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So, how is everyone doing?

UPDATE. Everyone mostly seems to be doing okay.

Posted by Tim B. on 06/03/2006 at 07:04 AM
    1. Well thank you Tim.

      Though I’m bitterly dissapointed with Howard’s stupid popularism over Snowy-Hydro.

      Posted by JamesP on 2006 06 03 at 07:10 AM • permalink


    1. Ok…and you?

      Posted by Anthony_ on 2006 06 03 at 07:14 AM • permalink


    1. Tim,

      That which does not kill us, can only make us stronger!

      How’s that for a sentiment one day after a birthday?

      Posted by MB on 2006 06 03 at 07:15 AM • permalink


    1. I’m doing good. Great, even. Though the real question is when are you going to head back to Brisbane to engage in some excessive consumption of alcohol-based beverages?

      Posted by Marty K on 2006 06 03 at 07:25 AM • permalink


    1. I’m alright, glad to see everyone else is too. I’m assuming that it is an innocent question and not a come on.

      Posted by Ross on 2006 06 03 at 07:29 AM • permalink


    1. Leading a bleak existence on the fringes of society where the taste of life is sudden, and often times harsh… otherwise just peachy.

      Posted by lemmy on 2006 06 03 at 07:31 AM • permalink


    1. Better than good or great … it’s excellent … been in Honkers 5 weeks now, 4 months to go … apart from working, eating and shopping, I’m doing a bit of sight seeing and hanging out with the locals … if you make it to HK after Brisbane, I’ll have a beer or several with you …

      Posted by Stevo on 2006 06 03 at 07:32 AM • permalink


    1. Tired. 60 hr week in 12 hr shifts. Happy with that, though as no-one we play our role in watching over has been killed or injured.


      Posted by MarkL on 2006 06 03 at 07:33 AM • permalink


    1. I’m getting an in-grown toe nail.

      Posted by Blue on 2006 06 03 at 07:33 AM • permalink


    1. So, how is everyone doing?


      Posted by AlburyShifton on 2006 06 03 at 07:33 AM • permalink


    1. I am Hot!  It is 107F in Vegas

      Posted by perfectsense on 2006 06 03 at 07:42 AM • permalink


    1. Thuper! Thankth for athking!

      Posted by iowahawk on 2006 06 03 at 07:42 AM • permalink


    1. It’s an average day…worse than yesterday but better than tomorrow.

      Seriously though, Monday’s my last day at a miserable job.  Two weeks from now I transfer to Hawaii.

      So there ya go.

      Posted by Holden McGroyn on 2006 06 03 at 07:44 AM • permalink


    1. Great, because I got tickets to the Ashes.  And I am gonna see me some Aussies kick Pommy butt.

      Posted by Fleety on 2006 06 03 at 07:45 AM • permalink


    1. It’s early yet but the way the day is shaping up, it could just be the absolute best day of my life.

      Yesterday was like that too.

      Posted by lumberjack on 2006 06 03 at 07:47 AM • permalink


    1. #15 lumberjack:
      I’m a lumberjack, And I’m O.K., I sleep all night, And I work all day …

      Posted by Stevo on 2006 06 03 at 07:50 AM • permalink


    1. Doin’ pretty well.  Gonna eat some pancakes.  Then I’ll be coaching my 7-yr old’s baseball team, the Gates Elementary Gators against their rivals from Wells Elementary.

      Posted by Larry G on 2006 06 03 at 07:53 AM • permalink


    1. I can’t complain.

      Posted by Sean M on 2006 06 03 at 08:05 AM • permalink


    1. Freezing my arse off in globally “warmed” south east Queensland where minima have broken 100-year-old records every morning for more than a week. Visitors arriving from Melbourne tomorrow to escape their winter. They will be severely pissed off when they get here.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2006 06 03 at 08:07 AM • permalink


    1. Fine, but the kitchen smells like the shallots I diced last night, adding a new dimension to my Raisin Bran.

      Posted by Mike G on 2006 06 03 at 08:10 AM • permalink


    1. And wtf is this white stuff covering the grass every morning?

      Posted by Skeeter on 2006 06 03 at 08:18 AM • permalink


    1. Thom Lyons is e-mailing people, telling them I’ve been making “sexual advances” towards him, and that I am a member of a ‘Cuban terrorist organisation’.

      No, I’m not making this up.

      Posted by Tex on 2006 06 03 at 08:19 AM • permalink


    1. New puppy calm vs chaos

      Posted by rhhardin on 2006 06 03 at 08:19 AM • permalink


    1. #2 Busy, but no complaints. Especially after the Collingwood/Brisbane game.

      Posted by Tim B. on 2006 06 03 at 08:23 AM • permalink


    1. Not bad Tim.  But I’ve stuffed my back so I’m staying at home tonight.  So nice of you to ask.

      Posted by Melanie on 2006 06 03 at 08:24 AM • permalink


    1. Tim,
      my lazy brother hasn’t done a report on the Philippine rubgy test despite your kind wishes. Soooooo, I’m going to Manila next weekend to see the IRB match between the Philippines and Pakistan no less. A report will be offered.

      Other than that, busy doing interviews. Seriously, each teacher I’ve interviewed has been a nut-case in some way. No surprise to some posters on this site no doubt.

      Posted by Nic on 2006 06 03 at 08:28 AM • permalink


    1. I’m doing fine.  Had a quiet Friday night for once and am now feeling quite chirpy for a Saturday morning.  Will probably go to the beach.  It’s 32 C / 90’s F here in north east Florida.  I’m trying to decide whether or not to buy the New York Times on the way to the breakfast / beach.  It costs 5 bucks which I think is ridiculous. The Economist only costs a few cents more!  Decisions, decisions. Wouldn’t mind renting a boat one day. I’m feeling remarkably worry free at the moment.  Even the left seem more incompetent than usual this week.

      Posted by Harry Heidelberg on 2006 06 03 at 08:35 AM • permalink


    1. #9 Blue

      I’m getting an in-grown toe nail.

      Me, too! What the heck is going on with that?
      I blame Bush.

      Posted by m on 2006 06 03 at 08:49 AM • permalink


    1. On balance…

      The good thing is, we found the stray cow.

      The bad thing is, today we have to go bring her home.

      Grass is still growing, mower still broke, and the hay vendor didn’t call. I still have a job, but my son doesn’t. I still haven’t roofed the new barn, but it didn’t rain. You know, push and pull. Yourself?


      Posted by Ric Locke on 2006 06 03 at 08:50 AM • permalink


    1. And wtf is this white stuff covering the grass every morning?

      Perhaps washing your hair first thing is the order of the day…

      Posted by AlburyShifton on 2006 06 03 at 08:51 AM • permalink


    1. Great, until Don Rumsfeld came by and chainsawed all my trees.

      Posted by guinsPen on 2006 06 03 at 08:52 AM • permalink


    1. Does anyone know if it is OK to drink wine if you’ve taken panadol?

      Posted by Melanie on 2006 06 03 at 08:55 AM • permalink


    1. After the remarkable three point West Coast comeback victory over Geelong I’m doing quite nicely, thankyou.

      Posted by J F Beck on 2006 06 03 at 08:56 AM • permalink


    1. Fine, thanks. Hope to sneak in 18 this afternoon if it will stop raining….Damn you Chimpy!

      Posted by Mr. Bingley on 2006 06 03 at 08:58 AM • permalink


    1. We’re 5 months through this deployment and I’m not dead.  Its 115F today and there’s no casino here (so quit complaining perfectsense!) I’ve got at least one beer party to go to with El Cid in Tennessee, an offer to visit Stevo in Oz when I get out of here, R&R leave is coming up soon and my wife hasn’t run off with Sancho so life is grand.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2006 06 03 at 09:00 AM • permalink


    1. It’s another GREAT DAY in Los Angeles!  The sun rose just moments ago.  The June Gloom so typical of the coastal areas this time of year seems not to be a problem this season.  Even the freelancers in Southern California have been working steadily.  So in the glory of the onrushing California summertime, we’re compelled to choose from a stunning array of fulfillments and indulgences.  Scuba dive?  Naw, let’s do that next weekend.  Sushi?  No, we did that yesterday for lunch.  Something else ethnic, maybe Indian, for lunch?  Oh hell, we’ll worry about that later!  Let’s hie it over to the beach and waterside Santa Monica, where some of the healthiest women who ever lived will shortly be prancing about in a condition of near nakedness.  The bills are paid, the family is safe and loved, and everything’s going great, Tim!  Thanks for asking!

      Posted by cridland on 2006 06 03 at 09:09 AM • permalink


    1. I rock, but I reckon you all knew that, anyway.

      Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2006 06 03 at 09:09 AM • permalink


    1. Can’t complain. That’s the downside of being Republican.

      Posted by jlewis on 2006 06 03 at 09:10 AM • permalink


    1. I’m doing very well. Transition (changing sex) isn’t easy, but I’ve had a dream run so far. And no, the doctors still don’t have the foggiest idea why my metabolism went crazy this time last year, nor why my endocrine levels are so anomalous even now.

      I’m alive, and it appears not everyone that this kind of thing happens to lives through it, as I’ve recently found out. It’s more common than I thought though.

      No lumberjack jokes please, Stevo. I have a son who’s in pre-school, and some things are only funny in the abstract. Now if hesings that song as a teenager, that would be funny. As long as he means it as a joke. The other doesn’t bear thinking about.

      Well Tim, you did ask. Thanks for the support when I really needed it too, I owe you one.

      Posted by Zoe Brain on 2006 06 03 at 09:10 AM • permalink


    1. #35 Texas Bob:
      Great to hear from you … the offer still stands … although I wish I could stay here for longer than 5 months … I’m dateless tonight, watching James Bond on Star Movies cable, having a beer, surfing the blogs, and trying to read some Cisco and EMC documentation.  The latter aint happening all that well.

      Posted by Stevo on 2006 06 03 at 09:13 AM • permalink


    1. Great. First warm day of the year in Yorkshire, as we endure Britain’s wettest ever drought.

      Anyone ever see the South Park episode ‘Stupid Spoiled Whore’ with Paris Hilton and her suicidal dogs? The one where she disappears up Mr Slave’s fundament during a Whore-Off? I watched it last night on Sky – fair dinkum, the funniest thing I have seen in years – I am still pissing my pants with laughter 12 hours later.

      Posted by Effing & Blinding on 2006 06 03 at 09:20 AM • permalink


    1. Pretty good!  I’m on leave after several weeks of long days at the office.  Currently, I sit in a nice hotel room, a break during my trip to a birthday party for two grandnieces.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 06 03 at 09:36 AM • permalink


    1. Pretty well, thanks. It’s a beautiful day – unusual for Chicago, which is usually either too hot or too cold – so I’m looking forward to a Saturday in the garden.

      Posted by Urbs in Horto on 2006 06 03 at 09:39 AM • permalink


    1. Doing fine thanks Tim.  Had a good night out watching my team not disgrace themselves, and then watched an episode of Cracker at home.  Hey, what gets better than that…

      Posted by Seneca on 2006 06 03 at 09:57 AM • permalink


    1. How are you doing . . .John Kerry’s Magic Hat?

      Well, ever since John went into politics, I’ve been doing a lot of brief case time; he’s afraid I’ll mess up his hair. It’s dark in here, and it smells bad, being cooped up with Ho Chi Minh’s sandals and General Giap’s t-shirt, but I’m getting used to it. The last time John had me out was on a trout fishing trip; the downside, of course, was that he jabbed all those fly lures in me and it hurt like hell. I’m really looking forward to the day he gives me to Goodwill.

      Posted by paco on 2006 06 03 at 09:57 AM • permalink


    1. Now? Fine. But earlier…..

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2006 06 03 at 10:02 AM • permalink


    1. Pretty good, thanks. Doing a lot of gardening; must be the thing. So far it’s working out as two hours to edge and prepare a bed and 20 minutes to plant stuff.

      Posted by Donnah on 2006 06 03 at 10:03 AM • permalink


    1. #45 paco:
      Are you sure you’re in John Kerry’s Magic Hat rather than John Malcovich’s mind? Sounds as surreal.

      Posted by Stevo on 2006 06 03 at 10:03 AM • permalink


    1. #18 Sean M: You can complain. You’re just not trying hard enough.

      My complaint: I have too much work that isn’t done yet, and isn’t doing itself.

      Posted by jabberwocky on 2006 06 03 at 10:08 AM • permalink


    1. I’m ok but I’d be a whole lot happier if someone had gatecrashed the funeral of John Marsden with a flame thrower. Can’t believe that Justice Kirby is lauding Marsden as a hero. Fcuker was a friend and lawyer for serial murderers and rapists.

      Posted by Wylie Wilde on 2006 06 03 at 10:10 AM • permalink


    1. Looking forward to a day of cramps, heat, and laundry.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2006 06 03 at 10:21 AM • permalink


    1. Andrea … that’s too much information … laundry …

      Posted by Stevo on 2006 06 03 at 10:24 AM • permalink


    1. Hmmmm.

      It’s 10:20am on a Saturday.

      I’m about to crack open a brand new bottle of Talisker and pour myself a glass.

      I’ve got a fresh Cohiba cut and ready to light.

      And I’ve got Mail Call on the television with Gunny Ermey screaming at the camera.

      All is well with the world.

      Posted by memomachine on 2006 06 03 at 10:29 AM • permalink


    1. Hello Tim, nursing a couple of cracked ribs as a result of celebrations after NSW beat QLD in first State of Origin. I’m living in Guangzhou, south-east China, [only 2 hours by train from Stevo in Hong Kong].

      Yourself and the regular commentators have become my close friends over past 12 months.

      Best website in the blogosphere and keeps me out of trouble and provides my brain with food for thought for many hours per day.

      Posting on my notebook at a little di pi dong [peoples restaurant] all your can eat for $1 AUD with large bottles of icy cold beer at 50c – luv China.

      Posted by LaoHuLi on 2006 06 03 at 10:29 AM • permalink


    1. Another sunny day here in paradise.  Some plants I mail-ordered arrived yesterday, so today they find homes in my garden.  I must remember to place the silver lace vine somewhere where it can’t pry the tiles off my roof.

      Got a birthday coming up (the big four-0!).  Virtual cake and ice cream for all when it arrives.

      Posted by Achillea on 2006 06 03 at 10:33 AM • permalink


    1. Drinking Italian Roast and watching “Horsefeathers”—-later on, I propose to do even less.

      Posted by krinko on 2006 06 03 at 10:38 AM • permalink


    1. I’m at work, making up for having Memorial Day off, except I seem to remember working last Saturday to make up in advance for having Memorial Day off. Ah, life in the land of capitalism, wouldn’t trade it for any of the alternatives. And I do enjoy spending the fruits of my labor, such as the 18 yo Macallen waiting for me at home. Cheers, everybody.

      Posted by Retread on 2006 06 03 at 10:47 AM • permalink


    1. Fine, fine, had a good week all around, just got a couple new mysteries to read, weather kindy stormyish as is usual this time of year in DC, went to Pentagon Thursday, still pleased with visions of uniformed eye candy, also purchased military beanie baby bears for the niece…good week, good week.

      I’m very sorry for you, John Kerry’s Magic Hat.

      Posted by ushie on 2006 06 03 at 10:48 AM • permalink


    1. Beautiful Saturday a.m. here in Austin.  About to wake up the teen.  The young one is at a girls camp for the month and am vainly attempting to house train a new puppy who just looks up with me with glee when she pisses on my carpet.

      Best to all and about 6:00 I’ll toast the posters on this website who have become my friends, in a very weird way.

      Posted by Kathy from Austin on 2006 06 03 at 10:56 AM • permalink


    1. I’m feeling content. I’ve just watched a few episodes of The Samurai courtesy Planet Video and the magic of the DVD. Long weekend here, clear sunny skies are predicted until Tuesday. Crap, that means rain guaranteed tomorrow.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 06 03 at 11:05 AM • permalink


    1. j.

      Posted by ForNow on 2006 06 03 at 11:06 AM • permalink


    1. it was looking pretty cappy earlier on with the WC Eagles getting thumped by Geelong… so got up and went and did other things before half time, only to gratifyingly find out later on we had a mega 9 goal come back and won by 3 points…

      so after that my day perked up no end….  now i just want to find out i won 1st division in the big lotto draw this weekend….

      Posted by casanova on 2006 06 03 at 11:07 AM • permalink


    1. been reading seed packets. bought some seeds from a US mob on the net because they had deep purpley black things that will make a dank & funereal corner of the garden even gloomier.  turns out they are a goth/wicca supplier, & the seeds come with astrological instructions for planting & handy hints on how to use what you grow in spells & charms & such. made me snort tea through my nose laughing. but they were cheaper than other outfits. normally you pay more for added bullshit

      otherwise usual kind of saturday night having people around to eat pizza, drink beer & watch bad television & worse movies (godzilla)

      notice none of us is regaling the crew with tales of doing something really cool or glam

      Posted by KK on 2006 06 03 at 11:08 AM • permalink


    1. Not bad. Could be fucking better. A woman I kinda liked told me the other day that this guy she was interested in had finally ended his marriage. And then refused my offer of a contract on him. Kinda liked alot actually.

      I have issues with government departments, including apparently ICAC, I have been delayed four years on a development by local council horseshit, my doctors say that unless I make certain lifestyle changes I should make plans on the assumption that I’ll be dead by Christmas, my favourite old dog has just been diagnosed with diabetes and they are blaming me because of his obesity, I have a funeral to go to on Monday and some prick who said he was interested in a DVD I have hasn’t even bothered to call to see it.

      I’m fine thank you Tim. Thanks for asking. How are you?

      Posted by geoff on 2006 06 03 at 11:09 AM • permalink


    1. Im deciding whether to step back into the crapheap of an Israel debate back at Webdiary. I guess going there for me is the equivalent of self inflicted wounds? I know its bad but I just can’t help it?

      Posted by Stuart Lord on 2006 06 03 at 11:12 AM • permalink


    1. It’s 23.15 and I’m listening to Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry talk about religion.  Funny, witty and bloody brilliant.

      Posted by Inurbanus on 2006 06 03 at 11:19 AM • permalink


    1. I’m doing good, my movie script is nearly finished and my production company’s debts are all paid off.

      Posted by Amos on 2006 06 03 at 11:28 AM • permalink


    1. Doing fine. Getting ready to have a bowl of Caldo Gallego for lunch, with Cuban bread. Mmmmm.

      Posted by ErnieG on 2006 06 03 at 11:43 AM • permalink


    1. Pretty shitty, here.

      A Southern Ontario terrorist ring arrested, and already the MSM and Islamic talking heads are making excuses for them. (BTW, the “Young Offender [Act]” references are to juvenile criminals who are treated with kid gloves here.)

      Posted by andycanuck on 2006 06 03 at 11:46 AM • permalink


    1. Pretty good.  Going to the rifle range today to put my new CZ452 .22 rifle thru her paces.  Grilling some steaks later, salad, bruscetta, a bottle of good Malbec.  If I still smoked, I’d point out that Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are not just a rogue Govt. agency over here.  They’re among the finer things in life.

      Posted by Carl H on 2006 06 03 at 11:54 AM • permalink


    1. I am ok. A little tired, too much to do around the house, work is a bear and it’s too rainy to ride the moto. Thanks for asking, hope you are well.

      Posted by Latino on 2006 06 03 at 12:12 PM • permalink


    1. Well, my youngest grandson got hit in the face with a baseball bat (walked into a practice swing, the child is a disaster magnet), but he’ll be okay, no broken bones thanks to God.  My husband is home sick, so my day will be spent trying to convince him that he’s not dying.  I’m still getting older by the day.

      Other than that, the sun is shining and it cooled off after a miserable week of heat and humidity.  I’ll go out later to pull weeds, and then I’ll spend a pleasant evening sanding down my purpleheart wood carving of two dancers (almost finished, I can’t believe it).  Dinner will probably be bland, accommodating the above-mentioned sickness, but I have double fudge ice cream in the freezer for later.  Television sucks until the new summer series start up next week, but I bought some new CDs, so all in all, life is still pretty good.

      How about you, you good?

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 06 03 at 12:14 PM • permalink


    1. Boss still psychotic.
      Working on new novel.
      Sinister online pron empire growing by leaps and bounds.
      Busy with Operation Gratitude 
      Have an idea on censorship and the arts I’ve started researching.
      Still chastising the hippies every week.
      Can’t get a decent wax on the black helicopter no many how many wronwrights I hire. *glare*
      Otherwise, so far so good.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 06 03 at 12:27 PM • permalink


    1. RebeccaH — You’ll post a pic of the carving when done, I hope.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 06 03 at 12:29 PM • permalink


    1. Tex — Sounds like we gotta photoshop you into a Che T-shirt and send it to Thom.  Covers all the bases.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 06 03 at 12:30 PM • permalink


    1. I’m good. It’s a beautiful day in Okc. I just bought a Labrhodesian puppy that looks like a black Rhodesian Ridgeback and (at 12 weeks old) appears to be unusually intelligent. She may grow up to run for public office… the bitch.

      I will be 66 on 6/11 and feel 44. How could I ask for anything more? …well I could ask for a 44 year old honey, but I’m not likely to get her… so I won’t bother. lol

      Posted by Franklin on 2006 06 03 at 12:34 PM • permalink


    1. Oh, and the London Times is holding to its historic reputation for journalistic probity…

      Haditha Photo Fraud

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 06 03 at 12:48 PM • permalink


    1. Well…
      The day before yesterday it was 118 degrees F., I live in a prefab trailer and the A/C is getting skittish, many of the people around me hate me and want me dead, and all the women are dressed in either living-room curtains or Army uniforms.  Oh, and alcohol is verboten.

      That about cover it?

      Posted by Secundus on 2006 06 03 at 12:50 PM • permalink


    1. Clear blue skies and up in the high twenties here in Surrey today. So I’m doing fine just now thanks.

      Posted by Baldman on 2006 06 03 at 12:50 PM • permalink


    1. Doing well here in (cloudy at the moment) Richmond, Va.  We’ve been getting some rain that we desperately need.  I won’t have to water the new plants today!

      (Of course, I’ve probably just jinxed myself to having to water them the rest of the summer.)

      Still working long hours on the job – for which I’m paid, thankyouverymuch – plus putting in time on my business, and working on a quilt for a friend.

      Life is good.  😀

      So how are you, Tim?

      Andrea – sympathy about the laundry.

      Posted by Barbara Skolaut on 2006 06 03 at 12:51 PM • permalink


    1. How can you sheeple be so calm?! We’re gonna freeze!  We’re gonna fry!  We’re gonna freeze while we fry!

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 06 03 at 12:59 PM • permalink


    1. Well day 5 of my vaction. I have hurt my back and knee, and all I got to show for that is 800 mg Ibuprofen. 8\

      Oh and my printer died on me.

      Posted by Alien Grey on 2006 06 03 at 01:01 PM • permalink


    1. How’s it going? I’ll tell you how it’s going.

      We’re trying to sell our house and we’ve got an incompetent realtor who seems to think marketing is limited to putting a sign in the front yard. My son took off and asked me to feed his bearded lizard, I went to get the cricket bag which turned out to have a hole in it, and now I’ve been spending all morning rounding up a frenzied herd of crickets (they’re taunting me with all that chirping!). For years I’ve been looking for a cd with Tony Pastor’s recording of “Jump Woogie”, finally found one, ordered it, got the cd, and discovered that that’s the one track that has a skip on it. And one of my employees just returned from Kazakhstan with a ghastly statue of a horse that had been presented to him by some official or other (the guy’s probably been trying to unload it for years) and my employee put the thing in my office because his office is too small. I googled up a picture of a rodeo cowboy, printed it, cut it out and put it on the horse and it still looks awful.

      On the other hand, I did find a dollar in the AmTrak parking lot yesterday.

      Posted by paco on 2006 06 03 at 01:02 PM • permalink


    1. Otay! Thanks! You?

      Posted by jgm on 2006 06 03 at 01:21 PM • permalink


    1. I’m doing great! What a day, eh? The sun is out, birds are singing, bees are tring to have sex with them…as is my understanding.

      Posted by Ed Driscoll on 2006 06 03 at 01:39 PM • permalink


    1. The day before yesterday it was 118 degrees F., I live in a prefab trailer and the A/C is getting skittish, many of the people around me hate me and want me dead, and all the women are dressed in either living-room curtains or Army uniforms.

      Except for the 118 degrees, that kinda sounds like Maine.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2006 06 03 at 01:40 PM • permalink


    1. I almost got killed by a moose, my Buffalo Sabres were eliminated from the playoffs after a valiant Game 7 effort, I have a two-hour mouth physical at the dentist Thursday, and I accidentally bought the censored version of Mudvayne’s “Happy” from iTunes instead of the f-word version (censored heavy metal is like diet brownies.)

      And if that’s the extent of my complaints, I’m doing good.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2006 06 03 at 01:44 PM • permalink


    1. OK #53, I’ll bite.  What is a “Talisker” and a “Cohiba?” It must be Australianese for some kind of booze and something smoked.

      Posted by Kathy from Austin on 2006 06 03 at 01:45 PM • permalink


    1. #74, Richard m, I shall.  However, I am the slowest artist on God’s earth, so don’t expect it tomorrow.

      Also, I should add to my list of good news that Co 3/141 INF made it home from Afghanistan without any casualties (at least none that they told me).  Welcome home, guys.  Now I’ll have to look around for a new unit to pester.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 06 03 at 01:55 PM • permalink


    1. I’m fine.  I could use a beer– ooo!, and some boat drinks would be nice, but damn Sharia law won’t allow it.

      It’s sunny here, been in 105-112 range, mid 40s for you.  It’s pretty dusty too.  Always smells like chalk.

      I’ve read a few good books: the Fountain Head, Snow Crash, Undercover Economist, The Game, Freakonomics, Army of Davids, System of the World.  Right now I’m reading Crisis of Abundance, the World’s Banker, and When Genius Failed.  I haven’t read any of them for a while.  Just finish AoDs.  I’m thinking about starting Fooled by Randomness.

      Seen a couple good movies.  Time Code was pretty good, Sin City, Strawberry Fields, Dangerous Lives of Alterboys.  I liked Dirty Pretty Things.

      Posted by aaron_ on 2006 06 03 at 01:55 PM • permalink


    1. Well the Mrs. talked me into designing and implementing a flower garden…see you have to understand, when one lives on a mountain, you have to raise plantin…ahhh fuck it.

      64 geoff

      Not bad. Could be fucking better. A woman I kinda liked told me the other day that this guy she was interested in had finally ended his marriage. And then refused my offer of a contract on him. Kinda liked alot actually.

      Now hey I have a masters in cement work…ummm sculpting of course.

      88 Kathy believe they are fine cigars.

      For the rest working and not, hope your day goes well. I just finished my part of the garden work…so time for a Churchill (cigar) and a Martini or ten.

      For those that need a laugh…go HERE

      Must be 18 years of age to read it…and of sound enough mind, that you don’t go masturbating, in front of your parents or in-laws…LOL.

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 06 03 at 01:56 PM • permalink


    1. Oh, and I just read the Diamond Age too.  System of the World was disappointing.  I liked Snow Crash better than Diamond Age, but it was really good too.

      Posted by aaron_ on 2006 06 03 at 01:59 PM • permalink


    1. I’m doing great.  Slept late, went to water aerobics, then found a really good (and inexpensive) Mexican restaurant for lunch.

      Have dinner plans already, so I won’t be cooking at all today.

      Plus, I’m having a good hair day.

      And yourself?

      Posted by VKI on 2006 06 03 at 02:03 PM • permalink


    1. Did double classes (2 Hours) of Tae-Kwon-Do this morning.  Not bad for an old guy on the near side of 50.

      Missing my 8 year-old autistic son who is travelling with the in-laws across the U.S in their RV.  Right now he should be in the Badlands.  If he was here he would be responding to my request’s for him to stop watching cartoons and get outside by replying “Dad, my ears are too full”.


      Posted by joe bagadonuts on 2006 06 03 at 02:25 PM • permalink


    1. For weekend reading, I recommend Captain Alatriste and The Fencing Master by Arturo Perez-Reverte.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 06 03 at 02:25 PM • permalink


    1. Not so good.
      All you guys said Melissa Theuriau was so great, but let me tell you: on cold nights she steals the blankets.

      Posted by Merlin on 2006 06 03 at 02:43 PM • permalink


    1. I’ve started seeing a hot young Muhammadan of Bangladeshi extraction. She must really like me because I said unprintable things about her religion before we became romantically involved.

      Muslims thought that their one and a half thousand year old framework of divine law could prevent sleazy infidels like me from touching their women, they were wrong!

      Posted by AussieJim on 2006 06 03 at 02:44 PM • permalink


    1. #94, If by the “badlands”, you meant the South Dakota badlands, it thrills me no end to read this. I read Tim B’s and Harry’s Place blogs on a daily basis, and have found my home mentioned twice in less than 3 days.

      So Tim B, I’m doing quite well. Thanks to you and your readers, I don’t feel quite so lonely here in CA.

      Posted by Lydia on 2006 06 03 at 02:51 PM • permalink


    1. 83 paco

      We’re trying to sell our house and we’ve got an incompetent Realtor who seems to think marketing is limited to putting a sign in the front yard.

      Get rid of the bum, or bumette as the case may be.

      Listing agreements should have a cancellation clause, non or piss poor performance by the Realtor is a damn good reason.

      Request (although it’s usually proprietary information) all, if any people that have seen the house, via open houses, or have called on any ads placed in papers of magazines. You will, if the Realtor persues, owe the Realtor a commission should any of those people purchase your house.

      Obviously you love your son…LOL.

      With a gift so lovely and picked out personally…I’d give the statue, to the employee, saying…I know you heart went into this.

      On the other hand, I did find a dollar in the AmTrak parking lot yesterday

      I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express, last night…life is good, huh?…:).

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 06 03 at 02:58 PM • permalink


    1. Kathy, Talisker is a single malt Scotch.  An Islay, if memory serves and I’m too lazy to look it up (and besides I’m on crappy dialup so don’t want to take the time).  Anyway, I’d characterize its taste as briny.

      In a good way, I mean.  It reminds me of that big ol’ ocean thingy.  Apparently the sea air permeates the casks in which the whisky is aged.

      And a Cohiba is a cigar.  I don’t do cigars, but I do single malts.

      I’m home and have finagled myself five months of school, and am really looking forward to being in a full time classroom environment.  Plus, I finally got to watch all of Firefly and then Serenity, so aside from being pissed that TV like that gets kicked into the trash while everything else that isn’t about doctors, lawyers and cops is “reality TV” or some Idol ripoff, I’m pretty okay.

      All the saem, I’m wondering if we can ship all the “celebrities” in the world to wherever it is that all the polar bears are falling through the icecaps.

      And how are you doing?

      Posted by Steve Skubinna on 2006 06 03 at 03:12 PM • permalink


    1. Just great Tim.

      We just arrested a bunch of loony islamanuts here in Toronto who were planning to blow up, among other things, the CN Tower. All twelve arrested are either Canadian citizens of eastern heritage, immigrants or refugee claiments.

      The BBC, Rueters, CNN and the CBC have reported on this without mentioning the words Islam or Mohammed once.

      Interestingly these thugs were caught by CSIS monitoring their e-mails and cell phones, the weapons of investigation the left is determined to deny to Bush and Howard.

      All this activity, of course, is due to having a new Conservative Prime Minister in Canada who is committed to fighting the war on terror. We finally have a Howard, not a Coward.

      Posted by eddybaby on 2006 06 03 at 03:25 PM • permalink


    1. #99: Thanks, El Cid; good advice. I was just going to shoot him.

      #96: Merlin, you do know, of course, how many guys would love to have that “problem”?

      #77: Great link, Richard. Go to hell, London Times.

      Posted by paco on 2006 06 03 at 03:29 PM • permalink


    1. Not too bad Tim. This is the 7th day of my lovely 14 day roster. Mills are running, mine is sending up crap and it is getting cold in the morning here even though we are 100kms north of Mount Isa. Peachy.

      Posted by rbresca on 2006 06 03 at 03:38 PM • permalink


    1. Wicked hangover.  Now I gotta clean the kitchen.

      Posted by the wolf on 2006 06 03 at 03:40 PM • permalink


    1. Now hiding indoors from that big glowing ball in the sky.  And the A/C is out.  whoopee.  Watching some crappy NZ flick called “Memories of Tomorrow.” Has anyone seen this thing?  Does it ever sprout a plot or am I just wasting my time looking for one?

      Posted by Achillea on 2006 06 03 at 03:47 PM • permalink


    1. #88 Kathy – Talisker is a single malt scotch, from the Isle of Skye.  It’s not as peaty (read “smoky”) as some of the other island scotchs, but very good.

      And as for your question, Tim, I’m doing great—the boy is almost two, Mrs. Earthling is great, and I’ve got a new job that I rather like.  Hope you and yours are well.

      Posted by Andrew on 2006 06 03 at 03:51 PM • permalink


    1. Hmmm.

      #88: OK #53, I’ll bite.  What is a “Talisker” and a “Cohiba?” It must be Australianese for some kind of booze and something smoked.

      Talisker is a fine single malt scotch whiskey.

      Cohiba is a fine cuban seed cigar.  Not Cuban unfortunately though because I’m an American and I’m obeying the embargo.  But as soon as that old reprobate Castro dies, I am so there in Havana.

      A nice vacation in Havana, smoking Cohibas and swilling down Mojitos.  Which I highly recommend btw as it’s extremely refreshing.  The combination of the lime and fresh mint is just incredible.  The sugar, and you can use splenda if you desire, offsets the astringent lime.  The light rum gives it a mild kick and the club soda gives the drink a little fizz.

      Just the kind of thing to make a pitcher of when sitting outside and enjoying some company or just enjoying the weather.

      Posted by memomachine on 2006 06 03 at 04:08 PM • permalink


    1. I hereby propose we rename the Badlands…

      The Badass Lands.

      Local youth could gain a lot of self confidence from this.

      ‘Yo Jimbob, I’m from the badass lands, punk.  I grew up on the mean gravel roads, home boy. You sure you want a piece of ME?’

      Posted by Carl H on 2006 06 03 at 04:13 PM • permalink


    1. I’m thinking about getting a pizza.

      Anyone else up for pizza?

      Posted by tiggy on 2006 06 03 at 04:15 PM • permalink


    1. Hungover at 5.30am on a Sunday morning, watching a Batman cartoon with the kids while the missus, who is sick and cranky with the flu, sleeps in – the hide of that woman!

      Posted by EliotNess on 2006 06 03 at 04:22 PM • permalink


    1. Tim:

      Was “down under” a month ago.  Had a great breakfast on Campbell Parade but missed seeing you there!

      Or was that you out on Bondi catching the early surf?

      Mr Bingley:

      See you at Netherfield!

      Posted by JJM Ballantyne on 2006 06 03 at 04:24 PM • permalink


    1. Me?  I’m underworked and overpaid.  It’s swell!  In a perfect world, everybody’s jobs would be just like mine.


      I am Hot!

      What are you wearing?

      Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 2006 06 03 at 04:36 PM • permalink


    1. #107: The Cohiba is a fine Dominican Republic cigar, but personally I prefer cigars made of Cuban seed tobacco grown in Honduras – notably, the Hoyo De Monterrey Excalibur. I find them somewhat richer in taste.

      I understand that Cuban tobacco isn’t what it used to be (although when it’s good, it’s still the best). Communism ruins everything.

      Posted by paco on 2006 06 03 at 05:06 PM • permalink


    1. Hey!
      Where did MentalFloss go?

      Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 2006 06 03 at 05:11 PM • permalink


    1. That which does not kill me could put me in a persistent vegetative state.

      No June Gloom in these parts. Likely because the Southern Jet Stream is inching its way north. By the end of the century we should be getting most of our rain from the south.

      Got some Canadian visitors to my blog today. It pays to trackback to a Canuck post.

      And just for the heck of it…

      1. Grab the nearest book.

      2. Open it to page 161.

      3. Find the fifth sentence.

      4. Post the text of the sentence along with these instructions.

      5. Don’t search around and look for the coolest book you can find. Do what’s actually next to you.

      “‘Have you been talking with him?’ Rankin said to Laurence, glancing up, ‘I see you were not exaggerating, and that you do indeed enjoy dragon society; I hope you will not find yourself tiring of it. You will be taking Laurence along with myself today; you must make an effort to show him a good pace,’ He told Levitas.”

      His Majesties Dragon, Naomi Novik

      Posted by mythusmage on 2006 06 03 at 05:21 PM • permalink


    1. Could be worse. Could be better. My company announced it will be laying off 5,000 between now and August; no idea who’s going and who’s staying.

      Weather’s nice; time to start kayaking more on weekends, and I need to get more range time. Flintlock or cartridge, either would be good.

      Kids are on their own and doing fine; we’re going to visit #1 daughter and son-in-law in Minnesota in July.

      Come to think on it, things are pretty darn good. And so’s this broiled salmon…

      Posted by steveH on 2006 06 03 at 05:21 PM • permalink


    1. #109 – I could go for a pizza.  Extra-large Meat-Lovers?

      Posted by Achillea on 2006 06 03 at 05:21 PM • permalink


    1. MentalFloss may be here in the States.

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 06 03 at 05:27 PM • permalink


    1. Well I live in Melbourne the capital of PC Gone Mad gay school guide.

      But of course Melbourne is in Australia where at least the PM knows what he’s doing; from Andrew Bolt on Friday one for the yanks!.

      Posted by spyder on 2006 06 03 at 05:40 PM • permalink


    1. Why do you ask?

      Posted by 2dogs on 2006 06 03 at 05:42 PM • permalink


    1. #116: Serious kayakers are an interesting breed. Not one myself – floating upside down in a river with my head bumping against the rocks on the river bottom is not my cup of hemlock – but I worked with a fellow in a previous job who saved up vacation time for two years so he could drive from Virginia to somewhere in Idaho (Snake River? Silver River? Can’t remember exactly) to go kayaking. Sounds exciting. Incidentally, you’re not one of those madmen who kayaks down waterfalls, are you?

      Posted by paco on 2006 06 03 at 05:52 PM • permalink


    1. Ok, did I say 6:00 p.m. for the glass of wine?  I must have been thinking of Eastern time.  Yeah, that’s it.  So cheers to ya’ll!  It’s too quiet around here without young daughter bossing me around (though Mom checks the mailbox and website every ten minutes for the latest missive or picture).

      Currently reading:  “Mayflower” by Nathanial Philbrick.  Great read of an unvarnished version of the Pilgrams.

      Looking for:  a readable and accurate history of Australia.

      Any ideas?

      Cheers, all!

      Posted by Kathy from Austin on 2006 06 03 at 05:58 PM • permalink


    1. Hmmmm.

      I understand that Cuban tobacco isn’t what it used to be (although when it’s good, it’s still the best). Communism ruins everything.

      Yeah I like the Excaliburs too.  I need to thin out the humidor some and the Cohibas were at the top.

      As for Cuban cigars.  Frankly I think the problem is that QA has gone down a lot in Cuba.  Once the cigar fad hit the Cubans shived as many new rollers through training as they could.  They also reduced the rest time by 1/2 and reduced the aging time by 6-9 months.  Which means that, generally speaking, you’d need to store the new Cubans in your humidor for about 6-12 months before you start getting to the peak flavors.

      Then there’s the issue of counterfeits, which range from the absurdly bad packaging to the almost impossible to tell packaging.

      Speaking of counterfeits I’ve been smoking JR Tobacco’s Genuine Counterfeit Cubans lately.  Nice mid-afternoon smoke and amusing too.

      Posted by memomachine on 2006 06 03 at 05:59 PM • permalink


    1. ed, I bought my husband some Cuban cigars recently and it was such a “cloak and dagger” deal (in a parking lot of an IHOP) that I will never do that again.  It seemed like what a drug deal would be like.  He thought they were great, but I’ll never do that again.

      I’m going to get him some Talisker.  Sounds interesting.  Personally, all scotch coaxes the gag reflex for me but hey, different strokes for different folks.

      Posted by Kathy from Austin on 2006 06 03 at 06:11 PM • permalink


    1. I wish I was doing Ewan McGregor but apart from that I am doing splendidly!  A foggy day turned into a glorious evening and I am going to sashay myself into town for a couple of drinks.  Anyone want to join me?

      Posted by missred on 2006 06 03 at 06:16 PM • permalink


    1. Incidentally, you’re not one of those madmen who kayaks down waterfalls, are you?

      Kayakers reprise the three kinds of motorcyclists.

      1.  There are kayakers who have gone over waterfalls.
      2.  There are kayakers who WILL go over waterfalls.
      3.  There are kayakers who lie about being in category 1 on purpose.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 06 03 at 06:18 PM • permalink


    1. if we have global warming how cums adelaide has just recorded its coldest may on record??

      its freaking cold down here.

      Posted by vinny on 2006 06 03 at 06:19 PM • permalink


    1. I’m fine, Tim. I’ll be 53 next week.

      And they said it couldn’t be done!

      Posted by rinardman on 2006 06 03 at 06:21 PM • permalink


    1. 115
      Why’m I doing this, again?
      “His scheming mind combines with the maniacal scheming mind of Fiona (Parker Posey), MegaRecords chief executive officer, to propel the newly named Josie and the Pussycats to national success.”
      – Understanding Business Strategy: Concepts and Cases, Ireland, Hoskisson, & Hitt, p. 161, sentence 5

      Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 2006 06 03 at 06:28 PM • permalink


    1. Great thanks Tim.  Have outsourced one daughter, other will not araise until the sun is over the yard arm.  Canberra Raiders won last night, and my child bride of 18 years is still looking hot

      Posted by PeterTB on 2006 06 03 at 06:37 PM • permalink


    1. That would be 18 years of marriage, not….


      Posted by PeterTB on 2006 06 03 at 06:38 PM • permalink


    1. #115

      “And that truck driver mentioned something about vats.”

      I’m doing quite well here.  It’s a lovely day, and I finally received my new champaigne (sparkling wine) colored victorian style lampshades.  Because, you know, white shades are not worth living for.  Now I have to code like a demon to catch up on all the work I put off to read above-referenced book.

      Posted by BrendaK on 2006 06 03 at 06:38 PM • permalink


    1. Oops, book is Killer Dreams, Iris Johansen.

      Posted by BrendaK on 2006 06 03 at 06:40 PM • permalink


    1. I am well, thanks. It rained earlier here in Norfolk but then it stopped so i walked to the grocery store for necessaries. In a minute i will either try to manufacture some edible apple cider vinnaigrette, or else not.

      Posted by trexkilla on 2006 06 03 at 06:50 PM • permalink


    1. I thought I’d spend the weekend forcing myself to do what comes naturally to the Left – spending time forming opinions rather than doing any actual research.

      So far, I’ve formed new opinions on a whole range of subjects that (normally inconveniently) I’m not qualified in – which makes me something like Tim Flannery.

      I am prepared to argue these personal faith based opinions until midnight tonight at which point a Maoist-Leninist carraige will arrive and carry away my temporary left-leaning intellectual pumpkin.

      Posted by Jack Lacton on 2006 06 03 at 06:51 PM • permalink


    1. #115
      “Cursed they were in this world, and cursed they shall be on the Day of Resurrection.”

      One guess which cheerful and inspiring book I have on the floor next to the desk.

      Kathy from Austin, meant to ask earlier, did you get your budding socialist sorted?

      As for how I’m going here? Well, it’s a beautiful day, we are heading off to church in 40 minutes, and the rugrat apparently has a baby dolphin in her tummy. I dob’t think I want to know the details of that one!

      Good to see everyone else is alive and kicking well.

      Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2006 06 03 at 06:52 PM • permalink


    1. Doing just fine here in South Carolina.  Hubby had to work this morning, so son and I washed the car in the A.M.  Didn’t have to water the plants this morning since we got a nice, soaking rain last night. Loved hearing the rain on the roof. Went out for lunch and grocery shopping and them back home for a quiet supper.  Overall, doing really well.  Thanks for asking.

      Posted by ladcraig on 2006 06 03 at 06:58 PM • permalink


    1. #103 – rbresca, I still remember the nights I spent working the crusher at the open-cut mine at Mount Isa back in 1981. Minus 2 degrees, not the coldest it gets I know, but damned well cold enough for me! I’d be wearing two pairs of pants, two of socks, three shirts, two jumpers, a jacket, and gloves, and the slightest breeze cut through it all like a knife.
      And then I’d stagger back to the barracks and wake up at noon. By which time it was 30+ in the shade.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 06 03 at 07:28 PM • permalink


    1. #136 Nilknarf,

      Thanks for asking!  Yes, we have had a “teachable moment” with young teenager.  I bought and we read “It didn’t Happen Here:  Why Socialism Failed in the United States” by Seymour Lipset and Gary Marks.  We read it together and discussed at length.  It is a fine line we draw as parents not to extinguish youthful starry thinking but he agreed, in the end, that it is not-practically speaking- workable in this country.  North and South Korea also presented a nice contrast.  He is a great kid, and at the end of many evening walks and discussions, relented but held out that I had to agree that it was a moral, utopian idea that just had never been made to work.  I did not agree, though I hope he will temper his ideals with some, any, analysis.  He is just 14 yesterday and is working his way through the dicey art of growing up and thinking critically.

      Sounds like you had a terrific day and I salute you.

      Tim Blair, how are you this evening, sir?

      Posted by Kathy from Austin on 2006 06 03 at 07:30 PM • permalink


    1. I just bought a new kettle, so life is pretty sweet. Of course, now I have to worry about burglars.

      Posted by harry hutton on 2006 06 03 at 07:32 PM • permalink


    1. Doing pretty well. If anybody is around Newcastle tomorrow, crazy Lefties are going to try and block off the harbour (details here) – should be interesting to see if any coal ships bother to stop for the kayaks.

      Posted by Ian Deans on 2006 06 03 at 07:36 PM • permalink


    1. Re #115:

      “Henry was particularly fond of this legend of Edward the Confessor giving his ring to a poor man, who was afterwards revealed to be St. John, and had it painted many times—as at Guildford, where he ordered the figures of St. Edward and St. John holding a ring in his hand to be painted both in the hall and beside his seat in the chapel, in 1260.’’

      This is from “Building in England Down to 1540,’’ by L. F. Salzman, and yes, he does like long sentences, doesn’t he.

      Greetings #78, and I hope somebody fixes that a/c soon.  Thought of sending you a box of brandy-filled chocolates but they’d probably melt en route.

      Around here it’s sunny, mild, seventysomething (Fahrenheit), we’ve just finished dinner and are taking our youngest to the park for a good run.  All quiet otherwise.

      Posted by Sonetka’s Mom on 2006 06 03 at 07:36 PM • permalink


    1. Well, I support the Tabberabberan Orogeny.

      Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 06 03 at 07:48 PM • permalink


    1. #131 PeterTB:

      Glad you clarified.  That was an arresting (mind the pun) first post.

      Posted by Kathy from Austin on 2006 06 03 at 07:49 PM • permalink


    1. Tim,if I was any better I couldn’t stand it.Thank you for asking.

      Posted by Lew on 2006 06 03 at 07:51 PM • permalink


    1. Richard #126 – that reminds me of the two kinds of divers:

      1. Those who pee in their wetsuits, and;

      2. Those who lie anout it.

      Posted by Steve Skubinna on 2006 06 03 at 07:55 PM • permalink


    1. “About it.” Damn, whose idea was it to put the “n” key right next to the “b” key?  There’s a recipe for disaster!  Some day somebody’s going to get himself killed, and I just hope it isn’t going to be me.

      Posted by Steve Skubinna on 2006 06 03 at 08:00 PM • permalink


    1. My in-dash 6-disc CD changer is acting up. Nobody seems to make aftermarket in-dash 6-disc CD changers, and I don’t want to think about what exorbitant prices my local Ford dealer will charge for a replacement item.

      On the other hand, the cops and security services in my neck of the woods rounded up 17 assuredly peaceful adherents to an assuredly peaceful religion with three tons of ammonium nitrate and interesting plans for its high-velocity dispersal, which is both good and scary.

      Posted by Crispytoast on 2006 06 03 at 08:14 PM • permalink


    1. As my grandfather Erik Blogstrop used to say, “Son, this is a transparent ploy to distract attention from your lack of achievement today”.
      I think the family used the Protestant Work Ethic to replace the Viking Raid & Pillage ethic which had kept them busy for generations.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2006 06 03 at 08:14 PM • permalink


    1. Carl H.: Hey, I’m just about to buy a CZ 452 .22! They’re really nice rifles.

      Posted by arrowhead ripper on 2006 06 03 at 08:34 PM • permalink


    1. And, since this is, de facto, an open thread:
      Beware the Demopath, my son.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2006 06 03 at 08:42 PM • permalink


    1. Kathy from Austin: for a decent History of Australia, try Geoffrey Blainey’s A Shorter History of Aus. (1994) and The Tyranny of Distance (1968). Pass over anything by Stuart Macintyre, Anna Clark, Bain Attwood, Henry Reynolds, all of whom are commies.

      Posted by arrowhead ripper on 2006 06 03 at 08:45 PM • permalink


    1. Hmmmm.

      ed, I bought my husband some Cuban cigars recently and it was such a “cloak and dagger” deal

      Yeah.  And it’s definitely not worth the effort IMHO as there are many fine cigars that are legally available that are as good as Cubans or even sometimes better.  Next time you’re in the market to buy some cigars, leave a message on Tim’s blog and I’m sure someone will give you some pointers on what’s available, good and priced right.

      Thanks for asking!  Yes, we have had a “teachable moment” with young teenager.

      Most teenagers go through this.  I did when I was 13 when my dad tried to explain why it was a bad idea.  It didn’t really take hold until he had me mowing the 5 acres of lawn at his office.  He paid me the $15 I had coming for doing the work then he then explained things this way:

      1. Capitalism: I get to keep all of the money.

      2. Managed Capitalism: I get to keep most of the money but I’d have to pay taxes so he took back $5 and left me with $10.

      3. Socialism: I get to keep a little bit of the money, but my dad would keep most of it and spend it how he thinks would be good for me.  So he took another $5 and left me with $5.

      4. Communism: I get to give all of the money to my dad and he’d buy what he thinks we need.  So he took the last $5 and left me with nothing.

      After that lesson I said to heck with socialism and communism gimme the money!  🙂

      That was the beginning of my becoming a conservative and very anti-communist.  lol.

      Posted by memomachine on 2006 06 03 at 08:49 PM • permalink


    1. Thanks for asking, Tim. Doing pretty well here in Northern Virginia.  Bought some awesome chorizo and potted herbs for my garden at the farmer’s market this a.m.  Will settle down later with a glass of wine and—inspired by Tiggy’s comment and my lack of a desire to cook tonight—some pizza to watch “Hustle” (my new favorite show).

      Posted by Polish Frizzle on 2006 06 03 at 08:56 PM • permalink


    1. #150 Bloomberg. I’ve got one and a good thing it is.But I saw new model advertised the other day with a set trigger,a bit more expensive but probably worth it.

      Posted by Lew on 2006 06 03 at 08:58 PM • permalink


    1. Good damn job Canadians…17 of the bastards

      How Australia was born, in todays Sydney Morning Herald.

      Frank Walker
      June 4, 2006

      SCIENTISTS believe they have finally solved one of Earth’s greatest mysteries: what caused the great extinction of life hundreds of millions of years ago.

      The answer was revealed yesterday when an American team announced it had discovered the world’s biggest meteor crater almost two kilometres under the ice in Antarctica.

      They say a meteor almost 50 kilometres wide caused a 500-kilometre-wide crater deep under the Wilkes Land region of Antarctica, directly south of Australia.

      The massive explosion from the impact probably created the continent of Australia, forcing it to break away from the existing land mass.

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 06 03 at 09:19 PM • permalink


    1. I feel like six tins of shit. Simmo and I got on the pop last night and swallowed two slabs of viral Dutch piss. I need a short soup, some asprin and a lie down for a bit.

      Posted by Habib on 2006 06 03 at 09:32 PM • permalink


    1. #115: OK, I’ll bite.

      “Unlike the women of an earlier generation, who covered themselves out of modesty, Ebtekar covered herself out of pride.”—Mark Bowden, Guests of the Ayatollah. Highly recommended, BTW.

      A long day in the garden – pruning, weeding, digging, planting. Couldn’t ask for a sweeter day – high in the mid-70s, flawless blue sky, warm sun and cool breeze off Lake Michigan. Then fired up the hibachi and cooked the chicken satay that Sonetka’s Mom had put up to marinade this morning; served with cocoanut rice, cucumber with vinegar and coriander, and hot peanut sauce. No beer, alas, but nevertheless I have dined well. Listening to Stan Getz now; and soon bed. Life is good.

      Posted by Urbs in Horto on 2006 06 03 at 09:34 PM • permalink


    1. Alright, number 115.  I am between ten minutes searching for pics of the camp for “sweetie.” So here is your quote, from page 161 of “Mayflower” by Nathanial Phlbrook:
      Oh yes and “line five”:

      “In a matter of months, approximately a thousand English men, women, and children–more than three times the entire population of Plymouth–had been delivered to the vicinity of Boston.”

      Posted by Kathy from Austin on 2006 06 03 at 10:02 PM • permalink


  • #157 Habib:
    Into the Heineken, were you?  You’re probably ill because I pissed into the vat at the Amsterdam brewery when no one was looking, you keg on legs!  I’m glad others feel fragile the morning after, not just me.

    Posted by Stevo on 2006 06 03 at 10:06 PM • permalink


  • Good.  Except the next birthday is the big Six Oh.  But with effort I’ve gotten my health back and the wife is even feeling much better.

    I’m almost done with my latest AR build – this one a sniper varmint rifle.  The house remodel is coming along.  The kids are doing well (but complaining as usual).  My grand-daughter is in trouble again.  No one seems to notice how much she takes after her mother.

    The job is pretty sweet but changes are coming in a couple of months that will make it a bit less so.  The bills are paid and Spring has arrived…finally.

    It’s been better, but it has been a lot worse.  For the first time in my life I’m starting to wonder what retirement will be like.

    Maybe we’ll visit Australia…

    Posted by trainer on 2006 06 03 at 10:10 PM • permalink


  • #160: Stevo, thanks for translating.

    Posted by paco on 2006 06 03 at 10:11 PM • permalink


    1. Boldy put, folks.

      Posted by paco on 2006 06 03 at 10:12 PM • permalink


    1. But of course Melbourne is in Australia where at least the PM knows what he’s doing; from Andrew Bolt on Friday one for the yanks!.

      This sounds like job for… Professor Bunyip!

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 06 03 at 10:17 PM • permalink


    1. #32

      Does anyone know if it is OK to drink wine if you’ve taken panadol?

      No Melanie, not really. Too much panadol, or too much panadol + alcohol, can cause liver failure (for american readers, Panadol is in the tylenol/advil class of painkillers). And you won’t even get high on it.

      Posted by daddy dave on 2006 06 03 at 10:18 PM • permalink


    1. </b> Can anyone recommend some good Danish beers?

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 06 03 at 10:18 PM • permalink


    1. #2 Ok…and you?
      #29 Yourself?
      #71 hope you are well
      #72 How about you, you good?
      #84 Thanks! You?
      #93 And yourself?
      #100 And how are you doing?
      #139 Tim Blair, how are you this evening, sir?

      …we await your response.
      btw paco ate all the pizza while you were out.

      Posted by daddy dave on 2006 06 03 at 10:29 PM • permalink


    1. Depressed after learning that the editor of Skeptic magazine is now a convert to the wacko theory of global warming.

      Read about it here.

      And guess what turned him? Al Gore’s doco on climate change!

      Posted by bongoman on 2006 06 03 at 10:35 PM • permalink


    1. #166 I have a 6-pack (actually 4 left) of Tuborg in the fridge as this is written. I like it.

      Posted by ErnieG on 2006 06 03 at 10:36 PM • permalink


    1. Bongoman — I gave up on Skeptic after their whole “exposing Shakespeare” phase.

      Besides, global warming per se is not the issue.  If the sun becomes more active, the Earth will heat up. It’s done that before and I invite it to keep doing it because I will at least die warm in my dotage.  What’s the subject of all the industrial-strength bovine fertilizer is human-caused global warming, which is an example of the incredible self-importance of the baby-boomer left:  we’re going to freeze/bake/nuke the planet!  It’s all about us!

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 06 03 at 10:49 PM • permalink


    1. bongoman — BTW, I also gave up on American Spectator after they embraced Intelligent Design…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 06 03 at 10:50 PM • permalink



      I just saw a commercial where Sally Fields admits she has osteoporosis.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 06 03 at 10:51 PM • permalink


    1. #152 Bloomberg:

      Many thanks.  Will go to those works.

      Posted by Kathy from Austin on 2006 06 03 at 10:51 PM • permalink


    1. #167: Ha! You are caught out in an obvious misstatement of fact, Daddy Dave, because, as is well known, I am the only American who has never even tasted pizza. I did eat all the Ritz crackers, though.

      Posted by paco on 2006 06 03 at 10:54 PM • permalink


  1. #111 JJM Ballantyne

    I’m here in Netherfield (well, my Netherfield in New Jersey…) and enjoy a nice glas of wine after watching, oddly enough, Pride and Prejudice this evening with my lovely bride and daughter. And it was the real,