Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Things That Make Me Happy

I love good salmon on a bagel. Recently in New York, I ate at Russ and Daughters in the basement of the Jewish Museum -- good food and a great takeout counter.

My enjoyment was further heightened because I recently read Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli. The book was a bit ponderous but delivered the meat -- a comprehensive overview of how delis evolved.

One of the book's themes was that the deli, like so much of cuisine, keeps changing with the times. Far from being a cheap meal, or proto-fast food, current delis are an ethnic, gourmet experience. True to the theme, I had eggs benedict with salmon at the deli.

 Soul food that never fails to bring a smile.


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Holiday Recap

Back in December, our family attended a holiday party where we played this game where gifts were given then strategically "stolen."

The son really wanted this golden yoga dog. So I made it happen.

Bonus graphic:


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Don't Be A Snob, I Tell Myself

A beautiful day, yet mediocre snow. Was it worth it being on the mountain? Definitely.
I love doing stuff outside. Even walking out my front door retains appreciation and, in the right circumstances, excitement.

For the sports, like skiing, where there is so much media on "epic" experiences, I feel the pressure to be a more critical consumer. Why post about a ski experience if the snow was mashed potatoes and rain fell from the sky?

Why, indeed.

At this stage in my life, I am skiing for enjoyment and am not posting media to showcase epic moments unless you define epic by the philosophical principles of stoke proclamation.

There is beauty in this world that should be remarked upon, even if it is not hucking huge air.

There is worthwhile experience that occurs in the mountains not verified by photography or a blog post.

I get such pleasure from the natural world in all its permutations. I will not be a snow snob. I will ski crappy conditions because I can, and it's a fine way to practice for better moments, and a day of crap snow is still better than not skiing.

Once again, I declare official stoke for the winter season!


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Vexillology No Stranger To These Parts

Kid poses with new Isle of Man flag.
Vexillology is the scientific study of the history, symbolism, and usage of flags. The kid is a big vexillogist. He recently went on a decorating spree for his room.



Easton, Pennsylvania

The kid also is interested in designing new flags and participating in internet flag forums. He recently received feedback on his flag for the Dutch States of America.

I'm ready to be supportive of the kid's new interest. Although I don't have much in the way of information, I like to think I influenced his direction by having the flags of China and Taiwan hanging opposite each other in the garage.