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First Day Of School!

Well, technically, that is. Actually, school was supposed to have started yesterday, but as soon as they made the schedule last year, they proofread it and discovered that the "first day of classes" was in fact Yom Kippur. D'oh! The administration did a very quick "oops, our bad," and canceled classes for yesterday. So, school starts today. I'm not taking classes any more, just TAing Intro to World Music again. That's a Monday/Wednesday class, so I don't even get to meet the students till tomorrow. And then only for a little while. The prof (my advisor, same as before -- basically, the Advisor 'n' Pony Show has been renewed for another season) is off giving a colloquium at Yale tomorrow, so I just show up to hand out syllabi and explain that anyone who still wants to be pink-slipped into the class should come back Monday.

I spent much of yesterday and the night before at the local synagogue (right across from The Family's home, so plenty of security) engaged in the Yom Kippur rituals of Endurance Judaism. Cool things from this: At Kol Nidre, I got to hang out with an old friend from the Former Job. It turned out that we'd both spotted each other before the service started; I made a note of where he was sitting and trusted that he wouldn't walk out in the middle of the service, so I'd see him afterward. He, on the other hand, apparently kept trying to get my attention throughout Kol Nidre, but succeeded only in getting the attention of the stolid, bearded gentleman sitting behind me, who thought he was very weird. But we did get to hang out for a bit afterwards, because of a flash downpour that we waited out in the building.

Also, I enjoyed the alphabetized listings of sins and virtues at the morning and afternoon services; they're alphabetized in both Hebrew and English, which makes me snerkle a bit. A speech that began with the words "Judaism . . . and Scottishness. The connections." And finally, towards the end of the afternoon service, even the rabbi started to flag a little, turning to the congregation and announcing, "The cantor assures me that we are on page 498, and I'm inclined to believe her."

I do like this cantor. She's starting up a four-week class on Sunday mornings on the history of Jewish music, and I think I'll sign up.

One of my friends came over for break fast. She's not Jewish, but she participates happily if I ask, especially because she hadn't really had much time for lunch that day. It was a cold dinner, which was not so great with the chill in the air, but it was a nice meal, and didn't involve me sitting and smelling something cooking while Very Hungry. I'd made a chilled strawberry soup, so we ate that along with a nice vinegary Caprese salad, the last of the challah, and a bowl of fresh figs. The figs were kind of a surprise. I stopped at the grocery store after Neilah let out to pick up some fresh basil for the Caprese salad, and . . . well, they always say you shouldn't shop hungry. Fortunately, my grocery store sets out stuff like lychees, longans, and fresh figs for impulse purchases, not Snickers bars. Fresh figs are good, and they made a nice complement to the meal.

So. Off to see about taking (yet another goddamn) German exam, reading more feminist musicology, photocopying the syllabus, and finding time to watch the movie I'll be screening for the class in a few weeks.

How were your weekends?


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Sep. 29th, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
My weekend was boring. However, in an effort to meet other writers, I signed up for a writing class at a local art center. It starts tonight. That might provide some interest.
Sep. 29th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
Writing class at the art center sounds like fun. Will there be a teacher and style lessons, or is it more people writing stuff and then going around in a circle critiquing it?
Sep. 29th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
A friend who's taken it before says it's mostly critiquing. This first night apparently the teacher talks. If we write in class, we don't have to share (thank god). The second week, we can bring stuff to pass out that people take home and comment on during the third week. So I'd say we'll be off to a slow start.
Sep. 29th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
Well . . . a "leisurely" start. How about that?
Sep. 29th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
My weekend consisted of travelling, eating, travelling, eating...

Why do you have to take (yet another goddamn) German exam?
Sep. 29th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
Traveling and eating sounds like a fine way to spend a weekend.

I have to take the exam because of a fellowship that I'm applying for.
Sep. 29th, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
"The cantor assures me that we are on page 498, and I'm inclined to believe her."

LOL! He sounds great.

But the German exam and the feminist musicology--not so great.

Have a great first day once it comes around for you. Is this the first semester you are ABD? I loved not having classes any more.
Sep. 29th, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
Even better? The rabbi is a woman, too!

I'm not technically ABD yet, because Ye Olde Proposal Committee is still avoiding me, and because I'm still agitating to have my transcription exam graded. But I'm no longer taking classes, and I anticipate official ABD-dom before the quarter is out.
Oct. 3rd, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)
...the Advisor 'n' Pony Show has been renewed for another season

Remembered that, but it never hurts to say Yay! again.

Mmmmm, fresh figs. I say that like I have some sort of acquaintance with figs, and I really don't, but I am always hearing/reading that the fresh ones are simply splendid.
Oct. 3rd, 2009 02:44 am (UTC)
Oh, you must try fresh figs sometime! At that moment when they're so ripe they'll fall apart if you look at them, they taste incredibly rich, like you could make wine from them right there.
Oct. 4th, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
The pity of it is that I know someone who has a fig tree in their back yard.
Oct. 4th, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
Time to make the Big Brown Bambi Eyes Of Doom at them to see if they will share.
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