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Sep. 9th, 2009 | 11:27 am
mood: nerdynerdy
music: Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins - Melt Your Heart | Powered by Last.fm

But sure would like that check to come right about now.

I'm in the midst of Day 2 of classes. Summary version: I'm glad to have a routine and be applying myself, and trying on classes for size is fun but tiring. This is not terribly interesting, so if you don't want to read about school, feel free to skip.

Yesterday I only had one (Legal Aspects of Planning, which will be appropriately abbreviated in this blog soon) followed by pizza with our dean. I probably said this before, but I. love. her. She's only been here a year, and is very much in the troublemaker mode when it comes to representing her students and her faculty. And I know it's totally nerdy, but of all the group introductions I've done in the last week, I only spent time preparing for that one, and she brought up the interdisciplinary origins of planning in response to me. :D Good times. She also said not to pay attention to her eye-rolling assistant if we ask to make an appointment with her, which was amusing. Overburdened executive assistants FTW.

Today I've had two classes so far: Statistics, which I'm definitely dropping, and Intro to GIS. A word on the statistics: yes, I'll need this stuff in the future, but I took an undergrad class in it (still have the syllabus, in fact!) and there is a quant methods class next semester I must take anyway. I'd much rather be toughing that one out than doing a full semester of wasted time on stuff I already get. As for GIS, I've never done a bit of it before, so that should be new and fun, and I like the professor so far. Berkeley trains 'em right, apparently.

Two more classes are on the docket for today; I'm class shopping, hence the high number. I know very little about Urban and Regional Theory except that I started looking for something else when I knew Statistics was going out the window, and it sounds the most fun of my options. I'll try it on for size and if I don't like it will only have 4.25* courses this semester, like a normal person. :] Last is Planning Theory, which we all have to take, but the professor seems great and according to the second years, it's not terribly demanding.

Finally (and I'm sure my readership is nearing zero by this point), tomorrow I have Urban Comparative Policy. The professor is new, and studies South Africa, and it only meets once a week, so I'm thinking I'll like that one. But I still have 30+ hours until that one is over, so there's still a lot of trying on for size and adjustment to get through.

* = The 0.25 comes from a 1-credit class that entails a five day trip to an American city to see in person how well or poorly planned it is, with a corresponding research paper. We are going to Louisville, Kentucky. In a week.



I'm so far slipping back into the classroom just fine. I've read some so far and enjoyed it, and I think the workload is manageable, at least until December. The quirks of the place are notable, too. After spending three years working across the street from a greazy Chinese restaurant, I'm across the street from a Panda Express. So ... trying to stay away from it this time. I had lunch at Quizno's, which is also over here. I need to pack more lunches, which I was doing with great success for a while. I have absolutely no cell phone service in my building; like, absolutely none. So if you try to call or text me, well I'm just gonna have to get back to ya.

And in the movie column (which I have now, because I said so), I watched Revolutionary Road last night. Kate Winslet's performance floated above Leo and the other folks, by quite a bit; I was going to wonder aloud who won the Best Actress Oscar that year, and then I discovered it was ... Kate Winslet (for The Reader, which I've not yet seen). Anyhow, I was hoping to see a bit more integration with their children in the story, though perhaps that omission was just about being true to the book. And the last 60 seconds were quite good. B.

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from: kishenehn
date: Sep. 9th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
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Did I ever tell you that I was in a graduate planning program for a little while??

And Kate Winslet was outstanding in that movie, but not good enough to save the film ...

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from: silverthief2
date: Sep. 9th, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC)
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You didn't tell me that! Where? Did you enjoy it?

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from: kishenehn
date: Sep. 9th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
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The University of Montana, of all places ... they had an MS program in planning (through the geography department) designed specifically for people who wanted to build planning careers in the rural West. (The program had a relatively heavy emphasis on environmental topics, for example.) I don't know if the program even exists any more ... it kind of fell apart when the faculty who were the driving forces behind it moved on.

As to whether I enjoyed it, well ... I loved the material, and was good at it, but I realized I'd probably hate the career. Dealing with politicians and bureaucrats and developers are some of my least favorite things to do.

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from: silverthief2
date: Sep. 9th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
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Good deal. I have a lot of classmates with geography backgrounds. And yes, planners have the dubious distinction of trying to get all those folks on the same page.

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all these flavors & you chose to be salty

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from: cheesecaketart
date: Sep. 9th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
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I spell greazy like that too! And though I didn't really understand many of the words you used to talk about classes and whatnot, I did understand the tiny bit about the field trip to Louisville. Say hi to my family and old friends (Sarah's too!) for me. Try really hard to get a real Louisville Slugger, too.

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from: silverthief2
date: Sep. 10th, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)
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Woo! I will. I'm pretty excited about the trip; yesterday we got our itinerary and we get a tour of the parks, downtown, new and old neighborhoods, etc. Sarah emailed me and told me where to eat, too. :D

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