A brief chronicle of my new life in Michigan, focusing on the fact that I live in a converted factory loft building with several hundered other "young professionals." Yeah, it's a yuppie dorm.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

You Know It's Time To Leave When...

...the apartment building goes condo.

Yes, I'll be leaving the Yuppie Dorm in a few months. And, in combination with the fact that I'm not comfortable writing too much about myself in this particular blog anymore, this will be the last post for "Living in the Yuppie Dorm." I'll be starting a new blog, of course. If any of you are interested in hearing about this when it goes up, please e-mail me at yuppiedorm at gmail dot com.

I'm also still looking for titles for the new blog; feel free to e-mail me at that address with suggestions. Please don't post them in the comments, or I then cannot use them.

So - as soon as I get the new blog set up, look forward for posts from England (where I'll be spending about 6 weeks) and, after that, the trials and tribulations of a first-time homeowner. I close on the house in a few hours -- definitely the dawn of a new era in my life!

Friday, April 21, 2006


Hi, all.

One of the reasons I haven't been posting that much is because I know there is someone out there who has been/possibly still is reading this blog to get insight into how best to hurt me. I can't talk about it further, because of the aforementioned issue - but to put it into terms that make complete sense to me: I've got an Iago in my life right now.

I very much want to talk/write about a lot, but this issue is making me reluctant to do so. Any advice? I'm thinking about creating a new blog that this person doesn't know about, but that seems a bit stupid and paranoid.

In other (hopefully non-use-against-me) news: the Yuppie Dorm will soon become the Yuppie Condos. I'm still waiting to hear what the price of my unit will be, and if I can afford and want to buy it. I'm in the process of finding a good real-estate lawyer (have an excellent lead, but his home base is in Grand Haven, not GR) and trying to sort out the real estate market in my new city. Having just read about Dooce/Blurbomat's plumbing issues, I'm thinking I'm not quite ready for a house. The ones in my price range are about 80 years old (which I like from a design standpoint) but not from an upkeep standpoint. And because of ideological and relationship issues (see Matt's project), I can't go the mushroom house in the suburbs route, either. I'll keep you updated.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Ahem; (tap, tap)

I'm afraid I'm probably speaking to an empty room, as I've been lax in my posting. Or rather, downright missing from the blogosphere. This semester, despite the only-teaching-Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday schedule, is being a bit demanding. I think it's mostly because I'm teaching 1.5 new classes (Shakespeare, while not a new class per se, is always a new theme, and a few new plays) and went to a long conference in the first week of February.

If you were wondering, Albuquerque in February is pretty boring. Sunny, not too warm, and one of the deadest downtowns for a city I've ever seen. If you want to go to New Mexico, spend your time and energy on Santa Fe.

Otherwise, I'm fighting the Februrary-induced depression, trying to lose a few pounds, and not letting those two things interact more than they need to. I've always had a major food issue with depression; namely, that when I'm really depressed, I don't eat. My metabolism then slows to a trickle, and thus when I start eating again, my body grabs every calorie and hold on to it. So, I'm trying this time to handle depression by not not eating, and not not eating healthy food to boot. Sometimes, I just get confused and eat oatmeal for dinner.

Friday, September 30, 2005

Yes, a New Entry

I haven't been blogging since the school year really started; too much to do, and not enough time to do it. Also, I've been having problems with depression/anxiety, which, of course, has a lot to do with school starting. I love my chosen profession, but it certainly can stress me quite a bit at certain times of the year.

With so long a silence, I should have a lot to say. However, I fear people have stopped checking on the blog, so probably there's nobody to hear it.

Just thought I'd post to say hello to whatever world is out there to listen.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Off to Bloomington

I'm heading to Bloomington for the Labor Day Weekend. I feel somewhat guilty about traveling--using resources, and all that. But I really think my mental health demands it; I've been watching too much CNN/MSNBC, and my empathy is making me miserable. At least in Bloomington I can be in a really supportive community for a few days. And maybe get some writing done.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Rejection, in retrospect, was a good thing

While watching all the coverage of Katrina, several thoughts kept occurring to me:
  • Why, when the hurricane was approaching, did so many CNN reporters feel the need to stand outside and report? I would have believed them that the rain/wind was ferocious. Really, I would have.
  • Why were the anchorpeople so superior in attitude? They kept berating the people who didn't evacuate -- I couldn't help thinking that many of those people in New Orleans, especially, were so poor that they didn't have cars.
  • A year and a half ago, I had an interview for a teaching position at a New Orleans college. I have, over the past few days, been repeatedly overjoyed that they never asked me back for a follow up interview.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Just Finished Reading

Freakonomics. (S. J. Leavitt) VERY GOOD. It will make you look at the world differently. I know - cliche; however, Leavitt's goal is to use economic strategies to look at what are essentially sociological issues. And it works. I especially liked the "why drug dealers live with their mothers" analysis of the corporate structure of the inner-city drug business, and his analysis of the effect of environment and parents on student success in school.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. (J. K. Rowling) Quite good, and no, I'm not going to comment on the plot--you'll just have to read it. What I particularly enjoyed was Rowling's use and manipulation of your expectations of "usual" (based on her previous books' formulae) and her homage to Tolkein near the end. And that's all I'm going to say.

Yes, I did pay the rent. And the AC is back

I checked with the Yuppie Dorm office this morning, and they had indeed messed up; my rent was credited to the account of someone who has the same (rather common) last name that I have. They compared check numbers to the copy of the deposited check I brought in, and lo and behold, the numbers matched. Luckily, they're so disorganized that they hadn't even made a note on my account, let alone reported it to anyone. As for the series of phone calls that were on my answering machine, I cleared up (hopefully) the last of them, and talked to a very nice woman who was profoundly glad I wasn't yelling at her, or denying that I owed money, etc. She actually had no record of my phone number, so that one was probably a wrong number.

And the air conditioning in my office is working really well, now that the weather outside is nice and cool. I've been rearranging my shelves, sorting through piles of papers and files, and generally making my office feel less like the dumping ground it was during the no-air days.

As Matt would no doubt tell me, I worry too much.