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Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava
Life in and around Northfield, Minnesota.
Updated: 21 min 7 sec ago
Today was just one of those days that went right. Perfect weather. Lots, but not too much, to do at work – including doing off a few to-dos that had been to for too long. A hard workout at noon. Some Carleton silliness: free root-beer floats at the library.
A task at the end of the day that turned out to be easier than I thought. Wonderful floral smells in the humid spring air. A great bike ride home, seeing a half-dozen friends and acquaintances and met a new fatbike. A gorgeous sunset. A pleasant few minutes with the girls when they got home, jazzed up, from tae kwon do. Now, a good new book to read and a delicious beer…
Genevieve made a whole bunch of birthday presents for me, and probably enjoyed watching me open them as much as she had enjoyed making them. What a kid. Though they were all good (and though getting a $5 bill from your daughter is a little weird…), the best one by far was a book of poems she’d written over the week before my birthday – one per day. Here are two. Amazing.
Tonight, the girls started a new session at tae kwon do by moving up to the advanced class. As green belts, they had been the most advanced students in their beginner class. Now they’re the beginnerest – and youngest and shortest – students in the advanced class.
Both girls were a little nervous about the class as we drove over, but both settled right in. The class was much more intense and athletic than the beginner class had been, so they were both pink-cheeked and sweaty by the halfway mark, when they guzzled half the water in their bottles. In short, they crushed it. I can’t wait to see how much progress they make this session!
This being Northfield, at least two of the kids in the class are children of faculty members with whom I’ve worked at Carleton, and one of those girls was Julia’s “big buddy” back when she was in second grade.
At dinner: "Models aren’t much use because the things that models wear look different on you."
No matter what John Oliver says, April Fools Day is great, especially in the Age of the Internet and especially, I think, in Northfield, which is full of people who enjoy staging pranks and who enjoy hearing about them. Here are a few of my favorite AF jokes from 2015. I’m not sure which I enjoyed more – appreciating their creativity or watching fools fall for them.
Wisconsin Citizens for the Renaming of Lake Michigan to Lake Wisconsin (especially good for fools)
USA Cycling to Organize National Gravel Series, Regular Gravel Racing and Bikes (also especially good for fools)