March 2007 Archives

Rain Delay

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CrabAppleLane Backyard

One of my favorite views of the back yard. The view changes slightly from day to day, week to week, season to season. Never get tired of it. The yard work is experiencing a rain delay. Rained hard enough and long enough for me to stop with about 10 minutes of work left to do. It stopped raining just after I got out of the shower. Chances are pretty good I wonít finish the job this weekend. Thereís a lot of bad weather around here. Harrison County in Mississippi (About 60 miles east of CrabAppleLane) is under a tornado watch and heavy rain is all around. Was talking about Harrison County just yesterday here. Biloxi is in Harrison County.

Quote of the Day
You can run, you can run
Tell my friend-boy Willie Brown
Lord, that I'm standin' at the crossroad, babe
I believe I'm sinkin' down
Robert Johnson, Crossroad Blues

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "Manager of the Year: Ron Gardenhire, Minnesota Twins
I don't know why but I just got this feeling that it's gonna be a breakout year for the Twins again.

Biloxi Blues

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Mayor Holloway of Biloxi decided to do something creative with some dead trees. Rather than just cutting them down, he commissioned an artist. I wonder how long it was after the artist was finished that someone said things like, ďHow much did that cost? Whoís paying for it? We don't need that.Ē. Iím sure it wasnít long and I can hear it in my head now. For what it's worth, Biloxi is paying $4000 for the initial sculpting, which is not much more than it would have cost to just cut down and remove trees of that size. Still, itís always about the money with some. That someone just passing through might take notice and maybe stop for a better look ... and get a fill-up and a couple of burgers is lost on those kind. That it will undoubtedly put a smile on most faces, well, never mind. I like it. Bully for you, Mr Mayor. That reminds me. I haven't been to Biloxi (About 80 miles from CrabAppleLane) in a while. Maybe a road trip is in order.

Quote of the Day
Weíve had more than 300 trees of different varieties planted in Biloxi on public property alone since Hurricane Katrina and in this particular project, weíre giving a second life to something Mother Nature attempted to destroy. We were dealt lemons and now weíre going to make lemonade.
Mayor A.J. Holloway, City of Biloxi

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "Many residents live on land that was bought and paid for generations ago and itís their familyís only anchoring possession and asset. Immediately prior to Katrina, these families could hardly consider selling their propertiesÖthey had no mortgage and their subsistence level jobs were right there in the community. They didnít have much, but what they had was theirs, and they were getting by."


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Iíve been using MyCheckFree for a few years now. It's a convenient way to do things ... and it's free. You can schedule bills to be paid any day you want and it works like a charm. They send you email notices when your new bill has arrived. They were in business before all of the banks came up with their own bill paying services (My bank came up with theirs about a year ago and charges quite a bit for their version of this service). At MyCheckFree, I paid my gasoline credit cards, my phone bills, and one or two others. It was about ten bills, altogether. I donít know how they make money. I suppose ads from their site and maybe a fee to the vendor or a percentage of the transaction were the only ways they could. As of this morning, I think I can now only pay my long distance phone bill through MyCheckFree. All of the others have pulled out and set up their own sites for this service. Instead of one place to go, one account, one login and password, I have to establish several. This is the online world, I suppose. When something good for consumers comes along, someone else needs to buy it and ruin it or they need to kill it outright. My guess is MyCheckFree is running into the latter. Too bad. It's a terrific service.

Quote of the Day
Some Marines have taken the liberty of tattooing themselves to a point that is contrary to our professional demeanor and the high standards America has come to expect from us. I believe tattoos of an excessive nature do not represent our traditional values.
General James T. Conway, Marine Corps Commandant

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "It seems everywhere I turn the past few years I see ďartsyĒ people that think itís really clever to walk around barefoot. I donít get it. First, itís not really that clever at all."

The latest I have on bots

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Very disturbing article on The Red Tape Chronicles yesterday. If you read that whole thing, it's more than just a little worrying. I don't think the numbers are exaggerated. I think most of them are fair estimates. Spambots are causing most of CrabAppleLane's Internal Server Error problems. They're trying to leave comments or trackbacks ... by the hundreds. It's not working but the site spends a lot of resources blocking them. It has been better lately but I don't think I'm out of the woods yet. Every time I think I am, something new comes up. I had an attack a few weeks ago from about 75 different IP addresses. The site was unusable for about 2 hours. That was annoying to say the least. The question that always comes to mind is "Why this obscure site?". This aint Amazon, Microsoft, Yahoo, or Chase National Bank. Nothing to be gained here. Unfortunately, I don't see this problem going away any time soon. Microsoft's Bill Gates was supposedly dedicated to eliminating spam some years ago. Where are you on that, Bill?

Quote of the Day
We donít miss them. We have great supermarkets and great retail outlets in New York. We donít need Wal-Mart.
Ed Ott, Executive Director of the New York City Central Labor Council

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "Wireless networks are like people, and they sometimes act up for no apparent reason."

Love the name of the blog. -Rob

A little sports


It was announced yesterday that the Saints would kickoff the NFL season in the RCA Dome against the defending Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night, September 6. The NFL has been opening the season on a Thursday night for a few years now but the Super Bowl Champion has been hosting the game every year since 2004. This is a new tradition I was unaware of. I like it. Would like to see the Saints host it next year. The Colts will be unfurling their championship flag during this game. It figures to be a festive atmosphere for the Colts and a pretty hostile atmosphere for the Saints. As some anonymous coach said in some commercial, ďIf this doesnít light your fire, then the pilot light is out.Ē. Couldnít agree more. Bring it on. Go Saints.

A tip of the cap is in order for the LSU Lady Tigers. With head coach Pokey Chatman's abrupt and scandalous resignation before the tournament and the cloud of controversy that has been hanging over those kids because of it, this figured to be a tough tournament for them. Acting head coach Bob Starkey was exactly what they needed. Those other things are so ridiculously beyond their control and had nothing whatsoever to do with them but he has somehow kept them focused on the next game. This morning, UCONN wishes the Lady Tigers were less-focused. I watched a good bit of the game last night. I'm impressed. It was a big, convincing win and they're headed to the Final Four to face Rutgers. Geaux Lady Tigers.

163 days until football season ...

Quote of the Day
They started fouling at the end and that created a little more separation. But from start to finish, thatís about as well as we played this year.
Bob Starkey, Acting LSU Lady Tigers Head Coach

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "When Peter King doesn't have his head up the back end of Bill Belichcik's anus, or when he isn't hording food at the complementary press box buffet, he often writes idiotic articles about how free agent signings in March translate into championships in February the next year."

Out of Time

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We watched Out of Time yesterday. Not sure how this one got past me just after it came out of the theaters. I clearly remember the previews and how I wanted to see it. Denzel Washington plays the Chief of Police of one of the Florida Keys. This role right down to the wardrobe reminded me a lot of the role he played in The Mighty Quinn with one notable difference. In this one, he screws up and gives evidence money to a woman who he's having an affair with and who he thinks is dying. That's a bit of an oddity to me. I don't think his character would have done that and I don't think her character could have hoped to expect it. After he does that, everything goes downhill on him. The woman's house burns down with two people inside and he spends the next day trying to cover up the affair, stay a step ahead of the investigation, and figure out what's going on and where the money went. There are other really fun elements, too, but I don't want to spoil them if you haven't seen it. We both enjoyed this one.

I'm sure I'm not the only sports fan who has noticed Florida and Ohio State on a collision course for yet another NCAA Championship game. They played for the NCAA College Football Championship in January and are one win each away from a rematch for the NCAA College Basketball Championship. I don't think that's ever happened. In the past, the traditional basketball powers are usually not very good in football and vice versa. Not so any more. I'm sure Ohio State fans would like nothing better than to have the basketball team return the favor of the pasting the football team got in January. I need both of them to lose Saturday to have a chance to win the tournament pool I'm in. Not likely.

Quote of the Day
No sign of smoke in their lungs. If they'd been alive when the place went up, their lungs would look like mine.
Chae, Out of Time

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "But, glasses just aren't me - I'm not someone who needs glasses. I just wear them for pleasure. (You know, for the pleasure of being able to see.)"

It is a glorious Sunday here at CrabAppleLane. I plan to get out in the yard today and just tool around with some light yard work. The heavy stuff can wait until next weekend. I offer three images of Tung Nut Trees and blooms from the CrabAppleLane back yard today.

CrabAppleLane Tung Nut Tree - March 25, 2007

The photographer doesn't do them justice. I really don't know how to to take this picture. There are blooms 25 feet up at the top of the tree, there are blooms 5 feet up, and there are fallen blooms all over the ground. This is only one of the 25-30 CrabAppleLane Tung Nut Trees. CrabAppleLane used to be a tung nut plantation back in the 60s.

CrabAppleLane Tung Nut fallen blooms

Fallen blooms on the ground.

CrabAppleLane Tung Nut Tree

Before they fall. Aren't they lovely? I can't take any credit for them. They came with the property. The nuts that follow these blooms are used to make tung oil.

Quote of the Day
and the color. almost black and white, the muddy browns and oranges. the light never fills up the room, it barely reaches the corners. all the light seems to come from an uncovered bulb, a searchlight, neon flickering through pollution. this movie was unlike any i had ever seen.
redclay, Commenter at The Sheila Variations

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "The important facts I was able to learn were what quality of tung nuts the factories will and will not buy and the best areas to find the best quality nuts."

A shout out

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CrabAppleLane wants to give a little shout out to Dan Brekke of Infospigot: The Chronicles for his delightful Las Vegas story that was published by I loved it. Dan treated his regular readers to an advanced copy of it on his blog. Amazing how this blog thing works if you've been at it a while. From reading Plugs and Dottles, I learned about Disarranging Mine. From reading Disarranging Mine, I learned about Infospigot: The Chronicles. They all contribute wonderful comments here. Once again, congratulations, Dan.

Quote of the Day
As far as old-style Sin City class and affordability, the Stardust mourners can always drop by the Frontier, the next stop south of the Stardust, where you can get a room for 45 bucks and catch bikini bull riding three nights a week.
Dan Brekke,

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "I am SO sick of the spray bottles, the ones you pump the trigger yourself, that are now so cheaply made that they quit working almost as soon as you buy them."

DirecTV HD

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I may have to take back everything I said about Bruister and Associates. They do most of the installations/upgrades/service for DirecTV. The guy that came out yesterday to upgrade us was prompt and professional. Previous technicians from Bruister were anything but prompt or professional on our first few experiences with them. One guy fought us on the location of the dish. DirecTV told me they were not required to use a ladder taller than 24ft. When I told him that a 24ft ladder would do fine, he said, ďThatís their interpretationĒ. Another came out to install our UltimateTV receiver. He didnít have a clue what that was about. He told me, ďYou canít watch something else while youíre recordingĒ. The tech from Bruister was out here yesterday for about three hours and made sure everything was right before he left. If free installation hadnít been included, I would have paid to have this done. I probably could have done most of it, myself, but it would have taken me all day and more than a little trial and error. When things werenít working correctly, he knew exactly why. I would have had to read or get on the phone with tech support. That it was free made it a no-brainer. CrabAppleLane is now High-Definition. Watched an old fave last night in HD. Just happened to be the one that was on. Damn, that movie looks great. I'll have to record it in HD and save it until I have a DVD recorder.

Quote of the Day
Is this testing whether I'm a replicant or a lesbian, Mr. Deckard?
Rachael, Blade Runner

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "Every few weeks I goto my blog control panel and check out my stats. I look at things like where people are coming from, what they are reading and what they searched on to find my blog. Today I found out that someone seached on ĎDoes Craig Cameron love me?í to find this blog."

I'm shocked, shocked I tell you

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The MSNBC headline blared:

Online anonymity lets users get nasty

It's an AP story by Jocelyn Noveck. Then, about halfway down Page One, this:

There are examples everywhere of anonymous comments that cause harm. On even the most innocuous sites ó a parenting message board, for example ó anonymity often leads to the type of response that would hardly be likely if names were attached.

Did you just bring home your first computer, Jocelyn? There is no news here, folks. Parenting sites innocuous? Not any one I've ever seen. Parenting and baby sites are some of the most vicious. In my opinion, a lack of civility is the rule on about 98% of the usenet newsgroups and online bulletin boards and forums. They've been flamefests almost from the beginning of public use of the internet. I don't have the time or inclination for them but I can offer some unwanted, unsolicited advice. If you don't know the ropes, if you have a thin skin or big red flashing pulsating buttons, do not go to, do not read, and especially, do NOT join in. They play rough but, Jocelyn, I doubt you'll hear anything at any of those places that you can't hear in the average elementary schoolyard. The forum addicts will have fun with the latest story for a week or two and get bored with it ... unless someone tries to defend it. That's what the addicts live for. Next time, follow some of those threads for a few months before you try writing about them.

Speaking of big red flashing pulsating buttons, I love this quote from the same article:

Just because someone is overweight, fat, thick whatever you call us, doesnít mean we are ugly, lazy or insecure ... So stop the childish remarks.

Yeah, that'll teach 'em.

Cool store. Nothing whatsoever to do with me. Not that I haven't thought of business uses for this website. A profitable website is like the Holy Grail, though. Extremely rare.

Quote of the Day
I broke my arm at the airport messing around on an escalator ( 9 or 10 years old), I broke my leg falling off of a trampoline (same year), I broke my hand when I was mad at my (now ex) husband and smashed my fist down on his shin, I broke my tailbone once when I fell down for no reason, and the second time just a couple of years ago when I slipped in the tub. I broke both thumbs at the same time playing volleyball.
Nell, This Could Only Happen To Me

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "Thanks to my cousin Ginger for sharing started MY day with a chuckle!"

Mine, too. -Rob

Good Day to You, Governor


Governor Blanco announced that she would not be seeking re-election for a second term here in Louisiana last night. This is not shocking news. The guy she barely beat in 2003, Bobby Jindal, is running again, figures to be strong again, and does not have to explain or defend the state's response to the disasters that were Hurricanes Katrina and Rita or the slow recovery effort. Stepping aside is also the right thing to do. It should remove politics from the recovery effort for the remainder of her term. I wish Mayor Nagin had done the same for the same reason. Unfortunately, the politics of the recovery effort will surely be part of the campaign. I think history will be kinder to Blanco than her current critics. Some of the criticism is fair and justified but a fair amount of it isnít. Hers was the hottest seat anywhere for over a year. Don't think anyone would have fared much better. I wish her well.

Quote of the Day
Today, I am announcing that, after much thought and prayer, I have decided not to seek re-election as your governor.
Kathleen Blanco, Louisiana Governor

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "Together, we faced two of the greatest disasters ever to strike this country. I will always remember the countless acts of courage from people all over Louisiana. Everyday, I am moved by the strength and resolve of our people to rebuild our shattered state."


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Had lunch yesterday in Chalmette after riding around a while. The first two choices of restaurant were ďClosed MondaysĒ. These ďClosed MondaysĒ are becoming quite prevalent in the Greater New Orleans area, mainly at restaurants that are normally open on Sundays. Itís a curious development because Monday is the busiest day of the week for most of the business community. Business lunch is their, pardon the expression, bread and butter. The restaurants that are open Mondays do well on Mondays. In some cases, I suppose itís a matter of staffing. I guess local Mom and Pop restaurants donít have the staff or the management to run their business 7 days a week. Itís too bad. Anyway, if you find yourself in historic Chalmette (Chalmette Battlefield is where Andrew Jackson and Jean Lafitte defeated the British at the Battle of New Orleans), the Par 3 Restaurant serves pretty good food. My shrimp po-boy was excellent.

Quote of the Day
There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it.
Andrew Jackson

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "The cover story is an instructional on building doghouse dormers."

Happy St Joseph's Day

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Happy St Joseph's Day

St Joseph's Day is still celebrated here in the New Orleans area although not as extensively as when I was a kid. There are a substantial number of Sicilian immigrants and descendants of Sicilian immigrants, including myself, in the area. There will be St Joseph's Day altars all over the city in churches and homes. I've seen a few. If you've never seen one, they are truly labors of love. They are decorated with Italian cookies, breads, wine, and fruit. They vary from very simple to very elaborate. There's a picture of one here. The one pictured is fairly elaborate. That St Joseph's Day is so close to St Patrick's Day is quite fitting and wonderful in New Orleans. The area also has a large population, again including myself, of Irish descent, as well. Americans of Irish descent and Americans of Italian descent haven't always gotten along but that's mostly a thing of the past here. They're intertwined now.

Speaking of Americans of Irish descent and Americans of Italian descent, I watched The Departed yesterday. I am really not a big fan of Martin Scorsese's movies. They are technically brilliant, beautifully filmed, and he gets great performances out of his actors. Maybe it's the subject matter he chooses that I don't like. The Departed has been done, folks. Who hasn't seen the movie where everyone double-crosses everyone, no one is who they seem, and competing rival law enforcement agencies not being forthright with each other? Tony Scott and Quentin Tarantino did it with True Romance and that was a whole lot more fun than this one. I don't want to give the impression that this is a bad film. It has great moments and a few surprises and I'm glad I saw it. The performances by a phenomenal cast are just excellent. All of that said, I don't think this is Best Picture material but it's worth seeing.

Quote of the Day
I'm the guy who does his job. You must be the other guy.
Dignam, The Departed

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "I didn't really think about it before I sat down to write this post, but I think I do this, in part, because between those two holidays ó from just after the first of the year, right up until the beginning of spring ó I suffer from what is possibly the worst acronymed disorder ever: seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. (I almost can't even take it seriously with an acronym like that. Sometimes I like to call it the SAD, the way old people sometimes do, like your grandma saying, "Did you hear? Margaret's got the cancer." Only, with SAD, it's more like, "Gee whiz, Timmy, I can't go ice skating today; I've got the SAD.")"

Spring 2007 at CrabAppleLane

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Spring at CrabAppleLane - March 18, 2007

Some of the CrabAppleLane azaleas in the front yard. They light up the yard for a month or so and then go back to blending into the background.

Spring at CrabAppleLane - March 18, 2007

More CrabAppleLane azaleas. These are in the back yard. Quite surrounded here. You can see blooms from just about every window.

Spring at CrabAppleLane - March 18, 2007

Some of yesterdayís handy work. 25 of 26 tomato plants and the basil made it through the night. The Italian parsley didn't, though. A raccoon dug up the parsley looking for CrabAppleLane worms. Not sure what happened to the tomato plant I lost. Could be a raccoon is responsible for that, too, but it's just as likely my sprinkler pounded it into submission. Overdid the initial watering a tad.

I found the following video yesterday while I was looking for something else. Sometimes, accidents are quite nice. Have a lovely weekend.

Bono & The Corrs - Summer Wine
Quote of the Day
Strawberries, cherries, and an angel's kiss in spring
My summer wine is really made from all these things
The Corrs and Bono, Summer Wine

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "Recently in an interview Dan Aykroyd (Dr. Ray Stantz to those with a questionable grip on reality), he stated that he is going forward with plans to make a Ghostbusters 3."

Happy St Patrick's Day

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Erin Go Bragh


Lift a glass of green beer or a shot of Irish whiskey. Have some shepherdís pie. Everyone is Irish today.

Now and in time to be,
Wherever green is worn,
Are changed, changed utterly,
A terrible beauty is born
William Butler Yeats, Easter 1916

Speaking of green, the grass at CrabAppleLane is starting to get that way and my green lawn care products will get their first major workout of the season as soon as I finish procrastinating here.

And a little green of another kind: Money. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers rolled out the red carpet for Charles Grant yesterday. He is the Saints franchise player. He plays defensive end, which is this year's hot ticket item for NFL teams looking for defensive help. The Saints are sitting pretty. Currently, they have the upper hand on Grant and the Bucs. The Bucs are spewing the line that they are letting Grant know how they feel about him now so he will consider them next season, when they think he may be an unrestricted free agent. That's a crock on so many levels that I don't know where to begin. 1) How they feel about him won't matter next year if someone else offers him a dollar more. Surely, they know this. 2) That a group at Tampa is making plans for next year is ludicrous because they won't be around next year if this team doesn't improve dramatically this season. Surely, they know that, too, as does Charles Grant. 3) If Grant has a great year in New Orleans in 2007, there is nothing to prevent the Saints from franchising him again. If he has a lousy, disgruntled year, I doubt Tampa will return his calls. Surely, everyone knows this. All of this said, I think the Saints wouldn't mind dealing him for less than the two first rounders it would cost Tampa to sign him away now but their first round pick this season (The 4th pick) would be non-negotiable. That would have to be part of any trade package Tampa put together. A few extra draft picks, a lot of freed-up money, and unloading a guy that is not happy would be benefits to the Saints. I hope it gets done.

Quote of the Day
I don't want you to kill him, I just want you to bury him. If he dies in the process, that's his problem.
Mona, Romeo Is Bleeding

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "Great night at the Lower Deck last Saturday where Large Mound and Giveamanakick played support to Japan's Electric Eel Shock. Truly a great night had by all and possibly as much crowdsurfing as you will ever see. No small achievement for an audience of less than 200 crammed into a room with a 7ft ceiling."

Layers and layers

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One of the beauties of the internet is that you can access your accounts from wherever you are whenever you feel like it. Not so much any more and it may be on the way out altogether. My bank will ask you a verification question if you login from a computer ďthey donít recognizeĒ. This started about two months ago. Thatís a minor nuisance and I donít think itís all that effective. The credit card account I logged into this morning from my home PC took that one step further and wants to call me, text my cell phone, or send me a validation code via the email I have on record with them. Thatís a major nuisance but itís also pretty cool and maybe even pretty effective. Itís a nuisance in that I may be in a place at a time when that is not possible. Why itís cool? I deleted the cookies for the site, closed my browser, and then went back to the site. Logged right in. I think what theyíre doing is recording my computerís ID. If I log in from a different one next time, the firewall comes up. This should foil spyware that records keystrokes on compromised machines unless theyíve cloned my cell phone or know how to get into my email account. No need to ask why theyíve implemented this new layer of security. Itís to protect me AND themselves. Though itís a nuisance, Iím OK with it. Iím as concerned about web security and identity theft as anyone. This is everyoneís problem.

Quote of the Day
If you're in this tournament long enough, you're going to go down.
Mike Krzyzewski, Duke Men's Basketball Coach

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "After trying cold-calling, she realized she doesn't have the elephant-skin that one must have to make it work; besides, we despise telemarketing and she felt awful trying to be a telemarketer. Lots of the grizzled veterans in her office swear by cold-calling, but few of them actually do much of it anymore. The world has changed and emphatically moved against cold calling."

I despise making or receiving cold calls. -Rob

March Madness


March Madness gets underway in earnest today at about 11AM local time. Although I won't see many of the games, this first weekend is easily the most fun. CrabAppleLane thinks UCLA has the best chance of derailing Florida. Don't ask for any of my reasons or research into that. It's just a feeling based on last year. I have a couple of entries in a bracket pool like I do every year but I never win these things. However, I feel better about my chances this time. Perhaps it's because I've only watched maybe 20 minutes of college basketball this season and my guessing is more pure and untainted by anything I think I know. Bet any house you have to lose on UCLA.

Iím loving the comments and/or guesses on this entry.

Quote of the Day
I bet on my team every night. I didn't bet on my team four nights a week. I was wrong.
Pete Rose, Former Baseball Player and Manager

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "i sell my unwanted clothing to this consignment store on occasion. sometimes i get tired of wearing things, sometimes things no longer fit me, sometimes i buy things online that never fit in the first place. i prefer not to stick around while they price my clothing because i'd rather not watch them systematically sort and reject the sartorial pieces of my life, and put them into piles called "keep" and "pass.""

Hollywood & Iran

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I havenít seen 300. I probably will when it comes to Pay-Per-View. The 300 Spartans, which I've seen many times, is one of my faves. They're both based on the same story, which is based, somewhat fancifully, on history. There actually was a Battle at Thermopylae, where a small number of Spartans and Thespians held off a much larger Persian army. The movie is causing outrage in Iran, where it probably will never air. From USA Today:

The film depicts Iranians as demons, without culture, feeling or humanity, who think of nothing except attacking other nations and killing people.

Fair enough. The story is always told from the Greek perspective but I wouldn't mind hearing the Persian side. I'm curious about what they might say. For example: Thermopylae is in Greece. Perhaps the Persian army was lost?

Quote of the Day
Hollywood declares war on Iranians
Tuesday's edition of the independent Ayende_No newspaper

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "A life-size statue of the ancient Greek goddess Hera, discovered during excavations at the ancient Macedonian city of Dion near Mount Olympus in north-central Greece, will be officially presented by archaeologists in nearby Thessaloniki on Friday night. According to Prof. Dimitris Pantermalis, who has supervised the digs at Dion for the past 37 years, the 2nd-century BC sculpture is very likely the missing half of a rare double statue that once decorated a temple dedicated to Zeus."

WOW. Speaking of history. -Rob

Only in Louisiana

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Halls of Fame


Drug abuse is very likely going to keep some ballplayers out of their sportís Hall of Fame in the next few years. Performance-enhancing drugs are frowned on these days in sports. In the world of Rock and Roll, however, performance-enhancing drugs are all the rage. One of this yearís nominees is in rehab. Any kind of Hall of Fame is bound to be flawed. The selection process is bound to be overly subjective. Still, most of them get it mostly right. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a glaring exception. Too many people in the Hall that don't belong and too many people not in the Hall who do.

For instance, Carole King gets inducted along with Gerry Goffin as a "non-performer". Excuse me. Carole King is a terrific performer and Tapestry is one of the great albums of the rock era. I find that to be a back-handed way of putting someone in. And how about Ike and Tina Turner? I suppose a case could be made for Tina. But Ike??? Needless to say, too many of my faves are not in. I guess part of the problem is they actually play Rock and Roll and actually sell records. Not to knock Herb Albert, Louis Armstrong, or Hank Williams but are they really known for their Rock and Roll?

Quote of the Day
Only Van Halen's second lead singer, Sammy Hagar, and ex-bass player Michael Anthony turned up for their induction. Guitarist Eddie Van Halen has just gone into rehab and original lead singer David Lee Roth stayed away in a tiff over what he would perform.
Associated Press via CNN.COM

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "Bradley Delp, the original lead singer of Boston, was found dead in his home in New Hampshire late last Friday. He was 55."

Didn't know that. Bummer. -Rob


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The TMNT movie about to be released reminds me of a story. TMNT stands for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and they were all the rage before Harry Potter. Unbeknownst to me, nephew Lars was a big fan. When I asked him about them in passing one day, he shouted ďKowabunga, dudette!Ē at me.

OK, we now know who made the allegations were made against (Pokey Chatman) . Now, we may know who made them. I have all of the respect in the world for Skip Bertman as a baseball coach and as an athletic director running a smooth ship. He appears to be ill-equipped to handle a scandal. The timing couldn't be worse. Although LSU is surely trying to protect the team from further distraction, I think it safe to say that ship has sailed. Further stonewalling only damages the university and athletic department. What a mess.

Warning: For Movable Type and other assorted blogging geeks: I disabled IP address blocking on the CrabAppleLane website for about 45 minutes yesterday. The error log for those 45 minutes below the jump. Those files that end in "-tb.cgi" are my date-inspired trackback script files that I rename every time I update Movable Type. That's why I now leave trackbacks open only for about two days here and then close them. None of these twits hit the current trackback script. That can only mean they don't know its name and that can only mean they haven't been to the site in a long time. What I don't understand is how their own ISPs allow them to consume the amount of bandwidth they must be using. This activity must cost someone a lot of money.

Quote of the Day
Without confirming any level of investigation, I can tell you LSU's actions in dealing with coach Chatman's resignation were above board, swift, decisive and thorough, and in the best interest of not only of the university but also the student-athletes on the LSU women's basketball team.
Charles Zewe, LSU Spokesman

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly/Serenity) has made the accusation in a number of DVD commentaries that TV is too often just radio with pictures - talking heads spitting out a script."

I'm not a big basketball fan but I do like to watch the NCAA Men's basketball tournament, more commonly known as March Madness. They'll announce the pairings later today and just about everyone in the universe will start filling out brackets as if they know what they're doing. They don't. I don't, either, but I'll be filling out one or two, myself. I like the first weekend the best. There are so many games and the excitement is almost unbearable. There really is nothing like it. It says here that UCLA will go the distance.

I like daylight savings time starting earlier. I prefer going to work in the dark over coming home in the dark. I offer two spring pics from the CrabAppleLane front yard on this beautiful Sunday afternoon. I know itís not quite spring but the weather and the trees outside donít know it. Unfortunately, the grass doesnít know it, either. I think this weekend will be my last respite from regular yard work.

CrabAppleLane redbud and Bradford pear tree in bloom - March 11, 2007

The little black specks are gigantic bumble bees that are swarming the blooms. Lots of pollination going on.

CrabAppleLane redbud - March 11, 2007

Our redbud as seen from the CrabAppleLane front porch.

Quote of the Day
Stagecoach lady
Hourglass body
Making things glow in the night
Aerosmith, S.O.S. (Too Bad)

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "As most film advertising art directors and designers will tell you, sometimes their best poster design work never sees the light of day beyond their own portfolios."

Cool idea for a blog. -Rob

Hollywoodland & Film Noir

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The Friday night movie at CrabAppleLane was Hollywoodland. This is another pretty good Hollywood swing at film noir. It doesn't quite reach the bleachers but it's not bad at all. It's mostly about a hard-boiled, down-on-his-luck private investigator, played very well by Adrien Brody, looking into the life and death of George Reeves. It was reported that he committed suicide but there appears to be some controversy over that. The controversy aspect about it was news to me. Younger readers probably don't know George Reeves. More about that in a moment. Hollywoodland has all of the classic noir elements, except one. Besides the hard-boiled PI, we have his goody two-shoes girlfriend (Kind of an updated version, though), the femme fatale, the other case that maybe he should be paying more attention to, his disastrous home life, the double-crosses, and, of course, everyone in the film telling him to quit pursuing the case. The one element it was missing was the lead character's narration. If the filmmakers do that, I think it might have made this a four star movie. Ben Affleck is getting kudos for his portrayal of Reeves in this film but, to me, Adrien Brody elevates it from the mediocre almost single-handedly. I enjoyed it. Worth your time.

Reeves' TV show, The Adventures of Superman, super cheesy even by 1950s standards, is hardly ever aired any more. Although he died in 1959, I remember watching him as Superman on TV in the mid 60s. I don't remember how old I was when I first started watching the show but I don't think I ever bought that it was anything but an actor playing Superman. For one thing, the bullets always bounced off of his chest, even from two feet away. I always wondered why the villains didn't shoot him in the eye. For another thing, I didn't buy that putting on a pair of glasses turned him into Clark Kent and no one recognized him. Reeves was also in an I Love Lucy episode playing Superman at little Ricky's birthday party. In retrospect, that might be the largest contributing factor to his probable suicide. My guess is that he wasn't all that talented to begin with and was hopelessly typecast. I think he did commit suicide.

Just for fun, I thought I'd list some of the film noirs I've seen over the last few years and give you a small rundown on my thoughts of them because, really, what film buff doesn't love noir?

Romeo Is Bleeding - Gary Oldman playes the hard-boiled PI in this. I love Gary Oldman. He can do anything. Lena Olin plays the femme fatale, Mona. A femme fatale has to have a name like Mona. It can't be an Ashley, Heather, or Michele. Highly recommended. Add it to your netflix queue if you have one or look for it on TiVo. There are scenes you might want to look at over and over.

Mulholland Falls - This is more of an ensemble film with Nick Nolte, Chaz Palminteri, Michael Madsen, and Chris Penn playing a rogue police squad that operates outside of the law to keep the various criminal elements at bay in early Los Angeles. This one benefits from a stellar cast. I liked and recommend it but it's only worth seeing once. Wait until you can see it on HBO/Showtime/Whatever.

Mullholland Drive - This one starts out fascinating, then turns very steamy, but then gets kind of tedious and confusing. If you're not scratching your head at the end of this one, you're one up on me and it will stay that way. I couldn't bear to watch it again. I can't recommend it but I'd love to hear your thoughts on it, especially if they're different from mine.

the Black Dahlia - Just did this one not long ago. I recommend this one purely on the basis of the narration. I just loved that.

Blade Runner - I bought a VHS copy of this for my dad as a birthday or Christmas present sometime after he had gotten his first VCR. We did not have one, ourselves, and didn't know at the time that people were renting these instead of buying them. 25 years after it was made, it still looks great. Harrison Ford is the hard-boiled, down-on-his-luck Blade Runner. I have this VHS tape now and pull it out every few months or so. It is one of my faves. Some classify this film as sci-fi. I suppose the peripherals and the background are sci-fi but the story is pure, classic noir. Harrison Ford's Rick Deckard is dark, he's cynical, he's conflicted, and he's a little in over his head.

Sin City - Part comic book and part noir. Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, the two main collaborators, are making at least two sequels to this and I'm not at all sure that's wise. Sin City is so original and so well done that I think the next ones will suffer comparison. I like the language of this one. Right out of the 1940s.

Memento - This one features Guy Pearce as a man with short term memory loss. The whole movie is played backwards 10 minutes at a time, which coincides with his short term memory. It's a little confusing at first but gets better as you get the hang of it. How he copes with that, his way of marking the time and jotting down his memories is the best element of this film.

L.A. Confidential - Saved this one for last. Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce play the two leads. Much is made about Crowe's star-making performance in this but I thought Pearce was even better. For one thing, his American accent was excellent (He and Crowe are both Australian). He also has a wonderful square jaw, which was perfect for his character. In my opinion, it was quite a risk to have Australian actors play American characters as familiar as these two are. Danny Devito, Kim Bassinger, Kevin Spacey, David Strathairn, and James Cromwell round out a fabulous, once-in-a-lifetime cast. Watch this one with a big bowl of popcorn.

Do you have any favorites I didn't mention?

Quote of the Day
What do you think about Superman offing himself and cutting his beloved fiancee out of the picture, leaving the green to Eddie Mannix's wife? Huh? Like she needs the dough? "Hell hath no fury," huh! I mean, people get killed for less than that.
Louis Simo, Hollywoodland

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "Personally, I like the idea of Weisz strolling around Basin City as Ava Lord. Sheís a much better actress than Jolie and could surely play a fantastic femme fatale."

Blue Willow Bed and Breakfast

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Blue Willow Bed and Breakfast - Covington, LA

Blue Willow Bed and Breakfast - Covington, LA
Took this while wandering around killing time waiting to see my dentist yesterday. There was a glitch with my appointment. I had it at 2PM on the little reminder card they gave me. They had it at 4PM in the computer but they had a cancellation at 2:30 so it worked out fine. I just had a little more time to kill than usual. It was a beautiful spring day and I didn't mind going outside to wait. Love the name of this place: Blue Willow. What is that about? I don't think there is such a thing as a Blue Willow tree and there isn't much in the way of blue paint to be seen. There's another B & B across the street from the Blue Willow. Who stays in B & B's that are pretty far off of the beaten path? There's one up the highway from CrabAppleLane in Bush, too. Talk about remote. It's called The Willow Creek Inn but I'm not sure if they're still open. I guess "Willow" sounds good in a name but you won't find a lot of willow trees around either one of these places. I digress. Covington is not much of a hot spot destination for out-of-towners. Patsy and I stayed a couple of nights at one in Newburyport, MA but we were wayward vacation travelers with no firm plans and they just happened to have a vacancy. That was my first and last time in one. A B & B business model counting on people like us is doomed to failure.

Speaking of the dentist, I seemed to have developed a breathing problem while in his chair. I don't know if it's the water, the suction, or just having hands and sharp instruments in my mouth but I have had difficulty exhaling the last two times I was there. No problem inhaling, though. I suppose my dentist and his assistant thought I was tense or in pain but it was neither.

On another subject dear to my heart, the big local television station, WWL, has taken up the cause to save City Park in New Orleans. Regular readers know I love City Park. It is absolutely worth saving. Go WWL.

Quote of the Day
I've never spent a sadder day at any ballpark than I did Wednesday in Clearwater, because it seemed as if everyone I met knew the end was near for our good friend, Vuke, only 59 years old. And how could that possibly have been true?
Jayson Stark, ESPN.COM

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "Okay it's not like we started the recent and highly juvenile "we're better" argument. As New York fans we'd just assume let all of our talking happen on the field. Maybe Jimmy Rollins was craving a cheese steak when he let his emotions get the best of him, but J-Roll (as in roll over and play dead in the fall) laid down the gauntlet."

Nothing for a Wednesday


I like this review, if you call it that, of Letters from Iwo Jima from George Will of The Washington Post (Think it's free for a few days. Registration required when it goes to archives). I haven't seen the movie yet but I surely intend to. From it:

"Don't cheer, boys. The poor devils are dying."

-- Capt. John Philip of the USS Texas, to his crew as they watched the Spanish ship Vizcaya burn off Santiago Bay, Cuba, in 1898.

I had seen that sentiment expressed many times in war scenes but didn't know where it came from. Saw a Gary Sinise movie about Harry Truman some years ago and he said it. From then, I always attributed it to Harry Truman. This was a pleasant find. Captain Philip had it right.

Quote of the Day
Amid the ongoing building boom in the U.S. hotel industry, one thing will be left unchanged: Most of the new high-rise hotels still cater to superstitious travelers by skipping the 13th floor.
Barbara De Lollis, USA TODAY

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "After a long time I returned to Havalgi early this year, back to the blue door and the quiet sky. The Bhima shimmered in the distance like before, and I watched the river with another's eyes this time around, renewing my memories of the old, and looking forward to the new."

Just love the picture. -Rob

Joe Horn

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The Saints gave Joe Horn his release per his request about a week ago. I'm sure he only asked for it because it sounded better to him than having the headlines saying that the Saints released him. This is the NFL variation of the old "You can't fire me. I quit." paradigm. He was going to be released regardless. According to some figures I saw before the start of last season, he was the highest paid player (Salary-wise) on the team then. Deuce McAllister and Drew Brees both do better but they're both still in the front end of cap-friendly contracts. Joe was in the back end of his when the numbers really start to escalate. The Saints and Joe have been good to each other. He was 3rd or 4th on the depth chart at Kansas City when the Chiefs released him. The Saints gave him an opportunity and he became a star in New Orleans. The Saints said all of the right things upon his release. What heís meant for the team and the city, that the door is open for his return, etc, etc. That may just be kind rhetoric. I think the team has moved on. If the door really was open, Joe closed it when he trashed head coach Sean Payton over the weekend. The Falcons have shown some interest in him but he really should look at a team like the Patriots, who need wide receivers and are a whole lot closer to a championship. The money will be about the same. He's only got a year or two left. Can't squander them on a team like the Falcons. Good Luck, Joe.

Quote of the Day
I just don't think (coach) Sean Payton wanted me back. I asked to be released because I felt betrayed by a head coach who wanted to prove he could win without Joe Horn.
Joe Horn, NFL wide receiver

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "The Krstic trial chamber admitted that they did not know when the Ďdecision was takení though they claimed that ď...the Bosnian Serbs devised and implemented a plan to execute as many as possible of the military aged Bosnian Muslim men present in the enclaveĒ. The ICTY decided that ďthe acts of genocide need not be premeditated and the intent may become the goal later in an operationĒ. Again it lowered the bar and now genocide could be a Ďspontaneousí occurrence."

Tuesday tidbits - March 6, 2007

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Wild Hogs was the top grossing movie last weekend. The trailers are playing constantly. It's getting mixed reviews. That kind of surprises me because it looks pretty stupid. Seeing Tim Allen and Martin Lawrence in a film like this doesn't surprise me. This is their kind of shtick. Seeing Travolta and William H Macy in it makes me wonder what's in it for them. I'll figure that out after I see it. At home.

Today's QOTD comes from today's BOTD.

Quote of the Day
The funny thing about being a porn star is that everyone automatically assumes that they can sleep with you. This is what I do for a living. I don't just let anyone get into my pants.
Jenna Jameson

Blog of the day here.

Quote from the sidebar of said blog: "Nosy Snoop is an entertainment news and celebrity gossip blog. I get my information from other sources. I donít know if any of the stories here are true. So donít believe everything you read."

Just Another Manic Monday

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Apologies for the title.

Finally watched the second half-hour of The Black Donnellys yesterday. Watched it online here on NBC.COM. What a cool feature that is. All of the networks should do that, particularly the networks that have affiliates with weak signals and networks that like to move shows around for no reason. The last 15 minutes of the pilot episode were as surprising as they were riveting. This is an extraordinary show. I'm in.

Love looking at these pictures from my cousin, Nancy. Thatís their place in Stockholm, Wisconsin overlooking the Mississippi. Thatís the Mississippi River in the background in the first two. When I was up in Minnesota a few years ago for a family reunion, Mom and I took a ride over to their place for lunch. Obviously, their place is gorgeous as you can tell by the pictures but the ride was magnificent, too. High points: Driving through Wisconsin with a spectacular view of the high bluffs on one side of the road and an equally spectacular view of the Mississippi River on the other. Seeing a deer on the side of the road about 20 feet past the ďDeer CrossingĒ sign.

Quote of the Day
That was just lowdown, nasty, dirty driving.
Scott Pruett, NASCAR Driver

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "Thereís an honor bar on the sixth floor of the Renaissance Hotel! If you take a drink youíre supposed to fill out a little form with your room number on it so they can charge you for it. Hereís the price list for those of you with any honor."

We watched Just Like Heaven yesterday afternoon. Patsy has been trying to get me to watch this since she recorded it several months ago. She's seen it a few times. I like light romantic comedies (AKA chick flicks) about as much as any guy. I donít mind a little syrupy goo but I have a rather low threshold for it. This one is cute in all of the predictable ways. The two stars, Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo, are about as likable as you could ask for. As is usually the case in these movies, the comic relief from two of the other characters are the best parts. In this one, they were played by John Heder (Best known for Napoleon Dynamite) and Donal Logue. They're not on the screen long enough to suit me. Totally predictable and very syrupy but not a bad way to kill a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon.

Free agency in the NFL started Friday night. So far, the Saints are slow out of the gate but one of their division opponents, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, isn't. Two of their moves this weekend mystify me. First, they signed their 2006 opening day starting QB, Chris Simms, to a lucrative 2yr contract extension a few months ago. Yesterday, they traded for Jake Plummer and signed Jeff Garcia. They also have Bruce Gradkowski and Tim Rattay. Gradkowski started 11 games for them as a rookie last year and played pretty good in some of them. This is not a healthy environment for QBs. So much of a quarterback's game is about the two-way confidence between the quarterback and his coaches and team. My guess is Garcia, the only name mentioned that has any confidence, will start the season, Plummer will retire, Rattay will be released, Simms and Gradkowski will be backups. Oh, and the Bucs finish at or near the bottom again.

Robin Hood is a new BBC America series. The premiere was last night but I suspect you can see it again before next week's episode if you're interested. I love the Robin Hood legend and have since I was a kid. Don't know how long they can sustain the series but I decided to give it a TiVo season pass and I'll just have to find out. The premiere was very good.

March 4 and still no hummingbirds at CrabAppleLane although I did have a very camera-shy Rufous hanging out here for about a month over the winter. Hope he's OK. Making some fresh nectar as I type. The regulars will be here by next weekend. They prefer daylight savings time.

A rare picture from CrabAppleLane on this gorgeous Sunday morning.

Casey & Crispin - March 3, 2007

These are our indoor cats, Casey (Left, 13) and Crispin (Right, 10). Theyíre hardly ever this close to each other long enough for a picture. They're not all that big on the togetherness thing. In fact, she hissed at him just before this was taken. Heís got the medicine smell about him these days. Just a guess but itís probably because we administer it to him twice a day. The medicine smell is similar to the vet smell and she doesnít like it. He used to go out of his way to annoy her before we started giving him medicine. Now, heís doubly annoying to her. The life of a princess ...

Quote of the Day
She was like a cat lady with no cats.
Katrina, Just Like Heaven

Blog of the day here.

Quote (February 25 entry) from said blog: "Sled dog"

Cute pic. -Rob

Files, there are files

Today's scan

No, I'm not getting into a "whose anti-virus software is the best" war. What I marvel at is the sheer number of files on my home PC, the very small number of them that I actually use daily, and the even smaller number of them that were created by me. My old DOS computers functioned pretty well on a fraction of this number. In fact, with my old trusty Norton Commander, I could usually tell when a new file was on my computer because I knew just about every file in every directory (They're called folders now). I didn't necessarily know what it was or what it did but I knew if it was there the last time I looked. I keep up pretty well with the maintenance here but the familiarity I once had with my PC is not what it used to be.

CrabAppleLane offers a picture from New Orleans from yesterday evening.

Moon rising in the east - New Orleans - March 2, 2007

As I was leaving work yesterday, the sun was setting in the west. This was the view in the east.

I'm really curious. Did these dim bulbs not have renter's insurance? On an apartment they think justifies a $7 million lawsuit? What about the apartment building's owner? Wasn't there liability insurance on the plane or the pilot? I have less than zero sympathy for the tenant. Via the Friday FO entry at it comes in pints?. That's a regular event over there and it's a fun place to blow off some steam. Tip for CrabAppleLane's readers: Watch your language over there.

Spring in Springfield, Illinois
. Via Marie at Disarranging Mine. Is there a Springfield in every state? I know there is in Illinois, Missouri, Louisiana, and Massachusetts.

And this is spring in Minneapolis. Via my cousin, Janice.
LogoThere are:
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Thought I'd post that for the record in case any of you thought I owed you money or something.

Quote of the Day
I AM NOT a princess and I forbid any of you from saying so.
Nancy Travis, long-forgotten TV series (Almost Perfect, possibly)

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "Also, I'm going to start using the expression "Damn you, man with the stick!" more in my everyday life."

Generation X

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I just have to quote the first paragraph of an Associated Press article that I saw at MSNBC.COM a few days ago:

Todayís college students are more narcissistic and self-centered than their predecessors, according to a comprehensive new study by five psychologists who worry that the trend could be harmful to personal relationships and American society.

This is rich. See, today's college students' predecessors are the Generation Xers. My guess is the five psychologists and the AP reporter are, too. Care to wager? The Generation Xers like to level that same "narcissistic and self-centered" charge at their predecessors, the Baby Boomers. To sum up the world according to Generation X: Those that came before them AND after them are "narcissistic and self-centered". Well, gee, that's original and maybe even a little "narcissistic and self-centered". Only every generation since the beginning of time has said that.

Quote of the Day
Here's a little essay on how living in the shadow of the boomers has actually become part of my own little political "journey" (to use a favorite, self-glorifying boomer phrase).
Rick (WHO'S A BOOMER?: PART FIVE), Letter to Kathy and Hal at Boomer Deathwatch

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "But I find it quite hilarious. Even when that someone is a student. You heard me. I laugh at my students the second Iím out the door."


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Here at CrabAppleLane, our water comes from our well. The well is about 110 feet deep. Patsy prefers bottled water but I donít mind drinking water from the tap or even from one of the outside spigots or the garden hose when Iím out in the yard. The water here is fine except for one problem.

Our first shower head in the upstairs bathroom was a straight, no frills variety the contractor decided on. We replaced that one soon after with one with an extension hose. It was plastic and I broke it after about a year. Then we replaced its replacement soon after because we didnít like it. Because we changed shower heads often the first few years, our water problem was unknown to us for longer than it otherwise would have been.

Around year 7 or so I noticed the water pressure was kind of low in the upstairs shower. That it occurred gradually over time and that we had good water pressure everywhere else in the house went unnoticed so I thought we had a leak somewhere. OK, yeah, I wasnít very sharp about this. When the water pressure finally got to the drip, drip, drip stage, I decided to see if I could figure out where the leak was. Checked outside ... no leaks that I could see. Took the shower head off. This was the last resort for me because a plumber was going to have to be called in if the leak was somewhere in the walls or floors. The water just poured out from the pipe the shower head was attached to. Replaced the shower head and the problem was solved. About a year later, it was back to drip, drip, drip again. Replaced the shower head again and the problem was solved. We have minerals in our well water. It only manifests itself over time in the upstairs shower because thatís the one we use and because the holes the water passes through there are small enough to be affected by the mineral deposits ... but it takes about a year or so to get to that point.

We were told we could get a filter for our water supply if we take a sample of our water to the well supply store and have it tested. The matter-of-fact way that was relayed to me made it sound simple and inexpensive.

Water test: $35 (Our neighbor had our water tested for quality after his well had failed so we knew we were OK in that regard but this test was going to tell us more about our waterís composition).
Filtration system: $1200
Filter (Needs to be replaced after X hours of use): $300-$500 depending on the filter we needed based on the outcome of our water test.

We decided against having the water tested. As we were driving home, Patsy asked me what kind of filter the guy said we would probably need. She wasnít serious about doing this. At least, I donít think she was. I told her I didnít hear anything after the $1200 part. Itís costing us about $50 per year to replace the shower head once it gets clogged. I can live with that. The cure in our case is worse than the disease.

Quote of the Day
It's important to realize how cool it is to win the World Series, but the key is to build off it. Ö I have a lot to work on this spring. I can't think about winning the World Series.
Adam Wainwright, St Louis Cardinals

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "The scythe still hung from the maple when he returned from the war, and what remains of the blade is undoubtedly still there, embedded in the wood."

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