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2005年 03月 01日

少しずつ

a0022830_1253216.jpg前方を見る視線が、地平線沿いに戻ってきたような気がする。つまり、足元ばっかり見ているのじゃないってことで。

新しいiBookは快適。図書館でも、ICCでも、電源無くてもイーサーネット無くても、思う存分使えます。

今日はサッター先生のところへ、DC内の東アジア系シンクタンク、NPOについてオフィスアワーに尋ねに行く。親切に答えていただき、本当にありがたく思った。ICUの先生も、もっとアクセッシブルだといいのに。言語が違うからか、それとも自分の興味が重ならないからか。英語は、ストレートにものを言える分、まどろっこしさが無い。そして、婉曲表現を使うとしても、他意が無い事が多いような気がする。日本語だと、どこまで婉曲表現を使わないといけないのかよくわからなくなる。また、言葉の裏を読んでしまう。これ、社会に出たときにまずいですね。

今年の8月に東京であるHarvard Project for Asian and International Relationsという会議に参加しようと思う。興味のある方は、一緒にやりましょうよ。私のルームメイトは、去年上海であったこのプログラムに参加したそうで、「まーまーだったよ」との事。ちなみに、政策系だけじゃなくてビジネス会議もあるみたいです。

大学の寮の真向かいにあるテイクアウェイサンドイッチ屋「ワイジーズ」のQuick pita me upっていうホットピタロールを食べたんだけど、チーズが重くておなかにもたれている。。。やっぱりHoya wrap (Hoya means Georgetown students)にしとけばよかった。
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by my-salad-days | 2005-03-01 07:19 | Exchange
2005年 02月 28日

日本語で

書き込みできないと思っていたら、できた!!ビバ母国語!この調子でこれからも文字化けしませんように。

昨日行ったネイティブアメリカン博物館は、建物の作りが面白かった。螺旋を描いてうねうねしているの。たくさん美術品や装飾品もならんでおり、2時間では見足りなかったので、またゆっくり一人で見に行きたいなと思う。

3月の旅行に行くメンバーとも昨日会い、ジョージタウンでは珍しいタイプの子が多いような。何となく、誰かさんに似た雰囲気のメンバーも居ました(にやり)きっと楽しい旅行になる事でしょう。
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by my-salad-days | 2005-02-28 09:32 | Exchange
2005年 02月 28日

A Bend in the River

A Bend in the River by Naipaul was one of several assigned books for the summer reading during my Freshman year ELP. Never did I expect to find it quoted in my reading assignment, "The Age of Sacred Terror".

I liked the book, which I guess I still have in my bookshelf home. Human beings do their own business, governments and societies change, but the bend in the river continues to lie there. I wonder what made the ELP teachers to choose the book for the reading assignment. Other books such as "Things fall apart" and "The death of Vishunu", are not English literature. Why didn't they choose books like "Sense and Sensibility" and "The Withering Heights"? (Sorry, neither of them have I read =( Anyone any ideas?
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by my-salad-days | 2005-02-28 08:54 | Exchange
2005年 02月 28日

A Somali taxi driver

On the way back from a concert yesterday, my roommates and I took a cab. The driver was a guy who said he was a foreigner, driving taxi from 10pm till 8am next morning on weekends. One of us asked him where he came from.

Eastern Africa. Where in eastern Africa? Somalia.

I was about to ask him whether he is from Mogadish, the capital of Somalia. But I kept quiet. Why?

The middle aged driver spoke fluent English. May be he had a professional job back home. Probably more rewarding than working all through the night.

There is no diplomatic relations between US and Somalia at the moment. How could he have obtained the work permission and documents? It must have been really hard coming to this country.

Sitting on the back seat with my roommates, I mused quietly about one aspect of reality, something that I had not noticed in the Somalia-Afghanistan class.
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by my-salad-days | 2005-02-28 08:25 | Exchange
2005年 02月 19日

Vision more clear?

My i-Book has not arrived.. the tracking record for Fedex tells that the estimated date of arrival is gonna be 22nd... I cannot wait. I have 3 due dates this week.

Meeting with poeple who really encourage you makes you creative and stay focused on track. I did a bit of online research about summer internship opportunities and graduate school applications. Father, I am making progress.
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by my-salad-days | 2005-02-19 16:13 | Exchange
2005年 02月 18日

Death of a playwrite

I went out with one of my ICU senpais and her husband to Dupont Circle, and we talked a lot till midnight! It was so much fun. I did cheese fondu for the first time (the restaurant was called "the Melting Pot".) Cheese fondu is yummy but makes you full soon for sure. We did chocolate fondu as well.

Arthur Miller died at the age of 89 this week. "The Crucible" was the only book I read of his works during my high school days, but the news was a bit of shock for me. The play was the first book I completed reading in English from cover to cover. I feel I want to see Ms. Swanson.

I asked a young officer from Mofa Japan who is in the US/China class about the life in the Foreign Ministry. It seems the recruitment is totally up to the talent of individuals. Also listening to my senpai's observation on WB, I feel that I should follow my instinct. Determined? Almost.
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by my-salad-days | 2005-02-18 14:37 | Exchange
2005年 02月 15日

Once given up, but...

I thought I could change my mind at any moment. Studying diplomacy and international relations seemed temporary. Coming back to development studies I thought was easy. May be it is not.

I know that at ICU I would be an odd one out. It is not advantageous to be interested in "nations" "sovereignty" "powers" etc there. Well, I am ending up as prof. N worried and anticipated. There is no "if"s in history, but I wonder what would have happened if I went to Hanoi instead of DC. Places nurture people in a good or bad way.

Taking the Foreign Serveice Exam? One of the choices. But, would be very difficult to break the shield.
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by my-salad-days | 2005-02-15 07:37 | Exchange
2005年 02月 15日

Knowing me knowing you is the best we can do

Raining. Dark outside. Have a due date tomorrow. In the big coffin (aka Library.) Computer lab crowded.

Am haunted by something... or obsessed? Cannot wait till my friend visits me and go to the native American reserve. Wanna breath in the nature.

Happy Valentine's day.
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by my-salad-days | 2005-02-15 07:19 | Exchange
2005年 02月 13日

Waiting... (we read it, didn't we? =)

I ordered an i-book yesterday. I got it discounted through Georgetown online apple store, so it was a good deal. Around the same price I got my old PC 3 years ago. The packet includes Words and Excel software, 3 years of guaruntee, and upscaled memory. It will arrive in 5 days. Thanks for Shin for advice.

I got an alart e-mail from the university information center that there was a flaw in the Symantec anti-virus software, 2 days after I got infected. The notice described a sympton that I experienced. So, I guess there are people who got theirs dead besides me.

A less intense weekend than the last week. I am having a good rest.
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by my-salad-days | 2005-02-13 04:00 | Exchange
2005年 02月 11日

Walking at my pace

I did the presentation without having my voice shaking, so I guess it was pretty much a success in terms of manner. At least much better than I had done in ICU IS classes...

In terms of contents, however, my points - that China will play a big role in Six-Party Talks leaving US heading on DPRK, and that such a strategy is to secure Korean Peninsular US troops free for the future reunification of Taiwan - seemed lacking enough credibility... Due partly to the declaration of nuclear armament by North Korea yesterday. Indeed, their announcement made my plot turned upside down. How could North Koreans be pulled back to the negotiation table?

Other two presentators were much detailed about their topics, and seemed to know more about the situation. I need to explore more about this field.

Anyways, a good start. The week is over.
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by my-salad-days | 2005-02-11 10:42 | Exchange