Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Notes on Post-College Life

As is typical with the end of a semester, there's always that feeling of relief and (depending on the individual's attitude and feelings) satisfaction. Yet, there's also that sense of "Now what?" where everything seems to go off track, at least for a while.

This past week, the ending of my semester was unusual, considering the last day was on a Wednesday - and three days before Christmas. (That's all settled, however.) On the other hand, since I'm officially graduated, people have asked me about my plans afterwards. I don't have any at the moment. I do have interests in a writing job (e.g., writing reviews, articles, essays), maybe start out as a contributing writer. Besides the point, I know, for me at least, that I'll be living in the same area throughout the spring. After that, nothing serious yet.

The other challenge is reminding yourself to be active and not get comfortable too much. The last two days (including today) were spent watching movies and going to the library doing random stuff on the computer, a majority of which I wrote on a yellow slip of paper. I reminded myself this afternoon that if I want to be a writer, I need to stay active in it and grow in my experience and knowledge of it, whether it's researching, marking fragments or quotes, etc.

Here's another example. When I graduated high school, I learned that freedom isn't necessarily free. There are still responsibilities and duties to take into account, such as a job, bank accounts, household work, family/siblings, and so forth. In this case, it's my current job, looking for a full-time job, and (I know this is vague, but it's important) continuing to be honest and truthful in what I say and do.

Still here,
B.E.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Graduation: Overwhelming, Surreal, Weird (Yet, . . .)

As many of you know, I will be one of several students graduating this weekend. While it is exciting and surreal, it's also confusing, overwhelming, and weird. For one thing, it's happening before classes and Finals are done. And also, it feels like it's ending fast. I've been questioning how this is the way it is and have been wrestling with myself at times about what I'm doing with my time (procrastinating and doing other things besides the work I need to finish - though I'm not doing that entirely, mind you).

However, I need to remember (and we all need to remember, for that matter) that this is another new phase that not just myself but many of us are entering. Part of me is not trying to look at it as the end of something and the beginning of another thing (as commencement is, by definition) but rather a transition into the next chapter or phase in life; a transition with what we've been learning and growing in, the relationships we've been building, and so forth.

I am very fortunate and extremely blessed to be reminded that there are others who care and understand what I'm going through. Thank you all for you prayers and support during this time.

Here's to the class of December 2010!

Sincerely yours,
B.E.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Identity and Role Playing, Part II

This morning at work, I wrote some things in my mini-notebook that really sturred me and got me thinking more about issues and questions of identity and why or how we go through life playing roles. For instance, as a question (of many) to consider, is there/are there (a) claim(s) that the beliefs people have are the only beliefs that they carry, and cannot believe or carry any more than that? There are pros and cons to this, depending on the worldview or lifestyle of the person, for instance. To be fair, there is so much more we can learn and discover beyond limitations, and we can grow and build in knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. But again, there are aspects that are very provoking and require a good amount of discernment at said times.

The movie "Dead Poets Society" comes to mind, in terms of the traditions and so forth that occupy the university that the story is set against. There are also pressures from certain parents who want their children to achieve what they were not able to achieve. While it is important to respect and honor one's parents, it's fair to say that the pressures some parents put on their children also put limits on them regarding what siad children are told to do and what they believe their children should do. John Keating (played by Robin Williams) represents the door that opens for students to achieve more than they ever thought they could and seize opportunities they never thought they could. It, in turn, changes their character and their roles as students and maturing adults. (I should note that this is, in no ways, an endorsement to go against authority or dishonor that authority.)

To add to the above subtopic, there's another issue regarding who we are in one place and who we are in an entirely different environment. For instance, say you are a college student going to school. When you go home for a holiday or what have you, you are the relative, the sibling, the child to your parents. It's the same with education. There's a difference between learning actively (really taking the time to do your work) and learning passively (finishing a class for the day and going on Facebook or what have you). I just finished a class about a half-hour ago, and decided to blog right away. Yes, I am procrastinating in some ways when I should be doing some school work, yet it can be considered active depending on the purpose and meaning behind it. These issues and topics have gotten me interested for the last few weeks, so therefore I consider myself doing something active at the moment, because I am passionate about writing it and discussing it.

To conclude, I have a few examples that came to mind that may question what people feel about certain things, how they feel about them, and how they respond to them:

- Reading reviews that say how great something is and agreeing that it's great. How did you come to that conclusion? (Ex. of a pro to this: People are entitled to their opinions.)

- A student sitting at the same desk in class everyday. Does he or she choose to sit there and not anywhere else, or does he or she believe they need to sit there because that's how they believe the rest of the semester should be? (To put it simply, is it "Once you sit there, you always sit there"?)

- Watching a film adaptation of a book, play, short story, article, etc. How are we suppose to respond or feel about it, based on its faithfulness or inaccuracy? A few things to consider along with this: Choices made by the screenwriter, director, and actor(s) involved; how the characters should act; and how the scenes are structured.

- Perceptions or first impressions of people.

More to come soon.

Respectfully,
B.E. Kerian

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Identity and Role Playing

I am a brother. A cousin. An uncle. A son. A grandchild. A friend.

I am an actor. A student. A clerk. A singer. A musician. A writer.

I am a hypocrite. A procrastinator.

I am humorous. Serious. Optimistic. Easily frustrated (but working on it). Caring. Humble.

These are just a few qualities and personality traits (and rough notes) I'm using for a current potential poem for a class. At the same time, they are the representation and example(s) of who I am.

The idea of going through life playing roles has intrigued me for the last few weeks. One of my professors gave a lecture on this idea last month, in terms of the metaphor of acting, as well as the search for a true self. To use a few of the examples above, I am currently a STUDENT finishing school. Right now, though, I am just somebody who happens to be blogging. At two o'clock, I will be the STUDENT again. Later tonight, I'll be the ACTOR, rehearsing for a show. When I call my family, I am the SON to my parents, the BROTHER to my siblings, and the GRANDCHILD to my grandparents.

In addition to the question of identity regarding true selves, there are also questions of how what we do it for, how we want to be viewed (as a projected image, for ourselves; or a self image, in terms of how we see ourselves).

I thought of a few film examples like "V for Vendetta" and "Citizen Kane," as well as literary examples like Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" and Pirandello's "Six Characters in Search of an Author". (The latter was recommended by one of my professors, and I have yet to read it.)

The best thing I can consider (and challenge you to be intentional about) at this point is being honest and true in your character, in who you are and what you do.

(More discussion coming soon.)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tips on Exams and Preparing

I've had my moments in the past where I would stay up late at night to finish a paper/assignment or studying for an exam the following day. (One night, I only got 1.5 hours of sleep. No joke!) Form what I've learned from my classes so far this semester, one of the most important things is not to stress over the material. The last few days, I've been studying for a midterm this afternoon (which I just finished a while ago, in fact). I had to remind myself at times to look at/focus on a certain issue, topic or (in this case) play, in order to really understand the material and not try to cram everything in at once. That's the wrong way to prepare for an exam, not to mention overwhelming.

My exam went better than I thought it would, which was a relief. But that doesn't mean it will be the same the next time, nor that I should take my studying and education for granted. I started making notes this morning for what to consider for next time, such as making a list of issues or subjects related to what is being discussed in class. Personally, I have no desire to go through routine. (I still have a bit of that in me, to be honest.) As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, to learn is to explore, to experiment, to go through several drafts to see what works and what doesn't, and so forth. Glass half-full, one day at a time, and all that jazz!

I hope this gives you all encouragement, especially if you, yourselves, have midterms or exams coming up.

Wishing you less stress,
B.E. Kerian

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Random Thoughts: October 21, 2010

1) Many of us take certain things for granted. A few examples include classes  that may not benefit our future endeavors, or a tool we only use once or twice in a lifetime, or a CD or book we bought but never listened to or read (respectfully). The thing is, even if such things will not be benefitial in the future, there is a purpose for them, whatever that may be.


2) Good can come from or be influenced from bad, and be made into something beautiful.

Example: Bruce Wayne using his negative impulses and making out of them an ideal for the good of protecting Gotham City and standing for justice.

Example: Taming animal-like qualities of something and finding the humanity within.


3) Writing several drafts of work can get difficult. But, on the other hand, if you are generally the kind of person who writes only one draft of something, where's the creativity? Where's the experimenting? The exploration? If nothing else, laziness.


4) If you're gonna be lazy, do it wisely.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Article research, search and process: Overwhelming

So far, the two most difficult things about writing an article are 1) Finding a market, and 2) Knowing what to write about (not necessarily in that order). The last 2-3 days, I've been down in the Periodicals section of the campus library one day, and a floor above reading/skimming through the latest addition of "A Writer's Marker," looking mainly at the consumer interest section. So yeah, it's a pretty overwhelming process. As for my current topic, I've been on-and-off with it (I say that a lot, for the record, "on-and-off"). At the moment, it's focused on traditional Disney animation, its history, and its relevance today. Do audiences still have a taste for 2-D? Have they gotten tired of all the 3-D/CGI movies nowadays (not that I'm dissing the medium, it's just there's so much of it nowadays).

It's a matter, on one hand, of going back to my notes and figuring out how to narrow my topic down to make it more local and less broad. Any thoughts?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Updates, Or Random Thoughts

Apparently, I still have a tendency to be lazy from time to time and not take full advantage of things I need to do or get done, one of which includes updating myself on how I've been or what I'm doing. It's true that we all need a break from time to time from our studies, or jobs, and so forth, but to do it too much crosses the line is some ways.

Off topic to something else, I guess a lot of people have been sick, thanks possibly to the season, changes in weather, conditions, etc. This past Friday, I started coughing at night, then on Monday, my nose started running (especially in my right nostril). For the last two nights, I used a technique my stepdad taught me: gargling salt water and inhaling it through the nostrils. (Make sure you spit it out, though.) I've been told it helps reduce the pressure/congestion in the forehead and in the nose for people who have said sickness or conditions. Right now, though, I'm back to coughing - thorough coughing if you will, plus headaches. The nose-dripping has reduced though, so there's an advantage.

Please pray that I'll get better soon, and that others would receive the same.

Other than that, I'm holding up alright in my classes. The one class I've been stressing about a few weeks ago has been better. I've met with my instructor occassionally, which has been helpful. The next step this coming weekend and next week will involve critical thinking skills and attention to detail and such, and not just doing something for the sake of doing it or getting it done (as I've stessed many, many times before). The glass is half full can be a good analogy, even though it's cliche. But it's helpful.

Final thoughts for today: Get rest. Get well. Press on.

Sincerely yours,
B.E. Kerian

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Remembering 9/11

I would like to take spend this moment in memory of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 - nine years ago today. I will never forget where I was that day. It was my freshman year of high school, and only the second week of classes. I was sitting in my English class when one of the teachers down the hall came in and said, "Did you hear about those planes that hit?" My English teacher turned on the T.V. right away and my whole class and I saw one of the Twin Towers in smoke. My response was not one of total shock or surprise, but one of worry and confusion, especially as the day went by. The whole school was let out early that afternoon. When my mom picked me and my siblings up from school, I montioned how I thought this was an accident or something. She responding, seriously, that it was not an accident, but an attack.

As the week went by, and a few weeks after that, there was uncertainty in many places around the country, such as how to make people laugh, or where we were gonna go next.

A couple years ago, there was a situation on campus that some people didn't want to have a memorial for 9/11, which concerned one of my professors. (I don't recall the situation exactly.) This kind of neglect feels sad, especially for the families, relatives, and friends of the victims of that tragic day. It's been nine years going on ten next year. This is something that has affected our country immensely, yet it is something we will and must never forget. We must remember the people who gave their lives, who risked what they had for the sake of others, including ourselves. I encourage you all to have a moment of silence in memory of the events, the victims, the families, and the heroes.

Never forget.

God Bless,
B.E. Kerian

If you would like, please share what you remember doing that morning and how it has affected your life since then. (My experience has been mentioned already.)

Friday, September 10, 2010

First of Previous Many / The Advantage of Learning

Last night was the first of many nights I have been through in the last five to six years. I was up until 2:30 this morning and woke up at 7:30, scrambling to get things done - especially toward the hour of 2pm. My work schedule yesterday consisted of a 4-9 evening shift, which meant I had to try to make time between 1-2 and 3-4, as well as past 9, to work on two long readings, an exercise (magazine) lead, a response paper, and three reading assignments (as well as a recap of a previous one).

I've told myself at times, "You're gonna have those rough days," which is exactly what this day was. This morning, it was trying to get so many things done at once in a short amount of time while trying not to stress about it - which is very hard stuff, believe me. At the same time, though, I had to break through the frustration and tell myself to roll with whatever comes out of this day. I had to act my best with where I am in my present character. And I can honestly tell you that the last hour has, in many ways, been relieving. With only three class periods thus far, said class has been really good in terms of class discussion, communication, observation, critiquing and so forth. I still have my worries, primarily in my process as a poetry writer. But again, it's only been the first couple weeks, so I still have more to learn which I can learn.

Some of you may be taking classes that may not be viable to your future endeavors, whateve they may be. But that should not be an excuse to not learn from those classes. You can still get something out of them nonetheless. For me, taking my general education classes my first two to three years of college gave me an idea of what I could alternatively consider pursuing after I graduate.

I want to close with a quote that was put in my High School Graduation scrapbook over five years ago. (Yes, I'm that old.) And with the above in mind, I hope that it can become meaningful and encouraging to you as it has become for me recently.

"Don't limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, you can achieve." (my emphasis)
- Mary Kay Ash

Carpe diem,
B.E. Kerian

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Stress Is In Again . . . However . . .

Aparently, I'm back in that state again where the stress of schoolwork is kicking in again. Particularly, it's from the one class that generally - out of any other class in a semester - weighs on you the most. I won't mention the name of that class, but stress and worry over it has consumed me this evening.

Yet, I need to remember that I can't let it do so. "Think positive" is a short encouragement we hear a lot, but it is a nice little piece of encouragement that breaks the ice of said stress and lightens the load of it, even if for a while.

The last few days have been a challenge as I've been trying to take things one day at a time and not worry about the whole semester. In addition, I've had thoughts in how my relationships with friends and classmates may go. Will my semester end as one where I studied a lot, or will there be changes or such that have occured? Will there be relationships that continue, that develop? I can't forget my friends, nor those I care about. I hope I can encourage you by saying not to take the small things for granted. Remember those you love and who love you just as much. Remember the moments you share with others, no matter how brief or large they are. And as important as an education is, don't let it consume you 24-7.

Have to get back to studying now, and make sure I get sleep in tonight. Take care, everybody.

Warm regards,
B.E. Kerian

Friday, September 3, 2010

Day Two: Unexpected Pressure . . . but also . . . (Or, Week 1: First Impressions)

I guess out of all the classes I've had so far (Magazine Writing and Editing, Modern American Drama, Poetry Writing), Poetry may be the most intense and challenging for me this semester. It's also not my stongest suit, compared to the other types of writing I can do. I've taken two Creative Writing classes last year, and my experience in both classes, especially last Spring, was kind of mediocre (I felt). It had to do with how I participated in class, how I was prepared for each class, comments I gave, etc. (That last one was an asset I generally lacked.) And I feel a greater pressure this fall as I believe the course/experience will not so much be what I write or what I turn in, but more of how I participate, how I interact and pay attention in class, in group discussions, workshops, and so forth. In addition, I'm asking my self,

How can I do better than I did before?

Not can I do better, but How can I do better? For instance, my syllabus indicates that participation and assignments (to name a few) will be taken seriously. That, to me, means not just showing up to class for the sake of showing up, but actually being prepared to talk, to work, to disect, to engage in conversation, etc. It will be intense, as I feel it will. Yet, I wrote a note to myself, saying, Use it. Use what you can do and learn to be disciplined and to break out of your comfort shell. At the same time, I fear this may mess with my conscience and turn me away from others.

But I can't fear; at least already. It's only the first week of classes, and I need to take it one to two weeks at a time. (I'm kind of back-and-forth with this challenge, but it's a good reminder for me.) As I wrote in one of my last posts, I've been through this several times in my life, as I'm sure we all have. It's just a new stepping stone, a new challenge, a new level in growing and in saying, "I can do better." It's just a question of How.

My advice: If you have a study method that works really well for you, go with it. And, if necessary, grow in it. Experiment, see what works, what doesn't, and see where you can go from there. In that sense, one has hope and anticipation. In closing, here's a passage that is extremely significant in this area of life. I hope it will give you some encouragement as well:

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
~ Hebrews 12:11

Carpe diem,
B.E. Kerian

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Day One: Last Time for Now (or, "So Far, So Good")

Okay, I know the above alternative title is cliche, but it's fitting.

This morning consisted of waking up at 7:10; I have kind of a habit of snoozing my alarm clock once or twice. I can't remember if the shower or breakfast came first. Anyway, I had a quiet time for about a half-hour/fourty-five minutes. I then went to see a Student Services counselor to revise my VISA accomodations - alternative testing and extended time only. I then startd reading Beckett's "Waiting for Godot," which I'm hoping to get dome before this Saturday. (I'm going to see a production with some colleagues this weekend at APT.) I started work at the PSC again this morning. Tuesday and Thursday mornings, I work as a Room Supervisor, basically in the center and around the food court and Crossing. I have to leave fifteen minutes before noon, so as to be on time for men's choir. (Don't worry, I have approval. Just need to make sure I let my co-workers know.) The next hour was short, since it was kind of introductory as to what the semester will demand. I was able to do my Choral Placement hearing before I left, which went well. Lunch this afternoon consisted of scrambled eggs and a balogna sandwich, plus water. (I'll have to get the milk later.) I haven't decided if I want to get groceries tonight or if I should get them tomorrow. Anyway, my only class (other then men's choir) today was Modern American Drama. We were already given two reading assignments for next Tuesday, but there short plays. Other than that, I'm not worrying too much.

Other than that, I'm planning to audition for my friend Lizzie's cabaret next week, and for "The Importance of Being Earnest" the following. (Gotta get my British dialect ready!)

My consideration for this semester is focusing on one or two weeks at a time. I can't promise that things will go well, but I do have hopes that I can make it through this. I've been in this situation many, many times, but I'm still standing. And so can you.

To my fellow students and classmates, I hope the first week goes well for you all. Keep looking up. Press on. Have a good time. Take care.

Sincerely,
B.E. Kerian

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Career Searching, Determining, Reviewing, etc.

Last night, I was diligently reviewing and listing various career titles in the fields of Theatre, Communications, Film Studies, Creative Writing, and English (in that order), to consider which area(s) I feel I have the capacity and stamina to work in. (I currently have about three pages of possibilities.) I believe I am thus far just as passionate about writing as I am about acting.

Personally (and currently), I don't see acting/performing as a full-time job, though I will still audition certainly. In the meantime, though, I feel writing is the most technical thing I am almost fully capable of doing with my life. (Part of it goes back to the classes I've taken at UW-P in my five years as a student.) In addition, it can be seen as a way to be active and self-disciplined - speaking, again, from said college experience.

In addition, I began making a list of skills I feel I need to develop in said areas. I was unsure at the time whether some or all of these were strengths or weaknesses, but again felt I needed to consider them. I'll be taking three Creative Writing courses this fall to finish off my minor, so considering the following skills will (I hope) benefit in my future endeavors afterwards.

- Knowing view points
- Critical thinking
- Self-analysis
- Attention to detail
- Observation
- Editing
- Self-discipline and -motivation
- Proofreading
- Clarifying ideas
- Oral presentation
- Flexibility (e.g., time-wise, schedule-wise)
- Open to criticism
- Researching
- Problem solving

I was talking to a friend last night who recently sent in an application to go back to college, hopefully in the spring. Yet, she wasn't sure what she was interested in pursuing. I explained to her that part of it (as far as I've learned) depends on what your strengths and weaknesses are, as my theatre professors expalined to me earlier last week, and as I've looked into yesterday. In addition (and I quote my professors), some or many people may not get their dream job right away. A music colleague whom I ran into this past weekend said it kind of like this: Jobn searching/applying is a full-time thing. I'm new to the experience obviously, but I'm beginning to get a sense of what my colleague said.

Life Illustrations: Food Items

I was working the other day and it occured to me: If you're gonna practice what you preach, wouldn't it be interesting if one practiced such things by doing parallel things, like at a job or around the house or what have you.

A few months ago, I started working on a screenplay (which is kind of in limbo currently) involving a grocery store clerk who stocks and organizes food items as part of his job. Actually, it's the part of his job that he finds the most rewarding. Anyway, I have a philosophy that food items in a grocery store should be close to each other when customers see them or look for them. When I organize them - or "face," as we call it - I want to keep the cans close together so that none feel left out.

This may sound ridiculous or giberish to some of you, but, to me, it's an interesting concept of keeping things together. It can also illustrate support or teamwork. It can be just one of many illustrations that helps us understand and value life.

Knowing People

If you focus too much or solely on your own interests or the interests of others, you are blocking what you could really learn about a person. In other words, when you get to know a person, don't focus primarily on what you like or don't like, such as movies, music, games, etc. But get to really know the person. I'm not always perfect at that, as I let me own interests get in the way at times. Yet I feel one should listen to the person in order to understand him/her.

Let me know what you think.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Time: Limiting Facebook (though not completely)

I can't remember exactly when I started this earlier this year, but I've been using Facebook once a week for the last few months - as a form of self-discipline, on one hand, regarding how much time I spend on it and what I do on there. However, a few weeks ago, I started using it more than once a week. Say, twice a week, then three, and so forth. Yet, to be fair, I have tried (for the most part) to use it only if I really need to. For instance, if I really needed to send a message to somebody, especially if they weren't on another one of my e-mail links, then I would have an excuse. In addition, I feel, in some cases, that I've been more discerning than I have been as long as I've used Facebook in the past. The main reason I use it is to talk with friends and to write about and rate movies.

What do you spend time online doing?

Time: Spent or Wasted?

This is something most of us already know. It's so easy to spend too much time on one thing and forget about everything else one needs to do at a certain time or another. Such was the case with me this afternoon, as I had some things I planned on doing, like going to the Financial Aid office on campus, then to the library to copy pictures onto a Microsoft Word document, and then to the store to get groceries.

The problem, though, was that I didn't limit my time on the document thing. I ended up searching (extensively!), copying, and pasting photos onto said document most of the time - in other words, about two hours were spent on this.

This afternoon reminds me of the meaning of time, particularly in what we spend it on and in what we do (or choose to do). In addition, doing too much of one thing cannot only be consuming, but overwhelming. (I'm speaking more on the disadvantages, although there are advantages on a whole different story.)

Think about this: What do you spend most of your time doing every day? Every week? How much time do you spend with friends? Family? On the internet? Being active? (I don't have a specific response at the moment, since my summer's been part lazy, part active, and part up-and-down.)

Read my next post, regarding Facebook, for another (sort-of in-depth) example.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Here We Go Again . . . But . . .

So aparently, it's that time of year again when students will be moving in, classes will be starting, and the stress will start kicking in. Yet, I have to try to remind myself to go into this fall with the same developing mindset as this summer and not as previous years. One of the most important things in life (as we all know) is moving forward. But what does that really mean? It basically means to move on, yes. But it also means to build up on what you have previously learned and experienced.

Let me encourage you (whether you are a student or are working in the professional world) not to go into this fall with a legalistic perspective, but a perspective of hope, of perseverance, and of determination. Also, don't think that you don't matter in what you're doing or in who you are. You have more significance than you realize. Just be patience, work hard, and strive to do your best.

I hope this brings encouragement to your day for the coming fall.

Sincerely,
Bryan Kerian

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Languages

As I was doing research for my previous blog yesterday, I found another Walt Disney quote, which said

"Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language."

One of my favorite hobbies is taking pictures of sunsets, sky views, clouds, and so forth. To me, pictures like these represent something refreshing, something simple, something beautiful, and something universal. I actually have a Facebook album with such photos I've taken for a few years. You can check them out on my Facebook home page, under the album name, "Open Up the Sky." Below are just a few of them, to give you an idea. 




Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New Thing

Well, this is officially my first ever blog post, so here goes. I just moved into my new house for this year. (My lease expires at the end of this May next year.) I'm have between a thrid and half of my stuff left to unpack, as well as figure out what I'll take back to Dodgeville for the time being. (I've been living in Platteville for over a year, but have a friend back home in Dodgeville who's been generous to let me keep some of my stuff at their place, for the time being.) I wish all of you a good end to the summer, and a good start to the new school year, especially for all the freshman and new students moving in. (See you through Welcome Crew this weekend.)

Take care everybody,
Bryan Kerian