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Magical History Tour


EleCivil

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I've been driving around to various historic locations, getting pictures for a travelogue I'm writing for an Ohio History course. It's a lot of fun. I'm seeing a bunch of towns, cities, and even parts of my own city that I never usually see.

Here's a picture of me at Fort Meigs, watching suspiciously for the British Navy (Camy, I'm looking in your direction - you'd give me a heads up if you guys were going to give it another go and put us colonists in our place, right?).

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Also, I've been given a student teaching assignment. Looks like I'll be driving for more than two hours every day for four months. So, that'll suck, but once that's done with, I'll be done with college. For a while, anyway.

My placement is way out in the boonies in Michigan. It's weird. I'm used to the Big City ™, with our graduating classes of 600+ and our businesses that are open past nine. To get to my placement, I have to leave the city, then drive through roughly thirty miles of corn. Fun stuff, right? But it'll be cool to see how a rural school differs from the urban and suburban places that I'm used to.

Funny story, though - I'm at the school with my adviser, waiting to meet with the cooperating teachers. We're both dressed in black suits, and I'm wearing a black fedora, cocked jauntily to one side. A student walks through the room, sees us, does a double-take, and just mutters "Whoa." I think she thought that we were there to erase her memory to cover up extraterrestrial activity. Or maybe sell some bootleg gin at the school's floating craps game.

Anyway, I've gotten a look at exactly how much work I'll be doing for these next few months, and it's not pretty. Don't expect to see much of me between January and June.

"Wisdom, it comes, but age don't unlock it:

You've got to spend all the passion you've found.

With more change in their heads than in all of their pockets,

Some can show you the way to slow down."

"Bones" by Christians and Lions

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Ha! A heads up!? I don't think we could afford the fuel to get a fishing boat over the pond, let alone the munitions for a serious go at re-taking the colony. I'll have a chat with Gordon and see what he has to say.All the best with the teaching assignment thing. Don't subvert the youth too much!

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Hey Civil (You're not a Civil Engineering major are you?),Don't knock Michigan too much, although it does have it's faults (and pasties are NOT one of them)...just like Ohio. I think you'll enjoy your tour in rural America. I've lived in both major cities (I've never been so happy to get out of Detroit, but San Francisco is cool.) and backwater small towns and they both have a lot to offer. And don't believe Camy. Just keep your eyes on Put In Bay on Lake Erie for British frigates trying to relive history and then sigh and shake your head at the futility of Sir Gorden. Hehe.Richard

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Ele, believe it or not, you're the first guy I've seen with pins on his skull cap. Looks really cool!And hey, you're almost a "real" teacher, Teach!Rad :)

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(You're not a Civil Engineering major are you?)
Nope (but that's probably my most frequently asked question). Civil is just an old neighborhood nickname.
Don't knock Michigan too much
Don't get me wrong - I'm not knocking Michigan. I think it's pretty cool up there, actually. The town I'll be in reminds me a lot of how I pictured Curson, MI, in Laika. I'm just annoyed that I have to drive more than an hour to get there every day.
Ele, believe it or not, you're the first guy I've seen with pins on his skull cap.
Heh. Yeah, that's kind of my trademark hat. A lot of people who don't know my name will come to request my services at work, asking for an appointment with "That pinhead guy," referring to the hat. At least, I think they're referring to the hat...
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Those things are called pins? Over this side of the pond they'd be badges. Pins are steel wire with one end sharpened and one end blunted with a tiny head like a nail. Badges have a pin inside them to push through something to fix them in place. But the round thing that's visible is a badge. Don't you colonials know anything???!!! :hug:

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Those things are called pins? Over this side of the pond they'd be badges. Pins are steel wire with one end sharpened and one end blunted with a tiny head like a nail. Badges have a pin inside them to push through something to fix them in place. But the round thing that's visible is a badge. Don't you colonials know anything???!!! :hug:
Heh. Over here, their name kind of depends on who's wearing them."Badges" are for cops."Buttons" are for little kids."Pins" are for punks/moshers/hipsters (who receive one Official Punx Point for each thing attached to them via sharp piece of metal :hug: ).
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