Saturday - March 8, 2003
Vana & Friends
The past few weeks have been really quiet
at work. Projects have come up but theyíve been perfectly spaced thus
avoiding the panic that occurs when jobs overlap. Because of the state
budget crisis we've had some talk of cutbacks though; with 23 years of
seniority, Iím pretty comfortable in my position.
Rather than being purely an academic enterprise, San Diego State is
seriously involved in big business. Actually, the recent construction on
campus has had nothing to do with traditional education. Theyíve built a
sports arena for rock concerts, a baseball stadium for Tony Gwynn, several
parking structures, two fitness centers and an underground trolley system.
Kids are lined up outside classrooms trying to crash classes but there are
plenty of tickets available for the upcoming Jewel concert.
On Thursday, the "Wheel of Fortune" stopped by and disrupted a big portion
of the campus so they could do a special broadcast from the main mall. Some
universities are involved with thoughtful discussions about the possibility
of war but SDSU has Vana White spinning the wheel and blocking campus
traffic for hours.
Vana & friends set up on campus
December 7, 1966
For the last few weeks Iíve really been worried. Iím just
too darn sensitive for my own good. As I said, Iím crumby at basketball but
the thing that made it worse was the fact that the day we chose teams, I was
one of the guys who didnít want to play. The coach said we could do
exercises in another part of the gym but somehow the other kids changed
their minds and I was left being the only one not on a team. This isnít so
bad when we play inside because Iíll have other things to do but every other
week we play outside and Iím forced to play ball. The only way I get on a
team is if someone is absent and then I get the idea that the guys would
rather go without the replacement. I know this must sound like an awfully
small problem but it has me feeling awfully left out.
Iím so sensitive that the smallest problems upset me. Other people have
problems but they donít let them bother them. Whenever I get a problem I
canít stop worrying about it until itís solved. Iíve got to learn to face
problems but I also have to learn to keep them from dominating my thoughts.
I canít go through life worrying about every minor incident.
Today is the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor but there hasnít been
much mention of it. We even forgot to put up our flag.