Saturday, July 26, 2008

Summer Treats

Hey there,

How are you doing? Living the dream? As for me, I've been enjoying the summer here in the Northwest. You know what that means- bike rides, kite-flying, mowing the lawn without a shirt on, skinny-dipping at the local community pool, etc. But do you know what I like best about summer? Root beer floats. That's right, my friend. Call me old-fashioned, but there's nothing I like better than a frosty mug on a hot summer day. Why, it was just last weekend that Cindy and I were driving back to Seattle from Portland. About halfway through the three-hour drive, we stopped off at a roadside diner to take a break. The weather was hot, we were tired, and we were craving something cool and refreshing. Cindy ordered a root beer float, and goddamn, it was delicious. It's amazing how a mere two ingredients can combine to create something so wonderful. And do you know what my favorite part is? It's the leftover soda-melted ice cream mixture at the bottom of the mug. Hell, I would be satisfied just drinking that stuff by itself. Which brings me to my latest invention: Root Creme. That's right, I'm going to take that creamy, vanilla-flavored root beer (the "dregs", if you will) and put it in a bottle. Pretty soon, you're going to see this thing in the refrigerated section of every grocery store across the nation. And people will go crazy. Is that a genius idea, or what? Now I need to come up with a mascot to promote this concoction. I'm thinking of a beige-colored hippo wearing a parka, but I'm still working out the details.

This week's tune is from Andrew Bird, who we saw perform a few days ago at the Woodland Park Zoo. It's a cover of an old WWI-era ballad about soldiers returning home from the war. Enjoy:

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Lost and Found

Hello friends,

I know it's been a while since I've posted anything, but things have been busy around here. As many of you may already know, Cindy's brother Steve was recently diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome. Cindy and I have been spending a lot of time with Steve and the rest of the family, so that's been the main focus of our lives for the past few weeks. We're optimistic that he'll recover fully, although he will require a bone marrow transplant. We're all wishing Steve the best of luck on his road to recovery. You can read more on Cindy's blog here.

If there's a bright side to any of this, it's the quality time that Cindy's family has been spending together. One of the things that we've enjoyed is watching old episodes of the TV show Lost. Since none of us had watched it before, we started with the first season on DVD, and it wasn't long before we were all hooked. I know, we're a bit late to catch on; at this rate, we'll probably start watching The Sopranos around 2012. For those of you unfamiliar with Lost, it's about the survivors of a plane crash that strands them on a mysterious island. Think Gilligan's Island, but way better. Each of the characters has a hidden past, and the island is full of strange surprises. The way the plot slowly reveals its secrets makes for some seriously addictive television. I could go on, but it's best to discover it for yourself. All of the past episodes are available on DVD, or you can watch it online for free here.

This week's song is a new one from the Icelandic band Sigur Ros. Steve's a fan, so this is for him.