Filed under:General — eric @ 11:43 am

Today is my younger sister Adrienne’s birthday. I hope it’s a happy one, A.

Another Don’s Girl article

Filed under:General — eric @ 11:42 am

Here’s another article about the show, this time from the independent campus paper, The Red and Black.


Earth Oven

Filed under:General — eric @ 12:31 pm

This is the book I’m using to build my own earth oven. Right now I’m at step six. This one is simple, but when I get my own place, I’ll make a more permanent one, sculpted like the beautiful examples shown.

Pre-show press

Filed under:General — eric @ 10:02 am

The pre-show publicity is out. Here’s an article in The Flagpole, and here’s another in the Banner-Herald. Of course, I’m the guy with the pizza in both pictures.


Teaching with the fishes

Filed under:General — eric @ 5:46 am

I’m in a play this weekend. Tomorrow through Saturday, at the historic Morton theater in downtown Athens. I play a mob don’s brute. In the span of fourty minutes on stage, I eat a whole large pizza. Sure, I could fake it, but eating all that pizza in front of everybody really does add to the comedy.

Pushing the envelope

Filed under:General — eric @ 5:42 am

The problem with pushing the envelope is sometimes the envelope breaks. Last week, ours exploded. I’m still picking up the pieces, but it looks like things are finally under control. I could go a long time without having another two weeks at work like the last two weeks, thank you very much.


Spycars on parade

Filed under:General — eric @ 10:04 am

Spycars on parade, preparing to capture the 8-Track Gorilla. It was Athfest this weekend, and the hills were alive with the sound of music. Things didn’t work out for me this year, and I missed it all.

…the entire fleet of Spy Cars takes to the road in a very special Spy Car Parade. It begins at the Lyndon House Arts Center and will proceed (more or less) down Jackson Street, then onto West Washington Street and back up West Clayton Street. (Whether or not the cars, led by artist Brian Smith, will at that time be continuing their ever-vigilant mission to capture the 8-Track Gorilla has not been disclosed. But the Gorilla will be performing that same night at Tasty World, so be sure to keep an eye out for any suspicious spy activity.)


Open House

Filed under:General — eric @ 11:45 am

I’m having a gathering at our house tomorrow. Food, croquet, horseshoes, fire, chicken petting, the works. Starts when people get there in the afternoon and lasts until people leave. If you’re in the area, stop by.


Mini golf

Filed under:General — eric @ 11:54 am

I was at par going into the sixteenth hole, but then the course got tricky and I finished with a +5. I love a good game of miniature golf.


Bus Stop

Filed under:General — eric @ 10:55 am

Last night I had the joy of being told “We’ve seen your work, and really liked it, and would like to pay you a healthy sum of money to work with us.” So in October I’ll be directing William Inge’s Bus Stop in a near-by town. They’re not paying me enough to buy the farm, but it’s a mighty good start.


The gumment buying the farm

Filed under:General — eric @ 12:32 pm

Maybe the government will help me buy the farm.

Ballon hats

Filed under:General — eric @ 12:29 pm

My hat, it has three corners.

Three corners has my hat.

And if it had not three corners,

it would not be my hat.

When I was but small, Iliked that little ditty. I like hats, but I’ve never had a three-cornered one. My hat collection is currently very small, and it doesn’t include any balloon hats, which is a pity, really.



Filed under:General — eric @ 11:14 am

Who knew the The World Adult Kickball Association had player trading cards? Who knew there was a World Adult Kickball Association? Thanks, RandomWalks

Boletus appendiculatus

Filed under:General — eric @ 3:48 am

Before dinner last night I harvested a bumper crop of Boletus appendiculatus the recent rains had coaxed out of our yard. These are close relatives of the Italian porcini mushroom, and are considered among the most tasty of wild mushrooms. I saw plenty of them last year, but didn’t eat. I’ve read up on them all year long, though, and have put them at the top of the “to hunt for” list. I deep fried them in a small pan of melted butter until they were about half as big as they started and put them atop a pasta with tomato-alfredo sauce. Mmmm-mmmm-good!

(Before collecting these or any other mushrooms yourself, know what you’re doing. The visual differences between gastronomical heaven and hell are often sleight.)

The girl from the record store

Filed under:General — eric @ 2:49 am

It was nice to see the girl from that record store in town get national recognition.


Song in my head

Filed under:General — eric @ 4:49 am

Q. What song does Eric have in his head?

A. The Chicken Dance.


Plenty o’ Rain

Filed under:General — eric @ 3:06 am

It has rained every day for the last two weeks. It’s been very welcome, of course, as our water table is woefully under where we should be. I looked at the Weather Channel’s outlook for the region, and saw that they’ve just given up trying to predict it. Every day for the next two weeks lists “Scattered Thunderstorms”.

I used to think the weather channel was pretty neat. Then I realized that their predictive abilities fall to nearly zero when looking further out than, say, half an hour. Generally, they’re pretty good at stating the current conditions, though even that’s been spotty lately.


Cheap student loans

Filed under:General — eric @ 2:56 am

I am so very glad I refinanced my student loans through the US Department of Education a couple years back. For a limited time, Congress allowed older loans to be refinanced through the new rules and I made out like a bandit, compared to what I had been paying the New Mexico Student Loan office. And now, my variable rate loan is falling to the lowest rate ever, saving me another few hundred dollars. If only they’d finance that property I looked at…


The future homesite?

Filed under:General — eric @ 4:54 am

Chris and I looked at the most wonderful piece of land late last week. If I were to compile a list of everything I’d like in a piece of land, this particular piece had the whole list crammed into 40+ acres. An old farmhouse. Barns. Pasture. Plenty of year-long running water. A small pond site. Old hardwoods. Rock formations. A border on a largish river, suitable for floating on. Cultivateable acres. Areas for livestock. Fencing. Room to build more. Off the highway. Little road frontage.

But at least three times outside my price range. (The whole notion that I even have a price range amazes me.) If it were selling for what the tax assessor valued it as, just a few months ago, it’d be neatly at my price limit. If it weren’t being sold by a man who bought it just last year for six times his paying price, it’d be doable. I imagine he’ll find a well-off Atlantan who wants a country retreat to buy it, though, and he’ll get his huge profit. Until then, though, I’m working on a miracle. I did buy a lottery ticket when I last got gas, but that didn’t do the trick.

Here’s the land, on a 1970s topo map and a 1996 aerial photograph, with the lot lines hand drawn in courtesy of equill. If you can arrange $220,000 and want to sponsor my organic vegetable and dairy farm, let me know. Athens is a heck of a market for that sort of thing. We could even work out an arrangement where you could have access to the woods and river any time.

And the thing is, the current owner doesn’t even need the money. He’s just trying to get it because he can. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course.

Aerial view of the grounds

Filed under:General — eric @ 4:13 am

Aerial photographs of my house, circa 1996.