Deep Adult Conversation

After spending my days working with high school students and then coming home to evenings with my own kids, sometimes I simply crave deep adult conversation as the day winds down. I can always count on my old pal Derek in my time of need. Me in the blue...

Love is the Answer. Stop Buying Stuff.

God bless the internet.


(Video courtesy of Matthew Silver)

This Week's Celebrity Encounters

This week, my brother met Mike Mills from R.E.M.


My pal Derek met Sgt. Slaughter.


I'm not sure who had the more awesome celebrity encounter.

In other news, the new Billy Joe Shaver album is out this week and the title track is fantastic!


And I met Billy Joe Shaver one time. So there.

Day 60: Epilogue

I can think of no better way to wrap up the Summer of Tim than with a good old-fashioned backyard water fight.


What started as a simple effort to corral the kids for dinner quickly escalated. I won't say who instigated it, but the culprit was not born in the 21st century.


Sixty days. Sixty days gone by much too quickly.

The Summer of Tim concludes as I head back to work tomorrow for the start of a new school year.

Like that...it's gone.

Day 59: Get random.

You might think that I'd live it up as my summer break winds down.

Nope.

Let me hit you with a dose of random instead.

Scroobius Pip has a new DVD coming out. You can download the main feature from his site for a few bucks. Or pounds. Or something.


Dwyane Wade wears glasses that are way too small for his head.


This is extremely uncomfortable to watch.


Okay. Okay.

Truth be told, I spent a good majority of my afternoon today working on stuff to get me ready for the coming school year. I had a stack of work that I should have been working on all summer but I've managed to put off until the last few days of my break. It wasn't all that bad. I watched The Karate Kid and most of Part 2 while I did my work. No reason I shouldn't finish my summer in the same way it started.

But for now, it's time to turn in. Headed to bed for the last time this summer without setting an alarm.

Cheers to you, Summer of Tim. One day to go.


The Summer of Tim continues...

Day 58: Cool water. Cool beer. Cool neighbors.

This is it. The end of the line.

As summer break comes to a close, it was nice to get in one more sunny day at the in-law's pool. I swear, my kids would stay in there for a week straight if we'd let them.


To add to today's summer cliché, I headed home to mow the lawn and then have a beer with my neighbor across the street. That's what grown folks do after they complete grown folk tasks, right?

With only two days of summer break left, this seems appropriate.


For a little bit longer, the Summer of Tim continues...

Day 57: Must be my lucky day.


After staying up way too late last night watching Full House on Nick at Nite, I armed myself with a giant cup of coffee this morning and joined my dad and Anna on his front porch for some sidewalk chalk.


We spent a few minutes looking for four-leaf clovers which brought to mind two things.

1. This great song by Abra Moore.


2. A few of my favorite Todd Snider lyrics.

I found a four leaf clover in my yard today
It had one leaf missing off it, but that was okay
Looking it over I could easily see, four is only really just one more than three
That's close enough for me...must be my lucky day


Hope today's your lucky day.

The Summer of Tim continues...

Day 56: Sports Movies, Puzzle Record, The Truth About Fonzie

This morning I got a text from a friend I hadn't heard from in a while. He told me that Dan Patrick was on the radio discussing whether or not the Karate Kid is a sports movie.

In my ever-enlightening brilliance I responded appropriately that it is not a sports movie...its THE BEST SPORTS MOVIE EVER!



Anna and I decided part-way through the morning to make a quick trip down to visit my dad and my brother. In addition to my wife and I working in education, my brother and his wife do as well. If I didn't get down for a quick visit, I knew it wouldn't be until the dust settles from the start of a new school year before this might be possible again. Two hours, a stop at McDonald's, and a few One Direction albums later, we arrived with absolutely no agenda in mind.

We decided to tackle a giant Disney puzzle.


I think we beat my brother's previous record by about 120 minutes.


My brother had been clearing some space at his house and had a pile of stuff to get rid of. Even though I've got CD copies of my own, I couldn't let his old Beastie Boys cassettes go to the junk store.


Speaking of the Beastie Boys, he had also found a book for cheap somewhere that he knew I'd appreciate -- the 33 1/3 volume about Paul's Boutique. That combined with a Saved By the Bell book (unfortunately, one I already have) and a copy of The Truth About Fonzie he got free somewhere, this trip was worthwhile right from the start.


Of course, there was visiting with my family and spending some one-on-one time with Anna that made it worthwhile, too...but...you know.

The Summer of Tim continues...

Day 55: WOLF! WOLF! WOLF!

Another day with big plans for chipping away at our household to-do list was (somewhat) sidetracked by a sick kiddo.


The day was saved by my old college friend Greg who reminded me of one of the greatest cinematic scenes ever filmed.


An otherwise uneventful day wrapped up with 90 minutes of Teen Wolf.

The Summer of Tim continues...

Day 54: Sriracha Pringles, WKRP


It's interesting how things work out sometimes.

As I enter the last week of summer, I closed the book last night on my search for the Karate Kid Hot Wheels car but have still come up empty all summer when searching for a can of the elusive Sriracha Pringles. After dropping Charlotte off at school this morning, I decided to run a few errands including one last search for the supposedly-exclusive-to-Wal-Mart Pringles.

Wouldn't you know it? Jackpot.


I also stopped at Lowe's with grand ideas of completing some projects around the house and yard today. Everything I had planned was sidetracked when I finally reached my boiling point with our lawnmower. After almost three years of having to clean the spark plug every time I mow the yard in order to keep the thing running, I'd had enough. Actually, I didn't have much choice since the lawnmower had come to the point where it would only run for about 60 seconds at a time. I contemplated the purchase of a new mower but decided to take the thing apart first and see what I could come up with.

Now keep in mind that I know nothing about small engines. I don't really know anything about large engines either.

After two hours, a few YouTube videos, a call to my dad, and a little bit of super glue and duct tape, I'm happy to say that our lawnmower is running better than it has in years.

As I've said before, you can now rest easy FASTE readers. I know you were concerned about our mower.

Let me tell you about the internet. It's amazing. It provides an endless supply of academic research material, useful information available instantly at our fingertips, and stuff like this:


Not familiar with classic Eazy-E lyrics or old video game systems? That's fine. How about a Nelly action figure instead?


Last but not least, my birthday is coming up in a little over eleven months. Please start your search now for my present. Thanks in advance.


The Summer of Tim continues...