The calm at the center of a pearl

August 15, 2007

Smorgasbord

Filed under: Uncategorized — kyraninse @ 7:30 pm

I have an eGo-bike and I get honked at, tail-gated, and yelled at all the time. I really thought that it was just me. You know, little girl on a cute bike — what’s not to hate? Apparently though, I’m not the only one.

I sincerely don’t know what it is about cyclists/small moving vehicles that make people feel like it’s ok to taunt them. Meh.

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Today, there was another group of prospies coming through the library, and there was the requisite “IS-introduction-talk”. So, we have a senior capstone paper at our college, everyone has to spend the full school year writing about one topic that they (hopefully) feel passionately about. You’re expected to have something like 50 sources minimum, a 25 page intro, etc etc ad nauseum. (no, they don’t tell the prospies this, heh.) But you get your own adviser and it’s a huge thing.

Anyways, this dad asked, after the nice little spiel the tour guides give, “That sounds rather intimidating.”

Note that the tour guild only said that it was to be a senior capstone project and you would spend a year doing it with your own adviser.

Intimidating? Really? Is this another symptom of our society, that anything that can’t be finished within one day or a couple of hours is “intimidating”? Good grief, I wonder that we don’t all live on blogs and that novels haven’t all gone the way of the dodo. Besides, what kind of limp-wicked limpet is his son anyways?

Then he asked:”So, wouldn’t this affect his social life? Has anyone ever been so caught up in it to the detriment of other things?”

*sigh* Oh ye fond parents. (yes, fond used in all the definitions.) He’s going to be a college student.  Affect his social life? Heck, you’d be lucky if his social life doesn’t affect his IS. Good god, it’s a maybe 100 page paper, although the professors would probably like it to be much shorter. They have a life too, hard as that might be to imagine. Spread over an entire school year of 8 months, maybe give or take 3 months to find a topic and do research — it’s going to be hard, but it’s not going to be like writing a novel in one month.

Which reminds me that National Write a Novel Month is coming up again, good gracious.

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There used to be a staff lounge in the library.

Used to be, but now it’s being converted into something else.

Before that happens though, I was using it as a lunch room because it has a microwave and couches.

Well, apparently, it’s not open for student use. Even if said student is currently working 40 hours a week at the library and is just using it to make instant soup for lunch.

Also, another student who is also working full-time and commutes is likewise not allowed to park her car in the staff parking lots.

So, whereas we’re hired to do a “real job” and have all the expectations associated with it, we’re students when it comes to everything else.

No parking in the staff parking slots.

No using the staff lounge.

No being taken for your word when you take time off because you’re sick.

No taking off work early unless it’s an emergency, certifiable and documented in triplicate.

My question is how?
… sometimes there is just too much hate going around.

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