Eight years ago today. Happy Birthday, sweetie. We love you.
Friday, June 30, 2006 5:56 am
Sunday, June 25, 2006 9:04 pm
Source: Original artwork by Victoria (detail)
Media: Crayola crayons, pastels and watercolors on 100% postconsumer recycled newsprint
Date: June 2006
Victoria recently brought home a piece of artwork that was so striking that Ann and I had it framed. It's huge by her standards — 24 inches wide and 10 inches high. What you see here is a detail, perhaps 10 inches wide and 7 high, inasmuch as I couldn't scan the whole thing if I tried. Of course, by the time I thought of scanning it, we'd alread gotten it framed, as you can see from the gray-blue matte at the bottom, and the glass washes a lot of the color out — this scanned image simply doesn't do justice to the vividness of the colors Victoria used.
She didn't have anything in particular in mind when she created it other than depicting a town with homes, offices and shops. (She drew the four of us, along with some friends, elsewhere in the picture.) But what made it particularly striking to me was its similarity to a color print I found and bought for Mom decades ago that depicted the homes of Charleston's Rainbow Row. The print was created from a perspective you can't achieve in real life — as if directly in front of the homes, but far enough back so that its perspective contained a good number of homes in a row, like eight or 10. In real life, you'd back up across the street and bump into other houses before you could get the same perspective. I've searched the Internet for a copy of that print and have come up dry. I'm linking here to another print of Rainbow Row that, while from a more lifelike perspective looking down the street, most closely matches the style and color patterns in Mom's print.
Saturday, June 24, 2006 11:17 am
Source: Original cellphone photo by Herb
Victoria celebrated her eighth birthday last night with a Harry Potter slumber party featuring nine girls. Plans for a trip to the pool and a flashlit jaunt through the Forbidden Forest were scotched by a severe thunderstorm, but a good time was had by all nonetheless, with none of the outbursts or disputes that often happen in a crowd that big of kids that age. Most of the girls were asleep by 10:30. A few sat up reading by flashlight until about 11:30, but they were all out by then.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006 9:51 pm
Harry Hutton comments, "Another scurrilous attack on Adolf Hitler. Instead of trying to refute his arguments, the left just call him a Nazi and compare him to the fruitcake Coulter."
Welcome to my first housekeeping post since the move.
Item the 1th: Links. I intend, sometime in the next week or so, to move all my pre-existing links over from the Blogger template. But to be sure you remain on the list, particularly if your blog's URL has changed in recent months, feel free to e-mail me.
Item the 2th: Archives. I have begun reposting some of the pre-"Reloaded" Blog on the Run archives. (The April and May 2002 posts are up so far.) The good and bad news is that because they wouldn't import from Blogger or my backup files, I'm having to copy-and-paste each one manually.
That's bad because, well, it involves copying and pasting manually, which is tedious and time-consuming and easy to screw up. That's good because it allows me — indeed, practically forces me — to decide whether an earlier post really needs to still be up there. I know some blog purists think everything ought to still be out there, and I actually have some sympathy for that notion. But some stuff that was funny, or even just relevant, at the time it was posted no longer is. If there's no other compelling reason (e.g., a fine piece of pure writing even if its point is no longer apropos) to re-post it, why bother? (I still have all the old archives, however, and I'm open to argument on this point, so if you think I'm being totally screwy here, feel free to say so.)
Tuesday, June 13, 2006 8:21 am
Source: Original photo by either Frank or Mom, I can't remember which
Date: 5/6/2006, 8:42 p.m.
Taylor (from left), Victoria, Jordan and Whitney on the dance floor at the wedding of their second cousin, Julia Hay, in Charleston, S.C.
Friday, June 9, 2006 8:29 pm
I'm sitting in my study, drinkin' a Stella Artois, playing Addams Family pinball and listening to great tunes. It's just like being out in a bar. Except for the out part. And the bar part. And having to get up every so often to start another load of laundry.
I don't have an iPod, but I do have Winamp set to shuffle through My Music. So here's a Friday Random 10:
- Tina Goes to the Supermarket — Pressure Boys
- Sloop John B — Beach Boys
- Love Stinks — Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
- Girls Just Want to Have Fun — Cyndi Lauper
- Kid With the Butterfly Net — Graham Parker
- Walking on Sunshine — Katrina & the Waves
- Hit That — Offspring
- Who Do You Love — George Thorogood & the Destroyers
- One More Night — Bob Dylan
- Domino — Van Morrison
And the lagniappe: David Watts — Kinks
Fun fact: The yell that Addams Family lets out when you shoot a ball into the bear kick harmonizes precisely with the chorus of "Sloop John B." What are the odds?
No I am not.
I am, however, impressed that at this time of year the sun is still up at 2:05 a.m.
A friend newly re-entering the dating world e-mails, "What kind of things would a person say to back up a previous claim that he "loved the outdoors!"? I NEED TO KNOW BY NEXT FRIDAY."
And something tells me that "I love the outdoors so much I bury ALL my victims there!" isn't going to cut it.
Real human beings were harmed in the making of this film.<p>
… even if all he does is brood and turn people into crackheads."<p>
Thursday, June 8, 2006 12:24 pm
Welcome to the new digs.
I’d been thinking about converting to WordPress ever since I first saw it. But Earthlink, my ISP, doesn’t support PHP or MySQL in its personal Web-site servers, so I stayed with Blogger.
But I recently found out that WP has free hosting, just as Blogger does. That, combined with Earthlink’s ridiculously low max capacity of 10 megs for personal Web space, which Blog on the Run was starting to bump up against before I Reloaded it in February, convinced me to move.
My original template didn’t carry over, but I’m not going to worry about that right now. Maybe later.
Neither did comments, although I might be able to go back to Blogger and get them. If not, oh, well.
If you link to me or subscribe to my feed, please update your links, bookmarks and RSS subscriptions. (The link to the new feed is over in the column on the right.) If you think you need to do that but don’t know how, leave a comment with the spam-proof version of your e-mail address and I’ll send you suggestions.