Well first of all, Hello again. It has been a while since Ive been a regular bump around here... since February, actually. I did do a few intrim posts and this is no exception- it is another one of those. Im pooped, friends. Outright pooped. I promised to come back to the BOC when I got back to School. Well... Im there (or here?). Im also finding less and less time between working full time and taking a 670 level and a 680 level class at one time. Im taking what is essentially 1/6th of a masters degree in 8 weeks, to kick myself back in gear after 6 years of NOT picking up an academic book. I think I took too big a bite. Day 4 and my brain is WRECKED! I think part of the problem is that I dont speak a foreign language or have a crippling accent. From what Ive been able to ascertain, this is necessary of all professors in any masters-or-higher program... that english is your second language, AND you must punish all "domestic students" with your verbal bass-tudizations and social non sequitors. I gotta find a better way. Im studying till midnight, waking at 5:30 to go either jogging or bike riding, and working pretty close to fulltime BEFORE heading off to attend 4-hour block classes every day of the week... with weekends reserved for whatever happens to arise, usually family functions. Is there anyone out there who can balance equal time of feet-in-the-swamps and nose-in-the-books? Cripes! I havent even caught a cat since june 12th! I havent even fished since the 16th! Help me oh whiskerfaced Gods of the eddys and frogwater! LOL Woefully otherwise unavailable still, Sal Jr. OH AND ONE QUICK SCHOOL STORY..... HILARIOUS....:wink: Ok, so Im taking an e-commerce course and a managing diversity course. Among the 8 students in the e-commerce class are 2 japanese nationals, a chinese national, a (and Im not joking) a nigerian student, a fellow from Ghana, a chilean, a bitter white fiftysomething weighing 300something, and darling me. I am also taking a class in managing diversity. There are probably 40 people there but among them are the guy from ghana and the chinese girl. After Diversity class, I approached the chinese girl and said, "Well this is gonna be a bit better than e-commerce, thank God!" She turned around and noticed who I was, then said, (In a VERY HEAVY ACCENT) "I tink dis is duh tough crass! I cant figure out diversity or engrish ranguage! By the way is it dee-virsity or die-virsity that you say?" I smiled and said, "In the UK it is probably die-virsity, in the north of the USA it will be called dih-virsity, and in the south it will be called dee-virsity" She nodded and said "This engrish is so hard. You help me with the engrish stuff and this crass and I will teach you the computer stuff you need for udder crass, okay? Im great at math and computer. Not good any writing" "Fair enough", I said. "I suck at math so your help will be needed for the web design stuff. what'syour name by the way?" With a big and warm smile she extended her tiny hand and said in her best accent, "My name is Lay Ying zyou. It mean frower... but when the frower open up for you." I blushed, bit my lip and replied, "Lay...... I bet I would have guessed that meaning.......... My name is Sal- It means Im.... married." (the whole time Im replaying the "twins" scene from Austin Powers in my head over and over again) She smiled and said she'd see me "at crass" the next night and skipped off toward the library. I held myself together till I got in the truck and laughed the WHOLE WAY HOME. Im sure this would sound better in person but God was it just a riot to me.