It wasn't all bad, we did end up meeting one of seven year old's bffs Friday night at the Lilac Festival. Despite our best efforts, we got there after The Buddhahood had taken stage, and ended up meeting with several charter school families on the way there. From the way her dad was positioned (stage right) I figured the bff was stage right, so seven year old and I cut through the crowd, and found them, stage right, between the soundboard and stage. Later the rest of the my family friends showed up.I enjoyed the music and the crowd, people still dress like hippies
and act like hippies when the real hippies are old and wrinkled. The kids were more interested in puppy piling and talking with each other. Their loss.
I did have to let go when the kids forgot something, and had to cross the crowd and back without any adult supervision. They're growing up!
Saturday we stimulated the economy, $160 at Target, mostly on clothing. We did get $40 back on returning clothing that didn't fit. Later that night twelve year old and I went to her school for the Spring musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. It was good, if sparsely attended. It made me miss my time in the pit orchestra in high school.
In book news, I finished Huckabee's Do the Right Thing which had no Spike Lee content at all. It was a good read, I agree with a lot of what he says. If the economy had cratered during the primaries, he probably would have been the Republican candidate, he was the only one saying things were bad and corporations were too powerful.
I also finished Ryan's The Longest Day, I prefer his longer books. Not much there that wasn't covered in Ambrose.
In gardening news, I'm trying the "grow tomatoes upside down" trick, without buying an expensive special planter. I'm using old hanging baskets, with cherry tomatoes. We'll see if it works. The baskets may be too small, I should hook up a drip feeder later.
In brewing news, I have a basic ale fermenting away. Anyone know what I can make with light DME, 1 1/2 Zof Hallertau and 1/2 Z of Cascade? I'd rather not mail order when I still have consumables to use up.
Thursday night, after the kids were in bed, we hung out on the porch. It was awful hot, for May. The people in a few houses down were hauling out a lot of trash, the landlord up the street was chatting up the latest cute skinny tenant, other people were talking and chatting.
Then, the urban recyclers started showing up, the first in a minivan who spent ten minutes in front of the pile of trash, the second in an overloaded pickup truck for twenty minutes. We figured even if the best stuff was gone, we should check it out.
After both cars left, we went over there. Bonus! Two metal lawn chairs, with the scallop sort of back. They need some work, but I was planning on doing some bodywork on the Windstar this long weekend anyway.
In upcoming weekend and gaming news, twelve year old is going away to New Hampshire this weekend with bff, and wants to take TTR, Carc, Catan and Marrakesh. Yeah, they have a minivan, but there's 5 other people going, she needs to pick less bulky stuff. I'm thinking I can fit Catan without the box in a 9x12 ziplock. The house will probably feel quiet and relaxed while she's gone. I'm still planning on doing stuff, fixing the rust spots on the Windstar will be right up there.
Time to post this, who knows when I'll get back on.
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