The Lion King

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Admission: The original animated Lion King came out the month I was graduating college in 1994, so I didn’t see it. Maybe I was doing freelance work at The Limited Brands in Columbus at the time—a painful gig where the art director would flag pages in French magazines with notes to “change that word to FORENZA.”

Fast forward 26 years and here I’m sitting in a theater thanks to two special folks and get to experience a traveling production of the musical.

(I finally saw the animated movie a few weeks back. It was… a’ight.)

This live show is very much as I’ve been told: all about the costumes—they’re mesmerizing. The lighting, also fantastic. These two elements alone make the whole thing worth it, but there are choice moments where the music coalesces and there are feels.

At the dentist

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Been going to the dentist with increased frequency of late. I’ve got a dud crown and as soon as I take a bite of food, something gets trapped in a gap around it. Then I’m that guy looking for a toothpick.

I’ve been trying to use a Waterpik with regularity and it’s keeping things at bay, but not improving the health of my gums. The pickle? Since there’s already a crown, insurance won’t cover a replacement. Fine enough, how about I pay for it out of pocket? Welp, turns out insurance dictates out of pocket cost to boot, which makes NO SENSE.

At the end of the day my #1 issue is healthcare—and that includes physical, vision, dental and mental health. As it stands, our system is non-functioning. My feeling is that if folks could confidently manage their well being, greater possibilities could emerge.

These are the things that run through my head as I am reclined and try to heed the text on the motivational poster.

Listening: “13 Pieces, Op. 76” Jean Sibelius, performed by Håvard Gimse

Stop-N-Go, Clifton

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Related: Convenient Food Mart—Cleveland, Ohio, 2011.

Stop-n-Go convenience store

Listening: “Don’t Miss It” James Blake

What was and what could be

Got the kids to school (that sounds so weird for me) and caught Murphy the cat looking peeved out the window as I packed up my things. Maybe he was waiting for his mom and dad to get home.

They’d be back in the evening.

My duties were done at the farm. It was cake. I left the place with the same amount of humans and animals as before and there were no major catastrophes. (The last time I house sat for Tom and Wendy, I didn’t notice their car was stolen during my tenure. I can’t believe they let me do it again.)

Made the 45 minute commute to Cincinnati and had a tough time trying to figure out what to play on the radio. Such a glorious span of time to consider.

NPR was all impeachment stuff and I still haven’t figured out what kind of podcast garden to plant, so classical music provided the backdrop as the gray January miles rolled by.

This movement from Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.5 came on and the drive transformed into a peaceful reflection on what was and what could be.

Riding lesson

Monday, January 27, 2020

Up way before normal to get folks to school. So this is what it’s like to be a parent? I had a window of time in the middle of the day to tend to things (which included a fine lunch with Lisa) and then it was back up north to get the youngest to a riding lesson.

While she did her thing I was able to squeeze in another stretch of work in the waiting area, surrounded by things you’d find at a stable and all these poster boards filled with photos of smiling riders and horses.

Bad baby

Sunday, January 26, 2020

My friends went on a trip and I stayed at their place to watch their kids. Well, they’re ALMOST all teenagers so it was way more chill. I was tickled walking in in the door to find each of them doing and making things. Shep was rebuilding a PC, Ellery was hemming a shirt and Neko came back from the thrift store and customized this baby figurine for her dad’s return.

Listening: “pictochat” Dwyer

Brayden turns 1

Saturday, January 25, 2020

A few favorite snapshots from my great nephew’s first birthday party. Of course there were lots more photos.

Listening: “Baby Shark” Pinkfong

Cupcake factory

Friday, January 24, 2020

cupcakes and icing

Gabe turned my kitchen into a cupcake factory. The double oven halves production time, plus the birthday celebration would be happening downstairs the next day so that means less toting things around.

boy in laundry basket