Sunday, September 17, 2006

I'd like to thank

...for making me laugh today.

I have no freaking idea how, but my old 1988 undergraduate honors thesis is listed on Amazon. What a hoot!

As far as I know, there are precisely two copies of that in existence - one on my bookshelf and one collecting dust in the stacks at Macalester College. I wonder if my honors committee folks ever really tortured themselves by reading it. I know I never read it. Hell, I don't think I even proofread it, honestly. That was before Word. I wrote it in some homemade word processing program on some stranger's Zenith home computer (it was barely more than a typewriter.) And it's all in Courier font.

But, truth be told, I did graduate with highest honors thanks to that sucker. Of course, that meant I drank far too much coffee, gained a ton of weight just sitting in front of that Zenith, and had no social life whatsoever my final semester in college. In retrospect, I would have traded those honors distinctions for a boyfriend and fewer caffeine jitters. Live and learn, eh?

Thank you, Amazon, for reminding me that I once wrote academic theses instead of posting photos of semi-obscene Burger King signs. Frankly, I'm having more fun with the Burger King signs.


Neil said...

Should we give it good reviews?

Claire said...

Oh look, you can make it an e-book... but maybe don't do that on my account. ;)

And what's wrong with Courier? It's de rigueur in the world of film.

Still, that's kinda cool.

suze said...

heehee. NICE.

and I think I'm having more fun reading your thoughts on semi-obscene Burger King signs than I would your academic theses. :)

Aoife O'Meara said...

What a hoot! Maybe my PhD thesis could be next. I bound mine with a yellow cover (not my favorite shade of it but oh well). What color is yours?

Merujo said...

Neil - definitely! Let's make the invisible book a best non-seller!

Claire - if only this sucker was compelling, scriptable text. It could put a Starbucks-crazed yuppie to sleep.

Suze - I'm there with ya, sistah. Totally. :-)

Aoife - I had no choice on the binding. It's a tastefully black hardcover embossed in gold. The college paid for that. I wonder if the pages have rotted out of the college copy yet... I'll be watching for your thesis! ;-)

Heather Meadows said...

Wow, I wonder how it got on there? Did they get a catalog of theses from various schools?

Anonymous said...

Hi, I got to your blog via the Michael Penn list..... I've been enjoying all your posts. I sincerely hope your eye problem is getting better. My son went to Macalester College! Small world huh...... Take care Joyce