Archive: May 2013

Life goals, academia, and food stamps

Walking to class back when I knew just about everything

Though you couldn’t tell it now, at one point I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life. I believed was meant to be an English professor of creative writing.

Turns out belief won’t get you into a graduate program. After my first master’s degree, I still needed better GRE scores to be competitive for PhD programs, so I enrolled in a second master’s program in French and Spanish hoping to boost my language skills and verbal score at the same time.

Being 22 and eager, I saw another master’s as a chance to pick up a few publications, prep myself for a Fulbright, and clear the foreign language requirement for most PhD programs. I was so committed to the goal that I accepted a 9-month assistantship.

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No, car, I’m not stealing you!

Preparing Ennis to one day deal with his own unreliable car.

Despite its age and quirks, my car has an amazing amount of self esteem.

Monday morning, it refused to crank because it thought I was stealing it.

During the last decade, I’ve racked up over 160k miles and a fair amount of repairs to go with them. There’s a standing list of things not worth the cost to fix including the broken theft system.

Most days the red theft system light just flashes on and off, but every now and again, like this morning, it actually locks the car down.

Whenever this happens, the car cannot be cranked for 10-15 minutes. Sometimes the theft system can be fooled if you disconnect the car battery and reconnect it, but the last few times we tried this, it didn’t work.

Rather than be any later than we already were, I grabbed our things and changed to our even less reliable car to drop off Ennis before returning home and getting my car to start.

As I drove to work late in my car, I braced myself for other Monday fun to come.

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