Quiet Day

November 23, 2007

One of my kids is watching Miracle on 34th Street (the original, in black and white, of course), because, after all, ’tis the season.  The other one is doing some homework and listening to music.  I’m getting a bit of work done, running a few loads of laundry.  Nancy’s in the lab, getting some research done, but only until midday.  It’s too cold out to do much, and it just feels like a day to be quiet and a bit lazy, to eat leftovers and laugh at the notion of sitting in traffic and wading through crowds of shoppers.  

Black Friday?  No thanks.  I’ll take just plain old Friday instead.  

Thanksgiving was wonderful — and I hope it was for all of you, as well.  We spent the day with friends, eating good food, drinking Nancy’s home-brewed beer, occasionally glancing at one football game or another.  Also a quiet day, in its own way.  Simple pleasures.  We didn’t have to travel far — just a couple of miles to our friends’ house.

I feel that I should have more to say, but I really don’t.  Maybe tomorrow.  Maybe Monday.  But for now, I’m enjoying not doing much of anything.  I don’t have many days like this, so I plan to enjoy it.

Today’s music:  Sphere (Flight Path)  

(Sphere was a short-lived jazz group of the early eighties that reformed again in the late nineties with slightly different personnel.  Straight ahead, traditional jazz — Kenny Barron on piano, Charlie Rouse on sax, Ben Riley on drums, and Buster Williams on bass.  Their name was intended as a tribute to Thelonious Monk, whose middle name was Sphere and with whom Rouse and Riley played for a number of years.  But their music, particularly on this album, was entirely original, and exceptionally good.  You don’t hear much about them anymore — Rouse died in 1988 and was replaced by Gary Bartz on an album released in the late ’90s.  Their early albums are available only as imports.  But “Flight Path” is one of my favorite jazz albums of all time.)

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