Saturday morning market.

Long green for long beans.


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78 responses to “Saturday morning market.”

  1. Prospero said on August 25, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Ineffably affable today. The superlative mom of my perfecto grandson informed me this am she’s got anothren on the way. I’m still enjoined from letting the prospective uncles and aunties know, but she didn’t say I couldn’t tell random folks on the tubes. Yeehaw, y’all. I’m ecstatic.

    My problem with green beans is eating half of them before they are snapped and in the pot. Same with broccoli, sparagrass, cauliflower and just about any other vegable. Radishes.

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  2. brian stouder said on August 25, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Congratulations, Pros!

    You’re a great random internet friend, and no doubt an even greater great grandpa.

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  3. Prospero said on August 25, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Well, brian, I do tend to go on intertubes spending sprees. Both Amazon and Barnes and Noble sell toys. Just bought my boyo a fire truck. His mom was never really into trucks. A fire chief helmet too.

    The dark side of Honey BooBoo:

    Those redneck aholes are feeding that chile roadkill.

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  4. Prospero said on August 25, 2012 at 11:26 am

    GOPers stand for flat-out lies. That Medicare bullshit? That “gutting” work to wlfare” bullshit? Fracking bald-faced liars. But the lamestream account, both sides are doing it equivalency garbage.

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  5. churchlady said on August 25, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    RNC Official: N.M. Governor ‘Dishonored’ Gen. Custer By Meeting With American Indians

    Honest to god, where do they find these people?

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  6. Prospero said on August 25, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Astounding fracking liars:

    General Custer was his own walking-around cloud of dishonor. Asshole sort of invented “Shock and Awe”, meaning killing women and children.

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  7. brian stouder said on August 25, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    churchlady – that is a fairly astounding article.

    One wonders if it has ever crossed his mind that whatever “dishonor” he could possibly conjure from a governor meeting with the chief of an American Indian tribe has to pale (and I do mean pale!) in comparison to any meeting with any governor of any of the states that rebelled against the United States, and renounced the stars and stripes, inducing a horrendous war in which Americans slaughtered each other on a scale that our nation has never seen since, up to the current day.

    I mean, wow.

    Read the guy’s email (subject line: “Red Category”. huh. Nope, that’s not racist, no sirreee)

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  8. Prospero said on August 25, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    All the best Blogs are dog-shaming:

    And brian, you do mean paleface. And where did that birth certificate come from. Mittens says “Oops”. Now that is a fatuous ass.” What a fracking tool. He is the racist tool he’s tried so hard not to be.

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  9. Dexter said on August 25, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Knock knock at the door…FedEx just left a box…in it is a gift basket …let’s see…pears, rock hard…into a brown paper bag for ripening…and…here’s some apples, oranges, all kinds of gourmet cheeses and nuts we go! Chocolates, yes! Several little bags of salty snacks. Thanks, daughter and son-in-law.
    It’s our 35th wedding anniversary tomorrow.

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  10. Prospero said on August 25, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    How does somebody think Autie Custer is anything but a scumbag? He was the George W. Shrub of military types. An ahole.

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  11. Prospero said on August 25, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Congrats Dexter. I always wished I had that in me. I certainly loved my ex enough. Do to this day.

    A favorite Stones song: I wish you the sentiment, not the snark:

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  12. Prospero said on August 25, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Is Mitt still going to claim the high ground? What a racist dickhead. Some commentary, Danny? The other, raises it’s ugly head.

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  13. brian stouder said on August 25, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Congratulations, Dexter! (and don’t forget to share the chocolate!)

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  14. Jakash said on August 25, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to post that long comment last night, depressing as it was. It offered some compelling perspective. I spend no time at all visiting the right-wing echo chambers, but I do occasionally read John Kass’s columns in the Tribune and know that he’s unreflectively referenced the “you didn’t build that” comment in at least 3 of them, using it to bash Obama, needless to say. I just find it mind-boggling that some people don’t think that Obama appreciates the value of hard work, and refuse to acknowledge the context of that statement. I have a hunch that for a guy to get where he’s gotten from where he started (a small village in Kenya, of course) he’s had to work pretty hard and do quite a bit of “building” himself.

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  15. brian stouder said on August 25, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Jackash, I just finished the Ta-Nehisi Coates essay that Jolene and Nancy linked – and all I can say is – Coates’ piece is the very best, clearest, and most incisive thing on precisely the thing I got a glimpse of, in Illinois.

    It’s uncanny. That policeman who got in the face of the black university president who was simply trying to get into his own home? prompting the then-new president to refer to the cop as “stupid”? – That exact story was thrown in my face as an example of what’s wrong with Obama, on Day One – before I realized that the pit I was staring into was indeed bottomless.

    Coates’ piece is the best thing I’ve read in a long while, and thanks to Nancy and Jolene, it came before me at precisely the right moment. Coates’ essay presents a genuinely incisive and indeed beautiful view of home-truth about the United States of America at this moment in 2012, period.

    An example –

    From the “inadequate black male” diatribe of the Hillary Clinton supporter Harriet Christian in 2008, to Rick Santelli’s 2009 rant on CNBC against subsidizing “losers’ mortgages,” to Representative Joe Wilson’s “You lie!” outburst during Obama’s September 2009 address to Congress, to John Boehner’s screaming “Hell no!” on the House floor about Obamacare in 2010, politicized rage has marked the opposition to Obama. But the rules of our racial politics require that Obama never respond in like fashion. So frightening is the prospect of black rage given voice and power that when Obama was a freshman senator, he was asked, on national television, to denounce the rage of Harry Belafonte. This fear continued with demands that he keep his distance from Louis Farrakhan and culminated with Reverend Wright and a presidency that must never betray any sign of rage toward its white opposition.

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  16. Little Bird said on August 25, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Neil Armstrong has passed away.

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  17. brian stouder said on August 25, 2012 at 3:31 pm


    Now there is a genuine American hero, and a unique fusion of old fashioned selfless heroism, bravery, and duty; and modern-age, cutting-edge, literally out-of-this-world pioneering innovation.

    Really – wow.

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  18. Suzanne said on August 25, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    If everyone is an island, and we all build our own success totally on our own, why the family values crap? Let those dang kids get along on their own! They don’t need their parent’s help and they sure as heck don’t need any kind of stable homelife or guidance. Let ’em do it themselves!

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  19. Prospero said on August 25, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Why I’m quite proud to be Irish:

    brian, it is impossible that that cop didn’t know who that guy was. It was fracking Cambridge. And with him, what Neil actuallly said.

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  20. Prospero said on August 25, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Suzanne, they lose theirtaxshelter value that way.

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  21. Sherri said on August 25, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    The Coates piece is magnificent. One thing I got from it was how race has constrained Obama on anti-terrorism stuff. A major reason I supported Obama over Clinton was that I hoped he would be better on that stuff, would rein in the overreach, because I knew that as a woman, Clinton would face constant criticism that she wasn’t tough enough. I didn’t realize how much Obama would be constrained by race as well.

    It’s just incredible to me that polls show more Republicans believe now that Obama wasn’t born in the US than did four years ago. Post-racial, eh?

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  22. Sue said on August 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Somewhat related to the general discussion today:
    If Romney is doing so poorly among women and minorities, why are most of the polls showing neck-and-neck numbers? What’s going on?

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  23. brian stouder said on August 25, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Sue – I wonder that, too.

    Up ’til last week, I was cruising along thinking the president basically has this in the bag; but the truth* is – nothing is ever in the bag, especially for President Obama.


    I think things are improving just enough that the R’s have had to keep beating the drums (so to speak) of a racist appeal (‘food stamp president’; ‘learn how to be an American’; ‘Chicago politics’) – instead of an economic or foreign policy attack on the incumbent – and that maybe we ARE generally advanced enough that that sort of “appeal” will repel more people than it attracts. If not, we get Pres-Mitt, which would foul up the United States Supreme Court for another generation – but wev’ve had worse than him. That’s my hope, anyway.

    And, just for the record, what would the right-wing media and the faux-vangelicals be saying if the Democratic party’s big convention was seemingly targeted by God Almighty His-own-self by a hurricane?

    Yes, exactly!

    *for “the truth”, see that Coates essay Nance linked

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  24. Jolene said on August 25, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    If Romney is doing so poorly among women and minorities, why are most of the polls showing neck-and-neck numbers? What’s going on?

    He’s winning a majority of whites, and whites still make up a majority of the population. He has to win a substantial minority to take the election–more than 60% is what I’ve read, but that is probably doable. Romney looks a lot better in national polls than he does in predictions regarding outcomes in the electoral college, but there’s no reason to relax.

    Send money to Obama now!

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  25. Rana said on August 25, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    I always wonder who they’re tapping for those polls, and how they’re reaching them. Many of my friends and family now are cell-only (or heading that way), a number of us move around a lot, and there’s a goodly percentage of independents among them. All of this makes them/us unlikely to be tapped by the pollsters in the first place, and, honestly, most of us are smart enough to recognize push-polls when we hear them. There’s also the “I have too much to do to spend time taking a poll” angle. Plus, if you’re not in a swing state, they’re not that interested in what you have to say. Not to mention the issues of margins of error, that never get talked about.

    Given all that, it’s more worrying that the national media likes to treat polls as if they’re decisive, or accurate predictors of future outcomes. I’ve been operating under the hypothesis that the incentives to present the campaign as a close, neck-and-neck race are so overwhelming that even if Obama’s a shoe-in, it’ll never be reported that way.

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  26. JWfromNJ said on August 25, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Neil Armstrong has passed away but I almost pissed myself because MSNBC’s first post on FB was, “Neil
    Young, first man on the moon has died.”
    That has intern written all over it. Waiting for reaction from LM pilot David Crosby.
    I clipped the post and put it on my FB.

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  27. Jolene said on August 25, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    You’re too cynical, Rana. Major pollsters are public opinion researchers who have studied survey research methods in detail. If you are curious about how they treat the cell phone issue, there is usually a link to a methodology section that will tell you, but they are not ignoring it. People buy their services; they want to be right.

    It is certainly true that a poll is a snapshot in time, but as the election gets closer, they become increasingly accurate. In the last two presidential elections, the polls were quite accurate. Keep your eyes on Real Clear Politics and FiveThirtyEight at NYT. They are always up to date, and Nate Silver will always justify and explain his conclusions.

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  28. Jolene said on August 25, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Those of you interested in the Coates piece (or in race and politics, generally) might want to check out these videos from this morning’s Up with Chris on MSNBC. There was a long discussion that’s shown in several segments, beginning with a segment called “The Problem of the Color Line,” which has some interesting statistics; Coates appears in the next segment and those that follow.

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  29. deb said on August 25, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    JWfromNJ, I’m sure you’re right — interns and newbs are the ones pulling the weekend shifts. Makes for some entertaining TV watching/newspaper reading, though.

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  30. Catherine said on August 25, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    The Irish president made me think of Mrs. Paroo from The Music Man. In a good way.

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  31. Joe K said on August 25, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    The greatest thing about Neil Armstrong was he never tried to cash in on his fame.
    Pilot Joe

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  32. Little Bird said on August 25, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    You mean besides the fact that he did what only eleven others have ever done, Joe?

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  33. brian stouder said on August 25, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Joe – I thought of you today; the weather was perfect for your open-house up there.

    Jolene – I watched the video link, and the two most interesting things were that, first, I learned how to pronounce Ta-Nehisi’s name; and second, that Melissa Harris-Perry challenged him on a couple of interesting points

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  34. brian stouder said on August 25, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    By the way – here’s a game for us folks of a certain age: where were you when that guy from Wapakoneta took the first human steps, over the moon?

    I was 8 years old, and I specifically remember my dad getting me out of bed – it was pretty late at night – and after watching the TV (probably a 19″ – and certainly black and white) herding us all (my brothers and mom and I) out onto the front yard, where we gazed up at a bright moon in a starry, clear, July in Indiana sky.

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  35. churchlady said on August 25, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Little Bird. John Glenn took his fame and began a Senator. Neil Armstrong didn’t do that. He really was a hero, doing something that had – at best, at the time a 50-50 chance of success, piloting to a landing even as his fuel supply was running dangerous low. Yeah, Pilot Joe’s right, he was a hero.

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  36. LAMary said on August 25, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Joe, my Jet Propulsion Lab neighbor who is also a pilot, says Neil Armstrong was a remarkable pilot, admired before he became famous. Recall that the lunar lander was headed straight for a boulder field and Neil took over the controls and landed safely, nearly out of fuel.
    Definitely a hero.

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  37. Little Bird said on August 25, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    I get that, really I do, but he did something truly amazing, and he did it first. He took us where we had never been! I love the fact that he didn’t rest on his laurels, but credit where credit is due, this man did what was thought to be impossible. Even if he had cashed in it it, he DID IT!!
    I just wonder why we haven’t made further leaps, on the same scale.

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  38. Joe K said on August 25, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Little bird,
    There is a clip of them flying a simulator of the lunar lander, it goes out of control and the pilot ejects, that pilot was Armstrong. I just admired that he didnt think he did anything special, he was just doing his job. Acording to the book the right stuff, Gus Grissom was slated to be the first to walk but had the tragic fire take his and White and Chaffies life’s
    I was 12 sitting in the family room with my parents, I can remember that we had tenderloin sandwichs, onion rings and a pineapple shake from the Blue Moon in Garrett
    Pilot Joe

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  39. brian stouder said on August 25, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    well, it was a great big ol’ guhmint program, ya know!

    The thing that amazes me is – think of where the United States was, in July of 1969.

    we hit peak troop strength in April, at 543,000; Hamburger Hill unfolded; My Lai came to light; Race riots here and there (including in York, PA – near Gettysburg)

    The Stonewall riots; days of rage riots in Chicago; Woodstock (which must have been very, very cool); and amidst all that, we put American astronauts onto the surface of the moon.

    Neil Armstrong’s no non-sense, can-do attitude pretty much forms my impression of whatever “American exceptionalism” is supposed to be

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  40. Jolene said on August 25, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    All these years and space shuttle flights later, the flights where something went awry seem exceptional. At least for a non-geek like me, the possibility of not returning isn’t what I think of first in relation to space flight. Successful launches and landings seem normal. But this short speech, prepared for Richard Nixon to give if they couldn’t return, powerfully conveys what was at stake.

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  41. Prospero said on August 25, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Anybody want to claim they wouldn’t have done what Neil Armstrong got to do? That’s kinda like saying you woulda passed on being an apostle. Baloney. I’m not claiming I would have had the skills, but it’s likely I’d have had the luck.

    Quintessential GOPer:

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  42. Deborah said on August 25, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    First moon landing, I was 18, between my freshman and soph year in college. My sister and I had been out on a double date, my boyfriend and a friend of his. We went back to our place in Miami, FL. Our dad was already in bed and us kids were all going to watch the landing together on our black and white in the living room. It got later and later and finally my sister announced that she was too tired and was going to go to bed, which she did. Leaving me and the two guys, I was astounded that she would not be interested enough to stay up and I also thought it was rude to our guests. So the guys and I watched it, and I will never forget the thrill of watching that event.

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  43. basset said on August 25, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Gus Grissom, from Mitchell, Indiana… I was thirteen, remember being barely able to stay awake for the moon landing but determined not to miss it.

    and the president of Ireland is an IU man, thought of that as he recalled his time in “the midwest.”

    Nixon’s 1968 Republican convention acceptance speech is running on C-SPAN right now… and a puddle of toxic grease is forming under the television…

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  44. Joe K said on August 25, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Reading that gave me chills, could you imagine, If they would have been stranded I would imagine that they would be calmly working on a solution till the end, and would have kept sending back information till the end. They never had suicide pills, all they would have had to do was depressurise the lander.
    Pilot Joe

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  45. Prospero said on August 25, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    The moon landing always reminded me of that shitheel Howard K. Smith insisting that RFK hadn’t won the California primary in his opinion, just minutes before Sirhan pulled the trigger. That murder had a far more lasting, and truly horrible, effect on the United States of America.

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  46. Prospero said on August 25, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    I really hope that shit haunted Howard K. to his dying day. What an asshole. A Nixon guy, through and through.

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  47. Prospero said on August 25, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Just bought this. Sounds good:

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  48. Linda said on August 25, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    I remember being eleven at the time of the moon landing, and me and my brother sneaked out to celebrate by blowing off caps.

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  49. Prospero said on August 25, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    GOPers are having Trump speak? Holy shit that is hilarious. Really? Donald fracking Trump? Good lord, that is pitiful.

    It’s all birther, all the time. God save the queen. She ain’t no human being. No shit?

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  50. Prospero said on August 25, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Linda, my brother Chris and I used to do whole rolls of caps with a hammer. Pretty loud.

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  51. Prospero said on August 25, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    GOPers have Janine Turner speaking at the convention? I thought actors had no opinions worth paying attention to. She’s cute, and a ball-buster, but seriously? They couldn’t get Shelly Tambo Vincoeur? Or Ruth Anne? Or the ethereal and gorgeous Marilyn Whirlwind? O’Connell, that is a serious disgrace, but you were always from the Grosses, weren’t you? So it’s the birther convention, and these GOPers are post-racial. Kiss my ass.

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  52. brian stouder said on August 25, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Janine Turner?

    I asked Uncle Google about her, and landed on her website, and clicked this article, about which she is apparently proud.

    Here is the beginning:

    I have a fantasy.

    It’s fascinating. It’s futuristic. It’s foretelling.

    My fantasy is that our country’s forefathers would miraculously appear today in America. I see them walking among us, dressed in velvet coats and knee pants, hair in a pony tails, hats in hand. Thomas Jefferson in Virginia. Alexander Hamilton on Wall Street. John Adams in Boston. Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia. And, George Washington in Washington.

    I envision it theatrically, of course, with cameras. A panoramic sweep as they turn full circle in awe. What would they think? Would they be proud? Would they be shocked? I, for one, want them desperately to be pleased.

    and so on, and so forth; it doesn’t get any better.

    My “fantasy” would be that modern-day Tommy Jeff and/or GW goes to Washington DC, and has a stroke when they see that the president isn’t white – let alone that he isn’t a Virginian; and then we could take them to Gettysburg National Military Park, or Shiloh, or Spotsylvania, or Antietam, or Andersonville for that matter – and let them wrap their minds around the horrendous cataclysm that their generation handed to a later one; but we digress.

    Maybe ol’ Janine will get bumped out of the limelight by Hurricane Issac, and then curse at cruel fate, when in actuality, it would show that it takes a huge planetary storm to save some folks from embarrassing themselves

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  53. Minnie said on August 26, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Wonder what Pat Robertson says about a hurricane headed toward the Republican convention.

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  54. churchlady said on August 26, 2012 at 12:31 am

    I was 19. It was July so I was living at home. I was a life long science fiction fan but I never imagined that the moon landing would be televised. It must have been the second mission, because I was in college at the time, crossed the campus early in the morning to watch the landing on the TV in the student union. I think a light snow was falling. I have to agree with Brian Stouder, when I think of American Exceptionalism it’s people like Neil Armstrong, and NASA.

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  55. Prospero said on August 26, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Pat Robertson would say God hates fags.

    And, lo and behold, I don’t think the US of A is particularly exceptional. Well, we invented baseball and football. Hoops too. Otherwise, you got soccer and cricket putting people to sleep. And internationalists making the key trapezoidal and screwing with the rules, where near death isn’t really a foul but hangnails are.

    And could some lawyer explain how Pat Robertson hasn’t gone to jail for mail fraud, way back? Send me cash and I will shrink your tumah. Gutdom, what a fracking hoax.

    And, lo and behold, I don’t think the US of A is particularly exceptional. Well, we invented baseball and football. Hoops too. Otherwise, you got soccer and cricket putting people to sleep. And internationalists making the key trapezoidal and screwing with the rules, where near death isn’t really a foul but hangnails are.

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  56. Sue said on August 26, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Well, when He sent Katrina He missed and got a lot of poor brown people instead of the gays He was supposedly targeting. Obviously this is just an unfortunate coincidence and there is some other target in Tampa right now, so maybe Pat can prayerfully provide directions to various dens of iniquity in Tampa.
    Oh wait, that won’t work either will it.

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  57. Prospero said on August 26, 2012 at 1:15 am

    This is a very cool bit of news for a very cool guy, in my opinion:

    American exceptionalism? Has the US produced Vincent and Gauguin at the same time? No. Then shut it about that exceptionalism. Dostoevsky and Checkov?

    Rimsky and Korsakkoff? Shrub and Dickless? Say no more.

    That is how to play guitar.

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  58. Prospero said on August 26, 2012 at 1:41 am

    Mo Farah, that’s exceptional. Try really running a long race sometime. It’s brutal. Actually, when you’re running them, they are all bleeding fracking long.

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  59. Dexter said on August 26, 2012 at 2:01 am

    Neil Armstrong lived in Indian Hills, an affluent suburb of Cincinnati. Over the years I have heard a few people call into WLW radio and say they had seen him at a hardware store, and frequently at a Kroger store, or just driving somewhere. He was hardly a recluse, but he did not believe he should profit from the moon business, as you folks have documented here.
    He was apparently well-off, because Indian Hills , Ohio is nothing but mansions.
    When July , 1969 rolled around, I had just received my draft notice for the US Army, and I was in no mood for what I considered the frivolity of going to the moon. I was sulking in a car at the Tri-Hi Drive-In Movie. Later, I got the biggest kick out of the movie “Capricorn One”.

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  60. Dexter said on August 26, 2012 at 2:03 am

    Thanks for the Stones tune, Prospero.

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  61. Catherine said on August 26, 2012 at 2:37 am

    The moon landing was literally the first time I watched television. My parents did not believe in having a TV or letting their 4 (me) and 1-YOs watch it for anything less than epochal news. We were living in a rental in Salt Lake City for the summer while my mom worked on her master’s degree. It had a b/w TV which I never noticed until that day. Completely changed my view of the universe, not to mention my definition of entertainment.

    Brian, I loved your timeline approach to what else was happening at the same time. What a study in contrasts, and a testament to what this country does right: allowing and even encouraging contradictory or opposing viewpoints to exist in tension with each other.

    AND: If you think that what NASA does is an example of government doing it right, and if you agree that the Curiosity landing on Mars is one of the coolest things to happen in this entire decade, then you will be disturbed to know that Obama’s budget GUTS planetary science in 2013. One way to make Congress hear that funding needs to be restored is here: Also, you can tweet using hashtag fundnasa.

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  62. Deborah said on August 26, 2012 at 2:55 am

    From Wikipedia: Armstrong’s family statement made the tribute “For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”

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  63. David C. said on August 26, 2012 at 6:11 am

    Apollo 11 launched on my 10th birthday. That was probably the best megadollar gift a government ever gave to a space mad kid. My parents didn’t have to wake me up to watch the moon walk. It was like Christmas. I couldn’t (wouldn’t) get to sleep. It’s funny when people mention they watched on a black and white TV. We all watched in black and white. The only TV camera they brought was black and white. I’ve heard people swear they watched it in color though.

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  64. Prospero said on August 26, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Catherine: That is budgetary strategery. Head Start or plantary science. The choice is ludicrous, but the “intellectual” Ayn Ryan is forcing it. I’m going with Head Start for now, so there might be planetary science somewhere down the road.

    Best Williams sisters story ever:

    And my favorite photo of Venus ever. That is one very good looking woman. When she’s happy.

    I always thought the space stuff was a terrible waste of money, but I also thought it was cool as shit.

    My family got a color TV for Notre Dame-MSU. When Ara played for the tie. Bubba Smith. Terry Hanratty. Damn, that TV was gigunda. And that game sucked when Ara took the air out.

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  65. Connie said on August 26, 2012 at 8:51 am

    My husband was an infantryman in Viet Nam when Apollo 11 happened. He didn’t hear about it for a very long time, and found it very hard to believe when he did.

    Whereas I was a 13 yr old. I clearly remember the whole family in the family room.

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  66. Prospero said on August 26, 2012 at 9:25 am

    As Dan Jenkins said about that football game, legendarily: Tie one for the Gipper. Funny guy, Dan Jenkins.

    I was out doing something I had to lie my ass off about to my mom and dad when I got home the night of Armstrong’s moonwalk. I don’t remember what it was, but I remember having to lie, distinctly.

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  67. LAMary said on August 26, 2012 at 11:31 am

    off topic: I’m watching George Stephanopoulis, and Mary Matalin is on a panel. She needs to step away from the botox. She’s very scary looking and her face is completely immobile.

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  68. MichaelG said on August 26, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    “Also, you can tweet using hashtag fundnasa.” Boy, there’s a sentence that would have been incomprehensible to a reader in 1969.

    I guess the great Ron Paul Challenge at the R convention has fizzled out.

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  69. Jolene said on August 26, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Am starting to get nervous about Isaac, which they’re now calling a hurricane rather than a tropical storm. Appears that Tampa will be sideswiped, but other parts of the Gulf Coast will be hit head on–perhaps as far west as New Orleans. I shudder to think.

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  70. Minnie said on August 26, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Moon landing: I was tripping with friends and a black and white TV. Psychedelic!

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  71. Prospero said on August 26, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Microsoft has a new logo. Looks a lot like the old one.

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  72. coozledad said on August 26, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Minnie: Probably the best way to watch it: put you right there with those boys. But then again, you knew Nixon was going to be on the TV any minute to make it all go south.

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  73. Minnie said on August 26, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    To be honest, C’dad, I don’t recall anything about Nixon that night. I/we must have wandered out into the yard after the landing.

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  74. Julie Robinson said on August 26, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Isn’t the Armstrong family request lovely? In his tribute John Glenn said Armstrong was the one person on earth he was jealous of.

    Also off topic: our Sunday paper reprinted this article about the model who posed for the 1965 Whipped Cream and Other Delights album cover from Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. We had this album in our house, in fact had several by Albert (and even went to see him a few times–my family were all brass players except for my renegade flautist sister, but I digress).

    I must have been about nine when it came out and I had never seen anything so frankly sexual. The story mentions its ogle-worthiness for lusty teenage boys of the era, and that her buxomness was enhanced by early pregnancy. The story only has a small photo, but you gentlemen know how to google.

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  75. brian stouder said on August 26, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Julie – marvelous stuff! My favorite one:

    My dad always loved Herb Alpert. Years ago (somewhere around 1978 or ’79), I caught Chuck Mangione’s live show at the Embassy, which was very cool

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  76. Jolene said on August 26, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    That’s a great little article, Julie. Amazing that the album was a top seller for nearly three years. Also loved the Herb Alpert quote: Sorry, I can’t play that cover for you.

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  77. Jolene said on August 26, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Another nice remembrance of Armstrong, this one conveying the respect his achievement evoked in another part of the world.

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  78. Little Bird said on August 26, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Apparently SoCal is rockin’ today. Two earthquakes, both relatively minor according to a friend who lives there.

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