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Lola and the Frog

Children of the age of technology acquire the weirdest mannerisms. Becky, for instance, has gotten into a habit of saying “LOL” when she is amused, rather than, you know, bursting out laughing. I’m starting to call her Lola. My other daughter, meanwhile, resides in pool heaven. She always has been…

Singing in the woods, again

I enjoy our by now traditional semi-annual КСП outings. I happen to have a good time while I am there. Then I get back home, recognize the fact that I slept for probably 6-7 hours cumulatively over the course of the weekend, and fight fatigue for the next couple of…

Busy

I’d like to think that I am long past having to come up with excuses for the absence of any blogging activity. I simply ignore the blog these days when I’m too busy. And I am very busy. Employment-related busy-ness aside, we are currently entertaining house-guests who’ve never been to…

My weekend

Kept assembling the various piece of furniture that the wife had bought. Wrote checks for ungodly sums of money to various home service providers. Discovered a couple of inevitable future expenses related to the house equipment and services. Cleaned the pool, worked on the backyard, drove back and forth for…

What I learned over the weekend

Even if the assembly manual for a fairly complicated contraption explicitly states that two people are needed to successfully complete the work, a determined and resourceful individual should be able to come up with ways of achieving the desired end result all by himself. If said individual has a history…

Becky’s three words

My eldest daughter seems to be the primary source of material for my blog lately. At her request, I am putting up another of her drama class projects, so that it is publicized to my considerably larger audience. The assignment was to select 3 words that either described the person,…

Gevalt!

Becky has recently taken to riding her bike around the neighborhood. Weather being what it’s been the last few days, she obviously doesn’t wear track-suits on her rides. We live about half a mile away from a synagogue. There are some people who drive to services there, but many people…

Skaters’ autographs

It occurred to me that my girls now possess skates signed not only by the Olympic silver medalists, but an Olympic champion as well. Becky participated in a 2004 edition of Stars Stripes and Skates gala with Nancy Kerrigan. Next year, she attended a skating clinic in NYC’s Central Park…

Skating with an Olympic champion

Today’s Russian word is захолустье. Most closely translated as “a God-forsaken place”, it means a backwater, marginal, more likely than not unattractive, sparsely-populated periphery town or village with rudimentary, if any, modern infrastructure and nothing to be proud about. (To pronounce it, start with “z” as in “zoo”, followed by…

Rainstorm aftermath

All houses but three on our street lost power on Saturday, and it is yet to be restored. Ours is one of the three lucky ones. Becky says more than half of her friends said today that they had flooded basements. We found one single glass doorway that had water…

Behind on a major project

Don’t tell my younger daughter, but I am awfully late with what she surely expects will be my gift to her on her next birthday. Given that the similar enterprise for the benefit of her older sister six years ago took me roughly nine months to finish, I shouldn’t have…

A simple truth

The best snow-blower is four guys with snow shovels. 20 minutes, 40 bucks, and I have not had even to step out of the house. I don’t know why they did not show up and offer their services after previous snowfalls, but I sure hope they’ll be showing up the…

What’s in a name?

When our children were born, we did not exactly bother to research what the names we were giving them meant. (Or, if we did at the time, my memory did not record it.) But yesterday, Kimmy came across a naming book in our library and decided to figure out what…

Assorted notes

Both of the teams I was rooting for lost in conference championship games on Sunday. The Jets were exposed as a lower-class team with mostly toothless offense and only occasionally stingy defense. The Vikings turned the ball over four times and yet had the game for the taking with 2:29…

The Brit

I wanted to put up another video of Becky, this one of her recent number at the school Performance Showcase, but I can’t make the Facebook video download script work in my Firefox browser. The quality of that video is lacking anyway, so I have to rely on eyewitness accounts…

Becky: Monologue of a …

I don’t want to provide the name of this little performance out of concern for what type of future Google searches it may attract. You’ll understand. This is something Becky did for a graded Drama class project at school a while ago. We decided to take a video cut for…

Into the new year

I took a few days off blogging after New Year’s, mostly on account of being busy with various friendly get-together engagements. There have been only a couple of days in the last week and a half that we did not spend in company of good friends. Which is, as I…