Tuesday, April 29, 2008


I've been rummaging around some old boxes and found a treasure. It is my old Mao travel journal from Europe 1999 & 2000. There are some really funny observations in it (maybe just funny to me). I'm trying to decide if I want to scan the whole thing in or just parts & type my old comments. I may start a side blog with just that stuff in it. I have forgotten just how funny Dawn was! The teddy bears are from The Teddy Bear Museum at the Castle in Prague (1999).

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Behaving on Film

There's a new film out about Patti Smith. The filmmaker (Steven Sebring) became a dear friend of the family while filming Patti over 11 years after her reemergence in 1995.

The Post article does mention that Patti only reveals what she wants to reveal. Which is what we all do anyway. But some of that is in the editing. A recent Penelope Trunk column about why Journalists misquote everyone mentioned how interviewees are often misrepresented - and discussed that the reason she met & ultimately fell in love with her husband was because he had interviewed her for a film about memory. She behaved on camera in a way she thought might attract him to her. Ultimately he was fascinated by how charming she was on film that he made the whole film about her. She said when she finally saw it he had made her "look like a lunatic." She fell in love immediately.

The Grass is Always Greener...

Came across this modern mower today. Uses a rechargeable battery and retails at $479.
If you must mow - why not use something that looks like a cute frog with a handlebar?
Goes up to 1/3 an acre at a stretch.

Monday, April 21, 2008


The book to throw across the room definitely improved after my post earlier this month. I finished it over the weekend. After the first section things became more interesting as the characters began behaving a little bit more badly. I do love a badly behaving character.

Might be worth a borrow but not a buy. Save your dollars for milk!

4/25 - Today I donated the book to the Salvation Army.

Milk Service

I came across an interesting article about the resurgence of milk delivery on the Baltimore Sun website. It appears as though I may be able to have Milk delivery to my very own home address. Certainly it comes at a premium. There is a $3.50 delivery charge in addition to the milk being priced a bit higher than the average carton. But I'm going to be getting milk in glass bottles without having to wake up super early on a Saturday to make it to the farmer's market in CV (not that I do that anymore anyway).

Though the farm is not organic, they do abide by greener practices and have high standards for the products they bring from afar. I'm just so excited I can barely type! I ordered the metal bin for the front porch to keep the milk cool after delivery and created a standing order consisting of the following:

South Mountain Creamery also offers prepared meals! Some sound pretty good but I'll have to make sure that we remember to get the milk in the house in a timely fashion first.

Yippee! How very Leave it to Beaver of me!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Open House this Weekend!

I'm holding an open house this weekend at my new listing in Canton. Come check it out! It has 2-3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. The location can't be beat... just off Patterson Park, near the Can Company as well as the Square. Great price - complete renovation in 2002 and lots of storage.
Sunday, April 20 from 12-2PM. Click the link for details/address.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

More BPA Nonsense

More information about BPA from The Washington Post. Wonderful article, quick read and lots of funny stuff in here. Consider the following knee slappers:

  • "Last year, another expert panel using outside scientists minimized the health risks of BPA, but its findings were widely assailed after a congressional investigation found that a firm hired to perform scientific analysis was also working for the chemical industry."
  • "Public health advocates said the report should spur the government to ban BPA, at least in baby products. Formula-fed infants are most vulnerable to the chemical, since it is found in baby bottles as well as in the linings of cans of powdered and liquid formula. "They get a double exposure," said Anila Jacob, a senior scientist at the nonprofit Environmental Working Group."
  • "But Steven G. Hentges, executive director of the polycarbonate/BPA global group at the American Chemistry Council, said the new report does not mean BPA is unsafe."

So glad we asked him!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Books to throw across the room

I'm reading a really horrible book. One that I've considered moving to the recycling bin and visualized throwing across the room on multiple occasions. It's "All He Ever Wanted" by Anita Shreve. Don't bother with it. I can't think of anything nice to say about it. There have been a few Shreve books that are well worth your time - like "The Pilot's Wife" - don't hold the tv movie against it and "The Last Time They Met" which was very good, but this book is not one of those stories.
The first section is so awful and pre-Victorian in the worst way. The only reason why I keep reading it is because I read somewhere that the main character is actually a villain so I keep waiting for him to do something bad. He's turned out to be a manipulator that actually cries to get a woman to marry him when it is very clear that she moved to be away from him. The last few books I've picked up of hers have reminded me of something soft and icky... like an apple going mealy. You think it's going to be satisfying in the way that lovey fiction can be and then you sink in only to find ultimate disappointment.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Seeds & Things on Fire

I've got about 21 plants that I am nurturing from the seed form. Some will be harvested and eaten. Others will be scattered throughout the land. Mira picked up one of the taller sprouts and popped it in her mouth.

When I was coming home today I saw a tow truck with two cars, one was on fire. I tried to call 311 but Verizon had me blocked. Perhaps I have reached my quota of 311 calls this month?

Sunday, April 6, 2008

To Market!

I think the real estate market is picking up lately. Prices are stabilizing. People are interested, sniffing out the market. Homes are being listed at less ambitious prices. However, there is at least one listing that is taking the opposite approach. It's a very interesting Columbia house on Shadow Lane. These folks are clearly hoping to double their money from their purchase price a few years ago - having made some upgrades in the kitchen and maybe even refinishing the floors. Great setting and near perfect appointments on the first floor, but I kid you not - until its recent price reduction it was listed for 200k more than any other recent sale in the hood. Not only that, but they have employed the pricing theory that oddball numbers appear to be more of a value. Reduced by 21,510 dollars (I wonder why not 21,509?) - they still have approximately 196,276 more to go before I can overlook the awkward tile floor basement and outdated bathrooms.

The Hampden Special

In between appointments today on the Avenue in sunny Hampden I semi-witnessed a hit and run. No actual people were hit, just a car. But we've all been that car haven't we? Not the bad car, but the poor, battered, abandoned-without-a-note-car. I probably would not have noticed the event were it not for a gal in front of me who turned at the noise and appeared shocked, more shocked, and finally dumbfounded as the assailant eventually drove away without so much as stepping out of his vehicle to examine his own car. I turned to see what she was looking at and saw the adventure vehicle still pulling out of the spot and noticed a piece of the poor VW lying on the street. The adventure car slowed, and eventually pulled up an alley. I had time to grab a pen and note his plates.
You wouldn't believe it but this sucker actually reparked his car after driving around the block a few storefronts down. I was in the process of writing a note for the victim when I saw him in my rear view mirror. I felt awkward about getting out of the car, leaving a note. Like I might actually get in trouble for the whole thing, or he might confront me and remove the note since he could see me now from behind. So I waited. I kept an eye on both cars and had noted the shop the other witness went in. In the meantime I finished my muffin and sipped my latte. Moments later - the bad driver actually pulled into the now vacant spot in front of my car. Thankfully, he did not strike my car - but I preempted his parking skills by backing up as far as I could. I felt like I had to do something but just didn't want to get close to the VW for fear of confrontation. In the meantime, I did have to call home to remind myself what the right thing to do was - I was in the process of waiting it out when the bad driver finally emerged from his car he walked with a cane. He went into a shop, he had the appearance of a business owner. His car bore many battle scars on the VW striking side.
I went into the Chocolate/Shoe shop where the witness was and confirmed that she saw the whole thing. We agreed to call the police - and found they didn't care since no people were injured. They said I could leave a note with my contact information. You won't believe what happened next - but the women who owned the car actually entered the store and looked out the window to see what we were talking about/pointing at. It was then that they realised it was their car! I was able to direct them to the store where the assailant went in and had to go off to my next appointment. What timing!
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