Thursday, June 30, 2011

River Time

I'm in the market for a used 3 to 4 person canoe. If you have ideas, gimme.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Weekend Highlights

PuppyRoxie had a grand time Saturday night with us at Geer Street Garden, where they have dog leash clips on the outdoor patio tables and the staff brings a dog water bowl. And they have that Locopops dog treat on their menu: a frozen chicken-flavored popsicle with a rawhide for the stick. Roxie loved it.

We watched a silly movie this weekend called Y Tu Mamá También. I just read about its Oscar nomination, but those awards are more about what's topically relevant in the mainstream and less about movie quality, imho. The thing is 10 years old, so we're out of sync.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Two or Three Movies

I rented a couple of things from Avid Video last week. Time Out was so slow and uncompelling I couldn't finish it. Together was cute and had some funny moments. I'm pretty sure there was a third movie, but I can't remember what it was.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Airport Fun

I love stories like this! These guys had fun at an airport after hours. My favorite part is where he pours himself a cold beer.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Dog

Here she is, Roxie, our latest family member. We picked her up from Carolina Border Collie Rescue. She's a cutie.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Random News In A Single Paragraph

Movies this weekend: roughly half of Water for Elephants (a power outage closed the theater, so I have no opinion yet), and The Hangover Part II, which wasn't nearly as good as the first one. The girls are out of school for the year and start at Camp Riverlea tomorrow morning. Tonight Kimberly is off singing the Bach "Mass in B minor" with the Vocal Arts Ensemble. Yesterday for our 17th wedding anniversary (yay, us) we ate for the first time at Revolution. Yummy food. Also yesterday, in the morning, our league soccer team lost a scrimmage 3 to 2 (sniff, sniff). Some time this week we will acquire a new puppy. Bull City Burger is now brewing seven beers, and there was a guy at the bar this weekend with a notebook and seven full sampler glasses in front of him. He's writing reviews for a site, but now I can't remember if he said great beer dot com (doesn't seem to exist) or rate beer dot com. If it's the latter, his review isn't up yet.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Flight Edition

There'll be no travel in our near future, but these two items caught my eye:

15 Things No Airport Terminal Should Be Without
I really like the first item: a low-cost transportation link to downtown. Our own airport lacks this, and years ago when a light rail plan was being discussed for connecting Durham to Raleigh, there was no airport stop planned. I always assumed the taxi lobby wouldn't allow it, but I don't actually know.

The Knee Defender. This device can prevent the person in front of you from reclining his seat backward. The FAA allows it.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Lights

I'm sure others have seen this before, but I was amazed today at the grocery store when in the freezer section the lights turned on in succession as I walked down the aisle. Dude! That was so cool. And then they all turn off when no one's there. Whoa.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Funny Thing That Made Me Cheer

There's a movie theater down in Texas that kicks out texters. This is funny. (language alert)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Jackson Pollack

I wrote a few years back about the excellent documentary Who the Fuck is Jackson Pollack? I was reminded of it minutes ago as I watched a very strange but riveting animated thing about Pollack. You don't have to devour and regurgitate the masters! Don't imitate! Do your own thing! Good messages any time.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Museum of the Moving Image

I tripped over a new phrase today, Video Essay, like this one about the movie Badlands. It's like an extended trailer with running commentary. Very engaging (I never saw Badlands). Here's the main site, Museum of the Moving Image.


Looks like someone's fixin' to make a yummy salad.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


I read about this hilarious writing exercise for exorcising writer's block. It's great fun. For 60 seconds, kneel before your computer or notebook and beg the universe to help you write the worst sentence ever written. I've taken stabs at it over the past few months. Paging back through one of my notebooks, I see several examples. Here we go. (I confess I've been foregoing the kneeling part.)

Rock, gravel, stone--these were hard things, very hard, but not as hard as the task she was about to attempt: she was going to walk right into the study and tell her husband Tom that his mother had to leave, as this house wasn't big enough for the two of them.

The sky was radiant blue, the kind of blue you see in pictures.

Today would be the day to start it all--all of it.

You are most welcome.


New word (for me): casuistry (n) -- deceptive reasoning; fallacious or dishonest application of general principles.