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Jeopardy!

I’ll proudly admit that I love watching the classic gameshow “Jeopardy!”. I’ve actually taken the online quiz twice in an attempt to take the next steps to be a contestant on the show. One of the categories that always befuddles me, however, is called “Potpourri.” This category, which is in play in extremely random intervals, is a varied hodgepodge of clues that have nothing in common except for the commonality that they have nothing in common. Why, exactly, am I bringing up such a category on such a gameshow? Well, simply put, I have a lot of random little tidbits that I’d like to blog about, but, at the same time, none of those aforementioned tidbits really relate to each other.

Tidbit #1: South Pacific
If you read my previous blog, you’ll recall that I was writing about The Muny and about how much I was looking forward to their production of “South Pacific,” which hasn’t played there since 2003. I am super excited to report that I absolutely loved that show. The costumes, the music, the acting, the emotion – everything was so perfect. Let’s hope that it doesn’t take another decade before The Muny produces this spectacular musical again.

Tidbit #2: What Ever Happened to Sensible Jeans?!
This summer, I’ve been working in a lab, and I love it. But since it’s a lab, we’re required to wear long pants. Call me un-American, but I’m not really into jeans. Even so, I’ve accepted that jeans are probably the easiest solution to my long-pants requirement – that is, when I can find a suitable pair. First of all, based on my height, it’s super difficult to find jeans that fit me width-wise and length-wise. Even jeans labeled as “short” cover my feet and still extend a couple of inches. And size aside, finding that perfect pair of jeans still frustrates me to no end. I love a light blue wash that starts out fitted and ends in a nice bootcut. No bell bottoms, no flares, no super-dark or super-light washes, no super-skinny jegging appearance, and, most importantly, no tatters, rips, or holes. (I can put holes in my own jeans, thank you very much!) What I find pathetic is that I searched every single department store and reasonably-priced mall store searching for a new pair of jeans for work. And what did I find? Nothing! Actually, I found an almost-perfect pair of jeans in Orlando, Florida, of all places. I mean, seriously – finding jeans in sunny Florida, a place where winters may reach a balmy 40 degrees? What’s wrong with this picture?!

Tidbit #3: Life in General
Recently, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about life post-Fontbonne. For those of you who’ve read my countless previous blogs, you’ll probably recall that I want to go to grad school to pursue a degree in immunology so that I can enter the field of clinical microbiology/infectious disease. For these reasons, I’ve been looking into programs, studying for the ever-ominous GRE, and beginning rough drafts of application essays. Last night, I went to an open house at Washington University’s School of Medicine, where many of the graduate biology classes are held, just to see the campus and meet up with some students. I’m trying to balance the stress of the process of applications with the excitement of the opportunity of delving deeper into the subjects that I love the most.

Well, I guess that’s about it for now. If this were really “Jeopardy!”, then I’d need to include two more answers to which contestants could ask questions. However, since this is my blog, I’ll take my “author’s license” and call it quits for now.

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During the school year, I never really have a ton of time to engage in the purely-American tradition of watching primetime TV. And, honestly, I really don’t like TV all that much to begin with. But, even so, I do enjoy watching a few shows; namely, “The Big Bang Theory,” “Jeopardy!” (for which I’ll be taking the online test in March in hopes of being on the college tournament – wish me luck!), “Emily Owens M.D.” (which was cancelled, much to my dismay), and “The Amazing Race.”

Tomorrow night, the next season of “The Amazing Race” will begin. I’ve always loved this show because it allows me to travel the world and experience various cultures while sitting in my spot on the couch. (I openly admit that, like Sheldon Cooper on “The Big Bang Theory,” I do have my special spot on the couch around which my entire universe revolves.) I’ve loved that show since the very beginning, and I think it would be awesome to be a contestant on it one day.

But as I think about watching this and other reality shows, I realize that my reality is much different. Instead of asking the question to the given answer or scarfing down a huge bowl of cheese while sitting on a Ferris wheel in a faraway country, I’ll be studying for the four tests that I have to take next week. I’ll be reviewing the evolutionary relationships among the central nervous systems of various species, the differences among the different types of biochemical reactions, and the equations related to electric fields. Is this as fun as backpacking on a race around the world? Arguably not. But, eventually, I’ll get somewhere special because of all of this studying, even if that special somewhere is a lab in the middle of the city of St. Louis.

And for those of you who need a quick pick-me-up break from studying, enjoy one of my very favorite guilty-pleasure clips from – you guessed it – “The Amazing Race.”

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