Every summer, I feel the need to break out their music, which seems designed for blasting out open car windows. Nowadays, I don't have a car, so headphones and my home speakers will have to do. But it still makes me remember what it was like to have a good band from your hometown that made everyone proud.
And I walked, and I breathed, and I tried to not let it change me. Don't it make you wonder, man?
I'd forgotten all about the Long Duration Exposure Facility -- NASA's simple-yet-audacious project of launching a school-bus-sized thing up into orbit and just leaving it there for a while, then pulling it back in to see what hapened to the stuff that they'd festooned on its exterior. (I followed the shuttle program fairly closely as a kid -- no surprises there -- and remember reading something about the shuttle's fixing the Solar Max mission satellite. That shuttle flight also launched the LDEF.)
On Saturday, I took the Transatlantic Quiz, a trivia competition among people in the UK, Canada, Norway, and all across the US. Fun, but hard questions.
The results are in, and I'm pleased. (That and a dollar-fifty will get me a cup of coffee, but hey, how often do you get to say you're the best in the world at anything, no matter how small or inconsequential?)
I'm also looking forward to participating in another Cage piece that Kurt Gottschalk (one of the tribute concert's organizers) is putting together: "49 Waltzes for the 5 Boroughs" is a piece for performers, recording makers (recordists? recorders?), and listeners scattered throughout New York City. Should be fun.
So, um, yeah, I live after all. Work was nuts, then I went on vacation, then I got back and played catch-up for a while, and here we are.
B. and I went to the Bahamas for six days, which was blissful indeed. So much of the time when we go on vacation, we do so much stuff that we return from Yurp or wherever fairly exhausted. This time was different; we lay on the beach, we lay by the pool, we read novels, and generally lounged and loafed around. We ate and drank and went to the zoo and an art museum and explored Nassau, and we returned completely, wonderfully relaxed.