i'm leaving for england in about 3 weeks, with stops on the east coast to visit my parents and melinda; if you haven't heard, i'll be at the oxford numerical computing laboratory until the end of july. i'm feeling simultaneously very prepared and not prepared at all for this trip. i think there must be a lot of little logistical things that i haven't considered yet, that i'm going to need to deal with all at the last second.
my new passport finally came in the mail, so that's one big worry taken care of. on the other hand, i'm realizing that 3 months is a weird time span to pack for. just short enough that i won't ever get really properly settled in there, so i'm still traveling light, but long enough that i feel like i should be bringing some bits of my life with me. i'm just glad that i can afford to not sublet my place and not need to deal with that.
i think you all know that i'm coaching the cal women's ultimate B-team, the tarts, this year. it's occasionally frustrating to coach people who are just learning to play, but on the whole it's incredibly rewarding. i'm completely astounded by how much better the team has gotten in the last 2 months, and i love that they play *great* defense. there's a few girls on the team who will be great players someday.
i was reading the "ethical guidelines for coaches" on monday, and it's pretty damn funny. there's the obvious bits that make perfect sense ("don't have sex with your players"), the bits that mostly make sense, but are possibly more extreme then they need to be ("don't drink with your players"), and a few bits that are absolutely non-sensical ("tell your players not to use pornography" - no joke; i can think of no reasonable justification for this, but the UPA seems to think it makes sense. i'm also supposed to tell them not to gamble, evidently).
i thought i'd put up another portrait that i took this fall, just for fun. it's from the last time i visited new york, at the beginning of november, at a korean dessert / coffee shop in midtown. shot on ISO 400 kodak tri-x black and white film, with a 50mm prime lens at f2.8, 1/30 sec exposure. artificially colored in photoshop.( Collapse )