Wednesday, 09/09/09, Public Square

27322938-27322939-slargeAccording to Rolling Stone, on September 9, 2009, after a nearly 22-year wait, digitally remastered versions of all of the Beatles studio albums will be released, a press release has confirmed. Each album will feature the track listings and artwork as it was originally released in the U.K. and come with expanded booklets including original and newly written liner notes and rare photos.

How often do you get a date like the one we have today — 09/09/09?  Some math person tell me.

Tonight is the night President Obama speaks to a joint session of Congress and I hope most American citizens.  I think it would great if most Americans were interested enough to actually listen to this speech.

How’s the grand daughter, wicked?



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36 responses to “Wednesday, 09/09/09, Public Square

  1. I found this at wicked’s Facebook page. I don’t know for sure when it was posted (sometime during the night).

    “we`re in kc at mercy. payton took a bad turn. prayers and good thoughts appreciated.”

  2. PrairiePond

    Oh, Fnord. Say it isnt so….

    I’m still hoping for a good outcome.

    Wicked must be beside herself.

    I hope she checks in here for a little love and support.

    Hugs, R.

  3. PrairiePond,

    Everyone asked about you (as always!). Someone asked if you were still working at the newspaper and when I said yes, they then wondered why we don’t get to share your columns?

    If it’s an extra step in your busy world that is already too busy, we accept that. Otherwise, know what a fan base you have here too!

  4. PrairiePond

    Thanks fnord. Mostly I dont post them here because I dont think they are that good. And… they are always the size of war and peace. I’ll post last week’s if someone will tell me how to do the “read more here” thing to shorten them up.

    Thanks for the support though. I didnt write one this week. It’s getting harder to find interesting things to write about.

    • jammer5

      I wouldn’t worry about the “read more”: your posts are always welcome and read like letters from home. Size don’t matter here, content does, and your content is always written well. So, homegirl, send us some letters.

    • I had to have Iggy show me where that ‘read more’ feature is and how it works. Your posts are stock full of interesting words no matter how many you use, just as jammer said! But to be mindful of the shortage of scroll grease and contribute to its conservation, I’ll pass along the lesson Iggy gave me so you can use it at your discretion.

      In the row of little symbols that begins with the “B” for bold — the 4th from the right (between the symbols for spell checking and ‘unlink’) is a picture of a piece of paper in two parts. In your post, put your cursor where you want the “read more” to appear and click on that symbol. Everything in front of that will stay on the front page and everything after will need an extra click to access it.

  5. 6176746f6c6c65

    wicked is now home from KC, per her Facebook page. Payton is doing better, but not yet out of the woods. Adverse reaction to the bypass pump during surgery.

  6. Here’s what she posted for those who haven’t become her friend on Facebook (hint, hint!):

    “During Payton’s heart surgery, a cardiopulmonary bypass pump was used, as it always is for this kind of surgery. About halfway through the operation, Payton began swelling and retaining fluid. They couldn’t stop the surgery, so they continued, even though her reaction was bad. The surgery itself went very well, but edema continued and acidosis set in, while her blood pressure kept dropping. It was touch and go, and at one point, the nurses called for the crash cart. It was after that when my daughter called and told me I needed to come up to Kansas City from Wichita. The staff didn’t know how long Payton would last.

    From the time my daughter called to the time we got there about 12:20 this a.m., over 3 hours had passed. There was very little change. A couple of hours later, the acidosis numbers started to drop, little by little, and eventually they were able to give the epinephrine shots for the blood pressure drops less frequently. When we left about 9 this morning, the acidosis was within an acceptable range and the epinephrine shots had been stopped, leaving only the drip they had been using throughout.

    No one knows why her body reacted to the pump the way it did. Even the surgeon was surprised to see her still there this morning. The surgery was a success. It’s the rest we’re now still praying about. She isn’t out of the woods yet, but she is on a path to recovery and fighting to make it.

    Thank you all for responding so quickly. I’m sure those prayers and good thoughts have helped Payton throughout this and will continue to.”

    She also states, “I’m home and am going to try to grab a few hours of sleep.”

  7. tosmarttobegop

    I often wonder why it is when you are not feeling well and only want to lay about and not move.
    Is the same time you spend thinking of all you need to get done and thinking you should at least try to get something done.

    Seldom does it do any good and ends in being more frustrated then laying around thinking you need to get it done. The simplest things like emptying the trash can, it full and glaringly mocking me. But feeling better today.

    Man I can not get Payton out of my mind, so small, young and having to fight a battle that a grown up should not face. Life is not fair else it would not be called “Life“. Why is that term not associated with good things? Why must it be a explaining of when something is wrong?
    That’s Life!”, almost a giving into that which is wrong to Hell with giving in!

  8. Who owns the Beatle collection these days?

  9. G-stir

    Michael Jackson’s estate?

  10. G-stir

    With Sony , also.

  11. wicked

    I’m here. Had two or three hours sleep and will head over to other grandparents’ house to pick up the 3 grandkids in about half an hour. Poor Mike had them dumped on him yesterday evening and has muddled through while we women were up at the hospital.

    Latest news from my friend who spoke with my daughter not long ago is that they’re giving Payton insulin to counteract all the drugs she’s had. This should help with the edema and bring down the fluid swelling. Blood pressure has evened out and is good. It’s the swelling they need to contend with now, but as others have said, she’s a fighter. Damn right. When I walked into that cubicle early this a.m. and saw her, I told her (not out loud) that she better start getting better before she couldn’t. We weren’t waiting around anymore. It was time to wake up and get better.

    Of course she’s sedated, so waking up isn’t an option, but I think she got the message. 🙂

    6176, thanks for letting everyone know. There wasn’t time to send messages before we left, and even the first Facebook message didn’t go on until sometime this morning. Good thing daughter #3 has internet on her cell phone. 😉

    I’ll try to keep in touch, but I’m going to have my hands full with kids until they’re off to school tomorrow morning. We all need some sleep.

    • I’m going on the axiom I’ve always found true — NO news is good news! Do not worry about letting us know! You’ve got your hands full. Is there anything — I do mean anything — we can do to help? Honestly, if you ask, from this group you shall receive if it’s within our capabilities.

      • wicked

        Daughter just called and things are progressing slowly. Two baby steps forward and one baby step back, but it’s still forward some.

        If I had something someone could do, believe me, I’d ask for help. We’ll try to get back to normal in our household tomorrow and wait for Payton updates as they come in. Nothing right now is normal, but we try to make it as normal as we can. 🙂

        Thanks for offering, fnord. It means a lot.

  12. jammer5

    Awesome speech.

  13. David B

    my synopsis:
    Like your plan, keep your plan
    No dropping insurance if you get sick
    No caps on coverage
    No pre-existing condition denials
    Caps on out of pocket
    Easy choices for new small businesses in Insurance Exchange
    Immediate coverage (as McCain suggested in the campaign)
    Penalties for irresponsible businesses and individuals (coverage required like auto insurance).. Hardship wavers available.

    Bogus claims exposed
    Death panel lie – as he looks right at the Republican side
    No coverage for illegals
    No abortion with tax dollars and conscience laws stay in effect
    Not a takeover
    Choice and competition – virtual monopolies like Alabama’s 95% insurance from one company – make insurance companies accountable = PUBLIC OPTION, self-sufficient
    Republicans, let’s address your legitimate complaints
    No paper-pushers between doctor and patient
    Will not add to deficit
    System is full of waste and abuse – fight that
    No more subsidies to Insurance Companies for Medicare Advantage
    No Medicare cuts – Obama pledges to protect Medicare
    Best practices as now used in many good hospitals
    Sebelius starts now to lower medical lawsuits
    White House door is open to Republicans who want to reform the system – but not to those who want to kill it
    We will call you out on lies
    “healthcare is decisive for our future prosperity”
    Kennedy’s Republican Friends cited
    “We are all in this together” an American characteristic
    Replace gridlock with progress
    God Bless the United States of America

  14. You are good, David! Did you write the speech? As I read your synopsis I realized, yeah, that’s what he said — boiled down to a concise few words!

  15. David B

    I just kept notes during the speech so I could refer to it later.


  16. My reaction to the SC Rep Heckler will be here tomorrow.

    Best wishes, prayers and thoughts for Wicked and her family, tonight…

  17. wicked

    Hey, fnord! Thx for the pic for The Boys aka The Beatles. 🙂 Made me feel young again for a minute. Would I LOVE to have all those remastered albums. Hey, I’d love to have them all even if not remastered. LOL I have the early albums (on vinyl, naturally), while ex had the later ones. I won’t go into the CD war we had over the complete set.

  18. Does anyone know the origin/reason for the Beatle fascination with the number 9? I always thought it was due to some John Lennon hallucinogen use, but this release date, which the MSM commented on, might mean it is something more.

  19. wicked

    I don’t know, iggy, but there are some interesting things about the number 9.

    (Most of this is copy and paste, but some I knew about.)

    1) Multiplying by nine reveals a mirror symmetry among numbers. If any number is multiplied by nine the resulting digits always add to nine.
    9 x 1=9
    9 x 2=18 (1+8=9)
    9 x 3=27 (2+7=9)
    9 x 4=36 (3+6=9)
    The tens column increases by 1, while the ones column decreases. (Thanks to Schoolhouse Rock! Wish I’d known it when I was learning the multiplication tables.)

    But I digress…
    2) Because of the above, the Hebrews referred to nine as the symbol of immutable Truth.

    3) The Ennead, or nine pointed star, is an ancient and sacred symbol. It comprises three trinities. The Egyptian, Celtic, Greek and Christian myths all have an ennead of nine gods and goddesses, representing the entire archetypal range of principles.

    4) The magic square is also considered sacred and full of power in the Islamic, Tibetan, Buddhist, Celtic, Indian and Jewish traditions. A magic square is when each number is used only once, but the horizontal, vertical and diagonal sums are all equal. The Chinese have patterned their architectural temples along the harmonious principles of the magic square.

    4) There are 9 Enneagram Personality types.

    (I’ll keep looking, but this is a start.)

    • wicked

      Sorry, I can’t count. the second 4 should be a 5.

      Iggy, according to Wiki, Paul and George Martin were not involved in the production of Revolution Number 9. It was primarily John, George (Harrison), and Ringo. Yoko Ono helped, too. Remember, they were all into mysticism. (Magical Mystery Tour, anyone?) Didn’t all the Beatles see the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi? Yoko would be the one to ask. Maybe someone will?

      • Isn’t Ringo, Richard, still alive? But, I agree, I think asking Yoko might be more productive

      • wicked

        Yes, Ringo aka Richard Starkey. And SIR Paul McCartney. (It’s a good thing you can’t see the face I’m making. Paul was not my favorite Beatle. 😉 )

      • They were all jerks who behaved badly at times. I did think that Paul had the most natural and extensive talent of them all. As an example for their last album, Paul would piss off Ringo so that he would stomp off from their sets. Paul did the nearly all of the drum work on the last album.

        An excellent biography on the group is called The Love You Make. The title is the last verse of the last song, on their last album.

        Those guys got screwed out of millions and millions of dollars.

      • wicked

        They did get screwed out of millions and millions. When Paul appeared on Letterman a couple of months ago after Michael Jackson’s death, he mentioned that they’d been young and dumb and ripped off by the record companies. So dumb that new contracts never changed from the original. I assumed he meant their share of profits (royalties) never increased from the beginning.

  20. 6176746f6c6c65

    I don’t know if this is relevant, but if the difference in the sum of a column of numbers is off from the “right” sum is a multiple of 9, there is a good chance that a transposition has occurred. Learned this in high school bookkeeping.