CrabAppleLane Saturday Stuff

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Just tiny tidbits for today:

Starting to formulate a new email strategy here. I am just receiving entirely too much junk email and spam at all of my addresses despite all of the defenses employed here. I'm deleting over 100 messages per day. I have one address that I have never given out and it is the only one that has been spared. Any ideas? I have unlimited email boxes here.

Winter came to CrabAppleLane this week in the form of rain and near-freezing temps. The wood pellet stove was used for the first time this Thursday night and it will get a busy workout this weekend ... after I clean it. It's still cold outside.

Had a "Wellness" visit with my doctor yesterday. Not sure what was different about it. Seemed like any other checkip to me. Got a flu shot and will go back in a couple of weeks for a pneumonia shot. The Humira I take lowers my ability to fight off infection so it makes sense to me to get that new one-time shot.

Found today's QOTD on Muriel's Facebook page. Love it. Put the link in for laughs, I suppose. Muriel's is very prolific in their FB postings and you may have to scroll a while to find it.

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:

  1. Honky Tonk Woman - Humble Pie - A&M Records Classics Vol. 14
  2. Now I'm Here - Queen - Sheer Heart Attack
  3. Straight Shootin' Woman - Steppenwolf - All Time Greatest Hits
  4. Ashes to Diamonds - Tom Cochrane & Red Rider - Tom Cochrane And Red Rider
  5. Crimson And Clover - Tommy James & The Shondells - Rock 'n Roll Relix 1968-1969

Quote of the Day

The nature of New Orleans is to encourage the optimum development of New Orleanians: It's an environment for a specific life-form, a dreamy, lazy, sentimental, musical one, prey to hallucinations (not visions), tolerant, indolent, and gifted at story telling. This goes against the very grain of American civilization as we know it. We live incongruously in the way of the thrifty, Puritan America whose concerns are driven by the logic of economies and planning. We and our ways, are marked for elimination; there is no room in an efficient future for what we embody. This is a city of night, fog and mud, the three elements against which all the might of America is mobilized.

Andrei Codrescu, New Orleans Mon Amour, Twenty Years of Writing From The City

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "Wine has been produced in Canberra for more than 160 years, but it's only in the past 40 years the region has truly shined. If cool climate, food friendly styles are what you crave, you've come to the right place."

interstellar.jpgPatsy and I took in Interstellar at the local Imax theater yesterday morning. NO spoilers allowed here. I will attempt to give some information about the film without giving anything away. I decided to see it based on the previews and the cast. If you plan to see it, I highly recommend paying the few extra bucks and maybe driving a few extra miles to see it at a true Imax theater. It is a BIG movie and it should be seen that way. The film covers a lot of ground and if you can keep up with the science and the physics of the film, more power to you. It's about so much more than that. It's about family relationships and time spent. It's also got some amazing, spectacular visuals. It's got a, ahem, stellar cast. About that cast: Mackenzie Foy and Jessica Chastain were absolutely perfect for each other. The filmmakers could not have done better on that score. You'll see why if/when you see it. We both loved it.

LSU lost a heartbreaker last night to Alabama in Tiger Stadium. They're a young team who doesn't quite know how to finish against strong teams. Alabama was aided by a truly questionable call on their last drive to tie the game. A catch for a first down looked like a trap. They were also aided by a highly questionable unsportsmanlike penalty. If both teams are tussling after the play late in a highly emotional football game, you just can't throw a flag on only one of the teams.

About Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice: Rice is appealing his indefinite suspension. I think he has a case and his suspension will likely be lifted. Not sure that helps him much. He's been cut by his team and the current NFL climate is not conducive for another team to sign him. Maybe next year after he's completed counseling, agrees to a minimum contract, and the public has moved on to other things. Maybe. Adrian Peterson is waiting on the NFL to decide if they're going to pile on additional discipline now that his legal troubles have been resolved. My guess is the NFL will impose more discipline and it will probably be at least the rest of this season. It figures to be severe for one reason. Ray Rice. Rice punched his fiancé in the face and knocked her out. He told officials what he did. Video later surfaced showing what he did. He didn't lie about it. What he said he did is what he did. It appalled everyone. As bad as it was, many people think that what Adrian Peterson did was worse. Now, thanks to Ray Rice, people are imagining what the video that would go with Peterson beating up his 4yr-old would look like. I think AP is done for this season.

Saints take on the 49ers in the Superdome in about an hour. Both teams are pretty desperate but I agree with everyone who thinks the 49ers are more desperate. The Saints could lose this game and still have a decent chance at winning the NFC South. The 49ers are looking at trying to keep up with wildcard teams at this point and a loss would really hurt those chances. The Saints have got to take care of the ball today. The 49ers defense is rugged but they will wear down if the Saints offense sustains and finishes drives. Wouldn't hurt for the Saints D to create a few turnovers, though.

Will deal with the dead battery in my truck after the game. Not a great time for this to happen. Why can't I win the PowerBall right before these things come up?

The CrabAppleLane Backyard was buzzing this morning. Jonathan Crow called a meeting of deer to order. Four turned up. I cannot get over how long and hard I had to look to find any reference to Jonathan Crow on the web this morning. I loved those books in grammar school and they were definitely popular. Our Lady of Perpetual Help had lots of them. Wonder why they're out of favor now. Maybe they just went out of print. One of the many great things about electronic readers is that nothing should EVER go out of print any more.   

CrabAppleLane Wildlife - November 9, 2014
CrabAppleLane Wildlife - November 9, 2014
 
CrabAppleLane Wildlife - November 9, 2014
CrabAppleLane Wildlife - November 9, 2014
 
CrabAppleLane Wildlife - November 9, 2014
CrabAppleLane Wildlife - November 9, 2014
 
CrabAppleLane Wildlife - November 9, 2014
CrabAppleLane Wildlife - November 9, 2014
 
CrabAppleLane Wildlife - November 9, 2014
CrabAppleLane Wildlife - November 9, 2014

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:

  1. People Who Died - The Jim Carroll Band - Catholic Boy
  2. Bring On the Wonder (Featuring Sarah McLachlan) - Susan Enan - Bones (Original Television Soundtrack)
  3. Black Betty - Ram Jam - Hard N' Heavy: 70's Greatest Rock Hits, Vol. 1
  4. Aqualung - Jethro Tull - Aqualung
  5. Mr. Bojangles - The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy

Quote of the Day

When I learned from the 50-page file that my former school teacher, who was a close friend of my parents, and a school mate spied on me, the friendships ended quickly.

Mark Reiche, 36

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "New Orleans is a difficult place for a rookie center to make his second NFL start. Martin will have to battle the cacophony of the Louisiana Superdome along with a talented Saints defensive line that includes nine-year veteran nose tackle Brodrick Bunkley."

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CrabAppleLane Sunday - November 2, 2014

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CrabAppleLane Blue Ginger - November 2, 2014
CrabAppleLane Blue Ginger - November 2, 2014
 
CrabAppleLane Big Leaf Magnolia - November 2, 2014
CrabAppleLane Big Leaf Magnolia - November 2, 2014
 
CrabAppleLane Backyard - November 2, 2014
CrabAppleLane Backyard - November 2, 2014

Had our first freeze warning last night. Slept with windows open. Turned out to be a false alarm but I moved the big leaf magnolia inside anyway. Too much time and money invested in it. Patsy's been watering it and it now looks like some roots are exposed. The goal is to get it through the winter and plant it in the spring in its permanent spot. About the third image: It appears the color brown tends to get digitized as much as the color green does. I guess I'll have to give those shots more thought. Tends to happen at lower resolutions.

Gasoline was $2.84 per gallon this afternoon. Could get used to this.

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:

  1. Incense and Peppermint - Strawberry Alarm Clock - Incense & Peppermints
  2. Windy - The Association - Super Hits 1967
  3. Moonshadow - Cat Stevens - Cat Stevens: Greatest Hits
  4. Paranoid - Black Sabbath - Paranoid
  5. Waitin' for the Bus - ZZ Top - The Best of ZZ Top

Quote of the Day

The United Nations says the world can affordably fight climate change - if governments agree to completely stop carbon emissions by 2100, that is.

Jane C Timm, MSNBC.com

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "Will we ever see the Senate's 6,000 page report on CIA torture without someone leaking it?"

Not much mystery which side of the spectrum that question comes from. -Rob

All Saints Day

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It was on this day, All Saints Day, in 1966 that the NFL awarded a franchise to the City of New Orleans and John Mecom Jr: The New Orleans Saints. 48 years. Where does the time go?

Speaking of the Saints, Sean Payton let the NFL know what he thinks of scheduling his team for a Thursday Night road game after a Sunday Night game. "Foolish" was the word he used publicly but I think he had some better words on the sidelines. To his and his team's credit, they won both games and waited until after doing so to level that legitimate criticism. I don't think the NFL schedulers did this intentionally but I think more of this is going to happen as the league continues trying to produce wall-to-wall football. The NFL should reduce the Thursday Night schedule to the season opener and the Thanksgiving games and for the Thanksgiving games, the schedulers should ensure the three home teams play the previous game on the road and the three visiting teams play the previous game at home. All six teams will have travel after their last game that way. If the NFL really gave a rat's ass about player safety, there would be no Thursday games except the season opener, all Monday night games would be followed by a bye for both teams, and there would be no games played on subpar fields in London, Landover, Chicago, and Oakland. There will still be injuries because that's the nature of the game but the league can control known factors that cause injuries like fatigue and poor playing surfaces. Yeah, dream on ...

Finally, I don't know if the Saints have turned the corner on this season because the defense didn't do a whole lot to stop Green Bay last Sunday. They did keep them out of the endzone after the first drive in the first half so there's that, I suppose. We'll never know what might have happened had Aaron Rodgers not tweaked a hamstring early in the 3rd quarter. They also kept Carolina out of the endzone for most of the night, too, but Carolina is very limited offensively. The Panthers have Cam Newton whose legs are still much more of a threat than his arm. Thursday Night's game was the second time I saw Cam Newton turn on the jets and outrun a fast guy who was charging him. From a dead stop, he turned around and outran a hard-charging Patrick Robinson to the endzone. Robinson is one of the fastest guys the Saints have. When Newton was at Auburn, he did the exact same thing to Patrick Peterson, then with LSU. Newton has a burst of speed similar to that of Deion Sanders except Cam is 6'5" and 250lbs. I digress. All of this said, the Saints have put themselves back in a position to be a factor in the NFC. The offense is starting to find a rhythm, the defense is starting to make some plays, and the special teams still basically suck but, overall, I think the team can improve. If you look at the NFC and see any team who is scary right now, let me know because I surely don't.

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:

  1. Nostalgia - Wallander Theme - Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo - Wallender Soundtrack - 36 plays - 2010
  2. Is It Like Today - Eliza Gilkyson - Paradise Hotel - 29 plays - 2005
  3. Wayfaring Stranger - Red Horse - Red Horse - 28 plays - 2010
  4. Back from the Grave - Chromatics - Kill for Love - 27 plays - 2012
  5. Kicks - Mark Lindsey, Paul Revere & The Raiders - 20th Century Rocks: 60's Rock Bands - 25 plays - 1966

 Quote of the Day

At the end of the day, it's baloney. Do you think it's fair to play a night game and then turn around and travel and play on a Thursday? Being conscious of player safety, why would you do that?

Zach Strief, New Orleans Saints

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "While standing on the sidelines last night near the Saints bench, I looked over at Sean Payton who was reading his large play card, looking over which plays to call next. On top of the card in hand written bold red letters and underlined was the word "TEMPO"."

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CrabAppleLane Sunday - Halloween Week

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CrabAppleLane Purple Finch - October 26, 2014
CrabAppleLane Purple Finch - October 26, 2014
 
CrabAppleLane Wildlife - October 26, 2014
CrabAppleLane Wildlife - October 26, 2014
 
CrabAppleLane Wildlife - October 26, 2014
CrabAppleLane Wildlife - October 26, 2014
 
CrabAppleLane Wildlife - October 26, 2014
CrabAppleLane Wildlife - October 26, 2014

Who needs fake creepy crawlies for Halloween when you have the real thing? Although you might have trouble distinguishing them, those spiders are not the same. They're different colors and they're both in massive webs. The top one (Second image) is about 10 feet in the air. Its web extends from the ground to the southeastern edge of our house's roof (18 feet or so). The next one is about 8 feet in the air and its web extends from further out on the ground to the southwestern edge of the same roof. The purple finch was resting, I think, when the dummy photographer disturbed it. We call the bee in the last image a "bumble bee". Doubt it's the proper name. It's about 5 times the size of an ordinary honeybee.

LSU and Ole Miss played a terrific game last night in Tiger Stadium. The Tigers are truly coming into their own and figure to cause a lot of trouble to Alabama, Arkansas, and Texas A & M. They're still making too many mistakes but their great running game and their athleticism is starting to pay off. Also, condolences to Les Miles on the passing of his Mom.

The Saints take on the Packers tonight in the SuperDome. Everyone in the Saints division lost today so a win would be a tremendous help, especially with a short week coming up. They travel to Charlotte for a Thursday night tilt with the Panthers. Still, the Packers are playing very well and Aaron Rodgers makes almost zero mistakes.

The Giants have to like their chances tonight with Madison Bumgarner on the mound. I had the Royals in six but I think this series now goes the distance. Too bad they're up against the Saints and Packers. I'll flip back and forth a bit but my mind is on football.

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:

  1. Home - Phillip Phillips - The World From The Side Of The Moon - 2012
  2. Choctaw Hayride - Alison Krauss & Union Station - Live - 2002
  3. Rainbow In the Dark - Dio - Holy Diver - 1983
  4. Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones - Hot Rocks - 1971
  5. Because The Night - The Patti Smith Group - Easter - 1978

Quote of the Day

The Tigers have won 24 games under Miles when trailing in the fourth quarter. And this one came hours after Miles' mother died. Martha Miles passed away Friday evening. She was 91.

"Miss ya, Mom," Miles said afterward.

Baton Rouge Morning Advocate

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "New Orleans is always dangerous at home, however, and they have not lost a night game at home since early on in the 2008 season. The Saints' defense is struggling mightily, though, and should provide Aaron Rodgers and company with plenty of opportunities to put points on the board."

CrabAppleLane Backyard Wildlife - October 19, 2014
CrabAppleLane Backyard Wildlife - October 19, 2014
One of three deer eating Patsy's whole corn
 
CrabAppleLane Backyard Wildlife - October 19, 2014
CrabAppleLane Backyard Wildlife - October 19, 2014
The other two deer are obscured behind the
Texas Star Hibiscus. One is significantly smaller
than the other two.

It's a beautiful fall morning here at CrabAppleLane. Will have to get out in it after the Saints game.

What you have in this year's Fall Classic is two teams who won't quit. The Giants and Royals both play hard until the last out. Both teams had to play a wildcard elimination game. The Giants will have to do more damage against the Royals starters in this series. Unlike the Cardinals bullpen, who completely imploded, the Royals bullpen has been on fire. It will be the difference. Royals in six. 

Saints v Lions today in Detroit. We are five games into the Saints season and no one seems to know what is wrong with them. The defense has been pretty horrible. They can't get off the field on third downs, can't produce turnovers, can't tackle, can't cover, and can't hold a lead. The offense has sputtered at the worst possible times mainly when the defense really needed some help. The special teams have produced nothing. The bye week came at a good time but the schedule is harder the rest of the way. The good news is that every team has shown serious flaws this season. There is still tme to make some noise. Would like to see a little of it today against Saints North. The Lions have 8 players or coaches with Saints ties. The most notable, of course, is Reggie Bush.

The blockbuster trade this week sends Percy Harvin from the Seahawks to the Jets. The only thing we know, for sure, is that this move had little to do with his on-field production. One might say he wasn't on the field enough and that's fair but he hasn't missed a game this year so why the move now? The Seahawks gave up a king's ransom to get him and then gave him up for a song a little more than a year later. If anyone thinks model team player Percy Harvin is going to be happy on a 1-6 team with a lousy quarterback or landing this very expensive, very moody, very fragile player is anything but a Hail Mary from the Jets, well, I know this bridge ...

It's upgrade weekend at CrabAppleLane leading into inventory week at work. Upgraded Quicken and iTunes this weekend. No issues so far but I didn't really expect any. Those two software companies are models of the most painless upgrades. Quite amazing since iTunes is so closely related to ios for iPhones and iPads, which are some of the most frustrating upgrades.

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:

  1. Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones - Hot Rocks, 1964-1971 - 1969
  2. Lil' Red Riding Hood - Laura Gibson - Little Red Riding Hood - EP - 2012
  3. Highway Star - Deep Purple - Made In Japan - 1972
  4. Fall Down - Toad the Wet Sprocket - Dulcinea - 1994
  5. Four Sticks - Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV - 1971

Quote of the Day

A couple things are clear: The Seahawks went after some big names in trying to unload Harvin but instead had to settle for a sixth-round pick next year that could potentially become a fourth-round pick. And the Seahawks were interested in landing a tight end (starting tight end Zach Miller is currently out with an injury).

Jayson Jenks, Seattle Times

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "The Saints are off to a disappointing 2-3 start, so they will be looking to get things back on track this week. The Lions, on the other hand, are off to a 4-2 start, so they will be looking to keep things on the right track against New Orleans."

CrabAppleLane Blue Ginger - October 12, 2014
CrabAppleLane Blue Ginger - October 12, 2014

Not sure how those fully involved in big weddings don't die of exhaustion afterward. It was an exhausting event for us and all we did was attend it. This was Friday night and it was a lovely sunset wedding at the Abita Quail Farm in Abita Springs, Louisiana. The view from our seats just before the ceremony below:

Wedding Venue

As of just now, the Dallas Cowboys intercepted a Russell Wilson pass sealing a win over the invincible Seahawks in Seattle. This season is just beginning. No one is unbeatable.

After hanging in against and simply outlasting Clayton Kershaw in the divisional series twice, the Cards returned to their normal feebleness against tough left-handers. They were totally overmatched last night against Madison Bumgarner. As for the other series, I don't see it going back to Baltimore. The Royals are just too much right now.

About today's QOTD: They even smiled at the camera. Wonder who took the picture. Did they realize that at least two of the three guns were pointed right at them?

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:

  1. Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple - Made In Japan
  2. Tomorrow's Dream - Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath Vol. 4
  3. Changin' Times - Nazareth - Hair Of The Dog
  4. Achilles Last Stand - Led Zeppelin - Presence
  5. Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2 - War

Quote of the Day

NOPD detectives were able to get photos of the suspects by checking the victim's cellular phone account. Apparently the men had taken pictures of themselves posing with guns, and police were able to retrieve them through the cloud.

WWL-TV.com

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "With a decisive 2-0 series advantage, the Royals will have the opportunity to clinch the ALCS at home by winning two of the next three. They are 6-0 in the playoffs this year, and have now won nine straight postseason games dating back to 1985."

CrabAppleLane Spider - October 5, 2014
CrabAppleLane Spider - October 5, 2014
Unidentified - Giving her a wide berth
OK in my book if she kills love bugs, though
 
CrabAppleLane Big Leaf Magnolia - October 5, 2014
CrabAppleLane Big Leaf Magnolia - October 5, 2014
Seems to prefer a canopy - Not root-bound yet

Saints-Bucs in a few minutes. Who knows what kind of performance the Saints will bring to the field today? They have underperformed all year. It's mostly on the defense and that is affecting the offense in my opinion. Still, they should win today.

LSU Tiger fans are reeling this morning from the thorough ass-kicking the team took from Auburn last night. Naturally, head coach Les Miles is bearing the brunt of the criticism but it's also time for Tiger fans to maybe lower their expectations. It's a young team without a starting SEC-caliber QB.

About today's QOTD: Bobby Jindal, the Rhodes Scholar idiot.

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:

  1. The Prophet's Song - Queen - A Night At The Opera
  2. Eli's Coming - Three Dog Night - Captured Live At The Forum
  3. Throw Down The Sword - Wishbone Ash - Live Dates [1973]
  4. Speedway At Nazareth - Mark Knopfler - Sailing To Philadelphia
  5. Ebony Eyes - Bob Welch - Rock Of The 70's

Quote of the Day

We should stop accepting flights from countries that are Ebola stricken

Bobby Jindal, Louisiana Governor

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3) and New Orleans Saints (1-3) are fighting for their lives in this divisional matchup. The winner will stay on the heels of the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons in the division race, while the loser will have to try to salvage its nearly-ruined season."

That about sums it up. -Rob

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