Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Music Memory

Why, it seems like only yesterday we were jamming out to "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick."

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Look, there's a cute little showlet about "Welcome Back Kotter."

Monday, March 28, 2011


'twas another crazy weekend. Friday night we stayed in and watched Harry Potter 6 on DVD. I'm losing interest the farther along they go. Not sure why.

Saturday morning our geezer soccer team lost 4 to 1. Saturday afternoon we ate a late lunch at Bull City Burger and Brewery (where they're not yet brewing; give it another week and a half, they said), and Saturday night I hosted an open mic event at church-like-place.

Sunday morning we were back at church-like-place, Sunday afternoon we rehearsed with our mixed-voice octet, Sunday evening we sipped beverages at West End Wine Bar to see off a pair of friends who are leaving town, and since we were downtown we ate a late dinner at Pop's on Main Street.

Today was a teacher workday, so the kids and I met friends at Joe Van Gogh. Errands after that: Barnes Supply and Harris Teeter, home for a while (spaghettios for lunch, yum), and then Jane had gymnastics class in the afternoon. Emma skipped karate on accounta her upset tummy. It seems fine now.

The basketball tournament games have not been going my way. I'm near the bottom of the pool with no hope of winning anything.

After I click "publish post" here, I'm going to drag the trash and the recycling to the curb, clean up the kitchen, read a bit, and then hit the sack. I must remember to set up the VCR (we still have one of those) to tape "Castle." That Nathan Fillion is just so totally dreamy.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


The outdoor work continues this week. Soon it will get serious, and by serious I mean the use of gas-powered implements. May the spring treat us all well. May there be a minimum of poison ivy and ant bites. May the yard gnomes smile on us and keep order among the wild things. May the lawn mower and weed trimmer start without fail and perform flawlessly through the summer. May the ticks not be so small that they slip into the folds of our flesh only to be detected weeks later when they have become tight bags the size of marbles. Yes. May it all be so.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Teacher Dude

Interesting fellow, this teacher. I hadn't heard of him before.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

March Madness

Our family has entered an NCAA basketball tournament pool. One bracket for me, one for Kimberly, and one for the girls. Very, very exciting. As of this moment, my success rate is 50%.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A Good Day

Yes! Lo! Hark! The trees and bushes are budding, and it's time to start the seasonal dance with the yard. After working on the bunny barn--I painted another coat on the door and added some more insect-screen panels--I went to work on the garden patch and the compost. A neighbor who recently moved out was good enough to donate two 64-quart bags of potting soil, which I mixed with our dark compost and some regular soil. I yanked out a wheelbarrowfull of weeds and then mixed in all the good shit, er, stuff and stirred it around some. It's ready for action.

In other news, I do like buying Maple View Farm milk (no other milk available in our area comes close to claiming grass-fed cows; Maple View feeds them part grass, part grain), but I get behind on returning those glass bottles. Today I turned in 5 of them at the Harris Teeter, carrying them in with great care (have you ever broken one of those fuckers? It's spectacular). I need to get some of those cute little plastic carriers, because even the bottle-clanking drive to the store was harrowing. Oh, about grass-fed. "Organic" milk need not come from grass-fed cows to be called that. My interest in grass is mostly about the Omega 3 to Omega 6 ratio, in beef products as well. Reminds me, Trader Joe's sells ground beef from wholly grass-fed cows. I made meatballs last week, and they were scrumtrulescent. Have you ever made meatloaf or meatballs with a pork/veal/beef mixture? Grass-fed beef has a strong flavor and tastes just like that.

Is it just me, or did Duke Energy raise its electricity rates? Oh, reminds me, if anyone can recommend a company to come and add attic insulation, I'm all blog-ears. I'm looking for one of those outfits that will drag in a big hose and blast foamy goodness into the attic. Ours is too thin and has been for years.

And, omg, guess what? Tonight's Applegate Farms beef hot dogs come from grass-fed cows. Woo hoo. The vegetable side is a casserole dish full of oil-and-herb-covered veggies that baked in the oven for an hour at 375 degrees: yellow squash, zucchini, Brussels sprouts, and carrots.

Sunday, March 13, 2011


For those who missed SNL last night, here's Zach Galifianakis's monologue.

Friday, March 11, 2011


If you haven't seen the movie, you needn't: Inception in 60 seconds.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

No Video

Awwww, man, the video of the fight at Emma's middle school has been removed from YouTube. Shit.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


I was surprised to learn, moments ago, that there are zero Google hits for the phrase "There's no disputin' the beard of Rasputin." I made it up all by myself.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


A documentary I watched recently: Crazy Love. Hoowee, what a "relationship" those two have. Bizarro, to understate.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Various Things

Whoa, this is quite a thing.

It will also surprise many people to know that the rumor about John Ashcroft and calico cats is untrue.

We had tacos last night for dinner. There were so many leftovers that I broke apart the remaining taco shells and am making nachos. Nacho Night! Yeehoo.

The Geezer Soccer League is now in full Spring Season swing. We lost our first game two days ago, 3 to 1, and late in the game one of our players was red-carded and thrown out. Why? Said he to a member of the opposing team, "Push me one more time and I'll take your fucking head off." The ref heard the comment.

Riverdeep has started rehearsals again after our first and very fun concert last month.

That Neil Young is still at it.

Friday, March 4, 2011


We're going to see Alice for the matinee showing on March 12th.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Star Wars

The kids are downstairs watching the original Star Wars. Mark Hamill was so young and cute, with that adorable whiny voice. And according to this article, Mel Blanc did not audition for the C-3PO part.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


As I sit typing this, the girls are biking the Third Fork Creek trail. We love that trail.


After all these years, the however-very-nice employees of Bruegger's still don't know how to slice a sandwich all the way through. Separating the halves of my "Leonard Da Veggie" when I get to my table is a challenge, especially one on an "Asiago 'Softwich' " with its particularly tenacious lower crust. I keep meaning to show them how, as they're making it; I'll try to remember next time.