And, of course, pisces…

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To commemorate being completely skunked by overcast skies during Sunday’s lunar eclipse, I give you this Sunday from last year. I don’t think there’s been a regularly scheduled celestial event in years that hasn’t been obscured by clouds where I live. It’s been a frustrating run. I plan to be in the path of the total eclipse of the sun as it traverses the central United States in 2017. At least I know that if it’s cloudy that day, it will still get creepy dark!

270 responses to “And, of course, pisces…”

  1. We watched the lunar eclipse through light clouds. The best total lunar eclipse I’ve seen was in August 2008. It was very early morning and was crystal clear. The “red” moon was a giant orange ball hanging on the horizon. The thing that was most impressive to me was that the reduced glare and lighting caused it to actually look like a shaded sphere rather than a bright circle of light as the normal full moon.

  2. Assigning names to the “pictures in the sky” constellations was done by people who had no television, no Netflix, no InterWebNet, or very little other entertainment to distract them, so…

    BTW, NASA says there is liquid water on Mars. Great! A source of oxygen to breathe when we get there and hydrogen to fuel the fusion rocket motors for the return trip. What’s that you say? There aren’t any fusion rocket motors yet? They should work on that.

  3. I, too, was disappointed by clouds obscuring the Super Moon lunar eclipse. I wasn’t too surprised, though, because Gulf Coast air is not conducive to viewing stellar events. We lived in the New Orleans area before moving here, north of Houston. Long ago, we drove our kids out to Waveland, MS to view the comet (the one that was a flop) across the waters without the competition of city lights. It was the wee hours of the morning. It took over an hour to drive there. The dark vacant beach was kinda spooky. The sky was dark enough to view a lot of stars, which was an upgrade from our back yard experience, but the comet was small and not brilliant. JR (husband) took a photo which, when enlarged, looked better than what we could see by eye or with binoculars. Sadly, the kids were mega not impressed, but then we all went out to breakfast together, which was fun.

  4. My sister in California had a great view and took some pictures and shared them on Facebook. Other friends shared professional looking photos of the eclipse which were nice to view. I had memories of other lunar eclipses I had witnessed, and the clouds thinned enough late yesterday that I got to see the Super Moon at so close to full that my senior eyes couldn’t tell the difference. So I am content.

  5. I swear that when I looked down Highway 69 to the risen Super Moon it looked like witches or the wraiths from Harry Potter were racing across it. Clouds, you say?

    Us primitive people have to write our own stories.

    Off to get the newest reiteration of Samsung turned on properly, I am excommunicated already and about to leave for another adventure. New hires seem to be doing well. Maybe house will be cleaner when I return.

    Heading for the Atlantic seaboard and the land of crab omelets and cakes. Love, anon

  6. Jackie, in answer to your question of the other day, better bypass me on this trip. New codes start Thursday and I’ve got a feeling I’m not going to be in a company mood for some time to come. Have fun.

  7. “ICD-10*…because ICD-9 just wasn’t complicated enough.”

    *W56.22XA, “Struck by orca, initial encounter.”
    W56.22XD, “Struck by orca, subsequent encounter.”
    W56.22XS, “Struck by orca, sequela.”

    I will do my best to avoid any physician encounter for at least the next 60 days.

  8. We too were soaked in for the eclipse. Our favorite star formation, The Southern Cross. Looking up at night from the deck and seeing The Cross is awesome.

  9. Debbe 😉 Great name for a rock band…Dead Hen Bin? Naw, I don’t think so.

    Several months ago, I found a free, customizable calendar template online, and each month I create and print one for my Mom for the coming month, to help her remember her appointments and other important dates. Last night, when I tried to make her an October calendar, the site informed me that since they derive their revenue from ads, I would have to disable the AdBlocker program they detected I was using and accept (pop-up) ads in order to use their template. Again… naw, I don’t think so.

    I found another free calendar template and used it instead. And liked it better, too. Free enterprise, baby! It works both ways.

  10. Ghost, are those orcas you refer to the ones that inhabit the oceans? As in an orca-stration?

    Sand, I didn’t know you sailed? Decks of ships? Yes, the Southern Cross is my favorite too.

    Plan to have a tattoo done when I get through with the incredible weight loss and subsequent skin tucks so it doesn’t go off course with shifts in the substrata. Compass rose pointing to True North and Southern Cross.

    Love, Jackie

  11. The punctuation came out strangely there.

    Thought for the Day: “The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”

    – W.B. Yeats

  12. Oh my goodness! Tall ships? I am going to take the learn to sail a tall ship next summer if the Lord allows me that long. I fell in love with them at about age 12 or earlier, always wanted to sail and sail on one. The Wooden Boat School has a course, The Mary Day, which has no motor and which I have sailed on as a passenger. I hope they let me do more than work the galley!

    I got accepted to participate in a penguin migration scientific expedition from Argentina to Antarctica collecting penguin poop and I will sail around Cape Horn but a 20 meter sailboat doesn’t qualify as a ship and is rather small actually. I will probably get assigned to the galley permanently on that one peeling potatoes and cooking. For three weeks.

    Love, Jackie

  13. You do have to wear clothes to keep from freezing and muck boots, plus have the poles to keep from falling on the ice. Muck boots, how deep is the poop? Is it like the poop pit in the chicken farm? Love, Jackie

  14. as to comments to me yesterday – I’ve only had two in it so far, but they both love riding in my new 2016 Mazda Miata with the top down… … tooth veneers, OK I don’t think I’ve ever heard that term, I’m in, I’m gonna check that out

  15. Well, I for one was inspired to bust out the cookware. After many hours of much appreciated sleep, I was up and about by six am – on my day off! Did some marketing and started cooking. Drug out the crock pot and made some beef stock and a big pot of chili. The chili *is* a tad spicy as I wasn’t paying attention to which side of the crushed red pepper bottle I opened before I poured. (It’s awesome!) Forgot the recipe I was trying for the beef stock (ultimately will be more of a stew) required red wine. I am not a wine drinker, so this meant another quick trip to the store for some cheap red wine. I’ve worked in retail too long – my first reaction after realizing I had buy wine was ti look at the clock to see if it was past seven. I also attacked the laundry and did some decorating for Halloween.

  16. Judy in Conroe: “. . . Waveland, MS to view the comet (the one that was a flop) across the waters without the competition of city lights.”

    Would that be the return of Comet Halley in spring ’86? I had a sabbatical coming spring quarter [BSU is now on the semester system], which involved travel to several other universities. The times I visited them were not critical, but we scheduled a visit to wife’s stepmother near St. Pete, FL, so we could view CH over the Everglades from the Tamiami hwy east of Naples. CH had last passed Earth in 1910, and was spectacular then. CH did nothing wrong in ’86. Its orbit was the same, but we were not in the same place in our orbit. About 11 pm the girls [stepmom is 3 mo. older than me, was 11 mo. older than wife] and I headed out from our motel to a spot we’d found that afternoon. Clear skies [clouded up an hour later]. We peered at the S horizon and saw nothing. But, as our eyes dark-adapted, there was this fuzzy ball just where CH was supposed to be, with a bare hint of a tail. Stepmom danced a jig. That ball was a million miles across, tenuous but larger than Sol.

    Kohoutek [sp.?] was a fizzle, but that was its first time by [to our knowledge]. CH has been by every 76 yr. for ages. Halley was the one who showed it to be a recurring comet, back to 1066 CE when it turned out to be an ill omen [after the fact] for Harold and the English at the Battle of Hastings, after which we learned to say mutton for cooked sheep meat.

  17. Sand: “Our favorite star formation, The Southern Cross. Looking up at night from the deck and seeing The Cross is awesome.”

    Are you S of the equator? The SC [Crux] is not quite at 90S, but it’s nearby. It’s also not spectacular, just 4 prominent stars, none at the center. Cygnus, the Swan, in the N sky and in front of the Milky Way, is large, has 5 prominent stars in a cross shape, and is sometimes called the NC, though it is nowhere near Polaris, the NP star, at the tail end of Ursa Minor [the Little Dipper].

    Peace, emb

  18. emb,

    We reside in the Northern Hemisphere. The Cross is visible at certain hours in the “little lattitudes.” Usually it is most visible on the morning just prior to nautical dawn.

    Fair warning. On Twitter someone else is “sandcastler,”

  19. Thanks, Sand! I had no idea that the Southern Cross was ever visible in the northern hemisphere. Yet another reason to spend a night at Fort Jefferson 🙂

  20. For moon gazers, I came around a mountain on I-40 a little bit ago and almost ran off road. Moon came suddenly from behind and stuNing in Sze and brightness. Come to the Ozarks.

  21. Ruth Anne,

    Give it a try. Not certain Key West is far enough south. I know you can see it down in the Granidenes and Granada. Key West is best for people and chicken watching. Halloween in Key West is like Mardi Gras in New Orleans, so schedule your trip accordingly.

  22. The sky cleared tonight and the moon is almost too bright to look at. The best night for stargazing was the night after Hurricane Ivan. There was no light pollution and the shooting stars were great. Learning the constellations has always been on my bucket list along with earning to play the banjo. Please note prior comments regarding procrastination.

  23. Sand et al.: Crux is not as far S as I thought, about 60°. I may have seen it from the equator at a Kenya lodge when I was looking for ? and ? Centauri. Crux in just to their right. I’ll send a Wiki site.

    Peace, emb

  24. Just got this with pictures not reproduceable here (imagine smiling dog)
    – but the words say it (well duh!)

    Always Smile.
    Life isn’t always full of reasons to smile,
    but your smile itself ie a reason for others to smile too.

  25. Good morning Villagers…

    Me too, how did I miss the above Sunday’s retro….and I’m like Arlo, the Big Dipper is the only one I can ever make out.

    Rick, that is one awesome pic of the day….you guys need to go to the last of “Behind the Scenes” and click on Rick’s link….

    Spent The Boss’s money yesterday…about $700 worth of stuff from True Value and cleaning supplies from General Dollar…..enough cleaning supplies I hope to last a month for both hen houses. Gearing up for the Avian virus season….Lysol and Bleach.

    My ‘apprentice’ is going to work out fine. He’s worked with The Boss for several years. Quit some time back, got into some bad luck through his own fault. I once told The Boss he is running a rehab center….he’s a good man, and believes in second chances, and sometimes third chances.

    Ya’ll have a blessed day

    …looks as if fall is here to stay, temps for the next five days are not going to be above 70 degrees.

  26. Too bad you weren’t in upstate NY – we had a perfect view of the moon – sitting at a picnic table sharing the last ice cream dish of the season – it was very bright and big – then the dark shadow took over, and it ended up glowing a rust colour – then I went to bed

  27. I remember Kahoutek (sp?) Burl Ives wrote a song about it, he sang on the Tonight show and Johnny and Ed left the stage to go outside and look for it. Debbe – you should be able to always find Orion’s belt, half the year anyway. … … I had a major life breakthrough yesterday. In my training to be a volunteer at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, learning all the items we call a Touch Cart in the hall of Texas Animals, (all the halls have them, so kids and adults can rub, touch and handle things) they draped a rattlesnake skin, not a shed skin but real skinned rattlesnake skin across my arms and I didn’t scream like a little girl ! My older lady friend is learning to be a volunteer at the zoo, which is walking distance. I smell a sitcom – Barbara, I’m in the butterfly center and I lost the iguana, do you have one in the zoo I can borrow? Houston is cool, with a museum district, all walking distance – science, art, contemporary art, holocaust, medical/health, children’s, Czech, more I can’t think of. . And we can tell the kids, no we don’t shoot animals, most of the animals in our displays died of old age in the zoo.

  28. Staying with the Southern Cross for another post.

    Having spent time on four continents prior to meeting Loon, I promised to show her the world. We had made a good start on that promise when this song came out. It has become our unofficial theme song. Enjoy and hope it inspires. Who knows we might even meet and share a beer in some port.

  29. Sand, thank you and thank you for Loon too.

    When we had the blue water boat husband canceled the round the world cruise and when we had the boat still and life shifted he sold it and we should have gone.

    That is why I am going to tattoo a compass rose, True North and the Southern Cross on my skinnier butt. Ink isn’t as easily taken off as a ring. Love.

  30. emb- it was indeed Halley, and I still regret that it did not live up to its previous performances. Next time it comes around I won’t be here to see it. Hopefully my grandchildren will take a peek and remember Grammy and Opa getting excited about stars and such.

  31. Judy:

    “it was indeed Halley, and I still regret that it did not live up to its previous performances.” Actually, it likely did “live up to its previous performances.” But Earth was not in right place for us to to see it when it did. The problem was not CH, but the planet we are part of. Perspective, not performance.

    Be happy we don’t happen to be in the right place to see up close a Type 2 supernova blow up, at least in this stage of Earth’s existence. It would be spectacular, but we would all die of radiation sickness or, close enough, simply fry.

    Peace, emb

  32. All of this talk about comets reminds me of my Junior year of High School when Kohoutek arrived. We were doing experiments and I had my workbook at my station. A couple of times I placed the still hot glass on inside cover of the book causing a burn that resembled a comet. So I wrote Kohoutek underneath it and my teacher got a laugh out of it.

    A while later I placed something slightly larger on it produced quite a hole. So I labeled it “Skylab”, which at the time was still actively orbiting the earth. Little did I know that 6-7 years later, Skylab would suffer a burning demise.

    We also had fun mixing chemicals. I misread one and mixed in a beaker that was over a burner and a purple smoke suddenly appeared. My lab partner sang “Purple Haze” while my teacher suddenly ran over. The smoke settled onto the ceiling and when I returned to the classroom 5 years later, the purple spot was still on the ceiling.

  33. Steve, I’m assuming you do not work as a chemist. 🙂

    Two chemists walk into a bar. The first one tells the bartender, “I’ll have an H2O.”

    The second one says, “I think I’ll have an H2O too”…and he died.

  34. Judy: “Next time it comes around I won’t be here to see it.” We don’t know for sure [None of us does, IMO], but maybe we will be able to see it from where we are, or maybe even ride along with it. Temperature should not be a problem, nor vacuum.

    Peace, emb

  35. Top Ten Reasons for Guys My Age to Get in the Best Physical Condition They Can

    #10 – It makes you feel better
    #9 – It makes you feel better about yourself
    #8 – You don’t make “the old man noise” when standing up from a chair
    #7 – Picking up something from the floor no longer involves planning rivaling that of “Operation Overlord”
    #6 – You can wear all those expensive, high-quality suits you bought as “a hedge against inflation” when you were previously in good physical condition (10 years or so ago)
    #5 – When you wear a tuxedo, you look more like Sean Connery than Charles Laughton
    #4 – If someone comments that “Things have gone pear-shaped”, they are more likely to be talking about something having gone awry than about your figure
    #3 – When people call you “Sir”, they sound more like they actually mean it
    #2 – The more you resemble a former Air Force PJ, the less likely you are to be mugged
    #1 – You’re no longer invisible to younger women

  36. Once upon a time no one would play trivia with me. Now I pay little attention so it’s safe. Or Scrabble or similar vocabulary games or cross word puzzles which I don’t play but often know words.

    Like Ghosts Tonight shoe Top Ten list. This is the family content one, right? Expunged? Love, anon (love that word, reminds me of Shakespeare )

  37. I am discovering just how peaceful life was on the road, working 14-hr days, up to 70 per week (according to my logbook 😉 ) where the end of a driving day was just that! No taking kids to doctor’s appointments, no running errands, just a long, hard day followed by the mandatory 10-hr shutdown for food, shower, and sleep. Yes, I’d log onto the internet and catch up on things, but my time was my own.

    I had foolishly thought retirement would be much the same, but my wife keeps coming up with things to do, programs at the library, etc., etc., etc. My free time isn’t free. Or mine.

  38. Ghost, Cheers? You know I dislike tv. I liked movies once!

    Hey, where’s the hurricane report? Ruth told me to go home and I agreed, I walked through lobby and it is going to class 4 and a straight trajectory for Chesapeake Bay and Washington. That was not weather channel but hurricane center.

    Crying uncle and evacuating. There are electronic signs on I-40 saying both lanes shut down from Friday thru Monday east and west which is what Texas does for counterflow evacuations.

  39. Worse situations? Of course. Just frustrating and disillusioning. I had to vent somewhere after sitting down with her and going over the calendar for the next week and learning that I won’t be going to the gym at my usual time even once during the week. So much for staying motivated and enthused about something I’ve only recently began to enjoy.

  40. Trucker Ron, can you have a sensible chat with your wife and point out your preferences? Being married doesn’t mean you need to do everything together. Each of you deserves to have a life of your own.

  41. Trivia Hint: The phrase “the old man noise” is from the same TV show as the phrase “Not that there’s anything wrong with that,” as well as the word “spongeworthy”.

    I’ve watched very little TV in recent years, so that means it was a ways back in the past.

  42. Charlotte, perhaps I’m feeling a little guilt for the years that she managed the home front while I was gone for weeks at a time. Even though I’ve been off the road 6 years since my cardiac arrest (the paramedics revived me but my driving career was DOA!), as my health continues to improve she’s expecting me to do more. And I do want to be helpful and involved with our family.

    I just need to take a stand on some details and set a few limits. I do NOT want to end up in the hospital again. Nor do I want to have the device in my chest to have to intervene. That would be shocking, to say the least.

  43. Ghost – Friends

    Jerry – But you are less prone to Tom Cruise worthy over-reacting than Cantore. Succinct and on point, you have great value as a weatherman.

    TruckerRon – Free time is a myth created by salesmen to sell condos and Ferraris.

  44. Good morning Villagers….

    Mark, thanks for the video and helping out Emb…classic movie. Sorry, but I don’t watch zombie movies, so I flunked that one….but I did catch Jerry’s sort of reference to an old movie “badges, we don’t need no stinking badges”…..

    Mindy, I cheated, Seinfeld….I never watched either one, Friends or Seinfeld, so I flunked that one too. Great quote on ‘free time’. My free time is now. Husband’s asleep, Goldee, the cat, is asleep on my lap….and the BIL is gone…..yeah!!!!!

    TR, as I said above the BIL is gone, Ian moved out, and for the first time in our 16 years of marriage, my husband and I are alone. So I work 🙂 And he keeps the house running. And does a pretty good job at it…I like Miss Charlotte’s advice too.

    GR 😉 good top ten list to go by, and it could also apply to women.

    John, I’ve seen Orion’s Belt out here far from the city lights….the stars out here in the country are a spectacular show. When I leave for work in the morning, the two brightest stars are still shining, one is Mars and I think the other is Jupiter….if I remember correctly from news links for star gazing.

    One of the top brass from The Corp. came out yesterday to take samples of fresh meat for analysis…so three hens were sacrificed. This means we’re getting close to ‘purging’ the building. It was funny, he was standing on the front deck, and looked at the door from the hen house into the packing room, now this door also has a glass window in it, he said “you can see through that glass window….most places I go, you can’t even see through the window….that tells me this place stays pretty clean”….I said ‘thank you’ and strutted off 🙂

    ya’ll have a blessed day

  45. Debbe:

    “When I leave for work in the morning, the two brightest stars are still shining, one is Mars and I think the other is Jupiter….if I remember correctly from news links for star gazing.”

    What time [= how long before sunup] do you leave for work in the morning?

    Peace, emb

  46. sand: Thanks.

    Ghost: Yeah, they get tiresome. Mostly members of Veblen’s “Leisure Class.” I much prefer the “Country mouse” to the city one. Dunlop’s landscapes are nice.

    Peace, emb

  47. Good morning all, listening to Pandora radio and answering mail in a LA Quinta with the Adventure Dog. I have lived beyond the predictions of my high school and junior high yearbooks. I am going to buy myself a Dick Tracy two way radio watch, never to late for childhood.

    Tupelo Honey by Roger Waters playing. I am smiling again.

    Trucker, tell your wife how you feel. Not communicating is the worse sin in my opinion (well, maybe not) but it leads to worse.
    She shouldn’t commit you to things without asking or assume you are willing and want to do them.

    Don’t feel guilty, just talk. Love, anon

  48. A while back one of the Villagers mentioned being pleased with the results when he upgraded to Windows 10. Do you still feel that way after using it for several weeks? I’ve heard some complaints about it but many were from people whose tech savvy I question and/or who like to complain about anything MS does.

    I’ve been having some issues with my tablet lately which I suspect may be related to a Windows 8.1 update that has failed to install (not an uncommon issue, I’ve learned). I’m wondering if it might be easier to go ahead and upgrade to 10 rather than trying to fix the 8.1 problem.

  49. Dave, it only comes once, so make the most of it. That’s my interpretation. I remember sitting in a car as a kid with the radio going. And the disc jockey said today is 6/6/66 and that won’t happen again for 100 years so the secretaries should enjoy it while it lasted.(I think that is how he said it, I was only 11).

  50. Dave, there are hoax postings going around the internet constantly about how a month with 5 Fridays won’t happen again for 823 years, etc etc etc, despite the fact that they happen ALL the time !

    Today’s (10/1) comic appears to be a joke about that, and at first Janis falls for it, then she realizes that and slaps Arlo.

  51. RA, I had intended to upgrade to Windows 10 by now, but first I got busy with other things, and then my DSL service got problematic (a/k/a sucky), and I’ve been hesitant to attempt a large download that will probably be interrupted several times by random drop-outs of my InterWebNet connection. (Same thing with the iOS 9 upgrade on my phone and tablet, plus the unwisdom of downloading a new OS before the initial glitches are fixed.) That said, I would also be interested in hearing of others’ experiences with Win10.

    And yes, today’s cartoon does play off some people’s near obsession with “rare events”, even ones that are not really rare. Or really real.

  52. Leslie George Dunlop? I guess I should have written “Leslie, George Dunlop”, even though it appears unlikely he was ever in the military. 🙂

  53. I think the joke is simple, people obsess with particular things like our Super Moon recently. Of course, no date happens again in our lifetime, once gone., gone.

    Hey I am in Kentucky on way to St. Louis. Stopping to see cathedral mosaics, listen to organ and who knows what wild antics?

  54. Re Windows 10, I did some research on it both online and with Geek Squad tech support and came to the conclusion that I was better off not to change. Main points, big learning curve especially if I included Edge, and “if it ain’t broke,months fix it.” Among several others.

  55. Ruth Anne;
    It might have been me. Windows 8 was terrible and at first Windows 10 operated well. But it crash a few weeks ago and I have been SO busy trying to get my house ready for sale, I really have not had time to &^%$#! or at least try to fix it. I am thinking of taking it back to MicroCenter and have one of their experts work on it. I talked with my IT guys and they said that it tends to crash, but they found a work around and it works fine. He explained it to me, but it worked all the way around my head and I have no idea what he was talking about.

  56. Regarding today’s strip, yes, i believe that it is a dig at all things seen on the internet. Here is a post a friend put out the other day:

    Facebook will begin stealing your undergarments at midnight tonight if you don’t copy & paste this message in the next hour, forward it to everyone in your mailing list, print a hard copy for your grandmother & call your third grade teacher. This is real. I got the message first hand from Elvis who was having lunch with Bigfoot, while riding the Loch Ness monster. It was even on the inside back cover of every tabloid in the grocery store checkout line. Not only will Facebook start charging you tomorrow, they are also going to bill your credit card for the past 3 years of services. Luckily, each person who copies & pastes this status will receive a FREE unicorn in the mail tomorrow. However, if you don’t repost this status, Facebook code has been set up to automatically set your computer on fire & harm an innocent bunny in the forest! It’s all true, it was on the news! It’s official! Facebook users will believe anything their friends copy & paste into their status

    I responded by writing: But what if you don’t wear underwear?….asking for a friend.

  57. Anonymous, you really should see Mammoth Cave. Fantastic sights, and it’s never rained out! But Dickens would have to wait somewhere while you went in. Wouldn’t do to have him marking the stalagmites, would it?

  58. Good one Steve. I have been getting the one about suck your brains out. They must know I don’t wear underwear. How do they know I have a brain? I am a natural blonde and went to Texas A and M.

  59. emb – you are right about CH, so I guess I wish the Earth had been in a better spot for my viewing. Hey, if I’m going to wish, I might as well wish BIG, right? And who knows? Maybe the next time it comes around the essential me will have freedom to pick my spot.

    Trucker – Sounds as though she wants to help you but does not see things from your point of view. You seem to know what she wants to do, but maybe she doesn’t know what you want to do. Also, there might be a problem if your two calendars are mutually exclusive, which actually has been the case for quite a while before you had to quit work. Maybe you should broach the subject at a time when you both have some slack time. “Honey, I think it’s important for my health that I start a regular exercise program and the doctor agrees. I was thinking the best time for me would be -” and lay it out. Just be willing to look at her side, too. She’s lived without you for many years and may feel you are trying to plan your life in a way to exclude her and her activities. Or she may fear you are depressed and is trying to schedule you out of it. Or she may have a lot of habits built up and is trying to include you in them. You’ll have to talk to each other to find out. Surely you can compromise and find some activities you can share and others you can each enjoy alone.
    Well, Lucy’s given her 5 cents worth of ideas, so signing off now.

  60. Steve, I saw Elvis and Meatloaf having lunch today while they planned their big comeback tour. Re the hurricane it is now a category 4 and by tomorrow morning will have 140 mph winds. NHC has no idea at all where it is going and whether it will gain more strength or weaken. I predict it will temporarily strengthen to 160 mph, but I will have to do a little research before I make a guess where it’s going.

  61. Wow! The satellite picture is something. This storm is getting stronger as we speak. The easterly winds have completely backed off so I don’t see it hitting Florida directly. The temperatures have dropped in the northern part of the state where I am. The storm has been moving very slowly and the jet stream which is flowing north along the eastern states , but slowly moving to the east, will carry the storm to the north. It just depends on which moves the fastest, the Jetstream to the east or the hurricane to the west. The worst case scenario is a strong storm making landfall around North Carolina or slightly further north and moving up through NY, DC and New England with heavy rain and 50-60 mph winds. Place your bets and keep your powder dry.

  62. Good advice from Judy in Conroe and from Jackie (roaming the Midwest). They are wise women.

    Dearest Ghost, your post including “spongeworthy” brought great memories! Now, you may have noticed that I seldom watched TV shows my whole life. What I know about these shows, as my father used to say, “you could put in your eye and it wouldn’t irritate you any”. However, we were at daughter Marge’s and saw that episode of Seinfeld (wasn’t it?) on their TV. It was SO FUNNY — did I mention that we have seven children, mostly unplanned? But another memory is mixed up with it, Chris and I were at a fried clam place and he was trying to open a bunch of ketchup packets — his fingers didn’t work very well by then, I was trying to help, and I kept thinking of the TV story and laughing out loud, couldn’t stop!

  63. I was just watching underground weather and saying their estimate of increased strength and strength at landfall was too low and the video changed as I watched. They were estimating wind speed at landfall as 85 mph, but they were not saying what their current estimate is, but I’m guessing at least 100 mph. Their projected maximum strength was 130 mph, but it is that now and will gain at least another 20 mph by tomorrow morning.

  64. Charlotte, I watched video yesterday of the river that runs between Vermont and NH and what it did in 2011. I hope that there is not a repeat.

  65. One more before I turn the HP over to MBH. Any chance of the hurricane curving harmlessly out to sea is totally shot. That eye is going in somewhere.

  66. Thanks, Nancy and Steve, for the input re Win10. I have “reserved” the download, so I have no pressing need to install it right away. Also, I have a “main” laptop and an “emergency backup” laptop (as Dave Barry called his big dog and his little dog), so I may end up installing it on my secondary one and see how it goes.

    Note to Mark Zuckerberg: I have competed my home-defense shotgun project, so good luck with stealing my underwear at midnight.

  67. Charlotte, my dear, your response was correct (as well as thoroughly delightful). It was indeed the Seinfeld show. And yes, that was a funny episode. Since you were not a regular viewer, I’m glad you got to see that one.

    Come to think of it, Seinfeld may have been one of the last TV series I watched on a regular basis. I found the series finale not funny and hugely disappointing.

  68. Mark: “But Dickens would have to wait somewhere while you went in. Wouldn’t do to have him marking the stalagmites, would it?”

    I’m in the outgroup again. [Speelczech doesn’t buy outgroup. Never took a soc. or psych class?] The only Dickens I’ve read = Christmas Carol, D. Copperfield, and Two Cities. Don’t recall any stalagmites.

    Peace, emb

  69. Within a very short period of time TWC has changed its predictions completely. Now they say the storm will go off to the northeast. Why? Well, the computer has changed its mind. And, oh yeah, it’s a very complex situation. I remember being told that Hurricane Opal was nothing for our area to worry about. I will stick with what I said until I see what’s happening tomorrow.

  70. Dear emb, Jackie Monies’ little dog is named Dickens (she didn’t say why.) Remember, “the ten pound dog” also “the adventure dog”. He often travels with her.

    Tut tut, I’ve read lots more of Charles Dickens’ books. My grandmother adored him, and often said so! The rest of the family read him also. But then, you had to concentrate on science, so you did well to read what you did.

    Dearest Ghost, thank you — I’m glad you liked what I wrote. And it’s all true!

  71. Jerry in FL, thank you for thinking of me, and your hurricane analysis is most welcome (even when it’s scary). Thank goodness, none of us live near that river, but everybody saw pictures from the floods.

  72. Charlotte in NH, Dickens is one of my favorites also. At one point I had picked up several volumes of his collected works. They must have been printed before 1900, because these were the large size, green cloth with gold-leaf lettering on the covers and multiple engravings inside. Really cool. What struck me strange, though, is that although I bought volumes in many different places, they all showed signs of having been in a bookcase with windowpanes. You could tell, because they all were faded in the pattern of the panes and the gilt was bright where it had been behind the wooden crosspieces. i often wondered if they all came from the same original owner.

  73. emb: The rest of the answer to your question, now that you know Dickens in Jackie’s dog – someone suggested that she visit Mammoth Cave. Her trip to Maryland was cancelled after she had reached Tennessee and she was looking for a different route home.

    My guess is that Dickens has less to do with the author and more with the dog’s behavior, as in “You little dickens!” According to one source on answers dot com that’s “a minced oath. It stands for Devil. A little Dickens is an imp. Used familiarly, it is usually affectionate.”

  74. Dickens is indeed named for Charles Dickens whose works I loved. I was given this tiny ball of fluff on Christmas eve, as big as a single ear muff. Taken out from under the jacket of a tiny five year old girl who had stood in the 20 degree cold all afternoon to find homes for a litter of abandoned puppies left by people in an RE on our lake.

    What else could I name him? And I knew I would catch the dickens for bringing another dog home to rescue.

    He is curled up on bed , a dog in his natural habitat, a La Quinta motel.

    By the way, I parted with my complete editions of Charles Dickens and Mark Twain which I inherited courtesy of the Sunflower, Mississippi lending library which I assume went out of business?
    Aunt was a Mississippi librarian and these were old, libraries do shut down. Love.

  75. Charlotte: “But then, you had to concentrate on science, so you did well to read what you did.” Thanks, but lots of scientists who have concentrated on science more than I have are also much more literate than I.

    I had spurts of fiction reading in my teens and later [all of Sherlock Holmes, Twain’s Tom, Huck, and CT Yankee, Agatha Christie, Leslie Charteris [sp.?], whoever wrote Lord Peter Whimsy [sp.?], Asimov, Heinlein, Simak [met him, came to BSU as a guest speaker], other, short stories and plays mostly at Stuyvesant [Chekov, W.S. Gilbert’s Iolanthe, Scott’s Ivanhoe, Ibsen’s Dolls House, The Sun is my Undoing [because Mom wouldn’t let me], Boccacio, Balzac [as in The Music Man?], J. Swift, etc.

    Gradually grew out of reading much fiction / so much other interesting stuff in magazines and journals, only some of it scientific. Wife [RN] was the serious reader of lit. When wife died, one of our 24 house guest students reminded me that she read Pride and Prejudice annually[?]. [Box just left of me has scores of such tributes in it. They are a comfort.] I now read some theology partly in prep for an annual summer theology workshop [e.g., Bart Ehrman’s (sp.?) How Jesus Became God].

    Now my reading, esp. of periodical articles, often leads to columns in the local daily. And I still keep up w/ some science and much science/faith lit.

    Peace, emb


  76. Ghost, you should have known my reading was even more catholic tHan my music as I know who Little Jimmy Dickens was but have no idea what songs. Post one.

    EMB I was often told I was going to have the Dickens switched or whipped out of me. Granny believed in corporal punishment. Where did that term originate?

    Trying to sign in to Pandora or I heart or Spotify. I am falling backwards into the 19th century instead of 21st.

  77. Corporal from Latin corpus = body, e.g. spanking or 40 lashes. Capital from capus [?], head, thus capital punishment = beheading. Nasty, both of them. I’m not sure spanking did me or my boys any good. Had given it up before daughter was old enough to spank.

    Peace, emb

  78. Good morning Villagers…

    Just enough time to answer Emb’s question….I leave before 7, and the sun is just starting to peak over the horizon….I have see some beautiful sunrises on my way to work…..

    Ya’ll have a blessed day

  79. So far this morning I see nothing about the current hurricane which would cause ne to change anything that I said last night. It appears to me to have a better chance now of a westerly track. I will say that obviously TWC and NHC have access to pressure gradients, etc. which I don’t, but the strange thing is that TWC has switched to a totally new cast, none of which I’ve ever seen before. They seem to know only what someone else has told them and if they know much about weather they aren’t showing it.

  80. That may mean TWC veterans have their LL Bean gear in a duffle bag and a cameraman in tow and on a plane or van going to their reporting station to report, leaving the commentary in hands of the cleaning crew and the lowly crowd in the back of the studio. The ones the camera pans over without stopping normally.

    Are any of them comely weather wrenches for Ghost?

  81. TWC has been lame for some time. Now it’s lamer. It’s hard for me shake the feeling that the channel is bitterly disappointed that the latest weather event is apparently being uncooperative and is not headed toward a US landfall, where they can get “dramatic” video of their on-camera talent staggering around outside in the wind to report that it is windy outside. Because show biz. Because ad revenue.

    BTW, there’s a weather instrument to determine wind speed…it’s called an anemometer. It’s been around a long time.

    But wait! Potential for heavy rain! Potential for flash flooding! Because that seldom ever happens. In the South. In the summer. Or in the Northeast. In the fall.

    I’m the first to agree that weather events can have serious consequences. (Been there, got the t-shirt.) But I don’t feel the public is well-served by over-dramatization of potential consequences for commercial purposes. Which is why TWC is no longer my source for weather information. Even if most of the Weather Wenches do look pretty nice in their short skirts…when they are in the studio and not outside staggering around in the wind and trying not to get blown off their 5-inch stilettos.

  82. Ghost: I know that I have said this before, but I tried to watch Seinfeld and could never understand what was so funny. I did see the last few minutes where Jerry is in prison and no one is laughing and I very much enjoyed that! Hey, to each his own.

    I so watch Big Bang Theory as the TV set at a hotel that I stayed at a few years ago defaulted to TBS, so I ended up watching it and really enjoying it. It may have “jumped the shark” but the writing is still pretty good. The other night Leonard addressed his new wife as Penny Hofstadter and I turned to my wife and asked her “What was Penny’s maiden name?” Good luck with that one!

  83. Seinfeld had its moments, as one would expect from a show that lasted that long. To me, it was always the characters that carried it, much more so than the writing.

    And I’m sure there are many times now when the best thing on TV is a TBBT re-run.

  84. Debbe: “Just enough time to answer Emb’s question….I leave before 7, and the sun is just starting to peak over the horizon. I have seen some beautiful sunrises on my way to work”

    Weekly, I also see nice ones while walking to the hospital for my volunteer stint. Horizon, however, is hidden by a woods.

    Before sunrise today and tomorrow+, the two bright planets to the E are Venus above and Jupiter below and a bit left. Below and left of Venus is Regulus in Leo, and below and left of that is dim Mars. Will send a large excerpt from my final starlgazer for the paper.

    Why final? Because I’ve done it for 12 years, it’s getting old, and so am I. I’ll continue the other freewheeling column.

    Peace, emb

  85. Excerpt:
    Low in the SW, Saturn starts October setting 2½ hours after sunset but only 1½ hours on Hallowe’en. Too low in the sky for details; not worth going out for. If you’re a planetarian, go to bed early and get up well before sunup all month.
    Before dawn, the prominent constellations above the eastern horizon is Leo. It’s on the planisphere that I suggested you buy, and also online. Type “constellation Leo” in a search engine. There is a good diagram of its current morning location at: . In early October, Leo is lower than shown there.
    The action occurs to Leo’s right. Plan on being outdoors about an hour before sunup. Dress warmly, with extra layers because you’re not out for a brisk walk (good stargazing advice most of the year). Leo’s head, called “the sickle,” is at its top. Regulus, its brightest star, lies below and left of Venus the first few days of October. Regulus is closer to the ecliptic than any other bright star, and Luna thus commonly eclipses it. Type “star Regulus” and go to the Wiki site. It is actually a four-star system.
    Denebola, a bright star at Leo’s hind end, is much lower left, just above the ESE horizon. Caused by our revolution around Sol, Leo will move higher all month.
    Venus came out from behind Sol in late August and has already passed greatest brilliancy. It will reach greatest elongation (apparent distance from Sol) October 26, the same date it will be in conjunction with Jupiter. In a roughly straight line, extending down and a bit left from Venus, lie dim Mars and then Jupiter. Taking 12 years to round Sol, Jupiter moves against the “fixed stars” the least of the three.
    The second week of October, waning crescent Luna enters the picture, passing the three planets October 8. 9. and 10. By then Jupiter is closer to Mars, and Regulus is above and left of Venus. On October 11, maybe 30 minutes before sunup, Mars is still approaching Jupiter, and Mercury is low and almost due east, above and left of thin crescent Luna. This will be a decent apparition of Mercury; it reaches greatest elongation October 16 and greatest brilliancy October 20.
    October 17, Mars catches up with Jupiter. They will be in conjunction, less than ½ degree apart. Nine days later, October 26,Venus and Jupiter will be in conjunction, brilliant Venus about a degree south of Jupiter (not a good time to look for Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto).
    Only two October evening hours minima of Algol: Oct. 12/13—midnight CDT; Oct. 16—8:50 pm. DST ends 2 am November 1, adding an extra hour of evening stargazing (Yay!) but also of nighttime driving (Boo!).
    Peace, emb

  86. Anonymous, weather wrenches? I have heard of monkey wrenches, pipe wrenches and vise-grips, but what is a weather wrench? The doohickey God uses to change the settings?

  87. Weather wrench: a doohicky variable which bamfoozles meterologists, leading to the issuance of inaccurate and misleading forecasts.

  88. Meant to mention, I forget the specifics, but Stephanie Abrams and Al Roker were working opposite ends of a pier? beach? *somewhere* outsidea few years ago, and Roker made off with Abrams’s anemometer. The anchors at the station apparently could not grasp this, and kept asking het about wind speed. She finally decided to get Al an anemometer of his own for Christmas. The whole thing capped with them switching over to Al because he could get wind speeds. Cracked me up.

  89. emb, The trick to searching for photos on google works if you are using Chrome for your browser. I don’t think it will work with IE or Firefox.

  90. It is 65 degrees and a light rain here. I will change my prediction to this degree. After the storm hits NC it will go back out to sea. Those who say that the current rain in NC is not related to the hurricane need to look at some satellite pictures. Click on the link that I previously posted and you will see that the front that was mentioned is oriented directly north and south and is not moving. The hurricane is showing you where it is going and is sending rain bands in that direction. I also have not mentioned that large area of dry air moving westward in the north Atlantic. I would love to see the storm head directly east and disappear, but I don’t see it.

  91. I’ve decided that two kinds of people will try to predict what a hurricane is going to do, some kid on TWC who is pretty sure where it’s going to be 15 minutes from now and a fool. Well I’m not on TWC. That’s for sure.

  92. Sunrises are OK
    But twice a year they are a bear.

    Hwy 7 runs directly East and West so there are 3 to 4 days Spring and fall that the sun
    shines directly down the highway and one hill it is impossible to see anything for minutes after.
    I use 2 sets of sunglasses to get past that spot.

    I do go earlier but once or twice a years it is “gotcha”

    Weather forecasting is the only job you can be wrong 85% of the time and still keep your job.

  93. Bear, rural N-S roads with close-spaced trees along the ROW are annoying at that time of year, too…you get a strobe effect as you drive it early morning or late afternoon. On the plus side, though, I suppose you could consider it a free epilepsy test.

  94. O.B.:

    Manhattan has two days a year like that, but the cross streets above 14th don’t run true E and W. [Sensible 18th/19th C. planners: the island lies roughly SSW-NNE.] I think a search would reveal the approx. dates.

    Below 14th is highly variable. W 4th crosses 10th, 11th, and 12th, ending at 13th. There are no 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th W of B’way, so they don’t intersect W. 4th. There are no 1st and 2nd W of B’way either, and the streets in order that do cross 6th Ave. are W. 4th, Washington Pl., Waverly Pl. and W. 8th. Go figure. W 9th ends at 6th Ave. Kind of a neat neighborhood. Wish I could still afford to live there. Didn’t say wish I lived there, just that I could afford it.

    Peace, emb

  95. I experienced a total eclipse in 78 or 79 (I was a young ‘un, so my memories aren’t clear) under total overcast. Put forth the effort to find a spot that isn’t, if you can.

  96. I’ve already seen the word “albeit” used on two other blogs this morning. I didn’t realize its usage was rare, but I agree it’s probably not too common in the funny papers.

  97. Good morning all. Walked for miles in the St. Louis Botanical Gardens and going back this afternoon I think. They had an awesome arts and crafts show with tons of wine, cheese, breads, food products and awesome vendors of jewelry, clothing, decor, plants, all handmade in Missouri. Not a good place for me, I am a suckered for all this!

    Having Diet Coke and cranberry raisin walnut bread with cranberry orange goat cheese for breakfast. That is not from the breakfast buffet at motel.

    Love festivals, craft shows and farmers market and music fests. This is all plus gardens, so I bought a membership for the year, it isn’t that far here and my daughter lives two hours north.

  98. Albeit is a perfectly good word I use. But then I am fond of words.

    So is Jimmy which is why I am fond of A and J.

    Sophisticated scripts and best art out there. OK, Bloom County is back unleashed, so Jimmy isn’t the only beam in the dark anymore.

  99. “TWC is probably telling everyone on the East Coast to build an ark by now.” Yep, surfed across TWC earlier this morning, just in time to hear the SC rains described as of “Biblical proportions”.

    The “1000-year flooding event” of yesterday is being called a “200-year flooding event” today. I know that’s small consolation if you are flooded out of your home or business, but it seems typical of the weather forecasting racket. I honestly don’t recall any case in the US when the actual rainfall equaled the max forecasted rainfall from these type events.

    I suppose that encourages people not to take weather warnings lightly, but I worry about the future complacency it can engender. And I guess weather forecasters have to play the CYA game, too.

  100. Happily sitting here listening to Sainte Saens, cellos and piano on Pandora. Thank you Villagers for that although I am slow to catch on or up. Natural blonde and all that.

    Thank you to those who convinced me to turn back from the coast and head west. It is lovely here in St. Louis and I am going to do water aerobics in pool, then get dressed in my beautiful Scottish woven cape for the chilly weather and spend rest of day wandering the parks with Dickens the Adventure Dog who needs a warmer jacket too!

  101. No Ghost what you need is the beautiful kilt that the Cape was displayed alongside in the Celtic shop I purchased the Cape in. I would attach a photo of said cape and kilt had not 2000 photos vanished with my electronics! Don’t think I had posted that on Facebook.

    Galligo and the rest of us kilt lovers will contribute. I have the shops card.

  102. Once again the Board of the Village Orphan’s Society has tasked me with providing any interested parties with an update of the Arbuckle-Lacko Affair. As previously ordered by the Board, I dispatched a communiqué to King Boiko on the 30th instant, begging the pleasure of his company at a special assemblage of the Board to be held on the 2nd proximo. Being that the Director was absent due to a matter of pressing Orphanage business, I was obliged to request that Vice Director Maisey McGregor-Bickersfield affix her signature to the epistle. This she did, as she proffered the observation that sending a messenger to the Roma camp seemed to her to be redundant, as the encampment was undoubtedly filled to overflowing with fortunetellers, each and every one of which would already ken the desire of the Board for a meeting. (As is nearly always the case of my dealings with her, I was unable to discern if Miss McGregor-Bickersfield was speaking in earnest or merely japing.) I directed John Biggins, the Orphanage’s Johannes factotem (and reputed game poacher par excellence), to deliver the message to King Boiko and return directly with the Roma King’s RSVP, and he departed forthwith. However, Master Biggins’ arrival back at the Orphanage was a good two hours past his expected time of return, and I noted our rotund little man-of-all-works’ hair was even more disheveled than usual, and he was wearing an enigmatic smile and a brightly colored scarf knotted around his neck.

    By the day of the convocation, the Director had returned and was prepared to meet with King Boiko. From her place next to the Director, Miss McGregor-Bickersfield inquired of her as to her confidence of being able to negotiate successfully with the Roma King, and the Director immediately replied that she was exceedingly confident of an outcome that would greatly benefit the Orphanage. “My assessment of Lacko is that he is assuredly not the sharpest poniard on the arms rack,” she added.

    At the appointed time, the soi-disant King presented himself to the Board. He was quite vibrantly clad, and as the Director leaned toward the Vice Director, I heard her say, sotto voce, “Providentially for our interests, he is not nearly as bright as his attire.” Lacko was obviously attempting to radiate an aura of bonhomie, but I personally felt he exuded all the charm of a soiled serviette. Dark of hair and dusky of skin, he was short in stature and physically unimpressive, other than for the considerable girth of his waist. He was heavily mustachioed, and the top of his head was hairless, as from being tonsured, but even had he been devoid of the rapacious glint in his eye and the faint but nonetheless detectable sneer on his lips, no one would wrongly identify him as a monk.

    “Ah, Madame Director,” he said in oily tones, “it is zho very good to be seen by you again. And now if we could cut to zhe chaste and get down to bronze tacks, we can speedily preclude our businezz, and I can be on my back to my champ.”

    The Director merely looked at him, her expression as impenetrable as a Roman scutum. She waited until the Roma King began to squirm slightly under her gaze. “Master Lacko,” she said, intentionally omitting his claimed honorific, “if the English language is giving you difficulty, would you prefer we speak Romani? I am fluent in twelve languages, and that happens to be one of them. Or will your English be adequate to tell the Board how much it would be worth to you should we choose to accept the return of the Arbuckle lad to the succoring bosom of the Orphanage?”

    Lacko’s countenance brightened a moment at the word “bosom”, but he quickly returned his thoughts to the matter at hand. “But Madame Director,” Lacko protested, “I am not a rich man. I am merely zhe poor chef of an even poorer group of wonderers…”

    “That’s total flumadiddle,” the Director told him firmly. “You know that, and I know that.” Things proceeded rapidly in an antipodal direction from what the Roma King had undoubtedly expected, and he soon stomped off, no less hefty in the belly but much lighter in his leather coin purse. And so Nigel was restored to the Orphanage.

    Early this morning, the Director summoned me to her modest office, where I found her seated at her desk, cup in hand and savoring the bergamot orange flavor of her beloved Earl Grey tea. In response to my inquisitively raised eyebrow, she said, “Master Biggins took it upon himself last evening to make a postprandial journey to the Roma encampment, in aid of, as he put it, some personal business. His attendance to that business was stymied by the fact that the tribe had sacked up their crystal balls and other appurtenances and departed, posthaste, for parts unknown.”

    “Well, that is not entirely surprising, considering how thoroughly you flummoxed and filleted him yesterday,” I said with a smile. “And certainly that is to the advantage of the area and its inhabitants.” The Director had waved her hand dismissively at mention of her fleecing of Lacko, but catching an almost imperceptible glint in her eyes, I added, “But is there is something else, isn’t there?”

    “Indeed,” she said. “An even more noteworthy peripeteia has occurred. Yesterday must have been a propitious date for travel, as Cyril Bicksford-Smythe has returned from his sojourn at the big top circus, arriving here just prior to the bewitching hour.” After a slight pause, she added, “With weary legs, sore feet, and malodorous clothing…and interesting news concerning Prunella Mountjoy.”

    “Do tell,” I remarked dryly. “Why am I not surprised there would be interesting news attached to that young lady?”

    “We shall need to confer about this news at some length, so return here when you have broken your fast, if you please,” the Director told me. I bobbed my head in acknowledgment and took my leave of her, making my way to the Orphanage commons.

    I have the honor to be, &c.
    (s) Rosamund Wainwright-Altringham
    for the Board of the Village Orphan’s Society

  103. Today’s letter from the Village Orphans’ Society is awesome, not the least for Madame Secretary’s impeccable spelling. It is flawless! She is most erudite, albeit becomingly modest. I betcha that most people don’t know what Earl Grey tea is flavored with, let alone how to spell it.

  104. I have to say that for such a worthwhile charitable cause I would make a generous contribution, deliver it in person and send the live photographs via Skype.

  105. Supposedly at dinner a lass asked the old Scotsman sitting next to her the question, ”What’s worn under your kilt?”

    “Gie me your han’.”

    Peace, emb

  106. By the bye, this Scottish lassie is so short, the Cape must have been woven for a brawny lass. It flourishes generously front, back. sides and can be thrown over the shoulder with abandon.

  107. Indeed, that was an interesting bit of writing by the eminent Rosamund. Last I looked, though, the desired word was “factotum” rather than “factotem”. On the other hand, I was enlightened by my introduction to “peripeteia”, a word I’ve not encountered before.

    Can’t say I know where this is headed, but, keep ’em coming!

  108. Let’s see, Arizona, Oklahoma, Indiana and Ohio. Anywhere else the minivan needs to go? Sounds like one of my usual circuitous trips. Texas? North Carolina.

    Just talked to a friend in Wyoming who said following me on Facebook was better than where’s Waldo.

    By the way, he knew who my gorgeous seat mate was on last trip but said he’d never been introduced. Small world.

    My waiter tonight and lunch yesterday (who I requested) did 8 years in my. Hometown in Louisiana managing the most upscale restaurant there before it closed. He had never met anyone from there outside of the state of Louisiana. He was shocked!

    By the way, restaurant here is independent and upscale menu, if it had tablecloths it would be called a “white tablecloth” establishment, yet people dressed and looked like they were in McDonald’s and ate the same way.
    Obviously it has good reputation as it had a crowd and lots of kids in tuxes and evening dresses, so maybe a prom? Prices were upscale too. I had tilapia crusted in pistachios on a bed of flash fried spinach which is like spinach crummbles.

  109. Anonymous, don’t pass up the St. Louis Zoo while you are there. It is where Marlin Perkins made a name for himself before going on TV. Lots of wonderful old buildings there, too. Including a reptile house with reliefs of many species carved into the entry area. i got to go there once around 1999 or so and thoroughly enjoyed myself.

  110. Just checked dictionary which says that to do something with abandon is an action done without concern or done flippant or carelessly, free and unhibited expression.

    They gave a sentence that involved a drunk girl throwing her clothes on a chair. I was just tossing the corners of thecape.

    OK HERE is the brand : Calzeat and company Ltd. OldStation Yard,Symington, Lanark shire Scotland ML126LQ

    Plus some phone numbers, fax and email

    “Calzeat of Scotland” designed and woven by highly skilled craftsmen of Scotland is on tag. I bought it in PortTownsend, WA at the Wandering

  111. I like puns, so the way you used the word the first time made me ask that question. My own personal answer was A bandstand.

    I have been getting sick since Wednesday and lack of sleep has made me kind of loopy. The skin of my nose broke out, then went from bad to worse. Now I look like I stole WC Fields’ nose. Was afraid it might be shingles but had to wait for payday and time off to visit a doctor. He walked in, took one look and told me I had a strep infection of the skin. So everybody else gets strep throat, I have to be different and get strep nose!

  112. Mark, be happy it wasn’t shingles. I took shingles meds for years and I may never be totally rid of it. I am not laughing at your nose, it must be painful too. WI’ll antibiotics cure it?

    By the way, I found the website for company that made my cape. I am in deep trouble, their weavings are gorgeous and lots of colors, not cheap but I didn’t find my exact one. But a lot of others I loved. If prices are US then they are less expensive than shop but freight? Loved the throws and scarfs but they donate to SPCA andand love that.

  113. You might email the company and ask who their US distributors are.

    And yes, it is curable with antibiotics. Dr. prescribed Cipro, less expensive to get the med than to get diagnosed. No complaints though, since I was paying for his knowledge and got what I needed. On a Saturday afternoon, no less, when most in the area were watching Alabama beat UGA on tv.

    I don’t mind you laughing at what I wrote, since I wrote it that way with a purpose. Gave a good word-picture (at least if you have ever seen Fields’ photo, let all of you know it wasn’t that serious to me so you wouldn’t worry, and let the Village know what is happening with me.

    ICD-10 is going better than I expected. They had most of the bugs I feared out before we started doing the charts. But I still like Ghost’s comment best: ICD-10, because ICD-9 wasn’t complicated enough.” Ghost, you got the correct answer in one sentence. There had been so many changes in diagnoses and treatment in the last 20 years that the old system couldn’t keep up and had no space to make additions. For those who don’t know, the ICD system was developed by the World Health Organization as a way of tracking diseases and injuries, not for insurance reimbursement. The rest of the major nations had already changed to the version 10, we were the last.

  114. Good morning Villagers…

    Took yesterday off, and I mean off….I at least got my work clothes in the washer, and my wonderful husband dried and folded them while I napped.

    Re; Orphanage Village Society newsletters, I find them intriguing, and yes, I do have to read it more than once. Keep us updated Rosamund Wainwright-Altringham.

    Not much to say here…

    Ya’ll have a blessed day

  115. GR 😉 just going through a little downer right now. Mom would have been 82 tomorrow, spoke with Ian yesterday…’s been a rough two months, two voids in my life. I really don’t like taking off work, I get depressed. Work keeps my mind busy, and body tired thus early to bed and early to rise. My computer clock says 5:27 now. Thanks for asking.

  116. Emb, thanks for the star gazing details….it is dark now when I leave for work, cloudy this am, but tomorrow, I will look to the stars. Since I don’t have a printer, going to write down those stars that will be coming up in October.

  117. After being away from my computer for a week, everything I have missed boggles the mind! Took all morning to catch up on this forum. Sorry, but I am NOT going back to the previous page!

    Enjoyed my week house/kitty sitting. The cat was adorable. An older tortie and yes, very vocal! But she became my buddy. Gonna miss her…

  118. Now using a beta version keyboard on the tablet, lets see what goes wrong.

    Learned one useful thing this morning. The new UCD-10 medical codes contains this code: V97.33X Sucked Into Jet Engine. Unsure what the treatment protocol would consist of, but it will get a proper diagnosis.

  119. Tippy has become king of the house and his 5 lbs is chasing my torties all over the house. No predictions, but I’m just telling you what I see. Maybe a temporary wobble, but the hurricane appears to have moved slightly to the NW and, BTW, is no further north than the Carolinas at the moment. We cannot reach my BIL in NC.

  120. We’re supposed to be in Myrtle Beach for the next few days for a reunion of Bob’s Vietnam unit. Some of the group got there early – we got off I95 (now closed for 70 miles) in Walterboro, took some alternate US routes, and got as far as Florence. Managed to get a motel room for tonight. Will see how it goes tomorrow.

    The good news is we’re safe and dry and if we can’t get to MB we can go somewhere else. The bad news is that’s not true for an awful lot of folks in South Carolina.

  121. Glad you put that Ruth Anne. I was going to report on you. I hope Trooper is OK on the mountain but I have lots of coastal friends I fear for.

  122. Most of South Carolina under curfew now. I understand the logic, having seen too many drowned cars on flooded roads. For all the folks who got off the road or out of flooded neighborhoods and took shelter in motels, however, it does create a problem when all the restaurants are closed. We got some microwavable mac and cheese at the truck stop next door before it closed.

  123. With the tragedy on the coast I hate to be happy but had a fantastic day with high mass in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis with archbishop, bishop and entourage, mass sung, full choir, organ and cantors, so beautiful, like watching and listening to opera. Even when archbishop smiled and blessed me in processional (I was on aisle standing) it made me smile. New archbishop, not one I’d met. This church is so beautiful, all golds and tiles everywhere.

    Ran into the cantor from Micheles wedding who invited me to the Bach cantata at the Lutheran seminary and went to that, think I will join that too. I know I don’t live here but I always loved coming here for last ten or more years. St. Louis has a lot of interesting things going on.

    The Shaw Botanical Gardens had the best arts and crafts show I have ever gone to, so I ran back over to buy more pewter jewelry and hit it off so well with the artists I am going to their studio to meet their cats who are incredible too. Saw their pictures already. Pewter artists almost bought the house my daughter lives in! And bought beautiful hand woven scarfs and a handwoven jacket from an East German refugee now an American weaver, kissed both partners and artisans and gave big hugs. I love craftsmen and handmade products, stood behind enough folding tables until I moved some of us indoors and uptown and made us trendy gifts.

    Decided to stay awhile, have to go to zoo and some museums, acquire a little more knowledge and fun. Love.

  124. A great old joke:

    An elderly Italian man lived alone in New Jersey . He wanted to plant his annual tomato garden, but it was very difficult work, since the ground was hard. His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament:

    Dear Vincent,
    I am feeling pretty sad, because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. I know if you were here my troubles would be over.. I know you would be happy to dig the plot for me, like in the old days.
    Love, Papa

    A few days later he received a letter from his son.

    Dear Pop,
    Don’t dig up that garden. That’s where the bodies are buried.

    At 4 a.m. the next morning, FBI agents and local police arrived and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologized to the old man and left. That same day the old man received another letter from his son.

    Dear Pop,
    Go ahead and plant the tomatoes now. That’s the best I could do under the circumstances.
    Love you,

  125. Trucker: Stumped my younger niece with base 8 vs. 10. Too bad our ancestors didn’t foresee our binary future. Base 8 would have fit our world better.

    Peace, emb

  126. Good morning Villagers…

    Ruth Anne, be very cautious and take care in your travels. And may your husband and you enjoy your reunion.

    TR…too funny. Every time I hear the name Vinnie, I think of the movie “My Cousin Vinnie”, which is hysterical. But I don’t understand the halloween date and Christmas date.. And I also never understood bases….only when it came to playing softball.

    Jackie, never been to St. Louis, even though it’s only about a 4 hour drive there. I’ve read about the various sights, such as the zoo, botanical garden…maybe I should put that on my bucket list.

    Emb….the sky is clear. Just came in from my back porch after looking at the stars. Just behind the trees is the brightest one, I am looking East. And no I haven’t wrote down your star gazing guide yet. Then all of a sudden I heard this sound like a horse/cow blowing it’s nose and a thump on the ground….now we have no cattle or horses around here, and open field next to us has been harvested….I ran back into the house.

    Jerry, hope your hear from your BIL soon and all is safe with him. Good to hear Tippy is blending in with the others….so, Tippy is a male.

    Ya’ll have a blessed day……

    GR 😉

  127. The title of this blog entry finally reminded me that I need to watch television this evening.

    Right after “The Big Bang Theory” is another program that I like – “Life in Pisces.”



    It’s “Life in Pieces”?


    Never mind.

  128. Debbbe, I’ve gotten a round tuit. As a matter of fact I have a couple of them around here someplace. Yes, Tippy is daddy’s boy and has gained half a pound already, which is not surprising considering he eats almost as much as 19 lb Elvis.

  129. Still raining in SC; I-95 still closed south of Florence. So many roads under water or washed out that there’s no way we’ll get to the reunion. Maybe next year. Guess we’ll head for the mountains a little sooner than we had planned.

    On a happier note, the motel gives out copies of the local Morning News. There’s not much to it but it does carry A&J!

  130. Heard from a couple of SC friends one of whom said he had two feet of rain and more due today. Said if you lived on a hill as he did you were ok. If you didn’t you weren’t. Another said they were OK but isolated by water and shut in. A third mentioned an ark but said a stout dinghy would be better as all the streams were now raging rivers and torrents.

  131. Debbe (and others who don’t already understand):

    Computer programmers work in a number of different number bases, such as binary (base 2), octal (base 8), decimal (base 10) and hexadecimal (base 16). To avoid confusion, they often indicate which base they are working in by prefixing their numbers with the first three letters of the base name (bin, oct, dec, hex). The decimal number 25 is 31 in octal, so Oct 31 = Dec 25.

    If you’re still in the dark, that’s OK. You can always google (or bing) Octal for a more detailed explanation.

  132. Having had diverticulitis since my early 20s I can not only relate but say Brooke nailed it and emergency rooms. I wish Brooke recovery or at least management of a painful and sometimes even fatal disorder.

  133. Debbe: “Just behind the trees is the brightest one, I am looking East. And no I haven’t wrote down your star gazing guide yet. Then all of a sudden I heard this sound like a horse/cow blowing it’s nose and a thump on the ground….now we have no cattle or horses around here, and open field next to us has been harvested….I ran back into the house.”

    The bright “star” is Venus, currently our Morgenstern. Brightest regularly scheduled* astro. object except for Luna and Sol. [*As opposed to intruders like the meteorite that blew up over the Urals a while back.] Venus will move around but remain the “Morning Star” well into 2016 [cannot supply dates until the Jan. ’16 Sky & Telescope, with its two page Stargazer’s Almanac arrives in early Dec.]. Sometime next spring [I think], Venus will pass around behind Sol and become our Abendstern.

    Not sure which “star gazing guide” I’d written down, but you might try searches for “Sky & Telescope” and “phases of Venus” for starters. Skip the astrology/horoscope stuff that often turns up.

    I’m guessing the “horse/cow blowing it’s nose and a thump on the ground” was a white-tailed deer wanting to know what you were. It found out. First time that happened to me, I was leaning against a tree in May at midday, squirrel-watching [= research for my doctoral thesis]. Must have been no more than 10 m. behind me. I near jumped out of my skin, and turned. Don’t believe I saw the deer, but others told me what had happened. Watched it many other times: when I was dead still and a deer [either sex] hove into view, it often did not notice me at first. When it did, it would snort and paw. If I didn’t more, it would often circle around to get wind of me, then run off. All in S. MI, on U. Mich.’s E.S. George Reserve.

    Peace, emb

  134. Saw a fascinating presentation on biologist E. O. Wilson early one recent morning. It plays again tonight at 8pm CDT out of the Chicago area – check local listings for PBS-type stuff. The guy is best known for his work on social life of ants, apparently, and extended his findings. I did not see the ending, as it got to be about 4a.m…..


  135. Anonymous:

    I saw Brooke’s post and had the same reaction. Here’s my (abbreviated) story.

    November 2008: Didn’t know I had diverticulitis until I lost four pints of blood. Emergency room staff said I looked Count Alucard before a feeding. Found out later that, if I had lost a little more, I wouldn’t be here now.

    March 2011: Had been having various pains for a while, along with severe chills and shaking; wasn’t sure what it was; was sure I didn’t want to find out until after we returned from visiting son in Colorado. Made it back, and, the instant I put on my hand on the door handle, an infection burst and perforated my sigmoid colon. Luckily, it was contained within a sac that had developed around the infected site. Emergency room again. Color okay this time.

    December 2011: Finally agreed to surgery after doctor said that I was facing strong possibility of colostomy bag or death. Surgeon removed 18″ of sigmoid colon.

    Since then: No more problems; feel great.

    How about you? Your experiences?

  136. Rick, mine ended peacefully and without further bloodshed after I was told that more bleeding was going to end like yours. I continued having all those lovely tests most of my life but either I got better at what I ate or the diverticulitis did. I can tell you the pain is so bad you think you are dying and sort of hope the end comes soon.
    I know what a sword swipe across your middle feels like! I have actually passed out from pain.

    Weird thing is when I was put on blood thinners they decided the testing and snipping was too dangerous, I’d bleed to death, so testing got stopped. Yes, when they ran tests they’d find pockets but basically I was supposed to call an ambulance if I was concious if bleeding showed up. I always figured that was going to be a problem!

    Between this and the pancreatitis and hepatitis repeats I never got to enjoy my late husband’s unlimited wine and dine expense account much, but I am alive and have most of my body parts, and never minded being a teetotlar and sober.

  137. Rick- I have some diverticula but have had only one attack. There was an unpleasantly startling amount of pain one evening and I took my last two prescription pain pills (for an earlier condition) to permit me some sleep. Got to my gastroenterologist the next noon – blessings upon him for making time for me – when he ordered a CAT scan STAT, which was duly done. Not seeing anything worse, he treated me with antibiotics to avoid any serious infective consequences. Nothing since has occurred, and I don’t miss it!

  138. In reference to the Kilt

    A Sgt. major from a Highland Regiment had been out celebrating and was over come
    with the single malt – so decided to take a wee kip in the park.
    Two lassies seeing him stretched out on the grass were curious as to what he wore
    under his Kilt – Upon seeing – one lassie tied her hair ribbon around the object of
    When he arose the next morning he averred “I don’t know where you have been
    lad – but I see you have won first prize.”

    I hope that is not too risque

  139. Good morning Villagers….

    I am lazy…so I copied and pasted some of Emb’s stargazing info…I figure JJ will be posting a new retro today and I won’t have to scroll so much. so ignore the below, it’s for my info. And I should be more careful while driving east heading to the highway….looking to the sky and not the road…. 🙂 Dawn started approaching when I hit the highway….the night sky is so beautiful, God’s canvas.

    Venus came out from behind Sol in late August and has already passed greatest brilliancy. It will reach greatest elongation (apparent distance from Sol) October 26, the same date it will be in conjunction with Jupiter. In a roughly straight line, extending down and a bit left from Venus, lie dim Mars and then Jupiter. Taking 12 years to round Sol, Jupiter moves against the “fixed stars” the least of the three.
    The second week of October, waning crescent Luna enters the picture, passing the three planets October 8. 9. and 10. By then Jupiter is closer to Mars, and Regulus is above and left of Venus. On October 11, maybe 30 minutes before sunup, Mars is still approaching Jupiter, and Mercury is low and almost due east, above and left of thin crescent Luna. This will be a decent apparition of Mercury; it reaches greatest elongation October 16 and greatest

  140. Emb, your story was funny…..I was telling the guys at work what I had heard. They said it was probably a buck. Deer season is open here, and right now it’s bow. And a special thank you for your input, I really appreciate it.

    TR…it’s still way over my head, and you are a dear to try to explain it to me.

    Ruth…sorry you didn’t get to the reunion…but do enjoy the mountains and the stars at night.

    I’ve noticed GR hasn’t been posting here for a couple of days….just where are you????? Hope all is well with you….

    ya’ll have a blessed day

  141. Anonymous: Much worse than anything I’ve experienced. You have my deepest sympathy and respect.

    CE-P: Congratulations! I hope that everything stays as is.

    Both: The curious thing about this condition is that the doctors and surgeon said that no one knows for certain what causes it.

    My own conclusion: I had a bad diet (fried foods, fat, and sugar), used to be a smoker, and didn’t exercise.

  142. From the article / Chernobyl: “He added: “We’re not saying radiation is good for animals, but human habitation and exploitation of the landscape is worse.”

    Little critters have lifespans of only a few year. The larger mammals, wolf, elk, lynx, bear maybe a decade or 2-3. Really gross mutations will result in miscarriages, and any radiation sickness will likely yield sickly animals prone to easy predation. According to the Hebrew Bible, our span is “three score and ten”, maybe four score. I’m four score and five. That’s lots more time to accumulate radiation damage. The area may be a great wildlife refuge but it’s poisoned nonetheless. “Nature” can be lovely but misleading.

    Peace, emb

  143. Thought I’d check in after an absence. Have been traveling a bit, cruise to the Caribbean and football game. Blessings on everyone. Pax te cum.

  144. A funeral procession pulled into a cemetery. Several carloads of family members followed a black truck towing a boat with a coffin in it. A passer-by remarked, “That guy must have been a very avid fisherman.”

    “Oh, he still is,” remarked one of the mourners. “As a matter of fact, he’s headed off to the lake as soon as we bury his wife.”

  145. Trucker I was going to tell Old Bear how much I loved his kilt joke and no it wasn’t too risqué and then here you came with the fishing joke! I am still laughing at both.

    There is a kilt joke where the punch line is “All in good working order” and that is all I can remember of it. If anyone else can I remember the joke, please post it here. I don’t think it is too risqué either, I just don’t recall it!

    Good morning all, I think I am heading home to get my boat and cook a 15 pound pork loin roast and a big batch of Cowboy Cookies to take along to the lake. My good friend who has spent all year building a boat for me is holding a substitute Sail Oklahoma on Stockton Lake here in Missouri this weekend. How many friends do you get like that?

    If and yone is within driving distance I will be along with @ few other boats at the state cs ampground on lake from Friday to Sunday. No need to own a boat, they always bring extras and delight in taking people out Qin their boats. Boy, hate this touch keyboard! This is a free and very informal group of friends who camp and sail small boats.

    Better get packed! Love. Where is Ghost? I have been worrying but silent.

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