Happy Easter

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Happy Easter

What does the Easter Bunny get for making a basket?

Two points just like everyone else.

Mostly pics today on this Easter Sunday. Below the fold is the garden progression. I do this mainly as a record for me to mark my progress from one year to the next but feel free to look at them and offer commentary if the mood strikes you.

CrabAppleLane Louisiana Iris - April 20, 2014
CrabAppleLane Louisiana Iris - April 20, 2014
Too lazy this morning to go get something
to stand on for a better angle
The reds are my favorite
 
CrabAppleLane Louisiana Iris - April 20, 2014
CrabAppleLane Louisiana Iris - April 20, 2014
But the purples are nice, too
 
CrabAppleLane Louisiana Iris - April 20, 2014
CrabAppleLane Louisiana Iris - April 20, 2014
Even the pale ones
 
CrabAppleLane Big Leaf Magnolia - April 20, 2014
CrabAppleLane Big Leaf Magnolia - April 20, 2014
So far, so good
 
CrabAppleLane Garden - April 20, 2014
CrabAppleLane Garden - April 20, 2014
Happy Easter

137 days until football season ...

About today's QOTD: I knew the two didn't like each other but I didn't think it was quite that bad.

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:

  1. L'estasi dell'oro (The Ecstasy of Gold) [2004 Remaster] - Ennio Morricone - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  2. Wedding Bells - Lissie - Why You Runnin'
  3. For Your Love - The Yardbirds - Heart Full Of Soul And Other Hits
  4. Enter Sandman - Metallica - Black Album
  5. Burnin' For You - Blue Oyster Cult - Fire of Unknown Origin

Quote of the Day

 ... you should never say bad things about the dead, only good...Joan Crawford is dead...good.

Bette Davis

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "Whatever you're going to say in response to my posts, consider whether it's the sort of thing you would say to your host or their children if you'd been invited to someone's home for tea. If it isn't, then please don't say it here."

Orphan Black Season 2

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orphanblack2_c.jpgOrphan Black is BBC America's new darling franchise. It premiered last year and became a cult hit. Patton Oswalt was describing how he became a fan of the show. His experience was identical to mine. I was channel-surfing when I landed on BBC America because that's one of the stations I go to when nothing is on. It's how I found Waking The Dead, Coupling, Wire in the Blood, Luther, etc. While the big American networks are putting out mostly junk aka reality TV, the cable/satellite stations are making quality "scripted" television. I digress. Anyway, Oswalt explained that he was watching the opening scene. I was watching it at exactly the same time. It was not first run. BBC America was replaying the first six episodes. I suppose they were trying to find an audience for it. That scene was brilliant and I think that's how we both got hooked.

Sarah sees her doppelganger, Beth, step in front of an oncoming train. After the initial shock, Sarah then goes through Beth's things and decides to use her good fortune to assume Beth's identity because she thinks Beth had it better than her and because, well, Sarah is a thief. The further she delves into Beth's life, though, the more fascinating the show gets. Beth and Sarah weren't the only doppelgangers. There are a whole bunch of them and most are being monitored by various nebulous agencies and groups. That story is only part of the fun. The real fun is watching Tatiana Maslany portray all of these distinctly different women. Not only does she do so superbly and believably but she is sometimes called upon to have one of her characters portray another one. She is phenomenal and this show is a blast. They'll have no problem finding an audience this year. Season 2 starts tonight. I'm in.

138 days until football season ...

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:

  1. Valleri - The Monkees - More of the Monkees
  2. Bad Medicine - Bon Jovi - New Jersey
  3. Rainbow In the Dark - Dio - Holy Diver
  4. Little Lion Man (Live) - Mumford & Sons - The Road to Red Rocks
  5. Lil' Red Riding Hood - Laura Gibson - Little Red Riding Hood

Quote of the Day

Okay, let's talk nature. Out of nine so far, one's a psycho who killed four others, one committed suicide, one is a bloody soccer-mum, and then there's you. My crazy sister is sane by comparison.

Felix Dawkins, Orphan Black

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "Graeme Manson really needed to be cloned this season. As executive producer and showrunner of Orphan Black, there's never enough of him to go around."

Out of the blue

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CrabAppleLane Indigo Buntings - April 15, 2014
CrabAppleLane Indigo Buntings - April 15, 2014

CrabAppleLane Backyard - April 13, 2014

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CrabAppleLane Backyard - April 13, 2014
CrabAppleLane Backyard - April 13, 2014
Through my office window. They won't let me come outside to
photograph them. I count five Indigo Buntings, three Mourning Doves,
one Blue Grossbeak, one Red-Bellied Woodpecker, and I think the little
brown one is a female Indigo Bunting but it could also be a Chipping Sparrow.
Hard to tell from this image.

4122014a.jpgDid a stint as a volunteer yesterday at the French Quarter Festival. I helped man a beverage booth on the river. We served Mimosas, Margaritas, red and white wine, bottled water, and other assorted mixed drinks (No Bloody Marys or Daquiris, though). We also had these for sale. There are three flavors: Cola, Cranberry, and Pineapple. We had an equal number of all three when we started but we ran out of the pineapple in about an hour and there were more than a few people disappointed about that. In the image to the left, our booth is at the far right. If you click on it, the enlarged version shows our entire menu and the prices. Not bad for an iPhone pic.

We could have sold a lot of Bloody Marys but they were being served at another booth and Daquiris had their own booth. Could have sold a few beers, too. Even though the big music stage was about 100 yards to our right and another music stage was about 100 yards to our left, we still had a few regular customers where we were. They came back to us a few times in the 4½ hours we were there. Pretty cool. The two tip jars did very well. ALL tips go to help pay for the bands. All of the bands are local and at least two of them that I heard yesterday were fantastic. Got to hear about 20 minutes of Chris Mule' and the Perpetrators at the Old US Mint. They were very good but I think the one I passed on Decatur Street as I was heading to the Mint, whose name I never heard, was even better. 

Our booth was next to Broussard's, who was serving Smoked Duck & Mushroom Strudel, Seared Bay Scallops, and Bananas Foster. The aromas emanating from there were just killing us. Unfortunately, their line was ridiculous when I got out so I went off to find food AND family elsewhere. I had a good time and will probably do that again next year.

About today's QOTD: I don't know why we need to give it a fancy name like "intimate femicide". Doing so almost excuses it. It's murder. Pistorius lost his temper and murdered his girlfriend. He's only sorry now because he got caught and no one believes his bullshit story.

I offer a few images from around the yard today:

CrabAppleLane Grill - April 13, 2014
CrabAppleLane Grill - April 13, 2014
Too nice a day not to do something on the deck
The thing I like about boneless, skinless
chicken thighs is that they can go from the
freezer to the grill without bothering to thaw
and they come out delicious
 
CrabAppleLane Tung Nut Blossoms - April 13, 2014
CrabAppleLane Tung Nut Blossoms - April 13, 2014
They're just littering the ground - Love it
 
CrabAppleLane Tomato Bushes - April 13, 2014
CrabAppleLane Tomato Bushes - April 13, 2014
They gained a little height since last week
but added quite a bit bushiness
Hate the way FlickR digitizes green
 
CrabAppleLane Big Leaf Magnolia - April 13, 2014
CrabAppleLane Big Leaf Magnolia - April 13, 2014
We have leaves now

144 days until football season ...

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:

  1. Midnight Ride - Styx - Equinox
  2. How You Remind Me - Nickelback - Silver Side Up
  3. Chicago - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - 4 Way Street
  4. Born To Run - Bruce Springsteen - Rock: The Train Kept A Rollin'
  5. Shout - Tears For Fears - Tears Roll Down (Greatest Hits 82-92)

Quote of the Day

Statistics compiled by the Medical Research Council at the University of Cape Town show that three women a day are killed by their domestic partners. Rates of "intimate femicide" - the term used to describe a category of murder - are five times higher in South Africa than the world average.

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "She Goes Crazy"

Friday Fritters

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CrabAppleLane Birdbath - April 11, 2014
CrabAppleLane Birdbath - April 11, 2014
Very pleased with this image although
not as pleased as the subject seems to be
 
CrabAppleLane Cardinals - April 11, 2014
CrabAppleLane Cardinals - April 11, 2014
Those ones in St Louis got nothing on us
 
CrabAppleLane Chickadee - April 11, 2014
CrabAppleLane Chickadee - April 11, 2014
Househunters abound
Chickadee or Bluebird, rent stays the same
 
CrabAppleLane Louisiana Irises - April 11, 2014
CrabAppleLane Louisiana Irises - April 11, 2014
 
CrabAppleLane Big Leaf Magnolia - April 11, 2014
CrabAppleLane Big Leaf Magnolia - April 11, 2014
 
CrabAppleLane Birdbath - April 11, 2014
CrabAppleLane Birdbath - April 11, 2014
Chickadee and Tufted Titmouse taking turns
 
CrabAppleLane Birdbath - April 11, 2014
CrabAppleLane Birdbath - April 11, 2014
Chickadee and Tufted Titmouse taking turns
 
CrabAppleLane Indigo Bunting - April 11, 2014
CrabAppleLane Indigo Bunting - April 11, 2014
They're here in pretty good numbers but they scatter when
I go outside. This was taken through my office window.
 
 

Today's plans were postponed. More on that another day. In lieu of those original plans, the postponement allowed me to get outside in the yard and get a few things done. Put down a third round of fertilizer on the tomatoes and peppers, got some corn and carrots planted, and got some weeding done in two gardens. The tomato and pepper plants have really caught their stride. They look very good today.

About today's QOTD: Seriously, questioning the credibility of professional sports franchises? What's the point of that? They have never been paragons of credibility. They are simply masters of leverage.  

146 days until football season ...

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:

  1. Stargazer - Rainbow - Rising
  2. Roll On Down The Highway - Bachman-Turner Overdrive - The Anthology
  3. Move Over - Janis Joplin - Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits
  4. That's The Way I've Always Heard - Carly Simon - Carly Simon
  5. '39 - Queen - A Night At The Opera

Quote of the Day

But Peter Pattakos, the leader of the anti-sin tax coalition, said Friday there's no public evidence that the teams can't afford to absorb increased costs without raising prices.

"The teams cannot credibly say the market won't bear a change like this if we don't know what their profits are," he said.

Andrew J Tobias, Cleveland Plain Dealer

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "The talk, however, shifted to an image captured on Red Sox television that showed a smudge on his pitching hand. Red Sox broadcasters wondered if it might have been pine tar. Suddenly, Pineda found himself at the middle of a baseball-doctoring controversy that zoomed around social media last night."

That image looks conclusive to me. -Rob

French Quarter - French Quarter Fest - April 10, 2014
French Quarter - French Quarter Fest - April 10, 2014
 
French Quarter - French Quarter Fest - April 10, 2014
French Quarter - French Quarter Fest - April 10, 2014
As you can see by these first two images, we don't assign names
to people in New Orleans any more. I asked for camera man but it
was already taken. Got stuck with bad knees guy.
 
French Quarter - French Quarter Fest - April 10, 2014
French Quarter - French Quarter Fest - April 10, 2014
 
French Quarter - French Quarter Fest - April 10, 2014
French Quarter - French Quarter Fest - April 10, 2014
 
French Quarter - French Quarter Fest - April 10, 2014
French Quarter - French Quarter Fest - April 10, 2014
 
Big Al - French Quarter Fest - April 10, 2014
Big Al - French Quarter Fest - April 10, 2014
Big Al has been on the New Orleans music scene
for a very long time. Saw him for the first time many years
ago at The House of Blues.
 
Big Al Carson & the Blues Masters - French Quarter Fest - April 10, 2014
Big Al Carson & the Blues Masters - French Quarter Fest - April 10, 2014
Music in the foreground
River business as usual in the background
 
CrabAppleLane Big-Leaf Magnolia - April 10, 2014
CrabAppleLane Big-Leaf Magnolia - April 10, 2014
Seems to be using a lot of
energy to sprout these two leaves
 
CrabAppleLane Ruby-Throated Hummingbird - April 10, 2014
CrabAppleLane Ruby-Throated Hummingbird - April 10, 2014
This hummingbird has claimed this feeder for himself.
He fends off all comers
 
CrabAppleLane Ruby-Throated Hummingbird - April 10, 2014
CrabAppleLane Ruby-Throated Hummingbird - April 10, 2014
"Mine"

We took the day off to enjoy French Quarter Festival 2014. Allow me some radnom thoughts. The festival kicked off at 11AM local time. We ordered perfect weather and somehow got it. No sense in playing the Powerball tonight. We've used up all of our luck. We left earlier this year than ever. One of the people meeting us there had another committment later in the morning. Kinda glad we got the early start, though. One of the major parking lots for the French Quarter was re-tasked for some of the various booths. Parking, already insufficient in my view, got worse. Breakfast this year was nothing special. Mine wasn't bad but just about everyone else at our table was disappointed. Festival food was excellent, though. Shrimp Regua from Antoine's and Crawfish and Goat Cheese Crepes from Muriel's. Teh Shrimp Regua was good but not quite as good as last year. Those Crepes are just fantastic. Muriel's always, always has the longest line but it moves fast. It's a tremendous tribute to them considering the restaurants represented at this festival. The stage we decided to park in front of was perfect for my tastes. There was a tree obstructing my view but it was also providing shade. Combine that with a nice breeze off the Mississippi River and you have the start of a great festival day. We even bought some souvenirs. Bag checks were performed when you entered the river areas. Yet another sad sign of the times.

About today's QOTD: In case you're the only person on the planet who hadn't heard, Colbert will be David Letterman's replacement. I like Jimmy Fallon better but I don't watch much late night TV. One of the other potential candidates mentioned was Tina Fey. I can't picture her taking a job opposite her SNL pal.

147 days until football season ...

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:

  1. Tomorrow's Dream - Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath Vol. 4
  2. Hello There - Cheap Trick - Cheap Trick
  3. Scarborough Fair/Canticle - Simon & Garfunkel - Simon & Garfunkel's Greatest Hits
  4. Achilles Last Stand - Led Zeppelin - Presence
  5. All Mixed Up - The Cars - The Cars

Quote of the Day

I won't be doing the new show in character, so we'll all get to find out how much of him was me. I'm looking forward to it.

Stephen Colbert

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "Edward Frenkel is an author, filmmaker, mathematician and professor of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley. His book, "Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality" (2013), was named one of the Best Books of the Year by both Amazon and iBooks."

CrabAppleLane Sunday - 4 weeks on

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TempleOfDoom.jpgIndiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was the Saturday night feature at CrabAppleLane. I now have it on Blu-Ray. While it certainly wasn't as good as its predecessor, that's OK by me. That bar was unreachable. This film is a lot closer to traditional CME, even down to some obvious goofs. Still, the story was fun and I have always loved the mine cars sequence. I also noticed Dan Aykroyd for the first time ever in this viewing. By far the worst film in the series, it's still not a bad way to pass the time. The hate it gets is undeserved.

Seems to me that the NFL with its reams of rules and bylaws would have a succession plan in place for each of its 32 franchises. Apparently, not so. When 95yr-old Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson died, it was not immediately known who even owned the team. How was that allowed to happen in today's NFL, where absolutely everything is monitored and controlled? Ultimately, his wife assumed control of the team but she has no interest in it. She plans to sell. I'm sure there will be interest but I am also certain that Buffalo will be hearing about their small market size and their outdated stadium. They'll also have to listen to every prospective owner sidestep the issue of keeping the team there long term. Welcome to today's NFL. Good Luck, Buffalo.

CrabAppleLane Spring Garden - April 6, 2014
CrabAppleLane Spring Garden - April 6, 2014
It was a very good week
 
CrabAppleLane Tomato - April 6, 2014
CrabAppleLane Tomato - April 6, 2014
Sickly tomato bush recovered quite nicely
 
CrabAppleLane Pepper - April 6, 2014
CrabAppleLane Pepper - April 6, 2014
Nice growth spurt this week
 
CrabAppleLane Azalea - April 6, 2014
CrabAppleLane Azalea - April 6, 2014
Love white azaleas
 
CrabAppleLane Tung Nut - April 6, 2014
CrabAppleLane tung nut - April 6, 2014
You need to see this closeup
 
CrabAppleLane Tung Nut - April 6, 2014
CrabAppleLane Tung Nut - April 6, 2014
To appreciate them in context
 
CrabAppleLane Bluebird Househunter - April 6, 2014
CrabAppleLane Bluebird Househunter - April 6, 2014
Checking out the neighborhood ... and the landlord
 
CrabAppleLane Bluebird Househunter - April 6, 2014
CrabAppleLane Bluebird Househunter - April 6, 2014
Still checking

CrabAppleLane Bluebird Househunter - April 6, 2014
CrabAppleLane Bluebird Househunter - April 6, 2014
Still thinking. It's a big decision.
 
CrabAppleLane Cardinal - April 6, 2014
CrabAppleLane Cardinal - April 6, 2014

151 days until football season ...

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:

  1. Paper In Fire - John Mellencamp - The Lonesome Jubilee
  2. Speedway At Nazareth - Mark Knopfler - Sailing To Philadelphia
  3. Heartless - Adrien Reju - A Million Hearts
  4. Man On the Silver Mountain - Rainbow - Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
  5. Live Wire - Starz - Starz

Quote of the Day

So what are you supposed to be, a lion tamer?

Willie Scott, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "I agree with Roger that this is not as good as Raiders, but then again, what is? Temple of Doom stands on its own as a very good, perhaps a great movie. Great action scenes in a very exciting adventure."

A Good Week

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CrabAppleLane Tomato Bush - April 5, 2014
CrabAppleLane Tomato Bush - April 5, 2014
The garden had a great week
 
CrabAppleLane Big Leaf Magnolia - April 5, 2014
CrabAppleLane Big Leaf Magnolia - April 5, 2014
About to sprout its first leaf, I hope
 
CrabAppleLane Louisiana Iris - April 5, 2014
CrabAppleLane Louisiana Iris - April 5, 2014
They're starting to bloom
A hummingbird going from one to the next inspired me to get out the camera
Could only get a blurry shot of her before she took off
Will try again tomorrow
 
CrabAppleLane Fig Trees - April 5, 2014
CrabAppleLane Fig Trees - April 5, 2014
They have grown and thrived since I planted them (See image below)
They have the aroma of a fig tree
They have yet to produce a fig

CrabAppleLane Fig Trees - May 16, 2010
CrabAppleLane Fig Trees - May 16, 2010
 
CrabAppleLane Backyard - April 5, 2014
CrabAppleLane Backyard - April 5, 2014
Loving the spring

The Saints signed Champ Bailey this week. If he has anything left in the tank, it's a good signing. His professionalism is bound to rub off on the young players in the Saints locker room. The Saints are betting that his struggles last season are due to the injuries he was fighting through. They're not expecting him to be the superstar he once was. What's the worst that could happen? He retires or gets cut. I don't think the move precludes them from drafting another DB. In fact, I fully expect them to draft at least one and maybe two. You can't have too many good ones in the NFL.

Good Luck, Jim Kelly. I only saw him play once. I was there in the SuperDome. The Saints were 11-3 and on a tear. They had a ferocious pass rush led by Pat Swilling and Hall-of-Famer Rickey Jackson. This was in the days when the quarterback could get hit a lot more than they can today. Jim Kelly got hit that day, folks. They sacked him four times but they hit him a whole lot more than that. You would never know that by the way he played. They won. He was as tough as nails. He needs that toughness now more than ever. I wish him nothing but the best. I have the utmost respect for that guy. He's much too young to be fighting this battle. 

152 days until football season ...

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Easy Listening Playlist:

  1. Knowing Me, Knowing You - ABBA - Gold
  2. Total Eclipse Of The Heart - Bonnie Tyler - Love Bites: More Romantic Power Ballads
  3. All For You - Sister Hazel - ...Somewhere More Familiar
  4. Video Games - Lana Del Rey - Video Games - EP
  5. Let Her Go - Passenger - All the Little Lights

Quote of the Day

My big battle is Monday when I go in to start my radiation and chemo. I hope when it's all over they get everything, but right now we're praying for a miracle.

Jim Kelly

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "Kelly's daughters have posted poignant photos of their dad on social media as support has pour in.

The one at the link breaks my heart. -Rob

Countdown

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To French Quarter Fest. It starts next Thursday and runs through Sunday. We haven't finalized our plans yet but we'll be attending on at least one of the days. Looking forward to it. It's always a good time.

Took two classes for work yesterday. They were both relevant to what I do, which was a nice change. :) I found myself squirming in one of them, though. I can sit still and stay engaged for a good 90-minute movie with no problem but I'm not so good at sitting still for a long class any more. If you find some of my old school teachers, they might tell you I was never very good at it. The class I'm talking about ran almost two hours in the middle of my work day, which surely contributed to the squirming. I'm sure that's what it was.

Tragedy all around at Fort Hood .. again.

154 days until football season ...

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:

  1. Ho Hey - The Lumineers - The Lumineers
  2. Fever - Peggy Lee - iTunes Download
  3. The Boy Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn - Alison Krauss & Union Station - Live
  4. Chevy Van - Sammy Johns - Chevy Van
  5. Snoopy vs. The Red Baron - The Royal Guardsmen - Snoopy vs. the Red Barron / Snoopy and His Friends

Quote of the Day

The incident ended in a standoff with military police when law enforcement officers said the suspect put his hands up in the air and then reached under his jacket to pull out a gun before he fatally turned the weapon on himself.

David Taintor and Amanda Sakuma, MSNBC News

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "The larger principle should be kept in mind for future crises--namely, the U.S. and the West don't have to respond to challenges on the terms set by the countries challenging them."

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