August 15th, 2009

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Poem for Saturday

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After a quiet morning, the majority of our Friday afternoon was taken up with a looooong wait at the orthodontist, for which we consoled ourselves afterward with bubble tea and I took advantage of Bath & Body Works' sale on antibacterial gel which the kids need anyway ($5 for 5). Then I was going to pick up a bunch of sheet music books from a Freecycler, but there was construction literally everywhere (couldn't turn left at Nicholson Lane off Rockville Pike, couldn't get onto the Beltway turning left off Democracy...it just got worse and worse). Finally gave up, came home so the kids could go to the pool before it got any later, and wrote a review of "A Matter of Time" -- not one of Next Gen's finest moments, though it has tough competition in the fifth season.


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We had dinner with my parents, then came home and watched most of the Neil Diamond concert on CBS -- my kids know the appropriate moments to BAM BAM BAM during "Sweet Caroline" thanks to Jonathan Coulton -- and all of Woodstock: Now & Then on VH1. But my kids, apparently, are Woodstocked out -- Adam complained that there wasn't enough music and there were too many people on weed (it didn't help that they've seen quite a bit of the footage already this past week in the Woodstock film and the short documentary at the Newseum). We need to show them some proper documentaries about the '60s for context, Berkeley and Monterey and MLK and RFK and Kent State. The social upheaval was always my main point of interest, not stoned Joe Cocker croaking out Beatles lyrics, though Grace Slick and Janis Joplin are still utterly awesome.