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Archive for December 2011

On the Platform

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Today we did the London Foodie walk, ate some fantastic Chinese (bonus shot), learned about the history of London, and lastly reflected on this year with a beautiful service at St. Paul.  Happy New Years.

 

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December 31, 2011 at 1:47 pm

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In London

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We’re tired and we’re here.  Good first day flying about the town on buses.  Now if we can just sleep some tonight. 

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December 29, 2011 at 1:50 pm

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Flying First Class

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Just got my wife a first class ticket to London!  A bump and forgoing $200 in vouchers gets us a once in a lifetime experience.  The seats are valued at $4,000 each.  Wow!

They say half the adventure is getting there right?

Of course the irony is that we’ve been pre-jetlagging so we can sleep on our 7:30pm flight.  Now we’ll have to be awake for a 11pm flight to enjoy the benefits.  I’m willing to try!

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December 27, 2011 at 3:20 pm

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DPP Day 12: The Lettuce

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Our lettuce is one of my favorite things.  They are varied, robust, and survive the frost.  I love how bright green they are in the midst of a bleak winter lawn.

 

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December 18, 2011 at 2:47 pm

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DPP Day 11: One Cool Cat?

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December 17, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Posted in Politics, Travel

DPP Day 10: Coming Home

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It’s still Day 10 right?  Right?

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December 17, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Posted in Pictures, Travel

A Personal Connection

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One of my former students caught his first NFL touchdown pass over the weekend.

He’s mostly a special teams player, where the hardest hits are often delivered.  I recall him getting knocked out in a UNC game.

Lest you think that my discussion of the concussion crisis is simply me looking for an ax to grind with the general culture I do have some personal connections.

It’s pretty serious and pretty scary, especially as I look out at the two players in my course this semester and wonder how they will live at age 40 or 50.

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December 12, 2011 at 1:34 pm

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DPP Day 10: Purple

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December in Florida is still prime farmers market season.

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December 10, 2011 at 5:50 pm

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DPP Day 9: At the Airport

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December 10, 2011 at 5:48 pm

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DPP Day 8: Last Days of Class

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I’ve almost survived my first semester as a professor.  Whew.

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December 8, 2011 at 8:05 pm

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DPP Day 7: Advent

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I’m loving Advent this year.  Am longing for the redemption.

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December 8, 2011 at 7:47 pm

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DPP Day 6: Window Art

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I love these thick interior windows framed in heavy wood.

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December 8, 2011 at 7:44 pm

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DPP Day 4: Dancing at Church

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Hanging out before church is more fun with the kids around.

Here’s one of the youngest and the cutest.

I want her level of joy.

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December 8, 2011 at 7:43 pm

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DPP Day 4: Lost and Found and Lost and Found

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On Friday afternoon we drove into town to deposit Charity’s rental car.  Because she set her right hand glove on the back of the car we also deposited the glove en-route.  Hours later we circled back but couldn’t find it.

This left Charity in the sad state of attending the Messiah with only one of her favorite gloves.

Saturday I retraced the route one last time, spotted a black object off the side, whipped the car onto the grassy shoulder, and found it.   A triumphant return with the missing glove followed!

Only one problem.  When we went to find the left-hand glove it was gone.  Lost.

Really?  If this a ploy for a new pair of gloves just say so!

That left us searching again today for the (second) missing glove.  We drove back to campus and success.

I found it in the parking lot, a lone black speck in a sea of asphalt.

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December 4, 2011 at 2:15 pm

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DPP Day 3: A Man and His Dog

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Today I went up to watch the UNC game with Dad and MacDuff. Afterwards we wandered the yard for a while check out the changes. MacDuff is always the star of the show. I’m glad he’s there. He brings a lot of joy to them.

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December 3, 2011 at 10:41 pm

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