“I’ve already started receiving Christmas cards. It’s wonderful to get them early. I was up all night… erasing.”
– Bob Hope
This quarter is starting off quite different than what I had originally expected. The classes I’m in seem to be almost too enjoyable, and every one of them is in a different department.
Food Processing, or FSN 230, will have us learning all about the packaging of food. By the end of the quarter, one of our labs will be a “production lab” in which we will jar our own jelly, and then take home the results of that lab. The week after, we’ll be probably visiting either a winery or a brewery. My professor assures us that we won’t have to worry about driving back to campus–here’s a bus that’ll drive us to and fro. What we should be concerned about is how we’ll do in the other classes that day.
Fundamentals of Packaging, or IT 330, will be focusing on the more “engineering” aspects of packaging. One of the highlights of this class will be the project in which we design a better solution to packaging certain materials than currently exists. For example, other classes have designed clear beer kegs or pourable cereal in a plastic jug.
Color and Design, Art 133, is the final class in my Art series that has plagued me so this year. This should be the most fun quarter, though. One of the great projects we have in the class is, in groups, we will be painting backgrounds to the characters that are already painted on the walls in the Dexter building. I guess I just can’t really relate how cool this project is, in fact, I don’t know if you even know what I’m talking about from that description. It’s really cool, nevertheless.
Applications of Print in Mail Communication, GrC 470P, is my only class in my major this quarter. It’s basically about Direct Mail Marketing, or “junk mail” to those of you who, like myself, think it’s one of the most insidious forms of evil this world has ever produced. Unbelievably, this class that lasted from 6-9 pm last night didn’t once make me fall asleep. It’s taught by one of the alums of the department, who’s currently CEO of Admail, and he’s teaching the class out of his own generosity. That’s right, he’s not getting paid by the school, so I guess I just feel that he deserves my undivided attention for more reasons than most professors in my major. Not that I don’t pay attention to the others, but that this guy certainly deserves attention.
This has been quite an interesting first week for a couple other reasons too. Today is Cesar Chavez’ Birthday, which is being celebrated by our school as an official holiday. Add to that the fact that I am going to have my Thursdays free of classes this quarter and I have a two-day weekend right in the middle of this week.
Not all things are bright, though. Today, The Mooch, my favorite of Jim’s dogs, passed away. She’s been on a steady decline for the last six months, since I’ve been living here. Nonetheless, she was a great dog. I woke up this morning to the news that they were burying her in “about two minutes,” which was more than a surprise for me. Jim seems to be handling it well. He’s had Mooch for thirteen years now…
And then I had a good time at the dentist today. They talked with me a little more about the possibility of getting braces, and that it’s much better for the jaw bones if I get it done before the age of 25. I think I need to set up an insurance policy before I make a decision on that, though.