Monday, November 30, 2009

Here's to Us

"Who's like us?  Damn few ..."
Stephen Sondheim

DAY 52:  My Biology teacher from North Branford High School in Connecticut, Mrs. Manzo, and I have kept in sporadic contact over the years, mostly by way of Christmas cards.  It's a subject for a different OhGeeJay post, but I credit her with being my inspiration to pursue teaching as a career.  I bring up Mrs. Manzo now, though, to say that the last time we spoke (which was unfortunately quite some time ago), she asked me to call her "Joyce."  I COULDN'T DO IT ... I was probably in my late 30's and there was no way I was going to call Mrs. Manzo, "Joyce."  No way, no how.

I'm grateful (and BOY, how I'm grateful) that I now count among some of my nearest and dearest friends past students of mine from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.  It's a particularly special bond, and it's a wonderful thing that we have grown past the student and teacher "thing" and treat each other truly as equals.  I don't consider or see any of these "old friends" as past students ... they are simply my friends and PEERS.

Of course, some of them joke that they still have trouble calling me "Michael." 

You know what?  I TOTALLY get it ...

... just ask "Joyce"!!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

To the Top of the Morning

"And they move in a herd like a four-letter word, and they're off."
William Finn

DAY 51:  Not sure how to phrase this one as something to be grateful for, but here goes.  I've made a decision over that past few days - my weight has crept back up (though certainly NOT to where it was a year or two ago) and I'm not happy with it.  SO ... now that the weather's cooled off a bit AND I have LOADS and LOADS of free time, I'm going to try my hand at running.  A LOT of my friends do it, and I've done a little bit on the treadmill here and there - I know it's possible.  I guess I'm grateful that once I make a plan I USUALLY stick with it ... I can be extremely stubborn, and sometimes that's a very good thing.  AND I'll be grateful WHEN (not "if") I get to the point when I can run for miles and maybe even get into a race or two :-)  I've also found that when I walk or run, I do a bunch of thinking about my life and my writing or theatre projects.  It's GREAT meditation and creative thought time.

I bought a new pair of sneakers/running shoes today for the occasion and I KNOW I have to start slow ... I'm going to start tonight with alternating 1/4 mile walk - 1/4 mile jog combinations and each week add about 1/4 mile or so to the jogging part.  Slow and steady so they say ... wish me luck and, who knows, by 2010, you may see me in a local 5K!!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Second Time 'Round

"Everyone knows that I'm just
second-hand Rose,
from Second Avenue."
Grant Clark

DAY 50:  One word ... LEFTOVERS!  Yum!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Giving Thanks

"The falling leaves drift by my window.
The falling leaves of red and gold."
Johnny Mercer

DAYS 47-49:  I'm back in Jacksonville after a wonderful three-day trip to my cousin's home outside of Augusta, Georgia, for Thanksgiving.  He, his wife, and their two terrific boys (13 and 11) live in a BEAUTIFUL home and served the most amazing Thanksgiving dinner (not to mention an equally amazing rib roast dinner the night before when I arrived)!  This blog post is supposed to cover a three-day span, so I'm going to list MANY things I've been grateful for the past three days ... a loving extended family, those delicious meals including deep-fried turkey, the smiles of my two younger cousins ("once-removed") as they played the new Wii game I bought as a present for them, listening to them play their violins for the Thanksgiving Day company, the small reminder of the fall I once loved and miss (the "falling leaves of red and gold" :-), ping-pong, cold crisp air, a safe and problem-free 560-mile round trip with a six-year-old car, and a WHOLE WEEKEND still to come!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

An Easy One

"Vacation - all I ever wanted.
Vacation - had to get away."
The Go-Go's

DAY 46:  No trouble AT ALL finding a subject for today's post ... I'm grateful for a FIVE-DAY VACATION!!

I'll be out of town for the next three days, so I'm not sure if I'll get the chance to post in My Online Gratitude Journal ... until we meet again, have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I'm grateful for my followers and anyone else who has been taking the time to read my blog!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Tap Your Troubles Away

"Tap your troubles away ...
You've bounced a big check.
Your mom has the vapors.
Tap your troubles away ...
Your car had a wreck.
They're serving you papers.

When you're the one that it always rains on
Simply try putting your Mary Janes on.
Your boss just gave you the axe.
There's years of back tax you simply can't pay
When a sky full of crap always lands in your lap,
Make a curtsey and tap your troubles away.

Tap your troubles away ...
You're sued for divorce.
Your brother gets locked up.
Tap your troubles away ...
You're fat as a horse,
And find that you're knocked up.

When you need something to turn your mind off,
Why not try tapping your poor behind off?
Your boat goes over the falls.
The plane you're on stalls,
The pilot yells "Pray!"
When your parachute strap is beginning to snap,
Smile a big smile
And tap, tap, tap your troubles away.

When the wolf's at the door,
There's a bluebird in store ...
If you glide cross the floor
Till your ankles get sore.
Just tap your troubles away!"
Jerry Herman

DAY 45:  My good friend, Janet, has started a weekly tap dancing class for the teachers and staff at the school and, boy, am I grateful!  I had forgotten how much I LOVED tap dancing and it's been such a long time since I put on those shoes.  I had a great time and it's terrific that this non-dancer can actually have a right foot to replace that second left foot I usually have!  Not to mention that it's wonderful exercise ... maybe I should go back and take some studio lessons ... hmmmm ...

Sunday, November 22, 2009

There Won't Be Trumpets

"There won't be trumpets or bolts of fire
To say he's coming.
No Roman candles, no angels' choir,
No sound of distant drumming.
He may not be the cavalier,
Tall and graceful, fair and strong.
Doesn't matter, just as long as he comes along!"
Stephen Sondheim
DAY 44:  I am grateful that I haven't given up on a relationship.  It would be nice to have a partner to share my life with, but my life is pretty complete even without one - I'm not desperate, nor have I lost hope.  It does get particularly difficult around the holidays and I'm steeling myself a little for the next month or so.  I still believe there's a perfect person out there for me. 

As I mentioned in an earlier post, it's been a rocky and unlucky year in the dating department.  By all rights, I should've said "to hell with them all" quite some time ago.  I've met a bunch of potential suitors since this time last year and have had WAY too many first dates, mostly through online dating services and a couple through friend set-ups or suggestions.  None of them have worked out, and many times the poor choice and final decision has been mine.  Either they lived hours away, aren't open to their family (which has become a real deal-breaker), were noncommunicative or unavailable, or we just simply didn't have much to talk about or in common.  As I've said before, I know the common factor in all of these "failures" is me, but I do learn a little more about myself and what I'm looking for with each attempt.

But I still keep trying ... 

I'll be the first to admit that one of my biggest fears is that I'll grow old and die alone ... so I'll keep looking (although everyone always tells me that I'll find that person when I least expect it and when I STOP looking). 

I still believe in love ... and I'm grateful that I still have hope.


"The strongest and sweetest songs yet remain to be sung."
Walt Whitman

DAY 43:  So, this post is about nine hours late ... oh well.  Last night was my last concert/performance/rehearsal for the next two full months.  So, "it's Intermission Time, folks"!!  I'm grateful to have a break ... except for a month or so over the summer, I've been going pretty much nonstop this year with either a music or theatre project (often juggling more than one at the same time).  They've all been successful for the most part, but I really need this "down-time" - even if it is over the holidays ... well, ESPECIALLY if it's over the holidays.

I'm hoping it will give me the opportunity to read, get back my exercise juju, maybe have a date or two (I am currently "in negotiations" with a few online personals' contacts ;-), and WRITE!  It helps that I'll also have some time off from work, too - a few days this coming week (though I'll be spending that with some family in Georgia) and then two full weeks at Christmas time.

Of course, it won't be a COMPLETE vacation from music and theatre.  After Christmas (if not before then), I'll be diving into the preparation work on my next two projects - directing Our Leading Lady at Theatre Jax, and staging a concert performance of HMS Pinafore for the Orange Park Chorale.  And, in typical fashion for me - they happen at the EXACT same time!  Both will rehearse from the end of January through the middle of March.

And it also means I can get back on track with my DAILY OhGeeJay posting!!  I'll be posting Day 44 a little later today ...

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Counting Sheep

"Lay down your head and sleep, sleep,
I'll be your pillow, soft and deep."
Jeanine Tesori

DAYS 41-42:  Time to play catch up!  The picture shows how I've felt the past two days.  I didn't sleep well either Wednesday night or Thursday night and I was a member of the walking dead up through last night.  If I could've fallen asleep standing up during my Chorale concert last night, I would've.  Fortunately, I didn't ... but I did sleep like a ROCK last night!

It's very strange, because I rarely ever have trouble sleeping.  I don't know what was wrong with me, but I hope I'm past whatever it was ...

I'm SO grateful for sleep ... in fact, it's just before 9 a.m. in the morning and I'm heading back to bed right now for some more.  Night night!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

It Figures

"I'm very well acquainted, too, with matters mathematical,
I understand equations, both the simple and quadratical,
About binomial theorem I'm teeming with a lot o' news,
With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse."
W.S. Gilbert

DAY 40:  What a GREAT group of people!!  This is a shot of the Math Department from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts a couple of years ago ... a few faces have changed, but we're still one big happy family.  I've never worked with a group of fellow teachers who are this close ... we eat lunch together every day (but not at a restaurant like in the picture ;-) and we sincerely care about one another.  Lunches for us are no different than an eight-person family gathered around the dinner table ... we bicker, laugh (we do a lot of laughing), say inappropriate things, gripe about our day, share triumphs, and sometimes even talk a little about work. 

Outside of lunch, we are quick to share ideas and plans with one another and have no trouble asking for advice from the rest of the group when we need it.  And when one person in the group is having a difficult time or has cause to celebrate, the department is quick to provide the company for comfort or for a party!!  Thanks, Math peoples, I'm proud to be a part of the crew!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Stop the Press!

"Jelly beans, not medicine.
If I could only read, my son,
he wouldn't need an elegy.
Stupid beans, not medicine.
Oh God, here in this jar,
I can't read what these are.
Damn jelly beans!"
Scott Brown and Anthony King

DAY 39:  After a particularly stressful day, I came home to a wonderful delivery ... my copy of the cast recording of Gutenberg! The Musical!  A few years ago, Carole and I had the surprising pleasure of seeing this HYSTERICALLY funny Off-Broadway musical that deservedly won most of the Off-Broadway awards in 2007.  It remains probably the funniest and most clever show I have EVER seen.  I've ordered the script, too, and it's on its way ... it's a show I would LOVE to direct and/or perform.

The musical, as told to the audience by its two "creators," Bud and Doug, tells the story of Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press.  In the town of Schlimmer, where no one can read, the wine-maker Gutenberg discovers that no one can read because there's NOTHING TO READ in the tiny German little town.  Add Helvetica (get it?), his assistant "with blonde hair and beautiful breasts" who is also in love with Gutenberg, singing rats, an antisemitic flowergirl, the evil Monk, the moronic Young Monk, and well ... you just have to see it and hear it to believe it.  The songs are wonderful, catchy, and have gut-bustingly funny lyrics.

Oh, and did I mention that the two "creators" play EVERY character in the town?  The set is a couple of large cardboard boxes.  A single piano is the orchestra and the costuming is merely baseball caps with the names of the characters on the front, exchanged often with lightning speed.

I'm so grateful to have this recording ... I'll be listening to it A LOT!!  Keep your eyes open, I'm gonna push HARD to have this musical produced locally!

Monday, November 16, 2009

We Are the Music-Makers

"My heart will be blessed with the sound of music,
and I'll sing once more."
Richard Rodgers

DAY 38:  During a particularly dreadful time of my life nearly ten years ago, two friends suggested that I join the Orange Park Chorale.  I had performed for most of my high school and college years in singing ensembles and always found tremendous joy in choral singing.  I've never considered myself much of a soloist, so singing in a large group suits me just fine.  I auditioned for the group and joined ... ten years later, I'm still a proud member of the Orange Park Chorale and I'm grateful for what this group has given me.

I'm about to close out yet another season with the group singing in concerts on Friday and Saturday.  Tonight, in fact, was the last rehearsal for the season.  I won't be able to sing with them in the Spring due to my directing gig at Theatre Jacksonville, but will be popping in to stage a Gilbert and Sullivan piece they will be performing in concert.  Then I'll be back joining my voice with the group again next fall.

Besides the music, the group has given me something much more important and special - a wonderful group of friends who feel like family to me.  Rehearsal with the OPC is such a comfortable place to be ... I'm never afraid to be myself, joke around, and just have fun while singing some great music.  What I'm most grateful for is that, in joining the OPC, I found one of my best friends, Carole, who was then directing the group.  Carole and I had known each other for years only casually through theatre circles, but we have become very close, even taking an annual Spring trip to New York City together to see LOTS of shows!  But, I suspect I'll be posting more in this blog about Carole and other friends at a later date ...

For now, OPC ... thank you for the friendship and the precious gift of music ...

Sunday, November 15, 2009

A Lovely Night

"A finer night you know you'll never see ..."
Richard Rodgers

DAY 37:  I had a lovely night in Fernandina Beach last night.  Along with my friends Ali, Melanie, and her husband, Rob, we drove to Melanie's parent's beautiful home in Fernandina.  There we had a MARVELOUS meal from the restaurant 29 South ... mine was a delicious horseradish-crusted wild salmon with a minted cucumber potato salad on fresh greens.  We then went to historic "downtown," walked around Centre Street in the crisp, clear night air, followed by a charming production of Educating Rita at Amelia Community Theatre.  I had never been to ACT before and the play featured my friend, Geoffrey, with whom I've done two shows at Theatre Jax.  All in all a lovely night.  I'm grateful for good food, good theatre, and good friends!!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Man with a Plan

"Sunrise, sunset,
Swiftly flow the days ..."
Sheldon Harnick

DAY 36:  I'm grateful for having my classes planned all the way through to Winter Break!  One third of the school year already finished ... can you believe it?  That's all for today ...

Friday, November 13, 2009


"A possibly true story ..."

DAY 35:  Getting this in just under the wire ...

I had NO CLUE what to write today until I went to the theatre this evening.  Once again, an original piece has inspired me to get going on my writing.  I had the privilege of watching Al's wonderful Crumbs tonight - a terrific ensemble cast (featuring my friends Christina and Steve, and ... oh yeah ... my "son" Al) and marvelous direction by Barbara.  Beautifully written and performed ... I loved every minute of it.

I need to get to WORK on my playwriting ... dad gum it.

Thanks, Al, Barbara, cast and crew for a terrific night ...

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Sitting Pretty

"But I've got some talents
which build up my balance ..."
Fred Ebb

DAY 34:  I recently got my latest retirement forecast which lists my annual salaries for the past 25 years in the school system.  It's amazing to see that I only made $18K my first year of teaching in 1984.  Now, after all that time, I feel like I'm finally making the kind of money that allows me to live more than just paycheck to paycheck.  Fortunately, it's enhanced by National Board and other supplements, and an occasional theatre directing job here and there. 

I'm VERY grateful to be essentially debt-free except for my mortgage.  It's taken a LONG time to pay off some hefty credit card debt, and it's a wonderful feeling to be "comfortable," especially at a time when so many people are having such a difficult time making ends meet.  Just this past weekend, I was able to run out and "pick up" a new Blu-Ray player and a 32" LCD flat screen for my office, knowing that the 18-month interest-free charge would be paid off easily in the next few months.  With my annual spring New York City trip and a trip to Ireland next summer, it's good to know I won't be putting myself in the poorhouse to afford the trips!!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Day Off

"It is awfully hard work doing nothing.
However, I don't mind work where there is
no definite object of any kind."
Oscar Wilde

DAY 33:  Not much to say today ... a wonderful day off in the middle of the week.  Grateful for sleeping in late, having lunch with mom, and doing nothing whatsoever ...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Summer Lovin'

"Summer lovin', had me a blast ..."
Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey

DAY 32:  OK, OK, so it's not THAT kind of summer lovin', but since theatre is one of my greatest loves, I have two VERY HOT dates for next summer.  I have a private list (as do all directors) of the shows I'd do almost anything to direct.  What are the chances that I'd get the opportunity to do two of them BACK-TO-BACK? 

I had already signed on to do Jason Robert Brown's Parade at Players by-the-Sea to open mid-July and that has me thrilled beyond belief.  Two nights ago, a dear friend gave me the inside track and clued me in on ABET's plans to stage The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  He suggested I contact them right away and let them know of my ravenous interest in directing the show.  Within 24 hours, I was being offered the show and I couldn't be happier.  It goes up in mid-September of 2010, which means not only will the two shows be back-to-back, but there will probably be a little overlap between Parade's final weeks of rehearsal and Spelling Bee's opening weeks of rehearsal.

It's also very exciting because the two shows couldn't be more different.  Parade - a HUGE, dark, intensely dramatic love story involving murder, justice, and racism in the early part of the 20th century.  Spelling Bee - a gut-bustingly hysterical, though poignant, very contemporary (and perhaps a little naughty) "chamber musical" about a middle-school-aged spelling bee.  The only thing they have in common is they both feature REMARKABLY difficult music for the performers (but almost no dancing ;-).

This past summer, I was VERY idle between the closing of Into the Woods and the start of school.  Though I love having time off over the summer, I do get bored very quickly.  This coming summer couldn't be more different - with these two shows AND a week-long trip to Ireland, it's going to be an exhausting but EXHILARATING summer!!  I CAN'T WAIT!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Year 26

"The best of times is now,
as for tomorrow, well, who knows?"
Jerry Herman

DAY 31:  It's late and I'm getting this in JUST under the wire.  So, I'm going to make it quick.  The 2009-2010 school year (my 26th year teaching) is already one-quarter finished and it's been a really GREAT year so far.  My average class size is about 23.  I'm teaching two subjects I REALLY enjoy (Pre-Calculus and Algebra II).  I'm not teaching any AP classes.  And ... my students seem to be a good crop of kids - mostly polite and attentive, with no chronic misbehavior or disrespect. 

I was VERY stressed out and unhappy last year ... I always felt like I was barely keeping my head above water all year long (especially with BOTH AP Biology and AP Calculus - what was I thinking?).  This year I'm comfortable, relaxed, efficient, and generally well ahead of myself in planning.  I'm grateful for a terrific year ... hope it lasts!!

Some really good news to post tomorrow, I think!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

A Month of Gratitude

"It's not that I don't want a lot
Or hope for more, or dream of more,
But giving thanks for what I've got
Makes me so much happier than keeping score."
John Bucchino

DAY 30:  So, here it is ... Day 30.  A month of gratitude.  This has been a tremendous experience for me - it has forced me to remain positive, to look for those things that I'm thankful for and mean the most to me.  That's not to say I haven't had dreadful days in the past month when I've been characteristically crabby, grumpy, and negative, but each day I've had to let that stuff go and write down (for ALL the world to see) what's right about my life.  And I'm discovering daily that there's a LOT that's truly right. 

The two unexpected side effects, though, have been that this journal has stirred my creative juices and each day I think more and more about writing projects that have sat on the back burner.  I've also been pleasantly surprised at the reception to my journal ... the comments have been wonderful and I've been amazed at how even some of my most personal posts (especially "Mutual Admiration Society") have touched people.  What started out as a very personal quest for the positive in my life has been embraced by others ... and now I'm grateful for that, too!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Best Gift

"You are one of the best teachers I have ever had.
You definitely influenced my decision
to pursue mechanical engineering.
There was one day that you split the class:
half went to another teacher and half stayed with you.
I guess I got really lucky that day :)"

DAY 29:  I got this message on Facebook today from a former student of mine.  There's NO greater gift than notes like these.  It makes what I do for a living completely worthwhile knowing that students who graduated years and years ago feel this way about me and the effect they say I've had on their life.  What more can I say ... if you're a teacher, you know EXACTLY what I mean.

When I Think of Home

"When I think of home, I think of a place
where there's love overflowing ..."
Charlie Smalls

DAY 28:  (Missed my post yesterday, so there's TWO today!)  I'm not a social animal.  I'm extraordinarily private and rather introverted and it takes quite some time for me to be comfortable around new people.  I could probably count the number of people who know "the real me" on one hand.  I don't particularly like to party and don't go to clubs or bars.  I dread the thought of being in a social setting surrounded by people I don't know.  So ... the theatre makes up a VERY large portion of my social life, and it's a place where I always feel happy, safe, and content.  It's my other "home." 

I went to the opening of the new show at Theatre Jacksonville last night, and because my friend Marcia was sick, I went on my own.  Normally I don't like going to places by myself, though I have gotten used to seeing a movie solo.  I still can't do a table service restaurant by myself, though.  But I'm getting off the subject ...

I feel totally at home in the theatre, especially at Theatre Jacksonville.  It is a building filled with memories, very dear friends, and total strangers who know me by name.  It's a wonderful feeling walking into the Little Theatre in San Marco, and I'm forever grateful for having this second "home."

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Curtain Time ... Away We Go

"Gods of the Theatre, smile on us ..."
Stephen Sondheim

DAY 27:  I'm looking forward to some more FULL weekends of theatre and music!!  Last weekend, I was able to catch After the Murders at ABET.  This weekend, the opening of Getting Sara Married at Theatre Jacksonville and a special independent vaudevillian escapade direct from NYC starring a Douglas Anderson graduate.  Next weekend, Al's Crumbs at Players by-the-Sea and Educating Rita at Amelia Community Theatre (my first visit to that theatre).  THEN ... A Little Night Music at Douglas Anderson and a full weekend of Chorale concerts to sing the following week.  WHEW!!  Thanksgiving follows the weekend after that with a trip to my cousin's family in Georgia ... more on that later.  For now, it's GREAT to have the opportunity to celebrate all the theatre that's happening in our "little" burg!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Actions Speak Louder

"Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech."
Martin Fraquhar Tupper

DAY 26:  I am ALWAYS grateful for brilliant writing, and there's very little in my book that comes close to the brilliant writing of the AMC series Mad Men.  Regular watchers of the series have known that the current year on the show is 1963, and have been waiting eagerly for how the assassination of JFK would affect the employees of Sterling-Cooper and their families.  This past weekend's episode dealt with it so powerfully that it was nothing short of stunning ... it didn't focus on the event as much as the event was used to underline the hopelessness and personal crises that the characters were already facing. 

The thing that impresses me SO much about the writing on Mad Men is its conciseness ... there are no rambling speeches, the lines are taut and constructed with as few words as possible.  In fact, the most significant moments of the show occur in COMPLETE SILENCE.  It clarifies and justifies for me, as a budding playwright (though I need to get to work ...), that actions - what the character DOES - are FAR more significant than what a character SAYS.  It also reinforces what I've always believed as an actor and have frequently shared with actors whom I've directed ... what you do when you're NOT speaking is much more important than what you do when you're speaking your lines.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Day Is Done

"Day is done, gone the sun ...
All is well, safely rest ..."
Horace Lorenzo Trim

DAY 25:  Another frustrating day ... but it's always been my intent to keep this blog positive, so I'll spare everyone the details.  Needless to say, I'm grateful that the day is OVER!  Night night ... :-)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Music That Makes Me Dance

"If I sing, you are the music ..."  Richard Maltby, Jr.

DAY 24:  There was nothing terribly difficult instructionally about this day.  Perhaps it was rolling the clocks back last night, or simply that it was a Monday, but the kids just aggravated me today and most of the time they were quietly taking a test!  More often than not lately, I've been driving home from work in silence, but today I plugged in the iPhone and listened to some more of the new Liz Callaway CD that Susan copied for me. 

It should come as no great surprise that singing along at the top of my lungs with the showtunes on the album as I drove home COMPLETELY eliminated any aggravation or grumpiness that resulted from my day.  Was it the fact that they were showtunes (and some good ones, too ... I'm Not That Girl, Patterns, Memory, Children Will Listen, Being Alive)?  Or could it be that it was just singing in my best "driver's-seat-let-it-all-out" voice that made everything OK again?  It was probably both of things, combined with the fact that it's just MUSIC, and music is one of the primary things that brings me joy in life.  I'm grateful for all of it ... the showtunes, singing, and the MUSIC that makes me "dance."

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Breeze It, Buzz It

"Keep cooly cool, boy!"  Stephen Sondheim

DAY 23:  So, it was exactly two weeks ago that I posted my gratitude for the return of fall.  Not long after that, the temperatures shot right back up into the upper 80's.  Well, here we are again ... "sultry" mid-80's yesterday to end October, then we barely made it into the 70's today for the first day of November.  The A/C has been turned off and all the windows are once again open wide to let in the fresh, cool air that's supposed to last the entire work week.  It may not look like the picture above, but let's hope fall is REALLY here to stay this time!