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Posted at 8:39 AM ET, 03/ 2/2011

A drug called Charlie Sheen

By Joel Achenbach

Great piece today by the always-excellent Greg Jaffe on the disconnect between military families and the country at large. Jaffe tells the story of Lt. Gen. John Kelly, whose son, Robert, stepped on a mine in Afghanistan in November and was killed instantly. Kelly shared his family's heartbreak on the condition that it be made clear that his is just one of 5,500 families who have lost someone in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I highly recommend taking a few minutes of your busy day to read this story.

The general is pained by the general public's indifference to events in these distant wars. (Jaffe notes that President Obama devoted only a handful of sentences to Afghanistan in his State of the Union Address.) But it is always going to be hard for the public to understand what seems to be a war of attrition in a geographically confusing place, in support of political objectives not easily defined. How does one measure success in that war?

The bigger issue is that America is currently on a drug called Charlie Sheen. Charlie Sheen long ago starred in one of the great war movies, and his dad was in an even better one, but now he's starring in a flick called Celebrity Blowout, and it's apparently as addictive as crack for the TV producers.

If you were to tell me that, someday, human beings with access to entertainment technologies will narcotize themselves on a steady drip of celebrity blather, I would tell you that you are describing March 2011.

The graphics and sound effects of Access Hollywood (or is it Excess Hollywood?) are apparently crafted for a populace with a severe attention deficit -- god forbid that tape be permitted to roll for 20 continuous seconds without a graphic flare or explosion of some kind -- and the way the Sheen quotes are incrementally teased and spooned to the viewer is akin to someone offering a cokehead a bump to keep the buzz going.

ABC News devoted a "Special Edition" of 20/20 last night to what I assume was a full hour of Charlie Sheen, describing the drug that is Charlie Sheen. I can't confirm, because I watched only 10 minutes. Don't get me wrong, it's not like I was too busy reading Proust or whatever (I actually was more interested in the Caps making a brilliant last-minute goal and then winning in OT on an Ovechkin highlight moment), but the Sheen act has gotten a little dull from over-exposure (ya think?). It's all about Charlie and what Charlie wants and, yes, the rest of us live boring lives in comparison (but, gosh, it's nice not to have to worry about whether the various children will grow up in the same neighborhood). And FYI: I think I have better hair. (Sorry, Charlie.)

By Joel Achenbach  | March 2, 2011; 8:39 AM ET
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Yup, you definitely have better hair, Joel. And better morals, for sure.

Posted by: slyness | March 2, 2011 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Excellent rant, Joel, but I think the question answers itself. The fact that we are currently engulfed in a noxious cloud of anxiety, of which those wars are just one element, partly explains why there is such a fascination with all things Charlie.

Mr. Sheen provides blissful Schadenfreude combined with prurient fascination. You know, like when you see a Porsche with an engine fire along the edge of the road. This provides a welcome, and perhaps necessary, reprieve from existential angst.

Of course, this excuse only goes so far. Once we get our Fix, it still behooves us to roll down our sleeves and pay attention to the real world. Although, to be honest, most of us are as powerless to improve such Serious Things as we are to make Charlie all better.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | March 2, 2011 9:54 AM | Report abuse

If you need a way to make the deranged rantings of Charlie Sheen more palatable, here are quotes from his 20/20 interview superimposed on pictures of cute kitty cats:

For people who actually click on my links, these are new and different from the ones I linked to yesterday.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 2, 2011 9:57 AM | Report abuse

It can only get worse. Even NPR is reporting that the authorities have taken Charlie's children from his home. If I can't escape him by listening to public radio news I'll just go cold turkey on broadcast news completely.

Posted by: talitha1 | March 2, 2011 10:00 AM | Report abuse

The usual explanation for people turning their attention to fluff is weariness of dire reality. But this does not seem to apply in this case because we hear little about the war and unless you watch The News Hour with its silently presented list of soldiers killed, we are allowed to forget it altogether. I am at a loss for an explanation and unfortunately this happens to me quite frequently. Must have something to do with old age.

Posted by: gmbka | March 2, 2011 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I'm on a drug called Plavix. Also some diuretics.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 2, 2011 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and an 81-mg OTC enteric-coated aspirin every day.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 2, 2011 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Which may help explain why there are no 24-year-old p0rn actresses living at my house. Even though we've got two guest bedrooms available.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 2, 2011 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Mr. A, this is the first kit I'm choosing not to read. It may win you a big whoop-dee-doo award, but I'm still not going to read it.

Good morning, y'all.

Warm banananana bread, hot coffee and chilled OJ on the table.

Cassandra, I'm sorry for the loss in your family. You are in my heart.

TBG, ditto.

slyness, please put a good word in for boodlers who could use it to The One Upstairs during Bible study.

TWC is back in the chill zone today. Think I'll stay indoors as much as possible.

Ever had one of those days when all your electronic gadgetry needs recharging at the same time? I'm running out of outlets.

Posted by: MsJS | March 2, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

If he's so great why was he on a show where the soundtrack has to do the laughing?

And ever noticed how little the cocaine people ever laugh? It's a symptom, or a sign.

Posted by: Jumper1 | March 2, 2011 10:16 AM | Report abuse

... and while we're on the subject: Why hasn't the media reported on how much is the co-pay on the drug Charlie Sheen? Is CS a generic or a brand-name pharmaceutical? What is the average dosage? Are there debilitating side effects? (You betcha, to quote She Who Must Not Be Named.)

What is its chemical formula? How come if you ask Wikipedia about the drug CS, there's no page for it showing its benzene rings and hydroyl bonds and all that good stuff? There's not even a decent description, such as "CS is a foul-smelling alkaloid with a waxy appearance." Or even its developmental history, such as "CS was first synthesized by the German chemist Ludwig von Ropadopen in 1936, at the laborotory of the Schwaben phramaceutical firm Beyernishe Gemineshaft Abernichtwargesundheit GBH."

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 2, 2011 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Responding to a question about Michele Bachmann as a possible presidential candidate-

"Michele Bachmann will appeal to those who like Sarah Palin but wish she would be a little less intellectual. She will be as viable in 2012 as Dennis Kucinich was in 2008. She will have an eventful ten or fifteen minutes of fame and the media will love her for the same reason that kids love zoos."

Charles Walcott
Professor of Political Science, Virginia Tech

Posted by: kguy1 | March 2, 2011 10:30 AM | Report abuse

While I really enjoyed "Ron Burgundy or Charlie Sheen?" I'm also liking "Sheen, Gaddafi or Beck?"

Posted by: -TBG- | March 2, 2011 10:35 AM | Report abuse

From the world's leading expert on the drug called Charlie Sheen:

"It's not available because if you try it you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body."

Posted by: yellojkt | March 2, 2011 10:38 AM | Report abuse

And here is the post-mortum on Palin-Free-February:

Posted by: yellojkt | March 2, 2011 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Having only seen "Two and a Half Men" during football season promos, I really could NOT give less of a @^&(%@@$^&*&!! about the public self-immolation of another entertainer.

I'm currently going cold turkey from the drug called Skiing for another year. *SIGH*

*sorry-to-be-so-late-but-a-guy's-gotta-catch-up-on-sleep-at-some-point Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 2, 2011 10:45 AM | Report abuse

*sigh* This just in:

High court rules for military funeral protesters

The Associated Press
Wednesday, March 2, 2011; 10:27 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the First Amendment protects fundamentalist church members who mount attention-getting, anti-gay protests outside military funerals.

The court voted 8-1 in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan. The decision upheld an appeals court ruling that threw out a $5 million judgment to the father of a dead Marine who sued church members after they picketed his son's funeral.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion for the court. Justice Samuel Alito dissented.

"What Westboro said, in the whole context of how and where it chose to say it, is entitled to 'special protection' under the First Amendment," Roberts wrote, "and that protection cannot be overcome by a jury finding that the picketing was outrageous."


It's probably the right decision...but it's such a shame it's on behalf of such raging glasshats.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 2, 2011 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Mudge, the right decision and the price we pay to live in .....
(I had the article loaded and ready to post here. Glad I refreshed.)

Speaking of the 'church of the living hypocrites', did the Wapo cover their appearance in Hyattsville yesterday? I didn't see it when I scanned but it was late and I may have missed it.

LOL, MsJS. You're staging a personal kit boycott? A boykit?

Posted by: talitha1 | March 2, 2011 11:01 AM | Report abuse

talitha, when I choose to ignore something, I go all out.

In an effort to lure warmer weather to my corner of the world, I've made a pitcher of strawberry lemonade. Kindly BYOG(lass).

Posted by: MsJS | March 2, 2011 11:11 AM | Report abuse

The hazards of celebrity are difficult to comprehend. Getting surrounded by the fawning constantly with little criticism could drive most of us off into the deep end of egoism.

My wife makes certain I do not suffer this problem.

Posted by: edbyronadams | March 2, 2011 11:12 AM | Report abuse

I have to confess that I have seen a fair number of 2.5 Men episodes, mostly because I am too lazy to change the channel after How I Met Your Mother. The show does have moments of hilarity, mostly of the 'They did not just say that!' variety. Jokes about obscure sexual practices are to 2.5 Men what geek culture jokes are to Big Bang Theory. Not coincidentally, both shows are produced by Chuck "Chiam to Charlie Sheen" Lorre.

I am also a slight fan of Jon Cryer who does yeoman's work as the nebbishy non-hooker-patronizing brother. I particularly enjoyed the recent story arc where Jon Cryer's character was inexplicably dating a single mom played by Courtney Thorne-Smith. Plot contrivances tended to put her in lingerie quite frequently.

And then there is the whole meta-car-wreck experience of watching a brat-packer make $2M a week playing a slightly wittier but less off-the-rails version of himself. The only other incidence where real life is wilder than the fictional version is Top Gun.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 2, 2011 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Martin Sheen wouldn't do harm to the ozone. Remember this classic?

I'm struck by how much he looks like his sons at that age. And this answers the question of where the heck Emilio Estevez has been lately...

Posted by: -TBG- | March 2, 2011 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Here they are, standing on the flag and be outrageous-

and coverage in the sidestream media-

Posted by: kguy1 | March 2, 2011 11:17 AM | Report abuse

be-ING outrageous

Posted by: kguy1 | March 2, 2011 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Charlie was not the brat-packer. That was his brother, Emilio Estevez.

Poor Emilio.

Posted by: -TBG- | March 2, 2011 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Don't ya think the world is just waiting for him to crash and burn and then crash and burn again and everyone will say "I told you so" or "I knew that would happen".

Next will be his book deal and people will spend $20-$30 a pop to read about what a nut Charlie is.It will probably make the best sellers list,cause it seems like the more bazaar it is the more it will sell.Me I would much rather read Joel's upcoming book alot more then Charlie's,Sarah's or Donald's.

One can only hope he gets his act together and actually does something good with his life rather then looking so bazaar.

Snuke there is always water skiing,xbox or wii skiing and there are few smaller resorts right to the west.

Our work is having a biggest loser contest the I intend on winning,but now they are starting in 3 weeks.Maybe I shouldn't wait that long and start today like I planned.Off for a hike.

Have a great day everyone!!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | March 2, 2011 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I do pray for those who serve every day and worry about those putting their lives on the line for the lost cause that Afghanistan represents.

I hope it is a very long time before the US ever commits to a boots on the ground proposition in a foreign land again.

Posted by: edbyronadams | March 2, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Apple must be introducing something. The online store is temporarily closed.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | March 2, 2011 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, kguy. WTF is with those folks?

MsJS, I'm right there with you. I even turned off the radio and am watching old Bette Davis movies on TCM while I weave.
Except for that war movie Mudge mentioned I can't recall ever seeing C.S. in anything.

Love (and miss) Jane Curtain madly. Post-SNL she did Kate & Ally and Third Rock, but it was never quite the same.

Posted by: talitha1 | March 2, 2011 11:34 AM | Report abuse

scc: Curtin

Posted by: talitha1 | March 2, 2011 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I'm more interested in the article about Afghanistan and the loss of the soldier (refusing to call one person a "troop") than I am *ever* about CS and/or any other so-called celebrity.

There are so many people in this country -- the *armchair warriors* -- who are ever so happy to rattle their swords from the safety of their own homes, while urging warfare for the young men and women, who are volunteers (because there are no other jobs available, perhaps?).

I think the only way to make people in this country really appreciate the sacrifices being made to protect their sorry *expletives* is to implement the draft again -- for both able-bodied men and women. Those who are not able-bodied enough to actually engage in combat can certainly be called upon to do desk work or other non-combat related work.

Yeah, war is romantic unless you're on the ground in the thick of it.

Otherwise, I couldn't care less about CS, and even less about the "goddesses".

Posted by: ftb3 | March 2, 2011 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Charlie may not have been a core Brat-Packer, but he was both a Young Gun and a Red Dawner.


Posted by: yellojkt | March 2, 2011 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Joel, thanks for the link to the story about the Kelly family. I have been disturbed since these wars began by the isolation of military and their families from the country. I particularly appreciated lt gen kelly's response to antiwar sentiment - be active. He says if you don't like the war, be involved in trying to end it. Don't just passively disagree.

So, MsJs, if you'd consider a partial boycott I'd recommend the first paragraph of the Kit. Sheen-free.

I think Charlie Sheen's disintegration is just sad, and I'm sorry he has so much media cooperation in making it a public spectacle.

I'm still trying to wrap my head around spring cleaning.

Posted by: Ivansmom | March 2, 2011 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Charlie Sheen is irony personified. His whole worldview is contained in the phrase, "I'm special." He has that in common with every drug addict on the planet. If you listen to Robert Downey Jr, or Colin Farrell, or Russell Brand, all of whom are rich and famous and have people drooling over them every minute of the day, you will not hear them claiming to be special, because they're recovering and they work the steps. Farrell admits that he is a "garden-variety drunk." (AA catch-phrase) That means he's past step one, at least, and no longer completely in thrall to the idea that the universe revolves around him. Some of the best people are recovering addicts. I hope Charlie joins their ranks someday.

= = =

Wilbrod said: "I'm a visual reader so these juicy little bloopers jam the meaning-machinery inside my head."

That reminded me of what happened this morning when I was listening to NPR and they said the government is proposing a new kind of syntax. My brain went into overdrive trying to imagine how we might have to change how we write and speak. Then the report continued, detailing the proposal to make soft drinks more expensive -- oh, a SIN tax. Never mind.

Posted by: kbertocci | March 2, 2011 11:55 AM | Report abuse

And since when are carbonated beverages a sin? Did Mitt Romney win an election I missed?

Posted by: yellojkt | March 2, 2011 11:58 AM | Report abuse

talitha, be careful, you're sounding a lot like these NPR listeners. ;)

"We Listen to NPR Precisely To Avoid This Sort of Stupidity"

I had to laugh at your comment because I had just finished reading that article. I listen to crackly CSPAN up here for the same reason. Never been a big fan of NPR though.

DotC: yep, iPad2.

Posted by: MoftheMountain | March 2, 2011 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Oooops, my bad then. I have seen Young Guns and Red Dawn. Not 2-1/2, though.

ftb, my sympathies certainly align with yours regarding the war(s) but I'm not for reinstating the draft under the current situation. IMO the draft was necessary in other wars (Civil, the world wars) but not in the last sixty years. Those "police action" or "protection from the red menace" or "gotta avenge my father/protect our oil supply" conflicts don't qualify.

I send my thoughts every day to the folks fighting and dying, and their families. And while I understand what you mean about the draft-as-wakeup-call to the American people, I can't support it personally. My cousin and three friends whose names are on The Wall were draftees and didn't choose to die in a southeast Asian jungle.

Posted by: talitha1 | March 2, 2011 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Mo, ya got me! "For proof that NPR letter-writers are the stodgiest, whiniest, most self-importantly insufferable snobs of all time, just search through the network's archives ..."

While I don't write them letters I have been a fan since they began broadcasting. The radio station where I worked was an NPR affiliate ... presently NPR is the only non-commercial radio I can receive with any clarity.

Once a radiohead, always a radiohead. 8~D

Posted by: talitha1 | March 2, 2011 12:17 PM | Report abuse

OK, just one more link to an interesting WaPo article on ASL interpreters at concerts:

ftb, I rather agree with you. I think that if it is a good enough reason to go to war and send people to be killed, that the population will be behind it enough to accept a draft. (Ex: 9-11 and Afghanistan) If it goes on too long or there is no longer a good reason to be involved, then the population will react to stop the draft. (Ex: Vietnam) I don't think the protests and such against Vietnam would have occurred with an all-volunteer army.

Posted by: MoftheMountain | March 2, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I love NPR for the arts and culture coverage, both high and low. I can't stand the wall-to-wall news reporting when there is an ongoing crisis (and when isn't there?). My remedy is to subscribe to the NPR Culturetopia podcast where they consolidate all the entertainment coverage and don't make me wade through the depressing stuff.

I have become a big, big fan of Linda Holmes through both the Monkey See blog and the Pop Culture Happy Hour sub-podcast. They have been treading lightly on the Charlie Sheen story. This post in particular is especially brilliant in talking about the story of the story:

Posted by: yellojkt | March 2, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I prefer the professionalism of the all volunteer army. A cadre of draftees is a much more dangerous unit and not nearly as effective. In many ways the post-Vietnam strategy to rely more on Reserve and National Guard units has had many unintended consequences. It's a complex and thorny policy choice. Perhaps the better idea is that no matter what the composition of our forces, we should pick our wars a little more carefully.

As we are about to slog into our second decade of the War on Terrr, more and more people know somebody with some association to the military. A high school friend on FB has been in and out of Iraq and Kuwait multiple times. I envy the wonderful vacation photos she posts from places like the Seychelles or Dubai, but I don't want to trade places anytime soon.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 2, 2011 12:46 PM | Report abuse

And upon rereading, I realize the way I wrote that sounds cold and clinical and out of some sort of treatise. "The population" indeed.

In a nutshell, I feel that it's easier to abuse an all-volunteer army because there's less accountability, and I don't think that's right. Their lives aren't worth less because they were willing to go.

Posted by: MoftheMountain | March 2, 2011 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Watched "Tokyo Sonata", directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa (no kin to Akira K.). Salaryman is canned just after management accepts a pitch to replace the Administration Department with a much cheaper offshore operation. He doesn't tell his wife, pretends to go to work every day....

Colin Farrell's a druggie? I liked "In Bruges" but otherwise can't locate him.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | March 2, 2011 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Why yello, I follow all your links. Being of your father's generation, I like to know what the young folks are doing out behind the barn.

Posted by: nellie4 | March 2, 2011 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I actually witnessed one of Farrell's drunken tantrums at Dublin airport. Of course, being me, my first thought was, "What a beautiful man," and only afterwards did I judge him an idiot.

Posted by: Yoki | March 2, 2011 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Yello - The deal with carbonated beverages is sugar and the obesity epidemic. There are various proposals around at both the national and state levels to ad a "sin tax" to high-sugar beverages, in the way we do with booze. You have probably seen the ads on TV where housewife/actresses bemoan government proposals to tax groceries. Well, it ain't groceries in general, it's the soft drinks. And maybe it ain't such a bad idea.

Posted by: ebtnut | March 2, 2011 1:15 PM | Report abuse

"Pope exonerates Jews for Jesus' death in new book"

While I'm sure that the defense is exultant, is there any guarantee that the charges won't be filed again in a different guise? Violating his civil rights, perhaps? And what was the nature of the exculpatory evidence? Or was this purely a case of prosecutorial misconduct, with charges that should never have been filed in the first place?

Posted by: bobsewell | March 2, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

You may recall the Huckabee comments about the President growing up in Kenya? He even referred to the Mau Mau conflict and how that may have colored Obama's view of the British. Here's what one of his spokesmen said today:

"Governor Huckabee simply misspoke when he alluded to President Obama growing up in 'Kenya.' The Governor meant to say the President grew up in Indonesia."
"When the Governor mentioned he wanted to know more about the President, he wasn't talking about the President's place of birth - the Governor believes the President was born in Hawaii. The Governor would however like to know more about where President Obama's liberal policies come from and what else the President plans to do to this country - as do most Americans."

Here's the plan - Keep spinning until everyone is too dizzy to notice any more.

Posted by: ebtnut | March 2, 2011 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't one have to stay dead for it to be a crime?

Posted by: DNA_Girl | March 2, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse

That's the pertinent question, DNA_Girl!

IIRC, it was a kangaroo court if there ever was one.

Posted by: slyness | March 2, 2011 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Dave, I think Farrell is a recovering alcoholic, not a druggie. But he's really a very good actor. I recommend to you "Phone Booth," a relatively modest little psycho-thriller, during which his character does a really stunning 180-degree turn. He was also quite good in "The Recruit," and as Bad Blake's ex-partner in "Crazy Heart."

He also played Sonny Crockett in the re-make of Miami Vice, but I didn't think much of that one.

Speaking of "Crazy Heart," I really wanted to see that one badly, and finally got to do so 2 weeks ago on TV -- and was vastly disappointed, given all the buzz. Yes, Bridges' acting was great...but the movie just didn't work for me. There's no freakin' way Maggie Gyllenhall jumps in bed with that old, drunk, smelly, dissolute rebrobate. And it was much too close to "Tender Mercies," but without as much character development. Anybody else disappointed in it?

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 2, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

So why would Obama be forming his opinion of the British Empire from their handling of the Mau Mau Revolt if he were living in Indonesia? Or is that too historically accurate a question to ask Mr. Huckabee?

Expect Mel Gibson to file an appeal.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 2, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Amen, Mudge. Marisa Tomei yeah OK maybe. Maggie G no way!

Posted by: kguy1 | March 2, 2011 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I saw Colin Farrell walk the red carpet at the premiere of Tomb Raider II (as well as Angelina Jolie but that is another story). I wasn't close enough to smell his breath, but he was definitely living up or down to his wild and crazy image.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 2, 2011 2:26 PM | Report abuse

The key to understanding Guv Huck is to always bear in mind that this is a man who steadfastly believes in the literal truth of Genesis. The earth was created in six days. The planet is 6,000 years old. Methuselah lived to 969 years of age. Noah got 2X of every animal on earth on to the Ark. Compared to this kind of stuff, forming an opinion of British East African policies while attending elementary school in Indonesia is, well, child's play.

Posted by: kguy1 | March 2, 2011 2:32 PM | Report abuse

It appears that the Pope du jour has exonerated the Jews for "killing" Jesus.

Well, I don't know about you all, but I simply cannot tell you how completely relieved I am. Wow. I guess I'll stop having to keep my bags packed and putting my track shoes on. Now, I only have to look out for crazy gay dress designers.

What -- you know -- *what* a relief it is to be exonerated by a former Nazi.


Posted by: ftb3 | March 2, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I could have sworn Pontius Pilate was a Roman. Probably another b@sterd with a falsified birth certificate.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | March 2, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Mudge - I also found that a bit unrealistic. But you know that Hollywood can't really handle the notion of a truly "average" looking woman. Still, I liked the way they didn't force the relationship into a faux happy ending. I also thought the movie had some real moments of brilliance, like when they avoided the cliche of having Bad embarrass himself on stage in the way I expected. Of course, movies like "Crazy Heart" are, I guess, more about the acting than the plot. It reminded me of Glengarry Glen Ross in that way.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | March 2, 2011 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Unaccustomed as I am to pope defending, I gotta say that Benedict was not a Nazi, at least not a party member. He was enrolled in the Hitler Jugend at age 14 as required by law, and drafted into the Wehrmacht at 16. If that makes him a Nazi, then he's a "go along, get along" kind of Nazi.

Posted by: kguy1 | March 2, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

You're more right than you know, shriek. Most legends say Pilate was probably born in the Abruzzo region of central Italy. But there is also the theory (held by the first :birthers," I suppose) that he was born in Perth, Scotland, the illegitimate son of a Roman ambassador and a local Pictish girl. ("Funny, you don't look Pictish.")

Which, if true, means he was born on an island far away from his father's home continent, and wouldn't have a proper birth certificate. All of which just might account for Pilate's opinions about the British and the Mau Mau. Oh, wait, I think I'm getting confused, here.

And of course, it also implies that the first berthers were Perthers.

I swear I am not making any of this up.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 2, 2011 3:27 PM | Report abuse

"He was enrolled in the Hitler Jugend at age 14 as required by law, and drafted into the Wehrmacht at 16. If that makes him a Nazi, then he's a "go along, get along" kind of Nazi."

Kinda like George Soros, Padouk.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 2, 2011 3:29 PM | Report abuse

SCC: first birthers.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 2, 2011 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Am glad that the government will not shut down this week.

Am at peace with what the Supreme Court says about free speech; if truly free, must permit some hate speech.

Am encouraged that these haters will bring themselves down in most people's hearts, just by the content of their speech and their bizarre conduct.

Am saddened about those who suffer because we are free, namely the families whose mourning is marred by this ugliness.

Spring is sprunging....have a test this evening, in long hand in a pink or blue book, color to be determined.

I am at peace, also, that there is no suitable prep for longhand written exams other than reviewing in longhand....on 3 by 5 cards.

Off to longhand land....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 2, 2011 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Is there some sort of fight over which region of the world gets to claim Pontius Pilate? It's not as if he is a universally beloved figure like Christopher Columbus. I guess everywhere needs some sort of claim to fame, or infamy, as the case may be.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 2, 2011 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I dunno, yello. His exercise programs seem to be popular with a lot of women.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 2, 2011 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Columbia seems to have its very own version of Mike Vick-

Posted by: kguy1 | March 2, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

or Dave Winfield

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | March 2, 2011 4:13 PM | Report abuse

The RC church moves slowly. It took them about 600 years to exonerate Galileo and after about 2000 years they found that the Jews have not killed Jesus after all. But I would not dismiss this as ridiculous altogether because this institution is still powerful and whatever they do to dampen anti-Semitism is welcome to me.

In a remote valley in Tyrol, Austria, a yearly pilgrimage was celebrated in honor of Anderl from Rinn, who was ritually murdered by Jews, as
the legend had it. In this case the RC church took 500 years to stop the nonsense, in the 1950s. But this did not put an end to the yearly pilgrimage: now the neo-fascists are going.

Posted by: gmbka | March 2, 2011 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Ah but shriek this wasn't some random wanderer from the natural world. The owl in question was the mascot of the opposing team and the guy calmly walked over and kicked it off the pitch as it lay stunned. First Degree Hooticide!

Posted by: kguy1 | March 2, 2011 4:29 PM | Report abuse

One can only hope they're both pardoned by the RC some day.

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Posted by: DNA_Girl | March 2, 2011 5:38 PM | Report abuse

The exoneration has occured before, under John Paul II. Pope Benedict is repeating it, probably to make a point about anti-semitism.

If so, I'm glad, and also regret it's needed.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 2, 2011 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Thanks yello for the info, I was thinking Frances for some reason. Is it possible, that I don't remember your Machine posts, because they were posted while I was in Boodle rehab so to speak (My Summer 2010 Absentia)

Posted by: omni3 | March 2, 2011 6:47 PM | Report abuse

OK, I can't let this go any longer. It's been bugging me for several days. I've been in a Marathon catch up watching several episodes of 'The Big Bang Theory' every night. And the theme song for the show by Bare Naked Ladies is pretty cool, but what bugs is the lyric 'The autotrophs began to drool,'!! Shouldn't that be Heterotrophs? I mean these are the geekiest of nerds here, and should know that autotrophs don't drool. I feel a little bit like Sheldon. Just a little.

Posted by: omni3 | March 2, 2011 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Consider it an inside joke, Omni. Think Little Shop of Horrors?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 2, 2011 7:06 PM | Report abuse

The Fungi is coming for a couple of days during his March break and I'm fresh out of fat calf. So I got the 32 lbs turkey out of the freezer. We might as well take a big bite out of that bad chick on the first try. She's quite the plump bird.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | March 2, 2011 8:09 PM | Report abuse

I have been trying to figure out what the stuff the 2012 GOP hopefuls have been saying lately reminds me of... and the best I can come up with is they are all mounting their Harleys and taking that slow ride down the boulevard in Sturgis, SD.

The leadup to the GOP primary season is what will likely torpedo any of their chances. Would YOU want to have to try to appeal to the "likely GOP primary voters" right about now?

Ay caramba. You can understand why any of the semi-honorable people who are considering entering the race have either said no or are keeping mum.

Posted by: baldinho | March 2, 2011 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Have you gotten a bonfire permit for cooking that monster, Shriek?

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 2, 2011 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Boodle.

I've been back-boodling (REALLY busy today figuring out how to register in MD a car bought in VA , but more on that later). As a newbie who has read the boodle for ages before jumping in, I must say that I don't want to criticize. But, well, I AM a former Marine. So, guys, Gen. Kelly's son was a Marine, NOT a soldier. We Marines are kinda sensitive about that. (The pockets in our pants are called "army gloves", after all.)

Yeah, BAM stands for "beautiful american marine". OH, wait, "broad a$$ed Marine". Oh well. My a$$ didn't get broad until lately. When I was in the Marines (in the 70's), I was a narrow broad. Time takes its toll......

(not it's, btw. I will comment later on the boodle list of stupid mistakes.)

I love wilbrod's comment:

"Wilbrod said: "I'm a visual reader so these juicy little bloopers jam the meaning-machinery inside my head.""

Mine, too, Wilbrod.

OK, more later.

Posted by: oldbam | March 2, 2011 9:12 PM | Report abuse

That bird ain't going do be deep fried, quartered or spatcotchked we will see. Even oven cooked isn't out of the question.
I'm not stting the neighborhood on fire.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | March 2, 2011 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, all.

A Boodle and Dash here:

As I pointed out on Monday, one difference between Charlie Sheen and M. Gaddafi is that Gaddafi has a military. Sheen - well, he's just got those ladies; bodyguards, perhaps? Or mercenaries? I have no idea.

The folks taking potshots at the Pope over some text from a book he's written: I'll withold judgement until I actually read it (I know; I'm funny that way), but it seems to me that if he's saying that there's nothing in the Bible (as he reads it) indicating that the Jewish people should be held responsible for Jesus' death - so, what's so wrong with that again?

And if he maybe wants to set the record straight from his perspective, and to tell those that continue to persecute people for Jesus' death that he thinks they're wrong, that seems reasonable to me. Not fussworthy, IMO. Or a reason to mock the man and his Church -- he saw something was wrong, is speaking up and providing evidence and his thoughts about it.

All the kvetching about the Pope in this matter strikes me as rather ironic.

It is also very possible that he may be talking more to the 6.6 Billion people in the world that don't live in this country, versus the .3 B that do.


Posted by: -bc- | March 2, 2011 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Did I ever screw spatchcocked badly.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | March 2, 2011 9:32 PM | Report abuse

We knew what you meant, SD.

I'm with you, bc. No problem at all in emphasizing the point that the Jews weren't responsible. It was the Sanhedrin, and that council perished along with Jerusalem in the Jewish revolts.

Posted by: slyness | March 2, 2011 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Ya gonna brine it, shriek? (I recommend it, FWTW.)

Rachel Maddow is on fire tonight. A really great show. Worth watchi ng the clips of it tomorrow, especially the first half.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 2, 2011 9:37 PM | Report abuse

As a former Catholic, I will say that I think the Pope's an idiot. And if the evidence is valid, he's a criminal, too.


Also, even when I was a practicing Catholic, I didn't think Jews were criminals. Or that divorced women were damned to hell. Oh, now I remember why I'm a "FORMER" Catholic.

Posted by: oldbam | March 2, 2011 9:47 PM | Report abuse

War is not sexy.

Posted by: Windy3 | March 2, 2011 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Have you noticed gas prices? Big gas guzzlers beware.

Posted by: Windy3 | March 2, 2011 10:10 PM | Report abuse

1.19/L her (4.03/usg) here. About 8.00 per usg in the UK. Same in France, as far as I can figure.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | March 2, 2011 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Wilbrod. I think

Posted by: omni3 | March 2, 2011 11:02 PM | Report abuse

There are too many subjects in this Boodle I'd like to comment on, but I'd be echoing other comments for the most part. I feel creepy after hearing parts of the CS interviews, like I need a long walk on the beach followed by a hot shower.

The Kelly story left me frustrated and sad. And as for the Pope, how much influence does he really have? Those who are crazy enough to still want to blame the Jews won't pay any attention to anyone who 'might' have been a Nazi. (Years ago I had neighbors who were German. The man told me that he had been in the Hitler youth as a young teenager. It was was one had to do at the time. He was no more a Nazi than I am.)

Posted by: badsneakers | March 2, 2011 11:04 PM | Report abuse

I swear Omni that's the second thing I thought when I read that line. The first thing was what you thought-- "should be heterotrophs."

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 2, 2011 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Gas? Spotted $3.53 on the way home.

Saw a local production of 'The Producers' featuring reasonable approximations of Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, and Uma Thurman. Something to offend everybody.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | March 3, 2011 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Audrey II: you know the kind'a eats, the kind'a red HOT sweets, the kind'a sticky licky treats I crave!

Posted by: omni3 | March 3, 2011 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Yep, in Charles B. Griffith's universe, autotrophs do indeed drool

Posted by: omni3 | March 3, 2011 12:57 AM | Report abuse

OK, now when I hear that lyric I can't help but laugh.

I'm gonna put 'Little Shop of Horrors' in my movie queue.

Thanks Wilbrod, Now I'm sure

Posted by: omni3 | March 3, 2011 1:01 AM | Report abuse

Even if it wasn't an intentional inside joke, I still find it humorous.

Then I started thinking about how : George Lucas possibly single handedly changed movies which spilled over into TV shows with all the focus on big blockbuster special effects.

Back in 70's you could watch a TV show without actually watching, because the most important parts were the dialogue. Now, if you don't watch it, you don't see it.

Feeling a little more like Sheldon. Dang

Posted by: omni3 | March 3, 2011 1:10 AM | Report abuse

An article on a seminal show which changed the pacing and style of sitcoms.

As the writer says, you had to pay attention.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 3, 2011 5:33 AM | Report abuse

It's so odd waking up at the usual time and realizing I can turn back over and sleep a little more... I obviously need to vacation more frequently! *L*

As for gasoline, I felt quite fortunate to find a station charging only $3.30 yesterday.

Just looked out the window and saw a robin imitating a softball -- quite understandable, as it's 5 degrees here.

*aimed-at-the-now-nearby-baldinho-cowhand-and-Sneaks Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 3, 2011 6:49 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. Count your blessings Scotty, -23C/-8F here this morning. Not quite Spring yet.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | March 3, 2011 6:55 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. Finally got some rest last nite, although my little guy was here for awhile. I had a very busy day yesterday, and today won't be much different.

Slyness, the weather here has been nice, lots of sunshine, but chilly temps because of the wind. Oh, but, that sun is just the bomb. Suppose to be slightly cold today. Told you we might need fur by the end of the week. Hope you are getting a chance to get out and about.

I read the story about Serena Williams. That was so scary. I hope she has a full recovery, and can still play tennis. That's what happened to my son after hip surgery, only his outcome wasn't the same.

Time to get cracking. Perhaps if I get an early start, I can finish up early? Doubt it.

Have a "more than your average" day, folks, and love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | March 3, 2011 6:56 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all. Cassandra, I was sorry to read about the death in your family yesterday. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

Just saw the story about Serena Williams. Yeouch, she's young to be having those problems. We lost a firefighter to a pulmonary embolism several years ago. It was a tough, tough situation for the family.

On a little lighter note, it's championship season for church basketball leagues around here. Our middle school girls lost their championship game in overtime last weekend. The score? 3-2.

Have a wonderful day, everybody!

Posted by: slyness | March 3, 2011 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the (late) tip on the Larry Sanders Show, yello. I'm always on the lookout for comedies which don't resort to laugh tracks. Sometimes I miss seeing them when they do appear. I think Malcolm in the Middle was also one of those with no laugh track, and I only discovered that in reruns. If I remember correctly.

Posted by: Jumper1 | March 3, 2011 8:00 AM | Report abuse

Hey Scotty. Bet you're glad your not skiing today, brrrr.

Yesterday, I was standing in a checkout line. In front of me were a woman a little girl about five years old. They were conversing in a language that might have been Russian. The girl kept coming back and forth with things she wanted and obviously kept getting a negative response. Finally, she handed the woman a bag of organic lollipops, the woman spoke and the little girl said, "yay". It cracked me up. Do all languages share that word or was it just an amusing mixture?

Have a great day everyone.

Posted by: badsneakers | March 3, 2011 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Jumper... the current lineup on Thursday night on NBC: Community, The Office, Parks & Recreation and 30 Rock are excellent shows with no laugh track.

They can be watched over and over, too, with new stuff you'll see with each viewing. I know this because that's what we do all week... watch them a few more times. We certainly provide our own laugh track.

Posted by: -TBG- | March 3, 2011 8:20 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't mind being on the slopes, Sneaks -- I've got my face mask, hat, goggles, etc. :-))))

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 3, 2011 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Yesterday Seasea said she looks to NPR for information about culture "both high and low." I thought of that this morning when they reported on a new opera being staged in London's Royal Opera House--the subject is Ana Nicole Smith. Would that be high? or low? culture?


= == =

I watched the entire Larry Sanders Show the same way I watched Studio 60 -- and LSS had a lot more episodes. The intensity wasn't the same but I watched with an attitude of appreciation. The show within a show format is amusing because the layers of reality exercise the existential brain cells. Right now I'm working my way through "The Garry Shandling Show" -- it has a different twist, where the show is about "real people" who live in a television show. They have a lot of fun with it, and if it isn't hilariously funny, at least it is consistently interesting.

Posted by: kbertocci | March 3, 2011 8:27 AM | Report abuse

SCC, sorry, the name of the series I mentioned is actually "It's Garry Shandling's Show" Apologies to Mr. Shandling, who probably spent a long time thinking that up and was proud of how original it was.

Posted by: kbertocci | March 3, 2011 8:29 AM | Report abuse

SCC: Your should of course be 'you're' - I blame it on the early hour.

Posted by: badsneakers | March 3, 2011 8:59 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle. *nudging it gently to see if it's dead or just napping*

This morning when I looked at that bleary face staring back at me in the bathroom mirror, I asked myself that age-old existential question: WWCSD?

And of course I knew the answer right away. #WINNING. (Pronounced "hashtag winning." No, I have no freaking idea what it means, either. It's existential, see? At first, like many people, I thought maybe it was a vaguely sports-related thing. But in context, it is simply...gibberish.)

At any rate, this morning I am on a drug called Curmudgeon. The good news is, it's an OTC, so I don't need a prescription. The bad news is, it's an OTC, and I don't need a prescription, and it has numerous bad side effects, although hair loss isn't one of them. Just don't take it on an empty stomach.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 3, 2011 10:02 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, y'all.

My prescription this morning was for Earl Grey and grits. The diagnosis was CCCD ...
confused cross-cultural disorder.
aka, fusion breakfast.

Stay warm out there, boodlers.

Posted by: talitha1 | March 3, 2011 10:22 AM | Report abuse


Don't wake the Boodle...


Posted by: ftb3 | March 3, 2011 11:21 AM | Report abuse

maybe the kit title is off putting

Posted by: bh72 | March 3, 2011 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I've been wondering, what is the source of the phrase "a drug called Charlie Sheen"? I would Google it, except this seems like it might raise certain concerns with the web sites I might be compelled to visit in search of my answer. I suppose it's something Sheen himself said in one of his idiot self-destructive rants.

Posted by: ScienceTim | March 3, 2011 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps the postprandial somnolence has made an early appearance... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 3, 2011 12:24 PM | Report abuse

It is from an interview he gave SciTim, those are his words. I have only viewed a portion of the video, and found it sad a person IMHO who clearly needs some professional help.

Posted by: dmd3 | March 3, 2011 12:27 PM | Report abuse

You would be correct regarding the provenance of that phrase, SciTim.

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 3, 2011 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Hello boodle! Back in St. Paul for a few days to acclimate before heading farther north.

Discussions of how much attention is, or isn't paid, to military families always make me a bit uncomfortable. Being a "lifer brat" when most soldiers were draftees was a strange existence-strange in retrospect anyway, at the time it seemed perfectly normal. This may sound callous to some, but nothing chaps my knickers more than the painting of all who serve as heroes. Some are, some could be, some are just jerks. Some are both jerks and heroes. Second to that on my irritation meter is the painting of the military family existence as one spent in constant sacrifice and/or dread. Setting soldiers (airmen, sailors, marines) and their families apart as people so different from the rest of Americans is, I believe, part of what causes the emotional divorce that Kelly and Admiral Mullen fear. This is just one veteran's, family member's opinion, but I've always felt the best thing our citizenry can do is be involved. I don't care if it's for or against, as long as it's not indifference.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | March 3, 2011 12:32 PM | Report abuse

So Carlos Irwin Estevez is in trouble? He ain't the only one (ABC).

Spring cleaning for me this year IS spring training. The sheer physical labor involved, day after day, inside and outside the house, leaves me exhausted by day's end. So yesterday morning, my husband got me up at 7 a.m., just in time for me, truly bleary-eyed, to hear a story emanating from the TV set about Carlos (bad boy acting out) leading ABC's Good Morning America program. Why no story about Lindsey Lohan (bad girl acting out) opening this ABC morning show? Stories involving Lohan typically come on after 7:30 a.m., after the cut-away to local news for 10 minutes or so.

Was ABC reporter Andrea Canning's interview with Estevez/Sheen such an earth-shattering news maker? HA! (The same Stephanapoulos/Roberts morning gab program then spent a few minutes about the economy and rising oil prices, then the Galliano kerfuffle, and Sawyer promoting her "Made in America" gimmicky story during the ABC Nightly News program this week. With the exception of Jake Tapper talking about oil and the economy, these segments that took up 20 minutes of yesterday's morning ABC "news" program was not news but celebrity jaw-boning and gossip. News is dead.

And last night, Diane Sawyer opened her news program with a story on Mickey Rooney speaking before a Congressional panel about elder abuse? News is deader than a doornail at ABC-Dumb. The head of the ABC News division is certainly derelict in his duties.

Yes, there probably certainly is a difference "the life we live and the life we choose."

Posted by: laloomis | March 3, 2011 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Elder abuse, like child and spousal abuse are real problems in society and much under reported. Terrible story of elder abuse up here recently.

Posted by: dmd3 | March 3, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Have you ever read something which hits the Bermuda Triangle of Writing? Pedantic, condescending, dull?

Yeah, me too.

Posted by: -dbG- | March 3, 2011 1:34 PM | Report abuse

OK I will be quiet dgG :-)

Posted by: dmd3 | March 3, 2011 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, dmd! A little peace and quiet, that's all I ask.

Posted by: -dbG- | March 3, 2011 1:49 PM | Report abuse

and of course that would be dbG, hanging my head in shame.

Posted by: dmd3 | March 3, 2011 1:53 PM | Report abuse

If that's the worst thing that happens to me all day, dmd, my life is golden. :)

Posted by: -dbG- | March 3, 2011 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure that describes most of my writing, so I'll be quiet, too.

Posted by: bobsewell | March 3, 2011 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Bonus, bobs. :)

Posted by: -dbG- | March 3, 2011 2:04 PM | Report abuse

That's not writing, that's just typing!

(props to old-skool Robin Williams)

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 3, 2011 2:05 PM | Report abuse

frostbitten: "Some are both jerks and heroes."

This is something that really resonates with me. There is such a strong tendency to want to pigeonhole people into categories of purity -- we want them to be absolute saints or damnable sinners, no place in between. This ignores the redeeming virtues of the vast range of ordinary people who are muddling through in the middle, self-centered, decent, morally-compromised altruists. It also lets us off the hook for failing to be the best that we might be: "I may be a lousy person, but I'm no John Wayne Gacy," is as bad as "It's not fair to judge me by the standard of Mother Teresa, she's a saint." Saintliness is easy for saints -- it's the way they're made. For the rest of us, it's a struggle, and that struggle deserves honor and respect. The firefighters who went into the World Trade Center building to save lives were surely not all saints -- but they went in, anyway, and they lost their lives trying to save the lives of others. To me, that counts for more than a person who is so inherently pure that he never suffers a moment of doubt about sacrificing himself for others. I prefer the conflicted and doubting person who does the right thing, anyway. Like Mother Teresa, as it happens.

And unlike Charlie Sheen.

Posted by: ScienceTim | March 3, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Badsneakers, Yay in Klingon means "victory."

Yay is also a branch of the Tai languages.

Which only proves I've experienced too much Star Trek.

Hooray might come from Tatar yppa (urra) meaning "encircle/surround!" into Slavic, and then to the Scandavian and German languages from there. Might.

The only problem with this theory is I don't think many foreigners who heard that hooray! would live to share the word.

Kind of like with Klingons' Yay!

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 3, 2011 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I don't think saints are made to be saintly, SciTim. Read "The Lives of the Saints" sometime and you'll see a lot of them didn't have stellar lives before they worked to be better people.

That's always kind of been the point in having saints-- to show that people don't have to be perfect to do great works. Saint, after all, are found in various cultures. And now I must toddle off to my imperfect life.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 3, 2011 2:17 PM | Report abuse

The Russian DBA on the other side of the cube wall confirms "yay."

Posted by: -dbG- | March 3, 2011 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I fully embrace and own my imperfectitude!

Posted by: dmd3 | March 3, 2011 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, there is no such thing as too much Star Trek.

Or at least I am pretty sure....maybe...ok,I'll turn off my tv now. Darn and in the middle of Voyage Home too.

Posted by: --dr-- | March 3, 2011 2:38 PM | Report abuse

On the earlier conversation about Colin Farrell, a small movie from quite a while ago: Tigerland. Excellent movie.

Posted by: --dr-- | March 3, 2011 2:41 PM | Report abuse

that's perfect, dmd!

Posted by: MsJS | March 3, 2011 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Props for "That's not writing, that's typing" belong to Truman Capote, who said it of Jack Kerouac.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 3, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse

True, Wilbrod_Gnome. I had in mind the stereotype image of saints as incorruptible and pure, rather than the actual reality of real people who were sainted.

Posted by: ScienceTim | March 3, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

ST IV: The Voyage Home was one of the better ones, and featured Catherine Hicks, whom I have admired (from afar) ever since she ran nekkid into the surf with Harry Hamlin in "Laguna Heat" (adapted from a fairly good Jefferson Parker whodunit [his debut]). All through ST$TVH I kept hoping maybe she'd run nekkid into the surf with those two whales, but (spoiler alert!) it didn't happen.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 3, 2011 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Actually, that particular usage was Truman Capote Jr. Jr. in "Kindergarten to the Stars," 'Mudge.

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

Is a Jr. Jr. like a mini me? Can you tell I am bored at work today - no real reason you guys are just more fun.

Posted by: dmd3 | March 3, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

My brother, Dudley Do Right III, refused to enjoy Islands in the Stream because therein Hemingway makes a joke about some guy who is a "the III" by calling him "the turd." I guess Jr. Jr. would take care of that particular vulnerability.

Posted by: Jumper1 | March 3, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

The Onion or the Daily Show could not have done this any better.

"There is hate in their eyes, Geraldo!" Time to roll tape on the healthcare town halls and the Tea Party rallies, dude.

Posted by: kguy1 | March 3, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

WaPo headline: "Zsa Zsa Gabor rushed to hospital again."

For a woman her age, it's remarkable she can even jog.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 3, 2011 4:15 PM | Report abuse

And now for some... Charlie Brooker.

Posted by: kguy1 | March 3, 2011 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Well, I don't know whether to call this good news or bad news. I just talked with my wonderful doctor, who told me that my thyroid levels were "perfect," as were my Vitamin D levels.

So, now what? I'm on Advil for my aching lower back, so maybe that will perk me up a bit.


Posted by: ftb3 | March 3, 2011 5:11 PM | Report abuse

ftb, are you on a synthetic T4 medication? Is TSH the only test your doctor does? I thought I'd die on Synthroid/Levoxyl and did not improve until I got on natural dessicated thyroid. The woman who does this website saved me:

Posted by: slyness | March 3, 2011 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm on Levothyroxine, slyness (the generic version of Synthroid). I've been at my current dosage (0.15 mg) for 5 years now, and according to the Doc, the levels are great.

Ah, well.

Posted by: ftb3 | March 3, 2011 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Also, slyness, my Doc is one of the very best in the city. He puts my blood through a whole s-load full of tests, not just one for the thyroid. He is also the only doctor I've ever had who takes blood pressure in *both* arms. He's incredibly thorough.

Posted by: ftb3 | March 3, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Thanks kguy, that was good.

Posted by: omni3 | March 3, 2011 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Mangoes producing more flowers than I'd expected. Maybe, maybe fruit?
Avocados are flowering, inconspcuously.
Why is the plural of Mango spelled with an "e" while Avocado isn't?
One smallish palm is looking not so good. A virus is killing a widely-planted, larger relative. Maybe remove?
A lady palm (Rhapis excelsa) is badly underperforming. Remove.
A tall feathery Carpentaria palm is flowering, but isn't showing signs of growing a new leaf. Gotta wait to see what happens. If it croaks, a hardier Archontophoenix, also from NE Australia, is already growing in its proximity.
A few potted petunias are thriving. A peanut species, grown as a ground cover/lawn, is filling in empty space under amaryllises.
A supposedly cold-sensitive young jaboticaba, a small Brazilian tree with grape-like fruits, is thriving. Probably a year or two till it flowers.
Oak catkins have almost finished raining on the yard.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | March 3, 2011 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Dave o' the Cooties-- both actually have the option to be spelled both with an -oes or -os.

The preference is from their word history and also how they're pronounced.

Avocado= Spanish. We retain the Spanish pronunciation with the penultimate syllable stress as the strongest one.

Mango= not Spanish. MANJ-goe.

Mangoes is an somewhat older word in English, too-- 17th century, and altered from the original root language, so the spelling is more naturalized.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 3, 2011 7:00 PM | Report abuse

This *has* be the comment of the year. It's in response to a live sex demonstration at Northwestern University.

> Im_On_A_Beach at 1:38 PM March 03, 2011
> I truly believe the college degree in the twenty-first century has lost it's
> intrinsic value. College has become nothing but a hotbed for corporate
> advertising, abuse of alcohol and drugs, sexual abuse and flat out laziness.
> Every 18 year old in this country, must be required to put in 3 years of
> military service or social work before they are permitted to attend any
> college. We need to create disciplined, motivated, mature adults who don't
> waste ten years before they are productive in a society that despises hard
> work and compassion for life. All we have these days are collegiate
> factories that churn out generic, pathetic lumps of priveledged morons with
> a worthless piece of paper that says they spent fours years of partying and
> wasting their parents money. The whole college system is a complete
> travesty. We need to bring back corporal punishment, school uniforms and
> required military training. Too many soft, lifeless bums coming out of
> college are watering down the talent level in this country. We are losing on
> every front because our government and corporate ranks are being refilled
> with useless morons. You may think you're special and fooling the system,
> but you only fool yourselves in the end.

Posted by: rickoshea12 | March 3, 2011 7:03 PM | Report abuse

ftb, you are more than fortunate to have a doctor like that. Unfortunately, synthetic thyroid is one of the greatest frauds ever foisted by big pharma on medicine and sufferers. I know, because I am one.

Please call your doctor and ask for your results for TSH, Free T4, and Free T3. 15 micrograms is a very small dose.

I ask because I have been concerned at your comments about your health. Hurting back and knees? Fatigue and brain fog? All of these are symptoms of undertreated hypothyroidism. I was diagnosed ten years ago and took synthetic drugs for seven.

I had carpal tunnel pain so bad it would wake me up and keep me up at night.

I had NO energy; any activity out of the ordinary put me to bed.

My lower back, my knees, my pelvis hurt all.the.time.

I gained 60 pounds and no amount of exercise made any difference in getting it off. Neither did dieting.

My skin was dry and I could never have enough lotion on my hands and feet.

I was freezing cold, especially my hands and feet, ALWAYS, even in the heat of summer.

When I started on my journey towards health, a year and a half ago, the carpel tunnel and other pain went away. I have more energy and I have lost 22 pounds. My skin is normal and I'm not nearly as cold. Sometimes I'm even warm!

This is something your doctor doesn't know, because it isn't taught and there is incredible pressure from the drug manufacturers to keep synthetic thyroid being prescribed. Just so you know, the last Levoyxl I bought, two years ago, cost $27 for 90 days. The Natur-Throid I bought just before Christmas cost me less than $9 for 90 days.

I will say no more, but I hope you will look at the website and take control of your health.

Posted by: slyness | March 3, 2011 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Well, given that replacing Im_on_a_beach's "twenty-first century" with "the 1970s" or "the 1980s" has no effect on the overall content of the post, wouldn't it be "the comment of every year?"

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 3, 2011 8:04 PM | Report abuse

I looked at the web site, and found it interesting. In fact, I'm going to pass it on to my doctor.

The knees are a result of my being born hyperelastic and dislocating pretty often (from the age of 14). My kneecaps do not point straight in front (like "normal" people). Mine point on an outward angle, so that when I straighten my legs, the kneecaps go in a "J" pattern. This is likely genetic of sorts, as my mother was hyperelastic, as well. The spinal stenosis, I believe, is a result of my overcompensating for the bad (left) knee with the right side of my body, which then skewed the lower back. This has nothing to do with my thyroid, as I had the knee problems since I was a teenager, long before the thyroid turned upside down.

I do know of people who cannot tolerate the Synthroid and the like drugs, and you are apparently one of them. I seem to be tolerant of the Levothyroxine, though, and it costs me $9.99 for 90 tabs. Not bad, that.

What has happened over the last few weeks, I now believe is leftover stress from last year, looking for a place to land for awhile. I'm now kicking it to the curb, taking a deep breath and getting on with things. Outside of musculo-skeletal issues, I'm pretty healthy for a woman my age, so I'm grateful for that.

But generally, I *do* agree with you about big bad pharma.

Posted by: ftb3 | March 3, 2011 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I did "fine" on Levoxyl, ftb. I was taking 75 mcg and had a TSH of 1.53, well within range. The problem was that I had raging symptoms (see above). When the doctor I was seeing failed to respond to my pleas for help, in person and in writing, I was forced to find other care. And become a strong advocate for myself.

Bless you, my friend, I hope you find the relief you need!

Posted by: slyness | March 3, 2011 8:31 PM | Report abuse

rickoshea, that poster is far from unique. I bet that every single generation since humans developed language has used a lot of energy talking about how terrible the kids of the day are.

Posted by: baldinho | March 3, 2011 8:35 PM | Report abuse

As you folks know by now, ever' now and agin I am visited upon by the Muse her own self, and upon me she bestows a smidge of inspiragationism, such that I am wont to pen a tender ballad or two. Well, guess what? Yup. Jes' a little short while ago she visted me, as is her erratic wont to do, and I have been moved to pen a new ballad for yer listening and tearful weeping pleasure, and it goes

a little somethin'

like this:

Hippy birdy to you
Hippy birdy to you
Hippy birdy, dear YOKI!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bring it on home, people!
Hippy Birdy to you!!!

Thenk yew, thenk yew ver' much.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 3, 2011 8:47 PM | Report abuse

*holding a lit Bic aloft* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 3, 2011 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Wish I'd realized earlier that it was Yoki's birthday. Hope it has been a very good one!

Posted by: badsneakers | March 3, 2011 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, all.

While I'm not a saint myself (oh, no, far from it), I don't know that Saints' saintliness always came easily, *Tim. Humans have doubts, fears, insecurities, etc.

Doing what they believed in despite those obstacles and hardships, and even their own humanity and - when necessary - facing, and overcoming them (with some help from Above, of course) is what mattered. I don't think the Church hands sainthoods out - I think Saints have to earn them.

Just my $.02.

Yoki, Happiest returns of the day!


Posted by: -bc- | March 3, 2011 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Happy Birthday, Yoki!

Posted by: seasea1 | March 3, 2011 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Joyeux anniversaire à Yoki!
Et beaucoup s'adonnent à vous, ami.

Posted by: talitha1 | March 3, 2011 10:09 PM | Report abuse

scc: amie

Posted by: talitha1 | March 3, 2011 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Happy Bday!

For a gift, some gnocchi for Yoki, or would that be hokey?

Posted by: baldinho | March 3, 2011 10:21 PM | Report abuse

We've been mighty short on bear videos lately.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 3, 2011 11:07 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints
The sinners are much more fun...
You know that only the good die young.

-William Martin Joel paraphrasing Augustine of Hippo

Posted by: yellojkt | March 3, 2011 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Happy birthday, Yoki!

Hope you find a way to spend it on making beautiful memories.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 3, 2011 11:17 PM | Report abuse

It's late. I need to go to bed and read the new issue of Entertainment Weekly. Which has a cover photo of an F-18 with tiger blood.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 3, 2011 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, Webster says "avocado" is derived from "aguacate" (Spanish), which comes from āhuacatl. So that's Spanish enough.

I think that with spell-check, we'll be losing the intimate knowledge of this sort of irregularity. I may be wrong, but I get the impression that younger Japanese recognize the kaji (Chinese characters) but have difficulty writing them from memory. Keyboards have made that skill redundant.

yellojkt, Lowe's is selling pots of mixed black and yellow petunias.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | March 3, 2011 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Oh, my goodness, dear Boodle. I'm sorry I was out for (a very happy) dinner, and could not acknowledge your deep kindness earlier. Thank you all from my whole heart. You are each more important to me than you will ever know. Even if I could express how cherished you are, those words would and could not touch my own feeling. Thank you. Thank you.

Gawd, I'm such an idiot. I love you. That'll do, pig.

Posted by: Yoki | March 4, 2011 12:34 AM | Report abuse

*waving at Yoki* Glad you were out celebrating.

yello, love the mama and baby bears. That led to this.
I want to be a llama wrangler in the Great Smoky Mountains now. There's even a bear or two and it's closed-captioned.

Posted by: talitha1 | March 4, 2011 12:54 AM | Report abuse

Hate to do that on a thundery stormy day in the smoky mountains, but that does look like a good job to stay fit in.

Llamas are so cute, they look like a cross between giraffes and poodles.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 4, 2011 1:37 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Yoki | March 4, 2011 1:46 AM | Report abuse

Anna Holmes, an op-ed contributor to today's New York Times, has written a column that deserves to be read and a great deal of attention. It's titled "The Disposable Woman" and deals with Charlie Sheen's many instances of abusing women.

That Mr. (CNN show host Piers) Morgan didn’t press the issue of domestic violence (during his hour-long interview Monday night with Charlie Sheen) shouldn’t have come as any surprise. CBS executives, not to mention the millions of viewers of his "family” sitcom “Two and a Half Men,” have consistently turned a blind eye toward Mr. Sheen’s history of abusing women.

Posted by: laloomis | March 4, 2011 3:17 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. Happy Birthday, Yoki.

And thanks, Slyness. I have both kids this morning. They did pretty good during the night. It's slightly chilly here this morning. Hope you can get your walk in.

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

Posted by: cmyth4u | March 4, 2011 6:42 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra!! *HUGSSSSS*

After having spent a somewhat pleasant hour yesterday clearing two months' worth of snowfall off of NukeMom's deck, the local bird population now expects the usual feast. A bluejay landed on the railing and began squawking -- then I noticed I could see the BIRD'S BREATH!!!! Now THAT's a chilly start to the day! *L*

*wishing-one-and-all-a-wonderful-TFSMIF Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 4, 2011 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all, happy Friday! Cassandra, I'm glad to hear the kids did well in the night. Always nice for grandmama to be able to sleep a bit.

It was cold on the morning walk. My little weather station is reporting the temperature as 35.2, but it feels about 10 degrees cooler than that. I was glad to have the heavy coat and gloves on.

I think I'll drag Mr. T to see The King's Peach tonight. He hadn't heard anything about it, when we discussed going. Here is a man who lives in his own little world.

Have a happy day, everyone!

Posted by: slyness | March 4, 2011 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Yoki, the celebration continues, with hippos and birdies and Yoki-ewes....many happy returns of the days

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 4, 2011 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Odd (but actually accurate) headline seen today:

"Truck thief reported stolen truck stolen, say police"


Posted by: Scottynuke | March 4, 2011 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Hmmmm... Sorry if this causes a double post:

Odd (but actually accurate) local headline seen this morning:

"Truck thief reported stolen truck stolen, say police"


Posted by: Scottynuke | March 4, 2011 7:49 AM | Report abuse

Damn Movable Type... *L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 4, 2011 7:59 AM | Report abuse

For Yoki's birthday, I have special ordered a parade of BMDs, the line of them visible far in the distance. Walking in a light snow, they're obviously happy, sometimes prancing, wagging.

Of course, each is not holding the tail of the previous dog in its mouth. That would be ridiculous.

Wait, wait. The elebinty-hundreth has just passed and the line is concluding with dmd-dog, college barkian and Persephone the cat.

Hb, yoki!

Posted by: -dbG- | March 4, 2011 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Mike Huckabee says Natalie Portman should have worn sackcloth to the Oscars for being a fallen wanton woman. And then be stoned.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 4, 2011 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Happy Birthday, Yoki!

Best to you on this most important day.

Posted by: russianthistle | March 4, 2011 8:16 AM | Report abuse

I was skimming through the e-front page of the Post and got a whole lot of "Mays" popping up in the headlines and sub-heads.

Basically, "Lots of Bold Type and Pictures"

sub head:

"Washington Post May Know what is going on"

Posted by: russianthistle | March 4, 2011 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Still getting over the laughter about the Washington Post article covering the Libyan revolt yesterday that listed the small weaponry utilized by the counter-Gaddafi forces which included mid-list "meat skewers."

The editors later moved the meat skewers and machetes to the end of the list and added " "and even" before them.

Posted by: russianthistle | March 4, 2011 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Dearest Yoki -- so sorry I missed your BD of yesterday, but I wanted to send you my celebratory greetings, if, alas, a day late.

Joy and laughter for you this year. We'll do that again next year this time and renew the greetings.

Time to put nose to grindstone.

Posted by: ftb3 | March 4, 2011 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. A happy belated Boodle birthday to Yoki!

Birds breathe?

Autocorrect prompted a question. Why isn't sparsely spelled like parsley?

Posted by: Ivansmom | March 4, 2011 9:27 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle.

Just in case there's anyone on Planet Earth who hasn't yet seen this video:

Laughing Micah.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 4, 2011 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Those of you grappling with college admissions now or in the apparent near future may take some (cold) comfort from this revgiew:

Perhaps this may enlighten, Ivansmom (or perhaps not, I dunno). Anyway, it's from Wiki, in re: P. crispum (ain't that a cool name?):

"The word parsley is a merger of the Old English petersilie (which is identical to the contemporary German word for parsley: Petersilie) and the Old French peresil, both derived from Middle Latin petrosilium, from Latin petroselinum, the latinisation of the the Greek πετροσέλινον (petroselinon), "rock-parsley", from πέτρα (petra), "rock, stone", + σέλινον (selinon), "parsley". The earliest attested form of the word selinon is the Mycenaean Greek se-ri-no, written in Linear B syllabic script."

Thus endeth your pedantic etymological note for the day.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 4, 2011 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Veering briefly on-Kit, I don't know if anyone's seen it, but Anna Holmes has an interesting NYT piece. She discusses Charlie Sheen's history of abusing women, and ponders why he's getting a pass on it even as he makes a spectacle of himself. She suggests that the society traditionally doesn't give a lot of "victim" tatus or sympathy to the type of women whom he seems to prefer (or exploit). She also suggests that much of reality TV encourages a sort of societal callousness by relying on bad behavior, rants, and abuse of and disrespect for women. She also makes a nice point that when black R&B star Chris Brown beat up Rihanna he took a lot of heat and his career suffered; she suggests a wealthy white guy like Jpheen, who consorts with starlets and porn stars, is being treated differently for very similar behavior.

Posted by: Ivansmom | March 4, 2011 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I wish I could blame those typos on autocorrect.

Mudge, thanks for the pedantic ethnological note. With such a fine pedigree, I really think we should spell "sparsely", "sparsley", after parsley.

Posted by: Ivansmom | March 4, 2011 10:09 AM | Report abuse

I have no objection, you honor.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 4, 2011 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Unemployment has dipped to a 2-year low, now down to 8.9 percent.

I blame Obama.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 4, 2011 10:30 AM | Report abuse

mudge, I was just going to post something like, the best way to "cure" the deficit is to create JOBS. Creating jobs take effort. Good thing there are so many of them now so we can "soak up" all those Idiots in Ohio and those teachers who are feeding at the public trough in Wisconsin.

I also will add that, when the post isn't asking lots of questions in their stories, they really should rename the front page of the Washington Post as "The Republican Party Today."

Finally, if you are like me and enjoy people mocking Newt about how his a money grubbing scam artist who takes time out of his job of taking money from poor fools $5,000 at a time to show up on Sunday talk shows, you will like to see Maddow's funny piece last night ... found on MSNBC.

fyi, Newt scammed people for $14M last year, I believe. The number of vendor paid out of the $14M was a company called The Gingrich Group. He spent $2M on private jets and limos, alone.

As a friend of mine says, "Cool Beans!"

So, to wrap this rambling useless post up, I wonder how many times in the past month, I have seen a picture of Newt on the Washington Post front page? Enough to wonder if they have a clue that he is just a paid TV personality who scams middle Americans with Direct Marketing ploys?

Posted by: russianthistle | March 4, 2011 10:39 AM | Report abuse

That would be NUMBER ONE VENDOR or who gets paid with the money ....

Posted by: russianthistle | March 4, 2011 10:41 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad Daughter has decided on a relatively easy-to-get-into college that specializes in her choice of skilled profession, in a vibrant city that will add to her education.

I told her if she were going to major in the humanities, I'd want her at a more-rigorous institution, but film and video production? Go where the action is and enjoy the ride. There's always time to get that Masters in Literature later, right?

Posted by: -TBG- | March 4, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I saw that Maddow piece on Gingrich klast night, weed; she was great. And she was terrific the night before, too.

"The Republican Party Today" made me laugh. Yes, that's quite excellent.

I have come to regard Gingrich, She Who Must Not Be Named From Alaska, and Huckabee, and quite possibly O'Donnell as 3 (or 4) pols/ex-pols who have essnetially discovered that one can make vast amounts of money not by being elected to office, but simply by always being on the cusp of "running." Both Newt and SheWho would be truly insane to run...and I think they know it. But by the same token, as a purely economic question, they'd also be insane to NOT appear to be running.

There is a naughty and politically incorrect word for a certain kind of behavior, which is called ----teasing. Essentialy, Newt and SheWho have discovered they don't have to "deliver," all they have to do is ----tease to earn millions. The general theory of prostitution is that the hooker gets paid in exchange for the sex act itself, not for the preliminary. NG and SW have discovered how to get paid without actually delivering.

On the one hand, it is a shame; but on the other hand, it is brilliant. (May they both choke on the money.)

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 4, 2011 10:53 AM | Report abuse

The university choice angst is just building at our house, eldest just made it through choosing her courses for next year and creating a plan til the end of high school. Exact course of study is still in air, perhaps teaching. She would also like to take one of her courses overseas the summer of 2012 so we are investigating that as well and she has to decide on history (Italy, Greece, Turkey/Egypt - political situation dependant) or english (England, Scotland, France), well and then there is the cost.

Posted by: dmd3 | March 4, 2011 10:53 AM | Report abuse

It's official. Some $2.4 billion in federal high speed rail money is up for grabs. Gov. Scott has successfully protected Florida from potential financial catastrophe.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | March 4, 2011 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Ezra Klein has a great blog post this morning, starting with 'The Adjustment Bureau'.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | March 4, 2011 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Ezra Klein has a great blog post this morning, starting with 'The Adjustment Bureau'.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | March 4, 2011 11:22 AM | Report abuse


The trailers for "The Adjustment Bureau" make it look like a bigger, more malevolent version of "Truman". I already saw that.

As far as admissions anxiety at this household, we are still at the "begin at the beginning" phase, trying to get a 16 year old to opt for a tentative career path.

On the brighter side, his older brother, 9 months out of college, got a good job. Oh, joy!

Posted by: edbyronadams | March 4, 2011 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Cross-post of my comment to the Klein article:

All conspiracy theories fail Occam's Razor. Never attribute to malevolence what can be explained by incompetence.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 4, 2011 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Mudge's etymological excursion into the origin of "parsley" prompted me to research another herb, rosemary. I'd often wondered about the name but never took the time to satisfy my curiousity.

"Originally, rosemary had no connection with either ‘roses’ or ‘Mary’. Etymologically it means ‘sea-dew’. It comes, probably via Old French rosmarin, from late Latin rōsmarīnum. This in turn was a conflation of Latin rōs marīnus, rōs meaning ‘dew’ and marīnus ‘of the sea’ (an allusion to the fact that the plant grew near sea coasts). The word originally entered English in the 14th century as rosmarine, but association with rose and Mary (the Virgin Mary, no doubt) led to its alteration to rosemary."
-- source:

You're on your own with sage and thyme.

Posted by: talitha1 | March 4, 2011 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, DotC!

let me share something that a friend said to me yesterday ...

"You know, this country would be a much better place to live in if you could go to a gun show and get a drivers license and you had to go to the DMV to get a gun."

Posted by: russianthistle | March 4, 2011 12:02 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure DaveotC knows the botanical name and origins of rosemary but I was only interested in the "familiar".

Posted by: talitha1 | March 4, 2011 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Not many nicer things in the world than when a sweet neighbor shows up at the door with fresh-baked cookies.

Posted by: -TBG- | March 4, 2011 12:17 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: -dbG- | March 4, 2011 12:30 PM | Report abuse

I must credit NukeBro the Younger with noting that today's the day to March Fourth and DO something!! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 4, 2011 12:33 PM | Report abuse

And I second dbG's AWWWWWWWWWwwwwwwww... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 4, 2011 12:34 PM | Report abuse

One of the few things that are even nicer than a neighbor with cookies is a neighbor who not only shoveled your sidewalk while you were away for a week, but also removed 8 inches from the walkway and the stairs leading up to your house. I was so overwhelmed by this kindness that I made a cheesecake for him and his family, with home-made cheese no less.

Posted by: gmbka | March 4, 2011 12:38 PM | Report abuse

dmd, as to cost of universities in Europe, they are minimal. Students pay an administrative fee of a few hundred Dollars a year. Housing and cost of living are high, though, unless your offspring can secure student housing.

Posted by: gmbka | March 4, 2011 12:47 PM | Report abuse

A third Aaaaawwwwwww can't hurt.
*wipes a tear*

Posted by: talitha1 | March 4, 2011 12:47 PM | Report abuse

All you chefs out there. Here's a heart attack on a plate.

Posted by: rickoshea12 | March 4, 2011 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I wanna turn that "Aaaawwwwww" around backwards and make it "Wwwwaaaaaaaa" because I didn't get any.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 4, 2011 1:26 PM | Report abuse

ros-I am so glad that I do not have the ingredients on hand for those sandwiches. With luck the craving will diminish before I find myself shopping for cheese.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | March 4, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Russianthistle, that's a really funny quote. Although given how many drunk drivers there are, I'm not too sure about the gun show as the best DMV permit place.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 4, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

My soon-to-be-erstwhile employer just showed up with enough food and Greek salad to feed an army. At least enough to feed my extended family, who is coming over soon for dinner before visitation hours tonight at the funeral home.

I'm so blessed to have such wonderful friends. Of course the first person I wanted to call was my sister Diane. Sigh.

Actually, since she lives on through the love and cheer she spread throughout so many people's lives, I know she already knows. In fact, I think she was likely the one whispering in Chef's ear to put so much delicious feta in the salad.

Posted by: -TBG- | March 4, 2011 2:09 PM | Report abuse


Dan Pashman!!! A producer on Al Franken's radio show.... Just goes to show--something.

Posted by: russianthistle | March 4, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

That's wonderful, TBG. I'm sure many far-flung Boodlers, like me, wish we could be there. You know we're there in spirit.

Of course, spirit doesn't replace cookies. Or even salad.

Posted by: Ivansmom | March 4, 2011 2:19 PM | Report abuse

The Nittany Lion, R.I.P.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 4, 2011 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Imom... Boodle spirit is way greater than cookies or salad. Believe me.

I'm wondering, too... What did Mike Huckabee have to say about Bristol Palin's out-of-wedlock baby?

Posted by: -TBG- | March 4, 2011 2:27 PM | Report abuse

There are two kinds of people. One kind, if asked to sweep the floor, will start in the middle of the room and sweep towards the edges. Once they get it all swept into the corners, suddenly they will get a stomach ache and have to go home, immediately; or suddenly get in a fight, or suddenly remember something very important which must be taken care of NOW.

The other kind starts in the corners and the edges, sweeps towards the center, picks up the dirt, and throws it away.

Posted by: Jumper1 | March 4, 2011 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Huckabee's actual wording was "... out of children wedlock ..." which cracked me up since wedlock without children is his test of purity apparently. The more he talks the deeper he digs that hole.

Posted by: talitha1 | March 4, 2011 2:44 PM | Report abuse

scc: wedlock 'before' children

Posted by: talitha1 | March 4, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I wish I had not gotten on's mailing list. Sign one petition about saving NPR and suddenly they're your best friend, always eager to inform you what those baby killing, drug smuggling, Bible reading, pond scum *Republicans* are up to.

Just tone it down a notch, would ya? Please don't ever again send me an email with the words "Arrest Warrants" in the subject line. Further, please do not site your own website as a footnote to your statements.

Thank you.

Posted by: cowhand214 | March 4, 2011 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Oh . . . hi everybody!

Posted by: cowhand214 | March 4, 2011 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Jumper, there are *three* kinds of people in this world: those who know how to count and those who don't......

The comments to the article on Huckabee were pretty good, although there were the usual suspects getting all self righteous and religiony. And, so, why is it always the woman who gets castigated? How about the impreggers sometime, eh? I mean, seriously? Does the woman really get *herself* pregnant? Turkey baster, maybe?

Okay, back to work. Hope the body shop that has my car calls me soon. Hmmm, maybe I'll just call them (now, there's a thought).

Posted by: ftb3 | March 4, 2011 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Good bye, "The Other White Meat." Hello, "Be Inspired."

Inspirational pork? Hm, I guess so, if we're talkin' bacon.

Inspiration and genius--one and the same. --Victor Hugo

Posted by: MoftheMountain | March 4, 2011 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Seems that the shop is waiting for one more little piece to finish the jigsaw puzzle (otherwise known as my car), so I have to wait until Monday afternoon to pick it up. He even told me that they would wash the car inside and out (well, *clean* it on the inside, as I really don't relish sitting on a wet seat). They came highly recommended, and I told him so. We also agreed, upon my telling him that as great as he appears to be, I don't particularly want to see him again, that we would "meet socially" (not really, but you know what I mean). Laughter ensued, as it should.

Clean my car? How nice!

TBG, as I've said before, I do wish I could come to the visitation tonight and the services tomorrow, but my schedule does not permit. I am, however, sending you hugs and my presence in spirit.

Posted by: ftb3 | March 4, 2011 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Actually ftb, there are 10 kinds of people in the world. Those who know binary and those who don't.

Posted by: cowhand214 | March 4, 2011 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Franken mentoring Rand Paul. Love to be a fly on the wall.

Posted by: Jumper1 | March 4, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

According to Chris 'Go-Go' Cizzilla, at least 75 readers of his chat wanted to know the same thing.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 4, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I am on the e-mail lists of:

Barack Obama (including Michele Obama and Joe Biden)
Media Matters
Tea Party Nation
The American Spectator
David Horowitz
Daily Kos

I get a lot of very interesting and usually rather breathless e-mail.

Posted by: Mo_MoDo | March 4, 2011 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Next up: Huckabee criticizes Emilio Estevez for his over-the-top comments, out-of-control behavior, including living with two goddesses and taking a drug called Emilio Estevez.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 4, 2011 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Remember our visitor the "waltzing hare" from several weeks ago? I happened upon his tracks (spoor) on another site's comment board today. His new birther-mantra is a repetition of "Obama is a peregrine President."

(Another someone from the boodle past, shrink2, was there also.)

Posted by: talitha1 | March 4, 2011 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Universities in the UK have been de-funded and are going the University of Virginia route of near-privatization. Not that this affects academic entrepreneurs who rent facilities for summer courses.

Our summer's the southern hemisphere winter, so I guess Australia and NZ are out. The former has become expensive--the Australian dollar has risen spectacularly against the USD.

I wonder about summer in Canada. I once spent a very nice summer week at UBC in Vancouver.

Nittany's been lionless for a long time. There's been a lot of interest in the possibility of wild mountain lions in the NE, but experience in Florida shows that surprising numbers of people keep these cats as pets, and that they get loose in surprising numbers. Without looking farther into the decision, it smells of veracity. I shoulda asked the panther expert I saw yesterday.

Caladiums are appearing in the yard.

I spotted a bargain and am now using a 27" 1080p LED-lighted monitor from HP. Blacks are still faintly grayish, but vastly better than on the old monitor. Test case: dvd of "In Bruges", a dark movie that really needs the black areas to be black, not various shades of dark gray. Beginning scenes of "The Wild Bunch" looked fine. I recall seeing that movie on the 4th of July in 1969. Found it very disturbing. The opening setpiece is a reminder of why.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | March 4, 2011 4:24 PM | Report abuse

And then there's the whole hexadecimal crowd, cowhand.....

Posted by: ftb3 | March 4, 2011 4:36 PM | Report abuse

The Post reports that Thomas Moran's 'Green River Cliffs, Wyoming' has been given to the National Gallery. I saw it at the Moran retrospective in Seattle in the late 90s. Wonderful painting.

Oddly enough, he did a few paintings in Florida. One was snatched up at least 15 years ago by a Jacksonville couple who made a mission of collecting Florida art. I don't think they had any great wealth, so their painting must be worth multiples of whatever they paid for it. I've seen that one in Jacksonville and Seattle.

Thinking of art, the little Morse Museum in Winter Park (Orlando) has opened its new wing, which houses a re-creation of Louis Comfort Tiffany's Daffodil Terrace from material that was salvaged after his house burned. The Morse is the triumphant outcome of years of salvage and buying on the cheap, back when Tiffany was in ill repute. In recent years, the Morse has loaned items to the Met.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | March 4, 2011 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, but I don't think I was clear eldest daughter would be going overseas for a high school credit - it is a summer program. An opportunity to study and see what you are studying.

Posted by: dmd3 | March 4, 2011 4:51 PM | Report abuse

There are 0x02 kinds of people in the world...

Posted by: HeadFool | March 4, 2011 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, all of those folks have actually held elected office before. They all know that actually holding office means you are somewhat accountable for what you do.

They are all smart enough to realize that being held accountable is not where the money is at. If you can make 10x the money to just sit back and opine about stuff, mostly stuff you just make up, why would you ever go legit?

Posted by: baldinho | March 4, 2011 5:21 PM | Report abuse

My son is blue.

His school colors are blue and yellow.

He was the mascot today at a school pep rally. He wore some sort of comet suit. Afterwards some of the seniors removed the costume (and his shirt) and painted him blue. Despite vigorous scrubbing, his torso remains distinctly blue hued. Good thing he'll be wearing a shirt for his Big Audition tomorrow.

I just hope someone got pictures.

Posted by: Ivansmom | March 4, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Ivansmom, you are commendably calm about this, what is the Big Audition for?

Posted by: badsneakers | March 4, 2011 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Ivansmom,My highschool mascot was a comet,I would be interested in seeing what comet mascot looks like since we never had one.

TBG,I hope everything goes smoothly tonight and tomorrow is more of a celebration of a wonderful life.God Bless you and your family.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | March 4, 2011 6:58 PM | Report abuse

dmd3, a high school summer program in some European history-laden place (maybe with some natural history, too?) sounds neat.

Along those lines, Google Street View has some spectacular European coverage. They even got inside the Palace of Versailles (which still strikes me as more about megalomania than taste). You can do a virtual tour of Kew.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | March 4, 2011 7:11 PM | Report abuse

badsneakers, he is auditioning for the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute - a two-week intensive arts "camp" (more like boot camp) for high schoolers. Last year they allowed eighth graders in, and he was one of the two youngest. It was a great experience and he really hopes he can get in this year. He auditions in drama. Last year a couple of hundred kids auditioned for 18 drama openings. It helps that he knows what he's supposed to do this time around. Two monologues, totalling two minutes including the time to switch between, one contemporary. He's doing one modern humorous piece about puberty (very convincing, this) and one snippet from Hamlet that his dad helped him find. Not "to be" etc.

And he'll be blue!

greenwithenvy, the mascot costume is really cute. It is like a big five-pointed yellow star, with spirals and things in glitter. The arms are two of the "arms", with a hole for the face in the top point. He said it is really hot and doesn't plan to wear it in the hot weather. We'll see. His self-described job description: run around and act crazy. He does this well.

Posted by: Ivansmom | March 4, 2011 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Agreed DotC, which I was young again. We had friends who's daughter went to the Great Barrier Reef for Biology and other friends who's son completed his Ancient Civ course overseas. Such a great opportunity on many levels.

Not just high school opportunities,

Posted by: dmd3 | March 4, 2011 7:18 PM | Report abuse

For you bike riders out there

Posted by: bh72 | March 4, 2011 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Huckabee back pedaling gain

Posted by: bh72 | March 4, 2011 7:54 PM | Report abuse

And now for something .... politically incorrect.

(I'm posting this because he sounds so much like my grandfather!)

Posted by: rickoshea12 | March 4, 2011 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Tonight's supper: chicken spaghetti (or, cook from the refrigerator night). Cooked spaghetti mixed with jarred spaghetti sauce (red sauce), lots of chopped cooked chicken breast, chopped green onion, some cream of mushroom soup, grated parmesan, cracked pepper, oregano, basil, then topped with mozzarella and baked. The Boy liked it, but I suspect it was because he didn't know about the soup and green onion. Served with green salad.

Posted by: Ivansmom | March 4, 2011 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Picking up the Kelly thread of the Kit: A friend of mine, a 30-ish former Repub state legislator, joined the Navy Reserve in Intelligence a couple years back. He is smart and a thoroughly good guy, with a lovely wife and two very young daughters. He plans to finish up some Reserve training in the near future, then volunteer for immediate deployment to Afghanistan. I have a lot of respect for this guy, and gave him an Internet whop upside the head for his plans. However, in real life, I find I'm moved to tears. So few people of his social or educational class or age serve in the military, and here he is doing what he believes to be the right thing, with no particular gain for himself and a lot to lose. I think I'll whop him upside the head twice.

Posted by: Ivansmom | March 4, 2011 8:51 PM | Report abuse

For Ivan as well as Ivansmom:

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 4, 2011 9:27 PM | Report abuse

I knew I had only 3 years of in-state tuition at the Big State University, so travel abroad (or anywhere else) was pretty much out of the question in favor of doing summer terms. I didn't exit the country until 9 years later, and that was by car to Vancouver, B.C.

mei's tuition is pretty high, but considering the travel and what's included, they must be pretty good at controlling costs. I can imagine some poor dears texting home highly creative texts akin to this:,-Hello-Fadder-Lyrics

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | March 4, 2011 9:35 PM | Report abuse

That is funny DotC. Eldest has offered to save to pay for 1/2 of the tuition. It is a lot equal to or more than 1 year tuition in university. Gives her a goal to strive for, keep her marks up save money. A lot may depend on how her friend likes the trip this summer. So we will see.

Posted by: dmd3 | March 4, 2011 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Good evening.

Mr. T and I are back from seeing The King's Peach. I liked it a lot. Good script and cinematography, they hit all the right buttons in the correct order. Now I have to go back and see what Weingarten said almost spoiled it for him.

We thought about it and decided the last movie we saw together was Phantom of the Opera. We don't get out much.

Good luck to Blue Ivan!

Posted by: slyness | March 4, 2011 9:54 PM | Report abuse

'gnight all. I had an interesting day off today. But the water heater decided to quit just before dinner. Mrs D made the discovery when she tried to take a shower after spending a couple of hours skiing in the Gatineau. So I went shopping for a new heater plus some hardware for installation. That meant removing the seats in the minivan and putting them back in after delivery. The old heater is out but the new one will have to wait until tomorrow to get inside; I'm done for the day with the physical efforts. I'll be strong again tomorrow and there will be a reduced chance of dropping the darn thing in the stairs...

The new heater has a replaceable anode, imagine that. The old one had most certainly no anode left and it was sealed, no way to replace it. The replacement elements barely lasted 3 years and it's almost as much trouble changing the elements than changing the whole thing. With an annual or every other year change of anode this baby should last more than the last one (7 years on the original elements plus 3 years on the replacements).

I'm due for watching some movie. The Godfather or Spiderman 3 maybe...

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | March 4, 2011 9:57 PM | Report abuse

I just had a terrible thought. Joel will soon finish his book. He will likely embark on a media tour to get some buzz going for the release.

Does this mean Joel will have to say that Obama grew up in Kenya, too? I think that is standard for book tours nowadays.

Ivansmom, I think there are more folks like your friend in the military than you might think. I know a person who was close to the top of his class when he graudated high school, who could have pretty much gone to college where he wanted (money aside). He joined the Army instead. He did his first stint, got out, found the job market lacking, and is now back in and deployed in Iraq. He is leaning toward reupping again soon.

He loves the military. He loves serving. His folks are less enthused about his choices, but he is who he is.

Posted by: baldinho | March 4, 2011 9:59 PM | Report abuse

baldinho, I actually know two former state legislators who joined branches of the military reserves after college and graduate school. One deployed to Iraq as a JAG, and to Louisiana after Katrina as a regular Army National Guard. This one went the Navy Intelligence route. Both requested their deployments. They have jobs and skills, but also a strong call to service.

Posted by: Ivansmom | March 4, 2011 10:04 PM | Report abuse

That sounds pretty cool I'mom,kinda how I would have imagined ours to look like.And really the only resume needed for any mascot is to run around and act like you are crazy.

Shriek I saw this on the and thought off you.I was once at my overlook in west by god and watched a large chunk of ice break off ,float downstream and smash into another large sheet.It was awesome viewing and sounding and I got it on film.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | March 4, 2011 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Mudge, for that timely film clip. I am hoping the Boy will be a little less blue tomorrow.

Buenos gnocchis, Boodle. Vaya con queso and fondue.

Posted by: Ivansmom | March 4, 2011 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Green man! Once again (for the how-manyth time?) you impress me with your ability to perceive beauty and awe instantly. No Fiddler in the Subway for you, my friend.

I've had a most wonderful 48 hours. Thanks, all.

Posted by: Yoki | March 4, 2011 10:25 PM | Report abuse

48 hours Yoki,at your young tender age you get to celebrate all month long.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | March 4, 2011 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Ack! That means that by the time I turn 64, I'll have to celebrate all year long (that I'm still alive at all?).

Posted by: Yoki | March 4, 2011 10:39 PM | Report abuse

life's a celebration Yoki!!!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | March 4, 2011 10:52 PM | Report abuse

It most certainly is, Rebbe.

Posted by: Yoki | March 4, 2011 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Mardi Gras party:
People, meatballs, rice, music--
Dog skids in growl-joy.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 4, 2011 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Silk mask and Yoki!
Let's dance and run and eat lots
and drink sloppily


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 4, 2011 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Bonne fête Yoki, en retard.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | March 5, 2011 12:36 AM | Report abuse

Slyness, Weingarten and TtB are being obnoxious about The King's Peach on purpose, although I'm not certain what their purpose is (we ARE talking about Weingarten, of course). To complain about how Bertie could have used that trick for every public speech is idiotic -- the technology didn't yet exist to make that trick portable (or not apparent during a broadcast). *shrug*

Anyway, it's almost time to hit the road for NukeMater and I -- six hours on the road to watch NukeSpawn and her percussion ensemble perform! :-) Should be a fun drive -- NukeMater is of the opinion no one's driving reflexes are up to her standards. I may have to reinforce the rental's passenger seat floorboards before we go. *LOL*

*glad-to-see-it's-no-longer-in-the-single-digits-and-wishing-all-a-wonderul-weekend Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 5, 2011 6:30 AM | Report abuse

Mo_MoDo, I'm not sure how you do it, but I hope you enjoy!

TBG, thinking about you today.

Ivansmom, sounds like The Boy had quite the adventure yesterday. For mascot solidarity I offer this:

After refueling at Burger King (part of this complete breakfast!) I have some work to do. The work will, hopefully, pay for the trip to the used book store that's also on tap for this afternoon.

Posted by: cowhand214 | March 5, 2011 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Especially for TBG and Yoki, to help them smile and laugh today, or anyone else that wants to feel better. Another laughing baby video.

Posted by: dmd3 | March 5, 2011 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Daffies are all up, even the later Professor Einstein. I see fat, elongated buds percolating in Mt. Hood and Ice follies. And, the snow crocus all over the lawn....oh spring, you come to me each year and I fall in love like I am fifteen. I bow down.

To TBG's neck of the woods today; will carry boodle wishes for all. And, the password of the day is:


Tis such a good, good, and most excellent quality. Dippy. Pass it along.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 5, 2011 8:06 AM | Report abuse

TBG, you are in my thoughts and prayers today.

Thanks, Scotty, for that. I really didn't see what their point was. And you're right, the technology wasn't there, so pooh on Weingarten and TtB.

Ah, spring! My task for the morning is to cut the dead branches off the hydrangea. Now that it's coming out, it's easy to see where to whack.

Hi Cassandra! I hope you rested well and feel good today, up to dealing with the grandkids.

Posted by: slyness | March 5, 2011 9:15 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 will attend a funeral today, and just dreading this beyond no end, but don't see a way of not doing it.

Slyness, it's looking very much like rain here. I'm sure the farmers are happy and those that play with dirt.

dippy means blackbird? Is this an old word or can we bring our modern day sensibilities to this? I couldn't find it in the dictionary, of course, my book is so old.

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

Posted by: cmyth4u | March 5, 2011 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Comforting thoughts to TBG today. Wish we could be there to add support.

Posted by: badsneakers | March 5, 2011 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra... my sister's motto was "Dare to be dippy." She never hesitated to have fun with her kids.

We found a picture yesterday of her daughter, at age 2 or 3, with a sheet of stickers and a mirror set up on the table. Her face is covered in stickers and she's carefully applying more. This girl is a woman today, a mother of a 2 year old, and a successful CPA and controller of a medium-sized company.

See what dippy can do for you?

Posted by: -TBG- | March 5, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, TBG, and good thoughts your way today. My granddaughter loves stickers, most kids do.

Slyness, had one last night, and he and I fell out time we hit the bed.

Posted by: cmyth4u | March 5, 2011 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Holding you and all your sister's family in my thoughts today, TBG. My hugs go with CqP, our dear emissary, to you.
I'll dippy-dance all day in Diane's honor.
Love, D.

Posted by: talitha1 | March 5, 2011 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Sending much love to TBG and family.
Headed out for a dippy run, with an outrageously fuzzy blue headband worn over nose and mouth to keep the nasal passages from freezing completely. Sunny, but cold. I will be warmed by the memory of childhood scuffling with frostsis #1 over the Chiquita sticker from the bananas. The winner wore it proudly centered on her forehead.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | March 5, 2011 10:56 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle.

This morning as we came out of Safeway there was a table staffed by a couple of women and four or five girls selling Girl Scout Cookies, As we walked past they asked if we wanted to buy some and my wife, "No, thank you, we're diabetic." As we walked away, one of the little girls called out after us, "I had the flu last week! Just thought I'd warn you!"

I am so glad to see a 10-year-old who fully understands "full disclosure," although I suspect her mother may have strangled her to death after we left. Is there a merit badge for TMI? In any event, I'd recruit her to be a journalist (Old School) in a heartbeat. My kinda Girl Scout.

It is slightly warmish here (57 F.) and alas I fear my wife is gonna make me do outdoorsy stuff today.

Also, it is our "baby's" 25th birthday today. Where did the time go? I used to be able to pick him up with one hand, and he could hang from my out-stretched arm like an orang-utang. Now he's 6 feet tall and a (darn good) sous chef.


Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 5, 2011 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Rant ahead:

I've been watching my across the street neighbors move out this morning. This was not their choice but was forced on them by their mortgage holder, whose initials are BoA. The neighbors could have afforded their mortgage if the bank would have refinanced the rate, but of course this wasn't going to happen, so they had to sell, at a loss, in order to avoid foreclosure. One could argue that these people shouldn't have taken on such a large loan, etc., etc., but I still feel very sad for them. He's an electrician, she works full-time so it's not like they're deadbeats.

I don't bank with large institutions and I would keep my money in a mattress before I'd ever give it to any one of them. Heartless bloodsuckers!

/end of rant.

Posted by: badsneakers | March 5, 2011 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Sure Charlie Sheen and his media blitz have gotten him on seemingly every channel all the time, puts the State of the Union to shame, but ain't it about time he cranked it up a notch. I've got a great plan for Charlie to not only cash in on right now, but also turn up the heat to an unbearable level on those earthworms and maggots.

Start winning yourself and check out my blog post at.....

Posted by: FrankFitton | March 5, 2011 12:53 PM | Report abuse


That is sad. Hope they make a complete and full comeback, and the sunshine returns.

I'm waiting on my daughter to get here, which makes this worse. She's got to get the kids together, plus make milk for the little one. We'll probably be late, and the church is small. A full house by the time we get there.

Posted by: cmyth4u | March 5, 2011 12:54 PM | Report abuse

That is worthy of a rant, sneaks. So unfair.

My brother posted an out of character status on Facebook today, which can only be explained as a quote from Charlie Sheen. Srsly.

Posted by: seasea1 | March 5, 2011 1:07 PM | Report abuse

With hope that spring is on its way:
Hopefully, spring will come soon (a thousand apologies to talitha et al!)

Posted by: seasea1 | March 5, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and I'm grateful that the gummint did not shut down this week. That should give me the chance to be mustered out before it has the possibility to occur again. In a bit of hopeful (but don't hold your breath) news, if a certain survey gets funded, I may get called back, temporarily speaking. *cough*Housing survey for HUD*cough*

Posted by: seasea1 | March 5, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Neat pics, seasea. I will keep my fingers crossed for your continued employment. Spring seems to be arriving here too. I cut some forsythia for forcing this morning and right now "S" is on the porch (which is 60 degrees) watching a Red Sox game.

Granddaughters are arriving in a few hours for an overnight stay and a bit of culture tomorrow. The local philharmonic orchestra is having a children's concert tomorrow.

Posted by: badsneakers | March 5, 2011 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Think I saw the teeniest tips of bulbs peaking through the dirt today, is is mild and rainy here big puddles as the ground is still frozen and cannot absorb all the water. Hoping most of the remaining snow (snow banks) goes away today - I am ready for green.

badsneaks, that is unfortunate about your neighbours. Debate going on about a potential housing bubble here, or a least in parts of the country where house prices have really skyrockets - not so much in my area but Vancouver, Newfoundland, Saskatchewan have seen large increases.

Posted by: dmd3 | March 5, 2011 2:12 PM | Report abuse

sneaks, enjoy the concert, and wave to the viola section for me!

Posted by: -bia- | March 5, 2011 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Scathing article on the big banks handling of housing loans from personal experience of Milbank.

Daffodils starting to bloom here. After two days of sunny sixties the rain has returned to the northest left coast, but not cold. Gotta get the weed sprayer ready for the next sunny day. Green poping all over in the blue shale driveway.
41st wedding anniversary today. Probably visit the Bella Union in Jacksonville for dinner tonight.

Posted by: bh72 | March 5, 2011 2:35 PM | Report abuse

The day started with heavy snow, then it changed to freezing rain for a few minutes around 08:00 to settle for rain, and more rain, and rain again...

Hot water returned to Chez Denizen around 11:00 this morning and the water heater is now getting a full work-out. After 2 loads of dishwasher and about 4 loads of laundry the elements must be broken-in.

The 32 lbs turkey is roasting in the oven. It is too big for the Gourmet Incinerator Method (my usual) and I didn't brined it, so it's a slow roasting with multiple basting. The little chickie should turn out allright, they usually do.

Get Fuzzy has a funny strip about Canada but it's not available online yet. I'll try to remember what I want to say about it until tomorrow but I'll likely forget.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | March 5, 2011 2:42 PM | Report abuse

That Milbank story is chilling.

About a decade ago, we had issues with our mortgage company, our payment was posted late, generating a late charge. I complained to the NC Banking Commission and got redress, included a $50 payment on our principal for the trouble we were put through. I suppose that today's problems would overwhelm the people at the commission.

We refinanced with Wells Fargo in December. The biggest problem I had was convincing Mr. T to call HIS branch to find the right person to notarize our signatures. I'm not a Wells customer and didn't feel that it was appropriate to take the paperwork to my bank.

Posted by: slyness | March 5, 2011 2:56 PM | Report abuse

bia, they are doing an instrument demo before the concert so I may be able to actually say 'hi' to the viola section!

That is one scary article by Milbank. I have a question about refi's. Do local banks offer these? It would seem that one would be safer dealing with smaller, local institutions rather than getting caught up in the horror inflicted by the mega banks, but I am not, thankfully, in a position to know anything about mortgages these days.

Posted by: badsneakers | March 5, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

I have a really dumb question. What *is* a mortgage refinancing? And why would you need to do it? I know about renewing a mortgage when the term expires, but this seems to be something different.

Posted by: Yoki | March 5, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Mudge - I understand your angst. I recall doing "Bumble pushups" with my son. (Bumble was his nickname.) This was when I would lie on my back and lift him up and down above me. He would giggle hysterically. Now he's 20 and a tad too large to pull that off.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | March 5, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

A mortgage refinancing is when a bank agrees to pay off your existing loan and issue a new loan for the remaining balance. This makes sense when the interest rates drop. Banks do this as a way of competing with each other, or as a way to prevent you from accepting a refinancing offer from another bank. We've done this twice.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | March 5, 2011 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Mr. F and I married primarily because I endured a refinancing of his house while he was in Somalia. The "proposal" a few weeks before a second trip, went something like this-"You're not leaving me with 2 houses and a power of attorney." We have bought, sold, and refinanced, multiple times since then and the quality of the processing has slipped with each one. The last time we closed, on the Hip Urban Loft, I was chilled by the realization that I was the only one at the table who seemed to understand the paperwork (Mr. F was conveniently absent and I was stuck once again with a POA, so much for marriage).

Posted by: frostbitten1 | March 5, 2011 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Thanks RD. I get it now.

Posted by: Yoki | March 5, 2011 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I've taken up beading. Gave the first finished away today (not actually the first started or completed). She loved it. It's a free fall (no clasp) wrap around. Three or four band variable. One more is finished and awaits Tuesday for the gifting (I wanna rework it though). Another, the first depends on when... I have two to finish, probably tonight, gifting one tomorrow. Two more ideas in the creative throws. And then three to fix, one a gift I once fixed before and need to fix again and another that needs fixing for the same friend.

That is all a bit convoluted ( I think ). [ did some editing so it is a smidgen less convy ] {HA}

But I did mention that she loved it. yes

when's the next bph?

Posted by: omni3 | March 5, 2011 3:17 PM | Report abuse

sneaks-the small bank that serves Our Fair City, formerly independent now part of a regional chain with 7 locations, does offer refinancing. However, they are not particularly competitive with the mega-banks. If we were first time home owners they would be a good choice as there is a name and known face to go with the paperwork. Sandy the loan officer would not be able to disappear in such a small community.

We have found our credit union, headquartered in Alexandria, VA, and the online bank owned by our insurer in Texas, to be the most satisfactory for service and rates. However, when dealing with transactions that are handled primarily via e-mail the quality, or lack thereof, provided by the title company really comes to the fore. But for the lost jobs, it has been reassuring to see that industry shake out a bit with many companies either going under or severely contracting.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | March 5, 2011 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, I also found a clock in the trash. Mechanical clock works; with missing pendulum. I found the pendulum rattling around up inside, stuck in the clockworks, I fished it out got it all set up right, and after three tried I got it to keep accurate time. To the minute, after 9 days so far. It's made in China so I'm sure it is a clock Weingarten would disdain

More convolution


Can any body tell me is wrong with this sentence?

To the minute, after 9 days so far.

Posted by: omni3 | March 5, 2011 3:29 PM | Report abuse

We refinanced only once because I could never figure out what the bank or mortgage company got out of it, but I knew it must be something. I suppose the fees they charge make them money - and I think people often wind up refinancing for another 30 years, which may benefit the bank? I don't know - we did it once and kept the loan length the same, which meant we'd have a mortgage payment for a couple years after I planned to retire (because we bought our house rather late in life). Now that I've been force to "retire" sooner than planned, any thought of paying off the house earlier has gone out the window, sad to say. If I ever get a "permanent" job, my plan is to try to get ahead on that. Wish I had been more disciplined (or richer) early in the loan life.

Posted by: seasea1 | March 5, 2011 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm so confused!

Posted by: Yoki | March 5, 2011 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Olga Tañon - Basta Ya [ Enough Already ]

I think it is a song about unrequited love, or possibly a breakup...

You hear it in her voice, but don't see it in her face. So listen then watch

Posted by: omni3 | March 5, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

seasea - when our bank offered to refinance our mortgage, I asked them what they got out of it. They said that the market was so competitive that they would rather make less interest from us with a refinanced loan rather than risk us refinancing elsewhere, in which case they would get no interest at all.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | March 5, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse

We have refinanced three times, dropping our rate from the initial 7.12 in 1993 to 4.5 percent today. With this most recent refinance, we decided to keep paying what we had been paying, so that we're putting about $125 a month extra toward principal.

Unfortunately, this jurisdiction is in the process of revaluation and ours went up, which means our taxes will go up, even if they drop the rate to keep it revenue-neutral. At our first refinance, our advisor suggested we invest the difference between the old and new payments and then, when the amount had grown, pay down the loan. But revaluation raised the taxes enough that the payments were about the same. And the little bit we did invest has done exactly nothing.

Posted by: slyness | March 5, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Olga Tañon - Basta Ya [ Enough Already ]

I think it is a song about unrequited love, or possibly a breakup...

You hear it in her voice, but don't see it in her face. So listen then watch

Posted by: omni3 | March 5, 2011 3:53 PM | Report abuse

No verb, omni. Nor a subject. More of a sentence fragment, a couple of phrases (like this). You asked!

Posted by: seasea1 | March 5, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Sorry about the doubles, but the second has a link to the Spanish lyrics, so may I can get some redemption there?

Here's another for your next party:

Olga Tañon - Bandolero

If that song doesn't make you wanna get up and dance then you weren't made to dance

I think both songs are better listened to than they are to watch the video, but may that's just me...

Posted by: omni3 | March 5, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I haven't heard this much real estate chatter since the one time I forgot to tune out my wife.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 5, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I was to chime in with my pathetic refinancing story but I will abstain.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | March 5, 2011 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, shriek, I wasn't listening? What were you saying, dear?

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 5, 2011 4:24 PM | Report abuse

We have refinanced several times as well to benefit from lower interest rates, think we did this most recently two years ago, current rate believe is 3.99%

I think the entire process is much less complicated up here. The closing process in particular which is really simple sign documents at the bank, bank sends forms to your lawyer, on closing date pick up keys from the lawyer.

The banks we deal with have always locked the interest rate from the time we went in for pre-approval.

Posted by: dmd3 | March 5, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I've reread my last few posts and see so many SCC cards I actually have no idea which one you're referring to seasea, but that's OK

Meanwhile there's this

Adele - Rolling In The Deep

Such a powerful soulful voice.

One question, for those among us who know: Is she a mezzo-soprano able to hit soprano notes?

I'm still trying to figure that all out.

Oh, and here are the lyrics:

[much better post I think]

Posted by: omni3 | March 5, 2011 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Adele was on Q the other day Omni,

This is an earlier appearance.

Posted by: dmd3 | March 5, 2011 4:45 PM | Report abuse

coloratura contralto, lyric contralto, and dramatic contralto

Yep, I'm confused

Posted by: omni3 | March 5, 2011 4:47 PM | Report abuse

What's Q?

Posted by: omni3 | March 5, 2011 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for that link dmd. I've heard that song before, don't remember where, but really like it, and absolutely positively love Adele.

Posted by: omni3 | March 5, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Dude, you said:
Can any body tell me is wrong with this sentence?"

To the minute, after 9 days so far.

So I replied - but maybe you were going for something other than the obvious. Or not. I got the gist of what you were saying about the clock. Not sure if Watson would have.

Mudge, Ha!

Posted by: seasea1 | March 5, 2011 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Shh, Mudge's busy sleeping with his eyes open.

Wilbrodog is ready for a nap and so am I.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 5, 2011 5:27 PM | Report abuse

dmd-I just discovered The Q on our local public radio station in Tampa. Love it, and Jian Ghomeshi is a slightly more age appropriate crush for me than Strombo.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | March 5, 2011 5:33 PM | Report abuse

For the Canuckistanis who are still paying attention, it should be noted that in the US many people got into trouble with refinancing because they weren't chasing lower interest rates but were "taking cash out" of their houses-otherwise known as borrowing against the inflated home "values" to those who weren't drunk from the real estate bubble.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | March 5, 2011 5:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm hoping the warm thoughts and mental *HUGSSSSS* I was sending southward made it to TBG and family with minimal hindrance.

yello will probably either be consumed by jealousy for what I'm about to say or he'll suffer flashbacks (or both): It was quite pleasant listening to NukeSpawn's group and several other high school bands peform (some marching, some not), and all this was sandwiched between six highway hours of show tunes via satellite radio.

Please pardon me while I go cleanse my audio palate with a bit of heavy metal. Thank you. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 5, 2011 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Howdy Boodle! Belated but sincere good thoughts to TBG, also to Cassandra. Happy birthday to Curmudgeon's youngest son, and happy anniversary to bh72. General congratulations all around to anyone else whose accomplishments or festive days I've missed.

Thanks to cowhand for Dave Barry as a giant lizard. I think "dippy" works quite well for the Boy. He's a shade less blue today. As far as we can tell his audition went well; now we have weeks of waiting. Grr.

My daffodils are up, including the rows outside the fence line. There's nothing like thirty or forty feet of solid daffodils to make you cheery.

Mudge, I always ask if the cookies are made from real Girl Scouts. Some lines just never get old.

Posted by: Ivansmom | March 5, 2011 8:40 PM | Report abuse

And here's an evil, funny time suck of a Web site. It explains, I think, my mother's lack of interest in cooking. The Gallery of Regrettable Food.

Posted by: Ivansmom | March 5, 2011 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Most excellent, Ivansmon! Thanks!

Posted by: RD_Padouk | March 5, 2011 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Duck Fuke!!!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | March 5, 2011 8:48 PM | Report abuse

I assure you, it was my pleasure Ivansmom. Good luck on the waiting. I'm not very good at that.

I watched part of a spring training game today. I think watching a meaningless split squad game between teams I care nothing about (except insofar as the Red Sox are in the AL East) is probably a new low for me.

It was very enjoyable.

Posted by: cowhand214 | March 5, 2011 8:51 PM | Report abuse

seasea, isn't 'minute' a transitive verb in this case, with the noun [clock] being implied.

Clearly it was clear enough to be inferred, no.

I still don't get it.

What is grammar check good for?

Telling me I ended a sentence with a preposition?

Now it doesn't like me!

Posted by: omni3 | March 5, 2011 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Oh Ivansmom, that website had my granddaughters laughing and swearing off meat. They made me send them the link so they can see the rest of it later as it is time for bed.

We had a good day, they did some embroidery this afternoon. Granddaughter #1 kept losing the thread from the needle and when I told her she should be threading the needle because her eyes were younger, she told me that I should do it because my eyes were more 'experienced'.

Tonight "S" suggested we each say a word, then use the four words to write a story. We had a wonderful time and some excellent stories were concocted.

Imom, glad Ivan's blue shade has faded some. Wishing the best results from his audition.

Posted by: badsneakers | March 5, 2011 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Death Metal, too, Mr. Nuke.

Posted by: Yoki | March 5, 2011 9:43 PM | Report abuse

We went to a band competition at Towson last fall and saw our son march at homecoming but have otherwise avoided them. Glad you enjoyed the show, Scotty. They are more fun if you know someone playing.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 5, 2011 10:07 PM | Report abuse

At the peak I refied twice six mouthes apart down to 5.95%. I also have a HELOC which is basically free (under 2%). I would consolidate and refs again but I would need to beat 4% to make it worth my while. And I'm scared they would want to escrow taxes

Posted by: yellojkt | March 5, 2011 10:17 PM | Report abuse

My mortgage company found out I had a $50 balance on my taxes because of some weird penalty. They threatened to set up an escrow account . I was horrified at the thought.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 5, 2011 10:25 PM | Report abuse

An antidote to IMom's 8:43 pm:

Posted by: DNA_Girl | March 5, 2011 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Thanks I-mom and DNA_Girl, for a tour of food from the ridiculous to sublime.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | March 5, 2011 10:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm so confused!

Posted by: Yoki | March 6, 2011 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, I think.
I'm still reeling from what Doris Day does with 7-Up...

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 6, 2011 12:40 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. Yesterday was a loooong day. I didn't get home until night, and was too tired for words. So many people, no seats for half of them.

Thanks Ivansmom. Glad the Boy is changing back to his normal color, although I bet he looked cute in blue.

I think a lot about how some men hate women, and how that is played out in real life. One sees so much of it on the television screen, and it's glamorized and made to look so hip. In real life it's ugly and many times violent, nothing glamourous in that. And so much of the time it's played out in God's house, and people actually think they're doing God a service! The scriptures clearly state that the kingdom of Heaven is not about male, female, food or drink.

Well, I'm up, drinking the coffee, about to get ready for Sunday school and morning worship services. Please join me.

Slyness, if there were storms last night, I did not hear them. We're suppose to get rain big time here today.

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

Posted by: cmyth4u | March 6, 2011 6:38 AM | Report abuse


*really-kinda-burnt-out-after-a-full-day-yesterday-and-looking-forward-to-getting-home-to-NukeSpouse Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 6, 2011 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Not surprising, yesterday, was the hug community associated with TBG's sister: so many circles of acquaintance through friendship through deep friendship and family. And, several little people who always remind us that chains of love work themselves forward.

So pleased to be with some boodlers there and the grand, grand, big-hearted G-clan.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 6, 2011 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Wow. hug community works too, as does my intended HUGE community.

I need new glasses....or more coffee...NO, WAIT.


I love that all purpose ACME industrial size scape goat.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 6, 2011 8:04 AM | Report abuse

The Boodle most certainly is a hug community, CquaP, no problem there in the slightest. :-) *HUGSSSSSS*

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 6, 2011 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all. Cassandra, I hope you're rested from all your exertions yesterday. It's raining here, not hard/hard, but steadily. Just what we need.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this hugging community and only wish I could have been with all of you yesterday. I know TBG and her family appreciate the support.

Mr. T put on his UNC tie this morning. He's showing off. Fortunately, there are more Carolina fans in our Sunday School class than Duke fans. Now he's playing video of the game last night on his laptop.

Time for us to be off, so everyone have a great day!

Posted by: slyness | March 6, 2011 8:57 AM | Report abuse

I like "hug community" too.

I forgot to blame Obama for the Boy turning blue. Missed opportunities - the story of my life. Ah, how clever we are in retrospect.

Thanks, DNA Girl, for that refreshing and healthy antidote to Regrettable Food. I wonder if the marketing genius who promoted milk mixed with 7-Up ever drank any?

Cassandra, our church is named after famous woman-hater St. Paul. Most of our priests are women. They always make sure women are scheduled to preach on his saint's day.

Posted by: Ivansmom | March 6, 2011 9:40 AM | Report abuse

What a hug community it is! I'm exhausted today and will likely remain in my PJs, eating leftover Greek food from my sister's favorite diner, which catered the luncheon yesterday.

Thanks to all of you who were there in person and in spirit. It was so wonderful to see such support from so many people. My niece said it was like an episode of "This is Your Life."

Last night, as Daughter and I were driving home from the hotel bar, where we'd spent the past two nights hanging out with sisters, cousins, niece, nephews, babies, etc., I told her, "Well. We got through it all."

She replied, "Oh but Mom. The hardest part is still to come."

What a girl. She hasn't left my side since Diane died. She's really been my rock and I know it's for her sake as much as mine, but she's really helping me.

As are all of you. I can't thank you enough for everything, even the tribute to dippiness I see here today. My entire family says "THANKS!" to all of you!

Posted by: -TBG- | March 6, 2011 9:43 AM | Report abuse

More boodlehugs to you, TBG and to the wise G-Girl.
Her wisdom and strength have you as a source and now you partake from that font yourself. Love perpetuates love.

Posted by: talitha1 | March 6, 2011 10:18 AM | Report abuse

That is a wise young woman TBG. We have a friend who's father passed away, logically he knew it was for the best but once he got home after the illness and funeral it began to hit him hard,

Posted by: dmd3 | March 6, 2011 10:27 AM | Report abuse

morning all, and hugs all around, especially to tbg and family.

Posted by: LALurker | March 6, 2011 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I can't help but wonder if "Charlie Sheen" is going to become a menu item at the Kashmir Lounge. Chances are it will be of the sticky variety, but instead of red hairs twisting through, they'll be blonde.

Posted by: LostInThought | March 6, 2011 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Our rain of yesterday changed to snow about midnight. Once again everything is white - I am not amused.

dr, must be preoccupied with curling as she failed to notify us about this!

Posted by: dmd3 | March 6, 2011 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Too bad about the snow, dmd. We've got temps in the 60's, very windy and mostly cloudy. Of course this will all change tonight and we'll be freezing again. But nice to have little teases of Spring.

Like the snowball fight story. I'm amazed we don't hear more about this type of thing considering the abundance of ammo!

Posted by: badsneakers | March 6, 2011 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Glad you have somebody close with you after the funeral, TBG.

You told me years ago the best thing to do is to send condolences months after the funeral so the person doesn't feel her grief is entirely forgotten-- you said once the funeral and all that is done, the grief gets really lonely. Sounds like your daughter knows that, too.

My thoughts are with you now and in the future.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 6, 2011 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Is it raining down there yet badsneakers? It's clouding up pretty quick but I went out for a stroll before lunch and the temperature was really nice. How was the concert?

Grammar question for the Boodle. I have the following verbatim sentence: "[Name], seeing as you’re just picking up some of this TFS stuff I thought I’d send you a few queries that may prove helpful."

Now, Outlook would like me to change that to "[Name], seeing as you is just picking up . . . " Obviously, the latter is just wrong. I guess my question is whether there's something undesirable about my first sentence that would trigger the grammar check rules.

Posted by: cowhand214 | March 6, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Cowhand, Microsoft *always* thinks it knows more than you do, and better than you do. I've learned to ignore the grammar check, and sometimes even the spell check. If I'm unsure about a spelling, I'll Google it, and even then I'll check it out in one of my dead tree dictionaries.

Posted by: ftb3 | March 6, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

cowhand, maybe the grammar check doesn't know the expression "seeing as" or how it functions? That's all I can think of, though even if that were the case, I have no idea how it could come up with its ridiculous suggestion. I see nothing wrong with the original sentence. My only suggestion for change is to disable the grammar check.

Posted by: -bia- | March 6, 2011 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I keep as the first of my bookmarks.

I've only become a somewhat capable speller as I've aged -- repetition makes perfect -- eventually!

Posted by: nellie4 | March 6, 2011 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Cool beans. Thanks all.

I do like and I have a two volume abridged OED at home that I really like to use when I can.

Posted by: cowhand214 | March 6, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse

In reference to "The Gallery of Regrettable Food," I must confess that among my recipes is:

Bran Bread 325 oven

1 1/2 C. flour
1/2 C. corn meal
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 C. brown sugar
1/2 C. raisins
1/2 C. chopped walnuts
2 C. All Bran cereal
2 C. buttermilk or sour milk

Mix buttermilk and All Bran. Let stand while sifting dry ingredients. Stir in the sugar, dry ingredients, raisins and nuts. Bake in a greased 9 x 5 x 3" loaf pan for 1 hour. (Good with cream cheese.)

This is a recipe of my mother's, probably from the 1930s. Note that it has NO FAT (that comes from the cream cheese.)

Actually, I like this.

Posted by: nellie4 | March 6, 2011 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Good morning!

Like TBG, I'm hanging around home in pj-substitutes (sweats). I had a 4-5 AM downtime and got up again around noon.

Yesterday, I was privileged to be at the lunch table when another Boodler attempted to explain how we all knew TBG. She paused for a minute, then said "We all know each other digitally." TBG's childhood friend then said, "You're from the Boodle!" We met several people who follow the Boodle but have never posted.

Athena is wise but I know what TBG meant, too. One day at a time.

Posted by: -dbG- | March 6, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I saw that on the news dmd, but yes, I sure as tootin' am mired in curling. Complete decadence is staying in bed, sipping coffee watching the third draw. (that means day 2)

Normal temperatures here and early March would be perfect snowball making weather. Not so this year. It has been so cold that the snow is pebbly and does not stick together at all.

Now back to curling. Draw 4 has just begun. Great play so far. Funky ice though, but that is just part of the fun.

Posted by: --dr-- | March 6, 2011 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Snowy Sunday here, I've been hibernating myself after letting Wilbrodog romp in the snow.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 6, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Talitha, I don't mind bran bread myself. But you gotta admit that series was really funny.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 6, 2011 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Ah . . . baseball on the radio. Spring must be coming.

Posted by: cowhand214 | March 6, 2011 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Curling, damn

The only winter sport we got on TV in DC is bobsledding. Which is about two seconds of bobsledding interspersed into twenty minutes of blathering bobble head wanna bees and ten minutes of commercials trying to sell me something to make johnson up

(dirty word filter won't let any spam drugs through)

Known side effects are too many to mention but none are any good

Where is my "Men With Brooms" DVD?

Damn again

Posted by: omni3 | March 6, 2011 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Uh, Wilbrod ... that was Nellie with the bran bread recipe. ;)
Sounds pretty tasty to me though.

It has been pouring rain here for almost 12 hours. A great day to curl up with the 'paper' and some old movies. I'm watching Tender Mercies right now ... one of my favorite Duvall films, though I like most anything he does. Any boodlers ever seen Second Hand Lions with Duvall and Michael Caine?

Posted by: talitha1 | March 6, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Hi Everyone,
I just caught up with the Boodle after spending several hours back-boodling. I hope I'm not too late to send my best wishes to TBG at this time. I'm sure that all the love and support around you will help you get through this very difficult time.

To change the subject completely, some of you have mentioned online dictionaries. If you don't have One Look, I seriously recommend putting it on your browsers. (I prefer having it as an icon on my browser rather than as a favorite. I find it more accessible that way.)

You write a word in the search engine and the site gives you many dictionaries to choose from. I use it to check my spelling, too, as if I misspell the word I am looking for, it often gives me the correct spelling.

Posted by: orawh | March 6, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I forgot to mention that One Look also has what is called a reverse dictionary. You write in the idea or concept you were looking for and it gives you a list of words to choose from. This is helpful if you have the word on the tip of your tongue but can't remember it or if you don't know how to spell it. Then you can often recognize it from the list. For example, I knew the word for cat-lover but didn't remember how to write it so I wrote "cat lover" in the reverse dictionary and the first word on the list was the one I wanted, ailurophile.

Posted by: orawh | March 6, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm getting all excited about the 25th Anniversary of Les Miz concert tonight on PBS. I loved the 10th anniversary concert and have it on tape and DVD. I'll probably get the DVD of this one, too (but from Amazon, if I can). Can't believe it's been 25 years. I remember seeing it at the Kennedy Center pre-Broadway -- and in the middle of an enormous snow storm, to boot. I had planned to get all gussied up, and ended up in jeans and sweater and knitted hat (which, predictably, gave me "hat hair"). What a show -- one of my favorites. One of these days, I'll get the book in French, and try to read it.

Ora -- thanks for the link to Onelook. I've already bookmarked it.

Posted by: ftb3 | March 6, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

My husband swears by, too, Ora.

My operating system gives me a correct spelling when I select a word and then "right click" on it (or however you get your contextual menu). I'm using Mac OS 10.6.6 but I know that Windows XP does the same thing for me on my work computer.

If there are no choices for spelling the word, I know I've spelled it right.

Posted by: -TBG- | March 6, 2011 5:24 PM | Report abuse

TBG, the problem is that if one writes a word that is spelled correctly but not the word one meant to use, the spell check is no help. I used to edit some of the things my son wrote and if he wrote finely instead of finally, the spell check didn't change it. I used to put his work through the Word spell check and then put it through the Ora spell check. (The problem is that English is his mother's tongue but not his mother tongue, if you see what I mean. His mother tongue is Hebrew.)

Posted by: orawh | March 6, 2011 5:58 PM | Report abuse

I've always been fond of AskOxford. They have US and UK versions.

My copy of the concise OED is over 30 years old, so it's not up-to-date, sigh. This is one service I could spend money to get.

Posted by: slyness | March 6, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

ftb, I'll be tuned into the PBS Les Miz broadcast tonight, too. I just hope they aren't doing a fundraiser, but I don't have my hopes up because they've carved out a four-hour timeslot on the program schedule.

I saw the pre-Broadway production at KenCen also. I remember the snow ... wonder if we 'shared oxygen' during the same performance.

Posted by: talitha1 | March 6, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

A turkey sandwich is the breakfast of champion. A week of turkey has started. Tonight is turkey and cauliflower divans.

We got about 15cm/6in. of snow after all that rain. The snow resting on a base of watery slush was a mess to blow as it was gumming up the chute.

Thanks Ivansmom for Regrettable Food. If I ever go to Denmark I will avoid the Garden Salad, knowing that it means roasted Brussels sprouts entombed in congealed lard out there. Bleechie.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | March 6, 2011 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Ora... Oh I know... I never use spellcheck. I just meant if I'm not sure if I spelled a word right, or even know I spelled it wrong, I just right click the word and see what comes up. Sometimes the choices are great: for example if I spell "pinneapple" I get to choose between "pineapple" and "Minneapolis."

Shrieking... I can't even imagine what a 32-pound turkey looks like. How long did it take to thaw? To cook?

Posted by: -TBG- | March 6, 2011 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Slyness, the advantage of One Look is that they give you a choice of dictionaries, including British ones. In some cases they also give you a list of medical dictionaries, slang dictionaries, business dictionaries, and so on.

Posted by: orawh | March 6, 2011 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Thanks TBG, I just tried it in Word and it works! (I'm using Windows XP). I didn't know you could do that. But it only works if I get the scraggly red line under the word that tells me I have misspelled it. Otherwise, I can only right click and get synonyms. Oh, I see it works here, too. I mistakenly wrote "synomyns" instead of synonyms a minute ago and the right click corrected it.

Now I have to figure out how to use it in Outlook. My tech repairman switched me from Outlook Express to Outlook a couple of weeks ago, for various reasons, and I am still trying to get the hang of all the differences.

Posted by: orawh | March 6, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse


I saw on the news this morning that Carolina had beat Duke, and I thought about Mr. T. I was really, really, shocked, and grinning from ear to ear.

I needed spell check and everything else for that comment early this morning. A bunch of messed up stuff in that one, but, hey, you guys wouldn't know it was me if there weren't two or three errors!

Ivansmom, Saint Paul is the reason for the behavior at so many of the churches. The guys used that to justify bad behavior, and have the gall to want the ladies to go along with it, not this one. Christ put honor on the ladies, and that's the one I follow.

Posted by: cmyth4u | March 6, 2011 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Back from the concert with the granddaughters. I think we enjoyed it more than they did. However, they did get to see a lot of the instruments up close before the show started, and #1 got to blow a trombone and they both got to play a viola (hey bia!). It was a fun 28 hours or so with the girls as they are easier to entertain now that they're older. Wonder of wonders, #2 never once said she was bored!

I too use, but this onelook site seems to be a better fit for my uses, thanks ora.

No rain here yet. It was very warm in the concert hall and we almost put the a/c on in the car while driving the girls home.

Posted by: badsneakers | March 6, 2011 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Cassandra, you make me smile big time. I'd love to see you in a debate with St. Paul himself ... he wouldn't stand a chance!

Posted by: talitha1 | March 6, 2011 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Not being of the Christian faith, I am not familiar with St. Paul. But how did he get to be a saint if he was a misogynist? (I hope this comment doesn't hurt anyone's feeling. I'm not being snarky, just asking a question.)

Posted by: orawh | March 6, 2011 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Scc. Feelings

Posted by: orawh | March 6, 2011 7:01 PM | Report abuse

I like that concept, Ora, I'll check it out. Mr. T got an email that the daughter of an old fire service friend had died of a disease I'd never heard of. Of course Wikipedia had the scoop.

Cassandra, Mr. T was elated by the win. I didn't watch closely, as Carolina tends to lose when I do, but from what I saw, Duke had a really off night. So sorry!

I have to agree with you about St. Paul, God bless his soul. He was a product of his time, when it comes to women's rights. IIRC, the tradition is that he was a widower. I wonder how his poor wife coped with him.

Posted by: slyness | March 6, 2011 7:01 PM | Report abuse

He was a Pharisee, Ora. *sigh* And despite a visitation by Jesus himself, he never really got over some of his cultural assumptions. He did go beyond unclean food, but not women being fully functional human beings with the right to be leaders.

Posted by: slyness | March 6, 2011 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Paul's great contribution was to take Christianity to the Gentiles. Until his conversion and missionary journeys, Christianity was just a sect within Judaism. He started churches in Greece and Asia Minor and had to mediate disputes concerning proper religious practice among those who did not have a Jewish background. Hence the letters we have in the New Testament.

Posted by: slyness | March 6, 2011 7:09 PM | Report abuse

I once asked a fundamental Christian why we don't call it Paulinity instead. He didn't really like my line of reasoning.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 6, 2011 7:23 PM | Report abuse

The Get Fuzzy comic about Canadian 'literature':

Posted by: yellojkt | March 6, 2011 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Ora, my quick take on St. Paul.
Women were full participants in the early Christian movement. Paul's epistles to the farflung Christian communities contain a lot of the passages that reveal misogynist and homophobic passages which have, of course, undergone multiple translations from the originals.

Canonization of saints by the pope wasn't formally done until around 950-1000 a.d., though some believe Paul (and others) became saints automatically by their martyrdom. (Paul in 67 a.d. by Nero) Also, by that time women had been relegated to lesser or non-existant roles in the hierarchy and liturgical rituals of the church.

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

Posted by: talitha1 | March 6, 2011 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Slyness, you say that "Until [Paul's] conversion and missionary journeys, Christianity was just a sect within Judaism." As far as I know, Jesus died as a Jew and the Last Supper was a Passover Seder (which is why Easter and Passover usually come around the same date). You mention the conversion of the Gentiles. Do you mean the Romans?

You said that Paul was a product of his time. I guess women didn't count for much at that time or he wouldn't have become a saint, or am I wrong? On the other hand, in the Old Testament, there were some women who did reach high positions. I am thinking at the moment of Deborah, the Judge. And the matriarchs were (and are) held in great esteem.

I wish I had time to wait for an answer but it is very late here, actually early morning, so I must go. I'll log on tomorrow and look for your answer. And again, I hope my questions do not offend you. I am trying to understand, not to argue.

Posted by: orawh | March 6, 2011 7:33 PM | Report abuse

scc: passages ... passages ...
dept. of redundancy department

Posted by: talitha1 | March 6, 2011 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Talitha, thanks. I wrote my post before reading yours.
And now I really must go. It's 2:35 a.m. here. That's what happens when I start reading the Boodle. That's why I sometimes tell myself to go cold turkey and I do for several days... until I come back to it.

Posted by: orawh | March 6, 2011 7:37 PM | Report abuse

My quick take on St. Paul:

Minneapolis is bigger, but St. Paul is hipper.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 6, 2011 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, all.

Couple of quick comments -

TBG, you and your family and friends are wonderful; it is no suprise so many of us hold you in our hearts.

On the topic of hartred of women:
I'd gently suggest that mysogny started long long long before Christianity, and that the vast majority of mysogynstic thought and action the world over had/has
nothing to do with it. Sadly, it seems to transcend religion and culture (even if those sometimes seem to codify aspects of it).


Posted by: -bc- | March 6, 2011 7:40 PM | Report abuse

One of our priests is a Choctaw woman in her sixties (formerly a doctor). When she preaches, she sits in a chair in front of the congregation with her iPad and talks about God as Grandmother. Another of our priests, a former fancy-pants bishop, is also Choctaw. He lifts our prayers up to God our Grandmother and asks her to take them in her skirt and scatter them with the stars. Service is getting to be fun, I tell you. St. Paul wouldn't know what to do.

Curling! News flash! There is Curling in Central Oklahoma!! There appear to be at least two teams - what would, I suppose, pass for a league here - playing at a local ice rink. The Boy and I will find out more, attend, and report.

Dictionary? Who needs a dictionary? When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less. When I make a word do a lot of work, I always pay it extra. Ah, you should see 'em come round me of a Saturday night, for to get their wages, you know.

Posted by: Ivansmom | March 6, 2011 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Yes indeed, bc!

Posted by: talitha1 | March 6, 2011 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Sleep well, Ora!

Talitha and bc are correct, of course.

Paul did not start the church at Rome. It was already in existence when he was taken there as a prisoner.

You will recall that the Roman empire encompassed many peoples of disparate cultures, with an overlay of late Greek culture known as Hellenism. The New Testament was written in koine, the Greek of the street and business, which was how the different peoples of the empire communicated.

Paul was from Tarsus, in Asia Minor, probably the descendent of Jews who left Israel at the time of the Babylonian Captivity. As I said, he was a Pharisee, a devout Jew who was an up-and-coming politician before he met Jesus on the road to Damascus. His background and knowledge of the world beyond Jerusalem made him the ideal messenger to carry the Christian message to the Gentiles.

He founded churches in what is now Turkey and Greece, before being martyred by Nero.

(Ivansmom, is the Boy a little less blue today?) Your description of services is fascinating, I'd love to visit. My church also is open to women in leadership. For example, I'm chairing the pastoral search committee right now, the first time that a woman has done that. Our children's minister is a creative and intelligent woman whose first career was teaching English. She says when we get to Paul in our Bible study, she's going to come and argue with him. That will be fun.

Posted by: slyness | March 6, 2011 8:05 PM | Report abuse

To anyone watching Les Miz, what's is the name of the character who is the heavy-set man in the blue coat, yellow stockings and black slouch hat? (And what actor is playing him?)

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 6, 2011 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Pay me my money down, Cap Imom.

Posted by: cowhand214 | March 6, 2011 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Oh, darling Mudge, am writing a paper on rhetoric and medieval herbal manuals including footnotes on TBG's ancestor Aristotle and some German dude called Paracelsus and even the Greek NOT related to TBG but her mother's cousins' uncle's cousin's barber GALEN...but but but but if it is yellow stocking it must be


Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 6, 2011 8:15 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't help but chuckle at the thought above of "Charlie Sheen" being on a menu in Amsterdam.

This, of course, made me think there needs to be a Charlie Sheen Drug Interaction/Warning Label:

"Side effects may include hallucination, delusion, random loquacity leading to sudden unemployment and an inability to perform simple math, financial transactions over $1M per week and personal relationships.

Do not operate heavy machinery or communcations equipment such as cellphones, computers, cameras or microphones while taking this medication.

May cause unhealthy obsession with the adult entertainment industry, and can cause dizziness or overexcitement when in the presence of silicone, heavy concentrations of saline or peroxide.

In the event of an erect!on lasting more than 4 hours or 4 decades, do not contact an escort service, a photographer and arrange for air travel to Las Vegas. Instead, contact a lawyer, a personal physician and a member of the clergy specializing in Exorcism.

May be substitued for the generic version, 'John Stamos.'"


Posted by: -bc- | March 6, 2011 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, do you mean the innkeeper?
Monsieur Thenardier, played by Matt Lucas.

Norm Lewis as Javert is wonderful! What a voice and stage presence.

Partial cast list at this link. (The official site won't come up for me for some reason.)

Posted by: talitha1 | March 6, 2011 8:23 PM | Report abuse

He appears to be Thenardier the innkeeper.

I've never seen Les Miz before, and am following along using the Wiki plot summary, which is pretty good.

I really really like the three-layer staging-- the actors/singers at "ground" level, then a story up and behind them the orchestra, and a story above them and behind, a huge chorus.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 6, 2011 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see Lea Salonga again, playing Fantine this time. She was Eponine in the original Broadway production.

Unfortunately, Nick Jonas (of the Jonas Bros.) is very weak as Marius, imho.

Posted by: talitha1 | March 6, 2011 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, talitha. That cast list is very helpful. It notes (as I did) that the Thenadiers steal every scene they're in.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 6, 2011 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Les Miz is les amazing! Thanks for alerting me, as I had not heard about this (and still haven't checked the TV listing to see when it airs here). I've seen the musical performed twice - once from the very back row of the balcony, but it was still incredible. My sister, who read the book in French when she was in high school, was flabbergasted at how they did it. I have the book in English, but have not read it yet. I do have some free time coming up, though...I have the 10th anniversary on tape somewhere...

Posted by: seasea1 | March 6, 2011 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Mudge for reminding me it was on. I have watched the tenth anniversary show so many times and loved it everytime. Thought I recognized the Marius actor but couldn't figure out from where - agree about being weak.

I am also watching Good Dog on HBOCanada - love Ken Finkleman,

Posted by: dmd3 | March 6, 2011 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, Jenny Galloway (Madame Thenardier) also is a veteran of the role on stage and of the 10th anniversary concert. She is a total stitch.

Alun Armstrong played Monsieur Thenardier opposite Galloway in the 10th concert. I think he was even better than Lucas, who is terrific. You'll recognize him from films ... Braveheart, for one.

Posted by: talitha1 | March 6, 2011 8:47 PM | Report abuse

We saw the newest Broadway production of Les Miz a few years ago hoping to catch Lea Salonga, but her role was played by an understudy that performance. But at least we didn't have to endure Nick Jonas.

We had seen a touring company many years ago and it was the first time I saw an audience applaud scenery.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 6, 2011 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Doh! Les Miz is on now, so I missed a bit. The kids are great - always.

Posted by: seasea1 | March 6, 2011 9:13 PM | Report abuse

yello, you caused me to recall the first time I saw an audience applaud scenery. It was a production of La Boheme at the KenCen in 1982 or 83. When the curtain rose on the street/cafe scene for the second act the audience exploded in gasps and applause. Magnifique!

Posted by: talitha1 | March 6, 2011 9:18 PM | Report abuse

I saw a David Hockney designed production of Stravinsky's The Rake's Progess at San Fransisco Opera many years ago. The curtain rose - set was black & white, with some red accent. Set included the performers. Amazing.

Posted by: Ivansmom | March 6, 2011 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Ah, intermission. Time to do the dishes.

Also might be a good time to write some Republican Congresspeople so they don't defund PBS. Do You Hear the People Sing?

Posted by: seasea1 | March 6, 2011 9:44 PM | Report abuse

My jaw is finally unclenched from driving on some very slick roads. It was laughing at Yello's St. Paul (vs Mpls) assessment and I-mom's words meaning what she means 'em to mean that did the trick.

Catching snippets of Le Mis tonight. Our local station will rebroadcast sans breaks once the pledge drive is over.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | March 6, 2011 10:06 PM | Report abuse

From Wikipedia:

"The Third National Tour of Les Misérables (called "The Marius Company") was one of the longest running American touring musicals. Opening on November 28, 1988 at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center in Florida and closing on July 23, 2006, at the Fox Theatre in Saint Louis, Missouri, the tour ran for seventeen years and seven thousand sixty-one performances."

This is probably the production I saw as we had Broadway tour season tickets at TBPAC in the late 80s. As part of our subscriptions we also had tickets to see Miss Saigon (less Lea Salonga who did not tour) in Fort Lauderdale and Phantom in Miami.

The tour also always included some clunkers as well. Half the audience left at intermission for The Mystery of Edwin Drood. And while they built a ramp out into the audience for Starlight Express, it was still, well, Starlight Express.

After we moved up to Baltimore we took our son to see Starlight Express at the Baltimore Arena for a very different style production. Yes, I have seen Starlight Express On Ice. Make your own joke about it stinking on ice.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 6, 2011 10:07 PM | Report abuse

"Can You Hear the People Sing" was the tune cootie I had on the day Mubarek stepped down in Egypt. (Think I may have mentioned that here.) Now I remember why.

Posted by: talitha1 | March 6, 2011 10:24 PM | Report abuse

I like the crap shoot that is a season ticket to the theatre or symphony. I never would have seen Jean-Yves Thibaudet play without a Nashville Symphony concert series subscription.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | March 6, 2011 10:26 PM | Report abuse

talitha I was thinking a few minutes ago how appropriate it was to be watching this at this point in history.

Colm Wilkinson in the encore - so wonderful.

Posted by: dmd3 | March 6, 2011 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Just noticed the aforementioned Alun Armstrong in on stage for the finale. Colm Wilkenson still has the chops for Valjean but Alfie Boe has won my heart tonight.

Posted by: talitha1 | March 6, 2011 10:29 PM | Report abuse

DC fly by report: It was raining. Dry to sopping wet in 2 minutes 20 seconds. Aided by puddle jumping and cars driving by.
Also Spring has sprung at the Capitol botanical garden.

Posted by: DNA_Girl | March 6, 2011 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Orawh, thanks for the OneLook link. The reverse dictionary is probably the most useful aspect for me.

It IS nice to have the boolean wild-card search for words that are guesspelled. That's a function I really missed when I stopped using WordPerfect.

I think St. Paul has been properly tried and found wanting. Good details, and yes, koine greek.

The gentiles who first wanted to believe Jesus was the Messiah weren't happy Roman citizens, to put it politely.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 6, 2011 11:04 PM | Report abuse

See, this is my gripe. Intelligent women try to make an apologia for something that is historically-based and no longer valid. I'm good with history (facts), not so much with religion (belief).

Posted by: Yoki | March 6, 2011 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Apologia, Yoki? Just stating a few historic facts as I know them in answer to Ora's query. Just a lapsed zen druid here. ;)

Posted by: talitha1 | March 6, 2011 11:53 PM | Report abuse

I've shown up after the conversation, but Paul is an important topic.

He has been subject to endless interpretation. I have no idea how he's understood in the Orthodox or Coptic traditions. Roman Catholicism is likely to follow the Church Fathers (most of them shared with the Orthodox, but I doubt that Augustine, who wrote in Latin, was ever taken seriously in the East. In the West, he's the Head Daddy of our equivalents to the Talmudists). Protestants usually followed Martin Luther, who seems to have had a problem with anti-Jewish bigotry. Otherwise, an extraordinarily important theologian and leader.

In relatively recent years, the "New Perspective" identified with Sanders and N.T. Wright has been an important scholarly movement among liberal Protestants. I suspect it's anathema at Southern Baptist seminaries. The wiki entry seems OK to this non-initiate.

Last year, Sarah Ruden, a classicist who is currently at Yale Divinity School (she seems eschew permanent jobs) threw a bomb into the room with her "Paul Among the People: the apostle reinterpreted and reimagined in his own time" (Pantheon).

Part of Ruden's agenda is to point out that scholars of the classical world tend to ignore early Christianity, and vice versa for religious scholars. In just over two hundred pages, she paints a noxious, scathing picture of the classical world. Infantcide--duty to kill defective babies. Sexual exploitation of boys. Exploitation of women. Exploitation in general. Slavery. One chapter is titled "Paul and Aristophanes--No. Really". I have no doubt that Ruden's views are rude and opinionated. But my sense is that she's probably right about the much-vaunted classical world being nasty.

"To me, even the first efforts at setting Paul's words against the words of polytheistic authors helped explain why early Christianity was so compelling, growing as no popular movement ever had before. And as I went on, I found that--almost creepily--the passages to which the modern world has the most resistance wer all telling me the same thing: contemporary readers woud likely not have seen Paul's "authoritarian" policies as anything but ways to connect with one another in conscientious tenderness.

"In this way, I was dragged away from a quite dear prejudice: that the socially concerned church was an invention of the modern era. (We Quakers have always thought our own sect invented it, but I won't go into that.) In fact, the compassionate community was there at the beginning, and its founder was Paul of Tarsus. To those asking, "But how do we live, right here, right now?" his answer was always in essence the same: "In a way worthy of God's infinite love for each of you."

Post review of Ruden:

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | March 7, 2011 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Ruden's right about the classical world. In a way studying Sikhism's roots and knowing Indian culture back then really helped me stop and think about the mileu Jesus and his followers preached in and were fighting. Very similar, really. Foreign empire, brutality.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 7, 2011 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Sort of like present-day Iraq, then, innit?

Posted by: Yoki | March 7, 2011 12:54 AM | Report abuse

Ora!! *HUGS* We are certainly an ailurophilic hug community, by and large, aren't we? :-)

Speaking of ailuros, the NukeFelines are happy to see me, but not half as much as NukeSpouse is. :-)))) I would have to say, however, that I am not terribly happy to see the usual work schedule looming -- satisfied with the normal routine, perhaps, but happy? Meh. :-)

*off-to-a-soggy-damp-Dawn-Patrol-and-hoping-for-an-uneventful-week Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 7, 2011 5:23 AM | Report abuse

I can see why the preserves go on the top slice of bread on a pb&j, but why does the cheese need to be on top of a bologna and cheese sandwich?

Posted by: LostInThought | March 7, 2011 6:51 AM | Report abuse

Let me guess, LiT ... DC is pondering the philosophical aspects of lunch sandwich preparation?

Posted by: talitha1 | March 7, 2011 7:11 AM | Report abuse

Talitha, I can't tell you how often the child asks me a question, I say "that's a good question honey. Let's look that one up." and she gets this really sad look on her face and says "Didn't you go to school Mom?"


Posted by: LostInThought | March 7, 2011 7:27 AM | Report abuse

Yes O yes O yes! I remember well those days of WHY or HOW questions from the little one who often seemed wiser than I. Without the internet I was left to wing it but, until I could get to a good reference book, I had a fallback. I'd ask him, "Well, why (or how) do YOU think so?"
That usually resulted in some of the more inventive and enlightening conversations I've ever had. ;~D

Posted by: talitha1 | March 7, 2011 7:41 AM | Report abuse

I cannot explain about the cheese, but I always put the jam on top of the pb because if you do it the reverse is it hides the taste of the jam.

Don't think I have thought of why I do it since I was about DC's age, just became habit after that but that was my reasoning way back when.

It is also easier to spread jam on top of peanut butter than the other way around.

Posted by: dmd3 | March 7, 2011 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Oh my, now I know (again) why I love the boodle so much. I'm going to order Ruden's book today, DaveotC. Ora, no, nobody's offended by your questions. And I think Ruden's right about the brutality of the empire and the hope that Christianity gave to the people.

Good morning and happy Monday! Cassandra, I hope you rested well and don't have a stressful day ahead. The morning walk was cold; I was glad for the heavy jacket, glves, and ear muffs. Must be March...

My favorite twin boyz were here for lunch yesterday. In Sunday School, W hit P with a block, creating a knot on the side of his head and getting blood all over his collar. W was quite matter-of-fact about it, yes, he hit his brother. No reason given. I suppose when you're almost 3, there doesn't have to be a reason.

Posted by: slyness | March 7, 2011 8:03 AM | Report abuse

It's a blanket to keep the bologna all warm and comfy?

T, it's worse than that. Is Polaris the same thing as Neverland, or is it on Polaris the way the United States is on Earth? Shouldn't a dime have twice as much nickel as a nickel? Do Santa, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy go to conferences together? At the store, why is chicken called chicken but cows are called beef? Why would you go to hell in a handbasket? Dont you just teleport there like you're going to heaven?

Thing 1 kept me on my toes (you did what?!?)Thing 2 made me realize you have to be smart to be a smarta$$. DC...she keeps me laughing (she woke up this morning, blinked a few times and said "Allo Govnah!"

Posted by: LostInThought | March 7, 2011 8:12 AM | Report abuse

LiT... Dr G insists that if you cut a sandwich in half you'll let all the flavor out.

Posted by: -TBG- | March 7, 2011 8:21 AM | Report abuse

As a quasi-lapsed Catholic, my theological background is woefully inadequate mostly because the Church tends to dole out its incredibly dense philosophical underpinnings on an as-needed basis.

One interesting aspect of Catholic (and perhaps its close cousins, but not Baptist or some other traditions) is the rather complex and rigid formula of doing one reading from the Old Testament, one from the New, and one from the epistles.

Comparing and contrasting these in often intentional juxtaposition, I always got the idea that Jesus was the Message Bearer and Paul was the Rule Giver. Way too many of his letters sound like lectures to unruly children.

Which is why I jokingly but provokingly ask: How much of contemporary faith is the work of Jesus of Nazareth and how much is from Saul of Tarsus? With the understanding that there could be much the same as well as some which is neither's.

And it is very West-Civ normative of us to be so dismissive of Greco-Roman practices such as slavery, public sacrifices, women as chattel, and homosexual pederasty. Who are we to say that church-sanctioned slavery in the name of evangelization, torture during the Inquisition, contemporary fundamentalist views on female sexuality and the Church molestation scandals are large leaps forward from the Golden Age of Mediterranean civilization?

Posted by: yellojkt | March 7, 2011 8:34 AM | Report abuse

But of course TBG. That is why, if you want to make half a peanut butter sandwich you fold the bread over instead of cutting.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | March 7, 2011 8:34 AM | Report abuse

OK, Boodle... time for some partying, right?

My friend K is walking again in the 3-day Komen walk for breast cancer. She's ready to begin her fundraising activities and will be guest bartending at Maddy's near Dupont Circle next Tuesday night from 6-9.

Maddy's will donate to her 10% of whatever we eat and drink during those hours, so I thought it would be a great opportunity for a...

BPH (Boodle Porching Hour)
March 15, 2011
Think--and drink!--PINK
at Maddy’s Bar & Grill
1726 Connecticut Ave. NW

Two more reasons to celebrate that night...

March 15 is also my dear sister Diane's 60th birthday. We can toast to a life well-lived and a person well-loved.


March 15 is my last day of work at my current job!

Four birds with one drink: Charity, BPH, Birthday and Freedom!

See you there?

Posted by: -TBG- | March 7, 2011 8:36 AM | Report abuse

As for DC's questions:

1. Totally different places. Neverland is Peter Pan, Polaris is ??? (not familiar with that kid-lit locale)
2. No, a dime should be be 40% of the size of a quarter. The nickel is just all messed up.
3. Yes, all the time.
4. Chicken:poultry::cows:beef::pigs::pork. Then go into all the Anglo-Saxon versus Norman underpinnings of each word.
5. Because you want to enjoy the ride.

Let's not even dare to touch the theological issues of rectangular cut versus triangle cut or with or without crusts.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 7, 2011 8:44 AM | Report abuse

LiT, I empa/sympathize. We once had a week-long circular convo about light refraction, ultraviolet rays, colors not comprehensible to the lowly human brain and could you smell and taste colors .....
all prompted by the proverbial "why is the sky blue?" question. This led to a small, controlled fire in a leaf pile. Prism experimentation should always be supervised by an adult.

Santa Claus rode in a sleigh powered by plesiosaurs because, since they had flippers, they could deliver toys to children who lived on islands. Bet you didn't know that. (We spent one Christmas on Kauai.)

The upper ShenValley had about a 1/2" of snow overnight. Looked like an xxxx-sugar-sprinkled world at dawn.

Good Monday to all ......

Posted by: talitha1 | March 7, 2011 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Good morning boodlers, near and far. I've got tons of work to do today, most of which needs to be finished (or at least tackled substantially) before I get the call to pick up my car.

*But* I wanted to chime in on the Les Miz production last night. First and foremost, I have fallen completely in love with Alfie Boe, even if he is (relatively speaking) jail bait. I would love to see and hear him in La Fille du Regiment with all those fabulous high Cs. Wowie-zowie, what a voice and what stage presence!

As much as I really like Lea Salonga, I think Ruthie Henshell was a much better Fantine. Salonga's a belter, and Fantine requires much more subtlety and vulnerability in her voice, which Salonga didn't bring. But the woman (don't know/remember her name) who played the adult Eponine was tremendous, I thought. Excellent! The guy who played the leader of the revolutionaries ("the leader of the pack" Vrooom) was good, and looked appropriately pretty.

I really, really, really missed Michael Ball as Marius. Nick Jonas was horrible! He couldn't sing, he couldn't act, and he had the "deer in the headlights" look the entire time he was onstage. Yuck! How on earth could they make that casting mistake?

The guy who played Javier was excellent -- I couldn't keep my eyes off him! I think he was just as good as the Australian from the 10-year production, but different enough in voice richness to take his own command of the stage.

I also liked the woman who played the adult Cosette. She had a gorgeous voice, and I'm sorry she had to play opposite Jonas. Good acting, eh?

It was an all around good show. Talitha, I wonder if we sat next to each other up there in the balcony during that snowstorm? Coulda done ....

Later, boodlers. Work awaits.

Posted by: ftb3 | March 7, 2011 9:25 AM | Report abuse

SCC: It's *Javert*, not Javier. What *could* have I been thinking?????

Lovin' them Monday moments ..........

Posted by: ftb3 | March 7, 2011 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Subconscious lust for the white-suited Javier Bardem at the Oscars?

Posted by: yellojkt | March 7, 2011 10:06 AM | Report abuse

That was Samantha Barks as the adult Eponine, ftb. Agree that she was terrific. A quick google revealed that she made her debut as Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Her death scene duet with Jonas revealed just what a whispery wimp he was, eh?

I -was- in the balcony at the Kennedy Center.
Hmmmmm. Prescient boodle energy transference?

Posted by: talitha1 | March 7, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

I noticed at the end of the show after Michael Ball sang it someone put there arm around young Jonas, it seemed to me to be consoling him, he did his best but was waaay out of his league.

Not having seen a live performance, the 10th anniversary show was my introduction to the musical - I think it has spoiled me for life. I enjoyed last night but found myself comparing everyone to the 10th cast. Can't think of one that surpassed the previous version, some matched the ability, some were good but with a much different voice, quite a number were simply inferior.

I was really impressed with the orchestra though, seemed to shine (and the conductor was rather good looking as well).

Posted by: dmd3 | March 7, 2011 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Mithraism aside, (although there's nothing easily attainable on that either) it seems difficult for me to determine what exactly religious-minded Romans, and those in Greece of Jesus's era, believed prior to the introduction of Christianity. I'd guess from what I read that a lot of pro-forma temple rites were performed perfunctorilly. In my time, it all seems dismissed rather quickly as superstition, and one is not to linger on it too long.

(Is perfunctorilly a word?)

Posted by: Jumper1 | March 7, 2011 10:36 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle.

"Polaris" was the name of the spaceship flown by Tom Corbett, Space Cadet (a kid-lit series started first on TV and then in a series of kids' sci-fi novels in the 1950s). It is also the name of an X-Man character, a.k.a. Lorna Dane, in the Marvel Comics series. It is also the name of an arcade game. So between those three choices, it is diifcult or impossible to deduce which would be a "kid-lit" reference. (It also appears numerous other places which aren't kid-lit.)

Glad I wasn't the only one watching Les Miz. But here's the thing: I missed the firt 40 minutes, because I was watching "60 Minutes," which had two of the most incredible pieces I've ever seen on that show. The first was about the 500 or so kids who are essentially homeless or very nearly so, living in run-down slum motrels around the periphery of Disney World, because their families are homeless due to job losses and chronic unemployment in the area. Because there are so many of them, the school district created a special school bus route that swings past these motels to pick up the homeless kids and take them to school. They did an interview with a bunch of them, asking them what it felt like to go to bed hungry every night, how do you study when there's no electricity, and what does it feel like at school to be "the homeless kid." Perhaps one of the most heart-breaking pieces they've ever done.

And then they did a piece on polar bears (appropriate bear story for the Boodle), which was also amazing. Somebody has invented a remote-control robotic camera, which filmed polar bears up close in a way no human could do.

So I regret missing the first 40 minutes of Les Miz -- but those two 60 Minutes pieces were amazing, too.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 7, 2011 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I believe DC is referring the star Polaris. She's got space in her DNA. She's got a lot in her DNA, that girl. :-)

Posted by: -TBG- | March 7, 2011 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Mudge, I saw those pieces on 60 Minutes last night too. The one about the children made me really angry. Their circumstances, coupled with the Milbank piece on refinancing, our neighbors having to move and a close call involving "S"'s daughter and SIL's refi nightmare, have left me incredibly p!ssed off at large banks and big money. I don't understand why the mortgage companies shenanigans don't get more press and more outrage. And the Repubs want to gut any laws which would help the 'little' guy against these monsters. Sorry, just sputtering with frustration here.

Posted by: badsneakers | March 7, 2011 11:15 AM | Report abuse

I was very angry as well as verklempt, too, bad. It just made me furious --especially when coupled with Florida's GOP politicians like Rubio.

I thought the piece also played well the irony of this situation falling at the periphery of DisneyWorld, "the happiest place on earth." Which it may well be...until you drive half a mile down the road.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 7, 2011 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Someone here recently reported an infestation of stinkbugs. I suddenly have a congregation of what I have identified as boxelder bugs. They're primarily between the storm and primary window panes of a south-facing window, though several have managed to squeeze through the cracks into the house. (Very old casings in a very old house.)

They don't sting or even bother me or my botanical housemates but it sure is odd. Anyone else ever encountered them? I'm not an insecticide user so I'll wait them out I reckon.

Posted by: talitha1 | March 7, 2011 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Here, talitha:

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 7, 2011 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Those bugs do look familiar to me, but not indoors. We had some around the house last summer.

I'd usher them out myself before they die, and do house maintenance in summer on the principle that you can't trust only nice bugs to come in.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 7, 2011 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Boxelder bugs feed on the seeds of anything in the maple family. They overwinter as adults and can accumulate in large numbers on south facing walls and roofs.

I complained about the choice of species that the city planted in a green strip outside my home figuring when they mature, I'll have a box elder bug problem in the winter.

Posted by: edbyronadams | March 7, 2011 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Mudge ... but "mine" aren't stinkbugs. They don't have the flat oblique five-pointed carapace of a stinkbug. My link above correctly identifies them I'm pretty sure. They're oddly like a lightning bug if viewed from above.

Wilbord, 10-4 on the preventative maintenance. 8~]
I'm one of those lucky folks whose trachea closes within a minute of being stung by wasps, hornets, etc., and has to keep an antihistamine handy at all times.

Posted by: talitha1 | March 7, 2011 11:56 AM | Report abuse

According to that story, the bug infestation is gonna get "biblical."

And speaking of biblical, there is a small ray of hope in the universe: Glenn Beck has lost about a third of his viewership:

(I wish people like Von Drehle and Carr would stop calling Beck's skill set as "gifted." Yes, Beck is "gifted" in pretty much the same way Charles Manson was. I tend to think "gifted" is intended to be a word of praise, something good.)

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 7, 2011 12:00 PM | Report abuse

scc: Wilbrod

edbyrondadams, thanks for the info. I am "blessed" with three big old Japanese maples in the front yard. Having complained here often of their general nuisance-ness, I now have another reason to hate them. That they shade the south and west facades of the house in summer is their only saving grace.

Posted by: talitha1 | March 7, 2011 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Regarding insects, I like the Elvis Costello tune, Hurry Down, Doomsday.

Forget about Beethoven, Rembrandt and rock and roll
Forget about Mickey Mouse, Marlboro and Coca Cola
Forget about Cadillac, Mercedes and Toyota
Forget about Buddha, Allah, Jesus and Jehovah
Hurry down Doomsday, the bugs are taking over

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

Good morning, y'all.

Hot coffee and ginger cookies on the table.

TBG if I lived anywhere near DC I'd be there on the 15th. *note to self: consider moving*

Lez Miz: I'm one of the small minority who didn't like the show at all. So it goes.

sneaks, I get your frustration. Several of the condo residents here have foreclosed, sold at a loss, or have otherwise been adversely impacted by the real estate morass. And to top it off, my area of Cook County is getting whacked with a 15% increase in property taxes this year.

Mudge, I was impressed by 60 Minutes last evening as well.

I'm off to deal with the wonderful wacky world of (mis)managed health care. Never a dull moment these days.

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

So the Beckster and she-who-shall-not-be both are seeing a precipitous drop in numbers lately ... excellent. That news, along with Huckleberry's March madness of last week, is somewhat comforting. We still have a few clowns left to oppose Obama next year. (Princess Sparkle Pony put in a vacuous and obtuse appearance yesterday on Meet the Press. Oy!)

I made a pot sinfully good puttanesca sauce yesterday and am having some over pasta for lunch, garlic loaf on the side.
There's plenty to share so consider it boodlefaxed to anyone who wants a plate.

Posted by: talitha1 | March 7, 2011 12:23 PM | Report abuse

I always refrained from referring to him as "Huckleberry." My reasons for that restraint burned up in the bonfire of the inanities of late, and now that's what I call him.

Posted by: Jumper1 | March 7, 2011 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Say, Joel, we're jonesing for some prime fresh Achenbach. How 'bout a new kit? Or I'll start going on about nixtamalizing flint corn and such.

Posted by: Jumper1 | March 7, 2011 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Canada.

Posted by: -TBG- | March 7, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Disney's own community of Celebration sold well during the boom, lots of foreclosures now. Seminole County, north of Orlando (on the opposite side from Disney) is supposed to be a tidied-up version of Orlando, where you shouldn't see poor people. 60 minutes obviously did.

My own city has an abundance of homeless school kids. I'd think maybe the schools should have showers and dressing rooms.

Back to Paul: his authentic writings (several minor letters in the New Testament are widely believed by liberal scholars to be forged) seem to predate the Gospels by a couple of decades or more. It's quite possible that others had much greater impact during his lifetime, but Paul's letters to the Galatians and the Romans changed history.

I suspect that 'serious' scholars dismiss him, but the lively Canadian historian Donald Akenson wrote a neat book on the 'invention of the Bible and the Talmuds' and another neat one on 'St. Saul', emphasing Paul's Jewishness. He's a jovial writer, so I'd be happy to try anything he's written. 'If the Irish Ruled the World' seems out of print. Need to work up the energy to get a loan thru the library.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | March 7, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I would like to think that Mr Achenbach is having a nice spring break.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | March 7, 2011 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Welcome TBG.

Some of the back story, admire Kennedy he was a little over the top.

Posted by: dmd3 | March 7, 2011 2:04 PM | Report abuse

For knit-picking yarn lovers, some yarn eye candy...

Also, she's on Facebook with more pictures. Same handle.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 7, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Talitha - each year I tend to get an infestation of the boxelder bugs around my front door. Perfectly harmless and, to my eye, oddly beautiful.

Not so with the expected invasion of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs. Ugly suckers and the smell always reminds me of hot sweaty days picking raspberries. Anyway, I am hopeful they don't end up being as "biblical" as some predict.

But if worse comes to worse, there is always this:

Posted by: RD_Padouk | March 7, 2011 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of fake news - are you kidding me!

Posted by: dmd3 | March 7, 2011 2:17 PM | Report abuse

RD, I agree with you ... boxelder bugs are oddly beautiful. About an hour ago I had one land on my loom. I coaxed him (her?) onto my finger and grabbed my magnifying glass. A striking and symmetrical geometric pattern of red-orange on brownish black is present. It's similar to the contrasting patterns on rainforest treefrogs that I admire so much.

I named him Earl and sent him on his way.

Posted by: talitha1 | March 7, 2011 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Hi Everyone,
I want to thank all of you who tried to explain various aspects of St. Paul and the Christian religion to me. I must admit that it's an awful lot for me to digest all at once, especially with the link DaveoftheCoonties sent me. I am going to copy this Boodle to Word and try to sort out the relevant parts when I have more time. And I will read the Wikipedia entry again.

I loved Ivansmom's use of Humpty Dumpty's words,"When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean -neither more nor less."I used to use that quotation a lot when I was teaching English as a foreign language. Unlike Humpty Dumpty, I tried to teach the students that you have to use the words with the accepted meanings attached to them.

Scottynuke, you mentioned the NukeFelines and that reminds me of a site that I found that might interest you and other ailurophiles, called Catster . I found the part on cat behavior very interesting.

For dog lovers, there's also a site called Dogster, I wanted to send it to Wilbrod when I first found it but Scampy wouldn't let me. I mean he really wouldn't let me because was busy with my keyboard and then blocked my screen. As you can see, the articles on cat behavior were interesting but not always helpful. Anyhow, he is now curled on the computer chair behind my back, which means I'm not very comfortable but at least I can type.

I probably won't continue boodling after I post this. I must get to bed early for a change. It's 10:38 p.m. now but for me that's early. I'll come back tomorrow so bye for now.

Posted by: orawh | March 7, 2011 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrodog used to belong to Dogster, Ora-- a long time ago when internet time wasn't as much of a concern for me.

It is now.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 7, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

CqP recommended Temple Grandin. What a good movie. Recommended for many Boodlers.

Posted by: Jumper1 | March 7, 2011 4:23 PM | Report abuse

The report is done, and my eyes feel coated with pollen (which has to be around somewhere in the world). I've been blowing my nose all day, and the onslaught has barely begun.


I heard that Temple Grandin was very good, but I haven't seen it.

Okay, go back to sleep, Boodle.

Posted by: ftb3 | March 7, 2011 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Schocken (no longer an independent publisher) is selling Rabbi Hillel, who flourished a bit before Jesus, to Christians.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | March 7, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Good afternoon, boodle.

My first glimpse at a CS headline this afternoon sez he's been fired from Two and a Half Men, effective immediately.

Stay tuned for his next sit-tragi-com, Two and a Half Lawsuits.

Posted by: MsJS | March 7, 2011 5:44 PM | Report abuse

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

Good evening, friends. I had the early morning doctor appointment, and had errands to run later, so just getting back in the apartment. I also had a problem getting on the Internet, finally discovered the problem, the cable wasn't hooked up!

Ivansmom, love your take on "words".

On the news, Charlie Sheen has gotten fired from his popular show, Two and a Half Men. I've never watched it, but lots of people have. I hope this doesn't sound racist, but if an African-American man or woman were doing the stuff Charlie Sheen is doing, I'm thinking they would be under somebody's jail? Charlie Sheen does not look well, and I just keep thinking, why isn't anyone trying to help this man? Why are all these people sitting around this person while he totally self-destructs? Would an African-American get that kind of air time, on television everyday doing a meltdown?

Doesn't anyone love this person or care what happens to this person? Where is his mother and father?

Where I live, people that use crack and other drugs aren't on television making that kind of money, nor are they making headlines in the news two or three days in a row, they're usually in jail or homeless.

Perhaps I missed something?

Another doctor's appointment tomorrow morning. Slyness, I tell you, I was in shock over that win, but still smiling. Nothing against Duke, just glad it went the other way for a change.

Have a restful evening, folks, and love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | March 7, 2011 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Cassandra, all good points. My guess is only if the African-American was very famous and very rich.

I do remember that Richard Pryor set himself on fire freebasing in 1980 and he still had a career after that, until he got multiple sclerosis.

Rest Richard Pryor's soul, I'd still rather watch some of his concerts than Charlie Sheen.

Charlie Sheen's father is Martin Sheen, also an actor.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 7, 2011 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Hello boodle! I'm not surprised the U of Mn Ext. has complete box elder info. They are a chronic issue in the older St. Paul neighborhoods. But any living creature can be quite a nuisance in a large enough quantity. Spring of '08 when we had 60 bald eagles take up residence in the yard Chez Frostbitten it was all green slime and dead fish plopping down. Not exactly what I look for in a majestic national symbol. Give me bears!

I'll have to look for those 60 Minutes segments. My old boss from NoVA is still a principal in Prince William Co. When they remodeled and added on to the school she found $,and an excuse, to add some bathing and laundry facilities. Now students can discreetly catch a shower and launder their clothes. It's a shame she couldn't have just said "these facilities are needed for the homeless kids."

Posted by: frostbitten1 | March 7, 2011 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Now, come on, let's be fair to Martin Sheen and other family members. What good would it do now to speak publicly in the middle of a gossip-storm? We have no idea what is said behind closed doors (which is the right place for family counsel, in my book). It isn't odd that Sheen Sr. hasn't released a statement; it would be unseemly if he did.

Posted by: Yoki | March 7, 2011 7:31 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Yoki | March 7, 2011 8:29 PM | Report abuse

I completely agree with Yoki about Sheen's family being discreetly out of sight and soundbite. Public implosions need not suck the entire family into the black hole of negative publicity. Otherwise they wouldn't have the credibility or strength to pick up the pieces, if they are any extant, once the final act is played.

Posted by: talitha1 | March 7, 2011 8:30 PM | Report abuse

scc: ..."there" are any extant.

Posted by: talitha1 | March 7, 2011 8:35 PM | Report abuse

I agree. Even if one is following the story closely it's impossible to tell what is going on behind the scenes. I suspect friends and family are trying to help Charlie but he has to want to help himself a little even if it's only to avoid certain consequences (such as being fired).

I believe Martin Sheen is himself a recovering alcoholic though I think he's been sober many years. I suspect he knows how hard it is to reach someone who is, almost by definition, unreasonable.

While I don't think Charlie Sheen was ever going to win any humanitarian of the year awards or anything that doesn't make it that much easier to watch someone destroy themselves personally and professionally even if the watching is done from afar.

Posted by: cowhand214 | March 7, 2011 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Not often enough is the word 'extant' used. Nor, for that matter, 'lacuna.' Thanks, Talitha.

I've just cut my thumb with the knife I used on the chicken, without washing it first. I exclaimed, fowly! I'm sorry.

And I've just done it again, seeing blood on the keyboard of my jewel-like MacBook. I'm sorry.

Posted by: Yoki | March 7, 2011 8:46 PM | Report abuse

also, 'incunabula.' I amuse myself.

Posted by: Yoki | March 7, 2011 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, I love that work and held two of those at the National Library of Medicine last week.

But, will admit that I sometimes stumble over the pronunciation, as I do on these two words:


Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 7, 2011 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Show business celebrities live in cocoons made by the people who surround them and depend on them. NY Times had a good story.

I had failed to notice NY Times columnist Gail Collins' latest on crimes against writing, featuring my very own State Senator, who has distracted with measuring the drapes for his US Senate office, come 2013. He had a book deal with his part-time employer, the local community college. $152,000 for a 175-page double-spaced manuscript that would probably appall a Princeton thesis-writer like the Boss. I figure the book scandal should force him to resign. Then again, our governor gives every appearance of being a crook who got away with it.

Happy reading!

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | March 7, 2011 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Hah CpQ! I've had trouble with those two words all my life.

I blame O'Bama.

Posted by: rickoshea12 | March 7, 2011 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Spider-Man melodrama continues on Broadway! The director may be eased out! More at the NY Times, just 9 minutes ago!

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | March 7, 2011 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Ricko -- a church near us in the CYO leagues is Mary of Mount Calvary. Since many other Mary Chapels abound, 'tis called Mount Calvary...but EVERYBODY says,

Cavalry.... and I want to do the bugle charge that Geo. Armstrong Custer might recognize...

Yoki -- meant "word' not work of course. And, as I walk to the special librarian, I keep repeating it carefully to myself SURE I will mess up...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 7, 2011 9:32 PM | Report abuse

I never could pronounce protestant till a friend drilled me. And metropolitan always tripped me.

Then there is relevant (revelant?).

Posted by: slyness | March 7, 2011 9:38 PM | Report abuse

"The Producers", stage version, has a dreadful, creaky "black Irish" gag. I'm not going to suggest that St. Patricks Day revelers should emulate it with O'Bama.

More seriously, BBC is running a TV documentary on the earliest premature babies, those born before the 24th week. There are serious ethical questions about going to extreme measures to save such babies. It looks as though the Daily Mail and US right-wingers are already spreading distorted versions.

US health care is looking like the latest bubble. NYT reports soaring health insurance rates (which Republicans, not the insurance companies, blame on Obamacare). The LA Times has been showing lots of signs of life. The latest is a story examining hospital revenues per patient, which are vastly higher in the Bay Area than Los Angeles. The main theory is that the health care business is more consolidated and has less competition up north than down south. Kaiser Permanente doesn't release its figures, so there's no telling how they compare with their competitors around San Francisco. I'm willing to bet they're far cheaper. Unfortunately, I suspect that much of the public would dislike their style of medical practice.

I also bet that health care and gas prices, combined, can bring on Part II of the Great Recession. I feel lousy being such a pessimist.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | March 7, 2011 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Extant is a rarely used word?
I read too much history I reckon. Seeking out diaries and other primary sources on dusty bookshelves and in obscure museum archives will do that to you after a while.

Posted by: talitha1 | March 7, 2011 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone reprimanded DNA Girl for yet another stealth visit to DC?

Posted by: -TBG- | March 7, 2011 9:45 PM | Report abuse



I've never caressed an incunabulum. The closest might be from centuries later, the second edition of Mark Catesby's magnificent "Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands". He was a sharp observer, noting that blown-down pines in the flatlands around Charleston caused the land to become less well-drained, becoming savannah--bogland with numerous grasses and flowers. Those pine trees evaporate a lot of water.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | March 7, 2011 9:48 PM | Report abuse

DotC-that Haridopolos book story caught some play in the Tampa area. Got a mention on the Friday evening local PBS political news show.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | March 7, 2011 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Birds are extant dinosaurs.

I'll have to do a stealth visit to Washington in the fall, after the tourists have vanished, and after the 3 million person march on the Mall to demand repeal of Obamacare. It'll happen during a rainy weekend, the grass will be ruined, so it'll be replaced with pay parking, proceeds to keep the Smithsonian afloat.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | March 7, 2011 9:56 PM | Report abuse

My mother can pronounce aluminum. Weird.

The Calvary/cavalry one never tripped me but it may be from singing in the choir all those years of my youth. Which reminded me of this story. There's a hymn called "In the Garden" which my grandmother's favorite.

I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

One day after the umpty-umpth time of hearing grandmother singing it, my littlest sister looked up at me and asked, "Who's Andy, and why is he always walking in the garden with grandma?"

Posted by: talitha1 | March 7, 2011 9:59 PM | Report abuse

There have been interviews with Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez, who are both quite critical of Charlie's behavior, but they can do nothing, anymore than anyone else can. The problem is, the phrase "out of control" really does mean "out of control," which is to say, it means other people can't control you. I think a lot of the reason people can't understand this situation is the belief that people like Sheen (or anyone else, for that matter) can be -- or even should be -- "controlled" by someone else. If we think about it hard enough, I think most of us would agree that "control" is both the wrong word, as well as an undesirable ability to possess. I don't want anyone "controlling" me, and I don't blame Sheen for not wanting anyone to "control" him.

There are interventions, but even an intervention can only go so far.

Cassandra, on the racial question you raised, there is a simple comparison: Michael Jackson. Another delusional celebrity living in his own protected cocoon world, out of control, too much money, too much indulgence. Probably no better than Sheen, and if the allegations about child abuse are true, a helluva lot worse. And nobody could "control" him either. And Sheen has only two relatives with any potential influence; Jackson had a dozen of them, and they had no more influence on him than Martin and Emilio do on Charlie. Likewise, Lindsey Lohan and Britney Spears also have more theoretical family "support" than Sheen does, and it does them no earthly good, either.

We have people on the boodle who have experience with people in their lives who are or were effectively "out of control" (alcohol, drugs, just plain abusively nuts), and I'm pretty sure they'd all say the same thing. I know it's a cliche, but essentially the OOC person has to "want" to change. In itself that might not be enough, but it's a pre-condition.

Sheen has no desire whatsoever to moderate his behavior; neither did Jackson. We have no reason to think anyone else can do it for them.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 7, 2011 9:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm just swearing by the Paracelsius Oath.

Posted by: Yoki | March 7, 2011 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Yoki -- Paracelsus figures into what I am does Galen and Helmont....wowsie...and now, we can add quantum entanglement to the boodlie-doodlies...and yes, TBG, I think DNA girl is shy quicksilver!

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 7, 2011 10:06 PM | Report abuse

'mudge, darlin', we've all already made it clear that if parents were truly responsible, we'd've fixed it. That we can't isn't blame, just, that, at about 13 kids count on their peers. Not a good thing, but incontrovertible.

Posted by: Yoki | March 7, 2011 10:09 PM | Report abuse

My family attended the Calvary Presbyterian Church when I was a kid, so I've been mixing up calvary and cavalry for a long time. The only thing that helps me is to think of the Spanish "caballo" (horse)to remind me where the "l" sound should be. Helps with writing - speaking, not so much.

Posted by: seasea1 | March 7, 2011 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Very well said Mudge. I laughed a bit on the inside when CS disparaged AA etc., and proclaimed himself self-cured. Grandiosity is a major trait of an addict.

"S" took me outside earlier this evening to watch the shuttle and the space station float by overhead. Very cool and still awe inspiring to realize there are people up there on those little specs of light.

Anthony Bourdain had a great show on Cambodia tonight. If you can, watch a rerun of it. Definitely one of his better shows, very affecting.

Posted by: badsneakers | March 7, 2011 10:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm all abuut Paracelsus

Posted by: Yoki | March 7, 2011 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Looks like my buddy and boss Gary Locke is going to China:

Posted by: seasea1 | March 7, 2011 10:19 PM | Report abuse

talitha, I personally love the word "extant" and have used it extensively at times. I've been told several times after email exchanges that the person I was conversing with had to look it up. I think, as you said, it's about reading a good deal of history and therefore encountering phrases such as "extant sources" quite a bit.

When I first started work I had just graduated from college and so had been steeped in footnotes or forewards or papers that used words like extant quite liberally and so it just became part of the context of my writing. After awhile I realized coworkers were unsure of its meaning and I was asked about it several times.

I still like the word and (if I happen to be thinking of it) will put it in a contextually obvious place or be more verbose a paragraph down. Otherwise: weee!

Posted by: cowhand214 | March 7, 2011 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, I like P, also. But, love Hildegard of Bingen truly. Am looking at their herbals and alchemical manuscripts.

Here here to Mudge about WANTING TO CHANGE. And, I feel so much compassion for the family of those who WILL.NOT.GIVE.OVER.TO.WHAT.MIGHT.HEAL.THEM...tis in the giving over. To recognize powerless before the illness.

And, yes, the CS peeps of the world are suffering. However, I have been in the wings watching someone self destruct. And, tonight and other nights, will just say, God bless and comfort the weary who love the destructo-person and are helpless. Helpless! And, that love is not enough to save another person. Love only keeps hope in the wings and that you might need to love your self and protect yourself...and, be content with that.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 7, 2011 10:23 PM | Report abuse

I do music.

Posted by: Yoki | March 7, 2011 10:30 PM | Report abuse

*faxing Yoki butterfly stitches, bandaids, compresses, tourniquet, antiseptic, and, if she needs it, a truly excellent transfusable pint of the finest Chateau Curmudgeon brand O negative, a saucy little red with notes of tobacco, lime, Irish Spring, and most of the major antibodies and T cells one would desire*

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 7, 2011 10:39 PM | Report abuse

I guess that saved me, even though I didn't understand it.

Posted by: Yoki | March 7, 2011 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Mudge and CQP have good points. People set on destroying themselves by drugs or such aren't really going to be easily swayed by an intervention.

One can only try and pray, and like CqP says, also protect themselves.

It's been a long Monday. Happy Mardi Gras as of midnight. Whether you have any religious reason to celebrate, it's still a good party day.

TBG, you have no idea how much I wish I could be down to help you celebrate on the 15th, but I will have to be there in spirit only.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 7, 2011 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Lovely Y, and a solo voice. Thank you.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 7, 2011 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, the air from Warlock's Capriol Suite:

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 7, 2011 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, then, CqP.

My feeling, the Wtichness is fine.

Posted by: Yoki | March 7, 2011 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, all.

Perhaps Charlie Sheen's spending a little too much of his life trying to get back to Neverland these days.

Unforuntately, the North Star/Polaris is a place you can only visit inside your skull, and it never works out well for anyone trying to live there (IIRC Michael Jackson's original ranch was called "Neverland," wasn't it?).

Ya gotta move on at some point, whether you actually grow up or not.


Posted by: -bc- | March 7, 2011 11:08 PM | Report abuse

'Lacunae' is one of Maureen Dowd's favorite words.

Posted by: Mo_MoDo | March 7, 2011 11:46 PM | Report abuse

How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb?

Posted by: yellojkt | March 7, 2011 11:47 PM | Report abuse

well, yello, it never gets done. psychiatrists would normally talk themselves through such matters, but since inusrance doesn't pay, psychoactive drugs are the substitute. thus, the changers see the light, even in its absence.

Posted by: -jack- | March 8, 2011 12:09 AM | Report abuse

scc: insurance

Posted by: -jack- | March 8, 2011 12:10 AM | Report abuse

psychotropic, I think.

Posted by: Yoki | March 8, 2011 2:37 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Yoki | March 8, 2011 2:39 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. It is International Woman's Day, I think?

In my comment concerning Charlie Sheen, I think I used the word "help", and I don't remember using the control. Mudge, your point is well taken concerning Micheal Jackson, yet the biggest part of Micheal Jackson's meltdown in the media was him going to court everyday facing molestation charges, so jail was definitely on his radar, money or no money.

As for Charlie Sheen's family, perhaps they are in the background trying to help him, I hope they are, but usually when a person gets to the point Charlie Sheen is, it is a cry for help. And I realize the family can't "make" this adult do anything, but because his actions are so much in the media, perhaps an appeal in the media from those that love him just might strike a chord?

My world is totally different from most of you here, and I realize that, and I think most of you do too, yet we are human beings that many times, regardless of money or other things, share the same difficulties of life. And having said that, most of us realize that in this country we love so dearly, race is still very much a sore thumb. We're working on it, and doing much better, but the disease hasn't been cured yet.

I'm so happy that most of you here don't have the experience of being treated differently because of your race. And I try very hard not to allow such treatment of myself to color my perception of people. It is hard, and sometimes I don't win that battle, but I always dust myself off and try again. I think it's worth it. It moves me to meeting great people in this world and getting a chance to interact with them. Doesn't get any better than that. God is good.

Slyness, I'm cross-eyed this morning. I wanted to stay in the bed, didn't want to get up, but have to move. Hope the walk isn't too chilly this morning.

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

Posted by: cmyth4u | March 8, 2011 5:05 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, where is everybody?

Cassandra, you were up early! I hope you went back to bed and got some more rest. Yes, the walk was chilly, there was light frost on the rooftops, as well as ice in my birdbath. But the forsythia and Bradford pears are in full bloom, spring is coming!

Anybody got ideas for how to avoid running over screws and nails, thus puncturing tires? I've done that twice in the last month. The folks at the garage didn't charge for fixing them but rolled their eyes at me when I was there yesterday. *sigh*

Onward. Another busy day ahead. I seem to have lots of them.

Posted by: slyness | March 8, 2011 8:03 AM | Report abuse

slyness, perhaps you should tell those folks at the garage that they better stop rolling their eyes or they may not be able to see well enough to spot those screws and nails in the road in order to avoid them. Obviously they can see well enough to do so now.

Good morning boodle. Another day at work, another day closer to my last day there. A little sad to be leaving but happy, too. I helped find my replacement, so I'm glad about that... I can leave them in good hands. Such good hands, in fact, that very soon they'll be saying, "TBG Who?"

Posted by: -TBG- | March 8, 2011 8:13 AM | Report abuse

I like the word 'extant', opposite of 'extinct'. The definition always seemed perfectly clear to me from context. Perhaps this word does not mean what I think it means?

Posted by: ScienceTim | March 8, 2011 8:32 AM | Report abuse

I always think of 'extant' as a contraction of 'existent.'

Posted by: -TBG- | March 8, 2011 8:36 AM | Report abuse

I always think of 'extant' as the kind of adventures Bill and Ted have.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 8, 2011 8:47 AM | Report abuse

And my current tant doesn't like me to talk about my extant.

Posted by: -TBG- | March 8, 2011 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Extant beats extinct. Today I am extant. YESss!

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | March 8, 2011 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Warm muffins, hot coffee and chilled OJ on the table.

I gotta admit I haven't used the word 'extant' in years. 'Cept for right now, I mean.

I have no comment on the lives of celebrities on account of not personally knowing any.

TBG, no one will EVER say, "TBG who?"! But congrats on being a week away from your last day.

Cassandra, the issue of race is more than a sore thumb, I think. I value your grace and persistence in facing it. Thank you.

Much to do today. Wish me luck.

Posted by: MsJS | March 8, 2011 9:12 AM | Report abuse

I always figured extant is what you called your former tant.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | March 8, 2011 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Jud Apatow's "Funny People" was a good treatment of the dilemma faced by rich celebrities. Surrounded by employees, instead of friends, no one has an interest in telling you that you are acting like an adz.

Posted by: edbyronadams | March 8, 2011 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Happy Mardi Gras, Boodle.

Posted by: HeadFool | March 8, 2011 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Yup, fat Tuesday. It's late this year, because Easter is late. We just have to deal, I guess.

Posted by: slyness | March 8, 2011 9:55 AM | Report abuse

I was just reminded of important facts about the business of entertainment. Dan Zak's post concerning the Kennedy Center presentation of Wicked, posted on the WaPo's Arts Post blog, contains the following snippet:

Wicked" ... is wildly beloved and continually shatters box office records... At the beginning of January, it made $5.6 million in the span of one week between its Broadway, Chicago and Indianapolis shows...

Wicked has a cast of, you know, at least 4 in each production (that's sarcasm). Okay, so I am guessing more like 8 major performers -- I haven't actually seen it, I only know the CD and a thing or two about the story. Plus: venue rental, production insurance, understudies, makeup artists, costumers, numerous other production staff, directors, and so forth. All of them splitting about $1.87 million per production venue per week, unless Zak meant that the $5.6 million was net rather than gross. Meanwhile, Charlie Sheen just got deservedly fired from a TV production that was paying him, personally, $2 million per weekly episode; at 26 episodes per season, that's a personal gross income of $52 million per year.

That's quite an income disparity.

Posted by: ScienceTim | March 8, 2011 9:56 AM | Report abuse

New Kit!

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | March 8, 2011 9:58 AM | Report abuse

New kit!

Posted by: slyness | March 8, 2011 9:58 AM | Report abuse

I'm just glad my use of extant
produced extensive exposition.

Posted by: talitha1 | March 8, 2011 10:06 AM | Report abuse

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