Weekly Notes: February 8, 2008

The first week of February is in the books, so now you can get ready for Valentine’s Day next Thursday. Hopefully you take some time on days other than February 14th to make your special someone feel loved, though.

  • I don’t exactly keep a list of things I never thought I would do, but later did. However, if I did, teaching 3rd-5th graders would now be on it. Wednesday night was the second week of a six-week Bible study I’m doing with a group of 10-15 kids. It’s about Bible basics, trying to get them the knowledge they’ll need when they start thinking about becoming Christians. I’m just co-teaching, but it’s a new experience for me.
  • The Bisons lost their first GSC West road game last night at UAM after Trent Morgan missed a possible game-tying three at the buzzer. A full review will be on the way this weekend.
  • Tomorrow, Melissa and I are visiting the Nantahala Outdoor Center to outfit ourselves for kayaking this summer. A few months ago, we bought a second sit-on-top boat, and we’ve been looking for life jackets and other things we may need for paddling. Unfortunately, local shopping options are somewhat limited, so we’re taking a day’s drive into the mountains with the intent of getting ourselves completely ready.
  • I always love it when Congress passes legislation to solve problems and maintain our rights as citizens. Government can be a blessing for the unfortunate, and the power of citizens’ pooled resources can be great. Unfortunately, our lawmakers sometimes feel compelled to throw crap like this into otherwise reasonable pieces of legislation: campus-based digital theft prevention. Basically, colleges must sign up for an approved music subscription service, even if they don’t want to, and even when they’re doing nothing wrong. Why bother appeasing the MPAA and RIAA? This is a total waste of time, and because it’s part of a much larger piece of legislation, it’s tough to figure out who in the House really wants legislation like this and who just wanted to pass the entire education bill. It should come as no surprise that “Dr. No” voted against it.
  • Just for the record, as a Duke fan, I’m still not totally convinced they’re better than Carolina this year. Wednesday’s win was a fantastic shooting display, but will it hold up against a UNC transition game that was obviously somewhat crippled? I was hoping Ty Lawson would play, so that I could at least get a better understanding of how they might fare against a national title contender, but I guess that matchup will have to wait a month or so.
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