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On Vox: It's later than you think. [Dec. 3rd, 2009|12:05 am]

This song represents to me everything that I love about contra dancing -- everything I love about life, even.  Good music, a good song, and a rhythm so catchy you have to move your feet.  Heck, I think I can even guess the figures to the dance they're doing just from the tune and the sounds of the stomps on the dance floor.  The message of the song, too, speaks to my soul.

For one of my friends, however -- a singer, a dancer and a lover of life -- tomorrow will in fact be too late.  Tonight I'm raising a glass of water in honor of Pete and his family.

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On Vox: Street. Performance. [May. 3rd, 2009|10:33 am]

Stand By Me.

Here's something to make you smile on a gloomy, rainy morning.

(h/t to zombie_dog)

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Oh those b[uzz]ards. [Feb. 14th, 2009|02:33 am]
Well THAT is freaking obnoxious. Apparently, Verizon has decided that Teh Geek and I no longer need phone service at home. It got cut off some time this evening, along with the DSL. No notice was given that they were going to do this, of course. After all, what could we possibly need phone and internet for if we're going to be moving over a month from now?

Grr. Argh.
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On Vox: Updates [Feb. 11th, 2009|09:21 pm]

Gosh it's been a long while since I've updated people on what's been going on over here.  It's actually been really frickin' busy around here, and there's gonna be some very interesting changes coming Real Soon Now.  Specifically, Teh Geek and I are scheduled to close on a new house in two weeks.  The entire process from house search to bid to contract to inspection to closing has just swept by in a blur, but I'm really excited by it all.  The new place is in Wheaton (well, technically Silver Spring -- but never mind that), just a short piece up the road from the mall.  It has a nice yard, a GREAT kitchen, and one of the nicest neighboors I've ever met.

The other piece of news that's been taking up a huge ammount of my time and energy is that my boss at work went on medical leave a month ago, and I've been running things ever since.  I've always said that I never really wanted to go into management, but I've been finding it exhilierating as well as exhausting.

Anyway, the extra hours at work mean that I've had to start getting to bed earlier...  so I'm going to start heading in that direction.  Hopefully I will have more updates for y'all in the weeks ahead.

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On Vox: Christmas Dinner [Dec. 25th, 2008|10:33 pm]

Dinner was a relatively small affair this year with just Teh Wife and Teh Mother.  Still, I'm actually rather pleased with how it turned out:

Roast Turducken.  (Relax...  It was store-bought.  I am nowhere near good enough to make one of those myself.)

Sweet Potatoes:

(recipe from my father)

Boil and peel 4 pounds of sweet potatoes.

Mash the potatoes in a bowl

Add a stick of butter, 1/8 cup of maple syrup, 1.5 oz rum, 8-12 drops of Tobasco, 1/4 - 1/2 tsp salt.

Mash all the ingredients again until everything's smooth.  (It's important to mash the potatoes first BEFORE you add any butter to get the desired smoothness.)

Pour the potatoes into a ceramic bowl, and cover the top with brown sugar and pecans.

Bake until the brown sugar is melted.  (Not long.)

(This recipe theoretically serves 8, although the three of us ate exactly half of it.)

Cinnamon Spinach Salad:

(recipe from flutestory)

For the salad, combine baby spinach, 2 medium apples thinly sliced, walnuts and dried cranberries in the bowl.

For the dressing, combine 1/4 cup honey, 3 Tbsp veg oil, 2 Tbsp cider vinegar, 1/2 tsp dry mustard, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp salt and 1 pressed garlic clove together and mix well.

(recipe serves 6ish)

And to round it out, of course, an Apple Pie and Vanilla Ice Cream from Giffords.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

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Morris Dancing coming to Pittsburgh [Nov. 12th, 2008|01:06 pm]
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This goes out to my friends up in the Pittsburgh area.

I have just received news that a couple of veteran Morris Dancers are moving to Pittsburgh, and they are looking to found a new team. If any of you are interested -- or if you know anyone in the dance community up there who would be interested -- drop me a line and I will forward their contact information to you.

A lot of you expressed interest in Morris Dancing after seeing it at our wedding reception. I found it a little hard to explain because there is no active community of Morris dancers in Pittsburgh, so I couldn't say "Just go watch these guys at this event coming up and you'll get it." Let me just say that I have an embarrassingly silly amount of fun doing it, and the nationwide community of Morris Dancers are all a bunch of really swell people.

If you want to try something new and different...  If you want learn more about a living tradition that has been around since the Middle Ages...  Heck, even if all you want to do is drink some really good beer, then you should check it out.

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On Vox: Reposted because it made me laugh. [Oct. 2nd, 2008|09:25 am]

This is from a friend's f-locked post on the "Inside the Actor's Studio" meme:

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
"I don't care if you never believed in Me, I always believed in you. And yes, all the crap I put you through was a test. Congratulations, you passed: here's your sword."

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On Vox: Damn. [Aug. 26th, 2008|08:55 pm]

Two months to the day after I started to tell the tale, the story finally reaches its conclusion.

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On Vox: Excuses, Excuses. [Jul. 15th, 2008|10:04 pm]

Two of my favorite bloggers have not been producing a lot of material over the last few months.  In addressing their absence, both have decided to forgo the usual "I've been busy"/"I'll write more soon, honest" tropes and have decided to go a more creative route:

slacktivist has a perfectly normal day where absolutely nothing interesting has happened.

AD finds something by the side of the road.

Ambulance Driver's post is certainly the longer of the two, but also the more rewarding.  slacktivist's post is funny as hell.  Enjoy!

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On Vox: A taste of Teh Random. [Jul. 12th, 2008|08:12 pm]

1)  Last night, I was out having dinner at a brew pub with friends when the table broke out in the song "Still Alive" by Jon Coulton.

2)  I ran into TRM of Aethelmearc on the train home from work today.

I know, random, right?

This post made for the express purpose of making blackpaladin jealous.  ;-)

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