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3rd Day of Christmas

It has become my custom in the last half-decade or so to buy myself books after Christmas.  Based on end-of-the-year best-of lists and recommendations from friends, I buy a few books at Full Circle Books (I'm still collecting and filling up the cards that turned in give you a $30 value; I filled another one up this week, so will look forward to cashing it in, though it will be months from now).  This year I selected The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes, 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides.  This annual tradition is one of my favourite things to do during Christmastide and was one of the highlights of the third day of Christmas this year.  And we ran into Kristen McCarty at Full Circle.

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Driving over to Full Circle, we went through the medical campus to see the new OMRF building and then down to see the new I-40 pedestrian bridge and back through downtown.  After Full Circle we made a much needed visit to Big Truck Tacos and lunch with Rob Howard and Tarae McDonald.  If you have still not eaten at Big Truck despite all my many writings about it, then you are missing out.  And this even goes for those of you who don't live in or around OKC.

In the afternoon I met up with Mekado Murphy (in visiting from New York City) and Doug Bradley at Sara Sara Cupcakes.  I had an unused gift card to use there.  When I handed it to the checker she said, "This is old."  My favourite thing about Sara Sara is the milk bar.  You get a frosted mug and have all-you-can-drink white, chocolate, and strawberry milk.  Oh, I had a coconut cream cupcake.

Mekado brought us up-to-date on films and told about his interview with Steven Spielberg.  We discussed politics and religion and our views of the future.  Doug asked me what I was most concerned about in 2012, and I said that we would continue to settle for mediocrity.  I also informed them that despite always being an optimist, I am not optimistic anymore and think that life will get more difficult than it has been or that I've planned for it to be.  At the same time, I said that this is an exciting and adventurous time to be in parish ministry, pastoring through all the cultural challenges.

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After dinner Michael and I walked around the Myriad Gardens at night enjoying all the new lights.

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We spent the rest of the evening with his parents, and I finished the Julian Barnes novel I had purchased that morning!


Former Congregant is "Hot Slut of the Day"

Michael sent me this D-listed link for the Hot Slut of the Day.  I knew I should try to watch The A-List: Dallas because surely there would be people I knew.  Low and behold, Brayden!  Brayden was a member of Cathedral of Hope-Oklahoma City when he was a college student.  He arrived at church when he was 18, even performed in drag once at a church fundraiser.  He partied at my house many times.  


Favourite 2011 Photos of Friends & Family

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8.  I really like the humourous look on Aunt Jackie's face.

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7.  The Farmers' Market is fun throughout the summer.  I like the framing of this picture of Amie, Michael, and Jason tasting honey.

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6.  We went to the Max, a gay club, with Brandi and were annoyed by all the straight couples.

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5.  Daniel taking a photo of a gorilla.  I like the cool composure of the gorilla, and his slight turn of head to see what's happening inside with the humans.

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4.  Revis introduces Michael to his new dog, Miss Daisy.  I just love the smile on Michael's face.  

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3.  Michael and his mom spent a lot of time cooking together.  Here they are making lumpia.  Look at the happiness on Michael's face.

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2.  There were lots of great pictures from Michael's mom's visit.  I had to narrow down.  This one is with our friends Bob and Gerry and the hat that Gerry had worn to Kris and James's National Hat Day Party.  Michael won the prize that night, and Gerry has told the story all year about his dismay at losing.  He left the hat in their dining room all year so that it could be a conversation piece.  Ninfa decided to put it on, which I'm sure Gerry and Bob counted as something of a triumph.

And my favourite friend and family photo of the year also comes from the Omaha Zoo.

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Envious

Okay, one final post related to Sarah Vowell's The Wordy Shipmates.  And this comes from the acknowledgements at the close of the book.  Yeah, that usually boring section. 

Among others, Sarah Vowell thanks:

  • Nick Hornby
  • Ira Glass
  • Reza Aslan
  • J. J. Abrams
  • Brad Bird
  • Dave Eggers
  • Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Spike Jonze
  • Catherine Keener
  • David Sedaris
  • Zadie Smith

Now, doesn't that sound like a crazy, fun, witty, brilliant group of friends and associates?  I mean really.  I'm sorry, but it made me really envious.  Jealous even.


The First Saturday in December

What a wonderful first Saturday in December it was.  Wouldn't you agree?

In the late afternoon we met up with Ben & Daniel at City Arts Center for the annual pottery sale.  Michael and I finally found a cookie jar -- we've been looking since last Spring.  Michael also picked out a few other things he liked.  They currently have two fantastic exhibits.  One is the art of Donald G. Longcrier.  His installations have texture which tempts you to touch and play with them (though you shouldn't, of course).  Some of these pieces belong in a museum of contemporary art, they are that nice.  The other exhibit is the UCO design students' senior show, filled with imaginative, exciting presentations.

After some early evening coffee, we then headed to Cafe Picasso, the new restaurant in the Paseo, where Galileo's used to be.  We were very impressed.  Both appetizers we ordered, the pretzel and the sampler (humus, tampenade, and spinach dip) were very good.  Michael and Ben really enjoyed the Chicken-Fried Portabello Mushroom.  Now we have a new neighborhood favourite.

Dinner was followed with a stop by the Christmas party and ornament sale at the Red Cup.  Michael and I purchased a knitted red cup, in memory of that being the location of our first date.

We then went driving around to look at Christmas lights.  We were in Crown Heights and decided to stop and carol our friends Jill & Brian.  As we pulled up to their house, the neighborhood watch truck was behind us and turned on his lights.  He came up to the car and asked what we were doing because he had been following us for several blocks.  We said we had been looking at Christmas lights and were now stopping to visit our friends. 

Now we had a funny story for the evening.  Jill and Brian enjoyed the story and the singing and gave us wine.


Wendi McClintic

Wendi mcclintic0001 Wendi McClintic, who graduated Miami High School with me in 1992, died over the weekend.  She committed suicide.  Only two members of our class have died (that I'm aware of) and both by suicide.  This disturbs me, especiall since Wendi and Heath were both, as teenagers, such joyful people.

Wendi laughed and giggled all the time, but what I remember her most fondly for was her sneeze.  Wendi had the most delightful sneeze I've ever heard.  Whenever she sneezed in class, the entire room would immediately laugh.  There would always be this massive build-up to the sneeze, the inhalation of vast amounts of air.  You prepared yourself for a violently loud exhalation.  But what came was an incredibly high-pitched and gentle "tchew."


Rock Band Pix

Thanks to Charles Martin for these images from the dinner party at his and Karen's house Sunday night, which included the playing of Rock Band.  Marty and I look like we should have been in a band together.

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New Order Revisited

In my effort to listen to all my cd collection through alphabetically has finally brought me to this effort from 2007 organized by Charles Martin as a wedding present for Charlie Bates.  Charles, Karen, Mekado, Kara, and I met here in my living room and recorded our "covers" of New Order songs.  Tom sent his in via the internet all the way from New York!

It is a ridiculously absurd thing.  But we had fun doing it.  And Charlie absolutely thrilled at it.