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I can't get no ... satisfaction

This song makes me feel joyful.


foxfour (by email): I had a dream last night, in which you sheepishly admitted that you were behind all yeti and sasquatch myths, and showed us your extensive collection of cryptid costumes. Hope you're well!

me: That is now my favorite dream ever, and I didn't even have it myself.

kit: And you don't deny the truth of it?

me: I mean ... uh ... :sweatdrop: Too late for denial now, wouldn't you say?

kit: Your secret's safe with me.


Sudden Poll! Are you still reading livejournal? If so, how are you doing and what are you up to?

Most of my writing is elsewhere these days, as it has been increasingly for years. I don't think I'll shut this place down officially, but I've got a lot to move on with. Questions on this score may be filed by email.

Oh yeah, also I came back from Africa. Right now I'm in San Francisco (where else?) and I'll be back in Chicago in November.


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Oct. 14th, 2010 10:54 am (UTC)
Reading Livejournal
I don't read stuff at Livejournal often, but I get handy emails when you post, so I always read those!
Oct. 14th, 2010 12:00 pm (UTC)
Still reading it. It's sort of tied with Facebook as an easy way to keep track of everyone I know.
Oct. 14th, 2010 01:04 pm (UTC)
I'm still reading here even though I haven't posted here in about a year, maybe more. I read frequently because people/communities I like reading do still post regularly. I have virtuous posting intentions on my wordpress blog but haven't been writing with my former frequency.

As you know, I'm in Berlin with agnoster and we got married this summer. I had an interview today for a hospital food service position. I will shadow someone on Tuesday, and then they'll make a final decision on whether to hire me. I could have a German-speaking job!
Nov. 23rd, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
So was it hard to learn German?
Nov. 24th, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC)
Not too hard. I spent a lot of class hours on it, but probably fewer than the typical number of out-of-class hours. And I'm blessed with a good ear for language, plus I had a really good private instructor for my first two sessions, so my accent is really good. German has three genders for nouns (masculine, feminine, neuter) and four declensions, but it's not as intimidating as that seems at first glance. A good chunk of cognates with English also helps with the early parts. The verb placement rules are probably the toughest thing to get comfortable with, because the first verb must always be in the second position of the sentence, and any additional verbs go at the end.
Oct. 14th, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC)
Livejournal is the main way I keep track of people! Facebook and the like are just too overwhelming, but the co-stalking approach seems to work better for me (and in particular, me and people I got along with in high school) than actual regular specific interactions.

I am up to: teaching! and learning! I am a graduate student at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, USA, trying to convince (a bunch of 18-year-old math majors? myself? my peers? a bunch of tenured professors?) that I know everything ever. Teaching math majors is pretty much the coolest thing ever, but I take pretty much every point lost on a quiz like a personal failing.

So - this past weekend, a lot of my students made a very strange mistake on the quiz, which had the worst average yet. And I have a cold. And my cancer-riddled childhood pet (Missy, a white-charcoal-and-orange splattered cat) passed away. So, at the moment I'm still kinda feeling like everything sucks, and will be awful forever.

But today is better than yesterday, which in turn was better than the day before. And I'm living with my awesome boyfriend of nearly 4 years now (Stephen, aka The Boy), in an apartment I really like, with holy above holies: a really cool landlord. Stephen's gotten - pretty much first try straight out of college - a really good job helping edit math textbooks. He's starting to settle into Boston and make friends. And I have friends: I joined the crew of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, about 6 months back, and it is silly and dramatic and very familial except that everyone feels me up if they get the chance. They are wonderful. Objectively, actually, all of my life - except the one small, finite thing above - kinda rocks. And I'll get back to enjoying it in a week or so.

For what it's worth: I really enjoy your writing. I guess we didn't know each other very well in Hyde Park; I ventured very rarely outside the dorms. So perhaps we're not friends for-real... I'm never really certain where that line is beyond acquaintanceship. But your posts here have always been well-composed and insightful, and I've really enjoyed co-stalking you the past 4-5 years.
Nov. 23rd, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
I would think of us as friends for real! You should send me at email. dragonladyflame at livejournal dot com

Also the Rocky show in Boston is really awesome.
Oct. 14th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
Well, what good is me keeping that secret if you blurt it out like that!
Oct. 14th, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm still reading LiveJournal, although my posting level has dropped to near-coma. I'm spinning my wheels these days, trying to figure out what the next thing for me is to be.
Oct. 14th, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
I am in Berkeley. Graduate school is winding down. Life is scary, now that I'm soon to be no longer a student. If you're right across the bay, we should meet up some time!
Nov. 23rd, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
Eeek, sorry I didn't get to this before leaving the Bay. My life is especially insane when I'm in that area. Next time I go through I'll let you know.
Nov. 23rd, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
Aw, shucks. Do let me know.

[edited to remove redundant question]
Oct. 14th, 2010 10:59 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, still here. I really treasure the odd morsels of life from far-flung friends and acquaintances that wash up on my shore of these here internets from time to time. Being myself in an extended thesis-izing phase of my already distinctly extended grad school career, I've had precious little of my own to dispatch this past year. Next year is likely to be more engaging, though.
Oct. 15th, 2010 01:36 am (UTC)
I still read it on the site, mostly for the communities now, less friend posts.

Work fills most of my time.
Oct. 15th, 2010 03:13 am (UTC)
I still read from time to time, though I never post. I'm a math professor in Oregon now.
Oct. 15th, 2010 12:38 pm (UTC)
livejournal is part of the stuff i check daily (if i have time and am near an internettable computer). don't post much anymore though.
i'm currently in south dakota (SOUTH FUCKING DAKOTA) working on a phd in biochemistry.

i'm super psyched that you're gonna be in chicago again soon. i keep fantasizing about running away from school and visiting people who live in other bits of the midwest (jessie and nik are in minneapolis, danny's in chicago, you're gonna be in chicago ... )
Nov. 23rd, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
You totally should!
Oct. 15th, 2010 01:14 pm (UTC)
I still read livejournal, although I don't always check it every day anymore and I definitely don't check it multiple times a day now. Often I'm disappointed when I check livejournal and there are no new posts (or worse, recently there have been spam posts to livejournal communities that I'm in). I now get very excited when I see that one of my friends has actually posted.

I am living in Ann Arbor, Michigan with my boyfriend of four years and working as an ESL tutor (mostly online to students in South Korea and China [I use Skype or Webex]).

What are the other places you're using more often now for your writing (I know you said to send an email about questions related to this subject, but I'm not good at following directions)? I'm happy to check them, although I'm bad about checking other websites. If you link your updates to Facebook, I'll see them that way. That's how I end up reading blog posts from a lot of my friends. Facebook is the site that I'm checking most often now for keeping in contact with my friends.

Welcome back to the US. Was your time in Africa over or did you come back early? Was it a good experience over all? What are you doing in San Francisco?
Nov. 23rd, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
I asked people to email about it for a reason.
Oct. 17th, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
I still occasionally poke my head on. Often enough to catch most of your posts.
Oct. 19th, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
I am still reading livejournal! I'm doing decently: lucky at love, if not cards. I'm studying for an insurance license, and still promising myself that I will go to grad school, even if I'm not sure when.
Oct. 22nd, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
Yo, still here, friend-list me, in Chicago, etc.
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