@BosomBuddy YES! I had my last (sort of unfounded, I use The Nuva Ring) scare while moving from Portland Oregon to College Station for grad school. In that process I learned that the planned parenthood in College Station / Bryan is one of the three that were closed this summer because of the new legislation. Nothing has made me want to move to Texas less. But I'm in the clear! (Dear Nuva Sorry I doubted you! -SeaMoney)
@BattyRabbit I also love Everclear!
@matilda wormwood Everclear? Portland? So maybe this is just me, but I love them. So much for the afterglow was the album I listened to most. (I will buy you that big house way up in the West Hills) I wholeheartedly disagree with that 2/10.
So much of this never ever would have happened at my camp post 1990's. (I was a young camper in the late 90's early 2000s and so I remember the tag end of the boys' shirtless man hikes, pranks, and cross dressing being a large part of Riverbox (talent show).
When I was a CIT 5 staff got fired for smoking pot in the woods. (We did not know why they had been fired at the time, because CITs are still very much campers) But we spent three days doing weird shit like all sitting near the pool, but outside the fence doing projects while our CIT directors life guarded.
But I also went to a West Coast camp that is co-ed and where most campers only come for a week or two each summer.
@iceberg I wish I had something to add that was really useful. I have spent some time working one on one as an Educational assistant with a very needy, and angry elementary student. So I am imagining that having rotating tantrums can feel as overwhelming and draining as one very angry constantly yelling human.
I quickly used up all of my skills and all of my Love and Logic parenting / camp training. (And then felt like a giant failure!)
And I guess I just want to articulate to you that I understand the feeling of standing in front of a screaming child day after day trying to figure out how to calm them down / make it stop and just feeling like a sink with an open drain. It is ok!
@adorable-eggplant I actually visited Houston when I went on a prospective student visit to Rice, and it did seem like a place I could have lived. (The group I would have worked with there ended up not having money to take me on, alas! At least I got a free trip to Houston out of the deal.) I am actually sort of worried about the cheap beer situation because I am an aspiring Portland beer snob!
@Passion Fruit My undergraduate degree is in Earth Sciences. I am going to begin studying the geochemistry of the sediment on the bottom of the ocean. We like to think about things like past ocean circulation patterns, and past climates.
I am preparing to move to College Station, Texas to attend Texas A&M for a PhD in Oceanography. I am wondering if there are any College Station 'Pinners? I am excited about going to school again and starting my research and science! I have only ever lived in Boston and Portland OR.
I am starting to stress about logistics like buying a bed and moving all of my stuff but I also am a little worried about the change in culture?
@Tammy Pajamas I don't know if "people who carry space pens" is a thing either. The joke is that when astronauts discovered that their pens did not work in zero gravity NASA spent a million dollars developing a pen that did... Whereas the Russians just used a pencil. This is not 100% true, a pen company Fisher developed the space pen. (Which I know because you know, I've been considering acquiring one)
He carries a space pen on him at all times, as well as a pocket knife and a tiny flash light. He's tall, but not in a way where I think of him as a "tall person" and if he grew a beard it would have red patches in it. He's 30, and I'm 22. He was (and maybe still is) my mentor. He enjoys gadgets and science. And there is not actually anything going on with us. But we get beers, and hike and do projects. He has a girl friend. And he has to know. Right? And I'm caught between wanting to keep his friendship, wanting to strive to be more like him (I could be a person who always has a space pen in their pocket) and wanting to kiss him. And the way I feel is not his fault, and maybe what he likes best about me is the way it feels to be around someone who wants to be more like you and kiss you at the same time.