August 19th, 2014
I was getting ready for work this morning, and I substituted a long sleeved button down shirt for my usual short sleeved short.
Vanya spoke up. “Hey, you sure are handsome today. You don’t need to look that handsome.”
It’s just a cross I’ve learned to bear.
August 11th, 2014
Before I start my story, let me say to all of my Facebook friends that I’ve really enjoyed everyone’s first day of school pictures. At least one of you has extremely cute kids. Go ahead and keep thinking it’s you.
Today was the first day of pre-K for the three-year-olds. I didn’t expect any drama, until yesterday, K started asking questions that reveal some anxiety.
July 3rd, 2014
There’s a certain segment of my family that has earned some notariety with the rest of the family for their propensity for making snacks out of other snacks.
For example, there’s a pickle recipe that they share that starts not with cucumbers, but with — wait for it — different pickles. I also remember a cracker that tastes vaguely like Cheese-Its, but is made from non-flavored crackers, spices, and some powder that must have a cheese-like flavor.
July 1st, 2014
Saturday, June 14
We left Slidell at 6:00 AM under a cover of bugs. It’s been a long time since we’ve hung with so many gnats and mosquitos, and they stuck with us for at least an hour. Then, in a scene right out of a cartoon movie, and army of dragonflies showed up and ran them off. The dragonflies stayed around for a long time too, and there must have been a couple of dozen flying along and resting on the lifelines. We didn’t mind them, and the boys got out the net to practice insect catch and release.
May 30th, 2014
I’m not sure what made me think of it today, but several years ago, a group of us went into a rather nice restaurant. There were probably 6 or 8 of us.
Whoever hit the lobby first asked, “Can you seat a party of eight?”
The hostess replied, “You’re in luck. We just had a party of eight cancel their reservation.”
One of our group observed, “No, You’re in luck that we happened to show up right now.”
Which was a very good point.
May 21st, 2014
On Saturday, I heard something that I had never heard before: Floyd Cramer on the radio.
Back in the early 90s, if you turned on mid-day TV for any amount of time at all, you were sure to see the commercial for a Floyd Cramer, playing a collection of other people’s hits as piano instrumentals.
Wait… Here it is. I went and found it in 10 seconds. I’m starting to think this internet thing isn’t just a fad after all.
May 8th, 2014
You know that guy in your company’s project meetings who is absent-mindedly clicking his pen during the call?
It’s not really so absent minded. He’s sending a Morse code message to whoever’s on the other end.
“Your project manager is feeding you bullshit stop”
May 1st, 2014
The Spring festival season is a great, great time of year. I was channel flipping last night, and one station had clips from last year’s Jazz Fest. I stuck around for a few songs, and they flipped to the end of Trombone Shorty’s set that closed it out last year. I called the kids in there to look for themselves, even though we were so far back when he played that our images had to have been reduced to a mere pixel or two even on the rare occasions that the camera zoomed out far enough to see the approximiate location where we sat.