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Re: The random ramblings thread

PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 3:43 pm
by Malia
Well, the first official steps have been taken for my trip to England and Scotland this Fall--my friends and I have booked our hotel in London and my passport came in the mail the other day :) Excitement is building. . .
The itinerary has been pretty-much set, as well. Four days in London (with the requisite pilgrimage to the newly refurbished Keats House--of course!), and then my friend and I rent a car for most of the rest of the journey North--through York, a *possible* stop at Haworth, into Durham to visit the University town I lived in for 8 months nearly 13 years ago (eek, how can time pass so quickly?!) and then up into the West of Scotland. We'll pay Burns a visit at his national historic park (it will be cool to read Keats's poems about him in the same locations that Keats was inspired to write them!) and tour around Ayrshire, then we'll head to Edinburgh--possibly to take a coach *back* West for a tour of Loch Ness.
Even in November, I expect 12 to 14 days of fun :)

Re: The random ramblings thread

PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 3:52 pm
by Saturn
Oh sounds wonderful Malia, hope you all enjoy it *seethes with jealousy* :D

Re: The random ramblings thread

PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 12:48 am
by BrokenLyre
I am so happy for your Malia, to go to England and Scotland! And yes, a bit envious too I suppose. I really look forward to hearing from you about your trip - especially to Hampstead Heath and Keats House. I have imagined that trip many times (from the photos on the web) and I really hope to go someday. I even read (on the Keats House site) that they are looking for volunteers for "room guide", "conduct a guided tour", "assist in the care of our collection", "help with one of our evening talks." Now wouldn't that be awesome?! I would do all four. :D


So glad to hear your excitement in your post about going. Really great Malia :)

Re: The random ramblings thread

PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 10:05 am
by Gazlynn
Hi Malia
Glad to hear that you are coming to Scotland and am sure you will have a great time. If you want to go up into the hills for a day I will gladly take you or if you want a tour of Stirling I will try my best.

Re: The random ramblings thread

PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:59 pm
by Saturn
I'm off to Brighton for a week, and will be internet-less so I apologize in advance for the no doubt torrent of spam in my absence.

Re: The random ramblings thread

PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 8:54 pm
by BrokenLyre
We will ignore all spam and gladly await your return at the helm! Have a great time!

Re: The random ramblings thread

PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 11:49 pm
by Malia
As Saturn's backup, I'll try and keep the spam at bay while he is gone :)
BTW, Does anyone know any good anti-spam spells? :lol:

Re: The random ramblings thread

PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:22 am
by AsphodelElysium
Point of fact, I do. But it involves fire, nudity, and ritual sacrifice, so it maybe more trouble than its worth. :wink:

Re: The random ramblings thread

PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2009 5:58 am
by dks
Saturn wrote:I'm off to Brighton for a week, and will be internet-less so I apologize in advance for the no doubt torrent of spam in my absence.


Have a great trip, Stephen...relax, eat, drink and be merry (or just drunk)... :wink:

Re: The random ramblings thread

PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 3:48 am
by dks
Well, all, I have finally secured a full time job--I'm back to teaching senior English at a local high school in a small, near by town. I should get the phone call with the offer in another day or two...I will miss adjuncting, but I will not miss the excrutiating pay gaps, the lack of health benefits and working full time for part time wages...higher education is truly a an exclusive proving ground--one that is chock full of advanced and terminally degreed folks who glut the tenure track job market, yet I am happy I have been able to make the contacts I have made, since I can still take an evening or weekend class here and there at the college where I have taught and make great supplemental income. Good news is I will be back to teaching literature (Brit. Lit.) and that's my love--I get to teach Keats the second semester--all my own created lessons/activities and you know, I couldn't be more thrilled about that...if I have to bring Keats to little ol' Rosenberg, Texas--then by God, I will! So...I will be teaching high school by day and college classes by evening and weekend...in short, I'll be teaching my ass off... :shock: :lol:

Ah...to teach Keats and get paid for it...!

Re: The random ramblings thread

PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 4:28 am
by Malia
A HUGE Congratulations, dks! I'm so glad you've found full-time work (with benefits!) and are still able to keep your connections to the college level. I work at a University--with and around a lot of faculty--and I've seen the politics and pressure associated with higher education. It is *so* tough to get to tenure. The pressure to publish and be on committees and just about everything that you do on top of teaching, itself. I'm glad that you'll be teaching Keats, too. Those kids in Rosenberg TX don't know how fortunate they are!! :)

Re: The random ramblings thread

PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 10:20 pm
by BrokenLyre
That is just wonderful news dks! And so glad you shared it with us! I so enjoyed hearing your enthusiasm and finally getting a job worthy of your skills, intelligence and education. In this market today, this is great to hear. And yes, having taught 8th graders for one year (a while back), it's just good to get some work - especially teaching Keats. If I ever make my way down to Rosenberg, Texas, maybe I could be your guest speaker! I agree with Malia that those kids are in for a treat!

Please know that it was my 12th grade English teacher who introduced me to John Keats by reading "Ode to a Nightingale" in class one spring day. Up to this time I hated English - what a bore. (I loved physics and math....I know I know...) I also thought "poetry" was just emotional drivel laced with feminine sentimentality. But then Mrs. Geer, started to read Nightingale....and I was stunned, shocked, and awoke from my poetic slumber. Changed my life in some ways.

There is hope for these kids - you'll do a spectacular job!

Re: The random ramblings thread

PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 3:49 am
by dks
...aw, thanks, guys...! I need all the encouragement I can get--as of today I have my schedule: five High School English IV classes (one section being Honors) along with one 9th grade repeater class; then it's off to the college campuses for a 5:30 pm Composition II class (Mon and Wed), a 7pm Composition II class (Mon and Wed), and a 1pm upper-division British Literature class on Saturdays.

:shock:

Re: The random ramblings thread

PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 3:57 am
by Malia
Whoa! And I thought I was busy. How in the world do you do it, dks? With a family to boot! I bow to the master. :)

Re: The random ramblings thread

PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 3:28 am
by dks
Malia wrote:Whoa! And I thought I was busy. How in the world do you do it, dks? With a family to boot! I bow to the master. :)


..oh, no, Miss Malia.. :oops: Surely you don't think I also don't do a good bit of complaining!? These shall help me retain my sanity--a bit of whine and wine... :wink: