Meanwhile, back here…

Texas and Arizona are getting all the ink, but Michigan is having its own gay-rights moment this week. A lesbian couple is seeking to overcome the state constitution’s same-sex marriage ban in federal court, so they can get hitched and formally adopt the three special-needs they’re raising together. They’re already a family, but the children had to be adopted by each woman as singletons, which puts their custody at risk should one of them go the way of all flesh.

This family is right out of 21st century Central Casting, and absolutely adorable.

I predict the state is going to lose. Their central argument is that the ban is valid because being raised by gay people is objectively worse for kids than by straight ones, and they’ve got the experts to prove it:

In meetings hosted by the Heritage Foundation in Washington in late 2010, opponents of same-sex marriage discussed the urgent need to generate new studies on family structures and children, according to recent pretrial depositions of two witnesses in the Michigan trial and other participants. One result was the marshaling of $785,000 for a large-scale study by Mark Regnerus, a meeting participant and a sociologist at the University of Texas who will testify in Michigan.

The judge has telegraphed his thinking before; he continued the case for several months until the SCOTUS cases were decided, and with no jury, a lot of people see this as yet another domino ready to fall.

And so we arrive at the end of the week; how long was it, exactly? Twenty days, or forty? Wendy’s going to the vet tomorrow, as she has not shaken her malaise. It’s supposed to be 7 below by daybreak and more snow is coming over the weekend. Can you see why I’m not exactly energetic at the keyboard these past few days? Let’s have a good weekend, all.

Posted at 12:30 am in Current events, Detroit life |

73 responses to “Meanwhile, back here…”

  1. Dexter said on February 28, 2014 at 4:32 am

    This was posted to Facebook friend Jeremy Lin’s page. I hope you can see it. It’s a Panda photo. (Lin is a Chinese-American basketball player in Houston.)

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  2. Deggjr said on February 28, 2014 at 6:55 am

    In meetings hosted by the Heritage Foundation in Washington in late 2010, opponents of same-sex marriage discussed the urgent need to provide more adoption opportunities and better foster care for greater numbers of children.

    Just kidding.

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  3. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on February 28, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Hat tip, Deggjr.

    The foster care system couldn’t stand up to a study done by the Three Stooges.

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  4. alex said on February 28, 2014 at 8:20 am

    The Heritage Foundation comes across like the Wicked Witch of the West ordering her flying monkeys to deliver the ruby slippers. Hail to the Friends of Dorothy! The Religious Right is dead!

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  5. coozledad said on February 28, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Shouldn’t the Witherspoon institute be focusing on the social stigma of limp dingus?

    All these fake studies are just more Republican cargo cultism. “We gonna have us our own sociologah! Gonna look like it, smell like it and taste like it, except it will be made by elves.”

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  6. Connie said on February 28, 2014 at 9:18 am

    As I heard my husband say to his computer the other night: “The queer ship has sailed people, give it up.”

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  7. beb said on February 28, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Paula Deen wants her good name back. Towards that end she talks about feeling as oppressed as that gay guy trying to join the NFL. Apparently she is as tone-deaf as ever.

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  8. Bob (not Greene) said on February 28, 2014 at 10:24 am

    If you have time to kill, here’s a look at what goes on in Paula Deen World

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  9. paddyo' said on February 28, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Off-topic (sorry Paula), but the day is still young:
    Nice op-ed over at the NYT today about the foolishness of firearms on campus, Idaho Legislature edition . . .

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  10. Deborah said on February 28, 2014 at 11:32 am

    I didn’t think it was possible to find something worse than going on a cruise, but now I know there is: going on a Paula Deen cruise. Shudder.

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  11. Connie said on February 28, 2014 at 11:40 am

    This 4-Year-Old Makes Paper Dresses With Her Mom

    For those who like adorable.

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  12. Connie said on February 28, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Back to brag that for the first time ever I got a perfect score on the Slate news quiz. So there.

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  13. Connie said on February 28, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Deborah, it had to better than the Kid Rock cruise.

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  14. brian stouder said on February 28, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    BobNG – thanks for the link.

    That article is tremendously good; it reads as if Nancy wrote it, and I am not capable of higher praise.

    Here is an excerpt, which got me laughing:

    Here is a partial list of food items I consume while on the boat:

    7 hot dogs with mustard and onions, 5 orders of french fries, 1 plate of escargot, 3 very hot French onion soups, 3 tomato bisques, 3 crème brûlées, 1 plate of spaghetti bolognese, sundry red pepper flakes, 1 cherry trifle, half of a dulce de leche, 1 bite of cheesecake, 1 slice of cheesecake, innumerable bread rolls with butter, 6 crunchy bread sticks dipped in hummus, 1 plate of western-style scrambled eggs, half a piece of white toast, 30 grapes, 5 handfuls of bacon, 3 bagels with cream cheese, lox, and capers, 2 orders of fried chicken, several unsatisfying cookies (I never gave up on finding a great one!), 2 donuts, 1 taco, 1 piece of chicken in sour cream and mushroom sauce, 3 mini mango cheesecakes, 5 mini fruit tarts, 1 vanilla frozen yogurt with chocolate sprinkles, 1 order of frog legs, 1 beef tournedo, 1 bratwurst with sauerkraut and mustard, half a slice of pepperoni pizza, 1 baked Alaska, 1 chilled pear and honey soup with mascarpone cream, 1 plate of Oysters Rockefeller, 1 prosciutto and arugula salad, 2 half lobster tails, 2 shrimp skewers, 1 plate of sauteed shrimp and scallops, 1 plate of mussels on a bed of lobster risotto, lots of watermelon, half a slice of peanut butter pie, 1 cup of “Blueberry Delight”, 1 warm banana, 1 non-warm banana, 8 very little cakes, 1 attempted cheeseburger that turned into a low carb hamburger after the cheese and top bun blew away in the wind on deck, 3 pools of unlabeled sauce-based Indian foods, a bowl of creme anglaise that may have been intended to garnish some other dessert (unclear; served it to myself at a buffet), 1 fruit danish, 1 piece of cheddar cheese, 4 eggs benedict, 1 handful of cocktail shrimp, 2 hash browns, 1 blintz, 1 small plate of chips and guacamole, 4 portions of brie, many unidentifiable hors d’oeuvres, 14 pieces of chocolate (2 per night left on my pillow), 1 grilled tomato, 4 chocolate croissants.

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  15. Deborah said on February 28, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Excellent link paddy’o, I’m sending it on to many.

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  16. alex said on February 28, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    The Paula Deen and Boise State pieces are both rollicking good reads! Thanks for passing them along.

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  17. brian stouder said on February 28, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    btw – I only just now caught up on yesterday’s thread.

    (yesterday afternoon I felt worse and worse, until I went home from work early and crashed and burned into bed until getting up this morning, feeling a little better)

    Alex – the board of health stories have gotten our attention, too…no way in hell that Coney Island and Powers are passing inspections, unless they know 72 hours in advance before the imspector comes in…

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  18. mark said on February 28, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Good job Secretary Kerry:

    “He says he received assurances from Moscow that it will respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity, that its military exercises, long planned, are not aimed at Ukraine, and that it had nothing to do with the Russian flags raised over a local parliament building seized by armed gangs in Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.”

    “I asked specifically that Russia work with the United States and with our friends and allies in order to support Ukraine to rebuild unity, security and a healthy economy,” Kerry said.

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  19. brian stouder said on February 28, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Forgot to add – here’s hoping that Wendy gets to feeling better, quickly – dog-gone-it!

    Mark – do you want to go to war over the Ukraine?

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  20. mark said on February 28, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Brian- No need to. Kerry got assurances just hours ago.

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  21. brian stouder said on February 28, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Mark – let’s say the Russians are lying and they roll tanks into the Ukraine, and take control.

    Would you want NATO to mass everything and fight them in the Ukraine? – or, plunge headlong toward Moscow?

    Or, again assuming precipitous Russian military action, would you say “we should have tried to avert this diplomatically”?

    Would you not agree that what we are doing, right now, represents a serious attempt to diplomatically avert a human catastrophe?

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  22. mark said on February 28, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Brian, throughout my adult life the US government has largely always made ‘serious attempts’ to avoid war and loss of human life, often with miserable failure. Suggesting that the choices are to either equate ‘serious attempts’ with unqualified success or move immediately to World War III is a silly, false choice. Yes, of course, pointing out that Kerry was told a whopper means “mass everything” and unleash all of the nukes.

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  23. MarkH said on February 28, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Brian, I got no sense mark was hinting at anything remotely like you suggest in #21. He may, however, have been legitimately pointing the niavete of the secretary of state regarding any ‘assurances’ from Vlad the Impudent.

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  24. brian stouder said on February 28, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Fair enough, Mark and Mark.

    I think the bright lights and the attention that the SecState can bring to bear (so to speak) on our Russian friends is a good thing.

    jaw-jaw beats war-war, and all that, right?

    I will confess that I tend to be quicker to respond to these sorts of criticisms, after the sense of disappointment I keep sensing, from people who think we should have made the rubble bounce in Syria a few months ago

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  25. Bob (not Greene) said on February 28, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    You really think John Kerry — who fought in Vietnam (oh yeah, I forgot, he just cut himself shaving to get his Purple Heart) — is that naive? The story is reporting that that’s what Russia told the U.S. What do you think Kerry is gonna say, on the record?

    “Yeah, that’s what they said, but of course they are congenital liars.”

    He said, yeah, they said that, but actions speak louder. So, a nicer way to call bullshit on what Russia’s saying. Also, he’s right, it’s not a Cold War story. It’s a story out of July 1914.

    What the hell is he supposed to say?

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  26. brian stouder said on February 28, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Presidential statement on the Ukraine being delivered right now…

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  27. MarkH said on February 28, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Bob(NG), of course he should let us know of his communication to Putin. Should he not have added to the record his expressed concern that much evidence is contrary to Putin’s ‘assurances’? You’re a reporter, would you not have asked about this? The news stories are out there documenting Russian military movements in the area (‘long-planned’ or not) and we can all read a map. One can only go by Kerry’s words here. And for the record, no one was bringing up the old swiftboating canard until you did, and I for one never latched onto it.

    At least the president is now expressign just that concern, even though now says ther will be ‘costs’, whatever that means.

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  28. coozledad said on February 28, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    From the guys who looked into Putin’s soul and saw-themselves!

    This is a clusterfuck years in the making, pitting crooked ass Nazis against crooked ass Stalinists. Whoever lifts a finger to try and stop this mess with troops loses.

    Let Russia fuck itself up the ass again with another Chechnya. If they keep up with their imperial ambitions they’ll have to export their time honored commodity, even more whores.

    Republicans-proving once again they don’t know shit about foreign policy, money, politics, human nature, history-anything except forgetting their constant fucking up everything they touch.

    And, oh. BENGHAZI!!!!

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  29. coozledad said on February 28, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    The people who licked bush’s crack in the runup to Afghanistan and Iraq need to shut the fuck up. That is fucking all,you fucking idiot bitcoin buying motherfuckers.

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  30. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on February 28, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Shorter Ukraine crisis: Putin strolls up, hands in his pockets, and says “Nice Crimean coast you got here. Shame if anything happened to it.” Walks away whistling tunelessly.

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  31. coozledad said on February 28, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Send YOUR children there.

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  32. coozledad said on February 28, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Putin walks up to Bush, Bush drops trou.
    Republicans want a Putin of their own, the same way they were full of a kind of sick admiration for Stalin, insisting the US make a countermove and follow the Soviet lead.

    All a guy’s got to do to get your authoritarian cultist Republican het up is take off his shirt, and then they’re all “Why cain’t we have a preznit whut takes off his shirt?”

    Look for the obligatory Peloponnesian war parallels from Victor Davis Heliogabalus Hanson in the coming days- “Wither Ukraine? Is this America’s Aegospotami?”

    And Atrios is right: That aircraft carrier torching, water buffalo bombing, failed human being John McCain is going to be grinding his roids into the furniture of every network green room from this Sunday to God knows. Shameless sons of bitches.

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  33. Sherri said on February 28, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Cooz, you almost make up for not having Prospero around to comment on Putin and the Republicans.

    I miss Prospero.

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  34. Bob (not Greene) said on February 28, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    MarkH, I just brought the swift boat shit up because of a ridiculous suggestion that John Kerry of all people is somehow naive. No one trusts Putin. But what the hell are you going to do about it?

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  35. LAMary said on February 28, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Off topic. Another good looking polenta recipe.

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  36. MarkH said on February 28, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Cooz, don’t misconstrue anything I’ve said here as a plea for intervention or action of any type from the US in this cluster, as you correctly put it in #28, 2nd sentence. This is a Russian/eastern European issue and we tread there at our peril. And there is nothing useful that Putin will allow the UN to do either.

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  37. Deborah said on February 28, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Mmmmm, I see polenta in my future.

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  38. Danny said on February 28, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    MarkH, agreed. We definitely don’t need to be involved…. though that won’t keep one or two here from jousting windmills of their lazy stereotypes. To a (liberal) hammer, everything is a (conservative) nail.

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  39. Jill said on February 28, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Hoping for something easily identifiable and fixable for Wendy.

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  40. Deborah said on March 1, 2014 at 10:52 am

    I sent my husband that tongue in cheek link that paddy’o posted yesterday about guns on campus. My husband, an architect who has designed college buildings said there are now little decals on all the doors that show a black gun on a white background with a red slash through it: graphically indicating that no firearms are allowed in their buildings. Talking to the administrators of these colleges it is unclear whether this is a legal disallowance and might create litigation but it is very clear that this is a concern, that it has created unexpected expense and that it will be very hard to monitor.

    He said that the unnecessary heightening of danger now on campuses is palpable.

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  41. Bob (not Greene) said on March 1, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Deborah, the signs are the result of Illinois’ new concealed carry law. Those signs are there as a warning to anyone carrying a gun that if they take it inside they risk being charged with a crime. The signs are required by law to be posted in the many public buildings where guns are prohibited by law and for any private commercial property whose owner wants to prohibit guns inside.

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  42. Dexter said on March 1, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Barely at the freezing point, this ice hain’t-a-gunna melt none.
    All I can do is read about fun bicycle trips and pine away here in the goddam house. I grabbed the following from sfgate dot com. This is how thwe dooze it out where MichaelG lives:
    Sacramento to Folsom
    25 miles, easy

    (from Bay Area)
    Ride an Amtrak Capitol train (the easiest place to board with a bike is the Richmond BART/Amtrak Station) to Old Town Sacramento and set off east on the flat, meandering American River bike trail to Folsom.

    On the way, stop to feed the ducks, pick some blackberries and poke around the Nimbus fish hatchery. Stroll around old town Folsom, count the antique stores and then either pedal back on the bikeway to the Sacramento Amtrak depot or hop aboard the light-rail line from Folsom to Sacramento.”

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  43. Dexter said on March 1, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    pick up the video at the 1:52 mark for some very cool scenes and some Talking Heads accompanying music.

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  44. coozledad said on March 1, 2014 at 2:52 pm

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  45. MichaelG said on March 1, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    The Amtrak Capital Corridor is a very nice ride. Taken it many times. The American River Trail is everything that Dexter says it is, though there are the inevitable racer assholes who make things unpleasant as they rudely overtake everyone from toddlers on up.

    So I have this large tumor on my right thigh. I had an MRI and a biopsy and it turns out to be a sarcoma. Then I had a chest X-Ray and there is a small spot on a lung. Now I have a consultation with a radiation guy on Monday to develop a course of radiation treatment before surgery and an appointment for a CT scan of my lung. I don’t think this is fatal type stuff but the next couple of months look to be kind of rough. And to think that I had decided to retire at the end of March and had put in my papers. Oh well. We’ll see.

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  46. Deborah said on March 1, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    MichaelG, thinking the best thoughts for you. Would you be thinking you can’t retire because of health insurance? I am eligible for Medicare in two more years, until then I have a great plan through the ACA, affordable and comprehensive.

    My husband just had a good result from a test he had on a growth next to his left eye, everything is fine.

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  47. Sherri said on March 1, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    That sucks, MichaelG. Sending good thoughts your way.

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  48. Jolene said on March 1, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Very sorry to hear this news, MichaelG. Hope the treatments ahead of you are effective and not too arduous. Keep us posted as to what you are finding out and how you are doing.

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  49. brian stouder said on March 1, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Michael, what Jolene (et al) said!

    Life is funny, isn’t it?

    I have a digression – but we’ll save it for later.

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  50. MarkH said on March 1, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    So sorry to hear this, Michael G. Add my thoughts and prayers to those you already have. From your description, sounds like you were a bit blindsided by all this. Hope it turns out well.

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  51. MichaelG said on March 1, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Thank you. One that I have to be thankful for is that I do have excellent medical coverage. This is all a bit of an unpleasant surprise.

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  52. Deborah said on March 1, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Dexter, I think I’m all caught up on True Detective now, it’s a really creepy hard to watch storyline, but it’s the acting that keeps me hooked. Who knew that Woody Harrelson and Matthew McCoughneghey (spelling?) were such good actors? I sure didn’t. I think Marty (Harrelson) has been sexually abusing his older daughter, maybe that’s obvious, but I think that will have some impact on the outcome. I think the McCoughneghey character is innocent even though he seems like the most guilty so far.

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  53. Scout said on March 1, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Sending healing thoughts your way, MichaelG.

    Deborah, did you indeed have polenta in your future?

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  54. Deborah said on March 1, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Scout, not yet, we had a chicken we needed to roast first and some other things, but soon.

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  55. Jolene said on March 1, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Deborah, have you seen Dallas Buyers’ Club? It stars Matthew McConnaughey, and both he and the movie are nominated for Oscars. And Jared Leto is nominated for Best Supporting Actor. Both won Golden a Globes. Available now through OnDemand and various video streaming services.

    Any bets, by the way, on who will take home awards tomorrow night?

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  56. brian stouder said on March 1, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Jolene – I’ve not seen most of the contenders, so I have nothing of value to add to the Oscar discussion…but indeed, that’s one of the shows that Pam and I will surely watch – especially as we may be snowed-in tomorrow evening.

    Our fine young high school freshman daughter Shelby and her winter guard/flag corps team competed again today, and this time at a local high school. We’ve attended 5 or 6 of their shows (we’ve missed one or two), and traveled to schools east and west of Indianapolis before (usually in energetic snow storms), and we’ve watched their show (more or less it’s modern dance with flag and saber tosses thrown in) tighten and improve…and today they got a season’s best gold rating (the scoring system is somewhat opaque, but suffice it to say, the young ladies are very happy, as are all the moms and dads!)

    I may be getting old, but these shows – all of them, and not just our school’s – really hit me; they are emotionally affecting (whether jaunty or melancholy or reflective), and all together life-affirming and real…or at least as real as the events put on by young fellows wearing their school’s colors while playing a basketball or a football game.

    Life-long lessons are being imparted, about teamwork and preparation and criticism and adaptation and improvement.

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  57. Deborah said on March 1, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Good for your Shelby, and you too Brian. What a good Dad you are.

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  58. Julie Robinson said on March 1, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Oh MichaelG, I’m so sorry to hear your news and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Not how you planned on spending your retirement, is it. Best wishes for your treatment plan.

    I’ve only seen one nominated movie so I’m not rooting for anything, but I will give a thumbs-up to Monuments Men. Painless history, and George Clooney!

    And Brian, in all our years of chasing kids to marching band contests, I never failed to cry at some point in their performance. They are truly stirring, but all that other stuff you mentioned just made me a tissue clutching cliche.

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  59. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on March 1, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    MichaelG, be well or at least as well as your body will let you be, and grace and peace to you from Ohio. That’s a real retirement complicator of a bunch of diagnoses. I hope you don’t have to keep working just to maintain the best coverage, but that’s what I think I heard you say.

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  60. Dexter said on March 2, 2014 at 1:26 am

    Yeah, sorry to hear about the health issues, MichaelG. See your VA rep and maybe get some help via Agent Orange claim possibilities.

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  61. Dexter said on March 2, 2014 at 1:36 am

    Deborah, after my marathon-viewing of all 26 House of Cards epis in 4 days, today I watched all 6 True Detective epis because by all the talk I have heard, I wasn’t paying attention closely enough. I did pick up quite a few nuances and clues I may have been distracted away from the first time through. Only two more episodes and then next season a brand new cast and show-plot.

    After House of Cards, which featured main character Frank’s hideout, “Freddie’s Rib Joint”, I have been craving ribs. We don’t have a rib joint here in town anymore, so I am going to cook some in the oven tomorrow. Man, it’s been a couple of years since I ripped into a full rack.
    Seven years ago some people opened a rib shack down by the Vagabond Restaurant south of Bryan about twenty minutes, near Sherwood. They were really good at it, but it’s tough keeping a rural restaurant open. It only lasted about nine months or so.

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  62. Judybusy said on March 2, 2014 at 9:34 am

    MichaelG, I hope treatment does its thing. What a nasty surprise.Please do keep us posted as you can and are willing. I hope you can still retire and get good health insurance.

    ….and about that polenta: saved and will put it on menu for next week. Today’s windchill is -30. Just cancelled lunch plans with a friend, and the dog and I won’t be heading out to the dog park. One or two months ago, I would have headed out but the coming of March has made this really annoying. For those of you sharing this clime, stay warm and safe!

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  63. brian stouder said on March 2, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Before a few months ago, I didn’t really know there was such a thing as “winter guard”, but now I do!

    This video of Shelby’s Winter Guard was taken at their competition yesterday. When it begins, once they leave the cluster in the front, Shelby is on the back row, the first one on the right.

    There are several other teams that ‘make my eyes water’, including one where the young ladies perform on a tarp that looks like an open book, to a spoken-word piece of music* wherein a woman speaks of how she used to think that there was a secret how-to manual that everyone else had and which she did not; how to walk and act and think – and even how to brush your hair – at which point the winter guard young ladies all shake their hair in unison. (of course, in the end, it reaches “Just be yourself” – and what mom or dad could possibly resist this message)

    There is the occasional young gentleman (or gentlemen) on some of the teams, including one school’s show that is set to the song “Say Something”, which is heartbreakingly good (they win all the time!, but they make Pam mad because they have a wine bottle in their show). One team that also wins a lot perform on a checkerboard, and are costumed as chess pieces with creepy makeup.

    Another team – which I like and which Pam does not – is outfitted with red and black flannel shirts and cowboy hats, and they do a very jaunty C&W show. Those young ladies took the floor and the wrong music (still C&W) was played; and they still performed. It was crossed up, but those young ladies were doing their darnedest to soldier through it, until the music abruptly stopped…and still they continued! The announcer indicated what the problem was, and they reset with the correct music and took it from the top. If I were a judge, those young ladies would have gotten the win, right there.

    *I think the “Indiana High School Color Guard Association” mainly exists to provide the very loud sound system at each venue, aside from the judging

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  64. LAMary said on March 2, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    This getting older thing really sucks in some ways. Good thoughts to you, MichaelG.

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  65. Dexter said on March 2, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    We were supposed to get 4 to 5 inches of snow last night into morning daylight hours and oh boy did we get it. My brother-in-law did come and move the snow out of the driveway, saving my winter-tired back. It looks more like a seven-inch snowfall to me. My grandson’s daddy (now married with a new family) went to California last weekend to escape the winter, came back home to Sylvania, and lit out again to beat the latest snow and upcoming cold, this time to Puerto Vallarta. I guess it’s not all pleasure; he holds seminars promoting healthy lifestyles.
    In case you might be interested in how to age with your health intact, Pete Genot (my grandson’s daddy) is the man to listen to.

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  66. Deborah said on March 2, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Just lovely Brian. I can see what you mean about stirring emotions.

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  67. Deborah said on March 2, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Maybe someone here already pointed this out. This must be every writers dream come true: Pizzolatto the writer for the series True Detective, had a tenure-track job teaching literature and creative writing at tiny DePauw University, in Greencastle, Indiana.

    Read more:

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  68. Deborah said on March 2, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    The only Oscar I care about: I really hope Bruce Dern wins best actor for his role in Nebraska. He was excellent.

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  69. Jill said on March 2, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Good wishes to you, Michael. I hope the treatments aren’t too hard on you.

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  70. alex said on March 2, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Michael G, I’m so sorry to learn of your situation. Here’s wishing you a fast recovery and retirement just as you’d planned.

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  71. del said on March 3, 2014 at 12:50 am

    I second Alex, MichaelG.

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  72. Dexter said on March 3, 2014 at 1:01 am

    The Yellow King is revealed on “True Detective”:

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  73. Dexter said on March 3, 2014 at 1:18 am

    I hated this year’s Oscars show. I liked it so much better when it was on the first Monday night in April. OK, so I only watched an hour and recorded the rest. Tomorrow , maybe it’ll be more entertaining.

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