Well, I’m officially the parent of a teenager now. Parker turned THIRTEEN on Saturday. To celebrate I rented out the Rusty Quarters Retro Arcade and invited a bunch of our friends to come play games (the machines were pre-loaded with quarters). It was wonderful. But my son’s ever-deepening voice is freaking me out, especially when he talks to me from another room at home. Yesterday morning he knocked on my beddoor and in his low low voice announced “I’m hungry.” The first thought that went through my groggy brain was “who the hell is this hungry man and why is he in my house?” The kid has taken to saying “get used to it” when I make any remarks about how old/big/manly he’s getting. I’m trying. But I still have a clear image of my baby boy stuck in my head. Must find and replace with mental image of my bossy teenager.
Five items of note for this Monday:
- Super frustrating and discouraging: “It might as well be Harry Potter’s invisible Knight Bus, because no one can prove it exists. Looking, Very Closely, for Voter Fraud - Conservative Groups Focus on Registration in Swing States.” If those folks would just redirect all of that effort and energy into something positive, think of the good they could do.
- In happier news, I love this idea, though it’s slightly creepy with the zentai suits and all. Theater Enlists Ninjas to Shush Obnoxious Moviegoers: We all loathe the people who talk, text and eat popcorn too loudly at the movies. Now a London theater has enlisted a force of ninjas to end the epidemic once and for all.
- I hadn’t thought of internet icon/world traveler/bad dancer of Where the hell is Matt? fame for a while but my son’s grandmother just discovered him. I’m glad I caught up with his latest updates. And his dancing seems to have improved. He’s still charming though.
- Speaking of wanderlust, the boyfriend and I started watching Long Way Round, a documentary series documenting the 19,000-mile journey of Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman from London to New York on motorcycles. So many logistics to work out in advance! I’ve only seen the first installment but I’m hooked. And today I came across something similar, this commercial disguised as a documentary, but it’s shot so nicely: Long Live the Kings.
- In less happy global news: “If you think that identity theft is the worst-case-scenario of Internet use, you clearly don’t live in any of the nations that make the list of top “Enemies of the Internet.” Not only do these governments monitor their citizens’ web activity, but they also make it nearly impossible for them to safely share and gather information through anonymous microblogs, Facebook pages or Twitter accounts. The next time you surf the web, think carefully about who’s watching you and who’s blocking you.”
It was a busy weekend all around, even without the boy’s birthday. Thursday night we stopped by an animated short film fest and an after hours party at Modern Times. Friday I tried to take it easy. Had some dealings with the school that day then went home to take out my frustrations on piles of laundry. Stayed in that night to watch Mean Girls for the first time - Tina Fey to the rescue! Saturday night was a low key one at the Turf Club. Not because of the bands themselves, but the turnout. Too many quality shows that night meant the quantity of show-goers was down, distributed all over town. Sunday was all about sleeping in, French toast, photo editing and a Shopwarming Party / BBQ / Record Sale. And it’s another FULL SPEED AHEAD week. Live fast, die young, bad girls do it well.