I'm BTFO'ed out. For those unaware of this particular acronym, it's Before the Fall Orientation. Just, you know, a religion joke about original sin. It's awesome. When I was in Rome with Kari last summer, I desperately looked all over for a Sistine Chapel ceiling magnet of the Fall of Man and Expulsion from the Garden. Sure, they had plenty of Creation of Adam and Creation of Sun, Moon and Earth, but none of the Temptation and Expulsion. I just thought it'd be neat to have original sin depicted on a refrigerator magnet. However, no magnet makers agree with me.
Anyway, BTFO ended this afternoon with food, as usual. There's a BBQ and movie tonight on Sterling Quad so I'll probably make an appearance at that as well. I realized that I'm at a point in my adult life that if something doesn't interest me, I don't have to go. Needless to say, I missed a lot of morning orientation sessions. Always made it in time for lunch, though.
I seemed to have forgotten that while my St. Paul friends are indeed awesome beyond words, there are also others out there just as awesome. I've met tons of nice people here. Assholes seem to be the exception rather than the rule, which is pretty sweet. Is it a requirement that everyone has to be nice at divinity school? Maybe. Or maybe only nice people are attracted to divinity school. I bet all the assholes are in Yale Law School or the School of Management. I bet Forestry has tons of douchebags, too. Ok, I take that back. I've actually heard the Div school and Forestry school have the nicest reputations among the graduate schools. I really enjoy the fact that all of the post-graduate students are under the umbrella of "Yale Graduate and Professional Students." I'd like to think that I'm a professional student. Like a professional spy. I've been a student for 16+ years, I should be a professional at it by now!
Ok, that was a bit of a tangent. But seriously, the people I've met are super cool and fun. While none of them can take the place of the MOK team, they're all awesome in their own right. So no complaints, yet. Except... dear lord, when are classes starting? I'm ready. Seriously.
Ok, I'm going to go sign up for the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion. I don't know if you know this yet, but I'm a nerd. Super nerd.