Saturday, March 10, 2007

Is that your professional opinion, sir?

This is the receipt from my Toyota Matrix's first oil change. I love how my mechanic gives me my car's diagnosis in lay terms.

Still, it feels good to have a VERY NICE CAR.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

I'm famous.

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you probably know that I already know how to knit. But as you can see, I give an Oscar® worthy performance in this screencast on knitting instruction by Brian Sawyer on the Hacks Blog.

(And if you don't know what a hack is yet, here's an example of some Blogging Hacks from

Sunday, March 04, 2007

I missed the lunar eclipse.

I missed seeing the lunar eclipse yesterday, even though I checked the time and bearing and drove out trying to see it.

I saw my first lunar eclipse in Belmont, Massachusetts. 1997, I think. I was on my way to an ensemble music class (I played flute, and the class included piano, violin, and cello.) The moon looked orange, just like this.

I really wanted to see the orange moon again this time, but in Eastern Massachusetts the total eclipse was just after moonrise, and it was also a cloudy night. All I saw was gray.

I think I could have seen it if I had driven farther and looked harder.

Photo of the 2007 total lunar eclipse in Massachusetts credit to Mike Theiss, from Weather Underground.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Where has this man been all my life?

A few nights ago, I woke up in the middle of the night, with a memory. I was a pre-teenager, seeing someone named Johnnie Ray on the Jerry Lewis telethon, which I was watching with my parents. They commented on how out-of-shape he looked now that he was past his prime. I was struck by his dramatic and extreme way of using his voice and body.

Waking up in the middle of night for me usually entails a quick Google search or email check along with the usual glass of water or juice. This time, of course, I googled Johnnie Ray and found on YouTube video of him in his prime. I was enthralled by what I found:

According to most biographies, including this excellent one by Linda Rapp on, Ray's style was a transition from Sinatra to Elvis. Bobby Darin clearly borrowed, too. (This article has more pictures.)

I've never wished I were born 20 years earlier...until now.