Archive for March, 2003

There was one thing that I truly dreaded when I moved to Saint Louis—that I would be forced to start saying “pop” instead of “soda”. Having an uncle in Illinois who had to convert after moving there from the Philadelphia area, it was my understanding that all midwesterners said “pop”. However, as I have gradually noticed, “soda” seems to go over just fine around here. Was my assumption wrong then? Wouldn’t it be nice if someone would do a scientific study to map out dialect differences in the U.S. like the usage of “soda” vs. “pop”? Well, we’re in luck. The good folks at Harvard have done just such a thing. Geniuses that they are, they have put together a dialect survey that includes a question on the generic term for a sweetened carbonated beverage. As the results show, St. Louis happens to be situated in “soda” territory, which explains why I’m so comfortable here with respect to my generic term for a sweetened carbonated beverage. Confirmation of this result can be found by also looking at the independent study performed on The Pop vs. Soda Page.

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As I was about to take my OT History midterm, I had a strange desire to take a different kind of test. What kind of test did I want to take?
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Tonight’s session meeting went wonderfully. The elders voted unanimously to hire me as the church intern effective June 1 and extending to May 31, 2004. This is awesome news. This will allow me to knock out my field ed. hours, fulfill requirements for my presbytery internship, and earn money at the same time. I don’t know what I’d do without this tremendous opportunity. In addition, I get my own office! How sweet is that? Now, I just have to come up with an official proposal for what I intend to accomplish, and sign up for 8 credit-hours of class this summer so that I can cut my fall ’03 and spring ’04 schedules back to 11 credit-hours each. I’m very very very happy.

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I am currently in the middle of one super busy week. Fortunately, most of the stress is now over. This morning I had my OT History midterm, which involved writing furiously for and hour and fifteen minutes straight. Then, this afternoon, I took my take-home Gospels midterm. Now, all I have left is a session meeting tonight to find out whether or not I have an internship for the summer, and an Acts & Paul midterm on Friday. After all that’s done it will be spring break! Woohoo! Well, that’s my sentiment for the moment, at least. I haven’t formulated my to-do list yet, which will surely be filled with lots of things that I should get started on.

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1. Do you like talking on the phone? Why or why not?

No! In fact, I hate the phone. It’s evil evil evil!

When it rings, it demands to be answered immediately, so you either have to drop everything to attend to it, or ignore it and hope that it’s not important. Also, when calling someone there are a variety of annoyances. If you don’t know them that well, then you have to hope they will recognize your name. If no one is home, then you have about 3 seconds to decide whether or not you want to leave a message on the answering machine and to figure out what you want to say. If someone else in the house answers the phone, then you have to request the person you want, which is especially interesting when kids are involved, or you know the person who answered but don’t want to talk to them at the moment. In addition, I despise having to take messages for others. Finally, telemarketers… ’nuff said.

Face-to-face, email, and IM are all preferable forms of communication for me. Mainly because they are more individual and controllable. You can only talk to me in person, or IM me at times when I choose to make myself available. Similarly, I can read email at my leisure. When you email or IM me, you contact an account used only by me, so you know that you won’t have to go through a third party, and I can immediately know who it is that is contacting me. I look forward to the day when we can all use voice IM so that we have a communication medium similar to the telephone but with individual accounts, and the ability to control our accessibility. Cell phones actually come close to this standard in that they can be turned off when one doesn’t want to be bothered, and in that many people have their own, individual cell phone number, which allows one to contact them directly, and through caller id, know who is calling.
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