1. For those who don’t know or know of my extended family, my sole sibling sister is an artist and arts educator who lives in Asheville, North Carolina. She’s got a lot of works hanging in a lot of venues, but she’s generally taken a low-key approach to marketing, and her paintings have spread primarily through word of mouth between friends of friends of friends and the like. She’s recently started expanding her web presence, and has a small chunk of her recent portfolio online now, here: E. Paige Smith Duft. Check her out. She’s good. (And the “E” stands for “Elisabeth,” if you’re wondering. We Southerners are weird about that first and middle name thing, you know?)
2. Not to get all Seinfeld on you, but can someone please, please, please explain to me why some people choose to back into parking spots, instead of driving into them? It seems so intuitively wrong to me, as it’s easier to drive forward than it is to drive backward, so a driver should give him- or herself more room for error when reversing, hence, intelligence would dictate that said driver put the front end of the car into the parking spot, so that the hard move (reversing) is deployed into the big open lot, rather than into the small, tight parking space. Right? Right?!? Isn’t this obvious? Well, apparently not, because I can’t count the times that I’ve had to either pass on a viable parking spot because a backed-in car is angled across two spaces, or had to squeeze my ponderous frame into the tiny gap between my car and some minivan that’s been badly reverse parked next to me. And at the risk of being politically incorrect or inappropriately stereotyping, I have to note that, based on my admittedly limited observations, there seems to be something of a strong gender bias when it comes to reverse parkers. So how about we conduct a little non-scientific survey to see if my observations are correct. Readers: are you reverse parkers? And if so, (a) what’s your gender, and (b) for heaven’s sake, why do you do it?!?!
3. I mentioned Snog in a recent Five Songs You Need to Hear post, and I’ve been loving their latest disc, Last of the Great Romantics, which you can listen to in its entirety by clicking that link. Guiding singer-songwriter-conceptualist David Thrussell has been a creative scourge against the system for decades now, his dire view of our modern world ever uncompromised, but yet somehow very humanizing in its bleakness. He makes an extraordinary amount of exceptional music, which he encourages people to copy and share, as he refuses to accept the legal concept of copyright, all while generally acting as a recluse and avoiding the vapid trappings associated with what we call “success” in the music industry. Good for him.