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Iíve learned a couple of things about myself these past few days. One is that Iím even worse at algebra than I had originally believed. I hit a wall, kids, and it hit me back. One second, I was able to struggle along, treading metaphorical water, and the next second, I was waking up on the beach, covered in my own vomit, with a fat, hairy lifeguard trying to give me mouth-to-mouth. That bit about being on the beach, that was me walking out of the testing center after completing my final this evening. Itís done with, and Iím still alive, but it was not a pleasant experience.

Honestly, though, none of this came as a real surprise. I knew I sucked hard at math, I just wasnít quite aware of how hard. Now I know, and the answer is ďreal, real hard.Ē

I also learned that Iím not nearly as good at web design as I had hoped. I wasnít expecting to be a genius right out of the gate, but I had hoped to at least be able do what I wanted. In some aspects, I suppose I accomplished that. But I had to change what I wanted in order to do it. I managed to get my web design project completed over the weekend, and am now completely finished with that classóall assignments turned in, all posts posted, whatever. Done.

Here it is, if you want to check it out. Because Iím hosting it for free at Yahoo, thereís an annoying side-ad. If itís really bothering you, you can click on the little arrow to minimize it (but be warnedóitíll just pop back up if you go to another page). Not much to it, really, but Iím proud of it because I made it from scratch.

So what was I saying? Oh, yeahónot as good as I had hoped. My grasp on CSS is shaky, at best. Most of the time, if I got the result I wanted, it was due to luck rather than honest-to-goodness skill. I could mess around to get what I wanted, but even then it was kind of like scratching a lottery ticket. Basically what Iím saying is that Iím wondering if choosing a major in web design was the right move on my part.

But I didnít see one for sitting around and scratching your testicles, which is really what Iím good at.

And I guess thatís as good of a place as any to end, considering my brain is fried and I donít have anything else to add. ĎNight, Liíl Homies.

posted 5/06/08

Entered By Karen From Indiana
2008-05-07 13:13:54

One semester of work isn't going to turn you into a master of anything... you've been sitting around and scratching your testicles for YEARS - it took TIME to become that proficient. And you can be that good at web design if you decide to stay in it. Congrats on the completion of the semester. And nice job on the website. Seriously.

Entered By Ray From Austin
2008-05-07 13:49:55

Hey, thanks for the pep-talk, Karen. Also, thanks for validating my proficiency as a testicle scratcher. You're a true hero.

Entered By Leslie From Texas
2008-05-07 18:49:04

I actually liked your website, but I'm your sister so you probably think I'm biased. Which, I'm not. I'd tell you if it looked liked crap -- probably not in the comments section, more like a private e-mail (because I AM your sister), but still. I've learned the best way to really learn things is hands-on practice (and no, I'm not referring to your testicle-scratching.) Just keep working on the web design now that you've got the basics down and see where it takes you. Oh, and the whole practice theory DOES NOT apply to math. You're always going to suck at that. Trust me, it's hereditary.

Entered By Diane From NH
2008-05-07 23:31:51

Speaking as your other, older, yet newer sister, I agree wholeheartedly with Les (smart chick that she is). Algebra frickin SUCKS DEAD HOBO BALLS.

Entered By Diane From NH
2008-05-07 23:37:08

Nice job on the had-to-do-this-for-school Website. And for the record, poking a dead frog with a stick feels exactly like poking a dead anything else with a stick. Which is a lot like poking day-old refrigerated pot roast leftovers.

Entered By Ray From Austin
2008-05-08 04:45:43

Les: Good to know that I can be comfortable with failing in the math department--that'll save me the trouble of trying to succeed. Diane: It both scares and impresses me that you know so much about poking dead things with sticks. Mostly, it impresses me.

Entered By Lauren From NH
2008-05-08 20:16:35

You should ask Diane about the moose on the Kanc highway. THAT would impress you.

Entered By Ray From Austin
2008-05-10 15:40:03

I asked her, and there wasn't even one dead hobo involved in the story. Apparently, you think I'm easily impressed.

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