August 11, 2012

At the Big Rock Café...

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... watch out for the snakes.

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85 comments:

A. Shmendrik said...

Dem lands be baaad.

Irene said...

Those Rattlesnake signs flipped me out when I was a kid.

Melissa said...
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The Farmer said...

I was being a baby about Ryan in the last cafe thread. My dislike of him clouded my judgment. As plenty of people here pointed out yesterday he could do a lot more in Congress than he can do as VP. About the only thing Obama did right was to get Biden the hell out of the Senate and into an busy-work job. This works out good for me. If Romney wins, Ryan becomes irrelevant for at least 4 years.

I'm back on board with Romney!

Lyssa said...

We're having a boy!

It's funny how knowing that, and referring to him as "him" and by name (rather than just "baby") makes this whole thing seem so different, suddenly.

Lem said...

I'm assuming Farmer is a farmer..

Has Ryan ever proposed restructuring farming subsidies?

"Out of the House" is right ;)

Lem said...

Congratulations Lyssa.

The Farmer said...

Lyssa said...
We're having a boy!


Congratulations! First child? Our son is 15 months and a blast. He's the first boy out of three kids.

The Farmer said...

Lem said...
I'm assuming Farmer is a farmer..


No, it's just Farmer because people started calling me that after I moved up here and made up stories about having bought a dairy farm. My imaginary farm was a blast. I was a gentleman farmer. I had an employee named Luis from Venezuela who lived in the farmhouse with his family and ran everything for me. It was a small farm that provided high quality, organic dairy products to upscale restaurants in Chicago, Milwaukee and the Twin Cities. It was called the Kelley-Greene Dairy, so named because the original hippie owners were name Kelley and Greene.

I'd love to be a gentleman farmer but I'm a rock singer - no politician's looking out for me.

Pogo said...

Congrats to Lysssa; and blessings from now to delivery.

Freeman Hunt said...

What do you do with the pin? Everything else makes sense. I don't understand the pin though. No one is really going to pin it to his non-campaign shirts, is he?

Freeman Hunt said...

Congratulations, Lyssa!

JAL said...

Congrats Lyssa!

Is this your first?

What a wonderful ride you are on.

JAL said...

No one is really going to pin it to his non-campaign shirts, is he?

Why not?

Freeman Hunt said...

Why not?

Because that's goofy. Who walks around in normal life like that? People see a pin for anything outside of an event, and they think, "Crackpot" or "Party Man."

Irene said...

Congratulations, Lyssa!

Roy Lofquist said...

At the my golf club in Arizona there was a local rule - any ball withing 10 feet of a snake could be moved and dropped, no closer to the hole, without penalty.

I used that rule more than once. One of those real long ball retrievers was standard equipment.

The Farmer said...

Freeman Hunt said...
What do you do with the pin? Everything else makes sense. I don't understand the pin though. No one is really going to pin it to his non-campaign shirts, is he?


Ladies can pin it to their purse straps.

Also, lots of crazy people like pinning tons of pins to their hats. The hats usually have American flags all over them. Then they go to conventions and gesticulate wildly.

Freeman Hunt said...

The Romney-Ryan gear is live.

traditionalguy said...

Looks like the Mars Rover beat you here. There is evidence of water alright. A two mile thick ice sheet has been here and dropped a rock to remember it by.

Freeman Hunt said...

Ha ha ha.

To each her own.

Lyle said...

South Dakota or North Dakota Badlands?

The Farmer said...

That R is ugly as hell. They really should've focus grouped that. And if they did, they should've done it more.

Also, what's with the Believe posters. The main one is red and I thought, my God, he's saying the whole country is one giant red state! That's unwise! Then I saw there's an option for a blue one! That's even worse!

I sort of want an Ann Romney photo button just because you don't normally see things quite that weird.

Lyssa said...

Thanks, everyone! Yes, it's our first, and it will be the first little boy of this generation on either side of the family. We're very excited!

The Farmer said...

Lyssa, everybody warned us about getting peed on when you first take a baby boy's diaper off. Our son has never done that.

For some reason, a certain type of person really enjoys telling you how difficult having a baby will be and how radically it will disrupt your life and so forth. But it's not really that hard. The first 3 months kind of suck but are also pretty great. And as far as it being disruptive, that's only the case for morons who think life with a kid is or ought to be the same as life before a kid, except now you happen to have a kid. They sort of look at it as being more or less the same as getting a dog. So don't listen to those people. I have 3 under 3 yrs. old and it's great.

Deborah McLaughlin said...
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Deb said...

Mazel tov, Lyssa. Yay, a bris! and we're all invited, right? ;-)

Crimso said...

Congrats Lyssa!! We are too! Planned C-section day before T'giving, my 4th boy (oldest is 21).

Freeman Hunt said...

For some reason, a certain type of person really enjoys telling you how difficult having a baby will be and how radically it will disrupt your life and so forth. But it's not really that hard. The first 3 months kind of suck but are also pretty great. And as far as it being disruptive, that's only the case for morons who think life with a kid is or ought to be the same as life before a kid, except now you happen to have a kid. They sort of look at it as being more or less the same as getting a dog. So don't listen to those people. I have 3 under 3 yrs. old and it's great.

This.

john said...

The Meadehouse evidently did not stop for drinks at the Busted Nut.

Probably blew right past Walls Drug too.

On to Rushmore to see NPS stake out the site of Obama's new granite visage.

Chip S. said...

Excellent timing on Lyssa's part to make her announcement in a thread featuring Biscuit Rock.

edutcher said...

When I was a kid, a masked man on a big white horse used to ride up to that rock and yell something.

(what was it, now?)

PS Many congrats, Lyssa.

JAL said...

Lyssa -- My youngest just had her 2nd 3 months ago. First was a girl who turned two after Baby Isaac was born.

It is such a hoot. Toddler is making little sentences, one of which means (but doesn't quite sound like) "Isaac smiling!"

Our daughter is totally in love with this baby boy who smiles, 'talks', and blows bubbles, especially at her.

Ditto The Farmer and Freeman. The first one is a challenge because one doesn't know what the heck one is doing with #1(the experimental baby) -- but it is very very sweet. Making good people is hard work, (but good work), no matter what the libs say.

Synova said...

The zoo, Wildlife West, near where I live has paths from one area to another (big enclosures for elk or wolves or other native to the area wildlife) with Beware Rattlesnake signs like that.

If you step off the path anyway, the back is a sign for rattlesnakes saying Beware People.

;-)

Unfortunately the snakes can't read.

Writ Small said...

Congrats Lyssa.

My (much less significant) news. Mitt will be in my town tomorrow morning, and I got the tickets a few minutes ago. It's crazy close: within three minutes of my office. Anyone know if Mitt and Ryan are travelling together for a while?

I'm surprised to find I'm rather jazzed to go see him.

Synova said...

Congratulatons, Lyssa. :)

Christy said...

Lyssa, congrats! Can you tell yet if he has your red hair?

Does the rattlesnake sign protect the safety of the dumb? Or should our maps have "here be rattlesnakes?"


Anyone else read Peter Wood's review, "Aiming at the Suburbs and Hitting Higher Education" of Stanley Kurtz's new book, Spreading the Wealth: How Obama Is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities this week in the
Chronicle of Higher Education
?

This leaped out at me "...books arguing that Obama is committed to leftist policies receive an especially chilly reception from the left-leaning professoriate. The storyline they generally prefer is that Obama is a pragmatic centrist." Doesn't that explain a lot?

wyo sis said...

Congrats Lyssa.
Our two boys have been a great blessing and lots of fun. Our boy grands, 4 so far, are soooooo much fun. Boys really use up a lot of energy. The air just crackles around them. I hope you're into fart humor.

Farmer
Somehow knowing you have 3 kids under 3 makes me like you a whole lot more. I'll bet many of your views will change as they grow up.

pm317 said...

Congrats, Lyssa!

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Congrats Lyssa. I have an 18 month grandson. He is such a kick.

Eons ago when I was being pregnant the only way to know ahead of time was a very invasive and rather dangerous procedure....so I just kept myself in suspense.

It is all SO worth it.

wdnelson93 said...

2016 the movie. Anybody seen it yet?

Congrats Lyssa. As a nurse practitioner friend said "have your kids when you're young or you'll have them in a litter". We also (as Farmer) had 3 under 3, and under two and under one, since the oldest has her birthday four days after the younger two. I was 38 when they were delivered. Echoing Pogo's sentiments - hope the whole process is a joyful adventure.

Rick Caird said...

I was in an archeological site in New Mexico last month. The sign said:

"Please stay on the path and let the rattlesnakes have their privacy".

Carnifex said...

Congratulations Lyssa. Since I have none of my own I'm jealous. I just have to make do with grandkids calling me Pappaw.

@Farmer...There's always Farmville!

While vacationing out west we stopped at a Scenic Overlook of the Missouri River. There was a path windind out to the point overlooking the river. I grabbed my wife(who wasn't at the time) and said "Watch out! That's a rattlesnake!" "That's not a rattle snake" she informed me. Whereupon it curled up and started rattling. "Yeap. You're right." I said. I think that's when she decided to marry me.

I like the Beware of Mountain Lion signs

Wall Drugs is a blast...go there or be square.

Mary Beth said...

We're having a boy!

Congratulations!

Chip Ahoy said...

I have love in my heart and great joy filling my spirit, pumping up in there, joy under pressure, like air in a tire that joy is, pumping my soul with joy and puffing it out like that, with these wonderful images captured with this splendid round lens expertly handled. That is impressive. Thank you for bringing it all out, I know how heavy that is, when you could have used the thing in your pocket and done quite well with that too.

I have a similar lens but not so extreme, composing a shot, one half inch adjustment either way and a drastically different picture swings into frame.

Lem said...

I just finished watching the Ryan introduction from earlier today..

I didn't get a thrill up my leg..

Maybe its just me.

I'm all thrilled out.

Michael K said...

"We're having a boy!

Congratulations!"

Congratulations and here's hoping the problems are solved by the time he has to face them.

madAsHell said...

The picture reminds me of Table Mountain in Cape Town.

We took the gondola up to the top of Table Mountain. There's not much to do at the top. So, we set out on a hike.

There was no snake warning sign.

About half way through the endeavor, we encountered a rock adder in the middle of the trail. An adder is a strange animal. Imagine an 8 inch lizard with no legs....mind the double entendres. Also be aware that adders have a necrotic poison. If they tag you, your tissue starts dyeing.

Of course, I'm the naturalist/rocket scientist in my marriage, and I assumed that these adders were fearful of raptors. You know, it's on the Mexican flag. An eagle with a talon full of snake.

So, I proceeded to wave my coat over the adder. The shadow would simulate an approaching raptor.

What happened??

This was Michael Jordan without tennis shoes. It jumped 2 feet off the ground, and lashed out at my jacket.

Now we have a choice, either we can turn around, or we can attempt to go around. My bride decided to go around. I said, "But Honey, if this bad ass is in the middle of the trail, then what kind of bad news have we in the underbrush?"

I put my tail between my legs, and followed.

Lyssa, good for you.
It's a lot of hard work, and you will value every minute.

madAsHell said...

Maybe someday I'll tell you about trying to intimidate a baboon. Yeah...I had an audience too, and they weren't laughing with me.

Shanna said...

Congratulations to Lyssa!!!

I just got back from visting my cousin's new baby girl. She is so little right now!

America's Politico said...

This is a great day - the beginning of the end for the Obama Admin.

BUT, a question.

When Obama selected Biden, virtually every media outlet was positive, including CNN (Candy C.) and NBC (Andrea M, wife of former FedChair). See the LA times, http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/08/obama-biden-vp.html.

NOW, not even an hour had passed since Ryan was announced that Andrea called him (as bad news for women) and Candy (suggesting the Romney had a death wish).

What is going on? The left is not learning what happened to Zakaria and Lehrer. Every one is watching every one.

I worry about Biden now. His staff is preparing the debate now.

Harrington said...

Where US 27 crosses the Suwannee river in Florida, the state has a rest area where a six foot path leads down to the river. About half way down, there is a sign saying: "Beware poisonous snakes", whereupon the path immediately shrinks to two feet in width.

MadisonMan said...

For some reason, a certain type of person really enjoys telling you how difficult having a baby will be and how radically it will disrupt your life and so forth. But it's not really that hard. The first 3 months kind of suck but are also pretty great. And as far as it being disruptive, that's only the case for morons who think life with a kid is or ought to be the same as life before a kid, except now you happen to have a kid. They sort of look at it as being more or less the same as getting a dog. So don't listen to those people. I have 3 under 3 yrs. old and it's great.

This.

THIS!

A great skill is to be able to listen to someone yammer on and on about how you're doing something wrong as a parent, and smile at them (apparently gratefully) as all their words flow in one ear and out the other.

A kid does change your life. It's silly to call it a disruption. Your life is evolving as you move down a new path, and that is all.

I wish you an uncomplicated birth and a happy healthy kid!

MadisonMan said...

By the way -- it's very interesting to hear the local news, here in my home town, talk about Ryan as some unknown entity.

Bob Ellison said...

Lyssa, word on the street is that boys are easier and less worry to raise than girls, but that girls are better because they're more likely to take care of you when you get old.

Street-word doesn't help me, though; I've got four boys and no ability to compare.

Anyway, whatever offspring you beget will be a blessing. Congratulations and good luck.

Donna B. said...

Congratulations Lyssa!

One of the hardest things for me about being a parent was keeping a straight face when the situation called for at least a little bit of stern correction.

Be prepared to have lots of fun.

ad hoc said...

Congratulations, Lyssa!

Best wishes to you and your family.

Rusty said...

Congratulations. Babies are the best.

Palladian said...

Can't you breeders ever stop rubbing your lifestyle in everyone's face?! Why can't you just keep it to yourselves?!

Palladian said...

*that was meant in jest*

Palladian said...

*mostly*

AllieOop said...

Palladian, that was bitter, just kidding, partially.

Titus said...

The Big Cock Cafe.

Lem said...

Olimpic diver gold medalist David Boudia.. got a gay vibe going.

nttawwt

just saying.

Chip Ahoy said...

Lyssa, congrats on your boy, and thank you too (I'm in the futures market for girls)

I find I'm not listening anymore. A lot less. Almost half. Someone's talking and inside I go *doink* not listening.

My ear becomes a funnel you can pour anything in, it's air in there, I can hear the Venturi with tiny holes so material swirling through drags air in with it and drains right out the other ear fully aerated.

You can catch it in a cup and pass it through again and it will have no effect on me at all. The head-air is replace as soon as the material passes through so there's no uncomfortable pressure disturbance, and the material itself, whatever that was, gets lighter and lighter and lighter and lighter with each application.

I have a piss on my logical clé jour I mean epistemological closure, that's what I got, I got that real hard, and the fog in the room is lifted, and the ink that the squids sprayed all over is cleared, and the conflicting smells dissipated, and the shiny things shined right up.

It was the rudest thing to privately go, "now you're shutting up" and the lips kept moving and the flappy arms became more effusive and the faces became more animated, more stretchy and emphatic and veins appeared in their necks. Yappity yappity yap and it all drained right through and now all that's bubbly.

All those flags waving around do bother me though. A little bit.

I ditched every pep rally, you know. I was an ace ditcher. For awhile I was actually a hall monitor, abused my position of power, and all of my friends and I ditched the whole thing, drove off usually to a park or the mall or one our houses.

But I'll bet good hard dinero those little flags were all treasured keepsakes and not just props cynically dropped into bins marked, "dispose of flags here" that's an image in my mind that will never go away.

Because I wanted one of those flags back then.

Carnifex said...

Oh Lem...if you're gonna out someone, use the Aussie guy. He's already admitted it. 'Til then, as a conservative, I would like to think you think it to be none of your bidness.

The Aussie guy sez he told his Mum, and her reply was "duuh". I found that amusing.

Carnifex said...

Chip, don't let the lib's hear you're in the market for girls. They're notorious for taking jests at face value.

That was a jest, right? Right Chip? Chip? ;-)

Penny said...

Thinking Chip is mixing up his flag disposal bins with those bins they have for his 3D glasses at the movie theaters.

Penny said...

"Titus said...

The Big Cock Cafe."

Were I a breast man or a nursing mother, I'd say, more like the Big Nipple Cafe.

NotquiteunBuckley said...

The Grateful Dead are.

Thank you Ann Coulter, and I apologize to you for my youthful idiocy in doubting your 2008 POTUS punditry.

President Romney made better-than-the-right-choice.

God bless us all, each and every one of us.

Synova said...

So... did anyone watch that mermaid thing on, IIRC, the Discovery Channel? I caught a bit of it just now.

The women "scientists" were young and exceptionally attractive and proficient at projecting a barely contained quavering horror/awe as if the stupendousness of it all was too much for their nerves and they were about to cry or something.

The main male NOAA "scientist" did a pretty good "breathless wonder", too.

The "military" guy with the altered voice and back-lit blond buzz-cut was commando material, all baritone and... large. Between giggles I managed to catch what seemed to be an explanation that the military covered this all up because Navy sonar tests were killing creatures and if it was a sentient species the public would revolt.

Not... sailors going, "Holy shit!" and Admirals going, "Holy shit! Imagine the funding I can get from *this*!"

Anyhow... it was entertaining.

When the merman cut himself so that he trailed blood to draw Megladon away from the women and children I nearly teared up.

Dante said...

Looks like the famous meat stone in Tawian:

http://www.npm.gov.tw/en/collection/selections_02.htm?docno=900&catno=12&pageno=2

Chip Ahoy said...

No. I was talking about the flags in the trash. A photograph posted here and there after styrofoam column affair at Invesco Field. A bin outside on the grounds full of discarded flags.

But now all I find in images is a photo op by the McCain side 'rescuing' those flags.

And then later similar flags in bins seen discarded at McCain gatherings.

I'm starting to not care about those little prop flags anymore. They're all cynical. Except for little kids having them. Pep rallys. Bah.

Carnifex said...

@synova

I thought the Discovery Channel was one of them there sciency channels. I'ma gonna' have to watch more o' it, if'n its got mermaids 'n' sech. Big sharks too. Did the mermaid wimmin' have bra's on their teats? 'Cause I was alway's wonderin' how they made them there clothes with no cotton. I don't cotton to wimmin goin' round the TV nekkid is wise I asks. It's bad enuff we gots Jay-lo, and Fat-ho, an' all them doin' the hurdy gurdy on the danged MTV an' all.

See, the Disney Channel is how wimmin's is s'posed t'act. You never see that Ariel go 'round flauntin' her body.

(I need to go to bed. That actually seemed sorta funny while I was writing it.)

Ps.

The scary part is that I can introduce you to people who actually talk and think like that.

None are relatives, thank God.

Carnifex said...

But NONE of 'em...well a small minority(is that an oxymoron? Like jumbo shrimp?) voted for Zero.

MMMMM...what does that say about edumacation today?

Joe Schmoe said...

Synova, my wife and I saw that when it first aired a few weeks ago. We're not huge consumers of TV and pop culture stuff (we have 3 kids under 8 that keep us busy), so at first we didn't know it was fictional. We didn't know about the show in advance; we were just clicking through and decided to watch that.

We were skeptical from the start, but it's a credit to the producers that it took us about halfway through the show to conclude it was fake. Fun to watch, though. We both liked it.

Joe Schmoe said...

When the merman cut himself so that he trailed blood to draw Megladon away from the women and children I nearly teared up.

I agree. Well, I didn't tear up, but it was touching.

My only beef with the production was that their CGI mermen and mermaids were very cheesy looking. They must not have had much of a budget for that.

Palladian said...

My only beef with the production was that their CGI mermen and mermaids were very cheesy looking.

CGI always looks cheesy. I can count on one hand the CGI in film that doesn't look cheesy. We still haven't figured it out.

Joe Schmoe said...

Lyssa and Crimso, congratulations. Crimso, that's quite a spread in the ages of your children. Hopefully you can get one of your older kids to babysit the youngest from time to time.

Joe Schmoe said...

CGI always looks cheesy. I can count on one hand the CGI in film that doesn't look cheesy. We still haven't figured it out.

Palladian, sorry to beat you over the head with Breeder stuff, but let me add that the best CGI I've seen has been in kids' movies. The Smurfs and Hop are two recent movies that pretty seamlessly integrate CGI characters into actual scenes with human actors. I'm not saying they were great movies; I was just impressed with the CGI work.

Paddy O said...

Congrats Lyssa!!

I had the same experience. Having a name picked out and learning the sex suddenly opened up thoughts of the future and what it was going to be like.

Lem said...

Looking at the Drudge spread this morning I'm noticing Ryan has a different hair style than he had just a few years ago.

Flip flop?

(Garage called me for a life line)

Tarzan said...

Can anyone tell me what's happening over at NewsWeek these days? Are they a veggie-porn mag now? Is there a sizeable market for that?

http://tinyurl.com/9y8cjss

Weird.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

I've seen the Obama campaign repeatedly claim that Ryan co-sponsored a bill that would ban many forms of birth control. Googling for it, I find nothing except for the Obama campaign claims. No quotes from or links to the text of the bill.

I assume that since it comes from the Obama campaign, it is a gross distortion, but just for due diligence, does anyone know what bill this is referring to?

Freeman Hunt said...

On the topic of CGI, I saw a preview for The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Why did they CGI leaves onto his legs? That had to be more difficult than simply attaching real leaves to his legs, and real leaves would have looked real. I hate CGI.