July 23rd, 2009

Can you tell it’s been a busy summer in Me Land? First I got married, then I moved, then I went away to French Polynesia for my honeymoon. Now I’m back in CA just long enough to sort out life, set up the new place, and ship back to Europe (via the East Coast) in another two weeks — where I’ll be visiting friends, farming, and generally convincing myself I can still be spontaneous even though I’ve sold myself to academia for the upcoming seven years. Oh, and the day after I get back I start classes.

Not that I’m not excited to be going back to school. My fall schedule already includes French literary criticism, sexual trauma in Japanese horror films, and cognitive language disorders. Plus I found out today that Judith Butler — Judith Butler — is my academic advisor. You can bet I’m going to be pimping those office hours.

Of course, there are downsides to being so busy with real life — like having no time for work, and missing events. PAX will come and go without me this year: sad, since I was invited to sit on two panels, including Corvus Elrod’s “Murder, Sex, and Drugs” talk. I’m also bummed to be missing Burning Man, under whose sway I, like all lefty, artsy Bay Area pervs, have seemingly fallen. I’ll go next year — or this one, if a fellow would-be Burner will help me build a replica Bonnie out of soft fabrics I can leave at Cal to start school in my place. It wouldn’t even need to involve Steampunk metal work, or set fire…

Tags: academia, Bonnie life, events

5 Responses to “Bonnie is running away to Europe before starting her PhD”

  1. Woodstock Says:

    Lucky Bonnie! Besides the missing stuff, of course.

    I’m missing Burning Man too – a bummer, because I already have tickets, but this is what happens when games get delayed, or you start grad school, I guess. I have a feeling the Man will still be there next year, and for years to come.

  2. Bonnie Ruberg Says:

    I know, I know, everyone says to be patient, but at the same time everyone says Burning Man is changing year by year, and I can’t help but get the sense that the longer I wait the less *Burning Man* it’ll be. That and waiting has never been my strong point :).

    What are you working on that got pushed back?

  3. Woodstock Says:

    Yeah, I understand about the changing. I worry that I’m missing the last great years of Burning Man, too, or that I’ve already missed them. But I think it’ll continue to be great every year a group of people decide to live in tents in the desert, make huge flaming art, and ride bicycles naked. How could it not be?

    I’m working on Bioshock 2 – no longer shipping this fall. On the plus side, I’m no longer working 12 hour days to meet that deadline…

    I hope we both get to visit Black Rock City next year!

  4. soulofaqua Says:

    Look at it this way! I myself have never been to PAX, Burning Man, French Polynesia, CA, and so on. But you have. So be glad that you’re not me!

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