Busy busy busy

Hi everyone.  Sorry I’ve been delinquent in posting lately.  This has been one of the busiest semesters I can remember in a long time.  Of course, that’s what I said last semester.  But between shepherding 350 students through the labyrinth of undergraduate economics, plus the fact that around 100 of those students are taking upper-division courses, which means that their exams are definition/short-answer/essay questions, which require hours of grading by yours truly, I haven’t had much time for writing.  Oh, and did I mention that I serve on something like 5,000,000 committees, plus I’m the faculty advisor to two registered student organizations, including the U of M Cycling Club, both of which have multiple events per semester?  Plus this research project I’ve been working on … yep, I’ve been busy.

But I’ve also been biking.  A lot.  In fact, I am well on my way to meeting a goal I set earlier in the semester, to make one tank of gas last an entire semester.  Since I set this goal, I think I’ve driven my car to campus maybe twice, most notably after the snowstorms that blanketed Memphis in early February.  (Don’t get me wrong – I have some biking skills.  But biking in snow is not among them.  Yet.)  In fact, there has been only one day when I’ve driven instead of biking when I could easily have biked.  Long story short, but I had an early morning meeting on a Saturday; it was raining and I overslept.  So I drove.  But other than a weekend trip to St. Louis to help celebrate the wedding of some dear friends, I’ve hardly driven at all.  And you know what?  It has been easy.

That’s not to say that there haven’t been days when I haven’t wanted to give in and drive.  This past Friday I had a meeting with a student on campus.  My allergies had been bugging me, I was tired from overextending myself, and I just really wanted to not have to bike.  But I did.

In the next few days I plan to write a handful of posts about some of the adventures I’ve had biking around town lately. I hate that I haven’t had time to write lately, but such is my schedule.  However, I will mention one very experience I had today.

There was a fundraiser tonight for the good people at Livable Memphis at the Malco Cinema Paradiso.  The event was a screening of the film “Ride the Divide.”  All I have to say is that if you ever have a chance to watch this film, do it. You can read more about the film on its website.  It was truly amazing.

More to come soon.  Thanks for reading.

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