Sunday, January 25, 2009


To make a little extra money I've been doing some substitute teaching. On Friday I substituted for eighth grade English. The students were in the middle of a careers unit. For the last week they had been taking interest and aptitude tests designed to help them figure out what they want to be when they grow up. On the day I was there the assignment was for them to begin work on a reflective essay that would discuss a career they are interested in and how an experience from their life has made them think that this would be a good career for them to pursue. One student wanted to be a veterinarian because of all the pets she'd had. Another wanted to be a chef because his father was a chef and he enjoyed helping in the kitchen. But my favorite was this boy who wanted to be a highway patrolmen because he was "good at high speed chases and arresting people."

Obviously, he has had a much more interesting life than I had had when I was in the eighth grade.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

How High's The Water, Mama?

All I wanted to do was hibernate this week. It got down to below negative thirty (that's sans wind chill) one night. Ridiculous. It was so cold that if I managed to avoid shivering constantly I thought I was having an incredibly productive day.  Fortunately, it's warmed up a bit (sixteen at the moment) and I feel like should accomplish a little bit more in the next week.

Sunday, January 11, 2009


So, I'm back from California and points West. Which means getting back to work. And it's a new year, which means I have all sorts of goals (0r resolutions). Finish this Turkmenistan book by March. Keep in better touch with all my friends. Exercise regularly. Watch less TV. Eat better. Visit the dentist more regularly. Get good at finger picking a guitar. Finally buy a copy of the White Album, while at the same time going through the six hundred or so CDs I have and doing a little thinning (I have this idea of getting it down to my fifty favorite albums). I'd also like to clean up my bookshelf (to my fifty favorite books)...

And there are some others.

My goal for the blog is to be a little more consistent. Since I started doing this it's been a little random. Nothing really connects one post to the next. I'm going to try and have comics that are more related to each other in the future (starting now).

Though I might be as successful at that as I am at getting rid of those CDs (I know I never listen to that Senor Coconut album)(but it's so wonderfully strange)(how can I get rid of it?)(but really I never listen to it).