October is here! Ignoring the government shutdown – that seems anything but good – these are some of the good things that brightened my week:
Google Chat – Growing up in the 1960s and 1970s there would be crazy predictions about what the future would look like. It was a little bit cool like The Jetsons with automated everything. It was also a little scary with technology that you weren’t sure what it would mean. One of those scary tech-y predictions was the video phone. What if someone called you up and you were just getting out of the shower? or you looked bad? or you were with someone you weren’t supposed to be with??? The concept I had in my mind, was one in which you wouldn’t have a choice. Either your phone calls were all video, or they weren’t. That is not how it turned out. We now have ways to make video connections when we want them. We can talk to family and friends as long as they have a computer and a camera. It is a wonderful thing. This week, we got to spend some time talking with Ali, Sam and Jean. It was unscheduled and fun. We got to see Banjo, some of Sam and Jean’s apartment, and Ali modelling her amazing 816 hoodie. This version of the Jetsons is just right.
Wentworth Homecoming, Lexington Applefest and VW in a Parade – This weekend was the homecoming at Wentworth. Dan and the staff at the school put so much time and effort into this. Their goal was to create a happy and memorable time for alumni coming back to meet up with old friends and new. I got to share in some of the festivities over the weekend. Not only did the attendees have a perfect autumn weekend, but they seemed to be having so much fun with one another. I have learned that attending a military school can lead to adventures and misadventures. I got to hear of a few, and I know that many more were shared among the alumni. As part of the weekend, the school organizes a parade that goes down the Main Street of Lexington. Lexington is a classic little Missouri river town. Over the past years, they have been working to grow their downtown with businesses and renovation. There is a nice little bookstore and some neat antique stores. The Spotted Pig serves cold beers and good food. Coinciding with Homecoming was the Lexington Apple Fest. Along Main Street, vendors sold crafts, antiques, and apples. Around 1:30 on Saturday, an announcement was made asking the Apple Fest attendees to make way for the parade. Immediately people moved to the sidewalks. Led by the drum crew, the little parade appeared. There was the Grand Marshall, Norma Maring – whose 80th birthday was celebrated all weekend – waving like it was the happiest day of her life. There was a float with the Homecoming Kings and Queens – seeming to have fun and waving like royalty. There were some more convertibles with school Hall of Famers. But, best for me, was seeing my VW – sparkling clean after I had given it a much needed inside and outside cleaning – driving in the parade. Dan was behind the wheel. The President of the school and his wife were in the back. Great stuff!
Lobster Rolls – Dan came home from the store a few nights ago and told me that there is a lobster sale at our grocery store all month long. “I think I am going to make lobster rolls.” Mmmmm! When Sam was in college, I had one of the best eating experiences of my life. We went to the Pearl Oyster Bar in Greenwich Village and had a lobster roll. It was packed with lobster and mayo and served in a grilled/buttered hot dog roll. Good grief, it was good! Since then, I am a fan of the simple, but delicious lobster roll. Dan was true to his word. On Wednesday he came home with some lobster tails that the grocery store steamed for him. He mixed the meat with mayo and a little onion. He buttered and toasted some hot dog rolls. They were wonderful. It is a pretty good October day when you can leave work and come home to your house in Kansas City, Missouri and feast on a freshly made lobster roll!
Neko Case on World Cafe – I know, I know! I’ve been talking about Neko Case a bunch lately, but there continues to be more to talk about! She appeared on David Dye’s World Cafe’s Podcast recently and I listened to it this week. Neko Case can sing AND talk. David started the interview by stating that Neko’s new album came out of some tough times that she was having after the death of her parents. He noted that many of the interviews after the release dealt with that experience and that he wanted to go in a different direction. Neko was happy about that, but she spent some time explaining that she was not averse to talking about it – depression/blues is a natural thing for people to go through when they have sad things that happen to them. She then started answering a number of random questions from David – books she likes, what about her house in the country she likes, how she deals with airports. The question that I most loved her response to was when he asked her what was the last thing that truly delighted her. She responded, “I gotta say, that that happens like every six minutes. I am pretty excitable. Like, I had those salty chocolatey almond things about ten minutes ago and I got to say, those were pretty epic.” That is my kind of girl! She also does acoustic versions of 4 songs from the new album that are sparkling too!
Commemorative Stamps – This week we sent out a number of cards, and I loved putting on the stamps. In general, I am trying to send more notes through the mail. Something that makes mailing anything happier is the opportunity to use one of the many beautiful and fun commemorative stamps that the postal service offers. On our last trip to the post office, we discovered the Lady Bird Johnson stamps. The stamps are in honor of the one hundredth anniversary of her birth and they recreate five of the stamps issued in the 1960s to promote her Plant for a Beautiful America campaign. They are so pretty. I also have some postcard stamps that have different Hawaiian shirts. There is a “Made in America” series that feature early twentieth century photographs of laborers at work. I have Rosa Parks and Johnny Cash to gussy up envelopes. Going into a post office and buying stamps and not asking for commemoratives is a missed opportunity.
I hope you had a week where you can look back and recollect some of the good things. Please share one if you would like!