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The Remains of the Day - March 30, 2008
The Remains of the Day - March 30, 2008

The Remains of the Day - March 30, 2008
The Remains of the Day - March 30, 2008

With proper apologies to the fine book/movie of the same name, this is what's left of

39lbs crawfish
3lbs sausage
3lbs creamer potatoes
6 lemons halved
2 oranges quartered
2 limes halved
5 cloves garlic halved
6 yellow onions quartered
salt and Zatarains Crab Boil to taste

9 people, including yours truly, take full and happy responsibility for it. This was last night's dinner. I just pour the remnants into a pile out in the CrabAppleLane backyard. The insects and worms will eat their fill, the birds and other critters will pick at it, the sun will bleach & dry it out, and the lawn mower will chop it into little fertilizer bits. Nothing wasted.

Don't know why the people writing headlines can't get Oklahoma State right. The LSU Lady Tigers played Oklahoma State yesterday in the women's NCAA tournament. The headline at was LSU/Ohio State II. I clicked on the link thinking that LSU and Ohio State had scheduled a football game. No. Today's Times Picayune, the local rag that should know better (Well, they both should know better), has/had a headline that reads thusly: "LSU downs Oklahoma 67-52". Oklahoma is NOT Oklahoma State as any student/fan of either school will attest. Accuracy was important at one time. At least, I thought it was. Oh, and Go Lady Tigers.

My March Madness brackets find themselves in a strange place: In contention. Go Horns and Go Jayhawks.

The sun is trying to peek out today. It was overcast and misty all day yesterday. The CrabAppleLane yard loved it. Everything is green today. I offer three from the CrabAppleLane yard.

CrabAppleLane tung nut blossoms - March 30, 2008
CrabAppleLane tung nut blossoms - March 30, 2008

CrabAppleLane tomatoes - March 30, 2008
CrabAppleLane tomatoes - March 30, 2008
It's been misting off and on all weekend. Glad I held off watering them. They much prefer the water that falls from the sky unfiltered.

Priscilla and the purple irises - March 30, 2008
Priscilla and the purple irises - March 30, 2008
Like all good pets, she prefers pond scum to fresh tap water. More flavor, I suppose. She'll be 19 in a few weeks so whatever she is doing is working for her. The story of how she came to us is nice if you care to read about it.

As a NFL football fan, I agree wholeheartedly with today's QOTD.

Quote of the Day
The system isn't broken, as the Giants showed in their Super Bowl XLII upset of the Patriots as the NFC's fifth seed. Yet the re-seeding shakeup is made for the right reasons: The competition committee wants more late-season games of the caliber of the Patriots-Giants Week 17 classic.
Jarrett Bell and Jim Corbett, USA TODAY

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "I lace 'em up for one of Canada's great pastimes (besides complaining, maybe), which turns out to be nothing like riding a bike."

New Favorite


Talked about my old favorite mug Sunday. I'm drinking from that one as I type here this morning. I'd like to discuss the one that arrived at CrabAppleLane yesterday. :)

CrabAppleLane mug - March 25, 2008
This one arrived yesterday courtesy of my cousin, Carol, and Snapfish. An unexpected and totally unnecessary gift. I was hoping to have it in time for her visit Sunday but it wasn't to be. She and Mom came up to CrabAppleLane Sunday afternoon. The mug came out much, much, much better than expected. It is now my favorite mug. Patsy and I really enjoyed the lovely visit and please come back any time. Thanks again, Carol. :)

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

Quote of the Day
Take me out to the black
Tell them I aint coming back
Joss Whedon & Sonny Rhodes, Firefly Theme

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "I challenge ALL readers to describe your favorite mug. But make sure it's your favorite, not the one you think is the coolest, but the one you actually use the most."

Easter Sunday

Happy Easter

I offer three from the CrabAppleLane backyard this Easter Sunday.

Favorite Mug - Easter Sunday - March 23, 2008
Favorite Mug - Easter Sunday - March 23, 2008
Bought this mug at the Minneapolis airport on our way back to New Orleans 20 years ago. Probably paid too much for it but it has become my favorite mug. I think it was 5 or 6 bucks. What's a favorite mug worth these days?

CrabAppleLane Azaleas - March 23, 2008 - Easter Sunday
CrabAppleLane Azaleas - March 23, 2008 - Easter Sunday
I was on an azalea planting mission a few years ago. I was determined to plant 30+ per year. I was buying the cheap ones from The Home Depot for $1.33/ea. I didn't care what color they were and I planted them randomly. They got a little scraggly on me because ... see next picture.

CrabAppleLane Azalea & Blackberries - March 23, 2008 - Easter Sunday
CrabAppleLane Azalea & Blackberries - March 23, 2008 - Easter Sunday
During my azalea planting mission, I planted two "cultivated blackberry" bushes. Cultivated blackberries have a bigger bush/vine, bigger berries, and much bigger thorns. Those two blackberry bushes and their offspring have taken over the azaleas. I was in there hacking away at them yesterday trying to bring them under control a tad. They defend themselves. I was wearing gloves but no eye protection. A vine brushed across my eyelid. It drew blood. Did I go get some eye protection before continuing? Of course not. Lightning may not be able to strike twice in the same spot but cultivated blackberries can. Yes, I am a recovering idiot.

Quote of the Day
The Dalai clique is scheming to take the Beijing Olympics hostage to force the Chinese government to make concessions to Tibet independence.
People's Daily (China)

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "After leaving the snow in Minneapolis, I wore short sleeve tees and capris this weekend in the nearly 70F weather. I planted azaleas and trimmed my rose bushes."


Boston Street - Covington, LA - March 21, 2008
Boston Street - Covington, LA - March 21, 2008
The forward slash seems to be stuck.

Quote of the Day
We're sitting on double shares
Jackie Scanlon, Sorcerer

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "Thereís only one kind of slash in a URL! On most keyboards, itís that key with the question mark."

In Plain Sight

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Weíve been catching an ad for a new show called In Plain Sight on the USA Network. Its website has the ad and the show has a prominent spot on the network's main page. We started seeing this ad in January and have been looking for the show on TiVo ever since. It looks like fun. They offered us no date or time for the premier ... until yesterday. My DVR has about two weeks of programming available for us to see. It's nowhere to be found because this show premiers in June. Six months of buildup? That show better work.

Iím really not much of a basketball fan but this first weekend, particularly the first two days of March Madness, are about as exciting as anything in sports. Live underdogs abound.

The Eagle That is Forgotten. Just lovely. Thanks, Marie.

Quote of the Day
Sleep softly Ö eagle forgotten Ö under the stone
Time has its way with you there, and the clay has its own
Vachel Lindsay, The Eagle That Is Forgotten

Blog of the day via Marie is here.

Quote from said blog: "The Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site, administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is the birthplace and longtime residence of poet, author and artist Nicholas Vachel Lindsay, 1879 - 1931."

March Madness starts today. Got your brackets ready? It says here the Georgetown Hoyas will be cutting down the nets in April. Bet any house you have to lose.

About today's QOTD: The story is here.

One of the coolest photos I've seen in a while. Only in Europe, I suppose. I think there's probably laws against it in the U.S. "Departing in style" is the title. Indeed. The photographer is tataAnne and her FlickR photos are fabulous.

Spent most of the day in the yard yesterday. First serious yard work of 2008 and also got down the tomato garden. Best sight of the day: One of the CrabAppleLane nesting bluebirds swooped down into my freshly tilled tomato garden and scooped himself a grub. Second best sight of the day: One CrabAppleLane hummingbird chasing off another from the mandevilla. I offer a few on this magnificent spring Sunday.

CrabAppleLane tomato garden - March 16, 2008
CrabAppleLane tomato garden - March 16, 2008 - From the wormís view

CrabAppleLane Squirrel - March 16, 2008
CrabAppleLane Squirrel - March 16, 2008 - Squirrel: "Even though he is looking right at me with that camera, he can't see me when I stay perfectly still." He was about to jump to one of the bird feeders when he noticed me.

CrabAppleLane front yard - March 16, 2008
CrabAppleLane front yard - March 16, 2008 - Everything is blooming

CrabAppleLane bird feeder - March 16, 2008
CrabAppleLane bird feeder - March 16, 2008 - Favorite shot this morning. I liked the way the mirliton cables framed it and this is one of the best captures of a CrabAppleLane cardinal Iíve gotten. They are brilliant in the sunlight.

Quote of the Day
I'll give you black sensations up and down your spine
If you're into evil, you're a friend of mine
AC/DC, Hell's Bells

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "It nearly knocked itself out trying to escape but managed to find the open door eventually, not before I managed to take just one shot!"

Bet you don't see that title every day. Today's mini-rant and QOTD courtesy of USA Today:

Nearly 3 million homeowners were behind on their mortgages at the end of last year, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) said last week. An additional 1 million-plus borrowers were at risk of imminent foreclosure.

When an ordinary citizen gets in over his head, Mortgage Bankers say, "Awww, that's too bad.". Now that Mortgage Bankers have gotten in over their head, this ordinary citizen is tempted to say the same thing. However, I can only say this from the comfort of my locked-in interest rates on my mortgage, credit cards, and auto loan for the next few years. Hopefully, the crisis will have been dealt with before I need to ask anyone for money again.

First hummingbird sightings at CrabAppleLane:
March 14, 2001
March 17, 2002
March 10, 2003
March 20, 2004
March 12, 2005
March 12, 2006
March 11, 2007
March 9, 2008

Quote of the Day
I can't get you to pay if you've got no skin in the game.
Dennis Lauria, Lender and loan servicer

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "It might be a chick thing. Iím not sure. It could just be a wacko thing."

For the record, I love daylight savings time. Starting tomorrow, I'll be getting home from work in daylight regularly for the first time in almost 15 years.

While working in the yard today, Patsy and I both heard the unmistakable sound of a hummingbird but we didn't see it. Fresh nectar awaits. Can't wait till they start their regular visits again. They're right on time. I was expecting them this weekend. Update 7PM: Saw him. First one back gets uncontested nectar.

I offer one from the CrabAppleLane courtyard today.

CrabAppleLane Mandevilla - March 9, 2008
CrabAppleLane Mandevilla - March 9, 2008
Well, the trellis and the flowerpot were going to waste. I've had Mandevilla in the past but always the pink variety. I like this red much better. It's a rather expensive tropical vine that does OK in the hot Louisiana climate. I saw a couple this size at a nursery yesterday for $29/ea. When I saw this one today for $16 at Walmart, I thought I'd take a chance. I've never had any luck carrying a plant over from one season to the next, though. I'm hoping I'll be able to just leave it in the planter and carry it inside to protect it from the frost. We'll see.

Quote of the Day
The NFL got a little less interesting Tuesday. You watched Favre for what he did and what he tried to do. You marveled at his complete and utter fearlessness. You shook your head in amazement when he made great plays and when he made bonehead plays.
Gene Wojciechowski,

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "This is one of my favorite songs sung by one of my favorite singers, Eva Cassidy, who tragically died of melanoma in 1996 at age 33 before she became famous world-wide."

Quite lovely. -Rob

Ryan Perrilloux - ???

Ryan Perrilloux, LSU quarterback, is a mystery to me. He has the keys to a Mazzeratti and a ticket to the NFL if he could just keep himself out of trouble. Apparently, that's too much to ask. He was going to start at QB next year for defending National Champion LSU. That's his Mazzeratti. The Tigers have a lot of talent on offense. He has a great arm and has good presence on the field. That's his ticket to the NFL. He also has a propensity for screwing up off of the field and for being at the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people. That's going to derail his career. I hope he straightens himself out and makes something of himself but I surely support Coach Les Miles handling of him. He has been suspended indefinitely.

Caught a glimpse of two horses on my long way home today. Thought I'd share.

Folsom, LA - March 8, 2008
Folsom, LA - March 8, 2008

Quote of the Day
So many people are doubting us coming into the season because we lost so many guys. But they haven't seen a lot of the other guys who've been waiting their turn. I have, and they're going to step up and make big-time plays for us, just like last year.
Demetrius Byrd, LSU Tigers

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "The fledgling baseball league called Major League Baseball is trying to squeeze some money out of the juggernaut Cape Cod Baseball League."

About Brett Favre


Brett Favre finally retired. I like Brett. He plays hard, seems to be a good guy off of the field, and has a great sense of humor. Once again, to quote Adrian Monk, ďHereís the thingĒ: I was never enamored with his game. He has talent and a great arm. You'll never get me to dispute that. Iíve been watching him since he became the starter at Green Bay. I've been a fantasy football player for most of Brett's career. Fantasy football is all about statistics. Stats are not the true measure of a player and never will be but they sometimes provide a piece of the puzzle. Brett has been a decent fantasy QB in systems that don't subtract for interceptions. That's one of his things. He can throw five touchdown passes or five interceptions in any game. Here's another thing: It's not like he had to do it all alone. Here's a guy who has had more than his share of playmakers on his team. At wide receiver, he had Sterling Sharpe, Antonio Freeman, and Javon Walker. At running back, he has had the very best years of Dorsey Levens and Ahman Green. All of those players, and maybe a few others that I can't remember, had good years at Green Bay. Favre had some great games, some awful games, and he was great and awful in the same game sometimes. He seems to be a smart guy but he hardly ever played smart. One of our local sportscasters said of him once that he keeps both teams in the game. In a nutshell, that is Brett Favre. In his 17 years in the NFL, he never really outgrew that. His already bullet-proof legend will only grow over the next few years and heíll be a first ballot Hall-Of-Famer but I donít consider him one of the great quarterbacks of his era. I wish him well, though. Good Luck, Brett.

Quote of the Day
It's been a great career for me, but it's over.
Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "I am not sure how ducks are supposed to walk--nor, for that sake, how other birds walk--so I cannot use that criterion."

Bogue Falaya


I picked up lunch yesterday and we ate in Bogue Falaya Park. This time, I brought the camera AND I loaded the battery. Because of the spectacular thunderstorm we had last night, the river was higher than usual. White sand from our vantage point indicates that it gets quite a bit higher on occasion. The park is quite nice, still recovering from Hurricane Katrina, and quite serene on weekdays. We'll probably be doing more of this.

Bogue Falaya - March 4, 2008
Bogue Falaya - March 4, 2008
The green grass in the photo represents someone's back yard. This is old Covington and is certainly prime real estate. There are a few lovely houses for sale in these neighborhoods. I certainly can't afford any of them but maybe one of my readers can and could maybe invite us over whenever WE feel like it. :)

My friend, Andrea, is responsible for today's QOTD. She mentioned it the other day.

Quote of the Day
Little darlin'
It's been a long cold lonely winter
Little darlin'
It feels like years since it's been here
George Harrison (The Beatles) - Here Comes The Sun

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "If you did not stop reading this long winded post long ago, my point is that music did all of this, provided all of these wonderful memories and it just sucks that the kids as well as older people that missed out donít have this kind of stuff anymore."

That sounds just like Lester Bangs. -Rob

Indiana Jones

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OK, I admit it. I was IN before I saw the trailer. I am a sucker for bigger-than-life adventure. Opening night now, I think. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull looks like another great installment. Too bad Denholm Elliott couldn't be in it.

I didnít know what a ďtag cloudĒ was but I kinda like it now that I have one. See the column to the far right towards the top. Iíve only tagged 2008 entries so far. As time permits, Iíll get to the rest of them.

A spectacular thunderstorm blew through CrabAppleLane last night as I was trying to get to sleep. Amazing that we didnít lose power. We did lose our local HD channels on our DirecTV but resetting the receiver resolved that. The new DirecTV satellite systems are a little delicate in that regard. We seem to be resetting the receiver once or twice per week.

The spam flood I spoke of yesterday has abated considerably but I will leave comment moderation on for another day or two. Iíll check in periodically so that legitimate and valuable comments get published without much delay. No combination of keywords or filters could stop the spam and the majority of it was getting through and getting published.

Quote of the Day
I hate snakes, Jock. I hate 'em.
Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "Been a slow Indy news week since the release of the much anticipated trailerÖwhich if you havenít seen the international version, which is slightly different, check it out here at AICN. That doesnít mean there hasnít been news."



We finally got through Once yesterday. I found it a little slow at first and we were both a little too tired to get through it Saturday night. I also found that both of the main characters spoke in very soft voices. There is music throughout the film so it was an exercise in volume control at CrabAppleLane. Turn up the volume to pick up what they were saying and turn down the volume when the music started blaring. It's a boy meets girl kind of story with some warm and quirky twists. The film doesn't even bother to name the two main characters. He's an Irishman living in Dublin. He works in his dad's Hoover repair shop in the city and is a street musician in his spare time. She is an immigrant from the Czech Republic who cleans houses. She lives in an apartment with her mother and daughter. They have no telephone but they have a TV. The three twenty-something guys next door, also immigrants, let themselves in to watch their TV and this is deemed normal. His father taught her to play piano. She can't afford a piano in Ireland because they're too expensive so she goes to a music shop where the owner lets her play. The story is about these two characters and the music they make. I liked the story much more than the music although some of the music was excellent. It's a good film.

Once again, Roger Ebert misses some details so thoroughly that I wonder if he's watching the film when he's in the theater. I've mentioned this before. From his review of Once:

"He takes her to a music store where he knows the owner, and they use a display piano."

"He" doesn't know the owner. "She" does. How could he miss that?

Comment moderation is turned ON at present because this entry is getting blistered with spam comments. I'll close comments on that entry in a few days and then I'll turn comment moderation OFF, too.

Quote of the Day
What's the Czech for "Do you love him"?
Guy, Once

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "These are grown in the wonderfully named town of Koonoomoo here in Victoria, probably as far away as you get from their homeland. They are being sold under the name of La Petite and as we found out from the grower, they are plums from the Aquitaine region of France."

Cool name for a blog. -Rob

CrabAppleLane Sunday - Spring is here


Glorious spring Sunday here at CrabAppleLane. Excuse the short one but I have to get back out in it. I offer one from the CrabAppleLane front yard and one from the CrabAppleLane backyard.

CrabAppleLane Redbud - March 2, 2008
CrabAppleLane Redbud - March 2, 2008

CrabAppleLane Backyard - March 2, 2008
CrabAppleLane Backyard - March 2, 2008

Quote of the Day
Oh, put me in, Coach - I'm ready to play today
Put me in, Coach - I'm ready to play today
Look at me, I can be centerfield.
John Fogerty, Centerfield

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "We wonít have Dish or phone service until Friday, but the payoff is high-speed internet so Huzzah! H is hella excited because high-speed internet = XBOXLIVEOMIGOD. We may never see him again."



The QOTD is dedicated to those who claim to hardly ever watch TV yet own a 60" high-definition flat screen or something similar or have a Netflix account. Seems to be a quite common dichotomy these days if it's true. I don't think it is. I don't believe them. Chance the Gardener is one of my favorite movie characters ever and I always think of him when someone tells me, "I don't watch much TV".

On tap later today (After a most excellent crawfish boil) at CrabAppleLane is Once. There's been a lot of buzz following this movie around and I hope that doesn't hurt the movie's chances with me. Although (And unfortunately) it's rare when I do, I prefer to have no expectations about movies.

Below the jump is a movie meme I got from Sheila who got it from Tracey. I've been avoiding/ignoring memes for a few months but I love movies so I did this one even though I wasn't invited. :) I'm using Tracey's rules because putting things in red is a bit problematic here. Update (11:35AM): Cullen also has a list and a cool thing he did with some of his movies was shamelessly stolen by yours truly. Another update (3/8/2008): Nightfly has one up, too. He has some catching up to do. I kinda envy him.

Quote of the Day
I like to watch TV
Chance, Being There

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "I've been seeing a lot more of this lately; Newspapers and magazines which have slashed or outright decimated their gardening content to the point where you can barely line a birdcage with the stuff, are now asking us to write their articles for them... for no pay... and they get to keep all rights to our submissions."

The next line in that blog entry is excellent, Very nice rant. I agree 100%. -Rob


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