Tuesday, August 30, 2005
day 2 of teacher-ification
Well, the second day of class has come and gone, and already I'm despising the commute 1.5 hour commute. This morning wasn't so bad, I carpooled with my mother and left at exactly 7:30AM, getting to Seattle U in about 50 minutes, but then again, both public school and the UW are still on vacation. Traffic will get worst come end of September. After school, I drove myself home while my mother went to dinner with her friends.
Besides the obvious emasculating effects of been driven to school by one's mother, a gimped right ankle, and zero income, there's just something physically draining about staring at rows of brake lights and bumper-to-bumper gridlock on the road. When I used to commute via train while working in Japan, at least I always had the sense that things were moving and I could relax with a book / newspaper / my iPod, but I just don't feel the same sense of calm going to school.
I suppose there's other issues there.
Graduate school continues to be interesting, with a constant flow of information being channeled to me and the 49 other students during class. We meet in a large room where tables are arranged for small groups of 5 people each and there's never really any dead time at all in the 6 hour schedule - we're constantly listening to lectures, watching videos, having small group discussions, or doing some sort of interactive activity.
It's funny, but it almost reminds me of a full day of church - Sunday sermon, Sunday school, fellowship, communal meal time - of course, the obvious difference being there's no worship and that the "gospel" isn't Christ, it's the exploration of ideas about learning, education, school, and being a teacher. I guess I'm experiencing firsthand the rigors of a "Jesuit education".
On another note, maybe I'm just old, or maybe I just getting fatter, but my butt falls asleep a lot during class. The cheeks become numb.
i <3 hip-hop
This week on program "Fresh Air" on NPR, I've been excited to listen to interviews as this week, they're celebrating the history of hip-hop with interviews of various pioneers of music... today, they interviewed personalities like Russell Simmons, Darryl McDaniels of Run-D.M.C., and Chuck-D of Public Enemy. Awesome.
I'm also quite excited that at this year's Bumbershoot music festival, two of my favorite hip-hop artists, Common and Talib Kweli, will be playing the main stage on Sunday. Most artists still consider Seattle a "rock" town, so it's always a treat when big name hip-hop artists come through.
Stone, Shiv, and I think a few other people are going... anybody who loves hip-hop should DEFINITELY come check 'em out.
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