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Jun 8, 2010

Tuesday June 8, 2010 Barry Silk

Theme: Day Starter - The first word of the first three theme entries are synonyms of the first word of the fourth entry.

17A. Program that uses certain Sun Microsystems software: JAVA APPLICATION. Some of the on-line crossword programs use this app.

25A. Messy contest in a pit: MUD WRESTLING. Requires an
image, fer sure.

42A. Al Gore's 2000 running mate: JOE LIEBERMAN.

56A. Living room reading that includes this puzzle's theme: COFFEE TABLE BOOK.

Argyle here.

A silky Tuesday (Q away from a pangram). Some obscure words but with doable perps. Today's theme
song, Java Jive by The Ink Spots.

Across:

1A. Earth neighbor: MARS.

5A. One of the four chief angels: URIEL. One of four or one of seven or...Google for yourself. Gabriel and Michael are the main two, after that, I got confused.

10A. Crew hands: OARS. The Crew on a crew can be called OARS.

14A. Pulitzer-winning author James: AGEE. His autobiographical novel, A Death in the Family (1957), won him a posthumous Pulitzer Prize.

15A. Nabisco wafer named for its flavor: NILLA. Image.

16A. Super Bowl held in MCMLXXXVIII: XXII. Super Bowl Twenty-two was played on January 31, 1988.

20A. An off-ramp may lead to one: OVERPASS.

21A. Banquet entrées: ROASTS. Or chicken or fish.

22A. Buddhism, e.g.: Abbr.: REL.. Religion.

23A. __ Fáil: Irish coronation stone: LIA. Also known as the Stone of Destiny, it is a stone at the Inauguration Mound on the Hill of Tara in County Meath in Ireland, which served as the coronation stone for the High Kings of Ireland. More at
Wikipedia.

24A. Actress Spelling: TORI.

30A. Privileged folks: HAVES. As opposed to the 'have nots'.

33A. Greek peak: OSSA.

34A. Washington Sq. campus: NYU. New York University and a part of Greenwich Village, Manhatten, New York City.

35A. Came to earth: ALIT.

36A. 1971 Sutherland title role: "KLUTE". A small-town detective(Donald Sutherland) searching for a missing man has only one lead: a connection with a New York prostitute(Jane Fonda).

38A. "__ 101": Former Nickelodeon sitcom: ZOEY.

39A. High-speed www hookup: DSL. Well, faster than dial-up.

40A. Letter-shaped fastener: T-NUT. Similar to a wing nut

41A. Dollar fractions: CENTS.

46A. Curved molding: OGEE. A crossword staple.

47A. Popular ISP: AOL. (Internet Service Provider, America On Line)

48A. Classic TV brand: RCA. (Radio Corporation of America)

51A. Soak up: ABSORB.

54A. Mainly: ABOVE ALL.

58A. Wine region near San Francisco: NAPA.

59A. Bucket wheel used for irrigation: NORIA. I'll look for a video later. I found a nice one the last time we had this entry. Update: Different than the last time but if someone(Lucina?) translates what he is saying, that would be nice. Clip. The main point is that it uses the flow of the water to lift up some of the water up to a higher height.

60A. Like one with a full schedule: BUSY.

61A. LAX postings: ETDs. (Los Angeles International Airport, Estimated Time of Departure)

62A. Third dimension: DEPTH. After length and width.

63A. Flexible Flyer, e.g.: SLED.

Down:

1D. Student's focus: MAJOR.

2D. Tequila plant: AGAVE.

3D. Celebrate boisterously: REVEL.

4D. Blacken: SEAR. I thought of char first.

5D. Like a procrastinator's bills: UNPAID.

6D. Carpentry tool that cuts with the grain: RIPSAW. Against the grain would be a crosscut saw.

7D. Maladies: ILLS.

8D. Inventor Whitney: ELI.

9D. Sport with sticks: LACROSSE. La Crosse is a city in Wisconsin.

10D. Beefy soup ingredient: OX TAIL.

11D. The Earth turns on it: AXIS.

12D. Real comedian: RIOT. Or they might be a gas.

13D. Transgresses: SINS.

18D. Top grade: A-PLUS.

19D. Vital body line: AORTA. Artery.

24D. Grade factor: TEST.

25D. Bumped into: MET.

26D. GPS suggestion: ROUTE.

27D. Involved with, as a plot: IN ON.

28D. Da's opposite: NYET. Russian.

29D. Fellows: GUYS.

30D. Muslim pilgrimage: HADJ.

31D. Too: ALSO.

32D. Repulsive: VILE.

36D. Exercise involving squatting: KNEE BEND. For some of us, they're vile.

37D. Garage job: LUBE.

38D. Satori-seeking sect: ZEN.

40D. Panthère relative: TIGRÉ. French

41D. Have a cow: CALVE. When a cow gives birth to a calf, she calves.

43D. Shower sponges: LOOFAS.

44D. White Carroll critter: RABBIT. Sneaky use of the first letter of the clue being capitalized.

45D. Dough: MOOLAH.

48D. Holocaust hero Wallenberg: RAOUL. But the exact circumstances of his death have long been in dispute.

49D. Shut: CLOSE.

50D. Adhesive resin: ALKYD.

51D. High school breakout?: ACNE.

52D. Something to miss or rock: BOAT. (to miss or to rock)

53D. Dirty Harry's org.: SFPD. "Go ahead. Make my day." (San Francisco Police Department)

54D. Lobbying group for seniors: AARP.

55D. Recedes: EBBS.

57D. Little piggy, so to speak: TOE.

Answer grid.

Argyle

53 comments:

Dennis said...

Good morning, Argyle, C.C. and gang - this was a fun puzzle for a Tuesday, as you would expect with a Silky on any day of the week. Even though it was fairly simple, it seemed loaded with clever cluing, so it wasn't just a matter of filling in spaces.

Favorite clues were 'Vital body line', 'Have a Cow' and 'High school breakout?' (brilliant). Unknowns for me included 'Lia Fail', 'Zoey 101', and 'Panthere'/'Tigre' was an educated guess.

Today is Best Friends Day and Name Your Poison Day. Good excuse to have a drink or two with a friend.

Hahtool said...

Good Morning, CC and all. I needed to fill in COFFEE TABLE BOOK before figuring out today's theme. Once I got that, I realized I was also looking for JAVA APPLICATION. I don't think I have ever heard coffee referred to as MUD before.

I am not familiar with the chief angels, and wanted URIEL to spell his name Ariel. Oops, that's a Disney mermaid!

My favorite clues were:

Vital Body Line = AORTA (Argyle, it is actually an artery, not a vein).

Something To Miss or Rock = BOAT

White Carroll Critter = RABBIT.

Da's opposite = NYET

Rould Wallenberg's legacy continues


This is constantly on our minds right now.

Happy Birthday, Tarrajo. I hope you come back and join us. We miss you.

QOD: Spoon-feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon. ~ E.M. Forster

Lemonade714 said...

Good morning all,

While you were breezing through yesterday, and I was going slowly, I knew today would come and I would dance again. This went as fast as I could write.


I am beginning to get a sense of how much fun constructors have entertaining themselves, including AGEE and OGEE in this effort, surely was not accidental. And any puzzle to include MUD WRESTLING is like modern Shakespeare. Nothing says fun like a Wedding. Of course so many of us love COFFEE and I have always enjoyed the movies of JANE FONDA . I also played LACROSSE in high school and college, and had my biggest thrill knocking an all amercian out of a game with a well placed shoulder to his stomach as he tried to run over me. He was 6’3” 220, I was 5’7” 165. No respect.

On that semi-violent note, have a wonderful day, and many happy returns to the TJ twins.

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

This puzzle seemed to be going out of its way to be extra challenging for a Tuesday, what with obscure answers like LIA, NORIA, ALKYD and RAOUL. And yet, despite that, it ended up not being that bad. I can imagine that JAVA APPLICATION might be a nightmare for anybody not familiar with it, but fortunately the company I work for codes most of its APPLICATIONs in JAVA, so I was able to get it right away.

I stalled briefly in the NE corner when I put TARS instead of OARS for 10A and was too lazy to figure out what year MCMLXXXVIII was. The other spot that gave me pause was the SE corner, where I had to piece RAOUL and ALKYDS from the perps and ABOVEALL didn't leap immediately to mind.

Have a great one!

Hahtool said...

Lemonade: I echo your statement about the constructors having fun with the words and phrases used in puzzles. I didn't catch the AGEE / OGEE connection, but smiled at seeing LOOFAH / MOOLAH in the same puzzle.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning Argyle and all,

Treated to a Silky today. Lot's of fun. Many clever clues as previously stated; favorite was for ACNE. No lookups needed. Perps helped with few unknowns. Had an aha moment with the 'Panthère relative' when I finally realized the clue was calling for the French TIGRE. Somehow remembered NORIA from a long ago puzzle. Liked the fresh fills of OXTAIL and RAOUL also.

Another nice day here in Upstate.

Adieu

Dudley said...

Morning, Puzzlers - A superb puzzle for a Tuesday. I tried out-clevering myself by anticipating Java Applet (something), but was quickly disabused thereof. Never heard of ZOEY and thought it looked wrong.

For some reason I've always liked Sun Micro's Java logo. That little coffee cup shows up everywhere.

Tinbeni said...

Hope YAWL are having a great day.
Arygle, excellent write-up and embeds.

Ahhh, Tuesday with a little bite.

Unknowns, LIA, URIEL, NORIA, ALKYD & ZOEY (Hey, I don't have kids or ever watch Nichelodeon). All accessable via the perps, plus I had a moment of ZEN as I deciphered the 1988 Roman Numeral.

So I make that A PLUS 4 on the learning side.

Throw in that French TIGRE and some MOOLAH and a stack of SINS GUYS and this felt just right.

Warren said...

Hi Argyle, C.C. & gang, an enjoyable coffee theme puzzle! We easily finished it before my wife left for work today...

Here's a cup of mud campfire story...

"The moral of this story is that a cup of mud is not always as satisfying as mud in your eye..."

Splynter said...

Good morning,

I thought today's most witty was "have a cow", and I too thought it was peculiar that Agee/ogee made it,as well as Loofa/Moolah. I find this ETDS thing new, it was always ETAS. I did the TARS/OARS thing, too, Barry, and was baffled by the 1988 clue - didnt realize he was looking for another number - I have had my cup o' joe for the day, moving on from here!

Jeannie said...

First of all Happy Birthday Tarrajo! I hope you and the little guy get to do something fun together today. On to the puzzle. LOVED it! I must admit I did have to visit Mr. G for Klute, but that was it for outside help. The ones I didn’t know Uriel, Ossa, Alkyd and Nyet came with the perps. I thought of Windhover when I got “have a cow” – calve, even though I don’t think he has dairy cows. It’s a rainy day here in MN and wouldn’t you know this is the day the buyers are having a cookout to show our appreciation for all the warehouse personnel. Oh well, I brought my raincoat and umbrella.

Bob said...

About the same level of difficulty as yesterday, both of which took me 11 minutes to complete.

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

HBD, TJ x 2.

Today, I am exactly 1 1/2 years away from Medicare.

Tough Tuesday today, but doable with some effort. Clever, clever, as a Silkie always is.

Excellent, unusual fill, too: OXTAIL, LACROSSE, KNEEBEND, LOOFAS -- wow!

I only knew ZOEY because I saw her in an other puzzle recently. Maybe the Boston Globe on Sunday.

Thinking about how the constructors amuse themselves, I look for the symmetries - at least they amuse me.

Need more MOOLAH for those UNPAID bills?
Can you cut a RABBIT with a RIPSAW, instead of a router?
AARP memebers need Medicare for their ILLS.
Is the OVERPASS ABOVE ALL?
URIEL was not cast into the DEPTH like those pinheads we discussed last week.
Tori --- O . . . GEE?!?

Here's an alternate theme song for today's puzzle. I forgot how good he sounded.

Cheers!
JzB who needs another cuppa joe.

Jerome said...

Jazz- Superb catch with UNPAID/MOOLAH, OVERPASS/ABOVEALL. Carrying it one step further, they are symmetrical partners!

carol said...

Hi everyone -

What a fun puzzle! Lots of new clues that were so clever and that is why I love Barry Silk's puzzles (unless it's a Friday or Saturday, then I'm sunk :)).

Favorites: Have a cow, Crew hands, High school breakout and Panthere relative.

I never can get Roman numeral answers and didn't know 'Klute' but the perps filled in both.

I have seen Raoul Wallenberg before but always forget his first name.

When I get stuck now, instead of Googling, I go to the puzzle page where I printed it and click on 'solve'...it brings up the choice to either solve the letter or the word (or the whole puzzle) I click on one of the LETTERS I am having trouble with, hoping it will lead me to success.

63A Flexible Flyer brought back a memory of a sled my Dad made for my sister and me. He used wood and put metal on the 'runners' but the thing was so heavy that when we sat on it, it wouldn't move no matter how steep the hill was. Just sunk into the snow. He was trying to save the money he would have to spend on the 'Flexible Flyer' but I think it ended up costing him more. We borrowed rides from neighbors so we could slide down the hill. Funny what one remembers.

Tinbeni said...

@Warren
Nice campfire "Mud" story. LOL

@Jazz
Al Hirt and Java rules the day, thanks.

@Carol
Great SLED story. Don't know why but living practically my whole life on the West Coast of Florida the Flexible Flyer was never on my Christmas wish list.

Bill G. said...

We're heading out to vote in a while.

I enjoyed Java Jive by the Ink Spots. I have it on a Manhattan Transfer album. Do you know of them? They are my all-time favorite singing group.

Argyle said...

As I was writing up the post, I was listen to a 40's station online. Java Jive by the Ink Spots came on and I knew it was a sign to link it.

JD said...

Good morning Argyle, CC and all,

Love those "Silkies", although I had to look up Raoul,and Uriel.Lots of WAGs and perp help for ripsaw, agee, nilla, oxtail, and the t (nut).

Woo Hoo! I got the theme right away.

Enjoyed "Java Jive", Argyle. Funny that a song made in 1940 was longer than most of the recordings in the 60's.
XXII was an ah-ha for me when I read your blog, Argyle. Thanks, as always.

Hahtool, "WhiteRabbit" was a nice stroll down memory lane; some spectacular art work in that video.The news in your area is too disturbing to watch;I cannot imagine the misery that the coastal towns have to endure.

Happy Birthday Tarrajo!! We miss you.How is your vegetable garden?

Last night I was watching the "Last American Cowboy" which was all about calving. It made me think of all the work and lack of sleep Windhover goes thru each spring.These are dedicated guys.

out to pull weeds.....

Anonymous said...

I am glad that you all found this easy, cuz I struggled a bit, but did finally get her done. I worked on it while I was having tires rotated on the car (I still have two cars to go, as well as getting oil changes on all three also:-( guess I need a few xwords to do while I wait). That is what happens when you spend all your time planning a graduation and none doing the regular chores.

This was a fun puzzle though, and loved many of the clues and answers as all of you did. Thought LACROSSE was timely as my kids school is set to go to state for their team. They were ranked 2 in the state but beat the #1 seed 13-4 or something like that. The teams nickname is the bears, so all the kids dressed in blaze orange and went "bear" hunting. How fun!!!

How perfect to have that JAVA theme as I drank my cup while I completed the puzzle.

Our graduation and party went off without a hitch. Beautiful 75 and sunny day and we had the "pancake" man. He brings a large griddle and cooks pancakes and sausages. You stand back and he flips them onto the plates. It was a huge success, as were my poster boards, scrapbooks and a video of my son. Yes, I was teary eyed thinking of him leaving town in the fall. Time flies by way to fast.

Happy bday Tarrajo. I suspect you lurk once in a while, even though you no longer post. We miss you.

Lucina said...

Good day, Argyle, C.C. and all puzzlers.

Happy birthday, Tarrajo!

What a treat for Tuesday, Barry Silk. It's always fun even on weekends, or esspecially on weekends.

I enjoyed the same clues as all of you, high school breakout, have a cow, and the fourth angel. The only reason I know it is that I once had a student named Uriel, a smart, cute boy.

My granddaughter loves Nickelodeon so with Zoey 101 was familiar.

Here in Scottsdale at the end of June, the park personnel create a mud pond and have "might mud mania;" It's an annual event and all kids are invited to wallow in the mud, not to wrestle but to cool off. My daughter used to love it. It's a great way to cool off if you're young and young at heart.

Here is the translation of the noria wheel:

"Hello, friends. This afternoon I am going to explain to you how this wheel functions and how it moves. It is a simple mechanism.

The wheel collects water as the river flows through it and causes it to move. It's that simple."

You all probably know that just from looking at his gestures and your own knowledge. As he said, it's simple.

Well, I must be off to do some kneebends and other contortions.

I hope you are having a lovely Tuesday!

Buckeye said...

Hiddy, fellow puzzleafficianadologists. (See Fred). Good to have a Silky Tuesday. A good start to a great day.

Comments on the puzzle have mostly been said, but I love the "Silky" smoothness; always.

A quick story; I went to get some fresh flowers for the GBRV, and while I was checking out, the young lady cashier said, " Look at that!" I looked over my shoulder and saw a 4 year old boy looking at and handling a garden gnome. His 2 year old brother was next to him, looking at stuff and their father was holding a "babe in arms." Then I looked at the mother and she was about to "pop". I would guess 8 1/2 months pregnant. The cashier said. "Stair step kids."

I said, "It reminds me of what Groucho Marx said on his old T.V. show, "You Bet Your Life!"

She said, "WHO?"

I said, "Groucho. The Maex Brothers. The one with the big eye-brows, mustache and a cigar".

"UH! Don't know HIM! What did he say?"

I replied. "Never mind!"

I must be off!!

Buckeye said...

PS; Happy B-day Tarrajo! AND best wishes to all who need it. I don't pray but I do consult, and I've been told, from a reliable source, we all need "Best thoughts and Wishes". (See Noetic science - or not).

IMBO

Seen, not heard said...

i used C.C.'s search this blog feature for seinfeld and came up with 8 pages of results!

after scanning them i don't believe the coffee table book scene has ever been linked. or the conclusion either.

here's a game to help you "name your poison"....do like my old college friends used to do and take a shot everytime some one says "coffee table". i bet you wouldn't make it to the end of the clip!!

john28man said...

Again, I thought today's puzzle was a little harder than most Tuesdays. I got in trouble in the west because I don't know wnough Russian to get NYET out of DA, nor did I jnow ZOEY or the Satori clue for ZEN.

windhover said...

Hello Buckeye,
And thanks for the memory. Did I really watch that episode of "You bet your Life"? I think I did, but Im not really certain. It's like if everyone who says they were at Woodstock really was, Crosby, Stills, and Nash would've had to sing, "We were 10 million strong".
But I do know what Groucho said to the woman who had something like eleventeen kids because her husband "liked it": "I like my cigar, too, but I take it out once in a while."

Now we're both off.

Before I go back to driving a tractor round and round (like the puzzle the other day, I'm a big wheel), I should ask Jerome and Dennis: You guys do know I was kidding yesterday, right?

Bill G. said...

After about a year or so of inactivity, Barbara talked me into washing our 1955 MG TF. It wouldn't start and had a gas leak so I took it to a local guy who went through and checked everything over including lube and oil change. It takes more effort to drive than my Camry but it's fun. We'll have to drive it down to Palos Verdes for lunch at a neat little coffee shop.

Jerome said...

windhover- Of course I knew you were kidding.

But vengeance is mine.

Dudley said...

Bill G. 11:57 - Hand up for Manhattan Transfer. I've been a fan for ages, since shortly after Cheryl Bentyne took Laurel Masse's place. Putting in a soprano was the right decision!

Lucina said...

Jazz:
Thank you for the alternate theme song link. I love it!

Buckeye:
I hope you are well. It's good to hear from you.

JD said...

Chickie and CA, thanks for tending the polls today. Hope you check in later.

Buckeye, so great to hear from you...always a treat for us.

KQ, congrats to graduating son. Hope all is well. Sounds like you have been putting in loads of "loving" work for his celebration.Will he be traveling very far for college?

Annette said...

Happy Birthday, Tarrajo! I miss hearing about your parenting adventures, and your awesome son. I hope you're both doing well.

I had some really messy sections for a while, but was able to work them all out.

My favorite was 44D White Carroll critter: RABBIT since I wasn’t tricked by it, even though I’ve never been a fan of Alice in Wonderland. I also liked 52D Something to miss or rock: BOAT.
The Dirty Harry reference made me smile since I enjoyed watching Clint Eastwood’s Biography over the weekend.

Carol, if I’m working online and get stuck, that’s what I do too. Usually that'll be enough to get me over the hurdle and complete a whole section.

Bill G., I was thinking of the Manhattan Transfer version too.

Best wishes to you too, Buckeye!

Bill G. said...

So here's a photo of me and the 1955 MG TF in Palos Verdes. It's good to get it clean and running again. Now if only it had a CD player with a Manhattan Transfer CD playing.

Hahtool said...

I got home from work tonight only to find that my A/C has gone on the fritz. It is 88F in my house. The repair man came, but it can't be fixed until tomorrow morning.

carol said...

Buckeye, you ol' reprobate, good to hear from you and I hope you are well...you sound like it :)

Windhover, I remember hearing that Groucho remark,not from the original show, but it was on a special show about him. LMAO!

Tarrajo - a very happy B-Day to you, wish you would grace us with your comments again. I know you have scaled back on your garden veggies this year, but what DID you plant?

Bill G. said...

Too bad about the A/C. Eighty-eight would be too hot for me to be able to sleep. What part of the country are you in? Here in Manhattan Beach, there are about 20 days a year I would use A/C if I had it. Growing up in Virginia, I thought everybody had to suffer with the heat and humidity in the summer. No sooner did I head west than my parents got central A/C.

Jazzbumpa said...

Bill -

That's when it's time for your iPod, and maybe queue up this or perhaps this

Cheers!
JzB who doesn't need A/C today

lois said...

Good evening Argyle,CC, et al., Love Barry Silk's puzzles, esp this one. Good stuff! Have a cow made me laugh and think of WH once I got the answer. I pulled so many out of thin air, or some anatomical hiding place, it amazed me. Really enjoyed it. I never got the whole theme until I came here, altho' I've heard of coffee being referred to as mud in a joke once -somewhere around the time fire was being discovered. Warren's campfire story reminded me. The groaner goes like this:

a man said to his wife, This coffee tastes like mud. She replied: well, it was just ground this morning.

But Dunkin' Donuts has the best coffee, IMHO. I could drink a jug of it...and speaking of DD & jugs, Jazz...those are some jugs! Holy Hot Melons! She is definately one of the 'haves'!

Great job, Argyle. LOL w/your 5A comment on Uriel. Cute. I never heard of him either nor did I know
'rip saw' that goes WITH the grain? Just why? It's a saw! I wanted router so badly that I almost left it in there just to be mean. That was the only section that gave me trouble. Everything else went as smooth as 'Silk', who is my avatar today. Fun meeting him that time in Fairfax.

Buckeye: good to see you again. Was wondering if Nurse Ratchett had given you a few too many
'lube' jobs and you too were chasing that white 'rabbit'. I hope you stick around a while.

Happy Birthday TJ girls. Hope you have/had a doubly wonderful day. Miss you.

KQ: your party sounds like such a fabulous labor of love. What a remarkable effort and great memory for everyone, esp your son. You are so right. Turn around and their grown. hmmmm sounds like a song...

Enjoy your night. It's just getting started here.

Hahtool said...

Ah, the irony!

Cute joke, Lois, about the coffee being ground this morning!

MJ said...

Happy Birthday to the TJ gals! Hope you were able to celebrate in style.

KQ-Congrats to your son on his graduation. It sounds like your celebration was a huge success.

Lucina-Thank you for the translation of the NORIA clip. I had difficulty understanding the gentleman, as he kept turning away from the camera, and he used a few words that are not in my Spanish vocabulary.

Thanks to the "poll sitters" here in CA, Chickie and Clear Ayes, I believe. I just got home from voting. Ran into a long time friend who I see occasionally, but haven't had a good visit with for a long time. We sat on a bench outside the polling room for over 90 minutes and "caught up."

Enjoy the night!

Bill G. said...

JzB, thanks for the link. In addition to being super singers, Manhattan Transfer puts on a great show with choreography, costumes and humor. They have a fun version of "Operator." I think my favorites are their versions of old classics.

Annette said...

In honor of 25A, I put a photo of my niece as my avatar (center of photo, smiling up at the camera). A few weeks ago, she participated in a "Warrior Dash". It's a wild 3+ mile obstacle course that includes sections where you run through water 3-4 ft deep, crawl through mud, and end by jumping over fire. She had a blast!

Here's the link to their website: Warrior Dash

Anonymous said...

Good night, all.

Happy birthday, Tarrajo.
And Bill G, thanks for the photo of your 1955 MG TF.

Great fun today. My fave was having a cow. I needed perps to figure out it wasn't a saying of one of the popular TV characters. I truly did laugh out loud.

Good to hear from you, Buckeye.

Sleep tight all.

lois said...

Jazz: thank you for the links to Manhattan Transfer. They are wonderful! iPod candy!

Anonymous said...

Hey, Tarrjo just checking in. Thank you for all the Birthday wishes!! Bradyjoe decided that we should "row our cahoe to shore" and build a fire and roast hot dogs (that he purchased) along with s'mores. My birthday cake.

He's so cute and a thoughtful young man. He makes my heart burst. Now if only....still looking for a Dad.

Sorry crossword folks, I never did get the puzzle in today. C.C., I hope I am OK with my non-xword post.

carol said...

Lois, loved your comment and your 'groaner'!! LMAO!


Annette: cute photo of your little niece. I am sure she had a lot of fun...nothing like a kid and mud!
I used to have a sand box that had wide planks on each of the 4 sides, perfect for mud pies, which I carefully decorated with leaves, flower petals and whatever else I could find. Such fun. I don't think kids do such things anymore, and that is too bad.

Anonymous said...

I don't post so often, and this is why. Anon...I work my ass off for this child. If I am a single MOM so be it. I have never taken a dime off the government that wasn't due to me tax time. Yeah, Bradyjoe doesn't own alot of the "toys" his buddies have, but he knows how to run a mower and make his Mom hot dogs over a fire, and a plus....he "oared" the whole way and had the canoe packed. I am slill touched beyond belief as this was his "plan in the making". I must be doing something right.

Bill G. said...

Tarrajo, I'm sure you're doing a lot of things right. You must be proud of your son. That's more than the Anon's mom can say. What a thoughtless jerk.

Say, being a somewhat newcomer here, I only get a hint about your situation and why someone like Anon would be so hurtful. My e-mail address is in my profile if you would be willing to elaborate.

Don't let a person too weak to sign his name make you be a stranger here. Don't let the jerks wear you down.

~ Bill G.

Dennis said...

Got it. Boy, you could see that one coming.

BillG, just a heads-up; post limit is 5.

Anonymous said...

BillG, I have been told many times here, don't feed the trolls. I just find it hard not to defend me and my son's validity. (listen anon) and Bill, here is a quick synopsis...My son's father has had nothing to do with my son. I have been raising him alone for approx 11 yrs. My dad has stepped in a time or two but you'll never see Bradyjoes name in the paper for going to prison. He will make something of himself. I am sure of it.

MJ said...

Dear Tarrajo,
I am so sorry for the "anon" (doesn't even deserve a capital letter for a proper noun, or name) post that followed shortly after your chiming in at 9:39pm. Please know that all our sentiments are heartfelt. Bradyjoe is a real jewel to celebrate you so regally
for your birthday. You are blessed by a dear young man.
Hugs from me tonight.

Jeannie said...

Tarrajo, you rock in my opinion. I was never blessed to have children, and I can only imagine what it is like for you to raise a boy unaided. You are my new hero (next to Jen). Read back posts to understand that one.

Happy, Happy Birthday. You are one lucky gal to have such a wonderful son. It sounds like he can "crew" maybe someday soon I will get you guys out on Lo-li-ta and he can run the tiller.

Anonymous said...

MJ, Jeannie, and all thanks for your thoughts. I know I am alright with my parenting skills so far as I am so proud of my son. I just got his report card and it's all "A"'s, and he made the honor role. He is going to turn 11 soon and he is opposed to going to any kind of Kid's care. I am on the fence as he really is able to fend for himself and it would save me a lot of money.