What Did You Wear for the Holiday?

I do not, nor have I ever, claimed to be an expert; but expertise it seems is relative.

For example, I present to you my brother-in-law.


Let it be said that there are very few things I could ever teach this man. VERY few things. He is a junior executive at IBM, hugely skilled and respected in what he does. He is the type of husband, father, and man I aspire to become, and he is nicer than I am. I am sure you are nice, but he is nicer than you too. This will explain how good he is at his job…


His wife asked the Mrs. and I to help, he agreed.

After part 1

Now keep in mind we didn’t want to shock anyone to death. Lest you think this outfit is nothing to post about, scroll back up to that top picture.

Which one looks more like the guy you would rather work for?

After part 2

Upon reveal this one went over like a lead balloon. I think it will grow on them. The sweater was built for this guy.  Perhaps I was projecting here but seriously,  he can rock this top anywhere and be both comfortable and presentable. And finally this:

We all liked this one best. Nothing big time, he just looks better. Clothes aside, look at his face and realize this is a grown man who is allowing his juvenile brother-in-law to dress him up and do a photo shoot.  Who will second my nomination for best sport of the year?

Now above mentioned company are fantastic hosts, we keep going back, but best host of the year without question goes to Chris Cox and Company over at Easy and Elegant Life.

Mr. Cox with his new portrait.

We stopped by to deliver his portrait and as always he made us feel like royalty. His wife is hilarious, his kids entertained ours, and we even liked his dog. Really, he should give lessons… I guess kind of, he already does.

Extracurriculars, week in review

It’s not all study spots… but mostly it is.

There was this place too.

There was some politiligous (I coined the word. It will catch on, just wait) events as well.

Community and religious leaders symposium

There was as always plenty of commuting

Underneath Broad and Lehigh
Broad and Wyoming

Not everything is underground and urban, or even collegiate.

Best rugby ball ever created... good player too.
"With you, on the left"

And, I finally got kicked out of my first “Study Spot of the Day”.

I find these study spots by simply walking into buildings I haven’t been in before and finding a place to get comfortable. I figured that if I wasn’t supposed to be there someone would let me know. Finally, someone let me know.

Study spot of about 15 minutes before I got the boot.

Really? I say if they don’t want me in the stadium they should lock the door. “Closed practice?” I wonder if they could use another coach? I may be available next season.

Till then…

I'm hangin' out with these guys


Oh yeah… and a driving lesson

He's a better student than I am a teacher. neither of us know what we are doing.

The Walls Have Eyes, Gargoyles at Penn

For undergrads I’m sure the pressure is immense. Over their shoulders look parents, professors, peers… and gargoyles.


Over archways, on walls, all over. Stone faces keep an eye on everything.


I like them.






But I found a favorite. One I like more than the others. Hats off to the guy who carved this one.

If you can’t tell; my little stone friend is hugging a football. Agreed, little guy, agreed.