serendipitous reflections

Friday, February 20, 2009

Apprehending Prawo Jazdy

It appears that, all across Ireland, Prawo Jazdy has been getting driving citations -- at least 50 -- but has never been prosecuted. Recently, the police found out why: Prawo Jazdy is Polish for "driver's license" and they weren't actually writing down the person's name. It's the kind of thing folk ballads are written about ... "The Legend of Prawo Jazdy."


Thursday, February 19, 2009

Tournament of Books

Jeni and I love books ... we love the way they look on the shelf, the smell of a book, and of course reading books. And tournaments are fun too. So when I saw The Tournament of Books today, I thought, "What a great idea!" Now, I haven't read any of these books, so following the tournament might be like watching March Madness without a favorite team in the mix, but the fact that they have a Zombie Round alone makes it worth tuning in to. That, and the fact that the winner gets a live rooster (which explains the t-shirt).

And speaking of t-shirts, really, if nothing else, follow the t-shirt link and look at the other shirt on the page. I seriously think I need an "aeiofu" t-shirt. Maybe for roller derby night!


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Why I don't Twitter

I made my first Twitter post, linking to a comic* that explains why I don't Twitter (and avoid Facebook). I must limit the sources of addictive internet outlets I expose myself to for fear of dissolving into a blog of internet obsession.

*This is Non Sequitur from Wednesday, February 18, 2009, in case you read this after today.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Happy Birthday Tiffany!

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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

22 years ago...

It was 22 years ago when I came home from eighth grade, entered through the front door and went straight upstairs. A voice from downstairs asked, "How was your day?" as I clunked my way up the stairs. I responded, "fine" as every eighth grader probably does, oblivious to the fact that this was not my mother's voice. After depositing my book bag in the corner of my bedroom, I came downstairs for a snack, only to find that the neighbor was there, Mom had gone to the hospital eight weeks early, and that I had a little sister, 3 pounds 14 ounces. Now, 22 years later, I still have a little sister, no longer 3 pounds 14 ounces, and I pay a little more attention to the voice that greets me as I enter the house, just in case.

Happy Birthday Kelly!

Dean, Kelly and Jeni after dinner
(Us from after Kelly's senior recital in early December ... where has the time gone?)

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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Amazing picture

This panoramic picture from the inauguration is just amazing. The photographer used some NASA technology to put together 220 images to create the image. The ability to zoom in on individuals is just incredible.