January 28th, 2009

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tweets for the day

(Posted here for reference. At twitter, I'm "yeff")

  • 06:54 awake, dressed for gym, gym bag and backpack ready, bathroom visited, lunches made, breakfasts made. 54 minutes. #
  • 06:55 the whole time with The DiVinyls' "I Touch Myself" running through my head. Why, brain, why? #
  • 09:57 @jay_lake re: mason jar. Ah yes, much like "the salsa incident" from my college days. I have pictures of it, it looks like I was bludgeoned. #
  • 09:58 @kevinkenan I find if I can survive the first five days of "hungry all the time", things settle down... #
  • 10:01 @petersagal Perhaps "A Visit to Blagoje-Land" is a subject for the next WWTDM? #
  • 10:01 work phone meeting. no spiders. (see @jay_lake for reference) #
  • 10:12 @markteppo *Ten*?!?! Wow, you plan big, don't you! Good job! #
  • 11:02 off to have lunch with mom (and help her move stuff around the garage) #
  • 13:11 working on breaking down a new application I've inherited. #
  • 15:14 @jay_lake I wish I could go to the coffee house. Say hi to the bears! #
  • 16:58 @jeremiahTolbert Hmmm...perhaps this is a new side occupation? #
  • 16:59 quick stop at home to change and refuel before heading out to climbing club #
  • 21:24 after climbing, my hands are dried chunks of raw meat #
  • 21:25 @ldragoon mmm ... synthesized string instruments (cue Homer drooling sound) #
  • 21:25 some email, then revising a story #
  • 21:53 2500 calories and still hungry. Note to self: muffin *and* cookie? Not good choices. #
  • 22:43 rooibos tea, made without a tea bag or tea baller, looks like ant tea. #
  • 00:16 done for the night. revision going very slow, mainly due to getting distracted. #
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demimoore gijane

[sacramento] Loretto is closing?!?!

I was surprised to open my paper today and find that Loretto High School is closing.

For those who don't live in my city, Loretto is a private Catholic college prep girls' school. It's always had a good reputation for academics and sports and for strong moral instruction, so much that many people I know who aren't religious send their daughters there.

Enrollment dropped from 559 three years ago to 389 this year. Wow. I wonder if the other religious college prep schools in the area (all girls' St Francis, all boys Jesuit, coed Christian Brothers) have suffered similar enrollment declines or if this is, for some reason, peculiar to Loretto. Even with the down economy, I would have thought private religious college prep schools would have kept up enrollment because there's such an interest in them.

Even though I'm not much on religious schools for my kids, I'm still bummed. I'm a fan of an all-girls school, so much I considered sending my daughters there. Perhaps Loretto can come back in another form in a few years. I'll also be interested to see what happens to the property. I've thought that the Sacramento area could use a non-denominational, academic private school similar to the one I went to in San Antonio (Keystone HS). Maybe this is the opportunity for someone to rent/acquire the property and open one.
bruce willis

the state of the corporeal state (or, the fitness report)

Pecs still sore and stiff from weightlifting on Monday (first time in 2 months).

3 mile run today went well, but the attempt to increase stride length and do some intervals resulted in a couple (very short) walking moments.

Second joint of right thumb (where thumb meets hand) is still swollen and slightly sore from being sprained during Neighborhood Dad's Football Game back in December.

Left hamstring insertion point (ie, where hamstring meets butt) still feels tight.

Weight is a bit high, I'd like to see it down about 5-10 pounds. Or, more specifically, I'd like to get rid of some of the side flub.

Chicken wrap successfully eaten. This achievement might be in conflict with previous statement.

In summary, all systems are go for the "fleetball" game this Sunday.
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bald man thinking cap

some random evening links while waiting for LOST

- Don't Look Back (via Jay Lake twitter). An absolutely wack-job comic book, derived from the 70s, and loads of fun.

- Never Say Please To Mother. An interesting look at cultural differences, with more good discussion in the comments. "Are you at all capable of passing me the salt, or are you an invalid?"

- My Country, Tis Of Thee. A look at the way things were, and probably will never be again. The ability to hold onto the past, as a vision of what things should be and how wonderful they supposedly were, is very powerful.

- Champion Of Guitars. Guitar Hero, re-done as a text adventure game. Very winnable.