School Update/Winter Break

Wow. The fall term just BLEW RIGHT BY. Actually, I am kind of thankful for that. I had a really hard time getting into the rhythm of school this term and I’m really glad for the winter break. No more school until January 9th!

I am, however, somewhat proud of my grades.
Economics: A
Human Relations/Organizations: B
Geology: C

Not bad, a B average would have still been honor roll in High School, which I would have killed for then. Still, not bad for someone who works about 40-50 hours a week, runs in his spare time, and goes to school full time. It’s still funny to me, that we (I) lament a “C” like a punch to the gut. It’s a strange place.

I also love Winter break as I’m able to catch up on all the books I want to read. So far, since Thanksgiving, I’ve ticked 3 books off my “to read” list at the Library:

Ten Thousand Saints
This Beautiful Life
Emotional Intelligence 2.0

Wall of Books

(Used under creative commons, thanks Mr. T!)

Ten Thousand Saints was a well-written, heavy, deep piece of literature on drugs, conflict, society and the “Straight Edge” music scene in the early 1980s. It was a fantastic read and I was kind of sad to be finished with it.

This Beautiful Life, in short, wasn’t. I kept reading it, hoping that it would get just a little better. It was on the verge of being great, but the writer was topical at best. The subjects weren’t well developed and the conflict was more fizz than boom. Sad.

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 – I’ve read this type of thing many times before. I’m almost always struck by how every other book spins the same information and tries to frame it in a way that is cookie-cutter for the general populace. It’s just not possible.

I’m currently reading two books, one in the car and one in print. In the car: Lost Memory of Skin (which is turning out to be really good) and I just started The Coming Jobs War. I’ll tell you about those when I’m finished.

Next to my driver’s license, the most important card in my wallet is my library card. 🙂

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5 responses to “School Update/Winter Break

  1. I saw a quote recently, “If I stop reading and meeting new people, I will stop learning” (I apologize, I can’t remember who to credit). If that’s true, Nick you will always be learning!

  2. If I come across it again, I’ll let you know where it’s from…That’s the problem with reading too much. It all starts to run together. 🙂

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