Hodge Podge

1. I have had my hypothesis confirmed: it feels worse for me as a fan to lose a Super Bowl than it does to win a Stanley Cup. In 2003, when Adam Vinatieri ruined my best chance at happiness, I was gloomy for a full three days. My hockey interest is much lower, but I got only three hours of pleasure, tops, from the Canes’ victory. I believe when the Panthers win it all, I will not be glad for as long as I was upset after their loss.

2. Lily got scooped up by a hunky lifeguard at the pool today. He had great instincts: she was doing her vertical doggie paddle (and I sat watching, thinking, “Boy, her doggie paddle is vertical!”) but tired and started to panic. He said, “I could see it in her expression.” She was embarrassed; I was very pleased at his quick reaction.

3. There’s an updated picture at my home page, which I put as full background. It’s fanny-forward, but I liked the green grass, so I kept as is. For all my efforts, I can’t get the lower two links darker. I welcome feedback on its appearance.

4. Our buddies are moving to Vermont for culinary school and selling their awesome house in Durham. It’s on a luxe park, half a block from the American Tobacco Trail (great running, riding, and an easy walk to good beer on tap). Here is their listing:

704 E. Forest Hills Blvd., Durham NC
$348,500
Contact Bryan C. Andregg 919-612-2509 or
bandregg@loopback.net
Web site for house: http://www.loopback.net

This desirable home in the historic Forest Hills neighborhood is within walking distance of downtown Durham, the American Tobacco Campus, and the Durham Bulls ballpark. It has 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths in 2250 square feet. It sits on a quarter acre lot with old growth trees on a quiet street directly on the grand Forest Hills city park. French doors opening onto the back patio, a large bay window looking over the front yard into the park, and a finished basement with fireplace and wine cellar add to the spaciousness of this home. Outdoor entertaining is easy with large decks front and back, outdoor speakers, and a luxury hot tub. The home has hardwood and tile floors throughout and an extremely useable kitchen with a breakfast area sunroom.