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Every 65 Minutes: To Jacob, with Love

Almost exactly three years ago, I arrived home at my parent’s house to see three scruffy looking men approaching our garage. My first thought was, “Oh great… who have we adopted this time?” The men were riding bicycles and it was clear that they’d been on the road for quite some time. Within a few minutes, however, I’d revised my opinion about this latest crop of house guests. They were activists and they were riding their bikes across the country doing amazing things: helping veterans, playing music, sharing their experiences and educating people about the real Afghanistan, the real situation in Iraq. And they were doing it with such grace and such humor and such wisdom that I was instantly enamored of them. All three of them. (I wrote several blog posts about them, but I was three years younger and three years stupider at the time so if you read them, forgive me: Three Male Houseguests, The Hillbilly Serenade, and My Deepest Date to Date). When they learned of my blog and the “manthropological” …

My Deepest Date to Date

What can I say?  My first triple date with the men of A Ride to the End went so well that I decided to accompany them to a Quaker meetinghouse in Delaware County to see what it is that they actually do when they’re not busy serenading their hosts’ daughters.  (Apparently they actually asked my parents what sort of music I like in preparation for Thursday afternoon’s lunch date!  Is that smooth or what?) Admittedly, I wasn’t in the best mood when we all piled into my mom’s Volkswagen last night.  Between the Wedding Date’s busy schedule, dinner with Date #6 on Thursday night and Date #7’s rather ardent campaign to reclaim the lion’s share of my affections, I’ve spent the past week practically glued to my cell phone. (A word of advice to all would-be serial daters out there: don’t.  At least not unless you’re independently wealthy and can afford to devote ALL of your time to your “anthropological” endeavors.) I’m also choreographing a 30-student tap production number for this year’s competition season, for …