Um, I forgot.

Nothing like turning the page of your calendar and reading “boat in” on a day you’d totally forgotten about. So let’s make this an open discussion thread. It’s blog Calvinball — whoever has the ball gets to determine what the topic is. “But Nance,” you query. “Isn’t that the way it always is?” Why yes, but now it has a name — Blog Calvinball.

Take the talking stick and beat on someone with it (or don’t). I’ll be back this afternoon.

(On the off chance we have new readers today — an off chance because I stupidly forgot to plug NN.C in my shirttail yesterday — be advised that all new comments go to moderation first, but once you’re approved you’re in. So if you don’t see you comment right away, be patient.)

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61 responses to “Um, I forgot.”

  1. brian stouder said on May 7, 2008 at 8:35 am

    Calvinballlllllll! – Well first – a few weeks ago I said (amongst many, many other things, admittedly!) HRC would win Indiana by two points, and the effect would carry Jill Long Thompson to victory; and further, that JLT was our own “canary in a coal mine”, in that if SHE lost, the only reason would be because Indiana simply wouldn’t elect a woman (since Schellinger [sic?] is such a comprehensively empty suit!)…and so today I claim bragging rights!! (I also would have claimed b-rights if Barack had won by one vote, but alas the Lake County machine apparently didn’t wait long enough to make that come true!)

    And, regarding that coal-mine canary, I firmly believe that 100% of the credit for HRC’s Indiana victory is due to the efforts of her campaign, period; and the Limbaugh dim-bulbs (if any) who crossed over to foul the D primary are as inconsequential as the hairs on the abscess on Limbaugh’s ass…..and Jill Long Thompson’s win is the proof!

    And anyway, Allen County went the right way, baby!! Most of those vote-for-a-giraffe-Republicans apparently stayed out on the bushveld, looking for a suitable Republican giraffe! (Jolene posted a great link to a county election results map of Indiana)

    So – odds are I’ll be 87 years old the NEXT time we have an election like this. Truly, this was cool…..and it’s not even nearly over yet!

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  2. nancy said on May 7, 2008 at 8:39 am

    OK, I’m leaving for the boatyard…now. But before I do, Brian, any comment on this wrong-headed lede in the JG?

    Hillary Rodham Clinton won the Indiana primary Tuesday night, running up a victory that gave her bragging rights to being a powerhouse in a Republican-leaning state.

    I’d hardly call her a powerhouse, and given that last night will be looked on as the night when it finally occurred to her that she couldn’t win, it just looks pretty small-picture to me. I mean, Bill looked like he was about to cry, and all the cable pundits were saying this really finishes her.

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  3. Cathy D. said on May 7, 2008 at 8:49 am

    I’m guessing the JG wrote that before the Lake County votes came in at 1:15 a.m. and really closed the gap.

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  4. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on May 7, 2008 at 8:56 am

    Not to slow the HRC valedictory parade, but i started having trouble breathing while reading/viewing the link Nancy posted yesterday, and many of you here should have the same, uh, pleasure — didn’t see any comments, so wondered how many saw it. Also, remove fluids from mouth before clicking link and scrolling down.

    There is one creative genius.

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  5. brian stouder said on May 7, 2008 at 9:05 am

    Well, I’m inclined to leave aside the JG’s Washington editor’s lede, and go with the Washington Post’s lede –

    Sen. Barack Obama won a convincing victory over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton Tuesday in North Carolina and nearly toppled her in Indiana, twin results likely to ramp up pressure on the New York senator to reconsider her candidacy for the Democratic nomination.

    (but I will say, I remain braced for Pat White’s parroting of whatever pronouncements elRushbo makes today, and then Pat’s amen-chorus callers. Compared to those benighted souls, I’d argue Sylvia Smith’s lede as the closer to the truth!)

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  6. Sue said on May 7, 2008 at 9:15 am

    MMJeff, welcome to Bossy’s world. Bossy is one of my favorite blogs (not THE favorite, mind you), and you are correct about never drinking (or eating) when you read her work. She is brilliant.

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  7. Jolene said on May 7, 2008 at 9:16 am

    You’re right, Jeff, that link to bossy didn’t get the attention it deserves—at least not here in the comments. It’s hysterical, and some of the comments there are pretty funny too. Genius, indeed.

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  8. Jolene said on May 7, 2008 at 9:18 am

    Whew! MSNBC just announced that HRC loaned herself $6.5M last month. Yikes! If she had to do that after Pennsylvania, it’s hard to see how she keeps ads on the air–even in less expensive markets–after last night.

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  9. Dorothy said on May 7, 2008 at 9:48 am

    I did see the Bossy link yesterday but was too busy to comment. It was great! I found myself wondering if those items belonged to her kids or did she run to the Goodwill to find the appropriate props. I’m going to have to add her to my daily stops on the web.

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  10. jcburns said on May 7, 2008 at 10:10 am

    “I stupidly forgot to plug NN.C in my shirttail yesterday…”

    Now there’s a sentence that probably needs to go through the j-school de-jargonifier.

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  11. Terry WAlter said on May 7, 2008 at 10:48 am

    $6.5 mil. No problem. Bill can just go visit his friends in Dubai & make a few speeches to round up that kind of money.

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  12. moe99 said on May 7, 2008 at 11:15 am

    So, not to be all Eyore today, but $7.50 a gallon gas is being predicted at Goldman Sachs:

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  13. Kirk said on May 7, 2008 at 11:32 am

    Amen to that, J.C. I can find my way around the Internets, but I can’t dissect the machine I use to do it.

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  14. derwood said on May 7, 2008 at 11:59 am

    Since it is pick your topic day….A coworker wants to meet in Fort Wayne and have a get together with her family…about 20 people. They like Ribs. Suggestions? Is there a restaurant that has a small room they can reserve?
    None of them are from FW.


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  15. beb said on May 7, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    In other news, Detroit’s criminally indicted mayor made the Big Time with a roughly five minute segment of the Daily Show devoted to his romantic text messages to his former chief of staff, and fellow perjurer. What really hurts is that Stewart compared Kwane Kilpatrick to Ohio’s AG scandel and New York’s two governor’s scandels, and concluded that Kwane tops them all.

    And the man won’t quit, leave or step aside. I want to bitch slap him so hard his mother (the Congresswoman) wakes up with a black eye.

    The scary – scary part about the $7.50/gallon gas price prediction is that it doubteful that it will result in any serious reduction in how much people drive or the size car they buy.

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  16. Sue said on May 7, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Calvinball change of subject: How many of you can mirror write (write backwards)? I thought everyone could do it but apparently only those of us with “atypical language organization in the brain” have this odd trait. More common in lefties, by the way.

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  17. alex said on May 7, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    derwood–the Rib Room on State. There’s also the Village Inn in Roanoke, a very cool place that flies under the radar and also has a fantastic upstairs room for just the kind of thing you describe.

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  18. Danny said on May 7, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Ah, the Village Inn. I used to wait tables at one in my high school and early college days. Before that, I did a stint as the dishwasher, aka “the dish-pig” to the short-order cooks.

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  19. Terry WAlter said on May 7, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Not as exciting as Kwame & company, but why did Barbara Walters feel she had to tell about her affair? Boosting her flagging image as a hot babe? Letting us know she’s had the Inside Stuff? The View losing out to Jerry Springer? Whatever happened to just keeping your mouth shut? I hear you out there,Obama lovers. “I know a GREAT place for that to start”.
    Now that Jill has won,I’ll have to decide if I’m going to vote for her. I had hopes that Shellinger would provide a good alternative to Mitch, but he did/said nothing to interest me. I can guarantee Mitch that he can run ads 24/7,but he’s not going to get my vote. I know of many other Republicans that feel the same way.

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  20. derwood said on May 7, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    My first suggestion was the Rib Room. Never been to Village Inn. Thanks! I will pass along the info.


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  21. Catherine said on May 7, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    Re the $7.50/gallon gas: Has anyone else ever wondered what would have happened if this country had taken all the megabucks spent on this stupid Iraq war, and instead, set the goal of being energy-independent?

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  22. Catherine said on May 7, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Sue, re mirror-writing: My 7 YO is a leftie and she’s also a mirror writer. In fact, when she was 5 or so and learning to write, she’d regularly write these perfect words… exactly backwards. School has mostly trained this out of her. So what sort of “atypical language organization” are we talking about? Should I be teaching her Arabic or, better yet, boustrophedon? Should I worry about her driving in the UK, or encourage it?

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  23. Sue said on May 7, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    The current definition of “energy-independent” is drilling in ANWR National Wildlife Refuge. Oh, you mean investing in sustainable practices? Not enough of the right people would make money off of that.

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  24. Sue said on May 7, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Good question, Catherine re mirror writing. It’s supposedly related to synaesthesia (sp), where you smell colors, etc. Probably hereditary, possibly some sort of evolutionary thing that didn’t take.

    Here’s the lefty and the child part of it: “15% of left-handed people have the language centres in both halves of their brain. The cerebral cortex (thin layer of dense brain cells covering the whole brain) and motor homunculus (relates to voluntary movement) are affected by this causing them to be able to read and write backwards quite naturally.

    Young children, when first learning to write, are encouraged to start writing at the top left hand corner of a page. If, left to their own devices, they begin at the bottom right hand corner, they write in Mirror writing. A child who produces Mirror writing by starting to write at the bottom left hand edge of a page will immediately change to ‘normal’ writing when directed to start again from the top left hand corner of the page.”

    Your lefty shares her mirror writing ability with another lefty, Leonardo da Vinci, who wrote a lot of his notes backwards.

    Me, I wonder how many people can write upside down and backwards. Again, I thought everyone could do it.

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  25. Joe K said on May 7, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Thought they wanted to try wind farms out in Massachusetts, but Teddy and his left wing rich buddy’s got wind of it and said, as usual, not in my back yard. I don’t think you will see 7.50 a gal, Both Obama and Hillery said they will take care of that problem if elected, and they wouldn’t lie. Of course, it makes me wonder why they don’t due something now. Why wait??
    I can’t wait to hear from madam telling tales about putting the boat in the water, usually she has some funny thoughts, sometimes talks about divorce. Hope she took the camera.
    Pilot Joe

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  26. whitebeard said on May 7, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    Catherine “Re the $7.50/gallon gas: Has anyone else ever wondered what would have happened if this country had taken all the megabucks spent on this stupid Iraq war, and instead, set the goal of being energy-independent”
    Get an oil man in the Oval Office for eight years running and energy-independent is a cussword, Catherine, if it pertains to anything else other than crude oil.
    Where did all the Enron leeches go, anyway, or are they trading in oil futures as they traded in electricity. If the oil sitting in the ground doesn’t need to be fertilized, and the pumping of that oil and the refining of that oil have not increased that much then a truly dishonest bunch of crooked manipulators are making a fortune by gouging the public on the price of a barrel of crude oil.
    And the current administration is letting the sleazy manipulators get away with it and bring the whole country into a depression, not just a deep recession.
    This is the time for wartime price controls on a bigger economic war than that stupid, illegal one in Iraq and someone brave enough should freeze the price of crude oil at a sensible amount, say, $50 a barrel and let the chips fall where they may.
    These oil manipulators make the saving and loans scandal look like penny-ante poker games.

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  27. Dexter said on May 7, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    My personal Calvinball loosely resembles what others call “cycling”.
    There’s a lyric from Tom Waits’ “Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis” …
    “…i wish i had all the money
    that we used to spend on dope—
    i’d buy me a used car lot
    and i wouldn’t sell any of em
    i’d just drive a different car
    every day, dependin’ on how
    i feel.”
    That sums up my “Calvinball” I go to the garage and select from my stable of steeds…mountain bike? Cross bike? Touring bike? Or, as likely as not, a fixed gear coaster-brake bike and a ride on our flat terrain. I choose the route…I run stop signs at will…I ride on sidewalks and park on downtown sidewalks against the rules. I don’t wear a Calvin-like mask but I wear protective eyewear and a helmet.
    A few years ago there were several geezers I’d regularly see playing their own game of Calvinball on bikes…now, again, I am one of just a few geezers on bikes.

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  28. Danny said on May 7, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    A buddy of mine is just finishing up an MBA and went to a conference where the head of Chevron’s alternative energy technologies was one of the speakers. The guy said he had 300 people working for him … and that that was everyone working on alternative energy in all of Chevron .. and that anyone who thinks the big oil companies are becoming alternative energy companies any time soon ought to think again.

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  29. Dexter said on May 7, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    …while Obama went on with Russert and said “we should be exploring shale oil production and coal and nuclear possibilities…”
    At least Tom Friedman has cleaner pipe dreams in his head…he says electric cars should be powered by a “clean grid” , powered by solar and wind harvesting.
    We have a long way to go and yes, as reported in this blog, Goldman Sachs indicates possible $200 a bbl. oil very soon. After poking around and reading experts’ vague thoughts, my thinking now leads me to believe gas will be around $5.50 by summer’s end
    And I wonder how many independent truck drivers, driving under their own authority, will be heading into that biz, with diesel fuel on a fast track to 6 bucks a gallon.

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  30. LAMary said on May 7, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    Both my ex and I can do mirror writing and upside down mirror writing, and upside down forward writing.
    I don’t know what that says about us.

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  31. brian stouder said on May 7, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    LAMary – it says you operate on a different plane, I think


    The other morning I was at the dentist’s office having my teeth cleaned, and at length, the attractive dental hygienist says to me “My, you certainly have a lot of saliva!”

    Which made me laugh (not an easy thing, with digits and tools in my mouth!)….but, here’s the question: what would you have said to that? (I said ‘yeahuveenhholduhhhuwwuhhhit’ – translated – ‘Yes, I’ve been told I’m full of spit’)

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  32. derwood said on May 7, 2008 at 4:05 pm


    “Hey baby, I’m full of other fluids too?”

    I would have also laughed. It never fails I eat popcorn the night before without thinking about the dentist appointment.


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  33. Sue said on May 7, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    The upside down forward writing doesn’t come naturally to me like the other two types. It’s confusing and I have to keep looking at a model. Huh. Odd wiring in the brain, I guess.

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  34. brian stouder said on May 7, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Derwood – Great response! ‘Course, then I’d probably get blacklisted, and in future visits I’d get the workmanlike hygienist who wears the sensible shoes, and who only speaks in short scolds, or to shame you into buying a Sonicare thingamajig.

    Sue, all I know is – I fall for every optical illusion at Science Central, including the most innocuous, no matter how often we visit. (The crooked room sends me pitching to the floor every time!)

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  35. Sue said on May 7, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Totally inappropriate story coming up; if you’re easily offended please leave the room.
    Are they gone? Ok: Brian & Derwood: a long time ago, when I worked in a hospital, the nurse’s lounge was probably the equivalent of a no-holds-barred chat room (or like this comment section on its worst days). Nurses will talk about anything, and they find almost anything funny. So anyway, one of the LPNs, who would tell an anecdote about anyone, told us about her sister’s recent visit to the dentist. The night before the appointment she had engaged in some activity (it did not involve popcorn) and didn’t really think about its effects. At the appointment, her dentist stopped his exam to mention his concern about the bruise on the roof of her mouth. Had she injured herself somehow? Did she often have this? Did it hurt? The patient of course lied and said she had no idea, none at all, how it got there. The dentist looked at it for another few seconds, and then… called his associate and his assistant in. Would you look at that? Have you ever seen anything like it? The associate and the assistant hadn’t seen anything like it either, although the assistant (female) couldn’t get out of there fast enough. Thirty years later I still laugh when I think about this story.

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  36. brian stouder said on May 7, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    Sue – sarcasm mode ON: ….but, what WAS the problem? It could have been serious!

    sarcasm mode OFF: I’d say that dentist never got Kwame’d…

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  37. Danny said on May 7, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    See, if you are a cunning linguist, you have a lot of quickie answers available for the inquisitive dentist.

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  38. Sue said on May 7, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Nancy’s just going to roll her eyes when she gets back. Can’t leave us alone for a second…

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  39. caliban said on May 7, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Brian Stouder:

    You and Allison Dubois.

    Now we’ve got a Republican that sits in opposition of a GI Bill that Viet Vets never got. And the bill’s opposed by the administration that Scalia and Kenneth Blackwell foisted on a supposedly free Republic, not to be mistaken with the Free Republic that chose the defender of the Austin OClub over the actual war hero.

    If this level of hypocrisy doesn’t rise to the necessity of total repudiation, what does this say about the idea of voting? Mencken was an unreconstructed genius, but “getting it good and hard” has gotten pretty old. It’s very difficult to comprehend a voterin compos mentis voting for a Republican.

    We’re supposed to believe Democrats are damaging their chances with a prolonged nomination fight. Why? McCain wants to let capitalists run free in the lland of health care only for the wealthy. This is actually the most crucial economic issue in this campaign. Hillary owns this debate, but Obama’s within the realm of sense and sensibility. McCain isn’t.

    When McCain said 100 more years in Iraq, what he was really saying was eight more years of corruption, cronyism and abject stupidity.

    No less stupid is the Enron reinsurance creature Howard Dean. He got played by Republican majority Statehouses in Michigan and Florida, and he’s too damn stubborn and outright stupid to admit it. Obama wasn’t on the ticket in Michigan? Why? Nobody campaigned in Florida. Maybe a good thing. She beat his ass by slightly more than the NC returns.

    I don’t care any more. What’s crucial is doing away with McCain. But the Democratic Party would do well to ditch Governor Little Hitler that Feels Aggrieved (and all of the hagiographic bad sports that love him) and acknowledge the votes in Michigan and Florida.

    Kerry wasn’t strong enough in replying to the Short Boat slander? What did HoDean ever say? Where was John Edwards? Additional deferments, I guess. Jackasses enabled Blackwell to steal the election, recalcitrant, and it all comes down to ego versus patriotism and the interests of aactual Americans. We don’t grow bananas, but the election process has been pure banana republic lately.

    And, you know, conservatives tried to impeach William O. Douglas, and Michigan’s own Whizzer White. Scalia should go, for legal incompetence, if not for appointing an incompetent President. Eight years with Ratznestistan elections, and it’s made the idea of representative Democracy a mockery.

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  40. brian stouder said on May 7, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Well, today I learned who Allison Dubois is! -(and she appears to have pretty teeth)

    (reminds me of the old Rodney Dangerfield joke about his new girlfriend, Valerie Dubois…VD for short!)

    Michaelj/Caliban – I agree with 75% of what you said up there….and I was an RR/GHWB/WJC/GWB voter…and now I’m a registered Democrat. I think we are in a transformational time….or at least, I am!

    (and the hell of it is, the mainstream left will end up defending the status quo, very soon now)

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  41. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on May 7, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    I’m an enforced righty, who can write forwards left-handed and backwards right-handed — good for fun on a blackboard during a slow meeting. John Adams could write Greek with his left and Latin with his right at the same time, which leaves me truly in awe (and no, i don’t have HBO, so i didn’t see any of the TV thang. Did they mention this quirk?)

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  42. caliban said on May 7, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    And dentists
    are in crisis. John Patterson is leaving the fold. But at least he’s not offing himself. I don’t know about y’all but I like Cecil. Suicide rates are a fairly depressing subject, and dentists may not lead the category, but they seem more homicidally despondent than members of most other professions.

    I don’t mean to be flip about this, but I can understand deciding to be a doctor, or a lawyer, or even a CPA if there’s nothing else professional available to you. But, a dentist? You really identified with Dr. Christian Szell in Marathon Man? Where do people get off assigning values to career choices? But still, I wouldn’t be a dentist rather than homeless. A failing of ambition on my part. But, thank God for those that choose torture. And they employ all of those gorgeous assistants.

    There’s a paucity of great dentist literature, but the everlastingly estimable Gunther Grass fills in the details in Local Anesthetic. This isn’t surprising, since he stunts his greatest hero’s growth by plunging him down the steps of a root cellar and later treats readers to self-induced tears in the Onion Cellar. Maybe someday we’ll get the Walker Percy version. Or John Kennedy Toole’s.

    What we are left with is the best book anybody ever wrote. That would be V, by the greatest living author not named Thomas Gibson or Tom McGuane. He’s on about reconstuctive
    dentistry. And precious metals and jewels. Funny how all these guys are named Tom. Doubting pays off.

    And I can read both Latin and Greek and translate what the hell they meant to say. Leonardo could do that backwards thing, but if you’re seriously right-wing, you would have burned his ass. So much for the great generation. The great generation got fried in Viet Nam so a bunch of greedy old farts could claim to be the great generation. Been

    IIraq/Afghjanistan troops are being screwed by pompous aholes like McCain. These are the same scmucks that pulled the
    swift-boat lie. GHard to believe Americans are that frigging stupid. I mean WTF?

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  43. caliban said on May 7, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    Do you vote in a country where you’re you’re viote counts? Do you believe Scalia should vote for you? Do you believe the Swift-doat bullshit, or dpo you believe W japped on service and Kerry did what was right, and he wasn’t just honorable, he was awesome.

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  44. moe99 said on May 7, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    Sue, another dentist story for you. When I was a first year law student, lo these many years ago, my torts professort was this meek sort of a fellow. He was teaching about ‘res ipsa loquitur’ the latin term for ‘the thing speaks for itself.’ Basically, iirc what it means is that the action is so complete in and of itself, that you must draw the conclusion that negligence was involved. And the example he gave was this: a woman went to see the dentist for a long procedure which involved being made unconscious with the anesthetic and when she woke up, her little finger on her right hand was broken. She asked the dentist about it and he wouldn’t say what happened. Same for the dental assistant. So eventually she sued him for the injury. How is it that you can go in for a root canal and wake up with a broken pinkie? sure sounds like negligence to me! Turns out the anesthetic she was given had this propensity to, as the patient was going under might have involuntary muscle spasms and she had seized the dentist’s crotch as she went out and was hanging on to it with her muscles seized up and unconscious, and the only way they could break the hold was to break one of her fingers. So there you have your dental/legal lesson for the day.

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  45. whitebeard said on May 7, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    Yes, nurses do chat about interesting items.
    When I was linked up to fluids and machines in a hospital bed and they had the big electrical box with paddles to shock my heart nearby the night before they put three stents in my artery, I felt I had to rest my eyelids for a while.
    But I had my hearing aid volume turned up high and the nurses were trading delightful anecdotes about their underwire bras almost being tugged off by the powerful magnets in the MRI machine room.
    Of course, maybe they were under orders from my doctor to try to keep my heart beating and my spirits up until the next day.
    Speaking of keeping my spirits up, my assistant editor had to caution her British-born mother about telling patients she visited to keep their pecker up. Yup, the chatting nurses did that for me as well.

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  46. Dorothy said on May 7, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Since today is a free-for-all, just thought I’d mention the phone call I just got from my 28 year old niece, who is in NYC this week. She attended the taping of Letterman this afternoon, and she got to ask him a question before the show started. Then after the show began, he mentioned the quilt I made for him (in 1987)!! I’ve got my DVR all set to record it, as I don’t stay up that late.

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  47. whitebeard said on May 7, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    To explain further about British cheering up words. From the British website “Whilst pecker is a word now associated with American slang the usage here is the English pecker, i.e. nose or mouth, as opposed to the American, i.e. penis. The phrase is equivalent to keep your chin up. . . . The imagery is of a bird that pecks for food.
    As a further example of British slang that raises eyebrows is the desk clerk in a small British hotel who asks what time you want to be knocked up in the morning, e.g. awakened with a knock on the door or a telephone call to your room.

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  48. sue said on May 7, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Dorothy is it on tonight?

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  49. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on May 7, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    They usually tape at 3-3:30 for the 11 o’clock that night, except for Thursday when they tape Thursday and Friday one after the other, starting a bit earlier.

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  50. Dorothy said on May 7, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Yes Sue. When I saw the show, Jeff, in ’87, they taped at 4:30 I believe. But that was at NBC so maybe they changed their policy. Dave’s a dad now, too, so maybe they tape sooner so he can get home sooner.

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  51. caliban said on May 7, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Whitebeard. What about your dawber? Why do we have so many names. You’d think Americans had a bad time getting it up. I saw “Wanda”, and a spectacularly good movie it is, so I think Brits are more conflicted, and I think it’s such a male thing, nature takes it’s course, and women tend to be gentle and forgiving.

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  52. Deborah said on May 7, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    This is the truth ruth. My grandfather, who had a radio show in the midwest a zillion years ago and a traveling one man band show before that, could draw an elephant on a chalk board set up nearby, with chalk between the toes of one foot while simultaneously drawing a donkey with chalk between the toes of his other foot on another chalk board, all the while playing the banjo and the harmonica and on top of that singing a parody about the government that he wrote himself. Dont know if he could write backward or upside down to boot.

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  53. brian stouder said on May 7, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    So Deborah – when he simultaneously drew an elephant and a donkey while performing a musical parody about the government….

    then the question arises – what does the illustration show the elephant and the donkey doing to each other?

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  54. Dorothy said on May 8, 2008 at 8:42 am

    Speaking of Calvinball…. did y’all know Bill Watterson went to Kenyon???

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  55. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on May 8, 2008 at 10:10 am

    Say, not only that, but you got Dave making quilt comments right up to midnight — it really sounded like, if you gave him a half-hour, he could still find that thing you gave him!

    Brush with greatness . . . whooosh.

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  56. moe99 said on May 8, 2008 at 10:22 am

    Found out about Kenyon and Bill Watterson when my oldest son went there. Did you also know that Jamie Lee Curtis’ daughter is there? The husband/dad is the director of Spinal Tap just can’t think of his name (hate this growing old stuff)

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  57. Dorothy said on May 8, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Did you happen to tape it Jeff?????

    Moe – I had lunch with Jamie Lee Curtis last Friday!! Actually, me and about 200 other women. And her hubby is Christopher Guest. I got to meet HIM in January when he was here on campus as well.

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  58. Danny said on May 8, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Rob Reiner was the director of Spinal Tap.

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  59. Dorothy said on May 8, 2008 at 10:51 am

    Indeed he was Danny. But Christopher Guest acted in it. I should have caught that!

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  60. Danny said on May 8, 2008 at 11:50 am

    Dateline Detroit – Area women reported missing by regular commenters to her blog. Local authorities, speaking on condition of anonymity, have questions as to if foul play may be involved as this was the scheduled annual launch of the family yacht. Developing…

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  61. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on May 8, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    Didn’t tape . . . didn’t think of it . . . sorry!

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