Goodie Bag Ideas

[Late Lunch Today….]

As I’ve written about before, my daughter is having a theatre-themed Birthday party: We’re going to see Dirk, a play based off of Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency on 11/19 (if you’re interesting in joining us, there’s more info in this friends-locked post). We’ve been talking about what sort of goodie bags to give out. Our current thinking is to have a bag with some times from or related to the story (we thought about giving copies of the book, but that would work out to around $80-$90 dollars for the books). So, if you were going to do a Dirk Gently themed goodie bag, what would be in it?


Morning Edition

I love weekend mornings, because I get a few hours between when I get up and the rest of the family gets up to work at my desk, doing various and sundry. So, I though I would bring those that read this up to date. [Update: S&F just got up.]

  • The spa Question: The answer seems to be converging on Burke Williams Spa: I’ve now had 3 personal recommendations. They appear to have an interesting promotional package that we might use. If you have any additional inputs, please add them to this LJ discussion chain. Our anniversary is Tuesday.
  • Hairspray. Today, we’re going to the matinee of Hairspray at the Pantages theatre. This is the end of the show blast, which started with 110 In The Shade at the Pasadena Playhouse in July; followed by West Side Story (Cabrillo Music Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Muny Opera), and Tour of Champions (DCI). We’re all looking forward to this, as we love the music from Hairspray (and we’re lucky enough to have Marissa Janet Winokur in the lead role).
  • Work. As I’ve learned is the norm at work, its either ebb or flow. Looks like it is moving back into the flow column, which is just fine with me. Now I just have to catch up on sleep from this last week (which is hard for me, as my body wakes up on its own at a consistent time).
  • Gaming. Today is Games Gather 5 in La Canada. With our theatre tickets, I’m not sure I’ll make it, but we might go by for a bit after the show.
  • Visit Your Parents. Or as they say in 70 Girls 70, go visit your grandmother! Tomorrow, we’re driving down to Orange County. I’m going to spend the day with my dad, while gf_guruilla and S&F visit GF’s sister and their kids. Should be a fun day.
  • The Shower Door. Just before we left on vacation, I posted an LJ Entry about our shower door shattering. Turns out it is going to be a lot less expensive to fix than I thought. It is just under $170 to fix it, and they are doing it in the house. The glass has been ordered; it should be fixed Monday.
  • Preserving History. As folks know, I transferred the webmaven responsibilities for our former temple to a new person. Out of curiousity, I took a look at the pages yesterday, which are still about 80% my design. To my sorrow, they have drastically cut back the history section, where I had biographies of all our former rabbis, a list of who was rabbi when, and a large attempt at analysis. This makes me sad: congregations so rarely post their history online, and the learning the Jewish history of an area is difficult. Perhaps I should write that book on the history of the Jewish community in the San Fernando Valley. (mumbles something about copious spare time and lack of market to make it worth the time).
  • California Performance Review. As my site was quoted in the California Performance Review, I skimmed the report. Quite interesting. Although I don’t agree with all the recommendations, the state could really improve if a lot of the ideas were implemented.
  • Youth on LJ. One of the communities I belong to is , which is for folks that went to the Jewish summer camp I went to. I periodically read the members list there. Lots of 12-15 year olds posting. I’ve already had to post a reminder in the community to indicate to them that they shouldn’t be posting their phone numbers or addresses. I hope they listen; they should have learned this stuff from their computer rules at their schools. I did have some success however: one fellow (who may be reading this) was mature enough to realize that he should blur his D/L# and address when posting that he got his learner’s permit, based on a comment of mine. We need to make sure our kids are educated on proper net procedures. [As a PS to this: I find one must restrain oneself on making comments on posting in groups such as this, in order to not give wrong impressions. Society today, and all that blather.] A lot of us forget the age difference that exists here on LJ; I know I’m personally in three groups here of distinctly different ages.

Well, I think that’s enough musing for now. We’ve got a meal moth infestation somewhere (I hate those), and I have to go try to root it out.


Long Day/Anniversary Advice

Today has been a long day: I’m on East Coast time (i.e., up at 4:00 AM, at work by 5:30 AM for telecons that run from 6:00 AM to 2:00 PM) this week, and working to catch up on all the vacation-accumulated debris. Naturally, I’m exhausted (and came home with a headache). Bleh.

A week from today is my 19th wedding anniversary. Following up on a suggestion when I asked about birthday gifts, I’m exploring a spa package for my wife. I’m open to suggestions on what should be in the package (i.e., what services—I’ve done some searching (link; link) and see different types of massages, facials, etc.), as well as recommendations for specific spas in the San Fernando Valley (sample search). I’ll note I’m not the most romantic person, which is why I’m asking. We are going to go out for dinner, perhaps a movie that night; ellipticcurve will be taking S&F and the Karate Kid to They Might Be Giants in Anaheim and bringing them back late that evening.

P.S.: ellipticcurve and I were talking at lunch about words such as Attorneys-general, Ladies-in-waiting, Mothers-in-law, i.e., words where you pluralize the noun and the noun is a prefix for the adjective. Is there a formal name for such words?