Archive for October, 2009

General busy-ness

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

* Indexing stamp mounts, 108 last night, another dozen tonight * catching up on paying bills * voting by absentee ballot. We went to City Hall, filled out the absentee ballot forms, filled out the ballots. They go into an envelope, which goes to out polling place and gets checked off the same way we […]


Monday, October 26th, 2009

When I was in high school, I took a ceramics class. One of the things I made was a dreidle, as in “I have a little dreidle, I made it out of clay.” It started out spinning on a potter’s wheel, and I always thought that was why it was a particularly good dreidle. The […]

Klez pix

Monday, October 26th, 2009

I took some pictures at last week’s klezmer band meeting — Barry (our director, or teacher as the case may be) and Joyce, the new pianist. I don’t remember what they were laughing about. Joyce again, Tobie (the pianist with more seniority) and Barbara, with her C-melody saxophone (and Jim’s clarinet in the foreground). Barbara, […]

Sweet Charity

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

We (in this case, Arlene, Charley, Anne, Matt, and Dean) went to see Sweet Charity at the Boston Conservatory’s temporary theatre in the former Fort Point Studios in Southie (South Boston if you’re not from around here). Patsy was not in the party because she’s the production stage manager and the comp tickets come from […]

Basket Mold

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Here’s my latest woodturning project. First, here’s what I was trying to do. This picture was taken at the end of August at a native American basket sale and demo at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village: These are forms for making baskets around. They’re smaller at the top than in the middle — so how […]

Barry By Ear

Monday, October 19th, 2009

We have several new songs to learn in klezmer band this session. For one of them, a waltz called “Mazel”, (means ‘luck’, music by Abraham Ellstein, lyrics by Molly Picon, that go something like “Luck shines once on everyone, everyone but not me…”) we only have 2/3 of the music written out. Barry, our director, […]

Streaked Mountain

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Ha! I bet you thought I forgot how to do this here now blog thing. I haven’t really, but let’s see if it still all hangs together. I took a day off for Columbus Day (it’s not a standard company holiday where I work, but I have enough vacation days left over that it’s OK) […]