Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Dude, there's my car!

Two identical cars No, you are not seeing double! Well, maybe you are, for all I know. But all I'm saying is that I went to the movies with Mike tonight, only to find my car's twin in the lot -- same exact make, model and color. I see a lot of my car on the road, which naturally is a testament to its endurance. It's a 1997 Nissan Sentra. Had it for more than 10 years, and it still runs just fine.

The movie we saw was How To Train Your Dragon, in 3D. It had a slow start, but I ended up really enjoying it, more than Mike even. It was also hard to ignore the gay themes -- the skinny, crafty, overly sensitive boy who's terrible at sports feels out of place in society and doesn't relate to his uber-masculine Viking father and secretly befriends a sweet dragon with a broken wing. But even beyond that it was great ... very exciting action. You know what I mean.

Just prior, two of my classmates and I gave our "Reporting Out" presentation in State & Society. We were put into groups of people from our International Experience trips (I went to Australia), and our assignment was to write a case and prepare a presentaiton about a company we visited on our trip that had an interesting interaction with state and/or society. We picked BHP Billiton, the mining company, which recently signed a joint venture with Rio Tinto, another mining company, to get themselves some high-quality Western Australian iron ore. But the European Union launched an antitrust investigation with no due date announced. Iron ore is used to make steel, which is in all kinds of things, like cars and buildings.

Before State & Society I went to a meeting for people interested in being admissions interviewers next year. Someone nominated me. They'll take 25% of the applicants/nominees, so it's pretty selective, but I hope I get it ... I think it would be great experience, and good practice for hiring my minions. But if I don't get it, it's not as if I'm under-booked next year.

I spent the evening working on a spreadsheet -- my first of the quarter, sadly! This quarter was much more qualitative than the others, which has meant more class discussion (great!) and fewer assignments (also great!) but also more ambiguity about performance. I might get all Distinctions (top 10%) or all Passes (botton 10%) ... who knows? I'll prolly/hopefully just grab me some Proficients (middle 80%). Who am I trying to impress anyway?

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