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Gen X File #002: Kenneth!

Kenneth! gets a big exclamation point because WOW! It's been forever since we've been saying we'll get together. And we ...

Thursday, April 23, 2015

#Throwback Thursday: Toy Soldiers (2003)

November 19, 2003
So Joe's been playing Army Men on the Playstation. If you haven't seen this thing, it's this old school video game where you play as green plastic army men, and you wage war against the tan plastic army men on battlefields—the back yard, the kitchen table, and other parts of a house. While I was in Davis Square the other day, I went to Family Dollar for toothpaste and toilet paper (thank God for dollar stores) and I saw a bag of green army men. Had to get 'em.
So last night when Joe took a game break, I quietly put every single one of the army men all around his desk. On the speaker, on the remote, the CD stack, the mail. All pointing their guns at him. Then I went back to my book (okay, it's not a BOOK, I'm "reading" a collection of Calvin and Hobbes cartoons, okay?!) and waited for Joe to come out of the bathroom and laugh.Joe came out of the bathroom and picked up the Playstation control. Resumed play..
Nothin'. Okay, from my vantage point, you guys? It looked like a small army had swarmed the desk.Tiny little green machine-gun guys and rifle-guys cast tiny little silhouettes on the TV screen, across which swarmed all those Playstation army men, controlled by The Big Kowalski. Like an hour went by. What is happening, why hasn't he called out yet about all these army men."I can't believe he doesn't see them!" Jeez, talk about singular focus. 
Long after I'd taken Calvin and Hobbes to bed and forgot about my little prank myself, FINALLY from the next room there came a sudden, "HEY! Where'd these army men come from!?" 
I love this guy.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

45 Things I Know

On this, the morning I complete my 45th trip around the sun, in the springtime of a very much welcome new year after the wretched torments of the last one, I ponder what I've learned so far. The biggest thing I know is how much I don't know. The world is infinite, and I'm planning to redouble my efforts and read more, listen more, go to more museums and spend more time with my dearest treasured friends. But I do know a few things. I'm 45, after all. Happy Birthday to me. And here's a list of 45 Things I Know.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Now I Need A Punch Bowl

Mel Torme
Born: Sept 13, 1925
Died: June 5, 1999

Joe has something of an infatuation with the late great Mel Torme, who would have been 90 this September. We've been talking about having a birthday party for the Velvet Fog, with music, drinks and dishes from the crooner's heyday. "We'll definitely make up a few pitchers of a Velvet Fog drink...oooh, maybe a punch bowl to fit the era!" You guys, I've been looking for an excuse to get a punch bowl for a long time. My justification at last!

"And fondue. Fondue-bee-doo-bee-doo. What else..."

"Encase something in Jello." Well, no...no Jello mold or in fact mold of any kind. We'll put out a Facebook poll for ideas that aren't revolting.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

It's our birthday/anniversary

Photo: Mick Murray

Great party.
My face hurts from smiling.
Thanks for coming over, everyone. 
Those of you we didn't see, you were missed. 
Next time. 
We will have more.
God willing and the creek don't rise.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Friday, April 10, 2015