Monday, January 31, 2011

Several Things

The readership has informed me that lapses in posting are unacceptable.

We had a visit over the weekend from Jason and Kay, who came up from Atlanta to watch some kind of figure-skating show in Greensboro.

Friday night we ate dinner at Pop's on Shannon Road. We are ODing.

Trader Joe's white bean hummus is yummy.

An article about the adolescent female desire to be an object of lust.

Jon Stewart is hilarious.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

riverdeep in concert

I've mentioned our upcoming concert to some of you during the past few weeks. The hall we've rented has 350 seats, and I'm turning in ticket money in a couple of days, so if this is your sort of thing and you want to come (Saturday, February 5th at 7:30 pm) send me an e-mail and I'll reserve them for you and collect your $10 later. It's not often I wear a real tie.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Fish Shack

Two days ago, the Fish Shack closed for good. Bummer. I liked the food there.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Strange Beauty Film Festival

We have tickets for Session Four of the Strange Beauty film festival on Saturday, February 19th at 8 pm. Y'all come. We'll make it a party.

Yummy Beer

New beer discovery: Endless River Kolsch. Light-bodied and seriously tasty. I'll be quaffing this one again.

One Restaurant, Meadowmont, Chapel Hill

This post is to encourage local folks to boycott a restaurant called "One," in Meadowmont, in Chapel Hill. I know nothing about the food, only about the manager's treatment of at least one band.

Some friends of mine had played music there several times and were scheduled again to play. A person at One named Daniel sent them a text message just 48 hours before their planned gig to cancel and, further, to tell them they were no longer welcome to play there. Apparently this Daniel didn't care for the band's sound, its choice of songs, or the people who came to One specifically to hear the band.

I encourage the boycott not because this Daniel had these opinions, but because of the way he chose to communicate them. Delivering difficult news is challenging but needs to be done courteously (i.e., in person or, if time is tight, on the telephone) and professionally. We'd actually only gone to One because of the band, so our boycott won't be very effective, but still, we're boycotting One.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Two Music Things

This list of the top 10 composers of all time doesn't include Air Supply. Come on.

I don't know why I thought Gordon Lightfoot had died long ago. He's coming to Greensboro.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Two Sides of the Story

While I was tucking Emma into bed tonight she confessed that she and Jane had had a fight so bad that she, Emma, was "forced to take Paddington Bear hostage." (Paddington is Jane's favorite bear of all time.) She hid him in an upstairs bedroom. Jane later found him and reported to me that he had been "unceremoniously thrown onto the floor." But I should back up. Jane's side of the story started like this, before she knew that I knew there had been a fight at all.

"Daddy, have you ever been really really mad at someone?"


"So mad that you wanted to hurt them really really bad?"


"So mad that you..."


"...that you flushed their iPod Shuffle down the toilet?"

Oh, fuck. I'd heard of fights like this, and now it was our turn. My eyes widened, but then Jane laughed and laughed. She got me good. No iPods were harmed during this fight.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Sexual Cost of Female Success

We haven't had any sexuality literature around this blog in quite some time. Here's a recent thing.

Monday, January 17, 2011


My friend Jason, in addition to making his living in sports statistics, sends me funny things from time to time. Here's the latest.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Black Swan

Last night we watched Black Swan. Silly, goofy storyline, and one of those shaky-camera affairs. Gave me a headache.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Sneaky Phrase

"I think you'd be really good at it" is a phrase used almost exclusively by a person who wants you to do what he wants you to do. Beware of it.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Look At All Those Ones

Oh My GOD Magnum, the date is 1/11/11 and the time is 11:11. 11:11 on 1/11/11.


We introduced the girls to Ace Ventura last night. PG-13--probably not a good idea. There were a couple of hay-rolling scenes.

Today was a "snow" day, so no school. We played and worked and ate at Cosmic Cantina and Kimberly worked from home and we made a fire and I made chocolate chip cookies.

Though I'm off to a quartet rehearsal tonight at Bill's house, the girls are going to stay in and watch Bridge to Terabithia. School's on a two-hour delay tomorrow morning.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Sleepy Girl

Right in the middle of Christmas eve festivities, Jane fell asleep on her new Paddington bear. And look--Paddington is smiling.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Talking Animals

My sister-in-law sent this video link today. I have nearly urinated in my pants several times.

Thursday, January 6, 2011


Lordy. It's been a long time, so long that people have actually asked where in Cthulu's name the blog posting has gone. (No one used that phrasing.) This is a very short post to let you know that I'm still here and I'll be "back" soon. In half an hour I'm off to Tyler's Taproom to continue exercising my average-but-getting-better-by-the-month conversational Flemish skills with my Belgian friends. There will be beer.