15 May 2008

Posted just to have a link for a comment in Shark's blog

I just needed to be able to refer to this in a comment I'm leaving in The Zap! Pow! Zoom! Initiative.

The Far Side was created by Gary Larson, who also holds the copyright. This cartoon was posted not to curb the legal purchase of Far Side materials, but rather to utilize it as an example in an ongoing discussion about the nature and validity of comics as art. This cartoon will be removed upon request by Mr. Larson or his legal representatives.

12 May 2008

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might

OR Ecclesiastes 9: 10

Finished with finals, I find myself flat-furnished with a fullness of Free Time. Which begs the question: What to do?

I want to make sure that these summer months don't slip past me without a serious effort on my part to make the most of them. Last summer I did some good stuff--I spent Memorial Day weekend at the beach, ran a 10k, visited Utah twice, did some hiking, got heat exhaustion and had to have two bags of fluid pumped into me intravenously, read several books, and put on weight.

Here's what I've got so far for this summer:
  • Exercise regularly to finish recuperating my knee and lose the weight from last summer
  • Read several more books
  • Plant a garden (or at least plant the pots and boxes in my back yard)
  • Play the guitar every day
  • Blog weekly
  • Fine-tune the papers I wrote for my creative nonfiction writing class--have at least one ready to be submitted for publication by the end of the summer
  • Bike the many trails around here--including the length of the Mt. Vernon Trail
  • Get out of the metropolitan area and do some hiking
  • See at least two 80s musical legends in concert (here I come, Yaz and George Michael!)
  • Continue to hone my grilling skills; allow friends to enjoy the meaty fruits
  • Visit Polyface Farms in southern Virginia
  • Find the Darth Vader gargoyle on the National Cathedral
  • Learn to use my cool camera better

Those are a few ideas, anyway. I'm open to suggestions. Anyone? Anyone?