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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

So What Have You Been Up To Lately?

Y'know, sometimes it feels like I'm not really doing much. There's no big huge personal project on the horizon. I'm just kind of living. Then I recount to one of my coworkers what I did in a past weekend and they look at me all goggle-eyed like I should be exhausted. But this is just the mellow time of year for me. Just enjoying the world and living well. This includes lots of fun things.

We went to the Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio. It's beautifully laid out (and may be in the building my dad was working in in 1989). There were several big take-aways. Walt knew how to live and was willing to bet it all on big dreams repeatedly. Not all of them worked, but enough of them paid off to make one hell of a legacy. Also, his family moved around the mid-west a lot, and his dad kept getting different jobs - home builder, running a paper route, running a jelly factory, etc. These jobs had nothing in common and today most would take advanced degrees, licenses, and/or years of experience to do well and raise a family on. Small wonder "these kids today" struggle. The bar is set so much higher. Finally, near the end there's a photobooth strip of Walt and Lily mugging for the camera and smooching. They were both in their 60's and had been married 40+ years. I called Erik over and made him take a good look. That's what I want 40 years from now - still enjoying life and loving one another. Actually, I should say, that's what WE want. So if you find us acting like big goofballs in a photobooth, that's why.

We also went to Hobson's Choice, a Victorian Punch Bar. The punch was yummy. (Try the Go-Go Punch especially!) The decor was pretty good. The music and the clientele killed it. Standard pop oontz music has no place in a Victorian themed venue. It was one more moment that made us love Forbidden Island all the more. Forbidden Island celebrated its fifth birthday last week, so we'll need to make a pilgrimage very soon.

We're taking a class with Richard Powers on Tuesdays for Hustle and Two-Step. It's intended to be a beginner class, so it's interesting for more than just a chance to learn two-step so far. It's interesting to see all the details he lobs in for new dancers. There's a hundred, incredibly gentle tips and suggestions he's made that most new folks are trying to assimilate, and I wish I had an audio recording of the class to collect them all. It's fascinating.

After class last night, I slipped back to campus for the Stanford Ceili monthly dance party. We decided we needed to have a defined chance to really just dance rather than learning stuff. So, for three weeks, we teach all we can, and run things we learned the prior week, and on the last Tuesday of the month, we have an all dancing night. This was the first one. Before I'd actually set down my stuff, I was helping call a 4-hand set, and was dancing two minutes later. After a nice Petronella, Trip to the Cottage, and a Polka Set, we were off to gelato in downtown Palo Alto. Yum! Stanford Ceili is really working for me. I love the partnership with Bob for teaching and calling and I love that I can walk over from my office rather than driving 50 miles to dance.

On Sunday, the draw of Rachel's insanely adorable foster kittens overwhelmed the capacity to make it to Spaghetti Sunday. We ended up having a lovely dinner with Cyrus, Athena, Lorilei, Kev, and Rachel. Athena made a fresh ham, which is to say not salt cured. It was basically a huge pork roast. Very tasty, with a side of roasted veggies. So why is it exactly that ham is the traditional Easter dish anyway? Is it all a big neener neener to the Jews? "Nyah, nyah, our savior rose and told us we don't have to keep Kosher!"

The last Gaskell Ball was lovely. We managed to turn a $33 profit. Hmm. Honestly, I don't want a big profit. I want to keep it alive and well-loved. The next big project for that is to set up the email list. It's a project that utterly daunts me though, so I've been procrastinating. That aside, the last ball was lovely. Suzi and Ethan came by and danced a bit, which was a real treat. I got to wear my grandmother's dress because it fits now. It couldn't be zipped at Christmas, but at ten pounds lighter, it fit beautifully. Kim took a picture:

Also, I asked Kim if she could make a pirate coat. We had been looking online and various places for pirate coats for the Haunted Fox Hollow and generally not finding anything worthy. Kim and I are pretty much exactly the same size, so if she made it to fit her, it would be great for me. And it is great! I had to take home the prototype. Now I just need to decide what color I want for a final coat. We also handed her some lovely silk for a couple of new vests for Erik.

We stayed with Sherman and Alex because it was Alex's Baby Shower the next day. Baby showers are one of those odd rituals that seem to come with fixed requirements - like silly shower games. I offered to do games since most shower games give me hives. I figured if I did them, I could pick the least offensive. This led to guessing the mother's belly size, a trivia contest, and a gift bingo game.

After the shower, we raced to the other end of the bay to go to the Moulin Rouge Sing-a-Long at the Retro Dome. We were pleasantly surprised to bump into Karen, Crystal, and Gina. The Retro Dome is in an old Cinedome-style theater that has been purchased by some theater/RHPS geeks. They handed out hats and glow sticks for the Green Fairy and fake money and other props to toss about during the show. It was a hoot. We sang along. We wanted to dance along. And when it was over, Satine was dead, but we were buoyed by the Bohemian ideals of Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Love. Aw!

We headed over to Chevy's for dinner with the girls and enjoyed more food than I've eaten in months. The good news is that that just doesn't appeal anymore and we both went home stuffed and not loving it. The food was good. The company was great. But in the future, we'll split a plate.

I sitting here at my desk trying to figure out what else should include, randomly picking the after effects of blisters on my hands from go-karting. I should mention Cyrus's epic 40th birthday party of go-karts, mini-golf, air hockey, and cupcakes! We headed to Malibu Grand Prix. We forgot to separate the cats before leaving. After just a few days of happy kitties, we figured this was risky, so actually called in Christyn and Brian to go shut the gate. Amazingly, even unsupervised, Pepper had made no attempts on Leeloo's life. They were just both happily lounging around the house when he arrived and shut them on either side of the gate. Go figure. But I digress - there were go-karts! Malibu Grand Prix is a blast. It's the fastest I'll ever drive around corners. It takes an entirely bizarre set of muscles to go that fast and stay on the track. Also, I just about as short as you can be and still drive these cars. My arms stretch forward and my collar bone strains against the four-point restraint. It's a blast. I got down to 58 seconds, which is a best time for me. Cyrus got down to 56 seconds. We started the day driving cars and ended it with more cars. In the interim, we played a round of mini-golf, enjoyed yummy croissant sandwiches from Costco and homemade cupcakes from Rachel, and played several rounds of air hockey. Now, remember, I'm still dealing with little callouses on my hands now. We did a lot of racing. And air hockey. And I knew, oh yes, I knew I'd be suffering on Monday. And my arms utterly hated me and I couldn't grip anything worth a darn for two days, but it was awesome. Afterward, I very carefully and slowly drove Cyrus home and we went and hung out with 4-week-old foster kittens at Kev and Rachel's for a bit before heading home for the night. Have I mentioned how cute these kittens are? They totally are. And they'll be available for adoption in a few weeks at HSSV.

Now, I must be off to deliver roast pork Florentine and garlic carrots to Rollie and Donna with congratulations on their lovely new daughter, Elora. Yay!


  • Send me a note me you go to FI and I will bring FI the game. :)

    By Blogger Chrisfs, at 9:10 AM  

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