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three days in september

I was on campus on Monday to swim, and it was already starting to be decorated to welcome new students back to town. Without really being in classes, the academic year is kind of, well, academic. But the fact of the summer actually being over still kind of makes an impression.

Later, despite our strangely large roster, we still managed not to do very well at the pub quiz. Our main problem seems to be that we are slightly better than the lower half of the competitors and end up in the smart people's bracket week after week.

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Tuesday was Rachel's dissertation defense. It was neat to go, both to hear about her project, to be supportive by not asking questions, and as evidence that people do finish their dissertations, get degrees, and have their advisors pour champagne into plastic cups to commemorate the occasion. After extremely moderate drinking in a classroom with her committee, we left and had dinner at Agua Verde in a small pink room that also held a table filled with people filled with happy hour margaritas. Or maybe they were naturally loud. But it was fun anyway, and nice to be there, especially since I hadn't been to the restaurant in a long time.

Following dinner, I met up with some other people from the Seattle Metroblogging project at the Elysian. One good thing about it being autumn is that it's once again possible to get pumpkin ale. Small victories.

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Today, was mostly about being at the office. I'm chipping away at a couple of abstracts that I'm writing for a conference this spring. By the time I've incorporated everyone comments and exercised an appropriate level of cautiousness in interpreting the data they will likely be even more completely boring than even I expected.

Also, I managed to make an appointment to see my crazy dentist. I've been forgetting to call for about a year and a half, but peer pressure, that Malcolm Gladwell piece about health insurance, and an alarm set on my phone finally broke my streak of negligence.

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(Anonymous)

unless you like young jeezy...

hi josh, from nyc.

first of all: you are adorable.

having grown up in seattle, to me fall always signaled the onset of nine months of rain. however, i was frightened to my very core today when having strolled very innocently into my local urban outfitters (i know, i know), i was confronted with the scariest, most aggresive preparations for christmas ever. yes, CHRISTMAS. september 29th? sleigh bells a ringin'.

as for kexp and world domination: personally, i still feel like it's a very locally-minded station. i listen all day from work and rejoice in their warm, fuzzy seattlness. they champion local bands i'd never hear of on the east coast and generally just rock. do they big up listeners in nova scotia and de moines? yes. does that prevent them from riffing on ballard or plugging tonight's show at neumo's? no. the overwhelming majority of their listeners and funds are seattle-based and they know it. but i bless them daily for bringing decent radio to those of us who, unfortunately, are stuck with a dial of nothin but green day and young jeezy.

Re: unless you like young jeezy...

hi. adorable is really my goal; so good to know that it's working.

my mini-rant about KEXP was a little misguided. I was looking at their events page and not the concert calendar. Still, it's weird to hear about Chicago events from what's supposed to be a Seattle radio station. I can deal with it in exchange for the good music though. And having people from elsewhere listen sort of validates Seattle a bit, too.
My dentist's name is Anita Fok. In Greewood. So awesome.
Mine is Martin Nigrelle in the U-Villageish area. He's very into prevention and has copyrighted his seven steps to healthy teeth and gums!