Let’s all take a break from the work week, decompress a bit, get a good chuckle, and get mentally ready for a nice pre-Thanksgiving weekend. And to help us on the way, how about this vintage, poorly directed and trite video of Procol Harum’s Whiter Shade of Pale?
Whiter Shade of Pale is a great song — but I’m betting you’ll get a laugh out of the video, with its clumsy cuts, out-of-sync lip-syncing, and late ’60s Nehru jackets. It reminds me that, long ago, UJ asked for a Nehru jacket and got it. I think he maybe wore it once.
The top of a mountain in Phoenix is a wonderful setting for a wedding, especially when a fire and a sunset are part of the mix. And a family wedding is something to be relished, whatever the setting. It is wonderful to have the opportunity to reconnect with far-flung nieces and nephews, in-laws, and family members to be at such a happy occasion.
Last night at a rehearsal dinner after-party members of the bridal party were playing a drinking game called “Landmine” that I hadn’t seen before.
The premise of the game was simple — but then, the premise of drinking games always is. You spin a quarter, drink from your beer, then have to flawlessly pick up the quarter, before it stops spinning, with the same hand that hoisted the beer. If you don’t do it right, you need to repeat the drink-and-spin process.
As players finish their beers, they can use the empty cans to flatten the quarter before another player picks it up, forcing him to do it over. The empty cans are left in position on the table, ready to serve as “landmines” that can thwart the successful quarter spin and pick-up.
The inevitable result of Landmine — or the “Crib for shots” that my college roommate and I played back at OSU — is happy, tipsy, roaring young people who quickly lose command of their inhibitions and fine motor skills. It’s a good game for 20-somethings at a wedding, who can bounce back effortlessly from a long liquid evening. Not so much for a 50-something who would rather not wake up in the morning with cotton mouth and a pounding headache.
It was a fun game to watch from a distance, though.
If you’re going to a family “destination wedding,” a Phoenix resort is a pretty good option. It’s even better when the gift bag you receive when you check in includes two bottles of Corona and some tasty corn chips.
Thanks, Matt and Tina! We’re looking forward to helping you celebrate!
Richard will be on the business desk and also will be doing some investigative reporting. He lives in an apartment in the Riverside Avondale neighborhood, which Kish says is a charming and historic area. It must be, because it has its own Riverside Avondale Preservation society and website. It’s close to the St. Johns River and has pretty areas on the waterfront, many jogging options, and some good restaurants. And today, when a cold snap means that Columbus will be lucky to hit a high of 43 degrees, Jacksonville’s high temperature is forecast to be 79 degrees and sunny.
It’s always interesting to move to a new place and learn about what is has to offer. We’ll be eagerly following Richard’s reporting and learning about this new place as he does, too.
The doors are all different, and they look pretty much like what you would expect an elf’s door to look like — wooden, old, quirky . . . and tiny. Keebler paid $400 each to four artists who designed the doors and also made a contribution to a Columbus city fund designed to help low-income children.
I’m sure that there are some curmudgeonly types who question why the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is spending any time doing something like putting tiny doors at the base of trees, when presumably there are other parks and recreation needs to be addressed. I think the best answer is found in the comments of the happy kids who have seen the little doors. “This is like a mansion for fairies,” one little boy said. His friend saw some glittery specks around another door and concluded it must be “fairy dust.” How can you not relish those comments, and think about how your imagination would have reacted if, as a child, you had found an apparently ancient wooden door at the base of a tree? If our kids were younger, I think I’d be taking them to these parks to find the little doors for themselves.
We need more wonder and whimsy in the world. I’m all for adding a few elfin doors.
Selling a house sure has changed a lot since the last time we did it!
This shouldn’t be a surprise. As you would expect, technology and social media have been brought strongly into the mix. Yesterday a professional photographer come out to take pictures of our happy homestead, and now they’re on the web. You can find the link to the photos, taken on a rainy afternoon, here. Our realtor also instantly prepared glossy brochures with the photos and a description of our house and neighborhood that are resting on our kitchen island, ready to be reviewed by potential buyers, and there is a basket next to the front door with plastic shoe coverings and a little sign asking that visitors use the booties to avoid tracking outdoor debris into the pristine Webner House premises.
Speaking of visitors, there’s no need to worry about that potentially awkward seller-buyer encounter. In fact, there’s an app for that. I downloaded it today, and it is supposed to keep track of when people are going to be visiting. Our realtor also calls, emails, and texts, too, to make sure that everyone is on the same page when it comes to a showing. The only thing I’m lacking is an ankle bracelet to give me a reminder electric shock when it’s time to hit the road and let the visiting couple roam freely through the house.