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I'm sure every boodler saw that headline, "Abbas flies home to violent opposition," and had the same thought, which is: They weren't THAT awful of a band, even if "Dancing Queen" is pretty atrocious.

World's largest bowl of beans: Yeah, but wait until you see what I'm cooking up this weekend for the Gator game! I'm a little skeptical of the butterbean concept. The Achenbeans are typically pintos.

A good piece in the Times on BP saying, in effect, let us drill in the gulf or you may not get the money you want out of us. What the article doesn't mention is that the Obama administration set up the BP escrow account in such a way that it is funded with BP's gulf oil revenue. That directly (I would think) contravenes the House bill, or specifically the Miller amendment to the bill (see Times article for details). Groups such as Public Citizen howled when they saw the escrow language because they realized that the administration had given BP what it most wanted, which was some assurance that it will be able to continue to operate in the gulf. [There will be a test...]

Krauthammer didn't like the Oval Office address the other night; Bill Kristol thought it was pretty good. The hawks need to work this out among themselves, maybe. I agree with Charles that the address didn't need quite so much about the economy; it felt tacked on to me, a late addition to the script. But while Charles is upset that Obama prioritizes domestic issues over foreign, given the scale of the recession and the feebleness of the recovery, I don't think Obama has that in the wrong order. (But I concede that it's a tough question and a reminder that the presidency ain't an easy job.) We'll know more about Obama and foreign policy when the Woodward book comes out in 2 weeks.

By Joel Achenbach  |  September 3, 2010; 11:21 AM ET
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Don't eat farm-raised shrimp.

Posted by: bobsewell | September 3, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

This article briefly addresses: (a) how GCCF limits BP's liability via the systematic postponement, reduction or denial of claims against BP; (b) how GCCF guarantees BP's continued long-term operation in the offshore Gulf of Mexico E&P sector; and (c) why GCCF is not necessary to ensure that victims of the BP oil spill are fully compensated for incurred damages.

Posted by: brianjdonovan | September 3, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Tacked on or not, Obama and his party's electoral fortunes depend on improvement in the economy. That simply cannot be ignored in a participatory government with an election looming.

The Afghanistan issue will be a wild card in the 2012 election. Who knows what condition that country will have by then and both parties have conflicted constituencies on the matter.

Posted by: edbyronadams | September 3, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

In order to understand what Krauthammer and Kristol thought about Obama's speech I would have had to read both their columns, which would have required physical restraints, medication, copious amounts of alcohol and/or some serious glaucoma medicines, AND the use of a large-caliber pistol stuck in my mouth. So, no, somehow I missed what Krauthammer had to say. Darn.

(Alternatively, I suppose someone could simply have just explained to me what they wrote, but that woukld have likewise required the above steps, so it's pretty moot.)

I mean, life is just too freaking short to spend any of it reading K-hammer and Kristol. I got things to do, man. Books to write. Places to go. Grandchildren to bounce on my knee. Sock drawers in need of sorting. A man's gotta prioritize.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 3, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Incidentally, Haley Barbour is a POS. I just hadda throw that in.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 3, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget the occasional root canal, 'Mudge...

And some people have no regard for birthdays, I tellya. Barely had time to enjoy a nice apple fritter this morning before submerging into the morass of e-mail, phone calls and documents demanding my attention. I hope to similarly enjoy a nice brownie sundae setup very thoughtfully provided by officemates before running off to another meeting.

Someone please remind me I owe ebtnut a reply this evening. Thankee.

*for-THIS-I-waited-4.3-decades? Grover waves*

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 3, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Joel if I didn't already adore you, your first paragraph would have done it.

Posted by: dmd3 | September 3, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

It shouldn't come as any surprise that the Gulf settlement money will come from drilling. Where do you think the national tobacco settlement money comes from? There's a reason no government ever tries to ban cigarettes outright, no matter how dangerous they may think they are.

Posted by: simpleton1 | September 3, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Apparently the bears went in search of Goldilocks' porridge, and it didn't end well.

Posted by: bobsewell | September 3, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

*Happy Birthday waves to Scotty*

Posted by: Raysmom | September 3, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

*Thank-you wavies* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 3, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I would have thought that the main reasons nobody ever tried to ban tobacco outright would be:

(a) We have copious evidence that you can't legislate people's appetites out of existence, at least not all at once (viz., Prohibition).
(b) How's that total ban against marijuana agriculture working out?
(c) We don't need to further strengthen the economic value of organized crime (see (a)).
(d) It is utter freaking insanity to suggest that the government eliminate by fiat a multibillion-dollar industry, evil though its products may be, and simultaneously eliminate the billions of dollars in personal net worth of heretofore law-abiding (albeit possibly evil) citizens.
(e) It remains useful to grow tobacco for lots of other economically valuable reasons. For instance, it makes a great insecticide for cotton fields! (Really). Given that we would continue to grow it, anyway, it would be ineffective to ban its use by individuals.

I think I will never come to understand the mind-set of people who see government taxation policies as evidence of some sort of rapacious greed on the part of "the government." You know, legislators are not, for the most part, lining their personal pockets with tax revenues -- that's a crime, called embezzlement. If anything, they have found that the best way to line their personal pockets is through tax reduction, not taxation, currying favor with the rich folks who have the resources to make major "campaign contributions."

We do not live under an autocracy or even an oligarchy, we live under a democratically-elected republican system of government. If you don't like the way that your representatives are voting, you are free to organize and persuade people to vote for candidates according to your principles. Infantile muttering, sotto voce, about "THAT's why no government outlaws such things" is just stupid. Grow up, dude.

Posted by: ScienceTim | September 3, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

"I am shocked, shocked, to hear that BP will be paying the costs of its environmental depredations through continued oil revenue." Um, where did folks imagine that BP acquires its funds? Were they going to liquidate their assets and and sell themselves out of existence?

Posted by: ScienceTim | September 3, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

You guys gotta read that bear story Bob linked to. It is THE most disorganized, poorly written story imaginable. TBG, please avert your eyes.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 3, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Bob!

Posted by: russianthistle | September 3, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

IMHO there is only one reason to listen to ABBA-

Posted by: kguy1 | September 3, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

In the case of tobacco, the government has it both ways. They have raised the taxes so high that it still generates revenue but most certainly suppresses consumption.

Posted by: edbyronadams | September 3, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Wow, ScienceTim, are you talking to me?

Governments are in the business of maximizing revenue. That's one reason why taxes, especially sin taxes, exist. The other reason such taxes exist is to encourage certain behavior. That's reality, not some debatable partisan point, however much you may wish it. In the tobacco case, specifically, there is a genuine tension between the stated public health goals of reducing cigarette consumption, and the stated financial goals of increasing excise tax revenue. So you wind up with governments, especially state and local governments, that go into court and accuse the tobacco companies of all sorts of malfeasance in the design and distribution of their product, only to turn around and take whatever steps are necessary to enable a certain number of those very same products to be sold to the public so that budgets are squared. Again, that's reality, not wishful thinking.

Sorry you have a hard time accepting that. Random utterings about our federal republic or our constitional system are neither relevant nor helpful. I'd tell you to grow up, yourself, but name calling on internet comment strings is pretty juvenile so I'll leave you with the last word on that score.

Posted by: simpleton1 | September 3, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Not only is that bear story poorly written the rationale for killing the bears is completely misguided. While I have no problem with authorities shooting bears when necessary to protect humans, a single home break-in does not mean a bear will break into more homes. The Colorado fish cops (aka game wardens) don't seem to be up to date with bear research or control methods.

Happy birthday s'nuke with kitty lovin's headed your way.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | September 3, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Mudge.. I think we should all bookmark that Bear Report and save it for when the Boodle calls "more bears!"

That said, as Frosti has pointed out... every blog needs more bears.

Posted by: -TBG- | September 3, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Tim writes: "Um, where did folks imagine that BP acquires its funds? Were they going to liquidate their assets and and sell themselves out of existence?" Tim, there is a certain cohort (likely quite small) that is of that exact opinion - BP should just sell itself out of existence and give the money to the victims. I ain't agreeing with that - better that they do stay in business and have some hope of paying things off. Liquidation would likely not produce much extra cash after paying off all the creditors.

Posted by: ebtnut | September 3, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm still amazed that one cub walked past the woman and the dog to go open the back door to let the other cub in. And the woman and dog allegedly stood there in silence and watched all this.

Maybe they were watching "The View" or something.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 3, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

simpleton1, I am well aware that "sin taxes" exist both to raise revenue and to discourage certain behaviors that are considered socially undesirable. That is a very far cry from a direct ban, which is flatly unrealistic. I'm not clear which partisan stance this is supposed to make me guilty of. For the record, let me note that I am generally considered a limp-wristed liberal, and I will whup the a$$ of anybody who says different.

In general, you may note that the examples you have cited -- the Giant Tobacco Settlement, and what I gather is called the GCCF -- are both cases in which the funds that are reaped are directly targeted towards the social costs that follow from the undesirable behaviors. When people stop buying cigarettes entirely, the tax revenue will disappear entirely, and soon the spending goal of that taxation -- treating tobacco-caused cancers -- will disappear, too. We also will solve our global-warming problem at the same time, as the freezing-over of Hell will provide an excellent heat sink to moderate the climate.

It is flat wrong to claim that government is in the business of maximizing revenue, as there is no incentive to any elected member of government to use his position to increase taxation. Government is in the business of maximizing expenditures. Ideally, these expenditures would be perfectly balanced by taxation, which would indirectly support your viewpoint, but the American people have discovered that it is more palatable to collect revenue as a loan and to defer payment to subsequent generations. I do not subscribe to that philosophy, but it is demonstrably true that it is the dominant operating philosophy in America today, whether I agree with it or not.

Finally, sir, you are incorrect in suggesting that I have been calling you names. I have not. I directly insulted you through the implication that anyone who agrees with your point possesses minimal intellectual capacity. I may have been rude (I admit it), but it was not technically name-calling. So, y'know, there! Take that!

Posted by: ScienceTim | September 3, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

It's clear that *Tim and Simpleton are actually agreeing with each other.

Posted by: -TBG- | September 3, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Ah, and here I was looking at last year's calendar, S'nuke. Apologies, etc.

Seems to me that the US Government and BP still need each other to work through everything involved with the DWH/Gulf disaster, including the cleanups, investigations, litigations and settlements. And those relationships are going to be variable, for many reasons. Any relationship has some give and take, even amongst parties that are in conflict.

Guess I'm going to have to read the Times piece.


Posted by: -bc- | September 3, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

My state uses some of the tobacco money to fund basic research. For years I didn't apply for it, but federal funding became so tight I finally did this year. So now I'm sucking at the tobacco teat too. It doesn't feel good, but here I am.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | September 3, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Tim, try "I bite my thumb at you, sir!"

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 3, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry to read that response, ScienceTim. You make a couple factual mistakes; for example, many states have allocated most or even all of their tobacco settlement money to non-tobacco issues, like roads or pensions, so your statement that the need for the money will dry up once the social ill of tobacco-related illness dries up is incorrect. Likewise your assertion that local governments don't try to maximize revenue; many have departments that specifically analyze how best to set things like excise taxes to maximize what is taken in. No government likes to miss out on collecting potential revenue that it thinks it's supposed to get, which was really my point on that.

My larger point, of course, was that it should be no surprise the BP settlement was going to be funded by Gulf drilling since, by way of precedent, the tobacco settlement was funded by future cigarette sales even though everybody suposedly wanted to eliminate cigarette sales.

Alas, you chose to insult me again, by "directly" demeaning me "through the implication" that I'm stupid. Now, where I come from direct statements are not implied, nor are implications stated directly. But I like to think things through a bit before I write them.

p.s. Know where I can buy some asbestos oven mitts? How about some lead paint?

Posted by: simpleton1 | September 3, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I know, TBG, that's the frustrating thing about it!

Posted by: simpleton1 | September 3, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I guess I would say that I agree with simpleton1 on many things, but we part company at dark misgivings about hidden villainy and greed in government. I see nothing hidden in the nature of any villainy, and I interpret government's behavior with respect to taxation as a polar opposite from the view of simpleton1. But, I agree that I spoke rudely.

Posted by: ScienceTim | September 3, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

To loosely quote George Will, cigarettes are the only legal product that when used as intended result in death.

The reason we don't tax cigarettes out of existence is that the increased burden on the Medicare system from people quitting smoking would exceed the revenue from increased taxes.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 3, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Gosh. The John Kelly chat alerted me to this headline, a Dave Barry/Gene W special fer sure!

"Butts Arrested in Boob Murder Case"

Posted by: bobsewell | September 3, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

ScienceTim is right. Government is not in the business of maximizing revenue. Even local government, which does seek revenue (though not as comprehensively or as efficiently as one might be led to believe), does so in order to facilitate its true business of maximizing expenditure, also known as public services. Government collects and utilizes revenue in order to provide, for example, roads, fire and police protection, utility and trash service, public education, etc. Most true conservative politicians reject the notion that government is about revenue collection - they routinely run (and win) on the platform that government should curtail its revenue-collecting operations.

I must run to errands. The Boy and I are headed halfway to Houston tonight, en route to the season's first big fencing tournament. I may find an accordion nearby. I'll be in and out.

Posted by: Ivansmom | September 3, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

But Simpleton, you have to admit that when you complain of being called a, well... simpleton, it's like Curmudgeon complaining that people think he's grouchy.

In other words... maybe you should change your handle, since it clearly isn't appropriate. (that was a compliment)

Posted by: -TBG- | September 3, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Last thing -- actually, simpleton1, I thought that I was satirically coming clean on an admission that I behaved boorishly, by speaking of it with ludicrous precision. Let me, now, be clear: I apologize for calling you stupid.

I admit, I had been under the (evidently false) assumption that the tobacco-settlement money was specifically targeted, by law, to ameliorating the consequences of tobacco use. I can see how DNAGirl's research could arguably fall under that umbrella, but there is no such reasonable claim for funding schools, pensions, etc. I consider myself to be partially enlightened, and will keep my eyes open for further information on the subject.

I remain at odds with the concept that representative government exists to maximize revenue, which strikes me as falsely adversarial in the extreme. If government is the enemy, then the enemy is us. Admittedly, the great political philosopher Pogo pronounced that concept, decades past. However, I believe he was speaking in a cautionary fashion, rather than descriptive.

Posted by: ScienceTim | September 3, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I have always said that a country's tax policy should do two things-raise revenue and signal how one activity or thing is valued over another. I fear ours has grown so complex that the values part has become completely opaque. I find myself drawn to MN's Independence Party candidate for governor and his Quixotic campaign to reinvent government (and the tax code).

Posted by: frostbitten1 | September 3, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Big quake in New Zealand,

Posted by: dmd3 | September 3, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Ivansmom, I would write you a lovely, lilting country-and-western Glen Campbell-ish song about being halfway to Houston, and somehow work in accordions and saber play, but I'm afraid to ask my Muse to go that far out on a limb.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 3, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I think Salazar is dragging his heels so badly on the new enforcement and tightening of the regulations it suggests to me he's unfit for the job, and this reflects poorly on Obama. The halt on new drilling is also killing the gulf. (economy) Tell them what to do, make them do it, punish them with prison time if they don't. Drill.

Re economy, few would argue against big bridge repair project. Except on the right side of the Legislature. I suspect this country is doomed unless Dems go nuclear option, widely, fast.

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 3, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I noted this village helds an Accordion festival when I drove through this summer.

The Big Mondial Thing is in France this year, the theme is the music of the Americas why it is in French only is baffling but maybe not surprising.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | September 3, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Wow -- thanks, dmd, for that link to New Zealand. I hope not too many people were injured or killed.

Mother Nature is sure angry at someone(s), eh?

Posted by: ftb3 | September 3, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I started a big pot of beans yesterday. What a coincidence. Brined them first so they will be tender. Great Northerns.

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 3, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

jumper, I have heard that salt keeps beans hard. Please explain your brining method.

Posted by: -TBG- | September 3, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

This is a big breakthrough been making the rounds, TBG. Soak them in salt water overnight or more. Drain, cook normally next day. Then, the salt INSIDE the beans draws water inwards. Rather strongly, too. The opposite of what occurs if salt is outside the beans where it wants to keep the water for itself, so to speak.

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 3, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Here's a reminder, S'nuke. Not sure if I'll get to read it before Monday. Wife just got in town this afternoon and we have to head right out to the 'Burg early a.m. tomorrow.

Posted by: ebtnut | September 3, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

"Then cook normally" means add lots of unsalted water to the drained soaked beans.

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 3, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Vaguely on kit,

Posted by: dmd3 | September 3, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Salt does not belong anywhere near green beans. They should be gently carried through a room with a pot of boiling water in it and then served crunchy. Kind of like how you add vermouth to an extra dry martini.

Slice them in half lengthways and stir-fry them in some sesame seed oil if you must adulterate them in some way.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 3, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Nor should green beans ever actually touch water after being quickly rinsed. Placing green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, snow peas, carrots, or any other vegetable directly into boiling water is cruel and inhumane. The one exception is spinach which can be quickly dunked as long as the water is immediately dumped out before the spinach can wilt.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 3, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

This is right up Joel's alley:

Maybe there is/was life on Mars after all.

Posted by: ebtnut | September 3, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

to the tune of Wichita Lineman

I am a mother of a fencer
and I drive the high-way
leavin' OKC for another tournament
and he's dreamin' of the Olympics
I can see him winning gold
'cause the mother of a fencer
can raise a boy bold

Posted by: frostbitten1 | September 3, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I vividly remember a Far Side from years ago. First scene: newbies arrive in the hereafter and are greeted, "Welcome to heaven. Here's your harp." Second scene: Ditto "Welcome to hell. Here's your accordian."

Posted by: kguy1 | September 3, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Maybe I've just been raised bad, but I hate crunchy green beans.

Posted by: ebtnut | September 3, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

ebt-if green beans are cooked I want them soft, for crunchy I'd just as soon eat them right in the garden warm from the sun and a bit fuzzy.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | September 3, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I like the green beans to squeak when I bite them. Those who know this phenomenon don't find it odd. I suppose there are some who don't know what the heck I'm talking about.

yellojkt, we need research. How long to steam green beans to your proper level of doneness? And do they then squeak?

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 3, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Nuking veggies is good, too. Not too soft, not too hard and the color keeps.

Of course, nuking for an hour, say, might change that. . . . .

Interesting, Jumper, about brining the beans. Hmmm. Might try that.

Posted by: ftb3 | September 3, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

OK, Jumper. So you brine 'em and then you cook 'em. How are they fixed up then?

Posted by: -TBG- | September 3, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

All this talk of salt and beans led me to boil up some edamame. MMmmmmmm good. What a great afternoon snack.

Posted by: -TBG- | September 3, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse


Curmudgeon’s killer skillet green beans

Serves 6
Prep time: 1 hour (faster if someone trims the beans for you)

1 pound fresh green beans, ends trimmed
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 pats of butter, canola butter or margarine
8 ounces sliced mushrooms (creminis or chopped portobellos preferred)
2 cloves garlic, chopped or minced
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup brandy or cognac
1/3 cup dry red wine
1/3 cup chicken broth/stock
Crunchy topping (recipe below)

Crunchy topping
It’s best to make up the crunchy topping before the rest of the dish, and hold aside.
3-4 strips bacon (not turkey bacon; thick-sliced is best)
4-5 large shallots
3 tablespoons capers (include the vinegar they come in)
2 tablespoons olive oil

Peel and dice the shallots into smallest possible dice (but don’t chop in an electric chopper—that’s too small). In a large skillet or electric buffet pan/skillet, heat the olive oil and add the shallots and capers (including the caper vinegar). Stir frequently and cook until very well down; the shallots will be very dark brown. Remove from pan and set aside in a small bowl. In the same pan, cook the bacon until well done, so it is entirely crispy. Put bacon on paper towel to drain; when dry and cool, crumble as small as possible into the bowl of shallots and capers; stir to mix, and hold aside.

Blanche green beans in boiling salted water until tender, about 3 or 4 minutes. Drain, shock with cold water, drain. Set aside.

In the same skillet or pan used for the shallots and bacon, wipe out the pan with paper towel to remove bacon fat, but don’t wash the pan. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and two pats of butter over medium heat. Saute mushrooms until browned, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and thyme. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste (3-5 turns with a grinder). Cook until garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute.

Add brandy/cognac, red wine and chicken broth, bring to a boil. Simmer to blend flavors and reduce sauce by half, about 10 minutes. Add green beans to mushroom sauce and toss thoroughly to coat. Sprinkle crunchy topping on beans; heat until beans are hot, about 2-3 minutes. Serve beans from pan or serve in large dish or bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, or allow guests to season.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 3, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I steam my green beans about 6-10 minutes in a covered pot over an aluminum fan steamer. I put about an inch of water in the bottom of the pot and then I get the water boiling before I add the beans and then cover immediately.

If I am cooking spaghetti, I start the beans right before cooking the pasta. If I am cooking pork chops, I start the beans just after the chops go on the rangetop grille. That way everything is done at about the same time.

If the green beans cook too quickly, I will just turn of the burner and remove the top. My wife does it just a little differently. she puts the vegetables in the steamer, covers it and then turns on the burner. Once the class cover on the pot cover fogs over, she turns off the burner and lets the beans sit for about ten minutes.

I will steam carrots for about 10-15 minutes before adding them to curry (Trader Joe green curry sauce) because otherwise they stay too crunchy.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 3, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

In that recipe, the green beans seem to be entirely superfluous.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 3, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I find crisping bacon on a layer of paper towels in the microwave easier. If you need the flavor of bacon in the frying pan you can wipe the pan with the fat-drenched paper towels.

Posted by: gmbka | September 3, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Happy birthday, Scotty! And belated birthday wishes to mo and anyone else I've forgotten in the recent flurry of b-days!

Posted by: -pj- | September 3, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

This guy has a thing for tinfoil hat.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | September 3, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Well, TBG, I'm not having the same luck as you did. The throat is still sore, and the sinuses are squeezing my cheekbones and my eyes appear to be flagging at half-mast.

And then there's the *coughing* *coughing* *coughing*


Otherwise, Mudge's green bean recipe sounds scrumptious.

Posted by: ftb3 | September 3, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

ftb... did I mention the 12-hour Mucinex™?

Posted by: -TBG- | September 3, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm a fan of black beans myself. Especially when paired with seasoned rice the way God intended. This is yummy good and a complete protein. But mostly yummy good.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | September 3, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

I just suggested to someone that the Cuban government's enlightened nutrition policies for the Cuban population should be emulated here. Lots of black beans and rice, or maybe beans and grits. Locally produced fruit and veggies in season. No fat Americans.

The New Zealand earthquake looks as though it's caused lots of damage, but there don't yet seem to be many injury reports.

I'm expecting a couple of small etchings from a Canterbury artist who's actually a Portlander who got to move there with his wife. The kids are speaking fluent Kiwi. I might have some info in a while.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | September 3, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

NY Times has a story on a famed German opera director giving up on a gig at the Met thanks to nasty treatment at the US consulate. Yuk. Maybe a letter of apology from Sec. Clinton, with cc to consulate?

I had a long, relaxed swim at Wabasso beach, more or less in front of the Disney Resort. Nice little swell, but my back kept telling me not to try any bodysurfing. A few shortboarders and bodyboarders were getting short rides.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | September 3, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

*backboodling once again*

Speaking of ABBA, (and I'm not asking you to listen to the song) take a gander at this and tell me that all four of them don't remind you of the flight attendants from hell in the early 80s. Just one woman's opinion, of course.

Posted by: talitha1 | September 3, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

So hopefully ebtnut hasn't vamoosed just yet, but anyway...

[pedant mode]
The spent fuel at U.S. nuclear power plants IS stored safely and securely right now, the same way it's been stored for decades. The "fresh out of the reactor" fuel is kept in massive steel-lined concrete pools of water to keep it cool (and shield the plant workers from radiation). The stuff that's been out of the reactor for 5 years or more has cooled off (thermally) to the point that it can be kept safely in huge steel-and-concrete casks, where air passing over the casks provides enough cooling to keep the fuel safe. All of that is protected by multiple levels of security, and that whole arrangement can safely and securely store spent fuel for many decades beyond the operating life of a reactor. There is no immediate need for a "permanent" solution, and the President's blue-ribbon panel is considering what the best long-term approach is.
[/pedant mode]

And may I say birthday pizza is particularly tasty? :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 3, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Y'all gotta remember that the bear story was from Colorado Springs - not exactly the most enlightened corner of the Centennial State. *ahem*

Posted by: talitha1 | September 3, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

What toppings, snuke? Don't eat the wax drippings!

Posted by: talitha1 | September 3, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Lessee... Sausage, bacon, ham, pepperoni, hamburger... And I was even health-conscious enough to get broccoli, too! *L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 3, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

heart attack green beans 1.0: wash, string, and halve a couple or three pounds of green beans. cover with water. add a goodly portion of fatback, 2-3 slices for a batch of this size, and pepper to your own taste. bring to a boil, then simmer for a couple of hours. country, but good. definitely not crunchy.

1.1: substitute a number of smoked ham hocks for the fatback.

be prepared to be scolded by your family physician.

Posted by: -jack- | September 3, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

on the subject of soccer balls shot from >35M, @130kph,0,4589924.story

Posted by: -jack- | September 3, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Earl is a wimp. All we will get is some heavy rain and some stronger than usual wind. The local stations have tons of reporters standing on beaches from Scituate to Nantucket and many places in between. It will be interesting to see if there is any damage at all when this is over.

Glad you're enjoying your birthday Scotty!

Posted by: badsneakers | September 3, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Hey, we could use some of that rain, Sneaks. I heard that the state EOC shut down this afternoon, because emergency management wasn't needed. We're okay with that.

We made it up the mountain but had to come the back way because there was a wreck on 85 with a huge backup. We tried a way we hadn't gone and it worked fine. Temp was 99 when I picked Mr. T up at the office, currently it's 67 on our porch.

Thanks for that update, Scotty. There are so many more important things to worry about, than spent nuclear fuel. I hope you've had a nice birthday.

This is the first outing with the new netbook. I think I'm going to like it. It's big enough to type on.

Posted by: slyness | September 3, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Robert Reich has some interesting insights and suggestions concerning the job-recession:

Posted by: gmbka | September 3, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Jack, I grew up eating green beans cooked just like that. I still have difficulty eating them "crunchy" -- they are supposed to be all soft and delicious.

Posted by: nellie4 | September 3, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Very interesting spin by Reich, gmbka. It makes sense to me!

Posted by: slyness | September 3, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

No hard feelings ScienceTim. My "government maximizes revenue" line seems to have been interepreted differently than I meant but whatever. I should write more clearly. And TBD, I chose this user ID sort of on purpose - I'm a self-deprecating person. People will occasionally treat it as an actual substantive description of me and I think that's funny. If you start seeing provocative posts by "buxomhussy" or "NebbishPhD" be very sceptical . . .

Happy long weekend everyone. Make somebody smile.

Posted by: simpleton1 | September 3, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Given my druthers, I usually go by BS whenever possible. It amuses me so.

Posted by: Bob-S | September 3, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

That video made my day. I hadn't seen that performance. Earlier this year I wrote a blogpost where I linked to every ABBA video I could. The 70s era skiwear in the official Take A Chance video is equally hideous.

Fortunately my wife is also a big ABBA fan. The other week when we were driving up to Philly, we listened to an audiobook about the history of the band. Then we listened to the entire Gold album straight through.

When Mamma Mia opened in Canada, we planned our entire summer vacation around going to Toronto just so we could see it six months before it opened on Broadway.

I am now going to watch ABBA videos the rest of the night.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 3, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Today in hate: A fire at a mosque under construction in Tennessee was arson.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 3, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

It is often so ridiculously easy to bring a bit of happiness to other people that I truly don't understand why the techniques aren't more widely practiced.

I took a taxicab home a little while ago. When I told him where I was headed, the driver (whose young son was in the front passenger seat eating a plate of food) mentioned that he'd just left the mosque a few blocks from my house where they'd broken the Ramadan fast. Presumably he mentioned this to explain why the young lad was chowing down in the front seat. Since I only live a couple of miles from the grocery store where he picked me up, there wasn't time for much chit-chat, but I allowed as how one must be mighty tired & hungry by fast-breaking time. He concurred.

He helped me carry a couple of bags up to my door, and in parting I said, "Thanks. And Salaam Alaikem." Or some similarly-mangled variation thereof.

You'da thunk I'd just told him he'd won the lottery. The man positively beamed surprised pleasure, I tell you. Sometimes little things mean a lot, I reckon.

Posted by: Bob-S | September 3, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Virtual hugs going out to Bob-S.

Posted by: dmd3 | September 3, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

You're right, Bob S. I remember years ago saying "Happy New Year" to a Jewish guy I knew on Rosh Hashanah - he beamed as if I had made his day, also. Course, that was 20 years ago - today, perhaps, the group feeling the least understood and molst picked-on is the Muslims? Anyway, good for you.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | September 3, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

We go to the local variety store quite often, I believe it is owned by a Muslim family, at least I think they are related. One of the employees is a young girl, she is just a delight, always smiling and friendly and very kind to my younger daughter. On holidays she always wishes me a Merry Christmas, or Happy Easter etc, it is a small thing but so appreciated.

Posted by: dmd3 | September 3, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

That is a great story. While I have become more cynical about organized religion every year, I try to respect people of genuine faith. My wife has always made close friends with her Jewish coworkers and I love hearing about their foods and traditions. The two Muslim coworkers I have had have been the most family-oriented guys I have ever known. Once while at my son's high school for a different event, we ran into one of his classmates all dressed up for a Ganesh festival going on in the cafeteria. I even don't mind going with my mother-in-law to her Buddhist events because everything is so colorful and interesting.

Those are my 'Some of my best friends are...' moments, but if we could all relate to people of other faiths as friends and family, there would be so much less intolerance and hatred.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 3, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

**grinning** While I appreciate the plaudits, that wasn't my point. Trust me, the guy's smile & handshake were enough to make me very pleased with myself!

I just wish more people remembered, more often, how relatively easy it is to add a little joy to the world. Or at least to refrain from subtracting it.

Posted by: Bob-S | September 3, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

What a nice story, BobS. It's good to show people of other faiths that not everyone is a hate filled bigot!

Earl is now a tropical storm. We're not getting much of anything here except some rain that comes in bands. I am very disappointed as I was looking forward to an exciting evening ;-(

Posted by: badsneakers | September 3, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

What family has the surname of Boob?
I mean, I ask you?

(backboodling is an exercise in question marks)

Posted by: talitha1 | September 3, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps "Boob" is a nickname of the Boobsey Twins?

Posted by: ScienceTim | September 3, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Is it Booby Kennedy Day on Celebritology?

Posted by: yellojkt | September 3, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

If we don't nip this in the bud (as it were), I fear that the Boob-Butt feud is destined to overshadow the Hatfield-McCoy unpleasantness.

Posted by: Bob-S | September 3, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

BobS, I've been shaking your hand ever since I met you and seasea on my first venture in Achenblogland back in the early Spring, so it doesn't surprise me a bit.

Could I ask for a collective boodlehug tonight? (without explaining why, for now)
Maybe a tune or three. Haiku too. ;o

Love to all and happy birthdays to any I've missed. Every day is new.


Mudge quoted earlier "I bite my thumb at you, sir." I think that often, speak it rarely, considering the audience. Here's my favorite monologue from Rom&Jul:

Mercutio's speech:

"O, then, I see Queen Mab hath been with you.
She is the fairies’ midwife, and she comes
In shape no bigger than an agate-stone
On the fore-finger of an alderman,
Drawn with a team of little atomies
Athwart men's noses as they lie asleep;

Her wagon-spokes made of long spinners’ legs,
The cover of the wings of grasshoppers,
The traces of the smallest spider's web,
The collars of the moonshine's wat'ry beams,
Her whip of cricket's bone; the lash of film;

Her waggoner a small grey-coated gnat,
Not half so big as a round little worm
Pricked from the lazy finger of a maid:
Her chariot is an empty hazelnut
Made by the joiner squirrel or old grub,
Time out o’ mind the fairies’ coachmakers.

And in this state she gallops night by night
Through lovers’ brains, and then they dream of love;
O’er courtiers’ knees, that dream on court'sies straight,
O’er lawyers’ fingers, who straight dream on fees,
O’er ladies ‘ lips, who straight on kisses dream,
Which oft the angry Mab with blisters plagues,
Because their breaths with sweetmeats tainted are:

Sometime she gallops o’er a courtier's nose,
And then dreams he of smelling out a suit;
And sometime comes she with a tithe-pig's tail
Tickling a parson's nose as a’ lies asleep,
Then dreams, he of another benefice:

Sometime she driveth o’er a soldier's neck,
And then dreams he of cutting foreign throats,
Of breaches, ambuscadoes, Spanish blades,
Of healths five-fathom deep; and then anon
Drums in his ear, at which he starts and wakes,
And being thus frighted swears a prayer or two
And sleeps again.

This is that very Mab
That plaits the manes of horses in the night,
And bakes the elflocks in foul sluttish hairs,
Which once untangled, much misfortune bodes:

This is the hag, when maids lie on their backs,
That presses them and learns them first to bear,
Making them women of good carriage:
This is she—"

Posted by: talitha1 | September 3, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

This is a hug for you, Talitha -

Straight from 1981 or 1982. Hope it makes you feel better.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | September 3, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure I've got an appropriate tune or haiku at the ready, but you should consider yourself warmly-embraced, Talitha.

Posted by: Bob-S | September 3, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

somewhere in the world
today is not over yet
and grover waves still

Posted by: DNA_Girl | September 4, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

DNA_Girl, I salute you. I could no more think up an haiku right now than ... have it be Monday.

Have a nice 3-day weekend, all. Let's all take off our caps and bow our heads in honor of the lifeguards, who can finally call it quits after this long, long weekend. My oldest works 20 hours this weekend. No time for the homework from the 4 AP classes. Oh well, this is the end.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | September 4, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

for tomorrows dream
is to weave and realize
promises of love

Posted by: DNA_Girl | September 4, 2010 12:32 AM | Report abuse

I've always liked this feel-good song, and I've always liked Bobby McFerrin (as I like all talented Irishpersons):

"I Can See Clearly Now"

And since we're watching Bobby anyway, it's fun watching him engage the audience on this one:

Bach Improvisation, Bobby McFerrin

And here is one of my favorite things:

Posted by: Bob-S | September 4, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

I feel hugged . . . Thanks!

OFF-KIT alert - and only to those of you wondering.

This one is a big one, friends. My husband has decided to leave our marriage. He's a lovely man and I'm commited to him but for the last year or so has been experiencing symptoms of forgetfulness and irritability. (Alzheimer's runs in his family and, yes, he is under a doctor's and the VA's care) In terms of his music career, our travels, etc. he's fine. I compensate by handling the household matters and my own work.

He left for a short road trip about a month ago and, as he got into the car, said, "When I come back I want you to know that I'll be leaving." I didn't laugh it off at the time - we've had a rough summer - and was on edge. Since he returned he has been alternating between life as normal or unsystematically packing boxes of his belongings.

I'm fairly sure that he intends to leave - all signs point to that conclusion. He's rented a small apartment. I alternate between grief, denial and anger.
He won't sit down and talk one-on-one - he refuses to speak together with a counselor.

My 'joke' is that he thinks he owns the world and can make unilateral decisions about the life we have made together. He doesn't get the joke.

*SIGH of all sighs*

This is major for me - hardest reality I've faced in my life and I thank you all for allowing me to spill here. I just wanted you to understand my 'off' moods here lately. Ya'know, I faced widowhood when my son was two and I was twenty-six. I did fine. This one is much, much worse.

Posted by: talitha1 | September 4, 2010 1:57 AM | Report abuse


Thank you for the hugs
the music
the haiku

just amazing, ye boodlers all!

Posted by: talitha1 | September 4, 2010 2:45 AM | Report abuse

I'm sticking with this idea . . . . .

Posted by: talitha1 | September 4, 2010 3:08 AM | Report abuse

Talitha, I'm sure you already know about the behavior problems that come with dementia. You need lots of hugs. The VA provided excellent care for my father's dementia.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | September 4, 2010 3:35 AM | Report abuse

Photo sequence of a surfer in Brevard County, Fla. riding a longboard in the old style, even hanging five, then ten. Perfect lighting, near sunset.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | September 4, 2010 3:42 AM | Report abuse

yeah that is true, major brands do give out free samples of their popular health products best place to check is send it to your friends

Posted by: cadynhenry04 | September 4, 2010 3:53 AM | Report abuse

So sorry to hear about what you’re going through, talitha. Hugs….sending you good vibes…...

Posted by: rainforest1 | September 4, 2010 4:05 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Dave and rain.

Wish I had a boogieboard out between the breakers and the next swell . . . . I know how to catch THAT and ride!

Posted by: talitha1 | September 4, 2010 4:20 AM | Report abuse

Big hugs to you Talitha. You are in my thoughts.

S'nuke - it's still your birthday out here so I'm sending you happy wishes!

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | September 4, 2010 4:34 AM | Report abuse

Hey Talitha, hanging all night with MotP and rainforest... talking surfing with Dave.

I read your post and wish you the best in the coming months. Life sometimes is like riding the big ones. The wave is carrying us, and all we have to do is try to stand up.

We just have to make adjustments along the face of the wave to make it work out. That's all.

"You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf."

== Kabat-Zinn

Posted by: russianthistle | September 4, 2010 5:28 AM | Report abuse

That is terrible news. I hope you can carry on and hold your good times in your heart.

And while not a cheery tune, here is one to think about on this Labor Day weekend when so many don't have jobs.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 4, 2010 6:04 AM | Report abuse

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

Morning, friends. Talitha, I am so very sorry that things are so difficult for you now. My mother suffered from dementia before she died so I can understand your pain to some extent. Please accept this great big hug, and as always sending up prayers for you and your family.

Bob S, really enjoyed your story and the comment. And you are so right. Not doing harm is a great concept, and throwing in a little kindness makes all the difference in the world.

The situation with BP is that usually at the end of the day, money rules, and that brings in all kinds of plays. Corporations are countries in a sense, they just use other folks militaries to keep them in existence when their money won't do that.

Frostbitten and Slyness, got your packages yesterday evening. Thanks so much. And the loose leaf paper hits the spot. Last year the kids ran out about the middle of the year, and it was hard to find, and pricey.

I'm suppose to attend a brunch this morning for my class reunion along with one of my classmates. One of our classmates died yesterday morning, so the event will be kind of sad.

Have a lovely holiday, folks, and much love to all.

Slyness, feels a little chilly here this morning, but that's ok after weeks of roasting. Enjoy your weekend.

Posted by: cmyth4u | September 4, 2010 7:00 AM | Report abuse

Hugs AND prayers for talitha 1.

Prayers for your husband that he will somehow decide to accept counseling.

Sometimes separations do not work out, I hope this is one of those times....

Posted by: VintageLady | September 4, 2010 7:01 AM | Report abuse

Talitha, life is rarely simple or easy, but we hold to what we can and endure the rest. *HUGSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS*

MotP, thank you!! I'm doing my best to stretch things out, and the marvelous low-humidity weather here is a great help! :-)

*hoping-everyone-has-as-non-laborious-a-Labor-Day-weekend-as-possible Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 4, 2010 7:12 AM | Report abuse

And I would be terribly remiss if I didn't offer Bob a big 'ol fist-bump for being his usual fine self. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 4, 2010 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all!

Dear Joel, thanks for the link for the Alabama butterbean article. There is one thing I do not understand about their recipe and that is, why in the world would anybody put flour in a pot of butterbeans? Frankly, the ham doesn't do anything for butterbeans, either. Butterbeans and butter and water and a little salt and pepper=perfection.

For the boodle, I am reading that you all are well educated on the proper preparation and nutrition of many beans, but you may not understand butterbeans. They are similar in appearance to baby lima beans, but their taste is tender, actually their taste is not really like a lima bean at all; instead, the butterbean has a "melt in your mouth" texture with mild flavoring, a mostly butter flavor.

This bean is revered in Vintage husband's family. Of all the summer garden vegetables, this vegetable is the one they anticipate picking and shelling and cooking and eating the most. Blanching and freezing a bumper crop means anticipation of cooking and eating butterbeans for special occasions all the winter long.

Thus ends my ode to the butterbean.

(please do not put flour or ham in your butterbeans, thanks, you owe it to yourselves to eat the very best).

Posted by: VintageLady | September 4, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Hmmmmm... Hi-tech intrigue, in Texas of all places:

Something hinky almost everywhere you look in that article.

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 4, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse


I'm not as elequent as our other Boodlers, but know that I am sending hugs and peaceful, healing thoughts your way.

Posted by: Moose13 | September 4, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse


I'm not as eloquent as our other Boodlers, but know that I am sending hugs and peaceful, healing thoughts your way.

Posted by: Moose13 | September 4, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

Sorry for the double post!

Posted by: Moose13 | September 4, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Hmm, I wonder what a hink is?

One more thing about the butterbean: combined with fresh corn and tomatoes from the garden and cooked just a little, you have a divine dish, succatash. This is one of those food combinations that tastes just as good coming from a Ball canning jar as it does coming from the serving dish.....

Posted by: VintageLady | September 4, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Never apologize for double hugs, Moose!!! *L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 4, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Talitha,big hugs to you. I have found the boodle to big help when I have experienced difficult times. Wishing you strength and love going forward.

Posted by: dmd3 | September 4, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Oh T. If I were closer, I would come over to fold and refold the fabric stash. You could tell me the story or not. There is no way but through, which of course, you know.

"In the middle of the journey of our life I came to myself within a dark wood where the straight way was lost."

Dante's phrase "I came to myself" strangely comforts me.
Dark wood. Check.
Middle time. Check.
Straight way gone. Check.

Oh, the trifecta of lost and leaking love just as mid life asserts itself as it must, hard traveling, no light.

But, dear T., you are you. That is good.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | September 4, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

I am sorry to hear that Talitha. Dementia wrecks havoc on people and makes bad situations much more difficult to manage. I am thinking of you and hope the kindness you find here helps you.

So we got 1.62 inches of rain. No wind. Not one leaf on the ground. Nada. Zilch. I suppose it's good that there was no real damage, even on Nantucket, but for those of us who love weather, it was a huge let down. And the lost revenue for the last big weekend of the summer is a bummer for the merchants on the cape.

Posted by: badsneakers | September 4, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Talitha-kitty lovin's and bear hugs.

Cassandra-hope the school year is starting off well for all the youngsters in your life.

Lazy start Chez Frostbitten. Fall arrived with a bang on Thursday and though it is my favorite season in Our Fair City I truly prefer to wait until at least mid-September to have to wear a sweater all day, in the house. Perhaps a little bread baking will warm things up today.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | September 4, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Scotty, VL, ftp, . . . who did I forget? Many happy returns! :)

talitha, big hugs. Not to imply I've exactly been there, but I have been through some of it. I'm glad you're here and we're friends.

My other cousin is coming next week, so I continue to clean. Moving back into my own bedroom by next weekend.

Hope we all get to do something that brings us joy today.

Posted by: -dbG- | September 4, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Talitha, God bless you! You will be in my heart and prayers. So hard to deal with. I hope you will seek competent legal advice, in addition to counseling for yourself.

VL, yuuummm.

Cassandra, I'm glad you got the box I sent. In the future, I'll send gift cards, because you can get much more for the money that way.

It was 54 when we got up and now it's 55 and windy, here in the high country. I didn't wear a jacket when we went to the farmers market, but I have remedied that situation. Fall is coming!

We have done all our errands and are waiting for friends to arrive for the weekend. It's gone to be a nice holiday.

Posted by: slyness | September 4, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

talitha, I'm sending hugs and big bins full of hang-in-there mojo.

Posted by: -bia- | September 4, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

You people are the best on earth. Thanks you all!

Posted by: talitha1 | September 4, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

scc: . . . TO you all . . . *laughing*

Posted by: talitha1 | September 4, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

By the by, Vintage Lady is SO right about the butterbean. Delicate and in need of little addition (flour? - forbid the thought!) to melt in your mouth.

Among my fondest memories are the afternoons sitting on my great-grandmother's deep and shady wraparound porch shelling butterbeans. All the womenfolk and children of useful age would sit with a bowl in their lap and a pile of unhulled beans at their side, pulling the strings that released the beauties into the bowl with a 'ping'. I bet I learned more lore, jokes and family history on those days than any others.

Certainly they aren't limas. And we called them "speckled butterbeans".

Posted by: talitha1 | September 4, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

If you don't believe VL and me just listen to this.

Posted by: talitha1 | September 4, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Dearborn High School varsity football update: Go Pioneers!

They have started strong, with two road wins. I don't know if there were rivalry games, or if they were cupcakes, but undefeated is undefeated.

My Dearborn football gear arrived while I was away. I can strut around with it.... 2-0!

Posted by: baldinho | September 4, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Wonder if reviews contained the phrase "it's pure adulterated poisons, sold by mail to unwary citizens by criminals" if the blogspam would stop? I doubt it.

Bless the nephew for caring: he immediately noticed the dust was off the seat of the exercycle. Now I must justify that caring.

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 4, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Good ole Earl sure left some gorgeous weather in his wake for the D.C. area!

Posted by: Bob-S | September 4, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Just got time to backboodle. Trying news, Talitha. I assume you know that if you need a pick-me-up, albeit a relatively small one, you have a pile of people that love you in the boodle.

Happy late birthday, Scotty.

Posted by: baldinho | September 4, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Baldinho, looks like our high school teams share the same colors, orange and black. Best of luck to them.

Just came in from weeding and pruning the last of the summer flowers. Everything was two weeks early this year and now that summer is winding down, everything is giving up at least two weeks early too. Even with the rain last night, the ground is quite dry if you dig down a few inches. But the grass seed we planted is sprouting. And yes, the weather is breezy (more so than last night during so-called Earl) but gorgeous.

Posted by: badsneakers | September 4, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

talitha, I took a good long hot shower this morning in an attempt to pasteurize my cold germs, so I wouldn't include them in my huge hugs to you during this ordeal. My mom had Alzheimer's and it's not called "the never ending funeral" for nothing. Early onset dementia (usually hereditable) is enormously scary for everyone involved.

The boodle is here for you, indeed.

One more errand this afternoon. I should be home around 2:30 and I think I'll finally be able to catch some rest. Colds really take it outta ya, yanno?

Cya later.

Posted by: ftb3 | September 4, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

badsneakers: If I look ahead at the Dearborn HS schedule, early October there is a battle with the Romulans!

They are a cunning breed.

Competing against Romulus leaves so many excellent derogatory chant possibilities.

Posted by: baldinho | September 4, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

BobS, ain't that Earl just some honey?
The valley is a breezy and clear sight to behold!

Posted by: talitha1 | September 4, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

badsneakers, a Portland, Ore. retailer named Kitchen Kaboodle sends a weekly email to customers. This week's featured "Beavers-Ducks Knife Fight!" They had noticed that Kuhn Rikon paring knives come in orange and black.

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

Oh, Talitha. Come on over here, honey, and let me give you a big boodle hug. There, there. I know it hurts, sweetie, and I'm so sorry.

We're here for you. But you know that. There's usually someone here to grab a mug and sit down a listen while you cry or rant--or make your plans.

Posted by: -TBG- | September 4, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Good afternoon, someone turned on the A/C outside, big temperature drop and windy. Currently around 16c, a nice break from the heat and humidity we have had, windows are open.

Just finished with my first customer, they are moving to a Condo, oddly it turned out the wife was a high school classmate of my fathers and I have become quite fond of the couple, quite remarkable twosome. It also gave me a link to my dad. I was a litle surprised how emotional I was leaving.

Posted by: dmd3 | September 4, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Yes indeed, Bob & talitha, it's a wonderful day for Boodling on the porch!! :-)) Light and breezy and the cat on the inside of the window, snoozing.

And I smell a crab feast coming on for some reason... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 4, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

And a big Hippo Birdie to rickoshea, who I hope is recovering nicely from her foot surgery on Monday.

Posted by: ftb3 | September 4, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

TBG, you just allowed me to release the hot tears I've been blocking for weeks. Many blessings to you.

Hey, Scotty . . . save a few of them claws for me! I'm thinking some late corn and 'maters and a pitcher-full can be faxed to the feast. Need some butcher paper?

Posted by: talitha1 | September 4, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

More surf photography. Who knew there were such waves and surfers capable of making them look easy on eastern Long Island? Very impressive.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | September 4, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Yikes. Correction: that surfing is at western Long Island, southeast of Kennedy Airport. The apartment buildings and such make it clear it's not the Hamptons or Montauk.

Remember Bernie Madoff's bodyboard?

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | September 4, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

DotC, I love all your surfing pics - thanks.

Spent a week many years (trying not to think how many) at Cocoa Beach really enjoyed those pictures the other day.

Last night before the tempurature dropped I noticed my moonflower had the most blooms yet, well over twenty.

Posted by: dmd3 | September 4, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Shout out to yello, or anyone within hearing distance . . . . .

Would it be possible for you to re-post the link to the (here I'm at a loss for words to describe) "circular floating multi-hedron" ?

Having trouble locating that and the dolphins creating bubbles through blowholes link - which, in my simplistic (aherm) mind are intertwined.

Thanks in advance. 8=;

CqP, the folding and refolding of fabric stashes ranks right up there in the sisterhood of loving interaction. Yah in search of a bolt of great pima? How 'bout that bombazine? - trad'ja.

Posted by: talitha1 | September 4, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

The moonflower extravaganza,

Posted by: dmd3 | September 4, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

for dmd . . . . . (and no politcomments, please)

Posted by: talitha1 | September 4, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Here (courtesy of the Curmudgeon) is the video of the dolphins:

Posted by: Bob-S | September 4, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Is this what you were needing?

Because today is the 25th anniversary of the buckeyball:

Posted by: yellojkt | September 4, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

dmd, thanks for the pics of the moonflowers - so beautiful. Mine did nothing at all this year - didn't even germinate. Had the same problem with zinnias - zinnias! The weather here goes from dry and hot to wet and cool, overnight.

talitha, so sorry to hear of your situation. Life sure throws some curve balls, doesn't it? Hugs your way, to Cassandra too, and anyone else out there who needs some.

Posted by: seasea1 | September 4, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Google's homepage today makes note of the Buckyball anniversary.

Posted by: -pj- | September 4, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

No political comments Talitha, heart that song, in fact the album - have listened to it over and over. Thank you.

Posted by: dmd3 | September 4, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse


I'm so sad to hear your news. What a tough situation to face! The boodle does a fine job of giving hugs and you will have all you need.

Posted by: -pj- | September 4, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I clicked on yello's link about the buckeyball and along the right side was a list of recent tweets that are somehow related. I clicked on this one and giggled...

Posted by: -TBG- | September 4, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

We are having a dinner party tonight on our way to shopping heard three great songs, Black Water - Doobie Brothers, Little Help from my Friends - Joe Cocker and Burning Down the House - Talking Heads. Since it was just my husband and I, I had the volume load and just enjoyed.


And for Talitha,

A little Joe Cocker,

Posted by: dmd3 | September 4, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

TBG - When I clicked on your link, I giggled too.

Posted by: Bob-S | September 4, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Something for everyone here on the Boodle. I didn't know what a buckyball was (thought it had to do with baseball...) but then I read dmd's post and I was happy again 'cause I love those three songs also!

Can't decide if we should go get our end of the summer fried clams tonight or tomorrow. Decisions, decisions...

Posted by: badsneakers | September 4, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Yes, that's very funny, TBG.

Google, by the way, was incorporated on this date in 1998. To show how pervasive the brand became, it took only eight years for the OED to include it as a verb.

Posted by: -pj- | September 4, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Are Joe Cocker's ears burning?
Talking about deja vu vu vu youtube!

*absolutely rolling on the floor LMAO*
and I love you all, by the way!

Spent the last coupla hours on techsupport trying (with no resolution) to determine why my email disappears the moment it loads. The service provider (whose weekend receptionist is obviously a 17-year-old employed for the express purpose of frustrating their customers) told me to call tech service. Called them, (those folks who I pay $135/yr for extended 24/7 guaranteed fixit) and, after two hours of allowing them to take over the darned operations of my little sweet laptop, told me to call my service provider.

A true moebius. Calling Escher next.

Posted by: talitha1 | September 4, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Really dumb question here Talitha but is your email setting set to show only unread messages? And yes this is from experience :-).

Posted by: dmd3 | September 4, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Still coughing, sneezing and snorffling, but I just took my all time favorite cough syrup (which is laden with, how shall I put this ... codeine), hoping it will knock me out soon. The expiration date was April this year, but I figure that it's still 2010, and just 4+ months past, so it should work, right?

Well, if not, I'll call whoever is on call this weekend and ask for some more ("please, sir, I want some more" quoth Oliver Twist).

I think I'll go lay down again. But germ-free hugs go out to all what want 'em.

Posted by: ftb3 | September 4, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

At this point, dmd, I think I'm being gaslighted.

Posted by: talitha1 | September 4, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Reckon I kilt the boodle for a while there.
Would this help?

Posted by: talitha1 | September 4, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse
For talitha\
of course

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 4, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

wow, Jumper!
my shoulders loosened
and I did a groove on that big time.

Many thanks, friend!

Posted by: talitha1 | September 4, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Our friends just left and I check in to find Jumper posting a grooving tune and talitha posting a boodle favorite, wonderful.

Posted by: dmd3 | September 4, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

The moonflowers look great.

An update on some late afternoon images of a surfer looking graceful on a longboard. He is Justin Quintal of the Jacksonville Beaches. Age is about 20, and he's been winning contests lately. His first-place take at Virginia Beach on Aug 29 was $4,000 (this isn't pro basketball). You can buy a 'Justin Quintal' model longboard if you like.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | September 4, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

A Canterbury, New Zealand update: a pair of small etchings of birds (kiwi and silvereye) arrived from there today. The young artist and his family are doing fine, but there's damage galore. I suspect that in spare moments he's sketching sand boils.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | September 4, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

sending good thoughts your way, talitha.

Posted by: -jack- | September 4, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

jgb. interesting take.

Posted by: -jack- | September 5, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Is it possible to be boodlehugged to everlasting life? Dear lovely folks,
I was so reluctant to speak my truth here, thinking stupidly that . . . . what? I'd be banned from the boodle for having an imperfect life? Idiocy abounds when you're facing fear, I reckon.

Y'all just jerked a knot in my tail
and fortified my Ummph!

“Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature's delight.”

Posted by: talitha1 | September 5, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

put on your dancin' shoes:

Posted by: -jack- | September 5, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

jack, riders in Colorado have missed me, and I've missed them, when we've gone!

Man, you know my ear's heart.

Posted by: talitha1 | September 5, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

I'm posting this for the pure-d-hell of it. Why didn't the Beatles just take over the world in 196-whatever and be done with it?

G'night, all.

Posted by: talitha1 | September 5, 2010 12:56 AM | Report abuse

Jack Bruce at BB King's:
His son Malcolm on harmonica, Godfrey Townsend on guitar, Bernie Worrel on organ, Steven Murphy on drums.

Posted by: seasea1 | September 5, 2010 2:10 AM | Report abuse

Such a delightful evening yesterday cracking crabs and trading tales with bc and some of his family!! Excellent way to celebrate the weekend!

And it's yet another invigoratingly dry and cool morning -- I threw the windows open to enjoy the ambience...

And then a car alarm goes off down the street... *SIGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 5, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Good Morning Boodle! I think this is the first time for me to open the morning for us all.

The good news is that the cough syrup with codeine is still good, but the bad news is that it doesn't seem to be good enough just yet. The goofiness coefficient is pretty high, though, and I promise not to drive or operate heavy machinery (except for the washing machine and the dryer, in due course). Even though I'm still coughing a bit, I don't want to take the joy juice during the day and will wait until early evening to imbibe. If I last that long.

I wish you all a lovely Sunday!

Posted by: ftb3 | September 5, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

I cede today's "opening comment" to ftb... *L*

*how-could-I-forget-to-include-them-even-though-it's-distractingly-nice-outside Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 5, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Scotty.

Still coughing, but hoping even that will go away soon.

*sigh* *cough* *sigh*

Posted by: ftb3 | September 5, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Oh oh, I just realized it is almost football season. That means it is fantasy football draft season!

The weather is great here. I and the wife are off to our annual afternoon with the Red Sox. We get the other Sox this time, with Manny! Too good.

No playoff dreams any more, but we'll still have a blast. Hope you all have a good long weekend.

Posted by: baldinho | September 5, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all. It was 53 on the porch when I got up and now it's 54.5. Mr. T turned on the heat...

We had a pleasant time last night at the barbeque given by friends and their neighbors in BR. It was cool enough to drag out the fire pit and build a fire, which resulted in all of us smelling like smoke when we got home. But we were fine with that.

Big news was the Appalachian upset of Chattanooga in the last minute. We watched LSU and Carolina when we got home, so sad. I hope Carolina gets past the tutoring scandal before Mr. T becomes totally unhappy.

It's a beautiful day and we have to decide what fun things to do. Such a tough life...

Hi Cassandra! Hope you are cool and comfortable this morning.

Posted by: slyness | September 5, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

The laundry's done, the plants are watered, and I feel like I could sleep for maybe 100 years. Time to drink some more tea, I suspect. Gotta flush thus bug outta my system.

It's so pretty outside. Wish I could take full advantage of it.


Posted by: ftb3 | September 5, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

Finished cleaning up from the crabtastic evening with the Nukes, made coffee and omelets for the kids and I (well, the youngest gets what we used to call "white coffee," which is milk with a shot of coffee and sugar in it, she calls it a "latte") and had a 30 minute run in the clear bright blue beautiful morning.

A family get-together this afternoon to welcome a baby to the family, should round out a really nice day. I'm a forunate man.

Talitha, I'm sorry to hear of your situation. Please don't worry about having to be be perfect for us -- if being perfect was a requirement, I'd have been been banned, forcubly removed and put on the other side of a Boodle DMZ a long long time ago.

Things will get better -- there will be acceptance, healing, and eventually perhaps even understanding and forgiveness. Might feel a million miles away now, but rest assured that as life tosses you curveballs, sometimes it throws easy home run pitches right down the center of the plate.


Posted by: -bc- | September 5, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle.

ftb, be careful -- that washing machine could vere out-of-control and plow into a line o0f park cars or mow down a bus stop, yanno. Or, in your drug-induced haze, you might put in three cups of detergent and foam the entire neighborhood. So be careful today, hear?

Boy, if today isn't a Sunday made for football I don't know what is. Unfortunately, I'm a week short in my calendar.

Have already used the spreader to weed/feed/winterize the lawn. Now am mentally psyching up for removing all the molding in the master bedroom in anticipation of a major paint job/makeover. *sigh* I've been a slave to this house for 28 years now. When will it end?

Ran into Murphy's law yesterday afternoon. I was BBQing a rack of ribs and after an hour or so the gas ran out, but I didn't discover it until two hours later. Finished them in the oven, but it was too late for dinner. Got a new tank this morning, and slathered the ribs with BBQ sauce for the final 1/2 hour on the grill tonight.

Watched a great DVD last night -- a movie called "Once," starring a guy who was one of "The Commitments" (another great film), Glen Hansard. This won an Oscar for music, rightly so. Highly recommend it. (Hint: watch it with the English subtitles turned on, because half the time you can't here some of the dialog, and the other half can be incomprehensible, rapid and heavily Irish-inflected, at least in the first 15 minutes; after that it gets easier to understand). Hansard and the heroine, a Czech woman named Marketa Irglova, wrote all the songs. "Falling Slowly" and "When Your Mind's Made Up" are terrific, and "Broken-Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy" is very funny.

Hang in there, talitha.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | September 5, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

SCC: hear, not here.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | September 5, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Just finished mowing the lawn or what's left of it after the hot dry summer. After dmd mentioned her moon flowers I thought it was time to check on mine. I have two buds that appear to be ready to open, but never having grown these before, I can't say for sure...

We didn't do the fried clams last night - too tired, so tonight we will feast. This will lead straight to a fast for the rest of the week, but worth it.

Mudge, I can't believe you don't have two propane tanks. You seem like a two tank guy ;-)

Posted by: badsneakers | September 5, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

The WaPo is looking for troiuble (and gratuitous page views) again. On the Home Page:

"Our national religion

"If we're being honest, we're not a Christian nation. We're a football nation. Does our passion for football pose a risk to organized religion?"

Nothing like a poke in the eye with a sharp stick to get everyone riles up on a beautiful autumnal Sunday. Next week: slaughtering Harp seals: brutal
sport or good cardio exercise?

And here's a shocker: Sharron "Spawn of Satan" Angle is being sued for copyright infringement.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | September 5, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all! Weather report from the Shenandoah - Perfection.

Thank you, bc, for your wise and kind words.
Mudge, I'm hanging in there okay.

ftb, Mudge's advice about operating the washer were right on cue. I started a load and went back to reading the paper* only to hear a peculiar sound from the back of the house. Sure enough, the washer had walked itself across the floor. This has never happened in it's seven-year-old life. No, it was a properly balanced load. Who knows? Gave me a good laugh to read mudge's warning. *L*

*I rarely purchase a deadtree newspaper. What is the proper way to say
"reading the paper" if you only do it online?

Posted by: talitha1 | September 5, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Well Mudge we have proclaimed Hockey as our national religion for a long time :-).

Posted by: dmd3 | September 5, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Mudge... it sure posed a risk in the house I grew up in.

My sister loving included in my mom's obituary that "she was active in the church until Redskin season tickets changed her place of Sunday worship."

Posted by: -TBG- | September 5, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

I know what you mean about British shows. I am currently five episodes into a marathon of 'Skins', a British series about teenagers. It's kinda Degrassi High meets Trainspotting. Trying to keep up with the British sex and drugs slang is hard enough without trying to decipher the accents.

And since it's British TV series, it's got plenty of swearing and nudity. But I could do with a little less of the male variety.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 5, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

*laughing and coughing at (well, "with") Mudge. The laundry is indeed all done and the only object (so to speak) the worse for wear is myself.

Gotta get some bookwork (ledger stuff) done, and if I don't do it right now this very minute, it may be pushed off for yet another millennium.

Cool that Michigan won decisively yesterday. "Hail to the Victors, valiant, Hail to the conquering heros, Hail! Hail! to Michigan, the Leaders and Best (*rah! rah! rah!); Hail to the Victors, valiant, Hail to the conquering heros, Hail! Hail! to Michigan, the Champions of the West!!!!"

*insert **cough** for **rah** above*

Posted by: ftb3 | September 5, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

'Mudge, Not having read the Football Religion story, I've gotta wonder what it says about the football-Christianity connection. Or, in some places, the lack of it.

I was always puzzled by the notion that football teams are embodiments of spiritual values, except maybe for Catholic colleges in the 20th century, when everything Catholic (or Irish or Italian) was subject to discrimination.

Then again, I never got the message that participating in sports is an essential part of high school education, especially if you want to go to a desirable private college.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | September 5, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, I saw that Football as Religion piece and thought of these bits I posted to the 10thcircle with TBG, greenwithenvy, LiT, and the magnificent Error Flynn.

For those that haven't seen it before, enjoy -- for those who have, a trip down memory lane.


Posted by: -bc- | September 5, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

A correction - TBG contributed to the Baseball World Series piece.

I'll repost that link as the World Series looms...


Posted by: -bc- | September 5, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I *do* have two propane tanks, bad. In fact, I have FOUR of the damn things (one goes to the insect killer machine and the fourth I have no idea about). Guess what? No, I'm not gonna spoil yer fun by telling you the ugly, ugly truth.

Am resting at the moment. All the crown molding is down. All the chair rail off. All the bay window molding off. All walk-in closet molding off. All ceiling duct molding off. Curtain rod holders and whatnot off. Art work down. Got a little more to do.

For some reason the wallpaper is coming off in massive swaths. It was like the molding was holding it in place. Very weird.

Just one week from this very moment we will be deep into the first quarter of nine games I don't care too much about. (Skins play the 8 p.m. game, for a season-opening humiliation before a nationwide audience.)

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | September 5, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Walllpaper coming off easily seems a huge blessing (I last did that 2 years ago). Mold, yuk.

Mold could very possibly have been holding the paper, if the wallpaper paste was edible.

Just ahead of football, here's the "Punt of the Month", surfing version, from a swell-predicting website, Surfline.

Young Cody Thompson is doing an airborne trick on a massive wave. It's the sort of thing a gymnast might do, but with stationery equipment. The wave and Thompson are both at Jacksonville, Florida. I lived there a dozen years and never saw such big waves.

Thompson is practicing "modern shortboard" while the graceful photos of Julian Quintal I posted last night were of "single fin longboard", reminiscent of the 1960s. Here's video of Justin, showing the dance of running up and down the board and riding the nose. The board itself is FAST when going straight.

So there you have two utterly different styles practiced by guys the same age, at the same beaches.

Chad Gibbs's football book seems worth checking out. I worked in the shadow of UF in Hogtown for a while and was briefly a student at another SEC establishment.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | September 5, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm no college football expert, but I have to wonder about so many "BCS-eligible" teams (80 percent, 85?) scheduling the Sisters of the Poor on opening weekend...

'Mudge, I'd be deathly afraid to pull any molding in the NukeAbode... It's entirely possible more than wallpaper would fall.


Posted by: Scottynuke | September 5, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Was I thinking of mold (fungi) holding up the wallpaper when Mudge meant molding? My mind's getting moldy. And I accused a fine house of moldiness.

To complete the surf photography/video festival, here's a San Diego alternative to playing golf. These guys all look like they should be on the course:

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | September 5, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Wow DoftheC's, those videos were astounding. I can't even imagine how they keep from slipping off the surfboards (having tried windsurfing a few times, I realize the difficulty).

Mudge, I won't say the obvious but I bet you have learned a lesson ;-)

Hooray for getting all the molding off. Do you know how lucky you are that the wallpaper came off so easily? I think the arthritis in my hands stems from stripping too much wallpaper in the past, especially in this house. All of it was put on walls that weren't properly prepped!

Posted by: badsneakers | September 5, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse


You can ask Kansas about their easy first game. A tough start for their new head coach.

Posted by: -pj- | September 5, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I did say "BCS-eligible," pj...

*quickly checking the Boodle roster to make sure I'm not going to be Jayhawked in my sleep or something* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 5, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Oh talitha, I may be late to read of your sorrows, but my hug is heartfelt.

There ought to be a vaccine to combat the occasional fit of wall-paper-itis.

Posted by: --dr-- | September 5, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Anyone have any idea why the Craigslist decision to get rid, at least temporarily, of their adult listings is getting so much play by the Post? It's been at the top of the homepage since yesterday and was above the fold in the paper this morning. Okay, there's some raciness involved (people use the Web for sex?!?!?) and maybe a bit of Schadenfreude since Craigslist took so much of newspaper classified ads, but I just don't get it. I suppose this could turn into a First Amendment issue, but they closed the ads voluntarily so there isn't much on that angle right now.

Posted by: -pj- | September 5, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

talitha - just now reading of your news. My thoughts are with you!

pj - that's a good question. Perhaps, the WaPo editors believe that erotic services are a much bigger part of the local economy than many suspect.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | September 5, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Good point, Scotty, although Kansas had five wins last season and almost was BCS-eligible. (I had to look this up - Kansas won its first five games and was ranked 16th, then lost the last seven. Tough season.)

Posted by: -pj- | September 5, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

The top sides of surfboards usually have traction pads at the back (rubbery material) and thick, sticky wax on the rest of the top. Board wax, like ski wax, is a matter of temperature, soft for cold water, harder for hot. The most popular brand locally is Sticky Bumps.

Not at all competitive with the moon flowers, a yellow oncidium orchid from Lowe's that I must have picked up half off, is flowering. These orchids require hardly any attention. Clumps attached to trees can get quite big.

The green background is Zamia loddigesii, a cycad from Mexico that doesn't need any care at all. It's extraordinarily drought-tolerant.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | September 5, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I side with the schadenfreude side of the Craigslist theory. Although the erotic services ads were doing more damage to City Paper than WaPo. But if print thinks that those ads are coming back to dead trees, forget it. It's just going to drive more traffic to OKCupid, PlentyOfFish, Manhunt and similar sites.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 5, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

BackBoodling and found bc's link to the way-back-machine of Achenblogging. This had me rolllllling off the weaver's bench . . . .

"Jesus and Christ are used more often at football games than at church, sometimes alone, sometimes in combination. “Jesus H. Christ, I could have caught that ball!” or “Christ, that knee was down!” It struck me that no one uses Allah or Vishnu in such ways. Not even Satan. Is it just part of the football lexicon the way a Hail Mary pass is?"

My father was an All-American at UofGeorgia and I "learned" (in too many senses of the way) 'merican football at his knee. As a girlchild I couldn't play on a varsity team and had too much counter-culture in my persona to fit into the cheerleader clique.

It might not surprise some of you that I carried a rifle or sword, complete with twirls and flourishes (and sometimes bore Old Glory on her staff in a stiff breeze) in the band's color guard. ;o

Posted by: talitha1 | September 5, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Just heard from rickoshea. Her surgery was a success and she is now in rehab in a center near her house.

She's not sure how long she'll be there, but is working hard at getting better.

Posted by: -TBG- | September 5, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Thanks TBG, if you have the opportunity please pass along my best wishes for a speedy recovery.

DoTC - Beautiful!!!

Posted by: dmd3 | September 5, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

So good to hear the news of rickoshea - Thanks, TBG.

Posted by: talitha1 | September 5, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Talitha... I twirled baton. Let's get together and have a parade!

Posted by: -TBG- | September 5, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Me, too, TBG for rickoshea.

Just took another "hit" of my cough medicine after having abstained since yesterday at approximately this time. Would love to have the cough start breaking up, but that may be too much to hope for just now.

*I'd get cranky, but I don't have enough energy*

Saw a bit of tennis today, between naps. It's a good game. My parents met on a tennis court at the Detroit Department of Parks and Recreation in or about 1930. Didn't pass the jock genes down to me, alas. While not a direct participant, I do like to watch sports.

'Specially *HOCKEY* -- a big shout-out to my beloved Detroit Red Wings to get them all excited for the upcoming season.

*feeling a bit more woozy, so I know sumpin's working*

Shall grogggggg at you all tomorrow.


Posted by: ftb3 | September 5, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the explanation DoftheC's. Also, what beautiful orchids. I have one little orchid plant (don't ask me what kind) that I haven't been able to kill and that has bloomed for me at least twice since I bought it a few years ago. It still looks healthy and may even bloom again some day.

I can't wait to check out the moonflowers tonight.

We just had a very yummy dinner of fried clams and onion rings and then a stroll (more like step, hop, step) along part of the long jetty that juts into Plymouth harbor. Perfect day, not too hot or cold, a nice breeze, blue sky with puffy clouds. There was a band playing at one of the outdoor restaurants and we could hear it over the water. They were playing old songs like Mack the Knife, Gloria and that Boston anthem Dirty Water.

TBG, please send my best wishes to Rickoshea too if you can.

Posted by: badsneakers | September 5, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Ah, TBG! *L* You were a majorette? Lord love a duck, I wouldn't have fit into that lineup either.

Oddly enough, for the "South" in the late sixties, the marching band for my highschool eschewed the lineup of pancake-makeup-legged girls twirling firetipped batons for their spectacles at half-time.

The marching musicians (about 140) were also the same students who composed the orchestra in off-season. The teacher/conductor was adamant that a marching band be dignified. We had a drum major (usually male, one year female). Our uniforms (CqP will cackle) were black wool blazers, white duck pants, white button-down oxford shirts, gold satin ascots, black wool berets, black/white saddle-oxfords, white gloves.

We marched and performed in military formations . . . none of that composing a butterfly on the field and stopping to play "Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head".
The music might be Sousa, sometimes old big band standards, sometimes one of those weird guys called Pyotr Ilyich, or Johann, or (heavens forbid) Gustov Holst.

The colorguard, of which I was a member for four years, was strictly military. Three flags (Old Glory, state and school) with flanks of sword or rifles. We studied the presentation of colors rules and abided by them to the best of our abilities.

Whew! Whenever I think of those weeks in August of band practice under the hot Georgia sun I melt. Did keep me in svelte shape for the pool later - and the boys that oogled! ;o

Posted by: talitha1 | September 5, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

TBG, please add my best wishes to Rickohea!!

'Mudge, I took a quick look at the article on Angle being sued -- As great as it would be for her to lose, I'd tend to think a political candidate gets exceptional latitude when it comes to the "fair use" exemption. *shrug*

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 5, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Moonvine is native to much of Florida, but perhaps too vigorous to make a good garden plant.

This seems the perfect time of year to be in New England. Brings to mind New Yorker covers of beach goings-on. One showing happy people on the porch while lobsters are escaping the kitchen is classic.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | September 5, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

ftb - don't *thud* too hard~~~~~ *L*

Posted by: talitha1 | September 5, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Ha DoftheC's. When we were leaving the restaurant there was a man unloading lobsters from big bins in the back of his truck.

Yes, New England is at it's peak in summer and fall, we won't mention the other seasons - too painful.

Posted by: badsneakers | September 5, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

talitha, NukeSpawn has also experienced the travails of band camp -- the N.H. sun might not melt ya, but it'll sure give you a sunburn if you neglect your sunblock, as my budding percussioninst did despite numerous reminders from several quarters... *L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 5, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Talitha, I'm just now backboodling after two days, and add my warmest embraces to the others. It is a hard thing, indeed. Many of us here have experienced this and other losses.

Posted by: Yoki | September 5, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

SCC: I know it's not 'it's' in that usage - too insecure not to mention it ;-)

Posted by: badsneakers | September 5, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone here have Fios phone service?

The battery backup unit in our home is beeping every once in a while and there's a red light indicating we should change the battery.

But we can't figure out how to open the compartment. Any advice out there?

Posted by: -TBG- | September 5, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, merci, ma soeur.

Posted by: talitha1 | September 5, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

TBG, we're all Fios here but I don't know anything about a battery. Maybe you should call Verizon and ask them if it is something you have to do or if it's their problem to fix??

Posted by: badsneakers | September 5, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

The Red Sox implosion in the ninth was like a tree falling in the woods. We left with one out in the ninth, nobody on and the Red Sox up 5-3. In my book and to my eyes, that was a win.

Posted by: baldinho | September 5, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

DotC, I could see where the moon flower could be invasive in a climate where it does not get killed off in the winter, my two little plants that I purchase at the garden centre have grown so much. I did seed directly from seeds I gathered from last years vine but the vine is only a foot or two tall, just takes too long for the seeds to germinate here.

Posted by: dmd3 | September 5, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse


Thanks for reminding me that I need to replace my battery! Unfortunately, I don't know how to open it. Maybe I can check the manual and see if I can scan it for you.

I'll go check now.

Posted by: Moose13 | September 5, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

dmd, how will I know when the moon flowers are ready to bloom? I have some long tapered buds but they didn't open tonight. I'd love to be able to view the 'opening'.

Posted by: badsneakers | September 5, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse


None of the information I have specifically shows how to open the BBU. I also checked the FiOS website and haven't found any info there.

I was in my basement looking at my BBU, but I can't reach it to see how to open the unit. I will try to have Mr. Moose check it out.

Posted by: Moose13 | September 5, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Moose... thanks! It looks like I'm supposed to push a lever and then slide the cover to the left, except the Fios guy installed the unit in the corner, up against the left wall. Not sure if we can pry it off, or what.

I'll call Fios tomorrow and see what they say.

Posted by: -TBG- | September 5, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Not much on TV tonight. I may gave to wallow in "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" on the FMC channel.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 5, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Sneaks, here is a picture of one on the day it will bloom, where my vine is located (west facing wall), the blooms will begin from around 5:00 pm and continue opening until dark.

Posted by: dmd3 | September 5, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Seven days from right now, I assume you aren't going have that problem, Mudge.

Posted by: -pj- | September 5, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Thanks dmd. Mine might be a day or two away from looking like that picture. I'll check it tomorrow.

Posted by: badsneakers | September 5, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

No, seven days from this moment I suspect we'll be creeping up on halftime, PJ.I doubt I'll be humming any theme music.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 5, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I also have a very bad feeling about this first game, Mudge. From a Virginia Tech perspective, I also have a bad feeling about the game happening 24 hours from now.

Posted by: -pj- | September 5, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Not much on TV tonight. I may gave to wallow in "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" on the FMC channel.
Posted by: curmudgeon6

My heavens, man! About the mostest beautifulest, saddestest movies on earth!
I can't bear the vision of "him not really on the hill". Wallow away. ;)

TCM is running "30 minute segments" of the March of Time series . . . . which would be cool if they'd put them back-to-back without their promos in the middle. *sigh* Don't mind me ----- I've spent the day watching my husband pack boxes of books. Keeping my mouth shut and my heart from cracking isn't one of my strong suits.

Boodlers, I'll be okay, truly . . . . I just want the slow crawl of it to be over.

Posted by: talitha1 | September 5, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Glad to hear the news about r-o-s.

My high school marching band did 'Nights on Broadway' our senior year. The dance squad (called dancerettes) routine included twirling rifles and wooden chairs. Every time I hear that song, I get bad half-time flashbacks.

Anybody want to get a little dizzy, they can watch my video taken from the top of the 117 meter tall Prater Tower swing in the Vienna.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 5, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Science Tim, How can I thank you and your fellow boodelers for helping me maintain my sanity? I am a regular lurker and I am especially comforted by your comment that you seem proud to be a "limp wristed" liberal. Me too! In fact, the enire post on 9/3/10 @ 1:15 PM has me clapping and cheering. I am also found of the many boodelers who read and research before they express an opinion. Oh, and don't let me forget to thank Joel, after all it was his idea to give us this opportunity.
And keep the recipes coming. Chloebug

Posted by: chloebug | September 5, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Ooh, Andy Murray was knocked out of the US Open. I was watching that match, but CBS stopped broadcasting it after the 2nd or 3rd set. Wawrinka had called the trainer, I took a break, and when I want back, tennis was nowhere to be found. Harumph.

Posted by: seasea1 | September 5, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

SCC : went back. Gack.

Welcome, chloebug!

Posted by: seasea1 | September 5, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

The Boodle has the best lurkers in the blogosphere. Welcome.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 5, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

this doesn't seem right with a montage of equestrian event pictures.

this was played at Pres. Clinton's second inauguration. i can't listen to it without cracking up at some point.

Posted by: -jack- | September 5, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

chloebug - hurrah and hello!

Posted by: talitha1 | September 5, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: talitha1 | September 5, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

As much as I don't like labels or stereotypes, I think there's room not only for limp wristed liberals, but two-fisted liberals.

It's only a few more nights until Kickoff Thursday, Saints n' Vikes. Yay!

Speaking of which -- talitha, I'm glad you liked that collection on the 10thcircle. LiT's one of the only people I know who would write about going to a football game without actually writing about the game itself.


Posted by: -bc- | September 5, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

I imagine there's room here for a hairy-knuckled conservative or two. I almost qualify for the position. I completely agree with people who point out that casting a gimlet eye at expenditures is not a bad thing, and I have great sympathy for people who are just too darned lazy to support change for change's sake.

Posted by: Bob-S | September 6, 2010 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Photos from the mudslide in Guatemala. Maybe too disturbing for some. I have friends who live near this and aren't directly affected but many are grieving.

Posted by: talitha1 | September 6, 2010 1:48 AM | Report abuse

Hairy knuckles are definitely accounted for on the Boodle, Bob. Hairy hobbit feet as well.

*starting-the-holiday-off-by-shuttling-NukeSpouse-to-her-laborious-place Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 6, 2010 4:49 AM | Report abuse

Talitha1, My heart hurts for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by: chloebug | September 6, 2010 4:51 AM | Report abuse

Happy Labor day everybody. I'm off to play tennis then to work (!). I was so tired last night I went to bed at 9:30, probably the earliest I've been in bed in a year. Around 2 am someone across the river was setting off fireworks. I'm sure their neighbors were thrilled.

Welcome chloebug.

Posted by: badsneakers | September 6, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Happy Labor Day everyone! As is appropriate, I will be spending this day getting a lot of work done around the Vast Padouk Estate. Despite the weather, things in my yard continue to grow.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | September 6, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

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

Morning, friends. Have been trying to get here for the last two days. Haven't read all the comments.

So how's the Labor Day weekend going? I did brunch with classmates, and enjoyed it tremendously. Got back home, went to bed. I went to Sunday school and morning service, and afterwards, went to bed. As you can see the bed has become my new best friend. Not good.

Slyness, ignore the email, I'm finally here. Thanks anyway. Parade today in your neck of the woods, right?

Just really hope it's a lovely day for everyone here. I'm going to try and avoid my new best friend. Yeah, it hurts, but it's for the best. Love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | September 6, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

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

Morning, friends. Have been trying to get here for the last two days. Haven't read all the comments.

So how's the Labor Day weekend going? I did brunch with classmates, and enjoyed it tremendously. Got back home, went to bed. I went to Sunday school and morning service, and afterwards, went to bed. As you can see the bed has become my new best friend. Not good.

Slyness, ignore the email, I'm finally here. Thanks anyway. Parade today in your neck of the woods, right?

Just really hope it's a lovely day for everyone here. I'm going to try and avoid my new best friend. Yeah, it hurts, but it's for the best. Love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | September 6, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra, I'm glad you made it. Such a bad feeling when I can't get to Achenblog.

We've had a happy weekend with friends. Yesterday we drove our favorite backcountry road to lunch and then got on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We stopped near Grandfather Mountain to climb a short trail and take long-view photos. Great fun.

Now, waiting on everybody to be ready for pancakes. The mix is made, I better go and heat the pan.

Posted by: slyness | September 6, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

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

Morning, friends. Have been trying to get here for the last two days. Haven't read all the comments.

So how's the Labor Day weekend going? I did brunch with classmates, and enjoyed it tremendously. Got back home, went to bed. I went to Sunday school and morning service, and afterwards, went to bed. As you can see the bed has become my new best friend. Not good.

Slyness, ignore the email, I'm finally here. Thanks anyway. Parade today in your neck of the woods, right?

Just really hope it's a lovely day for everyone here. I'm going to try and avoid my new best friend. Yeah, it hurts, but it's for the best. Love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | September 6, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

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

Morning, friends. Have been trying to get here for the last two days. Haven't read all the comments.

So how's the Labor Day weekend going? I did brunch with classmates, and enjoyed it tremendously. Got back home, went to bed. I went to Sunday school and morning service, and afterwards, went to bed. As you can see the bed has become my new best friend. Not good.

Slyness, ignore the email, I'm finally here. Thanks anyway. Parade today in your neck of the woods, right?

Just really hope it's a lovely day for everyone here. I'm going to try and avoid my new best friend. Yeah, it hurts, but it's for the best. Love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | September 6, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all. Slept much better last night (while drugged, of course) and the cough seems to be breaking up. But the back aches from all the coughing and I'm groggy as you-know-what. Ah, well. 'Twas merely a cold and not the plague, yanno.

I'll see if I can get some inside stuff done, as I'm still not capable of driving my car or heavy machinery in my current state (Maryland???). I'll continue to bump into walls and say "s'cuse me", giggle and cough.

Cassandra, always good to hear from you, no matter how many times in a row (not your fault!). And a woo-hoo shout out to Chloebug, too!

*starting to flag a bit but feeling a modicum better*

Posted by: ftb3 | September 6, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle.

Boodle greeted, check.

Labor Day Weekend, Day Three. Two kickplates re-installed on two garage doors (doors have been re-painted to match newly painted shutters, which were all removed last weekend. Check. All doors and shutters now darkish red (no, not burgundy), were formerly hunter green. All part of anticipated exterior re-siding and re-roofing. Check.

All molding in master bedroom removed and bundled in sets. Check.

Propane tank replaced on grill. One slab ribs, cooked and devoured, only took two days. Check.

Tomatoes picked. Check. Spaghetti sauce to be made: no check yet.

House sign received two coats, polyurethane, check. (Note to Padouk: purposeless wooden wine box been saving now varnished, check.)

Looked for but couldn't find feral calico cat that had four kittens under tarp-covered MG. Kittens appear re-located but can sometimes faintly hear them somewhere. Check.

Awaiting arrival of second estimate carpet measurer. Check.

17th infection in leg, ulcerated. Check.

Words written, 941. Not enough. Uncheck.

Post front page, outlook section and book section scanned and read, as appropriate. Sean Wilnetz book about Dylan and America pondered. Check.

WaWa 20-oz. coffee in refillable mug at hand. Check.

Begin writing: "Chapter 12. It was a dark and stormy night...

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | September 6, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

You had me at ....MG under tarp...but in my dream, puppies, not kitties....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | September 6, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Well, I'm part conservative although I think the label is used for control purposes, like "liberal." I want Canadian style health care but have no qualms about shrinking the Department of Education into a single (first-rate) website and cutting the rest. Except for the PEL grants, (I'd like to even increase them) which are a fair part of its budget, but not all.

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 6, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

For once I'd like to see the word/concept "conservative" mean and used as "to conserve" rather than "to destroy".

And . . . have you guys ever thought that "conservation" and "conversation" is the same word with a couple of letters inverted?

*better living through chemistry drug-induced stupor comments, if ya don't mind (and I don't think I do)*

Posted by: ftb3 | September 6, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

ftb -- hope you are better. I am finally shaking the worst summer cold ever. Happo Hippies Whirlie Birdies to Im and Sn ---IM is now in the same club as me. We are the poster children for the last boomies or the first gen-Xers (no WAY). We are, apparently, Generation Jones (wikiPeadeeah)

The name “Generation Jones” has several connotations, including a large anonymous generation, a “keeping up with the Joneses” competitiveness and the slang word "jones" or “jonesing”, meaning a yearning or craving. It is said that Jonesers were given huge expectations as children in the 1960s, and then confronted with a different reality as they came of age in the 1970s and 1980s, leaving them with a certain unrequited, jonesing quality. UNQUOTE (Five footnote/cites to this paragraph, eyema jist sayin)

Let's remember the laborers today, especially those who shoulder a load, swing a boom, swish the toilets, turn an elderly patient, mow lots of grasses, turn tight-rightie/lefty-loosie, drive a truck-tractor-rig, stear a ship, swab the deck, trim the trees, touch 'lectrical lines, plumb those pipes, soldier by soldering, wear a badge, carry a gun, count bears in the woods...

And, how about a special tip of the doffed hat to the lifeguards! Ladds and Lassies of summer, thanks for the many monitored laps.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | September 6, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Is it WaWa or Wawa? They're about to invade Orlando.

I was briefly in the business of counting bears in the woods.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | September 6, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Dave... you weren't the person in charge of tracking what they DID in the woods, are you?

Posted by: -TBG- | September 6, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

Another lovely day here NW of DC, clear skies, low humidity, and forunately for me, only a moderate amount of work to do.

Might have time for a Last Dip of the Summer in the community pool, or maybe jut a trip to the local park or ice cream place. My kids have been in school for two weeks now, so from their perspective, summer's long been over.

Back to chores, but at a leisurely pace...

Hope all of you enjoy your days, in your own ways.


Posted by: -bc- | September 6, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, everso, CqP.

I saved Jonathan Yardley's review of John Julius Norwich's Memoir from yesterday's WaPo. I do want to read it, especially after read about his oh-so-famous parents in the three-volume set of letters and diaries of Harold Nicolson and some of the other books about Winston Churchill. Such an incestuous bunch, the British aristocracy, I must say, but fascinating (at least to me). I plan to wait until it comes out in paperback, but it shall remain on my list.

I'm a bit surprised that Murray lost yesterday, but, well, maybe not. He's inconsistent, really, but I do wish him well. May he win a Major tournament (with a capital "M") sometime in his career.

So. Shall we consider our beloved Boodle (with a capital "B") our own form of liberalocracy, which we can define however we wish, as that's what it's all about. In life, we are allowed to color outside the lines.

*Gonna be soooooo disappointed when I go off the drugs (**giggle**)*)

Posted by: ftb3 | September 6, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Wawa, only one cap W, if ya wanna get all copy editor about it (*sniffs disdainfully*). Headquartered in Wawa, Penna., a small town in Delaware County just west of Philly. Wawa is the Ojibwe word for "goose" per Longfellow's "Song of Hiawatha," since there were no Ojibwe in that area of Pennsylvania (basically Lenne Lenape territory). Wawa was also once upon a time the home of the Franklin Mint, for those of you who collect whatever stuff they sell.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | September 6, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Happy Labour Day everyone, last day of summer vacation for my kids.

Welcome Chloebuag!

For those of you (if there are any) that wonder what is the difference between the NFL and the CFL, this article is a good example, it can be a completely different world.

That said, today is the Labour Day classic, Hamilton vs Toronto, despite how terrible the teams might be in any given year, usually a great game, and if the game gets boring the events in the crowd can be counted on for amusement. Apologies to Byoolin as I did not get organized for a BPH at this event.

Posted by: dmd3 | September 6, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Don't worry about going off the meds, ftb -- you can always OD on the Boodle anytime you need a hit. :-)

My Labor Day labors continue as the washing machine spins, but at least I don't have to entertain the cats.

The squirrel who was eating dropped birdfeeder seeds on the porch took care of that (photos to come soon). :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 6, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

And *what-took-you-so-long Grover waves* for chloebug!!! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 6, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

One big Wawa, situated in Wawa, ON.

Posted by: dmd3 | September 6, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Off soon to help Bailey deliver phone books. I'm a truck-drivin' man. Not of the drug store variety.

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 6, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Who is Bailey, jumper? I have a granddaughter in Texas named Bailey.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 6, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

As promised:


Posted by: Scottynuke | September 6, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Cute pics and captions Scotty. That's one scrawny squirrel!!

Posted by: badsneakers | September 6, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

You bet, Snukie -- ya'll make me giggle and I don't need to get a hangover. . . . .

Posted by: ftb3 | September 6, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Very cute Scotty, when I was at my customers the other day a baby black squirrel, about the same size as the one in your pictures came up to about 4 feet from us, so adorable.

Posted by: dmd3 | September 6, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Wawa - where my son seems to spend most of his food allowance.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | September 6, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Me, too, Padouk.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | September 6, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

I did enjoy Wawa's "wah-wah" guitar pedal radio ads a couple years ago. Even though we mainly have Sheetz out thisaway... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 6, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

TBG, bear scats were useful then, and would be vastly more useful now. The project was part of a small mammal survey in which I helped out. It turned out that nothing was known of the area's bears, so they were redefined as "small".

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | September 6, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

How come the saying isn't "Does a bear scat in the woods?"? (I think that requires two question marks, but I'll have to look it up to be sure. Thank god this isn't Spanish, or I'd have to get TBG to show me how to do one of them upside down.)

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 6, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

A nice story for the boodle,

Posted by: dmd3 | September 6, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I've never been to Wawa. I understand George Harrison shopped there, though:

Posted by: -pj- | September 6, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse


"Does a bear scat in the woods?" gives me an odd image of Yogi Bear trying to sing like Ella Fitzgerald.

Posted by: -pj- | September 6, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

George Will took another shot at the environmental movement yesterday, and it was more thoughtful than most of his efforts in that direction, perhaps because it was largely based on a blog post by Walter Russell Mead:

A good point is made: Well-informed and thoughtful people may more-or-less trust the science (almost any science), but still harbor grave doubts about the resulting policy decisions. There's been a whole lot of evidence that both the science and the policy have been less-than-ideal in many, many areas.

Posted by: Bob-S | September 6, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

If for no other reason, the Mead blog post would deserve mention because of the embedded YouTube video, the immortal short-film classic "Bambi meets Godzilla".

Posted by: Bob-S | September 6, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

That word, scat, always makes me giggle, for one of the Greek words every Greek-American child knows is "scata," with the emphasis on the last "AH."

Makes mundane items like "Scot Tissue" great fun to ask for in the grocery store.

Posted by: -TBG- | September 6, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Sorta like "infart" and "utfart" in Swedish, TBG.

Just saw Monfils beat Gasquet at the US Open. He's pretty cool, in a somewhat grotesque kind of way. Hope he gets more consistent.

*still nodding off, but feeling much more better than I sound (**croak**)*

Posted by: ftb3 | September 6, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

ESPN3 is an evil concept when you are really supposed to be working.

Posted by: russianthistle | September 6, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the spelling of that, TBG. The way I heard it pronounced, I always thought there was an 'r' on the end.

Posted by: -pj- | September 6, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Piles of half-digested saw palmetto berries are fairly unappealing. But the berries must provide lots of calories.

I don't think humans ever showed much enthusiasm for eating them.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | September 6, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

That Mead sure puts a lot of words in environmentalists mouths. I could do that to Mead and his ilk pretty easily, too. The problem is, I have ethics.

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 6, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Bob -S-, I also read the Will article. It wasn't that bad. It did show many examples of things in the past that the consensus got wrong.

I don't know if there is a general movement against environmentalism, as he seems to say. I rather think that there is a movement against change, if that change somehow feels like an admission of guilt, or seems to be self-sacrifice for the good of unknown others.

Many people (most people?) LOVE to live in ways that they know are destructive to the environment. It will be hard to get a vast majority of those people to decide to change their own actions, which primarily benefit themselves, to actions that primarily benefit everyone else, at their own expense.

There are too many folks that think that type of change is unAmerican, and those folks like to yell it from the rooftops when given a chance.

Posted by: baldinho | September 6, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

There's a problem, too, in that damages are so diffuse that although very real, they are difficult or impossible to prove in court. This is also, I believe, the level beyond which capitalist industry assumes the stance of "free-for-all" assuming if you can't prove damages, even though they are known, albeit only statistically, go ahead and do it.

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 6, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Looking at Tom Toles' cartoon in today's Editorials section, I found myself wondering whether the blacksmith's anvil is sufficiently recognizable to younger readers to serve its metaphorical purpose.

Posted by: Bob-S | September 6, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I don't mind policy debates about what do do regarding the many many many environmental challenges we face. Bring it on. Will be very hard but this is part of human culture.

I shrivel from the pedantic fingerpointing about some of the science. The science is huge and vast and humbling, and largely self-correcting. Scientists ferret each other's thinking out all the time.

And, many of our environmental challenges are direct threats to human health. Let's get clearer about the health piece. Easier to find the incentives to craft policy.

Off to swim for the last time this summer in an outdoor pool. Please enjoy these two takes on swimming by L. Wainwright, III.

I give you, The Swimming Song:

And dusky alto Lucy Kaplansky

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | September 6, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I actually bought a Woodward book about President Bush. What a surprise. The Bush critics picked out what they wanted and ignored the rest. Or so it seemed when I read the reviews.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | September 6, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Matthew Kalman

What a pessimist.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | September 6, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Kate and Anna McGarrigle also did a lovely version of that song, CqP.

Posted by: -pj- | September 6, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Environmentalism is better explained and accepted by industry and regular people when they see the damages first hand and recognize that the damage hurts THEM. Things like Love Canal or the Dust Bowl or red tide or polluted rivers are easy to see as dangers to the US because they damage personal property and individuals' livelihoods.

Climate change is very different in that respect. It is too easy to argue "What the hay? If things really get bad, won't we as a wealthy nation be better off anyway?". The fact that we generate more C02 and consume more resources and generate more trash is not as bad an issue when our stink spreads across the globe.

It will be nearly impossible to convince people in the US to stop burning our coal or to stop driving cars as much. It will be just as impossible to convince the Chinese and the Indians to stop doing the same thing.

We will consume less globally only when we run out of things to consume and are forced to consume less because of it.

Posted by: baldinho | September 6, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

CQ: "The Medea Hypothesis: Is Life on Earth Ultimately Self-Destructive" Peter Ward, Princeton, 180p.

No, I haven't gotten around to reading it. Working on "The Fourth Part of the World: The Race to the Ends of the Earth, and the Epic Story of the Map That Gave America Its Name" Toby Lester, 462 pp. He works for the Atlantic and This American Life. Impressive job of historical story-telling. The Portuguese Court that turned down Columbus's exploration proposal indeed had a better idea of the earth's diameter than he did, and they sponsored better explorers to boot.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | September 6, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

baldinho - That's why I always carve out a portion of my charitable gifts to support scientific research. It's all well & good to say that we shouldn't use snake oil medicine, or cheap coal & oil, or "I sure hope the big one doesn't come today" construction patterns and techniques, but we will keep using them until there's something that's perceived to be a better value...

I'm painfully aware that throwing money at the problems isn't enough. Unfortunately, time and painful experience are also part of the mix. But if we don't pay people to come up with tentative solutions and analyze them in light of the painful experience, we're stuck until disaster truly forces us to change.

Of course that's a time-honored tradition, too.

Posted by: Bob-S | September 6, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

BS, my guess is we have food supply issues that cause large-scale problems before we have climate-induced problems.

Of course, climate issues can lead to the food issues. The hardest thing to look at is the trends.... more population with each generation doing more damage than the previous one.

Reminds me in a way of the internet stock/tech bubble. It was all fine and dandy until the reversal.

Posted by: baldinho | September 6, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, food-supply problems are ancient, constant, and perversely specific to those who can least afford to remedy them. No reason to think that'll change.

Posted by: Bob-S | September 6, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Now that I'm (mostly) off the opiate (and feeling even better), allow me opine on on this, too.

It seems to me that for all the talk of "democracy" and "democratic values" there are a whole lot of people in this country who don't see themselves as part of the calculus. That is, they may not want the gummint to do anything (or, alternatively, maybe they do), but they want *somebody* (person and/or entity) -- as in somebody *else* -- to do something about whatever the crisis du jour is. They don't seem to believe that *everybody* is as much part of the solution as of the problem (or vice-versa -- take your pick). These people don't want to lift a finger (for fear of breaking a nail, perhaps), whether for themselves (the micro) or for the greater good (the macro). It's childish and it's prevailing.

Aw, c'mon, you *know* you prefer me this way than when I'm on my cough medicine. Right? {crickets} Um, *right*???


Posted by: ftb3 | September 6, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

ftb - Don't forget the powerful fear of feeling foolish. Variations on the theme typically rank at the top of surveys about our most-dreaded fears.

Many people who might well be willing to commit themselves to change, even at some considerable cost to their comfort, are hesitant to do so if they aren't confident that their activism will be justified.

It's a good think that energetic & unreasonable zealots exist. Otherwise, nothing would get done.

Posted by: Bob-S | September 6, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

I'll see your snort, ftb, and raise you a cocked eyebrow at the Return of GMasters.

Ya ever have one of those days where ya just kinda wonder about your chromosomes? Today I seemed to slip into Domestic Goddess Mode. We had a whole bucket, literally, of tomatoes from our garden, so (with no help or guidance from my wife, who was working toda7y) I made a big poty of spaghetti sauce with those tomatoes, and when done hot-pack canned them in mason jars-- got four full quarts worth. What worries me a little is that I also watched the Ellen Degeneres show.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | September 6, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

"good think"? hmmm...

I meant to quote Martha Stewart:

"It's a good thing..."

Posted by: Bob-S | September 6, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

When Daughter walks in the door this evening, summer will officially be over.

She works as a lifeguard at the neighborhood pool (across the street). She worked today and they are now closing up for the season (the pool closes at 7 pm).

Posted by: -TBG- | September 6, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Lawrence J. Troutman

What a dork.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | September 6, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Alas, summer's over.

Posted by: -TBG- | September 6, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

The Generation Jones appellation is the product of the imagination of Jonathan Pontell, a shameless self-promoter. But like 'fetch' it's just never going to happen. The term I coined for people currently in their late 40s and early 50s is 'Tail Boomers' because they are demographically part of the Baby Boom, but too young to have enjoyed all the benefits of it.

Here is my definitive illustrated guide:

This guy calls them the Baby Busters because birth rates, while still high, began falling in 1958.

Tom Tomorrow calls us 'Wedgies':

Posted by: yellojkt | September 6, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, TBG. Just what? Two, three minutes ago. *sigh*

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | September 6, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

But, TBG, shouldn't all the boy and girl lifeguardies have had a bittersweet season-ending pool party where they all say goodbye to each other as Gidget and Connie Francis and Frankie Avalon and Michael Cera and the Olson Twins all promise to keep in touch with each other but they don't despite their best intentions as they all go off to their separate colleges?

It is quite possible I watched too much daytime TV today.

Glad to see you coming out so strongly against shameless self-promotion, there, yello.

But it was worth it for "Wedgies." Definitely worth it.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | September 6, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

OK, so it is known beyond any reasonable doubt that gamma-frequency irradiation is (for most foods) more effective at preservation and less destructive to the structure of the food than other preservative methods.

Where's my home irradiation oven? Barring that, why isn't there a local business where I can bring my cans/jars/Zip-Loc bags of food to be irradiated at a nominal cost? Don't get me wrong, I'd still stew my tomatoes and brine my pickles to induce the flavor & texture changes inherent in those processes. But why isn't that sterilization method more widespread?

Microwave ovens were available within a few years of the first practical demonstrations of microwave cooking effects. Penicillins were widely available only a few years after the first repeatable demonstrations of their effectiveness.

Posted by: Bob-S | September 6, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Takes one to know one.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 6, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Here is my follw-up blog post to help you decide what generation you are in:

Posted by: yellojkt | September 6, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse


I wonder if Matthew Kalman is a Wedgie.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | September 6, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Not only am I a wedgie, but one with a terrible birth rate history.

When the new arrival is 18, I'll be 60. Yikes. Kinda makes the idea of early retirement less likely than it already is.

Posted by: baldinho | September 6, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, the downtrodden baseballers have risen up today.

After beating the (awful) Pittsburgh Pirates last night 8-1, the Washington Nationals spanked the (not much better, but ahead of the Nats in the standings) NY Mets tonight 13-3.

And the (substantially worse than the Nationals, and that's not easy to do!) Baltimore Orioles beat the NY Yankees 4-3. This extends their winning streak to three games. That's more impressive than it sounds. They beat the Yankees (who have the best record in baseball) at Yankee Stadium. The other two wins that make up that three-game streak were over the Tampa Bay Rays, who (two games behind the Yankees) have the second-best record in baseball.

That's today's moment in baseball arcana. Now, I gotta figure out who I like in this Virginia Tech -vs- Taterheads thing.

Posted by: Bob-S | September 6, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Baldinho, I can beat that one. My ex is 59 and has a 7 year old and a 4 and a half year old. Recently I asked him when he was going to retire, and he said it would be 12 more years. No sympathy from me!

Posted by: slyness | September 6, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

baldinho, I will be 60 as well when our youngest is 18.

Posted by: dmd3 | September 6, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Re: college football, I don't really have a team I root for, but I have always pulled for Virginia Tech. I have known some pretty smart cookies from that school.

I will pull for Boise State, out of pure desire to pull for the little guy against the college football establishment.

Seems like the little guy is up 17-0.

Posted by: baldinho | September 6, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

I was born at the very end of 1951 so I'm smack dab in middle of the Hippie-Boomer category on yello's chart. Now I'm a hippie-boomer-boodler. ;)

I must have missed something (can't imagine why) but who is Matthew Kalman?

Posted by: talitha1 | September 6, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Virginia Tech briefly took the lead (20-21) against Boise State, Boise State bounced back (26-21) and all things being equal, I'd root for Va Tech nearly every time they're playing a team that isn't Georgia Tech. But all things aren't equal tonight.

The possibility exists that if Boise State starts the season with a win tonight (the more convincing the better, I suppose) and goes undefeated the rest of the season, and a few other teams falter at crucial moments, Boise might possible elbow their way into a national championship game.

The powers-that-be in the college football hierarchy would be somewhere between disconcerted and royally pissed off, with most falling somewhere in the "crestfallen" range, I think. They've based their current grotesquely-acquisitive and outlandishly-exclusionary "Bowl Championship Series" contracts upon the highly-questionable assertion that (by gathering them into a few select conferences) they have pre-identified the teams most likely to be worthy of contention for the top rankings in the sport, while theoretically leaving open a spot or two (no more!) for other deserving teams. Boise State (which lost only ten regular-season games in the last ten years, and only one in the past three years) is not amongst the BCS-favored elite. Like baldinho, I figure it's good to shake that complacent world-view.

Either way, heck of a game so far tonight!

Posted by: Bob-S | September 6, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

I think most people are just afraid that when exposed to gamma rays their vegetables will turn big and angry.

While I have nothing against the concept of irradiation to kill food contaminants, wouldn't it be better to have a safe and clean food chain that would make the need for sterilization unnecessary?

Posted by: yellojkt | September 6, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Kinda bummed the game isn't being played in Idaho. Something about the Blue Field of Boise that always makes me reach for the tint adjust knob.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 6, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

i'll have seen 61 years when our youngest is 18.

Posted by: -jack- | September 6, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Well, no matter how clean my food chain, if I wuz gonna package food for long-term storage, I think a little sterilization would be in order.

Posted by: Bob-S | September 6, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

anyone see the highlights of the ECU/Tulsa match yesterday? amazing. now i regret not seeing it as it was played. the final play made the ranks of the greatest hail Mary completions of all time. Flutie's was numero uno.

Posted by: -jack- | September 6, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

marie marie

Posted by: -jack- | September 6, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

My dad was 65 when I was 18. He retired around then, IIRC.

Talitha, you and I were born right around the same time (I'm in early '52).

Posted by: seasea1 | September 6, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

-jack- just watched the highlights on YouTube. That was a nailbiter!

Posted by: Bob-S | September 6, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

The National Weather Service has its "summer" results in. After having our 5th coldest, extraordinarily wet winter, we got the hottest summer on record, a dry one, too.

I spent far too little time cooling off in the water at the beaches.

A local movie theater starts selling tickets to Metropolitan Opera broadcasts at 9 am tomorrow. I wonder if there'll be a mob of retirees. I'd like to do Rheingold and Walküre, if only because I've only ever seen Wagner on TV.

Years ago, PBS did the Ring, with Götterdämmerung's big bonfire (Götter Lagerfeuer?) broadcast near dawn.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | September 6, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

like watching a close lacrosse match. su v. hopkins for the national championship ca. 1983. su was down 13-7 with something like 5 min left in the third period, and scored 7 straight inside of 10 minutes. the game winner hit the net with less than a minute to go. su 17, hopkins 16. great match, made better with an orange win. the match was broadcast the day after it was played. lacrosse has since become big.

Posted by: -jack- | September 6, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

33-30. Damn.

Posted by: -pj- | September 6, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

A lot of sad Hookies out there tonight.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 6, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

LOL, seasea1. I am mid-52. Fifty-two-and-a-half.

Oh! You meant birth year!


Posted by: Yoki | September 7, 2010 4:23 AM | Report abuse

Rapping the Dad's Life:

Posted by: yellojkt | September 7, 2010 6:06 AM | Report abuse

Howard Kurtz rails against the SEO game used to write headlines and chase pageviews.

He lists the four top WaPo blogs as being two political ones, the Redskins one, and Celebritology. Thank goodness Achenblog is below this eyeball chasing radar screen.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 7, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Irradiated food? You mean the kind NukeSpouse and I have regularly? The kind that remains non-radioactive afterwards? :-)

And for the Copy Editor's Facepalm of the day, I just saw a caption under a CNN piece on political orthodoxy:

"Towing the Tea Party Line"

*SIGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH* Although, the idea of towing them out to the Laurentian Abyss as a long-term solution has significant merit.

*feeling-like-Monday-although-I-know-it's-Tuesday-and-wishing-it-was-Friday Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 7, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all. Hot again today in the Carolinas, after a lovely cool Labor Day weekend. Hopefully autumn will come soon!

Cassandra, I hope you are comfortable this morning. Are you getting a small person ready for school?

Actually, I can beat all of the how-old-are-you stories. My dad was 57 when I was born and 65 (and retired) when my brother was born. Teenagers and geriatricians in the same house made for less-than-ideal family dynamics. How my mother survived it, I'll never know.

It's Thirddottir's birthday, and I need to check in with her. Hopefully I can run out to see her and the boyz later this morning.

Posted by: slyness | September 7, 2010 7:46 AM | Report abuse

Dr G will be 66 when Daughter turns 18 (next year!). That puts him at 70 at her college graduation, if all goes as "scheduled."

I think I mentioned here before that the alternate name for his retirement party will likely be 'funeral.'

Of course, at the young age of 52, I'm his young trophy bride--and have been for 27.5 years.

Posted by: -TBG- | September 7, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Hippo Birdies to ThirdDot, slyness!! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 7, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Who needs new jobs? Who needs better roads?

I guess not those who tow the line.

Posted by: russianthistle | September 7, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Happy birthdays to all that have them.

And here is a are carbon star in a binary system with a spiral of debris.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 7, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

Today is the first day of school here in Fairfax County, which has the country's 12-largest school system. I went out with Daughter last night to purchase school supplies at Target and they were practically all gone. A few notebooks, some expensive pens and that's it.

The Back-to-School section, in an area where school hadn't even started yet was full of Halloween stuff.

I guess I should be glad it wasn't Christmas decorations instead.

Posted by: -TBG- | September 7, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Where were you at the end of July? Get with the program. Don't ever try to buy a swimsuit in June. The stores are all full of sweaters by then.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 7, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

We went into the decoration store in BR yesterday. This place specializes in seasonal silk flowers, candles, etc. They had lots of fall stuff, but there were also three rooms full of Christmas decorations.

Interestingly, they had much higher inventory than they did last year. I hope this means the economy is improving.

Posted by: slyness | September 7, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle.

from today's Borowitz Report:

Rabid Dog Briefly Mistaken for Tea Party Candidate

Receives Standing Ovation at Missouri Rally

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (The Borowitz Report) - A rabid Doberman Pinscher jumped on stage at a Tea Party rally in Missouri on Labor Day and barked at the crowd for nearly twenty minutes before people realized he was not a candidate.

The dog, later identified by its owner as "Mister Buster," held the crowd spellbound as he barked, growled, and frothed at the mouth, eventually receiving a standing ovation for his exertions.

Gwendolene Thomason, 42, a Tea Party supporter from Jefferson City, was one of the hundreds on hand who were convinced that the Doberman was a Tea Party candidate until he was outed as a dog.

"I liked what he had to say," she said. "He reminded me of Glenn Beck, only furrier."

The Doberman’s canine identity finally became clear when he lunged at a man in the front row and wrested a hamburger from his right hand, taking two of the man's fingers with it.

While the discovery that Mister Buster was not a Tea Party candidate disappointed many in attendance, Ms. Thomason held out hope that, dog or no, he might consider running for office at some point.

"I liked the way he bit off that guy's hand, and the way he did his business in the middle of the stage," she said. "We need more of that in Washington."

Elsewhere, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer named Wednesday a state holiday "to give me more time to think of what to say."

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 7, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Snuke: Sorry I didn't get your note till now. I agree that the plant wastes are reasonably secure on-site, but down the road, what happens if the plants get shut down for whatever reason? I think at some point we're still going to have to have some secure national facility for safely storing these wastes. And it's not just the power plants - there's the stuff that comes from nuclear weapons research and production that is probably a lot nastier than the stuff from the power plants. I know there have to be trade-offs. Coal plants can be made fairly clean, but one also has to take into account the environmental impact of coal mining - mountain-top removal; acid drainage; safety issues with deep mines, etc.

Posted by: ebtnut | September 7, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

I'm 46. My son is 20. My diaper changing days are long past. My wife jokes that it's time for me to find that trophy wife and start over. I think she is just angling for someone else to have to take care of me in my dotage.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 7, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

new kit...

Posted by: GomerGross | September 7, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

On kit: I have had ABBA's 'Does Your Mother Know?' running through my head all morning. Tune cootie relief, please.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 7, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Front page: "Petraeus decries Koran burning"

Politics page: "Petraeus: Don't burn Qurans" (An AP wire story.)

Nakamura's story: "Petraeus condemns Fla. church's plan to burn Korans
David Nakamura (Edition)
"...a Florida church to burn copies of the Koran this weekend..."

On Faith column: "Gen. Petraeus says Dove World's Koran burning endangers troops
By Elizabeth Tenety "It's easy to dismiss Florida Dove World Outreach Center pastor Terry Jones' planned "International Burn a Koran Day" as..."

Why can't they spell the name of this book the same way twice? Because the Associated Press uses "Quran" as the preferred spelling -- although it also says to defer to the "house" preference if it is different.

But of course, nobody at the Post any more understands copy editing, a lost art similar to necromancy, alchemy, and transmogrification of metals.

(In case you are wondering, yes, a house editor is very much ALLOWED and is SUPPOSED to go in and change AP and other wire copy to match the house rule book. That is, if anyone in the Post online section has one. This is what is nowadays mockingly referred to as "old technology," a.k.a. "soooooo 20th century.")

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 7, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

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