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I had almost nothing to do with it other than suggesting the name. And even the name isn't really mine: Mary Hadar gave that name to a column I wrote back in the mid-1990s (I had wanted to call the column Nature Of The Beast or something stupid like that).

I'm not sure how this will work, exactly, but supposedly it is interactive and, thanks to the TimeSpace feature, superluminal.

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 23, 2010; 8:38 PM ET
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I confess, I've never used TimeSpace. I'm afraid to! I worry I'll shatter the fabled timespace continuum.

As posted in previous boodle: I'm off to Aspen for some kind of very swank environment forum that is a boondoggle for the ages. I plan to boondoggle up a storm! But flying home early to attend to oil spill, environmental apocalypse, etc.

Posted by: joelache | July 23, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Em, the TimeSpace link didn't work for me. Probably just as well.

Posted by: seasea1 | July 23, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Did I mention I'm going to Aspen.

Posted by: joelache | July 23, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Aspen, it's usually cool there, right? Good gig if you can get it.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 23, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Aspen? What goes on there in July?

Right. Conference. No skiing, I guess, unless on grass.

Posted by: slyness | July 23, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

This indeed looks pretty cool. (Once it is all activated it will be even cooler!)

There really are so many interesting hidden places around DC. I know I have mentioned before that one of my favorites is the bike path that goes by Roosevelt Island. (For that matter, how many have actually checked out Roosevelt Island? Teddy is *quite* imposing. But I digress.)

Anyway, if you walk along the wooden path you will quickly come to a place that offers a view of the Jefferson Memorial from across the tidal basin. It makes everything look unfamiliar and exotic.

Another cool place that might not even be accessible anymore are the catacombs beneath the Lincoln Memorial. Stalactites galore.

There are so many little nooks and crannies around Washington DC that it should be called The English Muffin of the Mid-Atlantic Seaboard.

This might not catch on though.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | July 23, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Lovely black-and-white pics, although it is really strange to see any bit of the Cathedral of St Matthew in black-and-white.

That place truly shines in its natural color; yellow, green and rose marble and so much colorful art makes the interior vibrate with a far warmer beauty than most cathedrals do, and I've been in a few.

Thanks for the non-oily kit.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 23, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

I forget, did anybody ever figure out what's up with the never-ending "loading" message for the comments on articles? I haven't been able to read comments (which is a bit of a blessing, given the nature of much commentary) on the WashPost site for many months. No problem with the blogs & chats, obviously.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 23, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Um, Joel. The first comment says that Katherine Graham is rolling over in her grave. The poster obviously can't take a hint.

I'm not touching that TimeSpace button until some boodler comes back from wherever it leads and tells me the coast is clear.

David Deal's photography is wonderful. I especially like the staircase. (And if I hear of one more person I like going to Colorado I'm going to scream. ;-))

Posted by: talitha1 | July 23, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Um, Joel. The first comment says that Katherine Graham is rolling over in her grave. The poster obviously can't take a hint.

I'm not touching that TimeSpace button until some boodler comes back from wherever it leads and tells me the coast is clear.

David Deal's photography is wonderful. I especially like the staircase. (And if I hear of one more person I like going to Colorado I'm going to scream. ;-))

Posted by: talitha1 | July 23, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Oh, mercy. The two-headed dragon bit me again.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 23, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

I can't read the comments, but I jumped right in with a stupid one.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 23, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Saw you over there, Bob. One comment site (not a toxic one I might add) started having major problems just three days ago. I got my software tech to go in and make sure Firefox was up to date (among other tweaks) and it seemed to fix it for me . . . but not for several other regular posters there.

Where is shrink? And I miss Mudge but assume "someone" out there is sure of his well-being.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 23, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Just very quickly read your article and looked at the pictures, both are fascinating - love this idea.

Posted by: dmd3 | July 23, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

talitha - I just went browsing through the Firefox "Tools" & "Help", and was informed that there's an update awaiting my approval before installation. What the heck, I'll give it a shot!

Posted by: Bob-S | July 23, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Aspen in the summer has mountain meadows that get regular showers so they're green and stuffed with frenetically flowering forbs, trying to catch the attention of far too few pollinators. Attracting a pollinator is a bit like trying to attract an admissions letter from Princeton, except that if there's no pollinator, you're done for. No career producing seeds.

The summer Rockies, with those showers, have it all over the Sierra Nevada, which dry out.

The Ecological Society is meeting in Pittsburgh and the Botanists in Rhode Island, so Joel is clearly off to something grander.

I need to think about a Feb. meeting with low registration fee and really cheap room rates--it would be a good opportunity to behave a bit like Lizbeth Salander and skip the meeting stuff, enjoy the beach.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | July 23, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Gosh, Joel. Enjoy Aspen. Breathe some nice clean air. Pat a mountain for me.

Boy, I stay abed for five days with a sinus infection and Joel goes and starts a whole new blog thing. How can I ever catch up? That was a fine introduction. Those photographs were very cool. I sung at the Cathedral for several years but never saw the rafters. I didn't try the time/space doohickey because I read "supernatural" instead of "superluminal" and I'm not ready for my computer to be possessed. Maybe next week.

Posted by: Ivansmom | July 23, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Ivansmom, sorry to hear you've been ailing. Feel better soon - healing energy beamed at you.

Summertime in the Rockies. *sigh* Dave is so right about those high meadows bursting in color. Yellow yarrow, red paintbrush, fuchsia fireweed, periwinkle and white columbine. Deep shadowed groves of blue spruce and the silver-gold-white of aspen trunks, their green quaky leaves rustling overhead. Clear, cold streams and lichened boulders. I used to wear out a set of prismacolored pencils every summer sketching until my eyeballs popped.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 23, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Washingtonology features the closing of the bus station in 1987. I recall visiting the Smithsonian art museums that year. If recollection is accurate, the Old Pension Office was lonely then, the neighborhood looking as if no one would be out after 5:45.

I visited the Bus Station only once, in the 1970s. The bus had made it from Richmond despite a goopy ice-cream snowstorm. Progress beyond Washington to (I think) Harrisburg had to wait for the next day. I was sufficiently unimpressed by the setting that I opted for Philadelphia instead, at the time a genuinely unappetizing choice. Found a room at the YMCA. Weather was fine.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | July 23, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Turns out that the Firefox update didn't help with comment viewing, but an Internet Explorer update did.

I'm not a big fan of Internet Explorer, but then I'm not usually a big fan of the comments on the Washington Post articles. So if I need to briefly jump onto IE to check out the comments on a particular piece, I guess that's OK.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 23, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

RD_P mentioned the catacombs under the Lincoln Memorial earlier. Back in the early 80s, when my son was 6 or 7, his grandmother arranged a tour there for him and several of his buddies. They had the best time and spent hours later concocting adventure stories with that as the setting.
The Indiana Jones-ishness down there really appealed to their imaginations.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 23, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

I (along with anybody who's ever lived there) will back Dave up on this: The Sierras and the central valley west of them typically receive essentially no rain between late May and early October. If the snowpack from the previous winter was light or melts early, oops. Out of water. There won't be any more until after the autumnal equinox.

In eight-plus years living in Northern California, I don't think I experienced more than half a dozen summer thunderstorms. And I don't remember ANY gentle summer rain showers of over ten minutes duration. You could pretty well count on dry weather for your barbecue party.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 23, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

I got nothin' on-kit, but wanted to assure Talitha that I am in nearly daily communication with 'mudge and he's just fine.

Posted by: Yoki | July 24, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Talitha, I didn't even know there were catacombs under the Lincoln Memorial, except maybe in the movies. How do you get a tour of that?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 24, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Let's hope kathlenw doesn't find her way here from Washingtonlogy.

Posted by: -dbG- | July 24, 2010 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Not quite caught up with the Boodle yet, but checking in.

Still chuckling at the idea of Joel walking out of the ROV cockpit/control center with plastic wings pinned to his shirt (I may still have some from Eastern Airlines, dating from 1972).

As a DC region native, I forget that so much of this place is, well, mysterious and interesting, and much of it is out of the public view. Sometimes I wonder how so much of the city remains standing, with all the catacombs and tunnels under it... but then, there are a lot of places to hide -- both out of view, and in plain sight.

Have a good night all.


Posted by: -bc- | July 24, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

SCC: Washingtology.

Love the photos.

Here at the implementation command center, I am toast. All my work done, I'm just standing by, blasted by the bridge call.

I may get so bored I have to do some work.

Posted by: -dbG- | July 24, 2010 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, sorry. I nodded off momentarily. Like RD, I don't know if one can tour beneath the Lincoln Memorial these days. I assume the Park Service manages such things so that would be a start. The stalactites RD mentioned are exactly like any limestone cave, by the way. Spooky cool.

Thanks Yoki for the Mudge report.

Goodnight, boodle.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 24, 2010 12:51 AM | Report abuse

Portland had some substantial urban archaeology. There were a couple of little remnants from where the former streetcar on my street had cut sharp corners. Horse rings in the curbstones. In Eastmoreland, long-lost street names impressed into curbstones at corners. A closed and lamented fruit market. Shrubs and trees in the Japanese Garden that had been rescued from freeways, parking lots, and a yard where new new owners might not appreciate the magnificent Japanese maple hogging the driveway.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | July 24, 2010 12:57 AM | Report abuse

-dbG- Don't be so pessimistic. Maybe kathlenw (like I) was indulging in a bit of performance art.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 24, 2010 1:27 AM | Report abuse

Talk about urban archeology. Himself and I were in London about 4 years after the first hint of the Temple of Mithras was discovered; right there in the middle of the City was a major excavation. We got a special little tour and it was so exciting to stand where the Romans had.

That dig has since been completed and there is a wee museum/interpretive centre standing were we stood in the dust of ages. The actual artifacts have long since been transported to locations undisclosed (at least to us -- and no wonder!) for study.

Posted by: Yoki | July 24, 2010 1:40 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Yoki | July 24, 2010 2:16 AM | Report abuse

The photo essay is quite cool, but the -ology gizmo remains kaputski...

Get better I-mom!!! *demonstrative finger wagging* :-)

You know it's going to be an opressive day when the A/C runs all night in your isolated bedroom, loud enough to repeatedly wake you, yet the thermostat still reads 77 when you wake up. :-O

Good to see Josh Beckett is finally back from the DL (fingers tightly crossed), but the Sawx need quite a few more of the walking wounded to get back in the game. *SIGH*

*contemplating-some-sort-of-waterproof-laptop-arrangement-to-allow-continued-Boodling-whilst-sunk-in-the-Thames-up-to-the-neck Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 24, 2010 6:22 AM | Report abuse

Bob S, she can't even spell her own alias correctly.

I rest my case.

Posted by: -dbG- | July 24, 2010 6:42 AM | Report abuse

I'm kinda conflicted on kathlenw...

Seems to know enough journalism to grasp "burying the lede," yet doesn't grasp that the inverted pyramid certainly doesn't apply to seeting the scene for an ongoing feature. Self-aware satire, or clue- and humorless hack? We report, you decide. ;-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 24, 2010 7:09 AM | Report abuse

scc: setting *reaching for more coffee* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 24, 2010 7:16 AM | Report abuse

Good morning all. JA, thanks for the compliment...I confess to being taken aback, as I'm used to another word coming after smart.

Washingtology...good idea. Even those of us who know the city like the back of our hands (hey...where'd that scratch come from?) can't know every nook and cranny. A new site (haunt?) is always fun.

Heading to slightly cooler climes for a day or two. Have a happy weekend.

Posted by: LostInThought | July 24, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Did I mention I'm in New Jersey? I'd rather be in Aspen.

Posted by: yellojkt | July 24, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

That Washingtology thingy (to use the technical term) doesn't have the corner of K Street and 17th marked as a major historical landmark. Major fail.

Posted by: yellojkt | July 24, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure they can remedy that fail, Yello.

Dave, there are gold mines under the streets of uptown Charlotte, so I've read. I am not aware that any are open, but that would be a kewl tour. There is a state park with an open gold mine in the next county over to the northeast. I've been to the park, haven't been in the mine.

This area was the largest gold-producing location in the country till gold was discovered in California. The family story is that my great-grandfather took a pebble out of his shoe one day, and it was large enough to have his wife's wedding ring made from it.

Off to help Mr. T clear unneeded saplings from the bank above the house.

Posted by: slyness | July 24, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

If I promise this will be the last time I complain about the heat today would you believe me? I didn't think so. The indoor mercury read 84 at 7:15 when I awoke. Zipping my lips now.

My favorite haunt in Washingon, while not as 'industrial' nor hidden as some depicted in the photo gallery, is the Whistler Peacock Room at the Freer Gallery. I used to turn the boy and his friends loose at Air and Space or Natural History and beat a retreat over there for an hour of quiet, rarely interrupted.

I'm also very partial to the Bishops' Garden on the grounds of the National Cathedral as well as some of the smaller chapels and catecombs hidden in that edifice.

Peaceful Saturday to all.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 24, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

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

Morning, friends. The sun is bright and everything looks clear this morning. Another hot one to work through. The grandsons should be here today, and I'm so looking forward to it. Haven't seen the guys in awhile. I don't know if we'll fish, but I'm willing to hang, if only in the shade!

Lit, I laughed at your comment about smart. I think you're smart, and funny as all get out. Surely you know this?

Time to find some clothes, as in jumping in the bathtub. And of course, it won't be jumping, more like dragging. How are you guys handling this getting old thing? Some tips?

Posted by: cmyth4u | July 24, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra!! *HUGSSSSSSSSSSSS* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 24, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.
Mark Twain - Following the Equator

Cassandra, as to the more strenuous aspects of aging I just do the same things less strenuously. 8-} As you okay after helping the lady in the street yesterday? Enjoy your boys and make like Taj Mahal and go fishin'. Sounds good to me.

yello, Google has a Mucha (or facsimile) logo over their search box today. Made me think of your Prague photos.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 24, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

'Morning all. Hi Cassandra. My advice for those who are growing older (and who isn't?) is to just keep moving, even if, as Talitha says, it's at a slower pace. I take vitamins and try to eat (mostly) healthy stuff. But I still think that moving and doing is the most important thing.

"S" has been puzzled by the disappearance of ripe blueberries from the fully netted and fenced berry patch. We just saw the culprit, a chipmunk. He's obviously small enough to wriggle under and around the various layers of fencing and netting. Now "S" has to come up with a way to foil him. Should be interesting.

It's hot again today but nothing like what DC is having. My sympathies to you all.

Posted by: badsneakers | July 24, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

You already mentioned the solution, Sneaks -- tinfoil! Protects against all sorts of evil, I'm told... *L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 24, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra, old is a relative term. I am 41. I have spent much of the morning trying to stretch out/self adjust my lower back so that I can walk without listing about 10 degrees to the left. I can get settled into a good position while sitting, but after about 20 minutes or so I get really annoying spasms.

I walk like Fred Sanford in this condition. I am hoping it gets remedied soon.

Old is what you make of it. Hope all is well with everyone. The chore for today is cleaning out the basement and taking stuff to goodwill.

Posted by: baldinho | July 24, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

I wonder if Gene's not giving JA and crew a hand with the Washintology bit -- seems like good Post Hunt source material, if they haven't been used already (RD, care to comment?).

Hey, there are something like 8 million stories in the naked city, aren't there? I imagine DC has a couple of them, too.

As for me, well, you can't see if I'm wearing anything or not. Even a well-placed tinfoil figleaf. (Note: I resisted the urge to make a tinfoil headgear joke here. Not that such a thing is beneath me, mind you.).


Posted by: -bc- | July 24, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Just got back from neighborhood farmers market. It is so abominably hot, that my bro didn't think it actually got this hot back in Zambia -- or at least didn't feel this hot (it's a landlocked country, so any heat would be a dry heat). I'm living in slo-mo today and NOT going out any more for anything. We have to do some shopping tomorrow, but we'll try to park in a covered area at the mall we're going to.

"The weather outside is frightful .... LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW"

*apologizing for raising my voice*

Posted by: ftb3 | July 24, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, everyone--
One my my favorite DC places is the National Arboretum, especially the scary koi, but not today.
BalancingBoy#2 is having a birthday sleepover tonight, so we must go forage for supplies. I hope all the grid connections stay nimble and responsive and I will try not to push the power supply over the edge this afternoon when I bake a birthday cake.

Posted by: balancingact | July 24, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Hoppy birdyday to BalancingBoy#2. (And yes, don't push that grid too far. I have related the birthday sleepover with 8 10-year-olds and no power here before.)

Have a great time!

Posted by: talitha1 | July 24, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Hippo Birdies to BalancingBoy#2!! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 24, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

It never got this hot in Brooklyn.

I don't think I can stay here if it's going to be this hot.

Man it's hot. Africa hot. Tarzan couldn't take this kind of hot.

- - - - Eugene Morris Jerome

Posted by: Bob-S | July 24, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, not sure landlocked means dry...I've been in Kansas City in the summer, and steamy is the word I would use. Here in Puget Sound, plenty of nearby water and marine layers - but usually low humidity when it heats up. I had to drive downtown in the morning this week, and several days the top floors of the tall buildings and the top of the Space Needle were shrouded in clouds - but the sun was out by afternoon. We're having our gorgeous summer weather now, finally - will try to send the cooler temps your way.

Posted by: seasea1 | July 24, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

May I add my happy birthday wishes to balancingboy#2!

It is so hot outside...

How hot is it? Fill in the blank, please....

Posted by: -TBG- | July 24, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

HBTY to Balancing Boy the second. . . .

Well, seasea, he insists that it doesn't get humid (at least where he is in Lusaka). Perhaps around some of the lakes it gets more humid.

Posted by: ftb3 | July 24, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I remember visting Roosevelt Island when on a canoeing trip down the Potomac with my father. It was kind of a neat place and sort of unexpected. I would like to see the catacombs and stuff. That would be pretty cool! Did anyone ever do one of those sewer or "the Paris Underworld" tours in wicked Paree? I always kinda wanted to do that too.

Well, I've done my walk and will probably spend the rest of the day getting the new computer up and running. Stay cool!

Posted by: cowhand214 | July 24, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

It ain't the heat; it's the humility.
---Yogi Berra

Posted by: talitha1 | July 24, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Good day, y'all.

Cobb salads and lemonade here for lunch. BYOC, as usual.

What TWC has is rain. Not quite as much as in Beertown to the north, but lots of flooding, even on the major expressways. One friend woke up at 2am and found her ground floor apartment had 3 inches of water with more coming in.

We're ok here, thanks in part to a nearby floodwater retention facility (read, nicely landscaped hole in the ground).

Hoppy Birdies to BB#2!

Posted by: MsJS | July 24, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I remember Washingtology. I bet I have clippings from it somewhere in the house.

(I wonder if I can root those clippings and grow my own?)

Posted by: -TBG- | July 24, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Its boiling hot on Asbury Park but a seat in the shade and a pitcher of sangria makes it feel cooler.

Posted by: yellojkt | July 24, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Hey yello...

Down in town the circuit's full of switchblade lovers so fast, so shiny, so
As the wizards play down on Pinball Way on the boardwalk way past dark
And the boys from the casino dance with their shirts open like Latin lovers
on the shore
Chasin' all them silly New York virgins by the score

Posted by: -TBG- | July 24, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Anybody want some gazpacho? I could potentially make gallons of it with the cukes that won't stop growing out there. Or pickles?

Happy birthday to balancing boy! Humid here but not completely unbearable - yet.

Posted by: badsneakers | July 24, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

TBG, I "thought" I'd seen Washingtology previously, too. (Rooted clippings make the best houseplants, lMHO. ;))

Also along this line . . . John Kelly writes (past tense?) his "Ask Mr. Answerman" column on Sundays about long-forgotten DC landmarks. One of his chief resources is James M. Goode, author of Capital Losses: A Cultural History of Washington's Destroyed Buildings.

James Goode was a great friend of my mother-in-law and often came to houseparties in Maine when the family congregated. If Joel and the other writers/producers of Washingtology aren't already tapping his brain for ideas they should be. One of the most genial and knowledgeable men I've ever met.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 24, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: talitha1 | July 24, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Well, the good brother Junior Tillery will have been laid to rest by now. May he rest easy.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 24, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

For J.Tillery -----

and another great gospel piece
cooling video included -----

Posted by: talitha1 | July 24, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

talitha - Very nice! I'm convinced brother Tillery would be moved by the tribute. I am.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 24, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I am embarrassed to admit, but will anyway, that when I first read the title of the kit, I thought 'the engineering behind laundry appliances.' So did MrJS, FWIW.

Since photos are to be involved, he suggested "Washingtonography" instead. I countered with "Your DC" which has the advantage of being shorter.

Posted by: MsJS | July 24, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Just had to turn away a young LDS missionary from the door into the awful heat. I offered him water, but he declined.

He asked if I knew of any neighbors who would like to hear his Word, but there's really no one in the neighborhood I dislike that much.

Posted by: -TBG- | July 24, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Heat, well as least humidity is on here, just helped sod a law, after the first two rolls I was soaked, really not that hot but so humid if feels close to 100. Lots of water was consumed.

Posted by: dmd3 | July 24, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

How about We See D.C.

Posted by: baldinho | July 24, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

TBG, I'm glad you don't harbor any of that kind of ill will toward your neighbors.

Posted by: MsJS | July 24, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I don't think "-graphy" is related to "photographs" in that way. Just means "writing", right? "Photography" = "Light writing"?

On the other hand, I think the site intends to include all sorts of presentations, so it's a fine, maybe great, name.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 24, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Wow dmd, that's a lot of work! We have similar weather here, just cut the front lawn and I am drenched.

TBG, I did tell you all about the LDS people who walked up the mountain #2 lives on in CR, right? Got to admire their devotion and tenacity, not that I'd actually listen to them or anything.

Posted by: badsneakers | July 24, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

There are many more laws which need sodding.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 24, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

dmd and other curling fans, just saw this and thought it was pretty cool!

Posted by: badsneakers | July 24, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Does the National Arboretum really have the original columns from the east front of the Capitol, waiting for the day when the 1950s addition to the building is stripped away?

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | July 24, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

We finished just in time for the short monsoon to soak the new lawn, I check current temp 77, humidex 97 - that is humid but probably not nearly as hot as DC. Grass looks lovely and shows of the new garden I installed.

Posted by: dmd3 | July 24, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

It's good of you, TBG, to be kind to the LDS kids. Although I disagree with their beliefs, I have known many of them and understand that the two-year mission is something they often don't enjoy but accept as a prerequisite for full inclusion into their religion. And most will admit that there are some pretty nice practical advantages to being a returned missionary (an "RM"), as well.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | July 24, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

dmd writes, "temp 77, humidex 97 - that is humid but probably not nearly as hot as DC."

Bwwwaaaaahhhhhahaha! A borrowed line -"It's so hot that it makes me want to take off my skin and sit in my bones."

Posted by: talitha1 | July 24, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure I've never knowingly met an LDS-adherent or an Iowan who was anything other than pleasant and polite, helpful and bright when on their own or in small groups.

Just be prepared to steer clear when they mob up.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 24, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Heatstroke Bob-S, that is my excuse :-), did I mention we shovelled a few yards of soil as well!

Off to go socialize with some friends, my whining is over.

Posted by: dmd3 | July 24, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Dave o' the Coonties, yes. They stand bold and tall in the field, looking like a lost Greek ruin. I hope they never return.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 24, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Bob-S | July 24, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Talitha, that quote has been running thru' my head all summer!

Posted by: badsneakers | July 24, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Oh dear!
There was some sort of stampede at a music festival in Duisburg, Germany. At least 15 fatalities are reported.

Posted by: MsJS | July 24, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Well, we've advanced from the heat advisory to an excessive heat warning...

It's 101 here and "feels like" 106.

Even worse, I forgot to bring my MP3 player to the supermarket and heard on the PA a C&W song that sounds an awful lot like a Tea Party anthem. Google "Keep the Change" by Darryl Worley and draw your own conclusions... *SIGHHHH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 24, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Interesting twist on the protest song, Scottynuke.

Posted by: MsJS | July 24, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of taking off one's skin, you might be cooled by Billy Collin's poem "Purity." (note, does contain a NSFW word or two)

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 24, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

MsJS - Yikes! There were times when New Year's Eve in Edinburgh felt like that, with everyone crowding up the Royal Mile to get near the castle around midnight. But I'm not aware of any bad scenes that extended beyond the immediate group of people involved.

Sanfermines also has some tense crowded moments, but the injuries typically result from tripping & falling (or being roughly handled by a bull), not from being trampled by other folks.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 24, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

MsJS, I saw that story and thought about posting it here myself. Refrained. How horrible and, if the police hadn't made the decision to block the flow of people, t'would never have happened methinks.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 24, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

talitha, I'm guessing there will be an investigation in order to prevent whatever happened from happening again.

Posted by: MsJS | July 24, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

OMG, Wilbrod - that poem has been bouncing in my head along with the "so hot, take off my skin" line. Boodle mindmelding amazes me.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 24, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

And an investigation of the investigation to be sure the initial investigation was investigated properly, investigation-wise.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 24, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

or, if you prefer -----

Posted by: talitha1 | July 24, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm not usually a big fan of thumbnail psychology, but I think the Friday column by Carolyn Hax condensed many tomes' worth of useful relationship advice into a few paragraphs of reply. The accompanying cartoon condensed it still further.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 24, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

WOW... Amazing pictures, and sounds like the pilot will be OK:

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 24, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Amen. I've had guys who thought I was a mind-reader, too. What a weird disease.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 24, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Mars vs Venus? meh.

I think I'm probably from Saturn. All those colorful rings and multiple moons are much more appealing as an alternate home planet.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 24, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

It's nice the Major League Baseball HoF has decided to honor John Fogerty's "Centerfield" at this year's induction ceremony. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 24, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

And then it's shocking to remember "Centerfield" hit the charts 25 years ago. :-O

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 24, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

The deaths in Duisburg,Germany apparently were in a tunnel. I suspect the tunnel and disused rail freight terminal are at a spot labeled "Strake Franz-Josef Baugerätehandel" on Google Maps.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | July 24, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

The Capitol colonnade looks quite happy at its verdant home. Brings to mind that the Capitol escaped being burned by Confederates during the Civil War.

The Duisburg tragedy brings to mind that the Purple Tunnel of Death (the freeway tunnel under the Mall) escaped being hazardous.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | July 24, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Is there a Little League Hall of Fame?

[That was somewhat rhetorical. The answer is, "Not really." But here's a near-substitute: ]

That seems like the ideal place for enshrinement of Fogerty's masterpiece.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 24, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Highlights from last year's Little League World Series:,8604/

Posted by: Bob-S | July 24, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Besides, everybody knows Venus shacked up with Vulcan for good.

Mars was just an one-time fling which produced Cupid, and I mean, who wants a winged baby buzzing around when it's diaper change time, and a dad who's too busy warring instead of lassoing Junior down?

Not that it wasn't already doomed even before Junior came along, really.

Yep. Vulcan. Lame, talented blacksmith who's always at home. He won Venus' heart by building a cage-crib for Cupid so she could get a decent night's sleep.

Never mind the wealth of distant kings, enemies' head on platters, and fercious armies slain which Mars was all about.. it was Vulcan who let Venus sleep easy in his bed.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 24, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

"Purple Tunnel of Doom", man! Sheesh, don't make it even worse than it was.

"Inaugural Missteps And Miscalculations"

"Purple Gate 2009 - a short documentary "

Posted by: Bob-S | July 24, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Got off early today, no concerts for a couple of days. took an nap under the AC. Hitting over 100 here on the left coast south of seasea.
Finally the tomatoes are setting and the zukes in full bloom. We can't set anything out here until mid may due to late frosts like youes in the mid atlantic.

Posted by: bh72 | July 24, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

"The Japanese team is brought in front of a Little League tribunal after defying mercy rule conventions in a 417-2 romp of Saudi Arabia."
---From The Onion's 2009 LLWS Highlights spoof provided by BobS

Japan did beat Saudi Arabia, but only by three runs.

There were, however, five big-time shutouts in which the scores were 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16 to zero. One team, Russellville, KY, was on the losing side of two of those games, and one, the 2009 LLWS champions from Chula Vista, CA, won two.

(I love the LLWS.)

Posted by: MsJS | July 24, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

It's so hot, the hens are laying poached eggs.

This is from today's Writer's Almanac:

On this day in 1936, the Dust Bowl heat wave was so intense that Kansas and Nebraska experienced their all-time hottest temperatures, unbroken to this day. In Alton, Kansas, the temperature was 121 degrees, and in Minden, Nebraska, it was 118.

During the summer of 1936, a total of 15 states recorded all-time hottest temperatures that still have not been broken. And not all of the states were in the Dust Bowl region. Earlier in the month, Runyon, New Jersey, was 110, Moorhead, Minnesota, hit 114, and Martinsburg, West Virginia, 112. By early August, Ozark, Arkansas, and Seymour, Texas, had hit 120 degrees.

Posted by: -pj- | July 24, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

The high in Aspen for the next few days is about 80F.

Can we come with you, Joel?

Posted by: -pj- | July 24, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

As an engineer, it is very ironic that Vulcan got the prettiest girl.

I like to think that I am too much Saturn, not enough Moon.

Posted by: baldinho | July 24, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of death (and things that smell like it), did anyone hear how Lois treated the connubial couple?

" 'Corpse flower' bloom could stink up Texas wedding "

Posted by: Bob-S | July 24, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

From the Capitol Weather Gang:

"All three area airports set record highs today as the mercury neared or surpassed triple digit levels across the region with heat indices up to 110. Here are the actuals:

Reagan National: 101
Dulles: 99
BWI: 100

If you thought it was bad here, it was worse to our southeast. Richmond and Norfolk hit 105, both records.

For those headed out tonight, while the lack of blistering sunshine takes an edge off the heat, keep in mind temperatures will remain at or above 90 through 10 or 11 p.m."


Posted by: Scottynuke | July 24, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, Lois turned out for the party!

Posted by: Bob-S | July 24, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

In addition to setting a record for high temp for July 24th, I think today's supposed to be one of very few days in recorded DC history with a 24-hour average temperature noticeably over 90 degrees F. I can't remember that stat, but I think there have been only a few days with a 24-hour average over 91 or 92 degrees, and I think today is supposed to join or surpass them.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 24, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

From Wikipedia:

According to Hyginus' Fabulae, sons of Vulcan are Philammon, Cecrops, Erichthonius, Corynetes, Cercyon, Philottus and Spinther.

My wife and I are expecting, and we haven't decided on the name if it is a boy.

Ya think she'd go for Corynetes? That has a better chance than Spinther, I bet. Just imagine growing up as Spinther.

Posted by: baldinho | July 24, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Congrats, baldinho!!! *faxin' cigars and such*

Sure, go with Cory... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 24, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Congrats, baldinho!

Erichthonius (Eric or Rick) if it's a boy, Erichthonia (Erica) if it's a girl.

Posted by: MsJS | July 24, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

BobS, I believe there were a couple of days in the mid- and early-90s that had 24-hr temp averages over 90s, but not in a long long time.

It's flippin' hot, and if that's not enough, we have a waxing moon that's almost full refelecting more light back at the dark side of the planet.

Speaking of Roosevelts:
"What's the weather like out there?
'It's hot! Damn hot! Real hot! Hottest things is my shorts. I could cook things in it. Do a little crotch pot cooking.'"

Goooooood evening, DC!

Something to remember in hot weather like this, folks, is try to refuel your cars in the morning or evening, when the weather's cool. If you must gas up in the middle of the day, especially if you've been driving a lot, is to open the fuel filler cap slowly -- sometimes really hot fuel can jet out of the filler neck. And onto you.

Also, if the car's really heat soaked/hot and won't start with less than half a tankful of gas, crack that gas cap open a bit and let some cooler air into the tank (and the hot fuel vapor out). Vapor lock's not fun even if the sounds can be kinda cool, like your car's exhaling.

That is all.


Posted by: -bc- | July 24, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

MsJs: my wife is Erika, so that is out. Some research adds pluses to the name Corynetes.

1. A son of Hephaestus and Anticleia, was surnamed Corynetes, that is, Club-bearer, and was a robber at Epidaurus, who slew the travellers he met with an iron club. Theseus at last slew him and took his club for his own use. (Apollod. iii. 16. § 1; Plut. Thes 38; Paus ii. 1. § 4; Ov. Met. vii. 437.)

Who would mess with a kid named Corynetes? You could go to Cory for short.

The wife has already given all of those a thumbs down. She also didn't like Pliny. Or Quasimodo. She is a tough nut to crack.

Posted by: baldinho | July 24, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Corynetes would certainly set him up for a career working with JD Hayworth and Newt Gingrich at the border region of Arizona.

Posted by: baldinho | July 24, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

baldinho, my son has always been sorry we didn't name him Zeus.

Posted by: -TBG- | July 24, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

She's a tough nut, eh baldinho?

How about Cash, short for Cashew, or Wally, short for Walnut? :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 24, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Well, if intimidation is your main goal, there's always "Kills His Enemies At Night".

Although that was actually a surname that I ran across, not a first name. Somehow, I don't think anyone would question him too closely on the issue.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 24, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Oh heck Bob, why not just go for broke with "Seven in One Blow?" :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 24, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

I like historical figure names. One I absolutely love is Hannibal. Some guy wrote a book that was made into a movie, and that name is ruined forever.

Our son is just over 3. I used to joke with her that a name is important, and can set the boy up for success or failure. She still wouldn't accept Thor.

Posted by: baldinho | July 24, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations baldinho.

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

Dodgers just beat the Mets in the 13th inning... After a weak fly out, the Fox commentator was just saying, "You don't try to jack one out and win the game on a 3-0 count" as the next batter proceeded to jack one out. *L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 24, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

baldinho, congrats! Whatever name you select will be absolutely right.
Thank you everyone for balancingboy #2's birthday wishes. They're all downstairs now, computer games and DVDs rule, and it looks like they'll be going strong for several more hours.
Back into the fray....

Posted by: balancingact | July 24, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Congrats, baldhino.

Your wife sounds like a very smart woman.

Posted by: -pj- | July 24, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations baldinho. When is the happy event scheduled to take place? I hope your wife isn't super pregnant in all this heat. Been there, done that - both times.

Posted by: badsneakers | July 24, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

When, pray tell, is a better time to try to jack one out to win the game than the thirteenth freaking inning?

Posted by: Bob-S | July 24, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Oh, his point was valid -- you bet on drawing the walk to get on base -- but it was just too, too perfect on the timing. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 24, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations, baldinho!

Posted by: Moose13 | July 24, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Aw, if you're into power, just go with "The Almighty." (coupled with last name, naturally).

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 24, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

She is due around election day. Very beginning of November. The heat here hasn't been as bad as elsewhere, but she is pretty far along for the depths of summer.

Posted by: baldinho | July 24, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Congrats, baldhino! Do you and your wife want to find out the sex of the baby? So nice that can be done these days. When I was having babies a generation ago, ultrasounds were only done if there was an issue or a problem. I guessed right on Elderdottir, but Geekdottir surprised me.

Posted by: slyness | July 24, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

slyness, we found out in advance for our first, but the wife didn't want to know this time around. At that point, it wouldn't make sense for me to know, so we will be pleasantly surprised either way when it happens.

My grandmother tells us about how they didn't know back in her day, pre-ultrasound. One time she had twins, never knowing that there was more than one until delivery.

That was only about 50 years ago. Times have changed, at least in the first world.

Posted by: baldinho | July 24, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

"Almighty Smith. Just call me Al."

I like it!

Posted by: Bob-S | July 24, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations on number two, Balinho. Soon all your wisdom from three years' worth of parenting will pay off... not worth a damn.

Corynetes Boyington might be a bit much for a first-grader to practice writing, though.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 24, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

"The Almighty Smith, but call me Al."

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 24, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Thanks everyone. At this point we are just hoping we get the first out of diapers before the second arrives.

Posted by: baldinho | July 24, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: seasea1 | July 24, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Achenbach & Hilzenrath analyze testimony on the Deepwater Horizon explosion:

"If there is no smoking gun in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, it is because there is smoke coming from so many places..."

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | July 24, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

I remember that, baldinho. #1 was still in diapers when #2 arrived, but only because my Very Wise Mother-in-Law advised me not to 'toilet train,' to just let it happen. Almost as soon as the baby was born, the 2-and-a-half-year-old decided diapers were for babies, and was done. She literally asked me to get her some panties, and never had an accident day or night from that day on. Diaper-overlap was only about 2 months, as I recall. Not an issue either way.

Posted by: Yoki | July 24, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

But yours is better, Bob S. Less chance of cops thinking the boy is being a smart-ass when asked his name.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 24, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

You know it's hot when a werewolf begrudges the waxing moon the fractional extra radiative BTUs.

Posted by: Jumper1 | July 24, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

These sentences from Joel's story pretty much sum up the 'culture' at BP. Lower than a snake!

"A BP lawyer at one point asked a line of questions hinting that the company believes that a Transocean tool pusher offered an incorrect interpretation of the negative test that downplayed the unexpected pressure in the well.

The tool pusher could not testify -- he was among the 11 who were killed in the explosion."

Posted by: badsneakers | July 24, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Seems like Achenbach and Hilzenrath pretty much covered the bases. Darn those pesky technical manuals & safety rules anyway.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 24, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Don't blame you,
don't blame me.
Blame that tool-pusher
down in the sea.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 24, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, our first has been in underpants for about six weeks now. He has been slow to get the handle on doing number two, but is getting there quickly. We still hold out hope that he will be set by November. He still gets pullups for sleeping, but rarely are they wet when he changes in the morning.

Posted by: baldinho | July 24, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

(No, that little ditty wasn't intended to be humorous. It was intended to be as offensive as the attempt to blame the catastrophe on those who perished.)

Posted by: Bob-S | July 24, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Baldy, lovely on the baby! Lobbyists from the northern climes across the pond said, THOR. Really. And, the moniker ODIN was mentioned.

Stunned into silence, I was. CPBoy is not named such, nor Leif nor Sven....I said that Carl would be fine but no takers.

TBG's Zeus is fascinating, as is Homer. I taught a student recently named Aristotle. Another is named Nestor; still another, Callirhoe, which means beautiful stream that is running.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | July 24, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Also, went to high school with


Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | July 24, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

About two months before balancingboy #2 was born, balancingboy #1, who was 2 and a half years old, developed an alarming tendency of crying whenever he heard another baby crying. I was ready for a house of infantile woe, but fortunately it was just a passing phase.
Balancingboy #1 never showed any sort of jealousy or anger about the new baby. But the three cats were extremely put out, especially since they had never reconciled themselves to the appearance of the first one.

Posted by: balancingact | July 24, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

A line from Joel's article answers one of my questions: What went right?

"No single decision or misstep in isolation could have caused the blowout, but any number of decisions might have prevented it had they gone the other way."

A: Nothing.

Posted by: yellojkt | July 24, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Nestor is such a good name.

I never quite understood why Hector was the only Trojan name that seemed to catch fire throughout the ages.
Must be Homer's line "Hector, breaker of horses."

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 24, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Congrats, baldinho. Sounds very exciting. Keep us updated.

Your experience is the opposite of the ones I usually hear. In their cases, a toilet trained toddler reverts when the new baby comes home because diaper changing is a way to get attention from parents they used to have exclusivity on.

Posted by: yellojkt | July 24, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

There is a saying in most industries: "Quick, cheap, or right: Pick two." BP kept picking the wrong ones.

Posted by: yellojkt | July 24, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

baldinho, gauging by your handle, I guess you may have some Brazilian or Portuguese background? So, maybe 'baldinhoinho'?

Know a guy whose brother's name is Thor, 40, years on, still not sure if that's a help or a hinderance. I'm sure he's tired of jokers asking to 'see his hammer,' or how his Dad's other eye is, or how things are going back home in Asgard (Confession: I'm really looking forward to the movie next summer. Yes, I'm that big a geek).

Thanks for the tip in, Jumper. Full moon Monday night, kids. Keep your doors locked and your felines indoors.

Reading Joel and Hilzenrath's piece, I remember raising the issue shortly after the loss of the people and the rig that there may be investigations regarding the DH (and the possibility that there could be evidence there) to assess possible legal actions, including negligence. Some folks disagreed with me on that.

However, my opinion remains unchanged.


Posted by: -bc- | July 24, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

From a lawyer's point of view, this is what is known as a target rich environment. In engineering and other professional services there are phrases such as 'standard of care' and 'best practices'. I'm not hearing of much of that being applied.

Posted by: yellojkt | July 24, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

yello, this is why I say my late Mother-in-Law was So Wise. Neither the toddler nor I nor her Dad had any stake in it, either way. So it was easy for her to give it up, and us to not expect her to. It simply didn't matter and so wasn't a weapon for anyone to wield.

Posted by: Yoki | July 25, 2010 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Meant to describe what happened at the DH rig on April 20th as a tragedy in my 11:27 PM. The deaths of 11 people can not and should not be minimized.


Posted by: -bc- | July 25, 2010 12:46 AM | Report abuse

Which of us has forgotten the 11?

Posted by: Yoki | July 25, 2010 12:52 AM | Report abuse

Not I. Good night, fondue, and don't let the werewolves bite.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 25, 2010 1:16 AM | Report abuse

Another way to say it would be "Any single foul up was arguably acceptable. But each new thing piled up until there was a basket full of go-to-hell and nothing on the other side of the scale but a species of incompetent managerial vacuous idiocy."

Posted by: Jumper1 | July 25, 2010 1:37 AM | Report abuse

Perfect, Jumper.

Posted by: Yoki | July 25, 2010 1:40 AM | Report abuse

I probably think this song is about me!

Posted by: Jumper1 | July 25, 2010 1:53 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. Congratulations Baldinho, and thanks for the tips guys.

Grandsons not here yet, will arrive today. I have a funeral to attend. A wonderful friend has passed. She was my babysitter when my second arrived on the scene. I love her so much, just hope I don't fall apart when making the remarks.

Try to stay cool those of you that are dealing with the heat. We are just about cooked here.

Ivansmom, I do hope you're feeling better, and moving about. Give my best to your family.

Slyness, what you doing? Things are about the same with the aunt. My dad and his sister went to see her this week, and I can tell it upsets him. I do hope she gets better. I know the question in the back of your mind, but that's a whole 'nother story.

Have a great day, folks. Love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | July 25, 2010 6:51 AM | Report abuse

I haven't forgotten the 11 either.

OK, the heat's obviously getting to the WaPo servers -- I click on a home page link "To prevent concussions, NFL may alter practices" and end up at an article about a "Finding Mr. Good Enough" book for women. *L*

Hey, looks like we'll stay below 100 today!


woo, I say.

And in the "WTHITNOFSM Were They Thinking????" Dept. --

*trying-to-figure-some-way-to-fit-an-oxygen-tank-in-the-fridge-to-stay-cool Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 25, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse

CASSANDRA!! *HUGSSSSSSSSSS* My condolences on your friend, may you find strength among the people at the ceremony. *HUGSSSSSSSSSSSS*

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 25, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Scotty, the salaries in the CA town are probably the most egregious example of a very common practice.

Think of that city government as the board of directors of the town. They get to set their salaries, and can use gimmicks to hide them as best they can from their "shareholders".

They realized in advance that the worst thing that could happen is their scheme was discovered. They would get the boot, but would be rich either way.

Looters. So many of them nowadays. I think of situations like this whenever people, typically conservatives, call for much more local control over everything. To me, the likelihood of straight-up looting is higher the smaller the jurisdiction. The small ones have almost nobody to audit/check on the others.


Posted by: baldinho | July 25, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

No argument, baldinho... *SIGH*

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

Good morning, all. Cassandra, I'm sorry to hear about your friend. Peace and courage to you for the funeral!

We are doing a lot of nothing around here. Once the dryer stops, I think I'll try to get Mr. T out of his recliner for a walk.

It seems to me that the Deepwater Horizon disaster is a classic case of groupthink, with horrendous results. How human is it that it takes the death of eleven people and an ecological nightmare for the responsible folks to sit up and see reality.

Posted by: slyness | July 25, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

We are off to my in-laws. Reasons: 1) father-in-law birthday gathering. 1A) their in-ground pool.

We have been only seasonally warm the last couple of days. That means upper 80s. For the boodleers in the 100 degree range: stay cool.

Posted by: baldinho | July 25, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

The monsoons we received yesterday have finally brought the humidity down, I think at least 3" in the past 48 hours - had to back wash the pool twice as it rose so high.

A little boy in my neighbourhood is very lucky today, my city has lots of little creeks, normally not much more than a trickle this time of year but the rains of the past couple days took the creek to about 5 feet in depth - his sister managed to rescue him and local emergency response teams rescued the mom who got caught in the water trying to help.

Going to enjoy the cool as I think it will be a one day aberration, hope some cooler air moves in to those areas much worse off than we are.

Posted by: dmd3 | July 25, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Laundry's done (mine and his), but plants still need watering. We're still grappling with our respective health issues, but we seem somehow to be feeling better (somewhat). He's going to try to change his ticket so that he can go home on Wednesday. That would be great (for both of us, frankly, as much as I love him completely). It also means that, alas, neither one of us will be showing up at the BPH on Wednesday (*sob*). Some other time.

Baldinho -- do add me to the list of congratulators for the addition of yet another boodler -- he/she may not yet be able to control the keyboard when ultimately born, but it'll be waiting for him/her when he/she is ready.

Have a great day, all (and *cool* if at all possible).

Posted by: ftb3 | July 25, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

For Mudge via Yoki

Posted by: DNA_Girl | July 25, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Heh heh "Hand me my crowquill pen."

Posted by: Jumper1 | July 25, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Wonderful DNA girl.

Posted by: dmd3 | July 25, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Hello boodle! I would like to report that my mayoral salary is $35 a month, council members earn $25. No expense accounts or mileage reimbursement. There is but one perk I enjoy, in terms of military protocol an elected mayor is the equivalent to a 3 star general. This makes me senior to Mr. F and, when I can keep a straight face, it is fun to be introduced as "her honor."

Great sinfest find DNA Girl.

Toodles boodle. Have a ton of robot part sorting to do in preparation for double sessions of day camp this week with evening meetings for city business. Then I am free, free, free, and will head to Tampa for a good chunk of August. Wanting to leave highs in the upper 70s low 80s for FL in August surely indicates mental instability worthy of impeachment.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | July 25, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

The two guys panhandling for beer money outside burger king this morning think I'm a good man. So I'm feeling pretty up.

I've discovered that my neighborhood has a a not insignificant number of a group homes, halfway houses, and other public assistance type housing. I'm generally in favor of this (it's a great neighborhood) but it does add a certain amount of liveliness. You are just never sure when the gent next to you at the bar, with whom you've been having an interesting conversation, will start muttering about aliens.

Cassandra, you don't know me but I hope you won't think me importunate if I offer my condolences. I admire your courage in speaking about your friend and I hope you will draw strength from the other attendees. That is what they are there for after all!

Baldinho, my best congratulations!

Posted by: cowhand214 | July 25, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

SCC: Removing errant vowels

Posted by: cowhand214 | July 25, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

On John Wright:

Posted by: Jumper1 | July 25, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Oh cowhand214... everyone knows the errant vowels are the most fun.

Posted by: -TBG- | July 25, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Cassandra, my condolences on your friend's death.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 25, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I hope you will hear other wonderful stories of your friend and know you're not alone in missing her.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 25, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

I would go to the doctor for errant vowels. They have medicine for that now.

Posted by: yellojkt | July 25, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I think a man named Wright working for a company named Boots and Coots might inspire a boodle poet to compose a good luck mojo piece. *hint hint*

And from the article on Wright (salute, Jumper) this - "Halliburton said in April it planned to buy Boots & Coots; the sale is still pending." *sigh*

Happy Sunday, y'all. Backboodling leaves me elated and sad.

Major congratulations to Baldinho and his wife. The happiest news is about babies. I enjoyed the name-tossing amongst you all last evening. Because of Norwegian ancestry, sonchild's dad wanted to name him Thor. He looked nothing like a Thor when he arrived (yeah!) and answers to Ian now, among other things.

Cassandra, sincere condolances on the death of your friend. It caused me to remember women and girls who tended to us when we were children . . . most became close friends when we grew up. The stories they could tell! I'll be thinking of you, dear lady.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 25, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations, baldinho & spouse!

Hot, hot, hot here. Just watered the garden and plan on working in the cool upstairs.

The Shining is on. I may watch for a while but will bug out when thr horror starts.

Cassandra, my thoughts are with you.

Have a good day, all.

Posted by: -dbG- | July 25, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Any cures out there for deviant verbs, oblique adjectives or catawampus conjunctions?

Posted by: talitha1 | July 25, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Not to mention suppressed consonants. We'd need shrink for that I suppose.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 25, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

And it's 'catawampus' for the win! Word of the day!

Posted by: cowhand214 | July 25, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I don't care for the horror parts, either dbG. Of course I loved The Shinning...

"No TV and no beer make Homer something, something."

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

They have Wampus Cats in parts of Tennessee.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | July 25, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

OK, folks... I'm going to venture outside. Well... actually... venture into the garage and get into my soon-to-be air-conditioned car and head to the store.

Finding a shady parking space will be my real goal for the day.

Wish me luck!

Posted by: -TBG- | July 25, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

But you can only the quality flatcats on Mars. Not to be confused with tribbles, or the problems they cause.

Posted by: yellojkt | July 25, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Good afternoon, all.

Having some fun with the kids this week and weekend.

I've been outside for a sweat-drenched run and am taking a little break before heading back out to do some home repairs and to get rid of some wasp nests that started up while we were on vacation. I should clean the bathrooms, but I can do that later.

Other outside stuff to do, but it is just too hot for car repairs.

Cassandra, condolences. You'll do fine.


Posted by: -bc- | July 25, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Good luck, TBG! I haven't made it into actual clothes today myself. Just enough to keep from embarrassment when passing by a window. I may actually go out (at night!) and buy a window-AC if this continues.

My 3rd grade teacher was named Mrs. Tribble. Much snickering when the Trek episode first aired. She was cool though - taught me how to crochet and how to shuffle cards.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 25, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

It is HOT in the high country, I am really not looking forward to going down to the Piedmont later this afternoon.

Mr. T and I went for our walk and were accosted by a fellow from the fire department and his wife. We had a pleasant chat with them while we all sweated, walking on the trail. They have a place up here also, but we had not crossed paths before (hehehe). Very nice to see them and catch up.

After lunch we rode on the Blue Ridge Parkway for a ways. It's normally so nicely groomed, but not this year. I suppose they didn't have the funding to get all the debris up from the Christmas morning ice storm, so there are many places where the branches are still down and the grass and weeds growing through them. *Sigh*

Posted by: slyness | July 25, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Apropos of nothing, some interesting anagrams.

knead naked
impure umpire
remote meteor
bordello doorbell
bedroom boredom
continued unnoticed
supersonic percussion
considerate desecration

I ran across a list of those while doing further research on catawampus.
•A fierce imaginary animal, a bogeyman; Out of alignment, crooked, cater-corner; Fierce, destructive. Sometimes misspelled catywampous.
•Askew; awry; positioned diagonally or crosswise. Often misspelled cattywampus, caddy wampus, or katty wampus.

Also found a source that said it was related to 'catamount' an American folk term for a mountain lion.

BEST of all was this, entitled "The Curmudgeon and the Catawampus".

Posted by: talitha1 | July 25, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Tribble was your 3rd grade teacher, so she probably also taught you how to multiply, Talitha.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 25, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

And phonics, Wilbrod. Do they still teach phonics?

Posted by: talitha1 | July 25, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

On boodle. Really it is!

Posted by: Jumper1 | July 25, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Based on absolutely no authority whatsoever, I'm gonna dish my version of catawampus.

Let's assume it was originally coined for mosquitoes (on no evidence whatsoever other than it referred to a bug which is no longer named thus).

So, Cattawampus= scat-a-vampire (Wampus).

Also cf. scottish "wampish" (flailing, waving about, which one does to a pesky bug.)

Mosquitoes now have a spanish name meaning "little fly"-- a name unlikely to have been used by the colonists. They likely had their own pet names for those lil' bloodsuckers, though. They inspire colorful language.

In ASL alone I know a few such expressions which translate as "nose-drillers", "slap-offs" (or arm-bees) and dialectal variations on "fly."

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 25, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Nose-drillers. Now there's a pleasant thought.

So many words/phrases in ASL, it being a language of gestures, connote action even when they are in fact nouns, if I'm saying that correctly.
The gesture of slapping off a mosquito indicates the mosquito as well as the action. Does that make sense? My ASL is terribly rusty these days.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 25, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Well, THAT was quite the T-storm that blew through here... Hope those around D.C. had the chance to batten down the hatches!


Posted by: Scottynuke | July 25, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Found a shady parking space and when I came out of the store, the sky was all blue, the sun was HOT, HOT, HOT. Got in the car and it showed the outside temp at 99°F.

By the time I got settled in and started to back out of the space, the sky had darkened and the wind was blowing.

Six or seven minutes later, I was home, the rain was pouring down and the thermometer in the car said 79° outside.

Posted by: -TBG- | July 25, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Yes indeed, TBG, I've actually thrown the windows open to get some cool air in here! *L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 25, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Weather the same here in the valley. I thought the maple trees were bending over and attempting to walk in the front door. Temps dropped about 12 degrees.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 25, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I have no doubt the temps will be back up, with worse humidity, in a short while.

Posted by: -TBG- | July 25, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

It was a gullywasher. I checked the radar and it was a solid squall line from Baltimore to Manassas. I think I'm going to wait fro the rain to pass before I head out.

Posted by: yellojkt | July 25, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

There's a special pronoun class called "classifiers"-- kind of verb + pronoun hybrids. Those can be used and then abbreviated to create nouns, if that's what you're thinking of.

Not all nouns connote action.

English does have its share of nouns that overlap with verbs, though-- whether gerunds (verb participles that double as nouns)-- i.e. ironing, sewing, or simple words that are both verb and noun but in subtly different senses-- shower, iron, wax, etc.

Verbs, as in English, are far more inflected than nouns are, though.

Nouns tend to be close to the zero-grade form of the verb, perhaps distingushed by a small motion (either single or thrice, depending on the sign), while verbs vary in motion, duration, and frequency according to their inflection.

I have a headache (unrelated to this), so will enjoy a proper Sunday afternoon nap.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 25, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

That was cruel of you to send me YouTubing. About six videos later I landed on this Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie sketch:

The Brits do have a way with the double entendre.

Posted by: yellojkt | July 25, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Siesta time.

We're having barbequed ribs...wish we had some fresh corn. The other day we had salad with lettuce (Red Romaine) and carrots from the garden.

More of my praying mantises are waking up. Very late this summer.

Posted by: seasea1 | July 25, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

We suspect a strawberry thief to be a skunk or a gourmet squirrel-- only half of a strawberry is taken, and exactly when it's at its most ripe.

As it is in a planter, we do have the option of bringing it in at night (I'm pretty sure it happens at night as Wilbrodog doesn't go out unexpectedly then.)

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 25, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Make sure to search for turtles near those strawberries. Where there is a will there is often a way, and I think turtles have the will to eat strawberries.

Posted by: Jumper1 | July 25, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Give me an entendre, barkeep! Make it a double.

Posted by: -pj- | July 25, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Jumper, great videos of Laurie and Fry. They were a great team no matter what they did!

I wish our chipmunk blueberry thief would eat cukes instead. I meant to buy corn today but didn't have the energy to go to the farm stand.

It has cooled off outside, but the house is still very warm and stuffy. No wind to push the air around.

Posted by: badsneakers | July 25, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Gourmet squirrels, chipmunk blueberry thieves, suspected strawberry turtle burglers and newborn praying mantises. A true boodle zoo.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 25, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

I can catch a turtle. But those chipmunks are elusive little critters.

Posted by: Bob-S | July 25, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

The Queen's got a Flickr now. Think we can get her to join our Achenboodle group?

Posted by: -TBG- | July 25, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Swan Upping - I just HAD to investigate that. "A swan's' feet are tied momentarily during Swan Upping, the annual census of the swan population on parts of the River Thames, 19 July 2010. The ceremony of Swan Upping dates from the 12th century and takes place during the third week of July every year."

The millinery alone made the Queen's Flickr site "quite amusing".

Posted by: talitha1 | July 25, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

I saw deep fried corn on the cob on TV today. Fried until some light brown seen on kernels. Interesting.

Posted by: Jumper1 | July 25, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Bonus: no need to butter it?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 25, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

The Queen's last visit here, saw her being unusually stylish, seems to have found her fashion style, but this picture looks like something from a comedy sketch, entirely not her fault - the lab coat is not helping.

People funnier than I could come up with some great captions for the photo.

Posted by: dmd3 | July 25, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

If it is clear in your area gorgeous full moon, went to pick up my eldest at a friends and have a great view all the way home, moon low in the southeast sky just in the fading twilight.

Posted by: dmd3 | July 25, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

But who knew that she was a member of the Red Hat Society, purple accents and all?

Posted by: talitha1 | July 25, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

The rain here was brief, but windy, and I'll bet the temp dropped 30 degrees.

I'd been thinking the volunteer dianthus in the front yard was looking pretty ratty after all the heat, so when I passed a small, corner plant stand the other day, I picked up 9 large multi-zinnia plants. Yesterday and this morning I was kicking myself because it was just too hot to plant them.

Tonight, no problem. :) Here's hoping it rains again.

The volunteer cleome is spectacular, but not a good cutting plant.

Have a good night, all.

Posted by: -dbG- | July 25, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

We were an hour and 15 minutes into a 2-hour journey home when Mr. T realized he had left his briefcase and laptop in his recliner. In the mountain house.


So we turned around and went BACK up the mountain (an hour and 15 minutes) and got them. Then we traveled the two hours home.

So a two-hour journey took us four and a half hours.

I managed to keep my mouth MOSTLY shut.

And I'm Very Glad to be Home!

Posted by: slyness | July 25, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Mr.T and Mr.Tal, separated at birth. Very proud of you for your restraint, slyness. 8-O

Posted by: talitha1 | July 25, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Just another example of how you are way nice than I Slyness.

Posted by: dmd3 | July 25, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, folks.

Spent some time with Scottynuke this evening, enjoying a stylish Med style dinner (and some darn good baklava afterwards), then a showing of "Inception."

The flick was good fun, though it borrowed a lot from, well, a lot of movies, including auteur Chris Nolan's own "Memento."

Still, had to hurry home to prep for the full moon tonight. Took all the breakables out of the basement and laid blue tarps down with newspaper on top (sorry, Joel), and will lock the upstairs door shorrrRRRRRRtly [uh, oh - time's coming]. I'm kinda glad it rained, since dry hard ground always leaves my, er, hands and feet(?) a little sore the next day. But I get muddy pawprints everywhere (Note to self: leave a bowl of waterRRRRRRrrrr out for later, and leave the leftoverrrrrRRRRrs out on the deck. Maybe we won't be so hungry for 'wild' game or end up knocking over trashcans or tearrrrRRRRing through dumpsters when we're feeling peckish after that long cleansing rrrrrrRRRRRRRrun through the woods. Grrrowllll. *Snap* Whoops, sorrrrRRRRRRRRrrry.)

Have a peaceful night, folks. If you hear some howling after midnight (hey, *there's* a memoir title!) or even something going on with your chicken coops or garbage cans (Monday's trash day here - oy. I always have indegestion on the Day after a full moon on the night before trash day.), please throw some meat out the window. Or maybe some pasta.

Whatever you dooooAAAAROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooo (oops, sorry), please don't throw chocolate. That could really make a mess of my basement.

GoooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAR-AR-AR- OOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooo..., er, good night, all.


Posted by: -bc- | July 25, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Wish you could snag my nighttime strawberry bandit on your romps, bc. Enjoy.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 25, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

I've had luck getting zinnias to germinate (they seem to have stopped flowering, maybe too hot). Not cleome, which seems odd.

Beautiful moonrise, with the moon behind a filigree of cloud, radiating crepuscular rays from the set sun.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | July 25, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

The Priest-Arkin series marveled at how many people have top secret clearances and such. No wonder there's been a Huge Leak. A gusher.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | July 25, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

I think Paul Krugman's denunciation of "climate cowards" misses the dynamics of what's going on. "Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming" by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway explains professional obfuscation, the sort that kept the "Star Wars" program for missile defense lavishly funded for a couple of decades, even though there was never a chance of coming up with something that would work.

I don't expect Congressional action on climate change until some major calamity, maybe failure of crops throughout the Midwest. Miami Beach falling into the ocean won't suffice.

Come to think of it, with all this heat, will we have pumpkins for Halloween?

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | July 26, 2010 12:46 AM | Report abuse

I saw similar orchestrated obfuscation about the B2 bomber in the '90s. They kept trying to fund more and more of them. I saw a program which ran on PBS which wrongly claimed they had flown missions in Gulf War and it was a deliberate confusion with the F 117. Very stealthy.

Posted by: Jumper1 | July 26, 2010 5:27 AM | Report abuse

Yes indeed, do put "Inception" on your must-watch list, very well-done and internally consistent! :-)

And now we know what sort of birthday cake both bc and I would like this year. TBG, know any good sources for industrial-size helpings of baklava??

*wondering-why-the-clock's-moving-so-damn-slow-whilst-waiting-for-NukeSpouse's-return Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 26, 2010 5:31 AM | Report abuse

DOC: my thoughts on climate change legislation are less optimistic than even yours.

To me, there is no debate that our fossil fuels are doing bad things. I personally believe that we should work aggressively to reduce emissions.

There can be a legitimate argument made, however, that any solution requires a world-wide effort. It can be practical to argue (as the ultimate argument will be from those opposed to changing how we act) that having the US cut emissions while others do not will simply hobble the US economy. All politics will be local.

At some point the Inhofes will be hushed up and the more practical argument will come forward. There is no really good response to the more practical argument.

Posted by: baldinho | July 26, 2010 6:24 AM | Report abuse

Well, we could begin charging huge tariffs to carbon cheaters. Of course now they are we.

Posted by: Jumper1 | July 26, 2010 6:29 AM | Report abuse

Good morning and happy Monday, all. Carbon cheaters, that's a fun way to begin the week.

I hope we can avert the deficit crisis too. Is it too much to ask that we take care of our financial and ecological houses, at the same time? Probably...

Hi Cassandra! I hope you have a comfortable day. What did you do with the grandsons?

Posted by: slyness | July 26, 2010 7:20 AM | Report abuse

DofthC - Another aspect of the SDIO's "Star Wars" program was hidden agendas. Lots of the people running this were neither stupid nor easily duped. They understood quite well the limitations of the technology. But for other unstated and largely hidden reasons, they still wanted the technology developed.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | July 26, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

In retrospect I think Star Wars was mostly about knocking the other guy's eyes out of the sky and defending ours. But what do I know?

Posted by: Jumper1 | July 26, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

His story isn't new-- just in how he will fight back.

Keep in mind this is a hunting dog kennel.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 26, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all. I'm up and around -- trying to clean the place up from last night, and get rid of this bloody awful taste in my mouth.

From previous Boodling...

From what I've seen of Hayward's latest comments, it's not surprised that he's trying to portray the image of someone who's in control of the situation, and knows exactly what's going on. That's his job, and when the BOD no longer has confidence in him or the situation suits, he'll be dismissed.

I think he's already prepared for the sword, whether he falls on it or takes it on a chopping block, and I'd be surprised if a compensation package weren't ready for execution.



Posted by: -bc- | May 30, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse


As I said about Hayward and the BP board some time back, I imagine the ink's been dry on the agreement for his exit plan for about a month.

Not even going to touch that matter of criminal charges again, though I also imagine there's provisions in Hayward's plan to fund defense fees. Though he'll go up a notch in my book if he takes the hit and/or pleas a deal to spare the lower level managment and anyone on the rig who might potentially be facing charges themselves.

Not sure about the contractors on the rig, though. [I imagine Haliburton's legal and mgt teams already have contingency plans in place, too.]



Posted by: -bc- | June 2, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

RD, it occurred to me that one of the reasons that the US pursued Star Wars and other high-zoot/low-return technologies was to to get the Soviet Union to spend time, money and resources on trying to keep up, have them spread everything too thinly, and drive the whole CCCP into bankruptcy (economically and politically).

In that sense, perhaps Star Wars/SDIs worked to some degree, and perhaps even the phrase "We came in peace for all mankind," could be reconsidered. The Apollo and STS programs as weapons without warheads?


Posted by: -bc- | July 26, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

How many of you locals had power interrupted by the T-storms this weekend?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 26, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Spalding's Doubleday doubledealings in baseball

Posted by: Jumper1 | July 26, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, I just don't know quite what to make of that story. Sad.

Good Monday, y'all. Lots of excitment here late last evening when part of the old lath and plaster ceiling in our kitchen collapsed. (The house was built in 1849.) Because a portion was under the staircase, therefore slanting, and a portion under the joist supportig the stairwell landing above, we suspect a joist or joint has shifted and the heat and humidity were the proverbial straw.

Sooooooo, mucho clearing out and covering with sheets into the wee hours and workmen are stirring up a dusty mess as I type. We were lucky to find our regular guy between jobs. I did my part and got out of the way. *sigh*

It just goes to show ya, it's always something. (thanks, Gilda/Roseanne)

Hoping for a quieter day for all of you!

Posted by: talitha1 | July 26, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Oh, Talitha! What a mess. Glad it's getting fixed so quickly. We don't have a "guy" so we'd been on the phone still this morning looking for someone to come help.

Wilbrod... our power flickered just enough to reboot the Tivo and reset every electric clock in the house. We're pretty lucky.

Son of G is now employed. Grover waves all around, please. He went to orientation yesterday and begins his first part-time shift on Wednesday. If anyone in the Queen City is in need of a new cell phone, please go to Midtown on Wednesday to see the Boy in the Blue Polo Shirt.

He is quite relieved to have found a job, much less one that he can keep when school starts back up next month. Thanks to all of you for the Boodle Mojo he took with him to his interviews.

Posted by: -TBG- | July 26, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Dave... I don't think you can even get a government job around here these days without some sort of clearance. That didn't used to be the case.

I guess OPM will soon figure out that when everyone has a clearance, there are no more secrets.

Posted by: -TBG- | July 26, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Ah, Talitha, the joys of an older home! Mine's not quite that old, but still we have issues from time to time.

Seven tenths of an inch of water in the rain gauge when we got home last night, from a storm Saturday evening. It ensured some water in the birdbath during my absence, but the rain wasn't heavy enough to wash away the dog poop on the sidewalk, sigh.

Posted by: slyness | July 26, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Yayyyyyyyyyyy for SoG!!! *extra wavies* :-)

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

Congrats to SonofG!

Even with the doors closed and tarps over everything there is a fine layer of plaster dust covering every square inch downstairs. Arrrrrgggghhhh! in my best nasty she-pirate voice. And a workman walked across the oriental rug in the livingroom in his sloppy lugsoles to tell us he's going to leave for the hardware store. Just yell next time, fella.

I'd leave for the day but am expecting a 10:30 conference call I can't skip and then have to finish a rug. Rant over.

Posted by: talitha1 | July 26, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Congs to G-Spawn.

It's a beautiful day here but we'll get the T-storms soon enough.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | July 26, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Congrats to SonofG! Talitha, how awful, hope they get it repaired and leave before you go completely crazy.

Gorgeous day today, no humidity! I will dry my hair for the first time in a month, can't wait to see how it looks ;-)

Posted by: badsneakers | July 26, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

The temp is rising, but the morning has been pretty pleasant, compared especially to the other day when we had a 24-hour stretch ENTIRELY ABOVE 90 DEGREES. The terrible storm last night finally put an end to the heat wave.

I was thinking about how it makes perfect sense that such a heat spell almost always ends so violently.

Posted by: -TBG- | July 26, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Is TWC still off the line?
Thunder storms were forecast for here last night but we only got a very bright yellow moon. 90 again today and maybe a drop into the eighties later in the week. But they have been saying that now for the last couple of days.

Posted by: bh72 | July 26, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

It took quite a while to remove kitchen wallboard dust from the rest of the house. Circumstances didn't allow covering furniture and such with tarps/bedsheets.

The notion that Star Wars was a giant fraud that forced the Soviet Union to spend itself into bankruptcy is comforting but I suspect the Soviets went bust on their own. When I was a kid, we were being assured that Khruschev's threat to economically "bury" the US was quite serious. The Soviets had better schools, better scientists, better civil defense, maybe even better baseball teams. Baloney. My hunch is that Soviet economic history shows that the whole economy suffered from lack of market price signals (factories turned valuable raw materials into junk) and lack of innovation. Agriculture was hamstrung by Lysenkoism. And the country had been plundered and devastated to an extent we can barely imagine from 1918 to 1945. It's possibly a marvel that the country was functioning as well as it was (living standard about like Mexico?) circa 1989.

Anyone know of a fun-to-read economic history of the Soviet Union?

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | July 26, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Good for Son of G. A friend of mine worked at Apple selling gizmos and it was a nice gig.

Posted by: Jumper1 | July 26, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

New Kitlet!

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | July 26, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. I am finally back among the living and working. I was able to stir this weekend enough to retrive the Boy from camp, then to see "Inception" yesterday. What a fun movie!

Our 100-plus stretch of temperatures has evened out into high 90s, which actually feels cooler. Saturday and last night we had some surprise storms which brought badly-needed moisture. Now we're back to '90s again.

Catching up in no particular order: Cassandra, I'm sorry about your friend and I know you did well speaking at the funeral.

Congratulations to SonofG on gainful employment.

Baldinho, if your wife rejected Pliny I'd recommend Anaximander. If the baby's female, think "Mandy".

Talitha, some time ago we had a wide-ranging Boodle discussion on "cattywampus" - its origins and spelling. We determined that there are many regional variations on spelling,the one I use above being, of course, what I was taught as correct. You see how much I learned from that discussion - before I would have merely said mine was the correct spelling. It astounds me that there are scores of young people unfamiliar with the word.

Posted by: Ivansmom | July 26, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

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