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Midlife milestones

[My essay in the Princeton Alumni Weekly.]

Suddenly, life is a blizzard of milestones, each more portentous than the next, more loaded with existential meaning, dread, volcanic extrusions of nostalgia, and resignation to the tyranny of time. You just want to come home from work and relax and have a glass of decent wine and watch a ball game, but no, there's always some annoying milestone-related social obligation you can't get out of, like your 25th wedding anniversary.

The big milestone for my crowd is the 50th birthday. The number 50 is so rotund it must be celebrated as if it were a bar mitzvah. The toasts invariably will say that, by luck or fate or good living, this person entering his or her sixth decade has maintained anomalous good looks to match the many personal and professional accomplishments, and now heads toward many more years of zesty, finger-snapping fun. Lobsters will be served, and crème brûlée, and in the midst of the revelry we'll start thinking about that last cholesterol test, and this will incite a comprehensive audit of one's aches and pains and future unpleasant invasive medical procedures, and then at 9:45 p.m. we'll all begin peeking at our watches and thinking that surely it's nearly bedtime.

Not long ago I heard myself saying that I couldn't go to an event because "I'm planning on taking a nap then," and as soon as the words came out of my mouth I wanted to snatch them out of the air. It's a milestone when "nap" makes your daily To Do list.

There's the milestone known as Reconciling With The Belly. A guy spends years keeping the gut in check. You can always make it go away with a little more gym work and some dieting. And then it doesn't go away. It moves into your life like a stray uncle. There is shame and regret and, eventually, acceptance, and finally something that almost passes for pride, as if it is some kind of validation, a sign that you're not so poor that you must live hand to mouth -- or maybe a sign that living hand to mouth is exactly what you've been doing. All those dang chips. Ultimately the belly is a friend, as loyal as a dog.

There are other cosmetic milestones. The first gray hair is a huge, squealing deal for a young person, someone who is, perhaps, 24 years old and freaks at the discovery of a single, rogue, mutant gray hair embedded in 90 pounds of glossy locks. But that is nothing, I am here to tell you, compared to the discovery of the first gray hair in your nose.

There are intellectual milestones. I've now reached the Proust Line, the point in life when you know you'll never read Proust. I mean, reading Proust could happen in theory, just as, in theory, I could become president, or a cowboy, or someone who drives a huge pickup truck with a hardware store's worth of tools behind the seat and a gun rack in back. I could become a Tea Party activist. I could grow a second head. Life is full of possibilities, but mostly it is full of probabilities. The person you are going to be is very likely the person you already are, for better or worse.

Weirdly, though, I still assume that someday I'll be an astronaut. With a ray gun.

I've become more democratic in the sense of being able to tolerate and appreciate people of all stripes and cultures and inclinations and to sense our common­ality. At the same time, I can't fly coach anymore. It is not commensurate with a man of my stature. Of course I can't afford anything else, but still, it grates on me, and I find myself pressing the flight-attendant button to get attention.

"Excuse me, miss," I'll say. "Is there a part of this plane that has less of the rabble?"

You remember, surely, the day you realized you no longer were going to sleep on a friend's couch when you visited a certain city. Incredible invention: Hotel room!

A huge milestone for me came on Jan. 20, 2009, when for the first time I was older than the president of the United States. I hoofed it all over the Mall, and it was insanely cold, and getting anywhere was complicated by the throng of 1.8 million people and the police barriers. By the time I had hiked back to the office, a pain had developed and effloresced in my right knee. There is another milestone in a person's life: your first conversation about arthritis or plantar fasciitis or knee replacement. Just watch, it'll happen to Obama, too. That jump shot of his from the 3-point line -- I'm just not seeing much elevation in the legs anymore.

All the major milestones involve celebration and joy, even as they clearly are designed to remind you how old you are. I try to be a grown-up about this, but when people say with a laugh that "getting old isn't for wimps," I instantly think: "Uh-oh." To paraphrase the old joke about flying: It's not mortality that worries me; it's the dying I don't like.

Last year one milestone got to me more than any other I can remember. Like so many of my friends, I had a kid go off to college. My eldest. My wife and I and one of her younger sisters drove her to Ohio and oohed and aahed at her wonderful new (dismal, depressing) dorm room, and had a last meal together, and then when it came time to say goodbye, my normal verbosity fled me. Couldn't say a word. Croaked something unintelligible.

What did I miss, all those times I was too busy to pay attention? Why did I complain about all the soccer games? You'd have any of those moments back, would roll it over in your hands, study it, document it.

It was 400 miles back home and the rain fell torrentially for about 300 of them, though the sun was out and the skies were clear.

Why was this milestone so much harder than the rest? Child-rearing is nothing but milestones, so you should get pretty used to it over time. There's the biological extravaganza of the birth itself, the physical pain of which for some reason I can barely remember. (But I was strong and brave, that much is certain.) There are all the incredible firsts of that first year as the helpless blob-creature transmogrifies into a miniature, urgeful, entirely solipsistic human being.

A child's milestones are the parents' milestones, like that first day of preschool, with its excruciating goodbye as the child is abandoned to what, from the child's perspective, is surely a devil-worshipping cult. There's the first lost tooth, first soccer goal, first-time rolling of the eyes and dramatic sigh at exasperating parental behavior. The first slammed door. The first time Dad accidentally embarrasses her in front of her friends; the first time Dad intentionally embarrasses her in front of her friends.

After all these milestones, why does dropping the kid at college turn into such a weep-fest?

My theory is that it's because you sense, even if you can't think it through logically, that you now have finished the task of raising a person to adulthood, and, with the exception of raising your other children, there is nothing else you will ever do that's as important. This is the largest achievement of your life. Everything else is secondary, tertiary, quaternary. Basically the main job of your life is pretty much over.

The very term "milestone" is deceptive, for on a road you can always turn around and retrace your steps. Life's milestones are actually one-way portals. They're gateways to whatever is next, and they close behind with a resounding clang.

What you want is to be able to say: We had us a good trip, didn't we?

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 8, 2010; 7:44 AM ET
 
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Dylan to Lennon c. '63: You guys are great musicians but you don't really say anything.

Posted by: teddymzuri | July 8, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Joel, thank you for this kit, it's memorable. Later, when many others have spoken of their milestones, I will come back and share a few of mine. As for now, let me just say that recently a niece and nephew by marriage recently asked me how their marriage would change after they had their first child.

I told them that I believe the bar is raised in their relationship when they have children. We may wish the world for our offspring, but the best legacy to them is for their parents to hang on to each other, no matter what.

And if and when we marrieds break our spouses hearts, or ours are broken.... hang on...., most of the time the relationship recovers and can grow stronger, and trust does return.

I suggest that you and your wife have a high bar marriage, and that your children know it. Vintage husband and I will celebrate our 50th anniversary in September and we're still hanging on....to each other.

Saying goodbye for college is a little like telling them goodbye for the first time camp, but just a little.

Posted by: VintageLady | July 8, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Hope Joel saw the boodle reactions in the last kit to this wonderful piece. Praise, tears and music.

Happy Birthday whenever it was and at least 50 more!

Posted by: talitha1 | July 8, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

And that is why I started over, mid fifties, two little kids, never better.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 8, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Magnificent Joel, we are of similar age and that major milestone for me (first to university) will coincide with my 50th year, I have 3 years to brace myself.

Said student has already expressed the desire to attend school well away from home, east coast, west coast, trying to savour these next few years.

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

Great essay Joel. You really can write about anything and that takes talent!

Congratulations VL on 50 years together. That accomplishment makes me wistful for what might have been, had I chosen a better mate the first time around. But that's part of life too, making mistakes and learning from them what not to do the next time!

Posted by: badsneakers | July 8, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

It's not the destination, it's the journey...

That being said, it's obvious JA wrote this after watching "Toy Story 3." :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 8, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, DNA_Girl, for the pome last evening. I hope I get to share it with my recepient. He got the product last night and has been in my thoughts and prayers.

Joel, you are such a youngster. So many milestones to go yet! I reached one on Tuesday: it was the Geekdottir who drove me to the hospital and took care of me while I was tied down in the bed. My baby! And what she did for me was exactly perfect and made me so much more comfortable.

I happily let both my babies fly away, and they have come home to alight when it suited them. This is the way it should be.

Posted by: slyness | July 8, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

Coming in late - here's Joel's latest update to the Well Kill efforts in the Gulf. Seems to be running ahead of sked, but shhhhh - don't jinx it.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/08/AR2010070801685.html

I'd heard that the effort was ahead of schedule, but I'm going to restrain myself until I understand it to be completely shut down.

Have a good morning, all.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | July 8, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Actually, talitha, JA's 50th isn't for months yet.

Roughtly six more months of existential dread ahead.

Took me a second to reread this Kit title -- for a second, I saw "Midlife Millstones," and knew *that* couldn't be right.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | July 8, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Midwife Minestrone?

Ewwwwwwwwwwwwww!

Posted by: ScienceTim | July 8, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

From the NPR Fresh Air Broadcast Schedule page. Note the second segment:

"Coming up July 8:The new film The Kids Are Alright stars Julianne Moore and Annette Bening as a lesbian couple with two teenage kids who have decided to track down their mothers' sperm donor. On the next Fresh Air, we talk with director Lisa Cholodenko. And journalist Joel Achenbach describes how our electrical grid is based on 1960s technology that wastes power and discourages the use of renewable energy."

Listen to it on your local NPR station, or check out their podcast.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=13

G'day, all.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | July 8, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, bc. Fairly newbie me wasn't sure if I'd missed J.s' 50th. I've got almost a decade on him so he's still waaayyyy young, huh?

Posted by: talitha1 | July 8, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Scotty, yes, that's right, I thought we might have ploughed this field once before, but I think that was when Joel was flying around the disaster in a helicopter.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 8, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

I’m sorry Joel, but this kit is just way too out there for me. I mean, as one still in the full bloom of glorious youth I just can’t get into this whole “I’m so old” bit.

Nope. I have no notion of what it must be like to find my own body subtly betraying me. You know, with sore shoulders, questionable hirsuteness, and a nascent interest in the possible side effects of Flomax.

Not to mention the dawning realization that one day soon I will resemble a turkey.

I can’t even imagine what it what must be like to see a report with my own name on it from 1988 and have no real memory of having written it. Not to mention a bit of trouble following the math.

Nor can I comprehend the cold existential angst that results when I look forward the 22 years since said report was written and get a vivid image of eating soup in my jammies and becoming unreasonably fascinated with prunes. Nope. Because I still have, like, a billion zillion years to remake western civilization.

I am totally unfamiliar with the complex feelings when I suddenly notice that the clever little boy and affectionate little girl who used to greet me each night have been mysteriously kidnapped and replaced with high-maintenance teenagers.

Nor the melancholy joy of seeing an offspring segue into adulthood.

Heck, I can’t even bother thinking about such things as turning 50 because that birthday is as far off in the future as distant historical events, like Obama becoming president, are in the past.

So, sadly, this kit just doesn’t speak to me.

Or if it does, it is in that mumbly way that everyone seems to talk nowadays.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | July 8, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Of course, if I were the kind of person who ever condescended to get older, I would take solace in the fact that I am not traveling such a path alone.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | July 8, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Warm muffins, fruit bowl, coffee and OJ on the table.

Great kit, Mr. A!

talitha, on the occasion of the Kitmeister's 49th, we were all assured we'd get an earful during the year about the big five-oh. There has been surprisingly little of that to date, but we have months yet to go.

Age and life circumstances have long since transitioned me from "what I need or should do in life" to "what I want to do in life".

I gotta tell you, Mr. A. It's a hoot. You're gonna love it.

Posted by: MsJS | July 8, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

This Life
by William Stafford
_____________________________________

With Kit, Age 7, at the Beach

We would climb the highest dune,
from there to gaze and come down:
the ocean was performing;
we contributed our climb.

Waves leapfrogged and came
straight out of the storm.
What should our gaze mean?
Kit waited for me to decide.

Standing on such a hill,
what would you tell your child?
That was an absolute vista.
Those waves raced far, and cold.

"How far could you swim, Daddy,
in such a storm?"
"As far as was needed," I said,
and as I talked, I swam.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 8, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Happy upcoming 50th wedding anniversary VL! Your words are very wise.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | July 8, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Maybe glad your daughter isn't Anna Chapman, who should change her name back to Natasha Bettenoirsky.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 8, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

According to my dad, the milestone that really screams "you're old" is when your son turns 50.

Also, I think Joel can still look forward to a Pulitzer, even if being an astronaut is unlikely. Truly, it's a crime he hasn't won yet.

Posted by: k_auman | July 8, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Joel's good at closing paragraphs. Maybe a good high school English teacher or two? I suspect college is somewhat late.

Definitely one-way portals. There's a temptation to construct alternative versions of the past, sometimes too much fun to resist.

Plantar fasciitis is hardly a sign of age. I was vexed around age 35. There must be much younger sufferers.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | July 8, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Dave, yes, my gf in Eugene, back in the days of Pre and then Alberto Salazar had to give up distance running at 23 due to pf and that was after spending a lot of $$ on orthotics.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 8, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Well,*carp!*-- WaPo on Safari requires me to sign in again, and I can't remember the email address I gave it the first time round. So far Firefox works for me, so my boodle handle is adjusted appropriately.

Great kit, Joel. For my 50th, I collaborated with two other boomers and we celebrated at the residence of the Swedish ambassador to the United States (whom I knew well) on Nebraska Avenue. What a party! There were about 100 people, a band, a wonderful Swedish smörgåsbord, and people were still talking about it 5 years later. As he took me to my car after the party, one of my collaborators "P" told me that we were not going to be doing this again the next year. Ah, well. . . .

Really, the only way to celebrate the 50th is with a big blowout. Tell the age demons that if they don't want to dance, they can either go sit in the corner or leave the premises. Seriously, go live it up!

Your Vintage Ladyship, may you and His Vintage Lordship have a wonderful celebration yourselves to have made it to the Golden Anniversary level in marital bliss (presumed, of course). Congratulations!

Frankly, if turning 50 (or indeed, turning *30*) is the very worst thing ever to happen to you, you are *expletive* lucky!

*celebrate, celebrate, dance to the music ...*

Posted by: -ftb1- | July 8, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

RD, so very often I think you deserve your own blog. I fear our admiration does not do you justice.

Posted by: -dbG- | July 8, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

k_auman, my parents said the same thing the day I turned 50. They had never felt "old" until their first child hit the mid-century mark. (I might add that I graduated high school on my dad's 40th, and he claimed to be "old" then, too.)

Posted by: talitha1 | July 8, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

What is the best time to plant fasciitis anyway, DotC? What zone do they grow best in?

Oh, wait...

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 8, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Oil disaster/BP update...

"On Wednesday the US government asked BP to tell it of any major asset sales or merger deals in advance, as it continues to keep a close eye on the oil giant.

The highly unusual request was made in a letter from the US Department of Justice, dated 23 June. BP told the BBC it had yet to respond to the letter.

In its most recent update, BP said the oil leak had now cost it $3.12bn (£2bn), though the total cost is forecast by analysts to be tens of billions of dollars.

As a result, the company has said it will look at selling some assets and attracting new investment. Mr Hayward visited Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, with media reports speculating he was in the region to entice wealthy investors..." BBC

Posted by: shrink2 | July 8, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

You are very kind dbG. But if I had my own blog I would have to think up things to write about, and this way Joel does the heavy-lifting for me.

Besides. I really like the company over here.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | July 8, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Regarding aging and tyrannies, I nominate the Tyranny of Gravity.

Speaking of NPR, perhaps a a recognition that attention spans are getting so short that some listeners can't be bothered to sit through the entire name anymore:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/07/AR2010070704578.html

bc

Posted by: -bc- | July 8, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse


Every day that you wake up and can enter the day is a gift, milestones notwithstanding.

Posted by: edbyronadams | July 8, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

All those things you described Joel seem to be happening to me. Getting very close to 50,13 months away....Yikes. My belly and I have been hanging out together way too long.I work hard at losing weight but just getting below the magic mark seems such a struggle. The grey hair,been about a few too many years already,now most of the grey is falling out. I am not sending any kids away to college,but all my friends are.

But despite all that woe,I still find ways to get around all that "old" stuff.

A friend told me something recently,that pretty much sums up all of life for me. Think and do something that makes you happy everyday and the rest will fall into place.

The heat wave has broken somewhat and it will only be a refreshing 95 today, I am off to dip my toes into something cool while I make myself happy.

Have a HAPPY DAY everyone!!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | July 8, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

There's some Chilean bromeliads named Fascicularia. They look like big clumps of grass. I suppose they live in foggy coastal deserts--the sort of thing you'd grow in coastal California, not Florida. No kin to the pair of fasces decorating the House chamber at the Capitol.

Plantar fasciitis is one of those seemingly minor but limiting conditions that can become one-way portals.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | July 8, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Count me as another one within spitting distance of the half century mark. I'm sending my second one to college, but it wasn't done in the right order...
I reached another milestone this year, one kid used her own credit card to buy plane tickets and vanished to foreign countries for 7 weeks.
It shocked me yesterday to received my youngest's report card topped by statement that she is accepted for her senior commencing this September. Yikes, my baby isn't a baby anymore.
The concept of nose hair clippers used to baffle me, not anymore.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | July 8, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

SCC senior year

Nice time waster, spectacular birds against a white background
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthpicturegalleries/7879201/Bird-by-Andrew-Zuckerman-high-definition-pictures-of-birds-captured-against-a-white-background.html

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | July 8, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

The year I turned 50 I got divorced, married off the oldest, finished building a house and met "S". So what could have been a very upsetting rite of passage turned into a truly great year. At more than a decade older than Joel and notwithstanding a new hip and a missing gall bladder, I am still in decent shape. I can still do a cartwheel, which I demonstrated to the granddaughters the other day (I admit to being a bit apprehensive when I started it, but figured the girls were old enough to call 911 if I wiped out). And altho' I do get more little aches and pains than I used to get when I overexert myself, I'm grateful for my luck so far.

Posted by: badsneakers | July 8, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Joel. I feel a lot better now about my advancing age and persistent gut. I hate the word "gut," but what else can you call it? "Distended belly?" Yuk. "Tummy?" Infantile. "Buddah Belly?" Hmmmmm.

And, very much looking forward to your radio appearance on Fresh Air tonight. I would relish an interview with Terry Gross more than a ray gun, even.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=13


CowTown

Posted by: jp1954 | July 8, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

shriek, no time wasted on that, beautiful.
Thank you; I've sent it off to my birds on the brain friends.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 8, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

I guess my next milestone is going to be punching my ticket (again; this time for good - I hope). Like maybe this time next year. Friend wife hit a big zero this year, so soon we'll both be eligible for senior discounts. Right now I've got to deal with the realities, like having my deputy give his three weeks notice to try his hand in DC government. So it's now going to be doing both jobs, and maybe for a good while if they decide to freeze the slot for budget reasons. Good thing I'm going on vacation next week.

Posted by: ebtnut | July 8, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm. The year I turned 50 I got my own place, fell in love, fit into a size 8 for the first time in my adult life, got promoted, saw both kids get degrees from an accredited University... no milestones there!

Posted by: Yoki | July 8, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

I like this Kit. I look forward to the one about the milestone that involves Joel feebly shaking his fist and muttering, "Get off my lawn, you kids!"

"The person you are going to be is very likely the person you already are, for better or worse" - did you have a hand in writing that Baz Luhrmann tune, "Everybody's Free To Wear Sunscreen," from a few years ago?

Posted by: byoolin1 | July 8, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

"Get off my lawn, you kids!"

yes. Although my version is closer to "please don't play on my lawn. The mailbox and lights have all been broken already and . . ."

lesson is play on her lawn and she won't yell but she will bore you to tears.

Posted by: -dbG- | July 8, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

CowTown!!! *where-you-been-hiding Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 8, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Heck, with the grass, it is the gardens you don't want kids playing in.

Posted by: dmd3 | July 8, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

shriek, loved the bird photography! Our green amazon was #8.

Like Yoki, the year I turned 50 had many milestones. I left the city to live in the country, traveled extensively, fell in love and married. The body may not have quite the old stamina but my mind and spirit seem to grow more flexible as the years go by.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 8, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Just seen on the home page:

"12 noms for 'Lost'"

I didn't know they were ICHC fans... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 8, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Noms? Well, it iz lunchtimme.

I can has cheezburger?

Posted by: -dbG- | July 8, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Of course, dbG, as soon as Monorail Cat delivers them... :-)

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

I walked to the bookstore a few blocks away, what a mistake. There is no air at the street level and I started wheezing coming back.

On the other end, my admiration for Robert Ludlum grew again. He is unstoppable. Dead for more than 9 years he just published another hard cover. Not a quitter like this Larsson guy who couldn't even finish a fourth book that was almost done when he died.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | July 8, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Very colorful yet surprisingly printable language on turning 50, Joel. I loved the "Stray uncle" simile.

As for walking The Proust Line... well, I read a little Proust then dropped out, like I do with all conversations about art films. Madelines. Milk duds. Young women in flower. Rosebud. La fugitive. The Fugitive. Sodom et Gomorrah. The Towering Inferno.

But if you must toe the Proust line at least once...

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."
Marcel Proust

And to think he wrote this before corneal transplants (but well after spectacles were invented)....

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."
Marcel Proust

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 8, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, I fit in a size 8 when I was 17. I miss it but am very glad to know it can be done at any age.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 8, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm so happy I got to hear Joel on Fresh Air--it's on here at noon, which happens to be my lunch time, and my stepson emailed me this morning to let me know about it--I'm a regular Fresh Air listener but was grateful for the tip.

Here's the article they discuss on the program:

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2010/07/power-grid/achenbach-text

Posted by: kbertocci | July 8, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Well, gosh, this is why I don't comment more often--the everpresent likelihood of making myself look stupid. I only backboodled two kits back and didn't realize that the link was posted THREE kits back--that's what I get for working all day. I guess you can never have too many links, though. Here it is again.

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2010/07/power-grid/achenbach-text

Posted by: kbertocci | July 8, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

byoolin1,
My neighbor yells at his neighbor's kids for having too much fun in the pool. I warn him that if he moves to a "mature adults community," his neighbor will have hearing problems, so Sinatra will be at 150 decibels.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | July 8, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Joel, in my youth I kept all my limbs very supple by the use of this ointment — one shilling the box — allow me to sell you a couple.

Posted by: Jumper1 | July 8, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Scotty! Sorry for the redundant post.

In yours, a quick glance at ICHC . . . I thought it was about soccer.

I wonder if dogs will someday respond to the word noms the way they respond to the word cookies.

Basement cat wants to know.

Posted by: -dbG- | July 8, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Ceiling Cat only knows, dbG... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 8, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

In my youth, I took to the law,
And argued each case with my wife;
And the muscular strength which it gave to my jaw, Has lasted the rest of my life.

(In my youth, I feared it might injure my brain, but now I'm perfectly certain I have none, why I do it again and again.)

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 8, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

today's popsicle riddle is
What animal unlocked the farm gate?

The Turkey

Posted by: greenwithenvy | July 8, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I like those Proust quotes Wilbrod, do I now qualify as having read Proust? :-)

Posted by: dmd3 | July 8, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Do you think you-know-who knows what a pink elephant is?

"You thought pit bulls were tough," Palin says. "Well, you don't mess with the mama grizzlies. . . . Look out, Washington, because there's a whole stampede of pink elephants crossing the line and the ETA, stampeding through, is November 2, 2010."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/08/AR2010070802397.html?hpid=artslot

Since so many "animals" have shown up here in the last hour, I couldn't resist. 8-D

Posted by: talitha1 | July 8, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Definitely, dmd. Just not as a Proust scholar.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 8, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I love your writing, Joel. Although I acknowledge I can't truly appreciate the subject yet, I like the portal analog. I had a rough couple of years recently, and my big takeaway has been that life is a progression; you can never go back. You can go forward with a smile or cussing and spitting, but you will go forward.

Strikes me that I'm looking at the other end. I'll be 30 before the end of the year and my husband and I are looking for a house so we can start a family. I've started my first concerted effort to reverse the horizontal dimension increase, deadline: looming portal.

Posted by: MoftheMountain | July 8, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

"Well, gosh, this is why I don't comment more often--the everpresent likelihood of making myself look stupid."

You are just fine (and you have a job too!). Get past the fear of posting something that is less than brilliant, if not banal or redundant. These people don't care, because they do care.

If everything you say needs to be quicker and smarter than thou or you'll get a smackdown, you have logged onto every other blog on the www, not this one.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 8, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Bob-S

"GS14" of the DC FF cast a chum of CPdot2

CU there?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | July 8, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

In my part of the world Fresh Air starts in about 15 minutes.

There's a great little place not too far from here that sells great mango drinks. I bought a bucket of it. I've left some on the table, along with plenty of ice, to enjoy whilst listening to the show.

Posted by: MsJS | July 8, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Just FYI, shrink, kbert is one of the original Boodlers. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 8, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Yep, she is charter member of the infamous Selected Audience of 15.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | July 8, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

(Balancing an eel on the end of my nose)
Sprinkling the Yard, Day Two: The Coolness

Posted by: Jumper1 | July 8, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

But even more so, a founding member of the "Self-Castigation Club" (A proud tradition!)

(hi, shrink)

<3 to all (that's actual love, FYI)

Posted by: kbertocci | July 8, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

The Florida ballot this fall will include a coordinated pair of anti-gerrymandering proposals. The Republican legislature added a third proposal to neuter these two; it's just been knocked off the ballot by a state judge for being confusing. Assuming the Florida Supreme Court ends up ruling the same way, we might actually see some political changes. Yea.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables has its annual Mango Festival this weekend. I'm told it's one of their busiest days of the year.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | July 8, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Ah he is one of these people. Get it. But while time flies, peoples' fears don't. I wonder whether it has occurred to Mr. Achenbach, whether its better to kit or boodle. I am glad I don't have that choice.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 8, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

introductions: shrink, meet kbertocci. kbertocci, shrink.

I feel like I'm kinda doing what you said we didn't do here, shrink, but I just wanted to give you a heads up. kb is an old-time boodler (one of the original SAO-15?), so she knows how things work around here, even though she doesn't give us a chance to read her posts much recently. Given y'all's relative boodle seniority, your setting yourself up as boodle guide felt a bit awkward. No way for you to have known, but now you do.

Good to see you, kb!

Posted by: -bia- | July 8, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

This is a whale of a fossil find. Hope Dooley still lurks.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100701/ap_on_sc/eu_whale_fossil

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 8, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I took way too long to get that posted. Sorry to be redundant!

Posted by: -bia- | July 8, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

All Grumpiness Consdiered, here's a link to a free online stream now running Fresh Air. Haven't gotten to Joel's segment(s) yet.

http://wamu.org/listen/

Shrink, many of us have known each other here - and in person - for over 5 years now. I feel comfortable calling kbert a friend (though it's been way too long since I've seen ya, kbertooch).

bc

Posted by: -bc- | July 8, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

"Self-Castigation Club"

Ok, ok, lookit, from this,

"I only backboodled two kits back and didn't realize that the link was posted THREE kits back,"

I knew darn well this person was not from outer space. Can you people take a compliment? Well, can you?

Posted by: shrink2 | July 8, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

complement

Posted by: shrink2 | July 8, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Self-castigation club (acronym: SCC)= giving ourselves 30 lashes with a wet noodle while correcting what we mistyped or misthought.

This has been remarkable in encouraging a clime in which others don't bother to correct others, since many oopsies are so promptly remedied, often before the corrector has a chance to hit "submit."

The cooler "correct yourself, not others" clime also allows editors to hang out here without having to sweat.

Thanks, Kb.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 8, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

"I feel like I'm kinda doing what you said we didn't do here, shrink..."

I know you are inbred and aware of that, which, it appears to me, is the system you use to protect your system. It is really interesting and strong work.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 8, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I believe that the SCC was my invention, membership is open. I still have SCC card #1 somewhere around here.

Hate me all you like, no one can castigate me like me.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | July 8, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

kb!-I liked it better when you didn't have a job and we saw you more often.

They air Fresh Air at 8:00PM here. Looking forward to having the day's chores done and listening without interruption.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | July 8, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

How many times will you ever hear someone say, "I love our person at the post office! She's so incredibly nice and helpful!"? Well... you'll hear it from me today.

We send out one big mailing every year and it is an incredible undertaking, with sorting and bagging and bundling. The woman in the "bulk mail" office at our PO is amazing. I stopped in today to get the bags and the stickers and even the rubber bands and all her wise advice and know-how on how to get the cheapest rate--and not tear my hair out in frustration.

This year I was smart enough to get the labels on and the envelopes sorted by ZIP code before the directories went into them.

The best part about going to PO today? I came home after instead of going back to the office. So now I'm sitting here boodling, with a mason jar full of Sangria, a plate of cheese, crackers and fresh peaches and looking at my 4-day weekend ahead of me (and a "Community" marathon on NBC tonight, to boot!).

Sigh. Hi Boodle!

Posted by: -TBG- | July 8, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Hate me all you like, no one can castigate me like me. -bc-

-bc- don't torment yourself, you are just fine! Get past the fear of posting something that is less than brilliant, if not banal or redundant. These people don't care, because they do care.

If everything you say needs to be quicker and smarter than thou or you'll get a smackdown, you have logged onto every other blog on the www, not this one.

Ok, see ya, I have to get back to work.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 8, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah... the house cleaners came today. This is the first time in a long time I'm the first one home after they left.

Aahhh... the smell of lavender-scented Fabuloso is so fine and relaxing...

http://bit.ly/95ZuCV

Posted by: -TBG- | July 8, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Um. I believe you had compliment right the first time, shrink. ;-) Sorry, the English major will come out in me!

No need to worry about it, kber is a great lady and we wish she had more time for us.

Wish Martooni would check in and let us know that he's doing okay. And I still miss Nani. But I'm glad you joined us, shrink! We do welcome folks who share our admiration for Joel, values, and fun.

(See? I'm into Oxford commas.)

Posted by: slyness | July 8, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Ha ha, shrink and kbert, I often think that after I post. I was, in fact, just thinking it when I refreshed and saw shrink's comment just after mine. Made me chuckle. Point well taken.

Posted by: MoftheMountain | July 8, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I love our person at the post office, too. She calls us when the UPS guy drops a package there instead of driving out the snowy or flooded farm road. She's been known to call post offices in Cali and NYC to find out why packages from us haven't been delivered. Aaaaaaand, she let's the parrot walk on the mailscale and play with her pencils when he takes a ride with mister to pick up the mail. :)

Posted by: talitha1 | July 8, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

"Um. I believe you had compliment right the first time, shrink. ;-) Sorry, the English major will come out in me!"

That was a disaster, I thought I had it write, then I picnicked; I didn't go SCC just to hedge, soon as I saw them both up though, I new I had it wrong. I'll never post again. Never. They're, just know I don't hate yourselves, I hate I.

As I lie dying, I'd just like to point out how happy I am that U don't use text message symbols.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 8, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

ROTFLMAO, shrink!

Thanks for that!

Posted by: slyness | July 8, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Just wait until there's a Boodle app for the iPhone, shrink... *hehehehehehe* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 8, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Faulkner 'lays' in his grave, about to spin, shrink. I lie not.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 8, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Sure we know he was dying, but was he lying?

Posted by: shrink2 | July 8, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Lying while you die is an art, not a science, laying while you die, that is for amateurs.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 8, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Sorry if somebody already mentioned this, I didn't notice: The "Solar Impulse" aircraft completed its overnight flight, stayed up about 26 hours.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/video/2010/07/08/VI2010070802780.html

Posted by: bobsewell | July 8, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh shrink... their just being silly hear.

Posted by: -TBG- | July 8, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the heads-up on that, Bob. I'd been following the progress then got lost in other things as the day progressed. Wish my dad was alive to see that bird.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 8, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I just listened to the Fresh Air interview with our Joel. Very well done, Boss!

BTW, I'm almost done reading "The Big Short" by Michael Lewis. It's an excellent book, and surprisingly entertaining, while also making me c-r-a-z-y! I can only liken it to the day I followed a friend of mine around in her anatomy lab when she was in med school. I sorta got used to seeing people carry someone's head around (and saw more, too, alas), but at the end of the day, it was just more than I wanted to know. Putting whatever money I've got under the mattress somehow feels a whole lot safer and wiser.

Hey Kbert! Missed you.

A friend of mine invited me out to lunch tomorrow at a lovely little French bistro relatively nearby in DC. Very sweet of her, and I'm looking forward to it. *now, where did I put that French phrase book from 50+ years ago?*

As for the World Cup, GO NETHERLANDS!

Just shouting for the heck of it. And, frosti, how *about* our respective baseball teams? I think the Tigers are ahead of the Twins by maybe half a game.

Disappointed that Alex was too injured to dance last night. Hope it isn't serious enough to eliminate him from the show. If so, it would be nice to ask him back for next season. Not that they would be nice, though.

Posted by: -ftb1- | July 8, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

You know, I've read this novel numerous times, including in graduate studies, and never knew W.F. was working in a power plant while he wrote it. Kind of ties into Fresh Air, etc. -----

"As I Lay Dying is a novel by the American author William Faulkner. The novel was written in six weeks while Faulkner was working at a power plant, published in 1930, and described by Faulkner as a "tour de force." It is Faulkner's fifth novel and consistently ranked among the best novels of 20th century literature. The title derives from Book XI of Homer's The Odyssey, wherein Agamemnon speaks to Odysseus: "As I lay dying, the woman with the dog's eyes would not close my eyes as I descended into Hades."

The novel is known for its stream of consciousness writing technique, multiple narrators, and varying chapter lengths; the shortest chapter in the book consists of just five words, "My mother is a fish." "

Posted by: talitha1 | July 8, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Stream of consciousness, like the boodle sometimes. Nyuk, nyuk. There goes my mother in the stream of . . . . . . . .

The heat has taken its toll.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 8, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

The Geekdottir and I are making eggplant parm for supper. It's 100 degrees F.

We are nutz.

But supper will be good.

Only Faulker novel I ever read was Light in August. I didn't care for it.

Posted by: slyness | July 8, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

talitha, glad you picked up on that; one of my favorites. It is funny, you can lay almost anything down in the boodle and somebody will recognize it immediately and give it dimension, if not reality. Faulkner changed me, I really believe that. Collective intelligence, that is what this is. I contributed with my pitcher of a home-made weeder, darn right and I know how to get gophers too.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 8, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Try The Reivers, slyness. Faulkner's last, picaresque and readable, none of his usual literary devices, and it won the Pulitzer.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 8, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

I caught Fresh Air this afternoon. Very nice pace to the interview. I give it two thumbs up.

Been busy today with birffday projects. Loads of fun. That and taking 5 of 5 games of online Scrabble from a dear friend who normally wins about 70% of the time.

I don't SCC myself much. Since I type w/ only three fingers the chance for error is pretty high and I'd flood the boodle w/ all the corrections.

Posted by: MsJS | July 8, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

According to my furnace (air intake temp) 94F, this is in a shaded area that does not get any sun. Yikes. Well over 100 for the humidex.

The first few postings about Fresh Air made me do a double take, kept thinking about Shrieks comment about the air in Ottawa, and thought people were able to get a brief respite some for a few minutes from the heat wave.

Posted by: dmd3 | July 8, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

You write, “Suddenly, life is a blizzard of milestones, each more portentous than the next.” You must mean each is more portentous than the LAST. If each is more portentious than the next, they are getting less portentious as you go along. Perhaps age is unplugging a few synapses. Or maybe this is just another one of those things that people say, like “I could care less” that are the opposite of what they mean. Or like "banks are doing God’s work.”

Posted by: DaveC3 | July 8, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Because there are new boodlers -- and actually new boodlers who like Faulkner (*gag*) -- I guess you either love his works or detest them. I, alas, am in the latter category. I will admit that I have tried over time (say, the past 45-50 years) to read him, but I cannot seem to get through the first sentence (of any of his works) without reaching for the dynamite to blast his *expletive* turgidity! All I can say (and the Boodle has witnessed this before) is that if Faulkner had to be drunk to write it, I have to be drunk to read it ... and *I* don't drink!

So, enjoy if you must, talitha and shrink. Just do it without me.

Posted by: -ftb1- | July 8, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

And, talitha, I tried the Reivers (ohhhhh, how I tried) and found it utterly and completely unreadable. Like I said, ya either love him or hate him. And we know where each other stands on that. Do continue to enjoy, tho.

Posted by: -ftb1- | July 8, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

DaveC3, laughing. Now I'll find out you are Regina Boodle. My thought was, well that seems wrong, but at least he isn't saying, each more pretentious than the last. We do fall apart.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 8, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

ftb, I've been here long enough to know we agree on many other things, and that's enough for me.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 8, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

A splendid quote from Joel's bottom-kill article:

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"While it's nice to be slightly ahead of schedule, I'm sticking to the middle of August because we don't know the condition of the wellbore until we penetrate her," Allen said Wednesday.
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Really? Penetrate who?

Posted by: ScienceTim | July 8, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

whom

Right? Am I catching on?

Posted by: shrink2 | July 8, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Pray the well is Gay
and will succumb to Dix in
200 meters

Posted by: DNA_Girl | July 8, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Ha!

Posted by: seasea1 | July 8, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

*snort* x 10

Posted by: talitha1 | July 8, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

You bet, talitha. And it's the differences that bring color to the sky.

Posted by: -ftb1- | July 8, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

"The horse snorts, then Jewel sees him, glinting for a gaudy instant among the blue shadows."

Posted by: shrink2 | July 8, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Another Faulkner fan here. I'm about halfway through Doctrow's Homer & Langley right now and really enjoying it.

I read once that Philadelphia has more people living within 2 miles of the neighborhood they grew up than any other US city. I believe it.

Today at lunch I drove by one of mudge's old workplaces, you know the one on 611? It's about 4 miles away from the Y where my aunt took me and my sister for swimming lessons. I still think we need to go through all my cousins' names. I'm sure at least one went to school with him.

Anyway, yesterday and today were kind of old-home drive home days. Took the back way home from work, running parallel to the back roads I drove home from college. So much beautiful green! Through Pennypack, Bryn Athyn, past Huntington Valley (built largely by my father and grandfather), past the block my father developed where all his family had houses, now all apartment houses and a building where my allergist practices. Stopped by a worker as they repaved a road I remember them initially paving as I waited for the schoolbus the first week of first grade. To the library where I hung out in high school (hence the Doctorow) after working in a restaurant in the same mall, then home to a development adjacent to the former site of my great-grandparents' farm. It all feels good. I live within a few miles of people I've been friends with for over 40 years (they just never left).

Hey, kbert.

TBG, you just keep rubbing those extra days in our faces! I'll . . . I'll . . . I'll think of something. Please send my regards to Athena and Aphrodite. Hey to Zeus.

I may not be around much tonight, another upgrade starts at 4PM tomorrow, it'd be good to get some rest. Off to water the garden. Have a good time, all!

Posted by: -dbG- | July 8, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Another Faulkner fan here. I'm about halfway through Doctrow's Homer & Langley right now and really enjoying it.

I read once that Philadelphia has more people living within 2 miles of the neighborhood they grew up than any other US city. I believe it.

Today at lunch I drove by one of mudge's old workplaces, you know the one on 611? It's about 4 miles away from the Y where my aunt took me and my sister for swimming lessons. I still think we need to go through all my cousins' names. I'm sure at least one went to school with him.

Anyway, yesterday and today were kind of old-home drive home days. Took the back way home from work, running parallel to the back roads I drove home from college. So much beautiful green! Through Pennypack, Bryn Athyn, past Huntington Valley (built largely by my father and grandfather), past the block my father developed where all his family had houses, now all apartment houses and a building where my allergist practices. Stopped by a worker as they repaved a road I remember them initially paving as I waited for the schoolbus the first week of first grade. To the library where I hung out in high school (hence the Doctorow) after working in a restaurant in the same mall, then home to a development adjacent to the former site of my great-grandparents' farm. It all feels good. I live within a few miles of people I've been friends with for over 40 years (they just never left).

Hey, kbert.

TBG, you just keep rubbing those extra days in our faces! I'll . . . I'll . . . I'll think of something. Please send my regards to Athena and Aphrodite. Hey to Zeus.

I may not be around much tonight, another upgrade starts at 4PM tomorrow, it'd be good to get some rest. Off to water the garden. Have a good time, all!

Posted by: -dbG- | July 8, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Once. I posted that once! I'm not SCC'ing to it.

Posted by: -dbG- | July 8, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Good that works for me. Everyone here is smart enough to see and no their mistakes.

I think Faulkner carried a lot of water. He explained, or better, maybe, explicated, the gory details, the otherwise entirely estranged burden of southern history to the Yankeeklatura using the newly modern method they accepted.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 8, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

I love the way Faulkner thought about things. I tend to like reading interviews with him than his actual work. Probably because my first exposure to him was "The Sound and the Fury", chapter 1.

Those who have read it will probably understand. Those who haven't, read something else of his before this one.

Off to plan more birffday stuff. Stay cool!

Posted by: MsJS | July 8, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Love this idea. Strangers offer honesty without snark.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/08/fashion/08CROWD.html?ref=fashion

Posted by: -dbG- | July 8, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Well, shoot! I missed a rare golden appearance by kbert.

An absolutely beautiful day here, the Stampede Grounds opened at 5:00 pm (I'm staying away) and the parade is tomorrow morning. 10 days of madness will ensue. I'm glad I have a bolt-hole.

However, as I was pleased to report to a good friend, this year the midway has a guy who makes perogies on a stick. I'm *so* there.

Posted by: Yoki | July 8, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

I love that idea, too, dbG. Great story, but even the NYTimes needs copyeditors, I guess. What does this mean?

"Ms. Adika took their advice and found a second dress at Modern Trousseau, a boutique in Manhattan in the same building where she and her husband run a fashion showroom...

"It was perfect, she thought. In fact, she didn’t need a second opinion, and plans to walk the aisle in it."

Walk the aisle? She already has a husband, doesn't she?

Posted by: -TBG- | July 8, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Date Lab success!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/14/AR2009121402557.html

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

Fair and festival pierogies are the best! Serious frenvy Yoki.

ftb-baseball is an embarrassment of riches for me this year, with both the Twins and the Rays doing well. It's agony when they play each other. Had the same reaction to The Big Short. It would be a fun summer read if it were fiction.

Still looking forward to JA's interview. My favorite interviewer with one of my favorite interviewees. (I should probably get a life.)

Wildlife report-turtles starting to emerge from the river to lay eggs. The skunks will be around in a few nights to dig them up for dinner. Saw my third otter crossing a road last night. This never happens, or very rarely. Otters stick very close to water and in summer I usually hear them more than see them. They take over old muskrat dens and do most of their hunting and fishing near the shore in the tall grasses and wild rice. Sometimes I think I must have been within inches before the kersplash.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | July 8, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

The only conclusion I can draw is she runs the fashion showroom with her s2bx-husband and the dress is for #2.

:)

Posted by: -dbG- | July 8, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

You beat me to it, TBG.

Cool idea and in my younger days I would have gone tit-for-tat with users. Now I'd just enjoy indulging my inner fashion police and gently critique others. (I was always told when I sold my work and others in my little gallery that I was honest in fit and style suggestions, rather than just trying to make the sale. It made for better business in the long run.)

Posted by: talitha1 | July 8, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

TBG - Maybe they meant "walk the streets". In these trying economic times, everybody can use a little extra cash, especially small business owners.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 8, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

I just got the call that my sister's father in law died this afternoon. It was not unexpected (besides the fact that he was in his late 80s), but still very sad.

My sister and her husband celebrated their 36th anniversary yesterday, so this man has been part of our family for a long time.

He lost his wife more than 21 years ago (my BIL's mom) and found happiness and a second marriage with his longtime neighbor from across the street; she had lost her husband around the same time. An inspiration for us all that love crops up in all sorts of places.

He will be missed.

Posted by: -TBG- | July 8, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

I just assumed that the story was told retrospectively, so that she and her now-husband ran the store together before the wedding, and the dress she was shopping for in the past is in the same complex.

Posted by: Yoki | July 8, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

But Yoki.. I thought that, too, until I read that "she plans to walk the aisle in it."

Posted by: -TBG- | July 8, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Milestones. I got a 20-year college reunion due in a year. I'll be wedded 5 years this fall. They are neverending, these things.

Scotty, I got a bout of plantar fasciitis a few years back after playing lots of soccer on turf. Very annoying. The silver lining was it allowed my teammates to holler: if you don't get moving, we're gonna plant our fasciitis right in your behind!

It usually worked.

Posted by: baldinho1 | July 8, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

I mean.. I can follow the story, but that's a perfect example of what a copy editor does... gets rid of that ambiguity.

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

Ah, you are quite right TBG! And that's why you're an editor and I no longer am. Minuscule attention spans R me.

Posted by: Yoki | July 8, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Do we have milestones? Well, my answer is pretty simple: Yes, we can and yes, we do, because we must.

Posted by: baldinho1 | July 8, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

My sympathies to your family, TBG. And that's a lovely story about the two second marriages.

kbertocci! Great to see you here again.

The first Faulkner novel I read was "Light in August" when I was in high school. In fact, the only Faulkner I read was because of class, either high school or college, and I found him a tough read. My brother read his "The Hamlet/Town/Wide Spot in the Road" trilogy and loved it. Said he laughed out loud many times. Maybe they're better without the deadlines and dictates of classes hanging over you.

Posted by: -pj- | July 8, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Backyard berries update. The sunny weather has accelerated an early growing season. I just polished off a handful of blueberries the wife picked tonight that were about the size of lima beans. The wife just finished a bowl of ice cream topped with black raspberries we picked last week. Another wave of those are ready now. Our grapes are about pea-size and growing noticeably by the day.

All in all, we are pretty pleased.

Posted by: baldinho1 | July 8, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Shrink, that's interesting how much of an impact Faulkner had on you. He was really into family pasts.

I have read "As I lay dying" ahd I found it... readable. I tried a book of his story stories and gave up after the first sentence of "the Bear" which, I believe, shoehorned an entire genealogy as the character stood there, actionless. Those long sentences just make me feel constipated, and I think he could have benefitted from a good editor.

I was relieved to see "I Lay Dying" did not have the usual troublesome mechanics lazing around, remembering back to the days of yore when that southern senator spoke for three hours in 100 degree heat in Memphis, even after he had a heart attack midsentence from heat exhaustion, and kept speaking anyway thanks to a secret alchemical potion he had bought off a street gypsy once in passing in Rome, where Rose had also gone on her honeymoon to Launce and conceived Missy who then, after a brief fling with a French-Canadian lumberjack down the river to New Orleans, gave birth to Carl, who was then adopted out to a wealthy southern family, the same strangely long-lived descendants of that postmortem senator and who now was deeply troubled by the mechanics still lazing in the road in front of his car in the same spot where our story finally begins, with a few coughs and lots of smoke, rather like the decaying Studenbaker Carl was driving out of town, sensing the siren call of the maple syrup in his veins luring him from the wistera-draped porches of Faulkerville to perhaps, destiny.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 8, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Laughing!

Posted by: shrink2 | July 8, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

My condolences TBG. I know how it is when someone very elderly dies. There is still an absence to be felt and mourned.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | July 8, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

TBG, my condolences to your family. My own sister's inlaws are/were very close to all of our family and I understand how this loss touches so many. Her MIL was a dear and I miss her a lot; her FIL is in his last days right now. So sad.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 8, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

TBG, well-loved is well-loved, no matter the age or kinship. My condolences to your extended family.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 8, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

*drawling snorts* at Wilbrod!

Would you believe I won a thousand-dollar prize for an essay I wrote on The Bear? Yep, freshman year in college, which may explain more about me than I care to explore.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 8, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Condolences to you and your family TBG. The only parents we have left, are my sister in laws, they were are neighbours when I was growing up, kids all the same age (4 in each family), parents great friends. It will be a big loss when they are gone.

Hugs.

Posted by: dmd3 | July 8, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, all. boodle hugs are so nice.

So... dmd... your sister married the boy next door? Cool.

Posted by: -TBG- | July 8, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, you see what I mean? The burden?
It is not easy.

Frosty, have you read Paddle to the Sea?
Your post reminded me of my favorite, read to me, growing up in Minnesota.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 8, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Talitha, more power to you. I assume you didn't write it all as one sentence, though.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 8, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

"TBG, well-loved is well-loved"

speaking truth to death

Posted by: shrink2 | July 8, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

No.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 8, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Shrink I just posted the NFB link to the "Paddle to the Sea" movie, it was a movie that was shown in grade school and I so loved it. Don't know if we read the book, the movie is what I remember.

Posted by: dmd3 | July 8, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

And yes, my brother married the girl 4 houses down, I do not recall a time when my SIL was not part of my life, her sisters and I were great friends when we were young and still enjoy seeing each other at family gatherings, our brothers were also very good friends.

Posted by: dmd3 | July 8, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

This will be of interest to nobody but me (and maybe dmd) but I am *thrilled* that David Johnston is going to be our next GG. Sadly he is not as hot as MJ or AC, but we can't have everything.

Posted by: Yoki | July 8, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Tbg, thanks for adopting us too.

Your family is in my thoughts, as always.

Posted by: -dbG- | July 8, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

JA, boy do you have that job done thing all wrong. Ahead is still college boys, tuition, college men, internship advice, childhood friends who are now men, spending money, graduate students (men), career advice, colleagues, colleagues who are men...

Next, there's a whole lot more to the job of father of the bride than just paying for the wedding. Referee, fashion consultant, seating arrangement specialist, chauffer, the list goes on and on.

And then there's the grandkids. You'll be thrilled at what that job entails. There's dance recitals and soccer games yet no parent-teacher conferences or orthodontist appointments. You get to be a guest at birthday parties, not host. There's cake for breakfast, soda anytime.

Your job's not done, you've gotten a promotion!

About your 25th...how'd you do that? She's way out of your league ;) Congrats.

Posted by: LostInThought | July 8, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, and *smack* stop making excuses.
Everyone knows you can never live that day again and you can feel sorry for yourself whether you are 5 or 50. Lose the gut!
I have got a little kid here mortified about a week old plantar wart the size of a quarter. Stop whining and get with the program Joel.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 8, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Uh oh! Shrink2 just outed himself. He's Dr. Phil. :)

Posted by: -dbG- | July 8, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

TBG-keeping a good thought.

Shrink-Grandma Frostbitten read Paddle to the Sea to us. On her kitchen windowsill she had a little carved figure we always imagined to be the one from the book. He stood beside a figurine we knew was a twin for the china shepherdess from the Little House books.

dmd-that movie is charming. But I've been wondering how Canadians get any work done once they discover the NFB site.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | July 8, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Out of curiousity I googled Paddle to the Sea and found this site where you can read the entire book and also (by scrolling down and clicking the movie image twice to enlarge) watch the movie. I loved it, even though the quality wasn't great.

http://nighttrainfilms.net/NTFWEB/NTFPages/PaddleToTheSea/index.htm

Many thanks to shrink and dmd for adding something wonderful to my day.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 8, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

I love watching the little canoe speed down the hill of snow!

I never venture to the NFB site unless I have time to kill, we watched so many of their films in school it is like a trip down memory lane. And then there is all the new stuff.

Posted by: dmd3 | July 8, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

talitha, here is the official website, NFB (National Filmboard of Canada)

Frosti avert your eyes,

Full film is here,

http://www.nfb.ca/film/paddle_to_the_sea/

Posted by: dmd3 | July 8, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I didn't see dmd's site posting (still don't) so I found my own. Wish I'd known of that story when sonchild was small. I always loved Hiawatha, which my mother read to us on camping trips.

By the shores of Gitchie Gumee
By the Shining Big-Sea-Water . . . . .

That's all I can remember without googling.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 8, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, dmd. Yeah, the canoe on the snow did it for me, too. I was hooked from there on out. Not to mention having woodcarvers in my family. Heartstring City.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 8, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Can't watch on the .ca site. :-(

Posted by: -TBG- | July 8, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

I understand, my father took up chip carving late in life, he was pretty good for someone who stated around 70 and was self taught. I have several of the pieces he made.

Posted by: dmd3 | July 8, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse


Talitha,

Do you know the M.B. or Brooke Goffstein books? Be sure to see

My Prairie Home

for the carved figures.

http://mbgoffstein.com/Bibliography.htm

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | July 8, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

That's because it is our tax-dollars that fund it, TBG! Hee hee.

Posted by: Yoki | July 8, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, CqP. Amazon gonna be berry, berry happy tomorrow! 8-O

Posted by: talitha1 | July 8, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Talitha and DMD,

Scroll down to see the last two books: wee droll darling carved peeples.

http://mbgoffstein.com/OpenBooks.htm

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | July 8, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes work just sucks.......

How about Miami, now with Wade,Bosh and James, every team in the Eastern conference just cringed.

Did I say work sucks sometimes.....

Posted by: greenwithenvy | July 8, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

There is an App for that, don't actually know if this will work outside Canada, but there really is an Iphone/IPad App.

Frosti, how do you view the films?


http://www.nfb.ca/free-downloads/nfb-iphone-app/

Posted by: dmd3 | July 8, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

An example of sister/bil's work in wood.
(only way I know how to show you theirs and I don't have any pics of daddy's)

http://www.hawkrimstudios.com/galleries.html

Posted by: talitha1 | July 8, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

...just done with dinner...

oh pulling deep
I knew I was not the only one.
I have never talked to anyone who knew that story as a child. It is still big medicine for me.

Crying a little, laughing too here at -dbG- I always hope someone gets that its a joke, its a joke, whether or not it is funny.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 8, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

SCC weather

Posted by: shrink2 | July 8, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Wow talitha, beautiful work, my father would have loved the wood turned items - not what he did but he admired them.

Posted by: dmd3 | July 8, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Thanks all for a lovely evening. I'm off to watch Stewart/Colbert and to sleep in hope of being productive in the cooler morning hours. Sleep well.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 8, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

dmd-your nfb links always work for me, so I just open another tab and watch 'em on whatever computer I happen to be using.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | July 8, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Well we did bestow honourary Canadian citizenship to you didn't we Frosti.

Posted by: dmd3 | July 8, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Toodles boodle and sweet dreams. Not sure I'll make it all the way through Colbert but I'm going to try.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | July 8, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

dmd! The iPhone app works GREAT! I'll also try the iPad app when I can pry that device from Daughter's hands. Can't wait to watch some other films, too.

Funny that anyone can watch on the mobile devices, but the website is blocked. Thank you again, Steve Jobs.

Posted by: -TBG- | July 8, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

NFB site works fine for me, too.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 8, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

dmd-and I am most proud of it.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | July 8, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Night all.

Posted by: dmd3 | July 8, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Was hoping you'd get that was too.

Really, you ever think I'm harrassing you, ask. Almost certainly I'm being insufficiently ironic.

Someone please go see Despicable Me for me tomorrow. The nextfew work weeks are really bad. Installations can be tough enough. Listening to someone with insufficient technical expertise repeatedly saying, "this is so exciting" makes it worse.

Maybe I'll harrass her. Am I misspelling harrass?

Posted by: -dbG- | July 8, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

And to whomever goes, there's an app which will translate the mini henchmans' speech as they talk in the movie. How cool is that?

Posted by: -dbG- | July 8, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

The NFB Canadian site works for me too. I've always said Seattle is practically IN Canada.

Having a mini heatwave here. It's welcome, but does take some adjusting to. I think I do better with cool and rainy - or sunny and 80, not 90.

Posted by: seasea1 | July 8, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Good night to you all and that was fun.

Right now, given the kit, if I had to choose between Paddle to the Sea and anything Faulkner, on a dessert island, I'd choose Paddle to the Sea. Guess I am getting old.

Faulkner carried important history (I can't bare to say narrative) into modern consciousness, our conscience. But Paddle to the Sea turned into a template, lovelyly and dangerously for a little product of Minnesota.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 8, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

TBG sorry to hear about your loss, best to you and your family.

Father of the Bride has it's perks, too.
With three daughters, you may have special dispensation to buy a tuxedo for any trips down the isle.

Just get different colored cummerbunds (and *maybe* ties) for each walk, and you're good to go, though there are considerations such as time of day...

You're more than just a Ken doll with grey temples and checkbook/wallet accesories.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | July 8, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Back for a moment just to say that the NFB Canadian site works for me, too. In fact I abandoned Jon and Stephen and jumped right in. Sleep . . . sleep.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 8, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Dessert island, shrink. Do you get there on the Good Ship Lollipop and discover the Big Rock Candy Mountain?

Posted by: talitha1 | July 8, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Yes, you want something light and timeless for a dessert island. Preferably with whipped cream.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 8, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Yes, that is the plan, after my work here is capitulated.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 8, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

*wink*

Posted by: talitha1 | July 8, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse


Foods high in cholesterol are best avoided but the one thing that raises cholesterol more than anything else are foods that have high levels of saturated fats. Say NO to fatty meats and most takeaway foods. There are plenty of healthy recipes to have your favorite foods prepared with healthy ingredients. Even frying with sunflower or canola oil can actually reduce your cholesterol because they contain plant sterols - know to reduce LDL Cholesterol http://bit.ly/d454ZR

Posted by: henryjose09 | July 9, 2010 1:42 AM | Report abuse

Hi Mudge, I could just imagine what you would have written on the top of this kit.

I have hit another milestone. I have extra skin all over, especially my neck. I could feel my body going a step down after every July 1 from the time I was 30 yrs old.

Posted by: rainforest1 | July 9, 2010 2:08 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all. Slyness, I really wonder about mudge and Casandra and martooni and hope that they are reading the kit and know they they are missed.

Hey, K-Bert!

Not a waste of time to view shrieking_denison's fabulous bird link. A fringe benefit is a link to Bird's Custard. I haven't been able to find it lately in local stores and to my mind, a trifle is not a trifle without Birds....doesn't taste right.

Faulkner and I have tried to get together,but the movie "The Reivers" was the most enjoyable time I have spent with him. I do love T. Williams and some of the other southern authors. Beach Music was contemporary Pat Conroy's work that I enjoyed enough to read more than once.

Thanks for the congrats, you all and please be advised that Scotty's birthday is the same day, different year, that we got married.

Cheese grits with butter in the ready room
this morning with juice and coffee and tea. Later on, some frozen solid Edy's fruitbars, popsicles, (I made the Costco run).

Posted by: VintageLady | July 9, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

Why oh why do I ever read the kraut? Well, today it was because a good picture of Obama was printed with the opinion. I must be shallow b/c I do not think, as The Hammer does, that our prez is too modest about our Country and to immodest about himself.

Just plain sourkraut.

Posted by: VintageLady | July 9, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

Vintage, Kraut and others have devolved to ex-spouse levels. You know, the ones at the party that spend the whole time talking about how bad their ex- was and how much the ex- has destroyed their lives?

Nobody likes those people, and nobody wants to listen to them.

Posted by: baldinho1 | July 9, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Vintage, we are so much with you on the Edy's frozen fruit bars. We have a box of grape and a box of lemonade in the freezer right now. Almost Heaven. Our 3-yr old asks for them at breakfast.

Posted by: baldinho1 | July 9, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Good Morning Everyone!


I loved being reminded of "Paddle to the Sea." I recall seeing that movie, tow-headed little boy and all, when I was in elementary school. (Probably about the same time dmd was!)

I think it was part of the mandatory film curriculum. You know, along with "The Red Balloon," "Our Mr. Sun," and that trauma-classic "The Boy Who Liked Deer."

Posted by: RD_Padouk | July 9, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Wow, we haven't had a spambot in a long time... JA, would you consider the Zapper for the 1:42?

Short work weeks are good things. Now if the weather will just cooperate so that I can get all the chores done this weekend.

Faulkner? Not on the bookshelf and no plans to add him. *shrug*

Hmmmmmm... An hour special? To reveal what seemed obvious as soon as Wade, Bosh and that other guy held their "summit" weeks ago? Now we get to see what this hypergolic mixture produces on the court. I predict expectations will exceed results, perhaps by an order of magnitude.

*wishing-all-a-wonderful-TFSMIF Grover waves*

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 9, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Morning all, happy Friday! Hey Cassandra, I hope you're feeling well and comfortable today. Any rain in your neck of the woods? When I first looked at radar, there were showers southeast of us.

Nothing to say about Faulker. You folks know me, I'm the Jane Austen addict. 20th century lit never did much for me, other than To Kill a Mockingbird.

Speaking of birds, I scared off the finches when I was watering a little while ago. They love the coneflower seeds, so I leave the heads on as the flowers fade for them. They'll be back.

TBG, you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Regardless of age, it's always hard to let them go.

I got up and walked with Mr. T at 0-dark 6 ayem this morning. That must mean that I'm pretty much back to normal. This is a good thing.

Shrink, I'm glad you figured dbG out. She can be delightfully funny/punny when you least expect it.

Posted by: slyness | July 9, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. I just spent an hour and a half putting a modicum of order in the mess that is the garden. Even with the relative coolness of the morning, 27C is the new cool, I'm soaking wet. I'm not a tropic person, obviously.
The cucumber mound is a solid mass of green, the squash vines are everywhere, the filet beans have grown so fast they collapsed on themselves and the zucchinis have seemingly exploded new leaves evey minutes. Even the tomatoes have played me a trick. I was led to believe Ponderosa was a semi-determinate plant. It's not. It's an indeterminate, and vigorous at that. I've rarely seen so much side-branching.
It reminds me of a strange little tomato I've grown long ago (red peach, small peach ?). The fuzzy and soft little guys were growing on super vigorous very long vines, one went up upward of 12 feet. Keeping them pruned was a full time job. Maybe I'll do one next year, on a location accessible on all sides.
This was your vacuous gardening commnt of the day.
Off to shower then to the eye doctor. It's time again for the drops that make you look like you just had fried magic mushrooms with a magic mushroom omelette.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | July 9, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Goodby Anna.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/09/AR2010070901263.html?hpid=topnews

Alas, our paths shall never now cross.

Which, actually, is probably for the best.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | July 9, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

VL, you have excellent taste in wedding days. *L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 9, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

RD... yes... a good idea that your paths never cross (with Anna). I'd hate to see you leaving on a jet plane like that, too.

I don't know why I couldn't view the NFB movie last night because it works now (and it worked last night when I checked again before I hit the hat). It told me, "Not Available" and I just assumed.... oh well. Live and learn.

I do enjoy watching on the iPhone, though. The quality is great and the sound terrific. I can see the site keeping me entertained in waiting rooms, etc.

I forget if I wished Rainforest a HAPPY BIRTHDAY last week, but if I didn't, then considered yourself wished, Rainforest!

And why hasn't Rickoshea been posting lately? I miss her gems, too. You out there, Rick?

Resting here before my Busy Day. I'm going to help myself to one of those frozen fruit bars if you don't mind. Dessert island and all that.

Posted by: -TBG- | July 9, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Warm muffins, fruit bowl, coffee and OJ on the table.

The humidity is way down in TWC today, thankfully. I hope to be out and about enjoying it for much of the day.

The word floating through my mind this morning is 'magnificent.'

Pretty nice word to be rattling around in the cranium, doncha think?

*off to find more magnificent coffee*

Posted by: MsJS | July 9, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Shriek heavy rains on the way to you, we are over an 1" now with little sign of stopping, cooler yes, but oh my humid - a refreshing rain it isn't.

Morning all.

Posted by: dmd3 | July 9, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

*turning on the magnificent BoodleSignal for Rickoshea, Raysmom, 'toon and all the other MIA Boodlers* :-)

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

For weather nerds, this is a great link for a snapshot of how rainy/dry the whole country is.

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/rt

Posted by: baldinho1 | July 9, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Have we ever done desert island discs here?

A segment on the July 7 episode of "The World" from PRI made me think of it. The Bamboos, an Australian band, feature a guest singer on their fourth album (cleverly titled 4) who was imprisoned for a long time with only one vinyl album.
The full story here-http://www.theworld.org/2010/07/07/bamboos-from-down-under/
(can't find a transcript)

But, if you don't have time for the full story enjoy the video of the song that hooked me
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEKZafHKMzs

Posted by: frostbitten1 | July 9, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

More Gulf updates from JA & Co. --

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/08/AR2010070801685.html

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 9, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Morning all. Posted by: dmd3

unrefreshing rain...reminds of the evening monsoon in SE Asia, everybody looks like drowned rats, standing there, 1000 yard stare, waiting for a city bus, drenched, making no effort for shelter, what would be the point?, too much work anyway. But then, after the downpour, sometimes the heat would break, for an hour or so right at dusk. Maybe a zephyr to push the smog around, before the steamy night.

Oh and for all the ruckus and the crush of the millstones, recollection, rheumination and self-abnegation of yesterday, I have something I forgot to say, I don't believe MsJS only uses three fingers to type. Nu'uh, no way hosey.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 9, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

SCC: hoser

Posted by: shrink2 | July 9, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for link to BP spill story, Scotty.
I think it might be easier to clean the Gulf of Mexico than the Interior Department. That would take Hercules.

I learned today about "semi-determinate" tomatoes. (Thanks, shriek.) I realized weeks ago the Mr. Stripeys are indeterminate. Hmmph. But they are finally starting to bear, and some outliers will soon be ripening. So we will soon see.

The Monstrous Giant Squashes of Doom are displayed here:
http://jumpersbloghouse.blogspot.com/2010/07/giant-squash.html

Posted by: Jumper1 | July 9, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Hey... anyone in the Charlotte area (or any area within driving distance of Charlotte and/or DC) want a sweet, adorable little kitten?

Son of G rescued one from the median of South Blvd and now is trying to find her a home. (Since she was found near a Taco Bell, she is named Nacho, as in "she's Nacho Kitty.")

Let me know if you're interested.

http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l58z3joaB71qzevbbo1_500.jpg

Posted by: -TBG- | July 9, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

I hope you reminded SoG of that old Chinese proverb, TBG...

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 9, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Just got that myself earlier this summer, Jumper. Handy to know I'd you're canning tomatoes or pickles.

When I lived in Ohio, I made a lot of jam, iirc at least 24 or so dozen pints a year. Gifts for elderly relatives, thanks for a dinner invitation, nothing like looking at a table of cooling glass jars with fresh-picked fruit and being able to see what you actually did all day. I believe the most-requested were my dinner jams--black raspberry/Cointreau or red raspberry/gin. I was thinking of trying pickles this summer. How difficult can it be?

Tbg, if Athena would be interested, I'd be happy to teach.

Slyness, thank you. High praise from the woman of the week!

Posted by: -dbG- | July 9, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

We've been making these all spring and summer. Be careful, a little flavor goes a long way...

http://www.instructables.com/id/Refrigerator-Pickles---Quick-n--Easy/

Posted by: -TBG- | July 9, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Does Nacho Kitty
full of sweet also have wee
sharp claws included?

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 9, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

*having a NachoMama flashback* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 9, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Very dark here and there is plenty of rumbling from the Gods playing bowling in the sky. The Very Large Puppy has taken refuge in the basement, for fear the sky might fall on his head. The sky might be the thing that would break though, the small lump of stupid encased in this thick post-tensioned concrete shell makes a formidable adversary.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | July 9, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

For VLP
http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2654

Posted by: DNA_Girl | July 9, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

For more intrepid picklers;
http://thepauperedchef.com/2010/07/you-could-pickle-anything-in-this-and-it-would-taste-marvelous.html

To many cat-eating coyotes around here to have one, unfortunately.

Posted by: Jumper1 | July 9, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

shrink, you're right. I also use a thumb. Right hand doesn't work. Left at about 30%. But I manage. Just takes longer.

Jumper, our local allotment garden is full of monster squashes. Thx for sharing your photos.

Mr. Stripeys aren't indeterminate. They're Mr. Stripeys. If they were indeterminate, they'd be Mr/Ms WhatsIt tomatoes.

Posted by: MsJS | July 9, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

After 50 rumination turns to rheumination.

A keeper.

Posted by: Jumper1 | July 9, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

"shrink, you're right. I also use a thumb. Right hand doesn't work. Left at about 30%. But I manage. Just takes longer."

Oh great, another day chewing on my foot. But enough about my faux pas, I suppose you are even more annoyed than I every year when some tech article/press release talks up voice recognition software, its just about to really work, this time, really.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 9, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

That was funny DNA Girl. Now we have a straight tropical shower. "Il tombe des clous ", its raining nails. The French have a much longer history. They say "It's raining halberds". I don't think anyone used halberds in North America. The Spanish, maybe?

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | July 9, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

When you go to the opera, set your phone to the lebron james ringtone.

Posted by: teddymzuri | July 9, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

teddy ---> psychopath


"woman of the week"

fer reelz? [Before the middle ages, I had foster kids. One-teen grrl always used to say, "fer reelz?!" with that valley girl pitch rise at the end, no matter the topic. Kinda like VLP there with the neural brambles, not exactly what Darwin was referring to, the tangled bank, the last paragraph of the Origin of the Species, but close.] Where was I, oh, do you have a woman of the week? A selection committee too? Perhaps a sub-committee of the boodle steering committee?

Posted by: shrink2 | July 9, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

The Spanish might have used halberds. They deployed galleys in the Caribbean, after all. Complete with galley slaves.

I suspect that accurate movie depictions of historic naval battles anywhere from the Byzantine era (galleys, Greek fire) to Lepanto (galleys, cannon) to Trafalgar would be too disturbing for present-day audiences.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | July 9, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Do you dispute that slyness is woman of the week, shrink2?

Posted by: Yoki | July 9, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Heck no, I want to annoy her with even more gushing. As I said before when she demurred, there is a huge, vast, jumbo, colloidal, enormous and otherwise superlative difference between being well intentioned and doing the right thing.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 9, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure it would annoy her. Slyness is so genuine and ardent in her friendship toward others, it is only fair she allow us to feel the same way about her.

And let me tell you, when you receive a hug from slyness, you feel well and truly hugged. The good effects from the last one I received have not even begun to wear off, three months later.

Posted by: Yoki | July 9, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

You are all too kind.

I'm pretty much back to normal today, got up and walked with Mr. T and have done my normal Friday things.

Wish I could harbor a kitten, TBG, but Mr. T would not be amused. So I will pass.

Posted by: slyness | July 9, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

today's popsicle riddle is

What do you do when you fish sings flat?

Tune-a-fish

Posted by: greenwithenvy | July 9, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

sorry.....your fish

Posted by: greenwithenvy | July 9, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

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

Hello, friends. Just wanted to drop by and say howdy. JA, I'm so glad I got to read this kit. It is just beautiful! And so so much of it so very true. Child rearing is the hardest job in the world, but, oh, it is the best. It's a lot of giving, taking, but most of all, loving. That's why we choke, JA. You did good, my friend.

I'm still hanging at the Center. Body screams sometimes when I move, yet it moves. I do hope everyone is doing well, and families ok. Love to all.

Slyness, hope you are well, dear friend.

Posted by: cmyth4u | July 9, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

gwe, thanks for the popsicle stick joke du jour. It's fun.

shrink, you're new. I don't parade around the boodle with a "physically impaired" sign, so how were you to know? I occasionally make references to life as a wheelie, but may well not have since you found our magnificent corner of the web.

Yes, word-rec software does continuously improve and one day, after I trade in my hamsters on treadwheels for a real computer, I may take the plunge. For now, I consider typing to be part of my daily PT/OT exercise regimen. Might as well do exercises I actually enjoy, right?

slyness is woman of the week? YAY!

teddy, I usually set my ringtone to "Momma, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys" at the opera, but LBJ would definitely work too. And "Una Voce Poco Fa" works v. well at nearly any rock, rap, or C&W event.

Posted by: MsJS | July 9, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Also at NASCAR.

Hi, Cassandra!

Posted by: MsJS | July 9, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Cassandra!!!

Why wouldn't we have a selection committee? We have everything else.

I'm not sure we could embarrass Slyness. Right now I'm thinking of the last time I saw her, nope, impossible to do. TBG started singing "New York, New York" in the subway--what was it, by the Pentagon? Me, TBG, Cassandra and Slyness. It got us seats when everyone else moved away but slyness was unfazed.

Ack. Home now, heading back to work in 20 minutes. Just enough time to check out the garden and get a Beanie Baby chicken from the garage to put on the racked servers. I'll take all the help I can get.

Posted by: -dbG- | July 9, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

after I trade in my hamsters on treadwheels for a real computer

Well, if (a) you don't have a computer that can run modern software and (b), you want one, I'll give you one.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 9, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Oh, rhubarb pickles is what I was thinking of.

Maybe this weekend. I need to relax after tonight and before next weekend's round.

Posted by: -dbG- | July 9, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

SCC: are

Posted by: -dbG- | July 9, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

You want to know something appalling? Himself mentioned only three days ago (that's right, 72 hours ago) that he has two monster rhubarb plants that are still producing lovely new tender stalks! More rhubarb than I could shake a stick at, while for the past two months I've been lucky to scrounge two or three stalks at outrageous prices in the supermarket.

He'll do better in future.

Posted by: Yoki | July 9, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

You let him LIVE, Yoki? Yer slipping... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 9, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Oh so kind, shrink. I shall ponder your generosity.

Rhubarb pickles? Never had one. Sounds intriguing.

As we head towards the MLB All-Star break, I see the White Sox are only 0.5 games out of 1st place in the AL Central behind the Tigers. Woo-hoo! Seeing as my Cubbies are a painful 10.5 games behind in the NL Central, it's time to be practical and pay a tad more attention to better performing teams. *sigh*

Posted by: MsJS | July 9, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

His continued survival is a testament to my undying love for him.

Posted by: Yoki | July 9, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Okra pickles

Posted by: talitha1 | July 9, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Enid Pickles, the local representative of the Baader-Meinhof Group. She's the only one armed here this afternoon.

(You know I just can't help myself sometimes.)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 9, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

"I shall ponder"

Don't, just say yes, it'll arrive in the mail, easier than π; some Windows 7 thing, COSTCO has them on sale all the time...the techs here might call a dog but it'd be a hotrod compared to what you have now, if what you have is more than a few years old.

liadjaafara is the hotmail address

Posted by: shrink2 | July 9, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Dragon Speaking Naturally is the top voice recognition program and it's improved a lot in the last few years. I know a few people who use it routinely.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 9, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Well. What *can* I say? I have just been treated to a lunch so very magnificent (and filling), not only can I hardly move, I *am* moved, indeed. My dear friend and colleague, fluent in Frog, treated me to lunch at a relatively nearby French bistro, where we both ate like little piglets. She treated me because she needed my assistance in a matter (and I expect I will need hers in the future) awhile back, and she vowed (over my tut-tuts) to take me to lunch in return.

I started out with escargot in puff pastry, followed by a lovely sauteed melange of halibut and sea bass with shallots and carrots, with which I had a lovely glass of Sauvignon Blanc (my first glass of wine for absolute ages, and quite good). She started out with a dish of cold shrimp veloute soup (yummy), followed by the same fish dish, and a glass of different white wine, the name of which escapes me (sorry). Then we each had an ice-creamy whipped cream topped dessert (mine with a poached pear in coconut liqueur and the whole thing topped with shredded coconut. She had something similar (but, of course, different). I needed a crane to get out of my seat, but I could squeeze myself out the door and into my car. Who knew?

And speaking of Baader-Meinhof, Snukie (we were, weren't we?), I was in Germany during that period, and it weren't peaceful at all. Very, very tense. But something to remember.

Hey Cassandra! Keep cool! And a humongous hug to slyness, just 'cuz I wanna give you one.

TBG, I hope the kitty gets a good home.

I may need a nap. . . . .

Posted by: -ftb1- | July 9, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

W_G, DNS just does not do medical dictations like a person who has heard my voice for a few hours. It continues to be better to have a human mind learn the dictation style (the machine can do the inflection, B-) for when you are in a hurry, as always and say, "skip that last sentence, I'll start from the end of the last section..." it gags, of course.

I have been guilelessly called a 'great dictator' by many anonymous transcriptionists and I just can not "teach" Dragon to work. Fixing ones own errors drives every great dictator nuts.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 9, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

A poetry about returning home at midlife by Honest Abe.

http://www.slate.com/id/2257666?obref=obinsite

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 9, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, ftb! I needed that hug!

Yoki, I look forward to the next time we meet and hug!

Posted by: slyness | July 9, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

True, somebody who used to help learning disabled students correct their papers said she found it fascinating how the quality varied with Dragon Speaking Naturally-- some people were absolutely on top of it and virtually could dictate well with it, while others had much messier transcripts.

A friend of mine tried it over ten years ago and couldn't get it to work at all. Now it recognizes words much better, but it still is prone to errors. Medical dictation is probably beyond its programming.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 9, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Dragon Speaking Naturally = Abominable Autoscribe? (I re-read Canticle for Leibowitz over the weekend...)

Posted by: Enterprise1701 | July 9, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Boodling from a berry berry code machine room. Halfway through my part, analysts will be here with dinner and iced tea in half an hour. I'd settle for a ladies' right now, but I always think if I don't watch every install it'll fail. Really, I know it could care less.

I'm allergic, tbg, so she would have to live outside. I'm her home of last resort.

Posted by: -dbG- | July 9, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I have mango water-iced the boodle and it has died of brain freeze.

Posted by: -dbG- | July 9, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

My children used to like Tommy Pickles.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | July 9, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

I like Kosher pickles!

Posted by: Yoki | July 9, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

I used to make yellow squash pickles.

Posted by: Manon1 | July 9, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Sweet pickles!

Posted by: seasea1 | July 9, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Sweet-ish but with some tang! (No, not *that* Tang!)

My grass is so dry that it crunches when I walk on it. We need rain! They are saying we should get some good t-storms tomorrow afternoon and evening. I hope so even tho' it means I'll be driving to a wedding shower in the rain - fitting, isn't it?

Posted by: badsneakers | July 9, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

It's dry here, too. We were supposed to have t-storms today...didn't happen. I'll have to water the flowers.

Posted by: Manon1 | July 9, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Ice cream and pickles! No, not *that*.
I made two quarts of ice cream today, one mint dark chocolate and one pina colada.

Aaaaaand, it is pouring rain outside, our first in over two weeks. Praise be!

Posted by: talitha1 | July 9, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Sneaks, I swear I hadn't read your Tang post when I wrote No, not *that*.

*shaking head in wonderment*

Posted by: talitha1 | July 9, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Mint dark chocolate ... yes, I know, talitha, that you really want me to come over to test it, right?

Posted by: -ftb1- | July 9, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Oh my, TBG the kitten is a twin of our very own Frostcat #5 (Katsu). I have been warned about bringing another cat into the household...but if all else fails contact me before the shelter.

For new boodlers, we don't have 5 cats. #1 met his demise last August, after 16+ years. #5 showed up on our porch not long thereafter. I mention this because to my mind the border between pet lover and crazy cat lady and potential hoarder is between the 4th and 5th cat.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | July 9, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Boodle faxing mint dark choco to ftb! You don't mind that I don't use the green food coloring, do you?

Posted by: talitha1 | July 9, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Only when they're alive and in residence concurrently.

A third dog in my house as a foster dog is fine but 3 of my own would brand me as the bore-you-to-death crazy dog lady.

Frosti, thank you for saving me from myself re: the kitten.
I'll chip in on transport.

Posted by: -dbG- | July 9, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Strasburg's worked his way out of a few jams (apart from giving up a leadoff homer), 93 pitches through the 6th inning and 8 K. Even better, the Nats have scored!!! 2-1 Washington as the Nats come to bat in the 6th. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 9, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Dunn ALMOST had his second homer of the night!! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 9, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Nats manage to push two more across and give Strasburg a 4-1 lead in the top of the 7th!! His night's done, though.

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 9, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

"S" tells me the Sawx are ahead of Toronto (?) 13 to zip.

Posted by: badsneakers | July 9, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Indeed they are, Sneaks! Lester's near-unhittable and the Jays' starter seemed to specialize in gopher balls... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 9, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

We had a wonderful dinner guest tonight at the House of G... Ms. rickoshea herself!

Unfortunately it's just too darn hot to sit outside, even now. But there's something nice about just sitting around the kitchen table with friends.

And y'all can sleep easier tonight as we seem to have solved all of the world's problems. For now.

Posted by: -TBG- | July 9, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

*waving to Rickoshea* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 9, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Waiting for the analysts to finish testing.

So here we are 6 underground in the oldest part of the hospital. You can get anywhere using the old tunnels, all of which look as if they were paved long after cement was invented. It's a maze of twisty, hilly passages. I only know one route to the machine room because nothing is marked for security purposes. Fittingly, the machine room is next to contaminated waste storage.

-more-

Posted by: -dbG- | July 9, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Glad rickoshea turned up - I thought maybe she was vacationing in New England somewhere.

dbG, another part of tech support I don't miss a bit. Well, except for the greenbacks, of course.

Posted by: seasea1 | July 9, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

How 'bout them nats.

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

The Palm Beach Post reports a lychee fruit glut. One grower is still doing air shipments of the yummy fruit via their website. My last lychee binge was in London, of all places. A fruit stand at the Borough Market was selling 2 kg boxes from Madagascar, cheap.

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/money/loxahatchee-tropical-fruit-growers-stung-by-depressed-prices-791053.html

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | July 9, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Of all the things I could imagine being discussed on the boodle, a lychee fruit glut never entered my mind.

I love this place!

Posted by: -TBG- | July 9, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Signing in after slowing coming out of my Vale of Despond, thanks in part to TBG, Dr. G, and Daughter of G. Truly the nicest evening with the nicest family ever.

Yes, I was in Maine, on the small island. I came back here just before the Fourth of July celebration where I had the best time at a community picnic watching my two-and three-year old niece and nephew entertaining the crowd with their singing and dancing arrangement of "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It). Too, too funny to be believe.

My Despond is the result of all of my friends (and earlier, my internist) telling me I must have my foot fixed. I have a bad case of traumatic arthritis caused by too many injuries, and the pain keeps me from moving too much — thus, no walks along the beach, the woods, the outlet malls in Kittery(!), etc.

So, I have a visit with the foot surgeon in late July, with surgery possibly scheduled in August or September. That will keep me pretty hobbled for 6 months or so......

So you can see why I've been incommunicado. It's not an easy decision to make.

But I have been lurking and continue to be amazed at how kind everyone continues to be, and how knowledgeable about so, so many things. Truly the most 'hive minding' of internets blogs ever.

Posted by: rickoshea11 | July 9, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

rickoshea, you don't know me nor I you, except through the boodle. But that's a mighty powerful bond. I just want to say that I will be holding you in my thoughts as you face the months ahead.

By the by, for over 25 years I was lucky enough to spend a week or two in York, ME. Sure is a special place. The outlet malls drove me to distraction but I've bought many a lobster at the Kittery Lobster Pound, if I remember the correct name for it. :)

Posted by: talitha1 | July 9, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Nice to have you back Rickoshea, I hope the surgery goes well and will be pain free.

I just ready that as the Kitty Lobster Pound and was momentarily very confused.

Posted by: dmd3 | July 9, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Somehow I suspect a photoshop on that theme is going to emerge very soon, dmd3.

Just came back from a swell reunion with some old folks from yore, most of whom I don't remember. But hey, good food and a caffeine high makes it a fun party all around.

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

All tested out and looking as if it's working. The scary part is always making changes you're just not going to be able to walk away from--no going back to the last version because you'll just have to update again and deal with it later. So if it doesn't work the first time, you fix it all weekend until it does.

The underground maze should really be in films. The main kitchen and supply area is there, so you share the walkways with forklifts and 6" tall multi-colored train cars pulled by machines about the size of golf carts, the cars filled with recyclables, meals, laundry, trash. There are ceiling mirrors at every winding turn, but I always feel like Cary in North by Northwest or someone in a Steve Martin movie, as I walk quickly, followed by a cart pulling 5 or 6 cars, the car beeping its way around each turn, lights flashing.

There's a religious order I sometimes donate to, they offer perpetual masses. I wonder how they handle the millions of names, imagining a little railroad where freight cars hold people's intentions, bring them in on a specific route around the room, then leave. Elfish, almost, or like the Christmas tableau at Wanamaker's used to be. Apologizing in case this is offensive, I'm just always interested in the mechanics of how things work.

Posted by: -dbG- | July 10, 2010 12:24 AM | Report abuse

dbG - I can't imagine to whom you'd apologize, nor for what offense.

There's certainly an assembly line of sorts, and if you think that the people involved haven't thought of almost every possible analogous image, then you're doing them a disservice.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 10, 2010 1:19 AM | Report abuse

Hmm... Prayer wheels forming endless clockwork hymns?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 10, 2010 1:31 AM | Report abuse

teddymzuri - I've been keeping an eye out for your pics, they're always welcome! If they are so darned libertine that they exceed Picasa's tighty-whitey standards, then we'll find another outlet. But don't be shy.

boodlestuff@gmail.com

Posted by: Bob-S | July 10, 2010 1:36 AM | Report abuse

I've forgotten, who provided the cool link to the cool photos of the cool roads? Anyway, I've been on a few of them, but I actually (in my audacious youth) committed an organic-herb-aided crime in a spot very prominently featured in this shot:

http://matadornetwork.cachefly.net/matadortrips.com/docs//wp-content/images/posts/20100615-roads19.jpg

Here's the whole photo essay:
http://matadortrips.com/photo-essay-the-worlds-most-spectacular-roads-vol-2/

And I'd highly recommend browsing the site:
http://matadornetwork.com/


Posted by: Bob-S | July 10, 2010 2:17 AM | Report abuse

Beautiful pictures, bob.

TBG, thank you.

Posted by: rainforest1 | July 10, 2010 3:06 AM | Report abuse

Rickoshea, I hope the procedure is successful and as brief as possible! *HUGSSSS*

It's a very nice thing when offense and pitching show up for the same game, as evidenced by the Nats and Sawx wins last night. :-)

It'd be very nicer, however, if more media sources could deconstruct demagoguery as effectively as Milbank:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/09/AR2010070902342.html

*waiting-for-the-rain-to-depart-and-things-to-dry-out-to-get-the-chores-underway Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 5:57 AM | Report abuse

Good morning folks! It seems to be a little rainy outside! I can't tell if it's already passed by or will stick around for a little bit. Badly needed, no matter what.

I'm on dawn patrol because I got an early morning text from work asking me to send an email blast about some late openings today. Sigh. What I'll do for my "free" lunch.

I think I may go crawl back into bed. It sure seems a shame to waste a nice rainy morning on being up, doesn't it?

Posted by: -TBG- | July 10, 2010 6:48 AM | Report abuse

TBG is right. There appears to be liquid water *falling from the sky*.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | July 10, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

And not only is this precipitation desperately needed by the plants, it has also prompted our delivery person to use *two* plastic bags on the Washington Post.

Dow owners will understand my delight.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | July 10, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Morning, all. Hi Cassandra! It sounds like you are working hard. Please don't overdo.

Rickoshea, we have missed you! I hope you have surgery quickly, a fast and uneventful recovery, a successful outcome, and a quick return to us.

We had a few drops in the night, I think, but nothing like what we need. You folks with rain are fortunate. The temperature is supposed to be in the mid-80's today, it will feel cool.

I'm going to hear Michael Buble this evening with a bunch of friends. It should be a fun outing.

Posted by: slyness | July 10, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

The great sea turtle egg trek has begun. Keeping fingers crossed and happy that FedEx has much experience shipping fragile cargo.

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20100709/ARTICLES/100709534/-1/entertainment?Title=-Relocating-of-sea-turtle-eggs-is-under-way

Posted by: DNA_Girl | July 10, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Good to hear from you Rickoshea, altho' I am sorry about your foot. I can somewhat sympathize as I was quite upset when I realized I needed hip surgery. The recovery time for it was shorter than yours will be, but still very frustrating. However, the long-term benefits were well worth it, as I hope yours will be too.

No rain here yet, it's very sunny and still hot.

Posted by: badsneakers | July 10, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Alas, my paper today is a WashedPost.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 10, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

I watched the Woody Allen movie starring Larry David last night, Whatever Works (yay for Netflix Watch Instantly!) and really liked it.

I have a question, though. It ended with a scene at a New Year's Eve party, which reminded me of Woody Allen's Radio Days (one of my absolute favorite movies).

Is that a Woody Allen thing? Are there others that end in the New Year's Eve motif?

Posted by: -TBG- | July 10, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Morning, y'all.

Bob, thanks for the road photography! I was happy to see the Cabot Trail (Cape Breton, N.S.) represented. It has always reminded me of that road where your herbal adventures occured. I can relate.

DNA_Girl, the turtle egg relocation story makes me sad and thrilled all at once. I sure hope this will be the first and last time such an intervention need take place. I think the boodle should adopt a batch and be vicarious midwives awaiting the hatchlings scamper to the sea.

Good Saturday to all!

Posted by: talitha1 | July 10, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Good reading (and pix viewing, Bob S.) on the backboodle morning.

I was reading about Cordwainer Smith on the Wikipedia today (said article quickly found its way to More Best of Wikipedia) and in it was mention that Smith - aka Linebarger - may have been a patient written about in The Fifty Minute Hour, Robert M. Lindner's book.

Since I have wanted to re-read this for years, but having long forgotten the author, and the title, I ordered a used copy post haste. I have a feeling Shrink knows of this book.

Posted by: Jumper1 | July 10, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Or do turtle eggs come in clutches? Hmmmm.
Yep, googling says clutches. Why do I have these weird little factoids stored away?

TBG, Crimes and Misdemeanors has lots of party scenes, but I can't recall whether or not they are New Year's Eve parties.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 10, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

SCC: Dog owners. Dow owners have better things to worry about.

Sheesh. Coffee first, *then* post..

Posted by: RD_Padouk | July 10, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

The morning rain near dawn was nice, but I just found out I really am now used to inhaling damp air around 30 degrees cooler than this.

At least I'm not camping out in it.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 10, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Gee, RD. I was wondering if you typoed or you meant the plastics manufacturers and their shareholders were excited.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 10, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

talitha, I thought that too. I thought, well, I think I get the joke, but RD sure has an obtuse wit. Last time we talked about dow was when considering BP's Oilmaggedon corporate issues relative to the Bhopal horror and Union Carbide's fate.

Looks like they are up to something down there.

http://www.bp.com/liveassets/bp_internet/globalbp/globalbp_uk_english/incident_response/STAGING/local_assets/html/OceanInterventionROV2.html

Hope it works.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 10, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

reminds me of Lego

Posted by: shrink2 | July 10, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

That's ok, I read it as "dog" anyway.

Posted by: seasea1 | July 10, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Re Lego remark, this is like having your toddler reprogram your remote, only infinitely more dangerous and expensive?

What the heck. Us Grown-ups seem to be out of ideas anyway.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 10, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Pity the poor Calgarian. Heat, road closures, drunk Germans in western gear, the smell of cheap pancakes and horrid beef sausages, http://www.flapjackfinder.com/events/results/0/2010-07-10. Country music where none should be, parking nightmares, booms in the night, loud crowds roving the streets at all hours. I really must learn to leave town during Stampede.

Other than that, I'm feeling unusually cheerful :-)

Posted by: Yoki | July 10, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Good day, y'all.

It's fajitafest at CasaJS again. Steak or chicken. Lots of guacamole as well (for now anyway).

ROS, I hope the foot doc gives you a clear idea of what's possible to get you mobile without pain. Boodle Mojo will be available in abundance for you. My neighbor had surgery in January and is an inspiration the way she embraced rehab. She's getting around magnificently now.

Yoki, we Merikans would be happy to host you during Stampede.

Anyone watching Uruguay-Germany this afternoon?

Posted by: MsJS | July 10, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Yoki... that's what I feared when the Balto/Washington area bid on the Olympics. All I could think was how awful the traffic and congestion and everything would be.

Is there any part of Stampede that you'll go to or enjoy?

Posted by: -TBG- | July 10, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, I empathize. During some of the music and other festivals Telluride held every summer weekend it became impossible to function. The crowds never slept. It was great for the economy in general but murder on townfolks' nerves. Being in a box canyon didn't help!

Posted by: talitha1 | July 10, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Drunk Germans in western gear? Take pictures.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 10, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

TBG, you are a tonic. I really don't think I'll be doing anything Stampede-related this year. When the girls were small, we took them to the agricultural fair and midway (maybe even watched a bit of junior rodeo) c. 1996. Once you've been, you've seen it all. My objection is really to rodeo, I think it is animal cruelty for entertainment, and I won't even tacitly condone it by participating in Stampede.

Now, don't get me wrong, most skills displayed in rodeo are (or at least were) essential for real ranchers, and I acknowledge that. However, even there there is a certain amount of cruelty, but at least it isn't used as a diversion for the idle.

What I will do, animal-related, this summer, is go to the national dog agility championships in August and the Masters show jumping tournament in September. Calgary has one of the best show-jumping facilities in the world (honestly, peer-reviewed and everything) and I like to get out there at least once a year.

Posted by: Yoki | July 10, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Pendleton Roundup, same scene, different month. Once I saw a tall young man in cowboy regalia, passed out drooling on the hood of a car; thing is, his boots were on the ground. His legs were still standing up straight, locked at the knees, but his cheek was firmly applied to the car, bent 90° at the waist, arms hanging down over the wheel well, hat a little crushed but doggedly waiting, next to his head.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 10, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

It looked like Woody had overdosed on alcohol.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 10, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Wow, they took the top off the bop and they are measuring the flow!

http://www.bp.com/liveassets/bp_internet/globalbp/globalbp_uk_english/incident_response/STAGING/local_assets/html/Skandi_ROV1.html

Posted by: shrink2 | July 10, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

There is no doubt (in my mind, having no training or experience whatsoever in this regard) that the unrestricted flow now is less than it was a few weeks ago.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 10, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Looks like they are taking the sensing device out of the bop...

Posted by: shrink2 | July 10, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

No they just moved it so the yellow Lego piece could get attached below

Posted by: shrink2 | July 10, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

http://www.bp.com/liveassets/bp_internet/globalbp/globalbp_uk_english/incident_response/STAGING/local_assets/html/OceanInterventio

exciting

Posted by: shrink2 | July 10, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Ironically, the origins of rodeo arose as a more humane form of the ancient animal games of Rome-- as did circus horseback acrobats. I'll take rodeo over bull/cock/dog fighting, bull/boar baiting, and other set-ups pitting animals against each other to the death.

I've heard enough about cutthroat dog agility to want to avoid it. I've done rally-o obedience which is really easy for Wilbrodog.

I think Open obedience would be much more interesting to watch from a training viewpoint than agility, but I never get to see it on TV. Not enough "speed" to it for the "dogsport" fans.

I actually get seriously bothered seeing dogs of different breeds compete in speed trials, because they do have very different physical abilities, and an emphasis on speed can injure a dog not perfectly designed to run like that over obstacles.

Some people with service dogs will run them in agility if they're sound, others absolutely refuse to risk hurting them and having their joints decline faster, crippling them in later life just for fun, and I'm in the latter camp.

I know Wilbrodog has considerable strength in agility-- but not at a full run. I'd love to watch formal obedience far more than agility for that reason. I'd learn more, and there's no minimum speed requirement, just that the dog doesn't balk.

Wilbrodog could do nearly all the novice and Open skills, except for the open retrieve over a jump (don't have the equipment to train that).

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 10, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Field trials with bird doge are fascinating and of course the herding dog trials are famous.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 10, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

This last yellow Lego piece just won't fit.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 10, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I think my kids had that lego kit, shrink.

Posted by: -TBG- | July 10, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

In fact, I think the piece BP wants is under a couch in the basement.

Posted by: -TBG- | July 10, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I love seeing those on TV, shrink. It's amazing how those dogs will go through rough and wet ground to get that duck. Labs, of course, are good at marking a bird's fall and going towards that.

Every time I watch, I am reminded why Wilbrodog cannot possibly be a water retriever mix: he dislikes water and would find going through hard brush to be ridiculous. He'd sight it, spend time beating back and forth, leaping up a bit for a better look, then circle around looking for a safe and extremely dry route in, presumably one in which he could keep eye contact on me throughout to be sure I didn't escape while he got the duck.

Sadly, I am Walther Matthiau to his Jack Lennon in "the Odd Couple."

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 10, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, MsJS, you said something? Cant hear you over the national anthems... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I so want to see a herding trial live-- preferably one with non-collie breeds working sheep or cattle. Videos just don't cut it.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 10, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Oboy... Neuer's out, as are Klose, Lahm and Podolski... Let's see if Mueller, Oezil and Schweinsteiger can pick up the slack...

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

It's a shame Klose won't have a chance to at least tie the WC scoring record.

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

TBG, that last lego piece may be under your couch but I thought it was the one I stepped on in the dark last night. Ouch.

We haven't had legos around for years, and I've moved twice since then, but those pieces turn up in drawers and boxes still. They breed like wire coathangers.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 10, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Offsides nullifies a German goal and a quick yellow for Aogo (Germany)...

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Forlan's free kick into the wall, and a German handball gives another Uruguay kick...

Second kick over the crossbar...

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I just turned the match on, Scotty. Why is Klose out?

Posted by: -pj- | July 10, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Some freewheeling play both ways evolves into a German rush and a corner kick...

A little pinball leads to another German corner...

AIEEEEE!!! Header off the crossbar!!!

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Two quick yellow cards for Germany. Methinks they'll continue to push the boundaries of this game, though.

Posted by: MsJS | July 10, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Flu or some such, pj... *SIGH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Newbies trying to make a name for themselves often go a bit far, MsJS...

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

It is a great game so far, toggling between it and the hours of unrestricted flow...as the robots work...

Posted by: shrink2 | July 10, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Ah, thanks, Scotty. Yes, that is too bad that he won't get a chance to tie or break the scoring record. 14 goals is still damned impressive!

Posted by: -pj- | July 10, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

It's not quite "kick and chase" football, but there's not a lot of intricacy here.

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Mueller cleans up a Schwiensteiger long-range shot!!! :-)))))

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

That one counts for Germany! Lovely play!

Posted by: -pj- | July 10, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Mueller's got a chance for the Golden Boot!!! Five goals!!

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

They would have beaten Spain with Müller, but I already said that.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 10, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Ha!! Today of all days, I find one of my old HS soccer teammates on FB!! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Weak grounder into the arms of the Uruguay keeper...

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Dangerous chance for Forlan leads to a corner...

And a German counterattack misses by THAT much... If you don't mind the offsides... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Arrrrrrrrrrrrghhhhhhhhhhhhh...

Cavalli sneaks one past Butt... :-(

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Cavani, not that I'm terribly interested in accuracy...

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

We are obviously rooting for the team in Carolina blue. Which is it?

;-)

Posted by: slyness | July 10, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Nice 3 on 2 break by Uruguay for that goal.

Posted by: -pj- | July 10, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Oezil makes another good run, but its knocked to the side for a couple fo throw ins...

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Oh hush, Slyness... :-P :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Uruguay, slyness.

Posted by: -pj- | July 10, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I think they have the rainstorm we had here this morning.

Posted by: -pj- | July 10, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

My son's dad lived in Uruguay for several years (mid-50s) when his father was the U.S. ambassador there. He never took to American football because he spent those years as a boy playing soccer.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 10, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

And the rain's not going to help the pace of play...

As evidenced by Jansen's divot.

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Passes are losing their crispness in the damp...

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

And that might have affected Suarezs shot as well...

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Oooohhhh, he just said a naughty word! Or thought some anyway.

Posted by: -pj- | July 10, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm waiting for *real* football season. It's the game I understand. You know...that game where a bunch of big guys slam into another bunch of big guys while some other guys chase a guy running down the field clutching that strangely shaped object that they call a *ball*. You know *that* game. ;-)

Posted by: Manon1 | July 10, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Dangerous free kick for Germany...

Leads to a corner...

And from the opposite corner...

Keeper drops it!! But a Uruguay counterattack falters. Uruguay corner..

Onto the top of the German goal.

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Next time I watch the Portland Timbers, it will be intensely quiet with no drone tone.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 10, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I think you are right, Scotty. The rain is another player in this match.

Posted by: -pj- | July 10, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Hi-energy first half...

We'll see what the rain does to the second.

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

The ESPN commentators are begging for Klose to come on in the second half...

I can't really argue that. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm,

This message about Klose didn't post earlier:

Ah, thanks, Scotty. Yes, that is too bad that he won't get a chance to tie or break the scoring record. 14 goals is still impressive!

Posted by: -pj- | July 10, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

*SIGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH* Can't argue with Forlan's skill there... :-(

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Arrggghhhh -- I have now been compelled to re-register with WaPo on both Safari and Firefox, so my boodle handle has been manhandled in ways I wish not to describe.

*sigh*

Hey, Yoki! I'm with you on rodeos and definitely circuses. I've been to one circus in my life (and as an adult), and despised being there. My significant other at the time (> 35 years ago) and I took his young children there. They loved it, and I hated it. And I've never been back.

Posted by: ftb2 | July 10, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

The programming language scored! Heluva a goal.

Posted by: -pj- | July 10, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Firefox was being a bit balky with me, too, ftb. It seems to have calmed down now.

Posted by: -pj- | July 10, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

YAAAAAAAAAAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Jansen's header was superb!!! :-)

Uruguay's keeper's gonna have a long ride home...

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

That was a quick response by Germany. The Uruguay keeper didn't look good there.

Posted by: -pj- | July 10, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Ohhhhhhhhhh, that was a wasted 3-2 break....

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Defense is an afterthought...

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Great Butt save!!! *teehee* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Another Butt save!!! *teeheehee* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Suarez's head is not in the game...

And I have to remember NukeSpouse is napping... *shhhhhhhh* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, kids are going to your wonderful province again this summer to visit their aunt. My SIL sent a list of ideas of what they might like to do, shop - Yes, camping - Yes, Horseback riding - Yes, see the mountains/hiking - Yes, go to the Rodeo - Um No :-)

I went out to work this am after a brief discussion about the purchase of a new TV for the basement, come home to a new 50" Plasma, 3D, wireless with 3D bluray disc player - some sort of World cup special. Bluray player was a throw in.

Posted by: dmd3 | July 10, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

If Klose's not coming in now, his Cup is through. *SIGH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Good to see some fair play here... Apologies and helping hands for players on the ground.

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Good thing Mueller doesn't need his hands in this game... /irony

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Excellent cross from Boateng... JUST a bit too far...

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

*SILENT SCREAM!!!!!!*

Khederia with the finishing header after a corner leads to pinball in front of the net!!!!

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

That was lovely for Germany. A bit of pinball action there, too.

Posted by: -pj- | July 10, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps the Uruguay keeper should take a separate flight...

To somewhere other than Uruguay.

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

AIEEEEEEEEEEE!!! Kiessling can't keep it down!!! Wonderful chance!

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised shrink hasn't posted this from his area. What happens when zombies crash?

http://www.kgw.com/news/Car-accident-victims-dressed-like-zombies-confuse-crash-witnesses-98157894.html

Posted by: -TBG- | July 10, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Yep, Montevideo may not welcome their keeper kindly.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 10, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Forlan's got one more free kick...

off the crossbar!!!!

And thats the game!!! Germany gets third place!!!!! :-)))))))

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Forlan's goal was astonishing. If Uruguay's goalkeeper had been semi-conscious during the game, it may well have been a different result.

Posted by: -pj- | July 10, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to Snukie's (and others') favorite team!

Now, who ya gonna root for tomorrow? I'm rooting for the Netherlands!

Posted by: ftb2 | July 10, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I decided to go to the pub for the 2nd half. Most of the crowd there was for Germany, so they went away happy.

Since the size of my pool winnings depends on a Dutch victory on Sunday, I shall root for them.

It's about 31 C here this afternoon and v humid. Cranking up the a/c here and staying indoors for the remainder of the day.

Posted by: MsJS | July 10, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

dmd, not surprised, dmdspouse is one of those over-spec techs.

Takes one to know one.

Posted by: -dbG- | July 10, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I agree about rodeos - always found them to be too brutal for me. Much prefer cutting horse competition. And I've always loved watching horses jump. I have the pleasure of watching equestrian events from Spruce Meadows on TV - would love to meet up with Yoki there someday. (Must get passport.)

And then there's this:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/10/AR2010071002308.html?hpid=topnews

Posted by: seasea1 | July 10, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

rodeos? I'm reminded of rickoshea's traumatic arthritis. Just normal interaction with horses, over a long-enough period, may make one stoved-up or worse (kicks to the head are not good).

On the other hand, we seem to be entering an age of body armor that actually works. For example, a British company named d30 makes "impact gel" or something of the sort that stiffens, fast, on impact. Useful for horse, snowboard, scooter riders. Someone even markets an impact beanie, in case you get beaned.

Did the dmd 50" 3D plasma come with a disc of "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" or perhaps "Coraline"? The latter seemed very dark, very odd. Writing seed catalog copy in winter Oregon? In a cartoon aimed at kids???

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | July 10, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Netherlands all the way, ftb!! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 10, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

DoD,

I could write seed copy catalog anywhere, anytime. Most see me as more PollyAnna that PerilsofPaulina.

To those in our neck of the woods. Swim went on through the driving rain all events as per scheduled. Unbelievable, really. All of us officials craned over the deck peering. Almost no stroke disqualifications at all. Why? Benefit of doubt goes to the swimmers. All the rain impeded vision. Paper documents kept shedding apart in the rain. I spilled coffee on my collar at 8:20. By ten, the osmosis/capillary effect took the spill wide and down....by 12, the coffee flaw was completely diluted away. At home I took a hot bath!

Off to the pool for lap swim. Sorry U-futballers; Gute! D-futballers.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | July 10, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

I should have known better than to send an IT person alone to the store - I joked "Where's the surround sound" and received the answer it was discussed but since TV speakers are supposed to be good - not purchased- do believe cost was a factor as well :-).

It has internet cool.

Posted by: dmd3 | July 10, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Watched a bit of the futbol game. Glad to have boodle commentary to help me out. Will root for Netherlands tomorrow. The best team to have never won, yes?

Awakened, and nearly rattled out of bed, by thunder and lightning this morning. Rained just enough to turn the dust on vehicles to glue. Temp shot up, air damper than a dishrag during my run, so I dragged the window AC unit out of the garage. Unused in 2 years, it fired up fine in spite of the thistle seed some mice had accumulated in the box (caught them last fall, or at least I like to think I got them all). Of course now that it's all installed the outside air is a dry 82 with a cooling breeze off the water. We probably won't hit 80 again in the next 10 days.

That was my exciting day Chez Frostbitten. I think the biggest midlife milestone is discovering the profound pleasure of mundane days. The only improvement that could be made is a nap, and I think I'll have one of those right now.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | July 10, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

I should have known better than to send an IT person alone to the store - I joked "Where's the surround sound" and received the answer it was discussed but since TV speakers are supposed to be good - not purchased- do believe cost was a factor as well :-).

It has internet cool.

Posted by: dmd3 | July 10, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

I should have known better than to send an IT person alone to the store - I joked "Where's the surround sound" and received the answer it was discussed but since TV speakers are supposed to be good - not purchased- do believe cost was a factor as well :-).

It has internet cool.

Posted by: dmd3 | July 10, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Frosty, Spain might argue that they are the best to never have won. This is Spain's first final.

Something has to give.

Posted by: baldinho1 | July 10, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Dave... walked into the huge Korean supermarket this afternoon only to see a big pile of lychee fruit at the entrance! Still haven't tried them, though.

Too busy with the amazing plums, cherries, peaches, cantaloupe, mustard greens and shrimp (no heads!) we bought to even miss them.

Saturdays are crowded at the Super H Mart, but the produce, prices and the ladies handing out samples of various Korean specialties and shortcuts at the end of every aisle make the parking craziness worth it.

They made the grocery carts a little smaller, it seems, which makes them easier to push through the crowds. Shoppers there tend to have little regard for personal space, I've noticed.

A great place and often a favorite G destination on Saturdays or Sundays.

Posted by: -TBG- | July 10, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Neither team has won the Cup before. I've been enjoying the play so far and haven't really had any favorites since the US went out. I just marvel at the skills of the athletes and it's great fun to see a play develop and a goal scored at the end. I just hope it's a good game tomorrow.

Posted by: -pj- | July 10, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

I am ashamed to say that I have never had a lychee fruit, unless it was in Hawaii in the late 70s. Don't think so, though. I'll try anything once and from descriptions they sound luscious.

Hey, baldinho, saw you over on the herbal article comments. Have you learned those children to read yet? *wink*

Mister and I have decided to split our support for tomorrow's WC match. He Spain, me Netherlands. We enjoy a little sparring every now and again.

I envy those of you with easy access to ethnic markets, one of the few things I miss about the city. Thank goodness for the internet where I can order anything, sometimes even fresh produce.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 10, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

IT genius was playing with cables and took down our phone and internet (hence the repeat posts).

Monsters vs Aliens, DotC

Posted by: dmd3 | July 10, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Ah, I'd forgotten about the consolation World Cup game - sounds like it was pretty exciting. Scottynuke, you can breathe now.

Was up in PA today enjoying a car show and some time with friends.

As tempting as it is to make some jokes about the tight-fitting containment system on the Gusher at the Bottom of the Gulf, I won't. I won't watch the video to see if there's a serial number on it, either.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | July 10, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. We returned from Atlanta. It was hot and humid but fun. The Boy enjoyed fencing and we liked walking and walking and walking around downtown. That Georgia Congress Center is huge. Having an Olympics gave downtown Atlanta some good infrastructure. We stayed in a very tall hotel - from the 72nd floor you could see, I think, most of Georgia and possibly neighboring states. The Boy was absolutely enchanted and almost rendered speechless by the CNN VIP tour, which goes into the newsrooms.

I have not yet backboodled but enjoyed this Kit and the previous ones this week. This one really struck a chord, as the Boy enters high school next fall.

Posted by: Ivansmom | July 10, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

We just made delicious shrimp tempura (no heads!) and had some extra batter after cooking the shrimp and the Korean yam, so we threw pieces of the almost-overripe bananas.

Oh my.

Posted by: -TBG- | July 10, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

SCC: As much as it would have been so much fun to throw pieces of banana, we actually battered them and threw them INTO the fryer.

Posted by: -TBG- | July 10, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

This time, because the kids loved it, my wife is making the carbonara, she says she can do it better, with stuff from the garden and so on. I get be Tom Sawyer.

Hey does anyone know what this "special tool" is supposed to do? I know they plan to remove that flange left over from the bungled bop top chop; those bolts sure look...imposing, as if they were meant to never be undone.

http://www.bp.com/liveassets/bp_internet/globalbp/globalbp_uk_english/incident_response/STAGING/local_assets/html/OceanInterventionROV2.html

Posted by: shrink2 | July 10, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

It is a very powerful wench, wright?

Posted by: shrink2 | July 10, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Tbg, next time here we'll go to the big int'l market on Adams. You can tell me how it compares.

dmd, I hope 2 follow his example next year. I don't need the big tv but want the wireless and i'net. I plan on wireless speakers throughout the house. Say hi for me and when are you both hitting the US again?

I went to the container store today. It's like hope for sale, faith I can organize. I'll let you know how it works out.

Posted by: -dbG- | July 10, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

dbG, you last sentence is just one of the many reasons I so love you. I can truly relate.

Shrink do you know another link can't view that one, my father used to sell tools for similar purposes (flange spreaders, and tools to remove imposing bolts).

Posted by: dmd3 | July 10, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

I can't see shrink's link either. I've been watching this one

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/video/2005/04/12/VI2005041201240.html

Posted by: -TBG- | July 10, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Same here with shrink's link.
Thought it was just me, but I've had no trouble with any others today.

I'm watching My Darling Clementine on TCM. I'm a sucker for Fonda in his role as Earp.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 10, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

If you go in through the UC site and click on live ROV feeds, maybe it will work, but you have to go back and forth between them (lots of bandwidth required) but they switch tasks every few minutes and sometimes the best pictures, really amazing, are not featured on the wapo feed, plus, when I clicked on that, they tried me make me see an advertisment.

http://www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com/go/site/2931/

Posted by: shrink2 | July 10, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

TBG and dbG, talitha request here -----

When my hard drive went down a couple of weeks ago I made the mistake of allowing mister to "store my email". G.O.N.E. Could you kindly re-mind me re HdeG, and don't laugh too much?

Posted by: talitha1 | July 10, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

via email, I mean. 8-]

Posted by: talitha1 | July 10, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Right now the Ocean Intervention III ROV 1 is trying to undo the Mongo Bolts on the flange, I think. Now, each time they take apart more of the sixty foot tall incredibly complicated and entirely failed BOP, more hydrocarbons return to the post post modern world.

I'm not some dunce (though I will never convince myself of that), I read a New Yorker piece the other day, a piece in which post post modern was used, the first time I have ever seen it used (1) by someone getting paid and (2) who has an editor.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 10, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

I hear you, dmd. I went with a friend whose house is in perfect order. We were like addicts--she totally hooked and me getting there. I know when I pick a closet system ( a process to be savored, acc to her) she'll insist on helping install it. Fine with me.

We've been friends since we were 14. It's nice having a friend so orderly that we can all meet at her house and none of the rest of us need to apologize, no wait half an hour so someone can pick up.

Posted by: -dbG- | July 10, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Actually I have another friend like that although she's further away. Yoki.

Posted by: -dbG- | July 10, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Aug 7, will email later.

No laughing here. One of my professors used to say, "it's not if you lose data, it's when."

yoki, are you going to the Red Book exhibit when you're in town? If so, maybe we'll stay in HdG in August. The exhibit date was extended, so one way or another some of us will hit it.

Posted by: -dbG- | July 10, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

I've got the kids in the shower, thinking about my story from dinner, a dog struck with a fairy wand which gives him huge wings but makes him stupid. His at first enthralled, then disappointed, then annoyed owners send him to a dog pound for "special dogs" and though they may have no eyes or one leg they are smart, eventually etc and so on. This is the beginning, the middle will be the zany antics. Channeling Aristotle on the end, I remember deus ex machina is a way out of a tragic result, I'll do it, just like BP.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 10, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

dbG, merci.
I saw you in a dream last night wandering cavern tunnels ala Eco's The Name of the Rose. Can't imagine why.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 10, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

dbG-you will savor the closet system selection process, but that's just the beginning. Mr. F installed the Taj Mahal of closet systems in the Hip Urban Loft and I didn't even have to die to inspire him. I have the faith of one late converted-you can be organized!

More thunderstorms headed our way tonight. I can see towering clouds just to the south. The tops are all pretty in pink form the fading sun, but they look a bit sinister too. Best to get unplugged and not tempt fate by testing the quality of our surge protector.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | July 10, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Talitha :)

Thanks, frosti. Good to know. Did you ever do the straw bale planters last year?

I think my first tomato will be ready by the end of the week. Tomorrow I'll try to take some pictures and put them on picassa.

Posted by: -dbG- | July 10, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

I saw an interesting sentence today on one of those Historical Plaques That Signify The Significance Of The Thing You're Looking At:

"The University Club of Toronto building is a fine example of Adamesque Neo-Georgian architecture, with a facade resembling that of the Boodle's Club building (1776) in London, England."

Apparently we have a clubhouse. This is good news for those in favour of more freewheelery and tomfoolery during BPHs.

Posted by: byoolin1 | July 10, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

dbG: Yes!

And I hate to confess it and shatter your illusions, but since I've had only my own stuff to organize and live alone, I've turned into a sort of den-ing animal. Some days (about 1:110) I don't even make my bed!

Posted by: Yoki | July 10, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

and Pics of the Boodle Club! Very cool byoolin.

http://www.universitycluboftoronto.com/AboutUs/History/tabid/55/Default.html

The info from the plaque about 3/4 down the page.

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

They sure can polish their flange...

http://www.bp.com/liveassets/bp_internet/globalbp/globalbp_uk_english/incident_response/STAGING/local_assets/html/OceanInterventionROV2.html

Kids checked off to Bolt, it is only 1934 so time is on my side.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 10, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

From this effort it appear their bolt removal tool failed ( I thought those bolts looked greater than the tool) and now they are grinding down the extended edge of the riser flange to set the latest device on top of the chopped bop.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 10, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

I spotted a huge lychee tree, about the height of a 2-story house, in an old part of town. Bright red fruit at the top of the tree. A group of crows were tending it.

Lychees are pretty cold-sensitive, so they must be from southern China, like gardenias.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | July 10, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Gardenias are profligate, I am sitting next to one, gushing its perfume, but the flowers are so wet and heavy for the time they last. I've thought these things must come from a place where water, nutrients and sun are not a problem, attracting pollinators is the game. The boodle needs a botanist, unless it has one.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 10, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

DotC?

Posted by: -dbG- | July 10, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Bolt is over so I am gone to tell the dog story and I'd like to wish those flange polishers good luck. Stick a cork in it.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 10, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Jack? Awal? think there might be a few.

Posted by: dmd3 | July 10, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

It does. As well as a physicist (maybe two but I'm not sure about the second one's quals), an astronomer +1, a palaeontologist, a librarian, several editors, a psychiatrist, more than two knitter/readers, many professors who profess various disciplines, some sharks, one shark-wrangler, some development geeks, some journalists, a race-car driver/enthusiast, a linguist or three, engineers, a few activists/hippies, some writers, some public servants, lots of techs of a high order (and I mean that in the good way), some history/philosophy majors, many mothers and fathers, and a Joel A in a pear tree.

Posted by: Yoki | July 10, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Sneaks - all OK where you are? And any other Boston area boodlers.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/07/10/massachusetts.flooding/index.html?eref=igoogle_cnn

Posted by: dmd3 | July 10, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Watched The Buddy Holly Story tonight - what a loss. Love the joy in his music -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBAR-vvJN_E

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IY_smWjN3jw&NR=1

Posted by: seasea1 | July 10, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

See you at St. Alphonzo's, then, Yoki.

And about the recursive "post"s on post modern: looks like it's "posts" all the way down.

Posted by: Jumper1 | July 10, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

I always look forward to seeing you, Jumper!

Posted by: Yoki | July 10, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Five golden rings!

Yoki, way to lay it down. *snort*

Ok, so there was a Boodler's Club founded in 1776 in Toronto? Are we all closet Tories? Nah.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 10, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Fear not, the Tories did not win a single seat in Toronto in the last election. And like many things in Toronto, the club is designed in part after the Boodle Club c1776 in London.

Our lack of originality goes way back :-)

Posted by: dmd3 | July 11, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

Not to mention Boodles on Grafton Street, a jeweler in Dublin since 1892.

Posted by: Yoki | July 11, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Well, o-kay.

I do think that some of my dna is derived from New Brunswick and Nova Scotian stock, however. Those Huguenots that snuck in on the Carolina coasts, ran for the hills and married Cherokee made a lot of difference later on. How they all met up is speculation.
I'm just a'merican mutt.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 11, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Make bed? Why? Years and years ago, my sister complained to my mother that my brother, the lazy bum, never made his bed. My brother said, “Why? In a few hours you’re going to mess it up again.” Make sense to me.

Posted by: rainforest1 | July 11, 2010 1:20 AM | Report abuse

You left out some lawyers and, I think, a mayor. And an immortal pirate.

Posted by: Jumper1 | July 11, 2010 1:25 AM | Report abuse

And a loom walker.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 11, 2010 1:32 AM | Report abuse

I know Jumper1. I also didn't mention gardeners, chefs, artists, bloggers and all the other wonderful rich pageantry of the Boodle. I feel truly terrible and disappointed that I didn't manage it.

The challenge is, of course, to try to describe the wonder of the Kit and Boodle in a single post. Sure to fail no matter how good the intention.

Error Flynn!

Posted by: Yoki | July 11, 2010 1:32 AM | Report abuse

Textile artists, military safeguards, runners, writers, graphic artists, children, friends...

No matter how many citations I note, I'll miss more.

It is like making an awards-ceremony speech, the more one thanke, the more one offends.

And, the Boodle has made me a better kinder Pooh. I was not too bad before, but now I live the examined life, and scrutinize my own speech and motives, and come down on the side of kindess.

Posted by: Yoki | July 11, 2010 1:44 AM | Report abuse

And madman drummers, bummers, and Indians in the summer. They will be SO disappointed you left them out!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dxT1JydHLc

Posted by: Jumper1 | July 11, 2010 1:58 AM | Report abuse

AND

Boodlers on four legs
With eloquent tails to share
in prose or haiku...

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 11, 2010 2:09 AM | Report abuse

Lulz. And I love that song, jumper.

Thanks.

Posted by: Yoki | July 11, 2010 2:10 AM | Report abuse

I have never once in my months of joyful boodling copied and pasted any of your words back at you, but here's something Yoki said that sums it up for me ---

"And, the Boodle has made me a better kinder Pooh. I was not too bad before, but now I live the examined life, and scrutinize my own speech and motives, and come down on the side of kindness."

Thank you, Y, for saying what I'm unable or too shy to express to you all.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 11, 2010 3:32 AM | Report abuse

awww shucks, Talitha. *grinding the toe of my sneaker (and I mean that) into the dust*

Posted by: Yoki | July 11, 2010 3:37 AM | Report abuse

http://s0.ilike.com/play#Andreas+Vollenweider:Dancing+With+The+Lion:100812:s52077584.12821986.21468096.1.2.273%2Cstd_442723f308ef4cdea14a2c23ca4c77fa

Posted by: talitha1 | July 11, 2010 3:45 AM | Report abuse

oopsy, freaking doodle!

Posted by: talitha1 | July 11, 2010 3:47 AM | Report abuse

maybe this one will take the way I wanted ----
http://il.youtube.com/watch?v=FiJNbZa5fXI&feature=related

Posted by: talitha1 | July 11, 2010 3:52 AM | Report abuse

Because

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYmIKcP7Nbc

Posted by: talitha1 | July 11, 2010 4:41 AM | Report abuse

A little music for Netherland fans -----
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iID2wmhsXgo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bj2HY4UK-co&feature=related
___________________

Sorry, that's all I got! Anything I pulled up for Dutch rock'n'roll was beyond my capacity to tolerate or capture.
____________

For Spain ---

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04c23br9n2E&feature=related

I'm working to find just one medieval/classical Spanish vid/audio piece online, though I despair that it exists.
_________

There is this . . . . .

http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/andres-segovia-guitar-plays-capricho-arabe/11cc25314255a04bf27011cc25314255a04bf270-167717831015?q=spanish%20guitar%20segovia%20youtube&FORM=VIRE5
_______

See you at the match.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 11, 2010 6:28 AM | Report abuse

(a sad and sleepless night here, so kindly disregard Tubular Bells. I may have ghosts in my hardware) but, please DO link to the first music from the Netherlands - a fine piece played on an authentic instument. (shades of Vermeer??)

You'll probably want to save the two national anthems for later, in case the vuvuzelas drown out the ceremonials.

I was saved by Segovia --- I think he knew what a quiet Sunday morning can mean.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 11, 2010 7:03 AM | Report abuse

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

Morning, friends. Slyness, has my vote for woman or person of the week! I can't think of a better choice.

I'm attempting to get ready for church this morning. Draging a bit, not because I don't want to go, the body wants to do what it wants to do, and that is hug the bed a little bit longer.

Have a wonderful day, folks, hope to see you at church. Love to all.

Slyness, I'm trying to keep it at a pace, but working with kids sometimes call for movement, and bless their little hearts, they don't hurt anywhere.

Posted by: cmyth4u | July 11, 2010 7:14 AM | Report abuse

For dbG, Geek'd etc.
http://xkcd.com/763/

Posted by: DNA_Girl | July 11, 2010 7:23 AM | Report abuse

Well, the NukeAbode's garden has done a passingly good impression of being fruitful, so it was only a matter of time before the varmints came calling. I opened the door last evening and saw some rustling in the undergrowth near the garden. Took a couple of steps in that direction, and sure enough there was a beastie there. The groundhog stood up and we stared at each other for a minute. It didn't seem to comprehend "Gitouddaheah!" in various inflections, but it skedaddled before I could get the hose turned on and properly discourage it. A check of the plants this morning confirms it's time to hit the local Big Blue Box store and get some fencing. *SIGH* Or perhaps I could borrow Wilbrodog, VLP or Ray for a couple of days? :-)

And we were speaking of cruel and inhumane traditions, weren't we?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/10/AR2010071000403.html

*off-to-fortify-meself-with-more-caffeine Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 7:40 AM | Report abuse

If there is a lack of truly iconic modern pop music from the Netherlands, I'll nominate this as the theme for L'orange today.

Giggling as I post it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFtLONl4cNc

Posted by: baldinho1 | July 11, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra! *HUGSSSSSSSS*

DNA_Girl! *HUGSSSS*

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra, I want you to know that whenever I read your posts I am lifted up in my spirit. Please ask the children in your life to hug you for talitha, your imaginary friend. *smiling*

Posted by: talitha1 | July 11, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Gardenias:
They are southern Chinese, cultivated (and bred) since at least the Song Dynasty, according to a book on Chinese garden plants from Portland's Timber Press. In Florida, the cultivated varieties have to be grafted onto nematode-resistant root stock, but otherwise they don't need irrigation and generally thrive on neglect.

The genus has a bunch of species, some with single flowers that look very different from the highly-scented doubles that are familiar.

(Yes, I'm a botanist, but not a horticulturist. That's sort of like the distinction between wildlife biologist and dog breeder).

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | July 11, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

A couple of drive-by irrelevancies.

CQP: "officials peering over the edge..." -- Got to admit I misread this briefly, tee-hee....

So anyway, I've got to vent (also briefly) about the following. An anniversary is an N -year- mark! Not a sixth-month mark or a one-month mark... That makes (say) "ten-year anniversary" like totally redundant y'know? It's -tenth- anniversary.

Now all you kids get offa my lawn.

Posted by: woofin | July 11, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Well, Scotty, I could lend you the bats and black snakes that have invaded our outbuildings if you need additional assistance in chasing away a varmint.

Oh, Yes! I was trying to keep mum last night, but all is revealed now. If my all night posts had you wondering about my sanity, have no fear --- I have lost it.

About 2am the lovely young lady who lives in the cottage here on the farm rang to say that her kitchen was crawling with baby black snakes, apparently driven by the rain up into the house. While my dear man was there they heard rustlings in the eaves and bats began to swoop.

I took in her two kitties (requiring me to rassle our parrot into his cage)(he hates me) and waited and am still waiting for the ruckus to subside . . . . . which accounts for my nutty posts of Netherlands and Spanish national anthems, etc. Anything to keep busy. Please laugh, because it's all I can do at this point.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 11, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Wow! Bats 'n' snakes and it isn't even Halloween! Gotta work on the timing there (*happy it ain't near me*).

Posted by: ftb2 | July 11, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

My dear Talitha, I was going to fax Scotty our bona fide, squirrel bonker, but I think you need it more. Or your neighbour does! I am giggling, but only in heartfelt understanding.

Posted by: --dr-- | July 11, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Oh my, talitha. Too much excitement for a Saturday night! I hope all is well now.

Michael Buble puts on a heck of a show. It was completely worth $91.50. Apparently 11,999 other people thought so too, because the arena was almost full. On a Saturday night, in July, in the heat of Charlotte.

Cassandra, I hope you are cool and comfortable and have a pleasant morning at church. We are off that direction shortly.

Scotty, good luck with a fence.

Posted by: slyness | July 11, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

I believe in farm cats to keep little snakes at bay. Coddled house cats know nothing about chasing prey. (I know W_G, but today's not the day to climb that hill.)

Bat houses have been in place for three years but their instinctive nesting habits persist.

This is a farmstead first settled in 1758 and some of the original buildings and foundations are extant. There are two limestone caves on the property and the Shenandoah winds its way down on the bottomland. Apple orchards and cow pastures and barns galore.
You think snakes, mice and bats don't exist with the deer, rabbits, a few squirrels and chipmunks, and birds galore?

We just enjoy and occasionally have to deal with the animals. Last night/today we're dealing with snakes and bats. Darn it. They're little bitty snakes, though. ;)

Posted by: talitha1 | July 11, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Oh, I'll tell you what else. I'm one of those "lucky" people who is deathly allergic to bee stings. Believe me, once you've experienced asphyxiation to the point of death a couple of times a few non-venomous garden snakes lose their creepitation factor. (Yes, I have my antihistamine kit.)

Posted by: talitha1 | July 11, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

splish splash piss splash splish
but piss o'er the edge?...woofin!
I'm telling your mom!

Posted by: DNA_Girl | July 11, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, I killed the boodle. Thanks for all your commiseration. I'm a doofus sometimes and you all are stellar.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 11, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

talitha1, sorry to hear about your nocturnal adventures. I have a soft spot for bats, but snakes are pretty creepy, particularly a nest of babies.

The good thing, I think, is they like to keep their distance. My guess is the rain must have flooded their nest?

What you need is a couple of mongoose. Would that be mongi?

Posted by: baldinho1 | July 11, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

DNA_Girl, the toon you sent earlier to dbG cracked me up. Leatherthumb would relate in ways I can only imagine. My defense is that I'm shown once and demonstrate my ability to execute twice. I either really *get* or it's not worth getting.

I does real gud cents I ony got dis thang sebun mumfs ago.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 11, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Rikki Tikki Tavi!
Why didn't I think of that!

Posted by: talitha1 | July 11, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Some interesting Wikifacts about the mongoose:


Mongooses mostly feed on insects, crabs, earthworms, lizards, snakes, chickens, and rodents. However, they also eat eggs and carrion.
The Indian Mongoose and others are popularly used to fight and kill venomous snakes, including cobras. They can do this because of their agility and cunning, and their thick coat. They typically avoid the cobra and have no particular affinity for consuming its meat.[8]

Hmmm... you wonder how it was that the mongoose, specifically the male mongoose, adapted the thick skin? It is explained later.

Reproduction
The mongoose emits a high-pitched noise, commonly known as giggling, when it mates. Giggling is also heard during courtship.[11]

Male mongooses NEED that thick skin for other reasons, it seems.

Posted by: baldinho1 | July 11, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Warm muffins, bacon & eggs, fresh berries, coffee and OJ on the table.

talitha, it is the marvel of the human condition that we can be both stellar and doofusish simultaneously.

Learned last evening that our best man has transitioned to hospice. Both he and his wife are very pleased with how comfortable and supported he is. Because this is at their home, he can still enjoy his porch (another person who has made porching an art form).

Off to the farmers' market before it gets too hot.

Go Netherlands!

Posted by: MsJS | July 11, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

In the Serengeti, we came across a whole slew (not stew) of mongoose (mongeese?) communing around a huge termite mound. I was able to get a camera shot of most of them. But the first thing I thought of (the *very* first thing) was Rikki Tikki Tavi!

We're all pretty universal, eh?

*joining the choir of GO NETHERLANDS!*

Posted by: ftb2 | July 11, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Woofi and DNAGal -- funny harrumphies this am from you. Am grading 22 portfolios this day so I needed the joy-jimmies very much.

Over 100 swimmers will think on that meet when they are fifty and rain falls hard on some future, unknown pool. A handful of the swimmers might be deck officials for their swimmy children and at least one will recall, "When I was ten, one of our meets..."

So, a story of rain and remembrance will be told. I will likely be gone then. But my bones and dust piles will sift and resift when the memory is called into being by a conversation.

Reminds me of the second verse of Danny Boy:
And if you come, when all the flowers are dying
And I am dead, as dead I well may be
You'll come and find the place where I am lying
And kneel and say an "Ave" there for me.

And I shall hear, tho' soft you tread above me
And all my dreams will warm and sweeter be
If you'll not fail to tell me that you love me
I'll simply sleep in peace until you come to me.

I'll simply sleep in peace until you come to me.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | July 11, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Donovan did a Riki Tiki Tavi song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TY7Rxae4pjU

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | July 11, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

ftb, I was looking for a natural way to clear my yard of ants. Did some research on domesticated anteaters. They seem expensive and very tricky to acquire. I think the mongoose is forbidden in the US, as it tends to lay waste to native plants and animals.

Maybe in a couple years I can have my own anteater rental business. Pay by the mound, maybe.

Posted by: baldinho1 | July 11, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Ftb -- your Eva singing DB
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=852gverKRPo

Frosti, I made a pinky-swear promise to warrior-brother: to sing this for his funeral should this come to pass by way of what happens in this great and confusing world. I did not pinky-swear to do this perfectly, only to do it.

Twas sung at two family weddings in the last two years. In one wedding, the song from the other family was a rolicking Hava Nagila. In another family, the call/response was Funicula.

In the wedding with the serious and earnest ScandoFinnie family, we had no call and response song...but such good coffee and manners and presents of practicality. Eventually, I will get my sauna....a legacy of those times and that community.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | July 11, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

MsJS, many thanks for you acknowledgement of the duality of the human condition. Stellar and Doofus . . . probably not the next great comix, but it's a start!

I don't know the circumstances of your friend who is now is hospice but will attest that hospice care, at home or in their gentle facilities, has been a saving grace for my family. So many times.

Baldinho, let's start a virtual mongoose farm and release Rikki whenever bears, groundhogs or other varmints infiltrate the boodle. We'll make a killing. A-Hurm. Resident canines will keep us in check, I'm sure.


Posted by: talitha1 | July 11, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Baldo! I want to start a rent a goat biz....for suburban yards.

And, also a knife sharpening biz. You need to be connected to Eye-talian types. Three excellent Italic peeps on the boodle could be my partners. I want a classic green step van, with a good tune to play. I will be like the ice cream truck but for mommies and daddies and their dull implements....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | July 11, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

What a lovely boodly sundally morning.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 11, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

I was thinking of cutting across the grain and rooting for Holland, or for the Dutch, but I'll go with the flow and root for Netherlands. Isn't anyone for Spain?

So DotC, interesting and thank you, I always guessed, I guess, frangipani was Mediterranean sourced. What do you think* of plants that appear to 'waste' a tremendous amount of productive effort on flowers that only last a day, or sometimes even less, whilst others produce blooms that can last for weeks and in the case of some orchids, for months?

*I don't know what to ask really, so I'll see if you will set up the proper question too, how is that for doing no work to help the expert?

Posted by: shrink2 | July 11, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

baldinho, a few years ago there was an ant war around our house, you could actually see them chopping each other to bits...it was actually pretty one sided, appalling in a micro kind of way, but it looks like they all lost. It seemed like the red ants were massacring the ones that so annoy us indoors, the little black 'sugar' ants, but we have had neither colony reappear. Maybe the red ants are itinerant, marauding bands, like Vikings, they do have little horns sticking out of their heads...Our house must have looked like Lindesfarne.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 11, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

woofin, I was just backboodling. Are you celebrating a ten year anniversary and my stupid snakes and bats got in the way?

Woofin, Happy Day - what ever day it is!!!

Posted by: talitha1 | July 11, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Good morning! Has anyone here ever made Limoncello? Dr G and I have decided to try it, but we're going to use limes. (One reason we go regularly to the Big Ethnic Supermarkets is to buy limes there at 10 or 7/$1.00.)

Dr G makes limeade all summer long. Better tasting than lemonade and.. ta da!... no seeds! And now we know what to do with the lime peels he throws away.

We'll use this recipe from the WaPo...

http://bit.ly/azGE1V

But gain inspiration from this blog post (a blog dedicated to Limoncello? Who knew?)...

http://limoncelloquest.com/posts/lime-cello-test

Posted by: -TBG- | July 11, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Also...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boodle%27s

and

http://www.boodles.org

Keep in mind... Boodle's Ladies Side and Chambers entrance is located directly behind the Club building and is accessed through the Economist Plaza.

Posted by: -TBG- | July 11, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I just don't think "gentlemen's club" means the same thing in London as it does here in the states.

Posted by: -TBG- | July 11, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

today's popsicle riddle is
Why was the bad baseball team so hot?

Because it didn't have any fans......


out to do yardwork before actual work

Posted by: greenwithenvy | July 11, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

In the grand spirit of Error Flynn, I shall defeat (or at least confound) the dang rodents.

Error in '08, always. *SIGH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

I am here to testify about the amazing properties of neem oil to control squash borers. I treated four at the bases a few weeks ago and it repelled the little buggers. Unfortunately I got lazy and left the last volunteer untreated. I had to go in with a scalpel today and stab away, as I couldn't find an actual worm. Doused the wound with neem preparation. I am fairly sure that will kill that plant. I found the wound teeming with little pillbugs.

My source makes it unclear what these things are:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armadillidium

or are they

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pill_millipede
?
I have seen them eating the cambium off young plants, rendering the plants dead. I hate them.

Posted by: Jumper1 | July 11, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Wow.. the boodle is an amazing place.. a time machine, really.

RD mentioned Error Flynn's fight with the groundhogs, so I Googled back to find some of his hilarious posts about it.

Now I find myself back in a time when Error was still alive. His banter and humor and kindness all there. Makes me sad and happy at the same time.

Posted by: -TBG- | July 11, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Oops... Scotty, not RD. Sorry.

Posted by: -TBG- | July 11, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Error in '08, indeed Snuke.

Got my first peaches of the season at the farmers' market. A few more days of ripening and they'll be peachberry cobbler.

*salivating at the prospect*

gwe, thanks for the popsicle joke. What flavor are you enjoying?

TBG, I treated myself to a freshly squeezed limeade at the farmers' market. Gooooooood.

shrink, everyone in my bro's fam is rooting for Spain. My preference for Netherlands is strictly financial, as I win my pool if they win the championship.

talitha, our friend has been living with cancer for five years, and took the time to scout out all the hospice services in his area before he actually needed one. We are all happy this is happening on his terms.

Posted by: MsJS | July 11, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

MsJS.... I read that as "everyone on my brother's farm is rooting for Spain," and thought, "ooohhh... we've got to find out more about her brother's farm."

Posted by: -TBG- | July 11, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

LOL, TBG!

BroJS is definitely not the agrarian type. Suburban born and bred, through and through.

Posted by: MsJS | July 11, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

TBG, never had limoncello made with limes, but have had a homemade bottle that was a dozen lemons, one lime. Not bad. But if you're going to go with all limes, I think I'd look around for grain instead of vodka. But that's me (might want to check with bc and RD...genentically, we're big fans of limoncello.) Lemme know how it turns out.

Also, let me know if you decide to make grappa.

Posted by: LostInThought | July 11, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Brian Phillips has an interesting piece at Slate about why fans of soccer (and maybe most especially fans of Dutch soccer) should be hoping for a loss by Netherlands.

http://www.slate.com/id/2259911/

Posted by: Bob-S | July 11, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I'll be for Spain too. I really don't care, and can only watch for a few minutes, preferably toward the end because it will be over soon, all the while muttering, kick the ball into the goal! At least I'll know which team is which right away.

Posted by: seasea1 | July 11, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Oh yes, LiT... I'm using the WaPo recipe that calls for grain alcohol. I was just inspired by the blog post that limes would work.

In other news...

We watch the Onion News Network videos on our Tivo. This one is well worth sharing...

http://onion.com/chXGlg

Posted by: -TBG- | July 11, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Barefoot Bandit is nabbed:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/11/AR2010071101048.html?hpid=artslot
I don't understand the admiration. Or what motivates him.

Posted by: seasea1 | July 11, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

ok 2nd popsicle riddle of the day(it is a hot one doing yardwork)

Why did the policeman arrest the baseball player?

He stole 2nd base

and i have come to the conclusion,that when you got to pops together the riddles are somewhat related......

Have a happy day everyone!!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | July 11, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

OK, maybe I'm not as serious a student of alcohol as I think I am. What's the difference between (unflavored) vodka and grain alcohol?

I thought that vodka was more-or-less defined as "diluted neutral spirit", i.e. ethanol & water. Shouldn't much matter what you're yeast-feeding starting carbohydrate stock was.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 11, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

"your", not "you're", dammit.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 11, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps the issue is that the extra water in vodka will dilute the final drink, but I hardly ever make anything that needs to be so intensely flavored (or so incredibly alcoholic) that a few extra ounces of water will ruin the effect.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 11, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Tie in to Boodle's in London, the play "An Ideal Husband" is one of the plays put on by the Shaw festival this season.

I would like to cheer for Spain, we have a good friend from Spain, but I have a soft spot for The Netherlands, and frankly I do not enjoy soccer so really who ever wins - Yes it is over.

Posted by: dmd3 | July 11, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Just finished a 3-hour whitewarshing marathon. Painted all the trim on the two garages and the risers up the front steps. Not terribly hot, but I had to think of Tom Sawyer at least a few times.

Hoping I get to see the WC final this PM.

Posted by: baldinho1 | July 11, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

dmd... your final sentence combined with dbG's statement that The Container Store = hope are hereby nominated for [combined] comment of the weekend.

Posted by: -TBG- | July 11, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

"Shouldn't much matter what you're yeast-feeding starting carbohydrate stock was."

My Polish relative would become apoplectic at this, he maintains only certain kinds of potatoes (grown in Poland of course) are suitable for the finest vodkas.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 11, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, shrink, that's true. There's a big difference between most commercial vodka (made from ethanol distilled to near-purity, then diluted with water to about 40-50%) and traditional vodkas that (like most other spirit drinks) are only distilled to the final drinking potency.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 11, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Good god, even the deer need their Tim's fix up here.

And blushing TBG.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/atlantic/gimme-my-timmies-deer-smashes-through-tim-hortons-window/article1635984/

Posted by: dmd3 | July 11, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

So, is it common for Canadians to confront thieves clad in deer costumes?

Posted by: Bob-S | July 11, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Limoncello is a lovely aperitif. I'm sure limes will be as pleasant as lemons. Will you save some for me, please, TBG?

IIRC, the main purpose of Boodle's was to be a gambling establishment for quality, so they didn't have to deal with the hoi polloi.

Thirddottir and the boyz came for lunch. Now Geekdottir is exhausted from running the den/hall/living room/dining room/kitchen circuit with them.

I had teddy bears from Germany for them. I asked P if he wanted a bear, and he cheerfully and emphatically said, "Nope!" ROTFL for all of us.

Posted by: slyness | July 11, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Cape Breton on a Saturday night - you just never know.

Posted by: dmd3 | July 11, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I'm just trying to wrap my head around this scenario.

*CRASH* ...tinkle...tinkle...

"Say, y'all, the front window's been smashed! We'd best keep an eye out for miscreants."

"Umm, there's something that looks like a large quadruped freaking out by the back door."

"Oh, well, then. It's probably a thief. Better notify the constabulary."

Posted by: Bob-S | July 11, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure Monty Python (or any number of 'boodlers) would have done much better work with this material.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 11, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

And we have our first dive of the final a minute in! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

And our first offsides...

Spain, both times. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Spainish free kick from distance leads to a good chance but great Netherlands save & defense!

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Another offsides for Spain... I believe we're going to see a lot of risk-taking from Spain here.

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Spanish defensive lapse yields the first Netherlands shot to no effect -- bouncer to the keeper.

Villa for Spain is just daring the Netherlands to try to offsides trap.

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Spain's definitely controlling the pace these first 10 minutes, leading to a great chance and Netherlands save...

Corner kick leads to Spain knocking a cross into the outside of the net, wide left.

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Yellow for van Persie on a questionable tackle (and plenty of embellishment by the Spanish player).

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

And a return yellow for Spain's Puyol for a very rough tackle on Robben.

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Netherlands free kick is on target, except that the keeper was the target. Villa's offides AGAIN...

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Robben's slicing down the right side yields a Netherlands corner, cleared to the opposite side...

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Another Netherlands yellow card, for Van Bommel this time after clearly going after Inestia and not the ball.

Netherlands left-side rush gives another free kick to no effect.

Lots of long-range passing, very sloppy at this point.

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Tried watching the game in 3D to see if I might enjoy it more, nope.

Posted by: dmd3 | July 11, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Livan's getting beat up by the Giants today. San Francisco ahead of the Nationals, 5-0 in the fifth inning.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 11, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Robben seems an awful lot like a gyroscope not totally spun up, leaning an awful lot but keeping his balance.

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Yet ANOTHER yellow for Netherlands, but de Jong's very VERY lucky not to have been immediately sent off for planting his cleat in a Spanish player's chest! :-O

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Hey, they got Morgan Freeman to fill in for Mandela! *L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

From today's paper, Carlos Lozada's take on Patrick Barclay's ideas about a tie-game solution that might change the way the game is played:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/09/AR2010070902340.html

Posted by: Bob-S | July 11, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Play's really bogged down here in midfield for the past 10 minutes...

Oooh, a bit of sportsmanship gone awry! The Spanish keeper threw the ball out of bounds to give his own player a moment to recover. Netherlands kicks it back to him, but a bit too strong and the keeper has too touch it over the end line for a corner. Netherlands does the right thing and sends the corner softly to the keeper.

Whadda great game this is. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Nice idea on the Netherlands corner but the finisher just plain missed the ball!

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Spanish free kick at a reasonable distance...

Cleared out nicely, with (what else) another Spanish offsides as the ball comes back in.

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Shrink, all reproductive strategy tends to be based on life history issues-- resources, habitat flexibility/ stability, competition, predation, disease, density of population.

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

I made the mistake of not saving my first post before I hit enter-- alas it got eaten because I referred to those one-night stand-type flowers as floral sl*ts putting ads everywhere for matchmakers to land them a mate-- any mate-- before their biological clock goes boing or they get eaten.

Longer (or multiple flowering) seasons that occur within a year often occur to larger perinneals that don't really fear being eaten before they bloom again.

But as they live longer, the environment might be unstable enough that they don't bloom in sync with local mates...and they may not want to-- local mates perfectly in sync might be related, so they stagger their blooming times to ensure maximum genetic diversity against disease and uncertain environment.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 11, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Nasty collision near midfield yields a Spanish free kick that sails wide left.

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Robben aims a rocket to the Spanish near post and wins a corner, cleared for naught.

The flow of play favored Spain in the first half, but both sides seem unable to really piece a solid run together. Not dull by any means, but "uninspired" sure fits.

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

"all reproductive strategy tends to be based on life history issues-- resources, habitat flexibility/ stability, competition, predation, disease, density of population."

Well, that's true. But tautological.

Whatever works, works.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 11, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Spanish corner leads to another whiff by a finisher, and the Netherlands counterattck leads to a good chance!

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Another Robben rocket, but Casillas wraps it up...

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Questionable yellow for Van Bronkhorst, free kick goes wide...

Six yellows, tied for most ever in a WC final...

Robben makes an excellent run but his pass is off...

ANOTHER yellow, very delayed call by the ref!

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

May I just say this is NOT the prettiest WC final I've ever seen?

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Ahh, Scotty, the game is young. Mayhaps beauty will flourish.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 11, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I am so enthralled I went out to the gardens and changed the watering schemes for the afternoon and evening.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 11, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

AIEEE!!! Robben can't quite pop it past Casillas!!! Corner for Netherlands...

Robben boots it high over the goal.

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Not quite tautological, Bob-S.

Extreme r-selection: grow fast, breed lots, invest little per offspring, often die young. They do well in unstable environments, since low offspring survival rate is a given. The most extreme selection will cause semelparity= breeding just once and dying after, but multiple clutches in a short period of time instead is also possible (birds and mammals are constrained by their biology by how many offspring they can produce at once.)

Extreme K-selection: great apes, dolphins, elephants. Long periods of heavy parental investment, delayed breeding age, limited offspring number; more apt to spread out their reproductive efforts over life, rather than have offspring in litters.

This applies for plants as well. Salmon and dandelions have a bit more in common than we'd think; too bad there was no dandelion wine to be had with my lunchtime salmon.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 11, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

From bc via text message --

"I didn't know the Yellow River ran through South Africa."

*L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

And of course, as a committed neo-Darwinist, I wholeheartedly believe that if beauty is not forthcoming, it's because the resources, habitat flexibility/ stability, competition, predation, disease, & density of population [oh, and the rules, as they're enforced] do not reward its emergence.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 11, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Dangerous bit of defense there by Netherlands...

ANOTHER yellow, this time for Capdevilla of Spain for taking down Schneider on a breakaway...

Free kick cleared away.

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Villa's offsides... I'm shocked, shocked.

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

David Villa's game-winner blocked by the defender!!!

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

David Villa's game-winner blocked by the defender!!!

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Critters which reproduce are produced in environments. Environments comprise many elements.

Reproduction takes into account many elements.

If that ain't tautology, they done me wrong back in them Georgia schools.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 11, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

David Villa's game-winner blocked by the defender!!!

The first real shot on goal in ages is a soft grounder to the Netherlands keeper.

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

bc again--

The ref's handing out yellows like they're Little League participation awards!

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Free kick for Spain just beyond the penalty box...

David Villa knocks it over the crossbar.

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I like the Dutch orange against the green. The black lettering is adequately legible, but not overwhelming, as it should be.

The dark blue of Spain could use some work fashion-wise; the gold is a good contrast but the lettering seems to vanish within that midnight. Maybe some gold trim is called for, or altering that blue a touch? I think a dose of purple would do wonders.

Waiting for some major action.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 11, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Another Spanish corner... No clear shooting lanes to be found.

And Ramos can't head in an uncontested corner!!!

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Spanish corner....

Cleared out and a second Spanish cross sails clear to the other sideline.

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Spain's really pressing hard these last 10 minutes or so...

Can Netherlands hold on for another 10?

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

ROBBEN GETS A YELLOW!?!!?!?

After getting mugged on another breakaway???

Ai chihuahua...

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

You have phrased it as a mock-syllogism, Bob S.

"Many elements" is vague and not necessarily identical, so it's not a true syllogism.

Aristotle would have defined this term as "equivocal"-- that is, it can mean more than one thing, just a pen that holds pigs isn't the same as a pen that you write with.

Pigs live in a pen.
I have a pen in my hand;
therefore I have pigs living in my hand.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 11, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

You'd think an English ref would understand physical play... *shrug*

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

"The ref's handing out yellows like they're Little League participation awards!"

If fifa does not do something about all the flopping and posing, maybe the fan base will. You can have a low scoring "beautiful game" but a low scoring ugly game?

Posted by: shrink2 | July 11, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

The Nats are mounting a stirring comeback. Now they're only down four runs, 6-2. Of course, they're running out of game, since it's the bottom of the eighth inning.

Maybe it's not all THAT stirring.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 11, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

What a scrappy game!
Webb has restrained himself to yellows; it could've easily been 9 on either side by now.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | July 11, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

A Netherlands offsides? How unusual!

Three minutes to avoid overtime...

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I don't wish to go too far astray into language play (which I enjoy, but it's not the point here) when discussing the underlying biological point.

Of course reproductive strategies are affected by all possible environmental influences. Any reproductive strategy which doesn't incorporate adjustments to the influence of any environmental influence (positive or negative) runs the risk of being overtaken (in reproductive success) by strategies that make the adjustment.

There's a word for creatures resulting from strategies that successfully make such adjustments. The word is "alive".

Posted by: Bob-S | July 11, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Anyone care to bet on how many yellows we see in extra time?

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

DNAGirl, thank you. Sad, but true. :)

Sorry, DotC, for referring to you as a horticulturalist some weeks back. My only excuse? I didn't understand the difference until you explained it. Thanks.

dmd, always enjoy your fresh outlook!

Posted by: -dbG- | July 11, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Spain takes up where it left off, and all they earn is a corner...

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

This discussion of rapid reproduction and equivocal pigs has reminded me of this fine short story about the eternal fight against race suicide which was a favorite of mine in my youth: "Pigs is Pigs."

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

You can read it at Project Gutenberg:
http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/2004

No race suicide, indeed.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 11, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

ASTOUNDING KICK SAVE for Netherlands!!!

And Robben earns a corner at the other end!! Headed over the bar...

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the ref should go up in the stands and hand out 'participation awards' to anyone with a vuvuzela.

Posted by: MsJS | July 11, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Spanish corner is headed the wrong way...

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

KICK IT!!!

Posted by: seasea1 | July 11, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Iniesta can't finish!!! So many missed chances on both sides...

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

This is why four years ain't long enough.

Posted by: teddymzuri | July 11, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

NAVAS SHOT DEFELECTED WIDE!!!

Spain's feeling it here...

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, I know what you are talking about, but I don't think it applies; I don't think a hibiscus is like a salmon, a species with a fantastically complicated way of creating numbers (biological oceanography was my undergrad major). I have been guessing tropical (not dandelion) flower profligacy has to do with pollinator symbiosis, but I don't know anything about botany's deep structure. I didn't ask "why?" of DaveotC for the reason Bob went to right away. Since we know it must make sense, it has to. Everything conspires to make it work.

The question, I hesitate to ask is how do tropical plants that use so much energy on gaudy, short lived flowers still win the competition for dirt and sun? More specifically, even though the flowers are short lived, their seed production, propagation, re-growth, all very slow, they are not like dandelions which of course, can turn out flowers and seeds at an alarming rate.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 11, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Fabregas makes a great run but pokes it wide...

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Van Bronckhorst ends his professional career coming to the bench in the WC final. Bittersweet, I'd say.

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

15 minutes until penalty kicks...

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Teddy, let's remember that the championship 4 years ago was decided by a penalty shot out. Is that really how fifa wants to decide world championships?

Posted by: MsJS | July 11, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Nothing doing for the Nats. The Giants got six runs on seven hits, the Nationals got two runs on ten (!) hits. Sigh.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 11, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

David Villa comes off and will not win the Golden Boot...

His replacement, Torres, better have 15 minutes of legs in him...

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Two of the last four WC Championships decided on penalty kicks, right?

Posted by: Bob-S | July 11, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Let me just say this. Those Dutch fellows are most exceedingly orange. It's like watching traffic cones play soccer.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | July 11, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

And there's a second yellow (red) for Heitinga... Good call, tough for Netherlands.

Dangerous free kick for Spain...

High & wide.

Can Netherlands hold on with 10 men???

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

RD, to me it looks like the guards vs the prisoners.

Posted by: -TBG- | July 11, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

shrink, well they do it because they can!!

Posted by: Bob-S | July 11, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

RD, funny! Their pointy heads help.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 11, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Navas wastes a free kick rebound...

6 minutes until penalty kicks, and Robben's really pushing his luck...

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Sneijder ALMOST wins the Boot and the Cup on a free kick!!!

And I'm sorry, the Spanish were offsides on that goal...

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Madrid erupts!!!!!

Posted by: talitha1 | July 11, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

13 yellows, I think. Anyone know if that's a record?

Posted by: MsJS | July 11, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

And another yellow for the Spanish player kickig the ball away...

Ugly, ugly game.

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

And Torres DIDN'T have 15 minutes of legs, but it doesn't matter.

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Make that 14 yellows.

Oh thank ggoodness its over.

Posted by: MsJS | July 11, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Grumble, I still think the yellow card/poser-fake injury game is a terrible distraction. In the entire world cup, did anyone lose a tooth?, require stitches? I saw a couple guys needed band aids...pansies are like dandelions.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 11, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

It's a terrible shame (although no great surprise this year) that the WC final is marred by suspect refereeing. *SIGH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 11, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

:(

Big hugs for Netherlands fans.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 11, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

That doesn't look like a cup to me.

Posted by: -TBG- | July 11, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, they put the new top on the oil disaster. Now they have to put a new top on that top, Hell's wedding cake.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 11, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Tbg, that's because all the cups are on your porch, full of homemade sangria. I'll be over directly.

Posted by: -dbG- | July 11, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

If the soccer commentators are naming Dutch artists and omit Vermeer what does that tell us? Never mind.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 11, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

bia, As close an you can come to the tallest redwood. It's location is a secret.
http://www.redwoods.info/showrecord.asp?id=4009

Posted by: bh72 | July 11, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Bob S., actually no, strategies aren't influenced by all possible environmental influences. That's impossible.

The influences molding a species' current strategy are that of survivors of environments that have already occured in the past.

They probably don't have the optimum strategies, just good-enough ones. If they all survived the same severe impacts, they will have common traits that may amplify in future generations-- unless a separate, nearly opposite selection event occurs.

A few survivors who were under different selection (let's say flood instead of drought) breeding with the survivors of major selection events may find their offspring do worse if the same major pressure (drought) holds, but they may not wash out of the pool entirely-- and if a major selection event (flood) occurs, their grandoffspring may find themselves the lucky survivors, able and ready to reproduce the great-grandchildren while others perish.

So while sparrows might benefit from being able to breed like cockroaches, they're still constrained by their avian biology as to how often and how much they really can breed. This is evolutionary history.

However, they are under selection to breed fast and have big flocks of kin, so they are. They may have minor influence to slow down their reproduction in certain areas (I'd be surprised), but that is swamped by the gene pool.

It's very possible for a species to lose the genetic diversity needed to contend with significant environmental issues if they go through population bottlenecks. A single illness can kill 70% or more of captive cheetahs exposed to it because they're so inbred.

Shrink was asking about short-flowering plants vs plants that bloom over periods of time, and said he didn't even know how to ask the question. I wanted to give him the tools to ask what he had in mind.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 11, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Now that the World Cup is over, I see that MrJS' fave team hit 5 homers today and sits atop the AL Central by a half game at the All-Star break.

Posted by: MsJS | July 11, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod - It seems to me that you're bringing a dysfunctionally anecdotal mindset to a universal discussion.

Of course a population's future trajectory will be affected by particular incidents or conditions. That's what those of us in the business of being alive call "environmental influences".

Of course cows breed slower than sparrows,and sparrows breed slower (no matter how much you wish to believe otherwise) than cockroaches. But (thus far) it works for all involved.

I'm not sure what argument you think you need to make here in order to bring me to heel. But if you keep insisting that I'm somehow incorrect when I point out that reproductive organisms only survive insofar as they adjust to environmental influences, then I'll be right, and you won't.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 11, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

And, Wilbrod, I'm quite fond of you!

Posted by: Bob-S | July 11, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

The tropics are intensely specific, if that works. Temperate climes are where those eco models we know apply, as a generality.

Many tropicals spend almost all of their energy on a reproductive method that has nothing to do with efficiency, it only works because it works, like a Rube Goldberg device. I have noticed there are many plant from equatoria which produce vast quantities of very short lived flowers, of byzantine complexity (we call it beauty, we don't put dandelions in a vase after we are five, unless we are "special") and which nonetheless breed quite slowly, almost imperceptibly.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 11, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

What's going on in Barcelona? A day or two ago, there were big marches over a court ruling that undid the Catalan autonomy deal. Maybe they're Spanish tonight?

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | July 11, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I like dandelions, have ever since I was a tot. I've found that my neighbors are steered in different directions, aesthetically.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 11, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

"I like dandelions"

I knew you would say that.
You are special. If you were
my neighbor, we'd be at home.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 11, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

I feel compelled to follow up with:

Wilbrod, I'm not just fond of you (and I really am), but I respect the knowledge and thought that you bring to many of the discussions here.

But I'm still not able to understand what I've said today that you've thought was ripe for contention. (OK, I'll grant you that I was a bit loose in my use of "tautology".)

Posted by: Bob-S | July 11, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Quite a lot of population ecology works well in very different parts of the world. Papayas and black cherries both build up huge seed banks that are cued to germinate after an area's been flattened by hurricane or fire.

Much (but not all) of the tropics has greater plant species richness than temperate regions, and you do get a lot of situations in forests where for reasons of predation, it's unhealthy to have near neighbors of your own species. So trees tend to be pollinated by insects or bats rather than spreading pollen by wind.

There's some high plant diversity vegetation in temperate climes. Upland longleaf pinelands in sandhills of the American South have very large numbers of grasses and herbs coexisting in very small areas. Much of southern China is incredibly species-rich.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | July 11, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

There are no fifteen-year locusts.

Posted by: Jumper1 | July 11, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Lets stop beating around the bush, does anyone have any idea how it is that some slow to propagate plants put huge energy into short lived flowers?

Posted by: shrink2 | July 11, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

shrink2 does not give up easily :)

focuslikealaserbeam is open as a nom de boodle.

Posted by: -dbG- | July 11, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Ahh, but there are annual locusts (cicadas). And if there's a set of conditions that favors reproductive success of fifteen-year locusts, and if there's a propensity in locusts to vary their reproductive cycle, then there's plenty of reason to believe that someday fifteen-year locusts will rule the earth.

But predicting these things is a mug's game.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 11, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Enterprise ROV2 is giving an enema.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 11, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

So a selection factor for short-duration flowering could be to reduce inter-species gene transfer and maintain high diversity?

Plus, as W_G noted, some creatures live to canoodle with a large number and variety of partners in a short time.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | July 11, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

shrink - You'll have noted that these huge, energy-inefficient flowers are found only in parts of the world where there's 1) Lots of sunlight (i.e. extra energy) and 2) Lots of other colorful flora (i.e. extra targets for herbivores that might otherwise consume the flowers in question).

I'm back to my original answer. Because they can.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 11, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

WaPo is at it again. At this rate, my ftb-number will be as old as I am about to be. . . .

DotC, perhaps we can now establish the fact that papayas and black cherries are a whole lot smarter than a buncha people we know (and know of, even).

Anybody here ever have dandelion wine? IIRC, I think I did once or twice (or more) when I lived in Sweden. Pretty good, too, I think I thought. (*snicker* *snort*)

Posted by: ftb3 | July 11, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

And somewhere, in Spain, a man is still yelling "Goooooal!"

Posted by: RD_Padouk | July 11, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

These plants like a hibiscus or a gardenia, flower for plenty of time, for months; it is the duration of the actual bloom, each flower, that seems so strangely brief, this compared to nearby also slow to propagate plants that feature long lasting flowers, even very long lasting flowers. I think it must have something to do with symbiosis, somehow, I just wondered if there were any species specific science on this.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 11, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

No need to bring you to heel. You're already there, Bob-S. I was just correcting that "all possible environmental influences" comment. Science isn't about universals. It's about explaining the specific by looking for the underlying logic behind it (if any exists).

Shrink, flowers need pollinators. Wind pollination works well in the open or for very tall plants, but not so much in a rainforest.

That pollinator must not only visit a plant, but then also find another plant of a similar species to visit.

Flowers and nectar are many plants' bribe to do this. In the tropics where so many plants of different species coexist in a small space, a flower is at a disadvantage depending on a general pollinator, though; too much chance of pollen going astray.

So synchronized flowering and huge, intense displays can be one way to overcome this problem, because all of a sudden, THIS flower is what is happening.

Many orchids have evolved sexual perfumes and pseudo-insect like designs to entice wasps and other insects by s3x not food. This allows specialized pollinators to be used-- pollinators that won't pay attention to other flowers.

Another problem also exists; the more specialized an plant is, the more sparsely scattered it tends to be, because the ideal niches are few; most seeds won't thrive where they wind up. So, an ideal mate might be a good distance away; miles even-- and it's not open country, but a very dense environment.

How do they set up long-distance mating in such a dense environment? They usually go big, bright, or smelly, and brief to attract the attention of larger pollinators (birds, bats, other animals, etc.) that can travel longer distances.

Smell diffuses and loses directionality the longer it lasts, so a strong smell that can travel miles is best released at very specific times, when its ideal pollinator might be active and it'll be fresh and provide directional information. The huge size of the inflorescence helps the pollinator spot it in the thick jungle.
All very expensive in energy and resources.

Once pollination occurs, the plant now makes the best of its expensive one-night stand, depending on how its seeds will be spread. Orchids have thousands of tiny seeds per capsule, these may well be wind, fur, or water-borne, and also eaten by lots of insects. Others may make their seeds indigestible-- like brazil nuts, mango pits, etc.-- encased in fruit attractive to large vertebrates who eat the fruit, partly break down the seed shell, then disperse the seeds in their dung.

There are more strategies I'm sure I've forgotten about, but does this begin to answer your question?


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 11, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

It takes a lot to keep a flower alive too. In places with abundant sunlight (which dries and bleaches flowers) etc. it's probably less expensive to make new ones than maintain old ones.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | July 11, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Bob, I know what you want me to ask,
why does a dog lick its private parts?
I get that, I am trying to ask a serious science question here. Sheesh, did you're fifth grade teacher despise you as much as mine did me?

No, I am not going to fix you're or even apolegize, everyone does it, it is natural, apparantly. No I am not going to fix apparantly.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 11, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

BobS brought to heel? Now there's a mental snap.

Gucci? Manolo Blahnik?

Posted by: LostInThought | July 11, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

I scoff at orchids. It's the figs/wasps that are amazing. "For every fig there is a wasp [turn, turn, turn] under heaven"

Posted by: Bob-S | July 11, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

DNA makes a point that drives the issue.
Flowers are hard to maintain. I have always wondered how a daffodil or an orchid can put up with the conditions? It must be true that flowers have immune systems and ways to fix and resist damage. And certainly a one hit wonder never has to develop all that.

I also think a variation of Wilbrod's mass bloom idea, the THIS FLOWER IS WHAT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW, the K Mart Blue light Special of the jungle might be it. Stinky cheese, whoohoo, get me or you will miss the fun, one night only...

Posted by: shrink2 | July 11, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Many orchids have long-lasting flowers. It's related to the pollination mechanism, where the pollinator flies a pair of pollen bags to the next flower, rather than merely getting covered with yellow dust.

For the most part, flowers are fairly cheap to make, so no advantage to building them to last. I suspect pollinators might be more impressed by fresh new flowers.

The business of flowering all at once rather than putting out a few flowers at a time has puzzled me. If the flowers are insect or bat pollinated, it means pollinators might be overwhelmed for a week...then maybe starve. Why not keep a small crew of pollinators employed? There must be some advantage to staging a big flowering blowout. In a tropical forest, you might guess that pollinators with great flight capacities, leaving one tree loaded with pollen, may seek out the next flower-loaded tree a half mile away. That tree likely smells like a bombed perfume factory and looks like Dutch soccer fans.

Wind pollination is a different game that encourages large populations with high within-population genetic diversity.

There's some reason to believe that an individual oak, over a long lifetime, may produce a wide genetic diversity of acorns, potentially suited to different sites or resistant to different natural enemies.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | July 11, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Shhhhh, LiT. We try to keep that kind of thing private.

Posted by: -pj- | July 11, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

DotC answered it much more briefly than I did.

Bob-S, I couldn't figure out your criticism.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 11, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Bob-S -- I saw a couple of strangler fig trees in Africa. They were simply fascinating, and I was pleased that I had already learned about them through various Nature shows from PBS.

Posted by: ftb3 | July 11, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

"Bob-S, I couldn't figure out your criticism."

Exactly!

Posted by: Bob-S | July 11, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

I think there's linkage b/w flowering duration and density. Make the most of the moment, I guess. Also, long-duration flowerers? probably can't afford high density.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | July 11, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

"Royal poinciana" trees (Delonix regia) from Madagascar are blessedly odorless, but do look like Dutch soccer fans. They're the trees that puzzled some Rhode Island guys driving back from Key West. Being good New Englanders, they thought it was orange leaves.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | July 11, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

I think the idea is to use amateur pollinators and make it really easy for them to figure out what to do, DotC.

Oak trees may use plain old wind for no-frills pollination, but they sure have bred up a huge army of bushy-tailed acorn farmers.

Maybe the big blow-out is also to make their locations memorable as fruit sources later on? Or, maybe a leftover genetic legacy from a different, more seasonal environment?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 11, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

"Also, long-duration flowerers? probably can't afford high density."

You'd think this is part of it, it has to be. But Dave says flowers are cheap, I think maybe making them is, maintaining them is not. So the hibiscus is a cheap trick and the orchid is a subaru. No that doesn't work, the orchid is the...what car is cheap to build, looks great and is very expensive to maintain? An English car (do they still exist)?

Posted by: shrink2 | July 11, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

The issue with adapting to one's environment versus innate actions designed to ensure continuance of the species got a great test today at my house.

An adult male of the species was standing on a chair, painting a section of their dwelling. The mate of this adult noticed that a juvenile male, approximately 3 years old, was nearby and had just picked up the nozzle-end of a garden hose.

The female adult warned.... hey, male head of the family, there is a male juvenile about 10 feet from you holding the end of the hose. Is that turned on?

The male adult confidently replied.... yes, the water is on, but not to worry. He had observed this juvenile, and he did not have the ability to work the nozzle. The adult male had adapted to his environment, and would not waste precious energy to avoid a potential dousing.

Stupid male adult.

Posted by: baldinho1 | July 11, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

In an incident that ties together a couple of themes, I just witnessed a neighborhood cat (a long-time outdoor wanderer whose coat ((not unlike my own)) is starting to turn noticeably grey) get dive-bombed by a cicada (the annual crop are buzzing merrily today) and react quite agitatedly.

The cat was staring fixedly at the intended victim (squirrel or chipmunk, I'm guessing. Some member of Rodentia, I'm sure. At this time of year the local avians are generally safe from ground-based attack) until the Hemipteran encounter.

Fun stuff, I wish I had video.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 11, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

I nominate baldinho1's post of 7:38 for post of the week, too funny.

Posted by: dmd3 | July 11, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Saw this article earlier in the weekend, anyone heard of this weed?

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/technology/science/giant-weed-that-can-cause-blindness-popping-up-in-ontario-bc/article1635075/

Posted by: dmd3 | July 11, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

baldinho - Nice! I wish I had even a little bit of money for every story I could tell that features *me* being predictably idiotic. There are many. And many more. And a couple more just for dessert.

And I wish I could tell you that they all took place a long time ago. Longer ago than yesterday, for instance. Nope, most days, probably not.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 11, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

I know that I've said that predicting future reproductive success of a species (and the features of said species) is a mug's game, but I'll make a prediction:

In the fairly near future, giant hogweed plants that grow to display foliage 1.5 meters in diameter will become less common near densely human-populated areas. And such hogweed as survives in such densely human-populated areas will probably have toxic defenses that are a bit less harmful toward the tool- & herbicide-wielding humans in the vicinity.

Get back to me in fifty years, we'll see how it goes.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 11, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

*Snort*

Posted by: Yoki | July 11, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

When I was still a callow youth in Colorado Springs (this is not to be confused with my time as a callow youth in Georgia, or Japan/Okinawa, or Kentucky. I lost a good bit of my callowness in Colorado, and most of the rest washed away in my second stint in Georgia. The Air Force then gave me the opportunity to make certain that every little remaining bit was scrubbed off. I'm not necessarily proud to say that I took advantage of the opportunity.) I listened to one of my newspaper delivery customers complain about the sunflowers & tumbleweeds (Yes, russianthistle, I'm talkin' about you!) that grew all over the vacant areas at the edges surrounding the neighborhood.

When I went back to the area well over ten years ago, the problem had been solved. There are no more open flat areas that can sustain wild sunflowers or tumbleweeds within ten miles of what I still remember as "my neighborhood".

Win, lose, or draw, once humans start paying attention to another species, things get interesting.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 11, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Bob S, Genesis predicted something different 40 years ago:

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

(Lyrics: http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/1617/ )

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 11, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Let me just slip in a reply to talitha's 10:50.
Nope, talitha, thank you but no anniversary. I was just more annoyed than usual by hearing the phrase "six-month anniversary" somewhere.

And I know, I know, the discussion has moved on, but I have to say that soccer is growing on me, and I enjoyed most of the WC action that I had time to watch. But I've been thinking about the officiating.

It seems to me that soccer refereeing is kind of like NBA refereeing. The concern is with the flow of the game and "not letting things get out of hand." I have a lot of tolerance for how NBA refs call a game and accept it as a fan. But coming to soccer as a neophyte, I find this subjectivity in officiating harder to deal with, perhaps because the legitimate scoring opportunities are so few. In particular, shouldn't Robben have got something out of being mugged on his second big chance, rather than being booked for complaining?

Posted by: woofin | July 11, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

That is interesting, woofin, since I never watch NBA. But the same thing happens in hockey (only opposite); in the final couple of play-off series, and particularly in the very last few games of the last one, the refs will let things go pretty far before making a penalty call. It is controversial, but I think it does pump up the excitement (and the all-important ratings). Also, of course, nobody wants injuries in the regular season in case the team goes all the way, but by the final few games players will take their lumps and *still* skate, so rougher play is expected and tolerated. I don't say it is right, but it seems to happen in every sport.

I was surprised at the number of yellow cards this afternoon, but they've been a feature of every WC final that I can recall, back to 1970.

Posted by: Yoki | July 11, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm in the middle of a "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" marathon thanks to Netflix Watch Instantly.

Very good show, but I can see why "30 Rock" won out between the behind-the-scenes-of-SNL shows. It's hard to compete with the people who actually were behind the scenes.

Posted by: -TBG- | July 11, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Giant hogweed achieve local celebrity in Portland, Ore. over a decade ago because it infested the Crystal Springs Creek at Reed College.

At first glance, Ontario's cosmetic pesticide ban looks incredibly strict. My own yard has recalcitrant weeds that are better herbicided than pulled, and fungicides are needed for occasional lawn problems and for one of the mangoes to bring any fruit to maturity.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | July 11, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

It is a strict policy DotC, recently 2-4D has been sold again, but only spot weeding is allowed, I tried it and wasn't that happy very diluted so limited success. Many types of non-selective herbicides are available but again since they are non-selective you can only spot spray.

There is an emphasis to get away from "the perfect lawn" due to environmental concerns. I have tried two types of eco grass seed this year, one a sedge I am thrilled with, it grows slowly requiring less mowing, doesn't need a lot of extra fertilizing and is quite drought tolerant, plus it has soft think grass.

The other is grass seed ment to grow anywhere, darker in colour, thicker in texture but also doing well.

I over seeded the main lawn with the eco seed and am very happy with the results, looks better - although still has many weeds and a grown cover that somehow got mixed in over the years (previous owner).

Posted by: dmd3 | July 11, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

LiT, CqP, a fashion-related question.

I like the blue and white china, r lauren's Mandarin Blue. If I don't buy it now is it likely there will be knockoffs next year?

Posted by: -dbG- | July 11, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Yoki, on the play I'm thinking of, the commentators said that if Robben had only fallen down, there would have been a red card, but he chose to stay upright and go for a goal instead. I infer that what this means is that there's no "continuation" in soccer as there is in basketball. Either the ref stops play or lets it go on, no in-between. So the player has to choose his gamble: the call, which might not happen, or the scoring chance...

That comment also gave me some insight into flopping. Perhaps it occurs because there are two few officials with authority to call fouls. The ref becomes accustomed to a bit of drama in order to gain the basic awareness that something untoward has happened, and the players become accustomed to providing it.

Posted by: woofin | July 11, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

SCC: too few, not two few. Gaack.

Posted by: woofin | July 11, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Hah! That exact thing happens in rugby. A player on whom a foul has been committed will often run backwards from the aggressor, pointing mad-dramatically at him- or herself, so that the referee will notice that something untoward has happened, but not stopping the play.

And rugby is a much more violent game than either North American football or international soccer, so that is not uncommon.

Posted by: Yoki | July 11, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

dbG, that china (gorgeous) is on sale on Amazon.

Posted by: nellie4 | July 11, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Rugby players eat their dead.
(best bumper sticker ever, from the old Ottawa Renegades)

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | July 11, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Got into one of them milestone today. I drove 800km/500miles to the Fungi's future place of study. We moved quite a bit of his, and his buddy's, stuff to his new digs. Not sure he/they recognized the value of this trip. We lost a weekend day, spent quite a bit of fuel and effort on this. Neither boys drives so it was me and Mrs. D. who were on duty. I missed half the Silverstone GP and all of the WC finals. Grumbles.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | July 11, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

There's no way around the fact that you have to play the game the way the game is played, if you hope to win. I don't see how anyone with a lick of pride can really like the idea of flopping, but if it's basically an adaptation to a poorly designed refereeing system, or to human frailty, the players themselves must have unwritten customs about how much and how dramatically you can do it.

But, I'm veering off soccer here into Life Wisdom territory and that really really means I should shut up and go do something else.

Posted by: woofin | July 11, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Shriek, what is it with these young persons who don't drive? Neither of mine do, and don't seem to feel the lack. My brothers and I, a generation earlier, had our learners' permits the very minute we turned 14, and our licenses on the same day we turned 16.

I think it is mainly a issue in urban/suburban youngsters who have always had good access to public transit and/or surrendered ferrying parents. That wasn't the case when I qualified. If I had suggested that my parent should drive me to any optional activity, they would have told me to either get my license, or lace up my walking-boots.

The fungi will appreciate your efforts in, say, 25 years when he is doing the same thing for his kid.

Posted by: Yoki | July 11, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

DBG -- adore this China. Replacements is a good source.

http://www.replacements.com/webquote/LRNMANB.htm

That simple banded china would be lovely as simply the plates. You could then match with either plain white pieces from a variety of new and vintage sources....OR/AND

Match with the classic patterns that all take form from the Blue Willow Pattern from Spode (England).

Orginal Spode willowware is expensive.

Williams Sonoma has a special priced line of Spode WW:
http://www.wshome.com/products/p1311/index.cfm?cm_src=rel


CHeck out this local place:
http://highstreetmarket.blogspot.com/2009/04/blue-willow-china.html

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | July 11, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

The non-driving thing annoys me greatly. The Fungi started to drive at one point but abandoned. It's part of the biking lifestyle (the fungi and his friends bike EVERYWHERE, in the sun, sleet, snow or rain). But 400 km away is a bit much. My best chance is the social gadfly, Witch No. 2. Witch no. 1, I hope, will learn from her slow-going mother. She objects to my fast-going ways and will not drive with me in the car. The fact that I'm the one that is accident-free won't change her mind, I'm the bad example. (I also comment on other drivers' behaviour, which I admit is a very, very bad habit. It's a good opportunity to learn Catholic liturgy vocabulary though)

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | July 11, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Funny, woofin!

Thanks, nellie. I'm actually only interested in some salad plates, rimmed soup bowls and mugs (because they're only blue/white). I have a patchwork quilt table setting style of blue/white oriental design china mixed with my great-aunt's cobalt glass dishes. I'd be just as happy with knockoffs if they're likely to appear.

Excess china acquisition runs in my family and I'm trying to stop it right here. I have full service for about 18 from my grandmother, unfortunately it needs to be washed by hand. My great-aunts would come home with it, new piece by piece every time there was a sale on it at Lits. It's a disease.

Posted by: -dbG- | July 11, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

And now that I see CqP's post, I can say great minds.

Posted by: -dbG- | July 11, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

dbG -- a mania, like bibliomania, anthomania, and fabricomania....a bit of a benign touchnesss....

And some blue pieces against yellow Fiestaware can also be fun.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | July 11, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

You put such interesting things together, CqP. I just went with the Fiesta cobalt.

I went through the antique Fiestaware phase in the early 80s (although there's still some in the garage, all colors). Then when I divorced, I moved onto white Fiesta. From there to my great-aunts' cobalt glass and added to that with the blue/white (mostly Pier1, but not all)

http://www.replacements.com/webquote/PERMAN.htm#6777590

http://www.replacements.com/webquote/PERMIN.htm#5415771

Whenever I can find good Chinese restaurant stock I pick that up too).

I'll have to get together and sell the antique Fiesta. I gave all the white to my friend's daughter.

Posted by: -dbG- | July 11, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Well, I'm all for the young'uns not driving, as long as they're walking/running/biking/asking the community to provide a widely-available substitute. The fewer of us that feel the need to crank up our own mechanical oxygen-gulping carbon-spewer with less-than-full passenger loads, the better.

Wilbrod - My, oh my. That link really did take me back to the days of burning some renewable carbon resources!

Posted by: Bob-S | July 11, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

At least three of us share this strange disease (small prozzak reference).

I recently bought an antique Provencal blue and yellow and white damask tablecloth off Ebay, and actually contemplated (unemployed!) sourcing authentic blue and white crockery to set a table for four. I restrained myself. In the prosperous days I owned 12 different sets of china for various moods. I'm in recovery.

Posted by: Yoki | July 11, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

dbG Blue is so flexible. Yellow and blue is part of the Provencal fabric combination:

http://www.atouchofprovence.com/Napkins-Provence-Design-Manosque-Blue-Yellow-p/b20101.htm

The yellow is clear mustard and not a lemon one. But lemon yellow and medium blue are also happy to touch each other.
http://www.atouchofprovence.com/PhotoGallery.asp?ProductCode=R23601

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | July 11, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

And, blue is also lovely in tiles. But, I want them in fabric:

http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/244578

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | July 11, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

By the way, shriek, if you think 400 km is excessive, then you won't want to know about this:

Here's my buddy Rob's latest update from the Vegas-to-Atlanta-via-Canada bike-a-thon -

http://picasaweb.google.com/rwhirsch/2010CycleCanada#

Posted by: Bob-S | July 11, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, I am shocked, shocked, I tell you!

I lived in Ohio for so long and the antiquing was easy. I used to have an extensive antique pitcher collection but the roofers' pounding knocked most of it off its shelves.

One of the pieces still remaining is a contemporary yellow chicken pitcher. . . CqP, I believe it has your name on it. We had spoken before about a pie-plate sized shortbread mold. Do you want me to bring that to you at the HdG BPH?

Posted by: -dbG- | July 11, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Did someone say dandelion wine? I've made it, but I cannot recall drinking it. Mrdr has confirmed that I did.

I do remember my mother in laws though. A superior vintage.

Posted by: --dr-- | July 11, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Beautiful, CqP. Now I'm thinking about curtains.

Yoki, irrc, we admired at least 4 different sets while at your house.

Time for bed. Have a good night, all, sleep well.

Posted by: -dbG- | July 11, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

For anybody who lacks the time or inclination to click on my previous link to Rob's trip-pics, I'd still urge you to look at this one photo. It says everything that needs to be said about how purty (and seemingly endless) the flatland can be:

http://picasaweb.google.com/rwhirsch/2010CycleCanada#5491209627678725426

Posted by: Bob-S | July 11, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

We used Fiestaware when I was a kid, so I was surprised to realize people collect it. My dad still had some when he passed away - I was not tempted to keep any, I think because I remembered a burnt orange color. I like the feel of stoneware - I could go crazy with that. The plates we use now are from thrift stores - mix and match.

I was going through some old knitting and crochet pattern books today. There's a very pretty afghan in Delft blue and white that I may need to make. And I've been meaning to make one in Amish color patterns - black with fluorescent blue and purple...

Posted by: seasea1 | July 11, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Extended family member does not have a "standard" set of china. Instead, she has a place setting like each of *her* family and extended family members. Makes a fascinating table!

And inspired my daughter-in-law to do the same.

Posted by: nellie4 | July 11, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

FWIW, I actually have some china myself, the price was right, and it has sentimental value. Sits in my china cabinet, which is probably a good thing, lest I put trophies or rocks from my mineral sample and fossil collection or sports memorabilia in there or something. Y'know, something a dude would do.

I eat off the china every now and then to exercise it (and proabably my Inner Felix Unger demons, too.).

I would note that This Year's Model of Darn Near Anything seems to end up on eBay sooner or later at a fraction of what they were when the glue was still drying on the boxes.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | July 11, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

"Federal officials say the well is releasing as much as 2.5 million gallons of oil a day."

I remember when that number would have been considered, well, hysterical, bad taste, unmentionable. It was several weeks ago, back in early May. I wonder what the (as much as) number would have been had they not chopped off the riser, not that it matters. No actually, maybe it does matter. Every day I wonder whether anything like that matters, the escalation of the Afghan whatever it is...profligate plants do matter, they feed us. Good night.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 11, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Now that I'm safely beyond the mania that possessed me at the time, I'll point out that when I first saw the headline "Obama mocks Reid at fundraiser" I came up with a couple of fairly filthy anagrams almost immediately, and a couple of very filthy anagrams shortly thereafter. At least one of them struck me as rather clever, but then I'm hardly the best judge.

No, I won't share them. If you can't come up with something (or talk somebody else into discovering one for you), then you were not destined to enjoy this particular pleasure. Not to worry, life holds many other pleasures (and disappointments) for you.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 11, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

That is quite a picture, Bob. Beautiful, but somewhat alien to me. I love hills and mountains, probably because that's what I grew up with. Bet the wind roars out there too.

Posted by: seasea1 | July 11, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Well, I can easily guess two lewd words to be anagrammed from that sentence, and a couple of common animals as well, as well as some action verbs and the word "fun."

Glad the mania has passed.

Yoki, I looked up provencal patterns, because I know nothing about provencal tablecloths other than what I saw in a restaurant once. (J'aime des herbes de provence, pourtant.)

This site has so many lovely examples of patterns-- some which I have spotted in Dutch Renaissance paintings! Scroll down for the full eye candy.

http://www.lepinparasol.com/cotton_and_coated_tablecloths.htm#traditionalprovencaldesign

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 12, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, the old one I have is somewhere between Helene Yellow and this modern retail-pattern http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/yellow-provence-tablecloth/?pkey=ctable-linens|tbllintcl

I also love the English Tattersall linens, that play off provencal colours. Like this. http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/blue-and-yellow-essential-tattersall-plaid-tablecloths/?pkey=ctbllintcl

Fireworks! Just one block away. Good night, Boodle. I must run out front to witness this.

Posted by: Yoki | July 12, 2010 12:50 AM | Report abuse

I'm embarrassed that I took so long to say this, but thanks to bh72 for that link to the info about the NatGeo redwood photos. Very cool!

In case anyone missed it, it went like this [I edited ever-so-slightly]:

- - - - - - - -

bia, As close as you can come to the tallest redwood. Its location is a secret.
http://www.redwoods.info/showrecord.asp?id=4009

Posted by: bh72 | July 11, 2010 5:26 PM

Posted by: Bob-S | July 12, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

No time to back-boodle, but the beer tally in Munich yesterday was:

1 liter of Radler (a 60/40 beer lemonade mix) at a beer garden with lunch
0.5 liter of beer at dinner
1 liter of beer at the world famous Hofbrau Haus.
0.5 liter of Russ'n (Radler made with wheat beer) at aforementioned HofBrauHaus.
Two 0.3 liter glasses of pilsner at the local Greek restaurant while listening to the World Cup through the window.

Not a bad day. I'm beginning to like this country. Perhaps it's a good place to have a mid-life crisis.

Posted by: yellojkt | July 12, 2010 2:28 AM | Report abuse

Good work if you can get it, yello.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 12, 2010 2:39 AM | Report abuse

Since Mr. Achenbach is not here to prevent PENETRATION by SEXY RUSSIAN SPIES, I just want to point out that apparently ANNA CHAPMAN was concerned that she might be HANDCUFFED soon, because she made a phone call or two to her pa, expressing some concerns that the situation might soon BLOW UP. It would probably only be more disconcerting if she'd been arranging a tryst between HANNAH MONTANA CYRUS, LeBron James, and a six-pack of TIGER WOODS HOOTERS HOSTESS TWINKIES.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/11/AR2010071102416.html?hpid=topnews

I still wonder, from time to time, why LINDSAY LOHAN has never sent me the NAKED PHOTOS of BIGFOOT SASQUATCH REVEALED that I requested, but I suppose that, like the rest of us, she's been busy.

Good night, all.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 12, 2010 2:57 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and I thought this might amuse somebody:

http://smilepanic.com/47-awesome-and-unusual-shoes

Posted by: Bob-S | July 12, 2010 3:12 AM | Report abuse

Scotty, thank you for all your WC commentaries. I enjoyed it. I was rooting for Holland. Unfortunately, they lose.

CB, going back to the other day when you said about belum being a polite “no” instead of “not yet,” it occurred to me that in certain circumstances it could mean “no,” though such circumstances are rare. And if you do encounter it, you will know. For instance, you apply for permit with the govt to do something which lies in a grey area. There is no law that says you can or you can’t but the person who approves it doesn’t want to give it to you. When you follow up on the permit’s status, you’re told belum approved. Same thing the next time. After 5 or 6 belums, you get the message. Such things can happen between close relatives or close friends and on anything when one party feels it is rude to come right out and say “no”. But this rarely happens.

Posted by: rainforest1 | July 12, 2010 3:49 AM | Report abuse

No sure who in their right mind would wear such shoes.

Posted by: rainforest1 | July 12, 2010 3:59 AM | Report abuse

SCC : Not

Posted by: rainforest1 | July 12, 2010 4:01 AM | Report abuse

Wow... am I really dawn patrol? Up early and ready to be on my way to take my sister to chemo today. Her husband could very well be doing this every time, but she realizes how important it is to us sisters to do it, too.

This is my first time since she started treatment. Every time I talk with her she's more and more confident, which is great. We've actually talked more about the mundane than the cancer lately. This is very good.

No reason to believe this won't be just a blip on a long life. I expect to dance at her granddaughter's wedding with her (g'girl is currently 20 months old).

She says they have wifi, so I'll catch y'all on the iPad later. Have a good one!

Posted by: -TBG- | July 12, 2010 7:13 AM | Report abuse

My best thoughts and prayers to your sister, TBG. Hot again (what else is new?). Taking the granddaughters to the local beach for a while today as the tide is right. We got some much needed rain on Saturday which has turned the grass from light brown to brownish green. But at least the flowers and vegetables are happier.

Posted by: badsneakers | July 12, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all!

TBG, the infusion nurses are wonderful, very concerned of the patient's comfort and glad to have you, the family/friend, there, too. There are organizations of cancer survivors who sign on to sit with chemo patients during infusion if the patients do not have someone close, or if they prefer someone who has been through it all before. Even though I still have an infusion of 30 minutes every three weeks, (not considered chemo, but a theraputic anti-body) I have decided to do the volunteer work through my church.

I'm so glad to hear that she is doing well, and only will add that my big problem toward the end was just plain fatigue. After a period of time when the treatment is completed, the strength comes back.

Am wondering if she might be using the same group of oncologists that I do. They are on Rt. 50 in Fairfax, not far from INOVA Hospital.

Posted by: VintageLady | July 12, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all, happy Monday. Cassandra, I hope you enjoy your day but don't overdo at the Center!

TBG, I'm glad to hear about your sister. Chemo is an interesting process. I took a chemo drug to prepare for the stem cell donation last week. It made me feel rotten, but that was okay. I hope she's released soon!

Loved the plains photo, Bob. I hope your friend is having a good time.

Just about time for a new kit, isn't it?

Posted by: slyness | July 12, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

Vinty/TBG -- infusion nurses at CParkian off and on for years. Lovely people. We called them the Fusion Ladies.

We also called the stuff: Chemo the Magnificent....after the fab Bell Labs/Frank Capra Hero

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUb7vJAj6bM

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | July 12, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. Another beautiful summer day. We are going to have to pay for that at one point.

Look who's made WaPo's travel section: Ottawa!
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/08/AR2010070805403.html
The city has been retro-hip with the Bluesfest this past week. The Moody Blues, RUSH, Steve hackett of Genesis and Roger Hodson of Supertramp fame were in town and I've seen kids with Iron Maiden show t-shirt whose parents probably went to the same show 18-20 years ago... There is a definite retro thing going on but there are plenty of new(er) artists as well.

The Bacon Brothers (Kevin and Michael) got good reviews and Oklahoma's psychedelic band Flaming Lips lived up to their hummm, exotic reputation. The Lips apparently had the best confetti cannon around. The lead singer of Lips is also the only performer who surfed the crowd inside a giant inflated condom.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | July 12, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

new kitlet

Posted by: -shiloh- | July 12, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

HEMO!!! Thanks CqP, since my oldest was born in 1963, had not see this video. Wonder if anyone has the second half, somewhere. Anyway, loved reading the comments posted, as well.

Posted by: VintageLady | July 12, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Fifty is a perfect age for reading Proust. I'm speaking from experience. : )

Posted by: MLeddy | July 12, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

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