It's been a while since I've posted here. So, hopefully, this should give you some idea of what I've been up to. At the same time, I will post some inane quiz results and ramble extensively since I'm far more tired than the current time of 2am would suggest. And, as usual, that icon should not be crying.
Well, perhaps the most important news is that my Latin teacher got put on indefinite paid leave until she comes back, if and when she does. Thus, I was assigned to help out the other, junior Latin teacher until a replacement could be found. The replacement is a sub who's never taught Latin before, though she knows it well. However, she learned it on the Continent, so her pronunciation's funny, from my perspective. However, she did grow up in Constantsa where they made sure everyone knew all about who used to live there, and she studied Latin in Italy when she was in university. So she knows her stuff; she just doesn't know how to teach it. And my AP quasi-class has been rolling along, though not at a very great pace. Ms. Smith says we don't need to take the exam come May, but still... It's pretty slow, if only because there's no teacher since the sub isn't assigned to teach it or even tell John and me what we should be doing. At the same time, the Latin Society is in abeyance until I can figure out what we're going to do. Again, no one's been assigned as adviser ad interim, so we can't raise or dispense funds or meet in a classroom. Technically, we're not supposed to meet at all, but we sometimes do in the cafeteria. Plans continue for the induction with the other language societies, and I still fully intend that this year's speech be the first delivered entirely in Latin (with a provided English translation like all the other societies do with their languages of choice).
In other news, I've acquired the use of an automobile. It's a lovely 1995 "cashmere-colored" Honda Accord. It's great. Admittedly, it's got a dent or two. Also, its gas gauge broke, and it's got 193,800 miles on it. Still, it gets decent mileage, and it certainly goes down the street in a very serious way. It's great.
In still other news, in discussion with a family acquaintance, I discovered that he thinks that the war in Iraq is criminal. This is an interesting revelation because he's the past commander of the local American Legion, and he sent his son off to the Marines a couple years ago while still a minor. I mean, the guy's got a bumper sticker on his van that reads "I'll forgive Jane Fonda when the Jews forgive Hitler." He's also very much against the war in Iraq. Same with one of the most staunchly conservative families I know. They're all anti-war except the one not-quite-a-Democrat among them.
Finally, I hope to get myself a summer volunteer position with the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society as a tower tour guide/cashier. Aerobic exercise, Fire Island, and something to keep me out of trouble. I hope it pans out. Of course, this doesn't change the other plans laid for the summer which include reading, cleaning out my stuff, hiking in Maine, and sailing. Oh... If this all gets done, summer will be oh so cool. Unfortunately, it probably won't pan out. And there's still the whole college thing to worry about. I am both dreading and anxious for April.
I recently returned from a trip to Portland, OR. There, I visited my uncle, Reed College, and others (not necessarily listed here in the order of the importance of these tasks). The rather bizarre thing is that the Admissions Office at Reed decided to send my to a class with messiah_complex in it. It was quite bizarre. After the official visit, I met jennekirby, and we managed to somewhat fill each other in on the last three years or so. After that, I went to the Portland Zoo, which I highly recommend and which is immensely superior to the one in Central Park and possibly on a par with the one in the Bronx (even if smaller). Finally, before getting up at 5:30 for the flight back home, My mother, uncle, aunt, and myself all went to Jake's Famous Crawfish Restaurant where we learned that ordering a bottle of wine and more courses than one can shake a stick at makes one ill and costs more than AAA says a regular dinner will. Nonetheless, the trip was quite good, all of it. One last thing, I also met a bunch of folks from Portland State University who are trying to build a rocket to carry a webcam into space. Apparently, it involves active guidance, and this active guidance involves a student holding a shoulder-mounted antenna which looks oddly like a wired tennis ball launcher. So I spent a half hour chatting with these folks, and it was impressive.
As for my thoughts on Reed, itself, I think my opinions are best expressed by the Student Union. There, they had a sort of oddly constructed altar to couches and lifeguards (or something like that). Very cool. Especially the gaudy decoration. I liked, also, the used book nook where one could purchase books simply by telling the coffee shop around the corner what one had bought and paying for it. However, even though it was uninhabited when I looked around it, I still teared up from all the smoke. As some of you know, I'm usually not bothered by smoke at all. It was kind of disconcerting. Similarly lacking in appeal were the strewn half-drunk beer bottles everywhere. Firstly, can't they pick up after themselves? Secondly, if they go to the trouble to get alcohol while underage, can't they not waste it? Similarly, there was a definite surplus of recent graffiti. At least it wasn't gang-affiliated, but still. Most was entirely without wit and entirely too permanent. Sidewalk chalk on the walls adds character, especially if witty. "You all suck!" in Sharpie is lacking in class.
We'll see what happens, won't we? I need to go to bed.
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