Joie de Vivre

April First

I don’t usually play jokes on April fool’s day, because I figure I do that enough throughout the year – it’s best to give some other people a chance.  One of my colleagues pulled a hilarious gag – he announced on the JHU Web site the Johns Hopkins was dropping the “s” in Johns, to finally eradicate confusion.

Well done! I hope he gets to keep his job.

Another reason I like April fool’s day is that, for me, it marks the end of Winter – I usually run out of cold weather  endurance sometime in March. I took a few days off to spend time with my girls over their spring break. We accomplished a lot!

We found this dead bee in the sink, which is a sure sign the spring is here:

The kiddos and I toured the “big slice” pizza places in Hampden – Angelo’s wins because Bela Roma doesn’t serve their “Mega Slice” anymore – sissys. For those outside of Hampden – Angelos serves a slice that’s around the size of a small-to-medium Pizza for $4. It’s really good pizza, too.

We visited the American Visionary Art Museum and I scored some boss new readers at the museum store.

As soon as I opened my eyes, I was in focus.

Today, we attended the Cézanne exhibit at the BMA. It was great, nicely done. One of the things I appreciate about Cézanne is the tendency to use strong outlines on a lot of his elements, which showed up in a lot of the non-Cézanne works in the exhibit.  Of course, that shows up in almost every comic book I own, as well as most animated cartoons I’ve watched – thus, Cézanne is the father of modern comic books, too.  Also, I learned a lot about these America Artists in the exhibit,  a lot of whom are brand new to me.

We revisited some other treasures of the BMA…


Robert Rauschenberg – Honorarium 1981

Henri Matisse in his studio, and odalisques

Vampire  heiny

And finally, even the pigs enjoyed some lovely weather.

Ah, spring. At last.