21 August 2007

Plugging Away on the Revell Austrians. . .

Nothing earth shattering happening here at Stollen Central during the passed few days. The start of the new academic term at school has left little time for work on figures, but I’ve managed to get half of the monster-sized regiment base coated with artist’s acrylic gesso. They look pretty good this morning now that everything has dried. This evening, if all goes well, I’ll get an hour or so to move on with the third batch of 20 figures.

As for school, yesterday went well, although things always start far too early in the morning for me. My students seem nice and relatively attentive for now, but we’ll see how that goes in the coming weeks. There are always a few who end up M.I.A. (missing in action) or fall through the cracks somehow.


Sigh. The end of summer vacation is always a bit sad. When I was a high school and university student myself, the start of school was always an exciting time. But I suppose I’ve become a bit jaded now that I’m on the other side of the desk. Sure, I enjoy teaching writing and composition, but talking about the subject is never as much fun as doing it.


The really interesting course that I’m teaching this semester does not begin until next week – another film noir course, but this time with a writing/research intensive component. THAT course is one that I’m looking forward to. You know, I’ve really gotta get myself a fedora to go with that trench coat!

7 comments:

Bluebear Jeff said...

Hats are wonderful things. It is so easy to change from one hat to another and to feel your "world view" change with the change of hats.

So, yes, definitely get a fedora.


-- Jeff

Stokes Schwartz said...

That tears it then -- a fedora it is!!! I'll add it to my birthday/Christmas list, and we'll see what "Santa" and her elves come up with. ;-)

Enjoy the day,

Stokes

MMG said...

Great photograph and what a great course to teach! I haven't had my passport stamped at the Grand Duchy border in quite some time, but I am glad I stopped by today. Congratulations on a year in country!

Fitz-Badger said...

I have a small collection of hats that include an Indiana Jones-style fedora, a British Bobby's helmet, a French Foreign Legion kepi, a gray Civil War kepi, a khakhi pith helmet, 2 or 3 baseball-style caps, a "coonskin" cap, and a blue Scotsman's-type "bonnet" (made by loosely covering an old beret with a blue cloth cover). A good quality tricorne would be cool. :-)

Go for the Bogie fedora :-)

Fitz-Badger said...

By the way, MMG, you have created a wonderful collection of photos on your blog! :-)
Evocative, heart-warming, simply beautiful.

Grimsby Mariner said...

I've never liked the end of hoidays at any age. They've always signalled a return to the routine and mundane, or so it seems.

as for the Fedora - it all sounds good until it comes to wearing it and finding that you're the only one in the street/town/county wearing anything on your head other than a cap or beanie. But it does sound good and it does create that "look".

Stagonian Jeff said...

Irwin Amadeus II receives a gift of a fine pair of obviously highly-bred hunting dogs.

The note with them simply says (in a feminine hand) . . .

-- "from a lobster lover".

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