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Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 02/ 6/2011

The Namath Conundrum

By Joel Achenbach

IIt's almost here: The Westminster Dog Show! Billions will watch, not only to see the prancing puppies but also to laugh at the incredibly inventive and irreverent commercials. Killing time until the big day, we'll try to amuse outselves with this football game tonight.

I've got quarterbacks on the brain. Aaron Rodgers looks like the real deal and I think he'll take the Packers to a narrow win tonight (30-27 final score). But I haven't seen Rodgers enough to know for sure if he's a great quarterback. Winning a Super Bowl is a nice credential in that regard. There was a discussion yesterday at espn.com about whether Ben Roethlisberger should be in the Hall of Fame if he wins another championship ring to go with the two he's already got. Obviously, it's too soon to talk about the Hall for a guy who's only played, what, seven years? I rarely think of Roethlisberger when I think of the best quarterbacks in the game. Manning and Brady are the two best QBs and Rodgers, Brees and Rivers have gaudy stats. Michael Vick can play football pretty well, too. Probably forgetting a couple of others.

But I don't think Ben has yet proved himself to be worthy of enshrinement next to great quarterbacks like, say, Joe Namath.

Except as I write that, I'm nagged by doubt. Because what if Namath wasn't that good? What if I had imagined that, back in my gullible youth? Namath was my favorite quarterback, he was the most exciting passer in the game in his prime with the Jets. But check out his career passer rating. He's 182nd on the list.

In fact, the quarterback rating is a ridiculous statistic that doesn't come close to measuring excellence in all the aspects of a quarterback's game. It's just a passing statistic, for one thing, and quarterbacks do a lot more than pass. Still, given that Namath in his pro years was known for his passing (he had those famously gimpy knees), it's striking that his rating is so low even by the standards of other top quarterbacks of his era.

Obviously the game has changed, and defenses no longer can maul receivers the way they used to. The passing game has opened up. Hence the top passers, statistically, are the ones playing today. The formula needs to be tweaked (I am working on an algorithm as we speak since I have nothing else to do these days) to discount the stats piled up since the rule changes. As it is, Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen has precisely the same career passer rating as Jason Campbell (Skins fans will understand the irony here); Roger Staubach, we are led to believe from the passer rating, wasn't quite the quarterback that Jay Cutler is. Johnny Unitas was no Jake Delhomme. Dan Marino was no Chad Pennington. And so on.

Oh, and by the way, the dude with the highest rating ever? Aaron Rodgers.

By Joel Achenbach  | February 6, 2011; 10:59 AM ET
 
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Speaking of ESPN, just took a look at their pregame show, and I do believe Sean Payton is going to wreak havoc on his makeup artist once he sees the footage.

Can you say, "pancake," boys and girls? I knew you could. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 11:55 AM | Report abuse

But what about the running game? Isn't there supposed to be a running game too?

Posted by: --dr-- | February 6, 2011 11:57 AM | Report abuse

I suspect Namath got in the Hall not because of his career stats but because uf SB III. Rightly so.

Also, the fur coat and the pantyhose. How many pairs of pantyhose has Roger Staubach modeled? Huh? Huh? I rest my case.

Also: Y.A. Tittle.

(I have no point or observation to make about Y.A. Tittle. I just love saying the name.)

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 6, 2011 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Yes indeed, dr -- both QBs running around, avoiding the opposing defenses... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Well if you're going to rank QB's by running around, Brady's going to be near the bottom. Have you seen him try to run? He runs like a giraffe with two broken legs.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 6, 2011 12:14 PM | Report abuse

There was a boy down the block from me when I was growing up, who absolutely *loved* Y.A. Tittle -- thought he was the absolute best football player around. We could have been 8 or 9 at the time. I was more into baseball then, so the only thing I remembered about our conversations about football was the name "Y.A. Tittle". Whatever happened to him? The friend moved away a few years later, and I haven't the faintest idea what happened to him, either. He had a rather common name, so to Google him would be pointless (I tried, actually, and it was ...).

So, anyone taking bets that the Lions will get to the Super Bowl before the Redskins do? Now, *that's* a Super Bowl I would love to see!

Posted by: ftb3 | February 6, 2011 12:16 PM | Report abuse

[off-kit --- yes, 'Sneaks, the massage chair was the best. Messages in the bunker for several others. I wasn't expecting the sudden new kit.]

Posted by: talitha1 | February 6, 2011 12:16 PM | Report abuse

http://www.arcamax.com/nonsequitur

Posted by: cowhand214 | February 6, 2011 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Perfect, cowhand!

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Warren Moon

Posted by: dmd3 | February 6, 2011 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I came back to post a comment about something I know, jello, and there's a brand new Kit about football! I got nothing. Will probably check out the score from time to time since Pittsburgh is playing, but Roethlisberger seems so creepy off the football field that it makes him hard to root for. Not crazy about the Black Eyed Peas, either. I'll most likely go to a movie.

I have had the pretzels and jello concoction, and it's a weird combination of textures and tastes for me. I remember Whip 'n' Chill, which had the 3 layers. But I prefer plain jello - Mr seasea likes his with fruit.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 6, 2011 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Good afternoon, everyone. I got nuttin on football, either. I have Real Work to do, so I'll just look up once in a while to see what's going on. (Real Work: Letters to 74 candidates to say that we are not going to call you to be our next pastor.)

Thank the FSM for the merge function in Word.

I loved the Non Sequitur for today, but then it's one of my favorite comics. What's not to love about Danae? Kate's kewl too.

Onward, into a beautiful afternoon. Mr. T will be watching the Carolina basketball game at 2. I think I'll make a Costco run, which I normally wouldn't do on a Sunday, but I need gas and we're out of granola bars for his lunch tomorrow. So I better get going.

Cassandra, I hope you made it to church and enjoyed your service. It was Youth Sunday here, always a great day.

Posted by: slyness | February 6, 2011 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Just out of curiosity, slyness, what goes on at Youth Sunday?

Brunch has turned into lunch with me making spaghetti sauce. I'm also happily watching the landlord and kid clear ice from the building's parking lot. I find they're easy to supervise.

My weather thingy says it's 41! Balmy!

Posted by: cowhand214 | February 6, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

slyness, I'm sure you don't need the reminder, but do be careful with your copying/merging and making sure that envelopes and letter salutations match. 74 is a lot to keep track of.

We're working on filling a position at work, and one of the candidates had a paragraph in the middle where he said, "In a position at *other university*, I would..." Oops. We didn't hold it against him (much) -- we had other reasons not to consider him past the first cut.

Posted by: -bia- | February 6, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

In the commercials division, Chevrolet has a dud (hard-of-hearing residents of an independent-living place), Audi's NY Times splash looks promising. I suggest that Buick should reintroduce vinyl roofs.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinyl_roof

(Funny how Wikipedia covers so many topics that never showed up in the World Book)

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 6, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

It's 47 degrees here, cowhand. "S" is outside chopping icy snow. He started by widening the driveway and the snowbanks at its end. He has now moved on to the street, which has become narrower with each storm. It's become sort of social and neighbors driving by stop and talk with him. I'm making oatmeal cookies and have soup cooking too.

I too find Roethlisberger creepy and for that alone I hope his team doesn't win. I always thought that the half-time show at Superbowl was a great opportunity to change into my pajamas...

Posted by: badsneakers | February 6, 2011 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Yes indeed on the Non Sequitur, cowhand! *L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 1:47 PM | Report abuse

ftb, Yelberton Abraham really *was* about the best football player around at the time he played for the Giants (1061-3). He was twice MVP, and set a record for most touchdowns (36) ever in a season that lasted 21 years (until Marino). He threw 7 TDs in a single game (against -- who else? -- the Redskins) in 1963, my senior year in high school. In '64, for some reason, the Giants collapsed, and YA retired to become an insurance salesman.

One of the all-time greatest photographs of football was the iconic, prize-winning one by Morrie Berman of YA taken during the disastrous '64 year: http://www.manlyweb.com/sports/injuries/yatittle-photo.htm He's just thrown an interception that went for a TD, got crunched and received a broken sternum.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 6, 2011 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Yes to Warren Moon!

I'm surprised that I recognise many of the names Joel mentions, but only in the most pop-culture-y way; I don't believe I've ever watched an NFL game, except for the Super Bowl once a couple of years ago. Even then I was there for the party, not the game.

Posted by: Yoki | February 6, 2011 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Puppies on TV!
And I wasn't invited on.
Scandal, I call it.

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 6, 2011 2:00 PM | Report abuse

My weather bug thingy says 45.8 degrees. I'm so grateful for that decimal place. So helpful.

As I get older, I find there are only two climactic conditions: comfortable (July, August) and "Honey, turn the thermostat up, please." Which she doesn't, so like my own grandfather I wear three or four layers, usually topped by a flannel shirt. I think it's the Plavix.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 6, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the reminder, bia, I will indeed be careful.

If my name were Yelberton Abraham, I'd go by Y.A. too.

cowhand, Youth Sunday is when the youth take over the worship service. They sing, preach the sermon, take up the offering, and so forth. Today they also served communion, which they've never done before and which made me a little nervous. But they were perfect. The seniors get to preach, and two young ladies presented excellent messages. Their scripture was I Corinthians 13, and they used it deftly, without becoming maudlin or trite. Altogether an inspiring service. As our interim pastor noted, if they are the future of the church, we are in great shape.

Posted by: slyness | February 6, 2011 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Slyness... Youth Sunday sounds like fun. Whenever I see the kids perform at school, whether it's a play or a concert or a fashion show, I know our future is in great shape.

Reading Sneak's 1:44 post it reminds me of what's so good about the boodle--especially a weekend boodle. I feel like I'm there with her and can smell the cookies and soup cooking. I'm also in cowhand's apartment, enjoying spaghetti and watching his landlord clear the parking lot.

I'm also watching the Heels play with Slyness and Mr. T. In fact, I can even actually hear the game! Oh wait... that's Dr G watching it here, too.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 2:35 PM | Report abuse

And, TBG, you're here with me paying my property taxes. Unfortunately, the money is coming out of my account.

Oh, well, I'm happy I'm able to do it.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding is on. Anyone else watching it?

Posted by: -dbG- | February 6, 2011 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I remember Youth Sundays from my teen years. One year (1967, I think) our four-girl folk group, in which I sang the tenor part, performed "The Sound of Silence" for the special music portion of the service. There were a few harrumphs about our selection but it generally went over well. From then on we always taught it to the little kids in their Sunday School and VBS choirs.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 6, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I can't watch MBFGW right now, dbG, but I'm living it, so it doesn't matter.

:-)

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

What network, dbG? HBO/Fam is showing "Fiddler on the Roof" at 3:20, which I figured should use up the pre-game hours pretty well. I'm stitching some Bargello needlepoint, so no great aromas emanating from my boodle-corner.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 6, 2011 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Great Twitter theme going on: Jane Austen at the Superbowl...

http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=%23JaneAustenAtTheSuperBowl

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 2:56 PM | Report abuse

TBG-too true about being "with the boodle" on weekends. With Mr. F out of town I declined a Super Bowl party invitation in favor of whatever the boodle has on offer. The hosts are primarily his friends and even if I do enjoy their company hanging out with imaginary friends will be more enjoyable.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 6, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

I am excessively diverted, TBG!! *ROFL*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

TBS, talitha. It just finished and now Mamma Mia is on.

I know, TBG. :)

Posted by: -dbG- | February 6, 2011 3:10 PM | Report abuse

And, speaking of movies, PBS had on "City Slickers" last night and today late morning as a repeat. That was a pretty good movie, I must say. I mean, Billy Crystal plays Billy Crystal in all his movies (and "The Princess Bride" was masterful, I must say) (so does Julia Roberts, but I really can't stand her much -- I like him better). Nevertheless (parenthetical expressions aside (no, really)), while I was watching it last night, I kept saying "C'mon Norman" and laughing.

I have completed virtually *all* of my weekend duties (self-imposed) and I'm pretty smug, actually. Dentist tomorrow morning for 6-month cleaning, however. Not worried -- I'm their poster-child, it appears, so it's merely 1/2 hour out of my morning and then back to the workload.

talitha -- you remind me -- I want to embroider a lovely floral design (which I have already) for a wedding present. The wedding is next August, but I need to send it over to the UK by July latest. That may seem a long way off, but to get it finished by then means that I actually have to, well, *start* it. And find it first. But thanx for the reminder anyway.

Enjoy the game today, whether you have skin in it or not. Enjoy the commercials, and definitely (*definitely*) enjoy the eats!

Posted by: ftb3 | February 6, 2011 3:14 PM | Report abuse

And now, your Worlds Colliding Joke of the Day:

A Higgs boson walks into a church.
The priest says, "Your kind isn't welcome here."
The boson replies, "But without me, how can you have mass?"

*ducking to avoid the incoming rotten fruit* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Snuke! That was pretty oblique, but after having Googled it, it made me laugh. Very cute!

Sorta reminds me of a New Yorker cartoon showing a standing buffalo holding a cell phone, saying "Yes, it's very convenient, but the roaming charges are killing me!"

I do love funny people (well, most of them).

Posted by: ftb3 | February 6, 2011 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Scotty, I got the joke! Cute!

Wow, Talitha, that's a tough one for kids. I suppose it was before Bridge over Troubled Waters, which strikes me as a little more appropriate for kids in church.

Posted by: slyness | February 6, 2011 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I tried the same experiment with CFL QBs, minimum 5000yards of pass. There are a couple of very short career in the top 10 but they tend to be Big Names Who Went NFL.
I was expecting Doug Flutie on top but it ain't so.
Dave Dickenson
Casey Printers (He imploded last season though)
Doug Flutie
Jeff Garcia (BNWWNFL)
Warren Moon (BNWWNFL)
Anthony Calvillo (Yeees!)
Russ Jackson, etc

I was surprised by two things, the all-time leader in passing Damon Allen (Marcus' brother) is around 30th position and Ron Lancaster is in the tail of the formation at 72.4%!

Factoid for the Warshington Professional Football Franchise fans: a young Joe Theisman is around the 20-25th rank (85%) as he managed over 6000yards in his short CFL career (71-73 seasons).

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 6, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, slyness, it probably was a tough one for kids. But you know, 'like wow man', we were radicals. ;)

Posted by: talitha1 | February 6, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse

sd, what about Joe Thiesmann? He was CFL then went NFL? Does he show up on the list? Perhaps he wasn't around long enough.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 6, 2011 4:10 PM | Report abuse

It seems I have forgotten a basic skill. Reading to the end of the comment. My bad, sd.

I am off to start the epic task of listening to Walter Isaacson's Enstein biography. Will check on later for football details. Nobody does football details like the boodle.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 6, 2011 4:17 PM | Report abuse

sheesh...later on.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 6, 2011 4:20 PM | Report abuse

In a youth service in '71 or '72 a friend and I played Spirit's "Nature's Way." My friend was on guitar and sang and I played bass. I don't think it was terribly well received by many of the congregation.

Posted by: -pj- | February 6, 2011 4:21 PM | Report abuse

My Theisman is THE Theismann. I can't type for sh1ts.

I made yello's Buffalo chicken dip (with a few mods, of course), caramelized onion quiche, cocktail wieners, little canapés of of pâté on crackers and a selection of pickled veggies for the Big Game. The Witches insisted that chocolate fondue is the traditional Super Bowl dessert and Mrs. D is making it but I'm not sure about that one. We may have had it once at the Grey cup. I think we were rolled.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 6, 2011 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I am not watching the Super Bowl pre-game as quite simply in my opinion it has reached ludicrous levels. But I am seeing tweets that there is a Red Carpet at the Super Bowl, please tell me that is a joke.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 6, 2011 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Red carpet, dmd, yikes! Wouldn't know as "S" is switching between the Celtics and golf. I may take a nap... especially if he leaves it on golf long enough ;-)

Posted by: badsneakers | February 6, 2011 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Slyness

Today was Youth Sunday at our church too. The kids did a mime(sp)dance and sang in the choir. They don't allow them to preach. The new pastor has kind of change the format for some things. I had the baby at church, he slept through the whole service and the grocery store, didn't wake up until we got back to the apartment, and boy was he loud then! It was time for a bottle. He's knocked out now. I just finished breakfast.

I doubt if I watch the Super Bowl, will flip the channels for something else. I would like to take a nap, but I don't think that's possible with the big guy here.

Posted by: cmyth4u | February 6, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Having partaken of bc's hospitality in time for the pre-game on Fox, NukeSpouse and I (and bc, of course) are of the agreement that Bill O'Reilly is a first-class @$$hat. I mean, you can ask tough questions without being a pr!ck, right?

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 5:12 PM | Report abuse

bc also wants a couch made out of Michael Strahan's tie.

And while most of the crew's wearing purple ties, we've also noted O'Pr!ck's tie was the most strident shade...

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 5:15 PM | Report abuse

pj, at least you didn't play Animal Zoo:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqFZXutsTRA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsTK2LHZKPQ&feature=fvw

Posted by: seasea1 | February 6, 2011 5:18 PM | Report abuse

dmd, I think you'll be interested to know that Canadian Bravo is airing a show about Karsh this evening at 8:00 pm

Posted by: Yoki | February 6, 2011 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Why is Canadian Bravo interested in limestone formations?

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 5:45 PM | Report abuse

LOL!! Shaq as Bradshaw in Calliendo's skit!! *ROFL*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Yoki.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 6, 2011 5:49 PM | Report abuse

And next -- Fox's shout-out to the Tea Party: NFL legends read the Constitution!

I kid you not.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 5:50 PM | Report abuse

My mistake, they're reading the Declaration of Independence...

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Scotty, I expected nothing else from O'Reilly, which is why I didn't watch. Glad you had the stomach to.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 6, 2011 5:54 PM | Report abuse

slyness, that sounds like a fun service.

Posted by: cowhand214 | February 6, 2011 5:55 PM | Report abuse

http://lloydvance.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/ya-tittle.jpg

Posted by: omni3 | February 6, 2011 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Clearly there are too many changes in the rules of football to make sensible comparisons between quarterbacks. That's what makes it so fun.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 6, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

OK, it's a reverent reading, but they couldn't find any Patriots to participate???? *jaw drops*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 5:58 PM | Report abuse

I thought there was a football game on?

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 5:59 PM | Report abuse

I beg the Boodle's pardon, but "Taps" (played at the end of the Declaration reading) needs absolutely ZERO additional arrangement... *fuming*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 6:00 PM | Report abuse

A highly abridged version of the Declaration. We revolted against Great Britain because they wouldn't let us go for it on fourth down?

Posted by: -pj- | February 6, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

S'nuke-it's all just part of the NFL as a season long+ recruiting commercial. Some DC area Iraq Vets Against the War are having a militarism free Super Bowl party.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 6, 2011 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Boy am I glad I took a nap and missed all of that!

Posted by: badsneakers | February 6, 2011 6:04 PM | Report abuse

S'nuke-much agreed on Taps. A peppy arrangement is just wrong, and simply-not-done.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 6, 2011 6:05 PM | Report abuse

When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one receiver to dissolve the bands that have connected him with his pass coverage . . .

Posted by: cowhand214 | February 6, 2011 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Guess what...I got my digital to analog converter to work. Looks like I'll be watching the bowl. Go cheese.

You know what goes good with green eggs and ham...limburger

Posted by: omni3 | February 6, 2011 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Good article about what went wrong at Boeing with the 787:
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/sundaybuzz/2014125414_sundaybuzz06.html

Love the last line, referring to a paper written by a senior engineer:
"Yet that startlingly prescient 2001 paper focused on business economics. Where did a structures engineer get that kind of expertise?"

"It's common sense," Hart-Smith said."

A lot of low-level IT folks were saying the same things (most of whom have now been laid off).

Posted by: seasea1 | February 6, 2011 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Christina Aguilera actually looks... professional. Surprising to not see any purple, though.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Hi Boodlers. I just wanted to thank all of you who commented on "The King's Speech". I just came back from seeing it and it was all that I had hoped for. I don't think I would have gone to see it had it not been for the Boodlers' comments. I'm not much of a movie person.

oldbam, I felt just like you did about inserting myself into the Boodle community. I joined quite by chance, because I just had to ask a question and that was followed by a reply and then another. Like you, I was warmly welcomed, which came rather as a surprise to me (my welcome, not yours). A pleasant surprise, of course. I'm sorry that the reason you joined was such a tragic one.

One of the great things about the Boodle is that you read so many different points of view on so many subjects. However, I am not into football or the Superbowl so I will probably not understand half the comments today. Never mind. Another day another boodle.

Posted by: orawh | February 6, 2011 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Don't care for Lea Michele's rendition of America the Beautiful.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 6:20 PM | Report abuse

She messed up! Didn't she?

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 6:23 PM | Report abuse

If management is thinking lock-out next season I can see the players' union making a lot of hay out of that reading.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 6, 2011 6:24 PM | Report abuse

I believe she did.

Posted by: Moose13 | February 6, 2011 6:25 PM | Report abuse

At first I thought Lea was lip-syncing but am now uncertain. Aguilera left no doubt as to the live-osity, though.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Why, oh why, can't folks sing the national anthem 'straight'? I'm not kidding. Rolling those notes around just bugs me to high heaven. *grumble grumble*

Posted by: talitha1 | February 6, 2011 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Livingsocial ad? Not sure leading a mountain man to cross-dressing is the best approach...

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Aguilera did look more adult and polished than I've ever seen her. If she's not already, one day she'll be sorry about all that abuse her hair is taking. Most of the players appeared to have softer shinier locks, and I don't think I spotted any extensions on them.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 6, 2011 6:28 PM | Report abuse

She screwed up a line: It's "...and crown thy good," not "my good."

I think they ought to read the Declaration of Independence right before the Westminster Dog Show.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 6, 2011 6:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a big fan of trilling, so did not care one bit for Lea's performance.

Is this a football game or a patriotic rally?? Good grief, shut up and play the damn game!

Posted by: badsneakers | February 6, 2011 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Lea didn't sound good enough to be lip-syncing.

I thought for a second that Scotty had won the tiara before the game even started, but it looks like greenwithenvy is keeping it a contest.

Go Green Bay!

Daughter just reminded me of the Friends episode when someone wonders why Phoebe is rooting for Green Bay ("Well it’s only like my favorite bay!," she says)

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Green Bay defers! Strategy early...

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 6:32 PM | Report abuse

We've got the Puppy Bowl recording, too. Daughter wants to save that for... ever.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 6:33 PM | Report abuse

I am here to say that i lovelovelove the weskit lime green gear of the cam crew. GREAT choice, though are we a bit favoring the Packers with that green move?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 6, 2011 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Is it wrong for me to mention I've seen Lea Michele topless?

And nice shoes on Xtina.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 6, 2011 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I am a bit stunned at the uniform buttocks-display on both teams, all in chromium bee-sting yellow...this would have been a day to select the dark-lycra tights for Pittssies and the always good-to-go hunter green for the Packies...who missed THAT fashion distinction call, anyway.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 6, 2011 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Is it wrong for me to mention I've seen Lea Michele topless?

And nice shoes on Xtina.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 6, 2011 6:36 PM | Report abuse

I have a sartorial quibble. Why are both teams wearing gold pants? Even with dark and light jerseys there's not enough contrast for my taste ... or my old eyes, perhaps.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 6, 2011 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Not seeing the Samsom locks yet on players....but. Williams for the Packies has treacles of dreads peeking out....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 6, 2011 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Whew!!! Close call on that muffed punt!

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Packie Crabtree 83 needs an extra long UnderArmour to tuck in....no reason at all to aim for plumbers' behind....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 6, 2011 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Jinx, CqP.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 6, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse

yello-Great Uncle Efrostbitten used to brag that he had seen Elizabeth Montgomery naked. (He served with her father in the Navy and she was a baby at the time of said exposure).

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 6, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse

T - am with you on the screaming yellow zonkers acid trip electric lemon koolaid tightie lycries on both teamies...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 6, 2011 6:40 PM | Report abuse

bc notes the 49ers are the only team with truly gold pants...

The pant stripes are different, though.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Not liking the bearded look at all. Aiming toward strawberry birdnest look....not fierce at all. Football is fierce, not Noah-Methuseleh like....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 6, 2011 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Is it wrong for me to mention I've seen Lea Michele topless?

And nice shoes on Xtina.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 6, 2011 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Looks like someone forgot to design a logo for this Super Bowl, so the receptionist just photocopied a picture of the trophy and used MS WordArt to add the XLV.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Bud Light needs better writers...

Doritos -- predictable.

"Release the hounds!" Well-done, Audi!! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 6:45 PM | Report abuse

TeBeGEEEE I agree. And, I am hoping for another commercial staring the world's most interesting man. We MUST get Brag to audition for this series...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 6, 2011 6:46 PM | Report abuse

It's wrong for you to mention it so many times, yello!

:-)

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 6:46 PM | Report abuse

TBG, is that font Arial Narrow on the Stealies jersies....? Bit small or thin...but I defer to you...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 6, 2011 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Liked the Doritos commercial. But isn't using cute animals the lazy ad firms way out?

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 6, 2011 6:47 PM | Report abuse

S'nuke, tell bc I was waiting for someone to point out the stripes and 'gold' difference ... 'taint enough, though!

CqP, I have a rich store of color vocabulary, but you just took the cake.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 6, 2011 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Audi-yes, that's the level we expect this evening.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 6, 2011 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Jumping is, no time to Backboodle. Watching game with family. What's the spread?

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 6, 2011 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Bad Pepsi commercial.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 6:51 PM | Report abuse

OK, Doritos just crossed a line -- "That's SICK," Mrs. yello sez...

PepsiMax -- Lame, but got a snort outta bc.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Green Bay by 2.5 or 3, Ivansmom.

Posted by: -pj- | February 6, 2011 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Boooooooo to Pepsi Max ad .... I don't appreciate any references to domestic violence.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 6, 2011 6:52 PM | Report abuse

How can we have a clip of the BE-Peas' halftime show when halftime hasn't happened yet?

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 6, 2011 6:52 PM | Report abuse

And the over under?

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 6, 2011 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Doritos, just dumb.

The Pepsi Maxx commercial was awful, but I found a snort escaping anyway.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 6, 2011 6:54 PM | Report abuse

No, CqP, I believe it's Futura Condensed. I used that font for years in the newsletters I worked on.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Over/under was 45.

Posted by: -pj- | February 6, 2011 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Ah... the Chevy one was cute.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Okay, the medieval Bud Light and truck as Lassie commercials were very good.

Posted by: -pj- | February 6, 2011 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Bud Light REALLY needs new writers, but the beer truck got a snort.

That Chevy ad got plenty of snorts!

The Rock v. Vin Diesel? Meh.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 6:58 PM | Report abuse

"I didn't even know this town had a volcano!"

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Awwwww, the shrub is there with his flower by his side.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 6, 2011 7:00 PM | Report abuse

"I didn't even know this town had a volcano." Like it.


TD Packers!!!

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 6, 2011 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Lotsa hand-fighting on that route, but EXCELLENT TD catch!!! Pack up 7-0! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 7:01 PM | Report abuse

jinx TBG

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 6, 2011 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Doritos crossed ANOTHER line...

But the PepsiMax launcher was funneh.

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Is there some reliable market research out there that says shots to the crotch sell?

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 6, 2011 7:03 PM | Report abuse

pj, I kept waiting for Timmy and June Lockhart to show up in the Chevy truck ad myself. I liked that one a lot.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 6, 2011 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the Droid triple post.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 6, 2011 7:04 PM | Report abuse

And no, ladies and gentlemen, "Cowboys and Aliens" is NOT a comedy.

That Kia ad rated a giggle.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Go Pack Go!!!

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 6, 2011 7:07 PM | Report abuse

WOW!

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 7:07 PM | Report abuse

HORRRRRIBLE throw by Big Ben!!!

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 7:07 PM | Report abuse

A Brisk Eminem? Cute.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 7:09 PM | Report abuse

No Fun League penalty.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 6, 2011 7:09 PM | Report abuse

TBG, is that font Arial Narrow on the Stealies jersies....? Bit small or thin...but I defer to you...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 6, 2011 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, TBG, been locked out for two many post...and Talitha, I wanted to work this in:

alizirin yellow

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 6, 2011 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Funny "House" ad...

A CGI Joan Rivers? Not so much...

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Most of the ads so far look like they were written by the SNL writing crew (juvenile humor, cheap laughs, etc.). Yes to Audi and the Chevy truck but nothing else - yet.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 6, 2011 7:18 PM | Report abuse

I don't know about crotch shots, frosti, but we know what they're selling on godaddy.com.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 6, 2011 7:18 PM | Report abuse

talitha-GoDaddy deliberately does an ad campaign that the NFL won't approve, then uses the ads they do approve to drive traffic to their site.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 6, 2011 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Alizarin yellow indeed. Above pH 10 (or so) it becomes alizarin red ... traditionally derived from madder roots.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 6, 2011 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Suisham hits it true enough...

Bud REALLY needs new writers... *shaking my head*

Teleflora? Snortworthy.

Travolta? Looking OLD.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Can we make a movie of "Cowboys and Aliens and Transformers?"

Posted by: -pj- | February 6, 2011 7:27 PM | Report abuse

frosti, you can tell that I don't commercial tv often. In fact, as seldom as possible.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 6, 2011 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Crotch shot marketing, yes, it's called Americas Funniest Videos...

Pepsi Max should be viewed as slapstick only. Definitely snort worthy.

Posted by: omni3 | February 6, 2011 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Don't shoot me, I'm just the piano player.

-Tumbleweed Connection

Posted by: yellojkt | February 6, 2011 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Again we do not get the US ads. We get the frigging Lions but not the ads.

The VLP discovered the Food of the Gods: cocktail wieners.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 6, 2011 7:30 PM | Report abuse

pj, just add Predators and you've got a summer blockbuster

Posted by: omni3 | February 6, 2011 7:30 PM | Report abuse

scc: "watch" commercial tv ...

Posted by: talitha1 | February 6, 2011 7:30 PM | Report abuse

"Tiny Dancer", "Changes", and maybe a Steve Miller allusion in the Teleflora commercial. Don't they want to advertise to a younger generation instead of us geezers?

Posted by: -pj- | February 6, 2011 7:32 PM | Report abuse

So Coke causes gas that bad?

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps K-guy can confirm my suspicions that there is an inverse relationship between promotion during the Super Bowl and movie quality.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 6, 2011 7:33 PM | Report abuse

The kid in the Darth Vader mask is a great actor! That was a cute commercial for VW.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Mini-Darth? Cute.

Coked-up dragon? Cute!

Thor? Count bc and I in... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 7:33 PM | Report abuse

pj-I was thinking that about the Chevy truck ad too.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 6, 2011 7:34 PM | Report abuse

I think we geezers may be the most employed right now. That's all I can think.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Good point, frosti. Is Lassie more of a cultural icon than '70s rock?

Posted by: -pj- | February 6, 2011 7:38 PM | Report abuse

pj-oldies music has staying power because of all the children forced to listen to their parents' or grandparents' choices in the car.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 6, 2011 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Well.. we guessed that one was called "E.T. Strikes Back!"

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Richard Lewis is funny, but Rosanne is a real snort!

CareerBuilder? Meh.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Snickers nails Roseanne with a log. HeeHee! ... and I loved the Coca-Cola ad.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 6, 2011 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Nice read by the Packer DB.

Posted by: -pj- | February 6, 2011 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Karma is playing for the Packers.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 6, 2011 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Holy smokes!

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 6, 2011 7:45 PM | Report abuse

For the record, bc claimed the karma line first...

GREAT catch by Jennings!!!

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Holy Cow! Though I hate SBs that are routs.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 6, 2011 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Is it too soon to ask if this thing isn't basically over?

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 6, 2011 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps, 'Mudge...

TBG, that really DOES look like a photocopied logo on the field.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 7:49 PM | Report abuse

see, slapstick is funny

Posted by: omni3 | February 6, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Maybe those songs aren't as old as we think. I mean... Dana Carvey hosted SNL last night. The Black-Eyed Peas are the halftime performers.

Maybe it's really 1996?

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Mudge-probably not.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 6, 2011 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Count bc and I in on Captain America, too...

*wondering if bc's already posted his note about "Ben got it up" being a horrible choice of words*

That Carmax ad was good -- Did I see the Macho Man??

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 7:51 PM | Report abuse

frosti, when my niece (b. 1983) was in high school and college she and her cohort enjoyed listening to groups like Aerosmith mostly because they weren't that impressed with what their own generation was doing. Or at least it was substantially different. I think they discovered some of that stuff on their own.

Posted by: -pj- | February 6, 2011 7:52 PM | Report abuse

bc sez don't refer to Ben getting it up.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 6, 2011 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Coming in late (I see that Scottynuke and yello have been covering events here), I was very uncomfortable with Troy Aikman's comment that Roethlisberger "needs to get it up."

C'mon, man.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 6, 2011 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know the composition of the "turf" in this stadium? And what is it's underbase?

Posted by: talitha1 | February 6, 2011 7:54 PM | Report abuse

That artificial surface is tearing people up -- as bc said, "Jerry Jones had to cut corners somewhere."

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Yikes, the Packers are dropping like bad clichés.

Posted by: -pj- | February 6, 2011 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Nope 'Mudge, not over just yet...

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 7:57 PM | Report abuse

I've always thought of a football game as having three periods. First half. Third quarter. and Fourth quarter.

And just because Roseanne whined about her back and butt, this game ain't over yet.

Posted by: omni3 | February 6, 2011 8:00 PM | Report abuse

"Government is getting too involved in our personal lives."

Unless it's telling us who we can marry and what medical procedures we can have.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 8:02 PM | Report abuse

I liked the CarMax ad too. The end was worth a knee slap

Posted by: omni3 | February 6, 2011 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Anytime you see 'Americans Against...' it really means 'Large Corporations Against..'

Posted by: yellojkt | February 6, 2011 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Anytime you see 'Americans Against...' it really means 'Large Corporations Against..'

Posted by: yellojkt | February 6, 2011 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Meant to add earlier that both Zombo and Karma are playing for the Pack tonight.

The double vowels have it in this year's Super Bowel.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 6, 2011 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Sure, barely intelligible screaming adds to the halftime analysis.

Consensus here is "LAME."

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Wrong sport, Howie.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 6, 2011 8:08 PM | Report abuse

I've seen that "American's against food taxes" spot about 10 times too many in the last week or so. I'm with TBG and yello.

CarMax ad was a good'un.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 6, 2011 8:09 PM | Report abuse

OK, Chatter.com was almost as intelligible as the miked-up players.

And BEP stole the ceiling lift act from Pink last year...

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Barberella Eyed Peas

Posted by: yellojkt | February 6, 2011 8:10 PM | Report abuse

You'd think they'd have the sound system working correctly.

But the lights and the people on the field look very cool.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Black Eyed Tron

Posted by: yellojkt | February 6, 2011 8:12 PM | Report abuse

And they stole the lit-up people from the Beijing Olympics...

So Fergie's the only one who can really sing?

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 8:12 PM | Report abuse

This is just awful.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Sparkly.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 6, 2011 8:14 PM | Report abuse

OK, I was NOT expecting Slash and and G'N'R tribute...

bc's wondering what bar Axl Rose is slamming his head into right now.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Don't know where to start. Well, okay, I do. I'm happy that GB is leading and hope they can hold on to their game for the second half. I had forgotten where Randel El had gone after the Danny's team unceremoniously dumped him. I've always liked him, but I'm still rooting for GB.

And now, the ads. So, stand back for the rant. Apparently, women do not, or are not supposed to, like sports and watch sports. The flower commercial with Faith Hill didn't do a whole lot for me, although I'm sure 12 year old boys will be dreaming tonight. As for the Snickers commercial where Roseann Barr got hammered by the log, um, where do I start with that? The age range of boyz/men from perhaps 6 (when girls are icky) to 96, where they can watch women being battered by a log (perhaps wishing it were by them), is vast indeed. I don't think I'll look at a candy bar in the same way again. It simply appalled me. And, yes, she got paid for the commercial (don't know if it was as much as paid to whatshisname who got to eat the candy bar, tho). But WTF????

Lea Michele I find a bit grating and I don't like her voice much. The stylistic warbling I find boring, because the ones who sing like that all sound alike.

And, no, I'm not really cranky in general, just pi$$ed about those ads. But then, they aren't really "aimed" at me, are they (pun intended)?

Back to your regularly scheduled mayhem.

Posted by: ftb3 | February 6, 2011 8:15 PM | Report abuse

And I was thinking The Black-eyed Borg.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 6, 2011 8:16 PM | Report abuse

I agree, really awful. They played the Grey Cup a few years ago, I remember them being much better then.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 6, 2011 8:16 PM | Report abuse

And I didn't mean in a good way.
Yes, Beijing without the cast of millions.
Lame.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 6, 2011 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Quick poll -- Usher's wearing parachute pants or an extra-large diaper?

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 8:17 PM | Report abuse

TBG, you are so right! I'd go change into my jammies but this is fascinating - in the same way as a car wreck.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 6, 2011 8:18 PM | Report abuse

We're taking bets on who comes out next with the Black-Eyed Peas after Slash & Usher.

My money's on George Clinton or Bootsy Collins.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 6, 2011 8:20 PM | Report abuse

My fav is the CarMax, although the first one for Bud Light, with the beer in the kitchen, was clever as well. My wife points out that they should have made the kitchen uglier.

Worst one is where the innocent women gets clocked with a Pepsi. Yeah, that's funny.

I thought the Motorola commercial had a lot of moxie for trying to turn the tables on Apple, but I don't think it was effective at getting people to remember the product name.

The game's been pretty good too.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 6, 2011 8:20 PM | Report abuse

The half time show blows (IMO).

Posted by: Moose13 | February 6, 2011 8:21 PM | Report abuse

For the Love of God, what on earth is going on?

Can we get the Who back?

Posted by: rickoshea12 | February 6, 2011 8:21 PM | Report abuse

And closing with the Blockhead dance.

All in all, that was entertaining.

And fodderific.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 6, 2011 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Anyone want to guess how many people will call in sick due to the halftime show?

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 8:24 PM | Report abuse

At least between the boodle and those on twitter I have been laughing at the comments throughout the halftime show, very few complimentary, actually on bc's :-)

Posted by: dmd3 | February 6, 2011 8:24 PM | Report abuse

We're fresh out of molten chocolate but there's fruit left. Rats. Ying doesn't balance Yang.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 6, 2011 8:24 PM | Report abuse

bc may have suffered for his comments, dmd -- we're checking him now to make sure he's not seizing up from all the flashing lights...

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 8:26 PM | Report abuse

I think it's time to consider a half time show of two marching bands, maybe from colleges representing the cities of each team... I'd like to be a fly on the wall when the BEP's see a replay of their show!

Posted by: badsneakers | February 6, 2011 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Now I am really laughing Scotty.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 6, 2011 8:28 PM | Report abuse

The half-time show is an exercise in tackniness; the black eyesd legumes have succeeded.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 6, 2011 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Did Usher sing? or just dance badly??

The transition from 'Time of My Life' to whatever was WHAT???

Other wise I thought it was mostly ok to some what good at parts.

But pay no attention to me I have brain damage... I actually find myself liking a little HipHop a little bit lately.

Next year - a Katy Perry and Lady Gaga duet.

I mean if you're going to over produce the half time show...know what I'm saying

Posted by: omni3 | February 6, 2011 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Ooooh, Woodson out -- not good.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Nice idea for next year, omni!

Posted by: -pj- | February 6, 2011 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Steve Martin's tweet, snort worthy

"I learned so much about love during the halftime show. And then at the end when it said, “The Beginning,” I thought “Wow.” Just. Wow."

Posted by: dmd3 | February 6, 2011 8:34 PM | Report abuse

At some point in their medley Katie belts out a verse from her song "I Kissed a Girl"

Then they kiss

I'm such a boy

Posted by: omni3 | February 6, 2011 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Two words, omni & pj -- wardrobe malfunction.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Scotty, did you say Lame? Talitha and I would say, LaME (where is my accent mark?)...electrified silver metallic laME-like collar/harness flying buttress thingie on Ms. FergusonPea...not attractive at alll..

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 6, 2011 8:35 PM | Report abuse

cars.com? Meh

eTrade? Chuckle-worthy...

Best Buy? OK, Bieber in makeup dissing himself? Snort!

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Ozzy stole will.i.am's halftime costume.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 6, 2011 8:39 PM | Report abuse

The camera guy delivered the biggest hit on that play!

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Omni, I like hip-hop. The dancing is fun, although the traditional loose-jean clothing is way meh for it. Krumping is also fun to watch.

No brain damage needed. It's at least one dance form that doesn't require you to avert your eyes from crotch bulges.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 6, 2011 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Ozzy stole will.i.am's halftime costume.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 6, 2011 8:40 PM | Report abuse

And that was NOT a facemask on the punt return.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Looks like a game is on

Posted by: omni3 | February 6, 2011 8:42 PM | Report abuse

lam-ay

Posted by: Yoki | February 6, 2011 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Suisham's WAY top fond of the uprights...

More Pirates of the Caribbean???

HomeAway? Try again...

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 8:45 PM | Report abuse

CqP, I saw a menage a trois of sequined butterflies atop an oilspill of leather, with zaftieg thighs thrown in for good measure.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 6, 2011 8:45 PM | Report abuse

And the militarism continues... Difficult to criticize a Medal of Honor winner, though.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Backboodling reveals I missed nothing by choosing the halftime show to get a few chores done.

will i am was on NPR a few weekends ago explaining how he writes songs, chooses what to sample, etc. Nothing opaque there, the guy is interested in hooks that sell, and finds them. Great for my I-pod when all I want is mindless running tunes. Watching live? Like I said, glad I got my chores done. Fergie's phoning it in lately, expect her to go solo soon.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 6, 2011 8:46 PM | Report abuse

lame'

Posted by: talitha1 | February 6, 2011 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Ozzy and Bieber were auditioning for next year's halftime show.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 6, 2011 8:48 PM | Report abuse

lamé

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, I only meant that I never liked it much before except when clubbing with friends. Would never play it myself at home or on a jukebox. But now that women have a greater presence in this genre of music I find myself liking it more.

But Iwas no kindding abuot the brain dam.

Give me good rhythm and beat you can groove to and a woman's voice then I'm there. Lose the forced rhyme and forced meter too.

Posted by: omni3 | February 6, 2011 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Oh sure, cut and paste, TBG :-)

Posted by: Yoki | February 6, 2011 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Talk about inducing seizures... That Elantra ad actually hurt.

That Groupon ad did NOT work.

Coked-up border guards? Meh.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Coke ad cute.

Really want to see the new Pirates movie because Ian McShane is in it!

Posted by: badsneakers | February 6, 2011 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Homeaway.com: $3M of the VC's money flushed away.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 6, 2011 8:53 PM | Report abuse

EYE liked the coke line in the sand ad.And Adrien Brody? Over the top!

Posted by: rickoshea12 | February 6, 2011 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Gold lamé. 50,000,000 Elvis fans can't be wrong:

http://mimg.ugo.com/200812/16590/50000000-elvis-fans-cant-be-wrong.jpg

Posted by: -pj- | February 6, 2011 8:54 PM | Report abuse

No cut and paste. TBG has it right! I've never figured out how to make a grave mark, pretty odd considering husband (or whatever he is now) has one in his last name.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 6, 2011 8:55 PM | Report abuse

No, Yoki. You can do it as easily, too, on your MacBook.

Option-E, then hit the E = é

Option-U, then hit U = ü or O = ö

Option-`, then hit A = à

Copy and paste is for Windoze users.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Carmax should have stayed with the first ad.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 8:56 PM | Report abuse

I liked the Groupon ad. It hooked me with Timothy Hutton's narration about Tibet. I fell for the joke.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Jeez, TBG, you've just empowered me to write pidgin-German and pidgin-French (all I have left of an original mastery of each) on the Boodle!

Posted by: Yoki | February 6, 2011 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Famous last words from the announcers -- Ben sacked just after they note he hadn't been. bc's man Zombo with the hit, and Suisham reverts to Redskins form.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 9:00 PM | Report abuse

For Windows users, hold down the alt key and hit 0233 on the number keypad.

é

Posted by: -pj- | February 6, 2011 9:00 PM | Report abuse

é

It works!

Posted by: Yoki | February 6, 2011 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Suisam's kick - I haven't seen a hook like that since Tiger Woods teeing off on 13 last Saturday.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 6, 2011 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Enimen, Chrysler? Wha???

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 9:03 PM | Report abuse

I liked the Adrian Brody ad too.

Elantra sound like a prescription drug for...oh the list goes on...side effects include..........................

Posted by: omni3 | February 6, 2011 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Enimen & Chrysler? Wha???

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 9:05 PM | Report abuse

How many other places on the intertubes (or elsewhere) would you find a discussion about lame' during the SuperBowl ... except on the Boodle?

I'd also like to add that it's so much fun to 'watch' with you all tonight. I can't recall ever watching an SB alone before and wasn't especially looking forward to it.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 6, 2011 9:06 PM | Report abuse

I just like Adrian Brody

Posted by: Yoki | February 6, 2011 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Oh, talitha, just wait for the Oscars! Remember the Winter Olympics opening ceremonies from Vancouver? That was another fine Boodle night.

Posted by: Yoki | February 6, 2011 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Stupid penalty by Williams...

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 9:10 PM | Report abuse

The Groupon ads work better for people who already subscribe. I get offers in several cities and usually read the copy describing the offers even when I'm not even vaguely interested. I think some Onion staffers are moonlighting, or Groupon shares an HR department.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 6, 2011 9:13 PM | Report abuse

In slo mo that incompletion had great hairography.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 6, 2011 9:16 PM | Report abuse


Don't you just love Brody's nose? I admire him for not altering it.

Posted by: rickoshea12 | February 6, 2011 9:17 PM | Report abuse

His nose? His *nose!*? Well, yes, yes I do.

Posted by: Yoki | February 6, 2011 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, I was in on the livechat during the Vancouver Olympics every night here on the Wapo with Paul Farhi moderating. Steuver co-moderated on opening night and a few others. Philip Kennicott, who had been a competitive figure skater, came in during those competitions and a few other Wapo staffers, too. It was a hoot.

Wouldn't watch the Oscars without cha!

Posted by: talitha1 | February 6, 2011 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Snort!

Posted by: rickoshea12 | February 6, 2011 9:23 PM | Report abuse

That NFL ad was clever! I'm not happy with the way this game is going. Really, really don't want Steelers to win, but GB not helping selves. Oh, nevermind, Steeler turnover.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 6, 2011 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Cute NFL ad for the fans...

Complete with the football to Marsha's face! :)

And it's a FUMMMMMMBLLLE!!!!!

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Since I don't, like, um, *watch* football because I dislike the designated hitter rule, I've been following here and watching the commercials online.

A number have highlighted people falling off buildings, being hit by flying objects, hit by golf clubs, etc. I'm not sure the ones where women are knocked over are any worse than the many more where men are. They're all stupid.

Posted by: -dbG- | February 6, 2011 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Well, that halftime show was quintessestial Black-Eyed Peas. One might even say it had a lot of pea-ness in it.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 6, 2011 9:28 PM | Report abuse

My current TV hero Dan Harmon (creator of Community) is playing commercial poker on Twitter. He just won with "no hat, someone on phone."

Who wants to bet me? I'll take little kid and kick to the crotch.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 9:28 PM | Report abuse

*Snort* (stealer)

Posted by: Yoki | February 6, 2011 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Go Pack Goooooooooo

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 6, 2011 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Almost too easy!!! Second TD catch for Jennings!!!

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 9:31 PM | Report abuse

ok, that's a movie I might want to see

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 6, 2011 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Talking cars... Meh.

OK, so Bud Light finally found a good writer... and CGI artist. *snort*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 9:33 PM | Report abuse

I've got dogs, and anthropomorphic cars.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 6, 2011 9:34 PM | Report abuse

The Sonata ad was cute, the PepsiMax not so much.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 9:35 PM | Report abuse

And we STILL have a game...

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Another "new" Beetle? Meh.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 9:46 PM | Report abuse

btw, am I the only person here rooting for the Steelers? Those last eight points almost had me on my feet (didn't wanta drop the laptop. ;o )

Posted by: talitha1 | February 6, 2011 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Yoki wins post of the day


Snort indeed

Posted by: omni3 | February 6, 2011 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Yet ANOTHER "classic rock" music reference... Janis this time.

Nice Mean Joe Greene parody, House... *snort*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Love that House ad!

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 6, 2011 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Someone on Facebook posted that the halftime show was lame and it's all I can take to keep from correcting that to lamé.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 9:52 PM | Report abuse

No matter what happens tonight, Pittsburgh still wins Best Looking Head Coach.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Do it! Do it!

Posted by: -dbG- | February 6, 2011 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Do it, TBG!

Posted by: talitha1 | February 6, 2011 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Talitha, I'm for the Steelers too. But only because my daughter lives in Pittsburgh.

My, isn't testosterone flying around the field!

Posted by: rickoshea12 | February 6, 2011 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Very nice to see the players on both sides NOT talking trash, etc.

SO close on that pass (interference, too), but three more points helps.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Stooooooopid Camaro ad.

Ooooh, RETRO on the Verizon ad!! *L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 9:58 PM | Report abuse

It's such a letdown when the commercials aren't new.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 6, 2011 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Do it!

Posted by: Yoki | February 6, 2011 9:59 PM | Report abuse

This is as good a game as SB 44

Am only rooting for GB cause they are green

It is looking like I sort of got my green bowl after all. fingers crossed

Tomorrow...

Posted by: omni3 | February 6, 2011 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Kardashian, selling shoes? SO meh.

Terra Nova? Eh.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 10:02 PM | Report abuse

I did it!

It was actually a comment posted under a Borowitz post. If anyone even notices, I'll be surprised. But I think it's funny and I'm giggling still.

It's dangerous hanging out with you guys. I'm glad I didn't when I was a teenager.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 10:03 PM | Report abuse

*looooooooooooooooooooong exhale*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Scotty wins the Post-Season Tiara!

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Whew. Now I hope they don't delay the new episode of Glee with too much post game hoopla.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 6, 2011 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Yes indeed, the Lombardi Trophy is going home. :-)

I'll bet Rodgers gets the MVP.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Hey! Someone "liked" my comment! Validation!

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 10:07 PM | Report abuse

WOW, I'm happy

Posted by: omni3 | February 6, 2011 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to S'nuke! And to Green Bay. Great game and I love the silver tickertape and confetti.

TBG, this crowd together in highschool? Oh, my!

Posted by: talitha1 | February 6, 2011 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Would somebody please tell me who won? All these cryptic comments...

Posted by: Yoki | February 6, 2011 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Dallas *is* Mister Rodgers Neighborhood.

At least as far as SB XLV MVP goes.
Consensus between Scottynuke and I, amyway.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 6, 2011 10:10 PM | Report abuse

What season is Glee in now?

Oh wait, let me look it up

Posted by: omni3 | February 6, 2011 10:11 PM | Report abuse

I like the eTrade cat. :-))))

Nice "Dirty Harry" homage...

"Mars Needs Moms?" Really? *semi-snort*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 6, 2011 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Way to go TBG! Happy for the Packers. Sad that there weren't any Budweiser Clydesdale ads. Can't wait to hear who next year's half-time performer(s) will be ;-) Liked the Borowitz suggestion a lot.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 6, 2011 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Green Bay won, Yoki.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Justified is a good show. I hope the Super Bowl ads draw enough viewers to keep it going.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 6, 2011 10:13 PM | Report abuse

YAY for Green Bay! Very happy for them, indeed.

I assure the boodle that I have calmed down. Most of the ads were crappy, and after time I ignored them like I usually do.

Therefore, I think to celebrate, we should all eat cheese. I mean, dontcha think?

Posted by: ftb3 | February 6, 2011 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, TBG! All I know about the Packers I learned from John Irving's "The Fourth Hand," so I don't put too much stock in it.

Posted by: Yoki | February 6, 2011 10:15 PM | Report abuse

It is always a good time to eat cheese, in Yoki-world.

Posted by: Yoki | February 6, 2011 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Joel was right in his prediction of Green Bay winning, tho the game wasn't as close as he thought it would be. Congrats, Scotty!

Mr. T was rooting for the Packers, so I suppose we are happy in the T house. I have good friends who are Steeler fans, so I will be very quiet for the next few days.

The Really Important Thing is that Carolina beat Florida State this afternoon. By 20.

Posted by: slyness | February 6, 2011 10:23 PM | Report abuse

There were some Clydesdales in the "Tiny Dancer" ad. They brought the Bud, remember?

Dr G's dad used to ride in the Clydesdale Wagon, in his early days as an ad man for Anheuser-Busch.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 10:25 PM | Report abuse

frosti, I agree wholeheartedly about Justified. Happy it's coming back, hope I don't forget to watch it.

I'd love some cheese but have OD'd on carp snacks and oatmeal cookies so I'll have to pass.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 6, 2011 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Just did a quick backboodle-scan and counted 22 of us posting during the game.
Thanks to all for the excellent company and laughs!

Posted by: talitha1 | February 6, 2011 10:26 PM | Report abuse

OMG, you guys are sooo hard to join. Not because any of you are difficult, but because when I go away for a few hours you have already moved on. WOW!!

Thank you so much for your welcoming words. I will try to keep contributing.

So here I go...

We walked today (me and Aap and my Skydoggie), which improved my mood immeasurably. It was 43 and sunny here near Charm City and FINALLY a nice day to walk. I'm pretty sure that bad weather causes me to be sad, 'cause I NEED to exercise. And I haven't exercised much since before Christmas. I have a treadmill, but that damn thing makes me feel like the floor is moving under me when I get off of it. I'd MUCH rather be outside. Sigh--but I live near Baltimore this winter (and last winter, now that I think of it.......).

Posted by: oldbam | February 6, 2011 10:28 PM | Report abuse

oldbam-winter forces me to use treadmills much more than I'd like. Found dimming the lights helps with the motion issues.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 6, 2011 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Oh, sorry, not watching the game. I was a HUGE Bronco fan in the 80's, but moved here from Colorado in 1996 and lost track.

Yay, John Elway!!!!

Oh, wait.......

Posted by: oldbam | February 6, 2011 10:34 PM | Report abuse

And now for the main event...

Get your Slushies ready.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 6, 2011 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Hi oldbam! Nice to see you again! We don't usually get this prolific on a Sunday evening, but this was a special occasion. We like to live boodle events: super bowl, oscars, state of the union address, democratic national convention, election night... you name it, we'll live blog it.

I'm still tickled about Frosti turning down an IRL invitation to stay here with us.

We are now watching the recorded Puppy Bowl. So cute!

Posted by: -TBG- | February 6, 2011 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Nice of the NFL to put on a good pre-Glee show.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 6, 2011 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Is this post game ever going to end?

Posted by: dmd3 | February 6, 2011 10:38 PM | Report abuse

The PB cuteness was overwhelming.

The lab mix wuz robbed. He should have gotten MVP.

Posted by: -dbG- | February 6, 2011 10:38 PM | Report abuse

I am checking out the puppy bowl right now. While cuddling my Skydoggie. She really is a good doggie.

Posted by: oldbam | February 6, 2011 10:41 PM | Report abuse

hmm, Frosti, thanks for that, but my treadmill is in the basement, and the dim lights down there don't help. I lived in Colorado for 16 years, and it's REALLY hard for me to get used to not getting outside.

Whenever I get back to CO I remember that the very AIR beckons me outside. I really miss that.

Posted by: oldbam | February 6, 2011 10:53 PM | Report abuse

i love this place. congrats you packer fans.

howdy, oldbam. glad you delurked.

Posted by: LALurker | February 6, 2011 10:59 PM | Report abuse

*I* want to go to Zombie Camp!

Posted by: yellojkt | February 6, 2011 10:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm watching Glee for the first time. I'm not quite sure what to make of it ... can't tell the ads from the program. Jane Lynch is wicked funny, tho'.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 6, 2011 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Sign me up too.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 6, 2011 11:02 PM | Report abuse

oldbam, I lived in Colorado for eleven years and I know what you mean about the outdoors beckoning. After the next ten years in DC I lived just north of B'more for the next ten ... so we have some geographical things in common for sure.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 6, 2011 11:06 PM | Report abuse

hi, LALurker, hope I can contribute.

Posted by: oldbam | February 6, 2011 11:07 PM | Report abuse

My daughter just laughed when she noticed all the Glee hockey players had mullets - Hey is that a Canadian slam!

Posted by: dmd3 | February 6, 2011 11:12 PM | Report abuse

dmd-Mullets are the universal hockey do, I'm sure no national slam was intended.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 6, 2011 11:14 PM | Report abuse

The Chevy part *was* a commercial. But I loved it.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 6, 2011 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Talitha, OMG, we sure do. We might have been neighbors for awhile. Nice to imagine the possibilities.

I'd move back to COS in a heartbeat.

I'm just north of Baltimore, today, too.

Posted by: oldbam | February 6, 2011 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Do not check out Celebritology tonight. The comments on Aquilera's botched lyrics are more than depressing. Our 'friend' the rabbit is there and his comment is far from the worst - ugh.

As if I needed a reminder of why I love the Boodle!

Posted by: badsneakers | February 6, 2011 11:21 PM | Report abuse

This episode is over the top, even for Glee, but I love it. Maybe this one won't make me cry.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 6, 2011 11:23 PM | Report abuse

WHAT were the produces and directors thinking about for Glee

Posted by: bh72 | February 6, 2011 11:54 PM | Report abuse

I think it was a zombie double rainbow.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 7, 2011 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Thanks to the Boodle I know I didn't miss a thing at the Super Bowl. Mr seasea and I went to see True Grit, and enjoyed it very much. He's a John Wayne fan, so I expected to hear that it didn't live up to his expectations, but he thought it was quite good. I again was a bit disconcerted by the location, which did not look much like Arkansas or Oklahoma to me. Turns out it was filmed in Texas and New Mexico -
http://jerrygarrett.wordpress.com/2010/12/27/where-was-true-grit-filmed/
But it's a minor quibble. Matt Damon was good, the girl was too, and I love Jeff Bridges. I didn't even recognize Josh Brolin.

I've been watching DVD's of Homicide, which I never watched when it was on TV. I didn't know Melissa Leo was in it - she's up for an Oscar in The Fighter (she was also nominated in 2009 for Frozen River, which is a really good film). Homicide was filmed in 1993 - it's like the Dark Ages - typewriters instead of computers, no cell phones. Kind of bizarre.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 7, 2011 12:24 AM | Report abuse

Hey! We had mobile phones in 1993. Granted, they were roughly the size and weight of a cinderblock and there were enough towers (at least in Canada) that you could call only from major cities (and even then only to the next block) and they cost the earth and had their own special briefcases in which we carried them around, but we had 'em.

Posted by: Yoki | February 7, 2011 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Just finished watching "The Sting" for about the 14th time in my life. Still awfully clever. And those blue eyes (though most usually I have a thing for guys with dark orbs)!

Posted by: Yoki | February 7, 2011 1:09 AM | Report abuse

I know, and we had desktop computers too, but not in police stations on TV, apparently. 1993 is a lot longer ago than it seems like it should be - 18 years! Ye gods.

Blue eyes don't get much better than Newman and Redford. Dan Stevens, who was Matthew in Downton Abbey, has nice blue eyes.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 7, 2011 1:44 AM | Report abuse

Hee hee. Too right, mate.

Posted by: Yoki | February 7, 2011 2:10 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all. Many thanks for the boodle play by plays last night as well as outstanding entertainment. I watched first half on and off, then fell asleep.

Agree about commercials, although I thought the dog was cute that flattened the door on the fella early on, Doritos, I think..

My comment is that it was nice to see Chris Hanburger, he has kept trim over the years.

Wapo article about his nomination, so glad he is now in The Hall of Fame. You can probably guess that I dearly love the "over the hill gang".

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/03/AR2011020306975.html

Posted by: VintageLady | February 7, 2011 6:23 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. We're trying to get ready for school, don't want to start the week off late. It is work because "we" want to stay in the bed, and we're trying to find a good excuse to do that, but nothing comes to mind. LOL!

On the Internet, just about everyone is dishing the half-time program.

I see AOL is buying Huffington Post for 315 million dollars. I can't even phantom that kind of money. A million is an effort for me, and I think folks consider themselves broke when they get down to their last million. *sigh*

Slyness, hope you and Mr. T get a chance to walk this morning. I'll be doing the school run, and all that goes with that.

Have a fantastic Monday, folks, in spite of the fact that it is Monday. And love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | February 7, 2011 6:50 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, Cassandra! Mr. T and I did walk this morning. It was a pleasant 32 and the sky was getting light in the east before we got home. Maybe spring will come, one day!

Did you see that there's snow in the forecast for later this week? I hope the kids will enjoy it. I'm so over winter.

I too enjoyed the live blogging of the Super Bowl. So nice to have friends from all over the world so close.

Time to get started on the day. Gotta call a plumber to deal with the leaky faucet in the bathtub, it's a steady stream.

Posted by: slyness | February 7, 2011 7:25 AM | Report abuse

The copywriter curse has slipped from the online edition to the dead trees. The headline in the style section for this article is:

A puzzle solved without the reader's

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/06/AR2011020602893.html

Without the reader's what?

Posted by: yellojkt | February 7, 2011 7:30 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra!! *HUGSS* Saw that AOL/HuffPo item, makes me wonder about what's left of AOL...

*reaching for toothpicks to prop eyes open*

Wonderful evening, both online and in-person @ bc's -- the man puts on one heckuva shinding. An able assist to yello for some scrumptious buffalo chicken dip. Let's hope I can stay vertical through the rest of the day.

*off-in-search-of-the-mythical-caffeine-IV-drip-whilst-not-upsetting-the-playoff-tiara Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 7, 2011 7:34 AM | Report abuse

And I had to go online to get Hank Stuever's recap:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/07/AR2011020700184.html

But more important is the De Moreas summary of the Glee episode:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/tvblog/2011/02/glee-post-super-bowl-episode-w.html

Posted by: yellojkt | February 7, 2011 7:36 AM | Report abuse

For S'nuke:
http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3807

Posted by: DNA_Girl | February 7, 2011 7:40 AM | Report abuse

More like food-faced, DNA_Girl... *L*

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

'morning all. Indeed Scotty, Monday after the Super Bowl should be a Holiday. It wouldn't affect the GDP one bit I'm afraid.
It's a mild snowy day here in the other Federal Capital.
JJ is a real a$$hat. He sold tickets he didn't have seats for to be the "biggest Super Bowl" ever. I'd be seriously pi$$ed too to fly to the Superbowl and fing that my $800 tickets were useless. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/football/nfl/super-bowl-2011/02/06/super.bowl.ticket.problem.ap/index.html?eref=sihp

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 7, 2011 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Good morning boodle!

Mr. F called early this morning, tonight for him, from Okinawa. He watched most of the game over brunch but missed the end, but worse yet-didn't get to see any of the commercials. AFN (Armed Forces Network) puts in PSAs and has a competition for people who want to make an "ad" to be shown during the game. His assessment: not much of a chance that any of them will go viral.

DeMoreas was spot on about Glee. But a meta episode was exactly what was needed for post-Super Bowl viewing.

The post game skewering of Aguilera is just too much. She's only worthy of scathing criticism if she came up with that awful arrangement herself.

Later gators. Two of the frostcats are going to the vet today for checkups and they expect me to drive.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 7, 2011 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Some of the face value of those $800 tickets should have gone to the Fire Marshal Appreciation Society.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 7, 2011 8:20 AM | Report abuse

My wife tells me that February 13 is Mistress Day since married guys have to spend Valentine's with their wife. Guess I better start making plans.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 7, 2011 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Wow. If I had gone to Dallas with tickets in hand and not gotten in, I'd be furious. The stadium is in Arlington? I'll bet the city manager will have a word or two with the fire chief this morning. A storm shouldn't prevent the inspections from occuring on time, especially for an event this large.

Posted by: slyness | February 7, 2011 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Sure yello but JJ had to know that the SB was scheduled for Feb 6. And it's not like the Cowboys' post season games were interfering with any work that had to be done. Last NFL game in that barn was Dec 19 when the Cow Herders beat, who else, the Warshington Professional Football Franchise. The Cotton bowl was played more than a month ago. Inexcusable.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 7, 2011 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Scotty,
My wife swears by AOL Music. They have a lot of free album listenings a week before release and tons of video content.

They have done a good job of turning themselves into an online content aggregator. Most people don't know it but TMZ, one of the major gossip sites, is owned by AOL as well as a lot of major tech blogs.

I still have my collection of vintage AOL CDs.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 7, 2011 8:53 AM | Report abuse

I swear at the coverage, yello -- they call HuffPo a "news site." *gagging*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 7, 2011 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. Thanks for the game info last night. We hosted extended family and friends for the game, so I couldn't stick around. Nobody knew the spread or over-under, though, so of course I asked the Boodle.

I, too, made yello's buffalo chicken dip, with all the chicken but half of everything else. Also, Yoki's olive balls, now a family favorite. I had lots of white beans and ham, salad, bread, brownies and cherry pie, plus finger food. A cousin brought homemade pierogi, yum. Sadly, we have many leftovers. We had up to 17 invited and found out at 3 pm that 6 adults and 2 kids could not come.

I was sorry to miss the live Boodling. I liked the VW darth vader and bug best.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 7, 2011 10:00 AM | Report abuse

What the heck have you people been up to? I was just checking out Joel's books at Amazon, and the first items in the "Customers Who Bought Items in Your Recent History Also Bought..." recommendations were the Nerf Barrel Break IX-2 N-Strike Blaster and the Nerf N-Strike Spectre Rev-5 Dart Blaster.

Posted by: bobsewell | February 7, 2011 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Mmmmm, leftover brownies, eh, Ivansmom? I wonder where she could fax them.

*Yep, I do indeed wonderrrrrrrrrr*

Posted by: ftb3 | February 7, 2011 10:34 AM | Report abuse

The old Expos are dying off. Ron Piché last week and now it's Woody Fryman's turn to call it a life. Mind you that for both men it ends a bad run of medical events. The Gazette doesn't say so but Piché was seriously hurt in a car accident in 2009 and never really recovered.

http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/Woodie+Fryman+Montreal+Expos+Hall+Famer+dies/4232862/story.html

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 7, 2011 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Yes indeed, ftb, leftover brownies coming through the fax now.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 7, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse


It's another beautiful morning here on the left coast. Yesterday's high of 78 drew me away from the gridiron display. I guess the combined behavior on the field and off have made the transition in Green Bay complete as far as idealized quarterbacks go.

For music online, I recommend Grooveshark. They offer cloud storage of your own music collection and access to everyone else's. Outstanding way to listen to music from artists you cared enough about to buy but albums you didn't.

Posted by: edbyronadams | February 7, 2011 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Thanks ever so, I'mom.

*wiping crumbs from chin*

Posted by: ftb3 | February 7, 2011 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Hmmmmm. Watch out, Mudge, 'cuz I'm gonna kick the boodle tires again.

*thump* *thump*

Posted by: ftb3 | February 7, 2011 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Good day, y'all.

I liked the game a lot more than the ads, lemme tell ya.

We've got choc. chip cookies on the baking calendar later this afternoon in case anyone's interested.

I have a random question for the boodle. Please don't go look up the definition of the word "crave", just go with your gut instinct here. The question is: would you ever crave something you already have?

I'll explain later. There is no wrong or right answer here, I'm just gathering perspectives.

Posted by: MsJS | February 7, 2011 12:11 PM | Report abuse

MsJS, I think it depends, but I think that in a lot of cases, the answer is yes, if you don't have enough. You can crave a smoke if you only have one cig left. At a memorial service, you can get This Hug right now, but look over This shoulder across the room to That person and want -- downright need -- That hug. Is this what you mean?

Posted by: LostInThought | February 7, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

BobS, preparing for the Canuckistani invasion natch.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | February 7, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse


How can you want something you already have? Want more?

It does bring to mind how crave and craven might have the same root.

Posted by: edbyronadams | February 7, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Books. I have a zillion and I'm always craving more.

I like LiT's craving hugs, too.

Chocolate: I eat some, I crave more, although I'm trying to do better about that and just eat a little.

Posted by: slyness | February 7, 2011 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Everything I know about craving, I learned from k.d. lang.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXqPjx94YMg&feature=related

Posted by: yellojkt | February 7, 2011 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I don't see a problem with "crave." One can have a craving for something readily availbe; I have salt cravings all the time, and there are sugar junkies and chocolate junkies among the Boodle, I'm sure. When one says, "I have a sudden craving for X," one can get up and go to the kitchen and get it (ice cream, for example). So sure, you can crave what you have. I think "crave" simply means "wants it a lot," perhaps with the added connotation of something that has suddenly occured, a sudden craving.

Speaking of chocolate chip cookies, I was watching an episode of America's Test Kitchen yesterday, which was about cookies. And coincidentally my Facebook high school group was discussing and polling on whether one liked cookies soft or crisp. So here are the AMTK tips on how to make cho chip cookies softer:

1) best choc: Ghiradelli's Bittersweet (but NOT Ghiradelli's Semi-Sweet; big difference, apparently. Nestle's came ...in last, Hershey's finished 2nd);
2) Take about 2/3 of the butter and melt/heat in pan, swirling as it starts to foam, and cooking until light brown;
3) Take out half the egg whites (but not yolks);
4) Use more brown sugar than white sugar (and make sure it is fresh, moist brown sugar, not dried out)
5) When mixing egg and choc, whisk it and wait 3 minutes, whisk and wait 3, then whisk and wait 3. Apparently the resting cycle is important.

Same show: secrets of great French Butter Cookie (Sables):

Instead of using liquid/raw egg, use yolk (not the white) from a hard-boiled egg. (This removes moisture, which is what makes a cookie crisp; less moisture (water)=softer cookie.). A good butter/sugar cookie should have a snady texture from the undissolved sugar. The trick is to use less moisture so not all the sugar can dissolve, thus leaving some granular sugar undissolved. Assume 77 grams of sugar. How much moisture is needed to dissolve it? About half, by weight, so 38 grams. So to leave d sugar behind, you need less than 38 grams of water. 10 tbl. of butter contains 30 grams of moisture. One egg contains about 8 grams, so that equals 38. You can't reduce the butter or it gets hard and brittle. So to reduce the 8 grams from the egg, use a hard-boiled yolk. The moisture in a hard-boiled yoke is chemically bound so not available to dissolve sugar. So total water is 30 grams, not 38. Voila! Stellar butter cookie.

ed, you mentioned that Grooveshark has "cloud" storage, and I've seen these (*&^%$#&) Microsoft commercials that have the new theme/buzz phrase, "All the way to the cloud." I have no clue whatsoever what this slogan means, nor what "cloud" means, in reference to computers or storage. ed, can you or any other Boodler edumacate me?

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 7, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Mug, my somewhat mystical understanding of the cloud is that all your stuff in the cloud is Out There, either existing or not in existence depending on how you thinknof it, but virtually protected and instantly retrievable. I have stuff in The Cloud. Computer crash? Email go crazy? You wont lose your data or information because it is in The Cloud.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 7, 2011 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Mudge. Darn autocorrect.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 7, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I believe that everything "cloud" related is a reference to computer capacity (both storage and computing power) that has a physical location that is unknown to you and not even knowable, as it may be constantly changing. Furthermore, the amount of resources that are available is variable, depending on the momentary demand. NASA has recently instituted such resources. Weirdly, however, it is located in an actual particular place -- a shipping container inside a fenced enclosure, with a great big power line and HVAC facilities attached to it. Presumably, the cloudiness comes in the form of variable resource allocation, rather than variable resource location, which attaches resources to a particular computational problem rather than a particular person's controlled assets. In some ways, it's a return to good old-fashioned mainframe computing, where the device that sits on your desk is merely an interface, while some other location handles all the actual computing, data-storage, data-backup, etc.

Or I could be all wrong about that. I'll ask my wife. She'll know. Also, Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_computing

Posted by: ScienceTim | February 7, 2011 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Mudge-Mr. F, whose job it is to make major decisions with regard to IT stuff, says the problem with "the cloud" is that it means a million different things depending on who's using it. His "official" definition is very much what Sci Tim said in his 1:23.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 7, 2011 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Dave Barry is a better man than I am. Yeah, yeah I can see those heads nod-

http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/02/05/2051122/barry-manilow-and-me.html

Posted by: kguy1 | February 7, 2011 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Bugger, y'all beat me to it. Cloud computing the term is about as vague & amorphous as the word itself. Clouds are hard, right?

Until recently I don't believe there has been much use of "Cloud Computing" outside of scientific highly parallel computing. Business has increasingly been using it for surge processing (buy machine time as needed instead of buying machines that stand mostly idle). Depending on your definition, online data storage and backups could be considered Cloud computing, but seems a particularly weak definition.

Posted by: HeadFool | February 7, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

K-guy-thanks so much for the Dave Barry link. Reminded me of the time Mr. F took me to see Tom Jones at Lisner.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 7, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Speaking as a man who has seen both Michael Bublé and Bryan Adams in concert, Dave Barry needs to grow a pair.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 7, 2011 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Going back to craving, yes you can definitely crave something you already have if there is something that holds you back from giving in to your craving. For example, one isn't supposed to eat dairy food after taking a calcium pill so though I love ice cream and have a freezer full of it, after taking my calcium pill I continue to crave ice cream but have to count the hours (two hours I was told) before I can actually have some. The same thing with dieters. If they have self discipline (I am not speaking about myself), they can crave some food they have in the house but not eat it.

Posted by: orawh | February 7, 2011 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the Barry link, I needed the laugh.
I've been muttering ugly words under my breath for most of the day. It looks like my F1 man, Robert Kubica, isn't going to drive this year. If he's lucky he might not lose his hand. Stupid rally cars aren't built around a strong cell for the pilot like open wheel cars and it shows.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-drive/new-cars/motorsports/f1-driver-may-lose-his-hand-after-major-crash/article1897232/

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 7, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

That's a heckuva double-bill, yello. Did Michael and Bryan have dueling pianos, a la Billy & Elton?

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 7, 2011 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Thank you all so much. This has been helpful. I appreciate that so many of the craving references were food related.

I see examples of craving something you have some of but want more of, and also of craving something that's not with you in this moment but could be in another room and/or available at another point in time.

The question came up in one of those philosophical conversations one gets into when the half-time show is so bad no one wants to even pretend to watch it. One of the group felt one couldn't crave what one had and we all agreed we'd ponder this and get back together during March Madness.

Choc. chip cookies on the table. Ghirardelli bittersweet chips and the sugar quantity split 2 parts brown to 1 part white.

Posted by: MsJS | February 7, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

If you want to know about craving, ask a pregnant woman.

Posted by: kguy1 | February 7, 2011 3:49 PM | Report abuse

"craving something that's not with you in this moment but could be in another room and/or available at another point in time."

This is what came to mind for me, MsJS.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 7, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Enjoyed the Dave Barry column, k-guy. I've never done that to Mr. T. I think.

Hmm. I don't recall ever having cravings when I was pregnant. I didn't have morning sickness to the point of being ill, but I did have a sharpened sense of smell, at least for the first few weeks.

Other boodle moms, how did pregnancy affect you?

Posted by: slyness | February 7, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

My wife craved grilled steaks and our local ice cream stand's version of the Dairy Queen Blizzard. I put on a lot of sympathy weight.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 7, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

No strong cravings. Liked sweets with the first, sour things with the second.

Sense of smell of a bloodhound through both pregnancies, mixed with increased allergies - developed an allergy to fabrics, threads? with the first, I worked in a fairly dressy office at the time and wore skirts most of the time and had to cover my chair as the fabric had become unbearable to me and similarly went through many many bras trying to find ones I was not allergic/sensitive to, perfumes drove me insane. Oddly that child was hypersensitive to these items in her first few years of life.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 7, 2011 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Joel better get his book out quick, Bristol Palin has her own coming out this summer.

http://tinyurl.com/4c9hs7r

Posted by: yellojkt | February 7, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Cravings, hmmm. First pregnancy it was jelly beans and asparagus - not together tho', thank goodness. Second time I don't remember food cravings but was very sensitive to smells for the first few months. Could not stand the smell of coffee during that time. Had morning sickness with both, and was hyper sensitive to anything violent (movies in particular).

Was sunny here most of the day with some good melting going on. More snow tomorrow - but just an inch or so.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 7, 2011 4:28 PM | Report abuse

And both books will be about a horrific (no, no, I have to say it: an horrific) disaster that torments the nation and puts the natural world at risk. The parallels are uncanny.

Posted by: ScienceTim | February 7, 2011 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I didn't have any cravings but like some of you others I developed a very strong sense of smell. Once I cooked something for my husband but the smell of it, which had never bothered me before, made it impossible for me to eat it. Poor man, he had to eat it for several days. Unfortunately, this sense of smell didn't leave me and to this day I have to close the windows when the neighbors (I live in an apartment building) are frying fish or garlic, or boiling cabbage. Of course there are some good points to it, too. When I forgot to turn off the electric oven, although there was nothing in it to burn, I smelled it and went in to turn it off.

Posted by: orawh | February 7, 2011 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Clouding: My iPhone and iPad are both part of the Cloud. We are expecting another winter storm with four to ten inches of snow, vicious winds and cold temperatures tomorrow night and Wednesday. A Wednesday night event was just rescheduled. I moved it on my iPhone calendar. Within seconds the change showed up on my iPad calendar, with no further effort on my part. I frankly would just as soon not know how this works.

Pregnancy was a long time ago and far far away. I don't know whether I can even say I had any cravings caused by pregnancy; I gave up refined sugar, caffeine and alcohol. That includes chocolate, by the way. I re-introduced ice cream the last month or so, when it didn't seem to matter any more, but stayed off the other two until the Boy was about a year old. You'd think I would have just given it all up forever, but no.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 7, 2011 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Ad Insatium

Groak. Chicken nugget.
Chomp. Groak chicken. Chicken,chomp!
Chickenchompchicken--!

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 7, 2011 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I need clarification. I only heard about Christina Aguilera from the Boodle. Today, I listened to her rendition of the national anthem thanks to a link on WaPo. Then I looked her up in Wikipedia. It says she is the "voice of her generation". Please tell me it's not true!

Posted by: orawh | February 7, 2011 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Occasionally great, whiny, confused, missing important bits?

Sounds about right. *rimshot*

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 7, 2011 5:09 PM | Report abuse

I've never particularly had a sweet tooth, but once I went through menopause, I developed a pretty much insatiable taste for very, very, very dark chocolate. So I nibble on it (small pieces (*honest*!!!)) after dinner. I get it from Trader Joe's (73% cacao). I don't like milk chocolate much, and white "chocolate" isn't really chocolate, anyway. I think it tastes like wax (not that I would actually know what wax tastes like, but, well, you know ...).

And, now, I'm hungry. A regular progression, that.

Posted by: ftb3 | February 7, 2011 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Wilbrodog. That was delightful. Signed Scampy.

Posted by: orawh | February 7, 2011 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrodog, I forgot to ask you your secret or technique. How do you get your human to let you have chicken nuggets? I am jealous. Signed Scampy

Posted by: orawh | February 7, 2011 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Talked to the frostcats' new Florida vet this morning about their groaking, and general condition. She agreed it was a very fine word, and they are very fine felines. We were all pleased.

Frostson is 34 so I vaguely remember being pregnant. No cravings but I developed a deep aversion to the smell of both Parkay and Blue Bonnet margarine if melted-this includes small amounts that melt into toast. The aversion remains, but we rarely have margarine of any brand in the house and I've long since grown to prefer my toast dry, or buttered after it is cold so nothing melts. Wasn't old enough to drink, and hadn't acquired a taste for coffee yet so there was little to give up-had we even known all the things one isn't to eat or do.

To me craving is always very specific, and it can indeed be for something that is easily at hand. Unfortunately, in the food dept. I have acquired tastes for a wide variety of products the manufacturers decided to discontinue. There's nothing like calling your favorite pizza place with a delivery order to find their phone disconnected and the whole regional chain gone under with no notice. (the memory is still painful)

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 7, 2011 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Discipline, Scampy.
Train gnomes to "train you" with food
and life's a chicken.

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 7, 2011 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Owrah, I thought Aguilera's rendition was pretty much what was expected of her and was surprised at the complaints. A vocalist, confronted with the Anthem, has a bounden duty to improvise, yowl, and otherwise show off. You can get a bit of an idea of what's required from a vocally conservative viewpoint by checking out Federica von Stade and Garrison Keillor's CD, "Songs of the Cat."

Those who want a dignified National Anthem are stuck with the existing lyrics (which include a religious language popular with conservatives). A revision of the music by the great Igor Stravinsky was long ago condemned as Un-American trash, but he'st been dead long enough to be an honored American. Even better, quite a few people who knew and admired him are alive and thriving, notably orchestra conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.

Still, I don't think Stravinsky's music has a chance.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 7, 2011 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Dave, what was expected of her? To yowl? Then she more than succeeded.

Posted by: orawh | February 7, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

DotC! I was wondering if you had an opinion about Hydrangea Macrophylla and its suitability for planting in a Tampa garden. Having given up on a mixed border this would be for cutting only and I have a shady, frequently observed, spot by the composter. But, perhaps it would be happier to just stay in a pot on the porch.

Michael Tilson Thomas is my favorite conducter.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 7, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

SCC-conductor

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 7, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

As one who sings the National Anthem at some sporting events, I tend to a straight, sweet version. I am keenly aware that the ballplayers would much rather play, and the fans watch, than listen to me put my own personal stamp on what is really an artifact, or tradition.

I will, however, give Christina Aguilera a pass on the lyrics mishap. Those lyrics are not easy to remember. It is useful to have a tiny piece of paper with the words handy, but you can't really do that when you're on a big screen (even if it is just the stadium TV). Most people think they know the words, but part of that is the zeitgeist of singing it with a bunch of other people. Put on the spot, there are several lines which are oft forgot, including those streaming ramparts. If you don't solo on the anthem fairly often it is easy to mess up. I finally memorized the thing by breaking the lines down into more contemporary images and associating the words with them. Sadly, everyone may not be able to sing it, but we all know it well enough to recognize a mistake.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 7, 2011 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I actually like the Jimi Hendrix version.

The anthem is very difficult to sing, and I prefer "This Land Is Your Land" which is much, much easier and not as, well, war-like.

Would love to hear you sing, I'mom.

Posted by: ftb3 | February 7, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrodog, that isn't going to work in my case. My human has given up on trying to train me. The only training she attempts is to shout "bad cat, bad cat" when I try to scratch her bed, the sofa and so on. But they're so much more fun than the scratching posts she has in every room. Sometimes, when she gets desperate, she squirts water at me, which was suggested by the vet.(I hate the vet!) When the other cats see the squirt bottle in her hand, they run away very quickly, especially Dana. (I'll tell you about her some day.) I just close my eyes and prepare to take it. I think I am being brave but she just thinks I'm less bright than the others. (I have actually heard her say that I am the stupidest but the most lovable so that's o.k.) So Wilbrodog, how can I get her to think she can train me? You seem to be a smart canine so please help me. I really need help and am not prejudiced against dogs. Thanks.
-Scampy-

Posted by: orawh | February 7, 2011 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Shrieking, the drs woke Kubica up today and he wiggled his fingers and answered questions. So he may not lose his hand, and he apparently doesn't have any brain damage.

However, he probably won't be racing anytime soon.

Posted by: oldbam | February 7, 2011 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Ivansmom, thanks for your expert view on the Aguilera controversy. I admit to having had a very uncharitable view of her mistake, but I now will bow to your superior knowledge of such things. I do think we'd be better off with a band playing it and the whole audience singing along. They could put the words on the jumbotron thingy. It might keep people from starting to cheer when "oh say does that star spangled banner" is voiced.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 7, 2011 6:03 PM | Report abuse

1.
Sucker her with pets.
"Lap" with a tap-- you hop on.
Purr, gaze deep. Meow.

2.
Hijack her laptop.
Order clicker training books.
When she gets them, purr.

3.
Keep training simple.
Just one task. Repeat, repeat.
Pretend idiocy.

4.
After lots of treats,
Have a breakthrough. She will dance.
Try not to ruin that.

5.
Lastly: discipline.
To master others, control
your teeth and claws.

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 7, 2011 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Oh, just watched Glee from last night.
That "Zombie thriller" mashup was fun.

Time to go back to the keyboard mines, though.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 7, 2011 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Wilbrodog, I'll try but there are some problems. I have mastered the jumping-on-lap, gazing into my human's eyes and meowing bit. In fact she adopted me from the street because of my big, sweet, soulful gaze and meow. But purring is a problem. She does not hear it. She has to put her fingers under my throat to feel the vibrations to know that I am purring. The other cats purr very loudly so this is a problem for me.

She doesn't have a laptop but a desktop. She's o.k. with me being on her lap when she is at the computer though it makes it hard for her to type but when I parade in front of her screen she shoves me away.

According to her, I don't have to pretend idiocy. As I said before, she doesn't have a high opinion of my I.Q. so anything I do in that area will seem like my normal behavior.

I'm o.k. with teeth control. (I was told that Anton once sent her to the hospital for 10 days because she needed IV anti-biotics for a bite he gave her but that was before my time. Strangely enough he is still around.)

I'm also o.k. with claw control. This is one area where she praises me because when I knead her I keep my claws in. The others don't.

Anyhow, I will do my best to follow your advice as much as I can. If you think of anything else, please let me know. Thanks. And give my human's regards to your human.

All the best, Scampy

Posted by: orawh | February 7, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse

I am glad to hear that I wasn't the only pregnant person who had enhanced smell. I never have learned to drink coffee, so my morning caffeine is hot tea. I couldn't stomach it in early pregnancy. We had just acquired an Australian shepherd when I got pregnant with Elderdottir. She was a wonderful dog and used the paper from the beginning. But when we would come home from work and open the front door, the smell would knock me down. The husband didn't notice a thing. Funny what pregnancy does to a person.

Posted by: slyness | February 7, 2011 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Evening, y'all!

Before I set off to backboodling I thought I'd leave this for your (I hope) chuckling pleasure. Blame it on Weingarten. He posted something else from this blog a while back on his chat and it's a gift that keeps on giving.

http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/04/alot-is-better-than-you-at-everything.html

Posted by: talitha1 | February 7, 2011 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Xtina is not of my generation, but she has spoken to me:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Twrn3HumsA

Posted by: yellojkt | February 7, 2011 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Woody Guthrie wrote "This Land is Your Land" as a reaction to "God Bless America", which he intensely disliked. These days, I think Guthrie's considered a Socialist, not fit to be called an American.

There's no one around to do anything like Hendrix's National Anthem. Pity. He should still be performing.

Frostbitten, I had some Hydrangea macrophylla (the common florist or Easter hydrangea) in Jacksonville, under an oak canopy. They did well but were very prone to wilting. I was too lazy to replace them with something more suitable. I was very conservative and cheap about modifying that yard, which a previous owner had elaborately planted with azaleas, cotoneaster, and such.
http://www.floridata.com/ref/h/hydran_m.cfm

At the local garden sale this weekend (a huge one, 77 vendors and a turnout of thousands), I talked with a vendor about his Hydrangea quercifolia, a southern native that I've seen in the wild at Macon, Ga. He was candid about it not flowering well in our climate. It thrives in places like Portland, Ore.

This page from IFAS (UF's agriculture school) has an interesting link to "new" bigleaf and mountain hydrangeas.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep330

I haven't been to Japan in summer, so have missed the hydrangeas there. The "French" hydrangea, H. macrophylla, is one of several Japanese/Chinese species. There's a further complication in that Viburnum macrocephalum (maybe growable in central Florida) Ref: Peter Valder, Garden Plants of China; Levy-Yamamori and Taaffee, Garden plants of Japan (both Timber Press).

I have a sort of flower bed in the back of the yard. Over the past couple of years, it's morphed from petunias in winter/summer caladiums to pretty much Salvia coccinea all year, with a few Heliotropium angiospermum (scorpion tail, a tough semi-woody plant of the beaches). There's still caladiums, but they are getting crowded. Heliconias were hit by last winter's persistent cold weather. They'll probably do better this year.

I think Tampa could have a pretty good border.
•Caladiums can be kept in pots, yanked in fall and replaced in spring.
•Day lilies do well, as do assorted salvias and Physostegia virginiana (which is apparently pretty popular in Japan).
•The orange milkweeds seed themselves, so it's nearly impossible to set up an orderly planting. You just put up with them when growing in appropriate spots.
•Eucomis lilies are hard to come by but flower in winter. For summer, it's possible to find the gorgeous native Crinum americanum if you look for growers of wetland native plants. I have too much shade for Florida iris, I. hexagona or Louisiana iris. Quite a few bromeliads will be hardy enough.
•Aloe are easy. Yucca filamentosa is a slow grower. Mine is an attractive rosette but still hasn't flowered.
•Native or near-native Cassias (now in the genus Senna) are nice.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 7, 2011 7:03 PM | Report abuse

In the context of Mudge's question, which came about because of a post by edbyronadams, we're boodling about 'cloud storage'.

As I understand it the service provides the hardware maintenance and backup for what your offline storage needs are.

You don't pay for it in graduated chunks where so much of it is empty and unused. You're not paying for some nothing. You only pay for what you need.

Also, it can be and usually is stored on more than one server, but is all available on demand.

Posted by: omni3 | February 7, 2011 7:18 PM | Report abuse

[continued]
•The IFAS garden at Ft Pierce had a spectacular bed of Rudbeckia fulgida 'goldsturm' last summer. Not bad for a variety developed in Czechoslovakia in the 1930s.
•If you have space (or inclination to prune), the native climbing aster (until recently Aster carolinianus) has become a popular ornamental far out of its native range.
•The walking irises from Brazil, Neomarica, are supposedly easy to grow, but I think mine are in too much shade.
•I missed a chance for some native spider lily bulbs. Hemerocallis spp.
•Cast iron plants (Aspidistra) have inconspicuous flowers and spread slowly, but are very permanent. An ambitious North Carolina nursery (Plant delights?) is introducing new species from China.
•Rain lilies are hard to find and pose weeding problems. But the flowers are neat.
•Easter lilies are also hard to find but like Florida. They're native from southernmost Japan through the Ryukyu Islands to Taiwan. They're good plants to rescue.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 7, 2011 7:22 PM | Report abuse

"Cloud" re. computers means really only the remote storage of data. The "cloud" part refers to the marketing and the actual contractual obligations, which are very cloudy.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 7, 2011 7:25 PM | Report abuse

DotC-swooning at your response. Thank you.

RD-I bought a Mr. Stripy plant today. Any tips?

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 7, 2011 7:59 PM | Report abuse

So the Post is now offering a link on every article page to report errors. I wonder if it's even monitored.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/interactivity/corrections/

Posted by: -TBG- | February 7, 2011 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Although Woody Guthrie probably would get the Socialist label now, that doesn't make him anathema. Here in Red State Oklahoma, which has been getting, or at least voting, more conservatively by the minute, Woody has finally been accepted. More than that - they're actually, finally, proud of him. His portrait hangs in the Capitol, and in 2006 they finally inducted him into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 7, 2011 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Ivansmom, I listened to your state being discussed on NPR this morning on the way in. They did not come off well. The piece was on the coroner system and a case or two of really bad CYAism on autopsies or the lack thereof.

I think a movement is afoot amongst some Sooners to get a bill passed to make autopsies mandatory for things like murders and such. Socialism!

Posted by: baldinho | February 7, 2011 9:11 PM | Report abuse

This is my favorite Woody Guthrie song, also my favorite version. Dolly Parton, who'd a thunk?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BcHQetNS4M

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 7, 2011 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Someone (Jumper maybe?) was wondering what Queen Noor of Jordan was thinking about the Egyptian situation - she's on the Piers Morgan show on CNN right now. She's skillfully evading questions. I think if I were her, I'd be spending time in America visiting my roots.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_Noor_of_Jordan
(I didn't know she attended Princeton - was in the first co-ed class.)

Cloud computing reminds me a bit of timesharing - except that it is much more amorphous, in that you have no idea where your data is. Which goes to show, if you hang around long enough, everything old becomes new again...

Posted by: seasea1 | February 7, 2011 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Cravings. During pregancy I craved grapefruit and eggs, neither of which I had ever eaten in any great quantity before. In fact, I was allergic to eggs as a young child but outgrew it I suppose. I also had the heightened sense of smell which continues to this day. Is this a boodlewomen thing? I've never heard any other women mention it before.

Food cravings for me tend to salty cheeses and crisps. I have no sweet tooth and often 'insult' host(ess)s by declining their desserts. But my true cravings are for getting my fingers wrapped up in yarns, feasting on the colors, blending them into something as yet unseen.

Hendrix could be projected onto the Jumbotron for the anthem but his rendition of the anthem is much too long for those hyped players and fans, eh?

Wilbrodog and Scampy were certainly in fine form this afternoon! *grins* And Dave Barry is definitely a finer man than I am.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 7, 2011 9:42 PM | Report abuse

I thought this was a very funny take on Xtina and the anthem:
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/compost/2011/02/christina_aguilera_didnt_botch.html
Most of the commenters missed the humor.

Sometimes I like Christina, but most of the time, not. Jack Bruce thinks she has a lot of talent. Have I mentioned that I'm seeing him tomorrow night at a jazz club here? I am excitement!

I've heard about other women having a heightened sense of smell during pregnancy (my BFF from high school, for example). I did not experience that, or morning sickness, or cravings (other than for food in general). Nowadays I mostly crave chocolate.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 7, 2011 9:50 PM | Report abuse

DaveOTC -- wait, wait! I am getting confused! Spider lily is Hemerocallis spp? I thought spider lily was in the Amaryllidaceae family. (I can spell Hemerocallis but not that Amarylis name!)

Posted by: nellie4 | February 7, 2011 9:54 PM | Report abuse

That's pretty interesting, TBG. First the Post and others have found a way to get readers to supply content (that what us Boodlers do). And now they've found a way to get readers to do the editing as well. Pretty soon the WaPo is just going to be an AOL-style portal.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 7, 2011 10:02 PM | Report abuse

baldinho, our medical examiner's office has some real problems. It isn't that they don't autopsy - the law requires it already in cases of homicide or unexplained death - it is that they are woefully shorthanded and have too little space. They lost accreditation, essentially, for lack of facilities and people. This is, in part, because they are underfunded (as is every other state agency). They have lacked a real director for some time now. There was a real good guy there for a long time. After he retired they've had several people cycle through. One feuded with the Legislature and made things much worse. Now, they can't even get any decent candidates. They had a good interim guy, one who'd been with the office as a pathologist, but they took so long to offer him the job permanently he turned it down. Rumor has it some of the pathologists tend to be a little credulous about "suicide" allegations, which relieves them from having to autopsy.

The whole thing is ugly and embarrassing - and really slows down the criminal justice system.

About that funding - pretty much every state agency has been cut by 15% the last two years. Most of us are looking at another 5% cut this year. This means layoffs, firings, furloughs (if we're lucky) and, for some agencies, cutting out entire programs. Some will be down to cutting core functions soon. This is in part because Oklahoma's economy finally caught up with everyone else's. We're looking at up to a $600 million hole, with no federal stimulus money and $2.03 in our Rainy Day Fund (the sources that got us through last year). We also have a tax cut kicking in. Our new Republican governor and legislature want to make up the difference by streamlining government. They refuse to find ways to raise revenue, including taxes, delaying the tax cut, or raising fees. Things are going to be very interesting this legislative session.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 7, 2011 10:24 PM | Report abuse

seasea, that was a funny article. I made the mistake of reading some of the comments (why do I keep doing that?) and I must say that being able to detect humor is becoming a lost art. There are way too many truly crazy people out there so I think I'll try to just stay here, where it's mostly sane - thank goodness!

Posted by: badsneakers | February 7, 2011 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Some smells give me migraines. These smells are usually in the floral notes. Peonies-- yeesh! Vanilla, only as a flavoring. Vanilla fragrance is just sadism (look up vanillism for why.) Hazelnut coffee from Starbucks--absolute murder to be around.

I may be sensitive to phenol now (aka carbolic acid, previously poison of choice in the 19th century), and it's in a lot of things. I'm very sensitive to phlalates-- new furniture.

I'm also allergic to many newspaper ink mixes (it's either petrol or soy ink-- the worst ink I reacted to was a 50-50 mix.) The petrol component may also be why I react to cheap fragrances.

I find lack of sleep heightens sense of smell-- and allergies definitely make me migraine more.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 7, 2011 10:30 PM | Report abuse

I mentioned earlier having seen in concert both Bublé and Adams (alas not together, no concert hall could handle that many middle-aged women shrieking in unison) but there are other Canadian musicians (and I don't mean the Bieb) who hone their craft up North only to sneak across the border to date our women, eat our pizza, and snort our coke, sometimes all at once.

This docudrama is their story:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYyu5vbwvbA

(cameos by Donald Glover and John Hodgman)

Posted by: yellojkt | February 7, 2011 10:34 PM | Report abuse

My goodness, Wilbrod, it is a wonder you can move about in the world at all, at all.

Posted by: Yoki | February 7, 2011 10:38 PM | Report abuse

nellie4, I was going through lilies too fast.

Spider lilies (with a bunch of species in various Florida habitats, including mangroves) = Hymenocallis.

Garden "amaryllis" (from Brazil, actually) are Hippeastrum.

They, as well as Zephyranthes (rain lily), Crinum and Narcissus, are in the Amaryllidaceae.

Daylilies, the much-hybridized things from Europe to China and Japan = Hemerocallis. Hemerocallidaceae.

Iris, Crocus, and a whole lot of less familiar flowers are Iridaceae.

In recent years, the family Asparagaceae has been on a mergers-and-acquisitions binge, so along with the vegetable, the family includes Agave (century plant), Dasilirion (a bunch of yucca-like plants of arid lands), Yucca (NOT Yuca, which = cassava), Aspidistra (cast-iron plants), Hosta, grape hyacinths, hyacinths, and Liriope (lily turf or border grass). Also Camassia, or camas, important in the western US, but with at least one species in the East.

"Lilies" in the broad sense were for a long time taxonomically vexing. My short version is cribbed from "Mabberley's Plant-Book", an indispensable reference.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 7, 2011 11:10 PM | Report abuse

I made the mistake of listening to the news from Detroit. For some ungodly reason we get our US networks feed from the Detroit stations. Apart from the usual (young African American(s) shoots at other young African American(s) with variable results)there was a middle aged white guy shot and killed together with his elderly father while he was visiting him. Then the 7 year old who shot himself (he lived) with a gun he found in his house. Then came the ridiculous. A woman charged for mailing a dog to her son. She put the puppy in a closed box without food (or water, obviously) and mailed it through the USPS, from Detroit to somewhere in Tennessee. She sprang for the 2-day service though, to her defense. Some keen observer at the post office noted the whining and barking package and liberated the puppy. The woman is absolutely flabbergasted to be charged with cruelty to animal; there was absolutely no rules against such shipment that she saw in the post office. *face to hands*

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 7, 2011 11:18 PM | Report abuse

The NY Times decided to review "Spider-Man". It's not pretty.

I see that Hailee Steinfeld, star of "True Grit" presented at the Golden Globes with Justin Bieber. I should have been watching.

At Best Buy, a young guy with a small, older pickup was taking home a substantial TV in its bubble wrap. I think he triggered a rain shower.

I took relatively little home from the big weekend garden sale--a bunch of cheap young orchids to (mostly) put in the trees, a pair of big begonias, one bromeliad, and "Orchids of Mexico" a magnificent coffee table book. An orchid vendor had bought a boxful and driven them back to the US.

http://www.aos.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=book_reviews&TEMPLATE=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&CONTENTID=4763

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 7, 2011 11:34 PM | Report abuse

No Starbucks up here, Yoki. That helps.

I don't subscribe to newspapers and only read used newspapers (the fumes vanish quickly.) I was really glad to stop riding the subway in DC because I'm also allergic to mold on rainy days, and I also disliked being right next to somebody with an open newspaper (which is why I chose the ends of the car whenever I could, or as close to the door as possible.)

I lived with the headaches and thanked god they clear up fast once the exposure stops. But riding with active allergies or a cold... sheer agony. But what can you do? Antihistamines do exist, at least.

I preferred walking to work instead when I had the choice, though.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 7, 2011 11:40 PM | Report abuse

I've always enjoyed Monica Hesse's youthful sense of humour and zesty wit. Today I've admired her writing, in her review of Allison Pearson's latest (though I can have no truck with Allison Pearson as a ding-an-sich).

Posted by: Yoki | February 7, 2011 11:52 PM | Report abuse

I killed it, Jim.

Posted by: Yoki | February 8, 2011 1:13 AM | Report abuse

I think the Super Bowl tired everyone out.

That was a good review by Monica Hesse. I haven't read Allison Pearson - the new one sounds fun.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 8, 2011 1:40 AM | Report abuse

shrieking_denizen,
Detroit sounds like Florida. In particular, there's some unbelievably violent neighborhoods.

Not long ago, the police in Ft. Pierce found that one of their employees was a gang informant.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 8, 2011 2:47 AM | Report abuse

Peter Marks reviewed Spider-Man for WaPo, also gun jumping the producers' thrice delayed opening night.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/07/AR2011020704088.html?hpid=topnews

The only thing keeping him from declaring it the worst musical ever was that he hasn't seen every musical.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 8, 2011 5:25 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. I have babysitting duties again this morning. The g-girl is back to the doctor with a bad sore throat. I have baby watch. I did get to bed early last night, so got a little rest after the weekend watch.

As for smells, when I was pregnant with my daughter, I could not stand to smell spaghetti. Oh, it just made me really, really sick, but it's okay now. And I could always tell when I was pregnant because I would have this craving for strawberries, just really crazy, I couldn't get enough of them. The last time I ate strawberries(wasn't pregnant) they made me sick for three days! I do not eat them now, but wish I could. Maybe I've develped an allergy to them now?

Shrieking, that is sad about the puppy, don't know where that's person's mind was. Yet it is also sad to me about the shooting of young African-Americans. Guns aren't the answer to problems, although we often think of that first. I've been guilty of that too, but so glad I found out better. It all comes from a deep hurt, failed expectations, a lack of vision, and a feeling of no self worth. Everything wrapped up in the moment. No future on the horizon. It's sad because we're talking about human beings, not dogs, not animals, but human beings. I think that's just one of the atrocities of slavery, the label of not being human. Somehow it seems to stick. We've even bought into it.

Well time to get cracking. I need coffee. Probably shouldn't try to talk before coffee.

Slyness, is it wet in your city? And the weather person is talking snow or ice? I know it's still winter, but pleaaaazzzze!

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

Posted by: cmyth4u | February 8, 2011 5:31 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra, would that be the kind of sphagetti cooked (or re-warmed)with sauce? I can't stand the smell of that sometimes.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 8, 2011 5:48 AM | Report abuse

Google celebrates Jules Verne today.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | February 8, 2011 6:08 AM | Report abuse

Wilbrod

Didn't matter, just any of it would throw me for a loop. I don't know what it was about sphagetti(sorry about the spelling)that produced that reaction. I love tomatoes(sp?), can eat them off the vines, but while pregnant, a big no-no.

Posted by: cmyth4u | February 8, 2011 6:24 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra! Wilbrod!! *non-spaghetti HUGS* :-)

Just read the NYT review of Spidey... Ow! Ow! Ow! :-O

And the NYT also is full of depressing news on the education front:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/08/science/08creationism.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/08/nyregion/08regents.html

And I hope Brag is battening down the hatches, as it were:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/08/science/08quake.html

*hoping-for-a-Terrific-Tuesday-following-a-full-night's-sleep Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 8, 2011 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all. The sun is streaming in through the sunroom windows and highlighting in no uncertain terms how dirty they are. Not that I'm going to do anything about it now, but they make me feel like a failure at housecleaning.

Hi Cassandra! It was wet when Mr. T and I walked, but the sky was clear and Venus sparkled like a diamond in the sky. According to the forecast, it's going to be cold for the next several mornings. I'm ready for spring!

Have a pleasant day, all!

Posted by: slyness | February 8, 2011 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Good morning everyone. I'm heading out to an undisclosed location for day two of a technical training class. It's going pretty well, although the instructor has a tendency to use unfamiliar terms for familiar concepts. The training facility is extremely nice, although you have to be careful not to wander around too much. As a result I still don't know what that thumping sound coming from that one door is. You know, the one that is oddly cool to the touch.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 8, 2011 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Did someone take down the "DANGER: Frumious Bandersnatch!" sign, RD_P?

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 8, 2011 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Beware the jabberwock, my son.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 8, 2011 8:39 AM | Report abuse

But is there free coffee RD - and cookies of course.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 8, 2011 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Warm pumpkin bread, assorted hot beverages and chilled OJ on the table.

Falling temps in TWC today. brrrrrrrrr!

I got a box in the mail yesterday. A Christmas gift for MrJS that was on backorder. The shipping box is approx. 9" by 12" by 5". The contents? A wristwatch, a packing slip, and lots of packing filler.

Posted by: MsJS | February 8, 2011 9:16 AM | Report abuse

DNA_Girl,
Google does look particularly steam-punky today.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 8, 2011 10:37 AM | Report abuse

That "Spider-Man" review was pretty amusing. Definitely one of the unkinder reviews I've read recently.

Posted by: bobsewell | February 8, 2011 11:45 AM | Report abuse

*Trying to shake the Boodle awake*

*Now turning over and going back to sleep*

*silent snort*

Posted by: ftb3 | February 8, 2011 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Just back from the daughter's place. The g-girl has strep and flu. Home until Thursday if no fever. Moms gonna keep her in her room so the baby won't get this germ. I tell you, it's always something. It's like we're candy for the germs this winter.

Where's everybody?

Posted by: cmyth4u | February 8, 2011 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Sleeping off the SB hangover, apparently... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 8, 2011 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I'd have posted sooner, but when I saw the title I headed straight to my nearest bookstore.

The Namath Conundrum is hands down the best Robert Ludlum thriller yet.

Posted by: byoolin1 | February 8, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Maybe, Byoolin, but I'm reserving judgment until The Nagurski Affair comes out.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 8, 2011 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Amazing isn't it that Ludlum, nearly 10 years after his death, may be getting better and better. His production beats the Boss' too. His after-death stamina is nothing short of phenomenal.

I must apologize to Detroit. The lady who shipped the puppy by Priority Mail in a sealed carton wasn't a local story, I was mistaken. It happened in Minneapolis MN. Still a stunningly stupid thing to do. http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/dpp/news/Minneapolis-Woman-Tries-to-Mail-Puppy-jan-31-2011

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 8, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Hmm. I wonder if FedEx ships pets? I have to agree, SD, stunningly stupid thing to do.

Cassandra, I hope the g-girl has already taken her medicine and will feel better soon! No fun, strep throat. I've been there and I know. Did she have to have a shot, or did the doctor prescribe pills? I knew Geekdottir was growing up when she had strep and, given the choice, opted for a shot.

Posted by: slyness | February 8, 2011 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I remember on Northern Exposure once, Ed Chigliak went looking for our myths - the non-Indians - and for a moment thought he'd found something in Paul Bunyan. Holling Vincoeur got a delighted look in his eyes and said "Paul Bunyan!" Then seriously, "You know, Ed, I'd like to help you, but I honestly have to say, I haven't thought about Paul Bunyan in probably 20 years."

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 8, 2011 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Slyness

I think she has the medication by mouth. Daughter just texted, g-girl got an eye appointment. I should lose weight, but it's sticking. LOL!

Posted by: cmyth4u | February 8, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

For the right money, under the right circumstances, I'd imagine that FedEx can ship pets.

I know UPS transported most of the collection (including the whale sharks) for the Georgia Aquarium. If UPS can manage to move whale sharks, I'm sure FedEx can handle a puppy.

Posted by: bobsewell | February 8, 2011 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Shrieking, you can ship fertile eggs or newborn chicks by mail, apparently. I was really surprised to find that out years ago.

http://www.usps.com/send/waystosendmail/extraservices/specialhandlingservice.htm

http://www.startribune.com/local/115011544.html

"Just a toy robot." That sounds more like a sick revenge scenario, not idiocy. At least the dog's alive and well.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 8, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I always wanted a pet whale shark, didn't you, Bob S.?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 8, 2011 2:04 PM | Report abuse

That would be this whale shark I guess:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/yellojkt/2316535770/in/set-72157604060975294/

Posted by: yellojkt | February 8, 2011 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Cathay Pacific delivered an incredible number of bromeliads and even a few baobab trees from Florida to Singapore.

I wonder about shipping whale sharks. Manatees are fairly easy, but they breathe air.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 8, 2011 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Wake up little Boodle, wake up!

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

Other than that I got nuttin'.
Just a quiet day in the loomtomb.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 8, 2011 2:47 PM | Report abuse

February blahs, while sunny today it is very cold.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 8, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I haven't thought about Queen Noor in months. Musta been someone else.

The original Leigh Brackett script for Empire Strikes Back apparently may be downloaded from this link:
http://www.mypdfscripts.com/screenplays/star-wars-episode-v-%E2%80%93-the-empire%20strikes-back-leigh-brackett-draft

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 8, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Hello, my name's Kurosawaguy and I'm an addict. I'm addicted to snark. I have tried to taper off by substituting irony and even dry wit, but I just can't get away from the hard stuff. Lisa DeMoraes is my idol, and I don't even watch TV much. Jon Stewart. Bill Maher. Craig Ferguson. And this-

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/compost/2011/02/a_bristol_palin_memoir_really.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

Posted by: kguy1 | February 8, 2011 2:56 PM | Report abuse

It would have to be a small whale shark, a big one covered with a few wet blankets would nearly hit the maximum permissible gross mass on the road.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 8, 2011 2:57 PM | Report abuse

The Sun is a shere!
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/stereo/news/entire-sun.html

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 8, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

SCC sphere

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 8, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Thank you kguy needed those giggles.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 8, 2011 3:10 PM | Report abuse

kguy, we ARE trying to avoid THAT name this month, yanno... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 8, 2011 3:24 PM | Report abuse

kguy, I had just read that piece when you posted the link. That and Petri's piece on Aguilera were terrific. I'll keep my radar on for more by her.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 8, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I told you I was an addict right up front, Snuke. I take my snark fix where I find it.

Posted by: kguy1 | February 8, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I'd say SSG Giunta has earned the right to make this choice:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/08/AR2011020803669.html

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 8, 2011 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Cool images/article on the sun as a 'shere', shriek. ;)
____________

For dmd's February blahs .....
which includes (around 6:30 in) my favorite childhood images of the sun.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovieIIB6wIE

Posted by: talitha1 | February 8, 2011 3:46 PM | Report abuse

II just realiized the fiirst word of the kiit iis miispelled.

Or maybe II need new glasses.

Posted by: MsJS | February 8, 2011 3:56 PM | Report abuse

9.3.9 Live Scorpions

Live scorpions that are to be used for medical research or the manufacture of antivenin are accepted only in the continental surface mail when packaged in a double mailing container, both parts of which are closed or fastened to prevent escape of the scorpions. The inner container must be of material that cannot be punctured by the scorpions and must be plainly marked "Live Scorpions." Cushioning material must be used when necessary to prevent shifting of the inner container. The outer container must be strong enough to prevent crushing of the package or exposure of the contents during normal handling in the mail. The outer container must be plainly marked "Live Scorpions."

Posted by: bobsewell | February 8, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

So you can ship Rudolf Schenker or Klaus Meine via the mail, Bob?

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 8, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Looks like it. How tall are they? Gotta be under 108" combined length & girth.

Posted by: bobsewell | February 8, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

As much as I crave new books, k-guy, I think I'm going to take a pass on Bristol's memoir. What a joke.

Posted by: slyness | February 8, 2011 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Any boodle tips for sleep deficit x deadlines? I'm thinking tea because being cold may also be a factor in my fatigue.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 8, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrodog, check out today's Non Sequitur.

http://wpcomics.washingtonpost.com/client/wpc/nq/

-Scampy

Posted by: orawh | February 8, 2011 4:52 PM | Report abuse

One snack and BAM-- gone.
I could lose more gnomes that way...
Off-leash training's best.

(Harnesses are best--
Gnomes have tender necks like geese,
and honk just as loud.)

-Wilbrodog

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 8, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

SCC: two bests
make only one good. You decide,
and make the edit.

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 8, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

You could lose more gnomes that way, Wilbrodog? I thought dogs were loyal to only one gnome. With us felines it's different. Loyalty isn't such a big issue with us. But I'm shocked to hear you say that.

Well, my human is about to log off and give us some food so I have to go now.

-Scampy

Posted by: orawh | February 8, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Cats have nine lives, right?
Gnomes have three: one for us both;
one each for we two.

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 8, 2011 6:05 PM | Report abuse

500th, perhaps?

Time for dinner.

Posted by: ftb3 | February 8, 2011 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Huh? Wilbrodog, I don't understand. Are gnomes humans or not? How many lives? Please don't make me try to figure that one out.

Just came back from being fed. Kibble again.

Human logged back in because of an SCC. She thinks she transcribed my Meowish into the wrong word in English. She meant faithful not loyal.

Oh, she's leaving the computer again so bye and meow.

-Scampy

Posted by: orawh | February 8, 2011 6:25 PM | Report abuse

When I was pregnant with Son of G, I couldn't stand the smell of apple juice. I could sniff it in any combination and couldn't stand to be in the room if someone was drinking anything that contained apple juice. You'd be surprised how many 100% Juice products supplement with apple juice.

I did have occasional cravings and one night I stopped at Safeway to pick up a couple of things I really, really wanted. I pretty much lost it when I looked on the conveyor belt and realized the only two items I'd put there were... yeah... you guessed it: a gallon of ice cream and a jar of pickles.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 8, 2011 6:49 PM | Report abuse

What??? No Cavendish Greek Seasoning?

Posted by: -dbG- | February 8, 2011 7:08 PM | Report abuse

What??? No Cavendish Greek Seasoning?

Posted by: -dbG- | February 8, 2011 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Moveable type lives in the fog.

Posted by: -dbG- | February 8, 2011 7:11 PM | Report abuse

kguy and slyness, you don't have to spend good money to buy Bristol's book to read it. Someone has just posted a major excerpt from it on that Petri review link you posted at 2:56.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 8, 2011 7:41 PM | Report abuse

I don't think it's the paying for it..it's the reading it...gag

I'm reading a book that I think has such great visual descriptives, I almost feel like I'm watching the movie.

Posted by: omni3 | February 8, 2011 8:06 PM | Report abuse

What would one read about in Bristol's book? Her life as a dancer, being a young mother or being the daughter of she who will not be named. Can one fill up a
book with these memories? And why, oh, why, would any person that can read, want to read this book?

I'm just really, really, tired, and think I hear my bed calling my name. I must answer. Please have a good evening, folks. Sweet dreams.

And who published Bristol's book? Is it a children's book? I thought money was tight with publishers because not many people read since the digital age? I'm rambling. To bed.

Posted by: cmyth4u | February 8, 2011 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Excellent Mudge. And much better and more 'original' than anything that will be written in the real book.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 8, 2011 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, you should be writing a thinking person's bodice ripper.

Posted by: -dbG- | February 8, 2011 8:29 PM | Report abuse

FedEx did pretty good with the great sea turtle migration from Alabama to Florida (and back I presume) last summer.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/03/magazine/03turtles-t.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

Posted by: DNA_Girl | February 8, 2011 8:30 PM | Report abuse

TBG, are those not are reasonable breakfast?

Posted by: cowhand214 | February 8, 2011 8:36 PM | Report abuse

I thought it was "the other one who shall not be named"

Posted by: omni3 | February 8, 2011 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, I laughed at your love scene parody. But I'm worried about all these love songs infesting your brain right now. They can cause real damage, man.

I mean, what if a cop pulled you over and you couldn't control them all?

"When your lights came on, my heart went pop,and ooh, when you chased me, I could not stop?"
...
"That ticket won't pay the rent / before it's paid, the money's all been spent..."

Oh, you take the bus home. Never mind.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 8, 2011 8:45 PM | Report abuse

During my second pregnancy I lived for the first eight weeks on Waverly Wafers smeared with cream cheese and dripping with jalapeno pepper jelly. Sooo good.

I've never had that treat since.

Posted by: rickoshea12 | February 8, 2011 8:46 PM | Report abuse

We'll have to do something about that, rickoshea.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 8, 2011 9:12 PM | Report abuse

SCC: are -> a.

I tried to fix the comment before I submitted it but somehow that didn't work out.

Posted by: cowhand214 | February 8, 2011 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Kenneth Branagh is one month younger than I. I remember sniffing mightily at his cheek for writing an autobiography, called Beginning, when we were but mere babes of 28. The time has come to get over my pique and finally read it.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 8, 2011 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Ricko -- I like pepper jelly or salsa on cream cheese....thanks for the reminder.

Still holding hope for Egypt. This quote and story is compelling, putting Google and Facebook in the Force-for-good category:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/08/wael-ghonim-tahrir-square?intcmp=239

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 8, 2011 10:37 PM | Report abuse

The mention of Waverly Wafers ties into the craving question. If I love a food it is guaranteed to be discontinued. Nabisco dropped Waverly wafers circa '07 and claims the Premium Gold cracker is the same buttery delicious morsel. I think not!!

RIP
Folgers Straight Up Latte (an instant suitable for camping trips)
General Mills Toasted Os
Hot Maui Onion Honey Mustard
Kokopelli's Pizza

That last one still stings. Nothing quite like calling your favorite regional pizza chain with a delivery order to find the phone disconnected and the whole business gone under with no notice.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 8, 2011 10:45 PM | Report abuse

The chairman of the Colorado GOP quit, saying he was tired of dealing with all the nuts in his party. Here's the story: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/02/colorado-gop-chairman-quits-im-tired-of-the-nuts.php

For some reason the WaPo hasn't yet gotten around to reporting it, although there's a ton of non-reportorial speculation from Cilizza, et al. Because, yanno, it's really important for readers to know who the GOP might be running more than a year from now, rather than what actually happened in the last 24 hours.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 8, 2011 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Branagh made a convincing Franklin Roosevelt for HBO several years ago, from a bit before polio to nominating Smith, and seeming to walk to the podium.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 8, 2011 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Frosti, you just phoned for the pizza. My husband won a free pizza from a shop we were unfamiliar with, so we drove over to look at the place while getting his prize. And stood there with our noses pressed to the glass -- of the empty store.

Posted by: nellie4 | February 8, 2011 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, all.

Mudge, I read that chapter excerpt, and I was disappointed to find that there was no mention of Doritos Nacho Cheese dust removal practices.

Back on Kit for a second, if we really needed to call on one QB to assure a big score at the end, I think we're calling Sammy Baugh. Punts, kicks and goes both ways.

bc

PS. Did you think that last was another Doritos Nacho Cheese Dust reference?

Posted by: -bc- | February 8, 2011 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Frosti,
I wondered why Waverly Wafers were so hard to find. I thought it was because I moved from Boston to Chicago. I couldn't find so many of the things I was used to in Boston: Red Rose Tea, round soft plastic dishwasher thingies, and many others.

I think that we should encourage regional differences in supermarkets.

Posted by: rickoshea12 | February 8, 2011 11:42 PM | Report abuse

The ScienceTaxes have been filed! I await that sweet, sweet, refund money.

Posted by: ScienceTim | February 9, 2011 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations, Tim--I filed last weekend and it was easier and cheaper than last year--last year I paid to use Turbo Tax but mailed the return. This year I used freeusatax.com and efiled. Prior to last year it used to take hours to figure it all out (husband has a small business so Schedule C, self-employment tax, use of home for business, etc). This internet thing is very helpful. I think it might catch on.

When I was pregnant, I had one craving episode, it came on suddenly and was frighteningly intense: tomato juice. Just had to have it. Usually not something I ever think about, much less drink. Otherwise, food in general, when I was hungry it was imperative that I eat immediately or I would feel very urgent about it. That is not my normal behavior at all.

Anybody who loves J.D. Salinger, I recommend the new biography by uberfan Kenneth Slawenski. I got it from the library on Monday and have been enjoying it very much.

Good morning, everybody, and here's wishing you all a wonderful day!

Good thoughts especially to the Boss, toiling away in the literary trenches, perfecting the much-anticipated book.

Posted by: kbertocci | February 9, 2011 6:40 AM | Report abuse

Good for you, Tim!

I used freeusatax.com this year, and efiled for the first time ever. Loved it.

Anybody who loves J.D. Salinger: I recommend the new biography by uberfan Kenneth Slawenski. I just got it and have only read the first 100 pages but I'm really enjoying it.

Good morning to all and best wishes for a wonderful day--

Special good thoughts to the Boss, toiling away in the literary trenches, perfecting the much-anticipated book.

Posted by: kbertocci | February 9, 2011 6:45 AM | Report abuse

Sorry about that repeated comment--the comment police said the first one had been rejected. It's like an early April fool joke. Luckily I didn't change my story between the first and second versions!

Posted by: kbertocci | February 9, 2011 6:47 AM | Report abuse

Waking up with a massive headache and alternating chills/sweats is no fun... :-(

Taxes... Oh yeah, really should get moving on that.

*not-gonna-HUG-anyone-'til-I'm-feeling-bettah Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 9, 2011 7:29 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. Hey, Kbert(waving both hands), so good to hear from you. That has happened to me lots of time.

Scotty, hope you get to feeling better.

Slyness, do you really think we're going to get snow and ice? The sun is shinning here, but I know that can change in a heart beat. Cold.

Can anyone tell me what and where is Current TV or how does one get that? Just not familiar with that channel.

I'm going to check on the kids and mom, and then study a little bit. We have Bible study today, and almost forgot I have here.

Time to get cracking, folks. Have a sensational day, and love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | February 9, 2011 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Good morning all, hi Cassandra! It's downright cold in the Carolinas today, 25 when Mr. T and I started on the walk. I put on the Cuddleduds and they feel good.

Cassandra, I hope the g-girl is feeling much better this morning and her brother doesn't catch it. As for snow tomorrow, we'll see. The forecasters say that it will only mess up the commute. We'll see if school is delayed or cancelled.

I'm frenvious of those who are done with taxes. Our appointment with the accountant is on February 28. I've learned not to go too early; a couple of years ago I went without the report from my investments, failed to file that info, and had to pay back taxes and penalties. My own fault, can't blame anyone but myself. Not gonna make THAT mistake again!

Posted by: slyness | February 9, 2011 8:26 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle. Am home today "recovering" from my angiogram yesterday, although I am perfectly fine and healthy (more or less)--they just want the hole in my [redacted] to heal.

*faxing Scotty massive doses of chicken soup, aspirin, Tylenol, a tot of rum, and making him go back to bed*

I don't know why Moveable Type is so defective (and why WaPo does nothing to fix it), but it's gotten to the point where whenever I get that message, I just automatically assume it's lying and my post got through. Then you have to hit the back button, copy your post just to make sure, delete it, then refresh the page, and invariably the post it said it held is there.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 9, 2011 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Warm pumpkin bread, assorted hot beverages and chilled OJ on the table.

ROS, I had the reverse experience years ago when I moved from TWC to Bahsten. I had BroJS send me the occasional care package with brands I couldn't buy in New England.

We're in the deep freeze today. High will be about 12 dee-grees F, wind chills below zee-row.

I'm having a couple of pork fanatics over for dinner this weekend, and am looking for ideas.

I'm quite frenvious of those who've already filed. We are still waiting on one document, plus one other that we've received but have been told is being revised. Maybe this weekend.

Stay warm everyone.

Posted by: MsJS | February 9, 2011 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Whew! I was ready to poke the boodle and declare it dead.

Stay warm, MsJS. Spring is coming!

Mudge, relax and enjoy the day off.

Posted by: slyness | February 9, 2011 9:59 AM | Report abuse

I've been ready for about a month now to send stuff to my accountant, but need to wait on the other docs coming from other sources. This is the first year I put on my obsessive-compulsive hat and got things ready waaaayyyyy early, only to wait on others.

I, too, am faxing copious amounts of chicken soup to Snuke. Mudge, I ended up in the same position with the movable type here. I figured if I ignored it, my post would turn up anyway (which it has). It's a vast right wing conspiracy, I tell ya!

Gonna go out in the deep freeze to do some errands and then back to nuzzle up to the 'puter to do some work.

Ivansmom -- hope today's weather whre you are isn't as bad as it is predicted to be.

Posted by: ftb3 | February 9, 2011 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. We are rejoicing in yet another snow day here. This is not last week's blizzard by a long shot - no forty to sixty mph winds. It is,however, quite cold - eight or ten or some such degrees F. The accumulated snow looks to be closer to six than ten inches, so not as bad as they feared. I predict the Boy has school tomorrow. Of course, I've been wrong before.

Everything shut down again today - gummint, schools - and all my meetings and events were postponed, long before the first flake fell. I think everyone was so demoralized by last week that they just didn't want to take chances.

Scottynuke, I'm faxing some toddy for after you finish the chicken soup: hot water and bourbon in about equal measure, a couple tablespoons of honey, juice of one lemon. I have an anti-bourbon friend who makes hers with tequila.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 9, 2011 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Scotty, get well soon! Naps are good for this.

I too am waiting on a document in order to send my tax info to my CPA. If companies are required to send 1099's by the end of January, why aren't other docs also given that deadline?

Posted by: badsneakers | February 9, 2011 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Thanks all -- with the wonders of telecommuting, I'm even being slightly productive. It'd be better, though, if I could suspend the laptop above the bed so I could stay horizontal longer... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 9, 2011 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Scottynuke, you might want to finish that telecommuting before you drink your toddy.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 9, 2011 10:45 AM | Report abuse

I picked up my new Turbotax this past weekend. Used it last year and liked the results. Still waiting on some 1099's from my broker before I can get to work. Hoping for at least a small refund again. We'll see.

Posted by: ebtnut | February 9, 2011 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Good morning all. Just a few minutes today (gotta fly off into the wild blue yonder yet again), but wanted to say hi (Hi!), and make a football-related comment.

While Namath's pantyhose were considered at the time by some (not me) to be in poor taste, he could laugh at himself just as hard as those around him. Staubach was the all-around stand-up guy who gave us the Hail Mary play. Sweetness lit up our Sundays, and his legacy lives on in the Walter Payton Award. Even the rivalry between the Redskins and the Cowboys was civil (say what you want about Landry, he kept his own counsel, and always looked dapper on the sidelines). Today, we've got Tom 'my kids make great props" Brady, Ben "I can do what I want, WHERE I want" Rothlisberger, Brett Favre (who is no Ansel Adams), and the Cinncinnati Bengals, heretofore referred to as The Defendants (how many parole officers need to be contacted before an away game?). As the league has grown up, so should have the players. There are a few good ones out there (Drew, Joe, and the Manning boys), but too few considering the rewards reaped from our society.

Have a happy day all.

Posted by: LostInThought | February 9, 2011 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Snark fix update-

http://jezebel.com/#!5751952/sarah-and-bristol-palins-adventures-in-self+branding

Personal Fave-
"Bristol's Life Choices ChastityPants
These stylish unisex undergarments constrict blood flow to the genitals, thus inhibiting sexual arousal. Special combination locks can be operated by parents, partners, or corporate sponsors. Comes in Purity White, Virginity Pink, and Blueballs Blue."

Posted by: kguy1 | February 9, 2011 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Mr. F will do our taxes with Turbotax and file electronically some time this month, as he has done every year since it became available. I will assemble all the records and lay on the floor with a copy of Lasser's double checking every line of every form. Wine and cheese will be consumed.

Because he is the approval authority for some DoD acquisitions/expenditures (a billion here, a billion there, it adds up) he has to file financial disclosure forms that include my info. Let's just say we are a little more concerned about understanding exactly what every line of every form means than Justice and Mrs. Thomas.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 9, 2011 11:33 AM | Report abuse

k-guy- bookmarking your Alaskan related snark alerts for viewing in March.

This morning the St. Pete Times justified the expense of a year's dead tree subscription, with a recipe. Valentines Day may be a good enough excuse to make "Bacon, Blue Cheese and Pecan Cocktail Cookies."

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 9, 2011 11:40 AM | Report abuse

LiT -- absolutely spot on, my dear. While I thought Staubach was a bit too right for my political taste, he was a "good" guy. These guys get bazillions of dollars just for showing up and there is no down side for them. The celebrity richer-than-God status gives them the right to do whatever the *expletive* they want. I think Gilbert Arenas is a disaster as a father, and his kids are going to suffer a great deal for his behavior. But he's rich and unless and until he grows up (debatable whether that is going to happen), he's going to do whatever he does to whomever he does it. Michael Vick was given a huge "do over" and if he continues to behave I'll have more respect for him than I do for Arenas (not a big jump there). I have zero respect for Brady and Rothlisberger. BTW, I think all of this horrible behavior by the so-called sports icons are played out in the commercials treating women like playthings or targets for violence. And it's all okay.

kguy -- I do *heart* you for your 11:27. Very funny, indeed.

You, too, Frosti! If a Democratic justice (especially a black justice) had done what Thomas and spouse had done (and continue to do) there would be hell to pay.

Is it lunchtime yet (somewhere in the world, I suppose) ....?

Posted by: ftb3 | February 9, 2011 11:47 AM | Report abuse

A toddy might improve my contributions considerably, I-mom... *L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 9, 2011 11:50 AM | Report abuse

"Bacon, Blue Cheese and Pecan Cocktail Cookies"

That sound you just heard was my tummy rumbling breaking the sound barrier.

Posted by: ftb3 | February 9, 2011 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Frosti, if you have the recipe, please share.

Posted by: ftb3 | February 9, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse

That's no cookie, that's an hors d'oeurve!! *L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 9, 2011 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Note: These have not yet been tested in the frostkitchen.

Bacon, Blue Cheese and Pecan Cocktail cookies
3/4 cup pecan halves
4 strips raw bacon, minced (about 1/2 cup packed)
Salted butter, as needed to make 1/2 cup with bacon drippings
1 cup crumbled blue cheese
1 tsp minced fresh thyme, or 1/4 tsp dried
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 cup all-purpose flour

Preheat the oven to 350. Spread the nuts on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until lightly toasted, about 5 to 6 min. Let cool and then coarsely chop.

In a medium skillet over medium to medium-high heat, saute the bacon until crispy, about 5 minutes; do not scorch. Drain the drippings, add butter as needed to make 1/2 cup total.

With an electric mixer, cream the cheese, thyme and pepper together in a mixing bowl. add the butter mixture and mix well. Add the flour and mix the dough for about 2 minutes. Add the bacon and nuts and mix until just evenly combined. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to chill.

Line baking sheets with parchment paper or leave ungreased.

Scoop the dough by rounded teaspoons, placing it 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. With a fork, flatten 1 1/2-inch diameter rounds, dipping the tines into flour as needed, and making crisscross patterns as you would on peanut butter cookies. Bake until lightly golden at the edges, about 14-16 minutes. Cool on the pan for 5 minutes.

Makes 36-40
Source: Sips and apps by Kathy Casey (Chronicle, 2009)

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 9, 2011 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Sad news:

WTOP BREAKING NEWS

Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) says he will not seek re-election in 2012.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 9, 2011 12:20 PM | Report abuse

WaPo front page has the same, 'Mudge... *SIGH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 9, 2011 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Mudge-that is very sad news.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 9, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

This guy was probably on his 7th or 8th Hot Toddy. He needed the warmth it's -24C/-11F right now in Saskatoon, must have been colder last night at 02:00.

"Saskatoon man hit by train, didn't know what hit him" http://www.thestarphoenix.com/news/Saskatoon+train+didn+know+what/4250251/story.html#ixzz1DU4kaLoG

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 9, 2011 12:37 PM | Report abuse

First Cornwall now Saskatoon in February - Sheik what did you do to deserve that?

Posted by: dmd3 | February 9, 2011 12:52 PM | Report abuse

'Mudge -- it's very good news, however, to hear your procedure went smoothly. Do you need any more Spongebob Band-Aids for the wound?

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 9, 2011 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I can't read I apologize - had just come back from outside, it is cold here - I am blaming an actual brain freeze :-)

Posted by: dmd3 | February 9, 2011 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Cassandra - Current TV ( http://current.com/ ):

Current Media, the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning television and online network founded in 2005 by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, engages viewers with smart, provocative and timely programming – stories that no one else is telling in ways that no one else is telling them.

Current’s Programming includes a slate of original and acquired TV series aimed at a broad adult audience. Current’s programming attracts viewers who seek authentic, thought-provoking and meaningful television and an alternative to the ‘scripted reality’ or hard news found on other non-fiction networks.

Current features compelling stories about everyday heroes and ordinary people in extraordinary situations, and takes you to sometimes dangerous and always intriguing places.

Current is one of the fastest-growing television networks in history. After five years, Current is now available via cable and satellite TV in 75 million households worldwide – 60 million households in the US – through distribution partners Comcast (Channel 107); Time Warner ; DirecTV (Channel 358 nationwide); Dish Network (Channel 196 nationwide); Verizon and AT&T.

Or something like that.

Posted by: bobsewell | February 9, 2011 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Scotty, but I already have a right good-sized patch upon the entry wound. Still have to figure out where my angina's coming from, and why my EKG is abnormal. But it can be treated with meds.

And, yanno, it'll grow back.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 9, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Your EKG will grow back? Mudge! Whatcha doin'????

You do realize, don't you, that diabetes does have a profound influence on heart disease (and not for the good).

*worried about Mudgekins -- will chicken soup help? (if only it could)*

Posted by: ftb3 | February 9, 2011 1:40 PM | Report abuse

See, this is why it is important to read carefully. I now note that the word was "angina." That makes much more sense.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 9, 2011 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I'll apologize for this later, if necessary:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41480994/ns/us_news-weird_news/from/toolbar

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 9, 2011 2:09 PM | Report abuse

See, I actually knew that, RDP. Ah, well...

Too bad about Webb's not running again. I wouldn't be surprised if Allen (of "macaca" fame) got back in. Ah, well...

Funny story, Mudge. Some names are like that.

Posted by: ftb3 | February 9, 2011 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Hi all,

I cannot tell you how the news that Jim Webb will not seek reelection has hit me. It is not just sad, it's awful, it's scary, it's potentially catastrophic to my overall well-being if it means that GEORGE ALLEN (so sorry for the caps, but really!) is elected again. I have always been a fan of Sen. Webb, ever since I read Robert Timberg's wonderful chronicle of Naval Academy grads, Webb, North, McFarlane, McCain and Poindexter "The Nightingale's Song". I think Sen. Webb has been a wonderful independent minded senator and I've been very afraid of this. I think he's just not comfortable in that chamber-of-too-many-blowhards. I really sound as though I need to be medicated, don't I?

Mudge, I'm keeping a good thought for you, I know that living with angina is not conducive to comfort and peace of mind.

frosti, mercy! That recipe sounds wonderful...I think I'll get the ingredients and make them to comfort myself. It certainly goes along with one of my culinary absolutes...if it's good, it's better with bacon.

Have a happy day everyone...I'm just waiting for 5 o'clock at this point.

Posted by: Kim_1 | February 9, 2011 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Kim-any thoughts on who, if anyone, in the Dem. camp could be competitive in your part of the state?

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 9, 2011 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Rick Boucher maybe

Posted by: HeadFool | February 9, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Unless the economy starts getting much better, frosti, I can't see any Democrat being competitive in these parts...hopefully that's not the case in NoVa. The only glimmer of hope would be Tim Kaine, but I'm not optimistic.

The Fox News/Glenn Beck crowd is alive and well down here, pretty much drowning out any other viewpoints in the political environment.

Posted by: Kim_1 | February 9, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Geez, I didn't mean to kill the boodle.

Posted by: Kim_1 | February 9, 2011 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry about it, Kim. This boodle is getting very long in the tooth. I assume the Boss is working hard to finish the book and hasn't thought about our need for a new kit.

Posted by: slyness | February 9, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Everybody's probably watching compelling stories about everyday heroes and ordinary people in extraordinary situations.

Posted by: bobsewell | February 9, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Now HOW did Bob know I was watching "Emergency!" again? :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 9, 2011 3:43 PM | Report abuse

You didn't kill it Kim. I was on the phone with Ma frostbitten playing the Rachel Maddow "Talk Me Down" game. She was Rachel and I wasn't making any headway.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 9, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

The US Senate needs more people like Jim Webb, not fewer. Bummer.

Posted by: baldinho | February 9, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Had another "Aha!" moment watching "Emergency!" -- A spunky young female sheriff's deputy catches Gage's eye, and she ends up undercover at Rampart to catch a thief. The young deputy looked awfully familiar, and it turned out to be premature typecasting -- Sharon Gless from "Cagney & Lacey!" *L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 9, 2011 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, take care of yourself.

Scottynuke, you, too.

Bobsewell, thanks for the link to Current TV. I went to the site and then clicked on the article about chicken nuggets. Scampy says he is no longer jealous of Wilbrodog. Those nuggets aren't even fit for a cat to eat.

http://current.com/bfd/92965312_can-we-have-our-chicken-nuggets-and-eat-them-too.htm

Posted by: orawh | February 9, 2011 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, orawh. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 9, 2011 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I haven't watched any of the TV episodes, but "This American Life" was usually pretty darned good on the radio.

http://current.com/shows/this-american-life/

Posted by: bobsewell | February 9, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

To any fan of "Burn Notice" the idea of Sharon Gless as spunky and young is a real stretch. Although I gotta say she has weathered the storm somewhat better than Tyne Daly.

Posted by: kguy1 | February 9, 2011 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Hope you feel better, Scotty. You're made of sterner stuff than I if you're able to telework while sick. I came down with a bada$$ cold Sunday night and couldn't make my brain function until this morning.

Kim, the only hope in Virginia is if the TP gets one of their guys nominated, which would make any Dem look good in comparison.

Posted by: Raysmom | February 9, 2011 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm getting there, Raysmom, thanks. A nap really helps. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 9, 2011 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Mudgies -- take care and please down your baby aspirin PID; I am sending angels to be with you.

Off to class to study dead white (Greek) guys: Aristotle, Plato, and Isocrates....Socrates, too.

Great names for thinkers and cats....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 9, 2011 5:17 PM | Report abuse

I Don't Get Chicken NUGGETS Alone

Fish sandwiches, too.
Beef. Real chicken leftovers.
But never catfood.

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 9, 2011 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Nietzsche for a depressive schnauzer.

Albert Camus for a collie.

Derrida for a pug. Just because it doesn't fit, and pugs are born clowns.

Sartre for a scottish terrier, or a poodle hybrid.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 9, 2011 5:47 PM | Report abuse

But once the Boss finishes his battle rhythm and all, he'll be laughing madly as he goes skipping down snowy streets in nothing but his boxers.

He'll only return to his usual self once he wakes up in a puddle of his own vomit with dozens of empty bottles strewn about.

So maybe we need to have him whine again about his book before he's done?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 9, 2011 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrodog, I'm not going to let Scampy read this. Anyhow, Dana is on my lap now. You probably get lots of exercise and can work off any extra calories. Scampy & Co. are very sedentary cats who need to watch their diet, that is, I need to watch their diet. They get the very best lite kibble with occasional treats.

From Scampy's human companion

Posted by: orawh | February 9, 2011 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrodog, I'm not going to let Scampy read this. You probably get lots of exercise and can work off any extra calories. Scampy & Co. are very sedentary cats who need to watch their diet, that is, I need to watch their diet. They get the very best lite kibble with occasional treats.

From Scampy's human companion

Posted by: orawh | February 9, 2011 6:07 PM | Report abuse

A question: earlier today LiT and ftb made disparaging remarks about Tom Brady. Now I grant you that I am a bit prejudiced, but I ask in all seriousness, what are you referring to regarding his children and why are you mentioning him in the same sentence as Big Ben? My impression of him has always been more or less positive. Altho' he's far from an altar boy, he has done work for a charity and has kept his nose clean. He's well respected in these parts (of course there is a bit of fun made of his 'modeling' and Gisele has a way of making statements she has to retract...).

Posted by: badsneakers | February 9, 2011 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Here is something enjoyable, especially for the boodlers recovering from various ailments: I just heard on NPR that the Republicans lost three votes in the House. As NPR reported, it is a bad week for Republicans and it is only Wednesday.

Posted by: gmbka | February 9, 2011 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Pancreatitis:
No greasy food now anyway.
Dried chicken breasts, yum.

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 9, 2011 6:21 PM | Report abuse

They lost a Congressman as well gmbka, Christopher Lee resigned. Craigslist scandal.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 9, 2011 6:21 PM | Report abuse

That IS one buff picture of him, though.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 9, 2011 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Is it real or photoshop, somehow changed the letters on my keyboard and it is typing an accent E instead of a question mark, just pretent one is there :-)

Posted by: dmd3 | February 9, 2011 6:33 PM | Report abuse

The weather is horrible and we expect a high of 16F for tomorrow, but some of the news makes me smile for a change.

Posted by: gmbka | February 9, 2011 6:34 PM | Report abuse

The public schools are evil, evil I says. Closed again tomorrow.

Meatloaf topped with bacon is in the oven. Potatoes will be mashed soon.

We caught the last part of a truly bizarre Japanese Western last night: Western Sukiyaki Django. I can't begin to describe it, really. It was fascinating.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 9, 2011 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the double post. I got a window that said the connection was reset. I even deleted the second post but it went through anyhow.

Posted by: orawh | February 9, 2011 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Gawker played it pretty straight when they broke the Lee story-

"Yesterday, we reached out to Rep. Lee, whose support for 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and vote to reject federal abortion funding suggests a certain comfort with publicly scrutinizing others' sex lives."

The woman, whose "woman seeking man" ad Lee responded to, is said to have contacted Gawker when she searched for him online and discovered he lied about "his age and occupation." Does that mean lying about his marital status didn't bother her?

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 9, 2011 6:38 PM | Report abuse

The weather is horrible and we expect a high of 16F for tomorrow, but some of the news makes me smile for a change.

As for the picture, I never liked muscle-men.

Posted by: gmbka | February 9, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Great news! Rep. Gabrielle Giffords speaks for first time since shooting.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/09/AR2011020903771.html?hpid=topnews

Posted by: orawh | February 9, 2011 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Evening, Boodlers!

The ole server went down again yesterday afternoon. "Only" 24 hours offline this time. I'ma ready to git me a dawg'n a shotgun and go off huntin' fer sum telyphone folk.

Backboodling finds Scotty and Mudge ailing and I send 'feel better hugs' to both.

The news about Webb's decision is sooooooo depressing. I'm hoping Kaine will pick up that end of the rope because I've already seen ads in these parts seeking funds to help George Macaca Allen run. Spare us.

kguy, thanks for the snark.
frosti, thanks for the recipe (right up my cravings alley)
bob, thanks for the info on Current (glad to see I have it on dishnetwork)

Later, y'all.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 9, 2011 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Backboodled instead of skimboodled and I see that I missed that Scotty is ill. I hope you feel better soon, S'nuke. I really hope that you don't have any form of the "crud" currently filling up the hallways of the ER where I work. Nasty stuff! It seems that half our nursing staff is out with it as well. Not good.

Amen, talitha, amen. Spare us from another run by that good ol' boy (fake) Allen. I really haven't resorted to cocktails yet in my horror at the thought, but soon...

Supposed to snow here in Tidewater and I made the mistake of stopping in the Harris Teeter for cilantro. The place was a mad house, everyone storing up for the 1-3" possible. I almost turned around and went out, but I really needed that cilantro, the sesame cashew chicken would not have been the same without it.

Hope everyone's warm, dry and healthy..

Posted by: Kim_1 | February 9, 2011 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Kim... so glad to see you back here!

Posted by: -TBG- | February 9, 2011 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Somewhat on kit, because it kind of has to do with football, I'm thinking that Tony Wyllie, the Redskins' senior vice president, may turn out to have an axe to grind with Dan Snyder.

What better way to get someone back than to recommend he file suit against a small paper over an article very few people read or even cared about? That is, until the suit was filed during Super Bowl week.

Wyllie may be the Master of Revenge. I wonder how this will play out?

http://wapo.st/hnmn6w

Posted by: -TBG- | February 9, 2011 8:12 PM | Report abuse

OK, I know I'm two days late, but here it is:

Super Bowl XLVI (46)

Packers over Colts

Posted by: omni3 | February 9, 2011 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Scotty

Just wanted to check in and see how you're doing. I hope feeling better is on the horizon. Try to get some rest.

Mudge, I suspect you also need to take it easy.

Kim, good to hear from you.

And Slyness, they've already put the schools here on two hour delay. Whatever falls should be gone by noon, hopefully. And I have the g-girl, mom trying to get rid of germs. She was seriously talking about leaving with the baby in tow. Pray for us.

LiT, couldn't help but laugh at your comment about the team members having to check with parole officers before heading to an away game. It's sad, but kind of funny too.

K-guy, your eleven something comment should not be read with food or drink in the mouth!

Thanks, Bob

And have a good evening everyone, and love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | February 9, 2011 8:20 PM | Report abuse

And barrels, nay, truckloads, o'love to you, Cassandra.

It makes me smile to see you here so regularly. And as a grandmother of four!

Posted by: Yoki | February 9, 2011 8:29 PM | Report abuse

I can't say enough how much I respect Jim Webb. He certainly did and said things that I would not do and say, but in a city of suckups and empty suits he was different.

I don't picture him as one who enjoyed having to meet with and stroke the egos of big donors. I don't picture him as being adept as kissing the butt of powerful interests in Virginia that he didn't respect.

In short, he is not a retail politician. He'll go back to work on some veterans or defense-related issues. He will do it behind the scenes. He will like that a lot more.

Posted by: baldinho | February 9, 2011 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Beat dook.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 9, 2011 9:02 PM | Report abuse

yep, baldinho, I completely agree with your assesment. If you get the chance, you should read the book I mentioned earlier, "The Nightingale's Song". I read it long ago and have felt that Jim Webb is a stand up guy ever since. Not so much with Oliver North! Oh mercy, I'm going to go pour that glass of chardonnay right now.

And thanks for all the "welcome backs" from everyone. I'm glad to "see" everyone.

Posted by: Kim_1 | February 9, 2011 9:04 PM | Report abuse

New Scientist has a blurb on new methods to convert historic city plans to match present-day cartography. This could be amazing for Japanese cities, which were mapped in great detail, with high accuracy, during the Tokugawa Shogunate. It might become easy to flip from Edo to Tokyo, or maybe even Breslau to Wroclaw. Paris under Napoleon, Baron Hausmann, and Georges Pompidou? Digitized bomb damage to London. Historic Charleston's fires. Hmmm.


http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20927986.000-ancient-buildings-brought-to-life-from-historic-maps.html

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 9, 2011 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all! The meatloaf was excellent. I fixed a version of the Pioneer Woman's recipe (cut in half) - added minced onion and some dry mustard to the meat mix, had to fill in unexpected mushiness with extra bread crumbs. I thought her ketchup-based sauce would be too sweet for me, so pureed a can of tomatoes with a little sugar, added half the brown sugar, all the dry mustard, some chipotle Tabasco and Worcestershire. Covered the loaf with bacon slices and sauce. Well worth doing again. I used my Christmas-present Ninja food processor for the onion, parsley and tomatoes. It was fun.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 9, 2011 9:40 PM | Report abuse

It is too bad about Webb. Sounded like he wasn't doing well with fundraising, so maybe he saw the writing on the wall. What's the matter with that other Congressman, the Craigslist guy? Is he new? Will have to go read all about that - ah, schadenfreude.

Commiserations to all those with snow, epecially in parts where it is so rare. We're having some beautiful, clear, dry weather. Crocuses are up and out - if it were a bit warmer, I'd have spring fever.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 9, 2011 9:43 PM | Report abuse

A search on Webb and Bush found me this. I remember other reports of this incident:


President Bush has pledged to work with the new Democratic majorities in Congress, but he has already gotten off on the wrong foot with Jim Webb, whose surprise victory over Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) tipped the Senate to the Democrats.

Webb, a decorated former Marine officer, hammered Allen and Bush over the unpopular war in Iraq while wearing his son’s old combat boots on the campaign trail. It seems the president may have some lingering resentment.

At a private reception held at the White House with newly elected lawmakers shortly after the election, Bush asked Webb how his son, a Marine lance corporal serving in Iraq, was doing.

Webb responded that he really wanted to see his son brought back home, said a person who heard about the exchange from Webb.

“I didn’t ask you that, I asked how he’s doing,” Bush retorted, according to the source.

Webb confessed that he was so angered by this that he was tempted to slug the commander-in-chief, reported the source, but of course didn’t. It’s safe to say, however, that Bush and Webb won’t be taking any overseas trips together anytime soon.

“Jim did have a conversation with Bush at that dinner,” said Webb’s spokeswoman Kristian Denny Todd. “Basically, he asked about Jim’s son, Jim expressed the fact that he wanted to have him home.” Todd did not want to escalate matters by commenting on Bush’s response, saying, “It was a private conversation.”


I don't have much animosity toward Bush, but that exchange right there pretty much ensured that I was probably going to mail $50 to any future campaign to elect Mr. Webb.

Posted by: baldinho | February 9, 2011 9:50 PM | Report abuse

The GOP can't get their own bills passed, thank goodness:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/09/AR2011020903894.html

Wonder when they're going to do something about jobs?

Posted by: seasea1 | February 9, 2011 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Daughter: "'Coach K Court.' Hmmm... it's got that hard-K alliteration just like 'Ku Klux Klan.'"

http://tinyurl.com/6xhqfy7

Posted by: -TBG- | February 9, 2011 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Put some pants in basket.
Who cares if the legs dangle?
Let baskets drool, too.

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 9, 2011 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Towel edge to edge
or just pick it up in middle?
Gnome, make up your mind.

-Wilbrodog0

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 9, 2011 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Deal: gimme biscuits
And I won't wrestle your laundry.
(Die, foul towel, die!)

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 9, 2011 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Baldinho, that's another reason to like Jim Webb if not his party affilation.

I see Wilbrodog is grumping about housework.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 9, 2011 11:04 PM | Report abuse

It's a must have for
interstellar hitchhiking;
some respect please, 'dog

Posted by: DNA_Girl | February 9, 2011 11:20 PM | Report abuse

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

Posted by: Yoki | February 9, 2011 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Civilizations
on towels face wrath of Dog...
and nourishing drool.

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 10, 2011 12:25 AM | Report abuse

I fear the wrath of Dog

Posted by: Yoki | February 10, 2011 12:31 AM | Report abuse

and, of course, I fear my own intensity.

Posted by: Yoki | February 10, 2011 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Faxed to Yoki:
Hearts, licks and red silk muzzle
No fear, just play wrath...

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 10, 2011 12:52 AM | Report abuse

Okay, now I'm really afraid of Wilbrodog and what he's been reading lately...

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 10, 2011 12:56 AM | Report abuse

Maybe a wee bit of DH Lawrence. I'm thinking about the short story "The Fox."

Posted by: Yoki | February 10, 2011 1:01 AM | Report abuse

I'm thinking the boodle, myself. Didn't we discuss free 'dom a while ago?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 10, 2011 1:09 AM | Report abuse

That was our witty DNA_Girl.

Posted by: Yoki | February 10, 2011 1:12 AM | Report abuse

Mudge, how are you doing? I will backboodle to find out but just wanted to say, I'm thinking of you and wishing you good and or better health and strength for a very, very, very long time to come.

And Scottie, I'd fax you chicken soup, but I suspect you are drowning in it, so I will just say, be well, and warn you that too much afternoon TV is not good for you. I'm living proof.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 10, 2011 1:13 AM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rw9GBDEb8w8&NR=1

My friend David and I are going to see the Weakerthans in lovely Canmore.

Posted by: Yoki | February 10, 2011 1:15 AM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcPo0L4EhpU

http://www.subpop.com/artists/fleet_foxes

Posted by: seasea1 | February 10, 2011 1:18 AM | Report abuse

That is just, Irish. Thanks seasea1.

Posted by: Yoki | February 10, 2011 1:19 AM | Report abuse

I remember, so well, our happy hours.

Posted by: Yoki | February 10, 2011 1:21 AM | Report abuse

Me too. Had never heard of the Weakerthans - like them - should be a fun show. BTW, Leon Russell and Elton John are on David Letterman tonight. Jack Bruce and company were fabulous, although amorphous fusion jazz is not my favorite kind of music. Glad I got to see him again, though, and he is just an amazing bass player.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 10, 2011 1:36 AM | Report abuse

There you go! Yoki's darlings.

Posted by: Yoki | February 10, 2011 1:41 AM | Report abuse

Night Boodle. This has been a really good Wednesday.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 10, 2011 1:55 AM | Report abuse

Haven't backBoodled, but have to say this before heading off to Dawn Patrol --

We should post this whenever our trolls show up:

http://memebase.com/2011/02/09/memes-very-demotivational-yo-starbucks/

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 10, 2011 5:28 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. Scotty, hope you got some rest last night, and feeling better this morning. Lots of hugs to you.

Yoki, hope you and family are well.

Slyness, I don't see any white stuff on the ground, and I've been outside. Just rain, and not too cold. Perhaps it's still on the way. I do hope you can move about in your city.

I'm sure many of you have seen the report of the lady having the baby in the bathroom and leaving it there. She was finally found and her mother is insisting that she did not know she was pregnant and doesn't remember having the baby. The "doesn't remember having the baby" is hard to swallow. Childbirth is quite painful, that's been my experience. We'll have to pray for her.

We're on two hour delay, so time to get cracking. That could change, hope not.

Have a great day folks, despite the weather, and love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | February 10, 2011 7:23 AM | Report abuse

OK, so now I've backBoodled...

Cassandra! Yoki! Kim!! *HUGSSSS*

Thanks everyone, all that chicken soup (it couldn't hurt) has me back in the swing of things, with just some post-nasal drip reminders of yesterday's fun.

*full-plate-of-catchup-work-in-my-inbox Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 10, 2011 7:25 AM | Report abuse

Good morning all, hi Cassandra! No snow here either, just wet. Mr. T noted that the forecasters said there were scattered flurries around. Oh well. We didn't get up to walk, but that's okay too.

Scotty, glad to hear that you're feeling better this morning.

Lots to do today, gotta start making phone calls to gauge candidates' interest in being hired as our pastor. We managed to winnow 87 applications down to 18, so I start at the top and go from there. The search team is a great bunch of people, but keeping them in line is like trying to herd cats. We're having lots of fun with this.

Posted by: slyness | February 10, 2011 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Noted: front page tag line to Milbanks' piece today ...

"Ron Paul counts on a seccessionist"

I wish him seccess with that. (The actual article hed gets it right.)

Posted by: talitha1 | February 10, 2011 8:22 AM | Report abuse

So that's what they're calling an abacus these days, talitha? :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 10, 2011 9:02 AM | Report abuse

talitha, I'm probably not the only one here who would dearly love all those states which want to secede to do so forthwith. And good luck with funding for your own defense, as well as the corresponding social security/medicare that so many people have come to depend on. Gotta be funded somehow, eh?

Kim -- it's so great to have you back! I do hope the Dems can come up with a credible candidate (or set of candidates) to run against Allen (who is the "probable" Rethuglican candidate, but some TP (tea party/toilet paper) idiot might actually get in). Yet another reason I don't live in VA (and I also get lost over there anyway).

Gotta go. Cya later.

Posted by: ftb3 | February 10, 2011 9:13 AM | Report abuse

*snort*
Yes, our S'nuke feels better today!

Posted by: talitha1 | February 10, 2011 9:35 AM | Report abuse

ftb, I get lost in the NoVa 'burbs of DC myself. Down here it's much easier ... all kinds of geographic and topographic landmarks to guide your way. I always swore I'd never live in 'the South' again because of the politics but Virginia seemed headed on a relatively progressive path there for a while. *sigh* Pendulums swing.

Posted by: talitha1 | February 10, 2011 9:43 AM | Report abuse

New Kit!

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 10, 2011 10:13 AM | Report abuse

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