Because life isn’t all vegetables and terrorism.
David C. said on July 16, 2016 at 9:27 am
Sometimes it’s fruit and coups d’etat.
alex said on July 16, 2016 at 11:06 am
And always some flora- and faunacide.
MarkH said on July 16, 2016 at 11:14 am
Impressive shot, Nancy. Taken with your Lumix? Does yours have the Leica lens? I never cease to be impressed with my ZS3 point-and-shoot, one of my best camera purchases.
Old college radio guys never die, we just get…melancholy.
Suzanne said on July 16, 2016 at 11:21 am
I’m listening to Trump blather on about how Pence is a wonder governor and how Indiana is an economic paradise, and spewing lies about Hillary, I just want to curl up in a fetal position and scream. So, the sunflower is at least a bright spot in my day.
basset said on July 16, 2016 at 11:44 am
Too true, MarkH… meanwhile, Yes is touring with no original members and I have already marked my calendar for Rick Wakeman & Jon Anderson’s new band here in November.
This is reunion weekend for one of my college radio stations, WIUS in Bloomington… maybe I’ll get there next year.
Judybusy said on July 16, 2016 at 12:30 pm
Beautiful sunflower! This is why I garden. It is my refuge, my sanctuary from the troubles of the world. I don’t think I could be a social worker without sustaining myself through relationships, gardening, cooking, travel and a moderate dose of red wine. Oh, and the cat and dog.
I think Poldark has been mentioned here. Watching it these days, and thoroughly enjoying it.
David C. said on July 16, 2016 at 1:26 pm
What I know about Indiana is what I see driving between Wisconsin and Michigan and what I see is stinginess taken to an assholish level. A few years ago, we were driving back to WI and there was an ice storm overnight. Michigan roads were salted and in good condition, Illinois roads were too. When we got to Indiana at 10:00 AM the roads were pure ice. It took us 2-1/2 hours to drive through, where it usually takes us 45 minutes. We never saw a salt truck in all that time. Then this past spring I was driving to Michigan and there was construction with lane shifts on the freeway. Everywhere I’ve ever been paves over the rumble strips, not Indiana, so I spent at least 20 miles driving on rumble strips. Both of these were on I-94, not some county road in Hicktown, IN. Paradise, my ass.
basset said on July 16, 2016 at 1:32 pm
Well, bless your heart.
Dexter said on July 16, 2016 at 1:36 pm
My aunt and uncle loved sunflowers so much they had an entire field of them…a highlite of summer was when the sunflowers were in their glory. When the time came, Aunt would harvest the seeds…I was a little boy, and she was horror-struck when she saw me…”You can’t eat them! Those are bird feed for the winter.”
If she only knew. The David Sunflower Company must be awash in cash just from selling hundreds of cases to each pro baseball team. I still like them. Back in my day and for prior generations, the chaw was Red Man, Yankee Girl, and Beechnut.
Terry “Tito” Francona, Cleveland manager, is the only one left who makes what was once the standard chaw: Take one stick of Spearmint gum (Tito uses bubble gum, whatever)and chew the flavor out of it. Take a pinched wad of terbacky from the pouch and lay it into your left hand. Spit the gum into the chaw and roll it around a bit, then plant it into your cheek. Spit at will, whenever, wherever…spitting into a cup is for…well…I can’t say it…not pc. 🙂
Dexter said on July 16, 2016 at 1:48 pm
Road politics change like the wind…I drove to Indiana and back to Ohio daily for 25 winters. Some years, Ohio would be wonderful with the salt, scraping and plowing. Then some winters I’d be driving 55 on US 6 eastbound in the dark, hit the Ohio line and start skidding. Once,around 1984, I helicopter skidded into a snow-filled ditch on Thanksgiving eve. I learned to be keenly aware of state lines, because you never know whatcher gonna get…right, Forrest Gump?
Update: For the few of you who see my Facebook page, letting you know there were no lingering injuries that popped up after the rear-ending car crash my daughter and granddaughter went through this week. The rental from insurance is a Dodge Dart which she hates: no USB port. This cannot stand! 🙂
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 16, 2016 at 4:03 pm
Tacky, I know, but . . . I got 50 out of 50 on this. And irritatingly pleased with myself over that.
Dave said on July 16, 2016 at 4:23 pm
When I got to the very first quiz, A House for Mr. Biswas, something I had never heard of, I knew I was in trouble. 29 out of 50, gee, that’s better than half. Excellent, Jeff TMMO.
Dexter, I agree, I drove U. S. 30 between New Haven, IN, and Lima, many, many times, there were times that Ohio was much worse than the relatively short jaunt on the Indiana side, both road conditions and smoothness. Then, it could be reversed. I know that I was pleasantly surprised many times in winter conditions because I thought Indiana would have paid far less attention to the road east of New Haven than they would on other parts of their system.
Glad your family is ok, I see that a semi rear-ended stopped traffic on the toll road near South Bend, running at speed, killing one. There are far too many similar stories.
Suzanne said on July 16, 2016 at 4:25 pm
Jeff (TMMO) I only got 38 right. I now feel really bad about my life. But Strand Books is my favorite place in almost all the world, so this tells me I need to visit more often, right?
brian stouder said on July 16, 2016 at 5:34 pm
Jeff, I took one look at the quiz, and then bailed! I would have gotten Animal Farm/Orwell, and then it would have all been guesswork….so the odds are I possibly could have scored 4 or 5 points by the end.
We’re at Marathon Key, and in the next hour we’re off to see my baby brother get married on the beach.
Aside from that, I am really, really working on not getting all smug about the election – but this has been like the end of It’s A Wonderful Life, where everything begins going right, at the end.
Our Bobby Knight look-alike definitely out as governor? Huzzah! And – he (Pence) gets to endure having his ridiculous record aired nationally, and consequentially? Huzzah!! Huzzah!!
Evan Bayh back for an Indiana Senate seat, and another step to a Democratic-controlled Senate? Hear Hear!!
Now, let’s see HRC name that admiral as her running mate, and off we go, right?
Jolene said on July 16, 2016 at 5:43 pm
I got 43/50. Can I keep my PhD?
Sherri said on July 16, 2016 at 5:55 pm
Impressive, Jeff(tmmo). Only 44 of 50 here. Two of the NOTAs being books I didn’t know didn’t help!
Jolene said on July 16, 2016 at 5:55 pm
Did anyone watch the Trump/Pence rollout today? Made me think that Pence better have a big appetite for humiliation. Trump is simply incapable of talking about anything other than himself.
David C. said on July 16, 2016 at 6:14 pm
Speaking of humiliation, Jolene. I think Josh Marshall has had tRump pegged from the start.
Little Bird said on July 16, 2016 at 6:50 pm
David C.: Pegged? Sorry, what with the pulled logo, my mind is in the gutter.
adrianne said on July 16, 2016 at 8:32 pm
I got 48 out of 50 on the quiz. The Strand is a wonderful bookstore, just a few blocks south of my current joint. I’ve been to a reading in the rare book room there, a wonderful place.
Basset said on July 16, 2016 at 8:44 pm
33 for me. Dave, is it Lie-ma or Lee-ma?
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 16, 2016 at 9:44 pm
Packing troop trailer for a week at summer camp — first time my son’s not going since he began in 2008. Sniff.
Aug. 13 we move him into college for band camp, Marching 110 style.
BethB from Indiana said on July 16, 2016 at 9:53 pm
38/50 for me. Kind of embarrassing for a librarian, BUT the ones I got right, I really knew–no guessing. A few I never heard of title or author. Guess I need to read more “quality” stuff rather than just for pleasure.
Dave said on July 16, 2016 at 10:32 pm
Lie-Ma. Lee-ma is in Peru.
Dexter said on July 17, 2016 at 2:40 am
KY-ro is in Egypt. KAY-ro is in Illinois. Ve-En-na is in Austria…VIE-anna is in Georgia (USA). CAR-mull is north Indy…car-MELL is just south of Monterey, CA.
brianstouder: I have my Pigeon Key cap on now.The new bridge killed Pigeon Key for the most part. Helluva story. And you’re just two miles away.
Brandon said on July 17, 2016 at 3:04 am
“Because life isn’t all vegetables and terrorism.”
No one ever said it was.
Judybusy said on July 17, 2016 at 8:48 am
Huh. I took the test, and it’s marking as wrong some that I got correct, for example Kundera for Unbearable Lightness of Being, and Octavia Butler for Kindred. That being said, I think I had never heard of 20 to 25% of the books on the list. That means I’ve got more books to add to to-read list!
alex said on July 17, 2016 at 9:48 am
David C at 7–
That may be how Indiana handles road construction on interstates, but at least there’s some work getting done. Living near the Michigan and Ohio borders, it has been my observation when crossing from Indiana into Michigan that Michigan roads look and feel quite a bit shabbier lately.
Here within Indiana, there’s a notable difference in road quality even between counties. Noble County is evidently governed by teabaggers who think roads are outside of the government’s jurisdiction and that we the people travel at our own peril as God intended.
Brandon at 26–
No one asked you.
Deborah said on July 17, 2016 at 2:14 pm
This won’t keep Trump out of the news, but designers will find it momentous
Colleen said on July 17, 2016 at 2:26 pm
Basset @ 5, my husband worked at WIUS when he was a student. He was there 70-73.
Dexter said on July 17, 2016 at 2:51 pm
Michigan Road 50 from Monroe to Rt. 52 is the road I used to use as an example of pathetic roadway maintenance. This was about 18 years ago, when I used to travel that road quite a bit in the warmer months. It was all about Governor John Engler, but the details are too fuzzy for me to recall. It seemed the only road anybody maintained was I-75, which was then and is now in perpetual construction.
And man, just a couple years ago…what a shock to leave Indiana and be welcomed to “Pure Michigan!” on I-69 and go rumbling and dodging holes until you got back to Indiana. It is fine now, at least to Battle Creek on I-94 anyway.
Jakash said on July 17, 2016 at 4:10 pm
Saw that Strand quiz in NYT before visiting nn.c. 35/50 — not very good, but I’ll take it, since my wife is more of a reader than I am and she got 33. ; )
Usually I’m good at guessing on tests, but not on that one. Got the ones I knew, guessed very poorly.
Given all your other endeavors, Mr. MMO, that’s damn impressive. Methinks you are well-justified in being pleased with yourself; leave it to the rest of us to be irritated!
basset said on July 17, 2016 at 4:57 pm
Colleen, I think I just missed him. I entered IU in fall 73, helped get WQAX on the air that fall and started at WIUS in, I think, spring 74.
LAMary said on July 17, 2016 at 6:33 pm
44/50. Definitely haven’t read all 44, but good at guessing.
Good news this morning. We adopted two cats last weekend, one 6 month old male and on3 3 year old female. The female needed to be spayed, so we couldn’t pick her up until late Tuesday afternoon. She was shy and skittish when she got home but she let us give her antibiotics the vet gave us, she ate a little bit, and we gave her some attention and affection. We named her Clementine. Next morning we couldn’t find her. No doors or windows were open so there was no way for her to get out. We looked for her for days and she was not leaving any traces of her presence.
This morning I was up early and I was sitting alone reading and I heard crunching sounds. There she was, finishing the other cat’s breakfast. I let her eat, refilled the dish and let her eat more. Then she came over and sat on my lap. So now we have Clementine, Georgia, the Venerable Smokey and the little male kitten named Potatoe. The animal shelter staff gave him that name, e at the end all.
Charlotte said on July 17, 2016 at 6:56 pm
Sunflowers aren’t quite blooming here yet, but the hollyhocks are rioting all over town. Mine are abundant, and never will grow where I want them to — only where they decide.
47/50 on the Strand test — so like Jolene I guess I get to keep both my PhD and my former-bookseller hat (“I can’t remember the title, or the author, but it was blue. And there was a love story.” “Oh, you mean Cold Mountain.”)
My Subaru was diagnosed with imminent head gasket/timing belt failure, so I spent a day cleaning it up and went over the hill to Bozeman where I traded it in for a zippy little Honda Fit. Which I love. We’ll see how it does in winter — but for 20K brand new, it’s a nice simple little car, with great cargo options including seats that fold up so the wet dog can sit comfortably behind me on the mudguards. So far, so exciting. And some bells and whistles — a sunroof! a backup camera! bluetooth pairing with my iPhone. It does need better tires though. The ones that came with it look like toy tires.
alex said on July 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm
I read news on WIUS for a time when I was majoring in telecom. ’83-’84. Too many people majored in telecom and the classes I wanted were always full so I majored in English instead.
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 17, 2016 at 7:40 pm
I believe we were talking about the Frederick, MD area here recently:
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 17, 2016 at 7:42 pm
Charlotte, I love your illustration — as a former book-pusher myself, that’s exactly how it played out. If you haven’t ever read “The Haunted Bookshop” by Christopher Morley, c. 1919, I heartily recommend it. It exists online for free but if you can find a copy with the Gorsline illustrations… delightful.
alex said on July 17, 2016 at 8:02 pm
Just saw the Lesley Stahl 60 Minutes interview with Trump and Pence.
Pence was downright obsequious and gushy the entire time, countering all questions about Trump’s worst behavior with rubbish about what a great and wonderful person Trump is. When Trump let him talk, anyway. Pence may have gone too far when he stated that everything Trump says comes from his heart. Trump gruffly corrected him and said no, it comes from his brain while pointing to his own head.
All in all, I thought she did an okay job and didn’t hesitate to tell them that they hadn’t answered her questions when they failed to do so, but it’s tough to watch them being taken seriously at all. They’re trying to bill themselves as the “law and order” candidates, the ones who can fix a world that’s been broken by the “weakness” and “leadership from behind” of Obama and Clinton. I suppose there are a lot of people who would buy their act but it’s wearing thin.
Deborah said on July 17, 2016 at 8:17 pm
I’ve been embarrassed to report 36/50 on the quiz. I will say that I was better at the older books/authors I’m not as up to speed on the newer ones. Plus sometimes I can’t remember names. At least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Plus this day and age with Google all you have to do is type in a few words and there you go. I’m sure I’d never make it working in a large bookstore because I’d have to run around up stairs and down, at the end of the day I’d be exhausted. Listen to me, with the excuses.
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 17, 2016 at 9:51 pm
The last line of the 60 Minutes interview, or rather the Pence closer & Trump rejoinder, is pre-scripted for SNL. At this rate, Lorne Michaels will do what Tom Lehrer did after Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Jump to 21:15, but you’ll have to learn more about Lyrica first.
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 17, 2016 at 9:53 pm
Mike Pence: And Donald Trump, this good man, I believe, will be a great president of the United States.
Donald Trump: I love what he just said.
[But if there’s any humor to this situation at all, you have to hear how he says it.]
basset said on July 17, 2016 at 10:01 pm
Alex@36, never did read news on WIUS but I did later on WBWB… did news stories for WFIU but never got on the air as a presenter, I still remember the program director telling me “I don’t want f***ups like you on my radio station.” Can’t please everyone.
basset said on July 17, 2016 at 10:05 pm
Y’know what, I just Googled him and he’s still alive and reachable. That comment has bothered me for going on forty years now… think I oughta send him a note?
Brandon said on July 18, 2016 at 12:00 am
It’s a free country. So I’ll say it again: “Because life isn’t all vegetables and terrorism.”
Brandon said on July 18, 2016 at 12:07 am
(I miss the edit function.) People chime in here about all kinds of things. No one asked them.
Jenine said on July 18, 2016 at 4:06 pm
@LAMary thanks for the cat update! I have experienced the hiding power of a freaked out cat. You’re convinced that they must have slipped out the door since you can’t find them and then 12 hours later, meow, out they come.
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