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March 10, 2016

As they say in Japan, 久ぶろ.

No excuses. This is just another of the many things that needed to get pushed aside to accommodate the lava flow of work that periodically pours down as the semester progresses. That includes friends and family, sadly. Have been in Chicago "on vacation" for two weeks now, but except for the initial days of recovery from a severe chest cold and utter exhaustion, I feel almost as busy as ever–with admittedly more pleasant tasks that are much more under my control.

So far, much of the usual get-togethers with great friends and, of course, my brother and blessedly little shoveling. In fact, yesterday was a beautiful spring day with a high of 74℉. Minor household repair and maintenance, same for medical and dental. Managed a fast blast to Indiana with Bill to see old friend John and his family, and yesterday was kart racing day. The remainder of the trip is pretty full, but I'm trying hard to carve out some reading time…I don't think I can manage any writing this time, sadly. Even the writing of post is time-constrained.

As much as I would like to, I don't think I can avoid a word about American politics. Sigh. My hopes at this point have been reduced to looking back on this election as an aberration, a blip on the scale of temporary mass insanity. The alternative is point where the country accelerated its decline to idiocracy to hyper speed levels. It's all "Trump" in the media, but he's merely the lancet that pierced the ugly boil we all knew was there, hid from view, and hoped would just go away. Now we are awash in the pus. I cry for my country.

Well. More positively, that retirement light at the end of the tunnel begins to grow a bit brighter, with all the excitement, fear, enthusiasm, and uncertainty one would expect. Looking forward to enjoying my last few years of teaching and looking forward to the life that lies beyond.

So, what do you think? Will Tim Cook announce my next MacBook later this month?

 

 

 

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Projects:

A Quick and Dirty Guide to the Japanese Meeting. Buy two!

Us and Them - Buy my book!

Two Teachers Talking - Podcast with Charles Wiz focusing on teaching English in Japan, and on education and learning in general.

Good morning, Москва. "The Japanese Meeting," and "Topics-Based English Classes in Japanese Universities." Two presentations at The University of Vladimir in Vladimir, Russia. September 2012.

Rita Men Podcast. An ongoing oral history of our days at St. Rita High School, 1967-1971. WAY more interesting than you think. Hope to have the first episodes up in September. (This one is dead in the water, I'm afraid.)

friends' sites (in no particular order):
Irv Pavlik
John Dean Blog

Hirose先輩 /Miura Dojo
David Stepanczuk
Davina Robinson
Kunio Kise
Natsuki Yamamoto
Greg Lowndes

if you were i (just some stuff I find interesting):
a&l daily
dilbert blog

the pour
japanese study
それから、もっと日本語
boing boing
joy of tech
geoffrey chaucer blog
worth1000
tour chicago

on my iPhone (music & words):

Bottle Rockets
Jackson Browne
Guy Clark
Marc CohnRy Cooder
Dengue Fever
Steve Earle
Zoe Keating
Junior Kimbraugh
Robert Earl Kean
Paco de Lucia
Michael McDermott
Low Millions
Muddy Waters
The National
Poco
Rita Men playlist
Leon Russell
Andrés Segovia
The Stax Story (thanks, bro!)
Joe Strummer/Mescaleros/Clash
Them Crooked Vultures
Neil Young
Townes Van Zandt
Wilco


This American Life Podcast
Japanese lessons (wishful thinking)
Lin's Bin WXRT Podcast
MacBreak Weekly Podcast
Mac Observer's Mac Geek Gab Podcast
NPR CarTalk Podcast
Spanish lessons
Slate Podcast
Quicksilver, Neal Stephenson

iTunes
Radio Paradise

books being read or I wished were:
Chronicles Vol. 1,
Bob Dylan
The Coast of Chicago,
Stuart Dybek
Brave New World,
Aldous Huxley
Quicksilver
, Neal Stephenson (yes, still...)
Mind Hacks, Stafford & Webb
Mexico, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides
The Book of Five Rings, Miyamoto Musashi
Working, Studs Terkel
Various Historical Chicago Photograph Collections

amazon.com

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better in theory

  • Ripping up a parking ticket*
  • Bjork*
  • Riding your bike to work*
  • One more
  • Topless beaches
  • Couscous
  • Forgiveness
  • Revenge. No, I take that back.
  • Martini bars
  • Blue Man Group
  • Quentin Tarantino
  • Crossover vehicles. Including the Cayenne. Please.
  • Low-fat
  • "Mission Accomplished"
  • Harleys
  • Audiobooks
  • Room service
  • Indoor pools
  • Showing him/her/them who's boss....OK, maybe not.
  • Pretty good for the price.

*Stolen from Esquire

 

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