Yesterday was Lydia's first day of kindergarten. To say she did not want to go would be an understatement. She wouldn't get up, she wouldn't eat when asked (then suddenly when it was time to go, was ravenous) and mostly, she lost the ability to talk - all she could do was grunt and it was up to her parents to decipher the guttural sounds. The obligatory pictures all having her looking forlorn when she actually faced the camera. But when I got home last night, she was all smiles. I think she was afraid she wouldn't fit in, despite our best efforts to reassure her.
Not so incidentally, she's not attending the neighborhood school this fall, contrary to plans my wife Carol and I had made, but rather the school where Carol teaches. Carol had called the school a couple weeks ago and had left a message to this effect on the answering machine. She also called the district office but was directed back to the school. We never got a call from the local school until someone who sounded like a truant officer called, noting Lydia's absence.
We are disappointed that Lydia will not be able to attend the neighborhood school. The problem was that the school's relatively late opening time, 8:45 a.m., made it it impossible to drop her off and get to work at anything approaching on time. If a pre-school program had been available, it is quite likely that our school choice for Lydia would have been the neighborhood school.
I can't believe how sucked into the Beatles stuff I've gotten this week. I've taped every program and watched quite a few, although not yet the movies A Hard Day's Night or Help! or six hours of the Anthology series yet. I did watch this Beatles video collection which I loved. Penny Lane wasn't as good as I remembered it from when I was 13, but the version of Revolution (loud but with the do-be-do-wahs of Revolution 1) was great.
Some of these are being repeated through this weekend, if you want to tape them (times are Eastern, I assume, or maybe it's accurate for multiple time zones) on VH1 Classic.
Beatles Video Retrospective - Th 9/10, 4pm; Su 9/13, 3 pm
A Hard Day's Night - F 9/11, 7 pm; Sa 9/12, 2 pm;
Help! - F 9/11, 9 pm; Sa 9/12, 4 pm; Su 9/13, 1 pm
The Beatles Anthology Part 1 - Su 9/13, 5 pm
The Beatles Anthology Part 2 - Su 9/13, 7 pm
The Beatles Anthology Part 3 - Su 9/13, 9 pm
One segment that's NOT being repeated, as far as I can see, is this 2005 special about the Bangladesh concert, which I watched. It featured the late Billy Preston, who died 6/6/06; my, he did not look well. BTW, his birthday was widely reported as 9/9, but according to Billy's official website and some court papers, his birthday was 9/2, 1946.
The Ellie Greenwich Coverville cover story, which another fellow and I had requested.
Dateline:@#$!: Fred Hembeck Interviews Wonder Woman (Sept 8), featuring gratuitous mentions of the songs of a Motown legend. As Fred put it, "Take a look, should you be so inclined--it's WAY shorter than 'Watchmen' and just as likely to be ignored by Alan Moore!!"
X is for X-rays, WWI and Marie Curie
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