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Getting Down to Brass Tacks

Despite Mother Nature’s pathetic attempt yesterday to trap us all in for another snow day, things are up and running full steam ahead here on campus. We’re working through the second week of classes and already my professors have lovingly given me massive amounts of work. After much debate, I have made the executive decision to take only three academic classes this semester. For my major I’m taking Recent Continental Philosophy as well as a 400-level course on Skepticism. On top of this I snagged a spot in the popular “Rock and Roll Novel” class. When looking at my course load, the phrase “lots of reading” comes to mind, and already I can see that is an understatement. So far things have been really interesting, and I really enjoy all of my professors, including two I’ve never had before. Here is an unintentional brown nosing moment, but I highly recommend all of the philosophy professors to anybody who is interested in the subject. Unlike possible stereotypes, none of these people are boring and stuffy, but instead actively engage students with the materials. I’ve come to the conclusion that my practice of sometimes falling half asleep in class is not because of the class itself, but in fact a direct result of very little sleep and an exceptionally difficult crew workout in the morning.

Speaking of crew, today was our third official practice of the spring. Inclement weather prevented us from being on the water yesterday morning (forming into a giant icicle? no thanks!), so we’ve been tearing it up in the weight room and on the bikes and ergs. For those not well versed in rowing terminology, “erg” is the nickname for the ergometer. This “machine of death” as some affectionately have termed it, is the indoor rowing machine which is set for time/distance/etc which then gives you a number based upon a standardized system telling you how fast you would be going if in a boat. There are many more complexities to this system, and I could go into more depth, but it would take a while. Tomorrow is our first water practice, and I’m really looking forward to it! There is honestly nothing compared to being on the river in the morning, with the sun rising over the city, and feeling the calm intensity of an amazing workout.

Along with my three classes and crew, I’ve also joined the Women’s Ensemble. We had our first sectional practice last night, and it was alot of fun! I’m still really rusty on my sight reading, but I’ll get the hang of it eventually; it’s going to be a nice change of pace from my usual schedule of classes and sports.

That’s it for this post! I’m off to read and most likely snuggle in for a nap. As always, if there is anybody who wants to discuss “the L&C experience”, I’m available via email: asbridge@lclark.edu

Until later,
Jess

28 January 2009