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November 23, 2008

Jazz Vespers Today

I almost forgot. I am participating in a Jazz Vespers performance this afternoon (5:00 pm) at the First Presbyterian Church of Pitman with the wonderful singer Rosemary Benson. I feel obligated to mention this because when people find out I play drums, they usually ask where they can come hear me, etc. Note, however, that I will be playing a barely-audible supporting role, so don’t come for me, come to hear Rosemary’s masterful interpretations of some selections from the Great American Songbook.


I only just now read this post. Sorry I missed it-- hope the concert went well.

November 15, 2008

Neologism: Beershopping

A friend sent me this fake Miller beer ad earlier this year:

Miller beer ad

Now I have a term for it. Just as “photoshopping” is the use of Photoshop to make a photograph of a person more attractive, “beershopping” is the use of beer to make an actual person more attractive.


I don't think it should be a fake ad. This is one of the best beer ads I've seen in years and if was Miller I would run in on the Super Bowl to battle anything Anheiser Busch ran that day.

November 10, 2008

Obama Prefers Shelter Dogs—A Nation Rejoices

Well, maybe not a nation, but me at least.

When I heard that the Obama daughters were promised a puppy, I was concerned that their acquisition would spark a craze for whatever breed they chose, putting pressure on breeders to meet demand. Wouldn’t it be great if they got a shelter or rescue dog? What a good example that would set. I was amazed to learn that that was indeed the plan when Obama announced at a press conference that “our preference would be to get a shelter dog.” Wow. As long as they can find a hypo-allergenic dog (pure-bred or not), it sounds like they were willing to wait until one became available at a shelter. Admirable and impressive, especially considering the deferred gratification for doing (what I consider) the right thing.


So awesome that the guy isn't even in office yet and that he and his family are setting amazing examples for the country. I love it!

I was very happy to hear it, too. We got our dog from a shelter, and he's changed our lives.

November 4, 2008

Election Day 2008

Many happy returns.