Note: If you do not already know who I am, then you are advised to turn back now, lest ye die of boredom. This is not the blog of someone who is trying to become a famous blogger. This is meant as a memory bank for our future and as a way for our out-of-town families to keep up with the goings-on around here. I am increasingly bothered by the permanence of the internet, particularly in regard to children who have no choice in the matter. As a result, I intend to keep things pretty matter-of-fact.

Stephen With His Uncle Robert

November 27, 2009

November 27, 2009

Concentration

November 27, 2009

November 27, 2009

Robert concentrates heavily on his launch. This is what I call the Megaman stance.

Billy Playing

November 27, 2009

November 27, 2009

I had fun playing with my twirly helicopter blade thing with my dad and brothers.

First Snow

Well, we got our first snow for this Winter (even though Winter doesn’t start until December 21). It was about five inches of disgusting, heavy, wet snow–the kind of stuff Canadians get in late August. I took the dogs for a walk last night. A few times I stepped off the curb into what I thought was going to be snow, but it was just a deep puddle of 33 degree water that instantly soaked through my shoes and socks. What a wonderful feeling when you have been sick for five days. I think my cold is done with, and now I just have a sinus infection (not contagious, but awful). Stephen’s nose has been running on-and-off for days now, and he can barely breathe with a pacifier in his mouth.

I guess I am going to start walking the dogs early in the morning during the week, when Jaime is still here. It is soon going to get prohibitively cold regarding Stephen. Waiting until 9 o’clock has allowed it to warm up most days, but that will stop eventually.

Steve came over yesterday, and after several hours in the basement, we managed to record one single bassline that’s no longer than 90 seconds. My new computer setup adds a lot of buzzing and noise to my recordings. I ordered a audio-to-USB interface cable from Musician’s Friend on Nov. 2, and they pushed back the backorder three times. I canceled the order on Friday and ordered one off ebay. Hopefully this will solve my problems and I can get back to recording on a regular basis.

Still have no functioning kitchen faucet. What a winner I am.

Useless Facts [Part 3]

  • Alaska’s coastline is longer than that of all the U.S. coastal states combined.
  • The tip of a whip makes a cracking noise because it moves faster than the speed of sound, and therefore creates a miniature sonic boom.
  • The only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat.
  • The average person swallows 295 times while eating a meal.
  • Circadian dysrhythmia is the official term for jet lag.
  • The male mosquito does not bite–only the female does.
  • Your left hand does 56 percent of the typing.
  • Martin Van Buren was the first U.S. born citizen to become president.
  • Until 1936, it was against the law in New York to wear topless bathing suits–for both men and women.
  • An adult has 206 bones. A newborn has 300.
  • The number of left-handed men is double that of left-handed women.
  • Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.
  • Honeybees and turtles are deaf.
  • Calvin Coolidge‘s will was one sentence long.
  • Babies up to seven months old can breathe and swallow at the same time.
  • You have to count all the way to one thousand before the letter “a” is used in spelling a number.
  • A world class high jumper could clear the bar at almost fifty feet on the moon.
  • Seals have been known to swim for as long as eight months and 6,000 miles without touching land.
  • An ant’s sense of smell is comparable to a dog’s.

Stephen With His Grandpa V.

November 27, 2009

November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving Day

November 26, 2009

November 26, 2009

Stephen has his “My First Thanksgiving” outfit on.

Concert Glutton

It appears (though it is not yet official) that I am going to the Birchmere two nights in a row in March of 2010. Thursday March 4th is Gaelic Storm, and Friday March 5th is Leon Redbone. The funny part is that I would like to attend the same venue to see Bobby McFerrin (this video impresses me to no end; his range is incredible) on March 17th, but that would just be too much concert gluttony for one person to handle. I have found a lot of good venues over the years by going to see Leon Redbone. Since I first went to the Birchmere to see him, I have been back three times to see some other shows. The venue is the most important aspect of a concert, because the venue is what determines the mood more than anything. Nothing worse than a bunch of out-of-place headbanging morons, and sit-down shows typically prevent that from happening.

Curtiss P-40E Warhawk

November 24, 2009

November 24, 2009

I Forget What It Is

November 24, 2009

November 24, 2009

Udvar-Hazy Center, NASA wing