I suppose my agony is — oh — tres banal to all of you seasoned parents out there, but my daughter, lets call her Yelena, after the Russian fairytale princess, is turning four, and she’s getting her first real Birthday party. I am determined to spend less then $500 on the bash, which, apparently, is a bit of a challenge. We don’t have the space in our house to accommodate all her guests and their parents, so I have to rent out a location. We need an entertainer because all other kids invited entertainers, and because we need somebody there to keep the little ones from thrashing the place. Then there are the traditional concerns, like favors and food (are the guests going to eat non-organic ?) Plus something like 1/4 of the guest list didn’t bother to RSVP. And somehow I got myself into making this cake:
I don’t remember being that stressed out when I was getting married, which probably has something to do with not having to take care of two children while working out all the details.
Yelena is going to have a princess party, but we are inviting boys. We can’t insult them with glittery magic wands for favors. A natural companion for a princess would be a knight or a Jack, right? A prince is too pampered, and a king is too grown up. I looked everywhere and couldn’t find any Jack/knight favors. So I bought them pirate toys. Pirates are cool, and, although they don’t figure in traditional tales, they kind of go with princesses. Only pirates are anti-heroes, and it’s kind of sad that I couldn’t find a positive male character to compliment a princess.
Oh, and my son, lets call him Ivan, like a hero in Russian folk tales, is trying to sit on the potty. Heaven help me!
Meanwhile I read and enjoyed:
What’s Up with That? Greenpeace Looses Charity Status in New Zealand.
Manhattan Infidel: New York Bans Competitive Sports for Children.
King Shamus: “Shoot first So No Questions Can Be Asked Later”.
I suppose Trump peaked weeks ago, but this two month old Commentary post is worth noting: Why Is Donald Trump Embracing an Anti-Semite?
Is the end of history in Europe officially over? End of Passport-Free Travel in Europe.
An artist creates his own moral universe. Recipient of a 3/4 mil grant once executed a dog
just to see how it feels for art. Check out the old hippy in CBGB t-shirt here, and hugging a teddy sculpture here.
Unibomber possessions are going on sale.
Bin Laden had three wives (or is it four?) and never took any of them dancing. Sounds like he couldn’t handle one. That reminds me of a song from the classic 1960s Russian comedy “Prisoner of Caucuses.” I couldn’t find a subtitled clip, but here it is, If I Were a Sultan, a masterpiece of Soviet orientalism:
After expressing his wish to have three wives to be surrounded with three times the beauty, the singer contends that even a single wife is too much to handle, and if he were a sultan, he’d be a bachelor.