Okay. So I went to that meeting that I wrote about last night. And…it was worthless. Apparently writing an abstract is as easy as I had anticipated. And the conference that I could go to is awesome and easy and they accept 90% of the abstracts submitted and you don’t even have to turn in a paper, just give a 15-minute presentation except a.) I didn’t realize until this morning in the meeting that I can’t make it that weekend, and b.) I would have to deal with annoyingly impressed-with-themselves undergraduates and my God, man, shut up about publishing your stupid biology research, you’re getting a bachelor’s just like the rest of us.
Yep. I kind of glanced at the dates when I got the e-mail, and it kind of felt like I should have something going on April 17th. But whatever, I never do anything and April? I barely know what I’m doing for Thanksgiving. I figured that it was just so close to Easter that I was probably messing up the dates in my head.
Except I wasn’t. It’s Confirmation. Which I’m obviously not going to miss so I can present my take on the centuries of Catholic/Jewish relations to a bunch of bored faculty members and annoying undergrads. Dude. We have a new archbishop!
So that’s out. But the second reason? About the annoying people? That was almost enough to make me stay home anyway. Only three people showed up for the meeting, and one of them was a senior in the biology department. A senior who would not shut up about his damn research. And how awful he felt about having to dumb down his abstract for an interdepartmental conference. And how he knew he wanted to publish his research next semester, but he wasn’t sure where. And how his tuition was taken care of by grants. And how Jesus Himself came and blew some fairy dust on him.
Oh. My. Goodness. Shut. Up. I’m a senior too. I have good grades. But I am operating under no illusions that anyone wants to read my senior thesis much less publish it and so help me God, I will throw this pencil at your head if you don’t be quiet this minute I have had NO LATTE THIS MORNING.
Now I’m watching a two hour movie about Hassidism from the ’80s. Online. And totally not surfing other sites in another window. That would be irresponsible. But the guy playing the Hassidic boy? Is the voice of the Beast, from Beauty and the Beast? Which I am celebrating my 17th anniversary with TODAY NO LESS. It’s also John’s birthday. In an attempt to get me to ignore the fact that my mommy was leaving- again- to have another little screaming child- again- I was bought the videotape of Beauty and the Beast. And thus an obsession was born.
Also John. Happy birthday, John!