Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Process Paper G4-3/Goddard

The General Bibliography revision
The Annotated Bibliography revision
Course Equivalents revision
Student Evaluation

Dear John,

I don't know where to begin. I can hardly believe this is my last process letter. As I sit down to it on this cold November morning, I'm at a loss for something to say. It's Veteran's Day. In the past I've taken Veteran's Day off from work to drink beer at the American Legion, but today it's different. Although I have never enjoyed drinking beer, I have always enjoyed talking to the salty old timers at the legion hall. Rather than swapping war stories, the conversation generally shifts to the shrinking members. Here's the conflict: yes, the American Legion and the VFW are great organizations, but the members are combat soldiers. As far as I'm concerned, my only wish is that both organizations dwindle to nothing as old soldiers die and there is no more war in the world to perpetuate such clubs. It's funny that I can tell you I enjoyed the Army and the war immensely, but I would gladly deny the experience to others. And today for the first time in years, I didn't request the night off from work. In a strange way, I'm actually looking forward to hustling tables tonight.

I trust the election went well for you. I was pleased that Colorado fell to the blue in the national election. Most of our state representatives are democratic, as well with most of Denver's city council. I think this is the first election I voted for the democrats solely. Incidentally, Obama is the first presidential candidate to receive both my vote and win the election. More importantly than the politicians, we had some terrifying ballot issues here in Colorado. The worst one was an amendment defining personhood at conception. Thank goodness that one didn't pass, can you imagine? Oh, Colorado, how we love to change the State Constitution. Fortunately, the local stuff all worked out for the best, I think.

My house has come off the market. I will be staying here a little longer than I really wanted to, but such is the way of things. I suppose the world will still be waiting for me when I get around to it. In the meantime, I cannot begin to explain my gratitude for a place to live and a job to fulfill. I've been reading these dystopias for so long now, I think daily life begins to border on the absurd. And speaking of dystopias, I've been living a true brave new world as of late. Huxley, as you may know, thought that all people by the end of the 20th century would all be on drugs to make them feel a certain way. Well, I started taking Chantix recently. It's a drug to stop smoking. Several people I know have taken it, and when my cousin started, I started with her. I must admit I was very conflicted about it. I'll be damned if it isn't working. I never thought I'd do it, but it's been an interesting experience so far.

Well, let me tell you about packet five. I made some of the suggested revisions and a few revisions of my own. Additionally, I have enclosed my student evaluation. I believe I've sent all the required work. It's staggering the amount of loose ends there are during the final semester.

Thank you for the kind words on the returned manuscript. I did not notice you took longer than the allotted amount of time. In fact, had you not mentioned it, I would not have noticed. If I've learned anything about myself during this program, I am very careful to meet the deadline. I do not care about the timeliness of the response. Perhaps I should have told you about that last year... At any rate, I am grateful for all your energy and diligence with my work. Believe me when I tell you I have valued our relationship and I have learned a great deal. Incidentally, I expect an annotation assignment when I arrive at Goddard in January.

Thanks again John. Be well.