ISBN 978-0345404473



above: Steve’s 11th birthday in 1969 (with me as 2-year-old); below: Steve’s 50th birthday w/me and Lucy on Thursday


Today’s blog will be a shout-out and General Appreciation thread for my brother Steve, who turned 50 over the weekend and decided to spend it with us here in Venice. I should mention that Steve not only told me to start blogging in the year 2000, but he maintains this site despite having an 18-hour-day job as one of the code geniuses at über-hip dot-com Digg.

I’ll also mention that he got me those water-pressure rockets for my ninth birthday – the kind you fill with water from the hose, pump it until it hurts, then shoot it into the air. We had all three rockets, and they lasted about twenty minutes until all three landed in the rain gutter on the very top of our neighbor’s house. But it was a kick-ass twenty minutes.


And finally, I’ll mention that Steve is one of Lucy’s favorite people in the world, and every time he visits (or even told that he might visit), she glows with excitement. Yesterday, I walked into her room, and what were they doing? Yep, typing the ISBN number of her books into Google and seeing the book appear on the screen. That’s the thing about Steve – we always accused him of having a gruff demeanor and a well-curated pessimism, but as long as I’ve been alive, he’s always known just what a kid wants.

0 thoughts on “ISBN 978-0345404473

  1. Killian

    LOVE the pics and the story!!! Shout-outs to aunts and uncles everywhere who bring fabulous dimensions to a little tyke’s world.

  2. craighill

    love the appollo 11 cake. in case you forgot….
    Apollo 11
    The First Men on the Moon
    © John Crandall
    Nov 14, 2006
    Neil Armstrong and “Buzz” Aldrin were the first humans to walk on the surface of the Moon.
    On a Wednesday at 9:32 A.M. on the 16th of July, 1969, the Apollo 11 spacecraft achieved liftoff from Launch Pad A of Complex 39 of the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral in Florida. This was to be a historic journey for Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, and command module pilot Michael Collins. Their Saturn V booster rocket carried them successfully into orbit around the Earth in eleven minutes. After one and one half orbits of the earth they fired their Saturn thrusters and began their journey to the moon. They arrived there on July 20th, 1969 after four days. By 1:47 P.M. the lunar lander, named Eagle, separated from the command module to fulfill its mission by descending to and landing on the surface of the moon.
    Almost three hours later at 4:18 P.M. they touched down gently on the surface of the moon, and broadcast the famous words “The Eagle has Landed.” After hours of preparation added to many more hours of careful planning back on Earth, at 10:56 P.M. (all times are EDT which was used for mission time) Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the lunar surface. He said, “That’s one small step for man, and one giant leap for mankind.” Then Aldrin joined him on the Moon, and they put up an American Flag, unveiled a plaque signed by themselves, and then President Richard Nixon. Then by radio they had a conversation with Nixon which seems a little stiff compared to their usual witticisms, but no doubt like every other aspect of the mission this had been carefully planned and rehearsed.

  3. Annie

    Happy Happy Birthday, Steve! Thank you for all you’ve done to make this blog possible. I love this pic with you and Lucy.
    Ian, can I just say, that 1969 image is one of the most surreal shots of you I have ever seen. There is madness in your eyes.

  4. Ian

    CM – that is my mom’s special recipe for Fake Cheesecake that is mostly graham crackers, heavy cream and old instant Jell-o pudding from the early ’70s.

  5. Neva

    Happy (belated) birthday Steve!
    The water rockets you mention were a big deal at our house about that time – the NC versions were called “Wet Willies” and my brother had one shoot into his eye while he was trying to fill it up and cause a hyphema (big deal – bleeding into the eye that you have to remain perfectly still for for 48 hours to prevent blindness). He’s fine now.
    The ultimate “that thing will put your eye out” moment!


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