November 28th, 2017


November 28--Avenue Maria

I've mentioned before that I don't watch tv, but every once in a while a series will draw me in. This time it is a series on Amazon video called The Man in the High Castle. I am halfway through season two, and stayed up an hour late last night to watch one more episode. The premise of the series is that the US lost World War II and east of the Rockies is controlled by Nazi Germany, and west of the Rockies is controlled by Japan.

Anyway, I went to bed late and woke up early at 5:15 so I could get into the office and get a jump on the things I needed to do before my lecture. I got to the office at 6:15 and had blissful peace for close to an hour and a half. I wrote some student award bios and got my lecture ready.

Someone else was lecturing for the first hour, and went 20 minutes over. Normally it would be a problem, but my lecture was pretty short, and we got done on time. My students gave me a round of applause at the end of the lecture, to acknowledge that we were done for the semester. From here on out it is studying, tutoring and tests.

I came home and took a nap, and felt like I was caught up again.


This is an old orchid that my brother-in-law brought for me on Thanksgiving. The original bulbs came from my grandfather's garden years ago. Paul took them home and they have been growing on his patio ever since. I was surprised and touched that he brought these to me. I hope I don't kill them.


My new camera arrived late this afternoon, and I spent the evening reading the manual (150+ pages) and figuring out the basics. One of the coolest things about it is that it has a built in level. I have a tendency to tilt the camera a few degrees to the left, and this will let me know when I am doing that. The other cool thing is that I can control it wirelessly with a phone app. Hopefully some time this week I can get some time to go out and play around with it a bit. Winter break starts in 15 days, so I will have plenty of time to figure it out then.
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