Archive for the ‘Fun Stuff’ Category


Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Yesterday I played Pickleball at the Ann Arbor Y. I’d never heard of Pickleball but was promised it was “super fun”. And, indeed, it was.

Pickleball is played on a badminton court with the net lowered to 34 inches. It is played with a perforated plastic baseball (similar to a whiffle ball) and wood paddles. about the size of a paddleball racquet. It is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. It’s sort of a mix of doubles tennis, racquetball, and badminton.

I’d play again in a heartbeat!

22 enero – Happy Birthday!

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Happy Birthday to my mom!

Random Question – Which way does the water go?

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

At Thanksgiving time my friend and former co-worker Charlie asked me to check which way the water rotated in the toilet south of the equator. My observations say (drum roll please) clockwise. Which way does it rotate in your bathroom?

Go Comedy

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Last month I had an opportunity to see the improv comedy group Go Comedy. It was really fun to see them make stuff up on the spot. Like everything, I’m sure it gets better with practice. They impressed me with how quick they were and how funny the stuff was … seemingly made up, right off the top of their heads. They perform in Ferndale, MI and their website is Let me know if you check them out.

Free Cone Day

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Another sign of spring … free ice cream! It’s free cone day at Ben and Jerry’s. Go to their website to see if there’s one near you.

The Power of Brownies

Friday, February 26th, 2010

It’s been snowy this week here in Ann Arbor … it’s beginning to look (and feel) a lot like Fargo. Monday’s snow was heavy and deep – 10 inches worth. I shoveled a little, took a break, shoveled some more, took a break. Howard, my next door neighbor has a snow blower. He did about 15 feet of my sidewalk for me and quit. Maybe the snow was too heavy for the snow blower … or maybe he ran out of time … even so, I appreciate his kindness and the fact that there’s just that much less for me to have to shovel.

Monday night I made a pan of brownies and put four of them on a plate for Howard and his wife, Jane, and six of them on a plate for Kim, Phil and Jon, the across the street neighbors. I’ve wanted to do this kind of thing since I visited my mom and dad in September. They are always cooking up something (usually baking) and distributing it to the neighbors. Howard answered the door and his face just lit up when I said “I baked some brownies and just wanted to say thanks for being a good neighbor”. After more snow on Wednesday night I tromped out to shovel Thursday morning and found that my ENTIRE sidewalk was clear. Howard got his snowblower out and did the whole thing for me. Now that is the Power or Brownies! I’m going to make Apple Cake (new recipe) this weekend and take him some.

More Aphorisms

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

I have been telling my “aphorism story” over and over since my experience at the Penny Stamps Lecture last Thursday. Have also been searching out different aphorisms. Here are a few that I ran across today while looking for something completely different/unrelated! Enjoy!

~Besides the noble art of getting things done, master the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials. –Lin Yutang

~For fast-acting relief, try slowing down. — Lily Tomlin

~Don’t confuse your net worth with your self-worth. –Unknown

~The truth is, time flies whether you’re having fun or not. — Unknown

You Will Teach People to Find Peace

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

Last night I had the good fortune to walk among fortunes embroidered on childrens gowns. Some of the fortunes were quite striking evoking strong emotions – I laughed, was sad and found one I hoped would be mine. I’m not sure I remember them verbatim but here are a few I remember:
You will be attracted to cruel women
You will be attracted to lazy men
You will never recover from the suicide of your parents
You will never be good enough in your parents eyes
You will trust your instincts
You will be a creative visionary
And the one I hope will be my fortune – You will teach people to find peace.

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

For a few hours my friends and I drove around Ann Arbor hitting garage sales. Last night I used to organize our route. It’s a great site and did a pretty good job at giving directions. There were a few times where the route wasn’t exactly the most efficient, but only a few times.

The site is easy to use. Enter your zip code and it pulls in garage sale listings (I think from Craig’s list). It also allows you to enter in ‘custom addresses’ and I added sales I saw online and in the classified ads of the local paper. Once the addresses are in, they are displayed on the screen and you can reorder (by clicking and dragging) in an order than makes sense to you. It was fast, easy and made it a lot easier than a map!

We all bought something today. It’s always fun to find a bargain and a treasure.


Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Friday, May 29 Washington Street Gallery (now on Main Street) is hosting an opening of Valerie Mann’s latest art work. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Valerie a couple of times. She’s one of those people I instantly like – she’s friendly, creative, supportive, cute and funny.

“Fortunes” is an installation piece of 50 vintage children’s gowns with ‘fortunes’ embroidered on them. There are certainly other things in the gallery. I think the Main Street space is larger (I haven’t been there since they moved) than the Washington Street space.

The opening is from 7-10 Friday and I’ll be going. If you want to go along, give me a call.