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As you can see in my profile, i attended Dale City Elementary School in Dale City, Virginia. You can also see in my profile that i attended the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, where i first met [livejournal.com profile] tomhundleyrn.

Recently, on Facebook, i reconnected with some peolpe i grew up with. As i stated in that post, we were very blessed in our growing up years, not least in that those of us who remained as the neighbors were transferred around us every three to five years, got along to the point that we're still in touch.

Come grade 6, those of us from Dale City Elementary were combined with the students from nearby Bel Air Elementary (which school the youngins in the neighborhood i grew up in attend today) and Neabsco Elementary found ourselves all together at Mills E Godwin Middle School, where we would be together for 3 years.

As some of you know, i've always been, or at least felt, a bit of an outsider, while at the same time having wonderful, supportive friends and family, and moving with relative ease as needed between groups. I've gotten over the outsider feeling as i've grown older, in part due to good career and job choices and in part due to learning to realize the advantages i have in my culture as a white male. Well, the rich social life i have helps, too. :)

As Middle School progressed, i felt more and more isolated - again plenty of friends and an active social life, but that does not preclude feelings of isolation. As 7th grade drew to a close, i was feeling simultaneously reasonably well liked and at the same time like most were really only tolerating me.

I remember when my guidance counselor talked to me about applying to Jefferson, and talking to me about what the school would be all about. So, thanks to the guidance counselor, i applied to be in the 1st class at the new magnet school.

I chose to apply in part to escape from the social situation i felt and in part because i was bored silly in school. Dad was still ambulatory and going to work as i embarked on the application process, though his speech had begun to slur, and his physical reaction times were slowing. I was terrified of getting into the car with him driving, but he drove me to all the testing sites i needed to get to take my exams to get into the school, including North Stafford High School in Garrisonville, VA, and West Springfield High School in Springfield, VA. He was very, very, very supportive of my attending that school. Mom, on the other hand, was opposed.

Anyway, coming back to were i was at the beginning, reconnecting with people on Facebook. I've been very surprised - in a good way - by people that have reached out to me there, which helps put into perspective my feelings of isolation and what back in middle school, and makes me wonder how much of that relates to my shyness, which is deeper than most think, despite my cheery, outgoing public face.
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I finally checked. Somehow, i got a B out of Arabic 101!
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Hello, it's been a while since i done posted. So, what's happening in seain's world, you ask. Well:
  • Work - so far so good
  • School (Arabic 101 at NOVA):
    • got an 84 on my midterm
    • being slow on vocab acquisition. We start reading this week, which i think will help. I've never done well with memorizing vocab lists
    • i'm expecting a 75-80 on today's quiz.
  • Socially:
    • went to Ecumenicon this past weekend, and learned about Hinduism, Vedic Astrology, and Celtic, Irish-centric mostly, beliefs on death and after life, both pre- and post-Xian
    • After class on Thursday, i'm heading to Rehoboth for the weekend with [livejournal.com profile] tomhundleyrn. Coincidentally, [livejournal.com profile] nosebeepbear will be there also, and we look forward to spending some time with her.
    • I miss going [livejournal.com profile] chez_turtle regularly, but that should get back to as-regular-as-work-allows soon.
  • Car:
    • put the CR-V in the shop on the 21st to have:
      • the converter heat shields replaced
      • 120k maintenance she has 133.7 k on her
      • VA safety and emissions inspections
      • 4-wheel alignment
      • replacement of the clutch assembly, cylinder, and flywheel - she's a manual with a hydraulic clutch
      • front brakes and rotors
      • 2 new tires
      • a power steering flush
      • a new cabin A/C filter
      • fuel induction service.
    • Total: $4k, half of which was the clutch.
    • picked car up early on the 22nd
    • Took it back 2h later, as the clutch was wrong
    • Lead service manager looked at it, said give it a few days, and he called to give my service manager a heads up
    • Told him i was okay with that, and i would be back on Wednesday if there was a problem still; there was, in spades.
    • dropped car at dealership on Tuesday evening, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] benhill
    • used [livejournal.com profile] blackfeather's car to go there Wed AM
    • they had to order new parts from corporate, as they had installed the last parts in the region for a manual transmission for a 1997-2001 CR-V - she's a 2001 - on the 21st. Said car would be ready on Monday or Tuesday.
    • Monday it was.
    • today, took the 553 and 427 Fairfax Connector buses to within a few blocks of the dealership, retrieved car, which works again. It was exciting getting a bill for $0, as it was a warranty repair. :D

So, that's that to date. Comments, questions, concerns?
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At 19:30 GMT-5, i sit for my Arabic Mid-term. I'm not terribly well prepared, and i've had a whopping 8.5h sleep in the last 48, and not from lack of trying. I'm kinda fried. After class, dinner at the 24h Korean diner on Hummer Rd in Annandale with [livejournal.com profile] tomhundleyrn. :) I'm looking forward to that.

When i got my hair cut, Fatima offered to help me study, and i'm going to take her up on it. I'd plumb forgotten that Arabic is her native language - i've only known her for 30 years, why would i remember that.

My goal is at least a 90 on each test for the remainder of the semster. Those two weeks being sick set me back a bit. Spring break won't be much of a break, as i'll be using it to play catch-up.

Um, hm. Oh, sick for two weeks. I think i mentioned i had Influenza B, which turned out to be concurrent with infections in my left ear, sinuses, upper respiratory tract, and a left molar. Weee! I'm hoping the azythromycin did the infections in; i'll know for sure in a couple days. Still coughing a bit, and it's still a tad productive. I'm doing much better though. Went for a hike on Monday and everything. Went for a stroll around the compound here at work earlier too.

Well, that's enough for now, i think.
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Wow, i'd forgotten how much work a 5-credit class is. Having fun, but with my work schedule, it's gonna take more effort than i thought.
dcseain: (X is for Xerxes)
Took Jasper to vet on Thursday. Turns out the acid refluk has claimed his teeth. He has a cone on, which displease him. He has a 10-day course of twice-a-day antibiotics, which makes him unhappy. If he heals well, the cone will go bye-bye in about two weeks.

I formally registered for ARA 101-001N, Beginning Arabic 1, today, meeting MW 15:30-17:50 at the Annandale Campus of NOVA. Class starts 14 Jan. I even paid a bit more than half my tuition, which is due by 19 Dec.

In was weird logging into the system and seeing my student records from 1987-1990 in there.


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