Shorts for the New Year

Happy 2016! Here, it has been warm with a couple of days of extreme cold and slick conditions. There’s been only one two-hour delay, and I’ve only had to break the ice on the cattle water tanks once. The first day all winter I had to pull out my Carhartt coveralls was January 11. Weatherbug shows temperatures hovering around freezing this next week with a bit of snow on Wednesday.


Thursday’s class. Special note: All students in the following convo are male.

Student A: “Why do you still play VHS?”
Student B: “Because most of the videos she has are still VHS.”
Student C: “I still have a VHS.”
Student A: “Wow, do you use it?”
Student C: “Yeah, I watch Winnie the Pooh.”


Our baritone players were unavailable during the high school homecoming game last night, so I filled in.


It was a lot of fun, and I sounded a lot better than I did last year when I played for Alumni and Friends Night. That was encouraging.


I can’t say I’m a big fan of the new 30-second shot clock for college basketball.


I’ve always wanted to predict the answer to the Final Jeopardy question after learning the category and before the question is revealed. Two or three weeks ago, I achieved this. The category was something like “Book Publishing,” and I said almost right away, “Random House.” Lo and behold, the answer was Random House. (There were witnesses.)


Student: “Is there such a thing as an agricultural photographer?”

Me: *Restrains from jumping up and down and breaking into a happy dance*

The very next day:

Another student: “Can you do anything in agriculture with photography?”

Me: *Giving a calm, teacherly answer rather than rejoicing outwardly* “Why, yes you can.”


Me, about to write on the board: “First, I want to talk about some ag events that occurred over break.”

Student: “You never stop thinking about ag, do you?”


I really enjoy this advert from Australian Lamb.


“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”

~Neil Gaiman, writer


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