1. My daughter turns 3 on May 11th and her birthday party will be epic. She said she wants a "Pink Party" so the wife and I will translate that and come up with something pink and fun.
2. In my team's JV softball game today the home plate umpire got hit in the nuts with a pitched ball and the game was delayed for 20 minutes while he dry heaved, rolled around, and possibly looked for his testicle. I'm 45 years old and nut shots still crack me up. When does that go away?
3. School is tense lately because there are just a lot of teachers on different pages. Also, administrators get moved around to other schools in the district every year at about this time and nobody ever knows who is staying and who is going and who is coming. It's not ideal.
4. I watched the Blazer playoff game last night and it was so good. I used to think that NBA referees were on the take but I think I've realized that they are mostly just incompetent.
5. I need some new music to listen to. Any suggestions??
Stop Me if You Think You've Heard this One Before by Willy Vlautin
Willy Vlautin is my favorite contemporary author. He is from Portland and writes and plays music and is just way more talented than anyone I know. His book from a couple years ago, Lean on Pete, is my favorite book. It's tough to say I have a favorite book, in fact I've refrained from doing so because there are so many wonderful books that I love. But Lean on Pete is my favorite.
Story: 10 of 10
This is the only short story I've read of Vlautin's and it falls in line with his novels. He writes about hard-scrabble people who live their life in spite of a whole lot of terrible. He's poetic and truthful and every single time I read him I say to myself that I know people just like the ones he writes about. This story is no different. It's about the narrator who meets a woman and the story details their doomed relationship. Her character isn't the most likable female character ever created, but neither is the narrator.
Teachability: 3 of 10
First off, I don't think students would like Vlautin. The reader needs to have done some living to appreciate the writing and the characters. Also, female sexuality is almost a character unto itself in this story and that makes me nervous.