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Mostly Friends-Only

September 23rd, 2010 (07:11 pm)

This journal is now mostly friends-only. All the personal, school and teaching posts are f-locked (i.e. the interesting posts), but I like friends, especially history loving grad school types, so feel free to friend me!

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March 17th, 2008 (04:45 pm)

What dog breed are you? I&apos;m a German Shepherd! Find out at Dogster.com

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Weird email

January 29th, 2008 (08:41 am)

I opened my inbox this morning and saw an email with this subject line:

A Gift Has Been Purchased from Your Amazon Baby Registry


"That's strange," I thought, "I don't have a baby!"

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Christmas Eve

December 24th, 2007 (09:33 pm)

(In a booming voice):

"Meeeerrrry Christmasssss!"

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Costumes

October 26th, 2007 (02:25 pm)

Costume idea for lazy people: Go dressed exactly how you normally dress. When people ask who you are, say "I'm that guy from Quantum Leap, see, and I've leaped into this body." Insist that you are, in fact, Quantum Leap Man, but demand a mirror to see what your new body looks like.

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Library Fine

October 1st, 2007 (09:53 pm)
annoyed

Mood:: annoyed

So this summer I got a library fine, my first since elementary school. The fine, for the whopping sum of $2.20, was due to my neglecting to renew two books for 11 days past the due date. Okay, it's not a huge fine considering that 11 days is a significant amount of time, and yet no one put these books on hold. I'm pretty sure these old books don't get checked out very often.

Today I finally decided to pay the fine, to clear my guilty conscience, and guess what? The library has instituted a new policy, effective this quarter. Books no longer accrue daily fines unless they're on hold or are more than 30 days overdue. Yes, they eliminated the policy that cost me $2.20, a month after I incurred the fine.

Grrr.

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I forgot . . .

September 22nd, 2007 (11:16 am)

Yesterday I saw Stanley Tucci filming a movie. Hoards of people swarmed around him asking if he would take pictures with them. Is Stanley Tucci really such a big deal?

P.S. He looked really short.

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Work update

September 20th, 2007 (01:26 pm)

I've only read 4 pages today. That's 4 pages in English, not some foreign language.

Sigh.

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Career Survey Thingie

September 16th, 2007 (10:57 am)

I am happy to report that the career survey says I would be a good professor or historian. It's also interesting to note that my former career goal, judge, is down at 21. Does that mean it's better that I'm going to be a professor, or that I would have answered the survey differently if I still wanted to be a judge? (oh, and P.S. I don't know why it thinks I would be such a great ESL teacher, since I repeatedly said I don't like working with children or teenagers, and I'm not that fond of working with foreign languages.)


1. Professor

2. Historian

3. Political Aide

4. Director

5. ESL Teacher

6. Writer

7. Anthropologist

8. Activist

9. Researcher

10. Television and Radio Reporter

11. Critic

12. Tour Guide

13. Actor

14. Casting Director

15. Corporate Trainer

16. Public Policy Analyst

17. Communications Specialist

18. Announcer

19. Comedian

20. Mediator

21. Judge

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Another Teaching Dream

September 11th, 2007 (07:06 am)
annoyed

Mood:: annoyed

I had another dream about teaching last night. I was the TA for a German history class (which I know nothing about), and my section was full of freshman who had no idea what they were doing. One student asked, "What's a teaching assistant?" I also didn't have a chalk board and I lived in the back of my classroom behind a curtain. Students kept walking in while I was trying to prepare for class, and consequently I hadn't finished the reading and had a list of only two or three questions to talk about. During class, the students kept talking and wouldn't listen to me until I started yelling at them, and then a few looked like they were going to cry.

Their weekly response papers were terrible. The prof came to observe one of the classes, and she suggested (in front of the students) that the students should be allowed to turn in their response papers late. They all started cheering. I said, "But I already told the students that late papers would not be accepted." The professor felt very strongly about this, and asked the students to vote by raising their hands, and of course everyone voted against me.

When class was finally over, I had to carry all my books out of the class in a shopping cart.

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