The Egg, A Symbol of Life

Here is my greatest culinary achievement to date:


Eight perfectly boiled hard boiled eggs, all peeled with ease. Never managed this before.

Oh, and here is Steve and Shawn the animal whisperer watching the Pens earlier.


I’ve basically lost Steve and Rosie to Shawn, and am holding on to Lily barely. I may need to get another pet so one of the animals will pay attention to me.

55 replies
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    monkeyfister says:

    For those who knew him, Bartcop has died.

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    ruemara says:

    I think Steve is attracted because Shawn is obviously a Main Coon Human, what with the beard ruff of appropriate fluff and tawny hue.

    Get a stuffed animal. My bedtime bear is quite faithful.

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    eemom says:

    Hard boiled eggs always remind me of DeNiro in Angel Heart.

    eta: so, wrt “peeled with ease,” I think that means you’re Satan, Cole.

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    jl says:

    With eight perfectly hard boiled eggs, maybe Cole could be the Egg Man and get himself the Egg Lady.

    True romance will ensue.

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    NotMax says:

    Weekend nights ain’t what they used to be.

    Pass me my shawl, maw.

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    jl says:


    ” Weekend nights ain’t what they used to be. ”

    Here are some thrills and chills:

    8 Animals That Are Eaten Alive Around the World

    Seriously, though, I think all of them are gross and unethical. The story says some of the worst are outlawed in many countries. Like foi gras and that force fed veal, good riddance if these become history.

    Edit: and yeah, even chilled ants are gross and unethical. Don’t know why. I’m a weak lily-livered liberal liberal I guess, who thinks people should have the decency to kill the damn food before they eat it.

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    Violet says:

    There’s no guarantee a new animal would pay any more attention to you than the others.

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    Calming Influence says:

    @monkeyfister: That’s sad news indeed. I haven’t checked his site for years, but it was an eclectic free-range Tequila and Politics, almost stream of consciousness progressive experience in the early Bush II years. May his ashes be taken up by the roots of the sacred agave.

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    Violet says:

    @monkeyfister: @Calming Influence: Cole posted about Bartcop earlier. Scroll down the main page a post or two to find it.

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    cckids says:

    That’s a great picture. There is nothing quite like a relaxed cat on your lap. My aunt was visiting last week & our overly social cat, Olivander, decided that he was gracing her with his presence. Now, she is in her 70’s, a farm-raised, no-nonsense OR nurse who has always stated that she is NOT a cat person.

    He sat next to her for 10 minutes, chirruping now & then, & then just moved in & oozed onto her lap, purring mightily. She froze for a second, then said “oh, he’s purring!”, petted him a little, relaxed & said “this is really nice, isn’t it?”

    Another convert.

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    Calming Influence says:

    @ruemara: Steve seems to doing that worshipful pose only afforded to the highest ranking Cat Whisperers, and Shawn isn’t even paying attention. Strong JuJu there…

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    NotMax says:


    Impeccable timing. Just sitting down to din-din.

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    Calming Influence says:

    @cckids: Yup, that’s how they get ya.

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    Yatsuno says:

    Get chickens. Best. Eggs. Ever.

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    cckids says:

    @Calming Influence: Ya, he seemed to know just what would work with her. My daughter taught him to hug people – he puts his paws on your shoulders & snuggles his head down into your face/neck, but he seemed to know that would be too much for my aunt, & didn’t even try it.

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    seaboogie says:

    I kind of dig that Shawn has that patch below the knee, and a big old hole above it.

    Since you have all those hard-boiled eggs, awesome egg-salad recipe:

    Mash the eggs (I use a pastry blender)
    Mix with 1/2 mayo and 1/2 dijon mustard (if you can find it)
    1 tsp of curry powder
    a good squirt of fresh lemon juice
    diced celery and/or scallions

    Serve on whole grain Wasa bread with a grinding of pepper.

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    @Calming Influence:
    That is the greatest cat whispering power. You make them work for your attention, and they will.

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    dmbeaster says:

    Classic method to always get easily peeled hard boiled eggs. Cool rapidly once they finish – I just run cold water in the pot and let it displace and cool the cook water. Throwing them straight into cold water causes them to crack which matters only if you arr not peeling at once.

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    raven says:

    Tap Tap

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    Amir Khalid says:

    As of now, there is still no contact from MH370. Search and rescue ops have found no trace of the plane. Reports that it is confirmed to have crashed are being denied.

  21. 21
    raven says:

    @Amir Khalid: I wonder if it went in the water?

    I guess not

    “It doesn’t sound very good,” retired American Airlines Capt. Jim Tilmon told CNN’s “AC360.” He noted that the route is mostly overland, which means that there would be plenty of antennae, radar and radios to contact the plane.

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    Steeplejack (tablet) says:


    Yeah, it’s on.

    What are you doing to replace swimming in your daily routine? Not necessarily exercise, just the block of time and the ritual.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Possibly, but right now it’s anybody’s guess where the plane is. One thing’s for sure, it’s not in the air anymore; it would have run out of fuel early in the morning. The Vietnamese aren’t even sure it got to their territorial waters before it crashed.

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    JPL says:

    @Amir Khalid: How was the weather?

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    raven says:

    @Steeplejack (tablet): I took the MRI report to a PT. He worked on me and said there was no way he would have believed the stability and strength I have in the shoulder reading the report and that I would be nuts to have it cut on. The long and short of is that I was doing stationary bike work daily and I have now gone back to swimming every other day. The laying off for 6 weeks helped a lot so I’m doing mild stretching on it and hoping for the best.


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    Amir Khalid says:

    No mention so far of bad weather causing any problems with the flight, or of it hampering search and rescue ops.

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    Baud says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Came here to make sure you weren’t on weekend jaunt to Beijing.

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    WereBear says:

    @raven: May you continue to astonish medical personnel.

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    Raven says:

    @WereBear: it could be that I’m just a wimp and it really shouldn’t have bothered me. He did point out that my 3 fused thoracic vertebrae would have an impact on shoulder function . Guess I never thought of that.

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    Raven says:

    A study by other researchers published in January found that women between 25 and 50 who hopped at least 10 times twice a day, with 30 seconds between each hop, significantly increased their hipbone density after four months. Another group of subjects, who hopped 20 times daily, showed even greater gains.

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    Botsplainer says:

    I boil the living fuck out of them for about 8 minutes, then immediately put them in running cold water. Rarely have trouble peeling them.

    I do suspect that it depends somewhat on water quality where you live. Hard water boils seem better.

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    JPL says:

    @Botsplainer: I buy eggs from a farmer and they are trickier to peel. They are worth the hassle though.

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    WereBear says:

    @Raven: So we should give old ladies pogo sticks?

    I like that. Great visual.

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    Raven says:

    @WereBear: Well, you can rock it you can roll it
    You can stop and you can stroll it at the hop
    When the record starts spinnin’
    You *chalypso* when you chicken at the hop
    Do the dance sensation that is sweepin’ the nation at the hop

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    OzarkHillbilly says:


    I like that. Great visual.

    And with that, I saw them naked.

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    Baud says:


    Naked old ladies on pogo sticks? Sounds like a Sarah P&T post.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Baud: If we have naked old women on Pogo sticks we need to have naked old men on trampolines to balance things out.

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    Baud says:


    No thanks. Too easy to get a black eye that way.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Saw the title, saw the eggs, figured this was Betty Cracker post.


    A 12-mile long oil slick spotted between Malaysia and Vietnam Saturday afternoon is thought to be the first sign that a missing Malaysia Airlines flight with 239 people aboard went down in the waters between southernmost Vietnam and northern Malaysia, according to Vietnam’s director of civil aviation.

    “An AN26 aircraft of the Vietnam Navy has discovered an oil slick about 20 kilometers in the search area, which is suspected of being a crashed Boeing aircraft — we have announced that information to Singapore and Malaysia and we continue the search,” Lai Xuan Thanh, the director of the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam, said in reporting the sighting of the slick.

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    Kay Eye says:

    Good herbs and spices, order from Heart Rock Herb and Spice Co. (can anything good come out of Arkansas? Yes, these products; I don’t live in Arkansas, I don’t know the owner or have any financial interest in the product; I got a gift of these little items, they arrived by mail once a month for a year. Good stuff).
    Plus, don’t let people bug you about your fat cat. Some cats are portly and it is part of their charm. If it really bothers you, contact me. My son makes his own cat food and I will send you the recipe. You will need a super-strong meat grinder. There will be bones.

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    Mark S. says:

    I have 2 Maine Coons and they will never sit on my lap. They are more into pinning my legs when I sleep.

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    tominwv says:

    Try tying a pork chop around your neck, that’s what my mother did to me.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    One thing that has come out of this crisis is that MAS just isn’t very good out giving out information. The flight went off the radar at 02:40 but no notification was made for five hours. Passengers’ families were taken by bus from Beijing airport to a hotel 15km away, but not told anything. Passengers’ families in KL (or rather Sepang, where KLIA is) have also been kept waiting with little or no information. Granted, there hasn’t been a lot of information to give out. But the sense I get is that MAS people in both places need to stay there in the room and wait with the relatives, rather than just come out to speak as and when there’s new info.

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    raven says:

    @Amir Khalid: What’s the thinking about foul play?

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    raven says:

    Kate Hodal has been following up stories that an Italian man whose name is on the passenger list did not in fact get on the plane.

    The Italian embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, told Hodal that Luigi Maraldi is an Italian national living in Phuket who was recently given a new passport but did not get on the flight.

    The embassy could not provide details on when the new passport was issued, possibly a couple of months ago, Hodal was told.

    An embassy official told her it sounded like a case of “double passports”, where the new one is issued but the old one is stolen, although there was also the possibility that it could be a different Luigi Maraldi on board.

    Maraldi himself has been quoted by other media as saying his old passport was stolen last year.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Absent any physical evidence, there’s currently no basis for suspecting that. Whatever happened aboard MH370 happened suddenly, the experts say. It is known that the 777 is one of the safest planes in the air, and MAS has one of the best airline safety records in Asia.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Glad you are commenting here, and not MIA. We would be freaked.

    The no mayday call is troubling, but not unprecedented.

    It’s a safe plane and a safe airline, in what seems to be good flying weather, although at night.

    My thoughts are with the families and all their countrymen.

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    CaseyL says:

    @Amir Khalid: That’s got to be hellish, waiting with no info. Yeah, you have to assume the worst at this point, but still… How awful for the friends and families.

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    Howard Beale IV says:

    @raven: Unconfirmed reports are that some stolen passports may have been used by some passengers.

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    Jay C says:


    disagree about the cold water/cracking thing: I have been boiling eggs in the same way since forever: put in pot of cold water, bring to boil, boil 7 minutes, turn off heat and let sit seven minutes. After this, I cool them off, but when I plunge them into ice water, I’ve found the peeling gets a bit easier, and they’ve never cracked.

    @Amir Khalid:

    Yeah: on the one hand, I guess it’s a good thing that they don’t have a practiced method for handling missing/crashed flights, since there are (gratefully) so few of them. OTOH, though, the stress of uncertainly has to be VERY hard on the waiting families and friends. Bummer.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @dmbeaster: That and not using really fresh eggs. Eggs that have been around for a week or so peel easier than ones right from the hen.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @raven: There’s also a report of a second stolen passport of an Austrian (I think) man, reported stolen 2 years ago.

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    Love the beastie boys reference.

    Drive by eggings, plaguing LA
    Yo they just shot my little cousin, ese

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