Ah, the refreshing waves of the ocean (or perhaps just of a lake’s beach). When I saw this photo (courtesy of Sue Vincent), with the crashing waves and the picturesque background of the sky, it reminded me strongly of a similar vista.
Last week, I had my spring break trip to Nebraska, for the second time in as many years.
Yep, spring break means family or academic excursions for me. No sun, sex, surf, and sloshedness!
I drove from Kenosha to Omaha last Friday for a cousin’s בר מצווה (bar mitzvah) and then went to Lincoln. The drive included 2 gas stops, a pure washroom stop, and a food-and-relief stop.
Yesterday, I drove from Lincoln to Kenosha in “one fell swoop.” That is, the only stops I made were 2 gas stops and 3 stops at the john. (Obviously, I would be wise to avoid drinking tea on my next long drive!)
The name of this sounds like a typo, but I actually saw this word once before on a marquee. In downtown Lincoln in the spring of 2005, there was an independent outdoors outfitter named OuTek, and their marquee I saw every day when driving toward a parking garage to go to my morning classes at UNL.
The marquee one time said,
“Hiking, Camping, Backpackpacking Gear Here!”
Well, I posted on Monday and Tuesday and then Friday of last week, but toward the end of M.A.P.L.E., the posts were usually shorter and posted Mobile-Style.
It has been a whirlwind of travel and fun activity ever since May 19, and this has meant a challenging slate of M.A.P.L.E. posts and a challenge for a consistent blog presence. Such is life!
This is the last post of the fifth year of M.A.P.L.E., and it’s hard to believe how fast it has gone by this year (not to mention the last five Mays since I started blogging).
There has been conservation of difficulty for my blog posts. Although I have had a lot of free time due to not having teaching or grading or prep to do (excluding the first week of the month), I have had difficulty with blogging. But not due to writers’ block!