Well, not quite. It is dry here, so dry the weather service warns us of "elevated fire potential," dry and windy, but meanwhile there's plenty of water coming down the rivers—Maine is still melting—and into the reservoirs and aquafers, or whatever you call those things.
We might have some rain early next week so maybe the ducks (and assorted other critters) will get another swim before the green stuff grows up and the pond disappears, like Brigadoon, but only for a year.
"NASHUA, N.H. — Scott Brown, out of office but not out of the equation as a GOP kingmaker in New Hampshire, said yesterday Hillary Clinton ‘will make a better president than Barack Obama.’"
…what about a grilled peanut butter sandwich? I don’t know why. I never think stuff like that while I’m making breakfast (which, around here, means pouring some bran flakes into a bowl). I almost never think stuff like that any time of day.
But the mom of my best friend in third grade made killer grilled peanut butter sandwiches and, even after all these years, the thought of them still make me feel terrific.
So then, reaching for a banana (to slice up and put on my bran flakes—I don’t always have bananas handy but today I do), I thought, wait, what about a grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich?
I don’t know if I’ll be able to wait until noon.
"According to one account, the women were ultimately convinced to stand down after being served lunch by Assistant Secretary of the Interior Michael Strauss. After neverending cups of coffee, the ladies' need for restrooms hastened their decision to remove the chains."
"The resolution claims Curlee, by going to the media, has violated the board’s ethics code and brought negative and unwarranted attention on the school system by alleging some local officials are behind a national scheme to indoctrinate children with progressive ideas."
We are horrified.
Yes, yes, we know, there’s a big difference between climate and weather, and what we had here this past winter was the latter, not the former, blah blah. But isn’t it wonderfully ironic—not to mention frightening—that the largest (and one of the very few) colder-than-normal spots on the planet is right over the East Coast of the good ol’ U.S.A., which includes Washington, D.C.?
You’d think all the hot air coming out of that place would warm things up a little bit, at least.
"Donna Orton, a nurse who lives in the East Village…[said] she was likely to take another class before trying taxidermy at home: ‘I still have a lot to learn. This one may go in the closet.’"
"He told the newspaper that he planned to breach restricted airspace and fly a small craft called a gyrocopter onto the lawn of the U.S. Capitol to call attention to the need for campaign finance reform."
"She recalled her dad’s drapery business and said: ‘Occasionally my mother and brothers and I would work the squeegee.’"
"The 125,000-gallon Islands of Steel tank, the 40,000-gallon Flower Gardens tank and the Lionfish tank are now empty."
"Bing Bush and his wife, Julie, who live in a cliffside complex overlooking the beach, were in for a surprise when they stepped out their front door.
"‘We were just coming down for a beach walk – we come down here quite a bit – and lo and behold there’s a chopper on the beach,’ Bing said, after posing for a photo in front of the chopper with his wife."
This man at an IRS information center in 1944 just looks...sad. #TaxDay Photo: Eisenstaedt http://t.co/074L9SVXTq pic.twitter.com/GJa9oLBZcTPlus, who knew I'd ever need summer clothes again? But there they are, hanging in my closet as we speak. And the big woolly socks all put away. It's been gloriously sixty-ish for the last couple of days. Things are now, officially, looking up.
— LIFE (@LIFE) April 15, 2015
"That isn’t to say people hate poetry.…"
"Coke and red wine make a perfectly delightful combination when mixed about 50-50 and well iced.… "
"Following passage of the Homestead Act by the US Congress in 1862, settlers in the Great Plains used sod bricks to build entire sod houses. While it might be hard for some to imagine sod as a suitable primary building material, the prairie sod of the Great Plains was so dense and difficult to cut it earned the nickname Nebraska marble."
Meanwhile, from this morning’s local rag:
"GREENFIELD — The School Building Committee has decided Greenfield school athletes will play on sod fields — a decision that disappointed the parents, coaches and students who turned out at the Tuesday’s meeting to push for a turf field."
While turf is synonymous with sod in Roget’s, it’s come to mean (at least here) that plastic, artificial stuff that defiles indoor stadia these days. Alas. And everybody seems to want it—the local school board’s preference for real grass (sod) is strictly budgetary.
In the words of one budding field-hockey jock, "It’s hard to play when the ball is bouncing all over the place.”
"Minnesota senators will continue to be compelled by rule not to make eye contact with each other while debating, after attempts to remove the requirement failed yesterday, Rachel E. Stassen-Berger of ‘The St. Paul Pioneer Press’ reports.…
"Democrats claim the bill is required to maintain decorum, with Majority Leader Tom Bakk saying that behavior ‘would probably not be as Senate-like as we would like to have it’ if members were allowed to make eye contact."
"‘The Clintons are like the Energizer bunny, it just keeps on going and going, and here we go again,’ said Skip Rutherford, dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service and a longtime friend of the Clintons."
"Patrick told The Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/1DcMblc ) that the opportunity is 'a chance to have real meaning and mission in my work.'"
…that, every second week, right after I lug the recycle bin full of discarded packaging down to the curb and come back upstairs again, my first thought is to open a can of tuna fish? (Or something else. I really use very little canned foods: tuna, tomatoes, and beets—beets being really difficult to cook well, IMO.)
I use the tuna for tuna salad, which I make with yogurt, not mayo. Yogurt and whole-grain wheat bread are a good combo (are you with me here?), as long as the yogurt is not no-fat yogurt, which is an abomination and a blight on the human race, and to be shunned at every opportunity. Yogurt containers go in the same recycle bin as the tuna can, but I buy big ones, so not so often.
"Look at the Lord's disciples. One denied him, one doubted him, one betrayed him. If the Lord couldn't have perfection, how are you going to have it in city government? -- Chicago Mayor Daley answering charges of corruption in the 1967 campaign"
Have we mentioned it’s gonna be a long, long year? Or two?
Right on top of things, those guys. It’s supposed to hit 67 in Manhattan and a whopping 72 where I live today. Let’s thaw out!
"As more than 2.5 million New Yorkers prepare to file their taxes before next week’s deadline, there are more resources than ever to make the process as easy and straight-forward as possible,’ Governor Cuomo said."
How many shoeboxes does that take?
I would have happily, enthusiastically voted for her in 2008. I would have preferred voting for her in 2008. But it's over now between me and Hil. I'll be looking for somebody else.
"after spending hundreds of millions of dollars and deploying nearly 3,000 troops to build Ebola treatment centers, the United States ended up creating facilities that have largely sat empty: Only 28 Ebola patients have been treated at the 11 treatment units built by the United States military, American officials now say.
"Nine centers have never had a single Ebola patient."