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Suddenly, high-maintenance

Somewhere along the line I became high-maintenance. It has been a long journey to this point, this station, this condition. As a child I could subsist on air, water, dirt. Feral, unwashed, I was sustained by life forces alone, without trappings, accessories, electronic devices. In retrospect it seems like a dream. Also a little boring, but that's a separate story.

Now, suddenly, I am tangled in gear. I have my cellphone, Blackberry, laptop, camera, each with its own power cord and/or battery charger. I require medications, lotions, emulsifiers. My toiletry kit looks like a CVS.

Plus I need a certain grade and roast of coffee, with the precise level of sugar and cream, before I can even contemplate facing the world. On the road this can be a show-stopper. How long must I drink this useless hotel coffee? This is not working for me. How much more of this must I endure?

Yesterday the Coast Guard hearing powered right through the lunch hour and all the way to 2 p.m. before taking a break, and I felt bad that I had to shout from the back row "WHAT ABOUT MY LUNCH????" That might have been bad form.

A sore throat becomes a crippling injury. Can't someone on my staff bring me an Advil? Where's the cavalry, people?

A cookie. Oatmeal raisin. I need that right now the way an animal needs fur. It's like basic to my existence, maintenance.

I have become a finely tuned sports car, meaning I need to be in the shop pretty much constantly. Expensive, this.

In the old days you did calisthenics and isometric exercises and push-ups and sit-ups. Now, you do "physical therapy." The gym becomes the House of Injury. My doctor told me I had a rotator cuff injury. Don't you have to be a starting pitcher, or at least long relief, to get one of those?

How can you be injured typing on a laptop???? Or was it taking notes the wrong way?

Typing: America's silent killer.

One is just trying to bail water -- sorry about the metaphor mania -- from the sinking ship.

By Joel Achenbach  | October 6, 2010; 9:47 AM ET
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My wife insists that my next car will have dual zone climate control because hers does and it's a hardship to put up with my poor POS which was bought only because I can fit a bicycle in the back of it.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 6, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Mudged again, but since it's generally on-kit ...

LiT, I like your Boodle as Nautilus analogy, especially the squid eradication method.

That New Yorker cartoon is almost exactly my son's age. Who'da thunk? Seems like only 20 years ago at most.

May I also add my vote for Hampton Inns. Unless I'm in an old inn or funky cottage somewhere I always look for Hamptons. I was once upgraded (messed up reservation for a four-day stay) to a suite with a full kitchen and in-room jacuzzi, no extra charge. .....

Addendum --- I'm about to become higher maintenance myself. My son insists I get a cellphone and a medical alert system now that I'm living alone. *sigh* When roles reverse you know you're on the downside of the hill.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 6, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I too have become high-maintenance! In my youth anything would do to mark my place in a book - dogeared page,open face-down, a Popsicle stick, a Q-tip. In middle age I insist on a bookmark, be it paper, junk mail, or random string. I'll know I'm beyond redemption when I use only the "real" bookmarks - those elegant things given to me by other people which are strewn about the house inconvenient to the book I'm reading.

Posted by: Ivansmom | October 6, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Magazine subscription cards are the ultimate bookmark. There are always a few within arm's reach of my nightstand.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 6, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Talitha, YJ. (YJ, you want the role of Conseil, don't you?)

JA, as long as you're not bailing the water with a teaspoon. And bitter coffee is better than none.

When traveling with DC, the seedier the hotel, the happier she is. Doesn't even notice if the floors between the bedroom and the bath don't line up (probably reminds her of home). Woman with purple hair working the front desk? Cool! Greasy spoon within walking distance? Perfect! Have to walk across a major highway to get to the tourist attraction? Now we're adventurin'! Then again, she likes the carnivals that look like the rides are held together with shoe strings and clothes pins.

Me...I'm not looking for much. Just a cabana boy carrying a tray of drinks with paper umbrellas in them.

Posted by: LostInThought | October 6, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Hi all!

I'll use receipts or any other paper as bookmarks, and when I'm finished the book, I tend to just stick the "bookmark" elsewhere in the book rather than take it out. I recently found tickets from a birthday ride on the Western MD Scenic Railway from 2005 still shoved into a book my mother wanted to borrow.

Posted by: MoftheMountain | October 6, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Brilliant kit!

I find myself venturing into this territory but somehow it's not quite as funny. I've developed a real sense of entitlement, especially around lunch hours. Good to know I'm not the only one.

Posted by: -dbG- | October 6, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

I used to think I was high maintenance, but after cheerfully moving (several years ago) into a house without potable water or a washer/dryer and not even within screaming distance of another soul, I've had to revise my position. Even our new house has plaster falling off the walls (Big Wally's Plaster Magic to the rescue!), craziness abounding in the kitchen (which is still not functional 3 weeks later) and the main bathroom sink installed at a 20% side-to-side incline. I did insist on potable water and a decent washer/dryer this time around, though. ;)

Posted by: MoftheMountain | October 6, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Banananana bread, coffee and OJ on the table.

Oh goody, a "nearing 50 neurotically" kit. We probably would've had more of these by now were it not for the disastrahoochie thingy.

First, let's get the obvious out of the way. You want high maintenance? When you aspire to be able to use a public loo, even the handicapped stall, that's high maintenance. Anything less is amateur league.

OK, now that THAT's dispensed with...

Got a fax number out there, Mr. A? I'll send through some oatmeal raisin cookies. You want enough to share?

Someone out there needs to invent the personal battery. Each of us contains an incredible amount of energy that could be used to power all our electronic toys if we could just figure out how to convert it and then siphon it to all our gadgets.

Can't do much about hotel coffee, though. Mud is mud.

Posted by: MsJS | October 6, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

hmmmm...sound familiar?

Posted by: MoftheMountain | October 6, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

As the Buddha noted, nobody escapes the perils of old age, sickness and death, although, to be fair, life was a lot more fun when I lived in denial.

As I watched the crowd at the music festival this weekend, I marveled at the youngsters that could stand all day, jump around and drink large quantities of alcohol and come back for more.

At least, I haven't given up on attending altogether yet. My special large hat and festival chair means I only have to consume a moderate amount of ibuprofen.

Posted by: edbyronadams | October 6, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

LiT, what do you call the paper decoration adorning tropical bar drinks?

A rumbrella.

Would you believe in Merrie Olde England the handicapped stall is called a disabled toilet? Go figure.

MotM, I'm glad you've at least got potable water and a washer/dryer.

Posted by: MsJS | October 6, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Happy noonsies, ye Boodlers!

I must be the only person in Santiago without a cell phone.

When I talk to myself people think I have one. ;)


Posted by: Braguine | October 6, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Keep them guessing, Brag!

Posted by: MsJS | October 6, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

NC scores big from the silicon valley companies. Nice to be in the right place at the right time.

Posted by: bh72 | October 6, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Very funny Joel, I think I am moderately high maintenance - my coffee addition alone rates me up there, most hotel coffee is evil stuff, many years ago I taught dmdspouse that his job when we stay in hotels is to seek out a quality cup of coffee before I become to conscious - cause it really isn't pleasant otherwise.

My ability not to care about how dirty I get when gardening or deskunkifying the dog and house keep me from the way too high maintenance category.

I am just enjoying my coffee break now.

Posted by: dmd3 | October 6, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of maintenance, check this out. Maybe someone needs a portable roll of duct tape handy?

Posted by: talitha1 | October 6, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I am so old that I purchased a pill holder for my various medications and supplements. It has four little bins for each day (morn, noon, even, bed) of the week and I use every one of them. I must admit it's much easier to determine if I've taken something when I needed to. I just have to look!

Last week I underwent a rite of passage for a mature adult: I had an MRI of my head. Lying still for 45 minutes in an extremely noisy tube isn't my idea of fun, but I survived. Hmm, haven't heard back from the doctor on that, hopefully that means I'm okay.

As my momma used to say, old age isn't for sissies.

Posted by: slyness | October 6, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

bh, yeah, wouldn't it be nice to own the farm that Apple or Google or HP wants? Maiden is exactly halfway from home to the mountain house, so we go by often but haven't stopped to go through the down. The highway was upgraded to interstate specs in the late 90's so we whizz by at 70 mph if I'm driving.

Catawba County, where Maiden is located, and Caldwell County, where Google has its facility, have a couple of the highest unemployment rates in the state. You'd think they'd be thrilled to have hi-tech come in. I suppose Apple was looking for cheaper digs than it could get in the Research Triangle Park, between Raleigh and Chapel Hill.

Posted by: slyness | October 6, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Well, slyness, *we* (as opposed to WE) know that you have a mighty fine brain on ya, and no MRI is gonna tell us differently.

As for high maintenance, I think I fit this category much more when I was younger, than now. I will admit to some quirks and accompanying idiosyncrasies today, but I think I'm much calmer now about matters (which I stick into the "whatever" file) than I used to be. I must be the "counterintuiter" or something.

Ivansmom, I, too, prefer actual bookmarks and am aghast that anyone would dog-ear a page of a book -- I consider books to be sacred, after all (except, perhaps, for real junky books, but even then I do hesitate before defiling).

Brag! Great to hear from you!

Posted by: ftb3 | October 6, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

High maintenance living is only possible if you are far away from young children. Having a potty-training toddler breaks you of any semblance of germophobia or neatnickitude.

Posted by: baldinho | October 6, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

slyness, I'm there with you. I had an MRI on my ankle two weeks ago, and I get to go get the results from the doctor at my appt. tomorrow morning. I'm also assuming that no personal call is a good thing. Here's to hoping, for both of us. Good luck!

*gasp* dog-ear? a book? never! I couldn't even bring myself to write/highlight my textbooks in college.

MsJS, yeah it's the little things. My husband thought that house was great and couldn't understand why I wasn't a big fan a year or so in, even after we shocked the well and bought a w/d set.

Posted by: MoftheMountain | October 6, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

slyness, what ftb said!

What will happen to bookmarks if e-books catch on? Go the way of the buggy whip?

Posted by: MsJS | October 6, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I had to lecture my son about putting books face down and breaking the spine. Just thinking about it makes me shudder.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 6, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

High maintenance is a tricky concept. On the one hand it can apply to something with unbelievably narrow tolerances, like a high-performance sports-car whose super-charged power-plant operates on the ragged edge of detonation.

On the other hand it can apply to a robust and dependable vehicle that simply has so many miles on it that it has a really hard time avoiding complete structural collapse. Joel, like many of us, is clearly a mixture of both.

First of all, when you can no longer delude yourself into believing that you have any realistic chance of actually being "middle aged," you start to get fussier. I mean, when I was 22 I could put up with mediocrity because I knew I had many years left in which to indulge in decadent opulence.

I call these the "Gallo Years."

Nowadays I insist my wine be sealed with a cork. (Or at least a really snazzy synthetic.) I fully realize that the day will soon come when oenophilia is medically contraindicated. And I have no doubt that Joel's escalating coffee standards arise from the same existential angst.

(And let's face it, when you are old enough to remember Apollo 11 it's a good chance that most behavior can be explained by existential angst.)

That the other explanation for high-maintenance - the general awareness of physical fragility - is coming into play seems painfully self-evident.

Bill Cosby once did a whole routine about the inability to "shake off" injuries as one gets older. Indeed, shaking itself can become treacherous.

As I may have mentioned once or twice, I too suffer from a kvetchy shoulder. And we can pretty safely exclude that whole "fast ball" scenario. In my case it is just accumulated ergonomic abuse.

(Which reminds me. Joel, you really should make sure you have an ergonomically correct workstation. I made a fuss about this at work, despite the rolled eyes by my coworkers. Most of whom know sport wrist braces. But I digress.)

One of the worst parts of aging is simply that the body is easier to damage and slower to heal. Which means that insisting on a few more creature comforts is simply smart preventative medicine.

Besides, I know for a fact that resting in a nice, comfy, therapeutically-approved recliner is a most excellent place to sip wine.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 6, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Talitha, I like when he has a hard time stifling the giggles. Very everyman.

ftb, I too would never dog-ear a page, but with books that I own, I don't hesitate to write notes in the margins, highlight something that speaks to me. I also like books from the flea market with someone else's notes in them...interesting and food for thought.

Boarding passes make good bookmarks, even though when I pick up a book from years ago and trip across a boarding pass, I usually can't remember the trip (why was I passing through Kentucky?).

Posted by: LostInThought | October 6, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm old enough to know the rotator cuff and it's snapped-in-two tendon that used to connect to my elbow, and my calcified leg bones that no longer flex, and the floaters which fly off my retina after too much coffee are not all in my imagination. I'm young enough to slap the crap out of youngsters who smugly tell me "old is all in your attitude." You kids get outa my yard!

Watch out for bedbugs, Joel. We have seen an invasion of stink bugs around here.

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 6, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

As for aging, considering how many older people have trouble with their feet, I have long thought pedicures should be covered by insurance as preventive care. Sort of like innoculations. (I haven't yet come up with a viable reason for facials to be covered.)

Posted by: LostInThought | October 6, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

ftb, I've gotten lower-maintenance in some areas as I age myself.

I will never, if I can help it, live without a washer and dryer again, but this house has no dishwasher and I don't care. It also has only one old-fashioned bathroom (probably added on in the 20s when someone enclosed the backporch) that is a long, dark fumble from the bedrooms, all located upstairs. Have you ever seen one of those beautiful oak bedroom chairs with a seat that lifts dicreetly? Problem solved.

On the other hand, don't touch my laptop, wireless printer or flatscreen and blu-ray. I may weave and knit and sew by hand but I like to be entertained while I'm at it.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 6, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

scc: discreetly

Posted by: talitha1 | October 6, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

"As God is my witness, as God is my witness they're not going to lick me. I'm going to live through this and when it's all over, I'll never live without a washer and dryer again. No, nor any of my folk. If I have to lie, steal, cheat or kill. As God is my witness, I'll never live without a washer and dryer again."

Posted by: kguy1 | October 6, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I visit Daytona Beach for several nights every other year. I've stayed at one spiffy place and various others that were in various stages of unspiffiness. One of those has made up with good service. For this upcoming April, it may finally be time to return to the spiffy place or just go to the Hampton. Probably the same goes for an upcoming visit to St. Augustine.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 6, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Is that from "Gone with the Ring Around the Collar," kguy?

Posted by: -pj- | October 6, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm ... washers and dryers ......

Here in older-than-God condoville, we have a laundry room on all four floors in two buildings (it's a "low rise"). Since the units started out as regular apartments before turning condo, that made sense. Each laundry room has three relatively new washers and dryers, activated by a card with electronic payment information. The washers and dryers cost 75 cents/load each and on the second floor in each laundry room there is a machine (not unlike those in the Metro IIRC) where one can increase the money on the card.

For my purposes, it's okay, even if I would still like a washer and dryer of my own. That would require complete rewiring of each building, which is prohibitive.

I can live with the laundry room down the hall, as I currently have no choice in the matter.

Right shoulder aching -- I bet I'm using my mouse too much. Carpal tunnel shoulder? Is the wrist bone connected to my rotator cuff bone? Or the hip bone?

Posted by: ftb3 | October 6, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

LiT... Daughter is trying to figure out an ailment she can have that will require insurance to cover regular massages.

When we moved into our current house, the refrigerator had an ice dispenser on the outside of the freezer door. "What kind of spoiled person needs that?" we asked. That day we moved in. The next day we couldn't live without it. No more touching ice cubes for this family.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 6, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I really enjoy life without a dryer because the clothes line does not beep and demand that I fold the laundry right away or else. Well, in the summer I may have to run when a rain-storm is brewing, but by now I have adjusted to the fact that nothing is perfect.

Posted by: gmbka | October 6, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

And, frankly, gmbka, I think the clothes smell better when dried outside. Or at least they did 50-some odd years ago.....

*where have I been?*

Posted by: ftb3 | October 6, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

"Now, you do "physical therapy." The gym becomes the House of Injury. My doctor told me I had a rotator cuff injury. Don't you have to be a starting pitcher, or at least long relief, to get one of those?"

.... hilariously true. My massage therapist has told me to stop working out at the gym. "You should just do things you enjoy, like swimming and gymnatistics" he says... (WHAT?... did I hear right?? where on earth does an adult 'do gymnastics'. I'm not a gymnast.)

My alternative solution? I wore 4 inch heals inside the cottage all summer... great to straighten posture and strengthen leg muscles... don't laugh until you've tried it :):):)

Posted by: MissToronto | October 6, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Just a clarification from the last Kit, I meant this New Yorker cover:

I think I'm less high maintenance on a personal grooming level than I was 20 years ago. Probably because I'm usually not trying to impress anyone (or ever really). We only have one bathroom and that's okay 90% of the time, but I'd never give up the washer and dryer and I'd have a hard time giving up the dishwasher, altho' "S" would be a good substitute for that.

Posted by: badsneakers | October 6, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I am here to attest that if you throw a concrete block like a baseball you can wreck lots of things. Not just what it hits.

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 6, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I love the word "wreck." I mean, sometimes an accident is really an accident, but often it's just a plain old wreck.

And someone's life can be described as a wreck. Lindsay Lohan comes to mind right away.

There's home wrecker. And shipwreck. Even a rambling wreck in our own midst.

And now there's the image of Jumper and his wreck.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 6, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I think I am done deskunkifying for now, dog has been washed several times, floors cleaned, rugs clean. So glad I do not like to mess up the hardwood floors with lots of area rugs much easier to clean everything. Garage is getting better but short of getting a professional hose down I don't really know how to sufficiently clean it (concrete floor, concrete plaster on walls) plus large assortment of bikes and junk.

I hope the smells are gone house is so full of cleaning scent, rug deodorizer, scented candles and clean laundry that is masking anything else right now. Kids did comment that the house smelled good when they got home from school.

I am tired.

Posted by: dmd3 | October 6, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Forgot to mention when I went to the Pet store to get supplies to wash the dog, the man in the store said that 17 dogs had been sprayed in the last couple weeks and that is just in our neighbourhood. He was having a hard time keeping cleaning product in stock!

Forget using Labs for the invasion - let's send in the skunks.

Posted by: dmd3 | October 6, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Been off for a while arranging (at a distance) the final prep for my mother's 80th birthday party on Saturday ... in Georgia, so I can't be there. *major sigh*

As to washer/dryer flexibility. I'm a textile dyer, etc. Without those two applicances at hand I'm severely hampered in my work. I do hang clothes and linens out on the line in good weather ... agree with y'all on that.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 6, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Wrecking ball, Rent-a-wreck, getting wrecked in a bar, the Wreck of the Edmund Fitgerald.

Posted by: LostInThought | October 6, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Yep, a big "Skunk Works" banner on the side of the truck (or, well, tank) oughta work.

Posted by: ftb3 | October 6, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

I guess you get what you pay for (and nothing more).

Posted by: bobsewell | October 6, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Badsneakers -- you mean that after yello and I ran madly about, careening off the walls in our rush to get that cover, it was the *wrong* cover? :(

Posted by: nellie4 | October 6, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

I can so relate to this kit...unfortunately or fortunately. A little of both I think. It's fun to know what you want and actually get it. First class! Shoes in every style! An air card! But not so fun to get what you don't want...creaks and crevices. Ibuprofen is now a staple. Sigh.

Posted by: Windy3 | October 6, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

I don't hang clothes out to dry. I find they get covered in pollen and other things that cause my allergies to act up. I can't use heavily dyed or scented laundry detergent either (or apparently dye- and scent-free generic liquid fabric softener).

I'm soooo glad that we are no longer in the apartment building with the communal washer/dryer. There were times I had to bunch blankets and sheets around the door to keep the detergent scents out and the blinding headaches away. The very first thing we did after settling on our new house was go do laundry there.

Posted by: MoftheMountain | October 6, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse


Broooooce is singing a "Wrecking Ball."

AND, this fab OTHER song of same name by EmmyLoooouuuuuu:

Neil wrote EmmyL's version.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | October 6, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

As a side note, I rather find those firemen in bobsewell's link despicable. Seems similar to a doctor letting someone bleed out at his feet because they don't have insurance. Or maybe a police officer watching a robbery because the owners didn't pay their taxes. Losing a house to fire is a traumatic event, not a trivial one, not to mention 4 animals lost their lives over $75. I hope they wouldn't have let a human life go for so little either.

Posted by: MoftheMountain | October 6, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

I am sorry Nellie and Yello, I was on my way to work so didn't have time to find the cover this morning. You'll notice that the one I referred to is only about 10 years old ;-)

Speaking of creaks, I'm off to yoga class soon. With every passing year some of the moves get a bit hard to do and a lot harder to get out of :-)

Posted by: badsneakers | October 6, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

High maintenance is like a light switch for some.

I have two long-time friends that I hike with. We traditionally go out backpacking for a long weekend twice a year.

About 4 years ago the three of us were wedged into an open leanto in the rain after a long hike in. Daylight was fading as we waited for our water to boil to make dinner. We were hungrily grabbing fistfuls of gorp from the community bag of gorp.

One of the guys gets a faraway look in his eye for a minute, then stands up. He rummages in his bag and turns to us.

"You know? When you go out to eat at a restaurant and you notice a tiny speck of dirt on one piece of the silverware, you are horrified. You send it back for a new piece."

"We have now been hiking for two days. The last day has been in a steady rain. For the last 5 miles we have been going through a pretty muddy section of trail. I slipped about 10 times, catching myself with my bare hands each time. I wiped them clean with my dirty shirt from yesterday. My nose has been running all day. What do I do? I wipe it with the back of my hand. Yet, I have been sharing a bag of gorp with my bare hands with you guys just now. You know what I'm gonna do? Go use the backcountry privy. The one with no water or hand sanitizer. You know what I'm gonna do then? Come back and eat some more gorp. With my hands."

Ain't life funny?

Posted by: baldinho | October 6, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget the Rambling Wreck Parade this Saturday at 9 a.m.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 6, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Frosti -- horrid horrid coffee and crackers.

CPBoy at up all that stuff that should be soop and enchiladas.

So, we cancel out.

Off to rest and cuddle with small dog.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | October 6, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Shhhh, baldinho,ixnay on the backcountry lack of ygienehay or the pousesay will never let you back in the ousehay.

I was also thinking of the backcountry when reading this kit, mostly about how coooold it was in Jasper on the long weekend, and wondering if it was just me. In my defence, we saw hardly anyone else out there.

Posted by: engelmann | October 6, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

So sorry about the cold, CqP! Feel better quickly!

Bob, that story is why firefighting is a public service paid by taxes, not fees. A real shame...if it goes to court, it will be interesting to watch.

Posted by: slyness | October 6, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Rest well CQP1. Being healthy trumps being thrifty. I'm faxing a nose-clearing couscous as I type.
I had to go in the shop for a little maintenace today. A little tooth excavation here, a little tooth filling there and a little teeth filing all over. Teeth grinders need to have the edges taken out once in a while.
And my toiletry bag is getting to be more like a medicine chest by the months. The fun of having turban-wearing Sihks or Americans reading the French prescriptions with a concerned and grave air doesn't wear out though.

Another week another 50-60mm of rain. No more leaves in the ash trees and the lindens are next to go. THis weekend will be the best and last for fall colours. And it's Thanksgiving to boost.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 6, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Feel better, lovely CqP. *Hug* I'm fighting a cold, too, but it's the least of my worries. Love EmmyLou's "Wreckin Ball" and haven't heard it in years. TankQ.

Has anyone on the middle eastern seaboard noticed how "colorless" Autumn seems to be this year? A lack of rain?

I can't even bring myself to express the Grrrrr I feel about those firefighters. Unconscionable!

Posted by: talitha1 | October 6, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

TBG, some chiropractors do massage. :)

dmd, skunks r already us. Sounds like you did an amazing job cleaning up.

In my house, the dryer is just another storage device for (unfolded) clothes, at least until the next load goes in.

I had a big meeting cancelled today, which made the rest of the day feel luxurious.

Have a good night, all!

Posted by: -dbG- | October 6, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Snort dbG, we use our dryer like that too.

Posted by: dmd3 | October 6, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Witch no. 1 and 2 had the taco meat mix I made 2 days in cheese slathered tacos. I have been honest about it and told them it was horse ground meat. The went over their ethical objections and wolfed down this excellent experiment. I used home spices, cayenne peppers from the garden a chipotle from a can, it was purty darn good.
I was raised on horse meat, I love the lean meaty taste but the horse-riding witches have their reservations. Unless it's really tasty.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 6, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

SCC add letters as you see fit. I'd be strangling a chicken and plucking it to make chicken stock for CQP1 if I had a henhouse. I do not. G'night anyway.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 6, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Wow... Despite ridiculous delays on the way home, I caught the end of Roy Halladay NO-HITTING the Reds, the second no-hitter in postseason baseball!

Cliff Lee shuts down the Rays, then Halladay goes him one better. What can the Twins do to top that tonight? :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 6, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Not to worry, engelmann. I met the wife in the backcountry.

Posted by: baldinho | October 6, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Are you implying my life is a wreck? I thought everyone knew that... I didn't even get into the concussion.

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 6, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

I saw the tail end of that no-hitter Scotty. A Perfect Game maybe to top it off?

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 6, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

The presidential commission investigating the Great Oil Spill released a couple of working papers today, both critical of government agencies. Story on one of them:

On the side: for those who think line drawings are a great way to explain all sorts of things, "Surfing Illustrated" by John Robison is a gem. It is, of all things, a boat book from McGraw-Hill.

Almost everything imaginable is shown, including eleven ways to wipe out. Visualize these drawings:
pearling, Derf!
rolling up the car window, Whoa a...
catching a rail, Urg!
spinning out, Yipe!
Superman dive into a body surf, Whoof!
free falling, Yarg!
getting drilled, Oofta!
going over the falls, Glarf!
getting axed by the lip, Garp!
getting steamrolled, Derg!
getting sucked over the falls after your wipeout, Yar! Oh no! Not again!

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 6, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Regarding getting a little past "young" and not having an engine that idles smoothly any more, I seem to have gotten out of shape enough to develop a trick back.

I'll sleep funny and wake up with my spine at about a 15 degree angle to the left. A couple months ago when I first experienced this I saw a "back cracker guy" who fixed it and gave me stretches to keep the lower back limber.

I do them most days. Two weeks ago my back went back out, and it took me two days of intermittent stretching and relaxing before I got it popped back in. For the first day, I would lie on the floor and try to relax completely. Then, the trick is to lift my right leg. bend it at the knee and rotate it so my right knee almost touches the floor to my left. That typically would reset my spine.

Of course, I was so crooked and sore that I couldn't do it myself. The leg just wouldn't move, so I enlisted the wife. She is 8 months pregnant, so isn't quite up to bending down and shoving my leg around. Next in line was the boy (3 years old). He was more than glad to help. I sat there wincing with my left leg cocked straight upward as he would get a run from across the living room and try to tackle the leg into position. No luck.

I managed to straighten out the next day, but the follow-up is to stretch and do the relaxing/limbering exercises for a week or so.

Two days after the boy tried to assist, there I am again on the living room floor. My eyes are closed, I am deep breathing and relaxing. I lift my left leg upward to start the stretch. I breathe deep, and start to rotate the leg across my body.... as my son tackles me from across the room.

"Auuggghhh! What are you doing?!?"

"I'm helping you, daddy!"

All I could think of was Inspector Clouseau. "No!, Cato!"

Posted by: baldinho | October 6, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

You just need to think young.

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 6, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Or give the boy some NyQuil before you stretch...

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 6, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Funny Baldinho. I'm convinced that stretching regularly is a key to minimizing back pain. A few years ago I stopped going to yoga class as it conflicted with another activity. One day I just turned the wrong way and spent three months, including six weeks of PT, before I was pain free. I'm faithful with yoga now! "S" never had back problems until recently, but as long as he stretches every day, he's okay. Of course he slacks off occasionally and pays the price. I think guys tend to be less limber anyway, so stretching is probably even more important.

It is tough to get old tho' as that back pain I had would have been gone in a few weeks when I was younger :-(

Posted by: badsneakers | October 6, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Well gosh, shriek. Halladay already threw a perfect game this season.

I guess young Strasburg now knows what's expected of him when he comes back from rehab.

Posted by: Bob-S | October 6, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

i've been culturing bone spurs somewheres among my upper mid-torso vertebrae for nearly 13 years. this is the result of a stronger than normal expression of the genes that account for differences in the length of the long bones in the extremities. one leg is nearly an inch shorter than the other. thus: tilted pelvis, scoliosis, tilted pectoral girdle; the anatomical equivalent of a french curve. if i put my arms the wrong way when i sleep, one invariably goes numb. the first time this happened, i thought it was paralyzed.

Posted by: -jack- | October 6, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

jack, I don't know about bone spurs but I have one leg slightly over an inch longer than the other, too. I know what you mean about "sleeping wrong" resulting in numbness. It also makes it hard as h*ll to get a hem on a skirt or pants straight .... have to measure from the ground up rather than the waist or inseam down usually.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 6, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: -jack- | October 6, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

That must have been scary, jack.

A memory -- a few years ago I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn't find my right arm. I had fallen asleep with it curled above my head, and it had fallen asleep, too. Once I finally found it, I was greatly relieved. Also surprised how heavy it was to lift with the other hand.

Posted by: -bia- | October 6, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

MoftheMountain, I'm with you on the potable running water. Gotta have it. Love my washer and dryer too - so glad I don't have to use a laundromat. When I hung clothes out to dry, I didn't like how stiff they felt. Maybe I should have used fabric softener. And OMG, I have to iron some of my blouses I wear to work now. When I was a computer geek driving myself to work, I didn't mind some wrinkles. Using public transportation and walking around downtown, I feel like I should try to look presentable. It would be so easy to develop an expensive coffee habit - trying hard to resist.

Posted by: seasea1 | October 6, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

I do believe that I think young(ish), but that didn't hold off menopause by one minute, nor the resulting calcification of the knee and shoulder joints. We all get to be high maintenance at one time or another.

Posted by: Yoki | October 6, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

'xactly, bia. arms are heavy. it didn't feel like mine, even though i knew darn good and well that it was connected to my body.
joel's right. hotel coffee isn't fit to drink. tepid. weak. wanna be coffee.

Posted by: -jack- | October 6, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Or we could be ugly pumpkins ----- ;~)

Is "warty knucklehead" taken yet?

Posted by: talitha1 | October 6, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

I thought we were ugly bags of mostly water.

Posted by: Yoki | October 6, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

with the exception of those carbon based units filled with copious amounts of hot air.

Posted by: -jack- | October 6, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

a black les paul found its way to the spot occupied by the ever present ad spaces, bringing this to mind:

Posted by: -jack- | October 6, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. I'm so early this morning because for some reason I can't sleep. I decided to wash clothes, hang around on the computer. The neighbor I was transporting to the doctor has died. She didn't live long in the nursing home. I went to visit her Tuesday evening, but she wasn't talking. I knew she was very sick, but her death was still surprising.

Slyness, I put the pills in a container like the one you're talking about. It helps me to remember what I've taken and basically keep up with my medications.

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

Posted by: cmyth4u | October 7, 2010 3:30 AM | Report abuse

Good morning you all and especially Cassandra I am so sorry to read about your neighbor, may she rest in peace.

Slyness, I had my first brain mri this year. I hope that is the only one I ever have to have. When they finally let me get up I asked the technician how many of his patients run screaming out the door and he said (with a straight face), "oh, about 40% of them". I don't think he was joking....

It feels good to be up with the dawnpatrol. Happy health to cqp. equal parts honey, lemon juice and whiskey is my answer to illness.

I always thought high maintenance meant a manicure/pedicure every two weeks, with a shampoo/blow dry every week. Sure makes me feel good,tho.

Posted by: VintageLady | October 7, 2010 5:07 AM | Report abuse

My condolences on the loss of your neighbor.

Every time I accuse my wife of being high maintenance, she rattles off the names of several people I know who are much higher maintenance. The grass is always greener because someone is spending a lot to time in the yard.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 7, 2010 6:17 AM | Report abuse

But it all comes back to the original Harry Meets Sally definitions:

Harry Burns: There are two kinds of women: high maintenance and low maintenance.
Sally Albright: Which one am I?
Harry Burns: You're the worst kind; you're high maintenance but you think you're low maintenance.
Sally Albright: I don't see that.
Harry Burns: You don't see that? Waiter, I'll begin with a house salad, but I don't want the regular dressing. I'll have the balsamic vinegar and oil, but on the side. And then the salmon with the mustard sauce, but I want the mustard sauce on the side. "On the side" is a very big thing for you.
Sally Albright: Well, I just want it the way I want it.
Harry Burns: I know; high maintenance.

But the worst is the high maintenance imaginary girlfriend.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 7, 2010 6:23 AM | Report abuse

Hello boodle. Lovely light kit, and I am enjoying the glimpses in boodler high maintenance standards.

The cheap eats challenge has become an exercise in monotony while Our Fair City deals with a presumed tragedy. A constituent and neighbor went missing and the authorities were dragging the river and searching the forest for him these past two days. Won't be long before the arguing over who dropped the ball on starting the search begins. It seems to me neither the tribal police nor county sheriff took this disappearance seriously enough when first reported. The lesson here is don't go missing while NDN or an addict.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | October 7, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

Happy hockey day to everyone.

Some good rivalry games to open the season. Edmonton/Calgary and Pittsburgh/Philadelphia tonight. Boston/Phoenix in Prague at noon on Saturday.

Okay, 2 out of the three.

Keep your stick on the ice.

Posted by: baldinho | October 7, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

Lead paragraph from the Mufasa and Ferengi story this morning on the Menudo well disaster:

///A commission set up by President Obama to scrutinize the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has released preliminary reports that say the administration created the impression that it was "either not fully competent" or "not fully candid with the American people about the scope of the problem." ///

Ya think?

But there is more:

///The government continued to stand by its April 28 estimate that 5,000 barrels of oil a day were leaking, about one-tenth of the final figure. The commission report said that number was an extremely rough estimate, taken from research by a federal scientist who did not have expertise in gauging deep-sea oil flows.

"The government appears to have taken an overly casual approach to the calculation and release of the 5,000 bbls/day estimate - which, as the only official estimate for most of May, took on great importance," the report said. ///

And also buried in there was this:

///On Wednesday, John Amos, the group's founder, said there are two possible explanations for the government's inaccurate numbers. One, he said, is "that the government was intentionally underestimating it, for whatever reason - versus the possibility that they just didn't really know any better. Those are the two possibilities, and neither one is particularly attractive." ///

I think I've been on both sides of the corrupt/incompetent debate and I don't find them mutually exclusive.


Posted by: yellojkt | October 7, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

My condolences to Cassandra *HUGSSSSSSSSSSS* and a happy fully-functioning back day to baldinho.

A sparkling clear sunrise is always welcome, although tomorrow's should be even better (since it'll be TFSMIF, of course).

*off-in-search-of-that-magical-caffeine-molecule Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 7, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Gut morninkzz, Boodleroonies!

Final stage to rescue trapped Chilean miners could begin as early as a week from today.

The most advanced rescue shaft has reached a depth of 530 meters. Today it begins to penetrate a layer of fractured rock and could reach the miners by Saturday. It will take four days to line the shaft with tubes to prevent collapses and create a smooth ride for the rescue capsules.

The actual rescue will be an agonizingly slow process.

Meanwhile, over 300 news organizations have set up camp outside the mine.

Brag :)

Posted by: Braguine | October 7, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Morning folks. Cassandra... so sorry to hear about your neighbor.

Here's a great example of how people touch others' lives, sometimes without really realizing it...

Posted by: -TBG- | October 7, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Nice url-shrinker, TBG. I like the WaPo prefix. Where did you get it? Mitt Romney decided to quit using because the 'ly' top level domain is registered to Libya and he didn't want to support terrorism anymore.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 7, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Oooh, ooooooh oooh!!!

An amazing new product from everyone's favorite Seattle-based caffeine emporium:



Posted by: Scottynuke | October 7, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

I'd love to explain my technical prowess in creating the wapo shortened URL, but I actually just use the Firefox extension Shorten URL and it automatically created it that way.

Amazon links get an amzn prefix and Facebook includes an fb in there somewhere.

I understand, though, that Qaddafi is cracking down on the use of the .ly domain.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 7, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

This is interesting about MSNBC and I had no idea they weren't the same thing...

Posted by: -TBG- | October 7, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Whoa... I just realized I got to that NY Times page directly from a link on the WaPo home page.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 7, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse


The media encampment must be impressive. While I'm sure they will be on their best behavior, I hope the miners get some pre-rescue training on what to expect.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 7, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse



Posted by: yellojkt | October 7, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

We are the Links Who Say, "Ni!"


Posted by: Scottynuke | October 7, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

That explains why Tinyurl and bitly plug-ins don't work with Firefox 3.6.10, they've been combined into the URL Shortener app. They offer more than a dozen services, so I still don't know which one created the wapo front-end.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 7, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Mornin' all, hi Cassandra. I'm sorry to hear about your neighbor.

Great story about the burrito cart guy, TBG. It just goes to show that success is being happy with what you do. 48 is waay to early to die, though.

I was up at the normal time but out of the door at 7:10 to go to a fundraiser breakfast. My friend the retired IRS auditor is on the board of the group that houses out-of-town folks who have family in the hospital. Great group, struggling like everyone else in a terrible economy. I'm glad to contribute my mite.

Posted by: slyness | October 7, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

yello... my Shorten URL (version 0.3.6) is set to use I assume there's some sort of conversation going on with a website when the URL gets shortened. That's my technical take on it.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 7, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

TBG, thanks much for that link about Mr. Guardado. Lovely story!

Posted by: cowhand214 | October 7, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

The John Stewart Store Rationing rally is going to be at the other end of the Mall from Beck's. In front of the Orange Julius.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 7, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, cowhand (and others). I have learned from my time on the boodle how connected we all really are. When our own Error Flynn died back in 2007, his mom was amazed to hear that a woman in Brunei had cried about it.

When Cassandra tells us of losing her neighbor this week, we are all sad. Could that woman possibly have known that her death would affect a stranger in Northern Virginia?

Posted by: -TBG- | October 7, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Remind me not to get arrested in Berkeley County S.C.

"The jail confirmed Wednesday that it doesn't have a library and that the only reading material its roughly 450 inmates are allowed to have are paperback Bibles. "

Taliban anyone?

Posted by: kguy1 | October 7, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

I know Mudge could do without the poll question teaser ("Poll: Is snacking silence golden?"), but this is funny:

Posted by: bobsewell | October 7, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, TBG! You always hook me up.

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 7, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Thank YOU, Jumper. Love Tom Tomorrow and now I have a new phrase I've got to remember to use...

"...the latest right wing attempt to strike fear into the hearts of simpletons."

Posted by: -TBG- | October 7, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

I don't eat Sun Chips not because the bag is noisy but because the bag probably tastes better than the chips.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 7, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. Cassandra, I am sorry to hear of your neighbor's death. Many hugs to you.

Thanks for the bunnies, Scottynuke!

I have consciously tried to lower my maintenance level over time. I find the more relaxed I am the happier everyone is - me and the people who must put up with me. I have a charming friend who is like the Sally quote - high maintenance but doesn't know it. She just wants what she wants. Once she decides what she wants. With so many options, any one of which could be not the perfect option, it can be hard to choose.

Posted by: Ivansmom | October 7, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

A look at one family's love for its pet livestock:

Posted by: bobsewell | October 7, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

A team of psychologists and psychiatrists been studying and briefing miners.

Meanwhile, the police contingent has been increased to 600. Campamento Esperanza has grown to the size of a small city.

Yesterday, another giant machine arrived. It will take four days to assemble it and position it for the final stage of the rescue to begin.

To begin, six specialists will be lowered down the shaft to brief each miner and reload the capsule. It will take more than 50 hours to get everyone out.

A reception area has been set up where the miners will have a brief meeting with family, then off by helicopter to a hospital in Coquimbo where a wing has been set up to receive them.

Today, they are running a full dress rehearsal of what is now called Operation San Lorenzo.

Brag :)

Posted by: Braguine | October 7, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Halloo, ye boodlers!

Wonderful and sometimes sad reading here this morning. Love to Cassandra and a hug ... so sorry about your neighbor.
TBG, add my thanks for the link to Guardado's story. It's heartening to read about a man who touched so many and who gave so much to his family through his diligence and devotion.

Here's a little product that's available from (which doesn't, oddly, have a good picture of it on their site to which I can link). It sorta fits with the kit in illustrating our various approaches to "maintenance".

The Points of View Glass

(you may have to magnify to read the captions under each glass)

Posted by: talitha1 | October 7, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

I easily remember a phrase a local columnist coined: "The chickens vote for Colonel Sanders".

Posted by: gmbka | October 7, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Here's one for the opportunist glass (and I own two of these shirts because I thought it was so funny):

"To the optimist the glass is half-full,
to the pessimist the glass is half-empty,
to the engineer the glass is twice as big as it needs to be."

Posted by: MoftheMountain | October 7, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

If you didn't already love Johnny Depp, you will now...

Posted by: -TBG- | October 7, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Driving back from a BC hunting trip, my wife spotted a marque in Sand Point, ID that Emmy Lou was having a concert that night. Her being of the 'seeing double, winding up in a whole lot of trouble' generation insisted we stop and get some tickets. Took a lot of wrangling but she got two tickets. She still has the Wrecking Ball cap. After the concert she waited around the stage door with her airedale and when Emmy Lou came out the commented 'what a beautiful dog'

Posted by: bh72 | October 7, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I heard Bob Dell from the Water School speak today.
Thank you Canada.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | October 7, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

San Lorenzo should be pleased, though I don't get his connection to the rescue project. Isn't St. Lawrence the patron of American football?

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 7, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I thought St. Lawrence was the patron of seaways...

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 7, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of high-maintenance, from yesterday's Onion ... ;~p,18205/

Posted by: talitha1 | October 7, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

St Lawrence is the patron saint of polka music.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 7, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Home from a field trip! I was almost the youngest person on the bus. A group of church ladies went to the Bechtler Museum of modern art in uptown Charlotte.

Um. I don't know how to say this. It rather scares me.

I like the art.

Posted by: slyness | October 7, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

bh, I can understand that bc may not be your favorite person. You may not like bc, maybe even hate him, but don't you think actively hunting him is a little extreme?

Posted by: kguy1 | October 7, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Since I'm having a hard time coming up with examples of how I'm high maintenance, it probably means that I'm that "worst type of high maintenance."

So sorry to hear about your neighbor, Cassandra.

Posted by: Raysmom | October 7, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Raysmom, parents (at least those who really parent) are never that worst kind of high-maintenance ... almost by definition. Even when the kids are grown.

slyness, I get your meaning all too well. I try to do museums tours alone quite often for that very reason.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 7, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Or maybe I didn't get it ... having never been on a tour of a modern art museum with church ladies. oh, never mind.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 7, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Another football related listicle:

Posted by: yellojkt | October 7, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Being with the ladies wasn't a problem, Talitha; they are all sweethearts. We had a great docent and the group rate included lunch, a fabulous turkey sandwich.

The issue is that I *like* the art. Never having been into modern art, that amazes and perplexes me. What am I turning into, a cultural savant? Scary...

Posted by: slyness | October 7, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Booster-y but backed up by other news. Solar ramps up big time.

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 7, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

yello, No.17 on that list "Louisville Breckenridges" is misspelled. It should be Breckinridges with an "i". I know because they were named for John Cabell Breckinridge of Kentucky and/or for Breckinridge St in Louisville (named after JCB), site of their first playing field.*

(J.C. Breckinridge was VP under Buchanan and ran against Lincoln in 1860 for president. Left Washington to be a general and later Cabinet member in the Confederacy once the conflict started. He's also my son's great-great grandfather.)

*sources are Wiki, which also spells it wrong, and

Posted by: talitha1 | October 7, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Gotcha, slyness. Does the Bechtler have a wide-ranging collection, specialize or did you see one particular show today? I'm unfamiliar with them but am gonna google search now.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 7, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Gotcha, slyness. Does the Bechtler have a wide-ranging collection, specialize or did you see one particular show today? I'm unfamiliar with them but am gonna google search now.

So I did ... very impressive collection and endowed by one family of collectors, I see. Only opened since January ... Charlotte is very lucky to have such an intimate and personal venue. Their website is great --- really enjoyed the Gunter Haese brass sculpture and "slide show" of the School of Paris works.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 7, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, gang ... didn't mean to hog the board. Three posts hung up and splatted all at once there.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 7, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

St. Lawrence is the patron saint of Arabia.

Posted by: rickoshea11 | October 7, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Mmmmm, I *love* modern, expressionist and abstract art (except for Dali stuff, which irritates me no end). In fact, I *adore* works by Mark Rothko (especially the squares). I once saw a shade of blue along part of a perimeter on once of his squares that sent me absolutely soaring.

It's not scary, slyness. It's cool.

Posted by: ftb3 | October 7, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Yeah! The 10/30 rally (Stewart's) will support restoration of the Mall.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 7, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Not possible, Raysmom!

Posted by: -dbG- | October 7, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Nice... 515 B&Bs in 48 states are offering a free night to veterans on Nov 10. Most inns only provide one room for free, so act quickly if you want to grab one...

The list of inns:

Posted by: -TBG- | October 7, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 7, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

talitha, more reason for my concern--I'm only a "parent" to a dog.

All, so sorry for being a bad (absent) imaginary friend. Was on vacation, and now am caught up in year-end close.

Posted by: Raysmom | October 7, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: RichNomore | October 7, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Richoshea ...and Bernadette is the patron saint of Japanese cars. (Spend a fair amount of time in detention, did ya? Me too. My all-around answer was that God must have a sense of humor because he gave me one.)

Posted by: LostInThought | October 7, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

SCC: RicKoshea. Oy. My bad.

Posted by: LostInThought | October 7, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

LIT, you KNOW I lived in detention. "You have a smart mouth, young lady!"

I'm in detention now too. Actually, it's house arrest. Getting my aging and large body up the stairs and out of the house is worthy of a viral youtube clip. Or America's Funniest video.

I can't use the walker -- too hard to hop along, and I can't use crutches -- too easy for me to topple, so I'm pretty much confined to the wheelchair (MsJS, you have my utmost admiration!)

It does get me down sometimes, especially on rainy and cold days when I can't sit on the screened porch, but it'll end at the beginning of November when I get the cast off.

Anyone who cares to visit, come on down!

Posted by: rickoshea11 | October 7, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Ricko -- I will come in early November....I will bring in seafood or we will go out.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | October 7, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

RoS, I needed to learn respect for authority and my elders, and to realize that not everything should be considered potential comedy material. (Being unable to stifle a laugh, even if I didn't share what was so flippin' funny, was also inappropriate behavior.)

Posted by: LostInThought | October 7, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

I was just talking to Sharron Angle. Since I routinely wear a "Dearborn Football" sweatshirt and cap (Go Pioneers!), does that mean I am ruled by militant islam under sharia law?

I hope not. My wife would get mad.

Posted by: baldinho | October 7, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Sharron.

Posted by: baldinho | October 7, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

LiT -- just remember what the venerable Benjamin Franklin said: It is the responsibility of every citizen to question authority.

I have that on a sweatshirt and on a t-shirt. The only people who have ever remarked about it (for example, in a grocery store) are those who were originally from other countries. Americans ("real" Americans???) don't seem to notice.

Posted by: ftb3 | October 7, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

: |

Posted by: RichNomore | October 7, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Just because ...

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

baldinho, PLEEEEZE tell me you're in Nevada for some reason...

Raysmom!!! Rickoshea!!! *bi-directional Grover waving* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 7, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Hi Raysmom! Hi ROS!

Just a quick roll-by to wish everyone a perfect evening.

*faxing ROS my signature with my love so she can tape it to her cast for another month*

Posted by: MsJS | October 7, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

RoS, good to hear from you but sorry you are going stir crazy. Hope the month goes by quickly for you.

Also good to hear from Raysmom.

I just asked "S" if he thought I was high maintenance and he laughed (I think that meant 'no').

Sharron Angle and her followers scare the carp out of me with their total lack of knowledge and logic. If this is what is getting elected this time around, the next few years are going to be a horror show.

Posted by: badsneakers | October 7, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Don't look now, Sneaks, but the Las Vegas Review-Journal (former Reid cheerleader) just endorsed the anti-reality candidate, sounding like a Tea Party newsletter and completely downplaying Angle's problematic statements...

*jaw drop*

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 7, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

I read that article on Angle and the statements she made were scary, but then it stated she is running "neck and neck with Harry Reid" that there are that many people supporting her is truly frightening.

Hello all, sorry to hear about your neighbour Cassandra.

Posted by: dmd3 | October 7, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Also, and forgive me for being so tardy about this, but Oatmeal Raisin cookies rock.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 7, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Oh yes, Cassandra, I am sorry to hear about your neighbor. She was fortunate to have you as a friend.

Scotty, I am very close to losing faith in the 'average' American. Stupidity really really should be painful.

Posted by: badsneakers | October 7, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Yes, RDP, oatmeal raison cookies rock, even more so when you add some chocolate chips.

Posted by: gmbka | October 7, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand what you are complaining about, ScottyN, I heard her on the radio denying being a witch. What more do you want?

Posted by: gmbka | October 7, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Cassandra, beloved, sorry I wasn't online earlier. Condolences to you and your neighbour's family. It is always a shock, isn't it?

*Not* oatmeal-raisin, rather soft semi-sweet-chocolate chip cookies with twice the chips the recipe calls for and a glass of very cold milk. I stand by this.

Posted by: Yoki | October 7, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 7, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Oh, it's silly to use words like "scary" & "frightening" to describe populist demagogues and their supporters. They've always been with us, and their influence waxes and wanes. I find them irksome when they're ascendant because they can impede problem-solving, but they serve some useful purposes (reminding of us what doesn't work, among other things) and eventually get out of the way for more pragmatic folks.

Posted by: Bob-S | October 7, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Bob -S-, I don't think she is a demagogue. I am not sure if my definition fits the actual definition, but to be a demagogue in my book you have to know better, but act like you don't. A true demagogue realizes they are full of it, and act that way because it helps them.

I would say that the best demagogue by my definition is Newt.

I don't know if Angle is a demagogue. I think she just doesn't know much and doesn't care to, either.

What was the Rumsfeld quote? Aha!

"Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns -- the ones we don't know we don't know."

I think she would fall into the last sentence of Rumfeld's quote. She doesn't know what she doesn't know, you know?

Posted by: baldinho | October 7, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Can you guys and gals start collecting spare packs of smokes and rasps and such? I may need them soon.

The wife has a cold, and in her condition she can't really take anything for it.... except stuff with pseudoephedrine. I just bought a pack of 12 caplets. I had to go to the pharmacy and sign that I wasn't going to cook meth and give them my license to put on file and register how much I got and provide a full signature.

Sheesh. This stuff better be worth all the money "Speedball" and the boys are paying me for it.

Posted by: baldinho | October 7, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

That's fine for you Bob, but I'm not getting any younger and I don't like the idea of living with their mistakes in my face during my sunset years ;-)

Posted by: badsneakers | October 7, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

There may be more accurate definitions of "demagogue" out there, but for vitriolic wit, it's hard to beat the widely-quoted definition attributed to H. L. Mencken:

"One who will preach doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots."

Posted by: Bob-S | October 7, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Anyone been following the new tunnel from Jersey to Manhattan. I guess it isn't going to happen any more.

I know little of the details, but read this article:

I am curious. Does the boodle think GOP strategists around the country are happy with Mr. Christie, or not? Will they trumpet his decision from the rooftops, or backpedal from it?

I honestly don't know. Sure, he killed stimulus spending. Sure, he saved money. But, what of the jobs and the penalty payments?

Posted by: baldinho | October 7, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Douglas Brinkley has highest praise for Ron Chernow's "Washington: a life".,0,17136.story

I've gotta read Brinkley's T. Roosevelt brick before trying Chernow's Washington.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 7, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

baldo - At least they've streamlined the process. When they first started, I had to write my name & address and they had to photocopy my license. Now, they scan the license & I sign an electronic signature-capture thingie.

The stuff's cheap enough, though, if you're buying generic store-brand stuff. I stopped buying the twelve-packs because the bigger package only cost a few bucks more, and the one time I actually used more than twelve tablets it was a pain in the butt to stand in line to get more. So about once per year I buy a 24- or 36-pack, then give away or discard most of them.

Posted by: Bob-S | October 7, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

TBG, thanks for the Johnny Depp story. I also love that "Pat from the office" got the letter to him. But gosh, when did Depp get to be 47? I still think of him as much younger (not that 47 is old!).

Cassandra, condolences to you.

Posted by: seasea1 | October 7, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Quite frankly, I doubt that GOP strategists around the country give a crap what the governor of New Jersey does, except insofar as it provides some sound-bite material.

Posted by: Bob-S | October 7, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Bob, I dunno. I think there are a lot of close governor races around the country. Example: I think the Republican Governors' Association has spent a half million or so up here.

I bet the Christie shootdown will get a lot of discussion and show up in some ads. I dunno which party will run them, though.

Posted by: baldinho | October 7, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, all.

I'm feeling a little high-maintenance myself - spent all day yesterday at the Washington DC Habitat for Humanity 2010 site doing hardhat-type house construction.

I'm still sore and tired, but missing a full day of Boodling - *that* was tough.

All I ask is a working laptop and a wireless network to connect her by...

RoS, I hope you're out of your cast soon, and up and about and better than ever.

Oh, yeah, I'll take an oatmeal rasin cookie, too, please. Choc chips not required.

bh, kguy, you guys wouldn't be the first to hunt me, but you might be the first to have me stuffed and mounted in the Bunker trophy room. But you gotta catch me first...


Posted by: -bc- | October 7, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

They could just put stuff in it that would neutralize it if "cooked" for meth.

It's ridiculous. I grew up on Sudafed, only thing that really worked for allergies, and now I feel like a drug runner if I even think about asking for the "real stuff." The new formulation does NOT work at all.

So I kicked that habit and I'm into self-pity instead.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 7, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Christie claims costs for the tunnel project were spiraling out of control, and New Jersey was stuck paying all the overage.

The new tunnels were for New Jersey Transit. I think Amtrak controls the existing tunnels. I suspect that as the number of trains using them increases, New Jersey Transit commuters will be relegated to taking ferries.

New Jersey Republicans aren't enthusiastic about the tunnel, according to the Times.

I assume Republicans around the country will praise Christie for killing a mass transit dragon. Not California governor Schwarzenneger, but he's about to retire. His successor, if Republican, will stop the state's plans for high speed rail.

Florida's Republican candidate for governor will dump Tampa-Orlando high speed rail, if elected. If he's not elected, the sure-to-be Republican legislature will do the job.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 7, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse,18209/?utm_source=recentnews

WHAT about movies and dogs?


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 7, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

bc, how cool is that! Good for you.

Mencken sure had a way with words. And I agree that there is a big difference between a Newt type and an Angle or Palin type (altho' Palin may be a bit of both).

I am so tired of political ads. The mute button is getting worn out.

The last time I had to sign for cold medicine, the pills disagreed with me (I didn't sleep all night) and I gave them to #2, who tolerates them a lot better. But the process does make one feel a bit criminal.

Posted by: badsneakers | October 7, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Lassie didn't come home.
Rin Tin Tin, police imposter
Benji, cat in drag?


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 7, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

My point is that Rick Perry & the Govuh-nator (both staunch Republicans, I guess) govern something like 20% of the U.S. population between them. But unless they've done or said something particularly egregious, you just don't hear much about them.

Governors (even governors of really big states) are big fish in little ponds. My usual yardstick for this sort of thing is: Could Wal-Mart take it over if they chose to do so? Well, even in a fairly crappy economy, Wal-Mart's cranking out over well $400 billion/year in revenue, netting something around $15 billion. Since California's staring at a $20 billion deficit, Wal-Mart would have to swallow hard, but yeah, they could handle it.

Christie's tunnel is bait fish compared to the game that GOP operatives are chasing.

Posted by: Bob-S | October 7, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, don't forget Asta.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 7, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, badsneaks.

Couple more things before I collapse into bed in a smoking heap:

For years, I've been driving my body like I stole it.

Its still in pretty good shape, but at some point soon someone's going to want to slap "Historic" plates on and I'll be resigned to the vintage events rather than the main heat.

And boy, is the dude who it was stolen from is going to be *pi$$ed* about how hard it's been driven.

If he ever gets it back.

LiT, I had to do some scrambling on your Bernadette reference. I think that was a movie I was supposed to see in Catholic school, but don't remember for sure if I did. That I can't remember is a little scary in itself, too.


Posted by: -bc- | October 7, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Asta the Skippy
wire-haired fox terrier, movie star:
Gave Hepburn the clap.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 7, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Pardon me while I explain to him what "the clap" really means.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 7, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Back from a night out with a good friend, who was kind enough to listen quietly while I ranted on local, provincial, federal, and worldwide political situation - in my defense I did give viable solutions. As we were walking home I asked what would be her absolute dream job, excluding present employment I know she love, the answer - editor. Now you get why I love you all - and her. She is driven nuts by grammatical errors - now the only question remains - why tolerate me :-)

bc, doffing my cap to you - well done sir.

Night all.

Posted by: dmd3 | October 7, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Um, Wilbrod -- wasn't that Myrna Loy (with Wm. Powell) who played with Asta? IIRC, Hepburn (Katherine) played with leopards.

Posted by: ftb3 | October 7, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Bringing up Baby? Oh, yes.

Posted by: Yoki | October 7, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

And of course, Audrey Hepburn had a fondness for fawns.

Posted by: Bob-S | October 7, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Baldinho, you crack me up. Very funny.

My joke, on the other hand, fell flat. Not that it matters at this point, but Bernadette Soubirous is better known as Bernadette of Lourdes.

Off into the wild blue yonder tomorrow. Have a very happy weekend all.

Posted by: LostInThought | October 7, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm gonna guess that both Audrey Hepburn and Anthony Perkins would have been targeted by PETA and MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Deer) for this one:

(Can't say that the deer seems terribly upset.)

Posted by: Bob-S | October 7, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Here's a thing I wish all Boodlers would know. Just because some of us don't comment on jokes or references doesn't mean we don't get it. I've seen this 'plaint from bc and yello and LiT and 'mudge and many others. I mostly get the jokes, but often the conversation has moved on, so it would be ungraceful to try to loop back to make ya'll acknowledged.

And please, don't explain the joke! We already got it, and explaining is kinda laaaaaaame.

Posted by: Yoki | October 7, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Well, it's a little unfair to target Wilbrod the Gnome for explaining a joke to Wolbrodog.


Posted by: Bob-S | October 7, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse



Posted by: Bob-S | October 8, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

long day. our dane has gotten into something foul. yuck. spent the evening driving the tennis team about and returned home to a prolonged cleaning chore. must be the month for dogs getting into something they shouldn't.

Posted by: -jack- | October 8, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

I for one will be happy when the election is over.I live in MD,but am still registered in WV.I am oh so sick of the negative ads on tv and the radio.

Did anyone see the commercial with the good ole boys sitting around talking about what a terrible senator Gov. Manchin would make?Comes to find out they hired actors from New york to play the "old hicky" good ole boys.I guess I may have to go back to west by god for the election.

Now for a dirty joke
a white horse fell in the mud "GONG"
I heard that one on the gong show years ago

Posted by: greenwithenvy | October 8, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

gwe - As with many things in life, you've got to develop a strategy for laughing about it (or at least bearing it stoically), else you'll spend much of your time crying.

Posted by: Bob-S | October 8, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

I love gwe's artistic and satiric self.

Posted by: Yoki | October 8, 2010 12:51 AM | Report abuse

I love gwe's artistic and satiric self.

Posted by: Yoki | October 8, 2010 12:51 AM | Report abuse

Schwarzenegger doesn't seem to qualify as "Republican" by current standards. Perry does, but it's my understanding that in Texas, the governorship is sort of an honorary post. The governor goes to county fairs, cuts ribbons, and otherwise maintains a high profile while the lieutenant governor keeps the government running. Or something like that.

Oddly, Florida had better governors back when the state didn't have a unitary executive. Elected cabinet members were in charge of various agencies, with the governor getting leftovers. Major issues were decided by cabinet votes.

I think the Republican style next year will be to shut down stimulus projects wherever possible. Shut down construction, fire cops and teachers. Burn furniture.

Paul Krugman beat me to it:

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 8, 2010 12:53 AM | Report abuse

Because I usually have to backboodle, not only do I not comment on everyone's witty remarks, I often forget what I mean to mention when I finally get to the end. I meant to tell slyness how much I enjoy modern art. I saw an exhibit in Las Vegas that went from the Impressionists through abstract art, and I was surprised how much I liked some of the abstract art. I've also been to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and loved it. Thanks, jumper, for the link to the museum slyness went to.

I also like public art more than I would expect. The light rail has quite a bit, which helps to liven up the commute - and I have missed some of it. I'll have to keep my eyes peeled.

Posted by: seasea1 | October 8, 2010 1:09 AM | Report abuse

Bookbag: Borges on writing, a biography of Melville, and some Paz poems.

Time to sleep.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 8, 2010 2:24 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Yoki | October 8, 2010 2:34 AM | Report abuse

And Yokilove is all twisted.

Posted by: Yoki | October 8, 2010 2:37 AM | Report abuse

gmbka, not the Delaware-not-a-witch anti-reality candidate, but the Nevada-look-out-the-eeeeeeeevil-sharia-cops-are-coming anti-reality candidate.

Ai, it's not a good situation where you can't tell the nuts without a scorecard.

*rilly-rilly-rilly-rilly-glad-it's-TFSMIF-and-hoping-for-a-quiet-day Grover waves*

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 8, 2010 5:12 AM | Report abuse

I'll second that Scotty.

Posted by: --dr-- | October 8, 2010 6:31 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. Thanks everyone for the kind words concerning my neighbor.

And if any of you read my comment to Eugene Robinson bemoaing African-Americans lack of voting for Republican candidates, please don't take it personal because I didn't mean you folks. I don't lump everyone in the same pot, and sometimes it hard not to do that, but not you guys because I've never met any people that can top you guys. And I sincerely mean that. I just got angry while typing and it shows. But then most of you here know me, I'm all rant, but wouldn't hurt a fly. I'm seriously considering buying cat food. The little guys are sleeping in my planter.

I have an appointment today with the fitness center. I'm going to do water excersises at last. I'm so looking forward to it, I am. Anything to relieve the pain for a little while without going to my mouth is a blessing.

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

Slyness, yesterday was so beautiful, it almost took my breath away and I stayed out side in it. Oh, if we could order days like yesterday anytime we wanted them. What a joy! God is good.

Posted by: cmyth4u | October 8, 2010 6:45 AM | Report abuse

I guess if Wal-Mart took over a few states as a test program it could get some interesting results.

I bet the costs of the employees would drop. I don't think many jobs would be created, though. Certainly few in America.

I get a kick out of the "boy the recession is over... but few new jobs are being created" handwringers. Aren't jobs often created in manufacturing, helped by an increase in exports?

We don't do that as much any more. How many more jobs at Chilis or Wal-Mart can be created?

Posted by: baldinho | October 8, 2010 6:57 AM | Report abuse

baldinho! great points. Well, exports do play a very large role. What I think we have seen is the end of what Corporate America has could to do to return to a roughly basic 10% ROI, and that was to slash jobs and other expenses. Businesses will return to profitability, if at all possible, no matter the level of gross revenues. While doing so, they will pull money out of the business for the execs and larger share holders.

I know that such a statement seems so stupidly simple that it isn't worth saying, but that's what has happened. Businesses are not expending money to expand their product line or market. Because their are very small tax consequences to just pull the money out of the business, that's what they do. The GDP is a mirror of the total willingness/ability of the American public to spend money and, as you point out the market for our goods and services abroad.

My own position has been for over a decade that we should strongly support the efforts of very small businesses and also reward those businesses for creating other jobs. Also, I think that businesses should be given incentives to keep employment positions filled even when their earnings drop because of an economic dip in demand for their products. Such a rule would serve as a baffle to the waves of lower profits and cyclical staff cutting. (thus causing more spending cuts and so on)...

I have been concerned for a long time that we don't consider how much better it is to provide an employer with a partial supplement to a salary payment in hard times than to lose the job and then have to turn around and pay a larger amount for unemployment benefits.

What's more, the major damage to the American middle class right now is their dropping wealth which is mostly found in the sagging housing market where most people of average means put away their wealth. Dampening the employee layoffs would go a long way to helping us with that.

Each week, we create about 250,000 new small business people. That should be our national focus. Focus on helping the little guy.

Posted by: russianthistle | October 8, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Good morning all. Supposed to be on the road, but DC is under the weather, so I'll let her sleep until she's done.

Yoki, sorry you find it laaaaame, but I guess turnabout is fair play. The explanation was for bc who commented that he didn't connect the dots (he must have been really tired if he missed a Catholic joke with a car reference). And ungraceful would be slamming people unnecessarily, doncha think? Mudge isn't even here and he gets tossed into the mix. Wanna poke me with a stick, fine, but four people when only I made what apparently you think is a major social gaffe...what's the point of that?

I hope everyone has an extended weekend, and enjoys it immensely. Happy day all.

Posted by: LostInThought | October 8, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

I shouldn't be rattling on, but I want to also make the point that it is famously true that people have had businesses going for a decade or more will do whatever they possibly can to keep that business and its employees going. They will push their own financial position to ridiculously bad levels just to keep the status quo. Sometimes that can be insane, but sometimes, during times like this, you want to support those folks.

The difference between making a $100,000 dollars per month business go and not go can be as little as $10,000. One client or one vendor can tip the scales. With banks unavailable, small business have no where to turn.

In the last downturn, small businesses had been suffering, depending on the business, for a year or two before the actual collapse of the banking system in Oct/Nov. They had used up what cushion that they had. It has been frightening to watch what families have gone through in the past year or so.

The rambling point that I am trying to make is that when you look under the hood of main street America's small businesses, you may see all sorts of pain before jobs are lost. The world is so different than mega-corporation America.

I know that the leadership in Congress is trying to change this as best as they can, but the efforts are being blocked by the "self-appointed" friends of business.

If you want to find out how bad it is, look at who is funding a large portion of the "overthrow" the Democrats campaign coming from the US Chamber of Commerce. It's foreign businesses and quasi-governmental entities.

Baldinho, I may be very wrong, but this could be a huge mistake by the right. The US Chamber may try to explain away the co-mingled funding, but the American people are pretty angry and the crowd can turn on them. The Dems know this and all you hear now is Grow it, Make it, invent it in America.

Posted by: russianthistle | October 8, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

LiT, I didn't see that exchange, but may I suggest to everyone that we should let a certain amount of what gets posted just go by--especially from people that we have known for a long time. We have all gone through a lot in the past couple of years and sometimes, it takes a while for it to bubble up. A little bit of compassion and charity can go a long way.

SAO-15 has its good days and its bad--way more good. Let's hope we can sort everything out without resorting to having everyone listen to "Tomorrow" from Annie.

I'm warning you! I can dig up some just awful renditions.

Posted by: russianthistle | October 8, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Oh my Cassandra, so very sorry about your friend.

Frosti, still under on the cheep eets challenge unless I should figure out the water/tea component. Wretched cold. Even SD's spicey couscous by fax did not work.

'Tis Friday and other than not owning a miniature lap-trained giraffe and a gold brocade cushion, well I am fine.

Off to teach, sort of....then back to the straw.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | October 8, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all. Sorry to be so late but I had to test a new jam on my toast. It is called Red Tart Cherry Jam and I now will fax jars to each and every one of you, it is soooo good.

Brag, it's a thrill to read your first person accounts in Chile, keep them coming....

Weed, we have quite a few small stores and restaurants in Vienna that we do support and although this may be a very unpopular statement to some, I will never support a Walmart. If it's the only store in a very rural area, then it probably has merit for some folks, I[m just glad I don't HAVE to go there.

I wish we had a family run grocery store year round. We have two farmers' markets for part of the year. Then I go to Trader Joe's and Whole Foods and buy their store brands, 365.

I used to go to MacGruder's which is a local chain, but the store became so dirty, it lost it's appeal.

We have a Costco about 20 minutes away, so go there once a month for fish & meats, seasonal items. I hope they hold Walmart in check, I really do.

Posted by: VintageLady | October 8, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Morning, all, hi Cassandra! Wasn't yesterday delightful? More today and tomorrow. It's worth all the hot days to get to October.

For someone who doesn't have a paying job, I sure stay busy. More of same today, followed by a run up the mountain.

CqP, feel better soon! LiT, hope DC comes around quickly. BC, take care of the bod, it's the only one you've got and it's important to keep it going. Yanno?

Cassandra, have a good time in the water.

Posted by: slyness | October 8, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

WalMart is a great case study. I am no expert by any means, but they seem to be super efficient.

They do what a business is supposed to do. They drive costs down so they can charge less for their product and beat their competitors. They run small businesses out of the business. They buy in large quantities from third-world suppliers and knock others out of the picture. They centralize distribution and knock out a lot of middle men and buyers, etc.

In short, they are nearly the perfect business. The result is unsurprising. Everyone who buys their product saves money compared to before. Everyone who was employed by anyone that competed with them is no longer employed.

It seems that their consumers are primarily Americans. It also seems that the people whose jobs have been lost are primarily Americans. Both result from wringing costs out of the system.

Posted by: baldinho | October 8, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

This one is for gwe:

GOP pulling "Hickey" ad. Made in Philadelphia!!

Posted by: VintageLady | October 8, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Walmart doesn't charge less for their products if they don't have to. They will lower prices as a predatory business practice. Customers like VL are an important part of the Farmers Market sub-economy. You may or may not pay a premium for the product, but usually the quality improvement is well worth it. Speaking of which, I am doing a new market today in a neighborhood fairly close to our fearless leader.

Posted by: russianthistle | October 8, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Warm muffins, coffee and OJ on the table.

Baldinho, let's also remember Wal-mart has been known to shortchange employee overtime in their efforts to wring costs out of the system. Meanwhile, Sam Walton's offspring are all on the top ten wealthiest Americans list. Wal-mart may be 'nearly the perfect business', but for whom? I tried shopping there 3-4 times several years ago and found the experience unappealing. Never been back.

Hi VL!

Cassandra, my condolences to your neighbor's family and friends.

Having a b-day lunch for a friend today. Shish kabobs. Kindly BYOC(hair) if you're coming. Noonish central time.

Posted by: MsJS | October 8, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Good morning all... back to the Kit for a moment (kind of)... Sometimes while I'm in the shower I'll think about how I get cleaner EVERY DAY than people 200 years ago (and before) ever were in their entire lives. I'd say that makes all 21th century folks high maintenance.

Got a text message from Son of G today a few minutes ago that says: "I'm doing something awesome today that I forgot to tell you about. Will call when it's over."

Should I worry?

Posted by: -TBG- | October 8, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. Random thoughts: I too usually get the jokes and always appreciate them, but am often so late it seems silly to comment. The moving finger having writ, and all that.

I understand the inconvenience of signing for pseudoephedrine, but it really made a difference in methamphetamine manufacture. Oklahoma was the first state to adopt that law and it worked wonders. For a while the market was filled by Mexican methamphetamine. Now there is a new cook method which requires less pseudoephedrine, so labs are going up. It is still a net gain though - the new one-pot method makes less at a time, and the imported stuff is more expensive. I cannot stress enough that, as a friend of mine puts it, "Meth is the devil."

I don't believe a neutralizing agent would work. During the process of manufacture the cookers separate out the pure drug from the binders, etc. People who didn't graduate from high school are exploring better living through chemistry.

ToooooooMORRow, toooMORRow - ah, Weed, what have you done to me?

Posted by: Ivansmom | October 8, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

I think baldhino's saying exactly that, MsJS... Wal-mart's the perfect business for Wal-mart. Working the text book model.

But Wal-mart forgot to read the text books' captions under the pictures of things like employees and Main Street.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 8, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Today my friend K (and thousands of other folks) are heading out for the Komen 3-Day (60 miles) Breast Cancer walk. She trains nearly year round for this event. This year, she was asked to carry a flag at this morning's opening ceremony.

Her team, the largest in the DC walk, raised more than... wait for it... $111,000 this year for Breast Cancer research.

So if you find yourself in a traffic jam, waiting for thousands of people in pink and white to pass by, honk your horn and wave and smile and know that they are really doing quite a thing here.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 8, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

TBG, I don't see SoG bungee-jumping, so I wouldn't worry too much, but please, let us know what he's up to.

Posted by: LostInThought | October 8, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

I guess my definition of 'nearly the perfect business' doesn't match baldinhno's then, TBG.

Businesses can benefit stockholders, employees, customers, business partners, and community simultaneously. When that happens, I consider it nearly perfect. Wal-mart's not even close.

Posted by: MsJS | October 8, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Ouch, sorry for the mix-up. Those Tipis look and sound all the same to me.

Posted by: gmbka | October 8, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Weed, the company I was laid off by last year was small and just squeaking by until it lost a contract, that's when a few of us lost our jobs.

TBG, as long as he isn't bungy jumping...Also, good for your friend, I'll think good thoughts for her feet today.

I never go to Walmart on principle. I don't like how they treat their employees and having seen the People of Walmart site, I'm too scared to go there ;-)

Posted by: badsneakers | October 8, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Great minds think alike LiT!

Posted by: badsneakers | October 8, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

WalMart is truly cold-blooded. I think they hold public hearings wherever they plan to move to. At those hearings they discuss added traffic and jobs and tax revenues, etc.

Do they discuss all the lost jobs, too? Probably not. I doubt that WalMart reps come right out and say it: "We have done studies that show there is a market for our products here. That market is ripe for the picking, because either nobody is selling the stuff we will sell, or they are all selling it in a fashion that makes it easy for us to run them out of business. Soon they will all be unemployed or working for us."

I have ready studies of them and even the most anit-WalMart folks generally admit that they don't do any of the follow-up stuff that people warn of. They certainly use predatory pricing to ruin competitors. They don't yet take the next step, however. They don't then use their position of dominance to RAiSE prices and increase margins.

They are like the Star Trek borg. I don't shop there often, but I can confidently say that every single time I have checked them when comparing prices before I buy they have been the cheapest. They are undefeated.

Posted by: baldinho | October 8, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Man my spelling has been terrible lately. Sorry about my poor editorial skills.

Posted by: baldinho | October 8, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse


Think WE will stop paying OUR taxes, WE don't like the way the Foreign FED and it's sock puppet, the IRS, tweets American Citizens : )

Posted by: RichNomore | October 8, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

...just a principle you understand : }

Posted by: RichNomore | October 8, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

I forgot to say "YAY to bc!" for his help with Habitat for Humanity yesterday! Good for you, bc!

Posted by: -TBG- | October 8, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

From The Onion...


'Good Old Days' Traced Back To Single Weekend In 1948

October 8, 2010

BOSTON—A study published Monday by a group of linguists, historians, and semioticians has proved the concept of "the good old days" can be traced back to the weekend of June 19, 1948. "After extensive interviews, analysis of personal correspondence, and repeated viewings of that week's Ed Sullivan Show, we have pinpointed the precise time period this phrase signifies," said researcher Patrick Washington, explaining that during the 48-hour period, no hard work went unrewarded and normal folks could count on hope for the future. "During this brief window, a man was a man, a woman was a woman, and people had the decency to stop you on the street and say hello. At least until Sunday at 11:53 p.m." The also study confirmed that throughout these two "good old days" singer Peggy Lee was on the radio and the weather was just perfect.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 8, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Bright Friday morning, y'all.

TBG, like the sisters said ... I wouldn't worry. Reminds me of the time sonchild called me from somewhere in Europe and left a message saying, "Hey, Momhead, wait'll I tell you what I'm doing for my birthday." (his 25th) He called me on cue several days later from above the Arctic Circle in Norway in the town of Tromso, where his father was born. It was a nice tribute to his father, who died when son was a tad, and a relief and joy to me.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 8, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Wait, wait (holding back oF my hand to my forehead and closing my eyes). I see Miss Cassandra's Porching Charm School for Wayward Kitties appearing in the near future. A kind undertaking, and I'd contact a cat rescue to see if they'll take care of spaying/neutering them so you don't end up with 30 cats.

Thanks, ivansmom, for the explanation. I'll be more patient at the counter now.

What could SOG be up to? :) I'm sure it will be something I'm frenvious of.

A dem party volunteer called to ask if there was anyone I liked in the upcoming elections. I hope she hung up relieved.

Have a good day, all! Yoki, can we depend on you for virtual lunch?

Posted by: -dbG- | October 8, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

OK.. I'm getting ready to get out of here and run my Friday errands, but I have to say I think that may be the first time the word "semiotician" has been used in the Boodle.

Of course, if there's any blog you'll find it in, it would be the Achenblog.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 8, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

I meant to add that, like other more seasoned boodlers have said, I usually get the jokes (and sometimes even the inside references - newbies try hard ;)), but rarely comment once time has passed.

Same goes for the many admirable observations and achievements of everyone here. I stand in amazement every day amongst you all while learning and pondering and laughing all the way!

Posted by: talitha1 | October 8, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

I see there were net job losses last month. Private sector up, but government sector down more.

If anyone is surprised they should not be. The states generally can't run deficits. They have to raise taxes or lay folks off. It is an election year, and the deficits are pretty huge. Layoffs it is.

The stimulus money that went to the states is/was an attempt to lower the job losses.

Posted by: baldinho | October 8, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Yes, talitha! I agree. And the more I think about it, we probably even have a semiotician right here among us!

Posted by: -TBG- | October 8, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

There was a discussion recently (last week?) about the lack of religious education, especially outside of one's own religion. I figured the BoL reference was obscure for Catholics, let alone non-. Nonetheless, I didn't think I had a habit of explaining my jokes, and I didn't think it was something I should be called laaaame over, but point taken....I'll work on that 'turn the other cheek' and 'give 'em more rope' stuff.

FWIW, I sometimes need *Tim to explain his jokes since science stuff for me tends to be like sitting on the hood at Gravelly Point.

Posted by: LostInThought | October 8, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

"... sitting on the hood at Gravelly Point." Ha! Now there's something I haven't done in years. Whoosh!

Posted by: talitha1 | October 8, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Although I have no conscious memory of the weekend of June 19, 1948 (since I was only 6 weeks old at the time), I can attest to the fact that things have been going to he!! in a handbasket ever since that time.

Posted by: kguy1 | October 8, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

No no no, Carly was quite clear --

THESE are the good old days...

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 8, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I was lucky enough to find Barbara Kingsolver's latest -- The Lacuna -- among the slim pickings at the airport bookstore and just finished it. The last chunk of the book focuses on the effects of the Red Scare on the main character and presents the late '40's-'50's as a frighteningly repressive time. Quite some good old days.

Posted by: -bia- | October 8, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

In thinking of the discussion earlier between baldinho, russianthistle and others about Walmart and the jobs situation ...

And in honor of John Lennon, who would have celebrated his 70th birthday tomorrow ...

I still miss the Walrus, 30 years down the road.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 8, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

LiT, : )

Posted by: RichNomore | October 8, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

And here's further proof we've gone down the rabbit hole:


Posted by: Scottynuke | October 8, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Good afternoon, all.

Lots of people do HfH, I'm just doing my part. Still, thanks for the acknowledgments, folks.

While I certainly have my own style o' Boodlin', I'd like to think I give people room to have theirs.

'nuff said, I think.

Gravelly Point is *such* an Eastern MD reference. Next thing you know, I'll be checking out the fossils at Calvert Cliffs...


Posted by: -bc- | October 8, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Good afternoon everyone, incredible day here, warm, clear skies, breezy with lots of coloured leaves on the trees and blowing around. Countdown on until the long weekend.

Thanks to everyone for just being who you are.

Posted by: dmd3 | October 8, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

We got a surprise visit by a flock of band tail pigeons this morning. They must have been told by the dozen or so doves that have been feeding here all summer that there are usually good eats on the ground by the storage shed. They piled up on the roof of the shed and in trees. They kept looking over the edge of the shed at the feed but were to wary of the welsh pup that was watching with interest at all the activity fluttering around. After about twenty minutes they were gone.
Perfect weather here on the left coast. Low of 45 this morning with 75 forecast this afternoon.

Posted by: bh72 | October 8, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I went for a little walk and noticed that some people were busy setting out the Christmas wreaths and putting up the Christmas trees in the passageway over Rideau St. between the Hudson's Bay Cie. and the Rideau center. Come on folks, it's Oct 08 and it was a little too warm for brisk walking.

Demonstration of the day in front of the HP was by Rwandans. They were a smallish group but they were good at chanting "Non aux mensonges et oui à la vérité!" "Non aux négociations!".
They had excellent rythm in both chanting and jumping up and down with the Rwandan flag.
The most pathetic demonstration ever was a bunch of financier-types denouncing a change in the fiscality regarding Income Trusts. What could they do? Unbutton the coat of their Harry Rosen 3-piece suit and shake their blackberries in anger at the Peace tower?

It's pretty grey here but warm as we are entering the long weekend. Turkey or not turkey? That is the never-ending question.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 8, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Happy Thanksgiving weekend to all Canadian boodlers! Thanksgiving Heureux aux Canadiens! (is that correct?)

Has anyone noticed the Lennon self-portrait that Google has incorporated into their logo on their main search page?

Posted by: talitha1 | October 8, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Everytime I see the term WE on here lately,all I can think of is the line in one of the Dirty harry movies.When Harry says to the crook in the bank.WE just aren't going to let you walk out of here and the crook say "Who is WE sucka" and Harry say "WE is me and Smith and Wesson"

A few other great lines from Clint Movies
"Don't piss down my back and tell me it is raining"
"Buzzards gotta eat,same as worms" and one of my personal favorites "you a bounty hunter? mans gotta do something for a living" and Clint's reply is "dying isn't much of a living boy"

I also really liked "right turn Clyde"
So keep me laughing sucka with all that WE talk.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | October 8, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

not until you mentioned it

Posted by: bh72 | October 8, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

|: )

Posted by: RichNomore | October 8, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Props to the Eulers from Edmonton. 4-0 last night.

Posted by: baldinho | October 8, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I always liked the exchange between Eastwood and Hackman in "Unforgiven"-

Little Bill Daggett: I don't deserve this... to die like this. I was building a house.
Will Munny: Deserve's got nothin' to do with it.

Posted by: kguy1 | October 8, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I thought WalMart already ran Arkansas. Much like Dupont and Delaware. WM may not own Merlin, but they can tell it what to do. When a law was proposed to force large companies to provide health insurance, you woulda thought it was a mandate to give everybody a Rolls Royce. WalMart finds it cheaper to let the social safety net support their workers.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 8, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I think the real impact of WalMart is a change in consumer behavior. WalMart largely works on the philosophy that we are willing to sacrifice variety for price.

I mean, take toys. WalMart sells far fewer types of toys than, say, Toys "R" Us, but does so at a lower price. This is a trade-off many consumers are willing to take.

And, somewhat ironically, this is the same basic approach taken by Trader Joe's.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 8, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I agree that Walmart has a long way to go. They sell lots of stuff designed to fail very early.

If you want good clothing, check what we provide our U.S. military. They, at least, understand the value of tough, wear-resistant textiles woven from long, superior natural and artificial fibers and sewed with tough strong threads in strong seams. If everyone started buying from the same folks (Americans) who supply the military, the clothes would last longer by a factor exceeding the price differential factor at Walmart. A barely perceptably better T-shirt will last 20 years. They make sure to not sell those at Walmart.

My favorite example for screwing the customer is the label that won't come off. I bought a kitchen trash can at Walmart a few years ago. Once home, I couldn't get the label off. A big label, maybe one square foot. This is before the various citrus goo-gone or goof-off products were available. (at Walmart - or anywhere) As I spent 10 minutes repeatedly applying mild detergent and a rag, after soaking the da&* thing for an hour in the tub, I realized that on the label was a picture of the very same trash can I had bought. On the label, the picture of the trash can showed a trash can with no label. They hypnotized me!

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 8, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

There are often no chess sets sold at Toys R Us or Walmart either.

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 8, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of high maintenance, my wife took me to a high-end barbershop today for a straight razor shave. I have never had one before. I had to quit using disposables because I would never dispose of them and would nick (but not nora) myself terribly.

That half hour was the most pampering I have ever paid for with my clothes on. Hot towels, lotions, astringents, moisturizers. All with my eyes covered and my wife taking pictures. Now my face is smoother than a baby seal pup. Shame my ratty graying beard is just going to grow out in a day or two.

Then for lunch we went to a Korean taqueria where I had the Buffalo-style taco which is the best thing I have EVER paid three dollars to put in my mouth.

You get there by going down Collier Road until you hit the grungiest part of the Atlanta industrial district. The minute the neighborhood starts improving, you've gone too far.

Then it was off to the bookstore for the semi-annual refreshing of the GT paraphernalia. This time the damage was three tee shirts, a polo shirt, and two baseball caps.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 8, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Hi, y'all. This has been a very long day from my viewpoint. I guess I've got the Florida version of Spring Fever--the weather has "turned" and it is really beautiful out there: sunny and not humid at all. I did get out for a walk at lunchtime but it did not suffice. If the boss leaves early today, nothing's gonna hold me here!

Anyway, I thought I'd drop in with a book recommendation. I've read the intro and the first page, and I'm pretty sure this is a worthwhile read--if it turns out to be a disappointment I'll issue a retraction later. The book is "I Found This Funny," a collection of literary efforts collected by Judd Apatow. It came in the mail yesterday, a dividend from the McSweeney's Book Club, which I joined impulsively about 6 months ago. If you buy the book, the profits will be donated to 826 National ( and that is a good cause.

Here's the book:

I hope everybody has a great weekend--and, please, God, let it begin soon!

Posted by: kbertocci | October 8, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I don't want everybody to get my jokes. I want to make half the readers chuckle in recognition, the other half to furrow their brow in confusion, and the third half to get the joke but wish they hadn't.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 8, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

You should have taken a picture of it for fractal recursive garbage cans.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 8, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

And then made my own label, and pasted on there. And then, photograph it again... Sounds like a task for a Centenarian.

So, on that menu, no "Buffalo" taco was listed. What was in it?

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 8, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I was reading about U.S. minimum wage to see if I might find an article for More Best of Wikipedia, and saw this chart of min. wage vs real dollars:

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 8, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I am glad to see some of my fave Boodlers back here after some absences such as Wilbrod, Weed, GWE, & kbert.

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 8, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

[@ 4:03 PM on October 8, 2010 yellojkt Posted...:
"I don't want everybody to get my jokes..."]

4th Half <|: )

Posted by: RichNomore | October 8, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Jumper1 | October 8, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

How is it possible that tomorrow is John Lennon's 70TH birthday?

Posted by: -TBG- | October 8, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

yeah, TBG, *I* got a jolt out of that, too. 70????

Of course, from where I sit, that ain't so old anymore, yanno. And if Mudge were here, I'm sure he'd blurt out the same thing.

Have a nice weekend, all (or, well, mostly all). I make participate over the next coupla days, but it's gonna depend. Cyall later.

Posted by: ftb3 | October 8, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

This was sent to me today by my cat-lovin' sister ... and it's not the picture but the story beneath it that is EeeeOoouch!

Posted by: talitha1 | October 8, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

By the way, I just noticed that the blogger who posted the cat story is, shall we say, further right than the Boodle. "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain."

Posted by: talitha1 | October 8, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Random thought on how to create a more bipartisan Senate:

Reshuffle the seating in the chamber and place a large oven in the center. One hour before each start of business, place 10 homemade apple pies in the oven to bake. Make it a rule that no business can be completed until every member present that day has at least one bite of the fresh-baked apple pie.

How partisan can you be if you just ate some fresh-baked pie?

Posted by: baldinho | October 8, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

One more boodle-hogging post and I'm out of here ... be sure to click on the Google logo to see the animation. *smile*

Posted by: talitha1 | October 8, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

The Buffalo chicken was the special of the day. The full list of ingredients is on their Facebook page.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 8, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Baldinho, I like the way your mind works :-)

Posted by: badsneakers | October 8, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Hope those of you with long weekends (and those without) have a good weekend.

Saw this on the wire just now, ScottyNuke. Ruh roh. The risk is small, but the public likely won't see it that way.

Posted by: baldinho | October 8, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

If this was posted earlier, sorry for the repeat, but Jetpacks!!!, oh nevermind....

Posted by: dmd3 | October 8, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Look at yourself. Now back to Grover. Now back at yourself. Now back to Grover...

Posted by: -TBG- | October 8, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Not small, baldinho -- infinitesimal. Can we say "approaching lower limit of detection?" And it won't matter it was reported promptly, now will it? *SIGH*

And I see some wonderfully informed comments, too. *eye roll*

We have a game in Philly after two ridiculous Cincy errors -- 4-2, Reds lead the Phillies heading into the 6th.

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

dmd, as much as I despise Gretchen and the Dooceburger, I would *love* to have seen them eat their crow with egg(on face) for breakfast that morning!

Posted by: talitha1 | October 8, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

HA! TBG, I may just have to put that clip on infinite repeat on my laptop... *ROFL*

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 8, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Grover was sooo much better than Elmo.

Posted by: dmd3 | October 8, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Is this just the best time of the year for sports fans,NFL in full play,MLB baseball playoffs,NHL starting up,college football on wed-sat.Ah sure is fun.

Sports sports sports sports.......

Posted by: greenwithenvy | October 8, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Well I had to utter a statement I did not think I would ever have to make (it was said with a smile though). 9 year old daughter is having a mixed halloween party, a one point I could hear them in the basement playing truth or dare, and setting the rules for such, i.e. you cannot dare someone to kiss another - etc. Then one girls suggested someone be dared to pole dance on the basement support pole. A minute or two later my daughter came upstairs and I gently said, "Hon, no pole dancing". Back downstairs she went and I heard her exclaim "Mom said no poll dancing".

Just another regular Friday night at my house :-).

Posted by: dmd3 | October 8, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Dr G and Daughter are planning a spring break trip to Japan.

They've decided to visit Kyoto. Dr G spent time in Japan some 40 years ago and has always wanted to return.

They want to stay in a minshuku. Not sure if Dr G can spend a week on a tatami mat, but he seems to think he can.

Any advice from our well-traveled and international boodlers?

Posted by: -TBG- | October 8, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Well, if there was poll dancing, I think we could crank up those election turnout numbers.

Posted by: Bob-S | October 8, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know what Sacha Baron Cohen is up to? I am beginning to suspect that Joe Miller is a SBC character.

Posted by: baldinho | October 8, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

dmd... we are all laughing here in the G house over your story. I love it!

Posted by: -TBG- | October 8, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

I got so fluster I mixed up my polls/poles - thanks Bob!

No suggestions TBG, but hope they have a fabulous time.

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

The Reds are literally handing Game 2 to the Phillies -- hit batsmen, losing a soft liner in the lights, dropping a relay throw, and now the Phillies lead 5-4. All against the 100-plus mph Cuban phenom, Aroldis Chapman.

4 Reds errors for the game...

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 8, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Bonus addition to the party one young boy is playing Devo on our organ - about the only time I have enjoyed that organ being played.

Posted by: dmd3 | October 8, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Tell them to watch out for GODZILLA TBG!!!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | October 8, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

TBG, I'd say the situation calls for more cowbell...

I mean, if he's not laying on the tatami mat, he should be fine, right? :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 8, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

TBG, the Japan trip sounds wonderful, and staying in a traditional inn would be the way to go (but I hear you about the mats). I hope they try to learn a little Japanese - not so difficult, and it will go a long way.

No school for kids today, so my bus and light rail commute was wonderfully uncrowded and quick. I get Monday off (unpaid) so will be celebrating with the Canadians. When do you all have the big dinner?

Posted by: seasea1 | October 8, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Long day been working
Night should be like a hard log
And I been sleeping

Eggman, I'm crying
in a van waiting for cornflakes
from the dripping boy.

(P.S. treasure this;
these few words together will always
send me home again.)


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 8, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Dinner is Monday here (our house) but I think many families just pick whichever day suits them best, sometimes there is more than one dinner over consecutive days.

Posted by: dmd3 | October 8, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

TBG, it has been 27 years since I stayed at a Japanese inn, but we slept on big stacks of quilts -- not on the tatami. Look at the pictures in Wiki --

Posted by: nellie4 | October 8, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Wilbeatledog ...

lady madonna
smiles and offers biscuits
for sweet dreams tonight.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 8, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

I meant to include this link earlier:

Thanks, dmd - nice that the food is not tied directly to the day. At work people were talking about how they'd gladly trade the Columbus Day holiday for the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Posted by: seasea1 | October 8, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

*major blush* [forgot closed captions]

Now it's time to say good night
Good night Sleep tight
Now the sun turns out his light
Good night Sleep tight
Dream sweet dreams for me
Dream sweet dreams for you.

Close your eyes and I'll close mine
Good night Sleep tight
Now the moon begins to shine
Good night Sleep tight
Dream sweet dreams for me
Dream sweet dreams for you.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 8, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

My keyboard expertise was basically limited to picking out melodies with my right hand, occasionally cheating a little with my left. The whole concept of getting my left hand to form chords at the proper time was mostly beyond me.

There was, though, a brief and glorious exception. I became infatuated with the Dave 'Baby' Cortez tune "The Happy Organ". I spent nearly a year developing a pretty credible version of that on my mom's 1970 Yamaha. If you're familiar with the song, you'll realize that the left-handed part isn't too challenging. But it took a lot of practice to get that right-hand part right! I played the piano intro with the organ's piano setting, and filled in the guitar solo in the middle with some stuff I kinda stole from Cherry Wainer.

I couldn't even come close to doing it now, but I was pretty proud of that when I was about twelve or thirteen.

Posted by: Bob-S | October 8, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: seasea1 | October 8, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Now THIS is my favorite ... 'cause sometime I feel like going down.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 8, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

TBG, wonderful clip from Sesame Street! dmd, that was one funny story. And Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadians.

Home from dancing lessons and very tired. Garden clean up tomorrow and bulb planting then a dance tomorrow night - by Sunday I will be unable to get off the sofa. And I have to work on Monday - ugh.

Posted by: badsneakers | October 8, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

for badsneakers ... I'm Just Happy to Dance with You

Posted by: talitha1 | October 8, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

We do full-on Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday around 6:00, so that the holiday Monday can be devoted to turkey-dinner-sandwiches. Turkey (thigh for me, breast for Himself and #2), stuffing, cranberry sauce, Miracle Whip (the only time of year that we entertain the idea of "Salad Dressing,") and a bit of lettuce as a nod to nutrition. White bread and real butter, of course. Coarse-ground salt and pepper.

Of course, we have particular ways of stacking the same ingredients. This makes our turkey-dinner sandwiches individuated.

Posted by: Yoki | October 8, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Would it be helpful if the "tide" analogies for certain economic terms were more widely employed?

For instance, I was in a conversation with some co-workers who were skeptical of the notion that the recession ended a while back. I pointed out that the technical term is analogous to a receding tide, and when "they" say that the recession has ended, all they mean is that the tide isn't still going out. They don't mean that the tide ain't still pretty darned low, nor are they necessarily making any predictions about when it's going to start coming back in.

Posted by: Bob-S | October 8, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

I also had to break the news that we (i.e. that particular group of employees) were in part responsible for reports of the ended recession. Even though our organization lost two (unreplaced) employees last year, the increased productivity of those who remained kept our organization's contribution to the GNP fairly constant, thus masking the effects on the economy.

Posted by: Bob-S | October 8, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Who is this they of whom you speak?

Posted by: Yoki | October 8, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

WE are THEY of whom YOU speak from the depths of the GOGDSDSWAFCTBFAK. So THERE.

Posted by: -jack- | October 9, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

I think the increased productivity of the people who still have jobs allows companies not to hire more people. So stop being so efficient, dang it! (OTOH, I'm working my butt off in the hope that I will be kept on, so there you are. I much prefer the worker-friendly economy of the late 1990s, thank you very much.)

Posted by: seasea1 | October 9, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

GRATEFUL to jack!

Posted by: talitha1 | October 9, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

just a passenger.

Posted by: -jack- | October 9, 2010 12:24 AM | Report abuse

After our son's homecoming band concert we took him out for tapas and then he invited us back to his frat house for some stiil-in-a-mason-jar homemade apple brandy an alumni fraternity brother of his gave him. We got to his suite to find it already occupied by an incipient Dungeons and Dragons game with two guys, two girls, and a dungeon mistress, none of whom where his roommates.

So we had the apple brandy while singing along to that NSFW Cee Lo Green song ( until he got in an argument with another girl who wandered in to borrow his cell phone over whether his Chem E courses were a match to her pre-med curriculum.

Your job is to now rate the nerdiness of the evening on a scale from Mark Zuckerberg to Bill Gates.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 9, 2010 12:24 AM | Report abuse

Tried to find "Bear Tracks" by the Dead --- but I don't think it exists on video. Here's the lyrics ...

High on the mountain tell me what do you see,
Bland shacks and railroad tracks looking back at me,
Better take Chicago Forest to the plain,
There's a Colorado River running through the green,
You been hanging around this world far too long,
Lord, at night for countless hours certainly are gone,
Never been an outlaw, never been this free,
Except for tales of Colorado spring,
Take up my money, thought I'd be free,
Saw that man a commin' thought they were that free,
Chopped down that tree and my worries were all gone,
All of a sudden bullets were ringing through that home,
You been hanging around this world for far too long,
Hanging around the mountain home, back in half an hour,
Way back in the swamp, boys way back in the trees,
Colorado payroll in the Colorado spring,
You hear them coming, the voices of love,
You must come courting through this world or go,
Texas in the dell, running in the well,
You know all you can do is raise hell,
Stick around this world for far too long,
Back in half an hour with the...
Way back in the swamps, way back in the trees,
Never been this free in the Colorado spring,
As sun come up as alive as I can be.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 9, 2010 12:26 AM | Report abuse

Lulz jack.

Posted by: Yoki | October 9, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

yello, it's a "belle" curve ... you're in Georgia!

Posted by: talitha1 | October 9, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse

Gosh, yello, that is un-ratable. And dear Talitha. Ya'll are Just so so that way.

Posted by: Yoki | October 9, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

mighty fine, jack!

Posted by: talitha1 | October 9, 2010 12:35 AM | Report abuse

Grover is the greatest monster and Oscar is the true OG (original grouch). All these johnny come latelys like Elmo and Abby Cadaby are just poseurs.

As much as I despise that tomato-colored squeaky-voiced carpet remnant with every fiber of my being, I kinda liked his tickle game with Katy Perry.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 9, 2010 12:40 AM | Report abuse

It just goes to show that even mouth-frothing wingnuts can love kittens.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 9, 2010 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Laws'a'mercy, yello ... Just don't go fixin' the gar-bage' de-PO-zall, ya'hear?

Posted by: talitha1 | October 9, 2010 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Yoki, whenever I tell folks I'm from Georgia
I get "Oh, a Georgia peach, huh?"
to which I reply .....

Posted by: talitha1 | October 9, 2010 1:08 AM | Report abuse

You might be my sister, Talitha, had I one (won).

Posted by: Yoki | October 9, 2010 1:16 AM | Report abuse

Yoki *grin*

Posted by: talitha1 | October 9, 2010 2:07 AM | Report abuse

Well, that's creepy. Good night, dear one.

Posted by: Yoki | October 9, 2010 2:14 AM | Report abuse

It's been raining everyday. Those damn lalangs around my house are shooting up about 4" a day. The have flowers and their seeds are being blown on to my next door neighbour's well maintained lawn by the wind. I think their maid cursing me big time.

Posted by: rainforest1 | October 9, 2010 3:52 AM | Report abuse

SCC : TheY.... and ....maid is...

Posted by: rainforest1 | October 9, 2010 4:30 AM | Report abuse

Yoki, I don't know why that's creepy. It's just the Cheshire Cat grinning back at you ... in acknowledgement of fun.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 9, 2010 5:14 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. DMD, your daughter is precious, and I couldn't help but laugh at your comment. Pole dancing! Get out of here!

I'm definitely feeling better this morning. I had a rough day yesterday; however, did get signed up for my exercise class. I accidentally double dose my pain pill, and boy, was that bad. Simply forgot I had already taken it. No pain, but don't want to do that again!

Hope everyone's weekend is good and the weather is beautiful there as it is here. My neighbors are planning a cook-out in honor of the lady that died. I've taken up a small collection to get a flower, and we have a card signed by the neighbors.

Have a wonderful day, folks, get out enjoy the weather, and love to all.

Slyness, I certainly intend to enjoy the water. Hope your weekend is good.

Posted by: cmyth4u | October 9, 2010 5:19 AM | Report abuse

Happy 80th birthday to my mother, Anne G.

Here's your and Daddy's song ... I can still see the two of you gliding across the floor, looking into one another's eyes ...

Posted by: talitha1 | October 9, 2010 7:00 AM | Report abuse

I've always pronounced 'gyre' with a soft-g.

As a footnote to last night, my wife dubbed one of the D&D players AppleGirl because she had stacked in her lap a MacBookPro, an iPad, and an iPhone. And she was using all three simultaneously.

I'm off to the Rambling Wreck parade to see if I can get a seat on the shady side this year.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 9, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. We have a nice sunny cool morning, perfect fall weather.
Yello, your son seems to have more wholesome habits than mine. I was woken up at 04:00 by the Very Large Alarm System on a Couch. So it seems that the Fungi didn't exactly came directly back home. Given that the bars close nominally at 03:00 and that it takes 40-45 minutes to walk back from our little downtown I think I know what happened.
When I say "walk" most people need to jog to go that fast. That boy can't run but he sure walk...
Yoki, you made me go for the turkey. If it isn't what the MIL does on Sunday. Our family dinner is tonight. Either that or Chinese fondue...

The Japanese GP at Susuka is hampered by heavy rain. The qualifying is at 21:00 tonight followed by the race at 02:00. Busy day for the pilots and crews.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 9, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Happy Saturday, Boodlies!

An eerie quiet has descended over Santiago. People are staying inside glued to their TVs and the streets are empty.

30 minutes ago the plan B drill broke throught and reached the trapped miners.

Brag :)

Posted by: Braguine | October 9, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Brag! That's great... keep us posted. Very cool that we have a firsthand account. Thanks!

Posted by: -TBG- | October 9, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

I doubt that Dr G will have problems sleeping on the floor at a traditional Japanese inn. I'm decidedly overweight and have done approximately as well at hot spring resorts as in conventional hotel rooms.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 9, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Oh sure, Canadians claim they aren't all competitive like us Yanks. But every year they beat us to Thanksgiving by a whole month.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 9, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Unsung American hero discovered here. Jeff Hart from Colorado was the operator of the Plan B rig. Flew from a job in Afghanistan to operate the rig.

Riotous celebration at camp Esperanza. They are ringing non stop the bell in the temporary school for the miner´s school

Posted by: Braguine | October 9, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Wonderful news, Brag!!! Let's hope the shaft is stable enough to start hauling the miners out soon! :-)

*making-some-far-less-pleasant-travel-plans-to-hopefully-arrive-before-an-approaching-sad-event Grover motions*

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 9, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

After the borehole is inspected by video, the most dangerous stages begin.

First, the miners will have to dynamite the bottom of the borehole to enlarge its end into a funnel shape.

Then they have to decide wether to instal a steel jacket or not. The pipes weigh 120 metric tons. A hell of a weight to support at the bottom.


Posted by: Braguine | October 9, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Could I ask a Boodle favor?

I just talked with my mother (80th b'day) and, among other wonderful things, I told her about the Boodle ... how far-flung we are geographically. Her curiousity got the best of her so now she wants to know "who are all these people?".

Now, this is a woman who, starting in her mid-50s, began to hike all around the world. She's done the mountains on the south island of New Zealand, all the lake country of Scotland and England, Wales. Let's see ... places in Japan and Scandinavia that escape me at the moment. Austrian and Italian Alps. The Andes.

We're not talking organized tours ... just decided to go ... HIKED them with packs and camped in army tents and cooked, probably camp-gourmet, like she did when we were children. She and Daddy took us into caves in Kentucky or under waterfalls in the Adirondacks or up into the Rockies near Banff. She could out walk me when I was 30 and she was 52. But she isn't anymore.

So my request is this ----- If you have a story of similar adventures around the world that you could easily post here so that I could forward them on to my mother ..... well, she would just love it. (Kids' misadventures and disastrohoochies with tents and gear also welcomed.) And never worry, she only reads her email ... would never infiltrate the boodle, even if she knew how. ;) I told her I'd collect a few over the next week or so and foward them. Would you mind?

Her name is Anne ... and she taught me how to recognize every different shade of green and to believe that life is good and true.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 9, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

For Jose Enriquez this is the second time he is trapped this year.

First time was when his home in Talca collapsed during the 27 Feb earthquake, trapping him.

it took 33 days to drill Plan B to rescue 33 miners.

Rig operators were sprayed with chanpagne as the drill broke through.

Posted by: Braguine | October 9, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Brag ... backboodling found your message.

My heart and all energy goes out to all there. Keep us posted!

Posted by: talitha1 | October 9, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Geotec, the American owner of the Plan B rig, announced it will not charge for the operation.

A wonderful gesture that will generate tons of good will for the US

Posted by: Braguine | October 9, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Oh, Scotty ... so sorry to know you are awaiting that news. *HUG*

Posted by: talitha1 | October 9, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Hey, talitha and Anne! Happiest of birthdays to you!

I once was in spitting distance of Mt. Kebnekaise in Lappland -- it's the highest peak in Sweden. I never hiked it, tho, even if I had knees then.

Um, lessee -- walked down from the first level of getting to the Matterhorn (a very bad idea, walking down. My hamstrings were just toast at the end, and the next day, I couldn't get out of bed). Gorgeous, however.

The safari I took in Tanzania was indescribable, but there were no mountains (or even hillocks) to clamber -- very flat. But in the airplane, I could see from the air all the mountains and volcanos and wonderment.

And, now, for something completely different -- my beloved Red Wings beat the Anaheim Ducks in the season opener. And, not only that, but in a shutout 4-0!

Woo-hoo!!!!!!!!!!! I love it when the season gets off to a good start.

The only thing left is for the Univ. of Michigan to beat Michigan State (otherwise known as "Cow College" and "Moo U" (and the entrance exam is to plow a straight furrow for 60 feet)). Guess we know what side *I'm* on, eh?

Happy Thanksgiving to my dear Canuckistani friends!

Posted by: ftb3 | October 9, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

A lot of *HUGS* Scotty.

I hope everything goes well, Brag.

Happy Birthday, talitha's mom!

Posted by: cmyth4u | October 9, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

I'm feeling very chagrined ... the news from Chile and from Scotty makes me feel very selfish. Kindly forgive.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 9, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

talitha... please enjoy and celebrate every day you have your mother. No one will think you are selfish for that.

My mom would have turned 83 this month. I'm amazed at two thoughts right now: that she died at such a young 76 and that she was only 13 years older than John Lennon.

Happy Birthday to Anne!

Posted by: -TBG- | October 9, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Nothing to forgive, talitha, life is to be celebrated. :-) *HUGSSSSSSSSSS*

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 9, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

talitha, no reason for chagrin!

I don´t expect any more news 'til after they finish inspecting the borehole late today.

The big bugaboo is a layer of fractured rock. It made the drilling easier, but now it´s THE problem.

I will head for La Piojera (The Lice Nest)to have a couple of drinks and lunch. :)

Haff a good day, Boodlers.


Posted by: Braguine | October 9, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

This is not a hiking story but a getting away from city lights one that I love to remember.

In 1996 an amateur photographer friend and I drove a bit out of Columbus OH and then walked way way out into a field in the middle of the night (Feb? March? It was cold!) to see Hyakutake. We spent most of the night there, taking photographs, talking, drinking tea/coffee, and one of my favorite photographs has the blazing comet encircled by star trails and a dotted line running diagonally across from an airplane that crossed our field of vision.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | October 9, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, dear hearts.

TBG, you'll like this, then. When Mother used to wonder at our fascination with the Beatles ..... I always reminded her that she was exactly 10 years older than John, closer in age to him (I was 12) than I. She became enamored for a while herself ... until Sgt. Peppers', I suspect.

She's still a bit of a Beatles fan along with Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins and Creedance, among others ..... knows all classic opera and taught it to me as a child, along with the 3-Bs and Vivaldi, etc. The best was learning to dance to big band (them) and boogie-woogie (which my daddy played on piano) .... Whooooooo!

Posted by: talitha1 | October 9, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Warm muffins, coffee and OJ on the table.

Putting on Maize and Blue and getting ready to root for A-Squared (that's the Univ. of Michigan for those unfamiliar). ftb, what kinda munchies you got? We got strawberries-on-skewers, guacamole & tortilla chips, and mini crescent-roll-wrapped wienies.

The maples outside my window are at peak color this weekend. They glisten in the sun and light up everything.

Posted by: MsJS | October 9, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

DNA_girl ... I could kiss you!
"an airplane that crossed our field of vision" ..... you remembered.

dragonhead says hello, btw.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 9, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

And I will spare y'all boring details of my lentil based meals during eatapalooza(not!); basically variations on the ones I posted earlier. But here is a snack some boodlers might like:

Sprouted moong dal chaat:
Wash and soak a couple cups of moong dal O/N. Wash again, wrap in wet muslin cloth and keep covered in a bowl for almost a day to sprout (you may be able to buy sprouted dal from a local Indian store, but fresh sprouts are ever so much better!)

Boil and chop a couple of potatoes. Also finely chop a medium onion and a large tomato, and a green chilli. Mix everything together with salt and chat masala to taste. Mix in a few tbsps of yoghurt (for a dip like consistency) and the yummy quotient is increased greatly by adding a couple tbsps of tamarind paste (sour!), which is easily available in an Indian store. Some folks like a sweet n sour taste, in which case you can add tamarind/date chutney instead (again the Indian store); I've tried adding some sugar and it kinda works. Garnish with cilantro and eat with crackers.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | October 9, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

The recession must be receding. My October 4 issue of the New Yorker has TWO blow cards.

Posted by: bh72 | October 9, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: talitha1 | October 9, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Scotty, I am sorry to hear that things are no better with your aunt. Good thoughts your way.

Brag, great news, hope all goes well.

Talitha, never hiked out of the US and Canada. Trying to think of any really good stories for your mom. Happy birthday to her and yes, savor every day with her.

Posted by: badsneakers | October 9, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

talitha, Mom loved the Beatles, too. My older sisters were 12 and 10 (and I was 5) when my baby sister was born in 1962.

When Baby Sister was 3 or 4, Mom realized her youngest child knew every word to every Beatles song but no nursery rhymes. That's when she bought the Songs of Mother Goose album. Not to replace the Beatle records... just to supplement.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 9, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

While not a hike on the scale of Alps or Andes, a hike on the Superior Hiking Trail among the Sawtooth Mountains along the shore of Lake Superior on a crisp fall day with technicolor maples towering overhead is a soul-satisfying adventure.

Kudos to your Mom for gettin' up and gettin' out.

Posted by: northbank | October 9, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Funny 12:01, jack.
I caught my mother dancing around to "It's Only Rock & Roll" once. Very out-of-character. She denies it to this day.

Great news from Brag. One of the neat things about steel is it is elastic. That means you can put part of the weight on the bottom and support the rest by hanging it from the top. I bet that's what they will do.

Got to get outside today. Too nice. Won't last. I must be doing something right; I had a small fire in the woodstove night before last; last night one piece still smoldered, making adding another chunk very easy. Just a tiny bit of heat makes the evening chill go away. For now.

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 9, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

You're welcome. And here's a special song for you and yours:

Posted by: DNA_Girl | October 9, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

And the lyrics:

"Universal Traveler" AIR

I know so many places in the world
I follow the sun in my silver plane
Universal traveler

If you have a look
Outside on the sea
Everything is white
It's so wonderful
Universal traveler

So far, so far
So far away

I met so many
People in my life
I've got many friends
Who can care for me
Universal traveler

Just feel everywhere at home
Is a brand new day
Let's go somewhere else
Universal Traveler

So far, so far
So far away

Posted by: DNA_Girl | October 9, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

talitha... kbertocci hasn't been able to post much lately, but she can tell you about hiking the Appalachian trail in Virginia after college--by herself--and then repeating the trip again when she turned 50.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 9, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

northbank! I don't know you ... do I?
*hand out - smiling wide*

Oh my! Such riches in these boodlefolk.

Now stop making me cry and tell me a stupid mother joke, or how a bear almost bit your mother's butt off or sumpin' ....
else I'll never make it through the day.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 9, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

talitha, my best things-seen-while-hiking story took place in the Austrian alps, where I taught English for a year after college. One day on a random walk through the woods and valleys around the village, I came upon an imposing plaque: "On this spot, Crown Prince Rudolf killed his first deer. August 22, 1867." Some things just need to be memorialized, I guess.

Posted by: -bia- | October 9, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Scotty, sending loving thoughts your way.

Yep, this is Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. Today I shall prep Yoki's Famous Bread Stuffing and a side of red cabbage ('cause it just gets better and better if it sits for 24 hours) and make cranberry sauce; tomorrow is turkey-dinner day, and Monday is turkey sandwiches. When I asked #2 what vegetable she wanted, she replied, "Gravy."

Talitha, I was in Bolivia on business in the mid-90s; after the meetings wound up I hiked part of the way around Lake Titicaca. I was fine, but my younger and fitter male colleague was deathly ill from altitude sickness, and not at all happy about it. Turns out a little body-fat is a good thing!

That really was being at the top of the world. Wonderful.

Posted by: Yoki | October 9, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

TBG, very cool! My crazy mother hiked the A-Trail, too ... and we had to MAKE her wear some sort of tracking device so we could keep up with her when we went off the trail down into a town to replenish supplies. October babies, whatcha gonna do with um? (Libras, yaknow ..... kidding, kidding)

Jumper - Your Mother knows she was dancing ... now I know where all those great music links originated!

Y'all are overwhelming me and I feel that, through evoking her here and receiving your dear responses, that I'm with her. She said this morning that the box she got in the mail (my gift of a handwoven cloak) was "too small to contain you". I just couldn't be there right now, but wanted to be ... big party ... all the sisters and brothers.

Thank you for making my celebration of her life so special here. Your messages mean more than I can say.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 9, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Happy birthday to Anne! Cool that she was ten years old on the day John Lennon was born.

My parents purchased a very early design RV, around 1957-58. It was a pickup truck with the bed taken off and replaced by a small camper that had a stove/fridge combination, a sink, and a banquette than turned into a 3/4 bed. My parents slept there and I slept in the cab.

The first trip I remember in Gypsy, as the vehicle was named, was to Hilton Head in 1958. It was just beginning to be developed and there was one eight-unit motel on the whole island. Sand dollars! I was five and found sand dollars.

In 1959, my dad took all his vacation and three weeks leave of absence and we drove Gypsy across the middle of the country, up the west coast, and back across the Canadian plains. Great memories: Royal Gorge in Colorado, dipping in the Great Salt Lake (oh how it hurt my prickly heat!), Virginia City, Nevada, Chinatown in San Francisco, the rose garden in Portland, Crater Lake, Stanley Park in Vancouver, seeing Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh in a little town in in British Columbia, swimming in Lake Louise....I could go on and on. I have the diary my dad kept, which I should pair with the photos.

That was indeed the trip of a lifetime, and I was six. When my brother was born two years later, Gypsy wasn't big enough for four of us and Daddy sold her. A shame.

Posted by: slyness | October 9, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

DNA_Girl, in 1996 I was still living about an hour outside Columbus, OH and remember well how astonishing the stars were.

talitha, I hike the malls. The most interesting thing that's happened to me lately is last night my work cell rang just as I was sliding into bed (worst possible time). The message made it clear the Duty Officer's phone had called me, unaided, from the bottom of her purse. Whew! That was a close one!

Posted by: -dbG- | October 9, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm not much of a hiker these days, and never did anything more than a day hike even in my fittest days. Mr seasea and I have done quite a bit of camping. One of our most memorable trips was to Maine - we hiked Mt Katahdin, the northern end of the Appalachian Trail. One of the reasons I love the Pacific Northwest so much is the proximity of the mountains.

My grandparents, along with several other adult relatives, drove across the country in about 1925 - from western Pennsylvania to California and back. It took a couple months, and one of them kept a diary, which is hilarious and astounding at the same time. We had a family reunion about 10 years ago, and one of my cousins read parts of it aloud. The thought of our prim and proper grandparents and aunts and uncles camping had us in stitches. Especially when we knew the propensity of several of them to fly off the handle at the least little thing. They changed lots of tires too. I started to transcribe it ages ago, as the original handwriting is hard to read - must get that done.

Happy Birthday to your mom, talitha. Bless her heart.

Posted by: seasea1 | October 9, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

slyness, am about to catch up with your posts ... dbgirl --- mercy!

Want the Boodle to know that my mother called me (again, haven't heard from her in months) about an hour ago (she just loves her firstborn who must have made her crazy from the start) and I read her some of your messages ..... she started crying and then started laughing! She's got a boodleheart.

I should probably also tell you that she remarried years after my dad died ..... a terrific man who they'd all known in college, doctor retired from Emory (yello and bobs will know) ..... so she's having a great day with him and the assemblied multitudes.

May we all live to be 80 and joyful!

Posted by: talitha1 | October 9, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

scc: assembled

["assemblied"? No, she ain't no evangelical.]

Posted by: talitha1 | October 9, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I kilt it ...

Posted by: talitha1 | October 9, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I kilt it ...

Posted by: talitha1 | October 9, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

talitha, happy birthday to Anne, it sounds like you were one lucky girl to have such a mother. We were not quite so adventurous, travelled a fair amount, cars, campers,RV's, planes etc. Of course Mom was directionally challenged so many of our adventures were a result of being lost. She learned to drive when I was young, and was never comfortable with it but that did not stop her from driving all over the province in all weather to take us to our sporting events - even if we end up on the scenic route occasionally and learned some interesting vocabulary! Sending a big birthday hug to your mom.

It is so beautiful today, again worked for my customer with the spectacular old fashioned garden. She is really beginning to recover well from her surgery (Hip with complications) and it is a delight to see the joy of life returning to her.

Second day in a row of cloudless skies, warm temps and fall foliage. It was nice working outside today, tomorrow would have been my parents anniversary they married in weather like this and we had a great 40th anniversary for them years ago on a similar type weekend, days like this become fused in your memory.

Scotty thinking of you.

Finally a funny grammar blog my friend sent to me - I think many of you will appreciate - this is one of the few grammar corrections that ever stuck in my brain.

Posted by: dmd3 | October 9, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

That's a great blog, dmd, thanks. I was coming by to post the link to the latest from Margaret and Helen:

Ezra Klein had a good article about the paralysis of the economy, which I was going to link to, but now I can't find it. Harumph.

Ah, here:

Posted by: seasea1 | October 9, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Thank you seasea, that blog has been bookmarked. Brilliant.

Posted by: dmd3 | October 9, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Six years old, in the mountains outside Phoenix.

It was a long drive up from parched desert valley to cresote and evergreen trees. a little hiking and tent-camping.

It rained all night. We were five kids to take care of. My mom was not happy. We never went family camping again.

My other camp adventure for some reason had mass media coverage.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 9, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

For your mom, Talitha:

I never hiked as a younger person, my parents were older and more into creature comforts. When I met “S” somehow the subject came up and he, who had hiked with his family and as a boy scout, decided we should start hiking. After many walks to get into shape (sort of, I think I was still a smoker then), we drove to Mt. Monadnock in New Hampshire for a day hike. As we approached and he pointed out the window at the mountain, my stomach fell because I knew I’d never be able to get to the top of that huge pile of rocks.

So we started out on the trail, I don’t even have hiking boots at this point, just sneakers (they weren’t bad sneakers tho’ ). Climbing up, I keep stopping every 100 feet or so to get my breath and rest my legs. At some point as we are resting, three older people come along, two men and a woman wearing a skirt. They are speaking German. We deduce that one man and the woman are visiting the other man, who lives here. Anyway, they are plodding along, not rushing but steadily climbing the trail. I look at “S” and say, “if she can do this, I can do this.” Of course we did reach the top and I was hooked on the feeling of accomplishment as well as the views. We never saw those people again but figured that they were certainly experienced hikers who had made it up and down the mountain hours before we had. Whenever we hike which, sadly, hasn’t been that often lately, I think of her whenever I get tired and it pulls me up the trails!

Posted by: badsneakers | October 9, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Ahem. Hiking poem from last year:

I took the scent sweet in my innocence!
We walk'd at teatime without leash or fence.
Berries, and grasses, breezes all knit
our pleasures natural in perfect fit--
Two skunks crossed, interlinked with my oath;
So then I halted, watched them pass in growth
Near by gnome's side, made no move to deny
(For thinking thus downwind, I now don't stink--)

Skunks meander prettily in parade;
That much admit my manners and my pride;
If downwind had became upwind, tails' lifts
Reversed would be; badly cursed I'd be.
So, gentle friend, for pause and courtesy,
Stay further off, for canine modesty
Such separation allows salvation
From bathtubs, lemon juices and isolation.
Thus far be distant, and, good night, dear friend;
May skunks ne'er rear their tails if you offend--

Wilbrodog Shakesqueaker

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 9, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

scc: lemon juice, not juices.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 9, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I skunked the boodle--
and they went for a good bath...
I'm SO in trouble.

-Wilbrodog Shakesqueaker-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 9, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

TBG - thank's for linking to that great Grover bit. My son is visiting for the long weekend, and it helped me maintain my street cred with him.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 9, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

A bit early for this, but what the heck:
Graham Parker - "Don't Ask Me Questions" from album "Howling Wind"

Crimson autograph is what we leave behind
Everywhere man set foot.
War mongers laughing loud behind a painted face
Throwing titbits to the crowd then blowing up the place.

Hey Lord don't ask me questions, Hey Lord don't ask me questions
Hey Lord don't ask me questions please!
Hey Lord don't ask me questions, Hey Lord don't ask me questions
Hey Lord ain't no answer in me. (Solo)

Well I stand up for liberty but can't liberate
Pent up agony I see you take first place.
Well who does this treachery I shout with bleeding hands
Is it you or is it me - well I never will understand.


Well I see the thousands screaming rushing for the cliffs
Just like lemmings into the sea, Well well well
Who waves his mighty hand and breaks the precious rules?
Well the same one must understand, who wasted all these fools.

Hey Lord don't ask me questions, Hey Lord don't ask me questions
Hey Lord don't ask me questions please!
Hey Lord don't ask me questions, Hey Lord don't ask me questions
Hey Lord ain't no answer in me. (Solo)

Ain't no answer in me no, Ain't no answer in me

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 9, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Dearborn High School football update. Go Pioneers! They went to 7-0 with a drubbing of the Romulans last night.

Their next opponent? Thurston.

Let's hope they make Thurston Howl by the third!

Posted by: baldinho | October 9, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

I think Nature magazine's science blog "The Great Beyond" is fairly widely read. A Post opinion piece by climate scientist Michael Mann.

See, someone reads the Post in England.

Mann's opinion piece is utterly serious. He's likely to be witch-hunted by two House committees, assuming Republican control. I suggest he apply for asylum in some other country.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 9, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Well, Michigan is getting slaughtered by Michigan State, so I'm not watching the game (fair weather fan that I am). MsJS, I am faxing mutual condolences to MrJS.

And, greetings to all otherwise.

Posted by: ftb3 | October 9, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Hehehe. Uh. Sorry, that was unseemly.
Hehehe. Uh...

Posted by: DNA_Girl | October 9, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

I know something of unseemly. I AM unseemly. And you, DNA_Girl, are not unseemly.

Posted by: Bob-S | October 9, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

knock knock
who's there?
unseemly who?
unseemly exposure by a string pulled too far?

Ah...I got zilch. Still brain dead from grading.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | October 9, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

I am happy to see #1 Alabama fall to South Carolina,but not happy to see them not let the fans storm the field and take down the goalposts.I have fond memories of tearing down the goalposts at Byrd stadium after Boomer and the boys beat UNC a long time ago. Let the kids have fun!!!!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | October 9, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

gwe - Wow! I'm happy for my pals who're fans & alumni (mostly, they're alumnae) of the Gamecocks, but now I have to put out a suicide watch for a 'Bama buddy who's gonna be near inconsolable.

Posted by: Bob-S | October 9, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Yep, Bob-S, I fear my brother-in-law will be crying bitter tears this evening. Bitter bitter tears.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 9, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

If you think the name helps decide the success of a child, how could you go wrong with

Thurston Kennedy Boyington

Posted by: baldinho | October 9, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

The only problem I see with that is that it's an anagram for "Bed Hunkering On Snotty Tony".

Posted by: Bob-S | October 9, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Well, that and the fact that the inevitable nickname "Thirsty Boy" doesn't necessarily shout "Natural leader!"

Posted by: Bob-S | October 9, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Sure. You could call him "Bear" Boyington.

Posted by: -dbG- | October 9, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

But, hey, I got real tired of being called "Sewerboy" as a young'un. I don't think it was permanently scarring.

Posted by: Bob-S | October 9, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

My only advice for parents naming children (other than "Don't try to be too cute") is:

Do not saddle your kids with ordinal suffixes. If your son is the fourth in a line of Thurston Kennedy Boyingtons, then name him Thurston Kennedy Boyington. The queen of England has a name, and it doesn't have a "II" in it. Leave the suffixes (Jr, Segundo, the IVth, whatever) for legal paperwork and informal usage. Sticking it on the birth certificate is an affectation that's better replaced by an actual tradition of using the same name. If your family becomes so illustrious that later generations have a hard time telling one Thurston from another, so be it. The Henrys and Louises feel your pain.

Posted by: Bob-S | October 9, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Backboodling my brains out ..... have been on the phone all afternoon and evening enjoying the party in Georgia from afar ... but when speaking with my crazy individual loved ones it feels like they're sitting right beside me.

YOU are all so incredible and I've been reading (or reposting) your messages to Anne/Momma as they come in and I'm able.

She's *waving* and asks that I tell you how glad she is "that you have friends of such accomplishment and generosity and spirit".

These Hills ..... by Iris Dement (video not available)

Far away I've traveled,
To stand once more alone.
And hear my memories echo,
Through these hills that I call home.

As a child I roamed this valley.
I watched the seasons come and go.
I spent many hours dreaming,
On these hills that I call home.

The wind is rushing through the valley,
And I don't feel so all alone,
When I see the dandelions blowing,
Across the hills that I call home.

Like the flowers I am fading,
Into my setting sun.
Brother and sister passed before me:
Mama and Daddy, they've long since gone.

The wind is rushing through the valley,
And I don't feel so all alone,
When I see the dandelions blowing,
Across the hills that I call home.

But this is nice ...

Posted by: talitha1 | October 9, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse


All I've got to write is this ...
I'm one lucky woman

I know the love of parents and sisters and brothers
near and far, long gone
or close as my fingertips.

and here I know

with music
paintings of logic
ugly pumpkins
crimson clematis
orchid orchids

oil spills, volcanos, earthquakes
miners trapped surviving
planets unexplored

crazy tea and spicy wraps
and muffins with cheese on lonesome mornings
served up by friends whose arms
reach across miles to hug

one lucky woman

Posted by: talitha1 | October 9, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

talitha, I envy your ability to express your appreciation for things and people that you hold dear. I'd like to think that I've gotten better about it over the years but I still have a tendency to play turtle about my feelings.

Trust me, dear 'boodle, I care for you greatly. I'm not sure that I bring much to you, but I draw much sustenance from you. And while Joel A. is amused by how little he thinks he's involved, I'm pretty sure that this group wouldn't be remotely recognizable without his example & occasional guidance.

Smart? Check. Smart-assed? Check. Mean-spirited? Try to keep that in check.

Posted by: Bob-S | October 9, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

I took Mom to see "Das Rheingold" at the local theater today, the same one where we'd seen "The Social Network." Just read Maureen Dowd and was pleased to see that she, too had made a few connections between Richard Wagner and the moviemakers.

I should have commented that "Rheingold" seemed a bit less misogynistic than "Social Network" despite Wotan being an idiot to sell Freia, who provided the golden apples that kept the gods going. At least he got her back.

Rheingold's male voices were astounding. I'm now a Bryn fan.

My opera exposure is limited. Did once wander into Renée Fleming shortly before she became a really big name. In Portland, the best thing about the shows were the expert, enthusiastic, volunteer choruses. They were in their glory, marching around as gas-masked beetles in "Love for Three Oranges".

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 9, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

It was pointed out to me that "turn turtle" and "play 'possum" are widely-used expressions, but "play turtle" is not so common.

I refer to withdrawing into my shell.

Posted by: Bob-S | October 9, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Guardian has eight aerial photos of the Deepwater Horizon spill by noted photographer Ed Burtynsky. I became familiar with his work by buying his "Quarries" at the photography museum's bookstore in Daytona Beach.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 9, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

"Turning turtle" is a surfing term.

"If the whitewater is thick and a good thrashing appears imminent, the best option is to turn turtle by flipping yourself and your board upside down and using your body as a sea anchor as the wave washes over your board"
(John Robison, "Surfing Illustrated, a Visual Guide to Wave Riding")

Playing turtle, as in behaving like a box turtle, seems a good term, whether in the OED or not.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 9, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse


Man, I'll have this song in my head for days now.

Posted by: baldinho | October 9, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

BobS, don't you realize that you just DID what you said you felt you couldn't do?

love ya.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 9, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Bob, my ability to express and live what I feel is just my *aged* awareness of what is really important in life ... and I revise that every day. Ain't no art to it. *wink*

Posted by: talitha1 | October 9, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Jaysus Gawd! Bob-S. I'm merely thankful that you're horrible at expressing yourself. Without you I'd be the Boodle-Presbyterian.

Posted by: Yoki | October 9, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

"Turn[ing] turtle" is a term used in boating and auto sports as well. Means the same thing, and it ain't good.

Posted by: Bob-S | October 10, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Tanks, Yokes. I've found my special purpose!

Posted by: Bob-S | October 10, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

Yoo most certainly have.

Posted by: Yoki | October 10, 2010 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Whelps, I think we all be freakin' nuts!
So let's just enjoy the dance.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 10, 2010 12:47 AM | Report abuse

For your mum, Talitha :

Fifteen years ago, a friend and I visited Mulu cave in Sarawak, a short flight from here. It was a bit of a hike to the cave but nothing arduous. Walking on hanging bridges, through vegetations, climb some rocks and wet trails. We saw some pretty rock formations inside Mulu cave and a couple of other smaller caves. In the evening we sat and watch bats leave the cave. Quite a sight.

We also travelled by sampan to visit a couple of long houses. Had we travelled by car to the long houses, it would have taken us half a day but by sampan it only took us half an hour.

Posted by: rainforest1 | October 10, 2010 2:25 AM | Report abuse

I read Matthew Israel's op-ed column several times. He's convinced me. The Judge Rotenberg Center is OK in my book.

"Aversive therapy saves lives"

If I can't trust the founder & executive director of the program, who can I trust? After all, he mentions four (unnamed) patients who were saved by aversive therapy; he asserts that the center's program consists overwhelmingly of positive rewards and educational procedures (and that when supplemental behavioral skin shock therapy is indicated in the most difficult cases, it is a brief, harmless two-second shock that feels like a hard pinch, and bears no resemblance to electroconvulsive therapy or police stun guns); he points out that one peer-reviewed study found that there are no negative side effects from this form of treatment; and he assures me that two independent, tenured full professors of special education have cited the center as offering an effective treatment program for children with autism spectrum disorders.

Well, I ask you: In the face of such overwhelming supportive evidence for the efficacy and propriety JRC's work, what sort of cynical jackass would I be to give any credence to the killjoys who keep insisting that there's something not-quite-kosher about restraining and running electrical current through the patients in their care?

It brings to mind the proverbial puppy-killing resort just off the coast, in international waters. I suppose as long as they're breeding their own puppies, and keeping the noise down, it's really none of my business.

But it still bugs me, ya know?

Posted by: Bob-S | October 10, 2010 2:44 AM | Report abuse

Hi, rainforest! Good to meet with you, our schedules don't overlap as often as they used to.

Posted by: Bob-S | October 10, 2010 2:51 AM | Report abuse

Hi Bob. Have been very busy lately. Company being audited. Damn pesky IRS wants details and explanations of everything for 3 consecutive years.

Posted by: rainforest1 | October 10, 2010 3:29 AM | Report abuse

Hi Bob. Have been very busy lately. Company being audited. Damn pesky IRS wants details and explanations of everything for 3 consecutive years.

Posted by: rainforest1 | October 10, 2010 3:31 AM | Report abuse

sorry about the double post. I was informed about encountering an error in huge letters so I posted again. Should have known.

Posted by: rainforest1 | October 10, 2010 3:35 AM | Report abuse

That error message is a little joke the website has been playing lately. Don't fall for it, it's one of the methods by which the rookies are identified for exploitation & humiliation.

Hey, the website has to earn money somehow.

Posted by: Bob-S | October 10, 2010 4:46 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of opera (DoftheC was, right?) the Washington National Opera is performing Wagner's "Salome" for the next couple of weeks. Deborah Voigt is said to have been superb as the titular lead in Thursday's debut.

What with one thing and another, I've seen some fairly racy depictions of Salome over the years. This poster for an Opera Company of Philadelphia production is memorable:

Posted by: Bob-S | October 10, 2010 6:00 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. Sunday morning, already. Time to get moving. The weekend weather has been just lovely, and today is suppose to be a repeat of yesterday. Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.

I'll see you in church, and love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | October 10, 2010 6:30 AM | Report abuse

Well, it's 101010, but not quite 10:10:10 yet. I wonder if WINS-AM in NYC is doing anything special today?

Everybody still needs somebody... RIP Solomon Burke:

Well done, S. Carolina gridders! Gonna be an interesting sports day, with three MLB playoffs competing with the NFL schedule.

*packing-for-a-trip-of-very-mixed-feelings Grover motions*

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 10, 2010 6:34 AM | Report abuse

Scotty: don't forget the boys in Fontana.

Posted by: baldinho | October 10, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

Why are they in cheese, baldinho?

Oh, wait... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 10, 2010 7:25 AM | Report abuse

The "RadioLab" segment I heard on Friday was about the Stanford marshmallow study and follow-up studies.

I found it very interesting. It seemed that the ability to delay short-term gratification for longer-term success was a key indicator in life success.

No big surprise here. I haven't watched any of the video of the 4-year olds trying to not eat the marshmallow or the Oreo cookie. I hear it is funny (or very mean) depending on your point of view.

Posted by: baldinho | October 10, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Salome. Richard Strauss? (I transpose names all the time)

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 10, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. So the answer to every question will be 42 today.

Gawd that turkey was good. I cooked it using the Gourmet method, ca. 1997: 2 hours (for a 17 lbs birdie) at 460F with just a bit of salt and pepper on the skin. Let the bird rest, covered, 30 minutes to let the juices reach their righteous equilibrium. The turkey stock was made with the wing tips, winglets, neck and heart but no giblet. I wus robbed, no giblet! The gravy turned out OK, better than OK actually poured over the butternut squash puree. Brussel sprouts added some green to the plates. Mrs. D made a pumpkin and pecan pie to close the deal. A good action de grâce altogether.

Off to walk the Very Large Couch Potato. That dog loves turkey.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | October 10, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

My big hiking story was when I was a 14-year-old Boy Scout in the Philippines. We did a re-creation of the Bataan Death March. We spent two days camping on Corregidor before doing a four-day 50-mile hike up the Bataan peninsula. We carried all our food and supplies which meant eating a lot of ramen. We slept under the stars at schools along the way since there was no chance of rain during the dry season. We were sore and our feet were covered with blisters despite hiking boots and medical care each night.

It made up all truly appreciate the courage and heroism of those who survived the real death march and feel genuine sorrow for the many that didn't.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 10, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Homecoming is over, so here are the highlights:

The Rambling Reck parade was the disaster it always is. The contraptions almost never complete the course. I did see the Reck Racing $2010 Miata-Lexus car fresh off its victory in Gainesville. They were proudly carrying their trophy.

After the alumni picnic it was time to stalk our son with the marching band. I tried to video the band doing their warm-up performance in front of the Kessler Campanile but this amazing baton twirler kept blocking the view. Honest.

Our seats were in the second row on the fifteen yard line right in front of the cheerleaders. By the end of the first quarter, my wife told me I had enough photos of them. But she left after the marching band half-time show, so who's to know.

Sorry to any Yahoos out there, but UVA got their butt kicked.

My son crashed the romantic post-game dinner I had planned with my wife at Bacchanalia, making it the second most expensive family dinner we've ever had.

I rounded out the evening with my son drinking his apple brandy and discussing with his fraternity brothers/sisters the difference between chaotic evil and chaotic neutral until 2 a.m. This involved at least one Skype call to an alumni D&D expert. I asked my son where his other roommate was and he said she was already asleep up in her loft. He swears I have met her which is probably true, I just have no memory of her.

Going back to the hotel, the newly opened 5th Street Waffle House was packed. My son says that having a 24 hour restaurant keeps the late night tranny hooker density down.

This morning I jogged the Pi-Mile course, but counterclockwise this time. Just as hard, but at least the big hill is not at the end.

Gotta shower and wake my son up for brunch. He wants to eat early because he has a Magic: The Gathering draft to run this afternoon. This is important because it's how he gets his spending money. He buys a case of boosters and then runs a tournament, pocketing the difference between the entry fee and the cards.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 10, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

I've had a busy weekend getting things done, and had a nice evening with the Nukes, now to the Even More Ever-Lovin' Sports part of my weekend - have the Japanese GP on DVR (run at 2 AM local time) plus the aforementioned NFL and MLB contests.

And I'm heading to Landover shortly to observe the Washington NFL Franchise host the Green Bay Packers in person...

Having said all that, I'm glad that the rescue of the Chilean miners is not only going well, but that they are being very cautious in such a hazardous situatuon. 'twas interesting to hear NPRs reports from an al-Jazeera correspondent on the scene, too. An interesting perspective on the tenor of broadcast news, for sure.

Have a good day folks, and if you're looking for me on TV, I'll be the guy in the burgundy and gold Chucks.


Posted by: -bc- | October 10, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Countdown to 10/10/10 at 10/10/10am in two minutes!
EDT, that is!

Good morning, y'all!

Posted by: talitha1 | October 10, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Barely into my first cup of tea this morning I tuned into CBS Sunday Morning ... one of my guilty pleasures because I got hooked on Charles Kuralt years ago.

Anyhoo. For those Stieg Larsson fans out there - here's the story they broadcast, in case you missed it.

I think all those people I did stories about measured their own success by the joy their work was giving them.
--- Charles Kuralt

Posted by: talitha1 | October 10, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse


Azure behind Green Pine and Oak
Just like early Spring in
North Central Virginia
It's only early Fall
Equinox is best

<|: )

Posted by: RichNomore | October 10, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

DaveoftheCoonties, I neglected to thank you for your post last night of the photos by Ed Burtynsky. Remarkable.

And transpose operatic references all you want. You took you mother to the performance ... that's what counts.

Paused a while since typing the above and thought about the first time I took sonchild to an opera performance. It was at KenCen and he was about seven. Othello.
Do you think I scarred him for life? The next was La Boheme, maybe a neutralizer.;)

Posted by: talitha1 | October 10, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

scc: your

I haven't lapsed into slang ... honest.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 10, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. By the time this posts it will be 10 am on 10/10/10. Whoo hoo!

Thanks to Brag for the reports and congratulations to Chile and the miners for a good start thus far.

Hugs to Scottynuke.

Talitha, I don't have much interesting hiking news. When the Boy was about six we finished a brief hike at the Vallecito River trailhead in Colorado. He sat down on a big rock, as I said "Don't sit on that!!!" He was overrun with large red ants. Much excitement ensued, but no bites.

Posted by: Ivansmom | October 10, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

"Let me teach you something about this town," XXXX told him. "You can't come that easy." XXXX was trying to give the new senator some advice, according to aides involved in the negotiation: LeMieux would be foolish to join the effort without extracting something for himself.

The above is a great paragraph that describes politics of today (and probably yesterday, too). It was in an article in the New Yorker about the negotiations and failure of the climate change/energy bill.

Anyone care to guess who was XXXX? A hint: LeMieux was the temporary Senator from Florida. He had come to XXXX to say that he might be ready to support the bill that XXXX was working on.

I also loved the term used in the article, apparently commonly known in Washington politics circles... "top ask". Top ask is the thing more than anything that a Senator (or, I guess Rep) wants/needs/asks to be included in the measure to get his/her approval.

My guess is that any time a bill is close to failure/passage, the "top asks" get more expensive and onerous. Typically the "top asks" are most onerous when the vote is 50/50. In the Senate, with the filibuster, they also ramp up when the vote is near 60/40.

This is how the Dems with their big majority in the Senate could pass little, unless it was larded with "top asks". The system is too well known by everyone now. Nothing gets passed by either party without "top asks". The parties use the system to get the top asks through... even though the top asks are the thing that most folks get mad about.

Posted by: baldinho | October 10, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

in memory ...

Posted by: talitha1 | October 10, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Crack me up, Ivansmom! "Don't ..... (choose your subject)..." always makes the best adventure stories. The plot thickens thereby, eh?

Posted by: talitha1 | October 10, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Sigh... Strauss, Salome, certainly.

It was late/early.

Posted by: Bob-S | October 10, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

It was Richard what's-his-name.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 10, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

re: The ombudsman on the "Where's Muhammad?" cartoon that the Post didn't run last week.

I understand that the Post doesn't feel that it's in the business of intentionally annoying or offending its readers (outside the op-ed pages, anyway), and can just barely understand their decision not to run the cartoon. Can't support it, but I vaguely understand it. But I sure am glad that I didn't have the job of trying to explain or defend the decision not to run a cartoon that didn't depict Muhammad because mere mention of the controversy might tick somebody off.

I think Alexander gets it about right in his closing paragraph: "Post editors believe their decision was prudent, given the past cartoon controversies and heightened sensitivities surrounding Islam. But it also can be seen as timid. And it sets an awfully low threshold for decisions on whether to withhold words or images that might offend."

[My Firefox browser still won't open the comments on columns & stories, and I'm seldom so interested that I bother to crank up Internet Explorer for that purpose. This is probably one of those times it's a blessing. I can easily imagine that the comments on that column are probably a bit tiresome. Possibly even vexatious.]

Posted by: Bob-S | October 10, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Don't let your children or mothers watch this. (unless they're preparing for Halloween, o'course)

A beautious day out there ... so this is so much better.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 10, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Good noons, Boodlers!
Gorgeous spring day here and we have gone into summertime time.

Yesterday, the miners did some dynamiting to enlarge the opening of the rescue shaft. Golborne, the minister of mines, decided to run the steel tubes only one third of the way. If they don´t run into snags, they will begin to extract the trapped miners on Wednesday and should have everyone out by Friday.

The whole thing has become a circus on the surface.

Over two thousand media people. BBC alone has 15 people. The cops are busy keeping media under control. Only three cameras are allowed on the dig, which has been fenced off.

Orchestras and clowns are present also.

Special suits made to measure are ready for the ride on the Phoenix capsule and the time they will be processed.

El Gringo Jeff Hart is the big hero and an American flag was added to the hundreds of flags in the camp.

A beauty salon been set up for the waiting wives.

As there is a criminal complaint against the owners of the mine, Criminal Police will be at hand to establish the identity of each miner.

To pprotect the miners from this circus, a covered walkway from the rescue platform to the reception modules has been erected. After a shower and medical examination, each miner will meet with three family members before being flown by helicopter to a hospital in Copiapo.

The riskiest stages of the rescue are beginning.

The reinforcing the borehole could go wrong. This would cause great delay.

The rescue capsule could get stuck.

For some reason the digging of the Plan A hole been suspended. Meanwhile, the Plan C rig continues to dig.

The rescue shaft is almost half
a mile long. So the rescue capsule will have done well over 30 miles when the last person is out. Two standby capsules are in place.

Brag :)

Posted by: Braguine | October 10, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the Solomon Burke video, talitha.

Posted by: -pj- | October 10, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the news update, Brag. It sounds like people will really start losing sleep now until they are able to pull the guys out. They've done the hard work and now the tricky part starts.

Posted by: -pj- | October 10, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Belated happy birthday wishes to Anne! Yesterday was also Jackson Browne's 62nd birthday.

Here's a link to yesterday's Weekend Edition Saturday with an interview with Rolling Stone's David Sheff who spent three weeks interviewing John Lennon and Yoko Ono just before Lennon was shot. It includes audio excerpts of the interviews. Lennon is very expansive.

Posted by: -pj- | October 10, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Orchestras and clowns! Cool!

Posted by: Bob-S | October 10, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Those oil pictures don't look anything like the doctored ones on the BP .

Posted by: yellojkt | October 10, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: yellojkt | October 10, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Brag, thanks for the updates. Mercy on all involved ... that the world is watching increases the drama.

pj, my pleasure. I spent over an hour just enjoying S. Burke's legacy.

If I may take an inch or two of boodledom .....
My sincere and *teary* thanks to all for your messages to Anne. She phoned me a couple of hours ago to say that she has had friends from all over the world with whom she's hiked and lodged ... but hadn't realized there were such kind folk who would send greetings and stories and birthday hopes "virtually". A new concept for her, one that will endure. Love you all.

Now, get out there and enjoy this day. I've been out gathering the last of the gourds and pumpkins, filling the birdfeeders and otherwise winterizing the garden. Glorious!

Posted by: talitha1 | October 10, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

They got that Ethnic Slurs - Homophobic Slurs game on TV in the airport. I can't escape the Named Funny League.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 10, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I'd forgotten that Jackson Browne (born in Heidleberg, Germany) also shared a birthday with Lennon. My favorite from Browne --- (pardon the quality of the link)

Odd how that song rings more true today
than on the first day I heard it.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 10, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

So, while I'm playing DJ ... might as well put this one on the turntable ---

Posted by: talitha1 | October 10, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Lemme see, where was I? Oh, yeah, right. And another thing: it was the Republicans who got us into this mess.

Unless, of course, you guys have moved on to a new topic, or something.

If you see a tall, thin Korean kid in the 20th row of the Redskins game, screaming in frustration, that's probably my son.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 10, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

...and did you know that on a cruise ship in international waters, you can buy a bottle of Hendricks gin for $15? Even better, you can do that twice.

Trust me on this.

A touchdown? Was that really a touchdown? See? I come back and what happens? The Skins score. They scored one on the day I left, too.

Hi, Yoki.

Speaking of which, met some Canuckis on the cruise. One of them (from Montreal) had just become a U.S. citizen a month ago.

Just sayin'.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 10, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

*faxing welcoming home hugs to Mudgekins*

I am confident enuf that today the Lions will win against a team IIRC the Skins lost to (so many from which to choose). Well, look, I'm all giddy about this and if the Skins keep losing they will eventually be able to play the Lions in the movie (you know, as being "cast as" the Lions). . . .

Hope you had a good trip, Mudgie, although, as you well know, you couldn't pay me enough to get my self on a boat without being drugged into submission. Nope. Not me, man. That said, I look forward to hearing all about your adventure. Would I need a life jacket for it?

Hey Yoki!

Posted by: ftb3 | October 10, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Jackson Browne and the boss have the same hair stylist, of course.

A couple of my favorite Jackson Browne songs:

Posted by: -pj- | October 10, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Welcome back, Mudge! Congrats on scoring some fine gin!

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


Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 10, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

OK, this makes four out of five Redskins games this season that depended upon the last play of the game. I may have to speak harshly to Dan Snyder about this.

I dunno, ftb -- did I mention we had 20-foot waves last Sunday night after leaving NYC? Experienced mariner that I am, I lashed myself to a barmaid to get me through the worst of it.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 10, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Has Dan Snyder figured out a way to charge Redskins ticket-holders an extra fee when the games go into overtime? It seems a little unfair that they should get free futbol on his dime.

Posted by: Bob-S | October 10, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 10, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

'Mudge - You ARE a seasoned tar! It took me years to learn that optimal strategy.

Posted by: Bob-S | October 10, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Mudge ... hoorah!

Our neighborhood just got a good scare and heads-up on the volunteer response team around here.

The farm where I live, and the tiny hamlet nearby, which incorporates our post office, a church and perhaps 25 residences, just had at least 20 response vehicles, sirens blaring, roll in. They had been misdirected to a major vehicle fire (which we could all see from the smoke billowing three miles away) down on Route 11 near New Market. Bless them, they were at a dead end and had to pull in their hoses (I swear, they had juxtaposed the address of my nearest neighbor, a half-mile away, with the address of the actual emergency), then back up their trucks and scramble. Still don't know the outcome.

They're doing their duty, though, I'm sure. Nothing like those folks who stood around watching someone's home and pets burn to the ground last week.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 10, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I should have said that the reason this came to my attention is that I was out for a walk into town with my neighbor's dog (Loki) and, when the commotion began, wondered whether it was my own house on fire. *still panting a bit*

Posted by: talitha1 | October 10, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Thus far, Washington is unbeaten against teams whose names come before "R" alphabetically. (Well, there was the Cardinals, but that was preseason.)

Other than the Titans & Vikings in late November, it should be smooth sailing the rest of the season.

Posted by: Bob-S | October 10, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

talitha - Well, I'm sure the responsible people of your neighborhood pay their darned seventy-five smackers BEFORE the fire.

Posted by: Bob-S | October 10, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Alternately, you can take solace in the observation that the Redskins are undefeated in games in which their opponents score fewer than twenty points. So if those mean old opponents stop running up the scores, Washington will do just fine.

Posted by: Bob-S | October 10, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Gee, I was just kidding. I don't sail much, I'm not really a big football fan, and I'm sure the firefighters who let the home burn regretted it at the time.

Posted by: Bob-S | October 10, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Bob S.,

Your 4:48 post is the kind of deep statistical analysis that is rare to find in the shallow discussions occurring in today's sports talk. Tuesday Morning Quarterback would be justifiably proud of your discovery!

So how do you feel about today being 10/10/10?

Posted by: -pj- | October 10, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Bob, it is the scoring of points by the other side that is just plain unacceptable. I just don't know why anyone would allow it to occur.

Meanwhile, this just in from a friend of mine, quoting Denver Post columnist Mike Littwin: "What I do know is that Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., the Tea Party's favorite senator, has been [Ken] Buck's most important supporter. And that DeMint, who promises to "take the country back," was just heard at a rally — as reported by the Spartanburg Herald-Journal — saying gays and sexually active unmarried women should not teach in public schools. You could look it up."

Sexually active unmarried women? Can they teach if they just lay there, kinda quiet-like, and just moan?

I gotta say, I'm enjoying the heck out of this campaign.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 10, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Well, apparently he's in favor of them teaching in private schools instead, Mudge.

Which reminds me, is the private school voucher issue still dead?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 10, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

The Lions won 44-7 against the Rams!!!!!!!!!


One of the guys even made a 105-yard return to the end zone! They finally learned how to play football!!!!!!!!!!!

*sniff* *I'm so proud*

Posted by: ftb3 | October 10, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Welcome back, 'Mudge. The captain called and would like his sextant returned post-haste, if you don't mind.

It's really astounding how regularly I forget which teams I've picked in the chase for the tiara. Oh, well, we still have the late games to torpedo my chances below the waterline.

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 10, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Yer lads kicketh butt today, ftb.

RIP, Philly-born Solomon Burke, father of 21 children, 90 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren. He only had time to sing two songs before he died at the age of 70. The rest of his life he changed diapers.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 10, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm not all that politically active, but anybody who picks a fight with sexually active unmarried women may have recruited a volunteer and donor for his/her opponent. Some traditions just should not be trifled with.

Posted by: Bob-S | October 10, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

I simply can't understand how that sextant got into my luggage.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | October 10, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

It was attached to the barmaid, Mudge.

Posted by: -pj- | October 10, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Yes, why be an unmarried schoolteacher if you can't let your hair down after work?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | October 10, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Challenge flags a-flyin' in the TEN-DAL game... And successful challenges at that!

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 10, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

First they came for the naughty night nurses & candy-stripers, but I didn't speak up because none of them would have me.

Then they came for the sexually-active unmarried schoolteachers, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't dating one at the time. [Although I had before, and I had very fond memories.]

Then they came for the hot-but-repressed bespectacled lady librarians, but I didn't speak up because they had all rejected my (nearly indiscernible) advances.

Then they came for the pathetic single guys who had passed up all their chances, and there was no one left to speak for what a nice guy I really was.

Posted by: Bob-S | October 10, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Wonderful news, my aunt has rallied! No trip for now. :-))))

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 10, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Sorry. That might have been a bit much for early of a Sunday evening.

Posted by: Bob-S | October 10, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Then they came for the hands (right or left) of men everywhere ... and America died.

Ooooops, women do that, too? We're doomed.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 10, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

That is wonderful news, Scotty. Feel free to visit when you can, though!

Posted by: Bob-S | October 10, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Scotty, wonderful news! I'm so glad and may she, and all of you, rest well this evening.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 10, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

YAY to Scotty's Aunt!

See, the collective boodle karma works, and methinks we oughtta bottle it (seeing as we've already boodled it).

Posted by: ftb3 | October 10, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Great news, Scotty!

Posted by: -pj- | October 10, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Joyful hugs to Scottynuke and his aunt.

Slightly more restrained welcome-home hugs to Mudge & Mrs. Mudge, home safe from their cruise. You know a cruise is, by definition, a small vessel in the middle of a large body of water, right? I've never been completely convinced that was prudent.

The Boy and I just saw most of "The Blind Side". It was very good. I had read and enjoyed the book, which has way more about football and left tackles in addition to the story of Michael Oher. I mainly wanted to see the movie for Sandra Bullock, who was excellent. The actor playing Oher was outstanding as well. Everyone else was just fine.

Posted by: Ivansmom | October 10, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps we can just put scarlet letters on these hussies.

Good news! I hope the speedy recovery continues.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 10, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

We watched The Blind Side here as well (last night), really enjoyed it.

Currently living up to my Canuck stereotype and watching Battle of the Blades.

Welcome home Mudge.

Posted by: dmd3 | October 10, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Bears!! Snarl!

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 10, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Great news Scotty! Welcome home Mudge, has the floor stopped moving when you stand still? Having been on a cruise once, it was the most surprising little detail that no one ever mentioned. Or maybe it was just me?

Why just 'most' of the movie Ivansmom?

Posted by: badsneakers | October 10, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

On Friday, I took my camera along to the Mini-500, Georgia Tech's annual tricycle race. It's a heartbreaking match-up of man and machine as teams try to make 10 laps of Peters Parking Deck with most failing horrendously. Here are my pictures from the event:

The race was the inspiration for the current PSA being aired during ACC games. Here is the long form of the video.

I won the biking jersey used in that video. Shocking, I know.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 10, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

My bad. The video:

With soundtrack by Foo Fighters.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 10, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Here's the short version of the PSA:

Posted by: yellojkt | October 10, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Well, that was a heckuva football game at FedEx field today. And a heckuva battle to get out of the parking lot after the game, too.

Good weather for both, thankfully.

But a cover-your-eyes awful week for me in the Battle for the Tiara. Ah, well - someone who deserves it more than I will wear it proudly on Tuesday, I'm sure.

Scottynuke, glad to hear that your Aunt's doing better today.

Mudge, glad you and Mrs. M made it back in one piece, and that your picture and the words "International Incident" didn't make A1 above the fold in the Post.

I saw Henderson's piece on Obama and the Dems attempting to recapture/rekindle the enthusiasm and energy of 2008. Is it me, but wouldn't it be more productive to focus on building some fresh energy for 2010? Last time I checked, there isn't enough energy availble to go back in time. Seems like even GWB tried to set the wayback machine for 1955 or so, and look where that got us - maybe it's some creepy amalgam of 1942 and 1929, yet reality is different in ways no one expects. Oy.



Posted by: -bc- | October 10, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

I only saw most of The Blind Side because I was cooking. Dishes, rabbit feeding, etc. I was in and out of the room, but sat down for most of it.

I am baking a peach cobbler. I bought probably the season's last farmers' market peaches yesterday. I sliced them with sugar, but they clearly were not going to last long. Cobbler it is. I've never made this style before - a butter/flour/sugar batter which rises up around the fruit - but it was the simplest recipe I had. It looks pretty good.

In theory we are about to get rain, perhaps with a thunderstorm. So far all we've got is the wind from the gust front. I worked outside for a while today and sure hope it rains. It is so dry when I walk the ground puffs up dust.

Posted by: Ivansmom | October 10, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

The Carolina Chocolate Drops will be playing the Birchmere (Alexandria, VA) on Thursday. Don't know if I'll make it, but I recommend them highly to anybody who likes some old-time fiddle/banjo/jug/kazoo/whatever's handy.

If you can't catch them there, maybe they'll get to you soon:

Posted by: Bob-S | October 10, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

OMiBob! That OpCoPhilly Salome is my new favorite, easily replacing Mucha's:

Posted by: DNA_Girl | October 10, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Okay, so I'm awake at 3:13am ... just the way it is.

Ivansmom, I watched "The Blind Side" (Friday on HBO). Sandra Bullock earned her Oscar fur'sure. Quinton Aaron played Michael Oher ... brilliantly, I felt, especially in the scenes of blindness to the emotional devastation Oher had endured in childhood. Did a lot of blubbering while watching, I'm not ashamed to admit.

513 (+1) on this kit! Gracious goodness, as Anne likes to say. Love y'all!

Posted by: talitha1 | October 11, 2010 3:24 AM | Report abuse

correction: should have said "the *awakening* to the blindness" Oher created to enable his survival past the devastation of his childhood.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 11, 2010 3:32 AM | Report abuse

BobS, get with it! I've been touting the Carolina Chocolate Drops here for months.

Cornbread, butterbeans and a little love can keep ya goin' for years.

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

Posted by: talitha1 | October 11, 2010 4:20 AM | Report abuse

Mercy, I'm going to be thrown out of the Boodle for being a hog ....

I realize that this is the silly-season in political circles, but this accusation is over the top. (and I'm a diehard Democrat old-hippie give-them-righties-no-quarter woman)

Okay ... if you actually read that. As a longtime member of historical reenactment communities I must say that these accusations are without merit. There are many people (and we can include those who work as extras in movies) who study and reenact every era of history, both civilian and military. Neanderthal to Pict to Samurai to Reb soldier to, yes, SS officer. That doesn't mean that the person reenacting has adopted their personae in their current life, politics and leanings. It means that they've studied and reenact to portray to their audience the character and the time.

Would someone who once played Macbeth, now running for office, be condemned? Would his wife be made to wash her hands eternally? Conan the Barbarian might have a difference of opinion on that one.

Posted by: talitha1 | October 11, 2010 5:59 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. Scotty, wonderful news about your aunt, hope and pray she will continue to do well.

talitha, like my cornbread with collards, and just a tiny piece of fat back. Okay, maybe not so tiny.

I would like to run something across the boodle. I don't know if this has any merit or not, but it came to me while debating whether to get out of bed or not, almost dream like.

I've been trying to figure out a way to get the kids to read, and of course, I need adults in this scheme too. My idea is to get adults to listen to kids read. Kids love it when an adult will listen to them read, and it really doesn't matter who the adult is. Parents would be number one, but any adult would fit the bill. I like to call this program, I Hear You or I Can Hear You. Reading is almost becoming a dying art. I mean everybody looks at TV or plays video games. Is this silly, guys, and don't be afraid to say so! I want to do this through my missionary circle, but want to involve a lot of people. I want to start at the school board, and ask for partners in this venture. I think a picture in the newspaper would be a great incentive and perhaps some kind of prize or recognition. The schools already do reading so many books by classroom or student, but this would bring in parents and adults, perhaps even community in an effort to get our kids to read. And perhaps take the "taboo" mentality away from something that is so essential and much more enjoyable.

Tell me what you "really" think and if you have some ideas that would make this better, I would like to hear that too.

Slyness, where u b? That's what I text my daughter and sister all the time. A friend started texting me with that question. Hope your weekend was the bomb!

Posted by: cmyth4u | October 11, 2010 6:03 AM | Report abuse

This video will get yanked quickly, but it is very funny because it really gets to the heart of it.

I'm sorry, but the Waffen SS has a certain symbolism that saying 'I was just playing dress-up' can't counter. It's one thing to be a Civil War re-enactor, it's another to be Nathan Bedford Forrest.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 11, 2010 6:31 AM | Report abuse

Anything to promote reading is great. When my son was in middle school we joined a book club at the library where kids and parents both read the same book and then discussed it. We had a lot of participation, but it takes a very dynamic organizer to keep it going.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 11, 2010 6:49 AM | Report abuse

Even Monty Python has done re-enactors:

Posted by: yellojkt | October 11, 2010 6:52 AM | Report abuse

yello, love ya ... but I disagree.

Conrad Veidt, who portayed Gestapo Maj. Strasser in Casablanca, is a case in point.

"His first wife, Ilona (nicknamed Lily), was Jewish, although he himself wasn't. However, whenever he had to fill out his ethnic background on forms to get a job, he wrote: "Juden" (Jewish). He and his second wife, Felicitas, fled Germany in 1933 after the rise to power of Adolf Hitler, and he became a British citizen in 1939. ...

He had long been known in German theatrical circles as a staunch anti-Nazi. His activities came under the scrutiny of the Gestapo, and a decision was made to assassinate him. Veidt found out about the plot, and managed to escape Germany before the Nazi death squad found him. ...

When Britain went to war, Veidt (an anti-Nazi and British citizen) gave most of his estate to the war effort. He also donated a large portion of the salary from each of his movies to the British war relief, as well. ...

Because he had been blacklisted in Nazi Germany, there was no official announcement there of his death. His ex-wife, Felicitas, and daughter Viola, in Switzerland, heard about it on the radio."*

Just one example. It's only through our dirty-lenses and PC rose-colored glasses that we assume to view the world in stark black and white.

*source -

Posted by: talitha1 | October 11, 2010 7:05 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, Boodlers!

The weird Camanchaca fog blankets Camp Esperanza. Plan B workers sit around a bonfire drinking mate and scrambling eggs.

They have completed installing 90 meters of steel tubing. They had trouble with one segment. Still, the lenght is adequate to reach beyond the fractured rock zone.

the work of building a platform to support the hoisting gear has started. Its location must be precise. The shaft is not vertical but has an average of 82 degrees with a couple of changes in direction.

What must be avoided is the hoisting cable rubbing against the sides of the shaft.

Meanwhile, a new worry has surfaced. The trapped miners report hearing growling noises from the mountain.

The extraction should commence in 48 hours.


Posted by: Braguine | October 11, 2010 7:11 AM | Report abuse

Good morning all, and happy Monday. Hi Cassandra! Eye b was a lovely weekend in the mountains and the trees starting changing color as we watched, but I'm glad to be here.

It was a crowded weekend, too, being October and homecoming for Appalachian State. Fortunately they won their game, but Elon gave them a run for their money, 34-31. Carolina won too, so Mr. T is happy.

Speaking of Mr. T, he was up and out the door a little after 4 ayem. The City has a new wellness program that gets you $400 off your insurance premium next year if you participate. They do a cursory exam (BP, pulse, height, weight, fasting blood test), and the blood test requires fasting. His boss sent him to the training academy to help process employees, to start at 5 ayem. He didn't mind, it's comp time.

Fortunately, retirees don't have to participate, although I wouldn't mind getting the discount.

I'm feeling breakfast sandwiches this morning. Scrambled egg, ham, and cheese croissants on the ready room table, along with appropriate beverages and a mixed fruit bowl.

Posted by: slyness | October 11, 2010 7:12 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra, good morning! Love your thoughts about children reading to adults.

My anecdote: I read to sonchild from almost the first day he was born. "Pat the Bunny" to "Where the Wild Things Are" to books on snakes and whales and dinosaurs --- anything that captured his interest. Usually this was at bedtime, and if I missed a word or turned a page too quickly he was right there to correct me. I also always sang a song to him after reading and turning out the light. "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess was his favorite.

When he was about 5-years-old and had learned to read he turned to me one night and said, "Ok, Momhead, from now on I'll read to you ..... but please still sing me a song after you turn out the light."

Sometimes I still sing a song to myself after I turn out the light. ;~)

Posted by: talitha1 | October 11, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

I have to say whipsawed emotions and cognitive dissonance can sure tucker a guy out... And that's WITHOUT football! Slept like a log last night, as I'm sure bc did.

*"we're-not-worthy"-bowing-motions-to-LiT-for-another-tiara-tour-de-force* :-)

Cassandra, that's a fine idea -- kids need positive reinforcement for sure! *HUGSSSS*

*not-much-on-the-agenda-and-let's-hope-it-stays-that-way Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 11, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, everyone. Although today is a Federal holiday, and thus my workplace is largely empty, schools are in session and my employer does not recognize today as one of its official days off. I think it may be because my employer is an explicitly liberal, socially forward sort of organization and cannot whole-heartedly celebrate Signore Colombo's voyaging to the New World. In that vein, let me ignite some trouble:

Christopher Columbus -- hero of the human drive to explore, or symbol of rapine and plunder and all that is wrong with humanity?

I got into a moderately vigorous debate with someone over the weekend, arguing that both are true and that one cannot be separated from the other.

Posted by: ScienceTim | October 11, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse


I'm not trying to besmirch re-enactors. I know a lot of SCA re-enactors. I've also studied a lot of German military history in my youth. It's all a pretty harmless hobby and you could learn something by accident.

However, you are making the common logical twist of conflating re-enactors with professional actors. Actors who play Nazis work within a scripted story, often to show how evil, banal, misguided, etc. real Nazis were. It would make sense for a anti-Nazi to play a Nazi in an anti-Nazi movie.

Re-enactors are hobbyists who recreate an era. They study the history, tactics, weapons, uniforms, organization, etc. The do not necessarily endorse or condone the philosophical underpinnings of the group, but it can lead to a certain level of sympathy.

This WWII German re-enactor group specifically picked 5th SS Panzer Division because they were not 'bad' Nazis in that they fought on the Eastern Front, had non-German (ala French Foreign Legion) soldiers, and were only lightly tainted by the atrocities associated with Nazis in general and the SS in particular. Their official website whitewashes the history of World War II and the German military.

The fact that they have to vehemently disavow any association with white supremacists right on their home page is a telling sign.

It's interesting to not that doing what they do is illegal in Germany. While I am a First Amendment Absolutist, I recognize the need for modern Germany to suppress Nazi regalia because even if the motives are intellectual and historical, it feeds those that sympathize with the racial views of Hitler and the Nazi party.

Iott has also been a re-enactor as a Union solder, a WWI doughboy, so his claims to be in it for the historical aspect ring true. Still, he is a Tea Party idiot if he thinks this isn't going to look bad in certain constituencies. On the other hand, it may play well with others. There are a lot of unenlightened pockets in Ohio.

If you want to dress up in silly uniforms and play soldier on the weekends, go for it. I do even stupider stuff. But I keep going back to good advice from 'Mother Night' (also about a guy who dressed in a Nazi uniform) by Kurt Vonnegut:

"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be."

Spend too much time acting like a Nazi and people could have trouble telling the difference.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 11, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Two new kits!

SciTim, I'm with you. Also a good lesson in unintended consequences. And in the stark differences in interpretation of the same event from different points of view and people with different/conflicting interests.

Posted by: -bia- | October 11, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Not one, but TWO new kits!!!!

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 11, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

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