Ain’t nothin’ but.

A distant neighbor owns a hound of some sort. He’s baying now. Hounds bay because you’d never call the sound they make barking. I always kind of wanted a hound dog, maybe a bloodhound, but hound people are always waving me off. “They have that hound smell,” they say, without actually elaborating on it. Oh, the hound smell. OK.

Foxhunters call it “the music,” the sound of the pack baying as one. I don’t think they mind the smell, but a pack of working foxhounds generally lives in a kennel and not in a home, so there.

I just like the way making noise seems to take some effort, and the bigger the dog, the more effort is required. A bloodhound starts with some awrs, and then some awr-roo, and only after priming the pump can he do a full-throated awr-roo-roo-roo. It sounds wonderful. Surely the hound smell can’t be that bad.

Just checked the internet. I guess it is. Particularly with bassets. Noted.

As you can surely tell, I’d really rather watch “Orange is the New Black” or something similar on the telly right now. I think I’ll do that. The week is winding down, and my mind is seeking another gear. So a little bloggage:

This story is pitched as a medical miracle, but honestly, it’s a story about child abuse. An infant mauled in her crib by a “pet” raccoon? Because she had a propped bottle in there with her? It’s sick-making. (Note: The current parents are not the ones who let this happen.)

Before “Seinfeld” is eclipsed by the brilliant Twitter of @SeinfeldToday (“Jerry gets paranoid about his girlfriend’s past when her iPhone automatically connects to the wi-fi at Newman’s apartment.”), let’s remember when it was new. Really new.

I do yoga, so does Lady Gaga. Only she dresses a little differently.

That’s all, folks.

Posted at 12:30 am in Same ol' same ol' |

66 responses to “Ain’t nothin’ but.”

  1. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 10, 2014 at 12:46 am

    That is all.

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  2. Dexter said on July 10, 2014 at 1:49 am

    Breaking news: Ray Nagin got ten years for accepting a half-million bucks in bribes among many other crimes. How naive am I! I told a pal he’d get six months in a country club resort prison and get half that suspended. Guess not.

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  3. linda said on July 10, 2014 at 6:29 am

    If you really have your heart fixed on. Baying hound, try beagles. I don’t remember them as all that smelly, and they bay a lot.

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  4. Claudia said on July 10, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Two hound dogs. Beagle goes rooo-rooo-rooo and smells like old popcorn unless he has just had a bath and in that case, he smells like the poop he rolls in to get rid of the bath soap smell. Coonhound (aka foxhound) goes awwwrrroooo in a voice that seems to come from deep within her belly. Have no idea what she smells like because every time I get close, she licks me. (Okay. Maybe a slight musty smell, but not unpleasant.)

    Both fabulous dogs.

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  5. alex said on July 10, 2014 at 7:53 am

    No, Dex, slaps on the wrist are what crooked officials in Indiana get. White ones, anyway. Even gentler sentences than the six-month spa treatment reserved for the well-connected. I thought Chicago politics were the most blatantly corrupt I’d ever seen, but Indiana is at least as bad and in some ways even more blasé about it.

    I don’t recall what hounds smell like particularly, but in my experience they tend to have overactive salivary glands and some can slime you worse than a St. Bernard. And it’s impossible to prevent them from running away from home. When I was a kid we had a beagle who could slip out of any collar and dig his way underneath any fence. He’d disappear for stretches so long we thought we’d never see him again. One time my dad found him stuck in the mud in the river, the only confinement from which he was ever powerless to escape.

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  6. Basset said on July 10, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Nothing like basset puppy smell. But you knew I’d say that.

    Nance, you don’t want a bloodhound where you are now, they need lots of room to run.

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  7. Julie Robinson said on July 10, 2014 at 8:07 am

    We missed Seinfeld the first time around, but hubby has recently discovered his new show on Crackle where he and a friend drive around in old cars chatting and has been enjoying that.

    $5K fine for Bennett; misery for his Democratic successor, who is in a constant battle for the position she was elected to do. Lovely to know our education officials have such a laser focus on the children.

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  8. beb said on July 10, 2014 at 8:57 am

    My dad had a couple beagles for hunting. That’s why I’m not a dog-person. It’s not just beagles, they all kind of smell.

    Nagin’s sin is being a (D) in a state run by (R)s. Also half a million in bribes is a serious chunk of money.

    If lady Ga-ga dressed normally to go to yoga no one would know she’s Lady Ga-ga. Fame is like a parking meter with a 15 minute limit. You have to be constantly shoving quarters in it if you wish to remain famous.

    Child pornography is tricky stuff. In order to prove that a 17 year old sent nude pictures of himself to his 15 year old girlfriend the police are demanding that they be allowed to photograph is erect penis. Which sounds like the police making child pornography.

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  9. Jeff Borden said on July 10, 2014 at 9:04 am

    I’m not saying Ray Nagin doesn’t deserve serious prison time, but if you want to get your blood boiling on a beautiful Thursday morning, please note that Freedom Industries, the coal-mining operation whose chemicals leaked into the water source of 300,000 West Virginians, was just fined for that terrible infraction.

    The company was fined $11,000.

    Nagin will rightfully go to prison for using his office to reap financial benefits. Freedom Industries will write a check for upsetting the lives of all those people –endangering them, really– and will continue to do business.

    What a country.

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  10. coozledad said on July 10, 2014 at 9:06 am

    A Plott hound showed up at our house several years ago, and we adopted her. She had to be penned or she would head out to the road and find someone to give her a ride to some distant location. It wasn’t uncommon to get a call and have to drive as much as forty miles to retrieve her from various hunt clubs and Confederate flag draped cracker compounds. She never knew a stranger. As far she was concerned, the stranger, the better.

    We named her Ebb, or Ebra Cadebra. The last time my wife saw her alive, she was lording her food bowl against her fellow pen mates with her characteristic hypnotic stare of white hot hatred. She must have died of a stroke.

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  11. brian stouder said on July 10, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Anyone who has not clicked Jeff tmmo’s link (top of the thread) yet – please do so!

    It will take you approximately 7.3 seconds to absorb the information…

    and then you will guffaw!

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  12. LAMary said on July 10, 2014 at 9:49 am

    I’ve been washing my dogs with Dr. Bronners tea tree soap and they always smell very clean. I think they like the cool tingle from the tea tree, too.

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  13. Dorothy said on July 10, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Just got a text from my son that was supposed to reassure me – and it did – but disturbing nonetheless. “I’m okay if you read the news. Can’t go into other details right now.” The Dispatch has the story. A probation officer was shot, and his partner returned the fire, and the suspect was shot, too. This is what my son does for a living. He doesn’t go “in the field” very often but when he does, they’re armed. Please have good thoughts for the officer who was shot. Josh did text again and said “word is our guy is okay.” I think I’ll feel sick all day.

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  14. brian stouder said on July 10, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Now THERE’S a book title that would make me pick it up and read the dustjacket*

    The Cool Tingle from the Tea Tree, too.

    *I know, I know; referring to a “dustjacket” marks me as past my sell-by date!

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  15. Dorothy said on July 10, 2014 at 10:34 am

    New update from Josh: suspect is dead.

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  16. Jolene said on July 10, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Probation officers are armed?!?! Surprises me, though it makes sense I suppose. Are they required to practice like cops are?

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  17. Dorothy said on July 10, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Yes they sure are.

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  18. Jolene said on July 10, 2014 at 11:19 am

    That 11K fine is shocking, Jeff. That was a huge screw-up.

    And that story re the sexting kids is ridiculous. First, the WaPo story I read said the girl sent the first picture, so why is only the guy being prosecuted. In a sensible world, these kids would be grounded and their cell phones confiscated for some unbearable period of time.

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  19. flajim said on July 10, 2014 at 11:21 am

    One of out best pets ever was a Walker Coon Hound we got from a rescue group. He lived with multiple cats and a Yorkie and got along with every one. Like any dog, he need a bath now and then but think that, per pound, the Yorkie has the stronger smell. He rarely bayed unless I parked somewhere other than it’s usual spot. For some reason, that bothered him.

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  20. Julie Robinson said on July 10, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Oh Dorothy, my heart goes out to you and the officer’s family. We send our kids out into the world and can only hope and pray for the best. It’s a rough day for you, I’m sure.

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  21. alex said on July 10, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Probation officers are armed?!?!

    And to think that back in the day, when I was a teen-ager looking to score weed, I used to frequent the home of a probation officer who could typically be found sitting around toking with her wards. I am totally serious.

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  22. beb said on July 10, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Dorothy, I’m glad to hear that your son is well and not involved in the shoot. My thoughts go out to the officer shot and to his partner who had to shoot a man. Thank goodness they go out in pairs and are required to be armed.

    Jolene, responding to Jeff B., an $11,000 fine for pollution half the water in West Virginia is shocking. But not so shocking considering how deep in bed the state government is with the coal industry.

    Also on the sexting story. It could be the 16 is the age of consent in that state so she’d be a minor and he’d be an adult but it’s still all messed up.

    Conservative have been looking awfully hard to find President Obama’s “Katrina Moment.” — forgetting that President Bush’s Katrina Moment was watching a hurricane drown an American city while eating birthday cake with John McCain.

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  23. LAMary said on July 10, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    My dogs are large so they take showers really. They stand in a plastic kiddie pool and we hose them down. Then they get shampooed with the tea tree stuff, then rinsed. It’s sort of like a car wash.

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  24. Sherri said on July 10, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    More on the Supreme Court from Dahlia Lithwick:

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  25. Sue said on July 10, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    The only non-smelly dogs I’ve known were a German pointer mix and a malamute mix. The German pointer had just a warm, comforting smell and the malamute – oh how I miss him – had such a fresh smell you could bury your face in his neck and feel the arctic.
    My sister has Boston terriers. She told me that some of the kennels are named “Firefox” because firefox is another word for swamp gas. They are not inherently smelly, but they are certainly productively smelly.

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  26. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 10, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Adult probation, in the field, is sometimes armed. Juvenile probation not in this jurisdiction. But here, if there’s a warrant, you call law enforcement. We may pick up PVs, but that’s about it. There have been days . . . an associate of mine in truancy got a bullet hole in a tire while he was knocking on a door, but it was from a completely different house. We figured it was just a guy wanting to express his contempt for authority more generally, but neither his successor nor I will do home visits in that particular isolated rural cluster of homes anymore.

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  27. Judybusy said on July 10, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    An enlightening quote from Lithwick, from the link Sherri shared: “Reading the concurrences in McCullen, one can only imagine what Alito and Justice Antonin Scalia would think of an argument that holds that men entering a gun store to purchase an assault-style weapon would also benefit morally and psychologically from gentle sidewalk counselors warning them that they may be contributing to the end of a life or that they may come to regret their decisions. The implication that women need counseling and men need to be left alone to make bold, manly decisions is hard to escape after McCullen.”

    Women are so delicate, argues the court, that we can’t be left to make these monumental decisions on our own….I also very much appreciate the analysis she brought to the union case.

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  28. Jolene said on July 10, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    My Australian Shepherd was, to me at least, a very clean dog. I never found him to have doggie breath or a doggie smell. He had baths every once in a while, but frequent brushing seemed to be enough to keep him in good form. Could be I just adapted to him, but I never had any comments on these issues from others.

    He did, though, shed at what seemed to me an incredible rate, despite my vigorous brushing. Fortunately, I then lived in a house with hardwood floors. The dog hair would drift off toward the baseboards, where it could be easily vacuumed up. No sticking to the carpets.

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  29. Sherri said on July 10, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Ah, grifters gotta grift:

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  30. Sherri said on July 10, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    If the free market really solved all problems, like the good capitalists tell us, then you’d think there would be companies whose business models weren’t predicated on treating people like crap. I bought a car last fall, and like many new cars today, it came with a free trial of Sirius XM. I’m not much of a radio listener, I don’t commute, and when I do listen in the car, I usually prefer to listen to my own music or books or podcasts. So, I let the free trial expire. Sirius XM has been calling me ever since. Do they really think at this point that I just forgot? That they’ll wear me down? So I called them and told them to stop calling me. They wanted my phone number (fair enough), my name (what?), my address (nope, you don’t need that to stop calling me.) And, of course, it will take up to 10 business days to stop calling me (ridiculous – it doesn’t take that long to make the change in their database and propagate it out.)

    That’s just one example. Internet companies are worse. I recently experimented with a web site ( that I found interesting, but decided that it really wasn’t for me. There was no way on the web site to cancel my account. I sent email to customer support telling them to cancel my support. They reply that they are deactivating my account, and it will be there waiting for me if I want to reactivate it later. No, I asked you to cancel it; I want you to delete it. I’ve sent them email to that effect, we’ll see if it works.

    If the free market really works the way the Randians seem to think it does, then why isn’t there a market for companies that treat their customers with respect? There’s a demand for it.

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  31. Deborah said on July 10, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    The Dahlia Lithwick link that Sherri posted and Judy Busy also commented on is indeed worth the time to read.

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  32. Sherri said on July 10, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    It’s an hour long, but this is a fascinating listen. Coca Cola in Georgia held a mandatory union-busting meeting for their employees, and someone recorded it.

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  33. alex said on July 10, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Off topic, but who knew rugby was such a gay sport?

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  34. brian stouder said on July 10, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Deborah – indeed. Rachel has Ms Lithwick on with some regularity, and you just have to admire the way both Ms Maddow and she boil things down to their essence.

    Sherri – here in Fort Wayne, the city council up and voided all union contracts, affecting more than 500 people’s livelihoods. Oopsie – did I say “ALL union contracts”? Wrong-o…they left the police and fire departments alone.

    What would the thinking there be? Unions are horrible, but we’ll entrust those animals to police our streets and rescue our babies from burning homes? How does this make sense?

    But as you say, the Randian approach satisfies “demands” other than the ones rational people might otherwise assume are in play. People who demand retribution/sacrificial punishment of imagined enemies/validation of their prejudices…THOSE people are being well supplied, right about now

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  35. brian stouder said on July 10, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Alex – that was a funny link!

    As often as I’ve marveled over decolletages and the rest on beautiful women, I think the rugby butts has evened the score!

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  36. brian stouder said on July 10, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    (by the way – sorry for the redundancy; women displaying decolletage, by [my] definition, are always beautiful)

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  37. Sherri said on July 10, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Does this shit really work? Another phone call, this time from the car dealership where my husband bought his car 5 years ago. They called us “because Toyota brought your number up on the computer” to follow up and see how we were doing.

    Man, I’m grumpy today. Maybe because the house is already warm, and we’ve got a heat wave coming – temps in the 90’s for the next week. No A/C here.

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  38. Joe Kobiela said on July 10, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    See Alex, told you I wasn’t a homophobe. Played the sport for 19yrs, believe it or not there are compleat gay rugby teams that play against non-gay teams and every one gets along fine. There is even a documentary about one team in Chicago that is all gay, funny story they were having trouble winning their first game and scheduled another gay team from Atlanta. The Chicago captain mentioned that they really wanted to win this match because he didn’t want to get beat by a bunch of gay guys.
    And remember the gay man that said “let’s roll” on 9-11 was a rugby player.
    If your enjoying the soccer going on right now, I think you would really like rugby.
    Pilot Joe
    Flanker, Fort Wayne RFC

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  39. alex said on July 10, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Joe, when I lived in Chicago there were some gay sports leagues and they used to have issues over straight guys who pretended to be gay just to join so they could play 16-inch softball because there weren’t enough amateur teams doing it anywhere else.

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  40. Judybusy said on July 10, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Seriously, the only rugby players I know personally are lesbian and gay. I didn’t even know straight people were allowed to play! Good link, Alex.

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  41. Dave Kobiela said on July 10, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Joe, I’m sure those rugby pics immediately made you think of our old FWRFC mate “Cheeks”! And the “Get’Em down, Zulu Warrior” dance. (Better stop here to avoid self incrimination).

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  42. Dexter said on July 11, 2014 at 12:17 am

    Those rugby shots remind me of when I hired in at the last factory I worked in, and the old men there would wash up at shift’s end and then before putting on their coats and jackets they would all drop their pants and tuck their shirts in. Nobody thought it odd, but I know I thought it was odd that they all did that.
    Well, that was a time in our country when equal opportunity began being enforced, and women began to be hired onto the factory floor. And of course, a woman was offended at the sight of these old guys’ underwear every day and she complained, and the old men had to go the to washroom and tuck themselves.

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  43. Jolene said on July 11, 2014 at 12:40 am

    My dad used to do that, Dexter. He didn’t really drop his pants, but would unzip part way, unbuckle his belt, and straighten out his shirt before buckling up again. Somehow, he managed to do this without really revealing his underwear. I never thought anything of it as a kid; it was just what he did. As I got older, though, I remember being slightly uncomfortable.

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  44. Dexter said on July 11, 2014 at 1:09 am

    Yeah, Jolene, some of them did it coolly like that, always full zipper down, though. Some of the old dudes dropped ’em way down there, though. I was 23 and most of the new-hires were my age, and none of the young guys ever did that.

    I worked in the lab of a foundry once, analyzing metal content of the molten aluminum. At the end of the shift everyone washed up in the same place, and two old gents who had moved to Indiana from Detroit many years prior to help get the business off the ground still lived in a little rental house, but it had no hot water, so these two old dudes just stood at the circular wash basin and took off their shirts and dropped their pants and shorts to the floor and stood there and gave themselves complete sponge baths, just a-scrubbin’ away like crazy. I can still see them, washrags in hand, bar of soap, reaching down to give those balls a good what-for. I began totally avoiding that washroom and just waited until I got home. I wasn’t all that dirty anyway.
    For some reason recalling that washroom scene got me laughing here at the keypad. Those two old guys were always laughing and singing and scrubbing and just so damn jovial.

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  45. David C. said on July 11, 2014 at 6:08 am

    When did you play, Joe? If you were playing in the early 90s, I probably saw you play against the Grand Rapids Gazelles.

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  46. MarkH said on July 11, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Pilot Joe – It was Todd Beamer who said “Let’s Roll” on Flight 93. Another passenger, Mark Bingham, was the gay rugby player of whom you speak.

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  47. Joe Kobiela said on July 11, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Played against Grand Rapids in the 90’s I was the good looking guy wearing # 7.
    Love G.R. Sister in law and husband live up by Sparta she works for fed-ex he is a producer- director for fox 17. I ran the first third 25k this year, we get up there often, always something going on.
    Pilot Joe

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  48. Joe Kobiela said on July 11, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Your correct Mark, my mistake but I knew he was in there somewhere,
    Pilot Joe

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  49. brian stouder said on July 11, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Depressing news and grinding political axes aside – THIS story made me smile (and I’m still smiling) – about the new-born red panda at Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

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  50. Deborah said on July 11, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    OMG Brian, that was cute overload. Awwww.

    I’m going to meet Scout for coffee in about an hour. She’s staying at a place just a couple of blocks from our apt. We’re going to a cafe just off of the plaza called Chez Mamou, they have incredible pastries and desserts. We’ll be walking across the plaza on our way and there’s a webcam there. We’ll wave to you if you happen to be watching

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  51. Judybusy said on July 11, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    I didn’t say this yesterday, but I loved the Seinfeld stuff!

    Those red pandas are adorable–thanks, Brian.

    I am totally jealous Deborah and Scout are hanging out. Have a great time gabbing and eating pastries!

    Me, I’m heading for home–the case I got can be done from there, including over the weekend. I think I’d rather take the new bike for spin today and work later. Happy weekend, all!

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  52. Dorothy said on July 11, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    I’m jealous too!! I’ve got the webcam up. Girls if you’re reading this, do the Spock/Vulcan hand thing so I can tell if it’s you there.

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  53. brian stouder said on July 11, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    That IS a cool webcam. Saw a guy litter – plus, there’s been some interesting décolletage on display… who knows, maybe that was Deborah and Scout!

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  54. Judybusy said on July 11, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Brian, you’re such a pig! 😉

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  55. Dorothy said on July 11, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Hope they wore their dancing shoes. There are musicians playing right now. No sound, though. Bummer.

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  56. Deborah said on July 11, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Back from a lovely afternoon with Scout and her partner Pat. Little Bird had French onion soup, I had sautéed shishito peppers and we all had a beer. It was so cool to actually meet an nn.c person for real. When are the rest of you coming to Santa Fe?

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  57. brian stouder said on July 11, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Well, Pam and the young folks and I will get as close as Cheyenne (big rodeo, of course) next week….

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  58. Little Bird said on July 11, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    We waved, I’m pretty sure the passers by were a bit baffled as to why a group of women chose to stop and wave at… What appeared to be no one. But it’s Santa Fe, so we were by no means the odd ones at the plaza!

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  59. James said on July 11, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Apropos of nothing, but just had to share, so my head didn’t explode:
    Ladies and gentlemen, a GOP theory of where AIDS come from.

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  60. brian stouder said on July 11, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    James – but it must be true!! Afterall, look at all the women who never became pregnant, and developed AIDS!

    Uhhh…errrr….Just look at ’em all! (there must be one somewhere, eh?)

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  61. Judybusy said on July 11, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    The end of the Frey quote is a bit wrong, he actually called AIDS acquired imminodeficiency symptom. Eejit. *Sigh.* Another wingnut from my fair state. I looked at his campaign site, and there was a terrible run-on sentence that 8th-grade me would have scoffed at. I will spare you the details.

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  62. coozledad said on July 11, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Those powerful enzymes that live at the head of active sperm are the reason Rand Paul doesn’t wear socks.

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  63. MarkH said on July 11, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Brian! For reals?? You’re going to be in Cheyenne…for FONTIER DAYS??!

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  64. Dexter said on July 12, 2014 at 12:29 am

    Brian , always a soft spot in my heart for Cheyenne. On my first cross country drive , going across I-80, I drove to Little America, Wyoming the first night, which is just a service plaza and motel in the middle of nowhere , but before that I pulled into downtown Cheyenne for a look-see. I remember seeing some cowboys and saloons but one thing seemed oddly out of place; a little beat-up Datsun totally plastered with slogans from that time, I remember “Kill Your PARENTS!” and “Don’t Trust Anyone Under 30!!” Posters and pictures of this person’s hero, Abbie Hoffman, were covering the car. If I had left one day earlier (early May) I would have not been allowed on I-80 because I didn’t have tire chains. They had had a mighty blizzard the day before I got there.

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  65. MarkH said on July 12, 2014 at 3:34 am


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  66. brian stouder said on July 12, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Gonna do the rodeo at Cheyenne, fer sure!

    Mt Rushmore is the main goal, and then whatever else looks interesting in Rapid City (and not TOO Chevy Chase/Vacation-ey!) – heaven knows what all we’ll do.

    But then there are some family friends in Colorado we’re going to visit, and that made a Cheyenne stop look reasonable

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