Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Tangled in the fallen vines, Picking up the punch lines...

I'm taking one class this spring... The Political Systems of the Middle East. I started on Friday, and I'll be attending every MWF for the next 6 weeks. I've really enjoyed being back on campus these last two days. The class is just starting, so it hasn't been terribly challenging yet. It seems like most of the students are new to the major. Some students have had to be disabused of the rare misconception that the whole world was made in Japan. They don't seem to understand that the term "Middle East" was coined during an era of eurocentricity. Anyway, we trudge along.

This back-to-school event deserves to be noted and recorded here on the blog, just because my first post dealt with my departure from school. So this post serves as a sort of book-end to my time away. I had a full year of traveling and adventure and relaxation, and it's time to get back to work.

I've opted for a lighter load (per the guidance of my adviser) so that I can ease my way back to student lifestyle. The real test will be how well I apply some of my new discipline methods. There will be tempting movies that will come out and try to consume my time and distract my attention, but I will be strong, and delay that gratification. The French Open starts at Roland Garros in the last week of May. I will have to ration the matches that I watch and prepare ahead in order to avoid the perils of procrastination. Maybe, like Max Fischer, I'm spending too much of my time starting up clubs and putting on plays. I should probably be trying harder to score chicks.

JJ Abrams' Star Trek comes out this weekend and I already have my ticket for Thursday evening. I'll be anxious to talk to all of you friends and family out there about it. I'm optimistic that it will be nonstop fun. It would be a bonus if the character and plot work is well developed. Metacritic and Rottentomatoes are both reporting positive reviews among critics.

So, expect to hear more from me through this medium. I don't know what makes me want to write... it's something of a true oddity for me to be inspired out of the blue like this.

More later...