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Friday, February 17th, 2006

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12:51a
I fully intended to get to the Times between 1 and 2, the estimated time of completion for the daily puzzles. They needed them as early as possible in the afternoon in order to send them out on time.

I fell asleep somewhere between 5:30 and 6 a.m., and didn't set the alarm but felt confident I could wake up around noon. When I woke up and looked at the clock, I was shocked that it was 2 p.m.! Apparently I needed to catch up on sleep. Shortly after, Will called to say he was sending the puzzles. It wasn't a wake-up call but close to it.

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I got the puzzles tested and sent without incident.

If you thought I'd milked every bit of commentary about Sundance, you were wrong. One loose end: I received Jessica's disks a few days ago, containing quick videos of the Saturday "Wordplay" Q&A as well as concert performances by Bruce Hornsby and Judy Collins. However, the sound was not coming out well on my PC. Since I had the laptop fired up today, I decided to try the disks again there.

Whew, everything worked fine, sound as well as video. It was strange to see us live and moving in the brief Q&A clips. My condomates had been turned away from the concert for lack of credentials, so it was great to catch some of it. Bruce Hornsby's piano and songs were nice, but the real attraction was Judy Collins. Back in 1969, it was said that if you put on the "Wildflowers" album, you'd have a dormful of crying girls. This music affects me to the bone.

Although Judy is now [looking it up] 66 years old (GASP!), she still looks and sounds great. Especially sounds. Like an angel. If I didn't know better, I'd think her voice had been recorded 30 years ago and played back. There were snippets of "Both Sides Now," "Suzanne" and "Since You've Asked." She mentioned that Arlo Guthrie's daughter was in the audience. Apparently the entire world was at Sundance.

At one point at MetLife, I had a coworker who knew Judy Collins socially. Occasionally I'd answer M's phone: "Hello, may I please speak to M?" "Sorry, she's not at her desk." "Well, could you tell her that Judy Collins called?" "OH MY GOD, YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH YOUR MUSIC MEANS TO ME!" Actually I didn't say that but would calmly take the message and just THINK, "OH MY GOD THAT WAS JUDY COLLINS!" I also occasionally saw her around my neighborhood (she lives nearby, or at least used to), but never said a word.
2:50p
Britney: 'I Made a Mistake'
http://people.aol.com/people/articles/0,19736,1158287,00.html

While infant driving safety is important, I really thought this was going to be about the mistake named Kevin.

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