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Being the musings of Your Obedient Servant, Great Stone Face, moose enthusiast.

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Location: Northern Virginia, United States

I'm interested in humor contests, the Washington Redskins, the Boston Red Sox, the Washington Nationals, University of New Hampshire hockey and football, and Ohio State University football and hockey -- and, of course, moose.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Ted Williams

There is a Ted Williams exhibit in the Korean War section of the
Marine Corps museum.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

National Museum of the Marine Corps

I spent this afternoon touring the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico,
VA. I highly recommend it. Try to get a docent tour given by a Marine.

Monday, May 26, 2008

In Memoriam

Thank you, veterans.

Sent from my iPhone.

Sunday, May 25, 2008


Met cousins for seafood lunch at Coastal Flats in Tysons Corner, VA,
on Saturday. Went to Shabbat service before and an Episcopalian
funeral mass afterwards. I'd gone to a memorial service for another
fellow on Friday.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Is there something unusual about our guest?

Monday, May 19, 2008

The Original Version of "The Office"

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Nats vs O's

Friday, May 16, 2008

Nothing Happening

Thursday, May 15, 2008

How to Sell Girl Scout Cookies

How To Sell Girl Scout Cookies

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Rudy's Countdown to Victory

Monday, May 12, 2008

Avenue Jew

Penn Alps

We're on the road home from Columbus. Stopped for a late lunch at the
Penn Alps Restaurant in Grantsvoll, MD, across from an artisan
village. Good, old-fashioned cooking.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

We're taking my wife to bookstores, antique stores, and to dinner.
Dinner is at the Columbius Fish Market-Grandview, a suprisingly good
seafood restaurant.

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Saturday, May 10, 2008


Friends from Cleveland came down to Columbus to have dinner with us at
Schmidt's in German Village. Wiener schnitzel, spatzel, sauerbraten,
red cabbage, potato pancakes, and mugs of springtime wheat beer on the
table. Our son had a cola-flavored German beer.

Jeff Smith Exhibition

Jeff Smith

We're in Columbus, spending Mother's Day weekend with our youngest
son. He took me to a talk by cartoonist Jeff Smith, in conjunction
with a showing at Ohio State of some of Smith's art.

Friday, May 09, 2008

West Virginia Rest Stop

Tough Photo


I carpooled to DC with my old carpool and had breakfast with my former colleagues this morning. Peter turned 40 today and Lois baked him a snickerdoodle cake. I took Metrorail home and saw the above Panasonic ad in the Pentagon station. Other ads referred to the Toughbook helping you earn another star and helping your F-16 target enemy positions. Talk about "targeted advertising!"

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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Driving Ambitions

It was a drizzly day, so I took it easy today. I read some this morning, answered some e-mails, and entered some humor contests. (Note: The 13th Annual Flushies Awards Luncheon is coming up on May 17th is next weekend.) This afternoon, I went to Starbucks for a coffee and read The Washington Post. More leftover fried rice for dinner.

Tonight, we go to a meeting at our synagogue.

Nothing But the Tooth

I spent 2-1/2 hours in the dental chair yesterday, getting my teeth cleaned and getting a root canal started.

In the afternoon, my son and I went to the bookstore and Trader Joe's.

Then, I made fried rice for dinner.

Slow day.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon
Originally uploaded by Great Stone Face.
My cardiologist appointment yesterday afternoon went very well. I go back in a year.

This morning, I walked around our neighborhood for about 40 minutes. The flowers looked and smelled terrific. I didn't hear the birds singing or the dogs barking, though. I was listening through headphones to blues on my iPhone. Bessie Smith, mostly.

Still interested in my old job somewhat. Some colleagues testified late this morning before a House committee, so I watched the webcast for a couple of hours, after my morning walk.

Then, I drove to Mount Vernon, about 16 miles from home, and toured George Washington's estate for a couple of hours. The photo above was taken with my iPhone and cropped with iPhoto. I bought an annual pass, so I can go back again soon. Maybe next week. There were busses and busses and busses of tourists. I'll arrive much earlier next time.

Last evening, my wife and I made a chocolate cake from scratch for one of her colleague's birthday, and made the chocolate frosting from scratch, too. We put cooking dinner off until tonight. I'm baking panko-crusted tilapia, sauteeing garden greens (chard, spinach, mustard, etc.), and steaming jasmine rice. I brewed some ice tea before I left for Mount Vernon.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Monday Musings

What a lovely day, today! The temps are hovering around 70 and the flowers and trees are budding. The smell of freshly spread pine bark mulch is tickling my nose.

Yesterday, we went to a Style Invitational Losers brunch, a special one in honor of John O'Byrne, who is in from Dublin. Appropriately, we met him for brunch at The Dubliner in DC.

Then, we went with a group of senior citizens to see "Young@Heart." This is a great documentary about a group of seniors from Northampton, Massachusetts, who travel around the U.S. and Europe performing rock classics. Touch, but very affirming. I highly recommend it.

Today, I'm in the midst of a couple of doctors' appointments, postponed until after my retirement. The first one this morning went well, and I feel great. I go to another appointment this afternoon.

Tonight, I'm cooking panko-crusted tilapia, sauteed garden greens, and rice. After dinner, we'll bake a chocolate cake from scratch. Probably make the chocolate frosting from scratch, too.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

First day out

Well, today is the first day out. Yesterday, I retired from the place where I'd worked for 34 years.

Last night and this morning, I went to services to thank God for bringing back my health and allowing me to reach this day. I got a lot of hugs, handshakes, and good wishes. My youngest son called; my middle son came to my retirement party with my wife.

Today, I'm shopping at Ikea for furniture for my mother-in-law, then playing euchre tonight.

The adventure awaits.