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The good: I registered for Spring Quarter courses today. In addition to the eternal Hebrew class, I'll have a pro-seminar in 20th-century music (all the ethno students have to do a pro-seminar and one comp in Western art music) and Ethnographic Methods. I'm especially excited about this last, because I've never had a fieldwork class before. This did not stop me from doing three ethnographies at the old University, one of which was Le Thesis. But I absolutely refuse to do another ethnography until I've learned how to do it right, and there's an ethnography that I really want to do in the fall, so I'm psyched about this class.

The bad: I am beginning to get Very Annoyed with the postal service. I have not had any mail for three days, and I know that I am due some mail. Netflix assures me that they've sent the movie I ordered, which I need to watch for a paper I'm writing, my Newsweek should have come yesterday, and I know that there are some bills that need to be paid, but which I can't pay because they haven't arrived yet. Stupid post office.

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dawtheminstrel
Feb. 21st, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
Hooray for learning to do ethnographies right! My students are all holding their heads right now because the IRB is dragging its feet about granting permission to do their projects.

Yesterday was a postal holiday. You knew that?
frenchpony
Feb. 21st, 2007 05:46 am (UTC)
Yesterday was a postal holiday. You knew that?

Was it? I think I must have missed that. I've been sick for a week, and I spent all of Friday night and all day Saturday inside a little gong cage, so I think I probably missed a couple of important things.

So far, I've managed to get ethnographies done based purely on my inborn charm, a severely limited resource. Some solid learning to back it up can only help matters.
meggins
Feb. 21st, 2007 05:28 am (UTC)
Oooh, fieldwork.

I was going to pipe up about Presidents' Day, but dawtheminstrel already mentioned that.
frenchpony
Feb. 21st, 2007 05:47 am (UTC)
Ah, Presidents' Day. The holiday no one can remember because only banks and, apparently, the Post Office ever celebrate it.
meggins
Feb. 23rd, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
And the court system. I tell you, if you want holidays, work for the courts.
ns_tulkas
Feb. 21st, 2007 08:00 am (UTC)
I would love to work in a post office (I think it's the idea of lots of packages and letters lying around) but I think you have to be really retarded to even apply. If I do get my mail eventually the package is completely open and is missing items. But it isn't postal office policy to reimburse you anything, so I get screwed. Now I just ask for mail to be sent to Metula.
frenchpony
Feb. 21st, 2007 01:44 pm (UTC)
Turns out we had a postal holiday on Monday, which I'd completely forgotten about, and that explained some of the lack of mail. But that does not mean that weird stuff never happens with the mail here anyway. Sometimes, if I'm getting a package too big to stuff in my mailbox, the mailman will leave it in the lobby, but sometimes he'll take it back to the post office and leave me a package slip, which means that I have to take the buses to the nearest package-handling post office, which isn't nearby and is in a not-so-nice neighborhood.
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frenchpony
Feb. 21st, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I snurched the icon from this journal iconzicons. I'm thinking about going back for a Star Trek icon or two, as soon as I can decide which ones I want. The two people who run that journal make really nice icons.

I'm looking forward to the ethnographic methods course, too. I'll keep you updated.
elliska
Feb. 22nd, 2007 08:03 am (UTC)
Your courses sound great. I love hearing about what you are taking and doing in grad school. It makes me believe that education is actually happening properly somewhere in the world and that make me happy (I have a 100% again in my grad class so far this year--and I took the professor everyone says only passes 50% of the class. So 'everyone' seriously exaggerates or they are seriously stupid because once again I have put 0 effort into this class for a perfect score).
frenchpony
Feb. 22nd, 2007 01:10 pm (UTC)
It makes me believe that education is actually happening properly somewhere in the world

Well, this is the University of Chicago, and it is the Ph.D. program. They're pretty serious about education here.

I'm taking comps in the fall. That'll be a thrill and a half. You are going to get so sick of hearing me prattle on about that.
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