All in the Game

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I must admit, it’s a big week around here. The college football season begins in a big way this weekend. I resolve, as usual, not to wind up like Arlo above. I know it’s all a big racket, and I’ve certainly been critical of big-time college sports in the strip over the years, but then, doggone it, my alma mater has a year like last year. It certainly was one of the most interesting seasons ever; even non-sports fans were watching the replays and talking about the end of the Auburn-Alabama game. It’s going to be another exciting year for us, I think, but there’ll never be another last year.

234 responses to “All in the Game”

  1. “Many new ones [homes, institutions, businesses, have a single handle . . .. ”

    “. . . businesses,] . . ..”, dammit. Closing ( ) or [ ] is my most common typo.

  2. Ohhh, I see. So that’s why I’ve been seeing various articles and preseason polls related to college football on the InterWebnet. Tempus fugit. Or, if you prefer, “Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.”

  3. The only good news is that the Razorbacks have beat Auburn at home 3 of the past four times they played. The point spread is 19 points in Auburn’s favor. I was surprised to see the number of Thursday games. I guess all the schools want to get that first game finished.

  4. Here’s a site that purports to be Godward’s complete works:

    I cannot find the TIP group of four, but page 2 on this site includes one or two of the separate paintings. The others may be somewhere on the site’s 9 pages.

    Godward was perhaps the last of the pre-Raphaelites, and seems to have had a one-track mind. There is a bio at the end. He committed suicide at age 61, and may have blamed it on Picasso. Perhaps there was more to it.

  5. Hum. Thursday college football games. Less competition for eyeballs. Potentially larger TV audiences. Higher TV ad rates. Increased revenue for the college teams playing Thursday football games. Yeah, I can sort of understand that.

  6. I’m guessing Godward may have disliked Picasso because Picasso seemed to have trouble drawing eyes and limbs, much less boobs, in the right places.

  7. There are new people in the apartment across the hall. Mom, dad, non-speaking toddler, and a dog. I cannot open my stupid front door without this dumb dog losing its mind. BAAAAARRRRRRRKKKKKK! BARK BARK BARK! (repeat as many times as you like) This of course sets the kid to crying hysterically. I am in and out with boxes and such, so basically this dog barks all day long and this kid screams all day long. I keep hearing the mother trying (in vain) to shut up the dog and quiet the baby. I am so SO glad I am not on the other side of that door.

  8. Thank you Jimmy, for finally helping me understand my husband and his football rants! Yes, he is JUST like Arlo and yes, I am JUST like Janis!!! and I guess I have to add War Eagle!!!

  9. Or as Debbe might say, “There is all the difference in the world between a hen that can’t lay an egg and a hen that can lay an egg and won’t.” 🙂

  10. Maybe. That’s the difference between an economically useful bird and one that is not. But there is all the difference in the Universe between a Sunday painter like me and the mind that could conceive of the “Guernica” or “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon”. Not to speak of artists like Munch and Klee who likewise could draw but wouldn’t. And definitely n to speak of the fact that his paintings sell for in the millions and mine aren’t worth zilch.

  11. Ghost, and Mindy from Indy. A dog who barks at everybody is like the boy who cried wolf. Everybody begins to ignore it, rendering it of little value except as a self-actuating doorbell. Sorry, been reading Nero Wolfe and picking up his speech habits.

  12. “A green-and-black nudibranch devours a tunicate. Video at 11:00. Right here on News 69 On Your Side. When news breaks, we fix it!”

    Lily, I once heard someone say that Texas is the only state in the Union in which an affirmative defense for a homicide is “He needed killin’.” Of course the problem is (or would be for me) once you start, how would you know when to stop?

  13. Yeah, it’s well known in ER’s that all bleeding eventually stops. But what I meant is an adaptation of the the old saying, “You can’t go around killing people just for being jerks because how would you know when to stop?”

  14. My favorite was when a huge (over six-six) Dallas local music star got wasted and wandered away from the Lower Greenville bar he was drinking at and started pounding on the back door of one of the neighbors’ residences. The poor little guy that lived there fired a shot through the door, over the head (as he thought) of the guy pounding on his door and hit him right in the forehead. Dead at the scene. The Grand-Jury no-billed it.

  15. “I think the guy who shot the drunk…” Messy, messy! The jury acquitted due to reasonable doubt. There was no weapon, no gunpowder residue on the accused, and no witnesses. There was only CONJECTURE that the distraught father might have killed the drunk driver. Many people might have felt retribution to be justice, but the law doesn’t allow that.

  16. Hmp, there was only this dead guy with bullet holes in him. I think most people would deduce that *somebody* shot him. And it couldn’t be that grieving father whose sons were laying dead. Somebody else came by and shot him for unknown reasons? Don’t think so.

  17. “…no weapon, no gunpowder residue on the accused, and no witnesses…” (in short, little or no physical evidence) would certainly seem to me to add up to a very circumstantial case. Deducing something is not the same as proving it, at least not in a court of law.

  18. Darn, stopped by to say hello and this laptop erased me again. I was commenting that I not only have trouble with sensors but anything that requires finger tips that can be detected, like phones, gps, computers and finger print readers at license department.

    They think I am already gone, I suspect.

    I read about 5 days of comics, comments and emails, not much different than lurking. I did so hope the XXX agent on 9CL would be shot, just for being so boring but no such luck.

    Glad Mindy got moved, for better or not, sorry the chickens are gone with new cast.

    Read a good Oscar Wilde comment today, “A man who cannot think of ways to live beyond his means has little imagination.” If that is not correct, let the more erudite correct me. I was standing in the midst of great excess.

    The most excessive of all I missed, as they would not admit children, so I babysat 2 year old and my 93 year old mom.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  19. GR6: “Of course the problem is (or would be for me) once you start, how would you know when to stop?” Koko [Lord High Executioner] has the answer early in Act. I of G&S’s “The Mikado.” He has a “little list”, which he goes through, but finishes, “But it really doesn’t matter whom you put upon the list, For they’d none of them be missed, they’d none of them be missed.” G&S’s most popular opera, and quite good, but maybe 2-4 are better.

    Bob: () and []. I do that regularly, when I expect later to insert, for instance, a person’s DOB and DOD, but never thought to do it when simply writing. Thanks, emb

    Lily: Not as realistic, but in his ‘blue period’, he did some fine portraits. His nursing mother [don’t know if that’s the actual title] hangs in ‘our’ bedroom, as does his young couple, title also on the back of the framed print.

    Also, where did you get “A green-and-black nudibranch devours a tunicate.” I know who both [not specifically, but in general] are and would like to see the video

  20. Did a search but couldn’t find that one. However, this:

    has a photo gallery of nudibranch mollusks. I’ve met only one or two of those pictured, OR coast, rocky intertidal zone at low-low spring tides [a few days every two weeks, early am, June-Aug]. The ‘low-low’ [as distinguished high-low, low-high, and high-high] w/b in a separate lecture. They might show up in a search. For practical zool. purposes, suffice to say the summer tide regime along the OR and WA coasts accts. for the great diversity of marine critters in the intertidal zone there.

  21. Here it is:

    It’s a still photo, but gorgeous [literally]. The nudibranch is a dorid species, with the ‘naked gills’ bunched on the rear dorsal surface. The other major group has paired, right and left naked gills along the sides. World’s prettiest snails, though some shelled snails come close.

  22. emb: yep, that’s it.

    Jackie: Just today, I was copying ““The Soul is born old, but grows young. That is the comedy of life. And the body is born young and grows old. That is life’s tragedy/” – Oscar Wilde ” into my book of quotes

  23. Lily, Psst, it seemed like an obvious suicide to me. Leo humor. I have to lower my standards occasionally. Even a bad oyster can contain a pearl.

  24. Good morning Villagers…..

    These dog day mornings, afternoons and evenings are killing me, good old sweltering dog days…..with no relief in site according to

    Yes, Jackie, I have a new cast….unfortunately, the old girls were spent hens. When they were gearing up for the big purge, they brought in a truck trailer and it even had the words “spent hens” label on it!

    Indy Mindy….you have my sympathy when it comes to moving. My mom would keep my addresses in pencil because I moved so often. Do not miss apartment complex living, in one such place, the walls and floors were so thin, you could hear the bed squeaking upstairs…almost every night 🙂

    This is one smart panda:

    GR 😉

    gotta go….the last of the hens are being put in as I type…..more counting,

    Jerry, you keeping an eye on the gulf?

    ya’ll have a blessed day

  25. Lilyblack: That case with the 6’6″ music star was similar to a case in the Detroit area. A girl got in an accident and started wondering the neighborhood. She was drunk/high and when she pounded on this guy’s door, he shot her:

    The man was convicted on 2nd degree murder, partly because he took the stand. His original story was that it was an accident, but he also admitted that he was scared. This case also drew a lot of attention due to the different races of the shooter and the victim

  26. Several neat items in today’s Writer’s Almanac. In the one on radio commercials, note the comment by the Republican who was president when I was born. Would he be ushered in or out by today’s GOP?

  27. Debbe, I have a friend in his late 60s who says he’s moved 27 times. I hope you don’t move as often as he has. And no, he’s not career military, although he is a veteran. (Oddly enough, we both had the same Nurse Practitioner as primary care provider at the VA for a few months, just before she retired.)

  28. Good morning, Villagers.

    Steve: But note the difference. Your shooter had to take the stand, which means he was charged with something, while ours was no-billed and didn’t even get charged. We take a pretty stern attitude toward people “putting in fear” here in Texas. It is a definite rationale for killing somebody. I can’t count the number of times I have heard of people shooting and sometimes killing burglars, trespassers, and threatening drunks. Shoot ’em if they are putting you in fear of bodily harm, and the law has nothing to say. Which is how we like it, here.

  29. Lying after the fact is the quickest way to turn a legally justified use of a firearm into a prison sentence.

    I have a personal policy of not pulling the trigger when I am not 100% certain what my target is. (Not shooting through doors means never having to say I’m sorry.) But that’s just me. Do what what you sincerely feel is right (and what the law in your state allows) to save your life and/or the lives of others when the SHTF. And don’t lie about it afterwards.

  30. Yeah, the last time I had a brush with the federales, they were like, “You were doing 82 in a 65 MPH zone” and I was all googly-eyed “Are you sure officer? I don’t think this MG will go that fast.” 😀

    When Neesh bit that drunk, I was all “Just the facts, ma’am.”

  31. When stopped by the police always begin your interaction with them by insulting their intelligence. Yeah, that’s a good plan.

    Might work for you Lily, but I’m not nearly as small, cute or female as you are. 🙂

  32. And before someone asks, “What intelligence?”, let me cite my SWAT ninja firearms trainer. He’s just your typical redneck Southern cop…with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. And a masters in Political Science.

  33. “Many people might have felt retribution to be justice, but the law doesn’t allow that.”

    It seems to be the way of life in Southwest Asia, and look how pleasant life is over there. Seriously, shooting someone through the door, sight unseen, should be a criminal offense in itself.

  34. Watching the Cincinnati Reds baseball game in their stadium right by the river. Showed the name of a boat moored there; it was the Arrrr & Arrrr.

  35. Ed: Seriously, shooting someone through the door, sight unseen, should be a criminal offense in itself.

    It’s certainly foolish. You should always wait until you have acquired a target. Warning shots (and blindly shooting through a door) just waste ammo.

    The real problem is that the people inside the home have their adrenaline flowing, their hearts pumping, and their brain stem taking over with the fight/flight reaction to the perceived threat. Rational thought is hard under those circumstances.

  36. Retribution is a way of life for some in our society today. And I am speaking of US-born citizens, not immigrants. We had a man shot to death this past weekend here while in a business. His crime? Dating another man’s ex-wife. The dead man leaves behind a young daughter and a church full of grieving friends.

  37. I had read about the stones a couple of times. The theory I saw last was that a thin film of water on the clay made it possible to move the stones in a moderate breeze. The combination of ice and water actually makes quite a lot of sense. Take a melting ice cube, in a puddle, and it has practically no friction.

  38. Debbe, The Gulf is doing fine and making the “experts” look silly every day. Since we are talking about shooting people, and real people were the targets we were discussing, allow me to do a what if. What if there are reports of ebola in Mexico? What do you think would happen? Does that make you go hmmmm? That’s nothing. What if ebola breaks out in China? Does that make your head explode?

  39. Emb, thank you for the link to the “slithering stones”. Very interesting! And the ad that came beside the story, for Hamline University, I read as “Hemline University” until I looked again. I do this sort of thing quite often and find it really amusing. I should start writing them down.

  40. “It seems strange that such a hot spot could also have freezing temperatures in the winter!”

    Cold air sinks, and DV is the lowest spot in the US. We get our first frosts in the low spots. Deserts are often cold at night; as air cools in the mts. around DV, I suspect it can cool to freezing pretty fast, maybe not just in winter.

  41. Yeah, I had read about the moving stones in the past and saw an online article earlier today. Like emb, I’d never really worried about. I just blamed it on ghosts. 🙂

    Charlotte, I too see a lot of “Hemlines”. 😉

    Jerry, if China gets wiped out by the virus, would that mean our debts to them would be cancelled?

    But if there were an outbreak in Mexico, we’d probably know it about a day later, when we realized we were having an outbreak, too, and traced it back to Mexico.

  42. emb: Also, dry air both gains and gives up heat much more rapidly than moist air, giving the potential for some surprisingly cold nights in the desert, at all times of year. The same mechanism makes for very rapid temperature drops after sundown in the wake of a winter cold frontal passage (FROPA), even in the Deep South.

  43. I didn’t mean to get weird but I was reading a 1995 Time magazine article about ebola and as bad as it sounded then the situation is so much worse today. There was a book about ebola that came out several years ago that was really interesting but I can’t remember the title right now. I have occasionally seen copies in used book stores.

  44. Now that I’ve had time to think about it, fairly modern but totalitarian regimes such as China may well fair better than we would in case of a deadly worldwide pandemic. They can more easily prohibit travel to prevent its spread; sweep up infected patients; and intern them in “medical camps” to wait for the infection to burn itself out…all the while making sure that the members of the ruling classes have access to whatever medications are available to prevent/treat the disease in order to preserve continuity of government. You know, all the possibly effective steps that wouldn’t likely fly in Western democracies.

    Yep, I’ve been reading too many dystopian novels lately.

    Debbe 😉

  45. The only dystopian novels I have ever read are Brave New World, Animal Farm, and The Day of the Triffids. I have never reread any of them. Give me The Lord of the rings, Jane Yellowrock, and the Riddlemaster. And, as I have said before, I’ll start worrying about Ebola when I see my first case. Who wants to live forever, anyway?

  46. I read The Day of the Triffids. Not bad SF, as I recall. Also saw the movie. At a drive-in. My date thought it was scary. I held her close and convinced her everything would be OK. Fond memories of that movie. 😉

  47. 4:16am – Finally on the downward swing. Really was hoping to be done by now, but alas, no rest for the wicked. I’ve got two full carloads and one special “kitty load” and I am done. Then I have a few hours at home until I pick up my sister and BIL in Ohio, drive up to Fort Wayne (three total hours one way), celebrate grandma’s birthday, drive them home, go home, go to bed and then get up for work on Sunday and see what messes my assistants got themselves into.

    BTW, I will be radio dark until the 9th. (I love Comcast. I love Comcast. I love Comcast…) Local paper runs this great strip; I’ll try to catch up with 9CL when I get back. Will try to pop in when I can in the interim.

    Re today’s real-time: My inner carnivore agrees with Arlo’s sarcasm. And why does Kronjwonky (whoever) lie?

  48. Good morning Villagers…

    Sideburns….27 times is a lot of moving, I plan on not ever moving again….lived here 15 years and plan on dropping dead here 🙂 or the hen house!!

    Jerry, that’s why I’ve labeled the web site in my bookmarks

    Happy trails Indy Mindy.

    Well, they’re all in…all 79,282, give or take 2 or 3. Had a disaster yesterday…ran out of gas euthanized some roosters and stressed hens. My son had to retrieve them out of the ‘kill’ box and break their necks. On the was home, I could see he was stressed, he said ‘yeah, it was pretty horrendous.” We were discussing yesterday the most humane way of ‘putting’ down the hens, and a fellow worker said he thought breaking their necks was quicker than suffocating them. All the CO2 does is take oxygen out of the air. I tend to agree with him. My son, Ian, says that roosters are harder to ‘euthanize’ because they have bigger necks

    Thank you for letting me share that with all of you.

    This ebola outbreak is alarming, as well as the President’s statement of “we don’t have a strategy, yet”.

    Ya’ll have a blessed day

    GR 😉 I remember drive-in movies too 🙂

  49. I don’t do Facebook…I’ll try anything once, and twice if I like it…..I didn’t try it again. It took a long time of lurking here before I mustered the courage to post…ya’ll just like fam damily 🙂

  50. Debbe 😉 Yeah, drive-in movies were pretty memorable, alright. 🙂

    I can remember when you first “mustered the courage” to join us here. Sure glad you did, hon.

  51. I just looked up “The Day of the Triffids” on IMDB. I noticed a cast member who went on to star in the initial episodes of Doctor Who: Carole Ann Ford, who played the Doctor’s granddaughter.

  52. Good morning,Villagers. I have a white sundress that I usually wear with cowboy boots. Two of my sundresses went to the church rummage sale. I don’t really like the look. I’d rather dress up with a nice top or mini or dress down with a tank or tee and shorts.

  53. The Man In My Life has several Hawaiian type shirts that he wears to cookouts and other informal parties. Personally, I wouldn’t be caught dead in one, but they are a strictly male style. In the same situation, I would wear a shell top and a miniskirt with huaraches or espadrilles. People keep trying to get me to wear gaudy costume jewelry with that type of outfit, but I am firm. Only plain gold. I know that makes me eccentric, but so be it. Tight gold necklaces show off my neck.

  54. I hope they throw the book at Ms. Crispi. Not for the home arson but for felonious destruction of bacon.

    Two elderly gentlemen were waiting for the elevator in the lobby of their high-rise retirement residence. When the doors opened, an equally elderly female resident stepped out, totally nude, and walked casually away. The first gentleman looked at the other one and asked, “What kind of dress was that she was wearing?”

    “I don’t know,” the second gentleman replied, “but my wife has one just like it.”

  55. “Grape juice”? Sure. I believe that.

    Some more kulture for ya…

    “A man can never have too much red wine, too many books, or too much ammunition.”

    ? Rudyard Kipling

  56. Even more kulture for ya…seems a good time to reprise something I wrote a while back.

    “Eulogy for the Sundress”

    The sundress is gone, with its intriguing bodice,
    but something comes to mind that gives me great solace:
    As time progresses into colder weather,
    the tighter the jeans and the snugger the sweater.

  57. Sorry to bust your bubble, Ghost, but my jeans aren’t tight and I never wear sweaters. They make me sweat (hence the name?) Outside I wear hoodies and sweats, except when I go out, and then I wear my Burberry. At the office I wear mock turtles (I have a short neck) under my scrubs and a lab coat over all.

  58. Dove season is coming up. I’ll use my Browning 28 gauge Model 21 pump, with the Modified Choke barrel ( have three: Cylinder, Modified, and Full choke). For deer I use my Remington 7mm. scoped with a Bushnell. After that, quail and I use my Browning Sweet Sixteen Auto 5 with a modified choke. Love that shotgun. It is a Belgian Browning and is so pretty. It was my grandfather’s and he left it to me in his will. We will be going on a Spring turkey hunt, and if I do, I will take the 7mm and the Sweet Sixteen.

  59. Sounds as though you have quite a nice battery of hunting firearms there, DM. Grew up hunting quail with my dad; alas, it’s been years since I last hunted them. I have a 20 gauge Browning Auto-5 that belonged to an uncle and then my dad. Love it, too.

  60. In case any of you know any football fanatics, tell them they can get an early start tomorrow – 8:30 AM early! UCF is playing Penn State in Dublin, Ireland. It will be on ESPN2. To show their support for our home team several of the local pubs are opening early; some are even serving breakfast.

  61. Times are tough, but I haven’t had to start patronizing pawn shops yet.

    “There’s a pawn shop
    On the corner
    Where I usually keep my overcoat.”

  62. Ghost: Yeah, I keep accumulating them. People give me stuff for some reason.You know about my .40 Glock, 9mm SIG-Sauer, and .32 S&W. I even have a WWII Schmeisser, completely automatic and illegal. When my dad gave me the Browning 21 it came in a neato gift case with the modified and cylinder choke barrels. Then somebody I had showed it to gave me the full choke barrel which sits in its own little leather case. I have never used it, but I clean it out once a year when I am putting the 28 gauge up for the year. You never know

  63. On the subject of justified homicides. Years ago as a young man in Wyoming (before the relocation to Texas) I had the local sheriff visiting out at my dad’s ranch tell me that if I ever needed to shoot a trespasser to be sure he fell into the house even if I had to drag him. I think it is a bit better here. If I have to shoot to protect my family or property I’m supposed to be OK. Have not had to test that theory, but I have a shotgun in the bedroom for such emergencies. I like a small shotgun far better than a hand gun. I figure if I’m looking at an intruder my hands are not going to be steady enough to hit a target as well as a shotgun with no choke will.

  64. Yeah, me, too. I have more firearms than I can afford to feed, especially handguns, that just seemed to accumulate over the years. And they don’t really wear out if you take care of them. I have a S&W Model 19 that my Dad bought almost 50 years ago that is literally like new.

    If I were to approach it logically, I’d probably sell most of them, except for my Glock 23 and Glock 27, since they both work for a living, and the Ruger KP89 that lives in my car. But I have to say that cleaning and maintaining guns is an excellent outlet for mild to moderate OCD.

  65. Good choice for home defense, Dennis. My SWAT ninja firearms instructor owns a Heckler & Koch MP5 9mm submachine gun, but he says his first choice for HD would be his Remington 1100 semi-auto shotgun loaded with 00 buckshot.

    One needs to do whatever is needed to protect one’s family and oneself, within the self-defense laws of your state. Preferably.

  66. We don’t even have to drag their body into our house in Texas. Our yard is fine, and since we are on 2.5 acres, that is kinda easy. I keep all my shotguns in the Gun Safe Of Doom. but my Glock .40 and my S&W live in my room within hands reach. Of course, the attacker would have to get through Neeshka first, and that wouldn’t be easy

  67. Good morning Villagers….

    Back at you, Galliglo 🙂

    We got eggs, my girls are laying (think ZZ Top tune)….have to hand pack them, as they are too small to go through the double packer….thought of the scene GR mentioned several months ago when Lucy and Ethel worked at a candy maker and the candy started coming in too fast on the conveyor….

    ….and yesterday was PAYDAY, and the Labor Day weekend started early at several businesses, but what better way to celebrate Labor Day by working 🙂

    Did anyone see where a young girl was at a firing range, was preparing to fire an Uzi and it misfired and killed the instructor…tragic. I saw one of those fired once, pretty much said it all.

    Heh, ya’ll have a blessed Caterday…..


  68. Okay, I’m done with my run and rounds, showered, blow-dried and combed and sitting in my office waiting to open the door in ten minutes. Or maybe less, I’m soft-hearted.

    A&J went over my head a bit, but the comments on The Dark Side didn’t. How is it those, um, rascals, can get nasty thoughts from a strip about coffee? No wonder I hate coffee. Catch them making up nasty things about tea! (Not saying anything about smoothies, I’ve heard them all!)

  69. Lily: Coffee is not responsible if idiots/bigots appreciate it.

    It is, however, an acquired taste, and boy, have I acquired it. Ii doesn’t give rise to nasty ideas/thoughts, but, like much else, some nostalgia. Even bad coffee. Maybe I’ve mentioned that, on a couple of trips over the pond [Britain, Europe], we flew out of and back to Winnipeg. On one return, we spent the night at the airport motel. At breakfast the next morning, I tasted the coffee and said to wife, “We’re back.”

    That was probably early ’80s. It may well be better now; good coffee has become widespread. We have both Caribou and Dunn Bros. in town, and > independent coffee house/café joints > you’d think the town could support. Be nice if we made similar progress on some other fronts.

  70. I drank coffee, bad coffee, I am sure when I was in college. There was a vending machine in the Biology building, and I always got extra sugar and cream. Hey, get all you pay for, right? But when I got out of the hospital with no coffee for 3+ months, and went back to visit my colleagues and friends in the Lab, I ate lunch with them and got coffee just like they did, and PU! They were trying to recruit me back, and I honestly think it was the thought of that coffee that immediately decided me to think about it instead of just saying “Yes!” I went to The Office Is My Life the day after that, asked for a job, and got one immediately. Started that Monday. That was over six years ago, almost a quarter of my life. Where does the time go?

  71. Debbe 😉 Thanks for dedicating the Springsteen song to me, hon. It’s one of my favorites, as well as being very appropriate now. Also, thanks for not dedicating the “upside down kitty” to me. 🙂

    And thanks, Lily, for ruining my “smoothie” joke. (No. I wouldn’t have done that. Really. Too easy. No challenge. I have my standards. 🙂 )

    I never developed the coffee vice. I always trumpet that, being as it’s one of the few vices I never developed.

  72. The problem with the opening day of college football is that you get too many snoozers between teams that had 11-2 records last year playing ones that finished 4-8. Of course, there’s always a chance for an exciting upset, but how often does that actually happen?

    And naturally, as I finished typing that, I looked up and saw the first quarter ending with West Virginia (4-8) tied 3-3 with Alabama (11-2). 🙂

  73. Somebody posted on a FB posting about skinny girls:

    Ashley Noel O’Donnell Lol I love when people make comments like she needs to eat. I can eat everything under the sun and I’m still a size 2. I get comments like that myself. Like excuse me for exercising and having a fast metabolism.
    Unlike · Reply

    I replied: “Best lunch I ever had. Some ladies bought a sundae and sent it to my table. I ate the cherry on top, tied the stem in a knot with my tongue, spit it on a paper napkin, and sat it on top the sundae. Then I left, giving them a grin and finger wave. Boy, did they look sour!”

  74. I once had a girlfriend who could do that. With a cherry stem, I mean. I still miss her.

    I just found my all-time favorite subject line on an email in my Spam Folder (and this is verbatim, including the emoticon):

    BuyExclusiverMedicamentz Here 😉

    Gee, I wonder what that could be?

  75. It’s really easy once you get the hang of it. I used to do that to cherry cokes back in the hospital cafeteria back in the olden days. Never failed to get a laugh or some clapping, even

    Dunno, Ghost, I don’t get spam, I have Yahoo

  76. Don’t look at me, emb. I never even understood the concept of buying new “distressed” jeans that look old and grubby.

    I use Yahoo Mail, too, Munchkin, but I still get about 5 or 6 spam emails per month.

    Some would have you believe this woman is a criminal, a psychotic, a menace to society or all three because she chose to take responsibility for her own safety. I would not be one of those people.

  77. I know some do and will, Ghost, but that is simply inconceivable to me. Those people are so anti-gun that they would rather see a woman beaten and raped than protect herself. It’s like a monomania with them.

  78. As I understand it, and correct me if I am wrong, but a 9 year old little girl was handed an automatic rifle to fire and, obviously, could not control it, resulting in the death of the instructor. Since he is dead we will not take him to task for his like of professionalism. It’s a mistake that will not be repeated. The little girl will need years of counseling, to be done while her parent serves his (or her) time in prison for child abuse and negligent homicide.

  79. Earlier this week, a 9-year-old girl, visiting Arizona on a family vacation, accidentally shot and killed the man who was “instructing” her how to fire an Uzi 9mm sub-machine gun on full automatic. She was unable to control the considerable (and to her, unexpected) recoil of the weapon on full auto, and the muzzle flipped up and to the left, sending one or more rounds into the head of the “instructor” standing next to her. While I have great sympathy for the family of the deceased man, and especially for the child who will have to live with the horror of what happened for the rest of her life, I have none whatsoever for anyone else involved in this preventable tragedy.

    The business is, I understand, more of a tourist trap than an actual firing range, where people go to rent and use firearms. Perhaps its name…Bullets and Burgers…should have been the first clue her parents should question its safety and professionalism. The “instructor” was very remiss in placing himself too far forward and too close to the muzzle of the weapon; being to her left rather than to her right where he could control her firing hand; and for not starting her out with a limited number of rounds (say three) in the magazine until he could see how she handled the weapon. The range safety officer (if they even had one on duty) was equally remiss in allowing those things to occur. First and foremost, any competent firearms instructor should have known that even a 200 pound man who had never fired that weapon in that manner would probably end up with the muzzle pointed straight upwards before he could release the trigger.

    While there is absolutely nothing wrong with a 9-year-old learning safe firearms handling from a competent instructor in a structured program with a single-shot .22 caliber rifle, what her parents permitted was akin to teaching her to ride a bicycle by putting her on a Yamaha YZF-R1 super bike and then being surprised when she crashed. What were they thinking? Oh wait, they weren’t. And once again, we learn, the very hard way, that although guns are not inherently dangerous, they (not unlike fire, nuclear energy and home-canned vegetables) can be deadly when used unsafely or improperly by the unqualified.

  80. Ghost and Lilyblack, you might be interested in reading this article. A local reporter decided to ask a number of Alabamans why they decided to carry a gun. Just click on the photos at the top of the article to rotate through their answers. Ignore the ignorant comments at the bottom. Many of the commenters on that paper’s site are worse than the Dark Side.

  81. I suppose we shouldn’t hold our collective breath waiting for some news organization to survey people about why they choose to exercise freedom of speech. Or practice the religion of their choice. You know, some of those other rights guaranteed by our Constitution.

  82. Good morning Villagers….

    Woohoo….hand packed, off the steel rod conveyor (which is very rusty), 1080 small eggs yesterday….had an entire unit down (8 belts) which had to be handpicked (I had child labor yesterday, mine and a 15 year slave boy), then a ‘still’ not fixed bottom line that has to have eggs transferred off from……it’s going to be another day in paradise.

    GR 😉 thank you for your insight on the 9 year old child and her parents….I had heard it on the news and looked at my husband and asked “who would place an Uzi in a nine year old’s hands?” As I said yesterday morning, I’ve seen one fired once and that did it for me…

    Ya’ll have a blessed day…

  83. Debbe 😉 This must have been at the point where their kitten ran into the room and cried, “Daddy, daddy, why are you hurting Mama?” 😉

    Apparently one of the immutable Laws of the Universe is “Them eggs won’t pack themselves.” And I don’t suppose the hens will be taking off for Labor Day, will they?

  84. Ghost, I completely agree with your assessment of the 9-year-old and the Uzi. My first thought on reading the news story was “oh, death by stupidity”. And yes, I do believe the parents should be held responsible because they allowed that instructor to place the Uzi in their child’s hands.

  85. JJ, critcal commentary on the Sunday feature. The year is 2014, no one watches a single screen in this era. You need to show your characters with either phone or tablet in hand while watching TV. How else will they share thoughts or opinions?

    Now back to why every nine year old should be firing an Uzi. I use to own an M3 grease gun: short barrel, high powered ammo, no muzzle control; unsafe in any hands. The Uzi is just the grease guns fancy cousin that speaks with a rapid fire accent.

  86. sandcastler™: The year is 2014, no one watches a single screen in this era.

    Speak for yourself! I use my iPod for a lot of things (calendar, notes, podcasts, music, boring meetings, etc.) but not while watching TV, eating a meal, or using my laptop. I happen to be a clarinetist; I take on life one note at a time. My wife plays piano; she multitasks all the time… (having 3 autistic kids made that a necessity) but she doesn’t watch multiple screens.

  87. BTW, it is refreshing to see some well thought out observations rather than other flippant “oh, well” type comments I have been seeing.
    And Debbe… 🙂 🙂 !!

  88. Jean dear, the cat pic reminds me of the title of a Dave Barry book…”Babies and Other Hazards of Sex: How to Make a Tiny Person in Only 9 Months, with Tools You Probably Have around the Home”.

  89. Mark, I ignored your warning and looked at the comments under the article you cited. ::Sigh:: I suppose some of them would be good examples of what happens when people are allowed to exercise their free speech rights without first passing a background check. Or an IQ test.

    One comment that did give me pause, because I’ve heard it more than a few times before, was something like, “What are you so afraid of, that you feel you have to have a gun?” I always remind the askers that if you wait until a threat (deadly or otherwise) presents itself to begin formulating your response, you are much much less likely to be able to overcome that threat.

    That applies to most things in life. I keep a 10-day supply of food and water in my pantry, and a “bug out bag” in the trunk of my car, but I wouldn’t say that I’m “afraid” of hurricanes. I’d say that bitter experience has taught me the wisdom of always being prepared. (Thank you, Boys Scouts of America.)

  90. GR6, you sound like me. Bag in the trunk is my E&E kit.

    P. S. Loon and I are at breakfast. She is on her tablet, me on the phone. We are a multi screen couple, communicate across the house via text messages.

  91. I can’t help but wonder if Putin will ever have to say to his wife, “What photos of me with another woman? Those are from some X-rated video game!”

  92. Thanks, Jerry. Mental note to self: Make sure I have a sleeping bag in car trunk in case I have to spend a post-earthquakal night outdoors.

  93. Denise, that was on 8-12-14, so yeah, the timing would seem right for Jimmy to have done today’s cartoon about then, wouldn’t it? We agree then that today’s cartoon utilizes cut and paste? And if so, why not? How better to capture the mind-numbing “experience” of watching television in panels two through seven? And did you notice the detail of the changing shades of the backgrounds, the way room lighting dims or brightens when the scenes change on TV? Nice touch, isn’t it?

    Hey, did you notice this is an “on-topic” comment? And that it has eight question marks in it?

  94. Ghost, I do think it was a result of that discussion.(as well as a superb portrayal of what can happen to us during television watching). And my neighbors’ drapes change color the same way. 😉

  95. Aaand we are on our way back home from Dallas. I had champagne, beef bourguignon, and asparagus with scallions. Skipped the croissants and dessert of course. I am full enough as it is. The Man In My Life is driving and chatting with The Boss of My Life, and Will (The Boy In My Life) and I are sitting in the back playing with our phones.

  96. Thanks, sideburns. Something about Voyager has always seemed to capture my imagination.

    Still hoping evil aliens don’t find it, though. Or if they do, it will be to late to matter to us. 🙂

  97. With the distances involved and the fact that our galaxy is a bit of a backwater in the universe, added to the fact that we’ve only been listening for a little over fifty years, it seems a bit premature to rule that out.

  98. Lily, just a second, Lily, I’ll Have to get with you later. There’s something that I have to do or I’ll have a really bad headache.

  99. I’ve thought that we might be just a bit presumptuous to assume that all “life” is carbon-based “life as we know it” and that radio signals would be the standard form of communication. That said, I’m also not sure if the message from truly intelligent life would more closely resemble “So long, and thanks for all the fish” or “Send more Chuck Berry”.

  100. Believe it or not there is a video, yes, a video of the girl firing the gun at the range. No, they cut it off before she shoots him although that is also on the video. Her father is making the video with his cell phone. The SO has announced that NO ONE will have any charges in relation to this incident. Meanwhile the search for intelligent life on this planet continues.

  101. Ok, not to be gross, but I found a video showing the girl pulling the trigger after the gun was put on automatic. The instructor says alright and a couple of words that I can’t understand. I don’t think that he meant for her to pull the trigger yet but she does and the gun jumps in the direction of his head so fast that you can’t see it. The video ends there but does show other girls firing Uzis as part of the business web site. Those girls are all much older than 9.

  102. I think the ultimate responsibility in this tragedy had to be the gun instructor. Regardless of what the parents wanted, he had the safety responsibility of not only the girl and himself, but everybody else on the range. The best solution (other than not allowing her to fire the gun, of course) would have been to use some type of firing bench that would have clamped the gun in place so it couldn’t have moved.

    Ghost, on the link to the why I carry story, one of the comments by readers did make excellent sense. That was the one that included “because it’s Birmingham”. Too many young thugs running around with weapons and no fear of God, man or the law. For that matter, that is a large part of the problem worldwide, isn’t it?

  103. Lily, the “bubble” around us that encompasses the volume of space we have “listened” to is about 54 light-years in diameter. Currently, the furthest detected galaxy from Earth is 13,100,000,000 light-years away. I’m just sayin’…

  104. “Well, Ghost,” you may ask (hopefully not in a condescending tone of voice), “do you feel naked when you’re not packing a gun?” Why, no. No, I don’t. Unless I am actually naked at the time, of course.

    But let’s put this in perspective. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been approached by people who thought I was a plain-clothes cop. (Well, maybe a retired cop, more recently.) In my work clothes, I might be mistaken for a Federal agent of some type. My casual clothes are usually cargo pants; an untucked, unbuttoned sports shirt over a black t-shirt; and a tan or black special operators cap. I am six two and 220 reasonably muscular pounds. I give the appearance of being alert and aware, and I keep my head on a swivel, a habit that helped keep me alive when I was flying airplanes for a living. In short, if I were in my right mind, I probably wouldn’t mess with me. But ah, there’s the rub. Not everyone is in their right mind, are they?

    Also, human predators share a feature with animal predators…they focus their attention toward the weak, the young, the unaware…in short, the prey that appears most helpless and least likely to inflict injury on the predator while she goes about her predatory business. So rather than attempting to victimize big ol’ ugly me, a human predator would more likely turn toward some cute and petite young thing, like a certain Munchkin who hangs around here. Although if they did, I expect they’d get the surprise of their (likely shortened) life. And therein is the value of concealed carry and being trained and qualified to use your weapon safely and effectively…it makes it oh so much harder for predators to decide who is prey-worthy and who is actually higher on the food chain than they are.

  105. OK, I see two possibilities.

    One, we are all just part of a humongous “massively multiplayer online game” some creature is playing somewhere in the Universe.

    Two, there are too many research scientists on the government payroll who don’t have to do anything that’s like actually useful.

    I really liked the comment that they are “testing out experiments in a trailer in rural Illinois”. The poor man’s CERN Large Hadron Collider, perhaps? 🙂

  106. Good morning Villagers…..

    Jerry, I enjoy reading your little snippets 🙂

    GR 😉 , you see just about everything in rural areas, even here in S IN.

    Things I see on my way to work driving through the country…a three legged dog, a white horse that had black stripes painted on it, trailer park trash with a couch in the front yard, a dead doe, loose cattle and a beautiful sunrise. (I loved the black stripes 🙂 )

    The acres and acres of corn here will be harvested early this year. Fall is my favorite season.

    Have a festive Labor Day….I’m back to the hen house.

  107. Thanks, Mark. Nothing like three 96% (I did the math) naked sweet thangs to get my day (and my heart) started. 🙂

    I hope everyone has a wonderful Labor Day, whether or not they have to labor today.

    Debbe 😉 Need to wear your bikini as often as you can now, hon…summer is winding down. 🙂

  108. They are all over the compass on TDS this morning…from David Bowie to jihadists.

    Wonder what the jihadists make of Bowie? I doubt they were playing his music while they enjoyed their pool party at the U.S. Embassy residential compound in Libya they took over recently.

    “Hope you enjoyed yourselves, guys. Don’t foget to turn out the lights when you leave.” (signed) The US Taxpayer

  109. There has been some discussion here about the Microsoft support call scam. Here’s an article about it;

    And Ghost, there were more than 3 of those ladies. If you check out the pics at the top, they are part of a gallery. Put your cursor on the photo and arrows will appear at the left and right sides. Click on them to see the next photo.

  110. If I answered the phone and found a Microsoft scammer, the conversation would get weird in a hurry (for the scammer) since I don’t have any Windows machines (all Apple here!). I’ve reviewed the missed calls on my caller ID and some of them check out as those scammers.

  111. Amusing article, TruckerRon; thanx. My response to an ID10T like that would have been similar to yours: ask him how he expected to trouble-shoot my computer when it runs Linux instead of Windows. I guess that the prevalence of such scams is just one more reason not to use anything from Microsoft because it makes stuff like that so easy to spot.

  112. I was at my Mother’s home and answered the phone. Keep in mind that she is 89 and practically deaf. The guy on the phone said that he was calling about a problem with our computer. I should have tried to sell him some Amway laundry soap, but I told him three times that there was no computer in the house before I hung up.

  113. The MBH received a call a few days ago in which the caller said that her computer was sending out error messages. This seemed doubtful to me; can such a thing even happen? The only error messages I associate with a computer is the one whereby I don’t get to see my requested page. To boot, said computer had been turned off for a full day or so.

    In any event, the MBH didn’t buy the story but did thank the person (to get rid of same) saying that she’d relay the information to our son, a 25-year experienced computer pro. He said, in so many words, that the call was hogwash.

    I checked the phone number from which the call supposedly came – being aware that caller identification numbers can be faked – and it was a number assigned to some college in NC.

    Anyone have similar experiences about “error messages”?

  114. PS: Our phone number has been unlisted for some 30 years. Sure, it can be found on the ‘net, but not at all easily. How would someone receiving error messages be able to associate a given phone number with the computer source? I’d think it a lot more likely for any such recipient to respond by computer rather than by phone, anyway.

  115. Every computer and mobile device has an individual IP adress assigned to it. Search IP tracker or trace on the internet, you will the realize how easy you are to track. Use a WiFi router or modem? They broadcast an IP adress all the time. Any one with a smartphone and free app can locate their signals by just driving the streets.

    Use a robo-dialer to call all possible landline nuumbers to find which are active and customer type(Home, fax, business, modem). Do an internet search to find basic owner information.

    I am no hacker, just internet knowledgable. Have located people I’ve not seen in forty or fifty years. Can you imagine what the NSA or a criminal could do?

  116. As I reported recently, my call was from a non-native English speaker who ID’d as “Windows Support” who had “gotten into my computer” and “found some errors”. Not having time to mess with him and yank his chain, I simply told him to get out of my computer and stay out out it, seasoning that demand with a couple of English words he may possibly have not heard before, before hanging up.

    I’ve done a lot of things, but I’ve never posed naked for a boss. 🙂

  117. I would hope not. Gravity being what it is, the Nude Maja must have a rigid right implant of some sort, or a massive benign fibrous tumor, maybe on both sides. De gustibus etc., but I think she’s ugly. Lots of lesser but observant artists have done better. Not speaking from theory, but practical, bilateral experience, with happy results.

  118. curmudgeonly ex-professor, Windows asks your permission to transmit error data anonymously to the company so they can track and eliminate problems with the software. They don’t call you to fix an individual computer, they send out those periodic updates based on what they determined is a problem through the use of the data they collect. And you can always decline when it asks, and turn it off it is on. Probably under tools.

  119. Neither husband nor myself comes from a family that is much interested in sports. The college we went to has actually discontinued it’s football program to put the money into education.

    But last year when I heard that Auburn lost, my first thought was poor Jimmy, I am so sorry that his alma mater lost.

  120. Good morning Villagers….

    I’ve been tricked, I think…by a certain six year old girl. Brooklynne Rose came in Saturday afternoon with a “kitteh”. She had a favor to ask Aunt Debbe. Could I kitty sit. Sure, I said. And the ‘kitteh’ is still here. My three female cats are on high alert. They’ll hiss at him, and he’ll stop, drop and not roll…..he’s on my lap right now, think we’ve made a lap kitty out of him already.

    Meryl….bewitched by “Bewitched” 🙂

    GR 😉 we’ve come a long way baby:

    Lots of rain coming our way. Operating on three hours of sleep, Can’t wait to get home from work….I need sleep.

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