43 bar steady 30.01 0mph NE dewpoint 36 Spring
Waxing Gibbous Moon of Growing
At last. A night where I was not the biggest loser at sheepshead. Bill Schmidt and I tied for high for the evening. I had great cards and some good luck, plus I’ve had a long lesson in sheepshead from masters. It was fun to do well at last. We’ll see if I’ve actually learned something as the games continue.
Kate and I watched Mission to Mars, most of it. A surprising, hopeful Mars film. Many films about Mars end with everybody dying, but this one offered an improbable, but not impossible conceit about how life came to earth. What? You’ll have to catch it to find out.
Tomorrow I have two tours, a Weber and a Concerning the Spiritual in Art, focused on non-Western religions.
The presentation for Groveland took an odd, but interesting turn today as I got ready to get started. I had decided to face head on the question of UU identity by talking about identity development from a psycho-religious perspective. The idea was to offer resources Groveland could use to develop a UU identity. When I began to write, I started with a couple of U-U jokes. Then I remembered an old anthroplogy lesson about joking behavior. Our jokes define the boundaries of our group; they are an important device through which we can know who is in our group and who is not. I’ll explain this a bit more later, but the presentation should be a lot of fun.
Due to various things I didn’t exercise from Saturday through Tuesday. My back began to spasm and remind me one of the good reasons for all this time I spend with weights and flexibility work. So, I got back to it yesterday. Yesterday and today I did a particular series of movement exercises which go a long way toward a more limber me. They worked. All better now.