Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Y entonces...

Ok. So I'm going to do a real post now. I realized I am risking losing whatever piddly readership I ever had to begin with. Not that my readers are piddly, just the quantity...then again, quality over quantity right?

Not in America.

Anyway. This is what I've been up to since I last posted. Those last couple weeks in May I did nothing but write on my gd thesis. And, I actually managed to finish the first draft. Sent copy of revised chapter 1 to second reader, sent brand new chapters 2 and 3 to original reader/director. More on this later.

Started a freelance writing job...Worked one week every day in the office, then the rest from home. The job was/is a total godsend, cause I also found out I couldn't get enough financial aid to cover my tuition this summer. It's going to be an off and on thing when they have projects, but something is better than nothing.

On June 1, I officially started a Spanish class. Verdad. No more procrastinating or thinking I'm gonna study on my own and test out of it, etc. etc. etc...I'm in the class. For the first few days, or maybe the whole week it pretty much sucked and pretty muched stressed the hell out of me, trying to figure out everything, but now...es muy fácil. I have an awesome grade. After 2 years of feeling at the bottom of the pile in grad school, I finally feel on top again. I dunno if that's a good thing or if it's just REALLY SAD.

I'm going for the latter.

Met with my thesis director last week. He just got back to the country and had a chance to look at everything. To my delight, he didn't rip everything apart. But he is making me add some stuff. Also, he's going to cite me in a paper he's writing (!). This was incredibly flattering for about 5 minutes, then it gave way to sheer and utter panic.

So, here's what's next on the agenda:

Finishing up Spanish (only 1 week left!)
Revising thesis chapters
Looking for a real job

Today I'm going to go watch the World Cup, Spain vs. France, at the Alamo. Allez les bleus!

Que bueno. Hasta luego.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Back from the Dead

Ok, so I know it's been forever since I've posted, but this article has finally brought me out of my depressed non-posting slump. How the mighty have fallen.

Limbaugh detained at Palm Beach Airport



WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Rush Limbaugh was detained for more than three hours Monday at Palm Beach International Airport after authorities said they found a bottle of Viagra in his possession without a prescription.
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement examined the 55-year-old radio commentator's luggage after his private plane landed at the airport around 2 p.m. from the Dominican Republic, said
Paul Miller, spokesman for the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

ICE officials found a prescription bottle labeled as Viagra, a drug that treats erectile dysfunction, in his luggage, Miller said.

"The problem was that on the bottle itself was not his name, but the name of two Florida doctors," Miller said.

Limbaugh reached a deal last month with prosecutors who had accused the conservative talk-show host of illegally deceiving multiple doctors to receive overlapping painkiller prescriptions.

The matter Monday was referred to the sheriff's office, whose investigators interviewed Limbaugh.

"He said he had the Viagra in his possession for his use and that he did obtain it from his doctors," Miller said.

Investigators confiscated the drugs, and Limbaugh was released around 5:30 p.m. without being charged.

The sheriff's office plans to file a report with the state attorney's office.

"We believe there may be a second-degree misdemeanor violation, which is possession of certain drugs without a prescription, because the bottle does not have his name on it," Miller said.

A doctor had prescribed the drug, but it was "labeled as being issued to the physician rather than Mr. Limbaugh for privacy purposes," Roy Black, Limbaugh's attorney, said in a statement.

Under Limbaugh's deal with prosecutors, the charge, commonly referred to as "doctor shopping," would be dismissed after 18 months if he continues to submit to random drug tests and treatment for his acknowledged addiction to painkillers.