Opo Squash

I had never before seen the large bent squash that was for sale today at the Dane County Farmers’ Market.  I am sure it has been around many times but for whatever reason I have always missed it.  Until today.  And since James and I love to try new food, why not!

The opo squash is to be peeled and used much like any other squash.   As it was described to me they are good with butter, salt, and pepper, or in soups.  Others seem to like in salads.  The opo squash has a taste which is very similar to zucchini’s taste, with a firm white center.

Walking around with it at the market made for lots of interesting conversations.  One group of college students wondered “what in heavens”,  and a seven-year-old who was celebrating her birthday thought whatever vine it grew on must he TTTHHHIIISSS big as she spread her arms to show me.  Another lady snapped a picture of me and the squash, asking me to step back twice so the whole vegetable could be seen.

This afternoon I put a tomato near it on our kitchen table as a point of reference.  Without the stem it is 27 inches long.

There are many reasons to love the Farmers’ Market, but getting the chance to try new foods ranks right up there with enjoying the old-fashioned potato buttermilk donuts.  

OK, OK, second to the donuts!!

Acorn Picking Time

How many will fit into my pockets?

Dan Maes, Colorado Teabagger Candidate Proves My Point About Sending Amateurs Into The Arena

Please keep the following in mind as you read this post.

If this is the amateurish type of stuff we get from the teabaggers during a campaign can you image what it will be like if they ever try to govern?

Let me say that nothing Dan Maes, the GOP nominee for Colorado governor, can do will top his statement that a Denver bicycle-sharing program reflected a United Nations agenda and could “threaten our personal freedoms.”  That may be among the ten most stupid comments from this election cycle.

But that biking comment does not stop Maes from trying to do something even more noteworthy.

The latest nugget from his ‘how not to win in November’ campaign is worth some national attention.

Several tea-party leaders across the state have withdrawn their endorsements and urged Mr. Maes to quit the race following a string of stumbles, including his admission to the Denver Post that a dramatic paragraph in his website biography about his experience as an undercover police investigator “might have” been incorrect.

“Might have” been incorrect.  See, right there is the third problem with this whole story.

The first problem is thinking that anyone who is all prickly about the state of the nation has the skills and experiences to be a candidate.  Teabaggers in state after state are showing the nation what the lack of seasoning looks like when it comes to entering politics.  From the ranting and screaming (and let us not forget the spitting on a member of Congress)  to the idea that just anyone can run for high office, makes the whole Tea Party look like the little boy who puts on his dad’s suit and stands in front of the mirror.  One does not just get up in the morning and become a space shuttle pilot anymore than one enters politics at the gubernatorial level.   More and more this year voters are becoming aware again that professional politicians are not a bad thing.  Teabaggers have shown us there are worse things.

The second thing wrong with this story is that no where, no how is it ever a good thing to ‘enhance’ a resume.  Not in the private sector, and for Pete’s-sake NOT when running for public office!

Dan Maes is in more hot water  as we learned “this week when the Denver Post examined a claim on Mr. Maes’s online biography that the Kansas Bureau of Investigation placed him undercover to probe a gambling ring in Liberal, Kan., where he served for two years as a police officer. Mr. Maes wrote that he “got too close to some significant people in the community” and was fired from the police department because of it.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation told the Post it had no record of Mr. Maes working with the agency; the candidate then acknowledged that he might have included “incorrect comments” in his biography.

Which leads to the third problem with this story.  Once caught being stupid, just fess up.  While the teabaggers claim they do not like ‘the way government works’ look at the first thing they do when confronted with something that needs an honest response.  They use less than artful language to try to spin it away.   Teabaggers are acting like the very politicians they seem so angry at. 

The resume “might have” been incorrect.

Yes, it WAS incorrect, as lying on a resume is never correct.

If this is the amateurish type of stuff we get from the teabaggers during a campaign can you image what it will be like if they ever try to govern?

“Gone With The Wind” Actress Cammie King Conlon Dies

“Gone With The Wind” is one of the grand films from the golden era of movie making.  This morning I read that an actress that played one of the small roles in the classic film has passed away.

Cammie King Conlon, the former child actress who portrayed the doomed daughter of Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone With the Wind,” has died at the age of 76.

She died of lung cancer Wednesday morning at her Fort Bragg home on California’s north coast, said friend Bruce Lewis. Her son, Matthew Ned Conlon, was by her side.

Conlon was picked to play the small, but pivotal role of Bonnie Blue Butler in the 1939 Civil War epic at age 4. Her character’s death in a fall from a pony irrevocably damages Rhett and Scarlett’s tumultuous marriage.

“My mother decided she wanted me to have a normal childhood,” she wrote on her blog, which talked about her brief career and a memoir she published last year on her “Gone With the Wind” experience. She often joked with interviewers that she had “peaked at 5.”

Conlon stayed in touch with her “Gone With the Wind” family. On Sunday night, she took a call from Olivia de Havilland, who played Scarlett’s sweet-hearted nemesis Melanie in the film, her son said.

“It’s amazing because she is so much more than Bonnie Blue Butler, but … that is what she is remembered for, and it’s a pretty great thing to be remembered for,” Matthew Conlon said. “Nobody told it better than Mom — when you debut in ‘Gone with the Wind,’ it’s downhill.”

She told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat last year that she had few clear memories of her time on the studio lot that served as the set for the fictional plantation Tara.

One was watching her stunt double for the pony scene, a male dwarf, smoking a cigarette while dressed in a reproduction of her riding habit costume. Another was being scratched by Clark Gable’s mustache in the scene where Rhett Butler hugs and kisses his cherished daughter.

“As the years have gone by, I realize it’s an honor, and it’s so humbling,” she had said. “I had nothing to do with it. I was 5. They said ‘Stand here. Do this.’ And yet it’s resulted in this incredible experience.”

Conlon spent much her adult life gamely reprising her Bonnie Blue days for “Gone With the Wind” enthusiasts. She appeared at parades, retrospectives, museum exhibits and anniversary celebrations for the film in both Georgia, where the movie was set, and in California.

President Bush Gets Blame For Economic Problems, Poll Rightfully Finds

This is not shocking.  After all, President Bush and his policies of improper tax cuts, lax regulations, and a needless Iraq war are the mains reasons for the economic mess we still find ourselves in today.  There is one thing we must give to President Bush.  That is the acknowledgement that when George Bush makes a colossal mess, he does a complete job of it.  The economy is proof of that.

And Americans know it.

From USA Today.

In a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken Friday through Sunday, more than a third of those surveyed said George W. Bush deserved a great deal of the blame for economic woes and a third said he should get a moderate amount of it. Not quite another third called that unfair, saying Bush warranted not much or none of the responsibility.

The 71% saying Bush should get blamed was a modest decline from the 80% who felt that way about a year ago, in July 2009.

What about President Obama?

In the July 2009 poll, a third, 32%, said he should shoulder a great deal or moderate amount of the blame. That percentage has risen — no surprise, given that he’s been in office for 20 months. Now almost half, 48%, do. But 51% say he’s dealing with problems he inherited, not created, saying he deserves not much or none of the responsibility for economic problems that include high unemployment and a faltering housing market

Saturday Song: Bobby Vinton “Roses Are Red”

And then the early version from 1964.