air disaster

watched a show on PBS last night about SwissAir 111 that went down off the coast of Nova Scotia in 1998. The show was OK. I am always fascinated about how meticulously the investigators are able to put together wreckage from tiny, mangled pieces. The above photo is from TWA 800. The big difference in the recovery of this plane and SwissAir 111 is that TWA went down in very deep water. Incredible.

never a good thing

Durham Recants on Water Tests

I was wondering why ae and I kept setting off the metal detector at RDU.


unhappy meals...

I just finished Michael Pollan's essay in the Times. For me, the most informative section is his summary of guidelines at the end to how to eat more healthy with my fave being number 7. "Eat more like the French...it may not be the dietary nutrients that keep the French healthy (lots of saturated fat and alcohol?!, db-DAMN!) so much as the dietary habits: small portions, no seconds or snacking, communal meals -- and the serious pleasure taken in eating" That is a nice image.


love this commercial!

except in the version I like, the guy says "what, deranged deer?" during the game. Priceless

$150 we didn't need

we should start a dog accident fund, since it seems we are always a day away from a new emergency. Last night, Finn broke off her dewclaw (ouch!) and we had to drop her off first thing this morning at the vet for a quick sedation and clean up. We got home a few minutes ago, both a little groggy, but only one of us bandaged.

fyi, I can't recommend Parkwood Animal Hospital in Durham enough. They are friendly, professional, thorough, etc. thanks to Ross for the tip a few years ago.


I soooo don't watch....

college basketball anymore that this article seemed a bit foreign to me.

Interesting article...

in the New Yorker about how Doctor's prejudge your symptoms as you are describing them and they have around three diagnostic possibilities almost immediately. I find this to be the case often when I visit doctors and is one of the main reasons I have switched primary care physicians three times in the last three years.

On another note, ae and I just renewed our New Yorker subscription after a year hiatus and I am glad we did. I forgot how much I missed the small vignettes about books and movies. I am looking forward to more soon.


Two Cancellation Notices in One Day!

Warning: If you set up ebill to pay your bills over the internet, be sure that your spam filter is not catching the invoices. I received 2 phone calls to today asking me why I hadn't paid my bills since October. I checked my spam folder and sure enough, multiple invoices were sitting there.


Alabama cooking...

During our fall trip to Birmingham, we picked up a copy of Best of the Best from Alabama Cookbook (signed) for ae's mom. Before we wrapped the gift, I made a few photocopies of appealing recipes, and we have been most pleased with the results. Banana bread, pancakes, baked spaghetti, pecan pie, and most recently, Baked potato soup shared with friends on our snow day last week. Deeelish!


Lazy Sunday

Parnell and Samberg had nothing on ae and me this past Sunday. After a quick run to the local Dunkin Donuts (30 minutes round trip), and a walk with the beasts, it was a day filled with movies on the couch and more football watching than should be legal. Finished the night with Salty Dogs and pizza. My goodness.

(photo: ae, salty dog)



movies this weekend

The Da Vinci Code - A minus

The Lady in the Water - B minus

The Devil's Backbone - B plus



Sky, Blue, Sky

new wilco cd is out May 15th. I hope that when I finally purchase it, that it has songs on it that I have yet to hear. Dang internet.

New Orleans...

might top out at 1/2 its pre-Katrina population.

(photo: db, NOLA, one month prior to Katrina)


Snow Day

Woke up to a layer of white yesterday morning. Alas, it was all gone by evening. Nice while it lasted.


What's in a Name?

as you can see from the chart below, my name has decreased steadily in popularity since my birth year. That is not the only thing that has decreased since my birth year...

Popularity of the male name David
Year of birth Rank
2005 14
2004 14
2003 14
2002 13
2001 12
2000 16
1999 16
1998 13
1997 14
1996 13
1995 16
1994 13
1993 11
1992 10
1991 8
1990 6
1989 5
1988 6
1987 5
1986 5
1985 6
1984 5
1983 4
1982 5
1981 5
1980 4
1979 4
1978 4
1977 4
1976 4
1975 5
1974 4
1973 5
1972 4
1971 3
1970 3
1969 2
Note: Rank 1 is the most popular, rank 2 is the next most popular, and so forth. Name data are from Social Security card applications for births that occurred in the United States.