Tethered, and definitely in one place, location wise, but not feeling too tied down. Is this making sense? No worries, pull on your gum boots, and let’s jump from puddle to puddle…

Splash! A mishmash this week, like the weather, where we’ve enjoyed days with sun, days with rain, and days with both.

Some sunny days

Splash! Thursday, the day I wrote this, was a day where light rain became heavy rain, with pulses and cloudbursts blowing through on strong gusts. Then the skies almost cleared, and the wind almost dropped. Almost.

On the sunnier days, Tuesday and Wednesday, I was able to work with students outside, catching up on grade 8 science. Grade 8 science and catching up? That was me as well as the students. Fair play to any student willing to give up a spring break afternoon or two to stay on top of their learning. And goodness, we are the people to talk to if you want to know about mitochondria, endoplasmic reticulum, and if vesicles rhymes with testicles. Did I mention grade 8?

A spring break learning distraction

Wednesday was great, St. Patrick’s and a good excuse to wear green. “The colour matches your eyes!” said Mrs PC. She never saw the colour of my eyes the morning after a cultural tour of historic Dublin pubs I attended with my brother. I think we appreciated the architecture. We looked a bit green the next day, and not in a twinkling eyes way.

Splash! (Didn’t you miss it, the last two paragraphs?) Man about town bit next. The beer store lady was surprised to see me mid-week, but helpfully pointed me to where the last of the Guinness was hiding. At the grocery store, the cashier did all but buy me a drink from the Ukee Brewery – it is located in view and less than a minute from her till – insisting a lunchtime Guinness was ok on a work day, if it is St. Patrick’s. I didn’t like to tell her about the one and only time I taught with a hangover after a St. Patrick’s celebration went long. And wrong. My friend: Sure, Adam, we’re working tomorrow so we’ll have just the one – c’mon, it is St. Patrick’s. My willpower: OK! Never again.

Just the one

Splash! A music bit now. Tethered? Not really. I have been listening to Chvrches quite a lot the past week or two. My fondness for 80s style electronica and misery in music has been very satisfied. It isn’t all downbeat, but check out “Tether” for a downbeat tune almost getting upbeat at the end. I probably haven’t sold that very well, but you might like it if you like Depeche Mode or Erasure.

Splash! A movie bit follows. I’ve been having an email back and forth with my brothers about great and not so great but at least entertaining movies. Tango and Cash? No. Point Break? Yes. Waterworld? Big no! Is it an overlooked masterpiece? Nope. It’s sh#t, even though, at a bare minimum, it should have been passably entertaining. It has pirates on skidoos, Dennis Hopper chewing (wobbly) scenery, explosions, a man with gills, and Kevin Costner’s definitely not balding, no sir, not me, look over there hair do. Hair don’t. I fast forwarded through the movie, pausing for the best bits. Not too many pauses. But it did get me thinking about his other movies – some are pretty good, some are terrible, and one had Whitney Houston. And Whitney was the route I took to Chvrches. Chvrches covered “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay” and there you go, that has been my music and movies week. I didn’t rewatch The Bodyguard. I remember it as not okay.

Definitely okay

Splash! No, really, Splash, the movie. Probably not so good, or it’s okay and about right. Might be time to stop writing.

Like I said at the top, a mishmash, and it’s been pretty good. Unlike Waterworld. Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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17 thoughts on “Splash!”

  1. I enjoyed this mishmash with a splash, Adam, and am glad for your colorful week! I’d say vesicles & testicles form an off-rhyme, of sorts, a verbal link about as obvious as a last Guinness hiding in a midweek cooler (just waiting for you!). I’ll pass on Chvrches (first listen a bit too poppishly electronica for my ears, which this week have soaked up a profundity of wonderful “misery in music” from the Fripp & Silvian “Road to Graceland” concert in Japan, 1993…) Wow. Anyway, thanks for another fine read, and getting me cranked up for another Friday. Have a great weekend!


    1. Thanks, Walt! I appreciate the Fripp and Sylvian tip – my first listen to “The First Day” and very enjoyable it was. Darshan/Road to Graceland? Too short at 17+ minutes!
      As for attempts at rhyme, probably best if I leave well alone…


  2. Love the blossoms, I will wait until May to see them here, but don’t want to rush things. Here the sap is running and the bark is changing colour and I am hearing the geese trickle in as well as the crows and my first Robin. The woman in Chvrches has a nice voice but the beat was so dominate in the one song, not my thing since dancing all night long in the discos.Have a great weekend.


  3. Love the mishmash and beautiful photos this week!! Tango & Cash (Stallone is always a YES), Point Break (No) and a true Kevin Costner fan refuses to acknowledge Waterworld (and a few others). I had to blank out the memory of watching it, but it’s possible I actually went to the theater to see the movie. It was painful just reading about it again. A great Costner movie marathon for me is Field of Dreams, Bull Durham, 3 Days to Kill, Silverado and Open Range. Glad you found that last Guinness and I enjoyed chuckling over how the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations have changed over the decades. Enjoy the week and if more of my basketball teams lose, I’ll be listening to more of Chvrches later.


    1. Thank you! Oh no, seems like I might have to watch Tango & Cash again… Costner has made some great ones, and I’d forgotten Open Range – that is up there. Yes, I think we handed over real money to see Waterworld, and it wasn’t worth any of it!
      I don’t follow basketball – sport has been low on the agenda, still sulking over recent Everton displays – but I hope your teams are doing well. Basketball, that is, not Spurs (another bad week for Moanrinho?!)

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  4. I enjoyed hearing about the science lessons and all that goes with Grade 8, pc–as always you had me chuckling. I followed the rest of the mishmash, smiling, and really like those beautiful spring blossoms as well. I appreciate the mishmash you are living through with trying to teach eighth graders in this highly unusual year. A toast of Guinness to you, pc.


    1. We did enjoy the Guinness! It’s unlikely to happen, due to enjoying the not exactly retired but not exactly working nature of what I do now, but if I did return to a mainstream classroom, it would be Junior High or the closest equivalent. Never a dull moment in those classes! The mishmash of young people figuring out who they might be.

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  5. Haha! You’re funny…imagining your 8th graders loving to learn with you. Vesicles. And Waterworld brought another laugh. Thanks, Adam, I needed that. 🤣 Hope you enjoyed that hidden Guinness!


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