Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Grammar Train

I have accepted that fact that I am still reading and enjoying comic books at age 33. I have accepted the fact that I can and have argued (and will probably continue to argue) the minutiae about Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, and Marx Brothers movies. I have accepted the fact that my snobbery for coffee forces me to purchase nothing but freshly roasted whole beans. I have accepted the fact that my snobbery for beer forces me to ignore anything brewed in this country. I have accepted the fact that I prefer organically grown food.

However, I never knew how big of a nerd I am and how totally, totally, totally "into" grammar, sentence structures, and the like until I started reading and laughing out loud at Eats, Shoots and Leaves.

Some of you will need this book (if your emails are any indication of your writing skills, God help graduate schools everywhere). Some of you don't need this book but will appreciate the refresher. Some of you need neither the refresher or the book, but will laugh hysterically at the mockery of the grammatically challenged. And the uniquely UK slant of the book.

Read it. Buy it. Buy several copies. Give them as gifts.

Join the revolution.

Friday, June 25, 2004

As long as I can be "Andrew," I'm happy

Time for a little re-pluggage here, folkses.

After revamping the layout a little on my blog, I took time out of my busy schedule here at UGA to answer a few emails from some friends of mine. One individual in particular, a Mr. Eric Fritzius, had sent me quite a few missives. Personally, I don't consider this to be a problem in the least bit. No sirree. Eric n' me go way back.

In fact, I think he "blames" me in part for his construction of what is quite possibly one of the funniest blogs I have ever read: Tales from the Liberry. See, Eric works in a public library. Whereas I just deal with social reprobates, bohemians, and the dregs of society in college, Eric gets to see these same types of people all growed up and trying to function in society. We're kind of like a "one-two" punch with our commentary on the lives of the people we interact with.

However, Eric is a MUCH better writer than I am.

As Eric has stated before, there was an Evil Triumvirate of Co-Hosts for the late, lamented Four Colour Theatre (heard on WMSV in Starkville). Long before Joss Whedon came up with the idea of the Three Evil Nerds (for reference, see Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season Six, now available on DVD), Eric, Joe, and I were there. "O.N.'s," if you will.

Joss Whedon has just started writing a brand new X-Men comic book for Marvel Comics (Astonishing X-Men, the first X-Men book to have a REASON behind its title), and Eric emailed me to ask me if I'd read it. He also sent me an email showing me Joe's new puppies. Ergo, the nostalgia kick that started this entire somewhat free-form email. Ergo, the reference to the Three Evil Nerds. Ergo, the comment about me getting to be Andrew. Ergo, the --


Oh, shush. I've not had enough caffeine this morning. So what if this is rambling.


Now excuse me. I must go design RA Training.

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Greetings, one and all. Yes, this is an Official Update (TM) from the Sonnster. I apologize that my blog has been -- well -- empty as of late. You see, changing careers, moving, getting set up, going heavily in debt...all these things tend to eat up one's time and energy. And stress. They cause stress. Let's not forget about the stress. Did I mention the stress yet?

Yeah.

Anyway, let's do a quick bullet-point update on the Life of Sonny. Grab a cup of coffee (or your favorite beverage of choice), and get comfy. This might take a minute or two:

- GEORGIA ON MY MIND: you know, aside from the fact that people here don't dress or act like simpletons, one might think one was in Mississippi. Oh, to be sure, there are a few good things about MS (most of these "good things" are undoubtedly reading this at this time), but GA -- has, so far, been a very warm and inviting place. Many might claim that GA is just MS without the negative image, but let's not forget this state was originally settled as a penal colony, 'kay? The people here are very well dressed, polite (to a degree -- MS does win for being more hospitable), and I don't see the typical "Wal-Mart" crowd everywhere I go.

Atlanta, of course, is just damn spectacular. I've only been over there once since moving, but I assure you, many, many, many, many more trips will be in my future. Booyah!


- NOT EXACTLY OLYMPIC: Athens is just...cool. This place screams "college town," and as more than one of my friends have remarked, this is the town I was born to live in. Artsy, folksy, alterna, and just OUT there enough. I really can not explain how at home I feel here. It's almost as if my entire life, my spirit has resided here. I feel renewed, refreshed, and reinvigorated to just be alive. -- and more than one of you [hi, Corrie] will know that it has been YEARS since I have felt this good...about me, about my life, and about the way things are going.

People, I smile more often than not. THAT alone should illustrate the point.


- IT'S PRONOUNCED "UGH-AH:" work continues to confound, amaze, and make me feel a little just...different. This position (Coordinator of Undergraduate Staff Development) is SO totally different from anything else I have ever done professionally that it was a bit jarring at first. This position is FAR more administrative, and far more upper-echelon administrative than I knew. I have two (2) grad students who assist me (one of 'em's a DOCTORAL student; eep! Intimidation issues!), and I have two (2) administrative assistants in the office. Oh, some people might argue that the physical layout of the office was a step down from my prior role; going from a newly constructed office building and into an office located in a residence hall (I JUST BLOODY WELL MOVED OUT OF ONE! ARRGH!!!) might be seen as a lateral move at best by some, but y'know what? It's gonna keep me in the thick of things (where I like to be, given how much I enjoy working with students), and it also makes me feel a little more grown-up due to the fact that I *have* to work all collaborative-like due to the committee-laden approach this place runs on.

However, at the ripe old age of 33, and due to the fact that I *need* to be getting on up that leadership ladder, this position will be great for me. I smell nothing but potential (okay -- and a little fear on my part).


Now begone. I thirst for coffee.

Friday, June 04, 2004

DAY TWO OF THE JOB AT UGA:

My cup of feeling overwhelmed doth runneth over. This job is SO different from what I've spent the last ten (10) years doing, that...I dunno. I feel like at any given moment, my new boss is going to walk in, state she didn't know what in the name of Fig Newtons they were thinkign when they hired me, and toss me out on my ear.

I know, I know...one I settle in, I'll be fine, but...urgh.

As soon as I get over the anxiety attack of it all, I will begin the detailing of the ******* trip here moving, Why BellSouth Is Run By The Antichrist, and how much a bloody parking decal here costs...