Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Saturday morning the grass in the front yard was blistering up in a big mound with water sprinkling out the edges. The city shut off our water supply, we went without water for a couple of days, and yesterday the plumbing people and the backhoe people dug a huge trench in our yard and repaired the broken pipe. The checking account is bruised, but water is restored.

Friday, December 17, 2010


This just in from the police via one of our e-mail lists: if you see a burgundy Chevrolet Impala, South Carolina license plate GQB 528, it's casing the area for a break-in.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Is Nothing Sacred?

Sigh. Bob Woodward just said "noocular." Twice.

Shoe Repair

1 - 2 Shoe Renew does good work. I've owned the same pair of Rockport shoes for 17 years and recently had them resoled there.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Uncle Roger

A dear friend died last month. He was the father of childhood neighbors and playmates, but my sister and I spent so much time at their house that Mr. and Mrs. Banner very soon became Uncle Roger and Aunt Ceci. He was 92 years old when he passed away November 6th. He's buried in Union Cemetery in Leesburg, VA, a few hundred yards from our childhood home.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Video

Isn't it fun how you can be gazing out the kitchen window over a sinkful of dishes in hot water, thinking back to that funny bit from years ago where Sam Kinison appeared on Carson, and then moments later you can saunter over to the laptop and instantly find it?

Monday, December 6, 2010


I never saw the movie Amadeus, but yesterday the kids and I made the jaunt to Raleigh to watch Kimberly sing in the chorus for a stage-production version of it. Most fabulous it was. Very nice. I'd recommend it, but it's over.