Mar. 25th, 2004

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Despite the rain, the broken elevator at 16th Street, the transit strike, and some woman sliding herself under the train at 23rd Street, my commute home wasn't half bad.

For the first time, I can say I met someone truly interesting while waiting (over 30 minutes) for the light rail. Lee, a retired mental health professional, made my commute bearable. We chatted at length about San Francisco, and he immediately started off by telling me about neighborhoods, and the importance of becoming familiar with local mom-and-pop businesses. (This is a good thing, as I'm going to be spending my Spring Break trying to familiarize myself with The City before December.)

Other topics included a dose of history, globalization, and education. Until recently, I'd never really considered academia as a "career," but I've now been told by too many people that I would be well-suited for it to deny it as an option. I'm still not sure it's something I want, but Lee made a compelling argument for it, and had more to say than, "You know, you'd make a great teacher."

Anyhow, I'm glad I decided to wait the rain (and the light rail schedule wackiness) out downtown. Sitting in a Starbucks discussing globalization had to be a highlight of the conversation. Although I don't consider Starbucks truly "evil," I realized today how very liberal in my thinking I've become.

All in all, it was a rainy evening well spent. Now, however, I've procrastinated far too long...time to get going on homework.

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