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Posted at 9:37 AM ET, 12/30/2010

Aging relativistically

By Joel Achenbach

Just read the annual Style In/Out List and understood a couple of the jokes and in a few more instances had a vague inkling of what they were referring to. So it's not like I'm completely clueless and catastrophically remote from the throbbing vital core of American culture. I'm kind of hip, for someone who hasn't changed his hairstyle since In-A-Gadda-Da-Vita was on the charts. (In: Steely Dan. Out: Iron Butterfly.)

Been feeling kind of old lately -- not sure why. Can't put my finger on it. Superficially all seems normal around here. Got my Churchill book (they say WW2 is out???), got my comfortable chair, my high-fiber cereal -- I mean it's all good! Made my list of things to do today (1. Regret end of any semblance of youth...).

I've got a good home-improvement project going, namely the archeology of the top of my dresser where I keep receipts and business cards and assorted junk accumulated in pockets. Hope to publish findings in either Science or Nature. At some point in life you're just a curator, right? We enter the curatorial phase.

The best way to approach aging, probably, is go with the full-on, Einsteinian, relativistic mindset that says the past and future and present are all equally "real," with no preferential point in time. And thus your young self, your old self, and yourself this very moment all coexist equally in four-dimensional spacetime.

Or is that concept Out this year?

By Joel Achenbach  | December 30, 2010; 9:37 AM ET
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Posted by: MsJS | December 30, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Preparing for something big Joel?

I thought I was doing well top of the IN/Out list I recognized most of the items but then as I scrolled down my familiarity with the items on the In/Out side declined, I am not even cool enough to know what is no longer cool.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 30, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

I think it's more a quantum superposition sort of situation, JA -- yer simultaneously young and old, and it's the act of observation that nudges you one way or the other.

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 30, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

dmd, who decides what's cool anyway?

It's all relative. At least that's what I keep telling myself.

Warm muffins, coffee and OJ on the table, BTW.

Our snow is finally starting to melt. This means I need to strap the wheelchair onto an inflatable raft when venturing outside. If you don't hear from me by tomorrow, send out the Coast Guard.

Posted by: MsJS | December 30, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

I think we can safely assume I have never been amongst the group that determined what was cool, I am more like the posterchild for what is uncool :-)

Starting to rain a little here, will be a mild, wet New Years eve, which seems to happen here a lot.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 30, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Well, so much for my New Year's Resolution not to mudge myself. And the freaking New Year isn't even here yet.


re-posting (as opposed to reposting, which demonstrates why hyphens are important):

'Morning, Boodle.

You guys really have to watch this; it's fascinating:

Hans Rosling's 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes 48 Seconds - The Joy of Stats - BBC Four

OK, back in real time. Scotty the answer to your 9:18 may lie in the Khazzoom-Brookes Postulate ( and the Jevons Paradox (

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 30, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Wooo-hoo! Spanking and atheism are IN! Can I claim the Spanking Atheists as a name for a rock band?

Seriously Joel, here's the way to evaluate your age- count the number of colonoscopies you've had.

0=young, "what's a colonoscopy?"
1=this is the wake-up call of late middle age
2=marks your arrival at the beginning of OLD
3=you're on a first name basis with several California redwoods
4=stop counting and switch to carbon-14 to determine your age

Posted by: kguy1 | December 30, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

*sigh* Poor Monica Hesse and Dan Zak. Anyone who thinks Marco Rubio is "in" thinks the Tea Party is a hip, trendy with-it outfit.

They got zombies and the Kardashians right...but the rest of it is just 30-something narcissism.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 30, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

I live in a community dominated by wealthy retirees who knowingly and deliberately fled coolness, as in New York City.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | December 30, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Mudge -- that was a great link, not the least reason of which the guy has a delectable Swedish accent on his English. Very, very cool demonstration of where we came from and where we're going (theoretically, of course).

Maggie -- thanks for telling me about Shutterfly, but now that I've figured out what to do (took me awhile), I shall start printing out calendars momentarily on my own. (*crossing fingers that it works*)

Posted by: ftb3 | December 30, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

I also like the relativity theory of aging. Young and old mingle. Of course, the older I get the less dignity I seem to have - or at least, preserving it is less important. Maybe I'm mistaking that for youth, although I was much more conscious of my dignity when I was younger. I notice that having the Boy around also leads to wild age fluctuations. Sometimes he keeps me young; sometimes parenting leaves me feeling ancient.

I recognize more items on the In/Out list than usual. I'm still nowhere near half, though, and most of the famiiar stuff is on the wrong side. My own list is much simpler. In: Things I Like, and Things I Might Like If I Knew About Them. Out: Other Stuff. You notice this gives me a lot of room to maneuver.

Posted by: Ivansmom | December 30, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

For Florida, Marco Rubio is the new political mainstream. His Democratic counterpart in the US Senate, Bill Nelson, seems to be regarded as a political zombie who will be replaced by a bright young Ayn Rand disciple at the next election.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | December 30, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Good luck, ftb! I hope the printing goes well!

EYE need to figure out how to makes two Google doc folders available to my team. Previous attempts have failed, so I'll try again, maybe when Geekdottir arises.

Just had a call from my brother-in-law. They got home okay, but he left his cell phone charger and laptop power cord here, so I'm going to FedEx shortly...

Posted by: slyness | December 30, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

I-mom, that's perfect! I love having room to maneuver. And I love keeping it simple.

Posted by: MsJS | December 30, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

The curatorial phase. I guess I'm in that. The worst is that the nephews don't read. For years I hoped someone would one day love my books. I guess soon the ones I won't read again will go to strangers.

The vinyl LPs are due to exit soon as well. Sigh. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, however, is not in there. People are asking a lot on Ebay for the old rare Eno LPs, though. Music for Airports seems in demand. I don't have it.

I wonder how much one of the original 100 leather-bound copies of Jim Morrison's The Lords and the New Creatures will go for?

Posted by: Jumper1 | December 30, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

It works! It works! I'm printing out 5 calendars today (and setting them all out, page by page, on the bed in the guest bedroom to "cure" for 24 hours), so I can hand out 4 of them tomorrow. Over the weekend, I'll do the final (I hope) 4 or 5 and then mail the ones I need to mail.

Such joy! And gratitude that it's only once/year.

Posted by: ftb3 | December 30, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I am afraid that I am permanently and irrevocably on the "Out" list, signified by my complete lack of interest in even discovering how few things I recognize on the list. Or does that make me "In" and therefore Cool? Gosh, I hope so!

In the meantime, I have Keola Beamer and other slack-key guitar on the iPod and a paper to finish revising. See ya!

Posted by: ScienceTim | December 30, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

But I'm probably going to listen to the Kojo Nnamdi Show at noon to 1:00PM, whose guest today will be Gene Weingarten. I am not clear as to whether this is a rebroadcast.

Posted by: ScienceTim | December 30, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Wow! Good thing I checked that list. I was out of things to look up so this really helps me out.

Last day of the official work week for me. This would be more exciting if I didn't suspect I will be working a significant part of the weekend.

Posted by: cowhand214 | December 30, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

The older I get, the more happy I am to find out about something that's been there all along--always initially incredulous: how could I have lived so long without knowing about that?! The latest things, randomly: Faroe Islands and shea butter.

Posted by: kbertocci | December 30, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Dave, I know very well who Rubio is. He is NOT "mainstream." If you think an Ayn Rand fanatic and an extreme rightwing ideolog is mainstream, then that's a horrible distortion of what that word means. Whatever Nelson might be is irrelevant. That Rubio won is irrelevant. We're not talking about who wins and loses elections; we're talking about what's "in." It's the difference between social/cultural versus political. Rubio is not "in"; he will never be "in," any more than Palin will be, or Beck, or Eric Cantor, or Rand Paul, or the Tea Party, or or anybody else from that side. Rubio is simply the rightwing flavor of the month. His electoral and political success have nothing to do with his "in-ness." One might as well pronounce that Ayn Rand is "in." Not if hell froze over. The rightwing itself can never be "in."

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 30, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Oops! My mistake! Gene is on at 1:00PM, and it is a rebroadcast. Right now, it's the Census of Marine Life.

Posted by: ScienceTim | December 30, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Just finished through August. Will now take a bite of lunch and then finish up the first set. The bed is completely covered. Now, I'll drape a chair, upon which (including arms and top of back) 10 pictures. I suspect a piece or two of furniture in the living room will take December.

So, now you see why I get a little cranky this time of year. Nevertheless, the printer is working fine and the pictures are lovely.

Posted by: ftb3 | December 30, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

The first time I heard of shea butter (c. 1997?) I somehow got the wrong end of the stick, thinking that a shea was an animal, not a plant. You can imagine the horrific images I conjured for the manufacture of the cosmetic product. I've somehow never quite overcome that original misimpression.

MEYE shea is a largish, rodent-like beast, something between a marmot and a capybara, tree-dwelling for no good reason.

Don't panic yet, Joel. At nearly 53, I'm actually younger now that I was in my early 40s when there was all the worry about teenagers' well-being and future tuition for them both in school at the same time, stress at work, etc.

Posted by: Yoki | December 30, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

The rightwing itself can never be "in."

Mudge, your words in God's ear.

Posted by: gmbka | December 30, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

My fifties will be full of worry about teenagers, and tuition anxiety, but my later 60's are looking good for relaxing.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 30, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

The great thing about the 50s is that experience tells us that a decade or two, give or take, is neither here nor there.

Posted by: Yoki | December 30, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm considering homelessness for my retirement years. Fresh air, plenty of exercise from pushing my shopping cart, and it's so cost-effective! I may have to gum the bullet and go for dentures -- it wouldn't be a fun lifestyle in which to have dental problems. And, of course, I'll need a solar-powered laptop.

Posted by: ScienceTim | December 30, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Sheas are plants? They existed in 1977?

Rubio got his Senate seat by being, if not "in", at least aggressive. His public persona was developed in a political pressure cooker, complete with O'Donnell-style living off of the generosity of backers. His Senate campaign probably drew enough supporters to the polls to get Rick Scott elected governor.

I suspect that Rubio is arriving in Washington expecting to have a nice house in Fairfax County, and to be fawned over. Scott Brown seems to get that sort of celebrity treatment.

Back to being "in": Adam Gopnik in the current New Yorker writes: "Though, as we walked through the White House, it did occur to me that, from the point of view of a caterer, the White House might seem less like the nerve center of the free world than like a medium-sized, slightly shabby charming resort hotel in Virginia, the kind where your best friend from college puts everyone up when he marries that horsy girl you all have doubts about."

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | December 30, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Thank you and amen, gmbka. And you made me think about why it might be useful to explicate exactly *why* Rubio and/or the rightwing can never be "in."

(First, let us dispense with a minor quibble: in the H/Z list, Rubio is "in" only because Scott Brown was last year's flavor, and is now "out." So you really can't have Rubio unless you have a predessor for him .... and dear children, Scott Brown was NEVER NEVER "in," last year or any other time. In part, this is why H/Z are not good at this list thing. Can you imagine Steuver making such a faux pas? I cannot. He must be sitting in a corner chortling.)

Moving on.

First, that which is "in" is not decided by mass popularity; far from it. Otherwise "everyone" would be "in," which is of course an oxymoron. So "in-ness" by definition is the antithesis of that which has mass appeal. (There is a trap here, which is to postulate that the fanatical right wing might be "in" precisely because it is NOT the mass apeal, centrist, group, and is a small side-show. Yes...but wait, there is more. Simply because one is in the "out group" doesn't mean one is in the "in group." You see? We are in veru difficult, dense intellectual terrain here.)

Second, that which is "in" is decided by the "in group," not by anybody else, nor anyone else masquerading as spokesman for the same. There is no way in the hell the present "in group," whoever they are, are gonna pick a Mario freaking Rubio to be one of their own. Ask yoursdelf this: would Steuver EVERY in a million years pick a Rubio as in? Ahem. *clearing throat sound, signifying disdain and "in a pig's eye"*

Third, that which is "in" is that which is "cool"; therefore, we need some exegesis on that which is cool. (This is tautological: the in group is cool; the cool is what the in group has or decides or does. Don't mess with it.)

Quoting wiki on "cool" will be instructive:

"Something regarded as cool is an admired aesthetic of attitude, behavior, comportment, appearance and style, influenced by and a product of the Zeitgeist." A good start, but we need more.

"Cool was once an attitude fostered by rebels and underdogs, such as slaves, prisoners, bikers and political dissents, etc., for whom open rebellion invited punishment, so it hid defiance behind a wall of ironic detachment, distancing itself from the source of authority rather than directly confronting it." Another trap: Rubio might be considered a political dissident, but once he wins, he is no longer the dissident. He immediately loses whatever tenuous grasp he had on being the outsider, the rebel. But he was never that, anyway, as we shall see:


Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 30, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm very happy to see tiki lounges on the in list. It bodes very well for the New Year.

Posted by: LostInThought | December 30, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I try to never view The List as a test, but rather as a cultural silibus. It is a tool to help me discover new and interesting corners of the cultural universe of which I would otherwise be ignorant. (Although, in many cases, I fear ignorance really is bliss.)

And, in a way, that's the a good way to approach aging. Years aren't there to reproach us, or to remind us all that might have been and will now surely never be. (I mean, let's face it, a summer holiday in the Greek Isles with Amy Adams was probably not realistic anyway. I mean, redheads burn so easily.)

Much like The List, age is a challenge to learn new things and explore new aspects of life. Sure, few of us can ever fully return to those wonderful things that brought us joy in years passed. And to attempt to do so is a sure path to foolishness and despair. But there are a lot of new things out there to discover. Things that have more meaning now than they ever could have when we were younger.

I know there's something a bit idealistic about this. And, yes, I am keenly aware of the physical pains and discomforts of age. But, you know what, some people start life with those pains and discomforts. Some people don't suffer the loss of youthful beauty and vigor because they never had youthful beauty and vigor. Yet they muddle through and, sometimes, find enduring joy. And I think we can too.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | December 30, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

But I'm still ticked about the Brussels Sprouts.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | December 30, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Definition of cool. First 1:30 of this clip-

Posted by: kguy1 | December 30, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I do believe Miles Davis settled the whole "cool" issue decades ago...

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 30, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

No, Dave, you aren't getting it.

To continue:

"Cool as a state of being"

"Cool has been used to describe a general state of well-being, a transcendent, internal peace and serenity. It can also refer to an absence of conflict, a state of harmony and balance .... Cool is related in this sense to both social control and transcendental balance."

Serenity? Inner peace? Harmony? Balance? Does any of that describe an intense, humorless, devoted ideologue? No.

"Cool as aesthetic appeal"

"Cool is also an attitude widely adopted by artists and intellectuals..." I'm not seeing a lot of support for anything rightwing among artists and intellectuals (who in ciontext are usually a pretty leftist bunch, by definition. Yes, there are exceptions. That's why they are called "exceptions.)

"Cool as an elusive essence"

"According to this theory, cool is a real, but unknowable property. Cool, like "Good", is a property that exists, but can only be sought after. In the New Yorker article, "The Coolhunt", cool is given three characteristics:

"The act of discovering what's cool is what causes cool to move on"

"Cool cannot be manufactured, only observed"

"[Cool] can only be observed by those who are themselves cool."

So let us enumerate:
Tucker Carlson and his bow tie: cool or uncool? In or out? Uh, puh-pleeeze.
Princess Sparkle Pony: In or out? Criminy. Newt Gingrich, serial adulterer? Uh...
Ann Coulter: Trendy hottie or Queen of the the Underworld? Self-evident.

It creates a distortion in The Force to be an intense, driven, ambitious, untra-conservative who strives mightily for high office (not cool right there, enough to rest my case) and to have been elected by an ill-informed, cranky band of retirees who wear snadals and knee socks, who are Rush dittoheads raving about death panels, don't let the government touch my medicare, waving mis-spelled signs at tea party rallies (my god! could anything be less cool, less "in"?).

Being "in" is about being cool, having ironic detachment, being a bit (or a lot) antiauthortarian, about simply seeming not to care too much, being laid back. Above all, being "in" means one would NEVER want to be a U.S. senator.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 30, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

..and kguy and Scotty are dead right. Apply either or both of those measures to Rubio. Can't be done.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 30, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Steuver was a much better arbiter of in and out. Particularly with respect to closets.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 30, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Slightly wordier definition of cool-

Posted by: kguy1 | December 30, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Jerry Brown

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | December 30, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

The In/Out list is not necessarily a list of things that are cool. Plenty of things that are or were 'In' such as Justin Beiber, Nehru jackets, and Billy Beer were never cool, just 'in'.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 30, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Hey... whaddaya know! My key still fits the door!

Hi there everybody :-)

I've been following the kits somewhat and I know I've missed out on a lot (both Kit-wise and Boodle-wise). Hope you're all doing well.

Joel... this kit is so *timely* for me (ha! a relativistic pun!). (sorry, just had to)

I recently went through what I suppose you could call a mid-life crisis and, while I didn't come out of it with a shiny new red sports car, I did come out of it realizing that being 40-something doesn't necessarily make one "uncool". In fact, I found that my "old school" cool is still relevant and effective even around a bunch of 20-and-30-somethings.

That said, I'm *totally* uncool when it comes to my 8-year-old daughter. But that's okay. She's going to want a car in 8 more years, so I have leverage.

Anyway... enjoyed the kit and I'm happy to see so many of my Boodle friends still kickin' around these parts.

Peace out :-)

Posted by: martooni | December 30, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

TOOOOOOON!!!! *happy-dance Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 30, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

"That said, I'm *totally* uncool when it comes to my 8-year-old daughter. But that's okay. She's going to want a car in 8 more years, so I have leverage."
---martooni the great, 12/30/2010

And that is sooooo cool.

Posted by: MsJS | December 30, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: ftb3 | December 30, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

So, the Bean is 8 now??? Wowie-Zowie!

So, what's shakin', dude?

You *have* been truly missed.

Posted by: ftb3 | December 30, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm. I'm not sure that "In" is necessarily always supposed to be an objectively desirable thing. I agree that that which is "In" cannot be actually popular, because that vulgarizes it and causes it to be no longer an unattainable desire but merely an actually-attained fashion. I think that "In" can, however, describe a popular aspiration, even if that aspiration is stupid (perhaps, especially so). Mario Rubio can be "In" to the extent that there are a lot of retiree bobby-soxers who think that Marco Rubio is a manly stud, and a lot of nitwits who fantasize that worshiping at the altar of rapacious wealth and greed will entitle them to one day be rapacious themselves. To those folks, he is the pinnacle of aspiration. I think I mean "aspiration" in the sense of "what one desires to be or to have" but I suppose it could also include choking on material that has entered the trachea. Whatever.

Posted by: ScienceTim | December 30, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I, for one, am happy to see the snakey Kirkwoods on the list.

I'm amused to see Brobdingnagian there, but I'm sorry - putting NKOTB on this "In" list does not make it so.

Really really.

I think Error had something to do with Tiki lounges being in (he must have exerted some sort of transdimensional influence). His Tiki bar *was* pretty good.

And finally, while I think four dimensional spacetime is all we humans are equipped to deal with (and even that, marginally so), there are a lot of cases to be made for up to 11 dimensions.

If spacetime is a recording of all the data in the universe, and can be played back and forth like a reel to reel tape, existing unchanging in both directions - well, that seems like a big hunka determinism, which I think QM seems to refute. Probabalism probably (ahem) can't put a genie back in a bottle, or unexplode a bomb. Or a star.

But Everything is a cosmic reel-to-reel tape, I'm going to find some scissors and scotch tape - there's a bit of editing I'd like to do to that recording. Where's Rosemary Woods when I need her?


Posted by: -bc- | December 30, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Cool (as opposed to in): Adam Gopnik in the current New Yorker, again. He inhabits a cool world that's utterly beyond me.

"On the plane over, I felt like Paul New man or Michael Caine in a Cold War spy movie of the sombre, le Carré or Len Deighton kind: a black-and-white film, with a jazz score and a grimly ambiguous ending. I was crossing the salt-caramel curtain, and no turning back."

Yet Gopnik seems to be channeling Thurber, who seems never to have been cool, maybe not even in, but much-enjoyed anyway.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | December 30, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Well, you have a point, yello...but an "in" list that has Bieber on it, or Nehru jackets...well, that's one pretty pathetic "in" list. (Steuver would never make that mistake. He would "know," intuitively.)

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 30, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 30, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

More New Yorker: they have a story on designer Tomas Maier of Bottega Veneta.

Since the New Yorker is too mass-market to be "in" and is scarcely cool, is profiling Maier bad for Bottega Veneta's image and sales? Or for the image of Delray Beach, Florida, where he lives? Delray is off the mass-market tourism radar (Trip Advisor forum queries are mostly Orlando, Miami Beach, and Key West plus a few Gulf Coast beaches).

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | December 30, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Martooni, I missed you poking your head in while I was writing that last comment.

Good do see ya, dude. Glad to hear that you weathered the crisis. Don't worry about the Bean - she'll really think you're cool again in about 10 years (though as you point out, her tolerance level will go up when she hits 15 and starts wanting that car).

Peace, dude.


Posted by: -bc- | December 30, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the warm welcomes back, my friends. :-)

An awful lot has happened in Martooniville since I last posted here. Me and Mrs. M separated and I had to move out. Ended up moving in with a pretty new "friend" a few years younger than me. Mrs. M and I decided to work things out so I moved back in. So far, everything's great on that front. Our relationship has never been better and Bean is happy to have her daddy home.

I had to give up my business. Too much work, not enough profit. I'm now getting back into web development for other businesses, but I'm also looking at starting another online venture of my own. No idea what kind of venture yet, but it'll probably be something in the woodworking line.

Let's just say life ain't perfect, but I'm loving what I got and it can only get better.

It's good to be back. :-)

Posted by: martooni | December 30, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

*faxing "welcome home" hugs to Martooni*

Man, we missed you here.

Posted by: ftb3 | December 30, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

brick-a-brack-a firecracker sis-boom-bah,
martooni martooni rah rah rah!

Making my last minute charitable donations today.
-church? check
-local support agencies? check
-international health and support agencies? check
-NCESSE? check
-local cultural organizations? check

Posted by: MsJS | December 30, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Cool or not cool?

In the words of Satchmo: Man, if you got to ask...

Posted by: byoolin1 | December 30, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Welcome home Martooni, best to you and the family.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 30, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Martooni, you dang hippie,
It's good to hear from you. Don't be a stranger.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 30, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

The time dilation effects of relativity, of course, are never directly observable in our own reference frame. Things are always normal for us. It's what's going on in other reference frames that seem curious. They are the ones whose clocks are running slowly. So maybe it is kinda like aging after all. We aren't getting old. Everybody else is just getting freakishly young.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | December 30, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Good to see you again Martooni! I hope you kept a few choice Fairy Doors for posterity.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | December 30, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Was scrubbing out the toilet a few minutes ago, and had a realization:

If I were young forever, I'd be dead by now.


Posted by: -bc- | December 30, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

THANKS SO MUCH to the boodlers who were so thoughtful to give me a birthday card. That means a lot to me, and cheers me in this delicate, ennui-laden transition from my vertical hour to what I am guessing is technically known as my diagonal hour, preceding the dreaded hour of horizontality. I will treasure the card to the end of my days, or for a few more years, whichever comes first.

Martooni! Great to see you.

(I love it when people drop back in. Whatever happened to the Lone Mule?)

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a good holiday season and has a very happy and safe new year. And thanks again for the card.

Posted by: joelache | December 30, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Ooh! Thanks, MsJS!

Posted by: ScienceTim | December 30, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Martooni! Welcome back! I hear say that you're in the Chicago area. Is that true?

I got a moment's breath and decided to lurk at the Boodle for a minute and who happens to show up!

Speaking of aging, if it makes you feel better, Joel, my Dad (rest his soul) once told me he regarded his fifties as his "mis-spent youth." He was in his eighties at the time.

In case anyone is polling, I am not and have never been, "cool." It's a cross I bear.

Warmest Regards,


Posted by: jp1954 | December 30, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

*smiling @ SciTim*

Posted by: MsJS | December 30, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

And all this time I thought it was "Gladly, the cross-eyed bear" (thanks to Candace Bergen and that movie, the name of which I've forgotten ... the trait of which appears to be on-kit, dreadfully).

I keep saying that the older I get, the younger it gets, but I suspect something is catching up with something else in that spectrum. I keep trying to keep out of the way of the opposing tectonic plates.

Posted by: ftb3 | December 30, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I've always been torn as to how to pronounce Joel's handle. Does one pronounce the terminal 'e', or not? Is it:

Joel Ock?
Joel Ocky?
Joel Ock-schwa? (I was shocked to not discover a keyboard-equivalent for the schwa).
Joe Locky?
Joe Locke (silent terminal 'e')
Joe Lash?
Joe La Shay?
Jo-La-Shay (distant cousin of Jor-El and Kal-El and Mon-El (by adoption)).

These things trouble me.

Posted by: ScienceTim | December 30, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I thought it was either
joel-ake (as in headache); or
joel-ash (as in mustache)

That's why I go w/ Mr. A.

Posted by: MsJS | December 30, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

It is Joe Lache and pronounced as if he's the brother of the guy who used to be married to Jessica Simpson.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 30, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

My dislexic self often reads it at Joe Laleche, like the league.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | December 30, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

When I see his handle, it rhymes with headache or heartache.

I'm a few years ahead of him on the Clock Face of Time and sometimes I feel pretty vertical and other times quite horizontal. And other times I feel like Harold Lloyd:

Posted by: -pj- | December 30, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

It's great to see you again, Martooni! We have missed you. I'm very glad to hear that you and Mrs. M are working things out.

Posted by: -pj- | December 30, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Nope, Cowtown... I'm still in NE Ohio. Nothing against Chicago, but the winters here are bad enough.

Posted by: martooni | December 30, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Martooni! Darn, everything happens around here while I'm at work. Glad to hear from you and happy that you are happy.

Joel, my fifties were the best years of my life (up to that point) and the sixties have been great so far too. Don't fret, just strive to stay healthy and enjoy each day. Being mature makes it easier not to care what's In or Out or worry that you don't have a clue on at least half on the entries anyway.

Posted by: badsneakers | December 30, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

What do house plants think about during the winter?

Posted by: russianthistle | December 30, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Martooni, glad you three are all right, although domestic drama certainly doesn't make anybody feel "all right" while it occurs.

Most of the in-and-out list bored me, but the "Paleofitness" article linked to made my day.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 30, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Martooni, so good to hear from you! Don't be a stranger, and good luck with the new ventures.

I have never been cool and am at the age that it no longer worries me. There is much to be said for being comfortable in one's own skin. There has been enough drama and trauma in my life that I treasure the peace and love of those I love. I'm with Sneaks, so far my fifties have been the best yet.

Posted by: slyness | December 30, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I enjoyed this article by Mark Jenkins comparing the autobiographies of Keith Richards and Patty Smith, only three years apart in age but of different generations musically:

I especially like the reaction of the two to Brian Jones's death.

Posted by: -pj- | December 30, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Hey, did anyone notice that clouds are in? The boodle is so far ahead of popular culture...

Posted by: slyness | December 30, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I noticed slyness, and apparently my area is very cool as we have had an abundance of grey clouds for days, an odd yellow globe in the sky made a brief appearance today breaking up the grey gloom.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 30, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Good to hear from both Martooni and the Boss, whose book is already for sale at Amazon.

That must have been some card.

Down here, the laurel oaks are doing their best to look golden and most everything else looks brown. Some recently-planted red amaryllises are flowering like crazy, having been protected under frost cloth.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | December 30, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

I imagine house plants think about dust, root itch, the boredom of nights, their housemasters' bad breath, the haunting chemicals emitted by their constant vegetative sacrifice for appetites... and whether they'll be next on the menu.

Maybe they dream about soaring on leaf-wings through the clouds to hunt out the lost sun for feasting.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 30, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Martooni!! Good to see you dude.

I used to think I didn't care about what was cool or in. Now I think it's less caring than the obliviousness of Asperger's (self diagnosed). But the boodle helps me cope-I don't know about the out or in shoes, when I buy shoes I think "what would Yoki pick?" then back off about two notches.
Out-Chinese farm raised shrimp.
In-Reading lots of novels in January.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | December 30, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Madam, you do me the greatest honour one woman can do another.

I remain,

Yr grateful servant, etc.

Posted by: Yoki | December 30, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

I think LostInThought can talk some shoe too.

Posted by: Bob-S | December 30, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

She most certainly can! In spades. The thing is, I don't think neither frostbitten nor I could take one step in the beautiful jewels LiT wears regularly (we'd fall about and not with laughter); I'm more conservative, but still enjoy a pretty shoe with a heel.

Posted by: Yoki | December 30, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Precisely Yoki. One must remember, in my world Winnipeg is a happenin' place.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | December 30, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Got it. As a guy with a sense of the (pointlessly) theatrical, and less & less energetic impulse to indulge it, I think I understand.

Posted by: Bob-S | December 30, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

I refer to indulging my own impulses. I still get a kick out of watching other folks. Heck, ever since I realized that Sarah Palin & Newt Gingrich were just pulling our legs about that whole "political" thing, I've gotten fonder of watching their antics.

It's like watching Sacha Baron Cohen or Michael Moore. You know the trip won't be all that much fun, or the destination particularly nice. But it's interesting to watch the artist at work.

Posted by: Bob-S | December 30, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Out-- Oprah's book club
In- Yoki's book club.

I've never seen so many princes and princesses as I've read in Anna Karenina.

Which by the way, I have dutifully downloaded into my brain like a good cultural borg. Resistance is futile.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 30, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

I forgot to chime in on that... Oprah's another one. I don't think that she's especially interesting, but in her better moments I think she means well. And as long as Oprah's happy, everybody's happy!

Posted by: Bob-S | December 30, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

What you must remember, dear Wilbrod, is that in Imperial Russia, princes and princesses were a-dime-a-dozen, more equivalent to British, what? Not dukes and earls, not even viscounts, but more like barons and baronets. More like landed gentry, less like aristocracy.

Posted by: Yoki | December 30, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Hi, Martooni! Nice to see ya.

I said "See you next year!" to as many people as I could today.

I've gotten to the age where I lose track of exactly how old I am. Then it's kind of a shock when I have to figure it out.

Happy Birthday, Joel! Seems like a fun time for a birthday - you can pick your party. I think the one at the Irish pub sounds good.

Very cold here. I want spring to hurry up and get here.

Posted by: seasea1 | December 30, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

An even more obscure Top Music of 2010 List:

Posted by: yellojkt | December 30, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

I can just hear Brag sputtering at me in protest!

Still, I stick by my assertion. Anglo-Saxon miluds and milads only trace their family-trees to third- and fourth-cousins, whilst the Russians go to the 12th degree and beyond.

Posted by: Yoki | December 30, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

I always cherish these few months each year when Joel makes me feel like a young man.

Unlike Prez Obama who (if we can believe the sketchy documentation) won't reach the half-century until August.

Posted by: Bob-S | December 30, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Yello-the comment re: Sade lends an awful lot of credibility to that there list.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | December 30, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Howdy! Martooni!!!! Yay! It is splendid to hear from you.
Howdy also to CowTown and the other lurking regulars. Everyone creep out of the woodwork here, to begin wishing one another a happy year's end and new beginning.

RD just about said it all in his 1:33 pm observations on aging.

Speaking of which, I'm glad to see Joel drop by. So far, 50 is working out pretty well for me. If nothing else I got a cool accordion out of the deal.

I am on page 878 of Quicksilver - it ends at 916. My goal is to finish it tonight. I can already tell I'll want to start the next one - too many loose ends - but I have to stop and read some shorter novels first.

Posted by: Ivansmom | December 30, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Must be cool. Anchorage Daily News

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | December 30, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

That's a lot of bear news DotC. Thanks for the link.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | December 30, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

The list of novels NOT shorter than Quicksilver is pretty slim. And mostly written by people like Tolstoy, Proust, Jordan, and of course Stephenson himself. I got a copy of Anathem staring me in the face just waiting for February.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 30, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

England was notable for its small numbers of aristocrats. If Guy Fawkes had perfect luck, he might have nearly exterminated them.

Japan was the opposite--swarms of samurai, many living in genteel poverty.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | December 30, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Don't speak to me of genteel poverty. I live in genteel squalor and mortal fear of the bailiffs. Oh, debtors' prison! how harsh.

Posted by: Yoki | December 30, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, I was wondering why it was either count or prince, no dukes.

I checked, and Knyaz (commonly translated prince) was applicable to those who could trace a patrilineal descent from Rurik (862 AD-- ruled Kiev), or Gediminas (c 1300, ruled Lithuania) and owned tiny fiefdoms-- and they kept their titles even after their lands were absorbed by Moscow.

Wikipedia says:
"After 1801, with the incorporation of Georgia into the Russian Empire, various titles of numerous local nobles were controversially rendered in Russian as "kniazes". Similarly, many petty Tatar nobles asserted their right to style themselves "kniazes" because they descended from Genghis Khan."

Well, that helps resolve it. I had visions of a lot of upper crust flouncing around doing the Duke and Dauphin act from Huckleberry Finn.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 30, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

I enjoy genteel squalor.

The University of Connecticut women's basketball team just lost to Stanford for their first loss in 90 games. 90 consecutive wins. An amazing streak. The last team to beat them was also Stanford.

Posted by: -pj- | December 30, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

I do too, dear pj.

Posted by: Yoki | December 30, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

I seem to have been descended from landed gentry who sensibly dropped all hereditary pretensions soon after they settled in the New World and suffered an acute shortage of soft silk and dances.

New world, new ways, as it should be. Look not backward to the king's heel, but onward to freedom!

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 30, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Look hard and long enough, and we all are! I'm much more interested in what living people *do* that what they might have *been* had everything been entirely different. 'cause you know? It wasn't.

Posted by: Yoki | December 30, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Ah yes, Yoki.
People so rarely think about the worst-case "what ifs" either.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 30, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, what some people *do* is lose to Stanford occasionally.

Nice run, though!

Posted by: Bob-S | December 30, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Ivansmom, your comment about needing to read something else before beginning "The Confusion" reminds me of something a friend said to me after he finished "Confusion."

He said that he was not going to go right into "The System of the World" because he needed time for his brain to cool down.

As far as the Stanford women's basketball team defeating Connecticut's, well, it was bound to happen sometime. A 90-game streak is amazing, and hey, Stanford beating the #1 team, good for them (and look, Condi Rice up there in the stands). Curiously, I see that the same team bracketed the UCLA men's baskeball streak back in the day. Wouldja believe - Notre Dame?


Posted by: -bc- | December 30, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Fear the Cardinal!

Posted by: Bob-S | December 30, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

I don't know that anyone really flounced in Karenin (except Anna herself, poor soul), still less in War and Peace. Levin, certainly a Count (as was Tolstoy), was happiest plowing or shooting on his estate or reading on his own hearth. Country pursuits. Poor Kitty.

Posted by: Yoki | December 31, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

...but don't fear the reaper.

i went to university with the bro of two fellows in the band, the drummer and bass player of the original quintet. he was quite an accomplished grappler.

Posted by: -jack- | December 31, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

I liked Levin, actually, although he's a tad depressive. No pity for Kitty there; he's not breaking his neck at steeplechases or busy chasing skirted deer.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 31, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

We *all* like Levin more than anyone else. That is Kitty's trag. She is too young-and-in-love to appreciate the country pursuits and the man who practices them, not having been brought up to them. And he is so blinded by love that he doesn't know it will be horrid for her.

Blue Oyster Cult, jack? Yes, indeed.

Posted by: Yoki | December 31, 2010 12:25 AM | Report abuse

we went to the aforementioned family camp on the st larry during senior week, mid june. revelry included a swim in the seaway. in the local vernacular, when i hit the water, i thought i was going to die. [say this with emphasis on thought and die, as scarlett might utter these words: i *thought* i was going to *dah* (like sigh)]

Posted by: -jack- | December 31, 2010 12:42 AM | Report abuse

the nsfw version that my parents never heard, and if they did, would have never let me listen to the woodstock soundtrack, relegating it the the verboten list that was anything by janis.

Posted by: -jack- | December 31, 2010 12:59 AM | Report abuse

The mighty St-Lawrence is a cool river. It gets tepid at low ebb in the summer, specially around island clumps in shallow waters, but it is an underwise cool river. Great walleye and muskie water.
I got drafted into doing a family dinner tomorrow. So here I am scanning veal savoyard recipes at 01:00. I wish to extend the 2 veal loin I bought this morning for 4 diners to a meal for 8. I might just chicken out thaw out the other half of the pork hocks and meatballs stew. Or take on the challenge.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | December 31, 2010 1:08 AM | Report abuse

because this is how i feel of late.

Posted by: -jack- | December 31, 2010 1:09 AM | Report abuse

dear shrieking_denizen, you can stretch those two veal loin to EPIC proportions. Take the challenge. With enough winter vegetables and one of your amazing sauces (not to mention thin slices) you can surely do it!

Just think of your grandmere when her boys brought friends home for dinner. Do what she would have (not what my Mum did when Brother D. brought home the VVL [stands for very very lovely or very very large - take your pick] {but remember what my Mum said to me, aged 17, she, hissing - "Don't you dare fall for one those gorgeous D-boys, lest you end up doing nothing but having babies - it would have been my pleasure but God Bless 'er}] D. boys who couldn't get home to Wolfe Island in the winter storms, by ferry, which was to put on two boxes of Kraft Dinner) done.

Posted by: Yoki | December 31, 2010 1:25 AM | Report abuse

shriek: make a parmesean, garlic, mushroom, cream, spinach and butter stuffing for one of the them. get creative with the other.

Posted by: -jack- | December 31, 2010 1:30 AM | Report abuse

I had a look at the loins and the challenge is on. With dry ham and Emmenthal inserts I'm feeding 8 dainty eaters easy (the hockey players will be largely absent i.e. 1/3). The Parmigiano grated leeks will slay them anyway. The desserts will put them out of their misery. (MIL and SIL provides desserts).

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | December 31, 2010 1:35 AM | Report abuse

dear jack. Dear dear jack.

I didn't know until now that Garcia and his friends did old-time ballads and Childe songs. I'm glad to know it. Very.

Posted by: Yoki | December 31, 2010 1:40 AM | Report abuse

Boodledom, once again!

Posted by: Yoki | December 31, 2010 1:43 AM | Report abuse

Does parmesan, garlic, mushroom, cream, spinach and butter need to be stuffed into anything?

I think I'd perfectly happy just rubbing it on, and licking it off.

Posted by: Bob-S | December 31, 2010 1:45 AM | Report abuse

I'll report later on the stuffing, rubbing, slicing, inserting, and other manhandling the poor loins had to suffer. Being veal is not easy.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | December 31, 2010 1:58 AM | Report abuse

And I'll report later, how this went over with my best friend David B. a journalist, don't you know?

Posted by: Yoki | December 31, 2010 3:41 AM | Report abuse

Martooni!!! All the best in your new ventures.

Happy Birthday, Joel. Many happy returns of the day.

Posted by: rainforest1 | December 31, 2010 4:13 AM | Report abuse

Is Paris still In?
Or we will be so Out for
New Year at la Seine.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | December 31, 2010 5:09 AM | Report abuse

MsJS, now would be a good time... *wink*

Is it really Dec. 31? Does anyone else share my feeling that 2010 shot by faster than anything in recent memory? Vacations in particular were about as ephemeral as a Higgs boson.

Froehe Geburtstag, JA!!

Well-done to both UConn and Stanford.

And of course, it's the aftermath of the storm that's most dangerous on the streets of Boston:

rickoshea, Sneaks, back me up on this, K?

*chores-to-do-prior-to-a-very-hectic-weekend Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 31, 2010 5:55 AM | Report abuse

Enjoy the heck outta the Seine, DNA_Girl!!! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 31, 2010 6:02 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all.

In my thoughts, Paris is always IN.

My houseplants wonder if they are going to be fed and watered; they practice conservation. ;-)

Martooni, we have all missed you, keep on keeping on, young fella.

So glad you made it to another birthday, Joel, hope your girls were/are good to you.

Dave of C, you are absolutely right about Ken Cuccinelli, and after four years I think he aspires to be our Governor, shudder.

About Coolness, Sachmo got it right. When coolness reaches out beyond jazz, I'm lost, ALTHOUGH must say, Obama looked cool dancing with Michelle, it takes a certain something to look cool.

Always enjoy The List. This year I saw no wine listed, guess I must continue on with the Rappahannock Cellars offerings, particularly their new world red. Very tasty.

Posted by: VintageLady | December 31, 2010 7:05 AM | Report abuse

Paris in the holiday season is beautiful, DNAGirl. Enjoy.

Here is the Champs-Elysees done up in lights as seen from the top of the Arc De Triumph:

And the Eiffel Tower is open 365 days a year:

Posted by: yellojkt | December 31, 2010 7:08 AM | Report abuse

"Winnipeg is a happenin' place." Frosty, that should have come with a warning.

RD, your 1:33. Words fail me. 'find enduring joy'

Joel, when you get to that significant number the nicest thing is that you realize that the number isn't at all significant. May enduring joy be yours. Happy birthday.

Posted by: --dr-- | December 31, 2010 7:15 AM | Report abuse

Last good mornings this year to ye Boodlers!

The best way to age gracefully is to get older.

The new calendar that makes its debut tomorrow has a larger number on it therefore it is an older calendar for the new year, which also is an older year. If it was a newer year it would have a smaller number.

Have a happy and prosperous 2011!

Brag :)

Posted by: Braguine | December 31, 2010 7:25 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. Martooni, so good to hear from you, and so happy you and family are doing well. Time flies, the Bean is eight years old, already! Please come back more often, we miss you terribly.

Perhaps it's weird of me or just plain boring but as I get older the in/out list is something that just doesn't catch my attention. I'm happy that I get to work, visit with friends, and can still dress myself, albeit, to look at me sometimes one would think I need help with the latter. God is good.

I do hope the New Year is loving for all my friends here, and just fantastic for all of you and your families. That you get to do all those things that have been put on the back burner because of time issues. And that we all, myself included, learn to love better and all without fear. And hopefully, Christ will lead the way in your lives and mine too.

JA, may you have many more birthdays, and much happiness in your years ahead. God bless you and and your lovely family.

Have a wonderful day, folks, and lots of love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | December 31, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Scotty, the practice of saving the parking spot you have shoveled makes sense to me. I do think the Mayor should have stayed out of this rather than try to enforce a 48 hour limit on it. And altho' I am generally a law-abiding person, if someone took the spot I'd worked hard to clear of snow, I'd be very tempted to commit some act of vandalism against them...newcomers to a neighborhood need to go along to get along.

Posted by: badsneakers | December 31, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

badsneaks, I am with you 100%.

A few years back I was working and living in Saratoga, NY during a winter of very heavy snow. There was one particular storm where we got 30 inches. From then on, I and my roommate worked diligently to clear our two spots on an "alternate side parking" street.

I was working rotating shifts, so there was a lot of time when we only had one of our two spots taken. About every other day I would find no spots when I returned from work, as our neighbors would park where we had cleared.

It took about four times for me to leave a very rude and threatening note on their windshield, with the theme being that I had worked very hard to clear my car, and would be very willing to work just as hard to bury theirs the next time they were where they shouldn't be.

They got the message.

Posted by: baldinho | December 31, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Saw a headline for a video clip on CNN:

"False rumors spread about Justin Bieber"

What, that he has talent?

Sorry, I couldn't resist. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 31, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

I wonder how many of the hundreds of cars towed in the Twin Cities on Christmas night were parked by Bostonians. When a snow emergency is declared (they need to find another word, "emergency" implies out of the ordinary) it always catches newbies unawares. Towing starts at 9:00PM when night plow streets must be free of cars-on both sides- so they can plow "curb to curb." Then, whatever space you dug out on a day plow street, so you wouldn't be on a night plow street, must be vacated by 9:00AM so that street can be plowed. The only things you'll find, besides cars, in parking spots are all the mittens/gloves that go unnoticed as they fall out of vehicles as people exit.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | December 31, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Felicitous Birthday Greetings and Many Happy Returns of the Day to Mr. Achenbach. Our very own Renaissance Man.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | December 31, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all, and happy New Year's Eve!

Cassandra, I'm with you on being able to function, even at my low level, for it is a true blessing.

You folks who have to deal with snow plowing make me thankful for living in the South. I came up the mountain yesterday afternoon without problems, till I got to our street. Then I had to call Mr. T because, after several tries, I couldn't get up the hill. Too icy, even though the temperature was above freezing.

Part of the problem was that one of the neighbors had parked her car at the start of the street, so I had to maneuver around it. A tenth of a mile and I couldn't make it. Mr. T managed, but it took him several tries as well. The street is gravel and private, so whatever is done on it depends on us. This is the downside of living on a non-public road. We would love to upgrade it so that the county would take it for maintenance but it isn't wide enough and can't be widened without significant expense and deals with adjacent property owners.

Posted by: slyness | December 31, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Scotty, you know you're a trip, maybe even a vacation!

Posted by: cmyth4u | December 31, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Ouch, just talked to a neighbor in Our Fair City. I scooted out of town to St. Paul just ahead of the snow yesterday and missed out on 11", so far. We're expecting up to another 11" by tomorrow night. I know what I'll be doing for exercise when I get back on Sunday.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | December 31, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

I could use one, Cassandra... *L*


Posted by: Scottynuke | December 31, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Had internet issues but they are resolved now so I can wish Joel a very happy birthday.

Hope everyone has a happy and safe New Years.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 31, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

And a very Happy Birthday, Joel.

Lots to do to prep for this New Year's Eve, some of which may in fact involve butter and garlic.

And olive oil, of course. Perhaps it's no longer in style, but it's what I'm wearing this year, anyway.


Posted by: -bc- | December 31, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Eggs w/ omelet fixin's, bacon, sausage, pecan pancakes, OJ and coffee on the table.


We pooled our allowances to buy you a dead tree card and blew the rest on a video card. I hope the link has gotten to you by now. We thank you for the A-blog and hope the [redacted] b**k is a smashing success.

frosti, pick up your otc pain reliever of choice before returning home.

TWC got lucky. Two days of mildish weather and some rain have washed away all snow save where it's been piled high. We return to the deep freeze overnight.

Posted by: MsJS | December 31, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

In hono(u)r of Joel's birthday:

Ja, må Du leva
Ja, må Du leva
Ja, må Du leva uti hundrade år

Javisst ska Du leva
Javisst ska Du leva
Javisst ska Du leva uti hundrade årrrrrrrr.

(I do wish I could roll my "r"s like that, honestly).

Posted by: ftb3 | December 31, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Happy Birthday, Joel! I hope you have a great birthday and many, many more ahead of you!

Posted by: -pj- | December 31, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

I wish to congratulate Joel Achenbach on successfully completing another complete orbit of our planet around the local astronomical body undergoing nuclear fusion.

It is not an accomplishment to be taken lightly and I suggest we celebrate it annually.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 31, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

A hearty Howdy to y'all, and a resounding Happy Birthday to Joel. May it be filled with bears. In the best possible way, of course.

The Ivansclan plans for New Year's Eve celebrations are somewhat fluid at the moment. The temperature is expected to plunge this afternoon. It will probably be very cold by the time we go downtown to the Opening Night festivities and, possibly, Flaming Lips concert (no tickets yet). I do have some lovely Champagne to toast the New Year.

I like Brag's observation. A new year would have a smaller number. I wonder what year we're repeating?

We had a surprise New Year's Eve hailstorm about 2 am. Lots of sheet lightning, some rain, but mostly nickel-size hail. It came down hard and fast. At one time it was like a downpour of hail. Now the sky is innocently blue.

Posted by: Ivansmom | December 31, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Bonne fête Joël.

Happiness starts at 50. Heh, there is even a graph that proves it.
"The U-bend of life
Why, beyond middle age, people get happier as they get old"

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | December 31, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

I'm pretty happy already, so it's go to see there is nowhere to go but up.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 31, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

It's cool here on the left coast this morning. Everything very white. Frozen fog last night and not warm enough this morning to melt it.
Happy New year everyone.
Nice to see you back Toon.
Happy B day to you Joel. That one is so far back I don't celebrate them any more.

Posted by: bh72 | December 31, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Good afternoon, all. Here's wishing everyone a happy and safe New Years Eve. And a good wish for all of us to be healthy, employed, and with family we enjoy in 2011.

I don't know what the heck happened to 2010.

Plans for tonight have gone from reasonably firm, with several invites to parties at various houses or bars and a "Hangover Brunch" tomorrow at a friend's house, to reasonably non-existent. The cold I've been dealing with for December is still hanging on and the notion of partying hard (or even really at all) is not that terribly attractive. I think the new plan is to head down to the local early, have a drink and dinner, and then head home and to bed. We'll call that "going out" this year.

Plus it fits with the resolutions this year. So I'm also going to call it "being responsible" and "getting a jump on those things that I've resolved to do." It counts even when you can't or don't want to do something that you've resolved not to do, right? Right? Please?

Happy New Year!

Posted by: cowhand214 | December 31, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Happy major milestone birthday, Joel. (When you're as old as I am, a mere half a century seems like nothing. I've had over a dozen of 'em, tho the first one still sticks in my mind, because everything was still new. Then it was just one darned repetition after another, wars, sea voyages, wenching, then war, voyage, wench. Sometimes the sequence changed a bit, war/wench/voyage, and later on voyage/wench/war. Tried once or twice to try to put together a string, wench/wench/wench, but it just never worked out.)

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 31, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Yes. As Levin's brother observes, she has no shortage of family pouring into her new locale, and friends.

Gossip about fictional Russian characters aside...

Happy fin-de-l'an, Joel. Today is also la fete de Saint-Sylvestre.

Yeah, St. Sylvester is your patron saint, which might explain why you keep hearing lisping canaries whenever you're dizzy.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 31, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

"China says Communist Party alone can fight graft"

In related news, foxes have announced that they alone shall shoulder the responsibility for guarding hen houses.

Posted by: Bob-S | December 31, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Cowhand, in our universe going out for a drink and dinner definitely counts as celebrating. That sounds like a nice evening.

Our plans remain fluid. The Boy wants to go see the Flaming Lips and stay for the second concert beginning at midnight. I don't want to stay past midnight. Ivansdad wouldn't mind the concerts but is leery of the thousands of people expected downtown. Tickets are still available - I wouldn't be suprised if they were available at the door. I expect there'll be some sort of expedition, somehow.

Posted by: Ivansmom | December 31, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Joel, I hope yours is a wonderful birthday!

Posted by: slyness | December 31, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Aw, Mudge, it might be appropriate for you to go back to wench you came....

Or something like that.

Happy New Year fellow Boodlers, which includes, of course, lurkers.

Posted by: ftb3 | December 31, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

That would be an expectidition, I-mom, no?

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 31, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

The IRS sent me a letter to "see information in Explanation Section - page 5." Page 5 says, printed especially for me, "We have no information to show."

One might imagine the feeling I had. Fortunately, hearing from Martooni is quite an antidote to that feeling.

Posted by: Jumper1 | December 31, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Indeed it would, Scottynuke! Indeed, it will be.

Posted by: Ivansmom | December 31, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

ftb, I would go back from wench I came but there's no womb at the inn.

We're taking advantage of this fantabulous weather to put away the xmas decorations, got about 80 percent done, including 95% of the outside.. I was outside in my shirtsleeves.

Tonight we're going to a friend's house, where the dress du jour is pajamas/pajamas party. As nearly everyone there will be my age, more or less, it could be pretty scary.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 31, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

At least they're not making stuff up, Jumper.

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 31, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Happy New Year to all who hang out at the Boodle.

MrsN and I are looking forward to escaping the wilds of suburban Omaha for the peace and snowy quiet of northern MN, once the snow tamps down to quiet - hopefully by Sunday.

Stay safe everyone.

Posted by: northbank | December 31, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations on the successful completion of a half-century, Joel. And a happy New Year's Eve to all in boodledom.

The sound of hammers continues at the House of Ray as workers complete the replacement of the roof over our entryway. I knew that replacing a flat roof would be a bear, but the extent of the wood rot and other delectables has been amazing. We're on Day Two and they're probably going to have to return Monday to finish the trim work.

Posted by: Raysmom | December 31, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

While catching up on yesterday's paper, I ran across one of my favorite recent examples of journalistic restraint. Buried near the end of a Karla Adam / Edward Cody story about al-Qaeda links to various no-goodniks was this line referring to Samir Khan:

"Khan, they have said, ... was in contact with Nidal Malik Hasan, a disaffected American Army officer who is facing murder charges in the shootings at Fort Hood, Tex., in November 2009. "

I'm not sure that "disaffected" is the first adjective that comes to mind when I think of Major Hasan, but it's certainly true as far as it goes.

I sent the authors a message congratulating them for a masterful bit of understatement.

Posted by: Bob-S | December 31, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Happy Birthday Joel!! As I said earlier in the week, my fifties were terrific and my year of being 50 was just wonderful. I wish exactly the same for you!!

Home from work and tired. After I have my tea, I may nap before starting the surprise dinner for "S". Wish I had the energy to take down the Christmas stuff but it will have to wait until tomorrow.

Hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year's Eve.

Posted by: badsneakers | December 31, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Just got back from dim sum with some good friends - great way to end the year and get on to the new one. They are just approaching 50 themselves (youngsters!).

From the Daily Dish, excerpt from a piece in the WSJ by Peggy Noonan (ye gods):

And this from an internet acquaintance of mine in South Africa (originally from Scotland):

Posted by: seasea1 | December 31, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I'll chime in with a ditto on all the good wishes. Martooni, great to see you! Don't be a stranger. Joel, happy birthday, and heartfelt thanks for creating this wonderful place for us boodlers. Happy New Year to all -- may it be a joyful year.

We were at my sister's for four days over Christmas and had a great time, especially seeing my magnificent niece and nephew. There's talk of next year's celebrations being at our place -- ack! I guess that means I'm really a grownup?

The cat was angry about our being away. The neighbor who was feeding her said that she didn't eat much. She yelled at us the whole first night we were back (really, who cares about sleeping after a day of travel?), and she's spent most of the last few days glued to my lap. Out of guilt, I just ordered her a fancy cat fountain, plus some plastic lids to put on her food cans to keep everything nice and fresh. Such a spoiled brat she is. But a beautiful, warm, purring one.

Posted by: -bia- | December 31, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

The St. Lawrence at Montréal must be particularly cool. They have river surfing, using locally-manufactured boards.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | December 31, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Happy Birthday, Joel -- such a youngster!

Bia, I agree cats really do get angry at being left alone. Dogs are always delighted when owners return -- "I thought you were never, ever coming back! I love you! I missed you!" But cats feel they were the victims of a personal vendetta.

Posted by: nellie4 | December 31, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like you have a dog-cat, Bias.

The more love, the more jealousy, and so it goes.

Busy reading "On the Origin of Stories" by Brian Boyd. More cogent than other attempts at defining art in evolutionary terms that I've read, but it's a evolutionary psychology argument mixed with rich examples, and I would prefer to see more of the latter, as I already understand and follow his argument.

I will note that he treats religion as an evolutionary issue, with regard to whether it's "true or not," which may offend some and satisfy others-- the gist is it exists in all human cultures and so serves a major purpose. Again, preaching to the choir in my case.

I'd like to see non-biologically trained people's take on this book.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 31, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

DotC thought of you when I saw this picture the other day, #7 if direct link doesn't work, can't imagine how cold this water would be.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 31, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I was not aware that there were any people who are non-biologically trained.

Where is this training available?

Posted by: Bob-S | December 31, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

In the schools around here, it's wetware as far as the eye can see.

Posted by: Bob-S | December 31, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

DNA Girl

Take me with you, please
I love the lights of Paris
They drive me in Seine

Posted by: yellojkt | December 31, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

In Munich there is a stream with a standing wave where the locals go to surf.

I have video, but I haven't had time to unwrap it all.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 31, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Very cool, yello. Somehow I missed that the last time I was there.

Posted by: Bob-S | December 31, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Bonne année!!!

Posted by: DNA_Girl | December 31, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Hau'oli lā hānau Joel! Any many more to you!

Welcome back Martooni, great to hear about you and the family.

Just popping in to say, Hau'oli makahiki hou to the Boodle, may 2011 be a winner for everyone. We're celebrating with fireworks for the last time on Oahu (until they repeal the ban..again). Bought my stash and will be doing my best to light up the driveway. The two 72 ft. long string of fire crackers we'll set off ought to bring us lots of good luck in the new year.

Did I mention that I'm a fireworks freak?

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | December 31, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Eisbach, Yello, in the English garden, in case you forgot.

A happy new year to everybody. Mine has already begun because we decided to celebrate it at the same time as my stepson in London. I just finished the Prosecco, therefore I am rather happy in the new year already. Cheers, nasdarovye, skol,prost cincin, and that is as far as it goes under the influence.

Posted by: gmbka | December 31, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Our guide told us that the river surfing used to have to be done on the sly because it was technically a public park and they were worried about the liability. Now they have embraced it as a tourist opportunity.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 31, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

MotP!!! I say you haven't seen fireworks until you've seen them on Oahu. Sure, Sydney Harbor is good if you must rely on professionals. But there's nothing quite like a mighty flash and bang followed by the relief that the neighbor's house still stands. The adrenaline rush really makes for an evening to remember.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | December 31, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Video games, Bob S. You don't see it because those kids never experience daylight on their faces.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 31, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

MotP, have a happy new year, did giggle at the "bought my stash", I am more familiar with that statement referring to certain illegal substances :-).

Posted by: dmd3 | December 31, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Hi Frosti! Yes, there's nothing like new years eve in Honolulu. Things been getting out of hand over the last few years though and people have been shooting off a lot of illegal aerials which prompted the City Council to ban all fireworks from Jan. 2, 2011. I'm disappointed about the ban but it's the bad apples who spoil the barrel for the rest of us law-abiding pyros. So, we will do our fireworks exploding this year and enjoy it.

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | December 31, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Thanks DMD! And, yes, I realize that "stash" usually refers to something else, but in this case, I thought it appropo. :)

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | December 31, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Too bad MotP, but I'm sure some fingers and eyesight will be saved.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | December 31, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Seasea, you started me on an orgy of YouTube bagpipes...thanks for that! (Although one was so baaddd I turned it off...)

We're back from dinner with the neighbors, a good time was had by all. Dammit, I bought myself a single serving bottle of champagne and left it at home. I suppose I can finish off the chardonnay in the fridge to celebrate the new year. My guess is that I won't last till midnight to watch the fireworks at the ski resort across the valley.

Happy new year, everyone, and may it be a happy and prosperous year for all of us!

Posted by: slyness | December 31, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Everything that leaves the ground and/or makes a loud "bang" is banned here as well. But generally (unless the weather has been fire-spreadingly dry) the neighbors & local authorities turn a relatively blind eye until around midnight.

Posted by: Bob-S | December 31, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm visualizing a lot of people hopping and yelling "bang! BANG!" in civic protest, Bob S.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 31, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Bob-S | December 31, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Yello, for probably the same reason they conceded a large area to the nudists, and close to the city, no less. Before they did that, there were tremendous shouting matches between the rather belligerent nude women, whom the police of course could not touch and therefore no arrests could be made. Half of the city people laughed to no end, the other half was outraged. But then the tour buses rolled in and all of the sudden everything quieted down.

Posted by: gmbka | December 31, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

For knitters , 'stash' means something completely different It usually signals and addiction though. {Hangs head thinking of splendid stash and its connection to unhealthy knitting behaviour, raises head, decides I do not care;)}

RD you were mentioning cool New Years eats from when you were a kid. It brought to mind bologna bowls and I wondered if anyone else would understand what I meant. Bologna used to be made with a casing that shrunk when it was heated creating bowl like shapes. On special occasions, like New Years, we would fry up the bologna,fill the 'bowl'
with beans and use potato chips as utensils.

Its just not the same anymore.

Posted by: --dr-- | December 31, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Knitters and crocheters refer to their stashes (of yarn), also...heheheh.

Glad you enjoyed the bagpipes, slyness. I love them like some folks love accordions.

Posted by: seasea1 | December 31, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Quilters have stashes of fabric. About that I'll say little, except that there is a fine line between accumulating a very large stash and hoarding.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | December 31, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

As a child of the South, and Savannah (with its not-entirely-explicable Irish fixation) specifically, on this New Years Day I shall be having Hoppin' John and corned beef & cabbage. I won't try to defend it, it's just something I do most years.

Posted by: Bob-S | December 31, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Happy New Year! And thanks for yet another year of non-stop entertainment from all you boodlers.

Just yesterday, I held my niece's (and also godchild's) day old newborn as he fell asleep in my arms. I'm blessed. Oh, the sweet scent of newborns, as I told my youngest son, - it's like the dewdrop from a flower.

Oldest daughter is with boyfriend, Oldest son is with girlfriend. My teenage daughter with the learner's permit is baking cookies.

I've got one in college, one in high school, one in middle school, and a 3rd grader who is now hopping around the kitchen helping his sister. I hear happy feet.

2010 marks 20 years of blissful marriage for wife and me, and also 20 years of total darkness as I lost my sight a few weeks after the honeymoon.

I have no idea what's "in" or "out", but my kids will tell you that I'm the coolest dad ever. That's what they tell me anyway, so I figure I'm doing something right even if I haven't much have a clue to what I got myself into with this parenting business in the first place.

Time for milk and cookies. :-)

Hope everybody is spending time with the ones they love.


Posted by: WhackyWeasel | December 31, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Ah there is a fine line between hoarding and stashing, but I am sure I can come up with a perfectly sane reason for having yarn enough for so many sweaters. This is a cold country after all.

The rule is, so long as the wool stays in the closet...We won't talk about cotton,bamboo, silk and the other stuff.

Posted by: --dr-- | December 31, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

What recipe do you use for Hoppin' John? I'm really fond of black-eyed peas.

I grew up with a new years' day tradition of split pea soup or navy bean soup with ham.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 31, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

BobS, please explain Hoppin' John. I get the corned beef and cabbage, but Hoppin' John?

Posted by: --dr-- | December 31, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

***Happy Birthday, Joel!! You are the best in so many categories, that's the 21st century version of the Renaissance man, as noted by RDP, above.***

Posted by: kbertocci | December 31, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

***Happy Birthday, Joel!! You are the best in so many categories, that's the 21st century version of the Renaissance man, as noted by RDP, above.***

Posted by: kbertocci | December 31, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Hoppin john is black-eyed peas mixed with rice, dr. Sometimes other ingredients are added, such as diced onion or peppers. Some people make it spicy. In the South, it's usually served as good luck on New Year's Day, along with greens of some sort (turnip, collards, spinach, etc.) and pork. Our New Year's dinner will consist of country ham, hoppin john, and turnip greens. If I find enough cornmeal, I may make cornbread too.

Posted by: slyness | December 31, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, this sounds good. I never put cheese in hoppin john:

Posted by: slyness | December 31, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

I only submitted once, I promise! But that comment can go twice, because we don't have italics (yet) and it needs emphasis.

= = = =

Fireworks are starting but we're already back home and hubby is tucked in and will be snoring soon. We were traveling today. We had dinner with two old friends, one of whom was best man at our wedding; we hadn't seen them for more than 20 years. Really fun catching up, and we ate Russian cabbage rolls and salsa made with black-eyed peas, among numerous other dishes, ensuring good luck in the new year.

Earlier today, I bought John Irving's book Last Night in Twisted River, in honor of Just Read More Novels Month, and spent some time sitting by the pool, reading it.

I hope everybody is celebrating and enjoying this Last Night of the Year. Stay safe and happy, all.

Anybody who is looking to kill some time and watch something funny and TRUE, here's a little video, "Everything's Amazing and Nobody's Happy"

Posted by: kbertocci | December 31, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Dr, Hoppin' John is black eyed peas with rice, chopped onion, bacon (or ham/fatback), salt, but the recipe varies and may include greens of various types.

Sometimes field peas are used instead where that's commonly available.

So, I'm awfully curious to know what recipes hit it out of the park.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 31, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Good to hear from you WhackyWeasel and a Happy New Year to you and your family.

I've been napping on the sofa since dinner as we over ate. The lobster mac and cheese was really good as was the Brigham's vanilla ice cream with butterscotch sauce.

Just heard the boom of fireworks here MoftheP. We don't usually get much of that here, fireworks being illegal in MA, but the weather is rather mild and that might have encouraged those who may have leftovers from July 4th. (Just because they're illegal doesn't mean there aren't a lot brought in from NH for Independence day celebrations!)

Posted by: badsneakers | December 31, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Pat! Missed you while backboodling the first time. How could I?

Glad to know your family is still near and dear even as they grow like weeds.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 31, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Whacky!! Wonderful to hear from you and a very Happy New Year to all the Weasels!! :-)

There shall also be something approximating Hoppin' John in the NukeAbode come the morrow, as NukeSpouse is a daughter of the South.

May we all have safe and joyous celebrations this evening! (Then again, DNA-Girl's already had hers, but anyway) :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 31, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Pat... Martooni... It's great to touch base with old friends. I'd love to get a chance to meet Martooni for the first time, and to visit with the WhackyWeasel once again. Thanks so much for checking in!

Posted by: Bob-S | December 31, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Well... I just happen to have some black eyed peas in the cupboard. These are from the days when my stash was of legumes, not yarn. Ah, the good old days.

Posted by: --dr-- | December 31, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

These are the days for seed catalogs:

I read an article today about Hoppin' John and other New Years foods (pork, primarily), but can't find it now. I grew up with a northern variation of pork and black-eyed peas, but Mr seasea prefers a turkey or ham - and the Rose Parade.

Posted by: seasea1 | December 31, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

The river-surfing spot in Munich's English Garden has been a famed local attraction for years. As best I can tell, the authorities made peace with the surfers long ago. The official webpages for the park don't mention surfing at at all--and definitely not as a "problem". Here's the English version.

dmd3, Nice that the Globe and Mail had a photo of warmth-seeking manatees along with that Nova Scotia surfer. I know of a Floridian whose work takes him to Newfoundland. He praises the surf.

As for the manatees, we're ending the coldest December on record, even counting 1989, which featured a horrific freeze. Lots of cold water.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | December 31, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Since I have nothing other than a vague plan (black-eye peas, onions, peppers, some manner of pork) when I make hoppin' john, I think it's been covered adequately. I've tended to make mine a bit spicier as I've gotten older, and I cook the rice separately lest the whole thing congeal into an unmanageable mess. This go 'round I plan to add a bit of okra & chopped tomato, which is straying rather far afield of tradition, but nobody has to eat it but me.

I've got some mixed greens ready, too. I'll chop 'em, wilt 'em, then throw them briefly in a pan with a bit of bacon grease, bacon bits, a touch of salt/pepper & a squeeze of lemon. Fortunately, I don't expect to be visited by any knowledgeable food critics.

Posted by: Bob-S | December 31, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Pat - so glad you popped in, thanks for the updates on how things are going for you and yours.

Black-eyed peas and cabbage are on the menu here for tomorrow, too.

Have a wonderful and safe New Year's, everyone.


Posted by: -bc- | December 31, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Happy New Year, beloved Boodle and all what sail in her. I think it shall be fine one, don't you?

Posted by: Yoki | December 31, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes that's the best, Bob S-- just what hits the fancy right there and then, even if it isn't fancy.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 31, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

"Not fancy" is my strong suit! At the moment, I'm having a midnight snack of ramen noodles to which I added some chicken stock (I tossed the complimentary flavor packet), chopped garlic, chopped jalapeno pepper, and some chopped sandwich meat. It's tasty, but I wouldn't try to serve it to paying customers.

It's officially 2011 (and small change) here. Happy New Year!

Posted by: Bob-S | January 1, 2011 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Happy New Year, Boodle.

Hey, Yoki. Looking forward to my first *snort* of 2011.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 1, 2011 12:52 AM | Report abuse

Happy New Year to all, and to all a good night.

Toodles boodle and sweet dreams.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 1, 2011 1:01 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Yoki | January 1, 2011 1:04 AM | Report abuse

I am not a fan of legumes and my mother always made me eat at least a few each New Years Day. I have ditched that tradition with no discernible effect on the level of luck I have for the year.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 1, 2011 1:05 AM | Report abuse

one of my roommates in grad school had a care package sent from his mother, a native Grecian, on the new year: stuffed grape leaves and some Greek wine. longing for both at the moment, but will settle for a live feed of the furthur show, live from the Bill Graham civic aud. trouble is that the feed is on the att sat network, and is intermittent at best. so it goes.

good to hear from pat and martooni. boodlers always lurk. in wishing everyone a happy and prosperous new year, i remain, sincerely yours, j

Posted by: -jack- | January 1, 2011 1:27 AM | Report abuse

cool. grisman and garcia always surprise:

Posted by: -jack- | January 1, 2011 1:37 AM | Report abuse

*very* cool.

Posted by: Yoki | January 1, 2011 1:43 AM | Report abuse

Happy New Year, everyone! Wishing you a happy and healthy 2011.

Posted by: rainforest1 | January 1, 2011 3:26 AM | Report abuse

Happy New Year Everyone!!!
I am sure the new year will be better then last year.I hope it is the same terrific year for everyone.

Oh and for those of you who don't like watching wall to wall football on New Years Day(why anyone wouldn't) AMC is running an all day and night Three Stooges Marathon.

How appropiate the first episode is "back to the woods" I just got finished watching "back to the future part 1"

Have a Great Day everyone!!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | January 1, 2011 4:03 AM | Report abuse

I promised DNAGuy fireworks on the Seine "as seen on TV". Does anyone remember the Eiffel tower lit up like a roman candle? Well, not today. It glittered for a couple of minutes and then...nothing. What was lovely was how the hordes just sort of looked at each other, went "eh whatever" and continued drinking.

We walked for hours before and after midnight. All of Paris was partying, and Champs-Elysees was the longest block party ever--definitely "as seen on TV". And then 'blog party' came to mind and I thought of you (and yello thanks--you pict so I don't have to)

Posted by: DNA_Girl | January 1, 2011 5:47 AM | Report abuse

Re New years resolutions:

Posted by: DNA_Girl | January 1, 2011 5:51 AM | Report abuse

DotC, at the Monet exposition in Musee Marmottan when I could almost smell the flowers, I thought of your gifts to the boodle.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | January 1, 2011 6:01 AM | Report abuse

Sorry for boodlehogging this fine revoir mes amis

Posted by: DNA_Girl | January 1, 2011 6:05 AM | Report abuse

Kind of quiet around here...I'll speak softly in case anybody has a headache or is trying to sleep in.

New Years Day, and it should be a fine one. A day for those of us who actually believe in resolutions to evaluate how we did on last year's. I was extremely modest in my resolution last year; I didn't set any goals that required special strength of character. I did decide to keep a count of all the money I found on the street, and add it up at the end of the year. I think it would be fun to have a boodle contest today: guess how much the total was. You have until midnight tonight to submit your guess; limit one entry per person. Here's your only hint: I originally thought that it would be reasonable to average one cent per day, which would make the total $3.65. It's higher than that. The person who gets closest to the correct answer and is willing to email me their mailing address will receive some highly desirable item of Achenblog-themed swag.

Now I'm out of here, because Netflix just made the fourth season of the IT Crowd available on instant view and I am going to watch some of it before my better half awakes and demands breakfast.

Happy New Year--(no exclamation point, I'm keeping the noise down, as promised.)

Posted by: kbertocci | January 1, 2011 6:36 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends, and Happy New Year to all!

Pat, so to good hear from you, and may your happiness with family continue throughout the years to come.

Bob S
Both recipes, Hoppin John and the noodles sound like winners to me. Nothing but the best for you, Bob S in the New Year!

I spent the first hour of the New Year with my church family. We had watch night service, and then shared breakfast after the service. It was lovely, and quite a few people showed up.

Slyness, yours sounds like the traditional Southern meal. Since there's no one here but me, will bypass the cooking detail. Just going to be lazy today and stay in.

I hope this first day is the beginning of beautiful things in the New Year for all of you here. And lots of love.

Posted by: cmyth4u | January 1, 2011 6:49 AM | Report abuse

Happy New Year, you all.

Cassandra, it's always grand to follow you and your blessings, a right start for January one.

Hey, Wacky, nice for you to join us, again.

Strictly traditional southern dinner for us, as well, except for the corn bread, never did think much of corn bread. Substantial potato rolls here in the house of burgesses, maybe some sweet potatoes, too, along with blackeyed peas.

Enjoy your day, you all, may it be a mild one.

Posted by: VintageLady | January 1, 2011 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra!! Kbert!!! *HUGSSSSSSSSSS*

Mental alarm clocks are sometimes a bother, particularly when backed up by their feline counterparts. *ruefully SMH as the caffeine takes effect*

I'm all for laziness today, Cassandra. Tomorrow too, most likely. But not before proposing a preposterously proficient pigskin prognositcation proposal (emphasis on preposterous, of course), powered by plentiful portions of black-eyed peas & ham.

May we all have our respective best years ever in 2011!!

*wondering-why-a-nap-is-sounding-so-dang-good-right-about-now Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 1, 2011 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Sound like you had a great night. As I remember the holiday Eiffel Tower, they do a sparkly display about every hour. Shame they don't do more on New Years Ever.

And my meager pictures do not excuse you from taking plenty of your own. Make sure you get by the Musee de Orsay while in the area. It's my favorite museum in the world.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 1, 2011 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Good morning and happy new year, everyone!

It's warm and foggy in the high country this morning, currently 46 degrees. I can see the outline of trees on the lot, but no further. Last night, we could see the fireworks being shot off at the ski resort but not the display because the clouds were so low. Oh well.

Cassandra, best wishes to you and yours for a wonderful 2011. A watch service sounds lovely, I'm sure it was meaningful.

So nice to hear from WhackyWeasel and Martooni yesterday, please don't be strangers, folks!

Good thing I'm not particularly hungry. I've been up almost an hour and Mr. T is still asleep. Maybe it's time to get dressed.

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

Posted by: slyness | January 1, 2011 8:16 AM | Report abuse

'morning and bonne année to all. +4C and foggy this morning. It's really yucky and muddy and most of the little snow we had is gone. The dog is bringing in loads of mud after a short walk outside. Crappy, crappy winter weather.
Rice&beans, hoppin'John, arroz y habas, moros y christianos (moors&christians), etc; the colour of the beans changes but it seems like a world classic. I might make some myself later.

DotC, I've seen the jet skis putting the surfers in place in the Lachine rapids when I went fishing there with my brother. It' really impressive to see those tiny people tackle the big river.
I had to abandon the idea of feeding my visitors with the 1kg roast of veal; the hockey players (16 and 14 yo) were back on. So pork hocks and meatballs it was, with the traditional riced potatoes, mashed carrots&turnips and something new I tried, roasted brussels sprouts that turned out well. That sustained us through the end-of-year review and shows on TV.
*off to find a dryish place to walk the Very Large Not-Wet-Yet Dog*

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 1, 2011 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Woohoo!! Is my head ever poundin' this morning. After that epic New Year's Eve Party it's no wonder. Wow! I surely do hope those pics of me, that ambidextrous contortionist, and those whole-grain waffles don't show up on the interne--

Oh. Who am I kidding. I drank two glasses of champagne, watched them drop the ball, and went to sleep.

Happy New Year Everyone.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 1, 2011 9:06 AM | Report abuse

As a sadistic exercise in family togetherness, I made everybody get up before noon yesterday so we could go to the National Building Museum to see their Lego exhibit. And deep inside we knew we would not make it out of the Lego brick room without our son building something. Here are pictures of the exhibit as well as my son and other kids having fun with masses of Lego bricks.

If you look close, you can see the remnants of his Mowhawk as it has grown out.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 1, 2011 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Happy New Year, y'all.

Lots of warm baked goodies, coffee and OJ on the table.

Happy day after birthday, Mr. A.

Today is an orgy of college football. PaterJS will refuse to talk on the phone for the entire day as it would pull him away from the TV.

We don't have traditional New Year's Day foods at CasaJS. These days it's challenging to get MrJS to try anything new.

I'm thinking cheeseburgers for lunch. PaterJS sent a beef-laden care package and we got a dozen burgers as a bonus. We have bleu, provolone, goat, Gouda, and Camembert cheeses, plus an assortment of condiments and burger toppings. If anyone's interested, I'm firing up the grill at noon central time.

Posted by: MsJS | January 1, 2011 9:29 AM | Report abuse

I checked the musée Marmottan Monet website. It looks as though the museum has grown impressively. French inheritance laws really must encourage giving art to museums. About a decade ago, the Portland (Oregon) Art Museum had a neat show featuring the effects of cataracts and cataract surgery on Monet's art.

I've never gotten around to visiting France and probably won't get closer than watching French movies. On the garden side, Monet's place in Giverny is pretty big, if Google Maps and Street View are giving the right impression. It must be a huge challenge to keep the place looking more or less as it was. Weather, growth, and mortality conspire to promote change.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | January 1, 2011 9:57 AM | Report abuse


I boodleskimmed and saw a few fine cameo appearances... martooni, cow town, joe laché. I may have missed some as I was hankerin' to get down here to the comment box to wish y'all a great new year.

seasea... I, too, love the "see you next year!" greeting. In my opinion, it never gets old. (ha!)

Speaking of getting old (am I on-kit?), I told Dr G last night, as we were snuggled down in bed at 10 pm, how nice it is to be old and not only BE in bed by 10 on New Year's Eve, but be fine with it. (To our credit, we went out to an Irish bar for dinner and drinks where they ring in the new year in Dublin... so our countdown was at 7 pm.)

Posted by: -TBG- | January 1, 2011 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Thinking of museums, there must be a lot of Monets. Probably nowhere near the number of Picassos, but still a lot.

Even if there's lots of Monets, the demand must exceed the supply.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | January 1, 2011 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

Had a fine New Year's morning run, and now I'm enjoying coffee and the annual Twilight Zone marathon on the SyFy channel and engaging in a bit o' the Boodle.

My neighbors set off a barrage of Roman Candles in the road in front of my house at midnight, and we had plenty of cheers and curbside toasts to ring in the New Year.

Not exactly Paris, but all in all, it wasn't bad.


Posted by: -bc- | January 1, 2011 10:28 AM | Report abuse

It's probable that none of you, maybe except Yoki and dr, knows him but this particular obit shows why it's best to have yours written by a friend of 30 years. Tony Proudfoot was an important cog in Marv Levy's defensive of the late 70s. He played the Special Teams as well, as I remember.

There is little money in playing the CFL as a journeyman. This is why Proudfoot teached for 30 years after his career ended as a player. I do not remember what the minimum salary was in the 70s but the current minimum is $42000 per season and the salary cap of $4.2 millions is shared by 42 players on active plus 5 (or 7?) on reserve.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 1, 2011 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Tallies are in.

For the year of 2010, 1,610 posters submitted a total of 56,963 comments for Joel's 240 kits.

The top contributers listed below:

20-km2bar; 21--CB-; 22-douglaslbarber; 24-GomerGross; 24-WhackyWeasel; 25-Mo_MoDo; 26-Gomer144; 27-Entenpfuhl; 28-butlerguy; 28-KaddafiDelendaEst; 28-simpleton1; 30-balancingact; 30-chollynickabocka; 33-baldinho1; 35-j3hess; 35-shilohgun; 37-Sara54; 38-MissToronto; 40-abeac1; 41-Don_from_I-270; 41-LALurker; 42-DLDx; 43--shiloh-; 49-jp1954; 52-Boko999; 52-Boomslang; 53-Jim19; 60--tao-; 60-CollegequaParkian; 70-kbertocci; 73-ArmyBrat1; 77-rickoshea11; 79-Moose13; 83-Awal; 94-Manon1; 103-woofin; 105-gmbka; 108-MiddleofthePacific; 115-joelache; 128-byoolin1; 129-teddymzuri; 139-Windy3; 142-omnigood; 154-cowhand214; 171-rickoshea1; 172-VintageLady; 176-edbyronadams; 178-mortii; 178-rainforest1; 178-RichNomore; 190-qgaliana; 190-Wheezy11; 201-engelmann; 212-greenwithenvy; 231--bia-; 247-ebtnut; 253-MoftheMountain; 261-nellie4; 271-Braguine; 286-Raysmom; 288-bh72; 290---dr--; 316-rashomon; 366-omni3; 374-steveboyington; 431--pj-; 450-cmyth4u; 453-DNA_Girl; 554-bobsewell; 564-ftb3; 565--jack-; 570-LostInThought; 637-laloomis; 684-kguy1; 695-baldinho; 736--ftb-; 746-shrink2; 817-seasea1; 834-Curmudgeon5; 840-ScienceTim; 843-frostbitten1; 863--dbG-; 865-russianthistle; 959-badsneakers; 999-Ivansmom; 1054-shrieking_denizen; 1090--bc-; 1198-slyness; 1266-DaveoftheCoonties; 1338-Bob-S; 1483-Jumper1; 1738-CollegeQuaParkian1; 1744-Wilbrod_Gnome; 1820--TBG-; 1885-MsJS; 1987-dmd3; 2069-RD_Padouk; 2314-curmudgeon6; 2440-Scottynuke; 2442-talitha1; 2628-Yoki; 3967-yellojkt;

Posted by: BlogStats | January 1, 2011 11:08 AM | Report abuse

May I just say we'll have to wait 11 years, a month and about 15 hours until we can say it's 2:22 on 2/2/22?

You may now return to your regularly scheduled 11:11 on 1/1/11. Thank you.

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 1, 2011 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Dagnabit, talitha gets the bronze by a nose! (or is it a quilting needle?) :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 1, 2011 11:16 AM | Report abuse

yello wins the Boodlehogger of 2010 Award!

Does a tiara come with that?

I-mom, did you purposely stop just short of 1,000?

Posted by: MsJS | January 1, 2011 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Scotty, when curmudgeon5 & 6 are combined, that's good enough for 2nd place.

Posted by: MsJS | January 1, 2011 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Consumed champagne watching the ball drop on TV at 9 and again at 10. Went to bed at 11. While getting ready for bed noticed an unexpected snow was falling so we turned on the deck light, bundled up in our flannels set in bed and drank hot chocolate watching the snow fall until 12.

Everything quiet cold and white this morning. Fed the quail twice already and now the sun has come out. The quail must be really hungary as they are not tolerating the jays.

Posted by: bh72 | January 1, 2011 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Happy New Year to everyone, after having reviewed the blog stats, I clearly need to shut up for a while.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 1, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

11:11 on 1/1/11!!

Posted by: Ivansmom | January 1, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

I am on some sort of hockey marathon, two games last night, (might as very disappointed in the crowd of the US v Swiss game - low attendance). Now watching the Caps/Pens ESPN series which is being broadcast back to back then the Winter Classic. Mild and rainy here so this is a good option.

We had 5 children and 5 adults here, party broke up around 2, I have not stayed until two, let alone had more than 2 beers in a long time.

So much for shutting up :-)

Posted by: dmd3 | January 1, 2011 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Howdy and a Happy New year to the Boodle!
The Boy and I wandered around downtown OKC last night admiring the pretty lights, then went in out of the cold for the first Flaming Lips concert (the second started at midnight). It was a good party as usual. The Boy got to help push the giant balloons into the crowd at the Midnight Countdown, and brought one home. He earned it.
We'll have our champagne toast to the New Year today, along with our ham (better start cooking that soon) and blackeye peas.

WhackyWeasel, your New Year's Eve post made me very happy. Good to hear from you, and I'm glad the Weasels are well.

Hugs to MsJS and thanks for the breakfast.

I met the Coffee Broads for our regular Saturday morning sustaining beverage (chai, for me) and chat. In honor of last night's festivities we moved it from 8:30 a.m. to 9.

RD - whole grain waffles?

Posted by: Ivansmom | January 1, 2011 12:19 PM | Report abuse

This is the problem with living in the Central time zone...

11:11 on 1/1/11!!

Posted by: Ivansmom | January 1, 2011 12:12 PM

Posted by: -TBG- | January 1, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Not at all, TBG, it means I get to enjoy these milestones twice.

MsJS, in 2010 I was on the 999-hour plan.

Yellojkt, those were great Lego building pictures. Your son's pyramid is impressive. I must point out that your wife has a really lovely smile.

Posted by: Ivansmom | January 1, 2011 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Happy New Year to everyone!

*much too exhausted to say anything else at this point, but you know that it's the thought that counts*

Which reminds me of a line from a guy I know in Oregon (besides bh72, whom I only "know" here in boodledom) --

"There are three kinds of people in this world -- those who know how to count and those who don't."

Toodledy Oodledy Boodledy until I become conscious again.

Posted by: ftb3 | January 1, 2011 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Once again, 11:11 on 1/1/11

Posted by: Yoki | January 1, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Good Lord, 154 on the blog stats? Has my evil twin been making a nuisance of himself here? What could I possibly have posted 154 times?

In other news, I see I'm neighbors on the list with rickoshea which is a small coincidence given my current residence in the 'Ville.

*anxiously awaiting Dave Barry's Year in Review*

Posted by: cowhand214 | January 1, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I just barely avoided being included in the SOO15. Pheeewww.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 1, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Help request, eldest has to prepare a project on Lenses/Optics over the holidays, she has mostly completed the assignment, she has completed her Ray diagram but does not really understand the topic, apparently they have yet to study Ray diagrams.

If anyone can explain in lay terms this stuff so that she might understand I would be grateful, she is 15 and like her mom spatially challenged. There is an oral portion to this assignment so her understanding her work might help! Thanks.

Think this is the type of stuff she is working on.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 1, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Yikes, I posted almost 250 more times in 2010 than in 2009. I need to say more less often.

Happy New Year everybody. It's in the upper 50's here today. "S" just washed both cars. All the Christmas decorations have been put away and the house looks bare, but in a nice clean way. I'm planning to do nothing for the rest of the day but watch football and maybe nap. There are enough leftovers that I don't even have to cook.

Nice pics Yello. Legos are addictive.

Posted by: badsneakers | January 1, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I'm always slightly horrified by the Boodlestats.

On kbertocci's challenge, I'll guess $30. I seem to remember she found a big bill at some point, but can't remember how big. I never spot money - Mr seasea often does, and my kid found a 5 dollar bill outside a restaurant when he visited us last time.

Posted by: seasea1 | January 1, 2011 2:09 PM | Report abuse

yello... the Lego pictures are great... not just your son, but all of the folks, their faces so intent on their projects.

I love the Building Museum; just being IN the building makes me kind of happy.

While I haven't taken a shower ALL YEAR (that never gets old, either), Dr G and I have made it out of the house on an excursion to Target. It's really balmy out there; my car shows it as 54°F. Even though, it's the coldest day of the year! (The warmest, too.)

Posted by: -TBG- | January 1, 2011 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Happy New year to all.

I am selling my vinyl records. I am getting top price for them. I am surprised, sort of. But I keep the Beethoven.

#12 (or do the Mudge-ultiples make it lucky #13?)

Waiting for Bailey. By a tree on a country road.

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 1, 2011 2:14 PM | Report abuse

TBG -- I had to read your shower comment twice, which shows you how tired *EYE* am from my almost 24-hour celebration! Very funny, tho.

Just spoke with the new mommy in Zambia. She's doing much better (she had a Caesarian, so she was pretty sore for a week or so). The baby is great, and is apparently a spitting image of his older bro. The older brother is very possessive of the new boy ("Where are you taking my brother???"). Don't know if he thinks the little one is a new toy or what, but mom and dad are pleased with the transition so far. I also spoke with an uncle, who is also a physician and is just about to start a job with the CDC. That means he will visit Atlanta now and again and he insists on coming up to DC for the weekend to stay with me. And, well, *meet* me officially. That we've been talking on the phone for years now makes meeting in person a mere formality, you see.

I have now filled in my new desk calendar with all the birthdays, anniversaries, death dates (unfortunately) for those I've loved (and still do), with appropriate numbers for all of them, and in different colors. I'm really not that compulsive, but I've got my "things" so if anyone wishes to make a snarky comment, do so outside my hearing thankyouverymuch. As I will do for you.


And now, time to put my 2011 Ledger in order. And then, follow Sneaks' lead and take a nap over the paper (yesterday's and today's). Tomorrow, 5 more calendars to make and set out to cure and then discuss some new work coming in with a colleague. The year is starting off with a bang, as well it should.

*waving at everyone, especially Martooni and Whacky Weasel and, well, all o' you'all (mostly)*

Posted by: ftb3 | January 1, 2011 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Looks like my clones and I got in about 1100 times. Yikes. I need a hobby.

Happy New Year to all.

Posted by: baldinho | January 1, 2011 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Ivansmom - I was trying to think of something that sounded absurd but potentially provocative when I heard my son yell indignantly from the kitchen, "I hate whole-grain waffles."

One takes inspiration, such as it is, where one can.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 1, 2011 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Belated Happy New Year! *Waving to martooni, WackyWeasel, kbert, Cassandra*

Roof Saga Day Three is sort of a Groundhog Day of the previous two. Early start with much enthusiasm for completion by the end of the day, followed by the Oopsie du Jour, followed by resignation that the crew shall be returning to complete the job. At least we're weather-tight.

Posted by: Raysmom | January 1, 2011 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of starting the year out with a bang, do thunderclaps count? If so, we sure did. We hadn't planned on going out, and a good thing, too, because we had violent thunderstorms to bring in the New Year. We were woken up at 1:30ish (I think) by a thunderclap right on top of us and noticed the power out. According to our neighbor, the town tornado sirens had gone off shortly before; we didn't hear them. But once awake, I did lie there for a while listening for the sound of a train, and when things seemed to calm down again, I went back to sleep. The power was back on when we got up in the morning. I had a productive morning picking up sticks from the yard and putting the living room window screen back in. I haven't heard of any worse damage in the vicinity, so that's good.

Posted by: -bia- | January 1, 2011 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Earlier today I tuned in to the parade just in time to see a band madeup of young ladies in black tights and short green jackets marching on the double. Actually, they were running. Among them I spotted three bassoonists--an odd instrument for a marching band--and a thought occurred to me: "Running With Bassoons" was probably a Googlenope. Sho 'nuff.

Posted by: Raysmom | January 1, 2011 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Oops, I spoke too soon. Just saw a report of a roof off in an apartment complex, an outbuilding destroyed, some car windows broken, and some trees down. No injuries, though. So that's still good.

Posted by: -bia- | January 1, 2011 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Happy new year everyone! We celebrated with lots of smoky noise and fabulous fireworks! Woke up this morning with hair smelling of gun powder. Literally blew up $50, fireworks are not cheap. We had a blast though, last time since the stuff is outlawed as of tomorrow.

Enjoy the day of bowl games and napping. I will now attempt to get my alohakids to eat that smelly Japanese new years mochi soup. This is one tradition they detest. Sigh...

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | January 1, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

SCC The sAo15, of course.

dmd, my optic physics is too rusty for any use. Useless info: back in the late 50s my FIL was finishing his BA in physics and a teacher told the students confidently that everything there was to know in the Physics of Optic was known. Then the LASER came along within months/years and the optics game was on again.

Some recent pictures of this bleak season.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 1, 2011 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Cornbread has been added to the menu for this evening's blackeyed peas and ham, so I'm a happy Nuker. The day apart from that has been a bit of laundry, the first jog of the year, a spot of dishwashing, and a fair amount of lazing in front of the TV while switching between the Stooges, bowl games, and highlights from Winter Classics past -- I always get happy when I see that Fenway-in-hockey-mode footage. A good start to the year, I'd say. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 1, 2011 4:46 PM | Report abuse

She seems to be struggling through, she must show 2 Ray diagrams that show how optics are used in eye exams, found a good source for her so hopefully that will help.

Love the pictures Shriek, equally grey and wet here but less snow, actually all snow gone now. The Tee off picture is fantastic. I am almost afraid to ask the significance of the tie tree?

Posted by: dmd3 | January 1, 2011 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Shriek, beautiful pics, especially the first and last ones. I, like dmd, am curious about the tie tree, c'est quoi?

Posted by: badsneakers | January 1, 2011 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Being BoodleHog of the Year is a Dubious Achievement (in the late lamented annual Esquire feature sense of the word) at best. I will definitely try harder next year to keep the post count down. But I do take solace that I am only 6.5% of the boodle. With WaPo server space not being (to us at least) a limited commodity the answer is to grow the boodle. More boolders, more comments.

I just put my son to bed after his 8 p.m. to 4 p.m. New Years Eve party at the local gamer family's floating board game party. That was on top of only getting 3 hours of sleep yesterday because I insisted on the family outing. I don't expect to see him again until midday tomorrow.

I get to brag that I have ridden my bicycle every day this year. 25 miles is a lot longer in January than it is in September. If there had been one more hill I would have been a goner.

Thanks for all the kind words about the Lego and the pictures thereof. I regret never getting my son to Legoland in his youth so I compensate as best I can.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 1, 2011 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrodog is sulking at being overlooked.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 1, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I read your blog..

with folks like Wilbrodog...

it gave my brain a jog...

I'm falling in love.

AFOS rules.

Posted by: baldinho | January 1, 2011 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Blame the software, Wilbrodog. It's a real shame that your important contributions aren't properly labeled or acknowledged. But you know we love you!

Love the pictures, Yello and SD.

Posted by: slyness | January 1, 2011 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Would Wilbrodog's mood be helped by my telling him that I have very recently (very, very recently) made the acquaintance of an absolutely adorable, soft and sweet Bedlington Terrier puppy (8 weeks old and still teething)? She is smart and cute and has a black button nose and black button eyes and when sleeping looks like a stuffed animal. Soooooo cute.

Posted by: ftb3 | January 1, 2011 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Good for you, yellojkt! I hardly rode my bike at all this year and probably as a karmic result, it was stolen last month. Perhaps in the new year I'll get a new bike and renew my old practice of riding to work. My workplace now is only two miles from my house so it would be very easy.

Posted by: kbertocci | January 1, 2011 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the puppy ego-stroking, Baldin', but he's complaining about the blogstats-- he gets no credit for the second year in a row, and he's insisting on his own User ID yet again-- but I just can't figure out how to switch those.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 1, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Ship puppies to me!
No, just their chow-- my postman
delivers dog treats.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 1, 2011 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Thev Tie Tree is something I found. Your explnation is as good as mine. It's a big tree and the branch the ties are tied on is at least 25ft from the ground. Alcohol was probably not in play, at least in the climbing and tying phase.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 1, 2011 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Happy New Year to the boodle. Birthday wishes to Joel, too. Now an official member of 50's pack. And AARP. Geesh.

Wow, yello--that's a lot of posts. I must do better but first I have to get ready for my solo driving trip from Colorado Springs to Philly. Sighhhh. My new job in Philly starts 1/10. Praying for decent weather.

Posted by: Windy3 | January 1, 2011 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Someone could make a fortune selling little opaque black stickers to put on all the little blue and red lights on electronics these days.

I really haven't figured out why these devices all need to show us they're OFF with a red light. I mean, I can see the TV's off when the screen is black.

Posted by: -TBG- | January 1, 2011 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Colorado Springs to Phila. seems like a journey from enjoyable cold to the execrable version. Powder to ice cream snow (relatively soft Breyers, not super-dense Blue Bell)

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | January 1, 2011 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Hello boodle! Haven't seen y'all since last year.

Am just coming to life after a rather painful 5k run this morning. It wasn't the 4F temp, at least that was above 0, but the wind and poor footing what did me in. The hip urban loft smells no more of holiday baking as the scent of muscle warming/cooling ointment covers all.

Wilbrodog-I am sure frostcat#1 is rolling in his grave over the canine/feline loss of boodle handles. That, and he was sure we'd have italics by now. (Yeah, and I'll live to see flying cars.)

Later gators, a hot bubble bath and a glass of Prosecco await.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 1, 2011 7:24 PM | Report abuse

My change in rank is not so much because I posted 626 times more this year as it is that Mudge dropped his count by 1,585.

4000 posts comes to about 11 a day, which is less than one an hour when you consider that checking the Boodle is the first thing I do in the morning and the last before thing before I go to bed. I know some serious Twitters that way outpace that.

Great pictures of the snow and the dog. Did you post this year as Shrink2? If so, that would move you up from 17th to 10th.

The biggest mover this year was MsJS from 54 last year to 8th this year. You go, girl.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 1, 2011 8:15 PM | Report abuse

yello, I think Shrink2 is a whole different person. I interacted with shrink on another board a while back, and we may see shrink2 again here.

Posted by: baldinho | January 1, 2011 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Golly. About half an hour ago I suddenly realized that I went to bed at 1 am. It is barely 8pm here now, but I will be asleep, I suspect, after I give Beatrice a little chance to run around. She didn't get out this afternoon, poor thing, because I had something very rare - a moviefest! I watched "Princess Bride" and "Wizard of Oz" on Blu-Ray disc (a fine Christmas present). That Blu-Ray is good stuff. I'm pretty sure the Wizard of Oz looks better than it did when it was released.

Did I mention the Boy is using the word "wizard" as slang? As per Robot Chicken Star Wars, he's bringing it back.

Posted by: Ivansmom | January 1, 2011 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Databases promise so much, and fail so much. ARRRGH.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 1, 2011 9:20 PM | Report abuse

I missed the shrink2 posts, I think, but it makes no sense for Shrieking to dub himself a shrink, unless it's for oil rigs, maybe.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 1, 2011 10:08 PM | Report abuse

I-mom, what does "wizard" mean as slang?

Posted by: -bia- | January 1, 2011 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Bias-- my understanding is: slick, expert, skilled, magnificent. Wizard.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 1, 2011 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Wilbrod. An adjective, then.

Btw, no 's' on my handle, please -- I do my best to be unbiased whenever possible.

Posted by: -bia- | January 1, 2011 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod nailed it. "Wizard" is English-Public-School-Boy-20s jargon for something brilliant, wonderful.

Sort of like 'swell' in the same time-frame in America.

What a hoot. If somebody told me today that I was "an absolute brick" it would be insulting to my physical person, but then was a high compliment telling me that I am a reliable friend.

Posted by: Yoki | January 1, 2011 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, all.

Had a relatively quiet NYD, and have managed to catch the rainy last period of the NHL Winter Classic -- did I mention that I dig the throwbacky Caps unis? I keep expecting Greg Joly or Rod Langway to hop onto the ice.


Posted by: -bc- | January 1, 2011 10:47 PM | Report abuse

And I'm pleased with that final score, too.

Despite the fisticuffs towards the end there. I guess that may have something to do with the teams not shaking hands afterwards (the first Winter Classic that the teams haven't?)

Wilbrod, I'm not sure that databases promise anything - IMO, they're just means to store and retrieve data in organized fahsions. I think that the people - those who populate, manage, and strucure queries to retrieve data in ways that provide actual information - are what make any computing and data storage and retrieval mechanisms, methods and means beneficial. Or not.


Posted by: -bc- | January 1, 2011 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Well, bc, I will amend that to the manufacturersadminstratorsmarketerslaywerswebmastersgurusscribesadvertisingguysandallotherprofiteeringkeyboardmonkeys then.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 1, 2011 11:23 PM | Report abuse

I guess this news is a little old but I'm just running across it now: Derek Lee is going to be the new Orioles first baseman next year.

Man, I'm ready for baseball season to start up again. I guess that means Adam LaRoche is more likely to end up with the Nats?

Ah well. Pitchers and catchers report in February!

Posted by: cowhand214 | January 1, 2011 11:23 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Yoki | January 1, 2011 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Computers - Just a better pencil?

Posted by: Bob-S | January 1, 2011 11:39 PM | Report abuse

The Snake - is he the devil?

Posted by: Yoki | January 1, 2011 11:45 PM | Report abuse

no. the snake is don prudhomme, of drag racing fame. he and tom mcewen, the mongoose, had a rivalry second to none in the nhra funny car division in the 70's. so hot that hot wheels picked it up.

the shower is finally finished. nuked from the bucket list. always liked this song, and played it for #2 yesterday, having just learned the chords. the first verse never fails to crack me up, but I'm easily amused. she laughed because i used dam in the vernacular, only because it is in the lyrics. brought a welcome laugh to myself. btw, this is a great show, @ the famed cameron indoor stadium.

Posted by: -jack- | January 2, 2011 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Yoki | January 2, 2011 1:02 AM | Report abuse

There are drag races, and there are drag queens, but are there drag queen races?

If so, I'd actually pay to watch guys sprint in high heels and tight miniskirts.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 2, 2011 1:27 AM | Report abuse

Wow, sorry, Talitha, I know how cross you've been with me, told me off, something about being boring re: indie-rock and neo-punk (and you linked to Sonny & Cher!) really I don't have a word to say nor a leg to stand upon. Go well, be well.

Posted by: Yoki | January 2, 2011 1:49 AM | Report abuse

Oh, Wlbrod, love, don't do this.

Posted by: Yoki | January 2, 2011 1:54 AM | Report abuse

What is "this", Yoki? I'm sorry to contribute to any blue moods, if I did.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 2, 2011 2:28 AM | Report abuse

Turns out there is a drag queen race after all in DC, and apparently free to watch. I am so out of touch culturally.

I am trying to cheer myself up by reading jolly poetry. "Ave Maria" by Frank O'Hara is a homage to the value of letting kids go to the movies.

And of course, engaging in some fur therapy. It is late, and bed soon beckons.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 2, 2011 2:35 AM | Report abuse

Bia, will try hard to remember the lack of an ess.

Bc, One hour trying to download a query batch from one database to another. The first attempt worked, the second batch didn't. Nothing was wrong with it, except for some bug in the recipent database that I cannot fix or figure out but made it do really wild things (including deleting over 4000 records, which I was able to retrieve from the deleted folder.)

I punted it over to those who can get inside the process better. I refuse to be liable for deleting key files because of a download bug between two databases designed by the same company to be compatible with each other.

So, I stand by my comment; it's no way to spend a holiday, having what should have been an one-minute download go horribly wrong, over and over and over.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 2, 2011 2:57 AM | Report abuse

Just to clarify, it seems people may have mistook my generic database gripe/sigh for another comment on BlogStats.

I had forgotten about that-- computer troubles do tend to get one's mind stuck in an endless curse loop while crashing earlier memories.

Pencils, at least, don't writhe in your hands and sink their fangs into what you've already done.

Now I've done something else more productive, I can sleep.

It's been a full year thus far-- walks, shovelling snow, movies, books, family, work.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 2, 2011 4:00 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. I got to see the big guy yesterday! I call him the big guy, but he's so tiny, and has that fresh baby smell. He's growing, and I want to spoil him rotten. His mother won't allow it. She says it makes it bad for her, and that's true.

I'm up with the coffee and getting ready to get ready for Sunday school and morning worship services.

Slyness, we have the water, but really mild and not so cold. I keep thinking there's going to be a morning where I don't have to get up so early, and that just hasn't been the case so far. Oh, well, I would probably get up anyway if said morning came around. Not complaining, not one bit.

Time to get moving, I'm slow, it takes me awhile to get it together. Have a grand day, folks, and love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | January 2, 2011 6:11 AM | Report abuse

OK, I guess we had to give ourselves a day off from criticizing stuff...

I'm not sure who to throw barbs at in this case, but it's probably someone in uniform. SOMEONE totally failed their Greek mythology course, since it's Argus who has the multiple eyes that see everything:

I can't really give the writers a pass, though, since it was only the human eyes of the Gorgon that could turn creatures to stone. I seem to recall the snakes provided a bit of early warning, but I could be wrong. And the new system is surveillance only, the Gorgon analogy falls short there as well.

Thus endeth the rant. I'll agree with the article's "information overload" criticism, though.

And I'll still call BS on this article:

I mean really folks, it's a coloration pattern that shows up at random. *SMH*

Perhaps another cuppa cawfee and some NFL will improve my mood a bit.

*ready-for-a-vacation-from-the-holidays Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 2, 2011 7:02 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra!! :-) *HUGSSSSSSSSS*

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 2, 2011 7:04 AM | Report abuse

Morning all. The blogstats make me smile. And, say to JA again a hearty thanks for this space of silly civility, with really important stuff to talk about.

TBG -- managed to stay awake for the EST moment, which was so charming because the house is smack dab in front of the CSX tracks. Engineer managed to drive by us as we lit off Catherine wheels...and he honked and flashed his lights.

O, Cassandra, a laddy baby for you and a laddy baby for FTB and a lady baby for baldi...such hope for us that babies, sweet babies!, are among us.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 2, 2011 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Morning CquaP!! *HUGSSS*

And in the "They're Really Full of Themselves and REALLY Don't Get It, Do They?" Dept:

Yes, I had a bit of schadenfreude there... Tee hee. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 2, 2011 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, Cassandra! Enjoy your little one, er, I mean, the big guy. They are so precious, aren't they.

Blogstats are interesting--too interesting, in fact. Achenblog is such a vast landscape at this point, and so consistently entertaining, that the most dagerous thing I can do is start googling or backboodling to stuff I had forgotten or missed the first time around. I did one Google search, and here it is an hour later...

Anyway, apparently most people missed the contest announcement yesterday, but that is more than okay; it means there are no disappointed players. This is the perfect contest, where there is only one entrant and she gets the answer exactly right: Seasea guessed that my total of money found "on the street" in 2010(which includes all public places, not just literally on the street) was $30. In fact, the total was $30.11. That included one $20 bill I found in a parking lot on September 26. I also collected a 10 centavo Argentinian coin, 1/3 of a dollar bill, and a few video arcade tokens. I'm aware that this is a weird hobby, but it is surprisingly motivational. My total running/walking distance that resulted in that $30.11 collection was 2,048 miles. (A lot of my running happens in the dark and some of it on a treadmill, so obviously most of the money was discovered while walking; the walking mileage was 732.)

In my quest for moderation on the boodle, I strive to have the same annual number of comments as "joelache" -- whoever that guy is, he seems to be very in tune with +he spirit of the blog/boodle. I came up short this year so I will try to be a little more enthusiastic and participatory in 2011. But not today--I have to get busy around the house because I was away for three days (in lovely Sarasota) and have to catch up on housework and yardwork.

Posted by: kbertocci | January 2, 2011 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Scotty -- such a nice hug. THANKS. And, KB, lovely to hear from you. I was about to make my guess and was thinking something like 26.54 or so...but SeaSea takes the cake and for that I am glad. Send her a gross of imaginary yarn balls...she likes the muted natural colors of heathery green, grey, and etcetera....if you are very good and ride your bike this year....she may very well knit you the dearest socks ever.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 2, 2011 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Acquiring objects of value, monetary or otherwise, is never a "weird hobby," kbert!!! *L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 2, 2011 7:34 AM | Report abuse

Good morning everyone!

This morning's listening is:

J.S. Bach,

The Musical offering: Sonata sopr'il Soggetto Reale PART 4

If you hare getting up and having a cup of coffee and thinking about planning your day, this is a perfect piece to which you may organize your thoughts.

Posted by: russianthistle | January 2, 2011 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Good morning everyone!

This morning's listening is:

J.S. Bach,

The Musical offering: Sonata sopr'il Soggetto Reale PART 4

If you hare getting up and having a cup of coffee and thinking about planning your day, this is a perfect piece to which you may organize your thoughts.

Posted by: russianthistle | January 2, 2011 8:55 AM | Report abuse

2010 followup.


And Yoki snorted 51 times.

Posted by: BlogStats | January 2, 2011 9:13 AM | Report abuse

WaPo had a very long article on one tea partier yesterday that was very fun to read between the lines.

The best part of the article is the stuff that didn't need to be written out.

I forgot to enter your guessing contest. I would have been in the $15-$20 range. When I was a patrol leader in the Boy Scouts, one of my patrol members was very short and always found the most interesting things on his hikes.

I'm not sure how emulating that joelache guy would work out. He seems too distracted to cut it as a real boodler. Going through the list, It's amazing how infrequently some of the people I consider Big Deal Boodlers post. You at 70 were nearly twice as many as Miss Toronto with 38. There's a lesson in there somewhere.

In addition to MsJS, other big movers or newcomers this year were Shrink2 (and I apologize for confusing him with shrinking denizen, a weird case of reading dyslexia on my part), baldinho (although I think an alias change is messing with the stats there), steveboyington, bh72, and MoftheMountain.

Boodlers that were far less active in 2010 than 2009 included boko999, LALurker, rick-o-shea, Vintage Lady, and Southwester.

And in the Where Are They Now category, have we heard much from some veteran Boodlers in ages, such as Dreamer/TomFan/AchenFan, Sara, Nani, Pixel, and SonOfCarl. They are much missed.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 2, 2011 9:34 AM | Report abuse

kb-I forgo about that big find in Sept. and would have guessed $9.67. Even adding in the $20 I would have fallen short. There's a reward for procrastination lesson in there somewhere.

Here's a contest I hope all of the boodle will consider entering. The Great American Think Off contest topic is- Does poetry matter?

Deadline for essay entry is April 1. Details here:

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 2, 2011 9:42 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 2, 2011 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Hello boodlers, and Happy New Year!!!

I would also like to wish Joel a belated Happy Birthday! Hope you had a really nice celebration, and as always, thanks for this lovely corner of the internet.

I just returned from over a week in Pennsylvania where access to the internet was very limited. I was very tempted to make a surprise appearance at the BPH, but that was the day we decided to pay a visit to our Ghanaian family in Charlottesville.

I'm pleased I even made the blogstats list this year as I've been mostly absent. I'm happy to report (as many boodlers are aware) that the main reason for my absence--finishing this pesky little PhD thingy--is now over. So you can call me dr lurker (just kidding--I actually really dislike titles.)

It's so nice to have time to catch up and see familiar boodle handles as well as new ones, and I wish everyone a terrific 2011.

Posted by: LALurker | January 2, 2011 10:13 AM | Report abuse

My continuing saga of poor folk eating well...

Last Tuesday, I purchased a roasting chicken for 6 bucks. I seasoned the bird and put it is a roasting pan along with a quartered onion, celery and carrots. I had a lime and a lemon and sliced those up and placed them on the bird. I had left over onion soup from Christmas dinner and that was drizzled on the bird and poured into the pan.

After roasting for 3 hours, it was done--all golden brown and the citrus juice released into the drippings with the roasted veggies. After cooling, I cut up the chicken and stripped the breast meat off the carcass which went straight into a stock pot on a very low flame to simmer over night.

The next morning a couple of cups of the broth was used in making rice. If you have time, you can keep reducing the stock down until it is wonderful.

The rice has ended up in a stir-fry, chicken in a creole sauce, chicken fried rice with broccoli and a two burritos.

Along with those previous dishes, the chicken ended up in a small chicken Parmesan with pasta and a salad with sliced chicken and home-made marinated mushrooms.

Well, my favorite, so far was this morning... All yesterday, I was working at the "abbreviated" farmers market at Eastern Market and there were two food vendors, an old time BBQ guy from VA markets rolled in for a test and then there was the Cajun people. What they serve as gumbo is vegetable soup with a bit of cold rice. No roux, no file. No love. Good for them, many people like it. I did have two folks who had lived in NOLA laugh at it.

(BTW, I took everything non-chicken in the roasting pan and put it in a tupperware container, veggies and all--the drippings, including the lemon and lime juice, make a great chicken/flour pan gravy--skimming the fat after it has been in the fridge)

Well, this morning, I got up for my favorite breakfast, Chicken Gumbo. Into sauce pan went two ladles of broth, some herbs and a couple of shakes of red pepper flakes and a shot or two of hot sauce. That was followed by some chicken and veggies from the roasting pan. I did a roux in a small pan and got that nut brown and added to the pan. While that was going, I put a bit of broth over about a third of a cup of rice and popped that into the microwave. In a minute or two, I poured the soup (sadly no okra) over the rice and was set.

Again, I am sorry about going on about this, but I have watched people shop for years in grocery stores and farmers markets and I am amazed at how we feed ourselves.

For Men, it is often, GRILL = MEAT = COOKING = MEAL. If asked about roasting a chicken, they have no time. And yet, they will easily watch one or two football games on a Saturday or Sunday. I have to say that cutting and seasoning a bird and get the pan into the oven can take up to 20 minutes depending how adept you may be a cutting things with a knife.


Posted by: russianthistle | January 2, 2011 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Good morning. Please pardon my manners - I forgot to thank blogstat yesterday. I always find these counts fascinating, even inspiring, and I appreciate the time and attention which produces them.

Posted by: Ivansmom | January 2, 2011 11:00 AM | Report abuse

RT... the roasted chicken et. al sound wonderful.

I roasted a chicken last weekend (my grandmother always told me to buy the smallest one I could find). I cut up an onion and an orange and put them inside the chicken before cooking. I also have some rosemary still in the pot on the deck (most has been brought in now for drying).

The chicken was picked clean and used all week.

We used the broth for soup and rice, too!

A ham is another hunk o' meat that can last all week in many incarnations. Dr G always says "Eternity = a ham and two people."

Posted by: -TBG- | January 2, 2011 11:07 AM | Report abuse

After the bird is done, there may be another 20 minutes to put it into proper containers and clean up. The point is that, if you have a basic meat prepared, you can prep a meal in the time that it takes to cut or find your other ingredients.

In addition, by slowcooking a roast in a braise, you end up with a sauce and a meat that can find it's way into so many dishes. For instance, it's a nice way to get a wonderful tomato sauce with little work.

My motivation may be to save money and eat well, at the same time, but there is also the sense of accomplishment and pleasure that the process brings.

Posted by: russianthistle | January 2, 2011 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Good late morning, y'all.

Happy Birthday, Ar-Dee-Pee!

I have been spending the morning straightening things up, finding homes for the presents, filing all the papers that came w/ the new hardware and otherwise decluttering. I can actually see a good portion of my desk again.

By late this evening the boodle will be able to crown the winner of the battleforthetiara2010 NFL regular season pool. Looks like it'll be either bc or TBG, but LiT has an outside chance. Congrats to you all for your superlative game-picking prowess. I shall be sitting on the edge of my chair all day in anticipation.

Posted by: MsJS | January 2, 2011 11:38 AM | Report abuse

TBG! Yes, the Dr is so right. I am hoping that Bottom Round roasts will go on sale next week.

TBG, the one thing that I really like is to be able to toss something filling and tasty together in 10 to 20 minutes, if possible. I actually prefer to grab a few minutes here and there to prep things for later such as a yogurt, herb and citrus marinade for chicken or beef. Same with a Thai or Vietnamese grilled pork or beef... I just toss them in a ziplock bag and let them sit in the fridge for a day.

When I am ready to cook, I just put the meats on a skewer and pop them on a grill.

Here is something that I did because of a schedule change that also worked out. I had several chicken breast marinating in a bag, but wasn't able to grill them, so they were tossed into the freezer. A month later, the marinated chickens were thawed and were great.

Posted by: russianthistle | January 2, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps the Boodle's infinite wisdom can explain to me just why it's a hangin' offense to put jam on cornbread? :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 2, 2011 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Tha docta's in da house! Hey, LALurker.

Scotty, so far as I am aware, jam on cornbread is perfectly acceptable. What ill-informed miscreant says otherwise?


Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 2, 2011 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Weed, I'm so hungry I can hardly see straight, but I read through your posts (which made me hungrier, of course) and my hat is off to you! Um, may I invite myself over to your house to eat? Your house, Yoki's house and Jacques Pépin's house -- yep, that's for me. You have given me tons of ideas for cooking, myself (note the comma, please).

Hey Shriek! The Lions are *favored* by 3 1/2 points! *crossing my fingers* They do play Minnesota, so frosti and I shall keep our boodleship at arm's length until the game is over and we know who won, and then life shall go on.

Still printing calendars, but it's now going like clockwork, and I'll finish up this afternoon before the "other game" starts.

RD_P, is it your birthday? Well, then, loads of wunnerful BD wishes being sent to you as we speak.

Posted by: ftb3 | January 2, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

If you have to ask, it can't be explained.

I often marinade something in hopes I will actually get around to cooking it only to throw it back into the freezer for a week or two.

I have a pasta recipe that calls for about half a pound of diced ham. We take our Easter ham leftovers and back them into single meal portions. They last nearly until the next Easter.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 2, 2011 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Well 'Mudge, there's only one other human in the NukeAbode, so... :-)

yello, I'd have to agree with you that it can't be explained. It IS bread, so what's the fuss? :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 2, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

russianthistle, great link! Its a lovely piece and I always enjoy Jordi Savall. He has a wonderful album called The Celtic Viol that is just lovely.

According to my Firefox weather plugin the current weather in my areas is "undefined and undefinedundefined." I think this means I should stay away from the windows.

Grilling some sausages here. I also need to go to the grocery store and pick up some things. One primary resolution this year is to cook more at home. I'm starting off with simple pasta dishes and working my up to more complex items.

Now, sadly, it's time to do some work to make sure it gets done before the work week actually starts and productivity drops off.

Posted by: cowhand214 | January 2, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I can't find TBG's home phone number. Can anybody who's got it phone her IMMEDIATELY and tell her she's got less than 20 minutes to get her tiara picks in. Hate to see her lose an entire week's worth. Probably drop her to irreversible last place.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 2, 2011 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Naw, 'Mudge, I'd be there to cushion her fall... *SIGH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 2, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, but she's in second place. Hate to see her bomb out after doing so well all year.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 2, 2011 12:46 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Scottynuke | January 2, 2011 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I tried, 'Mudge. Hope she can put something down for the late games. *SIGH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 2, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't personally put jam on cornbread, because cornbread has a little sweetness to begin with, and jam would overwhelm the yummy flavor of the bread and negate the point of eating cornbread to begin with. If the person objecting is the one who made the cornbread, the use of jam could be read as an implicit criticism of the taste of the bread -- if it were made well, you wouldn't need/want to drown out its flavor with the jam. Just a guess of what might be going on. As far as I'm concerned, everyone is welcome to eat whatever tastes good to them. But I didn't make the cornbread.

Posted by: -bia- | January 2, 2011 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Pats, Falcons and Steelers have already scored.

TBG got the late ones in. But she just dropped 8 points and knocked herself out of contention.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 2, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Or perhaps I'm just a guy doing guy things (read: inappropriate behavior) with food. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 2, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

My wife is southern. She'll put spackle on cornbread. Or put jam or honey on cardboard, particle board, you name it.

I suspect there are simply jam people and not-jam people, just as there are use-honey people and not-use-honey people.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 2, 2011 1:18 PM | Report abuse

How nice that I've started out 2011 a winner! In addition to my lucky guess for kbertocci's contest (not to mention the lack of competition), I'm also a winner in yellojkt's NaJuReMoNoMo event. OK, I read a lightweight young adult novel involving horses in one day, but it counts, according to the rules. I should celebrate with a walk on this gorgeous (cold) day. Maybe I'll find some money too.

I wouldn't put jam on cornbread, but honey is another story. Mmmmmm.

Posted by: seasea1 | January 2, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Congrats! I have a YA novel about trolls that play rock music just for that reason. However, I started the newest Hiaasen book first and now I'm hooked.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 2, 2011 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Let us hope this is not a harbinger of immediate problems for Mr. Berry...

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 2, 2011 1:50 PM | Report abuse

ftb, cowhand, the door is always open.

Posted by: russianthistle | January 2, 2011 1:55 PM | Report abuse

It depends on the cornbread. I wouldn't put jam on jalapeno cornbread, but honey on plain would be wonderful. So why not jam? Or homemade peach preserves (which is what my momma made for my daddy)?

Hey everybody. So nice to be home. I got up early, Cassandra, and made it on time to church, even though I wasn't paying attention and went past the right exit off I-85.

I'm glad to hear the young one is doing well, Cassandra, and that his grandmother likes him. (hehehehe) May 2011 be a great year for you and yours!

And the same for all the rest of us!

Posted by: slyness | January 2, 2011 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Shhhhhhh (the Lions are leading 9-0 at the end of the first half) Shhhhh (don't wanna jinx 'em).

Posted by: ftb3 | January 2, 2011 2:20 PM | Report abuse

The Pats are playing as if this game matters. Fun to watch. My best wishes to the Lions, ftb.

Scotty, never put jam on cornbread but I wouldn't stop you from doing it. I like it leftover, split, toasted and buttered - yum.

Posted by: badsneakers | January 2, 2011 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Scottynuke's question got me thinking. As I told Ivansdad, I've always thought of our meal yesterday - ham, black-eye peas, cornbread - as a traditional New Year's Day meal, as did he. After reading the Boodle I realize that it is a traditional Southern New Year's Day meal. Interesting.

To answer your question, Scottynuke, it is just wrong to put jam on cornbread. Unless it is really good jam. If the result is tasty, I say go ahead and break the inexplicable food rule. If the cook says otherwise, pay me no mind.

For lunch today I am rejoicing in a ham sandwich made the way my mother used to do it: toasted bread, mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, thick ham slices. I omit the margarine, and use Hellman's instead of (shudder) Miracle Whip, but the result is delectably recognizable as a True Ham Sandwich. I seldom eat these, since they must be made with True Ham, rather than one of the small sliced unnaturally pink things often sold as ham. Also, I am usually leery of sweet pickle relish.

I'm about to cook a pot of pinto beans with the ham hock. I predict a lot of meat will be frozen for later use. I'm with you, Weed, on the joys of cooking multi-meal dishes. I have the Boy hooked on roast chicken, and I haven't bought chicken broth in years.

Posted by: Ivansmom | January 2, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Miracle Whip is just wrong, period. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 2, 2011 2:34 PM | Report abuse

You speak truth, young Scottynuke, indeed you do.

Posted by: Ivansmom | January 2, 2011 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Mark of quality:
nineteen dozen posts and none
of nine teens dozin'...


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 2, 2011 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Miracle Whip: not a miracle, not a whip. Discuss.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 2, 2011 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Muzzle room in jars
for dogs' tongues to whip them clean--
that's the miracle.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 2, 2011 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Kinda like Cool Whip, eh?

Posted by: ftb3 | January 2, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Oh -- and the Lions are up 13-0 (but do keep it quiet, 'cuz, well, (shhh) (you know)).

Posted by: ftb3 | January 2, 2011 2:55 PM | Report abuse

I think I have a recipe somewhere that calls specifically for Miracle Whip and if I remember right, it doesn't work with mayo. That would be the only time I'd buy MW tho'. It's Hellman's or nothin'.

Can't remember the last time I watched a Pats game with no butterflies in my stomach. I'm enjoying the sorta 'Zen' of it.

Posted by: badsneakers | January 2, 2011 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Oh, *carp* -- we're still up, but now it's 13-10. Don't let me down now, little kittycats!

Posted by: ftb3 | January 2, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

No, no. Cool Whip is nothing like whipped cream, but it is the quintessential non-dairy whipped topping. Also, it is tasty. Miracle Whip, on the other hand, isn't.

Posted by: Ivansmom | January 2, 2011 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I believe a traditional New Year's Day meal consists of pancakes for brunch, plenty of strong coffee, and whatever is leftover from New Year's Eve for dinner. You're telling me that this scheme is not universal?

Posted by: ScienceTim | January 2, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Despite the fact that his upset pick of Miami appears to be falling short by a mere 38 points (at the moment, anyway), it seems pretty clear that bc has won the prognostication tiara for the regular season, and probably by a very comfortable margin. (LiT has to pick the next 8 games perfectly while bc has to blow 6 of 8, which is unlikely given that at least two of them are gimmees (although nothing has been a gimme this year). (Put it like this: bc hasn't had a total meltdown yet, and is unlikely to do so now.)

So congrats, bc, and may you wear the tiara proudly.

Of course, we now have the post-season up for grabs.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 2, 2011 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Lions up 20-10 with 5 1/2 minutes left.

*be still my beating heart*

Posted by: ftb3 | January 2, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

20-13 with less than 2 minutes.

Forgive the obsession, but, well, you know ...

Posted by: ftb3 | January 2, 2011 3:49 PM | Report abuse


Sorry for shouting.

But I'm sooooooooo happy that the Lions won. And I certainly hope that the Boodle contenders for the tiara picked the Lions!

So proud.

Posted by: ftb3 | January 2, 2011 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I have molasses on cornbread sometimes. As dessert.

If I simply HAD to have jam on something, and there was no bread, I would have jam & crackers. But jam is to preserves as Miracle Whip is to mayonnaise. I wouldn't have preserves on cornbread either, though.

Miracle Whip is the beginning of a decent coleslaw dressing. I have never found another non-profane use for it. Which is not to say there isn't one, but I'm at a loss.

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 2, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Well, Brag, did you feel today's earthquake? Any local, coastal tsunami warnings? Update from your part of the world?

Posted by: laloomis | January 2, 2011 4:46 PM | Report abuse

seasea, you are a winner in so many ways. I hope 2011 continues to be an ultra-fortunate year for you!

Your prize is on the way--expect delivery in about 10 days.

Posted by: kbertocci | January 2, 2011 4:51 PM | Report abuse

How come with 32 teams in the league, if 31 of them get into the Red Zone, that is generally thought to be a pretty encouraging thing, and the fans get happy and excited. With the Redskins...not so much.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 2, 2011 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I was idly watching the Cowboys game with Ivansdad. He predicts that after the season Jerry Jones will blow the team up. He expects to see as many as 10 new player faces, plus at least a head coach. He thinks Jones is holding out for Mike Kauer (sounds like Cower?) I asked if an incentive to join as coach would be that a person could mold essentially a new team and Ivansdad said yes. He also explained that Jerry Jones will provide some incentive by backing up a big truck full of money and emptying it at the prospective new coach's door.

Posted by: Ivansmom | January 2, 2011 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Methinks that would be Bill Cowher, IM.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 2, 2011 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Week 17 can be brutal. I am in one fantasy football league that the "Super Bowl" goes into week 17. Between my team and my opponent I think at least 5 players were DNP. Yecch. It looks like the Eagles sat everyone except the janitorial crew and they still are winning.

Posted by: baldinho | January 2, 2011 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Hey, kbt and Cpq, good to hear from you. Hope all is well with you ladies and your families.

Slyness, went by today after church to see the wee one, and he's coughing and sneezing. The g-girl has a cold, and I think the baby has it now. And when they're small, love grandma and want to hang out with her. As they get older, they want to hang out with their friends. They still love you, just don't have time to hang. It is so uncool to hang with a grandmother, doncha know!

Russianthistle, you put something on that bird. Sounds like good eats, as Alton says.

Posted by: cmyth4u | January 2, 2011 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Hope y'all had a great day to end the holidays. We went to a friend's house down Mudge's way and enjoyed coffee dessert and some fabulous company.

Now we're settling in to watch Wizard of Oz, which has appeared on Netflix's Instant list.

Our heat went out last night and it's starting to get a little cold in here. I'm hoping they can come tomorrow. I told the answering service it wasn't an emergency, which it really isn't. I think the furnace fan got clogged up from all the construction downstairs.

We heard a whining "EHRGGHGHGHGH" and the lights flickered. Then there was a strong smell of smoke/burning electronics in the bedroom. We checked all over but found no fire and so went to bed, pretty confident nothing was burning. I guess we were right.

Posted by: -TBG- | January 2, 2011 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Yes ftb, 'tis indeed my birthday. And thanks to the many boodlers who sent me birthday greetings via other venues. Thanks be to all.

I received a wonderful bottle of Gran Gala, which is my all-time favorite alcohol delivery vehicle. It is an orange brandy that is less sweet and, to my taste, vastly more satisfying than Gran Marnier. Which is to be expected because, you know, it's Italian.

My daughter also bought me some "blossom tea." These are little packets of tea that unfurl in boiling water to form flowers. Or, maybe, sea urchins. Hard to tell. The tea is good though.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | January 2, 2011 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Hippy birdy, Padouk.

I don't have any orange booze for you, though. Sorry.

Maybe next year.

Got some tea around here somewhere.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 2, 2011 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Yes Cassandra!!! I took that bird on a trip through food land. Ivansmom!!! good going.

Posted by: russianthistle | January 2, 2011 8:34 PM | Report abuse

My eldest is expecting a child in June. The aging process is undeniable. Anticipation is mixed with the notion that I will never see this child in full independent adulthood.

Life goes on and the only meaningful act is to pay the gift forward.

Posted by: edbyronadams | January 2, 2011 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Ah well, Edbryon, you might or might not see this child in full adulthood flower, but at least you are seeing YOUR children in independent adulthood right now. I hope?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 2, 2011 9:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad to see that Cyborg anthropology is In for 2011 - but given the fact that it's ten years old, the very fact of it going mainstream means it's no longer cutting edge, avant garde, the realm of the cognoscenti -

In short, it is very hard to be both In and Cool.

Posted by: j3hess | January 2, 2011 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Relax, Ed. Our #1 son is 42, and I'll never see him in adulthood, either. Actually, we don't see him at all, now that I think about it.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 2, 2011 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Have I mentioned that I deeply, passionately in love with my new Keurig one-cup coffeemaker? The DSM-V may have to invent a new category for me.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 2, 2011 9:43 PM | Report abuse

You're an one-cup fetishist?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 2, 2011 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Careful Mudge, my all ready out of control caffeine addition has gotten out of hand, I have both a Keurig machine at work and at home and a store near by that sells a wide variety of coffees. Recently discovered a Sumatra that I adore, definitely a coffee with a kick.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 2, 2011 9:57 PM | Report abuse

dechristmased the house this evening, and was left with a washington sized smear of pine sap on my pants. without knowledge of universal organic solvents, the night would have been a disaster, save the liter of denatured alcohol sitting on the shelf. basically EtOH, and good enough to dispense with the smear on both my pants and sweater. thus, a tune that is commonly associated with a clusterf**k:

Posted by: -jack- | January 3, 2011 12:41 AM | Report abuse

belatedly, i wish you a happy birthday, rdp. like pooh said to eeyore.

Posted by: -jack- | January 3, 2011 12:44 AM | Report abuse

Belated Happy Birthday, RD!

I started 2011 by being locked out of the house by my nephew. Good thing one of my windows wasn’t latched and I was able to squeeze through the window grille. The pattern of the grille was vine and flowers. Between vine #1 and vine #2, the gap was big enough for me to squeeze through at an angle. I guess that’s the advantage of having lost 17 lbs. I’m not skinny. I only look like a prune. I lost the weight from moving house and then later cough my lungs out for 3 months. I don’t advise using this method.

Posted by: rainforest1 | January 3, 2011 3:32 AM | Report abuse

'morning rainforest!
Or afternoon; I have crossed
into the Time Zone...

Posted by: DNA_Girl | January 3, 2011 3:54 AM | Report abuse

Quoting the Boomtown Rats, "I Don't Like Mondays."

Or, more precisely, I don't like at all Sunday evenings where certain hidden facts are revealed that cast serious doubt on one's previous interpretation of recent events. *SIGH*

*off-to-Dawn-Patrol Grover motions*

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 3, 2011 5:11 AM | Report abuse

Have you been taking cryptic lessons from Yoki? Care to share?

Posted by: yellojkt | January 3, 2011 5:55 AM | Report abuse

RIP, Pete Postlethwaite, who the WaPo notes was in "Inception" and "Amistad." But I remember him much better from "The Usual Suspects" and the Leo DiCaprio "Romeo and Juliet," where he played the priest. Cancer, age 64.

'Morning, Boodle.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 3, 2011 6:42 AM | Report abuse

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

Morning, friends. RD, hope you have many, many, more birthdays!

Well, we're back to cold, as in weather. Got to wrap up this morning as I head out the door. And the after-school program is back in session as the kids head back to school today.

Slyness, we have a new minister so I will no longer teach Bible study at the church, but still have the one here in the complex. Just can't get anyone to show up. Perhaps that will change this year. Hope you are busy as well.

Time to get started, a new year awaits and there is much to do. Have a really good Monday, in spite of whatever, folks, and love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | January 3, 2011 7:02 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, C , always for the love. Oh Mudge, PP was the mythic man in James and the Giant Peach: wonderful things will happen.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 3, 2011 7:18 AM | Report abuse

yello: No.

'Mudge: Pete also had a recent significant supporting role in "The Town." RIP.

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 3, 2011 7:21 AM | Report abuse

Morning all... Heat's still out and I'm waiting for the heating co. to call me back this morning. Two blankets did the trick last night and a hot shower this morning has me feeling OK, but I may be heading out to work early today just to get warm.

Funny how quiet the house is without the heat on. I can hear all the clocks and even the whirr of the laptop and the Tivo, which seems to be recording something.

I hope everyone has a wonderful return to the real world today. My place of work is closed for the next three weeks, except we keep the office running. It's a nice change in that it's very quiet, we can wear jeans and park close by, but the building gives off kind of "The Shining" vibe after a couple of days. Of course, we don't really have to worry about the "all work and no play" since there's really no one around to see--or care--which one we're up to.

Posted by: -TBG- | January 3, 2011 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all, and happy first Monday of the new year. Mr. T wasn't enthusiastic as he went out the door to work. However, tomorrow he has a meeting with the retirement specialist in Human Resources to determine when he can retire. That's a very good thing!

Cassandra, I'm glad to hear your church has a new minister. I hope you all are happy with him/her. I started looking over the resumes we have received Saturday evening. Boy, there's a lot to wade through. So far we have 56 and the application period doesn't end till January 31.

I hope the little one is better today. It makes one feel so helpless to see a baby with a cold, feeling that there's nothing to be done to make it better!

Onward! First task of the day, thank you notes.

Posted by: slyness | January 3, 2011 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Happy New Year, CqP. Never saw the James/Peach movie. But Scotty's right: PP was the major bad guy in "The Town." I should have remembered since I saw it just last week.

I just remember how amazed I was at his performance in R&J, as the priest with all those body tattoos. Of course that version was so...what? ...unusual? anyway, but when he came on the screen I just thought, wow. Amazing to take such a minor, bit part such as the priest and turn him (and the entire church) into such a major, memorable thing.

Congrats to greenwithenvy; he won the weekly tiara.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 3, 2011 9:14 AM | Report abuse

I see 161 posts by Wilbrodog for 2010 but my method is rough. I searched for "-Wilbrodog-" but Google has its own mind nowadays.

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 3, 2011 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Good morning boodle! -28F in Our Fair City this morning. Returned a day early to have more time to shovel snow, but think I'll wait until the temp rises into single digits below.

Postlethwaite first came to my attention as Sharpe's nemesis in the TV movies PBS showed in series as "Sharpe's Rifles." A one dimensional villain role, but he made it memorable. He was great in "Brassed Off." Sigh, 64 is so young.

S'nuke-hope things improve.

JA (and other 50s)-do you have your colonoscopy scheduled? I'm just a couple months into this whole being 50 bit and will have mine on Thurs. After the 3 day prep of not eating any nuts, whole grains, raw fruits or vegetables, or popcorn, the procedure will be blessed relief. And that's how I feel before starting the whole interesting beverage routine.

Stay warm all, and especially TBG with the furnace and that new Cassandra grandbaby with the cold.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 3, 2011 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all and belated birthday wishes, RDP. Your Gran Gala sounds standalone, sippin' for a cold night....

rt, thanks for sharing your joy of thrifty cooking; I'm very fond of okra, too. My mother cooked it in a black skillet, rolled in flour, seasoned and fried in bacon drippings. She taught me to prepare eggplant in that same frying pan, probably the same way, but I use olive oil these days to allow for the delicate flavor to win out.

Posted by: VintageLady | January 3, 2011 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Can't help laughing, frosty. The procedure IS a breeze, the drinking stuff (must stay close to water closet at all times) is the pits.

Say, who is this BlogStats, anyway? A person or a friendly machine or something out in the ether air or Fresh Aire, or who???

I still have our sons' James and The Giant Peach, book, can't bear to give it up.

Posted by: VintageLady | January 3, 2011 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Good luck Frosti, haven't had a colonoscopy, but have had the cleansing several times for surgeries - I will repeat VL - stay close to the bathroom, have books ready in the bathroom. Drink fluids up until the last minute you are allowed.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 3, 2011 9:59 AM | Report abuse

One other thing, Frosti -- make sure TBG and other friends and loved ones refrain from making Mianus jokes for 48 hours on either side of the event.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 3, 2011 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Greetings, y'all! (I've been out of commission with the flu for a week, haven't backboodled at all.)

Interesting that Joel posted this my 59th birthday ... and, I assume the eve of his 50th. I'll enjoy going back to read all your thoughts on 'aging', in all it's manifestations and mindsets. I'm calling this year's post-Christmas days "the lost week" ... but don't believe for a minute that it'll take that extra tick on the tripometer away!

Happy belated New Year to you all ... with love and boodlehugs.

Posted by: talitha1 | January 3, 2011 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for all the advice. Have all the supplies ready for Wed., except for the recommended Gatorade (or Powerade). I don't drink either so I don't have a clue which type/flavor would be least offensive. Any tips there would be most appreciated.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 3, 2011 10:26 AM | Report abuse

ps - Vintage Lady, my momma taught me to fry okra the exact same way - which I still do in the same iron skillet she used! It once belonged to my greatgrandmother Talitha and was a gift from mother many years ago.

Posted by: talitha1 | January 3, 2011 10:30 AM | Report abuse

lemon lime, FB. I need to do this and so does a friend; we are designed drivers for this but the year was so crazy. She and I are checking calenders and working on this NOW.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 3, 2011 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Agree with CqP: the basic lemon/lime (original) Gatorade is the least offensive. I tend to think it tastes better the colder it is, although I have drunk it warmish/room temperature.

If you're going to be swilling a lot of it, Lowe's often sells it by the case for $9.99. Yes, Lowe's. Don't ask me why. They just do. Around here, anyway.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 3, 2011 11:08 AM | Report abuse

I second CqP on lemon-lime for either gatorade or powerade. Orange is also OK but it gets old fast; lemon-lime is much easier to drink en masse.

S'nuke, sorry to hear you got upset last night-- it's rotten to face Monday short on sleep and emotional strength. Hopefully it all feels better once afternoon comes and you realize you still don't have a colonscopy to prep for.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 3, 2011 11:08 AM | Report abuse

VL and talitha, I love frying up okra or even a fingers of squash and then serving with a spicy dipping sauce for a snack. I take my eyes off the computer and spend it in the kitchen .... my simple favorite is a mayo sauce with Bay Seasoning and a bit of garlic powder (lazy).

Posted by: russianthistle | January 3, 2011 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Oy. Over an hour on IRS lines today. What a scenario out of the movie Brazil. The last one I spoke too had a stutter like you cannot believe. Strangely, I worked up no annoyance at this. Perhaps my tolerance increases for things. Except for the rent, which is too damn high.

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 3, 2011 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Happy belated birthday, RDP! It sounds like you had a good one and watching those tea packets unfold sounds rather peaceful.

Posted by: -pj- | January 3, 2011 11:15 AM | Report abuse

frosti, ditto on the lemon-lime. I also endorse the recommendation of moist towelettes. Please don't make me explain.

Posted by: Raysmom | January 3, 2011 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Mudge, you forgot to also ban jokes about "Down Periscope!" or Powell.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 3, 2011 11:16 AM | Report abuse


I didn't mind the down periscope thing. It was when the periscope went up that was problematic.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 3, 2011 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Lemon-lime it is, though I don't think I need it in Lowes quantities.

For those of you who have not yet seen it, here is the link to the Virginian-Pilot story about the video shenanigans aboard the Enterprise.

Another case of "What was he thinking?"

I don't know how Mr. F sleeps at night, knowing all the IT equipment and people for which he bears ultimate responsibility and all the stupid stuff they could be up to with it.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 3, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all, and a belated happy birthday to RD. Also, an even more belated happy birthday to Talitha. I am in the "yet to schedule" colonoscopy category. I'll get there.

After supper last night the Ivansclan finally toasted the New Year with Champagne, chocolates, and cookies. The guys showed me the first few shows of "Dexter" season 1. I liked it even though some of it is a little too much like work.

Posted by: Ivansmom | January 3, 2011 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, can anyone explain to me why all the references to this Navy admiral who did the naughty video describe him as the captain "of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier"? ALL our carriers are nukes, and what does that have to do with anything? Would it be different if he were skipper of a non-nuke carrier? Or, say a battleship?

Yes, they are the top 11 sea-going commands, and that's a major factor. He's one of the top 11 ship drivers (in theory; it's slightly more complicated than that). But what's "nuke" got to do with anything?

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 3, 2011 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Weed, I've never fried okra whole - always cut up 1/4"-1/2" thick - but often concoct squash fingers like you describe. Yum!

Backboodling I came upon your question about houseplants' winter contemplations and got my first good guffaw in days! Wilbrod-Gnome's dreamy answer means my green companions will get extra loving care today. *smile*

Posted by: talitha1 | January 3, 2011 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Means he's now radioactive?

(In the political sense, not literally.)

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 3, 2011 11:39 AM | Report abuse

FB, avoid any -ade flavors that are intensely colored as this may invalidate the procedure. Stick with the clear or near clear flavors- no reds especially. My doc asks that I finish off the "night of a thousand laughs" with a glass of ginger ale to "shine things up." Supposedly the fizz helps the final flush.

Posted by: kguy1 | January 3, 2011 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Mudge-He's still a Captain, and it doesn't look like he's every going to be an admiral now now. I think you'll see the Virginian-Pilot does not suffer from the breathless "nuclear powered" and other idiocies of the clueless. Though neither it nor the Newport News Daily Pres dig too deeply into the local industry very often-I thought they asked some of the better questions.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 3, 2011 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Intriguing headline from last night:

Issa: Administration is 'corrupt'

... gotta love the guy. Issa wastes more US money in valiant efforts to find fault with Democrats than almost any military boondoggle... think Iraqi water parks.

Posted by: russianthistle | January 3, 2011 11:53 AM | Report abuse

I have started the year off right: by renewing my monthly charitable donation to the Heifer Project.

ScienceKid#1 was so disappointed when we first got the annual Heifer mailing and realized that we could not actually get our own pet goat that way.

Posted by: ScienceTim | January 3, 2011 12:14 PM | Report abuse

talitha, glad you're feeling better!

Speaking of colonoscopy procedures here's a link to Dave Barry's column on the matter:

Posted by: cowhand214 | January 3, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

For a few years, I worked just a block from a Nordstrom store, so I learned to visit during their sales. Now that I'm at a distance from them, sale items come in boxes. The latest is a pair of re-created 1970s Onitsuka Tiger running shoes with thin soles, exactly like what I remember, shipped from their Pentagon City store.

Like Powell's Books, Nordstrom's discovered that stores make useful warehouses.

On Wilbrod's house plant comment, some plants seem happiest indoors, though I wonder whether my orchids resent spending time in the dining room during freezes. They can't be expected to know what's going on outdoors.

Thinking of houseplants, no one in Florida seems to keep cast-iron plants (Aspidistra) indoors. Outdoors, they spread slowly but inexorably under the oaks. Chinese botanists are realizing that their country is blessed with Aspidistras, some 60 species with probably more to be discovered. The celebrated Plant Delights nursery in North Carolina sells a handful of them.

We had our coldest December ever, far worse than 1989, which featured a horrible freeze, 3 degrees colder than the one we just suffered.

The Post's photo of the Navy captain reminded me of the ill-fated "Mouthpiece Theater" with Milbank and Cilliza.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | January 3, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I agree, Frosti -- he can kiss that flag goodbye.

Issa is a moron. What really steams me is the Post putting this story so high up. Typical, of late. They also are quoting some moron who thinks they can beat an Obama veto. All part of the new marketing.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 3, 2011 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Good afternoon all
I'll happily accept the Tiara this week and wear it proudly.I once got caught wearing all the matching pretty pretty princess jewels with the tiara and thought I looked pretty darn good.

I went to the Ravens/Bengals game yesterday and had the best time I have had all year long(that's including last year too).I am glad we are in the playoffs,unhappy we are on the road.But I think we have about as good as a shot at the Superbowl as everyone else.We just have to win on the road.

Now off to the park for a walk,time to start on my many resolutions.....

Posted by: greenwithenvy | January 3, 2011 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, I am there with you. I used to think that, right-leaning as the editorial board was, the paper had some sense of judgment on this stuff. No longer...

If there is a worthy story here, it is the level of ignorance about the economy found in the somewhat simplistic minds of the newly elected group of right-wingers.

I swear they must have been born yesterday.

Posted by: russianthistle | January 3, 2011 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, I am there with you. I used to think that, right-leaning as the editorial board was, the paper had some sense of judgment on this stuff. No longer...

If there is a worthy story here, it is the level of ignorance about the economy found in the somewhat simplistic minds of the newly elected group of right-wingers.

I swear they must have been born yesterday.

Posted by: russianthistle | January 3, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

BlogStats is neat. 253, that's about 1 a day since I generally only boodle on weekdays. Much more than I thought. Glad to be here (and finally talking). :D

Hippo Birdies to all I missed over the weekend (including the Boss-man), and Happy New Year to all boodledom.

Hubby and I got the coin in the New Year's bread this year. It's supposed to bring luck, and considering he will soon be resuming DIY house renovation, I think we're going to need it.

I've already read 300 pages for NaJuReMoNoMo, but unfortunately it's only half of the novel I decided to start with. It is a decent S/F brick, though.

We're going to Weston, FL in a few weeks, any suggestions for activities? (We're nature park people, not theme park people.)

Posted by: MoftheMountain | January 3, 2011 1:33 PM | Report abuse

For the colonscopy, moist towelettes and vasoline to protect the delicate surfaces. Essential, IMHO. It's time for me to schedule one, sigh.

Mr. T's mother and grandmother both died of colon cancer, so it's a must for him. The doctor removed polyps the first time he had one, he was clear the second time, and at the last one, last summer, they found a polyp that was seven centimeters long - almost two inches. Benign, thank heavens.

My biggest problem is that my favorite flavors of jello are strawberry and cherry. Not permissible when doing the prep. It makes for a looong day.

Posted by: slyness | January 3, 2011 1:35 PM | Report abuse

If yiou drink Canada Dry and use moist towelletes, do the moist and the dry cancel each other out?

And how much do you have to drink to drink Canada dry?

I may be over-thinking this a bit.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 3, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute ... wait a minute! I just got to the comments tally posted on 1-1-11 and see that I came in third? No way! I only joined you good folk in April.

*heading out to hardware warehouse for year's supply of duct tape* (or maybe mittens to keep my fingers off the keys)

Posted by: talitha1 | January 3, 2011 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I did the interior illumination process about 3 months ago. Everything was good - only one small benign polyp. Do hate the prep. Some folks these days opt for the virtual scan, but as I understand it the prep is essentially the same, and that's the worst part of the procedure.

Posted by: ebtnut | January 3, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

The best part of it, at least in my world, is that it's now covered at 100% by my insurance. First time I did it, I think my portion was almost $500. Talk about piling insult on injury...

Posted by: slyness | January 3, 2011 2:26 PM | Report abuse

You are really in fourth place since you have to combine curmudgeon5 and curmudgeon6 (but not curmudgeon- or curmudgeon-1 who have vanished since the 2009 summary) for a 2010 total of 3148. A couple of other boodlers also post under multiple handles, which increases their ranking higher than the raw numbers would indicate.

As opposed to poor Wilbrodog whose wuphfs bring Wilbrod the Gnome just ahead of CqP.

In my unofficial composite ranking I did not include either Mo MoDo or chollynickabocka as they did not post enough to affect the standings.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 3, 2011 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Good day, y'all.

Relax, talitha. You actually came in 4th. Curmudgeon5/6, when combined, was good enough for 2nd place.

As momentarily embarrassing as the blogstats are, let us remember that frequent posting means the A-blog survives that much longer.

As for colonoscopies, insurance won't pay for one as an in-patient procedure, so I do without. 's OK.

Off to run errands, then back to bake brownies.

Posted by: MsJS | January 3, 2011 2:28 PM | Report abuse

chollyellobocka? What???

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 3, 2011 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Little consolation to me, yello and MsJS. I'm humiliated and henceforward resolve to shut my mou ......!

Posted by: talitha1 | January 3, 2011 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Newark Mayor Cory Booker really gets twitter-

Hmmm, might need to revive my moribund twitter acct.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 3, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Please note-I made my 3:09 comment without referring to Booker's hotness.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 3, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

mmmm, brownies. Fax me some when they're done, will ya, MsJS? I'm back on campus today, getting ready for the new semester. I'm so not ready. But I'm sure chocolate would help.

Posted by: -bia- | January 3, 2011 3:14 PM | Report abuse

talitha - You may safely assume that I'm painfully aware that of my 1900 or so comments (Bob S. + bobsewell), darned few would survive even minimal quality control screening. Ah, well.

Posted by: bobsewell | January 3, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

This NYT headline had me momentarily flummoxed:

"The Appraisal: Before Moving In, Smudging"

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 3, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Brownies just went in the oven, bia. They'll be cooked and cooled in about 50 minutes.

As for minimum qc screening BobS, all one needs to do is visit most of the other comment threads in this here virtual paper to appreciate what we have here.

Posted by: MsJS | January 3, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Okay, resolutions are made to be broken, but this for a good cause - having finished the backboodlin' .....

Happy Birthday, RD!!! Sorry I'm late. Faxing a hunk of cocobolo heartwood your way for your stash. (I also got teaflower packets for my b'day from my sister - loverly.)

Posted by: talitha1 | January 3, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Mudge - I earnestly hope that the article itself also left you at least mildly flummoxed. Why stop at a little smudging? I'd throw in an exorcism, a Rastafari groundation ceremony, a Gullah ring shout, and, I dunno, something Judaic.

In the "N.F.L. Fast Forward" article nearby, I got a kick out of the observation that the only way for the Seattle Seahawks to have a winning record this season is for them to win the Super Bowl.

Posted by: bobsewell | January 3, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Bob, the last time I was smudged it was by a troops of dyslexic scouts. I was covered in choclate, placed between two giant graham crackers, and was about to be roasted over an open fire when rescued by a park ranger.

Very harrowing experience.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | January 3, 2011 4:45 PM | Report abuse

*faxing some brownies to bia and putting most of the rest on the table*

Congrats to bc for winning the regular season tiara! Amazing prognostication skills!

If I could choose how I would die, being roasted between slabs of chocolate might not be such a bad way to go.

Posted by: MsJS | January 3, 2011 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I'm not fond of being fondue'd myself. I favor sudden, painless, and as far in the future as possible.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 3, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Is it wrong to slice up and toss a couple of andouille sausages into spaghetti sauce?

Posted by: cowhand214 | January 3, 2011 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Andouille sausage is almost as flawless a food as bacon. Spaghetti sauce can only be improved by its addition.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | January 3, 2011 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Can't be worse than slow-cooking pork chops in spaghetti sauce cowhand.
I had a bad fall in my own driveway. Can't sue the b@stard who did a p1sspoor job of salting it though. My shirt and winter coat are OK but I lost about a nickel worth of skin on my elbow, that's weird.
Side effect of having no snow: even the VLP can spot hares as they are snow-white on a brown background. It looks easy enough to hunt them that I'm tempted to pick up a shot gun, after a hiatus of more than 30 years.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 3, 2011 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Be vewy quiet
Shriek is hunting wabbits or
bang pans RDP!

Posted by: DNA_Girl | January 3, 2011 6:00 PM | Report abuse

And don't we need to relocate the bunker for more wall space?

Posted by: DNA_Girl | January 3, 2011 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Rabbit assistance
right at hand, Shrieking! Scare 'em
and chase 'em off, right?


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | January 3, 2011 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Shriek, considering that you just fell on your driveway, maybe picking up a shotgun after a 30 year layoff isn't the best idea. ;-)

I've had a nice day off, errands, and some cleaning and a nice phone chat with very good friend. After dinner tonight as I was getting something out of the refrigerator, the box of blueberries tumbled out and broke open all over the floor. However, I had just washed the floor so we felt that the five second rule didn't apply and we put them all back in the box for later consumption. First time I've ever spilled something non-liquid on a freshly washed floor. Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket.

Posted by: badsneakers | January 3, 2011 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Good brownies, MsJS, thanks!

One syllabus down, one to go. Of course, the one that is done is a duplicate of the same course last year, and the one to go is new... But let's say I'm halfway done.

Posted by: -bia- | January 3, 2011 6:18 PM | Report abuse

That reminds me...
DotC, it seems to me that Monet was a "Painter of Light" in more ways than one. Having viewed a couple hundred of his paintings by now, I feel that he put out a bunch of pretty casual work that is way over-valued now. But I could stare for a lifetime at the dozen or so of his paintings that I love. Which is definitely not the case for you know who.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | January 3, 2011 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Uh sorry to go on about it, but I just looked at pictures of the cave and must report them as must-see:

Posted by: DNA_Girl | January 3, 2011 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Shriek, Ecotraction dude! I have tried it for the first time this year, right now it is just getting tracked in the house as we have no snow or ice but hoping it works when the weather returns to actual winter.

For those with even a passing interest in hockey, do yourselves a favour Canada v. US in World Jr. Championship Semi-Final, the kids play with passion, still make some errors and it makes for an exciting game, Russia just beat the Swedes in the other semi, in a shoot out. Game time 7:00 pm from Buffalo.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 3, 2011 6:27 PM | Report abuse

DNA_girl many years ago I read a book about Pissaro, and the battle between the old school and new school painters (Pissaro, Manet, Monet etc). The "painter of light" comparison is very apt.

To my delight when we went to the art gallery there were a number of Pissaro paintings, it is a style I particularly like, I think in part due to the "light".

Posted by: dmd3 | January 3, 2011 6:34 PM | Report abuse

That is a mighty impressive cave. Caves are big attractions in Vietnam. This one is on an island in Halong Bay:

Our guide apologized for how tackily it was lit up but it seems the Chinese tourists like very dramatic effect.

And have you made it to the Orsay yet? Don't miss it.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 3, 2011 6:46 PM | Report abuse

DNA_Girl, the exhibit I mentioned at the museum in Portland, Ore. had some art that wouldn't be on anyone's "essential" list but is interesting in terms of understanding Monet's eyesight problems.

The Museum of Modern Art's huge Waterlilies was on display when I visited, but I think it was in the atrium or some other overly busy place and didn't display well at all. A recent NYT story panned the museum's current interior architecture, including that atrium. I did notice a bit of bad drywall installation--one wall was clearly wavy--but I think we've all come to expect Atriums. Maybe if it were dripping with philodendron (Epipremnum aureum). Could a contemporary artist be commissioned to set up a philodendron playground?

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | January 3, 2011 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Well, that spaghetti was quite tasty. In retrospect I probably had a little too much sausage for the amount of sauce I was making but it was a use it or lose it situation.

Anyway, good stuff!

Performance review tomorrow. I'm off to read my copy and make some notes before the meeting.

Posted by: cowhand214 | January 3, 2011 8:04 PM | Report abuse

dmd, I'm a little beyond ecotraction. Naproxen and some topical antiseptic, ethyl alcohol, applied internally are more appropriate right now. It hurts only when I lift my arm above my head, that is a good sign.
The wabbits are safe until I retire. I'll have more time then a and training a hunting dog or two will be a suitable retirement challenge.

I'm doing Daniel Boulud's goulash. I just love it when a recipe calls for a 1/4 cup of spices. A 1/4 cup of paprika in that case. I hedged my bet, I used 2 tablespoons of sweet and 2 tablespoon of bittersweet good Spanish paprika. I have a chili recipe that calls for 1/4 cup oregano, 1/4 cup chili and 1/2 cup cacao powder and it pleases me to no end. I shuffle around making squealing noises just thinking about it. One full cup of spices!

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | January 3, 2011 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Ouch Shriek, hope you feel better soon. We are still dealing with dmdspouse's sore back from a fall on the ice.

Posted by: dmd3 | January 3, 2011 8:14 PM | Report abuse

yello, what did you mean in your 1/4 9:34? my handle has been bh72 since I got my mac three years ago.

There is still two inches of the new year's eve snow on the bedroom deck and in the back yard even though it's been sunny the past three days. Unusually cool here in the banana belt. Did I mention we seldom get snow here so we are amazed to see white stuff all around,

Now to watch Stanford and (hopefully) the new 49ers coach and QB beat up on VT.

Posted by: bh72 | January 3, 2011 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Ouch indeed, SD! I hope you're okay. Internal application of ethyl alcohol sounds like just the thing. Geekdottir did the very same thing last week, taking out the trash and slipping on ice where she wasn't expecting any. She came back in looking like a 4-year-old needing a hug from her mommy. She got one, too.

Snow Village has been dismantled and stored away. I still have fake snow all over myself, but Christmas is officially over. Yay.

Posted by: slyness | January 3, 2011 8:25 PM | Report abuse

SCC 1/2 9:34

Posted by: bh72 | January 3, 2011 8:26 PM | Report abuse

If you look closely at Issa, you'll see he is ass backwards.

Posted by: baldinho | January 3, 2011 8:29 PM | Report abuse

New kit, folks.

And Talitha, I just saw an Aussie news lady named after you and your granny. She was reporting on the awful flooding in Queensland.

Posted by: GomerGross | January 3, 2011 8:40 PM | Report abuse

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