January 7, 2010

At the Classic Coffee Shop...

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... sip simplicity and traditional values.

ADDED: I'm still here...

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99 comments:

Hugo Chavez said...

Lotsa film floating on that coffee.

Chase said...

. . . like a grease spill.

Having owned restaurants, I would suggest that either the cup or the pot that held the coffee still retains a slight soap film.

Then again, perhaps you add translucent fats to your coffee.

Ann Althouse said...

Probably lip gloss.

El Pollo Real said...

Lotsa film floating on that coffee.

Clouds in their coffee...you're so vain.

Ann Althouse said...

Or cream cheese.

knox said...

People, it's clearly Montauk Chia.

vbspurs said...

Barry is late. An hour and a half. As usual.

Cheers,
Victoria

vbspurs said...

Probably lip gloss.

I thought of that, but it must be very sheer indeed not to show up on the actual cup. I hope it's not a shoddily washed coffee cup. That would be icky.

traditionalguy said...

Your prescious bodily fluids are melding into a zen free moment in the hill country. Can Meade find you all a Texas sized sports bar for the big game tonight? That will be a super traditional "eyes of Texas are upon you moment" when the Longhorns surprise Alabama and the time runs out. Football fervor in Texas is another experience that Wisconsin folks need to see once to believe. But don't ride any mechanical bulls.

vbspurs said...

HE'S THERE!! It's so exciting!! OBAMA!!

vbspurs said...

He's using his "professional executive" voice again. It starts briskly, and gains robotic momentum.

I notice that they must've spoken to him about this atrocious automaton performance, because he's not rushing it.

vbspurs said...

Oh Jesus, he's blaming analysts, watchdogs, everyone but Janet from another Planet, and the Ski Boy.

vbspurs said...

Four areas of overhaul:

1- New people assigned to get new leads. WE MUST FOLLOW THE LEADS! FOLLOW THE YELLOW BRICK JIHAD ROAD!

2- Intelligence reports will now be distributed PDQ.

3- Analysts led by Danny Blair (no relation to Miranda) will be on the hot seat.

4- The no-fly-lists will be improved.

Whoopdeefrackingdo.

vbspurs said...

I'm not sure if that's how one should pronounce Abdulmutallab, or it's just Barry being anal Pahkeestan again.

Florida said...

Shorter Obama:

1) Blah
2) Blah
3) Blah


I'm not interested in passing out blame. We're firing nobody. The system failed ... not my employees.

Bullshit.

vbspurs said...

WE ARE AT WAR! WE ARE AT WAR AGAINST AL-QAEDA!!

OMG, hit me with the rhythm stick. This is what I never thought I'd hear him say.

vbspurs said...

Muslim extremists:

"Bankrupt vision of misery and death, including to Muslims"

Florida said...

"We know the vast majority of Muslims are against Al Queda."

Exactly how do we know that? I've seen no evidence to make that case.

On the contrary, there is substantial evidence that most Muslims do not live in the United States and do support al Queda.

vbspurs said...

"That's how we will prevail in this fight"

He cannot, just cannot say victory.

knox said...

It starts briskly, and gains robotic momentum.

Florida said...

Obama:

The buck stops with me.

But I'm taking no questions.

Nobody will be fired.

We'll beef up the no-fly lists (maybe).

That is all.

knox said...

forgot to add: LOL

Ann Althouse said...

Oh, I'm supposed to be listening to Obama right now? I'm listening to background noise here in this cavernous space on South Congress where late breakfast and coffee has stretched out all afternoon and the people at the next table are sipping red wine from big glasses.

vbspurs said...

ADDED: I'm still here...

Oh oh. I'm getting an overwhelmed Cathy vibe, Ann. Hope you're taking it easy.

vbspurs said...

forgot to add: LOL

Glad it tickled you, Knox. :)

Ann, nah. After the much dropping of hints that we would be prepared to be SHOCKED AND AMAZED at what would be revealed today about the plot, it was another emotionless performance with zero info. I'd call this one snappy.

Florida said...

"Oh, I'm supposed to be listening to Obama right now?"

You didn't miss anything. It was a CYA piece de resistance. He blamed everybody except himself, then took complete blame, then fired nobody and blamed it all on the system.

Nobody to be fired.

A few lists will be rejiggered.

Nothing to see here. Move along.

vbspurs said...

Oh, I must've left the room when he said something very important: Ultimately the buck stops with me.

Excellent. Now stop blaming others and Bush for every bad thing that happens during your term.

Florida said...

"He cannot, just cannot say victory."

Sure he can. Here, let me quote Barack Obama saying victory:

Barack Obama: "I'm not interested in victory."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PD6nMxYcmjE

Florida said...

"Now stop blaming others and Bush ..."

He blamed "the system."

There was a "systemic failure," Obama claimed. (Which is bullshit, it was a policy failure.)

No people failed, he says.

Just the system.

Can't fire the people. Because they didn't fail. The system failed.

See?

The buck stops with the system.

Florida said...

If the buck stops with Obama, then why exactly is he not offering his resignation?

He failed. He takes 100% of the blame.

Except ... what no consequences?

If he's to blame, why isn't he resigning to hand leadership to someone who won't fail like he did?

vbspurs said...

The Terrible Trio is up. John Brennan, Robert Gibbs, and Janet Incompetano.

traditionalguy said...

That is a bored look if I ever saw one. A trip up to Waco to see the Texas Ranger Museum, or on to Fort Worth/Dalls is north of you, and a side trip to San Antonio is east of you a little ways. Or just order a pail of Margaritas if you aren't driving anywhere.

Michael said...

I think his speech was oily, rather like that Arabica film on the coffee meandering this way and that, dissolving into nonsense. It is so very hard to be against "the man" when you are "the man."

Davey Jones said...

Wow. Althouse looks old and tired.
Prediction: she will stop blogging within three years.
(She's already basically stopped being a professor.)
Could one look more washed up and spent?
This is the beginning of the end.

Florida said...

It is so very hard to be against "the man" when you are "the man."

Much easier to be outside the fence pissing in on the White House lawn.

The buck stops ... somewhere over there ... with Barack Obama.

Oh well, at least CNN is tarting to report what the score is. According to Fawaz A. Gerges, in a special to CNN, al Queda is bouncing back on Barack Obama's watch.

On Barack's watch ... al Queda gets stronger.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/01/07/gerges.yemen.us.terrorism/index.html

Florida said...

"Wow. Althouse looks old and tired."

Andrew? Is that you Andrew?

Or maybe one of Andrew's ghostposters.

Ann Althouse said...

"Althouse looks old and tired."

Next Tuesday is my birthday. I'll be 59. I don't "look" old. I am old.

vbspurs said...

This is the beginning of the end.

"Profile not Available".

When you have the honesty and spine to show your face online, like Ann does, then you have the right to come here and opine on her photograph. Hate-monger.

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Michael said...

Ann Althouse:

My dear woman, I am writing from the other side of 60 and can tell you that 59 is not even close to old. It is, however, an excellent time to either totally ignore or directly confront rudeness in all its forms. As you decide.

Ann Althouse said...

" I have no idea why anyone reads this blog."

But they do, so there is some magic here. The challenge to your little brain is to understand what it is.

Big Mike said...

Ah, that sign over your left shoulder. Is that the spear you are supposed to be looking for?

(Well, this thread was getting depressing and I thought someone had to write something to lighten things up.)

Ann Althouse said...

Oh, I responded to someone — a student in Minneapolis — who wanted to say — until he didn't — that my blog is boringly all about me.

Florida said...

John Brennen just admitted live on CNN that he told Mike Leiter to go on vacation on December 26, instead of investigating the terrorist attack.

Let's recap:

Mike Leiter is the Director of the National Counter-Terrorism Center.

One day after the worst potential terrorist attack since 9/11 ... Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennen told Mike Leiter to go on vacation instead of investigating that attack on our homeland.

This country is in danger if we leave these people in charge of our national security.

Big Mike said...

And Michael is quite right. 59 is the new 21. Or something like that.

vbspurs said...

Or just order a pail of Margaritas if you aren't driving anywhere.

Oh! Speaking of which -- if you're in Texas, then DO NOT miss the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, all over the State. The main one is in Austin! It's one of those dinner-cinemas, which I have spoken about that we have in Florida (Muvico's Palace Premier section).

I love the Alamo. It's very relaxing, and has loads of indies.

Florida said...

Next Tuesday is my birthday. I'll be 59. I don't "look" old. I am old.

Yea, but you're "hot" old. Like Sophia Loren.

Titus said...

Althouse doesn't look old.

She looks hot, kind of like a teacher you want to be naughty with. Naughty teacher, spank me.

Love the glasses.

And 59 is not old-it is the new 45.

But you have but many years in at the state of Wisconsin now, any thoughts of retirement? How many more years before you can retire but still collect your full salary?

More black please, thanks doll.

AllenS said...

Songs on a napkin
by
Buck Owens & AllenS

You've got some lip gloss, it's plain to see;
I won't be much when you get thru' with Meade.
Well,I'm a losing weight and a turnin' mighty pale.
Looks like might also be cream cheese, oh what the hell.

Titus said...

My sis has worked for the state for like 30 years and is going to retire in a couple at the age of 50, full salary, not bad if you can get it.

Granted she didn't make the power salary that you get in the corporate world but she is able to retire very young.

traditionalguy said...

The attack rabbits are out in force suddenly. There is more of Ann's fine mind on display every day that goes by. Her added courage in opening up parts of her daily encounters to her friends is what makes it all so satisfying. My favorite one was the Bug in the curtains.

Titus said...

A guy just got busted outside my loft. He was hot, I wanted to do him. After the bust was completed and they were waiting to tow his car and the paddy wagon to arrive he and the undercops were all shooting the shit and having ciggies, kind of surreal.

I think it was drug dealing. The undercover cops, who really do look like thugs, were counting all his cash.

He was white too, weird.

kentuckyliz said...

Davey can kiss my fat white ass.

People are ruthless against aging women.

They can go eff themselves.

Happy birthday in advance, in case I get busy with the start of the semester and can't come back to say so.

And, it must be said:

Heckuva job, Brennie.

William said...

Black eyeglass frames and a black turtle neck sweater are the proper wear for a coffee house. You don't want to discuess man's place in the universe while wearing a floral print. I hope that your earlier blog about real estate taxes was not done while seated in a coffee house.....That should have been done in the hotel lobby while wearing a sweater and pearls.

Titus said...

You could be in Wisconsin where it is snowing big time.

Parents were supposed to leave for Arizona but bad roads have delayed them.

Is Epic Systems fab?

traditionalguy said...

Obama may get us attacked more than ever by AlQaeda. They like to attack moderate Muslims much more than they do us Connecticutt Yankees. So the war on us is milder than their war on Obama for being a moderate muslim, or whatever he claimed to them to be lately.

former law student said...

Did the coffee taste like it had been reheating for a long time? That's what I associate with surface sheen.

Coffee beans are oily, and roasting brings the oil out.

Palladian said...

"Profile not Available"."

Sigh.

"Davey Jones" is just AJD, the aging, embittered probably failed ex-student of UW-Madison Law who's been posting the same boring crap for years under hundreds of different names, but still stupidly using the same profile to do it.

Prediction: AJD will continue posting reiterations of the same bitter, tiresome insults forever.

Because it's not the beginning of the end of the Althouse blog, it's simply the end of the beginning.

Palladian said...

"Coffee beans are oily, and roasting brings the oil out."

Strangely enough, I opened one of my jars of coffee a few minutes ago to brew a couple of cups and the beans were moldy! This was high-quality French roasted Sumatra given to me by a friend as a gift two weeks ago. I put off drinking it because I'm not really a fan of dark roasts, but I though I'd try it today as I'm out of everything else. So I popped it open and the beans were all covered with a faint dusting of greenish mold! I've been dealing with coffee for many years and I've never seen coffee molder before.

I did notice it was really oily when I decanted the beans into one of my hermetic glass jars, but I've had oily beans before and they've never moldered in two weeks!

former law student said...

I'm still here...

I strongly suspect that some man has disappointed our gracious hostess. Hopefully he has a damn good excuse.

Titus said...

Happy New Year Palladian.

Kisses!

Beth said...

Palladian, I've never seen moldy coffee beans. This is a mystery, and it disturbs me. I've been intimately wrapped up with coffee since my youth. There's much I don't know, but the possibility of mold on roasted beans just never came to my attention.

Beth said...

Althouse,

You're ten years my senior. On my relative scale, you are not old.

Though I do find myself saying sometimes "damn, I'm old." Ignore that. I'm just getting used to how the body changes with time, and that's one way to express surprise or dismay.

I like my age, and have no ill feelings about aging. None that matter, anyway.

Trooper York said...

That's what happens when you store your valuable coffee in used perfume jars.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

I just reviewed the picture. You don't look old ( or tired. ) In fact, you don't look anywhere near 59. Not that there would be anything wrong with it if you did, but I'd guess 45 tops.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

Oh, and in case I don't get another chance,

ROLL TIDE!

Ignorance is Bliss said...

Oh look, another chance:


ROLL TIDE!

Palladian said...

EBB TIDE! EBB TIDE!

Palladian said...

"That's what happens when you store your valuable coffee in used perfume jars."

Not perfume jars! But they are French canning jars...

EDH said...

Because it's not the beginning of the end of the Althouse blog, it's simply the end of the beginning.

Do people regret their coffee habits as they do other habits, like smoking?

If you added up all the coffee I’ve imbibed in my life, it would not equal a single cup.

Never acquired the taste.

I like the smell, but not on the breath.

Eschew the java brew, or start anew?

Closing time
You don't have to go home but you can't stay here...

Time for you to go out to the places you will be from...

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end

HT said...

Roll Tide Roll!

+++++++++

This is what always kind of tickles me about this blog:

**
Titus said...

My sis has worked for the state for like 30 years and is going to retire in a couple at the age of 50, full salary, not bad if you can get it.

Granted she didn't make the power salary that you get in the corporate world but she is able to retire very young.
**

Most everyone seems one degree or another of conservative on this blog, but when it comes to accepting a salary on the public's dime, it's like take it while you can! Gleeful! And retiring at 50? Jeez, I'm a member of the Democratic Party of the United States of America - and I say, "what the hell?"

Should not be allowed, and if I were a true conservative, which I'm not, I would think of ways to get around it. In short, I would be EMBARRASSED.

I'll just never get over the huge number of Republicans who work for the federal government here in DC who do all they can to game the system, while at the end of the day they complain about...government.

Never fails to tickle me.

Ann Althouse said...

"I strongly suspect that some man has disappointed our gracious hostess. Hopefully he has a damn good excuse."

Not at all. Meade was going to go for a long walk while I got some work done at our favorite local (to the hotel) café. But he walked me there and ended up staying the whole time. I wrote "I'm still here" for you readers, who may (and should) think that my "At the.. Café" posts indicate I'll be away for a while and you should talk amongst yourselves. Meade had just taken that picture, and I thought it would be amusing to put it up, since it went with the coffee.

vbspurs said...

Never fails to tickle me.

See, HT, it's a bit like Democrats (especially the very progressive ones) who live in mansions, in exclusive gated communities or neighbourhoods, are in business, or work in Wall Street, and yet fall over themselves saying they hate capitalism.

It's one of those human inconsistencies that are too universal to be properly termed hypocrisies.

At the end of the day, we like what we like, and dislike what we dislike.

HT said...

Yes, but most everyone on this blog is more than familiar with that particular inconsistency as am I BTW.

Wondering what AA is doing in (ack) Austin on this biggest of days. It's still day in Pasadena.

I'm getting concerned.

vbspurs said...

Palladian, include me in the list of people who had never dreamt of mould on coffeebeans. I've ordered tonnes of beans in my day from SweetMarias and I have yet to have one mouldy batch.

My fave bean for my Gaggia: Intelligentsia Black Cat beans. Roasted already (which used to be a big-nono for me) but oh so consistently good.

Lynne said...

"Next Tuesday is my birthday. I'll be 59. I don't "look" old. I am old."

Happy Birthday! My birthday is at the end of this month. I'll be 47.

And if you're wearing lip gloss regularly, you probably look better than me. Chapstick is about as far as I go these days.

Take my advise and ditch the oily coffee for one of those big glasses of red wine you mention.

Age has its privileges. Enjoy them.

Palladian said...

Ok, I photographed the moldy coffee beans. You can see the mold is a light, greenish, all-over dust. These beans were healthy and glossy-looking just one week ago. If that's not terrible enough, here's the horror in macro. The last image was shot through the glass of the jar, my apologies. I just didn't want to give any of this evil coffee mold more of a chance to escape.

Lynne said...

Err-- *advice*, not advise.
Geez, I hate it when I do crap like that.

wv- swedu- It's the hot new Nordic hairdo, exclusively from Ronco!

knox said...

HT, titus is not a conservative.

edutcher said...

You look a little down, but also a little jangled. Easy on the caffeine, Madame.

Sad note, we lost the third pup. The Blonde said she felt 8 feet wiggling around inside mom, not 12.
Turned out she was right.

Before someone says, yes, I know Barry's whatever was more important, but obsequies for something that small are no fun.

traditionalguy said...

Your precious bodily fluids are melding into a zen free moment in the hill country. Can Meade find you all a Texas sized sports bar for the big game tonight? That will be a super traditional "eyes of Texas are upon you moment" when the Longhorns surprise Alabama and the time runs out. Football fervor in Texas is another experience that Wisconsin folks need to see once to believe. But don't ride any mechanical bulls.

Try the bull on low, Ann. You look like you need a little fun.

That is a bored look if I ever saw one. A trip up to Waco to see the Texas Ranger Museum, or on to Fort Worth/Dallas is north of you, and a side trip to San Antonio is east of you a little ways. Or just order a pail of Margaritas if you aren't driving anywhere.

That's a friend talkin'.

vbspurs said...

WE ARE AT WAR! WE ARE AT WAR AGAINST AL-QAEDA!!

OMG, hit me with the rhythm stick. This is what I never thought I'd hear him say.


Yes, but does he mean it?

"That's how we will prevail in this fight"

He cannot, just cannot say victory.


He can't even stand to see MacArthur at Tokyo Bay. Probably feels the same way about Lee and Grant.

Ann Althouse said...

"Althouse looks old and tired."

Next Tuesday is my birthday. I'll be 59. I don't "look" old. I am old.


Oh, stop that! You're married to a man you obviously love passionately, have a job whose subject matter interests you deeply, and you share your avocations joyously with the world.

I know people a third your age who aren't as young.

Richard said...

Althouse,

If you are near the UT campus tonight, look for the lighting of the tower. If we beat Alabama, the tower will be lit burnt orange with a large number one.

I know this is the equivalent of telling someone who could care less about astronomy all about Halley's Comet, but still it is pretty cool.

You will most likely see what looks like a large happy riot as well. But fear not, for this is Austin, not LA or Detroit. So no actual rioting will take place.

HT said...

I on the other hand, hope there are riots in Austin.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Lotsa film floating on that coffee

Good coffee should have an oily sheen. Fresh roasted coffee beans are slightly oily. It would be Sanka without the oil.

HelenParr said...

Victoria:

Cathy? From the comic strip 'Cathy'? Frustration squiggle.

Meade = Irving?

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Althouse doesn't look old. SHe looks youthful and appropriate for her age.

And Michael is quite right. 59 is the new 21. Or something like that.

Glad to hear it since I just had my birthday yesterday and I'm one year further down the road than Ann.

Yes, another Capricorn. Hey let's guess: what is Meade's sign. I say Aries or Taurus.

vw: flyzati.

Darn should have had that one in the thread about dropping like flies yesterday

Joan said...

I've reached the age (46) where I can say "I'm old" but I don't really mean it. Inside, I'm still in my early 30s -- time stopped when my kids were born, didn't it?

Ann's younger than both of my sisters, and since they're not old, neither can she be.

Palladian: that coffee mold reminds me of the bloom on chocolate, but that is OK to eat. Thank you for keeping those beans contained.

Florida said...

Hey Althouse,

When someone calls you a tired old lady, you can't admit it. You gotta get up in that ass!

Climb in there, eat some snickers, throw the wrappers on the flo', and leave that mutherfucker open on the way out so the asshole knows you been there.

Trooper York said...

Of course you are storing your magic beans in some Frenchman's can.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

vbspurs said...

here's the horror in macro.

Ohmigod! That really is a horror. Thanks for photographing it (you didn't have to).

For a moment, though, I thought I was staring at Abdulmutallab's nuts.

Cheers,
Victoria

vbspurs said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DUST BUNNY QUEEN!!

Cheers,
Victoria

edutcher said...

vbspurs said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DUST BUNNY QUEEN!!

Cheers,
Victoria


By all means, DBQ. Pardon my failing to note it before.

Beth said...

Happy Birthday, DBQ.

Beth said...

Palladian,

Thanks for the photos. They were horrible.

A little googling reveals that moldy beans do indeed exist, and can result from disease or from improper handling in the drying phase - maybe other things, too, but I stopped reading. It was too sad.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Wow! Thanks guys for the birthday wishes.

:-)

@ Palladian I quit buying ground coffee years ago when I read how much garbage was allowed to be ground up into the coffee. Sticks, stones, moldy beans, dead insect parts, dirt. Yuck!!!

At least you were lucky enough to see the moldy beans before you made them into coffee. Think of what people are drinking at the local diner. ICK

Theo Boehm said...

Good coffee ought to have little oil spots floating in it.
That iridescent sheen, however, is alarming.
Probably lip gloss, per Althouse's original theory.

But if coffee arrived looking like that, I'd ask for tea.

If the tea came with the same film, I'd head for the door and find someplace else to sit and look rendida, as they say in Spanish.

Also, Dust Bunny Queen: Although this is a bit of a downer of a comment, I want to bring it back up, and say to you, Happy Birthday!

Deborah said...

Next Tuesday is my birthday. I'll be 59. I don't "look" old. I am old.
I will be 60 in 2 months. I would like to have looked as good as Althouse does now when I was 30.

Deborah said...

"Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young."

Omaha1 said...

Althouse, I love that photo of you. You should put it on your main blog page. Intellectual, yet sexy (in a middle aged way, like me). I probably won't be online next Tuesday, so here's an early happy birthday to you & Rush.

wv: swers - pinky swers!

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