Sunday, August 5, 2007

Assorted Happenings

Well, it's been too hot/humid to blog recently - surprisingly, the world has continued despite our lack of updates. A rather seismic event occurred in the last few weeks - Cate beat Mark at Scrabble when I wasn't taking it easy on her (QIS is a word, by the way). Congratulations are in order. Because we don't have a Scrabble board at her place (and often play while in different cities), we play via the wonders of the world wide web.

Beyond playing Scrabble, in the past few weeks we have enjoyed Band of Horses at McCarren Pool (today we will see Blonde Redhead play there). This shot depicts Cate (wearing the best t-shirt ever) and Carolyn (in a fantastic dress she made herself) sporting matching helmets while riding their bikes to the show after a satisfying brunch at Baci & Abbracci. Unfortunately the most memorable element of the show was the unbelievable amount of cutoff denim shorts and mustaches abound in Williamsburg. While certainly not a bad thing, it is a little disconcerting to see them all gathered in such a small place. Anyway, still good fun.

Meanwhile, back in the Haven Mark had planned a BBQ at GPSCY in order to lure the graduate/professional community to the bar. Naturally, the weather decided to have an epic storm that night. All day threatening clouds hovered above Southern Connecticut - content simply to magnify the humidity. Around 2 o'clock, the thunder started shaking the house, though the rain continued to hold off. This pattern continued while we watched For Your Consideration (neither very funny nor believable). Finally, around 6, raindrops as big as a babies fist begain to pound the terrain. While a beautiful and refreshing event (few things smell as fresh as a powerful thunderstorm), the storm also meant fewer people to bbq. The day was not a complete loss, as it resulted in the following picture of Cate (who, while quite fetching in spandex, was riding with her dress tucked in so as not to get it soaked in the downpour).

This weekend in New York started off rather inauspiciously with a bout of food poisoning for Mark. Friday was a complete wash - even water wouldn't stay down. However, Saturday showed vast strides towards improved health - culminating in an uneventful trip to the Bohemian Beer Garden in Queens to toast Eamonn and Emily before their trip to Egypt. Good times all around.

Lately we have been enthralled by Kanye West's latest video (directed and starring Zach Galifianakis with help from Will Oldham). It is probably the most brilliant hip-hop video ever - Stronger. Anyway, that's the last few weeks - overall, they've been good to us.

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