My New Hat and “Joie de Vivre” Thursday, May 28 2009 

My New Hat

24 May 2009

Kyle and I started day #2 of our three-day Memorial Day weekend at faire with the admission that we were tired and not really in the mood for yet another hot, rainy faire day.  Kyle said that he had had a conversation the day before (no doubt referring to dealing with a faire day in the muggy rain) wherein somebody exclaimed that they had misplaced their “give-a-shit.”  That made me chuckle.  Apparently, the colloquialisms continued around this circle of friends, with each member of the group chiming in with what they were lacking and one of them used the phrase “Joie de Vivre.” 

Now, just a couple of days ago, Kyle had uttered those words and asked me —as he often does about a word or phrase in French—what it meant. (I love the confidence he places in me, that I have somehow miraculously retained a tiny bit of my many years of French classes, despite the fact that these occasional questions from him are the only workout my memory gets on the subject!)  After asking him to repeat himself a few times, and dusting off the files in my brain marked “French vocabulary,” I came up with the meaning I remembered—-“joy of life” or “joy of living” and we talked about how needing to find one’s “joy of living” was in some ways akin to needing to find one’s “give a shit” or “motivation” or “caring.”  It certainly made sense to me in the context of the conversation he was describing.

Then, our conversation turned to the fact that once again, just days after learning a new phrase, he seemed to be hearing it over and over.  I told him “There’s a name for that.”  “Serendipity,” he offered.  And, I said, “Well, sort of, but that’s not what I mean.  “Serendipity” is less specific . . . it just refers to any good thing at the right time.”  I have now, also looked that up, and it is a little more specific that that, in actuality.  It is the effect by which one accidentally discovers something fortunate, especially while looking for something else entirely.  And the related “synchronicity” actually refers to the experience of two or more events which are causally unrelated occurring together in a supposedly meaningful manner. In order to count as synchronicity, the events should be unlikely to occur together by chance.

But, I digress.  I told him I had run across a specific label for the phenomenon of learning something new, only to be confronted with it again and again, immediately thereafter. In fact, I’ve told him that before, but I’ve never been able to remember what it’s called.  Today was no exception and while I had to give up and feel foolish, he had to run to his booth at that point.  Since, I was still getting dressed,  I kissed him goodbye, and then sat down with Google.  And, after some searching, I found it again.  Not serendipitous, as I found exactly what I went searching to find!

It’s called the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon.  And because I am forgetful, Kyle will learn of this discovery of mine at the same time as all of our other readers.  I did not remember to tell him when I saw him next.  The article is well-written, enjoyable and even thought-provoking.  Enjoy.

Meanwhile, I experienced a resurgence in my “joie de vivre” today, because I have a new hat!  Our talented friend Kathel of Lionheart Hats came to me a couple of weeks ago with a new hat design and flattered me by wanting my suggestions and feedback.  We played with it, and talked about it, and she went away with a revised plan.  Yesterday, she showed up with the fruits of her labours . . . a handful of fabulous new hats, one of which she made in the colours I wear the most, with me in mind.  I handed her money without hesitation.  My photo shows it, and I happily wore it all day. (Kathel and I later joked about how bad business must be when you start making your product for specific people who haven’t requested it, and then hand deliver it to them, hoping they’ll want it badly enough to pay you!)

~MB

Tanner (and Codie) Tuesday, Nov 25 2008 

Tanner and Codie

22 November 2008

Codie doesn’t like cameras.  It’s one of the first things his friends learn about him.  But, now that he has embraced the role of “grandpa” so completely, he finds he can’t always avoid them.  This photo, however, represents his creativity in trying! 

Actually, it was the precious little “tiny tall” hat from La Paloma that started it.  With Tanner all bundled up in Grandpa’s Half Moon Travelling Cloak, the hat above his head was awfully cute.  It wasn’t until I actually had the camera focused on them, that I realized how goofy the perspective was, and what a fun shot I really had.

So, thanks Codie—and Tanner—for being such good sports!

It was a lovely day at TRF, although pretty darned cold most of the day.  It did warm up throughout the day, and just as the sun was going down it had finally gotten warm enough to remove outer woolen layers of clothing.  Of course, as soon as it was dark, we wanted them again!  But, it never got as cold Saturday night as it did on Friday night.  I think I’m glad!

~MB

My Friend, My Hat Tuesday, Nov 11 2008 

8 November 2008
Marita Beth & I have had numerous recent discussions revolving around the beauty and reality of friendship. We are truly favoured with some amazingly wonderful friends. Charming, talented, beautiful, exceptional people surround us in every aspect of our lives from the professional to the personal. This one, this Iris and her sister Rose, have gone from the professional acquaintance (as Iris & Rose) to the dear friend. And, despite the occasional "theft" of hat, I’d not change my friendship with them for the world.
My Friend, My Hat

~KR (Written on 10 November 2008 )

Listening to:
No Quarter by Led Zepplin
from Mothership CD 2

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 80
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash fired, auto mode, red-eye reduction

Gooner Thursday, May 8 2008 

5 May 2008
This is one of many Arsenal branded items I own. It’s one way to saying to the world at large, "I’m a gooner, and I’m proud of it!"
The Arsenal Cannon
Of course Arsenal broke my heart this year, as they have several years running. Poor exit from Carling Cup against the dreaded neighbours up at Shitehart Lane followed by an unceremonious drubbing in the FA Cup against ManU(re). Most recently a dip in form on the domestic front cost the Gunners far too many points allowing either Chel$ki or ManU(re) to take the EPL trophy again; while a strong Liverpudlian side kicked us squarely in the nobbies and dumped us from Champion’s League glory. Now, with one game left in the season (against Sunderland), the best Arsene and his squad can hope for is third place and no silverware for the cabinet. Now, of course, comes speculation time as the rabid English press start digging up dirt and causing massive amounts of unrest. We have already lost Matthieu Flamini to the Italian giants, AC Milan, and it looks like his on and off pitch chum, Hleb will be joining him in the city, but not on the pitch. The later being, at the moment, speculative rumour that I hope doesn’t come true. But, greed being the most fickle of the footballer’s love interest, Hleb will follow the money as Flamini did before him. Nonetheless, I’m a gooner ’til I die no matter the on and off pitch antics, hystrionics & rumours.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 7 May 2008)

Listening to:
Wax Paper by J – Live
from Moistworks : Fuck A War

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.5 sec (1/2)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

The Macallan Hat Friday, Apr 18 2008 

10 April 2008
My good friend, Bill, gifted this hat to me recently. Not only is the hat representative of one of the finest scotches on the planet, but it’s a darn fine hat. Well-constructed, it fits very comfortably on my head. The cat seems to like it, too, judging from the cat hairs covering it.
The Macallan Hat
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 15 April 2008)

Listening to:
Eve of Destruction by Barry McGuire
from Live Free or Die

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.3 sec (3/10)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire