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Celebrity Death Watch: Joseph Bologna was an actor, with a long career spanning movies, television, and stage productions. Diane Pearson was a romance novelist. M. T. Liggett was a folk sculptor in Kansas. Sir Bruce Forsythwas a British TV presenter / game show host, who is claimed to have had the longest career in television for a male entertainer. Sonny Burgess was a rockabilly guitarist and singer. Bea Wain was a singer of the big band era. Dick Gregory was a comedian and civil rights activist. Jerry Lewis was also a comedian, though in later years was more famous for the annual telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. His comedy was particularly popular in France, which I attribute to the silliness of a language with accent marks in two directions. Brian Aldiss was a British science fiction writer. Thomas Meehan was a playwright, whose work included the books for such musicals as Annie, Hairspray, and The Producers, making him the only writer to have written 3 Broadway shows that ran over 2000 performances. John Abercrombie was a jazz guitarist. Jay Thomas was a sitcom actor. Cecil Andrus was the Secretary of the Interior under Jimmy Carter, as well as serving 14 years as governor of Idaho. Tobe Hooper directed horror movies, including The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

I want to particularly highlight Dianne de Las Casas, since I actually knew her, though not particularly well. She was a storyteller and a writer of children’s books (as well as several books about storytelling). She was also the founder of the annual Picture Book Month in November. She was known for wearing tiaras and elaborate fingernail designs. Overall, she was a sparkly and memorable woman, who died tragically young (47) in a house fire.

What I Did on My Vacation: First, I went to New York for Lollapuzzoola 10. This is my favorite puzzle event of the year, largely because the puzzles in it are particularly wild. And, once again, I had a fabulous time.

Then I flew to Denver, rented a car, and drove to Alliance, Nebraska to watch the total solar eclipse over Carhenge.

After that, I headed to Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota to satisfy my obsession with national parks. From there, it was Cheyenne, Wyoming to satisfy my obsession with state capitals. Back in Denver, I had dinner with friends.

What I Did at Home: Aside from starting to catch up on work, I went to two baseball games. And I was part of a storytelling show.


All of the above is to be written about.
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I have a bunch of travel (some work, some fun) coming up over the next month or so. I am hoping to find time to post here despite that, but I am also hoping (as always) to attain total world domination.
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No time to write a real entry. In short, this has been a pretty horrible week, with too much to do in too little time and no spare time at all. I am putting things in order as much as I can, so hopefully can catch up next week. Things I did were:

- hosted a story swap
- JGS luncheon and talk
- endless meetings at work
- a full day class
- lots of IT issues at work
- book club
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I have, as usual, been too busy doing things to write much about them. I'll have things to say about storytelling and about theatre (well, after tonight, when I am seeing a play at Signature) and dinner / propaganda at the Saudi Embassy. I also have some long genealogy updates to write, including a very exciting find on my father's side of the family. (The short version is that I've verified a very speculative connection from some years ago. And identified a few more people from a list of names that my father had written for some unknown purpose.)

But, first, a few things that have amused me recently.


  1. I got an email asking for volunteers for the USA STEM Festival. Among the volunteer jobs, they requested "sign language interrupters."

  2. We are now back to the time of year when the Crystal City Business Improvement District tries to convince those of us who work here that it isn't an entirely soulless office environment, surrounded by soulless condos. (I have a few friends who live in those condos, but they do so largely because they like plane spotting from their beds. Don't ask.)

    Anyway, that includes Food Truck Thursdays. It's not like there is a shortage of places to eat around here, but it is a nice change of pace and, as long as it isn't pouring rain out, I'll go walk over and see what's on hand. There's a very popular Vietnamese one - rice plates, noodles, and banh mi, all of which come with a choice of chicken or pork. The catch is that the truck has a sign painted on it claiming it is halal.

    My father always said the person who invented kosher shrimp would make a fortune. He did not live long enough to see the invention of Mendel's It's Not Shrimp. I do not, alas, think Mendel made a fortune.

  3. Another production of the Crystal City BID is a Farmer's Market, held on Tuesday afternoons. Just now I was out running a lunchtime errand and I overheard two women who had just noticed the sign for it. One of them turned to the other and said, "Oh, I should go and get grapes there on Tuesday." Uh, the only fruit selection at a farmer's market in Northern Virginia in April is limited to apples (admittedly, several varieties of them) and maybe a few Asian pears. Grapes are not in season until maybe late July.


By the way, the farmer's market had a lot of ramps this past week. I would have bought some, but I realized I have absolutely no idea what one does with them. Maybe I will research that by this coming Tuesday.

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