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So... tomorrow is Oktoberfest, one of the biggest annual events in Hays. So big, in fact, that the school shuts down. No classes, no work, and the profs don't plan any tests for several days afterwards because they know that people will still be drunk through Tuesday of the following week. In fact, the whole town basically shuts down. The mayor taps a keg at ten in the morning and then it's a weekend of drunkenness and debauchery. And German-ness.

However, I know next to nothing about anything German. It's one of the few European countries that I can't claim a sliver of ancestry from. I had never danced a polka until Bridget Reiland's wedding, I don't know what a bierrock tastes like, and I'm not altogether fond of cabbage, which is apparently something fundamentally German.

And I don't like being drunk. Which, given the fundamental nature of this celebration, means I'm in danger of being a minority of one on the issue.

Fortunately, the Catholic Campus Center has once more come to my rescue. We are holding "StaySoberFest" all day tomorrow, and it will involve movies, food, and fun, without having to deal with the drunks in the park treating the whole world as their urinal.

So I need some advice from anyone who knows something about anything German... I'd like to help contribute to the food and fun bits. Any suggestions?


Sep. 10th, 2004 03:54 pm
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Well, the last couple of days have been interesting...

I finished watching Trigun with the CD (Catholic Disciples) group, making it possibly the first anime I've actually seen beginning to end. There is talk of starting Inu-Yasha next, and I wouldn't object.

I got myself hooked on my first computer game. Again, I blame the CD. Chris insisted that I must check out "Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic," and lent me his copy to that effect. I decided I'd give it a shot--but it crashed my poor pathetic slug of a computer, so I thought I was off the hook. But no--Chris and Gordy decided that it was _so_ important that I experience the wonders of this game that Gordy has lent me his laptop for the express purpose of playing it. And it _is_ addictive. Very fun. It's very much a role-playing game--there's even a function that tells you all of your 'dice rolls' in case you're interested, though the battles are in realtime (it's amazing how short they are, after hour-long 'thirty-second' D&D battles). And the characters are cool--lots of personality. Fortunately, Gordy's laptop overheats easily, so I have a built-in imperative to limit sessions to an hour or two...

And then there are the late-night 'fun-walks'--again, with the CD (noticing a trend here?)--which, though fun, have been keeping me out well past my bedtime. I was late to every single one of my classes yesterday--including the one I was teaching! Fortunately, Rei covered for me. I need to get more sleep. Badly. I think the stress and sleep-dep are telling on me. Or else I just ate something bad at food service yesterday. My digestive system seems to be disgruntled. I think I'll just stay here tonight and feed myself cereal or something else safe, lest my stomach lead an all-out rebellion against the rest of me... I've already missed Aikido once because of feeling icky, and I'd like to be able to go tomorrow.

I also think I'm officially dropping fencing. My Wednesdays are chock-full as it is, and with Geoclub and (official) CD meetings both taking place on Wednesday evenings (and both overlapping with Sabre Club), I don't think I'm willing to cram an unfulfilling hour of sabre into the time I could be eating supper with the Geo boys. The food at the Golden Q is lousy, but it's good to chat with the guys. I'm learning a lot from the more experienced grad students, and anyway, geologists seem to preferentially hang out at bars--I probably ought to get used to them. Part of 'maintaining professional relationships,' I guess.

On the up side, I got my first paycheck today, and tomorrow Bill's going to start teaching me prep technique at the museum. I'm eventually going to have a museum ID, passcard and key. Woo! Then I'll be all official! I can't believe I actually get to work at a museum--finally!

Oh, and my Thursday class wasn't _nearly_ as clueless as my Tuesday and Wednesday classes. Yay! They were more enthusiastic and more attentive as well. Also, teaching class gets easier with each passing day. I feel bad for the Tuesday lab--they're sort of the guinea pigs. It doesn't help that they're the largest and most apathetic class as well, though. I'm beginning to feel the deepest sympathy for middle-school teachers everywhere.
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Thought experiment for all y'all:

Take the membership of the Whitman Medieval Society in all its insanity. Add about a third again the number of members. Blend vigorously with Theatre Sports. Add ice cream, a Monty Python-brand plush "dead parrot", and a skit about Kagome taking Inu-Yasha to get 'fixed'.

Finish it off with Night Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours.

That's approximately what the Catholic group I went to check out last night was like.

I think, perhaps, I may have finally found my niche on this campus.


Aug. 19th, 2004 01:48 pm
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Well, here I am in Hays, Kansas, and so far it's turning out ok. I could do without the dead crickets in the hallway, but my room is pretty big and I have a _huge_ closet (compared to the Whitman dorms, at any rate)! Happily, I have a room to myself, and Agnew Hall is even closer to the Geosciences department than Lyman was to the Science building, so that's nice too. And, I have a basement room, so if a tornado strikes, I'm already in a relatively safe place...

It was very hot up til today--it's cool and rainy now--but it's been constantly humid, which is making my hair about three times as frizzy as it normally was in Walla Walla, despite the liberal application of anti-frizz junk that I don't normally bother with.

I'm in the process of getting settled in, now--I have an ethernet connection (thank _God_!) and I will have an office as soon as Ike decides to move out... "Ike" is pronounced "ee-kay", the guy is Japanese and a little bit nuts and has managed to spread foot-deep piles of stuff across two desks in the graduate offices despite the fact that he's not technically supposed to be occupying the graduate offices this year. He should be moving out soon, though, because if I'm to keep 'office hours' I probably need an office to keep them in.

It's a giddy feeling... I'm now officially in academia. I'll have a little bitty piece of an office and a little bitty stipend, and I'll be getting paid to teach while I'm attending school and doing research. I'll be heading off to my very first professional meeting in November, where I'll be networking and building professional relationships and learning all the little politics that go into being an academe. Not so keen on that last part, but I figure if I can survive Freshman geology lab without major scarring, I should be able to handle most anything. Wish me luck. :-)


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