Summer 2011 Roundup

It’s been a fairly busy summer here at the International House of Johnson, and much of that business (busy-ness?) is due to a five-and-a-half-year-old boy who—sometime this spring, with the help of his mother—made a List.

On the List: things to do this summer. Here’s a sample:

  • Go camping. Done. We made our annual trek to the Maumee Bay State Park in Toledo early in August. This year, we replaced our 10-year-old tent with a 10′ x 17′ Coleman Red Canyon dome tent. In theory, this three-room palace sleeps eight; I can’t attest to that, but it accommodated three with plenty of room to spare.
  • Go to the zoo. We did this a couple of weeks ago. There were polar bears and elephants at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, but no hippos. We were disappointed by the lack of hippopotami, as we parked in the “Hippo” section and were thus primed for them.
  • Go on a train ride. We crossed this one off in late July on the Ashtabula, Carson & Jefferson scenic line. If I’m honest, the scenery left a bit to be desired. Kyle and his cousin enjoyed the ride, so everybody was happy. Special guest appearance by Jay Lynn.
  • See a baseball game. Done. Lake County Captains versus the mumblety-mumble Loons. The Captains won, though Kyle couldn’t have told you that after we left the game.
  • Play mini-golf. We’re working on this one; we’ll probably go to Red Mill sometime in the next couple of weeks.

“Go to the movies with dad” wasn’t on the list, but we have seen a few together:

  • Cars 2
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • The Smurfs

We’re also preparing for kindergarten, and when I say “we” I mean “mostly Laura.” She’s been purchasing school supplies and clothes and occasionally letting me know that we’ve received some manner of communication from the school. From what I understand, we’ll be putting Kyle on a bus sometime next week and—if all goes to plan—he’ll be back later in the day. Wash, rinse, repeat until educated.

That’s what’s been going on here this summer. What have you been up to?

Pseudopod 233: Association

I’ve been so busy not updating my blog that I completely neglected to mention another short story I narrated for Pseudopod, the Sound of Horror. This one is “Association,” a zombie tale by Eddie Borey. Before you rush over to listen, I would remind you that Pseudopod is intended for mature audiences and that dead things rot. A lot.

A complete list of the horrific tales I’ve narrated for Pseudopod is presented (in reverse chronological order) below.

  • “Association” by Eddie Borey (Episode 233)
  • “Is This a Horror Story?” by Scott Edelman (Episode 206)
  • “Wearing the Dead” by Alan Smale (Episode 190)
  • “The Sultan of Meat” by James B. Pepe (Episode 170)
  • “Orifice” by John F. D. Taff (Episode 147)
  • “The Duel” by James Michael MacFarland (Episode 135)
  • “In the Coils of the Serpent” by William Meikle (Episode 109)
  • “Among the Moabites” by Michael Hartford (Episode 98)
  • “Blood, Gridlock and PEZ” by Kevin Anderson (Episode 73)
  • “The Heart of Tu’a Halaita” by Tara Kolden (Episode 60)
  • “Hell’s Daycare” by D. Richard Pearce (Episode 38)