Archive for October, 2001

ten years ago…

Wednesday, October 31st, 2001

So it’s Halloween today, a big deal in America, much more than in Britain. People dressed up at work and everything. But what Minnesotans are talking about the most is the Great Blizzard of ten years ago – over 28 inches of snow. Today it’s going to be comparatively balmy, but you never know what could be around the corner

churchy

Monday, October 29th, 2001

Yesterday was mostly taken up with Cathedral things. There were a lot of people in the congregation at the morning service, as it was the Diocesan Convention, so it was nice to have a full house. I had a rather scary job to do – as part of the stewardship effort coming up (getting people to donate money and time) I was asked to talk briefly on what St Mark’s means to me. Beyond singing and getting money for it. So I put together a brief thing which it seems was really well received, loads of people said complementary things afterwards, I was very pleased. I might post it up here when I get back to my home machine.

In the afternoon we went out west to Wayzata, where there was a party for two of our friends in the Cathedral choir, Ruth and George, who are moving back to England today, and will be missed. We went straight from there to the annual Cathedral Night Out, which was at the International Market Square, and very swanky. We were both quite dressed up, and I wore my kilt which got a number of comments! It was good to see everyone there – you sometimes get the feeling that not many people know you or are interested, but it took over 20 minutes just to get through the door and (importantly) to the bar. I think the kilt and the morning’s speech helped. Emma was pleased that the Bishop gave us such a warm welcome. The food was not bad, and the musical entertainment lots of fun.

A few of us went to the Loring Bar afterwards, as we also do most Wednesdays, where we felt that wearing posh threads would be OK. The band there were surprisingly good, so it was a nice relaxed escape at the end of the night.

growing up?

Friday, October 26th, 2001

Our friends Paul and Claire are away in Portland, Oregon this week with their baby, Lauren. Emma took them to the airport on Monday but we still have their baby car seat in the back of our car. It’s very odd to see it there, and makes me feel strangely grown-up, especially when I’ve forgotten about it and it surprises me. This was the case this morning when I was getting into the car to drive home from the gym before work, and was half asleep.

join in

Thursday, October 25th, 2001

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long time away

Thursday, October 25th, 2001

Well I haven’t exactly been away, but I have been v busy. Sorry for not posting in so long. Things have been mad – at work I feel like I’m doing the job of three people, Cathedral choir is ramping up towards All Souls’ and Christmas, plus loads going on in the Cathedral’s search process for the new Dean. But better busy than bored I suppose.

Anyway, in other news we have the first snow of the season today, and the high is forecast to be 35F. Remind me why I live here…

evil bert

Friday, October 12th, 2001

I find this to be just about the most surreal thing I have ever seen. I mean I have for some time found Bert’s eyebrows and hair slightly alarming, but it’s amazing that he would end up a casualty of war.

googled

Wednesday, October 10th, 2001

I may have finally arrived as a real internet entity – if you search for “andrew mogendorff” in Google you will find this site coming out on top! Hurrah. I exist.

posh threads

Wednesday, October 10th, 2001

I’m not sure what to do about this. Emma and I have been invited to the Annual Gala as guests of the director of Episcopal Community Services Minnesota which I’m sure will be fun, and rather swanky. However, the invitation says “black tie optional”. Optional?? So should I wear black tie or not? It’s always nice to have the excuse to wear my dinner suit (tuxedo) but I certainly don’t want to be the only person dressed to the nines when everyone else is only dressed to the eights.

folds

Tuesday, October 9th, 2001

This week I have mostly been listening to the new release by Mr Ben Folds, Rockin’ the Suburbs. It’s his first release after leaving his Five, and it’s fantastic. He was actually playing in town a few days ago but I wasn’t able to see him – I’ve been to Ben Folds Five shows a few times and they were always excellent.

neither solid nor liquid …

Tuesday, October 9th, 2001

This work, which has won the 2001 Nobel Prize in physics, is one of the most incredible things I’ve ever heard of. Apart from anything else, it’s fantastic that it was theorized so long ago and has been proven to be possible.