Hi everyone. Â Sorry I’ve been delinquent in posting lately. Â This has been one of the busiest semesters I can remember in a long time. Â Of course, that’s what I said last semester. Â 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. Â 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? Â Plus this research project I’ve been working on … yep, I’ve been busy.
But I’ve also been biking. Â A lot. Â 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. Â 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. Â (Don’t get me wrong – I have some biking skills. Â But biking in snow is not among them. Â Yet.) Â In fact, there has been only one day when I’ve driven instead of biking when I could easily have biked. Â Long story short, but I had an early morning meeting on a Saturday; it was raining and I overslept. Â So I drove. Â But other than a weekend trip to St. Louis to help celebrate the wedding of some dear friends, I’ve hardly driven at all. Â And you know what? Â 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. Â This past Friday I had a meeting with a student on campus. Â My allergies had been bugging me, I was tired from overextending myself, and I just really wanted to not have to bike. Â 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. Â 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. Â The event was a screening of the film “Ride the Divide.” Â 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. Â It was truly amazing.
More to come soon. Â Thanks for reading.