I voted early today in favor of the water rate changes for Rapid City. I’m happy to discuss why if you contact me privately.
Craig Lehmeier (Oct. 11, 1954 – Jan. 17, 2018)
Craig married my grade school and high school band director Pam in 1993. He was a musician (clarinet player) and band director too, and he sometimes substituted for her. They were a musical team with a lasting influence on many of their students. My wife and I visited him and Pam on our trips to Independence to see my family.
The best testament to his influence in my life is that this Wednesday, I will be playing a tuba in a rehearsal for the University Band at SDSM&T. We have a concert in April. Almost twenty years after I last played in my high school band, I am still making music, and that is thanks in part to Craig.
My favorite memory of Craig is from one Halloween in high school. I went as Peter Criss from KISS. My sister did the makeup and nails. When I went to the band room to borrow a pair of drumsticks to complete the costume, Craig said, “I have a few album covers that look like you!” He was one of the few people who recognized the costume. I will miss him.
Obituary | Craig V. Lehmeier | Edison Funeral Home
On Saturday, Dec. 16, I will have the honor of being the Physics Department representative at the graduation ceremony where we will officially confer the first Physics Ph.D. in our school’s history and one of the first two in the history of the state.
Wenzhao Wei and Dan Rederth are the first to earn physics PhDs within the state of South Dakota.
Source: The PhD pioneers | symmetry magazine
Thanksgiving and the end of the semester have been busy times, and I have not kept up on my gratitude lists. To make up for the gap, here is a triple-length edition!
- My new 128 GB USB drive arrived
- The drive works with both my Linux laptop and my phone
- Successfully downloading new open source video editing software
- Using that software to trim the recordings I have made from VHS tapes.
- Reformatting my new USB drive so that it can be read by Windows, Linux, Android, and hold large video files.
- Getting many chores done on Sunday (Nov. 19)
- Watching the children of two friends in a production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
- Helping my wife with her work
- Deciding on which antenna to keep
- Deciding how and where to mount the new antenna
- Good and surprisingly emotional discussion of Christmas memories and music at church
- I was able to find and by White Out (liquid paper) when my wife needed some
- Our fall band concert went very well, and several of our friends and colleagues attended
- The concert was live streamed and is available to watch again (our band begins at about the 50 minute mark)
- Physics Department Thanksgiving Feast
- My wife providing our contribution to the feast
- Good conversations and fun at the feast
- Leftovers from the feast
- One of my students made some good looking plots for a presentation I gave
- Making plans for the Thanksgiving break at home and for work
- Bringing treats to the final band class of the semester
- One of our band members demonstrating a kayagum, a Korean musical instrument
- Interesting Inclusion Committee meeting
- Learning more about myself and how much childhood experiences affect my current attitude towards money
- Teaching my last class of the semester
- Getting my final and exam and solutions written on time
- Taking snacks to the Physics Department Gift Exchange
- Getting a gift I actually liked at the exchange
- Hanging up our inside Christmas decorations
- I also discovered another part of fractal human culture: pens!
- Physics Lunch Club at Mackenzie River
- Finishing the editing of all of our VHS to digital transfers
- Good discussions about selecting our next book for the Wobbly Table
- Successfully installing the new antenna on our deck
- So far the antenna is working, and we are receiving 21 channels over the air with clear reception, including the one I was most concerned about.
- Final garden harvest of the year!
- Making kale and carrots with the harvest from our garden
- My wife was excited that she was finally able to make progress painting our kitchen
- The kitchen looks beautiful
- She was also to hang up the new baskets at the left in the picture above
- Moving the fridge out of the way for painting was fairly easy
- Being invited to a friend’s house for Thanksgiving Dinner
- Bringing dessert and snacks to the dinner
- Wonderful food for Thanksgiving
- Catching up with friends
- Meeting new people
- Taking home leftovers
- Saving the leftover turkey bones for making broth
- Interesting colloquium on the recently discovered neutron star merger GW170817
- Having lunch with the colloquium speaker
- Helping a colleague by proctoring a classes evaluation
- Watching Clarinet Madness perform at the mall
- Lunch at the mall food court
- Skype conversation with a good friend (Dec. 2)
- A beautiful Christmas concert at the Cathedral
- Seeing two tuba players playing their tubas while walking
- Hilarious performance by Σ Improv (Sum Improv), which is our student drama club’s monthly improv event
- Σ Improv accept several of my suggestions for “Scenes from a Hat.”
- Helping a friend move
- The friend fed us pizza and bread sticks for helping move