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Day 1 – Monday, August 9, 2010

I don’t begin my classes formally for two weeks, but with my boxes packed all around me the time is near until I depart. I’ll spare the details from today’s plans, but it’s busy. After picking up the rental truck, a friend of mine is coming to help me load the truck. It’s then time to finish my final evening class before crossing the Mojave and Sonoran deserts at night. For those unfamiliar with the American Southwest, I’ll be traveling from Los Angeles to Tucson, Arizona to begin PhD studies in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching at the University of Arizona. For now, I’ll demur my musings about the Arizona political situation, but I certainly wonder what it is going to like near ground zero of some very incendiary politics.

Anyway, the PhD studies themselves should be enough to keep me occupied. For the next two weeks, I’ll move, unpack, get the micro infrastructure of my life established (utilities turned on, parking passes, routes to my grocery stories and bicycle shops set) and of course, attend countless orientations. They are a necessary evil. So I am told. And so, the PhD begins with a schlep in the city of angeles and hustle across a great expanse, a portend of life to come?



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August 13, 2010 at 4:34 pm

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