Today was one of those fun days where I come home exhausted but I had a blast. Occasionally I am hit with realizing almost everything I do is so cool. I started the day early, getting the kiln hot and helping kids cast. Joe got a new drone with a camera and he's been teaching kids how to use it. I got a photo of him with the kids getting a photo of me! At lunch I ran out and got chicken from McDonald's, Chick-fil-a, Culver's and KFC. During my 6th hour, we had kids taste and rate each for flavor, crispiness, tenderness, appearance and the "it" factor (which I have no idea what that means). The kids had a blast, Joe helped out, of course. It all started with one student offering to write up an article for the newspaper. I can't wait to read about the results. Balt and I finished our day with a nice long walk.
Today Joe was playing Prince in the photolab. We were both saddened by the news of his passing. Of course one my favorite Prince songs was Party Like It's1999. Joe told me he died of complications from the flu but I've read there are still an investigation pending. It seems like we've lost quite a few artists of significance this year, but I think it comes with age. Those idols we grew up listening to and watching are older and more vulnerable. I never got to see Prince live and certainly would have loved to. During the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl I saw that Prince's performance was one of the all time best. It rained while he performed and somehow made it all the better, especially while singing Purple Rain. While looking for videos and songs to post for this blog, I realized that Prince had made sure that all of his work was under his control-- not on Youtube, Pandora or Spotify! He was a savvy business man as well as amazing performer.