Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Today evaporated in a flurry of roof repair: sawing and prying and more sawing and screwing (hee hee) and caulking and so on and so on. Boring.

What I'm most looking forward to after supper is listening to an episode of Fresh Air called "Digital Overload," which I will experience digitally on my mp3 player. I caught about 4 minutes of it in the car when it aired, and the host said something about how when she opens her e-mail she's immediately submitting to the agendas of scores of other people instead of doing things she'd like to be doing. That resonated with me. I hope the whole show is good.

Monday, August 30, 2010


A few weeks ago I joined a geezer league soccer team, and it's been good, good fun. I love it. We didn't win Saturday's game (it was 1 to zero), but I still had a good time.

Thursday, August 26, 2010


Lean Cuisine meals are on sale at Harris Teeter this week (VIC week is Wednesday to Tuesday), 4 for $10.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Monday, August 23, 2010

Two Items

Emma starts middle school Wednesday. Tonight she met all her teachers, bought a locker lock and a t-shirt, and was handed a schedule with seven classes each day. The first bell rings at 7:22. As in a.m.

In other news, my friend Jenny is launching a new project: Durham Family Theatre.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010


Am I old-fashioned? Should I try to become more "trendy"? Would getting a 'Brazilian' be a good start? Would an Aqua Velva man do such a thing?

Oh no, not the related-video feature again. Make it stop.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Back In Town

Last year's home break-in plays a part in my decision not to announce travel plans ahead of time (and friends just two streets over suffered a break-in last Friday), so now that we're back, I can confess we were visiting family in Cape May, New Jersey. We have returned, and I'm looking forward to staying put for many months.

Quantum of Solace is the most recent addition to the movies-I've-seen list. I liked it, and I especially liked watching it on DVD because I can fast-forward through all the annoying car chase and fight scenes. I'm not a fan of those. Movies sometimes make their way onto my maybe-I'll-see-that-one-soon radar, though I tend to forget them over time. At the moment I'm thinking of Glengarry Glen Ross and The Human Stain.

Oh, hey, Oscar Mayer has a nitrite-free hot dog.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

School's on the way

The "camps" are over (why do we call those summer things "camps"?) and the new school year will be with us soon. Emma's both excited and nervous about starting middle school. Jane talks about how much she'll miss her sister in the mornings; Emma will be out the door before Jane wakes up. In the past my routine was to prepare breakfast for two shifts--kids, then grownups. In a few weeks, that'll rise to three. Three! Three Breakfast Shifts! Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha. (the Count, from Sesame Street?)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Stuck Songs

I have Lady Gaga's "Alejandro" in my head, and it won't stop. Earlier tonight it was Robbie Dupree's "Steal Away."

Sunday, August 8, 2010

A Video Clip

My friend Michael shared this. It's funny.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Tonight's Fun

We spent our Friday night at Jack Sprat listening to friends play jazz. It was good.

Thursday, August 5, 2010


If Colin Fitz Lives comes to town, let me know, and let's go see it.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Today's Dad Camp Excursion

While Jane went with a friend to Marbles Museum in Raleigh, I took Emma to the Ackland in Chapel Hill. She'd been there on a field trip and wanted to show me around. Not a bad little place. Nice art.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Back from CO

We've been out of town for the past week, first visiting my brother and his family in Denver, and then hanging around Estes Park for Kimberly's family's triennial reunion. A smashing good time, all around. The highlight for me was finally visiting the Stanley Hotel. Last night I watched Kubrick's version of The Shining, and now I'm looking for a rental of the later one. I'd seen them both many years ago but I've forgotten most of the content.