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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Developing Story

It's obvious enough by the accents that this specific story wasn't here, but it could be. And often is.


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City-County Planning Board, Forsyth County & Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Vote PCF!

AmericanStyle Magazine annually runs an on-line vote for the top 10 fine craft shows in the country. Our very own Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair is on the ballot!

You can only vote once, but you'll be entered to win a $500 airline travel certificate.

The ballot (with more info)
Piedmont Craftsmen's Fair
AmericanStyle Magazine

re: this weather



Something tells me I'm coming home to my own indoor pool. Peace Haven has ridiculous standing water. I'm scared for my basement.


Update: indoor pool shaping up nicely!

The Buena Vista Garden, by Yarddawg

Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy' (Purple Pineapple Lily for us dummies)

This way cool perennial is stunning and now blooming in Buena Vista. There are several varieties of this South African native but this is my favorite. It needs full sun to perform best. In early spring the strap like foliage emerges with a deep burgundy color. Later, as the temperature rises the foliage changes to a more greenish color.

In mid to late summer the clump produces a 20" tall bloom stalk resembling a miniature purple pineapple. The plant gets to about 24 inches tall and wide. It can really tolerate hot, dry conditions once established. I actually think the "pineapple" bloom is more attractive and longer lasting when it is on the dry side. Too much water seems to make my blooms topple over from being too top heavy. Another plus for this plant is I've never seen it bothered by any garden pest.

Easy to grow and propagate either by dividing (like hosta) or by leaf cuttings best taken in July.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Esbette reporting from the field

With glow stick action!

Rah-rah, Raleigh!

Unable to resist the allure of a night in a downtown hotel, the youngest and I tagged along. Sadly with no tickets to the concert itself, we'll have to make do with swimming in the hotel pool and exploring the Raleigh nightlife.

visit Raleigh

And I mean EXACT... (Chapter 2.1)


Now it's even easier to win a prize from THE EXCITING ARRAY (shown at left)! Here's how.

As always, click on image for larger version. As always, Esbette is ineligible to play.

Creak

The oldest is going to his first concert tonight, at Walnut Creek in Raleigh. I felt like I might be slightly out-of-place with Avril Lavigne/The Jonas Brothers, so Esbette is going with him. We just had the following email exchange.

Me: are you bringing a lighter to yell Freebird during Avril Lavigne?

Esbette: I am not sure it will dark yet, and we use cell phones these days dear! Haha but of course I will yell freebird!

me: Tell me you are kidding. Cellphones?

Esbette: no for serious. That whole anti-smoking thing has really cut down on lighter usage. and instead of cigarettes everyone has cell phones and we glow together as one. hahaha


And it's official. I'm really old.

Port-a-what?

Forest Drive, last night

doot-doot-doot-doot!

Vern Switzer spotting!

You remember Vern!


You can see him again on page 13 of the August issue of "Winston-Salem Monthly". He's not identified by name, but there he is, on the righthand side of the 2-page photo of the Downtown Farmers Market.

Y'all go buy some produce from Vern next time you're there!

Downtown Farmers Market

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I do believe this is the largest pole-flown flag in town

IHOP, Silas Creek @ Peters Creek


Unless someone knows of a larger one?

Vital Vial

Vial-of-Life is a program that was started by Forsyth County EMS in the spring of 2000. Its purpose is to make important information readily available to emergency services responders in the event of a medical emergency. It contains personal demographic information (name, date of birth, etc.) as well as current medications, allergies, and medical history. This information is vital in an emergency and not always available. There is also information concerning an individual's primary physician and hospital preference. The Vial-of-Life is able to "speak" for you when you may not be able to.

The Vial-of-Life is a small cup with a lid that has a brightly colored identification sticker on the outside, inside there is a form you fill out listing the above mentioned information. We ask that you place the cup in your refrigerator, since most everyone has one and it is easy to find. There are also 2 small stickers in the "Vial-of-Life" to place on your front and back door to alert responders to your participation in this program. When responders arrive they will know where to look for needed information, even if you are unable to tell them.

Cost: FREE

more information
Forsyth County E.M.S.


edit, 6:10 PM: Prompted by an email from a friend, I have written mine.

"Gets a caffeine headache if fails to imbibe coffee by 8 am. Allergic to bees, penicillin, and her mother-in-law*. If dead, call Hooper's, because they write the rockingest obituaries."

* This is not a joke. Seriously, I had to go to the ER for this.

Local Refind, by SueMo

This came from E-bay: $7.99 and totally worth it!

This is a copy of Architectural Guide - Winston Salem Forsyth County. "Prepared by the Winston-Salem Section of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects".

Copyright 1978: Small softcover with 199 pages of text and black & white illustrations. Many photos of all parts of the area... from downtown buildings, Salem, Buena Vista residences, WSSU, etc., etc.

This is truly a hard-to-find treasure and hopefully will help me with the new EXACT format.
-SueMo

Molting is revolting

Something called The Furminator. That's what the vet's office will be using.

I dropped off Pinochet at 7:30 this morning for a full groom. I personally would love to check in somewhere for some treatments myself, to take an entire day in the name of beauty, but alas, it isn't going to happen. Pinochet, however, earned it by beginning to molt, which is to say large hunks of a lighter undercoat began working their way through his topcoat and dropping off all over my house. I turned around yesterday and the corners of my living room looked like we had an infestation of tan mice.

So go for it, Reynolda Vet. Do your magic. Furminate.

Reynolda Veterinary Hospital

Oh....

Oh, how I want this porch. I completely and utterly covet it. I want to put pads covered with faded ticking on the white, wicker rocking chairs. I want to rock gently back and forth in one and drink sweet tea and watch my children play on the enormous lawn. I want to paint the ceiling of the porch sky blue to keep the flies off it. I want to hang a low-toned windchime nearby. And then I want to freeze time.

Monday, July 28, 2008

And I mean EXACT... (the second version)

Beginning this week, Wednesday's "And I mean EXACT..." will follow a new format.

1. Each photo will still post at 1 pm on Wednesday.

2. Each photo will show at least a piece of a local building. It might be a door, a window, a roofline, etc.

3. To enter, all you need to email me is the name of the building, the business it houses, or some such that makes it clear you know where it is. I do NOT need to know where on the building the shown detail is, where I'm standing, the nearest intersection, etc.

4. You will have until Friday at noon to email me this answer. ONE ENTRY PER PERSON ONLY PLEASE.

5. Before close of business Friday, the winner will be randomly drawn from the correct answers. The incredibly scientific process will involve small slips of paper, a small child or other disinterested party, and a large hat.

6. Here comes the exciting part: the winner will then have until Tuesday noon to select his/her prize from THE EXCITING ARRAY of prizes, which will be shown in photo montage form in the lefthand column.

7. Everyone else gets nothing, but the non-selected prizes stay in THE EXCITING ARRAY, and the selected prize is replaced with a new prize for the following week.

Any questions?

Halfsies

Duke Power came out this morning and confirmed it was not an issue of one of the power prongs into the house going out. The front of the house sits in darkness and silence, no fans going, no computer being used as a stereo from the oldest's room. The fridge and the A.C. thankfully must be plugged into the back of the house, because both are running.

I called the electricians, the same ones who hung all the fans and lights and modernized the outlets and such before we moved in. I was given a 2 pm today appointment. I frankly figured I'd be lucky if they showed up before 4, because in my experience contractor time often runs like doctor time.

I ate crow for lunch when they arrived at 1:57.

Kenco Electric Company


update, 2:48 PM: No answers yet, but my money's on "not cheap". Maux Pitte strikes again.

update, 3:28 PM: And it's fixed. And it wasn't terribly cha-ching. Hurray!

Lucylucylucylucy

I've come to grips with the fact that I have an animal name. Heck, even MPB's cat is named Lucy. I've certainly heard of Lucy Goosey, but apparently my mind was nestled snugly inside the box.

Meet Vern Switzer, Forsyth County farmer, farming educator, and author of numerous children's books including Lucy the Cantaloupe. He's also the subject of another awesome Dan Traveling video.

Brr

The Cold Case Homicide Unit was established in May 2008. Currently there are (2) investigators assigned to that specialized unit. The homicide division works closely with the Medical Examiner’s Office in determining the cause of death as well as the District Attorney’s Office in prosecuting offenders. The Cold Case Homicide Unit is responsible for reviewing and prioritizing more than 95 unsolved homicide cases dating back to 1931.

The Winston-Salem Police Department Cold Case Homicide Unit

Cold Case FAQ

Cold Case Homicide Unit Featured Case: James "Bud" Monroe Childress

Major Case/Unsolved Homicides by Year

duck, duck, GOOSE

I'm ridiculously tempted to go claim this animal.

I could name him something fabulous, like Pericles. (Or Guinevere, if a girl.)

Forsyth County Animal Control

edit, 8:41 AM: Yes, yes, they keep changing the web address for that specific animal. Here's the important stuff:

Found Animal's Information

Species: LIVESTOCK

Breed: GOOSE

Color: GRAY

Sex: U

Size: LARGE

Weight:

Age:

Date Impounded: 7/26/2008

Where Picked Up: WINSTON SALEM

In the Vicinity of: S MAIN ST

Animal ID: A163328

HAPPY/SAD UPDATE: The goose/gander has been claimed.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Took my own advice

We're at the Greensboro Children's Museum, which has several new exhibits since last we visited.

PSA

Harris Teeter, Peace Haven

And they freeze so darn well.

Or, if you dare turn your oven on in this heat, here's a local recipe to make your own. (In fairness, it's a super-short bake time.)

Good Mornyawning!

I woke the boys up early this morning. Well, earliER. As is their wont, they have been staying up later and later and sleeping later and later, which is all well and good, but I was concerned that we would reach a point of no return. Gradually I will be returning their little bodyclocks to non-vampire hours in time for the new school year.

As much as I wish it were not so, school starts four weeks from tomorrow. There are whispers about town that teacher assignments will come this week, along with school supplies lists, so that we can all take advantage of the upcoming North Carolina Sales Tax Holiday, August 1-August 3, 2008.

List of items exempt during the Sales Tax Holiday
Sales Tax Holiday FAQ

WSFCS 2008-2009 Student Calendar

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Five more

I thought this recent Journal article about local and cheap activities was pretty good. However, I'd like to add some overlooked, small-n-big kid friendly ones, because I know we are not the only family trying to reign in the spending this summer.

1. Creekstomping at Pilot Mountain, River section. Parking, toilets (but no sinks) and picnic tables available. All you pay for is the gas to get there. Bring a bucket to catch (and release) tadpoles, crawdads, and water bugs. Ample shade. Drive through the first two creeks you come to, stop and park on left before third. COST: FREE.

2. Kids' Movie Mornings at The Grand Theater. Tuesday and Wednesday mornings @ 10 am. Admission includes a free box of popcorn and a kid-sized soda. COST: $3 per person.

July 29th - 30th Jimmy Neutron (G)
August 5th-6th Over the Hedge (PG)
August 12th - 13th Everyone's Hero (G)

3. Let your children do the cooking (with help, of course). Take a kids' cookbook out of your local library, then let your children pick a recipe or two. They'll need to make a shopping list, then shop. This is a good one for keeping math, reading, and following directions skills sharp over the summer. COST: price of ingredients.

Three kids' cookbooks we love
Wookiee Cookies: A Star Wars Coookbook
Disney's The Magic Kitchen Cookbook
Roald Dahl's Revolting Recipes

4. Admission to the Greensboro Children's Museum is half-price on Sundays, which makes it a steal. There's plenty for older kids to do here as well as itty-bittys. Clean, well laid-out, and very engaging. Teachers, bring ID for free admission. COST: $3 per person ($6 other days).

5. Play a round of Disc Golf at Horizons Park. The 18 hole course is well laid out for beginners and children, and you might even spot Pilot Mountain. The only thing you need to bring is a Frisbee (or ten) for each person, plus water. Picnic tables, restrooms, and playground on site as well. COST: FREE.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Fore!

WHAT: Andy Burton Memorial Golf Tournament

WHEN: Wednesday, July 30th. 2 Tee Times to choose from: 8 AM or 2 PM

WHERE: Bermuda Run Golf Club

WHY: Money raised helps support the FUSION Student Ministries of Mt. Tabor UMC. Past funds have supported mission trips to Mexico (2006), Canada (2007) and in 2008 the ministry served in southern Louisiana providing Hurricane Katrina/Rita relief.

HOW: You can register as an individual or bring your own team. $75/golfer/$50 for youth, includes greens fee, cart fee, awards, and lunch. Registration brochures can be found here.

Wolfie's is also open

The women working at Wolfie's Frozen Gourmet Custard were wonderful, letting me sample so many flavors that I ended up clutching a little bouquet of sample spoons. Finally I settled on the Mocha Chip, which was heavenly. Then I washed it down with an Orangina, a.k.a. beverage of choice, Iberian Peninsula, late 80s.

I'll definitely be back.

Wolfie's

Open for Business

Brew Nerds opened their second location today, on Fourth Street downtown, in the space previously occupied by SIN.

Brew Nerds

Isn't it lovely?

Pretty barn, no? Across the street is a wonderful farmhouse. So picturesque!

...And then next door is a McMansion of such horror that my camera froze up. Like taking a picture of a vampire, I guess - impossible.

Robinhood to Shattalon, 1st right on Rolling Knoll, then immediately look to your right IF YOU DARE.

On Earth!

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United Pullers of the Carolinas

Whatcha doin' next Wednesday?

July 30: Wednesday Noon Recital Series

Join us in Gray Auditorium (Old Salem Visitor Center) at 12:00 pm for beautiful music from the unique, restored 1800 David Tannenberg Organ, featuring students from North Carolina School of the Arts.

Old Salem
NCSA

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Perfect weather for a ballgame




Accordingly, we're at one.

Winston-Salem Warthogs, the Final Season

The Buena Vista Garden, by Yarddawg

I recently volunteered along with some co-workers to landscape the Habitat house our company sponsored near downtown. It was a great day and Habitat is a great cause. Donations can be either your time, used materials, or greenbacks.

Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County


Make a difference and live each day in hope.

Picnic's ready

Water - check!
Watermelon - check!
Sandwiches - check!
Pretzels - check!
Freshly baked Wookiee Cookies - check!

And we're off for a fabul... Yes, what is it? You've never heard of Wookiee Cookies? Well then get thee to a bookstore, because Wookiee Cookies rock the galaxy.

I feel like passing out cigars!

I'm an honorary baby bird Auntie!

Again!

And the winner is...

(of this contest)
Siobhan

whose answer careened madly into my inbox at 1:04 PM. Siobhan correctly recognized that location as standing in the parking lot to the southeast of Talbots on Coliseum, facing diagonally toward the back of WXII.

Siobhan's life will be lit up and adorned by that new lampshade! She also gets mad props for being the final winner of the first (1st) incarnation of And I mean EXACT...

The new format debuts next week, details Monday.

Congratulations, Siobhan!

WSFCS

That's what the caller ID says whenever we get a phone call from anyone remotely related to the school: WSFCS.

Last night's was, as usual, a recorded message, this time districtwide, reminding parents that today is THE ABSOLUTE LAST DAY to sign up to ride the bus and/or request a school bus stop. I hung up before the message had ended.

The oldest rode the bus kindergarten year. He liked it just fine, but it took an inordinate amount of time for a trip that is maybe five minutes by car. And so in the interest of "Family Time" (afternoons) and "Sleep Time" (mornings), we let go of it after that year.

In the spring I briefly considered signing up both boys for this coming year, thinking that the boys would get a kick out of riding together. Plus there's an existing bus stop right across the street from my house - you can't beat that for convenience. But every afternoon, I'd see the bus-riding children straggle off, looking so very tired, a full hour after school let out. My oldest would already have his homework done, have eaten his snack, and be decompressing, playing with his brother in the backyard or lying on the floor of his room surrounded by Lego.

And so I didn't sign up either child for the bus this year. But today is THE ABSOLUTE LAST DAY. If you want your child to ride the bus come August, and you have not yet signed up, you'd best head over to your child's school today.

WSFCS Department of Transportation

L'Eau


While at Parkway Plaza in the only remaining K & S News that I know of (the one at Sherwood Plaza having closed recently), I spotted this fabulous, private label water.

1. The label makes me smile, remembering pre-internet weekends when I'd come down to see my father and wait at the Sherwood Plaza K & S for the Sunday Washington Post to come in.

2. It's a good example of one local business supporting another (relatively) local business, in this case Le Bleu, which is out of Advance, NC in neighboring Davie County.


Le Bleu's Private Label Program

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Cocommute



Share the Ride NC is a new statewide rideshare matching service, which allows commuters in North Carolina to quickly and securely find other individuals who share similar commutes and work hours, and are interested in carpooling or vanpooling.


Share the Ride NC

Pow

Am outside trying to pick up the roughly three million (3,000,000) sticks that are all over the yard from last night's storm. Realized it was no small task. Tried to get boys to help. Each picked up the first stick and immediately began shooting the other. This may take awhile.

edit, 3:27 PM:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 739 IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM EDT THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN NORTH CAROLINA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 7 COUNTIES

IN CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA

ANSON DAVIDSON FORSYTH GUILFORD MONTGOMERY RANDOLPH STANLY

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF... ALBEMARLE...ASHEBORO...GREENSBORO... HIGH POINT...LEXINGTON...TROY... WADESBORO AND WINSTON-SALEM.

Ha. Ha. Hahahahahaha.

And I mean EXACT... (XXII)

First person to email me the correct and exact location where I was standing when I took the above phono-photo wins a phenomenonal prize of home decor goodness from the stockpile of such items that I keep for impromptu decorating whims. Specifically he/she wins...


A lampshade! A striking pattern in black and cream will mesmorize all those who gaze upon your interior lighting when you festoon your ordinary lamp with this magnificent, brand-new lampshade! I bought this a thousand years ago from Target, hoping to find a second one at another store, but I never did. My loss is your home decorating gain!

As always, click on images for larger versions. As always, Esbette is ineligible to play.

(As noted previously, this will be the last installment in this format. Details of the new format this coming Monday.)

Dear Mabe Brown:

I read your Letter to the Editor in today's Journal, and I thought the following might be of interest to you and others:

Bike racks are going to be installed at many park and recreation centers across Winston Salem this summer. As an ongoing project of making Winston Salem a more bicycle-friendly community, bike racks will be installed at many of the key locations on public property throughout the city.

Please let us know if you have suggestions for new bike rack locations on public property in Winston Salem.

Todd Peterson
Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator
Department of Transportation
City of Winston Salem
(336)747-6884


Thank you for contributing to making Winston-Salem a more bike-friendly city,
Esbee

PS: Did you know you can even bring your bike on the bus here? We're getting there, slowly but surely.

Blissfully unaware

My husband and the oldest missed the whole thing. They went to a 5:15 showing of the 3D Journey to the Center of the Earth, and came out two hours later completely unaware that a storm had ravaged town. They saw some minor damage on the way home, but they didn't really get it.

And so we compared notes. I told them how the maple in the front yard barely made it, at one point being blown from a wind directly above, and they told me how the prehistoric fish really jumped out at you, bit at your face. I described the rain blowing in two different directions at once, and they described a scene with a racing mining cart that almost had the oldest carsick.

Bottom line: although both action-packed, the movie was excellent, the storm was lousy.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Afternoon Monsoon


FLASH FLOOD WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RALEIGH NC 540 PM EDT TUE JUL 22 2008

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RALEIGH HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... FORSYTH COUNTY IN CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA

* UNTIL 845 PM EDT

* AT 536 PM EDT... DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED SLOW MOVING THUNDERSTORMS OVER WINSTON SALEM IN FORSYTH COUNTY. RAINFALL RATES OF TWO TO THREE INCHES PER HOUR ARE LIKELY. RADAR SHOWS THAT UP TO THREE INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN BETWEEN 440 PM AND 540 PM.

* LOCATIONS THREATENED WITH FLOODING INCLUDE WINSTON-SALEM... KERNERSVILLE AND CLEMMONS.

A FLASH FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING. IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING FLOODING OR LIVE IN A FLOOD PRONE AREA MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND IMMEDIATELY. THOSE LIVING NEAR CREEKS AND STREAMS SHOULD MONITOR WATER LEVELS CLOSELY AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE QUICK ACTION.


In other words, stay out of my basement.

edit: 6:04 PM:

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RALEIGH NC 603 PM EDT TUE JUL 22 2008

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RALEIGH HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR... NORTHWESTERN RANDOLPH COUNTY IN CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA NORTHERN DAVIDSON COUNTY IN CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA SOUTHWESTERN GUILFORD COUNTY IN CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA SOUTHEASTERN FORSYTH COUNTY IN CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA

* UNTIL 700 PM EDT

* AT 558 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM OVER MIDWAY...OR 10 MILES SOUTHEAST OF WINSTON-SALEM...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 12 MPH. NICKEL SIZED HAIL AND WINDS IN EXCESS OF 58 MPH ARE LIKELY WITH THIS STORM.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... SEDGE GARDEN... HIGH POINT... KERNERSVILLE...

DAMAGING WINDS OF 58 MPH AND GREATER ARE EXPECTED FROM THIS STORM. THESE WINDS CAN BLOW DOWN TREES...POWER LINES...AND CAN DAMAGE MOBILE HOMES AND OTHER BUILDINGS. SEEK SHELTER IN A STURDY STRUCTURE UNTIL THE STORM HAS PASSED. STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS AS FLYING DEBRIS GENERATED BY DAMAGING WINDS CAN BE DEADLY.


Oh, excellent!

My garden is hosting visitors today

Many insects are beneficial, helping to keep pests under natural control, while other insects simply coexist with humans causing us no harm. In fact, only about 1% of all insects are harmful. Some common beneficial insects include: minute pirate bugs, lacewings, lady beetles, big-eyed bugs, and Tachinid flies.
source

Forsyth County Cooperative Extension Service


at left: on spearmint let to flower.
at right: standing on a sunflower stem.

Local Re-Find, by SueMo

This is a 1950s dentist chest with lots of nooks and crannies. It came from V's Antiques on Main Street and went for $100. This is more than I usually spend but it will fit perfectly beneath a window sill in my kitchen, holding keys, leashes, and other misc items. I am happy that this item will contain things for good instead of evil.
-SueMo

Esbee note: V's is at 2117 S. Main Street, Winston Salem

(My kitchen cabinets have those same handles!)

Curfew

Click on image for larger version

The Grand 18

Limitations

He's sitting slouched, his fingers toying with a pencil, though if I had to put money on it, I'd bet he wasn't consciously doing it. I slide onto the sofa next to him.

"Baby?"

His eyes don't meet mine. "What."

"You OK?"

Bam! A floodgate. "It isn't fair! I don't want to be hearing impaired! And I'll never be on a SWAT Team now, will I?"

I sit silent.

"Will I?" Demanding an answer.

"No," I say quietly, then quickly add, "But listen to me. You can't be on a SWAT team, no, not with your hearing, but you could design the body armor. You could design the equipment to visualize the people inside, I can't remember what it's called."

"Infrared?" He's hopeful now.

"Yes, I think so. You could design heat sensors. Shields. Urban camo. Hi, seriously? I thought you wanted to draw comic strips when you grew up."

He looks at me earnestly. "I'm a kid, Mom. We change our minds a lot."

I smile, and he reflects it back to me. "Yes. OK. Well, before you go throwing another pity party, I should tell you now that you will probably never be a piano tuner."

He holds up one finger, a point overlooked. "But I could design the piano."

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Relay North Carolina is a free service that provides full telephone accessibility to people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind, and speech-disabled.

711 is a statewide telephone relay number that connects standard (voice) telephone users with deaf, hard-of-hearing, and/or speech-disabled people who use text telephones (TTYs). This allows easier access, particularly for less experienced relay users such as businesses, children, or friends and family of TTY users.

Relay North Carolina

9/14 - 11/7

Looking for a fun, easy way to add more physical activity or exercise into your life? Think that walking in local parks, around your workplace, or in your neighborhood is one form of being active that you can fit into your schedule? Step Up Forsyth! may be just right for you! Join other Forsyth County residents and see if we can log a million minutes of activity during the 2008 Step Up Forsyth! program.

Step Up Forsyth! is a FREE community-wide walking program that will run for eight weeks this fall. The program is sponsored by the BeHealthy Coalition and its many partner organizations from throughout the Winston-Salem area.


Step Up Forsyth!
BeHealthy Coalition of Forsyth County

Monday, July 21, 2008

Kerplunk

Borders, Thruway

This is the first Art-o-mat machine I've ever seen that doesn't operate by token.

Art-o-mat

Five Guys opened last weekend

I heard the burgers were "fine", but the fries were "superb" and "well worth the grease". I'll let you know in about twenty minutes if I agree.

Five Guys

update, 6:02 pm: Meh.

Meet Your Neighbors



It is our hope that 100 years from now people can look on YouTube and still be able to watch our videos. (Hello great, great, great grandchldren, be nice to people and do the right thing)

Traveling the south and sharing our visits with wonderful people and interesting places is a hobby and a passion of ours.

-Dan McCoig and Janet Lockerby
Forsyth County residents
The Dan Traveling Series

The Dan Traveling Series website

Dan and Janet McCoig's YouTube Channel

I'm torn between el 29 de Julio and el 5 de Agosto

Spanish Summer Camp

Join us for two weeks of fun and diversity at the Central Library
Auditorium. Call 703-2969 for more information and for permission slips. All programs are ages 5+.

Monday, July 28: 9:30am Multicultural Crafts Parade
Tuesday, July 29: 9:30am Latino Music and Dance
Wednesday, July 30: 9:30am Fútbol (Soccer)
Thursday, July 31: 9:30am Pintar mi Pueblo (Paint the Town)
Friday, August 1: 9:30am Viernes de Viaje (Field Trip Friday)
Monday, August 4: 9:30am Science and Stories
Tuesday, August 5: 9:30am Piñata-Making
Wednesday, August 6: 9:30am Merienda (Snack) Cooking
Thursday, August 7: 9:30am Stories, Craft, and Movie
Friday, August 8: 9:30am Viernes de Viaje (Field Trip Friday)

Central Library

And the winner is...

(of this contest)
Amy Farmer

whose winning answer bounded into my inbox last Wednesday at 2:05 PM. Many others answered correctly after that.

And the correct answer is "standing in front of the snack shack on the shore of Mallard Lake at Tanglewood, i.e. where you pay for paddleboat and canoe rentals."

Congratulations, Amy! You will look rocking covered with tats!

And now, an important announcement:

This coming Wednesday will be the LAST incarnation of "And I mean EXACT..." as you know it. A new format will debut the following Monday, a format that does not discriminate against those who cannot view LiF at 1 pm on Wednesdays. Details on the 28th.

Morning convo with MPB

"...So we ended up talking about Christmas," MPB finishes.

"Last night when I was putting the youngest in bed, after we finished reading his book, he wanted to talk about the Dixie Classic."

"I do love the Dixie Classic." MPB assumes a tone of mock shock. "Lucy. Did you know the prices have gone up?"

I chuckle. "Good night, how could I not know that? It was all over the news. First the paper, then the networks. I think nothing newsy actually happened that day."

"Is there a season pass like they have for theme parks? Do they make one?"

"You mean for the whole thing? No. I wish they did, though."

"They should. But probably they don't think about people who go every day."

"Oh, it's alright. I go right when they open, when it's cheap."

2008 Dixie Classic Fair admission prices

Sunday, July 20, 2008

My husband and I have a petit-rhubarb

I say it's "next Saturday". He says it's "this Saturday", that "next Saturday" would be the Saturday after. My logic involves the fact that the Saturday in question is the one belonging to NEXT weekend. He says no dice since it's this COMING Saturday. I would accept "this coming Saturday" but not "this Saturday", which was yesterday.

In any event...

Community Green Day - July 26 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
On Saturday, July 26, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Community Green Day will take place at the Joel Coliseum parking lot next to Goodwill. KWSB, Goodwill, and Dell will work together to accept computer equipment for recycling (and other items accepted by Goodwill). Bring your stuff!

VOLUNTEERS are needed to help unload vehicles and sort donations. Volunteer for all day, or for hours 9:00 a.m. to noon, or noon to 3:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Call KWSB at 771-5161, 771-5160, or 727-8013 to volunteer! Rain date is August 2*.

Joel Coliseum

Goodwill Industries of NWNC
Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful
Dell

* i.e. "Saturday after next" to me, though my husband says that would be "next Saturday".

pronounced TOP-sul

I left my pearls, my laptop, and my husband who had to work behind, loaded the children, one small suitcase and a beach bag in the car, and headed to Topsail early Thursday morning, arriving just before lunchtime. I won't bore you with a play by play of our three days there, but I absolutely have to make the following recommendation: if you ever find yourself anywhere remotely near Topsail Island during the summer months, do yourself a favor and head to the Beach Shop and Grill (701 S. Anderson, Topsail Beach) at dinnertime. Order the shrimp and grits. It is, bar none, the best I have ever had. I cleaned my plate and could happily have had seconds.

The rest of our trip was lovely in that hazy, beachy way. We spent almost all waking hours on the beach itself, romping in the water, collecting shells, digging holes, and just being.

As usual, I did have one Winston-Salem moment. In one of the local shops I spotted genuine Moravian cookies, which made me stop in my tracks. I didn't buy any, Moravian cookies being almost the opposite of beach food in my mind. That shrimp and grits, though... I'm still craving it.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The traitor leaves for grad school in less than 4 weeks

When confronted with her generation's overreliance on the Internets, Esbette denied any such addiction. However, she referred to this game as "Mapquesting the way to UGA."

Busted.

And I mean EXACT... (XXI)

Oh, my goodness, it's a change-up! First person to email me the correct and exact location where MY CHILDREN were standing when I took the above phono-photo wins an exotic prize of sticky goodness from the hidden store of such items that I keep for the most international of occasions. Specifically he/she wins...

Tattoos! Specifically, six (6) temporary tattoos of Chinese dragons! Invite over your five favorite friends and art an arm up! These tats are waterproof, so if you're careful, you'll be able to wear them for weeks on end without having to forgo showering and other personal hygiene rituals! Nothing says Mrowr! like body art, and now you won't have to go through the pain of those pesky needles to achieve it!

As always, click on images for larger versions. As always, Esbette is ineligible to play.