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March 1st, 2011
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  1. JBJingles@Jdizz

    Hmmm, seems our friend Lelo beat you! Oh wait, so did I. :)

    March 8, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  2. Lelo

    Erotikshop mit großer Auswahl von Vibrator und Dildo, Liebespuppen und Analspielzeuge bis stylishe Erotikspielzeuge von LELO

    March 8, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  3. MT Miner

    I think it might be a Moose Drool for dinner tonight, followed by scotch for dessert, what a week its been....... Night all

    March 1, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  4. Queen of Everything

    May I be excused please? The noise of our med-evac helicopter doing touch and go's on the helipad above me is about to drive me insane!!!!

    March 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  5. AleeD

    I know this is a food blog, but SOMEONE has to feed the "bunnies." Thought y'all might find this amusing.

    March 1, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
    • Queen of Everything@AleeD

      I'm betting that's not the only disease floating around that place.

      March 1, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  6. Evil Grin

    I didn't realize today was national pancake day. IHOP is giving out free pancakes until 10 tonight.

    March 1, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  7. Truth

    I am out for the day gang!
    About 65 degrees in the MHC, so i am going fishing. My admin knows where to find me...

    March 1, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  8. Evil Grin

    My five suggestions:

    1. Do you have an eating quirk? (separating your foods, only eating with a spoon, eating at a specific time of day.)
    2. How experimental do you get with food? (From meat and potatoes, to dessert sushi.)
    3. What matters more, look or taste?
    4. Dirty kitchens, what will you tolerate? (when you get a dirty fork or glass, when you see roaches...)
    5. Whose food criticism do you value most? (Mom's, Dad's, Grandma's, Chef's)

    March 1, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
    • AleeD@EG

      4. "... roaches" PLURAL? One wouldn't turn me off. More than one? I'd create a vacuum from leaving so fast.

      March 1, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
      • MicheleG

        VERY well put: "I'd create a vacuum from leaving so fast." LOL!

        March 1, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
    • Cheech McHammerpants

      Mmmm. Roaches.

      March 1, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
    • JBJingles@EG

      OK, I'll play:
      1. No quirk's I can think to mix up my veggies with the mashed potatoes when I have them.
      2. I like to think I will eat most anything "normal", when prepared/presented differently, but as we have posted before, no kangaroo, cats, dogs, horse, etc.
      3. Taste always matters more than looks when it comes to food! Although it could be tough to swallow (pun intended) if something just looked gross.
      4. Dirty Kitchens – YUCK! I can tolerate a dirty fork once in a while, but if the whole place looks dirty or the dishes, I just won't go back.
      5. That's a good one. Probably a toss up between my mom and my daughters, co-workers are a good judge too. Hubs is a no go, because he really does not like most things I make.

      March 8, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  9. RichardHead

    O.K. Here are my top 3 Suggestions for 5@5-still working on 2 more--
    1. You want Flies with that? Best Outdoor Eateries
    2. Is Lip Smacking Appropriate in Public? Best Finger Foods.
    3. That Just Steams My Buns-Best Hot Dogs in The U.S.A.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
    • RichardHead

      Last two-
      4. You Can't Beat Our Meat–Best Butcher Shops.
      5. Makin' Bacon-Best Pork Restaurants

      March 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
      • Chicago Lady

        Sign me up for some pork!

        March 1, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
    • Truth

      We have a place in Denver called My Big Fat Greek Cafe...

      March 1, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  10. wendy

    good afternoon everyone! this day is crawling by...and my walk at lunchtime didnt make it any better! now i'm just jonesing to go back outside in the sunshine! it didnt help that my mother started texting me pics at 630 this morning of her cruise to the Bahamas... she's lucky she's my mother!

    March 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  11. RichardHead

    Did I sleep through Lunchtime Poll or am I now on East Coast time?

    March 1, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • Evil Grin

      The lunchtime polls have been hit or miss lately. Maybe they are out of ideas. I think we should start suggesting topics and see if they pick one for a lunchtime poll sometime.

      March 1, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
      • Tazer@EG

        Hear hear! Now that would be fun.

        March 1, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
      • RichardHead@EG

        I concur. How about "Best Choke and Puke in The U.S.A."?

        March 1, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
      • The Witty One@RH

        Is that some kinky sex shop?

        March 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
      • Evil Grin

        5@5, anyone? Post your top five (usable, RH) suggestions for a lunchtime poll for Kat and SLT.

        March 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
      • AleeD

        1 Under what circumstances would you eat lunch with Charlie Sheen? (Sorry, I couldn't resist) ;)
        2 Knowing it wasn't yours, have you ever eaten someone else's lunch while at work?
        3 Have you ever vacationed somewhere specifically because of the food?
        4 [Eww!] Have you ever eaten off someone else's plate without their permission? C'mon, be honest .....
        5 Tying into the G-free diet posting: what diet are you on right now / what diet would you be willing to try / would you ever go on a this-or-that-free diet? [Something along that vein]

        March 1, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  12. Jdizzle McHammerpants

    Was just reminded of this great love poem/song. Haven't heard it in a while. Anyone else dig this epic live sing?

    March 1, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants

      *epic love song. Dumb autocorrect.

      March 1, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants

        I dedicate this song to RH when he wakes.


        March 1, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
      • RichardHead@Jdizz

        Shhhhh...I'm sleep dancing.

        March 1, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants

        ah HA!

        March 1, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
    • Truth@JDizz

      I laughed, I cried, it became a part of me...

      March 1, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  13. The Witty One@All

    How's it hanging el chumarinos/flamenons/klatschers?

    March 1, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Jerv@2

      Where you been 2?

      March 1, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
      • The Witty One@Jerv

        At client sites all day, school at night, partying on the weekends.

        March 1, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
      • The Witty One@Jerv

        I tried to take up a new profession as a person who helps prep people for interviews but that was a miserable fail after good ol' Chuck.

        March 1, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • MicheleG

      In my personal case, gravity is WAY too effective.

      March 1, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
      • The Witty One@MicheleG

        That sucks....or does it?!?!

        March 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
      • MicheleG


        March 1, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • RichardHead@TWO

      Mines hangin' low and to the left. What's up and where ya been?

      March 1, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
      • The Witty One@RH

        Maybe I shouldn't have asked :)

        How's WD doing? Give her a snack from me!

        March 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
      • RichardHead@Jdizz

        WD is doing fine and left her mark in all four corners of this Truck Stop. Hope the other dogs don't follow me to Florida.

        March 1, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
      • RichardHead@TWO

        Sorry, still asleep. That was meant for TWO.

        March 1, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
      • The Witty One@RH

        Nice! I try to do the same when I go to truck stops :)

        March 1, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  14. Jdizzle McHammerpants

    Pretty sure I just found the weakest microwave on the planet. Bank records $3.5 billion in profits last quarter and I can barely heat my soup in the breakroom. Stupid banks. Couldn't afford one cause we paid our CEO $140 million last year. Pffft.


    March 1, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • The Witty One@Jdizz

      You should just light a fire in your trashcan and heat it over the flames....that would show them!

      March 1, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • Chicago Lady

      I think we may have the same employer. We have to buy our own microwave oven. When it broke, another collection to buy one. Sad when the bank made soooooo much $.

      March 1, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • Tazer@JDizz

      Ours sucks, too.

      March 1, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  15. SeaBee

    Good Morning, everyone! It's a bit cool, here, this morning, and glad to hear that it sounds like the rest of you are finally digging out from winter!
    Woke up with a lovely scratchy throat and now I'm sucking down Hall's lozenges like they're going out of style. Yippee! A big thank you to my boss for not staying home when she was ill. Grr....

    March 1, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
    • Tazer

      Stab her with a spork.

      March 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
      • The Witty One@Tazer!

        Tazer Tazer Tazer....that's not nice!

        March 1, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
      • Tazer@WIT!

        I know. I tend to be mean-spirited on Tuesdays. ;)

        March 1, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
      • The Witty One@Tazer!

        I was just thinking that you can't do much damage with a spork! At least use chopsticks...

        March 1, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
      • Tazer@WIT!

        It wouldn't feel good, though, and I don't think one would get in much trouble for assault with a spork.

        March 1, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
      • The Witty One@Tazer!

        And at a bare minimum you would make the news.

        March 1, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
      • Tazer@WIT!

        And it would make a funny YouTube video too.

        March 1, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
      • SeaBee@Taze & Witty

        Lead me not into temptation........

        March 1, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
      • The Witty One@SeaBee

        And deliver you to evil?

        Or something like that.

        March 1, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
      • Tazer@Seabee and Wit!

        Good one Wit.

        Do it.... do it.... I'm tempted to join the bandwagon.

        March 1, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  16. JainaJade@All

    Not my thing but very interesting...

    March 1, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
    • Jerv@JJ

      I'd like to give this a whirl.

      March 1, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
    • SeaBee@JJ

      I think I may have convinced a co-worker to attempt the bacon eating competition. Sounds like a cholesterol nightmare...

      March 1, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • The Witty One


      March 1, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  17. Jdizzle McHammerpants

    For the longest time people said I looked like Charlie Sheen. The last few years, though, have been pretty tough on his appearance. We are brothers no more. I sympathize with the dude's issues. Addiction is a bitch.

    March 1, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • Truth@JDizz

      I concur...If you look at his words and actions, the steps seem appropriate. He takes no responsibility, has made not even an attempt at amends, and seems to have no plans to stop. My guess is that this train will crash and right soon.

      March 1, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  18. Evil Grin

    Anybody have any good recipes or ideas on what to do with fresh beets?

    March 1, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
    • JainaJade@EG
      Enjoy! I normally serve this with my tin-foil Salmon :-D

      March 1, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
    • JainaJade@Evil Grin

      I use this one A LOT:
      Enjoy! I normally serve this with my tin-foil Salmon :-D

      *this might post twice and if it does I'm sorry

      March 1, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants

      Destroy Them. Uck. Beets.

      March 1, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
      • Queen of Everything@JDizz

        I second the destruction of the beets. What a vile little vegetable!

        March 1, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
      • JainaJade@QOE

        they aren't totally evil..unless they are pickled, then they must be destroyed. However a roasted beet with a nice garlic onion sauce is very yummy, or used in a smoothie to add some extra vitamins. Once they are pickled over

        March 1, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
      • MicheleG

        yes, beets are, um.....odd.

        March 1, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • Truth@EGrin

      Composting them is an excellent way to go...

      March 1, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • SeaBee@EG

      I love beets roasted in the oven... Take trimmed beets place in a roasting pan, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper, cover with foil and roast at 400 until tender. Let cool slightly, remove skin, slice and eat.
      (Just don't eat too many red beets at once... Speaking from personal experience, here.)

      March 1, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
      • Jerv@SeaBee

        Why? Do they give you the green apple splatters??

        March 1, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
      • SeaBee@Jerv

        Eh, no... Lets just say it will have you seeing red if you use a urinal. It was a bit of a shock.

        March 1, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
      • Jerv@SB

        Now see, if EG does cook them and like them I'm going to try them just for that experience alone.

        March 1, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants

        I like when my pee smells of fresh veggies, particularly asparagus.

        March 1, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
      • Mr. Potatohead@Jdizz

        You told me you liked it when is smells of fresh O-RAY-GA-KNOW?

        March 1, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants

        Never eaten it, coudn't tell you. Hurts too good to do anything but smoke it.

        March 1, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
    • Evil Grin

      I've actually never eaten fresh beets, only the pickled kind, which I hate. The evil roommate decided on a whim to try vegetarianism. Although I believe this to be a short lived venture, in a spirit of generosity, I had the minions pick up more than the usual fresh vegetables on a grocery run so that the evil roommate could make any number of dishes. One of the things they picked up was beets. The only problem is that since the purchase, the evil roommate has been away, leaving the whole lot of vegetables to me.

      I can do a lot with the other vegetables, but I'm at a real loss as to what to do with the beets.

      March 1, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
      • Jerv@EG

        JJ and SBs roasting suggestions sound pretty good. If you do cook them let us know how they turned out?

        March 1, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
      • SeaBee@EG

        I also just recently had a delightful salad of diced steamed beets, asian pear, toasted pecans and goat cheese with a maple soy dressing. Props to my aunt for putting it together. It was amazing.

        March 1, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
      • Evil Grin

        Think I will try the roasting suggestions. Maybe once I try it roasted it will give me ideas for other things.

        Do beets go well with eggplant? Another vegetable I have a lot of.

        March 1, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
      • SeaBee@EG

        Sorry to disappoint, but, no, as a general rule, you do not want to eat beets and eggplant together.

        March 1, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
      • Evil Grin

        Is it that the flavors clash, or is it toxic?

        Evil spark begins to gleam in eyes

        March 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants

        Settle down, Plankton.

        March 1, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  19. MicheleG

    I'm eager for the right place to add "Don't forget to miss this one!" Where? Where? When? I want to skewer somebody with it......

    March 1, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • Truth@MicheleG

      "President Obama will be giving a televised speech from the White House today..."

      March 1, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants

        I want George back. I miss all the laughs when C-SPAN used to be like Comedy Central (RIP 2000-2008)

        March 1, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  20. Queen of Everything

    I would like to go on record as stating that Moammar Gadhafi has the worst fashion sense in the world. Not to mention an appalling lack of self-awareness. "My people love me", no they don't. Oh yeah, he's also got the whole heinous dictator thing going for him too.

    March 1, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
    • MicheleG

      Utterly and totally agree with your astute perception and cogent observation.

      March 1, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
    • Jerv@Q

      He makes Charlie Sheen look like childs play.

      March 1, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
      • MicheleG

        By real comparison Charlie Sheen IS child's play. Kadaffy-Duck has real bullets. Be thankful Charlie doesn't.

        March 1, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
      • Queen of Everything@Jerv

        His Sheen-esque ramblings sure are entertaining. I would like to know what happened to his face though. He looks like he paid a visit to Mickey Rourke's plastic surgeon.

        March 1, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
      • Jerv@Kwenie

        I know I was thinking the same thing yesterday. I guess all that partying, drinking, snorting and god knows what else he was doing really did a number on his skin.

        March 1, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
    • Truth@Queen

      I concur. He is the ultimate liberal stooge.

      March 1, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • Butthead

      Heh-heh-heh. She said dic ....tater.

      March 1, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
      • Beavis


        March 1, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
  21. MicheleG

    Howdy ho Chum-Klatchies. How's our how-goes-it curve? (Glad you can't hear my voice. My cold makes me sound like Gravel Gertie.)

    March 1, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
  22. Jerv@ALL

    It will be interesting to see if any of y'all respond to Rick McDaniel on the gluten thread, especially Evil Grin.

    March 1, 2011 at 11:38 am |
    • Truth@Jerv

      I just weighed in. Let the fun begin!

      March 1, 2011 at 11:48 am |
      • AleeD@Truth

        Would Rick-ee-boy be one of those infamous trolls you've described?

        March 1, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
      • Truth@AleeD

        No, he seems more like a self-righteous jerk. Trolls just like to bait people by threats, namecalling and the like.

        March 1, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
  23. DJChilllyPhil

    Hello Klatsch-kies! I'm a bit late, but it's ok since I have the privelege to be sitting at my brother's desk for the next few days while he's doing some HAZMAT training sessions. His desk is so much cooler than mine...

    Anyway, what's up?

    March 1, 2011 at 11:24 am |
    • Queen of Everything@DJCP

      Do you get to assume his identity too?

      March 1, 2011 at 11:32 am |
      • Jerv@Q

        Yeah especially if DJC gets his pay and perks.

        March 1, 2011 at 11:33 am |
    • Truth@DJPhil

      You work with family? Wow...that is usually a recipe for disaster. Glad to see you making it work.

      March 1, 2011 at 11:32 am |
      • DJChilllyPhil@Truth, Queenie

        While it would be very easy for me to do, I don't assume his identity. That would mean getting his workload as well and that isn't good!

        Yeah, we're mostly family down here, but we make it work out. Can't say the same with some other businesses in the family...

        March 1, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
  24. Evil Grin

    Hola mis chums. Anyone looking forward to the impending spring?

    March 1, 2011 at 11:06 am |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants

      Yes. Spring = Golf

      March 1, 2011 at 11:09 am |
      • Evil Grin

        That it does, although I am not much of a golf fan. I do hope we have a cool, windy spring, though. My favorite kind.

        March 1, 2011 at 11:17 am |
    • AleeD@EG

      Spring is alot like Fall here: two weeks of fog, then the temperatures change.

      God, I Love the Tropix! 'Cept for those winds NOAA gives names to. Those bite big, green, donkey .....

      March 1, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
    • JainaJade@EG

      Spring is awesome because that means Summer is right around the corner. Hello skirts and dresses!!!

      March 1, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants

        One of my favorite parts of summer. Girl Skin.

        March 1, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  25. AleeD

    Time for lunch! Does anyone want me to bring anything back from the Cafe du Health? ;)

    March 1, 2011 at 11:06 am |
    • Jerv@Alee

      Veggie greek wrap with humus and falafal.

      March 1, 2011 at 11:29 am |
    • AleeD@Jerv

      Here ya go – iwth my compliments! Oh, I thru in a 2oz shot of wheatgrass for you – 'cuz you're such a nice guy. Enjoy whilst I go explore the gluten-free thread .... BBS.

      March 1, 2011 at 11:51 am |
      • Jerv@AleeD

        Cool thanks. (You apparently don't know Peewee yet.)

        March 1, 2011 at 11:56 am |
      • AleeD@Jerv

        ;) I do NOT know Peewee. Maybe you could introduce me.

        March 1, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
      • Jerv@AleeD

        Just the on going joke that my dirty old man alter internet ego is Peewee Herman. If I say something off color it gets blamed on him. Harmless fun.

        March 1, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
      • AleeD@Jerv

        ROFLMAO!!! All this time I thought he was your dog, like Rich's WD!!!!! Yokes on me!!! :)

        March 1, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
      • Jerv@AleeD

        LMAO! Hahaha! Too funny. My dog is a little female jack russell. Too funny!

        March 1, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
  26. Tazer

    Mornin' friends! At the autobody shop right now dropping off Baby Red to get her door fixed. Crossing my fingers I get a Camaro for the rental car haha yeah fat luck with that, right? Oh well.

    March 1, 2011 at 11:06 am |
  27. Queen of Everything

    I hate mortality reviews *pounds head on desk*

    March 1, 2011 at 11:05 am |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants

      Review this
      (part of a webpage, but check out the image. Tried to design my debit card with it, but the bank does not appreciate hunting):

      March 1, 2011 at 11:08 am |
      • Queen of Everything@Jdizz

        1. Thank you for not Rick Rolling me.
        2. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! That's hilarious!

        March 1, 2011 at 11:28 am |
      • AleeD@JDizz

        LOL!!!! That was great! Some people have NO sense of humor!

        March 1, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  28. Queen of Everything

    It's mortality review day! The most depressing day of my week. It makes me feel cantankerous (WOD).

    March 1, 2011 at 11:02 am |
  29. Jerv@WOD

    My cantankerous (WOD) little dog likes to stay just out of hands reach when she is not inclined to come in out of the rain and mud.

    March 1, 2011 at 11:01 am |
  30. Truth@WOD

    This is the kind of day I am having...
    can·tan·ker·ous   /kænˈtæŋkərəs/ Show Spelled
    [kan-tang-ker-uhs] Show IPA

    disagreeable to deal with; contentious; peevish: a cantankerous, argumentative man.
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    1765–75; perhaps variant of earlier *contenkerous, reflecting contentious, rancorous

    —Related forms
    can·tan·ker·ous·ly, adverb
    can·tan·ker·ous·ness, noun Unabridged
    Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2011

    March 1, 2011 at 10:42 am |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants

      All of this for the WOD (bottom):

      Commander Katherine Pulaski, MD, was chief medical officer aboard the USS Enterprise-D in 2365 while Dr. Beverly Crusher was serving as head of Starfleet Medical.

      Pulaski was part of the rescue team responding to a Tholian attack on a Federation starbase in 2353. There was only one survivor, Kyle Riker, and it was at this time the two met. (TNG: "The Icarus Factor")

      Prior to her posting to the Enterprise, Pulaski served as chief medical officer on the USS Repulse under the command of Captain Taggert.

      Like her predecessor eighty years before, Dr. Leonard McCoy, Dr. Pulaski had a transporter phobia. She rarely used the transporter while posted to that vessel, preferring to use shuttlecraft whenever possible.

      Taggert was fond of Pulaski, and said he would have given her a personal shuttlecraft if she had agreed to remain aboard the Repulse. (TNG: "The Child", "Unnatural Selection", "Shades of Gray")

      By 2365, when she transferred to the Enterprise, Pulaski carried the rank of commander. Unlike Dr. Crusher, however, she was not considered a bridge officer. (TNG: "Where Silence Has Lease")

      Pulaski joined Commander Data and Lieutenant La Forge on a holodeck simulation of a Sherlock Holmes mystery. La Forge had unwittingly given the simulated Professor James Moriarty, Holmes's arch-nemesis, sentience by giving the computer the directive to create an adversary which could defeat Data, not Holmes. Moriarty took control of the program and abducted Pulaski. She was held captive but unharmed until Captain Picard was able to convince Moriarty to release control of the holodeck. (TNG: "Elementary, Dear Data")

      The Enterprise was sent to investigate the disappearance of the USS Lantree and discovered that the entire crew had died as a result of premature aging. The Enterprise backtracked the Lantree's course and ended up at the Darwin Genetic Research Station on Gagarin IV. The scientists on the station, led by Dr. Sara Kingsley, were attempting to genetically engineer several children and accidentally caused their antibodies to become overzealous. The antibodies were designed to seek and destroy harmful organisms before they entered the bodies of the children. The Lantree first officer had been treated for the Thelusian flu prior to visiting Darwin Station, which triggered the immune systems of the children. The antibodies mutated and became airborne, attacking the Lantree crew as well as the scientists on the station. Dr. Kingsley was adamant that the children could not be carriers of the disease, given their isolation since the infection, plus the fact they have shown no signs. She pleaded with Dr. Pulaski to examine one of the children to rule out the possibility. Pulaski eventually convinced Captain Picard to let her beam one of the youths, encased in styrolite, aboard for examination. She was not content with scans of the child in stasis, and later had Commander Data take her and the teenager onto a shuttlecraft for revival in order to avoid risk to the Enterprise. Unfortunately, the children were indeed the source of the disease, and Pulaski was infected once the youth was removed from the styrolite. She and Data returned to the surface of Gagarin IV, where she worked to find a cure. Fortunately, a cure was devised by Picard and Data, with the help of Commander Riker, La Forge, and Chief O'Brien involving the transporter. Her DNA from before she was infected was obtained from a strand of hair, and it was used to instruct the biofilter on what elements were part of her normal genetic structure. The procedure was perilous; if the disease could not be removed via transporter, Pulaski's pattern would have been dispersed in space to prevent contamination of the Enterprise crew. The procedure was ultimately successful, and used to treat the station staff. (TNG: "Unnatural Selection")

      While visiting the Mariposan colony in 2365, Pulaski, along with Commander Riker, was briefly abducted. The Mariposans took epithelial cells from both, intending to use them to preserve their colony which was being affected by replicative fading. Once she and Riker learned of this, they returned to the planet and destroyed the two clones. (TNG: "Up The Long Ladder")

      Dr. Beverly Crusher decided to return to the Enterprise in 2366. Pulaski transferred off the ship sometime prior to Crusher's return. (TNG: "Evolution")

      Early in her career, Pulaski authored a groundbreaking research paper called "Linear Models of Viral Propagation". It was still the standard on the subject many years later. (TNG: "Unnatural Selection")

      She also performed two successful operations involving the ocular implants. She offered the procedure to Lieutenant Geordi La Forge in 2365, although he turned down the opportunity. (TNG: "Loud As A Whisper")
      Despite this, La Forge had undertaken the surgery by the time of Star Trek: First Contact.

      She had an expertise in heart surgery, and when Picard initially tried to refuse her medical order to proceed to Starbase 515 for a cardiac replacement surgery, she said then that her and her staff would be able to perform the surgery on Enterprise. He refused because of his pride, saying it would be inappropriate for Pulaski to do so. Picard eventually did accompany Wesley Crusher to the starbase (Wesley was going to undergo testing to see if he could continue his Starfleet Academy studies aboard Enterprise), but when complications developed that put his life in jeopardy, the surgeons, who were unqualified to perform risky techniques that might save Picard's life, called for Katherine Pulaski, who was so qualified. When Picard awoke to see Pulaski in the OR, he was annoyed that she was there. When she says she was saving his life, he says that this was a routine operation but Pulaski says Picard is not a commonplace man and despite the fact that the entire crew now knows of what's happened, Pulaski tells Picard that he's still invincible in their eyes.(TNG: "Samaritan Snare")

      Dr. Pulaski pioneered a technique used to selectively wipe memory engrams from humanoid species, one that Dr. Beverly Crusher was familiar with. (TNG: "Pen Pals", "Who Watches The Watchers")

      Pulaski believed that traditional remedies were just as valuable as technological ones, perhaps even more so. When the Enterprise was affected by an Iconian software transmission, she instructed her staff to use splints and other primitive treatments while most of the ship's systems were down. (TNG: "Contagion") She also had her own blend of chicken soup, called PCS (Pulaski's chicken soup), which she prescribed to those with ailments such as the flu. (TNG: "The Icarus Factor")

      In an alternate timeline, by 2404, Pulaski was working at Starfleet Medical. (VOY: "Endgame")
      The name "Dr. Pulaski" was heard, although barely audible, being paged at Starfleet Medical.

      Pulaski entered a romantic relationship with Kyle Riker during his convalescence in 2353. She later recalled that she would have married him "in a cold minute", but quickly realized that his priorities were elsewhere and she would not have a stable place in his life. She did not hold this fact against him, though, and they remained amicable. Pulaski never mentioned this to his son Will Riker until Kyle came aboard the Enterprise in 2365 to brief Will on his promotion to captain of the USS Aries, a position Will later turned down.

      After she and Kyle parted ways, Pulaski had been married and divorced three times. Like with Kyle, she remained good friends with all three men. (TNG: "The Icarus Factor")

      Pulaski and Jean-Luc Picard butted heads over a number of issues during her year aboard the ship. Picard was somewhat offended that her first destination upon boarding the ship was Ten Forward. (TNG: "The Child") Pulaski was also upset that the Enterprise was going to do nothing to help the dying civilization on Drema IV. (TNG: "Pen Pals")

      He also argued with her over the surgery needed to replace his cardiac implant. Dr. Pulaski believed she could perform the surgery on the Enterprise, but Picard felt it would be inappropriate and a sign of weakness in front of the crew. She gave him the option of going to Starbase 515, which he did. He nearly died on the operating table from complications, but the Enterprise rushed to the starbase and Pulaski transported down to complete the surgery. Her expertise saved Picard's life. (TNG: "Samaritan Snare")

      Despite these conflicts, Pulaski had a deep respect for the captain. She admired him for some time prior to her assignment to the Enterprise, and jumped at the chance to transfer when the position became available. Picard did not learn of this until he spoke with Captain Taggert while Pulaski was affected by the virus on Gagarin IV. (TNG: "Unnatural Selection")

      Because of her discomfort with technology, Pulaski was not very kind towards Lieutenant Commander Data when she first boarded the ship. She saw him as no more than a machine, pronouncing his name "DAT-a" rather than "DAY-ta", and did not understand that, as Data pointed out, "One is my name. The other is not." She was also confused when Counselor Troi decided to have Data with her during the delivery of her son, believing that the touch of a Human hand was better than that of an artificial lifeform. (TNG: "The Child") She would also condescending towards Data and often spoke to him through other crewmembers. (TNG: "Where Silence Has Lease") She believed that Data's methodical way of looking at situations meant that he could never solve a traditional Sherlock Holmes mystery, which led to the creation of the program which brought about the sentient Professor Moriarty. (TNG: "Elementary, Dear Data")

      Later during the year, however, she began to value Data and look upon him as an equal and as a sentient individual. The major turning point was during the crisis surrounding the Darwin Station children. Data stayed to support Pulaski for a long period of time after she had become infected, something for which she was very grateful. (TNG: "Unnatural Selection") Pulaski even challenged master Zakdorn strategist Sirna Kolrami to a game of Strategema, believing that Data could win. When Data was unsuccessful, he interpreted it as a possible weakness and relieved himself of duty. Dr. Pulaski tried to encourage Data to return to duty, and make him realize that one letdown doesn't necessarily mean total failure, however she was unsuccessful. Finally Captain Picard told Data that a loss can be had with no mistakes made and convinced him to return to duty. Data later forced Kolrami to a stalemate, much to Kolrami's chagrin. (TNG: "Peak Performance")

      Klingon culture held a certain fascination for Pulaski. When Lieutenant Worf was diagnosed with the Klingon equivalent of measles, Pulaski vowed that she would tell no one in order to spare Worf's pride. Worf, who later expressed disdain for any kind of doctors due to his Klingon heritage, considered that a friendly gesture on her part, an honorable act that won his friendship. In order to thank her, Worf had her partake in the Klingon tea ceremony. Pulaski had the presence of mind to give herself an antidote for a substance in the tea lethal to Humans. (TNG: "Up The Long Ladder")

      She did not find all parts of Klingon culture particularly appealing, however. She was not very interested in sampling Klingon cuisine (TNG: "A Matter Of Honor") and found the Second Rite of Ascension to be somewhat barbaric. Nevertheless, she honored Worf by her presence, proving her friendship to him. (TNG: "The Icarus Factor")

      Pulaski was also an accomplished poker player, and joined the Enterprise crew for several poker games. She used to make fun of Worf, because of his icy look during the game. (TNG: "The Measure Of A Man")

      * Pulaski first appeared in TNG: "The Child", the first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation's second season. Her final appearance was in TNG: "Shades of Gray", and beyond brief references in TNG: "Who Watches The Watchers", TNG: "Ship in a Bottle" and VOY: "Endgame", she was never heard from again, although she made several appearances in novels. She was not present in the episodes "The Outrageous Okona" or "Q Who".
      * Gene Roddenberry loosely patterned Pulaski after Dr. McCoy. They most notably share a phobia of the transporter. Likewise, Pulaski's relationship with Data mirrors McCoy's relationship with Spock.
      * Pulaski wears a kind of "skant" variation of the Starfleet uniform, with slacks. However, in cast photos for the second season, Diana Muldaur wears the standard Starfleet uniform (as does the Pulaski action figure by Playmates).
      * Pulaski is the only regular cast member of a post-TOS Star Trek series to be played by an actress that also appeared in the original series. Diana Muldaur appeared in the TOS episodes "Return to Tomorrow" and "Is There in Truth No Beauty?". Despite being a series regular for the year, Muldaur declined to appear in the opening credit sequence, and instead received billing as a Special Guest Star for each episode in which she appeared. (Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion)


      * Pulaski appears in Peter David's book Vendetta, having returned to the Repulse after her stint aboard the Enterprise.
      * In the novel A Time for War, A Time for Peace, when the Enterprise returns to Earth and everyone gathers for Riker and Troi's wedding, Pulaski was among the many who came to the wedding and because Beverly Crusher was leaving the Enterprise to head Starfleet Medical again, Picard, referring to Pulaski, remarked that he was given a "stubborn, acerbic, cantankerous (WOD) replacement who I firmly believed was sent specifically to drive me mad." And Picard then said he would love to have her back if she were interested. However Pulaski turned Picard down, saying her days of starship medicine were behind her.

      March 1, 2011 at 11:05 am |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants

        Holy s*%$ that was long. My bad.

        March 1, 2011 at 11:05 am |
      • Jerv@Jdizz

        Holy Chinese wall of fraking text! LOL! I'll print this one and read at home.

        March 1, 2011 at 11:26 am |
  31. Guinn

    Good morning! Definitely should have stayed in bed this morning...that goes for everyone in my office. Half the people were late b/c of a fatal accident on the interstate. One woman's son was hit by a car, and she happened to be driving by and saw it happen. He's fine, but scary stuff! Hubby and I hit a patch of ice (not sure where that came from) and nearly skidded into a pole on our way in... I think it needs to be a jammie day for sure! How's everyone else?

    March 1, 2011 at 10:37 am |
  32. MT Miner

    Mornin all, warming up in MT, the white stuff is melting.

    March 1, 2011 at 10:05 am |
    • AleeD@MTM

      LOL & congrats on the melting white stuff! Ironically, I'm in the process of acquiring parts from work to get our A/C fixed! LOL. February was one hot, dry month – and March isn't looking any different so far!

      March 1, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  33. Jdizzle McHammerpants

    Wearing a $25 t-shirt today. Never spent more than a few bucks on one. It's a dang t-shirt. GF got me this one. Fits nice! I look like I may actually go to the gym. Afraid to wear $30 felt boxers now, not sure how that would help me function all day.

    March 1, 2011 at 9:25 am |
    • Sir Biddle@JDizz

      Steer clear of chinchilla shorts as you'll get nothing done all day.

      March 1, 2011 at 9:28 am |
    • AleeD@Sir B & JDizz

      LOL!!! Depends on whether you wear them inside out or not. ;)

      March 1, 2011 at 9:59 am |
  34. Sir Biddle@Queen

    Ads are based on where your IP address is located so you get local stuff sent to you likely.

    March 1, 2011 at 9:22 am |
    • Queen of Everything@SirB

      Ahhhh, I see. I've always joked that they were trying to take over the world and I thought it might be coming true.

      March 1, 2011 at 9:33 am |
      • Sir Biddle@Queen

        Its already come true honey. Sometimes ignorance is bliss.

        March 1, 2011 at 9:53 am |
      • Queen of Everything@Sir B

        Then I must be one very blissful person!

        March 1, 2011 at 11:06 am |
      • Sir Biddle@Queen


        March 1, 2011 at 11:14 am |
  35. Truth@Queen

    No, I eitehr get the CNN IPad App ad, or the T-Mobile girl (yum!)

    March 1, 2011 at 9:13 am |
    • MT Miner

      Gotta luv the Tmobile gal

      March 1, 2011 at 10:04 am |
  36. Queen of Everything@All

    Am I the only one who keeps getting the Indiana University Health ad in the top right side of the page?

    March 1, 2011 at 9:03 am |
    • Sir Biddle@Queen

      CNN sends you local ads based on where they ping your IP address. Your in Indiana, so you'll get mostly Indiana stuff. Kind of scary advertising abilities.

      March 1, 2011 at 9:17 am |
    • Jerv@Q

      I get all kinds, Accuquote, Visa, Capitalone, Lifestyles but no Indiana yet.

      March 1, 2011 at 9:18 am |
      • Cherry Potter@Jerv

        Have you been getting my ads?

        March 1, 2011 at 9:21 am |
      • Jerv@Cherry Potter

        LOL! No Cherry, berry honey. I sure have not. Who is in your latest flick? Alastor "One-Eye" Moody?

        March 1, 2011 at 9:28 am |
      • Cherry Potter@Jerv

        Working on a nice little project with Hermione and Ginny Weasley.

        March 1, 2011 at 9:44 am |
    • AleeD@QOE

      I'm getting Cleveland Clinic's Robotic heart, NCL & Sherman Travel ads. Never heard of S.T.

      Based on my IP address, I don't understand is why the advertising push for travel? I'm already IN the Tropix where the weather & environment is where a healthy percentage of the country wants to be. To what destination do they think I want to travel?

      March 1, 2011 at 10:18 am |
  37. JainaJade

    Good morning! I have some bagels and hot chocolate for everyone, so enjoy! Today is going to be slightly insane with three meetings, one of which is scheduled for 3hrs, but I'll pop in as I can :-)

    March 1, 2011 at 8:56 am |
  38. Truth

    Good morning all. I concur, "Walk The Line" was good, even though Cash is definitely my father's country...

    March 1, 2011 at 8:50 am |
    • Sir Biddle@Truth

      Just finished the new Vince Flynn book. You have to pick it up and once you do, you won't put it down. Its not a prequiel, but it tells the story of how they recruted Rapp and how he cuts he teeth.

      March 1, 2011 at 8:55 am |
      • Truth@Biddle

        Sounds like a great read. Looking forward to it.

        March 1, 2011 at 9:01 am |
  39. RichardHead@Queen&ALL

    For someone that doesn't like country western you sing pretty good. Nap time for me folks,so I'll talk to ya in a few. Have a Great Day all.

    March 1, 2011 at 8:32 am |
    • Jerv

      Later on dude.

      March 1, 2011 at 8:34 am |
    • Queen of Everything@Richard

      I don't like todays country music but Johnny, Loretta, Patsy and Hank are a whole different story.

      March 1, 2011 at 8:44 am |
  40. Sir Biddle

    Morning crew. I've been out of pocket due to work these days. How goes everthing here?

    March 1, 2011 at 8:32 am |
  41. Queen of Everything

    FYI: The Dairy Queen Blizzard of the Month is the Mint Oreo Blizzard. In your face, Shamrock Shake!

    March 1, 2011 at 8:28 am |
    • AleeD

      Oh Dear Lord! DQ 's blizzards are SO much better than McD's shakes! Do you have a chocolate chip cookie dough version? I sure could use one. With a Jack Daniel's chaser. ;)

      March 1, 2011 at 10:11 am |
  42. Queen of Everything@All

    I see the train a'comin'. It's rollin' round the bend and I ain't seen the sunshine since I don't know when...

    Sorry for the singing, I just can't get Johnny Cash out of my head.

    March 1, 2011 at 8:24 am |
    • Jerv@Q

      Did you see Walk The Line? I thought I was going to hate it but it is really good.

      March 1, 2011 at 8:35 am |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants

        Good movie. Well done by Joaquin Phoenix. Did you see his "I'm still here" "documentary"? Weird. Heard it was a spoof, still need to look that up.

        March 1, 2011 at 8:41 am |
      • Queen of Everything@Jerv

        It is one of the few movies I have seen and I liked it alot more than I thought I would. Joaquin Phoenix gave a very convincing portrayal.

        March 1, 2011 at 8:43 am |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants

        Yeah, it was staged. Didn't know it until later. That little movie of performance art bummed me out at first. Seemed like a sad story.

        March 1, 2011 at 8:51 am |
      • Jerv@Jdizz

        Yup, saw the "I'm still here" "documentary." That was some trippin' s hit.

        March 1, 2011 at 8:59 am |
  43. AleeD

    Good Morning All – and Happy March 1st Tuesday!

    Temps will reach the high 70's today and there's a 30% chance of rain. Wahoo! The pollen count on my truck is so high I saw Charlie Sheen standing next to my truck this morning with a straw and a razor!

    I'm hoping that mother nature sees fit to give y'all in the soggy parts of the world a break and funnel some of that "mer-stcher" down this a-way.

    March 1, 2011 at 7:50 am |
    • Jerv@AleeD

      What do you do in engineering?

      March 1, 2011 at 9:20 am |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants


        Engineering's primary purpose is to be the central point for control of all engineering systems aboard a starship, especially those related to propulsion and power generation. The matter/antimatter reaction chamber (also known as the warp core) is located in engineering.

        Engineering can also be used as a command and control center, overriding primary centers such as the bridge or auxiliary control.

        March 1, 2011 at 11:37 am |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants

        Ok, Trek month over now. What's next? Danged if I know. It's a surprise.

        March 1, 2011 at 11:38 am |
      • AleeD@JDizz

        SIGH! If only that were true in the world of AleeD (it's a small world after all). Sales, marketing, Service & Owners of the ship are typically the driving force behind what engineering produces.

        Alot like Kirk not merely telling Scotty that his 2 hour deadline is now half-an-hour, but coming down to engineering to DO the work, too (because Scotty's been knocked out by invading Klingons). Kirk'll get his hands dirty and come close to dying without having fixed the problem when Spock comes down in the nick of time to sacrifice his life so that his butt-in-skee Captain can live on. "The needs of many outweigh the needs of the few – or the one.'

        March 1, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
      • Jerv@Jdizz

        Stickin' with the sci-fi theme?

        March 1, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
      • Jdizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

        Good movie.

        Not sure.

        March 1, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
      • Jerv

        Copy that.

        "Same planet...different flippin' world."

        March 1, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
    • AleeD@Jerv

      I'm a mechanical designer, currently using 3D software to design heatpumps for pools & spas. Been doing this for almost 7 years now. Whew! Times fun when you're having flies. ;) Thank you for asking.

      What do you do for a living?

      March 1, 2011 at 9:57 am |
      • Jerv@AleeD

        I do grant administration work for a hospital's research doctors. Thankless but pays well.

        March 1, 2011 at 10:02 am |
      • AleeD@Jerv

        I feel ya regarding half of which you speak: my job is also thankless and the pay sux .... but it pays the bills.

        Being an engineering ho, I'm not that familiar with grant administration work. Can you give me a thumbnail idea of what you do?

        March 1, 2011 at 10:07 am |
      • Jerv@AleeD

        All the contracts and grants that the doctors get funding for, I keep track of all expenses, payments and invoicing. Also get the added "bonus" of helping them comply with a myriad of local, state and federal regulations. Very long long learning curve but once you get to a place where you know your s hit, it's damn near impossible to get rid of us.

        March 1, 2011 at 10:25 am |
  44. RichardHead

    No Sir,Heading to Jacksonville with Maters and Taters,then on to Plant City for OJ. Should be home Thursday and a Dallas turnaround that nite. I agree,getting old sucks!

    March 1, 2011 at 7:47 am |
    • Jerv@RicH

      You sound busy. Watch out for those nit whits out there driving giant SUVs like race cars.

      March 1, 2011 at 7:56 am |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants

        My 5.9L V-8 smoked an SS Monte Carlo and a Dodge 1500 V-8 at the stop light yesterday. The truck lined up and started revving his engine at the Monte. I joined and beat them both, LOL/

        March 1, 2011 at 11:13 am |
  45. Queen of Everything

    Good morning, sunshines!! To Kat and SLT: Is that your best Charlie Sheen?

    March 1, 2011 at 7:44 am |
    • Jerv@Kweeny

      What's up Kweeny? Is that really a Charlie Sheen joke? I must have missed a round of interviews.

      March 1, 2011 at 7:53 am |
      • Queen of Everything@Jerv

        Not to my knowledge, but it does sound like something he would say. Or at least something the voices in his head would tell him to say.

        March 1, 2011 at 8:13 am |
  46. RichardHead

    Morning Lil' Buddy. WD has watered the lawn here in Mobile AL and I think she found Charlie Sheen face down in the grass. NOT a pretty picture. How's things in VA?

    March 1, 2011 at 7:23 am |
    • Jerv@RicH

      It's gonna be a pretty nice day here, heck actually all week. Can't believe it is already March. Seems that as I get older time seems to go by faster. Anyway. You heading home?

      March 1, 2011 at 7:41 am |
  47. Jerv

    "We're winning. No – we're bi-winning. No, we're quad, nay, OCTOWINNING! Which we ACHIEVED! With our BRAAAIIIINS! " Huh? Y'all smokin' some Charlie Sheen?

    Morning all.

    March 1, 2011 at 6:51 am |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants

      Charlie's interview. He said if he was bi-polar if that meant he was bi-winning.

      But it sounds like a line off "It's always Sunny in Philadelphia"

      March 1, 2011 at 11:12 am |
      • Jerv@Jdizz

        Okay, now I get it.

        March 1, 2011 at 11:23 am |
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