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HOT SHOTS – JAN. 31st, 2016

Dear Ones,

There is a reason that arts students are not physicists.  I handed in a lab this week in which I cleverly calculated that one of Jupiter’s moons has an orbit of six thousand years.  I presented my findings to the TA who brought his hands to his face.  “SIX THOUSAND YEARS?!?!!” he almost shouted.  “It only takes sixteen days!”  I did some quick math in my head to sort out how long it would take me to figure out the right answer and along the way though my inner equations I discovered: I don’t care how long it takes for one of Jupiter’s moons to get aorund Jupiter, and even though I don’t care, I know now.  Sixteen days.  I handed in my “work” knowing I failed the lab, and I trotted out of the Physics department towards a nice cup of tea.  I commenced chuckling every time I thought of the TA’s exasperation with me and every time I recalled him saying with alarm, “SIX THOUSAND YEARS?!?!?!!?!?” I just couldn’t help it, downright effervescent giggles overflowed from my little heart.  So even though I’ll probably fail every lab if I keep up the “good work” I love my astronomy class.

Romanesco

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HOT SHOTS – DEC. 6TH, 2015

Dear Ones,

There are a lot of things that I love about working here, but one of my favourite parts of the day is towards the end of the day because at some point while closing, either Nick or James or both will come in and chat with me while I make invoices.  It’s all very quiet around here at the end of the day and as they come in and drop off paperwork we chitter chatter, we check in.  And it’s my favourite part.  Now, these are very amazing human beings and yes, they pull your orders at night.  They are both deeply hilarious and they are both deeply kind although Nick is a harder version of kind, but at the end of the day he’s really very kind.  When I was relearning how to do this job, damn if those two weren’t so freakin’ patient with me and my questions and my slowness.  And when I hurt my hand and was stapling by putting the stapler on the ground and stapling with my foot because I couldn’t use my hand, James would come in and help me with my stapling if he had time.  And Nick would sometimes come in and put the day’s invoices in order for me and because of that and because they are awesome, I feel very tenderly towards both of these fine human beings.  I never once asked them to help me, they just saw that I was struggling and they stepped in and stepped up, because that is the kind of people they are.  They’re good people.

meyer

 

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HOTSHOTS – NOV. 30TH, 2015

Dear Ones,

I have little to share but that the semester is almost through.  My friend came over yesterday with a carrot cake because she knew I wouldn’t go to her or even towards the outdoors, shackled as one can become to schoolwork.  I showed her some of my drawings and we tried on my shoes and then we laughed also…a lot.  It was so nice of her to drop by out of the blue and give me the gift of cake and positive human cintact.  I wonder if campuses have a kind of unbridled craze of freedom after exams are out, followed by complete calm and silence.   Students have been trapped, and compressed and the pressure only mounts and mounts until it suddenly just isn’t there.  I am so tired.  I have bags under my eyes and all I eat is toast and tahini over the sink (and sometimes cake ;).  I bought some bright red high heeled clogs on the internet from Sweden (aka The North Pole) and they should be turning up right when Burnaby Moutnain kicks me out and I just don’t know if it’s gonna be a good combo: a very short duration of pure and unbridled academic freedom after a period of intense study, plus incredibly awesome shoes.  Sounds good.  And also bad.  But mostly good.

papaya

 

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