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Tue, May 31st - 8:36PM

May 29: Gareth Spends the Afternoon

The Age of Napoleon, p. 343
80.2 miles
sunny, but it won't last.

93 recordings of 28 types.

Rasmussen: -11: 50/49

Too easy.  Any other week, though, any of them would do.

Easy one this week.
Not every American president gets the distinction of having the Queen of England yell “Sit Down” to him.
Way to go, O.
For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really ashamed of my country, and not just because of what Barack has done, but because I think people are blind to his change.
turfmann on May 29, 2011 at 9:12 AM

[Actually, it was "set it down."  What an idiot.]

I am delighted that the Obama’s were NOT invited to the wedding, too. Technically it was not an official state wedding since william is 2nd in line for the throne, but still, it was delicious that they were not invited.
There is a picture in the british papers that Michelle O wore a $2000 dress to meet Kate, who wore a $300 dress she got at a regular retail store to the event where they met. The British papers are complimenting the new Duchess of Cambridge for being a recession monarch, and dressing in modest priced clothing.
karenhasfreedom on May 29, 2011 at 9:18 AM

[Michelle Antoinette, anyone?]

Bill Whittle, on the botched toast: "You've gotta go back to Vanilla Ice to find so much attitude in front of so little talent."

T-shirt, pink "Sharing God's Bounty" for church.

For the fantasy trip, today we'd have stayed in the Minneapolis area.  After church, a trip to Mankato to look at
Betsy-Tacy sites, and find the B-T cache.  Also, yes, the Mall of America.  And, of course, a trip to St. Paul for the State Capitol.


Bernadette dropped Gareth off and he spent 4 hours here.  I gave him a tamale I'd bought at church (fundraiser for the youth group) for lunch, and then handed over the CARS book and toys, 12 tiny cars and a play mat.  He sat in here chatting with the cars and for the cars, and running them on the mat, for over an hour.  It wasn't till the end of the visit he started having me read books. I would suggest a book and he'd pick it out of the case and bring it to me.


And, as usual, he conked out on the way home.  A pleasant day, and I take back anything I said about his not-talking.

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Mon, May 30th - 10:31PM

May 28: Midtown Craft Fair

The Age of Napoleon, p. 343
80.2 miles
cloudy, cool, storm

97 recordings of 28 types.

Rasmussen: -.9 pounds, high BP.

T-shirt, 2003 B2B, our last year.  The next year Roni was recovering from knee surgery, then the year after that she'd just had Teddy, and since then we just never got back to it.

I slept in till 9 this morning. If I felt this tired on the fantasy trip, this day would have been Hell.  427 miles over the great plains, Bismarck to Minneapolis.  No sights to speak of, though the route does go through Fargo so the Red River is interesting, and there might be some good caching there. There is an earthcache about the river, and it turns out it's the same guy who put out the earthcache we got in Monterey last week, and one I was looking at in Napa. He lives in Maryland! I see a power trail we'd have had to ignore.  There are two other earthcaches en route that look good, plus, closer to Minneapolis a lot of good caches (which would depend on time.  Sunset is really late that far north, so if I wasn't as tired as I am in real life, but that's iffy, we could have done quite a bit.)

We went down to the Midtown Craft Fair because a friend had a booth there. I bought a wine stopper from him.  Most of the booths were jewelry, and I'm not a jewelry type of gal, so we didn't stay long.  We kept seeing people in blue T-shirts... it turns out to be Urban Dare, in Sacramento today. I'd never heard of them, but it looks like a lot of fun.

When we got home, Rich put the carseat back into the car. I stepped out for something and said, "OH, my, it feels like rain". "Naaah" he said.  And the drops began to fall.  TOLD him!

In the night it was really bucketing down. A gullywasher.  What is this? I guess it really is La Nina.

The New Leader of the Free World is Saudi Arabia.

Holy cow.

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Mon, May 30th - 9:41AM

May 27: Catch Up?

The Age of Napoleon, p. 343
80.0 miles
cloudy, cool, rain

103 recordings of 33 types.

Rasmussen: -12: 49/49. Fifty percent (50%) believe the federal government is more likely to go bankrupt rather than to balance its budget.  Only 33% think balance can be achieved before the government goes belly-up.

T-shirt, 2003 Run for the Seals.  We went with Roni and Lexi (in stroller) and Sailor and walked the route in the Marin Headlands.  There was a panicked deer who ran across the road in front of us, and Sailor didn't even notice. I enjoyed this and would like to do it again, but it comes and goes and I miss it.

Fantasy trip, a long boring day. (And this year, probably dodging tornadoes and hailstorms.) From Glasgow to Bismarck with a slight detour to Minot just because.  Rich was always afraid he'd be stationed there ("Why not Minot, Yarnot?") and so we'd have had to see what we escaped.  380 miles, so probably time to look at the state capitol and get a cache nearby.  I just looked and there are a set of Dinosaur Train Caches, one in Bismarck. I suspect that would have been a must* (except it's disabled at the moment.) I see there's one in Seattle. And looking at that, a Science Fiction Museum?? Back to the Dinosaur Train, the nearest one to us seems to be in Hollyweird.

*Definitely. It is on the State Capitol Grounds!

You really have to ask?

So NDOT (Nevada) decided cachers were important to the economy! The new ET power trail will be unveiled on August 26.

Have we Become a Turncoat Nation?

Notice this is all happening because of the actions of one incompetent President.
Our relations with Israel are probably the worst they’ve been since at least the Jimmy Carter administration, if not longer.
I think the last time our relationship with England was this bad was the War Of 1812.
Much like Jimmy Carter I, I think Jimmy Carter II’s dumb decisions are going to haunt us for the next 30 years in one way or another.
teke184 on May 27, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Read Krauthammer’s article about how Obama nullified a written agreement between Bush and Israel that was essential to Israel pulling out of the Golan Heights. Obama is destroying our credibility with our friends and making us look weak (because we are) before our enemies. On top of his destroying the American economy, he is turning us into a third-world nation, assuming we’re able to remain a nation for much longer.
Socratease on May 27, 2011 at 1:31 PM

What 0bama Did to Israel, Krauthammer.

The only remaining question is whether this perverse and ultimately self-defeating policy is born of genuine antipathy toward Israel or of the arrogance of a blundering amateur who refuses to see that he is undermining not just peace but the very possibility of negotiations.

Wow, this is in Minnesota!  The governor (Democrat, of course) can try to hold back the tide, but...

Fred Thompson
The USDA is levying a fine of $90,000 on a Missouri family for selling $4000 worth of rabbits over 2 years without a license, making a $300 profit.
Must've run out of unlicensed lemonade stands to kick over.

Groupon is the Squeeze Inn, such timing!

My acquaintance, who's been anti-vaccine for years, gets more and more gaga as the years go on. I discovered she's a truther, and now she's saying this weather is caused by the gummint.

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Sun, May 29th - 11:34AM

May 26: Oops.

The Age of Napoleon, p. 343
80.0 miles
cloudy, cool

106 recordings of 34 types.

Rasmussen: -10: (are they actually doing the polls this week?) 50/48.

T-shirt, KGO club B2B 2002. Very colorful, with bare feet on the back.

Fantasy trip: Today's is one I would have liked. The Charles M. Russell museum in Great Falls, and looking up the priest from 1964. (I haven't actually located him to write about Rich, though I keep meaning to. He recently retired.) Then to Rocky Boy and look around the reservation (that was quite a summer: I often wonder what became of the kids) and to Havre, then to Glasgow. 272 miles.

(Floyvin Demontiney is in the service! He was a baby when I was there! And I see they have "Stone Child College." Not, apparently, a casino. I'd have thought they'd do that for $$.)

So, this morning, there was Pharoah, licking the floor clean for me.  I guess I didn't wipe up the sauce thoroughly.

0bama's budget goes down, 0-97. 

As Harry Reid said this week, Democrats don’t want to provide leadership and do the jobs to which they were elected — they just want to tell everyone else how to do their jobs.

0bamateurism of the day: I think he thought that was background music for his rendition of Shakespeare and his new video. Somehow, I'm reminded of Armand Hammer meeting the Queen back in the 70s, and when she asked how he was finding his new residence he babbled something about "undergoing elements of refurbishment." 

BREAKING: Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin Makes History By Signing Into Law Single Payer Health Care. Jim Treacher comments: "Good news for U-Haul, Ryder, and Mayflower outlets in Vermont."

Chemo day. Rich's white blood cells were slightly improved, but his red blood cells and platelets continue to go down.  This despite my best efforts. It's discouraging.

I went to the retreat house, and again Brother Kurt wasn't there (because of an ordination in Detroit.) Father David, waaah, will be leaving to be a parish priest in Kentucky. Sniff! I got to talk to one guy whose sister is having chemo, too, and who just got over lymphoma himself.  Also, he's a geocacher. After Mass there was a dedication of a plaque honoring a woman who recently died, and a reception. I took a chocolate cookie to Rich.  But someone had already brought chocolate cake. Yummy.

I began to panic because California Musical Theater had said they'd be sending out forms for priority "Wicked" tickets in May and we didn't have them.  And then, the priority week is the second week in June.  So after Rich's nap, we went down to the ticket office to get some tickets... and then had the "2012" part of the "Wicked" run pointed out to us. How embarrassing. I guess I'm so eager for 2012 I didn't even notice. Oops.

I lost The Beyonders in Monterey, apparently, but I found it in my shelves. Yay, because the minute I realized it was gone, it was the only thing I wanted to read.

Reading: The Age of Napoleon, Will and Ariel Durant, The Bible (1 Machabees), Cancer: The Adventure of Your Life!, Teresa Kalvedage Matthews, The True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, St. Louis Marie de Montfort, The Beyonders, Manly Wade Wellman, Sacramento The Hub, Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand, Blue Highways, William Least Heat Moon, Don Quixote.

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Sat, May 28th - 10:14PM

May 25: A Day With Our Company

The Age of Napoleon, p. 343
80.0 miles
cloudy, rain

100 recordings of 33 types.

Rasmussen: -10: 50/48

Well, 2008 was his glory year. He's actually had to do (some) work since then.

    I wonder if TOTUS has the right date?
    Freddy on May 24, 2011 at 5:39 PM

You know… a lot of electronic devices revert back to a default date/time when they lose power.
Rebar on May 24, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    “Profits and earnings ratios”
    “57 states”
    etc. etc.

    And yet we’re supposed to assume that everytime he makes a blunder, so immensely stupid that none of us would have done it even when in a drunken stupor (even when I am drunk I know the correct number of states), it is because he is “tired”, etc.

    Please. Since he won’t release his college transcripts, I am starting to believe he really is extremely dumb, or at very least extremely clumsy. The Affirmative Action POTUS.

    Norwegian on May 24, 2011 at 3:46 PM

[I'm alone on the right willing to give him a break on the 57 states... he was doing math on the fly, and misspoke.]

This is why he doesn’t get invited to weddings, guys. Well, at least this time Michelle didn't slap her on the back.

T-shirt, 2002 B2B shirt with dots.

Fantasy trip (as I look at it, it was likely to become a nightmare): through Glacier Park to Shelby and then Great Falls.  ~308 miles.  The summer before I married Rich, my Mom took me back to Rocky Boy to see the priest I'd worked for, and picked up my cousin on the way. 5 of us crammed into a original Mustang. We crossed the Rockies on the Going-to-the-Sun highway, and along the way we heard a BANG behind us and honking, and a school bus had lost his brakes and was zooming along the winding road (cliff on one side, dropoff on the other) on the inside, the wrong way. He scraped the cliff to slow down and crash to a stop. It was a busload of Girl Scouts from Texas... splendid driving for a flatlander.  We stopped, gave them a couple of blankets, and then when official help turned up we got out of the way.  One girl had a hurt back but the rest were limited to bruises.  Amazing.

Pat and Mike came back just before 10. I had the place set up for kids, and sure enough. Bernadette, Grandma, and Joanna and Gareth were soon along.  When B. put Joanna down, she walked up to me babbling long sentences, and wanted to be picked up!  B. says that after the birthday party, her talking changed from one syllable repeating to jargon that sounds like English. We assume she heard the other children talking and realized that's what you do. Gareth is the strong silent type, so she wouldn't have learned from him.

During the day she brought me a couple of books so I "read" them to her.  And of course I read a couple to Gareth.  He was really interested in taking the dust covers off the "How do Dinosaurs..." books and we discussed it.  He just couldn't resist an hour later so I took them away.

Joanna had her determined minutes, too, but it was the buttons on the VCS player. She discovered, as Gareth had before her, that pushing the buttons made lights go on. However, she can't hurt anything, so I decided this is not the hill I want to die on.  The important stuff, like the DVR, was blocked off, as were the outlets and the fireplace. The only thing I have to do with Gareth any more is to block off the back room and, sometimes, the kitchen.

Joanna in the Box     Gareth

Lunch was the microwavable Hormel Completes. Once I'd fed Gareth, people could choose their own and microwave it.  While people were getting set up, I shoved the remains of Gareth's on top of the fridge, and of course forgot so I opened the door and poured sauce all over myself, the floor, and (I discovered the next day when it was all dry and hard to clean up) the inside of the fridge. Argh.

About 3 the babies were conking out and Bernadette wanted to talk to St. Philomene's Church and Joan wanted to visit Hancock Fabrics, so they left.  We continued to chat and I put away the cribs (Patty had to help me with one) and then we left about 5 to visit the Squeeze Inn.  A nice dinner there (there was room at the counter) and so to tell them goodbye. Sniff.  Nice visit!!

Obama Advisor tells Congress she has better things to do.

Remember when Democrats screeched about an “imperial presidency” when George W. Bush asked Congress for authorization for military action, and when he fired executive appointees in the Department of Justice?  Good times, good times.  In the past few weeks, we’ve been treated to a new war without the President bothering to check with Congress at all, and now one of his key appointees telling Congress that she has better things to do than answer their questions:

Some of my best aides... 

Andrew Malcolm:
The good news is that Obama got off on this foreign journey without launching air attacks against another country, unlike the March family tour of South America when he took on Libya -- which we're still taking on, come to think of it.

The Netanyahu Abbas Exchange...

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Fri, May 27th - 5:51PM

May 24: Visitors!

The Age of Napoleon, p. 343
80.0 miles

102 recordings of 37 types. (One I was partway through when I conked out in the chair last night...)

Rasmussen: -10.  We're stuck. 51/48.

T-shirt: 2001 Doggy Dash.  After this, Sailor was getting a bit too old.

Fantasy trip: to Missoula, back to the Museum of the Rockies (which is wonderful, we saw it in 1996), and on to Kalispell. 290 miles.

Treacher ties up the Rapture and global warming.

I wish 0bama was as proud of America as Netanyahu is of Israel. No apologies from him! Good speech.

Rich has been waiting for some Susan B. Anthonys from the Mint, so when he heard the mailman he ran out... but the package was light so he thought maybe it was from somewhere else. Then he opened it, it WAS from the Mint and it was empty. He headed out the door and caught the mailman to prove it was light when delivered, and then there's been a whole lot of paperwork and such.  I hope they catch the thief: obviously someone at the Post Office (probably not the Mint, but whoever, it's a federal crime.)

Then his sister and brother-in-law came for a visit.  They have allergies so can't stay here. We went to La Rosa Blanca, then sat outside enjoying the back yard till it was dark.  WE SAW THE OWL!!! I've been hearing this screech owl every summer for years and been looking for it, but this was nice!! Rich saw it and then we could all see the silhouette on the wire, then it flew into the garden and I got a better look at it. What a thrill!


The Guardian lists 0bama's Top 10 Insults to Great Britain.  Smart power!

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Thu, May 26th - 9:53PM

May 23: Cleaners

The Age of Napoleon, p. 343
80.0 miles

102 recordings of 37 types.

Rasmussen: -10: 49/50.

Bleck. I hope they don't swallow the Kool-Aid... again.

T-shirt: 2001 KGO club.

Today, on the fantasy trip, would have been a way long day, Winnemucca to Boise where we needed to see the state capitol and find a geocache, then on to Grangeville Idaho.  (Staying at the Super 8).  A **Very Long Day**, 453 miles.  (Kind of a relief we aren't doing it, in fact.)

Why, look who's on TV. Also, surprise surprise, look who's out of the country!

Presidential Limo Felled by Speed Bump.
The comments are fun. "Who did they find already to throw under the bus, er, limo?"

Supreme Court Orders Release of 30,000+ Prisoners.

Well, good thing that they want to outlaw Happy Meals and circumcision. Those are much higher priority issues than, you know, keeping hardened criminals in prison.

Atlas Shrugged.
search4truth on May 23, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Watch your backs, Brits!


Netanyahu and 0bama the difference summarized in one photo.

It was the cleaners today. They were a lot quicker (initial deep cleaning of living room, dining room, and bedrooms. I knew that wouldn't be so hard.) They were done in a little over an hour. After 5 hours last time, this one evens out their pay. Oh, my, how I enjoy this!

Yesterday Rich got some fungicide and I put it on my orchids, and at least it didn't kill them immediately.

Rich had his last time bowling this season, and won $7 for third place score. Then, after his nap, we both thought we'd planned something, but couldn't remember.... oh, yes, finally, when it was too late. We were supposed to get the pack of "Upstairs Downstairs" DVDs, which of course came while we were gone. OK, tomorrow!

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Wed, May 25th - 8:03PM

May 22: Pre-Cleaners Day

The Age of Napoleon, p. 343
80.0 miles
sunny, warm

105 recordings of 40 types.

Rasmussen: -10: 48/50.

T-shirt, for church, the Sharing God's Bounty 20 years one.

Back in January, I had just figured out the mileage and route for the big 2011 road trip when Rich came in to announce he was coughing up blood and our plans changed.  We would have started today after going to church last night. (And, I think, picking up someone we know for a house-sitter, so the pink bedroom would have been cleaned out anyways.) Then today, to Winnemucca, Nevada.  There's a power trail of caches in Lovelock, but we would likely have skipped that for another time (I still have ambitions that way, but Rich will have to feel better.) 297 miles. I'd adjusted the route... initially I planned to approach Peoria on a northern route and come back centrally through Wyoming. However, it didn't work out with all I wanted to do. So I changed it to going far north and coming back northerly, as well, only a little lower. Wyoming is a must next year for my 50th (!) high school reunion, so we can see family then.

After church today, we went to the cactus show. Also, in Carmichael Park, a Farmer's Market where I got some oyster mushrooms and baby bok choi.

Back at the house, I made a final pass through the house.  The pink room, which I've added to the cleaning rotation, is looking great, better than it has since Bernadette lived here. Rich put up the picnic table and we both put up the canopy for his sister's visit on Tuesday and Wednesday. Later in the evening, Rich got a back spasm. Been there, done that, it's no fun.

Pictures You Need to See Before the World Ends.

Oh, geeze, look who's on TV.

Jimmy Carter: I'm the Best Former President.
Carter actually started off his post-presidential era well, working with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for the poor. Unfortunately, he rapidly became one of the most destructive former presidents this country has ever had by interfering with American foreign policy long after the voters of this country explicitly told him they didn’t want him conducting it any more.

Netanyahu last year. I don't think Juan Williams has any call to be annoyed.

0bama and the Teutonic Shift.

The preamble to this week's Obama epic foreign policy blunder was the president's comment on May 10 in Austin that there was a "Teutonic shift" taking place in the Middle East.  To me, the grandiose albeit risibly erroneous description signaled that Obama's narcissistic needs needed stoking with some bold new initiative which no one but such a genius as he is could imagine.
...One assumes that Obama anticipated that his own position would remain unchallenged in this formal setting -- rather like his attacks on Congressman Ryan in a "seminar"-type setting in which he controlled the mic, or the unprecedented attack on the Supreme Court justices at the State of the Union address, at which the justices do not get to speak.

Rich figured out the trip expenses, and surprisingly food was the most expensive thing.

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Tue, May 24th - 10:49PM

May 21: Gareth's Birthday Party

The Age of Napoleon, p. 343
80.0 miles
sunny, warm

102 recordings of 39 types.

Rasmussen: -10: 48/50.

I've gained 1.9 pounds this week, with high blood pressure.  Travel is broadening, they do say.

T-shirt: 2001 B2B. Shoes, including bunny slippers and high heels, on it.

So today I went down to Bernadette's for Gareth's birthday party.  I got the Yo Gabba Gabba balloon pumped up, and she had the banner from last year updated and at the front. When I got there, Gareth was IN the sand/water table.

6 kids, 3 families, as guests.  They ranged in age from 8 (poor kid) to 2, with a 3-week-old baby I wasn't counting. Joanna was trotting around.  Bernadette had done a great job setting up the table and the two pools and all the wheeled toys so the back yard was really fun. 

Strawberry salsa and cut veggies and chips and hummus.  The grownups noshed while we waited for the Rapture.  Occasionally we had to step in, but usually the children played quite amiably.  About 3, since we were still there, it was time for the birthday activities.

I helped get him into the chair and showed him the (yummy) cake and candles, then ran around the table to film the festivities. Unfortunately, I forgot to open the camera lens for 3 seconds.  Gareth had a little help from Rob to blow out the candles, since "ahfoo" wasn't doing it.  He looks delighted. 

Then he did quite well opening the presents.  He got distracted by each one, of course, but then could be directed to the next.  He got a Fisher-Price fire station, (which I later helped to release from its ties and tapes, cutting myself a little in the process), a blue set of toys: bin and big ball, whiffle bat and ball, and bubble wand (I asked the 8-year-old if he was the one to pick this out, and sure enough. What a nice kid)... a Chutes and Ladders game, and a "habitrail" tents and tunnel.  (For ages 4 and up, but it sure was popular.)  I went out, after people began to leave, and brought in my Very Hungry Caterpillar game.

This completely enthralled him so much that he wouldn't listen to Grandma or do anything else. And cried when it was put away.  A very successful birthday.  "Thank you" and "I'm glad you came" are beyond him, of course, but he seems to know he's "free" now, not "two" any more.

Heh.  Krauthammer points out that 0bama has adopted the Bush Doctrine.

Do You want to keep floating forever?

The problem is not that Israel is not willing to trade land for peace -- even more land than anyone is willing to say in public -- it is that the Palestinians want the land but not the peace.

Heh. The difference between Sarah Palin, Allen West, and Barack Obama in Pictures.

Wow, you mean a Republican finally won, [in Wisconsin]
Must be the end of the world or something, oh wait……
bluemarlin on May 20, 2011 at 8:04 PM

Trumka tantrum. May 21, 2011 by Don Surber: Unions to Democrats: If you don’t play nice, we’re not going to lose any more elections for you.

0bama shows his true colors.

Bibi Gives 0bama a History Lesson
And once again, I’m more proud of how someone else’s governmental leader handles an obama moment than I am of obama.

Hawks and doves in Congress alike should rein him in.
A cease-and-desist notice should be sent ending all operations by June 20.
Libya poses no threat and this really is a war of choice by an arrogant and ignorant president.
The Imperial Presidency has returned from its 37-year hiatus.

Return everything to 1967.

J.E. Dyer

I don’t think I’ve ever seen an international issue clarified in as little time as the 26 hours or so it took to get from “1967 lines” to “No way.”  And we have President Obama to thank for it.

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Tue, May 24th - 9:44AM

May 20: Salinas and Home

The Age of Napoleon, p. 343
79.7 miles
sunny, warm

Rasmussen: -13: 49/50.

Shirt: (over a long sleeve, still) the 2000 Doggy Dash. This one I did on my own, then Rich went with us on the 2001 one.  His knee was bugging him even then.

I've been forgetting my pills.

The guy who hid the monarch sanctuary cache said you have to walk THROUGH the sanctuary to get it. Idiot. However, we looked on Google earth and saw that it's on a nearby road. I left before Rich woke up and walked over to it and there was the blocked sanctuary gate which has obviously been closed for awhile. I don't know what the guy is talking about.  However, I found the cache without any trouble. 

Then we had breakfast and checked out and headed toward Salinas... slowly. First we looked for 5 caches in downtown Pacific Grove and found 4 of them. One was really cute... it is in what used to be a tent city, a religious community... tiny houses (made of board over the canvas) and narrow streets.  Loved it.  Then the cache was in a little sea otter out near the sidewalk. After this, we went into Monterey and drove around in circles to get a couple of puzzle caches. One was a "Dewey know..." cache where the coordinates are based on the Dewey Decimal System.  We got to where the cache was supposed to be and found the bark container, but no cache. I thought we should count it, and indeed the hider agreed with me.

We then headed toward Salinas.  We stopped for a nice cache at Laguna Seca: the last time we were there was to see Pope John Paul, a once-in-a-lifetime experience (as Vince says, "you'd never do it again.") Then we didn't find another Dewey cache and went into Salinas, where we missed a turn which was confusing.  Eventually we got to the north-east part of town where the two caches I wanted to find were. We drove around and around this housing estate, looking for a trail entrance that was actually close to the cache, and eventually ended up at a street barrier, so had to go around on the beltway to another housing estate.  Aha.  There was a creek which we had to cross and a nice lady offering to help, but then it was fairly straightforward. This was a Sudoku puzzle so I really did want to find it.  Then we were too tired to go for the Steelers cache. Lunch at Mickey D's, and then I drove home.

We stopped for a potty break at Monica's.  She was about to leave to go camping with Charlotte, and gave us the LiveStrong Guide to Cancer.  It's full of information, though we're far enough along in the process to have most of it already.

And so home.  Spooky was screaming at us when we got home.  Where the h*&% have you been, I wanted you!  Later he screamed out the back window, where's the dog, I want the dog. Abby properly used the box.

When I unpacked, I see I apparently lost The Beyonders, which I picked up at the library sale earlier in the week. Sulk. It was my backup book if I finished The Haj. That book is really timely considering 0bama and Israel.

Why Now, Why Israel?
The greater goal is Obama's legacy and ego.  Obama wants to accomplish what no other person has been able to achieve, Arab acceptance of Israel as a permanent Jewish state in the midst of a sea of Muslim nations.

It is an elusive goal because Israel is not accepted by Muslims.  That's the hard truth.  Even in Egypt, which has a peace agreement with Israel, public opinion is against Israel and anti-Israel clerics can draw a million people into the streets to chant anti-Israel slogans without much effort.

Beef Blogonoff said...
    Israel should tell the U.S. to go to a pre 1848 border and give California back to Mexico.

If I were Netanyahu I'd not meet with Obama. On the other hand, he seems to have done well.

No Surprises?

Dear Mr. President, please allow our ally, PM Netanyahu, to respectfully arrive through the front door this time. Thanks,Concerned Americans

(I bet he never will again!) Israel Punts 0bama.

“The Jews were brought to Palestine for the “Great Massacre” through which Allah will relieve humanity of their evil.” – Hamas MP and cleric Yunis Al-Astal on Al-Aqsa tv (May 11, 2011)

Ronsonic says: May 20, 2011 at 8:58 PM

There already IS a Palestinian state, it is called Jordan. When the Brits left the region was divided into a majority Muslim state and Israel. Just as Pakistan was set off from India.

Yes, there were refugees. Just as there were millions of refugees around the world after WWII. All of the other refugees have found homes.

The only difference is that the Arab nations surrounding Israel never allowed those people a home. All of this is on their head. It was Arabs who confined those people to refugee camps and keep them there to this day. They can open the gates any time they like.

0bama's Big and Revealing Mistake.

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Mon, May 23rd - 7:38AM

May 19: Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Age of Napoleon, p. 343
79.0 miles
sunny, cool

Rasmussen: -10: 49/50

T-shirt: sea otter from the Bouchercon in 1997.  This was a great time in Monterey and while we've been back a few times, this is the one that sticks in my mind. It's also when Rich gave up smoking.

Is it a Democrat? Then of course it's corrupt.

Change the subject, change the subject.

High Speed DeRail in California.

This one's just funny.

Right after breakfast we went for some caches close by. The monarch butterfly sanctuary is roped off, but we did find three others nearby. I logged a note for the sanctuary and then we went off to go to the aquarium.

We found a parking lot really close for $15 all day, which is $3 cheaper than the others. Then we took our tickets that we bought at Beale and got in. The Outer Bay exhibit is closed, sulk, but otherwise everything was there. We were in time to see the otters fed.  SO much fun.

From there we went across the walkway and looked at the stuff in the other building. That's where the seahorse and sea dragon exhibition is. Oh my goodness. I could watch these creatures all day. Little tiny ones which you don't see and don't see, suddenly spy one and then you can see a lot of them.  The weedy sea dragons which look like Pern dragons.  The leafy sea dragons...

Then to the exhibits we remember, the Splash Zone and the Kelp forest, and lunch.  We were deciding whether to leave and find food somewhere else, but the sit down menu looked good so we stayed there, with a gorgeous view of the bay and quite decent food. I had halibut. Yum.

I hadn't seen the cannery exhibit before. It's fascinating. Holven planned an aquarium, had advice from the director of the Steinhart.  Even then, 1923, the Steinhart had twice the visitors of the California Museum of Science.

Back to the aviary and another touch pool and the outside and the tide... oh, I love this aquarium!  And it's such a thrill doing it slowly and seeing everything at our own speed instead of running to the next thing with the kids. I like going with kids, but sometimes I want to see what *I* want to see!  Penguins. (I remember Gareth at the SF Zoo having a long chat with their penguins, I wonder how he'd react now to one so close. One set of them is nesting!) Decorator crabs. We looked and looked and looked. Outside we didn't see any otters. Rich spied a sea lion.  And there were lots of
pigeon guillemots.

Finally, the gift shop.  I immediately saw a glass leafy sea dragon. Pricy (though not as pricy as the jellyfish!) but it would go so well in the display case.  We looked all over the store trying to find something else, but kept going back to the sea dragon. This thing called to me. On the one hand, it's a foolish waste of money, on the other, it's beautiful and what's the money for? It's not like we're ignoring charity.


Finally, oh what the heck, we bought it. The lady who had shown it to us was pleased, and gave us a members discount!  They wrapped it carefully and we took it to the car.  Then we explored Cannery Row a little, then came back to use the aquarium bathroom, and to go check out the sea horses one more time.  (The toilets are interesting, pull the handle up for #1, push down for #2. And, overheard, mother to daughter, "you're the one who wanted to use the toilet, be brave.") Finally, back to the car.

At which point I explained to Rich that he needed a nap.  Must NOT overdo!  So we went back to the motel and he had a bit of a nap while I logged the morning's caches.  At 5 we went out and found four puzzle caches, then stopped at LouLou's Griddle in the Middle at Fisherman's Wharf for dinner. This place is TINY, a little shack on the pier. I'm surprised Guy Fieri hasn't visited it yet. I had calamari (a must for me in Monterey and Rich had fish and chips.)  Yum, and so back to the motel.

I lost more than half of my Hatchlings. Oops.  I lost three of them while I was getting food for them!

Annoying.  I wrote a long set of directions on how to get to our house simply from the San Francisco Airport, and sister-in-law just asked Rich like she's never read my screed. (But then, later, we decided my route was wrong, anyway.)

Under the bus.

Our president has officially gone full retard.

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Thu, May 19th - 9:56AM

May 18: To Pacific Grove

The Age of Napoleon, p. 343
74.9 miles
rain, then sun and wind

93 recordings of 38 types.

Yesterday's T-shirt was a fairly ugly 2000 B2B shirt. Today I have the KGO Club 2000 shirt, much nicer, a cartoon skyline of San Francisco. At lunch (the Forge in the Forest in Carmel) a guy commented on it: he's from SF 31 years ago.


Before we left this morning, I remembered the Yo Gabba Gabba balloon which we should fill and take to the party on Saturday.

I have always been lukewarm on Tom Bergeron.  However, he made me a fan on Dancing with the Stars on Monday. Hines Ward's partner, who'd had a terrible accident earlier in the week, had a bit of a wardrobe malfunction, and Bergeron went over and blocked the camera's view and told her.  Very straightforward, not a hint of a joke. She was terribly embarrassed and he soothed her. Tuesday night one of the dancers talked about putting a breast pad in her pants to protect her tailbone, and Tom was right there with the booby jokes. But that was appropriate, as was his behavior on Monday.

OK, we got out the door before 9, which is what I wanted.  There was a power outage at our gas station, though, so we had to go to the one that always has the long lines. We eventually got on the road about 9:15.

Down to Pleasant Hill where Rich sold 200 softballs to the delighted owner of Play in Again Sports and I found COFFEE! (not very good) and a donut.  Then I took over the driving while Rich napped.

I got interested in Rush L. and almost missed my turn onto 101, wavered trying to get into the lane with Rich yelling "gas it!" at me, till the guy behind slowed enough to let me in. Whew.

On down to Carmel, where I'd planned to go to Forge in the Forest. It was good, so picturesque. I had a conversation with the waiter trying to find a Wyoming license plate on the ceiling. Then the conversation with the guy about KGO.  The food was good, too. Someone came in with a t-shirt from the cleverly named Aw Shucks Oyster Bar. On the back it said Bad Mother Shucker.  Heh.

From there I drove to Aslan's Garden, which is chock-a-block full of fun stuff I'd love to have.  I'm still thinking about a wind chime. Our onyx ones from Mexico have taken a beating this year.  There's a 13-year-old Lab there and a sign that says "please step over our guard dog." After that we walked a couple of blocks to Thinker Toys where I found a nice animal building toy for Gabe and a bracelet making kit for Alex, and where everything said how Joanna and Gareth wanted them and I ignored the voices. It was hard!

Then I drove the 8 or so miles to Pacific Grove and Wilkie's Inn. It's nice enough, but they had a crew cleaning and polishing and making noise.  My Facebook statue says "Jan Yarnot thought a "Wilkie" would be some sort of cute magical creature with pointed ears, but instead they're apparently Hispanic day laborers with power tools."

It wasn't the quiet rest I'd pictured, but Rich had no trouble sleeping.  When he woke up we went to the beach, so he could look for abalone. We also found some caches. No abalone (wrong time of year I believe, or just he was really lucky in '97) but yes, I still say Pacific Grove is the most beautiful place in the world. I sat on a rock and watched the surf and the hermit crabs and the birds and the ocean... beautiful beautiful beautiful!

We drove along the coast and picked up, in total, 5 caches with one no-find. I also got a film canister of sand so we can finish an earth cache when we get home.

And on to An Choi Restaurant, and sweet and sour pork.  Back at the room and early to bed.

The Forge in the Forest     DSC03420 Point Pinos Lighthouse     DSC03424
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Wed, May 18th - 9:46PM

May 17: The Two-Year-Old Visits.

The Age of Napoleon, p. 343
72.8 miles
rain and wind, cold

85 recordings of 29 types.

Rasmussen: -7: (wow) 50/49.

Math is hard.

What's in it? Corruption!

The weather is so blechy, I guess I don't mind not going to Vision Quest Ranch today after all.

We picked up Gareth today and took him home. I tried an experiment and kept the kitchen open (having made sure knives and pills were out of easy reach) and Gareth was quite good about it till after lunch and quiet time when he decided he wanted to go out the door and he started playing with the microwave buttons, etc. OK, so the experiment was half a success.

I showed him my toy dinosaur from "How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?" and he held it while I read him the book... twice. I do believe "dinosaurs" is another of his sight words.

I'd pulled out one of the toy farms his aunts gave him, and showed him how it worked, and that kept him entertained for a long time.

This time, blowing out the candle wasn't happening. "ahfoo ahfoo ahfoo" with the softest "f" there ever was.  And I spilled a little hot wax, fortunately just on myself. Oh, well.

He went with us when we took the dog to the kennel.  Then, in the car, suddenly, "I  know I know I KNOW!" Sounds like something I would say, but I don't think I ever said it in front of him, certainly not recently. At home, he was tuckered out. His last visit as a two-year-old.  Such a darling!

Bernadette made a darling video.

Oh, dear God.

"...My neighbors throw their garbage over the wall, then come to me and complain that it hasn't been collected...I fear that our people do not know how to participate in a community. Government to them is a mystical extension of Islam, something that falls out of the sky. They want rulers to take care of them, with no conception that they get only what kind of government they are willing to pay for."  THE HAJ, Leon Uris.  This is what I noticed with that Palestinian film I mentioned. Uris wrote this in 1984 when he had to define Wahabbism and jihad and such terms.  Maybe one needs a history of the Magna Carta and such to have a community.

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Tue, May 17th - 10:25PM

May 16: 20 Years

The Age of Napoleon, p. 343
72.8 miles
rain and wind, cold

87 recordings of 31 types.

Rasmussen: -10: 49/50

RIP, Mom. She died 20 years ago after an operation. We should have been hanging out in the waiting room instead of at home. I still appreciate the nurses who straightened out her hair after she'd stopped breathing. While her death wasn't a big shock, it was still devastating.

T-shirt today, Bloomsday (Spokane) 1999. I did this one with Bernadette that year, since she was graduating the next week. Then two weeks later, Bay to Breakers. 

The TV shows I watch these days:
19 Kids and Counting
24 Hour Restaurant Battle
American Pickers
America's Next Great Restaurant. (I'll be interested in how it goes... I wanted the Indian guy to win. The soul food guy started at "chicken and waffles" and we went to a Diners, Driveins, and Dives chicken and waffles place in Hollywood.)
Antiques Roadshow
Brothers and Sisters
Burn Notice
California's Gold with Huell Howser
Come Dine with Me. I sure hope they do more of these, they're hilarious.
Criminal Minds. I've seen the entire series, so only watch the new shows.
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
CSI: Miami
Dancing with the Stars
Deadliest Catch
Desperate Housewives
Fairly Legal
FOX News Sunday
Grey's Anatomy
Harry's Law
Hell's Kitchen
Hoarding: Buried Alive (we can still walk around in the rooms we're storing stuff in, and we live in most of the house, so we're not tv-worthy ourselves.)
How the States Got Their Shapes
Ice Road Truckers
In Plain Sight
Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution (he's having no luck at all in LA!)
Justified (A new favorite)
Kate Plus 8
Kitchen Nightmares
Law&Order (I have only 3 episodes I haven't seen, which is why this is still on the list.)
Law&Order: Los Angeles
Law&Order: Special Victims Unit. (There are 47 episodes I haven't seen of this.)
Law&Order: UK.
(I'll add Criminal Intent when I get closer to done with SVU.)
Life is Worth Living (Bishop Sheen)
Mad Men
Men of a Certain Age
Renovation Realities
Restaurant: Impossible (a pale imitation of Kitchen Nightmares!)
Rizzoli & Isles
Road Trip with Huell Howser
Special Report with Bret Baier
Storage Wars
The Biggest Loser
The Celebrity Apprentice
The Choir
The Glades (I haven't seen this yet, but will be trying it.)
The Good Wife
The O'Reilly Factor
The Tudors (except they haven't gotten beyond Anne Boleyn yet)
Top Chef
Top Shot
Two Fat Ladies
Warehouse 13
White Collar
Who Do You Think You Are?
Worst Cooks in America (I hope they do this again.)

Legal Insurrection, So Tell Me About Herman Cain

You know he is in for the treatment.  They reserve the worst for those who threaten their narratives the most. 
...We have tried the alternative, a sweet-talking phony who manipulates sensitive issues and plays racial and class politics with reckless abandon, all the while shooting from the lip to provide the masses with their policy opiates.

Drdr Jojo Anyone who wishes to donate to Newt's campaign can send their checks to the 'WTF - Barack Obama 2012' Chicago, IL .

0bamateurism of the day.  He probably should have the 0.of the hour.

President Obama doesn’t seem to have even peered out his Air Force One window to view the swelling Mississippi, a minimal show of interest for which George W. Bush was pilloried when he took a peek at the damage wrought by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. At least Bush bothered to look.

In fairness though, PBHO was trying to find the perfect place in his speech to insert the word “alligators” and he was concentrating pretty hard.
Bishop on May 16, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Climate Models go Cold
The whole idea that carbon dioxide is the main cause of the recent global warming is based on a guess that was proved false by empirical evidence during the 1990s. But the gravy train was too big, with too many jobs, industries, trading profits, political careers, and the possibility of world government and total control riding on the outcome. So rather than admit they were wrong, the governments, and their tame climate scientists, now outrageously maintain the fiction that carbon dioxide is a dangerous pollutant.
At this point, official “climate science” stopped being a science. In science, empirical evidence always trumps theory, no matter how much you are in love with the theory. If theory and evidence disagree, real scientists scrap the theory. But official climate science ignored the crucial weather balloon evidence, and other subsequent evidence that backs it up, and instead clung to their carbon dioxide theory — that just happens to keep them in well-paying jobs with lavish research grants, and gives great political power to their government masters.

Gypsy First Communions:

Catherine Barr Windels
Oh, Kathryn -- you should have heard the instructions our parish in Scarsdale gave to parents regarding our childrens' First Holy Communion day. They felt they needed to tell us not to rent stretch limos, not to dress the little girls in backless dresses, nylons and high heels...shall I stop there? They had obviously had some bad experiences, or they wouldn't have been so specific. So it's not just Belfast travellers who go nuts on these occasions...

I'm sure glad Charlotte's was so simple and dignified! And beautiful!

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Tue, May 17th - 10:12PM

May 15: Severe Weather

The Age of Napoleon, p. 343
72.8 miles
HAIL!!! Thunder!

84 recordings of 30 types.

Rasmussen: -13: 48/51.

Alligators, I should have thought of alligators!

I set up my Mom's picture on the mantel. In the process, I cleaned the glass, and there were some spots on the inside, so I took the picture out to clean the glass... and realized I've had the picture frame upside down all these years. So the picture would sometimes slip down in the frame. Odd how much better it works now. (actually, I think my Mom is the one who put it in that way.)

It had rained last night, but looked like it would be OK while we were in church, so we put the dog out. Shows how much WE know!  We went through the rain to the pancake breakfast, and then as we were leaving that, the skies opened. HAIL!! It was hard and heavy, large pea size.  Poor dog! 


In the afternoon we went to Davis, found a cache and then saw How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying.  Cute, though I probably shouldn't have had that second Hedy Martini. I was having some trouble focusing during the second act! Afterwards we said hi to a friend of Bernadette's from Gonzaga.  They haven't seen each other since (12 years!)  

SO cold!  Am I back in Laramie? 

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Mon, May 16th - 11:06PM

May 14: A Sticky Start

The Age of Napoleon, p. 343
72.8 miles
cold, windy

81 recordings of 28 types.

Rasmussen: -9: 48/51.

I'm .6 pounds up for the week with high blood pressure.

T-shirt, an extra from 1999, picked up at a wheel of fortune at Footstock.  Rich had one too, though he never actually walked the B2B. He'd meet us at the end and go to Footstock, then take us home.

I went to get a pound of ground beef from the refrigerator freezer... what's this, it's sticky??! It turned out one of the freezer peach jams I put in last year leaked. I tried to take the drawer out to clean it and it wasn't coming, and I couldn't get the shelf above it out, either.  So I cleaned it in place.  Nothing is ever simple.

The sudoku was correct. Near it was another puzzle cache.  A little research showed that it was in Klingon! I couldn't find a Klingon-English dictionary online, but I got English-Klingon and did more research, even learned a little Klingon grammar, and got the coordinates for this one, too.  We'll have to go to American Canyon and find these, one of these days.

Today we went caching near Lodi, in Lockeford. First off, I saw a sign for the "National Gaurd Academy."  We found a cache, didn't find a cache, found a cache, and were muggled out of a cache, so it looked like being an iffy day.  However, from then on we found everything, so we ended up with 20 caches, 2 travel bugs including a cute little camera one, and one no-find, one muggled out. We had a couple of interesting talks, one with a guy working at the Vina Piazza in Lockeford, which is really reduced from when we saw it before (Feb. 2008). No dinosaurs! Only 3 wineries! No restaurant! (so we wound up at Burger King, where I had a California whopper.) We had another chat with a landowner who came to see if we were doing "that Easter Egg hunt thing."  He's got some nice parcels for sale. It was cold and windy today.

It's also Steve's birthday. I remember "it's a boy! It's a boy! It's a boy!"  Rich didn't hear me, which I find surprising. 

Back at home, next door was finishing up a birthday party for the two-year-old.  They had a pony!!

Is this leadership?  No, it’s more like covering one’s party mascot.

Drill, Maybe, Drill!”
PattyJ on May 14, 2011 at 4:24 PM

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Mon, May 16th - 8:22AM

May 13: A Wasted Day

The Age of Napoleon, p. 343
72.6 miles
cool, warming

88 recordings of 28 types.

Rasmussen: -12: (alligators! Gimme alligators!) 47/52.

T-shirt, the KGO club 1999 B2B.  This looks like the official B2B shirt in different colors. I discovered the KGO club the first year, then Roni and I both worked at getting into it in subsequent years. It got easier and easier. This got us breakfast and a decent bathroom and a start right after the seeded runners. The first year it had taken us about an hour to get across the starting line.

I didn't go to Mass. I didn't walk the dog. I didn't go out and buy myself a new Rosary (because the ones I have don't feel right and I don't like them). The one thing I did do was work on the stains on the playroom carpet. I swear I tried before, but this time they seem to have come up easily, so maybe I didn't, or maybe the cleaners broke the dirt up better than I ever have.

And I was up till 0130 doing a Sudoku geocache. I kept making mistakes and having to start over. Finally, the numbers came out right. What a stupid, unproductive, day!

0bama's energy plan. (Video)

Teutonic shift.  Heh.

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Sun, May 15th - 10:51PM

May 12: Questions for the Doctor

The Age of Napoleon, p. 339
72.6 miles

90 recordings of 32 types.

Rasmussen: -12: 47/52

Regardless of Congressional action, 58% of voters think the U.S. Justice Department should take legal action against cities that provide sanctuary for illegal immigrants.

Boy, THAT's not going to happen!

I'm wearing the 1999 B2B shirt.

Today was the doctor visit during chemo. We both had a lot of questions. Rich, of course, was interested in what was causing his legs to swell up.  To our relief, it's not his kidneys.  The doctor started talking about venous insufficiency, and by the time he got to varicose veins, I recognized the speech... I've heard this speech... only Rich won't have a baby at the end of it.  He should continue to wear support stockings.

I wondered why, since the tumors have shrunk, Rich is short of breath. It's the anemia. Yes, his red blood cells are going down, every week. OK, this next two weeks (in particular) I'm working on building those up.  Leafy green veggies, red meat, beans!

I asked about aneurism, since his brother has one, and Rich is fine. I asked about going to altitude... the foothills should be fine, but at Tahoe he'd notice a lack of stamina.  My last question was simple, it was just can we skip one week then pick up the schedule, to accomodate the week the kids are here. Yes, the chemo is to make it possible to live his life, so he can live his life.

Rich asked what would happen if the tumors shrank more, hoping to get some idea what a maintenance or remission schedule would be like.  We both heard different things in the doctor's reply. He won't commit, reluctant to raise false hopes.  This is discouraging to Rich. I, meanwhile, heard the doctor say that the treatments help 50/50, so Rich is already in the good half. He's also in relatively good shape, so has put himself into the younger, healthier group.  Many patients have a lot of other things wrong and chemo only helps minimally.  So Rich is discouraged, I'm encouraged.

Meet Your New Physician, Dr. Rube Goldberg.

Opportunity missed with Common. 
The president, whether he likes it or not, is betraying a racialist bent, tending to excuse words and actions that he should find inexcusable—and would, one supposes, if their source were not black.

Krauthammer.  Love it.

Reading: The Age of Napoleon, Will and Ariel Durant, The Bible (1 Machabees), Cancer: The Adventure of Your Life!, Teresa Kalvedage Matthews, The True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, St. Louis Marie de Montfort, The Secret Soldier, Alexander Berensen, The Haj, Leon Uris, Sacramento The Hub, Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand, Blue Highways, William Least Heat Moon, Don Quixote.

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Sat, May 14th - 9:43AM

May 11: Already?

The Age of Napoleon, p. 339
72.6 miles
still cool

96 recordings of 35 types.

Rasmussen: -12: 48/51. Looks like maybe the Osama-bounce is over.

T-shirt, the KGO Club B2B 1998 shirt.  Meh.

Frog count, something like 28/15.

My sister's birthday.  Boy, this year is speeding by fast!

I vacuumed.  You'd never know it was done 1.5 days ago.

Bernadette reports on the kids, who had their checkups today:

Kids are 33 pounds and 22 pounds respectively and wore their Thing 1 and Thing 2 shirts to great acclaim. Gareth is 66% on weight and 60% for height (3'2"), so he's running right smack in the middle for his BMI for age. His head is 75%, as is hers. She's 30 1/4", at 59% for weight and 74% for height, and she's at 60% BMI for age.

It Wasn't a Dig at Fox News, It was a Dig at You

Opposing illegal immigration, and demanding enforcement of immigration laws is not anti-immigrant, as Obama portrays it.  That's just another in a long line of strawman arguments which has become the primary way Obama makes arguments.

And once again, the focus is in belittling opponents.  Because he just can't help himself:  And it's why giving the go ahead to the bin Laden operation has changed nothing about why Obama needs to be defeated in 2012.

How diverse was the SEALS team?

Whatever sounds good, it doesn't have to be true.

High Speed Rail...

On a whim, politicians and voters decided a few years ago that a bullet train connecting the northern and southern halves of the state would be a jim-dandy thing to have, even though nobody knew how much it would cost, whether it would generate enough riders to justify whatever the cost might be, or whether the money could be obtained.

Yep, typical California idiocy. It sounds great, let's do it. I didn't vote for it.

Critiquing the Times.

Great Presidential moments that made a difference in the world:

Reagan- "Mr. Gorbechev, tear down this wall!"

Obama- "Maybe they'll need a moat, maybe they'll want alligators in the moat."

Which one will go down in history as the most influential quote that changed lives?

Osama/Obama, Elizabeth Scalia:

By the same measure, though I did agree with President Obama that there was no need to “spike the football.” So I take a dim view of the fact that this utterance seems to have come with the usual expiration date, as he seems to be spiking it for fun and profit with some regularity, lately, and with his usual and long-standing lack of generosity.

Recall that when Sarah Palin stepped into the GOP ticket in ‘08, Obama and his crew could not even be generous enough to call her the Governor of Alaska, instead deriding her as a “small-town” mayor. He has not grown any more gracious in office, as this demonstrates, so color me unimpressed.

Insulting the speaker.  Grumble.

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Thu, May 12th - 10:30PM

May 10: Gareth Day

The Age of Napoleon, p. 339
72.6 miles
cloudy, cool, breezy

91 recordings of 28 types.

Rasmussen: -9: 50/49.

OMG. So funny!

I forgot to list yesterday's t-shirt, which is about my favorite, the 1998 Bay to Breakers shirt. (It's a circle with runners around it.) Today I started with the KGO Club B2B shirt, but Bernadette had gotten me a "thesaurus" shirt for mother's day, so I changed in the morning and wore that instead.

I was at B's picking Gareth up for the day.  We just stayed home today.  He was mostly interested in the toy laptop which we picked up in a dumpster at the levee near Yuba City. I showed him the Yo Gabba Gabba "birthday" show and I told him about blowing candles out and we practiced a little. He did blow out a candle.

Rich went to the store. And I got a most surprising phone call... I won the KVIE (public TV) contest and will get the complete DVD set of "Upstairs Downstairs!"

Spiking the Football is Addictive

Alex Bensky said...

    I guess as I get older my mind plays tricks on me. I keep thinking that I remember back when we got Saddam Hussein that liberals cautioned us against using it for political purposes.

Unpresidential.  THIN-skinned!


Jan Brewer says Obama's Texas trip is more of the "promise something, do nothing, blame someone" strategy of this White House.

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Wed, May 11th - 1:38PM

May 9: A Clean House!

The Age of Napoleon, p. 339
72.6 miles
cloudy, cool, breezy

95 recordings of 31 types.

Rasmussen: -8: 51/48

Today was the first day of the cleaning service!  This is "Initial A" which is a cleanup of all the areas, but a deep clean of the kitchen and bathroom.  I figured this might take them the whole two weeks! I put the dog out and his food and water dishes, and Abby out and her litter box (a good excuse to hose it out) and the waste basket where I put her used newspaper.  I cleared off the kitchen counters and picked up toys, putting the toy hamper into the closet.  Then I put a paper box outside so I'd have a project to do while I was out of the way. They were supposed to come sometime between 11 and 1, and indeed, they were there at 11:15.  They got right to work.

Their inspector came by early and again when they were done, about 5 hours later.  My neighbor came by and talked to me for about an hour. I went in after the vacuuming was done and went into the back and watched a couple of episodes of "Justified."  Rich had gone bowling and then went shopping for support hose, so he didn't get home till they were packing up. I got my Amazon order.

It's fantastic!  The tub no longer has the hard-water stains!  The shower is clean!!!

DSC03350     DSC03349

And in the kitchen, the cabinet doors are clean!  The sink is gorgeous! And the stove top is clean!!!

DSC03352     DSC03353

I didn't realize they'd go into the microwave. (And put the roller back upside down... oops.)  The lightswitch plates and doorknobs are clean!  It's just great!! I did see a couple of places they missed: but that's because everything else is so clean these spots stand out. Next deep clean of the kitchen, I will ask for the side edges of the table to be cleaned, and in the bathroom I'll try to tackle the stuff under the faucet knobs with vinegar and then a knife.... but seriously, I just love this.  My project for the next 10 days is to dig out the guest bedroom so we can add it.

Prince saves judge.

LibertyJim says:
May 9, 2011 at 9:20 AM
By this deed alone, he’s already done more for the British public than his father has. He must get his public service and duty attitutde from his mother. May the Queen live at least five more years and may the Prince of Wales decline the title and pass the title of King to William on the Queen’s demise.

Carol says:
May 9, 2011 at 9:42 AM
I’m not much of a royal watcher but Prince William does seem to be made of far better stuff than his father. I’ve always considered Charles to be somewhat of a nutcase and can’t imagine that the queen would ever promote him above his current station.

0bamateurism of the day:
Obama had the opportunity to actually act in the post-partisan manner that he supposedly demands.  Instead, he ended up looking petty and small by refusing repeatedly the opportunity to show a little grace, even while former President Bush rightly congratulated him publicly on a job well done.

[And I don't see former President Clinton ever being that gracious to Bush... apparently maturity is not a requirement to be a Democrat.]

Comment on yesterday's "Assassination of Osama" piece. 

What a little, petty man.

Shut Up, Kerry explains.

Reading: The Age of Napoleon, Will and Ariel Durant, The Bible (1 Machabees), Cancer: The Adventure of Your Life!, Teresa Kalvedage Matthews, The True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, St. Louis Marie de Montfort, The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party, Alexander McCall Smith, The Haj, Leon Uris, Sacramento The Hub, Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand, Blue Highways, William Least Heat Moon, Don Quixote.

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Wed, May 11th - 8:29AM

May 8: First Communion

The Age of Napoleon, p. 339
72.6 miles
cloudy, cool, breezy

91 recordings of 30 types.

Rasmussen: -8: 51(highest in 4 months)/48.

T-shirt of the day: one Monica gave me 10 years ago, a picture of her and Genevieve saying "I love my Mom/I love my Nana."  This was after church, of course. I had a dress I haven't worn for years and years for that.

Church was in San Jose for Charlotte's First Communion. I drove down and Rich slept. He didn't feel that good when we arrived, either. I was on the verge of tears the whole day: whether because of the disappointment that he's not up to Vision Quest Ranch (something I really wanted to do), or because of worry about him, or some combination, I don't know.

We arrived in plenty of time, met up with the family and found our pew.  We'd been told ahead of time that we weren't to be getting into the aisle for pictures, so Monica placed Mark's aunt right where she could get the best view.  No flash allowed, and I loved the reason ("we don't want prayer to give way to paparazzi.")

Charlotte was so cute. (of course.) Afterwards Rich and I went to the Municipal Rose Garden because I'd solved a puzzle cache there, and we managed to find it (despite the, ick, snails!) Then to the party. Difficult. Nobody got any pictures of me, in my pretty dress, with Charlotte or actually with anyone. Sigh.

DSC03327     First Communion

We finally gave Charlotte her birthday presents. And I made out like a bandit for Mother's Day: a pretty flowering plant (illegal to propagate!) and an "angel of hope" from Roni, and pictures and a beautiful necklace from Monica.  Later, at home, a gift certificate from Starbucks from Vince, and Steve called.  (That was fairly awkward... everything I said the conversation thudded to a halt. I did tell him the Atlanta airport has a dinosaur in it. Eventually I handed the phone to Rich and they talked about work.)

The party broke up about 2:30 and I drove home while Rich slept. In total, he slept about 12 hours today... it's worrying.


Condi Rice sets Lawrence ODonnell straight.

Obama lied, Osama died.

Ronsonic says:
May 8, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Don, this is something I won’t criticize the President for.

Even if someone is very late to coming around to doing the right thing, I would rather encourage that conversion rather than criticize him for changing his mind.

OTOH, I think it’s great to remind everyone what a naive, foolish, morally narcissistic dolt the guy was when he was blabbing his self-righteous horse hockey about trying OBL.
Modern liberals seem to suffer a sort of “Scruples by Proxy” where all they can see is America’s sins and wrongs and imperfections. There is no state of national perfection that will ever satisfy them. It has become a sort of preening at their superiority and a constantly self-justification for their contempt of ordinary Americans.

Sam L. says:
May 8, 2011 at 8:39 PM

"Jews DO have magical powers–they’ve made Arabs insane for centuries using their mind-clouding powers, learned in the mystical East, honed to perfection by Mandrake The Magician and Lamont Cranston."

I'm currently reading THE HAj by Leon Uris. I'm amazed he didn't get a fatwa for this. I remember a lot of the events, though, and his description of the Arabs is pretty accurate.  I also remember a movie I saw made by the Palestinians, a good movie but the difference in world view was just weird. There's no sense of community.  Everyone is out for himself and against everyone else.  And that wasn't the plot at all, that was just the background atmosphere.

I think it's safe to say  Bookworm is not a fan of the President.

The reluctant assassination of Osama. I keep misreading that and thinking the Secret Service will visit the author soon!

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Tue, May 10th - 10:01PM

May 7: Dixon May Fair

The Age of Napoleon, p. 339
72.6 miles

96 recordings of 32 types.

Rasmussen: -7: (best for 3 months) 51/48

I've lost a half pound and have low blood pressure.

T-shirt of the day: as promised, I've started the Bay to Breakers rotation, and today is the 1997 B2B   t-shirt.

Today we went to the Dixon May Fair. Bernadette came and picked us up about 11:15. We had no trouble getting to the lot and finding parking and packing up the kids and getting in.  Well, except for me. Again. I forgot my knife was in my purse and had to go back to the car to drop it off.  You would think I would learn. I suspect I could have stuck it in my pocket when out of sight and come back through, but I didn't want to take the chance.

So I eventually caught up, we had lunch (greasy but good fried veggies) and looked at exhibits and livestock. Unfortunately, the Clydesdales had moved on, and the kiddie play area wasn't there. (I remember Gareth's astonishment last year when the sand disappeared down the funnel. He didn't notice or care about the wheel the falling sand was turning, it was the sand going down the hole... MAGIC! Also, he was funny figuring out how to use a sand shovel.  I was hoping to see what he'd do this year. Also, since he's having trouble sharing, I was hoping we'd have a chance to socialize with some other kids.

One of the 4-H lambs was "Stewy."  The turkeys were going for 2-300 dollars. Wow.

In one of the exhibit buildings I was pushing the double stroller and manouevering around some people when I saw a little hand reach up for this tray full of tiny shiny silver fittings, all sorted... fortunately I got to rescue it before Joanna managed to spill it. Oops. A near thing. Obviously, she's starting for the bling early!

We finally found where to leave the diaper donations (the diaper derby was too late, which was too bad) and then it was back to the parking lot. I sent Rich off to get the nearby cache while I helped B. get the kids into the car, then I walked to the cemetery and joined him. Bernadette picked us up afterwards and so home.  We pretty well tired Rich out, but at least he was able to go.

Dixon May Fair

Long Day, Tired Boy     Tired Girl

I used to write good geocache logs. This was a cache in Oroville.

Found it 02/28/2004  You found [Traditional Cache] Dam Good View     Visit Log
#11 of 16 today and therein hangs a tale. We had totally blown it at Ishi's Corner and then went to try for the two on the other side of the tunnel. We walked to the tunnel mouth and discovered it was full of water, so we wimped out and came back. Then we went to Mediterranean Mama, which it turns out was also missing. It was beginning to look like we weren't going to actually find #11 today!

Mr. Codger tends to outrun his GPSr, and it's also got the trait of telling us ''it's here! By this rock!'' ''It's there! In the tree!'' ''Look over there under that log!'' till you find it, at which point it points right to the cache and says ''See? I TOLD you it was there!''

There's going to come a time when this machine will find itself in a shredder....

Mr. Codger got up the hill and stood in the middle of the concrete and found that's where the GPSr was zeroing out. So he asked Mrs. C. for the numbers to verify that we'd put them into the machine right. The numbers were the same, so he said (BIG mistake, this!) ''well, you must have copied them down wrong.''

Mrs. C. stormed off to look at the view. It's spectacular! We could wish to live in that house up there. Wow.

When she finally, reluctantly, returned to Mr. C., she decoded the hint. At this point, the evil GPS and Mr. Codger were heading toward the actual cache area. Mrs. C. was incredulous. ''You claimed it was up there!'' ''Yeah, but....'' So again he outran the machine, but Mrs. Codger spied a suspicious looking area, stalked over, retrieved the cache, and logged in, with somewhat of a black cloud over her head.

Mr. Codger had spent so much time staring at the arrow he never saw the view.

We ran into our first wild geocachers of the day (kokopeli, whereamI) when we got back to the car. Thanks for the cache!

Nowadays it's just a short note, though I do try to avoid "TNLNSL TFTC" (took nothing left nothing signed log, thanks for the cache.")

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Mon, May 9th - 9:22PM

May 6: Wardrobe Change

"There is no "right" to free or cheap health care, charity, a college education, retirement or other current government entitlements....Similarly, there is no right to equitable outcomes — or any particular outcome, for that matter."--- National Leadership Network of African-Americans.

The Age of Napoleon, p. 339
70.6 miles

104 recordings of 33 types

Rasmussen: -8: 50/49.

The neighbors put a wooden fence up between us. Boo. I liked the open feeling of the wire fence. Oh, well.

Today was the day I changed out my summer and winter clothes.  I think I'll go back to the Bay to Breakers t-shirt rotation which I did for many summers (I went through the cycle 3 or 4 times a summer.) I cleaned out the closet and washed the floor under the plastic t-shirt drawers.  And, wonder of wonders, I washed the dog's blanket! I wasn't sure he'd accept the clean sweet-smelling one, but he seems OK with it.

0bama the Acquiescent meets Osama bin Laden. "'s also likely that because Obama doesn't quite feel that his hands are entirely clean in the killing that we're now seeing such a clusterf*ck of a media whirl in the after math."

"It’s the early bird that catches the worm; but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese." — Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott

Aw, we should have gone for Mingo. It's a really old cache that we bypassed in Kansas on our way home in 2009.  There's a challenge cache it would have been great for. Not that we'd meet the other requirements!

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Sat, May 7th - 8:54PM

May 5: Chemo de Mayo

The Age of Napoleon, p. 339
70.6 miles
90+ degrees.

107 recordings of 36 types.

Rasmussen: -9: 49/50.

Rich has had swelling of his legs, so we were wondering if they'd let him have chemo this morning. I went off to Mass without knowing.  To my disappointment, Brother Kurt was't there this morning.  The altar bread was a huge leavened disc and I was the last to receive Communion. Father D. deliberately picked the biggest piece for me.  I don't take the wine part of Communion when I'm by myself, so I was chewing for awhile.

Back to the medical building where Rich was under the needle.  His white blood and red blood counts haven't built up as much as we would wish.  Platelets and gracioles are good, however.

Scott Ott: "I don't know anything about Sharia compliance or how funeral services are supposed to be conducted, but when I first heard that they were going to handle bin Laden's body in a Sharia-compliant way, I assumed that meant they were going to chop off his head, hang him upside down from a bridge, set his body on fire and drag him through the streets."

Jim Treacher: Pouring water on a terrorist's face goes against all our values as Americans. You gotta break into his house and shoot him in the eyes.

I put out 12 frogs total today.  22 out/10 dead.

Summary of the photo decision.

Michael Yon: OPSEC Violations from USG
The security violations 'pile up so fast you need wings to stay above it.' If I reported 1% of what the US government is SELF REPORTING on this operation, I'd be tarred and feathered. There is nothing secret about the OBL photos, but some of these other mission details should remain TOP SECRET. Yet the USG is blabbering away as if this were a sorority party.

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Sat, May 7th - 8:00PM

May 4: Bye Bye Toy Chest!

The Age of Napoleon, p. 339
70.6 miles
90+ degrees.

107 recordings of 37 types.

Rasmussen: -13: (surprise, going down again already.) 48/51.

When Vince was little, we got a toy chest that looked like a caboose.  It saw a lot of use but eventually went out to the carport. Then Rich unearthed it for Gareth. But years of use and neglect, and it was definitely falling apart.  The lids were long gone and the walls were beginning to come loose.  So I got a hamper yesterday for a toybox and took the train outside, where Rich helped demolish it.  The base I said we should keep... it's wheeled and might prove useful as a mini garden or something.

0bama: Deer in the Headlights.

Don L says: May 4, 2011 at 8:11 AM
I’m with the theory that “Leon Panetta did the deal” and they hauled Obama off of the links to inform him. This thing had been festering for a long time and Leon, Hillary, and the rest understood that Mr Present wan’t going to what had to be done.

[Oh, and apparently Wikileaks DID have it, and we almost lost it again.]

mike from nc says: May 4, 2011 at 8:13 AM

It’s I, I, I, me, me, me, my, my, my – never we. A story I read this morning alluded that Valerie Jarrett was the reason for his hemming and hawing. He has authorized a news report that has to be changed two or three times until they get it right. This is a good thing for the US and they can’t get the story right the first time. What a bunch of maroons. Bugs Bunny would have a field day lampooning what is going on in this White House.

DT says: May 4, 2011 at 9:05 AM
What I get from this is how little loyalty Obama commands. For two years he has thrown under the bus anyone, even family members, if it helped him politically. Now is his supposed moment of triumph and WH insiders are leaking like crazy undercutting his every assertion.

The disloyalty issue flows into the incompetence issue. Has any president been so incapable of controlling a narrative? It started out as;

1- New intel developed by Obama found UBL.
2- Obama decisively ordered the raid.
3- UBL was resisting when shot.
4- A woman was killed being used as a human shield.
5- Alpha leader Obama watched the raid unfold.

In only two days, it’s now;

1- Intel obtained in secret CIA prisons closed by Obama led to UBL.
2- Obama needed to sleep on the decision.
3- UBL was unarmed when shot.
4- The unarmed woman charged US soldiers and was shot.
5- Once it was clear that UBL was unarmed, all of a sudden Obama didn’t actually see the shooting.

Drake says:
May 4, 2011 at 9:35 AM
The crowd that claims a photo release will inflame Muslim sensitivities is the same crowd that splashed Abu Ghraib photos and stories on the front page of the NY Times and other papers every day for more than a month.

It’s the same crowd too that spread the lie that a koran was flushed down a toilet at Gitmo, spread the lie that 100,000 Iraqi civilians were killed in the Iraqi war, etc. etc. etc., all without the slightest concern about “Muslim sensitivities.”

Show us the corpse and let’s also see that piece of crap dumped into the ocean.

What a failure Obama is that even the one success to his name is a testament to the failure of his own ideas. virtue of having his ass in the chair at the right time, he now takes credit for a victory that belongs to the men who were fighting and dying in the field, while he was yawning his way through Illinois State Senate sessions.

Truman didn't claim credit for defeating Hitler, even though the German surrender came while he was in office. It's just as ridiculous for Obama and his supporters to do cartwheels because a prolonged campaign against Islamic terrorists happened to bear fruit on his watch. He might as well claim credit for the highway system and the continuing implementation of every single law and safety regulating predating his administration.

All Bush's Fault 
Bill Whittle, Scott Ott and Stephen Green reveal how the Blame Bush First practices of the Obama Administration and the MSM mysteriously disappeared with Osama bin Laden's killing.

Bush and Cheney deserve some credit, as well as the thousands of anonymous men and women who spent the past decade of their lives trying to find and kill bin Laden.

Reid the Racist.

My Pet Meme. Me too, me too, so annoying. 7 Minutes vs. 16 Hours.

0bama takes a victory lap in a clown car:---Jim Treacher
How in the world do you screw up a win this big?

Paying wind farms not to produce.

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Fri, May 6th - 4:50PM

May 3: Rare Talent

The Age of Napoleon, p. 339
69.4 miles
90+ degrees.

96 recordings of 34 types.

Rasmussen: -10: 49/50.

Today after Rich got back from his dental appointment, I went to WalMart to get some foldable hampers to use as toybox and as a place to put plastic bags.  I also discovered, yay YAY!!, a Pasta Boat which I've been lusting for ever since the direct marketing as seen on TV started.  And a little boy's outfit that says "Stegosaurus."

Then I got into the express line... and immediately the guy two ahead of me had trouble. What is this strange talent I have to mess up the line ahead? I always have my card and ID out, the right number of items, all labeled... so I never mess up the line for the people behind me. In this case it took about 5 minutes and two supervisors to get everything straightened out.  Every time I considered jumping to another line, someone would fill the hole, so eventually I stayed where I was. Ridiculous.

The remark doesn't sound that unflattering.  But the dictatorship is still getting strong.

"If Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Seymour Hersh, and Stephen Colbert had gotten their way over the last ten years, Osama bin Laden would still be alive."---Catherine Herridge.

Chris Carroll: Fascinated by the idea that the most progressive President we've had in a half century murdered the world's most wanted Islamic terrorist using information from waterboarding at Gitmo, on MAY DAY, the international labour holiday celebrated by communists and socialists. Now I'm just confused.

Meanwhile, there's still the National Labor Relations Board.

Michael Yon
We are seeing a series of Presidential mistakes unfold that are of historical proportions.

At this rate, half the world will never believe OBL was killed. Incredible. Simply incredible.

The President actually asked Bush to GZ? Good for him. (Although I read some commenters who say Bush was wise to decline so he didn't get dissed to his face like Ryan or the Supreme Court.)

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Fri, May 6th - 12:21PM

May 2: Exciting Day!

The Age of Napoleon, p. 339
69.4 miles

98 recordings of 35 types.

Rasmussen: -12: 49/49

Today was exciting, I hired a cleaning service. I quite like the owner, who came out to check out the house and talk to me. She may be judging me, but she didn't let it show...

The last time I had a cleaning woman was in England, 40 years ago.  Daphne came every Wednesday, and it was a dual benefit... I would pick up before she came, and of course she got things clean.  I did the same today, though there's enough grime and mess so the boss got a good idea.  We won't be doing the whole house, just the playroom, the front bathroom, the kitchen, living room and family room (which I'm pretty well using as a staging area these days.)

I was never the world's best housekeeper. (Though the good housekeepers in the neighborhood always appreciate that I will have the box or newspaper or widget they need but threw out last week.)  We got the place pretty good for the shower last October and I have pretty well kept up, but it's creeping up on me, and with the cancer and the toddler, not to mention trying to clear out the stuff of 8 people around my hoarding tendencies (the back apartment is probably tv worthy, but the front of the house is livable so we wouldn't be dysfunctional enough to get on the show!), I need help. I'm excited by this: they'll come every two weeks. The first two times are deep cleaning: the first one kitchen and bathroom (this may TAKE two weeks!) and the second time the living room including the upholstery. They'll finish that just in time for my sister-in-law to visit!! These two are expensive, but the regular cleanings from then on are less than I was anticipating.  They rotate special areas to clean from then on. They don't do walls or windows, but they DO do light switches (which she mentioned at least twice, and yes, I guess we do need that!)

I told her not to touch the ship. It gets dusted with an artist's paintbrush and is too fragile. 

I can hardly wait till next Monday!  I do have to get my summer and winter clothes rotated by then!

Yes, Obama deserves to be elected again, I guess we are all communist now. There are a couple of things that still bother me a little though like:

1. Obamacare
2. The failed $850 billion stimulus
3. High, persistent unemployment
4. Gas prices
5. The 2012 budget's fecklessness
6. Massive deficits each and every year
7. The seizure of GM and Chrysler, the transfer of bondholder wealth to unions, and the dumping of the GM stock at a loss
8. Dodd-Frank
9. Hostility to Israel, including attack on apartment expansion and icing of Prime Minister Netanyahu in basement of White House
10. Failure to support Iran's Green Revolution
11. Failure to support Syrian revolution
12. The Libyan Fiasco
13. The incompetent handling of the Gulf Oil disaster
14. The unnecessary permitorium in the aftermath of the Gulf Oil disaster
15. The shutdown of Shell's Arctic oil exploration by EPA
16. The president's push for cap-and-tax in the Congress
17. The president's attempt to unconstitutionally impose cap-and-tax via EPA when the Congress wouldn't pass cap-and-tax
18. The president's push for unconstitutional restrictions on free speech on his political enemies while keeping the unions free to spend money on campaigns via The Disclose Act
19. The president's attempt to unconstitutionally impose The Disclose Act on his political opponents but not unions via Executive Order
20. The president's use of unaccountable "czars"
21. The president's refusal to accept Congressional direction vis-a-vis his "czars" contained in the last 2011 Continuing Resolution
22. The president's verbal assault on the Supreme Court while the members of the Court sat before him in the state of the Union
23. The president and Eric Holder's politicization of the Department of Justice, including the black panthers case and the refusal to defend DOMA
24. The president's use of demonizing rhetoric towards his opponents, such as accusing doctors of performing unnecessary surgery for money
25. The president's hyper-partisan approach to governing including "I won, you lost" in 2009 and the assault on Paul Ryan with Paul Ryan as an invited guest in the president's April 2011 "deficit speech."
26. Bowing to the Saudi King and the Japanese emperor
27. Returning the bust of Churchill to Great Britain
28. Removing the missile shield from Poland and the Czech Republic
29. Backing the would-be dictator of Hondorus when that nation's Supreme Court rightfully removed him from office
30. Failure to push for quick ratification of free trade agreements with Columbia, Panama and South Korea
31. Indecision on Afghanistan surge coupled with announcement of eventual withdrawal.
32. Incoherence on Egypt, most obviously with the dispatch of Frank Wizner and then rejection of Wizner's advice vis-a-vis Mubarak.
33. Appointment Craig Beck to NLRB via recess appointment
34. Appointment of FCC commissioners who are pursuing "net neutrality" without Congressional authorization
35. Failure to resume full water deliveries to California's Central Valley because of the Delta Smelt
36. Attempt to close Guantanamo Bay
37. Attempt to try terrorists in New York City
38. Janet "The System Worked" Napolitano
39. Government takeover of the student loan program
40. Cancellation of "virtual border fence" project with no replacement or indeed concern for border security
41. The "Beer Summit" and the attack on the Cambridge Police Department
42. The Department of Justice's attack on Arizona for that state's exercise of its sovereign legislative authority on the issue of citizen identification rules
43. The attack on Scott Walker and Wisconsin for the governor's and the state legislature's exercise of their sovereign legislative authority on public employment issues
44. Dabbling in basketball brackets while the Middle East fell into chaos and the gas prices skyrocketed
45. Arguing that American exceptionalism was the same as any nation's sense of exceptionalism
46. Implying that Minnesota bridge collapse was the result of lack of infrastructure funding
47. Inserting himself into campaign for the Olympics
48. Attack on D.C. voucher program
49. Van Jones and a long list of other appointees
50. Teleprompter dependency and the worst run of presidential rhetoric since Millard Fillmore combined with testiness in the few interviews he grants.

Posted by: worriedmom | May 2, 2011 9:35:12 AM

Stan, here are a few "facts".

The information was gained 4 years ago (Bush was still in office). This is the same "gitmo" that President Obama said was against our values, a recruiter for Al-qaeda and should be closed. Can Obama still imply "credit" for the killing of Osama Bin Laden without praising Gitmo and Bush's policy? Shouldn't he admit that Bush's creation of Gitmo is what led to the information to Kill Osama Bin Laden?

According to the New York Times.

"As Obama administration officials described it, the real breakthrough came when they finally figured out the name and location of Bin Laden’s most trusted courier, whom the Qaeda chief appeared to rely on to maintain contacts with the outside world.

Detainees at the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, had given the courier’s pseudonym to American interrogators and said that the man was a protégé of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the confessed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks.

American intelligence officials said Sunday night that they finally learned the courier’s real name four years ago, but that it took another two years for them to learn the general region where he operated. Still, it was not until August when they tracked him to the compound in Abbottabad, a medium-sized city about an hour’s drive north of Islamabad, the capital."

Naval Academy Commandant speech: "August 2001 I took command of USS Connecticut. I was under way when the towers were hit. And I remember getting my crew together... and I told them, 'I don't know when, I don't know how. But someday we're going to get that son of a bitch.'"

OK, Let's Decline. (Victor David Hanson)

Instapundit: Like Britain just after World War II, we have a leadership class that fundamentally doesn’t like the country it leads as it is, and wants to change it into something . . . less.

Fred Hoffman:
Dear Maloofs: Thanks for 1 more Kings season. But about your threat, "build an arena or we're gone", here's the deal: we'll help support a new arena for downtown...but only if you sell the Kings to someone who knows how to run a business. You botched the ballot initiative for an arena; you can't sell sponsorships and seats...but the mayor can? You boys go back to Vegas and blow the rest of your daddy's money there.

John Nolte:
If the greatest trick the Devil ever played was in convincing us he didn’t exist, the greatest trick the MSM ever played was in convincing us that other than his “eccentric” Trig Trutherism, Andrew Sullivan is some sort of thoughtful, considered, erudite thinker.

Brave Sir 0bama!

Janna Tuggle Oliver: Let's be clear on this: OBAMA did NOT kill Bin Laden. An American soldier, who Obama just a few weeks ago was debating on whether or not to PAY, did.

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Wed, May 4th - 6:49PM

May 1 addendum: Folsom Zoo With Gareth

How did I forget to tell about taking Gareth to the Folsom Zoo?  He was on the run the whole time, but I did get him to look at stuff.  He didn't think much of the wolf till I called it a "bigbadwolf."  He wasn't too interested in the bears, either.  I thought the black bear was big till I saw the grizzleys.  Wow.  The fun thing was toward the end. I knew he knows the word "zoo" so I asked him to find it on a sign. He did, then pointed to another word and said "animals."  Indeed. I discovered later he can read "animals" in all-caps or mixed case. Rich was lucky enough to get the movie on a second pass. We'd both figured that Gareth wouldn't actually do it again.

At the end he was getting tired ... hardly surprising since he'd been running for an hour (though now he knows what peacocks say!) ... and he said "back home?" I said yes, you'll see Daddy and Joanna. "Mommy?" No, Mommy's at work. "Grandma?" No, Grandma went bye-bye.  He's such a doll!  He conked out just as we turned the corner to his house.

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Wed, May 4th - 12:25PM

May 1: Mayday!

The Age of Napoleon, p. 339
69.4 miles

93 recordings of 35 types.

Rasmussen: -11: 50/49. Wow, it's a wave of popularity!

Small and Petty.

Rick Monday's save. I don't remember this.

"A few years ago, I raised the ceiling on my own house. You can do that — up to a point. It depends on whether your foundation is solid and your framing is structurally sound. But... you take it too high and the roof falls in. We're structurally about as screwed up as you can get, and the foundation is badly cracked. But hey, let's just jack the roof up a little higher one more time. What could go wrong?"
Paul O'Neill

I like the look.

More on the biter bit.

Libtarb food-fight, pass the popcorn.
OmahaConservative on April 30, 2011 at 1:27 PM

FDA scores major contraband bust.

our friend The Lady Logician sounded an alarm which seems to have come to pass.
...[T]his does hurt the small boutique/family farmer who is out there making specialty jellies or raising bison for your neighborhood farmers market. This will hurt the operators of your favorite road side farm stand too. In other words  it hurts SMALL BUSINESS the most.

...I find it very ironic that the people who sponsor the most legislation to help big businesses like Monsanto are the Democrats. After all, for decades they have told us that they were for the "little guy". If Monsanto is the little guy  I would hate to see who the "big guy" in this equation is!.

There are risks involved in choosing to purchase farm fresh, non-pasteurized, non-homogenized milk, and the buyer should be aware of the source and how it is produced, stored and shipped. But again, it's a choice, and one that can be readily handled at the state level. In addition to the health benefits many people claim they get from fresh milk, there are other reasons to make it available.

Osama bin Laden is dead!!

Teri Griffin-Guntert: We will not waver; we will not tire; we will not falter; and we will not fail.:--President George W. Bush

0bama actually said "God bless the USA." He also remembered the "under God" in the Pledge. Must be an election looming.

I didn't see anyone ululating like the Palestinians were doing on 9/11. But the crowds, at 3 am, are incredible.

Instapundit: READER MICHAEL STEVENS ON TIMELINESS: "At 10:30 when Obama was originally going to announce the death of bin Laden, the news networks had not confirmed and had not revealed that bin Laden was dead. Imagine if he'd just made it on time and announced this news himself. Instead everyone found out from CNN, Fox News, Drudge, Twitter, whatever. Missed opportunity in my opinion." Well, we bloggers appreciate the lead time.

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Wed, May 4th - 12:16PM


The Age of Napoleon, p. 339
68.2 miles

101 recordings of 36 types.

Rasmussen: -14: 49/50.

I'm 1.5 pounds up for the week, with high blood pressure. Boo.

On our tadpoles (the frog count) I've released 5, and 7 have died. This transition to froghood seems stressful. I put in a little vegetation to see if I can't improve the water quality.  The only encouraging thing is that they would all be dead if Rich had left them there.

Government Thuggery

Biter Bit

A great idea! Barack for President... of Brazil!

This is 2005 over again, the days in the same position in the week. I wish I was back in Hawai'i. I sure loved that vacation!

We initially had been going to go to the Elk Grove Western Parade with Bernadette and then to the SACTOMOFO, the new mobile food festival. I didn't feel like tackling the Elk Grove part of this.  Rich napped later than would have been desirable, but we started off downtown 15 minutes after it started.  We were a block away when I saw someone pulling out of a parking place on the right side. (We were three lanes over.)  There were two cars which would pass it first, so I didn't hold out much hope for us, but both of them passed it.  Rich swooped over... and drove right past it!  He was looking at the spot two cars ahead, which was a driveway. Argh.

Then we looked at the mess in the park.  Waiting lines were already at least a half hour.  We drove around a few blocks, but there was no parking to be seen. I didn't call in Mother Cabrini on the case, since I figured we'd already had our chance and blown it.  We decided to go home instead of tackling that mess (Rich can't walk or stand very long) and instead had a meal at the new IHOP.  What a great meal I had!  So it wasn't all that bad after all.

Because they won't let the rest of us be, that's why.

The disdain towards atheists is often just a reflection of their condescending opinion of others, and their desire to instruct others in their "truth".
 Most people don't care what you believe, as long as you don't tell THEM what they should believe, and as long as you don't tell them that they can't celebrate their beliefs.
I don't tell people that they have to celebrate Christmas, but I prefer that they not tell me that I can't.

It's a good thing 0bama wasn't invited to the wedding, he (or especially Michelle) would probably have embarrassed us.  A big slap on the back and "how you doin', Queenie?" comes to mind. And you could set your watch by the Palace... pity our President isn't that courteous.

An alternate 0bama speech.

Transcript of Obama's White House Correspondents' Dinner Speech from an Alternate Universe Where He's Capable of Making Fun of Himself and Not Just Taking Thinly Veiled Shots at His Detractors.

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Tue, May 3rd - 10:20AM

April 29: Royal Wedding

The Age of Napoleon, p. 339
68.2 miles

102 (including 6.5 hours of wedding coverage) recordings of 36 types.

Rasmussen: -15: 48/51.

I spent the morning watching the wedding: a time of happy nostalgia.

We saw the rehearsal for the Queen's Guard Parade, and on another occasion we saw the Horse Guards Show (Rich especially remembers the cannon demonstration. Two teams fired a small cannon, then took it apart and the length of the football pitch over a wall and under a net and other obstacle course stuff, then put it together and fired it again. Fun stuff.) The first one I won in a drawing with the Officers' Wives' Club and the second we bought the tickets for and took the kids. That one also involved guys on horses with lances sticking them through little rings, and decapitating melons, and stuff.  It was fun.  So was the Horse Guards parade, though part of the band was really out of alignment. It was a rehearsal, so one assumes the actual parade worked out.

Ohh, there's Westminster Abbey. I've been to Westminster Abbey!

I've met a duchess once. (In fact, she may have been the Duchess of Cambridge!) (No, she'd have had to be 160 years old or so...) Our old lady friend, Auntie Dot, was going to a Women's Institute meeting in some town north of Cambridge and I gave her a ride and met the Duchess.

I've also been to Ascot and seen the hats. That was the first (and only apart from a couple of single races) time I've been to a horse race. As I recall, I broke even. Princess Beatrice's hat was, uh, odd.

The other main thing I did today was talk to The Cleaning Authority and set up an appointment.  With the cancer, the toddler, and the junk of 8 people plus our own hoarding tendencies, it's getting ahead of me again, and I need help. The only other time I had a cleaning woman was in England, and Daphne was a godsend (and a friend.)  I would straighten up before she came, and then was able to do more than just maintenance because she did that. Of course, it was a LOT cheaper, too. However, we've been talking about it since before the bridal shower, it's time. I'm excited!

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Tue, May 3rd - 9:46AM

April Summary

Rich's stats last month:



























And: 7 tennis balls, mechanical pencil, 2 magnets, 18 glass drops, plastic charm card, plastic toy lobster, Megamind checkers game, child's sand shovel, short curved saw, sunglasses pouch, socket.

 For me, 10.3 miles in April, 1.5 pounds up, 31 pages (OUCH!). Last month I read 4 books, went to 0 movies, 2 plays, 12 Masses.

We found 82 caches last month, and we're at 7639.  We're 207th in the world (we went up!), and 16th locally (we went down!).

I did no proofing at all last month. Again. I'm in 1008th (out of 35224 proofers) place in the first proofing round, with 872 pages proofed, 16th (out of 4153) in P2 with 23508 pages, 536th (of 881) in P3 with 469 pages and formatting 611th place (3296) with 1020 pages.

In Flickr I have 39525 pictures, with 87203 views, and 175 sets to work on. Not to mention getting the Kodak/Ofoto pictures captured, which I still need to do.

In Netflix, I watched Mildred Pierce and Noises Off.

Another month.....

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Mon, May 2nd - 10:27AM

April 28: Olmec Exhibit

Everything of importance has already been seen by someone who didn't notice it. ---Alfred North Whitehead.

The Age of Napoleon, p. 339
68.2 miles
partly cloudy, windy

102 recordings of 36 types.

Rasmussen: -16: 47/52

I forgot my pills this morning, which wasn't bright. My BP is too high, and I should, for pete's sake, be taking the pills.

Today we went to San Francisco to see the Olmec exhibit at the deYoung museum. I figured out the route so we could go directly to a good parking place near the museum, and it worked beautifully.  The exhibit was great with the big stone heads and a lot of other artifacts.  They don't actually know very much about the Olmec, who were before the Aztecs and Mayans. It was a fascinating exhibit.  There was a film about how they may have moved these huge granite rocks so many miles, and a plaque explaining how they moved them this time for the exhibit.

Then, because we'd paid for it, we took a quick pass through the Balenciaga exhibit. I couldn't have been more bored.

A couple of caches nearby, and back to the car. If we continue to get two caches every time we go to Golden Gate Park, it'll only take 10 more years or so to clean it out.

Then we went to Noe Valley and found a cafe I'd looked up online. Yummy.  From there we checked out Max's house, and so up to Marin County, where I remembered there was an earth cache but hadn't actually remembered to copy down the questions.  We faked it... there was one question I didn't have the information for, but Google is your friend. (actually, the AVG search engine.)

My Nephew's House     DSC03196

Basic Polling Interpretation Errors

Had Obama waited until the election, he may have been able to strike a serious blow against his opponent and other Republicans by shooting down this conspiracy in a spectacular fashion, but instead, he did us a great favor by squandering this advantage.

(Thank you, Donald Trump.)

PasadenaPhil: Trump's threat was that he could keep the issue in the news forever highlighting the president's curiously determined and expensive (to taxpayers) effort to keep the facts away from the public. People who are hide things usually have something to hide. Even in the short-run, it was immensely corrosive.

The other thing is that it was prodding Republicans to show some fight earlier than he or the Republicans wanted throwing everyone's timing off. And despite the correct assessment that Trump was hurting Obama more than Republicans, he was absolutely deadly to the establishment Republicans which was not good for Obama.

Retire05:But as it happened, Donald Trump was giving a lengthy press conference when Obama came out to give his. Trump's conference trumped Obama's.

Now Obama has really created more questions than he has answered. Now more Americans, independents in particular, are going to be asking why Obama waited so long to clear this BC issue up. If they decide that he was simply playing games, that will not endear Obama to them.

Trump is controlling the dialog. That is not good for Obama. Trump is also saying things that luguini spined RINOs won't say. And forcing Obama to make a press statement about the release of his b.c. shows that Obama was concerned about the effect Trump was having on him, which was to create doubt about Obama in people's minds that may not have been there before.

Gas Roots Activism

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Sun, May 1st - 7:03PM

April 27: Ah-CHOO!

The Age of Napoleon, p. 339
67.0 miles
partly cloudy, cold, windy

104 recordings of 40 types.

Rasmussen: -19: 46/52

...and woke up depressed.

Today, after Rich's nap and our lunch, we went to Jepson Prairie to look at the wildflowers. I'd  looked at two locations, but decided there was less walking here and it's on the flat.

DSC03139     DSC03120

Afterwards we went caching. I had loaded 16 caches, and we got all but 1 of them on the way home. The one we missed was either on a KEEP OUT--PRIVATE ROAD or had to be approached from a different direction.  No problem. Two of the caches had been disabled, but we found them so we're counting them. (Actually, one was gone, but the (destroyed) PVC pipe it had been in had been signed yesterday by the previous "finders" and what's good enough for them...)

A nice afternoon.  But boy did my allergies kick in! I was sneezing miserable all the way home.

The eagles I linked to some weeks ago have had trouble: mother was killed by an airplane and they decided to take the chicks in to a wildlife care facility, as a single dad couldn't raise all three.  He apparently came back to the nest with a fish and was totally baffled.  Poor thing!

Here is a beautiful picture of the female.

Obama releases his birth certificate:

Donald Wallace Oh, so- rejoice America!, As of today, it finally occured to nObama that he has serious issues like jobs to worry about and so he doesn't want to be distracted and therefore released the long-form cirth certificate. Really? I thought we had serious issues for him to address back when Americans elected him years ago????? Moron, absolute moron.
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Bottom line is that without Trump the White House & the media would have never released the BC and would have continued to cast all conservatives as "birthers". They lost a power political weapon today. Thanks to Trump.
indy8 on April 27, 2011 at 10:11 AM

OK: hopefully this will put this silly issue to rest, finish off Trump's caricature of a campaign, and get us back to the real issue at hand: that we have an American-born IDIOT as President and we need to do what we can to reduce the damage he's doing this country.
michaelo on April 27, 2011 at 10:11 AM

So Trump claims to be the victor while really being the loser and Obama the loser remains a loser. Not a bad start to the day.
fourdeucer on April 27, 2011 at 10:15 AM

I have to say that Trump did win -- he got the Obama administration to capitulate and actually show the document.

I hope Trump now targets the college transcripts. What a story those would tell!

The real winner could be the GOP 2012 -- if they are receptive to the take home message. That message: Do not be afraid to directly go after Obama during the campaign. Trump showed that it could be done -- and it must be noted that the earth didn't open up and swallow him nor lightening strike Trump dead.

I know it is a mighty big IF, however.

If Obama is a one-termer, which I hope, we will owe Trump a debt of gratitude.

I would also like to concur with other commenters above: Keep a sharp eye out for the other news coming out today. Something big is in that mix.
Mutnodjmet on April 27, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Gulf recovering.


Yes, you read that right.  Democrats in Massachusetts admitted that Scott Walker had the right idea all along. In fact, the Commonwealth believes that the ability to manage health care coverage will save taxpayers $100 million in the next budget year.

And in another nod to Wisconsin, the House held their vote at 11:30 last night, hoping to avoid the kind of demonstrations that Wisconsin Democrats encouraged in Madison.

Mouth, meet foot. And he voted against it, in any case.

Another comparison with Sacramento. Corrupt! (Although I think KJ is a good mayor.)

This administration follows the rule of whim, not of law.  Congress needs to look into this thuggish attempt to bully Solomon out of his job  -- and they should take another look at the Johnson/Walpin case while they're at it.

They are setting up a norm. Kind of like the whole TSA pat down. It is understood now, if you want to fly to grandmothers bd party, you will have to subject yourself to a little one on one rubbing party, more so if you are five years old.

They will start with the CEO, nobody will notice, what?, it's time for him to retire anyway. But soon, as someone pointed out, it will come down the food chain. Labor laws will come into play to protect the employee, so alongside reporting the ethnicity of the employee, you will now be required as the employer, to report the political stance of the employee.

So my question is, what is our party doing about it? About anything? Apparently the dem's took a shellacking in November and now it is April. I'm getting the feeling that are leaders are afraid, afraid that someone from their past might call out that one of them had a snot bubble hanging from their nose when they were 10. Okay, well, that is just me being stupid, but I think you know what I mean. Who gives a rat's behind if they put your entire life on the news? Someone needs to stand up and stop this, men with balls always have a past, that is just the way it is. Freedom is way more important than being a coward, and yes Mister Speaker, this pretty much is directed at you, defund everything, don't raise the ceiling. Don't subsume( don't even know if that Is a word, but I'm using it, so you grammar/spelling Nazis can look the other way) to their chicken little lies.
nwpammy on April 26, 2011 at 10:37 PM

Wisconsin thuggery.

Curby William Graham Heh - Sarah Palin just said that she read in a newspaper that Couric was leaving. Boom! Taste the nightstick Katie.

Jim at said...
  If Kloppenburg had any class, she would've conceded just as quickly as she declared victory.

It was his ego:

Digging in, obstinacy, control of the message, and an arrogant dismissive attitude, it's the hallmark of this administration.  And it's all about him.

But you knew that.

They had him pegged in 2008.

Like the anti-Prop 8 thugs.

"For whatever their reasons, the supporters of gay marriage have chosen the path of intimidation rather than persuasion. I think this is a mistake, but time will tell."

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