Well this is it, eh? What everyone’s been talking about. And all the kool kids are doing it. Glad I could join the club. And what better way to start than to ramble on about massive change and impending transformation?
So I’m sitting here at midnight, at one end of the world–in California––and I’m preparing myself for an epic transfer across the globe to the ancient and noble city of Edinburgh. After over a decade of surely unhealthy desire and overwhelming passion, they finally found the time to admit me into the Master’s program at the University that I’ve been dreaming of for so long. Why? Well, I have this foolish notion that I might be able to help some people along by giving them a good experience in the teaching of History. C’mon, let’s face it––teachers get the big shaft pretty much everywhere you go. Underpaid, overworked, and right now in Cali, the pink-slips abound, my friends. Much better to spend our allocated money on local gubernatorial races and national defence than education and the bettering of our nation’s youth. But that is, after all, the American Way. But if it’s that Way or the Highway, then off to Scotland it is.
Now don’t chide me on patriotism. We don’t have to wave a grand and billowing flag to be good Americans. Norman Mailer recently wrote that a true patriot–that is, someone who really loves their country–should not fail to criticize it in times of conflict or perceived injustice. And we all can identify with that in some way these days. In any event, I’m not leaving the States to escape the impending doom that is lingering on the horizon. No sir. If the country’s going down, then I’m gonna be there to roast marshmellows in the immolated remains of the gool ol’ Stars & Bars. I’m leaving because Scotland, the rumors have it, is a great place to learn about Scottish History. Well, certainly better than San Francisco, anyway.
More as it comes. I imagine that I won’t have too much time to log my experiences as I don’t have a job that affords me much time connected to the warm incandescence of the comp-ooter. But I shall try, for whatever reason and to whatever ends. If I can meet some nice folks, share some interests, and perhaps stimulate a good conversation, then this LJ thing will surely have done its job. Until then, be well…
4 Responses to “Inaugural Address…”
May 28th, 2003 at 12:42 pm
right! glad to have ya abord ya scurvy dog.
May 28th, 2003 at 7:54 pm
You better put some clothes on, Mr. Tallboi, lest you incinerate all your surprisingly springy red nipple hair with that burnin' ring of fire!
June 1st, 2003 at 11:49 pm
Replying to your personal LJ entry because replying to a community post seems somewhat insincere to me – don't think I'm a stalker, I ain't!
I read your post at Edinburgers – glad to hear you're coming over, lots of people seem to be doing that. I myself moved up from London two years ago. Never going back. I always thought of London as this kind of liberal, alternative paradise – but not so much as here. Which probably isn't as much as San Francisco but hey :p
So you're studying postgrad history? Excellent. Friend of mine from Vancouver may be scooting over here to study postgrad English Lit; this place seems to attract from all over! I'm hoping to do postgrad English Language when I finish my Masters degree.
Just wanted to wish you good luck in finding a place – http://www.espc.com is definitely the best place to look, it's got every available property: even if you don't find a place through them you can at least get a feel for what's available here. On my street alone there's 4 properties for rent right now – there's always something available. And my street is really cool.
Enjoy Scotland 🙂
June 3rd, 2003 at 2:09 pm
Well, thank you for the kind regards!
I can't wait to hop the Pond, as it were, and I have no doubts that I will love it as much as you do now. Your affirmation only reinforces my impressions of the city.
Again, thanks for the contact, and good luck to you, as well, in your endeavors scholastic and otherwise.