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Published on January 29 2009

Sent to me by my former roommate and favorite Cali-chick, who is about to brave the icy temperatures, howling winds, and blowing snow of southern and northern Wisconsin. I told her "NO flipflops, sweet little strappy sandals, cute little tank tops or miniskirts this trip!! Wear clothes, dammit!" Bet she wears the pink sandals.
You know you're from California if: 1. Your coworker has 8 body piercings and none are visible. 2. You make over $300,000 and still can't afford a house. 3. You take a bus and are shocked at two people carrying on a conversation in English. 4. Your child's 3rd-grade teacher has purple hair, a nose ring, and is named Flower. 5. You can't remember, is pot illegal? 6. You've been to a baby shower that has two mothers and a sperm donor. 7. You have a very strong opinion about where your coffee beans are grown, and you can taste the difference between Sumatran and Ethiopian. 8. You can't remember, is pot illegal? 9. A really great parking space can totally move you to tears. 10. Gas costs $1.00 per gallon more than anywhere else in the U.S. 11. Unlike back home, the guy at 8:30 am at Starbucks wearing a basebal l cap and sunglasses who looks like George Clooney really IS George Clooney. 12. Your car insurance costs as much as your house payment. 13. You can't remember, is pot illegal? 14. It's barely sprinkling rain and there's a report on every news station: "STORM WATCH." 15. You pass an elementary school playground and the children are all busy with their cells or pagers. 16. It's barely sprinkling rain outside, so you leave for work an hour early to avoid all the weather-related accidents. 17. HEY!!!! Is pot illegal? ??? 18. Both you AND your dog have therapists, psychics, personal trainers and cosmetic surgeons. 19. The Terminator is your governor. 20. If you drive illegally, they take your driver's license. If you're here illegally, they want to give you one.

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Published on July 3 2008

I'm a little verklempt, myself, at the grammar, I am.
""Democracies are better suited for a more socialist economic system than it is for a capitalist system."
Discuss amongst yourselves!

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Published on April 27 2008

The paper is done and turned in. Since I think it's only *slightly* lousy instead of just completely awful, this probably means I'll only get a C on it. 85 credits down, 35 to go.. Next up-- after "Spring Break" :-D
SS411 Comparative Political Systems 3 Semester Hours Course Description Introduces major theoretical approaches to the comparative study of politics. The student applies these approaches to government institutions, the policy-making process, political participation, economic structures and social change for both state and non-state actors.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ At least it quit snowing, hehehe. Maybe I'll get to practice my "shoveling" technique on the golf course after all!!

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Published on April 25 2008

The Cuban Missile Crisis (paper) ain't goin' so good, lol. How on earth do you cram an overview of the situation *and* an analysis of the three models ("Rational Actor", "Organizational Process", and "Governmental Politics") presented in Allison's "Essence of Decision" into five --count 'em, FIVE-- pages?!?!?! It took Allison two editions and 400 pp., for cryin' out loud!! 'Nuff bitchin'. Back at it.

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Published on April 10 2008

Got my extra-fine line pens ALL ready for the future!! Mead Releases New Grad-School-Ruled Notebook
RICHMOND, VA—After decades of only offering ruled notebook paper suitable for college-level education and below, school-supply giant Mead introduced its new grad-school-ruled notebook Monday, which features lines twice as narrow as college-ruled paper. "We here at Mead understand that as students get older and wiser, they need notebooks with increasingly narrow lines," Mead CEO John A. Luke told reporters. "Just think: If you are writing a dissertation on elements of thanatopsis and necromimesis as they relate to cacaesthesian themes of mid-20th-century Irish literature, do you really want your notebook lines to be more than seven millimeters apart?" Luke said. "Of course not." "When youre in grad school, every millimeter counts," he added.

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Published on March 28 2008

No, I have not abandoned the blog-- just been a little busier than usual these days with a few things that cannot wait. So.. while you're waiting to catch up on all the news (heh), I hereby direct you to one of my absolute favorite sites on the innernets --Caption This! The captions that the commenters come up with are just fantastic. This page in particular brings us one of the best (and scariest) 'shops I've seen in a loooong time:

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Published on March 21 2008

Right now, I am mired in the labyrinth that is U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East and Africa in the post-WWII period. It's great. And ya know? *I* woulda done it differently. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Heh.

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Published on March 7 2008

Checking in [again] on the just-finished class to see if grades are in, I find this on the front page/ announcements section:
The best term paper this term, and perhaps the best I have ever gotten for MH 403, was by [yours truly] on American domestic life in the Cold War. She drew my attention to literature I was not familiar with including at least one article which I will use in future versions of this course. She showed how Americans reacted to the bomb and how that changed over time, how Americans were mobilized and mobilized themselves, how the ideology and circumstances of the Cold War shaped family values.
I'm just shaking here; I cn baerly type. I could have flunked the course and still been excited!!

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Published on March 1 2008

....what seems like about 359 to go. Another class in the can. The grade panic will now begin. [Cue Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries"] or [Tom Petty "The Wa-a-a-a-i-ting is the Hardest Part"] Up next (on Monday, for cryin' out loud! Where's MY spring break?!?):
SS401 Comparative Foreign Policy 3 Semester Hours Course Description An analysis of the foreign policy and policy-making process in various regions of the world. Specific case studies allow the student to assess national priorities and ideological commitments in the post-Cold War era.
Kewl.

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Published on February 27 2008

It occurs to me that, best intentions or no, I always seem to wind up caught with my figurative pants down when the end of each class looms. Not only do I have a final exam to write by Saturday night, I am also frantically putting the finishing touches on the term paper on Cold War Society. "Frantically", in that I dislike hate am so excited over how it's shaping up. This disorganization is ridiculous. I hereby declare a complete moratorium on the world until I complete. my. homework. Except to note this. Love him or hate him-- and there wasn't much in between-- ya gotta appreciate someone who did this:
A precocious controversialist, William was but 8 when he wrote to the king of England, demanding payment of the British war debt.
or this:
Buckley so loved a good argument — especially when he won — that he compiled a book of bickering in "Cancel Your Own Goddam Subscription," published in 2007 and featuring correspondence with the famous (Nixon, Reagan) and the merely annoyed.
See ya Saturday. I hope. In the meantime, Rudy is helping me by keeping my citations and other assorted papers from escaping.....

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