Monday, March 23, 2009

Good Times Together

After much pressure, Mike finally agreed to participate in a supported bike ride with Desi as long as 1) the route was flat, and 2) there were no hills.  The McClinchy Mile offered a 34-mile, flat option that seemed to meet both of Mike's requirements.  Thus, Mike completed his first supported bike ride with Desi yesterday morning.

Mike was able to complete the ride in approximately 3-hours, which is super fast, especially for a newbie.  The route wasn't exactly flat either, though Desi thought it was pretty close.  The ladies staffing the finish line fawned all over Mike when they heard this was his first ride.  He's pretty proud of himself, and rightly so.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Once Again

Hey, asshole! You cut me off and then slam on your brakes. I flash my brights at you to alert you to my irritation. You DO NOT get to honk at me! I did nothing wrong. YOU DID! I hate Seattle drivers!

Sunday, March 08, 2009

IPDE Applied to Life

In high school, having grown up near Salt Lake City, driver's education was taught as a class during the normal school day. From what I understand now other parts of the country don't typically teach driver's ed during the school day. And, as someone working in education reform, I'm frankly quite disgusted with the idea that part of the school day is used to teach something so wholly unrelated to college readiness, or even just toward being a well rounded person. But, Salt Lake City also has seminary class as part of the normal school day which might be fine if they taught multiple religions but of course they don't. You want to take seminary you have one religion to choose from and guess which one. But, I digress. My point is this - in my high school driver's ed class I learned something that I've applied to my life and not just my driving habits and that is the IPDE process.

There are many people who may not recall/were never taught this very valuable life lesson so I would like to remind/educate those people now.

I - Identify
P - Predict
D - Determine
E - Execute

That is, one should identify a possible situation, predict any possible outcomes, determine an action, and execute accordingly.

In driving this applies to potential road hazards, merging onto the freeway, changing lanes, potholes, etc. In life this applies to confrontations, discussions, job applications, friendships, etc. In the 14 years since my enlightenment I've found that this simple procedure saves time and lives, which may mean that driver's ed taught in high school has at least one redeeming quality.

IPDE - learn it, love it, live by it.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Spring Quarter

Desi has decided that she's going to enroll in one class, English 101, which is a composition class. Since she wants to be a writer, it makes sense. Plus, she believes her work schedule will allow for one class a week, Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-8:30PM, with little to no stress. She'll also be taking it with her friend Tanya, and a few new friends from her current American Government class, so she'll have a good support network in place to make sure she goes and completes the assignments. She's looking forward to it.

Mike will be taking painting again, from the same teacher he has now. He's also going to try to get into the drawing class he wanted last quarter but filled up before he was able to enroll. It's already full for spring quarter, but he's going to try to get in anyway.
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