Monsoon Week

I just finished another class, turned in the last paper, put away the books; now I wait for final grades. Philosophy class is done, but tomorrow I begin two more classes—one on Adobe Creative Suite software, and one on Physical Geography. The last week we’ve been on the topic of education and justice in philosophy class; I’ll post my final paper after it’s graded—if I post it sooner I risk getting busted for plagiarism from my own website…

I still have a steady unpaid job at Habitat ReStore helping customers and keeping the store stocked and shiny. Lately, I’ve been put in charge of keeping juvenile delinquents occupied while they fill their community service requirements, which to say the least, is interesting and challenging at times. The work there seems endless; there’s always a heavy stream of furniture coming through the store–going in the back door, getting dusted by yours truly, then carried out to the floor by same, then out the front door by same…

Weather-wise, it’s been a crazy week. The locals call it a monsoon; whatever it is can turn blue skies into spitting showers and hailstorms in a matter of minutes. I’ll walk home from class, check the window—no clouds, fill the Camelback and head out the door with the bike only to be met with rain. I go back inside, drop off the bike, grab the umbrella, and head for the closest coffee shop but the rain is over and the sun is out again. After several tries with the bike I’ve admitted defeat and am hoping with every thunderstorm that it will be the last. Monday I was at the far end of town on the bike and took shelter from the rain on the porch of an abandoned log cabin by a pond, which wasn’t altogether bad because I had the Kindle to read and the pond to watch while it rained.

Today I went for a run to the other end of campus only to be, you guessed it, caught in a storm again. I found the umbrella (the rain was over, so didn’t get to use the umbrella) and headed downtown for an art gallery tour. Flagstaff has a lot of nice galleries but I haven’t taken much time to appreciate them so this afternoon I spent slowly ambling about town, exploring galleries full of paintings, sculpture, and photography. Life is pretty laid back right now.

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