Category Archives: personal

Everything in its proper place

This past weekend I picked up a CD/DVD rack from Best Buy. Mind you, I haven’t exactly been buying that many CDs or DVDs (or even video games) lately, but I have bought so many books that I needed to repurpose one of my DVD towers for books. I put the storage rack together over the weekend, and it was a huge hassle because the directions weren’t all that clear; I had to put several of the supports on three different times before I got…

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Perception

Two of Dad’s loves were architecture and cars. One of the ways he put himself through college was to buy old cars that were being sold for a pittance, then fix them up and sell them for a big profit. You don’t want to know how many times I had to hear his speech about how the car companies are evil for making their cars impossible to fix on your own. (It’s not that I don’t agree with him, but after hearing the same speech…

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Cold Feet

I joke, here and with my students and elsewhere, that I’m not the kind of person who gets invited to parties. Some days it’s a joke, and some days it hurts. Tonight is one of those nights when it hurts, and hurts bad. I actually got invited to a party tonight. Without going into too many details, it would have been a good place to meet some new friends who shared a common interest. Unfortunately, my efforts to find someone to go with were met…

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What’s that ball of fire in the sky?

My first "summer" course ended this past Thursday, and after grading a bunch of portfolios I got to go right back to teaching the exact same course again a second time. I love teaching dearly, but I signed up for these classes back before Dad died, and I’m beginning to worry that I need a break soon to help me recharge and take care of a number of things I’ve been neglecting these past few months. I only have a dozen students in this class,…

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