Monthly Archives: April 2007

The bike ride

The 50-mile bike ride is history, and it was a big success.  My wife finished at around 2:30 p.m., well ahead of the 4 p.m. cutoff time set by the ride organizers. Her sister drove down to be at the finish, and the two of us drove out to the park where the riders would […]

On the eve of the long bike ride

My wife has been training for a 50-mile bike ride for the last several months.  She’s always preferred biking to most other kinds of exercise, except yoga, and as she geared up for this ride she continually surprised me.  The six-miles rides that left her huffing, puffing, and exhausted are now short quick after-work pick-me-ups.  […]

The year winds down

As an academic, my year runs from late August to mid May.  We’re in the last full week of classes, and Monday will be our last day.  The students have been disconnected from serious academics since Spring Break.  But with just a few days left, semester projects are due in many classes, and an undercurrent […]

Hiring professors ain’t easy

I mentioned in an earlier post that I work at a university.  I am an assistant professor on tenure track.  That means I have a six-year window to meet the requirements the university sets, and then, theoretically, I am granted tenure. I am just wrapping up my second year on tenure track.  Tenure is essentially […]

What’s on my iPod

I got a new  Video iPod for my birthday last month, a joint gift from my wife and son.  I’m not enamored of the tiny screen, and have loaded only one video into it.  But I’m working hard to get all my albums copied over. Actually, that’s not 100% true.  The beauty of the iPod […]


Don’t get me wrong. I actually love golf. But sometimes I hate it. I’ve had a handicap as low as 12, and now it’s back up to about 17. And based on my play yesterday, it’ll go higher before it goes lower. I played in a threesome with two guys I’ve played with before. One […]

Alternatives to Microsoft

I’ve been a Mac user for 20 years. It was the first personal computer I bought, and I stuck with it, even when it looked like Apple wouldn’t be able to stick around itself. I’ve also been a Microsoft user for that long. But that relationship hasn’t been as gratifying as the one with the […]

Idiot freeway drivers

I drive on a busy Interstate freeway most days of the week, for a stretch of about 20 miles.  Traffic in my part of the country moves fast.  I  often set my cruise control at 80, and still have to make way for faster traffic passing on my left.  I figure that as long as […]

Please, no copycats

I was debating whether to write about the Virginia Tech massacre.  There’s really not much to say about it that hasn’t already been said, and said better, by others.  But there is one aspect to the shootings that does worry me–the possibility of copycat incidents. What happened at Virginia Tech was so horrific, even potentially […]

Jogging layoff

I’m constantly fighting a battle with my midsection, and for almost 30 years I’ve jogged two or three times a week to try to slim down. My runs aren’t long, between two and three miles along streets in my suburban subdivision. They are long enough, however, for me to feel exhilarated when they’re over. I’ll […]