It’s now been ten days since we suddenly lost of our little Winston. I miss him a ton and wish everyday I could hear his crazy “keep-it-up-and-you’re-gonna-get-bit” warning snarl. I initially figured it would be a few months before we started looking for his successor but his departure left too big a hole in our home. We have built a life we really love here on Capitol Hill with our furry family; Winston was taken from us quite some time before we expected and it just doesn’t feel right.
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Our little 15 pound spark plug ran out of juice on Friday 1/4/08. It’s really hard to imagine life around the house and in general without our guy. He had a thousand faces, nicknames and moods. He might have bit you or snuggled up and pawed for attention, he kept you guessing and laughing.
Now there’s a huge gaping whole in our hearts where he used run up the stairs or chase his ducky across the floor. Where he used to hop on the couch and spin a few times looking for just the right way to lean against your leg. Where he used to lay on his chair and watch us during a movie and M would say, “Look at that face!”
He was adored much more than he would have preferred, considering his strong independent streak. We are very glad that we were able to give him a much better last five years when we adopted him. I know time will make all these wonderful memories hurt less and less, but right now it feels like a 15 pound cannon ball blasted through my chest. Miss you buddy!
It’s been a rough couple of months but I can now share a whole bunch of work. Today we launched The Exploring the Early Americas site to coincide with the physical installation in the Jefferson building on the 12th. We worked with industry leaders Second Story and Schematic to produce some pretty amazing interactive kiosks to complement the already amazing artifacts on permanent display in the northwest wing. If you live around or plan to visit the DC area, do stop in and check it out. I built two ‘Page by Page’ kiosks for the installation that expand upon the online version and have had much fun watching people interact with them.
Gonna go sleep for a million years now.
Got some serious advance notice on these shows: March 14 & 15, 2008. Maria’s variety of voices and characters are great on her CDs and the tv appearances I’ve caught. Can’t wait to see her live! Is baby pretty now momma? Looks like she’ll be swinging through DC on Monday, Oct 29 at the Black Cat with the Comedians of Comedy tour too!
Metric did not fail to thoroughly satisfy. Love those shows where each song builds on the last and time becomes irrelevant. The band was incredibly tight yet there was a loose feeling to the music, very alive and vital. Emily Haines was amazing on stage, tons of energy and smiles, everybody in the crowd was pretty much transfixed. Her technical execution, vocally and on the keys, was excellent and her presence was electrifying. Ok, guess I got a little crush on her now.
The set length was perfect for a weeknight and I don’t think anyone there was disappointed by the quality/quantity ratio. Some favorite songs are bound to be missed, they’re releasing the fourth album soon, but that’s what next time is for!
The Comedy Central Roast of Jeff Foxworthy featured one of my comedy heroes, Denis Leary. Leary pre-taped some of the usual hijinx, including a poke at former Saturday Night Live fake-news anchor, Colin Quinn. The photo he uses to harrass Quinn was created for the Worth1000.com contest “Fountain of Age 3” back in September of 2003. Its a fair trade-off considering the source image came from ComedyCentral.com, but basically it’s a blast to see hobby work on TV in the hands of a favorite comedian. Sweet!
Big thanks to Avi Muchnick and the admin crew at Worth1000.com for the heaps of fun to be had there.