Biking in the Rain is Not Always Miserable

It’s been a real busy couple of weeks so this post is gonna be a long one. Buckle up, friends.

First things first, I got my ID back! Yay! Someone had turned it into a security station at a different housing area. I didn’t know this, however and actually went to the the other housing area because they had an office that printed new IDs and I was going to get a new new one printed when the guard realized that I she had my ID!

Side note, when I was walking back from that run where I lost my ID, I saw this nice cat sitting on some pipes by the rail road museum.
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Space! The Final Frontier

Also, my class and some of the other students in industrial design all got to go on a trip to the Kennedy Space Center! I’m not actually sure how or why this happened but whatever the case, in the wee hours of the morning a bunch of sleepy industrial design grad students hopped on a bus and rode four and a half hours to Cape Canaveral.

I gotta say though, for $50 bucks (that I didn’t have to pay, the department did) it wasn’t as spectacular as I thought it would be. I guess if I were a tiny kid who was super excited about space I would be over the moon (hehe) but as a sort of cynical grad student, I felt there were a few things they could do to improve the facilities. I say that, but I also got to see an actual space shuttle that had actually been to actual space and that was amazing. It was the Atlantis space shuttle, which was definitely the best exhibit I went to.
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I also really liked the Rocket Garden but the landscape architect in me questioned the awkward positioning of a splash pad and was disappointed by the lack of benches.

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Overall, it was a pretty awesome day! AND I packed enough snacks that I didn’t have to buy any food!

Log Down South

Last weekend, my best buddy forever Log (Logan) came to visit me! He couldn’t really stay in my dorm so we stayed in a hotel kinda near historic downtown. I showed him where all my classes were and we ate at many delicious places that I’d been eyeing for a while, including Sandfly Barbecue and the very fancy Planter’s Tavern. We hung out in Forsyth Park and played frisbee and watched all the dogs and then walked around downtown and looked at all the cool shops. We also ate dinner with some of my SCAD friends at Vinnie Van GoGos Pizza at City Market.

Here is an excited Log coming up the steps after a delicious dinner at Planter’s Tavern
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Here is a nice pic of me and Log in Forsyth Park

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Other Notable Happenings

So I have to eat in the dining hall occasionally since I had to get a meal plan and I noticed a few weeks ago that they have whole veggies set out among the salad fixings. I’m talking whole peppers and zucchinis. Consequently, I haven’t had to buy vegetables in like a month. Relax, it’s not stealing. I mean if the vegetables were that important then why are the there? And who is going to eat a raw zucchini anyway? If you don’t believe me, here is some proof:

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Also, it poured on Thursday. I knew that, but I rode my bike anyway. And I didn’t take an umbrella or a raincoat. I looked at the radar and it said the rain wasn’t going to stop until 11 PM. But it looked liked it was letting up so I decided to go for it. It, however, did not let up. It poured harder and I got all wet. My boots filled with water. I had to keep my head down so I didn’t get water in my contacts. I’m glad my bike ride was such a straight shot back home but its still like 15-20 minutes. At one point I passed another guy on a bike going the other way. We waved at each other and laughed which made me happy.

Shout out to my parents for preparing me for this moment, thanks to a long family bike trip in the wind and sleet.

Good Bread, Broken System

Two weeks of classes has already gone by! Wow, so fast! And I am definitely loving it way more than last quarter! I have a great group for studio and we are researching stuff about old people and biophilic design. My professors reminds me of those professors in movies that ask all the hard questions and talk in a sort of poetic way but who is also intimidating. But in a good way. I’m also taking financial reporting and analysis which has been super helpful as I intend to start my own firm one day. My contemporary art history class is online but it’s actually quite interesting and I am now convinced that art can literally be anything you want it to be. It’s kind of insane. I learned that this composer, John Cage, wrote a piece called 4′ 33″ that is just four minutes and 33 seconds of silence because he wanted to eliminate all the variables of music except time. It’s ridiculous but also genius.

But despite all the cool stuff I’m learning at SCAD, I’m not a super duper fan of the way they run things. I mean, I guess reading emails isn’t really my strong suit and that could be helpful, but still. It’s not like SCAD makes it easy. Their websites send you in circles and don’t give you the information you’re actually looking for which is super fun. I have a lot of complaints, but I really just annoyed about this thing with my SCAD ID. The thing is that I somehow lost it on my run a few days ago. It was Saturday. And it happened after all the offices closed. I retraced my entire three mile loop looking for it, to no avail. So I called five different numbers my mom and I found on different SCAD webpages and and no one picked up. I went to one of the RAs in my building (which I don’t really see why this would be on them to fix but that’s what the website said) and of course as I suspected, they couldn’t do anything either. I really wanted to suspend the card so no one could use it for nefarious purposes but apparently the only way to do that is the call one of the many phone numbers. And they are closed until tomorrow (Tuesday). In the grand scheme of things, I know it’s not really a big deal because they will give us a free replacement (one per academic year) and I have plenty of time to do that tomorrow. I am just annoyed and I still can’t figure out when it even fell out. Sigh.

On a lighter note, I had some time to walk around Savannah and take some nice pics!

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I also decided that I was going to keep making bread, even though I’m at school. It saves money and plastic and tastes yummy if I make it right! I found a recipe for no knead bread that is super easy and check out my lovely loaf! The first time I made it I didn’t put enough salt and really tasted bland but this time I made sure to add enough salt and I threw in a little olive oil for a nice subtle flavor.

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The Shed, The Macaroon, The Harmonica

Hi everyone! I am starting my second week of classes today! Last week was only two days of class because of the whole hurricane thing so this will be my first full week. Plus it’s extra full because we have class on Friday to make up for one of the days we missed. (We will have class next Friday as well).

All my classes are in a building called The Shed. It looks like this:

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It’s just a classroom building but it’s pretty cool inside. And the bus drops me off right by it! The first morning of classes (last Wednesday) I arrived promptly for my 8AM at 7:20. Good job me. But guess what? The doors are locked. It’s ok though because I also realized that I was going to a different class than I had originally thought and I didn’t have my pre-quarter assignment ready for the class I did have. Also, I forgot a notebook and pencil. And the doors still weren’t open.

Don’t worry it got a lot better.

After class, I decided to walk around the city. I bought some random art supplies at BLICK and then bought macaroons and sat in one of the squares and doodled with my new art supplies.

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I now only arrive 35 minutes before class and keep notebooks and pencils in my backpack at all times. Good thing I only have three classes. Two of them are about design research and theory and stuff but the one that I am most excited about, and the one that I am pretty sure will cause me the most anxiety this semester, is my model building class. It seems very intense. I got this impression when I was buying tools for the class at BLICK and the girl asked what class I was in. When I told her she said something like, “Good luck, drink a lot of coffee.” So that didn’t really make me feel super confident in my decisions to take three classes instead of the recommended two. Especially because multiple people told me that taking three classes as a grad student is gonna be really hard. But whatever, yo. I’m trying to finish in a year. Which, by the way, I can totally do! 🙂

The first project in our model building class is to pick a small object and replicate it in foam. For some absolutely ridiculous reason, I picked a harmonica, which has a million holes that are very difficult to carve out of foam. It took forever but here it is:

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Today I saw a bunch of turtles on a log when I was walking back from the the gym. Yes I tried to go to the gym today. Like for fitness. Didn’t care for it. I used a treadmill for the first time and it was a scary experience. I was worried I was going to stop paying attention and slip off the back. Anyway here are the turtles:

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