The Nine Faces of Dave
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2003-09-18 01:52:50 (UTC)

congratulations! no one needs you!

Here's a good way to feel really great: become a workshop TA
for computer science, then when your first day rolls around,
have nobody show up to your section.

So that's what happened when I started my job. Now I'm back
in my room, typing in this thing, when I should be educating
first-years about great things in CS. Who knows where they
all went, but I'm pissed. I only had three people, and none
of them showed up. Best-case: they all had conflicts, just
this week, and they'll be around next week. Worst-case: all
of them moved to other sections, and I'm out of a job.

Needless to say, this has somewhat ruined my evening. Other
than this, the day was good. I got up, went running, ended
up feeling great all day, and finished my paper before time
for work. All in all a very productive day.

I'm still not sure what's going to happen this weekend. My
roommate is turning 21 on Friday, so there might be a grand
celebration involving driving someplace where he will drink
beer. Most of the weekend is liable to be chock full of CS
work, seeing as I have a project due Monday night.

In other news, I haven't run into my friend from the bus at
all since last Friday. That might be because I'm losing all
ability to recognize people outside of context. People pass
me on the street, I don't know if they're friend or stranger
or somebody in a class with me. It's very weird.

I'm hoping I'll see her at some point, maybe even on the bus
again. It would be a shame if the most significant positive
social contact I've made this year disintegrated due to lack
of reinforcement. We'll see what happens, I guess.

For once I'm on a good track, and then I get derailed. This
school must really hate me.

This is Dave, signing off.