Thursday, June 22, 2006

School's Out

As of yesterday I am officially on summer vacation. This time of year always makes me feel like a kid again, and I have to admit that having the summer off is one of the reasons I got into education (getting to play kickball on a daily basis is the other reason). Besides planning a trip to New Hampshire in late July, we are staying close to home this summer. I always make a list at the beginning of summer of the things I want to accomplish, usually things I want to get done around the house. Then I finish one or maybe two of them by September, and the rest of the list gets thrown away. Why should this year be any different? So here is what I hope to do this summer:
  1. Finish building the shed I started last summer.
  2. Read.
  3. Spend a week in New Hampshire with the family.
  4. Buy new tires for my bike, start riding more often.
  5. Put up a fence in my backyard.
  6. Teach my daughter to fly a kite.
  7. Build a chair for my sister-in-law's wedding gift.
  8. Go to a Red Sox game.
  9. Play my guitar.
  10. Surf.
I am also hoping to go see some music this summer:
  1. Calexico on June 28 @ The Roxy.
  2. Richard Buckner on July 15 @ The Narrows Center.
  3. Josh Ritter on August 3 @ Copley Plaza.
Sadly, I won't be able to play all summer. I will be working some while I am off. I just finished a basement for a customer, and I have a few small jobs lined up, but hopefully I can keep it to 2-3 days a week. Besides teaching, I have been working most weekends since January on the basement job, and I could really use some time to hang with my wife and kids.

Listening to: Modest Mouse- The Moon & Antartica


CHW said...

Good on ya. Enjoy it all, amigo.

Eric Mallory said...

Hi there. I was googling Elliott Smith stuff looking for a bootleg of the La Luna show in '97. Have you gotten ahold of a copy of it?
My wife was at that show and I'd love to suprise her.... any help? I've got alot of Portland rockshows from the recent past to trade.......

JMH said...


Great show indeed. I only managed to download a few tracks, "Bottle Up & Explode" and "Christian Brothers". I forget where I found them, check Chad's archives over at, he posts Elliott tracks often.

Send some Stumptown coffee!

Rob said...

Just got your comment. Where on the Cape do you live? We're in South Natick -- about 20 miles west of Boston. Seems like we have a lot in common: PDX transplants, married, 2 kids, etc. My kids are almost 6 and almost 4. Two boys. Yours?

JMH said...

Yo Rob, we are in Falmouth, been here since we left PDX in '99. We actually met a few times at various Waterbury/Connell get-togethers, don't know if you remember. We have two little ones, our daughter is 3.5 and our son will be one next month. Once you get all settled in and feel like a trip to the beach, we should get our families together.