This was another nice week, and I took a photo so we can play a little "I Spy" for the good-things post. Not to worry, it should be super easy.
First of all, the new semester began this week, so it's nice to be back to learning stuff. I'm liking my classes. I know it's only been one week, but things look promising.
Then there's that university Pedal Perks program for bicycle commuters. It continues with the new semester, but I learned that not only do they give out prizes each month, but they gave out big semester prizes at the end of the last one. And I was a weiner again! I got a $150 gift certificate to a local bike shop and a $5 gift card to a another local shop thrown in for good measure. Sheesh, generous! On top of that, they gave out bicycle computers to all participants. Nothing fancy, no GPS or such, just a small unit to track speed and distance, but it's free and cute!
In other news, remember the Christmas crud that moved through the family? I managed to avoid it for the most part, but I did have this irritatingly hacking cough for a week or so. I'm glad to be done with that, but it seems to have left an injury to my rib cage (bastard!). I'm no stranger to rib injuries, but that doesn't mean I like them. There's not a whole lot one can do about them other than ride them out, so that's what I'm doing. In the meantime, I found some free samples of Performance pain relief gel in our drug stash. I think they were included in one of my race packets from last year. Usually, I just chuck that stuff, but apparently I decided to keep these. Yay.
Last fall, I had a tutee who is a local basketball standout. No "dumb jock", he's also a good student and just a nice kid from a nice family. He needed to raise his test scores to open up more scholarship opportunities, and he worked hard for me. I remember telling him, "Get 'er done on the tests, sign with that college, then you can enjoy this basketball season and the rest of your senior year." He seems to be following through on all of that, and yesterday his team was featured in a story in the paper for beating a rival school that hadn't lost a division game in five years! It's always nice for me to learn about former students going on to do good things. "A" is a team captain, and the photographer got a nicely timed photo of him to accompany the story.
In movie news, Magnum and I watched "Better Living through Chemistry". Nothing life altering, but fun entertainment enough with a few nice lessons. You can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone...
Thanks for playing along!