Summer Waxing Grandchildren Moon
Joe graduated top of his class for the third time today: top scope at Tyndall in basic Air Battle Management and Distinguished Graduate for his Robbin’s AFB (current assignment) JSTAR’s work as well as a program for new lts. A colonel said, “We’ve never had anybody finish with 100% before.” Another told him, “That’s a bullet (on the resume) that will help you make Lt Col.” Joe’s not sure he wants to progress past Major, but he is glad to have these achievement because, “They’ll look good on my astronaut application to NASA.” He’s in his second class for a masters degree in Space Studies; having a masters is a requirement for promotion to Major. He reported with disappointment that his TDY, temporary duty deployment, originally slated for an AFB near Las Vegas, has been moved to Tucson, Arizona, “A place that’s hotter than Georgia.” Oh, well.
Woke up today with Latin on my mind. I got down to work on translating my Cicero and received an e-mail from Margaret Levin about that article I promised to write. The deadline? Today. Oh, yeah. Grandkids. Spaced it. So, I worked my way through Cicero’s rebuke to Catillin, “Why stay? Take your conspirators and leave now or we will quickly throw you out.” and other words to that effect. I had an hour before my tutorial so I grabbed the file for the article about the Sierra Club’s 2010 legislative session for the Do It Green magazine. Hammered out 500 + words, the rough number they wanted, sat out until after the nap, revised it and sent it off just barely ahead of the deadline.
My Cicero and my translation of the ancient sentences, that is, sentences actually written by Latin author went well. My english to latin work not so much. Greg says composing in Latin is the best way to learn the grammar and the most difficult task in Latin. It is for me. I gotta go slower and allow more time for it. No Ovid this week.
After the nap, I went to Anoka Feed and Seed to order 5 cubic yards of shredded tree bark. Big fun. On Monday morning the high school kid, Ray, and I will mulch the orchard and the vegetable garden. Monday looks like an ok day, forecast right now for 76. Bees either tomorrow morning or Sunday, which looks cooler.
Now, I’m off to the treadmill and more episodes of True Blood.