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“Groovy” playing cards April 28, 2011

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"Groovy" playing cards. From my personal collection.

I’m not sure hippies and card games go very well together — I wouldn’t normally think of using both words in the same sentence — but I have to tell you, I’ve hung out with my share of hippies and recovering hippies and neo-hippies and faux-hippies, and one thing they all have in common is that we love us some card games! (That’s right, I said “we”: I’m definitely in at least one of those categories.)

Hearts, spades, blackjack, even a little poker: we “groovy” types are always game! 8)


Chocolate birthday cake April 25, 2011

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Chocolate birthday cake. Photo taken in Platteville, WI.


Okay, this is technically my birthday cake (both in the sense that I made it and that it was for me), from a few years ago. But I’m posting it here today because this week is my sister’s birthday.

Happy birthday, Sara!

Smiley street sign April 18, 2011

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"Smiley walker" on a street sign. Photo taken near the Museumquartiers in Vienna, Austria.

When my wife and I visited Vienna about a year and a half ago, we had almost as much fun reading the street signs, advertisements, and graffiti as we did visiting museums, churches, and parks. In fact, this blog was born in Vienna, thanks to a piece of smiley graffiti my wife spotted.

This is just a plain street sign showing a stick-figure pedestrian making his way to the Museumsquatier, where we ourselves were headed this same day. But some mischievous Viennese decided to cheer things up with a sticker, and now this pedestrian is a happy fellow indeed!


Detail of the "smiley walker."


Light bulb keychain April 14, 2011

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Lightbulb keychain. From my personal collection.

As I mentioned last time, I’m on the road. So what could be a more appropriate post to end this week than another smiley keychain?

Better still, this one comes from one of the academic conferences I like to attend (it was a give-away in the conference’s bookfair), and later this month I’m attending another conference. So: perfect!

Or should I say, Seemed like a good idea at the time? 😉
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Stress ball April 11, 2011

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Stress ball. From my personal collection.

I could sure use this today!

I’m packing, not just a few things for a trip but EVERYTHING. I don’t have a final count yet, but I’m lugging at least a half-dozen huge suitcases down to the airport tomorrow morning, and then I’m getting on a plane and spending the next 24 hours or so in transit.

Uncle Smiley and wife are moving back to the States.

My wife and I have thoroughly enjoyed our few years living overseas in the Middle East, but we’re also thoroughly enjoying the adventure of moving back to the US. Part of that adventure, though, requires me to move over ahead of my wife, so I can find a place to live and she can send our cats to our new home before flying out to join us. Which means I’m responsible for all this luggage on my own! Then there’s our stockpile of stuff in storage, and a moving van, and a cross-country road trip… Oh, and did I mention I’m attending an academic conference in the middle of all this?

So, bring on the stress ball! Make me happy!

(Next post: see you in the US, gang!)

Smiley simulacrum: “Bruise” April 7, 2011

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Bruise on my wife's knee, 23 June 2009.

I swear to you I did not doctor this photo at all.

A couple of years ago, my wife fell down a set of marble steps on our way to a spa (ironically, for a massage), and wound up banging the heck out of her knee. A week or so later, this bruise emerged, and it really was this weird combination of bright yellow and dark red. We marveled at the evolving colors for a couple of days before it wound up looking like this, as perfect a smiley face as any bruise is ever likely to get.

And, painful as her knee was, we both actually did get a laugh out of this. So now it’s official: smileys heal all wounds!

(My wife’s knee is fine, by the way. Just in case anyone was worried.)

BONUS: Smiley sun (simularcum) April 5, 2011

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"The Sun Smiling." From DamnLOL.com. (Click image to see original.)

I found this while poking around online the other day and HAD to share it. Just plain too awesome.

Lanyard April 4, 2011

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Lanyard. From my personal collection.

It’s funny: I never really use lanyards, yet I have a ton of these things. Most of them are attached to id wallets; these are popular at the academic conferences I attend, and I have taken to collecting the ids and lanyards from all the conferences I go to — I like to hang them around my desk, partly so I can “look academic” to anyone who bothers to look at my desk, but mostly just for the memories of the conferences. (I’ve been to some cool conferences.)

I have no idea where I picked this smiley lanyard up, though. It’s certainly not from any conference. Later this month, though, I’ll be attending the national conference of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, and I’ve just decided it would be fun to swap out their id lanyard for this one. So if you’re in San Antonio in late April, especially if you’re at PCA/ACA, look for the guy in the smiley lanyard. Chances are good it’ll be me.  🙂

BONUS: Reader-submitted food smiley April 2, 2011

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Pudding and pineapple smiley. (Photo courtesy Crystal E.)

Perhaps inspired by my smiley cheese sticks from a few weeks ago, my good friend Crystal recently sent me this plate of pudding and a pineapple wedge. The photo, not the actual plate of food. 🙂

I love the yellow grin of the pineapple! Call me sentimental, but I’ve always felt that pineapple is a particularly happy fruit. Now I know why: beneath its prickly exterior, it’s just bursting with bright yellow smiles!