Marissa across the hall seems okay, though i'm less fond of her roommate Carly, and Rachel from Staircase 1 seems nice though she's so quiet it's hard to know much about her. They're all UMass kids, and i was starting to feel like i do so many times, that i was just going to follow around a clump of people i have little real connection with. Listening to them talk about traveling in Europe wasn't bad, but listening to "I really should have bought traveler's checks, so I would have a real concrete idea of how much money I have, instead of credit cards, because it's so easy for me to just spend money" made me wince because it is so not how I operate.
Rachel knows this guy Adam, though, who lives across the hall from her (small world, long story) and after the barbecue I was hanging out with a whole slew of people and then it was his roommate Josh and this girl Christina and me. Josh and i are in the Modern Self class, so we were talking about those books, and Christina was talking about the books for her Women Writers class (which it turns out Chloe is in). Josh totally thought i should come into class bold with my negativity. (I haven't liked much fiction i've read recently, so sue me.) This got us talking about literature we didn't like, and then Adam joined the conversation, and then Chloe. Now that is my kind of conversation. Literature. So much better than the superficial conversation of earlier. And at one point Adam said something about disliking Carly's crew, because they're superficial or something, i don't remember exactly, and i was so pleased that i wasn't the only one.
Chloe (co-Smithie) and i must go to the Eagle and Child sometime. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, all that. I definitely want to take advantage of the whole British drinking thing, but on the other hand everything's so bloody expensive here.
Proof that my universe is consistent, this afternoon i was showing Rachel were the computer basement is and there was a guy who's teaching a group of Canadian high schoolers here and he chatted with us a bit and then we bumped into each other at the barbeque and he was talking to me and i know he's a professor and all and usually i appreciate adults treating me like people, but it just felt so shady, and i realized later that he reminded me so much of Richard, the facial structure and/or the intensity/earnestness... i'm not entirely sure exactly what it was, but i want him to go away.