Friday Night Live

January 18, 2008

Journal, Lauren, School

Three screens of glory
wii sports, guitar hero III and DDR

It’s Friday night, 9:50, and I’m sitting in the computer lab at Lloyd’s school while the middle schoolers party, party, party. I watched them run around and play for a little while. For me, it’s like visiting the zoo – “Look at the seventh graders in their natural habitat, wary of the larger, more cunning eighth graders…” Cute & all, but eventually you want to visit the gift shop.

My own little party.

I’ve spent most of the past hour browsing some pretty interesting websites, and one that I think you should all go visit and submit something to is www.tradetricks.org . This guy has people who give some pretty sound, quick advice for their respective fields. Examples come from a D.J., a furniture refinisher, a mom, a reader – it’s pretty eclectic. The one that I will remember came from a reporter. He said

If you have to interview a grieving family after a death, a good question to ask is: “Did he have a good sense of humor?”This will almost always shake the family out of their grief, making it easier for them to talk to you, and bring up an anecdote that really shows the character of the dead person.

Not that I need an anecdote or anything, but that might make conversation less awkward, eh?

By the time you read this on Saturday, Lloyd and I will be preparing to stand outside, yet again, for Ron Paul. The weather will be a roasty, toasty 14 degrees. I must REALLY love Ron Paul.

UPDATE:  Lloyd has just announced to me that we we NOT be going outside to hold signs.  It’s too dang cold.  Woo-hoo!  That means that today is devoted to Ukulele Day!  (Which means, of course, that something will go horribly wrong.)

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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6 Responses to “Friday Night Live”

  1. Deanne Said on:

    Please, please wear your snow pants! It makes me cold just thinking about you!!

    Go Ron Paul!

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  2. Brad Said on:

    So what you’re saying is that when you’ve died of exposure, and we’re talking with your grieving family, we should ask: “Did she have a good sense of humor?”

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  3. Beth Said on:

    It warms my heart to see the Monitor Frog…I bequeathed that to Lloyd on my exit from Lincoln Lutheran when Tara was born…everyone in the building received a frog from my collection…John Roeber, the shop teacher, got the pink one that said “I love you”, because deep down I know he loved me…
    Thanks, Lloyd, for remembering me…

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  4. Peggy Said on:

    Is your keyboard clear? I’ve never seen one like that! I love clear! All my mixing bowls are clear glass … so much more fun to prepare food in clear bowls, so you can pretend to be on a cooking show … do I need a intervention?

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    • Lloyd Said on:

      Do you describe what you’re doing in the kitchen to your audience?

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      • Lauren Said on:

        I asked Brad to do that this summer when he’d cook and I’d be on the compute -- just like a live show!

        Lloyd forgot to answer your question. Yes, the keyboard is clear. It’s a throwback to the old Mac computers that were translucent in the back.

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