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Dr Brons

Early in the quarter I was frustrated with this prof's style---his lectures were hard to follow and his power point slides were even worse. But lately they seem to be improving. Some of the material that he covered early on was new to him. Now we're into stuff that he knows really well and he has been through his slides a few more times. The organization is better. And now I know that I need to look things up in the physiology text to figure out what he is talking about. So my ill feelings about this prof have eased. He's OK. Abstruse but OK.

Today we have another exam and I am feeling very low. I have been riding my bike somewhat farther the last couple of days because my short route to school across the RI bridge has been closed. I enjoy the longer ride to the Hawthorn bridge because it takes me along the river where I get views of the city and the weather as it moves. There's a submarine parked outside OMSI these days. I can see Mount Hood when it's clear from the top of the 9th Ave pedestrian bridge over Powell. The mountain grounds me here, just as the mountain over Flagstaff grounded me there. And the ripples on the river make me smile. I love the river.

I was talking with an old friend the other day and confessing my lasting blues. I have been sad for so much of this life that even when things are going my way it takes a while to sink in. Lately things are good. I have love in my life, a realizable worthwhile goal, a comfortable home, the means to more than get by. The only really deep fear I have is about money. I don't like going into debt, and I need to somehow manage my money worry so that it doesn't bury me. Anyway, my friend prescribed boating for my blues. He said "you need to get on the water" and I think he was right. Too bad it's low water season and heading into short short days. I probably won't get on whitewater until spring.

When I ride my bike along the Willamette river I see folks out there in dragon boats and row boats, and I only feel a faint pull to go out there and do it. I am definitely more interested in the rowing than the dragon boat. I lived for many years with the assymetry that accompanies paddling on just one side. I'm sure the dragon boat people trade sides of the boat to work out both sides equally, but they are working just one side at a time, and twisting a lot. Rowing appeals to me more because it is symmetrical and because it harnesses the energy of the core muscles more.


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Nov. 8th, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
Good to hear that you are beginning to feel the rhythm of your classes and your new life. I think you have made a good decision to enter these classes. There will always be the worry of whether it is worth it. But if you had never tried it, you would always be wondering. And dragon boats? Goodness! What is that?
Nov. 8th, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC)
A dragon boat is just a giant canoe. Here's a picture of one: http://www.smdc.army.mil/SMDCPhoto_Gallery/Eagle/Jun06/15-Dragon%20Boat%202.jpg .

They're full on SILLY.
Nov. 11th, 2007 01:50 am (UTC)
I, too, have been getting strong nostalgic urges to get out and mess about with boats. Last week I wanted to go boating down the San Juan so badly I nearly cried.
I sure miss floating along a muddy river in autumn sunlight.
Maybe, some day when we're both settled alittle more with every day life, we'll get to go for a nice little float together.
Until then...
Nov. 11th, 2007 05:56 am (UTC)
Until then...
I'm going to bug the hell out of you about it.
When? Where? Are you applying for any Idaho permits this winter???
Nov. 16th, 2007 02:19 am (UTC)
very funny.
Bug me all you desire. I have not applied for a river permit in AGES, and have not made any planse in the foreseeable future because I am planning on the 'move/house work' to take precedense over fun. I really want to see if the Rio Grande is doable, ever been there? Next year, I plan on going back to Dino for another volunteer trip. Interested in being a volunteer boatman on the Green with me? Usually happens in July.
Nov. 17th, 2007 01:03 am (UTC)
Wellllll....YES! I have run parts of the Rio Grande and would do it again. And I would row on a Green trip if I can bring Suzanne too! So please do keep me posted. =-]
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