January 2009

Torts and East Coast Swing

This post like so many others is late so it will be skipping Tuesday and Wednesday. After work this afternoon, I took the shuttle to campus for class this evening. Having dropped the war on terrorism class, I signed up for another elective called “legal aspects of business.” My expectations were quite low but I need a Thursday night class. There were only a handful of students although there was one familiar face, Jerry Perez, who I’ve seen in several previous classes.The instructor, attorney Ron Whittington seems like a nice guy. He spent the class discussing various types of torts. Class was not dismissed until 8:30.Afterward, I made my way to the Reily Center. Ballroom dancing resumed this evening. There were over 50 people in attendance for our first session, many new faces. The first dance style this semester is east coast swing. We went over the basic step and I thing one other thing. For the most part, I think I knew what I was doing and it was a lot of fun. I caught a cab home afterward.

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Three Day Weekend

After work on Thursday, I went to class this evening. I signed up for “War on Terrorism,” a 400 level political science class with Louis Campomenosi. My impression of the professor and the class was very positive. However, there is far reading and work involved in the class than I care to take on so I’ll probably be dropping the class.Work was especially quiet on Friday. With Martin Luther King Day on Monday, I had a three day weekend to relax and do nothing. I was home all weekend where I did very little although I did clean out my closet on Sunday. I don’t recall anything in particular happening Monday.

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Tulane vs. Southern Miss.

We saw patients at a pretty good clip this afternoon. I took the 4:40 shuttle to campus. I stopped at the bookstore before class to have a look at my textbooks. I saw Larry there and we spoke for a few minutes.This evening’s writing composition class was a discussion on two readings we were assigned on Monday, “The Everyday and Everydayness,” an essay by Henri Lefebvre and the first chapter of one of the textbooks. The first piece was a rambling mess in my opinion and I got some entertainment out of being mildly condescending and argumentative.Class was dismissed shortly after seven. I walked to Fogelman Arena after class to see Tulane’s basketball team play Southern Mississippi. I arrived a few minutes into the first half with USM leading 10-2. Their lead waxed and waned over the course of the game but I never saw Tulane in the lead. Tulane was mainly thwarted by their own shooting woes. Tulane didn’t hit a single three-pointer all game. For the most part they managed to keep hope alive in some of the final minutes, closing to a four point deficit. The final score was 61-54. I caught a cab home after the game.

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Back to School

After a quiet weekend of playing Fallout 3 and updating the VAIO wallpaper page, I started school again on Monday. I’m only taking three classes this term, but one of them meets twice weekly. On Monday I went to the first session of expository writing with Mike Griffth. This is a class required for my major and I was not looking forward to it. What I read about the instructor was unflattering and it was immediately apparent to me that what I read was accurate. After digressing at length about the nature of the class and the writing it entails, he assigned a non-graded writing assignment about a life-changing epiphany. Later that evening, I watched the second two hours of the new season of 24.I got a hair cut this morning before heading to the office today. I didn’t have much to do at work and performed an LCD transplant on an old Thinkpad I’ve been working on. This evening’s class was Ethical Issues in Media with Paul Greenberg. I had a class with him last semester which I enjoyed so I figured it was a safe bet. After discussing the class there was a short lecture on ethics in general. Later this evening I watched Fail-Safe.

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Change of Scenery

After Christmas, I took a little vacation of sorts through New Year’s Eve. Consequently, I wasn’t paying attention to this log so this single entry will cover that time period.Krystle drove down to New Orleans to pick me up the day after Christmas. She considered making the return trip to Ruston the same day but decided against it. That evening we had dinner at the Ground Pati on the westbank. The next day we made the five hour drive to Ruston. It was largely uneventful although there was heavy rain in the final stretch.I was in Ruston for a solid week. It would be difficult to detail each day as they sort of blended together although I could probably make a good effort by looking at all my receipts. There isn’t much to do in Ruston so we spent a lot of time watching movies. I brought some Netflix DVDs with me, we went to the local theater three times and we bought a movie Krystle wanted to watch, Death Race. At the theater we saw The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which I enjoyed, Yes Man and Valkyrie, which was not as bad as the negative hype suggested. We also went out for dinner almost every night. There isn’t much to pick from aside from a couple chains, however. We spent a lot of time at Chili’s. We visited Krystle’s parent’s house a couple times for various reasons. I taught her to play chess with no difficulty. The evening of New Year’s Eve, Krystle and I went with her little brother Jacob to meet some of her extended family that have a little property in what looks like the middle of nowhere. There was a bonfire and lots of people and fireworks. We only stayed for an hour or so because Jacob wanted to leave early. We spent the rest of the evening at Krystle’s apartment.We drove back to New Orleans on Saturday afternoon. We stopped in Monroe to get some lunch and tried for a second time to go to a sushi place called Samurai, but we were thwarted by their odd hours. We went to the Olive Garden instead. The drive back was considerably less pleasant. It rained through the better part of Mississippi and Louisiana. There was a reprieve from the rain around Brookhaven, where we stopped to visit Bianca. We were there for an hour or so. Bianca seems to be doing well and her dog has grown considerably since I was last there about five months ago. We met a friend of hers while there, Raymond, a retired chef. Bianca has spoken highly of him in the past and he seems like a nice guy.On Sunday, Krystle and I got a muffuletta from DiMartino’s before she headed back to Ruston.I didn’t go to work on Monday because Dad was tied up throughout the day, both with a doctor’s appointment for Andrew and work in Mid City. I was at work on Tuesday although we were out of the office for a while in the afternoon. I met with my student advisor at Tulane, Paul Greenberg to discuss the remaining requirements for my bachelor’s degree. I was pleasantly surprised to find how close I am to graduating. I still have to take an expository writing class and complete an internship in my final semester. I also want to complete a 400+ level history course to finish off my minor.

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