Veggie Planet = still tasty. I got a tofu peanut curry rice dish. And cinnamon apple tea.
And then we went to TeaLuxe and got their seasonal hot chocolate + chai. (On the counter woman's recommendation, I got Tra Que Chai -- cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon. He got Kashmiri Chai, which smelled very minty.)
While waiting to cross JFK St. back to the T, a woman informed us about a demonstration or something. I didn't take a flyer, but as we began to cross the street she told us about how millions of children are being drugged and it's a hoax. I said, "I would argue, but I have to go to class." She said that she knew this was true because she took care of her five-and-a-half-year-old grandson and they wanted to medicate him and she proved that he didn't need it. I said that while some children are medicated when they don't need it, that medication is arguably overprescribed, I don't think all children are overmedicated. She said most are, millions of children -- and poor children, not children of the upper-middle-class. (I appreciated that at least she had an eye toward the systemically disadvantaged and wasn't just complaining about yuppies who really wanted toys more than children and should never have been allowed to breed in the first place.) So I fulfilled my day's quota of engaging strangers in discussion. (Possibly I need a new tag for this?)
Class was wicked dull. I literally pulled out my copy of James Fraser's Between Church and State to read partway through.
The prof talked about trade and stuff and how one factor is negotiating and how when you intensely demand something, the supplier can demand a very high price (hence why it's a bad idea to fall in love). I wanted to say, "But as long as the buyer thinks the good is worth the price paid, then both sides are still gaining. Yes you want to claim as much of the pie as possible, but as long as you're still within the ZOPA you're coming out ahead." But I mean, he knew that -- we were talking about comparative advantage and stuff, and how specialization and trade make both parties better off even if one party gains more than the other party does.
He talked about free trade and Cuba and suggested that no one's really gaining from the trade sanctions and SmartStudent said, "You underestimate the importance of Florida in every election [...] Cuban expats."
Someone asked if the supply and demand curves ever actually look like curves rather than just straight lines. The prof said yes, that this model is an oversimplification, said, "People are not straight." And we all laughed, him included. He rephrased it as, "People do not behave linearly all the time."
I have these moments with pretty much anyone I know even reasonably well, but the more I know someone, the more I find myself picking out those things. Moments where I think "would X still be X if she didn't do this thing that I can't even quite describe?" (Would Elizabeth be Elizabeth without talking to strangers about Marx and religion on the T? Would Emi be Emi without the way she blows her nose in the morning?)I thought of this when I got cc-ed on an email from Nicole to B:
I had forgotten the true extent of my dorkiness and find myself leaping out of bed every morning, though still overwhelmed (in a good way) with all the things I can learn in just one day... On that note, I also have some readings to send you/Sara that reminded me of MONV, and which might help frame the discussion next semester.Yes, she is no longer working here and is still talking about helping improve B's course. (I think one reason the both of us worked well together is that we're both crazy like that.)
soundingsea is talking about writercon 2009 again, and now that my summer is over I'm actually in the mindset to be excited about that.
Next year is totally going to be the year of long weekend trips.
Reconciling Ministries Network's 10th Convocation is scheduled for Labor Day Weekend (September 4-7, 2009) at the YMCA of the Rockies at Estes Park, Colorado.
I feel confident that WriterCon will not be scheduled for Labor Day weekend, so yay for not having to choose between the queer Methodists and fandom.
I remain undecided as to muskratjamboree. Last year I felt like I should go because it's local, but from who signed up it felt like it was gonna be DueSouthCon or something -- which is fine, but which has no appeal for me. Hanging out with local fen would of course be cool, but I feel like I would be better served hanging out with them in other contexts. And "a slash-oriented
Muskrat Jamboree 2009! A multi-fandom, slash-oriented con! April 3rd and 4th, 2009!
Registration will go live on October 25th, 2008 and will be limited to 140 people. The registration fee will be $80.00 US.
email forward from my mom:
MY LIVING WILL***
Last night, my friend and I were sitting in the living room and I said to her, 'I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and fluids from a bottle. If that ever happens, just pull the plug.'
She got up, unplugged the Computer, and threw out my wine.
She's such a bitch
I thought JennyO was kidding when she referred to Lindsay Lohan as a a baby queer, but apparently not. (And from the same Jenpost, Ckat Aiken is probably officially gay.)