Tony, this has been some week already!
Congratulations to Ailz. I have never heard of a harder road test! Even when I was fourteen in Texas and therefore needed to be put through my paces, the test only lasted 20 minutes, tops.
I've had tests in Texas, Florida, and Tennessee, and never did they last more than 20 minutes, and were mostly just driving up and back on the highway.
Perhaps she can take you to some wonderful countryside for a restful day of photography and exploration. You deserve it!
Ailz gave up her licence voluntarily ten years ago. Her condition was worsening and she didn't feel she was safe on the roads. Since then things have improved and she's asked for her licence back. This was a special test to (a) check that she's fit to drive and (b) discover whether she needs any adaptions to her car.
The countryside drive will have to wait now until after Ailz's exam. she's got lots of revision to do. Besides, it's raining hard.
But I know where I want to go. Yesterday when we were on our way to Catterick we passed through Richmond- a stunningly beautiful hillside town with a castle and all. I really want to return there and explore.
I enjoy thinking about you both exploring the countryside.
I'm very happy for Ailz, because this is an indicator for her that her health is improved.
And it's also great that she is taking courses--I suppose she is all finished with Frankenstein now?
The exam is in a week's time- and Frankenstein is one of the texts she's being tested on. Right now she's up to her eyebrows in revision.
2005-10-12 10:26 am (UTC)
Ah yes, the badly written scholarly document... so much more common than one would imagine. It's a shame, but there it is. I've encountered this over and over again in my many years as a copyeditor of academic writing.
You are really being put through your paces, Mr Handyman! Good work on the freezer door! Hope you have now warmed up, after your ice-puddle adventure.
2005-10-13 01:48 am (UTC)
Re: Ungrammatical theses
Yeah, I've warmed up now...and I don't think I've taken any ill effects.
Who will teach the teachers, eh?
Do I detect a pattern here? After decades are you suddenly getting in touch with your Inner Spanner Turner?
I guess I am....
And now I'd like to get out of touch with him again....
Ailz is a very good driver. She gave up her licence, voluntarily, because she felt her reaction times were slowing down. This test showed that they've speeded right back up again. I'm very proud of her.
You know I am a secretary - they don't pay me enough to call me an Administrative Assistant! - for any number of professors. A few years ago I was responsible for sending a letter to Purdue from one of them. He had typed it, signed it and asked me to do an envelope and send it.
I scanned it, and was stopped cold by this:
"My wife and I are so happy to contribute are money for such a worthy cause."
I couldn't change it, I had to put it in the envelope with the check and send it. Purdue probably didn't care, they got money from him.
But I was horrified.
Lets hope it was just a typing error...
Academics who can write (like the historian Simon Schama) can make an absolute killing from books and TV. There's a huge hunger for information out there
It wasn't, though. I love him to death, but he can't spell. I always thought that was strange, you know...but then, that is a word so spellcheck would not pick it up.
There have been great writers who have struggled with things like spelling and punctuation. Virginia Woolf, for instance- I believe her punctuation was very erratic.
Ah, well, that's what editors and proof readers are for...