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Dec. 18th, 2009 | 06:24 am
mood: sillyNow to go to final lab session
music: Feist - My Moon My Man | Powered by Last.fm

And will try to resist reenacting this video in the airport.

As my multiple annoying blog entries and tweets have signaled, my first semester of grad school is coming to a close. I enjoyed the ride immensely, and never for a day regretted quitting my job and moving all the way to Michigan to start urban planning. And more importantly, I'm excited for a further three semesters of like torture madness.

The next semester is also going to be quite different from this one, a nice surprise. Whereas the theme of the fall was orienting to this new place, this great place, and its people and rhythms, the winter* semester will be all about movement. The only time since August 15th that I left a 30-mile radius of my house was to North Carolina for fall break, and while that was a great trip, I was just fine with staying put here. For the coming months, my travel schedule is quite full, allowing me to see new places, old favorite places and people, and (I assume) meet new folks too. And most of the travel is school-related, so it's not like I'm abandoning Ann Arbor for warmer climates, although that doesn't hurt. :] It comes at just the right time, to keep me from getting restless and also remind me that in less than 18 months I should figure out where I want to live, in life, as an adult. Here is the schedule so far:

Dec 23-28 (Wed-Mon) - In New Mexico for Christmas with family

Dec 29 (Tue) - Drive down to North Carolina to see my favorite people in the world. Also very much looking forward to time on the road, to work out the restlessness associated with four months in the library.

Jan 4ish (Mon) - Return to Michigan for start of the semester

Jan 14-16 (Thu-Sat) - In Columbus for a conference. I'm presenting on the promise of visualization technologies for democratizing planning practice. Yeah, I don't know what that is either. Ask again later.

Feb 16-17 (Tue-Wed) - In Kalamazoo with hordes of my classmates for another conference. Just attending this one.

Feb 26ish-Mar 6ish (Fri-Sat) - Tentatively in San Francisco, if I get the spring break externship thingy. If I don't, pretty sure I'm going to just come to San Francisco anyway, because why not?

Apr 10-13 (Sat-Tue) - New Orleans for the APA conference! Very very excited about this one.

Apr 15-18 (Thu-Sun) - Back to North Carolina again for my 5th reunion. It is sort of ridic that my reunion is this year, since I remained affiliated with Duke until 6 months ago, but hey, I'm not about to turn down an excuse to visit again. :]

Just a tad crazy, but I was expecting this and have registered for a slightly lighter course load to accommodate my flitting around. And I've been saving my pennies for a while. I can see Delta Air Lines waiting patiently to gobble up my piggy bank in exchange for possibly on-time flights and tiny Biscoff cookies. I'm on to you, planes.

Finally, I abruptly stopped doing GPOYW, so here's proof that I have indeed survived the semester relatively unscathed:



I should buy wall decorations while on the road, y/n?



*No, not spring. It's actually called winter semester. Thanks for the reminder that it will be snowing until April, U of M.

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why yes, i *do* like the sound of my own voice

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from: lucypevensie
date: Dec. 18th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
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WHOA shirtless!jon.

Anyway, yay travelling, yay being done, and continued awesomeness upon your scholastic endeavors. (and, hope to see you while you're in NC! I get back the 31st.)

GENERAL HOLIDAY WOOT.

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Dec. 18th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
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Excellent! I wasn't sure if you would be back in town. But yes, I will definitely see you in that case.

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Dec. 18th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
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I will. :]

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Mark

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from: mahka42
date: Dec. 19th, 2009 02:35 am (UTC)
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PLEASE re-enact that video in the airport...and make sure you take a video and post it. :-D

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Dec. 19th, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
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I would but stroszek2000 thinks the TSA will detain me for having too much fun. :P

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