Pieces Parts

Settling back into home life after the long weekend has been anything but settled. There was of course, snow to shovel, broken things to repair, phone calls to make, emails to read and reply to, and all the assorted things that go along with getting home after being away, plus a few more. But it’s still good to be here.

I worked today, substitute teaching. Good classes for the most part. I showed videos – typical sub duty – but got a chance to introduce the topic and discuss it before and after viewing.

I look at a lot of the kids and see so many with little or no interest in school and academics. Don’t know if I blame them. We’ve created a culture of drudgery. I firmly believe scholastics would improve if we pushed a higher degree and frequency of physical activity. If they could get beyond the bounds of discomfort and comparison shopping between exercise and entertainment, they might learn to enjoy physical and mental challenges. Learning to love challenge, to take on difficult things, is probably the single best lesson a person can learn.

I also went to Rocksport in the afternoon. Simon showed up with Amanda and together, we bouldered awhile (Simon found out his V2 line is actually more like V5, but he has already done half of it), took turns leading the ceiling (nice whipper there, I won’t say who), and in general had a good time together. I left a bit earlier than usual, as I’m still tired from the weekend.

Despite the weather, ice season is drawing to a close, at least here on Crane. The night temps are dropping below freezing, but not far below and not for long. That will knock the stuffing out of all but the most sheltered ice. Once we get some sunshine, I’ll be heading up to the summit cliffs for some rock climbing action.

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