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Summer effing rocks so far.

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May. 17th, 2010 | 09:13 pm
mood: mellowmellow
music: Ted Leo and The Pharmacists - Gimme The Wire | Powered by Last.fm

Evidence below.

It seems that even at 26.5, I'm still experiencing the same type of summer that I have since I was 18: job uncertainty, long periods of downtime, indulgence after periods of stress. However, I'm happy that the job uncertainty is now over and I can enjoy the rest for a while before responsibility kicks in later this month.



Today's bloody mary: tomato, celery, dill



Friday was the start of my letting go and allowing summer to be fun and lazy. Tall Matt called around 11 that morning to ask if I wanted a ride to the next job talk happening up at school. I accepted, rushed out to turn in my first time card, and then we drove up to North Campus. After a long talk there was an informal lunch with the job candidate, Ph.D. Student Mat, Clay, and Paul, in which we got ample time to quiz him on what he teaches well and why the heck he wants to move from SoCal to Michigan. Then Tall Matt and I went exploring on the Engineering Quad because we had nothing on our schedules, with a vague notion of visiting his friend Drew. Drew, however, was stuck in a meeting, so we wandered around the EECS building talking about boys, and stumbled across a 3rd floor terrace with an awesome view of the North Quad. Behold:



The bell tower is ... special. Guess what decade brought us this lovely piece of architecture?



We killed some time up there yakking and throwing paper airplanes off the building, then went downstairs to fetch them and throw them around some more. Finally, we used the 3-story tall atrium entrance to the library as another launching point for the paper airplanes, and fled when one of them got stuck in a window. He eventually dropped me off at home.

After loafing around yet more and going out for a run, I got ready for Necto and went to the LambdaGrads' pregaming event. This involved watching the wonderfully terrible gay soap opera Dante's Cove and taking shots when anyone was shirtless or having sex. Needless to say it got a bit sloppy. I left that event early when Matt invited me to pregame with his friends Will and Ronny, at Ronny's house on the Old West Side. He fed us rum and other drinks and we caught each other up on Youtube content, including the dramatic final lip sync of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 2. There was also much discussion of their Midwestern liberal arts college cred, because their respective alma maters are Beloit, Grinnell, and the College of Wooster. Finally we walked to Necto, with a random stop at Peter S.'s house because Matt said "That's Peter's house!" and ran up to bang on the door before any of us knew what was going on. Once there, I spent most of the time chatting and dancing with Ronny, and we made an early exit for pizza and somewhat deep conversation at NYPD, where we also struck up a conversation with a group of kids from Flint that couldn't get into the club. Hah. Then I spent the night at Ronny's house (insert *brown chicken, brown cow* joke here), and he made us amazing coffee in the morning. It has hints of blueberry and is totally worth the $13/pound price tag.

The rest of the weekend wasn't quite as eventful, but that was nice too. I grocery shopped, and then spent most of Saturday, Sunday, and today on a major spring cleaning binge. I can't tell you how many spiders I've killed. This also helped me get my bedroom in order and start to figure out what I'll be taking with me and what's staying here until August. And I've been doing some cooking. Here's a crazy casserole I made yesterday and will likely be eating for days:



Black eyed pea kitchen sink casserole. I aimed for 7,500 calories per serving.



I'll be doing a little work over the next few days, but nothing too strenuous. Ronny may come over for bloody marys at some point, and in general life is good. Finally.

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from: kishenehn
date: May. 18th, 2010 10:36 am (UTC)
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Ha! As a professional architectural historian I have to say it: that's the most ludicrous bell tower I've ever seen. :)

And congrats on the internship, BTW! That should be great.

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from: silverthief2
date: May. 18th, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
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It really is. The only reason it was built was to give a focal point to this quad that the older quad on campus already had, i.e. inventing demand for something no one really wanted.

And thank you! I'm excited about it.

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

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from: lucypevensie
date: May. 19th, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
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I feel like I should expect to see Saruman in that clock tower.

Also, go Cards.

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from: silverthief2
date: May. 20th, 2010 12:53 am (UTC)
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Sadly it doesn't even have a clock! Saruman would be great, but first I think we need some basic features additional to bells. :[

Go bloody marys!

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from: tylerawalters.myopenid.com
date: May. 21st, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
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Interesting. I think it looks more Klingon than anything else.

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from: silverthief2
date: May. 21st, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
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"Interesting" is the nicest thing I've heard anyone call it in a long time. :]

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