Wednesday, August 31, 2005

New Office

Here are some pictures from my new office. Sorry some of them are blurry. I think my camera was on the wrong setting.

The MetLife surfer Snoopy and the Unicare Beetle welcome you:
The pictures I still need to get hung up: The working place:
The sitting place (but not for me):

Down From the Mountain

My family has been enjoying this DVD this week. It's a live concert by the musicians who did the music for "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (A not-so-good movie with GREAT music!) It also has backstage interviews with the musicians.

So, if you...

...loved the music from the movie bluegrass or old-time folk music
...want to see Ralph Stanley getting out of a stretch limo
...enjoy informal concerts
...are attracted to old guys with long braids, overalls, and bowties
...have always wanted to see Billy Bob Thornton in the role of audience member
...find your heart beating faster when Allison Krauss sings
...just need something to do some evening

you might want to go to the library and check it out. When you go, be sure to take your ID, birth certificate, and car insurance in with you to avoid questioning, or just do what I did: Go through the self-checkout.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Age Problems

The other day, I had a hard time at the library because I look so so young. I'm used to people saying, "You look so young!" Do they really think I don't know that? Then they say, "You'll be glad of it someday!" Yeah, like I haven't heard that before either. Comments like that aren't so bad, but this librarian wouldn't let it go. You have to be at least 18 to check out movies, and she kept asking me, "Are you over 18? Are you sure you've checked out movies on this card? Did you get it updated when you had your birthday? So, you are over 18, huh?"

I was about ready to forsake my Christian character and launch into a huge speech: "Now look here, lady. I'm 23 years old, thank you very much. I'm a full-time, full-fledged insurance agent. I own a car and just bought a computer. I've voted in two presidental elections. And, I am a former library employee!!! I worked here for two years! I could tell you the dewey decimal call number for books about the Bermuda Triangle! I BELIEVE I AM QUALIFIED TO CHECK OUT A VIDEO!!!!!!!"

(Whew, I feel much better now.)

I didn't really say all that, of course, but I wouldn't have been a bit surprised if the library nazi had demanded to see my driver's license. Good grief! Would I really lie about my age in order to check out a video about how to do the Texas Two-Step?!? Honestly.

Saturday, August 27, 2005


John and I went to a folk dance workshop last Saturday and learned some great new dances, including an Israeli couple dance with a flying leap in it. It's so much fun! We are also getting ready for several performances this fall, and I'm getting excited. I really love dancing, and on that note, here are some quotes about dancing:

Dance is not an answer. Dance is a question. "Yes!" is the answer.--Unknown

All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing.--Moliere

Dance is the landscape of a man's soul.--unknown

When the going gets tough, the tough go dancing!--unknown

He: "Can I have the last dance with you?"

She: "You are having it!"

You don't stop dancing from growing old, you grow old from stopping to dance.--Unknown

Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.--Kurt Vonnegut

Some people march to a different drummer...and some people polka.--Los Angeles Times Syndicate

If to dance is to dream, then you make dreams come true.--Anonymous, contributed by Maureen Hickey

Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.--Clive James

Dance as if no one is watching.
Sing as if no one is listening.
Love as if you have never been hurt.--Unknown

Poetry is to prose as dancing is to walking.--John Wain (no, not John Wayne)

Those move easiest who have learn'd to dance.--Alexander Pope

Always the question for dancers is: Can we fly?--Jean-Christophe Maillot, Ballet choreographer

I just put my feet in the ground and move them around.--Fred Astaire

To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak.--Hopi Indian Saying

We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance. --Japanese Proverb

Dance is the only art of which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made. --Ted Shawn, Time, 25 July 1955

Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels. --Faith Whittlesey

I don't want people who want to dance, I want people who have to dance. --George Balanchine

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. --Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain. --Author Unknown