Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Faces, Followers and Flash Mobs

Some of you know that I'm a songwriter at heart. (Unfortunately, no one in Nashville who could do anything about it seemed to share that opinion. But I digress...) Anyway, as a songwriter, I adore alliteration. I'm particularly pleased when I can craft a clever catch-phrase as the preface to a post. But I must admit, I stretched it a bit today. All of the titular tie-ins work, but they're not as natural as the ones I usually use, if you get where I'm going:) By the way, a few of you have said you enjoy my posts on this blog. I really must throw a shout out to my little sister, Jen, who is an inspiration to me in many ways, not the least of which is her tremendous talent for turning a phrase!

Faces: (Well, I guess it's really just "face".)

The other day I was practicing baseball with Taylor. That kid is very determined when he puts his mind to something. He's played first base for several years, but his coaches this year haven't had the chance to see how well he can play that position. So he's playing in the outfield for the first time ever. The younger you are, the more boring the outfield positions are. In his 9-10 year-old league, there is beginning to be some action out there, but it's still a bit of a disappointment for him. Anyway, he wanted to practice playing outfield. I stood at home plate and he ran out to center field. I then began to hit grounders, line-drives, and fly balls to him. On the very first hit, the ball came at Taylor hard, and took a crazy bounce just as it reached him. It jumped up and hit him full on the chin. Taylor dropped to the ground in tears. I ran out to him and held him for a few minutes. I asked if we should just quit for the day, but that determined little man stayed out there for another 45 minutes. And he worked HARD! I'm extremely proud of him. He is going to accomplish great things in life:)

As a testament to the pain he suffered, I present the following photo:

See that half circle of little red dots to the right of his lips and chin? Those are the marks the stitches on the baseball left when it hit him!


So this one was the stretch. I looked at a thesaurus to try and find a word that meant "imitate" and started with an "f." Follower was the only one. So Jesi is really more of an "imitator" than a "follower," but then we'd be absent the alliteration, now, wouldn't we:) Jesi LOVES Graci. ADORES her. Wants to be just like her. So tonight, they decided that Jesi would BE Graci. They dressed in jammies that were alike. Both wore bathrobes. Both wore glasses. They were both "Graci." Jesi demanded that we call her "Graci." Here are the cute pictures:

What, you may ask, is that black thing on Jesi's head? That is a pair of tights with a pony-tail in it. That was their way of making Jesi have black hair, just like Graci! Pretty clever-- especially to have come up with it all by themselves!

Flash Mobs:

For those of you who are not familiar with flash mobs, here is the wikipedia defenition:

A flash mob (or flashmob[1]) is a large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual action for a brief time, then quickly disperse. The term flash mob is generally applied only to gatherings organized via social media or viral emails, rather than those organized by public relations firms or for a publicity stunt.

This is a hilarious, recent phenomenon. If you waste much time browsing the internet anyway, you-tube videos of various flash mobs are as good a waste of time as any:) Here is one of the best I've seen. Remember, the people who aren't part of the group have no idea what's going on. (I recommend double clicking on the video clip, so it opens in its own window. Then blow the you-tube video up to full-screen.)

Well, I hope you've enjoyed my awful attempts at alliteration. I hope you've found the photos to your fancy. And if you ever find yourself forming a flash mob, feel free to phone me!



  1. Well good morning my brother!! What a day brightener - I loved the flash mob - and you know I love the girls! As for the 'face' - I so feel his pain - and am every so proud of the effort - yeah - they'll ALL be going places!

    hugs - love you guys -

    aus and co.

  2. Your alliteration was illustrious, illuminating, illustrative, and ingenious. (Yeah, I wrote that without a thesaurus.) I’ve heard of flash mobs, though that was the most organized I’ve ever seen. If they organized it virally, they must have sent out an e-mail video for everyone to learn. That’s a lot of work. Having just watched The Sound of Music over the weekend (for the umpteenth time), I enjoyed the Do-Re-Mi all the more! Hugs to cute Graci and Jesi and kisses to poor Taylor! And thanks for the shout-out!

  3. Faces: OMWord. I scanned the text and thought he had stitches, not markings from stitches in the ball. Yikes

    Follower: Cute and clever, with the tights forming a pony tail. I am so glad they are such close pals.

    Flash mobs: I have found some awesome things on a site called "Prangster?" I love the library one and the dance club, too. I keep trying to get my college agers to pull something; so far, no dice. :~)

  4. Some of you realize that I'm a musician on a basic level. (Tragically, nobody in Assignment Writing Help Nashville who could do anything about share couldn't help thinking that assessment. However, I digress...) Anyway, as a musician, I venerate similar sounding word usage.


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