This sportscaster made 41 Seinfeld references within his sportscast.
This sportscaster made 41 Seinfeld references within his sportscast.
I am enjoying giving my oldest son, who is a Freshman in college, unsolicited help with his Comp 1 assignments.
Although, I’m not sure why he asks his mother to help when I am blogging my butt off everyday. Heck, I could teach that dang class.
Anyways, I found his second assignment interesting.
Construct an essay that explores a defining experience in your education.
By the end of the essay, try to realte your experiences to a larger topic that applies to many people or by trying to tell the lesson you learned in this experience and how it affacted the rest of your education.
I believe pretty much anyone can write. Most can even write well if they write what they know. My interest in this assignment is that they are teaching students to do the easy writing – that is simply describing an experience. And in addition, connect that experience to a broad worldview. So that now makes it a little more difficult to chose an experience. The student must select a topic with some thought. Then they must think to extract a life lesson from it and make it a teaching moment to the reader.
Now that’s writing. It’s the layering of a vivid story with a thought provoking take away. It’s two stories in one.
Oh yeah, he asked his Mother for help because she has been his teacher for 13 years.
Burning Man is an event held in the Northern Nevada desert. It is touted as an art event where attendees decide it’s real meaning and why they are there. And to end the week long drunken orgy, if that’s what you decide it is, they burn a wooden man in effigy. I could go on about the, pagan, humanistic, hedonistic, self-invloved, loving, individualistic festival, but let’s just not go there and enjoy a very cool drone video of the week-long event by day…
Two boys, one a freshman in high school and the other a 7th grader started their Cross Country seasons today. Early this morning (yes, I had to get up way early on a Saturday) I went one direction with the youngest, my wife drove off in the other with our high schooler.
It was an exciting time. Texting, stop-watch timing, screaming, running from one point on the course to the other, we cheered our boys on from different points in the county.
My wife tells me she had a blast. Excited for the opportunity for her boys. Watching our high schooler was like riding a roller coaster. She was entertained and thrilled by the level of competition and race drama. She left amazed at the performance of her son. She says to him, “Wow! That was really fun to watch! I am so proud that you did your best!”
Me? I made it. Dripping in sweat, nerves shattered, heart pounding, shoes covered in burnt, brown Kansas prairie grass. I made it. Glad it’s over. I internalized all the things we may have done differently, thinking about how to improve next time. I could have encouraged him more to run in the off season. Should I lean on him a little more next time? What should we do in the off season? He started a little too slow. Maybe that’s a good thing. He didn’t kick much at the end. Is that bad? I Pace with my head down, then up and finally finding my wispy thin progeny in the blanket of multi colored short shorts and tank tops. “Hey buddy! That was really fun to watch! I am so proud that you did your best!”
I’m glad the other three had a fun time today.
I could almost cry.
Today I closed the deal on my first two pre-war, skip-toothed bikes.
Here they are all tucked in for the night in their new home… My garage.
These are the same two honeys I mentioned here. I answered their call.
The blue one happens to be a Hiawatha, the same brand as that original bike that broke my heart and went to be with another.
Now the fun begins. Restoration.
After a very long Craigslist dry spell, the cool pre-war bicycles are coming out again. Since my initial heartbreak I’ve been discouragingly patient. Or put another way, pouty.
So tonight I found these babies.
Not a bad pre-war Elgin. So, so.
Here is a real beauty. A pre-war Hiawatha. WITH HORN TANK! Very rare.
Neither have chain guards but not a deal breaker. I need to take a little trip tomorrow but I hope to finally have scored.
I’ve always wanted to join a book club. By book club I mean joining a group of like minded people and reading the same book. Then once a week or so getting together to discuss it. It actually sounds fun to me. I would love to share my insights and enjoy hearing other’s take on the same material. It’s similar to those Monday morning conversations you have with co-workers after a good movie comes out. Like that ever happens anymore. Only with books, there can be more to talk about, the conversations may be a little more intelligent or at least you may feel a little more intelligent when discussing a book instead of some brain-dead reality show. The problem with a book club, I don’t want to risk joining with strangers I don’t relate to or just don’t like. The other big problem is the risk of reading a book I either have no interest in or is just plain lame.
So here is my challenge. Below is a list of several Top 100 books lists. Check them out, pick out a few titles that look interesting, Wikipedia them to get a feel for the book then let’s meet to see if we can agree on a book.
Purpose: To develop as people. To become better time managers. To encourage one another. To become better artists. To overcome our fears. To have fun.
1. Let’s select a non fiction classic.
2. Let’s keep it modern – 20th century-ish. No Shakespeare, Homer, Machiavelli. Turns out there are lots of good books with broad appeal out there.
3. Let’s agree on the chapter time frames. Let’s be generous. No, 4 chapters by tomorrow stuff. Let’s keep it fun and low stress. We are all busy. It’s about time management. The challenge is to continually attempt to do more with less.
3. No pressure. If you keep up, great. If you fall behind, no big deal, similar to our blogging guidelines.
4. No audio books, Cliff Notes or online summaries. Sad to even write this.
A few Top 100 book lists to browse:
So let’s do it, Basically Chelsie, Blendra, Why So Cerre-ous, Elefant Poop.
The prolific author Louis L’Amour claimed to have read 25 books in one year just waiting on people. Meaning, he would keep a book with him at all times and read at the Dr.’s office, bus stop, etc. We can do this.
Sure, the biggest challenge will be agreeing on a book. I can go with whatever. If it’s a classic, chances are it will hold my attention and the accountability will keep me reading.
Do you have a good book list? Do you have a book suggestion? Do you have a rule to add or change? Don’t want to do it? Add it in the comments.
Tomorrow, we can explain this to a certain member of the group that either won’t read this or understand it.
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