December 8th, 2005


job offer

Dear Student,

I would like to bring to your attention a special part-time job opportunity during the academic year. Are you interested in being a mystery shopper?

You have probably heard about mystery shoppers. Their work is to watch movies, have dinners at elegant restaurants, shop at various stores, test different goods, etc. The best part is that you do your favourite activities for free, keep the products you have purchased, and get paid for your time and point of view!

We look for mystery shoppers willing to evaluate the quality of different products and customer services of restaurants, movie theaters, banks, stores, etc!

The job we offer you is flexible, rewarding, and does not involve a lot of time. You can easily combine your daily responsibilities with your work as a mystery shopper because you can choose only the assignments you like and work at a convenient time for you!

If you are interested, please reply to this email, so you can start this exciting job immediately!

Looking forward to hearing from you!

other than being in league with the man, are there any other reasons something like this would steal my soul? I'd at least be on the side of the poor service worker and would give glowing reviews for all but the most execrable service.

I wonder what sorts of things they'd send me to purchase. do you get to choose clothes that you like and that fit, or will they send me to buy polo shirts and khakis?
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    contemplative contemplative


I slept in till almost 10 today! what a decadent life.

I will sit in a minute and then. I don't know. I have things I should do but what I want to do is turn on the livingroom heat and sit and Read For Pleasure. I bought a history of 20th century art for $25 at the new Cody's and I'd like to spend some time with it. there are at least five other books I'd like to read today too, including God is a Verb and Zen Buddhism: the Selected Writings of DT Suzuki.

I did not get my students' response papers done, and at this point I don't know what good it would do them to get them back. their final paper is due saturday night and then it is just projects for the remainder of the semester. I did it this way so that they would all have a good idea of what their grade was going to be by the last class, but of course I must do their response papers at some point in order to determine that grade, and, well, starting saturday night there will be other papers to grade.

if you were a student, would you care if your response papers ever came back to you? I gave a big batch back about halfway through but since then they've been throwing them into a black hole. I just can't seem to keep up with them the way I have my schedule arranged.


well if I did those this morning I could read this afternoon. except that it will be afternoon by the time I'm done sitting. I could declare today a loss and get up early tomorrow I suppose. maybe that's what I'll do. I think the gods will let me get away with that.

the berkeley faculty meeting is tomorrow. I have not heard from judith yet so do not know what she thinks of the 121 pages I left in her box monday.


I think I could use a day off, don't you?
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    lazy lazy


it is winter and I have migrated north into the living room with the big gas heater that does not worry me as much as my space heater which makes the electrical circuit it is connected to a little too warm for peace of mind.

you won't hear me complaining about the weather. I happen to like it when it is cold enough outside to turn on the heat and put on extra clothes and gather together in here with cats and computer. sandy is not home right now. for some reason we never sync up in livingroom use such that I am in here when she is gone and she is in here when I'm.. in bed. I guess bedtime is the operative variable.

no word from judith today. tomorrow she makes her pitch. I guess if I don't hear from her soon I will at least hear from the department as to what they want to do with/to me since I did not finish by now. ugh. I just want to hear that it's ok and I can keep working as I have been and invite people to graduation in May and stuff. I don't know whether it is a good sign that judith has not told me anything yet but I suppose there is a relatively non-remote chance that she is just getting to read it this evening or she doesn't want to relay anything to me until the department has ruled whatever they are going to rule.

in the meantime I continue to behave as if school were out for christmas. tomorrow I've got a bunch of crap to do though including going to berkeley to file insurance claims. I don't know if I will stop in to the department itself--I don't know what time the meeting is and if I run into judith I don't know if I get to say "so...?"

here's a question. where can I buy lead ingots? or tin? or zinc? I swear I've seen them somewhere but apparently not at any art supply stores. tomorrow I will try hardwares. I want a low-melting-point metal to make art with. I will be careful not to ingest very much. one day I'd like to learn high-temperature metalworking but for now the sissy stuff will have to do.

I don't understand why I was born with an interest in everything but with energy for nothing. maybe the outlandish sleep requirements will be made up for by a long lifespan. life is fair, isn't it?
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    worried worried