Stephanie is teaching a class at the LaGrange Art League called "Creating Abstract Art Using The 'Pour' Method." Details, and sign-up information are on their site. She's taught this class in the past to much acclaim and much positive feedback. Classes are now under way, but there's still time to sign up and join the fun!
The next Tamale Hut Cafe Reading Series night will be on Saturday, June 23, and Matt will be reading the next chapter of his new "Barnstormers" story. You can read the previous chapter on his web site at storiesbymatt.net/. On that site you can sign up for his mailing list, and you will receive the entire Barnstormers story to date, most chapters with content not read at the Tamale Hut.
12/26/15: We hope everyone had a great Christmas. We did, and it inadvertently became a John Leguizamo Christmas. We first sat down to watch Die Hard 2, our second favorite Christmas movie after the original, and since it had been a while since we watched it, I spent some time looking for actors that we now recognize in bit parts (I think I saw Larry Miller in a quick reaction shot in the terminal restaurant), and I saw John Leguizamo as one of the military goons.
Afterwards, Stephie said she wanted to watch something funny, and since we got a Roku this year to watch the new season of Longmire, I thought we'd see if we could find something there, and we spotted a movie called Chef that neither of us remember hearing about, but it had a five star rating on Netflix, so we took a chance, and not only was it a sensational movie, John Legizamo plays the sidekick of the main character!
Today, we went to the LaGrange Theater and saw another terrific movie, The Martian. It was a great film, but alas, no John Leguizamo.
12/21/15: PBS has been running a number of shows in the last few weeks commemorating the 100th birthday of Frank Sinatra. Well, I've been scouring the listings and see nothing to commemorate today being the 75th birthday of my favorite musician, Frank Zappa. Seems like a missed opportunity to me. Good thing there's plenty to find on YouTube!
12/19/15: Just a quick note to let you know that I completed my NaNoWriMo novel this morning. I thought I had it done yesterday, but Stephie didn't like one part of the ending, so I added an epilogue to close one of the loops I left open. Final word count is 59,036. I'll be going back over it after the first of the year, but I think I'm going to take some time to read something for pleasure, which I've not done much of since November started.
12/13/15: It's 10:15 on a Sunday morning. I'm making breakfast when the phone rings. Since I'm closest to the phone, I answer it.
"Hello" I say. There is a second or two of silence, and a cheerful man with a faint Indian accent says "Hi, this is James from Windows technical support calling. How are you today?"
"I'm fine," I say in an equally cheery tone, "but I don't use Windows."
"Well, that makes me sleepy," he says, and the phone line goes dead.
I had one of these calls earlier this year, before I read about what was going on. That time, I was caught a little off-guard so wound up talking to the person for a couple of minutes. He started out by telling me that he was from Microsoft and they had a report that my computer was infected with lots of viruses. He tried to prove to me that he was legit by reading a long number to me that was supposed to be some kind of unique identifier for my system. I told him that I had security software installed and that I had not seein any indication of problems. He insisted they were there.
Then he asked if the computer was turned on, and I told him no. He wanted me to log on and let him take control. When I told him I would not let him do that, he insisted on speaking to "the person in the house who maintains the computers." I told him that was me, and he insisted that was not possible "because then I would know how serious this was." By this time, I had had enough, so I told him his services were not needed and hung up.
I felt odd after that, as if someone had tried to break into my house, which I guess is what happened. I told Stephie and my parents about it, and suggested that if anyone from Windows Technical Support calls, just hang up.
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