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SMUDS photos + Explore logistics

One of these days I’m going to have to learn to keep my mouth shut. There was a dearth of readily-available SMUDS (Saint Mary’s University Drama Society) photos from way back in the early 2000s, and since I had the yearbooks in question and access to a scanner, I volunteered to take on the task of scanning, editing, and uploading photos.

I hasten to add, that was before I knew I was going to be hopping into a dimensional rift and pretending that I speak French for a month and change.

Anyway, all SMUDSers and interested parties can check out the photos on Facebook – these are the special public links, so you don’t even have to have a Facebook account to view them! (Hi, Jaymee!) (The name of the production(s) that year is(are) in parentheses.)

SMUDS 2000-01 (The Crucible)
SMUDS 2001-02 (Psycho Beach Party)
SMUDS 2002-03 (Blue Window, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet))
SMUDS 2003-04 (The Breakfast Club, Murder for One)

Have fun!

Ordinarily I’d go to bed now (it is already 7:40am), but this may be my last chance to blog for a very, very long time. But first, I wanted to share these clips with you. The Onion has just started releasing news videos, and at first I was sceptical of the idea, but don’t worry – it’s still the Onion, through and through. Here are three clips that have captivated my attention:

Gap Unveils New 'For Kids By Kids' Clothing Line
In The Know: Do You Remember Life Before The Segway?
A Friend's Cancer: Good For Your Health?

I had the house to myself earlier this week. On Wednesday, I marked this occasion by locking myself out. It took me about an hour to devise and execute a way to get back in without breaking anything. Among other things, it helped make me super late in meeting up with Jaymee, but she wasn’t mad: “Locking yourself out isn’t inconsiderate of you; it’s just stupid!!” Ha-ha. I also got to see her Chinchillas; they’re interesting critters.

I also finally came to the front of the library queue for Season 4 of Monk, which I’ve now been watching, and I’ve made it (almost) all the way though. I had been waiting to borrow it since October, so that added a little excitement to it. I also got Season 2 of Enterprise, but I’m going to have to return it having watched nothing. I’ll have to get back in line, with 77 people ahead of me. For some reason anything Star Trek or WWE-related takes an eternity to come through. I’m 72nd in line for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (out of 281), and if each branch gets three or four copies, I should have it in my hands lickety split! They’ve got 37 copies lined up so far.

Ah, here comes home care for Paul. I’m definitely up too late. I wanted to do some laundry this morning.

Speaking of logistics, there are lots – lots of rules, lots of things I need to bring, lots of things I need to do before I leave – all of that.

- I’m permitted to bring my notebook, but there’ll be no internet access in the rooms themselves. I’m permitted to use the notebook for, say, a private journal (in English, even!), but that must be done at night with my bedroom door closed. If the door is open, and someone sees me typing in English, it could be a warning. (If you get too many warnings for speaking, reading, or listening to music in English, you will be removed from the program.) I’m also intending to do my assignments on the notebook, as my handwriting is terrible in both official languages. I’ll bring a keydrive and hope someone somewhere has a printer.

- Cell phone use is not permitted in the rooms, and is only permitted in a select few areas (more for language reasons than for disturbance reasons, I imagine – it’s not like I can hold a conversation in French with all of my friends who might call, for instance). Therefore, I won’t be answering my cell phone from Saturday May 12th to Saturday June 16th. I may change my voice mail to indicate this (you’ll be able to leave a message, and at some later point I will be able to get back to you), but I hate to lose the Prisoner homage.

- Gee, I really hope they get RDS (roughly the French-language arm of TSN) at Sainte-Anne. (SMU has it in the Gorsebrook; they’ve used it to show Huskies football games when they’re playing against a team in the QUFL (this happens a few times a year, as our own conference, the AUS, only has four teams).) If they don’t have RDS, we’ll still be able to watch the NHL playoffs – but on CBC, without sound. That would be a drag, to say the least. Does anyone know if Radio-Canada carries the finals?

- Among the trinkets I picked up today while shopping with Paul: a new camera bag (my old one has a very unsightly tear down its side, exposing the insulation), a softball glove to call my very own (I’m totally excited about that; I’ve been learning about baseball and softball for a few years now, and I’m totally psyched), a 15-pack of gum* (I don’t need that much for a month, but we’ll be a long, long way from the types of stores where you can buy things in any quantity, so it doesn’t hurt to be prepared), and last but not least, SPF 50 spray-on sunscreen. Why SPF 50? Because I still burn with 30 unless I reapply it every two hours. Maybe with 50 I’ll have two and a half hours.

* - No, not 15 pieces. I mean 15 packs.

Okay, I’m going to go put in a load of laundry, watch Monk, hang it out on the line, watch Monk, have a shower, clean out the hall... gotta go!

Your e-Pal,
~ Will
Tags: books, drama, explore, facebook, french, french immersion, friends, gum, hockey, libraries, logistics, monk, murder for one, plays, school, smuds, softball, sports, sunscreen, television, the crucible, the onion, travel, twelfth night, video

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