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Shuffle -- an update

Posted by Ed on December 21, 2006 at 10:04 AM Comments comments (69)

I have a slight upper-respiratory infection now. I'm figuring out how I can relate it to the fire and sue MIT and NStar ... perhaps I should call Attorney Dane M. Shulman.

I have now made two batches of the WordNerd's EggNog cookies -- first batch, not so hot (too small and crumbly) ... second batch was excellent. I must say that I actually enjoy baking -- I had no idea.

I miss my office. I miss access to our Exchange server and the treasure-trove of information stored in e-mails from 5/1/2003-12/8/2006 that I can't access.

A handy tip for the kids -- if you think you might get fired from a job, don't quit -- that way, you'll get unemployment!

This is the latest I have ever mailed holiday cards.

I am wearing a pretty kickass 1969 Chicago Cubs hat right now.

One of the upsides of having a closed office is that I don't have to share the gift basket I got from one of my clients ... I picked it up when I got our mail. I still plan to, however, but I don't have to.

Is it just me, or do the 76ers keep getting screwed when they trade franchise players? First Chamberlain in 1968 for a few stiffs; then Charles Barkley for Jeff Hornacek, Tim Perry and Andrew Lang; and now Iverson for Andre Miller, an aging Joe Smith and a few picks. It's like the Simpsons episode where the fate of the plant's dental plan rests on Homer's ability to outnegotiate Burns; and Bart is able to swindle Homer out of his "crummy old danish" for a "delicious doorstop."

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grumpy

Posted by Ed on December 18, 2006 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)
Right now, I am sitting waiting in a "hospitality suite" at the Cambridge Marriott (Cambridge's leading 3-star hotel) set up by our landlord for us to use for work. While their intentions are very good and they are working hard, this solution falls short -- it's basically a hotel room, and there are enough only flat surfaces for one person to work on, and someone beat me to the flat surface. So I'm sitting on the sofa of what has to be a smoking room with my laptop earning its name -- topping my lap -- as I try to use their wireless until I can go over to our building at 11:15 a.m. to escort an employee upstairs. Wow, this really sucks.

Festival of Lights, Alterna-Hunk Redux and Yarrr!

Posted by Ed on December 18, 2006 at 2:02 AM Comments comments (0)


A big weekend, so let me use this wonderful bout of insomnia to get caught up ... click on the photo of the boy above to be taken to my album for this fin de semana ...

Juliet's mom came up for Chanukah and we had the Gannons over for chicken marbella, latkes and whatnot on Friday night. My thanks to the Ezra and Teri Show for providing us with a second non-stick frying pan to help us with some supply-chain issues re: the latkes.

On Saturday, we celebrated Max Inman's 4th birthday at a pirate-themed party. Yarr! I made plenty of references to plundering Juliet's booty, which fell mostly on deaf ears.

Saturday night, I saw the Lemonheads, or at least the collection of studio musicans and the man for whom the term alterna-hunk was created, Evan Dando, at the Avalon. The Herald called it a "sloppy mixed bag," which is pretty dead on. You know you're getting old when: 1) you wear earplugs to a show; 2) you are glad the show is at Avalon since they have to clear the place out by 10 p.m. for Euro Night; 3) you use the show as an opportunity to enjoy a few club sodas with lime and don't feel cheated; 4) through most of the show you realize you wouldn't feel horrible if you were actually finishing your book in bed; and 5) most every song played brings you back, instantly, to a time > a dozen years past (mostly with "heartbreaking melancholy," just like the review said).

The the show was uneven, but I really enjoyed hearing songs from It's a Shame About Ray played live, although I was bummed he didn't play "Rudderless" and "Confetti." Although the three-piece band gave them a solid stripped-down sound (the drummer was excellent), you don't realize just how big Julia Hatfield's contribution was to "Ray" until you hear songs played without her. Poor Sean -- he stopped following the Lemonheads once they left their punky-hardcore roots and the Taang! label, and thus recognized exactly one song when they belted out "Hate Your Friends" as an encore.

Big, big win for your New England Patriots over the hapless Texans of Houston.


A dream deferred

Posted by Ed on December 15, 2006 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)
I was all set to make a batch of Egg-Nog Cookies last night (an excessively friendly thank you to the http://wordnerd331.typepad.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">WordNerd for the tip; I am trying hard to coin that tagline for my tip of the hat) but sadly, I didn't have enough butter and it was 945 by the time I got started. I am going to try again today.

It will mark my first foray into baking solo since the ill-fated "Hey, baking powder and baking soda are the same, right?" oatmeal-raisin cookies of 1990.

What is this all aboot?

Posted by Ed on December 14, 2006 at 12:36 PM Comments comments (0)
What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Inland North
 

You may think you speak "Standard English straight out of the dictionary" but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like "Are you from Wisconsin?" or "Are you from Chicago?" Chances are you call carbonated drinks "pop."

The Midland
 
North Central
 
The West

I must not have completed the questions in this quiz carefully enough, because I do *not* have a Chicago/Wisconsin accent, and I don't call "soda" "pop." Do I? I always thought I had no accent at all -- very flat sort of Upstate New York, but not so upstate that I sound like I'm from Canada -- unless "mumbly" is an accent.

An excessively friendly thank you to the WordNerd for the tip.

Slim-Jim Milkshake

Posted by Ed on December 13, 2006 at 9:58 PM Comments comments (0)
Another entertaining read from Food on the Food. I never thought Guiness was really all that good, but never had the courage to come out and say it, particularly what with all the Gaeliphilic town such as Olde Boston Towne. Hell, I'm 75 percent Irish. At Irish pubs, I would drink it because it was expected of me.Occasionally would cut it with Bass for the so-called "black-and-tan," even though the whole "Ireland-England in a glass" confused me. I would occasionally have Harp until a bully Irish bartender told me that "Harp is crap." Anyway, I always thought of Guiness as "sludgy" but Tammy hits the nail on the head with her descriptor.

Kucinich in 2008!

Posted by Ed on December 13, 2006 at 8:11 AM Comments comments (0)

Well, he's back! Perhaps America will be ready now for what http://www.schwalsh.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mr. Schwalsh called Kucinich's "Elfin Magic." Early indications are that Harrison3.com will lend its endorsement to his campaign, if only because thus far he is the only declared candidate.

 

A photo, just because ...

Posted by Ed on December 12, 2006 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)
From Random Decemb...

Here's a shot of Jacob with Nanny and Papa (my mom and dad) at their house last Saturday.

One Broadway update ... 1-2 weeks !!!!

Posted by Ed on December 12, 2006 at 1:03 PM Comments comments (0)

From the Boston Herald. Good Lord.

 

 

Handy Hints from Edloise

Posted by Ed on December 12, 2006 at 8:13 AM Comments comments (0)

Egg-nog makes a delightful coffee whitener.


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