Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Musings and more

Back when I started this whole blog thing, I had many reasons to put up a post once or twice a day. Now, I have too many.

I've always struggled with my own space time continuum boundaries not aligning with others'. However, when it is the family time that you delve into and lose yourself, very few send me complaints. As participant in the various iterations of family I tend to do just that; lose my self. This blog was once an announcement that I am present in the world. An attention getting tool with built in networks and positive reinforcement for my individual accomplishments, and not just those of my family as a whole. Then it clicked...

I will never again be just my individual self again.

(Before I go further with this thought, I must clarify that the above statement truly became my realization at one point many years ago, but I kept hold of the notion that I could remain independent whilst deeply connected to another amazing soul. What was I thinking?)

I reflect on all of this personal material here only because this blog no longer serves the same purpose as before. Hence the lack of posting for the past few years. At last I am clearly defining for my own intents and purposes what this blog can and should be. My journal, thought piggybank, and raw mental deluge target. I may never make this public, but if it is you may dismiss it as a lost thought on its way home. Keep it safe but don't hassle it with details. I spew forth with creative thoughts daily, but have lacked the time or effort to act upon or record them. Here are just a few examples from the past two weeks:

Jewlery- tons of ideas and several prototypes of recycled bicycle jewels sprinkled with a few finished pieces.

Song lyrics- mostly raps about school or society created while upon my bike seat during the commute.

2-D art- drawings and paintings, graffiti styles and old t-shirts on canvas

Problem solving- such as deciding how to shape young minds with a 1 hour lesson that took 5 minutes to plan. Yes I'm proud of my procrastination abilities.

Furniture and Home designs- moving things around has caused me to incessantly imagine blueprints for multiple could be projects.

I'll leave it at that for now. As for the space time continuum, I love it as it is. However nervous I may be for it to change throughout my life, I rest assured that the transition will be smoother than any that preceded it.

On that note, I celebrate my personal successes and those of my family and friends on Facebook. The like button is much easier than these long, drawn-out, random, thought meanderings.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Car Free Tucson

Today was Car Free Tucson, a time to put the car keys down and pick up a bike, bus fare, or your walking shoes.

I chose my bike, which is easy because it is my everyday commuter. But I also had one of my students commute to school alongside me today. It was fun to have a cloudy day for once, and celebrate by taking a few quick shots with the camera phone.

I also decided to reward myself with a bit of coffee and sweets before going downstairs to work.

Finally, I wanted to show a quick picture of the mural students completed last year for Global Youth Service Day. It has MLK, Ghandi, and Cesar Chavez standing in the desert next to two faceless students. Their faces are actually mirrors so any of the current students can be a part of the mural! Life is good on days like today.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

What goes up

It's been a long day. Hell, its been a long semester. But even all that craziness must wind down at some point. Today I blog for a second night in a row, which feels like a triumph in and of itself.

Now that I have all this free time in the evenings, I should be working on the house or making the next few weeks teaching incredible. Instead I'm spending free time using my right brain. (See figure 1)

Figure 1-

I've stolen ideas from a few recycled goods folks around the web. However, the end product is a Christophe original. (Note the fancy artistic spelling of my name, or just the common spelling used by computer generated junk mail)



Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Good Morning

Most of the time the alarm clock gets slapped first thing in the morning. A general reaction of all humans to loud noises next to their ear while sleeping.
However, my alarm clock calls me DaDa. He slaps my face, then smiles. He's also quite punctual. 6:30am everyday, even weekends.

What a great summer this is gonna be!

Monday, December 7, 2009

You Better Watch Out...

Tis the season for this guy to come a jingling.

and if you like this Christmas card, you can find others from these guys here.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Tukey Lurky Do

Happy Thanksgiving to all of those folks who read this blog. (Yes I'm referring to both of you)

I'm in Vermont with a wonderful conglomerate of extended family, pondering the intricate connections we all share amidst voids. I'm always amazed at how a sense of place comes from not only repetition, but companionship tambien.

On that note, an old memory of a Turkey Day tradition comes via the blogosphere. Thanks to all of you (both).

Alices Restaurant - Arlo Guthrie

Friday, October 9, 2009

New Horizons

This video has some nice sunsets. It also shows new horizons in mountain biking. Enjoy!