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Oct. 17th, 2007 @ 04:30 pm BAR
My sister just passed the VA BAR exam!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I really can't say anything else useful about it, but I'm happy things are going well! I totally freaked Jessica out a few weeks back, one of my roommates is a JAG contract and has already passed his BAR, etc. When I heard that FL results had already come back, I called Jessica, left a cryptic message for her about her results, which, I guess was understandably nerve-wracking. XD Oops. All's well that ends well, I guess.

Anyone want to go to the USMC Marathon on Sunday the 28th? DC is awesome, I hear. I'll be helping out for the entire day, but not actually running the course. It'll be a riot err...good fun? Also, if I'm on a food station, I'll hook you up with ENERGY JELLY BEANS ftw.

Oh, going three days on 5 hours of sleep? Not a very good idea, don't try it.
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Oct. 5th, 2007 @ 02:10 pm (no subject)
The CO, has a curious sense of humor:

"Have a good Columbus Day weekend, but don't get too liquored up and expect to recover on Tuesday. We have our final Land Navigation in TA16 on Wednesday and it will be tough. Just remember that Columbus wasn't looking for America..."

I want to be inspired, uplifted, to hear something positive! Not implications that all of us are going to FAIL on Wednesday! Arrg, I just want to forget about all that until the last possible moment. Land Nav can be such a crap shoot at times, depending on the proximity of your boxes, the specific terrain & catch-me vines, etc. But I'm still reasonably Ninja and usually enjoy it once we start. Meh, shut up & color.

Concerts in Fred. w/Sarah, cooking, Vampiric Victorian (ad)Ventures, Disc... & still a free Monday holiday!
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Oct. 1st, 2007 @ 08:02 pm The poster is upside down again, huh?
Walking around with face paint is strangely satisfying! I've finally acquired the skill to detail the colors enough so I don't blur into a Black/Green mash by the end of the day. Most people just look like hobos after ~12 hours, but I was still very distinctly camouflaged! For future reference...cat whiskers are not subtle enough for the SPCs. The only trouble is that the stuff sticks far too much. With all the green eyeshadow and eyebrow accents I had accidentally missed, it looked like I was a card carrying member of the oldest profession in the world.
I was carrying some extra gear around unbalanced the entire day, and now my back is incredibly sore. I will *not* be making that same mistake again.

Tomorrow morning we get CS gassed! CS tear gas stings a bit, but comparatively isn't bad. OC, pepper spray, is absolutely *terrifying* in the eyes. But since tomorrow is only CS, it'll be fun! We don't wear masks the entire time, but I've been there, done that, looking forward to it again.
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Sep. 8th, 2007 @ 02:23 pm Book Festival 2007
Current Music: Afrocelts - Seed
There was talk of this yesterday, hence, poof! I was wrong, the
author list *does* include a certain Terry Pratchett after all.

Who else is curious about such a shindig?

The Essentials:
Saturday, September 29th, 10 AM -5 PM, DC Mall.
Terry Pratchett - Fiction & Fantasy - 12-12:30 pm
Jack Prelutsky - Poetry - 1-1:45 pm

Edit: Madeleine L’Engle died yesterday.
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Flying, T-6
Jun. 6th, 2007 @ 03:01 pm (no subject)
Cape Cod is great. The weather absolutely sucked, but cleared up enough to be worthwhile. I like tidal pools. Free exhibits about pirate ship wrecks were just a plus. If you're ever in Provincetown, visit the Whydah museum.

I am enjoying being very lazy, and reading lots. I found a nice copy of Kipling's Barrack Room Ballads used at an antique store, which was satisfying.

Nope, nothing else to say. Toodles.
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May. 7th, 2007 @ 11:31 pm (Obligatory End of School Post) v1.2
My last final was this morning. It consisted of turning in a Japanese exam, then answering questions about a short phone conversation. I could just drive home tonight, but Diane is locked here over intercessionals for crew anyway, so I'm sticking around, at least for a bit. There was also a painful Philosophy essay that I just finished writing, but the entire thing is embarrassing. I managed to put it off for the entire semester, the entire week of finals, in which I did exactly nothing useful, and write it at the last possible minute.

I mean...I'm glad I learned how to manage my time in college?

I have been eating lots of cake, but not quite running enough. Help! Screwed for Quantico come July!
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Apr. 24th, 2007 @ 09:30 pm On Public Speaking
Current Music: Fievel Goes West soundtrack
Being clear, concise and short are essential. People don't want to hear you speak, they wish to hear what you have to say. Don't ad lib; even if you've thought about what to say, you'll have all sorts of remarkably awkward pauses. Take notes before hand & write down key points, even if you don't bring a cheat sheet with you. Don't just jump in, entice people. Get them to listen before they even realize you've started. If you've ever watched a good comedian, emulate them. Find a good lead in or segue. Be confident. Be sincere. Even if you're bumbling, sincerity is always noticed and appreciated.

However, the best advice I have is to avoid it like the plague. That's all! Goodnight.
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Apr. 23rd, 2007 @ 04:48 pm A Tale of Woe
There are still 4 more days of class and numerous papers & projects, but I'm spending more time organizing and worrying about non-academic things. It's only Monday, and already I'm going nuts. This is not fun. One of my project partners is in the process of screwing both himself and me over by being a complete twit. le sigh. Then, while I was in Georgetown watching Diane's regatta this weekend, someone mis-parked into my car! I am incredibly frustrated, and it is not helping that I'm becoming even more frustrated because I shouldn't be, because I can't do anything about the former! If that makes any sense.

But, I get to skip part of 'dead week' to watch Jessica's graduation from Roger Williams Law in RI!

No more complaining, I don't like it.
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Mar. 9th, 2007 @ 12:48 pm (no subject)
Spring break is here, and I'm somewhat giddy about it, even though I'm not doing much. The main plan is to spend all the time in the world at my Grandparents' house, because I really need to get my posterior in gear to study for this Russian examination.

I fell asleep in my piracy class this morning, and my Prof called me out on it after class. I felt bad, but also rested. Oops. In philosophy, we're watching...Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Apparently it's relevant to the course, but I'm skeptical.

And...we're off!
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Feb. 2nd, 2007 @ 12:55 am Ye Shall Be As Gods
Current Music: Rhapsody in Blue
I won, I wrestled with temptation, and won! I did *not* discuss Xenogears in an essay regarding the origins of evil in a set of popular childrens' tales by the crazy Brits, but it was tough.

My quintet had its first gig last night, it was for the school, in support of our subsidized private music lessons. Good stuff, practically revolutionary. Highlights were a bastardized arrangement of Carnival of the Animals.

I need a break. Love, Josh.
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