O and I had breakfast with S0 at his school. After we all chowed down, the children in the class serenaded us with “Mr. Golden Sun” (Raffi) and “Here Comes The Sun” (Beatles). Having been made sunny, O and I then walked back home to wait for O's friend to whisk her away to scenic Albany, one of the sites for the NCAA Hockey Regionals this year. I found another job that looked good (the company is in the old Lotus Development building), then went to what I thought was going to be a short semi-interview with another place in Kendall Square. It turned into an hour-long conversation. The company has that funky MIT startup feel and I think I'd be a good fit.
Then I hopped the Red Line to Chinatown for dim sum with two friends. I stopped back in Harvard Square for a few minutes with one of them (mmm, iced coffee from Tosci's), then headed back home.
The next mission was to find that Goldeneye that eluded me yesterday. I took the kids to Great Meadows, and they had a great time running around. S1 was very excited about the red-winged blackbirds. We heard a strange burbling sounding from the reeds near the path, but it was no bird, but a muskrat. Come to think it, it did sound just like that sound effect in that Captain and Tennille* song. My binoculars were too weak to get a good look at all of the many ducks that were swimming on the water, but fortunately there's a rather powerful scope at the top of the observation tower at the refuge parking lot. I'm pretty sure that I found the bird I was looking for, but I might just go back again to make sure. Many of the male ducks were peforming their little “hey look at me” moves for the ladies. Mating dances on Friday night; 'twas ever thus.
During dinner at Bertucci's in Lexington Center, O started SMSing (text messaging) my phone from Albany:
O: I am not very happyIn the end, Harvard managed to blow a three-goal lead in the third period, then lost 5-4. One more win and Maine is in the Frozen Four. Go Blue ! (Except, next time, please don't give us a heart attack.)
Me: Is Maine losing ?
O: 4 to 1.
O: Make that 4-2. Now 4-3.
Me: Keep scoring !
O: It's tied !
Postscript that threatens to be longer than the entry it augments: I just read this page more closely, and something really freaky struck me. A “Brad Laner” mentions he was in the all-kid band that played “Muskrat Love” on the TV show Kids Are People Too (and here's the evidence in Quicktime). Now, I know about a “Brad Laner” who was in Medicine, a 90s alternative band that owed a lot to My Bloody Valentine but took the shoegazer-distorto-pop concept a few steps further. Laner has a solo career and connects to another band called Failure which I really liked. He also mentions that he was a DEVO fanatic at the time, and gives Daryl Dragon props for playing with the Beach Boys (nods to the Beach Boys are now de rigeur for all indie hipsters, especially if your name is Sean O'Hagan). So maybe it's the Brad Laner from Medecine.
Of course, he has to go confuse the issue with this very strange bio from his web site:
( Collapse )Anyway, if he played with the Captain, wow.