Sometimes graduation can't come fast enough, and sometimes I really do like school.
I have this professor named Philip - he taught my madness/insanity class last quarter and he's teaching my love/attraction class this quarter - and he's one of those teachers who really just GETS it. If you've ever been a student, I think you know what I mean. For instance - he hates using handouts because he doesn't like the things he says to become "law". He begrudgingly gave us a handout/grading rubric for our research paper proposals only because we begged him and told him we needed a little more direction.
But he also just says things sometimes that are so, so funny. The other day we were sitting in class, and some of the classrooms at UW are on the older side. Like, they have chalkboards rather than white boards. So he turns around to write some things we were taking about on the board, and sees something already scrawled there in white chalk. It looks like a giant upside down check mark.
He says, "This is the stupidest figure I've ever seen drawn on a chalkboard." Then he wipes it off with his arm, turns around, and mumbles "Anyone can be a teacher."
We have no idea what that figure meant to the class who used that room before us. We have no idea if there was more and it had just already been erased. But he just says things like that, all the time, and I find it to be hilarious.
In other news, I posted a video on my channel yesterday asking people how they found out about "italktosnakes" and what made them stay subscribed. There are 2,000+ comments now and I have done my best to read as many as I can, but I just wanted to share a few standouts because I thought they were humorous.
First of all, my little brother responded:
"How I found your youtube channel... well first your parents had you, then five years later, me. We spent many years growing up just across the hall from each other, sharing good times and bad. You told me about brotherhood 2.0 after probably 13-14 years after my birth and I watched the first year of their videos in literally 2 and a half days. Then I found your channel and subscribed."
Then I particularly liked this response:
"1 i found you through a drunken typo
2 stayed because you are an awesome vlogger"
And this response just put my whole life in a different perspective than I've ever thought about before:
"I have stayed because... well, you're my favorite youtuber. You're genuine, spunky, interesting, funny. You are a talented musician. You're the kind of girl who, from the outside, has a perfect life. You're like a storybook character, but the last chapter never comes."
Am I a storybook character? Do more people feel that way when they watch people's videos on YouTube? I guess posting videos is kind of like posting new chapters of a book, even though I had never looked at it from that point of view before.
I LOVE to read, so I definitely understand the sadness in setting down your favorite book and knowing that those characters will never be real again in any new way. I guess subscribing to people on YouTube is kind of like reading a book series that will never end. Unless they stop vlogging.
I'll answer a few of the questions I got last time in this post, and I'll answer the rest in my next one.
What would your patronus be?
Probably an adorable little kitten. Or a giraffe. How terrifying would it be to see a giant galloping glowy giraffe coming toward you?
Favorite book you read as a child?
Babysitter's Club was my life. Goosebumps were a close, close second.
What is so fantastic about Chipotle?
Chicken burrito with pinto beans, medium salsa, sour cream, cheese and lettuce. That's what.
I don't even know why I love it so much. I started going because there was a Chipotle really close to where I used to work, and before long I was going every single week because it was fast, good, relatively cheap, and was better than going to Taco Bell or something. Then when I found out that not only fellow wizard-rockers love Chipotle as much as I do, but Hayley did as well - that's when it became a "thing".
What are the most awkward positions you've been in, or experiences you've had?
I went to a college party once, that was pretty awkward. Also, I only tend to feel awkward in situations if there are other people making the situation feel awkward. If I can tell someone does not want me to be somewhere, that is the worst. On that note, I always thought meeting fans would be really awkward, but for the most part it's surprisingly not. Most of you are really awesome, normal, down to earth people with similar interests to me, so getting to meet you is really fun and rewarding.
That being said, I once met a girl who was so nervous she was shaking and had to make someone else talk for her. THAT was awkward.
What languages do you speak/want to learn?
I took Japanese for 4 years, which I really, really enjoyed. I wouldn't mind brushing up.
What is your earliest childhood memory?
I vaguely remember riding a little plastic Big Bird car into a operating room when I got my tonsils out - but I was only 2 at the time, so I'm not sure. I doubt I'd have that vivid memory of a specific detail though, if the memory wasn't real.
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