010 4:22 AM | Report abuse

I am overjoyed to see you here again, VintageLady. Hello, Beautiful Lady. Our ownest.

Welcome home, love love. Happy.

See, chronic insomnia pays off sometimes.

Posted by: Yoki | June 6, 2010 4:31 AM | Report abuse

Your exuberance is much appreciated Yoki.

Hope all the other boodlers will be up shortly, these late spring mornings are not to be missed. They smell like fresh cut grass, honeysuckle, lavender, roses, lilies, whatever is opening in your garden.

Posted by: VintageLady | June 6, 2010 5:06 AM | Report abuse

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

Morning, friends. Manon, I do hope your g-daughter pulls through.

Ivansmom, tell the Boy, Happy Birthday from me. The cake sounds so good.

The day has started. I want to visit the hospital this morning before going to church. A church member is still there, and in ICU. A dear friend is still in the hospital further, and not doing well. I've been kind of sad the pass couple of days.

Vintage Lady, glad to see you, and hope all is well with you and family.

Have a lovely day, folks, and love to all.

Slyness, hope you're having fun. When will you be back? We have the thunder boomers here, and of course, the rain.

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

manon,
Sorry to hear your granddaughter isn't doing better, but it's wonderful that she is stable and improving.

Happy Birthday to Ivan. Those teen years are so much fun. Enjoy.

And a little wake-up tune (complete with lyrics):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwfh2CrE0L4&feature=related

Posted by: yellojkt | June 6, 2010 6:47 AM | Report abuse

VL!!! *long-time-no-see HUGSSSS* :-)

Manon, continued best thoughts to you and your granddaughter. *HUGSSSS*

*faxin' Ivan his very own Boodlefax to celebrate the special day* :-)

Spotted on the home page:
"Even as Arizona crack downs on border crossings" *SIGHHHHHHHHHHHH*

*still-absorbing-caffeine-for-a-long-day-of-chores Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 6, 2010 7:32 AM | Report abuse

And of course, a long salute to all the Normandy invasion veterans on this D-Day anniversary...

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 6, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. We have mulch welcome rain. It's so green it hurts.

The VLP is adjusting to living solo. Early this morning he came in the bedroom to sleep with company. I expelled him pronto; I really don't need a snorting and snoring beast to keep me awake. And Mrs. D doesn't need two.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | June 6, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

VL! Great to see you!

I love Canon in D. It is one of my favorite pieces of Zoloft Music.

Best thoughts to Manon and congrats to Ivan! DOn't worry Ivansmom, 14 can actually be a very fun age.

I mean, for him.

My own son and I will be heading into downtown DC later on for the Post Hunt. He will be solving the clues. I will be holding the sandwiches.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | June 6, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Yoki, we once did a flotilla of sorts from Kingston to Prescott, ending at an event at Fort Wellington. We started at a military barracks (Coast Guard?) in Kingston then sailed east, stopping to make a couple amphibious attacks into Gananoque and Mallorytown. Had a few pints with some of the cadets the first night at some pubs in Kingston.

It was, typical of the events we did north of the border, very well done. The events in Prescott, which we went to about 4 different times, ended at a big dance/party at the hockey arena there. The whole of Prescott showed, and many came from all around. Good times.

Posted by: steveboyington | June 6, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

A lovely morning to you all.

Many thanks and a doff of the headset to Yoki and VintageLady for the music left here. Delightful wakeup calls.

One more Happy Birthday wish to Ivan!

. . . and a salute to those brave men who fought June 6, 1944 and onward.

Posted by: talitha1 | June 6, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Good morning boodle. This early spring morning is incomparable. Sun is shining in my north basement study window. It happens for such a few days a year. I'm going to sit outside with my coffee shortly.

Linen and wool? But of course. I have some in my cupboard. Its gorgeous stuff.

Posted by: --dr-- | June 6, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

-dr- Funny you'd bring that up again!

I wanted to tell Nellie that while linsey-woolsey can be "lumpy", as she commented, it can also be finely woven into shirtweight fabric. If you saw HBO's John Adams you would have seen examples. The custom weavers, Thistle Hand, created material for Abigail Adams' (Laura Linney) gowns that were "dressweight linsey-woolsey". They also wove decorative rugs and drapery for the production.

Linsey is a town in Sussex that milled fabrics for centuries. Warp (thread on loom) of L/W can be cotton or linen and weft (cross threads interwoven with warp) are wool. So lumpy homespun or finely milled, there it is.

Posted by: talitha1 | June 6, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

DR -- you get a second from me, as the hand or drape on linen-cotton, linen-wool are simply divine.

Besides, flax in bloom is surely proof of God's existence and that she has a really good Viking sewing machine -- old school with metal parts and no computer thingie.

Here is The Flax in Bloom, a great traditional reel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLx1juszvPk
Frosti -- includes a great button accordion player...fiddler is Jim McKillop.

Here is the darling wee blu-est eye flower in a field
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3642/3662783785_e9e176f9b0_o.jpg

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | June 6, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

rd,
Good luck on the Post Hunt. Perhaps one year we can field a team of boodlers.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 6, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Warm muffins, coffee and OJ on the table.

Must get to Mr. A's article this morning. And the French Open. And cleaning the grill.

Manon, I'm sending healing mojo to your entire family. Thank you for letting us know.

Mudge, congrats on the g-dottir's granulation.

I-mom, happy b-day to the boy from us all.

VL, a big hi!

My day was made late yesterday when a commenter on another blog put me in the same category with right wing fanatics. Woo-hoo!

I checked the spillcams this am. Nothing seems to have changed in the last 24 hours.

Off to find more java and get the day going.

Posted by: MsJS | June 6, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Manon, I am so sorry and I hope that little flutters of her eyes and other small gestures are hope embodied.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P46OQWhreHE

This is the aria from Manon Lescault
Sola perduta abbandonata

Like most opera narratives this ends sadly. However -- and Ivan's mom can say more -- the aria (all arias) captures so much feeling that I am grateful I cannot really focus on the words....so, each aria is emotion unbound and expressed....and Manon, I always hear bits of tunes from this opera in my head when I see your name.

Ivan -- have a blast of a b-day. You are a mere three years behind CPBoy. I-mom, get the loving in in big batches because high school flies....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | June 6, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

One of the Oil Drum commenters says that the amount of the TopCat being obscured by the oil is less, indicating less flow out of the bottom of it.

Tony Haywood claims that oil is being captured at a rate of 10,000 barrels per day and that this is the 'vast majority' of the oil. I don't put much stock in the veracity of either claim.

Let's use 15,000 bpd as the original rate. If cutting off the riser increased flow by only 20%, that would bring the flow up to 18,000 bpd. If 10,000 bpd is being captured, then 8,000 bpd is still going into the gulf at a rate 60% higher than the original estimates which were deemed an ecological disaster. I gotta say the glass is half empty.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 6, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Imon -- Mudge's g-dot's grad. is even more compelling about the time warp you are entering.....huzzahs around for this, Mudge. Rhubarb-worthy and so, at great emotional cost to myself, I am faxing over thick compote. Make it into a pie or dole out on really expensive vanilla ice cream. Perhaps Moose will fax some fresh ice cream to y'll.

VL -- glad to hear from you. Hope the sleep is good and tis only the mockingbirds keeping you awake.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | June 6, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

Manon, still holding your granddaughter, yourself, and your family in my thoughts, and pulling for your g-daughter's recovery.

RD, don't forget to grunt and yell while you're toting those sammiches. Can't help but raise an eyebrow that they're holding the Post Hunt on the anniversay of D-Day (I'd guess at least one clue would be down at the WW II Memorial). Hope you remember to wear your invasion stripes.

Mudge, thanks for bringing up Alexeev yesterday. My Mom adored him, and my brothers and I always cheered for the guy. Especially towards the mid-late 70s when the East Germans put some absolutely titanic gentlemen into the sport (ahem), and Vasily still outlifted 'em.

Ivansmom, please pass my best to Ivan.

VL and Moose, good to see you both, too.

Joel and David Brown's article is a good one, and appeals to the philisophical scientist in me, sobering as the piece is. Still, every event has effects down the stream of time into the Gulf of Forever, and the nature of life is indeed change. As conscious beings, perhaps it's our moral responsibility to try to ensure that significant changes are beneficial to our world and the Universe, though sometimes the nature of the Universe is destructive and amoral at best, by human standards.

Morality sometimes seems to be relative, unfortunately. Perhaps it'll help if we can just get things to where we can all sleep at night.

bc


Posted by: -bc- | June 6, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

MsJS, I saw your exchange on that "other" blog. Congratulations on your promotion to wingnut -- your tinfoil hat is in the mail.

When are you going to start typing in all caps?

Posted by: rashomon | June 6, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Don't keep it secret. Where can we go to revel in the wingnuttery?

Posted by: yellojkt | June 6, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Alas my keyboard is allergic to frequent caps, rashomon. It's all I can do to get it to type MrJS on occasion. Anything more frequent and it breaks out in hives and grunts something terrible.

Nonetheless, I am looking forward to the new headwear. Thank you. Maybe I'll get some new shoes to match.

Posted by: MsJS | June 6, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

yello, you can find wingnuttery all over the web. It's a tribute to Mr. A, the A-blog, and those who park here that disagreements don't automatically morph into diatribes for or against the current administration, Israel, or anything else.

The salient portion of the post, by one thomasjoyce, is repeated below.
"It is a pity and the [NY] Times Ombudsman disgraced himself falling over Andrew Breitbart and the fake kiddy pretend reporter little jimmy o'keefe, so don't hold your breath waiting for the Times to care about its integrity. It is as eager to please the MsJS and other right wing fanatics as the paper that used to be the Washington Post and now is a neo-con Journal dedicated to defending Israel First."

Posted by: MsJS | June 6, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

MsJS, funny, here is another post, likely made at the same time as the one that calls you a right-wing nutjob and the WashPost a neocon cabal:

freepost wrote:
"Perhaps the Compost should change its name to the Washington Al-Jazeera Crier? In typical fashion, they obfuscate the truth and ignore the facts. Let's see, the Al-Jazeera Crier, can't seem to find any room on its pages to report on the two N.J. men, one of whom was named Muhammed (another Buddist, I would imagine), who were just arrested after plotting terrorist attacks to kill Americans.

No, instead the Al-Jazeera Crier is focused on printing laughably absurd articles like this one on how the Burqa is a liberating instrument for Muslim women"

The WashPost is so evil that it is simultaneously run by Nazi Zionists and Liberal Haters of America.

That, or posters are a bit hyperbolic.

Posted by: steveboyington | June 6, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

MsJS's inexplicable demotion to tinfoil-hat-itude was a surprise to me yesterday. A big WTF? went through my mind.

I'm just hoping to hear more about those shoes to match when you find them. Will they resemble gravity boots?

Posted by: talitha1 | June 6, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Hatred of the Post is part of life. When I was growing up we had a neighbor who refused to read the Post because it was anti-gun.

Good morning all. Special thanks to Vintage Lady for her appreciation of spring mornings.

Posted by: -TBG- | June 6, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I dunno, talitha. I'm torn between the Herman Munster genre and 5" stiletto heels.

Either way, my status as a danger to others will be ensured.

Heck, maybe I'll get both!

Over in Paris, Nadal is serving for the second set, having won the first 6-4 over Soderling. Soderling needs to get his first serve in more frequently and cut down on the unforced errors if he wants to get back in this match.

Posted by: MsJS | June 6, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Klein versus Kaus. Now there is a catfight I'd love to watch. Does C-SPAN have a pay-per-view tier they can broadcast that on?

Posted by: yellojkt | June 6, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I know fashion is CqP's domain around here, but I have a couple possibilities for the new footwear.

http://www.clownshoes.net/

http://casacamisas.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/clown-shoes.jpg

Posted by: rashomon | June 6, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

MsJS, any true right-wing nutjob with a tin-foil hat knows the only true thing of value is GOLD! Therefore, there is only one pair of shoes to coordinate with the hat.

http://www.shoespuma.us/images/Usain%20Bolt%20puma%20running%20shoes%20white-blue.jpg

Mr. Bolt used them very effectively.

Posted by: steveboyington | June 6, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

RIP, Heather, my neighbor's Cocker Spaniel, who died this morning of a heart attack, at age 11. She had been feeling poorly over the last week or so. Every day, she walked her owners around the block, a trip which often included visits to our yard if we were out and about, for a sniff and a nuzzle. She had a very good life, was much loved and moderately spoiled, and died in her mother's arms. Her owners are inconsolable. Do you know about older men and small dogs? Heather was the poster girl for that combination.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | June 6, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

MsJS -- you can choose shoes yourself but I always check with LiT and Yoki.
SciTim wears gravity books and a vest of pockets and loops with carbineers attached.

Interestingly, bc wears gladiator flat sandals for day work downtown but RedWing steel toed for motor work and welding.

GwEnvy wears purple trek-type boots for woods-walking.

Mudge has Docker-Top Sider things for boatical moments.

VLady has the most wonderful shoes: comfy without looking like shuffle-slipper shoes. That sweet point between style and comfort is hard to hit.

RD has Italian loafers, meaning no penny spots.

At the moment TBG has little bits of fresh peaches adhered to her shoes. Why? Because she fed peaches recently to the most adorable little peach eating ladybabygirl! TBG, here is a sponge.

Has anybody seen K from Norfolk later? And, Aroc? Our roll call got me thinking....


Posted by: CollegequaParkian | June 6, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Please extend our condolences to Heather's owners, Mudge. Sounds like she had a dog's life.

Posted by: -TBG- | June 6, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

mudge, so sorry to her the news about your good friend.

Posted by: russianthistle | June 6, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Aw, Mudge . . . I'm so sorry.

Posted by: talitha1 | June 6, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

In the department of "be careful what you ask for, you just might get it", I would be interested to know what shoes CqP would design for talitha, based on early impressions.

Also, when the CpQ/Boodle House of Design opens I'd love to be considered for a position. Historic and current fashion experience in my resume'.

Posted by: talitha1 | June 6, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

The tornado watch is back up for New England. Looks like there are some cells in upstate New York that have funnel cloud potential as we speak. My area missed everything yesterday, though they got a microburst about 20 miles south of here.

Looks like a big system is heading this way, but not for 3 or so hours. Hope the missus can get into Logan this afternoon. She is flying out of Reagan I think.

Posted by: steveboyington | June 6, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

mudge,
That is very sad. Cockers are great dogs and loyal companions. Not a day goes by that my wife and I miss ours. I understand how your neighbors must feel.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 6, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

SCC: CqP/Boodle H.of D.

Posted by: talitha1 | June 6, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Right wing fanatic? MsJS is a class act, so Chanel is the obvious choice.

http://www.chanel.com/fashion/8-platform-sandal-in-satin-on-a-90-mm-gun-heel-2,2,1,12#8-platform-sandal-in-satin-on-a-90-mm-gun-heel-2,2,1,12

For something a little more practical,

http://www.zazzle.com/foiled_keds_ladies_mini_slip_on_shoes-167430473832039537


Posted by: LostInThought | June 6, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

If you want a technical document on underwater oil spill containment, here is a ten year old MMS document on the subject:

http://www.mms.gov/tarprojects/311/311AA.pdf

Some of the really good stuff starts on page 16. The descriptions of various blowout scenarios make the phrase 'inconceivable' particularly inoperative.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 6, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

MsJS: on second thought, Michael Johnsons golden slippers were better.

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/archive/2/25/20080529121527!Golden_shoes_Michael_Johnson.jpg&imgrefurl=http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Golden_shoes_Michael_Johnson.jpg&usg=__CjPZ1gfMW-MW23-QK_-gutpMLhM=&h=375&w=500&sz=153&hl=en&start=2&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=vdSIqPnp4B0tiM:&tbnh=98&tbnw=130&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dmichael%2Bjohnson%2Bgolden%2Bshoes%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dsafari%26sa%3DX%26rls%3Den%26tbs%3Disch:1

Posted by: steveboyington | June 6, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Good morning everyone (it still appears to be morning)! And, indeed, a big -- yet oh-so-tasteful -- shout out to Her Vintage Ladyship. Been thinking about you, my dear, and I hope you are well.

A very wonderful birthday greeting to The Boy -- Sir Ivan Himself -- on his continuing passage through the teen years. Simply follow the Hippocratic Oath, and do no harm, young man. And have fun. Yeah, I know, it's soooooooo unfair!

Manon, please accept my wishes for a recovery for your granddaughter, no matter how long it takes -- just so long as it takes!

It's always sad to lose a doggie or a kitty -- Add me to the boodle list with condolences, Mudge.

I've been out to a couple of places this morning, finishing up the last dregs of errands before settling in for the rest of the day. No hot and humid weather for me, man! Especially with thunderboomers on their way. Book work before lunch, I think -- get the bills organized and scheduled for payment. And don't forget Q2 for the taxes coming up. *sigh*

Thankful salutes to the D-Day soldiers (I simply *cannot* use the word "troop" to signify one soldier. Nope. Can't do it. Won't do it.) -- you sacrificed everything, whether you survived that day or did not. Hats off to you.

Today is also Swedish National Day. I'm not sure it was actually in existence when I was living there way back when. Sometimes it helps not knowing things. Especially things that don't really matter.

Cya later.

Posted by: -ftb- | June 6, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Any one of these.

http://www.unitednude.com/shop/all-c-191.html

Posted by: Yoki | June 6, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

In that report I linked to above, pages 4 and 5 give a theory under which much of the oil from a deepwater blowout fails to reach the surface. So the insistence on the part of BP that there are no underwater plumes is disingenuous at best.

Also, the current TopCat design will continue to leak substantial amounts of oil indefinitely BY DESIGN. It cannot and won't capture all the oil. It will continue to hemorrhage oil for another couple of months until the relief well (if successful) is complete.

Now I would like to know how the surface capture/burn/containment efforts are progressing. This spill is now over several thousand square miles in area. If there is a skimmer or a ship that can be converted to a skimmer not in use, BP is being negligent in their capture and containment efforts.

Sorry for the ranting this morning, but I have to keep my umbrage level up on this topic.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 6, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Any style of shoe called Möbius Hi has to be very cool. Perhaps we can find a way to stick feet into a Klein bottle.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 6, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

badsneakers, if you are anywhere from Keene to Manchester up to Hanover and Plymouth, it is batten down the hatches time. The big system just entered NH. Looks like it may go just north of me, but I might get the southern edge of it.

Stay safe.

Posted by: steveboyington | June 6, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I am in awe of my footwear options. Thank you all so very much. I'll probably have to wrap foil around the chair parts as well, just to complete the ensemble.

yello, my understanding is that the max this latest effort can handle is 15,000 bbd due to constraints on the surface vessel. So the 'solution' has to allow for continued leakage into the Gulf if the spill rate is greater than that.

Posted by: MsJS | June 6, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Joel's latest oil story is at the very top of the front page. Kewl.

Posted by: Yoki | June 6, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I awoke today with the muzzle of a fine young boxer dog 3" from my face, emitting a low growl. This might unnerve many, but I know he is just a character. I did shout at him. On the plus side, the fact that I live in an area where I can leave the door open at night with little fear of fearsome things is overall a good thing.

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 6, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Just ordered black Mobius Hi. Thanks, Yoki.

Posted by: talitha1 | June 6, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

The latest overview of the Normandy campaign seems to be Wieviorka's, originally in French. I haven't read it, but I think it emphasizes that the carefully-planned landings went better than anticipated, while advancing inland proved terribly difficult. A good deal of the hedgerow terrain was perfect for defense.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | June 6, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

MsJS,
While the capacity of the tanker ship is one limitation, the bigger one is that in order to keep from forming hydrates, no seawater can be allowed into the TopCat. This requires a continuous flow of oil downward to keep the seawater out. As they say in software, it's not a bug, it's a feature.

It's a sad measure of our lowered expectations that 'only' leaking 5-10,000 barrels a day is considered a success.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 6, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Dogs dying in June...
so they could chase butterflies
right up to heaven?

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 6, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I wonder who outside BP would call this a success, yello.

Remember, no one know how much oil continues to leak each day because the original spill rates are all over the map.

Posted by: MsJS | June 6, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I have the perfect purses for those shoes, study, long lasting, well made and fun.

http://www.nahuiollin.com/c/index.php

Posted by: dmd3 | June 6, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Rhubarb in the news:
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/pacificnw/2011961722_pacificptaste06.html

Congrats to Nadal for another French Open win. Caught the last few games.

Is it Top Cap or Top Cat? (Top Cat was one of my favorite cartoons.)

Posted by: seasea1 | June 6, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

St Petersburg Times has an interesting and hopeful set of graphics showing the Loop Current. At the moment, it's not likely to move oil into the Atlantic.
http://www.tampabay.com/specials/2010/reports/oil_spill_clean_up/loop.shtml

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | June 6, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Here is where the lowball estimates of the total spill rate pay off. By comparing the more accurate (i.e. measurable) capture rates with the POOBPA rates done earlier (which have never been updated to account for the removal of the riser), a false sense of efficacy is achieved. Kimberly Kindy falls for this trap in her article today:

///A containment cap placed over BP's gushing undersea oil well captured 6,077 barrels of oil during its first 24 hours in operation, between a quarter and a half of the amount that is spilling into the Gulf of Mexico each day, authorities said Saturday.///

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/05/AR2010060503883.html

Taken to the logical extreme, if the capture rate goes up to 15,000 barrels per day, they could claim they are capturing 80% to 125% of the oil even if all the visual evidence is to the contrary. It all comes back to the fact that when you take the difference of two numbers with large margins of error, the resulting margin of error can be greater than the calculated result.

At this point it would be child's play to stick a pitot tube in the annular space between the TopCat and the BOP top and get a velocity of the oil pushing out.

Why TPTB at CentralButtCoveringCommand aren't pushing harder for quantifiable, verifiable back-up for some of these more rosey-glassed claims is beyond me. A greater deal of skepticism towards anything BP says is not only merited, but necessary. If BP told me the sky was blue, I would be calling an atmospheric scientist just to confirm.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 6, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

In the second paragraph of Kindy's article is yet another bald-faced falsehood:

///National incident commander Thad W. Allen said engineers hope to steadily increase the amount of oil that is siphoned off the well until the full flow is captured and directed to a nearby ship at the surface.///

By design, the full flow CANNOT be captured unless they have a secret plan to deal with hydrate formation that they haven't revealed yet. This would also require the capture of all the oil and some unknown excess flow of seawater. And since the processing capacity of the current ship is 15,000 bpd, more hardware would have to be thrown at this solution.

The astounding level of obfuscation, both by omission and commission, going on is just maddening. I think I have my BP sufficiently high for one morning.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 6, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Very disappointed when I clicked on that "united nude" link, Yoki. Very. It seemed to be about shoes or something. I haven't been this disappointed since I first clicked on a "Bare Naked Ladies" link. Boy, what a downer *that* one was.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | June 6, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Memes 'r' Us, Pt. 2: Success:
http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2010/06/prelude_cheney_katrina.html

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 6, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

*Snort*

Posted by: Yoki | June 6, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

the sweet tart rhubarb
gives the boodle puckish smiles
and welcome comfort

Posted by: talitha1 | June 6, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Good work, Jumper.

seasea,
TopCat is my confulation of 'Top Hat' and 'Top Cap' which deliberately evokes that classic show of animated feline grifters. Alas, I have had far less success in kick-starting that meme than Jumper has had with his.

mudge,
You will be glad to know that 'Naked Boys Singing' is 100% truth-in-advertising:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/19/AR2010051905495.html

You have one more week to catch it. The DC production closes the 13th.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 6, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

steveb, we're in MA south of Boston near the coast so we're okay for now, hope you are too.

Mudge, so sorry to hear about your neighbor's dog. A similar thing happened to us two years ago and also with a neighbor's cocker spaniel, we were speaking with them about her just the other day.

Good tennis match this morning, I really thought it was closer (in the first two sets) than the score indicated.

Yellow, thanks for doing the technical work on this 'spill', I feel your outrage even tho' I don't understand most of the details.

Interesting shoes. I dream, but they're just not made for my poor feet ;-(

Posted by: badsneakers | June 6, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

badsneakers, looks like today is funnel cloudless. Most of the big hitters are going north of me. I think I'll get the tail end of this thing in another hour or so.

Posted by: steveboyington | June 6, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

There are two advantages in being old: 1) I never have to wear high heels ever again, 2) I'm still waiting to discover the second one.

Posted by: Manon1 | June 6, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

I too am old, Manon, but the high heels will go only when they pry them from my cold, dead feet.

Posted by: Yoki | June 6, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Talk about putting an outfit together...

http://bit.ly/dn2MN4

Posted by: -TBG- | June 6, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Manon: 2) the wisdom to realize that #1 is a blessing, not a curse?

Posted by: badsneakers | June 6, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

When they say "entire area," they are not kidding...

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/capitalweathergang/2010/06/alert_tornado_watch_for_entire.html?wprss=capitalweathergang

Posted by: -TBG- | June 6, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

TBG,
Is it sad that my first reaction to those Victoria Beckham photos is "Those boots must be a huge pain in the butt when going through security."?

When flying out of Rome last year, I got very impatient when a model-quality woman spend an inordinate amount of time getting her knee-high leopard print boots off at the x-ray machine.

I am getting old. Or something.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 6, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm with ya Yoki.

Posted by: LostInThought | June 6, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, LiT!

Posted by: Yoki | June 6, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Good for you, Yoki. If you enjoy them, flaunt them!

Posted by: Manon1 | June 6, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

WOW! It does not look pleasant outside. Thanks for the link, TBG. i have a friend at the Orioles game right now (well, okay, the Sawks game, but she's from Massachusetts originally, so it won't really matter who wins . . .), and I'm wondering what she's deciding to do, besides get wet and blown around.

I think I'll try to print something, and then shut down the 'puter until the storm passes. If it does . . . .

*faxing all the high heels I **ever** thought of wearing to Yoki and LostinThought* More power to ya, wimmin! I ain't ever gonna wear them ever, ever again.

Posted by: -ftb- | June 6, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

badsneakers, I'll accept that as the #2.

Posted by: Manon1 | June 6, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

There's a difference between "have to" and "want to."

Old age is all about wearing tennis shoes at will, high heels at whim, domatrix boots at whip, huge boots at winter's nip, fuzzy slippers at nap, and so on.

Enjoy being old and being able to wear whatever you want without worrying about dress codes. Although wearing something IS advisible in most areas.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 6, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

yello, while waiting half a day for a connection in Rome some years ago, my next-younger brother wrote me a long email detailing his observations over "The Twelve Hours of Fiumicino." About 7 of them were how attractive the women were.

Posted by: Yoki | June 6, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Me either, ftb.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | June 6, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Tornado-y and warnings here too, I am and not taking tornadoes of beef carried by toreadors! "Let's be careful out there," in my best Sarge voice.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | June 6, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Yello: you're getting older, more female, or just more impatient with high-maintenance women, which often signals maturity.

Take your pick.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 6, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Goodness, that weather looks dreadful! Stay safe, everybody.

Posted by: Yoki | June 6, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Yep, CqP, that tornado watch is heading your way, and right now is over top of Scotty and bc, ftb, TBG, and omni and moose. Seems to be going north of me.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | June 6, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Yep, CqP, that tornado watch is heading your way, and right now is over top of Scotty and bc, ftb, TBG, and omni and moose. Tim and Padouk. Seems to be going north of me.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | June 6, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Directly to ground lightening hit just up the hill from me. Wowsa!

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | June 6, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Rainy Sunday afternoon activity ideas?

1) Nap
2) Knit
3) cower whimpering in the cellar
4) Defy nature with a BBQ...

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 6, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Note to Joel: Yes, I noticed.

Space news going unreported, sort of. It seems that Falcon 9 actually put a capsule into orbit - which is far more impressive than just rising to 160 mi. altitude.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/04/AR2010060403360.html

Also, "The latest hit, near the Jovian equator, has not left any visible mark so far, but astronomers are on the lookout."
http://www.davidreneke.com/astro/astro-space-news-7-june-2010

That bit about no visible mark was the hard one to find. I have no telescope to see for myself.

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 6, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Some bright red spots on the doppler overhead. Very dark, heavy rain, but none of the bad wind or anything. It will be like this for maybe an hour or so. Hope everyone stays dry and safe.

Posted by: steveboyington | June 6, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Tornado warning east of DC, tornado watch for the entire DC area until 7... :-O

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 6, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Yikes! Is this storm heading toward you, Mudge? This is insanely intense.

Posted by: -pj- | June 6, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

That cell looks like it's out over the bay, pj. But there's another one right behind it and further south...and yep, heading right my way.

Was watching a cooking show with Jamie Oliver, who was using a herb (pronounced with an "h") he called ora-GAHN-o. Took me five minutes to figure out what it was. Dynamite recipe, though: mayoless potato salad on smoked salmon. OMG.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | June 6, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Things seem to have quieted down here in Bethesda, which worries me somewhat.

About 25 years ago, my friend who's getting drenched up in Balmer gave me a book called "When I'm An Old Woman, I Shall Wear Purple" (or something like that). She gave it to me as a joke because we were much younger, and I'm still two years older than she is. Much to her disappointment, I really liked the book. I'm not sure where it is right now, but I think I'd re-read it once it surfaces. Plus, I look good in purple. So there.

Hope you hit the cyclone cellar in time, Mudge, along with your family.

Posted by: -ftb- | June 6, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

If lightning hits a tree before rain comes, likely it will travel down the moist channel between bark and wood, blasting away bark and injuring tree badly. If it hits during the rain it will likely travel down the outside of the wet bark and injure the tree much less.

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 6, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

YJ, about your post...let's think this through. Why wouldn't they have gotten that measurement earlier, or still yet? It's not like they're not interested in the number, or haven't thought about it. What's the chances they've gone for that info, and BP's counsel argued against it, in that you can't be forced to give evidence against yourself. If they don't have the number, they can't give it to you.

Then there's the thought that even if the feds could get the info themselves (can they?), do they have the right to get it? Not only under US law, but taking us back to the earlier question...who has jurisdiction over the bottom? That's going to take a while to figure out, even if it's fast-tracked, because of the agencies and international organizations involved. Maybe BP is betting they get it minimized more first.

So the chess pieces are what they are, and you can't change them out. From BP's perspective, they keep the numbers as low as they can, knowing that no one believes them anyway (they lost that in the early days), because no one can prove differently. From the Admin's perspective, keep applying pressure, looking for inroads down every avenue, and let them talk...there will be time to mine that info for litigation purposes later, with the advantage of hindsight.

Posted by: LostInThought | June 6, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Whoa, it just got real dark and windy outside up in the Boston area. We've had some pretty wild storms up here all week it's seemed like.

I'll tell you, it worries me that I'm ready to be done with humidity and it's early June.

Suddenly, I'm in the mood to watch Twister.

Posted by: cowhand214 | June 6, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm usually done with heat and humidity by the middle of May, cowhand.

So far, all I've seen are a few dark clouds. But the wind is picking up, so maybe something's headed my way.

Posted by: -pj- | June 6, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Hope you're ok cowhand. South of the city there isn't much going on right now but it has been very windy all afternoon.

We noticed another plus to having changed to FiOS for TV last night. The RI PBS station still shows reruns of Red Green on Saturday nights. He made a car wash in his garage from old clothes and (of course) duct tape.

Posted by: badsneakers | June 6, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Man, it is *pouring* outside. Holy smokes. One of the close lightening strikes has apparently set off someone's burglar or fire alarm as I can hear it wailing away outside.

Also the hillside along the side of my apartment is running onto the patio. Fabulous.

Posted by: cowhand214 | June 6, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

for ftb:

When I'm an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit . . . . .

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.


excerpted from: "Warning"
by Jenny Joseph
from the book: When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple

Posted by: talitha1 | June 6, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Hope you all are okay, wherever you are!

Sneaks, I finally had to invest in some Red Green DVDs because the show was no longer broadcast near me. Keep your stick on the ice!

Posted by: talitha1 | June 6, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

It was during an encounter with a gaggle of Red Hat Ladies at Ladew Topiary Garden that I realized my mother was one and just didn't realize it.

LiT,
All wise words. I hear the rustling of defense lawyers (barristers?) behind every BP press release. The primacy of legal reasoning over engineering judgment is perhaps at the core of my dismay.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 6, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Thanks badsneakers. The worst appears to be over for now (knock on wood). It's still raining but has lightened up quite a bit.

I did hear a number of sirens go by but that in and of itself might be unrelated to the storm. There's a fire station and a hospital a few blocks down the street. Hopefully, there will be quiet the rest of the evening.

Posted by: cowhand214 | June 6, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Are investigatory procedures during an ongoing crime, different from procedures enacted after actions causing damages are already concluded? If some police can demand a subject submit to a sobriety test, can't they demand a flow analysis on an ongoing spill?

Posted by: Jumper1 | June 6, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

4) Defy nature with a BBQ...

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome |

Absolutely. A man after my heart. We BBQ in blizzards, BBQ during heat waves, downpours and almost as much when the weather is perfect. It is a family tradition (Minnesota childhood). I've got some funny pictures of mountains of snow around our house 6-8' after the front loader neighbor guy (who is in love) with his Kubota came by...we dug the Weber out, fired it up with hickory and apple, very cheery on a deep freeze evening in February.


Posted by: shrink2 | June 6, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

"...can't they demand a flow analysis on an ongoing spill?"

I don't have words to describe how angry I am at the "Unified Command" concept. But I have tried; I don't want to be boring, but I just want to say I agree, in too many words.

Ok, back outdoors, just wanted to see what is going on in the boodiverse.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 6, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

And in the "It's Always Something" Dept. --

Spent most of the midday (pre-rain) clearing ivy and assorted treelets from under the deck of the NukeAbode's utility building. All that went well, apart from a little discovery:

None of the deck's support posts are properly footed. In fact, they just sit on top of either concrete or plain 'ol dirt. I even had to place a substantial piece of masonry under one of the posts so it would actually be sitting on something besides yer basic nitrogen/oxygen mix @ 14.7 psi.

Every time I think I've discovered all of the downright stupid things the previous owners of the house did, they prove me wrong. *SIGHHHHHHHHH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 6, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

That's great, shrink2. I do the same thing; barbeque year-round. We had a barbequed Christmas dinner one year.

Posted by: Yoki | June 6, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Aahhh... shrink has become a real boodler. Checking while doing other stuff (besides work) is the sign that you are too far gone to turn back. Welcome.

Posted by: -TBG- | June 6, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Apparently the local wildlife have heard the Boodle's call to up the ursine quotient:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/local-breaking-news/report-bear-spotted-in-nw-dc.html

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 6, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

We BBQ year round here as well.

Hope everyone is safe, judging from my containers outside I would guess we have received between 30 -5 inches of rain in the last few days, not all day rains but intense downpours lasting anywhere from an 1 hour to a few hours, sunny and cool here now.

Did I ever mention dmdspouse went to a taping of Red Green when they were producing the shows, he went with a friend who was a huge fan.

Posted by: dmd3 | June 6, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

We used to bbq year 'round too. In the days when we owned a house the path between the patio door and the grill got shoveled right after the driveway.

In the condo we keep it seasonal, though. About seven or eight months a year.

Posted by: MsJS | June 6, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

shrink, Wilbrod is a she, not a he. Just popping in to set that straight. I'm another one who mostly lurks around here - not to be confused with "mostlylurking," who has, I think, morphed into "seasea."

An absolutely gorgeous day here in the Midwest - back out to do things in it.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | June 6, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Hey everyone. To the surprise of nobody, except, perhaps, my son, we did not win the Post Hunt. Nevertheless, did come tantalizingly close. Alas, a two person team really is a handicap. Especially when one of those people is me.

The most exciting part was seeing Gene, Tom, Dave, Hank, Caitlin, and Rachel. It was a delight!

Well, at least for me.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | June 6, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

As intriguing as the 'Red Green' you speak of sounds, it is not available on Hulu, iTunes or Roku so I am going to have to doubt it's very existence. But while searching for it, I found 'The Black Adder' in my Netflix queue so I will see if my meager knowledge of British history can make Rowan Atkinson funny.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 6, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

We don't need no stinkin' Hulu.

http://www.redgreen.com/

Posted by: Yoki | June 6, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Very cool, RD! I'm glad you enjoyed the Hunt. Maybe you'll get 'em next year!

Posted by: -pj- | June 6, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

rd,
Sorry about your loss. Even after I see the answers, I always feel my brain is too linear to have ever come up with the answer. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 6, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

yello, Red Green has an official web site and there's tons of youtube clips.

Hey, wanta have fun on a Sunday evening? Lets' all go over to the Reliable Source site and leave congratulatory notes for Rush and his new bride. *double snort*

RD, I've been thinking about you and son down at the Hunt. Really had my fingers crossed for ya but I'm glad you had a great time.

Posted by: talitha1 | June 6, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

We actually did pretty well. We got four of the five puzzles cold. The fifth we had narrowed down to two alternatives (it was quite ambiguous and will, doubtless, be extensively examined in tomorrow's chat.)

We even got the final anagram, but not quickly enough. That's the thing. It isn't enough to solve the final clue, you have to solve it *faster* than several hundred other teams.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | June 6, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, all.

Wind and rain and even olive drab skies for a moment (not quite tornado green), now sun and breezes. Might be time for a beverage on the deck to enjoy the photons.

I've continued to believe that it's not in BP's interest to provide information about this situation, a*nd I'm very interested in what info we *are getting, and why.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | June 6, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

shrink, Wilbrod is a she, not a he

Got it and thank you.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 6, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Glad you had fun bonding with your son today. Too bad you didn't win, but I know your real goal was really being part of the larger gathering. And perhaps meeting Rachel.

The weather outside couldn't be more perfect right now. Cooler, less humid, blue sky with puffy white clouds drifting by. The bright green leaves look amazing against the blue sky.

Yoki has called my deck one of her favorite places in the world. It's certainly one of mine, especially on the rare occasions when Yoki's on it. Boodling out here means you're all enjoying it with me, too. Wonderful.

Posted by: -TBG- | June 6, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

And really, I was so nervous I was babbling like crazy when I met everyone - especially Gene.

Granted, the difference between that and the way I normally talk is subtle.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | June 6, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure everyone is entitled to the best possible defense, but is BP entitled to the best possible PR team? What would happen if BP just told the truth from now on? What would happen if the PR world just told BP to do that or forget it?

Obviously, I don't live in the real world.

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/Broadcast/bp-buys-search-engine-phrases-redirecting-users/story?id=10835618&page=1

Manon, good thoughts are coming to your family from my house. Ivansmom, please congratulate the boy for me. Moose!

Looks like shrink, tmzuri and steveb have joined us as quickly as talitha. This has been a banner recruiting year, all first-round picks. (This may be the first time in my life I've *ever* used a sports analogy). Must be because Philly is "all Flyered up." Kids are out in the street playing hockey, a good thing.

Got back an hour ago from an upstate weekend at my cousin's. Gorgeous drive, nice weather, great brisket BBQ (t-shirt says, "I like pig butts and I can not lie"), salsa, came back with 2 full grown-flowering bushes weeded out of her garden and some blue hosta. We're meeting next weekend in Lancaster so I can get some dwarf sage, we'll lunch and shop some outlets.

So, Yello, was Gene or his persona in attendance?

Posted by: -dbG- | June 6, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Oh exactly TBG! I was in WaPo fanboy heaven.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | June 6, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, RD, I'm on glue.

I was wondering why yello would be excited about seeing Gene.

Posted by: -dbG- | June 6, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

And yes, TBG. Doing something fun with my son was wonderful. It was great.

And I am still a little wound up so I think I will go have some soothing tea.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | June 6, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Yoki,
I checked there. No full episodes. I might have to resort to bittorrent.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 6, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

I see the dearth of full episodes as an excellent feature of that site.

Posted by: Yoki | June 6, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

LostInThought, yellojkt, running in pouring rain, maybe I figured something out...

My dog is an English Setter, a Lewellyn. A Killdeer was doing its thing out on the dirt (mud) road, dragging a wing, flying in lame circles...my dog looked back to me for direction. I guessed by his expression, "Can I ignore this or do you want me to pretend?"

I am sure the dog knew the bird was faking it, these dogs are savants. No point in pointing, the bird was showing itself, it is trying too hard.

Right then it occurred to me, Tony Hayward is BP's Killdeer, so obvious, so lame, so loathsome and easy to attack. The Killdeer protects its nest.

It does not matter whether the lame bird act is ridiculed, ignored or attacked. The fact of the distraction, the theater, is what protects the nest.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 6, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Although not available to Watch Instantly, there's lots of Red Green at Netflix...

http://bit.ly/aQudhG

Posted by: -TBG- | June 6, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

40 minutes until game 5 faceoff.

Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks

Here's to hearing a lot of Chelsea Dagger!

Posted by: MsJS | June 6, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

And, shrink, it gives an air of legitimacy to apologists.

My cousin and I do not discuss politics. Every time we left the house she'd leave the radio on for the dogz, couple of times the channel was on Rush. I figured my guys would recognize him as the Kildeer.

Posted by: -dbG- | June 6, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Two separate book requests from my kids: Daughter wants kerouac's On the Road and Son of G just asked if I could find The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.

Don't know where our dog-eared copies are... long lost I guess. Thank goodness for Amazon Prime. Both books (cheap used ones) will be in the house on Tuesday.

Posted by: -TBG- | June 6, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

I hope to here some Fratellis myself, during commercial breaks of the Lakers game!

Posted by: teddymzuri | June 6, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Bill Walton makes grateful dead reference "no our love will not fade away" regarding John Wooden's passing at Staples.

Posted by: teddymzuri | June 6, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget Zeus and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, TBG. :)

Posted by: -dbG- | June 6, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

I kilt it! I kilt the Boodle!

Posted by: -dbG- | June 6, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

TBG,
It's so delightful when children are interested in reading the classics. If you hadn't bought them already, I'd have been glad to loan you my copies. Actually I wouldn't want to loan out my Electric Kool Ade (alas only a paperback reprint, not a first edition) since I got Wolfe to sign it when he made a speaking stop at USF back in the late 80s.

If they need Naked Lunch or any Alan Ginsburg collections drop me a line.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 6, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Chicago looks really aggressive early.

Posted by: teddymzuri | June 6, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

True enough, Shrink. It works because there's always the chance it's not a bluff.

WIlbrodog is part bird dog, huge percentage rottweiler, looks very much like a lab.

The mutt mix of instincts is always fun to observe. He once nearly caught a pigeon on a downstay and will not "point birds" with his knuckle, but his nose (as he was trained to for sounds), finding birds. We also once herded a flock of wild canadian geese up against a fence before they caught on.

Yes, dogs are amazing savants if you let them have a chance to show off their real skills.

And a killdeer has better be very careful to judge the appropriate distance to play lame in order to have enough fleeing distance. I don't think BP has much room in order to play lame at all, not with so many enemies circling.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 6, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

In honor of the Red Green discussion, I will now attempt to fix and/or create something with nothing but duct tape.

Storms passed quietly this afternoon. The missus had to endure a 2-hour delay flying from DC to Boston, but has landed and is on her way home. Sweet.

Posted by: steveboyington | June 6, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

"Not Fade Away" was written by Buddy Holly and covered by the Stones as well as the Dead. Nice Bo Diddley beat.

"Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" is a hoot to read. It captures Kesey and his group really well. But each cast a wary eye at the other. There's a story, I don't remember if it's in Wolfe's book or in "Kesey's Garage Sale", that Kesey was painting something around his farm. Wolfe got close to it and some of the paint got on his ice-cream suit. Wolfe was ticked off, but Kesey looked at him and said something like "You can't get close to this stuff without some of it rubbing off on you." Wolfe was not impressed. I don't know if that story is apocryphal or not, but it nicely captures the relationship between Wolfe and the Pranksters.

Posted by: -pj- | June 6, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Bill Walton never saw 700 Stones shows.

Posted by: teddymzuri | June 6, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Nor did he hang out in the locker room at Pauley back in the 70s with Buddy Holly or Bo Diddley.

Posted by: teddymzuri | June 6, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

We had a virtual death in the family this weekend. Our main computer died. I think. All I did was unplug it and wait for someone more compouter literate than I to come in and turn it on. (I know computer like I understand cars. I turn it on and go) Mrdr tried. It isn't looking good.

We shall call Kerric, and see if he can save us and any of it. With luck, it will only be a search for appropriate parts or we shall be shopping for something new.

Posted by: --dr-- | June 6, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Well, there you go! Let's just send Red Green down there with his duct tape and fix that leak right now.

steveb, glad your lady is safely landed and on her way.

As to our children reading the classics, my son told me this afternoon he'd just re-read All Quiet on the Western Front. Thinking about a friend of his fighting in the mideast.

Posted by: talitha1 | June 6, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Red Green has a Facebook page with lots of links to merchandise, clips from the shows, etc.

Posted by: badsneakers | June 6, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. I hope everyone in the path of the storms is safe. Hereabouts we don't even pay attention to tornado watches; we look for severe thunderstorm watches and worry about tornado warnings. Even then, where they can pretty much plot the paths on radar to the street and block, it is easy to be relaxed in a way unknown a few years back.

I was thinking about the "who can operate on the sea bed" problem. If nobody owns it, arguably anyone can play. If the feds had the equipment, which they probly don't, I'd certainly make the case that they could motor on down and stick a measuring rod in that oil leak. BP could argue that the pipes and equipment are theirs, but the gummint wouldn't be messing with them, and they're broke anyhoo. BP might argue that the oil is theirs, but the leaking oil is spilling all over the Gulf, and the water aint owned by nobody.

The initial birthday festivities have passed off well. Four teenaged boys are now playing a video game in our den. Bless their hearts, they haven't stopped talking since the movie ended at 6. "Killers", by the way, was evidently a full employment project for '70s TV stars, with Ashton Kutcher and some nice young woman to fill things out. Very forgettable, but lots of nice explosions along the way. Soon it will be time for cake. I told them by 11:00 or so they must settle down with a movie, and I encourage them to sleep at some point. The key is to reduce the noise level; usually I think our house is plenty big, but tonight I'm wishing for extensive wings, with their own soundproof doors.

Posted by: Ivansmom | June 6, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

That's right precious of them to rattle the walls on a Sunday night, Ivansmom.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | June 6, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Possible tornado struck the south west portion of the province last night, some pretty large trees fell on house.

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/819721--wild-storm-lashes-ontario-u-s-midwest?bn=1

Posted by: dmd3 | June 6, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Just wait for High School grad night, Ivansmom. After the Prom, all of #1's friends (10? 20?) arrived and spent the night in our basement. Even a big two-storey house is small when people are jamming on the drums at 3:00 am, and the movie is on Big Sound.

Posted by: Yoki | June 6, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Garden Fresh Mokimo

Peel and cut a bunch of taters. Boil, like mashers with raw maize kernels to taste. 3/4 into boiling, add a wad (2 handfuls for a big pot) of fresh pumpkin leaves (stems removed). Salt leaves to taste. When taters are done, drain and mash it all up by hand. Should be thicker (and greener) than mashed potatoes.

While taters are boiling, heat 2 or 3 tablespoons of olive oil in large pan with fresh chopped green onions. Add tater mixture to sauteed onions and mash together over med/hi heat. Remove from heat and serve.

Excellent with grilled steak or chicken.

Mokimo is a staple food in Kenyan diet. An earthy brown mokimo replaces pumpkin leaves with black beans. A plain version combines soybeans with corn and potatoes. Apparently the oil and onions are optional, but it's better with.

Posted by: teddymzuri | June 6, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Buddy Holly died in 1959. Don't think he was hanging out much in Pauley in the '70s.

Posted by: -pj- | June 6, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Yum teddymz.

I figure ours is a good place for these teenagers to hang out, because we have no neighbors to annoy. If they turn out to keep away nocturnal critters, bonus.

We have ceremoniously paraded with the cake, the song was sung, the candle (*) was blown out, and the cake is being eaten.

(*) This is the Boy's friends' introduction into the (a) weird and (b) lame ways of our household. I made the cake and icing from scratch, no problem, then realized that we have no birthday candles. I seem to recall realizing this the last time, too. I finally found a single candle in the shape of a large 5. It was perfect, since of course the Boy is fourteen and 1 plus 4 equals 5. Our guests are all extremely well mannered and humored us.

Posted by: Ivansmom | June 6, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the smartassedness, pj...it was just clearly a gd reference. Funny thing, that was definitely not the first time Walton used that Holly tune in reference to the dead. Or second...

LET'S GO LAKERS!! !!!

Posted by: teddymzuri | June 6, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

...clearly to me.

Posted by: teddymzuri | June 6, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

If you have ever wanted to watch a robot work a socket wrench a mile under water, now is the time to do it.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 6, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

No sweat, teddymzuri. I'll guess that Walton knows it's a Buddy Holly tune (he seems to me like a guy who would know that), but he's obviously heard the Dead do it a bunch of times. I think the Stones used it to open the shows in one of their tours in the late '80s or early '90. It's a great rhythm in that song!

Posted by: -pj- | June 6, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Well, I'm rooting for the Lakers, too. It's on to Boston, now.

Posted by: -pj- | June 6, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Ivansmom, your b'day sleepover made me recall one I threw for my boy on his 10th. I had planned a cookout and evening of videos and movies. So here I am with six fellas rarin' to go and one of those h*llacious windshear knock-the-power-out thunderstorms hits D.C. No power, can't grill in the rain, can't watch movies.

It took all my skills at ghost story telling, game organizing and hunter-gathering of eats, but we had a great time.

Posted by: talitha1 | June 6, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

I'mom, it does seem as if the feds don't have the ability to collect the info, and BP has a disincentive to collect it that outweighs their incentives. Politically, though, the Admin has very few options other than to plan as best they can for both recovery efforts and litigation. Later, once the flow is stanched, they can work on making Big Oil synonymous with Republican/Tea Party. Though I do wonder why the feds don't hire rival companies and drill their own relief well. (Yeah, I know we can't afford it, but we can't afford this either.) Maybe MMS documents might come into play....oy.

Happy Birthday to the Boy. The years go by so fast, no?

Yoki, T1 always let me know about those parties in advance, but he and his buddies once broke into a club we had a key to. Guess who they called?

Have a happy night all.

Posted by: LostInThought | June 6, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm laughing, LiT.

Posted by: Yoki | June 6, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

The Dead played it live consistently since the beginning(c. 1968), well over 500 times. It became a gd staple, usually played at the end. The band would walk off stage after winding it down, then the deadheads, clapping out that great rhythm, would chant, "you know are love will not fade away" in unison, as long as it took for the band to come back for an encore.

Bill Walton is just weird.

Posted by: teddymzuri | June 6, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

"our" love...duh

Posted by: teddymzuri | June 6, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, all.

RD, sounds like you guys had a great time today. Glad to hear it.

Ivansmom, I think the government (or at least the military) could probably scare up equipment to get down to that well if they had to, but if they did and there was some sort of a problem, wouldn't BP be able to claim that someone other than they mucked about with their equipment or the well/riser and that they can't be held completely liable or responsible anymore?

Having said that, I have to concur with yello, LiT and others that someone proably thought of putting flowrate sensors on the pipe outlet after the bent riser was cut off and before the cap was attached (preventing direct access, IIRC), but that a conscious decision was taken to not do so.

Or the Top Cap may in fact be equipped with some sensing devices to help gauge flow volume and rate, but it would be necessarily less accurate in the unsealed plenum in the Cap rather than at the riser itself.

Again, I'm sure there's more informnation about the accident and the results of it than what's being shared with the public and the media, and that the political and legal folks are trying to manage it as best they can.

The litigation will take years, and likely so will the settlements (After the well is shut down and plugged).

But first, a little roo-roo, as Gene might say.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | June 6, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

True to form, it is Sunday and BP says they are not going to close the magic valves. Too much oil it turns out. I guess when Tony Hayward said they were going to get 90% of it pretty soon, he was...dragging a wing.

So you cut the BOP top off and collect some fraction of that flow, perhaps now doubled or more. But you can get twice the volume of what you said was leaking out a month ago...you call that progress.

Now the BP Obama Administration is saying it might not be "cleaned up" until the Fall, or maybe later. W T F is wrong with these people? Nobody believes a word they say. Republicans know they are lying, Democrats know they are lying. Everyone knows. Cleanup lasting until the Fall? As if sixteen weeks from now this will all be just about put to bed? How about 16 years?


Posted by: shrink2 | June 6, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Maybe that should be the Boodle's new theme tune.

Posted by: Yoki | June 7, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Is there a current theme tune?

If we are going back there, Well All Right is my favorite. So affirmative, I love that. But on the down side, as for the Dead, Wharf Rat, Loser...I sing those songs all the time (at work, in my head, so as not to scare anyone), love that too.

Do you have a boodlography?

Posted by: shrink2 | June 7, 2010 12:35 AM | Report abuse

Correction:

Mokimo is the staple food of the Kikuyu tribe. The largest, but only one of 42 tribes in Kenya.

Posted by: teddymzuri | June 7, 2010 12:37 AM | Report abuse

I *love* Mokimo, but never knew how to do it. Thanks tedmz!

Posted by: Yoki | June 7, 2010 12:47 AM | Report abuse

"BP Obama Administration" ???

Nope, sorry, but I'm not going that far. No matter our frustration and anger those are two separate entities.

'night boodle.
See you on the next kit?


Posted by: talitha1 | June 7, 2010 1:00 AM | Report abuse

this is obtuse. watched sahara on the telly, a truly bad iteration of the print version, and this came up with the credits. my all time favourite faces tune.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0T9Ag7Co5Q

otherwise a sad day. the short version is that we lost a pup, aged 4 mos. sent her off with a rose and baby's breath. *sigh*

Posted by: -jack- | June 7, 2010 1:06 AM | Report abuse

Oh, jack.

I know, I know.

Blessings on her little plot.

Posted by: Yoki | June 7, 2010 1:09 AM | Report abuse

along the fence row in the back lot. still shaking my head. always liked this one, without ever hearing the original by Dylan. and its been some 37 years since the release on Stewart's EPTAS. the late ian hopkins played the piano on that one, iirc.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXtW41e_Q9g

Posted by: -jack- | June 7, 2010 1:20 AM | Report abuse

trifecta. straight ahead r & r.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uMejNMfiWs

Posted by: -jack- | June 7, 2010 1:24 AM | Report abuse

I'm no sure how I feel about the polyester suits, but, beautiful songs.

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

Posted by: Yoki | June 7, 2010 1:29 AM | Report abuse

*Snort*

Gotta love the GlamRock. And be glad it has faded.

Posted by: Yoki | June 7, 2010 1:31 AM | Report abuse

Love EPTAS, great album. Saw Rod Stewart in DC, at the Armory, I think, in 1970 or 1971. Rod and Ron Wood were hanging all over each other, making the girls swoon. Shag haircuts, velvet pants. Gosh, I'm old.

Posted by: seasea1 | June 7, 2010 2:21 AM | Report abuse

Maggie May -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwHB4hfg0wY

Posted by: seasea1 | June 7, 2010 2:37 AM | Report abuse

Thanks seasea1. My most favourite Rod Stewart.

Posted by: Yoki | June 7, 2010 3:08 AM | Report abuse

I'm fairly confident the current Boodle theme song is "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)," but whadda I know?

Delightfully dry and cool this morning, always nice to be able to turn the A/C off overnight. Then again, that means the yard will be nice and dry tonight for the mowing I couldn't do over the weekend. *shrug*

*how-in-the-world-can-it-be-Monday-already Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 7, 2010 5:12 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all! The sky is lightening and there is just the faintest of twitters floating down from the leafy heavens. Rise and shine, Dawn Patrol!

Over 600 messages in this boodle, and I have tried to read them all, so good to see you all and thanks for the kind greetings, I am fine. I just have to stay on Avastin. It is a theraputic antibody, one of the wonder drugs. Thirty minute infusion once every three weeks. Some of my best friends are now docs, technicians, white coated kindnesses on two legs.

Ivan's birthday, RD's hunt, CP's shoe analysis, Casandra's benediction,ftb waiting for the boomers (only a few drops here) hopeful wishes for Manon's grandchild and Scotty's hugs, these are the things of boodledome, boodlehood,

As always, prayers for our President, may he stay healthy, gain wisdom.

When is the next porching hour?

Posted by: VintageLady | June 7, 2010 5:29 AM | Report abuse

Wow. The wheels of justice turn so slowly sometimes it must be like watching grass grow.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/07/AR2010060700570.html?hpid%3Dmoreheadlines&sub=AR

Taking a much needed day off to play in the river. Have a happy day all.

Posted by: LostInThought | June 7, 2010 6:43 AM | Report abuse

The Post Hunt answers are up. I'm not sure I would have gotten any of them. Okay, maybe the buried number, but that's it.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/artsandliving/magazine/features/2010/post-hunt/index.html?sid=ST2010060700623

Posted by: yellojkt | June 7, 2010 6:57 AM | Report abuse

G'morning all!

Scottynuke, this newbie *loves* your theme song choice. Boodle consciousness encapsulated, or as Dawn Patrol VL said, "boodledom".

I'm enjoying this break in humidity and wish we all could catch a similar break in the news of the day. To be among friends in word and spirit is a blessing.

See ya later.

Posted by: talitha1 | June 7, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

More BP spillage:

http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/content/view/full/91000

This time in Alaska.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 7, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

That's a cool story about how the Dead would play "Not Fade Away," teddy!

"Every Picture Tells a Story" is one of my all-time favorite records. Great stuff.

Posted by: -pj- | June 7, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Yello - that's why it really helps to have a couple of people on a team. My son and I bounced things together a lot before we had that "aha" moment. Indeed, I think a third person would have helped a lot with the final clue as anagrams don't come naturally to either of us.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | June 7, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

I'd heard this morning about the settlements in the Bhopal disaster. Unreal.

yello, I read your link about the Alaska spill -- like, wow. I think that person needs to cut back on the caffiene, y'know?

Have a great day, everyone.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | June 7, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Anagrams? Really? I'm surprised one of the clues wasn't a double dactyl. They did get the blatant Barney and Frank plug.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 7, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the links Lost and Yello.
So we see it took 26 years for a few prison sentences to get handed down in India over the Bhopal Union Carbide/Dow Chemical disaster. While our Coast Guard says someone, BP I guess, will have this oil "event", who knows what to call it, so I'll use Tony Hayward's word, cleaned up in a few months.

We entered the era when industry and government (all three branches) became indistinguishable in the 20th century. You could make the case Citizens United finished the job in the 21st century. Now we are in the era when industry regulates government.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 7, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

'Jennifer Government' by Max Barry is a very good recent novel set in a dystopian future where corporatism has run amuck and governments are subsidiaries of oligopolies.

http://maxbarry.com/jennifergovernment/

Like most dystopias, it's probably closer than we realize, if not here already.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 7, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Yes. It is not an American problem per se. In China, India, Russia, Brazil, Indonesia (all the other big countries) for example, there is nothing to distinguish government from industrial interests. Government is where industrial interests fight over the spoils, the way political parties fought over the spoils in the 19th century.

In 2009, $1.2B was spent lobbying the US Congress, far and away the most ever in a year. Lets see, what major piece of legislation was being written in 2009?

Lets see whether in 2010, the year "financial reform" is being written, the money changers can beat the health care industry's "free speech" exercise. The bar is set pretty high, but they are trying.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 7, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

RD_P, it finally came to me this morning! The other day you were thinking of Shinichi Hoshi's story, "hey come on out".

I found a link for you:
http://winnie.vox.com/library/post/he-y-come-on-ou-t---shinichi-hoshi.html

And a more horrifying one of real garbage holes in the ground:
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/10013541.html

Posted by: DNA_Girl | June 7, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Last fair deal in the country, Susie!
Last fair deal in the town.
Put your gold money where your love is baby,
before you let that deal go down. Go down.
-Garcia/Hunter

Wow shrink, i am shocked.

You people have a great day and a wonderful week.

Posted by: teddymzuri | June 7, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Thank you DNA_Girl! As soon as I read the name synapses clicked into place! He wrote some other really strange short stories as well, but this one was my favorite.

Thanks again!!

Posted by: RD_Padouk | June 7, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

This getting to Rovian proportions -- 662 comments to this Kit, so far.

Posted by: ScienceTim | June 7, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

I predict the imminent new Kit will be about...

Crayfish/crawfish/mudbugs

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 7, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Crayfish and mudbugs, yeah! I'm afraid wapo's censors would zap me if I printed the traditional method of eating the dear little things!

Posted by: talitha1 | June 7, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Warm muffins, coffee and OJ on the table.

So the score in periods 2 and 3 last night was a 4-4 tie. Ah, but those 3 goals scored by the Blackhawks in period 1 mean TWC is freaking out this morning that with one more win the Blackhawks will be Stanley Cup champions.

If that happens, we'll probably all be humming the Chelsea Dagger toon cootie for weeks.

And the NBA finals are now at a game apiece. I would love to see that go seven games.

Posted by: MsJS | June 7, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Folks around the office were discussing the cancellation of a scheduled event tomorrow, and someone noted the change disturbed me...

Of course, I had to note I've been disturbed for years! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | June 7, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Aye. We've passed the number of the Beast. That's never good. Where is Mr. Achenbach? Or has he finally headed off to follow his dreams in Nashville.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | June 7, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

yello - I think the anagram originated from either Dave or Tom. Dave Barry implied that Gene struggled with it a bit. With regards to the "Barney and Clyde" comic, I thought it formed one of the more intriguing clues of the day.

After this event I really have tremendous respect for how difficult pulling this off must have been for Tom, Gene, and Dave put in.

Not the least of which was putting up with giddy incoherent fanboys. Although my son warned me I should have laid off the coffee.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | June 7, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

New kit.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | June 7, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Umm. That tailing "put in" is actually a clever clue for the 2011 Post Hunt relating to the Russian leader.

Yeah. Let's go with that.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | June 7, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

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