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All’s Fair

According to a tweet from The Today Show, Montreal’s Expo ’67 and Knoxville’s 1982 World’s Fair were nothing. There have been nineteen world expositions since the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, but The Today Show called it the “last great World’s Fair.”

Today was the 50th anniversary of the opening of the 1964 World’s Fair. I have been looking at photos and video online today and enjoying them tremendously. One of my earliest memories is of going to the Fair with my parents and my aunt and uncle. It was probably in 1965, considering that I was not yet three years old when the Fair opened. I especially remember the dinosaurs and the Swiss Sky Ride.

The New York Times posted several excellent articles about the Fair. Their video coverage is also great.


Groovy ‘n’ Peruvian

The aroma wafting from the open door grabbed my son’s attention. He was going to one of the other shops in the strip mall when he changed his plans and went into Sardi’s Pollo A La Brasa instead.

When he told me about the delicious Peruvian chicken, we made plans to go there the next time I was in town. During my brief weekend visit, we bought dinner at Sardi’s on Holy Saturday. We went to a different Sardi’s location to pick up lunch for our group on Easter Sunday.

Both times my son ordered fried yuca as a side item. We also tried fried plantain and beans & rice. They give you three dipping sauces, which are great, but be sure to taste the food without the sauce too.


Jelly Bean Dip

When our kids were young, my wife began an Easter tradition of photographing them dumping jelly beans from plastic eggs into their baskets. Even though the kids are grown, she and I continued the tradition with each other. This morning we each posted photos on Instagram of our respective jelly bean cascades.

I took it a step further. I looked up websites that make free animated GIFs. I chose makeagif.com to create the image you see below.


Banished the Darkness

The Exsultet is a beautiful prayer that is sung near the beginning of the Easter Vigil. It’s also a very difficult piece to sing. My wife and I were impressed when Frank Jr. told us that he had been asked to sing the Exsultet at Holy Family Catholic Community in Middletown, Maryland. My wife has sung it at our parishes in Knoxville and Burbank.

The service starts outside at sunset. The Easter Candle is lit from a small bonfire. Parishioners process into a dark church, carrying candles with flames passed to one another from the Easter Candle. The Exsultet and the Old Testament readings are proclaimed in the dark. The church lights come on when the Gloria is sung prior to the New Testament readings.

Monsignor Rob Jaskot made a reference to the Exsultet during his homily. At the end of Mass, he thanked Sue Heuver and the choir for their hard work and mentioned that Frank’s parents had driven up from Tennessee to hear him sing.

As the proud parent, I couldn’t help but record the Exsultet on my camera phone.


Top Pat and Tales

By the end of our conversation, Ms. Pat and I were holding hands and our eyes were watering from laughter. She stopped by for an interview on the Classic Hits 93.1 Comedy Couch before her headlining gig at Side Splitters Comedy Club.

I was surprised to see that we talked for over twenty-five minutes.Digital producer Josh Good chose eleven-and-a-half minutes near the end of the interview to post on YouTube. For the radio broadcast, I used three minutes from the beginning that was about Easter outfits. As this video picks up, Pat is talking about being born in the 1970s instead of the turbulent ’60s.


Star Gent

Rod Argent of The Zombies called in to do a radio interview with me on Tuesday. He was in Asheville to play at The Orange Peel. He and Colin Blunstone would perform the next night at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville.

I ran two segments of about three minutes each but that still leaves four minutes that didn’t make it to air. If you’re a music fan, you’ll enjoy the full ten minute conversation with Rod Argent.


The Fig Chill

Locals refer to the current cold snap as “dogwood winter.” The area’s dogwood trees are in full bloom yet the temperature dipped below freezing on Tuesday night.

As you can see, some leaves have sprouted on my fledgling fig tree since I pruned it ten days ago. I wanted to make sure the leaves were protected, so I rushed home between work and the Einstein Simplified show to throw a tarp over the tree.



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