Why have none of my friends heard the phrase "it's a wash" before?
Skarda, to Emily F., who was absent all last week: "We missed your body."
Jaime: "And your mind."
3 more Inklings classes.
3 more Skarda classes.
2 more seminar meetings.
1 more MAT class session.
3 final papers, 1 final exam, 1 final project.
26 more days of residence.
You'd think i could motivate myself to do work then? But no, after lunch i sat down and stared at my paper for Skarda's class (due Friday at sunset). I hadn't read fanfic in days, so i decided to go through the stuff i had bookmarked and send feedback and write up recs. At least that way i was vaguely virtuous.
On the plus-side, work was not so overly air-conditioned as it was yesterday.
Jayne Mercier called about something and asked to whom she was speaking. "Elizabeth Sweeny, one of the student assistants to Ann Johnson," i answered, figuring she was probably more interested in how likely i was to be able to answer her question than in my actual name. So of course she responded with "Hello Elizabeth Sweeney, one of the student assistants to Ann Johnson," and joked that my title was about as long as hers would be if she ever wrote it all out. I like her.
Also, i got my first wedding invitation addressed to me rather than than to me as part of my family. And really, Best Wedding Invitation Ever, so what better to my first very own wedding invitation?
After the first entry on the subject i was already sick of heairng about the new Pope having been part of Hitler Youth.
: "He joined the Hitler Youth aged 14, shortly after membership was made compulsory in 1941. He quickly won a dispensation on account of his training at a seminary. 'Ratzinger was only briefly a member of the Hitler Youth and not an enthusiastic one,' concluded John Allen, his biographer." It says also that "Two years later Ratzinger was enrolled in an anti-aircraft unit that protected a BMW factory making aircraft engines. The workforce included slaves from Dachau concentration camp," and talks about how he maintains that he never actually shot anyone. The BBC
says, "Schooled in the Nazis' power of rhetoric during his childhood in Bavaria, the Pope later deserted the German Army during World War II, only to be sent to a POW camp when the Allies reached his hometown." I'm sure arguments can be made on both sides about how much Ratzinger cooperated with the Nazis and how much he should have been expected to resist and so on and so forth, but really, he was a teenager back then, and the people God chooses as leaders in the Bible often have less than pristine pasts. I'm far more interested in discussion about how much influence the Pope has in the Church and in the world and stuff like that rather than cheap shots. Does his previous involvement in Hitler Youth a stumbling block for improving Judeo-Christian relations? Of course. Is a preponderance of cheap shots about the matter helping anything? No.Other news
: ancient papyrus documents being read for the first time thanks to multi-spectral imaging techniques.