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Back to school

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

School started back up on Monday. I’m taking a full load again this semester.

I didn’t feel ready for school to start, but I’m getting back in the swing of things pretty quickly. My classes are all interesting, and once again, as a General Studies major, I get to take a variety of classes:

  • Social Informatics
  • Roman Culture
  • Production
  • Photography

In addition to being interesting topics, my production course is actually hands-on this semester, which is exciting. We got to see the TV studio where we’ll be doing some of our work, and it’s very impressive. I can’t wait to learn how to use some of the crazy equipment they have there.

Photography is in the darkroom this semester. I’ve done darkroom work before, but it’s been a long time, and I’m very excited.

The Social Informatics class is a prerequisite for another class I want to take, but it looks interesting in itself. It looks at how technology shapes society, and vice versa.

Roman Culture fulfills a cultural studies requirement. I chose it because when I was growing up, we always studied the Greeks, with promises that we’d cover the Romans later. But, we never did. The topic isn’t as fascinating to me as some of the others, but it is interesting, and it’s cool to have such a different kind of class. It’s going to involve a lot of reading, and I’m actually looking forward to some of it. Also, the professor seems engaging, which could make a huge difference in a class like this.

I’m trying a different approach to carrying my junk to campus this semester. Last semester I used a milk crate, and it worked OK, but it was a little cumbersome having the weight so high on the bike, and it took a good 10-15 minutes to get the crate on and off.

I looked into some messenger bags that could attach like panniers, but they were all expensive and I wanted something more flexible. So, I bought a grocery pannier. I ended up with an Axiom Hunter model, I didn’t put a lot of thought into it, just picked up the best one the shop I visited had. They had a Blackburn model that seemed sturdier, but it was smaller and less flexible, and I’m pretty sure my backpack wouldn’t have fit. Here’s my new setup:

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It’s not perfect. Sometimes my foot hits the bag (though I think I can adjust that problem away). And it’s still cumbersome sometimes, but it’s a lot easier to get the grocery pannier on/off when needed, and the weight is lower, even if it’s a little unbalanced. We’ll see how well this setup works out.

4 Responses to “Back to school”

  1. Fonk Says:

    You’ve probably told us on this site before, but what is your major? Sounds like you have a very interesting class load this semester.

  2. Steve A Says:

    You need to keep your eyes peeled for an Arkel Bug at a reasonable price. It is a backpack pannier that is priced really high unless you can score a good used one or a good Arkel sale. Chandra has had a Bug for a long time. I got a Metropolitan which would not be ideal for you, but works well for my job. Arkel will outlast the grandkids you don’t have yet.

  3. Apertome Says:

    Fonk: I’m in General Studies. I love the variety of courses I’m able to take.

    Steve: I’m sure the Bug is very nice but at $160 it’d have to be on a really, really big sale to be an option. That’s just crazy expensive, especially on a student’s budget.

  4. Tim Says:

    If and when I move to new bags fir the LHT I’d like a grocery pannier and a standard. The openess is good for quick trips.

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