In the comments of the prior post, Lance writes, “it appears our host is taking a post semester siesta.”
Ah, sweet innocence. Just kidding. Actually, in addition to a couple of long days of work on course development, I’ve been doing a lot of physical labor. There’s a lot of work to be done in my yard, due to some areas that had to be dug up last year, and I have some fences to repair thanks to a big wind we had in April. And I’ve spent the last two weekends out at my friend’s weekend trailer helping him rebuild his deck. Next weekend we’ll finish putting on the new roof, and that job will be done.
Today I hope to get new dirt down in my front yard (torn up when they replaced my main sewer line last year) and get that re-seeded. And as soon as I can find someone to give me a hand for a day, I’m going to dig a lot of post holes so I can start replacing all of them along my fence line. Whoever put this fence up didn’t use any concrete to set the posts (I lie, they used a couple of handfuls at the very bottom of the holes, that’s all), and they put the posts up in the middle of each fence section, instead of at the joints. In one area they used 2x4s for the posts. Nearly everything is rotted out, which is why I keep having fence sections blown down in big winds.
Then I have to fix the broken rafter I recently discovered in my tool shed, and then get to work on this season’s repairing and painting of our house’s exterior, which requires patching a lot of cracked fish scales and replacement of several sections of lap siding.
I’m not complaining, mind you. I like doing that kind of work. Unlike teaching, there’s a much more evident sense of accomplishment, and I love the feeling of looking at a completed job and knowing I did it myself. Self-sufficiency may be the road to poverty, but there’s consumption pleasure in being able to do tasks like this. Plus it’s physically tiring so I sleep better than I do during the school year, when I’m just mentally tired and have a tendency to insomnia.
And so I really haven’t been paying much attention to the news lately, and have almost no idea what’s going on in the world right now, so I haven’t had much to say. I do know it’s Indy 500 month and the first weekend of qualifying is coming up.
I also heard about the accusation that Mitt Romney held down a fellow student and cut off his long hair while in high school. That’s quite the asshole behavior, but I wouldn’t make much of something he did nearly half a century ago (knowing how adolescents are), except that he can’t seem to bring himself to sincerely apologize, and in the first response I heard him make to it he was audibly chuckling. My two oldest have been bullied some in school, and every year we hear about kids killing themselves because of bullying. Chuckling about it is inexcusable.