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09/30/14: We now have a teenager in the house! Kisu turns 13 today, and as tradition dictates, we took her to McDonald's for her birthday dinner of a plain hamburger and some fries, which she consumed with little hesitation. She's been having a few health-related problems lately, but her appetite doesn't seem to be suffering at all. Happy Birthday, pumpkin!

09/22/14: Twenty-four years ago, I married my best friend. We didn't do it because we felt like we needed to. We didn't do it for the insurance, or for tax purposes. We didn't do it with the intention of starting a family. We did it because we loved each other and we wanted the world to know that we were committed to each other for the long haul. I don't see why everyone shouldn't have the opportunity to do the same. Happy Anniversary, Sweetie.

09/15/14: Last weekend was the opening of Stephie's art show at the Tamale Hut. She had a great turnout, a nice cross-section of friends, neighbors, and family members. We talked, we laughed, we drank beer and wine, we ate tamales, and Stephie sold some pieces. The art will be up until November 9, so if you're in the neighborhood, stop by and see it. If you can't make it, try to go on the 8th for the closing reception. There looks to be talking, laughing, beer and wine, etc.

09/13/14: It's funny how some songs take you back to a certain time in your life. It could be a fond (or not so fond) memory associated with that song, or it could be a memory of the first time you heard that particular song. For the latter, though, it would have to be a pretty great song.
     Last week I was in the car and Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits came on the radio. As happens every time I hear that song, especially in the car, it takes me right back to 1979. I'm driving down 47th street in my dad's dark blue Monaco, the one that looked like an undercover police car. It was late and I had just dropped my buddy Mike off at home, and I had on WLS, because at the time, my dad only had an AM radio, and that was the only station I could find that played any music at all. It may have been raining lightly, because the street lights seemed to brighten and fade as I drove under each one, sort of like a visual doppler effect. I remember I couldn't believe how good that song was, especially through that crappy single speaker in the dashboard, and even today, it's one of my favorites.
     And then today, we had Saturday Morning Flashback on the radio while we were puttering around the house, getting ready for my writers group meeting this afternoon, and Stephie's art opening tonight. It was 1983 on 'XRT, and they played the Police song Synchronicity II. That took me back to 1983. I was working one morning at Dominick's and one of the managers came in and asked me, "Hey, Matt. What's a 'Lemmy'?" Without missing a beat, I replied "He's the bass player for Mot

09/06/14: I forgot to write about the second staycation of the year, this one in the middle of August. I've written before about Sythian, an "American celtic-folk" band that we saw blow us away as opening act for Great Big Sea back in 2009. We'd planned to see them again, but they hadn't come through here in a while, so when I saw they were playing at Mayne Stage, I got tickets. The concert was fantastic! They played several songs from their new album, Jump At The Sun, as well as a bunch of tunes from their other albums, most of which we have. Plus, Mayne Stage is a great place to see a show. I would not hesitate to go back there. And you need to see Scythian play live. Trust me on that.
     A week before, Stephie told me that she found out that one of her favorite artists, Wassily Kandinsky, was being featured in a exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum, but the exhibit closed on Labor Day. I replied that coincidentally, I was home from work a couple days the following week, so the day after the Scythian concert, we dropped Kisu off at the kennel and drove up to Milwaukee. Stephie was thrilled by the art, and I found it to be very interesting as well. Kandinsky is credited with painting the first purely abstract works, and Stephie was right when she told me that I'd never seen anything like what he'd done. The exhibit was so interesting we went through it three times, then bought the book that documented the pieces. And I don't think I've seen Stephie so enthralled by anything since we were swimming with the dolphins in Florida!
     As the museum was closing, I was waiting for Stephie to get back from the restroom and asked the receptionist there if there was anything she could suggest for us to do, since if we left at that time, we would hit Friday rush hour traffic on the way home. She said there was a custard stand down the boardwalk on the lake, there were a number of bars and restaurants within walking distance, and she said, "See that white tent south of the museum? That's our Irish Fest." So Stephie and I put the book and t-shirt we bought in the car and walked down to the Irish Fest. We found that it typically costs $17 to get in, but the first hour and a half on Friday, admission was $5! We made it with 15 minutes to spare! So we spent the rest of Friday drinking beer, eating Irish food, and listening to Irish music. The only thing that would have made it better was if we stayed later than we did, we could have seen Scythian again, as they were headlining one of the stages. Unfortunately, they didn't come on stage until after 10, and we had been walking all day and were pretty pooped. Plus we still had the long drive home.
     The rest of the the long weekend was low-key, and it was topped off with a visit to the dermatologist that I'm sure you don't want to read about, but all-in-all, it was another successful staycation.

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