November 15, 2009

At the Rose Hip Hotel...


... you can try out your moves.


traditionalguy said...

Since the Friday the Thirteenth Blog dust-up, there are several good new commenters checking into your Hotel. Cream always rises to the top, said my first football coach over and over. I believed that he meant that your good skills and hard work could not remain hidden for long.He was right.

Kirk Parker said...

Our moves, fine.

But watch out for these guys, theirs are a lot more dangerous.

Scott said...

Boyfriend and I finished watching the first two episodes of The Prisoner remake on AMC channel. It was good enough, but I don't think it's going to have the cult following of the 1968 version with Patrick McGoohan.

The original version had the benefit of a seaside resort locale. The new version places The Village in a desert, which makes it a bit grimmer.

There are other style/story differences that I'm having a hard time putting my finger on. If you saw it tonight, we would love to see your comments.

BlogDog said...

Rose hips - tart and loaded with vitamin C. Now I'm going to have to make myself a nice cup of tea n the morning. Lovely shot. As ususal.

Irene said...

"[Y]ou can try out your moves."

Unfortunately, it's a school night. Around here, the Sunday blues set in the moment "60 Minutes" airs. It makes me feel like I am in the fourth grade.

JAL said...

Those are rose hips?


Chip Ahoy said...

These berries make me wonder why the birds aren't eating them.

Did you know that capsicum does not affect birds? ← 100% of scientific fact.

This enables them to eat fiercely hot pequin and other birds-eye type chiles (so called because they loosen easily from the stem) then poop the seeds undigested thus depositing them complete within their own little packet of fertilizer. Fact!

Freeman Hunt said...

Chip, you should put a short bio somewhere. Or maybe you shouldn't, and it's just that I'm curious, and so I want you to.

Freeman Hunt said...

More broadly: I am fascinated with the early educational backgrounds of interesting people. What kinds of schools or was there school at all? What was emphasized? What were they interested in? How did they explore their interests? What resources were at their disposal? What resources weren't? What were their parents like? Etc.

That sort of information is tough to come by unless the person wrote an autobiography.

If anyone (whether you think you're interesting or not) wants to share, please do!

mt si dad said...

Chip Ahoy - that explains the local squirrel deterrent which is red chili flakes mixed in with the bird seed. You put this in your bird feeders and after a short while the squirrels stop eating the bird seed.

blake said...

Second Freem's request. I'd be interested to know what resources people had when they were young that carried into adult skills.

reader_iam said...

Freeman & Blake: Are you asking for backgrounds of interesting people about whom commenters know, or for the actual backgrounds of individual commenters?

Michael Hasenstab said...

@Freeman Hunt, @Blake - I credit everything I am to an early, rigorous and continuous exposure to the original Mad Magazine.

It is my observation that 1950s and 1960s issues of Mad Magazine were the seminal influence in the lives of nearly every interesting person I've ever met.

MadisonMan said...

Fwiw, I too made butter in kindergarden (1974).

I recall going out to eat and snagging one of those cream holders in the plastic cup things for coffee, and then we went to a Department Store and I was shaking it trying to make butter when the lid came off and the cream went all over a display of leather belts.

Mom didn't like that.

chickenlittle said...

Native Americans gave rose hips to the members of the Portola expedition who explored Southern California in 1769. The indians are credited with preventing or reversing scurvy amongst the explorers.

Michael Hasenstab said...

@Freeman Hunt

One of my grandfathers made sure that I learned how stuff worked. He did so first by showing me how to take simple things apart, figure out how they worked, actually see what broke, then improvise repairs.

He kept a supply of stuff for me to take apart and some basic tools in his shop for my use. Things like old lawnmower engines, mechanical clocks, simple electric circuits on boards, gas-powered model airplanes, build-your-own radios etc.

When something around the house broke, say a toilet flush mechanism, or a shock absorber on a car, we took it apart to figure out why it broke or wore out.

Taking things apart fostered a life-long curiosity about how things work that served me well all through HS and college. Physics, for example, became "how's that work?" rather than a dreaded class.

An elderly immigrant aunt taught me how things grow by making me her gardening buddy. We'd save and dry seeds from veggies we ate, buy some other seeds and start a hothouse each winter to germinate the seeds.

The seeds were later transplanted into a garden that had been properly mulched and turned over, by hand, with a pitchfork, and tended daily through harvest and canning.

In my extended family, older children were required to teach they younger ones how to read (using phonics, although we didn't know it at the time. The youngest kids were loaned out to other families to teach their kids how to read.

Everyone was required to (1) play a team sport, (2) learn to speak and read a foreign language, (3) play a musical instrument, and (4)volunteer.

Most importantly, there was one television, it was small and kept in a small room. We were seldom allowed to watch it.

Beth said...


I stole my brothers' Mad magazines in the 60s and early 70s, until I could buy them myself. I'm not saying I'm among those interesting people, but there you go.

It's good to see you here.

Michael Hasenstab said...

@Beth - Thanks!

Fred4Pres said...

Rose hips are good for you.

I got bored with The Prisoner. It will be a long cold winter, followed by the hope of spring, before Mad Man returns.

I am looking forward to Lost in February however. Like an early daffodil.

section9 said...

I had, for some unknown reason, no great urge to check out the fake Prisoner with Jim Caviezel.

Meantime, Ann, you are going to report on what you saw on Oprah as she had Palin on, aren't you?

John Stodder said...

The one Palin angle I haven't seen covered here is: What a bunch of babies McCain's aides are! They had to have a group hug, er, conference call this morning with McCain to discuss all the mean things she says about them in her book. Can you imagine if JFK had lost that his aides would have needed this kind of hand-holding if LBJ said mean things about them? We are truly a Lifetime Channel culture now.

Elliott A said...

I made sure that my son received the early benefits that educational outlet, the public schools and the community had to offer and he turned into a LAWYER!

JAL said...

Heh. Chip Ahoy has a checkered past, to be sure.

But speaking of his animated self, I just made the seven flower pop up birthday card for daughter in the car on way over to TN, (no, not while I was driving).

It was a great hit. Thanks! :-)

(You learn all kinds of interesting things at Althouse.)

wv impallan
What Sarah's doing?

JAL said...

I grew up before TVs were invented.

JAL said...

Just kidding.

But we didn't have one until I was in fourth grade.

I would come home and watch Hopalong Cassidy and The Lone Ranger. In black and white.

(I just noticed, never having typed
"Hopalong Cassidy" before that that is a really weird name. had to check the spelling.)

AST said...

How do you get those colors to pop out so brilliantly? I love your photography.

Largo said...

My grandfather once took be out of Kindergarten so that I could watch Sesame Street. It's because I told him I learned more from Sesame Street than Kindergarten. It was true, too. This was it's first season, back when it was good.

I was peeved when I got home though. He told the teacher that he was taking me on a trip (and I loved trips with him), so the Sesame Street was a bit of a let down.

(I believe my mother had a conversation with him that day, but I don't recall hearing any of it. But I do recall how James Earl Jones freaked me out.)

JAL said...

My father took me out of school to watch the coronation of Elizabeth II.

He got us up one night to watch Sputnik go over.

Soapbox Jill said...

Rose hips do not go to your hips - the dried hips are delicious scattered on dispersed heads of lettuce.