I'm working on a project for one of my classes. If you would help me
by responding to the (very) brief survey that follows, I would be
greatly appreciative.

Please estimate the number of weeks it has been since you have seen
any national media coverage on the situation of people displaced by
the following events:

__ Indian Ocean Tsunami of December 2004

__ Israeli-Hezbollah war of this summer

__ ongoing Darfur conflict

__ South Asian earthquake October 2005

A general estimate is all I need. I need to receive all responses by
Monday evening. If you are curious about the project, let me know and
I will tell you about it.

Thank you!

If it isn't about France, I don't give a damn

Ok, that's not entirely true, but this has been such a rough summer for my family I've totally thrown myself into vacation planning. I basically decided to hibernate for the summer. Well, I've hidden as much as possible, chain smoking and researching French stuff. Pretty much trying to avoid total nervous breakdown after what happened to my mother. I spent a few days with her in Florida. Seeing her helped a lot, though there wasn't much I could do for her. She had surgery last Thursday and is slowly recovering. I really can't even talk about it.

So, here's the itinerary.

August 1: 14 hour plane ride to Amsterdam (ick, I have big time anxiety about this. I'm going to need to be medicated)

August 2-5: AMSTERDAM AMSTERDAM AMSTERDAM with a possible day trip to Utrecht

August 6: Clervaux, a small town in Luxembourg. We don't have hotel reservations yet though... I just wanted to spend the night somewhere
scenic on the way to France.

August 7 & 8: Metz with day trip to Verdun. After being obsessed with World War I for so long, this is going to be really exciting.

August 9 & 10: Kientzheim, a very small town in Alsace. It's nicely situated for viewing medieval castles. Our hotel is on the ground of an
11th century Abbey. There is a macaque monkey habit nearby. It might be wierd to go to France to observe monkeys in
nature, but I'm ok with that

August 11-15: PARIS PARIS PARIS we want to see Orleans and we have to see Versailles. not totally sure how its all going to work out yet.

I think it has a good balance. 4 days in a big city, 5 days of smaller towns in between, big finale in Paris. It's only 21 days away, and I still have a lot to do. The exchange rate is depressing, but I think we'll be ok. I've been surprised at how affordable a lot of the accomodation is.

I live on

It's a very cool site, I strongly suggest checking it out. Even if you aren't planning a trip, it's interesting. You can build your own page about your hometown and places you have visited. This whole process would have been a lot more difficult for me without this site.
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Mugging in the International Mall parking lot

My mother was mugged in the parking lot of the International Mall in Tampa. She was walking to her car around 9:00 p.m Friday when someone hit her in the back of the head, knocking her to the ground. They beat her really severely, and were probably intending to rape her, as they pinned her to the ground, ignoring her purse and wallet. Luckily they fled before doing anything else because someone heard her screaming and ran up to her. Even so, she has broken bones and her face was beaten to a pulp.
She doesn't know anything about her attackers, other than that there were three of them, and she is pretty sure all three were white. Not a whole lot for the police to go on, so everyone, ladies in particular, watch out. Even if you are in a nice area, be careful. She was just walking to her car after having dinner with her friends, and now she has spent the better part of the weekend in the hospital.
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I haven't written in this thing for a long time, so I though a little update was in order. The period between spring and summer semesters is pitifully brief. During the regular semesters I always plan to do an impossible amount of things in the summer, forgetting that having a full time job is a bit time consuming. Right now I'm partially attempting to: learn french; exercise everyday; brush up on at least the last 500 years of Western European history-particularly the world wars; begin practicing yoga in ernest; learn how to cook something other than jambalaya, eggs or scones; acquaint myself with the larger mexican religious trends before taking a seminar in the fall; learn how to sew; plan a European vacation.

This is crazy and chaotic and impossible, dammit. My trunk is more full of books than during the regular semester and I have checked out all of the audio books, VHS and DVDs the library will allow.

I think I'm taunting myself with all of the things I might be able to pursue after I graduate, it keeps me from getting too depressed. Oh, did I mention how much I just want to relax or go to the movies or something? I have actually been able to go to my little sister's softball game, unheard of during the regular semester.

So far I've learned some French numbers and the alphabet, as we'll as how to say "I'm going to the movies with three friends", which, as I understand it, is a phrase no tourist can do without. I have been exercising regularly, though not everyday. As for the last 500 years of Western European history, I'm reading a book about WWII cartoons. It's actually a pretty good way to get an overview of opinions during a time period. The yoga just hasn't happened-a pity because I know it would do me good. I did learn how to make jerk sauce, which is, of course, the first thing every young woman should learn to make before moving out of her parents' house and kitchen.

As for Mexican religion, I'm still pretty much in the dark. This fall I will be taking a seminar on the role of missionaries and religion in colonialism. Each student will have to focus on a particular region for research, and I know I want to stick to the Western hemisphere, but I'm torn as to which region to concentrate on. I thought the course would be a nice follow-up to the Native American justice class I took in the spring.

Sewing...well, at the top of my closet there is a duffel bag full of clothes needing hemming or some kind of repair.

Europe is coming along a lot better than the other things. Tony and I BOUGHT AIRLINE TICKETS!!!!!!!! We are flying into AMSTERDAM on August 1 and out of PARIS on August 15th!!!!!!!!! (wait, that deserves more exclamation points) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It was hard to give up on going to London, but I felt that I couldn't step foot on English soil without going to the Lake District. Three countries in two weeks was really stretching it anyway. I also think it would be more feasible at some point in the future to take a trip to England, while a repeat of the two-week meandering through Benelux and France is much less likely. (Maybe I'm going to have to be a teacher. The idea of only having 2 weeks vacation in a year gives me hives.) I'm concerned that Tony isn't going to be able to get me back on the plane.

Just a bit excited... My parents are giving me the money to do this as a graduation present. I won't actually graduate until December, but last semester I completed my 142nd hour, well over the amount I needed to finish my 1st degree. It's really nice to know that if something crazy were to happen, and I couldn't finish my second degree, that I already have one.

Tony is going to be out of town for most of June and July, so I'll be spending more time is the wonderful and exotic capitol city.
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The Native American Student Association of LSU is having its Powwow this Saturday. From noon until 10 pm there will be Native American music, dancing, crafts and food. It will be held on the LSU parade grounds. If it rains, the event will be moved to the Lab School gym. Everyone is invited to come, but please note that no pets, alcohol or drugs will allowed.


Thursday: American History midterm
Friday: Morpheus
Saturday: Iris, Tucks, Endymion
Sunday: Okeanos Uptown 11:30 am
Mid City 1:30 pm
Bacchus 5:15 pm
Bingo! @ One Eyed Jacks 9:00 P.M.
Monday: Proteus 5:15 pm
Orpheus 5:45 pm


yay peachespeachespeaches!!!!!!!

Tuesday: Zulu

Wednesday: back to work, and studying my ass off.
Thursday: back to work, classes and studying my ass off

Friday: back to work, classes and my midterm for the Muslims of South Asia Class....I have a lot of Persian, Arabic, Turkish and Indian names to learn....
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