Archive for April, 2007

Chloe: Mommy, what are you writing?

Mommy: It’s my to-do list, sweetie.

Chloe: What’s a to-do list?

Mommy: It’s a list of all the things I need to do today, to help me remember them.

Chloe: Put on there that we need to play our Bob the Builder memory game, or our Dora and Diego games.

Daddy: (distracted; reading and eating breakfast) Not right now, sweetie. Let Mommy think.

Mommy: (putting her pencil and list down) Okay, Chloe. I’m going to go get your clothes. I’ll be right back (heads upstairs)

Chloe: (grabbing the list and handing it to Daddy) Daddy, what does this say?

Daddy: (looking up from his book) Pay bills, clean, get food, visiting teaching (back to his book).


Chloe: Daddy, how do you spell, “play a game”?


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saturday on the river 2

Today’s random picture of the day comes from day 2 of our big move to Kansas. Somebody was out water skiing on this impossibly small river in Colorado, and somehow had gotten out in front of the boat in this picture. Go figure.

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A narrative work in the cutting-edge medium of listserv* emails. The names are just names, nothing more.

April 24, 2007 4:39 p.m.

[ELPINSTRUCTORS] Teachers of Abdullah Al Mohammad

Please track this student’s exact attendance from tomorrow morning until
the end of the semester. Don’t have a heart attack when he walks in

Fran (the assistant director)

April 26, 2007, 8:37 a.m.

Re: [ELPINSTRUCTORS] teachers of Abdullah Al Mohammad

Dear people,

(Rik and I debated the salutation!)

We really need to to get new staff pictures! Therefore!!!! WE will do
staff pictures on next Wednesday at 12:30 so be spiffy!

We will do a group shot of everyone and then individual shots. You can
also write a short bio to put by your picture. I will not be having my
dog in m y picture as she died 4 years ago!

Be beautiful!


Jane (the director)

April 26, 2007, 10:02 a.m.

Re: [ELPINSTRUCTORS] teachers of Abdullah Al Mohammad

Exactly what will happen to these pictures??? Will they be posted
somewhere? facebook? youtube? the hallways??????? AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

I remain, as ever,

Photogenically challenged,

April 26, 2007, 10:54 a.m.

Re: [ELPINSTRUCTORS] teachers of Abdullah Al Mohammad

Youtube-now there is a great idea-LOL

April 26, 2007, 10:57 a.m.

Re: [ELPINSTRUCTORS] teachers of Abdullah Al Mohammad

I’m with Georgia! Me too! Good questions!

April 26, 2007, 11:07 a.m.

Re: [ELPINSTRUCTORS] teachers of Abdullah Al Mohammad

I suppose that, since I’m clearly incriminated by the original email, I should probably speak up and clarify what this is all about.

If you’ve never seen the ELP staff pictures page, doing so now would be enlightening: here’s the link. As you can see from the group shot, there are at least two people that no longer work with the department and one that’s no longer an instructor. Scrolling down, you’ll find a toddler who’s now almost a teenager, a young girl who’s now a college student, and dog that passed on over 4 years ago, and no pictures of a lot of us (there are currently about 18 instructors in our department, two counselors, and the boss, not to mention all the administrative staff).

It’s clearly time for an update.

So, the pictures that we take next week will be posted on the department pages so that students can come find our smiling faces before they show up in our classrooms (and so that people stop asking Jane about her dead dog).

And I suppose, in the interest of full disclosure, I should point out that, yes, I am currently trying to become the next viral video star on YouTube, and your portraits will be lovingly used to help me further that goal. I hope that’s okay with everyone.


P.S. I also hope you realize that that last bit about YouTube is completely fabricated in the interest of humor. I will actually be posting these on ratemycoworker.com.

P.P.S. =]

April 26, 2007, 11:13 a.m.

Re: [ELPINSTRUCTORS] teachers of Abdullah Al Mohammad


Let’s be brave! We can walk all through Spain and into Portugal#, but
cannot have our pictures taken? And Georgia, you cannot wear you
usual white shirt because you are sure to completely outdazzle us! I’m
not sure outdazzle is a word, but you know what I mean. And I promise
not to wear one of my neon outfits and look like a tropical plant!



April 26, 2007, 11:15 a.m.

Re: [ELPINSTRUCTORS] teachers of Abdullah Al Mohammad

And by the way, what does our taking pictures have anything to do with
Abdullah Al Mohammad?


*A listserv is an email address that redistributes any email it receives to a specific list of people. For example, all the instructors in our department are on one list, all the staff on another. So, if I want to send some piece of information to all the instructors, I simply send it to the instructors listserv, and then it gets passed on to everyone. [back]

#This refers to a group of instructors who formed a sort of exercise support group. For every 15 minutes of exercise they did, or for every mile they actually walked, jogged, biked, etc., their group “moves” 1 mile along a pre-determined route. In this case, our department’s trekkers chose to follow the pilgramage route to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. [back]

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father and son

This was taken at last year’s Fathers and Sons camp out, an annual camping trip organized by my church that, well, fathers and their sons can go on. It’s just an overnight staynothing huge, really. We were still in California for this trip, and, if I remember right, it was the first one that I went to as a father instead of as a son.

The campsite was located right next to some railroad tracks just north of Simi Valley, and my son, being hopelessly obsessed with trains at the time, wanted to see one. So we wandered on down to the tracks a couple of times just because he knew that where there are tracks, there are trains. I took some pictures of him while waiting to see if we could spot a train passing by.

Eventually, we did.

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seeing beyond sight

Just ran across this very interesting project (via the JPG Magazine blog): Seeing Beyond Sight.

Tony Deifell, the project founder, set out to accomplish something extraordinary. He wanted to teach photography to blind kids.

The results speak for themselves.

His idea has spawned a number of groups and events based around the same principle. Instead of helping blind kids learn to take pictures, the groups challenge sighted individuals to become blind and then take pictures, chronicling not only the images but also the experience.

It’s a fascinating challenge.

Just don’t be surprised if I start talking about taking blindfolded pictures any time soon.

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it's always more fun to share with everyone

Taken in front of the Famous Dave’s restaurant in Manhattan (Kansas) when Michelle’s parents were out visiting us right after we moved here. It’s still one of my favorite shots of the two of them.

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by the dying light of day

Taken at Wamego City Park around sunset. One of those few pictures out of our old point-and-shoot Nikon 3100 that really impressed me (and have subsequently impressed at least one other person).

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