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4/29/2004

Good Bye, Mrs. E

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My childhood circle of friends lost a mother this week. I’ve just been told her funeral is Saturday. I don’t think I can be there, and I hope I’ll be forgiven for that.

Her passing is a terrible loss. My mind is awash with all of the wonderful memories I have of her — she was always so good to me when I’d spend time in her house. When I was there I wasn’t just Scott’s friend, over for the day or night. I was part of the family, with all the privledges and responsibilities that entailed. And as I grew older, I spent quite a lot of time there.

She was my source for sweet tea, long before I moved to the south where it’s practically on tap in every kitchen sink. Her recipe for spaghetti sauce included just a hint of sugar, too. I don’t mean to make it sound like she fed her family suger cubes all the time, but at my house we didn’t eat much sugar (I still don’t, really), so the little bit here and there in her cooking was a welcome treat. By the time I was in high school, we had a running joke — it seemed every time I dropped by unannounced, she was making a pot of gumbo. Soon, my appearance was greeted with calls of “Eric’s here. Must be gumbo night!” Once she forgot to add the okra (one of the main thickeners in gumbo). I honestly didn’t notice, but she was embarassed by the soupiness of it. Each time thereafter, she made a production of adding the okra. I’ll miss that.

I’ll miss her. I grieve. For her, for Scott, for the rest of the family, for me.

Good bye, Mrs. Elder. If you ever see me coming, put on a pot of gumbo. But this time, I can bring the okra.

4/26/2004

Back at Market

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Two months or so of preparation and no small amount of work came to a head this weekend. As is typical, it took effort right up until the last possible moment, took away hours of potential sleep, and still I had to wonder if it was really ready to show to people. My latest play? Nope — it’s farmers’ market season! At slightly before the crack of dawn, I loaded up and headed off to the opening day of the Athens Green Market. The day was beautiful, and the crowds were plentiful. Even cyclist Lance Armstrong came by, very very quickly, on his way to winning the Tour de Georgia.

I guess I was ready after all, since I set a new all-time sales record. Hopefully, the rest of the season will be as fruitful.

4/24/2004

To Market!

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4/20/2004

“The Office”

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4/5/2004

Skumbaag Returns!

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So in the last entry I mentioned in passing the phantasmagoric heavy metal vaudeville troupe that is Skumbaag. I haven’t seen them in nearly ten years, but back in the day of my New Mexico life, they were quite the spectacle. The first show of theirs I saw was rather subdued (for a Skumbaag show), but they did provide a laundry basket full of coffee-stained tighty-whities as props while they played their (then) new hit single “brown stripe”. Being the Techies that we were, we out-weirded the band by wearing the props on our head while we danced and sang along. (That earned us mentions in later interviews with the band.) Their grand Albuquerque shows were another thing altogether, and truly defy description. Each show was a unique event, and each combined the best of music, theater, perfomance art, and out-right wonderful weirdness.

Anyway, out of the blue I got an email from a fellow in Albuquerque who hosted a Skumbaag reunion show just a couple weeks ago. It seems band members have scattered across the continent, but they (almost) all returned to put on another show. I wish I’d have heard about it *before* it happened, not so I could have gone (not yet wealthy enough), but so I could have urged all those I know still in New Mexico to go.

It looks like it was another great show. There are pictures to prove it.

4/3/2004

Saturday auction

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