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On beginning an old life
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
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3ng1i5hn3rd From: 3ng1i5hn3rd Date: September 1st, 2006 02:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Wait...we have a linguistics major?

Can I go back to college??
3ng1i5hn3rd From: 3ng1i5hn3rd Date: September 1st, 2006 02:52 am (UTC) (Link)
So maybe I should have read the rest of the post before I posted that...helps, no?
somebodyelse From: somebodyelse Date: September 1st, 2006 03:59 am (UTC) (Link)
psh. totally overrated. ;)

I was actually scared when I saw it, because I was registering so late (er... Monday) that I was sure the class had to be full, 'cause everyone would want in this class! They were finally offering it, and I was gonna miss out! Thankfully, I'm stranger than even I thought. It's mostly full with ESL students who need it for a requirement. Michael and I are two of the maybe 5 who aren't in the ESL program.
gentlest_sin From: gentlest_sin Date: September 1st, 2006 03:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow. Those classes look fantastic, actually. Maybe I'll get down to Chicago at some point to visit!

I had "Karaoke! Karaoke! Arms akimbo" stuck in my head today =D
somebodyelse From: somebodyelse Date: September 1st, 2006 04:04 am (UTC) (Link)
She actually bitched about "karaoke" specifically, that it's Kah/rah/o/ke not Carry/Okie. :)

And yeah, you should come down! I won't be able to put you up 'til October, and even then, I'll be in a studio, probably. But surely you have other friends in Chicago after staying here for a year or so, right?

Besides, I believe you still owe me a Latin textbook. ;) (Unless of course, you're actually using it.)
gentlest_sin From: gentlest_sin Date: September 1st, 2006 04:37 am (UTC) (Link)
No, I'm not currently using it, and every time I see it I think "hmmm I should do something about that"

=)
hitchhiker From: hitchhiker Date: September 1st, 2006 01:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
carry/okie annoys the snot out of me! and you hear it almost everywhere these days.
somebodyelse From: somebodyelse Date: September 1st, 2006 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Until Tuesday I had no idea it was wrong. I suspect that by the end of the semester, I'll be with you on that. :)
hitchhiker From: hitchhiker Date: September 1st, 2006 01:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
sounds like a fun semester :)
somebodyelse From: somebodyelse Date: September 1st, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's my hope. :)
rightwinger From: rightwinger Date: September 1st, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hm, viking history... hm, freshman year history project.
somebodyelse From: somebodyelse Date: September 1st, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think I'll be able to reuse that, alas. But I'll be thinking about it. :)
gentlest_sin From: gentlest_sin Date: September 5th, 2006 02:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey, so this guy I know needs a place to live fast...I have no idea if you are looking to take another roommate or anything, but his SN is abrasivemantra. I haven't really kept in touch with many people from Chicago, so if you know anyone else who's looking (friends or people like Jen or whatnot) he'd appreciate it =)
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 5th, 2006 05:52 am (UTC) (Link)
I really can't do it myself, as I'm basically in the same situation myself. I don't know anyone else off the top of my head. But if I do I'll let you (or rather him) know. :)
somebodyelse From: somebodyelse Date: September 5th, 2006 05:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Sorry, that was me.
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