May 7, 2019

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 Mark McClain


16. *Privates' training site: BOOT CAMP.

5. *Unlimited budget, figuratively: BLANK CHECK.

10. *Uris WWII novel: BATTLE CRY.

29. *System with only ones and zeros: BINARY CODE.

35. *Picture-taking Brownie: BOX CAMERA.

63. Apparent setting for a two-letter comic strip suggested by the answers to starred clues: STONE AGE.


1. Part of an urban fleet: CAB.

4. Recipe amt.: TBSP.  More or less, to (your personal) taste.   Except in most baking, where measurements should be precise. 

8. Eva of "Green Acres": GABOR.

13. Tire filler: AIR.

14. Part of a Basque ball game name: ALAI.   We saw Basque last Thursday with 20A clue/answer:  San Sebastián beachgoer?: BASQUE IN THE SUN,  followed in the comments by:
 Haiku Harry said...
     Tall Jai Alai guy sucked.
     Teammates suggested, he play
     BASQUEtball, instead ...

As OKL would say, "The prescience of the blog..."

15. Deli counter staple: SALAMI.

18. Very cold: ARCTIC.

19. Soothing succulent: ALOE.

20. Forever, it seems: NO END.

22. Aptly named autopilot in "Airplane!": OTTO. Crossword Shout Out !

23. Similar to: LIKE. Akin.

24. Oscar winner Winslet of "The Reader": KATE. Saw Winslet and 4 letters, entered Kate.

25. Chum: PAL.

26. Fourth quarter mo.: DEC. December. diciembre in Spanish. décembre in French.

28. Big brass: TUBA. High ranking military officers would not fit. 

30. MPG-testing org.: EPA.  Standard MPG disclaimer: "Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle."  

33. Surprise attack: AMBUSH.

36. "__ Brockovich": ERIN.

37. Swindle: CON. Cheat.

38. Framed in the darkroom for artistic effect: CROPPED.  Crossword constructor, pianist, composer, naturalist and photog extraordinaire John Lampkin has contributed over 1000 images to BugGuide.Net.   He caught this Fungus Beetle crawling over another one:

40. Nearly obsolete golf club: ONE IRON.    It's really tough to hit this club consistently.   The one iron, along with the two iron, three iron, four iron and sometimes even the five iron, are increasingly being replaced by hybrid golf clubs, especially among amateur players.   It's becoming increasingly rare for even the best players in the world to carry a one iron in the bag.

42. Word after trail or party: MIX.

43. On the rocks: ICED.  "What is, How Tinbeni never orders his drinks ?" said James Holzhauer to Alex Trebek.

45. Diamond-shaped pattern: ARGYLE.   Scott, you are dearly missed.

46. "Outta here!" PC key: ESC.

47. Kitchen gadget brand: EKCO.   Kitchamagigs.   Founded in Chicago in 1880, the Edward Katzinger Co was one of the earliest manufacturers of kitchen utensils and products.   The name change to EKCO Products Co. was in 1945, and by the 1950's was producing every conceivable pan, gadget and utensil. - WIKICONIC and The Encyclopedia of Chicago.

48. Campaigned: RAN.

49. Throw in: ADD.

51. Courtroom fig.: ATTY.  Figure / Attorney.

53. Santa Anita data: ODDS.   

57. Prefix for half of Earth: HEMI.   Northern and Southern, as determined by the Equator,   or Eastern and Western,  defined by the Prime Meridian.   I guess it depends on how you want to divide it.   So much divisiveness in the world today. 

59. Acid used in cooking oil: OLEIC.

60. Hilarious routine: RIOT.

61. Removed the pull tab from: OPENED.

65. Calm: SERENE.   25 minutes outside of Lake Tahoe is a place called Serene Lakes

66. Ye __ Shoppe: OLDE.

67. Hoops net holder: RIM.

68. Mail-order pioneer: SEARS.  Sears was a mail-order watch business starting in 1886,  but Montgomery Ward was the mail-order pioneer 14 years earlier in 1872,  offering a varied 163 items in his first mail-order catalog. 

69. Have to have: NEED.

70. "I did it!": YES.    Yes, I mowed the wet lawn between rainstorms last Wednesday.  It had to be done.  Then had to mow again Sunday afternoon.


1. Conspiratorial group: CABAL.

2. Garlicky sauce: AIOLI.

3. Trout's home: BROOK.

4. Tic-__-toe: TAC.

6. Popular Girl Scout cookie: SAMOA.  According to
  • Thin Mints. ®
  • Caramel deLites®/Samoas. ®
  • Peanut Butter Patties®/Tagalongs. ®
  • Girl Scout S'mores. ®
  • Do-si-dos®/Peanut Butter Sandwich.
7. Lab tube: PIPETTEA slideshow: From Beakers to Volumetric Flasks

8. Narrow, bony fish: GAR.

9. Metal industry giant: ALCOA.

11. Drop from a list: OMIT.

12. Puerto __: RICO

15. Down in the dumps: SAD.

17. Prepared to drive, in golf: TEED UP.   Better to be teed up than teed off.

21. Prefix with surgery: NEURO.

25. Bakery-café chain: PANERA.    Pane (Italian for bread) and era (time).    Panera = Bread time.

27. Spotted: ESPIED.

31. Health club amenity: POOL.

32. Green Gables lass: ANNE.  The classic children's novel.

33. Wile E. Coyote vendor: ACME

34. Open __: scans for the claustrophobic: MRIs.

39. Window sticker: DECAL.  I'd pay the full MRSP shown on this sticker for a Gran Turismo Omologoto.

41. Pay no heed to: IGNORE.

44. Loves to a fault: DOTES ON.

50. Informal eatery: DINER.

52. Book cover info: TITLE.

54. Personal journal: DIARY.

55. Wayward calf: DOGIE

56. Flower supporters: STEMS.

57. Hefty Cartwright brother: HOSS.  Played by Dan Blocker.   At 6'4" and weighing 300 pounds, hefty seems an apt physical description.   14 pounds at birth. 

58. Olympic weapon: EPEE.

59. Tribute in verse: ODE.

62. Nav. rank: ENS.  Naval / Ensign.   I learned that a naval flag is also known as an ensign.

64. Actor Beatty: NED.

Note from C.C.:

Say hello to Melissa's granddaughter Harper Rose! Look how excited her bigger sister Jaelyn is! 

Melissa's brother Rick is also coming home this coming Friday. What an ordeal for him and his family, esp Melissa.


D4E4H said...

FIR in 34:41 min.

Tremendous Tuesday Tous Guys!

Thank you Mark McClain for this pleasant CW.

Thank you TTP for your excellent review.

Thank you C.C. for introducing us to Melissa's granddaughter Harper Rose.

As I answered 35 A -- *Picture-taking Brownie: BOX CAMERA, I realized that younger people would have no idea what one was, so -- Here is -- the Eastman Kodak Brownie Camera Introduced in 1900.


OwenKL said...

Call me a CAB, or call me a taxi,
The AIRport I need, hurry is maxi!
Lyft or Uber?
Don't be absurd, sir!
I prefer a chassis made by ACME!

Are you a PAL who would like to try
A fast-paced game of jai ALAI?
Later keep muscles ICED,
And ALOE vera is nice,
And work on IGNORING the BATTLE CRY!

Olive Oyl was ESPIED at Radio City (not the Met)
She was waiting in the wings, you bet.
Her chorus line
Of STEMS divine,
Were the understudies, The PIPETTES!

{B, B-, C+.}

OwenKL said...

BTW, from a while back, I finally got out to a Five Guys place here in Santa Fe. I'll not be going again. Even my LW, who normally doesn't notice, remarked on how expensive they were. They were buried in an ultra-busy mall parking lot next to a PANERA and Panda Express. Very difficult to get to. My patty melt was okay, but nothing special, and the "fries" had so much skin on them they were, IMBO, nearly inedible.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Thanx, Mark, for this al dente Tuesday offering. Didn't notice the B-C, until the reveal. I'll accept the CSO at 22a and noticed the one to Scott/Santa at 45a. Enjoyed the tour, TTP. (Was that "crawling over" the sanitized version?)

EKCO: My favorite kitchen gadget company is OXO. Always well made and well thought out.

DECAL: My first new car was a '64 Chevelle -- $2000 even. In those days back-up lights were an option; my car didn't have 'em.

PANERA: Period after early man invented iron cooking utensils.

Bill V. said...

Quote from Lee Trevino, "If you are caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron. Not even God can hit a 1-iron."

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Mark McClain. for a fine puzzle. Thank you, TTP, for fine review.

Got through the puzzle in fine fashion. Theme worked out. B.C.

I guess I will have to watch that movie "Airplane" sometime.

Never owned a Brownie camera.

SEARS was great years ago, especially with their catalogue. You would think they would have morphed into on line sales because of that. Oh well.

Harper is a beautiful baby. Congratulations Melissa and family.

Got to run. Guarding at 8:00. Done later this month for the summer.

See you tomorrow.


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Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIR, but erased ANNa for ANNE when I filled in Santa.

Had a friend who drove a Checker. It had never been a CAB, but he still got questioned by cops occasionally regarding whether he had a taxi permit.

I told a tire salesman that the AIR in mine is already 80% nitrogen. I don't think he believed me.

My favorite scene from Airplane! is when Elaine and OTTO are relaxed and smoking ciggies after overcomming the inflation pump failure.

Twelve is 0000 1100 in BINARY, and 0001 0010 in BINARY CODEd decimal.

Like Bill V, I thought of Lee Trevino at ONE IRON.

Congrats to Melissa B for the happy times. Beautiful grand.

Thanks to Mark for the fun puzzle, and to TTP for teh fun review.

desper-otto said...

Box Camera: In my ute I had an old Kodak Autographic camera. It had a collapsible bellows and a little door on the back for writing info about the picture just taken. That feature required a special 116 "autographic" film which was no longer available. I took so few pictures that by the time I'd used up the film and had it developed, I no longer recognized/remembered what it was that I'd shot.

Yellowrocks said...

Mark, nice puzzle. I needed the reveal to find BC. Thanks for th expo, mb. Lovely grandchildren. I'm gad Rick is finally coming home, thanks to your constant support.
The Road Runner and Acme keep popping up in the puzzles these day.
We used to eagerly peruse the Sears Catalog. We called it "The Wish Book." Did you? The emphasis was on the word "wish". We had very little money for non essentials. We called its competitor "Monkey Ward." These two companies seem to be the forerunners of the move away from bricks and mortar stores. In the "boonies" we also had vans that carried groceries and others that carried veggies door to door. At one time we had a rolling library.
I got started on internet buying when I was laid up with a broken foot which could bear no weight for three months. After that, it took another month to walk normally. Since then, I prefer buying on the net. I am not an eager shopper.
It took a while to realize the OTTO stood for AUTO. They do not sound at all alike to me. Hi DO.
I feel so lazy today. Maybe I will just read. I have my quarterly dental torture session this PM.
Yesterday was an unusually lovely day, sunny and warm. Now we are back to clouds and rain.

OwenKL said...

Sears Roebuck and Monkey Wards were familiar to me, too. (And a box camera.) Really amazing they didn't adapt to the Net. Haven't seen Spencer Gifts catalogs in a while, but get a few others monthly I usually just toss out, and Haband seems nearly daily! Nothing like those old phone-book size annual wish books, tho!

The LW and I have some of our roles reversed. E.g., she hates shopping while I enjoy it. But when grocery stores started the pick-up service late last year, it was just as I was having increased mobility problems. So, shop on line, and pick up the order at the store without getting out of the car! Then, another company extended that with delivery about the time I became totally housebound. I'm back to driving again, but signed up for annual delivery fee, so won't even have to drive to the store any more.

Husker Gary said...

-49˚F, breezy, drizzle and so our league decided to not TEE UP today
-BATTLE CRY - The 501st Parachute Infantry-Regiment, with family permission wears this patch
-Which is letter is omitted more often, the “T” in Dentist or the “C” in Arctic?
-KATE Winslet – “Winslet says she is still disturbed and “haunted” by her nude scene in Titanic with Leonardo DiCaprio, only recently revealing that fans still go after her with images of the drawing of her body and ask her to sign it. She always refuses”
-Is Who’s On First? the funniest routine ever?
-The SEARS catalog also did duty outside the house in a very small building
-My dad’s name was accidentally OMITTED during the reading of WWII vets last Memorial Day. The VFW leader felt very bad!
-IGNORED - All teachers should read this book
-A lovely puzzle, write-up and pix!

TTP said...

Good morning. Thank you Mark. I always enjoy solving your puzzles.

Nice photos of your grandchildren Melissa. I'm sure you are anticipating this Friday.

Yes, Deper-otto, that is the G rated version of what those bugs are doing.

Yellowrocks, we had a bookmobile that paid a visit to our elementary school every week or two in its rounds of many of the rural towns across our county back in Ohio. Our high school had a library, but none of the three towns that made up our township and school district had a library.

Since I moved to Illinois, I've lived in the same unincorporated area. The nearby town had a library, but we had to pay to use it. Then the town council and library district wanted to build a new library, but it failed the property tax funding referendum when the townspeople voted. So then the council and library district annexed all of the unincorporated areas around the town for a larger library district (to get a larger base to to spread the tax rate to more property owners).

The referendum passed, but since our unincorporated area is in a different voting district, we didn't get to vote on it. At least that I recall. It's not all that atypical of things that happen in the Chicago area. All these years later, the library is still not paid off. It's the nicest building in town, public or private. My "share" of the tax burden for the library district and pension funding on this year's property tax bill shows it is the third largest of the various taxes, only behind the school district and the fire protection district.

Prairie Woman said...

Good morning! Thank you to iMark and TTP.

Fun puzzle. In my mind, I FIR. In real life I didn’t. Since I work on line, sometimes a letter is placed in the wrong square when I have forgotten to switch from vertical to horizontal. That involves looking for the error which sometimes I am to impatient to do and just ask for the red letter help.

The Sears catalog was a fixture in our house as well. My mother was an accomplished seamstress so I would pick out a dress and she would then purchase fabric and sew. My two aunts were not yet married but working and would buy fabric, so I was a well-dressed child thanks to Sears.

Our family did not have own a camera of any kind but my aunt did have a Brownie box camera. She would often tell my mother she would be at our house at a specific time with her camera. Thanks to her there are several pictures of my early childhood.

It is a nice spring day here, so I plan to open up the house for fresh air. We hope for drying weather; our farmer neighbors are becoming impatient to get planting completed. In other years planting is finished by this time. Part of our income comes from farm land but only a small portion,so we are not in a panic. Others are not so fortunate.

Have a great day.everyone.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

I thoroughly enjoyed solving this theme-laden offering and was pleased and rewarded by the totally unexpected reveal. I saw the BC repetition, but had no clue where it was headed. Nice CSO to our dearly missed Argyle and also to our dearly present DO! Two CSOs to all of our golfers with Teed Up and One Iron. Is a One Iron a Niblick? No unknowns, no w/os, and no dreck. Bravo, Mark.

Thanks, Mark, for a Tuesday treat and thanks, TTP, for a fun and informative tour.

Congratulations, Melissa, on the arrival of Harper Rose. She is as pretty as a picture and the wonderment in Jaelyn's eyes in the last picture is priceless. This is a happy time for you and will be even happier on Friday. Best wishes and happiness to the whole family.


Spitz, your mention of the Newman Club reminded me of Father Thomas Phelan who was very instrumental in the building of the RPI Chapel and Cultural Center. (I got married in the Chapel.) You and he may has missed each other, as you graduated the same year he was appointed Chaplain and he was also on the faculty.

Have a great day.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Hello Harper Rose and congrats, Melissa.

Easy solve. No searches or strikethroughs. Saw the B. C. theme at the end. Thought of Scott while filling in ARGYLE.
When my Dad would write down when the cattle came into 'season' I guess he was keeping a dairy DIARY.
OLDE - German alt, L. German old, Dutch oud.
OPEN - German offen, L. German open, Dutch open.

Have a great day.

Lucina said...


No time to read comments. I just want to thank Mark McClain and TTP for today's amusing exercise. Being one who likes to cook I liked seeing TBSP and EKCO.

This was a breeze with only one w/o, CADRE to CABAL. Otherwise I was on Mark's wave length all the way.

One of my aunts had a Brownie camera and thanks to her we have some priceless pictures of our family.

Dental appointment for a filling.

I'll catch you all later.

Have a SERENE day, everyone!

WikWak said...

Thoroughly enjoyed solving this puzzle. Thanx to MM (one of my favorite constructors) and TTP (also a favorite).

My grandma grew up in a house that was ordered from the Sears catalog. You mail in your selection, soon a pile of lumber, pipes, and all the other things that make up a house show up on the property. With complete instructions for assembly. The ultimate do it yourself project, I guess.

Seeing ACME in a puzzle always makes me smile. Poor Wile E.

I liked all the long fills and the lack of short, nearly made up dreck used for fill.

FIR in 10 minutes. Have a good day, all!

Misty said...

Delightful Tuesday puzzle--many thanks, Mark. I moved through this one without a single erasure, and enjoyed some of the memories it evoked. "Green Acres" was one of my favorite TV shows of all time. Many thanks for posting the pictures of the cast, TTP. I remembered Eddie Albert and Eva GABOR and even Arnold! but not the rest of the folks. Wish it were still on TV so I could watch it sometimes. Also nice to see a reference to "Bonanza" with HOSS. I shopped at SEARS for years in the old days, but don't remember getting mail-order items. Ah, the old days! Never heard of EKCO or PANERA. Anyway, lots of fun with both the puzzle, Mark, and the commentary, TTP.

Congratulations on the lovely Harper Rose, Melissa.

Owen, how nice that you can get groceries delivered--sounds like a big help.

Have a great day, everybody.

AnonymousPVX said...

So this was a nice Tuesday puzzle! No issues at all and...

No markovers today.

Yeah that Fungus beetle is crawling over the other....and my parents were wrestling in bed.

See you tomorrow.

Mark McClain said...

Thanks all for the kind words. I first saw the B.C. comic strip when I was in college back in the 60's - it had been around for a while, but just started showing up in our paper then. Hilarious, and fun to dedicate a puzzle to it - still going strong, though not by the original artist.

Jayce said...

I very much enjoyed this puzzle. Saw the BC theme and expected the reveal to have something to do with "Before the Common Era." Mark, your reveal is much better!

TTP, excellent commentary. I especially liked your comment to ICED. Thank you.

Congratulations, Melissa.

OwenKL said...

Misty, from The New Yorker
Such was [Pete] Buttigieg’s ardor for James Joyce and “Ulysses,” Jeremy Farris, his old Oxford flatmate, said, that he once “came back from the market with a kidney that he proceeded to fry, because that’s what Leopold Bloom most enjoyed.” Farris added, “Our kitchen, for a few days, had the ‘fine tang of faintly scented urine.’ ”

CanadianEh! said...

Terrific Tuesday. Thanks for the fun, Mark (glad you dropped in) and TTP.
Straight-forward solve today (with only one inkblot as I struggled with AIOLI), and I saw the BC theme.

I noted CAB crossing CABAL, and all the CSOs (ARGYLE, ICED for Tin LOL, TTP, OTTO).
Frigid entered my mind before ARCTIC.
Speaking of prescience of the blog, I recall giving a spelling lesson on ARCTIC a week or two ago. No excuse for any of you omitting the first C!!

Yes, I remember the SEARS Christmas Wish book. I too have wondered why they did not just adjust their mail-order business to online ordering.

This Canadian knew our PEI heroine, ANNE. After my ads for Newfoundland, Labrador tourism last week, I should give PEI equal time.
Beautiful little island - "All Things Anne" around Cavendish and Anne of Green Gables - The Musical, in Charlottetown, but also plenty of scenic countryside, golf (take your ONE iron!), lighthouses (take your Brownie BOX CAMERA!).

Speaking of Brownie BOX CAMERAs, my mother still has hers, plus a photo (and reciprocal photo) of her taking a picture of a friend.

And of course, you all know that Canadians have BLANK CHEques (to match the "Basque ball game name" clue that it crossed!).

Congrats Melissa. Beautiful granddaughter and big sister is already filling her role. Good news for your brother and all the family.

Wishing you all a great day.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Thanks, TTP, for the Roy Rogers clip. When I was a kid, he was my favorite cowboy. He didn't waste time kissing girls, and except at the start or finish of his movies he didn't fool around with singing.
I reckon that backup group was the Sons of the Pioneers. "Whoopee-tie-yi-yay!"

I'm posting late today 'cuz I spent the morning prepping for my annual meeting tomorrow with our financial advisor. I swear, retirement makes weird demands on us--having to talk to somebody about dollars is really a drag. It's scary too, as we keep hovering on the brink of a collapse.
Fingers crossed that we'll all make it through another year...

Sorry now that I never watched Green Acres. I'm enjoying the new show, Bless this Mess, which seems to share the same premise.

EPEE, EPEE, EPEE!--in Crosswordlandia you'd think fencers used no other sword. Why, young-uns, when I was on our fencing team in college we never even heard of the EPEE.
We used the saber or the foil, and we liked it that way!
The foil & EPEE are both thrusting weapons. The foil is a lighter and more supple blade, and the rules for foil are both tougher and fairer than for the clumsy EPEE.
Nothing today. Nada. Go home.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

I thought the one fungus beetle was giving the other a back rub.

I remember when Sears offered an adjustable (golf) iron. The loft and length changed according to the shot. I'm sure the club manufacturers wasted no time in getting such devices outlawed. You could also order elixirs containing opium, and live chickens.

I still have our family's Kodak Tourist II camera and the flash attachment. Both in original boxes. I thought there must be some antique value, but apparently not. Back-loading 120 (IIRC) film. Film, developing and printing were expensive. I was taught at an early age the basics of composition, lighting and subject selection. We might take 24 snapshots a year, or what kids would now call "waiting in line to buy concert tickets".

Bill G said...

Hi everybody. I enjoyed a box camera growing up that used 620 film. You held the camera about waist high and looked down into a simple mirror system to frame the image. Then you would wait a few days to get the film processed while hoping for the best.

My father set up a pretty good darkroom in an upstairs bathroom. I enjoyed learning about developing film. It was all a lot more complicated than taking selfies on an iPhone but very satisfying.

I was sitting in our middle school library years ago and noticed "Anne of Green Gables" on a paperback rack. I had heard of it but that was all. I checked it out and thoroughly enjoyed it. Prince Edward Island seemed like such a beautiful place. I was delighted to find a made-for-television version on PBS several years ago. I've watched it twice.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Jinx ~
Not too surprising that SEARS offered "elixirs containing opium," although it may have been a bit earlier than when you (and I) remember.
SEARS was mailing out catalogues as early as the 1880s, and for a few decades these served as the only regular way for many Americans to order medicines. Among the most popular offerings were two invented by the German company, Bayer.
Through the 1910s Bayer sold their "Aspirin"--for the relief of pain & fever--and their popular "Heroin"--for the relief of coughs in children.

Wilbur Charles said...

Arnie and Tiger were adept at the ONE IRON. There was an old joke about God and Arnie re. That club. “Even the almighty can't hit a 1iron. “ Voila, Bill V has it.
BTW, speaking of Golf and BC, there once was a BC Open.
I was just at Panera yesterday.

Easier than Monday but with a little spike. I think the niblick is like a four iron. Let's look:Nope. The niblick is closer to a wedge. Hagen is credited with the sand wedge which may have directly replaced the niblick.


Wilbur Charles said...

Now I remember. God replied" Only Arnold Palmer can hit a one iron"


Misty said...

Owen, thank you so much for posting that little story. I'm writing an article on the very 'Ulysses' chapter Buttigieg is said to have read, and wondered once again how Leopold Bloom could have enjoyed a roasted kidney that gave him "a fine tang of faintly scented urine."

Lucina said...

My mother was born and grew up in a small, rural town called Concho, where I was born. She and her family bought almost everything they needed from both the Sears and Montgomery Ward catalogs. When the new ones arrived the old ones were used in the outhouse. We moved from there when I was three but I returned at age 7 to stay with my grandmother for one year and lived that experience.

The picture of the beetles reminds me of some turtles we saw in that same position at the zoo. I don't know about the beetles, but the turtles were grunting very noisily. I doubt it was a back rub.

Lucina said...

Melissa, your granddaughters are beautiful! I hope for the best outcome on Friday!

CrossEyedDave said...

Very late today,
did the puzzle early this morn, & went looking
for silly stone age links, but could not find anything
better than the B.C. already posted.
They were all pretty primitive...

While not really "Stone Age,"
I have been prepping for the 1st Camping Trip of the
year by watching YouTube Videos of things to cook in the woods.
There are several excellent Bushcrafters out there posting videos
which helped me learn about Fatwood, Birch Bark, KNots, Knife Sharpening etc...
But not so many about what to cook...

That's when I came across "Girl In The Woods."
(& her Dog Maysie...)

I came across her website because she made Parodies of all the
other Bushcrafters on YouTube. (really funny, & in good taste)
But was intrigued enough to watch her 28 day fire challenge.

28 days (in February) of making a fire in the Woods. (in Alaska.)

It started out innocent enough, but quickly turned into an outdoor cooking show!

& the reason I am posting it here (bedsides entertainment value)
is that at 5:30 of the following video, she recites a Poem that
I thought OwenKL would love. (I know I do...)

Making Irish Soda Bread in the Woods,
& a Poem by Mary Oliver...

Sadly, there are only 25 days of postings.
& one of those was celebrating Maysie's Birthday during a Blizzard in the house.
Why anyone would freeze their butt off for 28 days when they have a
wood burning cast iron stove in the house is beyond me...

But if you want to cook in the woods,
you must must watch Cajun Shrimp & Pasta, or Rueben Sandwiches,
or Fried Doughnuts. The Pizza was a bit of a cheat as she made it
on existing Garlic bread, but it made me hungry watching anyway...

CrossEyedDave said...

Actually, the next episode, Sausage, Biscuits & Gravy is pretty good too.
But it makes me wonder,
While she often brings Gourmet Dog Food, more often than not
she will just share her Dinner with Maysie.

It is the episode with Wieners and baked beans,
makes me think of the Seinfeld episode where Kramer feeds the
Central Park Carriage Horse...

I never had a Dog, but in walking Layla daily, I have gotten into the
habit of giving her a slice of Ham. (Deli ham) (Low Salt)
rolled up & sliced into 12 or 14 pieces which I make her jump for.
(She loves it)

Is this bad for the Dog?
(What say you...)

Oh, I almost forgot,
I am biased (but forgot) as to why I like this Girl in the Woods so much.
She goes camping with her Cat!
45 minutes,
Yes, I don't expect you to watch it all, but I had to post it as proof
that there is some one in the world that goes camping with their cat!

CrossEyedDave said...

but at this time of night I figure the Breakfast crowd
will never know I got long winded...

CrossEyedDave said...


Oh, one more thing...

Speaking of Stone Age (sorta...)

How Ladies can write their name in the snow with Pee...

CanadianEh! said...

BillG. There are more books by LM Montgomery about ANNE that you might enjoy. That PBS miniseries that you saw several years ago was probably the 1985 CBC production with Megan Follows. My daughter waited eagerly to watch it every week. In 2017, ANNE (with an E for American audiences) brought a grittier slant with additional background not in the original books added. May be available to you on Netflix.
For others of you who like the ANNE books, I recently read Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy. It tells the background story of Marilla in a style very similar to LM Montgomery. I enjoyed it (and my daughter did too).

Sandyanon said...


I grew up on the Anne books. Read every one of them repeatedly (and fairly recently as well). Then my granddaughter started reading them and became enthused. I took her on a trip to PEI for a week and we visited lots of places, including the house, Lovers' Lane, and we saw the musical in Charlottetown. I must admit that during the musical we kept telling each other, "But they left that part out!". But we enjoyed it anyway. The trip was a great experience for both of us.

OwenKL said...

Misty: glad the Joyce clip was apropos. After posing that, I was linked to an even better entire article with this opening paragraph (I think we can stand the little bit of politics included).

You can tell that the race for the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination is getting serious because the candidates are talking about . . . James Joyce. Pete Buttigieg and Beto O’Rourke have gone out of their way, in interviews and public events, to embrace the Irish master; Joe Biden has been name-dropping and crypto-quoting him for years. ... during the past few weeks, I have been inundated with stories from Vulture, the Irish Times, the Washington Post, Vogue, and Esquire discussing the candidates’ positions on “Ulysses” and “Finnegans Wake.”

Misty said...

Owen, I just can't believe that Kevin Dettmar (a Joyce scholar I know) published this article about politicians and their interest in Joyce in the New York Times! It now kills me that I'm not going to the North American Joyce Conference in Mexico City in June because there will clearly be a lot of buzz about this at the conference. I wish I could figure out how to save the article, but I'll work on that tomorrow. Thanks so much for posting this--this is really exciting.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All:

I still haven't read everyone yet but wanted to thank Mark for the BC puzzle and TTP for the great write-up.

Three things (aside from work) kept me busy today:
One, Highlands Ranch is where my Brother lives. I thought it was a neighborhood and therefore the school my nieces attend. Bro told me Highlands Ranch is a subdivision and there are multiple schools... It sucks regardless but I'm thankful my nieces are safe.

My Brother was actually on his way to Houston (and here tonight for a visit) on business. And...

We had 7" of rain in 4 hours. Took me two hours to get home. Then, an hour to find DW a hotel near where she was stuck. After the rains let up, Bro and I rescued our cars (after cleaning the storm drains of debris / streets from water) about 1/4-mile away where we abandoned them and sloshed to the house earlier. The car rescue had to wait for Nuggets' 1/2-time.

Fav: Kate - esp. knowing she's safe at the hotel tonight.

Cheers, -T

Anonymous T said...


Jinx - funny "kids would now call that "waiting in line..."

{B+, B, B-}

I was curious about them beetles' intentions too...

I too remember the Wish Catalogue. Every year Bro and I would spend hours thinking practical v. deliverable from "Santa" [aka ARGYLE].

WOs: transposed vowels in PeNaRA for a spell...; sEMI b/f HEMI.
ESPs: MRIS as clued. //Thanks for the duh! TTP
Fav: Still KATE :-)

Now to watch a girl pee in the snow(?) CED(?).

D-O, TX Ms, and others in H-Town - how you holding up with, um, the storm we haven't named(?)

Cheers, -T

Anonymous T said...

I forgot the pic [not w/ a Brownie] Youngest took...

Youngest took a "mental day" out of school today (tomorrow's the big Star-Tests) which was a good thing. The Car that will be hers (when she gets a license) was parked out front and, with her being home, moved it up the drive. Good think that as it was parked on the curb. [that was our cul-de-sac this afternoon]. -T