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Rants and raves

If I survive this semester . . . .


New eyeglasses are better than new clothes.


I hope that man who so precipitously and rudely cut me off on Kingshighway on Thursday (in a red van-ish SUV of some indeterminate sort) is proud of the words he made spew from my mouth.


Electronics are made for obsolescence.  I had to replace my 5.1 receiver this week.  These things are ‘spensive!


Even in the midst of such busy days at the office, and full days of teaching voice lessons, finding some time to whip up a meal is a sheer delight.


Quiche makes me happy.


I gave a talk this week about my sabbatical, and provided a nibble of babkas at the conclusion.  The students seemed happy.  So did a few faculty with a sweet tooth.

 


Acquaintances enrich my life in so many ways.  So do students, and the circus kids.


Fall Break and NYC cannot arrive quickly enough.


Teaching the Ernst Toch “Geographical Fugue” to my applied musicianship class may be the death of me, but we are going to lick this thing and have fun along the way!  (You should have seen them rapping this week.)


Is anything more fulfilling than teaching voice lessons?


I’m ramping up my expectations for several of my students, who are showing they are ready for more push.


The current president of the United States of America is one dumbass.  There.  The emperor has no clothes.  Someone said it.


I can’t wait to start cooking out of my new Moroccan cookbook!


Some days I miss having a dog.

England

Memories of various trips to England have been popping up on Facebook.  I am ready to visit again.

At the zoo

Youngest nephew Joseph is quite the teenage zoologist.  My sister suggested I take him to the Kansas City Zoo at Swope Park on Wednesday last, so Joe and I waited out the rain and then spent two hours with sea lions and tigers and lorikeets and kangaroos and red pandas and Merino sheep and such.  And a good time was had by all.

 

Orangutan child.
Red panda.
Joe pets a stingray.

Kangaroos!
Laughing kookaburra
This one is just waiting for a lift from the train.
Lorikeets.

DC in DC: Botanic Garden

In all my visits to Washington, D.C., I had never stopped by the United States Botanic Garden.

Truth be told, the Missouri Botanical Garden is so much more better!

But visit I did, and I’m glad for the two hours there on Wednesday.

From the things we eat greenhouse:

Orchids:

Random other plants that caught my eye:

The cactus room was great fun, but difficult to photograph.

 

DC in DC: FBI

Thanks to the kindness of the mother of a prospective student, I had a private guided tour on Wednesday of the FBI Experience.

The best parts?  J. Edgar Hoover’s desk.  And the live firing range where nine agents were shooting their quarterly qualification. And the company of a lively FBI employee.  And the spy-craft stuff.

I’ll have more to post on Friday, but this 8.30 p.m. arrival at home after a full day in D.C. has me tired and not feeling like writing.

DC in DC: Cuba Libre

Thanks to Jessica Hentoff’s restaurant suggestion, I went to Cuba Libre for dinner Monday evening. Aaron joined.

Aside from the fish dinner in Tangier in February, this is the single best meal of the year so far.

And I will long dream about the spinach Manchego buñuelos, creamy fried balls of indescribable deliciousness that hit every spot on the tongue just perfectly.

We both ordered the tasting menu, which was more than filling.

I opted for the lechón asado as my main.

Let me just say THANK YOU to Jessica, and “I’ll be back as soon as I can” to Cuba Libre!

The meal started with toasted Cuban bread with mango butter. And then progressed from the sublime to most sublime.

The appetizers.
The main course.