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.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

The Curse of the Humanities

I got to my office today and discovered that there's no air conditioning or circulation in the building. For three weeks. The e-mail that the admin. asst. sent around basically said that they're replacing the circulation machines, and they had had this project scheduled since last fall. However, they didn't get around to/forgot to tell anybody who works in the building that there would be no AC for the last week of July, and first two weeks of August.

While today's weather is blessedly non-heat-wave, I've got an interior office with no windows. It's actually not bad right now, due to the OK weather and open doors, but if it gets above 80, I doubt that I'll be able to work here that much. On the plus side, maybe they'll improve the AC so that it doesn't feel musty/damp in here when it's running.

You know, being in the oldest building on campus is annoying when that building was built in the 60s.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Happy Birthday

Today, Matt is one year older. (I'll leave it to him to specify exactly which year is in play.) I think this is one of the final July birthdays... it's been a busy month of natal celebrations, including my brother early in the month, mine last week, and others.

I need to get back to blogging; maybe when I actually am living in one place longer than about 5 days at a stretch, at most.

Friday, July 08, 2005


In 1990 I was in London as a part of a high school trip with Mr. Doerning, our Brit Lit teacher. During that time, I distinctly remember being on the Tube and having the entire system stop for about a 1/2 hour, because of bomb threats, and being in the British Museum during a lockdown, where I sat under a statue calculating its probable trajectory in case of a blast. When I heard about the bombings yesterday on my way to teach my class on Brit Lit, I was, of course, saddened about the loss of life and disruption of peace -- but I have much more confidence that Britain can handle this much better than we did. After the two incidents when I was there in 1990 (both false alarms) we all went on with the stuff of daily business, not giving into fear or panic.

Terrorism works because we give into the fear of it. My contribution to the "war on terror?" (stupid phrase) Not being terrorized, and not listening to the fear-mongering coming from so many of our country's leaders.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Back to Blogging

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I'm back in GR now, for a while. I'm teaching summer session, so I've got 6 weeks of intensive British Literature to do. Last week was week one; next week is the midterm. Got to love the pace... They handed in paper number 1 on Tuesday - I just finished grading them all to give back on Thursday, so they can have my comments before completing paper 2 (due next Tuesday). Quick turnaround for all of us.

Otherwise, I celebrated the fourth of July weekend with a visit from Matt, and a trip to the Lake Michigan coast on Sunday, and a migraine on Monday. I completely wasted the opportunity of living downtown, on the river with the fireworks... standing in the rain and listening to things go boom and random bright lights was exactly the wrong thing for a migraine. Besides, I had class the next morning at 8am. So I ignored the booms as best I could and stayed dry.

One more thing - happy (belated) birthday to my brother!