Yet Another Birthday Post

I’ve been spending the morning enjoying the dual glow of celebrating both the end of the semester (90% of my grading is already done) and yet another birthday. It was nice to take some time off last night and escape from the grind of grading papers, interviewing candidates, writing articles, and pretty much everything else, although last night’s movie, The Golden Compass, left a lot to be desired (at least the company–Antony and his fiancee–was excellent). I may have more to say about The Golden Compass later, in part because of the controversy over the film’s alleged anti-religious aspects, but like this Cincinnati Post reviewer, I was more offended by the film’s reliance on fantasy cliches and its failure to entertain (I’m assuming the book is better).

I’ve often used birthday posts to reflect on the past year, and so I’ll mention briefly that I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot this year. Perhaps most importantly (if less visibly), I’ve made quite a bit of progress on the book this year, but I’ve also managed to produce one other book chapter on the future of science-fiction television (coming soon to an online bookseller near you), as well as some shorter essays for Flow and Art Signal. And, as always, my experiences in the classroom have been very rewarding. Finally, I even ran in my first half marathon a few weeks ago, which was a lot of fun (a full marathon may be in my future plans).

But I’m starting to get the feeling that I’ve been playing with this post for the last half hour because I don’t want to work on other things, so I’ll wrap up for now.

Update: Had a lovely evening with several friends here in town, but even a year and a half after arriving at Fayetteville, I still feel very much like an outsider when I go to the bars here in town, like I’m stepping into a movie scene.  Last night, for example, the evening started out feeling like a cross between Beautiful Girls and Top Gun but ended up more like Road House.

5 Comments »

  1. Mike D. Said,

    December 8, 2007 @ 1:50 pm

    Happy birthday, Chuck! Hard to believe it’s that time of year again, eh? I hope you’ll take a bit more time to celebrate this weekend.

    In commemoration of the day, I think I’ll get some good Mexican food (if I can find any in this town), have a beer, and watch a football game.

    Cheers!

    Love,
    Mike

  2. Chuck Said,

    December 8, 2007 @ 4:15 pm

    Thanks, Mike. I’ve decided to use the day to unwind a bit and may even do that long-planned movie day in the Triangle tomorrow. Tonight, however, I will be celebrating in style with friends (“style” being a relative term here in Fayetteville).

  3. Sujewa Said,

    December 8, 2007 @ 9:59 pm

    Happy Birthday Chuck T.!

    – Sujewa

  4. Chuck Said,

    December 9, 2007 @ 4:48 pm

    Thanks, Sujewa!

  5. Jim Said,

    December 11, 2007 @ 7:47 am

    Happy Birthday, Charles Edward!

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