November Gales

By: sp34n119w , 7:35 PM GMT on November 02, 2011

Here it is, November, already.

Windy as all get out today. Chance of rain towards the weekend. November is a back-and-forth sort of month, weather-wise, as it is throughout most of the northern hemisphere, I suppose.

I don't really have a new blog entry idea (in case you couldn't tell) but the old one was feeling dusty after two months.
Here's to the next two months of random ramblings :)


Dancin' Swirly-gigs:

For the bigger picture, have a look at the NE Pac WVloop.

Find something else to look at – Mister Ed is on winter break:

Time for some pinks and blues:


Random comments are as welcome as weather comments, as always :)

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Karen - I just missed you yesterday. And I see your blog is open but haven't been in yet. I'm saving it :)

The boys are old enough to take over the computer already? I guess so!
How sweet that they took grandpa out for his bday :)

I figured you'd be busy with buckeyes by now - that's a lot of goodies!
Too bad about the boat parade but, yeah, your aunt has probably done enough in 83 years.

I was surprised at which trees came down, too. Lots of eucalyptus, and they and palms usually stand well in the wind.
Hope it's over for awhile and that you had a good night's sleep :)

bf - oh, but Zeus would love her! She's so exotic ;)
You're right about my title - like it or not it is December. I'll put something new up later, I hope. Anyway, I accidently swiped a wuer's handle for my title, LOL, so should have changed it awhile ago.

I can't believe the destruction in the SG foothills. Never seen anything like it. Funny about Cantore :)
No fire, *whew*!

calpoppy - oh so sad about the Joshua tree. I love those funky things.
I think it's going to be a cold December in the southland. And dry for the next few weeks. Well, you'll be happy with the cold, anyway :)

mush! - thanks! All is well, here :)
No major winds - we got a little earthquake, instead, so I don't feel too left out, LOL


Friday. December. Where does the time go?
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HI SP.Just dropping by to see if you are OK.:)
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Good morning, sp and everyone.
Just checking news on the High winds.
From the Los Angeles Times.
More than 200,000 Southland residents were without power early Friday and numerous school districts remained closed as crews worked to clean up broken windows, downed trees and scattered debris.

Sounds like Pasadena got it. Picture on the n ews page link resembles twisted tree like you'd see with tornado damage.

LC says Jim Cantore was in Pasadena. For heaven's sake. Probably the most wind action he's seen all year.

Didn't see any news of fire. One positive.

Have a good Friday.

Karen, I miss your blog and it's good to see you posting here. I know you are busy.
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We had some good winds here, knocked over a joshua tree onto our dirt road, but nothing like down the hill. We did have some snow sprinkles earlier. Very chilly here it was 38 around 3:00 at work.

Have a good night SP!
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But don't get any ideas about that Zeus character. I just came by to remind you the November Gales are now December Gales.
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The wind came up very shortly after I posted, but it was from the west, as usual. About an hour ago, I saw that the wind was swirling every which way. Evidently, Aeolus called the fight for Euros over brother Zephyrus, and we now have gusty east winds blowing the leaves from the trees.

Yes, I looked that up.
No, I'm not being particularly productive today ;)

Checked the news a bit and it is pretty bad out there. Really hoping this thing moves on in a rush. Guess I should appeal to Zeus. Now where did I put that maiden ...
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Well, I'm doing something I haven't done in years! I'm blogging from work! It was a minimum day, so since I didn't have classes after lunch I got completely caught up on my work. I can officially leave now, but the boys are at home so I know getting on the computer will be hard. They'll probably want to be on it! LOLOLOL Actually, they are taking us both out to dinner tonight for hubby's birthday. They love Ruby's, so we're headed there tonight for a burger and shake! Treat on them (their mom will go too :)!

Our winds surely picked up last night in the middle of the night. They had me fighting for sleep. Once the sun came up they calmed right down. Of course I'm inside most the day, but when I walked outside to welcome a class, I noticed our flags were blowing in the breeze, so they must have picked up again some time today.

I always turn the TV on in the morning to catch the weather. I heard they declared Pasadena a disaster area because of all the numerous trees down. Plus I heard that plenty of freeways were backed up - again because of downed trees. Even saw a picture of a couple of palm trees knocked down in Hollywood (I think it was). I don't think I've ever seen a palm tree knocked down!

Yeah, life here is pretty busy - but I don't think I'm all that unusual when I compare myself to others around here. Tomorrow is a day filled with helping mom and daughter, family dinner and then parade at night. Then Saturday it's moving daughter day. Sunday is breakfast with mom day. Such is life! But I love it.

As for the Buckeyes - I've already made, rolled and dipped two double batches. Only 2 more to go! My aunt is not having us down to her house for the Newport Boat Parade this year (at 83, it's just getting too hard for her to entertain - and I totally get that!), so I had to have some ready for visitors from out of town that were here over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Normally by this time, I'd have only gotten one double batch done. And my out-of-town family would get there's when we gathered for the boat parade, but since we aren't doing that - well, you get the picture.

Did you ever end up with winds?
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Hi Karen! Long time no see! Here, anyway - I see you around, which is good so I don't worry :)
Humidity is dropping here, finally, but there is still very little wind. When I got up this morning the flags were hanging straight down and that is quite rare. It means either that this is the proverbial calm before the storm or ... the models goofed, lol
On the news this morning they said OC would definitely be getting it later today so don't let your guard down!

Bet you're looking forward to winter break - though I expect you'll be even busier than when you're working, knowing you :) Have you started making the gazillions of your special treats, yet?
So glad you stopped by!

LC - I did not know that Cantore was in Pasadena! That's scary. May have to go turn a tv on. I did see some pics and vid from there on 5 and 11 - yikes! Judging by the calm here I thought I'd hear that the whole event was a bust but it seems instead to be well concentrated.
I have WUndermap open and there is no appreciable wind showing anywhere, right now. Weirdness.


Well, I've already given my weather report in those two comments so I'll be on my way :)
I tell you what, though, I would have done better to save that last chore until today! So it goes, LOL

Continuing area weather reports are most welcome from blog visitors (duh) and I will bbl if anything interesting shows up around here.
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No significant Santa Ana effects here in Woodland Hills last night.

On the other hand, in Pasadena... Jim Cantore has been reporting live.
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We don't have any strong winds here yet. It was actually quite overcast this morning, and much cooler then I thought it was going to be today. Warmed up a bit more after noon, but there was still a chill in the air in the shade.

I know we are all under a Fire Watch. Even though these predicted winds aren't suppose to be warm, they are suppose to be dry. We'll see what happens here at the coast.

Hope things are well with you. My winter break is quickly arriving (3 weeks) and maybe I'll have some down time to do some catching up with my WU friends around here!
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Well, it is windy ... but normal and from the west! Later, I suppose, it will shift. Still enough to make my last-minute outdoor chores an extra chore, lol

calpoppy - you did tell me that and it made me sad so now I'm sad all over again. OTOH, maybe the high desert isn't quite the right climate for peach trees?
Oh, I remember now - I made a lame quip about how they ought to have been pear trees, anyway. There, I've done it again.
Come out here in a few months and smell the citrus blossoms, instead :)

WTS - good for you, getting it done early!
I'm not sure that method works for staving off the winds, as washing the car does for bringing rain ;)
It's awfully green around here and I saw that all the way to Beaumont so it sorta feels like February and not fire season, at all. I imagine there's plenty of dry fuel under all that, though. Fingers crossed.

LC - I almost made a new entry for this event but realized that not only does my title still work (at least at the beginning) but you have the perfect picture to go with it in the first comment!
And good advice, there ;)
My own car is on the street, and will remain there throughout this event, but no bottlebrush in sight. Nor palm trees, which are the bane of my poor car's body. There is a sycamore upwind that's tall enough to land on it ... nah! It'll be fine :)
(I'm practicing the "positive thinking" that seems to be all the rage on wu these days, lol)

gg - ah, see? I knew you were the person to ask. That's much more humane!
Oh, but, I don't give to SA - maybe he'd take a personal payoff. Worth a try! :)


The mixer came late yesterday and I had to go out and couldn't play :( Well, I took it out of the box to make sure it's all there, and it is. Today has been busy, too, so no mixing until tomorrow, I'm thinking. Maybe. I hope.
Anyway, it's shiny! Because I had no color choice, lol

I had some random stuff I found this morning but have misplaced it all ... I'll see if it shows up later.

Meantime, remember, SoCalians - that tree you want to cut up with a chainsaw and that metal fence you want to mend with your nifty portable welder and any other jobs you want to do that require machines that spark will all be there next week, waiting for you ... unless you burn the whole area to the ground with your sparking machines. It'll keep.

I know, I'm nagging people who have no chance of reading this, LOL! That's pyro-paranoia for yas.

Back to work for me :)
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Hey Sp, just tell the bell ringer you will give him five bucks if he will let you put a piece of tape around the bell clapper and he will leave it on the rest of the day.
Now that would be some charitable Holiday giving to everyone.
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Don't park near any bottlebrush trees, anyone.
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Hi sp, just came in from the dark making preps in the yard for the big winds. Best way I can think of to keep the winds away! Doesn't really seem like fire weather - too cool even if it does get windy (positive thinking).

No rain for Thanksgiving here, just a broke fridge.
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Next time you venture out to Littlerock you might notice a lot of peach trees missing. They cut down two whole orchards along the highway. What I heard was water prices were 500,000 a year. I wasn't sure if I had told you or not. I will sure miss the flowers in the spring!
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Hey, SoCalians, check your special weather statements - high wind watch and FIRE weather watch for Wednesday evening through Friday.
Be careful out there.

Today is cloudy and breezy and the day to finish the outdoor chores that I had to put off on Saturday, thanks to wind. Some got done yesterday.

Mixer did not arrive yesterday, as it was supposed to, but Amazon tracking insists it is now "Out for delivery".


gg - I'm so glad you came by. I think folks were about to send out the troops for you :)

Sounds like you needed a new laptop, so that's a good thing! And it's great to get a deal on Photoshop - your new-ish hobby needs its accessories, after all ;)

My sis got a little netbook thingy and loves it. She uses it for note-taking in class and also surfing from the couch instead of being stuck in the back room with the desktop. It's nice - and tiny! Seems barely bigger than my Nook! Not much more expensive, either.

I have a question for you! Was going to ask in your blog but you've changed it so I'll ask here and hope you come by again.
I went to the grocery store the other day and the Salvation Army bell ringer was there at the door ringing his little bell like to wake the dead and my first thought, while still parking the car, was to strangle him. I know better than to do that, and quickly and easily throttled the urge, so that's not the question.
In the store, at the other end of the store, in the far back corner of the store, I could still hear that incessant ringing and thought, "Maybe I could just grab the bell and throw it up on the roof, or under the tires of a truck driving by, without doing any harm to the man", but, I didn't, because I wasn't sure ... would that qualify as a "random act of kindness" to the majority of the other shoppers and, especially, to the employees of the grocery store?
Hypothetically, I mean.


Okay, I should be outside getting stuff done. Let's see how that goes ...

Happy Tuesday!
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Oh Cyber Monday. Looked for some deals on laptops. Wanted a small, very cheap laptop to drag around places instead of taking my three year old high dollar Dell with all it's pre-loaded significantly cheaper software...that I don't have replacement discs for. There is a price for getting the discount.

So what did I get? I went $100 over the small budget and got a 17" laptop that is three times faster than the Dell with twice the disc space.

And of course this bigger faster laptop cost less than half of what the older one cost...with a half price disc set of Photoshop Elements 10 and Premier. Just had to try the intro Photoshops because they were so marked down.

Maybe next year I will get a notebook computer that fits in my big purse :p

Hope your Kitchen Mixer is just what you want when it shows up.
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51. sp34n119w
8:00 PM GMT on November 28, 2011
Had a great Turkey Day and weekend.
Weather is warm, dry, and windy, Saturday being the windiest with gusts to 35 mph. Just the way I like it - for a few days, anyway.


SPLbeater - in this blog the solution to that is to skip the blog author's comments and read only the visitor's posts :)

shore - thanks so much :)

bf - thank you, too! :)

LC - luckily, you don't have to duck, as I had nothing to whine about ;)
I read the article you brought a few days ago and thought of many things to say ... but didn't get to it. That's probably best.
Hope you two (+ dogs) had a great TDay and weekend!

Bogon - never too late for good wishes :)
Did you enjoy your multiple dinners?

BC - So happy you saw some sun! I'm thinking that it's hidden again, by now, though I saw on the weather report this morning that this system is pretty dry.

Here's the source of that news on news, if you haven't seen it: Some News Leaves People Knowing Less
I don't think there is enough info there to determine causality but it suggests ideas on where to look for such.


WU will be thrilled to know that I have ordered a mixer. I spent several days trying to decide between two, including one that I had originally seen on Amazon, then went back to Amazon and looked in my wishlist and saw that there was a third contender. I had completely forgotten about it! I expect that's because it isn't as fancy, lol.
That one had dropped in price, in the meantime, and there were only 12 left on Wednesday. 9 available on Friday morning and another couple bucks drop in price. 7 left by that afternoon. I ordered it. None there by Saturday morning (except through other sellers). Should show up today! Hope I like it.

Thanks to all who provided input on mixers, here and in wumail - it was really helpful! It was also fun to read so many fond memories of "mom's old mixer" :)

Still haven't bought a car, though, lol
Prices are way down on all the models I was considering over the summer so it's hard not to jump in. Spring, maybe.
Out of the blue, someone offered to buy my old car and we'll talk again this week. I should sell it, if he still wants it.
But, I like my car.
Must. Let. Go.

Out to play/work in the warmth for a bit.
Happy Monday!
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50. BriarCraft
9:16 PM GMT on November 25, 2011
What's that light in the sky? A plane? A UFO? A weather balloon? No!!! It's the sun! 3.9 inches of rain in my back yard in 3 days. The garden is so wet it sparkles now that the sun has come out.

Oh, here's a random thought. And I think an appropriate place to put it. I heard recently on Jon Stewart's Daily Show and also several other places that a new survey has found that people who watch Fox News know less about current events than people who don't watch any news. What a hoot!
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49. Bogon
9:11 PM GMT on November 24, 2011
SP, I'm late with this, but hopefully the difference in time zones will help.

Happy Thanksgiving!
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48. LowerCal
7:18 PM GMT on November 24, 2011
Happy Thanksgiving, sp. I hope the worst of your day is past. [ducks]

Continuing along the thread of our conversation from comment #27:

Bob Schieffer, Ron Paul and journalistic “objectivity” -
This interview is worth highlighting because it is a vivid case underscoring several points about the real meaning of the much-vaunted “journalistic objectivity”: ....
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47. Barefootontherocks
7:10 PM GMT on November 24, 2011
Happy Thanksgiving Day, sp and friends.
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46. shoreacres
12:13 AM GMT on November 24, 2011
Happy Thanksgiving!

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45. SPLbeater
11:20 PM GMT on November 23, 2011
im bored
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44. sp34n119w
11:15 PM GMT on November 23, 2011
Howdy! My wireless connection is playing nice again (what the heck is going on?) and so I'm happy that I don't have to use the other computer as I have been doing (as little as possible so no fun time!) for the last few days.


Sad news from the scifi/fantasy world %u2013 Anne McCaffrey has died. I haven't been a huge fan but she did make dragons fun and made fantasy respectable.

Also gone is Lynn Margulis, a biologist with some really weird ideas, and some really wrong ideas, who nevertheless did groundbreaking work that altered our view of cellular life. She was very outspoken and controversial and I am glad I got interested in biology in time to watch some of the back-and-forth arguments between her and other biologists in real time.
Her wiki page is a good read.


bf %u2013 thanks, again, for that. Really cool stuff and amazingly strong, too. The video of the compression test is fascinating to watch :)

LC - we received about 0.9%u201D of rain, which isn't too bad. Your poor pups probably wanted to play in the puddles and you didn't let them, did you? ;)
Thanks for the additional linkage re: materials.

calpoppy - can I have my rollies with pecans? :) I will be making a pumpkin pie today. Sometime today. I'm supposed to take two desserts but I have no idea what else I'm going to do. Usually I have it all planned out well in advance but I'm not really into it. T-Day has come too soon!

I met another KA lover the other day who says he makes bread at least 3 times a week, so I know that it is possible to get a good one, and I'm glad you did. I sure can't fault anyone for liking them %u2013 they not only look cool but promise to do wonderful things for the serious cook. As you realized previously, that Pro 600 is way beyond my ambitions!
The hunt goes on and I must continually remind myself that I am not a serious cook/baker and that even the bestest gadget isn't going to change that.

Did you learn anything about your worms? ;) I thought of you and your shots when I read that. I wish they'd find a better solution and maybe they're getting close.

Bogon - aerogel is waaay cool and useful. That's a great link - now I want to make some.

gg - OMGoodness that's adorable! Roxie's little face and huge personality were made for the internet :) Thanks so much for bringing her by!

WTS - no problem ;) I had an ulterior motive, anyway %u2013 hoping to goad you into a travelogue entry - and it worked! LOL
I've been in to see but only briefly so will go back and linger.

BC - Thank you! WUfriends are the best :)


I don't have much trouble finding things to be grateful for. Life is good, and I know enough of the world's troubles to be be aware of just how good my life is, and how fragile is my personal peace.

For instance, I have a nice, warm home, with electricity and water readily available, and plenty of food to eat and, therefore, no excuse to not go make that dang pumpkin pie :)

Happy Thanksgiving, everyWUn!


I've done it again. Answered the phone and then onto the balcony to put an end to the lettuce experiment and then went into the kitchen to see what I needed to do before making the pie and then, eventually, after a few more distractions were done away with, mixed up the pie which is now in the oven. Yea, me.
Hours later and I will click "Post Comment". Yes, I will. *sigh*
I have a whiner in my family (besides me) who spends a lot of time complaining about the littlest things and I often say, "I hope that's the worst thing that happens to you today" and someone should say that to me, from time to time. Not you, though ;)

Happy Thanksgiving, again!
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43. GardenGrrl
3:20 PM GMT on November 23, 2011

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42. BriarCraft
4:27 AM GMT on November 23, 2011
Happy Thanksgiving!

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41. WatchinTheSky
12:22 AM GMT on November 23, 2011
Hi sp - thanks for 'getting my back' while I regroup!

#31 Barefootontherocks - that's light, and I thought aerogel was light! Amazing for something with regular structure.

Hoping everyone a nice Thanksgiving!
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39. calpoppy
3:38 PM GMT on November 22, 2011
Forgot to tell you what model KitchenAid I have, it is Professional 600. But the first one I had was the same model, so they changed them somewhere along the line to have the metal parts instead of plastic. At least at the time I purchased it.
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38. GardenGrrl
1:46 AM GMT on November 22, 2011
Okay, everytime I start to check your blog I get interrupted and have to log off. Time to jump in, make a random comment and see if that breaks the cycle.
Have a great evening, signing off before something the phone ringing right now.
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37. Bogon
1:35 AM GMT on November 22, 2011
If someone were to dispute who has the lightest material in the world, it would probably be these guys.
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36. LowerCal
3:49 AM GMT on November 21, 2011
3/4" so far today. The most significant rain event of the season so far in Woodland Hills. Cold and damp all day. Windy and drizzling this morning. I had to pull rank both times I walked the dogs today.
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35. calpoppy
11:05 PM GMT on November 20, 2011
Hi SP! Rain here finally. No snow yet though. Just finished making a deep dish apple pie for T-day. I freeze it then bake it T-day morning. Mr. Poppy's favorite part is what I call rollies. Excess pie dough ( I always make a lot more then needed) that you put sugar, cinnamon and walnuts in then roll then up and bake them. My mom made them as I am sure many other moms did.

At least the rain held off long enough for a hike this morning.

That is great that your knitting is coming along. I am sure your sister will appreciate the 'pretty' color!!

I am afraid to look at your link you posted on allergies. My body thinks it has worms?? Does the body try to sneeze them out? Okay, instead of wondering I had better go to the link. I have finally had to resort to a shot to calm my seasonal (ragweed) allergies down. Allergies are absolutely NO fun!

Have a good week, and Happy Thanksgiving if I don't get here again before the big day!
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34. sp34n119w
7:40 PM GMT on November 20, 2011
That low is impressive and was spinning off little swirlies yesterday - looked like three spinners dancing around the center spin, at one point, on wvtv - which was pretty.
We're at about o.7" so far and I'm hoping for t-storms behind the front. Gutters are full of water but it's been steady and not too heavy.
Also, it's cold.

Hi bf - thanks for the news!
Hi LC!

I'm having connectivity issues again today :(
Thus, must conserve the magic electrons for use in radar-watching and save links for another time. Guess I'll have to find some other way to spend this rainy Sunday. Whatever will I do ...
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33. Barefootontherocks
2:47 AM GMT on November 20, 2011
Yep. What a cool secret they have come upon.
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32. LowerCal
2:44 AM GMT on November 20, 2011
... and it's 90% nickel too!!!
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31. Barefootontherocks
10:59 PM GMT on November 19, 2011
Hi sp and pals,
But way neat.

This stuff is so light a matrix of it can rest upon a seeding dandelion without squishing the fluffy seeds. See photo at the link. Some of you may have seen this Los Angeles Times article a couple days ago.

Scientists invent the lightest material on Earth. What now?
It is so lightweight, in fact, that the research team consisting of scientists at UC Irvine, HRL Laboratories and Caltech say in the peer-reviewed Nov. 18 issue of Science that it is the lightest material on Earth, and no one has asked them to run a correction yet.

Add: Link to abstract at
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30. sp34n119w
7:48 PM GMT on November 19, 2011
I think that may be the issue with Moyers, LOL
Though, too, I feel that he speaks in incomplete sentences. Or, that's how I hear him, and I am constantly trying to reconstruct what he's saying, thus losing track of what he's saying. That doesn't make sense.
Haven't read the transcript, yet, but I will.


Who ordered up these thick, puffy clouds for the valleys yesterday and today? You're fired, whoever you are ;)

Supposed to rainrainrain tomorrow so out (and back already and out again soon) today to run errands.

That's right. I have nothing to say but felt I should make an appearance while I'm here checking the weather :)
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29. LowerCal
10:25 PM GMT on November 18, 2011
Ah! Now I understand. :^) Yes, Moyers is the antithesis of the fiery orator.
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28. Bogon
5:15 PM GMT on November 18, 2011
Just read LowerCal's transcript of Moyers' speech. Makes me want to rise up and incite a second American Revolution.

Might put me to sleep, though, if I were listening in person. I remember having that problem when I tried to listen to Moyers' show on PBS. Don't get me wrong, I was a big fan, but Moyers' low key style could occasionally verge on soporific.
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27. sp34n119w
11:45 PM GMT on November 17, 2011
Oh, thanks, LC! That should help. He is an amazing resource and I wish I could listen to him, lol

It is always difficult to spot one's own bigotry. It takes effort and a willingness to hear another's take. Just hard (for me, anyway ;) ).
People can always justify beliefs and behaviours, including those that hurt others, or even ourselves - we're good like that.
I watched an hour-long youtube video of a speech by the author of White Like Me awhile back and he does a good job of pointing out how Liberals are just as likely as anyone to make assumptions based on race, gender, religion, etc. I'll dig it up if you're interested.


On the banking front - you've all probably seen this - a judge smacks down U.S. Bank with awesome sarcasm and humor (and Arlo Guthrie!).


Here's a pretty interesting explanation of allergies and how they work. Turns out, if you have something like pollen allergies, it may be because your body thinks it has worms! I did not know that.
Part 2 can be found on the left side under "Recent Posts". Can't wait for Part 3!


'k. I think I'm all randomed out, now.

Oh, wait. Knitting update: I finished my sis' scarf, it's lovely but very short. Hoping she appreciates that it won't get tangled in things and focuses on the pretty color, lol
Now back to crochet for a nifty hat for my niece, which I hope to finish tonight or tomorrow, and then on to knitting a hat for ME, dangit.

'k. Now I'm done :)
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26. LowerCal
9:57 PM GMT on November 17, 2011
I don't know if it will help but here's a link to the text of Moyer's speech which includes the pages he said he was skipping -
Bill Moyers remarks for Public Citizen’s 40th Anniversary Gala « CitizenVox.
I sit in awe of his fluency in history.

The bit on tolerance seems relevant to my experience that every bigot of whatever degree I've ever met invariably claims, "I'm not a bigot." with full sincerity and sometimes even with a slightly hurt tone.
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25. sp34n119w
12:17 AM GMT on November 17, 2011
Among other funny things, Hightower says:
"tinkle-down economics"

Yeah, procrastinating ... but the vid's only 8 minutes!
Gone now :)
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24. sp34n119w
11:13 PM GMT on November 16, 2011
calpoppy - are you going to tell which model? If there's one that works, I might have to consider it.

Oh, those crazy Republicans! I still can't tell if they really are that clueless or if it's calculated. It sure is disrespectful of voters and our country, imo. That's the GOP for you, these days.
I did read an interesting article yesterday that isn't really related but had maybe something to say about how we think about each other. Be warned: the authors are talking about philosophy, not politics or even sociology.
Every conception of toleration identifies limits to what deserves toleration; and every conception of open-mindedness draws a distinction between possibilities that are worth being open to and those which are not. No advocate of toleration recommends that we tolerate real-world bands of armed fascists bent on world domination; no proponent of open-mindedness would suggest that we give closed-minded dogmatic bigotry a try. Every conception of toleration and open-mindedness identifies limits to what must be tolerated and seriously considered.
Even the most dogmatic among us takes himself to be tolerant and open-minded; on his view, he tolerates everything that deserves toleration and openly considers all positions worthy of consideration. As it turns out, the dogmatist simply has far more circumscribed conceptions of what deserves toleration and serious consideration.

Back to the "candidates" - entertainment does seem to be part of the goal and appreciated by their audience. Maybe they should just do a reality show - put 'em all in a house and see who survives. My money is on Paul - Huntsman is smarter but Paul is ruthless!

bf - glad you like the video :) I love that song! And those gals were adorable.
Thanks for the story - I loaded it last night but didn't get to watching, yet.
I see you've returned to OK from the frozen north - hope you're right about continuing pleasant weather :)

Bogon - oh, the airport! I am one of those weirdos who loved taking people to the airport or picking them up. I would drive any time I could manage it to go hang out in the boarding area or to wander around while awaiting arrivals. That's no longer allowed, of course, and there's no payoff for me to go, so I don't.
I miss that.

That said, the one time my luggage was lost was in 1981 so, from my perspective, that has gotten better, lol

I can't get started on the Post Office - another victim of Congressional thievery and malfeasance >:(

LOL at ycd's comment. So true ;)


I've got other random stuff around here, somewhere ... I put it all someplace, you know, random ... well, there's this -

... and their youtube channel has some good stuff - I'll listen to Hightower, next. Bill Moyers was pretty good, though I have trouble following what he's saying (probably just me - I've always had that trouble with him, lol). Nader, of course, is well-spoken and can't help but get serious, even at a celebration.

Anyway, I've plugged PublicCitizen here before but hadn't linked to their channel, I don't think, so there it is. Amazing, all they've done.

By the by, Nader has a new book out and, not surprisingly, it relates directly to what the 99% are up to (since he's been doing it all his life). You can get a signed copy plus two other books by donating to PublicCitizen.
Just saying, not advocating.


In case you're wondering, yes, I am procrastinating ;)

Happy Whatever Day Of The Week It Is When You Read This Wish For You To Have A Happy Day!
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23. Bogon
10:22 PM GMT on November 16, 2011
Then again there is the paraprosdokian that ycd left over on ShoreAcres' blog:

Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
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22. Bogon
8:43 PM GMT on November 15, 2011
Quoting sp34n119w:
Much that once was is lost

...and I heard that the Postal Service wants to stop delivering on Saturday.

Well, I count myself fortunate to have grown up in such a fabulous time, when miracles were commonplace. We went to the moon. We got our checks back. We arrived at the airport half an hour before the flight departed. The plane took off on time, and our luggage was there when we landed.
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21. Barefootontherocks
5:28 PM GMT on November 15, 2011
Hi sp,
Cute vid! Thanks for your funny take on gNome. Reminded me of a children's story from years ago, one that reveals *the secret of how not to be cold from the inside out.*

(To the otter) We've got to get them to come to us" chattered the gnome. "I'm so cold I don't think I could walk another step."

They sat and thought and thought, and finally the gnome came up with a plan. "All humans like gold!" he shouted. "I'll use the magic paint given to me by the Master of the Northern Lights and turn everything into gold. Then when the humans come we will ask them for their secret in exchange for the gold!"

~"The Gnome from Nome" by Stephen Cosgrove; illustrated by Robin James

If you want, you can click image for a youtube reading of the text with illustrations. The voice may be a robot voice and mispronounces "gnome," and that's kind of distracting. It's otherwise a true rendition of this children's story published in 1974.

image credit: customer
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20. calpoppy
3:10 PM GMT on November 15, 2011
My first kitchenaid lasted two years, plastic parts. My second has metal parts and has worked very well for over five years. Same model as my first. The only bread dough I would ever double is the lighter doughs like french bread. Stiffer doughs like whole wheat I would never double, unless I had a commercial mixer.

I got a chance to watch the Republican debate what a hoot!! Totally entertaining!! I would never have thought that Newt and Perry could make Bachman appear intelligent, lol. The only one that is actually intelligent is Huntsman. But he doesn't have a chance against the Republicans that are in la la land. The people in the audience clearly like the ones that have no idea what they are taking about, I guess they can relate!
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19. sp34n119w
8:34 AM GMT on November 15, 2011
Hello! People! :)

Weather is fine. From the rain I think we got, um, altogether about an inch? I think? Very dark clouds one of those dreary days - spooky, in fact.

I haven't been paying much attention, lol


I tried to reply to bf this morning. I got called away and, when I had come back, LC had kindly left a comment. Away again and back again and, hurray, BC was here! I was coming right back to add to my replies … just a minute (or a couple hundred)… okay, I'm here, and oh how nice! Bogon dropped by … what a wonderful reason to run out of time to write – too many people to write to! ... busy again and now it's midnight … I'm never going to get this comment done, am I? … let's see … ;)


Hi bf! Thanks so much for laughing - though that one almost wrote itself ;)

You can get a turquoise KitchenAid now, I think. They have many colors to match your decor. Apparently that's the only reason people buy them - or KitchenAid thinks so, anyway.

There are at least four mixmaster styles available right now. One looks okay and may be the one I'll buy, if I buy one at all. None are meant for kneading bread dough but that isn't what I need, so that's fine.

Thanks for your input. I'm hoping someone will have a great tip for me, at some point, lol

Oh, here's the video I've been trying mightily (and successfully!) to not post in your wonderful "Ode to Nome" blog:

LC - but the supernatural explanation is a fun place to start, LOL

What you say is in line with what I've been reading about KitchenAid. Some say it's a simple matter of the new proprietors replacing metal gears with plastic gears that break easily. Dunno.
Sorry MrsC has to deal with that annoyance :(

The Bosch ultra-expensive mixer gets good reviews but is waaaay overkill for me so that, even if I had money to spend on such a thing, I wouldn't. Otherwise, yeah, they all seem to be counting on brand loyalty rather than producing a useful product. Like too many items.

The hunt goes on, lol

BC - you are not hogging - you are making valuable contributions! As always :)

I think The House That Jack Built must have helped inspire my mini-rant, lol
I do remember S&L's because I worked in one! Briefly. I learned some of the differences between the various places one can put one's money. I think many of those differences are gone now, leading to greater shareholder value, no doubt, and more risk for them and consumers.

If you want your mom's mixer, make sure she takes care of her bowls. Replacements that fit can be hard to find and the ones I found were so poorly made as to be dangerous.

Sounds like we all need to keep our eyes and ears open for a decent basic mixer - do tell if you find one!

Bogon -
The world is changed.
I feel it in the water.
I feel it in the earth.
I smell it in the air.
Much that once was
is lost,
for none now live who remember it.
It began with the forging of the Great Rings. Three were given to the Elves, immortal, wisest and fairest of all beings...

Yeah, I don't know why that seemed an appropriate response to your comment, LOL
Note that I am not directly responding to your query “What the heck happened?” which is totally out of character for me, LOL, and an indication of the late hour. That is the question, though.
Very glad to see you :)


So I was bound and determined to post a comment in my own blog today and now it is tomorrow. Ah, well. It is done. I think it again reads like a drunk typing, LOL

Happy Tuesday! :)
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18. Bogon
10:27 PM GMT on November 14, 2011
I thought it was a dismaying trend when my bank stopped returning canceled checks. Now all I get are poor quality photocopies. A canceled check can be a pretty nifty item, if you ever find yourself in a dispute with a creditor. Banks used to include them with your monthly statement free of charge.

It seems that there are things we used to do, such as go to the moon, that are no longer possible in America. One assumes that it must be because our pioneer forefathers (and -mothers) were built of sterner stuff. Except that these things I have mentioned occurred within living memory. Those times didn't seem so different from our own. What the heck happened?
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