Thursday, April 19, 2012

Pour Some Music On It

We're a maudlin sort of house this evening as we've just read the news that Levon Helm passed on. He was a soulful and fascinating person and yet another in a growing line of decent men that have left this world better for having been born. A few years ago, John and I were in Woodstock and we asked around and got directions to his house. We drove by a few times, but didn't see any activity so we just rolled down the car windows and yelled, "We love you Levon!". I'll bet that probably only happened fifty or sixty times a day. The man was a shining star.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Jane, his wife.

We finally broke down and bought the new ipad. John wants to have intimate relations with it. I'm not ready to go that far just yet, but I will admit that that Garage Band app kinda blew my mind. I'm like a cross between Fergie and Tchaikovsky with that damn thing. To be honest though, the whole ipad/iphone/skype/twitter culture makes me feel like I'm in an episode of the Jetsons. Sort of makes me feel like canning vegetables or milking a cow or taking a bath in a rain barrel just to get some ding dang perspective.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Concord, Mass

I took a mental health day today and John and I wound up in Concord. We have many fond memories of Concord because it's one of the places he took me during my first visit to New England. We got kind of a later start so we didn't stay too very long. But we did visit the Alcott House. Home of Louisa May and her fascinating family. Unfortunately, they don't allow photography inside the house. But it was lovely and well-preserved and this is the 100th year that the house has been a museum. It was originally built in 1650. That's right. 1650. How crazy is that? Anyway, I love Little Women even though I haven't read it since I was 12. And the Winona movie is one of my favorite movies of all time. I love everything about it. We enjoyed ourselves this day. Concord's an adorable little town with a village feel, but it's also right outside of Boston and is home to Concord Academy. So it was really crowded and there were more BMWs and Volvos than you could shake a stick at. It was still very pleasant. Today John coined a couple of phrases. Such as "the humble Hyundai". Because interspersed lightly amongst the German imports, we saw a few beat up Hyundai's which we figured is some parent's way of trying to humble his prep school youngun. My personal favorite phrase of the day is "un-shorts-unate". We pulled a u-turn in the parking area of the Minute Men state park and I asked what exactly was supposed to have occurred there. The whole time, John and I are eye-balling this poor middle aged bastard in running shorts getting into his convertible. We decided it was the scene of the Unfortunate Short Incident of 2012. Which John shortened to un-shorts-unate. We've gotten a lot of miles out of that one. I don't even know why we waste our time on television and movies when clearly we are our own form of entertainment.