Bike odometer: 2567 Aches & pains: mosquito bites Current reading:Beginning iPhone 3.0 Development by David Mark and Jeff LaMarche, Food Rules by Michael Pollan Recent listening: Billie Holiday, Gershwin, Bright Eyes Recent viewing:Jazz (Ken Burns), Futurama, Wipeout, Psych, Jack, Toy Story 3, Freaks and Geeks, The Blues Brothers, Crazy Heart, The Rachel Maddow Show Recent playing: Words with Friends, Plants vs. Zombies, Angry Birds Recently accomplished: Blackberry removal, fixed deck railing, doctor’s appointment, client visit in Milwaukee, finished Iowa travel arrangements Imperative To Do: Mail box of books to Camden County Jail, pick up new meds, wrap-up must-do work items before vacation, vacation, iPhone app
Bike odometer: 2567 Aches & pains: lower back Current reading:Beginning iPhone 3.0 Development by David Mark and Jeff LaMarche Recent listening: John Coltrane, Public Enemy, Liz Phair, Dan Fogelberg, Lightning Hopkins, Muddy Waters, Grand Funk Railroad Recent viewing:Jazz (Ken Burns), The Messenger, Precious, The Jacket, Masters of Horror, The Machinist, Moon, Surrogates, Brothers, The Blind Side, August Rush, Doctor Who, Medium Recent playing: Words with Friends, Plants vs. Zombies Recently accomplished: Harvested compost, pulled dandelions, planted grass, removed blackberries, fixed attic door, created Troop 820 IS infrastructure Imperative To Do: Make doctor’s appointment, iPhone app, bank, post office, Troop 820 Treasurer’s report
Bike odometer: 2567 Aches & pains: itchy tattoo Current reading:George’s Secret Key to the Universe by Lucy and Stephen Hawking Recent listening: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath, Michelle Shocked, Muddy Waters, Dio, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tom Waits Recent viewing: Lost, Modern Family, Doctor Who, Glee, Fringe, Moon, Iron Man 2, Donnie Darko, The Big Lebowski, It Might Get Loud Recent playing: Words with Friends, Plants vs. Zombies Recently accomplished: Collected summer camp fees, finished Iowa vacation planning, learned to solder, fixed 1 of 2 broken LCD displays, unclogged traps in both bathrooms, job interview, endured first tattoo, setup Troop 820 website Imperative To Do: iPhone application, pay speeding ticket, weed and feed, groceries
Bike odometer: 2557 Aches & pains: numbness in left thigh Current reading:Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut Recent listening: Son Volt, Seals & Crofts, Firefall, Bread, Brave Combo Recent viewing: Fringe, Glee, Mad Men, The Colbert Report Recent playing: Doodle Jump, geoDefense Recently accomplished: Fruit pickup and delivery, expense reports, winterization, yard work Imperative To Do: Clean gutters, put antenna in the attic, clean office, finish Best of 2008, rebates, replace rusted grill parts, clean roof
Bike odometer: 2557 Aches & pains: occasional dizziness (high blood pressure medication) Current reading:My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk, Dry: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs, Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton Recent listening: Bach, Mojo Nixon, The Beatles, Adam Ant Recent viewing: Medium, Mad Men, Heroes, Brainiac, Fringe, FlashForward, Simpsons, Family Guy, Glee, Leverage Recent playing: Doodle Jump Recently accomplished: Fixed backups, Scout finances, yard cleanup Imperative To Do: Return cans, put antenna in the attic, clean office, finish Best of 2008, rebates, replace rusted grill parts, set up Iowa liaisons, clean roof
Graham got a little bored at the Scout meeting. Luckily, he brought along his iPod which was freshly loaded with his new CD by Chameleon Circuit. All of the music is Doctor Who themed which is pretty cool. That Graham found it on his own is even cooler. My son, the nerd.
Bike odometer: 2529 Van odometer: 155709 Aches & pains: mosquito bites (healing) Current reading:My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk Recent listening: Seconds of Pleasure by Rockpile, Rust Never Sleeps by Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Revolver by The Beatles, Faith and Courage by Sinéad O’Connor Recent viewing: The Lady in the Water, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (series), Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Sphere, Dear God, Roadside Prophets, The Last Days of Frankie the Fly, The Golden Compass, Truth or Consequences NM, Helvetica, A Scanner Darkly, I’m Not There, The King of Kong, The Killing of John Lennon Recent playing: Peggle (for iPhone) Recently accomplished: Bachelor week, Caravan DEQ and registration, cat boxes Imperative To Do: Read Sam’s script, return cans, put antenna in the attic, clean office, finish Best of 2008
Last night Graham and Thomas had their final orchestra concert of the year. In anticipation of the event, several months ago I invited my mother to visit us at this time so that she could attend. Graham’s fourth grade orchestra was the first to play and they did a very nice job of showing how much they had improved during the year. After they took their bow, they all started off stage to make room for the fifth grade orchestra. As Graham stood near the edge of the stage waiting for the rest of the kids to move, he chatted and laughed with his nearby friends. I looked away for a second to talk to Tina and then we heard a crash in front of the stage followed by a gasp from the audience. Somebody fell. Tina asked, “Who fell?” Scanning the group near the commotion, I realized Graham was no longer on stage. “It’s Graham!” I told her as she stood and then rushed down the stairs to the stage.