Thursday, September 30, 2010

O Fractious Day

In addition to scraping various parts of her skin on Manford's asphalt, Jane broke her wrist in a spectacular scooter fall two days ago. The urgent care clinic visit Tuesday night netted a fetching splint, but this morning's trip to Duke orthopedics meant an upgrade to a real cast. It's orange, and she's very proud.

There were three breaks: ulna and distal radius buckle fractures and a thin crack extending up the middle of the distal radius. Before Tuesday, I didn't know those words.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


I'm glad to know that Dee Snider is still working. My brother and I were big Twisted Sister fans back in the day.

Monday, September 27, 2010


A friend of mine told me recently that this placed called High Point University had created a position called Director of WOW! It's true. Said he, "My job will be over when everyone involved with High Point is a creator of "WOW'."

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


From an e-mail sent to us players by the organizers of the over-40 soccer league:

"You have heard it before, but WATCH THE LANGUAGE. We share venues with youth teams and have received emails from parents this season. We have asked the officials to crack down on the bad language, so do not complain if you receive a red card for cursing on the field."

Naughty boys.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Trader Joe's Responds

Here's the answer from Trader Joe's, when I asked if it was true that they refuse to disclose the sources of their products.

"Trader Joe's and it's [sic] private labeled products are privately owned, therefore we follow a very strict disclosure policy along side [sic] our suppliers. Due to this policy, we do not disclose any of our suppliers [sic] information."

In other words, "Fuck You."


Friday, September 17, 2010


The problem with living in a town that earns a "ranking" is that it may attract the sorts of people who would uproot themselves and move to a new place based on a magazine story. Sure, I love being in community with all sorts of people, and we'll have a great time getting to know each other and forming connections and roots and relationships, but then you'll move away when next year's magazine story comes out.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

New Book

One of the most adorable kids at our church-like-place has Lulu-published her first book. Apparently it'll be available at places like the Regulator in about 6 weeks.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


That naughty Trader Joe's refuses to divulge where it gets some of its food.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Dr. Murrill

Emma's math teacher had already won points for singing the Freddie Mercury parts of "We Will Rock You" while the kids stomped and clapped, but now--because the math textbook is so big and heavy--he gives the kids the textbook on CD to use for homework.

Monday, September 13, 2010

A Name

Our men's singing group needs a name. inCantation has been suggested, but that's been taken. So has Sons of Pitches. Must think more.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Weekend Review

It was a manly weekend. Saturday morning was the inaugural rehearsal of a new 20-voice men's singing group. We sang and sang and sang and it was good fun. That afternoon I played a game with my geezer league soccer team; we lost 4 to 1, but I still had a good time. Sunday was not a day of rest. This evening at 7 pm we had another soccer game, which we tied 1 to 1. It was the funnest game yet, with plenty of running and kicking the ball and shoving each other and sprinting and yelling and cursing and laughing and then shaking hands at the end.

Off to bed now, up at 6:10 am to start the first breakfast shift.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Sexuality Time

OWL season is upon us, and I'll be teaching another year of sex ed. Tonight we present an orientation to parents of the 8th graders enrolled in our course. It's a hoot. Heh. Hoot. OWL.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Tonight I'll be steaming mussels in white wine and then pickling jalapenos in vinegar with cumin and coriander. Wish me luck.

Monday, September 6, 2010


I should now like to register a strong recommendation for the Bergama restaurant on Hillsborough Road. Seriously yummy. The four of us agreed that the falafel was the best ever, better even than the falafel at Baba Ghanouj on 54 (that is, better than the falafel under the former ownership/management; falafel and baba haven't been the same for the past year or two).

The nice Bergama people gave us a warm basket of bread and some kind of oil dip with garlic and tomatoes in it. Yes.

Sunday, September 5, 2010


It amazes me that this person is a public servant.

Thursday, September 2, 2010


Geezer League is officially on hiatus for Labor Day weekend, but our excellent coach has arranged a Saturday morning scrimmage with another team. Yay.

Last Night's Listening

The "Digital Overload" episode of Fresh Air was only so-so. A much better interview is with Hamlet's Blackberry's William Powers on the Diane Rehm show. Brains need breaks; brains can't multitask; the more information we consume, the weaker our memory becomes; obsessive checking of e-mail and devices because "something really good might be there this time" is an addiction, etc. etc. I'm 13th in the library queue for the book.

Books and a Movie

A list of my recent media exposure follows. Anatomy of an Illness, The Divided Mind, (I really enjoyed these two: ideas/theories/practices I long ago figured out from my own personal experience are nicely explained, with the backing of research even), Adaptations (the best story collection I've ever encountered), Bob le flambeur (Bob is one cool cat). Next up: Molecules of Emotion and Skinny Bitch.