December 20th, 2003

14L

weird milestones!

Kate deposited her PhD dissertation yesterday. So now, honestly and really, she's Dr. Kate. It's really weird to realize now that there's nothing to be anxious about, nothing to work on, nothing to worry about, grad school wise. She's done. And she bought me dinner last night!

This is definitely going to take some getting used to, not having academic anxiety things constantly hanging over her head. Weird for her, and weird for me. This morning she woke up at 6am all work-anxious, realized she no longer had any actual work to be anxious about, couldn't get back to sleep anyway, so got up and took a bath.

I hope she pursues the adjunct professorship that some of her committee were talking about with her. I think she could do a lot of what she wants to do by supervising students and designing a program. But then I suppose the academic anxiety will start all over again.

But, certainly congratulations are in order. I'm really proud of her.

We're going out to breakfast now, then doing some far-too-long-put-off holiday shopping.

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alarming (test) messages from the National Weather Service

This appeared last week in the middle of the continuous stream of text messages on the National Weather Service teletype feed. Obviously, someone either testing something or just checking to see if things work, but jeez, talk about your double takes.

WWUS73 KEAX 171659
NPWEAX

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KANSAS CITY-PLEASANT HILL MO
1055 AM CST WED DEC 17 2003

...TEST...TEST...TEST...

.UNUSUALLY HOT WEATHER HAS ENTERED THE REGION FOR DECEMBER...AS THE EARTH HAS LEFT ITS ORBIT AND IS HURLING TOWARD THE SUN.

MOZ012-021-172251-
ANDREW MO-CLINTON MO-
1055 AM CST WED DEC 17 2003

...EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THIS AFTERNOON TO LATE TONIGHT...

UNUSUALLY HOT WEATHER WILL OCCUR FOR AT LEAST THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS AS THE EARTH DRAWS EVER NEARER TO THE SUN. THEREFORE...AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH HAS BEEN POSTED.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO AND OTHER LOCAL MEDIA FOR FURTHER DETAILS OR UPDATES.

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HEINLEIN
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