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Summer ’08

Posted by on August 10, 2008

I really shouldn’t be writing this right now. I should be a responsible adult and get off the computer and go to bed. Instead, I am going to try to be a more responsible writer by posting for the first time in a couple of days. By golly, I hope you appreciate the commitment I am demonstrating.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, summer isn’t over yet. According to my school calendar, it technically ended last Tuesday, and it for real ends tomorrow. Even though I have been working in my classroom for weeks now, teachers officially reported back to work last Tuesday, and the students report tomorrow morning. After hours upon hours (I was in my classroom until 1:30 Saturday morning), I am ready. Well, as ready as I am going to get.

As I reflect back on the summer of ’08, several things stand out. I am not sure if they are worthy of sharing, but they are all I have. If you get bored, go check out Los, Heather, or David. They are sure to entertain.  So, as the Summer of ’08 goes out with a whimper, I realize that this has been the following:

The Summer of Ninja Warrior Miranda and I got hooked on this show after we ate at Texas Roadhouse Grill one night. They were playing the show on the TV behind the bar, and I finally had to look to see what was making the masses around the bar groan and cheer in unison. I caught my first glimpses of this Japanese show featuring 100 participants and a grueling four level obstacle course. We are now hooked, and the show takes up a large portion of the memory on my Tivo.

The Summer of Dresden Files I watched this show when it was on SciFi, but only this summer did I get hooked on the novels upon which the show is based. I didn’t have a lot of time for leisure reading, but what time I had was spent reading the first nine novels that Jim Butcher has knocked out for this series. The series features a mystery solving detective / wizard, and I find Butcher’s treatment of the supernatural interesting. What I have found of particular interest is his treatment of the Christian faith. Christianity and the traditional view of spiritual warfare are not to be found within these pages, but Butcher seems to possess a grudging respect for the faith. When I find time, I hope to email him to learn more about his own worldview. I’ll let you know if he answers.

The Summer of Twitter Okay, I am hooked. is a site that offers 140 character status updates, nothing more and nothing less. There are several intriguing features of the site. One is that you can tie it to your Facebook account and update that status when you update your Twitter status. Another is the ability to update your status using text messaging as well as receive updates on selected friends by text as well. I love me some Twitter!

The Summer of Service For the first time in a while, I am teaching in church again on a consistent basis. I have done the occasional preaching thing and the occasional fill-in teaching gig, but this is the first time I have taught on a consistent basis. I have enjoyed it, and I am excited about the series that I will be starting next month. Plus, Miranda and I will be hosting a small group in our home. Good stuff, good stuff.

What about you? What have you enjoyed this summer? 

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