Since my first post on Sunday, I have had four people suggest that I either make this blog private or be more careful about what I write, presumably because it is open for people outside of my family and friends to read. While I completely agree that I should maintain some discretion in terms of revealing my personal details, I am not concerned that future employers et al will read this and make some sort of decision about me based on it. First of all, I plan to remain in academia where people don't read anything outside of "the literature" so I am good on that front (just kidding!), but what's more is that I don't think I really have anything to hide. Most importantly, this is not meant to be a serious blog! I can't believe I am even writing one (I would mock myself for doing this, but I have a fragile self-esteem).
The silver lining to those comments, of course, is that I have had four readers! That's two more than I expected (the benefit of having parents is that you automatically have two people required to read these things). Thank you to all of you who struggled through that first post. Anyway, as I said before, I haven't accomplished anything notable in the last two days, so I will use this post to detail my last few weeks at UCSD. I will include some pictures, but only a select few - I am going to start uploading my pictures onto a website as a backup to having them on my computer. I will probably do that over the winter holidays, so if you want to look through more pictures from anywhere, let me know and I can give you the information.
Anyway, UCSD - I was there for 5 years, so it really wasn't easy to leave (even though there were days I wanted to escape). That trouble was compounded by the fact that I made some of my best friends there only towards the end of my studies. As a lot of you know, I took myself way too seriously for the first few years so I wasn't as social as I could have been. I can't say I necessarily regret any of the decisions I made because I am happy where I have ended up, but let's just say that I wouldn't want to go back to the way I was.
It is impossible to sum up 5 years in a reasonably short post, so I won't even try, but here are 10 pictures that are representative of my last term there:
Anyway, nice trip through memory lane for me and I think a good lead-in to the next couple of posts (Australia => Yosemite => Arriving in England => Norway => Greece).
In other news, since my goal is to become completely transparent to the world, here are more lists about me:
Five things I will never like:
1. Hypocrites (not to be confused with the Hippocratic Oath)
2. The Hippocratic Oath
3. Co-ed bathrooms (the dorm ones where you share showers and toilets)
4. Hyperextension of joints
5. Stilts (ugh)
Five things I am undecided about:
1. Long signatures on an email (don't have one)
2. Metal water bottles (have one)
3. Hands-free headsets out of the car (don't have one)
4. Bicycles in Cambridge (don't have one anymore)
5. Blogs (have one)
Five things I have recently come to like:
1. Boxer briefs
2. Scarves and gloves
3. Hanging laundry to dry rather than using a dryer (towels excluded)
4. Backing up my computer files to multiple external destinations (in the hopes that I will one day have something worth losing on my computer)
5. Drinking 8 cups of water a day
5a. Frequent urination
Finally, in running news... I rushed back from lab yesterday so I could go on a quick run before my bar shift, and I almost wish I hadn't. I left late for my long run on Sunday, so by time I got back I had already made us late for lunch and I didn't have time to stretch down - and oh boy did I pay the price for that. I was pretty sore during the day yesterday, but that was nothing compared to the discomfort I felt during the run. To add insult to injury, my pedometer/timer broke, though that may not have been the worst thing in the world because I didn't know exactly how bad my time was. In the end, I'm glad I went out though because it gave me the opportunity to correct my mistake from Sunday and stretch down, so I felt pretty good today. However, I know now that I need to be more careful in the future if I really want to pull this off...