“This is the last time I let Robin choose my mode of transportation. I guess it’s payback for all those years in green tights.”
It was my birthday today and my family, who loves me so much, got me a Batman Lego set. I stole the bike from another one of my son’s sets of Lego. Wouldn’t you love to see Batman on a mountain bike?
I was texting my wife while my feet were up on my desk in my office at work. She asked me how my day was going. I believe I answered something like, “Craptastic.” She asked why and I explained that there had been a snafu regarding thirty of my English 11 exams and that there was a steady stream of other craptacular things happening. She suggested I do something about this, and I answered her, in a text, with the following:
“The past cannot be undone. Only through how we handle the present will we show our true character. Whether we help those in front of us, deal with the situation we are currently facing – these are the things that determine our direction for the future.”
And isn’t that what hope is? Believing that the outcome of present circumstances will be positive. So don’t dwell on the past. Don’t spend your day dreaming of the future. Believe that your circumstances will turn out positively and then put your hope into action.
And then? Put your feet up.
WordPress’ Photo Challenge this week is “Hope“.
I am not one who likes to put himself in front of the camera.
In front of a crowd? Yes.
In front of a classroom? Yes.
In front of my peers? Sure.
In front of my elders? You bet.
In front of small children? Why not.
In front of the camera? I’d prefer not.
So this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge was more of a personal challenge for me than a photographic one. In response, here is a collage of things that make up me. Consider it a self-portrait, of sorts, please. If you need an explanation of any of it, please ask.
I’ve had the chance to do a lot of reading this summer and very little of it was applicable to my profession (which makes it awesome). Photo Friday’s challenge this week is Recreation and I couldn’t think of a better definition of recreation than the reading list that exists in this photo. Please allow me to explain a couple of things. I have a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in English Literature. I am a teacher of 11th and 12th grade English, creative writing and student leadership. I am an unabashed comic book fan.
My reading list for tonight, above, is indicative of all that I find fun, exciting and interesting about the offerings of literature. Here’s what you see above:
1. Image Comics Trade Paperback 1st volume of Elephantmen. I’m going to caution you about this series. It is incredible, but involves a great deal of disturbing concepts and visuals. It involves a number of Animal/Human hybrids who were the brainchild of, from what I’ve deduced, a psychopathic geneticist who saw them as his greatest achievement and a weapon to use against humankind. They rebelled, or were decommissioned, and are now trying to fit into general society. They re-created their own purpose. Interesting premise, if you can get past the violence.
2. DC Comics Trade Paperbacks (Superman, Superboy, Batman). I’m not even going to explain this one. If you don’t know who these characters are, shame on you. Recreational superhero reading. Yay!
3. Marvel Comics Ultimate X-Men. Mark Millar reimagined (re-created?) the iconic X-Men back in 2001 and retold the original series in a modernized setting. From what I gather, the series was re-created in Ultimate form in order to bring in younger comics readers who couldn’t keep up with the many iterations of X-Men that existed as of the turn of the century, so Millar put his much loved edge to the series and rebooted it. Very cool. Seriously. I would love to have Magneto’s hair.
4. Dark Horse Comics Star Wars: The Old Republic. This TPB (trade paperback) collected comics based on a video game based on a fictional history based on the movies of Star Wars. Yup. If you don’t get that, smile, nod, and move on. Pure recreation.
5. Terry Moore’s independently-published Echo. This is the first volume TPB of Echo. It’s about a photographer named Julie who accidentally witnesses the destruction of a military experiment. The result is that she is exposed to a high-tech metal that fuses with part of her body and the repercussions involved. She realizes that her life has been changed, re-created, and starts to accept her new purpose. Lots of humor and adventure. I can’t wait to read more.
6. Vertigo Comics Fables: Rose Red. This series, which I’ve only read in TPB format, is incredible. This is the 15th volume and it centers on Snow White’s sister, Rose Red. The entire series is based on the idea that there is (was?) a war in the worlds of the Fables and our most beloved of them move into our world and occupy a magical borough called Fabletown in the city of New York. The vulnerability and power of the Fables themselves is based entirely in our knowledge and belief in them. This means that Snow White, thanks to Walt Disney, is nigh unto invulnerable to any attack (in fact, she is shot in the head by Goldilocks and recovers within weeks). Incredible writing; incredible visuals; even more incredible creativity re-creating characters with whom we are so familiar.
7. Finally, Onward by Howard Schultz. I’ve barely cracked this book and already I’m impressed. I wanted to read this book after I watched Schultz speak, on Piers Morgan Tonight, about his boycott on political campaign contributions and impressed me with his seeming integrity and forthrightness. It seems to me that he is re-creating the American business landscape and I want to know more about him. So far (the Introduction) it’s interesting and bold. I like it.
So, that’s my recreational reading. What’s yours like? Who or what do you read during your leisure time?
Here’s the deal. Some of you know that I have action figures; some of you do not. Here’s the confirmation that I have more collectibles that many of you have not seen. And, again, it’s Batman. I just love that guy.
And, yes, I know he’s not real.