Archive for September, 2005

Been Ill
 

I heard that you were feeling ill
A headache, fever and a chill
I came to help restore your pluck
Cause I’m the nurse who likes to . . . .

Yeah, I’ve been ill the past few days, but not with a sickness really. A bad migraine and then . . . . a kidney stone! Fun fun stuff!

Anyways, I haven’t had time to sit down and do much blogging. I did work on that 100 things list a bit, yeah, I’m still working on it. It isn’t easy getting to 100! Maybe I’ll post it in halves and just start with 50.

I changed the look of the blog for fall, but if I can find a different theme that is more fallish I may use it instead. I haven’t had time to look.

Dustin

I Love The Nightlife, I Love To Boogie
 

It has been a while since I went out and partied, since my birthday actually. That was a total bust of course. I think I need to go out again soon. I’ll be making some calls today about a possible Saturday night outing. I need some stress relief, and a night out does that for me. I’ll try my best to take some photos this time :)

The funny thing is I wasn’t always into dancing. In fact, I couldn’t stand it for a long time because I was self conscious about my ability to dance, as most men probably are. I know you ladies out there don’t get this. It seems women were almost born to dance! For men it is often a different story.

How did I overcome my fear? Unfortunately that would be due to alcohol, alcohol and my friends who dragged me onto the dance floor and taught me how to dance. They wouldn’t give up on me and wouldn’t let me say no! Nowadays I love to dance, but I’m still a bit self conscious. I don’t like dancing unless other people are on the dance floor, and I still often rely on one drink to get me started and in the mood. I know, it’s bad to find courage in a bottle, and my family has its share of alcoholics. Trust me, I’m aware and careful.

Like I was saying, nowadays I love to dance, though I am a bit picky. I prefer to dance to music I know and can sing along with, or music that has an up beat tempo. I don’t like rap, so I won’t dance to it. Though 80′s rap does have a place in my heart due to childhood memories. I also don’t like dancing to Goth music, though in general I like a lot of it. Basically I like fun stuff to dance to, stuff with an 80s or disco feel to it. Gwen Stefani is the bomb :) I can’t believe I just said “the bomb.”

This photo was taken a few years ago. It’s me and my friend, who shall remain anonymous, before a night out on the town. She is one of my usual dancing partners. Actually she’s become my main one lately. I love her to death. Normally I wouldn’t post photos of my friends, but this isn’t a high quality photo so I figured what the hell. You can barely make out our faces.

Dustin

Disclaimer: Hey kids, listen up. Underage drinking is NOT cool. You should never buckle to peer pressure, you should never rely on alcohol for courage. I, Dustin, never drank while underage. In fact, I didn’t start drinking until I was around 24, a mature and responsible adult! Drinking is an adult responsibility, don’t be in a rush to grow up!

Thoughts on Love
 

Ironically, on Monday’s Passions there was a good discussion on love. Sam pondered if it is better to have found a great love and lost it, or lost it before it ever had a chance to begin? What a great question and I’m not sure what the answer is.

Alistair doesn’t believe in love, only lust. I have been in lust a few times when I thought it was love. I have only been in love once, and yes I’m currently in love. However, love is hard work. Scratch that, Love is A LOT of HARD work. It’s not easy.

I guess I would have to answer Sam’s question that it is better to have loved and lost than not have loved at all. With that saying if things don’t work out for me (not that I’m worried, but you never know), I probably won’t be rushing to find love again anytime soon. Like I said, love is a lot hard work. Furthermore I HATE dating. I hate it with a passion. I’m not good playing the dating game.

Dustin

Classes
 

I put up a little poll on my blog (to the right) to see what people wanted to hear more about. At the time I’m writing this it is school! I’m about to sit down and do some work on my dissertation, but I thought I’d share a bit more about my schooling, specifically the classes I’ve taught.

Cultures of the World – I was a TA for this class once. This class is about introducing cultural anthropology to students as well as exposing them to three non-western cultures. If I had designed the class I would have enjoyed teaching it more I think. The best part of this class was when we studied McDonalds in various Asian countries and how they differ from our own McDonalds.

Introduction to Anthropology – This class teaches students about the four fields of anthropology (Cultural, Linguistics, Physical, Archaeology). This class is often called the race course because it focuses on how race is constructed and studied. I have taught this class a few times and enjoy it. My favorite parts of this class are when we study Tonja Harding (the construction of “white trash”) and when we study how Disney portrays race in their films.

Origins of Cultural Diversity – This class introduces students to evolution, the spread of humans across the world, the introduction of agriculture and civilizations. I have taught this class the most, and I enjoy it the most. My favorite subjects to teach are Easter Island, Stonehenge and the Bog Mummies.

Courses I’d like to teach . . . . .

American Culture (I almost did once)

Popular Culture

The Anthropology of Religion

The Anthropology of Death and Dying

Dustin

Desperate Housewives 2.0
 

So who tuned into the new season of Desperate Housewives? Your thoughts? Spoilers for those who haven’t seen it!

I loved it myself. Did anyone kinda want Zack to be dead? I hate the character myself.

The best line of the whole show was Gabby trying to get the paternity test paper and saying “No need to take the test, I got photoshop for Christmas.”

Linette’s boss is a bitch! Arg, she’s going to get on my nerves. I thought Linette was going to become VP or something at her friends company? The diaper scene, so gross!

So what is the secret the new houswife is hiding? Her husband in the basement so it seems, but why? Is he psychotic?

Bree changing her husband’s tie at the funeral, classic!

Do you have a favorite Desperate Houswife?

Dustin

The Two Reasons This Fall Will Rock
 

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

and

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

It’s going to be a good season :) BTW, there is a new trailer at http://www.gobletoffire.com which shows “He who must not be named!”

Dustin

Over To You
 

Due to a busy week and the fact that I fell behind with work, I haven’t had time to sit down and blog. So I’m turning it over to you! Have a free for all in the comments, talk about whatever you see fit, guest blog, ask me questions, etc. I’ll do my best to respond (please note I’m headed home this weekend so I may not be timely).

I actually saw on another blog the idea of “Free for all Fridays.” They set up an account for anyone to log into the blog software, giving them limited power of course, and allow them to post to the blog. Kinda of a neat idea! I have to experiment with it first and have my friends test it out before I implement it here, but I think I might try it next friday!

Dustin

Eductating Dustin
 

As some of you may be aware, yes I’m in school. I’m hoping to finish soon, but we’ll see. Right now it’s not looking till next fall (fall of 2006). Life keeps throwing me curve balls lately. Currently I’m in a PhD program for anthropology/archaeology.

Those who have followed my soap page may know that over the past year or two I did a lot of traveling for school. I was visiting museums around the northeast to collect my data. I am almost finished with that. I have one more museum to hit and basically finish up some paper work, but I’ve been having problems getting them to commit to when I can come in :(. Until then I’m dedicating myself to analyzing and writting what I can, but lately finding that time has been hard.

As for what I’m doing in school? I’m studying the burial rituals of a select group of Native Americans. No, I’m not excavating graves. In fact that is no longer done. What I am doing is examining artifacts from older graves that are currently in museums and awaiting return to the tribes. Before I’m criticized by anyone, yes I have the tribes permissions to do this and they are interested in the results of my study.

What am I looking for? In a nutshell things that archaeology is sometimes unable to tell us about a group of people such as information on their religious beliefs, their beliefs about gender, about coming of age, about status and about group affiliation (ie clans or family organization).

It’s a complicated project involving a whole lot of statistical programs, which is the part I’m currently working on. Anyone who has done statistics knows how fun they can be!

Dustin

Martha Stewart - Badass!
 

Just finished “The Apprentice: Martha’s Version.” Anyone else tune in? Only Martha would fire someone and then write them a little good luck/goodbye note afterwards!

I’m hooked, but Martha scares the $hit out of me!

Dustin

Thoughts On Texas
 

As Rita speeds towards Texas, my thoughts are with my friends, family and everyone there. Be safe, be prepared!

Dustin