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January 22, 2011

Wednesday Words: This and That

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High tomorrow: 20° F.

This has been a very busy last few weeks, I will try to be complete and concise, but I fear an attempt to be both will very likely accomplish neither. There are really two main historical events I need to get through: a) tour and b) the start of the semester. Once you have a handle on these two experiences, you will have a better understanding of where I am now, and as a bonus, what has happened the last several weeks.

Tour

As I am involved in two singing groups (The Yale Glee Club and Spizzwinks), both of which had winter tour at the same time, I was obligated to split tours, doing half of both. I flew out with Rob (Winks business manager and fellow Oregonian) to Huntsville, Alabama the morning of Dec. 31. Spending several days in ‘Bama was a great time, lots of impressive food, and some of the kindest, warmest and most hospitable people you could ever meet. We sang several large concerts as well as some smaller gigs. Among other things, we balanced the budget, did some major blue-booking, ate venison and ribs and grits and beans and bread and more venison and chess pie and chili and on and on. You get the picture. In case you don’t, here are some images. The first two are of places where we performed, the third is simply us warming up. I had to add it because the screen wasn’t balanced with only two pictures on the right side.

Getting up early on Jan 4., I flew to Michigan to meet the Glee Club in Ann Arbor. We had a really neat concert at a beautiful Presbyterian Church, and at Zingerman’s, a renowned deli in the area, I purchased the most expensive sandwich I have ever eaten. It had wonderful chicken, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and incredible artisan bread. The $20 price tag was a bit disconcerting, though it was an impressive culinary accomplishment. I should mention my homestay here. I and another boy stayed with a wonderful couple, both graduates of Yale. They were both music teachers and had just a wonderful perspective on life. (He was also a Spizzwink). I remember the man saying, “You know, a lot of my friends are lawyers or businessmen and have much nicer houses than we do, much more impressive cars. But I talk to them now, and they envy me, because I have done something that I loved and has been very worthwhile. I have been able to teach music to young people.” (He sure has, the school at which he taught has received Grammy awards for having the best music program in the nation.)

This is the Church we Performed at in Ann Arbor.

The next stop was Cleveland, OH. While there is not much to see, we saw it, and had another lovely concert that night.

The next day was a travel day, as we wound our way to D.C. Much of that country was new to me, and I enjoyed gazing out the windows at the Pennsylvanian countryside. In D.C, we performed with several other Yale groups at Strathmore Hall, an incredible musical venue. The next day was our opportunity to tour D.C. Here are some images to verify the fact that I was actually there (and that it was extremely cold, hence the second picture where I can’t smile because my face was literally frozen). Thanks to Nate functioning as a tour guide, we were able to visit 4 museums and all the monuments on the mall, and be back in time for dinner. (Total time: 5 hours)

P.S: All pictures are courtesy of Dylan Morris Photography and are to be reproduced solely with his permission.

The rest of tour was the long, snowy drive back to New Haven in time for Freshman Registration Meetings.

Start of Class

Upon returning from tour, classes began almost immediately. I feel content with the classes I am currently taking: Chemistry + Lab, Epic (an English class which looks at the genre of the epic. Seriously, though, how could you not take a class with this title?), German, and the extraordinarily fascinating The Philosophy and Science of Human Nature (again, how could you not take a class with this title.) Some of the classes I shopped (aka was considering) but had to cut based on time constraints were: Defining Religion, Constitutional Law, and The Sociology of Crime and Deviance (for you, Gretchen). So many good classes, so little time…

Well, that’s what my life’s been like. Hope your new year has been a bit more… normal.

Yours Truly,

Markus Boesl

January 13, 2011

Wednesday Words: Leise rieselt der Schnee

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As I write today, the Yale campus is blanketed with a heavy layer of snow. Last night laid several inches more on the already brilliantly white scene, providing a stunning contrast to the majestic buildings rising out of the landscape. It is stunning. Everything is new and different, from the way the multicolored plants complement the grey flagstones. The elm trees, devoid of leaves, now grasp towards heaven with a new burden of fresh-fallen snow weighing the ends of their delicate branches. Roads today were full of snow and devoid of vehicles, allowing a glorious stillness to extend throughout the city, broken only by the crunch of snow underfoot as students trekked to class.

This new appearance corresponds well with the new appearance the campus has from the beginning of the year. Instead of many unknown buildings full of unknown rooms and information, we freshman return to class with a basic idea of how to get around. Getting from place to place seems far less daunting than it was before. Also, whereas walking from place to place over the first weeks was a lonely experience, walks today are populated with people one recognizes. “Hi. How was break?” is usually a good substitute for any semblance of intelligent conversation. Approaching classes is even a bit less frightening than it was before. With the experience of a semester before under one’s belt, there is a certain amount of confidence that characterizes the new semester.

But just as the snow melts into normalcy after a time, so this new perspective will also become normal and melt into a new perspective as time goes on. That’s all part of the fun of growing up, right?

Cheers.

Markus

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