That said, SMCM was as impressive a visit, from campus to tour to information session to conversing with an admissions officer, we've had. The campus is gorgeous, marshes, woods, water, and it's laid out so it feels both spacious and monastic (the two schools it reminded of most are Kenyon and Allegheny). The architecture, even of the newest buildings, embraces the history of St Mary's City.
The campus is green. They're trying to restore, as much as possible, the habitat of the woods, marshes, inlets, in St Mary's City circa 1634. An incredibly cool vibe.
Most impressive though is that - and I know I was being worked, it's what colleges do - they seem to honestly want to compete against the private schools we've visited. When asked what he considers current peer schools, the admissions officer said William & Mary, Mary Washington, Gettysburg, Dickenson. My Hilltop friends who would know, people I know who have kids have gone, all glow about SMCM, think it's attempting, and succeeding at, a remarkable mission, a public school giving their students a quality education equal to the most elite of private Lib Arts colleges.
Here are two more disclaimers: St Mary's City feels three hundred miles away but is only a hundred. I would like my daughter to go to school only a hundred miles away from home, and so would her grandparents. Two, do you know that I pushed the plunger on O'Malley because Maryland is still a cool place, let the motherfucking crackers continue their siege of motherfucking Georgia, it strokes my Maryland bone that my state is trying something as excellent as St Mary's College of Maryland, which Ehrlich would have cut funding for. Oh, here's the view from the back porch of one of the dorms:
Anyway, we've told Planet we'll get her a good used car if she goes to St Mary's College of Maryland since Hilltop will cover the tuition and St Mary's City truly is out in the middle of bumfuck. Don't know if she go there given the choice, but the latest plan is that she won't be applying early decision to Bowdoin. Yay!
- I'll probably have more about Tuesday's elections tomorrow, though I sorta hope not. In any case, in response to scolding breathlessness.
- A survey of unlikely voters.
- Obama's midterm victory.
- Evan Bayh says it's your fucking fault, hippie.
- No country for civil libertarians.
- Flickers of hope.
- Everything you need to know, Headlines Division.
- Not blaming Ralph Nader doesn't mean I want to listen to Ralph Nader tell me the motherfucking obvious.
- Were Paul the king.
- The fuck is Quietism?
- Vote today.
- Owen in Hamburg.
- Maryland, the morning after.
- MOCO is not like the rest of America.
- Fobin Ricker loses, needs to die.
- I get email:
D.C. United would like to cordially invite you and your family to a special event with D.C. United on Saturday, November 13th at RFK Stadium that will include several players and Kevin Payne (D.C. United President & CEO). D.C. United is looking to create an informal club made up of members of the local community who care about the growth of soccer and dedicate a portion of their time and energy to promoting D.C. United. We would like YOU to be a founding member and help D.C. United create the foundation of this club. This event will be an opportunity for you to learn more, ask questions, and give feedback for the development of this 2011 program that will unite fans, front office staff members, & D.C. United players. The event will be from 3pm - 5pm and will involve the following activities:
- D.C. United locker room tour that includes a reception w/ small hor d'oeuvres
- D.C. United player clinic for kids in attendance
- Presentation of program by Kevin Payne
- RFK Stadium field level activity
PLEASE RSVP by Tuesday, November 9th to (YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS OR PHONE NUMBER) with the number of adults and kids 16 and under that will be attending you. We ask that you only bring children in your family or other adults that would be serious members of this club. A confirmation email with itinerary will be sent on Wednesday, November 10th.
- Again with the no-kaboom, but thank you, no, I humbly suggest I'm not the right person for this position. Fine metaphors abound.
- Another reason I'm glad to have left typepad.
- Nanowrimo? No. Three, four years ago this was a much talked about annual event in Blegsylvania. Now, no.
- This week's new releases w/MP3.
- Arcade Motherfucking Fire is on my radio as I type this, and motherfucker, do they motherfucking suck. What the fuck is wrong w/people?
- Name that (non-Arcade Fire) totalitarian tune!
- Steam engine.
- UPDATE! Today's theme song, on multiple levels.
- Richard's comment made me think of this song:
BLUES FOR THE EVIL EMPIRE
Consider the late Eurasian entity, how it lumbered
into the groggy arms of history where it was
buried. Which is more than you can say
for Lenin’s body, chilly like a mammoth
in an ice floe, if less hairy. An old man in the square
asks ‘Who is laughing at us?’ then drifts unevenly
away. The czar’s nephew comes alive
in Finland like some cyborg, sent into the future
with a mission to annoy; there are the plagues:
evangelists, economists, and experts
of all kinds, Americans who read the future
in a glass of tea, and analyze ‘the Slavic mind.’
At home, cold warriors, like dying jellyfish,
grow dim. Why no joy in Washington, no dancing
in the streets — we ‘won,’ but sleep uneasy
in our victory. The evil empire, vanquished, seeks
a plusher berth within — a red and rising sun?
A few blocks from the White House, my city twists
and keens, and someone’s child is bought and sold.
— We do not die of darkness, but of the cold.