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Horse of a different color

By Joel Achenbach

Some pics from St. Mary's county. Remind me to become a "rancher" one of these days.

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By Joel Achenbach  | November 6, 2010; 9:19 AM ET
 
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*wondering why JA went south and east instead of due west (either side of the river) to see horsies* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 6, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Gorgeous pictures. I really love the seascape.

It's been a beautiful fall.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 6, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Much better water views to go with your horsies in St. Mary's than anywhere nearby if he'd headed due west.

Posted by: Bob-S | November 6, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Given the vagaries of the publishing industry, Gene Weingarten's column in tomorrow's WP Magazine (which I received today) may well have been posted online weeks ago, and already have been discussed by you at great length. Nevertheless, I shall sally forth.

While I'm aware that some of you often find his humor columns to be sophomoric (nay, infantile), mean-sprited, and just plain not humorous, I'd offer this one up as a counter-example. He addresses a real problem, offers one practical ameliorative measure, and shares some keen insights along the way. And it's pretty darned funny.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/29/AR2010102904773.html

Posted by: Bob-S | November 6, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

If it ain't one thing, it's another:

"Radioactive rabbit trapped at nuclear reservation"

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/05/AR2010110502826.html

Posted by: Bob-S | November 6, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

That is a very good Weingarten column. He humorously addressed a phenomenon many people have noticed. The components of a McDonald's Happy Meal (less the toy per the new SF law) used to be the adult size serving.

Gene also took on the issue of what can't be joked about in his September chat. In particular, he wondered if this NSFW comedy routine went over the line:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4hNaFkbZYU

Oddly, more women were fine with it than men, but a substantial majority still found it too much.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 6, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Horses! I love horses. You know, so long as somebody else has to clean up after them. Rather like the way some people feel about babies.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 6, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Oh goodness, Bob-S. That poor bunny. This is why I people who keep radioactive rabbits as pets should always make sure the lead hutches are properly secured.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 6, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Salutations friend!
May her life lift up with love
and be versatile.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | November 6, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

On the scale of things to clean up after, I'll take babies over horses.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 6, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Great pictures Joel. As I said last week, you had much more colorful foliage this year than we did. Love the shot of the water, very moody. I too love horses but it's hard to look at them now without thinking of #2's broken ribs.

Posted by: badsneakers | November 6, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

baldinho

Forgot to congratulate you and the wife on the new addition. I'm also looking forward to a new addition in my family. We're having a baby shower today. New addition expected last of the month or first of next month. Great Christmas present, don't you think!

Posted by: cmyth4u | November 6, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Gorgeous

Posted by: dmd3 | November 6, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

JA

And the pictures are lovely, JA, as always. It feels like winter here today. On the western side of the state, I think they're looking forward to the first snow.

Posted by: cmyth4u | November 6, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Leaves on our yard have been blown to the curb ready for the city to vacuum them up, tried a new strategy wait until 90% of the leaves are down (at least on the side of the corner lot - front has been down several times). Probably won't do that again there were a lot of leaves. Did discover a large wasp nest that was hidden in the leaves of one of the maples, looks quite cool hanging from the bare branches.

Incredible blue sky today, our threatened snow flurries never happened, itsead it is clear and cool.

Also put away the halloween decorations and a trip to the Christmas store will begin that season.

Posted by: dmd3 | November 6, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Laidback autumn boodle afternoon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuCEwjo4ycM

Posted by: talitha1 | November 6, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

A Kit with horses! What more could I ask for? I wanted to be a rancher when I grew up. I love how horses will come over to see you when they're out in a field - mostly to see if you have food, but still...I embarrassed my son when he went on a school campout, by asking if I could go see the horses that were in a pasture (despite signs saying not to). It was so cool to hang on the fence and have about 20 horses slowly coming my way. Herd behavior in action.

Great pictures again. We had a couple of beautiful days here, but now the rains have begun. So frenvious of Boodlers who have city leaf removal services!

Posted by: seasea1 | November 6, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOSg7LFgt6Y&feature=related

Posted by: talitha1 | November 6, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Oh, yeah, dbas know how to party! We all share the same suite normally, we like each other, so at least we laughed a lot last night. The occasional all-nighter is expected, if not considered paradise. I bow to yello's ac expertise. The catered buffet was good.

When do you think the least-crowded time/day to fly is? I'm going to Ft Lauderdale on Thursday AM and returning the following Tuesday. Out, early morning; return, early afternoon, wondering if I could have picked better.

Hope you find some joy in the day!

Posted by: -dbG- | November 6, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVa1t2IEbfc&feature=related

Posted by: talitha1 | November 6, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

"Get a horse!" was what the going-to-ruin protagonist of Booth Tarkington's (and Orson Welles') protangonist of "The Magnificent Ambersons" thought. Hia family went bust.

Flying Thursday-Tuesday seems OK.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | November 6, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Go ahead and shoot me!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJc_zzah3vc&feature=related

Posted by: talitha1 | November 6, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Hummmmmmmm, horses...

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 6, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sC0cWMo4TY&feature=related

Posted by: talitha1 | November 6, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Things you learn quickly: girls can be sneaky. The Girl does not like to have a wet diaper. No shock there. Who does?

Her method to avoid them is not likely original. After feeding, she will typically have a dirty diaper. After the dirty diaper is removed and she is cleaned up and not yet wearing a new clean one, THEN she chooses to let fly with the water works.

We are on 4 outfits now today. I just put a load in the wash.

So it goes.

Posted by: baldinho | November 6, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

SD, stop that!

Tuesdays used to be the least crowded day, which is why airfares were lower (and why the 9/11 terrorists picked that day). I haven't flown in a couple of years now, though - not sure any day is noticeably less crowded than any other now. From past experience I will say that the Fort Lauderdale area in November is spectacular, especially coming from the north. Have a great time!

Posted by: seasea1 | November 6, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I used to ride horses waaaaaay back more than 50 years ago (when cars weren't invented yet ... oh, wait. That was my mom, who never rode horses). Anyway, I did enjoy, falled off enough to scare my mom to bits, and grew out of it. I still think they're fine looking animals, though. And some of them are very sweet. I have a colleague/friend in Denmark who own several horses and she competes in dressage with them. Don't know if she does any show jumping or cross country, though.

Seasea, I meant to congratulate you on Patty Murray's winning her race. Even if it was a squeaker, she still won, which is the point.

I went lickety-split through three days of the WaPo last night, ended up doing all three crossword puzzles and then went to bed. Did all my Saturday errands this morning, with one more to go this afternoon around the corner and that's it. My Zambian bro is on his way back a week from tomorrow, for maybe 3-4 days, so I've got to get the hotel (mine) ready for him. He's very used to the clutter, so it won't be that big of a deal. He is bringing me a sack of rice -- Zambian rice has a very nutty taste and I love it. Uncle Ben's can go take a hike. OTOH, I tried to find some Ritz crackers this morning *without* the evil HFCS without success. At least in the list of ingredients on the side panel, it was listed all the way to almost the bottom. I just use them to make crumbs for the spinach-tomato-cheese casserole I make for Thanksgiving (2 batches, or I can't come in).

Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Have to write a sticky note to remind myself to turn the clocks back.

Toodley Boodley

Posted by: ftb3 | November 6, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Also, do not pick the last flight of the day if you have time constraints the following day. I almost wound up spending the night in Dallas because my early afternoon flight was delayed and nearly missed the connecting flight to Fort Lauderdale, which was the last of the day. I have also flown the red-eye flights, which I don't really recommend, but they are cheaper.

Posted by: seasea1 | November 6, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

dbG, generally air fares depend less on the day of the week, and more on whether you are flying at peak commuting times (which, from your description, you are) when fares also peak. If you can fly at times most inconvenient for you (like, late night) you will see the fares drop dramatically.

Posted by: Yoki | November 6, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, ftb. At least Murray won by enough that it didn't drag on for weeks or go to a recount.

Good article in Slate about getting things done versus winning elections (from some FB friends/Boodlers). Hope Obama hears that view (he said it during the health care fracas, not sure he feels that way right now.)
http://www.slate.com/id/2273708/

Posted by: seasea1 | November 6, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Whew! Glad to see the boodle back in action. I figured if I started posting boring music someone would show up and shut me down. Love you all.

Posted by: talitha1 | November 6, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Got a weird VM re. these pics, asking me to forward it to Joel.

"Wiiillllbuurrr! Yoouuu may nnnooott uuussse my or myyyy wives' immmmaaages withouuut signing the reeeleases clipped to the gaaate! I tried to warn youuuu nnot to step there, buuuut when you found my little giiift to you there, it was nnnot coooool to use the release sheeets to clean your shoes, Wiiilllllbuurrr! Iiiii'llll suuuuuuuue, jack@$$!"

Whoever it was was so worked up, that his voice faded and he couldn't get out another word.

I think he was hoarse.

Of course.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | November 6, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

baldinho, congratulations on the new baby!

An old friend is in town, comfortably ensconced on my floor as I write. He occasionally laughs and hands me his phone so I can see whatever web comic he's just run across. After rousing ourselves at the crack dawn (or about 11:30 by the clock) it took us only three hours to purchase and then make bacon, eggs, and biscuits. We're very domestic.

The current plan is to do a whole lot of nothing until our constitutions prove up to speculating about the possibility of contemplating dinner. We stayed up solving the problems of the world last night. Sadly, the world hasn't taken notice just yet. Just as well. I'm not sure I could handle the questioning.

Mr. A, great pics! Horses, water, and a fall day I'm not sure it gets better than that. Unless there's a nap on the agenda.

Posted by: cowhand214 | November 6, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

cowhand, sounds like you and your friend are doing life the right way. Have at it, and let us know about that solution-for-the-world formula, please ... with a cherry on top.

Horses of a (very, scary) different color.

http://www.funtocollect.com/horseofadifferentcolor.html

Posted by: talitha1 | November 6, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Whoa! Those are adult versions of My Little Pony (tm) figurines.

I'd have killed for those as a kid, when I still liked to collect stuff.

Now I just collect memories. And cobwebs.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 6, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

And boodle-killers.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 6, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

That's one breathtaking photo at the end. That's worth making a big print of, and hanging up. And I don't say that about run-of-the-mill pichers.

Speaking of awful misogynistic stuff, I saw "The Killer Inside" yesterday. Pretty much not recommended. I'm tough as nails and yet found it excruciating. Perhaps this sums up much of the recent conversation:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYYTLJ8YHi4

But what I really want to know is, what's a "rancher?" As opposed to a rancher. Is it like the difference between a farmer and a gentleman farmer, or is it about the hat? And what is the difference between farmers' boots and ranchers' boots?

Posted by: Jumper1 | November 6, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I can't decide whether the horses are attacking the beautiful but mutantly magenta tree, or worshipping it. Either way, I hope Joel was careful.

Posted by: Ivansmom | November 6, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

talitha, I love those horse, way back when I was newly married and we had very little money, I painted a wooden carosel set for one of my neices, I had a lot of fun with it and thanks to my crappy memory forget that probably was not that good!

Interesting experience on the way to the Christmas store, while stopped in traffic our vehicle was rear ended pushing me (bumper tap) into the car in front of me, just one little dent on my car, which will naturally cost a lot to fix but the car that hit me has considerable damage to the front and a leaking rad. Most importantly all are fine and the exchange of info was done politely and with good cheer.

Posted by: dmd3 | November 6, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

RIP -- Jill Clayburgh died at the ripe young age of 66, from a form of leukemia she'd had for (get this!) 21 years! Wow -- didn't know it could last that long.

She was tremendous in "An Unmarried Woman".

Sad.

Posted by: ftb3 | November 6, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Gosh, dmd! I'm sorry about the accident but glad it worked out as well as it has for you.

Say, all you Dallas Cowboy fans, the Onion has a great article on how sad the nation is over their collapse this season. I think you would all enjoy it very much. I may not show it to Ivansdad, however.

Posted by: Ivansmom | November 6, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Sad to hear about Jill Clayburgh. She was also great in "Silver Streak" and "Starting Over," as I recall. Someone mentioned "Silver Streak" already. The scene where she and Gene Wilder are seducing each other while talking about flowers is a hoot. That was a fun movie.

Posted by: -pj- | November 6, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and Clayburgh also appeared in the first season of "The Rockford Files."

Posted by: -pj- | November 6, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

dmd, bummer! Glad you're all safe. I hate it when stupid things like that occur. Makes you want to shake a fist at the sky ... but you don't lest you incur worse! btw, I've always wanted a big carousel horse (total fantasy) to jump on in times of joyful abandon. Don't tell the living, breathing steeds I ride today about this or they'll never take the bit again!

Jumper ..... here's a ranchers for you. *wink*

http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&rlz=1R2ADFA_enUS398&q=Ranch+houses+images&psj=1&wrapid=tlif12890753363721&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&ei=lbrVTIbjMsWAlAe3ovGBCQ&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CCEQsAQwAA&biw=1090&bih=426

Posted by: talitha1 | November 6, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

scc: all of the above. (one glass of wine?)

Posted by: talitha1 | November 6, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Ranch house

http://0.tqn.com/d/architecture/1/0/F/w/Skywalker-Ranch.jpg

Posted by: Bob-S | November 6, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

We have a friend who was recently diagnosed with the cancer Jill Clayburgh died of -- chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He was quite shaken up at the diagnosis, but his doctor told him that at his age (75) he would likely die of something else, not this cancer, as it usually doesn't prove fatal until about 20 years after diagnosis. (There are two kinds of CLL, my friend, like Clayburgh, has the long term kind, there is one that has a shorter term.)

Posted by: nellie4 | November 6, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

CCL is also typical of agent orange cancers...can smolder and then kill within weeks....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | November 6, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Ugh, dmd. Glad to hear everyone is okay, though. It's a nuisance, but cars can be repaired a heluva lot more easily than people.

Posted by: -pj- | November 6, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I have a friend in Sweden (about 70 years old now) who has had a form of leukemia for several years now (don't know what kind) and he seems to be trundling along. It appears to be the non-aggressive kind. That reminds me -- I think I'll give him a call tomorrow.

Posted by: ftb3 | November 6, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Just a nice story to read on a day like this.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/theatre/from-south-africa-to-the-national-ballet-school-a-young-boys-great-big-leap/article1787431/

Posted by: dmd3 | November 6, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

The difference is, a farmer has poo on the outside of his boots. Or so they say.

No, this is not a rancher. He is just an old cowboy:
http://americangrandjury.org/article_photos2/cowboy.jpg

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

Oh man, I didn't even look at the website I Googled up. Just the beautiful beat up old face of that gentleman used to illustrate it. I know which side of the boots the poo is on in that writer's case.

Posted by: Jumper1 | November 6, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

dmd, sorry to hear about your bumper thumper but glad it wasn't worse. Jill Clayburgh was great in Starting Over. She always appealed to me no matter what role she played. BobS., we live in a 'ranch' house and it looks nothing like the one you cited. Here it just means a one story house.

Posted by: badsneakers | November 6, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

No poo on this cowhand .....
Nice on a Saturday evening.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DG4cSD9Ac6M

Posted by: talitha1 | November 6, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Well, George Lucas isn't exactly the average rancher!

Posted by: Bob-S | November 6, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Nathan Pritikin, the (quite ethical) diet promoter, lived with some kind of leukemia for nearly 30 years.

Suburban Florida is probably loaded with nasty chemicals. My neighbor across the street (at a previous address) drank water from the shallow well in his yard, distrusting city water from deep wells. The neighborhood had been developed about 1950, so shallow wells would likely have been contaminated with chlordane and lots of other now-banned insecticides.

A citrus grower complains that it's impossible to grow other crops on former citrus land, due to a persistent herbicide that citrus survives.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | November 6, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

I drank water from a shallow well for ten years. I found out near the end of my residence there that the entire area had been a chicken farm for years. I hope I didn't get anything bad.

That's good music, talitha!

Posted by: Jumper1 | November 6, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the Sonny Rollins, talitha. Always a pleasure to hear him!

That's a nice little spread Lucas has, Bob S.

Posted by: -pj- | November 6, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Anybody see this?

http://labs.slate.com/articles/cigarette-map/

I thought it was interesting. Wouldn't it be fascinating to see the correlation between smoking rates and voting Republican?

Posted by: slyness | November 6, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

I really like looking at horses, but I love it when the Jockeys get into it.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | November 6, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

slyness, I'd be more interested in seeing the correlation between smoking rates and voting Democrats.

Posted by: talitha1 | November 6, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

So, presumably Paris A. took a look at Willaim (and Mary), and now St. Mary's College. Both very nice institutions. Maybe she should be angle for photojounarlism as a major? Need a minor in computer graphics these days, with great facility in Photoshop.

Posted by: ebtnut | November 6, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

SCC: William, of course.

Posted by: ebtnut | November 6, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

I had a wonderful day today at a party celebrating my great niece's second birthday. What a happy, happy time.

I'm saddened at the news of Jill Clayburgh's death. I actually listen to her often in the recording of Broadway's "Pippin." I always felt like she was such an "everywoman." I see that her daughter has delayed her own Broadway debut to mourn.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 6, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Fascinating article on bison ranching.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/where-the-carpaccio-roams/article1788104/page1/

Posted by: dmd3 | November 6, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Out here in God's Country, Pardn'r, we say the difference between farming and ranching is that farmers raise plants for market, and ranchers, animals. There is some slippage of course. Some ranchers have market gardens, and some farmers keep a few head beeves, but the fundamental economic purpose of each establishment is thus defined.

Me? If I had my way, I'd be a rancher *and* a cowboy than a farmer (if I had a separate shower/privy and make-up budget from the other boys in the bunkhouse).

Posted by: Yoki | November 6, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, that's our definition too. Farmers tend to have animals, and ranchers also often grow plants (for their animals to eat) but the essential nature of the enterprise is flora (farming) or fauna (ranching).

Posted by: Ivansmom | November 6, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

No ranches around here, but how do you classify a dairy farm, or chicken, turkey, pork? Are ranches just restricted geographically to prairie landscapes - which would make sense as it, from my understanding takes more acreage to feed the animals than it would where I am.

There is a small bison preserve not to far from me, we used to go from time to time when I was young - I do not believe they are native to this area.

Love the pictures in that ranch story.

Posted by: dmd3 | November 6, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

That would be a turkey ranch! Hee hee.

Posted by: Yoki | November 6, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

I think that's right, dmd - a dictionary definition for ranch specified range conditions, or that a ranch is usually larger than a farm, or devoted to one kind of animal (mink ranch). Also that "ranch" is more common in western Canada or USA. Back East, I dreamed about having a horse farm...but I fantasized about ranches too. Hope a fight doesn't break out between the cattlemen and sheep ranchers...

I'd even settle for a ranchette!

Posted by: seasea1 | November 6, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Lots of horse farms near me, most on the smaller scale but there are some large one.

I have had bison before at a wine tasting dinner, bison was the main course (tenderloin I believe), the chef came out and spoke about how he prepared the meal - it was a great evening.

Posted by: dmd3 | November 6, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

And the Royal Winter Fair is on now,

http://royalfair.org/home

Posted by: dmd3 | November 6, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Zenyatta ran second in her race, but what a beautiful big horse. She really did dance and prance before the race.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/06/AR2010110603700.html?hpid=artslot

Posted by: seasea1 | November 6, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

No ranches in this part of the world. If you have cattle, you have a dairy farm or beef on the hoof. Many farmers do both, especially poultry and vegetables. In my old age, I've learned to identify some of the more common types of beef cattle.

Mr. T and I have discovered a taste for bison. It's a good, lean meat and makes tasty burgers. I hope they do come back as an alternative to beef. There is a farm in Ashe County with a herd; I always have to look to see if they are on the hill when we go by. Bison are biiggg animals.

The first time I saw bison (as an adult) was at the Great Salt Lake, where they are wild. As big as the car, they were. I wouldn't want to get crossways with one.

Great story, dmd, thanks for sharing. Oh the irony!

Posted by: slyness | November 6, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Great article on bison, dmd. I'm picturing them sliding down an icy driveway :-). I've been trying to get up the nerve to try the meat, after reading this article, I guess I should, altho' I hope it's not Gary!

Posted by: badsneakers | November 6, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

We buy buffalo meat when it's on sale. I suppose it's actually bison, but marketed as buffalo.

Posted by: seasea1 | November 6, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

It's marketed as bison around here. I've only bought the ground meat, but I've seen ribeyes and other steaks.

Posted by: slyness | November 6, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Then you got yer space cowboys
jokers and tokers ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFV2iG3dnpU

Posted by: talitha1 | November 6, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

As I've mentioned here before, there's an ostrich ranch around the corner, as well as a llama, alpaca and vicuna ranch within walking distance. The latter is wooly, not meaty.

Ostrich is good protein and cooks up well. Bison is no different than any other beef, so I've never understood why folks have an aversion to it ... unless it's that back of the nickel, american symbol thang. Support your local bison or ostrich rancher!

Posted by: talitha1 | November 6, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

http://jbonamassa.com/

Posted by: Yoki | November 7, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

"Buffalo" sounds too much like mozarella. Thinking of which, the NY Times has a pizza cheese story for the Tea Party and Pritikin crowds.

Early one morning, in the mists near the Old Faithful Overlook at Yellowstone, I heard a bullhorn voice loud and clear: "I wouldn't do that if I were you. Bison don't...." A park ranger somewhere down below was urging some tourist to change direction.

The largest animal I've actually been really close to (and not anesthetized, bound, or dead) was a manatee at the beach this summer. There was a nose, a couple of yards away.

The heat just came on. It probably did that sometime early yesterday morning, but this is the first time I noticed it. At 53 outdoors, it's already cooler than predicted.

I finished clearing out big, sun-loving bromeliads (Aechmea blanchetiana from the Atlantic coast of Brazil). These are striking plants, but their leaves have gone from orange to merely green as the bed becomes shadier. A bunch of pups are going to a botanical garden sale in 2 weeks.

I'm replanting with a couple of shade-liking bromeliads, about two dozen Hippeastrum (Christmas amaryllis), and some Easter lilies. An oregano bush that's waiting for a spot and a lemongrass will go into a small, sunny bed that will ease mowing around two little camellia bushes. They grow, but at a rate that makes boxwoods seem rabbit-fast. They've been justifying their lives this week with flowers. Red Barber would approve.

I put off bedding the camellias because the area's infested with bermuda grass, which is terribly hard to get rid of. Maybe landscape cloth plus cardboard.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | November 7, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Oh my! I'm going for old-time punk. Sorry dear hearts.

Posted by: Yoki | November 7, 2010 1:13 AM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCpCmt0OXNc

Posted by: -jack- | November 7, 2010 1:34 AM | Report abuse

gram parsons and the fbb covered wild horses on burrito deluxe. the urban legend has it that this take compelled the rolling stones to lay down the tracks that are so familiar today.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8I48TGYnVUY

Posted by: -jack- | November 7, 2010 1:47 AM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEUTE0K3B3o&feature=related

Posted by: -jack- | November 7, 2010 1:54 AM | Report abuse

hat.

Posted by: -jack- | November 7, 2010 1:56 AM | Report abuse

Since I haven't ever sampled buffalo burger or buffalo steaks, I can't atest for the flavor, however, I can tell you that buffalo wings do taste like chicken.

Posted by: WhackyWeasel | November 7, 2010 5:15 AM | Report abuse

WW, LOL, Thx.

Because somebody posted some Puccini yesterday:

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

Rent is playing one more week at Toby's in Columbia. And while I can't think of anything much less bohemian than a dinner theater production of Rent, the show was excellent and the casting was amazing.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 7, 2010 6:09 AM | Report abuse

Morning, JK. Hi WW. Talitha, the only caution on bison or beefalo, is can dry out, specially in grilled versions. My family's solution: lay bacon strips on top.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | November 7, 2010 6:18 AM | Report abuse

dmd, Witch no.1 and her cousin were at the Winter Fair. I contributed with the lending of a car.
My old body feels like I moved 3 tons of leaves yesterday, probably because I moved 3 tons of leaves. There is another ton and a half to shift today... With this grey and cold weather I would rather stay inside and do some F1 and football watching and fall cooking.
Bison is just like horsemeat. More tender than beef but very lean so it can indeed dry out and get tough. It's better to have it rare rather than well done when grilling it. Something that is really different is wild boar. The meat is as red as beef but the texture is pork-like. It's very lean as well. Apparently one problem with wild boar is that the animals have personalities so the breeders/ranchers get attached to them. I visited this farm last summer and I tried some cuts.
http://www.sanglier-outaouais.com/les-sangliers.html

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 7, 2010 6:40 AM | Report abuse

The cuteness factor of the baby wild boar (boarlets?) is huge. They really look and hehave like little dogs with snouts. The 400-lbs old boars with 6-inch tusks, not so much.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 7, 2010 6:50 AM | Report abuse

Hi SD -- parts of the fam raise bison and beefalo, so I learned this trick from them. And, the flavor of bacon-infused anything is worse a last meal status.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | November 7, 2010 6:58 AM | Report abuse

I went to a Newseum event with Dana Milbank yesterday where he discussed his book about Glenn Beck. When asked if he had been threatened by Beck supporters, he said no because Beck has diligently avoided mentioning his name. However, he is a little nervous about Bill Reilly's jokes about having him beheaded under sharia law.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRrk7DM09qo

The beheading quip is at 4:29, but before that there is a long tirade where O'Reilly abuses Fred Hiatt (including showing his picture, presumably so Fox News viewers can identify him on the street) for even running Milbank's column.

This addresses something I (and others in the boodle) have brought up before. Despite Hiatt running his Halfway House for Wayward Neocons, he can get no traction from the far right as long as one liberal voice is heard. The WaPo will always be a whipping boy for the conservatives no matter how much they kowtow.

btw, Dana had good things to say about Joel when I mentioned him.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 7, 2010 7:05 AM | Report abuse

Courageous people your family CqP. I've watched a farmer/rancher once trying to convince a fully grown bison to stop demolishing the barn. The big tractor finally won the day but is was a fair fight. I wouldn't raise bison myself.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 7, 2010 7:05 AM | Report abuse

Yes, SD, the bison remain wild-eyed, and will not submit....beefalo? Some a cowlike and others retain the wary nervousness of the wilding....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | November 7, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

We took a big family vacation to Big Sky country two summers ago and we got bisoned out. There were buffalo everywhere. We saw them at Custer State Park, the Badlands, Yellowstone, and Teddy Roosevelt National Park.

Bison are no longer a tourist attraction to us. We will never feel the need to go out of our way to see a bison again. Here are my pictures from Custer State Park in South Dakota:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/yellojkt/sets/72157625330299124/

Not only were the buffalo roaming, but there were deer and antelope playing. Although it was the feral donkeys who were the most playful and the least shy.

But I do have to admit that bison are beautiful majestic beasts. Beautiful, majestic, tasty beasts.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 7, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

Morning all, hi Cassandra! There is heavy frost on the roof of the house across the street. A good thing I got the tomatoes and peppers up yesterday!

We are celebrating All Saints Day this morning, by tolling handbells as the names of the church members who have died in the last year are read. It will be tough, with three gone within the last two weeks. The addition of the son of our music minister and organist was the catalyst for having the handbells. Too hard for the mother to toll the chimes on the organ.

But it looks to be a beautiful day. SD, Mr. T vacuumed leaves yesterday afternoon. He commented to me that he filled ten (huge) bags and it doesn't look like the leaf fall has even started. People who love autumn don't have five fullgrown willow oaks in their yards.

Posted by: slyness | November 7, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Cocoa Beach's bronze statue of prominent local surfer Kelly Slater arrived yesterday, hours after he'd clinched his tenth world championship on the pro circuit.

Slater's longevity in a grueling competitive setup is amazing. He's nearly 40, competing against extremely fit guys just a bit more than half his age.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | November 7, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

A letter writer to WaPo gives Zak et.al. a history lesson in fake news.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/05/AR2010110504835.html

She also laments the loss of copy editors.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 7, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Anyone got a Cone of Silence handy? Apparently my snoring caused NukeSpouse to seek her extra hour of sleep elsewhere in the house, which makes me sad.

Making me even sadder is seeing one of my former employers inadvertently promoting fearmongering quackery:

http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20101107-NEWS-11070326

*SIGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH*

Time for more laundry and football, I'd say...

*happy-to-see-the-servers-weathered-the-time-change Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 7, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Take the snoring seriously Scotty. See a doctor or an allergist. I went back on Flonase when I was about to be booted onto the futon.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 7, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Do check in with your doctor, Scotty. Mr. T recently had the sleep test and was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea. Now he has a CPAP and makes no noise. He used to rattle the rafters when he snored, it drove me crazy.

Posted by: slyness | November 7, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous communist plot we have ever had to face.

Posted by: PopSocket | November 7, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion, and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.

Posted by: PopSocket | November 7, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

I think I'll just tape my jaw shut and use Breathe-Rite strips or something... *SIGH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 7, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

The ombudsman takes on WaPo's crowd count of the Stewart rally and the lack thereof.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/05/AR2010110505453.html

He also ridicules the silly poll they did use. It's like the guy reads the boodle or something.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 7, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Oh, the farmer and the cowman should be friends,
Oh, the farmer and the cowman should be friends.
One man likes to push a plough,
The other likes to chase a cow,
But that's no reason why they cain't be friends.

Territory folks should stick together,
Territory folks should all be pals.
Cowboys dance with farmer's daughters,
Farmers dance with the ranchers' gals.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjVQqGlj4A8&feature=related

Posted by: yellojkt | November 7, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Ha! Yello... Son of G sang that song in his middle school's production of Oklahoma! You've got to ask him to sing it for you at his next BPH. (Not that he will... but asking is fun enough.)

Posted by: -TBG- | November 7, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

TBG,
Too funny. I vaguely recall my high school putting on 'Oklahoma.' The Arena Stage is inaugurating a brand new building with that show, which got a pretty decent review in WaPo:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/05/AR2010110507023.html

I've seen a few too many surreys with the fringe on top in my day for it to entice me. In other Broadway news, they have canceled the SpiderMan performance I had tickets for for a third time. This show is snakebit.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 7, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Good morning! I am enjoying this happy shining bright morning. After a few days with not nearly enough sleep it was wonderful to have the sun already high in the sky when I arose. I may be awake enough after church to do some work outside.

Scottynuke, I strongly second the recommendation to consult a doctor or allergist about heavy snoring. It can signal underlying problems, and they can be fixed (or at least the symptoms can be tamed).

Posted by: Ivansmom | November 7, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

I like that Yello,beautiful,majestic,tasty beasts.
Hey Popsocket,are you staying at my hotel in room 334?Or is this world just chock full of kooks.

It has been a beautiful fall,the colors have been awesome and I find myself the most peaceful out enjoying nature and solitude with the colors and the beasts.

Now out to visit 70,000 of my best friends as my Purple Boys try to squish the fish.Guess what the tailgate feast consists of today? you guessed right Mahi-Mahi which is also named Daulphin.

Have a Great day everyone!!!

Purple with Envy

Posted by: greenwithenvy | November 7, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

The house smells of baking cookies. Last week the cookie factory was cranking out Cat Turds in Their Litter and this week Mrs. D is making a new kind; Orange Cookie Bâtons.
These are short (2 in.) little sticks extruded from a pastry "caulking gun" fitted with a star-shaped socket. They are cute little buggers but the recipe makes hundreds of them. Mrs. D says next time around she'll halve the recipe.
I suspect the kids's "normal portion" will be around 10 cookies.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 7, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Well, you can always fax the leftovers to the Boodle, Shriek.

*wondering if the Lions game will be shown anywhere in my vicinity*

Incredible Michigan game yesterday against Illinois. Apparently, after three (count 'em, 3!) overtimes, Michigan won 67-65. That sounds more like a marathon overtime at Wimbeldon than a football game FCOL!

I need to change the fluorescent bulbs in my kitchen ceiling light, which I can not do myself (even getting up on a step ladder (and with my knees, that sure ain't gonna work) gives me the bends). At least there's a Home Depot behind Montgomery Mall a coupla blocks away, but I don't even know the size of these tubes (without getting on the stepladder), so I can't go get them myself.

*sigh*

I'll get used to working in the dark, I'm sure.

Posted by: ftb3 | November 7, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Fluorescent tubes seem to work decently in commercial settings, but I've never figured out the design of the sockets into which the prongs fit. Why have sockets that require you to jiggle the tube until it stops flickering?

I'm thinking of getting an electrician to replace the fluorescent fixtures in the bathrooms with ordinary sockets.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | November 7, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

We replaced the 100-watt fluorescent tube in my (windowless) bathroom with a four-bulb fixture, in the wintertime. Then I made the mistake of putting 60-watt bulbs in. The first morning I turned on the lights, they blinded me. Sooo, went back to 25-watt bulbs. With the light over the bathtub, it's plenty light enough.

Just a cautionary tale...

Posted by: slyness | November 7, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

ftb,
Changing fluorescent tubes is not for the faint of heart nor the weak of knee. Definitely try to find a friend or a neighbor to help you.

Tube sized are based on length of tube and tube diameter. Most residential fluorescents are 4 feet long with a T12 pin configuration (indicating a 1-1/2" diameter tube). It would be very rare to find the newer T8 (1" diameter) type lamps in a home. The model number should say F40T12 or something similar.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 7, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Of course now that the Lions are playing a team i'm not interested in it's not blacked out. Sanchez, Schmanchez.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 7, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone been buying the LED lightbulbs yet? They're expensive on the front end, but I imagine you wouldn't have to change them very often.

I just wonder how they look.

http://bit.ly/9eYfaK

Posted by: -TBG- | November 7, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Changing them-- yet another reason not to use old fashioned fluorescent lights.

If it's too long to be made into a jedi sword, it's too long for your house.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 7, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, I'd get them over fluorescent if only because they don't flicker. That's the same reason why I went from regular screens to LED as soon as I could-- solved my eyestrain. The only difference is that they tend to be really white in light, rather than yellow-white, so the same watt can feel much brighter.

However, it beats the blue-white of fluorescent lights. I'm hypersensitive to flicker and can get migraines even before a fluorescent light is visibly slowing down to a flicker-- I get a synesthetic whine and my eyes can't track motion properly.

Death to fluorescent lights, I say.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 7, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Hmm. There is an "LED Journal."
http://www.ledjournal.com/

Posted by: Jumper1 | November 7, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Also, if you go into the home horticulture business, LED's are easier on your electricity bill and (depending upon your chosen crop) less likely to draw the attention of law enforcement.

Posted by: Bob-S | November 7, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I don't think LED is quite there yet.

I do have LED light strips in and under the kitchen cabinets, and liked them enough to install more atop bookcases in the study.

A 15 watt LED floodlight over the kitchen sink provides a superabundance of light. (EcoSmart from Home Depot, made in USA by Lighting Science of Satellite Beach, Fla.) It replaces someone else's LED flood (sold by another mega-retailer) that croaked after a few months.

Three more dimmable Ecosmarts are in the dining room ceiling fixture. Unlike incandescents, the LEDs maintain the same light color as they dim, so instead of going to candle-light yellow, the dimmed bulbs seem more like moonlight. Creepy.

A reasonable LED approximation of a 25-watt incandescent bulb is working in the hall.

An Ikea wardrobe has Ikea LED light strips that turn on as the doors slide open. Not quite perfect but ingenious and useful.

A yellow LED floodlight is over the front door. It doesn't catch the attention of insects thanks to its color and lack of heat.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | November 7, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, everyone. I slipped a note under the door of my across the hall neighbor, and if he looks down, he'll find it. If I can confirm the length and the diameter, that's all I need. My regular handyman will be here on Tuesday to install. In the meantime, I have a light over the sink (under the cabinets) and one over the stove, so that'll have to do.

Hey, Shriek -- Lions are up 7-0 against the Jets. Woo-hoo (so far).

Posted by: ftb3 | November 7, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Uh, Scotty...can you do something? Make a phone call? Send them an e-mail?

Bob S., thanks for defending me the other day. Alas, the fault was mine: I should know better by now then to try to hold a serious discussion while that glasshat's in the house. I'm not gonna refudiate his post because (a) I assume most Boodlers were aware, as you were, of the numerous erros, inaccuracies, and reading comprehension failures in his post, and (b) he's just not worth my time. But I had to laugh at both the temerity of the "we" in "We get it: you don't like..." when he obviously doesn't remotely get it, but speaks on behalf of the Boodle anyway.

And by the way, welcome back.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | November 7, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Buy her some "Hearos," ScottyNuke. I recommend them highly.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 7, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Got the measurements -- 48" long and 1" diameter. And there are four of them.

Ah, the joys of home ownership, eh? Tuesday afternoon it is, by gum!

Posted by: ftb3 | November 7, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Check the info printed on the tube, too. Also, the light color--daylight, warm, whatever.

On one of my regular walking routes, the piano practice house seems to be mostly lighted by daylight fluorescent tubes. I guess they're used to it. I'd go nuts.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | November 7, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the Lions are ahead of a respectable team; 13-10 against the Jets. After last week's game the Lions stood 0-38 against the Rest of the NFL and 2-0 against the Warshington Football Franchise& Racial Slur in their last 40 games. They are improving every week but there is still a long way to go.

The Potage Parmentier (or potato&leak soup as they say in SK) and taco meat are down, the Hubbard sqaush is in the oven and I've gathered the ingredients for an oyster casserole. I scored 2 dozens of nice old-style Caraquet oyster. They are ugly but so good. They were cutely packed in a nailed little wooden box. It's always nice to use a prybar to open packages of food.
The Hubbard had to be cooked as some squirrel decided that the sturdy squash (the skin must be 50 Rc) wasn't Halloween decor anymore but lunch. The local rodentry is getting out of hand.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | November 7, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

WaPo today in a special section printed a letter to the president:

///May the hand of the devil strike you down before long-You are destroying the country

Damn you-every breath you take-

Hand of God against you///

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/05/AR2010110503085.html

Only it was to Abraham Lincoln in 1861. The more things change...

Posted by: yellojkt | November 7, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh, the delectable sweetness of evil and hatred. I wonder if the so-called Christians who rail against those who do not march in lockstep with them (thereby ruling out all the Christians who don't, so don't send me death threats) recognize that the difference between them and the Taliban is, um, well, nothing?

Nevertheless, the Lions are ahead in the 4th quarter, as is Cleveland with a towering lead over New England, so all is well in the world (or at least my world).

Got rid of a tremendous amount of junk this afternoon, feeling smug as all get-out, which must mean that it's time to settle down and settle in on the WaPo dead tree addition for a spell.

Posted by: ftb3 | November 7, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

With all due respect, you're making assumptions, mudge.

Others have the right to disagree with you, whether you're working something out in your mind or not. Apparent unwillingness to acknowledge their points does not render their points meaningless or make them asshats, nor is it a "serious discussion" when others' points of view are dismissed out of hand or deliberately misinterpreted.

Last summer many, many well-respected Boodlers stood up for yello and I don't believe that support has been rescinded.

Posted by: -dbG- | November 7, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Mudge -- keep your intensity and content. But, dial back the insult and particular target focus...it's a bar and we are all at the stools. All are welcome.

Somebody keep a watch on my Malbec; I want this when I return from by bike ride. Heron report later.

YK, you are invited on the ride any ole time.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | November 7, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

*sigh*

But we made them play in overtime. Getting better, just not there yet.

Poor little kitty cats. And their fans.

Posted by: ftb3 | November 7, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it's so nice to have a bar big enough for everyone. And a bar long enough to be able to choose who to sit near.

CqP... I'll be happy to keep an eye on your Malbec. I'm enjoying this sweet Cranberry wine Bad Sneakers brought with her last weekend. Perfect for a chilly autumn afternoon.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 7, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

CqP, are you consigning the poodleka to domestic?

Posted by: -dbG- | November 7, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

People with sticks so far up their butt they need a surgical team for any hope of having it removed probably shouldn't call others glasshats. And your posts showed that you didn't have a clue what you were talking about, but kept insisting that we weren't getting it. If you don't listen to music, why would you comment on it as if you were the final authority? (FWIW, he wasn't trivializing date rape any more than the Dixiew Chicks were advocating murder of wife beaters and then burying them in the tomato garden. That was your uninformedd interpretation. Also FWIW, more than one or two here think you're the king of the glasshats.)

Posted by: LostInThought | November 7, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Now... is the glasshat like an astronaut's bubble or more of a top hat like Lincoln or the mad hatter?

Posted by: -TBG- | November 7, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

You can get them custom made. As one would expect, a pressed glasshat is easier to obtain than a handblown glasshat.

http://www.mountainstatescollector.com/articles.asp?ArticleID=126

I wonder if you can order a glasshat with earmuffs attached? Would it be rude to wear a sportscap glasshat with the bill in the back? What's the point of wearing a hat through which you can see the wearer is having a bad-hair day?

Posted by: -dbG- | November 7, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Like the clear tissue holder! What's the point of THAT? So you can show off the expensive brand of tissues you buy, but want to protect?

http://bit.ly/bp7gkd

Posted by: -TBG- | November 7, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Is that a clear garbage can?

Posted by: dmd3 | November 7, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Yes! A clear garbage can. Hadn't even noticed that.

The description of the set says "This crystal clear, high quality, heavyweight Lucite bath ensemble is molded into crisp block forms that will transform your bathroom, giving it an upscale sophistication."

My Puffs box and used q-tips and feminine products will really look upscale and sophisticated in the clear tissue cover and garbage can.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 7, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

I think I would love cranberry wine! We have cranberries here too - wonder if anyone makes it locally...

Posted by: seasea1 | November 7, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

I meant to say cranberries are grown in WA state. And I did find a locally produced cranberry wine which I can order online. Yippee!

Posted by: seasea1 | November 7, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Goodbye Earl!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw7gNf_9njs

And yes, that is Jane Krakowski from '30 Rock' in the video.

Country music is a songwriter's medium. With few exceptions, the biggest hits are all written by people other than the performer. Top stars have top writers work for them.

There is a restaurant in Nashville called the Bluebird Cafe which does a lot of songwriter spotlights. Their signature format is to have four different songwriters sit in the round on wooden chairs in the center with the audience all around sitting at cafe tables. It's a very small space, so you are never more that a couple of yards from the performers.

Each songwriter plays just acoustic guitar and they take turns giving a story about a song they have written and they then play it. It's like getting four unplugged concerts at once.

The night we were there, one of the writers was Richard Leigh who had written "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" for Crystal Gayle. His other signature song was "Cold Day In July" for the Dixie Chicks.

Well, this happened to be the week that Natalie Maines said she was "ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas." There were a few gasps from the audience when the Chix were even mentioned, but Leigh quickly disassociated himself from the politics and sang the song.

Here is their version of it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ywD3505pH8

Posted by: yellojkt | November 7, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

My thoughts exactly TBG, however, I am fussy about the tissue boxes I buy, particularly at Christmas, all about the looks. I am one of those odd people who got really excited by nice designs on tissue boxes, cover them never!

Posted by: dmd3 | November 7, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

There's a live recording of Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, and Guy Clark at the Bluebird Cafe. Three of the finest songwriters ever swapping songs playing a benefit show. Here's a description of it. I think it's still in print.

http://countrymusic.about.com/library/bltogetheratthebluebirdrev.htm

Posted by: -pj- | November 7, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

yello... we went to such a show at the Listening Cafe in Nashville in August, but it was even more special since one of the songwriters was a high school friend of my traveling companion, T.

There are so many songwriters in Nashville. I had no idea. T's friend has been making a decent living at it for 27 years now.

We learned some industry terms during the show that night, as I'm sure you did, too: Singers are called "artists." Songs that are recorded are called "cuts."

Even though I'm not a fan of C&W music, I'm really looking forward to visiting Nashville again and spending more time there. There is so much amazing talent on stage for free (or the price of a cheap drink) in so many places, especially if you stay away from the "strip."

Posted by: -TBG- | November 7, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

In horse related news, NYC Mayor Bloomberg's daughter was injured in an equestrian competition:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/07/AR2010110703766.html?hpid=topnews
She competed at the Washington Horse Show recently.

Still my favorite Dixie Chicks song:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hntXAO_Rq7c

although this runs a close second:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4NTn3Pn05A&feature=related

Posted by: seasea1 | November 7, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I have clear plastic q-tip and cotton ball holders. I don't think they add to the ambiance of my bathroom, but they sure are handy for determining when I need to refill the contents. We use tissues too quickly to care what the box looks like. We usually have about one open box for every two rooms. I am constantly amazed, and slightly uncomfortable, when I visit a house with no visible tissue boxes.

This is the first day I have felt really well for a week, and I didn't know it until today. Consequently, the patio is swept of leaves and about an inch of dirt was shoveled from it, the dirtiest outside windows (and a couple of inside ones) are clean, the former pitiful garden boxes are emptied of their soil and stored, and the new hammock is usable.

An Italian-sausage lasagna is in the oven. I admit I'm glad I have no Italian heritage; it might prevent me from using the Barilla no-boil lasagna noodles, which make this dish possible in my house. I'm also a fan of jarred sauce, which I would probably otherwise make from scratch. Oh - that sausage was storebought links, grilled but not eaten and frozen, thawed and chunked up with green peppers, onion, garlic, tomato paste and red wine. Thank goodness for prepared ingredients. I'm fussy about some food things but not about others.

Posted by: Ivansmom | November 7, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

I actually have a clear wastebasket in my bedroom, which replaced a lucite one that broke. I bought it at The Container Store and I like it. So, what's the problem here?

;-)

Posted by: slyness | November 7, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure it adds upscale sophistication to your room, Slyness!

:-)

Posted by: -TBG- | November 7, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

The one phrase about the country music business that really hit home to me was from the second Dixie Chicks song seasea mentioned. They sing:

Now me, I went to Nashville, tryin' to beat the big deal
Playin' down on Broadway, gettin' there the hard way
Living from a tip jar, sleeping in my car
Hocking my guitar, yeah I'm gonna be a star

The bars on Broadway will have three or four different artists playing each night. When one band finishes they have about a half hour before the next one sets up. Some bars have two stages so the music never stops.

Most nights the artists don't get any cover or a share of the bar. They just have a big empty water jug or tin pail with a "Tips" sign taped to it.

Watching guys (and gals) trying to make it on Broadway made that song real to me. Living from a tip jar sounds mighty scary.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 7, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

On of my mother's many arts and crafts kicks was tissue paper box covers. We have a bunch of gingham styled cloth cases which you have to untie to take the empty box out before putting a new box in. Seems a shame since the tissue makers go to all the trouble of making those fancy patterns on their boxes.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 7, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Nashville also looks like a Mecca for graphic artists.

I told Son of G he should take his MacBook down there and set out a tip jar on Broadway, showing off his design work.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 7, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

What I really need, TBG, is a replacement for the wastebasket by the secretary in the living room. That's where I pay bills, so I need it. The current one is at least 30 years old; it's metal covered in (now threadbare) red velvet with gold trim and was made by a friend of my mother's. Was it my brother who said it looked like it belongs in a bordello? I keep looking but I haven't found anything I like.

Posted by: slyness | November 7, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Bobby Pinson, the guy who cowrote 'Get Out Of My Car' with Toby Keith, will play backyard events for three grand plus airfare. The fine print details are really hilarious. Go to his website and click on "Touring".

http://www.bobbypinson.com/fr_home.cfm

I say we book him for the next BPH. The only catch is that he won't play Dixie Chick songs for any price.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 7, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

You should look for one at the Sleepy Poet Antique Mall on South Blvd, Slyness. It's a great place... a usual stop for me when I'm down there.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 7, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Years ago #2 gave me a green ceramic fish cover for square boxes of tissue. I call it the blow fish but she insists it's a snot fish. It's rather whimsical so I like it a lot. I do understand that covering up a box that is already colorfully designed seems silly, but what if you can't find the right color to go with the room decor? YMMV.

We now have chimney caps to keep out the rain and critters. #2 and SIL were here for dinner and as SIL has no fear of heights, he did the capping for us. Good thing as it's raining now.

Posted by: badsneakers | November 7, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

How is #2 doing, Sneaks? And can SIL come down here and cap our chimney? :-)

Posted by: -TBG- | November 7, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Ahh, Entergy and the plant across the river.

Scotty, this won't increase the asking price for her.

http://www.wmur.com/news/25665908/detail.html

Posted by: baldinho | November 7, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Well TBG, he keeps saying he wants to move to South Carolina, so I guess the answer is maybe. #2 is doing okay. She had xrays the other day and all seems to be coming along well. It's still quite painful but she's back to bartending a few nights. She did say that she's sleeping a lot more than she used to. I assume part of this may be due to the pain meds and part just her body trying to heal by resting a lot.

Posted by: badsneakers | November 7, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Why SC, Sneaks? I can think of much nicer places (NC, for example). Or Virginia. YMMV.

I'll check it out, TBG. South Blvd isn't normally in my universe.

Posted by: slyness | November 7, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

His backyard tour page is very funny. Sounds like an entertaining guy, I'll chip in $20.

Posted by: -dbG- | November 7, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

I don't really know Slyness. He 'hates' it here and thinks that he could do better down there. They were planning a trip there to check out the area this fall before #2's accident, so they didn't go. He wants to bring his boat down, live on it, and do fishing charters. #2 says she won't go until/unless he gets established as she can make good money here. I think he's nuts but he'll have to go there and try it as he's stubborn that way. I think the culture will be so different that he will not like it, but I could be wrong as I've never been there myself and am just making assumptions that could be all wrong.

Posted by: badsneakers | November 7, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Is he Republican, Sneaks? That's the culture in SC. My brother moved south of the border in 1993 and has gone over to the dark side in a big way. It's very sad. Not to mention that we fight most undecorously; our mother would be shocked. I don't bring up politics, and he's learned it's not a good idea.

This, from a guy whose college education was funded by the VA because our father had a service-connected disability. I do not, and never will, understand the mindset.

That said, if he's good at what he does and folks learn to like him, he will do well, even if he is a Yankee.

Posted by: slyness | November 7, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

I went to the Capitals game tonight. The Caps' rookie goaltender (Holtby) outlasted the Flyers' rookie goaltender (Bobrovsky) as Washington won it 3-2 in overtime. Apparently the Caps didn't really want to play much more, as they scored almost immediately when overtime began.

Posted by: Bob-S | November 7, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

He's not very political, Slyness, but I doubt he's a Republican. He's also not at all religious, which I think might be an issue down there. He's a good guy but not warm and friendly until you get to know him, which could also be a problem. I think his main reason for wanting to go there is the weather and just to get out of the place he's always lived. I don't get it as he has many friends and contacts here and he knows no one down there. But he's got to try it, I guess.

I talked to an old neighbor of a friend at a recent wedding who had retired to NC, near Charlotte. She said they didn't really fit in there as they weren't church goers, but they stayed because one of their children lived nearby. I think it's hard for us Yankees to move to the south after we've reached a certain age. The culture is just so different, not better or worse, just different. And this is why I have my doubts about SIL's decision.

Posted by: badsneakers | November 7, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Now, gods, stand up for bastards!

Posted by: Jumper1 | November 7, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Which is an anagram for "A Bandstand God Proofs Wursts".

Posted by: Bob-S | November 7, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Also, "A Substandard Dog Stops Frowns".

Posted by: Bob-S | November 7, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Oops. One too many "s"s in that last one.

Posted by: Bob-S | November 7, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Enter Gloucester...

Posted by: Bob-S | November 7, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Good night, all.

Baldinho, a belated congrats, and Maggie, so glad to see your recovery is going well.

yello, sometimes I envy the way you get around, my man.

Marc Kaufmann's article (in today's Post) about international cooperation on the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (SETI) was interesting to me, and perhaps to other Boodlers who care about such things. I know many of us have read "Captured by Aliens" and some recently read "Anathem," too.

Once again, I really do wonder if there is a bright center to the universe, and if this planet is where it's farthest from.

On a final note, I finally watched the video that there's been so much fuss about. I didn't see it as a joke, but as mocking of men who would commit such dastardly acts in their own words, with a warning at the end. By employing a voice and a style they're familiar with (but a different persona employed by the singer -- think Mick Jagger singing "Sympathy for the Devil"), it seemed a pretty subtle way to try to reach guys who wouldn't otherwise care to listen to such a message. TK, subtle? Who knew?

I realize I may end up off of someone's Xmas list or to be called names for the content of this post. I'm willing to live with that.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | November 7, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

bc,
That particular Nashville trip was me tagging along with my wife for some educator conference. She hung around shop teachers all day and we hit the bars at night. I did talk her into playing hookey one day so we could take the Jack Daniels brewery tour.

We're thinking of going down to Kentucky for spring break to drive the Bourbon Trail. We may have to build a secret compartment in our trunk to hide all the moonshine.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 8, 2010 5:07 AM | Report abuse

Believe me, 'Mudge, I was sending the Pats all sorts of messages yesterday... They kept me from a perfect pickin' Sunday, dagnabit!!!!

baldinho, the plant's following the regulations properly, isn't that the important thing?

*always-thankful-for-a-loaner-laptop-on-the-way-back-into-the-office-and-finding-those-tiara-extensions-so-I-don't-warp-the-dang-thing Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 8, 2010 6:27 AM | Report abuse

And speaking of REALLY clueless people, there's always DeMint...

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2010/11/demint-republicans-sank-christ.html

*RME*

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 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. Ouch!, ftb3, Christians on the same wave lenghth as the Talibans?

It was so cold here yesterday morning, I had no choice but to turn the heat on. The time change threw me off, so I was earlier than usual. My neighbor and I spent the time drinking coffee at Burger King before heading to church. It warmed just a tad later in the afternoon, but not really warm, warm.

Slyness, hope your neighborhood didn't get any of the white stuff. It's suppose to be warmer later in the week. I knew this would happen, yearning for the warmth but not embracing it when we had it a few weeks ago.

The baby shower was nice, got to see one of my grandsons. They're getting ready to take driver's ed. I can't believe we're at that stage already! My daughter, I worry about her, just hope everything will be okay. I love her dearly.

Scotty
My son snored so loud, people could hear him outside the apartment we were living in. I took him to the doctor and he was diagnosed with sleep apnea(?). In my son's case, he needed to lose weight, and needed much more sleep than the regular eight hours that few of us really get.

Have a beautiful, Monday, folks, and love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | November 8, 2010 6:41 AM | Report abuse

Anything that p1sses people, especially other Republicans, off at DeMint is fine with me.

Congrats on the tiara Scotty. The ladies seem to think they own it.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 8, 2010 6:46 AM | Report abuse

Even though S'nuke I'm sure looks great in a tiara, FedEx shouldn't be called just yet. TBG's still got a shot at it, and really, she carries it off so regally.

Busy busy Monday, but at least I didn't send my chlid to school in the dark today. Have a happy one all.

Posted by: LostInThought | November 8, 2010 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Happy Monday, all. It was nice to walk in daylight; at least the sun came up while we were walking. I had on the heavy jacket and needed my earmuffs, I won't forget them tomorrow!

No white stuff here, Cassandra, but frost on lawns and roofs. I don't know if it snowed at the mountain place, it's above 3500 feet so it probably got some.

Ham biscuits, coffee and hot tea on the ready room table. I'm sure MsJS will be along shortly with other comestibles.

Mr. T was happy with the outcome of the Carolina/Florida State game, and beyond that I did not inquire about football this weekend.

Onward! Have a good day, everybody.

Posted by: slyness | November 8, 2010 7:23 AM | Report abuse

Happy Monday, all. It was nice to walk in daylight; at least the sun came up while we were walking. I had on the heavy jacket and needed my earmuffs, I won't forget them tomorrow!

No white stuff here, Cassandra, but frost on lawns and roofs. I don't know if it snowed at the mountain place, it's above 3500 feet so it probably got some.

Ham biscuits, coffee and hot tea on the ready room table. I'm sure MsJS will be along shortly with other comestibles.

Mr. T was happy with the outcome of the Carolina/Florida State game, and beyond that I did not inquire about football this weekend.

Onward! Have a good day, everybody.

Posted by: slyness | November 8, 2010 7:23 AM | Report abuse

Good morning Boodlies!

Nice hoss pitchahs. The best crab soup in the world is to be found near those pitchared hosses at the Tall Timbers Marina.

Meanwhile, in Santiago winter has returned with rain and a bit of snow in the higher parts of the city. Brrr, Arrrghhh.

Big futbol scanal here has generated general outrage. Prez Piñera´s 73% approval rating changed to 90% of peopble believing he has illegaly influenced the election of new professional futbol association president. The trainer of the national selection who is more popular than God resigned.

I expect the election will be annuled today or there will be major trouble.

There has been only minor rioting so far.

Brag :)

Posted by: Braguine | November 8, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Scotty, I do get a kick out of the headline writers. "Radioactive Leak Shuts Down Nuclear Plant"(!) sounds so dangerous.

I suspect what is happening is a valve that typically leaks a certain amount per minute is now leaking more than the typical. That may have caused the normal thingamajig that collects the typical leakage to overflow. I also suspect all of the leakage is in an engineered system to make sure it doesn't get anywhere it shouldn't.

The "leak shuts down nuclear plant" headline probably sells more papers than "valve functioning properly, but leak rate is now out of spec. Repair of valve internals to be performed today" would.

Posted by: baldinho | November 8, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Dearest Cassandra -- of course, I didn't mean *all* Christians, and I was thinking of you when I wrote that. You (and certain others here, boodle-wise) are the epitome of what Christianity should be like, or -- at least what humanity should be like. It is those who wear the mantle of "my way or highway" Christianity that I liken to the Taliban. The crushing lack of tolerance for anything other than their world view and the rush to condemn and issue death threats to those with whom they disagree ... what would you call it?

You are such a dear person, don't *ever* think that I would think you or your belief system to be anything other than noble. Even if I'm not a Christian (which I'm not), I certainly recognize goodness wherever it is and under whatever moniker you want to give it.

Posted by: ftb3 | November 8, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

badsneakers, do you read Carolyn Hax's chats? A woman wrote in last Friday who was all worried about her family's move from the midwest to the urban east coast and the impact that move to such a foreign culture might have on her children. Carolyn assured her that her new neighbors would be human and much more like her than she assumed. I'm with Carolyn in being quite sad about the amount of regional mistrust we've got going. I hope I'm not being rude to you -- you were very clear with your neither-better-nor-worse-just-different point of view, so I don't mean to simplistically equate you with that letter-writer. I just find it striking that South Carolina appears more foreign than Costa Rica. In any case, any place where he can make a living with charter fishing will have enough tourists that it can't be completely insular. I wish them luck in figuring out a place and lifestyle that works for them.

Posted by: -bia- | November 8, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

We had an interesting weekend. Got last-minute tickets to see Henry VIII at the Folger on Friday night. The play is done so seldom, I didn't even initially realize it was by Shakespeare. It's not one of the Bard's better efforts, but the production was first-rate. On Sunday, we went to the Washington Shakespeare Company at their new digs at the Artisphere in Rosslyn (the former Newseum). They were doing Richard the Third. That play depends almost entirely on the actor playing Richard, and the lead was just not up to the task. We left at intermission. A real disappointment since most of their productions are pretty well done. The locaton is much more inviting than the old Clark Street warehouse (and Metro-accessible) but the theater space itself is quite small and pretty spartan.

Posted by: ebtnut | November 8, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, folks. I'm waiting for the "tree guys" to come clean up my yard. We've got lots of overgrown bushes, dead trees and volunteers that need to be gone.

It's only 10 am and I've already broken my no-TV-on-my-day-off rule. I had to watch last night's Bored to Death. Does anyone else watch it? It's on HBO and I absolutely love it. I never thought I'd write the words "Ted Danson is brilliant" but he is. (My favorite line from last night's show: "I don't procrastinate, I just like to do things later."

Also brilliant: Jason Schwartzman and Zach Galifianakis (WaPo connection: cousin of Carolyn Hax ex-husband and current column cartoonist Nick Galifianakis).

Posted by: -TBG- | November 8, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

good post, -bia-!

I have not exactly been a world traveler, but I find the people I meet most places I go to be eerily similar. The thing that seems to be most different is their preconceived notions of others. Country folks is a lot like city slickers on the everyday things.

The distrust between the two is mostly due to the distrust between the two.

Posted by: baldinho | November 8, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

The stage version of Kurosawa's movie "Throne of Blood" played at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is now in Brooklyn.

The OSF's audience is sort of middlebrow, but the production seems to have gone over well. I worried when OSF started doing musicals. Slippery slope.

Our town's professional theater does bio-musicals, classic musicals, must be spending a fortune to stage its own "The Producers". More serious stuff gets snuck in but doesn't interest the retirees.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | November 8, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, baldinho. I have to be careful that I'm not bringing my own defensiveness into the discussion. My parents grew up in badsneakers's part of the country, and their families were somewhat distressed when they moved south 40 years ago. So I'm aware that I could be responding to the 40-year-old remnants of that distress or to my current yankee relatives' amazement that I could survive a decade in Texas only to move to my current small town deep southern home. This experience is certainly something that informs my attitude on how people from various regions feel about each other.

Posted by: -bia- | November 8, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Who can forget Elliot Garfield as Richard?

Posted by: bobsewell | November 8, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

My dialect is Standard Southern Piedmont. What's yours?

That's about the extent of my concern about differing cultures. They aren't *that* different. Mind you, I've lived my whole life in the South and do not anticipate moving elsewhere. I've traveled to the four corners of the country and never gotten a reaction beyond, I love to hear you talk! But then I'm a little grandmother type and not threatening to a soul.

Posted by: slyness | November 8, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

bia... when my dad moved us from near the DC/Md line to the heart of Fairfax County 50 years ago (oh my!) my relatives were sure they'd lost us for good.

Funny thing: I've thanked my father every day for making that move.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 8, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah... that move 50 years ago was about 18 miles or so.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 8, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

My husband took off three days at the end of the last week, Wednesday and Thursday working long hours on a yard project of his choosing, and Friday we took a holiday to go see the local fall color at that strange ecological niche, Lost Maples State Park, near Vanderpool. What a disappointing trip.

October and November have been dry, although we're up seven inches of rain for the year. Our dog cavorted among the dry leaves edging the trail--the Rice Krispies of leaves--snap, crackle and pop. The female park employee said that the height of color should occur next weekend, but I think she has not left her post behind the cash register at the visitor center at the park's entryway for any appreciable amount of time.

The mature trees have shed the majority of their leaves. The dwarfed trees in the shadow of the canyon have yellow leaves, but not much color beyond that. The most showy trees are the immature maples that were planted in the campground that precedes the park. We hiked up the canyon, registered our disappointment verbally, then trudged back down the canyon to our vehicle.

What pulled off the trip was taking the long way home through Hunt (and once again past Karl Rove's bed and breakfast), through Kerrville, and on to Comfort, where we had a fabulous dinner in a small bistro that has turned over as many times as about five in the past handful of years.

I think I shall be forever spoiled by Vermont. There was color--and by that I mean deep oranges and reds--between Bennington and Burlington and slightly better color south of Keene on Highway 12 to Highway 2 through Concord. When you've seen the pinnacle of autumn color in Vermont, everything else feels somehow inferior.

Posted by: laloomis | November 8, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of Vermont--and since there was some discussion here this weekend about the difference between ranching and farming...

I'm nearing the end of a sweet memoir, "Down on the Farm (Up in Vermont): A Love Story" written by Pulitzer-prize-winning historian Dick Ketchum of Vermont, published last year by a small press (I saw the actual press at Northridge Books in Manchester), when Dick was 87 years old.

In short, it is the story of how this Pittsburgher-turned-Vermonter came to love the state of his forebears (atavism played a strong role, he says, in the return), and the many twists and turns of his life story. He and his wife Bobs (Barbara) bought a farm right after the end of WWII in Dorset, Vermont. They couldn't make a go of it, so they sold the farm, so Ketchum could take a job with the federal goverment in D.C., a job he grew to hate.

He then became involved with American Heritage, a publishing company, and stayed on when the firm, which fell on hard times, was taken over by McGraw Hill. In his 50s, Ketchum again bought a farm in Dorset, where in turn, he tried dairy farming, and then switched to raising beef cattle, Herefords. In his gentle manner, he slips in the fact that he wrote some history books.

But, in twists and turns, this memoir is really an elegy to small farming in America. Perhaps one of the nicest features of the book is that each chapter holds surprises. At one point, he may be discussing May's black flies, deer flies, sweat bees, and mosquitoes, the peskiest. Another chapter contains a mention of Vermont's first great spokesman for the environment, John Perkins Marsh, and how he gave expression to the land ethic. In the middle there is an unexpected, but delightful, chapter about the geology of Vermont.

I think it fair to mention that I received from Linda, the 70-year-old female half of the team who owned the bed and breakfast in Dorset where we stayed, a letter of introduction to Ketchum. I dropped off the letter at the retirement center south of Burlington, where Ketchum has been living since 1995, before I skedaddled to the special collection section of the University of Vermont, Burlington.

It did not surprise me in the least that Ketchum declined the meeting. I understand that his mind is as sharp as ever, but the health of Ketchum and his wife is frail. Meeting with him was not even remotely something that was on our itinerary, whereas the reservations for the cruise on the Spirit of Ethan Allen III has been made long in advance.

The letter of introduction did prompt me to buy Ketchum's memoir and his book about the battle of Yorktown--two titles I didn't own. I'll never have regrets about purchasing anything Ketchum writes, nor coming to know better the state that Ketchum so loves.

Posted by: laloomis | November 8, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Good Morning and Happy Monday. I want first to extend my heartfeld thanks to TBG for coordinating the Special Session BPD at the Brickskeller the other night. And thanks so much, yellojkt, Mo, BC, and mofthemountains for being there. I haven't laughed so hard in a long time; I felt like I was hanging out with old friends.

My wife and I had brought along a couple of friends (who were attending the conference with us). One of them asked if I had imaginary friends in other cities. Of course not! There's only one Boodle.

I have some observations about D.C. that I hadn't had an opportunity to observe the last time I was there (about 20 years ago):

1. Dupont Circle is a great place for a bar crawl, with bars ranging from the homey Maddy's to the swankish Dupont Lounge. We avoided some places because of the crowds and enormous age difference between us and the other patrons (Citron is definitely a young hipster joint). We entered a lot of bars, looked around, and quickly left. More of a bar tour than a bar crawl.

2. Georgetown is beautiful and has some great restaurants. We visited the Old Stone House ("no firearms allowed, please") and walked along the boardwalk at the Patomac.

3. The Capitol Bike Rental program is totally cool. You can borrow a bike for 30 minutes for free; additional time is charged on a sliding scale. However, D.C. needs more and better marked bike lanes and better bike maps. The bike paths near the river go through some beautiful territory.

That's all we could observe this time around. Our conference took up the rest of our time, so we have to come back and prowl the museums on the Mall and maybe visit a congressperson or two. Of course, I'll check and see if a BPH is about to convene.

It was a lot of fun. Thanks again.

Warmest Regards

CowTown

Posted by: jp1954 | November 8, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

CowTown... you were hanging out with old friends!

I had a blast, too, and hope we can do it again soon--your lovely wife included. She seemed to enjoy the idea--and reality--of imaginary friends.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 8, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

It's always great to see old friends, to meet new old friends, imaginary and real, and to share stories, kvetching, and laughter.

And the tab at the end of the evening.

Mr. & Mrs. CowTown & friends, moofthemountain and sister, a pleasure to meet each of you and I hope we see you again soon.

It's getting to the point where some of us BPHers are getting to be old friends IRL. This is a good thing IMO.

S'nuke, TBG -- great weeks, both of ya.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | November 8, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Hi all!

Finally got a chance to backboodle. Congrats to baldinho and family on their newest member! Great to hear you're out and about again, rickoshea. I just finished up 2.5 months of physical therapy for my ankle. The BPH was my trial run for walking any decent distance. I'm glad to say I didn't need to be carried home this time (unlike the Ravens game a few weeks ago).

It was lovely to see (and meet) everyone at the BPH, and my sister had a good time.

Chimney is re-pointed, master bedroom is painted and furnished, and half the house has the grime from the masonry work cleaned off it. Most kitchen items have been given a home in the kitchen. I'm not sure I'll have everything ready for the housewarming party Saturday, but it should be at least close.

Your pictures are lovely, Joel. Makes me a bit nostalgic for the mountain. Autumn was gorgeous up there.

Posted by: MoftheMountain | November 8, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Crickets.

Posted by: kguy1 | November 8, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

And it came that on November 8th, in the year of our Lord 2010, the official baldinho moniker for the nascent conservative movement became forever

the Tea Festivus

Lest we forget what Festivus stands for:

Frank Costanza: "And at the Festivus dinner, you gather your family around, and tell them all the ways they have disappointed you over the past year!"
Frank Costanza: "The tradition of Festivus begins with the Airing of Grievances. I got a lot of problems with you people! And now, you're gonna hear about it. You, Kruger. My son tells me your company stinks! You couldn't smooth a silk sheet if you had a hot date with a babe...I lost my train of thought."

Posted by: baldinho | November 8, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Funny you should say that, baldhino... I was just looking at the Accountability Project...

http://accountabilityproject.com

(Reminds of how Jim Webb... er, I mean George Allen defeated George Allen for Senate in Virginia in 2006.)

http://tinyurl.com/2gxsadg

Posted by: -TBG- | November 8, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Superstandard dog
arrives wagging to spread smiles
with muscular struts

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | November 8, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Just backboodled and saw Bia's comment on my SIL's possible move to South Carolina. I was concerned because in order to grow a business, it helps to know people, have contacts and know the area. He won't have those advantages in the beginning. He's got a reserved personality which may make things more difficult in the south where people are more overtly friendly than they are here.

But you do have a point in that I may have been projecting to some extent about the political aspect of things. I wouldn't last five minutes in a conservative area, but he'd probably be fine as he's less of a big L liberal. Thanks for your point about tourist areas too!

Posted by: badsneakers | November 8, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

That's true, sneaks, it sure helps to be a well-connected schmoozer when starting a business. Yet another reason I never had an urge to start one myself. Well, if it's his dream, I hope it works out for him!

Posted by: -bia- | November 8, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Busy day off for me actually accomplished quite a bit, still rather in shock from that, went to the doctor, shopped for food, cleaned, did laundry - have no idea what got into me. But now I have a headache so i am pretty much at a standstill.

Then I saw this article, really people travel with printer cartridges? I pack a lot of crap when I travel but don't think I have ever considered adding in a printer cartridge just in case.

http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Canada/20101108/canada-travel-101108/

Posted by: dmd3 | November 8, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

This is SO several kits ago, but I thought this was an interesting viewpoint on the election, even if I think he's candy-coating it.

Democrats didn't lose the battle of 2010, they won it.
http://www.slate.com/id/2273708/

Posted by: MoftheMountain | November 8, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

aaaand I kill it again. lol.

Posted by: MoftheMountain | November 8, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Excellent article, MotM! I just printed it to PDF and will send it to all and sundry in my sphere.

Posted by: ftb3 | November 8, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

The slate article is soothing, which I appreciate at this point.

The NYT published an article on what the states that turned Republican intend to do: it is pretty impressive, ranging from limiting abortion rights to cutting back on unemployment compensation. I think that the chickens that voted for Col. Saunders are in for a shock.

On the other hand, presidential elections are 2 years away and by then people whose services and cheques have been cut may reconsider the philosophy of small government, who knows.

Posted by: gmbka | November 8, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

The slate article is soothing, which I appreciate at this point.

The NYT published an article on what the states that turned Republican intend to do: it is pretty impressive, ranging from limiting abortion rights to cutting back on unemployment compensation. I think that the chickens that voted for Col. Saunders are in for a shock.

On the other hand, presidential elections are 2 years away and by then people whose services and cheques have been cut may reconsider the philosophy of small government, who knows.

Posted by: gmbka | November 8, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Joel is on the PBS Newshour tonight talking the new report about the oil spill.

Posted by: -pj- | November 8, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Wow... this has been one quiet boodle today.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 8, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

A couple of interesting items from PostPolitics:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2010/11/michele-bachmann-leadership-bi.html

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2010/11/gop-rep-sarah-palin-cost-us-co.html

And a flight of fancy:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/senate/could-christine-odonnell-have.html

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 8, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the heads up, pj... just tuned it in. I'm hoping I haven't missed him.

Posted by: -TBG- | November 8, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

This is bound to be the most debated report since the Warren Commission:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/08/AR2010110800803.html

Shorter preliminary report: BP wasn't being too cheap, just too careless.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 8, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, yellojkt. Maybe not the most-debated. The thing I'm debating is how I can save a dear love, and lose him too.

Posted by: Yoki | November 8, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Since Joel's "sort of in book-deadline hell" (maybe more correctly purgatory, since there's an actual deadline), it's good to see him getting a respite, even if it's in front of cameras.

One of the local features in Wyoming's Bighorn Basin was a dry wash called "Deadline Draw". During the sheep-cattle wars, it evidently served as a boundary. Wrong side, and you're dead. It's a sense of the word that has happily disappeared.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | November 8, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Roger Cohen has a good, short opinion piece on incoming House Speaker Boehner's inaccurate beliefs about health care.

Nevertheless, I've long since discovered that saying the US has underperforming, overpriced health care generates the same horrified disbelief that would come with calling the US something other than "the world's greatest country, the greatest in the history of the world".

My guess is that Americans have to believe we're best in every way, except maybe ice hockey. Of course Canadians come by the million to the US every year to get health care. It can't possibly be any other way.

Over at Science, a news story explains that Neandertals' brains developed more like chimps' than like ours. Hmm.
http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2010/11/neandertal-brains-developed-more.html?etoc

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | November 9, 2010 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Yikes! I meant Richard Cohen, the Post's Cohen, writing about health care. Roger at the Other Newspaper has a subtle column. Read it from the beginning.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/09/opinion/09iht-edcohen.html?hp

Roger Cohen impresses me as a writer, even when he's up against Arundhati Roy.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | November 9, 2010 12:44 AM | Report abuse

OMG, a Richard Cohen column I agree with. I liked the Roger Cohen column too - and I have confused the two of them before (I usually prefer Roger).

Posted by: seasea1 | November 9, 2010 1:32 AM | Report abuse

It's quiet, it's cold... trash is blowing around in the empty parking lot of the Boodle. I'm up and about to make a fresh pot of coffee.

It is funny watching the body and mind function and adapt to the "clock" as they optimize working patterns. I am continuing on my personal quest to learn and, more importantly, apply the use of the jQuery web development tool set. I have bitten the proverbial bullet and am learning what is used by Google and so many other web developers.

This is probably somewhat meaningless to most boodlers, but quite a challenge since there is very little scholarly work available about the topic compared to the mountain to learn. Most knowledge is "on the web" in blogs.

It is possible that the challenge is made harder by the fact that many of those folks discussing my topic of interest are writing in English and clearly are employing the language without full working knowledge (which puts me at the back of the line as we are all, in some way struggling without having "full working knowledge of a language."

Well, I want to get to a finish point on a project and I have a couple serious technical hurdles that I must get by before 10 am today. So, back to work.

If it weren't so painful, it has been really funny. This vast sea of documentation by the "people" has two common threads running through most of it...

(1) ambiguity. these folks invest so much time providing "help" but can't seem to keep from using the same critical words in multiple ways so their explanations are almost meaningless. The word may be a critical variable in one sense, but in another usage is a keyword which is part of a command construct or HTML. An example of this is using the term "text" twice or even three times for multiple purposes.

And (2), There is the Irving Cohen phenomenon where they (and this is a reference to the SCTV character created by Martin Short who plays an ancient Tin Pan Alley song writer) who finishes each song that he writes by going "Da-da, Da-Da, Da-da, Da-da... You know the rest ..." These poor schmoes assume that we know the last bit of each explanation thus failing to tie everything together to make the explanation useful.

Thanks to the powers of Google, I came across the funniest nerd site in years (it's only funny because it addresses, in part, this complaint). The site is David Buxton's site called "RELIABLYBROKEN.COM"

The broken theme has mostly to do with abysmal documentation and then also the laws of unintended consequences and needed work arounds for using the various browser implementations on the various OS's.

Well, back to my little sparking crucible of pain!!!! Sleep well, everyone! I guess I may see Snuke soon. Could use a wave from ...

Posted by: russianthistle | November 9, 2010 3:54 AM | Report abuse

will pseudo grover
waves do for you this morning
until the real stuff?

Posted by: DNA_Girl | November 9, 2010 4:10 AM | Report abuse

DNA-Girl!!! Thanks for the wave. Much appreciated. True to form, the mind of a software developer is sharpest first thing. (trying to reclaim that world).

Down to my Javascript and jquery formatting and value edits punch list on my APP form. Client will (hopefully) be publishing their own daily specials by 11 am today.

I think that I have increased the functionality and look of the application and, at the same time, cut the number of lines of code by at least 2/3's. (Ignoring the amount of javascript libraries in my comparison).

Only one "work around" in the whole process. I populated my own form from my AJAX data with a 4-liner as I don't have any radio buttons or check boxes, it was pretty simple.

Though, in total, I invested maybe 3 weeks on a couple of small tasks using this method, I will ultimately save loads of time and create much more robust applications ... I move most of the bells and whistles of the application to the client computer and leave only the application wire frame, database and security to the server-side.

(* closes firebug, does little victory dance, and enjoys hot coffee *)

Posted by: russianthistle | November 9, 2010 5:44 AM | Report abuse

Hi DNAGirl and Rthis. Scones. Enjoy.

And, I want to embrace the whole boodle. See how the tables are set for the feast? Arranged as for a wedding, with namecards that handle all by including and arranging, and acknowledging that some elbows hit and knock in the action.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | November 9, 2010 6:00 AM | Report abuse

Morning everyone, another nice morning - getting spoiled this November with sunshine - this is usually a dull month, I could get used to this.

CP, please tell me I am not at the kids table again, I will be good I promise :-).

Posted by: dmd3 | November 9, 2010 7:15 AM | Report abuse

Oh dmd, you outgrew the kids table years ago...You and I are at the table with the white flowers and green candles, in the front of the room. See your name?

Good morning, all, hi Cassandra! It's nice walking as the sun comes up. I even watched a streetlight go off! Simple pleasures. Although it was ten degrees warmer than yesterday, the gloves and ear muffs felt good.

RT, hope you got your project done! I'm glad to see Geekdottir isn't the only programmer who works in the middle of the night.

No ham this morning, so it will have to be oatmeal with brown sugar and raisins.

So nice to have a leisurely (relatively speaking) week...I've got stuff to do, but nothing urgent. What do I write in 300 words about love for an advent devotional? I still have a couple of days on that project, fortunately.

Posted by: slyness | November 9, 2010 7:28 AM | Report abuse

Read the Cohen piece on health care; he could have used his space more effectively by not going down the infant mortality path -- that statistic is very inconsistent between countries, and the U.S. judges itself more harshly than most other industrialized nations. *shrug*

*slightly-delayed-by-another-gorgeous-sunrise-and-adjusting-the-tiara-prior-to-another-hectic-day Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | November 9, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Good Morning Everyone! I've finally adjusted, I think, to the time change. Whenever this happens I am reminded why I have no future as a world traveler. My body doesn't much cotton to having its circadian rhythm mucked about with. No sir. Can't say that it does.

I'm enjoying my new position here at work. It's called a "lateral shift" in than no additional funds are coming my way. Nor any perks like, you know, free coffee. I'm spending less time in the Laboratory of Ultimate Darkness and much more time reading and talking with people on various technical matters. As was explained to me by my new boss, I'm figuring out what is penicillin, and what is mold.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 9, 2010 7:39 AM | Report abuse

slyness, thanks. about to button-down laptop and head out to see clients. I slept well and woke up at 3:30. So, I actually had a good night's rest. More of a farmer than a programmer, hour-wise. Yes, I am making quick little punch list changes. All technical hurdles have been bounded over. Hate to stop now, since I am in a groove, but must do the other side of job and get yelled at.

Posted by: russianthistle | November 9, 2010 8:17 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,ftb3. I didn't take it badly, no foul(smile).

I have a headache this morning that started last night, and still with me this morning. I'm going to take the meds and see if I can send it away.

Slyness, good luck with the writing. I got nothing there.

Got some folks I need to check on, so will try to do that today, and the after-school program at church. It's suppose to be warmer today.

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

Posted by: cmyth4u | November 9, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

A new kit has been posted. It's oily.

Posted by: Jumper1 | November 9, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

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