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auto-da-fey
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« on: Sep 23, 2010, 12:35:07 PM »

--continued from wherever--

the way I live now is, head to northeast New Jersey Monday mornings, stay till Wednesday afternoons, return to Philly, repeat next week. except this week I got roped into some cocktail-party event thing this afternoon, very very very unwillingly because I just really feel uprooted by this lifestyle and desperately wanted to head home into the comfort of my apartment and now have to stick around here all day instead.

worse, I only packed for my usual three days, so I'm sitting here naked in my massive sublet sniffing socks and undershirts to see what most closely approximates clean clothes.
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« Reply #1 on: Sep 23, 2010, 01:56:30 PM »

I am in that stage as well right now: sniffing clothes to see which ones are the least smelly.  I have a washer and dryer downstairs but sometimes it just seems so far away, ya know?
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mixed cats
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« Reply #2 on: Sep 23, 2010, 02:24:51 PM »

I am having that issue with my only pair of shorts. I want to go to a show tonight, but it's (probably) sold out and going to be sweaty, so I need the shorts. But the whole sweating/rain thing from yesterday got them in a terrible state. I guess I'll wash them when I get home and just get them dirty again tonight? blergh.
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elpollodiablo
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« Reply #3 on: Sep 24, 2010, 09:34:21 AM »

I'm going to the doctor today for the third time in a month. I'm worried both that the student health services people think I'm some kind of neurotic, and that my new insurance company is going to reject stuff out of hand because of all the activity so soon after the policy's started. But this is the first time I've had health insurance in five years, and I got shit that needs looked at. Grumble.
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« Reply #4 on: Sep 24, 2010, 11:59:57 AM »

Can they get on you for some kind of 'health insurance fraud' anyhow? It might not be fun, but I'm sure that if they started rejecting stuff, you could argue your way back into coverage for legitimate ailments.

I don't have any recurring health problems that immediately come to mind, but if I knew I was covered I would probably remember some real quick.
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« Reply #5 on: Sep 24, 2010, 02:49:15 PM »

Good luck with everything, epd. Is your school's health care center free for students?
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« Reply #6 on: Oct 12, 2010, 05:42:18 PM »

OPTIONS:
1. Drive to Philly to see the Thermals. Already have tickets, but no one to go with, so I could give one away.

2. Lose $20 on the tickets but save the aggravation of parking and being annoyed at people drinking. Stay home and do Halloween related crafts; possibly go food shopping.

 Blergh
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« Reply #7 on: Oct 12, 2010, 05:58:01 PM »

GO SEE THE THERMALS! You can make a new friend and maybe bone
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« Reply #8 on: Oct 12, 2010, 06:05:05 PM »

Haha the reason I have an extra ticket is because my husband got sick of them after listening to the record three times, and is now recording death metal in the basement instead. Which is a decent soundtrack for gluing plastic spiders on things.
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« Reply #9 on: Oct 12, 2010, 08:24:13 PM »

I went up a level in official proficiency in spoken Russian!!


....but I'm still only an "intermediate-- mid," which really isn't where I should be after three years of study and the fancy program I went on this summer. I think, perhaps, that I am just in the wrong field! Have I spent all of this time learning something I am always going to suck at anyway?

I also got a B this week. On a paper! And that's new for me and doesn't help with the overwhelming doubts about my academic future. I started a history minor last minute because I want to do area studies for grad school. But if I'm bad at A) Russian and B) writing history papers, then why the hell would I get deeper into the field?

I have a relatively clear image of what kind of work I'd like to do! I just worry that I don't have the talent to get there.
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« Reply #10 on: Oct 12, 2010, 11:22:52 PM »

First of all, congratulations!

Then: If you're still making progress, I don't think it's really a big deal if you're not a black belt after three years. It's not like you're stuck at square one, so you'll obviously get to where you want/need to be. I'm sure you have the talent if you've already come this far. Plus intermediate-- mid sounds pretty impressive to me!

As for getting a B on a history paper, that's just not a big deal at all. It is a pretty big deal that you've never gotten one before, though, I guess.

You've got the talent. You're certainly not 'bad at' these things. This last bit probably isn't as important, but if you were fully equipped and prepared to go as far as you wanted in your chosen field already, wouldn't it be kinda boring?
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« Reply #11 on: Oct 18, 2010, 11:52:37 AM »

Does it matter that I don't really give one half of one fuck that students intermittently sleep through my class? Cuz I really don't. I absolutely don't make enough money to scold anyone, nor do I think it really matters, inna final analysis. I'm sure the department might take issue with that, though.
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« Reply #12 on: Oct 18, 2010, 11:58:27 AM »

Way I figure it, and the way my college profs told me back when I made a couple half-assed attempts at higher education, it isn't your job to babysit them the way it is for a teacher at an elementary school, middle school, high school.  You tell them what your expectations are and they find out if they've lived up to them when they get their grades.
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« Reply #13 on: Oct 18, 2010, 11:59:17 AM »

Way I figure it, and the way my college profs told me back when I made a couple half-assed attempts at higher education, it isn't your job to babysit them the way it is for a teacher at an elementary school, middle school, high school.  You tell them what your expectations are and they find out if they've lived up to them when they get their grades.

WORD.

More specifically: These are *technically* grown-ass adults we're talking about here.  Either they're capable of staying awake or they're not, and if they're not, they're either capable of getting a grade they're happy with or they're not.  Ain't nobody should have to hold a hand about it.
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« Reply #14 on: Oct 18, 2010, 02:04:45 PM »

personally, if it were my class I'd tell them (in private, not in front of the class) to sleep elsewhere, not because they need scolding, but because there are potentially other students trying to learn a thing.  I think it's annoying and distracting to be in a class trying to pay attention when there are people sleeping--plus it's straight up rude.
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« Reply #15 on: Oct 18, 2010, 02:11:02 PM »

It's their $. 
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« Reply #16 on: Oct 18, 2010, 02:15:24 PM »

personally, if it were my class I'd tell them (in private, not in front of the class) to sleep elsewhere, not because they need scolding, but because there are potentially other students trying to learn a thing.  I think it's annoying and distracting to be in a class trying to pay attention when there are people sleeping--plus it's straight up rude.

I will also say WORD to this, because it is commendable.  This, though, is not in opposition to my previously having said WORD to what Jim said in response to what pollollo said.  And I say that as a person who is fully aware who fucked who in regard to my education (me and me, respectively).
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« Reply #17 on: Oct 18, 2010, 02:16:15 PM »

I'm with mos that disruptive-to-other-students is the criterion for me intervening into whatever fucked-up shit is transpiring, though for me sleeping has never crossed that threshold (also I find it pretty amusing) (and I can see the case for it qualifying). Beyond that, yeah, absolutely no interest in policing their behavior--and doubtful the department much cares, really (at least, at the institutional level, bracketing for individuals who have emotional investments in such matters).
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« Reply #18 on: Oct 18, 2010, 02:45:21 PM »

The department obviously has a vested interest in making me believe that they think this curriculum is important, but it's pretty much all a ludicrous sham. They don't care, I don't care, and the students sure as fuck don't care. I'll eat a .45 before I end up as an adjunct composition instructor, though, that's for sure.

Apropos of all of that, I find I really dislike comp/rhet people, not only because they're almost invariably provincial Midwestern tightasses, but because at an essential level I fail to understand how someone could devote their intellectual faculties to... that. Ugh.
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« Reply #19 on: Oct 18, 2010, 02:50:22 PM »

Wait, aren't you still an English grad student?  For a second there you made it seem like you were studying something useful to humanity.



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« Reply #20 on: Oct 18, 2010, 02:55:13 PM »

I'll take great pleasure in throwing your utilitarian condescension back in your face when you're consulting for some venture capitalist with baby teeth.
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« Reply #21 on: Oct 18, 2010, 03:31:04 PM »

I'll take great pleasure in throwing your utilitarian condescension back in your face when you're consulting for some venture capitalist with baby teeth.

Why would that be a bad thing I don't even.

Edit: Also, I like the attitude of "Condescension is completely acceptable when insulting someone for provincialism and a deemed lack of intellectual merit of THEIR field, but not MY field, oh-ho-ho." 
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« Reply #22 on: Oct 18, 2010, 03:41:39 PM »

No more humanistic endeavor than the creation of more capital!

Also: I thought we were sparring!
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« Reply #23 on: Oct 18, 2010, 03:42:48 PM »

We are! I just don't get what is insulting about working for a venture capitalistic doing something.

Edit: "i'll laugh when you're doing something and i'm talking about books to sleeping students!"
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« Reply #24 on: Oct 18, 2010, 03:43:40 PM »

My only point was that that ain't exactly a huge boon to humanity, either.
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