Friday, March 21, 2008
Andre P: Super Reader
The long Easter weekend has given me 2 things. 1) Extra blogging time w/ which to catch up on some things I've been meaning to discuss for a while & 2) time to go to the kids' school yesterday to become a "Super Reader!" I've always enjoyed reading (well since high school anyway), but until yesterday I'd never been given the proper recognition. I made cookies & went to Aiden's class where we I read The Ewoks Join the Fight, a picture book retelling of the Endor storyline from Jedi. I was impressed when the kids noticed the subtle differences between the book & the film which meant we got to discuss the process of adaptation & why things that work in 1 medium don't work in another. I think our group (Aiden & 2 of his classmates) actually understood the issue too. In Solstice's class, I read Alexander Who's Not (Do you hear me, I mean it) Going to Move. I wasn't aware of any other Alexander books besides The Horrible No Good Very Bad Day until yesterday. It was cute & we got to talk about moving & leaving friends & family behind. It was a good conversation, but I was surprised by the fact that those types of books were in a 3rd grade classroom. Speaking of my "Super Reading" skills, the attentive reader will notice that I updated the "Chain Reading Profile" on the sidebar & started The Freelance Pallbearers yesterday. I've been a big fan of Ishmael Reed's for quite a while & this book doesn't disappoint. It;s his 1st novel & is reminiscent of Naked Lunch. Give it a read.This mug-shot-esque pic (taken by Solstice) not only shows the certificate, but also my new facial do. Beards give men a palate with which they can paint new pictures every week. Women can share in the fun by changing pubic beard styles, but (regrettably) they don't have as many chances to flaunt their new dos. Anyway, this is the "Friendly Mutton Chop" as popularized by many Civil War Generals & 19th Century Congressmen. I guess it's called this because the Mutton Chops are getting friendly by shaking hands over the upper lip. By sporting such a style, I suppose I may need to get this shirt. It speaks volumes. This picture also feature my new hair product: VO5 Extreme Reworkable Putty. Sine last summer's failed Mohawk experiment, I've begun to understand the joy that is product. This new stuff has the consistency of tacky Elmer's glue that has been spilled & left to sit out for about a 1/2 hour. I like it, but I'm not completely sold on the "reworkable" idea. How many times do people really need to "rework" their hair in between showers? I know I don't shower as often as most people, but I would think the target audience for this product is showering @ least once a day... probably more than that. Other than that, it seems to be working pretty well. So if you're hip to the idea that putting glue in your hair is a good idea, you should try this stuff.