June 6 – A Day in the Dirt

A hard day’s labor is good for the body and the soul, helps to clear the mind and get you grounded in reality.

Helping our good friend Nic prepare for the construction of a sauna on his property, I spent the better part of the day with other guys playing in the dirt.  It was a true male bonding experience as well.
Of course, in retrospect, I did spend time pondering the question: how many PhD’s does it take to dig and refill a 9x12x2 foot hole?

June 5 – Golf Day

I have finally recovered from the trip to Japan and have settled into the relaxed pace of the coming sumer season.  What to do for three months?

Teaching a small class (11 students) international business through June 19 is a rewarding experience.  After that, since I doubt a second course I offered to teach will have sufficient enrollment, will allow me time to relax, reflect and prepare for the fall semester.
The weather appears to have warmed and yesterday presented the first opportunity to play some golf.  I joined good friends for a nine hole outing at a jewel of a course in Searsport.  It was the first test of a new set of custom-made irons (fitted with Rifle Project X lightweight metal shafts).  Perhaps it was just an early season accident, but a two-over round (with one birdie) was a real confidence builder.  My goal for the summer is to make a serious effort to improve my ball-striking and scoring consistency.