The plot thickens - Tactical Ninja
May. 2nd, 2012
09:32 am - The plot thickens
So that B+ I got? The one that is the worst mark I've had since I started this university thing? Turns out it was the best mark in the class. Nobody got an A.
I think that makes me feel a bit better about it. I think. Questions were raised in our tutorial yesterday (I had a couple but so did a whole bunch of other people) about this situation, and our feedback is apparently going back to the folks running the course. I'm not sure how I feel now. Knowing that I haven't suddenly lost the ability to tell whether I've done good work or not is nice, I guess?
Also I had to work really hard at not being one of those people who plays with their phone in a tutorial. *cough*
I was really quite surprised how much I got done on my birthday, considering how much of it I spent playing with my phone. I spent the morning sorting out a data plan. Telecom was recommended because of coverage but when I checked, they didn't have good coverage for my kind of phone so I ended up going with 2degrees. That involved buying a simcard and finally retiring my old one that I bought to put in my first ever cellphone in 2001. Then going through all the registration rigmarole, then setting the number migration thing going. Which, incidentally, isn't done yet. '2-3 hours' has turned into nearly 24 and I'm not rapt about that - right now I'm carrying 2 phones so that I can play with the shiny one but am actually using the old one, because that's where my number still lives.
I guess if I get mugged I can hand over the old phone and be done, right?
Anyway, I also went to the gym, then worked on my essay for a couple of hours in the afternoon, then went to my tutorial.
MY VIRTUE, LET ME SHOW YOU IT.
At the tutorial I discovered that some people have not even chosen a topic, with less than a week to go. I am kind of gobsmacked at that. I mean, I know that procrastination is a Thing, but if I had only 6 days left to produce a 2000 word essay and I hadn't picked a topic, I'd be a gibbering mess in the corner - yet these people seemed unperturbed by it. Either they are very zen or they are the reason I do well at university. Or they are incredibly clever and just don't have to work as hard as I do for it. But yeah, WUT.
Then I went to adagio! Wheeeeee! It's been a while, as I've waited for my eyes to heal enough that I'm ok with maybe getting smacked in the face. And that's a good thing. Tiago isn't running this class, Mark is - and while it's pitched as intermediate, he told me at the start that it's actually advanced "But you should be ok." Ha!
We started by doing trust falls, working up to doing them backwards from two-up on Mark's shoulders. Since I've never done two-ups before either, that was new. Then we moved on to some things that they'd covered in the last class that I missed. In this class I don't think I'll be base very much, as there is a considerable size difference between the men and the women. Luckily for me I was partnered with a very strong chap called Tom who proceeded to throw me around like a right pro, and not be bothered that most of the stuff I hadn't done before. We only really fell apart once when he was neckspinning me and I didn't know what to do with my arms and he grabbed one of them instead of my leg and I faceplanted the mat. *spits out bits of carpet*
That is the first time my aikido training has failed me - I might have been able to roll out of it, but it was essentially a really fast piledriver from shoulder height so I'm not sure and I didn't think of that till after. Instead I used a half-pie breakfall that more or less worked - at least, my wrists aren't broken and my nose only just touched the mat. But, next time maybe I'll do something else with my hands.
And then I went home (20 minutes in light rain, quite nice when you've been running around), had tasty tasty food concocted by Dr Wheel, watched some silly media, and went to bed where *censored*
I love my life. In the tutorial the others were all "Whoah, 42!" and being all sympathetic and I was thinking "Wait, what? I have a good job, make good money, have a fantastic partner, own my own home, my education is being paid for, I get to do more or less whatever I want and have the confidence to follow through, my body is working just fine and my strength and stamina has increased since I was a teenager. Don't feel sorry for me, my life is AWESOME!"
So yeah, all you who said you were looking forward to your 42nd birthday, I support this plan. I don't give a crap about HGTG, but I have had a brilliant birthday. It has contained memorable times with friends, good food, new toys, successful study, exercise, trying new things, being thrown around by burly men, faceplanting, and *censored*. Seriously, what more could I ask for?
Also, for those of you who celebrate the cross-quarters, Happy New Year. I note that Wellington's decided it's winter now. (i can tell because my phone tells me what the temperature is)