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Ring ring ring goes the telephone

Time goes by so slowly ... It has been a very busy week; I am a bit behind on some grading due to extracurricular activities. I have decided to cancel my NaNoWriMo project for this year; while the idea interests me, I have a few compelling characters and sources, and I have a story to tell, I am just to busy.

The past two weeks or more have been hectic, generally in a good way. LV visited from LA by way of Chicago, and among other things we enjoyed a trip out to the Eplegaarden (an apple orchard in Fitchburg), where I got some apples for baking and a gallon of cider. A trip to the Chicago Moritz conference (and an opportunity to see LV again as well as JR—aka Natasha Dahling—precluded a Friday evening drink date, and Thursday evening a visit from the Swiss Chef resulted in tasty pasta, but the event-filled conference/trip was worth it.

Upon returning to Madison a raincheck for the drinks was cashed, and I had the joy of a Wednesday evening meal and company at Eno Vino—I felt fancy, a feeling enhanced by the delicious wine, decadent food, discussion, and service. As an aside, we got a ridiculous deal on things. My own trip out there was by way of the 15 bus—it's amazing how many places the bus system in this city reaches.

The USA according to German 225
The USA according
to German 225.

Wednesday passed on to Thursday, to lunch, and tequila; to Friday and a rushed but successful lesson plan; and to Saturday coffee and wine browsing at Barriques, which is across the way from Trader Joe's, followed by even more good wine. Finally I got some pancakes and an omelet today.

I'm happier doing, not sitting inside typing or thinking or watching, but at the same time when I'm doing, out and about, talking and meeting, running errands, shopping, etc., I feel guilty that I'm not at home or in the library perfecting the dissertation.

From: michalyak@aaanet.ru
Subject: Hi!!!
Date: September 21, 2006 7:51:00 PM CDT


How are you? My name is Yuliya. I am 26 years old. I live in Russia, city Cheboksary. I am cheerful woman, and like to do many things as sport, camping, go to the cinema, theatre etc. In a word I like to do all what like all people. I work in marketing structure on sale of cosmetics. My dream this travel abroad. I know the english language well enough.. I began to study english language approximately one year ago. I wish tell to you history which have pushed me write to you. 8 months ago I have got acquainted with the man from other country by name Patrick. During this time we had good relations. We have understood that our relations become serious and we have decided to meet in his country. I wrote the application for reception the visa. I waited reception of the visa approximately half of year. All time I kept in touch with Patrick through the internet and often called to each other. I and Patrick waited reception of the visa to our meeting. I have received the invitation from the ambassador for reception of the visa. My director has given me long-term holiday from work and I have gone to Moscow to receive the visa. I informed good news to Patrick, but he has answered, that does not want our meeting. He played with me. He has informed that has the wife with two children and at all has no plans to meet me. I was not ready to such turn of events. I could not think what even after 8 months of acquaintance he can so unscrupulously act with me. Now I am in Moscow trip to Moscow and reception of visa. I do not want that all was gone for nothing and will be glad if my visa will be useful to our meeting. I could arrive already through 4-5 days, but a problem in that that now I have no man which would like my arrival. Probable it will silly sound but if you will be interested in a meeting with the good woman I shall like to meet you sometime soon! As Patrick was dishonest with me I have decided to find the man which is interested to meet the woman from Russia. I do not know your ideas about my letter, but it would be fine if we could meet and have some weeks or months together. On my trip I want to receive rest from my work and a life in Russia. Also the basic purpose for the future it is search good men for serious attitudes which go to a marriage. I have no children, but I want to have children in the future. I am the mature woman and ready to creation of family with good man. I do not know what you really search in the future but if we could meet I shall be happy to discuss with you more about our meeting. What are you going to do this time? It would be fine if we could meet, do friendship or more than simply friendship. I shall be happy if you also have a free time and we could meet soon. I do not know your interests, but anyhow write to me back and I shall tell to you more about myself. Write to me all that you want. Maybe we have similar plans and it will be interesting to us together.

You can write all that you want. Ask any questions which interest you. Write to me back and I shall tell more about myself and send more my photos.

Please, write to me back on my regular e-mail: yulaeva@gawab.com

Have a good day,


It has been a while since I updated this site; my c.v. was in need of modification, and I adjusted the friends and family pages. LV felt that I needed to alter a page because of the way it was showing up on Google, but a brief search indicated that it hasn't been a problem for a long, long time.

Europe according to German 225
Europe according
to German 225.

The semester in general has been good and eventful enough. Upon returning to Madison I ran into KF on State Street while chatting with someone else. I observed the triathlon, talked with Banana Box Bill of Berkeley, and found both new material (aphorism, or my aphids as JJ says) and new motivations for the Doktorarbeit.

As for current events I'll voice my support for the mid-term election regime change, but I cannot help but be depressed that Wisconsin is a bigot-filled state (having passed the gay-marriage-ban by a wide margin); then again this is the state in which Mark Green ran nativist-sounding, anti-(illegal)immigrant ads, and as far as I'm concerned, nativists are racists. Period. Tammy Baldwin's thumping of Dave Magnum (a condom crossed with a type of ice cream?) amused me, as did Rick Santorum's downfall in PA (I and others eagerly await Dan Savage's commentary), but the rampant homophobia in this country is beyond disturbing. Just six years ago I was helping to campaign for domestic partner benefits (not just for same-sex couples); now everything is a defensive action, an attempt to protect the already reactionary status quo.

The good news is that at least there is another Qdoba Dissertators' Tuesday (QDT, in the parlance of our times) coming up—it will help me to remember the good things in life.

—November 12 2006