Category Archives: Culture

Just Easta Dancin’

Video: Any genres, any time, Dood’s ready to dance.


Legolas’s archery skills

New character alert!

Tiernan is now Legolas, for the foreseeable future. No, he has not read the books, nor seen the LOTR movies (nor will he, for some time). However, he has watched Orlando Bloom take down the oliphaunt numerous times, thanks to youtube.

His present goals in life are to grow his hair really long, and to be able to shoot arrows accurately.

For his birthday, he would like Legolas clothes, a long wig, a sturdy bow, and arrows.

Meanwhile, he’s been running around the neighborhood wearing one of my extra-long hoodies, cut open in front for the flowing effect. His sheath is attached to his belt, which is slung diagonally over his shoulder instead of around his waist. In it he carries the thinnest of our paintbrushes for arrows, and has created a bow from cardboard and cloth.

His obliging sister is having trouble with the name. “Nicholas” is the closest she’s come.

Game time:

Big Game

Photo: Dood Locka is pumped-up for gold medal hockey: Canada versus Sweden.

Update: For some reason, I thought the Czechs had made the finals for the Gold medal, but they lost in the quarterfinals. Because I’m so busy these days, it’s easy for me to lose track. I probably watched 5% of what I hoped to in Sochi. Nevertheless, did it really matter who Canada played for Gold? Will anyone dethrone Canada and stop them from winning a third straight gold in Pyeongchang in 2018 or will the NHL owners hustle the pros out of the Olympics?

Meet Mr. Baggin’es:

Our little Hobbit.


Photo: Note the enhanced curly hair and hairy feet, and sting (imagine it being flailed around in the air).

Tiern: “Why does Bilbo have hairy feet?”

Dadoo: “Because Bilbo is a Hobbit and Hobbits have hairy feet.”

Tiern: “Do all Hobbits have hairy feet?”

Dadoo: “Yes, it’s a requirement.”

Teirn: “Oh, I see.”

Video: Being a Hobbit like Bilbo has extra perks:


I am reading a book with¬†Auguste Rodin’s sculpture “The Thinker” on the cover.

Little Miss notices the sculpture on the cover and asks: “Why is he stoned?”

Dadoo: “He’s a deep thinker Miss, and I think he’s made of bronze.”

Little Miss: “No, he’s stoned.”

Tiern eavesdropping: “The White Witch did it to him.”

Dadoo: “I don’t think The White Witch was involved.”

Tiern: “Yes she is. She always turns the good guys into stone.”

Little Miss: “She’s a nasty old fool.”

Baumgartner’s Jump:

Half way through watching this video Tiern asks: “Why is he jumping into space?”

Dadoo: “Because it’s a challenge. He’s not jumping into outer space, but jumping 23 miles in the stratosphere to Earth.”

Tiern: “Oh, I see.”

We watch a little more of the video…

Tiern: “I want to do that too.”

Dadoo: “Maybe one day you will.”

Generation Gap

Tiern and Little Miss often correct me throughout the day, if I don’t call them by the name of the character they are assuming.

This afternoon, Tiern kept telling me, “She’s not ‘Little Miss.’ She’s ‘Scout.’ Say ‘Scout,’ Mama.”

Little Miss couldn’t correct me, because horses can’t talk, and Scout is, of course, Tonto’s horse.

Every time Tiern reminded me, though, all I could think about was the little girl, Scout, from To Kill a Mockingbird.

Musical Meatballs:

Mama and I saw Meiko live at the Cat’s Cradle (Carrboro, NC) back in 2008. Meiko’s video “Stuck on You” (2011) is a delightful idea, combining cooking and music. I wish Meiko would create more along these lines. She doesn’t produce much. Surely a suspenseful buildup for her next release.

Meiko’s most recent release is her version of Paul McCartney’s, “Wonderful Christmastime.” Liturgically, we’re nearing the end, but still in the the midst of the Christmas season, so enjoy one last guilty Christmas pleasure:

Wandering Eyes:

Via: Tigerclaw.

Video: Clever commercials (Warning: Adult Humor).