November 2007 Archives

City Park - November 29, 2007 Issue

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It was another gorgeous day in City Park yesterday. Couldn't resist taking out the camera.

City Park - New Orleans, LA - November 28, 2007
City Park - New Orleans, LA - November 28, 2007
Reminds me of long division problems from my school days.

Tad Gormley Stadium - City Park - New Orleans, LA - November 28, 2007
Tad Gormley Stadium - City Park - New Orleans, LA - November 28, 2007
Saw my first NFL game here. It was 1965 or 1966 and I believe it was just called City Park Stadium then. It was an exhibition game featuring the St Louis Cardinals versus the Baltimore Colts. Both teams have moved since. Dad took me and he was a big LSU Tiger fan. Former Tiger, Jerry Stovall, played cornerback for the Cardinals so we were cheering for them. That Unitas fellow for the Colts had other ideas. I don't remember much except that the Colts wore blue. I had always seen them in white on TV. Johnny Unitas wore his high top cleats and I'm not sure he missed a pass. The Cardinals intercepted a pass near the Colts goal line late in the game and ran it in for a touchdown. The Colts won, 22-10. I can't find any box scores or accounts of that game. Wonder if they exist somewhere.

Did anyone notice that Ted on How I Met Your Mother was wearing a New Orleans Saints t-shirt in one scene on Monday night's episode (The Yips)? You can watch the episode on their website if you like. Good on you, Ted.

Quote of the Day
Is it going to be a Jeff Garcia game plan? Well, if Garcia plays, then it will be. But if Jeff doesn't play, then what do you prepare for? I think keeping it a little unsure can be a good thing strategically from our standpoint.
Paul Hackett, Tampa Bay Bucs QB Coach

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "Second, she seems to be more carefree these days. She no longer looks over her shoulder every few minutes just to check if I'm okay."

Dull CrabAppleLane Sunday

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It's been raining off and on here all day and it was a good day to just stay in. The weather is likely to get worse tonight. We're under a severe thunderstorm watch. With little else to do this morning, I decided to start a FlickR Group for the kind of images that I really like.

Even though the Saints won, it was no fun to watch. They simply managed to find a team that has even more problems than they do.

I offer one from the CrabAppleLane backyard.

CrabAppleLane Crepe Myrtle - Bush, LA - November 25, 2007
CrabAppleLane Crepe Myrtle - Bush, LA - November 25, 2007
Just kinda liked the color. More orange than brown.

Quote of the Day
at this rate its gonna be awhile b4 ELi can date a supermodel
joshy r, ESPN Message Board

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "Drew Brees had 3 touchdowns for the Saints, who still have a shot at winning the laughable NFC South."

A little more from City Park from yesterday

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Thought I'd add a couple of images from City Park in New Orleans. I ate lunch there yesterday and I wish I'd had more time to just wander. The park is really starting to shape up thanks to a lot of volunteers and a wonderful trash contractor. It's not entirely litter-free and probably never will be but it's much, much better than it was.

City Park Lagoon - New Orleans, LA - November 23, 2007
City Park Lagoon - New Orleans, LA - November 23, 2007
This is my favorite vista at City Park. I took a similar picture of it in May of last year. Then, I had to move around and zoom in and out just to avoid getting litter in my shot. The park is much cleaner these days and I like the contrast between fall this year and spring last year.

City Park Oak - New Orleans, LA - November 23, 2007
City Park Oak - New Orleans, LA - November 23, 2007
This is one of the younger oak trees in the park and it's really looking healthy these days. I cannot describe how bleak this area looked just a year ago. The grass was brown and dead from the salt water that poured in from Lake Pontchartrain after Katrina broke the levee, the oak trees were ailing from the flooding and the wind, and there was mud and trash everywhere. It broke your heart. Look at it now.

Now, for some other stuff.

When you think of beautiful cities, does Pittsburgh ever come to mind? It should. I've been admiring this photograph of Pittsburgh for a few days now. Just lovely.

Tip of the cap to the Arkansas Razorbacks on their win yesterday in Baton Rouge. After some early jitters, they took it to the LSU Tigers. They had a plan that played to their strengths and they outplayed the Tigers from the second quarter on. Arkansas led 7-6 at halftime in what looked to be a defensive struggle. They won 50-48 in three overtimes. It was a wild game as most of LSUís games have been this season. Darren McFadden is a super football player. Heíll be coming to an NFL game near you in the not-too-distant future.

Quote of the Day
We understand that this cost us and what was at stake.
Les Miles, LSU Tigers Head Coach

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "He Brought That Woooooood"

City Park - New Orleans - November 23, 2007

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City Park - New Orleans, LA - November 23, 2007
City Park - New Orleans, LA - November 23, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving from CrabAppleLane

About LSU Football Coaches

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Back in September, three guys, including myself, had a discussion about LSU future ex-coach, Les Miles, on the CrabAppleLane Forums. The consensus was that Lloyd Carr would be out at Michigan, that they'd offer that job to Miles, and that he'd take it. It probably marked the first time that the three of us agreed on anything. It should have signaled the apocalypse. Instead, I think it's going to turn out to be right.

I don't think any LSU fan is as concerned about losing Miles as they are about the speculation coverage this is going to create for the next few weeks. The Tigers have three tough games left and they need to win them all to achieve their goal. The Advocate in Baton Rouge has this to say. They'll probably limit their speculation somewhat because there would definitely be a backlash if they overdid it but the Detroit Free Press, with no such self-imposed restrictions, will probably run stories about it almost every day similar to this one. How it will affect the team preparing for a tough Arkansas this week, a tough SEC East Champion next week, and a tough BCS opponent (Championship or not, it will be a BCS opponent) is anyone's guess. As Les Miles so eloquently said, "The timing is just great.".

Speaking of ex-LSU football coaches, Nick Saban mentioned September 11 and Pearl Harbor when talking about his team's embarrassing loss to Louisiana-Monroe. I don't think he was really comparing those events to his events but it wasn't a good idea to mention them. At LSU, I was thoroughly impressed with his handling of the media and his eloquence in talking to fans and alumni. Something happened to that Nick Saban last year while he was with the Miami Dolphins and being romanced by Alabama. When it comes to the media, he's off the rails these days. That's not a positive but I think it's only temporary. He knows that if he wins there, that will just be one of his endearing quirks to their fans and it will be forgiven. He also knows that if he doesn't, it will hasten his demise.

Quote of the Day
"As much as you can feel for a man making $1.8 million a year and bound to make more ó somewhere ó I feel for Miles. His dream job comes open at the exact moment his current team is poised to play for a national title ó any coachís dream.

He may get both.

He may get neither.

Heís bound to have regrets."


Scott Rabalais, The Advocate

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "The Big 12: we might not be the best conference in 2007, but Iíll be damned if weíre not the most entertaining."

Bubba Ho-tep and a CrabAppleLane Sunday

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Over a period of a few days, I finally saw Bubba Ho-tep. The DVR recorded it off of one of the HD channels about a week ago but I just couldn't get through it in one sitting. This movie has cult status. I've been hearing about it and seeing references to it for years. Its star, Bruce Campbell, also has cult status as a B movie star. He does movies like Man With The Screaming Brain and the Evil Dead series (I haven't seen any of them). The movie is set in an East Texas nursing home. An aging Elvis Presley and an aging Jack Kennedy fight an alien mummy. See ... Elvis had swapped places with one of his impersonators years ago and the impersonator died of the drug overdose. Jack Kennedy didn't die in the assassination attempt. He was saved, had his skull filled with sand where brain matter used to be, and he was dyed black. Oh, and in an homage to one of our favorite schoolyard put-downs, the mummy wears cowboy boots. Unfortunately, I can only wallow in absurdity for so long. I'll give Bubba Ho-tep credit for audacity and a few good moments but, honestly, this kind of movie is just a little too much for me. I may be the only person on the planet who didn't think much of it, though. See the BOTD for a different view. Most of the reviews I've seen are like that one.

The Sunday image inspired by my blogger friend/neighbor, Lana.

CrabAppleLane Cardinals - November 18, 2007
CrabAppleLane Cardinals - November 18, 2007

Patsy has been placing sunflower seed on our water pump shelter for about a year now. So far, only the birds have been able to get at it. No squirrels and no raccoons. Obviously, the cardinals love black oil sunflower seed. Would have liked better light for this shot, though. Someday, I'll capture a decent shot of them. They are a joy.

Quote of the Day
I think you know what I'm gettin' at Mr. President. We're gonna kill us a mummy.
Elvis, Bubba Ho-tep

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "I donít know where to begin with Bubba Ho-Tep."

Cool stuff from a long time ago

Grantham Cemetery - Bush, LA - November 12, 2007While Googling Bush & Grantham the other day just seeing what else I could find out about the cemetery I had just been to, I ran across this gem quoted below from the St Tammany Court archives:

Saturday April 24 1869

Geo. T. Bush vs John Grantham
This is an action founded on an account for 125 cents. Received the citation with a copy of the say.

When asked whether "copy of the say" was legal language or 1869 language, my attorney brother-in-law explained it this way:

I suspect part of this is 1869 language. When a lawsuit is filed, it is accompanied by a citation and summons from the court advising the defendant of the time delays and location where they must file their response/answer. This formality is still followed. I suspect that "with a copy of the say" is a reference to a copy of the lawsuit/complaint -- what the plaintiff was "saying" was the basis of his claim.

Over $1.25. Is that cool or what?

Lovely image and poem
by Calamitylaine.

Quote of the Day
His current anonymity is quite a comedown for Marie Jean Paul Joseph Roche Yves Gilbert du Motier Lafayette, who was widely described as "the greatest man in the world" during a triumphant return 40 years later to the country he had helped create.
Richard Pyle, Associated Press via USA Today

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "I always knew I'd meet McDreamy, I just never thought it would happen like this."

Just a lazy Thursday

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Cool day here and not a cloud in the sky. Spent too large a portion of this glorious off day indoors. Plan to rectify that tomorrow. Enjoy the QOTD from Shane MacGowan, the BOTD from an amazing person, and maybe even some pics I took while I was out in the yard.

One of the CrabAppleLane Bradford Pear Trees - November 15, 2007
One of the CrabAppleLane Bradford Pear Trees - November 15, 2007

The fastest way to get there - November 15, 2007
The fastest way to get there - November 15, 2007

Quote of the Day
I could have been someone
Well so could anyone
You took my dreams from me
When I first found you
I kept them with me babe
I put them with my own
Can't make it all alone
I've built my dreams around you
The Pogues, Fairytale of New York

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "I'm getting ready to say goodbye to Afghanistan."

Home today

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My friend, Kim, has a fun song posted. She's quite talented. Check it out.

Lovely story and cemetery.

We bought two new Hoover vacuum cleaners yesterday. One for upstairs and one for downstairs. They weren't the top-of-the-line variety but they weren't all that cheap, either. You can spend a boatload of money on these things if you're inclined. The two we bought are bag-less and they are about 100 times better than the single 20yr old Hoover Regina Housekeeper they are replacing. I have only one thing to say about what these new ones pick up that the older one was leaving behind that was only suspected but now confirmed: Yuck.

I offer an image from the CrabAppleLane backyard from this morning and then I'm off to see how much Kilz I can inhale/ingest.

CrabAppleLane Backyard - November 13, 2007
CrabAppleLane Backyard - November 13, 2007
As luck would have it, we happened to be home when this lovely creature graced our backyard. Apologize for the soft focus. I shot this through our kitchen door glass. She never afforded us an unobstructed view and that's probably what kept her from seeing us and bolting. My wife throws whole corn out onto this part of the yard.

About today's QOTD, I guess there's nothing like taking a man at his word.

Quote of the Day
When he went back and took the hair sample and that was negative, the lie detector test and that was negative, we'll let due process take care of itself. If Travis took a test and it was positive, after what he promised me, he wouldn't be on the football team right now.
Mike Shanahan, Denver Broncos Head Coach

Blog of the day via Charlotte is here.

Quote from said blog: "Death by Chocolate! Really, is there a better way to go?"

Grantham Cemetery - Bush, LA

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Took a few photos on the way home this afternoon that I thought Iíd share.

Grantham Cemetery - Bush, LA - November 12, 2007
Grantham Cemetery - Bush, LA - November 12, 2007 - Donations welcome

Grantham Cemetery - Bush, LA - November 12, 2007
Grantham Cemetery - Bush, LA - November 12, 2007 - Patsy asked me to take this one

Grantham Cemetery - Bush, LA - November 12, 2007
Grantham Cemetery - Bush, LA - November 12, 2007 - There were two freshly dug plots.

Grantham Cemetery - Bush, LA - November 12, 2007
Grantham Cemetery - Bush, LA - November 12, 2007 - Poor attempt on my part. It is much more serene than bleak.

Today's BOTD is from Abita Springs, LA (About 15 miles south of CrabAppleLane).

Quote of the Day
We'd like to have more precipitation, but we're in sales ó not production.
Frank Benton, National Weather Service

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "What is it about fantasy (art or writing,) that most people find unacceptable or even childish, particularly in our currently Harry Potter obsessed world?"

TSO and a CrabAppleLane Sunday

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As mentioned here earlier, we went to see the Trans Siberian Orchestra last night. They played for about 2 hours and 45 minutes. Kind of a throwback to an earlier era because hardly anyone plays more than two hours any more. The first part of the show is their well known Christmas stuff, complete with narrator. Bits of that were slow and the segment ran about 4 songs too long but some of it, particularly Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24 is amazing. The second part of the show was them just having fun. We enjoyed that a lot. The music was very loud and clean. The light show and pyrotechnics were fantastic. It was well worth the trip into New Orleans. See them if you can.

An image from the driveway is today's offering.

Hanging leaf - November 11, 2007
Hanging leaf - November 11, 2007 - Suspended by a 15ft strand of spider web.

Quote of the Day
Most people buy personalized plates simply because they want to tell the world they are special. They wrote an ode to themselves and they want to share it with everybody on the highway.
Ion Bogdan Vasi, Columbia University

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "He will be missed by one and all, but especially by bald and balding men in need of role models."

Trans Siberian Orchestra Tickets - November 10, 2007
Trans Siberian Orchestra Tickets - November 10, 2007

What you see above is a set of useless tickets to the Trans Siberian Orchestra concert last night in New Orleans. I purchased the tickets through TSO's own website on September 11, 2007 and received an email confirmation from Live Nation, which I suppose is a ticket broker service of sorts. An excerpt is quoted below:

You have been charged for the following:


Serial # Section Row Seat Price Conv. Fee Date Performance
__________________________________________________________________________________________
1667064211 110 14 10 $39.00 $10.45 November 10, 2007 TSO
1667064313 110 14 9 $39.00 $10.45 November 10, 2007 TSO
1667064428 110 14 8 $39.00 $10.45 November 10, 2007 TSO
1667064536 110 14 7 $39.00 $10.45 November 10, 2007 TSO
1667064678 110 14 6 $39.00 $10.45 November 10, 2007 TSO
1667064705 110 14 5 $39.00 $10.45 November 10, 2007 TSO

Delivery Fee: $0.00
Order Fee: $5.00
Total Ticket Price: $301.70

You might notice the $10.45 "Convenience Fee" per ticket and the $5.00 "Order Fee". I find it excessive but having tickets in hand before you go to an event is convenient. Also, I understand the need and desire for advance sales and a need for everyone to turn a profit. Tours like this one are expensive and I wish them well on making money in the process. The tickets were mailed to us on November 1, 2007, a full seven weeks after I'd ordered them. That email is excerpted below:

Please allow 7 days for delivery. If tickets have not arrived by mail on November 8th, please call us on Friday, November 9th between 10am-5pm Eastern so we can set you up with Will Call replacements.

We will not be open on Saturday, November 10th, so make sure you can reach us on Friday, November 9th @ 1-800-431-XXXX between the hours of 10am & 5pm Eastern.

November 8 came and went and we had no tickets. As instructed, I called the number on November 9 (The one and only day I get to rectify their problem) and was told by a very nice lady to allow 10 days for delivery. I asked her to look at the date of the event.

Her: "Oh"

Me: "If you are telling people to allow 10 days for delivery, why would you mail out only 9 days before the event?"

Her: ""

Me: "I am charged a $10.45 convenience fee per ticket. If I have to stand in a will call line, I don't consider that convenient, do you?"

Her: ""

Me: "OK, what do I have to do?"

She gives me instructions and, thankfully, I had saved the original email confirmation on my work computer because it had a piece of information necessary to set up Will Call.

Me: "If the tickets arrive today or tomorrow, can I use them instead of going to will call?"

Her: "If they arrive today and you can call us before 5PM Eastern, we won't invalidate them."

That was impossible for me to do and they didn't arrive anyway. They arrived yesterday, the day of the concert. Surprisingly, I walked right into will call. I walked to the arena's will call line and was told I had to go to the Ticketmaster will call line at the other end. I went to the Ticketmaster will call line and was told I had to go to the Live Nation will call line at the next set of open windows. There was no one in line and it worked out fine.

People talk about the RIAA and how they just leech off of the artists and rip off the fans. They do and the sooner they become extinct, the better. Ticketmaster, Live Nation, and the rest of their ticket-brokering ilk can go to the extinction bin, too. More on the concert, a regular Sunday post, and the usual QOTD and BOTD later. I just had to get that out of my system.

A slow week

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Mike Celizic (My friend, Nightfly, calls him "Hat Guy") thinks the NFL should adopt a version of college footballís BCS. At the halfway point of the season, he is convinced there are only two teams in the league. They are, of course, the Patriots and the Colts. About the confusion of deciding who is best, he says:

But thatís what polls and computers are for ó to sort those sorts of things out.

Computers are good for a lot of things but not that. Just play the games. A lot can happen in the next three months. Remember Michigan and Ohio State last year? Those were the two best teams according to the computers. And I wouldn't write off the NFC. They won 5 of 7 from the AFC last weekend and I think their landscape is going to change quite a bit between now and January. I don't think the NFC is as weak as some say. If my Saints get to the Super Bowl, I'd love for them to play the 18-0 Patriots.

Quote of the Day
We're in a dome, great kicking conditions, but when the fans are booing you it's just echoing everywhere. I mean -- people -- support him. You want him to make it, right? Don't boo. Cheer.
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "Another Sunday looms, and for us Rams fans that means it's another week of `ifs' as we look forward to another chance to put that first tick mark on the other side of the ledger."

I hpe that event is postponed for a week. -Rob

Just some thoughts on a CrabAppleLane Sunday

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Part Two of this big football weekend at CrabAppleLane gets underway in about an hour. The Saints have a tough customer in the Jacksonville Jaguars. I like their chances but don't know if my constitution can take it if it's another close game in the fourth quarter ... as it figures to be.

Part Three: It says here that the Colts will get by the Patriots in the most hyped regular season game of all time. Joseph Addai makes the difference.

Part One of this big weekend of football is done. The LSU Tigers are determined to give half of their considerable following heart failure. That was a tough win last night in Tuscaloosa. It took about 4 hours and there were many, many great plays made by both teams. Six of the nine teams the Tigers have played this year were ranked and playing well when LSU saw them. They won five and lost that one on the road in triple overtime. The schedule has been brutal. The SEC teams are intimately familiar with them and the game last night featured two teams that each had two weeks to prepare for the other. That Alabamaís head coach was LSUís head coach a few years ago added more than a little to the intensity. So, pardon me if I dismiss anyone who thinks they should be winning by more.

Poor Nebraska. Poor Notre Dame. NOT. Those two programs richly deserve to know what itís like to be overmatched and out manned but they were neither. They were just outplayed.

Itís yet another glorious CrabAppleLane Sunday but the image I leave today is one I took yesterday when I was out on the bike. It was taken about 500 feet from the CrabAppleLane doorstep on Hwy 1083. It can be quite picturesque out here sometimes. We truly love it. Enjoy.

Hwy 1083 North - Bush, LA - November 3, 2007
Hwy 1083 North - Bush, LA - November 3, 2007

Quote of the Day
I said maybe we should try running away from No. 72, because we sure werenít getting him blocked.
Nick Saban, Alabama Head Coach

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "Oh well, what can I say? I could complain about the replay officials, but we really shouldn't have even been in that game."

Big Football Weekend

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Took a break at halftime of the LSU-Alabama game to try to get an entry in. That's Part One of this big weekend. Saints-Jaguars tomorrow at noon is Part Two and Colts-Patriots tomorrow at 3:15 is Part Three. LSU is killing themselves at the moment in Part One with mistakes and penalties. We'll see how the other half turns out. Took the bike out earlier today for a short jaunt. I leave you with an image from the road.

Off Hemphill Road - Bush, LA - November 3, 2007
Off Hemphill Road - Bush, LA - November 3, 2007

Quote of the Day
I hate coffee-flavoured condoms. But I use ordinary condoms when I have sex with ladies other than my wife.
Tadesse Teferi, 37, Mechanic

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "Then of course, they interfere with air transport and operations. This doesn't seem to hold water now does it with - East Midlands Airport Airport Plans For Wind Turbines"

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