Writing Machines is the course website for English 170L at Pomona College in Claremont, California.
I'm not sure if this is (well, actually, I'm certain that it's not) relevant to the class in any way, but I wanted to share it because it was really funny (to me)--
Apparently there are some morons (hard-core athletes??) who think it's a great idea to go surfing in Cleveland (my hometown) in the middle of December.
There are forty mile per hour winds... the water is (at its most lovely) described as "chocolate" (I finished my scuba certification by diving in Lake Erie... I could see, at most, a grand total of five inches)... The temperature is frigid...
Anyway, these fellows (and they only really interviewed men, which made me feel slightly better) apparently believe that they are the "real surfers" in America, as compared with anyone out here on the West Coast.
And I quote:
"'Everybody surfs in California, which waters down the experience,' said Mr. Rooney, who grew up surfing in Orange County, Calif., before moving to Cleveland three years ago to work in his family's real estate business. 'Being here takes me back to that feeling of discovery that the founding fathers of surfing experienced.'"
Well, all you founding fathers, come to Cleveland!