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Moving Day

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The blog is moving to for now.

Sometime next weekend, it will be

Actually, I think both addresses will still work but one will surely be easier to remember.

Bad day in Minneapolis


Amazing picture of the horrific bridge collapse in Minneapolis yesterday. Absolutely unreal what happened there. Dave's account of it.

35 days until football season ...

Quote of the Day
There were two lanes of traffic, bumper to bumper, at the point of the collapse. Those cars did go into the river.
Minneapolis Police Lt. Amelia Huffman

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "All 60 kids on the school bus got off the bus. About 10 have gone to the hospital. About 30-40 are still on the scene and need to be picked up by their parents."

Just stuff in the news


Good to see Julie Christie acting again. She is phenomenal in everything I've ever seen her in, particularly Shampoo and McCabe and Mrs Miller. I even liked her in Doctor Zhivago, which I didn't much care for. Maybe I have to see it again some day. Don't remember much of it and was probably too young the first time.

I don't think an X-rated nude carwash would go over so well in America even if it could get past the protests, ordinances, legal challenges, etc ...

The Bubbles íní Babes car wash in Brisbane prompted a flood of complaints with a topless car wash for $45 and a nude car wash with X-rated lap-dance service for $82.

$45??? $82??? I'd complain, too. I never pay more than seven or maybe eight bucks for a carwash the two or three times a year I bother.

As noted here a few days ago, Ricky Williams is still an idiot. He is no longer a Saints OR Dolphins idiot, though. I suspect he'll get a chance with someone. If the NFL lets him, I think the guy can still play. However, at 30 (Old for a running back in the NFL), I doubt he can make enough on any contract to pay the $8.6 million he still owes the Dolphins. I imagine whoever wants him will have to work out compensation with them like maybe some of the 8.6 and players or draft choices. Trading their entire draft in 1999 and a 1st rounder in 2000 for Ricky Williams was one of the worst ideas in Saints history and it was only salvaged from being the hands down very worst by one of the best ideas in Saints history; trading him away to the Dolphins. From CrabAppleLane's perspective, it's kind of fun to watch this saga from a safe distance.

About today's QOTD: I just love the second sentence. Wonder what the record is in Cincinnati.

Quote of the Day
Nicholson already was one of nine Bengals players arrested during a nine-month span, turning the team into a prime example of player misconduct. The team had gone four months without having a player arrested.
Associated Press via MSNBC.COM

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "April's cold snap in the U.S. shows that although the globe as a whole may be warming, there is still plenty of natural variability capable of bringing very cold weather to local regions."

Items in the news and other stuff


More airport security. I need more information but just for my own curiosity. This security measure wouldn't bother me in the least. If the images blur the faces and something happens on the flight, how are they going to review the image later to determine what the bad guy/girl was carrying and how it got past the scan?

Prince Harry is not going to Iraq. It may be unfair but I tend to agree with the reasoning. About today's QOTD: The linked AP/MSNBC article has an associated video that has similar, but not exact, statements from General Sir Richard Dannatt. I quoted the video. The AP/MSNBC either misquoted or quoted from another speech not linked. No biggie but I thought I'd explain the discrepancy.

Happy Birthday, Duncan and Nikki.

112 days until football season ...

Quote of the Day
These threats exposed not only him but also those around him to a degree of risk that I now deem unacceptable.
General Sir Richard Dannatt, British Army Chief of Staff

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "You really don't want a thick report documenting all the ways your network is insecure."



I suppose you could classify wildfires as weather events. My friend, Dave, has done a few entries (Start there and scroll forward) on the wildfire thatís blazing on Minnesotaís Gunflint Trail. In the news yesterday morning on my radio, it was reported that 50 of Floridaís 67 counties were fighting major blazes. Canít find a link to verify it but it has the ring of truth to me. Wildfires are yearly events out west and they're contending with their share of them now, too. We donít get wildfires in Louisiana. At least, none that I remember. I have no idea why we don't. Our climate is very similar to Florida's. We have "burn bans" in effect in my area during the summer that only two or three people observe. I would gladly welcome relief from the weather events we do get but I'm very thankful for our good fortune so far on wildfires. Good Luck to all of you, especially those firefighters.

Quote of the Day
It was scary, and as close to something that I wouldn't want to experience again. I drove down through [on Highway 5], both sides of the road were burning, and trees were tumbling -- nothing in front of me. But I had to turn the air conditioning on. It was pretty hot in the truck.
Tony Faras

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "A volunteer firefighter from Springfield, ME was killed 2007-05-07 when the fire truck he was operating overturned."

Slow news day


"Breaking News"

screamed the flashing headline across my computer desktop. What? The Supreme Court made a landmark ruling? A jetliner went down? Someone found Jimmy Hoffa? No. Rosie O'Donnell is leaving The View after just one year. Whatever you think of Rosie O'Donnell, is that really headline news?

Speaking of headlines, this one from USA Today:

Execute bin Laden? Nations differ on answer

Catch him, then talk about it. I lean toward imprisonment.

And, finally, taking a family of four to a Major League Baseball game costs $176.24 (Great, very funny article). Relax, baseball fans. Costs quite a bit more to go to a NBA game and even more to go to a NFL game. When I gave up my Saints tickets back in 2000, I was out $190 per game before I walked in the door. That was just for tickets and parking and it was only two tickets. There are cheaper tickets available for all of those games, though. If you can find free parking (I think free parking is a myth), if you limit yourselves to one hot dog and one soft drink each, a family of four can probably see any game for about $100. You'd be very hard-pressed to do it cheaper than that, though.

Quote of the Day
I don't like the idea of a person walking down the street and shooting someone in cold blood just for exercise.
Walter Bain, Retired Navy Petty Officer

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "Tomorrow, in case you hadn't noticed my sidebar, is Parental Alienation Awareness Day. Not that anybody who's ever been on the receiving end of parental alienation can really help being aware."

Virginia Tech

Not much to say this morning.

Quote of the Day
Campus closed today
Virginia Tech

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "This article in The Economist highlights a study that suggests that ostriches are either the descendants of dinosaurs or actual dinosaurs themselves."

Better late ...

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A new development has appeared in the pissing match mentioned here the other day between the New Orleans CBS affiliate and the New Orleans cable carrier. At the time, I thought Cox the cable carrier was dealing from strength and was issuing the threats. Seems WWL the CBS affiliate had an ace in the hole to counter those threats. CBS is carrying the Super Bowl this year. Iím sure Cox didnít want to send all of their subscribers scrambling for old time antennae (Like the one CrabAppleLane has) days before a Super Bowl and they surely didnít want to piss off their affluent subscribers with their big screen HDTVís and catered Super Bowl parties. Damn inconvenient for Cox that their contract with WWL expired just days before the Super Bowl. The two sides decided a 30 day extension (Free registration may be required) would be beneficial. At the root of all this? What else? Money.

R.I.P., Molly Ivins. I used to read the pundits more at one time than I do now and as pundits go, I found Mollyís sense of humor made her more readable than most. I liked her.

Quote of the Day
And he's fresh. He's new. He's smart. He's insightful. And I really regret that some have taken totally out of context my use of the world 'clean.'.
Senator Joe Biden, D-Delaware

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "Then last week, as I was walking to lunch, I saw that one of the bridges over the Chicago River was closed and a giant crane was lowering a man in a tiny rowboat onto the river."

And that's why mine goes almost everywhere with me. -Rob

Rumors were rampant in southeast Louisiana in August/September 2005 and this is an example of how things were reported during the chaotic days that followed Hurricane Katrina: It was reported that the Danziger Bridge, a photographic favorite here, was the scene of a shootout between the New Orleans Police Department and six people that were described as gunmen. It was reported then that five were killed and one wounded. First, the dead and wounded count was wrong. There were two dead and four wounded. Second, there appears to be several versions of this story. This story has already turned political, racial, and tiresome. Doubt anyone will believe the final outcome.

What little I know about this area and human nature: The Danziger Bridge is a draw bridge on Chef Menteur Hwy that spans the Industrial Canal. It is not known for pedestrian traffic. In fact, I have never seen a pedestrian on it. How people came to be shot on it is Katrinaís doing. New Orleans East is on one side of the bridge and the Ninth Ward and Gentilly are on the other side. The shootings occurred on September 4, 2005 (Six days after Katrina passed). There was 4-10 feet of standing water on both sides of the bridge then. All of the businesses on both sides were severely damaged by storm, by flooding, and by looters. As for the residents in this area who didnít evacuate, imagine being stranded with no services whatsoever. Imagine 99ļ temperatures during the day with 100% humidity. Imagine looters, many of them armed, all around you. Then, there was a stressed out police force dealing with the stressed out citizens. Donít know what happened that day on that bridge and probably never will know but I'm mostly surprised there weren't more incidents like this one.

Quote of the Day
We know that there were a lot of people out there who saw and heard what happened.
Mary Howell

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "seen at Conscientious"

Photoblog. -Rob

Tylenol for Arthritis?


My arthritis is flaring up now that the weather is changing. Itís no big deal. In my case, it manifests itself as stiffness in the joints and some pain in my left knee. This occurs mainly after periods of stillness like a nightís sleep, an hourís commute to work, an hour or more uninterrupted at my desk, etc. It is not anywhere near unmanageable yet but sometimes I move like a person beyond my years. Ibuprofen, warm showers, and exercise all do wonders for this but I like to stay up on other remedies like Tylenol and Tylenol for Arthritis. My wife, also suffering from arthritis, likes to keep up on it, too. She sent me this article yesterday. The money quote:

Despite the widespread use of Tylenol, scientists do not know exactly how it suppresses pain.

What????? Doctors and hospitals pass Tylenol out like candy. Itís been a best seller for years. Itís a staple in just about every household. No one knows how or why it works? Not a comforting thought. I think Iíll stick to ibuprofen, warm showers, and exercise.

Quote of the Day
That's really the importance of not playing today, is that you play five in a row. Actually, it's a better test because that's kind of what you do throughout the season.
Tony La Russa, St Louis Cardinals

Blog of the day is a blog neighbor from Slidell, LA. It's here.

Quote from said blog: "This park offers the opportunity to witness four different ecosystems AND a first hand look at an historic example of crooked Louisiana politicians."


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