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A Pleasant Whipsaw of Contrasts

Been keeping busy, trying to back burner the pity party. The gloomy weather isn’t helping but interesting times are. Last night a friend and I headed down to The Fitzgerald Theater, to see Sarah Vowell. She’s promoting her latest book, Unfamiliar Fishes, about the collision of cultures when missionaries and whalers descended upon Hawaii at the same time. She is a remarkable and writer and woman. I enjoyed listening to her talk - not just because of her unique voice - but because her background, motivations and compulsions are fascinating. I know the American History classes I slept through in high school would have done a lot more to capture my attention had she been at the helm. Thankfully my son is already interested in dead presidents. We’re going to “Discover the Real George Washington” with a friend next week. But maybe I can maintain his interest in history by helping him discover the real stories behind many key players.

So what do Bill Callahan, Neil Gaiman and Thor’s Chris Hemsworth have in common? Well, I wouldn’t kick any of them out of bed. But they also feature prominently in our Five Good Things for This Friday the 13th:

Tonight I’m dragging the kid is to a new bar/restaurant’s preview party. Tomorrow we’re getting a tour of the MPR studios and may also hit up the Science Museum’s “Make Day” - sponsored by Ax Man Surplus - before I go kid-free for 24 hours. The lad has a sleepover which will allow me some much needed grown up time. As usual I will attempt to cram too much into this small window. An R-rated movie perhaps? A friend’s birthday gathering. A yard sale/show. Eating at one of the many restaurants my picky kid doesn’t care for. Catching shows at The Turf and/or The Hex. And maybe more. Who knows.

Oh yeah, somebody should BUY MY HOUSE. It’s been on the market long enough that I’ve already dropped the price. It’s cheap and cheerful! It should be yours, and not mine!

Masman Curry with Tofu


  1. Charles Raymond wrote:

    For some reason I read Bill Callahan as Bill Clinton… was really worried about you for a second there.

    Friday, May 13, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Permalink
  2. Tim wrote:

    So I just started reading The Hunger Games last night, borrowed from a generous anonymous Kindle user seamlessly transferred to my Kindle from the website (check it out). I am already hooked. I’ve got to get through it in 14 days because that’s when my borrowing time runs out. I doubt it will be a problem.

    Monday, May 16, 2011 at 7:35 am | Permalink

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