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March 2009

Happy Birthday

Tonight we took daughter C. out to the Crabhouse in Edgewater for her 18th birthday. This raises the eternal question, how can I have an 18-year-old daughter when I’m barely 18 myself?crabhouse


It’s a winning kind of movie with a mousetrap plot and some clever twists and turns along the way, and a cast that that makes it look easy.

Old Dog Learns New Trick

And they said it couldn’t be done. Brandy is a shepherd mix we got from the pound back in 2001 when she was about a year-and-a-half old. So in dog years, she’s pushing 70. One of the au pairs we had when the kids were little trained her to know …

Local History, Up Close

A few weeks ago, I got a note from a visitor I hadn’t known, but whose grandparents lived in my house when she was a child in the 1950s. She was gracious enough to send along a few photos, and I hope she doesn’t mind if I share a few of the more generic ones here.

The End Of The Record Store As We Know It

I love record stores. But I suppose the simple fact that I use the phrase “record store” dates me as a child of the pre-digital age. Maybe I should say, I love music stores. But then that’s a little confusing instead, because a music store is something more like Patelson’s. …

Big Time

LF and I were watching the (really outstanding) Ovation cable channel the other night, and this 1988 Tom Waits movie came up. Here’s a clip, “Shore Leave.”