Day #30: Harrison – “Monday’s Arms”
The weekend closed out what has to have been one of the most awesome birthday weeks ever (thanks to all who participated). McD asked me if I felt any wiser, and I can safely say, I do.
Some things I learned this week…
Lesson 1: As part care-taker of new cats, Ramona and Yet-to-Be-Named, I have learned that no matter how much they try to fight it, most people will inevitably talk to cute, furry animals with baby voices. I am one. I suspect these two cats quietly resent my undermining their intelligence. After all, they can land on all fours most of the time. I can’t even see without my glasses.
Lesson 2: I rode in a helicopter and it was awesome! I wish I could get my own helicopter taxi service to and from work, though I would probably have to work somewhere near a landing pad or convince people to join a helicopter pool so they could chip in for the cost to build it and also the gas. Things I learned: helicopters flip when they crash, although I didn’t experience this first hand. But I did get a little nauseous.
Lesson 3: Sopresetto is fancy talk for sausage. And it goes good with a well made sangria. If you are a meat eater, of course, because I’m not sure that they’d bother making a soy version, or the fancy talk for describing it.
Lesson 4: line dancers take things very seriously. A girl at Nick’s warned me I should stand back during one of the songs because kicking was part of the dance. And we are talking drum major high kicks. I was grateful for the warning. Also, Nick’s kind of looks to me like at one time, probably 30 some years ago, it was a roller rink. Then all the super roller disco fanatics were replaced by equally hardcore line dancers when it became a country bar. And maybe the only country bar in town since we saw people there we hadn’t seen since the last time we went… two years ago.
Lesson 5: Baltimore just keeps getting better. This weekend’s adventure: BYOB breakfast at night. Also, Mark may be the only person in the world who has heard all of REMs albums made in the last decade.
Lesson 6: Bilbo Baggins started charging for baskets of bread! Jenn B correctly suggested that they revise the menu to read, “29 years of serving free bread to Alexandria and one not.” Actually I learned a lot of stuff at that brunch, including Nicole’s love of animals, but hatred for animal movies and something called Crooks Island, the unsolved mystery of Nova Scotia. It was a big group.
Lesson 7: Exams for eye infections are awesome if you are not the one with the possible infection. In fact, take the kids and make an afternoon of it. Phil got tested for pink eye and the doctor applied a dye that turned his eye green fluorescent under blue light. All that was missing was some rave music at a hushed volume (it is a hospital!!).
Lesson 8: Babies fart a lot. Why is it so funny when old folks do that?
Lesson 9: I still don’t know much about football. And how did they get through a whole Super Bowl without even once mentioning Tim Tebow?!