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Aug 27, 2019

Tuesday, August 27, 2019, Paul Coulter

It's Meaningless!  The first letter of each word in the theme answers (M and T), when said aloud together, sounds like EMPTY.

17-Across. Toy on a track: MODEL TRAIN.


24-Across. Native growth in an Asian orchard: MANGO TREE.  Mangos are so good in a fruit salad.

39-Across. Grilling accessory: MEAT THERMOMETER.


49-Across. Result of too-tight jeans, perhaps: MUFFIN TOP.


And the Unifier:
62-Across. Blather, and a phonetic hint to the four other longest answers: EMPTY WORDS.  The word Empty like the letters M and T.

Across:
1. Makes a hasty getaway: LAMS.

Lambs on the Lam.

5. Insect stage after larva: PUPA.

9. Bathroom wall piece: TILE.

13. Not many: A FEW.

14. Umpires' decisions: CALLS.  I initially tried Balls.  Unfortunately, it fit all too well.

16. Cabinet dept. with a windmill on its seal: ENER.  As in the Department of Energy.  There are several other items on the seal in addition to the windmill.


19. Volcanic output: LAVA.  //  And 26-Down: Volcanic output = ASH.

20. WWI French soldier: POILU.  Raise you hand if you knew this non-Tuesday word.  The word literally means "hairy" or "hairy one."  Many of the front line French infantrymen were from rural, agricultural backgrounds and wore beards and bushy mustaches.


21. Almanacs, calendars, etc.: YEARLIES.

23. Drag one's feet: STALL.

The first time I saw stalls like these was in a hotel in Beijing.

25. Philosopher __-tzu: LAO.

27. Mme., in Madrid: SRA.  Today's Spanish lesson.

28. Money for the poor: ALMS.

32. Ancient colonnade: STOA.


35. Bumper sticker word: ELECT.
42. Award for "Green Book": OSCAR.  The movie Green Book won Best Picture as well as the Best Original Screenplay.

43. Spanish appetizer: TAPA.  Yummers!

44. Ward of "Once and Again": SELA.  Sela Ward (née Sela Ann Ward; b. July 11, 1956) also starred in the in the 2019 television show FBI.


45. Korean soldier: ROK.  Another non-Tuesday word.  The Republic of Korea Army is known as ROK.

47. Springsteen's "Born in the __": USA.


54. TV monitoring device: V-CHIP.  The "V" may stand for either Violence or Viewer Controlled.

59. Directed: OVER SEEN.

60. Maine college town: ORONO.  My alma mater.
61. "Star Trek" helmsman: SULU.


65. "The Time Machine" race: ELOI.  These fictional post-humans from H.G. Well's 1895 novel have become a crossword staple.

66. Gave an address: SPOKE.  Not a physical address, but an oration.

67. Foul mood: SNIT.  //  And 55-Down: In a foul mood:  CROSS.  I liked how these to clues and answers CROSSed.

68. Director Gus Van __: SANT.  Gus van SANT (b. July 24, 1952) is a film director, best know for Good Will Hunting and My Own Private Idaho.


69. Laundry blemish: SPOT.

70. Red and Coral, but not pink: SEAS.  Nailed it!  The Red SEA is between Egypt and Saudi Arabia.  It's a great place for snorkeling.  The Coral SEA is off the east coast of Australia.


Down:

1. Reading lights: LAMPS.

2. Underway, to Sherlock: AFOOT.

3. TV, radio, newspapers, etc.: MEDIA.

4. "Great!": SWELL.  I first tried Super, then Sweet!, before the perps finally led me to SWELL.

5. Interest rate fig.: PCT.  As in Percent.

6. Short-lived Egypt-Syr. alliance: UAR.  As in the United Arab Republic.  It was a sovereign state from 1958 to 1961.


7. __ del Rey: L.A. beach community: PLAYA.  More of today's Spanish lesson.  Playa is Spanish for Beach.

8. Roswell crash victim, supposedly: ALIEN.


9. Stretch the truth: TELL TALES.

10. "... bombs bursting __": IN AIR.


11. Protective river embankment: LEVEE.


12. Clear from the blackboard: ERASE.


15. Hitches: SNAGS.

18. Temporary calm: LULL.

22. Composer Ned: ROREM.  Ned Rorem (b. Oct. 23, 1923) is an American composer.  In 1975, he won a Pulitzer Prize for Music.


24. Sacred choral piece: MOTET.

28. Latin "I love": AMO.

29. French article: LES.  Today's French lesson.

30. Rock's Fleetwood __: MAC.


31. Tropical food that has a five-point shape when sliced: STAR FRUIT.  The fruit is quite tasty.


33. U.K. singer Rita __: ORA.  I am not familiar with Rita Ora (née Rita Sahatçiu Ora; b. Nov. 26, 1990).

34. Intensify: AMP UP.

36. Hot time on the Riviera: ÉTÉ.  More of today's French lesson.  Summer on the Riviera is a Hot Time.

37. Cartoon frame: CEL.

38. La-la lead-in: TRA.

40. Square root of neuf: TROIS.  And now for today's math lesson in French.  The square root of 9 is 3.
41. Western treaty gp.: OAS.  As in the Organization of American States.

46. "Trick" joints: KNEES.


48. Declare openly: AVOW.

49. Exodus leader: MOSES.


50. Throat dangler: UVULA.

51. Serious criminal: FELON.

52. Subs at the office: TEMPS.  As in Temporary workers/

53. "Hop __": Dr. Seuss book: ON POP.


56. "Stormy Weather" singer Lena: HORNE.


57. Mumbai's land: INDIA.

58. Twitter updates: POSTS.

63. Ring ref's decision: TKO.  As in Technical KnockOut.

64. To this point: YET.

Here's the Grid:

I'll leave you with a QOD:  There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves.  ~  Lyndon B. Johnson (né Lyndon Baines Johnson; Aug. 27, 1908 ~ Jan. 22, 1973)


Notes from C.C.:
 

Happy 71st birthday of dear Lemonade (Jason), who's been guiding us on Friday puzzles since March 2010. This is a picture from his trip to Oo' homeland a few years ago. Happy birthday, the king!



Oo and Lemonade


46 comments:

Lemonade714 said...

Wow, I did not expect to see a word that was 100% unknown in a Tuesday puzzle. Our friend Paul managed that feat with POILU. It turns out they were much more than just hairy men; you might like to read their HISTORY.

One of the many ironies of the link between President Lincoln and President Kennedy was the birthday of their vice-residents. In addition to LBJ who was born on this day in 1908, we have HANNIBAL HAMLIN who was born in scambled year of 1809 on August 27.

We also still have with us the incomparable NED ROREM who I know from solving puzzles.

Wonderful entertainment PC and Susan. Thank you.

D4E4H said...

FIR in 34:56 min

Good Morning Corner Writers.

Thank you Paul Coulter for this crunchy Tuesday CW.

Thank you Hahtoolah for your excellent review.

HBDTY Lemonade!

Ðave

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

This one wasn't difficult, but several of the words had a very un-Tueday feel. (I'm lookin' at you, POILU, UVULA, PLAYA, and ROREM.) Saw the M-Ts, but failed to read the reveal -- it was already filled in. Thanx, Paul and Hahtoolah.

MUMBAI -- Spent several weeks there when it was still Bombay. Didn't get sick until the plane left the ground heading home.

ORONO -- Older brother (another Paul) spent most of his working life at U-of-M in Orono.

ELECT -- Back in the '60s the slogan was "Vote for the Kennedy of your choice, but vote."

Lemonade, Happy Birthday young man.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIR, and only one erasure - UAR to fix UAe. I wasn't sure what a colonnade was, but we get STOA all the time so I filled with that. MOTET and ORA didn't help at all.

My bumper stickers always end in "UNTIE!"

Where did kids drive their Chevys before Don McLean told them about the LEVEE?

I love Playa del Rey, which is next door to Marina del Rey, the finest marina I've ever seen. When I lived in LA (no, not Lower Alabama), Playa del Rey was known as "the stu zoo" due to its close proximity to LAX ("stu" being a pre-woke term for stewardess).

Thanks to Paul for the fun puzzle. I admit that I didn't like your puzzles at first but you have grown on me as a constructor. My bad. And thanks to Hahtoolah for the very interesting visual review. HBDTY, Lemony.

inanehiker said...

Nice puzzle with a variety of MT combos. I had PLATA before PLAYA (silver before beach) but perps did their work. WEES about POILU - - rare that a word doesn't sound remotely familiar even after it has been solved!

Thanks to Hahtoolah (the Rorem piece was very peaceful on this post rainy day morning!)
and Paul!

Best wishes to Lemonade!

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Fine intro, Hahtoolah, many excellent visuals. (Provoking much chortling.)

No problems solving. Got the top partially filled in. Then rappelled down ; the bottom filled in a mite easier. Then backtracked and got the stragglers. As I'm writing this, I'm getting the theme. Oh; M T phrases. Well done, Paul.
POILU - A new learning. Neat (or not so neat) appellation.
CORAL Sea - - USS Coral Sea (CV-43) - It and the FDR and Midway are the 3 carriers of the Midway Class. The Midway is preserved at San Diego as a museum ship.

Have a great day.

Yellowrocks said...

Even easier than yesterday's puzzle. Thanks, Paul and Susan.
Only ORO was new to me. I went to school with someone whose first name was ORA, derived from Latin for pray.
I haven't heard SWELL for GREAT in a long time, except in TV reruns.
VAN SANT needed a perp or two before I dug it up.
I got POILU with the first two letters. Maybe I learned it from novels.
I know MOTET from church choral music. The motet form changed through the centuries. Many modern ears find motets heavy. I like them one by one, not in an entire concert.
My square dance buddy had been in a foul mood for weeks. By last night he was over it and was his pleasant self. He suffers from depression. This was a long siege. Sometimes just having someone to talk to helps, sometimes it doesn't.
A very happy birthday, Jason. I have greatly enjoyed your posts over the years I have been here. You were my first contact to this blog.Thanks for all you do for us.

Yellowrocks said...

I meant ORA was new to me. I blame autocorrect. I caught most of its inane substitutions.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

We're seeing a lot of Paul Coulter's byline lately, much to our good fortune. I caught the MT theme late in the game, but was still rewarded with a clever reveal. The only true unknown was Poilu but I also needed perps for Playa (only heard of Marina Del Rey) and VChip. I chuckled at the Uvela ~ Eloi crossing because both were subjects of Sheldon's in TBBT. In fact there was a mini SciFi theme with Sulu, Eloi, and Alien. Coincidental to have Tell Tales right after Poe's "The Telltale Heart." Nice CSO to Lemonade and Hatoolah at Orono, on his birthday and her blog day, no less.

Thank you, Paul, for a Tuesday treat and for your recent kind good wishes and thanks, Hatoolah, for another visually pleasant and informative expo. I especially enjoyed the Lambs on the Lam! The Turkey thermometer wasn't too shabby, either! 🦃

Happy Birthday, Lemony, hope Oo prepares a special feast for you! (Or better yet, maybe you both can relax and celebrate with a nice dinner at a fancy restaurant.) 🎂🎁🎉🎈🍾

Thanks, everyone, for the warm welcome back. It's good to be "home."

There was a segment on the news last night about the Gatlinburg Skyway Bridge, the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America., offering magnificent views of the surrounding Smokies. At its highest point, the "floor" is made of glass panels. Needless to say, my severe acrophobia went into high gear and I'm still trying to quiet the stomach somersaults.

Completely off topic, people never cease to amaze (or bewilder) me by their selfishness and lack of humane understanding, such as was displayed by the "fans" reaction to Andrew Luck's decision to quit football. I can understand disappointment and frustration at losing such a talented player, but his health and well being are far more important than scoring touchdowns. End of rant.

Have a great day.

SwampCat said...

Thanks Paul for this tasty Tuesday treat. I loved the mini sci-fi theme as someone else pointed out. I laughed at 2D, Underway to Sherlock for AFOOT. Obvious after I got it but the best clues are. I struggled with TAPA for Spanish appetizers as I has only heard of tapas, but it fit so no harm. I also never thought of calendars as YEARLIES but I guess they are. Just enough crunch to make it fun!

Hahtoolah, thanks for the tour and visuals. I loved the Baton Rouge LEVEE. And Lena HORNE! Haven’t heard that in years.

HBTY Lemony! Thanks for all you do for all of us. 🎂🎶🍨🎉.

CanadianEh! said...

SWELL Tuesday. Thanks for the fun, Paul and Hahtoolah (loved the QOD!).
This CW filled fairly quickly and I got the theme MTs, but FIWed at my personal Natick of 7 &8D cross with 21A.
This Canadian does not know the LA beach communities (or my Spanish apparently) or the Roswell UFO incident (I LIUed); Punta changed to Plata (hello inanehiker) to Plada, and ALI-N was not ringing any bells, which left me looking at Diar (L)ies for 21A and scratching my head. Oh YEARLIES!
But my slow uptake in this area allowed me to see the cross of TELL TALES (9D) and LIES (9A partial).

Other unknowns included ORA, OAS, ROK and POILU but perps were friendly (not ALIEN). I see that SANT, SELA filled without my notice.
Thankfully my French was up to the task today.

I LOLed when MUFFINTOP filled in - too-tight jeans could result in a lot of other problems also!
I do not immediately think of LAM as a verb, but have gotten used to it in CWs.

Political bumper stickers to ELECT a candidate are not common to this Canadian. We will be having a federal election this October, but it has not even been officially called yet. The parties have chosen their leaders long ago. I am astonished at how you Americans always seem to be in election mode. But no more politics!

Happy Birthday Lemonade!
Wishing you all a great day.

TTP said...

This puzzle left me feeling unfulfilled.

Hand down for POILU. Thank you perps. Otherwise, I kept thinking this puzzle was too easy for a Wednesday.

Then I started reading the review and realized it's Tuesday. Sometimes severe pain consumes your being.

Great job, Hahtoolah ! And Paul, I was only kidding, trying to play on your MT theme. I loved it.

See all y'all later n'at !

TTP said...



Happy Birthday, LEMONADE !

TTP said...

C.C. has a puzzle today, "Inner Vows" over at puzzles.usatoday.com.

Montana said...

Happy Birthday, 🍋. I didn’t realize our birthdays were a day apart.
Thanks to everyone for birthday wishes yesterday.
I live along a levee on the Missouri River. Levees were built in the 1840s for the steamboats to dock.

Have a nice day,
Montana

Paul C. said...

Happy B'day, Lemonade. Glad you're back to yourself, Irish Miss. Thanks for the review, Hahtoolah. I like mangos, but I'm especially partial to starfruit. So pretty when sliced - I'm glad you found a pic that shows before and after. My ex and I used to vacation in Costa Rica each winter - there was a star fruit (carambola) tree outside the bungalow where we stayed. They're expensive in our stores, but I got a kick out of picking them for free. I'd wake up every morning, select a few ripe ones, and slice them to go into fruit salad.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Great puzzle, Paul! Great expo, Hahtoolah!

Hand up for having trouble with YEARLIES. I was sure it had to be some form of "annuals". Didn't help that I didn't know PLAYA and had forgotten ROREM.

Also didn't know VCHIP, ROK, POILU, Rita ORA, TROIS.

Tried TELL a lie before TELL TALES. Hmmm, didn't we just have the "TELL TALE Heart"?

Happy Birthday, Lemony! Love your gold shoes with the turned up toes in the picture.

Misty said...

Your puzzle was a total delight this morning, Paul! Thank you so much, and also for stopping by. And as soon as I saw one picture after another in the commentary, I knew it was Susan who was giving us all that wonderful visual information this morning. Together with the puzzle, a great way to start the day! (I also got the Sudoku, Kenken, and Jumble, so I've had a great beginning). The biggest treat was the M T solution--sure enough, there they were, in each one of the long answers. My favorite was the southwest corner with SULU, ELOI, FELON, and, finally, MOSES, which gave me the MUFFIN TOP, a term I'd never heard before. Nice to see Lena HORNE also. Fun puzzle all around, many thanks, again.

Have a great day, everybody.

Tinbeni said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Lemon ... You get my "First" Sunset Toast.


Hahtoolah: Wonderful, informative write-up.

Yup, I needed ESP (Every-Single-Perp) to get 20-a POILU my learning moment of the day.

Cheers!

AnonymousPVX said...


This Tuesday puzzle had some unexpected crunch.

Bit too early on a couple so

Markovers...AVER/AVOW....will I never learn?....also ZANT/SANT.

And on to Wednesday.

Lucina said...

Hola!

Happy birthday, Lemonade! Perhaps you'll have some STARFRUIT to celebrate.

WEES. I agree with your comments about this SWELL puzzle. Thank you, Paul; you always manage to entertain us with your grid.

Though I was at sea with TROIS it emerged with perps and I vaguely recalled ROK from puzzles past.

I once ordered butterflies for my classroom and they arrived in PUPA form. The students could watch their development and record each stage. After they emerged as adults we would take them outside and release them. It was an amazing educational project.

Thank you, Susan, for your fun filled review. I noted the CSO to you at ORONO.

I hope you are having a SWELL day, everyone!

Yellowrocks said...

Lucina, cool butterfly project. We raised mealworms and observed and journaled their life cycle. The kids were really into it. I would have preferred butterflies, especially since butterflies are my "totem." See my avatar.
I approve of Alan's new residence and the care he is given. Most of it is fantastic and he loves it. I take exception to the manifold medical tests the agency reps are maneuvering the doctors into prescribing. Then the reps say, "The doctor ordered it." They do not address his medical record and past problems and solutions. Our wonderful PC is an expert, caring, underused resource. The reps just demand the doctors prescribe test after test.
In the past at a rehab, Alan was on terrible pureed food (yuck) for two weeks and there was no recourse. On one of his first opportunities for an hour or two furlough, I took him out for a Big Mac and reported how well he tolerated it. In three days he was returned to a normal diet.
At an emergency room visit where they were preparing care instructions to send Alan to another facility, I emphasized the unusual amount of liquid Alan needs to prevent dehydration. They told me that taking that much liquid was harmful. I insisted they look up his last emergency room visit and they quickly recommended all the liquid I asked for. Thankfully, it was in the same hospital. Does anyone know my details well enough to be this kind of advocate for me?
Do I accept all this agency's redundant mindless tests, required by managers not doctors? They seem superfluous and not necessary, but harmless. Do I roll over, or do I fight it? Now its sleep apnea. Alan and I roomed together in WV. He hardly ever snores, even lightly, and doesn't wake up in the night. I read in bed until 1:00am or so and woke up at 6:30 to read some more, so I was able to ascertain this.
I believe the reps are kind and caring people caught up in a tight, rule bound, top down agency.
I love this sunny, pleasant weather. Over all, I do not envy any other state of the USA. We all have our pluses and minuses. An early, long lasting autumn is my ideal.

Husker Gary said...

Musings
-A fun puzzle on a delightful fall-like day

Ol' Man Keith said...

Hahtoolah, thanks for a fine commentary today.
I think LBJ should have added the word "alone" at the end of your QOD.

My hand is up! I knew POILU w/o perps, although I did not know what it meant. I think I first saw the word in the caption of a Life magazine photo of defeated French soldiers. Thanks for the explanation.

Ah, the radiant & sultry Lena HORNE, one of my very favorite singers.
♪♬"Fish gotta swim..."♬
Yes, indeed.

But what's with those see-through toilet doors in the Beijing hotel?
~ OMK
____________
DR:
Today we have two diagonals, one per side.
For anyone interested in well-sealed oil paintings that in addition to aesthetic pleasure can do extra service to plug against flood damage from, say, a breached Venetian LEVEE, today’s mirror anagram is meant for you.
It is a rare reference to…
LEAKLESS ART”!

Spitzboov said...

Happy Birthday to Lemonade.. Hope you are having a great day. Mazel tov!

Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle. Even after the solid perps revealed POILU I remained convinced that something was wrong, especially since there was no "tada" after I filled the entire grid. I kept going back to scrutinize POILU and its perps in expectation that that was where the error was. Welp, it turned out that having BALLS instead of CALLS was my error.

That bureaucratic managers and insurance bean counters can dictate medical procedures and render diagnoses is a travesty.

I think this country is in constant election campaign mode because the media are lazy. It is far easier to assemble a small group of pundits to opine about what each candidate SHOULD do and to display charts of the scoring of the horserace than to actually investigate and report the news. The news media says a thing is happening, therefore that thing is happening. On the other hand, when a really important thing is happening, such as the Amazon rainforest fires, all they can tell us about it are the political posturings or how people are reacting to it.

Good wishes to you all.

Abejo said...

Good afternoon, folks. Thank you, Paul Coulter, for a fine puzzle. Thank you,Hahtoolah, for a fine review.

Got through the puzzle fairly easily. Theme popped up after EMPTY WORDS, and then looking at the long answers. It was obvious.

As others said, POILU was not known. Perped.

TROIS made sense. Did not know what NEUF was.

I read a great book, most of which took place in MUMBAI (BOMBAY), India. It was called "Shantaram." 1300 pages. I started reading it and could not put it down.

Never heard of a V CHIP. New to me.

Happy Birthday, Lemonade, and many more.

See you tomorrow.

Abejo

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Husker Gary said...

Happy Birthday Jason! I was going to email you but I have four email addresses for you somehow!

Wilbur Charles said...

SWELL has been replaced by wonderful.

Am I hearing that crowds are contemplating rushing the Roswell enclave? I guess that was the annual UFO fest.

I've found that "counting" calisthenics in French takes some of the toil out of it. I've even got a convert doing it.

POSTS! Not TESTS this time. I did Sunday too late to comment but got hung up like everybody else.

Anyway to get advance warning when CC authors a xword in USA or WSJ? I would buy that paper while I'm out. Possibly posting at the back of Monday if on a Tuesday fe.

Jayce, I had BALLS too but spotted PBT for interest rate and caught on. Banks and auto dealers always seem to have "adjusted" ? for the rate.

Anyhow I did sail through. I do a Sunday Post(Birnholz') and get clues mixed up. PUPA showed up recently.

The POILUS were very appreciative of the US Marines aid at the end of WWI. My theory is that the complicated manuevering the Nazis employed to coax Japan into attacking Pearl Harbor, thus letting them fight the "Devil Dogs"(see 8-Eyed Spy) was the result of WWI encounters.

YR, my sincerest sympathy for your battles with mindless bureaucracy. Supervisors supervising supervisors.

WC


Lucina said...

YR:
Does Alan have a social worker assigned to him? Such a person could likely advocate for him. It's a shame that so many tests are required of him. Call my cynical but my theory is that it's all about money and how much those tests generate.

Ray o sunshine said...

Fun Tuesday puzzle. The clues I didnt know fell into place with known perps. Hilarious Moses cartoon above btw.

SwampCat said...

WC, I was interested in your counting in French to kill the pain of calisthenics. I had an MRI today... brain scan ( I think they are trying to find out if I have one)... and I found counting backwards from 100 helped pass the time and made me forget I was immobile in a space craft. I survived!

Misty said...

Forgot to wish you a happy birthday, Lemonade. Hope you're having a wonderful day!

Boomer said...

Yellowrocks and all - Remember The Music Man Professor Harold Hill " Is your son rebuckling his knickerbockers below the knee after he leaves the house at night? Are cetain words sneaking into his vocabulary - Words like "SWELL" and So's your old man. Well ya got trouble, tight here in river city."

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LEMONADE !!

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

That was some Crunch for a Tuesday, what with PLAYA, ROREM, --NG- TREE, MOTET going down... For not the eMpTy theme, this wouldn't have been a FIR.

Thanks Hahtoolah for the lively illustrated expo. WEES said about the MOSES comic.

WOs: N/A
ESPs: Needed to WAG O at TROIS/ROK and T & O MOTET/STOA/OAS; POILU, PLAYA, SANT, UAR
Fav: Fleetwood MAC [Gypsy video]

{} Hope you're OK today OKL.

IM - nice to see you in fine fettle.

TTP - thanks for the heads-up on C.C.'s USA Today. Hum, the Red-parter got double-booking.

Lucina - I had the same thought as you re: Alan's "tests." Keep up the good fight YR!

"SWELL? You know Clark, um, there are very few people left in the world who feel comfortable with saying that word ." [3:50] (Bonus: Then Lois says it...)

Happy Birthday Lem!

Cheers, -T

PK said...

YR: Are some of those tests they are giving Alan the kind which cause adverse effects in his sensitive make-up? Will they evict him if he doesn't get the tests? Could you get a court order to get them to accept all his prior testing? I feel so bad for you having to worry about this, just when your life was settling into an easier routine with him.

SwampCat said...

Owen??? You okay????

Yellowrocks said...

Thank you all for your concern about Alan. My main beef is that the reps don't look at his medical history and consult with the doctor before they demand tests. I believe understanding what has gone on before and what the doctor thinks about it is so important. I suppose most of the tests are harmless. The sleep apnea test seems onerous for an anxious person. David said to let it go and wait to fight the treatment suggested if I disagree. I believe this situation is not sinister, but highly bureaucratic.

Lemonade714 said...

HG, I do have 4 email addresses and I laugh at those who complain about 750 emails. I get more than that every week, from each of the careers/identities I use.

Paul, thank you for your birthday wishes. You need to come to visit us in Pompano Beach and you pick starfruit to your heart's content. Oo loves them as well. Thank you all for the wells wishes and comments

Roy said...

Why always the ELOI? What about the Morlocks? Is this some type of ethnic thing?

CrossEyedDave said...

hbd Lemonade

CrossEyedDave said...

Testing 404 error solutions

CrossEyedDave said...

Nuts!

Hahtoolah said...

Happy Birthday, Jason! Hope you had a wonderful day.

D-O: What department did your brother work in at UMO? We may be closer that the 6-degress of separation!

Anonymous T said...

CED - Here's your little light.

Somehow, your iThing is adding https://www.blogger.com/“ <--- look at the UTF-8 " in your URL. When I compose in Outlook (free spell check!) it tries to do the same crap.

Cheers, -T

Bill G said...

Lucina, we got some milkweed and planted it in a pot on the back patio. Soon there were some hungry caterpillars chowing down. A few days ago, Barbara was frustrated when she couldn't find them but I saved the day when I accidentally noticed three of them hanging from the bottom of the bird bath. I am looking forward to three more Monarch butterflies in our yard. Fascinating nature stuff!