Archive for August, 2011

“So you can see from the syllabus that you have your first policy analysis due next week. You’ll notice that I didn’t give you a whole lot of guidelines on what it’s supposed to look like. Just do your best.

On the bright side, you’re all in the same boat!”

This is not a boat I want to be in.

Especially not without my water wings.

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The last time my city was threatened with a hurricane was Baltimore in 2003. I had just started my freshman year, and Isabel decided to parade right on through, completely uninvited.

We were warned for days in advance and classes were preemptively canceled so that we could all be safe and sound.

And by “safe and sound,” I’m sure the university also meant, “throwing hurricane-themed parties.”

Personally, I ended up playing beirut for about three days straight and sitting on the Ex’s rooftop watching the so-called storm hit.

Bottom line: aside from some light rain and very minor winds, Isabel wasn’t all that intimidating, and made Hopkins look foolish for canceling classes over almost nothing.

I have a feeling that Irene is going to take a slightly different approach.

She’s already got DC canceling events left and right, and more than a few weekend plans have been changed (my own included).

She’s got Pepco warning residents about power outages and when we get to the Teeter tonight, I’m sure that they’ll be low on bottled water, flashlights, and batteries. Also Irene’s doing.

Sounds like someone’s on a power trip.

But, just in case she decides to make good on her destructive promises, I’ll be hunkered down in my hopefully fairly safe apartment and eating everything that could possible go bad if we lose power.

And wondering if the Chinese place nearby delivers in hurricanes. For a really good tip? It’s worth a shot.

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Two weeks from today I’ll be starting my final year of grad school.

Among other concessions, this means that I’ll be forgoing pleasure reading in favor of things like articles on Pakistan and Islamists; political analysis regarding African issues; and reports of peacekeeping operations around the world.

Interesting stuff, to be sure, but nothing that I’d take to the beach.

And that’s where you all (i.e. whoever still reads after I’ve gone on so many unannounced hiatuses) come in.

I may not be going back to the beach this summer, but I do still have two weeks left to read for fun and I’m looking for recommendations.

There are a few things on my list right now, but I’d love your suggestions. A girl’s to-read list can never be too long.

Plus, even when classes do start up, it’ll be nice to have something on my bedside table that isn’t related to international affairs.

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