Hi Friends. Happy Saturday to you. The terrible thing about being in school is that you end up with nothing interesting to talk about other than homework. I was planning to have a picture drawn today to post (hey--50 free points for the blogging contest, you know!), but I haven't had time to do it yet. I've been doing homework, as I said.
We are getting close to finishing our Basel "StadtSafari" walking tour, so if you live in the area, make sure you sign up for a tour! We have 6 or so stations with lots of interesting, little known facts (and a good deal of historical interpretation)about Basel and Africa and their interactions for the last couple hundred years. If you don't live in the area...well...tough luck. I signed up for this class because I thought it would be a great practical "applied history" sort of class, and a way to learn about presenting historical research to an average public audience. It has indeed been very practical, and while I think I would have enjoyed it more if I was working in an English archive, with English-speaking sponsors and an English-speaking press to pitch the project to, I have learned about how to put a tour together. It would be fun to design something like this for Portland or Forest Grove sometime! I was thinking, for instance, that it would be a great application
course at the undergraduate or even community college level. And I think I know the perfect person to teach the class! :)
This evening I am going to Janet's concert/dance thing. I'm not exactly sure if it's a concert or a dance, or both, but I hear rumor she'll be wearing a very puffy, very pink dress, and that is entertainment enough to entice me to go!
I went for a trot up the hill today and met a very nice older lady and her dog on the way back down. I have passed her several times when I'm out running. Today she said something in German and when I confessed that I don't, in fact, speak German, she said, well what do you speak then? And it turns out she speaks perfectly good English. So we walked the rest of the way home together stopping to wait for her slow-poke little dog every now and then and talking about our pets, our travels, and our respective afternoon plans.
'fraid that's all my news! Have a great day!