Sunday, September 03, 2006

It was a beautiful, sunny day in the City of Angels.

I got to enjoy some of it, along with a homemade pasgetti dinner.

It's not vending machine Doritos, but it ain't bad.

New thread.


At 9:28 PM, Blogger John the Baptist said...


/got nothin'

At 10:02 PM, Blogger joeschmo1of3 said...


Didja make a mashtapato man with pasghetti hair? But don't eat him cuz he'll die!

At 10:21 PM, Blogger Paddy O'Furnijur said...

Triple creme brie and a nice English coastal cheddar with a fresh, peppery zin. Nice and simple.

At 10:24 PM, Blogger Hosedragger said...

Sadly, it is my duty to report, that Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, was killed today when the barb of a Sting Ray tokk him out by stabbing him in the chest.,23599,20349888-2,00.html

At 10:32 PM, Blogger Petrarchan Motif said...

hose - already on my blog...just tragic

At 10:34 PM, Blogger Paddy O'Furnijur said...

Words fail me. Apparently his wife is climbing in Tasmania and doesn't know yet.

What a loss.

At 10:38 PM, Blogger Petrarchan Motif said...

paddy - he almost single-handledly made Animal Planet a cable channel to watch...the naturist community has suffered a truly colossal loss...

At 10:41 PM, Blogger Hosedragger said...

At 10:59 PM, Blogger Paddy O'Furnijur said...

I wholeheartedly agree. The whole family has enjoyed watching Steve for years. Our prayers go out to Terri, Bindi, and Bob.

At 11:04 PM, Blogger Hosedragger said...

I'm still trying to figure out that name..."bindi"

At 11:05 PM, Blogger Hosedragger said...

"Handful of Peter" YAY

At 11:08 PM, Blogger Hosedragger said...

Well, according to the Vinelink site I found, it doesn't appear that Ms. CCFCCP is spending the weekend incarcerated. It still has her listed as "released"

At 11:24 PM, Blogger Hosedragger said...

Ok...I can see everyone is gone. Slow day. I'm going to bed...gotta get up at 5 to go fishing with one of my daughters.

Screw you guys...I'm goin home.

At 3:18 AM, Blogger SBH said...

meep...? It's just me again?


All the comrades that ere I had -are sorry for my going away,
And all the sweethearts that ere I had - would wish me one more day to stay.

But since it falls unto my lot
that I should rise, and you should not.
I'll raise the glass and softly call --
Goodnight, and joy be with you all.

At 4:46 AM, Blogger SouthernFriedYankee said...

Just woke up and heard about Steve,
how sad. At least it was quick and
it was while doing what he loves.

I could think of a lot worse ways
to go.

At 6:22 AM, Blogger BrendaK said...

Happy Labor Day, Happy Labor Day!

Everybody stop laboring for da Man, and start cleaning that grill! Vacuum, scrub and run to the store for more paper plates!

Spray down the deck, and prepare the puppies for the trauma to come!

Happy Labor Day, Happy Labor Day!

At 6:32 AM, Blogger Sulla said...


Again Heh, I say.

I've been at work since 6a.

It's a small price to pay to get out early enough for an afternoon BBQ.

The crass bribery didn't hurt either.

At 6:56 AM, Blogger BrendaK said...

sulla -

Bribes are a goooood thing. Also, accrued good guy points will serve you well in future negotiations.

At 7:04 AM, Blogger Fatwa Arbuckle said...

Hi, all -

Just wanted to wish everyone a delightful Labor day; here's to a bit of responsible over-indulging!

Sulla -

May you achieve extraordinary progress today and then go a little crazy; you've earned it.

[Mojo Jojo "on"]

As an attentive person will observe, because they are paying attention, I have decided to change my avatar. The avatar which I was using previously was not working for me any more. It did for a while, but no more and so I have ceased to use it. Which was much the same for the avatar previous to my previous avatar, as well.

It, too, worked for me, until it no longer did, at which time it was, in turn, replaced by my immediately previous avatar, which now has been replaced by my current avatar. I shall continue to use this current avatar until it also ceases to work for me, at which point I shall have to ponder my choice of a new avatar before selecting and implementing one so that it may actually become my new new avatar.

[Mojo Jojo "off"]

Look...I just feel like an evil green monkey genius in a cape and boots lately, okay?

At 9:36 AM, Blogger OregonMuse said...

We had our Labor Day BBQ yestiddy. Had friends over from church; I grilled burgers and hotdogs. Much beer was consumed. And now we have to clean up today. Feh, it can wait.

At 9:42 AM, Blogger Blizzardlane said...

And I am back from the soggy Hampton Roads region of tidewater Virginia. Ernesto left right before we got there. Exciting stuff. The wedding was beautiful, the reception sublime, and my in-laws only had one major incidence of dysfunction.

I take it the stalking horsesass hasn't reappeared.

At 9:49 AM, Blogger dean04prez said...

I never left

At 10:18 AM, Blogger Ducky said...

Happy Labor Day, but very sad about Steve. Some of you know that I'm in Eugene, Oregon (hence the name Ducky). Terri is from Eugene. Her mom and dad still live here.

Back to the clean-up/baking detail. BrendaK, how are your preparations coming?

I've discovered my Cuisinarts is an amazing timesaver for slicing the applies for pies. It has been hard to let go of the idea that the apples need to be hand cut in order to "count" as a homemade pie. But I'm making great progress!


At 11:17 AM, Blogger joeschmo1of3 said...

Happy Labor Day! Now to park my butt in front of HD US Open Tennis, yay!

At 11:21 AM, Blogger Hosedragger said...

Just got back from fishing with my 8 year old. She caught her first fish...actually two. Both little channel cats. They were on my pole, but I let her reel them in. I only caught a little perch and my buddy caught a little smelt. A great, absolutely wonderful morning. We then went and got frosty chocolate milkshakes, and are now going to snuggle on the couch and watch "Wayne's World"

So, I gots da family thing to do. i'll see you all later. Have a great labor day.

At 2:34 PM, Blogger SBH said...

Hey Fatwa,

Didn't I meet you years ago? I think your name was Moonflower Rainblessing-butterfly.

And once again, no one was around for my closing song last night.

I am underappreciated and overpaid.

Sounds like everyone has a good day going - Cheers!

At 2:55 PM, Blogger Pixie said...

...ate...too...much...charred meat...

Off to roll around in the grass and pray for relief.

Happy Labor Day!

At 3:36 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...

Good Labor Day Evening (East Siiiide!), all.

Food has been prepared and devoured, the puppies are still semi-comatose having been chased, petted and fed tid-bits surreptitiously (ha!) until they waddled.

A lovely time was had by all; the fine chinette paper plates and plastic utensils have been disposed of, the kids were detailed to clean the deck back up and all is right in my little corner of the world.

At 3:44 PM, Blogger Yoda said...

Yoda says he feels like pixie.

Happy Labor Day Weekend end to all at DHD!
Hope Sulla had a day off.
Glad hose caught a fish with his daughter...a great moment.
Hope Brenda had a great BBQ...looooove those ribs, Yoda does.
And Joe, JOE!, stop watching tennis for a minute....found this link at #5 on Google
for search entry "Deborah Frisch, PhD."
Looks like the DHD crowd is outwitting the Google algorithms.

At 3:47 PM, Blogger Yoda said...

Yoda says sorry the link didn't show...but just search the phrase.

Yoda has one more steak to grill....his...but I will be lurking.

At 4:07 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

happpyyy dabor lay, all you BVSers.

hey. is anyone here an information architect? i may have a project to send your way.

i've been freelancing for the last five years, but this month, i take the plunge back into working for dah man. (oh lord! 401K! trips to the doctor for no reason at all! steady paycheck! a reason to take off the pjs before 2 in the afternoon! lipstick and nice blouses! 3 inch heels!)

i'll keep some of my freelance clients on the side, but there's one possible project that i won't be able to do.

would be happy to pass it over to a fellow gerbil.

keep in mind, this was a beer laden picnic conversation ... you know the type: "oh, jim bob says you do computer stuff. well, hey, have i got a project for you."

nothing may come of it. but, i probably won't have the time for it if it does turn real.

and seriously, i'm not sure how to go about exchanging personally identifiable information here.

for all you know, i could be deb. neither of us uses sentence capitalization, after all.

or gideon. or heaven forbid, chell, with her ideas about valid xhtml 1.0 and srict html 4.01 standards.

i can assure you i'm not nedra. that honor goes to one among us, just unfortunately, not me. (i only wish i were so funny).

oh well. if any of you think you might be interested in helping a huge website achieve badly-needed-easily-navigable information architecture ... we'll work out the details.

maybe brenda will be our go between!

she is our very cool den mother, after all.

At 4:10 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

brenda ... puppies? plural?

how many do you have? and of what persuasion?

i just have the one chocolab. she's supposed to get a sister this year, but we'll see.

(lost. on a painted sky.)

At 4:24 PM, Blogger Fred the Genius said...

Settling in for Florida St. vs. Miami (aka the Jaw Bowl)

At 4:30 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...

otta -

I have a retriever/chow and a Boston Terrier. Their names are Satchmo and Jackson, respectively.

I'm booked for work through Nov. for sure and possibly through Dec., sorry.

Anyone else here available?

(By the wings of dreams)

At 4:31 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...

Hose -

Great that your daughter caught herself a fish. Did she want to eat it, keep it or through it back?

My first fish, I thought we were going to get an aquarium. That turned out to be not the case.

At 4:32 PM, Blogger stevierae said...

First post; been lurking since the original meltdown of krazee ladee with the pee aich dee on Jeff's blog. Like everyone else has stated, it's hard to ignore a trainwreck, especially since it's in my face anyway (I live in the Pacific NW, where no one welcomes her back.)

Re: Dean--it's clear he's stolen his material from the much more sophisticated satirical Blame Bush! (they are MASTERS at making fun of the "progressyve" Kos Kids and "Mother" Sheehan.) Check it out on this lazy day, if you've not had occasion to do so already. Their humor is very sophisticated--remember the old Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons? Kinda like those--or Southpark, The Simpsons, Ren and Stimpy, Family Guy...

Dean can't touch ' sure to read through all the archives---Liberal Larry RULES....

At 4:32 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...

Fatwa -

What exactly does a evil genius green monkey do?

At 4:34 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...

pixie -

We all appreciate you, and it was a lovely song.

joe -

What, no new and scary injuries to report today? Thank you!

At 4:37 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...

stevierae -

Welcome! Is Liberal Larry anything like Leisure Suite Larry?

At 4:37 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...

Oops. Suit.

At 4:39 PM, Blogger Fred the Genius said...


He wreaks havoc in Townsville.

At 4:39 PM, Blogger Yoda said...

Yoda is glad to know that you have learned the real meaning of life...College Football...and Yoda also wants you to know that losing to Vanderbilt would result in a future bleaker than she who will not be named.

At 4:43 PM, Blogger Fred the Genius said...

Master Yoda,

Yeah, that would have been very disappointing.

At 4:44 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...

fred -

Townsville? And, do you have beer and doritos to go with your football? And a lay-z-boy. Gotta have the recliner.

Yoda -

Bad Vanderbilt. And have you noticed how their uniforms clash? Buncha clods.

At 4:46 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...

Y'all may have noticed that I don't actually seem to know too much about football.

That would be true, of course, but I'm trying to be supportive here.

How's it going so far?

At 4:46 PM, Blogger Rabbit said...


Ferrol Sams, Georgia author
"The Whisper of the River " trilogy.
I was trying to remember his name when we were talking books.

Laugh-out loud funny.

At 4:50 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...

rabbit -

I love laugh-out-loud, I'll go by Books-A-Million tomorrow and see if I can get his books.

Have you ever tried Stuart Woods? He's kind of Pat Conroy lite. Not funny, but good. His book Chiefs was the basis for the tv show 'In the Heat of the Night'. I like his earlier books best.

At 4:54 PM, Blogger Rabbit said...

I've read some of his later stuff.
I hit the library once a week or so.

At 4:57 PM, Blogger Yoda said...

The best thing about living in GA is that you don't have to know anything about football; it’s like a big wave that everyone rides.

Fred...but living in a Big Ten state....losing to Vanderbilt would have meant the Japanese form of character preserving death. BTW, I am from Knoxville and survived that ceremony last year by applying a file to dull the edege of the ceremonial sword.

At 5:00 PM, Blogger Yoda said...

Ferrol Sams....great southern reading Whisper of the River now.

At 5:02 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...

Yoda -

When I was a kid, I fell asleep in the middle of a Sooner/Tide game. We were visiting with relatives in Mobile, AL at the time.

I'm pretty sure my uncle has never actually forgiven me.

At 5:08 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...

Might have been Nebraska/Alabama.

See? I am the despair of my family.

At 5:10 PM, Blogger Yoda said...

I know what you mean...I have a similar story but, because of family matters,inheritances, and future family gatherings can't and won't repeat it. It was ugly. I think it was a Tennessee/ Alabama game, I was around five years old, and must have created a the 4th quarter.

At 5:11 PM, Blogger Rabbit said...

It's been a few years since I read them. I may have to check them out again soon.
If you like the first book, you'll love the next one where he goes to college.

At 5:14 PM, Blogger joeschmo1of3 said...


Thanks for the google updates!


No new scars! Darn!

Now settling in for some college football! No dogs in any fights, so I just want to see some good action.

At 5:19 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...

Yoda -

I live not too far from Athens. We have your bull dawg lawn statues, bumper stickers, flags, posters, fuzzy suits, calendars, notebooks, diner specials, etc., etc.

On the day of a game, you could drive 130 down surface streets and as long as you are going in the general direction of the University the traffic cops just look the other way.

At 5:21 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...

Joe -

I don't think you get the general rule of thumb here: no new scars is a Good Thing.

At 5:25 PM, Blogger Hosedragger said...

She gave both fish a smooch on the noggin and let them go. She also smooched mine and threw it back as well.

We snuggled on the couch when we got home and both fell asleep for about 2.5 hours watching "Wayne's World" and she has been snuggling all day and giving me hugs and smooches. It has been a wonderful day for this pappa-san

At 5:27 PM, Blogger Hosedragger said...

She's my buddy. My partner in crime. My own little "Mini-Me". We even have our own super secret buddy handshake that only we know, and have been doing for three years.

At 5:28 PM, Blogger Fred the Genius said...


Yeah, Townsville; where Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles have to save the world before bedtime.


Don't worry about it. Down year, just like us.

At 5:29 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...

hose -

That's really, really great. I'm so glad y'all had such a great day.

At 5:30 PM, Blogger Fred the Genius said...

Welp, back to the game.

At 5:33 PM, Blogger Yoda said...

I'm a little removed from the Real South now that I live in Kentucky...although a person could be shot for saying that UP HERE.
I know the UGA thing well.In fact, your comments remind me of my sister in law, who attended her first Tenn game with my brother and READ A BOOK during the game. As they say in our part of the country....serious questions were asked...but in her defense I will say that she is a star...brilliant, intuitive and ...I shudder to speculate, would not suffer long she who will not be named ( except as she is named in Joe's Google entry).

At 5:35 PM, Blogger Hosedragger said...

It was a fabulous day. One for the memories. We will be going for our walk around 6, and end the day watching "Family Guy". Plus, I was able to go fishing for about 3 hours, which is something I haven't been able to do for a long time. I guess the surgery is starting to work.

Oh and Otta...speak for yourself...I use capitals...and for what it is worth, I would think Hawk is the mole. Look at him. All shifty, what with being in the military, jumping out of airplanes and fighting for our country. I tell ya, those military guys you just can't trust.

At 5:38 PM, Blogger Hosedragger said...

Or maybe Joe...a little too trusting don't you think? Brother who is a Friar indeed. And just look at Yoda. Jedi Master? Or Dark Lord of the Sith.

At 5:41 PM, Blogger Yoda said...

Ok, let me see....I have a meeting at 1:30 and at 3:30. Those are important meetings. I can reschedule anything else ( that is confidential, of course)

So please...F4 can happen between 7AM and 1:00PM EST, or anytime after 5PM.

Please call (859)555-1212 to change the times.

At 5:41 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...

yoda -

They're still married after that?! That is a love for the ages.


Back in awhile, chores are calling for me in their squeeky little voices.

At 5:46 PM, Blogger Yoda said...

Yes, they are. But my sister in law is a saint. My brother is....well, he's married to her!

At 5:49 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

welcome to the gerbil wheel, stevierae.

run, you gerbil, RUN! keep the wheel spinning!

See? I am the despair of my family.
brenda, at least you're a southern girl who can cook without a recipe.

talk about despair of the family. i live on order-in pizza and chinese, and the occasional bean and cheese burrito from my mexican friend ninel's recipe (which i have on a 5x3).

rabbit! i need to catch up on some reading, obviously.

She gave both fish a smooch on the noggin and let them go. She also smooched mine and threw it back as well.

hose, you have SO got a soft side that you only rarely show. what a sweet little girl you've got there! smoochin' the fishies! i love it.

joe and fred and all you other boys, enjoy the football, dudes.

(and we dance to a whispered voice)

At 5:52 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

Oh and Otta...speak for yourself...I use capitals...

hose, hose, hose.

i'm beginning to think you just don't like me at all.

i actually was speaking for myself. i don't use caps here.


(there. on a distant shore.)

At 5:55 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

Please call (859)555-1212 to change the times.

yoda, i'm sure you have more pull here than i do, but please be aware: last week i asked for a page at the newark airport if the frischit broke out while i was away.

did i get a page?

i did not.

i'm just sayin'

At 6:00 PM, Blogger Yoda said...

Call the number.....

At 6:02 PM, Blogger OregonMuse said...


At 6:03 PM, Blogger Yoda said...

But don't hit F4!

At 6:06 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...


i will not hit f4
i will not hit f4
i will not hit f4


At 6:11 PM, Blogger Yoda said...

I hope you read this way up the thread.
My favorite memories are from the times I went trout fishing in the Smokey Mountain National Park with my grandfather. We trout fished several different rivers, arose at 4AM, got in car and made our way to the white water streams in the park. My greatest memory when I was too young to manage my own line was for my grandfather to hand me the pole with the remark…”Hold this for a second”…and I could feel the fish on the line. I will never forget those times.

At 6:19 PM, Blogger Yoda said...

Ya know, Fred has made this whole thing very volatile. I, very innocently, asked him to hit F4 one day and the vapor arose almost as if on command!
So I'm trying to work through this dichotomy: I think Fred is an engineer and Deb Is a ......................PhD. Pyschologist in Decision Science.

At 6:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

damn those f4 keys.

damn them!

At 6:38 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

who's kelly?

does anyone know?

i think it's someone trying to impersonate me. seriously.

At 6:38 PM, Blogger Yoda said...

Yoda said,
Fred, my previous comment was innaproptiate. You have not made anything volatile. I was trying to make fun of the recent Friday appearance of the one not to be mentioned. My apologies for the previous comment.

At 6:49 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

well, it sounds like everyone had a great labor day.

i hope you all have a lovely night.

At 6:57 PM, Blogger Hawksp said...

Just sticking my head in to say hi.

Hope everyone had a good Labor Day.

I had to work on my wifes "Honey You Better Do This Stuff ot I'll Bust Your Lip List"

Hawk tired.

Hawk Larry the Lobster from sun on roof.

Hawk go to bed. Maybe rest on Labor Day next year.


At 7:01 PM, Blogger Fred the Genius said...

Master Yoda,

I've been called much worse than "volatile," believe me. I'm going to be quite busy tomorrow so I probably won't get a chance to log on until evening so you guys will need Hawk to designate a back-up F4er if you want to summon the beast in my absence. Also, I told Sulla I wouldn't start indiscriminately F4ing down so you might want to wait for either his or Sinner's signal.

At 7:15 PM, Blogger Sulla said...

I'm just here for a hit'n'run. Just got back from work, now off to Anaheim.

Enjoy the last of your weekend, all.


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