So Howard and Sidwell came onto Dave and my podcast recently, and we recorded an extra 30 or so minutes that didn’t make it into the actual episode, but which might make some of you laugh. Spencer wanted to hear it, so I’m posting it here. Enjoy!
If you want to download it and play it offline, the file lives here.
Laurel delivered an 8lb 15oz boy on Friday evening. It was incredible, and we’re now at home–healthy and super happy. Holding a sleeping baby on my bare chest is the most euphoria-inducing thing I’ve ever done. This is Cedar in my arms less than an hour after he was born:
We’re excited for the joys of parenting this little man, and to introducing him to his many ‘cousins’ and friends. Especially Juniper–who has a special name connection to this guy, since the cedar and the juniper are closely related plants. Also–he has an official second ‘secret’ middle name, and it really is Wolves. My wife is awesome. We love you all!
I’ve been spending some time lately going through old boxes, scanning stuff, and recycling all kinds of things. No use carrying around boxes of old papers I’ll never look at, I thought. Today, I spent big chunks of the day organizing, rereading, and scanning a bunch of old photographs and letters from my mission. Including some amazing letters from Mark, Jordan, Spencer, Lauren Stromberg, and Dave Pringle! I’ve made a folder with some PDFs inside that you should all be able to access here. If anyone wants me to mail them their original letters for posterity’s sake, let me know, otherwise I may be recycling them soon. I love you all and was so glad to know you as a young man–you’ve all made me better, happier, and wiser than I otherwise would have been. Thank you!
Here’s a taste of what you’ll find in these letters:
Stalin with a mullet. Original art by Mark Edwin Eliason, circa 2001.
Jordan in front of a stack of cars. Chicago, circa 2002?
So there’s a UW philosophy professor who has published an article entitled “Can I Kill My Younger Self: Time Travel and the Retrosuicide Paradox.” I think the best part of this essay is the acknowledgements footnote, in which the author thanks his mother for “typing part of the paper.” I think that tells you all you need to know about academics, this particular topic, and compossibility.
I hope you’re all doing great. I went to a storytelling night at a friend’s co-op in Madison and told a story that took place about a month before I met most of you. The story took place in Boise, and involves a tiger attack, a police shooting, and me and Jack and some other friends ‘beautifying’ a water tower. I don’t know if others of you have already heard it, but here’s a recording: http://steelwagstaff.tumblr.com/post/32870507780/i-told-a-story-at-a-storytelling-event-at-a. I also wanted to let you all know that I’m DJing a weekly radio show on the student radio station in Madison. The show is called Steel’s Magnolias, and it’s on between 11am and 12:30ishpm Central Time on 91.7FM in Madison–you can stream it live at www.wsum.org or listen to old shows on my blog: http://steelwagstaff.wordpress.com/steels-magnolias/. I’ve played songs by Jordan and Spencer, and it’s a good show. Check it out. Also, we miss you guys. Let’s see each other soon, even if it’s not for a weeding.