For the record, I bought a bike right after writing this. $100 at Target. $118, if you count the seat I got with it. (The default seat was rather painful.) Tried a number of the thrift stores, but none had adult-sized bikes.
[IMPORTANT: UPDATED ON FEB 7, 3rd PARAGRAPH] The powers that be (by which I mean my muses) decided it was time for a tune up to this site. Although I’ve updated the way the site looks–it now has a clothy look to it which makes it a bit more comfortable to read–that’s not where the… Read more Site Update: Presentation, Focus, Functionality, and RSS Feeds
Probably the biggest influence during my childhood years, at least insofar as an understanding of the astronomical universe was concerned, was an old encyclopedia my mom bought my sister and I. In it, there was a picture of the solar system. Being the science nut that I was, I delved into it like other kids… Read more Planet China, or When We Were Still the Center of the Universe
We sat at the ledge of the mountain, looking across the vast forest below, to the lake at the foot of the behemoth of earth and rock across from us. A biting, frigid wind blew at us from the valley, yet there we sat enjoying the song of a bird whose voice carried in the… Read more Up the Mountain
We walked into the care facility not really knowing what to expect. This was my first time here, and while Jack had previously visited (only once), he didn’t know whether Art would be able to see us. Jack’s wife, Jill, was also there, though she’d never before met Art and only once, accidentally, met me.
The day was cloudy, cold. Drizzling drops gathered on the leaves of trees, eventually making their way down to the forest floor. We walked in silence on the well-worn, muddy path on the mountainside, between trees and boulders, the only sounds being those of our steps and the river running along side us. The mountains… Read more Avalanche Lake
At the beginning of the year, I made a list of items I resolved to accomplish. (I called them resolutions, but frequent commenter Junior corrected me.) However, life’s been pushing in its own direction, and things from my past, which I cannot control, have come back to determine the path of my future. While I’m… Read more Walkabout
You may be wondering why I haven’t been writing all that much recently, at least not the deep, well thought out works of non-fiction literature you come here to enjoy. (At least, in my imagination you’re wondering why I haven’t been writing.) I feel I owe an explanation of that, and finally I feel like… Read more EVERYBODY PANIC! No, Wait, That’s Just Me
Look at the picture to the right. What does it look like to you? If you’re like I was just a few weeks ago, you’re probably thinking “It’s a mug that looks sort of like a flower pot with a handle.” But isn’t it funny how if you walked into someone’s house, asked for a… Read more Every Cup Has a Story: A Visit to Pottery Highway
One thing that amazes me about teachers is how much power they really have in shaping their students’ futures, and how sickeningly often they seem to blow it. Don’t get me wrong, I highly respect teachers, but I wish more of them would take courses on leadership, or at the very least people skills. Case… Read more Demon Demma’s School for How To Make Sure People Hate You