Something a little different from the buskers, today. That washtub bass sounded pretty sweet.
Kirk said on March 9, 2013 at 10:03 am
Didn’t get on yesterday, but I was with three other newspaper editors (including Kiefer, Nance) in a cab in Atlanta once. The cabbie was very talkative and actually kind of interesting, but he started talking about the gun he had in the cab and may have even shown it to us. He didn’t seem nutty; explained that he drove in a lot of bad neighborhoods and needed it just in case. I asked whether he ever had fired it, other than at a range, and he said no.
brian stouder said on March 9, 2013 at 10:23 am
So, I’m guessing they’re performing on a factory/loading dock?
The McDonalds I sometimes visit is near a truckstop, and has an ever-changing collection of people simply begging; one guy the other day killed the effect by smoking a cigarette as he worked the entrance. (I saved a sandwich for him, but when I exited, he was gone)
Charlotte said on March 9, 2013 at 10:38 am
Wow. Caught the Blackhawks/Avalanche game last night, sort of by accident. While my tribal loyalty is still with the Hawks, that was a really fun game to watch. Lots of shooting, lots of scoring, and unlike the Bruins (I live with a Boston guy) they actually take advantage of their power plays.
Sunny and gorgeous here today. On deck — experimenting with grafting apple trees.
brian stouder said on March 9, 2013 at 11:04 am
Just don’t be thinkin’ you can get away with singin’ aboard a metro-train in Miami-Dade
MIAMI (AP) — The mayor of Miami-Dade County has apologized to an 82-year-old woman who was kicked off a Metrorail train for singing. The Miami Herald reports Emma Anderson was singing religious hymns and making noise on the train Feb. 20 when she ignored a warning from a security guard to quiet down.
MarkH said on March 9, 2013 at 12:10 pm
Absolutely gorgeous here in the Tetons as well. Snow covered mountains, 36 deg. and not a cloud in the sky. Cross country skiing on tap within the hour.
Mark P. said on March 9, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Wonderful weather here in Southern California near the beach. I will spend the entire day inside a large building staring at numbers on a computer screen. It will be dark when I leave. By tomorrow I will be home in Georgia, where it was snowing last week.
Prospero said on March 9, 2013 at 12:55 pm
Charlotte @3: SI jinx bit the Blackhawks. Bob Proebert was bitching about not enough coverage of Blackhawks winning streak in issue that came yesterday. And the Bs are just a year removed from winning Lord Stanley’s cupand four GA better than Chicago. They are bad on the PP, which makes no sense since Zdeno Chara has a monstro slapshot.
Mark P. @6: There is probably still no bread nor milk to be found at any GA grocery north of Atlanta.
brian stouder said on March 9, 2013 at 1:41 pm
this older link has a fairly rancid quote in it, regarding “ethnically challenged” Michiganians:
A few weeks ago, the Michigan chapter of Americans for Prosperity, the Koch-backed conservative advocacy group, held a “citizen watchdog training” in a suburb of Detroit. The training was billed as a workshop for regular folks to learn “the best tools and techniques in investigative journalism, social media, and opposition research.” Featured speakers—including local activists, conservative state legislators, and Scott Hagerstrom, AFP-Michigan’s director—would also speak about efforts to “reform” Michigan’s schools. Among the AFP set, reforming public schools usually means converting them into non-union, privately-run charter schools. Nationally, AFP is a vocal proponent of charters and “school choice.” And at the Michigan citizens training, one of the featured speakers, Norm Hughes, a member of the North Oakland Tea Party Patriots, offered this take on charters:
Kids aren’t going to charter schools if they’re “A” students. They go to charter schools because they’re failing students and, by and large, the charter schools have a higher percentage of poor families, ethnically challenged families…
Ethnically challenged? Hughes did not explain what he meant, but you won’t find that take on charters anywhere in the AFP literature. (Listen here to the audio of Hughes’ comment, grabbed by Progress Michigan, a liberal advocacy group.)
Deborah said on March 9, 2013 at 2:39 pm
Snowy and windy in Santa Fe, sitting in front of a cozy fire. I love daytime fires when it gets like this. We got about 2 inches of snow last night, that really pretty kind of wet snow that clings to everything and melts easily when it warms up. We walked to the farmers market this morning and got our usual tamales for breakfast, there were a couple of people playing accordions, didn’t see any washtub instruments.
MarkH said on March 9, 2013 at 2:53 pm
Yesterday’s connectivity —
Anybody know what happened? I couldn’t get on nn.c from about 11:00AM on, and suspected my employer had about had it with my web time here. No problems with other (allowable) sites.
Dexter said on March 9, 2013 at 2:57 pm
..remindin’ me of Treme, nance.
So, BTW, Steve Earle, who played Harley Watt, a character not averse to some buskin’, is releasing news stuff on April 16, and you can pre-order now on i-Tunes.
I like what I have heard.
Dexter said on March 9, 2013 at 3:07 pm
This song illustrates total frustration at how Walmart ruined a town, so the logical solution he came up with: burn it down…
“just thinkin’ ’bout burnin’ it down, ’cause nothin’ ever gon’ B the same in this town.”
MichaelG said on March 9, 2013 at 3:27 pm
Weather’s beautiful here in Sacto. Warm (68) sunny and no wind. It’s going to be warmer all this coming week.
Brian @ #4, that reminds me of the gypsies in Milano. You’d see them all the time – girls carrying infants and standing by the inter car door singing for money.
Sherri said on March 9, 2013 at 3:46 pm
The weather forecast for today on The Weather Channel app on my phone is “abundant sunshine.” That makes two days in row, in March, in Seattle!
I’ve been spending much of the past two days at the Pac-12 women’s basketball tournament. March Madness!
Danny said on March 9, 2013 at 4:19 pm
Sheeri, the funny title to this article on slashdot caught my attention.
“The Manti Te’o of Physics”
MarkH, I thought the same thing when late yesterday I tried to take a break from work to visit the site. I was too tired to care.
Mark P. said on March 9, 2013 at 5:04 pm
Prospero, it’s funny. You should have seen Huntsville, Al, a few weeks ago when there was a little snow. Everyone in the Redstone Arsenal complex left as one a little after noon. All the contractors, Missile Defense Agency employees, Army employees, NASA employees. And that means thousands of people lined up miles to the gates. It was over in about 30 to 45 minutes, and then it was a ghost town. Snow? A little slushy snow here and there on the grass in shady places. Just enough to prove that it actually snowed.
beb said on March 9, 2013 at 6:24 pm
Another blackeye for the NRA
After Newtown another community in New York arranged to have a police officer patrol the school. He was suspended when his gun accidentally discharged…
Sherri said on March 9, 2013 at 6:56 pm
Danny, I read the NYTimes article about Frampton. Like Te’o, he seems reluctant to admit that his girlfriend wasn’t real…
Dexter said on March 9, 2013 at 8:07 pm
The Jerry Garcia Band
alex said on March 9, 2013 at 10:49 pm
I experienced the same NN.C outage yesterday. It’s really kind of a rarity when it happens, but shit does fritz out from time to time. My internet and TV and phone are probably out of commission more than this site’s server has ever been. Squirrels around here take flying leaps from hundreds of feet up and land on transformers, causing explosive blasts that about shake your house off its foundation followed by the silence of all of your household electronics gone pfffttt. My Direct TV dish can get disrupted by bird turds, leaves or snow, bad weather and bucked-toothed mammalia.
Best land line connection I’ve heard lately was via cable internet with wireless units throughout the house. My DSL sounds like shit by comparison, and I don’t even want to talk about the horrible sound quality on so-called smart phones.
alex said on March 9, 2013 at 10:59 pm
Bucked-toothed? Oh, for that edit button…
Dexter said on March 10, 2013 at 12:24 am
alex…a friend just emailed me; he can’t stream anything, even YouTubes, because he “is paying for internet by the gigabyte”.
I thought that archaic bullshit ended the day AOL online stopped charging by the hour! I never imagined one had to curtail streaming and simple YouTube playing in 2013.
I live a damned spartan existence, but life without YouTube and HBO & Showtime and a few sports channels would not be worth living. Damn.
Dexter said on March 10, 2013 at 12:56 am
Goddammit, no. This is NOT me in this photograph. I do not have that much back hair. Sheesh.
basset said on March 10, 2013 at 9:21 am
My first thought was “where IS that?” but I’m not sure I want to know.
Busking… I have read that David Gilmour and other members of Pink Floyd used to busk the lines outside their shows and got away with it because so few of their fans knew what they actually looked like. There was some kind of Levon Helm benefit concert on public TV the other night, I kept saying “damn, that guy looks like Roger Waters” and it was, just seemed way out of context for him.
MichaelG said on March 10, 2013 at 10:25 am
You’re quite the modest guy, Dexter. I never realized you were such a hunk.
Reception problems are such a big deal and a pain in the rear these days. Where I am things are great. I have Sat TV and dsl for the internet. Both are fast, clear and anvil reliable. Smart phone reception and sound quality are excellent. My ex, however, living in a rural area, is relegated to a 56k dial up modem for the internet and her Sat TV is quirky. A lot of people don’t realize that there are vast areas of the US that have, at best, very slow and unreliable access to the internet. That’s really shameful.
Dave said on March 10, 2013 at 10:46 am
Certainly not the topic but I think this has been a point of discussion before. On the front page of this morning’s Journal-Gazette is a picture of the eighth grader who won the JG Spelling Bee. She won with the word legislation. Perhaps I really am an old codger but my hazy memory seems to think the words used to be much harder. Legislation? Is this a get off my lawn moment?
Deborah said on March 10, 2013 at 11:23 am
Santa Fe has really bad cell phone reception. I don’t know if it’s just ATT or if it’s everyone. My iPhone doesn’t work inside very many places around here and half the time doesn’t work outside either. Someone said it’s because the residents don’t like the way cell towers look so they’re restricted to only certain areas. Most of Abiquiu doesn’t have any service but up on our mesa out there we sometimes have service. And in Abiquiu even the electricity goes out all the time, another good reason to go solar out there. It’s the wild west.
Scout said on March 10, 2013 at 11:42 am
Sunny and 73 here in Phoenix today. It will be good day to get out in the yard and pull up all the weeds that sprouted from the big rains we had. Supposed to be in the low 90s by Thursday. What that means is that the smell of orange blossoms will be overwhelming. It’s a truly lovely time of year here… unless you’ve got allergies!
Scout said on March 10, 2013 at 11:45 am
Just found this:
The first photo of the solar eclipse alone is worth the click.
brian stouder said on March 10, 2013 at 11:49 am
Scout, that one photo definitely was worth the click!
brian stouder said on March 10, 2013 at 12:02 pm
…as, indeed, are the rest.
The last photo (Myanmar in the mist) was beautiful, too, although the one before it, where a guy is stacking empty chemical barrels is one that every OSHA critic should gaze upon, and contemplate.
There’s also a lovely shot from a hill-top of rice paddies in a valley, in a country that Dexter and Michael G (and many others) got an all-expense-paid trip to, when Uncle Sam made them an offer they couldn’t refuse
Prospero said on March 10, 2013 at 1:20 pm
Dave@26: Legislation, o-b-s-t-r-u-c-t-i-o-n, legislation. GOPers can’t spell it to save their lives, even the ones getting paid a bundle with Cadillac perks to actually do it.
Prospero said on March 10, 2013 at 2:15 pm
Everything the NRA claims about the NRA and grassroots is unadulterated bullshit.
Julie Robinson said on March 10, 2013 at 2:33 pm
Around here we call dial up Amish internet.
Deborah said on March 10, 2013 at 3:15 pm
A little police action near us this morning, four cop cars and a very angry looking white kid in a hoodie in the back seat of one of them. A cop stopped us and asked if we’d heard any shots and then he showed us a small handgun he was in the process of putting it into a manila envelope, he said they found it on the kid who had been running down the street after neighbors had complained of hearing shots. We hadn’t heard anything though, but 15 minutes prior I had been drying my hair with a noisy blow dryer. The irony of the situation was that we were on our way to the plaza to a gun control rally.
Judybusy said on March 10, 2013 at 7:24 pm
Scout, thanks for sharing that link! The annual photo contest by Smithsonian always has such amazing work. They get a crazy number of admissions.
Here, the weather is pretty yucky. Yesterday, rainy drizzle all day, which thankfully didn’t freeze. Today, thick cloud coverage, breezy, 35. Even so, the breeze felt spring-like to me. I also got to see a bald eagle at the dog park, soaring above the Mississippi.
Deborah said on March 10, 2013 at 8:34 pm
Not much activity here today, everyone must be enjoying the beginning of daylight savings time. I know I am.
Dexter said on March 11, 2013 at 2:20 am
Across the street, and one house over to the west, is a huge old house chopped up into apartments . Recently, blissful quiet in the ‘hood, as an older lady who drives a Prius was living there. She moved. And yes, a clown-car type family moved in…four loud-as-hell muffler-less cars and pick-ups, and also three or four teen age boys, ALL with crotch rocket motorcycles that whine and make horrible sounds, and it’s basically 27-7 with the vehicles. My windows rattle. My dogs go nuts. “Every day above ground is a good day.” Right.
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