Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I was excited to vote, but now I feel even more powerless than I did before. Darn this red state I live in.
(My brother Bob is converting all the family slides to digital, and this one picture was in a carousel labeled "various". I have no idea how a Culkin family vacation slide ended up in there).
And most of you have seen this one, but I think it deserves a place on Red Peonies:
Monday, October 27, 2008
On Friday, Neilson and I went to a Trafalgar Night Dinner thrown by one of my colleagues. Trafalgar Night, of course, celebrates the British victory over the French and Spanish and honors the memory of Admiral Nelson, who died in the effort. Highlights included Beef Wellington, port, and a chocolate cake shaped like a ship.
On Saturday, I rode on a bus to Wilkes-Barre, PA, with other CUNY professors and canvased for Obama with the American Federation of Teachers. I was paired with a nice young mathematician from Medgar Evers College, who rivaled me in baby-facedness, and I think we looked so nonthreatening and goofy that people were very friendly. We managed to get 3 people to put signs in the lawns, which apparently was quite impressive. Only 3 of the 50 houses we went to were openly for McCain, although one of them did tell us Obama was a terrorist and we "were just too young to understand." We did get some undecideds, which seemed like code for 'I won't vote for an African American'; one woman, who was for Obama, pretty much confirmed this and said everyone on the block would have voted for Hillary. After we were done, the union fed us a tasty lunch of chicken, rice and cheesecake.
When I got back to NYC, I went over to Neilson's sister's for a family dinner, as Neilson's father is in town. Neilson had taken care of the food selection, which is always for the best, and he imported many delicious dishes from Chinatown. But the most exciting news was that I had an Otis breakthrough. I reported last winter that I had at long last gotten him to make eye contact with me, but I have never been able to get him to really play and interact with me. But last night the two of us had a great time crawling around the floor (forwards and backwards), practicing standing, and reading books that Otis picked out.
Yesterday I tried to catch up on all my work. A Coke helped.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Phillipe de Montebello has been the director of the Metropolitan Museum for 30 years or so. I can't pretend to comment on the acquisitions that the Met has made during his tenure. But I really enjoyed attending the party (one of many) to celebrate Phillipe and the Met. What a great museum! I loved walking from a rifle- to a Caracci painting- to a Degas print- to a statue of Shiva- to a sword in the exhibition that highlighted the acquisitions to the collection under his watch. And at the reception, many tasty snacks were consumed. More pictures on flickr
Another family member is on the way, due to join our clan in late spring of next year. Eric and Kjersti are expecting a baby in May of '09. Legally speaking, Kjersti will be joining the family in September or October of '09 when we will all get to celebrate their wedding in Denver, but I for one already consider her a member of our crazy group. She looks like she's up to it.
Congratulations to you both. Welcome to the family Kjersti. We can't wait to be posting pictures of Cookie right alongside Butter.
Looks like I'll be making a couple of trips to Denver next year.
It consolidates information from credible state and national polls and updates throughout the day. Read their FAQ for information about their methodology.
This site kind of addictive but is handy in this final countdown phase. It's also encouraging it illustrates using visuals how well Obama is doing across many views.
And will Palin and McCain continue the character smears as Obama goes to the side of his ailing grandmother?
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I don't think she should have won, but I do think there is no doubt that she was treated differently than the guys. Read Rosin's post on Slate's XX Factor.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Bill and I spent some time in Oswego; Bill is still there. Kate joined us, and we had dinner with Trish and Mary Brennan at Canale's. Bill and I went to hot yoga, had Thai food with Sandy, Mary Alice, Kathy, Tracey and Burt, and also had dinner at the house with Dan and Joan, Carol, and Terrie.
It is quite beautiful there right now. I forgot to take pictures until my last day, so I took many from-the-car shots. Many more on flickr.
You can read more about it in the Wall Street Journal's article Texas Rancher's Bridge to the Past Runs Afoul of the Border Patrol.
Oh Border Patrol and DHS, don't you have anything better to do with your time? Seriously, why don't you?
Sunday, October 12, 2008
(I've always trusted Waren Buffet)
Full story here
Saturday, October 11, 2008
From a Rush and Molloy column in February 08 ...
"Lefties are backing Barack Obama - his fellow southpaws, that is. A group of left-handed Democrats has formed Lefties for Obama to raise money and get out the vote for the Illinois senator's White House bid
Albert Einstein, Michelangelo, Charlie Chaplin, Pablo Picasso and Babe Ruth were all lefties, as is Dr. James Watson, co-discoverer of DNA, and Paul McCartney. Leftie Jimi HendrixLeonardo da Vinci wrote backward, with a mirror. Comic genius Jon Stewart is a leftie. And left-handed, too. famously played his guitar upside down, and Leonardo da Vinci wrote backward, with a mirror. Comic genius Jon Stewart is a leftie. And left-handed, too." More hereWill the McPains try to make the case that beng left-handed means Obama is even more of a dangerous radical? Don't rule it out, but also watch this video to see how the Obama campaign is answering the question "Who is Barack Obama?"
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Well it was still painful a month later, I couldn't put any weight on my wrist and I couldn't pick anything up. I went to a Dr. and he thought I had damaged a tendon. I wore a small wrist brace for a few weeks and then I had surgery on Thurs. It turned out that my tendon was 25% cut and needed to be repaired. I will be in the blue brace for 4 more days and then the Dr. will evaluate and see if I need physical therapy. I am pretty grumpy about the whole thing, but I will get over it. I may be more mad that someone stole my Obama sign in my front yard.
Thankfully the feeling came back in my arm late on Friday, but I still can't move my wrist or do much of anything.
And then Mel Gibson kicked Bill Maher off his Facebook Friends
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Friday, October 03, 2008
"The election of Obama—a man of mixed ethnicity, at once comfortable in the world and utterly representative of twenty-first-century America—would, at a stroke, reverse our country’s image abroad and refresh its spirit at home. His ascendance to the Presidency would be a symbolic culmination of the civil- and voting-rights acts of the nineteen-sixties and the century-long struggles for equality that preceded them. It could not help but say something encouraging, even exhilarating, about the country, about its dedication to tolerance and inclusiveness, about its fidelity, after all, to the values it proclaims in its textbooks. At a moment of economic calamity, international perplexity, political failure, and battered morale, America needs both uplift and realism, both change and steadiness. It needs a leader temperamentally, intellectually, and emotionally attuned to the complexities of our troubled globe. That leader’s name is Barack Obama."
Click here for full editorial.
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Over the course of the evening I learned my friend's husband is a youtube sensation, as he documents a year of collecting sneakers, especially Jordans.