My ass is still dragging from the official time change, which is a stupid contrivance that seems designed to drive wedges between people and their pets.
We went to a spring training game yesterday — Tampa Bay Rays vs. Pittsburgh Pirates. It went to 10 innings and ended in a tie. It was a gorgeous day for a game:
There’s a boardwalk thingy near the beer stands where you can perch over the bullpen and watch the pitchers and catchers practice:
However, because I’m an idiot, I neglected to put sunblock on, so I got fried, even though I was wearing a hat. My nose would make Rudolph’s look like a dull, washed-out snout.
The mister and I are bottling the second batch from our nanobrewery today — a honey ale. Our inaugural batch, an IPA, was a huge hit. The third production will be a chocolate milk stout, which we’ll boil up next week.
What are you up to?
Balloon Juice lives!
The cats love daylight saving time because they get their evening treat an hour earlier. The switch back to standard time is the one that makes them mad.
Is your nose red because of the sun or the hair ‘o the dog?
spring time change makes my pets happy, since they only get fed after 7am, no matter what. On one day a year, they get fed an hour earlier than normal. Unfortunately, it then becomes the new normal and they go back to being disappointed that I’m such a layabout.
I don’t mean to be rude to post this a second time in another thread, but I am really looking for input. In fact one suggestion, the Cleveland Orchestra, well just bought tickets to Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony Saturday.
OK smart people I could use some input. Long story short I have to take a business trip to Cleveland this week. I am normally that guy that books a flight weeks or months in advance. Didn’t have that option here and it is going to cost me an arm and a leg. So I figure I ought to stay for a few days and “tool” around town and “play” a little.
Now I realize Cleveland might not be high on the list of vacation spots for most people, but there has to be something to do in the darn town. Got to work with what you have you know. I’d love to catch a baseball game, but alas the Indians are still wherever they do Spring Training. Of course there is the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, but honestly that doesn’t interest me much. Could care less about the NBA.
So anybody got a hidden gem or two in Cleveland to tell me about.
Oh and I am something of a foodie. I’ll take a wonderful $2.50 hotdog at a “hole in the wall” or a $200 meal. So if all I do is eat while I am there, I could live with that as well.
What can we do to stop these stupid time changes? Can we form a movement?
I mean, just choose one and stick with it! Personally I’d prefer the real time and not the artificial daylight “savings” one that just moves the darkness from the evening into the morning, but I’d be happy with either one just as long as this madness STOPS!
@Mnemosyne (tablet): Is it good to feed cats on a schedule? My little girl always has two bowls of dry food all the time, but her tuna, well she tends to eat when I eat :).*
BTW: I’d like her to gain some weight. Anybody suggest a food for that? I currently feed her the high-end Purina stuff. Don’t recall the name, I just know what the bag looks like.
*She will only eat Tuna, I’ve tried every other wet food and she just licked it and walks away.
@Emerald: If there’s a movement, I’ll join it. I hate the stupid time changes — particularly the “spring forward” one.
I found out recently that, not only does China not do daylight saving time, they have a single time zone for the entire country. Not exactly sure how that works, but it seems to work for them.
@BettyCracker: if you have extra virgin olive oil, apply several times over the course of the day. Reduces pain, redness and might keep it from peeling.
Has to do with the linoleic acid, if I remember right. All I know is, it works well.
Waiting for Cole to come alive, yet again.
Clinton’s time at State Department could be liability
“Instead of a fresh chapter in which she came into her own, Clinton’s time as the country’s top diplomat now threatens to remind voters of what some people dislike about her — a tendency toward secrecy and defensiveness, along with the whiff of scandal that blotted the record of her husband, former president Bill Clinton.”
“It reminds people of the scandals, the secrecy and the lack of transparency that were often associated with Bill Clinton’s eight years in Washington.”
“The e-mail arrangement meant that Clinton’s work e-mails were being routed through a private server located in her Chappaqua, N.Y., home, and were not being archived by the government as now required. She handed over 55,000 pages of e-mails upon the State Department’s request last year, more than a year after she left her post. ”
The byline doesn’t say Cole contributed reporting to this piece, but…
@Emerald: Tell Congress, they’re ones who decided to change the length of DST. It was changed a few years back because of power issues and wanting to “save” on fuel. Actually when studied it was found that the new length only shifted when power was used and it ended up costing people more. And there is actual data… This time Indiana had to join the country in DST or lose highway funding. There was data about expenses from the the periods when Indiana didn’t have DST and analysts took new data from Indiana on DST and compared the number. The DST shift ended up costing people more.In the last Congress a few Congresscritters tried to go to the old hours. The issue didn’t exactly fire-up Congress and no action was taken.
We do it on a schedule because otherwise Keaton is relentless in harassing us to give them their wet food NAOW! He knows how to tell time (no, seriously, he does) so now he doesn’t start to bother us until we’re late with it.
However, because I’m an idiot, I neglected to put sunblock on, so I got fried, even though I was wearing a hat.
I would be so delighted to go out and get my first sunburn of the season. Once you get the one out of the way, the rest of the year is easy.
My ass is still dragging from the official time change, which is a stupid contrivance that seems designed to drive wedges between people and their pets.
I will back you guys on a single year-round time, if you give me the time we get anyways DST. So no time change, DST all year around.
[‘Mornings should be dark.’]
@Tommy: The Cleveland Museum of Art is quite good and has free general admission.
@PurpleGirl: LOL but it isn’t funny. If the way we try to conserve power, and you are correct this is why it was done, is with DST our country is FUBAR.
I don’t know how it is for others, but I get my power, water, trash pick-up, and sewer all on one bill from my city. On the bill they give me a chart with a breakdown of my last 12 months of usage. I try to conserve what I use because I am a hippie liberal. But I have to think many folks that are not don’t want to have to pay more each month for power/water then they have to.
I spend more than a little time looking at my bill and my usage each month, and try to take actions in my household to lower my usage, plus save money. It would seem something as simple as Congress saying utilities have to included this data in bills would do a lot more to help conserve then DST.
But what do I know ….
@Wally Ballou: Perfect. Bookmarked and on my schedule. You just can’t argue with art and free in the same sentence can you :). Thanks!
Today my leg muscles are extremely sore following yesterday’s family trip to Mt. Ranier National Park.
The park was gorgeous, and it was a perfect, cloudless day for the trip. It’s actually been a very sunny week here in western Washington.
I wish I could at least get a little color but I have to be diligent about the sunscreen since having a non-melonoma removed about a dozen years ago. It’s a real drag to be covered up when gardening on a hot day. Anyone know about those spray tans in salons and if they look natural?
No time change here. Just have to remind oneself for a while that we’re now 6 hours earlier than Eastern rather than 5.
‘Short’ days are the worst– the received wisdom on jet lag is that one recovers from days over 24 hours much faster than from days less than 24 hours, I’d guess that DST works the same way. I changed all my clocks last night, and suddenly I was in insomnia territory.
Rest of the day will be ‘read a novel’.
We don’t have daylight savings time here. Muahahaha. I am currently enjoying 68 degrees, sitting outside, waiting for some friends for lunch.
Yes, despite the crazy, there is a reason people live here.
Tree With Water
That photo takes me back to my yute. Picture football players jogging under that net. That’s the view kids at Kezar stadium in San Francisco used to have of opposing NFL teams as they jogged onto and off the field. Spit, coca cola, peanuts, and anything else that could land was tossed. Alex Karras (Mongo in Blazing Saddles, ex Detroit Lion) even made mention of the gauntlet to George Plimpton in the sports book, Mad Ducks And Bears. There was nothing the players could do but keep their helmets on and heads down, and every 10 year old in the city knew it. Good times..
OH DO I HAVE THE PLACE FOR YOU.
Slymans for the absolute best, most amazing, fantastic corned beef sandwich. It’s about six inches tall and you will never eat corned beef anywhere again.
China can get away with having only one time zone because they don’t give a shit about the people in the western part of the country. Most of the population is in the east, and the sparsely populated west is mostly ethnic minorities that the Han leadership doesn’t care about. As a resident of the West Coast, that doesn’t sound like a plan I can get behind. I’m guessing that the residents of Alaska and Hawaii would have some much ruder things to say about going with a single time zone.
Time change is not the only change Floridans can’t deal with:
I think we should lose DST, but also go even farther: I think we should lose time zones completely, and go back to local, sidereal time. In other words, in any large city, noon is defined as the moment the sun is astride the meridian. So, whevever you are, sunset and sunrise are equidistant from noon and midnight, and your days and nights are symmetrically arranged.
Yes, it might be confusing at times (“What time is it there?”), but computing (including locational) power is so widespread now that it could be easily done.
@Elmo: You are a rock star. I will be there. I couldn’t make this up, but a corned beef sandwich is about my favorite thing. For the 15 or so years I lived in DC I had a few places I could go get one. Now living here in Southern Illinois it is an open joke with my friends and family anytime it is on a menu I order it. I also always say they suck, they have no clue what they are doing.
I’ve not had a good corn beef sandwich in about 8 years …. and that is a fu*#ing crime! That will be corrected very soon at Slymans. The pics on their site are frankly staggering.
Congress will never change away from DST because they are all in thrall to Big Time.
@Mnemosyne (tablet): It works for people in Beijing, not so much in the parts of the country further west, where the sun rises at 10 AM in the winter.
You will not be disappointed. My boss is a Cleveland native and took me there on a biz trip. Understand – I am a 5’5″ female, and eating lunch with my boss.
The goddamn sandwich was so amazingly good I couldn’t stop. I ate the whole thing. Couldn’t eat again until the next day.
Try with horseradish as well as mustard. OMFG now I want to go back.
@Citizen_X: And then you’ll have to bring back railroad time because people have to deal with people in other places.
The only thing I don’t like about DST is that it’s still two or three weeks until bovine spongiform time starts. I would be fine with droning Westminster until they got with the freedom program and switched when we do.
@jeffreyw: I believe it has reached the level of a superstition; if anyone tried to monkey with it now, low info voters would be coaxed to believe that “someone is stealing your hour!”
We need to act now to implement meaningful changes before we hit Peak Time.
The longer we wait…
Well, except for the 2 pix of Dubya.
Meat looks thinner sliced than the benchmark Carnegie Deli sandwich.
@Citizen_X: I am not sure what you suggest would work, but I flipping hate time zones. I have clients throughout the US and the world. For a lack of a better word I am the “vendor” so I try to make things as easy for my clients as possible. They are writing me a check, not the other way around.
It is stunning they never seem to grasp my time is not the same time as their time. Heck at times when I am doing a huge project, I almost move to their time. I used to set-up a second time on my watch, but now done it so long it is just a default that I know their time without thinking.
The 1inc cpvc valve shattered in the deep freeze so we cut it off under the house (the exterior cut off was installed after I discovered the big snake under the house and the boss said “put an outside cutoff in”! We have to have a cutoff because somewhere in the line to her various garden spigots there is a leak. So it hit Lowes early and got the valve. I neglected to get a coupler so I went back. I then opened the cpvc glue and it was ruined from the cold. Back to home improvement central. It’s all back together now. The girl went to “growers outlet” this morning and came back with a van full of plants so it’s time to see if I can help. Luckily I have a bad habit of steppin on stuff so she usually runs me off!
@WereBear: Sadly, people generally work until 5pm. DST means we can actually go outside and play. We’ve got a system that works, and is easier to implement that convincing employers to change the workday on their own.
Just because people approve of something you don’t doesn’t make them “low info”. People with the same amount of information may reach different conclusions.
Amen. Sign me up.
I’d start a movement myself, but this time change has me too tired.
China is officially all one time zone, but parts of it unofficially use a different setting.
Same goes for India.
Just for fun, the Carnegie Deli Reuben.
@Mike J: I have met people who don’t understand how DST works. And I do consider them “low info.” And “low understanding” too.
I’ve developed quite a liking for chocolate milk stout–prefer Left Hand Brewery, but would love to try yours. I grew up watching the Pirates at McKechnie Field. Sure do miss being in FLA for spring training. The rest of the year? Not so much.
Waiting on the 3:30 tip for the Gamecocks/Lady Volunteers SEC championship game.
@Mike J: Exactly, but now people typically have computers/GPS units in their pockets. Tracking the local time would take the same calculations that any star-tracking app does routinely.
@NotMax: Dang. That’s a beauty.
@Elmo: Funny you would mentioned the pics of Bush. I almost said that in my comment and then didn’t. They jumped up at me as well the second I pulled up the site from your link.
@NotMax: I am a 5’4 (on my tippy toes) male and 128 pounds and I have no clue how I would be able to get through that entire sandwich. I mean half of it might be a challenge. But if it as good as it looks in the pics and you and Elmo say, that is a problem I can/will deal with. I would argue too much good food is a good problem to have …..
I can see their ads now: “If we don’t keep DST… We may run out of time!”
Freak accident or hate crime? When gun laws are liberalized, it’s really hard to tell (or convict).
Save room for a sliver (ha!) of cheesecake.
@Citizen_X: I just don’t see a huge advantage to Seattle having a different clock setting from Bellevue. Instead of four mainland time zones you’d have 10,000 for no real benefit, regardless of how easy the calculations are.
I actually like daylight savings time. I like it staying light later … I can walk the dogs after dinner, for example. And I love “falling back” in the fall because then I get an extra hour of sleep!
I really hate the “spring forward” part, but I’ll adjust.
@NotMax: Oh wow. I’ve been to NYC many times. When I was an ad guy in DC, well all the major conferences were in NYC. NYC is the world’s capital for many things. Advertising one of them. Maybe at the top next to stock markets.
Somehow I went to many “cool” places in NYC and never got to Carnegie Deli. Not sure how that happened BTW, but it did. Come to think of it, and I do actually have a bucket list, Carnegie Deli was just added.
The state of Indiana has a complex history with respect to time zones and DST:
There’s an old joke– if no one knows what time it is, you’re in Indiana. In addition there was a TV show called “Eerie Indiana” that was based on the premise that the real reason no one knew what time it is in Indiana was a disturbance in the space-time continuum. Kind of a jokey predecessor to X-Files. I think it lasted only one season, but I found it appealing.
Rollin’ and Tumblin’
@MattF: I liked it, too.
My Hoosier background was a source of frustration to any friends with an astrological bent; it’s impossible to work back and figure out exactly when I was born.
This would totally mess up the corporate world, where manager schedules are broken up into 30 minute intervals and teleconferences are often spread across 8 or more timezones. This might be a positive effect…
@MattF: Scanned that article you linked to. Does anybody here think Indiana is in EST?
@MattF: Doesn’t Indiana do it with decades too? Cross a county line, suddenly it’s all house dresses, high hair and really nice fins . . .
We need to figure out a system where we only have fall back.
The whole standardized time shebang began with railroad time. Even an Indiana mention.
@Baud: absolutely not. You do that, and pretty soon the Chamber of Commerce will see to it tbat the change always happens at 11 am on a Tuesday.
Villago Delenda Est
@PurpleGirl: OK, the way to get Congress fired up is for Obama to say something, anything, about DST, and then of course the teatards will jump up and down like Homer Simpson missing a chili cookoff and demand that Congress do the opposite of whatever Obama said.
I am so, so sleepy, just from this change in the time. We’re supposed to go out to dinner for the first time in weeks (the snow is finally melting!), but I feel like going to bed. I hate it!
@scav: It’s a very strange place.
I went back after forty years. In my childhood memories of the many summers I spent there, it’s rolling hills, patches of forest and streams interspersed with rippling fields, flat patches with lots of nooks and crannies.
When I went back, it was like it had been rolled flat with some kind of cosmic rolling pin. The roads were a grid like a video game. And there were no more farmhouses. Everything was just like every other thing, like someone had gone nuts with a giant Photoshop clone stamp.
That’s when I nap at work, so it’s all good.
I wanted to add (this was too late for the Selma thread), that W’s oldest daughter is a for real activist in providing opportunities for health care workers in Africa and the third world… She is seriously involved — this is not bullshit. Just saying, old W and her Mom must have done something right — or not blocked something right….Give credit where credit is due, I say…
I find it interesting that the time zone changes affect people so differently. I barely notice the change.
I will go on record as saying that anything that makes it so that it’s not dark when you come out of work at 5pm is a very good thing. To me, that’s the worst.
Best thing about working from home (except for all the other great things) is that you never have to leave at 5pm in the dark.
Time zones and DST in Indiana played a part in a West Wing episode in which the staff kept missing campaign stops due to time confusion. Pretty good until the end when the stupid liberals finally talk to the people of the soil and discover that what people really want are middle class tax credits to pay for college. West Wing was always better when they stayed away from actual policy.
Malaysia used to have two different time zones: West Malaysia (i.e. Peninsular) Time (GMT + 7hrs 30 min) and East Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak) Time (GMT + 8hrs). Since the early 1980s, it’s been all Malaysian Standard Time (GMT + 8hrs). This means the time here is the same as in Sydney and Hong Kong, although we’re not as far to the east of the Greenwich Meridian. We have never had daylight saving time, which would be pointless in the tropics anyway.
I remember dropping acid at Turkey Run and seeing Johnny Winter at Wabash College.
With the Republican party, every month or so there’s a new damsel tied to the railroad tracks.
Singapore made the switch (to GMT+8) at the same time, I believe.
I’ve seen this picture about the time change.
Did anyone else watch the Leonard Nimoy episodes from last Sunday on WeTV?
We watched some of them last night. I thought Columbo held up well, and I liked Nimoy as the bad guy.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E, not so much! Illya Kuryakin was very cute, and I had a crush on him as a girl. William Shatner was in that episode, too, and I was surprised to see how good looking he was! Was he that cute back in Star Trek days?
The Twilight Zone episode was not very spooky. I have high hopes for Mission:Impossible, and Get Smart should be good for a laugh. I have pretty low expectations for how that one will hold up.
Still sad about Leonard Nimoy, though, great actor and great man.
If you are a foodie, go to the food network site, and find out which places made Diners Drive-Ins and Dives from the area.
Yeah, they had to. Different times at each end of the Johor Causeway would have been weird.
@Ruckus: that was good for a laugh!
Part of Indiana is in the Eastern time zone.
Ilya Kuryakin was the most Scottish-sounding Russian I ever heard until Sean Connery in The Hunt for Red October.
When will Rand Paul speak out against the evil of fiat time?
@Tommy: Want to spend a night in a Frank Lloyd Wright house? The fireplace works and they supply the firewood. The Penfield House has a web site. There’s a pretty good art museum in Cleveland.
@Amir Khalid: That one line would be a good thread starter. Cole does that all the time.
:: cough cough ::
(I owed you one.)
It’s been a while since I worked in that field, but I believe olive oil is primarily OLEIC acid (18 carbons, one double bond) and other vegetable oils, corn, etc, have the linoleic acid (18 carbons, two double bonds).
And a friend swears by coconut oil for various skin afflictions, which has primarily short chain saturated fatty acids.
@Amir Khalid: yeah, the accent was good for a giggle last night.
@Baud: You could have waited until I said something deep, or pithy or really funny.
Oh, wait. By the time that happened, we might have both forgotten about THIS.
I always crack up that Alec Baldwin’s Russian is much better than Connery’s.
@pat: Ice water helps; releases ongoing damage, lowers inflammation and swelling, re-hydrates.
But it needs to happen quickly.
But I can’t think of a more important issue to support you on.
@pat: Speaking of oils, I have been wondering about giving coconut oil to my kitties. Is that something I would need to check with the vet about before I do it? Also, might that help my little pup who seems to sometimes have to strain when he poops? (sorry about TMI)
@Baud: Very true! Consider your this graciously accepted.
@WereBear: If you were a green-skinned alien lady in skimpy native dress.
@Tommy: For several years I worked as a paralegal and had to deal with colleagues or outside clients and other people not in NYC all the time. I learned to translate the time in NYC to L.A. or Europe quickly so I could contact people when they’d be in their offices. NYC to L.A. or Sacramento or San Diego or Tucson was beneficial to me because I could hold off on making phone calls to request materials by overnight mail till the afternoon my time and still get the materials the next day when I could use them.
I, too, like DST.
But for those who hate the spring forward part, we could instead fall back 23 hours in spring. Then instead of losing an hour you’d gain (most of) a Saturday. 3-day weekend to begin spring!
@WaterGirl: Works great! I put it on their paws, then they have to lick it off.
@MattF: This is the Internet. You don’t know I’m not.
Make it a rake and in one day you’ll have performed a complete Three Stooges episode.
@Tommy: I don’t like sandwiches that tall because I can’t bite into them. I end up taking some of the meat off. Then I have it wrapped to bring home as leftovers. Granted it might be hard for you to do on a business trip.
Jeez, I don’t know. Just that there seems to be some new thing going on with coconut oil, which is pretty solid at room temp but liquid at body temp. I’m out of the field of lipid metabolism for the last ten years and have no clue what is going on now. Try it, it can’t hurt, is my considered advice. They sell pure coconut oil in a lot of organic and health food stores. Our co-op stocks it. My friend buys it by the jar full.
Wonkette’s Editrix sure has a way with words, and it’s why I love her:
Fortunately there’s the encouragement of fellow denizens of social media to keep her motivated:
Truly a kumbaya moment…
@WereBear: And ‘Woof’ to you, too.
Daylight Savings Time is just another discriminatory law passed by the Morning Person oppressors.
Morning people. They conspire to ensure that they, and they alone, ascend to management where, day after day, year after year, we have to endure them and their constant conflation of an accident of biology with morality and industriousness. Bad enough we have to put up with their barely repressed fury that they can’t fire us for not coming into work two hours early like they do and their belief that work done between 6:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. is somehow superior–comparatively, economically and morally–to work done between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. But DST? DST is just like their penchant for goddamned breakfast meetings: another way to punish those who aren’t like them by stealing an hour of sleep from us.
@Tommy: I responded late in the last thread – but here goes again, Check out what is happening at the Cleveland Playhouse – they have very fine theater offerings.
@NCSteve: Just explain to me why every meeting scheduled by a Late-Riser is last thing Friday afternoon. There are earlier hours, y’know. And there are even other days of the week.
@NCSteve: Hear hear!
@WaterGirl: You’re right; I don’t have problems with the time change. And I’ve not changed any of my household clocks yet. Time-Warner send out it’s pulse and changes the clock on the cable box and the computer changes it’s clock. I’m good. I’ll change the other clocks later.
@MattF: friday afternoon meetings are the worst, although lunchtime meetings where food isn’t served is right up there alongside.
I’m busier than a two-peckered goat today, what with changing the clocks, cooking dinner for the family, boiling water for tooth-brushing (we’re under a boil water advisory because of a water main break) and pushing snow off our side porch roof.
@WaterGirl: I found out that my cats like it because they went nuts trying to lick it off my hair when I was conditioning. I eat it a lot as well. Anyway I put a big spoonful into a tiny bowl and put it at the cat feeding station and they help themselves. They don’t eat much, they just lick it once in a while, I guess they know how much they need? The dogs like it a lot too, but they would finish whatever I put out so I put it in their supper.
Or let them lick some off a rubber spatula. It’s amusing to have the dogs each licking their own side at the same time.
This year “Daylight Savings Time” it starts on March 8 and ends on November 1. That’s almost eight months. A year has twelve months. So “Standard Time” is about four months. Why don’t we just call the longer period “Standard Time” and call the rest of it “Winter Time” or something like that? Stupid.
@HinTN: Wow. I’d love to spend a night in a Frank Lloyd Wright House. I’ll be looking it up.
Have you seen Kingsman yet? Thamuel L. Jackthon thpendth the entire movie talking with a thilly Daffy Duck lithp.
J R in WV
Daylight time or not.
Arizona doesn’t do daylight time at all, except… The Navajo Nation, which is like 20% of the state DOES do Daylight time. Which is only confusing if you’re traveling into and out of the Nation.
I was in and out of Indiana in the summertime, just for recreational rockhunting. There are great marine fossils and geodes with fine crystals inside in southern Indiana. And I don’t wear a watch, ever, unless I’m hiking and need to get home (out of the woods) before dark.
But the time always seemed off while traveling in Indiana, even tho it didn’t matter to us what time it was.
Cleveland has good food. There are other museums around the Cleveland Museum of Art, so if you like that you can probably kill more than one day there. They call it Museum Circle, and there’s a botanical garden, the Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Institute of Music, a restaurant called L’Albatros (French, 4 and a half stars) The Crawford Auto Aviation Museum, AND the Museum of Contemporary Art, separate and distinct from the Cleveland Museum of Art…
So, yeh, you could spend at least a couple of days there. It’s also very near Severance Hall where the Orchestra performs, did I see you planning to go there? Should be killer, they’re famous for a reason. A neighbor inherited a violin that turned out to be high-end and it’s leased to a player there IIRC. Interesting as he’s a great musician, but totally different, old time string band music…
Got up kind of confused because my computer and phone agreed with the clocks in this condo, and then I found out that Hawaii does not celebrate* Daylight Savings.
*Celebrate is the term I use because we like an extra hour of daylight in the evening. Before retirement it meant that we didn’t drive home from work in the dark, and there were fewer accidents and lighter traffic on the 91 from Torrance to Anaheim.
@WereBear: I assume you mean the cats an not the puppy?
Are you referring to the fact that coconut oil seems to be a new fad, kind of like kale? Or do you mean there is some new info that calls into question whether coconut oil is good or not?
@Tommy: Cleveland Museum of Art
@WaterGirl: It’s good for everybody! It’s just that puppies generally have to be persuaded NOT to eat things :)
It might have been here that someone made a dog joke: “What is this? I’d better eat it.”
@muddy: Yeah, I do that with whipped cream for the kitties and the dog. (Haven’t tried it since I got the new pup.) I end up dipping my thumb and fingers into the whipped cream so everybody gets their own appendage to lick. Otherwise, the size difference gives Tucker an unfair advantage. But they are all perfectly happy getting their treat together because, whipped cream!!
It’s a great treat at my house since Tucker is allergic to so many things. But whipped cream is not one of them!
I don’t know Cleveland well enough to be able to give guidance on food or sights or events, but reading about the concert I can’t tell you how envious I am. You are in for a treat! The Seventh may be my favorite Beethoven symphony (although they’re all very different and I adore them all). You are going to hear the Cleveland Orchestra under one of my very favorite conductors around today, Fabio Luisi — he is principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, and I’m always thrilled when he happens to be the conductor for one of the HD or broadcast performances. And then there’s Jean-Yves Thibaudet, a really terrific pianist, playing the Liszt Second Concerto. Lucky, lucky you. I don’t know the Francesconi “Cobalt, Scarlet: Two Colors of Dawn” but it seems to be on YouTube and I am going to check it out a little later — the title alone intrigues me. Anyhow, it sounds like a great program and I hope you enjoy yourself and will give us a review.
Anything new on your passport and possible trip to Scotland?
@Violet: Why? Because pretty soon when they change it again we’d be calling it the “new standard time” or the “old new standard time” or the “new old standard time”.
@Amir Khalid: Is that Kingsman: The Secret Service?
I just googled and didn’t read anything about daffy duck or a lisp.
That’s very funny. I laughed out loud.
Iowa Old Lady
@J R in WV: That sounds like a wonderful area. Now I want to go to Cleveland.
Perfect time to get a puppy. We’ve been at the park all day in perfect weather. Fifty five degrees & sunny. Jade is worn out and I must admit I’m up for a nap my own self.
Yep. I don’t know why the reviews don’t mention it, but it’s the goofiest thing I’ve seen in a Samuel Jackson acting performance, goofier than even his Pulp Fiction Jheri curls.
@WaterGirl: I think they don’t want to have something called “Winter Time” or “Darkness Descends Time” or something equally as dreary. People will get upset.
A few years ago was in the UK for a long weekend when their time fell back and hour. Came home and the following weekend the US time fell back an hour. Got two extra hours of sleep!
@Amir Khalid: That sounds fun!
@Violet: I like “Darkness Descending”. Let’s call it like it is!
Did anyone else watch Dig?
@rikyrah: recorded it, but not watched yet. was it worth all the hype?
@Iowa Old Lady:
I had been dating a girl for about three weeks when Labor day came up. We decided that we should go out of town together, as you do. We knew the typical choice, Rehoboth, would be a nightmare, so we started looking for a place nobody would go for a romantic getaway labor day weekend. I booked a B&B in Cleveland. A very nice, successful weekend.
She’s long gone, but it was a great idea.
@Amir Khalid: Yes, but the movie as a whole did one of the best jobs I’ve seen dancing right on the line of “over the top” and never quiiiiiiite going over it.
Huge fun entertaining romp of a movie.
@Mike J: Nice story! Perfect for a happy Sunday afternoon.
How’s your dad? Are you guys spooked since no one knows just what happened, worried that it might happen again? Or just relieved that he seems to be fine?
With an IT background, I of course, am a big believer in this school of thought: “if you see it once it’s an anomaly, if you see it twice, you’ll see it again”.
Thamuel Jackthon’s lithping villain was a fine example of dancing on the edge of over-the-top, wasn’t it?
@Tommy: There’s the house that “A Christmas Story” was filmed in. The Pro Football HOF is anout 30 minutes away.
Wow, this is a slow day. Time change is really messing with me. I can’t seem to get much done. Cold and rain aren’t helping.
This is a few days old, but hilarious in yet another example of McPinkHimalayanSalt’s stupidity:
So she was three in 2012. Guess that explains some stuff.
Tree With Water
Hillary Clinton would be wise to heed Bill Currey, whose words are posted at Salon.com:
“..Her handlers say she needs the cash to fund operations till her campaign gets up and running and that voters won’t care or remember. If she or her people really think that, she’s in trouble. Her lead over her opponents has dropped by a half to two-thirds since January — and that was before this week’s ruckus over her emails. Her people say voters will forget about that too. Maybe so, but the traits she exhibits now got her in trouble in her last campaign and even in her days as First Lady fighting for health care and fending off her husband’s pursuers. It’s a bunker mentality infused with a scent of entitlement and it’s a deadly combination. Regardless of whether any other Democrat gets up the gumption to challenge her, she needs to get outdoors right now — and she needs to have something to say..”.
@WaterGirl: He’s got appointments with several docs to try to figure it out, but he and my mom had an appointment back east this week, and they cleared him to travel, so they left today. So I’m still concerned, but he seems fine for now. If he were a computer I’d be looking for a way to make him crash again, but not in this case.
@NCSteve: LOL that was good
@Tree With Water:
@Tree With Water:
Like hiking? What does this even mean?
@Mike J: So sorry! I did not intend to sound like I was comparing your dad to a computer!
@Corner Stone: Which opponents? The republican match-ups that have been polling -that would be my guess.
@Violet: She needs to get outdoors right now = get out of he bubble and have something to say to the people who are watching this.
Isn’t she the one with the perpetually broken calculator? Maybe her calendar is on the fritz as well?
Here’s a couple of shots from the yard today.
It’s coming soon.
@Baud: Yeah, her calendar must have gastritis as well.
@WaterGirl: Yeah, that’s probably what it means. It just looks weird in that excerpt.
@WaterGirl: No offense was taken! I’m also a geek, and also try to break stuff.
@raven: Gorgeous colors. But no dogs.
@WaterGirl: A little early to give much of a damn about them, isn’t it? We’re going to go into a defensive crouch before she even announces, much less has a primary challenger?
I grew up in Indiana and my family still lives there. I can never remember what time it is when I call. People liked being on Central time because because the prime time TV shows came on an hour earlier, and it was the same time as Chicago. A lot of people in the northwest corner work in Chicago.
@Baud: The Bohdi doesn’t care for this picture taking. . .unless there is a ball involved.
And then there is Raven’s resting place.
@Mike J: I knew exactly what you meant about trying crash the computer – in other circumstances you would be trying to reproduce the error.
Glad to hear that I hadn’t offended you.
It is about 6:30 pm EDT. The sun is still shining brightly. Daylight savings time RULZ!!!!
@Amir Khalid: Oh look. The potential for another possibly unpaid forced vacation! Yay team me!
@raven: Pretty! My bulbs are blooming. Usually there’s a progression but this year the weather has been so weird I’ve got daffodils, tulips, iris (Dutch) and hyacinth blooming at the same time. Riot of color.
We’ve got rain at the moment and it’s cold, which is good because it means the bulbs will slow down a bit and last longer than if the weather had stayed in the high 70’s we had one day last week. I just hope the expected torrential rain we’re supposed to get over the next day doesn’t come down so hard it destroys the blooms.
Fruit trees are blooming as well. They’re getting big enough that there are a lot of blooms on them so they’re pretty this time of year. Cherry, plum and apple so far. The peach/nectarine is just starting.
@Origuy: In pre-Google times, I had tickets to a concert in Indianapolis, IN. None of us could be sure what time it was in Indianapolis and we didn’t want to miss the concert or get there too early.
So I called (area code for Indianapolis) 555-1212, explained about my time zone issue and asked the operator what time it was there. She said something like it’s 5pm here. I replied with something silly like, oh, you must be in a different time zone, it’s 5:07 here.
There was total silence on the other end of the line. I always hate having to explain that something was a joke!
@raven: Awww…that’s sweet. I love that he gets a Buddha! Is that St. Francis on the other side?
@Violet: My bride made her first trip to the Growers Warehouse this morning and spent the day going at it. With the addition looming we’re not sure exactly what’s what but we’ll forge ahead! They may pave the street tomorrow but, if not, it looks like another week of rain.
@Violet: Yes, and there is a big concrete cocker there too. Also a St Christophers medal hanging. I lit a candle every day for a year and then we’ve gone to a solar lcd for the little fella.
@Violet: I always forget where you life, but it’s clearly in a warmer climate than here.
I was just thinking on some slow day at BJ, we should have a “name that location” contest. People could toss out commenter names and we could race to answer where they live.
* I realize that it’s possible that that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever said on the internet.
@WaterGirl: FDL always had a big thing about being “first” on a thread. The also had an EPU which meant a topic carried forward (I think). Ask Jeff.
@raven: That’s how it is with gardens. You just have to go ahead. Maybe not invest the big bucks in walkways or pergolas or whatever, but the plants, you just have to put them in even if you know things may change.
@raven: Awww…very sweet. I know you loved that pup. You were lucky to have found each other.
I always went to the Carnegie (and Stage too) with a friend. We’d split a sandwich and get a cup of soup. Much more manageable.
This doesn’t seem possible:
When the inevitable someone comes forward with an email from Graham, will he have to quit for being a liar?
You people are rock stars. I asked where to go when I am in Clevland this week and got so much info. I booked shows in a concert hall. They are doing this Saturday, Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony. A few places to eat were suggested. Well a lot of places to eat. I will try to go to all of them. Eat until I hurt. Thank you, thank you, many thanks.
@debbie: No, he’ll just shrug it off.
@WaterGirl: That might be a fun game. Could be easy to identify some, like Amir or Raven, since they mention their locations a lot. Others a little more difficult.
Yes, I’m in the land of the miserable summer. Usually our winters aren’t so bad but this year it seems to have been cold a lot, at least once the holidays hit. And then we’ve had these seesaw weeks where it’s hot then cold. As a gardener it’s maddening. I was late planting my tomato seedlings because I didn’t want to put them out the day before a freeze, which it always seemed to do just after the weekend. I finally put them in last Sunday and it froze on Thursday or Friday. But Wednesday was almost 80 degrees. Crazy-making.
According to polls done by Marist College & McClatchy, comparing March and December, we see the following (just for example):
Clinton-Bush: 49-42 down from 53-40 (+7 down from +13)
Clinton-Cruz: 53-39 down from 54-39 (+14 down from +15)
Clinton-Paul: 51-40 down from 54-40 (+11 down from +14)
Clinton-Perry: 51-42 down from 58-37 (+9 down from +21)
Not dispositive, obviously, but an answer to your question.
@debbie: No, of course not. There will be no consequences for a lie like that. He’ll then say something about staff sending email for him. Blah blah blah.
Nothing says “common man” like saying you’ve never sent an email. Relatable!
@Cervantes: Clinton Bush 49-42? Godfrey Daniel.
Late to thread but I cannot recommend any of Michael Symon’s restaurants, from the burger joint to Lola, highly enough. Fantastic at any price, but the multiple venues and dining options let you choose how much you want to spend, especially if you like meat (and often bacon with your meat) and beautifully done sides. Best roasted Brussels sprouts I’ve ever eaten. Just orgasmic.
@Tommy: When I saw Jeff Beck with Rod Stewart, Nikki Hopkins and Ron Wood (Truth Album) Pacific Gas and Electric opened for them. As good as Beck was I have never seen a more incredible guitar performance than that of Glen Schwartz. He was replaced by Joe Walsh in the James Gang and, soon after I saw him, got born again quit rock and roll. He sometimes plays a place called Hooples in Cleveland.
Damn. Yes, I know, more first world problems. But there’s too much good tv stuff on Sunday nights.
Tonight, two of my favorite movies on TCM. ‘My Favorite Year’ and next ‘Ghost and Mrs. Muir.’ Then all the original series, ‘Shameless’, ‘Walking Dead’, ‘Girls’, ‘Episodes.’ I’m surprised AMC didn’t try to cram ‘Better Call Saul’ into Sunday as well.
No, no DVR
Now that’s what I’m talking about.
Pacific Gas & Electric – – – ” Are You Ready ? “
Ah, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir! The best thing Rex Harrison ever did. Enjoy it!
@Violet: Raven and his brother Smoky were the last in the line of Cocker’s that my wife’s family had. She often says she kept me because of our mutual love for critters!
Graham was born in 1955.
He was an active member of the USAF until 1988.
He served in the SC House 1993-93, the US House of Representatives 1995-2003, and the US Senate 2003-present.
It simply beggars belief that he has never, as a member of the military, the state legislature, or the Congress of the United States of America, sent a single email in his life. Or even as just a person of his age group.
I call shenanigans.
It is so cute to think of that tiny little fluffball you posted the other day growing up to be such a wise, soulful, patient dog.
@geg6: As I said in another comment I will go to Lola Bistro. Will have his trout for dinner. But there are so many other things I’d like on his menu, I might ask for a little “love” to try it all.
@raven: EPU was short for EvilParallelUniverse, a commenter there. He was known for long winded comments that took so long to type that often there was new thread up before he could post it, so an “EPU’d comment” became short for any comment posted to a dead thread. — “I was so long searching for that article to rebut your point that I EPU’d myself.”
Sweet Lindsay says he’s never sent an email. I bet there are men in South Carolina who would beg to differ.
I also bet Chuck Todd didn’t bother following up on that and just accepted Graham’s word at face value.
Where are you staying while in cleveland? (Sorry if I missed an earlier mention.)
@jeffreyw: You da man!
@raven: I am 45. When I was like 10 I wanted a Cocker. Actually an English Springer Spaniel. Begged and begged my parents for one. Never got it. Even to this day I feel I might not be worthy of that dog and not gotten one.
His secretary sent them. It was actually an issue as email started becoming more popular that many higher ups never directly communicated with people unless and until they wanted to. There are plenty of people his age who have their emails printed out for them to read in the car, and then they tell an underling how to respond.
Of course having other people handle all your email is sort of like not recognizing a bar code scanner in a grocery.
Okay. Just WTF is wrong with Lindsey Graham?
@Tommy: English Cockers are a bit bigger and have longer snouts. Watch this video that I found years ago. When Jimmy Met Misty.
Yikes. Not that old chestnut again.
It never happened.
I wonder if Lindsey has ever used Grindr?
I have to say that the pic of POTUS and FLOTUS walking hand in hand with John Lewis, along with the girls holding hands with them,is one of the most powerful photos I have seen in a long time.
With all respect to Betty Cracker, Mustang Bobby, and any other Floridians around these parts — how the bloody hell can your governor decide that state employees may not use terms like “climate change,” “global warming,” or “sustainability”?
How can they even address these compelling, urgent issues without …. ?
Oh, okay. I get it now.
@SiubhanDuinne: He’s obviously disavowing emails sent from his office to constituents.
The guy is a lyin’ weasel, pure and simple.
I mean no disrespect to lyin’ weasels.
@raven: That “first” thing drove me absolutely crazy on the Obama blog.
@SiubhanDuinne: I never said he wasn’t a liar, I said it’s possible for people to view themselves as being too important to deal with things the plebes do, like email.
@shelley: My Favorite Year is wonderful.
But I will miss it, cause I’m on an airplane for the next two hours.
On the subject of delicatessens, there is one nearby that is decorated with all manner of photos relevant to deli and Jewish culture. The one that puzzles the younglings is a giant B&W poster of an extremely WASP-y looking Nelson Rockefeller in a suit and tie standing in a deli with two middle-aged guys in paper food worker hats and white aprons, rows of salamis hanging in the background, and Nelson holding a sandwich.
I had to explain to them that in the 50s and 60s, running for political office in NY meant being photographed at least once eating traditional ethnic food for every ethnic group in the city, if not the state. I don’t know if it is still true.
@WereBear: Um, everything?
@Baud: I’m afraid to google that. Is that a “find a gay partner” app?
Even cutting out everything sent by staffers to constituents, I still don’t believe it. I simply do not believe that a 60-year-old American male has never ever NEVAH EVAH sent one single email. I would argue that he is of the generation that most fully embraced that technology. Hell, I’m 13 years older, and I’ve been emailing (both professionally and personally) for over 25 years.
Lindsey’s assertion doesn’t pass the stink test.
How the hell can you have a white collar job, in 2015, and not use e-mail, unless you really, really hate the people you work with and for and want to spend all your time playing golf instead of communicating with your co-workers.
I understand that. I know there are many privileged elite snowflakes out there who have minions for that sort of thing.
I still don’t believe him.
Digging in on this one.
This is Jade Dyson B puppy hope that works.
I’ll keep trying
Tree With Water
From comments I’ve gleaned having listened to a few Cactus League broadcasts, Arizona’s chamber of commerce must be making a concerted effort to grab Florida’s remaining spring training venues. Every broadcast features a blatant P.R. spiel about the beauties of baseball in the spring desert air. It will happen, too. Florida’s camps and ball fields are too far apart, while Arizona made an intelligent and calculated effort to build a long term infrastructure. In a few years, all MLB teams will be training there. Then again, with Cuba in play, who knows?
I can actually better understand that he might not use email in 2015, or even in much of the 21st century.
I can’t believe that he didn’t take it out for a spin in the ’80s and ’90s.
If I got the name right…
Mike in NC
So a former US congressman, current US senator, lawyer, and colonel in the Air Force Reserve can go a full day without sending an email? What a sack of horseshit.
That’s just wrong. A sixty year old was 45 years old 15 years ago, i.e. in 2000, when e-mail was firmly established as an important thing you used on the job. Unless these guys were in the C-Suite as 30 and 40 year olds, I do not see how they could have avoided communicating via e-mail on their climb up the ladder.
@Jacks mom: Your puppy is adorable! Here’s the link to the picture: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/16539816167/
@Jacks mom: Here ya go
@SiubhanDuinne: If he’s not lying, he’s so out of touch with normal Americans he’s not fit to represent them.
Villago Delenda Est
@Mike in NC: Well, he doesn’t do email because he doesn’t want to leave a trail. Which might then hold him accountable for some asshattery or stupidity or outright criminality he’s involved in.
Because he, like all other Rethuglican swine, never wants to be held responsible for anything he’s done. Because there are so many abhorrent things he should be held responsible for, that he feels most strongly that ONLY the “little people” should be. Not important motherfuckers like Huckleberry Closetcase.
@Violet: Thank you for the pic. Jade is going to be very happy.
@Tree With Water:
It doesn’t sound likely. A number of your old-line political powerhouses (Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies, Cards, Orioles, Tigers) are very well-established there. I’d be interested to hear what Betty and other Florida baseball fans think, though.
ETA: Besides, all those teams have to cope with hot humid weather at home during the regular season, so they may not view it as a big deal.
Probably Lindsey Graham has only used .gov addresses, and when that comes out will piously say that it was not HIS email, but rather the government’s. Not like that sneak Hillary with her super-secret personal emailing out of her underpants or whatever.
@raven: Clearly there is a lot of shit going on in that video. If I got a Cocker she/he would have to bow down to my cat. There are few things I know for true in this life, one is my cat runs my house, I just live in it. I’ve wanted a dog many times. Many times. Why I have not gotten one is my cat. Worried they might not mix well.
I’ve said this once or twice here. I fucking love my cat. She is a rock star. When I am lonely she is there. When I am pissed off, there. She is always there for me. She is amazing. I worry a dog would change that and not totally open to it.
Tree With Water
@Mike in NC: It goes a long way in explaining why FBI computer systems were antiquated on 9/11, doesn’t it? It also betrays a mentality particularly if not completely ill equipped to render judgements in matters regarding surveillance state agencies. Graham just might get my vote as the most obnoxious republican of them all. He doesn’t even rise to level of being a piss-ant. That’s how big a sack of horses-shit he is.
@Mike J: Compare Senator Lindsey “I’ve never used email” Graham with Senator Barack Obama who was so addicted to his Blackberry it was part of his image while running for president. And they had to come up with a more secure version for him once he became president.
Well, it looks like it could be good. Got a lot of the elements that I like..
jacksmom: Awwwwwwwww! Puppeh!
Tree With Water
While it wouldn’t do Florida any good, it would be a brilliant “ping pong” diplomatic stride were MLB to re-locate the entire Grapefruit League to Cuba. It certainly couldn’t hurt, unless your a baseball fan in Florida.
@shelley: I’ve always loved The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. Even the TV series was pretty good. Good story and performances.
@Jacks mom: Cute puppeh. He has such big paws. He’ll be large as he grows into them.
Dreher is so cute when he stands athwart history yelling “Make it stop!”
@Tommy: Oh, Beethoven’s 7th is my favorite, apart from the 9th, but everybody seems to like the 9th.
J R in WV
It was in the 50s here today, in W Va… and most of the now here – only about a foot – melted away. Friends up higher and east of here told me they had 30 inches of snow like concrete, and that was before this last 10 inch storm.
But this coming week should bne like spring in our neck of the woods.
I’ll try not to get a sunburn, Betty!
Expect those numbers to continue to slide as voters remember they don’t really like Hillary just the idea of her. Her poll #s were always inflated. She has 100% name reogonition while outside of Bush, the rest of the GOP field is pretty unknown.
As for Graham never sending an email, I would buy it. My parents never sent an email until 2 years ago when they retired. They either did everything via letter, fax, in person meetings or on a phone call. My Dad had an assistant to he gave hand-written notes to and she would type them up as emails, etc. They were both white-collar business people.
I’d guess a lot of these Senators do almost no work themselves. They likely get briefed on stuff by their staff and verbally tell them what to do. And maybe Graham doesn’t have anyone in his private life that would require getting email for like kids living far away, etc.
Chicago Reverts to Swamp!
We’ve hit a stretch of temperatures in the 40s, supposedly nearly 60 tomorrow, and all that snow is vanishing. I’m tempted to break out my spring jackets, but there’s still quite a chill in the air.
So as soon as I finish my morning editing, I’m going to go out and watch it melt — probably at North Pond in Lincoln Park, where I can also watch the geese looking for something to eat that’s not all brown and dried out.
As for the time change, all my clocks made the transition, except for my internal one. Yesterday was a loss — I was an hour behind the rest of the world all day.
DST is the best. The day it begins is my favorite day of the year, followed by the winter solstice, when days begin to get longer again. My least favorite day of the year is the day DST ends. The summer solstice is not the opposite of the winter, because despite days beginning to get shorter, they do so slowly enough to cushion the blow, which only becomes intolerable on the day DST ends.
The days DST begins and ends are palpably good and bad, while the winter solstice is all about hope — hope of yet another spring and renewal. The incremental change in the length of the day is secondary.
Since my attitude toward DST is wholly positive, adapting to the change isn’t an issue.