The story behind the name:

One evening, at the Old Broadway Grill in Fargo, North Dakota, my brother caught the end of a Mountain Dew commercial. In the commercial, a Mountain Dew drinker was riding a shark in the ocean. My brother exclaimed in surprise, not realizing that it was a commercial. When I told him he declared "All I saw was a guy coming out of the shower with a shark." Of course, he meant water, but the idea of showering with sharks has been with me ever since.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

I Am Iron Man

Ok. I'm not Iron Man, but I did go to see the movie on Saturday. And it was awesome. Far and away my favorite Marvel movie since Spider-Man 2. Robert Downey Jr. was fantastic and I'm excited by the prospect of Iron Man 2 and The Avengers. It would be difficult for me to pinpoint my favorite scene in the movie. A few that come to mind are when he first tries out the flight potential on his suit, when he crash-lands in the desert after escaping the cave, and when he returns to kick some major bad-guy butt. Although, I have to say that I knew that Jeff Bridges' character was the ultimate evil-doer.

I've been pretty busy since finals week... lots of grading... some meetings... and a new faculty retreat. The retreat was really fun. It was at Dunrovin, which is a retreat center just north of Still water on the St. Croix River. It was very beautiful and the rooms reminded me of my old dorm rooms at NDSU. Mom and Dad came up this weekend for a mini-vacation and to celebrate Mother's Day. It was too bad that it rained all day Saturday, but it could have been worse. Jared said that it snowed all day in Fargo! On May 10!!!

Mark and I have been watching movies. Last night we watched Cloverfield, which was better than I thought it would be. This afternoon we watched The Golden Compass, which was ok but not as amazing as it was advertised. I'm interested to read the book. The author is an atheist who apparently wrote many of his feelings about the church and religion into the book. I don't really care about that, but I am interested in how/if the characters are different in the book and if the story hangs together differently. Finally, we watched 30 Days of Night. It was very excellent, although I wish the ending could have been happier.

Tomorrow and Tuesday I have some orientation stuff and then I'm basically done with meetings for the week. I need to go and get some things for my speech team, so I'll probably spend some of the week doing that.

With tomorrow's early morning in mind, I think I better get ready for bed.