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Sunday, November 22, 2009
Dia de los Muertos & Cheekwood, Fall 2009
Dia de los Muertos is the Latin American tradition celebrating the Catholic holiday of All Saints Day. Emily's Spanish class entered the contest at the region-wide tapete contest. Tapete (pronounced "tap-et-ay") is a traditional Mexican chalk art expressing a variety of traditional "Day of the Dead" themes. Since the Day of the Dead is not traditionally a sad or scary day, the scenes are usually very festive and bright. Emily drew the image for her team and they put it on pavement and ... WON! Great job Emily!
The celebration was held at the very beautiful Cheekwood botanical gardens and, after Emily's competition, we got to traipse around the property. The beautiful garden and grounds were also decorated with a large variety of scarecrows put out by all of the area schools and several civic groups as well.
I'm a full time dad to one son and three daughters. They are the lights of my life. They live with me half of the time and their mom half of the time after we split up in 2005. I met Rachel in late 2006 and we fell in love and married in August of 2008. Rachel and her three daughters have added a new dimension of fun and activity to our home.
I'm a well-known expert in my field with a lot of books & articles in print and a couple monthly columns in IT magazines. I have very ecclectic tastes in music, art, food, and entertainment. My moods range from intellectual & introspective to goofy & silly.