Our friend Karen Renzaglia (here with Kate) hosted around a hundred people for an equinox / combined birthday party (mine's Monday). She had a jazz band and tons of food. We had a blast. Kate played freeze tag with the kids (she's one of the blurs above); and people took turns heaving oak pallets into the huge fire (including some guest from Colombia who had a fine time). During some crazy daring with a couple of youngsters I ate a cicada shell (yuk). And we resurrected one of my favorite jokes, the interrupting cow knock-knock, perhaps the best kid joke in history.