Well, the coffee was good (it's Lighthouse, a local micro-roaster). Otis's chocolate custard was good (although I would have foregone the Snickers topping). But my vanilla custard was meh at best and weird at worst; I only ate a few bites, the part that had chocolate syrup on it (which was for the better, anyway). And worst of all, the wireless internet wasn't working, and whatever the staff did after we told them didn't help.
So, even though I took a picture there, no snaps of Peaks until they straighten up and fly right!
The Post I Had Actually Planned to Write
Spring break, as in something is breaking off or breaking away and something else is gushing in to fill the crack.
This epigram was appended, apropos of nothing in particular, to an email I received from a colleague a few days ago. Well, spring has started, at least officially; the equinox was Friday. And the break is also here, I guess, since I went into campus today and finished off all my grading of papers and posting of grades for winter quarter. So now I'm just waiting for the gushing in to begin.
It's past time to wash up and start fresh. The change to daylight time and the lengthening of the daytime light have removed most excuses for winter indolence; if the weather would just cooperate a little bit more, we might even have some actual incentives to activity. And Urd knows I could stand to move around a lot more than I have been lately. I don't know if there will be a B2K this season, but I plan on making a regular bike commute, at least, although I hope to do more than that.
I also need to get in gear metaphorically as well as literally. I've got notes and outlines and lists and all sorts of stuff laying about wanting attention; maybe my new schedule (and a new attitude) will let me make a little more consistent progress on those fronts. Dammit, you'd think they were nasty chores instead of things devoutly to be wished, so little have I had to do with them lately.
The biggest gusher I am hoping for involves my professional stuff rather than the personal. I wonder if, in the next five days, I can completely revise my English 101 syllabus to counter the lack of relevancy I have begun to sense ever since seeing this little video last week:
I know my stock in trade comprises critical thinking and effective communication, and I maintain my faith in the value of those qualities, but somehow I can't help but think that the packages that I currently use to contain these commodities seem at best quaint and at worst immaterial to my students' lives. And part of me wonders if that isn't in fact the case.
Well, there's no time like the present, and no better week than Spring Break, for new beginnings. As I say to my students, let's have at it.