Monday, June 26, 2006

Up, Up and Away



The painting of the stairs is now completed. Thanks to John Delaney for a great job on this. I started the project myself, but I realized with all the evaluation work I had this summer, it was going to be an uphill battle to finish this in a timely way. So, I figured that it's better to get someone else to do it (who knows what they're doing) rather than my plugging away bit by bit for the rest of the summer.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

And on it goes...




Well I took a ride on a very beautiful day in the Ypsi-Ann Arbor area. Today's ride was about 44 miles at 15.8 mph. My cycle's computer was acting up and was not registering at times due to a misalingment problem. So it was registering 0 mph at times as I was peddling away, so I believe I had a higher average (yeah, that's what they all say-ed).

I brought the camera to take some shots, but forgot to charge the batteries, so I only got in five shots before it went dead. So techno-wise today was underwhelming for me, but cycling-wise it was great.

Friday, June 23, 2006

MS 150 Bike Tour


Once Again, I'll be riding the MS 150 bike tour to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis research and services. Every year is fun. You can click the link if you'd like to donate to the cause. Last year was a good biking year for me. I was in probably the best shape I had been in for a while. I had a great 17 mph average for the 150 miles, by far my best. Jerry and Dennis and I made the trek, and here we are at the finish.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

End of Summer I but beginning of Summer

My last class for the first summer term finished tonight. I still have grading left to do, but that won't be long. Wednesdays and Mondays get a lot freer now (in the evening anyhoo). Now I'll have more time to concentrate on getting some research done this summer. I am still teaching the Ph.D. students for the rest of the summer, but I have no more lectures to prepare, since they now have to present. It's nice to end a summer teaching the day summer begins.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Cycology Today



With only only 4 weeks to go until the MS 150, I needed to put some miles on. Today was about 38 miles, from Ypsilanti through Ann Arbor to Dexter, along the Huron River. It is a nice journey, except for the stretch on Fuller Drive (lots of fast moving traffic near the university). The weather was overcast, and I made the trip before the thunderstorms broke out. But it was windy as hell on the way back. I cramped up at around 30 miles. That better not happen on the MS ride. I'll put a link up to my pledge webpage soon, in case folks want to make a pledge.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

I guess we'll see if these things add up

You Are a Dreaming Soul

Your vivid emotions and imagination takes you away from this world
So much so that you tend to live in your head most of the time
You have great dreams and ambitions that could be the envy of all...
But for you, following through with your dreams is a bit difficult

You are charming, endearing, and people tend to love you.
Forgiving and tolerant, you see the world through rose colored glasses.
Underneath it all, you have a ton of passion that you hide from others.
Always hopeful, you tend to expect positive outcomes in your life.

Souls you are most compatible with: Newborn Soul, Prophet Soul, and Traveler Soul

Is This Really Me?

Your Birthdate: February 14

You work well with others. That is, you're good at getting them to do work for you.
It's true that you get by on your charm. But so what? You make people happy!
You're dynamic, clever, and funny. And people like to have you around.
But you're so restless, they better not expect you to stay around for long.

Your strength: Your superstar charisma

Your weakness: Commitment means nothing to you

Your power color: Fuchsia

Your power symbol: Diamond

Your power month: May

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Another Saturday at Bombadill's-Hey, Barry, Get a Life


Well, at least we have good music on Saturdays. Tonight one of Bombadill's regulars, Eric, is at the helm. The baristas, Emily and Lizzie, are making sarcastic comments about my photography, but at least there is no extra charge for that.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Don Conoscenti with John Finan at Bombadill's



Nice music tonight.

Saturday Night at Bombadill's


The music is about to start for the evening, but I'll be working on a testing report. Oh well, it's a good atmosphere to do work and have fun during the breaks. Tonight the music is from Don Conoscenti. I hope to take some pictures and add them. In this picture, Peter, Bombadill's owner and great Ypsilanti advocate, is preparing food for the folks in attendance.