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Winter photos, lovely friends, an adorable kitteh, and a beautiful film

Winter has arrived. Ugh. I was hoping that lovely autumn would stick around a while longer. Ah, well. On the bright side, snowy trees are quite pretty:


My dear friend Pete‘s birthday was a couple days ago, and I meant to post this on his actual birthday. However, I’ve had a cold all weekend, and that has put me behind on everything. Very sorry for the belatedness, m’dear :)

Anyway, Pete and I have known each other since we were 15 and 16 (I’m the older one). In addition to being a wonderful, compassionate, and brilliant person, he’s also an extremely talented artist. Be sure to check out his artblog.

Here we are in August ’99, in Seattle to see R.E.M. at Bumbershoot. Because we were fan club members, we were able to get into the show a little early, and I remember with nostalgic delight how we (and our friends) raced to get to the front row of the stadium, so young and enthusiastic and breathless with excitement.

Happy birthday, my dear. I’m so very lucky to know you.♥


My friend Reed is a fantastic and kindhearted chap. He is also extremely intelligent and innovative, and has put those traits to great use in the skeptical movement. He’s the creator of SkeptiCamp, “informal, community-organized conferences borne from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment”. The concept has spread quickly: since 2007, there have been 38 SkeptiCamps all over the world. I like the idea of community-organized open events, as they offer opportunities for activism, organization, learning, sharing, and dissemination of knowledge that larger and more formal events aren’t always able to provide.

And Reed has a cat. Firpo T. Cat, to be more precise. Firpo is a lovely and kind kitteh who enjoys working out on Reed’s treadmill. I haven’t yet been able to witness this awesomeness in real life, but, via Skype, I once saw Firpo workin’ on his fitness, and it was one of the best things ever.

Anyway, I bring you two examples of Firpo Cuteness. Reed very kindly gave me permission to post these photos here:


So: yay Reed! And yay Firpo! :)


And finally, just because I love it so, here’s my favorite scene from one of my favorite movies, Jean-Luc Godard‘s Alphaville:

  1. What a lovely post! I haven’t seen a picture of Pete in ages! xo

    November 20, 2011
  2. I love Icicale,s last year was the first time in a long time that there was some again as we had a bad winter.Oui! i see why you like that clip,french is the best for that kind of thing! i often watch french movies my favorate of late is Amelie for its querky fun and imagination she ha,clever film! know doubt you can guess i love movies. :)

    November 20, 2011
  3. Reed E #

    Awww, thanks Miranda!

    November 20, 2011
    • No problem! :) Give Firpo T. Cat my love ♥!

      November 25, 2011
  4. Alan #

    Wild- I was at that Bumbershoot too. A friend of mine won tickets and we drove down, spent the day there. First time I ever had a gyro.

    November 20, 2011
    • Awesome! I can’t remember much else about that year’s Bumbershoot. I went again in 2001, and I get the memories confused. I don’t know if it was in ’99 or ’01, but, just for the hell of it, we went to the David Lee Roth concert and it was hilariously awful, of course.

      November 25, 2011
  5. pete #

    Aww. Wonderful memories. Thanky so much.

    November 20, 2011
    • & Have you seen this?

      November 25, 2011
      • pete #

        I didn’t. Thanky. I ‘spose I’m the only person who read the “Rogan vs Stipe” show wrong and had a mental image of Michaelness wrestling with a can of Rogain. Somebody should tell him his magic markers are not Just for Mens before things get messy.

        November 26, 2011
  6. whyevolutionistrue #

    Hey, my birthday’s comin’ up too!!!!!

    November 21, 2011
    • Here, you can haz early present!

      November 25, 2011
      • Kool Kat!!! local moggy,s love my back wall lots of action last night ha ha ha! struting up and down fur flying! ha ha ha!

        November 25, 2011
  7. You all look like you would be a blast to hang out and chill with! My kitteh is evil beyond measure! If he answered to anything, it would be Groucho.

    November 23, 2011

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