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CrabAppleLane Sunday - Halloween Week

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.


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

World War II Museum



One of the activities at the National World War II Museum is called "Final Mission: The USS Tang Experience". It's an interactive presentation simulating the Tang's final mission. Dave and I manned Radar #2. Probably should experience it twice. It's a little unsettling at first and there is a lot of overhead imagery that we didn't see until much too late. I was playing the part Robert P Lee played on that fateful day (October 24, 1944). That's him above. Click on the images for a larger view. The Tang was lost that day but she put up a whale of a fight. There were only 9 survivors. As you leave the exhibit, the names are on the wall and it's up to you to see if your counterpart made it. Mine didn't. RIP, Robert P Lee.

Here again


Playoff baseball is here again. Please excuse the soapbox. The fraction of households who have TBS were treated last night to everything that is right about Major League Baseball. See QOTD and the quote from the BOTD. The majority of baseball fans who don't have TBS were treated to everything that is wrong about Major League Baseball. What's right about baseball and what most fans missed was an electrified crowd in Kansas City doing their part while the Royals and A's played a game for the ages. I was channel-surfing the news last night when I heard the local sportscaster say the Royals were rallying against the A's in Kansas City. I flipped over to the game and the A's were clinging to a 7-6 lead in the top of the 9th. This is what a lot of fans do, MLB. The Royals rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth. From then on, I was hooked. What a game. I'll regret it today because it ended just before midnight here. That young Royals team is fun to watch but only if you have TBS. The American League Division Series will be on TBS while the National League Division Series will be on Fox. While we're doing the alphabet thing, I'd like ABC, NBC, CBS, and MLB to get their heads out of their asses and put the game back on free TV where it belongs. These playoff games should be about making more fans, not more money.

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:

  1. Let Her Go - Passenger - All the Little Lights
  2. Take Me to the Pilot - Elton John - Elton John
  3. On The Turning Away - Pink Floyd - A Momentary Lapse Of Reason
  4. Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet
  5. Closer to the Edge - Burlap to Cashmere - Burlap to Cashmere

Quote of the Day

For us to come down from a four-run deficit late in the game like that, it was crazy. But this game just kept going back and forth, back and forth. Both teams battled, and I think that's what postseason baseball is all about.

Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "So this is what the playoffs are like?

Holy shit."

CrabAppleLane Sunday - Last of September


New Orleans Souvenirs - September 28, 2014
New Orleans Souvenirs - September 28, 2014

We buy souvenirs now and again. I like coffee mugs and we both like fridge magnets. These are some of the ones I bought last week.

Lovely pic of the Crescent Moon over the Crescent City from the 16th floor of the Westin Hotel on Canal Street. Via Dave.

Roger Goodell came out of hiding 9 days ago and saw his shadow. Does that mean six more weeks of hiding? I don't think so. To say he's under fire is a bit of an understatement. When he came out of hiding, he delivered a not-very-well-received press conference where he said, "I believe I have the support of the owners. That has been made clear to me." As Dave and I noted at the time, why didn't he say "I have" the support of owners instead of "I believe I have". He chooses his words very carefully and I think that statement illustrates just how tenuous the hold on his job really is. If one sponsor or one owner breaks ranks and says they can no longer support Roger Goodell, it will cause a stampede. I don't think he has the support he thinks he has but I also think no one wants to go first. Sooner or later, someone from one of those two groups will realize "Why not?". It would make for an extraordinary statement. On Wednesday, Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins. I think an owner or sponsor will finally step forward and call for his head. Who will stand by Goodell's side then?

About tonight's Cowboys-Saints game: I don't think either team's defense has much to be proud of so far this season so I'm expecting a shootout. The Cowboys don't have the firepower to keep up so the normal rule applies here. If the Saints take care of the ball, they will take care of the Cowboys.

I'm curious about all of these "What to watch" columns popping up all over sports websites. Examples here, here, here, and here. I'll just go ahead and say that most people know how a TV works and they don't need anyone telling them what to watch. They will basically watch whatever is shown on the TV. If you're at the game, that's a different story. The camera tries to follow the football. At the game, you're not limited to that.

About today's QOTD: I suppose the first step is admitting you have a problem.

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:

  1. New Slang - The Shins - Oh, Inverted World
  2. Train Kept A Rollin' - Aerosmith - Get Your Wings
  3. Midnight Confessions - The Grass Roots - 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of The Grass Roots
  4. Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II
  5. Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf - All Time Greatest Hits

Quote of the Day

I often find myself defending the subject of fashion to friends who consider it beneath the dignity of a serious person. But I'm often ashamed of caring so much about clothes. A serious person would surely not spend as much time shopping as I do, nor have such a stuffed closet.

Judith Thurman, The New Yorker

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "The Saints hit the road again in Week 4 as they try to snap a five-game losing streak away from the Superdome. They haven't had a longer road losing streak since a 14-game stretch spanning the 1998-99 seasons."

NCIS: New Orleans


NCISNO.jpgNCIS: New Orleans ran its first episode last night. I'm a big fan of the other NCIS franchises so this was a no-brainer addition to my TV schedule. They don't get everything right still but they did better with the pilot last night than they did with the two episode introduction last season on NCIS. Scott Bakula toned down his ridiculous accent. For the record, andouille is pronounced "ahn dewey", not "ann dewey". They mispronounced remoulade similarly. The show, itself, was pretty good yet not quite up to the franchise standard yet. The characters are likeable but the show is trying a little too hard to capture the essence of the city. That's forgivable. This New Orleanian would prefer smaller, more subtle, reminders that the show is set here. A street sign here, a passing mention there, and maybe a recognizable location or two is better than the sledgehammer treatment and they did some of that. They walked past a nice New Orleans cemetery without even mentioning where they were. That's what I'm talking about. As for the sledgehammer, well, please don't show a jazz club or jazz funeral in every episode. I'll be looking for better stories down the road. It's off to a decent start, though.

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:

  1. Stone Cold Crazy - Queen - Sheer Heart Attack
  2. It's Money That Matters - Randy Newman & Mark Knopfler - Land of Dreams
  3. Young Man Blues - The Who - Live at Leeds
  4. Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy - Bad Company - Desolation Angels
  5. 49 Bye-Byes / America's Children - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - 4 Way Street

Quote of the Day

What a field day for the heat

With there being a thousand people standing in the street

Stephen Stills, 49 Bye-Byes/America's Children

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "There is an axiom in football that if your secondary is having to make most of your tackles, then the defense is giving up too many yards."

Last day of vacation until ...

CrabAppleLane Golden Silk Orb-Weaver - September 22, 2014
CrabAppleLane Golden Silk Orb-Weaver - September 22, 2014

I have almost walked into my friend in the image above several times. She's just minding her own business but she is in a really inconvenient place.

Thoughts on Saints-Vikes: Went to a Saints game for the first time since 2007 yesterday. The pricing in and around the game is excessive but I suppose that complaint will fall on deaf ears. Parking in the dome: $35. Medium coffee at PJ's across the street: $5. I'm certain that's "event pricing". The Vikes played pretty well despite being outmanned. They didn't have all-world running back Adrian Peterson. The first two offensive drives were all Saints. When they're mixing things up like that, they're hard to stop. The next two quarters were mostly Vikings, though. They made some plays on offense and defense. They quieted the crowd. Sometime during the game, starting QB Matt Cassel broke his foot. I did not see the play that caused it and I didn't see Cassel leaving the game on a cart. Neither did Dave, who was at the game with me. Rookie Teddy Bridgewater came in and finished the game. He handled himself very well in a tough place to play. The Saints have won 18 games in a row in the dome under Sean Payton. But then ...

About today's QOTD: Munnerlyn had Brees and both of his arms wrapped up when he slammed him. It happened very fast and it was a tough call that went against the Vikes. The official reached for his flag immediately, though. In today's NFL, that's definitely a penalty but the officials need to be on top of it better. They need to blow the whistle immediately when the QB is clearly in the grasp. That's something they don't do always and sometimes the QB escapes and makes a play. NFL defenses are in a tough spot. That penalty gave the Saints a first down, fired up the offense, and they went on to score a touchdown giving them some breathing room. Happy with the win but the Saints are still not living up to expectations. I think they're better than they're playing. Time for them to step up.

Dave is headed home after what I hope was a nice visit to New Orleans. First of all, he came in on The City of New Orleans. How cool is that? Had his first shrimp po-boy, his first VooDoo crawfish rolls, first muffuletta, first beignets, first plate of red beans and rice, first Abita Amber, and first Bud's Broiler #6. These are a few of MY favorite things. Between those, we also saw Chalmette Battlefield, The National WWII Museum, The Aquarium of the Americas, New Orleans City Park, The Riverwalk, Armstrong Park, and the French Quarter. I'll leave it to him to tell of his night exploits ... or not.

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:

  1. O-O-H Child - The Five Stairsteps - The First Family of Soul: The Best of the Five Stairsteps
  2. Heat Of The Moment - Asia - Then & Now
  3. The Rising - Bruce Springsteen - The Rising
  4. Sad Lisa - Cat Stevens - Tea For The Tillerman
  5. Devil's Food - Alice Cooper - Welcome to My Nightmare

Quote of the Day

You can have a guy wrapped up and he can still throw the ball away or try to find an open guy. It's tough to make that decision ... I don't think it was a great call at all.

Captain Munnerlyn, Minnesota Vikings

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "When you have two fairly competent coaches going head to head like we had in Mike Zimmer and Sean Payton, you can then turn to other team factors to determine the outcome. How talented is one team versus the other? What about surrounding circumstances?"

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