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Friday night marked Jacq’s and my induction into the wide and wonderful world of the New York Ukulele Salon…thing. Organized by the lovely and accommodating Rick, these near-monthly events comprise the closest thing to a secret society my sister and I have seen. Unless there’s something Jacq’s not telling me…

We brought fellow Glastonburian Mike and together we performed as Apples to Apple. From Glastonbury, home of the great, the glorious Apple Fest, to New York…the big one. We sang “Hymn” by Janis Ian and Phoebe Snow, and while it’s not up yet, we’ll be on YouTube soon enough! Which is good, because nobody seems to know that song.

Anyway, check out the band photo below from Rick’s photostream, and the ones that follow it from mine!

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I went to Hawaii and imagined dolphinz™, went to the supermarket, brewed 100% kona coffee, found and avoided poop in the ocean while kayaking, tried and failed to tune a novelty uke, trained in the art of lei making, left a lei at hapuna state beach, tanned, burned, ate macadamia-crusted everything, watched a lot of Cash Cab, ended up with 13 pillows in our room, and more!

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Then I came back and we had a 10-hour Tea & Tequila party with tea, brandy, scones, limes, coffeecupcakes, macaroons, tequila, tonic, prosecco, lemongrass cello, litchi juice, apple cider, gin, vodka, grenadine, Indian food, Super Smash Bros., secret handshakes (courtesy of A Walk to Remember), piggybacks, squats, first paragraphs of fantasy novels, rings, hair elastics and other things.

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Come one, come all, to my brand new Flickr photostream!  710 photos up already; I spent four hours last night poring over three years’ worth of photographic documentation on my computer and my external hard drive, and the end result is…a lot of color, and a lot of silly pictures from the sound stage at Vassar, and a lot of my really ridiculously good-looking friends, and ukuleles and cowboy hats and TV on the Radio concerts and chocolate fondue on fire…and there were horses and a man on fire and I killed a guy with a trident!

Anyway, go and look at my photos!  I’ll be posting more and more as I find them; tell me what you like!  Here are some to get you started: