Poor Biff’s Almanac — Friday Night Edition

Poor Biff's Almanac Graphic (Colored) #1

I have been quite remiss in writing in my humble little blog lately.  There are lots of reasons for that, but none of them are interesting enough to rise to the level of blog post material, so I’ll spare you the details.

Friday snuck up on me this week.  At work, I have been in training yesterday and today and that always makes the time go by quickly.  Getting to go to classes always seems like a holiday.  For one thing, it happens so rarely, that when I finally get to go to some sort of training, it seems like Christmas.  It makes me yearn for my days in college where every day was spent in the pursuit of learning new things.

Then I got out of college and began to work for a living.  I was still learning something nearly every day, but it was different.  There were no tests.  No grades.  There was nothing, really, by which to measure my progress or the passage of time against.  The only measure of success was getting to stay employed and the occasional cost-of-living raise.  Time slowed down.  Life took on a uniform consistency, like oatmeal or cream of wheat cereal.

But then, once a decade or so, I get tapped to go take some training and I suddenly remember what it was like to be in school and learning new things and being excited about the prospects that the future held.

But soon the training will be over.  And I won’t really get to apply it to anything I do.  Then the entropy will set in.  And a month from now I won’t even remember this class or what it was about.  The oatmeal will close around me again and the trudging forward will continue.

But on a lighter note, we have received quite a bit of rain over the past few days.  I haven’t looked at my rain gauge yet, but I’m guessing we’ve gotten about two inches of rain.  Since I de-thatched my lawn last weekend, I’m hoping that a lot of the rain soaked into the ground and is encouraging my beleaguered St. Augustine grass to rise from the thatch of its former self and to be better than its previous incarnation (in-plant-nation?).

All right, I’ll stop boring you.  Since I have nothing really to say, there is no point in saying it in a long, rambling blog post.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!  And may the weather do as you wish it would.  Just don’t tell the weather people.


  1. I think I like learing a lot better now that I don’t have to do it for someone else. It seems I’m forever learning something for my day job or for my editing business, and it’s not a hardship because they’re things I actually want to learn and can apply immediately.

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    • Yes, I agree. I’ve always loved learning new things. And if my work won’t teach them to me, I’ll teach them to myself. They’re paying me to be there anyway, I might as well give them their money’s worth and improve myself in the process. 🙂

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  2. When I was in the Foreign Service I was in training for a whole year on three different occasions—two stints of language training and a mid-career master’s. (Plus another six-month language course.) Some people couldn’t wait to go back to work (especially during language training), but I loved it. And of course I did get to use what I learned.

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    • Wow! That’s awesome! I would love to get to learn a new language. I think it’s so much easier to learn when being formally taught it versus trying to pick it up using language tapes or something like that. And getting to use it like you did is the best teacher of all!

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