Happy Valentine’s Day


I am in love!!! Joey Cheek is just darling.

Lazy in Lubberland

Surely there is no place in the world where the inhabitants live with less labour than in North Carolina. It approaches nearer to the description of Lubberland than any other, by the great felicity of the climate, the easiness of raising provisions, and the slothfulness of the people. . . . To speak the truth, ’tis a thorough aversion to labor that makes people file off to N[orth] Carolina, where plenty and a warm sun confirm them in their disposition to laziness for their whole lives.

—William Byrd II, William Byrd’s Histories of the Dividing Line Betwixt Virginia and North Carolina (1728)

Furthermore

On the subject of bottoms and banjos, Jonathan Coulton’s masterful cover of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.”

Photo by Bear


Since bottoms are hysterical in our house, I performed an elaborate bottom-shaking dance to banjo music to get these smiles.

Yogi Bear-ism

My parents, whom we call Bear and Banjo, came for a visit this weekend, as I was miserable with a deeply entrenched head cold. They fed us a wonderful take-out dinner from Aurora and helped occupy the kids so I could rest.

We watched the Wake Forest-Charlotte basketball game. Watching sports with Bear is always a hoot; she gets very involved and issues statements like, “There goes the game!” She’s usually right. Yesterday, though, her team won, despite her observation: “We always lose in the second half.”

As opposed to the first half?

Not Quite Sunset Boulevard

You Are Skiing

Graceful, athletic, and gusty – you’re willing to put it all on the line.
You’re willing to take big risks for big rewards.
What Winter Sport Are You?

Apparently I am skiing. I feel more like I am curling.

Fugue Dreaming

Usually I sleep very well. Sometimes, though—like when I’m sick, or before a race—my brain seems to lapse into a loop cycle, and I wake repeatedly with the same information spinning through my brain. But it’s not important information, nor is it something that’s obviously troubling me.

Last night, for example, it was the image of my Web site, which I’ve been working on, and a snatch of the song “D & W” off my kids’ latest They Might Be Giants album. Over and over again.

Why?

Bears!

Wes and I were happy to see that Stephen Colbert is the subject of a story in Newsweek. Of course, we got this information from Colbert’s show, which we have watched religiously since it began airing in October. The single episode we have missed (friggin’ DVR!) was the one where he slammed the AP for not recognizing him as the originator of “truthiness.” (Luckily, the Newsweek article has a link to the clip.)

We enjoy The Colbert Report more than The Daily Show. It’s consistently ridiculous, and the interviews are never boring. Best of all: the screeching eagle that sails through the opening credits. Brilliant.

A Lovely Surprise

In a surprise package from my mother-in-law: the gorgeous book on Kripalu Yoga written by her teacher Richard Faulds, with a beautiful inscription:

Dear Sage,

What a dynamic life you’re leading! May all your disciplines, combined with a healthy measure of serendipity and grace, lead you down the road of an amazing and entrancing life. Enjoy the journey!

Richard Faulds

Which reminds me of this Mark Twain quote. Apparently it’s in the top ten list of most-quoted phrases, for obvious reasons: it rocks.

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

How nice to have so many really great people around me. Thanks, Marty.

Rigging the Election

The podcast is now up on the iTunes Music Store. If you use iTunes, you can click here to find it. I’d love to get some positive reviews up there, hint hint. The idea is that eventually I can work advertising or sponsorship in–discreetly, of course, nothing obnoxious–so enthusiastic responses would help.

On a different topic, Black Pearl has now crossed the 100-mile mark. What a bike!

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