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2191  Arts / Movies / Re: Movies on: August 03, 2007, 09:08:13 AM
My info is secondhand speculation, so who knows what really happened in the small hours of the night?  The cat was found,  dead and scuffed up, and a possum was found in the garage.  The animal control guy came and said the possum was responsible for the death and it wasn't necessary to dust for pawprints or scrape DNA samples from under the cat's claws.  Two tallboys were found nearby, drained, and it seemed clear that what had started as a mild interspecies dispute was escalated by the alcohol and the humid summer heat of a Wichita August.

OK, that last part isn't true, but the official ruling was indeed death-by-possum.

We'll never really know, will we?

2192  Home and Garden / Food Matters / Re: Food Matters on: August 02, 2007, 12:27:36 PM

vegetarian chili

curried chicken and rice

(that's about it --- the secret of curry is.....

.....use LOTS of it)
2193  Health / Fitness and Nutrition / Re: Fitness and Nutrition on: August 02, 2007, 12:23:42 PM
"....These children are not especially fond of cookies...."

That's just weird.

2194  Health / Fitness and Nutrition / Re: Fitness and Nutrition on: August 02, 2007, 11:29:54 AM
The key difference is probably the lesser reliance on the car and labor-saving appliances and tools.  That, and those heavy meals weren't supplemented with snacks so much.  I'm old enough (51) to remember a childhood when the only food available between meals was in the fruit bowl.  Some countries, like France, still have a cultural antipathy towards snacks, and they are fairly thin.

2195  Arts / Movies / Re: Movies on: August 02, 2007, 11:22:04 AM
Like me another Bourne film, yeah.  I know some were not as enchanted with Franka Potente as I, but I really wouldn't mind seeing her come back to life....maybe in a flashback.  I'm trying to remember, is it the middle one where he plunges six stories down a stairwell holding onto a fresh corpse to soften his landing?  I'm thinking Julia Stiles was in there somewhere, so it probably was.  Severe plot bleed can happen between the Bournes and this new film will only worsen the problem.

Possums enjoy killing cats, btw.  In the course of my life, I've lost two cats to possums.  What they lack in beauty, they make up for in viciousness.

2196  Health / Fitness and Nutrition / Re: Fitness and Nutrition on: August 02, 2007, 10:04:58 AM
Harrie, didn't mean to sound off so glibly.  My point wasn't that it would have been easy for this friend to solve the head issues and lose weight, just that I wasn't buying what proved to be blarney about the glandular problem, given her secret affair with the vending machines.

Food ads are pernicious, the ones with the huge glistening closeups of colorful platters.  Studies find that they don't necessarily make you buy the particular product shown, but if you are watching they will stimulate you to snack more on something that's around.

2197  Home and Garden / Food Matters / Re: Food Matters on: August 02, 2007, 09:54:52 AM
Trojan Horse,

when your belly isn't rumbling with restless spear-bearing Hellenics, there's nothing like grilled cheese.  But if you're not making it with an old flat iron, you're doing it the hard way.

SEE?  Guys can talk authoritatively on cooking, too!

Have I told you all about my hardboiled eggs?

2198  Arts / Movies / Re: Movies on: August 02, 2007, 09:48:53 AM
I eat my catfood at the table and put any leftover in a storage dish.  Save having to polish the roaches and give them that disturbing Old World luster.
2199  Arts / Movies / Re: Movies on: August 01, 2007, 11:23:37 AM
Saw The Simpsons movie yesterday.  The big screen does add something, not just scope for a longer narrative, but richer color and visual impact and, if you stay for the credits, hearing Maggie's first word.  And, if you stay to the very end of the credits (which I failed to do, so I learned this secondhand) some bizarre version of the Marseillaise, sung by the family.  So, the key point I am here to impart:  stay for the credits.  Don't be pressured to leave by the guys who come in to sweep up popcorn.  Don't spill any popcorn and they'll have no reason to disturb you.

2200  Books / Creative Writing / Re: Creative Writing on: August 01, 2007, 11:18:18 AM
of the Weeniepie invasion of Earth.  The alien fleet darkened the skies of the planet's great cities.  On board the battleships, the grills were being fired up.  The chubby residents of North America, busy with their own grills (for it was Saturday evening), continued to flip and baste, heedless of the looming menace and of their own intrinsic
2201  Arts / Comedy / Re: Comedy on: August 01, 2007, 10:30:33 AM
I'm guessing that what would have to be done to your body to make it fit in a handbasket would add to the overall discomfort?  If Dorothy's dog, Toto, were sent to hell in a handbasket, it wouldn't really make things any worse because Toto fits easily.

2202  National / Immigration / Re: Immigration on: July 31, 2007, 10:44:59 AM
They are unpopulated because they are desert, or otherwise have an ecosystem that doesn't support human activity and settlement.  Ecologists call it the Australia conundrum -- a continent of 3 million square miles which is barely sustaining a population smaller than New York State and may, in fact, face an ecodisaster that forces emigration in the near future.  Land area is not what supports people, it is a whole array of other considerations.  A lot of problems we call political, that impact immigration, are ecosystem problems at heart.  Even the present U.S. population is propped up by the use of petroleum-based fertilizers dumped on depleted heartland soils and then more petroleum used to ship the resulting food to population centers.  Without massive infusions of cheap oil, we wouldn't be able to feed 300 million people.

And it's the same everywhere.  Earth is packed to bursting.  We either control our loins and our resource gluttony, or the Earth will do it for us....the hard way.

2203  Science and Technology / Science / Re: The Universe on: July 31, 2007, 10:35:46 AM
Do drunken astronauts pose a threat to the universe?  The 12 Hour Bottle-to-Throttle rule is a bad one.  You can still be not sober after 12 hours, at least not sober enough to be piloting a jet or rocket.

2204  Health / Fitness and Nutrition / Re: Fitness and Nutrition on: July 31, 2007, 09:47:03 AM
I had a girl friend (but not a girlfriend) in college who insisted her fatness was a hormone problem.  I sort of went with this until I was studying one night in the Union near the vending machines.  Sitting at an angle where she didn't see me, I watched her pump change into three of the machines and walk out of there with about 1200 calories of sweet snacks.  If people really don't want to be fat, it's possible to eat less, especially white flour and other simple carb products, and exercise more.  Look at societies where junk food is scarce and personal vehicles rare -- skinny people are the vast majority.

I have no prejudice against fat people so far as the content of their characters, but I think plain talk and facts are needed and I get tired of mincing words about this.  I've worked in jobs connected to health care and I can tell you that most of the people running up medical bills and raising our premiums are either smokers or munchers (i.e. fat).  The strain on joints, heart, kidneys, etc. is tremendous.

Grill some fish and vegetables, dump the white bread and chips, and get the hell out of your car and walk.   
2205  Books / Meander Where You May / Re: Meander Where You May on: July 31, 2007, 09:34:21 AM
Desde -- I'll take day four in the St. Eve pool.  I was wondering why he'd let himself be killed off so easily in the CW forum.  Look for him in the sequel.

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