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April Fools From St. Jo's

Normally, at this time on a Sunday, I'd be happily dancing the evening away at Scottish class on the north side. Unfortunately, the church that hosts us, St. Jo's, played a little April Fools prank on the Scottish Country Dancers. They changed the locks and didn't tell us. Ooops! So, back at home again. On the bright side, I did get to use the el ride to snork down large chunks of Anthropology as Cultural Critique, so the trip wasn't a total loss.


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Apr. 2nd, 2007 01:04 am (UTC)
Ooh. I like that book. Lots of provocative idea. Mostly men though. There's another book called "Women Writing Culture" that was done sort of as an answer.

I'd say you Scottish Country Dancers just got a hint!
Apr. 2nd, 2007 01:32 am (UTC)
I foresee an animated discussion in Ethnographic Methods class tomorrow. We're setting that book against Tales From the Field and Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes, and then two of us are doing individual presentations on recording collections. I'm doing the Berlin Phonogrammarchiv's 100th anniversary collection.

Does Women Writing Culture talk about Jane Belo any? I read some of her essays on Balinese culture last quarter, and I thought they were fascinating, especially the one about twins.

I'd say you Scottish Country Dancers just got a hint!

But we're so decent and polite, and we even sweep the floor. . . what's not to love?
Apr. 2nd, 2007 01:45 am (UTC)
I don't remember if Belo is discussed and my stuff is in Ames, of course. I use all those books sometimes when I teach methods.
Apr. 2nd, 2007 02:09 am (UTC)
Frankly, I'm just thrilled to be taking a methods class, finally. After doing three and a half ethnographies for the ol' M.A., I figure it's high time to learn how to do it right before I get started on Le Dissertation.
Apr. 3rd, 2007 01:20 am (UTC)
Oh! I think I missed your post about the courses in the current quarter...or whatever it is that you take.. MEthods? Wonderful!!! I have learnt Anthropology...but none of the rest.

THe joke was timely.. :-)
Apr. 3rd, 2007 01:50 am (UTC)
I'm not sure if I did make the "what I'm taking" post. In any event: Ethnographic Methods, 20th-Century Music Survey, and Hebrew.
Apr. 3rd, 2007 01:53 am (UTC)
That is surely why I missed it...Those sound very interesting.

I meant "read" :-)
Apr. 2nd, 2007 01:09 am (UTC)
Holy cow. That must have been a long trip for nothing.

What's the icon?
Apr. 2nd, 2007 01:35 am (UTC)
Indeed, a fairly long trip, especially since the Red Line absolutely crawled between 47th St. and the Loop. But I did get reading done, so it wasn't so bad.

The icon is of Leonard Whiting playing Romeo. Most of his performance makes Romeo look like a permanent resident of the far side of Fool Hill, but that one picture has a wonderful expression that one can interpret in so many different ways. Here's another one.

(The school computers have Photoshop, and I recently decided to learn to make a few icons.)
Apr. 2nd, 2007 02:37 am (UTC)
D'oh! Nice of them to clue you guys in. At least you got some reading done. That is what I miss about cities with public transportation. I miss being able to do something productive while getting from point A to point B.
Apr. 2nd, 2007 02:43 am (UTC)
Sometimes I think that the administration of St. Jo's forgets that we're there sometimes. Because we're nice, polite, and clean up after ourselves, they rent us their gym for an absurdly low price, and we don't often make requests of them. So maybe they changed the locks and just totally forgot that there were dancers coming in.
Apr. 3rd, 2007 02:57 am (UTC)
That's most likely the answer. Someone simply forgot. It's too bad you, and everyone else, had to make the journey (even if you did make good use of your time).

The other big problem with meeting at places that don't charge you much is usually double-booking. "You're here every third Thursday? Oh."
Apr. 3rd, 2007 03:40 am (UTC)
No one else seems to have much use for the church gym on Sunday evenings, and we're nice and don't dance on Easter. I really think they do forget about us sometimes, even to the point of making sure to save money by turning the heat off on Friday evenings for the weekend in the winter. . .
Apr. 4th, 2007 12:38 am (UTC)
Turn the heat off--yoicks! Good thing that you're there for dancing. That might keep you warm.
Apr. 4th, 2007 01:27 pm (UTC)
On those nights, we do lots of jigs and reels, and we don't necessarily take our coats off to do them.
Apr. 2nd, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC)
Either a very good read or a very long journey. Or both.

And you don't want to upset a load of Scottish dancers. They have swords. (Especially that ethnomusicalogical one.)
Apr. 2nd, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)
Either a very good read or a very long journey. Or both.

That'd be option three. A good read, but a very long, slow trip, since the CTA has been crawling recently. They're allegedly trying to improve capacity and travel time on the trains, but the main effect of that at the moment seems to be that capacity is down and travel time has increased exponentially. Go figure.
Apr. 2nd, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC)
Hehehe. I would have wondered to myself if that was a Big Hint. And then danced in the carpark instead.
Apr. 3rd, 2007 01:51 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, it's pretty much street parking at St. Jo's, and dancing on concrete really isn't much fun.
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