My schedule is quickly falling into place as I make my way through my first week of this fall semester. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I have an 8:00 a.m. health class (that lasts until 10:15) and then Technical Math at 12:00, before heading to work at 1:00. Since it doesn’t really make sense for me to head home between health and math, I bring along my PowerBook so I can catch up on my online English Literature course.

I’ve never been good at English Literature. While I absolutely adore English Composition classes and I often pass time by reading anything I can get my hands on, I really dislike being told what to read and then discussing the passage with a group afterward. I don’t know if it’s the loner in me or what, but I think of reading a story or novel as a personal experience. Each reader is going to glean something different from the passage and that should be left as just that, I don’t feel the need to hash out my feelings or perceptions with others.

Hence my recent post to the online classroom discussion board regarding a character that liked to hunt other human beings: “I felt the character was too stereotypical and I was unable to shake the ‘been there, done that’ feeling I had throughout the entire passage.” Truth be known, this story probably was the inspiration for an episode of Xena.

So while I sit here outside of the library in a little cubby cubicle type setting with my PowerBook, armed with the best of intentions as to complete my English reading assignments, I find myself distracted by the various things going on around me. College campuses world wide are populated with gorgeous men and this campus is no exception to the rule. Now I’m not standing out there like some weirdo with my tongue wagging nor am I trying to pull a Republican senator in the rest room (ew!) but I do appreciate the eye candy and I thank the universe for warm weather so I can see hairy legs.

I’m also finding that I’d rather be reading blogs instead of reading these English Literature assignments. Thank goodness the assignments aren’t due for another week and a half.


  1. Think of it as advanced data gathering for a forthcoming comparative anatomy course. As a civil engineering you may also need to study those things that provide strength and durability to various natural “structures”. Think of it as studying for structural physics and design. You can view those that pass by and be in awe that they are “built like brick s***houses” (as my father used to say). See, now isn’t that better! You’re not wasting time at all. And if you really must think about English lit, think of it as studying “the development of characterization.” 🙂

  2. I used to love working in Boston with all the nearby colleges – You could walk across the Common on a warm day and see all the eye-candy.

  3. I went back to school at the age of 38. All the young-ish eye candy on campus made me feel like a creepy old man at times. Then i got over it and realized that while I was old enough to their father, I was STILL young enough to be their Daddy! Oh Yeah!

  4. Re: Eng Lit. Maybe you’re not supposed to enjoy it. Maybe you’re supposed to LEAN in to your discomfort. I think that’s where growth comes from…whaddayathinkhuh? I’m just sayin’….

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