Friday, June 27, 2014
1. I don't know where she got this, but Pumpkin made
me burst out laughing when, cranky and in need of a nap a couple of days ago, she tried to
insult me by calling me a "raccoon".
And speaking of things my daughter didn't get at home... Quite a few months back, she hinted at a future in politics by informing me, as she reached for something on my plate, that she was "helping me share" my snack. (A fellow traveller did once caution, half-jokingly, that childhood is "fraught with property rights issues". She now knows not to reach for other people's food. I remain as astounded as ever at how saturated our culture is with rank altruism, not that there aren't times and places for sharing things.)
Turning to my year-old son, he always breaks into a big smile, and often says, "Dada" when I don my eyeglasses and flat cap on the way out the door.
2. Thanks to my new beer emporium, I finally got around to trying a bottle of Brother Thelonious, by North Coast Brewing:
North Coast Brewing Co. is proud to partner with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in support of Jazz education. The Brewery makes a donation to the Institute for every bottle of Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale sold.I wish I'd tried this way back, when I first saw it on the shelf of another store.
Like a Belgian "Dark Strong Ale," this beer is rich and robust with an ABV of 9.3% [sic]. The package features a label picturing the Jazz master himself, and comes in either a 375 or 750 ml bottle with a traditional cork and wire finish, or 12 oz. 4-packs.
Style: Belgian Style Strong Dark
Color: Dark mahogany
Bitterness: 32 IBUs
3. An arthritis drug may offer hope that sufferers of alopecia universalis, which causes them to lose all their hair, can grow it back:
Tofacitinib appears to spur hair regrowth in a patient with alopecia universalis by turning off the immune system attack on hair follicles that is prompted by the disease, [researcher Brett] King said.The same drug also mildly alleviated the same patient's psoriasis.
4. Despite drawing Portugal 2-2 after being ahead in World Cup round-robin play, I think it's good news overall that American soccer fans can feel disappointment at such a result:
Put simply, America played an entertaining game against one of the best teams in the world and, if anything, was better than the scoreline suggested. This was not America potting a few lucky goals and defending for dear life. This was America giving as good as it got.The result was just enough, after yesterday's 1-0 loss to Germany, to see us through to the knockout stages for the second time running -- the first time that has ever occurred.