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Campus Chatter – April 19, 2012

April 19, 2012

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Campus Chatter – April 19, 2012

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Captain James Cook sighted Australia and Marie Antoinette married Louis XVI today (1770). Also, the Netherlands recognized the independent United States and John Adams’ house in The Hague became the first U.S. embassy (1782), Venezuela achieved home rule (1810), the Treaty of London established the Kingdom of Belgium (1839), Charles Duryea claimed to drive the first automobile in the U.S. (1892), Mae West was jailed for obscenity over her play Sex (1927), Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco (1956), Sierra Leone became a republic (1971), The Simpsons premiered as a cartoon short on The Tracy Ullman Show (1987), and the Bundestag returned to Berlin after the reunification of Germany (1999). And Fidel Castro resigned after 45 years as head of Cuba’s Communist Party (2011).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::

52 Responses to “Campus Chatter – April 19, 2012”

  1. winterbanyan Says:

    Yesterday on Campus

    Morning FeatureWinning Progressive with Questions for Mitt Romney on Guns and the NRA
    Midday Matinee – addisnana with The Diner
    Campus QuestionWill the Romney dog issue sit, stay, or roll over?
    Our EarthEmperor Penguins: Census by Satellite

    Today on Campus

    Morning FeatureSustaining Hope, Part I: Looking Back
    Noontime News at noon
    Midday Matinee – triciawyse with Fursdai Furries
    Campus Question at 6pm ET
    Evening Focus at 7pm ET – Smartypants with Obama’s Advantage

  2. Norbrook Says:

    Good morning. It’s currently 28 degrees here, expected to get into the mid-60′s. I’m finishing up packing, getting ready to head down to my aunt’s for the next two days. After that, it’s back to “getting ready to go out into the field.” Followed by “meetings about being in the field” :roll: and then “put things together so you can do something in the field.” This will be interspersed with random episodes of screaming at various HQ personnel that you don’t have (fill in the blank) you’re supposed to have, or (ahem) asking why this critical piece of equipment wasn’t fixed over the winter. :roll: Fun times ahead. :lol:

    Great picture over at APOD today: Discovery departs for the last time.

    • glendaw271 Says:

      Good luck with your aunt this weekend. Then, good luck dealing with ‘getting ready to go out into the field’ and dealing with the people who didn’t get the equipment fixed or some other thing that could have been done over the winter, but wasn’t.

      • Norbrook Says:

        We’ll see about the maintenance. There’s a new boss who started last year around this time, so hopefully, he’s gotten them more in shape than before. There always seems to be something that didn’t get repaired over the winter. Last year it was a diaphragm pump, which was supposed to have a new diaphragm installed. It didn’t, and the “tinkering” we had to do all summer was ulcer-inducing. The year before that, a piece of battery-powered equipment didn’t get new batteries, and to top it off, had been left in outside storage in the “operational” mode. :shock: One of the spring rituals :cry: is to see supervisors waving a stack of service requests they submitted last fall in front of whomever is currently in charge of the maintenance group, “wondering” why they weren’t done . The new boss got a brutal introduction to that … here he is, new to the job and the area, and he’s got a bunch of irate field supervisors yelling at him. :lol:

    • addisnana Says:

      Seems that your Aunt and the HQ personnel may have the same problem of not getting stuff done. I do hope your Aunt is making progress on moving. For sure you get good nephew points for all your help.

      Thanks for the photo. Wow!

    • winterbanyan Says:

      I see you have your “plan” in place, Norbrook. Even the screaming part. ;)

      As for the Discovery, that story saddened me. It saddened me even more to discover the shuttle program is now under a secret Air Force project and that the military has an unspecified number of smaller, unmanned shuttles that are supposed to remain in orbit up to a year. Now what the heck are they up to?

      You are a great person to take care of your aunt.

      • Norbrook Says:

        All of us have a dream that one year, we’ll be able to just start the field season on time, that all the equipment will be working, and that our set-up will only involve putting things together and on-site, with only a few minor repairs for any winter damage. Oh, and that we have all the staff we’re supposed to, and that they’re all experienced and there when we need them. So far, in 9 years in this job, that … hasn’t happened.

        • addisnana Says:

          At least you know you’re dreaming. :smile:

          • Norbrook Says:

            Bitter experience. :lol: Mostly what turns us very quickly from happy, easy-going people who are happy to finally get out behind a desk into grouches is the stuff that “was supposed to be done, but wasn’t.” We expect that there’s going to be some problem we’ll run into out there, like trees falling over the winter, or a porcupine deciding that the wood equipment shelter looked delicious, or something washing out. That’s annoying, but it doesn’t really bother you much. It’s amazing how fast I can go from “zero to a***hole” when you find that a critical piece of equipment wasn’t fixed, the tree crews went through and cut down some dangerous trees, but “forgot” to block them up and move them out of the trail, the main office didn’t bother telling the phone company to turn on the phones in the field offices, or the staff you were promised seems to be mysteriously absent. That’s why people hide from me in the spring. :lol:

        • winterbanyan Says:

          Always dream big. That’s my advice. ;)

    • NCrissieB Says:

      I’m sure you scream at the various HQ personnel because they’re wearing ear protection for the chain saws and boats that they use and you can’t…. ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  3. glendaw271 Says:

    It’s a warm 53° here already. It’s supposed to be a rainy day here, but I don’t mind it so much if it’s warm while it’s raining, and no severe storms are expected.

    It looks like we are going to have a busier May than usual this year, and May is usually are busiest month as it is for the W house. For some reason, we seem to congregate most of the birthdays in May and June. This year, in addition, we have the Older W coming back from Italy, the Younger W graduating from high school, and the Older W possibly heading to Denver for his architectural apprenticeship (his interview for that is this afternoon).

    • winterbanyan Says:

      Sounds like a busy month indeed, Glenda. Lots of good things, though. How are your cramps?

    • addisnana Says:

      Good morning. We have a rainy day forecast also with a high in the low 50′s. This is more normal weather but after the balmy March it does feel chilly.

      My camper is ready to go except for moving clothes and stuff. The guy and the shop showed me the rim of my old tires. They were ready to throw the tread at any time. I’m feeling so lucky that they waited until I got to the shop and got the new ones on. My guardian angel was clearly working overtime. :smile:

      • winterbanyan Says:

        My thanks to your Guardian Angel. :) I can just imagine the excitement you must be feeling, getting ready to go again. And I know how much you (mostly) enjoy your time in the Northwoods, and what good friends you have up there.

        You must be so impatient to get going!

    • NCrissieB Says:

      Good luck to Older W on that interview! Is this an interview by phone/Skype, or does the Denver firm have an office in Italy also?

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • glendaw271 Says:

        You know, I just assumed it would be a phone interview so I didn’t even ask. We’ll find out how it goes soon, as he’ll need to be there about ten days after he gets back if he gets the position.

  4. winterbanyan Says:

    Good morning. I’m exhausted for no good reason. I started feeling this way yesterday afternoon. I had a full night’s sleep and maybe a little extra. I woke up this morning wanting to go to bed, barely able to keep my eyes open. Go figure. I need toothpicks for my eyelids, and just want to crawl right back under the covers. I’m putting it down to allergies and hoping some coffee helps.

    I hope this morning finds you all well and looking forward to a decent day!

    • addisnana Says:

      Could be allergies but maybe you just accidentally overdosed on the “news.” Too much of the craziness wipes me out. Not even coffee helps with news induced fatigue for me.

      Careful with those toothpicks!

    • NCrissieB Says:

      I fell asleep on time last night and awoke embarrassingly early this morning, for no good reason. Still, that meant I got Morning Feature done on time, so I guess it was worth it. :smile:

      Hope you feel more awake soon, winterbanyan! :grin:

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • glendaw271 Says:

      Well, maybe it’s just that you need a little extra sleep. Or allergies.

      And I’ll repeat addisnana’s warning about those toothpicks!

  5. winterbanyan Says:

    Oh, I am reading the most exciting detective story, propelled by a show on the Discovery Channel. It’s called The Jesus Family Tomb and it’s a real-life archeological thriller. I’m going to follow it up with the second volume (The Jesus Discovery) that was the basis for the TV show.

    Lots of fascinating information about Jerusalem and Judaism in the first century, a gripping account of discovery and a lot of good questions. Believe what you will, it’s still informative and edge-of-the-seat at times. It’s also fun to play with ideas and potential implications. It also beats Dan Brown hands-down. ;)

  6. Gardener Says:

    Good morning!

    Whew, aunts, interviews, field work, packing, leg cramps, and lack of sleep. I am fasting for routine blood work, so all together now….. “I’m not Happy!” Then, “Which one are you?” There……

    Read a bit about Ted Nugent last night on teh Kos. Somebody called him a Chickenhawk, will have to look into that…….. Sounds like a plain old jerk, who knew?

    Hope everyone has a decent day.

    Best, G

    • addisnana Says:

      I looked at some photos and video of your protest in Springfield against Walker. I didn’t see your sign but it looks like you had a very good turnout.

    • winterbanyan Says:

      Considering that Nugent showed up for his draft induction having not bathed or changed in a month, covered in his own feces and urine, Chickenhawk would just about cover it. Or Chickensh*t as someone else said….

      Sorry you’re fasting. My doc always makes sure I get the work done the instant he opens his office. He’s sympathetic. ;)

      • Gardener Says:

        Appt. is for 9:45. Had an earlier one on Tuesday, but wanted to go to the reception, so changed it…… Well worth the sacrifice, I’m thinking…… ;-)

      • trs Says:

        My doc usually has an 8 AM appointment for me when I’m having fasting bloodwork. Love considerate doctors like that…

        • Gardener Says:

          My Doc is great, but it’s a multiple-practice clinic. I usually blame their “Medical Mentality.” It’s so easy for them to tell you to “….make an appointment.” But really hard, when I worked for the RR, on-call 24/7, to make and keep one.

          I never understood why I couldn’t get a blood draw “on demand” no appointment. It’s a freaking blood draw, not a heart/lung transplant for crying out loud! Sheesh….. I gotta admit, despite our family being with them almost since the beginning of their practice, they were unyielding……

    • trs Says:

      G, about Nugent – he is a chickenhawk. I won’t tell you what he did to avoid going because this is a family-friendly blog, but it is true – came from the jerk’s own mouth.

      Good luck with the blood work – even routine, it’s not fun.

      • Gardener Says:

        I am a pretty crusty old buggar…….

        Yeah, I read a bit about Nugents draft physical shenanigans. What would complete the offense, so-to-speak, for Chickenhawk status, is if he later advocated for war(s). That would cement his standing.

        • trs Says:

          He does. Of course, he hates anything President Obama does, and has been complaining about the US pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan. Nugent is being investigated right now for possibly threatening the President’s life. That could be interesting.

    • NCrissieB Says:

      Chickenhawk describes Nugent very well:

      In fact, the 57-year-old rocker also “told it like it is” during the Vietnam War. Here’s Ted on what he would have done if he went to Vietnam:

      “… if I would have gone over there, I’d have been killed, or I’d have killed, or I’d kill all the hippies in the foxholes … I would have killed everybody,” he told the Detroit Free Press in an interview published July 15, 1990.

      Fortunately, for our hero, Ted didn’t go to Vietnam.

      And how Ted managed to avoid the draft makes President Bush look like a war hero.

      In that 1990 interview with the Free Press and from information collected from the Chickenhawk Web site, Nugent told about how he avoided the draft: “He claims that 30 days before his Draft Board Physical, he stopped all forms of personal hygiene. The last 10 days he ingested nothing but junk food and Pepsi, and a week before his physical, he stopped using the bathroom altogether, virtually living inside his pants caked with excrement and urine. That spectacle won Nugent a deferment.”

      It says volumes about the character of a man who calls himself the Motor City Madman. The Detroit native went out of his way to avoid the defining experience of his generation, then has the gall to talk about how eagerly he would have killed, “if” he had served.

      Despite that admission … conservatives think he’s a hero…. :roll:

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • winterbanyan Says:

        If that’s a “hero” then we’d be better off without any at all. Too chicken to serve his country, but willing to present himself as a maddened killer ever afterward. Whoa.

  7. trs Says:

    Good morning! Rained all day here yesterday (30% chance predicted), so I got most of the siding on the set done. I’ll finish it up today. I never thought I”d be hanging siding on a set.

    Have a gastroenterologist appointment this morning. Have had IBS issues the past couple weeks, and am getting tired of it. Also have some discomfort where my stomach and esophagus attach – which is a yellow flag for me, with my Barrett’s. I called yesterday, and they had a cancellation for this morning, so I’m going in to see what is what.

    Since our original outing is cancelled for this weekend because of potential heavy rains on the eastern shore, we’ve decided we’re going to DC again Saturday. We’re going to walk the Mall if weather permits, and then go to one or two Smithsonian museums. If it’s raining, we’re just going to the museums. I’m hoping that later this summer or this fall we can go back to the Air and Space museum annex at Dulles Airport. That’s where the shuttle Discovery is headed.

    • Gardener Says:

      Yer right t, Nugent is a Chickenhawk First Class with a Distinguished Fleeing Cross……. ;-)

      There are 154 in the data base, very interesting reading. Clarence “Is That A Pubic Hair On Your Coke Can” Thomas among them……

      If you haven’t seen it, just Google Chickenhawk Hall of Shame, that ought to do it. Hope his interview with the Secret Service goes well, and that he’s cleaner than he was for his draft physical……. ;-)

    • winterbanyan Says:

      Good luck at the doc, trs. I hope it turns out that your Barrett isn’t a major problem. You’re probably on Nexium, right? And I can sympathize with the IBS. Will keep you in my thoughts for an easy and quick fix.

      Sounds like a great backup plan for the weekend. :) I’d take any of the options offered.

      • trs Says:

        I’m on Dexilant, which is similar to Nexium. I was on Nexium when it first came out, but the insurance wanted a change, and I never have changed it back with the new insurance.

        I know I’m about due for an upper GI scope, I just hope they don’t want to scope the rest. I hate the prep for it…

        • Gardener Says:

          Pal of mine had it recently, Ol’ Kenny-Wenny. He said the prep wasn’t as bad as it used to be…… Not that that’s a lot of comfort……

          Best to you t!

        • winterbanyan Says:

          Oh, ugh, what a thought. I’m adding a little prayer that they don’t want to scope you head to tail.

    • NCrissieB Says:

      Oh, I’m envious of your trip to the National Mall. That’s a lovely place to walk, especially at this time of year. (I jogged there when I lived in D.C.) If they still offer it and you and Iriti and Kidlet are interested, you might try the Under the Lincoln Memorial Tour. I did it in 1981, and the history of the construction – and ghost stories – were fascinating! :grin:

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::