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For those of you who know Richard and Aletta but aren't in touch with them enough to have gotten the memo....The littlest Tibbetts. (Two-and-a-half weeks ago now. I saw the picture at the time but didn't think to forward it til I wa going through tabs and closing them just now.)
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A few weeks ago Alyse needed to hire a biologist to consult on a project at work, and found one through craigslist. When we talked on the phone last night, she mentioned that she needed to go by that person's house and pick up a book they'd borrowed. I offered to do it for her, and she emailed me the biologist's address and her name, Amy B___.   Huh, thought I,  I know an Amy B___.   (She married Jeff B___, who used to work for me — was in fact the second person I hired at TERC. Come to think of it, wasn't she Course VII?¹. But they moved to Hawaii years ago. Must just be a coincidence.

I got to the house to pick up the book, which was supposed to be inside the screen door. No sign of it. So I rang the bell. The only adult home was the nanny; she didn't know anything about it. She called Amy and left voicemail. Then she made another call. "Jeff, there's a guy here to pick up a book...." My jaw dropped. She was off the phone with him too quickly for me to catch her eye. "I'm sorry, he's a teacher and has class."

"They didn't just move here from Hawaii, did they?"

I left them a note about what a small world it is.



¹ Course VII is MIT-speak for Biology.
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Three times in the past week I've had friends who haven't seen me in a while fail to recognize me at first. The best was today, when [livejournal.com profile] 76trombones said "Wow. You look very different from the side than you used to." She went on to explain that she had been thinking There's a strange guy parking a car in back. Now that same strange guy is at the door. Oh, wait.....

This pleases me greatly.
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My closest friends, [livejournal.com profile] kareila and [livejournal.com profile] alierak, had their baby, William, last night. Everyone is well, all went remarkably smoothely, and I am incredibly happy for them.
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Went to see Jim's Big Ego at the Lizard Lounge with [livejournal.com profile] kareila and [livejournal.com profile] shoebox_bird. Jen asked me around five this afternoon if I'd like to join them & not having anything better to do I said "sure". I'd seen the band once before --- at the Somerville Theater, at something Moxy Fruvous was also playing at, and remembered I liked them.

I had a really good time. The opening act were ok. (Actually, they were probably pretty good, if you like rap: I don't like rap, but enjoyed them anyway.) But Jim's Big Ego was a blast. The band's energetic, the lyrics clever, and they give a great show. I also liked the venue --- the Lizard Lounge is small and reasonably well ventilated as bars go --- I noticed cigarette smoke, but it was a minor bother, not a major annoyance. (When's Cambridge going to get around to banning smoking in clubs, anyway?)

Anyway, I had a good time and got a useful reminder that I need to get out more.

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Went bowling last night with [livejournal.com profile] kareila and [livejournal.com profile] alierak at [livejournal.com profile] crs' birthday bowling bash. And had an absolutely great time. First time I've been bowling since my sister and I used to go bowling when I was ten. (Well, not quite the first time: When I visited my sister in Canada in December, I spotted a bowling alley and we decided to go bowling for old times' sake. We went in, paid, rented shoes, change shoes, and walked to our lane. Only then did I notice that the balls were a lot smaller than I remembered. I then looked down the lane and realized we were in a candlepin bowling alley. Neither of us had ever even watched candlepin bowling, but we had a good time throwing balls down the lanes anyway.)

Anyway, last night was a gas. All the balls were too heavy for Kareila: the phrase "spastic chicken" comes to mind for how she'd flail the ball down the alley, imparting almost no momentum to it in the process. But about half the time the ball would lumber down the middle of the alley and eventually knock over some pins. She won the first of the two games we bowled. Alierak bowled a strike his first turn, and did pretty decently all night. He's never looked so much like he belonged in a ZZ Top video, though, as when he was in the middle of the backswing with a bowling ball. Don't ask me why.

Lara (I don't know if she has an LJ account) was there and bowled with us. She was in a mood to hit something (she'd spent the whole day at work), and I was reminded of the first time I saw her, years ago, with a baseball bat and a shit-eating grin. I hadn't seen her in a couple of years; it was fun to hang out with her. The automatic scoring system was buggy as hell, and she ended up hacking the console to straighten it out.... Somewhere along the line I realized that I have no clue how bowling is scored; maybe I should figure that out before the next time I go. Not that any of us cared about the scores.

Toward the end even I got about half-way decent, getting the ball down the middle of the alley and taking out more than half the pins about half the time my last half-dozen turns. I'm definitely going bowling again soon!

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