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Archive for October, 2008


October is the most satisfying month. It’s extra long this year; we get almost five whole weekends. That means extra time to spend planning your Halloween costumes, so no excuses.

October is also the best time of year in the Midwest. The leaves and still mostly on the trees, and I look down my street and see fiery reds and greens fading to yellow. I dread the day when all the trees collectively agree to lose their leaves and, POOF, the frigid bleakness that is Minnesota winter sets in for the next five months. But I won’t get ahead of myself. Thankfully it’s only October.

The Mighty Mississippi
The Mighty Mississippi


My Father, the Hero

My dad’s going to be in the next Coen brothers movie! They’re shooting A Serious Man (due out next fall) around the Twin Cities and had an open call for extras. Of course, Roxie and I submitted photos and imagined ourselves becoming friends with the Coens and collaborating with them on a film based on our lives. Roxie’s Serious Man scene shoots later this month (yay!) and I haven’t been called (meh).

Anyway, my dad went down to the extras call at the last minute, got a call back a few weeks later, and was cast as one of Dr. Sussman’s golf buddies. So fitting, since he loves golf and got to dress up in cool vintage clothes, “Sears circa 1962!”

Dad wearing make-up and major side-part

The golf buddies with Dr. Sussman, the troubled orthodontist

Be on the lookout for this movie, and the back of Dad’s head!

“You can literally register to vote while you’re pooping.”

It’s the new year!

Shanah Tovah! Happy New Year! It’s 5769! Yesterday was Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. Even if you’re not Jewish, it still feels new because new school years start in fall.

5768 was a great year for me. I visited a lot of new places including the Grand Canyon, Colorado, Seattle, and Vancouver; I met Jake and with him came a lot of new friends;  I saw a lot of my favorite bands perform live, including Wilco and St. Vincent; and I started this blog.

Yesterday, I spent my Rosh Hashanah as a lot of Jewish Americans do, by going to synagogue services for the first and only time that year. (more…)