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Winter Frolic

Our friends Leonard and Sumana arrived yesterday to visit for the weekend, and as per usual the house is full of fast-paced, geek-reference-heavy conversation. They brought us bagels from New York, which was very exciting, and we somehow managed to spend the entirety of the breakfast hour analyzing "Love Potion No. 9"* (YouTube link). Group conclusion: this is a documentation problem. The narrator was meant to give the potion to others, not take it himself. I personally am not sure I agree. My dissenting opinion is that he told the woman he was a flop with chicks, so she gave him the potion that he might be more bold with them. The problem then becomes something else entirely. Perhaps in later releases she has patched the bugs....

Later I was feeling quite spry (for me in this dark time of the Kidney Stone, anyway), so I proposed a walk to Spy Pond. I hadn't been there in a month or more. Sumana and Moss elected to stay behind, but Leonard accompanied me, and it was excellent! We got to the pond to find that many others had the same idea. The afternoon was cold and clear and gloriously sunny, and the pond was terribly inviting. Leonard and I are both originally from Southern California, and having seen and read many things where people fall through icy pond surfaces, we were both a little uncertain, but we egged each other on until indeed we had walked right onto the middle of the ice. It was fantastic! Then we, like every other group out there, took pictures.

Here is Leonard, standing on the ice!

Here am I, supine on the ice! I have floated on bodies of water many a time in the past, but never on one so solid. Neat!

There are other photos on Flickr, including this one I took yesterday evening of snow flakes drifting like stars through the black night sky. Have I mentioned that I love winter? Because I do.

*Several years ago, my sister and I went to a friend's house to play with her karaoke TV thing. It was a microphone with karaoke songs preloaded in, and interfaced with the TV and judged singers based on how well they matched the lyrics. Basically it was a precursor to things like Rock Band. Anyway, it was a Korean product, and they'd apparently transcribed the lyrics as they heard them, which made for rather amusing songs, such as "Love Portion No. 9". The karaoke lyrics read:

"She bent down and sat around and gave me a wink,
she said I'm going to mix it up by smelling the scent.
It smelled like turpentine and looked like India ink
I held my nose, I closed my eyes, I took a drink.

I didn't know it was a day or night
I started kissing everything in sight,
but when I kissed that cow got a very potent mind
broke my bottle of love portion no. 9"

These lyrics are now canonical in my family.


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Jan. 9th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
I wish I could be there with ice skates!
Jan. 9th, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
That would be excellent! I don't have skates, but I suppose right now I'm not up for skating anyway. Maybe in the future.
Jan. 9th, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
You should be feeling a whole lot better very soon. (Yes? or...)

What will happen after they bust up the kidney stone? How long, after that, until you "pass" the pieces? And once that happens, will you be pain free? Have they said much about what you can expect in the weeks to come?

Jan. 9th, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
I basically have no idea. Hopefully after the Laser Invasion I will feel much better, but I've been told I'll feel much better after several other things, and um, I'm a little reluctant to trust that until it actually happens.
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Jan. 10th, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)
I was v. excited that I felt well enough to go as well.
Jan. 10th, 2010 12:38 am (UTC)
I'm glad you were feeling better!

All these pictures are lovely. The snowflakes-like-stars one might have just become my new wallpaper. :)
Jan. 10th, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)
Jan. 10th, 2010 01:41 am (UTC)
...Did I know we have mutual friends in Leonard and Sumana? Do tell them hi for me if you remember to; I've been badly out of touch :)
Jan. 10th, 2010 03:35 am (UTC)
Leonard and Sumana say hi! And also that someday it would be cool to talk and catch up. I didn't know you knew them, but this is not terribly surprising as Sumana is a great social hub.
Jan. 10th, 2010 03:38 am (UTC)
Yes, she is :)
Do let them know I've mostly been out of touch 'cause I've been sick the last few years? Talking and catching up is hard when one cannot talk :(
Jan. 10th, 2010 06:30 am (UTC)
Oh, they know and understand and didn't mean to sound like they were pressing you. They just stated it as a wish. Like maybe wishing you felt well and you were all in one place together like.
Jan. 10th, 2010 06:33 am (UTC)
I figured, I just do also wish I were up to talking.

How do you know them? elsmi and Sumana met in a campus bookstore at Berkeley, and she and I managed to get mistaken for one another a bit. Which is silly because we look nothing like each other besides being little Indian girls *grin*
Jan. 10th, 2010 06:39 am (UTC)
Wow, yes, you really don't look alike as far as I can tell.

I know them because a friend of mine who went to St. John's College went to middle school with Sumana.
Jan. 10th, 2010 02:58 am (UTC)
Extra points for using "supine"! Those pictures are so utterly lucky.
Jan. 10th, 2010 03:36 am (UTC)
Using supine takes away the possibility of using lie/lay incorrectly. Shhh, don't tell!
Jan. 10th, 2010 06:28 am (UTC)
I love the smile you have in that photo.
Jan. 10th, 2010 06:31 am (UTC)
I was ridiculously giddy about being on a frozen pond.
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