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We need rest. A day with 4 year olds at a Chuck E Cheese birthday has a wearing effect on the 60 to 65 age Grandparents. We did get to meet his "girl friend" from day school. He knows how to pick them. Next year we are talking them into having it at a Church with a playground. That place was like Las Vegas for pre-schoolers.
I get the feeling some people might be upset with Althouse over the professor Epstein/Incest posts..
Be glad he had only one, tg. The Blonde's youngest nephew had all the girls in his class fighting over him at that age.PS Nice and evocative picture. Voyageurs camped at the end of a long portage. And Quebec is still weeks a way. And so is the alluring Metis girl.
I get the feeling some people might be upset with Althouse over the professor Epstein/Incest posts..Not so much. Some of her arguments are just discussion points designed to snap people out of sloppy thinking. When the dust settles you find that she's actually been waiting on you to catch up with a counterpoint she's already accepted as being valid.Sometimes not. You can't always tell.
Just been watching Sarah Palin's talk-show on Alaska; the one with the halibut fishing. Just wish she could have gotten Walters and Mitchell and Couric up there for an hour or two on the "slime-line!"
Is that Socratic thing again Fen?She's not going to feed us the law.
Hagar...Yes, that would have been perfect. So far Couric and Walters have been going after Palin that same way: first haul her on board a Net News boat, then club her senseless with impossible to answer questions, and then slit and gut the Video tape until the dead fish looks like a scary sea monster. Sarah's experience with halibut fishing helped her see their game, and now she is the hunter/fisher and they are her quarry. Who is this woman?
"Sometimes not. You can't always tell."She's a wascally wabbit.
I hope Ms. Sarah will give Ms. Walters another chance.
I hope Ms. Sarah will give Ms. Walters another chance.My fav show will be when she takes a dozen MSM "elites" out camping in Alaska and leaves them there. With a camera crew that documents their fumbling bumbling shrieking nightmare as they make a shivering descent into hypothermia and are, one-by-one, picked off by wolves.Vegas would prob give them 24 hours.And 2-1 that Couric can outrun Matthews and the Grizzly.
I'm surprised it's not"At the Deep Gray Cafe... you can date your dad."
I am registered to run a 5k tomorrow morning. It is supposed to be 16-18 degrees.I don't know what to wear.
Layers ...made me laugh. It encapsulates my experience with at the Deep Gray Cafe and Althouse in general. Reminds me of xkcd's map of tic tac toe moves.
Somebody call the fire department..The previous thread is on fire ;)Whatever happen to the Christmas spirit you people.I've started wrapping my shit up.
The calm before the storm.
Already storming here. I'd hate to be out walking around in this stuff.
I can't get over how beautiful that pewter sky is.
... it was in the bleak December,And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
For those of us who are nocturnal, the day is just getting started!Think I'll bundle up and go out to see if I can see any Geminids. Tomorrow night is the peak, but tomorrow night is not an option for me, so...
Regrettably, no. There's a hole in the clouds overhead large enough to see Orion and that's about it. No Geminids tonight in this neck of the woods.
Good HoursI had for my winter evening walk--No one at all with whom to talk,But I had the cottages in a rowUp to their shining eyes in snow.And I thought I had the folk within:I had the sound of a violin;I had a glimpse through curtain lacesOf youthful forms and youthful faces.I had such company outward bound.I went till there were no cottages found.I turned and repented, but coming backI saw no window but that was black.Over the snow my creaking feetDisturbed the slumbering village streetLike profanation, by your leave,At ten o'clock of a winter eve.Robert Frost
Would you like to see a photo of my second Belgian Sheepdog? How about a salad?
That looks like the dog from the time Meade lived in Cincinnati.
@LemI read that as "She's not going to feed us to the law."@fen @8:47 *snicker*Good stuff!
@Lem, more poetry for a frosty night:But God's own descent Into flesh was meantAs a demonstrationThat the supreme meritLay in risking spiritIn substantiation.Spirit enters fleshAnd for all it's worthCharges into earthIn birth after birthEver fresh and fresh.We may take the viewThat its derring-doThought of in the largeIs one mighty chargeOn our human partOf the soul's etherealInto the material.~Robert Frost (1962)
So far 15 inches of snow, over a layer of ice.The wind has gusted at 30, 40 mph. It's after midnight, and the geese still fly over head, honking in complaint at the buffeting blasts from Canada.A drunk teeters down the middle of the road, looking for home. I called the cops to help him find it, as he seemed too lost for the freezing night air.
@Chip Who could refuse? Pecans were toasted briefly to excite their oils.Man, I bet you have some killer pickup lines.Beautiful dog.
Good one, HKatz...you're referencing the sun in the picture?
Nothing deep gray about my day. It was deep white, with a touch of yellow. Like Pogo, we got a lot of snow. I don't know the official measurement -- all I know is that I had to shovel about 7 hours today. And there will be more tomorrow, after the plows have pushed the street snow into our driveway. The yellow? A lost yellow lab who showed up. He had a tag with a phone number, so I thought it would be easy to call and locate the owners. No such luck. The phone number was for a vet clinic in Iowa that's closed. We brought him inside briefly, but it wasn't a good idea. He wanted to chase our cat. A neighbor has taken him in while we try craigslist. We had one couple come over, but this was not their lost lab. He's a beautiful dog. Appears quite healthy and strong. If I had a big, fenced yard, I'd be tempted to keep him. Alas, I don't.
Freeman -- good luck with your run. Layers, as someone already said, are key. You want to keep the wind off, but you don't want to be sweating too much. And wear a hat -- one that covers your ears. And gloves or mittens.
@tradguy: Reading about your enjoyment of Christmas and the carols/songs/grandchildren today, brought to mind the helicopter ride; and I was once again glad you were turned back at the gate. I experience your consistently steady presence here as good.Yes! on CC as Las Vegas for Preschoolers, complete with the addictive Random Reward System.
Lem said..."Somebody call the fire department..The previous thread is on fire ;)"The fire was caused by the numerous explosions.
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I went back outside around 3:45 and the sky had mostly cleared. It was a chilly 50 degrees or so, but I had my winter coat and gloves, so it wasn't too bad. I stayed outside for around 15 minutes, saw a couple of Geminids and decided that I'd had enough. Tomorrow night will probably be better, for anyone in an area temperate enough to watch them.
Lots of wind driven snow here. Today I'll have to sit on that tractor and plow. Cold, cold, cold.
Good one, HKatz...you're referencing the sun in the picture?Thanks, it's mainly for the sun in the photo, but also for Lem's remark on how the previous thread is on fire.
How much snow in the Twin Cities area? They postponed the Vikings vs Giants game to Monday instead of Sunday, today.
On a cold night do what Meade does. Throw on another lawyer.
Wind chill has it at eight degrees now.
It was a chilly 50 degrees or soHeh.... that's chilly?
Oh pardon me, that's at my house. Wind chill is five where the race is.This blows. Literally. It's blowing up to thirty miles an hour.In Arkansas.
If I was a polar bear, then I would wanting AlGore's global warming back. This Global Cooling is enough to freeze a polar bear solid.
The roof on the Metrodome where the Vikings play, just collapsed. Now they'll have to build them a new stadium. I say use some high speed rail money for it.
Aren't they playing the Giants there on Monday?
rd,The game was originally scheduled for today. Now they don't know when it will be played.
Maybe they could both fly down to Dallas to play. Dallas used to have a football team, but now they just have that new stadium.How great would it be to have a Giants v Jets Superbowl THERE? LOLHere in NJ, 50 degrees and rain.No that there's anything wrong with that.
Poll survey: We're No. 2If nothing else, the poll makes clear that a growing number of Americans who were raised on the expectation that they would live better than people anywhere else believe that the nation faces the international equivalent of a knife fight for growth, jobs, and income.Don't think the US is no. 2 yet, but China is on a steeper more rapid growth trajectory.
Allen, with all the blowing snow, it's hard to know. At least 16 inches. It's hard as concrete today. The plow crews couldn't keep the airport running yesterday, which is why the Giants are in KC. As for a new stadium, if they want to play outdoors, there's the new TCF stadium for the University. Last time I checked, they don't have a real football team. As for the Vikes, they can get a new stadium just like the Twins did -- nineteen years after their second championship.
Peter,I was joking about the new stadium, but you know that this will be the big reason that they'll use. You're correct about the Gopher stadium. The snow out here is hard packed as well. I have the tractor plugged in and a fire in the woodburner out in the shop. Trying now to figure out how I'll plow. I can't plow the usual way because of the size of the drifts. Just came in from adding more wood to the fire, and the wind has really picked up.
Peter, will they need an alternative for the rest of the season? You're right, TCF is right down the road, though outdoors.
k*athy,The Giants, the team that the Vikings are supposed to play didn't bring their winter gear with them.
@ JamesIn southwest Florida, 50 is chilly. Temps in the 40s are cold. Anything in the 30s is bitterly cold. And anything below that kills our palm trees and other subtropical plants.
Today I'll have to sit on that tractor and plow. I thought the trend was not to till before spring, to keep the topsoil from blowing away.
Allen, they're also talking Detroit or NO. Seems to me that the Giants coulda flown in their winter duds.
It wasn't too bad.
In Rowling's fantasy series, the main characters must walk toward a wall, or better yet face a solid brick structure and run toward it as though it were not there. Doing so allows them to pass through the wall and enter another reality to fulfill their destiny.In my book, anyone who willingly walks toward what appears to be an impenetrable wall and passes through it, is a hero. From heart attack, alcoholism, job loss, skin cancer and foreign conflict, on down to the weather walls of blowing wind and mountains of snow, those who walk or run toward a formidable wall in the hope of passing through are to be commended.Bloggers too.
In my book, anyone who willingly walks toward what appears to be an impenetrable wall and passes through it, is a hero.You've heard of protons tunneling through steep barriers right?Happens everyday--maybe even inside you.
@HK: Ah. Lem was naughty for blowing on the coals.
Dog and owner reunited, for those of you who are keeping track. Freeman, glad your run worked out. K*thy, the Metrodome roof will be back up by next week. It has collapsed before -- but as a fabric roof, it's not the end of the world. I wouldn't say that it's made to collapse, but it's made to rebound from a collapse. And while the Vikings would love to have the stadium condemned, I think (or hope) the folks who run the dome are motivated to keep it going.
Glad abaout the dog, Peter. Are you up to a play by play of the reunion?
Wish I had been there to see the happy reunion, but it didn't happen that way. My neighbor boarded the dog overnight. He called animal control Sunday morning, and they came out to get the dog. (Yesterday, they weren't going out on calls because the roads were almost impassable.) Animal control was able to locate the owner. The owner called my neighbor to thank him.
Thanks, Peter, it was nice the owner called the neighbor.
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