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Let’s Get Crackin’

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whipI now own a bullwhip! Thank you, SuziQ!

For the community event being planned for this coming September, one of the songs I’ll be singing is Ghost Riders in the Sky, ranked as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time. I’ve been coming along pretty well on practicing the song itself, so it’s come time to work on gear and such. Like, maybe finally getting myself another pair of boots. And can I really do this without a cowboy hat?

Watch out, it’s Tex!!!

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19 June 2015 at 6:58 pm

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New Special Projects Hat

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Starting on this year’s Memorial Day holiday this coming Monday, I will be wearing a new hat for our community: the Special Projects Group (SPG) Coordinator.

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22 May 2015 at 8:24 am

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Sharing It Too

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“well, you can’t eat your cake and have it too”

         —Theodore Kaczynski, in his Unabomber’s manifesto

“I want to eat my cake and decorate it too.”
    me, in cake decorating 101

wanna lick the mixing bowl?

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10 May 2015 at 8:02 am

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Oh, Geocache

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Today marks the 15th anniversary of Geocaching.

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3 May 2015 at 12:43 pm

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Spring Cleaning 2015

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High five to SuziQ for kicking this off by getting a start on our garage. Now, to finish that, then to give everything else its due. Spring Cleaning 2015 is underway!

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19 April 2015 at 9:42 pm

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Boy Toy

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18 April 2015 at 3:49 pm

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Still Alive

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Without any advance prep other than hearing Mick twist his voice around it, without so much as a time or two doing it along with him, I took on Wild Horses for karaoke earlier this month. Oh well, that’s what karaoke’s good for, right? Besides, it turned out to be the one I was happiest with, even though I did an encore of one of my faves – Sixteen Tons – well enough for one of our people to say I now own that song here. Then since Diane took the night off to watch the NCAA Championship game on karaoke night, I sang one she owns – You’re So Vain – except that I switched the words around to be pointing it at myself, with half our audience not quite sure if I was just having fun or might just actually take myself that seriously. Plus I did harmony to Mike (who was celebrating his 72nd birthday) on Tom Dooley and ran the bass line to Elvira.

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14 April 2015 at 6:18 pm

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Funnest Movable Feast

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When: Two days after the day before yesterday, ad infinitum.

Today, by many informal accounts, is celebrated as Fun Day. Let’s.

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1 April 2015 at 4:04 am

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Supporting Actor

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11 March 2015 at 5:51 pm

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Happy Dance

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Finally, I’m learning to dance! At least, enough so to look forward to dancing in public without feeling uncomfortable about how awkward I still am.

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21 February 2015 at 2:30 pm

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Love Is the True Pink

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One needn’t be an escapist indulging in fantasy to have fun. Far the contrary, the best fun comes from love, and love is the purest fun. So he who is too “practical” to accept fun is missing out on the most real experience of life: the joy of doing things together.

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14 February 2015 at 5:48 pm

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Fitbit Nitwit

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Fitbit FlexI got a a Fitbit Flex for Christmas! Thank you, SuziQ!

My favorite feature of the device so far: the sleep pattern function. I had been keeping track of my sleep recently via the Now/Then iPhone app, but my tracking routine was rather haphazard and aimless, in part because I had no good way to adjust for times when I would be up during the night, sometimes with patches of insomnia. My first night using the Fitbit function appears to have been rather close to what I remember of a rather rough night, interrupted by too much coughing after exercising my throat too much yesterday too soon after recuperating from a cold. Give me a series of consecutive nights using this new gadget, and I’ll have something I can work with.

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26 December 2014 at 5:19 pm

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I’m Gonna Be a Grandma!!

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“If you wouldn’t be too embarrassed…,” Ron comments.

Ummm, me be embarrassed? Has he not been to any of my performances?? Oh sure, there have been times when I have been offended by insults about who I am or what I do, but only when the ridicule has lacked truth. Like, when my eighth grade English teacher publicly ridiculed a composition I’d written as having been influenced by “too much TV,” unaware that she was speaking of a child who had grown up with no TV at all. But anyone who has ever accused me of worrying about what people think of me simply doesn’t know me at all. I’m not out to make fans or collect groupies. Sharing a smile or too will do quite fine, thank you.

So yes, I’ll be the grandma for our Singers’ rendition this Christmas of Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer. And have fun doing so. I don’t happen to believe a person has to be unrealistic to know how to have fun with living. This place needs a few more grandma types who have fun being who they are, right?

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21 October 2014 at 8:51 pm

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Quinoa and Black Beans

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Nothing’s no fun when what one says the other means,
by any words they’d choose tasting just as good
as how we go together, like quinoa and black beans.

Hope’s not sold at the market. Whatever the scenes
we’re given to play, don’t we have fun as we should?
Nothing’s no fun when what one says the other means.

As essential as protein are you! Were all cuisines
as super at what they do, go down easy they could
as how we go together, like quinoa and black beans.

One’s not truly tried things one thinks of as in betweens
the real things one cooks up for what’d be if one would.
Nothing’s no fun when what one says the other means

A ham sloppy joe, please. Or two BMT submarines.
Or what goes with catsup’s as near my neighborhood
as how we go together, like quinoa and black beans.

Seconds, dear. Let no love go lost in humdrum routines
where despair’s the menu and appetite’s misunderstood.
Nothing’s no fun when what one says the other means
as how we go together, like quinoa and black beans.

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5 October 2014 at 9:56 pm

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Fun Fun Fun

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I doubt I could,
but together we sure could!

That was Suzi. Upon my suggestion that she help me with my timesheets. Responding to my hope that she could make that tedious chore “fun” for me. Then we both laughed at our shared private thoughts of how we could make timesheets so much fun, they might ban me from having to fill them out ever again!

What if anything might be even more fun-adverse than timesheets, I might ask. Say, caring for a baby? Oh, but I’ve way too much deep experience changing diapers and giving baby baths and feeding finicky baby mouths and rocking little ones to sleep and waking at odd hours caring for a child, way way way too many hours for me to ever feel the sting of insult suggesting me the fool to think caring for a baby can’t but be fun. Seriously, babies are one of the most fun things a person can ever hope to enjoy! Because fun has nothing to do with the burden of the responsibility or with the tedium of the activity or with the ickiness of any part of the effort. No, fun has a lot more to do with one’s desire to engage in the activity and the depth of the pleasure one can get out of the activity.

That, and doing it with someone else, as Suzi acknowledges. Like, can a person truly have fun solo? Perhaps, although most activities one might raise as illustrations of solo fun have at least an implicit involvement with someone else. For instance, my poetry reading — even when I do so out loud, a frequent fun exercise of mine, my poetry reading is almost always conducted alone. Yet what makes it most fun is that I am not reading my own poetry, nor did the poet wrote the poem solely for his or her own benefit, rather that I am engaging in an activity meant for at least two: a writer communing with a reader. Absent that joint activity, any supposed fun seems flat and empty. But immerse myself in that collaboration, and any definition one could give to “fun” describes the experience that keeps me coming back for more.

Ah, yet Suzi suggests that together we could make timesheets fun, while of course implicitly but rather painfully making it obvious that she will not be helping me out in such a way, not on this particular activity. Leaving me to my timesheets alone. Which of course means that of all the things I can point to that I do in any given fortnight, that one activity happens to be the only one in which I can find no fun. I’d much rather be changing the messiest baby diaper. Oh well.

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4 September 2014 at 1:41 pm

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Unabashed Fun

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thanks Griff, Kya & Suzi for making today pure fun
                    — macheide facebook status update

Yes, fun.

No, I’m not slacking off on my vocab repertoire. I know which word I chose, and I meant it, and I don’t apologize for saying so out loud. Fun. I had a fun day.

Yeah, I know, chalk it up to the amusements of Kemah Boardwalk, right? Like, how many fathers are willing to be there for the poopy diapers? How many happy to get up at 3am in the morning of a workday to calm a wee one scared of monsters under the bed? How many ready to give up the time to do the children’s laundry so the mom can have some playtime with their children? How many there through every dark hour all the way until they’re on their own and even beyond? And how many of those actually want it all, and would use the word “fun” to describe even the worst of it all?

Hey, I’ll never enter any contests for Dad of the Year, and I wouldn’t come anywhere close to even getting honorable mention if someone were to enter me as a write-in candidate. But I do know what the secret ingredient is for it to be fun.

Sharing.

Doing it together.

So yes, I’ve smiled when cleaning up poop smeared all over the bathroom by a baby amused by her own artistic talents. And yes, I’ve had to fret when a child ran away from home. And I’ve driven all night after a hard day of work and been right back to work the next day on no sleep to help a child through a long-distance move. And I’ve been there for the heartaches and the hard work and the wild tantrums and the bitter misunderstandings.

Besides, even days at the amusement park with children are not without their heavy responsibilities. Children can get so easily distracted and wander off to get lost in a crowd in an instant. And strangers with smiles for the wee ones aren’t always ones you’d ever want to have your child “friend,” Facebook or anywhere else. And there are always the moments when a slip and fall bring tears, or a child can’t have all the rides all at once, or you’re reminded of all the other chores and work (and oh, don’t forget the dog needs to be picked up) and those tax forms to be done in less than a month … and so many other really fun stuff like reading poetry and surfing the internet and swimming in a pool already warm enough and endlessly on and on and on, right?

No, very wrong. All the responsibilities of keeping the children safe and happy and fed and cared for were not something that had to be put up with as a duty balancing out the fun of the smiles and laughter and amusements and all. No, it was all part of the fun. All of it. Because it was all shared, together.

I have been honored and blessed and privileged to have had the fun of participating in the lives of six children through two different families, and I’m currently having the fun of helping out as much as I possibly can in babysitting two others. I would have been overjoyed beyond all words to have had the opportunity to have had the same fun — yes, fun! full responsibilities and all — with one of my own. But I have loved every single one of these eight children just as much as I would my own, and every single moment of life I’ve had with them — up or down, good or bad, easy or hard, laughing or crying — has all been completely fun.

Unabashed, I am in saying so. My dictionary tells me that the word “abashed” comes to us from the Old French abaissier, meaning “to put down,” along the same lines that give us words like abase. Where did we ever make so wrong a turn that a “real man” has to feel put down for thinking — no, for knowing — that parenting can be pure fun.

Pure. Fun.

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