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If you happen to live near a college or university, or a first-run bookstore, you may occasionally get the chance to hear prominent visiting speakers and authors.  For example, a few months ago at Webster University, Jonathan Kozol gave a talk.  More recently, Alan Blinder visited town.

Next week, at Washington University, two figures highly ranked in the DK hero/ine class are scheduled to show up, namely Nate Silver and Sandra Fluke.  So what's loser about talking about those appearances here in Loser's Club?  Well, nothing, except that you always have to keep in mind that the loser here is the diarist, not the subject.  More 'neath the flip.....

Both NS and SF are part of Wash. U.'s regular series of guest speakers, the Assembly Series.  The on-line Wash. U. press release about Nate Silver's appearance is here, where, in anticipation of huge interest in his talk, the release reads towards the end:

"Seating for the Silver event is on a first-come, first-served basis, with limited access to the public. A remote telecast will be available in Umrath Hall Lounge, and it will be live-streamed and broadcast on the campus TV channel."
Of course, hopefully the blue coast east super-snowstorm isn't hopefully going to cause problems for him to travel to STL next week.  

The page from Wash. U.'s Danforth Center on Religion and Politics on Sandra Fluke's appearance is here.  Interestingly, there isn't quite the concern about campus overflow for her talk.  There's also supposed to be "a response from Washington University Vice Provost and William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law, Adrienne D. Davis", where I honestly don't know what this will entail.  For those who want to indulge in mindless speculation, Davis' web page is here.

Nor will I have the chance to find out, which is where the loser aspect comes in for the evening, as applied to self, of course.  I won't be able to hear either of these talks by Silver or Fluke, because I'll be on the road.  So a bunch of other people here will have the chance to absorb possible words of wisdom, or otherwise just bask in political celebrity status, in the company of either or both of these well-known personages.

With that, time for the usual SNLC protocol, namely your loser stories of the week....

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  •  yup, short & sweet, for once (8+ / 0-)

    Surprise, surprise, huh?  (Feel free to adopt Gomer Pyle accent if you wish.)  But given that I only thought of this subject today, there you have it.

    So, from here:  left to go to a locksmith to try to get the glove compartment mess fixed.  Their hours were until 4 PM.  Got there around 3:35 PM, went up to the door, which.....was locked.

    "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

    by chingchongchinaman on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 04:18:54 PM PST

    •  Very sorry!! (3+ / 0-)

      We had 7-8 inches of snow here in the Thumb of Michigan.

      A plow went by several times at five in the morning and it didn't look to hubby as if any had gone by at 8:00 due to the winds.

      All is well with us and a friend in Rhode Island got her lights back after 24 hours so hurrah for that.

      I have another one in Hamden, CT, though and they supposedly got 38 inches!!  Yikes!!!

      Sending many good thoughts that everyone gets their lights back and their roads plowed soon!!!

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      by cfk on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 08:31:14 PM PST

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      •  Yikes, indeed. (3+ / 0-)
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        It looks terrible back East, and I hope everyone stays safe.  I hate snow.

        •  well, snow is cute, though granted...... (0+ / 0-)

          ......it's sometimes more cute when seen from indoors.  When outside, a snow-blanketed landscape can be really nice and pretty.

          "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

          by chingchongchinaman on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 06:00:09 AM PST

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      •  7-8, not too bad, certainly compared to..... (2+ / 0-)
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        ......New England currently.  The snow from last weekend was something like 3 inches, from what some reported.  All gone now, of course.

        "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

        by chingchongchinaman on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 08:59:59 PM PST

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      •  Did you see Bill in Portland's (3+ / 0-)
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        post this a.m., "Do you want to buy a used car?"

        The pic was hysterical: all you could see of the car was a hill of snow.

        We basically got nothing: there was wet snow for a while, but when it ended, the roads were clear, and even most of the sidewalks were good -- once I was three blocks away from work, anyway.  Don't know why, but people over there don't clear their sidewalks, and last night, when the snow ended, it got cold & there were icy patches everywhere -- walked in the street some just to avoid them.

        Until, as I said, I got three blocks away.

        Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

        by Youffraita on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 10:25:41 PM PST

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        •  I am glad you are OK! (2+ / 0-)
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          I just heard that my friend in Hamden has her lights and they are all OK, too.

          Now, to email the one out on the far north shore of Long Island...sigh.

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          by cfk on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 10:51:51 PM PST

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        •  so the 3 blocks from work are..... (1+ / 0-)
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          ......residential or business establishments?  I'm wondering who would feel obliged to shovel the walk in front of a given building there.

          "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

          by chingchongchinaman on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 10:56:12 PM PST

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          •  Mostly residential. (1+ / 0-)
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            Beyond three blocks, you're into mostly businesses.  On my side of town, it's mixed business/residential, but people take more care with salting, for example.  (The irony is, the people who live near work tend to think my neighborhood is worse than theirs.  I disagree: they're both working-class/poor but MY hoodies salt their sidewalks. ;-D)

            In the middle of town, where the little park is, there were some icy spots, but they were easy to avoid.

            Oh, and we're not talking "shovel" for what happened yesterday.  It was all about slush & salt.  If we got 1/2 inch before it stopped I'd be incredibly surprised.  Maybe 1/8 inch, I think.  1/4, tops, and it melted/slushed upon hitting the streets.

            Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

            by Youffraita on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 11:11:47 PM PST

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            •  happily, last weekend, the maintenance staff..... (1+ / 0-)
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              ......were really prompt with snow removal, avoiding the stomped-on snow issue.  Off and on in the past, though, it can be erratic with clearance, in front of my place and others nearby.

              "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

              by chingchongchinaman on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 06:04:56 AM PST

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  •  I worked really hard on a diary (6+ / 0-)

    which got exactly one person to look at it and recommend.  I don't think I have EVER had one so low before.  My membership in the SNLC is assured.  

    The diary is here.  Last week's was really low as well.  I am wondering if anyone is interested in thoughtful diaries by me.  Fluffier tossed-off ones seem to do better.  Sigh.  

    Feeling a bit sorry for myself, I guess.

  •  Loser story of the week...hmm... (2+ / 0-)

    Okay, I've been making alfredo sauce from scratch for decades, from a recipe by Marcella Hazan.  I practically don't have to bother following the recipe anymore: the cooking of it is the important part, and I've got that down the way I have down how to make a roux-based sauce of any type.

    With heavy cream, you don't even need a roux; just cook it down a bit.

    Did I bother to reflect on any of that Wed. night when, faced with heavy cream for the first time in quite a while (I had been looking for half & half to keep it lighter, but inexplicably the Sav-A-Lot that NEVER has heavy cream, only half & half, had -- yes -- the cream but NOT the half & half) so...

    I was juggling a bunch of other things: the pasta, the cauliflower (to make it a "cauliflower cream sauce"), the string beans for extra veggie goodness...and completely forgot to cook down the cream until after I had combined everything.

    Now I'm cooking down the cream with the already-cooked pasta & string beans -- since the cauliflower was supposed to be part of the sauce, I didn't care whether IT was overcooked, but not the pasta!  Horrors!

    The whole thing turned out to be edible -- but it sure could have been more al dente.

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 10:41:09 PM PST

    •  well, edible is half the battle (1+ / 0-)
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      I wouldn't even dare try your recipe, being an extremely minimalist cook.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 10:52:39 PM PST

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      •  It really wasn't all THAT complicated (3+ / 0-)

        For example, those string beans were bought frozen; all I did was cook 'em.

        But what I should have done was: Cook the head of cauliflower, mash it, add the heavy cream, and cook it down together to make the sauce.  (Freshly grated parmesan would put this over the top, btw.)

        Then toss the cooked and drained pasta and cooked and drained string beans in the cauliflower cream sauce.

        Salt and pepper to taste -- although if you're using parmesan you should omit the salt.

        Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

        by Youffraita on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 11:00:42 PM PST

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  •  Late. But here. Two loserly stories. (1+ / 0-)
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    (1). I thought appointment was for Thurs.  @ 4:30 pm. But it was for Fri., which is what my reminder note to self stated.  

    (2). I arrived @ 8 pm during the storm of the century to hear Susanna Phillips' debut recital,  which started at 7:30 pm, as stated on the e-ticket and my calendar. Which is why I concluded she did not perform everything listed on the first half of the program.

    •  found the program..... (1+ / 0-)
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      .....here, looks nice.  SP is set to sing Ellen Orford in the SLSO's concert version of Peter Grimes next year, which the orchestra is scheduled to take to Carnegie on Britten's 100th birthday.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 06:08:06 AM PST

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