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Posted at 8:45 AM ET, 12/23/2010

'Glee' and women's sports

By Joel Achenbach

I was definitely the target demographic for the excellent piece today by Paul Farhi on the lack of viewership of women's sports. Men don't watch women's sports and, as Farhi emphasizes, women don't watch either.

The other night I was stoked for the U-Conn game. They were going to try to win their 89th game in a row, passing the record set in men's basketball by the legendary John Wooden and UCLA in the early 1970s. But I couldn't get any of the womenfolk in my house to watch. They had zero interest. The girls have all played basketball competitively (if not, I note gently, immaculately), so it's not like I'm asking them to watch cricket or curling or Australian rules football or some such sport in which all they see on the screen is random motion and pointless point-making. They just don't care about women's basketball. They would rather watch their own shows. They wanted to watch "Glee." It's out on DVD, the first season, and so there's kind of a Glee phenomenon in the house right now. It's a Gleeful Christmas.

As Farhi's piece makes clear, although Title IX requires funding parity between men's and women's sports, no one has figured out a way to make people watch women's sports the way people will watch the men. Hence, the struggles of women's pro basketball, women's pro soccer, etc. But I have some suggestions, which I'm offering here free of charge as a public service and in acknowledgment of the grave responsibilities invested in me as the possessor of the password to the Moveable Type blogging tool:

1. More singing. When U-Conn tips off against FSU with the all-time record on the line, we know that U-Conn is going to clobber the overmatched Seminoles. But what if the teams were also required to conduct a singing competition at halftime and, say, in the closing seconds? And they don't know if they'll have to do a hip-hop number or some country-and-western? Nothing but suspense.

2. No more uniforms. I am not suggesting nudity! I am suggesting that, rather than the players wearing identical outfits, they get to wear whatever they want, ideally clothes that they have personally made. And not even with real fabric, but with items purchased at, say, a hardware store! And this would be rated by judges. A player could have a rough night at the free throw line, making only three of ten shots, but she could still come out with extra points for having fashioned her outfit out of a heavy industrial tarp.

3. More dating intrigue. Break-ups, hook-ups, emotional anguish, betrayal, reconciliation. Friendships damaged and repaired. Gossip. Melodrama! Less emphasis on teamwork, more emphasis on the mating competition. If you can't steal the ball, maybe you can steal a boyfriend. Nothin' but viewers, my friends.

Mock me if you will, but at this point, after all these years, I think I'm an expert.

By Joel Achenbach  | December 23, 2010; 8:45 AM ET
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I am a sports lover. In fact there are few things where a score is kept that I will not choose to watch over almost anything else on TV (except Glee). Basketball is my favorite sport, and we so love women's college basketball in the frostfam that we traveled to the women's final 4 in Boston a few years back. All that is by way of context because I'd like to say-
It's not that too few people watch women's sports, it that too many people pay too much attention to pro sports generally (and college football). Teams are covered as if they were news, when it's essentially free advertising. Their facilities are subsidized well beyond their contribution to their communities. (Read "their communities" with a snort because with rare exceptions they have no loyalty.) Finally, we'd all do better to participate in some sport/physical activity more and watch less. (I'm a nag, so sue me. I care about you.)

Posted by: frostbitten1 | December 23, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Since I basically 'Mudged myself, a reposting:

Yup, 'Mudge, I'm in charge all weekend, actually...

MERRY CHRISTMAS CASSANDRA!!!! *HUGSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS* :-)

So THIS is what my cubicle looks like; sorta oddly comforting to see the mountains of paper again.

A MAJOR Boodle shout-out to the redoubtable bc -- not only did the man shuffle his schedule to pick me up at the airport last night, but he also gave NukeSpouse and I a wonderful (and oh-so-appropriate) stocking stuffer:

Bacon-flavored chocolate!!!!

The man's a saint, I tellya. He even suppressed the urge to nibble on my leg, since the all-but-the-merest-sliver-full moon was in full view all the way home.

*looking-forward-to-a-needed-long-weekend-followed-by-an-undoubtedly-raucous-BPH Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 23, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Warm pumpkin bread, coffee and OJ on the table.

Like frosti, I like sports. I watch a lot of the stuff, from high school football to pro hockey to tennis.

I agree that when women's sports is 'news,' more people will watch it.

I don't get "Glee" at all, but respect those who do. Well, I try to anyway.

Eight days and counting, Mr. A.

Posted by: MsJS | December 23, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

I have watched sports all my life, grew up in a family that loved a variety of sports, each person with their own preference. At times we had several TV's in a row so that sports could be shown simultaneously. That said I will admit we watched very few women's team events, individuals sports - lots of them tennis, golf, swimming, diving, figure skating, skiing, speedskating, track.

I can only think of one team event for women we watch and that of course is hockey. Hopefully as womens team sports matures the audience will grow, I am just happy my girls have so many options to explore today, when I was young the options I had to become involved in sports were limited, emphasis was on "girl stuff" dance - it was so not me.

It will be a very gleeful christmas at our house as well, in a moment of insanity I purchased the WII Karaoke Glee, my family are all tone deaf, this will be painful.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 23, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Or hilarious, dmd... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 23, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Want to spur interest in women's BBL? Announce that at half time the players will be armed with paintball guns and will pursue Don Imus through an obstacle course with the team which achieves greater paint coverage of the I-man gets 10 points added to their score. Imus will be wearing eye protection, running shoes, and a Speedo.

Posted by: kguy1 | December 23, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

dmd ... you crack me up! (The keyboard was mercifully spared.)

Posted by: talitha1 | December 23, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Three additional ideas:

1) Stop the game periodically so the players can vote one of their own off the team.

2) Celebrity pro/am. Mix up the U-Conn team with celeb players such as Diane Agron or Evangeline Lilly. I would watch clips of Sanaa Lathan doing the jumpball tip-off for approximately 900 hours without moving from my chair.

3) Lingerie curling, with Cheryl Bernard.

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Yes, mudged myself, too (so what else is new?):

The WaPo has a photo of Obama arriving in Hawaii for a 10-day visit; somebody's has given him some sort of lei to wear around his neck. I bet this gives rise to a bunch of absurd rumors that he's secretly some kind of Hawaiian, and maybe even was born there.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 23, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 23, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Feathers? "Black Swan" might have all sorts of influence. Though I hope not.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | December 23, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

dmd,
I also received Wii Glee Karaoke for Hanuchristivus. You should come over sometime and I will show you that compared to me, the dmd family are the Celtic Tenors.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 23, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

yello, I am grammatically, musically, and rhythmically challenged - my Celtic roots are wasted on me.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 23, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

yello, I am grammatically, musically, and rhythmically challenged - my Celtic roots are wasted on me.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 23, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Don't mess with the comment bot it is not in a holiday mood.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 23, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. Many cookies are baked, and may soon be iced. Cards are being completed and may be mailed in time for Christmas delivery (if you're close). Cakes will be baked today. Our esteemed governor gave all state employees an extra holiday today, so there's lots of time to relax. I'm sure that it is saving the state money in utility costs, to have buildings closed for four days, but I prefer to think of it as a grand gesture.

Cassandra, it is so good to hear from you. You bring plenty to this table, or any other one you're at. Yes, I did get Dywuan's lovely card, thank you! Get some rest if you can; pneumonia is hard stuff.

Late, I know, but EYE am Dorothy Parker. Also, I personally find Christmas sweaters risible, but will defend your right to wear them. Giggling.

Posted by: Ivansmom | December 23, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

I don't get basketball. As far as I'm concerned give 85 points to both teams and tell them there is five minutes to go and you have your typical basketball game. It will be over in 10 minutes and the networks could show more curling on TV.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | December 23, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Mudge, it's called a 'ti leaf lei'.

The "... open-ended ti leaf lei is often given for good luck. The ancient Hawaiians believed that the Ti plant possessed healing powers and offered protection against evil."* When I lived (briefly) in Hawaii I often saw them presented, generally to men. Heaven knows Obama can use the powers of the ti leaf!

*http://www.hawaiiflowerlei.com/product.aspx?pid=26

Posted by: talitha1 | December 23, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Let's see. Last night, since he was banned from the computer, my son and I plugged the MacBook into the TV and watched the final two episodes of Sing Off, the acapella reality show which makes Glee look The Wire. Then it was time for Top Chef All Stars (Spike got booted in a gross miscarriage of justice, oops, spoiler alert). I went to bed, but my son stayed up. When I left for work this morning he was on the 11th and penultimate episode of Americas Best Dance Crew.

So if anyone is looking for the swordside portion of the yellojkt family to transfer our viewing time devoted to competition show to women sports, they are barking up the wrong tree.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 23, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

You don't even have a Christmas tee shirt, Ivansmom? That's unAmerican! hehehe

EYE was at Costco when the doors opened. There was a mad rush. I got what I went for and was out of the insanity in 20 minutes. I feel sorry for those who are working and have to deal with it all day.

Elderdottir is working 8 to 4 tomorrow, that's almost a reasonable shift. At least it will allow her to come to Christmas Eve dinner, and maybe make it to church at 5. Yay!

Watching sports on TV is the norm around here. Mr. T even watches the women. For those of us who treasure our peace and quiet, ESPN and earphones are wonderful.

Posted by: slyness | December 23, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

btw, anyone noticed Google's holiday card 'logo' on their homepage today?

Posted by: talitha1 | December 23, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. Many cookies are baked, and may soon be iced. Cards are being completed and may be mailed in time for Christmas delivery (if you're close). Cakes will be baked today. Our esteemed governor gave all state employees an extra holiday today, so there's lots of time to relax. I'm sure that it is saving the state money in utility costs, to have buildings closed for four days, but I prefer to think of it as a grand gesture.

Cassandra, it is so good to hear from you. You bring plenty to this table, or any other one you're at. Yes, I did get Dywuan's lovely card, thank you! Get some rest if you can; pneumonia is hard stuff.

Late, I know, but EYE am Dorothy Parker. Also, I personally find Christmas sweaters risible, but will defend your right to wear them. Giggling.

Posted by: Ivansmom | December 23, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone here know whether, if you buy an "upgrade" of a program (such as Microsoft Publisher) if you can install it and run it, if you haven't really had a previous version of it installed before?

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 23, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Womens' sports is too tough a subject to speak without using generalizations and stereotypes. I think that quite a few people view women who play sports as somehow rejecting the traditional role of women. Most of these people are men. The very reason Title IX was enacted was to get more women out of that traditional role (for my argument, I'll say a role subservient to men).

To me, the reason Title IX was enacted is the very reason most womens' sports are rejected or mocked. The women who play them shake things up.

The stigma still attached to womens sports and the women who play them is going to be a tough one to shake. One of the most potent forces in nature is peer pressure.

Posted by: baldinho | December 23, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

talitha looks right about the President wearing a ti leaf lei.

Ti (Cordyline) leaves come in various shades of green and red. A retired school official from Melbourne, Florida made a substantial business out of breeding these plants. Not that I have any in the yard.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | December 23, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

In my admittedly limited experience, Mudge, upgrades only work if you already have the full program installed.

Posted by: kguy1 | December 23, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Cue Rex Harrison

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Doz5w2W-jAY

Posted by: edbyronadams | December 23, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

The last women's sporting event I attended was the day after Thanksgiving when we decided to check out our son's alibi on why he couldn't go to dinner with us.

He claimed he had forgotten that he had to play the pep band for the Lady Jackets - Clemson volleyball game. We showed up for the last game/inning/wicket of the night to a packed gymnasium.

The alibi checked out. Here he is on the left:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/yellojkt/5215234563/in/photostream/

I for one was impressed by how large the turnout was. Being latecomers we could only find seats on the very end two-thirds of the way up.

While the arena was the size of an average high school gym (which I think it once was) it was a raucous cheering crowd made more rabid in that Tech barely edged out a nail-biting victory. See this photo for an idea of the size of the place:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/yellojkt/5215824902/in/photostream/

Afterwards, it was poster signing night and the entire team sat down for autographs. There were lots of kids in attendance including many young girls decked out in team gear.

As this photo attests, the team is as friendly as they are athletically endowed:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/yellojkt/5215234707/

Posted by: yellojkt | December 23, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

talitha looks right about the President wearing a ti leaf lei.

Ti (Cordyline) leaves come in various shades of green and red. A retired school official from Melbourne, Florida made a substantial business out of breeding these plants. Not that I have any in the yard.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | December 23, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

(urp) double post...the comment bot burped.

Got to see "True Grit". The Fort Smith, Arkansas it portrays may not be too different from places like Gainesville, Florida at the same time, circa 1870. Much of Florida was open range at the time. Population-wise, it was a tiny state with lots of open space. The brief period of plantation development along the Atlantic coast from Jacksonville through New Smyrna had ended with the Second Seminole War, with St. Augustine fading back into being a town at the edge of nothing but woods and marshes. South of New Smyrna, the coast was almost empty, with Key West the only large town.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | December 23, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Most upgrades are going to 'look' for a previously installed version before installing. If it's labeled a 'competitive upgrade' you have to own, but sometimes not necessarily have installed, a similar product by a different manufacturer. In some rare cases, an upgrade is a full version sold as some sort of promotional run-around which can be installed 'clean.' The fine print is usually some on the box or the item page if you are buying it over the internet.

For example, the MS Publisher 2007 upgrade available from Opentip.com has this disclaimer:

///Microsoft Office Publisher 2007 Upgrade will search your hard drive and/or floppy disk to confirm your eligibility for this upgrade. The software will install only if you are a licensed user of one of the following products: Microsoft Publisher 2000-2002, Microsoft Office Publisher 2003, Microsoft Publisher Deluxe 2000-2002, Microsoft Office Publisher 2003 with Digital Imaging, Any 2000-2007 Microsoft Office suite, Any Microsoft Office XP suite///

It's a rare computer that doesn't have some Microsoft Office suite on it, but it has to have a valid license.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 23, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Another perspective showing fans leaving the gym after the GT-Clemson womens volleyball game:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/yellojkt/5215234461/

The new Comcast Arena has a special gym in the bowels of it where the Maryland volleyball team plays. It has larger stands, but only on one side of the court, so the spectator capacity is about the same.

The UMD women's basketball team plays in the main arena. I was comped some general admission tickets once for the MD-GT game and while there were a couple of thousand people there, it was far from packed.

Contrariwise, the one men's game I've seen at Comcast Arena was a complete sell-out and I was one of perhaps a dozen people in there wearing white and gold since all the seats are controlled by season ticket holding members of the Terp club.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 23, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

If the Bible has taught us nothing else, and it hasn't, it's that girls should stick to girls' sports, such as hot oil wrestling and foxy boxing and such and such. ~The Simpsons by Matt Groening, spoken by the character Homer Simpson

Posted by: baldinho | December 23, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

On Glee, the boys play football, even Artie in his wheelchair, while the girls are cheerleaders (Cheerios). When Glee is shot with the girls playing basketball and the boys are the cheerleaders, girls sports will have an audience. Until then, no.

Posted by: sscritic | December 23, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

DotC, "True Grit" is on top of my to-see list. What did you think of it?

Disclaimer - The original John Wayne version was deeply flawed (set in the mountains, not Arkansas ... Glen Campbell and his hair) but I have a soft spot for it. First, my Daddy took sister and I to see it at the wonderful Fox Theater in Atlanta ... always a treat!. Second, it was filmed in and around Telluride and I know the scenery and settings by name and by heart. Anyone read the book?

Posted by: talitha1 | December 23, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

If women sport got the play up that men do, then I believe women sports would thrive. Look what happened to female golf, it died by the wayside in part because it was not covered by the media. With out the same coverage, equals less money for the teams, less money equals no coverage. Men get top play by play way before, during and after each game and the best time slots. There is top information on each player and in some cases we know the mother's name of the male players. Advertisers love the men players, about the only time you see female athletes on commercials is before, during and after the Olympics.

Posted by: nallcando | December 23, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

But, sscritic, remember that the Cheerios are a competitive cheer squad. They are supposed to be not mere window-dressing for the boys' athletics but competitors in a sport in their own right. For now, let us set aside the question of the legitimacy of "sports" that require aesthetic judgment and subjective scoring.

Posted by: ScienceTim | December 23, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

yes ... Front Page Alert

Posted by: talitha1 | December 23, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

So it looks like Publisher upgrade will install on a system that has any previous Office suite, even if that Office suite didn't originally include Publisher (which my wife's laptop doesn't). Thanks, yello.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 23, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

You can't increase interest in women's sports by forcing more of it into the media, increasing prize money, or any other kind of marketing trick. It will have to grow over time, as people get more used to it and supporting teams becomes a matter of culture. Support for European football teams like Everton, Man U, FC Bayern Munchen,etc. is a matter of culture; as is support for Auburn, LSU, the Saints, the Ravens, etc. It takes a long time to grow that level of devotion. You don't get it over ten or twenty years; it can take closer to a century. Unfortunately, there are those who think that a court ruling and a TV contract will solve everything.

I'm a huge fan of women's sports, having three daughters and all. The oldest played basketball as a youth; volleyball and softball in high school and volleyball in college. Middle played soccer as a youth; softball from age 6 through 18. Youngest is on the high school volleyball team in the fall, the softball team in the spring and is a cheerleader in the winter.

(Side note: cheerleading is NOT a sport, says Federal Court Judge Stephan Underhill, ruling in a case concerning Quinnipiac University cutting its volleyball program and replacing it with cheerleading. Wrong, says the judge - that's a Title IX violation. See http://www.scribd.com/doc/34653116/Volleyball-Ruling)

I like watching certain women's sports on TV - Cat Osterman pitching can be mesmerizing; the Penn State women's volleyball team is amazing. But a lot of it is boring, and putting more of it on TV or changing the prize money doesn't make it less boring. What will make it less boring is the fact that over time it will become part of culture, to support the softball team the same as the students support the basketball team.

Posted by: ArmyBrat1 | December 23, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Can there be any doubt this guy has just totally lost all his marbles? http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/23/legalize-pot-says-televangelist-pat-robertson/?hp

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 23, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

When you start with so few, it's easy to lose them all.

Posted by: kguy1 | December 23, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

What would Sue Sylvester say?

Posted by: sdcannon1 | December 23, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Even though Pat has backtracked a little, saying he doesn't support decriminalization but doing away with mandatory sentences and relooking at severity of sentences for pot offenses. I find it deeply disturbing that we are not polar opposites on this topic.

At least if he is going to finally go totally whacky is seems to improve his thinking process.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 23, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how much of this dilemma is a "zero-sum game," which is to say, if any given person already watches X hours of sports TV in any given week or season, then that is probably the max amount he (she) will watch, no matter what. So to some extent, watching *more* women's sports may entail watching either less men's sports, or a combination of less men's sports and also less of whatever else a person watches -- cooking shows, home improvements, Desperate Housewives, Snookie, quiz shows, whatever.

So it is somewhat more complicated than merely "adding" a new item to your TV viewing; you probably have to displace something that you already watch. It would be interesting to do a study to determine how much a person's viewing time is "dedicated" to specific shows one always watches, versus how much is random or switchable time. I suspect in my own case something above 80% of what I watch is "dedicated" stuff I always watch and wouldn't switch away from except under extreme duress. And conversely, a good bit of the time I have the TV on just for background noise while I'm working, and in that case it sorta doesn't matter what's on. So if I had a Mystics game on instead of a 4th re-run of Bones it basically wouldn't matter; it's not like I'm paying attention.

Back 20 or 30 years ago women's tennis tried hard to be as TV-competitive as men's, and there was no particular good reason anyone could fathom why it peaked short of parity, and then faded.

I don't think prize money has anything to do with viewership; 3/4 of the time I don't think viewers are especially aware. I'm either going to watch Annika Sorenstam or I'm not, regardless of the purse.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 23, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

A feel good science story about bees just in time for the holidays:

http://rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org/site/misc/BlackawtonBees.xhtml

and the research article is free access:

http://rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/early/2010/12/18/rsbl.2010.1056.full

Posted by: DNA_Girl | December 23, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Maybe ole Pat has ascended unto the heavens and is 'on the side of the angels' at last ... and we just didn't read the obit?

Posted by: talitha1 | December 23, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Snort

Posted by: dmd3 | December 23, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

mudge - one of the issues with women's tennis 20-30 years ago was the lack of depth. When a major tournament started, you knew who the final four were going to be, so why bother watching anything before that. Hmm, let's see, Wimbledon - women's final will be Chris Evert vs Martina Navratilova (five out of eight years). Men, who knows once Borg lost? To a degree, that's what's happening to women's college basketball now. There are MAYBE four teams that have a chance of beating UConn, even if the Huskies have a bad night.

Posted by: ArmyBrat1 | December 23, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Stayed home today with a bad back. Ugh. But on the good side, Daughter and I are watching back-to-back episodes of Say Yes to the Dress on Netflix.

I really can't think of anything I'd rather be doing right now.

http://tlc.discovery.com/tv/say-yes-to-the-dress/

Posted by: -TBG- | December 23, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

The New York or Atlanta version TBG :-)

Posted by: dmd3 | December 23, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Season One, and they sound like it's New York. We've only caught bits of it on "real" TV, so this is so much fun to see them back-to-back.

Posted by: -TBG- | December 23, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

ArmyBrat,

Sort of like Division 3 football is now. Mount Union vs. Wisconsin-Whitewater is the new Evert vs. Navratilova.

Useless trivia: Ms. Evert and I were born on the same day. PaterJS kept wishing he'd been more forceful about my playing tennis as a lass so he could have retired earlier.

Posted by: MsJS | December 23, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I am completely amazed that not only do Pat Robertson and I agree on *anything*, but that we agree on the merits of the argument.

Yep -- the End Times are upon us.

Posted by: ScienceTim | December 23, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Well MsJS it looks like Rahm has the green light to roll over twc. Probably all that's on the local news there.

Posted by: bh72 | December 23, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Ha! Joel, #3 just might work! were you slagging Aussie sports? I take umbrage with that!

Posted by: MissToronto | December 23, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

to add to mudge's list...

#4... teams wear Victoria Secret outfits with angel wings!

Posted by: MissToronto | December 23, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Joel's dissing curling too Miss Toronto, you should take double umbrage.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | December 23, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like you and many of your readers have little teeny ones, Joe.

Posted by: mirrorgazer | December 23, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Are you referring to children or to something perhaps more intimate, mirrorgazer?

Oh, and it's Joel, not Joe.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 23, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

*eyeroll*

Posted by: talitha1 | December 23, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

bh72, Rahm's residency was the #1 local news story this morning. It's now 'old' news, having been replaced by the deaths of two firemen, next year's Taste of Chicago festival, the seizure of $650K in counterfeit sports mdse, and the issuance of an arrest warrant for a woman who assaulted a man with a sex toy.

Posted by: MsJS | December 23, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

scc: "allegedly assaulted"

My error.

Posted by: MsJS | December 23, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't rolling my eyes at you, Mudge ... for you I bat my eyelashes. ;~)

Posted by: talitha1 | December 23, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Memo to Canuckis regarding the invasion schedule:

Now's a good time. This burg is a ghost town. Gummint got an early out. There's, like, only four of us left in the entire nation's capital: me, two women over at Commerce, and a wino on the back steps of the Supreme Court building.

Don't tell al Qaeda. The Vatican palace guard SWAT team could take over this entire city with just the second shift.

And I'm outta here in 5 minutes.

I hope the two women at Commerce don't put up much of a struggle. One of them looks pretty mean, though.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 23, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, we seem to be stuck here till 5. The big cheese has been wandering around the halls here looking for something to do or someone to talk to, but hasn't gotten the implied inference that it would be nice to go home early.

Posted by: ebtnut | December 23, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

... ah the perks of working from home... :)

Posted by: MissToronto | December 23, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

We are still at working but stopped any pretense of actually working several hours ago.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 23, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

You know when you have the idea that two days before xmas, you think you really should go to that grocery store that normally takes you at the most 12 minutes to get to and you think "Heyyyy, no problem today".

Yeah. It took me 45 minutes to get there, approximately 7 minutes to get all my stuff that really could have waited until next week (or even next year), but coming home was a breeze, surprisingly enough (except for a wee, tiny bottleneck along the way). Tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock-ish, I plan to be at Whole Foods to get the rest of what I want. Then, that's it! I swear (or will, as the case may be)!

I hope the snowstorm we're supposed to be expecting for Sunday-Monday won't put a damper on the BPH on Monday evening.

Posted by: ftb3 | December 23, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

We get the early out tomorrow. Then I won't come back until next Friday as I tacked two days vacation to the Holiday. Yes!

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | December 23, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Talitha,
I never watched the John Wayne version of "True Grit". In fact, I wasn't much into movies, least of all John Wayne's. I need to rethink, now that some are considered classics. Then again, so are Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns. I did get to see "The Wild Bunch" as soon as it came out, seemingly in a fuller version than made its way around the country. The violence was deeply disturbing. Made sense that people had been known to puke. That was the beginning of the end of westerns as a genre.

The Coen Brothers' "True Grit" looks plausibly like Arkansas/Oklahoma, though I haven't been to that region. It doesn't suffer from sudden transfer to the Rockies or Northern Cascades or Mexico or whatever. The scenery fluctuates between wooded and reasonably open. It's a movie with lots of trees.

The characters' formal diction seems direct from the 1968 novel. Very strange at first, but I think I recall classic Bill Nye stuff from the Laramie Boomerang that sounded a little bit similar.

Jeff Bridges is getting good at doing broken-down guys. His Rooster is something Shakespeare might appreciate, ridiculous, smart, ridiculously courageous. (I think Tron Legacy has a somewhat younger-looking, tidy version of Bridges in a sort of neon-trimmed wetsuit, looking a lot like his dad, Lloyd).

Matt Damon's irritating Texas Ranger doesn't look or sound at all like Damon. My mom had no idea it was him, and she'd seen him in that recent Clint Eastwood movie. The Ranger's horse is an attractive spotted one, not an Apaloosa.

The 14-year-old girl playing the 14-year-old protagonist has to be just about perfect, especially considering the need to deal with horse and violent men.

At the moment, I have no idea of who might get an Oscar for what, this year. "The Social Network" deserves some sort of recognition. I liked a couple of smaller movies that didn't do too well (Winter's Bone, Get Low) and was duly impressed by "Toy Story 3". Natalie Portman's physical embodiment of an underfed dancer seemed impressive in an age of actors doing extraordinary things to embody their parts (Christian Bale, this time lean but still muscular; Mark Wahlberg, doing his own fighting; maybe Mickey Rourke last year as an over-the-hill wrestler).

The local movie class came up with some memorable dvds this fall.
• Orson Welles and Me (with Zac Efron of all people)
• Welles' "A Touch of Evil" as reconstructed long after its release.
• Warm Springs (an HBO biopic with Kenneth Branagh playing FDR struggling with polio and becoming a better person)
* Albert Finney wandering out of the bathtub, naked, as a flabby Winston Churchill in "The Gathering Storm", another HBO.
• Mishima: a life in four chapters. A strange project that I would never have thought to watch on my own. The floating-world depictions of scenes from three novels show incredible visual imagination, on a low budget. This film was never released in Japa

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | December 23, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

mudge, my 1:04 allusion to prize money was caused by the fact that certain events are hyped with lots o' prize money. There seems to be an underlying implication that these folks will try a lot harder because of the extra cash, so you should watch. May be true, may not. I don't think anybody really cares that the Super Bowl winners get about 30K more per man than do the losers. Similary, if Tiger Woods is playing Phil Mickelson in a special match, I think the ratings will be the same whether the prize is a million, a billion, or five bucks taken out of the loser's pocket.

On the other hand, there are lots of cases where "so and so has a shot at a ONE MILLION DOLLAR BONUS HERE! WATCH TO SEE IF SHE GETS IT."

So there's at least some correlation between prize money and viewership.

Posted by: ArmyBrat1 | December 23, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

talitha-frostsis #1 and I saw the John Wayne version of True Grit with Frostdaddy. It was quite a treat for us, though he had read the book and put a damper on our enthusiasm in the car ride home with the dread "the book was better." We just did our "the book is always better" chorus and ignored his critique.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | December 23, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

I seem to be the last to hear of a lot of things.

In Portland, Oregon, the small but ambitious Berry Botanic Garden closed and the property (a home and gardens) is for sale. The garden's excellent plant conservation program has migrated to Portland State University and some of Berry's living collections have been dispersed to other gardens. Anyone want a very nice home for $2.2 million?

Portland's Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden took in Berry's ferns. Crystal Springs is, astonishingly, an all-volunteer organization that has managed to survive the current near-depression.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | December 23, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

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


Good evening, friends. I'm hooked, and in for the night. It's cold outside and the grocery store is a mental institution! So many people and some of them act like it's their first time at a grocery store. Got a few items and left, but forgot a couple of things, so back tomorrow. Not looking forward to it.

I must admit I don't watch the ladies playing sports on television, but I cheer them on. I like women's basketball, but never seem to have the time to just sit and watch. If there is time, I fall asleep. I want the g-girl to play soccer or basketball. She loves the outdoors.

I find by the end of the day, I'm just totally wiped out. My bed is calling my name, think I'll answer.

Have a wonderful evening everyone, and please don't get caught at the mall or any of those places that sell stuff. You will probably end up regretting that move. The bread shelf and the milk are going fast here. All the weather person has to say is snow, and they clean the place out.

And love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | December 23, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

DaveoftheCooties, thanks for the feedback on True Grit. I had read somewhere else that the dialogue was 'stilted' as it was is the book ... but that would be true to the era of the story, eh? You felt Damon's portayal was ridiculous, huh? Well, the La Boeuf character was fairly over the top anyway. And I've read nothing but great things about the debut of the young woman portaying Mattie. It will be interesting to see.

DotC, I always love your botanical postings ... especially with snow still on the ground here ... so keep 'um coming.

frosti, fun to know you saw it with your sister and dad, too. My father used to take Anslie and I to the movies all the time, ostensibly to give my mother a break ... although the two youngest were at home with her so what "the break" was escapes me. A. and I always loved it, especially when we went down to Atlanta because we always ate at the Varsity after the movie. BobS and yello, maybe others, will know about that unique 'experience'.

Posted by: talitha1 | December 23, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Love to you too, Cassandra ... and Merry Christmas to you and all your kin!

Posted by: talitha1 | December 23, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

I just got off the phone with a woman out in Santa Barbara -- we had a tremendous conversation. The point is that we have had no communication in the past 45 years or so. Our parents were very, very close friends, and the last time I saw her father (now gone) was at my father's funeral almost 26 years ago. Her mother died in July at the age of 96, and the last time I saw her was when she visited my mom after my dad died. This woman (same first name as my own) is a choreographer.

The memories flooded over both of us. We did go to high school together and to summer camp together, oh so long ago. Our adult lives went decidedly separate ways, but we do want to know each other now, as we go forward. I'm so glad I made the initial phone call (the number having been given to me by a former next-door neighbor of hers (I lived about 2 blocks away)).

I think sometimes intervening experiences make others' lives at our age so much richer.

*smiling*

Posted by: ftb3 | December 23, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

What a great kit! I understand the conundrum. How does one reconcile philosophical support of women in all areas of life with a prevalent disinterest in women's sports?

I look at it this way. Women, in general, are more about internal validation than the external validation desired by men. So as long as a being successful in sports makes a woman feel better about herself, the lack of external validation doesn't matter as much. It's the "Do it for you!" mindset.

The problem here, is that to be a going proposition professional women's sports have to actually, you know, make money. That the participants feel empowered doesn't pay the bills. And sure, one can go the LFL route, but what father wants to encourage that?

I guess the solution is to realize that simply mimicking the male model isn't going to work. As Joel points out, women's sports must find their own way.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | December 23, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm an equal opportunity sports ignorer.

Had early Christmas with roast goose. I decided I like roast goose very much.

Posted by: Jumper1 | December 23, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Garry Trudeau is interviewed in the last segment of the PBS NewsHour tonight about his Doonesbury retrospective book. I'm not sure I've ever seen an interview with him.

Posted by: -pj- | December 23, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

He has been making the rounds pj, saw him profiled a couple of times up here. But like you don't recall him doing this previously.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 23, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Have just a skoche of backBoodling to do, but I was certain several Boodlers couldn't wait to hear this:

http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/TV/12/23/doctor.who.christmas/index.html

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 23, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Boodle Woo Woo: as it happens a dear friend heard I was sick (high fever and whopping throat cold). She delivered hot and sour soup and a Ricola drops in three flavors AND GET THIS....a thrift store holiday sweater with tags on it for 2.45. I AM SO WEARING THIS....detachable faux fur collar...and some glitter thingies...tasteful in a bordello-neo-riche-junior-league-Lilly Pulizer-80s way....

I AM In. HOLIDAY SWEATER 2010.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | December 23, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Cool, dmd. I've read the occasional interview with him, so it's not like Thomas Pynchon showing up. This will be fun to watch. Doonesbury is an extraordinary comic in the way it brings in new characters and situations. It will be fun to hear the artist.

Posted by: -pj- | December 23, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Excellent, CquaP!!! If the sweater doesn't sweat the bug out, the holiday motif might just scare it away!!! *HUGSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS*

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 23, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Cassandra, good to hear from you. I hope you get all the rest you need so you can enjoy Christmas with your family. ftb, what a great story, so glad you called your childhood friend.

I don't watch basketball, but I knew about UConn besting the record. Happy for them. I assume Joel and RD are correct about women finding their own way, sports-wise. I assume this because they are smarter than I am.

Done with Christmas Eve prep work. Going to go sit down and watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Posted by: badsneakers | December 23, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Pleasantly surprised how quickly I was able to get in and out of the grocery store, half day of work tomorrow then I am off until Jan. 4.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 23, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

CqP-hot and sour soup is my personal favorite miracle cure. You will be on the mend ricky-tick.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | December 23, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Hot and sour soup in the powdered version is hard to find in these parts. I'm hoarding a couple of Knorrs.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | December 23, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

CqP... I hope the soup 'n sweater do the trick. The day spent on the couch did wonders for my back.

Did y'all see this? I don't know that I've ever seen a correction printed a year after the "error"...

It's short, so I'll just paste it here...



clarification [sic]

Friday, December 24, 2010

The Dec. 25, 2009, obituary of sportscaster George Michael included a quotation from a 1984 Washington Post article in which Michael said his first wife, Patricia Michael, "ran away to Mexico with an 18-year-old."

Patricia Michael recently contacted The Post to dispute the accuracy of that statement. She said she had traveled to Mexico alone and, upon her return, was unable to reconcile with her husband. They were later divorced.

http://wapo.st/hrBM3m

Posted by: -TBG- | December 23, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Help! I need gift idea for a 60-something bird-watching female lawyer, and I'm in a Barnes&Noble. Any advice?

Posted by: ScienceTim | December 23, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Budget, 'tim?

Posted by: Yoki | December 23, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Tim.. what color hair does she have?

Posted by: -TBG- | December 23, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

There was, just a couple of years ago, a deluxe *luxe* edition of the original Audubon, which might now be out in trade-edition paperback. That's what I'd do in your shoes. Real bird-watchers can't have enough different versions.

Posted by: Yoki | December 23, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Or the coffee table book of birds in holiday sweaters....sorry. Will go back to sick bay now.

Echo Yoki OR the Audubon audio set of bird calls...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | December 23, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Brown hair. Budget under $100. So far, Ilike the Audubon idea. I've also considered a Lego Fallingwater, the giant Doonesbury collection, and The Autobiography of Mark Twain.

Posted by: ScienceTim | December 23, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Tim, I recommend "The Children's Book" by A.S. Byatt. Shortlisted for the Mann Book Award last year.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | December 23, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

If anyone ever gave me the Lego Fallingwater, I'd be weak-kneed.

Posted by: Yoki | December 23, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

The Audubon is out of stock!

Posted by: ScienceTim | December 23, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

The Twain autobiography has already sold out!

Posted by: ScienceTim | December 23, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Science time, Doonesbury would thrill me as well as Autobiography of Mark Twain.

A really good photography book on birds?

Posted by: dmd3 | December 23, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

The Beak of the Finch, SciTim. A Pultizer winner of years yore, or one of those good books about raven behavior.

Or, anything with lots of purty bird pictures, in case she gets tired of lots of hard words.

Wish I could think of more ideas, but my head is stuck in bob-and-wheel verse at the moment, not in bobwhite coffee books.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_and_wheel


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 23, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

I agree with frostbitten 9:49 a.m.

Also I understand that cheerleading isn't a sport, but it's very watchable, especially for the guys, I guess. This cheerleader video is a fundraiser for the "Susan G. Komen for the Cure" organization so you can help fight breast cancer by clicking on the link--somebody's going to donate money based on how many views the video gets. Enjoy:

http://www.youtube.com/user/KomenPhilly?feature=mhsn#p/a/u/0/cfRSDbV8Adw

Happy holidays, all--I know Christmas is near because today I had the thought, "I look forward to next week when it will be safe to go to the mall again."

Posted by: kbertocci | December 23, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

I just love this. Tim calls, we answer quickly and even if none of the suggestions is right and most of them are sold out, the hive-mind is intact.

I feel like a jellyfish!

Posted by: Yoki | December 23, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

SSC ScienceTim - so sorry!

Posted by: dmd3 | December 23, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Antennae, neurons
linked together in dim wit
but keen sugar sense.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 23, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

As a break from birds, "A Fragile Balance", a book on Australian marsupials, lavishly illustrated with watercolors over which Audubon would drool. From University of Chicago Press (I think it's on sale).

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | December 23, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Er, that was a haiku ode.

"Ode to the Ant."
Antennae, neurons
linked together in dim wit
but keen sugar sense

Bob and wheel would follow thus:

chasing crumbs (bob)

across Christmas countertops
lie pies, puddings, plums
all cheerful table crops
sitting for after Santa comes (wheel)

I think I got it, even if that wheel needs grease.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 23, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Dave o' the Coonties, any pretty books out there on plants exploiting birds, or vice-versa?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 23, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

"Another Obscure Poetic Form:"

Write barzelettas with bite
If you want to wit them right.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 23, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

I hope you seized your legal eagle's prize and now are out of the store, SciTim.

My head is saying good night to all reason right now and will soon dream through this midwinter night.

Tomorrow we will toast the a jolly winter's eve's day with many carols and just one lorax lamenting our dying firs.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 23, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Pirate Haiku, by Michael Spradlin!!!

I mean, she's a lawyer, right? She ought to appreciate blood and guts couple with obscure jargon and moans and growls.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 23, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Belated advice for ScienceTim: wine. Whoops, B&N doesn't carry wine? Chocolate. I know they have fancy chocolate. And add one of those tiny box kits with a sock monkey inside.

Oh. You wanted to buy a book?

Christmas cards are done, or at least I ran out of stamps, and mailed. Cookies are iced. Cake materials are out to make & bake early tomorrow morning, so cakes can cool before icing. Last-minute present has been bought and wrapped.

Most important: we have precipitation!!! It is raining, ever so slightly, and has been since about 5. I don't want to seem too enthusiastic for fear I'll scare it off.

Have I mentioned the delight Beatrice is taking in this Christmas? We brought a giant snack into the house and put it right next to her cage.

Posted by: Ivansmom | December 23, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Ivansmom, we have a new pet (my mom's elderly cat) who has never seen a real tree until this year. She nibbles. It disturbs her elderly digestion. She makes huge, time-consuming, wail-producing messes. But does she stop nibbling? Noooooo.......

Posted by: Wheezy11 | December 23, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

What kind of cakes are you going to bake Imom?

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

The classic bird-plant book would have to be Mark Catesby's astounding 18th century coffee-table production. Unaffordable, if a copy can be found at all.

There must be great photo books of birds pollinating flowers, but I haven't spotted them. Some spectacular ones would be in Hawai'i (red birds serving red flowers of o'hia lehua trees) and St. Lucia, where there's a strange co-evolutionary relation among heliconias and a local bird species, in which the males and females sip from separate species of Heliconia.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | December 23, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Aw, Wheezy. Elderly rescue-cats. Rescue-animals are always darling, no matter how clueless they may be. Except when they induce their own diarrhea. Then? Not so much.

Posted by: Yoki | December 23, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

I bake a kind of fruit cake called Black Cake every year. It has macerated fruit (currants, raisins, dates, sour cherries, apricot, candied ginger, zest of lemon, grapefruit and lime in brandy, rum and Madeira) in a thick molasses batter, iced with marzipan and fondant or royal icing. Every year I make one and everyone is too full to eat it. This year I'm dividing the recipe into several small cakes, so each family can have one to eat at their leisure. It will be an adventure.

I made an interesting discovery about electricity yesterday. If you knock over a glass of milk and some spills into a wall socket, that whole breaker will trip. Kids, don't try this at home!

I'm off to sleep, the better to bake on the morrow. Buenos gnocchis, y'all. Vaya con queso and fondue.

Posted by: Ivansmom | December 23, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

ftb, backboodling and just read your 6:46 post regarding your friend from years past and the joy you feel in reconnecting ... the 'how to say it all' of shared memories and hearts-so-full. Isn't that the greatest!
_______________________ stop

I post this because my younger sister M. and I just spent a couple of hours on the phone laughing about politics, parties, sharing memories and realities. Then suddenly my brother texted that he and his wife just learned that, here on the eve of Christmas Eve, her mother is stricken by stroke and dying thousands of miles away ... and they must abandon all plans and travel. Nothing we can do but send godspeed and love.

Angels prevail ... but grinches happen.

Posted by: talitha1 | December 23, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Yoki's Olive Balls.

Posted by: Yoki | December 23, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Oh, talitha. Godspeed and love, yes. I'm off to bed now, and I'll think safe-travel and family-coming-together and hanging-in-there thoughts their way as I drift off.

Posted by: -bia- | December 23, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

talitha,
Regrettably, deadly illness happens at any time. Best wishes to your brother and his family.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | December 24, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

I'm so sorry Talitha. My best to your brother and his family too.

Thanks for the explanation of the cake, Imom. Sounds delicious!

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | December 24, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of cheerleaders, it takes some athleticism to do lifts like this:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/yellojkt/5286737577/

Posted by: yellojkt | December 24, 2010 12:23 AM | Report abuse

I am *so* not following your link, yello.

Sorry, Talitha, Really.

Posted by: Yoki | December 24, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Yoki,

I'm hurt. All my photos are tasteful. Here, try this one instead:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/yellojkt/5286740171

Posted by: yellojkt | December 24, 2010 12:38 AM | Report abuse

I obsessively track the traffic from my Flickr stream and about a week or two the views on this photo just exploded:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/yellojkt/199984196/

It has inexplicably been getting a couple of dozen of views a day despite my having uploaded it over four years ago.

And it is not what you would expect even though it fits in a topic near and dear to the boodle.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 24, 2010 12:47 AM | Report abuse

talitha,

That is a tragedy to have happen so close to the holidays. I wish your sister-in-law's mother a quick, speedy, and full recovery.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 24, 2010 12:50 AM | Report abuse

Yello,

After a Really Bad No Good Terrible Day, those boy's bums made me happy. Thanks!

No need to be hurt. We're both perverts.

Posted by: Yoki | December 24, 2010 12:56 AM | Report abuse

I hope today is better, Yoki. After all, it's Christmas Eve. Or as it is known in Haute Maine, Boxing Day Eve Eve.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 24, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

sending good thoughts your way, talitha. two friends have been similarly stricken, both in their 30's. the wife of our son's baseball coach has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. experimental treatments are the only option. when those protocols were implemented with various members of our extended family it marked the onset of the waiting game. the other young man had an aneurysm and, thankfully, is recovering from surgery quite satisfactorily. i hope that things reach a more even keel soon.

Posted by: -jack- | December 24, 2010 2:08 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Hon.

Posted by: Yoki | December 24, 2010 2:09 AM | Report abuse

'morning, yoki. a rousing spiritual, of sorts. rev. gary davis penned this. don't know if the title is literal, or figurative, given that he was part of the sf music scene long ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhRJK6W7Oic

Posted by: -jack- | December 24, 2010 2:17 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, all. I have chocolate, of course. And wine, from a winery in Virginia that I passed a few weeks ago. And, now, a book, reasonably sure to be of interest to a patent lawyer specializing in biological systems and formerly a laboratory cellular biochemist.

Posted by: ScienceTim | December 24, 2010 2:23 AM | Report abuse

Hi Yoki -

Thanks for the cat understanding - I've known this cat for 12 years, just had her in my house for the past 4 months - yikes! Sorry to hear you had a no good very bad horrible day. I am in the totally understanding mode about those.

A generous pinch of holiday cheer, combined with someone here's (sorry, can't remember) spinach stuffing balls with spicy Russian mustard sauce and an unexpectedly decent holiday bonus, have put me in a good mood.

Yoki, you have to teach me some of your attorney-wrangling mojo. My attorney is a sad case - kinda nutso and also sympathetic and empathy-inducing. What to do then? She goes off on paying clients (literally threw the file at one in court), but has a 10 year old adopted son with problems. When do you draw back and say "I'm outa here?" I enjoy the work, and she seems to know to stay away from the office and let me handle things most of the time. So do I continue to support her despite her insupportable moments? Or bail?

On a more positive note, I am proud that a months-long slog through bureaucracy has produced a positive result for a client who's trying to keep his 3 yr old from being snatched away by his mother when she gets out of jail. I've just kept calling people in the state welfare realm over and over until finally one of them broke down and gave me the information I needed to get the goods on Mom and we have files on the way to the judge as needed. Our client knows I am the mover and shaker on this and has offered me free home improvements. What power! I don't need/want home improvements, just wanted them to feel safe.

Sorry, too much x-mas cheer! Going back to work has been a struggle and hard to adjust to. Do love working at something interesting, though.

Thanks to all for a year of edification and moderation.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | December 24, 2010 2:24 AM | Report abuse

Wheezy, the best and biggest part of shark-wrangling is the ability to give them back their egos; this is your problem, not mine. Their egos are so raging, rampant, rampaging, that you must detach. Never worry about their children (the Nannies have to do that) and all you need to to do is put in your hours.

Truly! This sounds mean, but isn't. If you let them eat your soul, they'll eat it all and chew it up and spit it out, and then you have nothing. Here, of course, I speak only of Big Law Firm Corporate/Commercial Lawyers. Not Gov't employees, state or otherwise.

But really, don't let them tell you how important they are. You are at least as important, maybe more.

One of my happiest moments was when a failed lawyer in a big-firm environment told me "You are my Mona Lisa. You've survived in that environment for more than 20 years; most people don't last 5." I actually kind of like it. Lawyers are smart, verbal, witty. Fun! I *like* them. But, it is tough. Gotta be tougher to last it out.

Posted by: Yoki | December 24, 2010 2:39 AM | Report abuse

But, sweet Wheezy, never betray client confidentiality. Really Never. Don't even speak in the elevator going to luch.

Posted by: Yoki | December 24, 2010 2:50 AM | Report abuse

But, sweet Wheezy, never betray client confidentiality. Really Never. Don't even speak in the elevator going to lunch.

Posted by: Yoki | December 24, 2010 2:51 AM | Report abuse

I like lawyers, too, Yoki. They are often witty and fun to be around. This one I'm working with shows flashes of that, but not often. She's like me in so many ways - broken down by a bad economy and imperfect social skills.

Although I identify with her on some levels, I must note - I have never thrown anything at anyone in anger. Especially not at a client.

Ah, well. Life is messy. I once poured soda on my husband in anger. He "whaled" on me, which is a form of spitting in which you squinch up your tongue and pure saliva squirts out quite forcefully. He didn't think of it as "spitting." He thought it was clean. Until I poured the soda on his head in retaliation.

It's not a Depression we're in, but it's something not seen for 70 years. The idea that I would ever continue to work for someone who snaps at me and criticizes me - preposterous! Until now.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | December 24, 2010 3:03 AM | Report abuse

Sending mojo off to talitha and to Jack.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 24, 2010 7:00 AM | Report abuse

Oh, just received my first tweet from Norad Santa tracker, his is in Auckland.

Someday I will grow up, but probably not for the forseeable future :-).

Posted by: dmd3 | December 24, 2010 7:01 AM | Report abuse

Gut morninkkzz and happy Christmas, ye Boodlies.

Here, as in China, the economy is booming- But dollar has sunk below toilet level

Since top growing economies are CHIna and CHIle, I recommend that U.S. change its name to CHIwnited States. :)

Brag

Posted by: Braguine | December 24, 2010 7:27 AM | Report abuse

From one who knows firsthand the juxtaposition of holidays and life's inevitable conclusion, talitha -- *HUGSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS*

That's really an astounding "correction," TBG. I guess the underlying question is -- Can the dead libel a living person?

A resounding "Well Done!" to Wheezy for her exceptional client support. :-)

I'm afraid we're seeing a frightful new meme -- wacky drivers and Presidents. First the Bush ranch, now:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/24/AR2010122400098.html

*finally-accepting-it's-a-holiday-Friday-even-though-I'm-on-call-and-very-thankful-for-the-never-ending-gift-of-the-Boodle Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 24, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Brag!!! *faxin' some extra eggnog* :-)

Oh, and forgot to mention I got a shock when reading the coverage of the stuntman seriously injured during "Spider-Man" rehearsals in NYC. Struck very close to home, so to speak. :-O

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 24, 2010 7:36 AM | Report abuse

And at the risk of Boodlehogging, I really liked this piece on how Shaq's really won over Bostonians -- I ROFLed when I saw the footage of him conducting the Pops at the holiday show!!! :-)

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/24/us/24boston.html

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 24, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. 5 more litters like that and we could have the movie "The 102 Rhodesian Ridgebacks".
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/23/AR2010122301768.html?hpid=artslot

Easy ride into work this morning. The place is totally deserted.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | December 24, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. Happy Christmas Eve! Time to get to the kitchen, and try to fix something. Have to make a run back to the grocery store. Oh, well, perhaps I can get in and out without harm done.

Talithia, so sorry about your news. Just said a prayer.

Yoki, your advice sounds good for most things. Hope you and family are well.

Wheezy, may the New Year be a blast for you and family.

Slyness, that weather person is calling for snow, although he claims it's not going to stick. We will see. A bit chilly here this morning.

Brag, is it warm in your neck of the woods? Send us some, please!

Time to get moving, although I'm already tired. Have a wonderful day, and a great Christmas Eve, folks. Love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | December 24, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

And a whole bunch of hugs to you, Scotty. Missed those hugs a lot.

Posted by: cmyth4u | December 24, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Here's a few more, Cassandra --

*HUGSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS* :-)

May you and yours have a joyous and trouble-free Christmas, Cassandra!

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 24, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Scotty!!!
Thanks for the egg nog fax. Faxing back the Chilean equivalent, Cola de Mono.
(Monkey's Tail).

Recipy:
Fire water, coffee, cream. nutmeg, vanilla, cinamon.
Keep tasting for right proportions (he he)

Brag :)

Posted by: Braguine | December 24, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

That sounds tasty Brag, but I am not sure about Fire Water?

Posted by: dmd3 | December 24, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

dmd,
Aguardiente = firewater.
Can use pisco or vodka as substitute. I have a gallon of bootleg stuff (about 120 proof). Ho ho ho. :)

Brag

Posted by: Braguine | December 24, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

That's more like egg napalm, Brag! *L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 24, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Good Christmas Eve morning boodle!

Ma Frostbitten call to report receiving her traditional floral arrangement yesterday, and once again the florist ruined the message. It should say "may you have a totally forgettable Christmas" but instead it says "unforgettable." Why would I wish a memorable Christmas on someone so dear? Memorable holidays include Thanksgiving and Christmas of Frostdaddy's 2nd tour in Vietnam, the first after Pop Frostbitten died and Uncle Frosti wrecked Grandma Frostbitten's car, back to back Christmas deployments for Mr. F to Afghanistan and Iraq...

No, I demand a totally uneventful and blissfully forgettable day to all boodlers near and far. Hugs to those what need 'em.

Unsolicited cat puke tip-when on light colored carpet, allow to dry completely, then peal off and vacuum. Leaves not a trace. (I will not relate how this technique was discovered and perfected).

My gift to the boodle, if it could be given. That we should all have hope. But, even more valuable- perseverance in the absence of hope.

Later gators!

Posted by: frostbitten1 | December 24, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Cold in the mountains. A DC power supply for this laptop computer makes a good wrist rest when mousing. Warm.

Merry holidays to everyone!

Posted by: Jumper1 | December 24, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Morning all.. Happy Christmas Eve to those who celebrate... and to those who don't. (Wishing someone a happy anything can't really offend, can it? I can have a Happy Eid even if don't celebrate, can't I?)

Ivansmom... someone has to say it: you make a fruitcake that everyone is too "full too eat" after your Christmas meal? Really? You might want to think about that and do a little research on the popularity of fruitcakes. :-)

Talitha... sorry to hear your news. I'm sending hugs to your entire family.

Posted by: -TBG- | December 24, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

I was going to wear a Santa hat to work today but don't want to muss up my hair so I'm wearing these big gingerbread man earrings that usually hurt my ears after a few hours. Wish me luck ;-)

Hope everyone is having a good Eve day.

Posted by: badsneakers | December 24, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Well, I don't want to brag but I just received an email from santa at the northpole, along with various links to the website, santa tracker and what I think is interesting icaughtsanta.com, which makes pictures or video of santa in you home (through uploads!) not a free service but might be fun it anyone has little ones around today.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 24, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

dmd gets all the fun stuff... *pout* ;-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 24, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Scotty

Thanks for the hugs, joyous yes, but never trouble free, but that's life. Back at you.

frostbitten, very good advice, and we can all use a big pile of hope, and then some! Perserverance, always, and for all the good. The easy way out, seldom good. Best Christmas wishes to you and yours. And thanks for the "pick me ups" all during the year.

Brag, hope your Christmas is great, and family is well.

Ivansmom, I do wish you, the Boy, and Ivansdad, the best of everything in the coming year, and the very best Christmas to be had. And thanks for your kindnesses to me and family.

And to all on the Boodle, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. And thanks for being the ear to listen, and friends that are truly friends.

The grocery store awaits!

Posted by: cmyth4u | December 24, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Just a warning, Cassandra -- I was at the grocery store at about a quarter to nine this morning, and it was packed like sardines. Strangely enough, I was able to find a reasonably close parking place, but the cashier lines were long enough to wind in and out of the aisles. We all had the same idea, you see -- get there early and it won't be bad at all. You might want to bring a good book along to read while you're waiting to check out.

Imom -- that fruitcake sounds really, really good. The fax machine is on.

talitha, you and your family (especially your brother and his family) have my profound sympathy.

Brag! Howzit going down there where you are? Would that you could join us at the BPH on Monday.

To one and all, enjoy your holidays of choice -- or even each other's holidays (like chicken soup, it can't hurt).

Will check in throughout the day.

Posted by: ftb3 | December 24, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Good morning all. It's festive here, if you squint. DC expects Santa to 'show his face once and for all' but in case he has any ideas about sneaking in and out, she's busy laying traps. I must remember to watch where I walk....

Off to, you guessed it, the grocery store. Have a very happy holiday all.

Posted by: LostInThought | December 24, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

I have a few cookies left from the spread I brought this morning. There are a few cheese straws left as well. I made 1.65 batch (750g cheese, 375 g butter, 3 cups flour) using slyness' recipe last night and I'm using my co-workers and their kids as a test group. I got 4 thumbs up and no thumbs down yet. I'll call that a success.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | December 24, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

All this talk of cheese straws made me very envious. Yesterday as my son and I were waiting for sandwiches from is favorite Indian/Italian deli, I dashed over to the grocery store and bought the ingredients.

When I got home I ransacked the Cupboard of Abandoned Kitchen Gadgets and found a battery operated cookie dough press in the box with the blades still in the bag.

So I have been baking cheese straws all morning and here are the results:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/42627063@N00/sets/72157625664961578/detail/

I have no idea if I'm doing it right or if that is the way they are supposed to turn out, but they are delicious. And I have done extensive quality control sampling to verify that.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 24, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

The picture's worthy all right, yello. May I use it?

Posted by: -TBG- | December 24, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I heard a "klonk" sound a moment ago, and realized a bird had just flown into our large glass door to the patio. I went outside, and there was a small gray bird with a white belly sitting on the patio almost underfoot. I knew he (she) was alive because his head moved slightly. But I think he (she) klonked himself pretty good. He never moved although he was only a foot or so away. I didn't touch him. I guess he'll recover his wits and depart when he's ready. I just hope a prowling cat doesn't get him (her).

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 24, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Mudge... I'm sure right now the birdie's thinking up his best "I meant to do that" swagger for his buddies.

Posted by: -TBG- | December 24, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I wonder how they're celebrating in Mianus tonight?

Posted by: -TBG- | December 24, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

If they taste good, Yello, that's all that counts. I'm proud you and SD have tried the recipe and found success! My last cookie sheet of them is ready for the oven, when the pentultimate sheet comes out. Now, make Mr. T's breakfast muffins after lunch, and mop the kitchen floor, and I'm done!

Cassandra, hope your grocery store run is quick and easy. I'm simply going to have to do without if I need something today. My brother called yesterday and informed me that I am to bring sweet potato casserole, not squash casserole as I had planned (and purchased for). Geekdottir was kind enough to go to Trader Joe's and get said vegetable for me.

Note to self: Mr. T did *such* a great job of mixing the cheese straw dough, let him do it again. Big hands really help...I took a photo, I'll post it in a little while.

Posted by: slyness | December 24, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

TBG,
Be my guest.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 24, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Talitha, best thoughts and prayers to your sister-in-law and the rest of the family.

I saw the obituary for a friend of a friend in the paper this morning. She was only 53. Such a shame, and at Christmas.

Frosti, you are so right about forgettable Christmases. The one I remember most vividly was 1968. My oldest half-brother died on the evening of December 23rd (lung cancer, and he was 46). Then, on Christmas morning, my younger brother and I both came down with a stomach virus (fever, vomiting, diarrhea, the whole bit) and were too sick to go to the funeral on December 26. Altogether not good holiday.

Posted by: slyness | December 24, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

There's probably a Yule long involved in Mianus tonight, TBG.

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 24, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

SCC: Yule log, of course.

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 24, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Oh, TBG -- NukeSpouse is wondering why Mianus is more important than all the Christmas Eve preparations.

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 24, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

T,Scotty? Finish up with that you have five more minutes.....the fine company is arriving and we will have NONE.OF.THAT.

What? Don't make me come down there....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | December 24, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

A 3-D Yule log, even...

:http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/24/arts/television/24yule.html

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 24, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

How'd that extra colon get into that URL???

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 24, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Scotty; enough. Come and sit next to Great Great Uncle Otis...and call me if he takes his teeth out again....Now. Counting! One.....twooooooooo........

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | December 24, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Visual pun:

Mia:nus

Hey, TBG and Scotty started it.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 24, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Yj! Great Aunt Minnie needs watching too and yes, she still has the biting poodle. Who vomits. And etc. And, YJ, this job has your name on it.

HUSH, now. The Fine.Company(tradmark) are here.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | December 24, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Uncle Otis never was much of a one for Connecticut-geography-based humor.

If my math is correct, a double colon is comprised of four semicolons.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 24, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Would that include Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard and Dr. Fine????

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 24, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Calling all Boodlers!!!

I'm an auntie again. The newest boy on the planet was born yesterday a couple of weeks early and he and his mum will be coming home tomorrow or Sunday. The dad (whom several of you have met) is overjoyed, and his older son has seen a picture of his little bro. It's very, very exciting.

Woo-hoo!

Posted by: ftb3 | December 24, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Woo-hoo indeed, ftb, congrats!!! *HUGSSS*

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 24, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Congrats, ftb!

Happy Christmas Eve to everyone. I enjoy Christmas Eve more than Christmas, at least as an adult. All of the anticipation, none of the letdown. Debating whether to go to a movie today or tomorrow, and/or to go shopping on Boxing Day (since I've avoided actual in-store shopping so far). Thanks for the review of True Grit - looking forward to it (did not like the original because of my loathing for John Wayne).

On politics - this Ruth Marcus column about Joe Biden is very good:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/23/AR2010122302696.html?hpid=opinionsbox1
I have come to love Joe.

Posted by: seasea1 | December 24, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

That is delightful holiday news, ftb. We shall not dwell on how the poor kid will get stiffed for birthday presents the rest of his life.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 24, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

An obscure Christmas song by Leon Russell:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44xevfDazg0
(Kinkade version)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TM54YcStkX4&feature=related
(light show version, with lyrics)
Sorry, volume levels vary greatly.

Posted by: seasea1 | December 24, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

yellojkt, your cheese straws look like the ones I attempted a New Years Eve or so ago. Would love to see pics from slyness!

Posted by: seasea1 | December 24, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Wonderful news, ftb... Best wishes to the entire family!

SeaSea... we're seeing True Grit tomorrow for our "Jewish Christmas" celebration (dinner follows at a Chinese Restaurant). I don't think I've ever seen the original because of MY loathing of John Wayne.

Posted by: -TBG- | December 24, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

ftb, A new baby?!? Congrats.

Yoki, your comment about big firm corp lawyers chewing up souls and spitting them out...just for the record (I expect you know), that's not across the board, and it's not unique to attys, whether BFC or otherwise. Maybe DC's got more than its fair share, maybe not. But the type seems to be well-represented in every walk of life.

DC's got stuff rigged up like you wouldn't believe. I think she expects to come down in the morning to see Santa suspended upside down from the ceiling. I've explained that our house is pretty old and the plaster is more likely to fall down than hold him up, but she's going ahead with Operation Catch The Old Guy anyway.

Have a very happy day all.

Posted by: LostInThought | December 24, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

ftb, wonderful news! Congrats to you and the new parents!

LiT, photos would be good...I'd love to see what DC has rigged up.

Seasea, thanks for the nudge:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/60157275@N00/5288120155/

Posted by: slyness | December 24, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Mele Kalikimaka everyone.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEvGKUXW0iI

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

You have to know what the weiner whiner line is and you have to have heard Patriots' owner Robert Kraft speak before to appreciate why I almost drove off the road laughihg when i first heard this:

http://audio.weei.com/a/19089627/melancholy-ken-macha-patriot-bob.htm

Posted by: baldinho | December 24, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

This is how my cheese straws looked like. Not within a cylindrical envelope but the star pattern still shows.

http://picasaweb.google.com/ShriekingDenizen/Noel2010#5554341396893149874

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | December 24, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Here are my cheese starws. Not quite inscribed within a cylindrical envelope but the star pattern is still showing.

http://picasaweb.google.com/ShriekingDenizen/Noel2010#5554341396893149874

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | December 24, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Bloody movable type lied to me again.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | December 24, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

slyness, can't really post photos, but it involves a jump rope, two scarves, a curtain rod and a precariously-perched tinker toy can. Fishing line trip cord.(Whenever Sis2 sees DC doing something that makes you shake your head [like playing imaginary rock star while half-naked] she says 'there's a career in there somewhere.' All I can think of for today's antics is it's going to be a career in crime.

Hopefully she will pass out cold around 9 tonight. Is it wrong to wonder if there's a safe way to slip 'em a Mickey? Or is that what benedryl is for?

Happy Holidays.

Posted by: LostInThought | December 24, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

One hyphenated word for you, LiT:

Anaesti-Darts.

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 24, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

They look good, SD. I've seen them as long flat ribbons and as wreaths. And then there is VintageLady's dot with a pecan. I do them this way because that's how my mother did them. A good reason, no?

LiT, benadryl is certainly permissible, if you think it necessary. My guess is that she will be so tired she'll drop off without problems. Thinking these things through and working them out will do that to a kid. ;-)

Posted by: slyness | December 24, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm. She's got a lot of energy (keeps me young), but taking her down like a charging rino at 50 paces? A smidge of eggnog seems more festive.

Posted by: LostInThought | December 24, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Well then, Anaeggnog-Darts?

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 24, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I just glimpsed a sprite out of the corner of my eye ..... but I'm sure it's only my imagination!

Last rays of sunlight on the snowfields this afternoon reminded me that I've not wished all of you a good day and lots of magic for tonight I've had blessings galore today myself, some from unexpected quarters. I rejoice here on the Boodle amongst all you new friends ..... and wish you all, however and whenever you celebrate with those you love, very good tidings.

Brother says hello, btw. All is pending on that front ... but they are just holding hands as family from my best understanding. Many thanks from us both for all your kind words of support.

...... and will someone help me catch that elf that just ran by? Rascal!

Posted by: talitha1 | December 24, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Massive kudos to DC on project Catch the Old Guy. Methinks it bodes well for the young lass.

I've always thought that "proving" the existence or non-existence of Santa (upon which I, naturally, have no position) is a crucial part of growing up. It teaches kids that they don't have to just believe what people in authority tell them. They can figure it out through experimentation and reason.

And I've always felt that when a conclusion has been reached by a child in this manner, the end result is a sense of satisfaction and self-confidence. Which is a pretty good thing.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | December 24, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Your post is an interesting accompaniment to our current viewing of the original Miracle on 34th Street, RD.

Posted by: -TBG- | December 24, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas Eve and a Happy Christmas Day. The in-laws and my family are heading out to dinner. Then, tomorrow morning, there will be the Christmas Blitz. (My wife's family always tries to get through the presents as fast as possible so as to get to the food.) All of this isn't quite the same without wee little ones, of course. But few things are.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | December 24, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for your insight, Yoki. I worked for a lawyer once in another life, and I came in with that exact attitude: I'm here for the work, not for the company. I also never broke client confidentiality. However, it didn't work out in the end.

It's important people do know where their tolerance lies and begin planning to move on if the fit is not the best. That part I do regret not having acted on sooner.

When you're being emotionally distracted at work by non-workplace issues that do not belong to you, that is a solid clue that the fit is not the best, for whatever reason.

Don't know if it helps you, Wheezy, but I came out believing that no job was worth that kind of treatment, ever. I was too intimidated to even consider suing; I just wanted to be done with that unstable work environment altogether.

It wasn't that I didn't empathize, either, but my job in a workplace is not to allow personal problems to be acted out upon me. I know of many other lawyers who are far better to work with, and I don't judge all lawyers by that one.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 24, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Got home from work and finished preparing everything. Now just waiting for the family to arrive. One funny thing - I didn't have any Christmas crackers (the things you cross hands around the table and pull on to make a noise and get a toy) so I had emailed #2 to ask if she had time to try to find some. She sent me back a picture of her living room floor with torn wrapping paper and mostly intact Christmas crackers - the dogs thought the present was theirs and couldn't wait.

Talitha, thinking of you. Loved the pics of the cheese straws. Gotta go, people arriving.

Posted by: badsneakers | December 24, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Inspired by LiT, I'm making a Strata tonight for breakfast tomorrow. I'm hoping it's just half as good as the one she made for us a couple of years ago when we visited her.

Son of G won't be here until Monday morning, so Christmas morning will be a little quieter, but we'll be able to do it all over again on Monday when he arrives. So instead of looking at it as less of a Christmas without him, I'm seeing a double Christmas for the G family.

The presents are now wrapped and under the tree, and the pizza is now ordered. Merry Christmas to all of you!

Posted by: -TBG- | December 24, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Another Cheetah miracle...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20101224/sc_livescience/elusivesaharancheetahcapturedinphotos

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 24, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

This just came in from the Borowitz Report a few minutes ago, and was too good not to share (whatever yello might think):

"December 24, 2010

Tea Party Cancels Christmas Pageant; Could Not Find Three Wise Men

Plans to Stage Book of Revelation Instead

WASILLA (The Borowitz Report) – The Tea Party’s plans for a first annual Tea Party Christmas Pageant have been cancelled at the last minute, an organizer of the pageant confirmed today.

“We couldn’t find three wise men,” Tea Party holiday coordinator Carol Foyler told reporters. “It’s too bad, because we had plenty of sheep.”

Ms. Foyler said that the Tea Party was hoping to replace its Christmas pageant, however, with an ambitious staging of the Book of Revelation.

“We already have Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, and Christine O’Donnell lined up,” she said. “One more Horseman and we’re good to go.”

---------

Everyone have a pleasant Christmas Eve and a nice Christmas Day tomorrow.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 24, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

The ScienceKids say we're bad Jews for having started to decorate our Christmas tree so late.

Posted by: ScienceTim | December 24, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Christmas Eve Howdy, Boodle! Merry Christmas to them as keeps it, and the residual joy of the season to them as don't.

Hugs to Talitha for her brother. Hugs to Cassandra, feel better.

Congratulations to the cheese straw makers, they look exceptionally tasty. I've been baking and icing sweets all day and cheese straws would be just the thing. Perhaps I'll make them for our Super Bowl party which appears to be a family tradition.

Random observations: Fondant icing is fun. I am the Jackson Pollock of royal icing, and proud of it. The Ivansclan introduced me to the Robot Chicken Star Wars episodes, and they are very funny. Disturbing, but funny.

Posted by: Ivansmom | December 24, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Good evening everyone, work done, visit with the in-laws complete, pizza ordered and eaten, presents wrapped now it is time to relax!. I am looking for a movie we can all watch together - not thinking "White Christmas" I am currently watching would be something the kids would like.

Before I forget wishing a very Merry Christmas to all celebrating.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 24, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

She just voluntarily put her own little self up into bed with a Rudolph movie. I should worry, shouldn't I?

TBG, the secret is the dry mustard. And the sausage. And the bacon.

Have a houseful of people in the morning, who will ske-daddle sometime Sunday. Until then, have a fabulous holiday all. Peace on earth, good will toward men.

I pray my wish will come true for my child and your child too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADbJLo4x-tk

Posted by: LostInThought | December 24, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

LiT - I remember seeing that clip when it was originally on television. Just keeps getting better.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | December 24, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

LiT, good luck to DC in her Catch the Old Guy project. It all depends on the bait. I'd be very suspicious of that early-to-bed-with-movie ploy.

Posted by: Ivansmom | December 24, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

It's snowing in west KY. The ground is already covered.

Happy Holidays to every one.

Posted by: Manon1 | December 24, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Good evening! We have been to church, had supper (Brunwsick stew, homemade of course), and sent Elderdottir and her SO home to wrap presents. The kitchen is clean, except for the floor which I will mop before I go to bed. All is ready. I think. Mr. T found the Yule log on TV with appropriate music. I've had enough wine that typing is a problem.

Merry Christmas to all!

Posted by: slyness | December 24, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Just remember, LiT... early bed, early to rise. Maybe you'd better find yourself a movie, too.

Posted by: -TBG- | December 24, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Merry merry boodle. Cheese straws won't be on the menu Chez Frostbitten until New Years. I hope they are as photogenic as the ones I've salivated over here tonight. After cooking all day today I think the G family pizza and Chinese menus sound a lot more festive.

Frostdott and granddottir are here overnight while Frostson-in-law works at his new job. Lucky he has it, after being laid off right after Thanksgiving.

Just downloaded the NPR news app to my new droid phone so it's already a too bountiful Christmas for me. Ice fishing tomorrow will just be the fondant.

Stay warm and safe, and happy holidays to all. Wishing the dc all the luck in the world in the great old guy capture mission.
Toodles boodle and sweet dreams.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | December 24, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Good evening! We have been to church, had supper (Brunwsick stew, homemade of course), and sent Elderdottir and her SO home to wrap presents. The kitchen is clean, except for the floor which I will mop before I go to bed. All is ready. I think. Mr. T found the Yule log on TV with appropriate music. I've had enough wine that typing is a problem.

Merry Christmas to all!

Posted by: slyness | December 24, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Happy snowy Holidays to Manon!

Do any boodlers have the tradition of eating oysters and/or oyster stew on Christmas Eve?

When I was a kid it was a major production around dusk ... the men shucking the oysters on a long table out back (no small amount of bourbon sippin' going on, I'm sure) while the women prepared the meal and the eldest children tended to setting the tables and corralling the youngsters. There were usually thirty-five or forty folk in attendance ... five generations usually.

I'm not imagining this at all, though perhaps romanticizing it a bit. But my mother spoke of her own memories of Christmas Eve oyster shucking just this afternoon. We were wondering if it was just our family or if it's a cultural tradition of the South and the season.

Posted by: talitha1 | December 24, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Mr. T's family always had oyster stew on Christmas Eve, talitha, but it's a tradition he has not insisted we carry on. He's not fond of it.

My family always had a potluck supper with all the aunts, uncles, and cousins on Christmas Eve. It ruined Elderdottir's Christmas forever when we got too scattered to do it on the evening of the 24th and switched to another date, usually the Saturday before Christmas. The traditions there include cheese straws, my grandmother's homemade egg noodles (now provided by a cousin), and various high-calorie desserts.

Posted by: slyness | December 24, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

This is the perfect use of resources, American and Canadian:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/24/AR2010122403089.html?hpid=artslot

Posted by: slyness | December 24, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

I am not too proud to admit I have been following Norad's Santa tweets all day, of note he entered Newfoundland airspace about a 1/2 hour ago. The Santa tracker has certainly progress since I was a child listening for updates on the radio. Love the animated videos.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 24, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Since my son boards a plane for the Indy Bowl tomorrow afternoon, we had our family celebration with my brother-in-law tonight. He has an eight-month old and he invited over some of his neighbors who have a two-year-old and and a three-month-old so it was a delightful afternoon of fussy babies, dirty diapers and crying for mommy which further increased my resolved that any future spouses of mine will not be of child-bearing age.

When the kids weren't being fussy or cranky, which was most of the time they were delightfully oblivious to all the holiday festivities going on around them. The golden age of children's Christmas is three to six when they still have wonder and haven't started laying Santa traps. LiT, I would check that all webcams in the house are accounted for before helping Santa set out presents.

I brought over some cheese straws and then the B-I-L put on some cheese fondue, then we had my Paula Deen macaroni and cheese (secret ingredient: two sticks of butter) as a side dish.

For Christmas breakfast we are having some sort of apple and french toast casserole which I have prepped and refrigerated.

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

I am not going to make it much longer, need to stuff some stockings then go to bed. I shall leave you with this lovely song and a funny story from middle child. This song came on the radio the other day, a version that sounded like it was being played on medieval instruments.

Daughter says to me, "Mom what is with the Oprah" I thought for a second and then asked, "Do you mean Opera?". Eldest and I could not stop laughing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhPQA4eYwp8&feature=fvst

Joy, Peace and love to you and your families.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 24, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

I saw the movie Secretariat today - very good, even if it did play fast and loose with the facts. No mention of Riva Ridge! And I have to say, the Yogi Bear movie looks like fun.

Pizza for dinner, then we opened presents. No waiting for Santa here. Very nice all around.

This is one of my favorite Christmas songs, and I think we had that album (probably was a gas station giveaway):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Em0P9zb3a3k

David Bowie had such an oddly shaped head. Here's a clip from the British series Extras with David Bowie (a bit mean but it cracks me up).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jv6mEv_rDdE

Posted by: seasea1 | December 24, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Santa just went over Fredricksburg, VA!

Yes I am still up just finished the stockings.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 24, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Forget NORAD, I'm tracking Santa using the Angry Santa Elf:

http://twitter.com/#!/angrysantaelf

Posted by: yellojkt | December 24, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Well, sonchild and I have now started a nes Christmas tradition. While talking to one another across a continent, be sure to drop your phone (his, not mine) into the john ... then run across to the neighbors'house, borrow their phone, briefly apologize and give a quick "call you when I can".

So glad I still have a land line phone.

Posted by: talitha1 | December 24, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

scc: new

Posted by: talitha1 | December 24, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

kilt it?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLLYsoHF9pg&feature=related

Posted by: talitha1 | December 25, 2010 12:24 AM | Report abuse

Dang it, I wish those reindeer would lay off the hallucinogenic 'shrooms. 9 big deer staggering around my roof, laughing loudly, saying "Whoa!," "Dude, lookit the lights!" "Hurry up, old man! And don't forget the food! I am like, soooooo hungry!" and "Shhhhh!" is keepin' me from sleepin', y'know?

I definitely have a better understanding of what they mean by "flying reindeer," though.

That bunch is on a serious trip...

Starting to sound like a hailstorm of softballs up there, so I think they're leaving.

I hope I didn't end up with coal again.

G'night, all, and Merry Christmas to those of us who celebrate it.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | December 25, 2010 12:39 AM | Report abuse

It's Christmas Day already? But I'm still wrapping presents! (Heck, I'm still shopping for some people).

Merry Christmas, everybody who celebrates it! For everyone else, have a lovely Saturday and consider supporting your local movie theatre and ethnic dining establishments -- I'm sure they could use the business.

Posted by: ScienceTim | December 25, 2010 1:09 AM | Report abuse

Even if we celebrate, eating out may well occur. Many priests eat out on christmas day because they're too knackered to cook after work and family might be a ways away anyhow.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 25, 2010 2:13 AM | Report abuse

My style tends to be more than a bit glib. That usually works out. But there's no wiseguy crack here:

Thank you for being my friends.

That's all I got. Happy holidays.

Posted by: Bob-S | December 25, 2010 2:17 AM | Report abuse

(Except for the part where I wonder why Tim didn't stock up [for gift-giving purposes] on macadamia nuts, pineapples, and cheap sculptures of upraised digits which are intended to convey: "Hang loose" or "F*** you, haole!")

Posted by: Bob-S | December 25, 2010 2:33 AM | Report abuse

Congrats ftb! A Christmas baby for your family. :)

For all the boodlers - Christmas omedetto to you!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWcZNhQbgyg&feature=related

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | December 25, 2010 2:58 AM | Report abuse

(Tiny Tim voice now:)
Merry Christmas and God bless
us, every one!

-Charles Wilbrodog-
(Who knew Dickens wrote Haiku?
Only a keen hound...)


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 25, 2010 3:07 AM | Report abuse

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! May this holiday season brings you peace and joy.

I had wanted to make cheese twists but was not able to find any parmesan cheese. In fact, I have not been able to find any in any of the supermarkets for the last 3 months. I think I’ll just make cheese straws instead.

Posted by: rainforest1 | December 25, 2010 3:19 AM | Report abuse

If parmesan cheese is the only barrier, then I think it can be breached.

Posted by: Bob-S | December 25, 2010 3:35 AM | Report abuse

Right now, it is very difficult for me to ship anything to certain countries in SW Asia. A bit of cheese to the land of the dragon... that I can probably arrange.

Posted by: Bob-S | December 25, 2010 3:39 AM | Report abuse

The picture posted by yello, shriek and slyness looks yammy. I think I'll stick to cheese straws.

Posted by: rainforest1 | December 25, 2010 3:51 AM | Report abuse

...plus, I think special permit is needed to 'import' certain types of food.

Posted by: rainforest1 | December 25, 2010 3:57 AM | Report abuse

Quite possibly. Maybe it can't be done.

(hee hee)

Posted by: Bob-S | December 25, 2010 4:04 AM | Report abuse

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

I think the above statement captures the spirit of Christmas for me. It pretty much covers the whole spectrum. I do hope my friends here at the Achenblog enjoy your day and your families. I pray that God will bless you much in the coming year, and that all of you will have a personal relationship with Christ, if you don't have that already. And for those of you that feel I speak foolishness, indulge me. The year has had its ups and downs, but you my friends, have remained the same. Again, I thank you for the your support and for being the best friends anyone could every hope for. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, from me and my family, including the big guy, Dywaun!

Congratulations, ftb3, on your new arrival!

Posted by: cmyth4u | December 25, 2010 5:46 AM | Report abuse

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

I think the above statement captures the spirit of Christmas for me. It pretty much covers the whole spectrum. I do hope my friends here at the Achenblog enjoy your day and your families. I pray that God will bless you much in the coming year, and that all of you will have a personal relationship with Christ, if you don't have that already. And for those of you that feel I speak foolishness, indulge me. The year has had its ups and downs, but you my friends, have remained the same. Again, I thank you for the your support and for being the best friends anyone could every hope for. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, from me and my family, including the big guy, Dywaun!

Congratulations, ftb3, on your new arrival!

Posted by: cmyth4u | December 25, 2010 5:46 AM | Report abuse

Oops, sorry!

Posted by: cmyth4u | December 25, 2010 5:56 AM | Report abuse

It was so nice, it was well worth saying twice.

Posted by: Bob-S | December 25, 2010 6:06 AM | Report abuse

Feliz Navidad, y'all.

Posted by: Bob-S | December 25, 2010 6:07 AM | Report abuse

Frohe Weihnachten, too! My heartfelt thanks to every Boodler (even the lurkers) for the gift of your ongoing frienship and most excellent company. *HUGSSSSSSSSSS*

Looks like the D.C. area has an off-chance of a partial White Christmas, as the storm's now predicted to track a little closer to shore. Let's hope the darn thing's outta here well before the BPH!

*preparing-for-a-holiday-Skype-session-with-the-rest-of-the-immediate-family-(hopefully) Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 25, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Merry Christmas to everyone. One of the nicest presents I received this morning was the sight of a nearly-full moon just before sunrise. That and the cool MP3 player.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | December 25, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Was it set to play "Full Moon Fever" at the time, RD_P? :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 25, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Joyeux Noël to all. Looks like the Old Man made a stop at Denizen's; there's stuff under the tree.
The cold is back. A drop of that Calvados I had last night would add warmth to that coffee.
Off to empty memory cards and recharge batteries...

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | December 25, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Teens sleep in at the G household, and apparently so do old men. I'm down here alone waiting for the oven to preheat. I guess when my Christmas Strata starts to fill the house with the smell of breakfast, I'll have some company.

We had all of those Christmas albums, seasea, and wore them all out. Nothing says Christmas like Steve & Edie singing "Let it Snow!"

Merry Christmas to you all!

Posted by: -TBG- | December 25, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Samuel Pepys buried his wine and Parmesan cheese as the Great Fire of London advanced toward his house.

My recollection is that I first encountered the real cheese (Italian, not Wisconsin) on a visit to London, where a piece of it made an odd but tasty lunch. First sighting in the US was in Nashville. Now, in a small city, it's at every Publix, maybe even Walmart.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | December 25, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

I've got snowflakes here in my southwestern 'burbs.

Posted by: Bob-S | December 25, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

That's southwest of DC. I didn't sneak off to Phoenix.

Posted by: Bob-S | December 25, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

No snow here. I'm hoping it comes and goes before tomorrow evening when Son of G heads out this way.

I had no idea the whole NORAD/Santa connection began with a typo. Thanks for pointing to that article, Slyness. We used to listen to them track Santa's whereabouts on WMAL radio when we were kids. Very exciting.

Of course, my dad was friends with one of Santa's elves and would run into him throughout the year, giving him updates on how we were behaving. Yup. He'd tell us at dinner every once in a while, "Guess who I ran into today? Ish Kabibble!" and we'd get wide-eyed and want to hear about it all. It was pretty important that Dad knew one of Santa's elves.

I found out many years later that Ish Kabibble was a comedian and musician in Kay Keyser's band.

Posted by: -TBG- | December 25, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Merry Christmas all! Remeber you don't need to believe in virgin births to celebrate the day. But it doesn't hurt if you do.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 25, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

bc,
You gotta quit leaving out the 'secret ingredient' brownies for Santa. Sometimes he eats the carrots and gives the reindeer the snacks. It seems with disastrous results.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 25, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Courtesy of Neil Gaiman's blog is this Christmas song which brought a tear to my eye.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCNvZqpa-7Q&feature=player_embedded

Listen to the end. It will touch you too.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 25, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

yello, I'm sure the marks on bc's roof, claw and otherwise, don't help either...

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 25, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Happy Christmas, ye Boodlies!!!!

Last night went to a friend's house at the very foot of the Andes. Enjoyed a great BBQ and the sea of lights below.

This morning it's nice and warm. Expect afternoon temperatures in the eighties.

My only regret, can't attend the BPH.

Brag :)
Brag

Posted by: Braguine | December 25, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

Well, what to I see out of my window, but *snow* coming down, and - well - not a blanket of it over everything, but more like a bedsheet of it, anyway. Not too much of a strtch to call it a White Christmas for me.

About those flying reindeer last night, I didn't give them anything, yello - apparently, they eat 'shrooms found in thir natural habitiats:

http://www.pjonline.com/christmas/pj2010_723

Some also suggest those red and white 'shrooms may have played a role in the Santa Claus mythology:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanita_muscaria

See, I had nothing to do with it.

Have a Merry day, all.

bc


Posted by: -bc- | December 25, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Merry Christmas/happy day, y'all.

Warm pumpkin bread, coffee and OJ on the table.

Blessings to you all.

I'm thinking today may be a good day to finally get my holiday cards done. Or maybe not.

TWC got snow overnight. It's beautiful and quiet.

Posted by: MsJS | December 25, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Merry Christmas, everyone! And especially you, Cassandra!

Mr. T had to wake me up at 7...Geekdottir rose without being called. You know the kids are grown up when they choose to eat breakfast before getting into presents. It was an orgy of gift wrap and surprises regardless. I gave everybody towel sets and that appeared to please.

Onward into the day, headlong. Smells like the sweet potatoes are done, so I can make casseroles to take to my brothers...

I hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Posted by: slyness | December 25, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate and happy Saturday to everyone else. We had a great Christmas eve. #2 brought both dogs and gave them each a bone. #2 dog 'buried' his in a corner of the living room and when #1 dog got too close to the corner, #2 growled and threatened until #2 daughter had to give him a time-out in her car. Instead of sugarplums, we had visions of blood and fur in our heads for a bit. Many great gifts were given and received and the beef tenderloin and Yorkshire pudding were superb.

After dinner we played a game #2 had brought where you read little cards that ask questions. When it was #2 granddaughter's turn, she read 'splurged' as 'spurgled' which set us all off into tear inducing laughter (you had to be there). And we now have a new word in our lexicon. A wonderful time was had by all.

Today we are relaxing. "S" is watching A Christmas Story and I am doing laundry and cleaning the kitchen. We'll go visit #2 tonight at her job bartending so I can wear the new sweater she gave me (not a 'Christmas sweater').

Hope everyone is having a wonderful day.

Posted by: badsneakers | December 25, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Merry Christmas to all Boodlers.

We left the cold, but Christmas-y, banks of the Upper Mississippi to spend Christmas with our son in the exotic suburbs of Omaha, Nebraska. The folks in Omaha had a "snowstorm" a couple days ago, so there is a blanket of white on the sidewalks and where folks keep their lawns closely cropped. But, a "snowstorm"?? C'mon!!

Hope the holiday finds everyone well. Best wishes to all for the coming new year.

Posted by: northbank | December 25, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

And to you and yours, northbank! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 25, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like everyone's having a great Christmas morning. Went for a pleasant crunchy run through the white stuff, flakes melting on my eye lashes and cheeks. Nice.

Strata sounds great this morning, TBG, make sure SoG has a nice big slab for me.

I see my overcoat is missing from the living room closet this AM (and the cookies are gone), so... LiT, I'm looking forward to hearing about the empty suit and boots dangling from the ceiling (But not too much detail - I don't need to know if Santa wears Christmas boxers or briefs. And for heaven's sake, please don't tell me Santa goes commando...).

Peace on Earth, everyone.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | December 25, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Merry Christmas everyone, Santa was very good to us this year, I hinted I wanted more Christmas decor and was not disappointed.

Lovely morning, presents opened, breakfast eaten, one game of Yahtzee Free For All complete, only thing missing - SNOW, Did see a facebook note that my sister has begun her journey eastward so that more than makes up for the lack of snow.

Best to everyone.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 25, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Merry Christmas to all ye boodlers!
... and blessings on the day.

I woke at 7ish to huge flake of snow in the early morning light ... a gift. Have spent the morning with an ear tuned to my beloveds on the phone.

Best gift I unwrapped was something from my childhood that mother sent ... Back in the day my dad presented my mother with a plank of the original flooring of our home. (pine-1841, 3" thick, 8'x4') Mother carved and etched and stained it to resemble a Santa. He always stood on the hearth on Christmas Eve to symbolize the 'elf' who'd be coming down the tree. She presented this dear work to me this year to carry on the myth.

When I reached under the tree to open that heavy package and then unwrapped it ... oh, my! My heart is still singing.
___________________

Now, to backboodle ... smile with all of you. Merry Christmas to those who merry and the best of days to you all!

Posted by: talitha1 | December 25, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Good Grief! It's noon already! Where has the day gone? I've spent just a short part of the morning washing, drying and ironing my hair, so I'm good to go for whatever turns up. A friend and I are going to a Chinese restaurant this evening to celebrate the solstice (a wee bit late, but, well, who cares?).

Hope all the Christmas celebrators are happy with what Santa left 'em. TBG, if you would be so kind, the strata sounds lovely and the fax machine is on. A not too subtle hint.

Cya later.

Posted by: ftb3 | December 25, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

talitha what a great gift!.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 25, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

scc: 'down the tree'?

I reckon I meant 'down the chimney', but down the tree may have been accurate now that I think about it.

And I haven't even cracked the brandy yet!

Posted by: talitha1 | December 25, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I forgot, girls received a bear christmas ornament, to remind them of the bears they saw on their trip out west last summer, a gift from the aunt they visited.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 25, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Just talked with the "new" daddy, who told me mum and baby are home and mommy's grandmother (who came to help with the firstborn) is back to help with the little brother. Everyone is well and happy. Big bro wanted to wake up little bro so they could play, but that was not to be, alas. Big bro is excited, though. We'll see how long that lasts. Can't wait for pictures.

*such a happy auntie*

Posted by: ftb3 | December 25, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

http://cut.gd/2Zmh

Posted by: Jumper1 | December 25, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Why, thank you, Jumper, that is so beautiful...I'm misting up a little...oh wait, I think it's a sugar overload.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Posted by: seasea1 | December 25, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Aunt ftb, glad to hear your family's having a Very Special Christmas.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | December 25, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Jumper... best present of the year!

Posted by: -TBG- | December 25, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

'Afternoon, Boodle, and a very merry Christmas to all.

yello, I liked that "White Wine in the Sun" song, and will attempt (unsuccessfully) to match it with this one: http://vodpod.com/watch/2633147-a-colbert-christmas-another-christmas-song-colbertnation-com

I am quite confident when I say I got a Christmas present this morning sooooooooo unusual (and also a bit different from others of its ilk) that no other Boodler got one, and I'm betting perhaps only a small handful of people in the entire country got one. And of those few who may have got one, NOBODY else got one like mine.

What, prithee tell, could this quite possibly unique object be? (No, not a potholder woven by a grandchild).

A replacement wedding ring.

Made of titanium.

When I had my quad bypass 6 1/2 years ago, my hands were swollen, and they had to cut my wedding ring off. The floor nurse had to go down to the ER, swear on her life she would return it, and borrowed their only special ring-cutting tool. So they cut my wedding ring off, and my wife took it and had it repaired at a jewelry story--I guess they welded it back, or whatever. And for six years the weld held. But a few months ago it broke, and I've been wearing it with the break in it (it still won't come off, but it snags on things now and then, and is kinda bent and oval and irregular (not unlike myself, I suppose).

So my wife got me a new one, and it is made of titanium, which is fine by me (and if they ever have to gut this one off, it's gonna be a challenge). It's much larger across than my old one, and sorta reminds me of the Lord of the Rings ring. And it's sorta heavy, too.

So that's my heavyweight bling. Also got one of those super-neat Keurig one-cup coffee makers, plus a supply of those little K-cup coffee grounds to put in it. And it makes great coffee.

And a 1.5 liter bottle of Hendricks gin.

I figure I can get pickled on the gin and then make my own coffee to sober myself up, all without leaving the confines of my kitchen.

I mean, has this been a super Christmas, or what?

A few light snow flurries here, not enough to speak of.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 25, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Slightly less sugary than Jumper's pic.

http://thestar.blogs.com/.a/6a00d8341bf8f353ef0148c70b86e3970c-pi

Posted by: dmd3 | December 25, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Feliz Navidad, y'all.

Posted by: Bob-S | December 25, 2010 6:07 AM


What do sheep say in Mexico in order to wish each other "Merry Christmas"?

"Fleece Navidad."

Well, lung X-rays yesterday confirmed that I do not have pneumonia. The elderly doctor (his mom, as a child, was lashed to a palm tree when the 1900 hurricane devastated Galveston and bore the rope scars for her lifetime) was thrilled that I do not have (bacterial) pneumonia, as that would be more difficult to treat. Today at least I can croak out a few words (having been speechless for two and a half days, capable of speaking only at a whisper) and was able to be on my feet for an hour or more.

Husband says we should eat out but I have no sense of taste nor appetite. Today I'm most appreciate a roof over my head, a good bed, and a warm house.

Wonder if sheep also bleat "Bah, bah, humbug?" Note to self: Try to get out of Texas next year before it kills you.

Posted by: laloomis | December 25, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

What a great present Mudge. We have a Kuerig maker here as well, I love it and we also have a store in town with a large selection of k-cup varieties (the brick and motor store of an online site). Recently discovered Sumatra by Green Mountain, if you like really,really strong coffee this is the choice.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 25, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Santa got me a new leather jacket and a mp3 player. You know, the fancy kind with a screen and everything. This is probably the closest to cool that I'll ever get.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | December 25, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Duct tape, contact cement, were the gifts that made me laugh the most, I asked for fun gifts and that is what I received, lots of great christmas decor, some jewellery, books and so many memories.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 25, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Great gift Mudge (the ring - altho' the coffee maker is nice too). Loved that pic dmd, I'll send the link to #2, she loves anything to do with animals. But I must say the photo she sent yesterday of her snake eating his Christmouse dinner was a bit much. Among other things, "S" gave me 'squirrel seeks chipmonk' and it is very funny. I gave him vol. I of Twain's autobiography - it weighs about ten pounds!

Posted by: badsneakers | December 25, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

SCC: chipmunk - duh! I need a nap.

Posted by: badsneakers | December 25, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Good afternoon all and a very Merry Christmas! It seems from backboodling a bit that most folks are having a nice day and some are having a particularly special one. Well done all around and my best congratulations to those who are due 'em.

It was a fine Christmas Eve and morning here at my folks place. I arrived yesterday with my usual impeccable timing to Christmas cookies just out of the oven. Yum! A board game, pizza and an action movie, and then the family reading of The Night Before Christmas rounded out the Christmas Eve activities.

We did prezzies this morning with coffee, hot chocolate and/or diet coke (to taste). As usual my sister, my stepmother, and the dog all made out like bandits which made everyone very happy.

This whole event was only slightly marred by my father hitting my car in the driveway last night when he took sister's boyfriend home. But the salient point is there were no injuries and body shops and appraisers are a problem for next week. The rest of this weekend should primarily be focused on eating, drinking, and playing.

Everyone be safe out there and enjoy all there is to be enjoyed this weekend. While I'm primarily a lurker here on the boodle I deeply enjoy your company. Surprising me not a little, this blog and its adherents have become an integral part of my daily routine that I would not do with out.

Merry Christmas to all!

Posted by: cowhand214 | December 25, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Well, I got up early and did my Christmas shopping. (I LOVE that 7-11 store.) I'll never forget the tears of joy shining on the little tykes' cheeks as they unwrapped their beef jerky & Ho-Hos.

Posted by: Bob-S | December 25, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

My Christmas gift--DNAGuy in Zurich this morning. Also snow. And a true blessing--wandering into Grossmunster church this afternoon just in time for Bach's Weihnachtsoratorium and Weihnachts-Kantate.

Ehre sei Dir, Gott, gesungen (Glory to Thee, O God, we sing), sung prettily enough to capture apathetic hearts.

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

I thought of you Ivansmom, and Cassandra of course, and wished joy to the boodle.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | December 25, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I see in the news that Russia is buying a couple of warships from France. I know there must be a joke in there somewhere, but I'm too sated with food to find it. Maybe it'll come to me before bedtime.

Among my presents was a DVD of the movie "The Town," which I'm about to watch.

Meanwhile, if anyone comes up with a good Russian navy/haute cuisine joke, feel free.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 25, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

'Mudge and Bob, NukeSpouse and I both got a bit misty-eyed over each of your tales.

For rather different reasons, of course.

And I'll have you know we took time out of our "V" marathon to read those, so you know how important we thought it was to comment.

We're holding off on our pumpkin pie until the glazed ham and baked sweet potatoes can make some room. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 25, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

My gift story:

MrJS and are eating a light lunch and I see a USPS mail van drive up to the condo. I had always thought the USPS took Christmas off, but the driver gets out with a small box and walks into our building.

Next thing I know our entrance buzzer goes off. When the delivery man gets to our door he explains that folks can 'pay extra' for rush Christmas Day delivery.

Yes, based on the postage stamp, StepMomJS had clearly 'paid extra' to get Christmas Day delivery.

It's a dish towel. A holiday-themed dish towel one hangs on the refrigerator door handle.

Posted by: MsJS | December 25, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Merry Christmas to all. Cloudy here on the left coast with patches of blue showing through. White Christmas came last Sunday.

We got a nice present last week. A few months ago my doctor noticed my PSA value had suddenly gone up and sent me to a urologist. He recommended a prostrate biopsy. After putting it off and worrying about it, we finally went and had it done. Then last week he called and said “Good News.” No cancer cells found.

Mrs bh made mexican wedding cookies last night for Santa and she found this morning he rewarded with a nice box of fancy undies. And now after all the powered sugar has been cleaned up in the kitchen we are getting ready to put a big turkey breast in the oven to roast and boil a bunch of potatoes to whip up with butter like our mothers used to make.

Posted by: bh72 | December 25, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

For you metro riders out there feel the pain.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/12/25/BAP81GSJ27.DTL&tsp=1

Posted by: bh72 | December 25, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Mmmmmmm. Powered sugar. That'll surely do it.

*I knew what you meant, bh*

Posted by: ftb3 | December 25, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Bob S

You know you are a trip, about to be a serious vacation. I'm still laughing.

You too, Slyness! dmd3, a sugar overload! Not the case here, but wouldn't complain if it was.

TBG, hey!(waving like crazy)


I had planned to eat alone, and not cook much, but daughter and crew showed up, so I'm tired now. Got everybody fed, and off. They had the baby with them, and he's growing so much. I think he could smell the food too.

Thanks DNA girl!

Love the story, MsJS. Back at you, cowhand.

I'm full too, Mudge, going to try and drag to the bed, but should probably sit up for a little while, just so that food will go down.

Lindaloo, glad to hear you don't have pneumonia, I'm still trying to get over my bout with it. And you're right, there's no sense of taste or smell, but that too is slowly coming back. Get well soon, and the best to you and family.

No snow here yet, but some folks in the state are seeing a bit. A nap would be just great now.

Posted by: cmyth4u | December 25, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

What's a 'Beef 'O' Brady?

Posted by: bh72 | December 25, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

It's a "family sports" restaurant chain, bh72...

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 25, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

A lap desk, an ugly christmas sweater, games, and phone calls to family. Wilbrodog got plenty of food but his gift hasn't arrived yet. Maybe I'll get him a new toy for for Boxing day.

Good start; we had a Jewish Christmas a few days ago-- chinese, yum, and we'll have a community dinner Christmas--- live music and food with lots of people I don't know.

This christmas is a bit rough emotionally as we have lost people this year, and a good family friend is in hospital right now with a broken hip and cracked rib. I am not optimistic given her health and age that she will make a full recovery. So it goes, we must make the best in bad times.

Fit 28 of In Memorian A.H.H. by Tennyson:

The time draws near the birth of Christ:
The moon is hid; the night is still;
the Christmas bells from hill to hill
Answer each other in the mist.

Four voices of four hamlets round,
From far and near, on mead and moor,
Swell out and fail, as if a door
Were shut between me and the sound.

Each voice four changes on the wind,
That now dilate, and now decrease,
Peace and goodwill, goodwill and peace,
Peace and goodwill to all mankind.

This year I slept and woke with pain,
I almost wish'd no more to wake,
And that my hold on life would break
Before I heard those bells again:

But they my troubled spirit rule
For they controll'd me when a boy;
They bring me sorrow touch'd with joy
The merry merry bells of Yule.

...

Now for a poem by Thomas Moore.

Hark! the vesper hymn is stealing
O'er the waters soft and clear;
Nearer yet and nearer pealing
And now brusts on the ear:
Jubilate, Amen.
Farther now, now farther stealing,
Soft it fades upon the ear:
Jubilate, Amen.

Now like moonlight waves retreating
To the shore, it dies along:
Now like angry surges meeting,
Breaks the mingled tide of song:
Jubilate, Amen.
Hush! again, like waves, retreating
To the shore, it dies along:
Jubilate, Amen.

Ceremonies for Christmas by Robert Herrick (1648)

Come, bring with a noise,
My merry, merry boys,
The Christmas log to the firing,
While my good dame, she
Bids ye all be free,
And drink to your heart’s desiring.

With the last year’s brand
Light the new block, and
For good success in his spending,
On your psalteries play,
That sweet luck may
Come while the log is a-teending.

Drink now the strong beer,
Cut the white loaf here,
The while the meat is a-shredding;
For the rare mince-pie,
And the plums stand by,
To fill the paste that’s a kneading.

Enjoy this gift of time to spend with family and loved ones.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 25, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Jumper ... !
_________________

Many attempts to post a coherant message to you all failed in the comraderie of family and friends' calls and long distance unwrapping. I hope that you all are loved and love likewise.

Joyeux noel.

Posted by: talitha1 | December 25, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Kind of a bummer to make preparations for a video call to the family gathering, wait, wait some more, and then finally make a regular call to them, only to be told, "We're too wiped out" and "We'll talk [the regular way] in the morning."

*SIGH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 25, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Searching for Rainforest. Are you receiving? Missing you. Hope you have a happy New Year.

Posted by: Jumper1 | December 25, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Well, I am officially stuffed. We went early (thankfully) and got to a neighborhood Chinese restaurant a little after 5. It was packed, and mainly with families with screaming kidlets. By the time we left about 10 minutes ago, there was a very long line waiting to be seated, and it's only just past 7 now. The food was pretty good, and we each got some left to eat tomorrow.

I'm soooo stuffed.

So, Shriek, are our Lions gonna pull one out again? And Mudge -- will the Skins lose again? BTW, I think the organization has treated McNabb abominably, but, well, nobody asked me, did they? *grumble*

Cya'll tomorrow. May we all continue to jingle our bells.

Posted by: ftb3 | December 25, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

I wish all the dear Boodlers a peaceful and joyful Christmas night, whether you celebrate the religious holiday or not. Chez Yoki we've had a very happy time. It was a modest (present-wise) and delightful day.

My funniest present is an official NHL Habs terry-cloth tea towel, which, I was informed, is to serve as my "crying towel." Most touching was an enlarged and framed photo of me with all three brothers before we lost (and a good-looking bunch of men they are too!).

#2 loved her custom t-shirt the best of all of hers, and Himself was thrilled to receive vouchers for symphony tickets (I don't say there wasn't a little ulterior motive in that one:).

The turkey is just finishing in the oven, and then it will be on to the last great tradition; a traditional feast of bird and carbs and fat. It's Christmas, it couldn't hurt.

Love to all.

Posted by: Yoki | December 25, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Had a perfect, uneventful Christmas. True Grit was a good choice (great acting, fabulous dialogue and it was visually stunning).

We had 5 pm reservations for dinner at our traditional Chinese restaurant; it was empty when they arried and they ushered us in and out quickly. The restaurant was full when we left at 6 pm.

We had a great time at dinner with my sister and her family. We meet them every year there to celebrate her birthday.

Yoki... so glad #2 liked her shirt. I thought of you today missing #1. My #1 isn't with us today, either, but (weather-permitting) will be here by Monday morning.

Posted by: -TBG- | December 25, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

"The Town" is a really good flick.

They're now saying perhaps six inches of snow, starting a dawn tomorrow, so taking #3 daughter home tonigght in advance of the blizzard.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 25, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Mudge,
Congrats on the new ring. That is a really great Christmas story.

We did Chinese at that traditional purveyor, P.F. Changs. My wife said we didn't need to call ahead, so I earned an 'I told you so' when it was an hour wait. We ended up eating at the bar, which is a way we dine more and more often. I couldn't talk her into the full Jewish experience because she doesn't like westerns and had heard there was a lesbian scene in Black Swan. I was trying to explain how that was a feature not a bug.

The kid is on the plane to Atlanta and hopefully the buses leave for Shreveport on time at 5:30 tomorrow morning.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 25, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, folks. I'm glad to hear everyone has had a nice day. We certainly did; a safe trip to Greenville (SC) for dinner with my brother and his family, and a safe trip home. Great food, great company, what more could we ask?

Coming home, we were in snow till we got to Gastonia, then it was rain. The temperature when we got home was 37, so there will be frozen precipitation soon.

I think Mr. T is going to be happy with the toy helicopter I gave him. It's charging now. I predict we'll all be chased by it. Boy, did I clean up: a copy of the Doonsebury retrospective book, a waffle iron (for the mountain place), a fancy compost bin. Life is good.

Posted by: slyness | December 25, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh hey... warning for any moviegoers... If the trailer for the Rabbit Hole comes on, get out your tissues. There really should be a warning for parents before the trailer is shown.

By the time True Grit began this afternoon, neither Dr G nor I could see through our tears.

Posted by: -TBG- | December 25, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Slyness, I'll be interested to hear what you think of the Doonesbury retrospective. I'm far too young to have the deep personal attachment to the strip that many have who have been following over decades but in the last few years it's become one of the comics I check each day. The tangled web of personal relationships is hard for a newbie to keep track of but I'd love to kind of learn more. I have a birthday coming up later this winter and am wondering whether to ask for the book.

And looks like we got a major storm brewing here for the Northeast. Two days ago they were talking snow showers and now they're talking blizzard. I'm not sure whether to head home in the morning or stay until Monday night or Tuesday.

Posted by: cowhand214 | December 25, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, all.

Mudge, thanks for sharing that story of your ring. Nothing says love like Ti, IMO.

For those of you Phoenix Cardinal fans, the Dallas Cowboys may be providing a Christmas miracle for ya.

Good eatin' my way, too - the traditional 5 fishes Christmas Eve (including my own stuffed mussels) with homemade old school cookies and pastries for dessert, and prime rib with bacon/pecan brussel sprouts tonight (and clams casino for an appetizer).

bc

Posted by: -bc- | December 25, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

cowhand,

Here's a list from Wikipedia of the many Doonesbury characters and some biographical information about them. It's quite a list!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Doonesbury_characters

Posted by: -pj- | December 25, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Merry Christmas to all of you! Mine was quiet but nice. Got my parents out to a relative's house for dinner and later drove around our old neighborhood to see some of the lights on houses. It was a very pleasant time.

Bob S., you are simply the most romantic devil I've ever had the pleasure of meeting!

Posted by: -pj- | December 25, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Bob S-- Beef jerky
and ho-hos (not chocolate)?
Adopt me, now. Please.

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 25, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

I see that Robert Herrick, an Anglican priest, was a Royalist, who barely scraped through the Commonwealth when presumably Christmas was banned. Wonder if he thought of emigrating to Virginia.

I think I encountered Doonesbury in 1971, in a university student newspaper that thought of itself as better-than-Ivy (produced Jeff MacNelly, after all). I don't think Trudeau's strip had reached the antipode-of-Ivy university where I'd been an undergrad. The place was so uncouth, or the students so cheap, that student activity funds were funneled directly into a culture season, with tickets handed out 'gratis' at the student union.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | December 25, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Looking at the weather report in the DC area, we will have to break out that highly obscure B-side of Der Bingle's: "I'm Dreaming of a White Boxing Day."

Posted by: -pj- | December 25, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

What's with Chinese food on Christmas? Some people we met at #2's restaurant tonight were discussing how busy the two local Chinese restaurants there were tonight and now you all are talking about eating Chinese. I thought it was a New Year's Eve tradition - unless your neighborhood dog pack broke in and took the turkey off the kitchen table a la A Christmas Story.

We shared a pizza at #2's place as that was all they were serving tonight. She got to see me in the sweater she gave me and we stopped by her house to feed her dogs and leave her the Christmas cookies she forgot to take last night.

We took the long way home so we could browse the Christmas lights. Some nice displays and one great looking boat outlined in red and white. Drove past Plymouth Rock and there were two people looking down at it. In the dark. On Christmas night. And it's not even decorated.

Posted by: badsneakers | December 25, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Well, Badsneakers, "A Christmas Story" is a very popular movie...

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 25, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

badsneaks,

This video should explain it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1uZ_W7atDE

Posted by: yellojkt | December 25, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Snow falling and accumulating on the lawn. The street is clear for the moment, that will change I'm sure. I just hope the in-laws will be able to travel from DC to visit us tomorrow.

I'll let you know about Doonesbury, cowhand. I've been reading it forever. One of my favorite strips was the tearing down of the wall around the White House, the day after Nixon resigned. The strips the week BD was wounded were incredibly powerful. And I love Melissa Wheeler! Elderdottir purchased it with a 25 percent off and free shipping coupon from Barnes and Noble...the only way to go! It's a testament of her love for her mom that she would buy it, even at 25 percent off.

Posted by: slyness | December 25, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

cowhand, I went from reading Peanuts directly to Doonesbury, an elder brother helped in the transition and I quite grew up with Doonesbury being 7 or 8 when I brother started collecting the books. I remember just about every Christmas and birthday including at least one Doonesbury comic book for my brother. All these years later still love it and remember some of my favorite strips.

Just ended a fantastic day with a family viewing of Toy Story 3, nothing like the family bonded while sobbing madly. What a great movie.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 25, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

I have been reading Doonesbury literally all my life. I don't know when I started, but it was probably when I was in fifth or sixth grade. In middle school I bought Doonesbury Chronicles and read it over and over again.

I remember the first time Joannie slept with Rick Redfern. I remember Lacey Davenport getting elected. I remember Uncle Duke being named envoy to China and meeting Honey. I remember Zonker was he was a competitive tanner.

You can argue your Peanuts or Pogo or Calvin and Hobbes, but the greatest comic strip ever was and is Doonesbury.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 25, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

I grew up on Bloom Country. I read Doonesbury and I know some of the storylines, like that lady politican who died of Alzheimer's and all, but there are so many characters I haven't the foggiest because their storylines really happened decades ago.

Doonesbury would be a great comic if those characters didn't all look so alike.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 25, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

We seem to have several Doonesbury fans in the boodle. In high school I convinced my parents to subscribe to the Tampa Times, the local afternoon paper, because the Tribune didn't carry Doonesbury.

I went and just ordered '40' at Amazon for 40% off, but no free shipping. I'm going to need a bigger coffee table.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 25, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

yello,

Get the Complete Calvin & Hobbes and Far Side books and you can make your own coffee table.

Posted by: -pj- | December 25, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Good memories everyone. Thanks for the link, pj. I have some reading to do. As I say, I will be interested to hear what some of you aficionados think but it sounds like rereading some of the old story lines will really be connection with hold friends. Sounds like fun!

Posted by: cowhand214 | December 25, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Sneaks, Chinese restaurants tend to be open on Christmas. We've had a tradition for many years of going for dim sum with our Vietnamese friends around Christmas. This year we're going on New Year's Eve day, because they have out-of-town company this week. We have to fight for the check because our friend thinks it's good luck to pay for the meal. He's very sneaky about it too. Theirs is a great immigrant success story - and their kids are typical American teenagers now.

Posted by: seasea1 | December 25, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

SCC: That would be "old friends."

Seriously, how can I be hungry again?

Posted by: cowhand214 | December 25, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, I totally agree! All the characters DO look alike, and I've been reading Doonesbury since the Creation! It's getting harder and harder to keep them apart.

On a personal note, I,too, am a new auntie. My latest great niece was born six weeks early just before Thanksgiving at 4 pounds. It was touch and go for mother and baby since mother developed pre-eclamptia, a dangerous hypertension complication.

Today, I held that almost six-pound baby for the first time ever, and that was just the best Christmas present a non-grandmother could ever have.

It also helped that her big brother and sister cuddled close to me as I read to them their Christmas books.

I am so blessed!

Happy Christmas to everyone. (even Mudge! And especially Cassandra and FTB who have new babies of their own this Christmas.)

Posted by: rickoshea11 | December 25, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Ah, Herrick,

A Meditation for His Mistress


You are a Tulip seen to-day,
But, Dearest, of so short a stay,
That where you grew, scarce man can say.

You are a lovely July-flower;
Yet one rude wind, or ruffling shower,
Will force you hence, and in an hour.

You are a sparkling Rose i'th' bud,
Yet lost, ere that chaste flesh and blood
Can show where you or grew or stood.

You are a full-spread fair-set Vine,
And can with tendrils love entwine;
Yet dried, ere you distil your wine.

You are like Balm, enclosed well
In amber, or some crystal shell;
Yet lost ere you transfuse your smell.

You are a dainty Violet;
Yet wither'd, ere you can be set
Within the virgins coronet.

You are the Queen all flowers among;
But die you must, fair maid, ere long,
As he, the maker of this song.

- Robert Herrick -

Posted by: Yoki | December 25, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

pj,

A Facebook friend got the Complete C&H for Christmas. Here are his exact words:

"Underneath that is the huge three volume complete Calvin & Hobbes set. Thing is a BRICK."

This Doonesbury collection has 1800 strips which is a small fraction of the possibly 14,000 or more strips published.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 25, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

BARLEY-BREAK; OR, LAST IN HELL


We two are last in hell; what may we fear
To be tormented or kept pris'ners here
Alas! if kissing be of plagues the worst,
We'll wish in hell we had been last and first.

Robert Herrick

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 25, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

r-o-s,
Congrats on the new addition to your family. Take your duties seriously and spoil that kid rotten.

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

I read Doonesbury every week, but I think my favorite cartoon was The Far Side. Never get tired of reading those.

Posted by: seasea1 | December 25, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Yeah... I was shooting for merry Herrick, not Cower ye Mortals Herrick.

Nice selections, though.

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

Our local newspaper prints Doonesbury and Mallard Filmore side by side on the "Opinions" page...

Posted by: nellie4 | December 26, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

don't make time to read the comics, and probably should in order to relieve a certain amount of stress. after moving to our hamlet, the comics became increasingly inaccessible, lest ome would take the time to follow the electronic links and then wait for the download. my attraction to the wapo was the result of perhaps the finest collection of comics in the dead tree edition, long before the internet. discovered the far side, and c&h, and continued to read doonesbury. long live uncle duke.

merry christmas to all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MS3vpAWW2Zc&feature=related

Posted by: -jack- | December 26, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

There's a Merry Herrick?! Like Merry Legs, only more, you know, poetic and less equine?

Posted by: Yoki | December 26, 2010 12:35 AM | Report abuse

Neigh?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 26, 2010 12:46 AM | Report abuse

Yoki,
break my heart with Herrick ...

and make it sing!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f660fEGaaJw&feature=related

Posted by: talitha1 | December 26, 2010 12:56 AM | Report abuse

Guess I'm behind on the poetry irony board 'round here ... but what else is new?

I'll still be ironing on the love board.
Sleep tight, beloved boodlers all!

Posted by: talitha1 | December 26, 2010 1:05 AM | Report abuse

You guys are due for some snow, we're due for another bout of heavy rain and flooding. Guess it's winter...

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | December 26, 2010 1:27 AM | Report abuse

Metro needs to send someone to London, pronto. Their malfunctioning escalators are obsolete. The Levytator is here. The idea's so simple, it should have been developed a century ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC_se2zrmLM

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | December 26, 2010 3:16 AM | Report abuse

A bit of bragging from the LA Times' publisher:

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-me-dear-readers-20101225,0,85177.story

Maybe they have a future.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | December 26, 2010 3:26 AM | Report abuse

Hi, Jumper. Happy Boxing day!

Have been busy the last couple of months. Nephew visits. House got broken into a couple of weeks ago. My handbag was stolen. Fortunately, my purse with all my cards and money wasn't inside my handbag at that time. Nephew’s lap top, GPS and wallet was stolen. Good thing his passport wasn’t stolen. The gov’t won’t have replaced his passport until a couple of years have passed because they are afraid he might have sold your passport. My nephew and I are still a little on edge over the break in. We get up and check every time we hear a suspicious noise.

Posted by: rainforest1 | December 26, 2010 3:26 AM | Report abuse

Morning DotC.

On the South Korea/North Korea front....According to military officials of S Korea, S. Korea will display Christmas lights near its tense border with N. Korea for the first time since 2004 following the regime's artillery attack last month. The 2 Koreas in 2004 reached a deal to halt cross-border psychological operations. S.Korea's military also floated 400,000 leaflets across the border denouncing the North's regime.

The displaying of Christmas lights at the border is to annoy N.Korea. I hope the lights did the job.

I'm not suppose to say that. This is the season of peace and reconciliation. Bad me. Bad bad me. :-)

Posted by: rainforest1 | December 26, 2010 3:55 AM | Report abuse

rainforest,
It seems the conventional wisdom has been that South Korea's best (perhaps only) option is to offer generous tribute to the North in exchange for Seoul not being torn to pieces by artillery fire or perhaps even a nuclear device in a tunnel beneath the city (weirder rumors have circulated).

NK's view of things seems to be that they are the Last Pure Nation on Earth, and are due tribute from their inferiors. Especially since being Pure doesn't seem to translate into being able to produce food or much of anything else. Even the nukes don't seem all that good.

So in the conventional view, it's terribly risky for SK to be setting up Christmas trees or shooting all that artillery near the NK border. Maybe even worse for the South to be openly planning for NK regime collapse.

I worry that the Korea situation can only end badly, probably with a huge number of Seoul residents dead and maimed, perhaps worse for Pyongyang.

I'm a bit sympathetic with NK's paranoia. US bombing during the Korean war killed a quarter or so of their population and apparently flattened every city, far more destruction than Germany or even Japan suffered.

But NK has killed SK civilians. Some pushback is warranted. There are limits to providing food and electricity to a regime that seems to deliberatly starve the "less pure, less loyal" portion of its population.

It looks as though NK will stage an attack, more deadly than recent ones, at a time and place of its choosing. I do not envy the political leaders of SK, Japan, China, or the US when that happens. I hope they're cooperating on contingency plans.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | December 26, 2010 4:35 AM | Report abuse

SK next defence chief said that they will bomb the North if NK attacks them again. Can't blame SK though because it's one incident after another. NK is behaving like a mad man. Well, their head IS a mad man. He is delusional.

Posted by: rainforest1 | December 26, 2010 4:58 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. Well, we have the white stuff, snow, and more snow. Guess I'll be staying in for the day, I doubt seriously if there will be church services this morning. Just not a fan of snow, but then no one asked me! The kids will probably be delighted! I hope the g-girl gets a chance to play in the snow.

Slyness, what's it looking like in your town, a winter wonderland?

Have a great day, folks, regardless of the weather. Love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | December 26, 2010 6:22 AM | Report abuse

One of the few reasonable NK demands is a peace treaty with the U.S.

U.S. refusal to discuss reminds me of U.S. position on Berlin where U.S. refused to negotiate improved access to West Berlin with Soviets.

Brag :)

Posted by: Braguine | December 26, 2010 6:23 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, Cassandra and the rest of you Boodlies- No snow down my way, hehe.

Enjoy the snow and a good, peaceful day.

Brag :)

Posted by: Braguine | December 26, 2010 6:28 AM | Report abuse

Congrats, rickoshea!!! *HUGSSSS*

There are times I don't mind having an entirely too-reliable internal alarm clock, such as when the calendar sez it's time for after-holiday sales! :-)

*wondering-if-the-laptop-is-running-slow-because-it-sees-all-these-URLs-for-laptop-sale-prices Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 26, 2010 6:35 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra!! Brag!!! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 26, 2010 6:44 AM | Report abuse

Happy blizzard day folks. They say we are in the 12-18 inch zone. We will see.

Posted by: baldinho | December 26, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, Cassandra! And everybody else. A new baby, ROS! I'm glad everything turned out well, it can be so scary in the meantime.

Looks like about four inches of snow and still falling. It's simply beautiful. Church has been cancelled, so I'll stay in and wash sheets and towels. Mr. T went to Lowe's to find a bulb tester for the 2-foot Christmas tree that failed to come on last night. I hope they are open. My suggestion that he replace the strand on that particular tree with one that I bought for that reason was greeted with the thought that would be plan B.

I hope the in-laws can travel today. Mr. T suggested they come 66/81/77. The stretch coming down the mountain on 77 is probably heart-stopping.

Posted by: slyness | December 26, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

What a great business idea:

http://www.gocomics.com/lacucaracha/2010/12/26/

Posted by: yellojkt | December 26, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

And speaking of ugly sweaters:

http://comics.com/monty/2010-12-26/

Posted by: yellojkt | December 26, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Happy Boxing Day all. It is snowing here in South Carolina, which looks really weird against the orange winter grass. We aren't traveling until tomorrow, so I am hopeful the roads will be in good condition. Of course, if we must delay a day so be it. I think there are enough provisions in this house for a prolonged stay.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | December 26, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Slyness... are you in the mountains or the city this morning?

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

In the city, TBG. The mountains were to get up to a foot of snow. Is SonofG to fly home? That could be dicey.

Posted by: slyness | December 26, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

In the city, TBG. The mountains were to get up to a foot of snow. Is SonofG to fly home? That could be dicey.

Posted by: slyness | December 26, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Merry Christmas all.

A little back-story. About a year ago, DC wrote a letter to the Tooth Fairy asking her to go to Heaven, get an appt w/God, and ask if DC could have an afternoon with my mother. It was so sweet, I couldn't let it go unanswered. So I typed a note back saying that I (the Tooth Fairy) had looked all over, asked everyone I knew, but I couldn't find Heaven, and it was a really good idea and brush your teeth well. Fast forward to Christmastime, and DC writes a note to Santa that says wake me when you get here, and she attaches the note to a note to the TF that says please take this to Santa. (She's traveled too much; she attached cab fare for the TF). I explained that Santa can't wake kids up or he'll never get his job done, and that's when she came up with Operation Catch The Old Guy. So yesterday morning, she comes down to see the jump rope/scarves/tinker toy can on the floor and stares at it good and long with a 'what did I do wrong' look on her face. My guess is there's going to be another note to the TF asking her to give Santa a good talking to, since clearly, in DC's mind, the TF is boss and Santa isn't being a good listener.

On another note, DC gave me a mood ring. She thinks this will fundamentally change her world.

While I'm sure there are some serious contenders here on the boodle, I'm pretty sure I am the luckiest Mommy.

Merry Christmas All.

Posted by: LostInThought | December 26, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Just heard that we (in Montgomery County) are supposed to get up to 5" of snow today. Well, it better hurry up. I expected to see some white stuff on the ground when I woke up, and there's nuttin' o' that yet.

Rickoshea -- great news about the newbie! Isn't it fun to have no duties except to spoil those kidz rotten?

Laundry's done, jungle's been watered and I'm settling in for a reasonably productive (or not) day putzing around the condo and waiting for some snow to fall. BTW, I'll have to see what the weather's like (and has been like) before committing to the BPH tomorrow. Hope I can make it.

Toodley boodley.

Posted by: ftb3 | December 26, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

We are making preparations for a day off tomorrow (my Xmas holiday is Monday) watching the snow fall.... what better preparation than to get to the bottom of a concern that the wife has.

She has recently been hearing the pitter patter of little feet above our living room. We live in a one-story house with a very flat roof, so I suspect the pitter patter is squirrels on the roof. She thinks there are critters in the attic.

Up went the ladder and after inspecting the attic, I think the varmints have stayed outside. Just in case, the traps have been set. I use the old-fashioned mousetrap with peanut butter.

If we get any hits, it won't be hard to tell. We have 7.5 foot ceilings and the board with the traps is just over our living room. I have no hearing in one ear and a bad case of tinnitus, but if we are successful, even I will know.

Hope everyone makes the best of the storm, if you are in an area that is effected.

Posted by: baldinho | December 26, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

That is very sweet LiT! I think DC is a lucky daughter as well.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | December 26, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. Don't hog all the snow you people of Warshington. We badly need some fresh stuff.

The turkey with the classic French chesnut stuffing my sister and mother made was great. Mrs. Denizen 50% chocolate brownies were a hit...
Off to walk the Very Large Couch Potato in this cold, dry and sunny weather. Did I say we need snow?

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | December 26, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle.

Considering the weather conditions, the muse has decided to hole up at our house for a brief spell, and she hath visited upon me a bit of inspiration, as is her wont to do, and thusly, I have penned this here little ditty for your listening/singing pleasure,

and it goes

a little something

like this:

I'm dreaming of a white day-after-Christmas,
A day too late now comes the snow
Where the dads watch sports jocks and children Xbox
While road crews wait for the word to go

I'm dreaming of a white day-after-Christmas,
A day too late now comes the snow
Where the dads repair toys and kids plug in their noise
And mom in containers puts leftovers good to stow

I'm dreaming of a white day-after-Christmas,
with every Boodle post I write
May your drifts be not too tall in height
and may your day-after-Christmases traffic be light

I'm dreaming of a white day-after-Christmas,
Finally a day off for the elves
When finally are empty all their shelves
and may the Redskins not embarrass themselves

I'm dreaming of a white day-after-Christmas,
where the Cowboys have already had their butts kicked
and PJ has his football winners picked
(all but one) (I hope the Iggles don't get licked)

And may all your day-after-Christmases be white
And may all your day-after-Christmases be white

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 26, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Howdy and a Boxing Day to all. LiT, those are great stories. Lucky mommy indeed.

we had a lovely Christmas Day and I got eleven hours of sleep last night. An extra present!

TBG, I took seriously your suggestion about the fruitcake a couple of days ago, but the recipients were very pleased. It really is a timing problem - we eat separately, then I come up with desserts and presents for a family gift exchange. It is just too soon to really eat dessert. Individual family stuff for later seems to work much better.

thanks for the Christmas stories, y'all!

There is no snow here but it was 15 degrees F when I got up at 8am. Time to venture out for the Sunday service.

Posted by: Ivansmom | December 26, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Happy Boxing Day, y'all.

Mega-brunch fixin's on the table. BroJS' fam arrives in an hour, so I'm just popping by to say hi.

TWC got more snow overnight and this morning, about 6". It's beautiful.

As a followup to my dish towel gift story, I learned late yesterday that my s-i-l got one too, Christmas Day delivery and all.

Posted by: MsJS | December 26, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Happy Boxing Day to you too, Rainforest. And to all.
LiT, your story of the little one amused me greatly. As did TBG's Ish Kabibble tale.

Posted by: Jumper1 | December 26, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

LiT, DC is one exceptional child, but we all knew that ;-)

Loved your song Mudge. RoShea, that's wonderful news, little babies are great when they don't require 24 hour care!

We are also waiting for the storm. We are forecast to get snow turning to rain and then back again so we could get anywhere from 4" to 14". "S" works in the plus 20" region so he will be going into work later today and bunking there overnight.

I'm making popovers to go with the leftover tenderloin as the Yorkshire pudding disappeared on Christmas eve. Apparently when my granddaughters celebrated with their grandfather (my ex) last week, he also served roast beef, but no Yorkshire pudding and the girls were very upset ;-)

Hope everyone in the snow zone is safe and well supplied with food and drink.

Posted by: badsneakers | December 26, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Ivansmom... I felt terrible all day after making that remark, but didn't get a chance to get back and apologize. I hope I didn't hurt your feelings. I'm sure your fruitcake IS delicious and was well-received by all!

Slyness... Son of G was supposed to drive home tonight after his shift is over at 7, but has decided to get up early and leave in the morning. He says he'd rather drive in the daylight if the weather is iffy. He won't be making his planned stop in Williamsburg, however, since they are expecting about a foot of snow there.

I hope all of you get as much or as little snow as you'd like!

Happy Boxing Day!

Posted by: -TBG- | December 26, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all (barely). And a Happy Boxing Day, of course.

Congrats on the new niece, ros.

Eleventysextillion things to do around here today (and finding more all the time - such as the dishwasher evac pump failing), and I'm working on them as fast as I can, but -- I'm only a man.

They're revising the weather forecasts in my area for less snow than the original predictions, which makes me think we're going to get dumped on.

For those of you travelling through the snow and ice today, safe travels.

I do not envy anyone involved with diplomatic relations or any other engagements with the government of NK. The human cost of any change - no matter what's done by anyone - that's likely to to be measured in lives lost, has got to take a severe spiritual and physiological toll.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | December 26, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Absolutely nothing in the way of snow has fallen yet in Bethesda. *sigh*

Just wrote a buncha checks with tomorrow's date, including mortgage and condo fee, etc. *double and triple and fipple SIGH*

Whatever.

Hope all is well with all and sundry boodlers. The day after tends to be a bit of a letdown for the kidz, but today should be a day of rest and leftovers for the adultz. Sneaks, I'd be very happy to join you for your leftovers (I'll bring the leftover spicy green beans from last night's Chinese marathon).

Posted by: ftb3 | December 26, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

http://jumpersbloghouse.blogspot.com/2010/12/boxing-day.html

Posted by: Jumper1 | December 26, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

ftb, you'd be very welcome to share with us. I love spicy green beans! To clarify my question last night about Chinese restaurants, I knew that about Jewish people and Christmas, but didn't realize so many other people also made it a tradition on Christmas. I assumed they were all dining at home or whatever. Of course we ate pizza at a bar last night so what do I know ;-)

Posted by: badsneakers | December 26, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

'Sneaks... when my sister got divorced years ago, we started having our Big Family Christmas celebration on a different day every other year (per her custody arrangement). But Dr G and the kids and I still celebrated with my parents on Christmas Day.

Not much changed when Mom died in 2004, except for the location of Big Family Christmas (my house back then), but then after Dad passed away two years later, we all realized that Christmas Day could be our own and each family could celebrate the way we want.

With two teenagers, it was obvious the way WE wanted to celebrate was to sleep in late and take it easy on the big day. We decided we liked the way our Jewish friends spend Christmas Day, so we adopted it as our own tradition.

But my youngest sister's birthday is Dec. 25, so it's also become tradition for her family to join us for dinner, after having spent the rest of the holidays with her inlaws.

And that's why WE go to a Chinese restaurant for Christmas.

Why Chinese? I don't think any other kind of restaurant is open around here on Christmas Day.

Posted by: -TBG- | December 26, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm thinking that since many Chinese are Buddhist or a non-Christian faith, it's no big deal to be working on Christmas and there is clearly a market that needs to be served.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 26, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

yello... I agree, but it makes me wonder why P.F. Changs is open on Christmas, since there doesn't really seem to be anything really Chinese about it.

:-)

Posted by: -TBG- | December 26, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Christmas is rather popular in Japan, regardless of religion. A 2003 animated movie, "Tokyo Godfathers" is set on Christmas Eve.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | December 26, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

TBG,

I heard from someone in Newport News, VA that they already have six inches of snow. I think Son of G made a good choice.

Great story, LiT! Maybe DC can send a request to the TF to have Crosby record Mudge's updated tune!

Posted by: -pj- | December 26, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Yep, and I think people without families nearby often go out on Christmas. My kid, for example, goes out for Chinese food. Maybe it's also linked to his memories of dim sum this time of year.

Posted by: seasea1 | December 26, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I admit to having led a very sheltered life. Christmas day growing up was for eating at home and going to an aunt's house nearby for an evening party with many other relatives. Later it was either staying home with the kids or going to my parents house. More recently it has been spent at home or at daughter's house. We never ever went to the movies on Christmas, or to a restaurant. But it makes sense to do either or both and yes, Chinese restaurants are pretty much the only choice. Because we had celebrated on the Eve, it seemed a good idea to visit #2 daughter last night at her bartending job. We knew she'd enjoy the company and weren't sure how busy it would be there (haven't talked to her so don't know if there was much business).

Snowing pretty hard here right now. A bit concerned about "S"'s decision not to leave here until the Pats game is over...But he's got four-wheel drive so I guess he'll be okay.

Posted by: badsneakers | December 26, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Top 5 restaurants to have Xmas dinner in DC: Citronelle, Dupont Grill, Fahrenheit at Ritz-Carlton, Willard Hotel, Les Halles Washington.

Here's a list of 25 in DC: http://dc.about.com/od/restaurants/a/ChristDinner.htm

I suspect that one of the reasons so many are having difficulty with the idea of eating out on Christmas Day is that we are in the grip of a powerful stereotype, that turns out to be untrue. It would seem that there are a larger number of people who cannot or do not want to have a large family dinner at someone's house, yet they don't want to stay home and eat a baloney sandwich or have an otherwise ordinary, mundane dinner.

We only had 4 people ourselves, and I suspect that if #2 son's girlfriend had been in town (she wasn't) he'd have eaten there rather than here. That would have left just my wife and me and #3 daughter -- and I doubt we'd have done the big turkey/ham home thing just for three. So we were within an ace of eating out ourselves.

I suspect it is a slowly growing trend, like many other institutions that are dying (such as the notion of a nuclear family),

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 26, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I have now seen a wee small smattering of flurries, so I guess that's all I'm gonna get.

I'm so *expletive* right now, as I was going to try again to print some calendars with my Africa pictures, and it's not gonna work yet again this year. I can create the calendar, but it's in a format (set of formats, really) that I don't like, and I don't want to waste my time or my money (on paper, ink, etc.) to print something I don't like. Most of the software I've seen (for the Mac) on doing this presumes that I'm going to be willing to upload the finished product up to them to print and send back to me (all for a hefty fee, of course). I don't like that option, either. I think I'll wait until sometime in January and head over to the Apple store and see if I can talk with anybody there.

*grumble* *grumble*

Other than that, I'm pleased to see the Lions are leading (as if that ever amounts to a win, but sometimes it does -- glass half-full, yanno) and the Redskins appear to be winning, too.

Posted by: ftb3 | December 26, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Oh, TBG, I hope you didn't feel bad! I didn't. Yours was the obvious question - were they really too full for cake, or was this just politeness talking - and I have pondered it. However, I've made the cake for several years and it has proved popular. The problem is, I love to bake and so traditionally took up far too many desserts, when we were really too full for anything. I pulled way back this year.

I just asked Ivansdad whether he wanted some leftover green bean casserole to go with their frozen pizza. He looked at me long and hard, as if he fears for my sanity.

Posted by: Ivansmom | December 26, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

ftb, I made a calendar on my Mac for #2 this year. I uploaded it to Apple and they printed it. Cost me about $30 which seemed fair and it was in my hands within a week. Format-wise, the choices are sort of limited. I would have done one for #1 but she needs more 'mommy-friendly' areas for appts., meetings and such.

Posted by: badsneakers | December 26, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

About four inches on the ground here, but the roads are clear. Mr. T and I went to Earth Fare and the Fresh Market for provisions and had no problems. His brother called at 11:30 to say they are on their way from Vienna, VA, only flurries there. I hope they have a safe trip.

Today's crisis: no heat. It was working earlier, so Mr. T has made the call to the HVAC folks. This is so inconvenient.

Posted by: slyness | December 26, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Calling cooks. I need cooking suggestions for a mixture of any of the following ingredients, the only necessity being inclusion of the pork roast. I have a new Le Creuset 4.5 quart Dutch oven. I also have a 3-lb pork butt roast, potatoes, onions, carrots, apples, clementines, lemons & limes, parsley, a leek and garlic. I have red & white wines and dark & lager beer. I have a mess of spices and herbs, and sauces including Worcestershire and Tabasco with chipotle. Any suggestions?

Posted by: Ivansmom | December 26, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Wow, that must be the most expensive places to have dinner. And not a Chinese restaurant to be found! I suppose they're talking about a traditional Christmas dinner. I remember one time my dad had us go to dinner at Thanksgiving or Christmas at a Holiday Inn. It must have been after my mom had passed away. I remember thinking it was tres weird. Dinner at a Chinese place at least has a more exotic atmosphere - ie, you don't feel like such a loser.

Posted by: seasea1 | December 26, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Um, it sounds like you've got exactly what you need, Ivansmom. I'll be over with a bottle or three of some nice Pinot Noir and my exquisite company.

Sneaks, how many calendars did you get for $30? I'm beginning to think that my calendar-making days are over, and that if I want any calendars printed, I'll have to pay someone else to do it. That grinds my veritables, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do.

Posted by: ftb3 | December 26, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

The NFL should do a hex check and move the Vikings to Vesuvius next week. They could practice near Krakatoa. Just saying.

Posted by: baldinho | December 26, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

ftb, well, just one, but when I figure that a regular store bought one cost me $15, then $30 for one with personal photos and notations for birthdays and stuff, it didn't seem all that bad. Of course, I only needed one, YMMV.

Posted by: badsneakers | December 26, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

ftb... how did you create the calendars before? As a professional graphic artist, I think $30 to have it professionally printed and bound is well worth it. My sister has gorgeous books and calendars printed by Kodak Gallery all the time. I think the products Apple produces are worth the money as well.

Remember, too... as someone who does such things for a living, I wouldn't hesitate to pay someone else to, say, file a motion in court for me.

Posted by: -TBG- | December 26, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Kodak has their $19.99 calendars (pricing each for 1-5 calendars) two-for-one right now...

http://www.kodakgallery.com/photo-calendars/c-Calendar

Posted by: -TBG- | December 26, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, TBG. Earlier, when I was on the PC, I just used the software I had (and/or picked up along the way) and printed calendars directly. When I tried to do that last year -- from the PC side of my Mac -- the pictures would *not* print in color (the color printer is fine -- I checked). If it's a communication issue between my computer and my printer, nobody I've asked about it know what to do about it. I keep thinking I'm saving money by doing it myself (even though it costs money for the supplies and my time and the aggravation of setting all the printed pages out on my guest room bed and other furniture so they can "cure" for 24 hours so I can stack them) -- well, it's beginning to sound like its worth it to have someone else print it out for me. Thanks for the link to Kodak. I'll check it out. I have a calendar set up in PDF already, actually, that a Mac person helped me with. I have 7 people on my list this year (I've been known to print out 20 calendars -- it took ages), so if I get 10, I can pass them out to more people.

Posted by: ftb3 | December 26, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, TBG. Earlier, when I was on the PC, I just used the software I had (and/or picked up along the way) and printed calendars directly. When I tried to do that last year -- from the PC side of my Mac -- the pictures would *not* print in color (the color printer is fine -- I checked). If it's a communication issue between my computer and my printer, nobody I've asked about it know what to do about it. I keep thinking I'm saving money by doing it myself (even though it costs money for the supplies and my time and the aggravation of setting all the printed pages out on my guest room bed and other furniture so they can "cure" for 24 hours so I can stack them) -- well, it's beginning to sound like its worth it to have someone else print it out for me. Thanks for the link to Kodak. I'll check it out. I have a calendar set up in PDF already, actually, that a Mac person helped me with. I have 7 people on my list this year (I've been known to print out 20 calendars -- it took ages), so if I get 10, I can pass them out to more people.

Posted by: ftb3 | December 26, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

oops -- sorry for the hiccup

Posted by: ftb3 | December 26, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

My wife made up our annual family calendar; Kinko's printed 12 copies on heavy calendar stock for $75, no ring binding (my wife's office has a machine, so she did it there for free).

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 26, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Imom, you could do an Italian porcetta poached in milk and garlic and herbs. Sear the outside of your roast nice and brown on all sides, put it in the enamel casserole, pour some milk and white wine over it, throw in some garlic and the leek (maybe a few sprinkles of dried rosemary or thyme); on the stovetop bring the liquid to a simmer (the milk will separate) and then cover the casserole and braise the roast in a 300F oven for a couple/four hours.

When the meat is tender, remove it and keep it warm; strain the liquid through cheesecloth to remove the milk solids and aromatics, then thicken the whey with cornstarch and butter to make a lovely sauce. Roast up your potatoes, and Bob's your uncle. Slice the roast (or maybe it will just fall apart) and plate with roasted potatoes and the sauce.

That is what EYE would do with those ingredients.

Posted by: Yoki | December 26, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I-mom, I have a suggestion for that fixins list:

Yes. :-)

I believe 'Mudge shall agree the refs royally jobbed Washington on that 1st-half Jax "interception" in the endzone.

Once again, I went to bed too early on an NFL night game -- the 'Boys almost came back. And yes, baldinho, looks like we'll have Monday, Tuesday AND Thursday Night Football this week.

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 26, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

GUTSY fourth-and-goal call by Shanahan to give Washington a TD lead!

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 26, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Ivansmom,

Here a recipe from the Boston Globe that uses a lot of your ingredients. Adjust as necessary. Treat it basically like a pot roast and cook it for a long time at a low temperature. You have the perfect pot to cook it in.

http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/food/articles/2010/01/27/recipe_for_braised_pork_shoulder_with_apple_fig_sauce/

Posted by: -pj- | December 26, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

May I make a request please? No more play-by-play reports in the boodle?

Some of us (maybe many of us) do not watch in real time. For example, I am watching a few minutes behind (due to pausing for phone calls, bathroom visits, etc).

On my TV, it's now Redskins first and goal, but now I know what happens. I hate to have to stay away from the Sunday conversation here.

Thank you.

Posted by: -TBG- | December 26, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Now it's snowing here. And that gave me such a brain explosion (and I mean that only in a good way). I'm going to try to put together my calendar again on the PC side (where I have the format I want) and print it to PDF, bring it back over to the Mac side and print it from there. Haven't tried it yet, but perhaps some evening to come this week.

Yoki, you *know* I want to eat at your house (yours and Jacques Pépin's)!

Posted by: ftb3 | December 26, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I beg your pardon, TBG, I really had no idea anyone was time-shifting the game. *hanging head*

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 26, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Ivansmom, what Yoki suggested with the dead pig flesh. It's not kosher even if the pig doesn't cook in its mother milk.

Always use a pot that fits the roast snugly.
I have three variations on the same, they all start by searing the meat and giving it a nice colour:
Marcella Hazan adds a cup of milk, cook an hour. Adds another cup, cooks another hour. Adds 1/2 to 1 and cooks another hour, all on the stove top.
Boulud sautee a few carrots, a couple of celery stalk and an onion then add 2-3 cups of milk to cover the meat and cooks it at 300F for 2-4 hours.
I reduce 2-3 diced onions to their golden essential, put back the meat in the pot, cover with milk (2-3 cups is ideal) and cook 3-4 hours at 300F.

It's not good looking unless hand-blended or strained but it's good.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | December 26, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry if I sound grouchy today.

I want to see my boy and this darn snow is keeping that from happening. Now he says he's leaving "early in the morning," which to a 22-year-old often means 1:00 or 2:00 in the afternoon. And he has to leave again on Thursday.

I know, I know... I'm lucky he's going to be here tomorrow--or at all. I really do know that. But it doesn't help at the moment.

Sigh.

Posted by: -TBG- | December 26, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Request for clarification: TBG, can I still make sound effects, without necessarily giving away the nature of the play?

Also, does no play-by-play include post-game depression or happiness, or does it just refer to plays within clock time?

What about OT?

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 26, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

GGGGGGGGGnnnnnnnnnnnnnggggggggggggg.

Sorry.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 26, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Boulud even adds half a cup of roasted hazelnuts. He purees the heck out of the messy cooking juices and solids I believe.

The Kittycats are up 34-27 against the Bottlednosed Marine Mammals. It's safe to crib about it, only ftb and myself care about THAT score. The Newly-Clawed Felines are playing their no. 3 QB to boot. Will the Miami team go 1-7 at home? Ouch.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | December 26, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

SCC bottlenosed

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | December 26, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

shriek, bc cares deeply about that game: he picked the cats to upset. The rest of us picked the other way.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 26, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

bc's the man. 3 wins in a a row, I smell a superbowl in the Kittycats' future already.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | December 26, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Hey Shriek! The Lions just beat Miami and have won two games in a row! That's cause for celebration in my book!

Woo-Hoo!

Posted by: ftb3 | December 26, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

[indeterminiate vocal jesticulations for no particular reason] :-)

I'm hoping SoG has a terribly uneventful but otherwise swift drive, TBG.

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 26, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I mean...uh...hmm. Very interesting. Not that one could reasonably construe anything, one way or the other.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 26, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

ftb, first time since 2004 the Lions win 2 times in a row on the road. They ain't the Pats yet but it's getting better.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | December 26, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Do allow me to correct myself -- the Kittycats have won 3 in a row (2 of them, as Shriek said) away games.

*purring*

Posted by: ftb3 | December 26, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

On our local 5th quarter show, Vince Wilfork is at the podium. He fills up the entire screen on the TV.

Brady broke the records for passes without an interception today. Pats are stuck in Buffalo because of the storm.

Posted by: badsneakers | December 26, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

ftb, I did a calendar for Mr. T at Snapfish.com and it was $27, including tax and shipping. Worth the cost to me. As Sneaks says, YMMV.

Oh. Is there football on? :-)

Hoping SonofG has a quick and safe trip.

Posted by: slyness | December 26, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

TBG, hope SonofG has a safe trip home. I know how you feel. This is why I stopped traveling around Christmas - too dicey. My movie buff friend from Montana hates snow, because of its plan-changing effects.

Speaking of young people's warped time clocks, when my kiddo moved to San Francisco, he left on a Sunday evening, when he needed to be there on a Tuesday morning. I, of course, figured he would leave sometime Sunday morning, so he could drive a long, unfamiliar route in daylight, and have time for unexpected events (snow in the mountains). But he made it with no problems, other than his mother's anxiety attack.

Posted by: seasea1 | December 26, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I have to plan a drive in a 3-day frame and hope no major snow happens.

Safety first, and I hope Son of G has a great spring semester. Summer will arrive soon enough.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 26, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

TBG, I sympathize with you. Our children sure think differently about a lot of stuff. How did that happen? Safe travels to Son of G.

Kind of a rain/snow mix here now. Only a few inches but I just shoveled the driveway and boy is it heavy stuff. "S" left to go to his work sleep over. He'll call me when he arrives. He's got a bag of cookies in case he gets stranded somewhere ;-)

Posted by: badsneakers | December 26, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Happy Boxing Day! I just made it home before the snow began in earnest up here. I did manage to snag bread and milk at the grocery store on my way in this afternoon. I guess everyone else bought supplies earlier and wasn't trying to cut it as close as I was since surprisingly the store was quieter than it normally is. The liquor store on the other hand . . .

Only a few inches so far but they're calling for a foot by morning. It's a bit breezy out there too.

I'm trying to come to terms with the fact that my M&Ms I got in the stocking have been left in the car. We'll see whether the desire for chocolate or the desire for warmth wins out.

Posted by: cowhand214 | December 26, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

I'll take the chocolate, minus the points.

Stay safe, cowhand!

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 26, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

It's chocolate, cowhand. That's important. Unless you have a ready substitute supply in your abode, it will be a lot easier to retrieve it from your car in a few inches of snow than a foot of the stuff. One can survive a long time in a snowstorm with chocolate and red wine.

Posted by: -pj- | December 26, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

That's so easy, cowhand... chocolate.

Posted by: -TBG- | December 26, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Chocolate, definitely, cowhand. And remember, chocolate is good for you because it comes from a bean, which means it's a legume, jam-packed with protein. Take it from me (well, *not* the chocolate -- just the advice).

*still purring*

Posted by: ftb3 | December 26, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm dreaming of an M&M Christmas
just like the ones I used to know
with no odd flavoured fixin's or blue ones mixin'
with the red, green, brown and yellow...

Posted by: DNA_Girl | December 26, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

If it wasn't for the Bays (Green and Tampa, of course) I'd be 0-fer on the late games.

That consarned "p" word again. Feh.

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 26, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

And this just in from the Borowitz Report:

"Tedious observations about the severe winter weather are expected to dominate the conversations of uninteresting people for the next 24 to 48 hours, boredom experts warned today.

"With blizzard conditions blanketing the Northeast, a powerful front of mind-numbing weather-related banter is expected to pound the Eastern Seaboard from Sunday into Monday, with statements of the obvious stretching from the Carolinas to New England."

http://tinyurl.com/25s4azk

Mark Twain's famous observation seems to apply.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 26, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

So it's a blahzzird warning?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | December 26, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Chocolate won out. I see this was the consensus anyhow.

I can vouch for the fact that it's a bit nippy outside.

Posted by: cowhand214 | December 26, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

NukeSpouse is unsurprised at chocolate's victory, cowhand.

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 26, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Robin Givhan is leaving the Post and heading off to Newsweek and the Daily Beast:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/23/AR2010122302409.html?hpid=moreheadlines

I don't care much about fashion, but she's a wonderful writer and will be missed.

Posted by: -pj- | December 26, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Having a good writer win a Pulitzer is a bit of a curse to the WaPo newsroom.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 26, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

One of my gifts was a doormat with our map coordinates on it. I was just neatening up when I saw this on the sticker attached to the plastic cover for the mat:

"This perfectly fine, if not certainly adequate doormat is made from 100% Olefin Indoor/Outdoor carpet and printed with color-fast inks...

Important things you should know about your new doormat

Warning: Do not use mat as a projectile. Sudden acceleration to dangerous speeds may cause injury. When using mat, follow directions: Put your right foot in, put your right foot out, put your right foot in and shake it all about. This mat is not designed to sustain gross weight exceeding 12,000 pounds. If mat begins to smoke, immediately seek shelter and cover head. Caution: If coffee spills on mat, assume that it is very hot. This mat is not intended to be used as a placemat. Small food particles trapped in fibers may attract rodents and other vermin. Do not glue mat to porous surfaces, such as pregnant women, pets and heavy machinery. When not in use, mat should be kept out of reach of children diagnosed with CFED (Compulsive Fiber Eating Disorder). Do not taunt mat. Failure to comply relieves the makers of this doormat, Simply Precious Home Decor, and its parent company, High Cotton, Inc. of any and all liability."

Posted by: badsneakers | December 26, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

That made me laugh out loud, badsneakers.

Posted by: Yoki | December 26, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Ha - the doormat's lawyers have a sense of humor!

I was befuddled by the new M&M flavors recently, and wound up getting the plain ones, despite the non-traditional blue.

Posted by: seasea1 | December 26, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

OK.. I have to admit something. The movie Role Models is very funny. Stupid, but funny. Daughter and I have been Laughing Out Loud.

Posted by: -TBG- | December 26, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Replace doormat with surfboard. Use it under conditions likely to result in broken surfboards, broken bones, whatever. Surfing earlier this month somewhere in New Jersey (Manasquan??). Yikes!

Currently, they're having a blizzard and possibly a thunderstorm, air 26 degrees, water near freezing.

http://vimeo.com/18126053

Our corner of Florida dropped to 26 recently and will be about 30 tonight and tomorrow night, so the poinsettias, orchids and a few potted palms, are huddling in the dining room.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | December 26, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Family just left after a great dinner, roast beef and ham, scalloped potatoes, asparagus, sweet potatoes, salad, rolls, and chocolate cake for dessert. I am tired and have eaten way to much. Nice to catch up with my family it has been quite a while since we have all seen each other.

Sister arrived late last night after goofing on her flight time and had to take a later flight.

TBG, hope SonofG has an uneventful trip home tomorrow.

Tomorrow we are entertaining my uncle for lunch, three days in a row of big meals and cleaning is wearing me out - Tuesday will be museum day will be a nice break.

Posted by: dmd3 | December 26, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

That's a lot of entertaining, dmd. But seeing family is fun.

We have all rain here now. Shoveled again but just the end of the driveway where the plow came by. Very heavy stuff. Can't wait to see what happens overnight. The rest of the state is getting snow, lots of power outages, hurricane force winds on the outer Cape - we've been lucky so far.

Posted by: badsneakers | December 26, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Getting a late start today, eh?

Posted by: Bob-S | December 27, 2010 6:06 AM | Report abuse

Big NYT article about the last minutes aboard the Deepwater Horizon.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/26/us/26spill.html

Posted by: yellojkt | December 27, 2010 6:54 AM | Report abuse

Good day, y'all. If you've got the energy to click, here's one ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9K7mlpgUJ8

Hoppy bird day to my brother Galbrith.
He and sister Mary had planned a couple of days in NYC, a show and good eating. The snow god put the kibbosh on their plans ... but they reckon home is fine for celebration.

You boodlers still BPHing tonight? I'll be there in spirit.

love, t.

Posted by: talitha1 | December 27, 2010 6:55 AM | Report abuse

Well, one almost didn't need a plane to Dawn Patrol in this morning!!! Pretty stiff breeze out there, hope it calms down a bit by BPH time! :-)

*desparately-seeking-coffee-and-looking-forward-to-another-short-work-week Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | December 27, 2010 7:28 AM | Report abuse

Snuke.... I don't do wind if I can help it. Coffee, I do. Now, just trying to get brain to kick into gear.

Posted by: russianthistle | December 27, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Rowlf waves back at Grover. WWWWWWab, slightly shivery. 8~)

Posted by: talitha1 | December 27, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. I'm sending up prayers for those that are stranded in airports, bus terminals, in cars, and anywhere people can't get home or make their destinations. It is just awful out there!

I'm going out and attempt to crank my car, haven't done that since Christmas eve. Hope the battery isn't gone. It's covered in the white stuff.

Slyness, be careful out there. According to the news, there's a lot of ice. Same situation here, I believe.

No matter the weather where you are, have a beautiful day, folks, and love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | December 27, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, Cassandra! I'm staying in, at least for the time being. Mr. T and youngest nephew and I are the only ones up so far. I suppose I should decide what's for breakfast. Bacon and eggs, waffles, or breakfast croissants? Decisions, decisions!

Then we have to decide what we'll do to entertain ourselves on this lovely day. My new weather station says it's 31 degrees on the window ledge in the carport. Hmm...I guess it's in the sun.

Posted by: slyness | December 27, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Good morning to all. I always chide my friend Bailey for telling me wonderful stories and yet, although claiming to have a desire to write, not writing them down. The other day the tables were turned on me as I related a tale, although not so wonderful, and was told to go write it down. So I did.
http://jumpersbloghouse.blogspot.com/2010/12/failed-to-achieve-mission.html

Posted by: Jumper1 | December 27, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Sheesh. Park-and-ride lot half empty this morning. Bus half empty. When it pulled up in front of our building, I was the ONLY one who got off. Seems I gotta run this whole darn department all by myself again today. *grumble grumble*

'Morning, Boodle. Only about an inch of snow (maybe the wind blew it all away?), nothing horrendous to speak of. Seems DC dodged a bullet that NY and others got. Apparently 18 inches of snow in Cape May, NJ and points north.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | December 27, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

We got the blizzard without the snow. So far maybe 3-4 inches, all blowing around like crazy. It has just started snowing again after about a 2-hour hiatus.

I am not disappointed at all. I hope everyone else has been so lucky.

Posted by: baldinho | December 27, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

I assume that some other folks are planning to wander into the office today. At the moment, it's just me and the website manager.

Posted by: bobsewell | December 27, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

Got some exercise already this windblown morn, engaging in both the Freestyle Trashcan Chase and the Solo Trashcan Lid Relay.

Now, back to work, and looking forward to the BPH this evening.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | December 27, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

I found my newspaper at the top of the hill as I was driving out of my cul de sac. Other than than not mush. I broom swept the 25% of my drive with snow on it because my wife is fanatical about that stuff and I didn't want her to do it while cussing me for not doing it.

We are on skeleton staff here since most of my coworkers save their vacation for this. I'm protecting it for my trips this spring and fall.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 27, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

New kit!

Posted by: frostbitten1 | December 27, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Good morning ,you all. have been out-of-pocket boodlewise. We spent Christmas day in Richmond with #2 son and about 30 kith and kin of my husband's; a wonderful day. We got home that night before their snow began in earnest and yesterday had family over for food and gift exchange here.

I have enjoyed reading the high and low adventures of friends all over the world courtesy of Joel & his column, and am grateful to be looking foreward to the year 2011.

Fatigue has kicked in, wind continues to howl, weather stripping hums a coppery tune so I'm not going to be with you dear people tonight. I knew tomorrow was a doctor's appointment, blood test day and Wednesday a short infusion day (only 30 minutes!) but I had hoped to join you with husband and me wearing my christmas sweater vest and most importantly a plate of cheese straw cookies to share.

Have fun tonight, you all...

Posted by: VintageLady | December 27, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

RDP, if you are still in SC, be sure to wear your white flannels on the beach....with a peach..each to each...

Posted by: VintageLady | December 27, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

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