Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Tree in My Front Yard

has flowers on it.

Autumn is by far my season of preference, but there's still something touching about Spring, even though it makes me sneeze.

I'm going to take some time off of my internet addiction and enjoy the season, before my allergies render me a virtual bubble boy. I've got a couple of yardwork projects planned, like fencing a small open patch in my yard, and fixing an old birdhouse. I'm planning a picnic my wife and kids too.

It's funny how the corporate mentality even leaks into my downtime thinking. This spring break is going to be a search for maximum relaxation results! Always looking at the bottom line. I need to work on that.

This has been one hell of a quarter. I'm looking forward to doing a little bit of non-productive reading. I'm reading The Graveyard Book to my kids, and am looking forward to finishing the Jerry Coyne
book I mentioned a few posts back. The soundtrack to my Spring break is probably going to be Bonnie Prince Billy's new cd Beware, which I expect to arrive in the mail any day now.

It'll be a good time. For our picnic, I'm thinking something simple: Go down to Sawyer Point, lay down a blanket, and bring a variety of cheeses, some grapes, a baguette, and some bottled water. Maybe after that we'll walk into the city and ride the giant mechanical penis, if it's still on display at the Contemporary Art Center.

See you in April!


Willie Y said...

I am looking forward to spring as well. It kicks off around June
15th in Maine.

GbiZ said...

Enjoy your time off Spence. Ride the giant penis once for me, okay?

Spencer Troxell said...

Willie: But don't you guys have a longer Autumn? Or is it a longer Winter? If it's a longer Autumn, you've got the better deal.

Gbiz: Unfortunately, we're not actually allowed to ride the giant penis. I couldn't find a picture of it online, so I had to use our broken penis sculpture instead. I don't think they'll let us ride that one either.

Anonymous said...

ha ha ha! The last line caught me off guard. I like that Bonnie Prince Billy song. Ill have to look him up. Thats a pretty serious beard hes got. He must not be married!


GbiZ said...

Bummer. So Is penis art a big thing in Cincinnati?

Lodo Grdzak said...

Hope to see you soon Spence. I'm keeping you bookmarked. Enjoy!!!

Spencer Troxell said...

Ken: Thanks for stopping by. I'm not sure if he's married or not. It's not totally unrealistic. I let my beard get pretty crazy there for awhile, and my wife seemed okay with it.

Gboiz: I would say my city's relationship with the penis is indeed divided. On one hand, you have those infamous instances with the Robert Mapplethorpe exhibit & Larry Flynt's hustler store. On the other hand, Bill Cunningham is a very popular radio personality here. So, I guess it depends on what kind of penis you're talking about.

Lodo: Thanks for keeping me in mind! I should be posting again in early April.

Molly Gaudry said...

Never thought I'd say it, but I sort of miss Cincinnati.

P.S. I really like that spring pic you've got there.

Spencer Troxell said...

I look forward to missing Cincinnati someday.