It's Friday, and my summer school classes are at an end. Five weeks off lie ahead.
Something I didn't know: One of Lance Armstrong's most trusted and reliable teammates on the US Postal team, Floyd Landis, is a Mennonite who grew up in a household strict enough to ban TV and short pants. Here's the story. Landis came heartbreakingly close to winning yesterday's stage, and Armstrong did everything he could to make that possible. As always, keep up with the Tour news here. In any event, I am hunting on the Internet for other famous Mennonite athletes. Suggestions are welcome.
In not unrelated news, I have gone out and bought myself a road bike. This one. It will take me a while to get to know how to use it, but given the kind of mileage I am putting on my knees as a distance runner, it's time to do some heavy-duty cross-training.
Some links for today:
Amy came across a disturbing article that raised real questions for her about men, sexuality, and trustworthiness -- her words are challenging me (in a good way) this morning.
Annie at After Abortion has news of a research project seeking women who have been coerced into abortions -- submissions are apparently still very much welcome. On a similar note, David at Sed Contra takes apart this challenging Barbara Ehrenreich op-ed entitled "Owning up to Abortion."
Christy at Dry Bones Dance spent the past few weeks in the former Yugoslavia; her very readable travel reports are highly recommended.
That's it for today, folks. My girlfriend and I are off to Las Vegas for the weekend; we'll see Elton John in concert and enjoy the desert heat. Family will be providing chinchilla-sitting services.
And the real news is this: my girlfriend (whose anonymity I protect on this blog) isn't really my girlfriend any longer. Wednesday afternoon, I asked her to marry me. She said yes.
No, we aren't getting married in Vegas this weekend! But we are to get married next summer. I am blessed beyond all measure, and very, very happy today.