Luckily, today started out as a good day because otherwise opening the front door and stepping out onto the stairs only to find myself ten feet away from a startled skunk would’ve have been a bad start to the day. And luckily, as I jumped back toward the door, the skunk chose to flee rather than to spray. Phew!

And, luckily today started out as a good day because otherwise it would’ve hurt to overhear a student say: “Mr. M. looks real old today.”


But hey, I laughed it off. I know that I am in fact looking older and older. Not just the gray hair, but also I can see it in my face at times. I gotta stop living the rock n roll lifestyle and get me some of that Blue Lagoon lotion. Thinking of the Blue Lagoon reminds me that I wanted to write about more “happy things” so I’ll take this opportunity to mention Iceland: Grand Rokk, Cafe du Paris, the Tower, the Blue Lagoon, the cats, the Canadian guy in search of racial purity, tiny little pebbles smacking us in the face at Geysir. All wonderful experiences.

Okay, maybe not the pebbles, but still it was a great reminder that I was in Ice-frickin-land!

More soon!

Happy Things

I’m in a good mood today and I feel like thinking back to some of the happy things in my life. I’ll write about a few today and maybe at some point continue the theme in other posts.


First of all, I hafta start with D^ and Padraig. Not only are they great kids, they are also great sources of amazing (to me at least) anecdotes.


Let’s see, well, with the P’rade coming up I can’t help but think of that first. I live and breathe the p’rade. If you don’t know me well you’re probably wondering what the hell p’rade I’m talking about. Here in Ho’yoke we have one of the biggest and best St. Pat’s p’rades in the country. And it’s coming up quick, woot woot!


The beach. I love the frickin beach. I loved weeks in the summer there with my family–both when I was a child and later going with my own family. Family time + the beach = happy me. Misquamicut. The Cape. All great.


I also love the few times I’ve done the beach/casino double header. We even went once in February. Beach in February = awesome! And that trip reminds me of how much I love Shane McGowan and Sinead O’Connor’s “Haunted”.


There are so many other things–many of them even happier, but that’s a good start for today.


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