Sunday, August 28, 2011

Getting Wasted

This article on college binge drinking caught my eye because our Emma has fewer than six more years at home.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

West Bank Story

This parody is 19 minutes long, but the music and dancing and goofy humor had me giggling good. Behold, West Bank Story.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Many Things

WifeKimberly has informed me that this timedistance between blogposts is unacceptable. (Apparently I am becoming German, with my mashedtogether Germanwordcreation.)

You may wonder what has been occupying my time of late. Many, many things. Laundry, for one. It never stops. Also trips to the dog park with Roxie, which is always fun. The kids go back to school next week, which means there's been a flurry of PTA work to do for Hope Valley Elementary. My friend David was married last Saturday (I also attended his bachelor party; very tame, no large cakes or women in dishabille, alas). The kids have had their annual physical exams. Emma is 12 and had her HPV vaccine. Jane is 9 and is a candidate, but we've decided to wait 2 or 3 more years. The kids were part of these decisions and understand HPV and how it's transmitted.

Let's see, what else. Oh, yes, a lot of singing. And riverdeep, the men's ensemble, is going through that early-stage process where some singers start refusing to sing certain songs because of certain lyrics. But that will all get ironed out. The group needs clear policies and singer contracts, and we're not there yet; when that's in place, the problem will all but disappear. At the moment, we're still endlessly discussing things as a group via our e-mail list. You can't efficiently run a 16-voice choir by groupthink and consensus; riverdeep is slowly figuring this out, so I have hope for the future.

My sister Christine is now married! Congratulations, little sis. Aaron, her dude, is an excellent man. They spent a week vacationing in Cape May. A couple of weeks ago I zipped up to Leesburg to visit family there and hang out at the Shoes cafe with Grandma and the kids.

We were 23 minutes into the first soccer game of the season when the referee called it off because of lightning. We let him leave and then stayed and scrimmaged each other just for fun. Next Saturday's game is at 8 am.

The kids had a fun week at Camp Kanata. They'll probably go back next year. Piano lessons continue, karate continues, gymnastics class continues. School starts August 25th.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Give Me The Serial Comma Or Give Me Death

I am a strong advocate for consistent use of the serial comma; I always have been. Here's a good article.

Sunday, August 7, 2011


Last night we headed to Fullsteam Brewery, finally, to check the place out. They don't serve food, but rumor had it that the Durham food trucks surround the place regularly. It was a Saturday night, and there wasn't a food truck in sight. WTF. (My younger colleagues tell me this stands for "What The Fuck," and so is a nice way both to be succinct and avoid being crass; you know I don't like being crass.) So we walked over to Geer Street Garden where there's food. That was nice.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011