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Campus Chatter – September 23, 2012

September 23, 2012

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Campus Chatter – September 23, 2012

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The Concordat of Worms ended the Investiture Controversy today (1122). Also, Harvard College held her first commencement exercise (1642), Lewis and Clark returned to St. Louis after exploring the Pacific Northwest (1806), the Knickerbockers Baseball Club was founded (1845), Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier, John Couch Adams, and Johann Gottfried Galle discovered the planet Neptune (1846), Fusajiro Yamauchi founded the Nintendo Company to produce the card game Hanafuda (1889), Norway and Sweden signed the Karlstad Treaty that peacefully dissolved their union (1905), Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera was published (1909), the Kingdom of Hejaz and Nejd became the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (1932), Richard Nixon gave his “Checkers” speech (1952), New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts opened (1962), and José Canseco became the first player to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in a single season (1988). And the first public version of Mozilla Firefox was released (2002).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • NCrissieB

    Yesterday on Campus

    Morning FeatureWhite House Burning, Part III: Choosing Our Future (Non-Cynical Saturday)
    Campus QuestionDo Libyans or Louie Gohmert better understand Libya?

    Today on Campus

    Morning FeatureHoof in Mouth Disease? (Ask Ms. Crissie)
    Furthermore! – Winning Progressive with Weekend Reading
    Noontime News at noon
    Campus Question at 6pm ET
    Evening Focus at 7pm ET – Silly Sunday: Off the Rails

  • NCrissieB

    winterbanyan has been assigned to research couch potatoes this weekend after her eye doctor discovered a detached retina yesterday. The tear should remain stable until she can undergo surgery tomorrow, so long as she doesn’t exert herself … or read.

    She will rejoin us when she is able to resume work at her computer.

    • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

      Ouch! Wishing her all the best.

    • addisnana

      Hope the couch is really comfortable. Sending good thoughts to winter!

    • Jim W

      I’ll light a candle for her.

    • LI Mike

      So sorry about Winterbanyan. I’m thinking about her and wishing the best. Good luck, Winter, with the couch potato research.

    • trs

      Thanks for the update, Crissie. Winter, research couch potatoes well.

      • NCrissieB

        Thank you all for the kind words, and I’ll pass them along to winterbanyan. Early reports suggest she finds couch potato research very … boring.

        Good morning! ::hugggggs::

        • addisnana

          In addition to thoughts of healing and a successful surgery, please let winter know that we miss her. She is a strong thread of empathy weaving her magic through out the comments. It is a missing thread when she’s not here.

    • Gardener

      Awww….. That’s tough. But so is winter! ;-)

      Best to you winter! Gentle hugggs too……..

      G

  • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

    Good morning! It’s currently 46 degrees, cloudy, and supposed to rain off and on throughout the day. Tomorrow is supposed to be nice, though. As I said last night in Chatter, I found out yesterday that I’m the “emergency coverage supervisor.” Fortunately, this will only be for another two weekends, then things go back to “normal.” If I get called in, it constitutes overtime, which is nice, because I already have more comp time built up than I’m probably going to be able to use. :roll: Once we get out of the field (yes, I have a date for that), I’m not going to be around work much for a … considerable … period. :lol: At least, that’s the plan, but since I’ve also been tagged for some advisory committees, the plan may have to be revamped.

    Apparently “Mitt’s Secret Weapon” has been put into storage. It’s amazing how fast people got tired of Ann Romney – guess Mitt was right about using her sparingly. :lol:

    • addisnana

      I am tired of both Romneys, just sayin’. I’ll be quite happy to not see either of them at all after November 6th. This has been too much of a bad thing. :roll:

      • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

        One of the best shots I saw was over at Gawker.

        God preserve you if you have any idea what’s happening inside Mitt Romney’s brain. After a week that was already the worst of his campaign, it’s as if the man said, “Oh, yeah? Watch this,”

        and

        If Mitt Romney’s proved nothing else, it’s that he can snatch another wholly unimaginable blunder from the jaws of the unnecessary. Just you wait

        • addisnana

          That was indeed a great take on Romney. :lol:

      • LI Mike

        Amen to that, Addisnana.

      • Gardener

        I’m with you pal! I’m with you!!

    • NCrissieB

      Ann Romney wrote to Ms. Crissie this week. We are sorry the Romney campaign have put her in cold storage. They should let her speak loudly and often…. ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • addisnana

    Good morning. 28 degrees here and beautiful stars. I debated disconnecting my water hose but decided to chance leaving it connected. I lucked out. Had I been “unlucky” or just plain dumb the damage would have all been outside.

    We are finally getting a clear sunny day and I am grateful. Too many cloudy days in a row it seems. The high will be in the 50′s. I am driving down to Duluth to have lunch with an old and dear friend who is passing through. I am most excited.

    • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

      As long as there’s pressure, or a constant flow, the hose should remain unfrozen. It takes a while for it to freeze, or a longer period below 32.

    • NCrissieB

      I’m glad you didn’t have a burst water hose, and I hope you enjoy lunch with your friend today, addisnana. Have an extra french fry for me, and an extra macadamia for His Tuftedness. ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • Gardener

      Drive carefully and have a great time! :smile: :smile:

  • LI Mike

    I love those times when I had a burst of energy and Ms LI Mike discovers the things I’ve done and ends with…”Wow you’ve had a busy day.” I just need more of those days.

    Donated a table and chair to a new satellite office for Cong Bishop. I happened to run into one of his brain-trusters and made mention of a favorable Siena College Poll that has Cong Bishop up by 13 points. He pooh-poohed the poll and said it will be close as the Rovians SuperPAC are starting to dump a boadload of money into this race.

    • addisnana

      There is a world of difference between “We built this together” and “We bought this” that I do hope that OFA and the Dems can get that message out and inoculate voters against the coming boatloads of ads.

    • NCrissieB

      Republican House and Senate candidates are likely to get more SuperPAC money as the party’s donor base has begun to bail on the Romney campaign. We’ll have to resist that with grassroots activism … and I have no doubt that you will lead that in your area, Mike. :)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • trs

    Good morning. It’s currently 48 with an expected high of 66. Iriti is talking about going back to Harper’s Ferry today for a walk along the river – told me I should bring my camera. Of course, I need to wake up first.

    I rigged two paintings at the haunted house yesterday. One gets pulled back like a door so somebody can appear where the picture is, and the other was made so it drops down and somebody can appear in the hole. I like that one much better. It was more fun to do, and in a lot of ways easier to do. I didn’t have to be exact on cutting the hole, since the picture frame stays mounted to the wall for that one.

    Tomorrow, I’ll start siding the last wall on the garage. The arrival of the gable vents will dictate whether I finish this week or next week.

    • Gardener

      I have often been told that I have a good face for a haunted house! :smile:

      • trs

        That’s better than being told you have a face for radio and a voice for mime…

        • Gardener

          You funny guy t!

          Is there any way you could get that “Union Made” carrier photo from my FB yesterday over to the powers that be here @ BPI? I don’t think it’s within my skillset……. :oops:

          • Gardener

            Thanks!

            • trs

              Here you go, G. I uploaded it to my Flickr

              • addisnana

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    • addisnana

      Enjoy your walk and I hope you get more great photos. :smile: 66 degrees sounds like perfect walking weather.

    • NCrissieB

      The haunted house sounds like a lot of fun, trs. I was a scary witch at a haunted house while I was in high school. Rumors that it was typecasting are untrue, as I’ve never practiced witchcraft…. ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • Gardener

    Good morning!

    Clear and 46 today. My 4-legged pal was glad to come in this morning!

    Turned the co-op compost up at The Farm yesterday and divided it into 2 equal parts. Looked for my neighbor to pick one, but “the boys” were all absent, so I picked one pile, and spent the rest of the day hauling it home. A 2 mile round trip, more or less, I think it was 13 loads……..

    After our noon meal, PW asked about the WX, saying she wanted to pick beans. I told her it was the prettiest day all year. Dang it was nice, cool, breezy, sunny, everything you could ask for. Colorado @ home!

    Finished hauling around 5, walked back up there to fetch the loader tractor home and shoved what I’d brought into a more compact pile. Remembered neighbor Patty, and picked a grab bag of veggies for her, ‘maters, squash, peppers, and a lone zuchinni. She eats a lot of stuff raw, and was glad to get this small assortment. Delivered on the dirtbike, she said, “Do you have time for a beer?” :smile: :smile: :smile: Um, why yes………!

    Have a decent day. Hope all goes well for winter tomorrow. Keep us posted will you Crissie?

    Best, G

    • addisnana

      G, you sure get a lot done in a day! Your neighbors are lucky people to have you dropping in with garden goodies. :smile:

    • NCrissieB

      Wow, Gardener. I never cease to be amazed at how much you squeeze into every day of your retirement. Were there at least some shop fridge breaks in the mix? ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::