Joel Riggs teaches Aikido, plays piano, enjoys California, and reads voraciously.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Why you want a French housemate...

Apparently, it is sometimes difficult for native French speakers to distinguish in English between the past participle and the present participle. Such an incorrect usage can be very entertaining! For example, when we posted an ad two years ago on Craigslist for a housemate, a woman named Nathalie answered: "Hi, I am from Paris and I am interesting in the bedroom..."

She got the room!

Saturday, February 16, 2008


Suddenly I am fascinated with all things Legos. And the fact that there are many people making apparently a very good living off of Lego art (see, and education via Lego projects re physics (see

My Grandparents, Married a Long Time!

My cousin Joanna wrote me a story about my grandparents I had never heard before:

My favorite Myrtle-ism was when Frellsen said "We buy Fords. We always buy Fords." After a significant pause Myrtle replied to us who were listening, "We're in several deep, deep ruts."