- If you haven't heard already: Danielle accepted a position as the middle school band director and K-8 music teacher at Knapp Charter Academy in Grand Rapids! This is a fantastic opportunity for her, and on top of that, it solved her job search in June so she can still enjoy the summer.
- Ratatouille was delicious. For the fifth straight Pixar release, I saw it opening night (HT: Rave Cinema). I don't think kids will enjoy it that much, save for the hand-animated and surprisingly funny slapstick. That is not a knock against Pixar, but an observation of the kind of movie they have decided to make. Animation is a medium, not a genre, and it's refreshing to see that their movies can cover such a variety of topics, conflicts, and characters, while retaining that je ne sais quoi that makes all their movies just plain better than everyone else's.
- Some biking pictures -- from a June 20th ride along the river:
This is from yesterday's ride with James, on one of many ladders at Burchfield Park in Lansing:
Even though Burchfield is more raw and less polished than Fort Custer, I actually liked it better. It makes better use of the space, winding back on itself with difficult switchbacks; it has more difficult technical challenges and opt-out routes, and is generally more punishing to the bike and body. Since I enjoy the "jam your handlebars into your sternum" style rides quite a bit, this was just the grueling abuse I needed.
Monday, July 02, 2007