Archive for February, 2005

[design, blog_life] Odds and Ends 28.02.05

Posted in Uncategorized on February 28, 2005 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

I Get Great Email Sometimes

So I get email tonight from a surprising young lady. Text follows:

Mr. Klein,
I am a 1st grade student doing a report on the Broadway Bridge. Your site was very helpful. I used a lot of information from it. I am working on my bibliography. I need to know what date you posted this article. Can you please email me back?
Thank you,
Gabriella

Do I need to say that my heart melted just a bit when I saw that? How very cool and, sorry if this sounds patronizing, but I’m just gobstopped that a first-grader writes and speaks so danged well! Either she’s precocious or I need to get out more. Heck, not even Your Truly spoke that well when he was six!

Quite an honor. Quite.

The website is still being hosted here.

New Links

Jeff Fisher Logomotives is the commercial website of a local graphic designer. He has a very successful practice and does great work…just look at his site. When we endeavor to enter a new field or get into the place we’ve always wanted to be, we tend to find examples of the kind of artist we wish to become. This is one of those sites (Pariah’s would be another). He’s also written a crackling good book you can get at Amazon and through Creative Latitude called The Savvy Designer’s Guide to Success, which I”m partaking just now. It’s a great read, a great design, fun and energetic. Contributes to the sense of hope. Also, there was an article in the Oregonian a few years back about Jeff which went a long way toward me investigating the field of graphic design, and largely contributed to me taking up the study.

Creative Latitude is a site by experienced designers for all designers. There is a lot of help and inspiration there for those of us starting out, and access to some free and useful tools for plying the trade (how does free Excel spreadsheets with hourly rate and billing and estimating calculators sound?). This is a must-visit if you’re graphically designerly inclined.

Out!

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[design, blog_life] Odds and Ends 28.02.05

Posted in Uncategorized on February 28, 2005 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

I Get Great Email Sometimes

So I get email tonight from a surprising young lady. Text follows:

Mr. Klein,
I am a 1st grade student doing a report on the Broadway Bridge. Your site was very helpful. I used a lot of information from it. I am working on my bibliography. I need to know what date you posted this article. Can you please email me back?
Thank you,
Gabriella

Do I need to say that my heart melted just a bit when I saw that? How very cool and, sorry if this sounds patronizing, but I’m just gobstopped that a first-grader writes and speaks so danged well! Either she’s precocious or I need to get out more. Heck, not even Your Truly spoke that well when he was six!

Quite an honor. Quite.

The website is still being hosted here.

New Links

Jeff Fisher Logomotives is the commercial website of a local graphic designer. He has a very successful practice and does great work…just look at his site. When we endeavor to enter a new field or get into the place we’ve always wanted to be, we tend to find examples of the kind of artist we wish to become. This is one of those sites (Pariah’s would be another). He’s also written a crackling good book you can get at Amazon and through Creative Latitude called The Savvy Designer’s Guide to Success, which I”m partaking just now. It’s a great read, a great design, fun and energetic. Contributes to the sense of hope. Also, there was an article in the Oregonian a few years back about Jeff which went a long way toward me investigating the field of graphic design, and largely contributed to me taking up the study.

Creative Latitude is a site by experienced designers for all designers. There is a lot of help and inspiration there for those of us starting out, and access to some free and useful tools for plying the trade (how does free Excel spreadsheets with hourly rate and billing and estimating calculators sound?). This is a must-visit if you’re graphically designerly inclined.

Out!

[pcc_life] You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down. Or Me, For That Matter.

Posted in Uncategorized on February 28, 2005 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

Today, registration opened online at my.pcc.

It has been an ordeal (To be precise, I had to deal! Thank you, Thompson!).

Now, I had all my dux in ero, as it were. Checked in with my advisor to make sure whether or not I had to get myself some slips signed. Cece said no, I was in the groove (well, she didn’t say that…that was the gist).

So, I make my notes and get ready. At 0700 today, I was in front of the Mac, with my unCalendar open to the page with my info…good to go!!!!

At 0700, Secure Online Services opens for bidness. I go to registration…Hey! Says I can’t register until 0800. Great! I’m keyed up as it is and I can’t get down to business. So I bide my time untill 0800. Surf some web. Pet some cat. Read some comic.

0800: Bingo! The Add Classes webform loads…get my CRNs from the unCalendar…type ’em in…submit and….

GD 223, Graphic Design 6 … Department Approval Required.
GD 229, Portfolio Prep … Department Approval Required.
PT 244, Preparing Files for Print … Department Approval Required.

I am not registered. Holy Moly. Visions of seats filling before I can get to them and my whole three year study made pointless by one thirty-minute time period. Now, I wasn’t tired…I had taken a day off at TCWMNBN, and for no obvious reason slept 14 hours, rising at 0200 approx. But because of this Twilight Zone (cue music) rhythm that I had done, I was feeling decidedly weird. Then, an hour previous, I was feeling weird and keyed-up. Now, I was feeling weird, keyed-up, and about to fly into a panic.

Soon enough, me and The Wife[tm] were on the way up to Sylvania campus (a trip that was supposed to have been rendered…well, academic…by the ‘web). Now, I knew it was possible that the last thing I was going to see was my advisor in her office, but that’s on me, and it’s the chance you take by just dropping in when you can at any time. Instructors are busy people and get called away an awful lot. So, it didn’t surprise me when she wasn’t in the office. So, me and The Wife[tm] cooled our heels outside the office for a few minutes.

Deciding that maybe there was some fly in the ointment that had cleared up by then, we went to the Computer Resource Center in the CC Building to try from there. I could tell then that Registration was having at least as bad a day as I was. myPCC was in serious trouble. I’d noted this when I tried to reload the page at home before striking out; the load just hung and wouldn’t go anywhere. A helpful CRC tutor knew just what I was trying to do, came over, told me to go to the BanWEB main page, click through to the Tillamook Bay CC login page, and go from their server. It worked. But it didn’t solve my problem, I was still getting the message that “Department Approval Required”.

Back to in front of my advisors office. She didn’t come by yet, but her operational peer and organizational subordinate (it’s a small department) Linnea Gruber showed up. I told her my problem and the both of us went in to see Deb Schwing in the GD Mac Lab. As it turned out, the college was doing this to all graphic design majors and they were preparing to hand out green override slips to all qualified comers. Linnea had Deb write me out one, seeing as I’d come all that way just for that.

If I ever get a billion dollars, these people are getting a ton of money. Each.

So, hie us hence to the CC Building, to see the registration person. Wait in the line. Slide the green slip across. Tap-tap-tap on the computer keys and….

There’s a problem.

Oh, yes. Another problem. I was getting a “Co-requisite” message on the one class I needed most desperately, Graphic Design 6. Seems that there’s a course, “Combined Graphic Applications”. GD 242. A course that has you use a combination of programs to produce a product…Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign (PCC’s gone off QuarkXPress)…It was substituted with a course in beginning InDesign.

FWIW, I’m glad I got to know basic InDesign. Anyway.

The system had flagged that I hadn’t taking GD 242, while ignoring the datum that this other class was supposed to be a a valid substitution for it. The regsitrar would not register me for Graphic Design 6. And fall went my crest, again.

“This is turning into a nightmare,” I say to The Wife[tm], who is my emotional support system right now, and no doubt knows it. Back to the front of my advisor’s office to linger until she shows up. I’m starting to feel like a stalker. This is so not fair.

Eventually she shows up. This is the kind of quality Cece Custforth is: The Wife[tm] is examining a bruise on her leg, and Cece comes up, and I say “There’s a problem”, and she looks at The Wife[tm] examining her leg, thinking there’s been an injury and she needs help. How could you not idolize a person like this?

But I do tell her my problem and she promises There Will Be A Solution. Something about the way she says it calms me down a great deal and I believe her. We go.

I get home and check my registration at PCC and…there it is. I’m registered for all the classes I need to graduate.

I nominate the faculty of PCC Graphic Design for sainthood. I don’t care if they might not be Catholic. Also, I have the best advisor in the world. Don’t try to compete with her..you cahnt.

Now, all I have to do to close out this term is get that paper on German-Oregonian history done, and design a poster to go with it. I’m breathing again.

And the funny thing is, about halfway through this next term, when I got two projects due and I’m getting by on about three hours of sleep a day because I’m still having to do four tens at TCWMNBN, I’m going to wonder if it was worth it, getting all stressed about it. And I may think it wasn’t. But I will be wrong.

When that diploma is in my hands I”ll realize that…it was. Oh, yes. It was.

[meme] Saturday Slant: Urgent Spring

Posted in Uncategorized on February 28, 2005 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

Pariah:

Though only late February, Spring is in the air. Crocus have blossomed alongside the daffodils, and the sunlight clings to day just a little bit longer. About this time of year Spring urges grip our hearts and minds. What are your urges?

Do your thoughts turn to romance and affairs of the heart? Do you begin to long for the beach, bicycle path, or swingsets? Do you dive into your closets, shelves and cubes dancing through your mind as holy crusade of organization begins to coalesce in your thoughts?

What does Spring do to you? In what mind does the warming, brightening days and greening trees place you? What are your Spring urges?

It changes, from year to year. Each year it’s very much about how I’m feeling about where I’m going and what I’m doing with what I got.

Many years, I reluctantly let go of winter. I am a big fan of a small world; I love foggy days, I love days with cloudy overcast, I love long nights with warming rum drinks and movies. I often wonder if I’m an agoraphobic who just never got the hang of it.

Latterly I’ve been looking forward to spring. This one more than others; as I have occaisionally related I’ve been studying graphic design at PCC. This is it, my friends, the ultimate term. At the close of the Spring session I will at least have a diploma to show for my blood (no lie-#11 Xacto craft knifes are sharp!,), sweat (Photoshop performance-based tests), tears (that one “C” I got for a project nearly mowed me right down) and money (should be self-explanatory).

But will I be able to find a job? Who knows! Stay tuned to this ‘blog, where I will no doubt pontificate on at painful length about it.

Anyway, I have a whole new skill set of really exciting tools and things I can do. This really is a halcyon time. It’s interesting, but in the good way. I have hope, a possibility of a new career, something I really truly care about. Being a creative professional, I hear, is sometimes brutal. But the possible rewards far outshine the travails.

Also along the way I’ve met some interesting and inspiring people. I’ve met people who, as far as I’m concerned, could make the world turn on its axis only for their mere being.

The spring promises new possiblilities, this time around.

[pcc_life] You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down. Or Me, For That Matter.

Posted in Uncategorized on February 28, 2005 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

Today, registration opened online at my.pcc.

It has been an ordeal (To be precise, I had to deal! Thank you, Thompson!).

Now, I had all my dux in ero, as it were. Checked in with my advisor to make sure whether or not I had to get myself some slips signed. Cece said no, I was in the groove (well, she didn’t say that…that was the gist).

So, I make my notes and get ready. At 0700 today, I was in front of the Mac, with my unCalendar open to the page with my info…good to go!!!!

At 0700, Secure Online Services opens for bidness. I go to registration…Hey! Says I can’t register until 0800. Great! I’m keyed up as it is and I can’t get down to business. So I bide my time untill 0800. Surf some web. Pet some cat. Read some comic.

0800: Bingo! The Add Classes webform loads…get my CRNs from the unCalendar…type ’em in…submit and….

GD 223, Graphic Design 6 … Department Approval Required.
GD 229, Portfolio Prep … Department Approval Required.
PT 244, Preparing Files for Print … Department Approval Required.

I am not registered. Holy Moly. Visions of seats filling before I can get to them and my whole three year study made pointless by one thirty-minute time period. Now, I wasn’t tired…I had taken a day off at TCWMNBN, and for no obvious reason slept 14 hours, rising at 0200 approx. But because of this Twilight Zone (cue music) rhythm that I had done, I was feeling decidedly weird. Then, an hour previous, I was feeling weird and keyed-up. Now, I was feeling weird, keyed-up, and about to fly into a panic.

Soon enough, me and The Wife[tm] were on the way up to Sylvania campus (a trip that was supposed to have been rendered…well, academic…by the ‘web). Now, I knew it was possible that the last thing I was going to see was my advisor in her office, but that’s on me, and it’s the chance you take by just dropping in when you can at any time. Instructors are busy people and get called away an awful lot. So, it didn’t surprise me when she wasn’t in the office. So, me and The Wife[tm] cooled our heels outside the office for a few minutes.

Deciding that maybe there was some fly in the ointment that had cleared up by then, we went to the Computer Resource Center in the CC Building to try from there. I could tell then that Registration was having at least as bad a day as I was. myPCC was in serious trouble. I’d noted this when I tried to reload the page at home before striking out; the load just hung and wouldn’t go anywhere. A helpful CRC tutor knew just what I was trying to do, came over, told me to go to the BanWEB main page, click through to the Tillamook Bay CC login page, and go from their server. It worked. But it didn’t solve my problem, I was still getting the message that “Department Approval Required”.

Back to in front of my advisors office. She didn’t come by yet, but her operational peer and organizational subordinate (it’s a small department) Linnea Gruber showed up. I told her my problem and the both of us went in to see Deb Schwing in the GD Mac Lab. As it turned out, the college was doing this to all graphic design majors and they were preparing to hand out green override slips to all qualified comers. Linnea had Deb write me out one, seeing as I’d come all that way just for that.

If I ever get a billion dollars, these people are getting a ton of money. Each.

So, hie us hence to the CC Building, to see the registration person. Wait in the line. Slide the green slip across. Tap-tap-tap on the computer keys and….

There’s a problem.

Oh, yes. Another problem. I was getting a “Co-requisite” message on the one class I needed most desperately, Graphic Design 6. Seems that there’s a course, “Combined Graphic Applications”. GD 242. A course that has you use a combination of programs to produce a product…Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign (PCC’s gone off QuarkXPress)…It was substituted with a course in beginning InDesign.

FWIW, I’m glad I got to know basic InDesign. Anyway.

The system had flagged that I hadn’t taking GD 242, while ignoring the datum that this other class was supposed to be a a valid substitution for it. The regsitrar would not register me for Graphic Design 6. And fall went my crest, again.

“This is turning into a nightmare,” I say to The Wife[tm], who is my emotional support system right now, and no doubt knows it. Back to the front of my advisor’s office to linger until she shows up. I’m starting to feel like a stalker. This is so not fair.

Eventually she shows up. This is the kind of quality Cece Custforth is: The Wife[tm] is examining a bruise on her leg, and Cece comes up, and I say “There’s a problem”, and she looks at The Wife[tm] examining her leg, thinking there’s been an injury and she needs help. How could you not idolize a person like this?

But I do tell her my problem and she promises There Will Be A Solution. Something about the way she says it calms me down a great deal and I believe her. We go.

I get home and check my registration at PCC and…there it is. I’m registered for all the classes I need to graduate.

I nominate the faculty of PCC Graphic Design for sainthood. I don’t care if they might not be Catholic. Also, I have the best advisor in the world. Don’t try to compete with her..you cahnt.

Now, all I have to do to close out this term is get that paper on German-Oregonian history done, and design a poster to go with it. I’m breathing again.

And the funny thing is, about halfway through this next term, when I got two projects due and I’m getting by on about three hours of sleep a day because I’m still having to do four tens at TCWMNBN, I’m going to wonder if it was worth it, getting all stressed about it. And I may think it wasn’t. But I will be wrong.

When that diploma is in my hands I”ll realize that…it was. Oh, yes. It was.

[pcc_life] You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down. Or Me, For That Matter.

Posted in Uncategorized on February 28, 2005 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

Today, registration opened online at my.pcc.

It has been an ordeal (To be precise, I had to deal! Thank you, Thompson!).

Now, I had all my dux in ero, as it were. Checked in with my advisor to make sure whether or not I had to get myself some slips signed. Cece said no, I was in the groove (well, she didn’t say that…that was the gist).

So, I make my notes and get ready. At 0700 today, I was in front of the Mac, with my unCalendar open to the page with my info…good to go!!!!

At 0700, Secure Online Services opens for bidness. I go to registration…Hey! Says I can’t register until 0800. Great! I’m keyed up as it is and I can’t get down to business. So I bide my time untill 0800. Surf some web. Pet some cat. Read some comic.

0800: Bingo! The Add Classes webform loads…get my CRNs from the unCalendar…type ’em in…submit and….

GD 223, Graphic Design 6 … Department Approval Required.
GD 229, Portfolio Prep … Department Approval Required.
PT 244, Preparing Files for Print … Department Approval Required.

I am not registered. Holy Moly. Visions of seats filling before I can get to them and my whole three year study made pointless by one thirty-minute time period. Now, I wasn’t tired…I had taken a day off at TCWMNBN, and for no obvious reason slept 14 hours, rising at 0200 approx. But because of this Twilight Zone (cue music) rhythm that I had done, I was feeling decidedly weird. Then, an hour previous, I was feeling weird and keyed-up. Now, I was feeling weird, keyed-up, and about to fly into a panic.

Soon enough, me and The Wife[tm] were on the way up to Sylvania campus (a trip that was supposed to have been rendered…well, academic…by the ‘web). Now, I knew it was possible that the last thing I was going to see was my advisor in her office, but that’s on me, and it’s the chance you take by just dropping in when you can at any time. Instructors are busy people and get called away an awful lot. So, it didn’t surprise me when she wasn’t in the office. So, me and The Wife[tm] cooled our heels outside the office for a few minutes.

Deciding that maybe there was some fly in the ointment that had cleared up by then, we went to the Computer Resource Center in the CC Building to try from there. I could tell then that Registration was having at least as bad a day as I was. myPCC was in serious trouble. I’d noted this when I tried to reload the page at home before striking out; the load just hung and wouldn’t go anywhere. A helpful CRC tutor knew just what I was trying to do, came over, told me to go to the BanWEB main page, click through to the Tillamook Bay CC login page, and go from their server. It worked. But it didn’t solve my problem, I was still getting the message that “Department Approval Required”.

Back to in front of my advisors office. She didn’t come by yet, but her operational peer and organizational subordinate (it’s a small department) Linnea Gruber showed up. I told her my problem and the both of us went in to see Deb Schwing in the GD Mac Lab. As it turned out, the college was doing this to all graphic design majors and they were preparing to hand out green override slips to all qualified comers. Linnea had Deb write me out one, seeing as I’d come all that way just for that.

If I ever get a billion dollars, these people are getting a ton of money. Each.

So, hie us hence to the CC Building, to see the registration person. Wait in the line. Slide the green slip across. Tap-tap-tap on the computer keys and….

There’s a problem.

Oh, yes. Another problem. I was getting a “Co-requisite” message on the one class I needed most desperately, Graphic Design 6. Seems that there’s a course, “Combined Graphic Applications”. GD 242. A course that has you use a combination of programs to produce a product…Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign (PCC’s gone off QuarkXPress)…It was substituted with a course in beginning InDesign.

FWIW, I’m glad I got to know basic InDesign. Anyway.

The system had flagged that I hadn’t taking GD 242, while ignoring the datum that this other class was supposed to be a a valid substitution for it. The regsitrar would not register me for Graphic Design 6. And fall went my crest, again.

“This is turning into a nightmare,” I say to The Wife[tm], who is my emotional support system right now, and no doubt knows it. Back to the front of my advisor’s office to linger until she shows up. I’m starting to feel like a stalker. This is so not fair.

Eventually she shows up. This is the kind of quality Cece Custforth is: The Wife[tm] is examining a bruise on her leg, and Cece comes up, and I say “There’s a problem”, and she looks at The Wife[tm] examining her leg, thinking there’s been an injury and she needs help. How could you not idolize a person like this?

But I do tell her my problem and she promises There Will Be A Solution. Something about the way she says it calms me down a great deal and I believe her. We go.

I get home and check my registration at PCC and…there it is. I’m registered for all the classes I need to graduate.

I nominate the faculty of PCC Graphic Design for sainthood. I don’t care if they might not be Catholic. Also, I have the best advisor in the world. Don’t try to compete with her..you cahnt.

Now, all I have to do to close out this term is get that paper on German-Oregonian history done, and design a poster to go with it. I’m breathing again.

And the funny thing is, about halfway through this next term, when I got two projects due and I’m getting by on about three hours of sleep a day because I’m still having to do four tens at TCWMNBN, I’m going to wonder if it was worth it, getting all stressed about it. And I may think it wasn’t. But I will be wrong.

When that diploma is in my hands I”ll realize that…it was. Oh, yes. It was.

[pcc_life] You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down. Or Me, For That Matter.

Posted in Uncategorized on February 28, 2005 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

Today, registration opened online at my.pcc.

It has been an ordeal (To be precise, I had to deal! Thank you, Thompson!).

Now, I had all my dux in ero, as it were. Checked in with my advisor to make sure whether or not I had to get myself some slips signed. Cece said no, I was in the groove (well, she didn’t say that…that was the gist).

So, I make my notes and get ready. At 0700 today, I was in front of the Mac, with my unCalendar open to the page with my info…good to go!!!!

At 0700, Secure Online Services opens for bidness. I go to registration…Hey! Says I can’t register until 0800. Great! I’m keyed up as it is and I can’t get down to business. So I bide my time untill 0800. Surf some web. Pet some cat. Read some comic.

0800: Bingo! The Add Classes webform loads…get my CRNs from the unCalendar…type ’em in…submit and….

GD 223, Graphic Design 6 … Department Approval Required.
GD 229, Portfolio Prep … Department Approval Required.
PT 244, Preparing Files for Print … Department Approval Required.

I am not registered. Holy Moly. Visions of seats filling before I can get to them and my whole three year study made pointless by one thirty-minute time period. Now, I wasn’t tired…I had taken a day off at TCWMNBN, and for no obvious reason slept 14 hours, rising at 0200 approx. But because of this Twilight Zone (cue music) rhythm that I had done, I was feeling decidedly weird. Then, an hour previous, I was feeling weird and keyed-up. Now, I was feeling weird, keyed-up, and about to fly into a panic.

Soon enough, me and The Wife[tm] were on the way up to Sylvania campus (a trip that was supposed to have been rendered…well, academic…by the ‘web). Now, I knew it was possible that the last thing I was going to see was my advisor in her office, but that’s on me, and it’s the chance you take by just dropping in when you can at any time. Instructors are busy people and get called away an awful lot. So, it didn’t surprise me when she wasn’t in the office. So, me and The Wife[tm] cooled our heels outside the office for a few minutes.

Deciding that maybe there was some fly in the ointment that had cleared up by then, we went to the Computer Resource Center in the CC Building to try from there. I could tell then that Registration was having at least as bad a day as I was. myPCC was in serious trouble. I’d noted this when I tried to reload the page at home before striking out; the load just hung and wouldn’t go anywhere. A helpful CRC tutor knew just what I was trying to do, came over, told me to go to the BanWEB main page, click through to the Tillamook Bay CC login page, and go from their server. It worked. But it didn’t solve my problem, I was still getting the message that “Department Approval Required”.

Back to in front of my advisors office. She didn’t come by yet, but her operational peer and organizational subordinate (it’s a small department) Linnea Gruber showed up. I told her my problem and the both of us went in to see Deb Schwing in the GD Mac Lab. As it turned out, the college was doing this to all graphic design majors and they were preparing to hand out green override slips to all qualified comers. Linnea had Deb write me out one, seeing as I’d come all that way just for that.

If I ever get a billion dollars, these people are getting a ton of money. Each.

So, hie us hence to the CC Building, to see the registration person. Wait in the line. Slide the green slip across. Tap-tap-tap on the computer keys and….

There’s a problem.

Oh, yes. Another problem. I was getting a “Co-requisite” message on the one class I needed most desperately, Graphic Design 6. Seems that there’s a course, “Combined Graphic Applications”. GD 242. A course that has you use a combination of programs to produce a product…Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign (PCC’s gone off QuarkXPress)…It was substituted with a course in beginning InDesign.

FWIW, I’m glad I got to know basic InDesign. Anyway.

The system had flagged that I hadn’t taking GD 242, while ignoring the datum that this other class was supposed to be a a valid substitution for it. The regsitrar would not register me for Graphic Design 6. And fall went my crest, again.

“This is turning into a nightmare,” I say to The Wife[tm], who is my emotional support system right now, and no doubt knows it. Back to the front of my advisor’s office to linger until she shows up. I’m starting to feel like a stalker. This is so not fair.

Eventually she shows up. This is the kind of quality Cece Custforth is: The Wife[tm] is examining a bruise on her leg, and Cece comes up, and I say “There’s a problem”, and she looks at The Wife[tm] examining her leg, thinking there’s been an injury and she needs help. How could you not idolize a person like this?

But I do tell her my problem and she promises There Will Be A Solution. Something about the way she says it calms me down a great deal and I believe her. We go.

I get home and check my registration at PCC and…there it is. I’m registered for all the classes I need to graduate.

I nominate the faculty of PCC Graphic Design for sainthood. I don’t care if they might not be Catholic. Also, I have the best advisor in the world. Don’t try to compete with her..you cahnt.

Now, all I have to do to close out this term is get that paper on German-Oregonian history done, and design a poster to go with it. I’m breathing again.

And the funny thing is, about halfway through this next term, when I got two projects due and I’m getting by on about three hours of sleep a day because I’m still having to do four tens at TCWMNBN, I’m going to wonder if it was worth it, getting all stressed about it. And I may think it wasn’t. But I will be wrong.

When that diploma is in my hands I”ll realize that…it was. Oh, yes. It was.