Posted by: Mark | August 18, 2014

First Day

I’ve finished the first day for two of my three classes. Only one student was absent so far and the only thing out of the ordinary was someone who thought she was in Spanish 101. I’m hoping for another smooth hour but I’ve probably jinxed myself.

Posted by: Mark | August 17, 2014

Last Night

Classes start tomorrow at NKU. Today’s highlights were playing Betrayal at House on the Hill and changing the water in the turtle tank. It could have been worse.

Posted by: Mark | August 16, 2014

The Way to Eden

I’ve always liked the original Star Trek more than any of the later series but some episodes are painfully bad. “Spock’s Brain” is generally regarded as the worst episode ever but that seemed so bad it’s almost tolerable while “The Way to Eden,” the episode with the space hippies, is so bad it makes me relate to nerd-bashing, Star Trek-hating jocks.

I wasted my evening watching MeTV–an episode of Adam West’s Batman, Wonder Woman, and finally “The Way to Eden.” Sadly, Star Trek was the corniest and campiest by far.

Some critics have found positive points about the space hippies. I think even the immortal Red Chinese from “Omega Glory” weren’t as horribly stereotyped. And the music–it was like old white guys rapping without the humor.

I was excited to see one of the hippies was played by Charles Napier, who I initially mistook for Alan Napier. I was wrong but Charles Napier still was in many better movies and shows. I’m glad he got a paycheck out of the mess.

Posted by: Mark | August 15, 2014

Green Thoughts

A,while back I read “Spurs” which was the basis for the movie Freaks. Last night I finished John Collier’s “Green Thoughts” which was the basis for Little Shop of Horrors.

As different as “Spurs” was from Freaks, “Green Thoughts” was even further removed from either movie or musical.

The premise of Roger Corman’s movie was remotely similar–a plant collector finds an odd plant that eats people, eventually being eaten himself. The story takes place in a posh estate while the movie is in skid row. The protagonist of the story doesn’t realize what the plant is doing until he’s eaten alive (which is in the first quarter of the story). Audrey II threatens humanity in the movie but the unnamed plant of the story is threatened by the protagonist’s pervy nephew.

It wasn’t what I expected but I enjoyed it.

Although it could have used a dentist.

Posted by: Mark | August 14, 2014

Calling It Quits

It’s been a bad day–my frog died last night and, despite running 12.6 miles today, I gained four pounds.

School starts next week. I’ll try again when I’ve got a better schedule.

Posted by: Mark | August 13, 2014

Better Day

Finally got a chance to run–I went 12.7 miles on the elliptical machine.

Also my frog is still alive.

I have no room to complain.

Posted by: Mark | August 12, 2014

Stopped Completely

After a number of slow days, things broke down. Due to child problems, I didn’t get a chance to run at all today. Also I was so wound up that I probably took in twice as many calories as I should have.

My frog continues to cling to life although he isn’t where he should be. I knew a guy who spent $9,000 to implant a pacemaker in his St. Bernard (OSU has a program that does this, using pacemakers from dead humans). The dog died in under a month, making the treatment $300 a day. I only spent $18 on the frog so financially I’m on the right side of things. I hope that over time the $18 works out to less than a penny a day.

Posted by: Mark | August 11, 2014

Nobody Died but Still Slow

I was at Chikdren’s Hospital from 1:30 to 3:30 then 5:30 to 6:30. It was productive and I’m sure it will pay off but I only got in 6.3 miles in the morning. I can pick up my average tomorrow. The testing should be good for much longer.

I bought special medicine and vitamins for the Pac Man frog. He’s still with us and I’m hoping he recovers.

Posted by: Mark | August 10, 2014

My Frog Isn’t Quite Dead and Another Slow Day

I thought I would have time to run twice today so I went 6.3 on the elliptical and called it quits. That turned out to be the only chance I had, so I’m low for hitting my goal on the 18th. It’s better than nothing, I guess.

Later it looked like my Pac Man frog died but, when I picked him up, he was still kicking. I don’t know how long he’ll last but I hope he’ll pull through.

On the odd side, I took the kids to a butterfly hike at Woodland Mound. They didn’t pay much attention but it made me feel much better.

School will be here soon.

Posted by: Mark | August 9, 2014

Dead Hamsters and Slow Days

Oreo the hamster died near his food dish this afternoon. Oreo is survived by Oscar and Carmel the rabbits; Pikachu, Scout, and Midnight, fellow Syrian hamsters; Ash and Jack the dwarf hamsters; Bob the bird; Isabella the red-eared slider; Fred the leopard gecko; a bunch of frogs; and bugs and stuff.

In even more boring matters, I ran 7.5 miles. I’m up to 1,316.4 miles for the year which puts me in good with that but doesn’t bring back any dead hamsters.

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