Happy New Year!!!
I’m back! I think. I hope? I know, y’all are like
That’s ok. That’s pretty much how I feel about my blogging last year, which was almost nonexistent. I’m hoping there’s some new resolve in me somewhere with this new year to keep regularly posting.
Since it’s been so long, I’m going to do a rundown of the hi-lites of last year:
- The cook book challenge: I haven’t given up. There wasn’t much movement on that front last year, so I’m just giving myself an extension. This sweet Christmas gift from my brother and sister in law is giving me some motivation:
- Popped over to visit the family in Indonesia in October. Brought Ms. G and Ms. M with me and we had a jolly time visiting Bali, Singapore and Tokyo. This visit warrants its own post, so here’s a picture to tide you over:
- Visited Chicago twice. Once to see Stars on Ice courtesy of Ms. G’s Christmas gift, the other to reconnect with a dear high school friend. Had a great time both times and reconnected with other friends I met on my Paris trip the year before. All in all it was an excellent year for reconnecting with old friends.
- Went to a couple of local cons: Awesome con and Regeneration Who. Had a really good time at both and got to see some exciting people from shows I like.
- Realized a childhood dream.
- Some cool people released books. My former boss and education policy expert Mr. Jack Jennings released an excellent book on the history of federal education policy titled “Presidents, Congress, and the Public Schools”. Check it out if you want a thorough and better understanding of education policy. Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan of the hilarious and excellent Go Fug Yourself released “The Royal We”, a romance very loosely based and Kate and William. I laughed and I cried. Love it! They came to Kramerbooks and I got to meet them! My friend Harrison Scott Key released a hilarious memoir “The World’s Largest Man” and I got to see him at a reading in NYC. The reading was a twofer with David Crabb who wrote a memoir called “Bad Kid”. If not for this reading I would not have known David Crabb, who is hilarious and so nice. He is also a collaborator with The Moth which brings me to the next topic.
- Podcasts. I now listen to podcasts constantly. I started with Marc Maron’s WTF episode with President Obama, which probably got a lot of people to listen. WTF remains one of my favorites. Other favorites: Serial, Burnt Toast, Awards Chatter, Tom and Lorenzo’s Pop Style Opinionfest, Fresh Air, This American Life, The Moth, BBC Documentary, Pop Culture Happy Hour, 99% Invisible, and Stuff You Should Know. I subscribe to many others, but I listen to these the most. Maybe I’ll do separate post on podcasts.
- Had new stage managing opportunities at Lowell Folk Festival in Lowell, MA and National Folk Festival in Greensboro, NC thanks to the National Council for the Traditional Arts. I’ve worked with them on other events before and absolutely love it, so it was a no-brainer for me to accept. Overall I had a lot of fun and learned a whole lot. I’m excited to possibly come back and work those festivals again this year. The best thing about working these festivals is the exposure to artists I would otherwise never have come across, like the amazing tap dancer Leonardo Sandoval:
- Saw some shows:
- And eating. Lots of eating. Lots of amazing eating.
So that’s a glimpse of what I was up to last year. Here’s to a better posting record this year. Cheers!