Well. After a year of getting out of school to clear my head, I've decided that it's time to go back. For those of you that are interested,
Anthropology 215: Contemporary Japanese Culture
Anthropology 243: North American Archaelogy
History 300: The Vikings
History 300: The History of Native Americans
Linguistics 110: The Nature of Language
Amusingly enough, the Native Americans class today managed to mention something from each of the others. Obviously a lot about the Archaeology, but specifically the Kennewick Man (which was also mentioned in the Archaeology class today). Also, the Ainu people of Japan who might have been among the groups to come across the Bering Sea, and Eric the Red (who, again, was covered quite a bit by both the Archaeology and Vikings class today) and finally the linguistic arguments for who peopled North America, based on what languages the native ones are most related to.
I love it when classes overlap like that, but that's probably the end of it, except for a few places. For instance, I talked to the Native American History prof about the linguistic arguments, and I think that's what I'll do my term paper for the class on.
The only class I'm worried about is the Japanese Culture. I'm not sure I like the prof or the subject, but we'll see after I've been to more than just two classes.
I'm most excited about the Linguistics class. We don't have a Linguistics department, just one guy, and I've been waiting for 3 years or more now for them to offer this class. The professor is a really fun guy from Catalonia, and my friend Michael (who, after so many various people graduated is probably my favorite person on campus now) is in the class too. It will even help in the other classes (obvioiusly the Native Americans, as I mentioned, but also the Japanese, where the prof insists on proper pronunciation of all things Japanese, so if I master IPA, that shouldn't be as hard.)
And things are picking up on the job front, as the other B. Dalton in Chicagoland is having a bunch of people on vacation overlapping, so, instead of hiring a temp, I'll just be working there for a month or two, effectively doubling my work schedule.
I guess that's it for now. see you again in a couple months. ;P