Archive for February 21st, 2006

i think i failed my midterm

Posted on February 21, 2006. Filed under: School |

If I just failed my midterm I think it will be the first test I’ve ever failed… Well, with the exception of that one Shakespeare test in second year — definitely marked with a curve!

I thought that it was a 20 question test, but it was actually 60! Ha. After I got over that initial quasi-shock, I answered all of the ones I thought I “knew for sure” and there were about 20…oops. At the end I was just picking at random…usually A, though I’ve been told that D is more prevalent of a choice.

The interesting thing is that I don’t really care… Hmmm…

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finished an audience of chairs

Posted on February 21, 2006. Filed under: Books |

I finished An Audience of Chairs by Joan Clark while on vacation. It was fantastic! Such a perfect story and Moranna is one of my most favourite characters of all time. A lot of the references are very East-Coast Canadian, but I don’t think it detracts from the story at all. I already want to read it again, and I never re-read books!

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ghost walk in downtown tucson very “interesting”

Posted on February 21, 2006. Filed under: Travelling |

I’ve been on a few ghost walks — one in Kingston and another in York, and they’ve been very cool. Usually put on by actors and there are freaky ghost stories of the area that are corroborated with historic fact so that you learn some history of the area in an interesting way. Always very entertaining, but creepy at the same time.

The one in Tucson was VERY different. It was given by a woman who is part of Lost Souls and I guess is a medium or some such thing (I’m not clear on the terminology), and there was some historic fact to the tour and the stories were spine tingling, but she kept telling the stories of the ghosts through events that she and other mediums had experienced. Which, sure I believe in this stuff, but when you start to hear, over and over again that these people speak to the ghosts and that some of them didn’t even die in the area but that these large negative entities are forcing them to stay and won’t let them cross over (and that she won’t tell someone who doesn’t know they’re dead yet that they’re dead), I get more skeptical than usual.

But I guess I’ve always been more into just the telling of the stories so that you can take from them what you will instead of someone trying to force down your throat that this really happened because I talked to the dead guy who’s standing outside the door.

Another interesting thing — she said that people had taken pictures while on the tour and that the ghosts show up…I’m not sure how that works exactly…I guess I’ll have to look it up one day. It would be kind of cool to see that…

She also said that a whole bunch of psychics have predicted the end of the world in 4 years and that it’s going to be a nuclear wasteland everywhere in North America…except Colorado… So the company is moving there, as are several other people who can see this tragedy happening… The reason? Because apparently Colorado is the only place with an upward current in the wind, so the idea is that it will be safe because the nuclear activity will jump over them… Hmmmm… I guess if it happens I’ll believe it, and then I can find out how to become a ghost or a spirit at the same time…

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Queen’s people really are all over the place!

Posted on February 21, 2006. Filed under: School, Travelling |

What they tell you as an undergrad at Queen’s is that you’ll be able to go anywhere in the world and do the Oil Thigh and chances are that people around will start to sing along with you. It’s true. I’ve run into people from Queen’s all over the place.

I ran into friends from there at Trafalgar Square one day. When in Glasgow a few years later a girl at my hostel had just graduated with me at Queen’s and on the same trip, when I was in the Isle of Skye (in Scotland), I was relaying this story and the girl I was talking to also went to Queen’s. Still the same trip, but later on, I was at Blarney Castle and I saw an older man with a Queen’s jacket on — not THE Queen’s jackets, but one with our crest and I asked if he went to Queen’s.

He said “Yes, but not the one you’re thinking of. Not the one in Belfast.”

I said “No, the one in Kingston.”

He had and so was his daughter.

I’ve also had numerous encounters in Toronto and on the Go train, but they’re so close to home that they don’t really count.

In Vancouver I ran into a girl that I had English with in my first year and when I went back to visit friends in Vancouver a few years after moving from the area, I ran into 2 other girls I used to work with at Queen’s.

Then, on Saturday Brian and I were on a Ghost Walk in Tucson and we saw a girl with a purple Queen’s jacket on. We asked if she was at Queen’s an she was. Her parents were with her too — and dad was sporting a nice Queen’s University hoodie. So fun! I should start a bulletin board or something so people can write about where they meet people who went to Queen’s, which, of course, is only interesting if you went there. Do you have any random encounters like this from your old stomping ground?

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