Monday, September 04, 2006

Took a bit longer to leave work than I'd hoped.

Headed up to Malibu to pick up some Wellness Formula for one of our houseguests, who arrived with a case of Colorado Gummylung. Gorgeous day, beautiful view of beach and ocean. Traffic was not hideous enough to overwhelm my feel-good iPod playlist, which says more about the playlist than north PCH.

I'm off to the barbecue. A couple hours viewing slow-roasted breasts on the beach gots me hungry for chicken.

Lord, I apologize for that last joke...


At 7:37 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

[raises fists in the air and yells JINX, just in case]

hey, has anyone seen Eight Below about the dogs who (if one is to believe the trailers) get left behind in the arctic?

if so can you give a brief review?

At 7:41 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

i mean, no spoilers, of course ...

just ... happy ending or sad ending?

At 8:14 PM, Blogger Hosedragger said...


Of course I like you. See...sarcasm and jokes have a way with being lost is written form.

At 8:21 PM, Blogger Fatwa Arbuckle said...

just ... happy ending or sad ending?

Ottava -

That doesn't count as a spoiler?

At 8:31 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

hose, we really do need those little indicators don't we?

fatwa, i know. i'm asking for the impossible.

but heck. my avatar's snow white. can't you give me the impossible?

okay. here's the thing. i can't bear (like most people) to watch anything sad with children or animals.

so, can i see this movie? that's my question.

At 8:34 PM, Blogger Hosedragger said...

If you guys want to see the Liberals unhinged, follow this link and see where they want to spit in "A Republican's face" as well as beat them up etc. Yes, I have responded there repeatedly. See if you can pick out my responses.

At 8:34 PM, Blogger Hosedragger said...

Heading upstairs to lay in bed and watch the "Wallace and Grommit" movie on is hidden under the guide as "Batman"
Night all.

At 8:39 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

'night hose!

i'm in the kitchen making a week's worth of my mexican friend ninel's refried beans.

they are so awesome.

yeah, it's nearly midnight here and i'm making 4 quarts of refried beans.

still waiting for an answer about whether i can see Eight Below.

don't let me down, gerbils! (i'll be happy with an answer from the east side, the west side, or any ohio in between ... fatwa.)

At 8:40 PM, Blogger Fatwa Arbuckle said...

my avatar's snow white. can't you give me the impossible?

Will you settle for an apple?

At 8:45 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

will it put me to sleep through the sad parts?

At 8:52 PM, Blogger OregonMuse said...


I haven't seen 8 Below, but I would say, if it has more than one dog in it, you know that at least one isn't going to make it.

At 8:52 PM, Blogger Fatwa Arbuckle said...

Ottava -

From the TV promo I've seen exactly once, it would appear to be at least a somewhat happy ending.

But I could be horribly mistaken.

By the by, I responded to the nice comment you left at EE; too lazy to cut and paste it here.

I'm off to beddy-bye.

At 8:53 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

seriously, if y'all want the best most, most mexican seriously authentic recipe for refried beans ever, just let me know.

really, i'm talking about refried beans that you'll want instead of tamales or enchiladas or churritos.

ninel will not give out her recipe for her green sauce, but the refried beans recipe is free for all.

and it is wonderful. and easy. which is why i can make it at nearly midnight on monday.

At 8:55 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

oregonmuse, you realist you.

At 8:58 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...


I've seen it. Parts of it will break your heart, no question. It has a redeeming end, and you'll cheer.

But you'll still have a broken heart.

All in all, I'm glad I saw it.

At 9:02 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...


I'll take the recipe - even though I still don't yet have the squash recipe in return.

I'll have to actually make the squash casserole before I can give measurements and such. Right this minute, my instructions would start 'purchase enough yellow squash until the weight feels right' kind of thing.

At 9:03 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

brenda: like schindler's list?

At 9:07 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...


No, just...I tried to find a way to explain without giving it away, but I just can't. It's a good movie, and it has a good ending, but there's some pain along the way.

Broken heart/redeeming end.

Best I can do.

At 9:22 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

i can live with that explanation, brenda. especially knowing that you've got two pups you love.

so now i know. i'm going to rent it this weekend.

anyway. on to recipes.

your squash thing is eXACTly why i can never write down my mother's cornbread dressing recipe.

but here's ninel's refried bean recipe (and you will laugh your a** off because it so easy!)

one med. onion, minced
sauted in about 4TBSP oil

after the onion is sauteed, pour into the pot one semi-drained 27oz. can of Bush's Pinto Beans
(yeah. i wasn't really sure how to define "semi-drained" until the third time i did this recipe. but the good thing is that if you drain them too much, you can always add half a glass of of the chilled white wine you're drinking. because of course you're drinking a chilled white while you're cooking, right?)

let all that saute together for a while and then mash it all up and serve.

that's ninel's recipe. and as simple as it sounds, it is completely awesome and we all love it totally.

here are some variations that we NC friends of ninel have come up with over the last 3 years:

into the sauteeing onions add 1 packet of sazon goya (you'll be able to find this easily if you live in a community with latinos).
also, one TBSP of chipotle chile pepper and 1 TBSP of ground cumin.

that last paragraph is not super important. it's not from ninel, after all, and she IS the mexican.

At 9:23 PM, Blogger OregonMuse said...

I would like to see the refried bean recipe, please. Ottavarima, will you post it here?

At 9:24 PM, Blogger OregonMuse said...

Looks like I was a minute late. Thanks Ottavarima.

At 9:26 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

can i just say that thunder is literally shaking the walls of my house?


hawk, i know you're in this, dude. are you already asleep?

At 9:29 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

muse, i hope you love it as much as i do. and i know you'll find your own variations!

(once, i grated a cup of really sharp cheddar cheese into the mix... oh holy man. not completely authentic, but totally good. more authentic would have been grated queso blanco, which you can get from costco, at least in durham.)

At 9:31 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...

Thanks, otta. I'll try it this weekend.

Have you ever used Adobo - it's a fantastic mexican spice for both chicken and beef. I buy it at the local grocery, no need to go to a specialty store.

At 9:37 PM, Blogger BrendaK said...


It's bedtime for me. Back to the client's office in the am.

Will we see the insane one back on teh rampage tomorrow?

Inquiring minds want to know! Or not.

At 9:40 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

I buy it at the local grocery, no need to go to a specialty store.

that's exactly why i love the goya stuff like recaito and sofrito!

if you live in certain communities, you don't have to look further than the corner grocery for the mexican specialties.

At 9:42 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...



we have lots of loud scary thunder here. is there no gerbil to keep me company?

At 9:44 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...



are you there?

At 9:46 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...



At 9:57 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

okay, then i'll just keep talking about the beans, because it's a bit scary here tonight.

it has to be the bush pinto beans.

ninel says that's very important and i (nor any of our friends) have never tried anything else.

so the bush pinto (not baked, not anything else) is very important. 27oz.

At 10:01 PM, Blogger OttavaRima said...

oh holy man.

we just lost power.

i'm running on battery now.


if you gerbils never hear from me again, it's not because i don't enjoy running on the wheel wichoo.

it's because, somehow this awful thundery, lack of electricity night did me in.

that's all i'm saying.

At 10:14 PM, Blogger OregonMuse said...

Don't panic, otta. There are no scary monsters in the dark. Just keep saying that to yourself.

There are no scary monsters in the dark.
There are no scary monsters in the dark.
There are no scary monsters in the dark....

At 10:50 PM, Blogger OregonMuse said...

hmmm... I notice that Deb has approved 7 comments to her latest post. So maybe she's back home from the holidays and is ready to rumble.

At 3:18 AM, Blogger SBH said...

Hm, so it's just me again?



So here's a health to the company,
and one to my lass
Let us drink and be merry all out of one glass.
Let us drink and be merry all grief to refrain..
For we mayn't... might never... all


Scratch that last line!

I'll see you all tomorrow! Or, later fact, it's almost daybreak back east. Zero-dark-thirty and all that. G'morning all! Wake up, it's...


Aw, heck. Bedtime for me.

Night all.

At 3:44 AM, Blogger Blizzardlane said...

What IS it with this "anonymous" (and I'm not convinced it's Deb, I think it's a fellow traveler on the road to Nowhere)? Cherry picking comments at PW and AoSHQ and stringing them together. Guess it hopes to make the commenters look stupid or paranoid.

But no new posts at Frischville. Maybe someone FedExed her a clue.

At 3:55 AM, Blogger BrendaK said...

I thought of something...anony is copying in those comments to have them to take to the RO hearing later this month.

She thinks she has to gather 'evidence' herself, and apparently has convinced herself that there is some kind of equivalence defense, i.e., 'See, Judge, how terrible those awful, awful people are on PW? So there!'

I think it's her, and given that she believes that she has to do these things herself and doesn't get that cut-n-paste is probably pretty much useless, I don't think she actually has a lawyer anymore. Or she has one and isn't consulting him/her.

At 4:13 AM, Blogger Blizzardlane said...

Deb never has understood that by "moderating" comments to the extent that she does -- cherry picking herself what goes on the page and then replying within the comments themselves -- she is proving nothing to anyone except that she fails at Teh Interwebs.

At 4:17 AM, Blogger Blizzardlane said...

And I hate to gainsay honest emotions about the loss of a dog but she's ridden that poor husky's bones long enough. Is she trying to set up a defense based on some kind of PTSD -- "my dog died so I can't control my behavior"? The dog died MONTHS ago.

At 4:18 AM, Blogger BrendaK said...

blizzard -

I have to wonder what under-utilized portion of her brain thinks AOS commentary has to do with her case, anyway.

Maybe she thinks AOS and PW are really run by the same person. It's a conspiracy...a conspiracy to GET DEB (dun-dun-duuuuuuuun)!

Gotta get ready to hit traffic for work...later!

At 4:20 AM, Blogger BrendaK said...

blizzard -

Just read your latest - at least the 'doggie died and I lost my mind' defense is better than the 'Bush was elected and I lost my mind' defense, in terms of elapsed time.

Ok, really bye now.

At 4:41 AM, Blogger Blizzardlane said...

Enjoy your day, BrendaK!

While I'm in a mood to thrash DF's "anonymous" clipster, here's an example of editing. Please excuse the length, Sinner:

This is its post at dF:

milk comes from my nipples and is then slurped down my son’s throat. When I’m not hiding under the tot’s crib, that is.

Posted by Jeff Goldstein | permalink
on 09/02 at 03:01 PM

Posted by at September 2, 2006 03:45 PM

This is the post that came from on PW:

Forgive Little Thom. To him, Sadly, No! is an encyclopedia, and “Retardo Montalban” a modern-day Samuel Johnson.

For the umpteenth time. I invited one guy—one (I could be wrong, maybe there were two, but I only recall one)—to take a crotch cross to the temple. And that was after he suggested that milk comes from my nipples and is then slurped down my son’s throat. When I’m not hiding under the tot’s crib, that is.

It seemed to me—and it still does, incidentally, which is why I’ve never backed away from it—that a fine way to disabuse Kevin from (the guy I made the offer to) of the idea that I am, in fact, a lactating woman, is to remind him by laying a flaccid meat slap across his brow.

How this singular offer constitutes a “fascination” on my part is beyond me. In fact, I would venture to guess that today alone, Little Thom has introduced cockslapping into the conversation roughly half as many times as I ever have—and I suspect that the only site truly “fascinated” with cockslapping on the entire web (outside of certain specialty sites, I mean), is Sadly, No!

But try as you might to get my attention by consistently bringing up my fascination with cockslapping—which Retardo, for instance, does long, hard, and frighteningly often—it remains true that the only people who seem to dwell on the practice hang out over there, and occasionally show up here to talk about my supposed inability not to talk about cockslapping. And they generally do so unprovoked. Like tittering little children who’ve learned a new dirty word.

So my advice is this: if you like it so much, Thom, use it. You don’t need me as a proxy any more. Open that fly, spread your winged thighs and let Little Thom swing, baby!

Posted by Jeff Goldstein | permalink
on 09/02 at 03:01 PM

A bit of misrepresentation, don't you think?

At 4:47 AM, Blogger Rabbit said...

I'm sticking with my prediction that she has some pent-up talking points we will see later today.

She will try to be serious (coyote crap or making money).
She will do another stupid poem and/or link from an old post.
But she will be bumping teh cycle & going off by tonight at the latest.

At 5:10 AM, Blogger BrendaK said...

Whoosh! Made it to work in record time...

If she is using that poor dogs death as a defense, she might keep in mind David Berkowitz. 'The dogs made me do it' didn't work out so well in his case.

At 5:31 AM, Blogger tesla said...

I was under the impression that the dog didn't die, I thought she ate it.


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