A night out

Aug. 6th, 2007 10:34 pm
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Six weeks since my last update...I'm turning into a bad LJer. I'm going to blame my lack of presence on running up against program deadlines. I hit the summer and suddenly realized that I had four months to study for and write my second comprehensive exam, and prepare my proposal. My own fault, for dithering and delaying on a topic (which in turn delayed my comp area was supposed to be related to my thesis topic). I ended up picking a very broad comp area (culture) that I thought related to the general topics I was interested in and that I already knew fairly well from my TA work and running with it. I managed to prepare for it in about half the recommended minimum time, at the rate of one or two books or 5+ articles per day most days. And now that's over and done with, and I'm working on my proposal and changing my research question every other day as I read further in the literature and then go back to the available data. I came up with a new topic today...I'll see if it sticks. (I ended getting a two month extension on the proposal, so I now have until October 31st to finish. I'm aiming for mid-September, though, as I'm tired of having it hang over me.)

With the comp out of the way, I've been going out a little more. On Thursday, B and I went to the new Annex BBQ restaurant, Cluck, Grunt, and Low, where we had a rather unusual experience. They'd been getting good reviews, and the place was packed when we got there. Rather than wait for a table, we opted to sit side-by-side at the counter, facing out onto Bloor Street through a large open window. B ordered ice tea in place of the sweet tea we'd been hoping for, and sat drinking it while we waited for our ribs. A few minutes after it arrived, with scarcely more than a sip gone, a man passing by on the street reached through the window, grabbed the drink off of the table with a grunt, and kept on walking. The man walking behind him paused, looked at us incredulously, and asked if that had really happened, to which we could only shrug and laugh. What else can you do, really? The dry rub ribs were generally good (though the BBQ sauce could have been smokier), and the server replaced our iced tea for free once we convinced her that it really had been stolen, and we'll definitely be back at some point to try the pulled pork. B, Southern boy that he is, has been lamenting the lack of good Southern food for a while, so it's nice that something opened in the neighbourhood.

Date: 2007-08-07 03:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] steninja.livejournal.com
That is hilarious! How does that happen?! lol At least the ribs were good!

Date: 2007-08-08 01:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] semiotic-trader.livejournal.com
That is seriously bizarre. I don't know that I would have been as sanguine about it as you were.

And congrats on finishing the second comp. When will you know the results?

Date: 2007-08-08 02:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] onefixedstar.livejournal.com
Well, what would you have done?

I'll know the results whenever they tell me. I really don't know. Hopefully before the end of August.

Date: 2007-08-08 02:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] semiotic-trader.livejournal.com
I probably would have fumed about it and let it ruin my meal. Which isn't very productive, I know, but isn't as sanguine as "shrug and laugh"!

Date: 2007-08-08 02:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] onefixedstar.livejournal.com
I'm guessing that the guy was mentally ill, homeless, or both. (And probably either hot or very disappointed when the drink turned out to be alcohol-free.) If it had been a teenager playing a prank or something, I probably would have been more annoyed.


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