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Go West, Old Man! Go East, Young Man and Old Man!


I am breaking my "blogging fast" to tell you about the trip I made the week after school was out. One of the sons of long-time friends of ours has been living in Oregon for three years, first doing an internship in a church, then completing a masters degree. After visiting family here in Greenville over the Christmas break, he and his wife realized how much they missed both sides of the family and decided that they wanted to move back here when David's school year was over.

When David's dad Rick and I were talking after church the first Sunday in April, I asked about their upcoming move. He told me that Hattie and their soon-to-be-two-year-old son Apollo were going to fly back later in April. David was going to drive their car, towing a big U-Haul trailer back to South Carolina the second week of May. Rick wasn't excited about his making the trip alone. Knowing that I wouldn't want to make that trip alone myself, I told him I would be happy to drive back with David, if I could get my body to Oregon. Rick said he would fly me to Oregon if I would drive back with David. Becka thought it was a great idea and said she was glad it was I who was making the drive and not she. Rick checked with David, just to be sure he was willing to spend 5 days on the road with me, and he was!

The least expensive ticket I could find had me arriving several days before David would be able to leave, so I contacted one of my roommates from my college days, Tim, to see if he would be up to a visit from me. He said he definitely was, and he would love to see me and to show me a little bit of Portland, Oregon. So within several days, my one-way ticket was purchased, and I would be on my way out west in about a month. Tim and I would have just an evening and the following full day together before I needed to leave the following morning to join David in Bend, Oregon.

My flight took us over part of the Grand Canyon. I wish it hadn't been so cloudy. If you look carefully, you can make out the canyon beyond the wing of the plane.

Grand Canyon from Airplane

You know you have a layover at the airport in Las Vegas when....
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Pumpkin Spice What?!


I almost always have a funny picture on the screen when my students enter the classroom. Here's the picture I had on my computer on Monday this week.

Pumpkin Pi

Most got that it was pi, but missed that it was pumpkin pi. One of my students informed me that October 26 is National Pumpkin Day. I hadn't been planning to do a pumpkin theme for my daily pictures this week, but that bit of info flipped a switch for me. And so the rest of the week I'll have pumpkin-related pictures for my students and a pumpkin spice blog post for my readers. Here's the funny picture I put on the screen this Tuesday.

Human Spice Latte

With my current fatigue level after turning in my midterm grades this week, it's hard to imagine that this time last year I was still working part time at Starbucks, on top of teaching full time. In retrospect, I'm actually not quite sure how I did it. But I also know that next week marks one year since I turned in my two weeks' notice, knowing that I simply could not keep up the pace of teaching during the day and cranking out the pumpkin spice lattes (PSL's) evenings and weekends (along with grading and course prep). Anyway, on to the PSL humor.
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More Mug Shots


In my blog post before last, I posted pictures of coffee mugs and asked my readers to share any that they personally like. Several people took me up on it in the comments to that post and by sending me some pictures. So I am posting today what they've sent.

Here's one about the downside of dating.

Dating Snow Flakes Mug

Here's one with a Herbert Hoover quotation on it.

Blessed Are The Young

Here are several fun ones about coffee itself.
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Mug Shots


Being a coffee hound, I am also a fan of coffee mugs. Coffee mugs can deliver most of the messages that can be found on t-shirts, and often do. But sometimes even better. Today's post is some mugs I've seen lately that I think are pretty cool or funny.

I shared a picture a while back that was based on the following picture I stumbled upon online, who knows where. I would love to have this mug!

Ah Coffee!

Friends went to France this summer and brought me back a mug that I love using at school.
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Orphaned Blog?


People have been asking why they haven't seen any blog posts from me in a while. It's because life has been crazy busy. However, things will be getting back to normal soon. Let me 'splain....

On June 2 of this year I started working at Starbucks as a barista. There were many reasons that I chose to do that. Here are a few:

1. I had plenty of time on my hands since I was on summer vacation.
2. I love coffee.
3. I love people.
4. As a teacher in a Christian college, I am around people whose worldview is mostly similar to mine. I wanted to connect naturally with people whose worldview might be different from mine, to learn and to engage.
5. I hope to retire from teaching in a few more years (how many, yet undetermined), and I don't want to sit and rust as I wait for Jesus' return or my death, whichever comes first. I want to do something meaningful and enjoyable in my old age, but just not full time.

I have thoroughly enjoyed connecting with people on both sides of the coffee bar. Having started at Starbucks in June and having learned most of what I needed for the job, I thought I would be able to keep both jobs going throughout the school year. After all, I managed just fine working there all summer. Admittedly, the first week or two of the school year were rough as I adjusted to a very full schedule. But then things fell into a fairly comfortable rhythm. As we approach the holidays, though, business at Starbucks, which always seems to be busy, is picking up significantly, and they have needed all of us to work more and more hours. Last week I worked 19 hours, and this week 23 hours! And that, on top of teaching full time!
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