This past week has not been a happy one for me. On Monday I received an email saying that I had not been selected for campus housing for next year. At that point, I had no idea whether David and Ajay had been awarded campus housing, but I later found out that they had not been selected either. Fortunately, on Thursday, I received another email saying that they had reassessed the housing situation and would be able to provide me with a campus house. Unfortunately, I will probably be stuck with a double with some random person, and I’m just not sure whether I’m interested in risking having another roommate like my current one. I shall ask David what he is planning to do next time I see him.
On Wednesday, a letter arrived at my house saying that I was to register for the Selective Service. I am not interested in fighting in wars or serving on the military ever. I would be more than happy to relinquish my United States citizenship in favor of a United Kingdom citizenship if it would mean that I would not have to participate in a war. At any rate, United States citizenship means nothing to me as far as patriotism goes. Thus becoming a citizen of the United Kingdom has become one of the items on my list of things to do while I am alive. Fittingly enough, it was pouring with rain on Wednesday, so the rest of the people in the area had an opportunity commiserate with my pain.
Besides being inundated with work (as usual), those were the only two bad things that happened to me recently. Nonetheless, I consider it to have been a rather gloomy week.
Now I’ll talk about some more cheerful events. Yesterday was my grandfather’s eightieth birthday. I need to come up with a gift for him soon since he will be coming to visit next week.
Bigelow said some interesting things yesterday in topology. He was discussing universal covering spaces, and then he said that the motivation came from Greek mythology. “Ariadne and Theseus are living in a topological space.” Then one of the other students said “I don’t imagine they’ll live happily ever after.”
Labutin wasn’t there today, so the grader, Gunnar Gunnarsson, taught the class today. He’s a much better lecturer than Labutin is. Everyone seemed very happy that Gunnar was teaching the class instead of Labutin.
Math club is in 15 minutes. Off I go!