Saturday, June 23, 2007

Go Get 'um Baba!

Tomorrow morning Steve will embark on a whole new chapter in physical fitness. We're truly proud of him and wish him well. The following are a few thoughts from the kids and me before the big Tri...

Julie: It sounds like a hard race to me but daddy has been training for a while now so I think he's ready!

Z-man: I think daddy is going to have a hard time with those hills...I think he'll be the best at swimming.

Me: After surveying the course (we drove through it this afternoon...holy mackerel, those hills!!!) I can see that a true challenge awaits you but I know your training in addition to your fortitude will propel you through the finish line. I'm so excited to be able to watch you tomorrow and glad that we continue to be able to "draft" off your desires to mix things up!

No frills, just good skills.

~Desi

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Goodbye to Old Main

For the past three years, 401C Old Main has been my home away from home, the office where I spend most of my time on campus. But, as you can see, it's walls are now bare and the room is filled with boxes of books, files, binders, journals, and the occasional stray toy. Before too long, the political science department will move to its newly renovated digs, the appropriately named Monroe Hall-Hall of Government complex.

Once we make the two-block move, we'll be greeted with nice views of the university's rose garden and Kogan Plaza, not to mention the Washington Monument. We'll also enjoy the complex's right-in-the-middle-of-campus convenience, as well as the aesthetic spoils of a $40 million (or something like that) renovation.

But we will be losing out in some small, but important ways. Old Main is a rarity on an urban campus--a building with a lawn in front of it. It's kind of like the university's liberal artsy-looking location. As a former Fummer, I've enjoyed that aspect of life in Old Main.

Then there's the office size thing. GW acquired Old Main a few years back from an association (some underwriter's group, I believe). As such, the offices are not the egalitarian, cookie cutters that we in the academy tend to favor. In other words, there are some really BIG offices, the likes of which most of us will never see again, absent a change in career. Time to downsize!

It's unclear (to me, at least) what's going to happen to Old Main. The university has been using it as "swing space" for department's like mine that are waiting to move into their new homes. I suppose this could continue indefinitely, as GW continues to upgrade its physical plant, or as it has been uncharitably put, "eat Foggy Bottom." But I have this sneaking suspicion that a big dorm might one day stand where I am writing this. Now that would certainly get our neighbors in an uproar!

~Steve

Monday, June 18, 2007

Blue and I

Z: Blue and I love doing stuff like wrestling, petting each other, kissing, and licking each other. In wrestling, Blue tries to bite my arms because I am on all fours. I like tackling her and she likes laying on me. I love petting her and somtimes she puts her paws on me. She loves to lick my face because she loves me.

Blue: I love Z because we are good play partners. Right now I am laying next to him telling him what to write. Dad just took a picture of Z writing and me laying next to him. Z loves petting me and I love to kiss or lick him. I love Julie too, but she is sick so I try to make her better. I love my Uncle Cameron too and he gives me advice. Although he likes to lay low, we still play together. I don't like the crate but Uncle Cameron says I'll grow out of it soon. I can't wait, but I love my life. I love writing blogs too!

~Z and Blue

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Our Action Hero

On her big day, I want to send some love out to the Balla family's do-it-all wife and mother. I mean, how many people do you know who have been immortalized as anime heroines? Just add it to her ever-growing list!

Ai ni!

~Steve