How to Fake Studying Abroad

Backpackers spent $3 billion in Australia in the last financial year.The start of the fall semester is fast upon us.  As you look back over what you did this summer, you may feel a sense of unfulfilled desires: the task not done, the project not finished, the trip not taken.  You may also start resenting the stories of those whose summers have excelled your own.  In order for you not to feel excluded from the “What I did Last Summer” chest thumping, we offer this friendly guide on how to fake studying abroad.

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Tea, Scones, and Secession

The food of secessionists?

The food of secessionists?

David Cameron, the UK’s current inhabitant of No. 10 Downing Street, has proposed letting the Queen’s subjects vote on whether to continue their attachment to the European Union…..or secede. About a third of our tea-drinking friends across the pond believe that their membership in the EU isn’t working out. Cameron has proposed letting the Brits vote on continued membership in the EU, but only after the next parliamentary election, which is set for 2015. If the Conservative Party wins, Cameron says he’ll put the vote to the people. Aside from the amusing manner in which the Brits carry out their politics (Prime Minister’s Question Time is the best “show” on cable, with better writers than Downton Abbey), there is a more interesting question at hand that rarely gets mentioned in polite company.

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“Downton Abbey”: The Delicious Addiction

81934241bAdmitting the problem is the first step. Except here is the thing:  I don’t want to get over this.  I just want the PBS miniseries “Downton Abbey” to go on and on forever.  I don’t want to recover.  I don’t want them to stop writing scripts.  Prequel, sequel, I don’t care.  Please: don’t let it stop. Sunday from 8-10, I am not available.  No. Matter. What.

Does it make it better if it is Masterpiece Theater on PBS?  If not, I don’t care.  I would watch it even if it was on that channel that has all those Housewives shows.  Once you see an episode, not much else matters. Sad. I don’t want an intervention.  I won’t cooperate.  I have lots of rationalizations at the ready.  Here are some of them: Continue reading