59 thoughts on “Picture This: How to fill up an empty room.”

  1. nbc news:

    Michael D. Cohen appears to want the world to know that as former boss Donald Trump is besieged by investigations into Russian influence on the 2016 election and into alleged, pre-election hush payments to women who claimed they’d had affairs with the president, the attorney vows to do what’s right.
    Rev. Al Sharpton appeared Friday on “MSNBC Live with Ali Velshi” and spoke of his morning meeting with Cohen: “He kept saying to me over and over again, ‘Reverend, I’m going to do what’s right for the country, I’m going to do what’s right for my family.'”

    Sharpton said he’s known Cohen as Trump’s right-hand man for nearly 20 years, and that the president’s former personal attorney requested the meeting “several days ago.” The symbolic breaking of bread, Sharpton said, is a signal to Trump as the reverend and the president have previously been adversaries on social justice issues.

    “I think the fact that, Ali, out of all of the people he could have reached out to reaching out to me in and of itself was sending a signal to President Trump and probably to prosecutors…” Sharpton told Velshi.
    “What I sensed from him was that he is really trying to be very clear that he’s independent of Mr. Trump,” Sharpton said. “And that he’s going to tell the truth whatever the truth is.”
    Cohen feels abandoned by Trump, the Reverend added.
    Offered an opportunity to refute or clarify Sharpton’s account, Cohen’s attorney, Lanny J. Davis, said via email, “We respect Rev. Sharpton’s support and encouragement of Michael Cohen to put his family and country first and tell the truth.”



  2. this tweet was also copied in the above nbc story:
    23h23 hours ago


    Michael Cohen Retweeted Reverend Al Sharpton

    I have known Rev for almost 20 years. No one better to talk to!

    Michael Cohen added,

    Reverend Al SharptonVerified account @TheRevAl
    Just spent an hour w/ Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney. I bet you’re wondering what we could be talking about! Stay tuned


    1,119 replies 933 retweets 3,025 likes





  3. something’s up…  1st the rev al and now avenatti?   the twit must be either livid or quaking with fear or both

    business insider:
    Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing porn star Stormy Daniels, has said he would consider representing Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney.
    Cohen, who is often referred to as Trump’s “fixer,” currently faces a federal criminal investigation on a multitude of finance violations.
    “If he was prepared to do the right thing and come clean, and basically turn state’s evidence,” Avenatti told MSNBC host Ari Melber on Friday, “I would absolutely consider it, in an effort to disclose information and bring the truth to the American people.”
    The two attorneys met by “sheer happenstance” at a restaurant in Manhattan on Monday, and “had a chance to converse,” according to Avenatti.
    “We had a … very positive meeting,” he said. “I came away from that meeting very encouraged by ultimately how all of this may work out.”
    Avenatti would not disclose whether he discussed the possibility of representing Cohen during the meeting.
    “You can draw your own conclusions,” Avenatti said.
    But that possible outcome has attracted criticism from some legal malpractice attorneys.
    Representing both Daniels and Cohen may violate California’s rule of professional conduct and poses “a huge conflict” for Avenatti, who is accredited by the California State Bar, according to attorney Mark Wilson of California-based law firm Klein and Wilson.
    “A lawyer cannot represent clients that are in conflict unless he gets a conflict waiver from them,” Wilson said to Business Insider. “He has to tell them the potential consequences down the road, and that they are in full understanding of what they are getting into.”
    “It’s possible he could do it, Wilson added. “But it is, in my opinion, a hopeless conflict of interest, one that most lawyers would never do because you’re risking so much.”

  4. Jamie, thank you.  wonderfully welcome pictures and music to start a beautiful quiet morn after a rather noisy upsetting tornado watchful night.

  5. Rachel Maddow shares breaking news from Vanity Fair that the audio recording of Donald Trump talking with Michael Cohen about payments to Playboy model Karen McDougal, as reported by the New York Times, was designated as privileged by the special master in the case. News of the tape appears to have come from the Trump legal team. Rachel Maddow explains why.

  6. I  may have inadvertently referred to her a time or two as “Bigfoot”…….while we were all hoping that we had designed the shoe shelves were deep enough.

    Once downtown, I built a floor to 10 foot ceiling 4′  wide system of “cubbies”  about a foot square each,  meant to hold several folded sweaters each.  All sweaters.  Floor the ceiling.  Probably 40 cubbies each holding folded sweaters.  By the time I was thru in that house that wall was full of sweaters.  I still don’t get it– that many sweaters.

    Fortunately, my “getting it” is not on my list of requirements.

  7. Flate…….Skil saw and hammer and vice-grips……could never have done it without the vice-grips……

    ever wonder why so many words denoting a “negative” begin with the letter “N” ?

  8. Morning Has Broken……..the Stevens Cat took that one right out of the Baptist Hymnal……..maybe that was before he joined the Islaminatti….

  9. sturge, they weren’t the 1st with that tune according to

    Published on Oct 23, 2012

    BUNESSAN is a Gaelic tune that was first published (melody only) in Lachlan Macbean’s Songs and Hymns of the Gael (1888) as a setting for Mary Macdonald’s carol “Child in the Manger.” The tune is named after Macdonald’s birthplace on the Isle of Mull, Scotland. BUNESSAN is also well known as the setting for Eleanor Farjeon’s “Morning Has Broken” (1931), published in many hymnals and widely popularized by Cat Stevens, who recorded an arrangement of the tune in 1971. (http://www.hymnary.org/tune/bunessan)

  10. Nice cypress slab table………when you make those, or wall clocks, etc, one has to work the slabs hard to keep them from splitting as the moisture leaves the wood……

  11. craig, my porch is my favorite “room” also.  it being a wrap-around with all points of compass views,  each part of the day and every season can be enjoyed comfortably…. and without the need for screens or AC.  no (or at least few) skeeters, gnats and such here in the knobs.  a bat once in awhile though and plenty of fire flies on summer nights.

  12. Sturg, I hope you have the patent on your Stihl Saw with Christmas coming up.

    After the War my dad would take us boys out to the farm to harvest the perfect tree for our living room in town. This was in northeast Ohio. Often there would be snow on the ground….truly festive. Later on we would buy live trees then plant them at the farm after the holidays. Kumcho and I bought an artificial tree while in Korea. That was in ’67 after we adopted the kids. It is still the tree I have in an upstairs closet pre-decorated with ornaments gathered over the years.

  13. Our favorite room(s) have always been our breakfast/sitting rooms. They invariably have wonderful views of critters ranging from manatee to deer to fox to tortoise to eagle to commercial fish harvesters, you name it. And the view is always changing because of the winds and the angle of the Sun. I have walls full of windows that I never open. The air in the house is electronically cleansed and temperature controlled year around. Not to say that I don’t take advantage of the wonderful wood-burning fireplace in the family room. I can see the hearth from where I’m sitting now.

  14. Don’t know if this been put up here or not, but for the viet vets and Robin Williams aficionados Adrian Cronauer has passed.

    “Goooooooooooooood Morning, Viet NAM !”

  15. Sturg, Cronauer and I were there at the same time. I don’t recall ever hearing him. I had the radio in my tent set to Voice of America out of the Philippines. It was more sane without all the military BS. In any case he deserves a true RIP

  16. sturg- Gorgeous woodworking!

    Have you ever made a turquoise inlaid table?

    My favorite rooms are those  facing west at my brother’s place.   Just land, trees, sunset, stars & coyotes.

    Skill saw? It looks like a chain saw & and egg beater had a baby.  Is that a thing, or, did you invent it?


    patD – I guess now we know why Rudy was yaaacking (leaking) the Cohen/McDougal tape.

  17. It is an ash, with maple neck…….I didn’t know that until I belt sanded the finish off of it……barely post CBS…..it was white when I bought 1t new in 71 for 283 American dollars……if you look into the cutaway, you can see what the “white” had become after 30 years in smokey dives and various other venues of ill-repute. That’s when I decided to re-finish it with something really cool and whatnot and the first step was belt sand it down to the wood…..nice and flat no problem…..was going to come back to the cutaway with an inch and a half sanding drum on a drill, but then I got another gig and had to reassemble it and there it sits.

    (For the record , it is neither he nor she, nor does it have a nickname.)

    If it did have a nickname it’d have to be “Lucky” cause it’s damn lucky to still be here..

    Although, were it to suddenly become animate……it might question my definition of “luck”.

  18. Fogarty had been there early on and knew instinctively what to play, and he later musically crossed paths with Cronauer, a DJ who knew exactly what to play……

  19. Out there at Ollie’s Round-up in Denver, we imported Nyman Furr, the Tennessee Fiddler, onto the job……Nyman was a dead ringer for William Lee Golden of the Oak Ridge Boys, as he hadn’t cut hair nor beard since he left Nam…..He had an initial meeting with Archie, the tex maf club owner, who later slides over to me and says, “I like your friend, Niles……he’s got Moxie.”  (Archie had that peculiar Texas trait of Refusing to say anyone’s name right.)

    So  anyway,  Nyman is there playing the bass and then fiddling some…..he used to drive the bandleader crazy because he had no interest in sticking to an arrangement….he played west Tennessee, the band is just supposed to just follow the fiddler when he gets it going, Lake Reelfoot, Rocky Top and all that…..in fact his dad was sherif there and it was the next county over from where Buford Pusser was sheriff and Pusser used to come over there all the time with the missus and eat chicken and all…….so anyway, there’s friction on the stage and most of it centered on Nyman’s lack of interest in adhering to any sort of strict regimen the bandleader thought was warranted.  I had a unique arrangement there, cause for any band leader to get the gig, he had to hire me on the piano.  Me and Archie got along well.

    Nyman usually just had a big laugh for most anything and usually in response to the seemingly constant niggling from the leader Nyman would make some kind of off-the-wall crack and then his infectious laugh and we’d get on with it.    This one night, after a few weeks of this, the leader got a bit of an edge into his criticism, threatening like…..Nyman got this big weird grin on and dead-eyes him and says, ” Have you ever run thru a jungle with SKULLS wrapped around your neck?” No laugh, just weird-grin stare……Leader, of course, changed the subject and called another tune.

    I was 3 feet away and it made the hair on the back of MY neck stand up.

  20. I asked because I’m building up a Strat for LP that’s swamp ash, maple neck and Fender “professional” electronics. It’s about the shade of yours – I used a bit of golden oak stain to darken it and it’s very close to that color. One of these days I’ll start laying the lacquer on it.

  21. The onliest stain on that one is sweat.

    But speaking of ash…..I’ve stained a few things of ash here and there and just always was disappointed with after the stain…..I don’t care for ash colored stuff either, so I’ve. Just avoided using ash for anything…….the lighter stains, like golden oak, were less disappointing to me than the darker, like Jacobean, but still, wasnt what I was after……

  22. I wasn’t going to stain mine…..I was going to opaque finish it with unique art work and whats-nots…….you know……totally mangle the intrinsic financial value of the beast. As long as it plays right, it’s good to go.

    Me and Crop will take it from there……

  23. …appropriately named product, if there ever was one, eh?


    I’ll buy any fancy luthery tools you don’t need when you’re done, pogo.

  24. Strato Various. It’s made of whatever is lying around loose. Kinda like a 1930s Bugatti that way.

    I thought ‘Buggati’ looked kinda weird.

  25. The only known copy of Nyman Furr on YouTube …..it is a copy I made one night on a cheap machine at Marina Bay in Ft Walton Beach, Florida in 1982, where Nyman was king of late nights, always had a band The Little Juice Band..,.. “Cause every now and then everybody needs a little Juice” could work anywhere, was always welcome everywhere with that big laugh and a hip pocket full of cash…..so I recordefd that and once when a veteran of Little Juice came thru town I made him a copy. He put this part of it on YouTube…..rough recording…..he made some 45’s in Nashville but I can’t find them

  26. sturge, your Nyman sounds a bit like walter from the big Lebowski for which the 17th annual fest is being celebrated right now in the ‘ville

    for historians from wiki:

    Lebowski Fest is an annual festival that began in 2002 in Louisville, Kentucky, celebrating the 1998 cult film The Big Lebowski by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. In addition to its home city of Louisville, Lebowski Fest has been held in Milwaukee, New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Austin, Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco, Portland, London, Boston, New Orleans and Pittsburgh.

  27. Flatus-Strad?  From my basement? Long shot. Fender I can handle, real stringed instruments, not so much. Yeah he still likes futbol but hasn’t played in any organized fashion in a couple of years. He says he’s going to look for an adult league team In nyc to play with.

  28. Nyman was a funny guy, not all ate up with it like Walter Sobchak….except for certain circumstances you’d never know he’d been a sojer……..like if somebody was threatening him…..

    He was more like the Dude than Walter, but I have no doubt that he’d actually run thru a jungle with skulls around his neck.

  29. Well I’m cooled off from my yard work for the week. 2-1/2 hours worth of fun. It was only like 95 today.

  30. Right now my favorite room is soggy and the view about one half mile. At East the flash drought is over. And is going to be long gone with the weather forecast.

  31. Thank you, Kat……that put a new motor into my F-150 and a few thousand boot…..love those empty rooms…….

  32. sfgate:

    A 33-foot inflatable “Trump Chicken” will make another appearance in the Bay Area, this time sailing around the San Francisco shore dressed in prison garb on Sunday. The massive chicken, wearing a “Prisoner 45” striped shirt, will be inflated at Crissy Field at noon and then leave for Fisherman’s Wharf, according to The Trump Chicken website. The gold-crested chicken is set to arrive at the Ferry Building about 1:30 p.m., sailing slowly past The Embarcadero, then appear near McCovey Cove about 2:30 p.m. and return to be deflated about 3 p.m. The chicken made its debut in April 2017 at the San Francisco Tax March, organizer Danelle Morton said. Since then, the chicken has popped up around the country in several different sizes. It made an appearance outside the White House in February, and in San Francisco, on Presidents Day weekend, the chicken was sailed around Alcatraz Island. A fundraising site for the chicken had raised more than $500 of a $4,000 goal by Saturday afternoon. The GoFundMe site can be found at: https://www.gofundme.com/speaktruthtopoultry

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