Sunday, May 15, 2011

More from southwest






We are needing a new post. Here are more pictures from the southwest

186 comments:

jan said...

OK, here it is.

jan said...

The first pic is in Santa Fe. while I was taking pictures, this contraption pulled into my viewfinder. I don't know what it is.

jan said...

The other 4 pictures are more of what I see on my walk in the 'hood.

Carol said...

Again Jan, some very nice photos. You have the eye.

That first contraption is interesting. I wonder what they license it as?? No helmet and I bet no seat belts. Doesn't look safe.

Carol said...

I do recognize the flowers in that last pic, bearded irises. We have lots of those around here. I thought they needed lots of water but I just went to read and they need well drained soil. I'm sure they do have to water them though.

Carol said...

Stephen on Colbert Report is trying to humorously point out how money corrupts politics.

He started out trying to form a Colbert Pac. He was told by his program owner that he couldn't for some reason, don't remember the exact reason. He had a lawyer on who told him he could get around that rule, if he added a cover letter on the application saying it was a super pac. That bypassed the law. He was in Washington and I think his show will be covering that this week.

I know you don't care for them Coreen, but Jon and Stephen do try to humorously point out just how corrupt our political system is. You have to use humor to get people's attention.

Carol said...

I just heard on MJ that we, the taxpayers were paying $3000/night for the IMF perv's room.

Carol said...

Here's the story about Colbert:

Colbert Sets Up Presidency Run with Fed Testimony to Get Cash

jan said...

Carol, Iris here are very hardy. We had lots of Iris in the yard of the house we had here in early 1980's. Watered them very little and they thrived.

Chloe said...

Jan, more nice pictures. I love the architecture there. Ca. had a lot of the Spanish style architecture, but you rarely see it here. It's normally in a dryer climate -- too much humidity and rain here so it's not as practical.

The 'contraption' - I first thought might have started from a motorcycle, but the more I looked at it, the more it looked like he may have started from scratch. Betcha it gets some good gas mileage. Is there a helmet law in N.M.?

Coreen said...

Nice going Jan...the flowering cactus is definitely a plant we don't see here...iris
though do grow almost wildly once you start some...

Do you by chance know why the roofs are mostly
flat in the adobe type homes...

Also what type of heating systems are used in the SW...Is central ac common...

Coreen said...

Quick news update...Hines & his partner will dance tonite...injury or not...

surprise, surprise...The Donald won't run for President...

the IMF perv is not granted bail...apparently has to spend the night at Rikers...now that is a tough place...his past exploits start to show a pattern of abuse that he got away with...& yet some french are upset about how he is being treated!!!...

Carol said...

Evening folkes, I think I can settle down now...finally. Interesting conference today. They had this FBI guy talking about gangs. Interesting and scary.

Carol said...

Oh, but I can't relax, we have to dance now.

Carol said...

Sounds like they have some good evidence on that IMF guy. I don't think they would be going after him like they are if they didn't. Yes, I'm tired of all those entitlements...those where these powerful guys think they are entitled to whatever they want.

Carol said...

Coreen, I wonder if they cut out that lift??

Carol said...

Chloe, if we had an adobe house around here, crawfish would make a mounds out of it. That is, after it melted.

Carol said...

Tonight, I really don't have a dog in the race. Takes the pressure off.

Carol said...

Ralph was amazing.

Carol said...

Anyone home?

Dang those judges! If Hines or Kirsty fall out onto the dance floor they'll be giddy.

Coreen said...

I thought Ralph did a really good job...

jan said...

Coreen, I do not know why the flat roof is so popular here. They do fine because we have little rainfall. Ours is not flat. I just do not trust them. Most people here have "swamp coolers" rather than refrigerated air. We have refrig air. More upscale homes tend to have refrig. air. The watercoolers are cheaper to run.

Carol said...

I checked with my other half, Mary, and she agreed.

Coreen said...

And Carol, its another night, another game...Yankees in Tampa Bay....after 5 innings
Yanks ahead 5 - 1...

jan said...

The flat roofed adope house is the older traditional structure in NM. A true adobe structure is energy efficient (the walls are very thick) and more expensive. There are not many of those around. The adobe bricks many years ago were made by hand out of clay, straw and water.

Coreen said...

Hi Jan, so the 'true' adobe bricks insulated the homes from excessive heat/cold?...

Coreen said...

And I think Kirstie was just beautiful...she is
really coming together with this dance thing...

Carol said...

Kirsty didn't impress me at all. And Bruno creams in his jeans.

Carol said...

Those judges are full of sh..!

jan said...

I think the house in the last picture is a real adobe structure. You can see the vigas (wooden posts shown coming out of the uppermost wall) sticking out. The vigas are the supports for the roof, ceiling and the basic structure of the house.

Carol said...

There are some psyops going on here, but I'm not under the influence.

jan said...

Coreen, yes - the adobe bricks provide insulation. It is amazing how well hey work too.

Carol said...

Jan, do adobe house stay cooler?

jan said...

Carol, yes - they do stay cooler.

Coreen said...

I see it Jan...interesting & effective building technique...there most be a reason
why the roofs are flat, I know here that would
be a problem because of winter/snowload...

jan said...

I am so glad they got to that french perv who sexually assaulted the housekeeping staff of the hotel. What a creep. I saw on the news he is married to an american journalist.

jan said...

Got to the guy before he left the country.

Coreen said...

Carol, are you being the contrarian now that
Romeo is gone?...

jan said...

I have never heard of a reason for flat roofs - I do suspect they are cheaper - not as much materials.

Coreen said...

Now that was a superb argentine tango...lots of
emotion...Chelsea is obviously the best dancer of them all...

Carol said...

I did like Ralph better than Chelsae.

Carol said...

That was not Chelsea's best.

Coreen said...

Jan,the IMF perv's wife is an heiress & the news said she is like a French Barbara Walters...what is amazing is how the french
are annoyed with 'his' treatment by our system...handcuffed & all...

jan said...

The news said she stood by him on the previous sex scandal. Wonder if she will continue to do that.

Coreen said...

The comments by some French officials are in this NYT piece...


French shocked by imf chiefs perp walk

Carol said...

Jan, now I can be less biased. I usually love Chelsae and have not been particularly crazy about Ralph. I just call them as I see them. Just my opinion.

Carol said...

I've never thought that Kirsty was that great. Yes she does amazing for all she has going against her but that's not how we should judge.

Coreen said...

And yes I thought HInes did a great argentine
tango too...

Carol said...

Not a whole lot to Hine's dance.

My rating so far is....Ralph, Chelsae, and Kirsty and Hines were a toss up.

Coreen said...

And the Rays just took the lead 6 - 5 in the 6th...the nightmare continues...5 runs in 1 inning....

Carol said...

10 for surviving. Really????

Carol said...

Can't please them Ralph!

Carol said...

Judges want him out this week!

Carol said...

Well, at least Mary and I agree.

Carol said...

Weird. I just stepped out on my back deck and noticed that two of my caladiums that were sitting in a little group by my steps when I just watered them, are now sitting on a little table. Someone was out there. It's right outside, below my windows, but I can't see down there from my couch.

Hope it was my crazy friend from down the road.

Coreen said...

I can see any of them being in the final 3...

Ralph's salsa was quite entertaining & a little wild...

Kirstie is giving it her best now...& she is
delivering very enjoyable dance routines...

Carol said...

Now, I did like that dance Kirsty did. She looked really good in that outfit also.

Coreen said...

That was a very romantic rhumba by Chelsea & Mark...again she is clearly the best dancer
of all...

Carol said...

I got behind, trying to figure out who was lurking in my yard.

Carol said...

Not a good time to screw with me..after that threat and hearing that scary info on gangs today. That guy who threatened me looked like he met some of the characteristics of the gang type. He was covered with tattoos.

Today I sat next to my secretary/security who escorted the dude out the other day, while he was making his threat. I asked her what he said since I didn't hear it all. She said he just said...I know what I can do to you. She did write up the incident and put some new charges on him. I'm sure that won't please him.

Carol said...

Had to go back and catch Chelsae's dance also. Yes it was very nice. I think the fact that she has such a perfect dancer's body gives her an edge. Overall, I do think she is best but I don't think she will get the mirror ball.

Coreen said...

That was a fun salsa...Like it or not Hines
is just so likable...

Carol said...

I have a feeling that Hines or even Kirsty might. They have such a big fan base.

Coreen said...

On the NY news...they found an alligator on the Long Island Expressway...one of the very
busiest highways in NY...
Angry gator on the LIE

Carol said...

Now Hine's last dance was outstanding.

Carol said...

I just caught up with the dancing.

Coreen, I thought there was a gator missing out here. Send him home.

Carol said...

No...I think he looks like a yankee gator.

Coreen said...

Yeah...angry & well-fed!...

Carol said...

Actually Coreen, I thought he looked a little puny.

Carol said...

And a little pale. Probably been hanging out in the sewers.

Carol said...

I thought that Hines definitely won the cha cha duel with Ralph. I was kinda torn between Kirsty and Chelsae. Haven't seen the final duel yet.

Carol said...

See, I'm not totally biased.

Coreen said...

Chelsea is the best dancer...however, Hines
is just too smooth & easy...& Kirstie has just
so much charisma now..she is rockin it every time out...

That said no quarrel with the cha-cha winner...

Carol said...

I tell you, I had a hard time choosing between Chelsae and Hines.

Coreen said...

Gotta go...5-0 time...

Carol said...

That IMF guy was also going to be a candidate for president of France I heard. Given that it is France, maybe that wouldn't matter. Our French star could report on that.

jan said...

Ok, I just finished watching DWTS. I think Chelsea is the best of the 4, Hines and Kirstie tie for 2nd place for me. with Ralph coming in 3rd.
I had to take a walk at sundown so was late watching the entire show. I hope Kym is going to be ok. She may not dance next season. I thought it was very sweet of Hines to be so emotional. I like him better after hearing his story of his life.

jan said...

Had a tough time at work today. The other nurse and I did a tag team of doing the health screen on a mom and her 2 young kids. It took us 2 hours to complete it but got it done. There are so many things to do in a screen and with 2 kids too. We are now doing lead screens at 12 & 24 months and anemia screens at 9 months. The other nurse is an NP and she did a lead screen on one child. She had me assisting her which was fine. Its a finger prick and drawing the blood up in a tiny tube. Well the child was fine through the prick but hard to get that much blood up into the little tube before it coagulates. The little girl was crying. I realize now that I am not cut out to be a primary care nurse. I cannot handle making the kids cry. I was ready to quit. The NP held out and got the blood. I felt so stressed later that I felt sick. Fortunately the things I do are not painful to the kids. I cannot tolerate hurting them.

jan said...

Carol, you are right about me being a NP. It is not for me. I think I did the best thing to stay in teaching and research. I like the work I do now though as long as I do not have to do anything that causes pain.

Carol said...

On that DWTS blog, I'm glad to see they saw a lot of what I saw. Whew. They agreed that the judges unfairly tore Ralph a new one. He got the Haley treatment. No I don't think he is the best but the attack from those judges went overboard. They wanted to make sure they got him out of there. Hope it doesn't backfire on them. And I didn't like that winner take all thing at all. I think Hines and Kym pretty much tied Chelsae and Mark in that Cha Cha contest. Maybe his story got to me also.

It's interesting to see how much manipulation goes on with the media. See it in the news all the time. Fox News is the leader in using it but the others do also.

It reminded me of something else I saw last night. Jon Ronson was on the Daily Show last night. He wrote this new book..The Psychopath Test. Pschopaths like to manipulate and they are everywhere. He said that 4% of corporate CEOs are psychopaths.

He said that some predict that 1 in 100 in society is a psychopath. 40% of those in jail are psychopaths.

This is interesting:


THE PSYCHOPATH TEST by Jon Ronson

Carol said...

I bet some of you with an interest in psychology might enjoy that read.

Carol said...

Now, I don't want you to think that I'm calling any of those judges psychopaths, but, of course, you never really know. My flight of ideas was because of the manipulation part. Psychopaths use manipulation.

I've been the victim of it at work. I've had those nice looking charming inmates that had me convinced they were innocent and later I learned the truth.

Carol said...

And Jan, I never said that being an NP was not for you. I just thought that you have so much good education, experience and skills that it would be a waste of your time to go backwards to get that certificate. You have all you need to do the things you would like to do.

And I don't care much for hurting people either and can't think of much I do that does. I never have to give injections or draw blood anymore. I let the nurses do that. Of course if they can't, the buck stops here.

I also hated doing anything to children that hurt. I was also a nervous wreck when I worked with students taking care of peds, when they had to do something painful.

jan said...

Carol, thanks for the post on psychopaths. The guy that did the presentation sort of turned me off. I have read many books on the subject trying to figure out why I was so duped by one sociopath I had a year long relationship with. I have known at least one psychopath or I call them sociopaths) in my lifetime. I don't think he ever told me the truth. And he was so smooth and charming. I have thought I was naive and too trusting. But psychopaths can fool almost anyone for a time. They spend their lives trying to con people.

jan said...

I fear that the man I am talking about in the above comment could have been a serial killer. His first wife died during pregnancy and I suspect he might have beaten her to death. He lied to me about how she died. I found out the real truth about her death from his mother. Of course, she did not tell me he beat her. But I am sure he did.

jan said...

"I've been the victim of it at work. I've had those nice looking charming inmates that had me convinced they were innocent and later I learned the truth."

I am sure you see these all the time. The scary thing is that many of these people are able to avoid jail and prison because of their charm and manipulation.

When the man I was talking about came after me with a gun in a clinic full of pregnant women the police took him to jail, but he managed to get out the next day. I wish someone would explain to me how that happened.

jan said...

Gotta go! catch up later.

Carol, be careful out there.

Coreen said...

OK before the show, here's the blogger who
analyzes DWTS...Seems he is with everyone having difficulty picking a favorite to win...
Like his take on it all...just sit back & enjoy
all of them until one of them takes the mirrorball...
DWTS
analysis

Carol said...

Coreen, I still feel like the judges were unnecesarily harsh on Ralph. He worked so hard, has made a lot of progress and doesn't deserve that kind of treatment. I was ashamed of those judges. And I take it back, they may be sociopaths, abolutely no empathy. They could have critiqued without all that crap. I hope future potential contestants are taking notice.

I read one source that thought that they decide who's going to win before the season starts. Maybe that is so and that's why they found a way to give Chelsae a boost with that winner take all cha cha. Hines and Kirsty are so popular that they could beat her out. And why they blasted Ralph so bad, they definitely want him out.

I really don't care who wins but I'll continue my critque because I enjoy doing it.

Carol said...

Jan I looked to see what the actual difference was between the sociopath and psychopath because the behavior characteristics are the same. I read: "Both personality disorders are the result of an interaction between genetic predispositions and environmental factors, but psychopathy leans towards the hereditary whereas sociopathy leans towards the environmental" Wiki

Now I'm not sure how they figure that out when labeling. Probably just a guess.

Carol said...

Speaking of whatever-o-paths, what do you guys think of Arnold?? I think Maria should have had a clue before she married the cad.

Coreen said...

Don't know about 'paths' or such...but Arnold is just another guy who does what they do...I've said it forever...99% of guys will cheat given the chance...& yes I know that I should not generalize but I have been in a guy's world for a long time...& trust me you can count on one hand the guys that won't cheat given the chance...if you think I have little respect for most guys...you would be correct...

Have no idea what Maria knew should have known
or what...personally I have a hard time believing that the spouse who is being cheated on doesn't know...but I just don't know...

Coreen said...

And reading your comments about pscho/socio paths....seems you both have had run-ins with
some really creepy guys...honestly can't say
as I have had any such incidents to relate...so
you guys have the lead in this...

Carol said...

Jan, did your sociopath bail out of jail?? And did you put a restraining order against him after he did?

Coreen said...

Now if you want to talk about gangster/mobster/mafia types...I could probably
describe a few...

Coreen said...

DWTS is reprising past winner's freestyles...Just now Donnie Osmond...

I guess they need to drag this show for a couple of hours...And boy, I don't even remember this
dance...
the only one I remember was the Drew
leshay/Cheryl cowboy one...which was probably
the best I ever saw...they said they were going
to show it tonite, but don't know if they did or not...

Carol said...

Didn't see you sneak in Coreen. Now, how do you know so much about gangster/mobster, et al?? Did you date a few?

Carol said...

I'll bet you've had plenty of run ins with sociopaths/psychopaths. They aren't all in jail Coreen. Some are successful business people.

Coreen said...

Just watched Drew leshay do the dance live again...that was my favorite...& that was a few seasons ago....

Coreen said...

No Carol, did not date any, but grew up with a few that were connected...but have to say, we did not see the sordid side of those guys...

one of my closest friends to this day, dated/lived with a guy who was an 'enforcer'...
unfortunately he wound up just like you see in the movies...a bullet to his head...the killer
never caught...

Coreen said...

FBI watching her house...even searching her house...she had to appear before a grand jury investigating a rash of mob hits at the time...

Carol said...

Here is a 20 item checklist of characteristic of the Antisocial Personality, Sociopathy, and Psychopathy. My lazy link. And I think you've known a few.


http://www.angelfire.com/zine2/narcissism/psychopathy_checklist.html

Coreen said...

Wow do they have to exhibit all those traits?...or just a few...

Carol said...

I would think that all those behaviors define the antisocial personality. They are pretty much related traits.

Coreen said...

See that's the problem for me Carol..

Any number of those characteristics can be attributed to an individual at any one time...doesn't necessarily add up to an antisocial personality in my book, but just
various human traits...

remember I am not a fan of the entire field known as psychology...I found the concepts to be completely subjective, and
subject to just about any interpretation one
wanted to make...

Carol said...

I was always interested in psychology. I'm really fascinated with the subject, both normal and abnormal.

Coreen said...

Amen...after 6 bad losses...Yankees win...

Carol said...

Big surprise results huh?

Coreen said...

I would really like Kirstie to win...& give all us oldies a boost...other than Kirstie, I want Hines to win...but if Chelsea wins that's
ok too...

Gotta go...isn't it walk time?...be careful out there Carol...

Carol said...

Pure DWTS net calculates how many more votes a contestant has to get to beat another contestant out, considering the judges scores. Ralph would have had to get a truck load more votes to make up the difference.

My theory is...that the winner take all was designed to assure Chelsae had a big head start and the low scores and heavy critcism to Ralph was designed so that his fan base couldn't possibly make up the gap.

I think even though Chelsae is considered by many to be the best dancer, she doesn't have the fan base the others have. Many who like her are people who don't vote.

Just my theory, can't prove it. If the judges wouldn't have done the above, it is very possible Chelsae may have gone down tonight.

Carol said...

Oh great Coreen, on your boys winning. I was afraid to keep up with any more of their games. Too depressing and their not even my boys.

Carol said...

Now, if I were a sociopath...probably wouldn't bother me at all.

Carol said...

And neighbor from down the road did fess up to rearranging my plants yesterday. He wanted to see how long it would take me to notice. It didn't take long. Usually I wouldn't have noticed until I went to water them the next day. I told him it wasn't a good day to screw with me.

jan said...

Carol, glad your plant mystery is solved.

jan said...

Like you Carol, I too have been interested in why people do what they do-and psychology has seemed to provide some of those answers.

jan said...

Coreen, I had a restraining order on the guy when he came after me with a gun - so the RO did not help much. I guess he must have bailed out of jail. My attorney advised me to leave the state and/or leave the country or I might not live to get another chance. I moved to South America for 3 years.

jan said...

I think Chelsea is the best dancer, but she is young. Hines is an athlete. Kirstie is 60 and overweight and not an athlete. I have to hope she wins. I don't think she has a snowballs chance in H*** but she sure has kahones. Is that the right word????

jan said...

Coreen, was the guy your friend dated in the mob? I don't know what an enforcer is. OK has lots of outlaws but no mobs.

jan said...

John taped DWTS tonight but I think he did not tape part of it so I missed all but the results section.

jan said...

It is hard to believe that Maria Shriver did not know anything about Arnold's daliance with household help. Maria is a smart lady. I bet she chose to ignore it. I have never liked him.

jan said...

I was not surprised that Ralph left tonight. I too think the judges manipulated the results.

jan said...

OK, I am talking to myself again.

Carol said...

Sorry I missed you Jan. I'm trying to get a time line here. I do remember bits and pieces of that 'path story from years back. You must have been married to Bob when that happened?? Is that why he took a transfer to Argentina? That move turned out to be a great experience. Weird how things turn out.

Carol said...

Yes people and their behavior is fascinating. I love looking into someones eye's and trying to see thru them.

Now Coreen, I can't say I have much respect for Psychiatry. It's just that all they seem to do is stuff drugs in people's mouths. A couple of minutes of evaluation and a prescription. Drugs aren't the answer to everything but for some they work miracles. And that goes for all of medicine.

And people are over labeled and over diagnosed in that area and it can have a lasting and debilitating effect. That Bipolar label is far too often used.

Carol said...

The diagnosis of depression is too often used when it is more likely grief many people are experiencing and that is normal with all the losses that people are trying to deal with these days.

I have lot of inmates come in saying they are depressed. After listening to their stories, I tell them they would be nuts if they weren't sad. It's normal to be sad when you experience loss. Gee.

Carol said...

I do offer antidepressants but they want something to knock them out so they don't feel any pain. That's often what got them in jail in the first place.

Carol said...

And speaking of 'paths, it seems politics is full of them. Seems to me like many couldn't do what they do and have a conscience.

Carol said...

Has anyone been following some of the Republican presidential candidate roll outs?? It's a combination of comedy and tragedy. Can't make that stuff up. Makes for a great reality show.

Seems Trump did what he needed to do and he's out?? Now the Newt comedy is up. Whew.

I think Newt is the one who came up with the rationalization for screwing around. He said something like....he was so busy serving his country that he didn't have time to adhere to any of these family values their party preaches. I guess that was also Arnold's excuse.

I can understand that. Why go home to take care of your family when there is a female standing just feet away that can take care of your needs. Makes perfect sense.

That's why I like psychology Coreen. I'm trying to figure this crap out. The real 20 million dollar question is...why will people support and vote for some of these morons?? They certainly don't give a s--- about any of our needs, well, that is, unless we have a big donation to give.

Chloe said...

Good luck on figuring out the psychology of these guys, Carol. Every single person is different. Like you mentioned earlier about diagnosing people, no one fits neatly into one slot or another.

Jan, you're leaving tomorrow, aren't you? Are you taking your computer? And are you looking forward to it?

Hope it turns out to be a great trip for you.

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Coreen said...

Jan, an enforcer intimidates people, whether verbally, physically or worse...My friend lived
with a guy for years who was reputed to have done such...personally I do not know what he did...but he met a violent end...

Mob/organized crime/mafia...whatever you want to call it....think the Sopranos, the Godfather, Good Fellas...not so far from reality...many of us here can
identify with characters in those movies...

Funny this a.m. I had Good Morning America on
& it seems there is now a reality show called
you guessed it....Mob Wives....

There are some videos on line, I will have to
pull them up & see what its about...

I do know the GMA piece certainly brought back memories of women/girls I knew
a long time ago...

The interviewer made me laugh, she showed a
closet full of women's clothes from one of the
mob wives...& remarked that there were lots of
animal prints & red shoes...infering that
some how that was the type of fashion unique
to the 'mob' women...

Well...guess what, I hsve several leopard print
items...love them...& yes I also have red shoess..so does that make me a 'mob' type...

Coreen said...

Carol, why do people vote for certain people...good luck with that one...

I'm still trying to figure out what possessed people to vote for Barack Obama...Didn't get it then, still don't get it...

Carol said...

Sitting in my Doc's office waiting. Just routine.

Hope we get go with you guys. You won't get to slow down until you're on the road. Curious about your spiritual retreat in NC.

Carol said...

Slipped in again Coreen. I guess you were writing at the same time I was and when I finished, my Doc came in.

Being just a wife can be challenging but being a mob wife would be plain scary.

Carol said...

Well Coreen, as you know I didn't vote for Obama in the primary and I was kinda stuck with him in the general. The alternative was unacceptable and we did need some libs on the Supremes. Except for the Supremes, we ended up getting same old, same old.

I still don't see any alternative and maybe if Obama makes it thru again, and doesn't need to suck up to the big boys for campaign financing again, things may go different.

Carol said...

Are you all packed Jan?

Carol said...

And a couple a more questions Jan, where are we stopping on day one and did John ever get his laptop fixed after her dropped it?

Carol said...

Anybody home?

Coreen said...

Jan, I'm with Carol about your cross-country trip, enjoy it & hope you will share a little bit with us stay-at-homes...You & John are true road warriors...

And that spiritual retreat in NC...I too am
curious about what it is all about...

Enjoy & be safe...

Coreen said...

I'm back Carol...I did watch some of the mob wives clips...

I could see me checking out how these
women wind up...I never watched any of the
housewives of LA,NY,Atlanta, etc...but the
4 mob wives are way out there...the dialogue
is peppered with F-bombs...& there is ever-present turmoil & confrontation...

You will love their 'accent'!!!...remember I don't have any accent Carol...

Carol said...

Haley's daddy played with her tonight. She, again, took another big chance doing a song that people aren't familiar with.

Carol said...

Well, Tomato Woman corrected me. That song Haley did was an old Led Zepplin song and she recognized it right away. She said..."that's your winner".

Carol said...

Well the youngsters, and me, probably arent that familiar with the song. You ever heard it Coreen.

Carol said...

When will that show air Coreen and on what Network?

Carol said...

Well, Scotty is a great little country singer. Sorry but he's not my Idol.

Coreen said...

I heard Haley sing...had no idea what it was...lead zepplin was not on my playlist ever...

That said the girl sang it with great style...her raspy voice conveys a lot of soul
& heart...I could see her winning...

Carol said...

So far, for me, Haley is still leading the pack.

Coreen said...

As for Scotty...for me just another country singer, nothing special or unique...again country music not on my playlist ever...so I am probably not the best to judge...

Carol said...

Reading the blogs Coreen, people either love her or hate her. No inbetween. The ones who hate her say she is arrogant, cocky. I never saw that in her.

All of these kids know what they want to do and aren't easily manipulated. I respect that about them.

Carol said...

I can do just about everything but rap and opera. I guess I could do opera in the right place and time.

Carol said...

Lauren is my second favorite.

Carol said...

Lauren is so sweet and innocent.

Coreen said...

As far as I'm concerned...you have to have some attitude....not necessarily a bad thing...

That's Lauren singing...she has a nice voice, but it is not really that much different than a lot of other singers...

Coreen said...

Mob Wives is a new VH-1 production, original episode airs Sundays at 8 pm...looks like
it has just had 4 episodes...and they are
being repeated often....

Carol said...

There are all so good, it's down to just who you like the most.

Carol said...

Sunday, 8p, I can't think of anything else I watch. I'll check it out even though I'm not big on those "wives" shows. I do find gangstas interesting even though I wouldn't want to run into or hang out with one.

Carol said...

Haley is muli-talented.

Again, the judge diss Haley. Screw them.

Carol said...

I'm a little worried about what the judges will pick for Haley.

Carol said...

That pick for Scotty is a little high for his range.

Carol said...

He has to stretch for that one.

Carol said...

But he did it.

Carol said...

And we see where Scotty got his voice....pappa.

Carol said...

I like Lauren's selection.

Carol said...

"I hope you dance". Love that song.

Carol said...

I do like country music.

Carol said...

I like Lee Ann Womack.

Carol said...

Here comes Haley assignment...holding my breath.

Carol said...

Sh--, they may have well given Haley the Flight of the Bumble Bee to sing. That was a tough song to do. Never heard that song before and they had the nerve to criticize her for picking unknown songs.

Carol said...

I was just voting for AI 50 times, which is no easy take in itself, listening to AC 360 and pondering the Maria and Arnold's situation. I dare you to try doing all three at the same time.

We know Arnold had a reputation for being a womanizer, even accusations of assaulting women in the past. Maria, when dating him, says we just don't know her Arnold like she knows him. Yeah, sure. Now everything most of us thought is just about how it was.

It came to me that I think Maria was just used for show so he could run for political office. Like a, rent a Kennedy. Now that he's kinda out of political options, she out of there.

I really can't see how she could be so naive as to not realize what was going on and not be somehow in on it. Hope she gets a big payday.

Carol said...

Well, I'm late with my bedtime chores again.

Maggie just came in here to check out why I haven't taken her out yet. She's been into hiding under the bed lately. I don't have a clue why. No bad weather, no loud noises, no swarming termites. I think that maybe it is because I was coaxing her out with an offer of a cookie. She might be manipulting me to get a cookie.

Ivy gave me that advice to use cookies to break Maggie of her fear of thunder. Maggie's turned that cookie thing around on me and she finds ways to get me to offer her cookies to stop doing something I don't want her to do.

It's crazy when your dog is smarter and more manipulative than you are.

Carol said...

I've decided I'm going to just ignore Maggie when she hides under the bed. She can just stay there until she turns into a dust kitty.

Have a great trip Jan. Hope you can keep in touch.

jan said...

Caron, I am sitting her LOL about your Maggie and she is manipulating you for cookies. Tooo funny.

jan said...

Poor me, I had to work all day. I had many children to see and assess for development before I can leave town. It all went well, but am pooped.

jan said...

I taped Idol and listened to it as I got things ready and packed for the trip tonight.

I love all 3 of these kids. They are each so likable. Yes, I also think Scotty gets his voice from his dad. That was a funny moment. I am voting for Haley. She won the last night for me. Of course, I know that means she will probably not win as that is what happens for my "pick." of the season.

jan said...

We are leaving in the morning. We will stay tomorrow night in the town with all the weather - hint, hint at the name of the town. Friday night we will be in Arkadelphia, AR. It is not far from Texarkana. It is a town in which one part of town is in TX and the other in AR. Arka... is where my son and family live - and my GD is graduating.

jan said...

I absolutely am taking my computer. So I will check in with you all tomorrow night. I will be in the same time zone as you so can "talk" together about Idol - yaaay!

jan said...

Carol, John did not get his laptop fixed. it is working fine except it plays this funny tune when it starts up.

jan said...

You are right about the Argentina thing Carol. It is too funny how things work out. Bob was offered that assignment in Argentina at just the right time.

jan said...

Watching the news and the stuff about Arnold. How in the world did Arnold get away with this for so many years- 2 children by different women at the same time - and in the same household? OMG.

jan said...

Chloe, I do agree with you that each person is different.

So what do you all think. Is Arnold a sociopath?

Carol said...

I dunno Jan. We could go to the checklist to see if Arnold meets the criteria for psychopath/sociopath but that's too much trouble this morning. Let's just say if he isn't, he missed a good chance to be.

Carol said...

Hey Jan, I'd love to be the one who got to interview Maria, of course, after a short designated grief period. I wouldn't cut her any slack. There were lots of red flags there.

It seems that Arnold wasn't satisfied with just cheating, he had to have two women, pregnant with his kid, under the same roof.

And maybe it was just a ménage à trois. Definition: "Ménage à trois is a French term which originally described a domestic arrangement in which three people having sexual relations occupy the same household – the phrase literally translates as "household of three".".

Carol said...

Others also thought, like me, that the judges and that Jimmy guy were trying to sabatage Haley by choosing two incrediably difficult song choices. IMO, it backfired, she kicked it.

Carol said...

Jan, hope you and John have a safe, fun and enlightening trip.

Chloe said...

I wish all those things for you and John too, Jan.

Try to fit in some rest also. That's a lot of driving, but it's nice that you have several days to spend in each place throughout you trip.

ps We have been to Texarkana once to meet up with friends. It's been a while, but as I remember it, it was a nice, pleasant place. It was a long drive though -- and the closest I've ever been to Arkansas (which I think was just across the street from where we stayed).

Carol said...

We were almost out of room so I put up a quick place for our American Idol live blog tonight.

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