||[Feb. 9th, 2009|04:23 pm]
In about a year and a half's time, I shall be getting ready for graduate school. I was convinced to sign up with the McNair scholar's program, and I now see no reason not to do it. I'm considering Rice University, University of Houston, and UT, mostly because I want to be near The Boy and my folks, as they're getting older and a touch more frail as the days pass. I think Rice gives more money, but it's a longer drive than Austin, so I may have to get a small grad student apartment on campus for those times it would be difficult to drive back and forth in a short amount of time. |
Speaking of The Boy, he got a slot at The International School of the Americas, which is a magnet high school for smurt kids here in town. It's going to save him a lot of heart ache, as he gets easil;y annoyed by the stupidity of his peers and teachers. With ISA he'll actually enjoy going to school because of the quality of the teachers and the advanced curriculum.
I got cast in the Spring show at UIW. It's "The Fantasticks," which may be the corniest, most cheeseball musical I've ever seen. Thanks Mithra I don't have to sing in it. But I do have to be gay. My director told me to be so flaming that at the end of each show, I have to be put out with a firehose.
So there you go.
So basically you're pulling a Jack Nicholson and playing yourself, eh?
My mom worked as a lab assistant at Rice University back in the early 60s. Apparently, the scientist she worked for was helping to develop NASA's astronaut training program. Mom said back then they were not averse to doing some seriously inhumane things to the football team in order to advance the cause of the space program. They developed something called "the chicken test," which involved running considerable voltage through linebackers until they cried. The experiment was finally stopped when one of the players ended up catatonic.
She said that's not what made her quit, though. Apparently, subjecting monkeys to G forces strong enough to snap their necks did that trick.
Anyway, Rice is supposed to be a great school, and I'm sure nobody would make you torture monkeys.
And a big WOOT! to the boy. He's all sorts of awesome.
And now that the obligatory gayest straight man in America crack has been made...
I hear good things about Rice too. The only drawback is the drive.
Ian kicks ass.