Monday Night Open Thread

The Bachelor or the Olympics tonight? For me, it's the Bachelor. While everyone already knows who goes home and who Jake picks, the show is worth watching for St. Lucia alone. Between the scenery and the outstanding hotels (Cap Maison tonight, Jade Mountain for the finale on March 1), it will be fun to watch. And no, Ali's not coming back.

Here's an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Just landed after predictable (5.00 / 2) (#2)
    by oculus on Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 08:16:37 PM EST
    delay at SFO.

    Welcome back! (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by ruffian on Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 08:42:23 PM EST
    Enjoy the jet lag - I predict some late night Olympics viewing in your future!

    Ambien did nada (none / 0) (#9)
    by oculus on Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 08:56:21 PM EST
    on the flight to Osaka. Hope it works tonight. I am almost finished re-reading "The Lady and the Monk."

    That SFO to Kansai is the flight I always do too (none / 0) (#10)
    by ruffian on Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 09:00:28 PM EST
    My customer site is just beyond Hirshima on the train from Osaka. that SFO bag pickup and then re-check to my final destination always puts the topper on my exhaustion level.

    Didn't get a chance to ask about the ceramics (5.00 / 1) (#19)
    by Ellie on Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 09:57:40 PM EST
    Will you be uploading pics? Did you get any textile craft? I love Japanese style, esp. from mid-century modern wabi-sabi graphic designers.

    Earlier, I linked to this Alexander McQueen kimono block top, (here's back view) and free pattern online.

    The design was a nod to his "fashion sensei", Issey Miyake. I'm setting up a fashion bee with some fellow mixed media artisans to run off a pile (BYOFabs).

    I'll be teaming mine with some modified hakama styles, divided and undivided.

    The men's striped versions can be revamped into corporate drag I can actually tolerate wearing, and I kind of like the "pinstriped" nod to the history of Japan's samurai class becoming their corporations. (I'm kind of glad the Toyota CEO didn't eviscerate himself in a live webstream, and his COO nearby to decapitate him.)

    Here are links to free hakama patterns -- women's styles and men's styles -- for the seamsters. Even newbies can make these pretty easily, or take a bolt of textile you like to a pro. Serious martial artists can stock up on them too.

    TMI: I ran off some righteous striped silk ones for Husb to hang out in. He initially rejected the idea (What? Why? So my friends can call me Gwendolyn?) but then wore them to shreds after being pronounced Teh Cool.


    After over-indulging in buying ceramics I (5.00 / 2) (#29)
    by oculus on Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 02:00:10 PM EST
    purposely avoided looking at textites wood block prints.  But, at a wonderful museum I happened upon, there were scrolls of caligraphy backed by fabuous textites and georgeous pottery on tatami with accents of textiles. Terrific design--so subtle and beautiful.

    Have no idea how to post photos on Talk Left.  


    First post the photos to (5.00 / 1) (#30)
    by Inspector Gadget on Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 02:19:48 PM EST
    Flickr or Photobucket, then link to it.

    Thanks. (5.00 / 2) (#32)
    by oculus on Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 04:49:03 PM EST
    St Lucia (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Inspector Gadget on Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 08:37:52 PM EST
    is where a large group of us went for my daughter's wedding. It is beautiful, but outside those commercial resorts (not many of them) is a 3rd world country where we have Peace Corp volunteers.

    We stayed on the beach in small cabins owned by the locals and had an unbelievably great time.

    Honeymooned there (5.00 / 1) (#27)
    by Jlvngstn on Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 09:20:46 AM EST
    and loved the island.  Went to a jump up in a local village and the four of us (a recently wed couple from the UK) had a great time.  As difficult as their lives are they were so welcoming and kind at the jump up.  Oh yeah, killer weed also.

    Loved it.....


    I gotta link this again (5.00 / 2) (#12)
    by Dadler on Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 09:03:19 PM EST
    It is one of my favorites too (none / 0) (#25)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 07:16:30 AM EST
    He is probably my husband's favorite performer, not just comedian but person who provides performance for mass consumption, even comes before athletes.

    It's the Olympics for me. (5.00 / 1) (#17)
    by lucky leftie on Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 09:51:43 PM EST
    Every time they roll around, I tell myself I'm not that excited about it, I'm not going to bother watching this time.  Next thing I know, I'm awake at 2 in the morning watching the table tennis quarter finals.

    Tonight, my sports-loving husband and sons are pointedly avoiding the family room where I am watching pairs figure skating.  The Americans are lovely but unlikely to medal.  Russians, Germans and Chinese will duke it out.  Fortunately, they won't lose points for their outfits although maybe they should-some of their get-ups are straight up awful, "shredded," for want of a better word.  

    As always, there are questions about the scoring.  This sport has frequently been tainted by partisan judges.  What a shame.  

    Lots of slips in the pairs skating I've seen (none / 0) (#18)
    by ruffian on Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 09:54:57 PM EST
    Too bad.  I love the outfits the pair doing the routine to 'The Way We Were' are wearing. Very scimple and classic.  Not sure who they are - Tuend it in late.

    Ah - the Canadians (none / 0) (#20)
    by ruffian on Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 09:59:02 PM EST
    I liked them, but they messed up a little.

    I agree, loved the outfits. (none / 0) (#21)
    by lucky leftie on Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 10:36:01 PM EST
    Very flattering.  The russian pair who followed did beautifully last night. This time, the nerves showed.  

    Whoa,the pressure seems to be getting to all of them.  The Germans, who were perfect last night, just had some difficulty.  Shucks.  I love their choice of music, from the movie "Out of Africa."  Very pretty.


    Hands down, the Olympics (5.00 / 1) (#31)
    by abdiel on Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 03:13:43 PM EST
    curling is on tonight!  

    And for the haters, curling has all the elements of the perfect spectator sport - the rules are simple, the skill is obvious, the anticipation is short-lived, and the action climaxes at just the right moment with a frenetic pace at the end.  What more do you need?

    Westminster's on also (none / 0) (#1)
    by nycstray on Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 08:13:45 PM EST
    8-9PM on USA and 9-11PM on CNBC.

    Who goes home and which does Jake pick? I find Gia the least offensive of the final 3. I'm watching the real dogs tonight though, lol!~

    Switching between Westminster and Olympics (none / 0) (#5)
    by ruffian on Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 08:44:52 PM EST
    depending on commercials. Those toy dogs were pretty - I like it when their coats flow when they run. Not my taste as a pet, but fun to watch. that poodle's hairdo is something else!

    Then Damages at 10!


    Non Sporting up next (none / 0) (#6)
    by nycstray on Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 08:46:57 PM EST
    cheer for the spotty monster!!!  ;)

    most toy dogs aren't my thing, but they do have some nice coats.


    French Bulldog takes the group! (none / 0) (#15)
    by ruffian on Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 09:13:40 PM EST
    Ugh! (none / 0) (#16)
    by nycstray on Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 09:17:49 PM EST
    Frenchies don't need the exposure.

    The Dal was pretty mild. Boomer the Dal just shined when shown (in past shows). They really need to show with some flash I've noticed to get picked. She was a pretty gal though . . .


    It is true (none / 0) (#26)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 07:29:10 AM EST
    They need to project a self confidence way out there.  I'm reminded of the GSD Dallas and also Uno.  Sometimes dogs simply have their day too, they were in an excellent mood.  It does seem like there is a learning curve for the dogs.  They can have the great genes and all the correct conformation but it takes them awhile to own the ring because of the hundreds of people and dogs constantly milling about.  A lot of them get to where they begin to want the crowd to cheer for them though once they've gotten used to it, and when they get that it can be pretty infectious to judges.  Particularly in my breed, where intelligence and composure under stress are supposed to be part of the breed standard.  In all breeds though, once the dogs begin to shine like that who can deny them?

    The photo that changed my life (none / 0) (#8)
    by Dadler on Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 08:49:57 PM EST
    Nice view of eternity (none / 0) (#22)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 10:55:24 PM EST
    BTW - How's your brother? Hope he's well.

    Orlando is 66 (none / 0) (#13)
    by ruffian on Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 09:03:30 PM EST
    They must have never collected data in the summer.

    Putting this here (none / 0) (#23)
    by jen on Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 11:16:41 PM EST
    in hopes it will be spread far and wide. This is Part I (at Alternet) -- Part II will run in the in the coming days.

    It is clear we somehow must overcome the left vs right battles and unite against the real enemies.

    The Economic Elite Have Engineered an Extraordinary Coup, Threatening the Very Existence of the Middle Class

     By  David DeGraw

    Biden (none / 0) (#24)
    by thedancingkid on Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 12:14:44 AM EST
    Quote of the year: "Dick Cheney's a fine fellow."
    Joe Biden, 14 February 2010