jeudi 16 octobre 2008

A nice looking parrot

By Pistol Tanker Palin

The scratch coat, toujours

I'm still dans les gazes. I did the thing I should never do; I went back to bed at 8 AM after taking the dogs out, and slept until noon. I could have slept all day.

Always a mistake to go back to bed, oh, just for an hour, especially when it is drizzly.

Pots asked me on C.H.A.O.S., the few moments I was able to check in, if I were drunk. I was enjoying typing Musta-something's username,

Fleur_de_Paris: Musta-dfshskkhsf
Fleur_de_Paris: Musta-fashhasanv

It was lovely, just letting the fingers run over the keyboard, in an uncoordinated and carefree fashion...

Fleur_de_Paris: Musta-hfasfhkj
Pots: Are you drunk, Fleur?
Fleur_de_Paris: Just punch-drunk, Pots.

Just punchy in a cloud of barely awakefulness. Never sleep late again, never sleep late again, never sleep late again...

Baccarat started barking at the living room door, "I think the contractor might be here, brb." Five hours later, I still wasn't back. I spent the afternoon bonding with Joaquim. Never will a client and her contractor have spent so much time talking.

David and Stephanie know of what I am speaking. I really do have to try to draw a character portrait of Joaquim one of these days, maybe once Obama has won the election, and we have all settled back into our easy chairs to enjoy peace and prosperity without effort. Right.

He wanted to talk. He is still upset about things with the person who brought him onto our job. It's a bit of a story. I listen. He loves to talk about his work, too, and life. It's quite a metaphysical crew. Is that typically Portuguese? En tout cas, ils sont tous très sympa, tous ceux que j'ai rencontré, surtout si on compte Victor chez Florosny, aussi.

(that was for the French person or two who tries to read the blog)

"Can we have a coffee? Ca ne te gêne pas?" he asked.

"Bien sur. I was about to offer." I still had the bottom of the double espresso I had prepared and forgotten a half hour earlier in my hand. He followed me to the espresso machine. He can almost never stay put, certainly not if I stand up.

"I saw a door you would love," he told me, "in Cergy-Pontoise. I stood in front of it a long time, wishing I had a camera with me. It was the color you like, only it was glossy paint, and it was even better." I let him talk. "I thought that glossy would be too much for that color, but, somehow, it wasn't -- it was, it was still, opaque."

I had just asked Georges the other day to tell Joaquim that I wanted to see the same color in gloss. I have noticed that when I want something, it seems to work itself through his brain and finds a way to become an idea that comes from him. It's okay; he needs to like what he is producing, too. Or, it was a coincidence.

"Did you see that I want to see a sample for the motifs in that color?" He walked towards the door to go look at the paint. I repeated the question, following him.

"Ah! You want to see the chaux in that color, is that it?" Yes.

I walked over to the door and looked at the sample, "Yes. My son came home the other day, saw the latest samples and said, 'That ochre with that color for the half-timber motifs,' and he pointed to the door."

"Which color?"

"That color, Joaquim," I pointed to the door from the first day we began looking at colors, "that one. I know you don't agree, but I see the house with that color, and my son saw it, too, right away. He sees things that way, too." He stood and took a step to stand in front of the samples.

"No --, no," he sucked in a breath, "it's not that I don't agree. It would be more somber -- "

"The ochre is enough for me. I don't mind that somber. It's still rich." And, the flowers and the green of the leaves will add the color in the place of the red of the half-timber banding.

"They aren't so different, really --," he said, begining the work of convincing himself of this idea of mine, "they both have brown in them --," he reached out and touched the chaux sample, "I'll make it for you tomorrow. Could we have that coffee?" He followed me back into the house, and as I got out the sugar, he said, "You draw really well. I like your drawings. Could you maybe take a client and take what they have and work out some ideas for them?"

It went on awhile that question. Joaquim isn't one to minimize his word count.

"Yes, I can." I reached for my book, and that set us off on an afternoon of comparing projects, stories, pride, love of materials and light, appreciation of people who care about their work and who see passing a tip, making a recommendation as a service that will come back one day.

"Sort of like karma," I said.

"No, no -- I believe in Providence," he said. "Do you?"

As for the glassed-in entry, he isn't talking about extra charges, and thinks it should be bigger. I can't make it much bigger, but it's true. I knew that.

"What about the verrière?"Audouin asked this evening. I told him.

"He'd better mention extra charges now so that we don't have a big surprise later." I promised to press the issue, but I also know that Joaquim likes to offer extra things sometimes for his own soul. I think he knows that it really does always come back.

Always, one way or another.

That's what makes life a little more wonderful.

A nice looking parrot

"Not 5% thinks she's good enough to run the United States, and she's running as the partner of a 72-year-old cancer survivor! Bwahahaha!"
-- John Cleese on Sarah Palin


And everyone's talking about

Joe the plumber
with Barack Obama Holland, Ohio

Update: October 17 -- According to the Kos, we're sucker bait. Consider the age factor. Keating's son-in-law was 37 in 1991. Joe the Plumber's father was 83.

Charles Keating's son-in-law's close relative, Joe, the tax evader.

If Steve Schmidt had any hair left, I hear he would have been pulling it out tonight. He reportedly screamed at John’s debate prep team tonight (out of earshot of reporters, of course). “You idiots - he’s related to Charles Keating… of the Keating Five scandal!” They thought they had a real live Joe Six-Pack who’s spurned Barack Obama’s tax plan. But what they forgot to do was check on Joe Wurzelbacher’s background.
-- Martin Eisenstadt's Blog, October 15, 2008

Ok, that's not his fault, and who hasn't owed some taxes? Especially not a guy who doesn't like Social Security and the government acting like his mom and dad.

Take it away, Diane.

Samuel J. Wurzelbacher on "Good Morning America"


Thank you, Iceberg Slim


From the Daily Kos, Thursday, October 16, 2008


Joe the Plumber is on serious McCain talking points, here.


Joe the Plumber, be careful what you wish for. Joe owes back taxes, docket here and more information here.
Questions about Joe being a "valid licensed plumber", here.
Believes Obama's plans are "socialist".
Joe Biden questions the "notion of Joe the Plumber".
'Joe the Plumber' says he has no plumbing license
Toledo Blade, 'Joe the plumber' isn't licensed or registered
Joe in the Spotlight
Plumbers Union, rip 'Joe the Plumber'


Is this true? Along with rumor of family ties, possibly in Alaska? Family money ties? I don't know what it means, but is there a reason to all of a sudden cut off the media per David Shuster, when Joe was supposed to go to NY for interviews? Too close for comfort? Just sayin'......


Update [2008-10-16 18:28:16 by icebergslim]:

Is Joe related to Charles Keating? Of the scandalous Keating 5?


Update [2008-10-16 13:54:13 by icebergslim]:

I have been getting email all morning but this should pique your interest, h/t to uniongal for sending me this:

This was to Tim Burga, AFL-CIO:

Good morning Mr. Burga

I know, you've probably gotten a ton of these inquiries, but I'm hoping, I'm a little different.

I run a union website, am a registered voter and native of Ohio (Ashtabula) and I'd like to know how to find out if Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacker is a member of a pipefitters, steamfitters or plumbers unions. How would I go about that for the Toledo area. I've gotten a couple of the locals numbers, should I just call them?

Thanks so much



Mr. Burga's quote:

You can quote me as saying, "Joe is not a plumber he's a businessman. If we don't elect Barack Obama, the plumbing business and working families dreams will go down the drain."


Any questions, contact me. Totally legit. Oh, the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters already endorsed Obama.


Say it ain't so, Joe!

Looks like Joe the Business gotcha', Diane.

Golly gee whillickers, y'sure coulda' fooled me, too.

How about those Republicans, they certainly put on a good show, don't they? You betcha' they do.


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