Come see us race this weekend

I've been bad about updating anything here in LiveJournal land over the past year, but I wanted to make sure to invite all of my friends to come see my wheel-to-wheel racing debut in the 24 Hours of Lemons race at Stafford Springs, CT. It's about 1.5 hours from Boston (in Northern CT).

In the 24 Hours of Lemons ( ) you have to pay less than $500 for your car. So, we'll be racing a 1990 Civic Hatchback. The race is noon-10 on Saturday and noon-5 on Sunday

Check out a few more details here:!/event.php?eid=143735552305586&ref=ts

Tigger, rest in peace. (1999-2009)

Tigger never really recovered from anesthesia used for a dental procedure back in March, and he was fighting his treatment more and more. He'd lost almost 6 pounds since February (from 14.5 to 9something) and wasn't showing signs of getting any better. This morning at 1AM I had to take him to the vet, and it was pretty clear things would never get better for him. It was a terrible decision, and I miss him terribly.

I'll always remember him like this, in February when he was healthy:



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The new Miata has been great this's so much more car than the old one and is really challenging me to push harder.

So far this year I've done 18 days at the track, and run 3 time trials with COM. In those I've placed 3rd, 3rd and 1st (and set a class record this weekend). I've been blessed with good students at all of the schools I've taught at, and mostly good weather (though the hail at Lime Rock was not much fun).

The downside of the new Miata is that it's a much harsher car, and the highway miles to and from the track have been more and more painful. It's so loud that even with earplugs in, my ears are ringing a bit after 6 hours in the car, and a friend of mine that borrowed the Miata got pulled over by the State Police for noise. Plus, I'm more and more worried about what would happen in an accident with the roll cage right next to my helmet-less head.

In May I started thinking about getting some sort of vehicle to haul the Miata (and tools/tires/etc) to the track. I wanted something that was enclosed for the tracks that have no garages. I stumbled on something a bit out of the ordinary on Ebay: A truck that was set up to haul cars on the bed:

It's got a hitch to tow a trailer, so I can split the driving/fuel/tolls with someone that has a trailer (and it looks like I have someone to go with for many of the remaining events this year).

My friend Jay Sohn and I flew into Houston last night, and we're waiting on them to finish pulling the lettering off the other side and then we're on the road.

There's a few more pix here. I'll post some updates on the trip back....1855 miles!


Noe Venable, reading her play "The Homecomer"

Tonight, Noe (accompanied by Greta Gertler) read (and sang) her play "The Homecomer". It came out of her experience teaching English for a semester at Arlington High School.

The play was wonderful, ranging from hilarious to bitterly sad. Whatever Noe goes on to do, she'll always make a big impression (and she'll always be a teacher).

The rest are here.

Noe Venable, reading her play "The Homecomer" (Tuesday 6/2 @ Harvard)

I'm pretty sure this will be something not to be missed. I'd drive to NYC to see Noe play, and I'm excited to see what she's doing on the theatrical front. Anyone want to go? Dinner at Bartley's before?


Please join us for a staged reading of

The Homecomer

a new, one-person play
written, performed and
featuring original music by
Noe Venable

Tuesday, June 2nd
Andover Chapel
45 Francis Avenue
Cambridge, MA  02138
doors @ 7:45, show at 8PM
Free!  (of course  :)

This past fall, Noe was one of eight HDS students who student taught at
Arlington High School as part of the Program in Religious Studies and
Education.  This play draws upon that experience.  In it, Noe grapples with
the question, what does it mean to pursue teaching as ministry?  What are
the implications of cultivating religious sensibility in a secular
institution?   Told in vignettes and songs, The Homecomer explores issues
of identity, calling, and the challenges one faces embarking on a life of

Press from Venable's albums:

"Here we have a homegrown, full blown young musical visionary, and a window
into a part of the new San Francisco sound. This train is headed somewhere"

"She's the freshest voice in San Francisco"
--San Francisco Magazine

"Ravishingly melodic!"
--Ani Difranco

Noe Venable is a singer-songwriter, composer, and poet. Having honed her
songwriting and musicianship within the context of San Franciscoâs rich
experimental and jazz music scene, Venable has gone on to wider recognition
through the release of five albums, as well as several national tours
opening for such artists as Ani DiFranco and They Might be Giants.  This
June she completes the Program in Religious Studies and Education at
Harvard Divinity School.

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London was beautiful yesterday. saw the eye, and did lots of walking around to fight the jetlag. super easy flight and trip into london. Hotel rocks (it's right off Hyde Park). Today was mostly spent having lunch with a friend of Valerie's and then wandering around the Tate Modern. A quick dinner at an amazing off-the-beaten-path restaurant and then we went to see Avenue Q, which rocked. Puppets!


Jaggery and Molly Zenobia at Speakerproject

Back in November, Jaggery and Molly Zenobia played at the Speaker Project, which was an art installation at the Mass College of Art.

The lighting was a bit weird since it was being taped, which meant I wasn't able to use any fill flash. Again, so happy for Canon's useful ISO 3200. I think I'd be totally spoiled if I had a 5D Mark II (it supposedly is good beyond ISO 6400).

The rest of the photos (and photos of Molly) are here.