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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Gandhi, Roscoe's and Tour update

Happy Friday.  I'm just hanging out at home today and tonight which is nice. It's cloudy outside--then it's sunny--then it's raining--then it's windy. Whatever. I taught this morning and class was really good. It's worth the two hour drive.

It's frickin Sunday now. I had some sort of a stomach bug AND a migraine so I've been laying kinda low. Feeling better finally so I thought I'd finish this post.

Myriam is in wrapping up the East Coast portion of her tour. This week she read in New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts,  Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. Tomorrow is Kentucky--then to the Midwest. She is not a huge fan of the East Coast claiming all they have there is weird sandwiches, lighthouses, and odd looking white people.  Those odd looking white people did enjoy her book though:) She'll be home in 9 days. I am very excited about that. It just hasn't been the same without her.

I have no comedy gigs lined up right now. I've just been super busy with so much other stuff. It'll happen soon enough-- I'll keep you all posted.

Here are a few things that I just do not understand:
Snooki gets paid more to speak at Rutger's University than Toni Morrison does. Her best line "study hard but party harder." Scary.
McDonalds has 50,000  new job openings while teachers here are being laid off by the thousands. Who needs to learn long as we have the big mac...we'll be fine. Also scary.
Long Beach City College just finished building a multimillion dollar solar powered parking structure--to assist students with parking. They also cut 222 classes for the fall semester due to the budget. Hey students: you may not get any classes but, chin up, there will always be parking.

It's official: I need a job for the summer. If anyone has any leads or suggestions--please let me know. Yes, I know that McDonalds is hiring. No, I am not above working at McDonalds. Frankly, I'd like to work smart-- not hard. Nothing wrong with that people. If anyone needs any catering done--or a wedding performed--or whatever--let me know.

I am a new fan of the band Gangstagrass. No, they do not sing about 420. It's hip hop and bluegrass combined. I like it. It's very postmodern. Fiddles DO have a place in rap music and that makes me super happy.

I had a student ask me a great question last week after class. "Um, TJ....can you take the morning after pill at night--or just in the morning?"

Went to Roscoe's Chicken n Waffles tonight with my friend Erich. He had never been there before so it was really exciting. He loved it of course. It was also a great opportunity for us to catch up. He had yet to hear all of the details of the saga that was last semester--so now he is up to speed. Everyone needs to hear a good horror story now and again.

Read a great book this week called Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and his struggle with India by Joseph Lelyveld. It was REALLY good--very controversial. I highly recommend it to everyone. 

Uncrustables now come on whole wheat bread. They are still not very healthy--but at least I feel better about eating them. For those of you who do not know...uncrustables are little frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with the crusts cut off.  They are pretty much delicious. I've tried to make my own with better ingredients but, they just didn't taste as good.

The Grand Prix was in Long Beach this weekend. I'm glad it's over. A lot of obnoxious people come to town.

Let's see--not too much else is going on. Looking forward to a productive and fun week. Tomorrow I am going to blog about Mac Dre and Treal TV. It's gonna be a hip hop education--a tribute to greatness--and much much more.

Thanks so much for reading.


  1. LB Grand Prix is next week're not through it yet! :) Also, I can see if I can get you a spot at The Bay Theatre...

  2. Yay for Myriam coming home soon!

    you didn't hear this from me, but I think that the government should invest more in schools and less in its military power.

    Shall we get lunch soon :)

  3. hi TJ --

    the same "building" stuff happens at UCSB. the construction contracts are planned X years into the future typically, whereas teacher funding sources are typically planned year to year. So that's why teachers can be dropped easily and construction seems to go on and on (the building contracts cant be breached).

    Missing the big M too :)