Armistead Maupin Preferred the Shelter of Fiction, But With That Attitude He’d Have Been Dead By Midnight If He Lived in Northern Minnesota

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  1. chlost says:

    Ah, spendy things….we never feel we truly deserve them. I firmly believe, and will take a vow at the altar (should one exist) of the Unitarian Church, that you do deserve this spendy thing. I have never heard of it, but it truly looks and sounds spectacular for our horrific winters.And of course, the use of the word “spendy” in an of itself identifies us as one of those folks who lives in a place where such a thing would be considered undeserved, i.e. Minnesota.

    Truly, Jocelyn, your cozy home with all of the warmth of your family sounds wonderful.

    But does the fact that your personal houseboy is making Turkish dinners as part of his class, does that mean that you do not have him there to make those wonderful dinners for you? That’s just not right!

  2. It’s chilly here tonight (for San Diego) and this post has both warmed my heart and heartily amused me.

  3. kmkat says:

    Had never heard of a buff. I don’t get out much. But the knit-thing matches your eyes! Perfect! Wear it in good health. And warmth.

    I have always maintained that a house is not a home without at least one animal, preferably a cat. I must now amend that to include a piano. Ours is still in the Minneapolis house, and I miss it.

  4. Meg says:

    Oh me-oh-my-o. Bitter are those winds that rush from Duluth across icy Great Lakes and whistle past my window in the land of Cleve. I have lusted after the Lululemon scuba hoodie myself, as I am, too, a yogini, though I have, sadly, lapsed these past months. You inspire. Perhaps the enticement of such a purchase shall be my inspiration for restarting. Hmmm. By the way, the piano player’s audience in your house is, quite simply, the bomb.

    • Jocelyn says:

      If you can’t rise to the yoga pressure, STILL get the Scuba Hoodie. I’ll never wear it post-yoga, most likely, but I’ll wear it every day, all the time, especially when they bury me in 50 years. Just get one. It’s the most happy-making thing.

  5. ds says:

    Hooray for lululemon, pianos, Muppet applause for boys who learn six songs in three days, husbands who cook, and girls who play soccer! Not to mention yoga, which warms my little heart, too. You shall have a cozy winter now.

  6. lime says:

    ah you have much to keep you warm. and this warms me as i rattle around a large empty house since everyone else has gone elsewhere this weekend and my plans fell apart. though i have been able to keep warm with my new kermit the frog duluth style hat, not sharing any of the gooey chocolate dessert i made for myself, and hugh jackman movies.

    there is only one thing i do not understand in this post….the concept of “mid-winter energy.” 😉

  7. Lil says:

    Huh. There’s a Lululemon store right close to where I work. I’ve never bought anything because damn! the prices!!!

    But if the hoodie has the Jocelyn seal of approval, I might take a deep breath and JUST DO IT.

  8. I’ve never heard of Lululemon, but I do envy the pianist at your house–cheered on by Muppets. Ah, Billy Joel. You bring back memories of my piano days, too. I had to play the love them from The Godfather for a recital back in my days of playing.
    Off to mourn the end of football season some more…

  9. logo says:

    headbands, and hoodies, and pianos, perfect.
    Not to mention some of my other favorite things; cooking men, cozy headbands, and beautiful unions.

    Yes, much is happy and good, even if ice-encrusted and blustery.

  10. Congratulations on the hoodie and even more on the piany, and thank you for the inspiration when next I am invited to a Pampered Chef party: “I’d love to, but I’m living in a box near Third and Main.” The last time my college called me up for money, I actually told them I’d died.

  11. Deborah says:

    Quite wonderful to catch up with all your recent doings in such a fashion, Jocelyn. (Although I was frustrated in my first five attempts to read this as IE seems to be practicing its own brand of censorship on blogs like yours, giving me only a quick glimpse of the page before going – and staying – completely blank. Thank goodness for the competition!)
    Your Girl reminds me of my own, who was a soccer nut from way back. Same fair-hair and lankiness of leg – actually reading about her often makes me quite nostalgic for those days, which flew by faster than everybody warned me, even. I want them back!! I want to redo some stuff!!
    And the piano business, of course, is very dear to my heart. Every house should have one, and every parent should get a medal for (sometimes) suffering through the endless repetitions that naturally accompany the acquisition of skill, although drums have to be the worst, imo. I am pleased to know that you play and laughed at mention of ‘The Entertainer’ which was, by far and away, the most popular non-classical piece of all my students, no matter what their age. ‘In The Mood’ also has universal appeal and while simple enough for a beginner to approach, becomes rhythmically complex when two hands come into play. A great brain workout, though – way better than wielding a toothbrush with the non-dominant hand.
    Lulu is terrific, I agree. I have a few pieces and would love more, but since they last so long I can’t justify new purchases just yet. The youngest used to work for them and describes their corporate culture as tilting markedly towards the cult-ish. Word has it that the alliteration of the name was deliberately chosen so as to make it unpronounceable to the Japanese, but for what reason I can’t imagine. Not a politically correct one, anyway.
    And finally, isn’t it wonderful that people not only read you but respond so warmly? What a treat that little ear warmer is, and you have added a new word to my vocabulary, or at least a new meaning to an old word. Now what you need is a muff. I found one in the closet the other day, lined with real fur! But somehow I don’t think you’d find it useful having your hands clasped in front of you, Buddha-like, while running. Especially if you slipped.

    I salute you, fellow winter-braver. While the So, of Fr. was a relatively balmy 0 (32) this morning, my home town is having to put up with -38 today, and soon so will I. We can commiserate together then.

    Oh, and Groom’s cooking classes? I want in.

  12. Jess says:

    Le sigh… It is pretty much spring all winter long here in crazy California and yet I am still cold ALL THE TIME. Do they make a Lululemon Snuggie?

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